MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Kansas City 6 St. Louis 5

LA Dodgers 8 LA Angels 2

Chicago White Sox 9 Chicago Cubs 3

Tampa Bay 9 Baltimore 6

Seattle 2 NY Yankees 0

Toronto 9 Boston 8

Cleveland 7 Detroit 5

Minnesota 7 Houston 5

Oakland 6 Texas 3

Philadelphia 3 NY Mets 0

Cincinnati 3 Pittsburgh 2

Atlanta 5 Washington 4

San Francisco 5 Milwaukee 4

Colorado 13 Miami 8

San Diego 2 Arizona 0

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 8 Iowa 5

Fort Wayne 6 Great Lakes 3

South Bend 10 Peoria

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chicago 2 New York 1

New England 2 Philadelphia 1

Inter Miami CF 2 Nashville SC 1

San Jose 2 Los Angeles FC 1

DC 2 CF Montréal 1

Los Angeles 1 Vancouver 1

INDIANA GIRLS GOLF POLL

RankTeamPoints1st Place Votes
1Westfield1206
2Carmel114 
3Homestead102 
4Center Grove100 
5Castle90 
6Evansville North88 
6HSE88 
8Floyd Central74 
9Noblesville69 
10Penn56 
11Franklin Community53 
12Culver Academy49 
13Brownsburg33 
14Universty29 
15Zionsville26 
15Western26 
17NorthWood23 
18Crown Point20 
19Columbus North18 
20Batesville16 
HMGuerin Catholic  
HMCarroll (FW)  
HMGreenfield Central  
HMLake Central  
HMLebanon  

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Tue Aug 247pHeritage Christian @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK ONE

Saturday, Aug. 28

Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Week 1

Wednesday, Sept. 1

UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Sept. 2

Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Friday, Sept. 3

North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 4

UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Monday, Sept. 6

Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN

NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

2021 PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern/PM)

WEEK 1

Thursday, August 12           

Washington at New England, 7:30

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 13    

Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00

Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00

Dallas at Arizona, 10:00

Saturday, August 14

Miami at Chicago, 1:00

Denver at Minnesota, 4:00

New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00

Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00

New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Green Bay, 8:00

Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30

Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Sunday, August 15  

Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00

WEEK 2

Thursday, August 19           

New England at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 20

Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00

Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00

Saturday, August 21

Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00

New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25

Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00

Atlanta at Miami, 7:00

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30

Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Dallas, 8:00

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Denver at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 22  

New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30

Monday, August 23  

Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00

WEEK 3

Friday, August 27    

Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30

Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00

Saturday, August 28

Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00

Baltimore at Washington, 6:00

Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00

Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00

Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00

Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 29  

Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00

Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00

Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00

New England at New York Giants, 6:00

Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00

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US women beat Brazil to win 1st Olympic volleyball gold

TOKYO (AP) Jordan Larson fell to the floor, put her head in her hands and cried after Brazil couldn’t return her spike on match point.

The frustration of being so close but not quite good enough was replaced by a feeling of relief after the U.S. women’s volleyball team finally claimed Olympic gold with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-14 victory over Brazil on Sunday.

“I’m just still in a state of shock,” Larson said. “I cried more in the last 24 hours than I think I have in my career. I’m not an emotional player, an emotional person. But I think just the emotions got the best of me. I’m now in kind of this euphoria, a state of shock.”

The United States, which had won three silver medals and two bronze since first getting on the medal stand in 1984, got to the top step by beating the team that denied it a chance at gold in the final match of the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Larson, who was part of that silver-winning team in 2012 and the bronze medal team five years ago, paved the way with her leadership on the court and her strong play on the attack and on defense.

Larson and middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson, who both came back for a third Olympics after falling short in Rio de Janeiro, now have a complete medal collection following what is expected to be the final Olympic match of their careers.

“I couldn’t write a better story for her,” setter Jordyn Poulter said about Larson delivering the winning point. “Her and Foluke have put so much time into this program and been through thick and thin. To be on this journey with them has been incredible.”

The victory also allowed U.S. coach Karch Kiraly to join Lang Ping of China as the second person to win gold as a volleyball player and then lead a country to gold as coach. Kiraly won gold indoor as a player in 1984 and 1988. He also won gold in beach volleyball in 1996.

But he said this was more gratifying because of how tough a process it has been since he joined the staff as an assistant before the 2012 Olympics and took over as head coach before 2016.

“The goal here was not to help Karch win a fourth gold medal. The goal was to help the USA women become Olympic champions,” he said. “It was more powerful in some ways for me today than when I was a player, because the first Olympics I played in, we won. We didn’t come close and lose, come close and lose, come close and fall short. It makes it taste and feel much more special when you go through the hard times.”

The U.S. got off to a fast start by scoring the first four points behind strong attacking by Michelle Bartsch-Hackley. It never trailed in the opener, winning it 25-21 on a soft shot by Bartsch-Hackley that gave her eight points in the set.

That pattern continued the next two sets as the U.S. ended up winning all nine sets in the knockout round.

The match then ended in fitting style with a kill by Larson, leading to the tearful hug among the players on the court.

“A lot of people had to sacrifice a lot for us to be here and had to learn along the way,” Larson said. “We had to learn that in London and in Rio that we just weren’t enough at that point. Did we believe it in that moment? Absolutely. We had to go one extra step to figure it out.”

The journey to this stage has been a long one for a U.S. women’s team that started more than 40 years ago when the 1980 Olympic squad made the decision to begin year-round training, only to get denied the opportunity to compete because of a U.S.-led boycott of the Moscow Games.

But the foundation had been put in place, and the Americans have won six medals in the past 10 Olympics and now finally have their gold.

Brazil had won gold in either men’s or women’s indoor volleyball in four straight Olympics, with the men claiming the title in 2004 and 2016 and the women in 2008 and 2012. But it will leave only with a silver this year, after the women lost for the first time in Tokyo following seven straight wins. The men lost a semifinal match to the Russians and then the bronze medal game against Argentina.

“The first feeling that comes to mind is a feeling of sadness,” Brazilian outside hitter Gabi Guimaraes said. “We could not implement the tactics that we had been implementing in previous games.”

Brazil played the match short-handed after outside hitter Tandara Caixeta was sent home before the semifinals following her suspension for a potential violation of anti-doping rules. Tandara’s lawyer said a banned substance found in a July test was introduced accidentally into her system.

In the bronze medal game, Serbia beat South Korea 25-18, 25-15, 25-15 to go home with a women’s volleyball medal for the second straight Olympics. The Serbians won silver in 2016 for their first medal in the sport.

Bobby Bowden, led Florida State football dynasty, dies at 91

(AP) — Bobby Bowden, the folksy Hall of Fame coach who built Florida State into a college football dynasty that powered its way to a dozen conference titles and two national championships, died early Sunday. He was 91.

Bobby’s son, Terry, confirmed to The Associated Press that his father died at home in Tallahassee, Florida, surrounded by family.

“It was truly peaceful,” Terry Bowden said in a text message to The AP.

Bobby Bowden announced on July 21 he had a terminal illness that Terry Bowden later said was pancreatic cancer.

“I’ve always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I am prepared for what is to come,” Bowden, a devout Christian, said at the time. “My wife, Ann, and our family have been life’s greatest blessing. I am at peace.”

Bowden was beloved by Seminoles fans, respected by his peers and throughout his life one of the most accessible stars in college football. His home number was listed in the Tallahassee phone book for years.

With Southern charm and wit, Bowden piled up 377 wins during his 40 years as a major college coach, from tiny Samford – his alma mater, then known as Howard College – to West Virginia and finally at Florida State, where he went 315-98-4. The Seminoles were a force during his 34 seasons as coach, winning 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships and national titles in 1993 and 1999.

Florida State had an unmatched run of 14 consecutive seasons (1987-2000) finishing ranked in the top five of The Associated Press college football poll under Bowden.

News of his death spread quickly and Alabama’s Nick Saban was among many colleagues and former players to express their sadness. Flowers, many of them in Florida State’s garnet and gold color scheme, adorned the statue of Bowden outside of Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee and coach Mike Norvell addressed players about Bowden before a morning practice.

Assistant head coach and defensive line coach Odell Haggins, who played and coached under Bowden, praised his friend for being a hard-nosed competitor, but also a compassionate coach.

“He never talked about winning the game. He always talked about saving lives. And that’s the thing I hope everybody sees (with) him,” Haggins said. “You know, they talk about how many football games he won. You talk about the national championships he won. But look at how many lives he won. Look at how many lives he saved.”

Bowden retired following the 2009 season with a Gator Bowl win over West Virginia in Florida State’s 28th straight postseason appearance, a victory that gave him his 33rd consecutive winning season. A month after he resigned, the NCAA stripped Florida State of victories in 10 sports because of an academic cheating scandal in 2006 and ’07 involving 61 athletes.

Still, only Penn State’s Joe Paterno is credited with winning more games (409) as a major college football coach. Bowden’s win total ranks fourth across all divisions in college football history.

Bowden was replaced in 2010 by his offensive coordinator, Jimbo Fisher, who had been Bowden’s replacement-in-waiting.

“He’s one of the great human beings that’s ever coached and one of the great coaches that’s ever coached,” Fisher said.

Bowden won the national championship in 1993 with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Charlie Ward and again in 1999 with his second Heisman winner, quarterback Chris Weinke, and All-American receiver Peter Warrick.

The Seminoles were a contender to win the title every season for more than a decade. Florida State lost national championship games against Florida, Tennessee and Oklahoma and narrowly missed out on the playing for titles in several other seasons because of losses to archrival Miami.

Bowden once quipped that his headstone would read, “But he played Miami,” a one-liner that came the day after the Hurricanes escaped with a 17-16 win in 1991 when the Seminoles missed a field goal wide right in the final seconds. Miami also won in similar fashion in 2002 when a field-goal try went wide left, much to Bowden’s chagrin.

Both coaches who birthed college football powerhouses in Florida during the 1980s have died this year. Howard Schnellenberger, who led Miami to its first national championship in 1983, died in March at 87.

Florida State dominated the ACC under Bowden, winning championships in 12 of its first 14 seasons after joining the league in 1992.

“Bobby Bowden has meant everything to Florida State athletics and so much to college football in general,” Florida State athletic director David Coburn said. “He is a part of the heart and soul of FSU, but it goes beyond even that – he is a big part of the history of the game.”

Bowden was also the patriarch of college football’s most colorful coaching family. Son Tommy Bowden had a 90-49 record at Tulane and Clemson, and Terry was 47-17-1 at Auburn. Another son, Jeff, served 13 years coaching wide receivers for his father at Florida State and six seasons as offensive coordinator before he resigned in 2006 after Florida State’s offense slumped to its lowest production in a quarter century.

Bobby Bowden left West Virginia to take over a Florida State program in 1976 that had produced just four wins the three previous seasons. The Seminoles went 5-6 in Bowden’s first year and never again experienced a losing season with him in charge.

“You face similar tasks of motivation, preparation, teamwork, discipline,” Bowden said. “I probably get the most satisfaction out of putting in the strategies and watching them play out.”

By 1979, Bowden had Florida State positioned for one of the great runs in the annals of college football.

Led by All-American nose guard Ron Simmons, the Seminoles enjoyed an 11-0 regular season but lost to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. In 1993, despite a late slip at Notre Dame, Florida State won its first national title after nearly getting there in 1987, 1988, 1991 and 1992.

Bowden’s lone perfect season came in 1999 when the Seminoles became the first team to go wire-to-wire in The Associated Press rankings, No. 1 from the preseason to finish.

“The first championship was more of a relief,” Bowden said. “I think I was able to enjoy the second one a little more.”

Success also brought a glaring spotlight and Bowden’s program was touched by scandal on a few occasions. The school was put on NCAA probation for five years after several players in 1993 accepted free shoes and other sporting goods from a local store. The episode led former Florida coach Steve Spurrier to dub FSU “Free Shoes University.”

Bowden prided himself on adapting to the times and giving players a second chance, but critics said he was soft on discipline with an eye on winning games.

“If short hair and good manners won football games, Army and Navy would play for the national championship every year,” Bowden retorted.

Randy Moss, one of the most talented athletes to attend Florida State, never played a down for the Seminoles and was kicked out of school after a redshirt season for smoking marijuana. In 1999, Warrick was caught in a shopping scam that led to his suspension for two games and probably cost him the Heisman Trophy that year.

“There’s only about 6 inches that turns that halo into a noose,” Bowden was fond of saying during the good days, when he was often called “Saint Bobby” by the Florida State faithful.

The Seminoles won 10 or more games in 18 of Bowden’s 34 seasons at Florida State, but were a relatively mortal 74-42 on the field from 2001-09.

The cheating scandal that led to the loss of a dozen wins from Bowden’s final resume took place in an online music history course from the fall of 2006 through summer 2007. The NCAA said some athletes were provided with answers to exams and in some cases, had papers typed for them.

Bowden stayed in the public eye after retirement, writing a book, making speeches and going public with his treatment for prostate cancer in 2007. His fear of retiring from coaching resulted in part from the death of his longtime idol, former Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, who died within weeks of leaving the sidelines.

“After you retire, there’s only one big event left,” Bowden frequently said.

Bowden stayed active into his 80s, finally slowing down over the last year or so. He was hospitalized in October 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19. The test came a few days after he returned home from a long hospital stay for a leg infection.

Born Nov. 8, 1929, in Birmingham, Alabama, Robert Cleckler Bowden overcame rheumatic fever as a child to quarterback Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, then attended Alabama for a semester before transferring back to his hometown Howard College, where he starred at quarterback.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Ann, and they stayed together for 72 years.

Bowden built the Florida State program by scheduling the toughest opponents he could find, and he’d play them anywhere, usually at their stadium. He was dubbed “King of the Road” in 1981 after playing consecutive road games at Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and LSU – and winning three of the five.

His daring play-calling also earned him the nickname Riverboat Gambler in some quarters. Bowden’s most famous trick play came in 1988 at Clemson. He sent his punt team onto the field with 1:33 left in a tie game with a fourth-and-4 and the ball at Florida State’s 21. Florida State’s punter leaped high into the air and acted as if he were chasing down a high snap while the upback took the ball and slipped it between his legs where LeRoy Butler grabbed it and raced 78 yards to the Clemson 1 to set up the winning field goal.

“We were determined somebody was going to win that game,” Bowden said after the “Puntrooskie.”

Through Bowden’s career, Florida State won games in many of the nation’s toughest stadiums, including at Michigan, Southern California and, of course, rivals Florida and Miami. In 1987, the Seminoles crushed Big Ten champion Michigan State 31-3 at East Lansing and whipped Southeastern Conference champion Auburn on its home field, 34-6.

Bowden also was considered one of the best handlers of great individual talents, recruiting and developing the likes of Simmons, Ward, Weinke, Warrick, Butler and Deion Sanders, who earned the nickname “Prime Time” during his days as a Seminole.

“God bless the Bowden Family, Friends & Loved ones,” Sanders posted on Twitter. “My Prayers are with u. I’ve lost 1 of the best coaches I’ve ever had.”

Florida State’s recruiting classes were nearly always among the top nationally. By the 1990s, the Seminoles poured star talent into the NFL on an annual basis, including four of the top 19 picks in the 2006 draft the same year Bowden was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Bowden is survived by wife Ann; sons Terry, Tommy, Jeff and Steve; and daughters Robyn Hines and Ginger Madden. Services were scheduled for Saturday at the Donald L Tucker Center, Florida State’s basketball arena.

Indianapolis locks up Leonard with richest LB contract

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Darius Leonard always believed he was the best linebacker in football. The Indianapolis Colts made sure he gets paid like it.

The two-time All-Pro agreed on Sunday to a five-year contract extension worth $99.25 million that includes $52 million in guaranteed money, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person requested anonymity because the team has not released the terms publicly.

It tops the five-year, $95.225 million contract Fred Warner recently signed with San Francisco, making Leonard the NFL’s highest-paid linebacker – at least for now.

“I’m a competitor, so if you aren’t first, you’re last,'”‘ Leonard said while wearing a Colts cowboy hat. “Just to have my name right now at the top, that’s something I don’t take for granted. I have to continue to go out and prove I can play.”

Team officials made the announcement while Indy’s players were still on the practice field and in between Saturday’s Hall of Fame induction speech from Edgerrin James and Sunday’s scheduled induction speech by Peyton Manning. Coach Frank Reich, who once coached Manning, was expected to attend the ceremony.

Everybody sees the impact Leonard makes whether he’s on the field or on the sideline, a place he has been for the past two weeks as he recovers from ankle surgery in early June. His energy is contagious, he plays with a chip on his shoulder and refuses to settle for second best. Reich doesn’t expect that to change now, either.

“He doesn’t know how to turn it off, you know what I mean?” Reich said. “He’s got so much pride in how he plays and how he performs, the standard that he holds himself to. That would be the least of my worries for him. Just happy for him and it’s well-deserved.”

Leonard wanted to get everything finished before Indy’s Sept. 12 season opener against Seattle. And he already knows what he wants to do with the money: Buy a land plot so he can build a house, and helping his family.

In December, Leonard explained his childhood story in The Players Tribune. He described growing up with two older brothers in jail, three sisters in one bedroom and four boys in another, and how he shared a twin bed with his brother, Keivonte. And he’s spoken about the depression he’s felt since Keivonte died on Dec. 15, 2012.

“It’s time for her to just sit back and relax and the worst part about it, everybody knows my story, my brother got killed when he was 18, I was 17, and this is what he dreamed of,” Leonard said Sunday. “For him not to be here with me to witness this, that’s the only thing that really sucks.”

The deal keeps Leonard off the free agent market and completes Indy’s top two offseason priorities. The Colts signed right tackle Braden Smith to a four-year, $72.4 million deal in late July.

Leonard’s extension was expected to be a blockbuster.

He led the NFL in tackles in 2018, earning his first All-Pro selection and the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2019 and 2020 and made the All-Pro team again last season.

“So happy for this terrific young man,” team owner Jim Irsay posted on Twitter.

In 42 games, all starts, the former South Carolina State star has 416 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and nine forced fumbles. He also has seven interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown. He’s the 10th player since 1987 to top the 400-tackle mark in his first three seasons.

In 2020, Leonard started 14 games and had 132 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks. His average of 9.9 tackles per game is the highest since he entered the league. Leonard could play an even bigger role this season as the Colts try to replace middle linebacker Anthony Walker, who signed with Cleveland in free agency.

“Wow, are we excited to have the leader of our defense, a cornerstone of our defense and this team back,” Reich said. “A great leader, as we all know, Darius brings the juice to another level. He’s a playmaker at another level. We think he is tops in the league at what he does.”

Peyton’s Place is Hall of Fame, with Woodson, Megatron

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Peyton’s Place is now in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The only five-time NFL MVP and a two-time Super Bowl winner who left the game five years ago with a slew of passing records was enshrined Sunday night with other members of the class of 2021. The stadium rocked with cheers from fans in Colts blue or Broncos orange – the two franchises he took to the top – when Manning was introduced.

The man who could spend seemingly endless moments changing plays at the line then jabbed at the time limits set by the hall because of 19 acceptance speeches this weekend. The 2020 class and a special centennial class had their enshrinements delayed a year by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The 2021 induction class wants to thank those previous inductees who gave long-winded acceptance speeches,” said Manning, who was presented by his father, Archie, himself a College Football Hall of Fame member. “Forcing us to have a whopping six minutes to recap our football careers. I want to give a special thanks to my old rival Ray Lewis for being here tonight. Ray just finished giving his speech that he started in 2018.”

Joining Manning in this year’s class were two other first-time eligibles, defensive back Charles Woodson – who beat out Manning for the 1997 Heisman Trophy – and receiver Calvin Johnson. Also in the class were safety John Lynch, a seven-time finalist before getting in; guard Alan Faneca, a premier blocker for 13 seasons, winning a Super Bowl with Pittsburgh and making six All-Pro teams; coach Tom Flores, who led the Raiders to two titles; Cowboys wideout Drew Pearson, a 1970s NFL All-Decade player; and Steelers super scout Bill Nunn.

Manning gave a shoutout to Tom Brady, who he invited to the ceremony, noting that it will be 2035 before Brady, now 44, will have been retired long enough to be enshrined.

As for the NFL itself, Manning urged anyone involved in the league to “ignite the future of the sport. If not, we are not doing football justice. It is about nurturing football to live another day, another year … The future of this game is ours to shape.”

His fellow entrants into the hall shape up pretty nicely in the pro football pantheon.

Flores, the first man to win Super Bowls as a player, assistant coach and head coach, was a backup quarterback for the Chiefs in the fourth Super Bowl, a Raiders assistant to John Madden in the 11th, and head coach when the Raiders won the 15th and 18th games.

Flores, of Mexican descent, long ago became a hero to the Latino community, a symbol of success on and off the field. He emphasized the importance of passion on the road to success.

“You don’t get there alone,” he said. “It doesn’t happen in a vacuum. A lot of people helped me … Raider Nation is everywhere.”

So is Steeler Nation, particularly this weekend when five members of the organization were inducted. Faneca overcame bouts with epilepsy to become one of the premier offensive linemen in the NFL; he takes daily pills to deal with his condition and has not had a seizure in about eight years.

“Instinctively I knew I was not going to allow anything to prevent me from fulfilling my dream,” he said. “Epilepsy is part of me, but that does not define me. We are in charge of our destiny.

Woodson, who is from Ohio – though he went to Michigan – began by singing praise for his mother, who presented him.

“I love my mama, man,” Woodson said, his eyes welling up. “look no further than my mama to know where I get it from: the passion, the hard work. It comes from my mama.”

Woodson was 1998 Defensive Rookie of the Year with Oakland and won Defensive Player of the Year honors 11 years later as a Packer. He also won a Super Bowl with Green Bay.

Johnson, just 35 – only Jim Brown and Gale Sayers were younger inductees – finished his nine-year career with 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 TDs. He explained how, despite his seemingly indestructible nickname of Megatron, he played nearly all of his career in pain.

“I still made up my mind I’d be the most dominant receiver in the NFL,” said.

Lynch, a finalist for seven years before getting the call, who won a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay and also starred with Denver for four seasons after 11 with the Bucs. He was the key to the Tampa-2 defense, a “coach on the field” according to his former coach, Tony Dungy, and one of the surest tackler the NFL has seen.

“What a privilege to be inducted in this brotherhood,” Lynch said. “It takes a lot of belief to get to this stage. However, belief has to be nurtured time and time again. One person can make a difference. I encourage each and every one of you to be that person.”

Pearson was a standout receiver for Dallas from 1973-83, a three-time All-Pro who made the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team. He was the only position player from that squad not in the hall.

Pearson, of course, caught Roger Staubach’s winning touchdown pass in a 1975 playoff game at Minnesota that is considered the original Hail Mary. But he should be recognized for 557 catches, including postseason, for nearly 9,000 yards and 56 touchdowns.

“It’s not about how long it takes to get here,” Pearson said, “but more about how you wait. My wait was supported by my faith.”

The late Nunn was among America’s most prominent Black sports journalists before going to work for the Steelers and mining the historically Black colleges for talent. He was as much a contributor to the Pittsburgh dynasty as the players he discovered, which included Hall of Famers John Stallworth, Mel Blount and Donnie Shell.

All-Pro CB Howard agrees to reworked contract with Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard agreed to a restructured contract with the Miami Dolphins 12 days after he had requested a trade.

The agreement allows Howard to earn up to $3.5 million in new incentives this year, with more guaranteed money in 2022. The sixth-year pro said he’s glad to be staying in Miami.

“I was always happy to be here and be with the team that drafted me and sticking through it, ups and downs,” Howard said Sunday.

Coach Brian Flores said there was never real concern the situation with Howard wouldn’t get resolved.

“We want him here, and he’s here,” Flores said.

Howard’s agent, David Canter, thanked the Dolphins for “doing something unexpected and difficult to say the least.”

“Many times over the past eight months we all did not expect anything to happen,” Canter said on Twitter. “The organization handled us with absolute class and professionalism.”

The Dolphins restructured a contract Howard signed in May 2019 that was then worth $75.25 million over five years.

“David Canter hit me up and told me we got a good deal, and we got the job done,” Howard said.

Howard had 10 interceptions last year, the most in the NFL since 2007. He has been limited in training camp because of an ankle injury.

During negotiations, Flores had said the Dolphins did not want to trade Howard.

“In any negotiation, compromise is important,” Flores said. “We want all sides to be happy. We feel like that’s the case right now, and that’s how we’ll move forward.”

Packers WR Funchess apologizes for slur against Asians

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess has apologized for using a racial slur against Asians during a news conference on Saturday night.

“I want to apologize for the disparaging remark I used tonight,” Funchess said in a statement posted on Twitter late Saturday night. “It was not OK. I have grown to develop deep personal and business relationships in the Asian community! I meant no harm, and those that know me, know I have love and respect for all cultures and people. I will learn from this and will continue to grow as a person. I’m forever sorry!”

General manager Brian Gutekunst called Funchess’ comment “very unacceptable” and added that it “certainly doesn’t live up to the standards and values of the Green Bay Packers.”

“We’ve addressed it with Devin,” Gutekunst said Sunday. “He knows it’s unacceptable. I do think he’s sincerely remorseful and will hopefully learn from this. … I do want to say that’s something that is not condoned and it’s certainly, it doesn’t live up to what we believe here with the Green Bay Packers.”

Gutekunst was asked if the Packers considered releasing Funchess over the remark.

“Not at the moment,” Gutekunst said. “I think through the conversations that we’ve had, I think – and there’s going to be more – but I think that his apology was sincere. I think he made a mistake and (it) certainly can’t happen again.”

Funchess, 27, signed with the Packers in April 2020 but hasn’t played a down for them. He opted out of last season and noted at the time his family had been directly impacted by the pandemic.

Funchess had 21 touchdown receptions for the Carolina Panthers from 2015-18. He signed with the Colts but fractured his collarbone in the 2019 season opener and missed the rest of the season.

Jaguars WR Chark sidelined with broken finger on right hand

JACKSONVILLE, Fla, (AP) DJ Chark’s contract season is off to a shaky start.

The Jacksonville Jaguars receiver had surgery to repair a broken finger on his right hand, coach Urban Meyer said Sunday, and will miss the remainder of training camp and the preseason. Meyer insisted Chark will be ready for the Sept. 12 season opener at Houston.

But his latest injury raises questions about Chark’s long-term prospects with the team that drafted him in the second round in 2018.

The former LSU standout has missed nine games in three years, including two stints on the sideline last season with chest, back and rib injuries.

Meyer challenged the 6-foot-4 Chark in the offseason, calling him “a big guy that played little” in 2020.

“And that can’t happen,” Meyer added. “He’s got to play big and strong, and he can now because he is big and strong.”

Chark responded by adding nearly 10 pounds of muscle in the spring.

“This whole world is about increasing someone’s value, and DJ Chark increases value by getting bigger and stronger and playing that way,” Meyer said.

But the Jaguars also hedged their bet on Chark by signing 10-year veteran Marvin Jones to a two-year, $12.5 million contract in free agency, then adding former first-rounders Phillip Dorsett, Laquon Treadwell and Tavon Austin to the position group.

Treadwell and Austin were on the street before signing with Jacksonville this summer. Dorsett and Treadwell have been among the most impressive receivers in camp.

“It’s amazing to me,” Meyer said. “What was this guy doing last week? Next thing you know he’s playing for the Jaguars. I admire guys like that. They’ve been really good. Treadwell came in, and let me tell you, he’s in the hunt for a (roster) spot.”

Jones, Chark and second-year pro Laviska Shenault appear to be locks for the 53-man roster. But Chark also is vying for a new contract, whether in Jacksonville or elsewhere in the league.

“I’m pretty blessed right now and I have the mindset that I’m going to be taken care of either way,” Chark said last week. “I just put my faith in God, let that go. But I just want to get better and play ball. But like I said, I’m way, light years, ahead of where I was a few years ago financially. So, I’m all right, it’s cool.”

Chark has 140 receptions for 1,888 yards and 13 touchdowns in three seasons. He made the Pro Bowl in 2019, when he had 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight scores.

He took a step back last year, whether it was because of the injuries or because he played with three quarterbacks and in a lackluster offense.

“Yeah, he didn’t play well last year and, obviously, his (second) year he was very good,” Meyer said. “I just didn’t like his size, his strength. I just thought it was way below average, way below what we expect from our receivers. He was told that and the best thing about DJ is he addressed it and hit it very hard.”

Mahle, Reds beat Pirates 3-2, complete 4-game sweep

CINCINNATI (AP) Tyler Mahle struck out 10, Kyle Farmer delivered another key hit and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Sunday for a four-game sweep.

Nick Castellanos added a double and scored as playoff-chasing Cincinnati continued its dominance of the Pirates, improving to 9-1 against them this season. Dating to last season, the Reds have won 13 of 14 games from Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati is a season-high 10 games over the .500 mark.

Mahle (9-3) allowed six hits without walk in seven innings. He pitched seven innings for just the third time this season.

“I didn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Mahle said. “I didn’t walk guys. Getting to the seventh is good for team. The bullpen had two good innings. We were pounding the zone and got soft contact”

Mahle, who going into the game had a 2.06 ERA on the road but 6.18 at home, fanned six through the first three innings, allowing only a soft single by Ke’Bryan Hayes. He retired nine straight before Bryan Reynolds doubled and scored on Anthony Alford’s single in the fourth.

“Tyler has had games where he got better as the game went on and this was one of them,” Reds manager David Bell said. “The way he competes is what sets him apart.”

The Reds handed Mahle the lead when Farmer, who since the All-Star break leads the major leagues in hitting, had an RBI double off Bryse Wilson (2-5) to cap a three-run fourth.

“(Wilson) missed on an 0-2 changeup to (Joey) Votto and a 1-2 fastball to Farmer,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “I thought he pitched pretty well. He missed on a couple ahead in the count.”

Hayes led off the sixth with his fifth home run of the season to make it a one-run game.

Mychal Givens earned his second save of the season in the first real nail-biter in this series.

“It was a bit different game than we’ve been playing,” Bell said. “We’ve been scoring a lot of runs lately.”

Castellanos doubled and scored in the fourth. The All-Star outfielder is 3 for 16 with a homer, double, and two RBIs since coming off the injured list Thursday following a fractured right wrist.

“We’re getting guys healthy and we’re meeting expectations,” Votto said. “We have teams ahead of us so we need stretches like this to have a chance. We are becoming a long, dangerous lineup.”

White Sox sweep Cubs at Wrigley as Jiménez drives in 5 runs

CHICAGO (AP) Eloy Jimenez drove in five runs with two homers and a double, and the Chicago White Sox beat the crosstown Cubs 9-3 on Sunday night for their first sweep of a three-game series at Wrigley Field since May 2012.

Jimenez and Andrew Vaughn hit two-run shots after Tim Anderson led off the game with a solo drive as the White Sox hit Zach Davies hard in a five-run first inning. The outburst put the AL Central leaders ahead early on a warm night with the wind blowing out at the iconic ballpark.

Anderson also finished with three hits as the White Sox won their fourth straight and moved 10 1/2 games ahead of second-place Cleveland. The Cubs have dropped four straight and 10 of 12.

Jimenez’s homers were his second and third in nine games since returning from a torn pectoral tendon that kept him out since spring training.

“I feel like I can get it back to normal,” Jimenez said. “Today was the day that I felt really fine at the plate and now I’ve just got to keep working.”

Manager Tony La Russa is just starting to get an impression of the upbeat 6-foot-4, 240-pound left fielder.

“I know he’s a monster,” La Russa said. “I hear he’s really good and I’m beginning to see it.

“He’s got that left-field to right-field stroke, which makes it difficult to defend and a very lively bat, so it’s great to have him back.”

Dylan Cease (9-6) labored, but got through five innings and won for the first time in three starts against his former team. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out 10, although he admitted he wasn’t his sharpest.

The scoring outburst was boost – and a statement as the White Sox start to get injured stars back. Center fielder Luis Robert is set to rejoin the team on Monday.

“Having that many runs early is a huge relief as a starting pitcher,” Cease said.

Reynaldo Lopez, Ryan Tepera and Jose Ruiz followed with four scoreless, one-hit innings. Ruiz struck out the side in the ninth.

Jimenez continued to pound the pitching of the Cubs, who traded him, Cease and two prospects to the White Sox for Jose Quintana in July 2017. In 10 games versus the North Siders, he’s batting .389 with five homers, five doubles and 10 RBIs.

Jimenez hasn’t forgotten his first club.

“I can say that is in the past, but I actually had it in my mind,” he said.

Frank Schwindel had two RBIs and Rafael Ortega had two hits for the Cubs.

Davies (6-9) gave up seven runs on seven hits and lasted just two innings in his third straight loss. The righty has allowed 18 runs in his last 12 innings.

“It’s definitely a low point in not only the season but my career,” Davies said. “It’s one of those things that I’m working as hard as I possibly can in between starts to figure that out because two innings in my mind, and a lot of other guys’ minds, is unacceptable.”

Anderson lined Davies’ first pitch into the right-center bleachers. Jimenez launched the first pitch he saw over the wall in center with Adam Engel on first. After Yoan Moncada walked, Vaughn lined his 13th homer to left-center.

Jimenez’s double down the left field line in the second drove in two and increased the lead to 7-0.

Schwindel’s pinch-hit single in the bottom half cut it to 7-2. Greg Deichmann trimmed it to 7-3 with a bloop in the third.

Jimenez added a solo shot to right in the fifth to make it 8-3. Vaughn singled in the final run in the seventh.

Kikuchi, Seager, Mariners beat Yankees, avoid 4-game sweep

NEW YORK (AP) Yusei Kikuchi and the Seattle bullpen combined on a six-hitter, Kyle Seager doubled to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning and the Mariners avoided a four-game sweep, beating the New York Yankees 2-0 Sunday.

The Yankees had won five in a row. They lost for only the third time in 13 games, ending a tightly contested series between playoff contenders.

New York rookie starter Luis Gil pitched two-hit ball for five scoreless innings, striking out eight. In his big league debut Tuesday against Baltimore, he threw six shutout innings, allowing four hits and fanning six.

Kikuchi and Mariners relievers Casey Sadler, Paul Sewald (7-3) and Drew Steckenrider combined to strike out 12.

Abraham Toro opened the Seattle eighth against Lucas Luetge (4-2) by reaching on a fielding error by third baseman Rougned Odor. After Mitch Haniger walked, Seager hit a double that bounced beyond right fielder Aaron Judge’s reach and into the seats for a double.

After Seager’s hit, Mariners manager Scott Servais was ejected by plate umpire Lance Barrett for arguing a called strike three on rookie Jarred Kelenic, who was also tossed.

Cal Raleigh followed with a single to left that originally scored two runs. After the Yankees challenged the call, Seager was ruled out at the plate following a replay review.

The Mariners finished 4-6 on a 10-game trip. Eight games on the trip were decided by no more than two runs and each of the four games in New York was decided in the sixth inning or later.

Sewald got four of his five outs on strikeouts. He allowed Joey Gallo’s go-ahead three-run homer in Thursday night’s series opener.

Sewald entered with two on in the sixth and fanned pinch-hitter Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu. He also struck out Judge and Gallo in the seventh.

Steckenrider pitched two innings for his fourth save in seven chances. He allowed an infield hit to Gardner and fanned Judge to end the nearly four-hour game.

Kikuchi, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth in his previous appearance in New York in May 2019, allowed four hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked three while keeping the Yankees off-balance at times with a deceptive delivery that featured a slight hesitation.

Wheeler 2-hitter, Harper HR, Phils beat Mets, 8th win in row

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Zack Wheeler pitched a two-hitter and struck out 11, Bryce Harper homered and the first-place Philadelphia Phillies finished off a three-game sweep for their eighth straight victory, 3-0 over the fading New York Mets on Sunday.

Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto also homered for the Phillies, who moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the Mets in the NL East. The streak is Philadelphia’s longest since winning eight straight in July 2010.

“It was pure dominance today,” Harper said of Wheeler.

The Mets got a pregame pep talk in the clubhouse from owner Steve Cohen before losing for the seventh time in eight tries. New York arrived at Citizens Bank Park this weekend leading the division and left in third place. Atlanta is in second place, two back of Philadelphia.

Following an emotional ceremony to retire the jersey of Roy Halladay, Wheeler (10-6) pitched like the late Hall of Famer.

“On a day that you honor one of the greatest pitches I’ve witnessed pitch, he goes out and it was like Roy had his hand on it,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi, pausing while choking up a bit, said. “He gives a Roy Halladay appearance today.”

Said Wheeler, “Today was his day and I just tried to pitch like him.”

Wheeler gave up a double to Brandon Nimmo to start the game and then retired 22 consecutive batters — the most by a Phillies pitcher since Halladay’s perfect game on May 29, 2010 — until Michael Conforto walked in the eighth. Nimmo singled with one out in the ninth and Wheeler soon struck out slumping slugger Pete Alonso for his fourth career complete game, three of them shutouts.

Wheeler walked only one. He threw 80 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

“The (fastball) was moving, I had the command of that and my off-speed (stuff) was pretty sharp,” Wheeler said. “When you have all that going, it makes it a little easier.”

The 31-year-old All-Star pitched for the Mets for five seasons before signing a five-year, $118 million free-agent deal with the Phillies prior to the 2020 season. He improved to 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA in seven starts against his former club while reaching double-digit strikeouts for the 14th time overall and sixth this year.

Offense continued to be a struggle for the Mets, and they have 20 total runs in the last nine defeats. Alonso was hitless in four at-bats with a pair strikeouts to stretch his rut to 0 for 21, yet remained positive afterward.

“Two weeks from now, nobody is going to talk about this,” Alonso said. “There are certain times in the process where you know you’re on the right path and you’re not getting results.”

Taijuan Walker (7-7), a first-time All-Star this year, continued his second-half slump. The right-hander allowed three runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Three of the hits were homers, upping the staggering count to 10 longballs surrendered in the last four contests. Over that stretch, Walker is 0-4 with a 7.84 ERA and has given up 26 hits in 20 2/3 innings.

Harper stayed hot by hitting his fourth homer in six games, a solo drive in the sixth that made it 3-0 and gave the six-time All-Star a total of 20 home runs this season. He has reached base in 17 straight games and was greeted in right field by loud chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” by many among the 39,186 in attendance, marking Philadelphia’s largest home crowd of the season.

The Phillies jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first. Segura drove a 2-2, 94-mph fastball into the seats in left, and Realmuto hit an opposite-field drive.

Albies, Duvall power Braves to 5-4 win over Nationals

ATLANTA (AP) Ozzie Albies and Adam Duvall each hit a two-run homer off Patrick Corbin, Max Fried pitched six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Sunday.

Albies was 3 for his last 26 when he went deep for the 18th time to make it 2-1 in the third inning.

Corbin has allowed 27 homers, most in the National League, and is 0-4 with a 7.22 ERA in his last five starts. The lefty has lost his last five starts against Atlanta.

The three-time defending East Division champion Braves, winners in five of six, began the day two games behind Philadelphia and in third place. They won a second consecutive series for the first time since June 29-July 4 against the New York Mets and Miami Marlins.

Fried had gone 1-1 with an 8.44 ERA in three starts against the Nationals this season. Fried (9-7) stranded runners on first and third to end the sixth. He allowed seven hits and one run with one walk and five strikeouts.

Atlanta made it 5-1 in the sixth when Albies walked and scored on Austin Riley’s double and Duvall hit his 24th homer.

Chris Martin faced five batters in the ninth for the Braves, earning a shaky first save in three chances. Ryan Zimmerman doubled in a run to make it 5-4 off Martin.

Corbin (6-11) gave up five hits and five runs with one walk and five strikeouts in six innings.

The Nationals led 1-0 in the third. Luis Garcia singled, advanced on a walk and a bunt and scored on Alcides Escobar’s single. RBI singles by Victor Robles and Zimmerman trimmed the lead to 5-3 against Jesse Chavez in the seventh.

Fried struck out Josh Bell to strand a runner at second base in the first. Yadiel Hernandez singled in the second and was erased on a double-play grounder.

The Nationals have dropped six of seven. They began the day eight games behind the Phillies.

Cabrera gets day off; Zimmer HR lifts Indians past Tigers

CLEVELAND (AP) Miguel Cabrera got a planned day off in pursuit of his 500th career home run, and the Cleveland Indians, sparked by Bradley Zimmer’s tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-5 on Sunday.

Cabrera, who has 498 homers, didn’t play as part of Detroit manager A.J. Hinch’s plan to help his slugger get through the season. The Tigers are off Monday and Cabrera will return to the lineup Tuesday in Baltimore.

Derek Hill’s first major league home run in the second inning helped Detroit build a 5-2 lead, but Cleveland rallied and went ahead on Zimmer’s two-run homer off Erasmo Ramirez (1-1).

Myles Straw reached on a one-out single and Zimmer hit a 1-1 pitch to the seats in right for his third homer of the season.

Zimmer, who has dealt with injuries and inconsistency since a strong rookie season in 2017, has raised his batting average 50 points to .247 in the last month. His improvement at the plate and his defensive work in the outfield have led to increased playing time.

“It’s been comfortability, relaxation and having fun out there,” Zimmer said. “Every day is a new opportunity, I never take that for granted. I’m looking forward to continue to contribute.”

“He’s got the skillset to impact the game, whether it’s an extra-base hit potential, he’s got enough pop to go yard and then his speed plays a factor,” interim manager DeMarlo Hale said.

Owen Miller also homered for the Indians, who scored three unearned runs in the fourth thanks to a throwing error by shortstop Zack Short.

Bryan Shaw (5-5) pitched a scoreless seventh.

Emmanuel Clase pitched the ninth for his second save of the series and 16th of the season. Akil Baddoo reached on an infield hit with two outs, but Jonathan Schoop popped out.

Hill, a rookie center fielder, homered off Zach Plesac as Detroit built the early lead. Hill’s drive to left-center barely cleared the 19-foot wall and bounced back on the field. The play was ruled a home run, a call confirmed by replay.

“I got to about halfway between second and third and my third base coach (Ramon Santiago) was saying it was a home run but I was making sure,” Hill said. “I was going to turn it on if I had to.”

The Tigers added two runs in the third on Plesac’s wild pitch and Jeimer Candelario’s RBI double.

Plesac was charged with five runs in four innings.

Short’s wild throw to second on a groundball hit by Miller helped Cleveland’s offense in the fourth. Andres Gimenez’s sacrifice fly, Austin Hedges’ RBI single and Ernie Clement’s double tied the game.

Tigers starter Wily Peralta allowed five runs – two earned – in five innings. Detroit was held scoreless after the third and didn’t help itself defensively.

“We didn’t do enough on either side of the ball to take control of the game,” Hinch said. “Once we gave them a few extra outs and a few extra bases they took advantage of it.”

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Home Runs Lead Indians To Series Win

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DES MOINES, IOWA – The Indianapolis Indians continued the home run parade with homers from Ethan Paul and Bligh Madris to outscore the Iowa Cubs and seal the series win on Sunday afternoon, 8-5.

The Indians (41-42) jumped out to an early lead in the top of the second inning as the home run streak continued with a three-run home run from Paul. Paul’s first Triple-A home run gave Indy the 3-0 lead.

In the bottom half of the second inning, the I-Cubs (35-47) took one run back to cut the Indians lead to two. Indy held onto that lead until the bottom of the fourth frame when Trayce Thompson hit a grand slam over the center field wall to take the 5-3 lead.

Iowa held the lead until the eighth inning when the Indians scored five runs on four hits. Jared Oliva started the scoring after hitting an RBI single to score Marcano. Christian Bethancourt then hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field to score Cole Tucker. With one out and runners on first and third, Madris continued the scoring with a three-run home run over the right field wall to give Indy the 8-5 lead.

Matt Eckelman (W, 2-4) entered in the seventh inning and gave up one hit but held the Iowa offense scoreless to pick up his second win of the season. Tyler Bashlor and Keury Mella (S, 1) each threw one scoreless inning. Mella fanned two batters in the ninth inning to earn his first save with Indy.

Juan Gamez (L, 0-1) gave up five runs on three hits to take the loss on the mound for the I-Cubs.

The Indians return to Victory Field to face the St. Paul Saints on Tuesday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM ET. Starting pitchers have yet to be named for Indy and St. Paul.

Virus disrupts opening day of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) Opening day for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas was disrupted by the postponement of the Washington-Indiana game because the Wizards didn’t have enough players available due to COVID-19 protocols.

The league made the announcement Sunday, about six hours before the game was scheduled to tip off. The NBA said the player shortage was because of ongoing contact tracing within the team.

The schedule opened with Atlanta facing Boston. Other games on opening day were Toronto-New York, Portland-Charlotte, Houston-Cleveland, Oklahoma City-Detroit, Denver-Miami and the Los Angeles Lakers against Phoenix.

Top-five 2022 prospect Keyonte George commits to Baylor Bears

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Keyonte George, a top-five prospect in the 2022 class, announced his commitment to Baylor on Sunday.

George, who cut his list back in May, chose the Bears over Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Kentucky. He took official visits to four of his final five schools, with Kentucky the exception. Texas was perceived as the favorite for most of the spring, but the Longhorns landed a commitment from ESPN 100 guard Arterio Morris in mid-July and the momentum shifted toward Scott Drew and Baylor.

“I felt like Baylor was the best fit for me as a scoring guard,” George told ESPN. “Seeing how they played this year shows that they let their guards go. They were already a winning culture and their playing style helped with my decision, but them winning it all didn’t play a part in it. It was mostly the relationship with Coach Drew and their play style. Their plan is to develop me and make me the best version of myself, help my team win and hopefully get to the next level.”

A 6-foot-4 shooting guard from iSchool of Lewisville (Texas), George is ranked No. 4 in the ESPN 100 for 2022 — but will move up to No. 2 with the top two prospects, Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren, reclassifying into 2021. At No. 2, George becomes the highest-ranked Baylor commit since the ESPN recruiting database began in 2007.

“Coach Drew is one of the most caring guys I’ve ever met,” he said. “He cares for his players, his coaching staff and everyone around the program. He just makes you feel like family.”

Shaedon Sharpe, No. 6 men’s basketball prospect, trims options to G League Ignite, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State

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Shaedon Sharpe, the No. 6 prospect in the ESPN class of 2022, says he has narrowed his list of options to five: the G League Ignite, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.

Sharpe made a strong case for consideration as the best long-term prospect in high school basketball, especially with Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren announcing they’ve elected to move up to the class of 2021. Sharpe had an outstanding spring and summer, showcasing his diverse shot-making ability and explosiveness.

Almost a complete unknown a year ago, either unranked or on the fringes of the top 100 of most recruiting services, the Canadian-born Sharpe averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28 minutes over 12 games at the EYBL, leading the event in points scored and finishing in the top five in 3-pointers made. Always noted for his NBA prototype frame and highlight-reel-caliber dunks and blocks, Sharpe ramped up his aggressiveness substantially the past few months, while showing significant improvement as a passer, creator and shooter in the half-court.

“I’ve always been a guy that can get a bucket,” Sharpe said. “The difference is that my Uplay Canada team put me in position to make plays and really show out in the EYBL. It’s really just been a matter of getting in the gym, working on my craft, and taking advantage of opportunities.”

Abraham Ancer of Mexico wins FedEx St Jude Invitational

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Abraham Ancer of Mexico won the FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, beating Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns with a 6-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole of a playoff.

Ancer won the World Golf Championships event at TPC Southland after Burns’ 5 1/2-foot putt – on the same line as Ancer – lipped out.

“This is surreal,” said Ancer, the 30-year-old former University of Oklahoma player who was born in McAllen, Texas. “I felt I left so many shots out there on the back nine, but you never know.”

Ancer, who finished second at the Wells Fargo Championship in May, played more aggressively on the second extra trip down the par-4 18th.

“I went right at it and the shot played perfectly in my mind and it came out just how I pictured it,” he said.

Harris English, the leader after each of the first three rounds, faltered on the back nine to give Ancer, Burns and Matsuyama a chance.

Ancer closed with a 2-under 68 to match Matsuyama and Burns at 16-under 264. Matsuyama shot a 63, and Burns had a 64. English, the 2013 champion at TPC Southwind, was a stroke back after a 73.

On the first extra hole, Ancer, Burns and Matsuyama, coming off a bronze-medal playoff loss in the Tokyo Olympics, made decent runs at birdies. Matsuyama had the shortest attempt – from 20 feet – and it nearly went in the cup before lipping out.

English was seeking the fifth title of his career – and third this season – but collapsed on the back nine. Ahead by two strokes at 20 under at the turn, he played the back nine in 5 over, missing a 13-foot birdie putt on 18.

Bryson DeChambeau, two strokes behind English after a third-round 63, had a 74 to tie for eighth at 12 under. He missed the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.

Kyle Larson wins at Watkins Glen, eyes regular-season title

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Kyle Larson took another step toward a regular-season NASCAR Cup title. Chase Elliott lamented a race that he let get away.

Larson gained the lead from Martin Truex Jr. during green flag pit stops in the final stage Sunday, built a big lead and kept his hard-charging Hendrick Motorsports teammate at bay over the final laps to win at Watkins Glen International.

“I knew my car was good and the strategy worked out,” said Larson, who was constantly reminded by his crew that his lead was quickly shrinking over Elliott in the No. 9 Chevrolet. “We were able to maintain that gap for a while and eventually start to pull away. Good thing the nine wasn’t close enough. He was really, really fast. He’s the guy to judge off of. I was definitely worried about him all day. He was so fast.”

Elliott was seeking his eighth road course victory and third in a row at The Glen, which would have tied Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin for the Cup record at the historic road course in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes.

Elliott was relegated to the back of the field before the race when his No. 9 Chevrolet failed inspection twice and crew chief Alan Gustafson was ejected. But just as he did at Road America a month earlier when he won from 34th on the starting grid, Elliott made a gallant charge but couldn’t overcome Larson’s big lead and crossed the finish line 2.45 seconds behind.

“I just hate it. I made too many mistakes to win,” Elliott said. “It was too late in the race to recover from it. That’s what cost us.”

Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

Larson also held off Elliott in overtime to win on the road course at Sonoma in June and leaves Watkins Glen tied with Denny Hamlin with 917 points for the series lead.

“It’s fun racing him,” Larson said after his series-leading fifth victory of the season. “I look forward to the next few weeks and even into the playoffs;. There’s still a lot of racing left. It’s going to be fun. I’m glad there’s a fun little points battle. I feel like in years past it’s kind of been a blowout.”

It was the first Cup race after a two-week break for the Tokyo Olympics and there was no practice or qualifying.

Larson and Truex were together at the front of the field with 20 laps to go in the 90-lap race around seven-turn, the 2.45-mile layout. Kyle Busch in third was nearly 10 seconds behind and just ahead of Elliott.

Larson had a lead of nearly three seconds on Truex as the laps began to wind down as Elliott continued to charge. The grandstands were sold out and cheers for Elliott grew as he continued his surge. He passed Truex for second at the top of the esses with eight laps to go and set his sights on his teammate just over five seconds in front with lapped traffic ahead.

Elliott’s surge fizzled over the final five laps and Larson negotiated a gaggle of four lapped cars, overcoming a mistake in the first turn, and cruised to the finish.

Elliott had surged hard in the first stage but flat-spotted his tires in turn 1 and dropped to 36th near the end of the second stage before rallying.

Truex, Christopher Bell, and Larson were in a three-car breakaway early on the 50-lap final stage. Christopher Bell challenged Truex for the lead with Larson on lap 48 but couldn’t make it stick and backed off.

Eight laps later, Larson took out Bell entering the first turn, a downhill 90-degree right-hander, dropping Bell to eighth as Elliott continued to make a strong comeback from last. Bell, whose No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team was hit with the same penalty as Elliott, rallied to finish seventh.

Elliott loses crew chief for The Glen to NASCAR penalties

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Chase Elliott’s bid for a three-peat at Watkins Glen took a hit hours before Sunday’s Cup race when NASCAR penalized the No. 9 Chevrolet of Hendrick Motorsports for violating series rules and ejected crew chief Alan Gustafson.

The No. 20 Toyota driven by Christopher Bell for Joe Gibbs Racing also received the same L1 penalties regarding rear-window air deflectors and crew chief Adam Stevens was ejected.

Both teams lost 10 driver and owner points, were fined $25,000, and will start at the back of the field.

“I don’t really think it changes too much,” Bell said. “I don’t really hear from Adam much on the radio during races. I think we’re in a pretty good spot. I don’t think it’s going to affect me inside the car. I don’t know how much it’s going to affect the team.”

Joe Gibbs Racing also had changes to the pit crews of Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch because of COVID-19 protocols. Bryan Backus will be the front tire changer on Truex’s No. 19 Toyota in place of Hunter Masling, and Joshua Pech will be the fueler for Busch’s No. 18 team in place of Matthew Tyrrell. Both Masling and Tyrrell had close contact with individuals who had tested positive.

“We hope it doesn’t impact things,” Truex said. “Tough circumstances the way it all worked out. He didn’t even test positive. He just was around somebody who did.”

Elliott, whose car failed inspection twice, has won the past two races at The Glen and was to start 11th on the grid before the penalties.

“It’s certainly not ideal,” Elliott said. “I feel like we can operate at a high level. We’ve been prepared for the race. I hate that Alan is not on the box, but I feel like we can do a really good job working with the rest of our team and do well.”

Elliott said lead engineer Tom Gray would replace Gustafson. Bell said car chief Chris Sherwood would guide the No. 20.

INDY ELEVEN RECAP

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KENNESAW, GEORGIA (Sunday, August 8, 2021) – It was a rare tough night on the road for Indy Eleven, which fell to Atlanta United 2 by a 6-2 scoreline Sunday evening at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Despite second half goals from the forward pairing of Nick Moon and Peter-Lee Vassell, two early first half concessions put an Eleven side playing its second away match in four days behind from the jump and unable to continue the momentum coming off of Wednesday’s 2-0 win at FC Tulsa.

“There’s not a lot of positives from tonight. Individually for Nick Moon and Peter-Lee Vassell, those two coming on at the half and to score after was good. But it needs to be known that this is my responsibility, you know, how we set up the team and whatnot,” said Indy Eleven Interim Head Coach Max Rogers after the match. “So yeah, good for those lads to come on and give us some energy, but obviously, you know, we weren’t good enough tonight, and that’s my responsibility.”

The scoring started just 12 seconds after the opening whistle following a series of Indy Eleven back passes that ended up at the feet of goalkeeper Eric Dick. The ‘keeper attempted to launch the ball back up and around forward Tyler Wolff as he barreled towards goal, but the Atlanta United Homegrown signee blocked the attempt and pushed the ball over the line for the fastest goal in the franchise’s history. Wolff widened the gap in the sixth minute after connecting with Darwin Matheus’ pass from outside the 18-yard box that split Indy’s backline, creating space as the forward charged through to receive.  A low ball to the near post and under Dick’s diving hand secured Wolff an early brace and Atlanta a dream start at 2-0.

Indy tried to bring one back in the 16th minute as forward Jordan Hamilton lobbed a pass up the pitch to Gordon Wild, whose first touch found Manuel Arteaga darting through Atlanta’s penalty area for a shot that ultimately ended over the crossbar.

The half progressed as both sides continued searching for chances, but it was Atlanta that came up with a pair of opportunities beginning in the 30th minute. Getting the ball off a throw in deep within Indy’s defending half, ATL captain Robbie Mertz restarted play with a few speedy steps before launching a shot from 25 yards out towards Indy’s goal, forcing Dick to tip the attempt over the crossbar for a corner kick. Six minutes later, it was Mertz again with a pass inside Indy’s 18-yard box, this time looking for Matheus for a point-blank shot, but Dick did well to dive and smother the attempt.

Both teams got on the end of goal-scoring opportunities in the closing minutes of the first half. In the 39th minute, Hamilton’s chipped ball along the outskirts of the six-yard box took a bounce before Arteaga sent a side-volleyed shot towards the bottom of the near post, but ATL ‘keeper Ben Lundgaard made a last-ditch diving save at full extension to keep the home side’s lead at two. Mertz had the last shot of the half, a driven low effort from the top of Indy’s box in the 44th minute that Dick dove down and pushed wide.

Indy made every effort to turn the tide at the start of the second stanza, the halftime substitute Vassell having a hard look at goal from inside Atlanta’s penalty area that the former Boys in Blue ‘keeper Lundgaard batted down and out. Things went bad to worse for the visitors just two minutes later, a passing error from Dick leading to Wolff getting the ball near the top of Indy’s box and netting a hat trick while the Butler alumnus was off his line. However, the Eleven found a quick spark and brought one back within the minute when Moon fought through four United defenders and found the back of the net with a shot through the middle of the box, notching his third goal of the season.

When it rains, it pours, as Atlanta found the back of the net twice more before the hour mark. In the 53rd minute, Matheus made a central run through traffic and nodded midfielder Caleb Wiley’s cross into the upper-right corner of the goal. Forward Amadou Diop got his second goal of the season five minutes later after heading down an in-swinging cross from the corner by Wolff, beating Dick on the bounce for Atlanta’s fifth goal of the evening.

Hungry for a goal, Vassell scored his second tally of the season – and in as many games – with a one-time effort from the top of the box that skipped into goal after Moon’s initial shot deflected off an Atlanta defender in the 73rd minute. Despite scoring, Indy’s night continued to sour as an injury forced Eleven defender Jared Timmer out of the game in the 86th minute, and with no remaining substitutes available, forced the Boys in Blue to play down a man for the remainder of the match. United used the player deficit to its advantage, scoring near the end of five allotted minutes of second half stoppage time off a long-distance strike by midfielder David Mejia.

Indiana’s Team will return home this Saturday, August 14, when it plays host to OKC Energy FC at “The Mike”, tickets for which are available by visiting at indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 371-685-1100 during regular business hours. The evening affair, presented by IBEW Local 481, will include food & beverage specials, including $4 beers and an $11 “Meal Deal” featuring a hot dog, chips & soda.

INDYCAR: ERICSSON DRIVES TO IMPROBABLE WIN IN GANASSI 1-2 AT NASHVILLE

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Five laps into the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, Marcus Ericsson’s car launched airborne and limped to the pits with a broken front wing.

Seventy-five laps later, he drove the No. 8 Bryant Honda into victory lane Sunday as the winner of the inaugural NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, in one of the most improbable results in recent memory.

Ericsson beat Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon to the finish by 1.5596 seconds in a two-lap showdown after a red flag to earn his second victory this season. Ericsson’s amazing drive to the front came after he hit the rear of Sebastien Bourdais’ No. 14 ROKiT/AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet on a restart on Lap 5, dislodging the front wing of his car and incurring a stop-and-go penalty for avoidable contact.

The late red flag came when NTT P1 Award winner Colton Herta crashed heavily in Turn 9 with five laps to go while running second and chasing Ericsson for the lead.

“It’s unbelievable,” Ericsson said. “It just shows in INDYCAR anything can happen. You can never give up. And if you have a good team and a good car, you can still get to victory lane.

“I can’t believe it; I just can’t believe it.”

James Hinchcliffe finished third in the No. 29 #ShiftToGreen Honda for his best result of the season for Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport. His previous best in 2021 was 14th in June at Belle Isle-2. Ryan Hunter-Reay finished fourth in the No. 28 DHL Honda as Andretti Autosport put two cars in the top five for the first time this season.

While Hinchcliffe and Hunter-Reay didn’t have quite the dramatic early laps of the race as Ericsson, both were forced to stop on track when the track was blocked by a multicar incident on Lap 20 that forced the first of two red flags in the 80-lap race. Yet they also rallied to drive into the top four.

Graham Rahal, who was quickest in the race warmup today, rounded out the top five in the No. 15 United Rentals Honda. Like Hinchcliffe, Ed Jones produced his best drive of the season, finishing sixth after starting 26th in the 27-car field in the No. 18 SealMaster Honda. Jones’ previous best result in 2021 was ninth in June at Belle Isle-1.

Alex Palou expanded his championship lead by finishing seventh in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda. He leads Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and six-time and reigning series champion Dixon by 42 points, as Dixon leap-frogged Pato O’Ward into second with his best result in the No. 9 PNC Bank Grow Up Great Honda since winning Texas-1 in early May.

O’Ward finished 13th in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet – his worst result since the Indianapolis road course race in early May – and fell to third in points, 48 behind Palou.

Ericsson, whose previous win came in June at Belle Isle-1, is fifth in the points, 79 behind Palou. He is just four points behind fourth-place Josef Newgarden, who finished 10th today at his hometown race in the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.

The race unfolded into a head-to-head duel between Ericsson and Herta over the closing 20 laps after a chaotic opening 60 laps that included seven caution periods.

Ericsson made his final pit stop on Lap 46 and was forced to save fuel and nurse the initially grippier but less durable Firestone alternate “red” tires over the closing laps. Herta made his final stop on Lap 53 for the more durable Firestone primary “black” tires, so he had no fuel concerns to the finish.

But Herta never got a chance to challenge Formula One veteran Ericsson for the lead after he locked up his tires while slowing for Turn 9 after exiting the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge on Lap 75, hitting the tire barrier hard. Herta was quickest in every pre-race session this weekend on the 11-turn, 2.17-mile street course except for the morning warmup.

“Colton was so fast, as we saw all weekend, so to keep him behind with a lot of fuel save was one of the best performances of my career,” Ericsson said. “I’m sorry he ended up in the fence there. He should be on this podium with us.”

Eight caution periods in the first 60 laps jumbled strategies and kept engineers and strategists on the pit wall almost as busy as drivers on the bumpy circuit that includes two trips across the Cumberland River each lap.

Ericsson was in the pits seven times during the race, three more than fellow podium finishers Dixon and Hinchcliffe, due to damage from his early incident with Bourdais and to serve the stop-and-go penalty he was assessed for avoidable contact in that collision. Ericsson drove up the back of Bourdais’ car, launching his front end into the air, on a restart on Lap 5.

“I want to apologize to Seb there at the start,” Ericsson said. “It was an accident. I thought it was green, and I went, and I couldn’t see that he stopped, so I’m really sorry for that.”

But Ericsson’s Chip Ganassi Racing team – led by strategist Mike O’Gara – made all the right calls on pit stops, and he first took the lead on Lap 33 and then again for good on Lap 56 when Romain Grosjean pitted in the No. 51 Nurtec ODT Honda. Ericsson led 37 laps for the day, two fewer than Herta.

Herta also caught a timely break during his first pit stop on Lap 33, during a caution period triggered by tire barrier contact in Turn 1 by the No. 21 Sonax/Autogeek Chevrolet of Rinus VeeKay. It appeared Herta would return to about the middle of the field for the ensuing restart, as a handful of cars had made pit stops during the numerous cautions earlier in the race.

But the Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car had to slow approaching the VeeKay accident area, as there was only one lane open on track since the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team was still clearing VeeKay’s car from the track. That allowed Herta to re-enter the track in fourth place behind leader Ericsson, Hunter-Reay and Hinchcliffe.

The next NTT INDYCAR SERIES race is the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix on Saturday, Aug. 14 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Practice and qualifying are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 13 on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course.

Two Second Half Goals Surge ‘Dons Past Indiana State In Exhibition

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Two second half goals pushed the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over the Indiana State Sycamores in an exhibition match on Sunday (Aug. 8) at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

The Missouri Valley Conference member Sycamores got off to an early lead with a goal at the seventh minute off the foot of Maddie Helling on an assist from Jensen Margheim. In the second half, the Mastodons quickly got on the board with a penalty kick goal from junior forward Morgan Reitano at the 47th minute. The go-ahead goal was scored by freshman forward Kayla Shebar at the 49th minute, with the assist from Reitano. Reitano found Shebar near midfield and Shebar was able to create space for a breakaway goal. The game-winning goal came in Shebar’s first match of her career.

The Sycamores outshot the ‘Dons 15-13 and had eight shots on goal to the ‘Dons five, but the ‘Dons were the ones that made the most of their chances. Five of the Mastodons’ 13 shots and three of the five shots on goal came from Shebar. Megan Sinnot and Kailyn Wade each recorded two shots. In goal for Purdue Fort Wayne was Melina Kozachik. After allowing the game’s first goal, she racked up seven saves.

The Mastodons will be back in action on Saturday, Aug. 14 (7 p.m.) against Goshen College at the Hefner Soccer Complex. Saturday’s match will be the second and final exhibition match for the ‘Dons.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1905       “COME AT ONCE STOP VERY SORRY STOP YOUR FATHER DEAD IN SHOOTING ACCIDENT STOP HURRY.” – telegram sent to Ty Cobb by Joe Cunningham, a long-time hometown Royston friend. Ty Cobb receives a telegram sent by his long-time hometown Royston friend Joe Cunningham informing him that his father, Professor W. H. Cobb, has been killed in a shooting accident the previous night. The incident will have a profound effect on the life of the 18 year-old Augusta Tourist (South Atlantic League) outfielder, becoming a sordid affair after the police reveal his mother pulled the trigger.

1906       Cubs right-hander Jack Taylor, who will amass a lifetime record of 152-139 and an ERA of 2.66, goes the distance, beating Brooklyn at Washington Park, 5-3. The victory will be the last of his 187 consecutive complete games, an amazing streak which began on June 20, 1901, with a 2-0 loss in Boston.

1916       The Philadelphia A’s twenty-game losing streak ends when Joe Bush beats the Tigers, 7-1. The 20-80 club has won only three of their prior 43 contests, with lone victories during the stretch snapping skids of twelve and nine consecutive defeats.

1939       Yankee third baseman Red Rolfe begins an eighteen-game scoring streak. The Penacook (NH) native will score thirty runs during this span.

1946       In MLB’s version of Friday Night Lights, all eight games, scheduled in eight different cities, will be played under the lights. It will be the first time in the major league history that every team will participate in an evening tilt on the same night.

1949       Dom DiMaggio, hitless in his first four at-bats against Yankee hurler Vic Raschi, sees his 34-game hitting streak come to an end. The Red Sox outfielder’s older brother Joe makes a shoestring catch in the eighth inning, taking his sibling’s last chance to extend the streak.

1961       The Reds continue their domination of the hapless Phillies by winning their 16th straight game against the inept squad, who have won just one contest in their last 19 tries. Joey Jay’s 5-0 whitewash is the 13th loss in a row for Philadelphia, the club’s longest losing streak in 25 years.

1963       One loss shy of tying the major league record of 19 consecutive defeats, Roger Craig switches his uniform number to 13 to change his luck. The change of works when Jim Hickman lofts a short fly ball in the ninth inning with two outs and the bases-full in a tie game, that barely ticks the upper-deck overhang in left field at the Polo Grounds for a walk-off grand slam, giving the Mets an improbable 7-3 victory over the Cubs.

1963       Lindy McDaniel becomes the second pitcher in major league history to give up a pair of game-ending grand slams in the same season when Mets pinch-hitter Jim Hickman goes deep to give the Mets a dramatic 7-3 victory over the Cubs at the Polo Grounds. The Chicago right-hander, who also allowed Houston’s Bob Aspromonte to end a game with a bases full walk-off round-tripper in June, joins Satchel Paige (1952) accomplishing the infamous deed.

1964       After throwing a perfect game on Father’s Day against the Mets, Phillies right-hander Jim Bunning continues his mastery over New York, retiring a total of 44 New York batters in a row. Joe Christopher beats out a two-out bunt in the fifth inning to finally end the right-hander’s perfection over the Amazins’.

1969       Philadelphia infielder Dick Allen starts scratching messages for the fans in the dirt around the first base bag, beginning today with “Oct. 2”, indicating the last day of the season when he would be “free” from the team. During the next week, a span the slugger hits five home runs in six days, some of his other missives include “Coke,” “Why,” “No,” “Mom,” and “Boo,” a word the Phillies fans fully embrace.

1975       At Shea Stadium, Davey Lopes steals his 32nd consecutive base without being caught, breaking Max Carey’s 1922 record in the Dodgers’ 2-0 victory over New York. Vince Coleman will break the Dodger second baseman’s mark in 1989.

1976       Cal Hubbard, with his induction to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as an umpire, becomes the first professional athlete elected into two Halls of Fame. In 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined the Missouri native due to his outstanding performance on the gridiron with the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.

1976       John Candelaria becomes the first Pirate since 1907 to throw a no-hitter in Pittsburgh. Nick Maddox threw the first and only Buc home no-hitter until the ‘Candyman’ beat the Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium. (There was never a no-hitter pitched in the 61-year history of spacious Forbes Field.)

1981       Major league baseball returns in a big way from its in-season strike when 72,086 fans attend the belated All-Star Game, a 5-4 National League victory over the Junior Circuit at Cleveland Stadium. Giants southpaw Vida Blue becomes the first pitcher to win the Midsummer Classic for both leagues, and Expo backstop Gary Carter, who hits two home runs, is named the MVP of the contest.

1988       After 5,687 consecutive contests occur during the day at the Chicago Northside ballpark dating back to 1914, the first official major league night game takes place at Wrigley Field, with the hometown Cubs taking a 6-4 decision from the Mets. Originally, last night’s contest against the Phillies would have been the ballpark’s first evening tilt, but rain washed out the scheduled historic event after the third inning.

1992       The Brewers retire #34 in tribute to Rollie Fingers, who won the 1981 AL Cy Young Award and AL Most Valuable Player Award in the first of his four seasons with the club. The handlebar-mustached All-Star closer, recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, will also be honored by the Oakland A’s next season when he joins Catfish Hunter as the franchise’s second player to have his jersey number retired.

1996       Cal Ripken records his 2,500th career hit with a single off White Sox right-hander Bill Simas in the Orioles’ 4-3 loss to Chicago in 10-innings. The Baltimore infielder will end his 21-year career with a total of 3,184 hits.

1998       The Expos draw a total of 757 dogs during the team’s Dog Day promotion. Montreal’s 8-2 victory over Arizona featured a pregame parade of the dogs and their owners on the field.

1998       Dennis Eckersley, throwing a perfect eighth inning in the Red Sox’ 14-8 victory over Texas, ties Kent Tekulve for second on the all-time list with 1,050 appearances by a pitcher. Hoyt Wilhelm is the over-all leader with 1,070, a record the ‘Eck’ will surpass in his final major league game on September 26.

1998       Dennis Martinez, with his 244th victory, surpasses Juan Marichal to become the winningest Latin American pitcher in major league baseball history. The Nicaraguan right-hander, known as ‘El Presidente,’ pitches a perfect eighth inning in the Braves’ 7-5 victory over the San Francisco.

1999       A total of five grand slams occur on the same day for the first time in major league history. Cardinal Fernando Tatis, Expo Jose Vidro, Marlin Mike Lowell, Yankee Bernie Williams, and Mariner Jay Buhner connect to set the record. (Ed. note – Lowell, Williams, and Buhner all played for the Columbus Clippers – thanks to Steve Basford for this interesting aside. -LP)

1999       The Blue Jays bang-out 25 hits in a 19-4 rout of the Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington. The total, which includes six doubles and four home runs, establishes a new franchise mark for hits.

2001       Mike Hampton ties the National League record for pitchers with his seventh homer when he goes deep off Felix Heredia in the Rockies’ 14-5 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Colorado southpaw equals the mark established by Dodger hurlers Don Drysdale (1958, 1965) and Don Newcombe (1955), and is two shy of the major league standard set by Wes Ferrell, playing for the Indians in 1931.

2002       Barry Bonds joins Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron as the only players to hit 600 career home runs. The 38 year-old Giant left fielder hit the milestone homer in the sixth inning by lining a 2-1 pitch thrown by Pirates starter Kip Wells over the center-field wall at Pacific Bell Park.

2002       At the age of 26 years and 182 days, Vladimir Guerrero hits his 200th career home run, tying the Expos right fielder with Ken Griffey, Jr. as the second-youngest player to reach the 200 homer plateau. Alex Rodriguez is the youngest major leaguer to reach the 200 homer mark, reaching the milestone in 25 years 290 days.

2005       An arbitrator rules Kenny Rogers, who has missed 13 games, should be reinstated. The decision states the punishment for shoving two cameramen handed down by Bud Selig went too far in suspending the Ranger pitcher for 20 games and levying an excessive $50,000 fine.

2006       Mike Piazza belts two home runs off Mets ace Pedro Martinez and nearly hits a third in the eighth inning during a 4-3 Padres loss in New York. The Big Apple fans give their former hometown hero an uncommon road curtain call after the round-tripper, but the second time the backstop goes deep, he hears boos and catcalls from the crowd.

2008       Micah Hoffpauir ties a modern Pacific Coast League record by homering in his first four at-bats in the Iowa Cubs’ 15-3 rout over the Round Rock Express. The 28 year-old slugging first baseman becomes the third player in the history of the storied PCL to go deep in four consecutive at-bats and the fifth to accomplish the feat in one game.

2008       As part of the 50th-anniversary celebration commemorating the Giants’ move to San Francisco, the team honors their greatest outfielders. Barry Bonds, thought not to be there, receives a standing ovation from the surprised fans when he is announced and takes part in the ceremony telling the crowd, “It feels awful to me not to be in uniform, and the Dodgers are right here.”

2009       In the eighth inning of a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox in the Bronx, Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit consecutive homers for the sixth time this season, the most ever for a pair of Yankees in one season. The teammates’ accomplishment is remarkable, considering the franchise featured the dynamic duos of Ruth and Gehrig as well as Mantle and Maris in its storied past.

2010       Citing he has lost confidence in his manager, Mariner GM Jack Zduriencik fires Don Wakamatsu and three coaches. Triple-A Tacoma manager Daren Brown is named the interim pilot of the last-place club (42-70), becoming the team’s fifth skipper in a little more than three years.

2010       The front-running Reds obtain 40 year-old veteran Jim Edmonds from the Brewers in exchange for Chris Dickerson, a light-hitting defensively talented outfielder. Dusty Baker will use his newest player, who hit .286 and eight homers in 73 games for Milwaukee in a part-time role during the playoff chase.

2011       With the tying runs at the corners and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Curtis Granderson is picked off at first, ending the game as Mark Teixeira, the Yankees’ leading home run hitter, stands at the plate. The last out of New York’s 6-4 loss to the Angels is the result of the seldom effective fake to third, throw to first move perpetrated by closer Jordan Walden, which easily catches the Bronx Bomber outfielder off the base when he attempts to steal second base on a 1-6-3 play.

2013       Dan Haren becomes the thirteenth pitcher in history to record a victory over all 30 major league franchises when he hurls seven solid innings in the Nationals’ 9-2 win over Philadelphia. The 32 year-old right-hander joins Al Leiter, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, A.J. Burnett, Kevin Brown, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling, Woody Williams, Jamie Moyer, Javier Vazquez, Vicente Padilla, and Derek Lowe in accomplishing the feat.

2013       The Dodgers rally for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, overcoming a six-run, seventh-inning deficit, for their fifth walk-off victory of the season. The team’s 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay is their 11th consecutive win in one-run games, a span in which they have defeated ten different clubs.

2014       Bill Lee, who threw a complete-game victory two seasons ago for the San Rafael Pacifics, breaks his record as the oldest player ever to win a professional baseball game when he hurls 5.2 innings in the Sonoma Stompers’ 6-3 victory at Arnold Field. The 67 year-old former major league hurler, a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, gives up six hits and three runs to the visiting Pittsburg Mettle of the independent Pacific Association.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay6844.60735 – 2233 – 2233 – 1711 – 514 – 178 – 2W 4
Boston6549.570433 – 2232 – 2730 – 2113 – 811 – 162 – 8L 1
NY Yankees6150.5506.532 – 2529 – 2524 – 3013 – 615 – 88 – 2L 1
Toronto6050.545731 – 2429 – 2626 – 2710 – 710 – 128 – 2W 1
Baltimore3872.3452917 – 3421 – 3813 – 318 – 1911 – 143 – 7L 5
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox6646.58938 – 2028 – 2613 – 736 – 239 – 116 – 4W 3
Cleveland5455.49510.528 – 2426 – 319 – 1629 – 198 – 124 – 6W 1
Detroit5460.4741332 – 2522 – 358 – 824 – 3617 – 115 – 5L 1
Kansas City4862.4361728 – 2520 – 379 – 1725 – 295 – 114 – 6W 1
Minnesota4864.4291824 – 3024 – 346 – 723 – 3013 – 205 – 5W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6646.58935 – 2331 – 2316 – 1216 – 1230 – 144 – 6L 1
Oakland6448.571234 – 2530 – 2313 – 1313 – 428 – 248 – 2W 4
Seattle5954.5227.533 – 2326 – 3116 – 1212 – 1326 – 204 – 6W 1
LA Angels5656.5001030 – 2626 – 3011 – 1116 – 820 – 305 – 5L 2
Texas3973.3482726 – 3013 – 4311 – 138 – 1517 – 333 – 7L 6
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia5953.52734 – 2125 – 3234 – 2713 – 86 – 98 – 2W 8
Atlanta5755.509229 – 2828 – 2730 – 2820 – 114 – 47 – 3W 1
NY Mets5655.5052.533 – 2023 – 3522 – 2713 – 1414 – 62 – 8L 4
Washington5062.446929 – 3021 – 3222 – 2511 – 119 – 193 – 7L 1
Miami4765.4201227 – 2720 – 3822 – 236 – 1316 – 153 – 7L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee6646.58932 – 2734 – 1910 – 1232 – 1820 – 86 – 4L 2
Cincinnati6151.545531 – 2730 – 249 – 734 – 1810 – 208 – 2W 5
St. Louis5556.49510.532 – 2523 – 3114 – 1619 – 2115 – 114 – 6L 1
Chi Cubs5261.46014.531 – 2421 – 3712 – 1622 – 2715 – 112 – 8L 4
Pittsburgh4171.3662523 – 3018 – 4112 – 1212 – 359 – 173 – 7L 5
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco7141.63435 – 1736 – 2413 – 716 – 1131 – 177 – 3W 2
LA Dodgers6745.598436 – 2031 – 2513 – 710 – 1032 – 206 – 4W 2
San Diego6449.5667.538 – 2326 – 2611 – 1216 – 1427 – 205 – 5W 2
Colorado5161.4552038 – 2113 – 408 – 813 – 1721 – 307 – 3W 4
Arizona3578.31036.521 – 3514 – 438 – 1512 – 1714 – 383 – 7L 2

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England1912433522137-1-15-3-240
Orlando City SC18864282355-3-13-3-330
New York City FC178453218146-1-22-3-328
Philadelphia19775251965-2-22-5-328
Nashville SC186102261796-5-00-5-228
D.C.18837272166-0-22-3-527
Columbus186662123-24-3-22-3-424
CF Montreal18657242404-3-12-2-623
New York175482122-14-2-21-2-619
Atlanta183962125-42-3-21-6-418
Chicago184592029-94-4-40-1-517
Inter Miami CF164481526-112-2-52-2-316
FC Cincinnati173771830-120-4-33-3-416
Toronto FC183692338-151-5-22-1-715
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC1810443320135-3-15-1-334
Seattle189632614125-4-24-2-133
Los Angeles181026292817-1-23-1-432
Colorado16844221665-3-13-1-328
Minnesota17755212106-1-21-4-326
Portland177282329-66-1-21-1-623
Los Angeles FC186572425-14-4-22-1-523
Real Salt Lake17566262063-4-22-2-421
FC Dallas185672325-24-5-01-1-721
San Jose185672127-63-1-42-5-321
Houston183961925-63-4-00-5-618
Austin174491320-72-2-32-2-616
Vancouver173771928-93-2-30-5-416

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun146.7008-16-59-36-42 W
Chicago Sky1010.5004.03-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1011.4764.55-55-65-84-62 L
Washington Mystics810.4445.05-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream613.3167.53-73-65-62-84 L
Indiana Fever416.20010.03-81-84-93-73 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm165.7628-38-28-47-31 W
Las Vegas Aces156.7141.08-37-38-47-31 W
Minnesota Lynx127.6323.06-36-48-48-27 W
Phoenix Mercury910.4746.03-76-36-74-61 L
Dallas Wings912.4297.04-55-76-74-63 L
Los Angeles Sparks613.3169.04-72-61-112-86 L