MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

LA DODGERS 9 LA ANGELS 1

BOSTON 5 NY YANKEES 4 (11)

TORONTO 8 KANSAS CITY 1

CLEVELAND 6 DETROIT 5

TAMPA BAY 5 BALTIMORE 4

SEATTLE 8 TEXAS 3

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 6 MINNESOTA 2

OAKLAND 5 HOUSTON 1

PHILADELPHIA 2 MIAMI 1

ATLANTA 8 WASHINGTON 4

NY METS AT CHICAGO CUBS POSTPONED

ST. LOUIS 7 CINCINNATI 3

COLORADO 13 PITTSBURGH 2

SAN DIEGO 5 ARIZONA 3

SAN FRANCISCO 8 MILWAUKEE 5

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

COLUMBUS 9 INDIANAPOLIS 7

BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/indians-vs-clippers/2022/07/15/666309#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=666309

PEORIA 5 SOUTH BEND 3

LANSING FORT WAYNE POSTPONED

WNBA

MINNESOTA 87 INDIANA 77

BOX SCORE: https://www.wnba.com/game/20220715/MININD/#/box-score

CONNECTICUT 93 ATLANTA 68

INDIANA PACERS SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

INDIANA 96 CHARLOTTE 84…BENNEDICT MATHURIN 23 POINTS

SUNDAY: SACRAMENTO 103 INDIANA 96…TERRY TAYLOR 16 POINTS SEVEN REBOUNDS

JULY 12, INDIANA 101 DETROIT 87

JULY 15, WASHINGTON 97 INDIANA 79

BOX SCORE: https://www.nba.com/game/ind-vs-was-1522200058/box-score#box-score

COLTS TRAINING CAMP

JULY 27, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

JULY 28, THURSDAY: KIDS’ DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

JULY 30, SATURDAY: “BACK TOGETHER SATURDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, 7 P.M.

AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON  

AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON  

AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET 

AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.

AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M. 

2022 TRAINING CAMP REPORTING DATES AND LOCATIONS

TEAMSITELOCATIONROOKIESVETERANS
ArizonaState Farm StadiumGlendale, AZ7/217/26
AtlantaAtlanta Falcons Training FacilityFlowery Branch, GA7/197/26
BaltimoreUnder Armour Performance CenterOwings Mills, MD7/197/26
BuffaloSt. John Fisher CollegeRochester, NY7/187/23
CarolinaWofford CollegeSpartanburg, SC7/267/26
ChicagoPNC Center at Halas HallLake Forest, IL7/237/26
CincinnatiPaul Brown StadiumCincinnati, OH7/237/26
ClevelandCrossCountry Mortgage CampusBerea, OH7/227/26
DallasMarriott Residence InnOxnard, CA7/267/26
DenverUCHealth Training CenterEnglewood, CO7/267/26
DetroitDetroit Lions Training FacilityAllen Park, MI7/237/26
Green BayNitschke FieldGreen Bay, WI7/227/26
HoustonHouston Methodist Training CenterHouston, TX7/247/26
IndianapolisGrand ParkWestfield, IN7/237/26
JacksonvilleEpiscopal School of JacksonvilleJacksonville, FL7/247/24
Kansas CityMissouri Western State UniversitySt. Joseph, MO7/227/26
Las VegasIntermountain Healthcare Performance CenterHenderson, NV7/187/20
L.A. ChargersJack Hammett Sports ComplexCosta Mesa, CA7/197/26
L.A. RamsUniversity of California, IrvineIrvine, CA7/237/23
MiamiBaptist Health Training ComplexMiami Gardens, FL7/197/26
MinnesotaTCO Performance CenterEagan, MN7/247/26
New EnglandGillette StadiumFoxborough, MA7/197/26
New OrleansOchsner Sports Performance CenterMetairie, LA7/197/26
N.Y. GiantsQuest Diagnostics Training FacilityEast Rutherford, NJ7/197/26
N.Y. JetsAtlantic Health Jets Training CenterFlorham Park, NJ7/197/26
PhiladelphiaNovaCare ComplexPhiladelphia, PA7/267/26
PittsburghSaint Vincent CollegeLatrobe, PA7/267/26
San FranciscoSAP Performance FacilitySanta Clara, CA7/267/26
SeattleVirginia Mason Athletic CenterRenton, WA7/267/26
Tampa BayAdventHealth Training CenterTampa, FL7/237/26
TennesseeSaint Thomas Sports ParkNashville, TN7/237/26
WashingtonThe ParkAshburn, VA7/267/26

NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 4

JACKSONVILLE VS. LAS VEGAS (NBC)

WEEK 1 (AUGUST 11-15)

TENNESSEE AT BALTIMORE

INDIANAPOLIS AT BUFFALO

KANSAS CITY AT CHICAGO

ARIZONA AT CINCINNATI

DALLAS AT DENVER

ATLANTA AT DETROIT

NEW ORLEANS AT HOUSTON

CLEVELAND AT JACKSONVILLE

MINNESOTA AT LAS VEGAS

L.A. RAMS AT L.A. CHARGERS

N.Y. GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND

N.Y. JETS AT PHILADELPHIA

SEATTLE AT PITTSBURGH

GREEN BAY AT SAN FRANCISCO

MIAMI AT TAMPA BAY

CAROLINA AT WASHINGTON

WEEK 2 (AUGUST 18-22)

BALTIMORE AT ARIZONA (8/21, FOX)

DENVER AT BUFFALO

PHILADELPHIA AT CLEVELAND

NEW ORLEANS AT GREEN BAY

DETROIT AT INDIANAPOLIS

PITTSBURGH AT JACKSONVILLE

WASHINGTON AT KANSAS CITY

DALLAS AT L.A. CHARGERS

HOUSTON AT L.A. RAMS

LAS VEGAS AT MIAMI

SAN FRANCISCO AT MINNESOTA

CAROLINA AT NEW ENGLAND

CINCINNATI AT N.Y. GIANTS

ATLANTA AT N.Y. JETS (8/22, ESPN)

CHICAGO AT SEATTLE (8/18, ESPN)

TAMPA BAY AT TENNESSEE

WEEK 3 (AUGUST 25-29)

JACKSONVILLE AT ATLANTA

WASHINGTON AT BALTIMORE

BUFFALO AT CAROLINA

L.A. RAMS AT CINCINNATI

CHICAGO AT CLEVELAND

SEATTLE AT DALLAS

MINNESOTA AT DENVER

SAN FRANCISCO AT HOUSTON (8/25, PRIME VIDEO)

TAMPA BAY AT INDIANAPOLIS

GREEN BAY AT KANSAS CITY

NEW ENGLAND AT LAS VEGAS

PHILADELPHIA AT MIAMI

L.A. CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS

N.Y. GIANTS AT N.Y. JETS

DETROIT AT PITTSBURGH (8/28, CBS)

ARIZONA AT TENNESSEE

WEEK 1 REGULAR SEASON

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

2022-23 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME SCHEDULE, TV CHANNELS, MATCHUP INFORMATION

FRIDAY, DEC. 16

BAHAMAS BOWL
11:30 A.M. ET
ESPN
THOMAS A. ROBINSON NATIONAL STADIUM, BAHAMAS

CURE BOWL
3 P.M.
ESPN
EXPLORIA STADIUM IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

FENWAY BOWL
11 A.M.
ESPN
FENWAY PARK IN BOSTON

NEW MEXICO BOWL
2:15 P.M.
ESPN
UNIVERSITY STADIUM IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

LA BOWL
3:30 P.M.
ABC
SOFI STADIUM IN INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA

LENDINGTREE BOWL
5:45 P.M.
ESPN
HANCOCK WHITNEY STADIUM IN MOBILE, ALABAMA

LAS VEGAS BOWL
7:30 P.M.
ABC
ALLEGIANT STADIUM IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

FRISCO BOWL
9:15 P.M.
ESPN
TOYOTA STADIUM IN FRISCO, TEXAS

MONDAY, DEC. 19

MYRTLE BEACH BOWL
2:30 P.M.
ESPN
BROOKS STADIUM IN CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA

TUESDAY, DEC. 20

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
3:30 P.M.
ESPN
ALBERTSONS STADIUM IN BOISE, IDAHO

BOCA RATON BOWL
7:30 P.M.
ESPN
FAU STADIUM IN BOCA RATON, FLORIDA

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21

NEW ORLEANS BOWL
9 P.M.
ESPN
CAESARS SUPERDOME IN NEW ORLEANS

THURSDAY, DEC. 22

ARMED FORCES BOWL
7:30 P.M.
ESPN
AMON G. CARTER STADIUM IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS

FRIDAY, DEC. 23

GASPARILLA BOWL
ESPN
RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM IN TAMPA, FLORIDA

INDEPENDENCE BOWL
ESPN
INDEPENDENCE STADIUM IN SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA

SATURDAY, DEC. 24

HAWAI’I BOWL
8 P.M.
ESPN
CLARENCE T.C. CHING ATHLETICS COMPLEX IN HONOLULU, HAWAI’I

MONDAY, DEC. 26

QUICK LANE BOWL
2:30 P.M.
ESPN
FORD FIELD IN DETROIT

TUESDAY, DEC. 27

FIRST RESPONDER BOWL
ESPN
GERALD J. FORD STADIUM IN DALLAS

BIRMINGHAM BOWL
ESPN
PROTECTIVE STADIUM IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

CAMELLIA BOWL
12 P.M.
ESPN
CRAMTON BOWL IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA

GUARANTEED RATE BOWL
10:15 P.M.
ESPN
CHASE FIELD IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28

MILITARY BOWL
2 P.M.
ESPN
NAVY-MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL STADIUM IN ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND

LIBERTY BOWL
5:30 P.M.
ESPN
LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

HOLIDAY BOWL
8 P.M.
FOX
PETCO PARK IN SAN DIEGO

TEXAS BOWL
9 P.M.
ESPN
NRG STADIUM IN HOUSTON

THURSDAY, DEC. 29

PINSTRIPE BOWL
2 P.M.
ESPN
YANKEE STADIUM IN THE BRONX, NEW YORK CITY

CHEEZ-IT BOWL
5:30 P.M.
ESPN
CAMPING WORLD STADIUM IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA

ALAMO BOWL
9 P.M.
ESPN
ALAMODOME IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

FRIDAY, DEC. 30

ORANGE BOWL
ESPN
HARD ROCK STADIUM IN MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA

DUKE’S MAYO BOWL
12 P.M.
ESPN
BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

SUN BOWL
2 P.M.
CBS
SUN BOWL IN EL PASO, TEXAS

GATOR BOWL
3:30 P.M.
ESPN
TIAA BANK FIELD IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

ARIZONA BOWL
4:30 P.M.
BARSTOOL
ARIZONA STADIUM IN TUCSON, ARIZONA

SATURDAY, DEC. 31

PEACH BOWL (COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL)
ESPN
MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM IN ATLANTA

FIESTA BOWL (COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL)
ESPN
STATE FARM STADIUM IN GLENDALE, ARIZONA

MUSIC CITY BOWL
12 P.M.
ABC
NISSAN STADIUM IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

SUGAR BOWL
12 P.M.
ESPN
CAESARS SUPERDOME IN NEW ORLEANS

MONDAY, JAN. 2

RELIAQUEST BOWL
12 P.M.
ESPN2
RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM IN TAMPA, FLORIDA

CITRUS BOWL
1 P.M.
ABC
CAMPING WORLD STADIUM IN ORLANDO

COTTON BOWL CLASSIC
1 P.M.
ESPN
AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS

ROSE BOWL GAME
5 P.M.
ESPN
ROSE BOWL IN PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

MONDAY, JAN. 9

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
ESPN
SOFI STADIUM IN INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA

MLB ALL-STARS

AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTERS:

C – ALEJANDRO KIRK, TOR (1ST ALL-STAR SELECTION)
1B – VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR., TOR (2ND)
2B – JOSE ALTUVE, HOU (8TH)
3B – RAFAEL DEVERS, BOS (2ND)
SS – TIM ANDERSON, CWS (2ND)
OF – MIKE TROUT, LAA (10TH)
OF – AARON JUDGE, NYY (4TH)
OF – GIANCARLO STANTON, NYY (5TH)
DH – SHOHEI OHTANI, LAA (2ND)

NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTERS:

C – WILLSON CONTRERAS, CHC (3RD)
1B – PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, STL (7TH)
2B – JAZZ CHISHOLM JR., MIA (1ST)
3B – MANNY MACHADO, SD (6TH)
SS – TREA TURNER, LAD (2ND)
OF – RONALD ACUNA JR., ATL (3RD)
OF – MOOKIE BETTS, LAD (6TH)
OF – JOC PEDERSON, SF (2ND)
DH – BRYCE HARPER, PHI (7TH), INJURY REPLACEMENT: WILLIAM CONTRERAS, ATL (1ST)

AL PITCHERS:

PAUL BLACKBURN, OAK (1ST)
EMMANUEL CLASE, CLE (1ST)
GERRIT COLE, NYY (5TH)
NESTOR CORTES, NYY (1ST)
CLAY HOLMES, NYY (1ST)
JORGE LOPEZ, BAL (1ST)
ALEK MANOAH, TOR (1ST)
SHANE MCCLANAHAN, TBR (1ST)
SHOHEI OHTANI, LAA (2ND)
MARTIN PEREZ, TEX (1ST)
GREGORY SOTO, DET (2ND)
FRAMBER VALDEZ, HOU (1ST)
JUSTIN VERLANDER, HOU (9TH)

NL PITCHER:

SANDY ALCANTARA, MIA (2ND)
DAVID BEDNAR, PIT (1ST)
CORBIN BURNES, MIL (2ND) 
LUIS CASTILLO, CIN (2ND)
EDWIN DIAZ, NYM (2ND)
MAX FRIED, ATL (1ST)
TONY GONSOLIN, LAD (1ST)
JOSH HADER, MIL (4TH)
RYAN HELSLEY, STL (1ST)
CLAYTON KERSHAW, LAD (9TH)
JOE MANTIPLY, ARI (1ST)
JOE MUSGROVE, SD (1ST)

AL RESERVES:

CATCHERS:

JOSE TREVINO, C, NYY (1ST)

INFIELDERS:

LUIS ARRAEZ, MIN (1ST)
XANDER BOGAERTS, BOS (4TH)
MIGUEL CABRERA, DET (12TH)
ANDRES GIMENEZ, CLE (1ST)
JOSE RAMIREZ, CLE (4TH)

OUTFIELDERS:

ANDREW BENINTENDI, KC (1ST)
BYRON BUXTON, MIN (1ST)
JULIO RODRIGUEZ, SEA (1ST)
GEORGE SPRINGER, TOR (4TH)
KYLE TUCKER, HOU (1ST)

DH:

YORDAN ALVAREZ, HOU (1ST)

NL RESERVES:

CATCHERS:

TRAVIS D’ARNAUD, C, ATL (1ST)

INFIELDERS:

PETE ALONSO, NYM (2ND)
NOLAN ARENADO, STL (7TH)
C.J. CRON, COL (1ST)
JEFF MCNEIL, NYM (2ND)
ALBERT PUJOLS, STL (11TH)
DANSBY SWANSON, ATL (1ST)

OUTFIELDERS:

IAN HAPP, CHC (1ST)
STARLING MARTE, NYM (2ND)
KYLE SCHWARBER, PHI (2ND)
JUAN SOTO, WSH (2ND)

MLB 2022 MOCK DRAFT

1. ORIOLES — DRUW JONES, OF, WESLEYAN HIGH (NORCROSS, GA.)

2. DIAMONDBACKS — JACKSON HOLLIDAY, SS, STILLWATER HIGH (STILLWATER, OKLA.)

3. RANGERS — ELIJAH GREEN, OF, IMG ACADEMY (BRADENTON, FLA.)

4. PIRATES — BROOKS LEE, SS, CAL POLY

5. NATIONALS — KEVIN PARADA, C, GEORGIA TECH

6. MARLINS — TERMARR JOHNSON, 2B, MAYS HIGH (ATLANTA, GA.)

7. CUBS — JACOB BERRY, 3B/OF, LSU

8. TWINS — CAM COLLIER, 3B, CHIPOLA JUNIOR COLLEGE

9. ROYALS — GAVIN CROSS, OF, VIRGINIA TECH

10. ROCKIES — DANIEL SUSAC, C, ARIZONA

11. METS — JACE JUNG, 2B, TEXAS TECH

12. TIGERS — JORDAN BECK, OF, TENNESSEE

13. ANGELS — CONNOR PRIELIPP, LHP, ALABAMA

14. METS — JUSTIN CRAWFORD, OF, BISHOP GORMAN HIGH (LAS VEGAS)

15. PADRES — BROCK PORTER, RHP, ST. MARY’S PREP (ORCHARD LAKE, MICH.)

16. GUARDIANS — DYLAN LESKO, RHP, BUFORD HIGH (BUFORD, GA.)

17. PHILLIES — BRANDON BARRIERA, LHP, AMERICAN HERITAGE HIGH (PLANTATION, FLA.)

18. REDS — COLE YOUNG, SS, NORTH ALLEGHENY HIGH (WEXFORD, PA.)

19. ATHLETICS — DYLAN BEAVERS, OF, CALIFORNIA

20. BRAVES — GABRIEL HUGHES, RHP, GONZAGA

21. MARINERS — ZACH NETO, SS, CAMPBELL

22. CARDINALS — COOPER HJERPE, LHP, OREGON STATE

23. BLUE JAYS — JETT WILLIAMS, SS, ROCKWALL-HEATH HIGH (ROCKWALL, TEXAS)

24. RED SOX — DREW GILBERT, OF, TENNESSEE

25. YANKEES — STERLIN THOMPSON, OF, FLORIDA

26. WHITE SOX — KUMAR ROCKER, RHP, NO SCHOOL

27. BREWERS — CHASE DELAUTER, OF, JAMES MADISON

28. ASTROS — SPENCER JONES, OF, VANDERBILT

29. RAYS — ROBBY SNELLING, LHP, MCQUEEN HIGH (RENO, NEV.)

30. GIANTS — PEYTON GRAHAM, SS, OKLAHOMA

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Lawyer: 30 women settle Watson-related claims against Texans

HOUSTON (AP) Thirty women who had accused the Houston Texans of turning a blind eye to allegations that their former star quarterback Deshaun Watson was sexually assaulting and harassing women during massage sessions have settled their legal claims against the team, their attorney said Friday.

The terms of the settlements between each of the women and the Texans are confidential, said attorney Tony Buzbee.

While only one of the women had filed a lawsuit against the team, the others intended to make legal claims against the Texans before the settlements were reached, Buzbee said.

In separate lawsuits, 24 women accused Watson of exposing himself, touching them with his penis or kissing them against their will during massage appointments while he played for the Texans. One woman alleged Watson forced her to perform oral sex. Last month, Buzbee announced 20 of those 24 lawsuits have been settled.

In a statement, Texans owners Janice McNair and Hannah and Cal McNair said while the team did not have any knowledge of Watson’s alleged misconduct, they were “shocked and deeply saddened” when they first learned about the accusations and chose to resolve the claims against the team “amicably.”

“This is not an admission of any wrongdoing, but instead a clear stand against any form of sexual assault and misconduct. We hope that today’s resolution will provide some form of closure to the parties involved, our fans and the Houston community at large. As an organization, we will now turn our focus to the future and doing what we can to ensure respect for all,” the McNairs said in their statement.

In the lawsuit filed last month against the Texans, a woman accused the team and some of its employees of having been told or being aware of Watson’s troubling behavior and “known tendency to push boundaries during massage sessions.” The lawsuit alleged the Texans provided Watson with various resources, including rooms at a Houston hotel, massage tables and a nondisclosure agreement the women were told to sign, that allowed the quarterback “to further his misconduct with women.”

Buzbee said while he would have no additional comment on the allegations against the Texans, in a statement he added “there is a marked contrast in the way in which the Texans addressed these allegations, and the way in which Watson’s team has done so.”

Watson, who agreed to be traded to the Cleveland Browns in March after four seasons with Houston, has claimed his innocence and that any sex with the therapists was consensual. The 26-year-old is facing possible discipline from the NFL over the allegations.

Watson, who signed a five-year, $230 million contract with the Browns, is waiting to see if he’ll be eligible to play this season. NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson will decide whether the three-time Pro Bowler violated the league’s personal conduct policy with his off-field behavior.

A former federal judge in Delaware, Robinson held a hearing last month during which the league and the NFL Players Association presented arguments. The league has insisted on an indefinite suspension for Watson while the union says there are no grounds for a lengthy ban since he did not commit any crimes.

Two separate grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on any criminal complaints.

This is the first case for Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and union to handle discipline. She has been reviewing post-hearing briefs from both sides.

The Browns, who traded three first-round picks to Houston and six total for Watson, are eager to know how long they could be without their starting quarterback. The team opens training camp July 25.

Buzbee said he hopes to take to trial the four remaining lawsuits against Watson sometime next spring.

Emotional exit for Woods, big chance for Smith at St Andrews

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Tiger Woods made an early and emotional departure Friday from the British Open, possibly for the last time at St. Andrews. Cameron Smith can only wonder if the 150th Open will be his arrival as an undisputed elite player.

Smith already won The Players Championship this year and has risen to as high as No. 3 in the world. His 8-under 64 gave him his first lead in a major, by two shots over PGA Tour rookie Cameron Young. Rory McIlroy was lurking another shot behind.

“It’s obviously a really good spot to be in,” Smith said. “I feel like I’ve been in this spot a lot over the past couple of years, and things just haven’t quite gone my way yet.”

Woods strode over the Swilcan Bridge without stopping to pose for pictures and said it “felt like the whole tournament was right there” when he walked the final 356 yards of what was otherwise a long day of 75 to miss the cut.

Woods didn’t retire from major championship golf or the British Open. He’s just not sure a right leg held together by hardware or a lower spine that has been fused will allow him to compete when the Open returns to St. Andrews again.

“It’s very emotional for me,” he said. “To me it felt like this might have been my last British Open here at St. Andrews. And the fans, the ovation and the warmth, it was an unbelievable feeling.”

About the time Woods was saluting thousands of fans crammed into so many spaces around St. Andrews, Smith was making birdie after birdie to take the lead. Right when it looked like it couldn’t get any better, he holed a 65-foot eagle putt on the 14th hole.

Young overcame a few mistakes and closed with a birdie for a 69, putting him in the last group with Smith going into the weekend.

McIlroy got one of the loudest cheers – for a shot, not a farewell – with his 25-foot birdie on the tough Road Hole at the 17th. He missed a birdie chance on the 18th. Still, it was important for him to back up a great start (66) with a solid round (69).

He was tied with Viktor Hovland, who delivered his own thrills by holing out from 139 yards for eagle on the par-4 15th hole and finishing with a birdie for a 66.

Smith was at 13-under 131, the lowest 36-hole score in the Open at St. Andrews.

Even a weekend without Woods is set up for great theater.

Dustin Johnson, who already has a Masters green jacket and a U.S. Open title at Oakmont, played early in the best conditions of the week – light rain that took some of the fire out of the Old Course and then a warming sun – for a 67. He was four shots back. Right behind was Masters champion Scottie Scheffler with another 68.

Smith is building a reputation as a great putter, a great weapon to have on the greens at St. Andrews, and he plays without fear. He opened with three straight birdies and then began to pull away around the loop at the far end of the course.

He holed an 18-foot putt on No. 7, made birdie from 30 feet on the par-3 eighth and then drove the 10th green and two-putted from some 90 feet for a third birdie in four holes.

The big blow came at the par-5 14th when Smith buried the long eagle putt. He looked as though he’d just rolled in a short one for par. That’s his game. That’s his style.

“I don’t get too excited nor too angry. I like to stay in the middle there,” he said. “A lot of people say that it’s boring to watch. But that’s just how I go about my golf.”

On the other end is McIlroy, among the most dynamic players from his generation. With four majors early in his career and always a promise for more, he is seen as one of the better candidates to fill at least some of the void when Woods isn’t around.

That explains the tee times. The R&A was trying to get it close to the right time that Woods and McIlroy would cross paths – Woods going one way toward the 18th, McIlroy the other way heading down the first. That’s about how it played out.

McIlroy looked over and tipped his cap to Woods.

“Everyone hopes it’s not the end of his Old Course career,” McIlroy said. “I think he deserves – we deserve him – to have another crack at it.”

Woods wasn’t he only early departure. Collin Morikawa became the first defending champion to miss the cut since Darren Clarke in 2012. Phil Mickelson missed out on the “Celebration of Champions exhibition on Monday, the champions’ dinner on Tuesday and the weekend. He missed the cut for the third straight time in the British Open.

For now, McIlroy is trying to add his name to among the greats who have won an Open at St. Andrews. He has finished in the top 10 in the previous three majors this year. He won the Canadian Open last month. He feels he has been playing consistently well.

It would be easy to assume, given his experience in majors, that he’s right where he wants to be. But that starts with Smith, who already this year took down the No. 1 player (Jon Rahm) at Kapalua and the strongest field in golf at The Players Championship.

“I just need to go out and play my game and play my golf over the next two days and that’s all I can do,” McIlroy said. “Cam Smith goes out and shoots another two rounds like he did the first two days, I’m going to have a really hard time to win the tournament. So I’ve just got to go out and do the best I can and worry about myself and hopefully that’s good enough.”

Kershaw takes perfect game into 8th, Dodgers rout Angels 9-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Clayton Kershaw’s pitches all sizzled from the start, and the Los Angeles Angels swung early, often and usually ineptly. Behind their longtime ace, the Los Angeles Dodgers made one stunning defensive play after another.

While he retired the first 21 Angels in order, even Kershaw allowed himself to admit everything was pointing toward his first perfect game.

“I really felt like it might happen,” Kershaw said with a smile.

Luis Rengifo’s double leading off the eighth ended the dream, yet it scarcely dampened another spectacular night for the Dodgers’ beloved left-hander.

Kershaw finished his latest gem in a career full of them with eight scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the Dodgers’ 9-1 victory over the Angels on Friday night.

After mowing down the Angels for seven innings, Kershaw (7-2) fell six outs short of his first perfect game and the second in Dodgers franchise history when Rengifo lined a clean hit to left on a well-thrown low slider.

“I really wanted to do it,” Kershaw said. “I think it would have been really fun for everybody involved.”

But Kershaw shrugged it off, retired three more Angels and got the last of several standing ovations from a sellout crowd of 44,648 at the Big A, which contained a huge contingent of blue-clad fans roaring for Kershaw’s every out.

“Honestly, I probably should have given up four or five hits,” Kershaw said. “Defense played unbelievable tonight, and they lined out right to some guys. It was a fun night.”

The 34-year-old Kershaw was selected to his ninth All-Star team earlier this month, and he is a strong sentimental candidate to start the Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium.

If anybody still doubted his All-Star worthiness after just 12 starts this season, Kershaw again showed he’s a master craftsman on the mound who can dominate major league hitters. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out six and induced 11 swings and misses while throwing just 89 pitches – none faster than 92.5 mph.

“Obviously, he’s still one of the best in the game,” catcher Austin Barnes said. “He puts the ball where he wants it. They were swinging early, which helps him. After the third or four incredible (defensive) play, I thought it was going to happen. But it’s tough. It doesn’t happen very often.”

Kershaw threw the only no-hitter of his career back in 2014 against Colorado. Sandy Koufax threw the only perfect game in Dodgers history on Sept. 9, 1965. There have been just 23 perfect games in major league history.

Justin Turner had three hits, drove in four runs and also made the first of three spectacular defensive plays by the Dodgers’ infield to keep Kershaw’s perfect game intact. Will Smith went 4 for 4 with a walk, while Hanser Alberto had a two-run triple in the fifth inning as the Dodgers rolled toward the All-Star break with 13 wins in 15 games.

Turner, Alberto and Trea Turner all made outstanding plays on grounders in a four-inning span to maintain Kershaw’s perfection.

“That was a vintage Kershaw performance,” Justin Turner said. “There’s a point in the middle of the game where you know what’s going on, and we had a really good feeling about it. That was dominance right there.”

Brandon Marsh homered off Reyes Moronta in the ninth for the Angels, who opened the second half of the annual Freeway Series with their 11th loss in 13 games overall. Mike Trout sat out for a third consecutive game after having upper back spasms Tuesday, and the rest of the Angels couldn’t break through.

“He’s a future Hall of Famer, and he had his best stuff working tonight against a team that hasn’t been swinging the bats very well,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said of Kershaw. “You could tell from the beginning he had a few pitches that were really working for him.”

Patrick Sandoval (3-5) yielded seven hits and two earned runs while failing to get through the fifth inning for the Angels.

TWICE THIS YEAR

Kershaw already flirted with history in his first start of the season, throwing seven perfect innings with 13 strikeouts at Minnesota on April 13. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts pulled Kershaw from that start with the lefty’s reluctant approval.

Kershaw is the only pitcher in the post-1961 expansion era to be perfect through seven innings more than once in a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

WITHOUT TROUT

Trout intends to play Saturday and in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. He said he took this game off “to make sure it has completely gone away.”

“Still felt a little not right,” Trout added. “I feel like treatment went good today, and (I’ll) be in tomorrow. I’ll see how I feel tomorrow, but my intention is to play tomorrow.”

FREEMAN’S HOME

Freddie Freeman played his first game at Angel Stadium since his rookie season. The longtime Atlanta slugger is an Orange County native who grew up 10 minutes from the Big A and attended countless games here as a kid.

Freeman continued his phenomenal stretch at the plate since being left off the NL All-Star team when he drove in the Dodgers’ first run with an RBI single. The slugger reached base for the jaw-dropping 18th time in his last 21 plate appearances with the first-inning hit.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney is likely to make a rehab start Saturday. He has pitched for LA once since April due to shoulder woes.

Angels: RHP Jimmy Herget will start a rehab assignment after the All-Star break. He’s been out since June 22 with a right shoulder impingement.

UP NEXT

Julio Urias (7-6, 3.01 ERA) attempts to beat the Angels for the first time in his third career attempt. Jose Suarez (1-3, 4.79) faces the Dodgers for the first time in his major league career.

Orioles’ win streak ends at 10; Bethancourt, Rays rally

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Baltimore Orioles’ winning streak ended at 10 as Christian Bethancourt hit his first home run for Tampa Bay and the Rays rallied for a 5-4 victory Friday night.

The winning streak was the Orioles’ longest in a single season since they won 13 straight in 1999.

Ramon Urias homered twice for the Orioles, the first multi-home run game of his career, and Trey Mancini also connected. But Baltimore also left the bases loaded without scoring in the first and fifth innings.

“We just a bad inning on the mound and we left too many runners on base early in the game,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.

The Rays trailed 2-1 in the sixth when they got four straight extra-base hits with two outs.

Josh Lowe and Yu Chang doubled off Tyler Wells (7-5) to tie it. Francisco Mejia greeted Cionel Perez with a go-ahead double.

Bethancourt then launched a pinch-hit home run off the left-field foul pole that was measured at 318 feet, the shortest over-the-fence home run at a major league venue since Houston’s Yuli Gurriel hit one 315 feet off Boston’s Pesky Pole on June 10, 2021.

“It was kind of a weird one down the line,” Hyde said.

Baltimore left fielder Anthony Santander almost caught the ball in the corner, and it took a replay challenge to overturn the original call of foul ball.

“I didn’t think it was good enough for a homer, and then I thought he might have knocked it out and I had a double or something,” said Bethancourt, who took a delayed trip around the bases.

“I was looking at the ball and looking at (Santander) and I just didn’t see it land in fair territory so I was a little confused when I saw everybody celebrating in our dugout. I was just standing there and I didn’t know what to do,” he said.

Bethancourt hit four homers for Oakland this season before being traded to the Rays last week.

Matt Wisler (3-3) got the win in relief and Brooks Raley pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven chances. Wells lost for the first time in nine starts since May 25.

Mancini and Urias homered early off Rays starter Luis Patino for a 2-0 lead.

Urias’ second homer of the game and ninth of the season came off Colin Poche with Austin Hays on base in the eighth.

Patino was reinstated to the active roster Friday and pitched for the first time since April 11, when he faced three Oakland batters before leaving with a left oblique strain. He gave up two runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Wells gave up three runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Jordan Lyles said he felt good after throwing 101 pitches in Tuesday win at Chicago, and consequently will pitch Sunday’s series finale. Lyles has thrown 100 or more pitches in four straight starts.

Rays: 2B Brandon Lowe (lower back discomfort) and RHP Pete Fairbanks (right lat strain) rejoined the team after rehab assignments and might be activated this weekend. . . . C Mike Zunino (left shoulder inflammation) was moved to the 60-day IL to open a 40-man roster spot for Patino. Zunino will try to resume baseball activity after the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

RHP Dean Kremer (3-1, 2.15) will make his eighth start of the season for the Orioles on Saturday against LHP Ryan Yarbrough (0-4, 5.82), who will be activated after spending three weeks on the injured list with left groin tightness.

12 Ks for Ray, slam for JRod and 12 Ws in row for Mariners

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray doesn’t recall being part of a run quite like what the Seattle Mariners are on these days. Everything is a new experience in the big leagues for All-Star rookie center fielder Julio Rodriguez, and he just keeps doing impressive things.

Ray struck out 12 without a walk over 6 2/3 innings before Rodriguez hit a emphatic grand slam as the Mariners extended their longest winning streak in more than two decades to 12 games with an 8-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

“He doesn’t let the moment be bigger than it is and in that situation,” Ray said of the 21-year-old outfielder who played his 89th game in the majors.

Rodriguez hit his first slam on a full-count pitch with two outs to straightaway center for his 16th homer, and finished with a career-best five RBIs. His run-scoring single in the fourth put the Mariners ahead 3-0.

“Tonight was more of our typical formula, dominant starting pitching,” manager Scott Servais said. “We got some big hits tonight, no question about it. Talk about Julio, that is as good as at-bat against a quality bullpen arm. … The looks in our dugout when that ball went over the fence, was like, did he just really do that? But he’s a special player.”

After Seattle loaded the bases on a single and two walks by reliever A.J Alexy to start the eighth, Jose Leclerc struck out back-to-back batters, but was unable to get a third strike past Rodriguez.

“We fought, we got within a run, you could feel the momentum. We were one pitch away from, that whole eighth inning, the bottom of the eighth changes,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “It’s heartbreaking. But like I’ve said many times this year, we’ve got to bounce back and come back tomorrow.”

The only time the Mariners had a longer winning streak was their team-record 15 in row in 2001, their last playoff season. They have won 20 of their last 23 games overall. Atlanta has the only longer streak in the big leagues this season with 14 consecutive wins last month.

Eugenio Suarez doubled and scored Seattle’s first run in the fourth. His sacrifice fly an inning later made it 4-0 before Corey Seager and Leody Taveras homered for the Rangers.

Ray (8-6) matched his season high for strikeouts while allowing three runs, on those two Texas homers. It was his 15th game since the start of 2021 with at least 10 Ks, tied with Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes for the most in that span. Ray had 10 such games last season when the lefty won the AL Cy Young Award while pitching for Toronto.

“That’s probably the best I felt all year. I felt like everything was working really well for me,” said Ray, who after Seattle’s four-run third struck out five Rangers in a row. “When your team puts up a crooked number, you go out and attack, attack the zone and try to get back in and get some more runs.”

Taylor Hearn (4-6) matched his career high with seven strikeouts over four innings after Matt Bush pitched a scoreless first as an opener. Hearn allowed four runs, two earned, while giving up five hits and walking two.

Seager’s 22nd homer came a day after being added to the American League All-Star team and the Home Run Derby. He will face Rodriguez in the first round of the derby next week at Dodger Stadium, which was Seager’s home his first seven big league seasons before going to Texas in free agency last winter on a $325 million, 10-year contract.

That two-out solo shot in the sixth was Seager’s seventh homer in the past 10 games, and extended his career-best RBI streak to eight games. His career high for homers is 26 in 2016. Taveras hit a two-run homer in the seventh to cut the deficit to 4-3.

ONE HOP, NO HOP FOR OUT

Mariners DH Justin Upton was thrown out trying to score from second base on the single by Rodriguez in the fourth. Elier Hernandez, playing only his second game in the majors after more than a decade in the minors, fielded the ball on one hop in shallow left field and made a direct in-air throw that allowed catcher Jonah Heim to make the grab and tag out Upton in one motion.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: SS J.P. Crawford was out of lineup for the second game in a row since bruising his right index finger during a doubleheader Wednesday at Washington. Servais said the finger only really limits Crawford throwing, and that he could be available to hit.

UP NEXT

Mariners right-hander Logan Gilbert (10-3, 2.80 ERA) allowed one earned run over 12 2/3 innings in his previous two starts against the Rangers this year. Texas right-hander Spencer Howard (1-1, 8.04) is 1-3 with a 9.95 ERA in his seven career games (six starts) at Globe Life Field.

Bogaerts scores on wild pitch in 11th, Red Sox top Yanks 5-4

NEW YORK (AP) Xander Bogaerts took his lead off third and wanted to be extra aggressive.

“I just had in my head I had to be ready,” the four-time All-Star said. “As soon I saw it bounce, I just took a chance and went.”

Bogaerts slid across the plate with the tiebreaking run in the 11th as Michael King’s slider bounced off Jose Trevino and back toward the mound, and the Boston Red Sox recovered from a meltdown in the ninth to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 Friday night for just their third win in 11 games.

All three of those Boston wins have come against the Yankees, who have the best record in the majors at 62-28 but have lost five of six in their worst stretch this season. Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer off Nathan Eovaldi, who made his first start since June 8 after recovering from lower back inflammation.

“A little adversity never hurts anybody. I think we’ll be fine,” Trevino said.

New York, which took a 3-2 in the third on Stanton’s 24th homer, went 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

Stanton put the Yankees ahead 3-2 in the third on a 2-0 cutter. Stanton has four homers in seven games against Boston this year and 13 of his 24 long balls have been to the opposite field.

“We should have won that game. We had our chances and just couldn’t break though,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone, ejected for the fifth time this season, again for arguing low called strikes.

Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer in the first off Jordan Montgomery, Christian Vazquez tied the score 3-3 with a solo drive in the fourth and Bobby Dalbec hit a go-ahead homer in the seven th for the Red Sox, who arrived after getting swept in a four-game series at Tampa Bay.

“It was a big win for us to get back on track,” Eovaldi said.

Dalbec, in a 1-for-15 slide coming in, put the Red Sox ahead 4-3 when he pulled a slider from Aroldis Chapman for his seventh home run this season.

Before a season-high crowd of 47,573, New York tied it in the ninth off Tanner Houck (5-3), who blew a save for the first time in seven chances. Gleyber Torres reached on an infield hit, Matt Carpenter was hit by a pitch and Houck threw past third on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s bunt as Torres scored.

Houck got out of further trouble when Trevino bounced into a 5-2-3 double play and DJ LeMahieu grounded out. Then in the 10th, Houck escaped a first-and-third, one-out jam when Torres grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Alex Verdugo’s leadoff fly to the left-field warning track against King (6-2) in the 11th advanced Bogaerts, the automatic runner who had stranded the bases loaded when he struck out in the 10th against Clay Holmes.

Both Trevino and King scampered to retrieve the bounced pitch with two outs.

“I’ve just got to keep it closer,” Trevino said.

The catcher reached the ball on the grass, failed to come up with it and fell as Bogaerts reached the plate.

“Sometimes he doesn’t look pretty running-wise,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said, “but when he has to go, he goes.”

EXTRA EXTRA

Coming off two losses in a three-game series to the Reds, the Yankees played a third straight extra-inning game for the first time since May 2001.

SAVE

Ryan Brasier retired three straight batters for his first save since June 17, 2019, ending a 4-hour game by getting Aaron Hicks on a full-count checked swing strikeout called by third base umpire Jim Reynolds.

TOSSED AGAIN

Boone was ejected by plate umpire D.J. Reyburn after arguing a first-pitch strike Carpenter in the ninth that appeared low, an inning after 6-foot-8 Aaron Judge was called out on strikes on a pitch below the knees.

“I don’t think we need to do the automated strike zone. I think the umpires do a great job as it is,” Judge said. “That’s part of the game. It’s the human element.”

Judge has had 58 pitches outside the strike zone called strikes, most in the majors.

“I talk to people. They’re doing the best they can,” Boone said.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Cora, speaking on why he likes Yankee Stadium, praised visiting clubhouse chef Miguel Ramirez.

“He’s the best in the business,” Cora said. “The rice and beans and the steak, it’s amazing. Whatever I want, Latino-wise, they’ll fix it. And the coffee’s good, too.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: Garrett Whitlock had been sidelined since June 7 with right hip inflammation, struck out three over two perfect innings. LHP Matt Strahm was placed on the IL retroactive to Wednesday and RHP Phillips Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Worcester.

Yankees: RHP Domingo German, sidelined since spring training with right shoulder impingement, allowed three hits over six scoreless innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his fifth rehab start, throwing 50 of 65 pitches for strikes. Boone said German could move into Luis Severino’s rotation slot after the All-Star Game. … OF Miguel Andujar was scratched from Scranton’s lineup with a neck injury. … RHP Miguel Castro left before the game to have an MRI on his right shoulder. … 3B Josh Donaldson’s right index finger was in a splint after getting hit by a pitch on Thursday. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the 11th. … Hicks pinch hit and popped out in the seventh, then went to left field in his first appearance since fouling a pitch off his right shin on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

RHP Jameson Taillon (9-2) starts Saturday for the Yankees on five days’ rest and RHP Nick Pivetta (8-6) is on the mound for Boston.

Naylor drives in 2, Guardians rally past Tigers 6-5

CLEVELAND (AP) Josh Naylor drove in two runs and Andres Gimenez delivered the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, lifting the Cleveland Guardians to a 6-5 victory over the struggling Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Gimenez, a first-time All-Star, hit a two-out flare to left field off Michael Fulmer (2-4) that scored rookie Steven Kwan from second base. One batter earlier, Naylor knocked in Myles Straw with a sacrifice fly to tie it 5-all.

“That’s who we are; we try to get people on base and try to put pressure on the other team,” said Gimenez, who has a .384 batting average with runners in scoring position. “Today was a good example of what we’re capable of doing, what we’re going to try to continue doing.”

Bryan Shaw (4-1) tossed two scoreless innings and Trevor Stephan worked the ninth for his second save. Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase, whose 19 saves are tied for most in the AL, was unavailable after pitching the previous two days.

Enyel De Los Santos, Shaw, Eli Morgan and Stephan did not allow a run in 5 1/3 combined innings of relief.

“These are growing experiences for those guys in some different situations,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “That’s great because when you use everybody, it’s a real good win for us.”

Prized rookie Riley Greene homered and tied his season high with three RBIs for the Tigers, who have lost seven of eight and tied their low-water mark of 17 games below .500. Harold Castro had two doubles and a single.

“It’s a tough loss, but we’re not a victim,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “They did a better job than we did completing at-bats.”

Greene hit a solo homer in the third to pull the Tigers to 3-1, then gave them a 5-3 lead in the fourth with a two-run double off Zach Plesac. Detroit scored four times in the fourth, with Harold Castro and Willi Castro driving in the first two.

Greene, who made his major league debut on June 18, has three multi-RBI performances in 26 games with the Tigers. All three have come against Cleveland, along with two of his seven two-hit games.

“Riley had an excellent bounce-back game, which is a great lesson to take away,” Hinch said. “He hit the ball really hard and swung the bat well.”

The Guardians went in front 3-0 in the first when their first three batters reached and scored. All-Star Jose Ramirez singled in Kwan, Naylor brought home Amed Rosario, and Owen Miller’s first career triple plated Ramirez.

Ramirez leads the AL with 70 RBIs. Gimenez went 2 for 3 to raise his batting average to .299.

“Andres is a multiple-threat player who lives up to big moments,” Plesac said. “He’s a guy you want up in those situations. It’s always good to see that dude come through.”

Tigers starter Drew Hutchison gave up four runs over five innings in his second outing against the Guardians in 11 days. The right-hander is 1-0 against Cleveland and 0-4 against the rest of the majors.

Plesac matched his shortest outing of the year at 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs, three of them unearned because of an error by Ramirez at third base. The right-hander is winless since June 5 against Baltimore, a span of seven starts.

“We got a win,” Plesac said. “That’s a positive and I’ll take that all day.”

CAUSE FOR CONCERN

Tigers RHP Alex Faedo, who is on the taxi squad, has been shut down with a sore right hip and will be examined by a specialist. The rookie lasted only 1 2/3 innings Monday in his start at Kansas City. “Any time you start seeing specialists and are flying around the country, it’s never a good sign,” Hinch said. Detroit’s first-round draft pick in 2017, Faedo earned his first big league victory at Cleveland on May 22.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Jose Cisnero (right shoulder strain, swollen Achilles) was activated from the 60-day injured list and transferred to the bereavement list. Cisnero was in Cleveland, preparing for his season debut, when he received word of a family emergency.

Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale (right wrist sprain), who exited his start Wednesday against the White Sox after one scoreless inning, will undergo a CT scan this weekend before consulting with an orthopedist. Civale is on the IL for the second time in 2022.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Michael Pineda (2-4, 3.58 ERA) makes his fourth start after missing six weeks with a broken right middle finger. Pineda is 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA since returning on July 1.

Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (5-5, 3.99 ERA) worked a season-low four innings in a July 5 start at Detroit, taking the loss after allowing six runs – three earned.

White Sox get HRs from Anderson, Engel in 6-2 win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Chicago White Sox are playing more like the defending division champions these days, and winning the first two games of this critical series at first-place Minnesota is another sign.

Tim Anderson hit the go-ahead home run in the fourth inning and Adam Engel tacked on a three-run shot in the seventh, powering the White Sox to their fourth straight victory – 6-2 over the Twins on Friday night.

Michael Kopech (3-6) finished five innings for his first win in eight starts, taking another step forward after an ugly stretch in June and a July 5 loss when he gave up six runs to the Twins.

“Things are going to start going our way, and we’re starting to make that corner,” Kopech said.

Andrew Vaughn got the bats going with a two-run single in the first for the White Sox, who cut their deficit in the AL Central to three games. Cleveland beat Detroit and crept within 2 1/2 games of the Twins, who have lost two games of ground on both the Guardians and White Sox by losing the first two games in this series.

“We’re starting to play cleaner baseball. Our offense is kind of relaxing and getting into a groove,” Engel said. “I’m really excited. We’re having a lot of fun right now.”

The White Sox, who have their longest winning streak since they won six in a row from May 2-8, did have a setback of potential concern when center fielder Luis Robert was pulled after the first inning with lightheadedness. But Engel deftly stepped in.

“Just the right guy to have that happen, right?” manager Tony La Russa said. “Ultimate team guy.”

HEATING UP

After winning the division last season by 13 games over Cleveland and 20 games over last-place Minnesota, the White Sox with their ample collection of All-Stars were again the consensus AL Central favorite.

The Twins, instead, have been in front for all but one day since completing a three-game sweep of Chicago here on April 24. After two more games this weekend, the teams face each other nine times in September – including six games over the final nine days of the regular season.

The White Sox were energized in their 12-2 win in the opener on Thursday night, with a 452-foot grand slam by Robert serving as the defining blow.

Vaughn, who’s batting .345 on the road for the second-best average in the AL behind only teammate Jose Abreu, made Twins starter Devin Smeltzer pay for losing Robert and Abreu. Robert was down 0-2 in the count and Abreu was at 2-2 before each one walked. With the bases loaded, Vaughn ripped a line drive to left for his second two-RBI game in a row.

Alex Kirilloff tied it in the bottom half with a two-run double off Kopech, but the right-hander responded by allowing only two hits to the last 17 batters he faced.

SHORT NIGHT

Smeltzer was pulled after three innings and 67 pitches, when Twins manager Rocco Baldelli went with a hunch that the bullpen was the best bet the rest of the way.

“Some days you battle and things go your way. I would have liked to go another few there. I was pretty blindsided by that,” Smeltzer said.

SO CLOSE

Anderson’s homer off Emilio Pagan (3-4) landed in the White Sox bullpen, barely beyond the reach of center fielder Nick Gordon’s glove – with Byron Buxton serving as Minnesota’s designated hitter. Gordon timed his jump well, but the ball drifted just an inch or so too far. After the replay was shown on the videoboard, the crowd groaned after seeing how close he came to making the catch.

“We’re looking for a big play right there. They’re tough plays, though. Most of the time they’re not going to play out the way you want when the ball’s hit like that,” Baldelli said.

Anderson then flashed his own leather the following inning, when he was shifted right from shortstop against Max Kepler and snagged a sharp line drive at the top of his leap.

“He got up there and he lingered. He looked like Dr. J or Michael,” La Russa said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: LF Eloy Jimenez missed his second straight game with a tight right hamstring. He hit in the batting cage but has not been cleared to run yet, making him doubtful to return prior to the All-Star break. Jimenez tore his right hamstring April 23 at Minnesota and missed 65 games.

Twins: Ryan Jeffers was placed on the 10-day injured list with a bruised right thumb, and rookie Caleb Hamilton was promoted from Triple-A St. Paul in a roster swap of catchers. Hamilton was a 23rd-round draft pick in 2016 who has yet to appear in the majors.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Lance Lynn (1-2, 6.97 ERA) will make his seventh start of the season Saturday afternoon. He allowed eight runs over four innings in his last turn.

Twins: RHP Dylan Bundy (5-4, 4.68 ERA) takes the mound for the third game of the series. Bundy has allowed only one run over 10 innings in two starts against Chicago this year.

Cards reliever, rookie manager get heated on mound in win

ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals reliever Genesis Cabrera slammed the ball to the ground in frustration when he was removed from the game Friday night, prompting a stern response from manager Oliver Marmol moments before St. Louis closed out a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Cabrera was pulled after giving up consecutive hits to start the ninth inning. He fired the ball down as Marmol approached the mound, leading the rookie skipper to grab Cabrera and get right in his face.

“Your ego can’t get in the way of being a professional,” Marmol said. “I’ve known him a long time. He’ll be just fine. We have a good, veteran group that will address it. The kid’s a competitor, he wants to be in there. You can’t fault him for that.”

Veteran slugger Albert Pujols spoke to Cabrera as the pitcher sat on the bench. Standing in front of him, Pujols tapped Cabrera twice on the top of his cap before walking away.

All-Star reliever Ryan Helsley earned his eighth save when he got Brandon Drury to fly out to deep center field with the bases loaded.

Nolan Gorman hit a tiebreaking homer for the Cardinals, and Brendan Donovan drove in three runs. St. Louis stopped its two-game skid and improved to 4-4 on a 10-game homestand, its longest of the season.

Cincinnati had won six of seven and was coming off back-to-back series wins for the first time this season. The last-place Reds swept Tampa Bay at home and took two of three on the road from the major league-leading New York Yankees.

Andre Pallante (3-4) allowed three runs and six hits over five innings for his first win since June 10. He struck out five and walked three.

Gorman broke a 3-all tie with a drive off fellow rookie Hunter Greene (3-2) leading off the fourth inning. He was 2 of 24 over his previous eight-plus games before unloading for his ninth homer of the year.

“I kind of changed things up a bit,” Gorman said. “I had nothing to lose in that at-bat. It felt really good to get a barrel to a ball – and get it out.”

Marmol was impressed with the way Gorman handled himself during the slump.

“Regardless of how he’s going, he’s the same guy, coming in every day, working hard,” Marmol said. “He’s still approaching it in a really positive manner.”

Corey Dickerson added an RBI single in the sixth.

Donovan, who had been slowed by the flu, hit a two-run single in the seventh to make it 7-3. He also had a sacrifice fly in the first.

“I’m still looking for ways to grow and improve,” Donovan said. “But, I’m happy with how I’m competing.”

Dylan Carlson walked three times and had an RBI double in the second.

Cincinnati scored twice in the opening inning on a single by Kyle Farmer. Joey Votto had an RBI single in the third.

Greene allowed four runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked three.

“Just some pitches that weren’t executed,” Greene said. “It’s going to happen. That’s where they capitalized.”

BIG OPPORTUNITY

The Cardinals play 48 of their next 69 games against teams that currently have losing records. St. Louis is 26-13 versus opponents under .500 this season.

TWO FOR ONE

St. Louis turned its major league-high 104th double play to end the second inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle remained in Cincinnati to throw on the side. He is expected to rejoin the team after the All-Star break. Mahle was placed on the 15-day injured list July 5 with a right shoulder strain.

Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson went on the 15-day IL with a neck strain. He allowed four runs and six hits over 6 2/3 innings in a 4-0 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday and is 6-6 with a 4.10 ERA. Marmol indicated Hudson has been pitching through the neck issue in his last two starts. … OF/INF Juan Yepez was put on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain. Yepez went 0 for 2 on Thursday and is hitting .254 with 11 home runs and 27 RBIs.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati LHP Nick Lodolo (2-2, 4.44 ERA) faces RHP Miles Mikolas (6-7, 2.62) in the middle game of the series Saturday afternoon. Lodolo, the seventh overall pick in the 2019 draft out of TCU, has not pitched past the sixth inning in any of his five starts this season. Mikolas has allowed 12 home runs in 55 innings against the Reds.

MLB to pay minor leaguers $185 million to settle lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor leaguers $185 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging violations of minimum wage laws, a case that progressed through the courts for eight years without reaching a trial.

An early estimate is that perhaps 23,000 players could share the money with an average payment of $5,000 to $5,500, according to a filing by Brian Kriegler, the players’ damages expert. More precise totals will not be calculated until notice is given to eligible players.

The deal, announced May 10, was filed Friday with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero must approve the settlement, a step that usually is routine in this type of case.

“This settlement is a monumental step for minor league players toward a fair and just compensation system,” Garrett Broshuis, the players’ lead lawyer and a former minor league pitcher, said in a statement. “I’ve seen first-hand the financial struggle players face while earning poverty-level wages – or no wages at all – in pursuit of their major league dream.”

If approved, $120,197,300 will be split among the players, $55.5 million will go the the players’ lawyers and up to $5.5 million will cover reimbursement costs of the suit.

Also, $450,000 will be for the costs of administering the settlement, $637,000 will go to incentive awards for the player representatives in the suit, $400,000 for a contingency fund and $2,315,000 for a payment under the California Private Attorney General Act, which allows penalties for violating state labor code.

MLB told the court that it did not oppose approval of the settlement.

“We are only in the second year of a major overhaul of the 100-year-old player development system and have made great strides to improve the quality of life for minor league players,” MLB said in a statement. “We are proud that minor league players already receive significant benefits, including free housing, quality health care, multiple meals per day, college tuition assistance for those who wish to continue their education and over $450 million in annual signing bonuses for first-year players.”

“We are pleased we were able to come to a mutually agreeable resolution but are unable to comment on the details until the agreement is formally approved by the court.”

As part of the proposed settlement, MLB agreed to rescind any prohibitions against teams paying wages to minor league players outside of the season.

‘”MLB will also issue a memorandum to the clubs advising the clubs that they must compensate minor league players in compliance with wage-and-hour laws in effect in Arizona and Florida during spring training, extended spring training, instructional leagues, and the championship season in those states, including any minimum wage laws that apply,” the proposed settlement said.

The suit was filed in 2014 by first baseman/outfielder Aaron Senne, a 10th-round pick of the Marlins in 2009 who retired in 2013, and two other retired players who had been lower-round selections: Kansas City infielder Michael Liberto and San Francisco pitcher Oliver Odle. They claimed violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage and overtime requirements for a work week they estimated at 50 to 60 hours.

Spero wrote in a pretrial ruling in March that minor leaguers are year-round employees who work during training time and found MLB violated Arizona’s state minimum wage law and was liable for triple damages. Spero also ruled MLB did not comply with California wage statement requirements, awarding $1,882,650 in penalties.

He said minor leaguers should be paid for travel time to road games in the California League and to practice in Arizona and Florida.

“For decades, Major League Baseball’s 30 team owners have openly conspired to underpay minor league baseball players,” Advocates for Minor Leaguers executive director Harry Marino said in a statement. “Players are required to provide between six and nine months of free labor each year. Today’s settlement announcement is an acknowledgment of, and an important first step toward remedying, that injustice.”

Advocates for Minor Leaguers has pressed Congress to investigate treatment of minor leaguers and to further limit baseball’s antitrust exemption. Congress passed a law in March 2018 stripping players of the protection of federal minimum wage law.

In 2017, the players suing were defined as those with minor league contracts who played in the California League for at least seven straight days starting on Feb. 7, 2010, or Feb. 7, 2011, depending on state or federal claims; those who participated in spring training, extended spring training instructional leagues in Arizona starting Feb. 7, 2011; and those who participated in spring training, extended spring training instructional leagues in Florida starting Feb. 7, 2009.

The settlement explained how the legal fees were determined.

“A fee award of 30% of the common fund is reasonable given the risk class counsel took in bringing this novel wage-and-hour case, the effort they put into litigating the case for eight years through a lengthy appeal and until the eve of trial, and the excellent result achieved,” the settlement said.

Hard-throwing Kumar Rocker ready for his second MLB draft

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Kumar Rocker is ready for a second go-round in the MLB draft.

A year after he was the lone first-round pick to not sign with a team, the hard-throwing right-hander and former Vanderbilt star is fresh from a brief professional tune-up that has him on track to be selected again as early as the first round when the draft begins on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Rocker was drafted No. 10 overall last year by the New York Mets. But the sides failed to reach an agreement by the August deadline because the Mets had concerns over the health of his right arm.

Rocker’s agent, Scott Boras, confirmed that 10 months ago Rocker had “non-pitching-related minor surgery” on his right arm.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Rocker emerged from months of training privately when he signed a minor league contract with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the independent Frontier League in mid-May. He notched his first professional victory two weeks ago, allowing two hits and one unearned run in five innings against the Empire State Greys, a travel team that had only two wins in 41 games after the loss.

It was the 22-year-old Rocker’s fifth and final start for the ValleyCats before being deactivated to prepare for this year’s draft. He posted a 1.35 ERA with 32 strikeouts and four walks and gave up 11 hits in 20 innings. His fastball clocked as high as 99 mph and was consistently in that range during his stint with Tri-City to go along with a nasty curveball and slider.

“I think I have a better understanding of pro hitters, just growing up a little bit on the mound,” Rocker said after his final appearance for Tri-City.

Three years ago, Rocker led Vanderbilt to a College World Series title as a freshman. He was a three-year standout and posted a 2.89 ERA in 42 games (39 starts). He also was named MVP of the College World Series, racking up 44 strikeouts in 28 postseason innings, including a 19-strikeout no-hitter in an NCAA Super Regional against Duke. His ERA was a microscopic 0.96 in four postseason starts.

He opted not to go back to college after not signing with the Mets, training instead on his own. The short stint with the ValleyCats allowed him to get back in the groove of live action.

“He’s the real deal,” Tri-City manager Pete Incaviglia said. “It’s not just his stuff that makes him, it’s his will to compete. He loves to compete. He loves to take the ball every day. Those guys are special.”

Chiefs unable to sign franchise LT Brown to long-term deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs and Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. failed to reach a long-term deal before Friday’s deadline, leaving the blindside protector for quarterback Patrick Mahomes playing on the franchise tag this season.

The Chiefs had been optimistic that they could sign Brown, whom they acquired from the Ravens for a package of draft picks prior to last season, to a long-term contract. But negotiations were slowed initially as Brown settled on representation, and then it became increasingly clear as time ran out that the sides remained far apart.

The Chiefs made a final pitch of six years and nearly $140 million, with $30.25 million guaranteed at signing, which would have made Brown one of the league’s highest-paid left tackles. But it’s unclear how much of the total deal was guaranteed, and that is likely what kept the sides from coming to an agreement.

In terms of average value, the 49ers’ Trent Williams remains the league’s highest paid left tackle at $23.01 million per year on the six-year, $138.06 million contract he signed last year. The Packers’ David Bakhtiari set the standard before Williams and is making $23 million per year on the four-year, $92 million contract he signed in 2020.

The question facing the Chiefs now is whether Brown will report to training camp next week.

The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on the 26-year-old tackle, which means he would play next season for $16.7 million whenever he decides to sign the contract tender. But until that happens, Brown can skip training camp – just as he did with voluntary workouts and the Chiefs’ mandatory minicamp – without risking any sort of fine.

He would miss valuable practice and conditioning time, though.

“He’s a young guy so there’s plenty of room to grow,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said at the conclusion of the minicamp last month. “He’s wired the right way to do that, to attack that. I know he’s been working out and doing the things he needs to do to get ready for camp. He’s a young guy that’s new to the position, is on the rise, I would hope.”

The Chiefs rebuilt their offensive line following a dismal performance against Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl two years ago, and Brown was expected to be the cornerstone of it. The Chiefs shipped a package of draft picks to Baltimore that included a first-round selection to get him, and the expectation all along has been that he would sign a long-term deal.

Brown started every game for the Chiefs last season, when he was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl, and helped to tutor a front five that included rookies in center Creed Humphrey and right guard Trey Smith.

“We love Orlando here. He’s a good human being and he’s a good professional,” Reid said. “He’s grown up around it. I think he’s got good counsel. So, we just have to work through it.”

THE NFL POWER POLL-POST DRAFT

Now that the NFL draft is done, free agency has slowed to a crawl and the 2022 schedule is finalized, it’s time for the preseason power poll.

The process here is pretty simple. The expected cream rises to the top while the dregs of the league sink to the bottom. They are grouped into tiers of teams that are largely interchangeable in rankings within the tiers. To sort tiebreakers and get an actual ranking, I mentally simulated three games between the two teams in question and picked the team that I would expect to win more.

Top tier – The Super Bowl favorites

  1. Los Angeles Rams
  2. Green Bay Packers
  3. Buffalo Bills
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  5. Kansas City Chiefs

Longtime readers know I’m big on having the defending champs occupy the top spot until they’re knocked out of it on the actual field. That’s the only reason the Rams are above both the Packers and Bills, the top teams in the conferences entering minicamp season. Buffalo has the league’s best offense, Green Bay the league’s best defense–and each has formidable units on the other side of the ball too.

The Bucs and Chiefs aren’t quite as solid all-around but have quarterbacks who are dynamic enough to elevate the rest of the team. Keeping Kansas City in this tier was the source of furious internal debate, but their strong early emphasis on defense in the draft won out and keeps them with the cream. 

Second tier – Viable contenders

  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Los Angeles Chargers

The Colts made a massive upgrade at QB in swapping in Matt Ryan for Carson Wentz and effectively kept the rest of the talented band together. Their young defense has loads of promise. The same is true of the defending AFC Champs in Cincinnati, where the defense doesn’t get nearly enough credit because of how awesome a healthy Joe Burrow is at QB. Health is key for Baltimore, but their roster got better with Kyle Hamilton and Marcus Williams–the best safety in the draft and free agency, respectively.

I’m bullish on the Vikings as long as the young offensive line can play to expectation. Their weaponry is as good as anyone’s in the NFC and the secondary got better (potentially a lot better) in the draft. The Chargers are probably lower here than you’ll see them in most power polls and much of that is a dire lack of depth across the roster. The starting 22 in L.A. is top-5, but they’re very reliant on their standouts; much of their depth isn’t playing on other NFL rosters and that’s especially true in the trenches. The Chargers are dangerous in both directions but too high-end to drop from this tier.

Middle class tier

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. Dallas Cowboys
  3. Las Vegas Raiders
  4. New Orleans Saints
  5. Denver Broncos
  6. Arizona Cardinals
  7. Tennessee Titans
  8. Miami Dolphins
  9. San Francisco 49ers

In general, these are all teams that could win a playoff game (or two in case of the top 3 here) but have significant enough questions to curb the enthusiasm. Cleveland probably belongs in the tier above this one and could bump up once there is resolution on the Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield situations. Their defense could be nasty-good around Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward. The Cowboys will be in the postseason as long as the lines hold up, but a playmaking back 7 and diverse weaponry keeps them pretty safe.

The Saints and Broncos are the two most difficult teams to slot and that’s some reason why both wound up in the dead middle. Russell Wilson’s fit in Denver should be fine. Should be. Arizona needs to get more out of their premium draft picks from the last 2-3 years but they can reasonably expect to be in the playoff mix. Tennessee and San Francisco are trending in the wrong direction, while the Raiders and Dolphins are moving up from where I had them at the end of 2021. I wouldn’t argue with anyone who pegs Las Vegas as a sleeper Super Bowl team.

The penultimate tier

  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Commanders
  • Detroit Lions
  • New York Jets
  • New York Giants
  • New England Patriots
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Pittsburgh Steelers

Nearly all of this tier is filled with teams in various states of transition. The Lions, Jets and Giants are moving upward. Good health and positive quarterback play will elevate any of that trio into the tier above this one, and that is also true for the Eagles with Jalen Hurts and a talented but paper-thin defense.

Washington treads water with Carson Wentz and a loaded defensive front. There is considerable potential with the Commanders but so many questions. New England and Pittsburgh are plummeting in terms of roster strength but have just enough for their brilliant coaches to work with to keep them afloat. Jacksonville could emerge as a quick riser as much from the addition-by-subtraction of Urban Meyer at coach. The Jaguars should be fun.

The bottom

  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Houston Texans
  • Chicago Bears
  • Atlanta Falcons

Without being too disparaging, I’ll keep it simple with this foursome. It’s very difficult to see the path to success for these teams in 2022.

Jim Thorpe reinstated as sole winner for 1912 Olympic golds

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Jim Thorpe has been reinstated as the sole winner of the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon in Stockholm — nearly 110 years after being stripped of those gold medals for violations of strict amateurism rules of the time.

The International Olympic Committee announced the change Friday on the 110th anniversary of Thorpe winning the decathlon and later being proclaimed by King Gustav V of Sweden as “the greatest athlete in the world.”

Thorpe, a Native American, returned to a ticker-tape parade in New York, but months later it was discovered he had been paid to play minor league baseball over two summers, an infringement of the Olympic amateurism rules. He was stripped of his gold medals in what was described as the first major international sports scandal.

To some, Thorpe remains the greatest all-around athlete ever. He was voted as the Associated Press’ Athlete of the Half Century in a poll in 1950.

In 1982 — 29 years after Thorpe’s death — the IOC gave duplicate gold medals to his family but his Olympic records were not reinstated, nor was his status as the sole gold medalist of the two events.

Two years ago, a Bright Path Strong petition advocated declaring Thorpe the outright winner of the pentathlon and decathlon in 1912. The IOC had listed him as a co-champion in the official record book.

“We welcome the fact that, thanks to the great engagement of Bright Path Strong, a solution could be found,” IOC President Thomas Bach said. “This is a most exceptional and unique situation, which has been addressed by an extraordinary gesture of fair play from the National Olympic Committees concerned.”

Thorpe’s Native American name, Wa-Tho-Huk, means “Bright Path.” The organization with the help of IOC member Anita DeFrantz had contacted the Swedish Olympic Committee and the family of Hugo Wieslander, who had been elevated to decathlon gold medalist in 1913.

“They confirmed that Wieslander himself had never accepted the Olympic gold medal allocated to him, and had always been of the opinion that Jim Thorpe was the sole legitimate Olympic gold medalist,” the IOC said, adding that the Swedish Olympic Committee agreed.

“The same declaration was received from the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, whose athlete, Ferdinand Bie, was named as the gold medalist when Thorpe was stripped of the pentathlon title,” the IOC said.

Bie will be listed as the silver medalist in the pentathlon, and Wieslander with silver in the decathlon.

World Athletics, the governing body of track and field, has also agreed to amend its records, the IOC said.

Bright Path Strong commended the IOC for “setting the record straight” about the Sac and Fox and Potawatomi athlete.

“We are so grateful this nearly 110-year-old injustice has finally been corrected, and there is no confusion about the most remarkable athlete in history,” said Nedra Darling, the organization co-founder and citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

At world championships in Eugene, Oregon, Native American hammer thrower Janee’ Kassanavoid said the announcement was news to celebrate.

“My ultimate goal is to follow in his footsteps, to inspire and empower the next generation of athletes to come,” she said.

As the first Native American to win an Olympic gold medal for the United States, Thorpe “has inspired our people for generations,” said Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians.

In Stockholm, Thorpe tripled the score of his nearest competitor in the pentathlon and had 688 more points than the second-placed finisher in the decathlon.

During the closing ceremony, King Gustav V told Thorpe: “Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world.”

INDIANA RELEASES

USLC RECAP | NY 1:0 IND

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Indy Eleven’s recent attacking woes continued tonight in the Garden State, as New York Red Bulls II sent the Boys in Blue to their fourth consecutive 1-0 defeat at MSU Soccer Park. Despite a season-high seven saves by goalkeeper Tim Trilk, Indiana’s Team fell to a sixth straight loss with the narrow result.

The first half took a while to spring to life, but Trilk was alert when it did, doing well to bat away efforts by former Boy in Blue Jeremy Rafanello and Zach Ryan in the 14th and 26th minutes, respectively, before pouncing on a Rafanello free kick at his right post in the 28th.

Indy’s attack came alive in the 35th minute with a counterattack that saw Stefano Pinho put Manuel Arteaga 1-v-1 against Red Bulls II ‘keeper Ioannis Nikopolidis, who snuffed out the chance by aggressively coming off his line to block the Venezuelan’s low shot. Two minutes later Arteaga’s square ball set up a hard-charging Raul Aguilera, but his first-time shot from the top of the area rose over the frame.

New York charged out of the gates in the second half, and it was Rafanello doing the damage against his old side in the 52nd minute, sweeping home Jordan Adebayo-Smith’s back-post cross from inside the six to change the scoreboard. Two minutes later Ryan tested Trilk with another long range effort, but the Indy backstop was again on the spot to parry and collect.

Indy’s best look of the second half also came through Arteaga, who worked past a defender on the left endline and carried into the edge of the six, but Nikopolidis closed the gap on the five-hole attempt with a kick save. It was Red Bulls II who carried the match from there, but Trilk stepped up again on chances by Curtis Ofori and Ryan once again to keep Indiana’s Team within range of an equalizer that unfortunately never came to be.

Indiana’s Team returns home next weekend for the first of three consecutive Saturday contests at IUPUI Carroll Stadium, starting against a surging Memphis 901 FC side. Fans can secure tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff on “International Night at The Mike” starting at just $15 online at indyeleven.com/tickets or over the phone at 317-685-1100; more details on the Eleven’s promotional nights through the rest of the season can be found at indyeleven.com/promotions. Fans who cannot make the match can follow live on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 19

New York Red Bulls II  1 : 0  Indy Eleven

Friday, July 15, 2022

MSU Soccer Park – Montclair, N.J.

Indy Eleven: 6W-10L-3D, 21 pts., 9th in Eastern Conference

New York Red Bulls II: 2W-14L-3D, 9 pts., T-13th in Eastern Conference

Scoring Summary:

NY – Jeremy Rafanello (Jordan Adebayo-Smith) 53’

Disciplinary Summary:

IND – Solomon Asante (yellow card) 48+’

IND – Alex McQueen (yellow card) 49’

IND – Ayoze (yellow card) 75’

NY – Christopher Cragwell (yellow card) 77’

Indy Eleven lineup (4-3-3): Tim Trilk; Neveal Hackshaw, A.J. Cochran (Aris Briggs 89’), Jared Timmer, Justin Ingram (Jonas Fjeldberg 69’); Ayoze (captain), Raul Aguilera (Nicky Law 61’), Alex McQueen; Manuel Arteaga, Stefano Pinho, Solomon Asante

IND substitutes: Sean Lewis (GK), Ecris Revolorio, Diego Sanchez, Sam Brown

NY Red Bulls II lineup (4-2-3-1): Ioannis Nikopolidis; Curtis Ofori, Juan Castillo, Andres Reyes (Christopher Cragwell 62’), O’Vonte Mullings; John Murphy (Wikelman Carmona 62’), Sam Williams (Michael Knapp 80’); Jeremy Rafanello, Caden Clark, Jordan Adebayo-Smith (Jesus Castellanos 80’); Zach Ryan

NY Substitutes: Derrek Chan, Daniel De Leon, Jonathan Filipe

INDIANA HOOSIERS PREVIEW 2022: SEASON PREDICTION, BREAKDOWN, KEY GAMES, PLAYERS

Just when it seemed like long-suffering Indiana football fans were about to have some real fun …

Cue the sad trombone.

The 2021 team wasn’t as bad as the 2-10 record might have seemed – in a “other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?” sort of way, it was a special teams play away from possibly beating Cincinnati – just like the 2020 team wasn’t quite as good in the strangest of seasons than the 6-1 Big Ten record made it seem.

So what went wrong?

Start with the obvious – 1) injuries, and 2) the rest of the Big Ten wasn’t awful in 2021.

READ MORE: https://collegefootballnews.com/2022/07/indiana-hoosiers-preview-2022-season-prediction-breakdown-key-games-players

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS PREVIEW 2022: PREVIEW 2022: SEASON PREDICTION, BREAKDOWN, KEY GAMES, PLAYERS

Purdue football has always been a little bit of a Little Engine That Could sort of program without the next-level star power of the biggest of Big Ten teams, but when it was rolling back in the day under the late, great Joe Tiller it had a scheme and style that made everyone worry.

It’s been a while, but last year’s team brought a bit of that Basketball On Grass swagger.

There were times when the offense sputtered – like against the elite Wisconsin D – and the defense couldn’t keep up with Ohio State’s O, but it wanted to make a statement against a rolling Iowa team, and did.

It wanted to make a statement against a hot Michigan State team, and did.

And then it was Game On against a high-powered Tennessee team that was trending up. It hung on in a thrilling – and somewhat controversial – shootout victory.

READ MORE: https://collegefootballnews.com/2022/07/purdue-boilermakers-preview-2022-season-prediction-breakdown-key-games-players

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH PREVIEW 2022: SEASON PREDICTION, BREAKDOWN, KEY GAMES, PLAYERS

Find anyone who can say anything bad about Marcus Freeman.

The players were jacked when he was announced as the new head coach.

The fans were jacked, the school was jacked, and apparently, recruits are jacked. And that’s the crazy part about all of this.

Brian Kelly was really, really good at winning and restoring the national prominence of the place, and yet Notre Dame couldn’t be more ecstatic about the refresh – maybe bailing for LSU when the team was still in the mix for the College Football Playoff had something to do with that. And now …

Everyone around the Notre Dame program appears to be having … fun?

It’s buying early on the stock – Notre Dame isn’t supposed to be a place for a first time head coach to cut his teeth – but that’s a testament to just how much of a rock star Freeman has the potential to be.

READ MORE: https://collegefootballnews.com/2022/07/notre-dame-fighting-irish-preview-2022-season-prediction-breakdown-key-games-players

BALL STATE CARDINALS PREVIEW 2022: SEASON PREDICTION, BREAKDOWN, KEY GAMES, PLAYERS

Ball State is able to get a little greedy now.

After six straight losing seasons, the program pulled off a surprising MAC championship in 2020, and then wanted even more with several of the key parts returning to 2021.

It was a fine year, but after a bowl loss to Georgia State it turned into a seventh losing season in eight years. Now there’s a bit of an overhaul, but there’s still enough around to push for the first time ever with three straight bowl seasons.

The downfield passing game has to be better, the offense has to be more consistent, and the defense has to be more disruptive and stronger at getting into the backfield.

It’s going to be a fight to get to six wins with this schedule and the lack of depth, but after the last few years, it’s bowl game or bust.

READ MORE: https://collegefootballnews.com/2022/07/ball-state-cardinals-preview-2022-season-prediction-breakdown-key-games-players

Notre Dame Hockey: 12 Irish Skaters Participate In NHL Development Camps

SOUTH BEND, Ind.  – Twelve future, current and former Notre Dame hockey players are taking part in NHL Development camps this July.

The Development Camps represent an opportunity for players, both drafted prospects and undrafted invitees, to work on various on-ice skills and off-ice training while getting to know various coaching staffs.

NameNHL Development CampAt Notre DameNHL Status
Brennan AliDetroitSigned NLI (Fall 2021)Drafted 2022
Drew BavaroDetroit2022-23 Junior TransferFA
Jake BoltmannCalgary2022-23 SophomoreDrafted 2020
Max EllisToronto2021-22 JuniorSigned
Justin JanickeSeattle2022-23 SophomoreDrafted 2021
Adam KarashikPhiladelphia2022 GraduateSigned
Jackson PiersonEdmonton2022-23 Graduate TransferFA
Chayse PrimeauPhiladelphia2022-23 Graduate TransferFA
Ryder RolstonChicago2022-23 JuniorDrafted 2020
Graham SlaggertToronto2022 GraduateSigned
Landon SlaggertChicago2022-23 JuniorDrafted 2020
Spencer StastneyNashville2022 GraduateSigned

#IrishInTheNHL

  • Fourteen former Fighting Irish players skated in the NHL this past season: Anders Bjork (Buffalo Sabres), Ian Cole (Carolina Hurricanes), Jake Evans (Montreal Canadiens), Steven Fogarty (Boston Bruins),  Jordan Gross (Colorado Avalanche) Vinnie Hinostroza (Buffalo Sabres), Anders Lee (New York Islanders), Kyle Palmieri (New York Islanders), Andrew Peeke (Columbus), Cal Petersen (Los Angeles Kings), Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh Penguins), Riley Sheahan (Seattle Kraken), Alex Steeves (Toronto Maple Leafs) and TJ Tynan (Los Angeles Kings).


  • Steeves made his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 7 against Columbus (and former Notre Dame teammate Andrew Peeke) in a 5-4 Toronto win.


  • Steeves became the 25th former Irish player under head coach Jeff Jackson to reach the NHL and the Notre Dame program’s 39th NHL player overall. 
  • Prior to Steeves, the most recent Notre Dame players to make their NHL debuts were Jordan Gross, Peeke, Jake Evans and Thomas DiPauli during the 2019-20 season. 

Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s Golf Finalizes Roster For 2022-23

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team is finalized for 2022-23 with the addition of two student-athletes: Natalie Papa and Adrienne Rohwedder.

“We are excited to add both Natalie and Adrienne to the Mastodon women’s golf team,” head coach Jim Earle said. “They will instantly provide depth to an already talented roster.”

Papa hails from Frankfort, Illinois and played four years for head coach Mary McGivern at Lincoln Way East High School. She had a personal-best of 69 (-2) in her career that was highlighted by two regional championships and a conference title. Papa was an all-conference selection three times, an all-regional pick twice, and a two-time state qualifier. Her team was the Lincoln Way Cup champion three times. In the classroom, she was a High Honor Roll recipient.

Rohwedder comes to Purdue Fort Wayne after spending three years at NCAA Division III Carthage, where she was the best player in program history. As a freshman, she fired a season average of 75.0 with a runner-up finish at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championship. After a redshirt campaign in 2020-21, Rohwedder shot a 77.9 season average. She won the CCIW Championship with a 218 (75-71-72). Her career-best was a 68, which came at the Battle on the Border in 2019. Rohwedder played high school golf at Wheeling High School, where she was a three-time all-state, all-sectional and All-Mid-Suburban League selection. She was the medalist at the 2018 Illinois High School Association Girls Golf Championship and earned 25 other medalist honors in her career.
Papa and Rohwedder will join the Mastodon squad this fall, and will compete for a spot on the travel roster for the first tournament of the season: the A-Ga-Ming Invitational on September 4.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1897       Colts first baseman Cap Anson becomes the first major leaguer to collect 3000 hits when he singles off George Blackburn. The 45 year-old infielder’s historic hit comes in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore at Chicago’s West Side Grounds.

1909       The Tigers and Senators play the longest scoreless game in American League history. Detroit’s Ed Summers, who gives up just seven hits, goes the distance but doesn’t get a decision when the 0-0 contest at Bennett Park ends after the 18th inning.

1913       In a game against the Cubs, Superbas’ second baseman George Cutshaw handles 14 chances without an error. The infielder’s defensive prowess helps Brooklyn beat Chicago at Ebbets Field, 4-2.

1920       After pitching 16 scoreless frames, Earl Hamilton and the Pirates lose to the Giants in the 17th at Forbes Field, 7-0. New York starter Rube Benton tosses 17 shutout innings to get the victory.

1932       Tommy Thomas collects his third victory in three days, all against the same team, when the Senators rout St. Louis at Griffith Stadium, 11-0. The 32-year-old right-hander, who will defeat the Browns seven times this season, picked up two of three wins of the streak as a reliever before going the distance in today’s contest.

1933       Reds right-hander Red Lucas beats the Giants and Roy Parmelee, 1-0, in a 15-inning game that both starters go the distance. The Redland Field contest ends when Rollie Hemsley’s single to right field plates George Grantham with the winning run.

1948       Branch Rickey and Giants owner Horace Stoneham agree on a deal that releases Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher to become the Giants’ skipper, replacing the popular Mel Ott. Burt Shotton will take the ‘Lip’s’ place in the Dodger dugout.

1956       Radio executives John Fetzer and Fred Knorr buy the Tigers and Briggs Stadium for a record $5.5 million from a reluctant Walter Briggs, Jr., ordered by family estate administrators to sell the ownership he inherited from his father. The deal includes an agreement to retain Briggs, who will become the team’s general manager, as executive vice president, but the former owner will resign from both posts at the start of next season.

1966       Horace Clarke hits his second career home run, a tenth-inning grand slam, giving the Yankees an eventual 9-5 win over the A’s at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. The New York shortstop’s first-ever round-tripper was also hit with the bases full last season.

1968       After making a running catch of Chuck Hinton’s blooper, Indians’ center fielder Jose Cardenal continues to move to the infield, doubling up Jim Fregosi at second base to complete an unassisted double play. The Cleveland outfielder becomes only the fourth flychaser to record two unassisted double plays in one season, joining Socks Seybold (1907, A’s), Tris Speaker (1918, Indians), and Adam Comorosky (1935, Pirates).

1969       Rod Carew steals home for the seventh time, establishing a new American League standard and tying Pete Reiser’s major-league mark for swiping the plate in one season. After further research in 1991, Ty Cobb retains the record, having stolen home eight times in 1912.

1969       At Jarry Park, Willie Stargell becomes the first major leaguer to homer into a swimming pool when his 495-foot blast splashes into a recreational pool located beyond the right-field fence. When Pirates’ first baseman retired in 1982, the Expos presented him with a life-preserver in tribute to the homers he hit into what became known to the locals as “Willie’s pool” or referred to in French as la piscine de Willie.

1970       Three Rivers Stadium debuts precisely on the same spot as Exposition Park, the Pirates’ home from 1891-1909. Cincinnati’s first baseman Tony Perez hits the park’s first home run as the Pirates lose to the Reds, 3-2.

1975       The owners re-elect Bowie Kuhn to his second term as the commissioner of baseball. Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley attempted to persuade others to vote to remove Kuhn, who had become his adversary on many issues during his first seven years in the position.

1978       Tulsa southpaw starter Dave Righetti, who doesn’t get the decision when the Drillers lose in the tenth, strikes out 21 Midland Cubs over nine innings, establishing a Texas League record. In the off-season, the 19-year-old Ranger farmhand becomes part of a ten-player trade that sends him to the Yankees.

1985       The All-Star Game telecast at Minnesota’s Metrodome becomes the first-ever program to be transmitted in stereo. NBC, which broadcasted the first professional baseball game in 1939, airs Midsummer Classic.

1985       The National League beats the AL, 6-1, marking its 21st victory in the last 23 All-Star Games. Sparky Anderson, the first manager to win 100 games in both the National and American Leagues, becomes the first skipper to lose a Midsummer Classics in each league.

1988       In the longest game ever played in Texas League history, the San Antonio Missions beat the visiting Jackson Mets in 26 innings, 1-0, when Manny Francois ended it with a bases-loaded single to center. The V.J. Keefe Stadium contest, which started on July 14th, was suspended at 2:25 a.m. the following day and continued on July 16th, taking seven hours and 23 minutes to complete.

1990       Steve Lyons slides headfirst into first base to beat out a bunt. The play becomes memorable when the White Sox first baseman drops his pants to brush away the dirt inside his uniform in front of 14,770 surprised fans at Tiger Stadium.

1999       New York closer Mariano Rivera blows the save, giving up four ninth-inning runs in the team’s 10-7 loss to Atlanta, after hearing Enter Sandman played as his entrance song for the first time. Seeing the San Diego fans’ enthusiastic reaction to Trevor Hoffman was getting during the World Series with AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells, the Yankees’ ownership comes up with the iconic Metallica heavy metal rock song for the quiet Panamanian, who is devout Christian.

2000       A 1919 Chicago’ Black Sox’ autographed baseball fetches $93,666 at an eBay auction. The ball’s value, believed to be the most for such an item, was unusually high because it included the signature of Shoeless Joe Jackson, a player considered illiterate who usually just signed legal documents.

2000       The Twins announce the possibility of playing a home series outdoors in a temporary stadium next season. However, the move away from the Metrodome would require the approval of major league baseball, the players’ association, the opponents, broadcast affiliates, and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.

2001       Fred McGriff invokes his no-trade clause, blocking a deal that would have sent him to the first-place Cubs from the last-place Devil Rays. Later in the day, the ‘Crime Dog’ homers, helping Tampa Bay to beat the Braves 6-5.

2003       At the age of 77, Minnie Minoso becomes the first player to play professional baseball in seven decades. The Cuban native, who played his last full season in 1963 with the White Sox, walks as the designated hitter for the St. Paul Saints against the Gary SouthShore RailCats in Northern League action, an independent minor league.

2003       The Yankees send pitching prospects Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia, and Ryan Bicondoa to the Mets for hard-throwing embattled closer Armando Benitez. The 30-year-old All-Star reliever, slated to be the setup man for closer Mariano Rivera, blew seven of 28 save opportunities and became the object of much booing at Shea Stadium.

2005       The Northern League initially approves having fans, along with the Kansas City T-Bones and Schaumburg Flyers players looking on from their dugouts, watch the video stadium monitor as two kids determine the action of the first two innings using an X-Box and the MVP Baseball software. Although individual player statistics generated by the video game would not have counted, league officials later nix the promotion, deciding instead to the final two innings of the game replayed on the game system.

2005       To bolster their injured pitching rotation, the Yankees acquired recently released Al Leiter from the Marlins. The 39-year-old $8-million southpaw, who posted a disappointing 3-7 record and a 6.64 ERA with the Fish, will quickly pay dividends, limiting the Red Sox to one run and three hits in his first start back as a Bronx Bomber.

2006       At Wrigley Field, Mets outfielders Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran both hit grand slams during a franchise-record 11-run inning in the sixth of the 13-7 defeat of the Cubs. The pair of four-run homers marks only the seventh time in baseball history a team has accomplished the feat in one inning.

2006       Chipper Jones ties a major league record by collecting an extra-base hit in his 14th straight game. The Braves’ third baseman’s fourth-inning home run equals the mark established in 1927 by Pirates outfielder Paul Waner.

2006       Mariano Rivera records his 400th career save, pitching two innings in New York’s 6-4 victory over the White Sox. The Yankee closer becomes the fourth major league reliever to reach the milestone, joining Lee Smith (478), Trevor Hoffman (460), and John Franco (424).

2006       The Reds honor perfect game hurler Tom Browning and slugging first baseman Lee May with induction into the team’s Hall of Fame. Cooperstown and Mets Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, who spent five-plus seasons with the team, hurling a no-hitter with Cincinnati in 1978, is also included as an inductee.

2008       In Washington, D.C., the United States Post Office releases the Take Me Out to the Ball Game commemorative stamp, marking the 100th anniversary of baseball’s official anthem. Scottsdale (AZ) graphic artist Richard Sheaff designed the 42-cent postage stamp based on an image of a circa-1880 “trade card” from his personal collection that features a baseball scene promoting a product made in Michigan.

2009       In Miami, Ryan Howard, playing in his 658th game, becomes the fastest player to hit 200 home runs when he goes deep off Marlin right-hander Chris Volstad with his solo shot in the sixth inning in the team’s 4-0 victory. Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner, who played in 48 more contests than the 29-year-old Phillies first baseman to reach the plateau, had previously held the mark.

2009       The Diamondbacks and Rockies announce the teams will share an Arizona spring training home, beginning in 2011. The Pima-Maricopa Indians, according to a 25-year agreement, plan to build an 11,000-seat ballpark and a complex, making the major league facility the first to be located on a site believed to be tribal land.

2010       Bengie Molina becomes the eighth major leaguer and the first backstop since 1900 to hit a grand slam and a single, double, and triple in the same game. The slow-footed catcher, the eighth Ranger to hit for the cycle, legs out an improbable triple in the eighth inning to complete the feat.

2010       The Yankees team honors Bob Sheppard’s memory when the players don commemorative patches on the left sleeve of their uniforms as a tribute in the first game played at the Bronx ballpark since his death. There are public address announcements made from the empty PA booth during the contest against Tampa Bay.

2013       In the first All-Star Game played in the Queens in 49 years, the American League pitchers hold their National League opponents to just three hits, blanking the Senior Circuit at Citi Field, 3-0. Yankee closer Mariano Rivera, voted the game’s MVP, receives a standing ovation from the enthusiastic 45,186 fans in attendance when he enters the contest in the eighth inning en route to retiring three consecutive NL batters.

2013       In the All-Star Game played at New York’s Citi Field, Salvador Perez, who replaced Joe Mauer behind the plate in the last inning, leads off the eighth with a single to right field off Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel. The Kansas City catcher becomes the first Royals player to get a hit in the Midsummer Classic since Bo Jackson blasted his memorable moonshot at Anaheim Stadium in 1989.

2021       Padres’ second baseman Jake Cronenworth completes the cycle when he scratches out a sixth-inning infield single in the team’s 24-8 of the Nationals in Washington. The 26-year-old rookie doubled in the second, tripled in the third, and homered in the fifth frame en route to accomplishing the rare feat, the first for the club since Wil Myers did it against the Rockies in 2017.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1925

As the “Roaring Twenties” reached their midpoint, the Washington Senators returned for their second consecutive Fall Classic against one of the Series’ original pioneers, the Pittsburgh Pirates. After defeating the perennial Giants in a seven game thriller the previous year, the Senators showed no signs of slowing down and quickly set the pace by winning Game 1 with little resistance. The next day the Pirates evened the score with a 3-2 victory on the arm of Vic Aldridge (who had gone the distance) and the swing of Kiki Cuyler who knocked a two run homer in the eighth. Both teams continued to trade W’s as the Senators netted a 4-3 win thanks to spectacular fielding by Sam Rice and the Pirates’ Vic Aldridge returned for a 6-3 triumph over Stan Covelski.

The Pirates maintained their momentum for a crucial 3-2 victory in Game 5 due to the efforts of rookie second baseman Eddie Moore and second year pitcher Ray Kremer. Moore had broken a tie in the eighth with a monster blast and Kremer held the Senators to just six hits. With the Series tied at three games apiece, it would all come down to the final outing at historic Forbes Field. Veteran ace, Walter Johnson (who had won Game 7 the year before) drew the start against the Pirates’ Vic Aldridge in what promised to be a fantastic finish. In 1925, The Big Train had reached 20+ wins for the twelfth season and was within four wins of the four-hundred mark (and he had done it entirely in a Washington uniform). Old Reliable was coming off of a 15-7 season with the Pirates and was the only pitcher in Pittsburgh’s rotation that was a billed in the New York papers as a “worthy opponent of the mighty Johnson”.

The press couldn’t have been more wrong about Aldridge as the Senators tagged him for four runs in the first before being pulled and lasting only 1/3 of an inning. Washington maintained control with a 6-3 lead going into the fourth, but Johnson broke down as well on the way to surrendering fifteen hits in eight innings. They managed to hold onto a 6-4 lead thanks to several fielding errors on the Pirates’ part but paid back the favor with several follies of their own including the seventh error by Roger Peckinpaugh who was having an awful postseason. Capitalizing on the Senator’s backslide, Pie Traynor stepped up and laced a timely game-tying triple (but was tagged out himself as he tried to reach home). Pirates’ reliever Ray Kremer took the mound against a desperate Washington team who must have cringed at the site of “Series goat” Peckinpaugh stepping up to the batter’s box. The thirty-four year old veteran had experienced every ballplayer’s nightmare with one error in Game 1, two in Game 2, one in Game 3, another in Game 5, one in Game 6 and, to this point, one in Game 7. Even worse, he had gone 5-23 at the plate. However, all that was momentarily forgotten as the struggling workhorse launched a rocket into the left-field seats, giving his team the 7-6 lead. Things appeared to be going in the Senator’s favor as Johnson sat down the first two Pirates in the bottom of the eighth. Once again, “goat-turned-hero-turned-goat” Peckinpaugh made a poor throw while attempting to record a forceout at second allowing Eddie Moore and Max Carey to reach base. Game 2 hero, Kiki Cuyler, sealed the victory with a two-run ground-rule double (the Pirates eighth base hit of the day). The defending champions had fallen hard to the underdog Pirates whose comeback marked the first time a team had rallied from a 3-1 deficit in games to win a best-of-seven Series.

While Max Carey batted a Series-leading .458 for Pittsburgh and Aldridge and Kremer each won two games, the focus fell mainly on Washington’s players. Goose Goslin had hit three Series home runs for the second straight year; Joe Harris hit .440 (with three home runs) and Sam Rice, batted .364 and played exceptional defense. One particular play involving Rice sparked a controversy that would last for over fifty years: In the eighth inning of Game 3 (with the Senators leading by one run), the fielder tumbled into the right-field stands while reaching for a line drive. After several seconds he reemerged holding the ball signaling the out. Understandably, the Pirates contested umpire Cy Rigler stating that a Washington fan may have stuffed the ball into Rice’s glove. Questions about that moment followed Rice for the rest of his life resulting in a letter being sent to the Hall of Fame Officials (to be opened after his death in 1974) that stated simply, “At no time did I lose possession of the ball.”

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1936

After three consecutive losses to the American League, the National League finally came in from the cold. Its breakthrough came largely because of the pitching of its two widely contrasting aces Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell. They both took the mound as a hard-throwing combo that had won fifty games together that year.

Dean worked the first three innings and gave up neither a hit nor a run. Then Hubbell pitched the next three and gave up only two hits and no runs. The American League started Lefty Grove of the Red Sox and the National League drilled him for two runs in the bottom of the second. The American League also started a young rookie right fielder named Joe DiMaggio. A rookie starting in the All-Star Game was without precedent, especially a twenty-one year-old who happened to be hitting .358. Unfortunately, his debut was one of the few times in his career that DiMaggio disappointed as he committed two major errors and went 0-5 at the plate.

Strangely, after the record setting attendance of the second All-Star game, the National League’s first victory was witnessed by the smallest crowd ever to attend one. The Newspaper stories had assured Bostonians that the game was a sellout, when in fact, the attendance was only 25,556 with 15,000 seats remaining empty.

FOOTBALL HISTORY July 16, 2022

Three Rivers Opens

July 16, 1970 – In Pittsburgh it is the Pirates who open up Three Rivers Stadium in a 3-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The stadium would serve as the home to both the Pirates and the NFL’s Steelers from 1970 through 2000. The Stadium was so named as it sat next to the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny and Mohongahelia Rivers. The USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers and the University of Pittsburgh also played some home games at Three Rivers. The stadium was the venue where the first night World Series game took place in 1971 and also had the famous Immaculate Reception occur on December 23, 1972. The final game in Three Rivers Stadium took place on Dec 16, 2000 in a Steelers victory.

Here Comes the Pres!

July 16, 1980 – Ronald Reagan was nominated as the Republican Party candidate for President of the US. Reagan’s connection to football is that he played for Eureka College as a lineman. More famously he portrayed the University of Notre Dame legend George Gipp in the film from 1940 titled Knute Rockne, All American. Reagan became known as the Gipper from that film going forward based on George Gipp’s famous quote of, “just win one for the Gipper.”

Sheveport Home Start up!

The Newspapers.com Football History Headline of the Day comes from the July 17, 1994 edition of the Town Talk in Alexandria, Louisiana with their headline of:

Toronto Edges Pirates

The article is a recount of the July 16, 1994 Canadian Football League game where the CFL’s Shreveport Pirates lose their first home game 34-35 to the Toronto Argonauts. Argo’s quarterback Mike Kerrigan threw two second half TD strikes that helped Toronto to the victory. The Shreveport squad jumped on top early with back to back 64 yard plays, a rushing TD by back Reggie Barnes and then a scooring pass from Terrence Jones to Wayne Walker. The Argonauts ended an 18 game road losing streak that extended back to the 1991 season with this win. The Shreveport Pirate franchise would fold in 1995 as many of the US based CFL would befall in the failed expansion of the league beyond the Canadian Southern border.

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Hall of Fame Birthdays for July 16

July 16, 1889 – Roxbury, Massachusetts – Percy Wendell was a halfback from Harvard University that earned a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame in the entry class of 1972. Wendell emerged as one of the East’s finest runners per the NFF’s bio on him. His Harvard team finished 8-0-1 that season, keeping arch rival Yale scoreless in the final game to force a tie per the National Football Foundation. “Bullet” was the star, gaining 103 yards on 21 rushes against the Elis. In the final victory of 1910, an 18-0 decision over Dartmouth, Percy had produced both of his team’s touchdowns. During the 1911 season, while Wendell continued to dominate the Crimson attack, he lead the club in scoring. He drew Walter Camp’s All-America selection in each of his first two years, but injuries sidelined his abilities as Harvard’s senior captain in 1912. He went on to coach football at Boston University, Williams College and LeHigh University.

July 16, 1943 – Port Arthur, Texas – Jimmy Johnson the head coach of the national champion University of Miami Hurricanes and the Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys was born. Johnson got his first head coaching stint in 1979 with the Oklahoma State football team and stayed there until the Hurricanes hired him in 1984. He was unsure if he really wanted to leave Stillwater or not especially filling the shoes of former Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger, who had won Miami’s first national championship in 1983 nd then left for a job in the USFL. He brought the 4-3 defense to the Canes and an atmosphere that encouraged the players to showboat at times, By the 1986 season Miami was undefeated but was upset by number 2 Penn State in the Orange Bowl. The Hurricanes went undefeated in the regular season yet again in 1987, and won the school’s second national title by defeating Oklahoma. A year or so later Jimmy was hired by the struggling Dallas Cowboys in 1989. It wasn’t pretty at first but soon he started putting the pieces together on a great team. Some draft picks and a blockbuster trade that included star runner Herschel Walker and the Boys had the stamp of Jimmy Jphnson. He served five seasons with the Cowboys and guided the team to two Super Bowl championships. Johnson also coached the Miami Dolphins for four seasons and led the club to the playoffs in all but his first year on the job. He was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach in the class of 2020.

July 16, 1946 – Chicago, Illinois – Ron Yary according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame was an offensive tackle that played for Southern Cal in college and in the NFL for both the Vikings and later the Rams. Ron found himself being picked first overall in the 1968 NFL Draft by the Vikings. In his 15 NFL seasons Yary played in 7 Pro Bowls as he reached All-Pro status in 6 straight years. During Yary’s pro career, the Vikings won two NFL Central Division titles and nine NFC Central championships. Minnesota with Yary won the 1969 NFL championship and NFC titles in 1973, 1974 and 1976. This great player played in five NFL/NFC championships and Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX and XI. Mr. Yary was selected into both the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981 after his great play at USC and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

July 16, 1951 – Olton, Texas – Jerry Sisemore was a former offensive lineman from the University of Texas that is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame for his outstanding play. The National Football Foundation claims Jerry was a integral starter on the 1970 Longhorn team that built an unbeaten streak to 31 games. The next year Jerry blossomed into one of the nation’s best linemen as he had the first of two consecutive seasons where he was both an all-conference and Unanimous All-America selection. Mr. Sisemore after college played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles for over a decade.

July 16, 1968 – Wichita, Kansas – Barry Sanders the running back from Oklahoma State during the 1986 through 1988 seasons was born. The FootballFoundation.org states that Sanders learned how to work hard as a youngster helping his father put on roofs in the hot Wichita summers. This work ethic stuck with his through his gridiron career at both the college and the professional levels and paid dividends on Saturdays and Sundays. The hard work also taught him to be selfless and humble as even after scoring one of his many touchdowns he would generally just hand the ball to an offical and trot off the field, with out an attention grabbing celebration to be seen. While Oklahoma State he played behind All-America Thurman Thomas for two seasons. He used this “grooming” time wisely in the seasons that he spent as a back-up becoming a special teams demon, even leading the nation in kickoff return average in 1987. When Barry became the featured Cowboy back, he put together what the NFF describes as the most remarkable season ever compiled by a college running back. That year he set 34 NCAA records in winning the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp, and Maxwell Awards as the nation’s top player. Barry led the nation in rushing with his 2,628 yards, 3250 all-purpose yards, and scored 234 points. Sanders ran for over 300 yards in six games and exceeded 200 yards seven times. Barry was rewarded for these feats in college by being selected as the top pick of the Detroit Lions in the 1989 NFL Draft, spedning 10 seasons in the Motor City. In fact he became the first player to ever rush for 1000 or more yards in his first ten seasons according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website. On the road to professional pigskin immortality Sanders, with 1,304 yards rushing in 1990, topped all runners, and then repeated claiming the top NFL ground gainer title in 1994 with 1,883 yards and in 1996 unning for 1,553 yards. His 44 receptions for 283 yards in 1994 gave him a combined 2,166 yards from scrimmage. The most impressive feat of his remarkable career, however, is when he won the NFL MVP award in 1997, as he rushed for a league-best 2,053 yards and gained another 305 yards on 33 catches for an amazing 2,358 combined yards gained. To ice that he gained at least 100 yards in 14 consecutive games! The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Barry Sanders in 2004 while Mr. Sanders also entered the College Football Hall of Fame for his legendary college career at Oklahoma State in 2003. Many have described Barry Sanders as the best pure running back to ever play the game, as he left the NFL at a fairly young age with a lot of yardage on his stat bio.

July 16, 1974 – Bradenton, Florida – Tommie Frazier was a Quarterback out of the University of Nebraska who went into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Mr Frazier spearheaded the Huskers teams that won the National Championship titles in 1994 & 1995, going undefeated in both, a feat that was only done five times in college football history per the FootballFoundation.org. As an individual Frazier was money in big games, taking home the MVP honors in the 1995 Orange and 1996 Fiesta bowls en route to the national title. Tommie was a 1995 consensus First-Team All-American and Johnny Unitas Award winner and was the runner-up for the 1995 Heisman Trophy and a finalist for the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards. Tommie played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1996 before trying his hand at the coaching profession both at Nebraska and Baylor.

THE WORST COACH IN NFL HISTORY MAY HAVE ALSO BEEN ONE OF THE BEST!

As you scroll through the list of NFL head coaches and their overall records throughout history, you’ll find his name last.

Dead last.

But if you check into his brilliant resume and his coaching accomplishments, you’ll discover that this two-time NFL champion may have been one of the most valuable performers in his chosen profession.

His name was Phil Handler and his coaching regimes included some awful head coaching stints balanced by some key unsung assistant roles that helped two different clubs claim NFL championships. In other words, his pertinent value was not always splashed among the headlines of the sports pages, but rather deep in the strategy rooms of the NFL.

You’re Too Small!

Philip Jacob Handler was an undersized guard from Texas Christian University who was just 5-11 and 190 pounds when he reported to the Chicago Cardinals in 1930.

The legendary Ernie Nevers was the coach of the Cardinals at the time and after taking one look at Handler, he said to the rookie (according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram): “You’ll never make it kid. You’re too small.”

A native of Fort Worth, Handler was a three-year fixture at guard for TCU coach Francis Schmidt, earning All-Southwest Conference honors and All-American honorable mention in 1929. The Austin American-Statesman called Handler “the immoveable mass” and reported: “Handler is one of the fastest linesmen in the conference and TCU opponents won’t soon forget the hard plunging and charging of this purple ace.”

Naturally, the verbal rebuff of Ernie Nevers regarding Handler’s size provided some useable incentive for the determined guard. Handler not only worked his way onto the Cardinals’ roster but stayed there until his retirement as a player seven seasons later.

Along the way, Handler proved to be a nuisance on both sides of the ball and secured All-Pro accolades four times. Not bad for a man considered too small to be effective in the NFL! The La Crosse Tribune described Handler as “one of the outstanding linemen in the National Football League.”

Handler and Hubbard Exchanged Blows

Handler was a student of the game, always watching, always learning, and always ready to accept his role on the field. Despite his lack of size in the middle of the Cardinals’ front line, Handler was never intimidated by bigger players. During a 14-6 loss to the Green Bay Packers in 1933, Handler became entangled with a much larger opponent as reported by the Kenosha Evening News:

“During the argument between the officials and players, Cal Hubbard, 265-pound Green Bay tackle, and Phil Handler, 215-pound Chicago guard, exchanged blows. Curly Lambeau, Green Bay coach, and Paul Schissler, Chicago coach, and players of both teams rushed off the benches onto the field. Spectators also joined the melee, and policemen and ushers had to help clear the field before play was resumed.”

Handler’s leadership and experience on the field were recognized by Cards head coach Milan Creighton in 1935. The veteran Handler injured his wrist in an exhibition game on September 1 against the local Calumet All-Stars and was faced with a long recovery time. Creighton promptly named Handler as the line coach of the Cardinals, a position he would retain until his retirement as a player after the 1936 season.

Even then, as a player/coach for two campaigns, Handler continued to study the game. One of his biggest influences was his TCU coach Francis Schmidt and Handler recalled how Schmidt was ever-vigilant in his approach to the game.

“One thing about Schmidt is he never quits trying to learn more football,” Handler told the San Bernadino County Sun in 1935. “He carries a notebook with him all the time and will take a high school team’s play if he thinks it will work!”

NFL Coach Needs To Be A Listener

When the 1937 football season dawned, Handler was no longer on the field but became a full-time assistant for the Cardinals under coach Milan Creighton. A series of nagging injuries in the latter years of his career helped support his decision to move out of the trenches.

However, Handler did toy with the idea of coaching on the collegiate level, even lending a hand to the TCU staff during its spring drills in 1937. But, his heart, and his mind, remained in the NFL as he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that year about the main difference in the two levels of play:

“There’s a lot of difference between coaching young, anxious boys and trying to teach something to a professional. In the latter league, a coach has to be better at listening than at talking.”

Slow Talking, Clear Thinking Fellow

Handler took over the line responsibilities under Milan in 1937 and 1938, remained on board with Ernie Nevers in 1939, and then joined the staff of Jimmy Conzelman from 1940-1942. When Conzelman left the Cardinals after the 1942 season, Handler received the head coaching nod from owner Charles Bidwill on July 3, 1943.

At the age of just 34, Handler would be the youngest head coach in the NFL. The Chicago Tribune described him as “a quiet, earnest, sincere, slow-talking, clear-thinking fellow whose loyalty to the team and the National Football League has stretched over 13 years.”

Handler’s initial effort was not a resounding success. In fact, it was horrible as the Cardinals finished 0-10 with a depleted roster that Handler just could not fill with few talented players due to the military commitments of World War II.

Now, here’s where the legacy of Coach Handler became a bit tarnished. Due to the aforementioned war effort, the Cardinals merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1944 with Handler serving as co-coach with Walt Kiesling of the Steelers. Nothing went right for the Card-Pitts in 1944 as the club also finished 0-10. So, should Handler rightfully absorb the combined 0-20 records for 1943 and 1944 when the latter of those two seasons was with a partner coach? Of course—and that is just the way the NFL record books document his performance.

There have been other NFL coaches with horrific records in the league’s history. For example, Faye Abbott coached the Dayton Triangles to a 0-13 mark in 1928 and 1929. Then, in more modern times, Marion Campbell struggled through nine seasons with three teams in the 1970s and 1980s to compile a 34-80-1 mark. A pair of Lions’ coaches, Rod Marinelli (10-38) and Marty Mornhinweg (5-27) also steered near the bottom dwellers in terms of winning percentage with marks of .208 and .156 respectively.

Even future NFL Commissioner Bert Bell endured some difficult times, going 10-46-2 from 1936-1940 coaching the Eagles. John McKay suffered an awful start with Tampa Bay in 1976 and 1977 when he finished with a 2-26 record to start his tenure with Tampa. He did rebound to conclude his overall career with a 44-88-4 mark but many cannot forget that difficult beginning which was one of the worst starts ever. Poor Phil Handler managed to top, or should we say bottom, all of those marks.

These Hands Weren’t Made to Carry a Briefcase!

After stumbling without a win in back-to-back winless seasons in 1943 and 1944, Handler suffered through another ugly experience in 1945, finishing 1-9. After 22 consecutive losses under Handler, the Cardinals bumped off the Chicago Bears 16-7 on October 14, 1945. The win also snapped the Cardinals 29 game-losing streak, the longest in NFL history!

Jimmy Conzelman was coaxed back into leading the Cardinals in 1946 and turned the team into NFL champions the following year. Instead of discarding Phil Handler and his 1-29 head coaching record, owner Charles Bidwill rewarded his loyal and talented staff member as an assistant coach from 1946-1948. During that time the club emerged as the top team in the league, winning that title in 1947 and then returning to the championship game in 1948 where the Eagles edged the Cards 7-0 in a blinding snowstorm.

But the coaching merry-go-round continued for Handler in 1949 when Conzelman retired for good. Handler was handed the unenviable task of serving as co-head coach once again, this time with Buddy Parker. Would this provide the opportunity for Handler to improve his hideous won-loss record?

With virtually the entire roster back from the powerful 1948 squad, the Cardinals nonetheless stumbled out of the block with a 2-3 record prompting President Ray Benningsen to discontinue the co-coaching arrangement. Handler was sent to the front office, while Parker was given full control of the club. Most reference statistics indicate that Handler was 2-4 as the co-head coach during 1949, but it was actually 2-3, boosting his lifetime mark to 3-32!

By 1950, the legendary Curly Lambeau was brought in as the next head coach of the Cardinals and Handler was surprised when he was asked to return to the sidelines from his slot in the team’s front office. A delighted Handler told the Chicago Tribune: “I enjoyed scouting players, teams, and signing players.

But the more I worked at it the more I sort of felt like baseball’s Charley Grimm when he said, ‘These hands weren’t made to carry a briefcase.’ When Curly came back, I made up my mind I’d like to get back into coaching. Believe me, if he hadn’t invited me to take the line coaching job, I would have asked him for it!”

Still the Worst Record Ever

Handler’s final call to the head coaching ranks occurred in 1951 when Lambeau was forced out with two games remaining. As usual, Handler was ready and split his last two contests to conclude his head coaching career with a 4-33 record, a .108 winning percentage, and still the worst ever!

Handler left the Cardinals after the 1951 season but stayed in Chicago with an assistant coaching role with the Bears. Handler remained with the team through 1967 and was part of the staff that led the Bears to the 1963 NFL championship, the second for Handler as an NFL coach.

Sadly, he passed away in 1968 at the age of 60, but he was doing something that he loved. Handler had suffered a pair of heart attacks in early 1968. Then while watching the Bears secure a 17-16 win over the Los Angeles Rams at the end of the regular season, Handler succumbed to a fatal heart attack.

As David Condon of the Chicago Tribune wrote of Handler’s nearly 40-year NFL career: “Phil Handler wasn’t one of professional football’s original settlers. But the original settlers still were staking claims, and still very much the pioneers, when they welcomed the small lineman from Texas Christian into their fold.

Handler lived to see professional football develop into the world’s greatest contact sport. When Phil Handler died, professional football had evolved a long way from the game that Phil embraced in 1930. Phil himself was a witness to all the giant strides taken by the game. His contributions were many.”

Although his head coaching record was dismal due to very challenging circumstances, as an assistant, he won two NFL championships and was a participant in over 170 NFL wins for his teams while coaching for over 30 years in the NFL. He worked under several head coaches, absorbed numerous offensive schemes, and developed many All-Pro players.

He was a coach widely respected by his players because he had been there in the trenches, understood the physical challenges, and patiently dished out large samples of concern, teaching, and friendship.

In fact, upon his death, the Civic Center Bank and Trust Company in Chicago commissioned a large portrait of Handler to honor his service to the bank as an organizing director. Quite unusual for a football coach, but then again, Phil Handler was quite an unusual person!

FAMOUS NUMBERS July 16, 2022

5 – 34 – 29 – 23

July 16, 1902 – Legend John McGraw officially became the manager of baseball’s New York Giants. His tenure of being the skipper of Giants baseball lasted for 30 years (1902-32). McGraw’s teams: won ten pennants (matched only by Casey Stengel, who played for and learned from him); three World Series; 2,763 victories as an MLB manager ranks third overall behind only Connie Mack and Tony La Russa; he holds the NL record with 31 seasons managed.

July 16, 1924 – As a matter of fact one of McGraw’s players of those NY Giants teams, George Kelly was the first to hit homeruns in 6 consecutive games, on this very day the accomplishment was reached.

July 16, 1941 – Joe DiMaggio, the New York Yankees legendary hitter who wore Number 5 at the plate went 3 for 4 against the Cleveland Indians, hitting safely in his 56th straight game.

July 16, 1947 – Bobo Newsom, Number 34 won his 200th career game, and his very 1st as a member of the New York Yankees. It was the 18th straight victory for New York that season as they whalloped Cleveland 8-2. Bobo had played for 7 other MLB squads before arriving in New York. He would go on to play in 3 additional cities before his career would be over.

July 16, 1969 – Minnesota Twins’ speedster Rod Carew stole home for his career best 7th time of the season, against the Chicago White Sox. The third year player wore Number 29 for his entire career. In that brilliant 19 year MLB tenure Carew swiped 353 bases for both Minnesota and California.

July 16, 1987 – New York Yankee Don Mattingly wearing Number 23 hit his 4th grand slam of season and tied an American League record of homers in 6 straight games (on way to tie major league record of 8)

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1883 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: William Renshaw wins third straight Wimbledon title; beats twin brother Ernest Renshaw 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

1888 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: 3-time runner-up Ernest Renshaw wins his lone major title; beats defending champion Herbert Lawford 6-3, 7-5, 6-0

1895 Lancashire batsman Archie MacLaren scores the first-ever quadruple-hundred (424) in first-class cricket against Somerset at Taunton

1896 Indian born K S Ranjitsinhji debuts for England v Australia in 2nd Test at Old Trafford; first Indian to play Test cricket

1902 John McGraw officially becomes manager of MLB New York Giants; 30 year tenure begins (1902-32)

1920 15th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in Auckland (5-0)

1924 NY Giants George Kelly is 1st to hit HRs in 6 cons games

1936 NY Giants are 10½ games back in NL, & go on to win pennant

1938 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Shawnee CC: 1934 champion Paul Runyan dominates the heavily favoured Sam Snead, 8 & 7; largest victory margin ever in the event’s match play format

1941 Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game

1944 Dodgers score 8 unearned runs against Braves to win 8-5 & break their 16-game losing streak, they will lose another 5 in a row

1945 Australian Services win 3rd Victory Test Cricket by 4 wickets

1947 Bobo Newsom wins 200th game, 1st as a Yankee & Yanks 18th straight In nightcap Vic Rashi extends streak to 19

1948 MLB manager merry-go-round: Philadelphia Phillies – Ben Chapman out / Eddie Sawyer in; NY Giants – Mel Ott out / Leo Durocher in; Brooklyn Dodgers – Durocher out / Burt Shotton in

1955 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina clinches his third Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by finishing 2nd to fellow Mercedes driver Sterling Moss in the British Grand Prix at Aintree

1956 Detroit Tigers & Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million

1960 205,000 (record sports attend) see Brazil-Uruguay World Cup soccer [1]

1961 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27′ 2″

1967 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: Kathy Whitworth wins by 1 stroke from Shirley Englehorn

1969 Minnesota Twins’ Rod Carew steals home for his career best 7th time of the season, against Chicago

1975 Major League Baseball owners re-elect Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to a 7-year term

1985 56th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-1 at Humphrey Metrodome, Minn

1985 All star MVP: LaMarr Hoyt (San Diego Padres)

1987 Don Mattingly hits his 4th grand slam of season & ties AL record of homers in 6 straight games (on way to tie major league record of 8)

1988 Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 100m in 9.78 sec

1989 US Open Women’s Golf, Indianwood G & CC: Betsy King wins the first of her 2 consecutive titles, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez

1993 SF outfielder Darren Lewis sets record of 267 consecutive errorless games

1994 Baseball Night in America premieres (no Saturday day games)

1994 Shreveport Pirates lose first CFL home game, 35-34 to the Toronto Argonauts at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana

1995 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: J C Snead wins his lone career major title as he birdies first playoff hole against Jack Nicklaus

1995 US Open Women’s Golf, The Broadmoor: Annika Sörenstam of Sweden wins her first of 10 LPGA major titles with a 1 shot victory over Meg Mallon

2000 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: Raymond Floyd wins his 4th and final Champions Tour major by 1 stroke from Larry Nelson and Dana Quigley

2006 14th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sörenstam win

2006 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: Bobby Wadkins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Jim Thorpe

2008 79th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Yankee Stadium, New York

2013 84th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-0 at Citi Field, New York

2017 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, Caves Valley GC: Scott McCarron wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Brandt Jobe and Germany’s Bernhard Langer

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees6228.68935 – 1227 – 1628 – 1519 – 610 – 44 – 6L 2
Tampa Bay5040.5561230 – 1720 – 2322 – 166 – 912 – 97 – 3W 5
Boston4843.52714.523 – 2025 – 2312 – 2412 – 719 – 73 – 7W 1
Toronto4843.52714.528 – 1920 – 2416 – 1811 – 1015 – 114 – 6W 1
Baltimore4545.5001725 – 1720 – 2815 – 2011 – 1312 – 89 – 1L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota4943.53326 – 2123 – 2213 – 1022 – 1810 – 94 – 6L 2
Cleveland4544.5062.524 – 1921 – 256 – 1022 – 199 – 85 – 5W 2
Chi White Sox4545.500319 – 2526 – 2014 – 1517 – 187 – 96 – 4W 4
Detroit3754.40711.523 – 2414 – 307 – 1419 – 233 – 103 – 7L 3
Kansas City3654.4001219 – 2717 – 275 – 1018 – 209 – 166 – 4L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5831.65227 – 1331 – 186 – 816 – 428 – 156 – 4L 1
Seattle4942.5381024 – 2025 – 2212 – 157 – 622 – 1610 – 0W 12
Texas4147.46616.521 – 2420 – 235 – 1111 – 817 – 214 – 6L 2
LA Angels3952.4292022 – 2617 – 266 – 189 – 518 – 192 – 8L 2
Oakland3160.3412811 – 3120 – 2910 – 169 – 1510 – 245 – 5W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5634.62228 – 1528 – 1928 – 1210 – 413 – 106 – 4W 2
Atlanta5537.598231 – 2024 – 1721 – 1317 – 1013 – 117 – 3W 2
Philadelphia4743.522924 – 2123 – 2216 – 198 – 516 – 115 – 5W 1
Miami4346.48312.522 – 2021 – 2624 – 175 – 89 – 144 – 6L 1
Washington3062.3262714 – 3516 – 277 – 359 – 89 – 111 – 9L 8
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5041.54921 – 1929 – 2211 – 1328 – 194 – 64 – 6L 1
St. Louis4944.527228 – 2021 – 2410 – 1423 – 1410 – 75 – 5W 1
Pittsburgh3853.4181220 – 2318 – 306 – 918 – 2712 – 105 – 5L 3
Chi Cubs3455.3821517 – 3017 – 253 – 420 – 217 – 182 – 8L 7
Cincinnati3456.37815.518 – 2816 – 285 – 912 – 208 – 216 – 4L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers5930.66330 – 1329 – 1711 – 917 – 621 – 119 – 1W 3
San Diego5141.5549.524 – 2027 – 2112 – 919 – 1019 – 194 – 6W 1
San Francisco4643.5171324 – 2222 – 2114 – 139 – 1016 – 146 – 4W 1
Colorado4249.4621827 – 2215 – 278 – 197 – 421 – 187 – 3W 4
Arizona3951.43320.522 – 2617 – 2512 – 1010 – 1111 – 263 – 7L 3

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot