NFL SCOREBOARD

Buffalo 43 Washington 21

Cleveland 26 Chicago 6

Baltimore 19 Detroit 17

Arizona 31 Jacksonville 19

LA Chargers 30 Kansas City 24

New Orleans 28 New England 13

Atlanta 17 New York Giants 14

Cincinnati 24 Pittsburgh 10

Tennessee 25 Indianapolis 16

Denver 26 New York Jets 0

Las Vegas 31 Miami 28 OT

LA Rams 34 Tampa Bay 24

Minnesota 30 Seattle 17

Green Bay 30 San Francisco 28

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL  

Tampa Bay 3 Miami 2

Kansas City 2 Detroit 1

Texas 7 Baltimore 4

Chicago White Sox 5 Cleveland 2

Toronto 5 Minnesota 2

Seattle 5 LA Angels 1

Oakland 4 Houston 3

Pittsburgh 6 Philadelphia 0

Cincinnati 9 Washington 2

Milwaukee 8 New York Mets 4

St. Louis 4 Chicago Cubs 2

San Francisco 6 Colorado 2

Atlanta 4 San Diego 3

LA Dodgers 3 Arizona 0

NY Yankees 6 Boston 3

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 17 Omaha 12

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chicago 0 Nashville 0

Seattle 2 Sporting KC 1

Austin 2 Los Angeles 0

WNBA PLAYOFFS

Phoenix 85 Seattle 80 OT

Chicago 89 Minnesota 76

HEARTLAND COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE FOOTBALL ON INDIANA SRN

GAME OF THE WEEK: Mount St. Joseph @ Bluffton 1:30 KICK-OFF, PRE-GAME 1:15

ELSEWHERE:

Manchester @ Franklin

Anderson @ Hanover

Defiance @ Rose Hulman

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ON INDIANA SRN

Week 7 Football

October 1

Lapel @ Heritage Christian WEBTV

Mt Vernon @ New Castle WEB TV

Traders Point @ Edinburgh SRN radio

Frontier @ Tri County SRN Radio

Covenant Christian @ Clarksville  SRN Radio

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 7 SCHEDULE

Adams Central (5-1) at Southern Wells (0-6)

Anderson (1-4) at Indianapolis Tech (4-2)

Batesville (3-3) at Greensburg (1-3)

Bedford North Lawrence (3-3) at Floyd Central (1-5)

Beech Grove (2-4) at Indianapolis Ritter (0-6)

Bloomington South (6-0) at Columbus North (3-3)

Bluffton (2-4) at Heritage (2-4)

Boone Grove (0-4) at Griffith (2-4)

Boonville (0-5) at Princeton (2-4)

Bowman Academy (0-5) at Lake Station (1-3)

Brebeuf Jesuit (5-1) at Terre Haute South (0-6)

Cambridge City Lincoln (0-3) at Union City (4-2)

Carmel (5-1) at Ben Davis (2-4)

Cascade (2-4) at Speedway (5-1)

Castle (5-1) at Jasper (6-0)

Centerville (5-0) at Union County (3-2)

Charlestown (4-2) at Corydon Central (0-5)

Churubusco (4-2) at Central Noble (6-0)

Clinton Central (2-4) at Carroll (Flora) (5-1)

Clinton Prairie (2-3) at Taylor (0-2)

Columbus East (2-4) at Indianapolis Chatard (2-4)

Concord (5-1) at Plymouth (0-6)

Connersville (1-5) at East Central (5-1)

Cooper (Ky.) at Madison (3-3)

Covenant Christian (4-2) at Clarksville (1-5)

Covington (4-2) at Attica (0-3)

Crawfordsville (0-6) at Lebanon (3-3)

Culver (1-3) at Caston (2-4)

Culver Academy (4-2) at Woodlan (3-3)

Danville (5-1) at Frankfort (2-3)

Decatur Central (5-1) at Greenwood (2-4)

Delta (4-2) at Pendleton Heights (3-3)

East Chicago Central (1-4) at Gary West (3-2)

East Noble (3-2) at Columbia City (4-2)

Eastbrook (6-0) at Blackford (1-5)

Eastern (Greentown) (5-1) at Tri-Central (2-4)

Eastern (Pekin) (0-3) at Salem (3-1)

Eastern Greene (1-5) at Owen Valley (5-1)

Eastside (6-0) at Fremont (2-4)

Elwood (0-5) at Madison-Grant (2-4)

Evansville Harrison (1-5) at Evansville Central (1-5)

Evansville Mater Dei (4-2) at Evansville Bosse (2-4)

Evansville Memorial (5-1) at Evansville Reitz (2-4)

Fairfield (2-4) at Garrett (3-3)

Forest Park (2-4) at North Posey (5-1)

Fort Wayne Concordia (1-5) at Fort Wayne Wayne (1-5)

Fort Wayne Luers (6-0) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-2)

Fort Wayne North (1-5) at Fort Wayne South (1-4)

Fort Wayne Snider (4-1) at Fort Wayne Northrop (2-4)

Fountain Central (3-3) at South Vermillion (2-4)

Franklin (1-5) at Plainfield (3-3)

Franklin Central (4-2) at Fishers (4-2)

Franklin County (4-2) at South Dearborn (4-2)

Frontier (0-6) at Tri-County (0-5)

Gibson Southern (5-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (6-0)

Goshen (2-4) at Northridge (4-2)

Greencastle (4-2) at Cloverdale (0-5)

Greenfield-Central (3-3) at Yorktown (4-2)

Guerin Catholic (1-5) at Northview (4-1)

Hagerstown (1-4) at Winchester (2-4)

Hamilton Heights (4-2) at Tipton (6-0)

Hammond Central (1-5) at Hammond Morton (1-5)

Hammond Noll (1-3) at Wheeler (4-1)

Hanover Central (5-1) at Whiting (2-4)

Harrison (West Lafayette) (5-1) at McCutcheon (0-6)

Heritage Hills (4-2) at Washington (0-5)

Highland (3-3) at Lowell (3-3)

Homestead (4-2) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (5-1)

Indian Creek (2-4) at Brownstown Central (6-0)

Indianapolis Attucks (2-3) at Indianapolis Shortridge (2-2)

Indianapolis Cathedral (6-0) at Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio)

Indianapolis Lutheran (6-0) at Monrovia (5-1)

Indianapolis Roncalli (6-0) at Bloomington North (5-1)

Indianapolis Scecina (3-3) at Triton Central (4-2)

Indianapolis Tindley (2-3) at Wes-Del (0-5)

Jay County (3-3) at South Adams (4-2)

Jeffersonville (2-3) at New Albany (3-3)

Kankakee Valley (3-3) at Hobart (3-3)

Knox (1-5) at Pioneer (4-2)

Lafayette Central Catholic (3-3) at Twin Lakes (2-4)

Lafayette Jeff (3-3) at Richmond (1-5)

Lake Central (3-3) at Chesterton (5-1)

Lakeland (2-4) at West Noble (3-3)

Lapel (5-1) at Heritage Christian (6-0)

LaPorte (2-4) at Crown Point (3-3)

LaVille (4-1) at John Glenn (3-3)

Lawrence Central (2-4) at North Central (Indianapolis) (0-6)

Lawrenceburg (5-1) at Rushville (0-6)

Leo (6-0) at Huntington North (2-4)

Linton-Stockton (6-0) at North Knox (5-1)

Logansport (5-0) at Kokomo (5-1)

Manchester (2-3) at Whitko (1-5)

Martinsville (4-2) at Perry Meridian (2-4)

Merrillville (6-0) at Valparaiso (6-0)

Milan (2-4) at Providence (2-4)

Mishawaka Marian (3-3) at Angola (2-4)

Mississinewa (3-2) at Alexandria (3-2)

Mitchell (3-2) at Scottsburg (4-2)

Monroe Central (6-0) at Eastern Hancock (4-2)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (5-1) at New Castle (2-4)

Muncie Central (1-5) at Marion (2-3)

Munster (2-4) at Andrean (4-2)

New Haven (2-4) at Bellmont (0-6)

Noblesville (2-4) at Hamilton Southeastern (5-1)

North Daviess (4-2) at North Decatur (1-4)

North Judson (4-2) at Triton (3-3)

North Miami (0-6) at Wabash (0-5)

North Newton (3-3) at Delphi (4-2)

North Putnam (1-4) at West Vigo (1-3)

North White (2-2) at South Newton (3-3)

Northfield (4-2) at Rochester (3-1)

NorthWood (4-2) at Mishawaka (4-2)

Norwell (5-1) at DeKalb (1-5)

Oak Hill (4-2) at Frankton (2-4)

Oldenburg Academy (0-3) at Christel House Manual (1-4)

Paoli (3-1) at Crawford County (2-2)

Parke Heritage (4-2) at North Vermillion (3-3)

Phalen Academy (1-4) at Park Tudor (4-2)

Pike (0-6) at Center Grove (6-0)

Pike Central (1-3) at Tell City (3-3)

Portage (1-5) at Michigan City (3-3)

Prairie Heights (2-4) at Bremen (3-3)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-5) at Indianapolis Washington (1-4)

Rensselaer Central (3-3) at Benton Central (0-4)

River Forest (3-2) at South Central (Union Mills) (1-3)

Riverton Parke (2-3) at North Central (Farmersburg) (1-4)

Seymour (1-4) at Jennings County (1-5)

Shelbyville (1-2) at New Palestine (3-3)

Shenandoah (3-2) at Northeastern (3-3)

Sheridan (4-2) at Seeger (4-2)

Silver Creek (3-2) at North Harrison (2-4)

South Bend Clay (0-6) at Calumet (5-1)

South Bend Riley (1-3) at New Prairie (5-1)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-4) at Penn (2-4)

South Bend Washington (2-2) at Jimtown (4-2)

South Putnam (5-1) at Brown County (3-3)

Southridge (3-3) at South Spencer (3-3)

Southside HomeSchool at Rock Creek Academy (1-4)

Southwood (3-3) at Peru (3-2)

Sullivan (4-2) at Edgewood (1-4)

Switzerland County (1-4) at South Decatur (0-4)

Tecumseh (1-4) at Springs Valley (4-1)

Terre Haute North (2-4) at Southport (0-6)

Tippecanoe Valley (6-0) at Maconaquah (2-2)

Traders Point Christian (2-4) at Edinburgh (4-2)

Tri (4-2) at Knightstown (1-4)

Tri-West (4-2) at North Montgomery (2-2)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-5) at Evansville North (3-3)

Warren Central (5-1) at Lawrence North (4-1)

Wawasee (1-5) at Warsaw (5-1)

West Lafayette (6-0) at Lewis Cass (2-3)

West Washington (2-2) at Perry Central (5-1)

Western (4-2) at Northwestern (0-5)

Western Boone (4-2) at Southmont (5-1)

Westfield (5-1) at Avon (0-6)

Whiteland (2-3) at Mooresville (5-1)

Winamac (4-0) at West Central (1-5)

Zionsville (3-3) at Brownsburg (4-2)

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER PAIRINGS

3A

1. Lake Central (7)

M1: Lake Central vs. East Chicago Central.

M2: Hammond Morton vs. Hammond Central.

M3: Lowell vs. Munster.

M4: Highland vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

2. Chesterton (7)

M1: Merrillville vs. Hobart.

M2: Valparaiso vs. Chesterton.

M3: Kankakee Valley vs. Crown Point.

M4: Portage vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

3. South Bend Adams (6)

M1: Mishawaka vs. South Bend Riley.

M2: Michigan City vs. South Bend Adams.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: LaPorte vs. Plymouth.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

4. Goshen (6)

M1: Northridge vs. Penn.

M2: Goshen vs. Concord.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Warsaw Community vs. Elkhart.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

5. Logansport (6)

M1: McCutcheon vs. Marion.

M2: Logansport vs. Harrison (West Lafayette).

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Kokomo vs. Lafayette Jefferson.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

6. Carroll (Fort Wayne) (6)

M1: Fort Wayne Snider vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne).

M2: DeKalb vs. Fort Wayne Northrop.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Fort Wayne North Side vs. East Noble.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

7. New Haven (6)

M1: Fort Wayne Wayne vs. Homestead.

M2: Huntington North vs. Fort Wayne South Side.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Columbia City vs. New Haven.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

8. Noblesville (6)

M1: Hamilton Southeastern vs. Fishers.

M2: Muncie Central vs. Anderson.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Pendleton Heights vs. Noblesville.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

9. Decatur Central (6)

M1: Avon vs. Brownsburg.

M2: Ben Davis vs. Mooresville.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Plainfield vs. Decatur Central.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

10. Westfield (6)

M1: Westfield vs. Zionsville.

M2: Indianapolis Shortridge vs. North Central (Indianapolis).

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Carmel vs. Pike.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

11. Lawrence North (7)

M1: Indianapolis Arsenal Technical vs. Franklin Central.

M2: Lawrence Central vs. Indianapolis Crispus Attucks.

M3: Lawrence North vs. Warren Central.

M4: Indianapolis Cathedral vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

12. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (7)

M1: Connersville vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville).

M2: Richmond vs. Greenfield-Central.

M3: East Central vs. New Palestine.

M4: Shelbyville vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

13. Whiteland Community (7)

M1: Southport vs. Franklin Community.

M2: Greenwood Community vs. Perry Meridian.

M3: Roncalli vs. Whiteland Community.

M4: Center Grove vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

14. Terre Haute North Vigo (7)

M1: Terre Haute North Vigo vs. Martinsville.

M2: Northview vs. Bedford North Lawrence.

M3: Terre Haute South Vigo vs. Bloomington South.

M4: Bloomington North vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

15. New Albany (7)

M1: New Albany vs. Jennings County.

M2: Floyd Central vs. Seymour.

M3: Jeffersonville vs. Columbus North.

M4: Columbus East vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

16. Evansville Memorial (7)

M1: Evansville Memorial vs. Evansville North.

M2: Evansville Harrison vs. Evansville Reitz.

M3: Castle vs. Jasper.

M4: Evansville Central vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

2A

17. Wheeler (6)

M1: New Prairie vs. River Forest.

M2: Griffith vs. Hanover Central.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Hammond Bishop Noll vs. Wheeler.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

18. West Lafayette (5)

M1: West Lafayette vs. Boone Grove.

M2: Rensselaer Central vs. Benton Central.

M3: Twin Lakes vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

19. South Bend St. Joseph (6) [hosted @ North Field Complex]

M1: Glenn vs. South Bend St. Joseph.

M2: Mishawaka Marian vs. Bremen.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: South Bend Washington vs. South Bend Clay.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

20. Wawasee (6)

M1: Garrett vs. NorthWood.

M2: Wawasee vs. West Noble.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Angola vs. Lakeland.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

21. Mississinewa (8)

M1: Mississinewa vs. Northwestern.

M2: Tipton vs. Western.

M3: Maconaquah vs. Oak Hill.

M4: Peru vs. Eastern (Greentown).

M5: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M6: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

Championship: M5 winner vs. M6 winner.

22. Fort Wayne Canterbury (7)

M1: Tippecanoe Valley vs. Argos.

M2: Rochester Community vs. Fort Wayne Concordia

Lutheran.

M3: Manchester vs. Culver Academies.

M4: Fort Wayne Canterbury vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

23. Norwell (7)

M1: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers vs. Fort Wayne Bishop

Dwenger.

M2: Woodlan vs. Bellmont.

M3: Leo vs. Heritage.

M4: Norwell vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

24. Yorktown (7)

M1: New Castle vs. Blackford.

M2: Delta vs. Jay County.

M3: Muncie Burris vs. Eastbrook.

M4: Yorktown vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

25. Crawfordsville (7)

M1: Frankfort vs. Southmont.

M2: North Montgomery vs. Danville Community.

M3: Greencastle vs. Tri-West Hendricks.

M4: Crawfordsville vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

26. Guerin Catholic (6)

M1: Lebanon vs. Western Boone.

M2: Hamilton Heights vs. Brebeuf Jesuit.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Guerin Catholic vs. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

27. Speedway (6)

M1: Speedway vs. Herron.

M2: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard vs. Indianapolis Washington.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Christel House vs. Beech Grove.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

28. South Dearborn (6)

M1: South Dearborn vs. Franklin County.

M2: Greensburg vs. Rushville Consolidated.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Batesville vs. Lawrenceburg.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

29. Monrovia (7)

M1: Sullivan vs. Edgewood.

M2: Owen Valley vs. West Vigo.

M3: Monrovia vs. Brown County.

M4: South Vermillion vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

30. Washington (6)

M1: Washington vs. Southridge.

M2: Princeton Community vs. Pike Central.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Vincennes Lincoln vs. Gibson Southern.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

31. Scottsburg (7)

M1: Silver Creek vs. Corydon Central.

M2: Salem vs. North Harrison.

M3: Madison Consolidated vs. Scottsburg.

M4: Charlestown vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

32. Mt. Vernon (5)

M1: Boonville vs. Evansville Bosse.

M2: Heritage Hills vs. Evansville Mater Dei.

M3: Mt. Vernon vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

1A

33. Illiana Christian (6)

M1: Kouts vs. Illiana Christian.

M2: Covenant Christian (DeMotte) vs. Andrean.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Hebron vs. Hammond Academy of S&T.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

34. LaVille (7)

M1: Washington Township vs. Oregon-Davis.

M2: Trinity Greenlawn vs. Marquette Catholic.

M3: Morgan Township vs. LaVille.

M4: Westville vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

35. Westview (5)

M1: Prairie Heights vs. Bethany Christian.

M2: Westview vs. Central Noble.

M3: Elkhart Christian vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

36. Caston (4)

M1: Winamac Community vs. North Miami.

M2: Culver Community vs. Caston.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

37. Wabash (4)

M1: Wabash vs. Lakeland Christian.

M2: Lakewood Park Christian vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk

Christian.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

38. Carroll (Flora) (6)

M1: Carroll (Flora) vs. Faith Christian.

M2: Delphi Community vs. Lafayette Central Catholic.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: North White vs. Rossville.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

39. Taylor (5)

M1: Taylor vs. Anderson Preparatory.

M2: Liberty Christian vs. Tri-Central.

M3: Sheridan vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

40. Park Tudor (6)

M1: Tindley vs. Indianapolis Scecina.

M2: Heritage Christian vs. International.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: University vs. Park Tudor.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

41. Cascade (6)

M1: Indiana Math & Science vs. Covington.

M2: North Putnam vs. Cascade.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Riverside vs. Bethesda Christian.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

42. Knightstown (5)

M1: Seton Catholic vs. Centerville.

M2: Union County vs. Knightstown.

M3: Wapahani vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

43. Indianapolis Lutheran (5)

M1: Indianapolis Lutheran vs. Irvington Preparatory.

M2: Covenant Christian (Indianapolis) vs. Central Christian.

M3: Providence Cristo Rey vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

44. Southwestern (Shelbyville) (5)

M1: Morristown vs. Hauser.

M2: Oldenburg vs. Greenwood Christian.

M3: Southwestern (Shelbyville) vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

45. Jac-Cen-Del (7)

M1: South Ripley vs. Shawe Memorial.

M2: Southwestern (Hanover) vs. Rising Sun.

M3: Jac-Cen-Del vs. Milan.

M4: Switzerland County vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

46. Trinity Lutheran (6)

M1: Lanesville vs. Providence.

M2: Christian Academy of Indiana vs. Henryville.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Trinity Lutheran vs. Rock Creek Academy.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

47. South Knox (8)

M1: North Knox vs. White River Valley.

M2: Vincennes Rivet vs. Mitchell.

M3: Washington Catholic vs. South Knox.

M4: Lighthouse Christian vs. Bloomfield.

M5: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M6: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

Championship: M5 winner vs. M6 winner.

48. Forest Park (8)

M1: North Posey vs. Evansville Day.

M2: South Spencer vs. Northeast Dubois.

M3: Wood Memorial vs. Forest Park.

M4: Tell City vs. Shoals.

M5: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M6: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

Championship: M5 winner vs. M6 winner.

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS

3A

1. Munster (7)

M1: East Chicago Central vs. Munster.

M2: Crown Point vs. Hammond Central.

M3: Lake Central vs. Hammond Morton.

M4: Highland vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

2. Valparaiso (6)

M1: Portage vs. Hobart.

M2: Michigan City vs. Valparaiso.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Merrillville vs. Chesterton.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

3. South Bend Riley (5)

M1: South Bend Adams vs. LaPorte.

M2: South Bend Riley vs. Mishawaka.

M3: South Bend St. Joseph vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

4. Northridge (5)

M1: Goshen vs. Northridge.

M2: Penn vs. Concord.

M3: Elkhart vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

5. McCutcheon (5)

M1: Harrison (West Lafayette) vs. McCutcheon.

M2: Logansport vs. Kokomo.

M3: Lafayette Jefferson vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

6. East Noble (6)

M1: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger vs. Fort Wayne Northrop.

M2: Fort Wayne Snider vs. Fort Wayne North Side.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: East Noble vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne).

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

7. Warsaw Community (5)

M1: Homestead vs. Fort Wayne South Side.

M2: Fort Wayne Wayne vs. Warsaw Community.

M3: Huntington North vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

8. Hamilton Southeastern (6)

M1: Pendleton Heights vs. Muncie Central.

M2: Hamilton Southeastern vs. Noblesville.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Anderson vs. Fishers.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

9. Ben Davis (7)

M1: Plainfield vs. Mooresville.

M2: Avon vs. Ben Davis.

M3: Brownsburg vs. Indianapolis Shortridge.

M4: Decatur Central vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

10. Carmel (7)

M1: Indianapolis Arsenal Technical vs. Westfield.

M2: Carmel vs. Guerin Catholic.

M3: North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Pike.

M4: Zionsville vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

11. Franklin Central (7)

M1: Lawrence North vs. Roncalli.

M2: Lawrence Central vs. Franklin Central.

M3: Perry Meridian vs. Southport.

M4: Warren Central vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

12. Greenfield-Central (6)

M1: Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. Richmond.

M2: New Palestine vs. Greenfield-Central.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Shelbyville vs. East Central.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

13. Center Grove (6)

M1: Center Grove vs. Franklin Community.

M2: Greenwood Community vs. Columbus North.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Columbus East vs. Whiteland Community.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

14. Bloomington North (5)

M1: Martinsville vs. Bloomington North.

M2: Terre Haute North Vigo vs. Bloomington South.

M3: Terre Haute South Vigo vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

15. Jennings County (6)

M1: New Albany vs. Seymour.

M2: Jennings County vs. Jeffersonville.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Bedford North Lawrence vs. Floyd Central.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

16. Castle (5)

M1: Evansville Reitz vs. Castle.

M2: Evansville Central vs. Evansville North.

M3: Evansville Harrison vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

2A

17. Wheeler (4)

M1: New Prairie vs. Hanover Central.

M2: Griffith vs. Wheeler.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

18. Kankakee Valley (4)

M1: West Lafayette vs. Benton Central.

M2: Kankakee Valley vs. Lowell.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

19. Plymouth (7)

M1: South Bend Clay vs. Plymouth.

M2: Glenn vs. Jimtown.

M3: Mishawaka Marian vs. South Bend Washington.

M4: Culver Academies vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

20. West Noble (6)

M1: West Noble vs. Angola.

M2: Wawasee vs. DeKalb.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: NorthWood vs. Lakeland.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

21. Maconaquah (6)

M1: Western vs. Oak Hill.

M2: Mississinewa vs. Peru.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Maconaquah vs. Northwestern.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

22. Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran (5)

M1: Leo vs. Garrett.

M2: Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran vs. Tippecanoe Valley.

M3: Columbia City vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

23. Bellmont (5)

M1: Marion vs. New Haven.

M2: Norwell vs. Bellmont.

M3: Heritage vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

24. Hamilton Heights (5)

M1: New Castle vs. Jay County.

M2: Hamilton Heights vs. Yorktown.

M3: Delta vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

25. Danville Community (7)

M1: Frankfort vs. Tri-West Hendricks.

M2: Crawfordsville vs. Lafayette Central Catholic.

M3: North Montgomery vs. Danville Community.

M4: Greencastle vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

26. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (7)

M1: Indianapolis Crispus Attucks vs. Brebeuf Jesuit.

M2: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard vs. Indianapolis Washington.

M3: Lebanon vs. Park Tudor.

M4: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

27. Beech Grove (5)

M1: Batesville vs. Greensburg.

M2: Beech Grove vs. Indianapolis Cathedral.

M3: Herron vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

28. Lawrenceburg (5)

M1: Lawrenceburg vs. Connersville.

M2: Rushville Consolidated vs. South Dearborn.

M3: Franklin County vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

29. Owen Valley (5)

M1: Northview vs. West Vigo.

M2: Owen Valley vs. Edgewood.

M3: Brown County vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

30. Jasper (5)

M1: Pike Central vs. Princeton Community.

M2: Jasper vs. Washington.

M3: Vincennes Lincoln vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

31. Madison Consolidated (7)

M1: Silver Creek vs. Charlestown.

M2: Scottsburg vs. Salem.

M3: Madison Consolidated vs. North Harrison.

M4: Corydon Central vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

32. Evansville Bosse (7)

M1: Evansville Mater Dei vs. Boonville.

M2: Mt. Vernon vs. Heritage Hills.

M3: Evansville Bosse vs. Evansville Memorial.

M4: Gibson Southern vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

1A

33. Andrean (7)

M1: Oregon-Davis vs. Rensselaer Central.

M2: Hebron vs. Hammond Bishop Noll.

M3: Boone Grove vs. Andrean.

M4: Illiana Christian vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

34. Covenant Christian (DeMotte) (7)

M1: Morgan Township vs. Kouts.

M2: Marquette Catholic vs. Washington Township.

M3: Westville vs. Covenant Christian (DeMotte).

M4: Trinity Greenlawn vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

35. Argos (6)

M1: Culver Community vs. Rochester Community.

M2: Argos vs. Bremen.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: LaVille vs. North Miami.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

36. Westview (6)

M1: Westview vs. Central Noble.

M2: Elkhart Christian vs. Bethany Christian.

M3: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

M4: Lakeland Christian vs. Lakewood Park Christian.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

37. Tipton (4)

M1: Tipton vs. Sheridan.

M2: Tri-Central vs. Eastern (Greentown).

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

38. Western Boone (4)

M1: Rossville vs. Faith Christian.

M2: Western Boone vs. North White.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

39. Wabash (4)

M1: Blackford vs. Manchester.

M2: Wabash vs. Eastbrook.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

40. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (5)

M1: Woodlan vs. South Adams.

M2: Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian vs. Fort Wayne Bishop

Luers.

M3: Fort Wayne Canterbury vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

41. Southmont (7)

M1: Cascade vs. Southmont.

M2: South Vermillion vs. Covington.

M3: Monrovia vs. North Putnam.

M4: Traders Point Christian vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

42. Covenant Christian (Indianapolis) (4)

M1: International vs. Greenwood Christian.

M2: Speedway vs. Covenant Christian (Indianapolis).

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

43. Triton Central (4)

M1: Heritage Christian vs. Triton Central.

M2: University vs. Indianapolis Scecina.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

44. Knightstown (5)

M1: Centerville vs. Wapahani.

M2: Knightstown vs. Union County.

M3: Muncie Burris vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

45. Rising Sun (5)

M1: South Ripley vs. Rising Sun.

M2: Oldenburg Academy vs. Switzerland County.

M3: Milan vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

46. Christian Academy of Indiana (5)

M1: Christian Academy of Indiana vs. Providence.

M2: Austin vs. Southwestern (Hanover).

M3: Trinity Lutheran vs. M1 winner.

Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

47. Sullivan (7)

M1: Washington Catholic vs. Bloomfield.

M2: White River Valley vs. North Knox.

M3: Sullivan vs. Vincennes Rivet.

M4: South Knox vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

48. South Spencer (7)

M1: North Posey vs. Tell City.

M2: Evansville Day vs. Northeast Dubois.

M3: Forest Park vs. South Spencer.

M4: Southridge vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Oregon
  4. Penn State
  5. Iowa
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Arkansas
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Florida
  11. Ohio State
  12. Ole Miss
  13. BYU
  14. Michigan
  15. Texas A&M
  16. Coastal Carolina
  17. Michigan State
  18. Fresno State
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. UCLA
  21. Baylor
  22. Auburn
  23. North Carolina State
  24. Wake Forest
  25. Clemson

Others: Texas (131) , Maryland (91) , San Diego State (57) , Boston College (55) , SMU (44) , Kentucky (26) , Iowa State (25) , LSU (24) , Arizona State (23) , Virginia Tech (20) , Wisconsin (13) , Rutgers (6) , Kansas State (5) , Oregon State (4) , UTSA (4) , Louisville (3) , North Carolina (1)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES POLL

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Oregon
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Iowa
  6. Penn State
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Florida
  10. Ohio State
  11. Arkansas
  12. Ole Miss
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Michigan
  15. BYU
  16. Michigan State
  17. Coastal Carolina
  18. Oklahoma State
  19. Clemson
  20. UCLA
  21. Fresno State
  22. Auburn
  23. Kentucky
  24. Baylor
  25. Wake Forest

Others: Texas (101) , Boston College (91) , North Carolina State (70) , San Diego State (69) , Maryland (59) , Wisconsin (56) , SMU (54) , Virginia Tech (39) , LSU (36) , Iowa State (31) , Army West Point (23) , Arizona State (12) , Liberty (11) , UTSA (11) , North Carolina (10) , UCF (9) , Oregon State (7) , Louisiana (3) , Appalachian State (3) , Indiana (2) , Louisville (2) , Wyoming (1)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
Thursday, Sept. 30

Virginia at Miami | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Oct. 1

Houston at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 5 Iowa at Maryland | 8 p.m. | FS1

No. 13 BYU at Utah State | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 2

No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 8 Arkansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX

North Carolina vs. Duke | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Texas at TCU | 12 p.m. | ABC

Charlotte at Illinois | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Western Michigan at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Minnesota at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Memphis at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Pitt at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Toledo at UMass | 12 p.m. | FloSports/NESN

Tennessee at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisville at No. 24 Wake Forest | 12:30 p.m.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 12 Ole Miss | 1:30 p.m. | CBS

Appalachian State at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

USC at Colorado | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 16 Coastal Carolina vs. UL Monroe | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 9 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

No. 11 Ohio State at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Troy at South Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Ohio at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

FIU at FAU | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Tulane at East Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Bowling Green at Kent State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Central Michigan at Miami (Ohio) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UCF at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Texas Tech at West Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 3 Oregon at Stanford | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Nevada at Boise State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Syracuse at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network

South Florida at SMU | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Arkansas State at Georgia Southern | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Army at Ball State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington State at Cal | 5:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 10 Florida at Kentucky | 6 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana Tech at No. 23 NC State | 6 p.m. | ACC Network

UNLV at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Air Force at New Mexico | 6:30 p.m. | FS2

Southern Miss at Rice | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 15 Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN/SEC Network

Iowa State vs. Kansas | 7 p.m. | FS1

No. 21 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Marshall at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Liberty at UAB | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 4 Penn State vs. Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 25 Clemson vs. Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

UConn at Vanderbilt | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Western Kentucky at No. 17 Michigan State | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Northwestern at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 22 Auburn at LSU | 8 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington at Oregon State | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Old Dominion at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Arizona State at No. 20 UCLA | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

New Mexico State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m.

No. 18 Fresno State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

NFL WEEK SCHEDULE

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New York Giants at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 04, 2021

Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

NATIONAL HEADLINES

Ryan Tannehill throws 3 TDs as Titans hold off Colts 25-16

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Ryan Tannehill threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns and the Tennessee Titans held off the Indianapolis Colts 25-16 Sunday to grab an early tiebreaker in the AFC South.

The road team had won the previous five games in this division rivalry, but the Titans (2-1) are the defending AFC South champs with a healthy Derrick Henry. The reigning AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year ran for 113 yards, topping the 100-yard mark for a sixth straight division game.

The Colts (0-3) are off to their worst start since 2011. Carson Wentz started after being questionable for Indianapolis with a pair of sprained ankles. He never ran even once, choosing to throw the ball away repeatedly when pressured. He finished with 194 yards passing.

The Titans outgained the Colts 368-265 and won despite three turnovers that Indianapolis turned into 10 points.

The Colts twice had first-and-goal inside the Titans 9 in the second half. Tennessee’s defense, much-maligned in 2020, held the Colts to a pair of field goals by Rodrigo Blankenship. The last came with 10:20 left when Blankenship’s 24-yarder pulled the Colts within 22-16.

Tennessee then put the game away, going on a 14-play drive chewing up 7:22 of the clock. Randy Bullock put Tennessee up 25-16 with a 32-yard field goal.

The Colts tried for a final score, but Blankenship’s 51-yard attempt was wide right with 57 seconds left. The Titans knelt down for the win.

The Titans had plenty of opportunity to blow this game open, but only led 14-10 at halftime because of two interceptions. Darius Leonard picked off Tannehill to set up a 9-yard TD run by Nyheim Hines. Kenny Moore II picked off the second, and the Colts got a 43-yard field goal by Blankenship as the first half expired.

Tannehill threw a 6-yard TD pass to Chester Rogers against his old team and found Westbrook-Ikhine on an 18-yard TD – the first of the receiver’s career.

Henry also caught a pass from Tannehill under pressure and finished off a 14-yard play with Leonard bouncing off him in the second quarter.

INJURIES

Colts defensive end Kwity Paye was ruled out in the first quarter with an injured hamstring. All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson hurt his right ankle early in the second quarter and was carted to the locker room. He didn’t return and was replaced by Chris Reed. Cornerback Khari Willis had a cramping issue in the fourth quarter.

Pro Bowl WR A.J. Brown hurt a hamstring early and was ruled questionable. But he came out of halftime in shorts and a T-shirt. Titans rookie outside linebacker Rashad Weaver was carted to the locker room late in the third quarter after not putting any weight on his right leg.

UP NEXT

Colts continue their three-game road trip by visiting Miami next Sunday.

The Titans start a two-game road swing at the New York Jets next Sunday.

Burrow throws 3 TDs, Bengals drop listless Steelers 24-10

PITTSBURGH (AP) Joe Burrow threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns, including two to rookie Ja’Marr Chase, and the Cincinnati Bengals handled the listless Pittsburgh Steelers 24-10 on Sunday.

Burrow connected on a 17-yard strike to Tyler Boyd and found Chase for 34-yard and 9-yard scores as the Bengals (2-1) won at Heinz Field for the first time since 2015.

Facing a pass rush missing injured All-Pro linebacker T.J. Watt, Burrow completed 14 of 18 passes, highlighted by the chemistry he and Chase have quickly rekindled since the Bengals selected Burrow’s former LSU teammate in the first round of the draft.

Their first touchdown was a beautiful rainbow down the sideline with 37 seconds to go in the first half that ended with Chase simply running past Pittsburgh cornerback James Pierre for the score that put Cincinnati up 14-7 at the break. Their second – in which Burrow had plenty of time to find Chase in the back of the end zone – put the Steelers in a 17-point hole midway through the third quarter from which Pittsburgh (1-2) never threatened to recover.

Joe Mixon ran for 90 yards for Cincinnati, which is above .500 heading into October for the first time in head coach Zac Taylor’s three-year tenure. The Bengals did it by protecting Burrow. The Steelers failed to register a sack, ending their NFL-record streak of 75 games with at least one quarterback takedown.

The going for Roethlisberger was far tougher.

Playing behind an offensive line that is struggling to do much of anything right, Roethlisberger threw a pair of interceptions in Pittsburgh territory, absorbed four sacks and looked out of sorts much of the afternoon. Roethlisberger completed 38 of 57 passes for 318 yards – most of them while trying unsuccessfully to rally in the second half – with a touchdown and the two picks.

Rookie running back Najee Harris ran for 40 yards and caught 14 passes for 102 more as often the only playmaker at Roethlisberger’s disposal. The Steelers were playing without leading wide receiver Diontae Johnson (groin) and lost JuJu Smith-Schuster to a rib injury in the third quarter.

Roethlisberger acknowledged before the season there would be growing pains while adjusting to a new line and first-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada. What he meant figuratively has turned into something quite literal. The Bengals beat up the 39-year-old Roethlisberger, sacking him four times and knocking him down a handful of others.

Pittsburgh’s line – one featuring two rookies, a free agent signee and a couple of holdovers – looks overmatched early in the season. Sloppy too. All five starters were called for at least one penalty while facing a revamped Cincinnati defensive front that is offering early proof the Bengals are far more than just Burrow and Chase.

INJURIES

Bengals: CB Chidobe Awuzie left in the second half with a groin injury.

Steelers: Not only is Pittsburgh’s line playing poorly, it’s now also beat up. Right tackle Chuks Okorafor left in the third quarter with a possible concussion and rookie center Kendrick Green left in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Bengals: Host Jacksonville on Thursday night. Cincinnati beat the Jaguars 33-25 at Paul Brown Stadium last October.

Steelers: Visit Green Bay next Sunday. Pittsburgh has won each of its past two visits to Lambeau Field, including a 38-31 win in 2013.

Garrett, Browns rough up rookie Fields, slam Bears 26-6

CLEVELAND (AP) Myles Garrett recorded a franchise record 4 1/2 sacks on Justin Fields and Cleveland brought down Chicago’s rookie quarterback nine times – holding him to one net yard passing – in his first NFL start as the Browns thumped the Bears 26-6 on Sunday.

Garrett had a field day against Fields, who was thrust into the lineup after veteran Andy Dalton injured his knee last week. The Bears (1-2) wanted to be patient and not play the No. 11 overall pick until he was ready.

The Browns (2-1) didn’t cut him any breaks, and their defense, which had been criticized for its performances in the first two games, got it together at Fields’ expense and held Chicago to only 47 yards and six first downs.

The former Ohio State star was under pressure from the start. He completed just 6 of 20 passes for 68 yards. The Bears’ biggest offensive play came on a pass interference that wiped out an interception and gained 48 yards.

Jadeveon Clowney added two sacks for the Browns.

Cleveland thoroughly dominated, outgaining Chicago 418-47.

Kareem Hunt scored on a 29-yard run in the fourth quarter and finished with 155 yards rushing (81) and receiving (74) combined.

Baker Mayfield threw a touchdown pass to Austin Hooper and completed five passes for 77 yards to star Odell Beckham Jr., who played for the first time since a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 25.

Chase McLaughlin kicked field goals of 57, 52, 41 and 28 yards for Cleveland.

The Browns wore throwback uniforms to commemorate their 75th anniversary, and the matchup with another storied NFL franchise was dominated by defense, giving the game the feel of one from the 1940s or 50s.

Cleveland’s offense didn’t find its footing until the second half as Chicago’s defense sacked Mayfield five times – with superstar linebacker Khalil Mack getting two.

Mack went out with a foot injury in the first half and didn’t return until the third quarter. But even with the six-time Pro Bowler back on the field, the Bears couldn’t stop Hunt on his scoring run early in the fourth.

For most of the first half, Chicago’s offense was, well, offensive.

Fields was sacked on back-to-back plays and four times overall as Cleveland’s front brought heat from every direction. The Bears had just 14 total yards before picking up another 24 – and their second first down – before punting with 2:54 left before halftime.

The only bright spot for Chicago was kicker Cairo Santos, who made a pair of field goals and has converted his last 31 straight.

OBJ BACK

Beckham warmed up before the game wearing gold-colored headphones and a “Juice Landry” T-shirt honoring his close friend and teammate Jarvis Landry, who will miss at least three games after being placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

Beckham’s first catch went for 13 yards – his number- and he was targeted nine times.

SIDELINE INURY

The game was stopped for several minutes in the fourth quarter when a member of the chain crew was flattened by Browns tight end David Njoku and Bears defensive back Eddie Jackson.

He was checked medical staff and escorted to the locker room.

INJURIES

Bears: LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) went out in the third quarter and didn’t return.

Browns: Rookie CB Greg Newsome II (calf) left in the second half. He had a pass breakup and three tackles before leaving.

UP NEXT

Bears: Return home to host the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Browns: Hit the road next Sunday to face Minnesota, where Stefanski spent 14 seasons as an assistant before coming to Cleveland.

Tucker’s NFL-record FG lifts Ravens to 19-17 win over Lions

DETROIT (AP) Justin Tucker set an NFL record with a 66-yard field goal, bouncing it through off the crossbar as time expired to lift the Baltimore Ravens to a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The kick topped the 64-yard field goal Matt Prater made for Denver against San Francisco on Dec. 8, 2013.

Lamar Jackson threw a 36-yard pass to Sammy Watkins on fourth-and-19 to get the Ravens across midfield with 7 seconds left. The superstar quarterback spiked the ball and threw it away on the next two snaps. Then Tucker – who made a 61-yard kick to beat the Lions in Baltimore’s previous visit to Detroit eight years ago – came out and made the record-breaking attempt.

Baltimore (2-1) went into the fourth quarter with a 16-7 lead and ended up trailing in the final minute.

Ryan Santoso made a go-ahead, 35-yard field goal with 1:04 left, giving coach Dan Campbell an opportunity to win his first game with the Lions (0-3). Santoso was promoted from Detroit’s practice squad on Saturday after kicker Austin Seibert went on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Jackson was 16 of 31 for a season-high 287 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His teammates dropped at least four passes that could have potentially turned the closely contested game into a rout.

Mark Andrews had five receptions for 109 yards for the Ravens, who have won 11 straight games against NFC opponents.

Detroit’s Jared Goff was 22 of 30 for 217 yards and D’Andre Swift had 107 yards of offense and a score.

Early in the second quarter of the scoreless game, the teams had combined for just six first downs with six punts and six penalties.

Jackson perfectly placed two passes on one drive that should have been touchdowns, but Watkins and Marquise Brown failed to catch the football. Brown also dropped two passes on a single possession late in the first half, forcing Baltimore to punt.

The Ravens often had to settle for field goals, and they’re fortunate to have one of the best handling that job for them.

Tucker, who was wide right a 49-yard field goal in the first quarter, made a 39-yard kick with 10:05 left in the first half to put them ahead 3-0. Tucker made two field goals in the third.

The Lions, as they did in a season-opening loss to San Francisco, came back to give themselves a chance to win and came up short again.

Swift ran for a touchdown in the third quarter. Jamaal Williams scored on the ground in the fourth, on a TD that was granted by a replay overturn, to pull Detroit within two points.

Jackson gave the Lions the ball back late in the fourth, throwing a pass up for grabs on third-and-10 from midfield that was intercepted by Amani Oruwariye at the Detroit 21.

Goff led a nine-play, 62-yard drive that took 4:21 off the clock to set up the go-ahead field goal.

The Lions, though, left Jackson with too much time to direct a game-winning drive.

INJURIES

Ravens: Rookie LB Daelin Hayes (ankle) and S DeShon Elliott (quadriceps) were hurt during the game. That was another blow for a unit that started the game without DE Derek Wolfe (back, hip injuries) and with LBs Jaylon Ferguson and Justin Houston and DL Brandon Williams and Justin Madubuike going on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Lions: LB Trey Flowers (shoulder, knee) was inactive.

UP NEXT

Ravens: Play at Denver next Sunday.

Lions: Play at Chicago next Sunday.

Chargers rally to beat turnover-prone Chiefs 30-24 in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chargers capitalized on four Kansas City turnovers, including Patrick Mahomes’ second interception in the closing minutes, and Justin Herbert’s touchdown toss to Mike Williams with 32 seconds to go lifted Los Angeles to a 30-24 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Herbert finished with 281 yards passing and four touchdowns without an interception, outdueling Mahomes in a matchup not only of two of the game’s best young quarterbacks but two teams expected to compete for the AFC West title.

Instead, the Chargers (2-1) won for the third time in four trips to Kansas City to send the two-time defending conference champion Chiefs (1-2) to the division cellar.

Williams finished with seven catches for 122 yards and two TDs. Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen also had TD grabs.

The Chiefs trailed 14-0 early but had climbed back into the game in the second half, taking a 24-21 lead midway through the fourth quarter. But the Chargers tied it on Tristan Vizcaino’s short field goal, and after Mahomes was picked by Alohi Gilman with 1:42 to go, Herbert began the march for the go-ahead touchdown.

He converted a third-and-2 near midfield with a pass to Allen, then the Chargers were bailed out on a fourth-down incompletion by DeAndre Baker’s pass interference. Herbert hit Williams for a 16-yard gain before finding his big wide receiver in the end zone for the second time in the game.

The Chiefs got to midfield in the closing seconds, but Mahomes’ throw to the end zone was incomplete.

He finished with 260 yards passing and three touchdowns to go with his two interceptions, while Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 100 yards with a touchdown catch but was responsible for one of two Kansas City fumbles.

The Chargers’ defensive game plan seemed simple: They refused to let Mahomes throw deep, forcing him into short check-downs, and made the Chiefs put together long drives while waiting for them to self-destruct.

Kansas City certainly abided.

On the Chiefs’ opening possession, Mahomes bounced a pass off Marcus Kemp that landed in the hands of rookie Asante Samuel Jr. for his second interception in as many weeks. On their next drive, Demarcus Robinson coughed it up at nearly the same spot on the field. And on the Chiefs’ offensive third try, Edwards-Helaire fumbled one week after his fumble in the closing minutes cost Kansas City a shot at a winning field goal in Baltimore.

That was the fifth turnover in six possessions dating to last Sunday night’s loss.

Herbert found Allen for a short TD pass early in the second quarter, then hit Ekeler from 16 yards on their way to a 14-3 halftime lead.

The Chiefs must have pushed reset in the locker room.

They used a 12-play, 75-yard drive to start the second half that ended with a short TD throw to Jody Fortson. A 10-play, 70-yard drive then ended with Edwards-Helaire catching a TD pass.

LA answered with a 75-yard drive, converting on fourth down along the way and ending with a TD pass to Williams. But Mahomes conjured some more magic in marching his team 72 yards and finding Mecole Hardman for another go-ahead touchdown.

The Chargers had a chance to regain the lead from the Kansas City 1, but an illegal shift penalty took away a TD pass. Los Angeles had to kick a tying field goal – the first time in 13 red-zone trips this season the Chiefs had not allowed a touchdown.

CALL IT EVEN

The Chiefs had DT Chris Jones (wrist) but were without starting DE Frank Clark (hamstring) and CB Charvarius Ward (quad). The Chargers had DE Joey Bosa (foot) but were missing DL Justin Jones (calf) and CB Chris Harris Jr. (shoulder).

INJURIES

Chargers: FS Derwin James Jr. (shoulder) left in the second quarter.

Chiefs: CB Rashad Fenton was evaluated for a concussion at halftime.

UP NEXT

The Chargers face Las Vegas on Oct. 4.

The Chiefs visit Philadelphia next Sunday.

Allen shakes off rust in Bills’ 43-21 rout of Washington

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Josh Allen quieted his early season critics and own self-doubts by throwing four touchdown passes and scoring another rushing in the Buffalo Bills’ 43-21 rout of the Washington Football Team on Sunday.

Allen, who had been unhappy with his inconsistencies and 56% completion percentage through two games, finished 32 of 43 for 358 yards, while also surpassing the 100-touchdown plateau (including TDs rushing and one receiving) in his 47th career start.

It marked Allen’s fifth career game with four TDs passing and 300 yards passing, one more than the team record held by Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. And Allen’s 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter was his 26th, breaking the franchise record for quarterbacks held by Jack Kemp.

Allen’s 101 touchdowns rank fourth among Bills quarterbacks, and one behind Kemp.

Emmanuel Sanders scored twice, starting with a 28-yard catch to cap Buffalo’s first drive. Zack Moss and tight end Dawson Knox also scored for the Bills (2-1) on catches of 7 and 14 yards.

Buffalo opened a 21-0 lead before defensive and special teams miscues allowed Washington to score twice in a span of 2:12.

The Bills then blew the game open by going ahead 33-14 early in the third quarter, when Allen oversaw a 17-play, 93-yard drive capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Sanders.

Allen was his own worst critic on Wednesday when assessing his slow start to the year after he set numerous single-season scoring and passing records and was rewarded with a six-year, $258 million contract extension last month.

“It’s no secret that I didn’t play great last game and I didn’t play great the week before,” Allen had said. “I want to be great, I want to be the best that I can be.”

If Washington coach Ron Rivera referred to the game against Buffalo as a measuring stick, the Football Team is well behind the chains in dropping to 1-2, and failing to carry over any momentum from a 30-29 win over the New York Giants on Sept. 16.

Taylor Heinicke, filling in for injured starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, struggled in his first career road start by going 14 of 24 for 212 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Washington’s defense continued springing leaks a year after finishing No. 2 in the league.

Washington had already allowed a combined 815 yards offense in two games, and gave up 481 yards offense and 29 first downs to Buffalo.

The game would have been over early if not for Washington gaining a spark on Antonio Gibson catching a short pass and winding his way through the Bills defense for a 73-yard touchdown 5:09 into the second quarter.

On the next play, Dustin Hopkins recovered his own kickoff to set up Heinicke’s 4-yard touchdown run.

The short kickoff bounced backward in front of returner Isaiah McKenzie, off the hands of Washington’s Khaleke Hudson and then off McKenzie’s helmet. The ball bounced back to Hopkins, who made a sliding catch at Buffalo’s 24.

The Bills responded by taking a 27-14 lead into the half off of two Tyler Bass field goals, including a 48-yarder as time expired.

Washington tight end Logan Thomas caught a 2-yard TD pass and also lost a fumble.

HITTING A WALL

Washington guard Brandon Scherff was injured when he couldn’t stop himself before slamming into a padded wall along the sideline late in the second quarter. Scherff was attempting to tackle Buffalo’s Taron Johnson, who intercepted Heinicke’s pass, which deflected off Thomas’ fingertips.

Scherff had the wind knocked out of him and returned for the third quarter.

The interception was negated by three penalties against Buffalo, including an illegal contact penalty against linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes was flagged for a blindside hit on offensive lineman Sam Cosmi.

HOMECOMING

It was alumni weekend for the Bills, with Hall of Famers Bruce Smith and Thurman Thomas, sporting a No. 23 Micah Hyde jersey, were among the former players in attendance. Smith and Thomas spent time on the sideline before the game chatting with Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

INACTIVES

Washington: DT Matt Ioannidis did not play after a knee injury against the Giants.

Bills: DE Efe Obada and DT Harrison Phillips missed their second straight games.

UP NEXT

Washington: At Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 3

Bills: Face second consecutive opponent coming off extended break after playing on Thursday night. They host the Houston Texans on Oct. 3.

Cards use Pick-6 to overcome Kick-6, beat Jaguars 31-19

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Byron Murphy intercepted two passes, including one he returned for a touchdown following a botched trick play, and the Arizona Cardinals rallied to beat the skidding Jacksonville Jaguars 31-19 on Sunday.

The Cardinals improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2015. The Jaguars (0-3) lost their 18th straight game, leaving them eight shy of the NFL record for futility.

This one unraveled late.

Jacksonville led 19-10 after James Robinson’s 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Coach Urban Meyer got the spark he had been looking for when Jamal Agnew returned a missed field goal a record-tying 109 yards for a score on the final play of the first half.

The Jags had all the momentum and looked like they might end a skid that dates to last season’s opener. But it was all Arizona after Robinson’s first score of the season.

James Conner capped two long drives with short TD runs, and Murphy delivered the game-changing play when he stepped in front of Jacob Hollister near the sideline and took it the other way for 29 yards. The play was an epic failure for Jacksonville.

First, it was an unnecessary flea-flicker from Jacksonville’s side of the field and with the lead. Second, left guard Andrew Norwell seemed to miss the play call and was caught spinning to try to get to J.J. Watt. He whiffed on Watt, who pressured Lawrence into throwing early and off-balance.

It made for easy pickings for Murphy, who also intercepted another pass from Lawrence in the first half. Hollister bobbled that one, which landed in Murphy’s arms.

Kyler Murray completed 28 of 34 passes for 316 yards, with an interception. He also ran for a touchdown in the first quarter and turned in another meditation pose afterward.

A.J. Green led the Cards with 112 yards receiving, and Christian Kirk added 104.

Robinson finished with a season-high 88 yards on the ground for Jacksonville. Lawrence was 20 of 30 for 185 yards, with a touchdown and the two INTs. He had a perfect TD throw to DJ Chark in the back corner of the end zone, his best play of the day.

Lawrence also fumbled twice late, once when Robinson knocked the ball out of his hands while trying to block, and again on the final play of the game.

KEY INJURIES

Arizona lost two offensive linemen when starter Justin Pugh and backup Justin Murray left with back injuries. . Jaguars LT Cam Robinson left the game in the fourth quarter with a right shoulder injury but later returned. . Cardinals backup CB Charles Washington injured a hamstring in the first half and was ruled out for the game. . Norwell left briefly in the first half to get his right ankle taped and returned a short time later.

UP NEXT

Arizona hosts the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday. The Cardinals have lost eight straight in the series and given up at least 30 points in seven of those.

Jacksonville has a short week before playing at Cincinnati on Thursday night.

Winston has 2 TDs, Saints pick Jones 3 times in 28-13 win

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes, Malcolm Jenkins returned an interception for a score, and the New Orleans Saints beat the New England Patriots 28-13 on Sunday.

A week after a career-low passer rating Winston showed better command of the offense, completing 13 of 21 passes for 128 yards. Taysom Hill ran for a touchdown and Alvin Kamara rushed 24 times for 89 yards.

Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones entered the day hoping to stretch the field after two games in which the passing attack was mostly underneath. Instead, he found himself under pressure for most of the day and threw three interceptions, two leading to Saints touchdowns. New Orleans sacked Jones three times and hit him 11 times. He finished 30 of 51 for 270 yards and a touchdown.

Saints safety P.J. Williams returned Jones’ first pick of the day 46 yards to set up a 7-yard TD pass by Winston in the second quarter.

Jenkins was the beneficiary of the second INT, snaring a pass bobbled by tight end Jonnu Smith. He returned it 34 yards and put the Saints in front 21-3.

The Patriots cut it to 21-13 following Jones’ 22-yard TD pass to Kendrick Bourne with 9:22 left in the fourth period. The Saints responded with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ate up 6:45 and ended with at 4-yard run by Hill that put them in front 28-13.

New Orleans overcame an early injury to take a 14-3 lead into halftime.

The Saints’ offensive line was already down one starter with center Erik McCoy (calf) ruled out. They lost another early in the first quarter after left tackle Terron Armstead exited with a left elbow injury.

But after going three-and-out on their opening drive, the Saints got efficient, sweeping down the field mixing runs and passes, and a long third-down conversion to get inside the red zone. Winston then put a bow on the 11-play, 69-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Kamara.

The Saints turned defense into offense for their second score.

The Patriots had third down near midfield when linebacker Kaden Ellis pressured Jones, forcing a pass that was tipped and intercepted by Williams. He returned it 46 yards to the Patriots 9.

Three plays later Winston connected with Marquez Callaway for a 7-yard touchdown.

New England drove to the Saints 22 before a false start penalty forced it to settle for a 45-yard Nick Folk field goal.

INJURIES

Saints: Armstead left in the first quarter with a left elbow injury and was replaced by James Hurst.

Patriots: RB James White was carted off the field early in the second quarter with a hip injury after landing awkwardly as he was tackled by Damario Davis.

HONORING EDELMAN

The Patriots held a halftime tribute to receiver Julian Edelman, who announced his retirement in April after 11 seasons.

The Super Bowl 53 MVP kicked off the ceremony with his trademark run out of the tunnel and sprint from end zone to end zone. Standing in front of representations for each of the three Patriots championships he was a part of, he said Foxborough would always hold a special place for his family.

“We lived you guys, we breathed you guys and we will die with you guys,” he said.

UP NEXT

Saints: host the Giants on Sunday.

Patriots: host former quarterback Tom Brady and the Buccaneers next Sunday.

Falcons give Smith first win, beat Giants on Eli’s day.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Younghoe Koo kicked a 40-yard field goal on the final play and the Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Giants 17-14 to give coach Arthur Smith his first NFL win Sunday.

It marked the second straight week the Giants (0-3) lost on the final play of the game.

Matt Ryan hit passes of 28 yards to Cordarrelle Patterson and 25 to rookie tight end Kyle Pitts on the game-winning drive.

Ryan engineered two late drives and threw two touchdowns to rally the Falcons (1-2). It spoiled a day when the Giants retired the jersey of two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and added his name to the Ring of Honor at MetLife Stadium.

Ryan threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Olamide Zaccheaus late in the first half and added a 1-yarder to Lee Smith to tie the game with 4:13 to play.

New York took a 14-7 lead on a Saquon Barkley’s 1-yard dive and Jones’ 2-point conversion run with 12:53 left in the game. It was Barkley’s first TD since the final game of the 2019 season. He tore his ACL last year.

Ryan then drove the Falcons 72-yards in 16 plays to tie the game. He capped the march with a pass to Smith.

The Giants had two 73-yard drives that faltered late because of sack and a mishandled snap. Gano kicked field goals of 25 and 31 yards for a 6-0 lead.

A defensive stop deep in New York territory gave the Falcons the ball at the Giants. Atlanta covered the distance in six plays. Ryan found Zaccheaus for the TD on third down.

MANNING HONORED

The Giants retired the No. 10 jersey worn by Manning and added his name to the Ring of Honor at MetLife Stadium. Manning retired after the 2019 season.

Manning was walked to the stage by his offensive line. He finished his short speech by quoting the last Giants owner Wellington Mara who frequently said: “Once a Giant, always a Giant.”

While the crowd roared for Manning, current co-owner John Mara was booed when he spoke. The Giants have not been to the playoffs since 2016.

INJURIES

Atlanta: DL Marlon Davison sustained an ankle injury late in the first half and did not return.

New York: Inside linebacker Blake Martinez, the Giants leading tackler last season, sustained a knee injury on the opening series and did not return. WRs Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard also were knocked out of the game in the first half with hamstring injuries.

UP NEXT

Atlanta: in Dallas on Oct. 3.

Giants: visit New Orleans on Oct. 3. It will be the Saints first home game since Hurricane Ida displaced the team last month. There was also a fire on the roof of the Caesars Superdome this past week.

Broncos throttle Jets 26-0 for first 3-0 start since 2016

DENVER (AP) Von Miller led a Denver defense that sacked Zach Wilson five times, intercepted him twice and limited the rookie to 160 yards passing in the Broncos’ 26-0 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Denver is off to its first 3-0 start in five seasons thanks in part to a soft September schedule. But the victory could prove costly: the Broncos lost three more players to injuries, giving them seven so far.

The Jets (0-3) became the third NFL team to lose a dozen consecutive games in September, joining the 1994-97 Saints and the 2007-10 Rams, who hold the record with 13 consecutive losses in the month.

Alexander Johnson had two of Denver’s sacks of Wilson, the second pick in the NFL draft last April. Last week, the Broncos held the top overall selection, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, to 118 yards on 14-of-33 passing.

Wilson was 19 of 34 and was picked off by Justin Simmons and Caden Sterns in the fourth quarter. The Jets also turned it over on downs twice.

“I think we’ve got a good team,” said Broncos coach Vic Fangio, who brought an 0-7 September mark into the season. “We’ve been pretty damn solid for three weeks both offensively and defensively. Today, we had to work for everything offensively; they’re a good defense. They’ve got a lot of good players over there and made it hard for us. (But) we were able to get enough drives going, make enough plays to put some points on the board.”

And keep the Jets off the board on a sun-splashed day in front of the first capacity crowd at Empower Field at Mile High since 2019.

Three of the Broncos’ past four shutouts have come against the Jets.

Teddy Bridgewater completed 76% of his passes – 19 of 25 – for 235 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in his home debut,

Offensively, the Broncos got 1-yard TD runs from Melvin Gordon III and rookie Javonte Williams but Williams also fumbled at the 1 and had a mix-up on a handoff from Teddy Bridgewater on another play from the Jets 1.

Broncos guards Dalton Risner (foot) and Graham Glasgow (left knee) and speedy wide receiver K.J. Hamler (left knee) were all injured.

A week after throwing four interceptions against the Patriots, Wilson was picked off by Simmons in the waning minutes and also turned it over on downs at the Denver 25-yard line and at his own 41. With 30 seconds left, Sterns picked him off to seal the shutout.

Four of the sacks came in the first half when the Broncos built a 17-0 lead and limited the Jets to just 55 yards, 13 of which came on a run by Ty Johnson just before he and his teammates trudged through the tunnel.

On New York’s previous drive, Wilson was sacked by Shelby Harris on first down, pressured into a throwaway pass by a hard-charging Malik Reed on second down and smothered by Miller, who has four sacks so far, on third down.

The Broncos got off to their typical slow start, punting from midfield on their first drive. They’ve now gone an NFL-long 22 straight games without an opening-drive TD since Drew Lock threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Noah Fant against Houston on Dec. 8, 2019.

Williams scored from a yard out on Denver’s next drive and Brandon McManus made it 10-0 on the first play of the second quarter. Gordon’s 1-yard TD run came with 56 seconds left before halftime.

The Broncos had trouble with their guards on that drive. Glasgow, who missed last week with an irregular heartbeat, had a holding call that wiped out a big run by Gordon and Risner was whistled for taunting the Jets after Gordon bulled his way into the end zone.

Jets cornerback Justin Hardee was flagged for taunting when he jawed at returner Diontae Spencer. The NFL has emphasized taunting this season and had thrown 11 such flags coming into Sunday.

“As a competitor, it’s always frustrating to lose. No matter if it’s a new team or a team that’s been together for years, no matter what it is, it’s frustrating to lose,” Jets D-lineman Sheldon Rankins said. “It’s not going to be easy. Nobody expected it to be easy. If it was easy, there would never be any bad teams. If it was easy, every team would be vying for a Super Bowl.

“Sometimes you have to stumble, sometimes you have to trip in order to start walking and running.”

Don’t the Broncos know that.

INJURIES

Jets: WR Elijah Moore was evaluated for a head injury and TE Tyler Kroft (chest) went out in the second half.

Broncos: WR K.J. Hamler (left knee) went out in the first half. ILB Jonas Griffith (hamstring) was hurt in the second half along with Risner and Glasgow.

UP NEXT

Jets: host the Titans on Oct. 3.

Broncos: host the Ravens on Oct. 3.

Carlson’s field goal gives Raiders 31-28 OT win over Miami

LAS VEGAS (AP) Reigning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Daniel Carlson’s 22-yard field goal as time expired in overtime lifted the Las Vegas Raiders to a 31-28 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

It marked the second time in the Raiders’ first three games – both at home – they overcame a two-touchdown deficit to win in overtime, also doing so against Baltimore in Week 1 on “Monday Night Football.”

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr found Bryan Edwards for 34 yards before Peyton Barber put together runs of 27 and 8 yards to put Las Vegas on the Dolphins’ 11-yard line to eventually set up the winning score.

Carr completed 26 of 43 pass attempts for 386 yards and two touchdowns.

For the third straight game, Carr used his talented receiving depth, as the eight-year veteran completed passes to nine targets, led by Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller, who each had a team-high five receptions. Renfrow also scored a touchdown.

With star running back Josh Jacobs sidelined with an ankle injury, Barber led the rushing game with 111 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown.

And while the Raiders’ offense outgained Miami 497-330, it was their special teams unit and defense that ignited the comeback after Miami scored the game’s first 14 points.

One play after Zay Jones raced downfield on a punt to down the ball on the 1-yard line, cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. caught Miami receiver Jaylen Waddle on a screen pass in the end zone for a safety.

Carlson booted a 50-yard field goal to get the Raiders within nine. Then, after a huge defensive stop, Las Vegas drove 95 yards to cut Miami’s lead to 14-12. Fullback Alec Ingold was rewarded by having his number called after recovering Barber’s fumble on the goal line on the previous play.

The Raiders scored on their next two possessions when Carr and Renfrow connected for a 12-yard strike, and Barber dived over the pack for a 1-yard plunge to open a 25-12 lead.

The Dolphins weren’t done, though.

After Miami’s Jason Sanders made it a one-score game with a 46-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter, Jacoby Brissett scrambled on fourt-and-goal for a 1-yard touchdown with :02 left in regulation. Brissett’s passed to William Fuller for the 2-point conversion forced overtime.

The teams exchanged field goals in overtime before Carlson’s winner.

Miami, which ranks in the top 10 in several defensive categories, allowed the Raiders to go 3 for 3 inside the red zone, and a 54% conversion rate on third downs (7 of 13).

QUICK START

The Dolphins got on the board when tight end Foster Moreau appeared to run a choice route and Carr threw straight to linebacker Elandon Roberts, who darted 85 yards and sent a well-represented group of fans draped in teal into a frenzy.

It extended an NFL-best 25 straight games with a takeaway for the Dolphins.

On their next possession, the Dolphins took advantage of a failed fourth-and-1 attempt by Barber and pushed their lead to 14-0. Malcolm Brown, using some keen instincts, saw Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen on the edge and beat him through a gap in the line into the open field for his first touchdown of the season.

UP NEXT

Dolphins host Indianapolis next Sunday.

Raiders travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers on “Monday Night Football.”

Rams’ Stafford throws for 4 TDs, outduels Brady and Bucs

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Matthew Stafford passed for 343 yards and four touchdowns as he outdueled Tom Brady and led the Los Angeles Rams to a 34-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.

The loss snapped the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers’ 10-game regular season and playoff winning streak going back to last season.

Stafford was off target on five of his first six attempts before getting in a groove as the Rams (3-0) scored on their next six drives. His best pass of the game came early in the third quarter, when he connected with a wide-open DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard score to extend Los Angeles’ lead to 21-7.

Jackson got by Tampa Bay cornerback Carlton Davis III on a go-route, caught it at the Buccaneers 30 and then zig-zagged his way for the final 10 yards and into the tunnel, where he was eventually greeted by Rams coach Sean McVay. It is Jackson’s ninth touchdown of at least 75 yards, tying him with Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most in the NFL history according to Elias.

Stafford – who completed 27 of 38 – has three touchdown passes of at least 56 yards this season. Cooper Kupp had nine catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns while Jackson finished with three receptions for 120 yards.

Brady – who completed 41 of 55 passes for 432 yards and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) – joins Drew Brees as the only quarterbacks to throw for more than 80,000 yards.

Mike Evans finished with eight receptions for 106 yards for the Bucs (2-1).

Stafford went 8 of 8 for 74 yards on a 14-play, 95-yard drive that was capped off with Tyler Higbee’s 6-yard TD reception on a quick pass to give the Rams a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Tampa Bay tied it on the ensuing drive when Chris Godwin took a jet sweep 2 yards around the right end, but the game wouldn’t stay even for long.

The Rams took a 14-7 lead into halftime when Kupp caught a 2-yard TD with 54 seconds remaining.

After Jackson’s score, Brady got the Buccaneers within 21-14 on a 1-yard keeper, but the Rams put it out of reach with 10 straight points. Stafford threw his fourth TD of the game, 10 yards to Kupp, and Matt Gay added a 48-yard field goal with 3:14 remaining in the third to give the Rams a 17-point advantage.

After the teams traded field goals, Tampa Bay added a touchdown with 1:10 remaining when Giovani Bernard scored on a Brady reception from 7 yards.

STUCK IN NEUTRAL?

Tampa Bay’s running game was virtually non-existent again with 35 yards. Brady ended up being the Bucs’ leading rusher with 14 yards.

Sony Michel, who was acquired from New England during the preseason, made his first Los Angeles start and had 20 carries for 67 yards. Michel got the start with Darrell Henderson Jr. inactive because of a rib injury.

INJURIES

Tampa Bay cornerback Jamel Dean had a knee injury during the first quarter and did not return. Tight end Rob Gronkowski took a shot to the ribs during the third quarter and was out for one series before returning.

Los Angeles linebacker Justin Hollins suffered a pectoral injury during the fourth quarter and did not return.

UP NEXT

Buccaneers are at New England next Sunday night as Brady returns to Foxborough for one of the most eagerly anticipated matchups of the season.

Rams host Arizona next Sunday in an NFC West matchup of unbeaten teams.

Cousins, Vikings cruise 30-17, end skid vs. Seahawks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes before halftime for Minnesota and guided three clock-draining field goal drives after that, as the Vikings accelerated past Seattle 30-17 on Sunday for their first win over the Seahawks in 12 years.

Alexander Mattison stepped in for the injured Dalvin Cook and racked up 171 total yards, rushing 18 times for 76 yards in the second half as the Vikings (1-2) seized control with 23 straight points. They beat Seattle for the first time with Pete Carroll as coach and Russell Wilson as the quarterback.

Cousins delivered the type of signature performance to defeat a more-decorated peer the Vikings have been lacking in his four seasons. He went 30 for 38 for 323 yards in his third consecutive turnover-free game. The Vikings lost at Seattle in each of the last three years to stretch their losing streak to seven straight against the Seahawks.

The touchdown passes to Tyler Conklin, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson in the first half filled up the highlight reels. But the methodical marches after halftime were just as impressive and important. Even better for the Vikings, Greg Joseph bounced back from his 37-yard miss on the game’s final play last week in the 34-33 loss at Arizona and made all three of his field goals and all three extra points.

Wilson went 23 for 32 for 298 yards and a touchdown pass to D.K. Metcalf on the first drive, and Chris Carson carried 12 times for 80 yards and a second-quarter score.

Then a 44-yard kick by Jason Myers went wide left, ending his team-record streak of 37 straight field goals made, the fourth-longest in NFL history. The Seahawks never made it past the Minnesota 43-yard line after that.

The Seahawks are 1-2 in the NFC West, putting them in quite a bind if they’re going to make a resurgence to contention.

LOUD NOISES

Seattle’s first regular-season visit to U.S. Bank Stadium was met with the pent-up noise from a crowd that waited 21 months to see the home team and had more than three extra hours to tailgate before the rare late-afternoon start time. Fake snow was sprinkled from the rafters to fit the northland theme the Vikings have embraced since moving in five years ago.

The last time the Seahawks played a non-preseason game in Minnesota was the wild-card round in record-setting subzero cold on Jan. 9, 2016, when Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal for the Vikings near the end of Seattle’s 10-9 win.

Sunlight on this 82-degree day streamed in through the open glass doors behind the west end zone. The other vast difference from that epic playoff game was the state of these defenses, then the class of the league and now struggling. The Vikings aptly recovered from a rough 2 1/2 games, smothering Seattle for 81 total yards in the second half.

INJURY REPORT

Seahawks: With DE Benson Mayowa (neck) already inactive, fellow starter and DE Kerry Hyder Jr. (concussion) departed in the second quarter. … LB Jordyn Brooks (cramps) was carted off in the fourth quarter. … Jamarco Jones replaced Brandon Shell (ankle) in the starting lineup at RT. Undrafted rookie Jake Curhan took some snaps there, too. Jones was ill in the third quarter.

Vikings: LB Anthony Barr (knee) was inactive for the third straight game. He has not played in more than a year. … Ihmir Smith-Marsette hurt his toe in the second quarter and was replaced on kickoff returns by Ameer Abdullah.

UP NEXT

Seahawks: visit San Francisco next Sunday, their first game against an NFC West foe.

Vikings: host Cleveland (2-1) next Sunday, their second of three straight home games.

Rodgers rallies Packers past 49ers 30-28

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) With only seconds to play and no timeouts, Aaron Rodgers had no doubt where he’d look to drive the Green Bay Packers to a game-winning kick.

Rodgers completed two deep passes to Davante Adams on a last-minute drive, setting up Mason Crosby’s 51-yard field goal on the final play of the game that gave the Packers a 30-28 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

“My first thoughts in devising how I wanted to get us into field-goal range was how could I get 17 the ball,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers did it twice on passes of 25 and 17 yards to Adams after the Packers took over at their 25 with 37 seconds left and no timeouts following Jimmy Garoppolo’s 12-yard TD pass to Kyle Juszczyk.

Adams came back after taking a hard hit from Jimmie Ward that looked like it could knock him out of the game and finished with 12 catches for 132 yards.

“How can you not be romantic about football?” Rodgers said.

All that was left was for Crosby to make the kick and the Packers (2-1) to celebrate a win that came after they blew a 17-point lead.

“Celebrating with the guys in the end zone, seeing that energy and feeling that juice, is what it’s all about,” Crosby said. “And then carrying on into the locker room and guys pouring water all over my head and everybody, that’s what this game is all about. It was really special.”

The comeback spoiled the first game for the 49ers (2-1) with fans since beating Green Bay in the 2019 NFC title game. San Francisco had rallied from 17 points down to take the lead before getting crushed by Rodgers.

Rodgers threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Packers to back-to-back wins after a season-opening 38-3 loss to New Orleans. Rodgers had six TD passes and no interceptions in wins over San Francisco (2-1) and Detroit.

“I feel good about our team,” Rodgers said. “Week One was an anomaly. I said that and I believe that. We bounced back Week Two. Played a great team tonight right down to the wire. This plane ride is going to feel incredible.”

The Niners returned home following back-to-back road wins back East but struggled to slow down Rodgers.

“There were some great individual efforts of guys just making unbelievable plays that got us in and gave us a chance to win that game,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “But some mistakes that we made throughout the game, you don’t win a lot of football doing that. That’s what we’ve got to clean up.”

Rodgers connected on a 1-yard TD pass to Adams and a 12-yarder in the fourth quarter to Marquez Valdes-Scantling to help stake the Packers to the lead.

They made it 27-21 when Garoppolo inexplicably threw the ball to the ground behind him while trying to avoid a sack by Kenny Clark that set up a field goal by Crosby.

Garoppolo responded with the TD drive but it wasn’t enough.

“There’s always too much time on the clock if there’s ever time on the clock, especially with Aaron Rodgers,” tight end George Kittle said. “I think we have a really good defense. I don’t really have any worries when our defense is out on the field. But it’s Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams over there. They did what they had to do to win.”

FAST START

The Packers got off to a fast start with scores on their first two drives. Rodgers connected on a 42-yard pass to Allen Lazard on the first drive to set up a field goal by Mason Crosby. Rodgers then hit Valdes-Scantling on a 47-yarder to set up the short TD pass to Adams. Rodgers was 9 for 9 for 127 yards in the quarter.

DOUBLE DIP

The Niners avoided being shut out in the first half when they scored on the final play. After Garoppolo got away with an apparent intentional grounding that would have ended the half, Lance came in for his first snap since the opener. He ran behind a big block from Trent Williams for a 1-yard score that cut Green Bay’s lead to 17-7.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur was angry about the lack of the intentional grounding call and gave referee Jerome Boger an earful on his way off the field.

San Francisco then scored on the opening possession of the second half when Garoppolo hit Brandon Aiyuk on an 8-yard TD pass as the Niners scored 14 points without Rodgers touching the ball.

INJURY REPORT

Packers: Adams was down for a few minutes after taking a hard hit from Jimmie Ward that didn’t lead to a penalty. His teammates kneeled near him as he was being treated but he was able to return after missing only one play. … LB Krys Barnes left the game in the first half with a concussion. … DL Tyler Lancaster was evaluated for a concussion in the second half.

49ers: CBs K’Waun Williams (calf) and Josh Norman (chest) left the game in the first half.

UP NEXT

Packers: Host Steelers on Sunday.

49ers: Host Seattle on Sunday.

Clemson falls to No. 25 in AP poll, snapping top-10 streak

(AP) — Clemson tumbled to No. 25 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, snapping its streak of 97 straight weeks in the top 10.

The Tigers (2-2) lost for the second time this season Saturday – falling in double overtime to North Carolina State – and dropped 16 spots from No. 9 in the AP Top 25, which is presented by Regions Bank.

Clemson’s top-10 streak was tied with Alabama for the longest current run in college football and second-longest in the history of the AP poll, behind Miami’s 137 from 1985-93.

The Crimson Tide remained No. 1 with 58 first-place votes out of 62. No. 2 Georgia received the remaining four first-place votes. Oregon stayed No. 3. Penn State moved up two spots to No. 4, Iowa held at No. 5 and Oklahoma slipped two spots to No. 6.

Cincinnati moved up a spot to No. 7 and Arkansas jumped eight spots to No. 8 after beating Texas A&M. The Razorbacks have their best ranking since they were No. 8 early in the 2012 season.

That season, Arkansas lost its second game of the season to Louisiana-Monroe and was never ranked again. The Razorbacks had finished fifth the season before under Bobby Petrino.

No. 9 Notre Dame and Florida rounded out the top 10.

POLL POINTS

Clemson did manage to extend its streak of weeks ranked to 107, the third-longest active streak behind Alabama (218) and Ohio State (150).

The Buckeyes’ streak does not include polls in which they were ineligible during the 2020 season because the Big Ten was not planning to play due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Alabama’s current streak of poll appearances is second all time to Nebraska’s 348 from 1981-2002.

IN

After six ranked teams lost this weekend, four to unranked opponents, four new teams entered the rankings of the first time this season.

– No. 19 Oklahoma State improved to 4-0 by beating Kansas State. The Cowboys finished last season ranked.

– No. 21 Baylor is 4-0 after upsetting Iowa State at home and is ranked for the first time since the final 2019 poll.

– No. 23 North Carolina State (3-1) snapped an eight-game losing streak against Clemson to move into the ranking. The Wolfpack was ranked briefly at No. 23 last season.

– No. 24 Wake Forest is 4-0 for the first time since 2019, when the Demon Deacons were ranked for a total of five weeks with a peak of No. 19. That’s the only season Wake has been ranked since 2008.

OUT

Two teams that started the season in the top 10 are now unranked.

– Iowa State started No. 7, its best ranking in school history after finishing ninth in 2020, but now sits at 2-2 and unranked.

– North Carolina was No. 10 to start the season, but fell out after being routed by Georgia Tech to fall to 2-2.

– Wisconsin began the season No. 12 but after losing to Penn State and Notre Dame to fall to 1-2 is unranked.

– Kansas State spent one week in the rankings and dropped out.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Southeastern Conference has four teams in the top 10 and five of 12 in the top 12, including Mississippi at No. 12.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, meanwhile, has no teams in the top 20 for the first time since the final poll of the 2011 season. The last time there were no top-20 ACC teams this early in the season was was Sept. 16, 1986, before Miami and Florida State were members and before the poll expanded from 20 to 25.

SEC – 7 (Nos. 1, 2, 8, 10, 12, 15, 22).

Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 4, 5, 11, 14, 17).

ACC – 3 (Nos. 23, 24, 25).

Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 6, 19, 21).

Pac-12 – 2 (Nos. 3, 20).

American – 1 (No. 7).

Sun Belt – 1 (No. 16).

Mountain West – 1 (No. 18).

Independents – 2 (Nos. 8, 13).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 12 Mississippi at No. 1 Alabama. First ranked matchup between the Rebels and Tide since 2017.

No. 8 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia. Razorbacks’ resurgence has been one of the stories of the first month of the season.

No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 9 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish obliged the Bearcats, who need Notre Dame to be as good a possible if they have any shot to sneak into the playoff.

No. 21 Baylor at No 19 Oklahoma State. Might be a short stay in the rankings for one of the Big 12 rivals.

Police: Utah football player killed in house party shooting

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A University of Utah football player has died in in a shooting at a house party early Sunday, Salt Lake City police said.

The shooting that killed Aaron Lowe occurred just after midnight, only hours after the Utes beat Washington State 24-13, and less than a year after a teammate of Lowe’s died in an accidental shooting.

Police said another victim in Sunday’s shooting incident – a woman – was hospitalized in critical condition and authorities were searching for a suspect.

“We are devastated to hear about the passing of Aaron Lowe,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron’s family and friends, along with the other individual who was harmed in this tragic incident. Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by anyone who crossed paths with him. He will be deeply missed.”

Lowe, 21, was the first recipient of a memorial scholarship created to honor former Utah player Ty Jordan, a 19-year-old tailback who died after an accidental shooting in December 2020.

Jordan and Lowe were high school teammates in Mesquite, Texas.

After Jordan died, Lowe switched his jersey number from No. 2 to No. 22 to honor his friend.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted his condolences to the family of Lowe, a reserve cornerback who was in his third season with the Utes and mainly played on special teams.

SMU’s Dykes apologizes to TCU over postgame flag scuffle

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) SMU coach Sonny Dykes reiterated his respect for TCU and apologized for any attempt by his players to plant a flag at midfield after a brief scuffle broke out following the Mustangs’ 42-34 victory at the home of the Horned Frogs.

Video showed SMU receiver Rashee Rice running to midfield with a flag displaying the Dallas school’s “D” logo before he was ushered away from the TCU logo by opposing players after Saturday’s game ended.

A short time later, Mustangs defensive back Brandon Crossley tried unsuccessfully to plant the flag before tossing it. TCU players then pulled the flag off the pole, and a player angrily threw the pole at the ground.

“I think our guys tried to plant the flag at the middle of the field,” Dykes said. “If they did, they shouldn’t have. I’ll talk to them about that. There’s nobody in the world that has more respect for TCU or for (coach) Gary Patterson … than I do. I apologize for that.”

Rice made headlines the week of the game by saying he thought TCU was afraid to play SMU. The Dallas-Fort Worth rivals didn’t play last year because of COVID-19 issues with the Horned Frogs. The schools tried unsuccessfully to reschedule that game.

SMU’s victory in the 100th meeting marked consecutive wins for the Mustangs in the series for the first time since 1992-93.

Reds rout Nationals 9-2 to keep slim playoff hopes alive

CINCINNATI (AP) Tyler Stephenson and Nick Castellanos hit consecutive home runs, Kyle Farmer broke open the game with a grand slam and the Cincinnati Reds kept alive their slim playoff hopes by routing the Washington Nationals 9-2 Sunday.

Cincinnati won its third straight and is six games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card with six games left, tied with Philadelphia.

At 81-75, the Reds ensured consecutive non-losing seasons for the first time since 2012 and ’13.

“All these games are important,” Reds manager David Bell said. “We are focused on each day to finish strong.”

Tyler Mahle (13-6) allowed one unearned run and three hits in six innings as the Reds won a third straight game and won a series for the first time since a four-game sweep of Miami from Aug. 19-22. They had dropped eight straight series before splitting two games against Pittsburgh.

Mahle’s strikeout of Nationals’ pitcher Josh Rogers was his 200th of the season, extending his career high.

“What is most meaningful to me is that I made all my starts and pitched more innings than I have in awhile,” Mahle said. “That is what allowed me to reach 200 strikeouts”

NL batting leader Juan Soto of Washington went 0 for 3, dropping his average to .322.

Rogers (2-1), pitching in front of hundreds of family members and friends from his Louisville, Ky.-area hometown of New Albany, Ind., gave up three runs, seven hits and a season-high four walks in 4 2/3 innings, his fifth start since Tommy John surgery.

“He struggled with his location,” manager Dave Martinez said. “His fastball command was off today. He battled. He gave up two home runs but still kept us close. It was just one of those days. He couldn’t find the strike zone consistently. He couldn’t keep it down.”

Stephenson finished a triple short of hitting for the cycle.

“I didn’t think about the cycle until (TJ) Friedl said something to me, but someone would have to break a leg in the outfield for me to get a triple,” Stephenson said.

India misplayed Lane Thomas’ grounder, allowing the ball to bounce off his body and into right field for a run-scoring error in the fifth.

India doubled leading off the botton half, Stephenson hit an opposite-field homer to right and Castellanos followed with his career-best 32nd, a drive to left-center field, Castellanos has homered in three straight games.

“That’s the mentality there,” Bell said. “India makes an error but come backs to hit the double. That’s his competitive nature. He wants to make every play, but when he doesn’t, he wants to make the next play.”

Farmer made it 7-1 in the sixth against Ryne Harper with his career slam.

“It’s unfortunate,” Harper said. “I felt like I threw some good pitches. One pitch will do ya. Wish I could have it back. When you get into that situation, it’s important that you attack. You want to throw your best pitch. I executed most of my pitches that inning. There was one that I didn’t.”

Brewers clinch NL Central, condemn Mets to losing record

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers clinched their second NL Central title in four years, beating the sloppy New York Mets 8-4 Sunday behind Willy Adames’s two-run homer and three RBIs.

Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth inning, retiring Brandon Nimmo on a game-ending flyout to left fielder Christian Yelich and sending the Brewers running onto the field to celebrate as the crowd of 43,430 erupted into cheers.

“It’s a great accomplishment for this organization, for this team,” Hader said. “We had a lot of ups and downs, but that’s part of this baseball team. Each one of these guys, they fight for each other. That’s what it’s about.”

Brewers manager Craig Counsell often describes the team as resilient.

“We never give up,” Hader said. “Think about this week. We got swept by the Cardinals and turned around and swept the Mets. That’s what it comes down to, not getting down on ourselves and continue to play at the level we can.”

The Brewers are 94-62, winning 90+ games for the ninth time in franchise history.

“We gave ourselves an opportunity to get it done today,” Counsell said. “That’s because we played a great series this weekend. It’s a roller coaster always, but you get up in the 90s in in wins, that means you’re doing it all year long.”

Milwaukee sent the Mets (73-82) skidding to their 10th loss in 11 games. They are on their third five-game losing streak and were swept for the 10th time this season.

A day after New York was eliminated from postseason contention in their first season under new owner Steven Cohen, the Mets (73-82) made three errors and were assured of a losing season for the fourth time in five years.

Milwaukee, which also won the NL Central in 2011 and ’18, already was assured of its fourth straight postseason berth. After losing at the wild card stage in 2019 and ’20, the Brewers will rest after the end of the regular season before starting the Division Series on Oct. 8.

Yelich was thrilled with being able to celebrate at home and with fans in the stands after last season’s COVID restrictions prevented any fans.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “Compared to last year, we made the playoffs, but we weren’t allowed to do any of this stuff.”

Freddy Peralta (10-5) won for the first time since Aug. 10, ending a skid in which he went 0-2 in five starts. He allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Peralta entered with a .162 opponents batting average, on track to be the best since 1920.

Carlos Carrasco (1-4) gave up five runs, seven hits and four walks in four innings.

New York, in its second season under manager Luis Rojas, led the NL East for 90 days but is 17-34 since the start of August.

A day after striking out four times, Francisco Lindor hit his 18th homer in the first. It was the fourth first-inning home run allowed by Peralta in his last five starts.

Kolten Wong walked leading off the bottom half and Adames hit a 424-foot drive for his 24th homer.

Milwaukee opened a 5-1 lead in the second when Yelich hit an RBI groundout and Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run double.

Javier Baez hit a two-run double in the fourth. Lindor’s 10th error of the season led to two runs in the sixth, and Alonso contributed a misplay at first.

“We’re happy that we accomplished this first step, but we know we have a long way to go now,” Adames said. “We have to continue to compete.”

Seager 2 HRs, Urías, Dodgers win 100th, keep pace in NL West

PHOENIX (AP) The dominant Dodgers rolled to win No. 100 of the season on Sunday afternoon with a mix that’s served them well all season: terrific starting pitching, a few long homers and a shutdown bullpen.

It still might not be enough to catch the San Francisco Giants.

Corey Seager hit two solo homers and Julio Urias posted his MLB-leading 19th victory, but the Dodgers remained two games back in the NL West after a 3-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Giants won for the 17th time in 21 games by beating the Rockies 6-2 on Sunday. Seager said the Dodgers are just trying to win as many games down the stretch to give themselves a chance at avoiding the NL wild-card game.

“You never want to be in second place,” Seager said. “But we just want to play good baseball going into the playoffs.”

Seager and Trea Turner both hit their 100th career home runs during the 100th win. Seager reached the mark with his second homer, a drive estimated at 464 feet in the third inning that landed deep in the seats and gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.

“I just tried to stay on the fastball,” Seager said. “He put a few over the plate and I put a good swing on them.”

Los Angeles hit the century mark in wins for the third time in the past four full seasons, not counting the coronavirus-shortened 2020 schedule. They’re trying to win the NL West for the ninth straight season.

“We’ve been really good for a really long time,” Seager said. “Winning 100 games – it’s not easy.”

The Dodgers won 16 of 19 games against the D-backs this season. Kenley Jansen earned his 36th save. Justin Bruihl, Joe Kelly and Corey Knebel also pitched scoreless innings of relief.

Urias (19-3) is the only pitcher in baseball with a chance to earn 20 wins this year, provided he gets one more start next weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers. The left-hander scattered five hits over five scoreless innings, striking out three and walking one.

“The body of work – winning 19 games – it’s special,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “The object of the game is still to win. Wins matter.”

Seager and Turner hit solo homers on back-to-back pitches in the first inning for a 2-0 lead off Humberto Mejia. Turner’s was especially well-struck, coming off the bat at 108.5 mph and traveling 418 feet.

Mejia (0-3) gave up three runs, all on the three homers. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up four hits, walking three and striking out one. Henry Ramos had two hits for the D-backs, including a double.

“We had a couple opportunities and we just didn’t execute at critical times when we needed to,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

The Diamondbacks fell to 50-106. They need at least two wins over their final six games to avoid matching or setting the record for worst season in franchise history. Arizona was 51-111 in 2004.

Giants hold NL West lead, top Rockies; Belt’s hand injured

DENVER (AP) Brandon Crawford homered to cap a four-run ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants held their lead in the NL West, beating the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Sunday.

The Giants, who have won 15 of 19, began the day with a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers. San Francisco now heads home to Oracle Park with a chance to clinch their first division title since 2012.

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt left the game in the seventh inning after getting hit on the left hand with a pitch while squaring to bunt. Manager Gabe Kapler said X-rays were inconclusive and Belt will be reevaluated back in San Francisco.

San Francisco had to work for its sixth straight win at Coors Field, and its 102nd victory overall – its most since winning 103 in 1993.

It was 2-all when reliever Daniel Bard (7-8) walked Steven Duggar and Wilmer Flores, and pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella lined an RBI single with one out.

Tyler Kinley replaced Bard and Crawford connected with two outs for his 23rd homer.

Camilo Doval (5-1) pitched the eighth inning for the win.

San Francisco starter Kevin Gausman struck out 11 in six innings but was left with a no-decision when Colorado tied it in the seventh.

Gausman retired 13 straight after Garrett Hampson’s single to lead off the first inning. C.J. Cron ended the streak with his 28th homer with one out in the fifth that cut San Francisco’s lead to 2-1.

Giants reliever Ryan Littell committed a balk in the seventh to put runners on second and third. Cron, who led off with a single, scored on a grounder when he beat the throw home from second baseman Donovan Solano that tied it at 2.

The Giants scored their first run on a groundout in the second inning and added another in the fifth. Belt reached on a bloop double with two outs and scored on Kris Bryant’s single.

Jansen, Springer homer, Blue Jays beat Twins, keep pressure

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Danny Jansen hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, George Springer also went deep and the Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 Sunday to maintain pressure in the AL wild-card race before heading to Toronto for their final homestand.

Toronto will enter the final week one game back for the second AL wild card. The New York Yankees and Boston were tied for the wild-card lead heading into their game on Sunday night.

Toronto won the final two games of the four-game series. The Blue Jays host three-game series against New York and Baltimore.

“We just have to win,” said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. “I’m so proud of this team, to be where we are right now. They deserve all the credit.”

Alek Manoah (8-2) won his third straight start, giving up two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. The rookie has 25 strikeouts in his last three outings.

Manoah and three relievers combined to strike out 15.

“You want to show up and you want to give the team a chance, because right now everything’s a little stick,” Manoah said. “You’ve got to go out there and compete and just understand what’s at stake.”

The Blue Jays head home to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, which was recently allowed to double the capacity for games. That means 30,000 fans will be there when the Blue Jays take on the Yankees in a pivotal series.

“I think everybody’s excited for it,” Jensen said. “We’re going to play the big dogs, and we’re going to play them at home in front of 30,000 fans. That’s a huge thing, having those fans.”

Griffin Jax (3-5) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings as the Twins lost their second in a row following a four-game winning streak.

“At every point, really, we felt like we were absolutely in the game,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Jansen homered in the second after a pair of one-out bloop singles by Corey Dickerson to left and Santiago Espinal to center.

Jake Cave hit an RBI single in the bottom half.

Springer homered in the fifth, a drive that like Jansen’s went into the bullpen in left-center field. Both players put on Toronto’s home run jacket – the Blue Jays have hit a major league-high 248.

Springer’s homer was his second in as many days after going homerless in 12 straight games.

Teoscar Hernandez hit an RBI double in the eighth and leads the major leagues with 112 RBIs, including a big league high 64 since the All-Star break.

Byron Buxton homered in the fifth, his career-best 16th in just 55 games this season.

“He’s been basically the best player in baseball for the time he’s had on the field,” Baldelli said of Buxton. “Buck’s a great player. We see it every day when he’s out here.”

Baz’s 5 2/3 scoreless innings helps Rays sweep Marlins 3-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Rookie Shane Baz pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings to win his second straight start and the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Sunday for their team-record 14th series sweep.

Baz (2-0), a 22-year-old right-hander who was on the U.S. Olympic team, allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked one. He gave up two runs and two hits – both homers – over five innings to beat Toronto in his big league debut on Sept. 20 following his call-up from Triple-A Durham.

Baz is trying to earn a postseason roster spot.

“I’m just trying to pitch as well as I can, and leave it up to everybody else,” Baz said. “Trying to just not think about that at all.”

Nelson Cruz had two RBIs for the Rays, who on Saturday night clinched their second consecutive division title and fourth since 2008. The defending AL champions at 97-59 are also closing on securing the best record in the league.

“They play extremely hard,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “They’re aggressive. They do a lot of things. They have some speed, they’ve got some power. They can go right, left on you. A lot of different looks out of the bullpen. Kind of Rays’ baseball.”

Tampa Bay is a franchise-best 38 games over .500 and matched the 2008 AL championship team for most wins in a season.

Rays rookie Wander Franco doubled in the first off Jesus Luzardo to extend his on-base streak to 41 games, two from tying Frank Robinson in 1956 for the longest stretch by a player under 21.

Nick Anderson, the third Tampa Bay reliever, got his first save this season despite allowing Lewin Diaz’s leadoff homer in the ninth. The Rays have had a major league-record 14 pitchers earning save this season.

Anderson, last year’s closer, started the season on the IL with a sprained right elbow and didn’t return from the injured list until Sept. 12.

Miami got an run-scoring double from Eddy Alvarez, Baz’s Olympic teammate. The Marlins are 3-17 in interleague play after entering the season with 212 interleague victories, fourth-most in the majors.

Baz retired his first nine batters, six on strikeouts, before Jazz Chisholm Jr. opened the fourth with a ground ball single to center. Chisholm also doubled in the sixth.

“He’s a tremendous pitcher, he’s a tremendous friend, he’s a tremendous person. he’s a great teammate,” Franco said through an interpreter. “We’ve been able to play together a lot in the minor leagues and I think that talent that he’s got he’s going to be able to play for a long time.”

Franco scored on Yandy Diaz’s sacrifice fly during a two-run first. He tripled against Zach Pop in fifth and scored to make it 3-0 on Cruz’s single. Cruz also had a first-inning sacrifice fly.

Alvarez made it 3-1 on his double in the seventh off JT Chargois. Josh Fleming, recalled from Durham on Saturday after being sent down in late August to covert from starting to relieving, entered with two on and two outs and got a first-pitch grounder from Chisholm.

Luzardo (5-9) gave up two runs, two hits, two walks with five strikeouts over four innings.

Andrus breaks leg scoring winning run for A’s, goes on IL

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Athletics shortstop Elvis Andrus was put on the 10-day injured list Sunday, a day after breaking his left leg while scoring the winning run against the Houston Astros.

The A’s also placed infielder Jed Lowrie on the IL with a sprained right hand.

Andrus singled leading off the bottom of the ninth against Ryan Pressly on Saturday and scored from first when Starling Marte lined a double into the gap in right-center. Andrus stumbled rounding third and barely made it to home plate.

The Athletics’ 2-1 win kept them in the AL wild-card race.

A’s trainer Nick Paparesta noted that Andrus had been hit in the same leg earlier in the game and had other minor injuries in his left leg. This injury was a fractured fibula.

“It could be a multitude of little micro-traumas that kind of caused this thing,” Paparesta said. “Then he puts all of his weight on it, and (in) doing everything he can to get to home I think may have caused the fracture.”

Andrus stayed on the ground for several moments before being helped into the dugout, and X-rays taken revealed the fracture. The 33-year-old is expected to fly back to Texas and meet with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Keith Meister before a determination is made on the next step.

“I don’t know that I’ve managed a player that’s tougher than Elvis is,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Pound for pound this kid brings it every day. Probably played hurt way more than anybody knew. His pain tolerance is off the charts. Obviously, it gives us a big hole.”

In other moves, the A’s reinstated reliever Sam Moll from the paternity list and recalled infielder Vimael Machin from Triple-A Sacramento.

Police investigate fatal fall of mother, son at ballpark

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego police are investigating the deaths of a woman and her 2-year-old son Saturday after they fell from the third level of Petco Park, just as thousands of baseball fans were heading inside for a Padres game, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The woman, 40, and the boy were pronounced dead at 4:11 p.m., about 20 minutes after police were alerted to the incident, Lt. Andra Brown told the newspaper.

The pair fell from the third level concourse – the equivalent of six stories high – to the sidewalk below on Tony Gwynn Drive, Brown said.

Their names were not released; both lived in San Diego. The mother and child had been at a dining/concession area on the concourse level prior to the fall, Lt. Adam T. Sharki said. The child’s father was at the ballpark when the deaths occurred, police reported.

Police told the Union-Tribune it is too early to know whether the fall was accidental or intentional but noted that the victims’ deaths “appeared to be suspicious.”

Brown said investigators understand that there may have been a number of people in the concourse area who might have more information, which, she said, could potentially “give the family some peace.”

Americans win Ryder Cup in a rout, send Europe a message

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Americans won back the Ryder Cup and perhaps a whole lot more Sunday, sending a strong message to Europe with a powerful performance from their youngest team in history.

Scottie Scheffler, one of six Ryder Cup newcomers for the Americans, took down the No. 1 player in the world with a 4-and-3 victory over Jon Rahm as the scoreboards around Whistling Straits quickly filled with American red.

The final blow came from Collin Morikawa, at 24 the youngest player on the team and already a two-time major champion. He holed a 3-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole that assured the Americans at least the 14 1/2 points they needed.

Then it was a matter of the final margin.

“I woke up this morning and I was trying to tell the guys, `Let’s get to 20 points,’ because this is going to be the next era of Ryder Cup team for the U.S. side,” Patrick Cantlay said, finishing an unbeaten week with a win over Shane Lowry.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys. I think they’re going to be on teams for a long time, and I wanted to send a message.”

Tony Finau had said on the eve of these matches that this was “the big one” because Europe had won nine of the last 12, and the Americans had so many fresh faces without any lasting scars from watching Europe celebrate so much over the years.

The big one became one big rout.

The Americans were young, yes, and very good, with four of the top five in the world ranking. The difference is they finally played like it.

Palou becomes first Spaniard to win IndyCar championship

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Alex Palou raised the Spanish flag over his head and hugged every teammate he could find. The first championship trophy of his professional career at last in his hands, he planted his lips on the Astor Cup and savored a dream come true.

He spent two years racing in Japan, but it was IndyCar where he wanted to be and Palou simulated life as if he drove in America’s top open-wheel racing series. He’s now an IndyCar champion – his first title since karting as a teen – and the first Spaniard to claim the crown in series history.

Palou finished fourth in an easy Sunday drive at the Grand Prix of Long Beach to cap a smooth and steady second season in IndyCar.

“There were moments where I was just feeling like I was living my dream, and now I’m doing it,” Palou said after the race. “Oh yeah, 100% dream completed. Let’s get another one now.”

Colton Herta won the race – Long Beach is considered his home track – for his second consecutive win and third of the season. Josef Newgarden finished second and Scott Dixon, the six-time and reigning champion, finished third before turning the IndyCar crown over to Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Palou.

The 24-year-old had never before seen Long Beach before he arrived this weekend – the historic course was canceled last year in the pandemic – but his consistency since winning the season-opener in his first race driving for Ganassi had him in solid position. His 35-point lead meant a finish of 11th or better would win him the title, and once challenger Pato O’Ward was knocked out with a mechanical problem, Palou just needed to make it to the finish.

It capped a remarkable run in which Palou earned his break a year ago with Dale Coyne Racing then manifested his childhood dream to race for a championship by introducing himself to Ganassi at the Indianapolis 500. He moved into Ganassi’s No. 10 this year, won three races, finished second in the Indy 500 and led the standings 12 of 16 weeks.

“Chip told me when I joined that I had to win a championship, so that’s not too much pressure,” Palou joked. “He likes winners. If you are not one, you are in trouble.”

After climbing his way through the European ranks, Palou raced two years in Japan but had not won a title since competing in go-karts as a teenager in Spain.

“His apprentice program into racing most recently was in Japan, so I think he brings a lot of that Japanese mentality to the team, which a lot of us find refreshing,” Ganassi said. “He brought a certain fortitude that you see in that part of the world. And you know, he didn’t turn a wheel wrong all year.”

Palou has now joined an exclusive club of all-stars in Ganassi’s elite “I like winners” club. The title was the 14th in American open-wheel racing for Ganassi among six drivers and came 25 years after Jimmy Vasser gave the organization its first championship.

Palou joins Vasser, Alex Zanardi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon as Ganassi open-wheel champions; he’s the first Ganassi champion since Montoya in 1999 not named Franchitti or Dixon, who combined for nine titles from 2008 through last year.

Franchitti is now the Ganassi driver coach and Palou is considered the best driver in the No. 10 since a head injury forced Franchitti into an early 2013 retirement. Palou is the first Ganassi driver since Franchitti to beat Dixon in the season standings.

“I think he’s raised the bar for all of us this year to keep pushing,” Dixon said. “It definitely feels like kind of the 2009 through sort of ’12, ’13 period with Dario. Super proud of what the 10 car has done. Super proud of Alex. Man, he’s done a tremendous job this year.”

Palou won the championship by 38 points over Newgarden, who bumped one spot ahead of O’Ward once O’Ward was eliminated.

Hamlin holds off Elliott, takes first NASCAR win in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) Turns out 21 was Denny Hamlin’s lucky number in Vegas.

After finally getting his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on his 21st try, Hamlin is on an undeniable hot streak he just might ride all the way to his long-sought first NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Hamlin finally broke through in Vegas on Sunday night, holding off Chase Elliott and kicking off the second round of the playoffs with his second win in September.

Three weeks after Hamlin got his first victory of the season in the playoff opener at Darlington, he led 137 laps in Vegas in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, including the final 39.

After a season of frustrating results and a 17-year career filled with championship near-misses, Hamlin has emerged as a serious contender for the title once again. He is just 14 points behind Kyle Larson in the points standings, and he’ll have no pressure heading into the high-stakes upcoming races at Talladega and the Charlotte Roval with his ticket already punched for the third round by this Vegas victory.

“It feels so good to win in Vegas,” Hamlin said. “Last couple of times I’ve been close, but just didn’t have the right brakes. Great to hold those guys off.”

The 41-year-old veteran had struggled on this 1 1/2-mile track for most of his career, with just two top-five finishes in his first 18 starts. He has put together three consecutive top-four finishes since then in Vegas, capped by this victory under the lights and fireworks.

“There was a point where I never thought I’d even sniff a victory here,” Hamlin said. “The team has found a setup that has worked with my driving style. The team goes to work to give me what I need to go fast.”

Elliott closed in on Hamlin in the final five laps as Hamlin’s performance appeared to decline, cutting the gap to a half-second with two laps to go – but the defending Cup Series champion couldn’t close the remaining distance, finishing second in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

“We were really close,” Elliott said. “Just not quite close enough. Denny did a good job controlling the gap to me. I feel like we’ve been performing at a really nice level the last four or five weeks. Just haven’t had the results to show for it.”

Kyle Busch finished third on his hometown track, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney as the 12 remaining playoff drivers began the second round and the final seven races of the season. Hamlin, Busch and Truex put Joe Gibbs Racing in three of the top four spots.

“I just can’t think of a better place to win,” said Chris Gabehart, Hamlin’s crew chief. “Certainly our team has been really capable all year long. Every metric other than the win column has been astounding for our team. It’s really been our best year together thus far. You stay up front as much as we have, the wins are going to finally come. They’re coming at the right time.”

Larson finished 10th on the track where he won in March. Kevin Harvick, who scrapped with Elliott over tactics last week at Bristol, finished ninth.

Larson won the first stage, but Hamlin took the second when Larson needed gas and pitted with eight laps to go. Larson got stuck in the midfield in the final stage while struggling with his tires.

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INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Five Home Runs Lift Indians Over Omaha, 17-12

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PAPILLION, NEB. – Christian Bethancourt went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI to lead the Indianapolis Indians to victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers in the series finale on Sunday, 17-12.

Oneil Cruz put the Indians (59-65) on the board first with a leadoff home run over the center field wall in the top of the first inning. Indy extended their lead to 8-0 with seven runs on four hits in the top of the second inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Tucupita Marcano singled through the right side to plate three runs. Rodolfo Castro continued the scoring with a two RBI double followed by a RBI groundout from Bethancourt and a single from Bligh Madris to score Castro.

The Storm Chasers (69-56) scored two in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run home run from MJ Melendez. Omaha added five more runs in the third inning to bring the score within one at 8-7.

The Indians responded in the top of the fourth with five runs on four hits, three of those hits coming as home runs. Michael Chavis hit a two-run homer over the left field wall and two batters later Bethancourt hit his first home run of the day to score Castro. With two outs, Hunter Owen hit his new career-high 20th home run, beating his previous season-high 19 in 2019, over the center field wall to give Indy the 13-7 lead.

After walks to Cruz and Chavis, Castro singled through the right side to score one run and Bethancourt singled to center to score Chavis. Indy added another insurance run with a sacrifice fly from Madris to score Castro and extend their lead to 16-7.

Omaha scored three runs on three hits in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Bethancourt roped his second homer of the day with a solo shot over the center field wall in the eighth inning to ensure Indy’s lead, 17-10.

The Storm Chasers fought back in the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-run home run from Melendez but the Indians bullpen shut down the threat and sealed the Indians victory, 17-12.

Matt Eckelman (W, 3-5) entered in the fifth inning and earned the win for the Indians throwing 1.1 innings of relief with three strikeouts. Angel Zerpa (L, 0-1) took the loss in his Triple-A debut giving up three runs on two hits in 1.1 innings of work.

The Indians return to Victory Field for the last series of the season and face the Nashville Sounds on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM ET. Both teams have yet to name a pitcher.

INDY ELEVEN SOCCER: USL Championship Recap

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Sunday, September 26, 2021) – Indy Eleven’s frustration in front of goal continued Sunday night, as Indiana’s Team fell 0-2 at OKC Energy FC in the first of two meetings in four days’ time at Taft Stadium.

The result puts Indy Eleven (8W-13L-5D, 29 pts.) now five points behind playoff position in the Central Division. Meanwhile, OKC Energy FC (8W-8L-10D, 34 pts.) used the three points to wrestle back the fourth and final playoff position in the division from Memphis 901 FC (32 pts.).

Indy Eleven will get an immediate chance for revenge – and the season’s head-to-head tiebreaker against OKC – this Wednesday, Sept. 29, when the two sides re-rack things at Taft Stadium with an 8:30 p.m. kickoff. The match will serve as the make-up for the squads’ postponed contest back on July 10.

A mundane start had only two reflection points until the match neared the half hour mark, starting in the 18th minute when a lower leg injury forced Indy Eleven midfielder Rece Buckmaster from the match. Three minutes later, an OKC clearance of an Eleven free kick towards the six hit the outstretched arm of Energy FC captain Conor Donovan, but the incidental contact did not earn a point to the spot despite cries from several Indy players.

It took 29 minutes for the first shots of the game to be registered, as defender Liam Doyle – making his first Indy Eleven start – and midfielder Nicky Law saw chances off a corner kick blocked inside the area. Energy FC took the lead on a counter attack straight off that sequence, set up by Villyan Bijev’s perfectly timed through ball to Jaime Chavez, who beat Indy’s backline trap before poking past an onrushing Bobby Edwards with his first touch to move the scoreboard.

Chavez nearly doubled up two minutes later with a turn and fire from 15 yards, but Edwards popped the blast over with a strong two-handed save. That last quarter hour of the opening stanza played out with Indy earning some set piece opportunities in the final third that were left wanting, sending the match to the break at 1-0 in favor of OKC.

While Indy started on the front foot in the second half, offensive opportunities still proved tough to come by for the visitors. It was Edwards who was tested thrice from distance in the opening 15 minutes of the half, the New Jersey native handling the chances without incident. In the 60th minute it was Eleven forward Gordon Wild nearly equalizing from distance himself, but the German dragged his chance just wide of the left post.

The 64th minute saw the Indy Eleven and USL Championship debut of Aidan Liu, the recently-turned 21-year-old and native of Chicago entering the match in an attempt to provide a spark at the point of the Eleven front line.

However, it was OKC Energy FC that would score the game’s pivotal second goal in the 74th minute, and it was again Bijev playing provider. After receiving Aidan Daniels’ square ball at the top of the area, Bijev popped a return ball for the substitute Energy striker over the Indy backline. Daniels hooked his touch around Edwards as the Indy netminder attempted to cut off the angle, doubling the OKC advantage and sealing the result.

In the 79th minute, Law served notice off the full volley, a rocket from the top of the area forcing OKC goalkeeper CJ Cochran into a leaping stop for his first save of the evening. The 89th minute saw another claim for penalty for Indiana’s Team when midfielder Nick Moon, who entered for the injured Buckmaster in the first half, went down under ample contact from behind inside the area, but again no whistle came to provide a lifeline for Indy’s chances. 

Wednesday’s return bout at Taft Stadium on Wednesday, which will end a three-game, eight-day road trip, is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch live on ESPN+, gather at Indy Eleven’s official Watch Parties at Union Jack Tap in Broad Ripple & Westfield, and follow online via the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

Indy Eleven will return to Carroll Stadium this Saturday, Oct. 2, with its fourth and final meeting of the campaign against another postseason hopeful, Atlanta United 2. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff on the club’s annual Hispanic Heritage Night, presented by Financial Center First Credit Union and Morales Group, can be secured by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: IUVB Downed By Purdue

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (7-7, 1-1 Big Ten) hosted its in-state rival Purdue (10-1, 2-0 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon where they fell in straight sets, 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-20).

KEY MOMENTS

• Camryn Haworth had the first kill of the match for the Hoosiers but were still down 7-1. Kari Zumach saw her first slam of the day to put life in the Indiana attack out of a timeout.

• Down 9-5, Kaley Rammelsberg had two kills to pull the Hoosiers within four before a kill by Haworth brought the score to 11-8.

• Morgan Geddes laid down a kill to give Hoosiers momentum despite being down 22-13 but the Boilermakers attack proved too strong and they took the opening set 25-17.

• Haworth pitched an ace to start the second set for Indiana. Tied at 5-5 because of a kill by Zumach, an attack error put the Hoosiers on top. Despite the early lead, Purdue bounced back and forced an Indiana timeout. Out of the break and in the hole 13-9, Savannah Kjolhede found the gap for a kill. Indiana couldn’t recover and the Boilermakers went on win the second set, 25-14.

• Already down 7-1, Breana Edwards slammed back-to-back kills. A kill by Geddes and an attack error by the Boilermakers made it a three point game. Rammelsberg and Geddes had a pair of slams to make the score 14-10.

•  Indiana scored six straight points which included three aces by Haworth and a kill from Zumach. Despite the late rally, Purdue took the third set, 24-19.

NOTABLES

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the squad in kills with seven.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame tallied a team-high 17 digs.

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth had a solid day from behind the line, recording a team-leading four aces.

QUOTABLE

“First I want to give credit to Purdue. They were great today. We will see them against at their place right after Thanksgiving and hopefully we will be better. I was disappointed in our performance. When we play flat and not well, I think that lands on my shoulders. I must get them up and ready to roll. I must get them ready for the event. We played Friday night, tried to put together a game plan on Saturday and I clearly did not do a great job. This is on me.” – Head Coach Steve Aird

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will travel to Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, September 29 to take on Ohio State. The match is set 6 p.m. on Big Ten Network.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: McDonald Lifts Indiana Over Michigan State, 1-0

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Indiana Hoosiers (5-2-1, 2-1-0 B1G) struck early in the second half to down the Michigan State Spartans (4-4-1, 0-1-1 B1G) by a score of 1-0 at DeMartin Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

KEY MOMENTS

• Junior keeper Roman Celentano collected four of his season-high six saves in the first half, with three Spartan shots coming on frame in the opening 20 minutes of play.

• Redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass had the first Indiana chance off a set piece. The ball rolled free to the Fort Wayne, Ind., native about 22 yards from goal. He let rip a left-footed shot that sailed high of frame.

• Freshman Patrick McDonald registered his first career goal to break the scoreless draw in the 48th minute. He cleaned up a loose ball inside the six-yard box and beat the Michigan State keeper high for the winner.

• Celentano faced his biggest test of the match in the 86th minute when senior midfielder Jack Beck cracked a shot from outside the box. The knuckleball forced the Naperville, Ill., native to dive to his left and make a one-handed save to preserve the shutout.

NOTABLES

• Indiana is 32-3-8 against Big Ten Conference opponents in regular season matches since the start of the 2016 campaign.

• Seven of the last eight Hoosiers wins over the Spartans have come by one goal dating back to the 2011 season.

• After the winner from McDonald, freshman have scored five goals for the Hoosiers this season. IU has received a pair of tallies each from midfielder Tommy Mihalic and forward Samuel Sarver. Hoosier freshman scored just one goal in the shortened 2020-21 season.

• Junior defender Brett Bebej returned to the starting lineup for the Hoosiers to make his 20th career start.

• The victory puts Indiana in a tie at the top of the Big Ten Conference standings with Maryland. The two sides have each earned two league wins for six total points.

• Indiana was outshot 16-4 in the match and only gave Michigan State redshirt senior keeper Hunter Morse one shot on net, the McDonald goal.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: Patrick McDonald

ASSISTS: none.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will be back at home for a conference showdown with the Michigan Wolverines. The game will kick at 5 p.m. ET at Bill Armstrong Stadium and will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: Indiana Comes from Behind to Beat Illinois, 2-1

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team scored two second half goals to erase a 1-0 deficit against Illinois and seal a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

KEY MOMENTS

• In the 64th minute, Paige Webber scored a goal from well outside the box, sailing it over the goalkeeper’s head to equalize the game at 1-1.

• Alone on the break, Melanie Forbes kicked a long, dribbling shot that snuck inside the left post to give IU the lead in the 79th minute.

• With Illinois threatening to tie, Jamie Gerstenberg held strong in goal for IU, diving on the ground to save a close Illinois shot in the bottom corner of the net in the 83rd minute.

NOTABLES

• The Hoosiers improve to 8-2-1 on the season and 2-1-0 in Big Ten play.

• Webber’s goal was her fourth of the season, totaling her for nine points on the year.

• Forbes had her first goal of the season and it got her to four points on the year.

• Indiana owned a strong advantage over Illinois in shots for the game, 12-5.

• Indiana has won six of their last seven matches.

• This is Indiana’s first win over Illinois since 2019.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will play on the road at Ohio State on Thursday Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Win Streak Extended with OT Thriller

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A 90th-minute match-tying goal by senior forward Sarah Griffith and the golden goal in overtime by senior midfielder Teagan Jones extended the Purdue soccer team’s win streak to six consecutive matches with a 2-1 victory over Iowa on Sunday afternoon at Folk Field.

The Boilermakers (8-1-2, 3-0-0 Big Ten) are undefeated at home and have won eight of their last nine matches. Purdue is off to its best start to the regular season since 2007 and is 3-0 in Big Ten play also for the first time since 2007. Through the first two weekends of conference competition, the Old Gold and Black sit alone atop the Big Ten standings with nine points, and they are one of two teams without a loss or tie.

Sunday’s win came in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion, as Griffith’s seventh goal of the year tied the match at 1-1 with 18.9 seconds left in regulation. Jones won it in the 98th minute with her first goal in 2021 and the third of her career. Griffith and Jones’ heroics came after the Hawkeyes (7-3-1, 1-2-0 Big Ten) scored the game’s first goal in the 87th minute.

“It felt good to finally get that goal at the end, we had created a couple of really great chances but didn’t finish,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “Iowa capitalized on an opportunity they had, so certainly towards the end was a bit of desperation time. Less than a minute to go and you have the ball in your own half, you know you’re going to have to pull out a little bit of magic. Fortunately we had a nice ball into the box to put them under pressure, and fortunately Sarah Griffith got that touch. Once that happened, you feel confident going into overtime. Any time you’re able to tie up a game late like that, you feel like your team is going to have the momentum and the other team’s probably going to be a little bit deflated. We just really emphasized ‘let’s put them away in that first overtime,’ and Teagan Jones made the play that we needed.

“It was a gritty team performance, it wasn’t always our best soccer on the day, to be fair, but Iowa contributed to that, I thought they came in, they played hard, they played well, and we’re just really happy that we were able to find a way.”

Iowa took a 1-0 lead at 86:25, as Alyssa Walker got a long pass from Natalie Massa at midfield. Walker dribbled several times into the box and scored the match’s first goal.

The Boilermakers found the equalizer just over three minutes later, at 89:41, thanks to Griffith. Sophomore defender Nicole Kevdzija sent a long ball into the 18-yard box from just past midfield, where it bounced once before being headed by an Iowa defender. As the ball fell to the turf near the far corner of the goal box, Griffith came charging in and quickly took a shot that went into the near corner of the goal. As the bouncing shot went past a diving Hawkeye keeper to tie the match, just 18.9 seconds were left on the Folk Field scoreboard.

In overtime, Jones became the second hero with her first career game-winning goal at 97:43. As Iowa cleared an earlier chance in the final third by Purdue, the ball was sent back in by a Boilermaker defender towards the Big Ten logo, outside the corner of the 18-yard box on the far side of the field. Junior defender Lauren Holleran made a short pass to Griffith, who quickly one-touched another short pass to sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews. The ball was then sent back to Holleran, and she lofted a long cross into the box to Jones. It bounced once to her, at the near corner of the six-yard box, and Jones connected on the ball in the air and sent a bouncing shot across the goal box into the far corner of the net.

Jones’ golden goal was assisted by Mathews and Holleran. It is Mathews’ team-high-tying third assist of the season and Holleran’s second.

“Teagan Jones, who is a great leader for us, really puts her heart and soul into every training session, every game,” Roff added. “When players like that are rewarded and get to have a big moment like that, it makes it that much more special. Obviously, at that point, any kind of ball that goes in the back of the net we’re thrilled, but I thought it was fitting that Teagan played a really good game and had some shots from that holding midfield position. She had some shots on the day, so it shows that she had a great attacking mentality, and she got into a good position and was able to put it home for us, so I’m really happy for her.”

Both teams had 17 shots, while Purdue had a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal. Iowa had an 8-4 edge in shots in the first half, while Purdue had the advantage in the second half, 9-7, and overtime, 4-2. The Boilermakers had six corners to the Hawkeyes’ two.

Jones had a match-high seven shots, and Griffith was second with six shots and a match-best three shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made two saves and the Boilermaker defense cleared another shot off the line.

Up next, the Boilermakers welcome Michigan to Folk Field on Thursday, September 30, at 7 p.m. ET. The matchup is the team’s annual Hammer Down Cancer game. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home match in 2021.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Block Party in Bloomington

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 7 Purdue Boilermakers (10-1) retain the Monon Spike for the 14th consecutive year at in-state rival Indiana (7-7) after posting 12 total blocks in B Town in their 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-20) victory. The win marked Purdue’s eighth sweep of the year.

The Boilermakers started the match with a 7-1 run and never looked back, allowing no lead changes in the first and third set. In the second, the Boilermakers commanded the set after the final tied score of 8-8.

Overall, the Purdue defense were the highlight of the match with the net presence putting the Boilers within one block of their season-high. Libero Marissa Hornung led the team with 19 digs.

Setter Hayley Bush produced her second double-double of the season with 24 assists and 11 digs in the match. The redshirt senior added four block assists to match a career-best.

Offensively, Grace Cleveland produced 11 kills (11-4-33) on her way to a .212 hitting %. Meanwhile, Caitlyn Newton ended the day with nine kills (9-2-23) and a .304 attack % after going errorless through the first two sets. Efficiency was the name of the game for Maddy Chinn, who dished out nine kills with two errors on 23 swings for .304%.

Purdue will be back in action next weekend with a pair of back-to-back matches in Holloway. First on Friday, Oct. 1, Purdue will take on Illinois before hosting Rutgers the following day. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. ET on B1G+.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Butler WSoccer Comes from Behind to Take Down Seton Hall

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Butler women’s soccer team recognized six seniors in a pre-game ceremony on Sunday and then followed up with a, 3-1, win over Seton Hall. The visiting Pirates (6-4-0, 1-1-0 BIG EAST) took an early lead off a set piece, but the Bulldogs (9-1-0, 2-0-0) countered with three unanswered goals to win their second BIG EAST contest of the season.

Key Moments

17′ | A dangerous play by Butler allows a Seton Hall free kick at the top of the penalty area. The Pirates’ Laura Hooper plays the ball to the side and Cara Milne-Redhead hits it just inside the left post, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

29′ | Arianna Jalics sends a ball forward to Katie Soderstrom on the right side. Soderstrom hits a long cross to the far post and Anastasia Savich leaps and heads the ball into the net. The score is all level, at one.

36′ | Abigail Isger sends a ball to Gabby Smith on the left side who then one-touches a cross to the front of the goal. Savich is there and puts Butler up, 2-1, with a one-touch finish.

HALFTIME

48′ | Julia Leonard takes a corner kick from Katie Soderstrom and heads it directly to the upper right corner of the goal. A Seton Hall defender attempts a header-save but is too deep into the goal, and the Bulldogs take a 3-1 lead.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Anastasia Savich (2), Julia Leonard

ASSISTS: Katie Soderstrom (2), Arianna Jalics, Gabby Smith, Abigail Isger

Bulldog Bits

In a pregame ceremony, Butler recognized its six seniors: Leah Goehring, Jaycee Helmer, Julia Dreher, Stephanie Rodriguez, Julia Leonard, and Amanda Kowalski.

Today was Anastasia Savich’s sixth career multi-goal match, as she notched her first two goals of the season.

With her two goals today, Savich now has 26 for her career and has moved into the sixth position, alone, on Butler’s career list. Katie Soderstrom is tied for eighth on the same list, with 24 total goals.

Today’s goal from Julia Leonard was the third of her career but the first since her freshman season in 2017.

Soderstrom’s two assists give her 20 points (8g, 4a) for the season, and she is the team leader.

Isger’s assist gives her 15 points (5g, 5a), and she ranks second on the team.

Arianna Jalics and Gabby Smith each produced her first assist of the season.

Freshman Emma Martin improved to 9-0-0 on the season, making two saves for the Bulldogs.

Butler outshot Seton Hall, 19-8 total, and 10-3 on goal.

The Bulldogs earned nine corner kicks compared to three for the Pirates.

The goals by Savich and J. Leonard raise the number of Bulldogs who have scored at least one goal this season to nine.

This is the second straight season that Butler has started 9-1. In the COVID-shortened spring 2020-21 season, the Bulldogs were 9-1 entering BIG EAST tournament play.

Up Next

Butler travels to Queens, N.Y., to face St. John’s on Thursday, September 30, at 7 pm. Three days later, the Bulldogs are back in Indianapolis to host Connecticut on Sunday, October 3.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: IRISH MAKE IT FIVE STRAIGHT WITH 4-1 WIN OVER BC

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 22 Notre Dame women’s soccer team won its fifth straight match after defeating Boston College 4-1 on Sunday.  The Fighting Irish (9-1-1, 3-0-0) scored three goals in the final 21 minutes of play to put the Eagles (6-4-1, 0-3-0) away inside Alumni Stadium.

During Notre Dame’s five-match win streak, they have outscored its opposition 24-2. The Irish also improve to 18-3-2 over the last three years inside Alumni.

Sammi Fisher’s star continues to shine even brighter this fall, notching her second brace of the season with goals No. 9 and 10. Maddie Mercado recorded goal No. 4 on the year, while freshman Kaylie Ronan secured her first career goal in an Irish uniform.

How It Happened

Notre Dame’s lone first-half goal came in the fifth minute. Kati Druzina crossed the ball into the box to Olivia Wingate who brought it down and tried spinning toward the goal. An Eagles defender then took her down, resulting in a penalty kick in which Sammi Fisher sent home.

The Irish had plenty of good looks around the net in the first half but just couldn’t expand upon their lead. Those moments include a cross attempt from Bri Martinez to Wingate around the six-yard box, an open-look from Fisher just within the 18, a Kiki Van Zanten breakaway chance and an Eva Gaetino header off a corner attempt.

Goal No. 2 for Notre Dame came in the 65th-minute when a Van Zanten pass attempt in the box deflected off a Boston College defender’s hand. Maddie Mercado stepped up and buried the goal for her fourth on the season.

Just five minutes later the Irish would go up by three thanks to Ronan. With the Irish on the counter-attack, Erin Hohnstein placed a perfect through ball down the right side to Ronan. The freshman then dribbled in and buried it far post for her first career goal. It marked Hohnstein’s second assist of the year.

The Eagles did get on the board in the 75th-minute when the referee called a handball on a Notre Dame defender, as the Irish conceded their first goal since Sept 12.

Lastly, just when Irish fans thought the game was over, goal No. 4 happened in the final two seconds. An assist from none other than goalkeeper Ashley Naylor, whose punt sailed over the entire BC defense and found Sammi Fisher. She did what she does best, which was find the back of the net.

With the victory, Notre Dame moved to 14-1-1 all-time against Boston College with a 9-0-0 mark at home.

Up Next

The Irish hit the road for a Friday night under the lights showdown at NC State. That matchup will kick off at 7 p.m. ET on ACCNX.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH DROP DECISION TO MIAMI

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Charley Niego earned her seventh consecutive double-double with a team-high 14 kills and 16 digs, but Notre Dame fell to Miami in straight sets (21-25, 15-25, 22-25) on Sunday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion.

“Bottom line. We aren’t playing the game well. It’s on me to fix it. We will not roll over,” said Irish head coach Mike Johnson.

Hattie Monson added 10 digs for the Irish defensively while Lauren Wenzel and Lindsey Miller each added three blocks. Miller also led the Irish with a pair of service aces.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

The Hurricanes used a 5-0 run to grab an early 6-3 lead before a pair of kills each by Niego and Caroline Meuth helped the Irish go back on top, 12-10. After the teams worked to a 14-14 tie, two more kills by Niego sparked a 4-1 Notre Dame run to put the hosts up 18-15 and forced a Miami timeout.

Miami came out of the timeout and earned 10 of the next 13 points to take the first set, 25-21.

Second Set

An ace by Miller gave the Irish a 5-4 lead, but the Hurricanes earned the next five points to go up 9-5. A kill by Phyona Schrader got Notre Dame back within one at 11-10 before Miami answered with a 6-1 run to go up 17-11. The Hurricanes stayed in control from there en route to a 25-15 decision in the second stanza.

Third Set

Miami earned a 6-2 lead to start the third and force an early Irish timeout. The Irish got within one on three occasions, including 13-12, before the Hurricanes went on a 4-1 stretch to regain a four-point advantage at 17-13.

Notre Dame used a 4-1 run of their own, which included a block by Meuth and ace by Monson, to finally tie the frame at 20-all. However, Miami earned five of the next seven points to take the third set, 25-22.

UP NEXT

The Irish continue ACC play on the road next weekend against Georgia Tech and Clemson.

Notre Dame first takes on the Yellow Jackets next Friday (Oct. 1) at 7 p.m. ET in Atlanta before meeting the Tigers on Sunday (Oct. 3) at 1 p.m. ET

Both matches will be streamed via ACC Network Extra.

IUPUI SWIMMING: MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAMS SWEEP BUTLER DUALS

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FISHERS, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the season on Sunday (Sept. 26) by sweeping their opposition at the Butler Duals at Fishers High School. The men went 3-0 in duals with wins over Xavier (140-96), Valparaiso (196-40) and Saint Louis (176-64) while the women were a perfect 4-0 with wins over SLU (137-102), Valpo (177-44), Butler (160-70) and Xavier (118-110).

All total, the men’s squad collected three event victories while the women’s team earned four event wins.

“Today was a lot of fun. It was great to be able to compete again. We had great energy the entire meet,” head coach Damion Dennis said. “We had huge performances from Emma Theobald, Spencer Jyawook, Kevin Burke and Emmaleigh Zietlow all winning numerous events.

“I’m really excited for our newcomers and getting their first meet as a Jaguar. Lillian Brandt, Caylee Hamilton and Ali Sippel all stepped up for our women’s program. Nic Gallego and Logan Kelly raced to wins for the men’s team as well.”

Dennis was equally impressed with his group of returners on both the men’s and women’s teams.

“I appreciate our leadership throughout the meet. Having strong leaders will continue to be the backbone of our program,” Dennis said. “Nick Dibley, Kevin Burke, Lauren Thompson, Avery Brooks, Emma Theobald and Sadie Smith were outstanding for us today.”

Smith helped lead the group of divers that also opened their season on Sunday.

“The divers performed well today,” diving coach Eric Barnes said. “The first meet of the season produced solid performances and a great base to build off of as we progress forward.”

IUPUI WOMEN’S GOLF: JAGUARS ON TOP AFTER ROUND ONE OF BRIAR RIDGE INVITATIONAL

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SCHERERVILLE, Ind. – The IUPUI women’s golf team carded an opening round 304 and is atop the seven-team leaderboard at this week’s Briar Ridge Invitational, hosted by Horizon League foe UIC. Green Bay was second at the completion of round one at 307 and Morehead State was third at 317.

Second round play began on Sunday (Sept. 26), but the round was unable to be completed due to darkness. Play will resume on Monday morning.

IUPUI was spearheaded by the 1-2 punch of Amelie Svejda and Kara Blair at the top of the lineup as both finished round one strong to push the Jags to the lead. Svejda was 3-over through eight holes before making birdie on No. 9. She continued to make back-to-back bogeys to push her score to 4-over, but finished strong, making birdie on four of her final five holes to end her opening round at even par 72 and top the field.

Blair, the daughter of UIC head coach Mat Blair, ended her first round tied for second overall with a round of 74. She made birdie on her first hole of the day and carded 37 on both the front and back nine. A birdie on No. 16 got her back to 2-over and she finished with back-to-back pars.

Sophomore Madeleine Pape notched an opening round 78 and freshman Nerea Lancho shot 80. Sophomore Shelby Busker made two birdies during the morning round, but closed with a score of 82. Sophomore Annaliese Fox topped IUPUI’s three individual entries with an opening round 79.

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: JAGUARS FALL IN STRAIGHT SETS TO MILWAUKEE ON SUNDAY

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INDIANAPOLIS – Again missing starters Alli Cook, Maddie Haines and Allie Pogue, the IUPUI Jaguars fell to the Milwaukee Panthers 3-0 in a Sunday matinee (Sept. 27) at the Jungle. As a result, IUPUI (2-12, 0-3 HL) remains winless in conference play on the season. On the other hand, Milwaukee (8-6, 2-0 HL) prevailed for the second game in a row thanks to a high-powered offense that hit .326 and a defense that limited IUPUI to .126 on the attack.

“I know this was the third match in a row for [the Jaguars], and you can tell they’re starting to get a little tired,” said IUPUI head coach Lindsey Froehlich. “But they didn’t stop competing.”

Set one began as a competitive affair, but freshmen Bri Geurts and Madi Malone combined for five early kills to stake the Panthers to their first meaningful lead. A rocket from Atlantis Clendenin and an ace from Brooke Phillips helped the Jaguars to within a point, only for Milwaukee to close on an 8-2 run, taking the first frame 25-18.

The Panthers ripped off seven straight points to open set two, forcing Froehlich to burn both timeouts early. Milwaukee dominated the Jaguars on both sides of the ball, constructing a double-digit lead that was too much to overcome. Junior Ari Miller racked up 10 kills through two sets, and a swing by fifth-year Carmen Heilemann wrapped up a dominant 25-12 set win for the Panthers.

Froehlich gave due credit to the visitors.

“They did not make a lot of errors. [Milwaukee] is a very good team with a very powerful offense.”

The third set commenced with Milwaukee holding all the momentum, and they went for the jugular vein with two straight aces and a 4-1 run. The Jaguars fought to stay alive despite three service errors on their part, but a surging Panther offense widened the gap to nine. Phillips and Emily Alan did not go quietly, notching three straight kills late in the frame, but it was too little too late as Geurts fired an ace to win the final set 25-17. Miller finished with a game-high 14 kills, while Geurts added 11 and Heilemann eight.

Despite the end result, both Froehlich and Millai Madison are proud of the energy that IUPUI showed late in the game as they continue to build chemistry without the services of Cook, Haines and Pogue.

“We support each other regardless of the score,” said Madison, the sophomore middle who had seven kills on the day. “IUPUI volleyball is going to fight. If we’re down, if we’re up, we’re just always going to have that fight and that grit and our teammates behind us.”

Alan scored a team-high eight kills with a .211 hitting percentage. Addie Evans and Briana Brown each contributed eight digs defensively and three Jags had a team-high 2.0 blocks.

IUPUI’s next game is on the road, on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Cleveland State.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Martins Named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week

After a game-clinching play in Saturday’s 24-21 road victory over Drake, Valparaiso University football senior defensive lineman Austin Martins (Newman, Calif. / Orestimba [Modesto JC]) was named the Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week on Sunday.

Martins blocked Drake’s potential game-tying 42-yard field goal try with three seconds remaining, helping the Beacons secure the road victory in the Pioneer Football League opener. The 5-foot-9 defensive lineman also finished the game with four tackles including three solos. The blocked kick came after Valpo’s 9-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to take the lead with 1:05 remaining.

This marks the second straight week that Martin has earned an award after he was named the College Sports Madness PFL Defensive Player of the Week following a pair of fumble recoveries in Week 3 vs. Dartmouth. This represents Valpo’s second weekly honor this season after the team won seven weekly awards from either the league office or College Sports Madness during the six-week Spring 2021 season.

The Beacons will host Marist on Saturday, Oct. 2 with a noon kickoff slated for the University’s annual homecoming football game.

Purdue Fort Wayne WSOC Falls to Oakland 1-0

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team held a 16-10 advantage in shots on Sunday (Sept. 26) afternoon at the Hefner Soccer Complex, but Oakland defeated the Mastodons 1-0.

Oakland scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute. The Golden Grizzlies earned a penalty kick and Macey Wierenga successfully completed the try for a 1-0 Oakland lead.

The ‘Dons held an 8-1 edge in corner kicks in the contest.

Purdue Fort Wayne held an 8-7 advantage in shots in the first half and an 8-3 edge in the second half. Morgan Reitano recorded a team-high four shots for Purdue Fort Wayne.

A Zoe Greenhalge shot in the 75th minute was saved thanks to a one-handed effort by Oakland keeper Noemi Stadelmann. A shot by Reitano soon after from just a few feet out was just wide. Over the final 30 minutes of the game the Mastodons out-shot Oakland 7-0.

Stadelmann had four saves in the contest. Mastodon goalkeeper Samantha Castaneda added three saves.

Oakland stays undefeated in Horizon League play at 4-7-1 (3-0-1). The ‘Dons fall to 3-4-4 (2-2-0).

Purdue Fort Wayne is next in action Saturday (Oct. 2) at Milwaukee in an 8 p.m. ET start. The Panthers are undefeated in Horizon League play.

Olafsdottir Leads Mastodons on Opening Day of Golden Grizzlies Invitational

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Anna Olafsdottir of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team led the Mastodons on the first day of the Golden Grizzlies Invitational with 15 pars on Sunday (Sept. 26) at the Katke-Cousins Golf Course.

The sophomore from Iceland finished day one with a 77 to place 20th with 18 to play. Laura Caetano was second on the team with a 79 that was highlighted by an even back nine. She had an eagle on the 324-yard par-4 13th hole, one of just two eagles in the field. It came after a nice drive with a tight tee shot, leaving a 60-yard pitch to the pin. She ended her day with three pars and a birdie on 17.

Emma Schroeder had an even back nine as well, finishing her day with an 83. She is in a tie for 36th after eight straight holes of par or better on the back nine. She birdied 13. Taylor Norman shot an 84 with nine pars to round out the team score. Casey Bunner also competed for the team score, turning in an 85. She had eight pars.

Kennedy Brooker (81, T32nd), Arny Dagsdottir (85, T43rd), Luiza Caetano (85, T43rd) and Sarah Brenneman (90, 49th) competed as individuals.

The Mastodons’ team score of 323 put them in seventh place. Central Michigan is leading the pack with a 297 in its first day. Padgett Chitty of CMU and Ariel Chang of Detroit Mercy both registered even 72’s to lead the individual race.

The final round of the Golden Grizzlies Invitational begins on Monday, September 27 with a shotgun start.

Five-Set Comeback Falls Just Short For Mastodon WVB

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team saw its best offensive performance of the season on Sunday (Sept. 26), but it was not enough to top Horizon League foe UIC, as the Mastodons fell 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 18-25, 15-12) in the Gates Sports Center.

The Mastodons hit .302 against the Flames, with 53 of the team’s 64 kills coming from Katie Crowe, Madelyn Wurster and Maggie Castleman. Wurster had her best match of the season after returning from an injury, finishing with 17 kills and a career-high eight blocks. Crowe had 22 kills with a .347 hitting clip to lead the Mastodon attack.

Purdue Fort Wayne opened the match with a 7-1 stretch. Wurster and Molly Mirabelli combined for a block to start the match, then Crowe, Wurster and Mirabelli got kills. Later in the set, Castleman got a kill before Mirabelli aced the Flames. After weathering a 6-0 run from UIC, the Mastodons had a 10-2 run that Crowe capped off with two straight aces. Castleman slammed down a kill to end the set.

After a 21-21 tie in the second set, UIC rattled off four of the last five points of the set. Crowe was excellent in the frame, recording nine kills on 17 swings. In the third set, Wurster had four straight kills to go up 14-10, but UIC had a 5-1 run to get back in it, then closed the frame on a 6-1 run.

In set four, the ‘Dons had a 6-1 run behind Mirabelli’s service, which included an ace. UIC tied it up at 17, but Crowe went to the service line after a kill to spur on an 8-1 run. Wurster and Ramei Jackson combined for back-to-back blocks to send the match to a decisive fifth. The ‘Dons hit a scorching .444 in the fourth.

The last set of the night was decided after UIC rattled off a 5-0 run to start. The ‘Dons cut the lead to just one when Jackson blocked a Flames’ attack, but UIC then scored four in a row. The ‘Dons whittled down the four-point lead, but the Flames traded points with the ‘Dons down the stretch to come out on top.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 2-14, 0-3 Horizon League, while UIC improves to 6-8, 2-0. The Mastodons have another quick turnaround to their next match, which will be at Oakland on Tuesday, September 28 at 6 p.m. 

IU EAST WOMEN’S GOLF: IU EAST AT PIKEVILLE INVITE – DAY 2 RECAP

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Annie Gillock and Jo Wisecup made the all-tournament team as the Indiana University East women’s golf team rallied for a runner-up finish at the University of Pikeville Invitational, which concluded Sept. 26.

The Red Wolves shot a final-round 316 to move up two spots on the team leaderboard in the final round at StoneCrest Golf Course. IU East finished with a 36-hole score of 638. No. 23 Marian University posted a 618 to claim the team title.

“Really proud of the fight on a long day,” said IU East coach Billy Mullin, whose squad had to wait out a lengthy morning fog delay before starting the final round. “A score of 316 is a very competitive round. Jo played great today to shoot 74. Really proud of Annie and Olivia for how they played this weekend.”

Gillock and Wisecup both finished with 36-hole scores of 155 to tie for fifth place. Pikeville’s Boo Newsome claimed the individual title with a 150 on the par-72, 5,821-yard layout.

“This team made a big comeback this weekend,” Wisecup said.  “This team never gave up, and that’s what it takes to go from fourth to second. For me personally, I had a better day today. I started to get my putts to fall a lot more. Overall, this was a great way to head into Belterra (site of IU East’s next event, the River States Conference Fall Preview).”

IU East’s Olivia Sanders shot a final-day 77 and was eighth with a 36-hole total of 157.

“Today was a really good day for all of us,” Sanders said. “To be able to go from fourth place to second place in the span of 18 holes and also a long fog delay shows perseverence.

“On a personal note, I played well and kept the ball in play all weekend, which helped me go low. I’m glad I got to experience such a beautiful course with my supportive teammates and other competitive teams. I am happy for all of us and can’t wait for future tournaments.”

Paola Delgado (171) was 19th and Brooklynn Cromwell (173) was 21st for IU East.

Playing as an individual, IU East’s Katie Craig shot a fall-best round of 87, an improvement of nine strokes from Round 1 to Round 2. She finished with a fall-best 36-hole score of 183.

IU East’s next event is the River States Conference Fall Preview scheduled for Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 at Belterra Resort in Florence, Ind.

RHIT Women’s Tennis – RHIT 8, Manchester 1

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology swept the singles matches as part of an 8-1 women’s tennis victory at Manchester University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Sunday afternoon.

The singles sweep included straight-set victories for Taylor Goldman at No. 1; Ella Dorfmueller at No. 2; Ruby Kauffman at No. 3; Krista Manche at No. 4; and Julia McGuire at No. 5.  Gwyneth Kibbey was declared winner at No. 6 singles.

In doubles play, Goldman and Kauffman won at No. 1 doubles.  McGuire and Kibbey were declared winners at No. 3 doubles.

Rose-Hulman improved to 1-1 in HCAC play and 1-3 overall with the victory.  The Fightin’ Engineers return home to face Anderson University on Thursday at 6 pm.

RHIT Women’s Soccer Honors Erin Canning in Narrow 1-0 Loss to WashU

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — More than 500 students, faculty, staff and fans of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer showed their support to the team after an emotional week, then cheered on the Fightin’ Engineers in a narrow 1-0 to No. 3 ranked Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday at the Rose-Hulman Soccer Field.

The team honored freshman Erin Canning, who passed away last weekend in an off-campus accident, with a pair of photos and a moment of remembrance prior to the game.  The team posed both with the students attending the game to offer their support of the program and also posed in front of the scoreboard which displayed Erin’s jersey number and name.

Following the moment of remembrance, two previously unbeaten and once team programs put on an outstanding NCAA Division III women’s soccer match.  WashU scored off a corner kick in the 3rd minute, when Kate Flynn found the back of the net on a pass from Erin Flynn.  The two teams then battled in a tight defensive contest that finished with WashU claiming the narrow 1-0 victory.

WashU outshot Rose-Hulman 18-3 on the day, with Natalie Dillon recording five saves to keep the match close.  Defender Veronica Gawarecki added the defensive play of the day, racing back to the box to deflect a potential scoring kick away from the net and keep the score at 1-0.

Offensively, Lane Lawrence, Sarah Shoemaker and Jayden Gibson each recorded one shot for the Engineer offense.

WashU improved to 7-0-1 on the season and should maintain their national top five ranking this week.  Rose-Hulman stands 4-1-1 on the season and opens Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday.

BETHEL WOMEN’S GOLF: Women’s Golf Finishes Fifth at St. Kate’s Fall Invite

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STILLWATER, Minn. – In its final tune up before the MIAC Championships, the No. 23-ranked Bethel University women’s golf team notched a fifth-place finish at the St. Kate’s Fall Invite shooing a 656 (337-319) for the weekend.

Up next for the Royals will be the MIAC Championships at Bunker Hills Golf Course. The 54-hole event is set for Oct. 2 through Oct. 4.

Anna Tollefson led Bethel’s top-five squad with her third top-10 finish of the season placing in a tie for 8th carding a 156. Tollefson battled tough conditions shooting a 79 in the opening round before bouncing back on day two. She was even until a triple-bogey on nine, but rebounded with a par on 10 and a birdie on 11. She wrapped up the back nine with a two-over shooting a 77 (+5) in the final round.

Elena Zaborniak finished just outside the top 15 placing in a tie for 16 with a 160. Bouncing back from a bogey filled 82 in the first round, she took off four strokes with a 78 through the final 18 holes. A strong front nine saw her at one-over at the turn before going five-over on the back nine. Zaborniak’s only birdies of the day came on the par-four 338-yard 13 hole.

Ana Schwarz had the Royals best improvement from round one jumping up 20 spots to finish in a tie for 29th with a 167. Struggles on day one where she went without a birdie saw her card a 89 (+17). While Sunday’s round got off to a tough start with a triple bogey, Schwarz dialed in with four pars and a birdie over the next eight holes. Birdies on 11 and 13 helped her shoot one-over on the back nine giving her a 78 (+6) for the day.

Finishing in a tie for 43rd was Justine Malenke with a 174. Her highlight of the weekend came on the par-five 502-yard 14th hole. Malenke was able to sink it for eagle, becoming one of two players to card an eagle in the tournament.

Brynn Sundquist placed in a tie for 48th carding a 176 shooting 88 on both days.

DEPAUW VOLLEYBALL: Tigers Pick Up NCAC Win over Gators

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Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw moved to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference following a 3-1 (25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19) win over visiting Allegheny. The Gators dropped to 10-4 overall and 0-2 in the NCAC.

In the opening set, the Tigers held a 9-7 lead before going on a 7-2 run and the Gators got no closer than five the rest of the set. DePauw trailed, 8-4, in the second set but scored 16 of the next 18 points including the final six of the stretch to take control. The Tigers were on the verge of closing out the match in the third set, but couldn’t hold a 23-19 advantage as Allegheny outscored the Tigers, 7-1, and trimmed DePauw’s match lead to 2-1. The Tigers scored the first five points of the final set and never trailed on the way to the win.

The Tigers outhit Allegheny, .158-.018, and held a 50-34 edge in kills on the way to the victory. Jessica Levy led DePauw with 13 kills and Olivia Karwin added 12 while hitting .323. Cheyenne Wilson paced Allegheny with seven kills.

Grace Filbrun assisted on 22 of the kills and Karwin added 19 with Olivia D’Andrea leading the Gators with 20. DePauw also held a 13-6 edge in aces with Emma White totaling five for DePauw. Jenna Purichia recorded a match-high 28 digs for the Tigers with Katie Gansle leading with six blocks and the Tigers held an 11.0-6.0 advantage as a team.

DePauw travels to Denison on Wednesday, September 29, for a 7 p.m. match.

HANOVER VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball competes as part of Transylvania Invite

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Hanover volleyball team competed as part of the Transylvania Invitational on Saturday defeating Marietta 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-11) before falling to nationally ranked Muskingum 0-3 (24-26, 18-25, 11-25).

MATCH 1 – MARIETTA

Hanover dominated set one tallying 14 kills while posting a .345 hitting percentage. Pacing the Panthers in the match was senior Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) with a kill that sealed the 25-13 win.

Set two would see the Blue and Red register a game-high 15 kills on 36 total attempts. Hanover surged ahead early behind the service of senior Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) who helped push HC to the set two 25-13 victory.

The Panthers used a series of runs in the final set, behind the attack of senior Maura Dankoski (Fishers, Ind.) and junior Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) to claim the straight set win, 25-11.

MATCH 2 – MUSKINGUM

The final match of the evening saw the Blue and Red take on nationally ranked Muskingum falling in straight sets. The Panthers posted a strong showing tallying a set one high 20 kills on 65 attempts paced by junior Emma Harmon (Carmel, Ind.).

The next two sets would see HC combine for 20 kills led by Edwards with a match total 11 kills. Ketcham added 23 assists.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1877       With their 19th victory in the last 20 games, the Red Caps, aka the Red Stockings, clinch the National League pennant, beating the Hartford Dark Blues, 13-2. James ‘Deacon’ White, the league’s leading hitter, paces Boston’s attack with a 4-for-4 performance.

1898       Reds first baseman Jake Beckley handles a record 22 chances, making 21 put outs and one assist, without committing any errors. The Cincinnati infielder’s defensive acumen contributes to the home team’s 9-2 victory over the Cleveland Spiders League Park.

1904       Cleveland Naps’ (Indians) hurler Bob Rhoads holds Boston hitless until Chick Stahl singles with two outs in the ninth. In four years, the right-hander will become the first pitcher ever to no-hit the Red Sox.

1905       Boston Pilgrim (Red Sox) hurler Bill Dinneen pitches the season’s fourth no-hitter, beating the White Sox, 2-0. The right-hander, who will become an American League ump 17 days after he retires in 1909, is the only person in major league history ever to pitch a no-hitter and call one as plate umpire.

1914       Nap Lajoie joins Cap Anson and Honus Wagner as the only major leaguers to record 3,000 career hits when he doubles off Marty McHale in the Indians’ 5-3 victory over New York at League Park. The Cleveland infielder will end his 21-year Hall of Fame career in 1916 with a total of 3243 hits.

1919       In a complete game effort at Shibe Park, Yankee right-hander Bob Shawkey establishes a franchise record when he strikes out 15 batters in a 9-2 victory over Philadelphia. In 1978, Ron Guidry will fan 18 batters, breaking the 59 year-old record, also shared by Whitey Ford, who had tied the mark in 1959 in a 14-inning game against Washington.

1920       An article appearing in the Philadelphia North American quotes local gambler Bill Maharg saying he and former major league pitcher Billy Burns offered eight White Sox players $100,000 to throw the 1919 World Series. The team will become infamously known as the Black Sox.

1920       At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, 33 year-old Joe Jackson’s sixth inning double off Tiger hurler Hooks Dauss breaks a scoreless tie, putting the White Sox ahead, 2-0. ‘Shoeless’ Joe’s game-winning hit will be his last of his 13-year career when the players on the grand jury list are indefinitely suspended for the rest of the season as the probe of the 1919 World Series fix is investigated.

1928       Lefty Grove is the first pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches for the second time in his career. The A’s southpaw also accomplished the feat last month, becoming the only hurler to do it twice in one season.

1928       At the Polo Grounds, the Giants unveil bronze tablets in memory of two former players, Christy Mathewson and Ross Youngs. The future Hall of Famers were much-beloved and respected by their manager John McGraw, a tyrant in the dugout who was known to berate his ballplayers.

1930       In a 13-8 victory over the Reds at Wrigley Field, Hack Wilson hits two home runs, establishing a new National League mark for homers. The Cub outfielder’s total of 56 for the season will stand until Mark McGwire breaks the record in 1998.

1931       Nick Altrock becomes the first player to appear in major league games in five different decades. The 54 year-old former left-hander accomplishes the feat as a pinch-hitter when he walks and then is promptly picked off first base in the Senators’ 4-2 loss to Boston at Griffith Stadium.

1935       The Cubs clinch their 14th National League pennant when the team beats the second-place Cardinals in the first game of a doubleheader sweep at Sportsman’s Park, 6-2. The victory marks Chicago’s 20th consecutive win, a streak extended to the National League record of 21 with a 5-3 triumph in the nightcap.

1936       Replacing Johnny Mize, tossed by an ump for arguing, Cardinal rookie first baseman Walter Alston makes an error in handling two chances and strikes out in his only major league at-bat. ‘Smokey’ will, however, win seven pennants and four World Series in his 23-year Hall of Fame career as Dodger manager from 1954 to 1976.

1938       In Detroit’s 10-2 rout of St. Louis in the nightcap of a twin bill, Hank Greenberg hits two home runs, both off Bill Cox, to extend his major league-leading total to 58. The pair of round-trippers gives the Tiger first baseman a total of 39 at Briggs Stadium, establishing a major league record for the most round-trippers hit at home in one season.

1938       An ailing Lou Gehrig hits his 493rd and final major league home run off Senators’ right-hander Dutch Leonard. On the same date 15 years earlier, the Yankee first baseman had gone deep off Bill Piercy at Fenway Park for his first career home run.

1940       On the last day of the season at Cleveland Stadium, the game against the Tigers is delayed because some Indian fans begin to shower the field with fruit and vegetables. The visitors’ bullpen proves not to be a safe haven when a basket of green tomatoes is dropped on Birdie Tebbetts’ head by an unruly fan.

1940       The Tigers clinch the American League pennant, beating the Indians, 2-0. Rookie right-hander Floyd Gieball gets his second and final big league win to seal the deal.

1942       On the last day of the regular season, the Cardinals clinch the National League pennant as sore-armed hurler Ernie White throws a five-hit complete-game, beating the Cubs in the first game of a twin bill, 9-2. The Redbirds also win the nightcap to finish the season with 11 victories in their final 12 games.

1946       In Detroit’s Briggs Stadium, Indian fireballer Bob Feller ties Rube Waddell’s major league mark with his 343rd K of the season. Future research, however, will show the future Hall of Famer had really struck out 349 in 1904.

1951       Bill Sharman, recently called up from Fort Worth, is one of 15 Dodgers who are ejected by umpire Frank Dascoli for bench jockeying after a close call at home plate. The future basketball Hall of Famer will never play in the big leagues, and thus he will become the only player to be ejected from a major league game without ever appearing in one.

1952       After striking out in the first inning, Boston third baseman Eddie Matthews becomes the first National League rookie to hit three home runs in a game. The 20-year-old freshman’s round-trippers in the third, sixth, and eighth innings contribute to the Braves’ 11-3 victory over the Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

1952       In the Braves’ 11-3 rout in Brooklyn, Eddie Mathews becomes the first rookie to hit three home runs in a game. The 20-year-old first baseman’s offensive output helps the team break a ten-game losing streak in a game that will become the last victory for the National League franchise representing the city of Boston.

1953       In a fitting finale that draws only 3,174 fans at Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis plays their last game as the Browns, losing their 100th game of the season, an 11-inning, 2-1 loss to Chicago. Next season the team will move to Baltimore and will become the Orioles.

1954       The first episode of NBC’s Tonight Show, featuring Steve Allen as the host along with announcer Gene Rayburn and bandleader Skitch Henderson, airs nationally for the first time. Giants center fielder Willie Mays, the NL’s leader in batting and eventual MVP of the circuit, appears as one of the first guests on the 90-minute innovative broadcast that will become a staple of late-night television.

1959       Phillies second baseman Sparky Anderson goes 0-for-3 and is caught stealing in a 5-2 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium. The season finale marks the end of the 25 year-old infielder’s playing career, but the future Hall of Fame manager’s participation in 152 contests will establish a record for the most games ever played by someone who spent only one year in the major leagues.

1960       Ryne Duren makes his first start in two years memorable when he strikes out the first five batters he faces in the Yankees’ 5-1 victory over Washington. The feat ties a modern major league record shared by Lefty Gomez (Yankees), Dazzy Vance (Dodgers), and Walter Johnson (Senators).

1961       In front of only 1,717 fans at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, Bob Sprout appears in his only major league game. The Angels starter, who once struck out 22 batters in a seven-inning no-hitter in the minor leagues, starts against the Senators, allowing four hits and two runs in four innings, and has no role in the decision of his team’s 8-6 victory over Washington.

1961       Sandy Koufax breaks the National League mark for strikeouts in a season, surpassing Christy Mathewson’s mark of 267 established in 1903. Unlike the turmoil caused by commissioner Ford Frick’s edict of having to hit 61 homers by the 154th game in the extended 162-game schedule to break Babe Ruth’s single season home run record, little is made that the Dodgers southpaw’s 268th punch-out occurs in the 151st game of the season, compared to the 142-game sked played early in the century.

1963       At Colt Stadium, Colt .45s skipper Harry Craft starts an all rookie team which includes future stars such as Joe Morgan, Rusty Staub, Jimmy Wynn, and Jerry Grote. The freshman team, whose average age is 19-years and 4 months old, loses to the Mets, 10-3, with 17 year-old starting pitcher Jay Dahl making his only major league appearance.

1964       The Philadelphia Inquirer stops its recent practice of printing the Phillies magic number, citing the countdown digit has lost its significance in the National League race. The fading Phils, which had a 6.5 game lead just six days ago, now clings to a half-game margin, and the team will need to beat the contenders they will face in five of the six remaining games to clinch the once ‘certain’ pennant.

1964       The Houston Colt .45’s play their final game in Colt Stadium, the team’s home ballpark since joining the National League in 1962. The future Astros beat the Dodgers in the 12th inning, 1-0, when Jimmy Wynn’s single plates Bob Aspromonte.

1967       Jim Bunning ties a National League record, suffering his fifth 1-0 defeat of the season. The hard-luck Phillies right-hander loses to the Astros when, after two quick outs in the 11th, Rusty Staub doubles and scores on Chuck Harrison’s single.

1967       Ferguson Jenkins posts the first of his six 20-game win seasons when the Cubs beat the Reds at Crosley Field, 4-1. The Canadian right-hander will lead the American League with 25 victories after Chicago deals the future Hall of Famer to the Rangers in 1974.

1973       Nolan Ryan surpasses Sandy Koufax’s major league mark for strikeouts in a season when he throws three fastballs past Rich Reese, the last batter of the game, for his 383rd of the year. The Angels’ right-hander, who finishes the year with 21 wins, whiffs 16 batters in 11 innings en route to a complete-game 5-4 victory over Minnesota at Anaheim Stadium.

1983       Mookie Wilson becomes the Mets’ all-time career stolen-base leader when he swipes second base in the fifth inning of a 4-3 win against Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium. The New York center fielder will add to his franchise-breaking total of 140 in the same frame when he takes third base on the front end of double steal with Darryl Strawberry.

1989       After he grounds out to second base to end the Mets’ disappointing season, Gregg Jeffries charges the mound and wrestles Phillies’ reliever Roger McDowell to the ground. The fight, which sparks a season-ending bench-clearing brawl, is apparently ignited by the Phillies’ reliever when he says something to his former New York teammate, who is running to first, but the rookie infielder will claim his anger was caused by a brushback pitch thrown a few days earlier by the Philadelphia pitcher.

1989       It is a good day for fans in the Bay area as both the Giants and A’s clinch their divisions. Oakland wins the American League West with a 5-0 victory over the Rangers, with San Francisco backing into the National League West title when the second-place Padres lose in extra innings to the Reds, 2-1.

1992       Randy Johnson ties Ron Guidry’s American League mark for strikeouts in a game for left-handers. The Mariners southpaw fans 18 batters in eight innings of work in the team’s 3-2 loss to Texas at Arlington Stadium.

1992       Gary Carter, in his last major league at-bat, doubles deep to right field in the seventh inning, driving in Larry Walker with the lone run in the Expos’ 1-0 victory over the Cubs. The Montreal fans show their appreciation for one of the most beloved and talented players in franchise history with a long and loud standing ovation, causing the Kid to make two curtain calls to acknowledged the enthusiastic crowd when he removed from the game.

1992       The Twins win their 523rd game with Tom Kelly as their manager when the team beats the Royals at the Metrodome, 4-0. The victory makes the Minnesota native the winningest skipper in team history, surpassing the standard set by Sam Mele from 1961 to 1967.

1993       Cubs’ reliever Randy Myers tosses a perfect ninth inning to become the first National League pitcher to record 50 saves in a season when the team beats the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, 7-3. The 30 year-old southpaw closer, best known for being one of the Reds’ Nasty Boys, will finish the season with a major-league leading 53 saves.

1993       Bo Jackson’s three-run home run is the difference in Chicago’s 4-2 win over Seattle. The victory enables the White Sox to clinch their first American League West title in ten years.

1993       Mike Piazza, who broke the major league rookie record for home runs by a catcher earlier in the month, sets another mark for round-trippers when he hits his 34th, surpassing the previous L.A. Dodger mark shared by Steve Garvey (1977) and Pedro Guerrero (1985). Duke Snider established the franchise record with 43 homers playing with Brooklyn in 1956.

1993       With a 2-0 victory over the Brewers in Milwaukee’s County Stadium, the Blue Jays clinch their third consecutive American League East title. Toronto will go on to beat the Phillies in six games, capturing their second straight World Series.

1996       Mark Wohlers sets a Braves record with his 39th save of the season. The right-handed reliever is less than perfect, throwing two wild pitches to give up a ninth-inning run, but hangs on to preserve Atlanta’s 6-4 victory over the Expos at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

1996       Roberto Alomar spits in the face of the umpire John Hirschbeck and will be suspended for five games. The Oriole second baseman appeals the decision and is allowed to play the next day, helping Baltimore to clinch the wild card.

1996       In a 12-3 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, Giants left fielder Barry Bonds swipes his 40th base to become only the second player in major league history to have 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season. Jose Canseco became the charter member of the 40-40 club in 1988 playing for the A’s.

1998       In the season finale, Mark McGwire ends the historic season hitting his 69th and 70th home runs in the Cardinals’ 6-3 win over the Expos. Big Mac’s #70, which he hits his last at-bat off Expos’ rookie Carl Pavano of Southington, Connecticut, also establishes a National League record for round-trippers hit at home with his 38th Busch Stadium blast.

1998       In the Blue Jays’ 2-1 victory over the Tigers, Detroit pinch-hitter Bobby Higginson homers with two outs off of Blue Jay Roy Halladay to spoil the rookie’s bid for a no-hitter. The Denver, Colorado native comes within one out of allowing no hits in only his second major league start.

1998       The 1998 Yankees win their seventh straight game to end the season with a .704 winning percentage. The Bronx Bombers (114-48) become the first team since the 1954 Indians (111-43) to play over .700 ball for the entire season.

1998       In the Reds’ 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh, two sets of brothers appear in the same lineup for the first time in major league history. Stephen Larkin plays first, Bret Boone is at second, Barry Larkin is at short, and Aaron Boone plays third, making up the all-brother infield.

1998       Padres’ reliever Trevor Hoffman ties the National League saves record as he gets three straight outs in a 3-2 victory over Arizona. His 53rd save (out of 54 chances) matches the standard set by current teammate Randy Myers, who did it for the Cubs in 1993.

1998       Greg Vauhgn’s eighth inning two-run round-tripper is the difference in the Padres’ 3-2 victory over Arizona at Bank One Ballpark. With his 50th home run, the San Diego left fielder joins Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Ken Griffey, Jr. in reaching the milestone, marking the first time four players have accomplished the feat the same season.

1999       Gabe Kapler takes the field donning a numberless uniform during the last game at Tiger Stadium while other players in the starting lineup wear the uniform numbers of the corresponding members of the fan-selected All-Time Detroit Tigers team. The center fielder’s back is blank as a tribute to Ty Cobb, who never wore a number.

1999       In the final game played at Tiger Stadium, Detroit catcher Robert Fick hits the last round tripper, a grand slam, in the home team’s 8-2 victory over the Royals. It is the 6,873rd major league contest played at the historic 87 year-old park located on the corner of Trumbull and Michigan.

2000       The United States Olympic team, managed by former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda, stuns the world, beating the much-favored Cuban team to win the country’s first gold medal in its national pastime. Ben Sheets ends Cuba’s 21-game Olympic winning streak with a 4-0 shutout.

2000       Darin Erstad breaks the major league record for RBIs in a season by a leadoff batter. The Angels’ outfielder collects his 99th RBI in a 9-7 loss to the A’s, surpassing Nomar Garciaparra’s total of 98 batting first for the Red Sox in 1997.

2001       In the first game at Wrigley Field since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Sammy Sosa proudly carries an American flag out to right field while making his customary pregame dash to his position to salute the bleacher fans, much to the delight of the Northside crowd. Later in the game, after hitting his 59th home run, the native of the Dominican Republic rounds the bases displaying the flag again, waving the Stars and Stripes when crossing the plate and coming out of the dugout for a curtain call.

2002       In his first full season as closer, John Smoltz, preserving a Braves’ 3-1 victory over the Mets, converts his 54th save of the season to establish a new National League mark. Randy Myers (Cubs – 1993) and Trevor Hoffman (Padres – 1998) had previously shared the record.

2002       At Cleveland’s Jacobs Field, first baseman Jim Thome establishes a new single-season Indian home run record by hitting his 51st homer. Albert Belle hit 50 for the Tribe in 1995.

2003       At Veterans Stadium, Javy Lopez hit his 42nd home to break the major league record for home runs hit by a catcher. In 1996, Mets’ backstop Todd Hundley hit 41 to surpass Roy Campanella’s 1953 mark.

2003       Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa blasts his 40th home run to establish a National League record by reaching the plateau for the sixth consecutive season. The Chicago right fielder, who had previously been tied with Ralph Kiner and Duke Snider, needs another season of at least 40 homers to equal Babe Ruth’s major league mark of seven seasons, set from 1926 to 1932.

2003       With a startling rally, the Tigers avoid equaling the modern major league record of 120 losses set by the expansion 1962 Amazin’ Mets. It takes one of the biggest comebacks in franchise history when Detroit beats the Twins on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth after trailing by eight runs, 9-8.

2005       The Braves back into their 14th straight division flag with the Mets beating the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 3-2. The record streak started in 1991 when Atlanta played in the NL West.

2005       With a seventh inning single off Mets reliever Juan Padilla, Jimmy Rollins extends his hitting streak to 32 games. The Philadelphia shortstop breaks the 106-year Phillies record, surpassing Ed Delahanty, who hit in 31 games in a row in 1899.

2006       Anibal Sanchez (10-3) tosses five innings to get the win in Florida’s 7-2 victory over the Reds. The 22 year-old right-hander, along with Scott Olsen (12-9), Josh Johnson (12-7), and Ricky Nolasco (11-10), make the Marlins the first team in major league history to have four rookie pitchers win 10 or more games.

2006       Accomplishing the milestone in only 77 gates, the Yankees surpass the four million mark in attendance for the second consecutive year. The Bronx Bombers join the 1991-93 Blue Jays as the only teams in baseball history reach that mark in more than one season.

2007       Ryan Hanigan becomes the first person born in Washington, D. C. to play in the major leagues. The 27 year-old Reds rookie doubles off Brewers’ ace Ben Sheets in his first big-league at-bat.

2007       In addition to pitching 6.1 innings of scoreless ball, Micah Owings goes 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs in the Diamondbacks’ 8-0 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park. The 24 year-old right-hander, who will collect the Silver Slugger award for his offensive prowess, is the first pitcher since Whitey Ford (Yankees – 1963) to have two four-hit games in one season.

2008       On the final day of the season, Mike Mussina becomes the oldest pitcher to win 20 games in a season for the first time, reaching the milestone when he hurls six shutout innings in the Yankees’ 6-2 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 39 year-old right-hander accomplish the feat in his final major league appearance, finishing his 18-year major league career 270-153 (.638) won-loss record.

2009       Paul Beeston is appointed for a three-year term as president and CEO of the Blue Jays and the Rogers Centre, the home of the Toronto franchise. In October of 2008, the former MLB president took the position on an interim basis, replacing Paul Godfrey.

2010       “It’s a tough situation for us. A lot of the visiting teams come in and wonder where are all the fans. It’s actually a little bit embarrassing for us. We’re one game away from clinching a postseason spot.” – EVAN LONGORIA,Rays third baseman commenting on team’s low attendance.

With an opportunity to see their team clinch a postseason berth, only 12,446 fans attend the Rays game against Baltimore at Tropicana Field. The club, inspired by third baseman Evan Longoria’s criticism of the low attendance figures, will make 20,000 free tickets available in the finale of the series in an effort get more ‘energy’ into the domed ballpark.

2010       The Phillies capture their fourth consecutive NL East title when they beat Washington, 8-0, behind Roy Halladay’s two-hit complete-game. Unlike the previous seasons, when the Fightin’ Phils’ trademark was the big bats in the lineup, this year’s squad excelled due to a strong starting rotation that included Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, in addition to Halladay.

2011       After giving up five runs in the top of the tenth inning, the Diamondbacks score six times in the bottom of the frame in an amazing 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Dodgers. Arizona infielder Ryan Roberts delivers the decisive blow in the Chase Field contest, a walk-off grand slam with two outs.

2012       In the Tigers’ 5-4 victory over Kansas City at Comerica Park, Doug Fister establishes a new American League record when he strikes out nine consecutive batters, one shy of Tom Seaver’s major league mark. The Detroit right-hander whiffs the last batter in the fourth frame, strikes out the side in the next two innings, and continues the streak until Salvador Perez, his first victim, grounds out to the shortstop on a 1-2 pitch to end the seventh inning.

2012       With New York’s 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh at Citi Field, R. A. Dickey becomes a 20-game winner, the first Mets hurler in 22 years to accomplish the feat. The 37 year-old knuckleballer is the sixth pitcher in the 50-year history of the franchise to reach the milestone, along with Tom Seaver (1969, 1971, 1972, and 1975), Jerry Koosman (1976), David Cone (1988), and Frank Viola (1990).

2012       Fernando Rodney sets a franchise record when he notches his 46th save of the season, throwing a scoreless ninth inning in the Rays’ 3-2 victory over Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field. The 35 year-old right-handed closer surpasses the team mark established in 2010 by Rafael Soriano.

2019       At Angel Stadium, Will Harris becomes the first Astro hurler to throw an immaculate inning since Brandon Backe accomplished the feat on April 14, 2004. In the bottom of the eighth inning in the team’s 4-0 victory over the Halos, the right-hander reliever retires the only three batters he faces on nine pitches, getting Kaleb Cowart, Matt Thais, and Michael Hermosill to all strike out swinging.

2020       Yankees’ second baseman DJ LeMahieu becomes the first player to capture the batting title in both leagues, finishing the Covid-shorten season with a .364 BA to lead the American League. Four seasons ago, the 32 year-old infielder, while playing for the Rockies, batted .348 to take the Senior Circuit crown.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Tampa Bay9759.62252 – 2945 – 3049 – 2419 – 1314 – 177 – 3W 4
NY Yankees8967.571845 – 3344 – 3433 – 3722 – 1022 – 127 – 3W 6
Boston8868.564949 – 3239 – 3640 – 3320 – 1315 – 187 – 3L 3
Toronto8769.5581043 – 3144 – 3838 – 3219 – 1516 – 165 – 5W 2
Baltimore50106.3214725 – 5325 – 5318 – 5210 – 2415 – 173 – 7L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Chi White Sox8868.56449 – 2739 – 4119 – 1441 – 3116 – 175 – 5W 1
Cleveland7679.49011.539 – 4137 – 3813 – 2141 – 3113 – 165 – 5L 1
Detroit7580.48412.542 – 3833 – 4218 – 1428 – 4118 – 166 – 4L 1
Kansas City7184.45816.536 – 3935 – 4512 – 2133 – 3614 – 195 – 5W 1
Minnesota6987.4421936 – 4233 – 4513 – 2033 – 3713 – 205 – 5L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston9165.58347 – 2844 – 3716 – 1219 – 1647 – 265 – 5L 4
Seattle8670.551542 – 3344 – 3719 – 1515 – 1743 – 278 – 2W 1
Oakland8571.545643 – 3842 – 3315 – 1823 – 1036 – 346 – 4W 3
LA Angels7482.4741740 – 4234 – 4016 – 1721 – 1226 – 442 – 8L 1
Texas5799.3653433 – 4224 – 5714 – 2010 – 1926 – 473 – 7W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta8372.53537 – 3746 – 3540 – 3022 – 1215 – 167 – 3W 3
Philadelphia8175.5192.547 – 3434 – 4140 – 3020 – 1413 – 197 – 3L 1
NY Mets7382.4711044 – 3329 – 4935 – 3413 – 2016 – 171 – 9L 5
Miami6491.4131940 – 3824 – 5332 – 3712 – 2017 – 173 – 7L 5
Washington6492.41019.535 – 4329 – 4930 – 4614 – 1810 – 214 – 6L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Milwaukee9462.60345 – 3649 – 2617 – 1446 – 2723 – 95 – 5W 3
St. Louis8769.558742 – 3345 – 3617 – 1639 – 3120 – 1310 – 0W 16
Cincinnati8175.5191343 – 3738 – 3820 – 1341 – 3111 – 226 – 4W 3
Chi Cubs6789.4292739 – 4228 – 4713 – 2131 – 3917 – 151 – 9L 6
Pittsburgh5897.37435.534 – 4124 – 5617 – 1720 – 4911 – 214 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco10254.65449 – 2653 – 2821 – 1120 – 1448 – 227 – 3W 3
Y-LA Dodgers10056.641252 – 2348 – 3324 – 917 – 1347 – 267 – 3W 1
San Diego7878.5002445 – 3633 – 4215 – 1816 – 1733 – 372 – 8L 3
Colorado7184.45830.546 – 3225 – 5217 – 1214 – 1930 – 434 – 6L 4
Arizona50106.3215230 – 4820 – 5813 – 2113 – 1920 – 503 – 7L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills210.6670.094441-1-01-0-01-1-01-0-02 W
Miami Dolphins120.3331.045820-1-01-1-01-2-01-1-02 L
New England Patriots120.3331.054510-2-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 L
New York Jets030.0002.020700-1-00-2-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders3001.0000.090722-0-01-0-03-0-00-0-03 W
Denver Broncos3001.0000.076261-0-02-0-02-0-00-0-03 W
Los Angeles Chargers210.6671.067600-1-02-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs120.3332.092951-1-00-1-01-2-00-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals210.6670.068541-0-01-1-01-0-01-0-01 W
Baltimore Ravens210.6670.082851-0-01-1-01-1-00-0-02 W
Cleveland Browns210.6670.086602-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers120.3331.050660-2-01-0-01-2-00-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans210.6670.071841-1-01-0-01-0-01-0-02 W
Houston Texans120.3331.067761-1-00-1-01-1-01-0-02 L
Indianapolis Colts030.0002.056800-2-00-1-00-1-00-1-03 L
Jacksonville Jaguars030.0002.053910-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles110.5000.043230-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys110.5000.049480-0-01-1-00-1-00-0-01 W
Washington Football Team120.3330.567921-1-00-1-01-0-01-0-01 L
New York Giants030.0001.556740-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Rams3001.0000.095622-0-01-0-02-0-00-0-03 W
Arizona Cardinals3001.0000.0103651-0-02-0-01-0-00-0-03 W
San Francisco 49ers210.6671.086740-1-02-0-02-1-00-0-01 L
Seattle Seahawks120.3332.075790-1-01-1-00-1-00-0-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers210.6670.068831-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears120.3331.040771-0-00-2-00-1-00-0-01 L
Minnesota Vikings120.3331.087781-0-00-2-01-1-00-0-01 W
Detroit Lions030.0002.067950-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Carolina Panthers3001.0000.069302-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-03 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers210.6671.0103882-0-00-1-02-1-01-0-01 L
New Orleans Saints210.6671.073421-0-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
Atlanta Falcons120.3332.048940-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England28195453332011-2-18-3-362
Nashville SC26111234424208-6-03-6-345
New York City FC2611694430148-2-33-4-639
Philadelphia251087322578-3-32-5-438
Orlando City SC2610883738-17-4-23-4-638
D.C.2611411453879-0-32-4-837
CF Montreal261079373257-3-23-4-737
Atlanta26998353147-3-32-6-536
Columbus2797113236-47-3-32-4-834
Inter Miami CF2595112540-155-2-74-3-432
New York258611312925-4-33-2-830
Chicago2766152643-175-5-51-1-1024
FC Cincinnati2548132648-221-5-53-3-820
Toronto FC2647152851-232-5-42-2-1119
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2514653821176-4-38-2-248
Sporting KC2613764428167-5-26-2-446
Colorado2512943524116-6-16-3-345
Portland26124104243-18-2-34-2-740
Los Angeles26115103742-57-2-44-3-638
Minnesota251078292908-2-32-5-537
Real Salt Lake2610610424117-4-23-2-836
Los Angeles FC269611383806-5-23-1-933
Vancouver258983134-37-2-41-7-433
San Jose268993438-44-3-64-6-333
FC Dallas2769123844-64-6-22-3-1027
Houston27511113141-105-5-30-6-826
Austin2664162740-134-2-72-2-922

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference