INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

(INDY AREA SCORES)

BEN DAVIS 44, AVON 13

BISHOP CHATARD 48, TECH 8

BROWNSBURG 42, CATHEDRAL 35

CENTER GROVE 31, CARMEL 27

CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL 41, PURDUE POLY 21

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 49, TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 26

EDINBURGH 42, CLOVERDALE 14

FISHERS 28, PIKE 17

FRANKLIN 20, MT. VERNON 17

GUERIN CATHOLIC 47, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 10

HARRISON 22, PLAINFIELD 14

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 45, SHENANDOAH 33

HSE 45, NORTH CENTRAL 14

INDIAN CREEK 21, GREENWOOD 20

LAPEL 21, FRANKTON 7

LUTHERAN 71, CARDINAL RITTER 0

MARTINSVILLE 27, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 14

MONROVIA 42, EDGEWOOD 10

MOORESVILLE 38, DANVILLE 17

NEW PALESTINE 49, DECATUR CENTRAL 0

NORTH MONTGOMERY 14, HAMILTON HEIGHTS 7

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 42, ANDERSON 6

RONCALLI 17, FRANKLIN CENTRAL 0

SCECINA 28, SPEEDWAY 7

TERRE HAUTE 49, CRISPUS ATTUCKS 6

TRITON CENTRAL 21, NEW CASTLE 14

WESTERN BOONE 44, WESTERN 22

WHITELAND 24, LAWRENCE NORTH 13

ZIONSVILLE 42, LEBANON 6

(STATE)

ADAMS CENTRAL 25, EASTSIDE 21

ALEXANDRIA 35, WABASH 6

BATESVILLE 22, MILAN 16

BEN DAVIS 44, AVON 13

BENTON CENTRAL 26, SEEGER 21

BISHOP CHATARD 48, ARSENAL TECH 8

BLOOMINGTON NORTH 35, BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 14

BLUFFTON 42, MANCHESTER 14

BREBEUF JESUIT 36, TRI-WEST 8

BRONSON (MI) 20, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 7

BROWNSBURG 42, CATHEDRAL 35

CALUMET 52, GARY WEST SIDE 16

CARROLL (FLORA) 39, DELPHI 6

CASCADE 28, BEECH GROVE 13

CENTER GROVE 31, CARMEL 27

CENTERVILLE 47, HAGERSTOWN 7

CHARLESTOWN 30, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 13

CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL 41, PURDUE POLYTECHNIC 21

CHURUBUSCO 41, LAKELAND 21

CLINTON PRAIRIE 54, FRANKFORT 30

COLUMBUS NORTH 39, COLUMBUS EAST 6

CONCORD 14, JIMTOWN 0

CONNERSVILLE 21, FRANKLIN COUNTY 14

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 49, TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 26

CRAWFORDSVILLE 27, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 20

CROWN POINT 28, ANDREAN 18

CULVER 32, SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) 16

DEKALB 42, GARRETT 20

DELTA 21, COLUMBIA CITY 14

DUPONT MANUAL (KY) 45, FLOYD CENTRAL 7

EAST CENTRAL 41, HARRISON (OH) 7

EASTERN (GREENTOWN) 53, NORTHWESTERN 30

EASTERN (PEKIN) 54, CRAWFORD COUNTY 0

EDINBURGH 42, CLOVERDALE 14

ELKHART 28, NORTHRIDGE 7

EVANSVILLE BOSSE 26, EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 13

EVANSVILLE HARRISON 20, JASPER 15

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 17, CASTLE 14

EVANSVILLE NORTH 14, EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 0

EVANSVILLE REITZ 31, VINCENNES LINCOLN 28

FAIRFIELD 24, SOUTH BEND ADAMS 14

FISHERS 28, PIKE 17

FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS 38, FORT WAYNE WAYNE 15

FORT WAYNE CARROLL 28, FORT WAYNE SNIDER 21

FORT WAYNE NORTH SIDE 32, FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER 27

FORT WAYNE NORTHROP 17, FORT WAYNE SOUTH SIDE 12

FRANKLIN 20, MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) 17

FREMONT 46, BLACKFORD 29

FRONTIER 20, NORTH WHITE 14

GIBSON SOUTHERN 45, NEW ALBANY 7

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL 44, GREENSBURG 0

GUERIN CATHOLIC 47, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 10

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 45, NORTH CENTRAL (INDY) 14

HANOVER CENTRAL 37, HAMMOND MORTON 0

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 52, SHENANDOAH 33

HERITAGE HILLS 35, TELL CITY 14

HIGHLAND 12, WHITING 6, OT

HOMESTEAD 31, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN 7

HUNTINGTON NORTH 34, JAY COUNTY 14

INDIAN CREEK 21, GREENWOOD 0

INDIANA DEAF 48, SOUTH DECATUR 29

JENNINGS COUNTY 46, BROWN COUNTY 6

JOHN GLENN 38, SOUTH BEND RILEY 24

KANKAKEE VALLEY 37, WHEELER 0

KOKOMO 49, PLYMOUTH 0

LAFAYETTE HARRISON 22, PLAINFIELD 14

LAVILLE 56, TRITON 14

LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON 51, MICHIGAN CITY 33

LAPEL 21, FRANKTON 7

LAWRENCEBURG 27, TAYLOR (OH) 8

LEO 28, ANGOLA 21

LEWIS CASS 20, MACONAQUAH 14

LINTON-STOCKTON 64, NORTH VERMILLION 15

LOWELL 21, LAPORTE 14

LUTHERAN 71, CARDINAL RITTER 0

MADISON-GRANT 46, SOUTHERN WELLS 8

MARTINSVILLE 27, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 14

MERRILLVILLE 17, HOBART 7

MISHAWAKA 30, SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 8

MISHAWAKA MARIAN 21, CULVER ACADEMY 3

MISSISSINEWA 35, MARION 3

MONROE CENTRAL 38, UNION CITY 0

MONROVIA 42, EDGEWOOD 10

MOORESVILLE 38, DANVILLE 17

MT. VERNON (POSEY) 56, SOUTH SPENCER 30

MUNSTER 34, GRIFFITH 14

NEW PALESTINE 49, DECATUR CENTRAL 0

NEW PRAIRIE 33, GOSHEN 14

NOBLESVILLE 21, BENET ACADEMY (IL) 13

NORTH DAVIESS 41, NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) 8

NORTH DECATUR 40, EASTERN HANCOCK 0

NORTH HARRISON 42, SCOTTSBURG 6

NORTH JUDSON 52, CASTON 8

NORTH KNOX 45, EASTERN GREENE 14

NORTH MIAMI 42, TAYLOR 6

NORTH MONTGOMERY 14, HAMILTON HEIGHTS 7

NORTH POSEY 53, PRINCETON 14

NORTHWOOD 35, EAST NOBLE 14

NORTHMONT (OH) 56, RICHMOND 0

NORTHVIEW 39, GREENCASTLE 7

NORWELL 42, HERITAGE 0

OAK HILL 58, SOUTHWOOD 7

OWEN VALLEY 57, SOUTH PUTNAM 34

PAOLI 67, CORYDON CENTRAL 40

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 42, ANDERSON 6

PENN 31, PORTAGE 6

PERRY CENTRAL 42, FOREST PARK 21

PERRY MERIDIAN 38, SOUTHPORT 17

PERU 60, WHITKO 0

PIONEER 38, WINAMAC 0

PROVIDENCE CATHOLIC (IL) 16, LAKE CENTRAL 14

RENSSELAER CENTRAL 55, NORTH NEWTON 0

RIVER FOREST 33, BOONE GROVE 6

ROCHESTER 48, KNOX 46

RONCALLI 17, FRANKLIN CENTRAL 0

RUSHVILLE 41, SHELBYVILLE 39

SCECINA 28, SPEEDWAY 7

SEYMOUR 31, JEFFERSONVILLE 28

SHERIDAN 47, CLINTON CENTRAL 0

SHORTRIDGE 26, GEORGE WASHINGTON 0

SILVER CREEK 28, SALEM 12

SOUTH ADAMS 41, BELLMONT 7

SOUTH DEARBORN 15, MADISON 12

SOUTH NEWTON 14, COVINGTON 12

SOUTHMONT 42, NORTH PUTNAM 21

SOUTHRIDGE 13, BOONVILLE 0

SPRINGS VALLEY 45, MITCHELL 6

SULLIVAN 24, SOUTH VERMILLION 14

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 21, GALLATIN COUNTY (KY) 8

TECUMSEH 33, PIKE CENTRAL 6

TERRE HAUTE NORTH 59, CRISPUS ATTUCKS 6

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 45, RICH CENTRAL (IL) 26

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 49, NORTHFIELD 19

TIPTON 68, ELWOOD 14

TRI 47, NORTHEASTERN 7

TRI-CENTRAL 34, WES-DEL 0

TRI-COUNTY 48, ATTICA 6

TRITON CENTRAL 21, NEW CASTLE 14

TWIN LAKES 46, SOUTH BEND CLAY 8

UNION COUNTY 41, CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN 6

VALPARAISO 52, HAMMOND CENTRAL 0

WARREN CENTRAL 44, DETROIT KING (MI) 26

WARSAW 24, CHESTERTON 7

WEST CENTRAL 44, LAKE CENTRAL 12

WEST LAFAYETTE 41, MCCUTCHEON 15

WEST NOBLE 35, WAWASEE 24

WEST VIGO 42, PARKE HERITAGE 16

WEST WASHINGTON 36, CLARKSVILLE 26

WESTERN BOONE 44, WESTERN 22

WESTFIELD 42, LAWRENCE CENTRAL 27

WHITELAND 24, LAWRENCE NORTH 13

WINCHESTER 35, KNIGHTSTOWN 20

WOODLAN 32, CENTRAL NOBLE 27

YORKTOWN 27, MUNCIE CENTRAL 7

ZIONSVILLE 42, LEBANON 6

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

ARIZONA 7 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2

SAN DIEGO 13 KANSAS CITY 5

MINNESOTA 9 SAN FRANCISCO 0

LA ANGELS 12 TORONTO 0

BOSTON 9 TAMPA BAY 8

TEXAS 7 DETROIT 6

BALTIMORE 2, HOUSTON 0

NY YANKEES 3 OAKLAND 2

SEATTLE 3 CLEVELAND 2 (11)

LA DODGERS 10 MIAMI 6 (10)

CINCINNATI 7 WASHINGTON 3

PHILADELPHIA 7 PITTSBURGH 4

NY METS 7 COLORADO 6

CHICAGO CUBS 4 MILWAUKEE 3

ATLANTA 11 ST. LOUIS 4

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS 9 ROCHESTER 1

NFL PRE-SEASON

FRIDAY SCORES

CAROLINA 21 BUFFALO 0

DALLAS 27 SEATTLE 26

NEW ORLEANS 27 LA CHARGERS 10

LAS VEGAS 23 NEW ENGLAND 6

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 3 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 6 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

CHICAGO BEARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT MIAMI DOLPHINS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7:30 P.M. ET

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 9 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 4:30 P.M. ET (CBS)

NFL WEEK ONE AND TWO SCHEDULES

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022

BUFFALO BILLS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (THU) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

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

WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

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

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE: GAME TIMES, TV CHANNELS

WEEK 0

SATURDAY, AUG. 27

AUSTIN PEAY AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
NEBRASKA VS. NORTHWESTERN (DUBLIN, IRELAND) | 12:30 P.M. | FOX
IDAHO STATE AT UNLV | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN VS. JACKSONVILLE STATE (MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
UCONN AT UTAH STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1
WYOMING AT ILLINOIS | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
DUQUESNE AT FLORIDA STATE | 5 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
CHARLOTTE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
HOWARD VS. ALABAMA STATE (ATLANTA) | 7 P.M. | ESPN
FLORIDA A&M AT NORTH CAROLINA | 8:15 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORTH TEXAS AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | STADIUM
VANDERBILT AT HAWAI’I | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1

ST. FRANCIS (PA) AT AKRON | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
BALL STATE AT TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
WEST VIRGINIA AT NO. 17 PITT | 7 P.M. | ESPN
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT UCF | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT NO. 12 OKLAHOMA STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1
BRYANT AT FIU | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY AT TOLEDO | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
VMI AT NO. 22 WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
PENN STATE AT PURDUE | 8 P.M. | FOX
EASTERN ILLINOIS AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA A&M AT UAB | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
LOUISIANA TECH AT MISSOURI | 8 P.M. | ESPNU
NEW MEXICO STATE AT MINNESOTA | 9 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NORTHERN ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
CAL POLY AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2

EASTERN KENTUCKY AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT NO. 15 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
VIRGINIA TECH AT OLD DOMINION | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
WILLIAM & MARY AT CHARLOTTE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
TEMPLE AT DUKE | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TENNESSEE TECH AT KANSAS | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS AT INDIANA | 8 P.M. | FS1
TCU AT COLORADO | 10 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 3

SAM HOUSTON AT NO. 6 TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT IOWA | 12 P.M. | FS1
BUFFALO AT MARYLAND | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
COLORADO STATE AT NO. 8 MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC
RUTGERS AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORTH CAROLINA AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
NO. 13 NC STATE AT EAST CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
DELAWARE AT NAVY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
RICHMOND AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
SE MISSOURI STATE AT IOWA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
BOWLING GREEN AT UCLA | 2:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
NO. 23 CINCINNATI AT NO. 19 ARKANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 11 OREGON VS. NO. 3 GEORGIA (ATLANTA, GEORGIA) | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
ARIZONA AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NORTH DAKOTA AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
BETHUNE-COOKMAN AT NO. 16 MIAMI (FLA.) | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORFOLK STATE AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TULSA AT WYOMING | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
UTEP AT NO. 9 OKLAHOMA | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
NO. 24 HOUSTON AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
TROY AT NO. 21 OLE MISS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NO. 25 BYU AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
NICHOLLS AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 5 P.M. | ESPN3
MORGAN STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT OHIO | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT JAMES MADISON | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
RICE AT NO. 14 USC | 6 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
MERCER AT AUBURN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 7 UTAH AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
MIAMI (OHIO) AT NO. 20 KENTUCKY | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ELON AT VANDERBILT | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA AT KANSAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ARMY AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
LIBERTY AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS STATE AT NO. 18 WISCONSIN | 7 P.M. | FS1
UMASS AT TULANE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SE LOUISIANA AT LOUISIANA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ALBANY AT NO. 10 BAYLOR | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
GRAMBLING AT ARKANSAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
UTAH STATE AT NO. 1 ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
MEMPHIS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
GEORGIA STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 5 NOTRE DAME AT NO. 2 OHIO STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
SMU AT NORTH TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MURRAY STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
UL MONROE AT TEXAS | 8 P.M. | LONGHORN NETWORK
LOUISVILLE AT SYRACUSE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
IDAHO AT WASHINGTON STATE | 9:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
BOISE STATE AT OREGON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
KENT STATE AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

AUSTIN 4 LOS ANGELES FC 1

PORTLAND 2 SEATTLE 1

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Panthers’ Darnold carted off field with sprained ankle

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers backup quarterback Sam Darnold and kicker Zane Gonzalez were both carted off the field in the third quarter of Carolina’s preseason game Friday night against the Buffalo Bills.

Darnold suffered a left ankle sprain after Bills defensive tackle C.J. Brewer landed on him as the quarterback was releasing the ball. Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Darnold will have an MRI on Saturday, but the team is fairly certain that he does not have a fracture.

If it is a high ankle sprain, that’s normally an injury that keeps players out four to six weeks.

“Sam’s a tough kid and he usually comes back pretty quickly,” Rhule said.

When asked if the Panthers might consider bringing back Cam Newton for a third stint with the team, Rhule said nothing is off the table. Rhule said he enjoyed his experience coaching Newton last year and views him as a true professional.

Several Panthers players ran over to Darnold as he was helped onto the cart. Bills quarterback Josh Allen, a good friend of Darnold’s, also ran onto the field to offer encouragement.

Darnold was 5 of 11 for 49 yards and ran for a 1-yard touchdown to give Carolina a 21-0 lead.

Earlier in the week, Panthers coach Matt Rhule announced Baker Mayfield as the starter over Darnold, who was 4-7 last season as Carolina’s starter.

This is the second straight week the Panthers have lost a quarterback to an injury in a preseason game.

Last week rookie Matt Corral, the team’s third-round draft pick, suffered a season-ending injury when he tore a ligament in his foot in a 20-10 loss to the New England Patriots.

If Darnold is out any significant amount of time, P.J. Walker would presumably be Mayfield’s backup.

Darnold’s injury came just minutes after Gonzalez was carted to the locker room with a groin injury. Gonzalez was injured while warming up on the sideline on the wet field. Punter John Hekker converted the PAT on Darnold’s touchdown.

Rhule was unclear on the extent of Gonzalez’s injury.

Seahawks pick Smith starter after preseason loss to Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Geno Smith is the choice as the first replacement for Russell Wilson at quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.

Coach Pete Carroll made the announcement Friday night after a 27-26 preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys that included three interceptions from Drew Lock.

It seemed clear Lock’s rough night, which did include a touchdown pass, wasn’t the deciding factor. Smith played one series before Lock played into the fourth quarter.

“Geno, he knows our stuff and he does really well and he understands it and he commands everything that we’re doing,” Carroll said. “He’ll give us the best chance to play great football right off the bat.”

The Seahawks are entering a new era after trading the Super Bowl winner and 10-year starter Wilson to Denver, where Lock started 21 games over the previous three seasons.

Lock saw plenty of playing time after missing the second preseason game because of COVID-19. Carroll said it would be a “makeup deal,” but Smith had already done plenty to make the Seahawks think he was the choice.

“This is just step one in the process, but it’s really about winning,” said Smith, who was Wilson’s backup after starting most of his first two years in the NFL with the New York Jets and has 34 starts in 45 games over eight seasons. “None of this will matter if we don’t go out and win the games we’re supposed to win.”

Despite Lock’s picks, the Seahawks (0-3) never trailed until the Cowboys went ahead on a connection between a pair of long shots for the roster. Ben DiNucci found tight end Peyton Hendershot on a 14-yard TD with 4:07 remaining.

In his only series, Smith moved the Seahawks to the Dallas 19 before a penalty and a 14-yard sack forced them to settle for the first of four field goals from Jason Myers, a 53-yarder.

Israel Mukuamu intercepted Lock’s second pass before Lock threw a 35-yard TD to Penny Hart on the first play of his second series following a fourth-down stop by the Seattle defense.

Dallas’ Nahshon Wright came off his man on the outside and stepped in front of Hart on Lock’s second interception, setting up Will Grier’s 1-yard scoring toss to Simi Fehoko to get the Cowboys (2-1) within 13-10 late in the first half.

The third interception from Lock set up another Dallas TD when undrafted rookie safety Markquese Bell corralled a tipped pass and rumbled to the Seattle 13 while star quarterback Dak Prescott stopped his TV interview to celebrate. Brandon Smith made a toe-tapping catch in the end zone for a 20-20 tie.

Lock led another TD drive to start the second half, but running back DeeJay Dallas was the focus. The third-year back had 50 of his 75 yards rushing on the drive, capped by his 1-yard plunge for a 20-10 lead.

Playing into the fourth quarter, Lock finished 13 of 24 for 171 yards and a 51.2 passer rating.

“As a competitor, you’re always disappointed, and I was disappointed,” Lock said about Carroll’s decision. “You want to be able to step on the field and show that you can do it. Now, it’s my job to have his back. Be the best teammate I can be.”

Not much appeared to change in the competition behind Prescott, who sat the entire preseason for the second consecutive year. This time it was by design after a shoulder injury kept him out most of the 2021 preseason. Almost every other projected Dallas starter didn’t play this preseason either.

Incumbent Cooper Rush handled one series that ended in a punt before Grier played the next 2 1/2 quarters, finishing 12 of 22 for 88 yards with two scores and no interceptions.

REPLACING TYRON SMITH

The Cowboys were two days removed from getting the news that eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith probably will be out until December with a torn hamstring that also resulted in a fracture in his left knee.

His most likely replacement, rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith, didn’t play because of an ankle injury. Second-year man Josh Ball started and saw plenty of action, but doesn’t appear ready to be the starter on Prescott’s blind side.

RETURN MEN

After returning a kickoff and a punt return for touchdowns last weekend, Dallas receiver KaVontae Turpin didn’t see action in the return game and got some work on offense. He had an 8-yard catch on two targets.

Seattle receiver Dee Eskridge returned from a hamstring injury and had an 18-yard punt return and an 8-yard catch on three targets. The Seahawks envision him as the No. 3 receiver, but he’s had trouble staying healthy.

INJURIES

Dallas CB Kelvin Joseph, whose roster spot could be in jeopardy, left after the first play and didn’t return. He was ruled out with a concussion.

UP NEXT

Both teams open the season in prime time. The Cowboys have the first Sunday night game at home against Tom Brady and Tampa Bay on Sept. 11. The Seahawks are home against Denver in the first Monday night game Sept. 12.

Bills’ investigation of Araiza didn’t include alleged victim

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The attorney for a California teenager who has accused a Buffalo Bills rookie and two of his former college teammates of gang rape last fall said Friday the NFL team has not contacted him for details despite saying it had conducted a “thorough investigation.”

The Bills selected Matt Araiza out of San Diego State in the sixth round of the NFL draft in April, and named him their starting punter this week. A person familiar with the case told the AP the Bills were not aware of the allegations against Araiza in April. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not commented publicly about the allegations.

Executives from two different teams told the AP they became aware of Araiza’s involvement in an incident during the draft process, but neither person knew the extent of the allegations.

Dan Gilleon, who represents the California teenager, said he has not heard from team officials since first informing them of the allegations against Araiza in late July, when he says he had a phone conversation with team counsel Kathryn D’Angelo.

“She seemed like she was concerned. She says she’ll get back to me, and then she never did,” said Gilleon, who posted and then deleted a screenshot on social media of the email he says he sent to D’Angelo. “I even followed up and said, `Hey, you guys haven’t talked to me and called me back like you said you would.’ And they just ignored that, too.”

After the Bills declined multiple requests for comment on Friday, coach Sean McDermott was clearly shaken when he addressed the situation following a 21-0 preseason loss at Carolina.

“It’s a situation that’s extremely serious. Just hard to go through. It’s not a situation that I or we take lightly whatsoever,” he said. “I can tell you this my heart, my thoughts and prayers go out to the people involved. And that includes Matt. It includes both sides here. The victim and everyone involved.”

McDermott said he was surprised and shocked by some of the revelations that have come out over the past day, and repeatedly stressed the team has work to do. Asked what work needed to be done, he answered by saying: “It’s just a matter of trying to find the truth at the end of the day.”

McDermott said it was his decision to not have Araiza play, saying he felt it was not the right thing to do. While he said Araiza would travel back with the team, McDermott declined to answer a question on Araiza’s status on the roster.

Previously, the Bills’ only comment on the lawsuit came a day earlier in saying they were aware of the allegations and had conducted their own investigation.

“The facts of the incident are not what they are portrayed in the lawsuit or in the press,” Araiza said in a statement released through his agent, Joe Linta. “I look forward to quickly setting the record straight.”

Quarterback Matt Barkley handled the team’s punting duties against Carolina.

It was unclear if the Bills investigation was finished before they named him to their opening-day roster and the team statement provided no details, a familiar lack of transparency that raises fresh scrutiny on how NFL teams conduct internal reviews into allegations of misconduct.

It also comes as the NFL and the Cleveland Browns are reeling from a scandal involving quarterback Deshaun Watson. Cleveland acquired Watson in a trade with Houston and signed him to a league-record $230 million contract while he faced civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct against two dozen women. Watson this season will serve an 11-game unpaid suspension, pay a $5 million fine and undergo professional evaluation. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also has been sharply criticized by members of Congress for not releasing details of an investigation into the Washington Commanders following allegations of workplace misconduct.

The Bills informed the NFL of the incident once they were made aware of it, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, wasn’t certain of the timeline.

The executives who had limited knowledge of the accusations against Araiza during the draft process said it didn’t impact his status on their draft board because they weren’t interested in selecting a punter. Executives from three other teams said they had no knowledge of the allegations against Araiza before the draft and only learned of the incident Thursday. All the people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Gilleon filed a lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court this week accusing Araiza and two other San Diego State football players of raping a then-17-year-old girl at a Halloween party at an off-campus home where Araiza had been living. A San Diego police investigation has been turned over to the district attorney’s office to determine whether to pursue charges. DA spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said Friday there was no timeline as to how long a decision will take.

Araiza’s lawyer, Kerry Armstrong, said the player knew he could be the target of allegations since October. It was unclear if he informed the NFL of the allegations before the draft. Armstrong cited his own investigation’s findings in denying the allegations, saying: “I 100% do not believe that he ever forcibly raped this girl or had sex with her while she was passed out or drunk or anything like that.”

Armstrong said he has shared the findings of his investigation with the Bills over the past month, well before the team awarded Araiza, known as the “Punt God” for his booming kicks in college, the starting job on Monday. He also said he told Araiza six weeks ago, when he was retained, to tell Bills officials about the allegations.

“I told him, obviously, that any time you try to keep something secret like this, they’re going to find it anyway, so be very honest with them,” he said. “He has been. And I think that’s why he’s on the team right now.”

The NFL declined to comment except to say it was aware of the matter.

At San Diego State, one of the two remaining accused players remains on the roster but the other is not listed. The school said it did not investigate at the request of San Diego police in October.

“After careful consideration, SDSU determined that cooperating with the criminal investigation was the appropriate action to help ensure the highest likelihood of real consequences for anyone found responsible,” the university said. A Title IX investigation launched in July is ongoing.

The Bills appear to be following the same approach they took four years ago when running back LeSean McCoy was accused of having his former girlfriend beaten during a break-in at a home he owned outside Atlanta. Despite calls to cut ties with the player, the Bills stood behind McCoy, who was never charged in the matter and eventually reached an undisclosed settlement in a lawsuit filed against him.

Chances of a settlement of the case against Araiza were unclear as Gilleon and Armstrong swapped public accusations.

Armstrong said Araiza was against reaching a settlement, but the lawyer said he was asked by the player’s parents to contact Gilleon regarding the possibility. Armstrong said Gilleon never responded, though Gilleon has posted on his Twitter account several text exchanges he said he had with Armstrong in late July.

He told the AP he did so in response to Armstrong alleging his client was “committing a cash grab because he’s a Buffalo Bill.”

“My client refused to entertain the idea of a monetary settlement,” Gilleon wrote in a text to the AP. “It would have taken an apology, psychological counseling, donation to charity, etc., but once Kerry A. began his clown show, I realized it was useless to try to reason with him and withdrew the offer to speak with a civil defense attorney before filing the lawsuit.”

Gilleon said the decision to file the lawsuit three days after Araiza was awarded the punting job was the result of his growing frustration over the lack of feedback he was receiving from police on the progress of their investigation.

“They’re just blowing us off,” Gilleon said. “By filing a lawsuit, we have the power of subpoena and so I can force them to do what they’re supposed to do.”

(COLLEGE FOOTBALL)

College Football: 15 Things to Watch in 2022 (by Athlon Sports)

The start of the 2022 college football season is just days away. And as usual, there’s no shortage of storylines, players to watch and looming questions hanging over the sport. Georgia hopes to go back-to-back, but Alabama is primed for another run at the national championship. Ohio State hopes to unseat Michigan atop the Big Ten, while Clemson aims to get back to the CFB Playoff after missing out last fall. Also, big-time hires at USC, LSU, Notre Dame and Miami are worth watching as the season progresses.

What are the biggest storylines surrounding college football for the 2022 college football season? Matt Hinton examines the usual suspects for the College Football Playoff, new coaches, expansion, Texas, Nebraska and more:

College Football: 15 Things to Watch in 2022

1. Georgia: Rebuild or Repeat?

Well, they did it. Georgia fans had been waiting four decades to reset the “Years Since Georgia Won a National Championship” clock to zero, and the 2021 team delivered in the most satisfying possible fashion by vanquishing Alabama in the championship game. As of Jan. 11, they’ll never have to listen to another recounting of their record against Nick Saban’s Tide or the words “since 1980…” ever again. The investment in Kirby Smart’s vision has paid off in full. So: What next?

In a different era, the Dawgs might have been resigned to rebuilding. These days, though, the concentration of talent at the top has largely rendered the concept of “rebuilding” at places like Georgia obsolete. By stacking top-ranked recruiting classes, Smart has built a roster composed mainly of two types of players: Those who are already stars, like TE Brock Bowers, DL Jalen Carter and OLB Nolan Smith, and those who project to be as soon as they get the chance.

Barring disaster, the major obstacle to returning to the playoff is a familiar one: Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Last year, the Bulldogs were so far ahead of the pack after 12 games that even a lopsided loss in Atlanta wasn’t enough to knock them out of the national race, or prevent them from reversing the outcome with the big prize on the line a few weeks later. By the time the postseason rolls around this year, they don’t plan on needing a second chance.

2. Bryce Young Goes for Two

Bryce Young was who he was supposed to be in 2021, claiming the Heisman Trophy and leading Bama to the cusp of another national championship in his first year as a starter. He was the most consistent quarterback in college football, throwing multiple touchdown passes in every game except the championship loss to Georgia, and arguably the most dynamic. He would have been the first QB off the board had he been eligible for this year’s draft, and he enters (presumably) his last year on campus as a heavy favorite to go out as the top pick in 2023.

Going back-to-back in the Heisman race might be a longer shot. Famously, only one winner, Ohio State RB Archie Griffin in 1974-75, has claimed the trophy two years in a row, a feat that might be impossible to replicate unless Young demolishes his sophomore production so thoroughly that he leaves voters no choice but to grant him the distinction. Leading the Crimson Tide back to the playoff is probably a bare minimum requirement. Young has already cemented his legacy as a great college player. Is he a historic player? That’s the bar he’ll be measured against this time around.

3. Michigan: Sustaining or Sobering Up?

After six years of diminishing returns, the consensus last summer was that the Jim Harbaugh project at Michigan had run out of gas. Instead, the 2021 team delivered one of the most surprising and satisfying seasons in Ann Arbor in a generation. The Wolverines ended their infamous losing streak against Ohio State en route to the Big Ten title — Michigan’s first since 2004 — and a subsequent trip to the playoff, where even a blowout semifinal loss to Georgia felt more like a footnote than a defining moment.

Now, sustaining that momentum is a different challenge. Harbaugh, finally vindicated at his alma mater, leapt at the opportunity in January to negotiate a return to the NFL; although his well-publicized deal with the Minnesota Vikings fell through in the end, the episode invited speculation that Harbaugh’s days in the college game might still be numbered.

Much is riding on the unresolved QB dynamic between the incumbent, steady but limited veteran Cade McNamara, and rising sophomore J.J. McCarthy, a former five-star recruit who flashed star potential in a part-time role as a freshman. If McCarthy is ready to take over full time, he has the potential to take a relatively conservative attack to another level. If not, opposite a rebuilt defense, the encore to last year’s triumphs may feel more like a hangover.

4. Clemson at a Crossroads

For most teams, a 10–3 season is a banner year. For Clemson in 2021, it was closer to a crisis. Besieged by injuries, the Tigers never looked like their usual, dominant selves, ceding the ACC crown for the first time since 2014 and trading their annual playoff slot for a trip to the Cheez-It Bowl. Nearly every game was a battle, with four of their six ACC wins coming by six points or fewer. The heir apparent at quarterback, DJ Uiagalelei, fell far short of expectations. In the end, even the momentum of a six-game winning streak was blunted by the departure of two pillars of the championship years, long-tenured coordinators Brent Venables and Tony Elliott, for head-coaching jobs.

Dabo Swinney is banking on continuity to carry the day. He promoted from within to fill both coordinator vacancies and only acknowledged the transfer portal in response to questions about his indifference to it. The lineup will essentially be a healthier version of the one that found its footing late last year.

Although Clemson is the favorite in the ACC, as usual, the distinction is more tentative than it’s been in a long time. If they solve the QB question, the Tigers could be playoff contenders. And, as you can see from our Top 25, that’s Athlon’s prediction. But this is not a program that wants to get accustomed to thinking in terms of “if.”

5. Buckeyes Bounce Back

In certain ways, Ohio State’s loss to Michigan last November was a milestone: The upset snapped OSU’s run of eight straight wins in the rivalry, four consecutive Big Ten titles and back-to-back playoff trips, all in the span of just a few hours. By the New Year, though, the outline of the next championship run was already beginning to shape. Despite all of their top pro prospects opting out of the Rose Bowl, the Buckeyes’ dramatic, come-from-behind win over Utah served notice that the 2022 edition would be back in the thick of the national race.

All but three of OSU’s 22 starters in Pasadena are back. The headliners on offense — prolific QB C.J. Stroud, versatile RB TreVeyon Henderson and electric WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba — all lived up to the hype in their first year as starters and will be arguably the best in the nation at their respective positions. Behind Smith-Njigba, the concentration of rising talent at receiver remains unmatched outside of Columbus. All but one starter returns on the O-line, and all but three on defense. As ever, where there’s a vacancy, there’s a blue-chip prospect to fill it.

As much talent is on hand, and as explosive as the offense figures to be, any improvement at all from the defense under new coordinator Jim Knowles is likely to make 2021’s also-ran finish look like a blip on the radar.

6. Notre Dame: Betting the Future on Freeman

Over 12 years in South Bend, Brian Kelly coached in and won more games than anyone in Notre Dame history, but he wasn’t truly close to winning the big one. The mandate for his successor, 36-year-old Marcus Freeman, is to get the Irish over the hump.

So far, so good. The locker room enthusiastically supported Freeman’s promotion from defensive coordinator, and his counterpart on offense, Tommy Rees, opted to stay as chief play-caller despite being offered more money to follow Kelly to LSU. At the start of spring practice, Notre Dame also boasted the No. 1 recruiting class in the 2023 cycle according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, territory it never staked out under Kelly.

More immediately, the 2022 team has some significant holes to fill, beginning with quarterback, where sophomore Tyler Buchner is first in line. The schedule serves up Ohio State in the opener and November dates against Clemson and USC. If the Irish survive with their streak of five straight 10-win seasons intact, the Freeman era will be officially off to a running start.

7. Miami Makes its Move

Whether you loved or hated the bold, brash Miami teams of the Jimmy Johnson era and the talent-laden turn-of-the-century editions, you have to admit: College football is a lot more fun when the Canes are relevant.

So are championship expectations still realistic at The U? By throwing Manny Diaz overboard to make way for Mario Cristobal, the answer from the school brass is an emphatic yes.

Cristobal, a Miami native who was part of two national title teams as a player, was a natural target based on his local ties and his successful run at Oregon. He was an expensive one, too, commanding more than twice Diaz’s salary as well as an ambitious investment in his staff. The school obliged, ponying up to poach OC Josh Gattis from Michigan and add former FBS head coaches Kevin Steele and Charlie Strong on defense — ambitious moves for a program not exactly known for its ability to dig deep.

The roster is largely a blank slate, with one important exception: redshirt sophomore QB Tyler Van Dyke, whose emergence last year pointed the way out of the doldrums. At 6’4″, 224pounds, Van Dyke already looks like Miami’s best pro prospect behind center in years. If the initial phase of the project has a chance, his right arm will be the main reason why.

8. Cajun-Flavored Gators

The Dan Mullen era at Florida ended abruptly, unraveling last fall over the course of just a few weeks. Startling as it was, though, the end was also depressingly familiar: Before Mullen, the bottom fell out on both of his predecessors, Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain, in similar fashion, running the Gators’ record on head-coaching hires to 0-for-3 for the decade.

Enter Billy Napier. At his last stop, Louisiana, Napier turned the Ragin’ Cajuns into an unlikely mid-major power: His last three seasons there were easily the best in school history, yielding 34 wins, back-to-back Top 25 finishes and, in 2021, the program’s first outright conference championship in more than half a century. The man can coach. But can he recruit? In four years in Gainesville, Mullen signed just two 5-star prospects out of high school. The top priority for his successor is closing the gap in the Jimmys and Joes department.

On that front, Napier does have experience in high-stakes, hard-crootin’ regimes, having paid his dues as an assistant under Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher. He was known in Lafayette as an energetic recruiter, landing the Sun Belt’s top class per 247Sports’ Composite rankings three years in a row from 2019-21. Florida, still less than 15 years removed from its last national title, remains one of the sport’s premier opportunities. But as the last three guys who sat in Napier’s seat can attest, it can be a short-lived one, too.

9. Baylor: Here to Stay?

On the field and off, Baylor has endured one of the most manic-depressive decades in the sport’s history. The Art Briles years put the program on the map, until scandal turned it into a smoking crater. From the ashes, his successor, Matt Rhule, rebuilt the Bears into contenders in just three years before making the leap to the NFL — at which point they promptly crashed again, finishing 2–7 in 2020 under first-year head coach Dave Aranda. But the 2021 team bounced back even stronger, setting the school record for wins (12) en route to the Big 12 title and Baylor’s first major bowl win since 1956.

Finally, some stability is in order. Aranda signed a contract extension through 2029 and kept both coordinators. In Year 3, the roster is almost fully reshaped in the staff’s image. Despite a wave of departures for the next level (six Bears were drafted, all Rhule recruits), there is continuity on both lines and optimism behind center, where redshirt sophomore Blake Shapen emerged late last season and officially overtook incumbent Gerry Bohanon in the spring. A couple of big-ticket transfers on defense, DL Jaxon Player (Tulsa) and LB Josh White (LSU), filled immediate needs.

Beyond a relatively wide-open Big 12 race this season, there is no reason Baylor can’t settle in as a year-in, year-out contender on Aranda’s watch once the league’s traditional heavies, Oklahoma and Texas, leave for the SEC. In the meantime, the defending conference champ has no intention of being demoted to a dark horse in 2022.

10. Shuffling the Deck

This year brings the latest round of college football realignment, and it’s only just getting revved up. Consider 2022 the prelim, with the main event — Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC and USC and UCLA to the Big Ten — yet to come.

This season, the upstart Sun Belt Conference, leaning heavily into its newfound identity as the flavor of the month among Group of Five conferences, has grown from 10 to 14 teams, adding C-USA refugees Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss and newly minted FBS program James Madison, long an FCS power. C-USA, meanwhile, hangs on for one more year as an 11-team league, its long-term future in some doubt.

Bigger changes are looming. Houston, Cincinnati and UCF are bolting the American Athletic Conference for the Big 12 in time for the 2023 academic year, along with BYU, which is shedding its independent status for the security of a conference that is reeling from the impending losses of its bell cows but making the best of a changing landscape. In response, the AAC is poaching UAB, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice and UTSA from C-USA, which in turn is putting out its welcome mat for Liberty, New Mexico State and a pair of soon-to-be FCS graduates — Jacksonville State and Sam Houston.

The biggest dominoes fall in the not-too-distant future, when the Sooners and Longhorns bolt their longtime conference home for the unfriendly confines of the SEC. Leaving a feisty middleweight league to take on college football’s heavyweights is a bold move made necessary in the minds of OU and Texas bosses by the demands of today’s NIL-driven, recruiting-dependent landscape. This offseason also brought about another round of changes, as USC and UCLA are headed to the Big Ten in 2024. While that move is the only one so far in another busy summer, plenty of uncertainty remains about the Big Ten’s future plans and the outlook for the Pac-12.

Change is the only constant, and college football fans are about to get a big dose of it.

11. Sark 2.0

The 2010s were a lost decade at Texas, and Year 1 under Steve Sarkisian was more of the same. A wipeout loss at Arkansas set the tone; from there, the Longhorns never really recovered, spiraling into a six-game losing streak in Big 12 play. They collapsed against Oklahoma, blew double-digit leads over Oklahoma State and Baylor in consecutive weeks and sealed their descent in the standings with an overtime flop against lowly Kansas. At no point did they look like a team on the verge of being “back,” by any definition.

Does that mean a reprieve from the annual ritual of preseason hype? Ha, no. Where there’s talent, hope springs eternal, and if there’s one thing Texas will never lack, it’s talent. In addition to a top-five recruiting class, Sarkisian made a huge splash in the transfer portal by landing coveted QB Quinn Ewers, a Texas high school legend who initially spurned UT for Ohio State. The defense … well, let’s just say the only direction it can go under second-year coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski is up.

An early non-conference visit from Sarkisian’s former employer, Alabama, should be revealing. Hang with the Tide, and it could be a catalyst for a run at the Big 12 crown in Texas’ swan song in the conference.

12. Anything Goes in the Group of Five

Just when it was beginning to look like the CFP committee might never allow it to happen, Cincinnati shattered the glass ceiling in 2021 by becoming the first Group of Five team to crash the playoff from outside of the Power 5 conferences. Now, with the core of the playoff run moving on, the door is wide open for a new mid-major standard bearer to make its move.

In the American Athletic Conference, the major challenge to Cincinnati’s throne will come from Houston, which returns the bulk of a team that finished 12–2, and UCF where head coach Gus Malzahn has assembled a depth chart packed with Power 5 transfers. (Remember, Houston and UCF are scheduled to make the leap along with Cincinnati to the Big 12 in 2023.) BYU, another future member of the Big 12 expansion party, is essentially the same team that went 10–3 last year despite major attrition from an 11–1 season in 2020. Appalachian State, arguably the most consistent Group of Five program since leveling up to the FBS ranks in 2014, is primed for a big year in the Sun Belt. And never count out Boise State in the Mountain West.

Big non-conference games to circle on the schedule: Cincinnati’s trip to Arkansas; App State’s season-opening gambits against North Carolina and Texas A&M; and BYU’s dates against Baylor, Oregon, Notre Dame and Arkansas. Back-to-back playoff bids may not be in the cards, but as for the major bowl slot reserved for the highest-ranked Group of Five champ, a brand-name victim on the résumé still goes a long way.

13. Huskers Book a Bowl Bid

Nebraska fans will be happy to know that they can make some December plans involving something other than holiday gatherings with annoying family members. Athlon Sports is projecting that the Cornhuskers will face old Big 12 rival Kansas State in the Guaranteed Rate BowlHey, it’s a start.

It’s worth noting that the Huskers were a lot closer to a breakthrough in 2021 than it seems at first glance. By record, Nebraska’s 3–9 finish in 2021 was one of the worst in school history. It was also one of the weirdest: All nine of the losses were decided by single digits, leaving these Huskers with the bizarre distinction of having scored exactly as many points against Big Ten opponents as they allowed — 239 to 239 — in the course of going 1–8 in conference play.

Regardless of the margins, with four straight losing seasons under his belt, there’s no pretense that head coach Scott Frost can survive a fifth. The offseason was fueled by that sense of urgency. The Huskers were active in the transfer portal, bringing in a new quarterback, Texas starter Casey Thompson, to replace four-year starter Adrian Martinez, as well as projected starters at wide receiver, cornerback and O-line. They put a capper on their portal success by landing TCU D-lineman Ochaun Mathis, who will step in and start immediately. Frost was once regarded as a home-run hire. In Year 5, he gets one more chance to bring that promise to fruition.

14. West Coast Blues

Nearly a decade into the playoff era, the question of expanding the format is less a matter of if than when. And among the power conferences, no league is more desperate to get it done than the Pac-12. Just two of the 32 playoff slots to date have gone to Pac-12 teams, most recently in 2016; in four out of five seasons since, the Pac-12 champ hasn’t even cracked the top 10 in the CFP committee’s final rankings.

It doesn’t help that all of the usual suspects are in various states of flux. USC and Washington both fired their head coaches last fall on the way to finishing 4–8. Oregon lost head coach Mario Cristobal to his alma mater, Miami. Stanford, once a beacon of stability under David Shaw, posted a last-place finish in 2021. In four years under Chip Kelly, UCLA is seven games below .500. At Arizona State, Herm Edwards was forced to replace most of his staff this offseason due to an NCAA investigation that could eventually claim his job as well.

The playoff drought can’t go on forever. But until one of the would-be contenders finally puts it all together — steady Utah and resurgent USC are the top candidates this season, and both are in Athlon’s preseason top 10 — the Pac-12 race remains a strictly regional affair.

15. USC: The Missing Linc?

No program on the West Coast or anywhere else has underachieved over the past decade quite like USC, which has cycled through one uninspired, locally connected coaching hire after another in its quest for the next Pete Carroll. The tendency to keep it in the family was one of the many reasons their poaching of Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley over Thanksgiving weekend seemed to come out of nowhere: For the first time in ages, the Trojans went big, sparing no expense to reassert their place among the sport’s heavy hitters.

A roster overhaul began via the transfer portal, including three of Riley’s former players at OU. The headliner, sophomore QB Caleb Williams, is a game-changing talent who seized the Sooners’ starting job as a true freshman and arrived in January to legitimate Heisman hype. The rest of the lineup has a lot more to prove.

In a league ripe for the taking, Williams’ presence alone is enough to make USC a preseason favorite for the Rose Bowl. That in itself would represent a dramatic overnight turnaround. But for their bet on Riley to pay off, it would be just the first step.

– Written by Matt Hinton for Athlon Sports’ 2022 College Football (SEC version) Annual. Click here to get your copy today!

BIG 10 FOOTBALL GAME NOTES: NEBRASKA AT NORTHWESTERN

(NEBRASKA NOTES)

Nebraska kicks off its 133rd football season on Saturday when the Huskers take on the Northwestern Wildcats at the Aer Lingus Classic at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Saturday’s season opener will be the 1,358th game in Nebraska football history but only the second played on foreign soil. The only other international game in Husker history was Nebraska’s victory over Kansas State at the 1992 Coca-Cola Classic in Tokyo, Japan. One year later, Wisconsin defeated Michigan State at the 1993 Coca-Cola Classic in Tokyo, which to date is the only Big Ten Conference game played outside of the United States. Saturday’s game marks the earliest date of a conference matchup in Big Ten history. Head Coach Scott Frost begins his fifth season at his alma mater in 2022, while Saturday’s contest will mark Pat Fitzgerald’s 200th game as Northwestern’s head coach. Nebraska won last year’s matchup in Lincoln 56-7, scoring its most points ever in a Big Ten Conference game and posting its largest margin of victory (49 points) in a Big Ten game and in any conference game since 2001. Before last year’s Husker win, each of the previous four meetings between Nebraska and Northwestern had been decided by one score, including back-to-back overtime wins for the Wildcats in 2017 and 2018. Overall, eight of the first 11 Big Ten meetings between the two programs have been one-score games. Nebraska returns 46 letterwinners from last year’s team, bringing back five full-time defensive starters and four offensive starters plus nine other players (seven on offense and two on defense) who started multiple games in 2021. The Huskers have bolstered their roster with the addition of 44 newcomers, including 22 transfers, 18 of whom have previous playing experience at the FBS or FCS level.

Saturday’s game between Nebraska and Northwestern is the earliest date of a

conference game in Big Ten history. The previous earliest date of a Big Ten Conference

game came last season when Nebraska traveled to Illinois on Aug. 28.

The Aer Lingus Classic will mark just the second international conference matchup in Big

Ten history. The only other Big Ten game played on foreign soil was Wisconsin’s 41-20

win over Michigan State on Dec. 5, 1993, at the Coca-Cola Classic in Tokyo, Japan.

Six of the first 11 Big Ten Conference matchups between Nebraska and Northwestern

have been decided by three or fewer points (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019). The

Huskers and Wildcats have also had two overtime contests in the past five matchups.

SERIES HISTORY: NEBRASKA VS. NORTHWESTERN Saturday’s matchup between Nebraska and Northwestern will be the 16th all-time between the two schools, with Nebraska holding a 9-6 series advantage. The Huskers are 6-5 against the Wildcats since Nebraska joined the Big Ten and the series has a history of close games. • Nebraska won last year’s meeting 56-7 in Lincoln, posting its highest point total and largest margin of victory in a Big Ten Conference game. Overall, last year’s meeting marked the Huskers’ largest margin of victory in any conference game since a 59-0 win at Baylor during the 2001 Big 12 season. • Despite last year’s lopsided score, eight of the 11 meetings since Nebraska joined the Big Ten have been decided by eight or fewer points, including four of the past five games. Northwestern is 5-3 in those eight one-score games, as each of the Wildcats’ five conference victories over Nebraska have come by eight or fewer points and by an average of 4.6 points, including two overtime wins. • The schools met four times prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten, with the Huskers holding a 3-1 edge in those matchups. Nebraska defeated Northwestern, 66-17, in the 2000 Alamo Bowl, a Husker record for points scored in a bowl game.

(NORTHWESTERN NOTES)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RETURNS TO IRELAND: The Aer Lingus College Football Classic will be held at Aviva Stadium, home to the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Football Association of Ireland. Aviva also hosted the 2012 Emerald Isle Classic between Notre Dame and Navy, as well as the most recent Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech in 2016. Aviva Stadium is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium, which initially opened in 1872 and was demolished in 2007, Lansdowne was the site of the first major NCAA American football game played in Europe; Boston College vs. Army in 1988) … Also marks the 7th FBS game to be played in Ireland, and the first since 2016 … Both teams will compete for the Keough-Naughton trophy that bears the names of two powerhouses of Irish America, Don Keough and Martin Naughton. MR. 200 Saturday’s opener will mark the 200th career game coached by Dan and Susan Jones Family Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is already Northwestern’s career leader in games coached for the program (2nd-most is Pappy Waldorf, who coached 101 games for the Wildcats from 1935-1946 with a record of 49-45-7) … Fitzgerald will become just the eighth coach in Big Ten history to coach 200 games for a Big Ten school, joining Kirk Ferentz (288; 2nd all-time) as the only two active coaches. SEASON OPENER = B1G OPENER For the fourth time in the last five seasons, Northwestern will open its season with a matchup against a fellow Big Ten opponent. The Wildcats and the Cornhuskers’ meeting in Dublin marks one of three Big Ten matchups to open the 2022 season (also Penn State @ Purdue and Illinois @ Indiana happening in Week 1). Over the last five seasons, Northwestern’s four season openers against conference opponents mark the most of any Big Ten school (this will be Nebraska’s third in that span). Northwestern has never lost back-to-back season openers under Pat Fitzgerald, the last time the Wildcats did so was in the 1993 and 1994 seasons. A look back at recent season openers for the Wildcats: • 2021 vs. Michigan State (MSU 38, Northwestern 21): Northwestern totaled 400 yards of offense, however was unable to contain the Spartans’ rushing attack led by Kenneth Walker III (264 yards, 4 TDs). • 2020 vs. Maryland (Northwestern 43, Maryland 3): With every Big Ten school opening its season with a conference matchup amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwestern piled on 537 yards of total offense (including 325 rushing yards), while the defense forced 4 turnovers in a 43-3 rout over Maryland at Ryan Field. Marked win No. 100 of Pat Fitzgerald’s head coaching career. • 2019 at #25 Stanford (Stanford 17, Northwestern 7): The Wildcat defense surrendered just 10 points on the road at Stanford. The ‘Cats scored a TD midway through the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 10-7, but could not capitalize late. • 2018 at Purdue (Northwestern 31, Purdue 27): Northwestern was one of just two Power 5 schools to earn a conference victory in Week 1, the ‘Cats scored all 31 of their points in the first half–21 of which came o” turnovers. NEBRASKA SERIES HISTORY Northwestern has won 3 of its last 5 games vs. Nebraska dating back to 2017. The Wildcats have not dropped back-to-back games against the Cornhuskers since 2013-14 … Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, eight of the 11 meetings between teams have been decided by eight or fewer points, including four of the past five games. Four of those one-score games have been decided either on the final play of the game and/or in overtime … This marks the 2nd-ever neutral site meeting between the teams, who also met in San Antonio for the 2000 Alamo Bowl.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL GAME NOTES: WYOMING AT ILLINOIS

(WYOMING NOTES)

•The Wyoming vs. Illinois game this Saturday is one of 11 FBS games to be played in Zero Week to kick off the 2022 season. •Wyoming and Illinois will be meeting for the first time in football in the two schools’ histories. •The Cowboys and Fighting Illini are two of the youngest teams in college football entering this week’s season opener. See more details on Page 5 of these game notes. •Junior running back Titus Swen has been named to three Preseason Watch Lists, including the Doak Walker Award, Paul Hornung Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.  •The Cowboys have won five of their last six August games.

The Wyoming Cowboys and Season Openers: As the Wyoming Cowboys enter their 126th season of college football in 2022, the Pokes record in season openers stands at: 79-44-2 (.640) in 125 previous season-opening games. The Cowboys are 59-18-1 (.763) in season-opening games at home, and are 20-26-1 (.436) in road games to begin the season. •Wyoming’s record in 125 Previous Season Openers (Home & Away) 79-44-2 (.640) •UW in Season-Opening Games at Home (78 Games) 59-18-1 (.763) •The Cowboys in Season-Opening Games on the Road (47 Games) 20-26-1 (.436) •UW vs. Non-Conference Opponents in Season Openers 65-27-1 (.704) •The Pokes vs. Non-Conference Opponents at Home in Season Openers 50-11-1 (.815) •UW’s record vs. Non-Conference Opponents on the Road in Season Openers 15-16-0 (.484) •Wyoming’s record vs. Conference Opponents in Season Openers 14-17-1 (.453) Season Openers in the Bohl Era: Wyoming is 5-3 in season-opening games during the eight previous seasons that Craig Bohl has coached the Cowboys. Now entering his ninth season leading Cowboy Football, Bohl’s teams have opened the season at home five times and this will be the fourth time they have opened on the road. •The Cowboys are 4-1 in season-opening games at home during the Bohl era, including wins over Missouri (2019) and Northern Illinois (2016). •On the road, the Pokes are 1-2 in season-opening games, having won at New Mexico State (2018) and losing at Iowa (2017) and at Nevada (2020).

Wyoming’s August Games and Week Zero Games: The Wyoming Cowboys will be playing only their 12th August game in school history when they travel to Champaign, Ill., this coming Saturday. They will also be playing in only their second Week Zero game in school history. In certain seasons, Week Zero games are played the week prior to the start of the full college football schedule. •Wyoming is 6-5 in its previous 11 August games, including a home win over SEC member Missouri in 2019. •UW has won five of its last six August games. •Wyoming won its first Week Zero game in school history in 2018 when it went on the road at New Mexico State and defeated the Aggies by a score of 29-7.

(ILLINOIS NOTES)

Illinois, Wyoming Kick Off College Football Season • Illinois and Wyoming meet in Week 0, the Illini’s second straight season playing the first week of the year. Last season, Illinois beat Nebraska, 30-22, in Week 0. • Illinois and Wyoming meet on the football field for the first time in history. • Illinois is hosting one of 11 games involving FBS teams and one of six Power-5 teams to play during Week 0. Nebraska and Northwestern meet in Dublin, Florida State hosts Duquesne, North Carolina hosts Florida A&M, and Vanderbilt travels to Hawaii. Big Wins in the Bielema’s Year One • Bret Bielema became the first first-year head coach in Illinois history to win two top 25 games. The Illini had marquee wins at #7 (AP) Penn State, in the longest game in college football history, and at #20 (CFP) Minnesota, in Illinois’ first ever College Football Playoff ranked win. • The Illini were one of four teams to win two AP/CFP ranked games on the road in 2021, along with Boise State, Fresno State, and Mississippi State. • Illinois had as many AP/CFP ranked wins in 2021 (2) as the previous 12 years combined. • Illinois tied for its most Big Ten wins (4) since the 2007 team went 6-2 en route to the Rose Bowl (tied with the 2010, 2013, 2019, which also had four Big Ten wins). • Illinois dominated Northwestern, 47-14, in the season finale for the Illini’s first win in the Land of Lincoln Trophy rivalry game since 2015, snapping a six-game losing streak. • According to ESPN’s SP+ metric, Illinois had its best season since 2011 and 8th-best season in the last 25 years. Defensive Improvement • Illinois announced a contract extension for defensive coordinator Ryan Walters on Nov. 14, 2021, after Walters helped Illinois have one of the best defensive turnarounds in college football. • Illinois’ defense made a 13.0-point improvement from 2020 to 2021 (34.9 ppg to 21.9 ppg). The 13.0 ppg improvement is the program’s third-best improvement since 1950. • Illinois’ scoring defense (31st from 97th), total defense (32nd from 89th), and third-down defense (51st from 114th) all improved 50 or more spots in the national rankings. • Illinois allowed only 18.9 points in Big Ten games, the fourth-best in the conference. In 2020, Illinois allowed 34.9 points allowed per Big Ten game, ranking last in the conference. • Illinois’ Big Ten defensive ranks in conference play improved 7+ spots in points per game (4th from 14th), touchdowns allowed (t-3rd from 14th), yards per play (4th from 13th), yards per game (5th from 14th), rush yards per carry (7th from 14th), pass yards per throw (4th from 14th), and pass yards per game (1st from 10th). • Illinois held nine of its 12 opponents under their season scoring average. • Illinois’ total defense improved by 101.0 yards per game from 2020 to 2021 (467.3 to 366.3). The 101.0 ypg improvement is the program’s fourth-best improvement since 1950. • Illinois’ defense allowed only 48 points (12.0) in regulation of its four Big Ten road games in 2021, including only four TDs by opposing offenses in Big Ten road games. • Illinois allowed only one passing touchdown over its final six games of the season and none in the final 19 quarters (4 games + final 3 quarters at Penn State). • Illinois allowed only 2.5 yards per carry in Big Ten road games in 2021 (142 carries, 361 yards) and only 1.7 yards per carry in the fourth quarter of those games (31 carries, 52 yards). • Illinois had a streak of holding opponents to 24 points or fewer in seven straight games from September 17 to November 6, 2021.

(MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL)

Reds spoil top prospect Cavalli’s debut, beat Nats 7-3

WASHINGTON (AP) Donovan Solano hit a two-run double off Cade Cavalli in the pitching prospect’s big league debut, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Washington Nationals 7-3 on Friday night.

Aristides Aquino drove in three runs for Cincinnati, which had dropped four in a row. Mike Minor (3-10) pitched seven sparkling innings for his second straight win.

Cavalli, the No. 22 selection in the 2020 amateur draft, was tagged for seven runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander, who turned 24 on Aug. 14, was called up from the minors earlier in the day.

“I felt very comfy, at home,” Cavalli said. “I really thought I was going to be more nervous, and I liked how I felt. I liked my mental space up there. There was no panic. I felt very composed. But I have to execute more. It comes down to that. You have to execute pitches and I didn’t do that tonight and I didn’t put my team in a position to win the ballgame. I have to do better.”

For Washington, the worst team in the majors and less than a month removed from trading Juan Soto to San Diego as the latest step in a multiyear teardown, Cavalli’s debut was one of the season’s most anticipated moments. He was the Nationals’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2021, and was 6-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 20 starts at Triple-A Rochester this season.

Instead, things went awry almost immediately.

The Reds scored twice in the first. Jonathan India was hit by a pitch, moved up on a passed ball and scored on Washington shortstop CJ Abrams’ errant throw on Solano’s infield single. Solano then scored on TJ Friedl’s double to right.

Solano’s double in the third lifted Cincinnati to a 4-0 lead.

“You can’t really judge a kid’s first outing because of the nerves,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “No matter what they tell you, the nerves are there. He wants to impress and he wants to show he belongs here. I thought his stuff was really good.”

Cavalli (0-1) pitched a 1-2-3 fourth, but loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. He was pulled after hitting his third batter of the night, and Erasmo Ramirez promptly yielded Aquino’s three-run double to left-center. Cavalli threw 99 pitches on the night.

“Despite those last few runs that came in, he was competing the whole time he stayed in the game,” Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz said. “Being his first big league start, he was doing what we expected and making his pitches and competing. I thought he could have done a little better if we were more in sync, but I thought he did very well.”

Cavalli’s outing marked the 42nd consecutive game a Washington starter did not earn a victory, the longest streak in major league history.

Minor was charged with two runs and six hits in his longest outing of the season. He reduced his ERA to a season-low 6.10.

Luke Voit hit a solo drive in the sixth for Washington. It was his fourth homer in 17 games since arriving from San Diego as part of the Soto deal.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: India (left leg discomfort) was back in the lineup after missing Thursday’s game. He reached safely four times and extending his hitting streak to nine games, a career-high… INF Mike Moustakas (left calf) missed his third consecutive game. … OF Nick Senzel (left hamstring) was out of the lineup.

Nationals: Washington activated 2B Luis Garcia from the 10-day injured list and released 3B Maikel Franco. Garcia missed 11 games with a left groin strain. Franco hit .229 with nine homers and 39 RBIs, but lost the starting third base job to Ildemaro Vargas and had just one at-bat in the Nationals’ last nine games.

UP NEXT

Luis Cessa (3-2, 5.67 ERA) makes his third start of the season and second this week for Cincinnati. Cessa allowed two runs in two innings Monday at Philadelphia. Paolo Espino (0-5, 4.31 ERA) pitches for Washington. He is 0-5 with a 5.34 ERA in 13 starts since joining the rotation June 12.

Happ’s homers help Cubs defeat Brewers 4-3 in 10 innings

MILWAUKEE (AP) Ian Happ had the only hits for the Chicago Cubs – just enough to hinder the Milwaukee Brewers’ playoff push.

Happ hit two two-run homers to account for Chicago’s two hits, and the Cubs beat the Brewers 4-3 in 10 innings on Friday night.

Happ hit a drive off Matt Bush in the seventh and a tiebreaking shot against All-Star Devin Williams (4-3) in the 10th. Both homers sailed over the right-field wall.

“To come through in those situations is awesome for the group, for the team, for the pitching staff that did such a good job keeping us in it the whole day,” Happ said. “It’s really cool.”

It was the first time the Cubs won a game in which their only two hits were homers since April 14, 1985, when Jody Davis and Gary Matthews went deep in a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Expos.

Milwaukee’s Rowdy Tellez tied the game with a leadoff homer in the ninth off Brandon Hughes, but the Brewers squandered chances to close it out in the ninth and 10th. They went 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

“It’s a frustrating night, for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We got runners on early not much kind of middle of the game, did a nice job in the ninth and the 10th but didn’t capitalize on really big opportunities.”

The Brewers had runners on first and second in the ninth after Keston Hiura reached on an error by shortstop Nico Hoerner and Luis Urias walked, but the Brewers couldn’t get the winning run across. Mark Leiter Jr. got Victor Caratini to fly to left, and Sean Newcomb (2-0) retired Kolten Wong and Christian Yelich.

Chicago then regained the lead when Williams allowed a homer for just the second time this season. The other occurred when Bryan Reynolds hit a game-ending drive for Pittsburgh in an 8-7 loss on Aug. 3.

“Not a good pitch,” Williams said. “He’s sitting changeup, and I hung it right down the middle.”

The Brewers got a one-out RBI single from Hunter Renfroe in the 10th that cut Chicago’s lead to 4-3 and put runners on first and second. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, and a Tellez walk loaded the bases.

Pinch-hitter Jace Peterson then sent a grounder to second baseman Nick Madrigal, who tagged Tellez out and threw to first to complete the game-ending double play.

Manuel Rodriguez earned the save in his first appearance of the season. Rodriguez, who has been dealing with an elbow issue, was activated from the 60-day injured list earlier in the day.

Milwaukee’s Freddy Peralta pitched six hitless innings, departing with a 1-0 lead after 82 pitches. It was Peralta’s fifth appearance since coming off the IL after missing over two months with a right lat strain.

“Our goal is to have Freddy make eight more really good starts,” Counsell said. “We’re not going to push him at a time when it’s a little questionable whether he should be out there again.”

Peralta said he didn’t want to come out but he felt it was the right decision.

The Cubs are 10-7 against the Brewers this season after losing 15 of 19 meetings in last year’s season series. Nine of the matchups have been decided by one run, and the Cubs are 7-2 in those games.

Milwaukee has slid out of playoff position after leading the NL Central for much of the year in part because of its struggles against the bottom three teams in the division. The Brewers are 3-12 in their last 15 matchups with the Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The news wasn’t all good for the Cubs.

Justin Steele, one of the NL’s hottest pitchers, left with lower back tightness after retiring Renfroe on a fly to the warning track to start the bottom of the sixth. Steele struck out six, walked four and allowed four hits, including a Tyrone Taylor homer in the fifth.

“It’s still a little bit tight, but it definitely got better once we started working on it a little bit and stuff,” Steele said. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

In his last six starts, Steele has allowed just three earned runs over 31 2/3 innings. He entered Friday’s game with a 1.47 ERA since June 29 to lead all NL starters over that stretch.

BREAKING THE TIE

The Cubs’ victory gave them a 208-207 lead in the all-time series between the teams.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: Transferred RHP Alec Mills (back) to the 60-day injured list and optioned RHP Kervin Castro to Triple-A Iowa.

Brewers: RHP Trevor Rosenthal, who hasn’t pitched since 2020, is getting examined after leaving his last rehabilitation assignment early with lat soreness. The Brewers acquired Rosenthal from the San Francisco Giants at the trade deadline and have been hoping he could join their bullpen for the final month of the season. . Peterson was activated from the injured list. He hadn’t played since July 17 due to an elbow issue.

UP NEXT

LHP Drew Smyly (5-7, 3.47 ERA) starts for the Cubs and RHP Brandon Woodruff (9-3, 3.51) pitches for the Brewers on Saturday.

Harper drives in 2 in return to lineup, Phils beat Pirates

Bryce Harper hit a two-run single in his first at-bat after a 52-game absence due to a broken left thumb, helping the streaking Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Harper grounded out twice and lined out sharply in his three other at-bats in his first action since being hit on the hand by San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell on June 25. The reigning NL MVP batted cleanup as the designated hitter and helped the Phillies win their fifth straight game.

“I’m just happy to be back, get in there and help this team win,” Harper said.

Philadelphia, which went 32-20 without Harper, began play in second place in the NL wild-card race.

“I’m just trying to come in here and not screw it up; they’re playing so well,” Harper said. “It’s been fun to be able to watch and even more fun to go out there and be around them.”

Rhys Hoskins singled, doubled and drove in a run for the Phillies.

Bryan Reynolds, Ben Gamel and Rodolfo Castro homered for the Pirates, who have lost six straight and 12 of 14. Pittsburgh dropped to 47-78.

Harper jogged out for warmups to loud cheers and “Let’s Go Harper!” chants 25 minutes before first pitch. The ovation from the announced crowd of 30,546 was deafening when Harper was introduced 20 minutes later. The cheers grew even louder, accompanied by a standing ovation and “M-V-P!” chants, when he stepped to the plate with no outs and the bases loaded in the first.

“I started laughing because it’s awesome,” Harper said of the reception. “I love those types of moments, I love those opportunities, I love jam-packed crowds and being able to play in front of 40,000 people. That’s what it’s all about.”

With a 2-2 count against Bryse Wilson (2-8), Harper lined a hard two-run single into right field.

“My teammates set me up for a perfect opportunity right there, and I was able to come through,” he said.

Harper went 5 for 8 with two homers, two doubles and six RBIs in a pair of rehab starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Phillies had planned to keep Harper in Triple-A through Saturday, but his return to the big leagues was moved up after his walk-off double for the IronPigs on Wednesday night.

“I just want to get back, I just want to play, I just want to help,” he said. “We have a team with an opportunity to go to the playoffs and go deep in the playoffs.”

The fans weren’t the only ones happy to see Harper back in Philadelphia. His wife, Kayla, posted a photo on social media of her seated at Citizens Bank Park wearing a shirt with multiple images of Harper on it. She captioned the post, “wearing my heart on my sleeve.”

Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Harper’s presence makes a good team even better.

“We’re talking about one of the best players in the game,” Shelton said. “Anytime you add a player of that caliber back to their lineup, it lengthens it out. He’s such a special hitter. He does a lot of different things. And when you put him there in the middle, it makes a really good lineup even better.”

Phillies starter Bailey Falter (2-3), filling in for injured right-hander Zack Wheeler, gave up three runs on five hits in six innings with six strikeouts and no walks. Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.

Harper’s two-run single was part of Philadelphia’s four-run first that was helped by second baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes’ throwing error on Kyle Schwarber’s grounder to lead off the game. After Harper’s hit, J.T. Realmuto’s grounder and Nick Castellanos’ single scored two more runs.

Wilson didn’t return after the first after allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits.

Philadelphia went up 6-0 in the second on Hoskins’ RBI single, and he later scored in the frame when shortstop Newman mishandled Realmuto’s grounder.

“We didn’t play great defensively and put ourselves in a hole,” Shelton said. “Against a club like this, we cannot give away extra outs.”

Newman’s two-run homer in the fourth and solo shots by Castro in the fifth and Gamel in the seventh, both leading off the innings, pulled Pittsburgh within 6-4 before Bryson Stott’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.

“I give our guys credit to continue to go,” Shelton said.

FANS IN THE STANDS

With Harper back, the Phillies drew about 10,000 more fans than they averaged in their four-game home sweep of the Reds this week. They averaged 21,227 during that series.

BAT IN THE STANDS

Oneil Cruz’s bat slipped out of his hands and went flying into the stands after the Pittsburgh Pirates’ rookie struck out in the third inning. The lumber landed in Jen Mehall’s lap behind the Phillies dugout. Mehall, a Pirates fan, was thrilled to get the souvenir – especially after it dinged her in the leg and lip. An inning later, though, a Pirates official came to request the bat back and offered another one in a trade.

Mehall and her friend, Kathie Koller, who were in town from Reading to celebrate Koller’s birthday, didn’t want to give up their rare keepsake.

“We wanted to keep it, but security said we couldn’t,” said Mehall, who is originally from Western Pennsylvania.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: Rookie RHP Colin Holderman was placed on the 15-day IL with right shoulder soreness after giving up five runs on three hits without getting an out in his last start on Wednesday. RHP Yohan Ramirez was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Holderman’s place.

Phillies: CF Brandon Marsh (sprained right ankle) had three hits and drove in three runs in his second rehab start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday night. Marsh, who was injured on Aug. 16, could return to Philadelphia’s lineup on Saturday. … Wheeler is expected to miss two starts with right forearm tendinitis.

UP NEXT

Pirates RHP Tyler Beede (1-3, 4.13) opposes Phillies RHP Kyle Gibson (8-5, 4.30) on Saturday night in the second contest of the three-game set.

Cole strikes out 11, Judge hits 49th HR as Yankees beat A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Gerrit Cole is having a blast watching Aaron Judge clobber baseballs over the fence at a remarkable rate.

And Judge, well, he sure loves seeing Cole pile up strikeouts from his spot in the outfield.

“Especially in center field,” Judge said. “In right field you’re just kind of reacting over there, you really don’t get to see guys paint corners or what they’re doing. But when you’re in center field and can watch a guy like that work and strike out the guys he did, the sequences he did, he was on from the very first pitch he threw.”

Cole struck out 11 in his first win since July 17, and Judge hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to help the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Friday night.

Judge’s 49th homer of the season was No. 200 for the Yankees, which leads the majors.

“For me, it’s really special,” Cole said. “I get to have the best seat in the house every night for the Aaron Judge show, which is one of a kind right now.”

Cole (10-6) allowed one run and three hits over 7 1/3 innings to snap a six-start winless stretch in which he’d gone 0-4 since beating Boston last month. He reached double-digit wins for the eighth time in his career.

Cole had his seventh start of the season with 10 or more strikeouts. He has 1,335 strikeouts since 2017, the most in the majors during that span.

Jonah Bride connected for his first career homer in the seventh against Cole. After Jonathan Loaisiga got the final two outs of the eighth, Wandy Peralta gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Dermis Garcia but finished the 2-hour, 50-minute game for his third save.

New York faced a former Yankee for the second straight game. Left-hander JP Sears (5-1) pitched against his old team for the first time since joining Oakland in a trade for Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino before the Aug. 2 deadline.

Sears allowed Judge’s homer and eight hits over six innings with three strikeouts and four walks. Oakland’s loss came one night after allowing 20 hits in a 13-4 defeat, the most allowed by the A’s since Cleveland had 20 on July 1, 2018.

Judge, supported in the stands by friends from his church in the Central Valley city of Stockton, walked in his other three plate appearances – once intentionally. He is three homers shy of matching his career-best mark of 52 set during his AL Rookie of the Year season in 2017.

Judge isn’t counting his homers, insisting “it’s just another number.”

“I just try to be a good hitter, I try to be a great teammate,” Judge said. “Day in and day out that’s always my goal.”

New York’s Jose Trevino was hit by a pitch in the eighth by Jared Koenig and initially kept playing before exiting in the ninth.

Manager Aaron Boone said Trevino injured his big toe and it was painful and stiff right away.

“You fear the worst when you see it, but good news on the X-ray,” Boone said. “We’ll see what we have moving forward.”

The Yankees have won all five matchups in the season series with Oakland, which has dropped four of its last five games overall.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: OF Harrison Bader, on the 60-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, has begun swinging a bat and could begin his running progression this weekend. He won’t be on the Yankees’ West Coast swing that includes a series in Anaheim early next week but could meet the club in Tampa, Florida, next Friday and still rehab at their facility there. … 1B DJ LeMahieu played again after a day off and will be closely monitored by the training staff the rest of the way as he deals with inflammation in his right big toe. Treatment has been helping. “It’s going to be something that we pay attention to the rest of the year,” Boone said. … All-Star LHP Nestor Cortes continues to work on flat ground after he went on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a strained left groin. “The next big challenge will be getting off the mound,” Boone said.

Athletics: OF Skye Bolt (right knee) went on the 10-day injured list a day after being hit by a pitch from Yankees rookie Greg Weissert in a wild major league debut for the reliever. Bolt threw down his bat in frustration. He felt like his kneecap slid, according to athletic trainer Nick Paparesta. “We don’t believe there is a lot of damage within the knee,” Paparesta said. “We felt it would be best to give this an opportunity for it to heal properly, get his full function and mobility back with his strength instead of kind of trying to kind of play through this a little bit and injure other things and compensate for problems that may arise.” … RHP Brent Honeywell threw 45 pitches over two innings Thursday for Triple-A Las Vegas and his next step is expected to be pitching back-to-back days out of the bullpen next week. He was shut down during spring training in late March with a stress reaction in his pitching elbow.

UP NEXT

Yankees RHP Domingo German (2-2, 3.89 ERA) starts Saturday having allowed three or fewer runs in his last six outings, the second-longest such streak of his career. The A’s counter with RHP Adam Oller (2-6, 6.41) as he looks to bounce back from a loss to the Marlins. Oller is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two career appearances vs. New York.

Strider, Contreras lead streaking Braves past Cards, 11-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) Spencer Strider pitched six strong innings and William Contreras hit a three-run double as the streaking Atlanta Braves defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 11-4 on Friday night.

Atlanta has won four straight, seven of eight and 15 of its last 17 games. The defending World Series champions remained two games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets, who beat Colorado.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said his team is finding different ways to win, and scoring 11 runs without a homer was yet another.

“That’s really encouraging that we can bunch some hits together and score some runs without using the long ball,” he said.

St. Louis has lost three of five but still holds a six-game lead in the NL Central over Milwaukee, which lost at home to the Chicago Cubs.

Strider (8-4) scattered six hits and struck out seven – including his first five outs. The rookie allowed one run and issued one walk.

He wanted to go deeper in the game and wasn’t thrilled with his performance. But in the end, Strider knew he did his job.

“To get six innings here and limit them to one run is good,” he said. “That put us in a position to win and that’s all I’m trying to do.”

Contreras, who had his first career four-hit game, faced reliever Andre Pallante with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth. He sent an 0-1 pitch to the right-center wall to score Austin Riley, Matt Olson and Travis d’Arnaud for a 5-1 lead.

That closed the book on Cardinals starter Jose Quintana (4-6), who gave up four runs – two earned – and seven hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked two.

The Braves scored three in the eighth on three singles and a hit by pitch. They tacked on three more in the ninth using two doubles and two singles.

Contreras singled and scored in both innings.

“Pitchers are making adjustments to me and so I have to make adjustments as well,” he said through a translator. “You have to keep pushing yourself to make adjustments to keep having results.”

A Cardinals error helped the Braves score their first two runs in the fourth inning. Second baseman Nolan Gorman fielded Olson’s grounder cleanly but threw wide of second base trying to start a double play. The ball settled in foul territory in left field, allowing Dansby Swanson to score from first and Olson to reach second. A single by d’Arnaud scored Olson.

Tyler O’Neill hit his ninth homer of the year in the ninth, a two-run shot, to pull the Cardinals to 11-3. St. Louis got another run after Brendan Donovan’s liner ricocheted off reliever Jackson Stephens’ head. Stephens never went down and left the field under his own power after being checked by the Atlanta training staff.

“He’s aware and everything but he’s going to have to go to the hospital and get some tests,” Snitker said. “It’s always scary when you see somebody get hit in the head, the face. That’s probably the most sickening thing you can witness in a game.”

CATCHING ON

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina moved into third place with 2,092 career starts at the position, passing Bob Boone.

DADDY DUTY

Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley returned after a week on paternity leave, including a stint on the restricted list after he extended his absence because his child needed some extra tests. … 3B Nolan Arenado went on the paternity list after missing Thursday’s game at the Chicago Cubs to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

ROSTER MOVES

St. Louis optioned LHP Packy Naughton to Triple-A Memphis and recalled INF/OF Juan Yepez, who had been out since July 15 with a strained forearm.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: Snitker said 2B Ozzie Albies is close to coming off the 60-day injured list. Out since mid-June with a broken left foot, Albies joined the club in St. Louis and worked out with the rest of the team.

Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz will throw a bullpen Saturday as he tries to return from a torn MCL in his left knee sustained in mid-June. St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol expects Matz, a starter, back before the end of the season and would use him out of the bullpen.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Charlie Morton (6-5, 3.99 ERA) is coming off two consecutive games with double-digit strikeouts, against the New York Mets and Houston Astros. He’s allowed two or fewer runs in four of his past six games.

Cardinals: LHP Jordan Montgomery (7-3, 3.08) threw his first career shutout in his last outing, a 1-0 win at the Chicago Cubs. Since arriving from the New York Yankees in a trade for OF Harrison Bader on Aug. 2, Montgomery is 4-0 with a 0.35 ERA.

Trout sets Angels scoring record in 12-0 rout of Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) Mike Trout hit a two-run home run to become the highest-scoring player in Angels history, Reid Detmers and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, and Los Angeles halted a six-game losing streak by routing the Toronto Blue Jays 12-0 on Friday night.

Jo Adell hit two home runs, Andrew Velasquez had a two-run blast, and Shohei Ohtani hit a two-run triple for the Angels, who came in having lost nine of 10.

Trout scored his 1,025th run with the Angels with his 27th homer off left-hander Yusei Kikuchi in the eighth. With the homer, Trout passed Garret Anderson to become the franchise leader in runs scored.

“We’ve had a lot of great hitters in this franchise and, obviously, Mike’s going to go down as one of the best,” interim manager Phil Nevin said. “Special player and pretty and special to be able to manage him, too.”

Adell hit a solo shot off lefty Yusei Kikcuhi in the seventh, and added a two-run blast off position player Whit Merrifield in the ninth. The homers were his fifth and sixth. It was Adell’s first multi-homer game this season and the third of his career.

“When he gets into one, you see what happens,” Nevin said.

The Angels scored as many runs in one game as they’d scored in the first seven games of this road trip, winning 1-0 at Detroit on Aug. 19 before losing the next six.

“That’s good for us,” Adell said of the 13-hit attack. “It’s a tough road trip so far, as far as the wins go.”

Velasquez hit a two-run home run off right-hander Mitch White (1-4) in the third, his seventh. White allowed a career-high seven runs and eight hits in five innings.

Adell went 4 for 5 and scored twice, and David Fletcher reached base four times and drove in a pair as the Angels scored their most runs in a game since a 12-0 win over Tampa Bay on May 10.

Toronto came home after winning six of seven against AL East rivals New York and Boston, including a three-game sweep of the Red Sox. The Blue Jays came up empty against the struggling Angels.

The Blue Jays had won all four previous meetings with the Angels this season, but turned to Merrifield to pitch the ninth as they were blanked for the sixth time.

After Los Angeles left three aboard in the first, Fletcher opened the scoring with a bases-loaded double in the second. One out later, Ohtani tripled off the wall in right and scored on Luis Rengifo’s base hit.

Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, who went down in pain after fouling a ball off his foot in the first, made a poor read on Ohtani’s drive in the second. Raimel Tapia replaced Hernandez defensively in the third. The Blue Jays said Hernandez left the game because of a bruised left foot.

“I think it was a misread by him,” interim manager John Schneider said of Hernandez’s play on Ohtani’s triple. “If he were really, really hurt, he would have come out.”

Detmers allowed four hits, walked three and struck out five to win for the third time in his past four decisions.

“We came out swinging the bats,” Detmers said. “Our offense was good all night. Pitching with a lead is nice.”

SWINGIN’ SPRINGER

Blue Jays designated hitter George Springer went 1 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

SCHOOL MATES

Ohtani and Kikuchi both attended the same high school in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. They faced off in the sixth, with Kikuchi getting Ohtani to ground to first base.

WALK THIS WAY

Making his big league debut after 567 minor league games, Angels OF Ryan Aguilar walked in his first two plate appearances and came around to score each time. Aguilar is the first Angels player since Jack Howell in May, 1985, to record multiple walks and runs scored in his ML debut.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: Springer tested his sore right elbow by throwing to the bases, Schneider said. Springer has not played the outfield since returning from the injured list Aug. 15.

ROSTER MOVES

The Angels put OF Taylor Ward, LHP Aaron Loup and RHP Ryan Tepera on the restricted list. Los Angeles recalled RHP Jose Marte, and selected Aguilar and RHP Gerardo Reyes.

UP NEXT

RHP Ohtani (10-8, 2.83) starts for the Angels Saturday against Blue Jays RHP Alek Manoah (12-6, 2.66). Ohtani is 7-4 with a 2.08 ERA in his past 12 pitching appearances.

Rivera, Rojas help Diamondbacks ease past White Sox 7-2

CHICAGO (AP) Josh Rojas hit a three-run double and Emmanual Rivera had a two-run homer in Arizona’s six-run second inning, and the Diamondbacks beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Friday night.

Chicago product Alek Thomas hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Christian Walker to start Arizona’s frenetic inning. White Sox starter Johnny Cueto (6-6) walked Geraldo Perdomo to load the bases, and Rojas followed with his 20th double of the year. Four pitches later, Rivera hit his 11th home run of the season to make it 6-0.

“I think it’s just as simple as something (Cueto) has been outstanding at, getting the third out,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.

Cueto’s woes continued into the third when Daulton Varsho homered to right on a full count, just clearing the fence to give Arizona a 7-0 lead. The 36-year-old struggled in a five-inning outing, giving up all seven runs and five hits. He struck out four and walked two.

“It shows you the fine line that he almost always gets that (third) guy out and limits (scoring),” La Russa said. “But not today.”

Tommy Henry (3-2) allowed one run and four hits through his five innings. He walked three and struck out three.

“I owe people some gifts or something,” Henry said. “Alek (Thomas) was running all over the place doing what he does best. Incredible plays and he makes it look like it’s just another day’s work. Then, (Daulton) Varsho, bringing back homers and doing it super casually.”

Varsho made a leaping grab at the right-field fence to deny Romy Gonzalez a home run in the fifth.

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo had nothing but praise for his defense. He specifically singled out Thomas and Varsho for their momentum-killing catches.

“Reminds me of a bunch of labrador retrievers chasing frisbees at the beach,” Lovullo said. “Every time the frisbee goes up, I think somebody’s going to catch it. They’re just gifted.”

Elvis Andrus, making his White Sox debut, got Chicago on the scoreboard in the fourth with a grounder that scored Eloy Jimenez. AJ Pollock hit his eighth homer of the season in the ninth to close the scoring.

Arizona won for the second time in six games.

HOMECOMING HEROICS

Thomas also made two diving catches in center field to deny Chicago base hits, including one from longtime friend Adam Engel.

“Me and Adam Engel used to hang out in the outfield all the time and just talk,” Thomas recalled. “So it was funny to rob him of a base hit.”

Thomas spent plenty of time around the White Sox while growing up because his father, Allen, served as the team’s strength and conditioning coach for 18 years.

Thomas’ return to Chicago’s South Side, where he once starred for Mount Carmel High School before being drafted in 2018, drew plenty of friends and family members.

“I’m blessed to be in this situation,” Thomas said. “I’m just having fun with it and my family, my girlfriend and her family, have been supporting me all this way.”

BOO THE SOX

Chicago (63-63) dropped back to .500 on the year after entering the day trailing AL Central leaders Cleveland by four games.

La Russa had no qualms about being booed off the field by the crowd of 33,054 after the final out.

“They came to see us win a ballgame and we got beat,” La Russa said. “Most of the game it was lopsided, right? They have every right to be upset – at the team, management, whatever, they’ve got every right to do it. . (There is) amazing fan support here, and I’ve got plenty of experience. But there ain’t no free lunch. It’s a two-way relationship. They support you and you’ve got to give back. So we’ve got to do more about giving back.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Reyes Moronta was activated on Thursday after being claimed off waivers on Sunday. RHP Chris Devenski was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot. Lovullo said “we’d love to have (Devenski) back” should he clear waivers. … Lovullo said he gave LF Jake McCarthy a rest day.

White Sox: CF Luis Robert (wrist) remains active, but La Russa said he is unlikely to play this weekend. Robert missed seven games near the tail end of July due to a left wrist sprain, which La Russa said gets aggravated when Robert “takes a funky swing.” … INF Yoan Moncada (hamstring tightness) is day-to-day after exiting Thursday’s loss at Baltimore. La Russa said he is “sore” and that he could play Saturday or Sunday. … SS Tim Anderson (torn left hand ligament) is on schedule to return in September, according to La Russa. He added that Anderson has stayed in shape and “soon, he’ll start swinging.

UP NEXT

RHP Merrill Kelly (10-5, 2.87 ERA) gets the call for Arizona and Davis Martin (2-3, 4.25 ERA) is set to start for Chicago.

Kim, Myers lead Padres past Royals 13-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kim Ha-seong homered and drove in five runs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Kansas City Royals 13-5 on Friday night.

Wil Myers and Jake Cronenworth also homered for San Diego in the franchise’s first trip to Kansas City since 2002. Myers finished with three hits and three RBIs, and Jose Azocar had a career-high four hits.

“We certainly have the ability to (score runs),” manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s important for us to have a good game like this but to follow it up.”

Kim hit an RBI single in the sixth, a two-run double in San Diego’s four-run seventh and a two-run shot in the ninth.

Robert Suarez (4-1) got four outs for the win in relief of Joe Musgrove.

“Wherever he’s coming in now he’s coming in with guys on base,” Melvin said of the importance of Suarez’s outing. “He’s pitching one-plus. He’s really coming into his own at the right time for us.”

Salvador Perez and Nick Pratto each had two hits and two RBIs for Kansas City, which had won two of three. Nicky Lopez also had two hits and scored two runs.

Royals left-hander Kris Bubic (2-9) was tagged for six runs and nine hits in four innings.

Fighting for positioning in the NL wild-card standings, San Diego scored three runs or fewer in its previous six games. But it had no trouble scoring against Kansas City.

The first six runs for the Padres scored with two outs.

“Scoring with two outs is big,” Myers said. “We haven’t been scoring a ton in general lately. Two-out knocks are great.”

Myers hit a two-run double in San Diego’s three-run first. Jurickson Profar drove in Azocar with a two-out double in the second. Myers and Cronenworth hit back-to-back homers in the third.

Kansas City scored its first run on Perez’s RBI single in the third, and then added four more in the fourth. Pratto had the big blow, a two-run shot to right-center against Musgrove.

“Nothing comes easy for us,” Melvin said. “We have a game where we’re ahead 6-0 and we have Joe on the mound. You think that’s about as easy as it can gets. Suarez came in and did a great job and we ended up scoring some runs after that.

“You feel good all the way around. We need to pick up a guy like Joe when he doesn’t have his best stuff.”

San Diego responded with run-scoring singles for Kim in the sixth and Cronenworth in the seventh.

Musgrove was charged with five runs – two earned – and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

“I struggled to get the swing and miss,” Musgrove said. “In the fourth I made some good pitches and wasn’t able to get the misses I wanted. I was able to get the ground balls, but they found some holes. The mistake pitches over the middle were hit hard. Poor execution.”

Kim hit his seventh homer in the ninth against utilityman Hunter Dozier.

TRANSACTIONS

Padres: RHP Yu Darvish was activated from the paternity list. LHP Luis Castillo was optioned to Triple-A El Paso. … C Jorge Alfaro was placed on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation. C Luis Campusano was called up from El Paso. … INF Matthew Batten was optioned to El Paso and INF Eguy Rosario was called up from El Paso.

TRAINING ROOM

Padres OF Juan Soto was not in the starting lineup after missing the last two games with back tightness. Melvin said it was possible that Soto could pinch-hit based on how he felt after batting practice. “He looks like he’s feeling a lot better,” Melvin said. … RHP Pierce Johnson began a rehab assignment with El Paso. He has been on the injured list since April 22 with right elbow tendinitis.

UP NEXT

The Padres and Royals continue their three-game series on Saturday. Darvish (10-7, 3.39 ERA) starts for San Diego against Daniel Lynch (4-8, 4.58 ERA).

Haniger lifts Mariners over Guardians 3-2 in 11 innings

SEATTLE (AP) Mitch Haniger singled home the winning run in the 11th inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Guardians 3-2 on Friday night in a matchup of American League playoff contenders.

Cleveland’s lead in the AL Central was trimmed to three games over Minnesota, which blanked San Francisco. Seattle is clinging to a postseason spot in a tight wild-card race.

“We’re going to play a lot more games like this coming down the stretch,” said Mariners manager Scott Servais, who was ejected in the eighth. “That’s how we’re built and I feel really good when we get in tight games.”

After a tense pitching duel between starters Shane Bieber and Logan Gilbert, the Mariners got a terrific effort from their bullpen and pulled it out.

Haniger hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the 11th on a 2-0 pitch from All-Star closer Emmanuel Clase (2-3) to score automatic runner Dylan Moore from second base.

“I think in the playoffs there’s a lot of close games, so (it) definitely prepares us for them,” Haniger said.

First baseman Carlos Santana threw out a runner at the plate in the top of the 11th, and Penn Murfee (4-0) retired Tyler Freeman with the bases loaded to end the inning.

“We have the best defense in the league,” Gilbert said.

The first four runs of the game scored on sacrifice flies.

Bieber, the 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out nine in seven innings. He allowed two runs – one earned.

Gilbert went 6 1/3 innings and permitted two runs on eight hits.

Seattle’s bullpen came through all night, highlighted by Matt Festa starting a a 1-4-3 double play in the 10th. Los Bomberos allowed just one hit after Gilbert’s exit.

Adam Frazier’s sacrifice fly for Seattle in the seventh tied it at 2.

After issuing a leadoff walk to J.P. Crawford in the eighth, Cleveland reliever James Karinchak struck out the next three batters. The last one, Jesse Winker, was steamed about the call and got ejected along with Servais.

Haniger opened the ninth with a double but was stranded at third by Trevor Stephan.

MONEY BALL

Rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez and the Mariners agreed to a $209.3 million contract starting next season that could be worth $409.3 million over 15 years.

The deal for the 21-year-old All-Star includes seven seasons, a five-year player option, an eight-year club option with award escalators and the possibility the option could extend to 10 years. If Rodriguez earns two MVP awards by 2028 or finishes among the top five in voting four times, the deal could be worth $469.6 million over 17 seasons – including postseason award bonuses.

The team announced the deal before Rodriguez’s at-bat in the sixth, and he received a standing ovation from the crowd of 39,870.

EXTRA EFFORT

Steven Kwan went all out in the fifth for the Guardians and luckily avoided injury. The left fielder made a leaping catch into the stands on Cal Raleigh’s fly ball into foul territory. His legs struck the wall and he fell face-first.

After a brief delay, Kwan stayed in left field to finish the inning and then led off the sixth with a single. He scored on Josh Naylor’s sacrifice fly to give Cleveland a 2-1 lead.

“I thought he was really hurt,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “I was afraid. After he fell, you don’t know what he hit. So I think we dodged a pretty big bullet there. He said he’s OK. He’s fearless.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: 1B Ty France was not in the lineup after he left Thursday’s game with a bruised right calf following a collision with Jose Ramirez at first base. France said he was feeling better. Servais said France would be available off the bench if needed, but the manager was hoping to avoid that and have France back in the lineup Saturday.

UP NEXT

Guardians: RHP Zach Plesac (2-11, 4.43 ERA) looks for his first win since June 5.

Mariners: RHP Luis Castillo (5-5, 2.93) makes his fifth start with Seattle since being traded from Cincinnati. He allowed four runs against Oakland on Sunday, the most he’s given up in a Mariners uniform.

Rodríguez: $209M deal, could jump to $409.3M for 15 years

SEATTLE (AP) Julio Rodriguez and the Seattle Mariners are set on a long-term relationship in the Pacific Northwest, agreeing to a $209.3 million contract starting next season that could be worth $409.3 million over 15 years.

The deal announced Friday for the 21-year-old All-Star outfielder includes seven seasons. a five-year player option, an eight-year club option with award escalators and the possibility the option could extend to 10 years. If Rodriguez earns two MVP awards by 2028 or finishes among the top five in voting four times, the deal could be worth $469.6 million over 17 seasons – – including postseason award bonuses.

If Seattle turns down a one-time team option for 2030-37 – which must be exercised after the 2028 World Series – there is a mutual option that could be exercised after the 2029 Series calling for $168 million from 2030-36. There also is a player option that guarantees $90 million from 2030-34.

“Julio is among the most exciting players in the game and has only scratched the surface of what’s to come,” Seattle president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.

“We feel the uniqueness of this deal befits the person. His infectious personality and ability on the field are only surpassed by his character away from it. We are thrilled that generations of Mariners fans will have the privilege of watching him play in T-Mobile Park for many years to come.”

The contract for the All-Star rookie calls for a $15.3 million signing bonus payable within 60 days and salaries of $4 million next year, $10 million and $18 million annually from 2025-29. He gets a full no-trade provision.

Seattle’s option calls for $25 million annual salaries from 2030-37. Rodriguez has a player option that could be exercised after the 2029 World Series, a provision calling for $18 million annually from 2030-34. There is a mutual option that could add $168 million from 2030-36.

“He’s learned a lot over the last 4 1/2, five months about Major League Baseball and things he needed to work on and continue to improve upon,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said Friday. “Really good teammate. I mean, you can go on and on describing where he’s at. But there’s a lot of baseball, really good baseball ahead of him and I know that’s what excites me and the organization.”

Rodriguez has become a star in his first season with the Mariners. He blossomed from starting spring training as the possible opening day starter in center field to an All-Star in his first season.

Rodriguez entered Friday hitting .269 with 20 home runs, 64 RBIs, 23 stolen bases and an OPS of .799. When he homered on Wednesday, Rodriguez became the fastest player in American League history to reach the mark of 20 homers and 20 stolen bases, surpassing Mike Trout.

Rodriguez is the leading candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year and has helped Seattle be in playoff position entering the final stretch of the regular season with a chance to end the longest postseason drought in major pro spots

“I was fortunate enough, I worked for the Angels a little bit when Mike Trout was coming on board there and Mike’s the greatest player in the last decade without a doubt,” Servais said.

“Julio has got a lot ahead of him, but they’re similar. Personalities are much different but on the field they’re very similar talents They’re five-tool players. They can run, throw. They have power. … I’m just looking forward to having him as part of the organization for a long, long time.”

If Rodriguez wins two or more MVP awards and finishes among the top five in MVP voting in four years, the salaries for the club option years would increase to $35 million and the option would extend to cover the 2038 and 2039 seasons. For one MVP award along with one additional top five finish or three top five finishes, the option salaries would increase to $35 million without the 2038 and ’39 seasons triggered.

For four top 10 MVP finishes, the option prices would increase to $32.5 million and the for two top 10 finishes, the option price would go up to $30 million.

If the club option is declined, the deal includes a mutual option that could be exercised after the 2029 World Series and call for $24 million annially from 2030-36.

If both the team option and mutual option are turned down, Rodriguez has a player option that could be exercised after the 2029 World Series, a provision callng for $18 million annually from 2030-34.

The player option salaries would escalate to $25 million annually for one MVP award and two All-Star selections or elections, $22 million for 10 combined All-Star elections or selections and Silver Slugger wins, and $20 million for eight combined All-Star elections or selections and Silver Slugger wins.

Rodriguez has yearly award bonuses of $150,000 for MVP, $100,000 for World Series MVP, $50,000 each for League Championship Series MVP, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove, $50,000 for All-Star election and $25,000 for All-Star selection.

Rodriguez was already a burgeoning star with his performance in the first half of the season, but broke out on a national stage during the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Rodriguez reached the final where he lost to Juan Soto, but had a memorable first two rounds where he hit 63 total home runs and beat Corey Seager and Pete Alonso.

On top of his pure talent, Rodriguez’s demeanor and charisma on the field have only added to what’s could be a special season for the Mariners. His smile and joy for the game has been reminiscent of a past center fielder for the Mariners and some of the same characteristics Ken Griffey Jr. showed early in his career.

Rodriguez was part of some controversial comments made by former Mariners team president Kevin Mather that came to light in early 2021. Mather’s comments were made to the Bellevue, Washington, Breakfast Rotary Club in February 2021 and included disparaging comments about the English of Rodriguez and former Seattle pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. Mather resigned within days of his comments becoming public.

Servais praised Rodriguez’s English on Friday as part of handling the attention that’s come his way at age 21.

“I’ve said this often, his ability to command the English language at such an early age has really helped,” Servais said. “It’s not easy. If any of you have gone to a foreign country and tried to pick up the language there, it’s really challenging. For him to do that at such an early age, it’s really helped him. It’s helped him on the field. It’s helped him off the field and in relationship building and everything else.”

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Schauffele’s burst cuts into Scheffler lead at East Lake

ATLANTA (AP) Masters champion Scottie Scheffler is playing every bit like the No. 1 player in golf and was on the verge of turning the Tour Championship into a rout.

Three holes by Xander Schauffele changed everything going into the weekend at East Lake.

Schauffele holed a pair of birdie putts, and then drilled a 4-iron just over the bunker and right by the hole on the par-5 18th, rolling in a 5-foot eagle putt.

The birdie-birdie-eagle finish – Scheffler had to settle for pars – gave Schauffele a 7-under 63 as he went from a six-shot deficit to two shots behind Friday.

Schauffele rarely gets overly excited and this was no exception.

“It was nice to pick up some shots late here, but it’s just a positioning battle going into Sunday,” he said. “There’s a lot of golf to be played on this property.

Scheffler wasn’t overly concerned. He rarely is.

“I’m just going to go out there and do my thing and try and play good golf,” Scheffler said. “Xander obviously has a great track record around here, but paying attention to what other guys do on the golf course has never served me too well.”

Scheffler, who had a 66, was at 19-under par.

He started at 10-under par as the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup – Schauffele started four shots behind as the No. 4 seed – and had few complaints except for not making every birdie chance, and they were ample.

Scheffler played bogey-free. The four putts from 10 feet or closer that he missed? He saw those only as opportunities, a reminder that he was playing the kind of golf that carried him to an amazing stretch of four wins in two months – capped by the Masters – in the spring.

Starting the day with a five-shot lead, Scheffler made birdies from 5 feet on the par-3 second hole and then pounded driver on the next hole so perfectly positioned that he had a flip wedge into 5 feet for another birdie. At that point, he was ahead by eight shots.

Jon Rahm also had a 63 and worked his way closer to the top at 13 under. He was being interviewed when he looked up at a TV screen to see if Scheffler had made another birdie.

He still was six shots behind. Defending champion Patrick Cantlay (66) and Sungjae Im (65) were seven shots back.

Rahm wasn’t sure if he put himself back in the mix, but his 63 made it feel more reasonable.

“But he’s playing good golf, right? And we’re going to have to keep on going and play good golf, as well,” Rahm said. “It’s going to take a really strong weekend from me and hopefully not a strong one from Scottie. That’s kind of what we’re looking for.”

Schauffele seemed to find that at the end. He was six behind when he hit his approach to 12 feet behind a back left pin on the 16th and made the birdie. From the fairway on the 17th, his wedge spun back to 4 feet.

The 4-iron was bold and paid off.

“It was a little right of where I wanted, but it had the distance and the shape. I hit it really well, so I wasn’t very worried about it,” Schauffele said. “Just trying to make sure to cover that corner and I hit it solid so I knew it was going to cover. For it to go to 5, 6 feet was definitely a bonus.”

Schauffele’s record around East Lake is astounding since he first arrived in 2017 as a PGA Tour rookie and won. The FedEx Cup was different that year, based on points that were reset for the final event of the year. Justin Thomas won the big bonus.

When it moved to the staggered start based on seedings, he had the low score over 72 holes when top-seeded Dustin Johnson won the FedEx Cup.

No matter the format, Schauffele has never shot worse than par in 22 rounds. He has only two rounds at 70, the other 20 in the 60s.

That’s not on his mind. Neither is the deficit he shrunk to four shots over the final three holes.

“There’s a lot at stake here, and staying present is going to be the hardest thing,” he said.

At stake is the $18 million bonus and a chance to end the year with four PGA Tour titles. Scheffler wants to end the best year in golf with a fitting crown. Seven months ago, he still was looking for his first PGA Tour title.

The best score of the soft, sunny days belonged to Max Homa, who had a 62 and still was 10 shots behind.

66-year-old Fred Funk shoots 65 in The Ally Challenge

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) Fred Funk bettered his age by a stroke with a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ The Ally Challenge.

The 66-year-old Funk closed his bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-4 ninth at Warwick Hills, the site of the Buick Open on the PGA Tour from 1958 through 2009.

“It’s the first time I shot my age or broke my age in competition, so that was really cool,” Funk said. “I’ve done it a couple times for fun, but I always wanted to do one out here. It feels good to finally break that one.”

Funk won the last of his nine senior victories in 2014, teaming with Jeff Sluman in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. His last individual victory was in 2012. He also won eight times on the PGA Tour.

“It was kind of a magical day,” Funk said. “Pretty amazing because I haven’t had a round in the 60s I can’t even remember when. It’s been a long time. I’ve been playing a little better recently.”

Woody Austin, the 1995 Buick Open winner, was a stroke back at 66 with Brett Quigley and Stephen Ames. Scott Parel followed at 67.

“Best putting round in many a year, that’s the difference,” the 58-year-old Austin said. “That’s the first round this year where I shot a score that I probably didn’t play to or deserve. I’ve been playing well and scoring the highest I could possibly score every day and today’s the first time I’ve made enough putts and whatever to feel like I got away with something.”

Padraig Harrington, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open winner Sunday in upstate New York, topped the large group at 68 with Ernie Els and Charles Schwab Cup leader Steven Alker. Defending champion Joe Durant shot 69.

Narin An takes 2-shot lead in Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Narin An shot a 6-under 65 on Friday to top the leaderboard Friday in the suspended second round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.

An had her second straight bogey-free round at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club after opening with a 64 on Thursday. An LPGA Tour rookie after winning twice in South Korea, the 26-year-old An had a 13-under 129 total.

“I do have some experience in Korea, so it’s a not an unfamiliar feeling right now,” An said. “I hope to put up good results the next two days just like I did yesterday and today.”

Minutes before darkness forced the suspension of play in the round delayed for two hours in the morning because of heavy rain and lightning, Nelly Korda closed with a birdie on the par-5 ninth for a 63 and a tie for second.

“I was just hitting it really well,” Korda said. “I capitalized on pretty much all the par 5s. A lot were moved up, so for a long-hitter. we have shorter clubs in and we can kind of take advantage of that. Just played some solid golf.”

The third-ranked Korda was 11 under with Hye-Jin Choi of South Korea and first-round leader Paula Reto of South Africa.

Korda is coming off her first win of the year in the Aramco Series on the Ladies European Tour, where she rallied from seven shots back against sister Jessica.

Choi had two eagles in a 68, and Reto followed her course-record 62 with a 69. An and Choi, also a rookie, teamed to finish sixth in July at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

Lizette Salas was 10 under after a 64, birdieing the par-5 18th just before play was stopped. Danielle Kang (66), Nasa Hataoka (67) and Sarah Schmelzel (64) were 9 under.

Maddie Szeryk was the top Canadian, shooting a 68 to get to 7 under. She’s bogey-free for the first two rounds.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done that before,” Szeryk said. “I just played really solid. I hit a bunch of greens and putted it OK.

Canadian star Brooke Henderson, the 2018 winner at Wascana in Regina, Saskatchewan, was 5 under after a 68.

“I feel like I’m hitting the ball really well, so I’m excited for the weekend,” Henderson said.

Three-time tournament champion Lydia Ko also was 5 under after a 68, playing alongside Henderson and Jennifer Kupcho. Kupcho was 7 under after a 68.

Lexi Thompson shot a 68 to get to 4 under. She played in a twosome with Korda after second-ranked Minjee Lee withdrew Thursday.

Top-ranked Jin Young Ko, the winner at Magna outside Toronto in 2019 when the event was last played, missed the cut with rounds of 68 and 73.

Lorie Kane, the 57-year-old Canadian making her final appearance in the event, was a distant last at 28 over after rounds of 84 and 86.

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(INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians continued their explosive offensive ways and clinched at least a series split with the Rochester Red Wings through four games of the six-game series on Friday night at Victory Field, 9-1.

The Indians (61-58) have now won seven of their last 10 games and are three games above .500 for the first time since June 11. They have been a season-high four games above the even mark twice, after a five-game winning streak on April 13 and the opener of a May 25 doubleheader at St. Paul. Since Aug. 16, they have surrendered the least runs in Triple-A while outscoring their opponents, 55-26.

Hoy Park led off the victory with a solo home run in the bottom of the first, and the offense never slowed. In a repeat of yesterday’s rout, the Indians were aided by free bases via five walks by starting pitcher Franklyn Kilome (L, 2-5). In the bottom of the second inning following a fielding error by left fielder Nick Banks and back-to-back walks to Mason Martin and Jared Oliva to load the bases, Josh Bissonette singed into center to plate a run. After the first out of the frame was recorded on a pop up in foul territory, Ji-Hwan Bae drove in another with a sacrifice fly.

Before Rochester (54-67) could get on the board, a pair of singles and another walk loaded the bases yet again ahead of an Oliva sacrifice fly in the third.

The Red Wings’ lone run, driven in on a double by John Nogowski in the fifth, was offset by a pair of runs in the home half of the inning. Following a leadoff walk to Cal Mitchell, Kevin Padlo doubled him home from first base on a line drive to left. Oliva then brought Padlo home on a two-out single.

The scoring wasn’t over, however, and following a Padlo leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh, Jack Suwinski launched his sixth Triple-A home run of the season deep out to right field to extend the lead to 8-1. The first four batters of the frame hit safely, and a run-scoring double play tacked on the final Indians run of the night.

After Zach Matson opened the game with 2.0 shutout innings, Miguel Yajure (W, 4-4) entered the game and fanned seven batters over 5.0 innings. Over his last two outings, Yajure is 2-0 with back-to-back performances of a season-high seven punchouts.

A fielding error by Martin in the top of the seventh inning snapped Indy’s 12-game errorless streak, which was the longest active streak in professional baseball and the longest by an Indians team dating back to at least the 2005 season.

The Indians will look to clinch a series win over the Red Wings tomorrow at 7:05 PM ET at Victory Field. RHP Johan Oviedo (4-2, 4.99) is set to throw for Indy against RHP Mason Thompson (0-3, 3.38).

(COLTS FOOTBALL)

COLTS RELEASE-One Big Storyline

The Colts will play the majority of their starters in Saturday’s preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and those starters on both sides of the ball are scheduled to play about a half.

Head coach Frank Reich said running backs Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines will not play; we’ll see on the statuses of defensive end Kwity Paye, who sustained a knee injury during practice this week, and center Ryan Kelly, who missed Wednesday and Thursday’s practices due to COVID.

Other than those guys, though, it’ll be an important night of work for the Colts’ starters with just over two weeks left until the regular season opener Sept. 11 at Houston.

“The game work is important – just sync things up, get everybody on the same page, get the feel and the rhythm of what it’s like out there in Lucas Oil,” Reich said. “I think it will be a good test for us. Really, just iron out details, kind of get game ready, and when we feel like we’ve got that work, we’ll pull the guys out.”

The added bonus is the Colts will get their dress rehearsal against all of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ healthy starters – including quarterback Tom Brady. The Buccaneers are loaded with roster talent, something Colts quarterback Matt Ryan knows well from spending the last decade and a half competing against them in the NFC South.

“I have a lot of familiarity of their scheme and playing against their personnel for a long time,” Ryan said. “But it’s also them, they’re very good. So it’s a good test for us.

“It’s not the regular season. The focus is not the same as the regular season. The focus is on us and making sure that we’re getting ourselves ready and getting ourselves to where we want to be Week 1.”

5 Things To Watch

A last look at Alec Pierce. Wide receivers coach Reggie Wayne has seen Pierce getting “better and better” throughout training camp, and Saturday will be his final chance to play before his regular season debut next month. Keep an eye on No. 14 even if the ball doesn’t come to him – he’s constantly working on his craft, and created separation with good releases in preseason games against the Bills and Lions.

The running backs. The Colts are holding back Taylor and Hines in part because they want an extended evaluation of the other running backs on the roster: Philip Lindsay, Ty’Son Williams, Deon Jackson and D’Vonte Price. There’s been strong competition for a roster spot – or spots – behind Taylor and Hines, and Saturday will be an opportunity for those guys to work with the first-team offense. With Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline for roster cuts looming, Saturday night will be big for Scottie Montgomery’s group.

Position battles at WR and CB. Dezmon Patmon and Mike Strachan each made big plays in last weekend’s game against the Detroit Lions – will we see either get work with the first-team offense against the Buccaneers? Whether they do or don’t, though, Saturday will be one final opportunity to make their case for the 53-man roster. And at cornerback, a wide-open competition to slide in as depth behind Kenny Moore II/Stephon Gilmore/Brandon Facyson/Isaiah Rodgers will see guys like Tony Brown, Anthony Chesley, Dallis Flowers, Marvell Tell III and Chris Wilcox compete once the starters get out of the game.

D-line depth. While it was a preseason game for which they neither gameplanned nor played their starters, the Colts weren’t okay with giving up 174 rushing yards to the Detroit Lions last weekend. Defensive line coach Nate Ollie believes the Colts have eight defensive linemen they can count on for gamedays, but need to keep developing those guys into being reliable depth pieces. “It’s a 75-play game, (Yannick Ngakoue) can’t go out there and take 70 plays, (DeForest Buckner) can’t take 70 plays,” Ollie said. “So we talk about in our room, no weak links. If you’re in this room, we’re counting on you. We need you.”

A new punter – and who handles kickoffs. The Colts signed punter Matt Haack and released kicker Jake Verity earlier this week, with Haack stepping in for the injured Rigoberto Sanchez. But an important question to be answered, and evaluation for the Colts, will be in who handles kickoff duties on Saturday. That was Sanchez’s job over the last few years; will it be Haack, who’s kicked off four times in his five-year career, or Rodrigo Blankenship, who’s kicked off 24 times in two years with the Colts? And whoever it is – how do they do in terms of touchbacks and/or giving the Colts’ kick coverage unit an opportunity to make a tackle and win the field position battle?

(INDY ELEVEN PREVIEW)

Indy Eleven vs. San Antonio FC

Saturday, August 27, 2022 – 7:00 p.m. ET 

IUPUI Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.

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2022 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS 

Indy Eleven: 6W-14L-4D (-13 GD), 22 pts.; 10th in Eastern Conference 

San Antonio FC: 18W-4L-3D (+22 GD), 57 pts.; 1st in Western Conference  

COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK SPORTS MEDICINE INDY ELEVEN INJURY REPORT

OUT:  FW Manuel Arteaga (R knee), MF Ayoze (R adductor), FW Aris Briggs (R shin), GK Bryan Meredith (R hand fracture)

QUESTIONABLE: GK Sean Lewis (L hamstring)

DISCIPLINE REPORT 

IND: none

SA: none

While Indy Eleven’s summer has been wrought with adversity, the next week will bring with it the opportunity to prove itself at home against the USL Championship’s top two sides in 2022, starting with Saturday’s tilt against San Antonio FC.

Despite being in the midst of a 12-game winless streak, Indy Eleven’s defense continues to keep it in games, with Indy allowing just one goal in seven of its outings during its winless streak. Of the 10 losses in the streak, seven have come by a one-goal margin – with last week’s match serving as the fifth heartbreaking 0-1 scoreline during the stretch. Overall in 2022, the Eleven’s 38 goals allowed through 24 games ranks 14th in the USL Championship, placing it squarely in the middle of the 27-team pack.

While scoring the ball has been a pain point during Indy’s slide – the squad has tallied thrice in its last 10 matches combined – the attack put up a season-high 18 shots last Saturday – 7 of which were on target; only a USL Championship player of the week performance by FC Tulsa goalkeeper Austin Wormell kept the Eleven off the board. Indiana’s Team will need to channel that attacking prowess more and more over the next few weeks, as its next four opponents happen to be the four stingiest defenses in the entire league.

For San Antonio, a current 2W-1L-2D run counts as a “cooling off” for the Texan side, which used six straight wins prior to break away from the rest of the Western Conference pack in July.

Defense is where the Alamo City outfit shines, its 21 goals allowed ranking second in the league behind only Louisville (16). Old friend Jordan Farr has stood tall when called upon, his 55 saves ranking only 12th in the Championship, but his 10 clean sheets are just one behind a trio of league leaders in the category.

In attack, San Antonio has done things by committee, with Samuel Adenirian (7), Justin Dhillon (6), Santiago Patino (5), Mitchell Taintor (5), and ex-Eleven performer Elliot Collier (4) all pitching in with meaningful goal hauls. That extends to playmaking as well, with Dhillon pacing SAFC with seven assists, followed by four different players than the goal-scoring pack – Victor Giro (5), Mohamad Abu (4), Shannon Gomez (4) and Connor Maloney (4) – all contributing their fair share of helpers. While San Antonio may not bring the most high-octane attack in the league – its 43 goals place seventh in USLC – its augmented by the fact defenses cannot key in on just a couple key contributors. 

(INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER)

CLEMSON, S.C. – Indiana men’s soccer battled back from down 2-1 to equalize, but the No. 8-ranked Hoosiers fell, 3-2, to the No. 1-ranked Clemson Tigers Friday (Aug. 26) night on Riggs Field.

“I told them to hold their heads high tonight,” IU head men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley said. “They did a lot of really good things tonight in a tough environment to start the year, and we’re still a young team […] trying to figure out what [are] the best combinations. The great news is that we have unbelievable opponents every game. It’s not like this is our one chance to beat a top-five team.”

“I know everyone in the stadium, although disappointed that we didn’t win, that [was] here for IU, there’s no doubt they left going, ‘That team gave everything they had and did some really good things.'”

KEY MOMENTS

• 6′ – Sophomore forward Samuel Sarver broke open the scoring fest just six minutes in. With relentless pressure, Sarver took advantage of a bad touch by Clemson goalkeeper Trevor Manion, dispossessing him before tucking a cool finish past.

• 12′ – Six minutes later, the Tigers equalized. Junior midfielder Ousmane Sylla turned in a fabulous solo effort, finding short space between IU center backs Joey Maher and Daniel Munie to tuck a shot past junior keeper JT Harms.

• 16′ – Clemson used its momentum to take its first lead after 16 minutes with another show of solo skill. Senior forward Mohamed Seye dribbled past a midfielder into open space in front of the 18-yard box, and an outside of the foot effort got around Harms at the far post.

• 27′ – Redshirt senior forward Ryan Wittenbrink had two great opportunities within two minutes. His first, a 27th-minute free kick from 24 yards out, went high. Two minutes later, Wittenbrink cut in from the left wing, earned himself space, and fired but had his attempt saved by Manion.

• 45′ – A hectic sequence in the final moments of the first half could have easily ended in a goal for either team. In the 44th minute, Nate Ward cleverly got in behind into a one-on-one. His shot came off the keeper, but Ward went down in the box, begging for a call. The Tigers countered end-to-end, forcing Harms off his line to save. The save came to the top of the box, where a shot was well-blocked by Bebej. IU came down the field again and found Mihalic in behind, but the sophomore forced his shot wide.

• 52′ – Sophomore forward Tommy Mihalic earned a penalty after being take down in the box. Wittenbrink stepped to the spot, fired into the top corner and tied the match at 2-2.

• 55′ – Three minutes after the equalizer, the Hoosiers almost went up again as Sarver had a free header from a set piece and put it on goal, but Manion was up to the task again.

• 63′ – Harms made another big save to keep the match tied in the 63rd minute, keeping out a one-on-one attempt by Clemson senior forward Isaiah Reid.

• 80′ – After end-to-end play, Sylla put Clemson ahead with a rocket brace past Harms.

• 87′ – Sarver nearly had a late equalizer as the ball fell to him from a corner. Sarver stung one to the right post, but Manion came up with another fine save.

NOTABLES

• Indiana suffered its first loss to Clemson since 1987, a span of six undefeated matches (5-0-1) before tonight’s match.

• Four Hoosiers made their IU debuts Friday night: junior goalkeeper JT Harms, senior forward Karsen Henderlong, freshman forward Luka Bezerra and sophomore midfielder Seth Stewart.

• IU’s opening day record fell to 30-13-7 all-time.

UP NEXT

Indiana will get another crack at top opponents next week as the Hoosiers host four consecutive home matches versus NCAA Tournament teams. The homestand kicks off Tuesday (Aug. 30) at 8 p.m. ET when IU takes on Portland.

(INDIANA VOLLEYBALL)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Volleyball returned to Bloomington on Friday evening in grand fashion as Indiana (1-0, 0-0) defeated Indiana State (0-1, 0-0) in straight sets at Wilkinson Hall.

Sophomore setter Camryn Haworth recorded her first double-double of the season with 33 assists and a career-high 22 digs to pace the Hoosiers to a clean sweep of Indiana State.

Fellow sophomore Mady Saris tallied 13 kills to lead IU offensively while senior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg and freshman outside hitter Candela Alonso-Corcelles added nine each.

A commanding 25-11 opening set victory was followed by gritty 25-23 and 25-20 wins to close out the Sycamores in straight sets.

In their collegiate debuts, Alonso-Corcelles and right-side Melisa Ilter were tabbed as starters for the Hoosiers, providing production in each rotation.

Junior defensive specialist Isa Lopez made her Hoosier debut, appearing in all three sets.

IU will play two matches tomorrow to close out the Indiana Invitational. A Saturday morning showdown with Chicago State (0-1) will be followed with a 7:00 PM feature with Jacksonville State (1-0).

KEY MOMENTS

• The Hoosiers started the opening set on a 15-5 run, with back-to-back kills from Camryn Haworth and a service ace from Savannah Kjolhede helping IU out to an early advantage.

• IU closed out the opening set on a 6-1 run with kills from Mady Saris and a resounding service ace from Paula Cerame.

• Down 18-17 in the second set, IU received a kill from Candela Alonso-Corcelles and a service ace from Kjolhede to retain the lead for good. The Hoosiers eventually closed out the set 25-23.

• Back-to-back kills from Alonso-Corcelles provided a much-needed spark for the Hoosiers in the final set, extending their lead to 20-17 and taking back the momentum.

• Saris provided the final punch on Friday night, a kill off an assist from Cerame to close out the Sycamores in straight sets.

NOTABLES

• Camryn Haworth was fantastic on Friday night, tallying IU’s first double-double of the year with 33 assists and 22 digs. She also added two solo blocks, a block assists, an ace and four kills.

• Mady Saris was active all night, dropping 13 kills and recording six digs.

• Savannah Kjolhede (.385) and Kaley Rammelsberg (.333) had productive hitting nights for the Hoosiers.

• Despite just 12 active players, the Hoosiers received production from 11 of them with nine appearing in all three sets.

(INDIANA FIELD HOCKEY)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– Indiana Field Hockey dropped their season opener to Kent State, 1-0, losing in the first period of overtime at home on Friday.

The loss puts the Hoosiers at 0-1 to start the season.

The game was the opener of the Hoosier Invitational, featuring Indiana, Kent State and Liberty each playing a game against one another throughout the weekend at the IU Field Hockey Complex.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana led in shots taken, 14-6.

• The game was scoreless through four quarters before Kent State’s Maia Sarrabayrouse knocked the game winner in at the 67th minute.

• The Hoosier offense created three shots and two corner opportunities in the final minutes of the fourth period but could not convert.

• Eleven of Indiana’s 14 shots were on goal.

• Sophomore Yip van Wonderen took four shots with all four being on goal.

• Freshman Jule Hufer and junior Jemima Cookson each took three shots. All three of Hufer’s were on goal.

• The Indiana defense only allowed Kent State to take two shots the entire first half.

NOTABLES

• Seventeen different Hoosiers saw the field in the game.

• Six Hoosiers made their Indiana debut: Emma Thompson, Anna Mozeleski, Jule Hufer Lara Mortz, Kylie Dawson and Kai Snell.

• Thompson, Hufer and Mozeleski all made their first career collegiate starts.

• Senior Kennedy Reardon made her 36th straight start for Indiana.

UP NEXT

• IU will continue the weekend slate with a match vs. No. 6 ranked Liberty at noon on Sunday, Aug. 28. This will be the first meeting in program history between the two schools.

(PURDUE VOLLEYBALL)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Purdue volleyball squad opened the 2022 season with a sweep over Bowling Green 25-23, 25-18, 25-23.

As a team, Purdue registered 10 blocks while allowing just one by the Falcons and was more efficient, .263% vs. .152%.

In her first collegiate appearance, freshman outside hitter Eva Hudson recorded a team-leading 18 kills, including the first and final point of the match for the Boilermakers. Moreover, Hudson’s 18 kills are the most by a Purdue freshman since 2018 when All-American Grace Cleveland recorded 19.

Returners also produced career-best performances. Senior outside hitter Madeline Koch recorded a career-best six block assists (previous: 2), Megan Renner set 30 assists (previous: 10) while libero Maddie Schermerhorn recorded 18 digs (previous: 12).

Meanwhile, sophomore middle blocker Raven Colvin secured a team-leading seven block assists and was second in kills with seven (7-3-20).

Set 1 Quick Hits

The set was a close battle, seeing 17 tied scores and seven lead changes

Hudson went errorless with seven kills on 11 swings for a .636 attack %

Schermerhorn dug eight balls, a match set-high

Purdue hit .357%

Set 3 Quick Hits

Purdue stepped up its blocking game, recording five stuffs in the set, led by Raven Colvin and Koch with three apiece. As a team, Purdue out-blocked Bowling Green 5-0 in the set

Hudson totaled seven kills in the set.

After holding a one-point lead at 9-8, the Boilermakers went on a 8-3 run to pull away from the Falcons, 17-11.

Set 3 Quick Hits

Koch went 2-for-3 with on errors (.667%)

Colvin added three block assists

With Bowling Green owning the 16-13 lead, Hudson recorded a back-to-back kill and service ace combo to bring the Boilermakers within one point. Then, the Boilermakers went on a 6-1 run, forcing three attack errors along the way to reclaiming the lead at 22-20.

Purdue has two matches remaining in the Tennessee Classic, both to be played tomorrow. First, Purdue will take on Loyola Chicago at 1 p.m. ET, followed by at Tennessee at 6 p.m. ET, which will be streamed on SEC Network+.

(BUTLER VOLLEYBALL)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team swept Oakland 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-19) thanks to a balanced offensive attack on Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The win was the second of the day for the Bulldogs (2-0) at the season-opening Top Dawg Challenge.

Set 1: Butler 26-24

Oakland got out to early 6-1 and 8-3 leads, but a 3-0 Butler run highlighted by a Rylie Tam kill cut the advantage to 8-6. The Golden Grizzlies led by as many as seven at 20-13 and 22-15, but the Bulldogs responded with a 7-0 spurt on Brooklyne Darby’s serve which included an ace from Darby and kills from Megan Sheridan and Tam. Butler would take 4 of the last 6 points, clinching the set on Maddie Renn’s kill. Jaymeson Kinley had seven digs in the set, while four Bulldogs had at least three kills in the first frame: Tam (four), Sheridan, Mariah Grunze and Marisa Guisti.

Set 2: Butler 25-20

Kills from Tam and Autumn Flowers helped the Bulldogs get out to a 5-0 lead early. Oakland would claw back to eventually take the lead at 13-12, but Butler responded with a 6-0 spurt, including kills by Tam, Grunze and Jenna Splitt. A later 3-0 spurt capped by an ace from Splitt put the Bulldogs up 24-18, and they would clinch the set on a Sheridan kill. Kinley posted 12 digs, while Flowers put down five kills in the second frame to lead Butler.

Set 3: Butler 25-19

Butler used Guisti and Sheridan kills to lead 8-6 early after a 3-0 run, then another three-point spurt including back-to-back aces from Renn put the Bulldogs up 11-7. Butler steadily expanded the lead, culminating with another 3-0 run to clinch the set on a Grunze kill. The Bulldogs had four aces in the final frame (Renn with three, Kinley with one).

Stat of the Match

The Bulldogs had five players with at least seven kills: Grunze (nine), Flowers (eight), Sheridan (eight), Tam (eight) and Guisti (seven).

Inside the Box Score

– Kinley posted 22 digs, three assists and an ace.

– Grunze tallied 10 points on nine kills and two block assists while adding 10 digs and two assists.

– Splitt stuffed the stat sheet with 31 assists, eight digs, three kills, three blocks and an ace.

– Renn went for seven digs, four aces and two assists.

– Tam totaled eight kills and seven digs.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will take on Akron on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the finale of the Top Dawg Challenge.

(IUPUI VOLLEYBALL)

RICHMOND, Ky. – The IUPUI volleyball team opened the regular season today with the first day of the Colonel Classic. The Jags fell to host team Eastern Kentucky in straight sets, 3-0, then dropped the second match of the day in a hard-fought battle to UT-Martin, 3-2.

In the first match of the day the Jags fell in straight sets, 25-29, 25-13, 25-19. Allie Pogue and Briana Brown led the attack for IUPUI with six kills each. Sidney Veatch added in 15 assists with two kills while Brooke Phillips recorded seven assists and three service aces. Libero, Addie Evans collected 16 digs while Emma Ashcraft and Phillips added in seven.

Service errors proved costly as the Jags recorded five errors while the Colonels only recorded two.

In match two, IUPUI faced UT-Martin. The Jags went the distance but lost in five sets, 26-24, 25-27, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14. After dropping set one, the Jags won the second and third set to take the 2-1 lead, but they couldn’t hold on as UT-Martin took the fourth and fifth sets.

IUPUI recorded a total of 53 kills in the match with 13 coming from Millai Madison and 12 from Brown, Emily Alan also added 10 kills. Service errors proved costly again as the Jags committed 13 service errors.

Veatch collected a total of 43 assists with 10 digs, five kills, and two aces. Phillips earned three more service aces while Ashcraft earned two aces and Evans collected 24 digs.

The Jags are now 0-2 on the season and will play one more match in the Colonel Classic tomorrow at 11:00 AM when they face Radford.

(BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL)

TAMPA, Fla. – – In a battle of two NCAA Tournament programs from last season, the Ball State women’s volleyball team rebounded from dropping the first set to earn a 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23) victory over South Alabama Friday morning in its opening match of the 2022 season.

The Cardinals (2-0) went on to close the day with an even tougher match, battling through five sets to take out tournament host USF and finish the opening day of the USF Opening Weekend Invite with an unblemished record.

“I loved how we maintained great composure in tight moments today,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We had people make big plays in big moments, and I am proud of our resilience. South Alabama and USF are very physical teams. They have heavy arms and played with great intensity which gave us a big challenge on day one. We did a nice job of adjusting on the fly and staying tough in the big moments.”

Ball State closes play in the event Saturday morning with an 11 a.m. first serve versus William & Mary back at the Corral.
 
MATCH 1 RECAP: Ball State 3 – South Alabama 1 – BOX SCORE
Ball State used a familiar recipe to earn its 21st win in the last 22 matches, with six players scoring at least seven kills as the team hit .250 (61-21-160) against a Jaguars (0-1) squad which limited its opponents to a .149 rate of success last season.

Leading the way was BSU’s middle duo of senior Marie Plitt and junior Lauren Gilliland. Plitt paced the Cardinals with 13 kills and hit .379 (13-2-29), while Gilliland smashed nine kills and hit .333 (9-1-24). Gilliland also led the Ball State defense with four blocks, including back-to-back block assists to cap the final set.
 
In her first match in the Cardinal and White, graduate transfer outside Addie Halverson made an immediate impact by finishing second on the squad with 12 kills, while adding three digs and three total blocks.
 
Rounding out Ball State’s top attackers in the win were senior outside Natalie Risi with 11 kills and senior opposite Natalie Mitchem with eight. Risi also added 13 digs for her first double-double of the season.
 
Reigning Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year Megan Wielonski also turned in an impressive start, handing out 43 assists to go along with seven kills and a .583 (7-0-12) attack percentage of her own.
 
In the backcourt, senior libero Maggie Huber led all players with 17 digs and served up one of BSU’s six aces. Junior defensive specialist Kate Vinson followed with 14 digs, while senior Havyn Gates added 13.
 
Also making their Ball State debuts Friday morning were freshman Katie Egenolf with one kill and a block assist and graduate transfer Julianna Cramer with a service ace.
 
Overall, the Ball State defense limited South Alabama to a .201 hitting percentage for the match, well below its mark of .234 from last season which ranked 77th nationally.
 
The Cardinals also held a 61-to-49 lead in team kills and a 6-to-5 edge in service aces. The Jaguars held a slim 9.0-to-8.0 advantage in team blocks.
 
MATCH 2 RECAP: Ball State 3 – USF 2 – BOX SCORE
As exciting as Friday’s season opener was, the nightcap was even more exhilarating, as Ball State and USF battled to a 13-13 deadlock in the fifth set.
 
Cue Mitchem, who followed with her fourth kill of the set and eighth of the night to give the Cardinals their third match point of the night. After the Bulls (1-1) survived the first two in the fourth set, Ball State would not be denied on the third.
 
Gilliland and Wielonski follow the kill with a huge block to set off a jubilant celebration from the Cardinals bench as BSU capped a 2-0 opening day.
 
It was another solid all-around offensive effort for Ball State which finished the match hitting .289 (67-15-180). Leading the way was Halverson who tied her collegiate high with 19 kills and finished the contest hitting .300 (19-4-50).
 
With USF focused on shutting down Ball State’s potent middle attack, Risi also turned in strong numbers, collecting her second double-double of the day with 16 kills and 15 digs.
 
From the middle, both Plitt and Gilliland scored eight kills, with Gilliland hitting .389 (8-1-18) and leading all players with a career-high tying nine total blocks.
 
Also turning in a strong performance was freshman Madison Buckley who registered her first five collegiate kills, including the set three winner.
 
Guiding it all was Wielonski, who dished out 47 more assists and chipped in a career-high 22 digs. She also served up four of BSU’s five aces and scored a pair of kills.
 
Huber also registered 20 digs in the win, while Vinson secured 13.
 
Overall, the Ball State defense limited USF to a .209 (69-30-187) attack percentage and out-blocked the Bulls 14.0-to-9.0, including a pair of late blocks in the fifth set. USF would hold a 69-to-67 edge in kills, a 87-to-83 advantage in digs, and a 14-to-5 lead in aces.

(NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER)

ST LOUIS. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (3-0) remains unbeaten in 2022 with a big 2-0 road victory over No. 19 Saint Louis (2-1) on Thursday night.

After waiting out a two-hour lightning delay, the Fighting Irish tallied two goals in the second half to pick up their first-ranked victory of the year in a venue that’s tough to earn a W. In fact, SLU was 52-5-6 (.873) in its last 63 games at Hermann Stadium entering tonight’s contest.

Sophomore Korbin Albert continued to prove she’s one of the best in the country with a superb free-kick goal from distance that proved as the game-winner. Fellow sophomore Sophia Fisher added an insurance goal later in the second half, her first of the season as well.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s defense continued to flex its muscle, only allowing two shots total, including its first on net in three games this season.

Tonight also marked the first time since 2010 the Irish have started a season with three straight shutouts. Overall, it’s the fifth time in program history Notre Dame has started with three shutout victories (1994, 1995, 2008, 2010 and 2022).

How It Happened

Olivia Wingate nearly got the Irish on the board in the third minute of the match as a through ball found the grad student in the box, but her toe poke couldn’t get past the keeper.

In the 22nd minute, Klenke delivered a beautiful ball from the left side to the far post where Mercado one-timed a shot, but SLU keeper Emily Puricelli made a quick-reaction save to keep the score 0-0.

Defensively, Geatino shone bright with under 20 minutes remaining in the half. First, it was a big clearing header, then moments later she cut off a cross at the six-yard box, negating yet another attack.

Fast forward to the 34th minute and some nifty back-heel passes around the box led to a pass to an open Wingate on the far post but her shot went just wide.

After a two-hour lightning delay, the match restarted with a Notre Dame free-kick in which the Irish nearly scored off a Gaetino header.

The score remained deadlocked heading into halftime and it was none other than Albert who broke through for the Irish. The sophomore stepped up and took a free kick from distance outside the box and it was perfectly placed in the corner for the goal in the 56th minute.

After the Billikens incurred a red card in the 68th minute, the Irish continued to pour on the pressure. Thus, six minutes later, sophomore Sophia Fisher added to the score with her first goal of the season, putting away a loose ball in the middle of the box.

Up Next

The Irish look to keep the positive momentum rolling when they return home on Sunday, Aug. 28, for a 4 pm ET battle with Illinois inside Alumni Stadium.

(INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Karrinna Gall finished one kill and one dig shy of a double-double Friday night, but a balanced attack led Indiana past Indiana State, 3-0 (25-10, 25-23, 25-20), in the season opener for both teams inside Wilkinson Hall.

Emma Kaelin led the Sycamores with 11 digs and nine assists, while Melina Tedrow had nine digs. Mallory Keller added four kills, while Jamie Brown and Kaitlyn Hamilton tallied three kills each.

Indiana State got off to a slow start in the first set and never recovered in the opening frame. The Sycamores found themselves down double-digits early following multiple errors and never got in a rhythm, dropping the set 25-10.

The Sycamores got off to a strong start in the second set, taking a 12-5 lead on the strength of two kills by Gall and block solos by both Gall and Hamilton. The Hoosiers staged a comeback, though, and rallied to win the set 25-23 after a back-and-forth final few points.

IU got out to an early lead in the third set, but Brown and Gall spearheaded a four-point Sycamore run with kills to tie it a 13-apiece midway through. Hamilton and Storm Suhre teamed up for a block assist to put the Trees in front by one, 15-14, but that was the final lead ISU had in the set. Indiana closed the match by taking four of the last five points for its first win of the season.

Up Next

The Sycamores return to action Saturday with a pair of matches. Indiana State will play Jacksonville State at noon and Chicago State at 5 p.m.

(PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Despite a furious comeback, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team dropped its season opener against Canisius 3-2 (25-11, 25-19, 14-25, 13-25, 15-11) on the Arnie Ball Court. It was the nightcap of the first day of the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational presented by Sonesta Select.

Canisius came out with the hot hands in the first two sets, hitting over .340 in both frames.

After the break, the script flipped in favor of the Mastodons. The ‘Dons hit .259 and .313 for the third and fourth sets while holding Canisius to .000 and -.033. In the third, the ‘Dons used a 5-0 stretch behind the arm of freshman Iris Riegel to stretch the lead up to six. The lead ballooned up to eight after a 3-0 stretch that concluded with an ace from Sidney Schiller. Riegel’s kill got another run started after that, as Purdue Fort Wayne had a 5-1 push at the end of the frame. Newcomer Taya Haffner aced the Golden Griffins to win the set.

The fourth set was all Mastodons from the get-go, as they jumped out to a 9-2 lead. The ‘Dons had a 5-0 run that featured four straight kills and a block from Claire Pape. Purdue Fort Wayne got the lead up to as large as 12 after a 6-0 run to make it 23-11.

In the fifth, the pendulum swung back to Canisius. After starting down 4-2, the ‘Dons got the lead back at 8-7 thanks to an ace from freshman LonDynn Betts. A 5-0 run from Canisius was the difference in the match, however. After going down 12-8, the ‘Dons never got closer than two points.

Schiller finished with 15 kills to lead the team, while Riegel pitched in 11 in her collegiate debut. Betts had 17 digs in her first college match, while Rachael Crucis (12), Schiller (11) and Alexandra Traciak (10) joined her with double-digit digs.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 0-1. Canisius moved to 1-1 after falling to Lindenwood in the morning match of the tournament. The Mastodons will play Lindenwood at 11 a.m. and Western Illinois at 7 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 27).

(SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (0-1, 0-0 OVC) held a 2-1 set lead before allowing Murray State University (1-0, 0-0 MVC) to come back and defeat the Screaming Eagles 2-3 in five sets (25-18, 18-25, 36-34, 26-18, 14-16). This was the Eagles first NCAA Division I match since joining the Ohio Valley Conference in early 2022.

USI tallied its first set win in the NCAA Division I era after taking down the Racers, 25-18, in set one. Junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) recorded a set-high seven kills.

Murray State, however, took control of the second frame after rallying for five and four straight points to defeat USI, 18-25. The Racers threw down 18 kills and held a solid .394 attacking percentage compared to the Eagles eight kills and .207 attacking percentage.

Set three brought a lot of action as USI and Murray State went back-and-forth to finish with a 36-34 final to give the Eagles a 2-1 set lead. USI started off solid after sophomore defensive specialist/outside hitter Anna Ballengee (Montgomery, Indiana) served up three straight Eagles’ rallies to gain an early 6-5 lead. The Racers would retaliate with an 8-2 run to take a 14-9 advantage. After three kills by sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) and multiple attack errors by Murray State, USI went on an 8-2 surge and cut the deficit, 21-20. To cap off a brilliant third frame, junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch (Belleville, Illinois) struck down a kill to seal the Racers fate.

Despite holding a set lead, the Eagles fell behind after the Racers stole a 24-26 fourth set victory. USI kicked off the fourth frame with a pair of kills from Weber and sophomore middle blocker Lauren O’Neill (Covington, Indiana) to gain a 6-3 advantage. The Racers did not back down, going on a 7-1 rally to take the 18-16 lead. After back-and-forth play, USI allowed repeating kills from Murray State to end the set. The Racers struck 20 kills to knot up the match at two apiece.

USI ran up the score early by taking a 9-6 set five lead before Murray State stormed back and took down the Eagles, 14-16. The Racers took advantage of two attack errors by USI to capture its first win of the season.

Leading the offensive charge for USI was Anderson who racked up 21 kills. O’Neill was sharp on the front line, nabbing nine blocks. Koch stepped up and provided 44 assists while freshman libero/defensive specialist Keira Moore (Newburgh, Indiana) recorded a team-high 21 digs.

As a team, the Eagles had the 16-5 block advantage despite falling behind in kills (59-76), assists (47-63), and digs (73-98). USI did have the high ground by finishing with a .178 attacking percentage compared to Murray State’s .175.

NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:

The Eagles and Racers meet again Saturday at 2 p.m. at Screaming Eagles Arena. USI looks to knot up the series and snag its first NCAA Division I win in program history.

(VALPO VOLLEYBALL)

It might be a new season, but at least on opening day of the 2022 campaign, it’s the same results you’ve come to know and love from the Valpo volleyball program. The Beacons kicked off the season with a pair of wins Friday at the DoubleTree-Youngstown Invitational in Youngstown, Ohio, dispatching Delaware State, 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-23, 25-21), in the season opener before sweeping Idaho (25-16, 25-19, 25-15) later that afternoon.

How It Happened – Delaware State

Valpo took the lead for good in the opening set with a four-point spurt that pushed its advantage to 12-8. Senior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) had a pair of kills during that stretch.

Delaware State was still within three points at 19-16 before the Beacons scored six of the final eight points to claim the set, the last two of which came on consecutive kills from Ravotto.

After hitting .346 in the opening set, Valpo’s offense cooled off to .000 in set two and the Hornets pulled away in the second half of the frame to even the match at one set apiece.

The Beacons bounced back in the third set, leading from the get-go and pushing its lead to as many as four points. But with the lead at 19-17, DSU rattled off four straight points to pull ahead for the first time in the frame.

Valpo scored the next three to retake the lead, and the teams then traded points to tie at 22-22 and 23-23. With the opportunity for set point in the balance, junior Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) came through with a kill, and the Beacons closed out the frame with a kill from sophomore Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie).

Delaware State led throughout the first half of the fourth set, leading by as many as four points. Trailing 12-11, Valpo put together the critical run, scoring eight of the next 10 points thanks in part to kills from five different attackers to turn the tables and go ahead, 19-14.

The Hornets closed to 21-19 late, but the Beacons held them at bay and a kill from Ravotto eventually finished off the win.

How It Happened – Idaho

Valpo took the lead for good early in the opening frame against the Vandals and pulled away late with a 7-1 run to go ahead in the match.

An innocuous three-point spurt which pushed a one-point lead to four at 14-10 mid-frame in set two — a spurt which included kills from senior Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]) and junior Olivia Blackketter (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South [Winthrop]) — proved to be vital, as the teams combined to side out on 16 of the set’s final 20 points.

Fittingly, it took Valpo two set points to go ahead 2-0 in the match, as Kuckkan came up with the set-closing kill. The Beacons hit at a sizzling .464 clip in the frame, needing just 28 swings to rack up 17 kills.

Approaching the halfway mark of the third set, the score was tied at 12-all before Valpo put together a 6-0 run to pull away. Kuckkan had two kills during the run, while junior Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) had a kill and junior Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) a service ace as well.

From there, the result was academic, and the Beacons eventually closed the match on another 5-0 run, culminating in the first kill in a Valpo uniform from senior Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]).

Inside the Matches

Valpo opened the season with back-to-back victories for the first time since 2015, also the last time it claimed an in-season tournament title on opening weekend under head coach Carin Avery. That year’s team eventually won nine straight matches to start the season and went on to 12-1 and 15-2 records.

Friday was truly a total team effort, as 16 of Valpo’s 17 players saw action, with 13 of those appearing in at least three sets.

With that many players getting playing time, there were certainly a number of debuts. Against Delaware State, redshirt freshman Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) and freshmen Sophia Foster (Valparaiso, Ind./Kouts) and Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) made their collegiate debuts, while Blackketter got her first action in a Valpo uniform.

In the afternoon match versus Idaho, redshirt freshman Sam Warren (Kentland, Ind./South Newton) earned her first collegiate action and Strongman made her debut for Valpo.

Ravotto entered the season opener with a streak to continue, and she did just that, as for the fourth time in her four seasons at Valpo, she began the season with a double-double. This one featured a match-high 15 kills — the second-highest total of her career — and 10 digs.

It marked the 17th time Ravotto has reached double figures in kills and her 55th match with at least 10 digs. It was also the 14th double-double of her collegiate career, with Valpo going 11-3 in those matches.

Boyer enjoyed a strong opener from the right side as she posted double-digit kills for the eighth time in her career, picking up 10 kills on .455 hitting. Despite playing just two sets, Swistek hit .500 with nine kills and senior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) added nine kills as well.

There’s big shoes to fill at libero with the graduation of Rylee Cookerly and Valpo’s strong legacy at the position, and as a true freshman, Hickey got the nod on opening day. Hickey led all players in the match against Delaware State with 22 digs and tied for team-high honors against Idaho with nine digs.

Libero wasn’t the only key position where a debutant was entrusted with the keys, and Kois was up to the task on Friday, splitting time at setter in Valpo’s 6-2. Kois delivered a match-high 28 assists with a .452 setting percentage in the win over DSU and set at a .476 clip with 20 assists in the sweep of Idaho.

Bulmahn was strong as well in her reps at setter Friday, tallying 22 assists against DSU and 16 assists on .500 setting against Idaho.

Kuckkan tied her high at Valpo with 12 kills in the sweep of the Vandals in the nightcap. Seven different Beacons had at least four kills in that victory, including eight on .417 hitting by Boyer and seven from Swistek.

Even with numerous players seeing action on Friday, the Valpo attack was quite prolific over both matches. The Beacons held a 58-43 advantage in kills over Delaware State and out-hit the Hornets by 83 points, and then dominated Idaho in the kills department, 47-27, while hitting .317. Valpo broke the .300 mark for hitting percentage in a match just twice last season.

Next Up

Valpo (2-0) goes for its 28th in-season tournament title under Avery on Saturday afternoon when it faces tournament host Youngstown State, which also won both of its matches on Friday. The decider will get underway at 1 p.m. CT, and the match can be seen live on ESPN+.

(VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER)

Facing its first nationally-ranked opponent in seven years, the Valpo soccer team settled in after a tough start to the match, but the Beacons were unable to make any headway in the scoreline as #25 Colorado earned a 3-0 victory on Friday afternoon in Boulder, Colo.

How It Happened

Colorado — which had scored five goals in each of its first two matches of the season — struck early on Friday, as Jenny Beyer found the back of the net with a free kick in the seventh minute.

The Buffaloes doubled their lead in the 11th minute as a set piece led to Shyra James putting one away from close range in the box.

It was still a 2-0 score late in the first half when Valpo put together a good spell which resulted in a pair of shots on goal, including an effort from Cassidy Eckstein (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) from the top of the box which forced Colorado goalkeeper Dani Hansen to jump and push it over the crossbar.

The Buffaloes closed out the scoring in the 63rd minute on a goal from Civana Kuhlmann.

Valpo had another strong chance a few minutes after Colorado’s third tally, but a lunging header by Molly O’Rear (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) at the far post off a cross was smothered by Colorado goalkeeper Bella Grust.

Inside the Match

Valpo faced its first nationally-ranked foe since opening the 2015 season at #9 Notre Dame.

Friday’s match was also the first in program history against a current Pac-12 side.

Colorado’s opening goal snapped the Beacons’ shutout streak to open the season at 186 consecutive minutes.

Colorado owned a 21-8 advantage in shots and put 11 on goal to Valpo’s three. Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made eight saves in goal for the Beacons — the fifth time in her career she has stopped eight or more shots in a match.

Valpo did claim four of the contest’s six corner kicks.

21 players saw action for the Beacons on Friday, including the season debuts for Dana Fish (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) and Cara Crompton (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville).

Sophomore Emma Morrison (Canton, Mich./Plymouth-Canton) made her first career start for Valpo.

Playing in their home state, Peyton Evans (Parker, Colo./Legend) saw 31 minutes of action and Lauren Cook (Littleton, Colo./D’Evelyn) got on the park for 14 minutes.

Thoughts From Coach Marovich

“The first 12 minutes were a bit rough — we didn’t settle into the game quickly. We gave away two set pieces, allowed goals which were preventable, and put ourselves behind the eight ball.”

“After the second goal, we really responded well. We settled into the game and did a lot of really good things, which showed up in the shots we created and the possession we had. We were able to break Colorado down and had solutions to their pressure. The last pass into the final third was just a bit off.”

“I’m super proud of the team. We put ourselves in a bad situation to start the game, but after that, we represented really well. We played some nice soccer.”

“Thanks to all the fans who came out today — families, alumni, supporters. I’m so proud of the Valpo family, they were loud and proud today, and that shows how much impact our program has on people, which is what it’s about.”

Next Up

Valpo (1-1-1) concludes its two-match swing through the Centennial State on Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. CT kickoff at Northern Colorado. The match can be seen live on ESPN+.

(U OF I VOLLEYBALL)

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy volleyball team (1-1) earned a five-set victory over Anderson University (1-1) to cap the first day of competition in the 2022 season, salvaging Friday with a split.

Following the Greyhounds’ loss to Montevallo in the morning, the host squad rallied from down 2-1 to pick up the thrilling victory over the Trojans. UIndy now holds advantage in the all-time series between the programs, winning the last two contests.

During the win over Anderson, senior MaKenna Barnhart entered the top five in the program’s all-time digs list. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native currently has 1,356 career scoops in a Greyhound uniform.

Montevallo 3, UIndy 0

The Falcons handed the Greyhounds a straight-set loss in the season opener, overcoming 23 ties and 11 lead changes.

Freshman utility player Sara Spalding led the Greyhounds in the box score, adding seven digs to her 13 assists and 11 kills. The Bardstown, Ky., native totaled seven kills in the final set, upping her attack percentage to .318 for the match.

UIndy hit .290 in the second set, topped by Hannah Sabotin’s three kills during the frame. Lauren Cullison, Kayla Guthrie, and Sophia Parlanti joined Spalding with two successful attacks.

UIndy 3, Anderson 2

Trailing by a set on two separate occasions, the Greyhounds rallied back in the final frame to win, 16-14, on the heels of a .481 attack clip. UIndy scored its first 15 points on kills, as Hannah Sabotin knocked down six of her career-best 20 in the fifth set.

Grace Hegwood also added four of her 10 kills in the deciding game, while Gillian Santana joined Barnhart with three digs.

Elizabeth Eads and Sabotin dominated the middle throughout the match, combining for 32 kills on .379 hitting and eight blocks in the victory.

NOTES

– Anderson has advanced to the last four NCAA tournaments, including the 2019 season when the Greyhounds knocked off the Trojans in four sets in Cedarville, Ohio.

– Backed by the monstrous mark in the fifth set, UIndy finished the match with a .211 attack percentage compared to Anderson’s .190 mark.

– Seven of the Hounds’ 13 blocks came in the fourth frame, with the middles Eads and Sabotin each chipping in a solo stop.

– Spalding added another 31 assists to her daily total, while also finishing with six digs, five kills, and three block assists.

HOUND BYTES

“We really had to battle tonight and it was great to see,” said head coach Jason Reed. “My hat’s off to a great Anderson team.

“We are proud of the turnaround today; it’s early and we know there will be ups and downs as we learn a lot about ourselves. Even though it’s early in the season, this was an important benchmark for us.”

On Barnhart’s accomplishment: “This is very impressive by a special player, especially when you think about some of the defensive players who have come through UIndy. I’m proud of MaKenna’s growth as a player, and even more as a person.”

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds wrap up its first weekend tomorrow afternoon with an in-region contest with the Findlay Oilers, who dropped a pair of contests on Friday. Serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. from inside the ARC.

(MARIAN VOLLEYBALL)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball team dominated their start to their 2022 season Friday afternoon, going 2-0 in their home Knight Invite Tournament. The Knights swept both of their opponents in IU-East and Roosevelt in straight sets, as Riley Anderson begins her head coaching career with a pair of victories.

Marian 3-0 IU-East

Marian fell behind early 2-0 in their opening set of the season to IU-East, but after shaking off the rust went on a tear, scoring eight straight under the serve of Emma Lyons. After an early first set timeout, the Knights offense continued to work as they increased the lead to double-digits thanks to kills from Skyler Van Note and Averi Lanman. Leading 14-4, Marian finished the opening set quickly by using an 11-7 scoring run, taking set one 25-11 on kills from Gabby Fish and Van Note.

The Red Wolves responded in the second set, challenging Marian as the score jockeyed back and forth to an early 7-7 draw. IU-East would hold the edge and build a three-point lead as they were able to get kills through the Knight defense, but a three point swing highlighted by a Lanman and Madison Brooks block brought a tie. Marian would again fall behind by three, but rallied through a pair of timeouts to take a 23-22 lead after getting kills from Van Note and Fish. Gaining momentum, the Knights ended the set on a 5-3 run, getting a pair of Jai-Lyn Norwood kills and a Sydney Schaffer service ace to lock down a 28-26 victory.

The two sides again exchanged blows in the early stages of the third set as the score pushed to a 10-10 tie, and later a 15-15 stalemate as the team’s exchanged side outs. A kill from Fish pushed Marian back to a 17-17 tie, and sparked a run fueled by three IU-East errors, as Marian jumped on top 20-17. After a timeout, the Knights increased their run to a six-point swing, pacing their way to a win as Norwood nailed away the 25-19 third set, completing the sweep.

Fish led Marian in kills in the opening match of the year with 14 while recording zero errors, while Norwood and Van Note each had 11 kills. Van Note added 11 digs to complete a double-double, and libero Gianna Feld led the Knights with 17 digs. Lyons record 12 digs and had three aces, and setter Katie Hardegree had 22 assists in the win.

Marian 3-0 Roosevelt

Rested after a wait in between matches, Marian was crisp in a one-sided sweep of Roosevelt as they locked in their second win of the season. After a tight start through 10 rallies, the Knights began to blow the opening set apart by getting a string of kills from Norwood, Brooks, and Lanman. A Jaymison Summers kill forced a Laker timeout at 11-5, and after the break Marian scored six of the next nine points to force a second stoppage. Leading 17-8, Marian capped off their commanding 11-1 run by winning the first set, ending the game on a Feld ace.

Much like the first set, Marian built an early lead on Emma Lyons serve, growing a stout 8-1 lead. Norwood and Van Note helped balloon Marian’s lead, and following a Roosevelt attack error and Schaffer service ace, the Knights built a 15-4 lead. Norwood, Van Note, and Lanman secured the second set win, taking 10 of the final 13 rallies to win 25-8. In the third set, Marian rotated in some of their new faces, and got strong results from Sarah Bennett and Avery Toole as the pair made their Knight debuts. Alison Dreves helped the pair of newcomers build the Knight attack, and with strong spikes from Norwood and Fish, Marian controlled the final set, winning 25-19 to complete the sweep.

Norwood was the only player to reach double-digit kills in the third set, hitting a whopping .667 as she converted 14 of her 21 attacks for kills. Fish had six kills, and Toole had four in her collegiate debut. Hardegree scored the winning kill in the third set and led the Knights with 24 assists, while Ainsley Neighbors had 13 assists in her second match as a setter for the Knights. Marian’s defense was balanced in the win, with Feld leading the team with nine digs, while Summers recorded three total blocks, including one solo.

Marian will play Shawnee State tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. for their third match of the tournament, and will finish with a match at 1 p.m., with their opponent to be determined off the final results of the weekend.

(INDIANA WESLEYAN VOLLEYBALL)

COLUMBIA, MO. – No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan volleyball opened up the 2022 season in dramatic fashion Friday, taking down No. 3 Bellevue in a five-set thriller and No. 21 Grand View in a quick 3-0 sweep.

THE ESSENTIALS               

Location: Columbia College | Columbia, MO.

Records: IWU – 2-0, 0-0 CRL | Bellevue – 3-2, 0-0 NSC | Grand View – 0-2, 0-0 HEART

NAIA Top-25 Ranking: IWU – #13 | Bellevue – #3 | Grand View – #21

MATCH ONE VITALS                       

Indiana Wesleyan fell behind 14-6 in the first set and were unable to overcome the deficit, losing 25-15.

The Wildcats used a 10-4 run in the second set and an 11-4 run in the third set, for a 2-1 lead headed into set four.

IWU started the fourth set with a 5-1 lead, but Bellevue used a 10-3 run to overcome the slow start, winning the set 25-21.

The teams traded points for most of the final set, before IWU finished off the Bruins 25-23.

IWU recorded 81 digs in the five-set match thriller, led by Danyelle Prado (18), Ally Barkhaus (16), and Eva Joldersma (15).

Abbi Porter led the team with 37 assists.

The Bruins recorded 27 errors while IWU committed 20 of their own.

In her first match in a Wildcat uniform, freshman Eva Joldersma led the team with 23 kills.

MATCH TWO VITALS      

After falling behind early in the first set, Indiana Wesleyan used a 6-3 and 14-6 run to pull ahead and win the first set.

IWU jumped ahead in the second set, leading the entire way and winning the set 25-13.

The Wildcats pulled away at the end of a back and forth third set, winning 25-20 to take down the Vikings for IWU’s second straight Top-25 win.

Martina Demarchi led the team with 12 kills, while Eva Joldersma added 10.

The team recorded 53 digs and was led by Ally Barkhaus with 17.

Abbi Porter recorded 27 assists in the match

MOATS PERSPECTIVE                    

 “This ranked tournament required our young team to come in with an “All in” mindset and that is exactly what they did! Every single player showed up with a self-less attitude and effort that brought the team to another level! God was honored throughout the day! Everyone accepted the role they were given including those who were injured and could not play! I am so proud of these girls!”

LOOKING FORWARD

The Wildcats begin day 2 of the Columbia College Tournament against Lindsey Wilson at 10 a.m. before facing off against No. 1 Missouri Baptist.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Dominate Day One of Amber McClure Fayerweather Tourney

UPLAND, IN. – Day one of the second-annual Amber McClure Fayerweather Memorial Tournament took place throughout the day on Friday, and No. 22 Taylor (4-0) defended its home court by winning two matches in impressive fashion.

The reigning Crossroads League Player of the Week, Ryan Czerniak, and North Carolina Central transfer, Arlanda Faulkner, combined for 42 kills in tandem with just four errors throughout the day. Meanwhile, Kacy Bragg posted 66 assists, and Purdue Fort Wayne transfer, Jen Springer, collected 36 digs in total between the two matches.

Along with Springer, first-year Taylor mid-hitter, Grace Ieremia, was a force on the defensive end, sending down 13 total blocks throughout the day, leading a dominant Trojan defense that held Friday’s opposition to a hitting percentage of less than .040.

The action unfolded with energy to begin the day, as Taylor took the first set against Clarke (1-2) by a score of 25-to-six. The Trojans went on to sweep the match against Clarke, while four Taylor hitters recorded six-or-more kills, and senior defensive specialist, Nikki Parrett, struck five service aces.

Taylor dropped its lone set of the day in its second match, though there was no need to worry as the Trojans took down St. Thomas (1-3) in four sets, concluding the match with a decisive 25-to-14 set win.

St. Thomas struck a mere .024 hitting percentage throughout the match, as the Trojan defense was lights out, cultivating 39 Bobcat attack errors while racking up 19-total team blocks.

Ieremia led the way with nine total blocks, while sophomore, Jaylynn Dunsmore, sent back eight blocks herself.

On the offensive side, Faulkner and Czerniak both struck double-digit kills, while Czerniak posted a 14-to-zero kill-to-error ratio. The senior right-side hitter now has a total of 50 kills on the season, limiting herself to just six errors while crafting a hitting percentage of .463.

No. 22 Taylor (4-0) returns to action on Saturday, August 27, for day two of the Amber McClure Fayerweather Memorial Tournament, with matches scheduled for 10:00 am and 4:30 pm against IU-Kokomo (2-0) and Thomas More (2-0).

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7848.61945 – 2033 – 2835 – 2322 – 714 – 106 – 4W 5
Tampa Bay6956.5528.542 – 2327 – 3329 – 2414 – 1516 – 97 – 3L 1
Toronto6856.548936 – 2632 – 3027 – 2419 – 1515 – 127 – 3L 1
Baltimore6659.52811.537 – 2429 – 3527 – 2913 – 1416 – 86 – 4W 2
Boston6165.4841730 – 3331 – 3217 – 3515 – 1221 – 84 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6658.53232 – 2534 – 3312 – 1431 – 2411 – 125 – 5L 2
Minnesota6361.508336 – 2827 – 3315 – 1230 – 2012 – 174 – 6W 1
Chi White Sox6363.500430 – 3233 – 3115 – 1727 – 2713 – 143 – 7L 2
Kansas City5176.40216.531 – 3620 – 4012 – 2023 – 2610 – 183 – 7L 1
Detroit4878.3811929 – 3519 – 439 – 2022 – 366 – 135 – 5L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8146.63842 – 1939 – 279 – 1123 – 840 – 216 – 4L 1
Seattle6957.54811.534 – 2735 – 3016 – 179 – 635 – 287 – 3W 2
Texas5867.4642228 – 3430 – 335 – 1417 – 1126 – 346 – 4W 2
LA Angels5373.42127.526 – 3627 – 377 – 2214 – 925 – 292 – 8W 1
Oakland4681.3623520 – 4326 – 3810 – 1811 – 1822 – 364 – 6L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8146.63842 – 1939 – 2743 – 1915 – 516 – 126 – 4W 2
Atlanta7948.622242 – 2437 – 2432 – 2221 – 1016 – 118 – 2W 4
Philadelphia7155.5639.538 – 2933 – 2629 – 2719 – 916 – 116 – 4W 5
Miami5471.4322625 – 3429 – 3725 – 2811 – 1511 – 194 – 6L 2
Washington4284.33338.519 – 4523 – 399 – 4212 – 1515 – 184 – 6L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7254.57140 – 2232 – 3212 – 1633 – 1917 – 97 – 3L 1
Milwaukee6559.524631 – 2534 – 3411 – 1331 – 2910 – 134 – 6L 3
Chi Cubs5571.4371728 – 3827 – 3313 – 929 – 298 – 216 – 4W 1
Cincinnati4975.3952226 – 3623 – 3911 – 2119 – 268 – 214 – 6W 1
Pittsburgh4778.37624.526 – 3621 – 427 – 1922 – 3114 – 172 – 8L 6
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8737.70245 – 1642 – 2116 – 1121 – 935 – 127 – 3W 3
San Diego6958.54319.535 – 2834 – 3019 – 1519 – 1026 – 254 – 6W 1
San Francisco6163.4922634 – 2927 – 3414 – 1317 – 1120 – 314 – 6L 2
Arizona5767.4603032 – 3225 – 3514 – 1413 – 1521 – 314 – 6W 1
Colorado5473.42534.536 – 3218 – 418 – 2111 – 1227 – 303 – 7L 3

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1897       Washington Senator (NL) 18-year-old right-hander Roger Bresnahan makes his major league debut, shutting out the St. Louis Browns, 3-0, en route to posting a perfect 4-0 record along with a 3.95 ERA this season. The teenager’s pitching time on the mound will be short-lived when the ‘The Duke Of Tralee’ switches to behind the plate to start a Hall of Fame career as a catcher.

1911       At Comiskey Park, Chicago hurler Ed Walsh, Sr. no-hits the Red Sox, 5-0. The future Hall of Famer’s son, Edward Arthur, will also pitch for the White Sox from 1928-1932.

1937       Dodger right-hander Fred Frankhouse holds the Reds hitless for 7.2 innings before a heavy downpour ends the Ebbets Field contest. The right-hander’s 5-0 victory will be one of the 31 “no-no’s” erased when MLB redefines a no-hitter in 1991 as a game in which a pitcher throws nine innings or more without giving up a hit.

1938       In the first game of a twin bill at the Bronx ballpark, Joe DiMaggio hits three consecutive triples. The Yankee Clipper’s offensive outburst helps the Bombers edge Cleveland, 8-7.

1938       Monte Pearson becomes the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Yankee Stadium, beating the Indians, 13-0. Thanks to two double plays, the 29-year-old right-hander faces the minimum 27 batters when he records his tenth consecutive victory.

1941       Dodger right-hander Fred Frankhouse holds the Reds hitless for 7.2 innings before a heavy downpour ends the Ebbets Field contest. The right-hander’s 5-0 victory will be one of the 31 “no-no’s” erased when MLB redefines a no-hitter in 1991 as a game in which a pitcher throws nine innings or more without giving up a hit.

1946       While traveling in a caravan to East Douglas (MA) for an exhibition game against the Indians, Ted Williams, along with his wife and two friends, is involved in an auto accident when his new Pontiac hits a car owned by George Doncaster. Although no one is seriously hurt, including Doncaster’s wife and daughter, the media widely reports the Red Sox outfielder’s crash in Holliston on Sherborn Road.

1946       A committee formed to study integration, Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey delivers its secretive report during an Owners’ Meeting, defending the covert color barrier in professional baseball. The reasons cited include the black’s lack of fundamentals and skills, the respect of Negro League contracts, the reluctance to lose rental revenues from the Negro League teams, and the fear of white fans not attending games if black players attracted more minorities to the ballpark.

1951       A prolonged delay occurs at Olean’s (NY) Bradner Stadium when a skunk refuses to leave the infield during a Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York League game between Batavia and the hometown Oilers. The minor leaguers try to shoo the crepuscular (most active at dawn and dusk) mammal away but result in the players running off the field with the uninvited guest staying put for an hour before moving on, allowing the contest to resume, albeit with a lot fewer fans in the stands.

1951       Dodger right fielder Carl Furillo, in the top of the third inning in the team’s 5-0 victory over Pittsburgh at Ebbets Field, throws out Mel Queen by two feet at first base, after the Pirates pitcher had apparently singled into right field. The ‘Reading Rifle’ will lead the NL in assists for the second consecutive season, with opponents becoming increasingly reluctant to challenge the Brooklyn outfielder’s strong arm.

1951       Del Wilber hits three solo home runs in the Phillies’ victory over Cincinnati in the nightcap at Shibe Park, making it the first time a player has accounted for all the runs in a 3-0 game with round-trippers. The 32-year-old catcher will hit a total of only 19 homers during his major league career.

1952       The Dodgers set the National League mark for consecutive games with a double play when they complete a twin killing in their twenty-third straight contest, a 10-5 loss to Chicago at Wrigley Field. The fifth inning 1-4-3 DP, pitcher Clyde King to second baseman Jackie Robinson to first baseman Gil Hodges, leaves Brooklyn two shy of the major league record.

1955       Sandy Koufax, in his second big league start, two-hits the Reds at Ebbets Field, 7-0. The 19-year-old bonus baby, displaying the dominance that he will feature during the 1960s, goes the distance, striking out 14 Cincinnati batters.

1960       Ernie Banks knocks in his 100th run of the season when he grounds out in the first inning of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Philadelphia at Wrigley Field. The Chicago infielder, finishing the season with 117 RBIs, will be the last National League shortstop to reach the milestone until 1985, when Hubie Brooks accomplishes the feat with the Expos.

1974       Benny Ayala becomes 40th major leaguer and the first player in National League in 13 years to homer in his first major league at-bat, going deep off Astros’ hurler Tom Griffin in the second inning of New York’s 4-2 win at Shea Stadium. In 1961, Cubs rookie Cuno Barragan also accomplished the feat playing in the Senior Circuit, hitting what proved to be his only big-league home run.

1975       At Candlestick Park, nearly half the outs in the Giants’ 9-1 victory over the Expos come via the strikeout. John Montefusco, who goes the distance to get the win, strikes out 14 Montreal batters, and the ‘Count’ and his teammates reciprocate by whiffing 11 times, including the three times he goes back to the dugout with a bat in his hands.

1975       Craig Kusick gains the dubious distinction of being hit by a pitch three times in one game, tying a major league record. The 11th inning plunking of the Twins’ first baseman leads to the decisive run in the team’s 1-0 victory over Milwaukee.

1977       In an 8-2 win at Yankee Stadium, Ranger teammate Bump Wills and Toby Harrah hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches. The pair of IPHRs marks the first time the oddity occurs in baseball history.

1978       Joe Morgan hits his 200th home run when he goes deep off Mike Krukow in the third inning of the Reds’ 5-1 loss to the Cubs at Riverfront Stadium. The Cincinnati second baseman becomes the first major leaguer to reach the milestone, having also stolen 500 bases.

1982       Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brock’s 1974 single-season record of 118 stolen bases in the team’s 5-4 loss to the Brewers. The A’s outfielder, who will finish the season with 130, ends the day with 122 after swiping four bases in today’s County Stadium contest.

1986       With one out in the bottom of the eleventh inning and the visiting Mets ahead of the Padres, 6-5, Lenny Dykstra’s throw nails Gary Templeton at the plate when he tries to score from second base on Tim Flannery’s single to center field. Knocked on his back by the runner, catcher John Gibbons throws a strike from a prone position to Howard Johnson, who tags out Flannery, trying to get to third base, to end the game with an unusual 8-2-5 double play.

1988       Kansas City’s right-hander Mark Gubicza strikes out 14 Twins in the team’s 4-1 victory at Royals Stadium, establishing a franchise record that lasts for almost 21 years. The mark will be eclipsed in 2009 by Zack Greinke, who will fan 15 batters in a contest against the Indians.

1994       In a rain-delayed contest, Coquivacoa (Maracaibo, Venezuela) wins the Little League World Series defeating Northridge City (CA), 4-3. Ten-year-old Yusmeiro Petit, the champs’ backup second baseman, will become the first player to play on teams that win the Little League and Major League World Series when the Giants triumph in the 2012 and 2014 Fall Classics.

1997       In honor of first baseman Jim Thome’s birthday, the Indians begin pulling up their socks to just below the knees. The Tribe will win 17 of 27 games en route to clinching the American League East flag while sporting this new look.

1999       In a 4-1 Expos loss to the Reds at Olympic Stadium, Vladimir Guerrero’s hitting streak, the longest in the big leagues since 1987, ends at 31 consecutive games. The Montreal outfielder’s accomplishment sets a franchise record.

2000       The Angels become the first American League team to have four players hit 30 home runs in the same season when Tim Salmon goes deep in LA’s 10-9 victory over Cleveland at Edison Field. The Halos’ right-fielder joins teammates Mo Vaughn, Garret Anderson, and Troy Glaus in reaching the plateau.

2001       In the Nippon Ham Fighters-Fukuoka Daiei Hawks contest, Michihiro Ogasawara doubles and tallies on Yukio Tanaka’s single, breaking a 51-year-old Japanese record by scoring a run in 17 consecutive games. Indian Kenny Lofton (2000) and Yankee Red Rolfe (1939) share the major league record of 18 straight games.

2001       Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa, with his 17th dinger this month, ties the National League record for August homers, established by Willie Mays in 1965. Tiger first baseman Rudy York set the major league mark, going yard 18 times in the eighth month of 1937.

2005       Jeff Kent becomes the first player to hit 300 homers as a second baseman. The Dodger infielder, who surpassed Ryne Sandberg’s total of 277 last September, is the major league leader at this position, with Joe Gordon holding the American League record with 246 round-trippers.

2005       After losing a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning against the Yomiuri Giants earlier in the season, Fumiya Nishiguchi (16-4) sees his perfect game against the expansion Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles go into extra innings. The Seibu Lions right-hander gives up a hit and has to settle for a 10-inning complete-game shutout.

2007       Citing the need for a fresh start, Drayton McLane, owner of the last-place Astros, fires skipper Phil Garner and GM Tim Purpura. Bench coach Cecil Cooper is named interim manager, with long-time team executive Tal Smith appointed as Houston’s general manager, also temporarily.

2007       Jake Peavy becomes the Padres’ leader in career strikeouts when he whiffs Orlando Hudson looking at an inside fastball in the first inning of a 3-1 San Diego victory over the Diamondbacks at Petco Park. The right-handed fireballer, who fans 11 in the game, moves past Andy Benes, who had struck out 1036 batters, pitching for the Friars from 1989 to 1995.

2010       Braves starter Tommy Hanson, who begins the game without giving up a homer in his last 47.2 innings on the mound, sees his streak end when Marlin leadoff hitter Cameron Maybin drills the first pitch of the game into the left-field seats at Turner Field. Logan Morrison, the next batter, then connects off the Atlanta right-hander for his first major league round-tripper, making it the first time in franchise history that Florida has led off a game with back-to-back homers.

2010       The Nationals announce 22-year-old right-hander Stephen Strasburg will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which will require about 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation. The rookie phenom, whose presence earlier in the season brought President Obama and his two daughters to Nationals Park to watch him pitch against the White Sox, finishes in his 12 starts with a 5-3 record, en route to striking out 92 batters in 68 innings and compiling an ERA of 2.91.

2011       Justin Verlander becomes the first pitcher to win 20 games before September since the D-Back’s Curt Schilling reached the milestone in 2002. The right-hander (20-5) gives up four runs on eight hits along with six strikeouts and three walks in six innings of work but is credited with a victory when the Tigers beat Minnesota at Target Field, 6-4.

2013       Marlon Byrd is traded by the Mets, along with John Buck and cash, to the Pirates for a player to be named later (Vic Black) and minor leaguer Dilson Herrera. Although the outfielder is no longer on the roster, the team follows through on its planned promotion, giving away Marlon Byrd T-shirts before tonight’s game.

2015       In their game against Seattle, the White Sox wear collared blue and white v-neck retro jerseys, reminding fans of the infamous look of the team during a few games in 1976 until the end of the 1981 season. The Throwback Thursday promotion at US Cellular Field features the unique uniforms designed by then-owner Bill Veeck, who believed his team, at the time, may not have been the greatest in baseball but could be the most stylish club in the major leagues.

2017       The Mariners commit five errors in one inning in the team’s 10-1 loss at Yankee Stadium, equaling a feat last accomplished in 1977 by the Cubs. Seattle’s dubious defense, which includes three miscues by shortstop Jean Segura with contributions from third baseman Cory Seager and left-fielder Ben Gamel, opens the flood gates for a six-run first frame for the Bronx Bombers.

2017       En route to tying a franchise record by homering in five consecutive games, Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins sets a major league record when he smashes his 11th home run in his first 18 games, going deep off Koji Uehara. In addition to his outstanding offense, the 24-year-old outfielder’s diving catch of Javier Baez’s sinking liner in left field initiates a 7-4-3 triple play in the team’s 6-3 victory over the Cubs at Citizens Bank.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1968

Detroit Tigers (4) vs St. Louis Cardinals (3)

The defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals once again dominated the National League on the way to their second consecutive Fall Classic as Bob Gibson remained at the top of the list of National League pitchers. Along with his American League equal, the Detroit Tigers’ Denny McLain, both had combined for a whopping fifty-three wins and nineteen shutouts (Gibson: 22 wins, 13 shutouts & McLain: 31 wins, 6 shutouts). As was becoming the standard, pitching dominated the World Series contest and nothing would change in 1968.

Both aces met in Game 1 as Gibson threatened to break Sandy Koufax’s Series record by striking out thirteen Tiger batters through seven innings. McLain did not fare as well and surrendered for three, fourth-inning runs by the Cards, who got a run-scoring single from Mike Shannon and a two-run single from Julian Javier (thanks to an error by Willie Horton). In the seventh, reliever Pat Dobson, working his second inning, yielded a bases-empty home run to Lou Brock. Gibson remained in control with a 4-0 lead (while permitting four meaningless hits and no runs) and prepared to close the deal on Koufax’s record. After sitting down pinch-hitter Eddie Mathews to open the eighth, the thirty-two year-old veteran made Al Kaline his record-equaling fifteenth strikeout victim, Norm Cash his record-breaking No. 16 and Horton his one-more-for-good-measure No. 17.

Detroit bounced back in Game 2 thanks to seventeen game winner Mickey Lolich who held the “Redbirds” to six singles and added the only home run of his Major League career for the 8-1 win.

Tim McCarver set the pace for the Cardinals in Game 3 and hammered a three run homer in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. Orlando Cepeda followed suite with a two run shot in the seventh and Lou Brock stole three bases on the way to a Series-leading 7-3 triumph. Gibson returned for the fourth meeting and continued his unbeaten streak with a record seventh consecutive win in the Fall Classic. Embarrassing the Tigers 10-1, the right-hander aided his own cause with his second career homer in Series play (a record for a pitcher) while Brock dominated at the plate with a double, triple, home run and four runs batted in. The outfielder also recorded his seventh stolen base of this Series (tying a mark he had established in 1967). McLain was once again bested by his counterpart and was lifted after 2 2/3 innings to no avail.

Although Brock’s base running had proven to be a definite advantage in the previous four outings, his carelessness cost the Cardinals dearly in Game 5. After doubling with one out in the fifth, Brock tried to score standing up on Javier’s single to left, but Willie Horton threw him out with a laser to home plate. Detroit, trailing by a 3-2 score at the time, seemingly received a boost from the reprieve and broke loose for three runs in the seventh. Mickey Lolich, who was knocked for a two run homer by Cepeda (in a three run St. Louis first), pitched scoreless ball over the final eight innings as Detroit stayed alive with a crucial 5-3 triumph.

McLain returned for his third appearance determined to get his first win over the Cardinals’ Ray Washburn. Pitching his best game of the Series, the Tiger ace finished a 13-1 victor thanks to a rally sparked Jim Northrup, who slammed a bases-loaded homer in Detroit’s ten run blitz in the third. The Tigers’ spree matched the one inning Series scoring record set by the Philadelphia Athletics against the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the 1929 Classic.

Bob Gibson was the obvious choice for St. Louis in Game 7 and Lolich was given the monumental task of beating him. Both pitchers went head-to-head for six scoreless innings, but the Tiger ace was first to blink after allowing two Cardinal runners on base. (Brock with his record-tying thirteenth hit of the Series and Curt Flood adding a single) Despite the mental setback, Lolich remained focused and struck out the following batters to snuff the Cards’ first scoring opportunity. Then, with two out in the Detroit seventh, Norm Cash and Horton both singled. Northrup then hit a long rope to center field that Flood accidentally misjudged. The result was a two run triple and Bill Freehan made it three after doubling home Northrup. Not to be outdone, the Cardinals responded with a run in the ninth thanks to Mike Shannon, but it was too little too late and had been matched by Detroit in their half of the inning.

In the end, Lolich had beaten the odds (and the mighty Bob Gibson) with a five hit, 4-1 victory that gave the Tigers their first championship crown since 1945. Detroit also became only the third team in World Series history to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win in Game 7.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1977

Held on the hallowed grounds in “The House that Ruth built”, the ’77 All-Star Game may have appeared to be a more even contest in the box score, but unfortunately for the American League, the numbers were deceiving.

Pitcher Jim Palmer took the mound, but his performance would leave much to be desired. He only lasted two innings, gave up five runs on five hits, walked one and was the losing pitcher. Joe Morgan led off with a home run. Dave Parker singled and then scored on a George Foster double. Then Greg Luzinski homered for a 4-0 lead before the fans had even sat down.

The American League was determined to fight their way back and managed to score a few runs, but the National League continued it’s winning momentum for the rest of the game. The always outspoken Sparky Anderson put the game’s one-sided trend in perspective: “The only reason we’re here is to kick the living hell out of those guys.”

One of the most interesting stories around this meeting was the pregame spat between Billy Martin and Nolan Ryan. When Frank Tanana was unable to play because of injuries, Martin asked Ryan to fill in. Ryan, irked at not being selected in the first place, refused. Martin fumed and announced he would never select Ryan for any future games.

TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

August 27, 1921 – The Green Bay Packers were admitted into the APFA (predecessor of the NFL) as J.E. Clair of Green Bay’s ACME Packing Company is granted a franchise. The Green Bay population was just over 31,000 and this made the Packers the second smallest town to have an NFL franchise, next to only Tonawanda (see below). The Packers had to play almost exclusively on the road in larger cities where attendance could be expected to give a better count at the gates thus give the Green Bay team a larger cut in revenue than they could expect at home. The 1921 season was shaky at best for the franchise as games were scheduled on a week to week basis by the home teams, who predominantly scheduled opponents by what attendance they could expect to draw.

August 27, 1921- Evansville Crimson-Giants franchise formed and played in the NFL’s early formation called the AFPA in the 1921-22 seasons. The nickname Giants was not too far off as the team was headed by the 6′-4″ , 250 pound star player and coach Franklin Fausch and Herb Henderson who according to reports could kick a ball 80 yards! The Crimson Giants were an early hit in the league as they competed with the best the AFPA had to offer but after a couple of crippling beat downs in Green Bay, some mismanagement of team funds and disinterest from the home fans, the Evansville Eleven had to fold in 1922.

August 27, 1921 – Tonawanda Kardex Lumberman franchise applies and plays in the AFPA only in the 1921 season. The “Jacks” played only one game, and have the destinction of the shortest lived franchise in NFL history. Their home was in a small town just north of Buffalo, NY. They were from the smallest town in the NFL with just over 10,000 in population and the team was only able to schedule away games on a week by week basis. This coupled with the hometown newspaper’s better coverage the semi-pro All-Tonawandans gave little support for the Kardex squad. What made it even worse was that other NFL teams felt that they could not get an attendance draw from playing the Jacks so they scheduled other more reputable teams in order to fill the stands with fans.

August 27, 1921 – Minneapolis Marines/Redjackets team joins the AFPA/NFL for the 1921-24 and again rejoined the NFL for the 1929 and 1930 seasons as the Minneapolis Red Jackets. According to the Pro Football Researcher Association’s Coffin Corner Publication 1998 Volume 20 article by Jim Quirk, the Marine sqad formed in 1905 and had their heigth of success in the years prior to the AFPA and NFL forming. Quarterback Rube Ursella and tackle Walt “Big Boy” Buland were the Minneapolis star players that played as teens in the early years of the team right up through the professional ones in the early 1920s. A stout defense was what the Marines were known for as Ursella and Big Boy played both ways. For more on this franchise, please go to our post on the Minneapolis Marines where we also have a full podcast on the history of the team featuring historian and fellow SHN Podcast host Ross Blilie of the Pigskin Tales Podcast who hails from the Twin Cities area.

August 27, 1992 – The Canadian Football League strips the British Columbia Lions of their CFL franchise rights. This event occurred when Murray Pezim took control of the Lions team and then refused to pay bills that the club owed. Later on in September, Bill Comrie would purchase the franchise from the CFL and the Lions would roar again in the Canadian League.

August 27, 2015 – US Patent for Helmet Head Impact Tracking and Monitoring System (U.S Patent No. 2015/0238143 A1) is issued.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S

August 27, 1954 – Scott Studwell was a linebacker from the University of Illinois who was drafted in the 9th round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He enjoyed a 14 year career with the Vikes on their defense.

August 27, 1967 – Rob Burnett was a defensive end from Syracuse University that in the 1990 NFL draft was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 5th round. He went on to have a nice 12 year career with the Browns Ravens and the Dolphins finishing with 73 career sacks in 202 games played.

August 27, 1987 – Darren McFadden was a former running back from the University of Arkansas. He had a nice long career in the NFL after he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders and then played out the last 3 seasons of his decade long tenure with the Dallas Cowboys. McFadden twice finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting but won the Doak Walker Award twice, The Sporting News Player of the Year Award, the Walker Camp Award and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors in his college career. This great runner was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in the entry class of 2019 to remember his collegiate accomplishments.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

11 – 16 – 32 – 18 – 11 – 1 – 8 – 29 – 35 – 20 – 22

August 27, 1909 – Future Baseball HOF pitcher Jack Chesbro’s final game for NY Highlanders; 17-6 loss to the Tigers at Bennett Park, Detroit

August 27, 1911 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh no-hit the Boston Red Sox, 5-0 at White Sox Park

August 27, 1937 – Brooklyn Dodger Fred Frankhouse, wearing Number 11 no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 5-0 victory in 7-2/3 innings.

August 27, 1938 – New York Yankees pitcher Monte Pearson, Number 16 no-hit the Cleveland Indians to lead the defense of the Yanks in a 13-0 route. From the plate Joe DiMaggio hit 3 triples to spark the offense for New York.

August 27, 1955 – Sandy Koufax (Number 32) sat down 14 Reds batters on strikes. Both teams combined for record 23 strikeouts in a great game from the mound

August 27, 1974 – New York Met Benny Ayala, Number 18 hit a HR in his 1st at bat

August 27, 1977 – Toby Harrah (Number 11) and Bump Wills (Number 1) hit back-to-back inside-the-park-homers off Yankee Ken Clay at Yankee Stadium, Rangers won 8-2

August 27, 1978 – Cincinnati Reds slugger Number 8, Joe Morgan is 1st to hit 200 HRs as well as having stolen 500 bases

August 27, 1978 – New York Yankee pitcher Catfish Hunter’s 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 record in Aug 1978 wearing that Number 29 pinstriped iniform.

August 27, 1982 – Number 35, Rickey Henderson stole his 119th base of season breaking the record set by Lou Brock, the former Number 20 of the St Louis Cardinals

August 27, 1996 – Dino Ciccarelli was traded by the Detroit Red Wings to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dino donned the Number 22 sweater for both clubs.

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Austin Peay at WKU12:00pmCBSSN
Nebraska vs. Northwestern12:30pmFOX
Stephen F. Austin vs. Jacksonville St.3:30pmESPN
Idaho St. at UNLV3:30pmCBSSN
UConn at Utah St.4:00pmFS1
Wyoming at Illinois4:00pmBTN
Duquesne at Florida St.5:00pmACCN
Morehead St. at Mercer7:00pmESPN+
Charlotte at Florida Atlantic7:00pmCBSSN
Howard vs. Alabama St.7:00pmESPN
Florida A&M at North Carolina8:15pmACCN
North Texas at UTEP9:00pmStadium
Nevada at New Mexico St.10:00pmESPN2
Vanderbilt at Hawaii10:30pmCBSSN
GOLFTIME ETTV
LPGA Tour Golf “CP Women’s Open7:00amGOLF
PGA 2022 TOUR Championship1:00pmGOLF
PGA 2022 TOUR Championship2:30pmNBC
MLBTIME ETTV
LA Angels at Toronto3:07pmESPN+
Bally Sports
Sportsnet
Tampa Bay at Boston4:10pmMLBN
Bally SPorts
NESN
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia6:05pmATTSN-PIT
NBCS-PHI
LA Dodgers at Miami6:10pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Cincinnati at Washington7:05pmBally Sports
MASN/2
Detroit at Texas7:05pmBally Sports
Colorado at NY Mets7:10pmATTSN-RM
SNY
Baltimore at Houston7:10pmMASN/2
ATTSN-SW
Arizona at Chi. White Sox7:10pmBally Sports
NBCS-CHI
Chi. Cubs at Milwaukee7:10pmMARQ
Bally Sports
San Diego at Kansas City7:10pmBally Sports
San Francisco at Minnesota7:15pmFOX
NBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
Atlanta at St. Louis7:15pmFOX
Bally Sports
NY Yankees at Oakland9:07pmYES
NBCS-CA
Cleveland at Seattle10:10pmFS1
Bally Sports
Root Sports
MOTORSPORTSTime ETTV
NASCAR Cup: Coke Zero Sugar 4007:00pmNBC
NFL PRESEASONTime ETTV
Jacksonville at Atlanta3:00pmNFLN
LA Rams vs Cincinnati6:00pmNFLN
Chicago vs Cleveland7:00pm
Arizona vs Tennessee7:00pm
Philadelphia vs Miami7:00pm
Washington vs Baltimore7:00pm
Tampa Bay vs Indianapolis7:30pm
Minnesota vs Denver9:00pmNFLN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Premier League: Southampton vs Manchester United7:30amUSA
Bundesliga: Hertha BSC vs Borussia Dortmund9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Hoffenheim vs Augsburg9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: RB Leipzig vs Wolfsburg9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Mainz 05 vs Bayer Leverkusen9:30amESPN+
Premier League: Manchester City vs Crystal Palace10:00amUSA
Premier League: Chelsea vs Leicester City10:00amPeacock
Premier League: Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth10:00amPeacock
Premier League: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Leeds United10:00amUSA
Premier League: Brentford vs Everton10:00amPeacock
Ligue 1: Auxerre vs Strasbourg11:00ambeIN Sports
La Liga: Elche vs Real Sociedad11:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Bayern München vs Borussia M’gladbach12:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Juventus vs Roma12:30pmParamount+
Serie A: Cremonese vs Torino12:30pmParamount+
Premier League: Arsenal vs Fulham12:30pmNBC
La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Mallorca1:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Spezia vs Sassuolo2:45pmParamount+
Serie A: Milan vs Bologna2:45pmParamount+
Ligue 1: Lens vs Rennes3:00pmbeIN Sports
MLS: Minnesota United vs Houston Dynamo3:30pmUnivision
Brasileirão: Coritiba vs Avaí3:30pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Goiás vs Atlético Goianiense3:30pmParamount+
La Liga: Almería vs Sevilla4:00pmESPN+
Liga MX: Cruz Azul vs Querétaro6:00pmUnivision
Brasileirão: Fluminense vs Palmeiras6:00pmParamount+
MLS: Charlotte vs Toronto FC7:00pmESPN+
MLS: New York RB vs Inter Miami7:00pmESPN+
MLS: Philadelphia Union vs Colorado Rapids7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew7:30pmESPN+
NWSL: Racing Louisville FC vs Chicago Red Stars7:30pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Corinthians vs RB Bragantino7:30pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Ceará vs Athletico-PR8:00pmParamount+
MLS: Chicago Fire vs CF Montréal8:00pmESPN+
Liga MX: Tigres UANL vs Necaxa8:05pmUnivision
MLS: Sporting KC vs SJ Earthquakes8:30pmESPN+
NWSL: Houston Dash vs Washington Spirit8:30pmParamount+
MLS: Dallas vs Real Salt Lake9:00pmESPN+
MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Nashville SC10:00pmESPN+
Liga MX: Guadalajara vs Pumas UNAM10:05pmTelemundo
NWSL: Portland Thorns vs San Diego Wave10:30pmParamount+

TV SUNDAY

GOLFTIME ETTV
LPGA Tour Golf “CP Women’s Open7:00amGOLF
PGA 2022 TOUR Championship1:00pmGOLF
PGA 2022 TOUR Championship2:30pmNBC
LITTLE LEAUGE WORLD SERIESTIME ETTV
Consolation Game10:00amESPN
Final3:00pmABC
MLBTIME ETTV
LA Dodgers at Miami12:05pmPeacock
Sportsnet
Bally Sports
Tampa Bay at Boston1:35pmBally SPorts
NESN
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia1:35pmATTSN-PIT
NBCS-PHI
Cincinnati at Washington1:35pmBally Sports
MASN/2
LA Angels at Toronto1:37pm>MLBN
Bally Sports
Sportsnet
Colorado at NY Mets1:40pmMLBN
ATTSN-RM
SNY
Baltimore at Houston2:10pmMASN/2
ATTSN-SW
Arizona at Chi. White Sox2:10pmBally Sports
NBCS-CHI
Chi. Cubs at Milwaukee2:10pmMARQ
Bally Sports
San Diego at Kansas City2:10pmBally Sports
San Francisco at Minnesota2:10pmNBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
Detroit at Texas2:35pmBally Sports
NY Yankees at Oakland4:07pm>MLBN
YES
NBCS-CA
Cleveland at Seattle4:10pm>MLBN
Bally Sports
Root Sports
Atlanta at St. Louis7:00pmESPN
Bally Sports
MOTORSPORTSTime ETTV
Formula One: Belgian Grand Prix9:00amESPN
NFL PRESEASONTime ETTV
NY Giants vs NY Jets1:00pmNFLN
Detroit vs Pittsburgh4:30pmCBS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Scottish Premiership: Dundee United vs Celtic7:00amCBSSN
Ligue 1: Nantes vs Toulouse7:00ambeIN Sports
First Division A: Gent vs Antwerp7:30amESPN+
English Premier League: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Newcastle United9:00amUSA
English Premier League Aston Villa vs West Ham United9:00amUSA
Allsvenskan: AIK vs Hammarby9:00amESPN+
Ligue 1: Troyes vs Angers SCO9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Brest vs Montpellier9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Lorient vs Clermont9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Nice vs Olympique Marseille9:00ambeIN Sports
Bundesliga: Köln vs Stuttgart9:30amESPN+
Ligue 1: Reims vs Olympique Lyonnais11:05ambeIN Sports
English Premier League: Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham Hotspur11:30amUSA
La Liga: Getafe vs Villarreal11:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Werder Bremen vs Eintracht Frankfurt11:30amESPN+
Serie A: Salernitana vs Sampdoria12:30pmParamount+
Serie A: Hellas Verona vs Atalanta12:30pmParamount+
First Division A: Union Saint-Gilloise vs Anderlecht12:30pmESPN+
Liga MX: Toluca vs Pachuca1:00pmUnivision
La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Valladolid1:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Lecce vs Empoli2:45pmParamount+
Serie A: Fiorentina vs Napoli2:45pmParamount+
Ligue 1: PSG vs Monaco2:45pmbeIN Sports
Brasileirão: São Paulo vs Fortaleza3:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: América Mineiro vs Atlético Mineiro3:00pmParamount+
Canadian Premier League: Valour vs Pacific3:00pmFS2
La Liga: Espanyol vs Real Madrid4:00pmESPN+
MLS: Atlanta United vs DC United4:00pmUnivision
Brasileirão Cuiabá vs Santos5:00pmParamount+
NWSL: NJ/NY Gotham FC vs Angel City5:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Botafogo vs Flamengo5:00pmParamount+
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Third Place6:30pmFS2
NWSL: Kansas City Current vs North Carolina Courage7:00pmParamount+
MLS: Orlando City SC vs New York City7:30pmFS1
MLS: New England vs LA Galaxy8:00pmESPN+
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final10:00pmFS1
Liga MX: Tijuana vs Monterrey10:05pmFS2
WNBATime ETTV
Seattle at Las Vegas4:00pmESPN
TBA at TBA8:00pmESPN2