INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

MONDAY 9-12

VOLLEYBALL

TINDLEY V TRADERS POINT                                      6:30PM

GUERIN CATHOLIC V HERITAGE CHRISTIAN          7:00PM

TUESDAY 9-13

COVENANT CHRISTIAN V BISHOP CHATARD           7:00PM

DOWN THE LINES INDIANS                                       5:00PM

FRIDAY 9-16

MOUNT VERNON V DELTA                                        7:30PM

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL V EVANSVILLE HARRISON   7:00PM CST

COLUMBUS NORTH V BISHOP CHATARD                  7:00PM

TINDLEY V COVENANT CHRISTIAN                             7:00PM

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN V SCECINA                              7:00PM (@BEECH GROVE)

HCAC GAME OF THE WEEK

KALAMAZOO V DEFIANCE                                         1:30PM

BISHOP DWENGER V BISHOP[ CHATARD               2:30PM ( GSOC)

INDIANA SRN FOOTBALL POLLS: TOP 5

6A

  1. BROWNSBURG
  2. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  3. CATHEDRAL
  4. CENTER GROVE
  5. WARREN CENTRAL

5A

  1. WHITELAND
  2. MISHAWAKA
  3. MERRILLVILLE
  4. VALPO
  5. DECATUR CENTRAL

4A

  1. NEW PALESTINE
  2. RONCALLI
  3. MOORESVILLE
  4. NORTHWOOD
  5. NEW PRAIRIE

3A

  1. WEST LAFAYETTE
  2. CHATARD
  3. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  4. GUERIN CATHOLIC
  5. WESTERN BOONE

2A

  1. LINTON STOCKTON
  2. EASTBROOK
  3. SCECINA
  4. ANDREAN
  5. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN

1A

  1. INDY LUTHERAN
  2. SOUTH ADAMS
  3. ADAMS CENTRAL
  4. PARK TUDOR
  5. TRI

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THE “POWER POLL”

6A

  1. CATHEDRAL
  2. BROWNSBURG
  3. BEN DAVIS
  4. CENTER GROVE
  5. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  6. FISHERS
  7. LAWRENCE CENTRAL
  8. WESTFIELD
  9. CARMEL
  10. CROWN POINT

5A

  1. WHITELAND
  2. VALPO
  3. MERRIVILLE
  4. FRANKLIN
  5. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  6. FW SNIDER
  7. MISHAWAKA
  8. DECATUR CENTRAL
  9. HARRISON WL
  10. CASTLE

4A

  1. NEW PALESTINE
  2. RONCALLI
  3. EAST CENTRAL
  4. BREBEUF
  5. NORTHWOOD
  6. MOORESVILLE
  7. EVANSVILLE REITZ
  8. GREENFIELD CENTRAL
  9. MT. VERNON
  10. KOKOMO

3A

  1. CHATARD
  2. WEST LAFAYETTE
  3. OAK HILL
  4. NORWELL
  5. VINCENNES LINCOLN
  6. LAWRENCEBURG
  7. GUERIN CATHOLIC
  8. SOUTHRIDGE
  9. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  10. HANOVER CENTRAL

2A

  1. LAVILLE
  2. SCECINA
  3. LINTON STOCKTON
  4. TRITON CENTRAL
  5. ANDREAN
  6. FT. WAYNE LUERS
  7. EASTSIDE
  8. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
  9. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
  10. SOUTHMONT

1A

  1. INDY LUTHERAN
  2. ADAMS CENTRAL
  3. NORTH DECATUR
  4. NORTH JUDSON
  5. SOUTH PUTNAM
  6. TRITON
  7. PARK TUDOR
  8. TECUMSEH
  9. PROVIDENCE
  10. COVENANT CHRISTIAN

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 5 CAPSULES:

http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsFri.htm#loaded

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 3

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16

FLORIDA STATE AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

AIR FORCE AT WYOMING | 8 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 17

WOFFORD AT VIRGINIA TECH | 11 A.M. | ACC NETWORK

NO. 1 GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

UCONN AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC

NO. 6 OKLAHOMA AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | FOX

TEXAS STATE AT NO. 17 BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FS1

YOUNGSTOWN STATE AT NO. 9 KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

ABILENE CHRISTIAN AT MISSOURI | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

VILLANOVA AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

PURDUE AT SYRACUSE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

CINCINNATI AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT INDIANA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

TOWSON AT WEST VIRGINIA | 1 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

BUFFALO AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

BUCKNELL AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN3

SOUTH ALABAMA AT UCLA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

OHIO AT IOWA STATE | 2 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

RUTGERS AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

OLD DOMINION AT VIRGINIA | 2 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

MURRAY STATE AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

CAL AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK

TULANE AT KANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

NEW MEXICO STATE AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

NO. 12 BYU AT NO. 25 OREGON | 3:30 P.M. | FOX

NO. 20 OLE MISS AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

NO. 22 PENN STATE AT AUBURN | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

VANDERBILT AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

COLORADO AT MINNESOTA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

STONY BROOK AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

TROY AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

UL MONROE AT NO. 2 ALABAMA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

KANSAS AT HOUSTON | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

UT MARTIN AT BOISE STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1

LIBERTY AT NO. 19 WAKE FOREST | 5 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

COLORADO STATE AT WASHINGTON STATE | 5 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

MARSHALL AT BOWLING GREEN | 5 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT LSU | 6 P.M. | ESPNU

NORTH CAROLINA A&T AT DUKE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX

CAMPBELL AT EAST CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

TOLEDO AT NO. 3 OHIO STATE | 7 P.M. | FOX

ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF AT NO. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE | 7 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

MISSOURI STATE AT NO. 10 ARKANSAS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

TEXAS TECH AT NO. 16 NC STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

AKRON AT NO. 15 TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT TULSA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

NORTHWESTERN STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN3

ARKANSAS STATE AT MEMPHIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

CHARLOTTE AT GEORGIA STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

TENNESSEE STATE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTH FLORIDA AT NO. 18 FLORIDA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NO. 11 MICHIGAN STATE AT WASHINGTON | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

NO. 23 PITT AT WESTERN NO. 4 MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NEVADA AT IOWA | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

SMU AT MARYLAND | 7:30 P.M. | FS1

MAINE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3

UCF AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN

LOUISIANA AT RICE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISIANA TECH AT NO. 5 CLEMSON | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

MONTANA STATE AT OREGON STATE | 8 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

UTEP AT NEW MEXICO | 8 P.M. | MWN

UTSA AT NO. 21 TEXAS | 8 P.M. | LONGHORN NETWORK

NO. 13 MIAMI (FLA.) AT NO. 24 TEXAS A&M | 9 P.M. | ESPN

SAN DIEGO STATE AT NO. 14 UTAH | 10 P.M. | ESPN2

FRESNO STATE AT NO.7  USC | 10:30 P.M. | FOX

NORTH DAKOTA STATE AT ARIZONA | 11 P.M. | FS1

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT ARIZONA STATE | 11 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

DUQUESNE AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

NFL SCOREBOARD

INDIANAPOLIS 20 HOUSTON 20 OT

NEW ORLEANS 27 ATLANTA 26

CLEVELAND 26 CAROLINA 24

CHICAGO 19 SAN FRANCISCO 10

PITTSBURGH 23 CINCINNATI 20 OT

PHILADELPHIA 38 DETROIT 35

MIAMI 20 NEW ENGLAND 7

BALTIMORE 24 NY JETS 9

WASHINGTON 28 JACKSONVILLE 22

KANSAS CITY 44 ARIZONA 21

LA CHARGERS 24 LAS VEGAS 19

MINNESOTA 23 GREEN BAY 7

NY GIANTS 21 TENNESSEE 20

TAMPA BAY 19 DALLAS 3

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC

WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

SEATTLE 8 ATLANTA 7

BOSTON 1 BALTIMORE 0

NY YANKEES 10 TAMPA BAY 4

KANSAS CITY 4 DETROIT 0

CLEVELAND 4 MINNESOTA 1

HOUSTON 12 LA ANGELS 4

TEXAS 4 TORONTO 1

OAKLAND 10 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3

PHILADELPHIA 7 WASHINGTON 5

ST. LOUIS 4 PITTSBURGH 3

NY METS 9 MIAMI 3

MILWAUKEE 7 CINCINNATI 6

ARIZONA 12 COLORADO 6

LA DODGERS 11 SAN DIEGO 2

SAN FRANCISCO 4 CHICAGO CUBS 2

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS 19 OMAHA 9

WNBA PLAYOFFS

LAS VEGAS 67 CONNECTICUT 64

AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

1. GEORGIA (53)
2. ALABAMA (9)
3. OHIO STATE (1)
4. MICHIGAN
5. CLEMSON
6. OKLAHOMA
7. USC
8. OKLAHOMA STATE
9. KENTUCKY
10. ARKANSAS
11. MICHIGAN STATE
12. BYU
13. MIAMI
14. UTAH
15. TENNESSEE 
16. NC STATE
17. BAYLOR
18. FLORIDA 
19. WAKE FOREST
20. OLE MISS
21. TEXAS
22. PENN STATE
23. PITTSBURGH
24. TEXAS A&M
25. OREGON

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: MARSHALL (85), CINCINNATI (80), APPALACHIAN STATE (80), KANSAS STATE (77), NORTH CAROLINA (71), MISSISSIPPI STATE (43), FLORIDA STATE (42), OREGON STATE (42), MINNESOTA (37), WASHINGTON STATE (30), NOTRE DAME (23), AIR FORCE (19), TEXAS TECH (17), WISCONSIN (7), AUBURN (4), IOWA STATE (4), PURDUE (1)

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Saints pull off improbable comeback to beat Falcons 27-26

ATLANTA (AP) A new coach. A bunch of guys coming back from injuries. A 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

None of it flustered the New Orleans Saints, who pulled off a stunning comeback Sunday.

Wil Lutz kicked a 51-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining after Jameis Winston guided a pair of lighting-quick touchdown drives, giving the Saints a 27-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Dennis Allen’s coaching debut.

“It was exciting,” Winston said with a smile. “We’ve just got to find a way to get there quicker.”

After struggling offensively through most of the season opener, the Saints finally found their rhythm.

Winston threw for 269 yards after going down last season on Halloween with a knee injury. Michael Thomas hauled in a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes in his first game since the 2020 season, having missed an entire campaign with complications from an ankle injury.

And Lutz delivered at the end, showing he’s fully recovered from a core issue that kept him out for all of 2021.

“I’m happy with our resilience,” Winston said. “We never gave up.”

Winston hooked up with Thomas on touchdown passes of 3 and 9 yards. The Saints converted one 2-point try, but failed on the other, leaving the Falcons clinging to a 26-24 lead.

New Orleans got the ball back one more time, taking over at its own 20 with 48 seconds remaining and no timeouts.

No problem.

Winston connected on a 40-yard pass to Jarvis Landry and a 17-yarder to Juwan Johnson to set up Lutz’s winning field goal.

A personal foul on the Saints gave the Falcons a chance to pull out the victory, but Younghoe Koo’s 63-yard field goal attempt was blocked as the clock ran out.

It was a stirring start to the Allen era.

Sean Payton, who coached the team for 15 years and led New Orleans to its lone Super Bowl title, surprisingly stepped down after last season.

His defensive coordinator got the job, even though Allen’s first head coaching stint resulted in a record of 8-28 with the Raiders in 2012-14.

Make it 9-28.

“I hope they’re not all like that,” Allen said. “Look, our team is tough and gritty. That’s what I love about ’em. That’s exactly the way they played in this game. It wasn’t perfect. We’ve got a ton of things to clean up.”

The Falcons, who have seemingly never recovered from squandering a 28-3 lead in the 2017 Super Bowl, added another meltdown to their resume in their first game of the post-Matt Ryan era.

Cordarrelle Patterson rushed for a career-high 120 yards, including a 5-yard scoring burst, and Marcus Mariota made his first start since 2019 as Ryan’s replacement.

Mariota threw for 215 yards and added 72 on the ground, highlight by a 2-yard touchdown run.

But in the end, the Falcons let what seemed like a sure victory get away.

“You guys wrote our obituary back in May and you’ll continue to write our obituary,” second-year coach Arthur Smith grumbled to reporters. “Who cares? We’ve got 16 games to learn from this and get better.”

Winston was sacked four times by a team that had a league-low 18 sacks a year ago. He passed for just 24 yards in the first half, but made all the throws when it really counted.

Landry had seven catches for 114 yards, and Thomas finished with five catches for 57 yards.

“It was a blessing to be back out there with the guys,” said Thomas, who had an NFL-record 149 receptions in 2019 but was playing just his eighth game since then.

SECOND CHANCE

Lutz was kicking himself after his first field goal attempt from 44 yards hit the left upright.

He bounced back to make a 49-yarder before connecting on the game-winner.

“Obviously, coming off a miss is tough,” Lutz said. “But that’s what we signed up to do. I’m grateful the defense gave me a chance to get back out there and the offense put me in position to make the kick. It feels really good.”

SACK ATTACK

One bright spot for the Falcons was their pass rush.

The four sacks was the most by Atlanta since its next-to-last contest of the 2020 season at Kansas City. The Falcons had an NFL-low 18 sacks a year ago, never managing more than three in a game.

Grady Jarrett was credited with 1 1/2 sacks, teaming with Lorenzo Carter on one of them. Mykal Walker and Arnold Ebiketie also had sacks.

PROMISING STARTS

Both teams got plenty of production from their first-round rookie receivers.

Drake London, the No. 8 overall selection, led the Falcons with five catches for 74 yards.

Chris Olave, the No. 11 choice by the Saints, had three receptions for 41 yards and hauled in another catch on New Orleans’ successful 2-point conversion.

INJURY REPORT

Atlanta RB Damien Williams sustained a rib injury in the first quarter, forcing Patterson to take on the bulk of the running load. The Falcons activated only one other back, Avery Williams, choosing not to play rookie Tyler Allgeier.

UP NEXT

Saints: Home opener next Sunday against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Falcons: Hit the road to face the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in the first of two straight West Coast games.

York’s 58-yard FG lifts Browns over Panthers, Mayfield 26-24

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Cleveland Browns are 1-0 for the first time since 2004.

Winning at the expense of former quarterback Baker Mayfield only made it a little sweeter.

Cade York kicked a 58-yard field goal with 8 seconds left in his NFL debut, lifting the the Browns to a 26-24 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday that spoiled Mayfield’s bid for vengeance after weeks of build-up and supposed barbs.

“The tone was set with the attitude of some of the guys on the other side,” said Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett, who had two sacks. “We were just ready to get out there and put things to bed.

“It had us a bit off the leash,” he added, a reference to T-shirts that Mayfield’s camp had produced earlier in the week.

Nick Chubb ran for 141 yards and Kareem Hunt had 70 total yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns as the Browns won their first road season opener in 28 years.

Mayfield, who spent four seasons with Cleveland prior to being traded in July, finished 16 of 27 for 235 yards with two touchdowns.

“We would love to have the bragging rights against those guys, but we didn’t finish – mostly because we didn’t start (the game) fast enough,” Mayfield said.

Mayfield nearly pulled it off anyway.

He led the Panthers back from a 13-point fourth quarter deficit with a 7-yard touchdown run, a 75-yard TD strike to Robbie Anderson and by moving his team 64 yards in seven plays to set up Eddy Pineiro’s go-ahead field goal with 1:13 remaining.

But the Panthers left too much time on the clock.

Jacoby Brissett, filling in for suspended Browns star Deshaun Watson, completed passes for 13 yards to Donovan Peoples-Jones and 9 yards to Amari Cooper to set up York’s winning kick, the longest for the franchise since 1984.

York, the team’s fourth-round draft pick, told Brissett a few months ago at his rookie dinner that as long he gets the ball to the 40, he’s in his range.

“The coach always says, `Get to the 30-yard line’ in late-game situations. I made the joke about, `Just get me to the 40,'” York said.

There was a controversial call on the play prior to York’s winning kick.

On third down, Brissett appeared to fake a spike and officials threw several flags stopping the action. But rather than moving the Browns out of field goal range, officials picked up the flags after a brief meeting at midfield.

“We determined that stepping back does not disqualify the quarterback from spiking the ball, and we allowed him to do that by rule,” referee Brad Rogers said in a pool report.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule had a different interpretation.

“A quarterback pumping or mishandling a snap can’t take a step back or it becomes intentional grounding,” Rhule said. “… I started screaming intentional grounding, a 10-second runoff and the game is about to be over. They called it and then changed it.”

The Browns harassed Mayfield early on, sacking him four times and tipping five passes at the line of scrimmage. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2018 also fumbled two shotgun snaps, took a delay of game penalty and threw an interception that led to Cleveland’s first touchdown.

The fiery Mayfield kept his emotions mostly in check until early in the fourth quarter when – trailing 20-7 – he dropped back to pass, saw an opening and raced up the middle for a touchdown, and then celebrated by riffling the ball off the inside wall of the stadium.

Carolina’s slow start cost them – they gained just 13 yards in their fist five possessions and fell behind 14-0.

Grant Delpit’s interception of Mayfield led to a 1-yard touchdown pass from Brissett to a wide open Hunt. The score came after Panthers cornerback C.J. Henderson essentially tackled Amari Cooper in the end zone before the ball arrived, giving Cleveland a first-and-goal at the 1.

Hunt’s 24-yard TD run gave Cleveland its biggest lead at 14-0.

Mayfield appeared to get some of his mojo back on Carolina’s sixth possession, connecting on a 50-yard pass to Ian Thomas to set up a 1-yard touchdown leap by Christian McCaffrey to cut the lead in half.

But after Panthers new kicker Eddy Pineiro sent the kickoff out of bounds, the Browns were able to add a field goal to make it a 17-7 game at the half.

INJURIES

No injuries reported.

UP NEXT

Browns: Host Jets on Sunday.

Panthers: At Giants on Sunday.

Fields throws 2 TDs, Bears top 49ers 19-10 in Eberflus debut

CHICAGO (AP) Justin Fields rolled to his left with two defenders closing in on him. As his quarterback scrambled one way, Dante Pettis broke toward the opposite side.

Fields saw his receiver wide open. He lofted a pass across the field, and Pettis took it the rest of the way for a 51-yard touchdown that kicked the Bears into gear.

Fields threw for two second-half scores, Eddie Jackson set up a TD with an interception and Chicago gave Matt Eberflus a win in his head coaching debut, beating the San Francisco 49ers 19-10 on a rain-soaked Sunday.

It was a sweet start for a new regime. The Bears decided to make major changes after last season, when they went 6-11 and missed the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years.

General manager Ryan Poles and Eberflus took over for the fired Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy. And their first game was a win over a team that played in the NFC championship game last season. Go figure.

“I’m not surprised. I’m not surprised,” Eberflus said. “I thought the guys executed. I thought that they hung in there. That’s what you’ve got to do in the NFL. It’s never going to be perfect, it’s always going to be hard. Always. Most times it comes down to the end, just like that. That’s the way the NFL is.”

Fields shook off a rough first half. The long touchdown to Pettis, a former 49er, with the Bears trailing 10-0 was, he said, “the play that changed the momentum of our game.”

Fields connected with Equanimeous St. Brown for an 18-yarder early in the fourth to put Chicago on top 13-10. Jackson then picked off Trey Lance near midfield for his first interception since 2019 and returned the ball to the 21. That led to a 6-yard touchdown run by Khalil Herbert, making it 19-10.

Fields, the No. 11 overall pick in 2019, was 8 of 17 for 121 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The former Ohio State star is trying to convince Eberflus and new general manager Ryan Poles he can solidify a position that has long been a weakness for Chicago.

“Coach always says it’s mental and physical stamina,” Fields said. “Who can play the longest, the hardest and just play every play. We won this game with mental and physical stamina.”

San Francisco running back Elijah Mitchell left the game in the first half with a knee injury and did not return. Niners star tight end George Kittle missed the game because of a groin issue.

Heavy rain flooded the area and drenched the new Bermuda grass installed this week instead of the traditional Kentucky bluegrass used in a stadium often criticized for its choppy surface. As the final seconds ticked away, Bears players took head-first dives into the drenched end zone.

COMING UP DRY

The Bears also got called for an unusual penalty near the end of the first half, when their holder got flagged for bringing out a towel to dry a small area of the field ahead of a field goal try. Rookie Trenton Gill used a towel to dry the spot where the kick would be attempted. Kicker Cairo Santos also stepped on the towel and used it to dry a different area.

PENALTIES, MISSED CHANCES

The 49ers were hurt by 12 penalties for 99 yards and were just 1 for 3 in the red zone. Combine that with the opportunities they missed, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why they lost.

“You see that in the stat sheet and you know what happened out there,” coach Kyle Shanahan said.

Lance, drafted eight spots ahead of Fields, completed 13 of 28 passes for 164 yards and an interception.

“Man, I made too many mistakes,” he said.

Deebo Samuel ran for a 6-yard score in the second quarter after losing a fumble deep in Chicago territory in the early going. But he caught just two passes for 14 yards.

Nick Bosa added a sack.

“We know what we need to fix,” Samuel said. “We were real good in the locker room as far as people knowing what we need to do to win the game.”

INJURIES

49ers: Mitchell – who set a franchise rookie record with 963 yards rushing last season – ran for 41 before exiting in the second quarter. Shanahan said the medical stiff initially thought he could return to the game. He said he was not sure if this will be a long-term injury.

Bears: The Bears announced no injuries during the game.

UP NEXT

49ers: Host Seattle on Sept. 18.

Bears: Visit Green Bay on Sept. 18.

Steelers get late FG in OT after Watt injured vs Bengals

CINCINNATI (AP) Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Pittsburgh Steelers kept kicking the door open against the Cincinnati Bengals. It took until the final whistle to finally walk on through.

Chris Boswell kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired in overtime and the Steelers overcame T.J. Watt’s injury late in the fourth quarter to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in a sloppy season opener for both teams Sunday.

Watt and Fitzpatrick had two of four interceptions off Joe Burrow, who rebounded from a lousy start and rallied Cincinnati from a 17-6 halftime deficit. His 6-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase tied it at 20 with 2 seconds left in regulation

Fitzpatrick kept the Steelers alive by blocking Evan McPherson’s point-after try, sending the game to overtime.

“It’s just good to come in here in a hostile environment, man, and not blink, particularly with a number of new guys, whether they’re rookies or new to us,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said.

McPherson and Boswell missed potential winning field goals in overtime before Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed passes of 9, 26 and 10 yards in the final 56 seconds.

“That was pretty crazy – the back-and-forth nature,” Trubisky said. “We found out a lot about this team. We battled, we stuck together. We have a lot to clean up, but we found a way in the end. Winning is fun.”

Watt, the Defensive Player of the Year, left the field and headed to the locker room shortly before the game went to overtime with a pectoral injury. Before that, he was his usual disruptive self, with a sack and a pick.

Burrow’s four interceptions were a career worst, and he was sacked seven times in front of what was supposed to be an improved offensive line.

“It’s frustrating,” Burrow said. “We came back in the second half. We finished strong. Give them credit. They had a good plan.”

Burrow didn’t play in the preseason games as he recovered from an appendectomy, and he got a rude welcome back to the field. Cam Heyward sacked him on Cincinnati’s first offensive play, and Fitzpatrick jumped Tyler Boyd’s route the next snap and returned it 31 yards for a Pick-6.

McPherson made a 59-yard field goal in the first quarter, but Watt made a leaping interception at the line on the next series. That set up Trubisky’s 2-yard TD pass to Najee Harris for a 17-3 edge.

Trubisky, the first quarterback to start for the Steelers after Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement, was 21 for 38 for 194 yards and the short TD pass to Harris as first-round pick Kenny Pickett watched from the sideline.

When asked about his offense, Tomlin said: “It was enough – we’re 1-0.”

The Bengals wasted a solid performance by the their defense, which limited the big plays and did a good job containing running back Harris, who finished with 23 yards on 10 carries before leaving late with a foot injury.

Chase had 10 catches for 129 yards for the Bengals.

JOE’S SLOW START

For much of the day, Burrow looked as if he was struggling to get back on track. He finished 33 for 53 for 338 yards and two touchdowns.

Asked if he was still trying to shake off the effects of his July surgery, he would only say, “I felt good.”

“We don’t overreact when things go well. We don’t overreact when things don’t go well,” Burrow said. “We’re even-keeled. We got into position to win the game.”

INJURIES

Steelers: CB Levi Wallace left in the second half with an ankle injury and didn’t return. … OL Mason Cole suffered an ankle injury in the second half and didn’t return. … Harris suffered a foot injury late in the game. … Tomlin said LB Robert Spillane suffered an eye injury.

Bengals: WR Tee Higgins left with a concussion from a hard hit by several Steelers. … LS Clark Harris went out with a biceps injury.

UP NEXT

Steelers: At New England next Sunday.

Bengals: At Dallas next Sunday.

Jalen Hurts, Eagles too much for Lions in opener 38-35

DETROIT (AP) Jalen Hurts made plays with his legs, right arm and head.

Hurts accounted for 333 yards and a touchdown and A.J. Brown had a career-high-tying 155 yards receiving in his Philadelphia debut, helping the Eagles hold on for a 38-35 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Hurts ran 17 times, one short of his career high, for 90 yards and a 1-yard touchdown. The third-year quarterback was 18 of 32 for 243 yards, including a perfectly placed 54-yard pass to Brown that led to Philadelphia taking a 24-14 lead at halftime.

Just as importantly, Hurts threw away many passes to avoid sacks.

“We had a lot broken plays, a lot of throwaways,” he said. “As a quarterback, that is the best play sometimes.”

The Eagles scored 24 points in the second quarter and had a 17-point lead in the fourth that was cut to three when Jared Goff threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark with 3:51 left.

Miles Sanders’ 24-yard run on third-and-2 from the Eagles 27 just before the two-minute warning quieted a raucous crowd.

“That was a big one,” Brown said. “We needed that to take the life out of the building.”

Philadelphia sealed the win on Hurts’ sneak that converted a fourth-and-1 from the Detroit 40 with 50 seconds left.

Sanders finished with 96 yards rushing and was one of three Philadelphia running backs to score.

The Lions started strong, opening the game with a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive and forcing Philadelphia to turn it over on downs.

Hurts, though, proved to be too tough to stop on the ground and through the air.

He had 50 yards rushing in the first quarter, the highest total by a Philadelphia quarterback since Michael Vick ran for 2 more yards in the opening quarter of a 2013 game against the New York Giants.

“He’s very slick,” said Lions rookie linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez, a former Oklahoma State star who faced Hurts at Oklahoma. “Obviously, he’s progressed in the league.”

When Hurts threw, Brown was clearly his go-to receiver with 10 receptions on 13 targets. No one else on the team had more than four targets, or three catches.

Brown made a quick return on the team’s investment with the most yards receiving by a player in his Philadelphia debut. The Eagles traded the No. 18 pick and a third-round choice to Tennessee for Brown and signed him to a four-year contract worth at least $57 million.

Goff was 21 of 37 for 215 yards with two touchdowns and an interception that James Bradberry returned 27 yards for a score that put the Eagles ahead 21-7 in the second quarter.

“We could have scored 50 out there,” said Goff, who made some difficult throws and missed some open receivers. “That’s a really good team, give them credit, but we shot ourselves in the foot all day.”

Detroit’s D’Andre Swift, who is from Philadelphia, had a career-high 144 yards rushing and a touchdown on 15 carries.

“I’m glad we fought back and I told the guys that we didn’t play well and only lost by three, so that’s a positive,” coach Dan Campbell said. “But we can’t accept that and be happy to lose by three. We have a lot to clean up.”

EJECTED

Lions defensive back Tracy Walker was ejected for swiping in a scrum with the Eagles after hitting Hurts near his head as he went to the turf late in the third quarter. When Walker hit Hurts above the shoulders after he went down on a run into Detroit territory, Philadelphia players came to their quarterback’s defense. Walker responded by swiping at tight end Dallas Goedert’s helmet and that ended his game.

“I just let my team down, Walker said. “Me, as a team captain, I’ve just got to be better. I was hot-headed at the moment.”

INSTANT IMPACT

Brown wasn’t the only player to perform well in his Eagles debut. Bradberry, who signed in May, picked off a pass that was deflected by linebacker Kyzir White, who signed in April.

“It was great to see new Eagles doing that,” coach Nick Sirianni said. “That’s why we brought them here.”

BROTHERLY LOVE

Detroit receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. At about the same time on Sunday afternoon, his brother, Equanimeous, had a touchdown reception to help Chicago beat San Francisco.

INJURIES

Eagles: DE Derek Barnett limped off the field in the third quarter and was evaluated in a tent behind the sideline.

Lions: DT Levi Onwuzurike (back) went on injured reserve, hurting the depth where the team can’t afford to lose players.

UP NEXT

Eagles: Host Minnesota on Monday, Sept. 19.

Lions: Host Washington on Sunday.

McDaniel era starts with a win, Dolphins top Patriots 20-7

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) After leading the Miami Dolphins on an unlikely turnaround last season, the Dolphins defense needed just one game to show that it might be one of the top units in the AFC East.

With a defensive touchdown, an interception, a forced fumble, the Dolphins defense dominated Sunday’s season opener, shutting out the Patriots offense on all but one drive.

“I told the team last night: `This is still the defense’s team until proven otherwise,'” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said. “And they valued that. That was important to them when they heard that. They wanted to prove me right, and they sure did.”

Tua Tagovailoa passed for 270 yards and a touchdown, and the Dolphins provided an early look at their ability to contend in the division as they beat Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots 20-7.

Facing Belichick in a head coaching debut is never easy. But McDaniel, who was hired as the Dolphins head coach in February, made use of a talented defense and the speedy options he brought in during the offseason to extend Miami’s winning streak against the Patriots to four games.

Miami swept the Patriots in 2021, including a win in Foxborough in the season opener.

Second-year receiver Jaylen Waddle scored the Dolphins’ first offensive touchdown, taking a fourth-down pass from Tagovailoa into the end zone for a 42-yard score at the end of the first half. Waddle caught four passes for 69 yards.

“I was glad to have him back,” McDaniel said of Waddle, who missed the preseason because of a quad injury. “I just wish we could have continued that momentum in the second half, but beggars can’t be choosers.”

Tyreek Hill, making his Miami Dolphins debut after the team traded for him during the offseason, led Miami’s receivers with eight receptions for 94 yards.

“That dude’s a cheat code,” Tagovailoa said. “It’s not easy covering this guy.”

In the second quarter, Hill ripped a jump ball away from defensive back Jack Jones, who nearly intercepted the pass from Tagovailoa. Hill, who is 5-foot-10, turned the play into a 26-yard gain.

Patriots second-year quarterback Mac Jones threw for 213 yards with a touchdown and interception. Running back Ty Montgomery caught the Patriots’ only touchdown of the game. Damien Harris led New England’s rushers with 48 yards on nine carries.

Mac Jones was not available to reporters after the game. He was seen entering an X-Ray room shortly after the game ended. The Patriots then announced that he had a back injury, with no further details immediately offered.

Dolphins safety Jevon Holland made an immediate impact to start what is expected to be a breakout season.

On the Patriots’ opening drive, Holland intercepted Jones’ pass, which was intended for DeVante Parker, the former Dolphins receiver who was traded to the Patriots. Parker was working one on one against cornerback Xavien Howard, who tipped the pass away from Parker and into Holland’s hands.

The takeaway stifled the Patriots drive in which they converted four first downs to move into Dolphins territory.

Linebacker Melvin Ingram also played his first game as a Dolphin and scored a touchdown in the second quarter. Safety Brandon Jones, on a blitz, got a strip-sack of Jones. Ingram recovered the ball for a touchdown to give the Dolphins a 10-0 lead.

Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers made a contested catch over Dolphins defensive back Nik Needham for a 9-yard gain in the second quarter. But the Patriots did little else on offense and faced a 17-point deficit at the half.

“We got into their territory,” Belichick said. “We got in there six, seven times and it was seven points. So we’ve got to do a better job of finishing.”

The Patriots scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the third quarter after Montgomery caught a pass in the flat from Jones on third-and-6 and rolled into the end zone to make it 17-7.

Miami answered with a 49-yard field goal from Jason Sanders.

The Dolphins’ defense capped its dominant day with a fumble recovery by linebacker Jaelan Phillips with about five minutes left. Rookie defensive back Kader Kohou knocked the ball out of Patriots receiver Nelson Agholor’s hands. On the Patriots previous drive, Kohou broke up a pass to force a New England turnover on downs.

“It’s a long season,” Belichick said. “I don’t think it will be decided after this week’s games.”

STADIUM FIRE

Several vehicles caught fire outside Hard Rock Stadium during the first half of the game. Large puffs of dark smoke could be seen on the east side of the stadium, but no injuries were reported.

WARM WEATHER

The Patriots arrived in South Florida a little early to get acclimated with the hot weather, which reached the low 90s in the week leading up to Sunday’s game. New England arrived in Florida on Tuesday and practiced at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Palm Beach County, about an hour from the Dolphins’ facilities.

INJURIES

Dolphins: RT Austin Jackson left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter. … TE Cethan Carter left the game with a head injury in the second quarter and did not return.

Patriots: S Adrian Phillips left the game with a rib injury in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Patriots: at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Dolphins: at Baltimore on Sunday.

Jackson throws 3 TD passes, Ravens cruise past Jets 24-9

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Lamar Jackson is betting on himself to cap another big season with a huge payday. The Baltimore Ravens’ star quarterback certainly got off to a terrific start.

Jackson threw three touchdown passes, including two to Devin Duvernay, and the Ravens rolled past the New York Jets 24-9 on a rainy Sunday in the regular-season opener.

“He played a patient, veteran quarterback game,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He was in control of everything.”

Jackson went 17 of 30 for 213 yards, including a TD to Rashod Bateman, and had one interception. The performance came hours after ESPN reported that Jackson turned down a five-year extension offer worth more than $250 million – with $133 million guaranteed at signing.

Jackson denied the ESPN story when asked after the game by the outlet’s reporter whether he turned down a $250 million guaranteed contract: “With a guarantee? No. No, there’s no truth to that.” And then Jackson was whisked away from the podium by a Ravens media relations staffer.

Baltimore general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement Friday the sides would keep working on an extension after the season. Jackson, entering his fifth-year option on his rookie deal, gave the Ravens even more to consider.

Jackson didn’t run much on Sunday, just 17 yards rushing on six carries, but he didn’t need to because Joe Flacco and the Jets offense struggled to get anything going.

It was also far from a dynamic start for the Ravens, who thought the emotions and energy from the MetLife Stadium crowd on the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks – the site of the former World Trade Center just across the Hudson River – played a factor.

“Exactly what we thought was exactly what happened,” Harbaugh said. “We were hoping to weather that first quarter.”

And then Jackson and the Ravens got going.

“It was us feeling it out out there,” said Jackson, who didn’t play in the preseason. “We were getting back into the swing of things.”

Meanwhile, the Jets stumbled.

Flacco, starting against the team with whom he won a Super Bowl, was ineffective and wasn’t helped by a few drops and lousy pass protection. He went 37 of 59 for 307 yards and a touchdown and interception – and the fans at MetLife Stadium chanted backup Mike White’s name a few times in the second half.

Flacco started in place of Zach Wilson, who’s out until at least Week 4 while recovering from a bone bruise and a torn meniscus.

“We just never really got into a rhythm,” Flacco said, “and got any energy going behind us.”

There were early signs this could be a long one for the Jets’ offense.

Flacco was intercepted by Marcus Williams on the third drive. New York’s defense held firm and Baltimore settled for Justin Tucker’s 24-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

But the Jets missed a chance to tie early in the second quarter when Greg Zuerlein was wide left on a 45-yard attempt.

Jackson’s perfectly placed pass to Duvernay for a 25-yard TD gave the Ravens a 10-point lead with 3:45 left in the first half.

The Ravens extended their lead to 17-3 on their second drive of the second half on Duvernay’s second touchdown catch.

The Jets appeared to make a big play on defense late in the third quarter when D.J. Reed forced Mike Davis to fumble, but the Ravens running back recovered. On the next play, Bateman split two Jets defenders and Jackson lofted a pass that hit him in stride for a 55-yard touchdown that made it 24-3.

BUMBLING OFFENSE

Early in the fourth quarter, rookie running back Breece Hall fumbled after a 7-yard catch that would’ve been a first down. Marlon Humphrey recovered for the Ravens.

Two other moments were indicative of the lousy day for the Jets. One came when Flacco found a wide-open Michael Carter on fourth-and-goal from the 6 with 4:17 left, but Carter dropped the pass in the end zone.

And with 1:18 remaining, Elijah Moore appeared to have a touchdown on third down. He was called for offensive pass interference on a play during which Ravens cornerback Kyle Fuller injured his left knee and needed help off the field.

The Jets finally got into the end zone a few plays later on Tyler Conklin’s 2-yard TD catch with 1 minute left, but Zuerlein missed the extra point.

“You’re not going to beat a veteran team when you’re not capitalizing on the momentum that you gain,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “From dropped passes to being loose with the football and missed kicks, this is a game, in my opinion, that we absolutely lost.”

SEPTEMBER MOURN

The Jets dropped their 13th straight game in the month of September, dating to the 2018 season.

INJURIES

Ravens: LT Ja’Wuan James, who started in place of the injured Ronnie Stanley, was carted off the field with what was initially called a left ankle injury but Harbaugh later confirmed was a torn Achilles tendon. It’s the same injury that sidelined him all last season. … Fuller is having an MRI on Monday.

Jets: CB Michael Carter II left with a hip injury in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Ravens: Host the Miami Dolphins next Sunday in their home opener.

Jets: Travel to Cleveland to face the Browns next Sunday.

Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Commanders come back to beat Jaguars

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Carson Wentz went to the sideline after throwing interceptions on consecutive plays, stomped the ground and looked at coach Ron Rivera.

“Hey, you’re going to have to win this,” Rivera said. Wentz responded, “I will,” before walking away.

Wentz did just that, rebounding from the costly mistakes to complete his third and fourth touchdowns and lead Washington a 28-22 comeback victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in his debut for the team now known as the Commanders.

“You make a couple bad plays, it’s time to go fix it,” Wentz said. “It’s a tough stretch there to bounce back from, but guys did a good job. Everybody was rallying around each other, and obviously we got it done.”

It was Wentz’s first four-TD game since the day he tore the ACL in his left knee while with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. And it came with former Eagles coach Doug Pederson on the visiting sideline in charge of the Jaguars for the first time.

“He played a heck of a football game,” Pederson said. “Showed a lot of composure and brought his team back. Hats off to him and his team for doing that.”

Wentz connected with Terry McLaurin on a 49-yard TD and then hit rookie Jahan Dotson in the end zone from 24 yards out to put the Commanders ahead with 1:46 left after they squandered an early lead. With fans chanting, Wentz engineered a 13-play, 90-yard drive that kept him from losing to the Jaguars in consecutive games following a similar two-turnover effort in Week 18 last year with the Indianapolis Colts.

He finished 27 of 41 for 313 yards and produced enough points to make up for two bad mistakes on the interceptions.

“To come back and respond in the way he did, I think that’s the true test of his character,” McLaurin said. “The real key point is just the way he responded and the way he came back and stayed poised under pressure and hit the throws that he needed to to win the game.”

Jaguars second-year QB Trevor Lawrence was intercepted with 1:10 to go, ending any chance of a comeback by the team that was last in the league each of the past two seasons. Lawrence was 24 of 42 for 275 yards, a touchdown pass to James Robinson and the pick. Robinson also ran for a touchdown.

Pederson said the Jaguars beat themselves, and there were notable mistakes that kept points off the board. Lawrence overthrew Travis Etienne early on what should have been an easy TD, Jacksonville failed to convert on fourth down deep in Washington territory and kicker Riley Patterson hit the right upright on a 37-yard field goal attempt.

“We shot ourselves in the foot a lot,” Lawrence said.

The Jaguars lost on the road for an 18th consecutive game and extended their NFL-record streak of losses to NFC opponents to 17.

SAMUEL `BACK’

After missing much of last season with a nagging groin injury, Curtis Samuel showed early why the Commanders signed him to a $34.5 million, three-year contract in 2021. Samuel caught eight passes for 55 yards and a touchdown and also ran four times for 17 yards.

When he reached the end zone on his first touchdown since Nov. 22, 2020, with Carolina, Samuel said out loud, “I’m back.”

“Curtis, that’s what we’ve been hoping for,” Rivera said. “That’s the guy that we know what he’s capable of and he came out and played to his ability, played to his skillset.”

WALKER MAKES HISTORY

No. 1 pick Travon Walker became the first rookie since T.J. Watt in 2017 to have an interception and a sack in his NFL debut. Walker, who came down with Wentz’s second interception, said he had a pick in practice and called his dad to tell him he’d do the same for real in a game.

“It will have to be more than just one sack, one pick,” Walker said. “Obviously we didn’t win the game so therefore a player like me that they drafted No. 1 is supposed to make plays like that, so I need to keep continuing to play better.”

STRONG START FOR KIRK

Jaguars free agent signing Christian Kirk made six catches for 117 yards, including a 49-yarder, in his first game with the team. Kirk signed a $72 million, four-year contract with Jacksonville, which spent the most money of any team in the league in free agency the past two offseasons.

BASS HONORED

Washington defensive back Mike Bass had his name and No. 41 added to the team’s ring of honor at FedEx Field. Bass played seven seasons with Washington from 1969-75.

INJURIES

Jaguars: DT Foley Fatukaski was active after being limited in practice all week with a calf injury.

Commanders: Rookie DT Phidarian Mathis injured his left knee in the first quarter and was carted off the field. Rivera said the team was “concerned” about the severity of the injury. … RG Wes Schweitzer left in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Trai Turner, and Washington also rotated guards all game.

UP NEXT

Jaguars: Host the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts next Sunday.

Commanders: Visit the Detroit Lions next Sunday.

Mahomes throws 5 TDs, Chiefs hammer Cardinals 44-21

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kansas City coach Andy Reid looked slightly perplexed during Sunday’s postgame press conference when asked why his quarterback Patrick Mahomes is so good in season openers.

Reid didn’t notice any difference.

“He’s pretty good all the time,” he said with a slight grin. “We’re lucky to have him.”

Mahomes threw for 360 yards and five touchdowns, Clyde Edwards-Helaire caught two touchdown passes and the Chiefs rolled to an impressive 44-21 road win over the Arizona Cardinals in the opener for both teams.

The game was never in doubt after the opening minutes, with Mahomes picking apart the Cardinals’ defense with his usual array of good decisions and deft passing touch. The quarterback was playing his first NFL game against Kliff Kingsbury, who coached Mahomes in college at Texas Tech and now leads the Cardinals.

The student put on quite a show for his mentor: The 2018 MVP threw three touchdown passes on Kansas City’s first three drives.

After his fourth touchdown, he turned toward the Cardinals’ sideline for a little trash talk, holding up four fingers to remind them of the damage he had already caused against the Arizona defense.

Mahomes said no matter how successful he becomes, he’ll always feel like the underdog. He’s now 5-0 in season openers, throwing 18 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

“I’m just a guy from Texas Tech they said couldn’t play in the NFL,” Mahomes said. “I’ve always had that mindset of proving we’re the Kansas City Chiefs, we still can win the AFC Championship, win the AFC West and win the Super Bowl.”

Tight end Travis Kelce caught eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. It was his 30th career game with at least 100 yards receiving. Kansas City outgained Arizona 488 yards to 282. Mahomes completed 30 of 39 passes.

“We always believed we were going to go out there and put on a show,” Mahomes said. “Guys did that.”

The onslaught started in a hurry.

Kansas City jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the opening drive, capping an 11-play, 75-yard march with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Kelce. The Chiefs pushed ahead 14-0 later in the first on a nifty play from Mahomes, who threw an underhanded shovel pass to Edwards-Helaire for the 3-yard score.

The Chiefs led 23-7 by halftime after Harrison Butker, who missed part of the first half with a left ankle injury, made a 54-yard field goal with two seconds left in the second quarter.

Kansas City – which is trying to make the AFC title game for a fifth straight season – had a 37-7 advantage by the fourth quarter.

It was a rough start for Arizona, which also suffered through a brutal ending to 2021. The Cardinals have lost six of seven games dating to last season, including the playoffs.

“They beat us in every way,” Kingsbury said. “There is no denying it, no hiding from it. We didn’t execute in any phase and they played at a high level.”

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was playing his first game since being rewarded with a $230.5 million, five-year contract during the offseason. He finished 22-of-34 passing for 193 yards and two touchdowns, though much of that production came when the Chiefs already had control of the game.

“You can either start sulking about it or look in the mirror for what it is,” Murray said. “It’s a long season. We got punched in the mouth. How do you respond?”

The Cardinals came into Week 1 missing some of their best players. Three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins was suspended for the season’s first six games after violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Star defensive lineman J.J. Watt was inactive because of a calf injury.

SAFETY KICKER

Butker left the game in the first quarter because of an ankle injury, so the Chiefs turned to safety Justin Reid to handle the job.

He actually did OK.

Reid was made 1 of 2 attempts on extra points and also blasted a kickoff through the back of the end zone for a touchback. The safety was prepared for his role as the emergency kicker: He made an extra point during a preseason game.

Butker returned late in the second quarter.

READY TO GO

Mahomes completed touchdown passes on the first three drives of Kansas City’s season. He’s the second quarterback to do that since at least 1991. The other was Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers in 2011.

INJURIES

Chiefs: RG Trey Smith (ankle) left the game in the first half and didn’t return. … CB Trent McDuffie (hamstring) left the game in the second half. … Mahomes fell on his left wrist during the first quarter, which is his non-throwing arm. The quarterback said he was sore, but postgame tests didn’t reveal any structural damage.

Cardinals: Arizona entered the game with a banged-up roster, especially considering this is the first week of the season. WR Rondale Moore (hamstring), CB Trayvon Mullen (toe), OL Justin Pugh (neck) and Watt were all inactive because of injuries.

UP NEXT

Chiefs: Host the Chargers on Thursday night.

Cardinals: Travel to face the Raiders next Sunday.

Herbert throws 3 TD passes, Chargers beat Raiders 24-19

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Justin Herbert won’t mind getting equal billing with Khalil Mack if it keeps producing wins.

Herbert had the 13th three-touchdown pass game of his young, prolific career, and Mack had three sacks in his Chargers debut as Los Angeles beat the Las Vegas Raiders 24-19 on Sunday.

“I thought the defense played really well throughout the game. They came up with some big plays when we needed it the most,” said Herbert, who completed 26 of 34 passes for 279 yards. “I think a great thing that we do is we’re able to shuffle guys around and play multiple positions. We had some receivers step up.”

All three of Herbert’s TDs were caught by players making their debut in Powder Blue. The defense also got contributions from newcomers after a busy offseason by general manager Tom Telesco and coach Brandon Staley. Besides Mack, who was acquired in a trade with Chicago, free-agent signing Bryce Callahan picked off Derek Carr in the fourth quarter.

Los Angeles, which won its opener for the fourth straight year, also avenged last season’s finale, which Las Vegas won on a field goal in the final seconds of overtime to knock the Chargers out of a playoff spot.

Josh McDaniels became the fourth straight Raiders coach to lose his debut.

Carr was 22 of 37 for 295 yards and two touchdowns but was picked off three times. He connected 10 times with former Fresno State teammate Davante Adams, who was acquired from Green Bay in the offseason. Adams had 141 receiving yards, including a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“Obviously, it’s difficult to win, and when you lose the turnover margin the way that we did and give them opportunities. They took advantage of some of those (opportunities), especially there in the second quarter,” McDaniels said. “I like the way our team fought. I respect the fact that we made it a game. We can do a lot better than what we did.”

Herbert had a 129.4 passer rating despite Keenan Allen leaving with a hamstring injury in the first half and Mike Williams not having a catch until the fourth quarter.

Herbert completed passes to nine players, with five having three or more receptions.

Fullback Zander Horvath, a seventh-round pick, and DeAndre Carter scored in the second quarter to give the Chargers a 17-3 lead at halftime.

“As soon as I went out, DeAndre came out making plays,” said Allen, who had four receptions for 66 yards. “That’s what you like to see, offense didn’t stall at all. They kept things moving.”

Gerald Everett had an 18-yard TD reception midway through the third quarter where he dragged Raiders safety Roderic Teamer the final 3 yards into the end zone to make it 24-10.

Carter and Everett each had three catches. Carter had 64 yards and Everett 54.

“All of the receivers that had to step up when Keenan goes out, those guys holding the rope for us, I thought that was really, really big in the game,” Staley said. “On defense, I think you saw that it’s going to take a village to defend against a team like that; in the secondary, at linebacker, rushing inside. I thought you saw all of that depth on display.”

TOUGH DAY FOR CARR

Carr was picked off three times for the third time in his nine-year career. It previously happened in the 2018 opener against the Los Angeles Rams.

“I came in with a very aggressive mindset, especially with all the weapons we have and all that kind of stuff. That’s on me. That’s decisions, being way too aggressive in certain moments,” he said.

Carr’s other TD pass came on the opening drive of the second half when he found Brandon Bolden open in single coverage for an 18-yard score up the left sideline.

NEW-LOOK DEFENSE STEPS UP

The Chargers had six sacks and three interceptions in an opener for the first time 2007. It was Mack’s second three-sack game of his nine-year career.

“I would say we just had to knuckle up and understand who they had on the other side of the ball, especially Derek,” Mack said. “The coverage guys were doing an excellent job. It has been a while since I got coverage sacks. They were balling.”

The Bolts had three players get picks in an opener for the first time since 1966, when they were in the American Football League. Drue Tranquill’s interception set up Carter’s touchdown late in the second quarter.

Asante Samuel Jr. and Callahan got their interceptions on consecutive fourth-quarter drives. Samuel’s came on a bomb intended for Adams that the second-year cornerback grabbed at the LA 2-yard line. Callahan jumped a route on a ball intended for Darren Waller.

INJURIES

Raiders: C Andre James left in an ambulance following the game and was being evaluated for a concussion, the team said. … CB Anthony Averett suffered a thumb injury in the first half and did not return. … S Tre’von Moehrig (hip) was injured in the third quarter and did not return.

UP NEXT

Raiders: Host the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.

Chargers: At Kansas City on Thursday night.

Jefferson, Vikings beat Packers 23-7 for O’Connell’s 1st win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Having boldly stated before the season his goal to be the best receiver in the league, Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson can already stake a claim to this subjective yet coveted status.

Aaron Rodgers can only wish Jefferson was on his side.

Jefferson smashed rival Green Bay for 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a record-setting first half, giving new Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell a 23-7 win in his first game Sunday – and the team its largest margin of victory over the Packers with Rodgers at quarterback.

“I live for these type of big games,” Jefferson said. “I was definitely excited to get out there. I’m glad I had this kind of start.”

After accumulating the most receiving yards (3,016) in a player’s first two years in the NFL, Jefferson set an all-time Vikings receiving record with 158 yards in the first half. Kirk Cousins completed 23 of 32 passes for 277 yards without a turnover, targeting Jefferson on more than a third of his throws and keeping the Packers on their heels for most of the afternoon.

O’Connell, who served as offensive coordinator of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams last season, had Jefferson moving all over the formation to help keep him away from star Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander.

“They put him in premier spots and attacked our coverages well. Certainly we had a ton of blown coverages as well where we’re cutting him loose,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “If there’s anybody you don’t want to cut loose, it’s No. 18.”

Rodgers’ first game without Davante Adams was filled with frustration, and the three-time defending NFC North champion Packers fell flat in their opener for the second straight season. The Packers are going to need a healthy offensive line for once, too, after they played most of the second half with three backups.

“There’s expectation for whoever’s in there, that they’re going to play well. We had a lot of chances today. I’m not taking anything away from their defense, but we hurt ourselves many times, myself included,” said Rodgers, whose last loss by more than one score to the Vikings in a game he started and finished was a 38-26 loss on Nov. 1, 2009, at home.

Sporting a fresh haircut after a summer of personal rejuvenation, Rodgers returned to an offensive cast that needs plenty of work – running back duo Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon aside. Rodgers went 22 for 34 for 195 yards, and LaFleur blamed himself for Jones only getting five carries and three catches.

Second-round draft pick Christian Watson, who was taken after the Packers traded up with the Vikings for the No. 34 overall selection, juked past 12-year veteran Patrick Peterson on the first snap for the Packers and let what would’ve been a 75-yard touchdown pass slip through his hands.

Rodgers even had his NFL-record streak against division opponents of 38 touchdown passes without an interception stopped near the end of the second quarter when his see-what-happens heave was picked off by Harrison Smith. The last one was snagged by Detroit’s Amani Oruwariye on Dec. 29, 2019.

ON THE ATTACK

Jefferson rewarded O’Connell for his first critical in-game decision by catching a 4-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-1 on the first possession. When Adam Thielen ran a slant, cornerback Eric Stokes and safety Adrian Amos both turned inside – leaving Jefferson wide open in the flat after he motioned across.

“I’ve never been part of an offense that just was attacking and attacking and attacking,” Thielen said. “It didn’t matter the score. It didn’t matter the situation.”

Jefferson had a 36-yard touchdown reception in the final minute of the first half to give the Vikings a 17-0 lead. He came close to a third touchdown on the previous drive, too, but his diving catch at the edge of the end zone was a bit too far for him to drop both feet down.

That drive yielded the first of two field goals by Greg Joseph – who later made a career-long 56-yarder – and was set up by a 64-yard gain by Jefferson on a burst between Amos and fellow safety Darnell Savage to grab the heave from Cousins. The “MVP” chants from the fired-up crowd in Minnesota came soon after for Jefferson.

“I will be a little surprised, yep, whenever he has a game of that magnitude,” Cousins said. “Not because of him, but we expect him to get taken away a little bit.”

PACKER PAYBACK

Za’Darius Smith, who was released by the Packers in a cost-cutting move, had one of Minnesota’s four sacks and stopped Dillon for no gain on fourth-and-goal at the 1 in the second quarter.

“He came out there with fire, and you saw what happened,” teammate Danielle Hunter said.

INJURY REPORT

Packers: LT David Bakhtiari and RT Elgton Jenkins were inactive, and WR Allen Lazard was also held out. … LG Jon Runyan (concussion) left in the third quarter and was replaced by rookie Zach Tom. … Rookie LB Quay Walker (shoulder) and backup CB Keisean Nixon (shoulder) departed in the fourth quarter. Backup LB Krys Barnes (ankle) left on a cart.

Vikings: Rookie CB Andrew Booth Jr. (quadriceps) left in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Packers: Host Chicago next Sunday night.

Vikings: At Philadelphia on Sept. 19.

Daboll’s Giants rally from 13 down to beat Titans 21-20

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Brian Daboll promised his New York Giants he wouldn’t coach scared and knew the play he’d call for a 2-point conversion even though it had only worked sporadically during training camp.

It worked when it mattered most, and now the first-time head coach and the Giants have plenty to celebrate.

Daniel Jones hit Chris Myarick for a 1-yard touchdown pass, then found Saquon Barkley on a shovel pass for the 2-point conversion with 1:06 left, giving the Giants a 21-20 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and making Daboll a winner in his coaching debut.

“We’re trying to build something,” Daboll said. “We have a long way to go, but it’s good to get that first W.”

Daboll didn’t hesitate to keep his offense on the field for the 2-point conversion, which snapped the Giants’ skid of five straight losses in season openers. Barkley gave Daboll and new general manager Joe Schoen a game ball apiece in the locker room.

Barkley, who averaged 9.1 yards per play, called the game ball “the first of many.” The running back was pumped when he saw Daboll put up the sign for the 2-point conversion.

“He’s a man of his word,” Barkley said. “He told us he was going to be aggressive and he told us he was going to lean on the players to make plays. In that situation, we did exactly that. When you have a coach like that, it definitely will make you go out there and fight for him and execute in that situation.”

The Titans, the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a 12-5 record a year ago, had a chance to win as time expired.

But Randy Bullock pushed a 47-yard field goal wide left after making two field goals earlier against one of his former teams. Bullock played one game with the Giants in 2016 and made three game-winning kicks last year for Tennessee.

“Losing sucks no matter when it happens,” said Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill, who threw for 266 yards and two TDs. “I never want to start off the season on the wrong foot, especially at home in front of your own fans.”

Barkley ran for 164 yards and a 4-yard TD, his best game since Dec. 22, 2019, after topping 100 yards rushing only once in 13 games last season. He got the Giants going with a 68-yard run to set up his TD.

“When you don’t play your gaps or you don’t tackle, it’s a very unforgiving league especially with a good back or an excellent back,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

The Giants forced the Titans to go three-and-out on the next drive. Jones found Sterling Shepard wide open for a 65-yard TD with Tennessee cornerback Kristian Fulton beaten badly on the catch-and-run, tying it up at 13 midway through the third quarter.

Jones finished with 188 yards passing and two touchdowns and was glad to see a vintage performance from Barkley.

“It was a lot of fun,” Jones said. “You saw the explosiveness. It was fun to watch him. He’s had a great camp. Seeing where he’s come from, he’s battled back from a lot of adversity, a lot of injuries, to see what he did today was a lot of fun to watch as a teammate and a friend.”

Tennessee answered with its longest drive to take the lead back. Tannehill capped the 75-yard march with a 23-yard TD pass to Dontrell Hilliard, his second score of the game, for a 20-13 lead late in the third quarter.

The Giants had a chance to keep it from going to the final seconds. They wound up outgaining Tennessee 394-359 in total offense despite being held to 133 yards in the first half.

Titans rookie Kyle Philips muffed a punt on a fair catch, putting the Giants at the Tennessee 11. But Titans safety Amani Hooker intercepted Jones’ pass in the end zone with 8:50 left after the quarterback stared down Barkley. Hooker signed a contract extension Friday.

SHORT-STAFFED

The Giants brought rookie outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux and defensive end Azeez Ojulari to Nashville only for both starters to be scratched before kickoff.

OFFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT

The Giants’ longest rushing play last season was a 46-yard run by Barkley, and the longest pass play was a 60-yarder to tight end Kyle Rudolph. The Giants had six plays longer than 15 yards.

INJURIES

Giants rookie receiver Wan’Dale Robinson hurt a knee in the first half and didn’t return. He had one catch for 5 yards.

Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan limped into the medical tent after the first offensive play of the third quarter, but he returned for the next series. … The Titans lost safety A.J. Moore late in the first quarter to an injured ankle. He limped to the sideline following a Giants punt return. … OLB and special teams captain Ola Adeniyi hurt his shoulder late in the first half but returned.

UP NEXT

Giants: Host Carolina for their home opener next Sunday.

Titans: Visit the Buffalo Bills on Monday, Sept. 19.

Brady, Bucs throttle Cowboys 19-3 as Prescott injures hand

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Tom Brady as the first 45-year-old starting quarterback in NFL history looked quite a bit like the younger versions.

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys were left with an old, familiar feeling that isn’t quite so fuzzy.

Brady and Mike Evans connected on a punctuating touchdown, Leonard Fournette ran for 127 yards, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated the Cowboys 19-3 in a season opener Sunday night.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the game Prescott needs surgery for a fracture near the thumb on his throwing hand and will miss multiple weeks, a season-altering blow for the defending NFC East champs.

A rough night for Prescott got worse after his right hand struck a defender when throwing a pass in the fourth quarter. He was checked on the sideline before jogging to the locker room.

The latest injury came almost two years after the compound fracture of Prescott’s right ankle on the same field, a gruesome injury that ended his 2020 season in Week 5.

“It’s very disappointing, but injuries happen,” Prescott said. “Can’t necessarily control it. Obviously going to miss some time, not be there for my team. And that’s what hurts more than anything.”

Brady was in control throughout despite an extended break during training camp to attend to personal issues. The seven-time Super Bowl champ got a big assist from the defense in Todd Bowles’ debut as Tampa Bay’s coach following three seasons as defensive coordinator.

“I always play the game for my team, my teammates and the organization,” Brady said. “Just being around them is something I always enjoy. It keeps me very grounded, very humble. I feel like just one of the guys. Not many places where I can go where I feel like just one of the guys, but the locker room’s definitely one of those places.”

The Cowboys and Bucs had the top two offenses in the NFL last season, which started with Tampa Bay’s 31-29 win at home over Dallas when Brady and Prescott combined for seven TDs passing. Only one offense showed up this time.

Dallas drove 54 yards to a field goal on the first possession, but didn’t score again while finishing with its second-fewest points in an opener. The Cowboys lost to New Orleans 28-0 in 1989 – Jerry Jones’ first game as owner.

Julio Jones had a 48-yard catch in the two-time All-Pro’s Tampa Bay debut to set up one of four first-half field goals from Ryan Succop, who had five attempts before the break without a punt from the Bucs.

Brady, who improved to 7-0 against the Cowboys, was 18 of 27 for 212 yards with an interception that didn’t amount to much because Prescott and receiver Noah Brown couldn’t connect on an easy third-down throw near midfield early in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys did nothing to quiet questions about the receiving group behind CeeDee Lamb, the third-year player who is the new No. 1 target after the offseason trade of Amari Cooper.

Lamb had two catches for 29 yards while drawing most of the attention. Noah Brown had five catches for 68 yards, while Prescott finished 14 of 29 for 134 yards with an interception that set up one of the first-half field goals.

The gap in receiving depth was clear, with Evans and Chris Godwin both having catches of at least 20 yards in the first quarter before Godwin had to leave with a hamstring injury.

The Cowboys stayed close in the first half only because of two sacks from reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons. Both forced field goals, and Succop missed one of the tries.

Devin White matched Parsons with two sacks of Prescott as the Cowboys lost to the Bucs at home for just the second time while coach Mike McCarthy dropped to 0-3 in openers with Dallas.

Bowles is 1-0 with the Bucs after taking over when Bruce Arians retired and moved to the front office.

“I think it was just about being dominant,” White said. “We wanted to set a tone for him as a head coach, for us as a defense as a whole. I think it was a great thing. We still have some things. We left a lot of plays out there.”

Fournette had 40 of the 79 yards on the drive that ended with Brady’s 5-yard scoring pass to Evans for a 19-3 lead.

ROOKIE LINEMEN

Dallas first-round pick Tyler Smith was the first rookie in franchise history to start an opener at left tackle. The Bucs also had a rookie starter in left guard Luke Goedeke, a second-rounder. Both teams entered the opener with questions up front because of injuries and personnel changes.

The injuries mounted, too. Dallas left guard Connor McGovern didn’t return after injuring his right ankle on the first series. Tampa Bay left tackle Donovan Smith exited in the second quarter with an elbow issue and also was ruled out.

INJURIES

Bucs: Godwin’s hamstring injury came after he entered the game with an uncertain status because of his recovery from a knee injury. … Cowboys S Jayron Kearse, who was questionable coming with a neck issue, left in the second half with a knee injury. … Dallas DE Tarell Basham was sidelined by a thigh injury. Cowboys S Jayron Kearse, who was questionable coming with a neck issue, left in the second half with a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Buccaneers: At NFC South rival New Orleans next Sunday. One of these teams has either won or shared the past five division titles.

Cowboys: Defending AFC champion Cincinnati visits next Sunday. Dallas opens with three of four games at home.

Nebraska fires Frost; AD Alberts says 16-31 ‘not acceptable’

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska fired Scott Frost on Sunday, the situation so dire in the once-proud football program that athletic director Trev Alberts made the move only three weeks before the coach’s contract buyout would have been cut in half.

The Cornhuskers lost 45-42 to Georgia Southern as a three-touchdown favorite at home Saturday night, and the student section chanted “Fire Frost” at the end of the game.

Frost was 16-31 three games into his fifth season, and his .340 winning percentage was second-worst among Nebraska coaches who lasted more than four years.

“You run a professional organization that has high standards, (and) accountability has to matter,” Alberts said at a news conference. “Scott and I talked about this: 16-31 was not at a level that was acceptable to us.”

Associate head coach Mickey Joseph was named interim coach for the rest of the season. The Huskers play No. 6 Oklahoma at home this week.

Joseph, 54, is the first Black head coach at Nebraska in any sport and among four new members of the staff this season. Like Frost, he is a former Nebraska quarterback, having played from 1988-91.

“I won’t meddle in Mickey’s decision-making process,” Alberts said. “I encouraged Mickey to be the head coach and make decisions as the head coach. There’ll be some structural changes and things that I think Mickey believes in.”

Alberts didn’t elaborate on what changes Joseph would make. Joseph is scheduled to meet with reporters on Tuesday.

Joseph returned to Nebraska as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator after coaching receivers at LSU from 2017-21. He also was LSU’s assistant head coach his last two seasons there.

Alberts made a surprising move last November when he announced he would bring back Frost after what turned out to be a 3-9 season. Frost fired four offensive assistants, had his pay cut from $5 million to $4 million and agreed to having his buyout drop from $15 million to $7.5 million on Oct. 1.

Alberts said the university didn’t try to negotiate a lower buyout and declined to comment on whether donors contributed the money to pay off Frost.

“The University of Nebraska has a long history of living up to what we’ve agreed to,” Alberts said, “and so the contract is what the contract is.”

Alberts said firing Frost now gives him ample time to conduct a thorough search for the next coach. He said it would be best if the new coach were in place for the early signing period in December but added that the process won’t be rushed.

The Huskers opened the season with a 31-28 loss to Northwestern in Ireland, struggled into the fourth quarter before putting away FCS North Dakota 38-17 and then allowed 642 yards while losing to a Sun Belt Conference team in Georgia Southern.

The 47-year-old Frost’s spectacular failure was never envisioned when he left Central Florida as the hottest coach in America.

The storyline for his hiring was delicious, with Frost returning to his home state and the school he quarterbacked to a share of the 1997 national championship.

He had taken over a Central Florida program that went 0-12 in 2015, and two years later he led the Golden Knights to a 13-0 record and a Peach Bowl win over Auburn.

Frost, who grew up 90 minutes west of Lincoln in Wood River, was hailed as a savior of the program when former athletic director Bill Moos signed him to a seven-year, $35 million contract.

Moos boasted he had gotten “the pick of the litter” from the 2017-18 coaching cycle and that Big Ten powers would be “running scared” once Frost got the Huskers on track. Frost, when asked about having to possibly adjust his style to the Big Ten, shot back that he hoped the Big Ten would have to adjust to him instead.

What followed were four-plus seasons of underachieving and undisciplined play – and unhappiness among a loyal fan base desperately hoping for a return to a semblance of the program’s glory days.

There was never an indication that would happen under Frost. His Huskers were famous for losing close games – 22 of his 31 losses were decided by eight points or fewer – and for getting beat as double-digit favorites.

The Frost era was the worst at Nebraska since Bill Jennings was 15-34-1 (.310) in the five years before Hall of Fame coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne reigned over four decades of sustained success that brought five national championships and 22 conference titles.

The Huskers have gone through five coaches since Osborne retired in 1997, and they are a shell of their former selves. They haven’t won a conference championship since 1999, and they haven’t won more than five games in a season since going 9-4 in 2016 under Mike Riley.

Frost was 10-26 in Big Ten games and, worse, 6-18 against West Division opponents. His teams never won more than three conference games in a season or finished higher than fifth place in the seven-team West.

Asked why he didn’t wait to make the change, Alberts said: “We owed it to the players, to give them a different voice, perhaps a slightly different vision. … We needed to inject something into this team to give them the confidence and hopefully help them compete. I think nothing would please me more than to see a pretty significant change and help this team get over the hump and win some games.”

AP Top 25: UGA reclaims No. 1; Kentucky, Arkansas in Top 10

(AP) — Georgia reclaimed the top spot in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, and Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Arkansas moved into the top 10 after an upset-filled weekend across the country.

The defending national champion Bulldogs, who started the season at No. 3 in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Banks, took two weeks to get back to where they spent most of last year.

Georgia jumped Alabama after it cruised to a 33-0 victory against Samford.

But it wasn’t so much about what the Bulldogs did this week as much as what they did last week, combined with the Crimson Tide needing a late field goal to escape at Texas on Saturday.

Georgia, which opened the season by beating Oregon 49-3, received 53 of 63 first-place votes from the media panel. No. 2 Alabama received nine first-place votes and No. 3 Ohio State got one first-place vote.

No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Clemson held their places, but the rest of the top 10 was shuffled.

Oklahoma moved up a spot to No. 6. Southern California jumped three places to No. 7, its best ranking since September 2017.

The rest of the top 10 are new arrivals: No. 8 Oklahoma State moved up three spots. No. 9 Kentucky jumped 11 places for its best ranking since it reached No. 8 in October 2007. And No. 10 Arkansas was up six.

After being upset at home by Sun Belt schools, Texas A&M dropped from No. 6 to No. 24 and Notre Dame tumbled out all the way from No. 8.

The Aggies were beaten by Appalachian State and the Fighting Irish fell to 0-2 after losing to Marshall.

It was the fifth time in the last 10 seasons and first time since 2020 that two top-10 teams lost at home to unranked teams in the same week.

Notre Dame is unranked for the first time since Sept. 17, 2017, snapping a streak of 80 straight poll appearances, which was fourth in the country behind Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia among active runs.

POLL POINTS

No. 1 winning and dropping, as Alabama did, is a common occurrence. Since the AP college football poll started in 1936, it has happened 91 times.

The last time it happened was 2019, when twice during the season the top spot flipped twice while teams remained unbeaten.

IN

– No. 21 Texas was rewarded for its effort against Alabama by moving into the ranking for the first time since Oct. 10.

The Longhorns are believed to be the first team to lose and still enter the AP Top 25 since Missouri did it in 1997. That came after the famous Flea Kicker game against Nebraska.

– No. 22 Penn State appeared in the ranking for the first time since dropping out in the middle of last November during a late-season slide.

– No. 25 Oregon is back after putting up 70 points on Eastern Washington.

OUT

– Wisconsin’s 17-14 home loss to Washington State knocked the Badgers out of the ranking for the first time this season.

– Houston dropped out after losing in overtime at Texas Tech, the Cougars’ second straight OT game to open the season.

CONFERENCE CALL

SEC – 8 (Nos. 1, 2, 9, 10, 15, 18, 20, 24).

ACC – 5 (Nos. 5, 13, 16, 19, 23).

Big Ten – 4 (Nos. 3, 4, 11, 22).

Big 12 – 4 (Nos. 6, 8, 17, 21).

Pac-12 – 3 (Nos. 7, 14, 25).

Independents – 1 (No. 12).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon. Second straight ranked Power Five opponent for the Cougars.

No. 13 Miami at No. 24 Texas A&M. Aggies’ loss cost College Station a chance to host ESPN’s “College GameDay,” but it’s still a matchup of ranked teams.

Pujols’ 697th HR, moves into 4th, rallies Cards over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Albert Pujols hit his 697th home run, moving past Alex Rodriguez into fourth place on the career list and doing it in dramatic fashion with a ninth-inning drive that rallied the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Sunday.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals trailed 2-1 when Pujols connected for a two-run drive. Pujols had tied Rodriguez with a home run Saturday night.

Pujols trails Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) on the all-time homer chart.

“There’s impressive and then there’s unbelievable,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “What we’re witnessing right now is legendary. You have to take a step back from managing the game and take it all in. It’s amazing.”

In his chase for 700 homers, the 42-year-old Pujols has 21 games left in his 22nd and final season in the big leagues. He’s hit 18 home runs this year.

“This opportunity only comes once and it’s something that’s a gift God has given me and I try to take advantage of it every single day,” Pujols said. “I’m not only making memories for me but for the fans, my family and people who love me.”

“At the end of the day, it’s pretty awesome and we’re playing great baseball and have a great group of teammates,” he said.

The Cardinals went to the ninth inning trailing 2-0 but scored four runs off Chase DeJong (4-2).

Tommy Edman and Corey Dickerson led off with back-to-back doubles to produce the first run. Pujols followed with his homer to put the Cardinals on top.

One out after Pujols connected, Tyler O’Neil hit a solo shot to cap St. Louis’ big inning.

The Cardinals won on a day when first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and third baseman Nolan Arenado, two NL MVP candidates, got the day off.

De Jong entered the game with a 19-inning scoreless streak.

“Really poor execution falling behind to a really good hitter,” De Jong said of Pujols’ home run. “I left a fastball over the middle of the plate. It should’ve been down. Stuff that was supposed to be up was down, and stuff that was supposed to be below the zone stayed in the zone. That’s on me completely, and I have got to execute better in key situations like that.”

Greg Allen’s two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth drew the Pirates within 4-3. Ryan Helsley then got Ben Gamel to fly out for his 16th save.

Chris Stratton (8-4) retired both batters he faced.

The Cardinals had been shut out on three hits through the first eight innings but rallied for their eighth win in their last 11 games. The Pirates missed a chance to win their first series since sweeping Milwaukee from Aug. 2-4.

Edman had two hits to run his hitting streak to 13 games.

Mitch Keller pitched seven scoreless innings for the Pirates, allowing just two singles. He struck out six and walked three.

The Cardinals’ Jose Quintana pitched one-run ball over 5 1/3 innings. It was his first start against the Pirates since they traded him to St. Louis on Aug. 1.

Rookie Jack Suwinski homered in the seventh to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead. Oneil Cruz drove in the game’s first run with a grounder in the third.

ANOTHER WINNING SEASON

The Cardinals clinched their 15th consecutive winning season Saturday night with a 7-5 victory over the Pirates. That ties the franchise record set from 1939-53.

SHELTON EJECTED

Pirates manager Derek Shelton was ejected by home plate umpire Clint Vondrak in the third inning for arguing a checked-swing third strike on Bryan Reynolds. It was Shelton’s four ejection of the season.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Off Monday before opening a three-game home series with Milwaukee on Tuesday. LHP Jordan Montgomery (8-3, 3.08) will start for St. Louis. He is 5-0 with a 1.45 ERA in seven starts since being acquired from the New York Yankees in a trade.

Pirates: Open a four-game series at Cincinnati on Monday with RHP Bryse Wilson (2-8, 6.11) facing LHP Mike Minor (4-10, 5.70). Wilson is 0-2 with a 6.85 ERA in his last five games.

Dodgers 1st team to clinch a playoff spot, rout Padres 11-2

SAN DIEGO (AP) Justin Turner hit a grand slam and a solo homer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who emphatically became the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season with an 11-2 victory Sunday over the San Diego Padres.

Los Angeles, with the best record in the majors at 96-43, sealed a playoff berth for the 10th straight season. The Dodgers did their usual post-victory handshake line.

With thousands of their blue-clad fans cheering them on at Petco Park, the Dodgers reduced to two their magic number for winning the NL West for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

Max Muncy hit a go-ahead, two-run, bases-loaded single in the sixth inning and Chris Taylor and Trea Turner also homered for the Dodgers, who won their eighth straight series against the Padres dating to June 2021. The Dodgers have beaten the Padres 12 times in 15 games this year and for the 21st time in their last 25 games.

It was such a blowout that the Padres had first baseman Wil Myers pitch the ninth, and Trea Turner drove his first pitch into the third balcony of the brick warehouse in the left field corner for his 20th homer. It was Myers’ fourth pitching appearance this season and second against the Dodgers.

The Padres’ lead over Milwaukee for the NL’s third wild-card spot was reduced to two.

Padres All-Star right-hander Joe Musgrove (9-7) had a 2-0 lead after three innings before Justin Turner homered to left with one out in the fifth and Taylor homered to center with two outs.

Musgrove loaded the bases with one out in the sixth before Muncy chased him with a single to right that gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.

The Dodgers blew it open with a six-run seventh against the Padres’ bullpen. Trea Turner hit an RBI single off Robert Suarez and Tim Hill walked Muncy with the bases loaded. Craig Stammen came on and Justin Turner drove his first pitch deep into the seats in left for his second career slam.

It was Justin Turner’s 14th career multi-homer game. He has 13 homers this season.

Musgrove, who made his first All-Star team this season, allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked one. He lost for the seventh time in eight decisions over 14 starts.

Andrew Heaney (3-2) allowed two runs, one earned, and three hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked two.

San Diego’s Jake Cronenworth homered with two outs in the second, his 16th.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Muncy was back in the lineup as DH after sitting out the last two games after getting a cortisone shot in his left knee.

Padres: RHP Stammen (right shoulder inflammation) from the injured list and optioned RHP Nabil Crismatt to Triple-A El Paso. Designated RHP Tayler Scott for assignment.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (14-3, 2.73) is scheduled to start Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at Arizona, which will counter with RHP Ryne Nelson (1-0, 0.00).

Padres: Haven’t named a starter for Tuesday night’s opener of a two-game series at Seattle.

Yanks HR barrage in 10-4 win opens 5 1/2-game lead over Rays

NEW YORK (AP) Gleyber Torres homered twice and Giancarlo Stanton and Oswaldo Cabrera once each during a 10-run barrage in the first two innings and the New York Yankees routed the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 Sunday to reopen a 5 1/2-game AL East lead.

New York built a 10-1 lead with a seven-run second inning and took two of three to finish a 5-2 homestand. The Yankees’ division lead, which stood at 15 1/2 games in early July, was down to 3 1/2 games after the second-place Rays won Friday’s series opener. New York romped in the final two games of the series by a combined 20-7.

After winning the season series against the Rays 11-8, the Yankees (85-56) have 21 games remaining: six against Boston, four vs. Texas, three each against Milwaukee, Toronto and Baltimore, and two against Pittsburgh – only the Blue Jays and Brewers have winning records.

Tampa Bay (78-60) has 24 games left: nine against Toronto, six against AL-best Houston plus three each against the Rangers, Boston and Cleveland.

With the Yankees wearing NYPD and FDNY caps on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the game started after a 1-hour, 47-minute rain delay. Ten of New York’s first 14 batters reached, with Torres hitting a three-run homer in the first and a solo drive in the second, both off Luis Patino (1-2).

Stanton hit an opposite-field, three-run homer to right in the second, going deep for the 26th time this season a day after hitting his first since July 15. Torres connected to cap a 10-pitch at-bat for his 21st homer this year and 12th career multihomer game. The Yankees have a team-record 15 sets of back-to-back homers this season.

Cabrera, playing his 23rd big league game, greeted Calvin Faucher with a two-run homer, an opposite-field drive to deep right.

Aaron Judge had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly and went 1 for 4, leaving him with 55 homers, 121 RBIs and a .307 batting average,

Domingo German started on three days’ rest as New York juggled because of Wednesday’s rainout but he was pulled after one inning and 14 pitches. Wandy Peralta (3-4), the third of eight pitchers, allowed one hit over 2 1/3 innings.

Pitino (1-2) gave up nine runs, five hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings his ERA rising to 8.10.

9/11 REMEMBRANCE

German received cheers when he ran to the bullpen to warmup while holding high an American flag in his right hand. Judge wore special cleats – the left said on the back – “9/11 Patriot Day” and the right “9 -11 – 01.” Manager Aaron Boone placed a wreath at the monument in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park that was dedicated on the first anniversary of the attacks.

STILL SITTING

OF Aaron Hicks remained out of the starting lineup for the second straight day after getting benched midgame Friday following two failed catches. New York started the same batting order in consecutive games for only the second time this season, after Aug. 12-13 at Boston.

ON THE FARM

CF Jasson Dominguez homered from both sides of the plate Saturday night for Class A Hudson Valley at Wilmington.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: OF Harrison Bader, sidelined since June 26 by plantar fasciitis in his right foot, went 1 for 3 with an RBI single and stolen base as a DH for Double-A Somerset in his first game in the Yankees organization. LHP Aroldis Chapman (leg infection) struck out the side around a walk in the fourth, LHP Zack Britton (Tommy John surgery) struck out two in a 1-2-3 fifth and RHP Miguel Castro (strained right shoulder) pitched a perfect sixth. … 2B DJ LeMahieu (inflamed right second toe) hopes to return during the homestand from Sept. 20-25.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (11-7 3.20) starts a series opener at Boston on Tuesday on five days’ rest, opposed by RHP Nick Pivetta (9-11, 4.29).

Tellez homers twice, Brewers hang on to outlast Reds 7-6

MILWAUKEE (AP) Rowdy Tellez homered twice, doubled and drove in four runs as the Milwaukee Brewers withstood a ninth-inning comeback attempt to edge the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 on Sunday.

Willy Adames and Tellez hit back-to-back homers off Reds starter Justin Dunn (1-3) in the Brewers’ four-run second inning. Tellez added a solo shot off Luke Farrell in the fourth inning for his 30th homer of the season.

“It means a lot,” Tellez said. “It’s kind of a big moment in my career to get to 30.”

Brewers center fielder Garrett Mitchell made a diving catch of a TJ Friedl fly ball in the ninth inning that prevented the Reds from potentially tying the game.

Cincinnati’s Alejo Lopez went 3 for 3 with his first career homer and a double.

The Reds trailed 7-2 through six innings but nearly came all the way back.

Cincinnati was behind 7-4 when Spencer Steer doubled and Lopez hit an infield single to start the ninth. The Reds brought the tying run to second with nobody out after Matt Reynolds hit a grounder to the left side and reached second on third baseman Jace Peterson’s errant throw.

After Williams struck out Kyle Farmer, Mitchell’s diving catch turned Friedl’s potential game-tying single into a mere sacrifice fly.

“I kind of just let instincts take over in that situation,” Mitchell said. “Just made a read on the ball, and once I felt like I got to a point where I was close, I called for it and then just went for it.”

Williams then struck out Jonathan India for his 12th save in 13 opportunities. India struck out on each of his five plate appearances.

“To get within one run, especially with how the game started out, we can carry that into tomorrow,” Reds manager David Bell said. “We came up short. That’s the bottom line. But we still gave everything we had to try to come back and win it.”

This marked Tellez’s fifth multi-homer game of the season. His huge performance delighted the 42,482 spectators who gave Milwaukee its third sellout of the season, capitalizing on a promotional giveaway of bobbleheads featuring Milwaukee Bucks superstar and Brewers minority owner Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Tellez and Adames have been dueling for the team lead in homers.

Adames’ two-run shot to center was his 28th of the season, briefly tying Tellez for the team lead. Tellez followed by delivering No. 29, a liner just inside the right-field foul pole.

“It’s always fun to have kind of that back-and-forth,” Tellez said. “He’s having a great year, too. I wouldn’t be where I am if he wasn’t hitting in front of me the majority of the year, getting on base and getting me pitches to handle.”

Tellez also had a two-run double in the first inning.

Adames needs just one more homer to match the single-season record for a Brewers shortstop. Hall of Famer Robin Yount hit 29 homers in 1982 while earning MVP honors and leading the Brewers to their lone World Series appearance.

Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff (10-4) struck out 11, walked one and gave up five hits and two runs in six innings.

Dunn struck out one but yielded six runs, six hits and three walks in three innings.

“He was pretty sick at the end,” Bell said. “He was trying to pitch through it today. I don’t think he realized how sick he was until the very end.”

REDS’ BUSY ROSTER

When Farrell relieved Dunn in the fourth inning, he became the 63rd player to appear in a game for the Reds. That’s the highest total of any major league team and the most the Reds ever have used in a season. The previous Reds record was 57 players in 2003.

Farrell is the Reds’ 36th pitcher of the season, also a team record. The Reds used 35 pitches last year.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers RHP Trevor Gott’s scheduled rehabilitation appearance with the Brewers’ Single-A affiliate in Appleton, Wisconsin, got rained out Sunday. Gott hasn’t pitched for the Brewers since Aug. 10 due to a forearm injury.

UP NEXT

Reds: Return home for a four-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Scheduled starters for Monday’s opener are LHP Mike Minor(4-10, 5.70 ERA) for the Reds and RHP Bryse Wilson (2-8, 6.11) for the Pirates.

Brewers: Have Monday off before starting a two-game series at St. Louis on Tuesday. Brewers manger Craig Counsell hasn’t named a starting pitcher for Tuesday but said it would be a bullpen game. The Cardinals will start LHP Jordan Montgomery (8-3, 3.08).

Laureano 2-run homer highlights 6-run sixth, A’s beat ChiSox

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ramon Laureano hit a two-run homer and Vimael Machin hit a two-run double in the decisive fifth inning to back Cole Irvin’s second straight winning decision, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 10-3 on Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak.

Defending AL Central champion Chicago had a four-game winning streak end with just the club’s third loss in 12 games as it chases first-place Cleveland in the division race down the September stretch.

Machin delivered in the A’s six-run sixth moments after a tying single by Tony Kemp, who homered in the sixth. Seth Brown hit an RBI double in the first against Johnny Cueto (7-8) lost for the first time in six career starts against Oakland.

Irvin (8-11) allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits, struck out five and walked two over seven impressive innings.

A’s outfielder Chad Pinder was ejected after the first inning when he came out to confront third base umpire Edwin Moscoso and had to be restrained by Machin. Pinder certainly was still upset about a foul ball call moments earlier down the left-field foul line when he thought he had an RBI single. The A’s challenged the call and it was confirmed as foul.

Manager Mark Kotsay also ran out to argue but stayed in the game.

Cueto was tagged for seven runs, five earned, on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

A moment of silence was held to remember Sept. 11 victims.

STEW’S DAY

Dave Stewart became the sixth A’s player to have his number retired, his No. 34 in the upper deck rafters alongside fellow No. 34 Rollie Fingers.

“This is different than pitching I’ll tell you that,” Stewart said, greeted by chants of “Stew!” during a pregame ceremony.

“… It was a pleasure to play in Oakland for you, to grow up in Oakland for who I am what I’ll always be is an Oakland native, thank you,” he said.

Stewart – the 1989 World Series MVP and four-time 20-game winner – threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his former catcher, Terry Steinbach.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa, who has been out of the dugout for nearly two weeks and is recovering from having a pacemaker inserted for his heart, rejoined his Chicago club to be part of the ceremony for the former A’s ace on La Russa’s Oakland staff.

Reggie Jackson, Dennis Eckersley, Mark McGwire and Rickey Henderson also were part of the festivities.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: SS Tim Anderson, who had surgery last month to repair a tear in his left middle finger, will see a hand specialist Tuesday to determine when he might be able to return. Acting manager Miguel Cairo remains hopeful Anderson could return this year. … 3B Yoan Moncada had a day off to rest as a precaution given he had played five straight since coming back from the injured list with a strained left hamstring.

Athletics: RHP Daulton Jefferies underwent a second Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The procedure also included moving the ulnar nerve. Jefferies previously had the ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in 2017. This time, the recovery period is expected to be approximately 16 months, according to A’s athletic trainer Nick Paparesta. … RHP James Kaprielian is in line to start Thursday in his first outing since being scratched Friday. He cut the middle finger of his pitching hand Thursday night when he hit it against a wall putting on his shirt. Kaprielian played catch and is scheduled to throw a bullpen Tuesday. … Laureano replaced Pinder. Laureano was supposed to have his first day off since returning Tuesday from the injured list and a strained left oblique that sidelined him Aug. 15.

ROSTER MOVES

A’s RHP Brent Honeywell was reinstated from the 60-day injured list, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Additionally, Oakland selected RHP Collin Wiles from Triple-A Las Vegas and designated RHP Domingo Tapia for assignment.

UP NEXT

After Monday’s off day, RHP Michael Kopech (4-9, 3.78 ERA) takes the ball for Chicago back home against Colorado.

LHP Ken Waldichuk (0-1, 3.60) pitches for the A’s in their series opener at Texas on Tuesday.

Estrada, Flores homer in late innings, Giants beat Cubs 4-2

CHICAGO (AP) Thairo Estrada homered in the seventh, Wilmer Flores connected in the eighth and the San Francisco Giants held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Sunday night.

The Giants kept the Cubs’ offense in check while using six pitchers on a bullpen day, though Zach McKinstry had four hits for the Cubs, who have dropped 15 of 21.

“It’s really good to get that win tonight,” catcher Joey Bart said. “It’s going to be a long night home, but it’s going to be a lot better with a win.”

Estrada, Evan Longoria and Austin Dean had two hits each for the Giants, who had lost five of six.

Flores hit a two-run shot off Hayden Wesneski (1-1) after Lewis Brinson walked for his 18th homer of the season, matching a career high and snapping an 0-for-19 skid.

Estrada led off the seventh with his 13th of the season. The homer ended Wesneski’s streak of six scoreless innings to begin his major league career.

Seiya Suzuki homered off Scott Alexander in the eighth to pull the Cubs within 4-2.

“The consistency he’s produced for us for a month-plus now has been really solid,” manager David Ross said of Suzuki. “I think this is the player we thought he was.”

Left-handed starter Wade Miley gave up a run and four hits, struck out five and walked one in five innings for the Cubs. It was his second outing after missing three months with a shoulder injury.

“It’s huge for me to prove that I’m healthy and I can still compete at a high level,” Miley said. “Obviously, every time I go out I want to give us a chance to win and keep our team in the game. Selfishly, it’s very important I can prove I can still pitch here.”

Zack Littell (3-3) threw 1 2/3 shutout innings to earn the victory. Camilo Doval worked around a hit batter and a triple in the ninth, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his 22nd save.

“I just told him I wanted him to pick the pace up a little bit and just let it go, throw everything for a strike,” Bart said of his mound visit.

“I told him after the game, `Saves pay a lot of money, man. You want that ball and you want that save at that time,’ ” Bart added.

John Brebbia allowed a hit in a scoreless first inning as the Giants opener. San Francisco relied on its bullpen to fill in for Alex Wood, who went on the 15-day injured list with a shoulder injury on Sept. 3.

“Our bullpen overall did a nice job of attacking the zone,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.

J.D. Davis doubled off Miley and scored on Estrada’s two-out single for a 1-0 Giants lead in the fourth.

The Cubs tied it in the fifth. McKinstry doubled off Yunior Marte and scored when Rafael Ortega singled and advanced on right fielder Luis Gonzalez’s fielding error.

SOGGY NO MORE

No rain fell during the game, which started a few hours after the Chicago Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers 19-10 at a rain-soaked Soldier Field.

LIGHTER MOMENT

Cubs DH Franmil Reyes was shown on the ESPN broadcast singing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” in the dugout.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: C Austin Wynns was available off the bench for the second straight game after he was struck in the head by a Drew Smyly pitch on Friday.

Cubs: SS Nico Hoerner (right tricep tightness) exited after trying to make a diving play in the fifth inning. . 2B Nick Madrigal (right groin strain) said he hopes to return before season’s end but knows he has to be smart about the injury. He went on the 10-day IL Saturday. Madrigal said he plans to make “major changes” after dealing with injuries the last two seasons. “If it’s not feeling right, I’m probably not going to get in there,” he said. “So I’d love to, but we’re going to have to see how it goes.”

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Alex Cobb (5-6, 3.68 ERA) will start Monday to begin a homestand against the Atlanta Braves and RHP Spencer Strider (10-4, 2.69).

Cubs: RHP Javier Assad (0-1, 2.93) is scheduled to start Monday at New York. RHP Chris Bassitt (13-7, 3.24) is slated for the Mets.

Astros slug 5 HRs, crush Angels 12-4

HOUSTON (AP) Alex Bregman and Trey Mancini hit two of Houston’s five home runs, and the AL West-leading Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 12-4 on Sunday for their 90th win of the season.

Trailing 3-0, the Astros rallied for five runs in the third. Mauricio Dubon led off the inning with a solo home run, and after Tucker Davidson (2-6) hit Yordan Alvarez to load the bases, Davidson was replaced by Mike Mayers, who Bregman greeted with his grand slam to right-center.

It was Bregman’s fourth career grand slam and first since May 5, 2019, against the Angels.

“I think consistency of at-bats is extremely important,” Bregman said. “That’s something we want to have going down the stretch and going into the postseason. The guys in (the clubhouse) know how to put together really good at after really good at bat. I think when we do that, we’re a really good offense.”

Mike Trout, who has homered in a club record six straight games, was given the day off. He has hit a home run in an Angels-record six straight games. Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long share the major league record of eight games in a row with a home run

Mancini hit his three-run homer to left in the fifth. Alvarez hit a solo home run in the eighth for his 32nd of the season, and Kyle Tucker launched a two-run shot to right two batters later.

“It’s really fun, especially with an unideal start to the game,” Mancini said of the home run outburst. “Luis (Garcia) did such a good job of bouncing back and throwing four great innings after the first, and he kept us in the game. Luckily, our offense had a great day.”

Jose Altuve, who had three hits, scored on a wild pitch in the sixth.

Luis Garcia (12-8) allowed three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in five innings. Garcia has given up at least three runs in seven straight starts.

The Astros, who have the best record in the AL at 90-50, reached 90 wins for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

“That’s the benchmark that I have for myself and the team every year,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “I always say if we can get 15 victories per month and add on from there, there’s a good chance that you’ll be somewhere in the playoff hunt. We’re there not even in the middle of September, so that’s a good sign for us as a model of consistency.”

Shohei Ohtani hit his 34th home run of the season in the first, a two-run shot to right, and Andrew Velazquez hit a solo home run in the second as the Angels built a 3-0 lead. Mickey Moniak had an RBI double in the ninth.

“I liked the at bats to begin with,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “We made some hard outs, too. . I thought our at bats were okay. We have to do a better job throwing strikes. I think we were pretty close to throwing more balls than strike today. Throw it in the zone or it’s not going to be a good day.”

Davidson yielded four runs on five hits in two innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: 2B David Fletcher was out of the lineup on Sunday after exiting Saturday’s game with a right hand contusion after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. . Ohtani is expected to throw a bullpen and not miss his next start after leaving Saturday’s start due to a blister on his right index finger, Nevin said.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right calf) threw a bullpen session on Sunday and felt “great” afterward, he said. “I did my pregame a bit and kind of simulated one inning,” Verlander said. “Obviously, not being off the mound with intensity in awhile, I kind of wanted to try at least do the best I can to trick my body feeling like `Alright, this is a start day’ and then, hopefully, I can get into my regular routine from here.” Verlander said he was hopeful he could return soon.

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Reid Detmers (5-5, 3.57 ERA) starts Monday in Cleveland in the first of three games against the Guardians, who will send LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-2, 3.99 ERA) to the mound.

Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (14-5, 2.64 ERA) will look to extend his quality starts steak to 24 games when he starts Monday in Detroit against the Tigers, who will start LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-4, 4.13 ERA).

Singer’s 7 scoreless innings lead Royals over Tigers 4-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Brady Singer threw seven scoreless innings to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 4-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday to salvage the finale of the three-game series.

Detroit was shut out for the 20th time this season, the most in the majors and five more than the next-closest teams, Kansas City and Pittsburgh.

Singer (8-4) allowed four hits and one walk with six strikeouts, and he retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced. The Royals have won six of his last seven starts; he is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA over that span.

“I wanted to get deep into that game, as deep as I could,” Brady said. “I think I came out well on the attack. The slider was kind of a pitch today that helped me the most. The fastball kind of came later in the game.”

Royals manager Mike Matheny said: “It was Brady as good as we’ve seen him all season. He had six strikeouts today, the majority with the slider, but the sinker was good, too. They played off each other really well.”

In 10 career starts against Detroit, Singer is 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA; 35 % of his 17 career victories have come at the Tigers’ expense.

“I don’t care who Brady was facing (today),” Matheny said. “The way he threw the ball, he was going to do very well.”

Kansas City got on the board early with Nick Pratto’s sacrifice fly scoring Bobby Witt Jr. in the first inning.

Witt had a pair of hits, including a double for his 51st extra-base hit, leading all major league rookies. Each of the Royals’ RBIs were contributed by rookies.

Drew Waters’ two-out double into the right-field corner scored Michael A. Taylor and Nate Eaton to expand Kansas City’s lead to 3-0 in the second inning.

In the fourth, Michael Massey jumped on Tyler Alexander’s first pitch, driving a cut fastball just fair down the right-field line. Massey’s second homer of the season made it 4-0.

“The hitting (coaches) did a great job with the (pregame) report and just from watching the game, I could tell he liked to get ahead,” Massey said. “I was just trying to get a good pitch early and I was able to put a pretty good swing on it.”

Alexander (3-10) went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk.

Spencer Torkelson had the Tigers’ only extra-base hit, a one-out double in the seventh.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Detroit and LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-4, 4.13 ERA) open a three-game series Monday by hosting the Houston Astros and LHP Framber Valdez (14-5, 2.64).

Royals: Kansas City and LHP Kris Bubic (2-11, 5.40) travel to begin a three-game series in Minnesota facing RHP Joe Ryan (10-8, 4.05) on Tuesday.

Nimmo, Nido power NL East-leading Mets over Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Brandon Nimmo homered, doubled and walked twice to help the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 9-3 and maintain their slim lead atop the NL East on Sunday.

Tomas Nido had three hits and drove in three runs for the Mets, who fell out of the lead for the first time since April 11 following the series opening loss Friday. They retook the top spot by a half game with their victory Saturday and defending World Series champion Atlanta’s loss at Seattle.

“Coming away with a series win, we’ve been pretty good at that most of the year,” Nimmo said. “It’s important to us.”

New York All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer was ejected by second base umpire Chad Fairchild after Nimmo had a triple negated in the first at-bat of the game. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is currently on the injured list but accompanied the Mets to their series in Miami.

Nimmo reached third when his drive to left-center rolled to the warning track. But Nimmo was ruled to return to second after umpires determined the ball temporarily got lodged under the fence. The Mets unsuccessfully appealed and Nimmo was credited with a ground rule double.

“There’s no room out there for the ball to lodge,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “It was an important 90 feet. I’m glad it didn’t end up hurting us.”

Taijuan Walker (11-4) won his fourth decision against the Marlins this season, throwing seven innings of one-run ball. The right-hander, who has dealt with a blister issue lately, scattered five hits and struck out 10.

“It was there, that’s why I didn’t throw too many splitters,” Walker said of his blister concern. “I could feel it started to creep up a little bit. I really worked the fastball a lot. It was coming out of my hand good.”

Jeff McNeil had three hits and Eduardo Escobar hit his 18th homer for New York, which improved to 46-22 against the NL East.

Miami’s Brian Anderson homered twice. It was Anderson’s third career multi-homer game.

The Mets struck quickly against Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo on Nimmo’s three-run blast in the second. Nimmo drove Luzardo’s change-up into the seats in right-center for his 14th homer.

McNeil’s run-scoring single in the third and a fielder’s choice RBI by Pete Alonso in the fourth made it 5-0. Nido padded New York’s lead with a two-RBI double in the fifth.

Anderson hit his seventh homer, a leadoff shot off Walker in the fourth, then went deep against Seth Lugo with a two-run blast in the eighth that reduced the deficit to 7-3.

Solo shots from Escobar and Nido in the ninth helped the Mets regain their six-run advantage. Nido got the friendly silent treatment from teammates when he reached the dugout after hitting his homer of the season.

“It took me almost the first year so it was warranted,” said a smiling Nido. “I’ve been working hard the whole year with little things in terms of your swing. You just have to trust the process.”

Luzardo (3-7) was lifted after 3 1/3 innings. The left-hander gave up five runs, six hits, walked three and struck out three. He also hit two batters, ending a streak of four consecutive starts of at least six innings.

“They really make you work,” Luzardo said. “They foul off all the pitches that you feel like are good pitches and then they’re not really chasing much.”

FIRST FOR NIMMO

For a leadoff hitter, Nimmo doesn’t fit the profile of base stealer. In fact, Nimmo’s swipe of second in the fifth was his first of the season.

“My goal this year has been to be on the field every day to help the guys try and win in whatever way I can,” Nimmo said. “I know stolen bases are a part of that but the guys that I have hitting behind me, I can score from first base.”

VIENTOS GETS THE CALL

Mark Vientos went 0-for-5 in his major league debut for the Mets. The 22-year-old Vientos, who had 24 home runs at Triple-A Syracuse this season, nearly had a memorable first hit when his drive was caught in front of the right-field wall to end the third.

SPECIAL REMEMBERANCE

In commemoration of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Mets wore caps with insignias representing New York first responder departments. The caps featured were the city’s police and fire departments as well as Port Authority Police and departments of sanitation and correction.

PET FRIENDLY

The Marlins had their fourth Bark in the Park promotion of the season. The upper deck section at loanDepot Park was opened for spectators and their pet dogs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: INF Luis Guillorme (groin strain) could be activated in the next couple of days. Guillorme has appeared in three rehab games at Triple-A Syracuse since Sept. 6.

Marlins:

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Chris Bassitt (13-7, 3.24) will start the opener of a three-game home series against the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers (4-11, 5.51) will start the first game of a home split doubleheader against the Texas Rangers on Monday and LHP Braxton Garrett (2-6, 3.67) will start the second game.

Power wins IndyCar championship; Palou wins season finale

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) Will Power was pushed to the brink Sunday by Team Penske but withstood the internal challenge from his teammate to close out a season of consistency and win his second IndyCar championship.

Power finished third at Laguna Seca Raceway to beat teammate Josef Newgarden for the championship by 16 points in the final standings. The Australian’s first IndyCar title came in 2014.

“Oh, man, it sounds so surreal,” Power said as he crossed the finish line behind outgoing IndyCar champion Alex Palou and Newgarden, who used a white-knuckled drive through the field to make Power sweat until the checkered flag.

Power needed only to finish third to win the championship. But Team Penske has proved over the last week that its cars race individually and all three drivers were on their own in this title decider.

Newgarden was relentless.

“I’m ultimately just proud of the team,” said a crestfallen Newgarden. He has talked in the last several days of his personal drive for perfection and the emotional toll its taken on him.

A five-time winner this season, his inconsistency simply put him in too deep of a hole to overcome Power’s season of consistency.

Newgarden had gone off course in a sloppy qualifying mistake that forced him to start 25th in the 26-driver field. He picked his way through traffic and used three nail-biting passes through Laguna Seca’s famed corkscrew to make it tight for Power.

One of Newgarden’s big moves in the corkscrew was on Power, but Newgarden made it clean and pulled into second behind Palou. The American needed much more than that to win the championship.

Power, at 41 years old, has insisted all year he’s been “playing the long game” with an eye on a second title. The Australian won only once, but his average finish was sixth, and he’s barely bobbled all year. On Saturday, he won his 68th career pole to break Mario Andretti’s mark for most in series history.

Now the fastest man in IndyCar is the most consistent, too, and rewarded team owner Roger Penske with a 17th championship.

Palou, eliminated from the championship fight last week and locked into a legal battle between Chip Ganassi Racing and McLaren over his 2023 rights, won his first race of the year. He was the only Ganassi driver competitive at Laguna Seca, where five drivers were in title contention in the tightest championship race since 2003.

Palou had the field covered and dominated in the win. The four Ganassi cars tested at Laguna Seca but contenders Marcus Ericsson and Scott Dixon were never in Sunday’s fight. Ericsson, the Indianapolis 500 winner, finished ninth and six-time champion Dixon was 12th.

“We ultimately just didn’t have the pace,” said Dixon, who finished third in the standings, 39 points behind Power. “You win some, you lose some, man. This team never gave up.”

Palou was the ninth different IndyCar winner this season and after taking the checkered flag, with current team owner Ganassi behind him, Palou was evasive on where he’ll drive next season. Ganassi says he picked up the option for 2023 on the Spaniard, McLaren says it has signed him, and the fight is currently both in the courts and mediation.

Palou in July definitively said he’d be a McLaren driver next year. After the win, he sounded less sure.

“Things are moving good, so we’ll see what can we tell, but yeah, we’re going to enjoy the moment now and we’ll see what happens,” said Palou, who beat Newgarden by 30.381 seconds in a Laguna Seca record.

Palou’s dominance put the focus on Newgarden, who started the day 21 points behind teammate Power in the championship standings.

Colton Newgarden, the 22-year-old Californian being courted by the AlphaTauri Formula One team, was a nonexistent 11th in what could have been his last IndyCar race for some time. Herta won the last two races at Laguna Seca from pole and there’s serious interest

Christian Lundgaard, who raced last year in the Formula One ladder system, finished fifth for the Danish driver to win rookie of the year.

Wallace holds off boss, title contenders to win at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Bubba Wallace was so comfortable cruising around Kansas Speedway on Sunday that he told his team over the radio in the closing laps that he didn’t want to know who was chasing him or how far back they might be.

He probably would have smiled knowing it was his boss.

Denny Hamlin managed to trim into Wallace’s lead down the stretch, but the co-owner with Michael Jordan of the No. 45 car for 23XI Racing ultimately ran out of time. Wallace took the checkered flag for his second NASCAR Cup Series victory, and made it back-to-back weeks that a non-playoff driver won a postseason race.

“I knew Denny was going to be strong,” Wallace said after climbing out of his car and throwing a little shade at his many detractors. “It’s cool to beat the boss, but man, we were just lights-out. Once we got to the lead, it was a lot of fun.”

Wallace got around playoff contender Alex Bowman for the lead with 67 laps to go, then built a 2-second cushion over a parade of drivers in the title hunt, each trying to earn the win that would ensure their spot in the round of eight.

Hamlin wound up at the front of it, finishing second to climb into third in the playoff standings.

“I was driving as hard as I could,” said Hamlin, who had no qualms about passing his own driver for the win. “Nothing will ever come free when you’re driving for me. If you think I’m going to let you win, you better find another team.”

Wallace, who became the 18th different driver to reach victory lane this season, also won during last year’s playoffs at Talladega, when he was likewise out of the title picture. And his victory Sunday came after Erik Jones, who also missed out on the postseason this year, won a chaotic race a week ago at Darlington.

“Just so proud of this team, so proud of the effort that they put in each and every week,” said Wallace, who won in the same No. 45 car that Kurt Busch drove to victory at Kansas earlier this year. “They work their tails off and I’m so proud.”

Busch stepped out of the ride while dealing with a concussion. He was quick to tweet his congratulations.

Bell finished third and Bowman fourth with playoff outsider Martin Truex Jr. in fifth. William Byron, Ross Chastain, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez – all firmly in the playoff hunt – rounded out the top 10.

Bell was the only driver to clinch a spot in the next round on points. The other 11 are up for grabs heading to Bristol.

“I’m very happy that we’re finally getting the results that this team deserves,” Bell said. “Our speed has been there all year. I feel like we’ve given up a lot of good finishes. Hopefully we can build on this and keep rolling.”

Kevin Harvick spent the week ruing an inferno that ruined his playoff opener, and led to renewed discussions of safety in the Next Gen car. But it was the aerodynamics of the car that ruined Sunday and left his playoff hopes in peril.

The trouble began when Harvick was caught four-wide shortly after a competition caution. Ross Chastain drifted in front of him, took the air off Harvick’s nose and made him loose. The three-time Kansas winner touched the wall out of Turn 4, then hit hard again across the start-finish line, leaving him with heavy damage to the right side.

“It is what it is,” said Harvick, who has failed to finish three straight races for the first time in a Cup careers panning 782 starts. “We were racing to win anyway today, so that’s what we will do again next week.”

Tyler Reddick’s brilliant weekend, which included his first pole on an oval, also ended in the first stage when his right rear tire went down. That sent his No. 8 sliding into the wall, breaking the upper control arm in the right front.

“We leave here with not a lot of points,” Reddick said, “so we’re going to fight hard at Bristol.”

Stage 2 was just as frustrating to playoff hopefuls. Many had problems on pit road, including Kyle Busch, who not only had a penalty for an uncontrolled tire but later spun into the grass and went a lap down. Busch finished 26th and fell below the playoff cut line along with Harvick, Chase Briscoe and Austin Dillon.

Busch trails Suarez by six points and Reddick and Austin Cindric by two heading to Bristol. Dillon is another point back.

ODDS AND ENDS

JTG Daugherty Racing learned that longtime team member JR Hollar died early Sunday. He was 57. The cause was not disclosed. … Ricky Stenhouse Jr. also had a right rear tire go down while running near the front, then Harrison Burton and Corey LaJoie wrecked on the restart. … Hamlin overcame a penalty for equipment during a pit stop.

UP NEXT

The final race in the round is Saturday night on the concrete at Bristol, where Busch won the Cup race on dirt in April.

Shane Lowry secures win ‘for the good guys’ at Wentworth

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Shane Lowry tapped in for birdie at the 18th hole and then had to wait and see if Rory McIlroy could produce something special to force a playoff at Wentworth.

McIlroy gave himself a chance and the crowd cheered as his long eagle putt on the final hole crept slowly toward the cup, only to stop less than an inch short.

McIlroy crouched down, staring at the ball in disbelief, while Lowry hugged his caddie in the scorer’s tent to celebrate a one-shot victory at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday.

It was Lowry’s first win since the British Open at 2019 and came after a bogey-free performance over three days at Wentworth.

It was also, according to the 35-year-old Irishman, a win for all the golfers who – like him – have rejected the lucrative offers from Saudi Arabia-backed breakaway series LIV Golf. Lowry and McIlroy were both outspoken this week in criticizing the fact that a contingent of LIV golfers had been allowed to play at Wentworth.

“I wanted to go out and win this tournament for myself, first and foremost, but I think for this tour and everyone that has stayed loyal to this tour,” Lowry said. “I really feel like this is one for the good guys.”

McIlroy and Jon Rahm were tied for second, one shot back. Talor Gooch, who plays on the LIV circuit, was another shot back in fourth place.

It was Lowry’s first win since the British Open at 2019 and came after a bogey-free performance over three days at Wentworth.

The tournament was reduced to 54 holes with no play on Friday after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

Lowry finished with a 7-under 65 for a 17-under total of 199.

“I said to my coach this morning, `I need to just allow myself to play golf today,'” Lowry said. “I’m playing the best golf of my life, I need to just allow myself to do that. And I did that.”

Rahm surged up the leaderboard with a 62, rolling in an eagle putt on the 18th to take a two-shot clubhouse lead at 16 under. He then had to wait more than two hours to see if it would be good enough for the win, although on a low-scoring day at Wentworth it never looked likely to be.

A superb approach shot from Lowry on the 18th made sure of that.

Lowry hit an iron from 242 yards onto the center of the green – a shot good enough to earn an immediate fist bump from his caddie – and then rolled an eagle putt to within a few inches of the hole, leaving himself a tap-in birdie for the lead.

McIlroy, playing in the pairing behind Lowry, also had a 14-foot birdie putt on the 17th break just to the right of the hole. When Lowry then birdied the last hole, McIlroy knew he needed to eagle the par-5 18th – something he has never managed at Wentworth.

He came agonizingly close.

“I thought three feet out even that that putt was going in the hole,” said McIlroy, who won his third FedEx Cup title last month. “It just sort of wriggled right on me at the end. But overall it’s been another really good week.”

It was a first win for Lowry at Wentworth in his 13th appearance in the European Tour’s flagship event, having finished second to McIlroy in 2014.

“I love it here, I’ve contended in the past,” Lowry said. “The bad shots that I’ve hit over the years in contention actually started to creep into my head. It’s amazing what this game does.”

Ewing’s 5 straight birdies leads to LPGA win in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) Ally Ewing ran off five straight on the back nine Sunday and closed with a 7-under 65 to hold off Xiyu Lin and win the Kroger Queen City Championship in the LPGA Tour’s return to Cincinnati.

Ewing now has three career wins, one in each of the last three years, though she came into this tournament without a top-10 finish all year.

The 29-year-old American played bogey-free on a rain-softened course and was pushed to the very end by Lin, who birdied two of her last three holes for a 65.

Maria Fassi of Mexico had a 71 and finished alone in third, her best LPGA finish.

Lin started the final round two shots behind and made up ground quickly with a pair of birdies. Ewing had to make a 7-footer to match birdies with Lin on the par-5 12th and stay tied, and then the American kept going.

Ewing took the lead with an 8-foot birdie on the par-4 13th, made a 10-foot birdie on the next hole, hit wedge to 8 feet for birdie on the par-5 15th and then made her fifth in a row on the 16th after Lin also had birdied.

Lin made an 18-foot birdie on the 456-yard closing hole into a breeze – only the 20th birdie all week on No. 18 – to create a little extra pressure. Ewing had come up short of the green and elected to use putter through about 5 feet of wet fairway grass.

She gave it a good pop and the putt rolled out to 3 feet left of the hole. After Lin made her birdie, Ewing calmly rapped in the par to finish at 22-under 266.

The victory came at a good time for Ewing, who last month decided to shorten her putting stroke in an effort to find something.

“The key for me is knowing it’s in there,” Ewing said after getting soaked by sparkling wine on the 18th green. “The change I made a couple of weeks before Canada … this week I saw putts go in. And once I saw them go in, I had confidence.”

One of them was for par. Ewing started with eight pars as Lin got off to a good start, and Ewing had to make a 6-foot par putt on No. 7 to avoid falling behind.

“I was just a 6-footer,” she said, “but I saw a 6-footer go in.”

Lin fell two shots behind when she failed to birdie the par-5 15th, though she gave herself good chances and converted two of them.

The 26-year-old from China, who goes by “Janet,” is still looking for her first win.

“I did whatever I can do,” Lin said. “I had one of the best rounds I played all year. I came out second, which is a little said. But Ally played so well. Congrats to her.”

Ewing has reached the CME Group Tour Championship for the top 60 players every year since 2017, and this year was looking bleak without a top 10. She was at No. 70 in the Race to CME Globe, and the victory takes her to No. 30 and assures her spot in Naples, Florida, in the season finale in November.

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COLTS FOOTBALL: Ryan, Colts rally but stall in OT for 20-20 tie with Texans

HOUSTON (AP) Coach Frank Reich wouldn’t blame a missed field goal in overtime for the Indianapolis Colts’ season-opening tie against the Houston Texans.

To him, it shouldn’t have come down to that.

“There were plenty of mistakes throughout that game where we could have sealed it and we didn’t,” Reich said.

Matt Ryan rallied Indianapolis in the fourth quarter to force overtime against the Texans in his Colts debut on Sunday, but neither team could score on two overtime possessions each and the game ended in a 20-20 tie.

The Texans led 20-3 entering the fourth quarter in coach Lovie Smith’s debut, but Ryan led three successive scoring drives, culminating with his 15-yard touchdown pass to Michael Pittman with 1:54 remaining.

Indianapolis got the ball back with 1:19 left in regulation but was forced to punt – a sign of things to come in the extra period.

Houston got the ball first in OT, but Davis Mills was sacked twice, leading to a punt.

The Colts moved into field goal range with a 13-play drive that chewed up 6:30, but Rodrigo Blankenship’s 42-yard attempt sailed wide right with 2 minutes left.

Rex Burkhead was dropped for a 2-yard loss on third-and-1 with 40 seconds left and the Texans punted again, essentially playing for the draw.

The Colts got two more plays in but didn’t get anywhere close to field goal range as time expired and the crowd booed the first tie in Texans history.

“Obviously we didn’t lose the game, but it kind of feels that way since we were up, we were doing so many good things in the beginning and then they came back,” Houston linebacker Christian Kirksey said.

Ryan, playing his first game for Indy after 14 seasons with Atlanta, threw an interception and lost a fumble as he struggled early. But he finally got the offense going late, finishing with 352 yards passing and a touchdown. Rushing champion Jonathan Taylor finished with 161 yards and a TD.

“You’re disappointed to not come out of here with a win. At the same time we didn’t lose,” Ryan said. “We’ve got to find a way to tighten things up. But the effort across the board to me is encouraging. I think if we play with that kind of intensity, clean up some of these mistakes and execute a little bit better, there’s a lot of things we can build off of.”

Mills threw for 240 yards and two scores.

The Texans were outscored 62-3 in two losses to the Colts last season. They looked great through three quarters Sunday.

“When you get a lead like that, good things had to happen on both sides of the football and special teams,” Smith said. “So that’s what we’ll build on.”

The Colts trailed by 10 and were driving in the third quarter when Ryan fumbled a bad snap, and it was recovered by Christian Kirksey. The Texans cashed in on the error when Mills found a wide-open O.J. Howard for a 22-yard touchdown to make it 20-3.

That drive was helped by a 15-yard penalty on Yannick Ngakoue for roughing the passer.

Howard, who was a late addition to the team the team after signing on Sept. 2, had two receptions, both for scores. He reeled in a 16-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Indianapolis settled for a short field goal early in the fourth quarter after third overall pick Derek Stingley knocked down a pass on third down from the 4.

E.J. Speed sacked Mills and forced and recovered a fumble on Houston’s next drive. The Colts cut the lead to 20-13 on a 2-yard touchdown run by Taylor with about eight minutes to go.

Jerry Hughes, who had two sacks and an interception in his debut with the Texans, was disappointed in the team’s performance in the fourth quarter.

“We’ve got to learn how to close games out,” he said. “We didn’t do it, and we’ve got to learn from it.”

ROOKIE STARTERS

The Texans started three rookies in RB Dameon Pierce, Stingley and safety Jalen Pitre. It’s the most rookies Houston has started in Week 1 since first overall pick DE Mario Williams, TE Owen Daniels, RB Wali Lundy, LB DeMeco Ryans and OL Charles Spencer all started the 2006 opener.

RYAN’S WORK

Sunday was Ryan’s 74th career game with 300 yards passing, moving past Philip Rivers for fourth place in NFL history. He also reached 60,000 yards passing, becoming the second-fastest player to reach the mark by doing it in his 223rd game.

UVALDE STRONG

The Texans used their opener to honor and remember the victims of the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers.

The Texans hosted the Uvalde high school football team and wore “Uvalde Strong” decals on their helmets.

UP NEXT

Colts: Visit Jacksonville next Sunday.

Texans: Visit Denver next Sunday.

INDIANS BASEBALL: Indians Offense Erupts For 19 Runs in Victory

PAPILLION, Neb. – Behind a 17-hit attack and their most runs in a single game since 2017, the Indianapolis Indians defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers for a series-leveling victory on Sunday afternoon at Werner Park, 19-9.

Indianapolis (70-64) batted around the order twice to score its most runs since plating 21 in a 20-run rout of the Columbus Clippers on July 6, 2017. The Indians’ 17 hits tied their most this season, set on April 16 at St. Paul,

The Indians got on the board in the top of the first courtesy of a ground-rule double by Blake Sabol, but a pair of Omaha (65-70) singles in the following half inning gave the home team a 2-1 lead. In his Pirates organization debut, starter Peter Solomon surrendered two runs on three hits in 3.0 innings.

Five runs plated on a bases-loaded walk, two-run single by Bligh Madris and RBI ground-rule double by Mason Martin in the top of the second against Jackson Kowar (L, 4-9) gave Indianapolis a lead it would not relinquish. The Indians sent 10 batters to the plate with five hits and two walks in the frame.

The scoring was far from over, and Jose Godoy launched his first Indianapolis home run with one out in the top of the third inning. Following a two-out double off the bat of Drew Maggi, Sabol continued his tear of excellence at the Triple-A level with an RBI single, extending the lead to 8-2.

The Indians then one-upped themselves in the fourth inning, sending 12 batters to the plate to score eight runs on three bases-loaded walks, a sacrifice fly by Godoy and pair of two-run doubles off the bats of Kevin Padlo and Martin. Padlo highlighted the frame, going 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.

A sacrifice fly by Carter Bins in the seventh and a pinch-hit, two-run homer by Brendt Citta in the eighth inning plated two additional runs before the Storm Chasers took their turn batting around the order in the bottom of the eighth. They scored seven runs to cut the deficit to 10 runs.

Cody Bolton (W, 4-2) was the second Indians arm out of the bullpen and tossed 2.0 shutout innings to earn his fourth win of the season, all of which have come in relief appearances.

Padlo and Jared Oliva led the team with three hits apiece, and Sabol, Madris and Martin each had a team-leading three RBI. Seven Indianapolis batters had multi-RBI performances.

The Indians return to Victory Field on Tuesday to begin a 12-game homestand with six games over the Toledo Mud Hens. First pitch for the opener is slated for 6:35 PM ET, and neither team has named a starting pitcher.

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: Indiana Extends Defensive Streak in 0-0 Draw

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (1-0-5) extended their defensive shutout streak against Memphis (4-3-1) in a 0-0 draw at Bill Armstrong Stadium Sunday evening.

KEY MOMENTS

• In the first half, junior forward Anna Bennett had a couple of chances outside the 18-yard box, in the 29th minute, but both were saved at bottom center of the goal line.

• Indiana’s best opportunities came late in the second half with a pair of back-to-back shots in the 81st minute.

• The first shot came from sophomore midfielder Sydney Masur as she bounced one off the near post just left of the net.

• Sophomore forward Jordyn Levy was there to clean it up with an open shot but couldn’t get it to go as the Tiger’s defense blocked it.

• Masur had a second opportunity in the 82nd minute, but once again the Memphis defense held a strong front against the Hoosiers.

NOTABLES

• The Hoosiers have extended their defensive scoreless streak to 540 minutes this season which now ranks as the second largest in program history.

• In the 1993 inaugural season, the Hoosiers shutout eight straight opponents, totaling 720 minutes without allowing a goal.

• This is the first season since 2015 where the Hoosiers have had six draws in a single season.

• Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg saved five attempts by the Tigers, achieving her 15th career shutout.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: None.

ASSISTS: None.

UP NEXT

IU will return to Bill Armstrong Stadium on Sept. 14 for a matchup against Trine. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET.

INDIANA FIELD HOCKEY: Indiana Field Hockey Overcomes Deficit to Beat Bellarmine

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– The Indiana Field Hockey team suffered some early setbacks against Bellarmine on Sunday afternoon, but they didn’t prove to matter in the end.

A weather delay after the first quarter. A 3-1 deficit early in the second period. The Hoosiers wouldn’t break.

Indiana rallied from the difficult circumstances and put together a dominant second half to beat Bellarmine, 6-3. The win moves Indiana to 5-2 on the season while also marking their fifth victory in a row.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana junior Jemima Cookson opened Indiana’s scoring with a goal with less than three minutes to go in the first period to make it a 1-1 game.

• Marit Van Der Bend scored for Bellarmine on a penalty stroke right before the end of the first quarter to give the Knights a 2-1 lead. Right after, a weather delay ensued.

• Bellarmine added on to the lead with a goal early in the second quarter to make it 3-1.

• The Hoosiers went on a 5-0 scoring run for the rest of the game from there. Indiana sophomore Maggie Carter scored late in the second period to make it 3-2 by halftime. Freshman Jule Hufer had the assist.

• In the second half, Cookson would go on to score two more goals.

• Redshirt-junior Sydney Keld and junior Meghan Dillon each scored a goal, too, Keld’s was in the third period and Dillon’s was in the fourth.

• Sophomore Yip van Wonderen was on the assist for Keld’s goal and one of Cookson’s, too.

NOTABLES

• Indiana’s five-game win streak matches their longest win streak since 2014.

• In their last three games, the Hoosiers have outscored their opponents 13-3.

• Indiana is now 3-0 all-time against Bellarmine.

• Senior Kennedy Reardon made her 42nd consecutive start for the team, dating back to her sophomore season.

• Cookson had a hat trick, the first of the season for any member of the team. She now leads the team with five goals on the season.

• Carter’s goal today was her second of the year.

• Keld’s goal was her first of the season.

• Dillon has notched two goals on the year after today’s performance.

• van Wonderen leads the team with four assists.

UP NEXT

• Indiana will pick up play next week with a road game in their conference opener, at No. 6 Iowa on Friday, Sept. 16 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Unable to Come Back Against Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. – The Butler women’s soccer team battled rain and wind in a 1-0 setback to Northwestern on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Wildcats (6-1-1) scored in the seventh minutes and held off the charging Bulldogs (3-4) for the remainder of the contest. At the final whistle, Butler led in most statistical categories, but, without a finish on the day, conceded the loss.

Key Moments

7′ | Northwestern’s Aurea Carmen advances up the middle toward Butler’s goal. She finds Josie Aulicino off to the right and Aulicino tucks the ball between Anna Pierce and the near post, putting the Wildcats up early, 1-0.

9′ | Butler earns a pair of corner kicks but is unable to get a dangerous opportunity.

18′ | Talia Sommer gets an opportunity from 22 yards, but it sails over the crossbar.

36’| Alli Leonard takes a shot from just outside the box, but it is just off target and controlled by Northwestern.

HALFTIME

48′ | Leonard draws a foul in the penalty area, but Katie Soderstrom’s PK toward the right post is saved by the Northwestern keeper.

50′ | Abigail Isger’s on-goal strike is handled by the Wildcats keeper.

68′ | Gretchen Skoglund forces a Northwestern save with a low shot to the center of the goal.

71′ & 72′ | Butler earns two corner kicks but cannot produce a shot.

81′ | Amelie Darey takes a chance from deep which flies just over the crossbar.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: (none)

ASSISTS: (none)

Bulldog Bits

Five different players registered a shot on goal for the Bulldogs.

Anna Pierce (3-4) saved the only Wildcats shot she faced, other than the goal scored.

Butler led in shots (9-3), shots on goal (5-2), and corner kicks earned (5-3).

IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER: JAGS CAP UNBEATEN NON-CONFERENCE SLATE WITH 2-0 WIN OVER EVANSVILLE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to seven-in-a-row and its shutout streak to five straight as the Jaguars delivered a 2-0 win over Evansville at Michael A. Carroll on Sunday (Sept. 11). IUPUI (4-0-3) got second half scores from Emma Frey and Maya Lacognato and sophomore goalkeeper Ashton Kudlo continued her shutout streak in net as the Jaguars concluded their non-conference portion of their slate unbeaten.

“It felt good,” Frey said of the win. “I feel like we’re really starting to connect as a team more and we’re really starting to take opportunities that we weren’t doing at the beginning (of the season), so we’re really taking our chances farther.”

The rock solid IUPUI back line continued to limit opponents opportunities on Sunday, holding Evansville to just seven shots and just four on frame. Conversely, once IUPUI opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, the proverbial dam broke on the Purple Aces as the Jaguars closed with a 22-7 shot advantage and 9-4 margin in shots on goal.

IUPUI weathered a brief Evansville offensive storm to open the second half before Frey initiated the scoring by getting free up the left side off a pass from Makenna Collins. Frey did the rest, angling towards goal before driving a shot past UE keeper Sophie Lindner, just inside the near post for her second score of the year.

“My initial thought was just to take it down line and then find someone back post, but then I noticed that she was giving me the whole front side of the goal, so I just it, cut it inside and went to goal,” Frey said of her game-winner.

In the 54th minute, Lacognato netted her team-high fourth goal of the season, thanks to a cross from Alex Ludolph. Ludolph sent a ball into danger from the right side, leading to Lacognato’s smash from roughly eight yards out.

IUPUI outshot Evansville 15-5 in the second half as Lacognato finished with six shots and Sam Slimak had four attempts. Lindner recorded six saves and a defensive teammate cleared a Ludolph attempt off the line in the 19th minute for a team save. Kudlo, her opposite number, recorded four saves in her third shutout of the season and extended her personal scoreless streak to 381 straight minutes, marking the fourth longest streak in school history.

Kudlo lowered her goals against average to 0.34 on the season while upping her save percentage to .909. Collectively, the Jaguars have earned six shutouts in their seven outings this season.

IUPUI will now open Horizon League play on Thursday, Sept. 15 when the Jaguars host Cleveland State at 6:00 p.m. at Carroll Stadium.

BALL STATE FIELD HOCKEY: Hilton’s Overtime Winner Lifts Cardinals Over Billikens

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Ball State field hockey (3-2) secured its third win of the season at Saint Louis (1-5) Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 overtime thriller after Emma Hilton scored the game-winner off the assist from Fleur Knopert.

“It wasn’t our best performance, but I’m proud of the team for battling and coming out on top,” Ball State head field hockey coach Caitlin Walsh said. “We now have a big week ahead as we prepare for conference play.”

Just eight minutes in, Hilton took an advantage of a penalty corner in the first quarter to grab the lead for the Cardinals. Staunch defense held the Billikens scoreless for the entire first half of play. However, Saint Louis was able to find an equalizer late in the third quarter.

Although, both teams were very competitive throughout the remainder of regulation, Saint Louis had three penalty corner attempts that Ball State was able to fend off in the final period thus sending the contest into overtime.

The Cardinals were able to take offensive control early on in extra period making it to the scoring circle with only two minutes shaved off the clock. At the 2:11 mark, Knopert found Hilton for the goal that would propel Ball State past Saint Louis today.

Hannah Johnston started in goal for Ball State against Saint Louis, but Ally Butler came into the game for the second half of play. Johnston was officially credited with the win. Butler led all goalies with five saves.

The Ball State field hockey team returns home and will open Mid-American Conference action against Longwood, Friday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. ET. The Cardinals will also pay tribute prior to the contest to the 1994 Ball State Field Hockey Team which will be inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame later that evening.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: #12 IRISH REMAIN UNDEFEATED WITH 3-1 WIN OVER OHIO

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 12 Notre Dame women’s soccer (7-0-0) fought off both rainy weather and the visiting Ohio Bobcats (3-2-1) on Sunday, posting a 3-1 victory inside Alumni Stadium. Heading into today’s matchup, the Irish were 1-of-5 remaining undefeated teams in the country.

With the victory today, the Irish completed its first perfect non-conference slate since 2008, winning all seven games, no ties. For reference, the 2008 squad went 27-2 and made it to the NCAA title game.  

Olivia Wingate, Kiki Van Zanten and Eva Gaetino all scored goals, much to the delight of 1999 alumna Shannon Boxx who was honored at halftime.

Wingate scored her team-best sixth of the goal of the season to give the Irish an early lead. Wingate’s career best was seven goals scored last season, and now seven games in she’s just one away.

Kiki Van Zanten produced a three-point day for the Irish with an assist and goal. It marked her second consecutive match finding the back of the net.

Next, Eva Gaetino tallied her first goal of the season off a Korbin Albert corner kick. Both of Gaetino’s two career goals have come via headers.

How It Happened

It took just two minutes and 19 seconds for Wingate to find the back of the net and give the Irish an early lead. Van Zanten registered her second assist of the season as she sent a through ball into the box to Wingate who poked it past the keeper for the goal.

Notre Dame went on to post numerous chances throughout the half, outshooting Ohio 15-5. Despite the Irish boasting most of the possession, Ohio got one back and tied the game in the 21st minute. The Bobcats were awarded a free kick a few yards outside the top of the box and Abby Townshend delivered a ball into the upper-90.

Sunday marked another game in which the Irish were tied with its opponent coming out of the half and another example of them firing out of the gate in the second half as well.

In the 48th minute Notre Dame struck. Kati Druzina recorded her third assist of the season after firing a cross to the top of the six, forcing the Ohio keeper to dive. The deflected ball found Van Zanten’s foot, barely beating Mercado’s.

Notre Dame got its third goal in the 53rd minute off a beautiful corner kick from Korbin Albert. Gaetino, who’s always dangerous in the air, delivered a header with pace past the keeper.

The final shot count ended up 28-8 in Notre Dame’s favor, with a 10-3 shot on goal differential. The Irish boasted 10 corners to their one. In addition, Ashley Naylor received the start in net and picked up two saves.  

Up Next

The Irish look to carry their momentum into ACC play which starts on the road at Clemson on Thursday, Sept. 15. First touch is scheduled for 8 pm ET and will air live on the ACC Network. Notre Dame is 1-of-5 ACC teams currently ranked in the top-12.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER: ‘Dons Blank Southern Indiana For Second-Straight Shutout Win

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer overcame a slippery Hefner Soccer Complex to take a 1-0 win over Southern Indiana on Sunday (Sept. 11).

Zoe Greenhalge scored just 1:51 after kickoff. Due to the rain, the USI keeper lost control of a hard-struck ball from Greenhalge from well outside the 18. She fumbled the ball and it hopped over her out-stretched body and into the back of the net. It was the first shot of the match for either side.

The Mastodons were able to hold the Screaming Eagles to seven shots, five on target, for the rest of the game. The ‘Dons out-shot USI 17-7, including 8-2 in the first half.

After the halftime break, Kelsey Gallagher had a great look at the net to try to extend the lead to 2-0. She volleyed a loose ball from just a step outside the 6′, but it was saved by USI’s keeper.

Just moments later, Samantha Castaneda kept her scoreless weekend alive by making a diving save near the left post in the 55th minute. Castaneda has not allowed a goal in the last 213 minutes of play. She finished with five saves against the Screaming Eagles to notch the clean sheet.

Morgan Reitano and Mackenzie Evans had a game-high four shots each.

Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 4-2-2, the best winning percentage in non-league play in program history (with at least two games played). Southern Indiana falls to 3-3-2. The Mastodons will open Horizon League play at the Hefner Soccer Complex on Sunday, September 18 with a 1 p.m. kick against IUPUI.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: USI battles the elements in 1-0 loss

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer concluded their weekend road trip Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 loss to Purdue University Fort Wayne in soggy conditions.

On a wet, rainy afternoon in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the elements made it a tough day to find the right footing on the field. The wet conditions also made it difficult to control the soccer ball and to make long kicks.

Unfortunately, for the Screaming Eagles (3-2-2), the Mastodons (4-2-2) scored their goal within the first few minutes. Junior midfielder Zoe Greenhalge struck a sinking line drive from outside the box that bounced in front of USI’s senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan), who blocked the shot off the bounce, but the deflected ball spun backward and into the net. The early goal left plenty of time on the clock for USI to fight back.

Southern Indiana had two shots on goal in the first, both coming on free kicks. Junior midfielder Alexis Schone (Galena, Ohio) took the first in the 26th minute from about 25 to 30 yards out, but the low kick was saved and covered by Purdue Fort Wayne’s senior goalkeeper Samantha Castaneda. Freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) took the second in the 33rd minute from about 22 yards out and to the left, bending the shot down the middle and into the gloves of Castaneda.

The Mastodons took a 1-0 lead into halftime, outshooting the Screaming Eagles 8-2 and 4-2 in shots on goal in the first half.

10 minutes into the second half, the Screaming Eagles had a good look at the goal when freshman defender Charli Grafton (Sunriver, Oregon) took a strong shot with the left foot, forcing Castaneda to make a one-handed, diving save to her right and giving USI a corner kick. Unable to find an equalizing goal at the time, Southern Indiana fought on.

For a lengthy span, Etienne made multiple saves, while her defensive line battled and cleared away attempts by Purdue Fort Wayne to keep the match a one-goal contest.

USI strung together three shots from three different players in a stretch of about seven minutes between the 70th to the 77th minute. Murphy placed one on goal that was saved by Castaneda, and freshman forward Deklan Larring (Franklin, Tennessee) and sophomore midfielder Maggie Duggan (Defiance, Missouri) each fired a shot away.

Southern Indiana continued to apply pressure on Purdue Fort Wayne, earning numerous set pieces and corner kicks in the last ten minutes. Junior midfielder Avery Schone (Galena, Ohio) had the last shot on goal for the Screaming Eagles that went to the low right, but once again, Castaneda made the save for the Mastodons.

For the match, Southern Indiana had seven shots with five on goal, while Purdue Fort Wayne had 17 shots with seven on goal. USI earned six corner kicks to the Mastodons’ four.

Individually, Murphy led USI’s offense with two shots, both on goal. Avery Schone, Alexis Schone, and Grafton each had a shot on goal. Between the posts, Etienne made six saves, continuing to have played every minute in goal for the Screaming Eagles this season.

USI will prepare this week for their Ohio Valley Conference opener next Sunday on the road against the Morehead State Eagles at noon CT. The match will be available to watch with an ESPN+ subscription.

USI fans can stay up-to-date with the latest at usiscreamingeagles.com or follow USI Athletics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

U OF I MEN’S SOCCER: Second Half Goal Sinks Men’s Soccer Against Maryville

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 5 University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team tasted defeat on Sunday afternoon at home against the Maryville Saints. The loss drops the Hounds to 2-1-1 on the year while Maryville improves to 2-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED

With the rain falling at Key Stadium, the Hounds were held to zero total shots in the first half. Despite this, UIndy successfully kept Maryville off the scoreboard after limiting the Saints to just four total shots of their own.

With the defensive battle continuing into the second half, the Saints netted the first and only goal of the match in the 57th minute on a cross into the box that deflected off the goalkeepers hands and eventually bounced towards the foot of a Maryville player who easily sent it home.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy managed only four total shots while Maryville had 10

-The Saints earned three yellow cards while UIndy was given two

-A total of 30 fouls were called with the Saints having a game-high 17

UP NEXT

The Hounds will return to the field next Sunday to battle McKendree at Key Stadium beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

U OF I WOMEN’S SOCCER: Hounds Tie Saints in Rainy Day Affair

INDIANAPOLIS – Among a downpour of rain the UIndy women’s soccer team forced a 0-0 draw this Sunday afternoon. That tie moved them to 1-2-2 on the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

It was a gritty first half of action between the Greyhounds and the Saints. For the first ten minutes of action, it was back and forth with the ball staying in the midfield. The teams fought for ground as the rain poured in the circle city, and with the rain came fouls aplenty, each team recording four in the first half.

The first shot of the match came by the way of the Hounds, a booming shot from thirty yards out by Sarah Wegener, falling right in the arms of the Maryville goalie. The Saints answered back with five unanswered shots of their own, three of which being on goal, all saved by Makenna Nickens.

Seven minutes in the second half Uma Yadav took a shot, missing to the left, that was followed shortly after by a shot by Alexi Hardie at the 54th minute. The Hounds put on the pressure from there, living in the Saints side of the pitch. The Saints kept the Greyhounds off the board and went on the counter with a shot in the 71st.

Sukhmani Shergill recorded her first shot on goal of the season with a hard-hit ball at the center of the net, saved by the goalkeeper of the Saints. Both the Hounds and Saints traded shots to end the contest, the score reading 0-0 as the buzzer sounded.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Fouls were numerous under the heavy rain, UIndy recorded 11 to Maryville’s 16.

– Maryville led in the shots category with nine to the Hounds five.

– MaKenna Nickens recorded a clean sheet with three saves on nine shots faced.

HOUND BYTES

Holly Cox on her team’s performance in the rough conditions…

“Good result you know obviously you want the win. And but today like you said the elements play the part in in the game when you’re playing in the rain things can happen right, things happen by chance things happen by people making mistakes and I’ve actually felt like we dealt with the conditions really well today, Maryville good side, we knew it was going to be a physical battle, we said before the game, it’s going to be about who plays more minutes in the other team, and I actually felt like we battled very evenly today.”

Cox on the top performers of the match…

“I thought Ella [DeSmet] worked extremely hard up top she followed through with our game plan, worked hard, got pressure to their center backs. I thought Ava worked extremely hard, defended really well, battles always got stuck in. Nickens in goal, clean sheet, she got tested a couple of times safe hands, came up big with her distribution, commanded the backline really well.”

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds stay a Key Stadium next game as they host the Bearcats of McKendree, with the action kicking off at noon.

EARLHAM FIELD HOCKEY: Field hockey loses double-overtime thriller

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Earlham College field hockey team lost a double-overtime battle at Transylvania University on Sunday afternoon 2-1.

The Quakers fall to 0-4 on the season.

The Pioneers tallied a goal in the 11th minute of play to take the lead.

After a slow offensive start, Ealrham led the Pioneers in penalty corners 9-5 in regulation, and outshot the home squad 9-7 in the final three quarters.

With two minutes remaining in regulation, Regan Seeman played in a penalty corner that was fielded by Meredith McGraw. McGraw took a shot that was deflected by the emerging Pioneer defenders. Undeterred, McGraw collected her rebound and shot a goal from the right side of the arc to tie the game and force overtime.

EC had three penalty corners and one shot in the opening overtime period, but Transylvania ended the game on a penalty corner goal after nearly 71 minutes of competition.

McGraw led the Quakers with five shots and three on goal. Alyssa Johnson also recorded multiple shots with two, both on goal.

Rachel Alma collected six saves in goal.

Earlham will return to action on Wednesday afternoon at Denison College. The Quakers defeated the Big Red in their last matchup on a penalty shootout. The game is slated for a 4:40 start.

WABASH MEN’S SOCCER: Falls 2-0 To Webster In 2022 Robbie Dreher Soccer Classic Finale

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana — Wabash lost to Webster 2-0 Sunday in the final match of the 2022 Robbie Dreher Soccer Classic played Saturday and Sunday at Fischer Field.

Wabash fell to 4-2-0 on the season after the defeat.

How it Happened

Webster (2-1-1) scored the game-winning goal in the ninth minute on a shot from Noah Abraham. Aamahn Murvin earned the assist. The Gorlocks added an insurance goal from Abraham on a penalty kick in the 62nd minute to secure the victory.

Soren Russell recorded four saves in goal for Wabash. The Little Giants fired eight total shots in the match, one of them on goal. Jose Escalante led the team with two shots overall. Caleb Castaño put the only shot on goal in the match for the Little Giants. Wabash faced 14 Webster shots, six of them on goal.

Game Notes

Wabash finished 1-1 for the Classic after scoring a 4-1 win on Saturday against Fontbonne. 

The Little Giants have been held scoreless in both of their losses this season (1-0 loss to Rose-Hulman on Sept. 7)

Webster claimed the team title for the Classic by finishing 2-0 for the weekend. The Gorlocks defeated Monmouth 5-0 on Saturday.

TRINE MEN’S SOCCER: Thunder Overcome the Elements in 2-1 Win Against Benedictine

ANGOLA, Ind. – On a wet and rainy Sunday afternoon, the Trine University men’s soccer team took the pitch versus the Benedictine University Eagles. The Thunder made it three consecutive victories with a 2-1 win on Weaver Field.

The dub was also significant for the team as it was the 50th career win for David Jacobs as head coach of the men’s soccer program.

It was a chaotic start to the match, with both squads putting balls in the back of the net, but both potential goals were also negated due to offsides penalties. Ryan Cote was able to break through for the game’s first countable goal of the match in the ninth minute. It is the freshman Cote’s first career goal at the collegiate level. Tyler Murphy was credited with the find on the play. He shoveled a pass from the scrum inside the box to Cote in space on the backside for the score.

The elements caused slipping and sliding, but Jay Stevens and Luke Kearns kept the pressure on the Eagles defense with a combined three shots and Murphy had his shot turned away by the Benedictine keeper in the 19th minute.

Murphy would create a similar opportunity in the 29th minute as he did for Cote to defender Jared Cromwell. Cromwell netted his first goal of the season to put the team up 2-0.

That score looked as though it would remain until the break, however a breakaway opportunity for the Eagles resulted in a score with just 12 seconds remaining until the half came to a close.

After getting some offense in, Benedictine remained on the hunt for the equalizer. Trine keeper Aidan McGonagle notched a save near the crossbar to keep the Thunder in front in the 53rd minute.

The defense of McGonagle, Cromwell, Cote, Gavin Hardy and Liam Zimmerman withstood the pressure of seven second half shots for the Eagles. All of them were turned away in a scoreless half that resulted in a 2-1 victory for the home team.

In total, Stevens and Kearns led the team with two shots apiece. McGonagle picked up the win with four saves on his sheet.

Trine hits the road for the first time in 2022 on Wednesday, September 14 for a 5 pm match against the Bluffton University Beavers.

DEPAUW MEN’S TENNIS: Tigers Defeat the Fightin’ Engineers at the DePauw Fall Invitational

Greencastle, Ind.- In its first home matchup of the season, the DePauw men’s tennis team finished with six first-place finishes in singles and swept the doubles matches against Rose-Hulman in the DePauw Fall Invitational.

The two teams played four-player bracketed singles and doubles matches; below are the flight winners.

Singles 1: Thomas Partridge (DPUM) def. Finley Buelte (DPUM) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Singles 2: Jake Watson (DPUM) def. Grayson Zylstra (DPUM) 1-6, 6-0, 6-2

Singles 3:  Ryan McCook (DPUM) def. Wils Warren (DPUM) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Singles 4: Teagen Crow (DPUM) def. Brian Wolf (DPUM) 7-6 (7-1), 1-6, 6-4

Singles 5: Sam Applegate (DPUM) def. Austin Chyall (DPUM) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Singles 6: Reese Bergstrom (DPUM) def. Ikkei Oguma (DPUM) 6-2, 0-6, 6-3

Doubles 1: Jake Watson/Teagen Crow (DPUM) def. Ryan McCook/Finley Buelte (DPUM) 8-6

Doubles 2:  Austin Chyall/Grayson Zylstra (DPUM) def. Brian Wolf/Wils Warren (DPUM) 8-4

The Tigers return to action on Friday, September 23, to compete in the ITA Regional Championships at WashU.

HANOVER VOLLEYBALL: falls to Thiel on final day of Pam Briggs Classic

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Hanover Panthers (2-6 overall) fell to Thiel on the final day of the Pam Briggs Classic in four sets 25-16, 23-25, 20-25, 19-25.

Leading the Panthers was freshman CC Shick (Fort Thomas, Kyl.) and freshman Maddie Robertson (Mitchell, Ind.) with double digit kills. Shick charted a team-high 13 kills while Robertson connected for 10 kills.

Defensively, junior Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) picked up 16 digs while teammate sophomore Maggie Schweitzer (Shelbyville, Ind.) dished out 19 assists.

As a team, Hanover charted 46 total kills and 42 assists. They finished the contest hitting .187.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 14 welcoming Spalding as part of their home opener. First serve is set for 6:30 PM.

MANCHESTER WOMEN’S TENNIS: Spartan Tennis Takes on Hanover & Adrian

N. MANCHESTER, Ind. –  The Manchester women’s tennis team played host to a 3-way match on Saturday with Hanover and Adrian.

In the first match, the Spartans opened conference play for the year with a 2-7 loss to the visiting Panthers. MU did claim two victories in singles action. Eva Bazzoni (Wabash, Ind./Manchester) secured a tight 3-set win at the second flight with a score of 6-2, 5-7, [10-5], while Evelyn Minton (Clarksville, Ind./Jeffersonville) had an easier 6-1, 6-2 win at 3 singles.

In the afternoon match, the Spartans fell to the Bulldogs of Adrian College 2-7. Manchester’s 1 doubles team of Bazzoni and Minton picked up the first team point when the Bulldogs had to retire with injury at 2-1 in the set.  The injury also gave the Spartans a point for the walkover win at 1 singles. 

The Spartans travel to Terre Haute, Ind. on Wednesday to face Rose-Human in conference play with a 4 pm start time.

Following the action from the women’s team, the men hosted the Bulldogs from Adrian College on Saturday in non-conference action. The men competed well, but ultimately fell 1-8.

First year Brennan Beachy (Goshen, Ind/Westview) claimed the lone victory for the Spartans, fighting back from a set down to claim the win in a match tiebreak, 1-6, 6-2, [10-8] at the second flight.

The Spartans host visiting Bethel College on Wednesday, September 21st with a 4 pm start time.

MANCHESTER MEN’S SOCCER: Spartans Get First Win in 2022 Behind Bowron Goal

N. MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Spartans played through the rainy weather to defeat the Scots by a score of 1-0.

The Scots and Spartans battled each other in the on and off rain during an evenly matched game. Both teams played a game on Saturday, Manchester tying Wittenberg and Alma defeating Anderson.

Manchester broke through in the first half. Junior Julian Keough (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) lofted a ball to the back post where sophomore Ian Bowron (Fishers, Ind./ Fishers) was left unmarked and was able to nod it home. It was Bowron’s first goal of the 2022 campaign.

The Black & Gold will be back in action September 14th at 8 p.m. against St. Francis (Ind.). Live stream and live stats for that game will be available on MUSpartans.com.

HUNTINGTON MEN’S SOCCER: FORESTERS DEFEND HOME TURF WITH 2-0 WIN OVER LAWRENCE TECH

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU men’s soccer team defended their home turf Saturday afternoon by blanking Lawrence Tech 2-0 at King Stadium. It’s the Foresters’ second straight W over the Blue Devils as the series between the two squads favors Lawson and crew 4-2.

Huntington doubled up their guests in shot taken through the opening 45 minutes, 11-5, but couldn’t get anything to stick until the second period. Both keepers made several quality saves in the first half to make for the 0-0 deadlock at intermission.

Both goals came within a 15-minute span with the first in the 53rd minute when Pablo Garcia played a ball to Higor Barbieri who turned his defender and placed it side netting to break the silence on the scoreboard.

The insurance goal came at the 67:03 mark. Consecutive passes by Paulo Fiho and Tiago Costa set up Joao Ratinho who made a clever run for a picture perfect finish off Costa’s cheeky pass. It proved the exclamation mark on the match as Tech never really threatened after that.

Pedro Moreira was spectacular in net, collecting five saves on the way to claiming his third clean sheet of the season. HU outshot their guests 16-10 and finished with six corners to SHU’s five.

“After our loss earlier this week, today was a fantastic response against a very well coach and talented team,” said Coach Russ Lawson. “I felt like the adjustments we made and the buy-in from our guys really allowed us to put an imprint on the game. It’s exciting to get this type of team effort because it shows us what we’re capable of doing.”

The Foresters will be tested Wednesday when they host #14 Indiana Tech at 4:00 p.m.

HUNTINGTON MEN’S TENNIS: FORESTERS SPLIT AT KLOPFENSTEIN COURTS

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Playing at Klopfenstein Courts for the first time this season, the HU men’s tennis team came up short, 5-2, in a hard fought battle against #RV Grace before breezing past Spring Arbor 7-0 to wrap up the day.

The morning matchup with the Lancers was a clash between two of the top teams in the league. After giving up the point in doubles, the Foresters evened things up at 2-2 before GC secured the W by winning the final three singles matches.  

Against SAU a few hours later, HU notched quick wins at #2 and #3 doubles to earn the match’s first point and turn to singles action where they continued their winning ways across the board. It proved their fourth shutout of the season.

With the split, Poncio’s crew moves to 5-1 on the year and in league play.

GRACE

DOUBLES RECAP

1. Valentin Mussi/Agustin Agosto (HU) vs. Facundo Paredes/Ivan Antinori (GrC) DNF

2. Javier Gallego/Pablo Gregori (GrC) def. Mateo Ameller/Angel Vazquez (HU)  6-3

3. Ramiro Candia/Nicolas Doria (GrC) def. Illia Turaba/Alejo Bagnera (HU) 6-3

SINGLES RECAP

1. Paredes (GrC) def. Bagnera (HU) 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (7)

2. Gallego (GrC) def. Agosto (HU) 6-3, 6-3

3. Ameller (HU) def. David Sandi (GrC) 6-3, 6-3

4. Mussi (HU) def. Gregori (GrC) 6-2, 6-1

5. Candia (GrC) def. Vazquez (HU) 6-3, 6-1

6. Doria (GrC) def. Turaba (HU) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (7)

SPRING ARBOR

DOUBLES RECAP

1. Agustin Agosto/Valentin Mussi (HU) vs. Sebastian Smith/Connor Mogle (SAU) DNF

2. Alejo Bagnera/Mateo Ameller (HU) def. Brendan Bentley/Bret Bentley (SAU) 6-1

3. Illia Turaba/ Bautista Rodriguez (HU) def. Charlie Dobben/Karlton Zerlaut (SAU) 6-0

SINGLES RECAP

1. Agosto (HU) def. Smith (SAU) 6-2, 6-3

2. Bagnera (HU) def. Bret Bentley (SAU) 6-2, 6-2

3. Mussi (HU) def. Brendan Bentley (SAU) 6-1, 6-0

4. Angel Vazquez (HU) def. 6-2, 7-6 (5)

5. Diego Tapia (HU) vs. Will Nickles (SAU) 6-4, 6-0

6. Rodriguez (HU) def. Zerlaut (SAU) 6-0, 6-0

IU SOUTH BEND VOLLEYBALL: Titans drop a pair in Spring Arbor

SPRING ARBOR, Mich.- On Saturday, September 10th, the IU South Bend Titans lost back-to-back matches in four sets. The first to Michigan-Dearborn 18-25, 26-24, 15-25, 21-25. The second to Spring Arbor 10-25, 25-21, 21-25, 10-25.

The Titans were led by middle hitter Abby Seeger with 24 kills and outside hitter Alexis Issette with 19 kills in the doubleheader. The IU South Bend passing attack featured McKenzie Powell with 40 assists and Emma Knowlton with 29 assists in the two games. Suriya Van der Oord anchored the defense with 43 digs.

In game one, the Titans struggled to contain Wolverines junior setter Regan Rose who impressed in all aspects of the game with 32 assists, 15 digs, and two aces.

Saturday’s second game featured two Spring Arbor Cougars lead the way for the offense. Senior outside hitter Alison Nibbelink had 15 kills while Freshman Kendall Bollenbacher wasn’t far behind with 14 kills.

The IU South Bend Titans return to action on Tuesday, September 13, at home against conference opponent Judson University.

IU SOUTH BEND WOMEN’S SOCCER: IUSB Soccer drops CCAC opener

SOUTH BEND, Ind.- Goalkeeper Kaitlin Paul made 17 saves in Saturday’s contest, but the IU South Bend Titans ultimately fell to St. Ambrose University 8-0.

The Fighting Bees of St. Ambrose scored early and often at Newton Park as Kaitlyn Brunson and Hailee Wilson both found the back of the net within the first four minutes of the match. After that, goalkeeper Kaitlin Paul began to settle into the first half, making seven consecutive saves until the 38th minute when Genevieve Bowyer scored a goal assisted by Alyssa Schneider to cap off scoring in the first half.

The second half was more of the same for the Fighting Bees as Taylor DeSplinter scored twice and Hailee Wilson scored also scored twice to complete her hat trick.

The IU South Bend Titans saw their best chance to score in the 72nd minute as Maya Diceanu fired a shot on goal, but Fighting Bees goalkeeper Rachel Willette was able to knock it down keeping the Titans scoreless.

The IU South Bend Titans return to action on Wednesday, September 14th, at home against CCAC foe St. Francis.

PURDUE NORTHWEST WOMEN’S SOCCER: PNW Pride play the NMU Wildcats

During rainy conditions on Sunday at Dowling Park, the Northern Michigan Wildcats defeated Purdue Northwest 4-0.

Coach Whisler Quote – “We just ended a 5 game in 12 day stretch and you can tell it just really started to wear on us today. Looking forward to getting student-athletes rested and having another go at some quality GLIAC opponents next weekend.”

Key Points of Game – NMU is a quality opponent and love to push numbers forward. We held them close in the first half, but eventually they got the best of us.

PNW Player Highlights – Brinley Hefty (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere North HS) played an outstanding game.

Next on the Schedule – The Pride travel to Davenport (Friday) and Grand Valley (Sunday) to continue conference play.

VINCENNES WOMEN’S GOLF: TRAILBLAZERS CONTINUE TO STAY CONSISTENT ON THE LINKS AT VU FALL INVITATIONAL

MONTGOMERY, Ind. – The Vincennes University golf team continued their consistent play this fall season at the two-day VU Fall Invitational at Country Oaks Golf Course Saturday and Sunday.

The VU ‘Gold’ Team shot an opening round 305 Saturday afternoon and battled some tough conditions Sunday morning to shoot a 306.

The VU ‘Blue’ Team began the tournament with a 315 on Saturday, before coming back to take five shots off their score for a second round 310 on Sunday.

VU’s ‘Gold’ Team was led by sophomore Paxton Schwomeyer (Oakland City, Ind.) who shot an even par 72 on Saturday and a six-over 78 on Sunday.

Sophomore Luke VanDeventer (Columbus, Ind.) and freshman Preston Broce (Indianapolis, Ind.) were the second-lowest scorers for the Blazers with VanDeventer opening with a 74 on Saturday and a 79 on Sunday. Broce took the most shots off his round of any VU golfer this weekend, going from an 81 on Saturday, to an even par 72 on Sunday.

Sophomore Sam Stewart (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) and freshman Aaron Brink (Nashville, Ill.) rounded out the VU ‘Gold’ Team with Stewart shooting a 78 Saturday and an 81 Sunday and Brink finishing Saturday with an 82 before coming back with a 77 Sunday.

The Vincennes ‘Blue’ Team was led by sophomore Caleb Maris (Terre Haute, Ind.) and freshman Brant Tretter (Ferdinand, Ind.). Maris took three shots off of his first-round score, going from a 79 to a 76 on Sunday and Tretter improved five shots round-to-round with an 80 and a 75 for the tournament.

Sophomore Garrett Hulfachor (Lawrenceville, Ill.) placed third on the team, with a 76 on Saturday and an 81 on Sunday.

Sophomores Adam Leach (North Vernon, Ind.) and Caleb Newman (Vincennes, Ind.) rounded out the VU ‘Blue’ Team with Leach shooting a very consistent 80 Saturday and an 80 on Sunday and Newman finishing with an 82 on Saturday and a 79 on Sunday.

VU freshman Nate Olson (Greenwood Ind.) played the tournament as an individual and shot a two-over 74 on Saturday and finished the tournament with an 84 on Sunday.

“I think we were consistent as a team,” VU Hall of Fame Golf Coach Dennis Chattin said. “We had the first group shoot a 305 yesterday and a 306 today, plus the second group shot a really nice score of 310 today. If we could just mix and match the right scorers and we could have easily moved up a couple more spots. We could have moved up anyway, we were only two shots behind Rend Lake, who we have been consistently close to them this year.”

“We’ve also been close to Danville Area, but they shot a really nice 297 today and they kind of got away from us today,” Chattin added. “We had some guys today that came back after some tough rounds yesterday. Preston Broce did. He had a couple of bad breaks in his round yesterday and shot nine shots better today. Paxton had a good, consistent tournament again. He tied for 10th in a 70-man tournament, which is good. Luke VanDeventer didn’t play quite as well today but had a really good score yesterday. Overall, I thought we had a good, consistent performance. I think we are headed in the right direction. If we could put those scores together, we could have easily moved up, even as high as second.”

The Trailblazers will now have a more than two-week break to prepare for their next tournament at the John A. Logan Fall Invitational at Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion, Ill.

The two-day tournament is set to begin on Monday, Sept. 26 and finish on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

“Each of our tournaments so far this season, we’ve talked about a couple of shots makes all the difference,” Chattin said. “Hopefully we can gain something from that and this tournament. Finishing ahead of Fontbonne, which is a four-year school and Mineral Area, who have had some good tournament scores. Hopefully finishing ahead of them builds a little bit of confidence going down to Marion.”

“Of course, there will be some good schools in Marion too,” Chattin added. “John A. Logan is a NJCAA D-I school and has always had a really strong program, plus playing on their home course. It’s a difficult golf course to play. It will be a good challenge for us, but I like to play down there because I like to play against good competition on good golf courses.”

TEAM RESULTS

Campbellsville – 292, 288 – 580

Danville Area – 300, 297 – 597

St. Mary of the Woods – 296, 304 – 600

Rend Lake – 304, 305 – 609

VU ‘Gold’ – 305, 306 – 611

Fontbonne – 304, 310 – 614

VU ‘Blue’ – 315, 310 – 625

Mineral Area – 305, 320 – 625

Lincoln Trail – 325, 308 – 633

St Mary of the Woods (B) – 326, 328 – 654

Southeastern Illinois – 339, 326 – 665

Lincoln Trail (B) – 326, 344 – 670

VINCENNES SCORES

Paxton Schwomeyer (T10) – 72, 78 – 150

Preston Broce (T19) – 81, 72 – 153

Luke VanDeventer (T19) – 74, 79 – 153

Brant Tretter (T27) – 80, 75 – 155

Caleb Maris (T27) – 79, 76 – 155

Garrett Hulfachor (T33) – 76, 81 – 157

Nate Olson (T35) – 74, 84 – 158

Aaron Brink (T40) – 82, 77 – 159

Sam Stewart (T40) – 78, 81 – 159

Adam Leach (T42) – 80, 80 – 160

Caleb Newman (T46) – 82, 79 – 161

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees8556.60350 – 2235 – 3438 – 2625 – 815 – 146 – 4W 2
Tampa Bay7860.5655.547 – 2431 – 3636 – 2814 – 1516 – 97 – 3L 2
Toronto7861.561638 – 2940 – 3230 – 2519 – 1517 – 158 – 2L 1
Baltimore7367.52111.541 – 3032 – 3729 – 3415 – 1519 – 104 – 6L 2
Boston6972.4891635 – 3434 – 3820 – 4016 – 1425 – 86 – 4W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland7365.52933 – 3040 – 3513 – 1636 – 2512 – 165 – 5W 3
Chi White Sox7269.5112.534 – 3638 – 3315 – 1731 – 2918 – 167 – 3L 1
Minnesota6970.4964.540 – 3229 – 3818 – 1631 – 2512 – 172 – 8L 3
Kansas City5784.40417.534 – 4123 – 4312 – 2028 – 3310 – 184 – 6W 1
Detroit5486.3862030 – 4024 – 469 – 2025 – 399 – 184 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston9050.64347 – 2243 – 2810 – 1223 – 848 – 247 – 3W 1
Seattle7961.5641138 – 3141 – 3016 – 1717 – 935 – 287 – 3W 2
LA Angels6179.4362931 – 4030 – 3911 – 2316 – 1027 – 335 – 5L 1
Texas6079.43229.529 – 4031 – 396 – 2017 – 1327 – 382 – 8W 1
Oakland5190.36239.523 – 4828 – 4213 – 2012 – 2122 – 362 – 8W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8952.63146 – 2343 – 2946 – 2217 – 619 – 146 – 4W 2
Atlanta8753.6211.547 – 2540 – 2835 – 2221 – 1218 – 128 – 2L 2
Philadelphia7862.55710.544 – 3134 – 3134 – 2820 – 1017 – 166 – 4W 3
Miami5782.4103127 – 4030 – 4227 – 3511 – 1512 – 212 – 8L 2
Washington4992.3484022 – 4727 – 4511 – 4615 – 1815 – 184 – 6L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis8358.58947 – 2436 – 3416 – 1840 – 2117 – 97 – 3W 2
Milwaukee7566.532839 – 2736 – 3911 – 1337 – 3114 – 186 – 4W 2
Chi Cubs5882.41424.530 – 4228 – 4013 – 930 – 369 – 233 – 7L 2
Cincinnati5682.40625.529 – 3927 – 4312 – 2223 – 3110 – 225 – 5L 2
Pittsburgh5188.3673128 – 4323 – 459 – 2224 – 3514 – 172 – 8L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-LA Dodgers9643.69149 – 1847 – 2519 – 1421 – 941 – 156 – 4W 2
San Diego7764.5462038 – 3139 – 3319 – 1519 – 1033 – 305 – 5L 2
San Francisco6773.47929.537 – 3230 – 4117 – 1319 – 1421 – 365 – 5W 2
Arizona6673.4753037 – 3429 – 3916 – 1516 – 1623 – 355 – 5W 1
Colorado6180.4333640 – 3421 – 4610 – 2414 – 1529 – 315 – 5L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins1001.0000.02071-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Buffalo Bills1001.0000.031100-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
New York Jets010.0001.09240-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
New England Patriots010.0001.07200-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers1001.0000.024191-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs1001.0000.044210-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Denver Broncos0000.5000-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
Las Vegas Raiders010.0001.019240-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers1001.0000.023200-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Baltimore Ravens1001.0000.02490-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns1001.0000.026240-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals010.0001.020230-1-00-0-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Houston Texans001.5000.020200-0-10-0-00-0-10-0-11 T
Indianapolis Colts001.5000.020200-0-00-0-10-0-10-0-11 T
Tennessee Titans010.0000.520210-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars010.0000.522280-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1001.0000.038350-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Washington Commanders1001.0000.028221-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
New York Giants1001.0000.021200-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Dallas Cowboys010.0001.03190-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks0000.0000-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-0
Arizona Cardinals010.0000.521440-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams010.0000.510310-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
San Francisco 49ers010.0000.510190-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings1001.0000.02371-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Chicago Bears1001.0000.019101-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Detroit Lions010.0001.035380-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers010.0001.07230-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
New Orleans Saints1001.0000.027260-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1001.0000.01930-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers010.0001.024260-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Atlanta Falcons010.0001.026270-1-00-0-00-1-00-1-01 L
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1883       In an American Association contest, John Reilly hits for the cycle, collecting three singles, a double, triple, and home run in the Red Stockings’ 27-5 rout of the visiting Pittsburgh Alleghenys at the Bank Street Grounds. Next week, the 24-year-old Cincinnati first baseman will accomplish the feat for the second time at the same ballpark when the team beats the first-place Philadelphia Athletics, 12-3.

1930       At Ebbets Field, Dodger catcher Al Lopez hits the last major league bounced home run in National League history. The Senior Circuit joins the American League, which had enacted the rule change in 1929, awarding a ground-rule double to the player who hits the ball over the wall on a bounce.

1932       In the bottom of the ninth, Johnny Frederick hits his major league record-setting sixth pinch-homer of the season, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Cubs. The Brooklyn outfielder’s major league mark remains for 68 years until another Dodger, Dave Hansen, strokes seven round-trippers coming off the bench in 2000.

1936       At the age of 61, Kid Elberfeld, the team’s skipper, grounds out to third when he pinch-hits for the Fulton (KY) Eagles in the Class D Kitty League. The Tabasco Kid, known for his combative style as a major leaguer, finishes his minor league managerial career at the end of the season after spending 30 years as a manager, coach, scout, mentor, and instructor for many aspiring ballplayers.

1947       Ralph Kiner hits a record eight home runs in four games, surpassing Tony Lazzeri, who had hit seven round-trippers in four games with the Yankees in 1936. The Pirates outfielder will finish the season tied with a major-league-leading 51 round-trippers with Giants first baseman Johnny Mize.

1952       At Forbes Field, the Pirates become the first team to use protective headgear covering the players’ temples, a precursor to the batting helmet. Branch Rickey’s innovation, worn both at the plate and in the field in the Bucs’ twin bill split with Boston, is a plastic hat with a foam layer attached to the hatband.

1953       At County Stadium, Carl Erskine goes the distance in The Dodgers’ 5-2 victory over the Braves, giving the team a 13-game lead with 12 left to play. Brooklyn clinches a pennant at the earliest date ever in baseball history and marks the first time the club wins consecutive titles in franchise history.

1958       At Connie Mack Stadium, Giants’ leadoff hitter Jim Davenport singles and hits a three-run inside-the-park home run during an eight-run first inning. Johnny Antonelli pitches a complete game for his 15th victory when San Francisco routs the Phillies, 19-2.

1959       En route to a 21-15 season with the Giants, 33-year-old Toothpick Sam Jones throws a four-hitter against Philadelphia to become the second black major leaguer to win twenty games. In 1955, the right-hander from Ohio lost twenty games pitching for the Cubs.

1961       Frank Lary wins his 20th game of the season, the second time he has accomplished the feat when he goes the distance in the Tigers’ 3-1 victory over Kansas City. The 31-year-old right-hander will finish the season with a 23-9 record, including a league-leading 22 complete games.

1962       Tom Cheney sets a major league mark for K’s in a single game by striking out 21 batters, throwing all 16 innings in the Senators’ 2-1 victory over the Orioles. The 27-year-old right-handed fireballer tosses 228 pitches in the three-hour and 59-minute Memorial Stadium contest.

1962       With the game behind the front running Dodgers, the Giants lose their All-Star center fielder when Willie Mays enters a hospital for nervous exhaustion. The ‘City by the Bay’ will drop six games in a row but will recover along with ‘Say Hey Kid’ in time to beat Los Angeles in a playoff to win the National League pennant.

1963       “I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn” – DUKE SNIDER, addressing the Mets fans on his special night at the Polo Grounds. Former Dodgers teammates Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella join the Mets in honoring Duke Snider on the day that marks the last time the Giants, now located in San Francisco, will play at the Polo Grounds, once their long-time home. The ‘Silver Fox,’ obtained by the last-place expansion team in April, has recently requested to be traded to a contender.

1964       Orioles southpaw Frank Bertaina records his first major league victory when he tosses a one-hitter to beat the A’s at Memorial Stadium, 1-0. The losing pitcher Bob Meyer, who yields the game’s lone run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, also gives up just one hit in his complete-game effort in the seventh double one-hitter in baseball history

1965       Mets rookie Dick Selma, in his second major league start, establishes a franchise mark when he strikes out 13 batters. The 21-year-old right-hander goes the distance in New York’s ten-inning, 1-0 victory over Milwaukee at Shea Stadium.

1969       The Mets sweep a doubleheader against the Pirates when Jerry Koosman and Don Cardwell go the distance in 1-0 victories. Both starters drive in the only run scored in both ends of the twin bill.

1972       In his final appearance, 29-year-old right-hander Denny McLain, who will finish his ten-year career with a 131-92 record, loses when he gives up three runs in the ninth inning without retiring a batter in the Braves’ 7-5 loss to Cincinnati at Atlanta Stadium. The last batter the one-time 30-game winner, rumored to have been involved with gambling and bookmaking, will face is Pete Rose, who will be banned from baseball for life for wagering on the game.

1974       Mike Schmidt hits an eighth-inning three-run bomb, his 36th home run and final one this season, off Jerry Reuss in Philadelphia’s 6-4 comeback victory over the Pirates at Veterans Stadium. The 24-year-old third baseman becomes the first Phillies player to lead the league in home runs since Chuck Klein hit 28 round-trippers in 1933.

1976       At age 53, Minnie Minoso becomes the oldest player to get a hit in a regular-season game as he singles in three at-bats as the designated hitter for the White Sox. Angels’ southpaw Sid Monge gives up the historic safety.

1979       Carl Yastrzemski, in a 9-2 Red Sox victory over the Yankees, collects his 3000th hit, an eighth-inning single off Jim Beattie at Fenway Park. After Captain Carl’s milestone marker, the game pauses for a lengthy on-field celebration of the historic moment.

1984       Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden breaks the season strikeout record for a rookie when he whiffs Marvell Wynne in the sixth inning of his 2-0 complete-game victory over the Pirates at Shea Stadium. By whiffing 16 Bucs, Doc’s total of 251 is six more than Herb Score’s 1955 mark.

1985       Both New York teams host their rivals in close pennant races, thanks to a rare oddity of scheduling that has the clubs playing at home on the same day. On Baseball Thursday in the Big Apple, the Mets go into first place with a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals at Shea Stadium, and the second-place Yankees beat the Blue Jays in the ballpark in the Bronx, 7-5, cutting Toronto’s lead to a game and half.

1987       Eddie Murray, passing Boog Powell, becomes the Orioles’ all-time home run leader when he hits his 304th round-tripper for Baltimore in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Cal Ripken will move past his buddy for first-place honors, hitting his 334th four-bagger in 1996.

1995       During a WGN pregame radio broadcast at Wrigley Field, Harry Caray remarks to the team’s skipper Jim Riggleman, “Well, my eyes are slanty enough, how ’bout yours?” referring to Hideo Nomo, the Japanese rookie hurler scheduled to start for the Dodgers. The veteran announcer, known for not backing off his on-the-air off-handed comments, does issue an apology, calling the incident “unfortunate.”

1996       Alex Rodriguez, in an 8-5 win over the Royals, sets a major league shortstop record with his 88th extra-base hit. The Mariners infielder’s first-inning double off Chris Haney in the Kauffman Stadium contest establishes the new mark.

1996       Bernie Williams drives in eight runs with two homers and a single, helping the Bronx Bombers defeat Detroit, 12-3. The Yankee center fielder will celebrate his 28th birthday tomorrow, hitting .305 for the eventual World Champs.

1998       Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit 60 home runs in a season when he blasts a seventh-inning three-run shot off Milwaukee’s Valerio de Los Santos in a 15-12 victorious slugfest at Wrigley Field. The Chicago right-fielder joins Babe Ruth (1927 Yankees), Roger Maris (1961 Yankees), and Mark McGwire (1998 Cardinals) in reaching one of baseball’s most cherished milestones.

2000       Dave Hansen breaks the 1932 record for pinch-hit home runs in a single season with his seventh round-tripper coming off the bench on the same date Johnny Frederick established the mark sixty-eight years ago. The Dodger pinch-hitter’s historic homer, a seventh-inning three-run blast off Diamondback right-hander Curt Schilling, isn’t enough to prevent the team’s 5-4 loss to Arizona at Bank One Ballpark.

2002       A jury, not a judge or umpires, will decide whether Alex Popov controlled Barry Bonds’ record-setting 73rd home run in his glove. Popov, who lost possession of the ball valued at approximately $1 million after being mobbed by fans, claims the historic horsehide should belong to him, not Patrick Hayashi, the person who ended up with the valuable souvenir.

2005       Making his season debut with just 20 games left in the regular schedule, Barry Bonds returns to the Giants lineup with a bang, lining a double in his first at-bat and barely missing hitting his 704th career homer. At the start of the season, the 41-year-old slugger spent time on the disabled list due to an infection following knee surgery.

2006       The Braves are mathematically eliminated from the division race as the Mets beat the Marlins, 6-4. The New York victory ends Atlanta’s streak of fourteen straight division titles, the longest run for any professional sport.

2006       Luis Gonzalez becomes the oldest player at 39 years and nine days old to hit 50 doubles in one season. The Diamondbacks outfielder, who also holds the club’s record for two-baggers, surpasses Hall of Famer Tris Speaker, who was 38 years, 107 days old when he last legged a hit to second.

2008       In the 2-1 victory over the Nationals, Jorge Cantu goes deep in the fourth inning, making the Marlins the first team in big league history to have four infielders hit 25 home runs in the same season. The Florida third baseman joins first baseman Mike Jacobs (32), second baseman Dan Uggla (30), and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (29) in accounting for 116 of the Fish’s 188 big flies this year.

2015       Atlanta loses its 11th consecutive home game, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Mets at Turner Field. The defeat matches a franchise mark established in 1931 when the team played at Braves Field in Boston.

2015       After hitting a homer in the first inning, David Ortiz goes deep again in the fifth frame to become the 27th member of the 500 home run club. The Red Sox 39-year-old designated hitter’s two round-trippers, both off Matt Moore, contributes to the team’s 10-4 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

2017       The Twins set a Target Field record for most homers in a game in the eight-year-old ballpark, going deep seven times in the team’s 16-0 pounding of the Padres. The septet of round-trippers blasted by Brian Dozier, Jorge Polanco, Jason Castro (2), Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Escobar, and Kennys Vargas marks the first time in history that a team hits a home run in each of the first seven innings.

2017       Behind Corey Kluber’s complete-game performance, the Indians extended their winning streak to 20, beating the Tigers at Progressive Field, 2-0. The Tribe’s winning ways, which began on August 24th against the Red Sox in Boston, ties the American League record mark the team now shares with 2002 A’s.

2021       Max Scherzer becomes the 19th player to reach the 3,000-strikeout plateau with a fifth-inning punch out of Eric Hosmer, who will break up the right-hander’s bid for a perfect game with a one-out double in the eighth of LA’s 8-0 victory over the Padres. The three-time Cy Young Award winner whiffs nine batters in the Dodger Stadium gem, including his third career immaculate inning, tying a major league mark shared by Sandy Koufax and Chris Sale.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1984

Detroit Tigers (4) vs San Diego Padres (1)

The Detroit Tigers were World Series bound right from the start of the regular season, winning thirty-five of their first forty games and finishing with one-hundred four wins (a fifteen game lead ahead of their nearest competition). After sweeping the Kansas City Royals for the American League pennant, the “Beast from the East” set its sights on the crowning achievement that would come at the expense of the National League’s San Diego Padres (who were making their World Series debut).

Game 1 set the tone for the contest as Mark Thurmond managed to last five innings with a 2-1 lead, but surrendered a crucial two-out, two-run homer to Larry Herndon in the fifth. Graig Nettles and Terry Kennedy both singled to open the San Diego sixth, but the Tiger’s Jack Morris (a nineteen game winner) snuffed out their momentum by striking out the rest of the side. Kurt Bevacqua continued the fleeting comeback with a leadoff double in the seventh, but was thrown out at third while attempting to stretch the bases. Despite the close call, Morris remained focused and sat down the last nine remaining Padre batters for the 3-2 victory.

Game 2 started as the opener had ended with the Tigers line-up driving San Diego starter Ed Whitson from the mound in the first inning with three opening runs. Despite the early deficit, Andy Hawkins and Craig Lefferts came in as relief and managed to save the outing with a little help from Bevacqua who was playing the role of designated hitter. Hawkins entered the contest with two out in the first and tossed 5 1/3 innings of one hit ball and Lefferts finished the job by striking out five Tigers in three scoreless innings. Still trailing 3-2 in the fifth, Bevacqua had stepped up to the plate and nailed a clutch, three run homer off Dan Petry for the lead. The 5-3 advantage remained with the San Diego bullpen completing the job that their rivals had initially started. Their magnificent efforts were quickly forgotten though when they issued eleven walks in the first five innings for an embarrassing 5-3 effort the following day. Padres’ starter Tim Lollar gave up four hits (including a two run homer to Marty Castillo), four walks and four runs alone before leaving with two out in the second.

Morris returned for the fourth meeting determined to maintain the control he had shown in the Series opener and recorded his second complete game with a brilliant five hitter that edged the National League champs to the brink of elimination. Alan Trammell supported the 4-2 effort by contributing all of Detroit’s runs with two, two-run home runs off of Eric Show in the first and third innings. Game 5 belonged to lumberjack Kirk Gibson who dropped two bombs into the upper-decks in the first and eighth innings. As strong around the bases as he was at the plate, the speedster took the lead in the fifth after stealing home on a shallow fly ball to right field. Lance Parrish also sent one bouncing into the cheap seats and relievers Aurelio Lopez and Willie Hernandez (19-4 record and forty-six saves combined) held the Padres at bay for the 8-4, clinching triumph. Detroit had truly gone the distance (all the way from Opening Day), proving themselves as the best team in baseball.

However, San Diego deserved some of the credit for the Tigers good fortune too. After all, in 10 1/3-innings, the Padres rotation had combined for a humiliating 13.94 ERA. In addition to bringing home Detroit’s fourth title, manager Sparky Anderson also became the first skipper to guide two separate franchises to World Series victories after winning with the Cincinnati Reds in both ’75 and ’76.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1992

Despite dominating the majority of the previous decades, the National League had now become the underdog. Some sportswriter had joked that the “cleat was on the other foot” and after four consecutive losses, the National League entered the ’92 game determined to win back the respect that they were used to.

Unfortunately for them, the American League had different plans and it didn’t take long for them to put the “rookie underdogs” in their place. Right out of the gate, the American League laced seven consecutive first-inning singles and bolted to a 4-0 lead.

National League starter Tom Glavine and two of his successors, Bob Tewksbury and Doug Jones, worked 4 1/3 innings and were tagged for seventeen hits and twelve runs. Glavine gave up nine hits himself in what looked more like American League batting practice and less like an All-Star Game.

The American League struck for four more sixth-inning runs, changing a safe lead into an insurmountable one. Ruben Sierra’s two-run homer capped the uprising and made it 10-0. Ken Griffey Jr., one of four American League hitters with two runs batted in, went three-for-three. He singled home a run in the first, homered in the third, triggered the sixth-inning outburst with a double and was the game’s MVP. The National League only managed to score their first run after ten runs had already scored and by then, it didn’t really matter.

FOOTBALL HISTORY

September 12, 1976 – The Seattle Seahawks play their inaugural regular season game in a loss to St. Louis 30-24. Jack Patera was the Head Coach of the ‘Hawks as they played in front of a sold out King Dome. The Seahawks played hard in close games but still started off the franchise by losing their first 5 games of their initial season. A pair of legendary rookies got some major experience in just the second game of the season as Jim Zorn was under center for Seattle and his favorite career target, Hall of Famer Steve Largent was at wide out. Jim Hart quarterbacked the Cardinals that day.

September 12, 1988 – The very first NFL game is played in Phoenix, Arizona as the newly transplanted Cardinals hosted the Dallas Cowboys. This week 2 match-up was the Monday Night Football Game that week. The Cowboys spoiled the party in the dessert in a 17-14 victory over the red birds. When you peak at the box score you have to take a second look as it shows Jay Novacek of Phoenix catching a 23 yard pass for a score from Cardinal’s QB Neil Lomax for the final score of the game. One could easily forget that Novacek played 5 seasons for the Cardinals before making his mark in Big D with the ‘Boys. The Cardinals have a long history and are actually the oldest franchise still playing in the NFL. The real origin of the franchise goes all the way back to 1898 when a man named Chris O’Brien formed the Morgan Athletic Club team who a few years later bought and had the team wear cast off faded uniforms from the University of Chicago Maroons. O’Brien described the uniforms as “cardinal red” and the nickname stuck with the team and helped set the team colors for years to come. That season they played their home games at 61st and Racine Street and were dubbed the Racine Street Cardinals. As far as the NFL goes they were a charter member of the league and started off in Chicago with the Cardinals name in 1920 and played in the Windy City until 1959, except for the 1944 Season when they combined with Pittsburgh, to create a team called the Card-Pitts, due to a player shortage caused by World War II. From the 1961 season through 1987 they played as the St. Louis Cardinals. A more recent move in 1988 to the dessert had them play as the Phoenix Cardinals until 1993 when they changed their location name to Arizona Cardinals for better representation of the area.

SUPER BOWL HISTORY-SUPER BOWL 1

Jan. 15, 1967

At Los Angeles—61,946

Kansas City    0    10    0    0    —    10

Green Bay    7    7    14    7    —    35

Behind the passing of Bart Starr, the receiving of Max McGee and a key interception by All-Pro safety Willie Wood, Green Bay broke open a tight game with three second-half touchdowns.

With Green Bay leading 14-10 early in the third quarter, Wood’s 40-yard interception return to the Chiefs’ 5-yard line set up an Elijah Pitts touchdown run which gave Green Bay an 11-point lead.

McGee, filling in for ailing Boyd Dowler, caught seven passes from Starr for 138 yards and two touchdowns. McGee had caught only three passes during the 1966 season. Pitts ran for two scores and Jim Taylor, who led all rushers with 53 yards, scored the Packers’ other touchdown.

Starr completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards and was chosen the most valuable player. The Packers collected $15,000 per man and the Chiefs $7,500 — the largest single-game shares in the history of team sports.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S

September 12, 1891 – John “Babe” Brown played for Navy as a guard. Babe was first team College Football All-American at guard in the 1913 season. The 1913 Army-Navy game ended up in a 6-0 Midshipmen’s win as Brown scored all of the points in the game as he kicked two field goals. Brown later served as the president of the National Football Foundation which oversees the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1955 the voters placed his story of his collegiate football career into the College Football Hall of Fame. John Brown ended up being a Vice-Admiral in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

September 12, 1964 – Lynn Thomsen was a defensive tackle at Augustana College. He is the only player in college football history to start 50 games over a span of four years and to have never lost a game! The Augustana Vikings teams that Thomsen played on from 1983 through the 1986 seasons were an amazing 49-0-1! They also won FOUR NCAA Division III championships during those years. Lynn was an All-American selection for 1986 for Division III and was the Defensive Player of the Year in the College Conference of Illinois. The College Football Hall of Fame selected Thomsen to join their ranks in 1997’s entry class.

FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS

Dutch Clark’s story doesn’t fit the ordinary picture of an all-time great. In 1929, he became the first Colorado College football star to be named All-America, yet he didn’t play pro football until almost two years after he graduated, when he joined the Portsmouth Spartans for the 1931 season.

He retired from the pro game after two All-Pro seasons to become head coach at the tiny Colorado School of Mines. However, Clark returned to pro football in 1934 rejoining his team, which by then had been sold and had become the Detroit Lions. For the next five years, Clark, from his tailback position, was the general in Detroit’s famed infantry attack that in 1936 set a team rushing record that stood for 36 years.

He was called the quarterback because he called the plays. A true triple-threat back, Dutch consistently finished among the leaders in rushing and once completed 53.5 percent of his passes in a season when the league average was just 36.5 percent. He also led the league in scoring three times, kicked field goals and extra points and, is generally considered the last of the great drop kickers.

The versatile Clark was All-NFL six of the seven seasons he played. Although a great athlete, Dutch was not particularly fast and had such poor eyesight he had trouble seeing his receivers. According to teammates, though, he had the uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time. Furthermore his teammates swore that no one could follow blockers as well as Dutch.

Humble, Clark was always conscious of his role as team leader. So unassuming, he sometimes avoided calling plays directed his way for fear of hogging the limelight. “If Dutch stepped on the field with Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, and George Gipp,” a rival coach once said, “Dutch would be the general.”

SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS

4 – 23 – 15 – 8 – 19 – 10 – 19 – 31 – 16 – 29 – 34 – 5 – 11

September 12, 1911 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers dual for final time; Boston Rustlers’ Cy Young vs Christy Mathewson of the Giants; NY wins, 11-2

September 12, 1930 – Brooklyn catcher Al López hits major league’s last recorded bounce home run

September 12, 1947 – Pittsburgh Pirates’ future Baseball HOF left fielder Ralph Kiner, Number 4 ripped 2 home runs in Pirates’ 4-3 win over the Boston Braves at Forbes Field. This was Kiner’s record 8th HR in 4 games

September 12, 1962 – Washington Senators ace Tom Cheney, Number 23 struck out a record 21 Baltimore Orioles batters in a 16 inning game

September 12, 1979 – The Indiana Pacers cut female player Ann Meyers, Number 15 who was the first woman on an NBA club

September 12, 1979 – Carl Yastrzemski wearing Number 8 reached his 3,000th hit off NY Yankee Jim Beattie

September 12, 1981 – Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda, Number 19 no-hit the Yankees for 8 innings before Rick Cerone (Number 10) and Dave Winfield (Number 31) lead off the 9th inning with back-to-back doubles

September 12, 1984 – New York Met Dwight Gooden, Number 16 set a rookie strike out record at 251

September 12, 1987 – St Louis Cardinals Speedster Vince Coleman, Number 29 stole his 100th base for 3rd straight year

September 12, 1991 – Nolan Ryan, Number 34 of the Houston Astros notched a 4-3 victory over Twins with superb pitching and earned his 312th career win

September 12, 1993 – Toronto Blue Jays slugger Paul Molitor, Number 19 at age 37 became the oldest MLB player to reach 100 RBIs for the first time in career

September 12, 1997 – New York Met John Olerud (Number 5) hit for the cycle against the Montreal Expos

September 12, 2005 – Mark Messier (Number 11) announced on ESPN radio that he would retire from the NHL after 25 brilliant seasons of skating in the league.

TV MONDAY

MLBTIME ETTV
Texas at Miami1:10pmBally Sports
LA Angels at Cleveland6:10pmBally Sports
Houston at Detroit6:40pmBally Sports
ATTSN-SW
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati6:40pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
Tampa Bay at Toronto7:07pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Chi. Cubs at NY Mets7:10pmMARQ
SNY
Texas at Miami7:10pmBally Sports
LA Dodgers at Arizona9:40pmMLBN
Sportsnet
Bally Sports
Atlanta at San Francisco9:45pmMLBN
Bally Sports
NBCS-BAY
NFLTime ETTV
Denver at Seattle8:15pmESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Serie A: Empoli vs Roma2:45pmParamount+
EPL: Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest3:00pmUSA
La Liga: Almería vs Osasuna3:00pmESPN+