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Gonsolin, Dodgers win 11th in a row, break away from Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tony Gonsolin took a no-hit try into the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers won their 11th straight game, beating the Kansas City Royals 8-3 Friday night.

Gonsolin (14-1) tied Atlanta’s Kyle Wright for the NL wins lead. The Dodgers, with the best record in the majors, broke open the game on Trayce Thompson’s three-run homer in the eighth.

“Tony was good,” manager Dave Roberts said. “I think it helped that this was a very aggressive ballclub. They were aggressive in the zone.”

“I thought in the sixth or seventh inning he hit a wall. The slider started to get up there and he couldn’t get the split to have the depth. I felt he had enough,” he said.

Gonsolin did not allow a baserunner until issuing a one-out walk to Kyle Isbel in the sixth, when the game was still scoreless. He didn’t give up a hit until Vinnie Pasquantino’s one-out single in the seventh.

Overall, Gonsolin permitted two hits in 6 2/3 innings.

“It was pretty solid,” Gonsolin said. “I felt like I was throwing a lot of strikes early with everything, which was nice to see. They were swinging a lot, so I kept the pitch count down. I got some soft contact and the guys made some good plays.”

Josh Staumont (3-2) lost in relief, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk, without recording an out.

Royals starter Daniel Lynch gave up just two hits in five scoreless innings. A high pitch count was his undoing as he threw 105 and walked four.

Lynch escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth when he got Trea Turner to foul out, struck out Freddie Freeman and retired Will Smith on a flyball.

The Dodgers scored five times in the seventh after loading the bases with no outs on singles by pinch-hitter Gavin Lux and Thompson and a walk to Mookie Betts. Turner hit a two-run single, Freeman followed with an RBI double, and a wild pitch and Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly made it 5-0.

“I just felt with those guys there was no panic. Two innings later to have that same situation with those hitters, that’s an easy bet to take. Trea came through and opened up the floodgates,” he said.

Trea Turner was relieved to have made amends.

“It felt good,” he said. “The first one was a little frustrating because I felt like I had a pretty good at-bat (in the fifth). I just kept fouling pitches off, but I couldn’t move one forward.”

“It was nice to come through a couple of innings later and get the job done,” he said.

Michael A. Taylor doubled home a run in the Kansas City seventh. Salvador Perez added a two-run homer in the eighth.

Judge hits homer No. 46, but Red Sox rally to beat Yanks 3-2

BOSTON (AP) The New York Yankees still have a double-digit lead in the AL East and a chance to coast into the postseason.

What they do once they get there could depend on whether closer Clay Holmes can straighten things out in time.

Staked with a lead from Aaron Judge’s 46th homer, the All-Star reliever walked back-to-back batters in the ninth and then gave up a tying single to J.D. Martinez on Friday night. Tommy Pham delivered the walk-off hit in the 10th to lead the last-place Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the first-place Yankees and send New York to its eighth loss in nine games.

“He struggled with strikes there obviously. That’s a situation we’ve got to get the strike thrown,” Yankees manger Aaron Boone said. “It’s just a matter of getting him locked in mechanically and letting it rip.”

New York pitchers retired 12 straight Boston batters before Holmes walked two with one out in the ninth and then gave up Martinez’s single up the middle. Holmes was 4-0 with an 0.47 ERA and 16 saves in 17 tries on July 7; since then, he is 1-3 with four blown saves while giving up 11 earned runs in 11 innings.

Asked if Holmes would remain as closer, Boone said, “We’ll see.”

“I’ll try to put in him in the best positions to be successful. Some nights that will be the ninth,” Boone said. “But we’ll keep working with him. Got to get him consistent.”

Judge, who had his major league-leading 46th homer and 100th RBI in the third inning, reached base for the fourth time when he was walked to lead off the 10th. But Garrett Whitlock fanned Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres to end the threat.

In the bottom half, automatic runner Christian Arroyo took third on a groundout and then stayed there on pinch-hitter Reese McGuire’s bunt single. Pham, a trade deadline acquisition, punched one down the third-base line to spark a celebration in the sold-out crowd – or at least the portion trying to outshout the visiting Yankee fans.

“When they come into town, we expect this. We expect games like that,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora, whose team has won its last three games against the Yankees in Boston. “They have an outstanding team, but we’ve played well against them the last three times.”

Cora insisted that he Red Sox, who are in seventh place and four games out in the race for three wild-card spots, still have a chance to make the playoffs.

“I’ve been saying that for a while,” he said. “Not too many people believe me. But I think the people that really matter, they believe it. That’s the people in here.”

Whitlock (3-2) struck out three and walked one in two innings.

Lou Trivino (1-7) allowed two hits and recorded one out for the Yankees, who lost their third straight game.

Judge hit the first pitch of the third inning 429 feet, over the Monster Seats and onto Lansdowne Street; he is on a pace to hit 66 home runs. He also walked twice and was hit by a pitch, reaching base at least three times for the fifth game in a row.

Jose Trevino had two hits, and Anthony Rizzo had a first-inning double to drive in Judge.

Julio Rodriguez returns to lineup, Mariners beat Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Star rookie Julio Rodriguez got two hits in his return to the Seattle lineup and the Mariners took over the first wild-card position in the American League by beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Friday night.

The 21-year-old Rodriguez, who put on an impressive show in the All-Star Home Run Derby, had missed the Mariners’ previous 11 games with a wrist injury.

Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking, opposite-field single to shallow right with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. He was the first batter to face Jose Leclerc, who relieved Taylor Hearn (5-7).

Rodriguez hit a grand slam off Leclerc at Globe Life Field on July 15.

“I just felt good,” Rodriguez said. “I just went out there and competed. I wasn’t worried about anything.”

Rodriguez also sent 400-foot shot nearly over the left-field foul pole in the sixth that was ruled foul, even after a Seattle challenge.

“I thought it went over,” Rodriguez said. “They should put (the pole) higher.”

George Kirby (4-3) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk. It was the rookie’s second straight win.

The victory, combined with Toronto’s loss to Cleveland, gave the Mariners a half-game lead over the Blue Jays.

The Mariners are a season-best 10 games over .500 and are 12-2 with nine consecutive wins this season against the Rangers, who dropped to a season-low 14 games under .500.

Seattle took a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning and Eugenio Suarez added a two-run double.

The Rangers scored on Marcus Semien’s groundout in the third and Jonah Heim’s single in the sixth.

Texas used a bullpen game with Josh Sborz making his first start in 88 big league appearances.

Sborz took a liner off his upper right arm during the game’s third batter, Mitch Haniger. Sborz finished the inning with one more pitch and was replaced in the second by Hearn, the first of five Texas relievers.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Sborz was obviously sore but the pitcher’s status won’t be clear until being examined Saturday.

The Rangers’ first hit was Nathaniel Lowe’s infield single leading off the second, but he was doubled off first to end the inning following a running, leaping catch by Haniger at the wall in right field on a ball hit by Leody Taveras.

Montgomery comes up big again as Cardinals beat Brewers 3-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings for second straight scoreless outing for his new team, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado both homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 Friday night.

St. Louis, which has won 11 of 14, pushed its lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central to 1 1/2 games. The Cardinals won their ninth straight at home, the longest streak since a nine-game run June 2-29, 2015.

Montgomery (5-3), acquired from the New York Yankees in a trade for outfielder Harrison Bader on Aug. 2, allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked two. The left-hander pitched five scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Yankees in his Cardinals debut last Saturday.

“This clubhouse is great,” Montgomery said. “They’ve made it easy for me to fit in. They’ve gone out of their way to help me feel welcome.”

Victor Caratini had three hits and an RBI for Milwaukee, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Montgomery has given up six hits in 11 innings for St. Louis with nine strikeouts and three walks.

“It’s hard enough getting traded, probably a little bit out of the blue for him,” Goldschmidt said. “He’s proven he was ready. Hopefully, he can keep it going and we can play well behind him.”

Ryan Helsley picked up his 12th save in 15 opportunities with two scoreless innings of relief.

Montgomery struck out Christian Yelich and Willy Adames with runners on first and third to end a threat in the fifth.

“It’s a guy you can tell has been there before on the big stage,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “That’s a perfect example of just keeping your composure, knowing that if you execute, you’ll be fine.”

Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the first off Eric Lauer (8-4). It was Goldschmidt’s team-leading 28th of the season and his NL-leading eighth since the All-Star break. An MVP candidate, Goldschmidt leads the majors with 28 multi-RBI games.

Arenado pushed the lead to 3-0 with his 25th homer of the season in the sixth.

Caratini’s RBI single in the seventh got the Brewers on the scoreboard. Luis Urias had opened the inning with a triple and Caratini followed with his hit.

Lauer allowed three runs and five hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked two.

“I think the one to (Arenado) might have been the worst pitch I’ve thrown in my life,” Lauer said. “It was a changeup middle and good hitters aren’t going to miss that.”

The Brewers have lost nine of their last 11 games against NL Central opponents.

Soto gets 2 hits, standing ovation as Padres beat Nats 10-5

WASHINGTON (AP) On a night when Juan Soto was celebrated by his old team, his new team was more concerned about a player who wasn’t there – Fernando Tatis Jr.

Soto had two hits and got a standing ovation in his return to Washington, and the San Diego Padres beat the Nationals 10-5 on Friday night after Tatis was suspended 80 games for a positive drug test.

“This is a blow for us,” San Diego manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ll have to move on. I’m glad we made the moves we did over the deadline.”

Soto, one of the best hitters in baseball at age 23 and a World Series champion in 2019 with Washington, was traded to San Diego on Aug. 2, a deal that became even more significant when the Padres learned Tatis would miss the rest of the season and the first 32 games next year. He tested positive for Clostebol, an anabolic steroid he said he took inadvertently as part of a medication.

San Diego holds the third NL wild-card spot, and general manager A.J. Preller said during the game that Tatis’ suspension doesn’t change his expectations for the season, although he added the team’s trust in Tatis has waned.

The Padres also obtained slugging first baseman Josh Bell from rebuilding Washington.

“If Tatis comes back, maybe this offense picks up without all those deals, but we weren’t counting on that,” Preller said. “So I think now looking back on it it’s probably more important the deals went down.”

San Diego players said they felt the team is strong enough to contend without Tatis, though they were taken aback by the news.

“Obviously it’s terrible to hear,” third baseman Manny Machado said. “Hearing that he’s going to get suspended for 80 games and not be a part of what we’re trying to accomplish here is something you don’t want to hear before a game and don’t want to hear overall. It’s just a terrible thing.”

Soto has reached base in every game with the Padres. He just missed his second homer with San Diego when he doubled off the right-field wall in the Padres’ seven-run fifth inning. He singled later in the inning to drive in Austin Nola.

Soto also hit a 390-foot flyout to the warning track in center in the eighth.

San Diego starter Mike Clevinger (4-4) allowed one run on three hits in five innings, walking four. Brandon Drury went 3-for-4, hitting his 23rd homer in the eighth inning, and Trent Grisham hit his 14th homer, a three-run shot in the fifth.

But all the postgame discussion revolved around Tatis’ suspension. One of the most dynamic players in baseball, Tatis hasn’t played this season because of a broken left wrist, an injury that’s believed to have occurred in an offseason motorcycle crash.

“Very disappointed,” Clevinger said. “It’s the second time we’ve been disappointed with him. You hope he grows up and learns from this and it’s about more than just him right now.”

Cory Abbott (0-2) pitched four innings and allowed four hits and three runs.

Kopech Ks 11, Vaughn hits 2-run single as ChiSox beat Tigers

CHICAGO (AP) Michael Kopech struck out a career-best 11 in six innings of no-hit ball and Andrew Vaughn hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh inning, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Kopech was lifted despite blanking the Tigers on 85 pitches through six innings. Vaughn snapped the scoreless game with a two-out, bases-loaded blooper that landed just in front of right fielder Willi Castro’s glove.

“I was just looking for a good pitch to hit and got a curveball off the end of my barrel,” Vaughn said after helping Chicago end a two-game skid.

Tigers reliever Alex Lange (4-3) pitched the seventh and took the loss as Detroit lost its fifth straight and eighth in nine games.

Kopech allowed three walks, including one to Miguel Cabrera, and all the balls hit into play by the Tigers were handled cleanly by Chicago fielders. Reynaldo Lopez (5-2) got a smattering of boos when he came to the mound to start the seventh, and they got louder after leadoff batter Javier Baez laced a single into the right-center field gap. Lopez retired the next three batters to end the inning.

Kopech hoped manager Tony La Russa would send him back out for the seventh, but had no complaints.

“I’m at a point where I’ve thrown a lot more innings than I did last season,” he said of his first full season as a starter. “I understand. I just wanted to go a little deeper.”

La Russa said the decision was his, but he admired his starter’s moxie.

“I like the fact he wanted to go back out there,” he said. “I don’t blame him.

“I would change the definition of a win. If we win the game, he’s got to get the win.”

Kendall Graveman pitched the eighth and Liam Hendriks worked the ninth for his 24th save in 27 chances.

Daniel Norris, making his first appearance with the Tigers after signing a minor-league contract late last month, allowed four hits and struck out one with two walks in the first 4 2/3 innings.

“Daniel was good,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s not an easy task to come back to an old team as a new team and face an all-righthanded lineup.”

The Tigers managed just three hits while striking out 14 times.

Vierling, Phils star on defense, end Mets’ 6-game win streak

NEW YORK (AP) Left fielder Matt Vierling threw out the speedy Starling Marte at the plate to end the ninth and the Philadelphia Phillies, showing off sharp fielding that Mets announcer Keith Hernandez said they were lacking, beat New York 2-1 in 10 innings Friday night.

Hernandez, a former Mets star and an 11-time Gold Glove first baseman, criticized the Phillies’ defensive skills during an SNY telecast Tuesday night.

“Regardless of what anybody says, we’re going to come out and play our game and try to make every play and do things the right way,” Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm said.

Hernandez was not working the telecast because the game was streamed on Apple TV. He is not scheduled to work the next two games because he is attending the 40th reunion of the 1982 World Champion Cardinals in St. Louis.

“We’ve been playing like this for a while and we played really well tonight,” Philadelphia interim manager Rob Thomson said.

In the sixth inning, Phillies Bohm made a barehanded, off-balance throw from third base to get Marte at first and pitcher Ranger Suarez snared a comebacker by Francisco Lindor.

In the 10th, Bohm hit a sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run.

The Mets had a six-game winning streak stopped and also lost infielders Jeff McNeil and Eduardo Escobar to early injuries. McNeil exited after grounding out in the second with a right thumb laceration and Escobar departed with left side tightness.

“Got to make a decision about how long and it’s tough right now, this quickly, after the injury to be able to tell how long it might or might not be,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said.

The NL East rivals played for the first time in two months and Philadelphia improved to 41-20 under interim manager Thomson. Joe Girardi was still managing the Phillies earlier this season when they dropped nine of 12 meetings to New York to fall to 21-27.

The Mets lead the division. The Phillies, second in the wild-card race, are 9 1/2 games behind New York with Atlanta in between them.

In the ninth, Vierling caught a shallow flyball by pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach and threw out Marte at the plate for the first outfield assist of his career.

“If he lifted the ball, I had an idea it probably would be in my direction,” Vierling said.

Through an interpreter, Marte said “rhe anticipation was to go home on a play like that – the situation of the game, the way it was, it’s a flyball.”

“It really just came down to a player making a perfect throw there at that point,” he said.

Vierling made his ninth career start in left field, seven of them this season.

“I’ve been playing with Vierling since I got drafted,” Bohm said. “So, I know he can throw and I saw him coming in on it and I didn’t think they were going to send him. I thought he might be bluffing but game like that, runs are tough to come by.”

Bohm hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th off Mychal Givens (6-3).

Mets star Max Scherzer and Suarez each gave up one run in seven innings.

Scherzer allowed three of his nine hits in the opening inning when the Phillies scored their first run on Bohm’s RBI single. Opponents entered Friday hitting 3 for 49 off Scherzer in opening innings this season.

Scherzer allowed his second-most hits this season but avoided big trouble throughout his outing. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second by retiring Bohm, stranded two in the fourth and was aided by a nifty double play started by Lindor in the second.

Scherzer struck out six, upping his career total to 3,146 to move one behind former Detroit teammate Justin Verlander for 14th all-time.

Suarez allowed three hits in seven. He struck out four and walked two.

Seranthony Dominguez (6-3) benefited from Vierling’s strong throw in the ninth to earn the win. David Robertson tossed a perfect 10th for his 16th save and second with Philadelphia.

Mark Canha hit a sacrifice fly in the Mets second.

Mateo has 5 hits, Orioles pound Rays 10-3 for 8th win in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Jorge Mateo had a career-high five hits, Adley Rutschman and Cedric Mullins each homered off the Tropicana Field catwalk, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-3 on Friday night.

Rougned Odor had four of the Orioles’ season-most 19 hits as Baltimore won for the eighth time in 10 games and moved into an AL wild-card spot, a half-game ahead of the Rays.

“Definitely one of our better offensive nights, the way we kept up those innings with the two-strike, two-out innings,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “(We) got a bunch of hits up and down the lineup.”

Mullins and Anthony Santander had three hits apiece for Baltimore. Austin Voth (3-1) took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and won his second straight start.

“We’ve kind of caught fire and we’re just keeping with it,” said Voth, who was claimed off waivers from Washington on June 7. “It doesn’t feel like we’re cooling off or anything like that. We’re rolling.”

By the time Jose Siri got the Rays’ first hit leading off the sixth, the Orioles had a 7-0 lead. Randy Arozarena followed with his 14th homer for Tampa Bay, which has lost four of five and is 6-12 since the All-Star break.

“We’ve got to somehow find a way to get out of this,” Rays manger Kevin Cash said. “It’s not coming easy for anybody.”

Rutschman, the Orioles’ prized rookie catcher, homered in the first off Corey Kluber (7-7), a blast that would have traveled an estimated 439 feet if not for the catwalk. Mullins’ 10th homer came in the eighth off Jimmy Yacabonis.

Voth gave up two runs on three hits in a season-high 5 1/3 innings.

Kluber was charged with seven runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings

Mateo, who drove in two runs and scored twice, also contributed a fine defensive play at shortstop in the fourth, barely throwing out Brandon Lowe on a toss from his gloved hand.

“I’m very satisfied with that performance. It shows my hard work is paying off,” Mateo said. “To go out there and do that, I feel really good about it and I want to come back tomorrow and do it all over again.”

Padres star Tatis suspended 80 games for positive drug test

NEW YORK (AP) San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr., one of the brighest, freshest stars in all of Major League Baseball, was suspended 80 games on Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The penalty imposed by MLB was effective immediately, meaning the dynamic shortstop cannot play in the majors this year. He will miss the remaining 48 regular-season games this season and the first 32 next year.

Flashy at the plate and in the field, the 23-year-old Tatis was an All-Star last season when he led the National League with 42 home runs. He had not played this season after breaking his wrist in spring training.

MLB said Tatis tested positive for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance.

“It turns out that I inadvertently took a medication to treat ringworm that contained Clostebol,” Tatis said in a statement released by the players’ union. “I should have used the resources available to me in order to ensure that no banned substances were in what I took. I failed to do so.”

“I have no excuse for my error, and I would never do anything to cheat or disrespect this game I love,” he said, adding, “I am completely devastated.”

Freddy Galvis and Dee Gordon are among the major leaguers previously suspended for using Clostebol, an anabolic steroid that can be used for ophthalmological and dermatological use. It is also banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and Olympic gold medal winning cross-country skier Therese Johaug was suspended in 2016 after testing positive for it.

Tatis had been on the injured list this season after breaking his left wrist in mid-March. He recently had begun a rehabilitation assignment in Double-A and the playoff-contending Padres hoped he could return and boost their chances down the stretch.

“We were surprised and extremely disappointed to learn today that Fernando Tatis Jr. tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and subsequently received an 80-game suspension without pay,” the Padres said in a statement. “We fully support the program and are hopeful that Fernando will learn from this experience.”

The Padres traded for star outfielder Juan Soto earlier this month to boost their chances for a deep run into October. They had hoped a lineup that included Soto, Tatis and Manny Machado could give them a better chance at the first World Series championship in team history – now, they’ll have to make that try without one of the key pieces.

The penalty will cost Tatis about $2.9 million.

Tatis will forfeit $1,510,989 of his $5 million salary this year, covering the final 55 days and 48 games of the season. He will lose approximately $1.39 million of his $7 million salary for the first 32 games of next season, with the exact number to be determined by how many days he misses.

“There is nowhere else in the world I would rather be than on the field competing with my teammates,” Tatis said. “After initially appealing the suspension, I have realized that my mistake was the cause of this result, and for that reason I have decided to start serving my suspension immediately. I look forward to rejoining my teammates on the field in 2023.”

The penalty was announced shortly before the Padres played at Washington. San Diego began the day at 63-51 and holding the final of the three NL wild-card spots.

Astros OF Brantley shelved by season-ending shoulder surgery

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his right shoulder this week.

The 35-year-old Brantley hasn’t played in a big league game since June 26. He hit .288 with five homers and 26 RBIs in 64 games in the final season of a $32 million, two-year contract.

“There were a lot of different avenues that were taken to try to get Michael back on the field in time for the end of the season,” general manager James Click said Friday, “and ultimately, after consultation with our trainers and doctors, we ultimately came to the conclusion that this was the right path for him long-term for his health.”

Brantley had surgery on Wednesday.

The loss of the sweet-swinging Brantley is a big blow for AL West-leading Houston. The five-time All-Star is a .298 hitter with 127 homers and 713 RBIs in 1,430 regular-season games.

Brantley also has enjoyed postseason success, batting .319 with nine RBIs during the Astros’ run to the World Series last year.

“He tried hard to get back,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “He got a number of opinions, he got a couple of procedural things — it just didn’t work. Michael’s a big part of this club, not only on the field, but in the clubhouse and dugout and on the planes. He’s not called `Uncle Mike’ for nothing.”

“He wants to come around and be a part of this club as much as he can because a lot of guys depend on him. A lot of guys go to him for advice, and I feel very confident in whatever Michael gives them. So, we’ll miss him, big time,” he said.

Aledmys Diaz was in left field for Friday night’s series opener against last-place Oakland. Chas McCormick and Yordan Alvarez also have started in left for the Astros this year.

Trey Mancini, who was acquired from Baltimore as part of a three-team trade on Aug. 1, also could be an option. Click said Astros third base coach Gary Pettis has been working with Mancini to prepare him to more regularly play in the outfield.

“Trey will be out there working on the nuances of playing left field here in Minute Maid Park, and that’s part of the reason that we acquired Trey was that we felt like he could go out there in the corner outfield and help us out,” Click said. “So I’m optimistic that that’s something that we will be able to see over the next couple of months.”

Harper latest superstar to join Team USA at 2023 WBC

Team USA has yet another superstar on its roster.

Reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper has committed to representing his country at the 2023 World Baseball Classic, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

The WBC has been contested twice since Harper reached the majors in 2012, but this will be his first time participating in the tournament. The Las Vegas native last played for Team USA at the 2009 Pan-American Junior Championships where he won a gold medal on the under-18 national team.

Harper will share an outfield with Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout, who was named captain of Team USA last month. The U.S. has also received commitments from Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Paul Goldschmidt, and Harper’s Phillies teammate J.T. Realmuto.

Team USA, the reigning WBC champions, will play its opening round of the 2023 tournament at Chase Field in Phoenix from March 11-15. Its first-round opponents include Mexico, Colombia, and Canada, plus a fifth country that’ll advance from next month’s qualification tournaments.

Harper, 29, owns a .318/.385/.599 slash line with 15 homers and 48 RBIs across 64 games for the Philadelphia Phillies this season. He’s currently on the injured list because of a thumb ailment.


Jets QB Wilson injures knee in preseason win against Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A knee injury to Zach Wilson in Friday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles has turned the Jets’ high hopes for their second-year quarterback into concern.

Wilson hurt his right knee in the first quarter of the Jets’ 24-21 preseason victory. After going back to pass with 4:29 left in the period, Wilson was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled to his right for 7 yards, but went down after the play. He appeared to injure his knee when planting to cut on Philadelphia’s grass field.

After being checked by trainers, Wilson limped to the sideline on his own power before heading to the locker room.

After the game, Jets coach Robert Saleh said the initial tests on Wilson showed the ACL “is supposed to be intact,” but the team is waiting for the MRI on Saturday.

“I’m always concerned until you get the final evaluation,” Saleh said.

Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts looked sharp, completing all six of his pass attempts for 80 yards and a touchdown while playing just one series.

There is optimism this year for the 23-year-old Wilson, who was drafted No. 2 overall last year. He had an up-and-down rookie season, throwing nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 games, but went without an interception in his final five games.

Wilson was shaky in his first series against Philadelphia’s starters, going 1 for 3 for 10 yards with an interception. Eagles linebacker Kyzir White stepped in front of Wilson’s intended pass for wide receiver Corey Davis and returned it 27 yards to the Jets 20 on what appeared to be a poor read by the New York quarterback. Wilson’s first pass of the game was a badly thrown out-route intended for rookie first-round pick Garrett Wilson.

Wilson struggled with accuracy last season, ranking last in the league in completion rate (55.6%) and passer rating (69.7). His decision-making and accuracy had looked better this summer during training camp.

Before his injury, Wilson was sharper in his second series, albeit against Philadelphia backups. He connected with tight end Tyler Conklin for 4 yards and then hit wide receiver Elijah Moore for 9 yards, finishing 3 for 5 for 23 yards and an interception.

On the play in which he was hurt, a first down from the New York 42-yard line, Wilson faked a handoff to running back Michael Carter on a play-action pass play but was forced to scramble after defensive lineman Tarron Jackson beat right tackle Max Mitchell around the end.

With Eagles first-round rookie defensive tackle Jordan Davis in hot pursuit, Wilson tried to juke past linebacker Nakobe Dean but went down after being barely touched by Dean.

Asked if Wilson should have run out of bounds, Saleh said, “One hundred percent.”

Saleh stood nearby while trainers attended to Wilson.

“He got a little greedy there,” Saleh said.

Wilson was not available for comment.

“He’s in good spirits, a little frustrated obviously,” Saleh said. “As good as you can be in this situation.”

Browns’ Watson apologizes ‘to all the women I have impacted’

(AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson apologized Friday “to all the women I have impacted” after being accused by two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions.

Watson, who is facing a potential year-long NFL suspension, spoke before Cleveland’s exhibition opener in Jacksonville – his first game since Jan. 3, 2021, with the Houston Texans.

Watson was suspended six games earlier this month by independent arbiter Sue L. Robinson, who concluded he violated the league’s personal conduct policy with “egregious” and “predatory” behavior.

As part of her decision, the retired federal judge noted Watson’s lack of remorse.

Watson was asked in a pregame interview with the team’s in-house TV crew Friday for his response to Robinson’s position that he hasn’t been contrite.

“Look, I want to say that I’m truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation,” Watson said in the interview. “The decisions that I made in my life that put me in this position I would definitely like to have back, but I want to continue to move forward and grow and learn and show that I am a true person of character and I am going to keep pushing forward.”

This is the first time Watson has publicly apologized for his alleged behavior. In his two media interviews since joining the Browns in March, he had said only that he had “no regrets” while acknowledging his actions had negatively impacted “so many people.”

Watson was accused of sexually harassing or assaulting the women during the therapy sessions in 2020 and 2021. He has always denied wrongdoing and grand juries in two Texas counties declined to indict him on criminal complaints.

The three-time Pro Bowler settled 23 of 24 civil lawsuits.

However, he’s still facing discipline from the league, which appealed Robinson’s penalty and is seeking a full-season ban along with a significant fine over $5 million and for Watson to undergo evaluation and treatment before he could be reinstated.

The appeal is now with Peter C. Harvey, a former New Jersey attorney general appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

There’s no timetable on Harvey’s decision. It’s also possible the sides could work out a settlement. On Thursday, a person familiar with Watson’s defense told AP that the 26-year-old would agree to an eight-game suspension and $5 million fine.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the high-profile case.

Watson has continued to practice and was excited about making his debut with Cleveland, which traded three-first-round picks to Houston for him in March and signed him to a five-year, $230 million contract.

Depending on Harvey’s ruling, Watson could be away from the Browns for an extended period. He was asked what kind of personal growth he hoped to make.

“I know I have a lot of work to put in, especially on the field to be able to make sure I’m ready to play whenever that time comes whenever I can step back on the field,” he said. “But also, the biggest thing is I want to continue counseling and I want to make sure that I’m growing as a person, as an individual for my decision-making on and off the field.

“I want to make sure that I’m just evolving in the community as much as possible, and that is for the Cleveland community, that is the NFL community and beyond.”

If Watson is suspended indefinitely, he would not be able to practice or play in the preseason so he was looking forward to facing the Jaguars.

“I’m super excited,” he said. “I’m excited to get out there with my new teammates and go out there and compete. Each and every snap, I want to make sure I cherish that because I’m not sure when the next time I’ll be able to get out there with those guys.”

Vikings’ Cousins has COVID-19, won’t play preseason opener

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play this weekend in the team’s first preseason game.

Coach Kevin O’Connell confirmed the diagnosis Friday at practice, where Cousins was absent for a second straight day. He felt ill Thursday and sent home.

“I like the way he handled it, reporting the symptoms and going through our in-house process we have here,” O’Connell said. “Ultimately looking out for his teammates and making sure we’ll get him back, ready to roll as soon as possible.”

Cousins has “very minimal” symptoms, O’Connell said.

Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond will split time in the exhibition Sunday at Las Vegas, where Cousins was unlikely to play much, if at all, even if he wasn’t sick. There are no other quarterbacks on the roster.

“No matter who starts, they’re both going to play a ton. Big evaluation game for us of those guys,” O’Connell said. “They’ve done a lot of really good things in camp, and now we get to see them play against a complete defensive structure, different coverages. I think it’ll be good for those guys.”

The Vikings are planning, roughly, an even split of the snaps against the Raiders.

“If a guy gets hot, starts feeling maybe he should take one more or two-minute or something like that, we’ll always adapt,” O’Connell said. “But we’ll have plenty of snaps to make it right through these next three games.”

Cousins missed Minnesota’s second-to-last game of the 2021 season after testing positive for COVID-19. He also missed five days in training camp last year due to what was deemed a close contact. Cousins followed NFL protocols for unvaccinated players last season.

Earlier this year, the league suspended all coronavirus protocols. The current recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is for people who test positive to isolate from others for at least five days. Isolation can end, the CDC says, if they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication and experiencing improvement in symptoms.

The Vikings’ next practice is Tuesday, putting Cousins on track to return to the field then, assuming he’s feeling fine. He has never missed a game or practice to injury in his NFL career, only illness.

No matter who’s taking the snaps, the otherwise meaningless game will mark a special occasion for O’Connell in his first live experience as a head coach. His counterpart on the Raiders sideline, Josh McDaniels, was the offensive coordinator for New England in 2008 when O’Connell was drafted by the Patriots.

“I have thought about it. I’m excited about it. Regardless of the result truly mattering for where our team will finish up this year, it’s still important for me to make sure I’m going through my process, not only as a play-caller but as a head coach,” O’Connell said.

Titans have competition for backup QB job thanks to Willis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have a competition for the job backing up Ryan Tannehill, and coach Mike Vrabel has made it very clear they want rookie Malik Willis throwing more.

Vrabel pulled Willis two plays into Tennessee’s first drive of the third quarter after the quarterback scrambled on the second play for 17 yards in the Titans’ 23-10 loss Thursday night to Baltimore. Willis showed off his scrambling ability running five times for 38 yards with a touchdown, and his strong arm was on display with a 48-yard toss to Racey McMath.

An impressive debut that had the rookie trending with video snippets of his highlights all over social media. Yet Willis finished with only one more completion than rushes, going 6 of 11 for 107 yards while being sacked twice.

And the Titans lost.

“We wanted him to rip it, and he didn’t,” Vrabel said Friday. “And so I’m sure he’ll rip it the next time that he has an opportunity.”

The Titans traded up to draft Willis at No. 86 overall out of Liberty in April, and they’ve been giving the rookie as much experience as possible this preseason. Willis has had opportunities to work with the second-team offense during training camp, and he started against Baltimore over Logan Woodside, who has been Tannehill’s backup the past two seasons.

Vrabel said they knew the Ravens would give them multiple looks and pressures. The challenge for Willis is what Vrabel called the “fine line” between moving around inside the pocket tapping into the drills they practice every day and working through his reads to find receivers.

“And then there’s times where we’re going to want him to go and be an athlete,” Vrabel said. “And so there’s some things we have to work on with … certainly the timing and what he’s seeing when those throws depend on it. And then there’s other times that I thought he really made some nice plays down the field and and kept his eyes down the field.”

One came on the play to McMath to set up a field goal in the second quarter. Willis also completed a sidearm throw around a defender to tight end Tommy Hudson. Willis took a sack just before halftime when he held onto the ball too long while in the pocket, then threw the ball away a couple of plays later.

Vrabel said it’s just execution and where Willis’ eyes are progressing through his reads. The work continues Saturday in camp, and the Titans also have a pair of joint practices with the first Wednesday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of their exhibition Aug. 20 in Nashville.

“This is all happening pretty quick and much quicker with more consequences in the game than what it’s been in practice,” Vrabel said.

Woodside has had little competition in backing up Tannehill the past two seasons, playing in 11 games. The quarterback drafted in the seventh round out of Toledo in 2018 by Cincinnati spent the first three weeks on the Titans’ practice squad in 2018 and all of 2019 injured on the practice squad.

Against the Ravens, Woodside threw more than twice as many passes as Willis going 14 of 24 for 102 yards. But he was intercepted twice, the first at the Ravens 2 on a pass to Terry Godwin, who Vrabel said could’ve helped break up that interception.

“Ultimately, the guy that has the ball is responsible for taking care of it,” Vrabel said.

NOTES: WR Treylon Burks, the 18th pick overall, didn’t catch the one pass thrown to him in the end zone and finished with one carry on a jet sweep. Vrabel said the rookie needs to play in games the way he’s been practicing. … Vrabel said DB Chris Jackson was being evaluated after limping to the locker room just before halftime.

Len Dawson, MVP of Chiefs’ first Super Bowl win, in hospice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Len Dawson, the 87-year-old Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title, has entered hospice care in Kansas City.

KMBC-TV, the Kansas City station where Dawson began his broadcasting career in 1966, confirmed Dawson is in hospice care through his wife, Linda.

The MVP of the Chiefs’ 23-7 Super Bowl victory over Minnesota in January 1970, Dawson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award in 2012.

From Alliance, Ohio, Dawson starred at Purdue and was selected fifth overall by Pittsburgh in the 1957 NFL draft. After seeing limited time in the NFL in three seasons with the Steelers and two with Cleveland, he joined the Dallas Texans in the American Football League in 1962, reuniting with former Purdue assistant coach Hank Stram.

Dawson moved with the team to Kansas City the following season and remained the Chiefs’ starting quarterback until retiring in 1975.

In addition to his work at KMBC where he was the station’s first sports anchor, Dawson was a game analyst for NBC and the Chiefs’ radio network and hosted HBO’s “Inside the NFL” show.

Lance’s deep TD pass leads 49ers to 28-21 win vs. Packers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Trey Lance flashed his big arm in a brief preseason stint for San Francisco with a 76-yard touchdown pass to speedy rookie Danny Gray that helped the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 28-21 on Friday night.

Lance played just two series in the game but that was enough to show why the Niners made the decision to transition from Jimmy Garoppolo to Lance at quarterback.

“He did some good things for a first game,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I wish we could have kept him in more but we had to get him out.”

Lance delivered a perfect deep strike to Gray on San Francisco’s second possession and Gray raced the rest of the way for the score. The pass traveled 34 yards downfield, longer than all but one of Garoppolo’s completions the past two seasons for San Francisco.

“Throw it to the fast guy,” Lance said. “Danny did a great job. He’s done a great job all camp. He’s a difference-maker on offense. His speed is something I’ve had maybe one time my entire life. He’s a fun guy to have.”

The ability to throw it deep was one reason why San Francisco traded three first-round picks to draft Lance third overall in 2021 to replace Garoppolo. Lance spent most of his rookie season on the bench but has taken over the offense this year as the Niners look to trade Garoppolo.

Lance finished 4 for 5 for 92 yards, a TD and a perfect 158.3 rating. He ran it once for 7 yards and slid at the end in what he said was a first in his life.

Green Bay’s young quarterback wasn’t as sharp on a night when both teams played only a handful of starters.

Jordan Love threw three interceptions to go along with two TD passes in one half of action with starter Aaron Rodgers sitting out the exhibition game.

Love found rookie Romeo Doubs on a 33-yard TD on Green Bay’s second drive and then connected on another 33-yarder to Danny Davis at the end of the half.

“Certainly, he’s going to want a couple of the throws back and certainly some of the reads,” coach Matt LaFleur said. “But it’s never perfect for a quarterback. But I thought, by and large, just watching the things like how the operation was, it was a smooth operation.”

But Love had three interceptions in between those TDs, including two that went off his own receivers’ hands. Love, who has thrown just 61 passes since being drafted in the first round in 2020, went 13 for 24 for 176 yards.

“I think for everybody, it could have been a better night,” Love said. “The ball just happens to bounce a weird way. They capitalized on those plays. Obviously, no one wants that to happen, and it sucks when it does. It’s something to learn from.”

The teams then traded TD passes in the fourth quarter, with Danny Etling throwing a 22-yarder to Amari Rodgers to give Green Bay a 21-20 lead and San Francisco answering with Brock Purdy’s 5-yard TD to Tanner Hudson.

Ridder leads Falcons to late victory over Lions 27-23

DETROIT (AP) Rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jared Bernhardt with 1:30 left to give the Atlanta Falcons a 27-23 win over the Detroit Lions on Friday.

The Lions took a 23-20 lead on Riley Patterson’s 28-yard field goal with 5:57 to play, then forced Atlanta into a three-and-out. Detroit quarterback David Blough, though, fumbled at his 33 with 2:00 left.

Facing fourth-and-9 from the 21 with 1:37 left, Atlanta coach Arthur Smith decided to avoid a tie and give Ridder a chance to win the game.

“There was no way we were going to kick – no one wants a tie,” he said. “We were going to try to make a play and try to win. I don’t think Joe Gibbs and Tony Dungy went to the Hall of Fame on their preseason records.”

Ridder dodged two pass rushers and Bernhardt fought off Cedric Boswell’s coverage attempt to make the catch just inside the end zone.

“(Boswell) apologized after the play for not running a great route,” Smith said. “I told him not to worry about it – he won us the game.”

Ridder replaced Marcus Mariota after one drive and finished 10-for-22 for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 59 yards, as Atlanta put up 168 yards rushing and just 139 passing.

Lions quarterbacks Tim Boyle and Blough, competing for the No. 2 job behind Jared Goff, both struggled. Boyle was 9-for-16 for 111 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Blough was 18-for-28 for 141 yards, but had a pass deflected and nearly intercepted in his own end zone with 3:42 left before his late fumble.

“We certainly wish we could have finished that off, but we did get a good look at our guys in different situations,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “I was pleased with the way our offense started the game.”

The Lions have lost their past nine preseason games. Their previous win came on Aug. 24, 2018, in Tampa Bay.

Watson apologizes, then struggles in Browns preseason debut

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Deshaun Watson apologized before his preseason debut with the Cleveland Browns and then got an earful from opposing fans.

Watson apologized Friday “to all the women I have impacted” after being accused by two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions.

Potentially facing a year-long suspension, Watson publicly expressed remorse and contrition for the first time since he was accused of sexually harassing or assaulting the women during therapy sessions in 2020 and 2021.

He spoke before the team’s exhibition opener, a 24-13 victory at Jacksonville (0-2) in which Watson was roundly booed during three series of work. Fans in one end zone could be heard chanting vulgarities at Watson during his first drive.

The three-time Pro Bowler completed 1 of 5 passes for 7 yards in his first game action since Jan. 3, 2021, with Houston.

“I think he probably wants some throws back,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “Obviously playing football for the first time in a while, I thought it was important for him to get out there with his teammates in this scheme. I’m sure he had the butterflies and the jitters early. But I think he understands what he’s working through.”

Watson managed no first downs and 7 yards while playing without receiver Amari Cooper, running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and offensive linemen Joel Bitonio and Jack Conklin. Starting center Nick Harris, who is replacing NFLPA president and salary-cap casualty JC Tretter, went down on the second play with a right knee injury.

Harris will have tests Saturday to determine the extent of his injury, Stefanski said.

Cleveland trailed 13-0 when Watson’s night ended. He spent much of the second half sitting on a cooler on the sideline and chewing gum. If he made any strides, they came before kickoff.

“Look, I want to say that I’m truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation,” Watson said in the pregame interview. “The decisions that I made in my life that put me in this position I would definitely like to have back, but I want to continue to move forward and grow and learn and show that I am a true person of character and I am going to keep pushing forward.”

The team declined to make Watson available after the game.

Watson, who denied any wrongdoing while settling 23 of 24 civil lawsuits, is still facing league discipline. The NFL is appealing independent arbiter Sue L. Robinson’s six-game suspension. The retired federal judge concluded Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy with “egregious” and “predatory” behavior. As part of her ruling, Robinson noted Watson’s lack of remorse.

The appeal is now with Peter C. Harvey, a former New Jersey attorney general appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell. In the meantime, Watson can practice and play. Stefanski said he wanted to get Watson preseason action despite the looming suspension.

“It’s been something that we’ve been talking about the last few months, weeks, just trying to figure out what the best path forward was for – not just for our quarterbacks – but for the entire team,” he said.

Watson jogged into TIAA Bank Field with a security guard at his side and later stopped to sign autographs following warmups. No protests against Watson were found outside the stadium, although several cars could be seen sporting unsavory messages ripping the embattled quarterback.

Cardinals beat Bengals 36-23 in preseason opener

The most encouraging sight for the Cincinnati Bengals in their preseason opener might have been quarterback Joe Burrow running warmup sprints with his teammates before the game.

The Bengals star, who had an appendectomy on July 27, is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener Sept. 11. He watched from the sideline with the rest of the starters from both teams in a predictably sloppy preseason opener won by the Arizona Cardinals 36-23.

Jonathan Ward, trying to win a spot in a crowded Arizona backfield, ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns in the second quarter.

Trace McSorley and Jarrett Guarantano, in competition to be the third-string quarterback, shared the snaps for the Cardinals. McSorley, who was signed midway through the 2021 season, threw for 163 yards and a touchdown to Andre Baccellia.

Guarantano, an undrafted free agent, was 7 for 10 for 54 yards and tossed a short touchdown pass to Jontre Kirklin.

“Any time you can play a clean game with substitutions, penalties, no turnovers, I thought that was what we wanted out of it,” Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “Long way to go. A lot of stuff we’ve got to get better at.”

The highlight for the Bengals was a late 11-play, 94-yard drive directed by undrafted free agent quarterback Drew Plitt and punctuated by a 25-yard TD pass to Kendric Pryor.

The Bengals lost Brandon Allen, who backed up Burrow last season, early in the game with a concussion. That left third-stringer Jake Browning to direct Cincinnati the rest of the way, going 13 for 24 for 190 yards. Plitt, signed when Burrow had surgery last month, completed all six of his pass attempts for 76 yards.

It was a messy affair for the Bengals’ rookies and back-ups. They were flagged for 11 penalties that cost them 104 yards. That included a 60-yard run by running back Chris Evans that was erased by a holding penalty. Cincinnati rushed for only 62 yards in the entire game.

“We all have a lot to learn from that first experience,” said Jackson Carman, a second-year offensive lineman competing to start at left guard. “There’s always stuff you have to learn.”

Keaontay Ingram also had a 1-yard touchdown run for Arizona (1-0).

Trent Taylor added four catches for 74 yards for Cincinnati. Jacques Patrick ran for a 1-yard TD in the fourth quarter.


Spaun leads playoff opener; Scheffler, McIlroy miss cut

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) J.J. Spaun hopes he’s only getting started on the road to the FedEx Cup finale. Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will have to wait another week.

As for Jason Day, his season is over.

Spaun made a late birdie for a 3-under 67 to take a one-shot lead Friday in the FedEx St. Jude Championship, the opening event in the PGA Tour postseason that no longer has three of its biggest stars for the weekend at the TPC Southwind.

Scheffler, the Masters champion and No. 1 player for the last five months, never quite recovered from what he could only describe as an “out-of-body experience” with his putting in the first round. He had birdie chances on two of the last three holes he couldn’t convert and his 68 was one shot short of making the weekend.

“Obviously, it’s really frustrating coming into the playoffs,” Scheffler said. “I was practicing really hard at home, actually playing really good, and I showed up and had the worst putting day ever. Golf smacks you in the face sometimes.”

McIlroy went from rough to gallery to fringe to bogey on his last hole for a 69 for only his second missed cut of the year. Spieth’s hopes of playing the weekend ended with a tee shot into the water on the par-3 14th that led to a 74.

At least they get to play next week in the BMW Championship, being high enough in the standings not to lose too much sleep over it.

Day opened with a 65 and was hopeful of a big finish to advance into the top 70 who made it to the next playoff event. Instead, the former world No. 1 dropped five shots over the last eight holes, shot 74 and missed the cut by one shot.

Day was among 31 players who started outside the top 70 in the FedEx Cup and missed the cut, meaning their season is over.

Rickie Fowler, who came in at No. 125, ended the back nine (double bogey) and front nine (bogey) poorly and shot 71. He was tied for 33rd, around for two more days but needing to contend to advance.

Spaun was at 11-under 129 and only looking ahead.

He was one shot ahead of Sepp Straka, who birdied his last three holes for a 66, and Troy Merritt, who had a 65. Merritt started at No. 64 in the standings, so this was just what he needed to make sure he would be moving on.

With a clear sky, hot sun and a little more wind, Spaun was as proud of his 67 on Friday as his 64 the day before. Mostly, he feels his game his coming around after going into a lull following his first PGA Tour title at the Valero Texas Open in early April.

“It’s so hard to be consistently good at the highest level. Some guys that do it like that, like Tiger and McIlroy and all those guys. It’s just insane how good they are for so long,” Spaun said. “I did it for a few months and then kind of fell off, but here I am kind of making my way back.”

Straka knows the feeling. He had not made it to the weekend since the Memorial in early June. And then he opened with rounds of 64-66.

“Hadn’t played great coming into this week. Missed a bunch of cuts coming in,” Straka said (in his case, “a bunch” would be six in a row). “But that’s golf. You’re going to have the ebbs and flows and just kind go with it.”

And off he went, especially at the end, when he finished with three straight birdies to get to 10 under.

Tony Finau, coming off two straight victories, had his 11th consecutive round at 68 or lower dating to the final round of the British Open. His 68 on Friday left him three behind.

Spaun didn’t feel as though he had much of a lead – one shot, not to mention 15 players within four shots of the lead and 36 holes still to play.

“It’s anyone’s weekend, and it’s going to mine,” he said playfully.

The first part for so many players was getting to the weekend, and two players who seized on the opportunity were Ryan Palmer and Lucas Glover.

Palmer is at No. 110 in the FedEx Cup, shot 67 and joined Finau, British Open champion Cam Smith (65) and others at 8-under 132.

Glover is No. 121. Even with a bogey on his final hole, his 68 put him four shots out of the lead.



Ferguson stays in front, Doherty leads women in NIreland

BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland (AP) Ewen Ferguson of Scotland followed up his big opening round with an even-par 70 but it kept him in the lead at the ISPS Handa World Invitational on Friday.

Ferguson carded a course-record 61 on Thursday at Galgorm Castle, one of two courses used for the event that features men’s and women’s tournaments taking place simultaneously.

The 26-year-old Ferguson, in search of his second European Tour victory, remained on 9 under overall after Friday’s round at Massereene Golf Club. Borja Virto of Spain was one shot back after his 67.

“(I) missed a couple of the putts that I’ve kind of been making yesterday to keep my round going,” Ferguson said. “Good putts, but just kind of lipping out, and yesterday they were kind of lipping in. You walk onto the next tee when they lip in, you feel amazing. When you walk on the next tee and they lip out you feel a bit flatter.”

Italy’s Filippo Celli (67), who won the silver medal as leading amateur at the British Open last month, was two strokes off the lead alongside Felix Palson (68) of Sweden.

The tournament is tri-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour. The men and women play from different tees and compete separately, with two equal prize funds of $1.5 million each.

Amanda Doherty of the United States kept her lead the women’s tournament after her 5-under 67 at Massereene. At 11 under overall, Doherty is one shot ahead of compatriot Lauren Coughlin and Dane Emily Kristine Pedersen.

The 24-year-old Doherty recorded five birdies on her front nine.

“Putts were going in today. I was hitting the ball well to get it close enough for them to go in, but they were just falling in, and that was definitely the best part of my game on the front nine,” she said.

Georgia Hall of England made a hole-in-one on the par-3 third in her 69 at Massereene. She is three shots off the lead.

“I couldn’t really see it, but I think it pitched a few yards short, spun, and then rolled in nicely,” she said.



Fury to ‘walk away’ from boxing after short-lived comeback

LONDON (AP) Tyson Fury has decided to “walk away” from boxing, only three days after saying he was returning to the sport.

Fury turned 34 on Friday and posted a message on social media saying: “Massive thanks to everyone who had an input in my career over the years & after long hard conversations (I’ve finally) decided to walk away & on my 34th birthday I say Bon voyage.”

That seemingly puts Fury back into retirement, after he announced on Tuesday that he was returning to boxing in order to set up a fight against Derek Chisora, a fellow Briton whom he beat twice early in his career.

That announcement had sparked speculation that Fury, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, was targeting a possible unification bout against the winner between Oleksandr Usyk, the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO title-holder, and Anthony Joshua, who are fighting on Aug. 20 in Saudi Arabia.

Fury did not give a reason for his apparent change of heart.

The undefeated Fury initially said after his win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April that he was retiring from the sport.

NIT headed to Las Vegas in 2023, Indianapolis in 2024

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA announced Friday that the NIT semifinals and final will be played at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas in 2023 and Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in 2024.

The NIT has been played at Madison Square Garden in New York every year but two since 1938, with the 2020 tournament canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 event held in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The NIT board also selected former coaches Rick Byrd, Bob McKillop and Gary Waters to join the NIT committee.

Bubba Wallace signs contract extension with 23XI Racing

(AP) — Bubba Wallace locked down his future with 23XI Racing on Friday and now is eyeing a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs for the first time in his career.

Wallace and 23XI announced a multiyear contract extension that keeps Wallace in the No. 23 Toyota that was the foundation of Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan’s race team. The organization was launched around the only Black driver competing at NASCAR’s top level and the many partners Wallace signed in 2020 when he became a central figure in the national reckoning on racial and social justice issues.

“It feels great to get this renewal done and to know I have a home at 23XI Racing,” Wallace said. “Thanks to M.J. and Denny for continuing to believe in me. We’ve come a long way together in less than two years and we’ve checked off some major goals along the way. We know we still have work to do, both on and off the race track, but I feel good about our team and the direction we’re heading.”

Wallace had no intention of testing the free agent market because he believes his only future in NASCAR is with 23XI.

“I thought from Day 1 on joining this team that I wanted to make this where I retire and a place that I call home for a very long time,” Wallace said. “I’m just trying to do the best that I can and continue those efforts.”

The team expanded this season to add a second car, with veteran Kurt Busch as Wallace’s teammate. Busch will miss his fourth consecutive race on Sunday with concussion-like symptoms, which has put his playoff berth in jeopardy.

At the same time, Wallace is clawing toward his own spot in the 16-driver field. Wallace has never before made the Cup Series playoffs and heads into Sunday’s race at Richmond ranked a career-best 19th in the standings.

He’s coming off his first pole of the season last week at Michigan International Speedway and then a second-place finish that left him nearly in tears over falling just short of his second career win.

“We haven’t had the best season, but we’ve been able to turn it around and really shown what we are capable of these last handful of races,” Wallace said. “We know the urge to win is high and I thought that was the best opportunity that we had all year long, and just me replaying the last restart and wondering what could I have done different?

“I am in a much better place today; I see how incredible our team performed … to put us in that position. So lots to be happy for and grateful for, but in that moment, the sign of defeat got me there for a second.”

Wallace has four consecutive finishes of eighth or better, but he needs a victory in the remaining three regular-season races to get into the playoffs. NASCAR races at Richmond, the road course at Watkins Glen and then Daytona, where Wallace should be considering among the favorites.

Wallace earned his only career victory, the first for the 23XI organization, last fall at Talladega. At Daytona, Wallace has four top-five finishes in 10 career Cup starts. Three of those finishes were second.

“Without a doubt,” Wallace said when asked if he believes he can win in the regular season. “We’re really confident with what we’re bringing back for Sunday. Watkins Glen is just a race of survival, you never know what can happen. But then Daytona, I think we’re one of the favorites going into that. We just have to continue to do what we do like we’ve been doing the last four to five races.

“It seems to be working. Don’t ask what it is. I can’t really tell you. But it’s working.”

The extension was announced a day after Wallace hosted more than 3,500 people at Richmond Raceway for the inaugural “Bubba’s Block Party,” which he hopes will bring a younger, more diverse audience to NASCAR.

The event was one of the many initiatives Wallace has tackled as a key figure in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts with both 23I Racing and NASCAR. His “Live to be Different Foundation” allows Wallace to engage with the Charlotte-area community through backpack drives and the “Knowledge is Power Program” brings students to race tracks across the country.

Additionally, Wallace’s clothing design collaborations with both McDonald’s and Columbia Sportswear Company have brought NASCAR to a new audience.

Hamlin called Wallace “a key part of the early stages of 23XI” and said the team would continue pushing his career.

“The goal was to help him take his career to a higher level, and we have done just that,” Hamlin said. “Bubba is continuing to get more competitive each week. We’re excited to see his growth as he and the team work toward achieving our goals.”


INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Bins Homers, Indians Spin Shutout in Memphis, 3-0

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Indianapolis Indians pitching staff combined to throw their sixth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over the Memphis Redbirds on Friday night at AutoZone Park.

The Indians (53-54) opened their night offensively in the top of the second inning against Memphis starter Garrett Williams (L, 0-3) with a two-run home run to left-center field by catcher Carter Bins. Williams left a breaking ball over the heart of the plate in a 1-2 count, and Bins pummeled his seventh blast of the year. Indianapolis added another run in the sixth thanks to a leadoff triple to center field from right fielder Cal Mitchell and a run-producing ground ball single from third baseman Kevin Padlo.

After new trade acquisition Johan Oviedo fired two hitless innings in his first start for the Indians, right-hander Noe Toribio (W, 3-1) followed with three-plus scoreless frames. After Toribio allowed a leadoff triple and a walk to open the bottom of the sixth, southpaw Cam Vieaux entered, struck out the league’s leading hitter in Alec Burleson, and got rehabber Juan Yepez to ground into an inning-ending double play. Vieaux followed with two more hitless innings and accounted for four of the six strikeouts for the Indians pitching staff, with the other two coming in the ninth from right-hander Eric Hanhold (S, 7).

The Indians silenced the Redbirds (57-51) for the team’s sixth shutout win this season after being shut out in game two of the double-header on Thursday night. Of the last three shutouts thrown by the Indians, two of them have come against Memphis, with the first of which coming in a 2-0 win at Victory Field on June 22nd.

The Indians and Redbirds play the fifth of a six-game series on Saturday night at AutoZone Park, with first pitch coming at 7:35 PM ET. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (5-4, 4.56), the Indians’ Player of the Month in July, gets the ball for Indianapolis. The Cardinals’ top pitching prospect, LHP Matthew Liberatore (5-4, 4.77), opposes for Memphis.

INDIANA FEVER BASKETBALL: Emily Engstler Posts Career-High 18 Points in Final Home Game of Season

INDIANAPOLIS – In the first of two matchups against the Washington Mystics to end the regular season, the Indiana Fever fell 82-70 at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday night. Rookie forward Emily Engstler led the way, tallying a career-high 18 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

The first quarter for Indiana was led by forward Emma Cannon. After getting added to the starting lineup minutes before tip-off, Cannon scored all of Indiana’s 12 points in the first quarter. She is only the second player — the first being Erica Wheeler — in franchise history to score every point in a quarter.

Washington continued its balanced scoring attack in the second quarter, shooting 50 percent from the field. Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne and center Elizabeth Williams led the team with eight points each and scored the majority of Washington’s 18 first-half points in the paint.

Washington kept control of the lead in the third quarter, with Delle Donne scoring eight of her game-high 24 points in the quarter. Up 60-47 after three quarters, Indiana put up a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to cut the lead down to eight. The Mystics responded, however, with two straight baskets to push the lead back to double digits and held the lead for the remainder of the game.

Four players in total scored in double figures for Indiana. Behind Engstler’s 18, Cannon tied her season-high with 16 points and eight rebounds. Guard Tiffany Mitchell scored 13 points and rookie forward NaLyssa Smith recorded her 23rd career game in double figures with 11 points.

Every player who touched the floor for Washington scored a basket in the contest for the 21-14 Mystics. Williams was the second-leading scorer behind Delle Donne with 10 points. The Mystics assisted on 26 of their 31 made field goals — the most this season.


The Fever play the final game of the regular season on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Washington Mystics.


Indy Eleven at Hartford Athletic

Saturday, August 13, 2022 – 7:00 p.m. ET 

Trinity Health Stadium  – Hartford, Conn.


Local TV: none

Streaming Video: ESPN+ (click to subscribe) 

Radio: none

In-game updates: @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers 

Live stats: #HFDvIND MatchCenter on  


Indy Eleven: 6W-12L-4D (-11 GD), 22 pts.; 9th in Eastern Conference 

Hartford Athletic: 4W-14L-5D (-13 GD), 17 pts.; 11th in Eastern Conference 


OUT: Aris Briggs (R shin), Bryan Meredith (R hand fracture)

QUESTIONABLE:  Manuel Arteaga (R knee)


IND: none

HFD: none

* IND’s Sam Brown will receive a one-game suspension from USL for caution accumulation (eight) should they receive a yellow card in any game up to and including Aug. 31 vs. LOU

A two-game road swing for Indy Eleven against teams in proximity on the Eastern Conference table kicks off Saturday evening against a Hartford Athletic side equally as desperate for a positive result.

Let’s start with something positive that is all but certain to happen – a new club record to be had. After tying “Eleven Original” midfielder Brad Ring with his 115th appearance for the Boys in Blue last weekend against Pittsburgh, captain Ayoze will claim the club’s record all to himself the next time the Spaniard takes the field – and there’s no reason he shouldn’t clinch that with a start on Saturday.

One thing Ayoze’s influence hasn’t been able to overcome has been Indy Eleven’s summer swoon, as Indiana’s Team has grabbed just two points from its current 10-game winless streak dating back to mid-June. Despite that, the Boys in Blue enter the final third of their campaign this weekend with the playoff line still in sight thanks to a pair of games in hand on seventh place Miami FC, but with 12 points to make up there are no opportunities to waste – especially with four straight matches against teams above the playoff line following the squad’s short road trip.

After going five straight games without a goal during the victory drought, the Indy attack has shown some production as of late, scoring once during the first two games of its recent three-game homestand (and really all three if you choose to recognize Stefano Pinho’s late strike last weekend against Pittsburgh that sure looked to have crossed the goalline … which we do). However, after allowing just one goal in five straight matches to stay in games through the Memphis match, Indiana’s Team has conceded five times in the last two outings. With five new players brought in since early July now entrenched in the squad, there would be no better time for a complete performance from the new look Eleven than Saturday night.

On the opposite bench the story is much the same, with Hartford entering the match on a seven-match winless streak (0-5-2). Sitting 17 points below the playoff line with 11 games remaining on its schedule, Athletic is spiraling rapidly towards “mathematically eliminated from postseason contention” status, making Saturday’s game just as much of a “must-win” for the Connecticut side.

It’s been a season of three big swings for Athletic, whose 1-0 loss at Carroll Stadium on April 30 gave it a 0-6-1 start to the campaign, followed by a 4-3-2 run through May and June. Hartford’s surprising 2-0 home win over Colorado Springs on June 28 marked its last three-point result, with its seven-game winless skid including three consecutive one-goal defeats at First Trinity Stadium to Tampa Bay (2-3), Pittsburgh (1-2), and most recently Birmingham (0-1) on July 30.

Athletic is led in attack by Liberian right-sided threat Joel Johnson, a seven-season veteran of the USL Championship who leads the side with four goals, while forward Rashawn Dally has gathered his team-high four assists while coming primarily off the bench. Meanwhile, midfielder sits second on the squad in both categories, collecting three goals and three assists each. In goal, New England Revolution II loanee Yannik Oettl has taken over the reins since mid-June, starting the squad’s last 10 matches and posting a 1.50 goals against average and 2-6-2 record in that span. 


INDIANA FOOTBALL: Fall Camp Edition – August 12

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After wrapping up the first scrimmage of the fall, Indiana football head coach Tom Allen and quarterbacks Connor Bazelak and Jack Tuttle met with the media inside Memorial Stadium on Friday (August 12).

Below is a partial transcript of the press conference, while video of the full media session can be found on the right sidebar at

Tom Allen | Head Coach

Opening Statement

I will tell you what, I thought today was a really good scrimmage. First one, we call it preseason game number one, as we go through this process. Then, we will have preseason game number two a week from today, and then we will have our mock game, which is preseason game number three.

A lot of guys got a lot of good reps. I thought it was competitive back-and-forth and it came down to the final snap: fourth-and-goal on the one [yard line]. to be able to decide the winner for that portion of it. Both sides made plays and I thought all three quarterbacks did some really good things and really protected the ball pretty well. We tried to do a lot of things difficult on them for that. We came out of it pretty clean injury-wise, which is always a huge plus.

Got a lot of good live go’s, a lot of good situations and got some overtime work, got some heavy red zone work, moved the football and got our special teams worked on in a lot of situations. So, very positive, but a lot to work on. We haven’t watched the film yet, so we will know what that looks like when I get a chance to grad [the film] here in a little bit, but thought it was a very good day for the Hoosiers.


On what he was focused on the most during the scrimmage…

TA: To start on offense, just wanted to be able to move the football efficiently, get the ball in the end zone and we have emphasized creating more explosive plays. That is obviously a tough dynamic, because we are trying to not allow those on defense, which is the natural tension you have there. Trying to be able to create those and not have to drive 10, 11, 12-play drives to get down the field.

That was the emphasis and we had several of those today and that was good. Then, continue to master the offense and play with confidence. The whole objective [of today’s scrimmage] was coaches off the field in the scrimmage, but don’t even yell, because [the natural tendency for a coach is to correct someone], but don’t say anything to them and make them make the checks and adjustments. That way, we know exactly where we are at.

The biggest goal [of the scrimmage] is evaluation. Where are we at schematically with our installs? And where are we at depth chart-wise and where do the guys stack up against each other at each position? We will go through and grade this just like we would a normal game, this afternoon, then bring the guys back tonight, watch it and get [the mistakes] cleaned up.

Then, the final thing to me, objectively, would just be able to start playing well as a team. We talk about offense, defense and special teams. The best team wins on game day and to have a chance to really see those special teams units transitioning in and out, the substitution patterns you have with that, can be challenging. We had offense on one side and defense on the other in a scrimmage situation. At the same time, in the pre-practice portion of the scrimmage we do our substitutions, we call them pop-up meetings, just showing them how it is going to look on game day. We are trying to simulate game day and I thought it was a good first step for that.

On what he saw from the quarterbacks during the scrimmage…

TA: I think the bottom line is that I wanted to get the ball thrown down the field and create those explosive plays and those chunk plays. It doesn’t have to be bombs; we are talking about even just the deep 10-15-yard concepts. Just trying to get the ball to the second level and get [the defense] stressed.

I thought all three guys were effective at that. The part about reading the defense and we will know that more when we watch the film and do all that to know for sure. It appeared that there was good command of the offense.

We did have some holding penalties, and we talked that through out there on the field, from a technical perspective. I got to make sure we eliminate those. We had a couple illegal procedures we need to eliminate, had one bad snap over the head in the red zone, which is costly, and we can’t have those. We haven’t really had those with our first group, so that was the first one, I think, the entire spring we have with the one’s. That hasn’t been an issue, but we have to make sure it’s not an issue.

For me, as I have said from the beginning, it is commanding the offense, number one, protecting the football, number two, which I thought we did a good job of that today, and then, number three, it’s winning the team over. Who believes that when we have the ball with time on the clock if that guy is in the huddle our team believes we are going to go find a way to win. That’s the final step to figure out who the guy needs to be.

On the health of the team…

TA: We have a couple of guys on defense that we felt [didn’t need to see a lot of action in the scrimmage], Tiawan [Mullen], J-Will [Jaylin Williams], Cam [Jones] and Monster [Devon Matthews]. Those guys, we’ve seen them play a lot of football. I would say getting D.J. [Matthews Jr.] back, he is progressing really well, but kept him controlled today and did a lot of conditioning with him. Just trying to make sure those guys are physically ready and getting enough pops and physicality and tackling on defense and getting hit on offense to be able to be good for game day.

I feel we came out of the scrimmage good. I think we had a couple younger guys that got tripped up a little bit. Nothing serious, it didn’t seem like. Very clean day on that, which is a big deal. When you have a chance to have a full live scrimmage like that, it doesn’t always happen.

Felt good about that and feel like we are really trying to do a great job with our strength staff, [watching] a lot of play counts for our guys and understanding that whole dynamic. We spent a lot of time studying that and researching that and making sure we feel good about it. The whole scrimmage today was built off of that and kept track of the whole time. Then just trying to stay true to that progression to keep building and be able to peak on September 2.

Connor Bazelak | Jr.-R | QB

On what he’s seen from Donaven McCulley as a wide receiver…

CB: To me, he’s made a big jump. I think in the spring he was a little bit hesitant, he was still learning the playbook, still learning how to play a whole new receiver position that he’s never played. Now, I think in fall camp I think he’s willing to go in there and block and do the dirty work and I think that shows up in the film. He’s getting the playbook down, learning how to run routes, learning the little nuances to play receiver in the Big Ten. So, really excited about him and what he brings to the offense.

On his comfort level and how he feels how he has improved…

CB: I feel really good about where my game is right now. I feel like I’m throwing the ball really well. Hitting deep shots, checking the ball down when I get pressure, and like you said, just learning the offense, getting a better grasp of the offense. I think Coach [Walt] Bell talked about the D, E, Fs of plays the other day, just kind of learning those, I think when you learn an offense and install a second time it’s always easier and when you go out and rep it. I feel really good about where I am.

On if the change from Missouri to Indiana has been a reboot to his game…

CB: Last season was definitely up-and-down. I had a really bad grade two and a half hamstring last year and played through that which was tough, couldn’t run. But nobody cares, you know, you go out there and you’ve got to win games that’s what they want. So, able to make a bowl game but thought it was best to come here, everything’s great, I love it here. The players have been awesome, the quarterbacks were super welcoming in the spring and can’t say enough about Coach [Tom] Allen, he’s an unbelievable man, coach, leader and Coach Bell has been great, just the hospitality has been awesome, and I think it’s a great fit for me.

On his experience and what he learned at the Manning Passing Academy…

CB: That experience is awesome. It was my second year down there and the Manning’s are great, unbelievable people. The camp they put on is twelve-hundred kids, and to be able to manage that is unbelievable and then I think the biggest part is just being around other quarterbacks kind of picking their mind, picking Peyton’s mind, Eli, also meeting other college quarterbacks and guys who you’re going to be playing against on Saturday, just kind of getting to know them, kind of what they do in their offense and just an unbelievable experience.

Jack Tuttle | Sr.-R | QB

On what he wants the offense to accomplish in scrimmages…

JT: Move the ball, score points. Pretty simple. Yeah, that’s really it. That’s all from scoring in the red zone, moving the ball, making plays, and explosive plays. I think we did a good job of that today and just got to keep on going.

On his approach to leadership in 2022…

JT: There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff that the media doesn’t really know or understand. But we didn’t play in a bowl, right? So, just having that whole month of December just to kind of sit there and really think how last year went compared to two great years before that. A lot of thoughts came into my head, got with C-4 [Cam Jones] about it. Put all the thoughts, really had a lot of accountability stuff in there, presented it to the whole team in January and that kind of just created that spark we needed, that motivation we needed, that hunger we needed to get back, grind, do what we need to do, and improve.

On the challenges of learning a new offense again…

JT: As you learn new playbooks it kind of gets easier and easier. So, in that regard, it hasn’t been bad at all. Getting with Coach Bell, he’s great about meeting. I think that the team has done a great job, Coach Bell has done a great job of getting with us, meeting with basically everybody so we’re all comfortable with him. So, it’s going good.

On what he enjoys about playing with D.J. Matthews Jr. and how he looks coming off of injury…

JT: D.J. is a great person, a great player, and I think he’s done a phenomenal job of just coming back from his knee [injury]. I can’t imagine what he’s been through. I know he’s done a brilliant job in his rehab and getting back with the team. Honestly, you wouldn’t even really be able to tell he hurt his knee. He’s doing such a good job.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Devonte Green Signs Contract with Hungarian Professional Team

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Former Indiana University guard Devonte Green has signed with Atomeromu SE Paks and will play in Hungary’s A Division this coming season. It will be his third year as a professional.

Green played last season at Larissa BC in Greek GBL league. In 20 games he averaged 8.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1assists. He helped them to a league semifinal appearance.

Green has previously played professionally in the NBA Summer League (Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz White). He was part of a squad which won the NBA Summer League in Salt Lake City championship title in 2021.

Green graduated from Indiana University in 2020. He scored 954 points averaging 8.0 through his career and 2.0 assists from 2016-20. He shot 37.7% from 3-point range and had a career-high 30 points in a win over No. 17 Florida State and 27 in a victory over No. 21 Iowa.

INDIANA SWIMMING AND DIVING: Looze Named ASCA Coach of the Year Finalist

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head swimming coach Ray Looze has been named one of six finalists for the ASCA Coach of the Year award, the association announced this week.

The award highlights swimming excellence at the world level. The winner will be announced September 8 at the awards banquet during the ASCA World Clinic at the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas.

Ten swimmers with ties to the IU program competed at the 19th FINA World Championships in June and July both for Team USA and for international squads.

A former IU swimmer, now swimming with Indiana Swim Club, Lilly King won three gold medals at the competition. With a victory in the 200-meter breaststroke race, King became the first American swimmer to win a career of gold medals in the 50, 100 and 200-meter events of one stroke at the long course world championships. King also contributed to two USA relay victories.

King’s training partner, Annie Lazor also qualified for world championships in the 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke events. Lazor will also compete for Team USA at the Duel in the Pool, a

Meet between the Australian and United States national teams. Lazor will be joined by fellow breaststroker and senior Mackenzie Looze, who recently won the 200-meter breaststroke national championship at the Phillips 66 National Championships.

Coach Looze also had a hand in a pair of national records set at world championships. On the first day of competition, freshman Ching Hwee Gan set Singapore’s standard in the 1500-meter freestyle, going 16:32.43. Then, Egypt’s Mohamed Samy went 54.67 in the 100-meter backstroke to set the best mark for his country.

Freshman Mariah Denigan was one of the top female swimmers in Team USA’s open water lineup this summer. She helped the red, white and blue to a seventh-place finish in the mixed 4×1500-meter event and then placed 15th in the world individually in the 10-kilometer race.

Domestically, Looze was named the Big Ten Men’s Coach of the Year for a sixth time in his career after leading the Hoosier men to a fourth conference title in six years as well as a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships for a third time in four full seasons.

The Hoosiers also won big at the Phillips 66 National Championships in July, claiming the women’s and combined team titles. Three swimmers with ties to IU won individual titles: Zach Apple (100m free co-champion), Mackenzie Looze (200m breast) and Josh Matheny (100m breast). IU swimmers captured five medals in all.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Boilermakers Host ISU in Final Preseason Tune-Up

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team takes to the Folk Field pitch for the first time this season when they host Illinois State on Saturday, August 13.

The preseason home game begins at 1 p.m. ET. It is the second and final exhibition match for both sides before the 2022 regular season begins next week.

Admission will be free for all fans to Saturday’s preseason contest and every regular-season home game in 2022.

The Boilermakers are coming off a 5-3 win at Marquette to begin preseason action on Wednesday. Illinois State hosted SIU Edwardsville on Monday in its first exhibition.

Following Saturday’s contest, the regular season commences against No. 15 USC on Thursday, August 18, at 7 p.m. ET. Purdue’s complete schedule, which features nine regular-season home games at Folk Field, can be found at

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Soccer Game vs. Long Beach State Canceled

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Due to a change in Long Beach State’s travel schedule, the Purdue soccer team’s non-conference home game against LBSU on Sunday, September 11, has been canceled.

The game will not be rescheduled.

Purdue’s Reunion Weekend, originally scheduled for September 10-11, will be rescheduled for later in the 2022 season. Additional details on the event, including the new date and how alumnae can register, will be announced on as details are finalized.

The Boilermakers’ 2022 regular-season schedule now features 17 games, including nine at Folk Field. Five Big Ten foes visit West Lafayette, and four of Purdue’s nine home games are against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season. The complete schedule can be found here.

Prior to the regular season commencing on August 18 against No. 15 USC, the Boilermakers host Illinois State on Saturday, August 13, at 1 p.m. ET.

Admission to the ISU exhibition match and each regular-season contest at Folk Field will be free for all fans.

2022 Purdue Soccer Schedule

Wednesday, August 10 – at Marquette (exhibition), 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 13 – vs. Illinois State (exhibition), 1 p.m.

Thursday, August 18 – vs. USC, 7 p.m. – Boiler Gold Rush

Sunday, August 21 – vs. Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.

Thursday, August 25 – at Kentucky, 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 28 – vs. Miami (Ohio), 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 1 – at Kansas, 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 4 – at Kansas State, 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 8 – vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 18 – at Northwestern, TBD

Thursday, September 22 – vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 25 – at Michigan State, 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 29 – vs. Nebraska, 7 p.m. – Hammer Down Cancer

Sunday, October 2 – vs. Rutgers, 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 9 – vs. Illinois, 1 p.m. – Senior Day

Thursday, October 13 – at Iowa, 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 16 – at Indiana, 1 p.m.

Thursday, October 20 – at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 23 – vs. Maryland, 1 p.m.

Home matches, in bold, played at Folk Field

All times Eastern and all dates and times are subject to change

The Boilermakers are coming off one of the greatest seasons in program history in 2021. Purdue went 15-4-3, its second-best record and second-most wins in team history behind only 2007. The team made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, and seventh time in program history, and advanced to the second round for the fourth time and first since 2007. The Boilermakers went 8-2-0 in the Big Ten and notched a runner-up finish, both tied for their best-ever marks.

Purdue finished the year ranked No. 24 in the final United Soccer Coaches Top 25 national poll, appearing in the postseason poll for the third time ever and the first since 2007. Individual accolades included an All-America honor, two All-Region accolades, five All-Big Ten Team awards, the Big Ten Forward of the Year and the first two NWSL draft picks in team history.

The 2022 roster features 21 returners and 11 newcomers that are a top-20-ranked signing class.

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Snoeberger Set for U.S. Amateur Championship

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Already having an impressive summer under his belt, senior Peyton Snoeberger looks to extend his strong offseason with a trip to the 122nd United States Amateur being held in New Jersey starting Monday.

The championship begins Monday and run through Sunday at The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, with the sister course being the Arcola Country Club in Paramus, as 312 competitors play in a grueling week in search of becoming America’s amateur champion.

Competitors will play 18 holes on both Monday and Tuesday with the top 64 finishers advancing to match play beginning on Wednesday. Players will play one stroke play round on each course, while match play will be contested on Ridgewood only.

Wednesday’s first round of match play consists of 32 matches. Thursday’s action will be the second (16 matches) and third rounds (eight matches) of match play. Friday’s play will consist of the quarterfinals, the semifinals will be hosted on Saturday and the 36-hole championship match will be on Sunday. NBC, the Golf Channel and Peacock will broadcast live all week.

Snoeberger has had a good summer and is looking to make a mark in New Jersey before returning to Indiana for the fall season. He advanced to the U.S. Amateur by finishing second in qualifying in Kentucky. He also played second at the Indiana Open this past July.

Snoeberger will begin play Monday at 1:28 p.m. ET, off hole No. 1 at the Arcola Country Club, paired with Canadian Owen Mullen (Notre Dame) and James Imai (Northwestern). The trio will tee off at 8:13 a.m. ET, off hole 9 at Ridgwood on Tuesday.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: Hinkle Fieldhouse to Host 2024 NIT Championship

INDIANAPOLIS—The National Invitation Tournament has selected Las Vegas to host the 2023 NIT semifinals and championship and Indianapolis to host the 2024 event.

The two host cities were selected after a nation-wide bid process in the spring. Hosted by UNLV, the 2023 semifinals and championship game will be played March 28 and 30 at Orleans Arena. In 2024, Butler will serve as host with games played at Hinkle Fieldhouse, April 2 and 4.

The NIT will continue to feature a 32-team field with the first round, second round and quarterfinals played at campus sites. For the second year, the 2023 NIT will seed only the top 16 teams (top-four teams in each pod) and place the remaining 16 teams selected into the bracket geographically where possible.

In its meeting, the NIT board also selected former men’s basketball head coaches Rick Byrd, Bob McKillop and Gary Waters to join the NIT committee.

One of the winningest coaches in Division I men’s basketball, Byrd recorded 805 wins during a 38-year career at Maryville (Tennessee), Lincoln Memorial and Belmont. Byrd’s teams made the NCAA tournament or NIT 12 times, including a trip to the NIT quarterfinals in 2014. His 805 total wins ranks 13th among all coaches in NCAA Division I history.

McKillop announced his retirement in June after a career that made him the winningest coach in Davidson history. In 33 years at Davidson, McKillop finished with a record of 634-381 and led the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament or NIT 18 times and his 2008 team advanced to the Men’s Elite Eight before losing to eventual national champion Kansas.

Waters led teams to the NCAA tournament or NIT 10 times in his 20 years as head coach at Kent State, Rutgers and Cleveland State. In 2004, his Rutgers team advanced to the NIT championship game. Before becoming a collegiate head coach, Waters was an assistant at his alma mater Ferris State as well as at Eastern Michigan for 22 years.

Byrd, McKillop and Waters will join the NIT committee, which will be chaired by Wren Baker, North Texas vice president and director of athletics. Other members of the 2022-23 NIT Committee are the vice president of athletics and recreation at New Orleans, Tim Duncan; former Virginia director of athletics Craig Littlepage; commissioner of the West Coast Conference, Gloria Nevarez; and former Division I men’s basketball coach Bob Williams.

The 2023 championship will be the 86th NIT. Selections, pairings and the bracket will be announced March 12 with games beginning Tuesday, March 14. For more information on the championship visit

BUTLER WOMEN’S TENNIS: Boesing Set to Compete in ITA-Tennis Point Summer National Championships

Rising junior Natalie Boesing is set to compete at the ITA-Tennis Point National Summer Championships powered by Universal Tennis and hosted by Florida State beginning on Saturday.

The Butler women’s tennis No. 1 singles player and two-time All-Big East selection begins singles play in the Round of 32 after getting a bye. Boesing will face Gonzaga’s Jenna Sloan on Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

Later in the day, the New Albany, Ind., native will team up with DePaul’s Valentina Martin at noon to face Wisconsin’s Taylor Cataldi and Xinyu Cai in the Round of 16 for doubles play.

Boesing and the Bulldogs will play in the Ball State Invitational on Sept. 23 and 24 in their first team competition of the fall.

BUTLER FOOTBALL: Defensive Linemen Preview

INDIANAPOLIS – First-year assistant coach Adam Siwicki has a young position group this season with 11 of the 15 defensive linemen on the roster hanging onto freshman eligibility. Those 11 freshmen and a graduate transfer will mesh with three returners to battle for playing time in 2022.

“I am happy with the progress the defensive line has made so far,” Siwicki stated. “We have a lot of tight position battles going on right now! As a unit, we constantly talk about playing hard and on the edge, which this group has done.”


Byron Hubbard II (6-2, 255)

Hubbard II is a Westfield, Ind. native that began his collegiate playing career at Purdue University. A two-time Academic All-BIG Ten selection, Hubbard chose to play at Purdue after a stellar career at Westfield playing under the direction of Head Coach Jake Gilbert. He was a member of the All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference team as a senior and helped the Shamrocks win the 2016 IHSAA Class 5A State Championship. Hubbard II obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering Technology while playing for the Boilers, and joins the Bulldogs this season as a graduate transfer.


Carson Gulgin (6-2, 250)

Gulgin was an anchor on the BU defensive line during the 2021 season. Hailing from Perrysburg, Ohio, the lone junior defensive lineman on the roster started in all 11 games for the Bulldogs a season ago and made 20 tackles. 2.5 tackles came behind the line of scrimmage and Gulgin was also credited with a half sack.


Austin Korba (6-1, 260)

Sam Urbanski (6-2, 245)

Korba joined Gulgin in the middle of the BU defensive line last season as an 11-game starter. He ended his freshman season with 19 tackles, including two for a loss. Urbanski was a rotational player that appeared in nine games during the 2021 campaign. He made four tackles, broke-up one pass and was credited with a QB hurry as a freshman.


Collin Bell (6-0, 270)

*Jack Burch (6-3, 225)

Jacob Halfacre (6-3, 270)

Dawson Hubbard (6-0, 255)

Trevor Ings (6-1, 285)

Parker Konrath (6-3, 235)

*Jake LaBarre (6-3, 250)

*Daniel Obwaya (6-1, 250)

Matthew Oudeman (6-1, 260)

Shane Siffrard (6-4, 235)

Steven Williams II (5-10, 220)

* – Redshirt Freshmen

LaBarre and Obwaya lead the way here as redshirt-freshmen that saw playing time in 2021. LaBarre played in nine games and Obwaya appeared in all 11. All 15 players in this position group will attempt to carve out a role for the Bulldogs in 2022.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Season Preview: Setters

Two newcomers to the Butler volleyball team will run the offense at the setter position in 2022.

Sophomore transfer Jenna Splitt and freshman Cora Taylor both arrive with plenty of acclaim, as Splitt was a Top 50 junior recruit by Prep Volleyball and an AVCA Phenom before playing for a season at Iowa, while Taylor was named a Third Team AVCA All-American while winning a state championship at St. Henry District High School in Kentucky.

“I am beyond excited for the display of talent Cora and Jenna will bring to the court,” head coach Sharon Clark said. “They both possess the demeanor of great setters, and their selfless attitude is what we need to be successful. They complement each other well and will have our hitters primed for success.”

Splitt transferred to Butler over the winter, practicing and competing in spring games to get acclimated with the team.

The Bulldogs begin the 2022 season with an exhibition on Aug. 20 against Bradley at Hinkle Fieldhouse before hosting Eastern Illinois on Aug. 26 in the regular season opener.


INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI swimming and diving announced its 2022-23 schedule today highlighted with the House of Champions and the Horizon League Championships scheduled to take place in the IUPUI Natatorium.

2022-23 Women’s Swimming and Diving Schedule
2022-23 Men’s Swimming and Diving Schedule

Head coach Damion Dennis and the Jags begin their season on Sunday, September 25 at the Butler Double Duals. The meet will take place at Fishers High School starting at 12 p.m.
Both men’s and women’s teams will then host four events in the fall with meets against UIndy (Oct. 7), Denison (Oct. 14), Ball State (Nov. 11) and the House of Champions (Nov. 17-19). The women’s team host one more on October 14 against Butler.
The men’s team will host only one event before the Horizon League Championships in the second half of the season against Wabash on January 21. The women will host Butler on January 21.
IUPUI will host the Horizon League Championships from February 15-18 at the IUPUI Natatorium.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL: Welcomes Assistant Coach Jordan McNary

MUNCIE, Ind. – – Ball State softball head coach Lacy Schurr has announced the addition of Jordan McNary to the 2023 coaching staff.

“I am thrilled to have Coach McNary on staff here at Ball State,” Schurr said. “She has a tremendous drive and will to succeed, which she has demonstrated throughout her coaching and playing career. Jordan’s experience in the outfield and with the short game will be an asset to our program.”

McNary will join the Cardinals as an assistant coach after spending last season in the same role at Morehead State. As a member of the Eagles coaching staff, McNary helped the program increase its conference win total by four games over the 2021 season. She worked primarily with MSU’s outfielders, baserunners, and slappers, plus served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

“I want to thank Coach Schurr and Ball State University for the opportunity and welcoming me into the family,” McNary said. “I’m very excited to get on campus to connect with our student-athletes and share my knowledge. The culture that has been built with the softball program is nothing shy of passionate, hardworking, and competitive. I can’t wait to contribute and grow here.”

Prior to joining the Morehead State staff, McNary was an assistant coach for the Louisville Lady Sluggers club program, organizing and directing all practices and games for the 18U program. She also developed conditioning programs for the entire organization, while providing player assessments to coaches at all levels of NCAA Softball.

In addition to her club duties, McNary was a volunteer assistant coach for Ballard High School (2017-19), an assistant coach at Asbury University (2019-20), and an assistant coach at Eastern High School (2021).

A 2017 graduate of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in sport administration, McNary was a four-year standout and three-year starter for the Cardinals (2014-17). A two-time Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection, McNary finished her career with a .318 batting average and 37 stolen bases.

McNary’s 37 career stolen bases still rank 10th in program history, while her 14 swipes in 2017 led the squad. She also helped guide Louisville to three NCAA Regional berths and the 2014 American Athletic Conference (AAC) tournament championship.

In the classroom, McNary was a four-year recipient of the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship and earned the 2015 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award. She was also a three-time academic all-conference selection and a 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete.


Head coach Shawn Stiffler has announced the addition of Seth Cutler-Voltz to his coaching staff. Cutler-Voltz joins the Fighting Irish after spending the 2022 season under Stiffler at VCU, and previously worked as an assistant coach at Wofford College.

Cutler-Voltz led the Rams to the 2022 Atlantic 10 Championship, winning 17-consecutive games and earning the three-seed at the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional where they notched wins over North Carolina and Georgia. VCU finished the 2022 campaign with a 42-20 record, and ranked in the top 20 in Division I in ERA (3.91 – 9th), WHIP (1.29 – 12th) and walks allowed per nine innings (3.12 – 10th).

Cutler-Voltz was an assistant coach with the Wofford Terriers from 2017-20. He helped the Terriers win the first Southern Conference Regular Season Championship in program history in 2021, after a 36-21 regular season and a 21-9 SoCon record. The 492 strikeouts in the 2021 campaign is the second-most in SoCon history and the third-most in program history (Wofford joined the Southern Conference in 1997).

Prior to Wofford, he was on the coaching staff at UT Martin from 2015-16. While there, the Skyhawks improved significantly during those two seasons. The 2016 season saw the Skyhawks win the most games in a season since 2011, and struck out a program-record 369 hitters.

After graduating from VCU in 2012, where he was a four-year letterwinner under Stiffler, he began his coaching career as the Rams’ volunteer coach. In his playing career, Cutler-Voltz was a workhorse on the mound from 2009-12. He made 73 career appearances, started 47 games and threw eight complete games, all are top-10 in VCU program history. He is second in Ram Baseball history with 338.1 innings pitched in his career.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Class Previews: Sophomores

Leading up to the regular season, we will take a deeper look into each class on the Sycamore roster. This edition features Indiana State’s seven sophomores who are looking to make an impact in year two.

Alexa Mackey – Defender

A Brunswick, Ohio native, Mackey was one of the key pieces of the Sycamore defense in 2021. She played in started in all 17 matches while logging 1559 minutes of action which was good for second most on the team.

Olivia Lovell – Forward

Coming to Indiana State from Waukee, Iowa, Lovell appeared in 12 matches as a freshman in 2021. Logging 324 minutes of action, she played a career-high 43 against Missouri State and Southern Illinois while attempting two shots on the season.

Nora Henderson – Midfielder

A graduate of Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, Henderson appeared in 16 matches as a freshman while making two starts. She recorded six shots with two on goal in 518 minutes of action, scoring her first career goal on August 29 against UT Martin.

Chloe Tesny – Midfielder

The Medina, Ohio native played in all 17 matches for the Sycamores as a freshman, making nine starts. Tesny attempted nine shots with six being on goal, scoring three times while also adding an assist in 858 minutes of action.

Maddie Helling – Midfielder/Defender

A graduate of Union High School in Union, Missouri, Helling started eight of the Sycamores first nine matches before an injury cut her season short. She made two shot attempts in 728 minutes of  action which includes a career-high 110 action UNC Asheville.

Caitlin Mullen – Midfielder

From Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mullen played in eight matches for the Trees while making four starts. She finished her freshman campaign with 419 minutes of action including a career-high 104 in an overtime contest against Northern Illinois. Mullen attempted three shots with one on goal.

Mackenzie Kent – Forward

An Aurora, Indiana native, Kent played and started in all 17 matches while logging 1069 minutes of action. She finished tied for second-most goals on the team with five, attempting 29 shots with 15 on goal. Also dishing out a pair of assists, Kent was named Honorable Mention All-MVC and picked as an All-Freshman Team selection.

The Sycamores will begin their regular season on Thursday, August 18 at 8 p.m. ET when they travel to take on SIUE. Indiana State’s home opener will be on Sunday, August 21 at Memorial Stadium where they will host Northern Illinois at 1 p.m. ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER: No. 4 Notre Dame Comes to Fort Wayne For Exhibition Tilt

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The preseason portion of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer season starts on Saturday (Aug. 13) with a visit from No. 4 Notre Dame at the Hefner Soccer Complex. The game is presented by the Hilton Garden Inn North.

Game Day Information

Who: Notre Dame

When: Saturday, August 13 | 7 p.m.

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hefner Soccer Complex

Tickets: Free

Luck of the Irish in Fort Wayne

This is Notre Dame’s first contest against the ‘Dons in Fort Wayne since Aug, 29, 2010 when the Fighting Irish defeated the ‘Dons 3-0 in an exhibition. The Mastodons’ only all-time win over Notre Dame came Sept. 6, 1983 by a 1-0 score in Fort Wayne. Juan Diaz scored the game’s only goal, assisted by Scott Potoskey.

Nearly Half and Half

The 2022 Mastodon roster features 15 returners from last season’s squad and 14 newcomers.

Hello, Again

Alex Frank is not a returner from last year’s squad but is also not new. Don’t worry, we’ll explain. He played for the ‘Dons in 2018 in 2019, picking up All-Summit League Second Team honors as a sophomore with a team-high five goals. He then transferred to UTRGV where he played the last two years and earned a degree in economics. He has now returned to the Mastodons.

Be Aware!

In the newest rule changes from the NCAA, overtime will no longer be played in the regular season. Overtime will only be played in postseason games, and will no longer be golden goal, meaning both 10-minute overtime periods will be played to completion.

D D D Defense

The Mastodons put together a 1.27 goals against average last season, the best in the program history for a Division I season.

Final Line of Defense

Goalkeeper Danny Salazar returns for the ‘Dons this season. Last season he put together a 0.59 goals against average over 460 minutes in six games. He saw the majority of time down the stretch of the season and put together a 2-1-2 record with shutouts of UIC, Green Bay and IUPUI.

Up Next

The ‘Dons play Goshen on Monday (August 15) in an exhibition.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Prepares For Final Tune-Up Against Goshen

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team will play its final exhibition of the 2022 season on Monday, August 15, when the Mastodons welcome Goshen to the Hefner Soccer Complex.

Game Day Information

Who: Goshen Maple Leafs

When: Monday, August 15 | 7 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hefner Soccer Complex

Live Stats: Link

Watch: None

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne

Know Your Foe

Goshen is coming off a 6-11 season in 2021, finishing with a 2-7 mark in Crossroads League action. The Maple Leafs are returning two of their top four scorers from last year, Seja Lang and Amy Drew, who scored four and two goals respectively. Goshen graduated their top goal-scorer Paige Renshaw, who was responsible for five of the team’s 21 goals. Head coach Justin Crew is in his fifth season at the helm of Goshen.

Series History

Purdue Fort Wayne and Goshen have played three games in the all-time series, with the most recent being an exhibition in 2021. After Goshen took the first game in the series 10-0, the Mastodons won the last two meetings 3-0 and 6-0. Last year’s exhibition featured five goals from Mastodons still on the roster: two from Bella Reitano, two from Kelsey Gallagher and one from Megan Sinnott.

She’s Been Around

Gabrielle Fanning is in her sixth year of college soccer, playing her first season in 2017. With a redshirt campaign in 2018 and the extra year due to the blanket COVID-19 waiver, Fanning is the only student-athlete at Purdue Fort Wayne of any sport to be playing her sixth year with the Mastodons. She is also the only current student-athlete to play under the “Fort Wayne” athletics branding, thus the only to play in blue and white uniforms. She has played in 64 games as a Mastodon, with 61 starts, and has a chance to become the all-time career leader in both categories.

Brick Wall Castaneda

Samantha Castaneda owns a 1.31 career goals against average, which is the best in program history among those that played at least 750 minutes in the net. Her mark of 1.35 GAA in 2021 was the second-best for a season-long average to Sam Pavlika’s 1.07 in 2012.

Roster Reset

Purdue Fort Wayne’s roster consists of 17 players who have played at least two seasons of college soccer. There are 10 seniors, seven juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen. Last season, the Mastodons were led by three All-Horizon League selections: Morgan Reitano (First Team), Gabrielle Fanning (Second Team) and Bella Reitano (All-Freshman Team). The Mastodons return 10 players who started in at least half of last season’s games.

Be Aware!

In the newest rule changes from the NCAA, overtime will no longer be played in the regular season. Overtime will only be played in postseason games, and will no longer be golden goal, meaning both 10-minute overtime periods will be played to completion.

A Look Back

The 2021 edition of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer program wrapped up with a 5-8-6 record and a berth to the Horizon League Championship. The No. 6 seeded Mastodons fell to No. 3 Northern Kentucky in overtime 1-0. The sixth-place finish in the Horizon League standings was the best of head coach Jason Burr’s Mastodon career.

Meet the Freshmen

Purdue Fort Wayne has three freshmen on its roster this season: Lauren Klusek, Chloe Mariotti and Lauryn Brucchieri. Klusek was a top-10 goal-scorer in the U.S. Development Academy in the 2018-19 season, Mariotti was a two-time All-Conference pick at Yorktown High School, and Brucchieri was a three-time All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will open the regular season on Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hefner Soccer Complex when Chicago State comes to town.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Free admission as Men’s Soccer hosts #8 Kentucky for first exhibition

EVANSVILLE – Welcoming fans to the match for free, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team opens its preseason against eighth-ranked Kentucky on Sunday at 3 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

Previewing the Matchup

Kentucky comes off of a 2021 campaign that saw the Wildcats finish with a 15-2-4 record, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

This marks the second straight season the Aces and Wildcats will meet in an exhibition, clashing on August 15, 2021 in Lexington, Ky.

The Aces wil conclude the postseason on Sunday, August 21 at Arad McCutchan Stadium against Hanover.

Open House

Along with free admission, the Aces will be hosting a sports open house featuring coaches and staff from a variety of sports and departments to greet fans.

Tables will be lined along the north side of Arad McCutchan Stadium where fans can meet coaches and some student-athletes and pick-up the 2022 Evansville fall sports poster!

MVC Championship Run

Evansville closed the season with a 3-2-1 mark over its final six contests, beginning with a 2-0 road win over SIUE on October 27, followed by a win over Drake at home 2-0.

In the tournament, UE opened with a 4-2 victory over Drake before upsetting No. 2 seed Loyola in the semifinals in penalties to advance to the conference championship match for the first time since 2009.

Mixing Returners and Newcomers

Following it’s best MVC Tournament run in over a decade, Evansville brings back eight starters and 13 players who saw action on 10-or-more games.

Of those eight returning starters, Nkosi Graham and Carlos Barcia finished tied for third on the team with three goals each and Jose Vivas finished second for the Aces in assists with three, earning MVC Freshman of the Year.

Despite the handful of returning starters, Evansville brings in 20 new players for 2022. Included in this group are nine international student-athletes with two from Denmark, Spain and Italy and players from Germany, Norway, Trinidad & Tobago.

USI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: unveils non-conference schedule

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball unveiled its non-conference schedule for the 2022-23 season, including its home opening game versus Oakland City University November 7 at Screaming Eagles Arena. USI will play four of its first five game at Screaming Eagles Arena to open its first season as an NCAA Division I program.

“We have put together a non-conference schedule that we know will help us to prepare for the tough Ohio Valley Conference slate that we have ahead,” said USI Women’s Basketball Head Coach Rick Stein. “Trying to find the balance of home and away games was not any easy task this first year, but I am definitely excited to play four of our first five Division I games at Screaming Eagle Arena and give our fans an early chance to see our team compete.”

In addition to Oakland City, the 2022-23 home non-conference schedule includes Western Illinois University (November 11), Bowling Green State University (November 19), Bethel University (Indiana) (November 23), and Brescia University (December 21).

The Screaming Eagles start the road portion of the non-conference slate at Northern Illinois University (November 15) before a five-game road swing in December. The five-game road swing will include visits to Murray State University (December 3), Butler University (December 7), Eastern Michigan University (December 10), Wright State University (December 17), and the University of Cincinnati (December 18).

USI begins the 18-game Ohio Valley Conference schedule December 29 when it hosts Southeast Missouri State University. The Eagles will have eight more OVC games at Screaming Eagles Arena during the 2023 portion of the schedule (link on USI’s 2022-23 OVC schedule).

In the history of the USI Women’s Basketball program, the Eagles are 60-63 all-time against the 2022-23 schedule (25-11 vs. Oakland City; 1-4 vs. Murray State; 1-6 vs. Butler; 2-2 vs. Wright State; 2-3 vs. Brescia; 1-11 vs. Southeast Missouri State; 0-2 vs. Eastern Illinois University; 24-24 vs. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; 4-0 vs. Lindenwood University).

VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER: Kiley Dugan Recognized as Player to Watch by United Soccer Coaches

Valpo senior Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) has been recognized as a Player to Watch entering the 2022 soccer campaign by United Soccer Coaches, as the organization released its list of midfielders on Friday.

Dugan has cemented herself as a stalwart in the Beacons’ lineup since stepping on campus prior to 2019, starting all 50 matches across her three seasons. An MVC All-Freshman Team selection as a rookie in 2019, Dugan earned First Team All-MVC and United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-Region accolades for the spring 2021 campaign. Last season, Dugan earned Second Team All-MVC, Second Team All-Region and Second Team Scholar All-Region honors.

The preseason Players to Watch lists are being released for the first time this season by the Division I All-America Committees to promote college soccer leading up to the official start date for the regular season later this month. The lists include United Soccer Coaches All-Americans and first or second team All-Region players from 2021, who are scheduled to return for the 2022 season.

ANDERSON SWIMMING AND DIVING: Announces Latest Recruiting Class

The Anderson University women’s swimming and diving team and head coach Emma Maubach announced the addition of three athletes in its latest recruiting class. Reagan Kimmell, Nora Logsdon and Callie Mitchell will each represent the Anderson Class of 2026.

“I am so excited for these three great athletes to be joining our program this year for our seventh season,” Coach Emma Maubach said. “They bring depth and commitment, each bringing something different to the table. There is no doubt in my mind that great things are going to come from these freshman women!!”

Reagan Kimmell:  Distance Freestyle/Mid-Distance Freestyle       Sheridan, Ind. (Clinton Central)

Clinton Central HS: Team earned three Hoosier Heartland Conference (HHC) titles (Fr.-Jr.) … raced to 200 freestyle personal record (PR) of 2:27.04 during Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) sectional as a senior … posted 500 freestyle PR of 6:57.19 during IHSAA sectional as a sophomore … provided 200 freestyle time of 2:34.63 during IHSAA sectional as a sophomore … put together 500 freestyle time of 7:07.61 during IHSAA sectional as a senior … contributed 200 freestyle time of 2:39.29 during IHSAA sectional as a junior … turned in 500 freestyle time of 7:09.14 during IHSAA sectional as a junior … provided 200 freestyle time of 3:07.21 during IHSAA sectional as a freshman … competed in cross country for four years … clocked 5K PR of 27:11.1 during IHSAA sectional as a sophomore … posted a 5K time of 27:41.1 during IHSAA sectional as a junior … raced to 5K season best of 29:06.0 during Clinton Central Invite as a senior … put together 5K time of 29:40.0 during IHSAA sectional as a freshman … competed in track and field … turned in 3,200 time of 17:38.79 during IHSAA sectional as a senior … provided 1,600 time of 7:50.93 during IHSAA sectional as a senior … contributed 800 time of 3:28.35 during IHSAA sectional as a freshman.

Major: Exercise Science

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because the atmosphere of the school and the swim team felt like home. I immediately felt welcomed and wanted on campus and on the team.

Coach Maubach’s Comments: Reagan is a crucial part of our women’s distance duo. She will bring major power and grit.

Nora Logsdon    Diving    Upland, Calif. (Upland)  Claremont Ponoma Dive Club

Upland HS: Put together an 11-dive 1-meter diving personal record (PR) of 276.85 points (25.17 points per dive) during Baseline League Diving Finals … participated in competitive dance.

Majors: Psychology/Exercise Science

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because it felt like home and everyone who was currently on the swim team when I visited was very welcoming and continued to be welcoming to me throughout my decision. Also, it checked most of the boxes that I looked for in a school, which included being good for my major, a good size, a good location and having a good dive team.

Coach Maubach’s Comments: Nora is a solid asset to our women’s dive team. She will compete on 1 meter and 3 meter!! I know great growth will happen for her this upcoming dive season.

Callie Mitchell    Breaststroke/Sprint Freestyle     Noblesville, Ind. (Noblesville)     Noblesville Swim Club

Noblesville HS: Charged to 100 breaststroke personal record (PR) of 1:24.33 during triangular as a sophomore … sprinted to 50 freestyle PR of 33.57 seconds vs. Franklin Central as a freshman … raced to 100 freestyle PR of 1:17.52 vs. Herron as a sophomore … contributed 200 freestyle PR of 2:45.69 vs. Zionsville as a sophomore … posted 100 backstroke PR of 1:30.98 vs. Zionsville as a sophomore … participated in show choir for four years … team took sixth in state during freshman season … member of National Honor Society.

Major: Elementary Education

Why I Chose AU: I loved the feeling of the community at AU. You can tell that everyone really cares about each other here! I was also impressed with the strength of the Education program, and the way in which professors and students talked about their positive experiences with it.

Coach Maubach’s Comments: Callie is a very talented breaststroke swimmer that will complete our female breaststroke duo. She will also bring a strong academic influence to the team.

Anderson University Prospective Student-Athletes comply with NCAA D-III rules regarding no athletic scholarships, no athletic financial aid adjustment and only signed the NCAA D-III Celebratory Form.

GRACE WOMEN’S SOCCER: 2022 PREVIEW: Women’s Soccer loaded for 2022 campaign

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s soccer team is armed with arguably its most talented squad in program history for the 2022 season.

Head coach Michael Voss has high hopes for the Lady Lancers this year. Voss, the winningest coach in program history, wants the 2022 campaign to be the best year in team history.

Voss has reason to be excited. Grace is fresh off four straight appearances at the NAIA National Championships, and the program claimed the 2021 NCCAA national championship in December.

The Lady Lancers boast an All-American ensemble of returners, led by the dynamic scoring duo of JJ Aalbue and Madison Tuma. The pair has amassed 53 combined goals and 42 assists, as well as numerous NAIA and NCCAA All-American accolades, over the past few seasons.

Midfielders Lea Moessinger and Lea Fricke also are back for their senior seasons, providing stability, leadership and poise as they control the middle of the field.

“Our midfield has played together for awhile now, and that continuity has made it very easy to unlock our whole roster,” Voss said. “They have an ability to adjust and make dangerous movements happen on the field, enabling us to play at the pace we want.”

Defensively, Voss believes this may be his strongest group yet. Amber Meade, Erin Crew and Kimberly Aalbue each made at least 15 starts last year, and they are joined by several talented newcomers.

Freshmen Lucy Schmitt, Lilli Oberhoff, Luna Gianotti and Simone Castaneda have impressed during the preseason. The group has the benefit of facing an All-American attack each day during practice, and the newcomers have not shrunk from that challenge.

“Our back line was good last year, and we’ve added to that with young talent,” Voss said. “Our defenders are fast and can move the ball fluidly, which helps us transition into our possession attack.”

Grace’s attack will be bolstered by a mix of familiar faces and new ones. Each attacker brings a different element to the offense, allowing Voss to choose which combination to use for each game.

“Our intent this year is to score goals from multiple players. We have the ability to create and finish from different locations on the field; we have really good pace, strength and finishing ability,” Voss added.

One area that will be addressed is at goalkeeper. Bethany Blackwood graduated last year, leaving a void that she filled as a four-year starting goalie.

But returning sophomores Libby Stratton and Sofia Lerro provide two strong options between the goalposts. Both players have been sharp in the preseason, according to Voss.

Grace will likely field one of the deepest teams in the Crossroads League. The Lady Lancers are hoping to use that talent and depth to challenge some of the top teams in the NAIA. Grace is scheduled to play five teams in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Poll, including four of those on the road.

The Lady Lancers, ranked No. 24 in the NAIA poll, are not shying away from their goal of playing elite teams and playing with quality.

“Our goal is to increase our quality so much that opponents have to match us. We want to dictate how games are played and obviously we desire to win every game. We have the potential to play top-quality football, so we’re going to keep hammering to be at our best. We have an excellent quality to our team, and I’m going to be stoked when we get all the pieces together,” Voss said.

Voss maintained that the Lady Lancers will not be breaking from their patented style of “possession-attacking futbol.” But what excited Voss was how this group seems to have the quality to take that style of play even further than before.

“I really like this group and love working with them every day. They are high-character people, and they are a joy to be around. Their level of competency and intelligence is very high, and I want to push them to be the best they can be. I want this to be the best Grace football played so far,” Voss said.

The Lady Lancers have one exhibition match at home on Aug. 15 against Holy Cross. Grace begins the season with a four-game homestand, including Aug. 22 (Indiana Tech), Aug. 27 (Ohio Christian), Sept. 3 (West Virginia Tech) and Sept. 5 (Point Park).

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods women’s soccer: chosen 7th in RSC Coaches’ Poll

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods women’s soccer team was picked to finish seventh out of 11 teams in the River State Conference Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll.

The Pomeroys return six starters and 11 players overall from last year’s team that went 8-5-6 overall and 2-3-6 in the RSC. Kennedy Trigg is coming off a second-team All-RSS performance after scoring a team-high 13 goals. Midfielder Abby Scott, Kaylee Thaler and Luka Popoff started all 18 games for the Pomeroys, while Kaylee Lowe, started 17 and Trigg started 11 of the 13 games she played.

“We are sitting right where I anticipated us to be; in fact, it seems all teams are generally polled where they finished their 2021 season and that is spot on,” SMWC coach Ron Kiernicki said.

University of Rio Grande (Ohio), last year’s runner-up in the RSC Tournament, is the pick to win the league this year. The RedStorm edged out Indiana University East for the top spot.

IU East and Rio Grande met in the conference semifinals last year with the RedStorm coming away with a 1-0 win.

Rio Grande was an RSC Championship finalist last year with a narrow loss of 1-0 to Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University, which has since closed. The RedStorm leads all returning members with a mark of 10-1 RSC last year and 11-6-2 overall.  IU East ended with a record of 11-7-1 overall and 8-2-1 RSC.

Point Park (Pa.) University was selected third in the poll with 76 votes. The Pioneers made the RSC semifinals last year and are coming off a showing of 8-8-3 overall, 6-2-3 RSC.

Indiana University Kokomo took fourth in the voting with 69 votes. The Cougars were 6-4-1 RSC last year before a playoff loss at Point Park in overtime.

WVU Tech placed fifth in the poll as a predicted playoff team with 62 votes. Oakland City (Ind.) University came in sixth with 57 votes and is predicted to make a return trip to the postseason as the sixth and final playoff qualifier.


Michael Asplund, Bloomington South, Sr.

Anvay Atram, Columbus North, Jr.

Dax Bailey, Tecumseh, Sr.

Parker Bales, Jennings County, Fr.

AJ Agnew, Borden, Sr.

Trent Alfrey, New Castle, Sr.

Alex Antonoupolous, North Central

Luke Deno, Twin Lakes, Sr.

Sam Dziadosz, Brownsburg, Sr.

Jack Jentz, Carmel, Sr.

Logan Kay, Fishers, Sr.

Chris Lian, Bloomington South, Sr.

Hank Lin, Columbus North, So.

Sebastian Lisiak, Sr.

Matt Manzuk, Plymouth, Sr.

Patrick Mardis, Castle, So.

Cooper Martin, Plainfield, Sr.

Griffin Martin, Carroll, Sr.

Ty McCullars, Whiteland, Sr.

Bradenton McIntyre, Carmel, Jr.

Eli McIntyre, Avon, Jr.

Alex Kemp, Providence, Sr.

Colin Kemp, North Daviess, Sr.

Adam Koon, Mt. Vernon, Jr.

Matt Kosnik, Carroll, Jr.

Stephen Meier, Homestead, Jr.

Judd Missi, Borden, So.

Landon Mohr, Harrison, Sr.

Jaylen Mullen, North Daviess, Sr.

Adam Muntean, Munster, Jr.

Piotr Nabrzyski, St. Joseph, So.

Ryan Nickerson, Twin Lakes, Sr.

Eli Meyer, Seymour, Sr.

Evan Norton, Covington, Sr.

Constantino Oberto, Culver Academy, Sr.

Matthew Otten, Homestead, Jr.

Jamison Ousley, Twin Lakes, Jr.

Daksh Patel, Center Grove, So.

Myles Potter, Covington, Sr.

Ian Potts, Peru, Jr.

Arun Raman, West Lafayette, Sr.

Justin Ramey, Jennings County, Sr.

Carver Miller, East Noble, Sr.

Brendan LaCounte, Northridge, Sr.

Benjamin Lammert, Floyd Central, Jr.

Daniel Eck, Avon, Sr.

Jacob Erwin, Lapel, Jr.

Jonah Everson, Zionsville, Jr.

Ethan Feliciano, Noblesville, So.

Mike Fesko, Munster, Jr.

Isaac Flanery, Harrison, Sr.

Jose Foster, Munster, So.

John Fulmer, New Albany, Sr.

Michael Fryburg, Park Tudor, Jr.

Conner Gibson, Carroll, Sr.

Rohan Golla, HSE, Sr.

Max Renshaw, North Posey, Sr.

Dalton Royal, Delta, Jr.

Raphael Sabijon, Yorktown, Sr.

Paul Schneider, HSE, Sr.

Parth Shah, Columbus North, So.

Nick Shirley, Bloomington North, Sr.

Nate Simkins, Fishers, Sr.

Daniel Sroka, Munster, Sr.

Max Varner, Bremen, Jr.

Pi Wellington, Goshen, Jr.

Max Varner, Bremen, Jr.

Vincent Villanueva, Avon, Jr.

Jack Vonielingen, Seymour, Sr.

Isaac Waggner, Loogootee, Jr.

Jaden Wells, Jeffersonville, Sr.

Jordan Wells, Jeffersonville , Sr.

Max Williams, Center Grove, Jr.

Maurquis Willingham, North Central, Sr.

Mateusz Wlodarczyk, Lake Central, Jr.

Alex Graber, Homestead, Jr.

Tyler Lane, Center Grove, So.

Owen Law, Jennings County, Sr.

Evan Lawson, Rossville, Sr.

Rocky Li, Carmel, So.

Aaron Gu, Harrison, Sr.

Trey Gutgsell, Jasper, Jr.

Akshay Guttikonda, North Central, Jr.

Fabio Haiduc, Chesterton, Sr.

Brendan Hanner, Austin, Sr.

Camden Hickman, Bremen, Jr.

Isaiah Hostetler, Westview, Sr.

Nolan Houseman, HSE, Sr.

Will Hutchinson, Brebeuf, So.

Michael Asplund, Bloomington South, Sr.

Anvay Atram, Columbus North, Jr.

Charlie Behrman, Muncie Burris, Sr.

David Bao, Penn, Sr.

Jeffrey Bao, Penn, Sr.

Kayden Bell, Heritage Hills, Sr.

Max Bender, East Noble, Sr.

Sam Black, Cathedral, Sr.

Peyton Bledsoe, Loogootee, Sr.

Colin Blumentritt, Saint Joseph, Jr.

Vittorio Bona, East Noble, Sr.

Davis Borders, Saint Joseph, Sr.

Aaron Brandenberger, Leo, Sr.

Rory Bushong, Noblesville, Jr.

Joel Byler, Goshen, Sr.

Santi Cabada, Herron, Fr.

Abhi Chaddha, HSE, Sr.

Chris Chen, Penn, So.

Charlie Coleman, Cathedral, So.

William Cramer, Zionsville, Jr.

Ethan Darby, Yorktown, Sr.

Eli Deitchley, Penn, Sr.

Mariano DeLeon, Bremen, Sr.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7142.62841 – 1530 – 2732 – 1722 – 712 – 102 – 8L 3
Toronto6051.5411034 – 2226 – 2920 – 2118 – 1415 – 114 – 6L 3
Baltimore5953.52711.533 – 2126 – 3223 – 2511 – 1315 – 88 – 2W 1
Tampa Bay5853.5231233 – 2225 – 3125 – 2211 – 1412 – 94 – 6L 3
Boston5658.49115.528 – 2928 – 2914 – 2915 – 1221 – 84 – 6W 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6052.53629 – 2231 – 3011 – 1328 – 2111 – 107 – 3W 6
Minnesota5853.5231.531 – 2527 – 2815 – 1227 – 2011 – 95 – 5W 1
Chi White Sox5756.5043.526 – 2931 – 2714 – 1524 – 2511 – 125 – 5W 1
Kansas City4767.4121428 – 3319 – 3411 – 1722 – 2310 – 186 – 4L 1
Detroit4371.3771826 – 3317 – 389 – 2020 – 324 – 112 – 8L 5
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7341.64037 – 1836 – 239 – 1018 – 638 – 216 – 4W 2
Seattle6252.5441131 – 2631 – 2616 – 177 – 631 – 247 – 3W 3
Texas4963.4382323 – 3226 – 315 – 1413 – 1022 – 323 – 7L 2
LA Angels4964.43423.524 – 3325 – 316 – 1811 – 725 – 265 – 5L 1
Oakland4172.36331.517 – 3824 – 3410 – 1611 – 1818 – 312 – 8L 6
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets7340.64638 – 1935 – 2137 – 1515 – 514 – 128 – 2L 1
Atlanta6746.593637 – 2230 – 2426 – 2117 – 1016 – 115 – 5W 3
Philadelphia6349.5639.532 – 2631 – 2328 – 2212 – 816 – 118 – 2W 1
Miami5062.44622.523 – 2927 – 3325 – 2511 – 159 – 143 – 7L 1
Washington3777.32536.517 – 4120 – 369 – 4211 – 1212 – 152 – 8L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis6250.55436 – 2026 – 3012 – 1529 – 1611 – 98 – 2W 1
Milwaukee6051.5411.529 – 2231 – 2911 – 1329 – 257 – 93 – 7L 1
Chi Cubs4665.41415.524 – 3422 – 3111 – 823 – 248 – 215 – 5W 2
Pittsburgh4568.39817.524 – 2921 – 397 – 1521 – 2914 – 154 – 6L 2
Cincinnati4467.39617.524 – 3320 – 349 – 1516 – 248 – 214 – 6L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers7833.70340 – 1538 – 1812 – 1117 – 635 – 1210 – 0W 11
San Diego6451.5571633 – 2431 – 2715 – 1019 – 1026 – 255 – 5W 3
San Francisco5557.49123.530 – 2725 – 3014 – 1315 – 1117 – 274 – 6W 1
Arizona5161.45527.532 – 2919 – 3214 – 1413 – 1217 – 296 – 4L 1
Colorado5164.4432933 – 2818 – 368 – 1911 – 925 – 275 – 5W 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1902       In an attempted double steal by the A’s at Columbia Park, the Tigers concede second base to Harry Davis, freezing Dave Fultz, the runner on third, prompting Davis to return to first base on the pitcher’s next delivery. When Davis takes off for second for the second time, he draws a throw and, in the resulting run-down, Dave Fultz scores from third, getting back to second again, given credit for one stolen base for all of his efforts during the sixth frame of Philadelphia’s 9-0 victory over Detroit.

1906       A reliever replaces John W. Taylor for the first time since June of 1901 when the Brooklyn Superbas knock him out of the game in the third inning. During the five years, the Orphans’ right-hander completed a remarkable 1,727 innings of work that included 187 consecutive complete games and finished up 15 games in relief.

1910       In a game that features each team having 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, two errors, five strikeouts, three walks, one hit batsman, and one passed ball, the Pirates and the Superbas (later to be known as the Dodgers) play to what else – an 8-8 tie.

1913       Goober southpaw Harry Hedgpeth pitches two complete nine-inning games when he starts both ends of a Virginia League doubleheader against Richmond. The Peterburg pitcher throws a one-hitter in the Colts in the opener, 1-0, and then follows up the gem with a 10-0 no-hitter.

1926       Lou Gehrig hits two home runs off Walter Johnson in the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium. The Iron Horse’s accomplishment marks only the second time in the Big Train’s 20-year career that the right-hander has allowed two homers in the same game to the same player.

1932       After blanking Washington for nine innings in a scoreless tie, Red Ruffing hits a solo home run in the top of the tenth. The right-hander then closes out the Senators in the bottom of the frame to preserve the Yankees’ 1-0 victory.

1947       At Sportsman’s Park, pinch-hitter Willard Brown of the Browns becomes the first black player to hit a home run in the American League. The historic homer, an inside-the-parker off future Hall of Fame hurler Hal Newhouser, helps the Browns beat the Tigers, 6-5.

1948       The Phillies set a major league record by tallying nine runs before making an out when they beat the Giants at Shibe Park, 12-7. Philadelphia sends 14 batters to the plate in the fateful first frame and scores a total of ten times to easily erase an early three-run deficit.

1950       In the bottom of the twenty-second inning, with both starting pitchers still in the game, Don Richmond lines a single down the right-field line, plating Dick Cole to give Rochester a 3-2 victory over Jersey City at Red Wing Stadium. After yielding two unearned runs in the top of the second, Tom Poholsky hurls 20 consecutive scoreless innings for a complete-game victory, being matched zero-for-zero until the last inning by Andy Tomasic, who also goes the distance, giving up single runs in the first two frames.

1951       Any fan who shows up with a musical instrument during the Dodgers’ Musical Depreciation Night is admitted free to the Ebbets Field contest against Boston. With an assortment of trumpets, trombones, zithers, tubas, accordions, bugles, flutes, various types of drums, violins, mandolins, assorted horns, a glockenspiel, a washboard, and a piano, 2,426 fans, which is about ten percent of the entire crowd, take advantage of the team’s unusual promotion.

1954       White Sox left-hander Jack Harshman hurls a 16-inning shutout, beating the Tigers at Comiskey Park, 1-0. Detroit’s starter, Al Aber, also goes the distance, giving up the game’s lone run when Minnie Minoso’s one-out triple to right field scores Nellie Fox, who had singled leading off in the final frame.

1963       Warren Spahn breaks Rube Waddell’s record for career strikeouts by a left-hander when he whiffs pinch-hitter Al Ferrara for the final out in the Braves’ 4-3 victory over LA. The crafty southpaw strikes out five batters during the County Stadium contest, giving him a total of 2,382.

1965       Dean Chance establishes an American League record when he fans to extend his streak to 11 consecutive plate appearances with a strikeout. The Angels’ right-hander falls one shy of the major league mark set by Sandy Koufax, who whiffed in 12 consecutive plate appearances in 1955.

1969       Oriole right-hander Jim Palmer, coming off the disabled list just four days earlier, throws a no-hitter against Oakland. Baltimore’s 8-0 victory gives the team a comfortable 14.5 game lead in the first-ever American League East Division race.

1969       After serving as the interim replacement for William Eckert, Bowie Kuhn is unanimously elected to a seven-year term by the major league owners to be baseball’s fifth commissioner. Before his selection to his new post, the 42-year-old lawyer, who once worked as the scoreboard boy for a dollar a day at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, served as legal counsel for the sport for nearly 20 years.

1969       After being swept in a three-game series by Houston at the Astrodome, the eventual World Champion Mets fall ten games behind the front-running Cubs in the first-ever NL East race. The third-place New York team will finish the season at a torrid 39-11 pace, finishing eight games in front of Chicago.

1972       To stop a four-game losing streak, Detroit skipper Billy Martin picks his starting lineup out of a hat for the first game of a doubleheader, resulting in light-hitting shortstop Ed Brinkman batting cleanup. The idea works when Detroit edges the Indians in the opener, 3-2, but the team loses, 9-2, using a regular lineup in the Tiger Stadium nightcap.

1976       “Blue Jays, Lump it or like it … that’s the name for Toronto’s American League ball club.” – TORONTO STAR HEADLINE, newspaper sport section’s announcement of the selection of city’s expansion team’s name. The new franchise in Toronto will be known as the Blue Jays, a name submitted by 154 people in a contest that featured 30,000 submissions, including more than 4,000 unique names. A panel of 14 judges narrowed the list to ten finalists for consideration of the Metro Baseball Limited Board of Directors, who made the final decision.

1978       Although the Yankees score five runs in the top of the seventh before the rain ends the game, the Bronx Bombers lose to the Orioles, 3-0, when the score reverts to the last completed inning. In 1980, the rules committee decides to have contests suspended, not canceled, starting from the point of the delay.

1979       Against the team that traded him, Lou Brock reaches the 3000 hits milestone when his line drive caroms off Dennis Lamp’s pitching hand in the 3-2 Cardinal victory over the Cubs at Busch Stadium. The 40-year-old Redbird outfielder, who will retire at the end of the season with a lifetime .293 batting average, is the fourteenth major leaguer to reach the coveted plateau.

1982       At Chavez Ravine, Dodger second baseman Steve Sax steals his 41st base to set a franchise record for rookies when he swipes second base in LA’s 6-1 victory over San Francisco. The eventual National League Rookie of the Year, the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the award, will extend the record to 49.

1983       Royals right-hander Gaylord Perry becomes the third of three major leaguers this season to surpass Walter Johnson’s career strikeout mark of 3,508 K’s, a record that had survived since 1927. Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton reached the milestone, respectively, in April and May. (Ed. note – some websites, including the Baseball Hall of Fame, ESPN, and Baseball-Reference, differ with the official MLB stats, crediting the Washington Senator legend with 3,509 career strikeouts, with an extra strikeout recorded in his rookie season accounting for the difference.

1986       Future Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, pinch-hitting for southpaw Rob Murphy, makes his major league debut off Terry Mulholland at Riverfront Stadium. The 22-year-old Reds’ rookie fifth-inning groundout to short plates the first run in the team’s eventual 8-6 comeback victory over the Giants.

1987       Billy Williams joins Ernie Banks as the second Cubs player to be honored by having his uniform number (26) retired by the team. Sweet Swingin’ Billy from Whistler (AL) played 16 of his 18 major league seasons in the Windy City, hitting .296 and 392 home runs for the team that plays on the Northside of Chicago.

1995       At Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, baseball legend Mickey Mantle, 63, succumbs to liver cancer with his estranged wife Merlyn at his side. Ironically, before a moving tribute in the Bronx ballpark for the fallen hero, the Yankee Stadium scoreboard displays “At Bat: 7” until the start of the game because the leadoff batter for the Indians, Kenny Lofton, wears number 7.

1998       Orlando Hernandez breaks a 30-year-old Yankee rookie record when he retires Mark McLemore on a called third strike to end the eighth inning of the team’s 2-0 victory over Texas in New York. El Duque’s 13 strikeouts, a total he will reach only once more in his career, surpasses the freshman mark established by Stan Bahnsen, the 1968 American League Rookie of the Year.

2000       Royals’ first baseman Mike Sweeney becomes the fastest player in franchise history to reach the 100 RBI plateau when he homers off B.J. Ryan, contributing to the team’s 10-5 victory over Baltimore at Kauffman Stadium. The 27-year-old All-Star infielder, reaching the century mark for the second straight season, will finish the year with 144 runs batted in, breaking the club record of 133 established in 1982 by Hal McRae.

2000       Jeff Bagwell goes 4-for-5, homering twice, in the Astros’ 14-7 rout of the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. The Houston 32-year old first baseman’s ten total bases drive in a club-record seven runs.

2003       After missing nearly three months with a groin injury, Mike Piazza makes a dramatic return to the New York lineup when he homers and drives in five runs on Italian Night at Shea Stadium. The backstop’s 3-for-5 performance, including a home run in the third inning, RBI single in the fourth, and a two-run single in the seventh, contributes to the Mets’ 9-2 victory over the Giants.

2003       Just as the Expos’ starting right-hander Javier Vazquez is about to throw a full-count pitch to Rockies outfielder Jay Payton, a second-inning hour-long blackout at the enclosed Olympic Stadium leaves the fans and players in total darkness. Tomorrow, Montreal arrives in New York on their off-day just in time to experience a massive blackout which leaves more than 50 million Americans in the dark.

2004       At Seattle’s Boeing Field, Edgar Martinez is on hand to greet George W. Bush. The President, who had requested to meet the retiring designated hitter, exchanges autographed baseballs with the man who routinely helped the Mariners beat his Rangers when the chief executive was the managing partner of Texas.

2004       J.T. Snow slams three home runs, twenty-five percent of his homers this season, in the Giants’ 16-6 rout of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. The light-hitting first baseman goes deep in the first inning with a two-run dinger off starter Brett Myers and then delivers solo shots off relievers in the fifth and seventh frames.

2005       The A’s retire uniform #43 as a tribute to Hall of Fame right-hander Dennis Eckersley, who saved 320 games during his nine seasons with the team. The 1992 recipient of the Cy Young and AL Most Valuable Player awards anchored the bullpen for Oakland’s three straight American League championships, starting in 1988.

2006       At Jacobs Field, right-hander Luke Hudson gives up 11 runs in one-third of an inning in the Royals’ 13-0 loss against the Indians. Eight hits, two walks, and one error fuel the Tribe’s top of the first frame barrage.

2006       During Cleveland’s 11-run first inning at Jacobs Field, Travis Hafner ties the single-season mark for grand slams, established in 1987 by Don Mattingly. The Indians’ designated hitter’s 35th homer of the season is his sixth one with the bases loaded.

2006       LA’s Greg Maddux and SF’s Jason Schmidt hook up in a classic West Coast pitcher’s duel, reminiscent of match-ups of Koufax and Marichal, as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 1-0, thanks to Russell Martin’s 10th inning walk-off home run. When Giants slugger Barry Bonds lines into a double play in the first inning, it marks the only time in baseball history a 300 game winner pitches to a batter with over 700 homers.

2007       Placido Polanco establishes a big-league record for second basemen when he plays his 144th straight game without committing an error. The Detroit infielder, who hasn’t made a misplay since July 2 of last season, surpasses the previous mark set by Luis Castillo, who accomplished the feat playing for the Twins.

2007       Home plate umpire Tom Hallion ejects Dodger Nomar Garciaparra, marking the first time in 1,303 games the easy-going infielder gets tossed. The 12-year veteran infielder gets booted for arguing a called third strike in the fourth inning, needing to be restrained when he continues to shout and begins pointing his bat toward the umpire.

2010       A day after major league baseball formally approves the sale of the team, the new owners of the Rangers, which includes Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, announce lower prices for concessions, parking, and merchandise. According to sports attorney Chuck Greenberg, another new owner of the club, lowering prices is one way of showing appreciation to the Texas fans for their loyalty and support.

2010       The Giants obtain Jose Guillen from Kansas City, hoping the well-traveled veteran can help the club down the stretch run. The departure of the 34-year-old, who has played with ten teams in the past 14 years and was designated for assignment by the Royals last week, gives highly touted prospect Kila Ka’aihue an opportunity to play every day.

2013       For only the second time in big-league history, beginning in 1916, both leadoff batters homer in their first at-bat and add another when Seattle’s Brad Miller and Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist each hit a pair of homers. Before the Mariners’ 5-4 win at Tropicana Field, Chuck Knoblauch of the Twins and Detroit’s Tony Phillips last accomplished the feat in 1994 at Tiger Stadium.

2015       The Blue Jays join the 1954 Indians as the only other team to have two 11-game win streaks in the same season when they beat the A’s at the Rogers Centre, 4-2. At the beginning of June, Toronto also accomplished the feat en route to finishing in first place in the AL East, posting a 93-69 record.

2018       Ronald Acuña Jr. becomes the fourth player in history to lead off both games of a doubleheader with a home run when he smacks Merandy Gonzalez’s first pitch of the nightcap over the SunTrust Park’s centerfield wall. The 20-year-old phenom joins Harry Hooper (Red Sox, May 30, 1913), Rickey Henderson (A,s, July 6, 1993), and Brady Anderson (Orioles, Aug. 21, 1999) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

2020       The Phillies, changing their policy of only considering players inducted into the Hall of Fame, announces the team will retire Dick Allen’s #15 on September, the anniversary of his major-league debut. The Wampum Walloper, played nine seasons of his stormy 15-year career with Philadelphia, including his freshman year when he garnered the Rookie of the Year Award in 1964.


It was no surprise that a representative from the great city of New York was listed on the ticket stub to the 1954 World Series. However, it was surprising that the name that appeared printed was not that of the New York Yankees. After winning five consecutive Fall Classics, the “Bronx Bombers” had fallen short (despite winning one-hundred three games) and were replaced by the Cleveland Indians who boasted the strongest pitching rotation in all of baseball. Bob Lemon, Early Wynn and Mike Garcia had dominated the American League (.721 winning percentage) and were clearly favored going into the ’54 contest. Their opponents, the New York Giants, had rebounded after a fifth place finish in ’53 for a five-game lead over the defending National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers. Willie Mays (National League-leading .345, with forty-one home runs and one-hundred ten runs batted in) had returned from the United States Army and Johnny Antonelli (with twenty-one wins) was acquired during the off-season for a formidable 1-2 combination. Still, many had predicted that the Indians would sweep the Series due to the Giants post-season debacles of the past and Cleveland’s surprise dethroning of the perennial champion Yankees.

Game 1 was held at the Polo Grounds and the fans in attendance witnessed what is considered by many to be the greatest defensive play in World Series history. With the opener tied at 2-2 (in the eighth) and two Cleveland runners on base, Willie Mays made a spinning, over-the-shoulder catch (of a 460-foot smash from Vic Wertz) in deep centerfield and fired a bullet to the infield that held the runners from tagging up and scoring. Despite a comeback rally later in the game, the Giants held on for the 5-2 win after pinch-hitter Dusty Rhodes (a .341 hitter in part-time duty) hit a three-run, tenth-inning home run off of Bob Lemon.

Rhodes continued to shine in Game 2 with a game-tying pinch single in the fifth inning and another homer in the seventh. Once again, New York emerged as the 3-1 victor, with Cleveland notching its only run on a first-pitch-of-the-game homer by Al Smith. After yielding the opening smash, Antonelli appeared unshaken and pitched effectively the rest of the way. As the Series moved to Cleveland, Manager Al Lopez’s Indians hoped for a little luck and a lot of “home field advantage”. Unfortunately neither would come in Game 3 as the Giants struck for a first-inning run, then got three in the third as the Series standout, Rhodes, came through with a two-run pinch single with the bases loaded. New York’s Ruben Gomez and Hoyt Wilhelm combined on a four-hitter, and the hometown Indians lost, 6-2.

For Game 4, New York prepared to sweep Cleveland and led 7-0 after a mere 4½ innings. Despite his sinking ship, Hank Majeski made a last desperate attempt (in the fifth) with a three-run pinch-homer off of Don Liddle to close within three. The always-steady Antonelli stalled the rally and closed out the Tribe with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief. For the sixth consecutive season, the World Championship title remained in New York, although this time it was in the hands of the National League. It would stay in the “Big Apple” for the next two years, sharing time in both the American and National League clubhouses.


After four years, the league had finally decided to return to the original single game format. The fans and players had both expressed mixed emotions over the previous doubleheaders and many felt that it had compromised the integrity of the All-Star exhibition.

Although the American League had prevented the National League from tying the series at 16-16 the year before, the National League began a dominance in which it won eight straight games, dropped one and then won another eleven in a row.

Surprisingly, the American League out-hit the National League 11-6, but the effort went in vain as Willie Mays put on a one-man show. Although he had only one hit, he drove in two runs and scored two. He also stole two bases and made the defensive play of the game, a running catch that deprived Joe Pepitone of extra bases in the eighth.

This game also marked the twenty-fourth and final appearance of Stan Musial, who pinch-hit in the fifth. He lined out to right, leaving behind an All-Star log of twenty hits in sixty-three at-bats for a .317 average. He also hit six home runs, an All-Star Game record.


August 13, 1954 – The Chicago Charities College All-Star Game holds its 21st event at Soldier Field as 93,470 watched from the stands as the defending NFL Champion, Detroit Lions, crushed the hopes of the college players 31-6. This was the second consecutive year that the Motor City thumped the All-Stars. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be Carlton Massey. the defensive end from Texas.

August 13, 2009 – The Eagles signed troubled Quarterback Michael Vick to a two-year, $1.6 million contract after not playing football in consecutive seasons 2007-2008. According to a report, Vick went on to record an 8-3 record and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl with the Eagles in his first season returning as their starter in 2010.

Hall of Fame Birthday for August 13

August 13, 1906 – Chuck Carroll was a halfback from the University of Washington. He was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in the ceremonies of 1964. Carroll was well known for his six touchdown game in his senior season against the College of Puget Sound scoring a whopping 36 of his teams’ 40 total points in the game. The accomplishment still stands in the Washington record books! Rival Stanford University’s head coach at the time, the legendary Pop Warner said that he had never seen “a greater player” than Chuck Carroll on the gridiron. His number “2” jersey number is only one of three retired by the University of Washington.

August 13, 1941 – Chris Hanburger was linebacker that played for the Washington Redskins for 14 seasons. He is honored at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton with a bronze bust. He was selected as a First-Team All-Pro in a span of four times in five seasons during the 1970’s and he played in 9 Pro Bowl games.

Birthdays for great players not yet in the Hall of Fame

August 13, 1987 – Nyack, New York – Former Rutgers University Safety Devin McCourty arrived in to this world. At the 2009 NFL Combine the speedster ran a 4.41 second forty yard-dash and that made him an attractive pick for the New England Patriots in the 2010 NFL Draft. He has remained a Patriot his entire career thus far and has registered 28 picks taking two of them to the house for scores. He was not alone in the nursery back in 1987 as his twin brother was also a significant NFL and college player.

August 13, 1987 – Nyack, New York – Former Rutgers University Cornerback Jason McCourty was born. At the NFL Combine Jason ran a 4.3 second forty yard-dash making him a very coveted selection in the 2009 NFL Draft where he was picked by the Tennessee Titans. McCourty also played with the Browns, Patriots and most currently has joined the Miami Dolphins. At the end of the 2020 season Jason had picked off 18 passes in his NFL career.


5 – 15 – 31 – 29 – 19 – 21 – 22 – 20 – 24 – 48 – 16 – 14 – 34 – 23

August 13, 1906 – Chicago Cub’s pitcher Jack Taylor ends a string of completing 202 MLB games (187 complete, 15 relief) against Brooklyn Superbas in 3rd inning of an 11-3 win at Washington Park, NYC

August 13, 1908 – Future Baseball HOF pitcher Cy Young’s career is celebrated with special day in his name in Boston; he pitches briefly for Red Sox against an All-Star team

August 13, 1917 – Milt Stock ( with 2), Fred Luderus ( with 2) and Possum Whitted of the Philadelphia Phillies steal 5 bases in an inning in 3-0 win against Boston at Braves Field

August 13, 1931 – Cincinnati Reds second baseman Tony Cuccinello, Number 5 goes 6 for 6 in 17-3 rout of Boston at Braves Field

August 13, 1932 – Yankees hurler Number 15, Red Ruffing becomes first MLB pitcher since 1906 to hit an extra-inning, game-winning home run in NY’s 1-0 win over the Senators in Washington

August 13, 1948 – Satchel Paige (who wore both Number 31 and 29 that season) at age 42, pitched his first MLB complete game

August 13, 1962 – Bert Campaneris, then of the Daytona Beach squad of the FSL pitched ambidextrously. Bert ended up wearing Number 19 in 1964 with the Kansas City Athletics

August 13, 1963 – Warren Spahn, Number 21 of the Milwaukee Braves set a left-handed pitching strike out mark at 2,382

August 13, 1963 – Dave DeBusschere, Number 22 of the Chicago White Sox pitched a shutout against the Cleveland Indians. In DeBusschere’s bio we see that despite 2 seasons in the MLB, he also won two NBA Championships with the New York Knicks (1970, 1973) and in 1996 was named as one of the Top 50 players in NBA history. Needless to say he also wore Number 22 on a handful of teams on the professional hardcourts.

August 13, 1969 – Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer, Number 22 no-hit the Oakland A’s in an 8-0 route.

August 13, 1979 – MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock, Number 20 became the 14th MLB player in history to reach the 3,000 hits mark

August 13, 1993 – Toronto Blue Jay Rickey Henderson pays Turner Ward $25,000 for his Number 24 jersey so that Henderson could wear his recognizable digits in Canada. Henederson was first assigned the Number 14 with the Jays until he made this deal with Turner. As for Ward he went on to wear the Number 16 for the balance of the season after his cool payday

August 13, 2006 – Cleveland Indians first baseman Travis Hafner, Number 48 tied Don Mattingly’s (Number 23 of the NY Yankees) MLB mark of six grand slams in a single season when he homered off Kansas City’s Luke Hudson, Number 34


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