MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Tampa Bay 7 Atlanta 6 (10)

Minnesota at Detroit postponed

Boston 4 NY Yankees 0

Toronto 10 Texas 2

Houston 7 Chicago White Sox 1

Kansas City 9 Baltimore 2

Seattle 6 LA Angels 5

Oakland 5 Cleveland 4

Philadelphia 5 Miami 2

San Diego 24 Washington 8

Pittsburgh 4 NY Mets 1

Milwaukee 11 Cincinnati 6

Miami 7 Philadelphia 0

San Francisco 7 St. Louis 2

LA Dodgers 10 Colorado 4

Chicago Cubs 5 Arizona 1

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Omaha at Indianapolis PPD

West Michigan 4 Fort Wayne 1

South Bend 6 Cedar Rapids 5 (10)

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INDIANA STATE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL SCHEDULE

@ MUNSTER

Tuesday, July 20

Opening ceremonies, 11 a.m.

Pool A

Game 1: Jasper vs. Concord, 2 p.m.

Game 2: Lebanon vs. Highland, 5 p.m.

Pool B

Game 3: Broad Ripple vs. New Castle, 2 p.m.

Game 4: Wabash vs. Bedford, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 21

Pool A

Game 5: Brownsburg vs. Lebanon-Highland winner, 10 a.m.

Game 6: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m.

Pool B

Game 7: Silver Creek vs. Wabash-Bedford winner, 10 a.m.

Game 8: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.

Thursday, July 22

Pool A

Game 9: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 9, 10 a.m.

Game 10: Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 1 p.m.

Pool B

Game 11: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 7, 10 a.m.

Game 12: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 1 p.m.

Friday, July 23

Pool A

Game 13: Loser Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 1 p.m.

Pool B

Game 14: Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12, 10 a.m.

Saturday, July 24

Pool A championship, 10 a.m.

Pool B championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, July 25

Pool A champion vs. Pool B champion, Noon

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

  • 1914 – New York Giants beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1, in 21 innings.
  • 1918 – Longest errorless Major League baseball game, Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 in 21 innings.
  • 1919 – New York Yankees get 21 hits, Saint Louis Browns get 17 hits; Browns win 7-6 in 17 innings, on squeeze play.
  • 1923 – Carl Mays gives up 13 runs and 20 hits in 13-0 lose to Cleveland Indians.
  • 1924 – Saint Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Jesse Haines no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0.
  • 1941 – Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game baseball hitting streak ends.
  • 1966 – Jim Ryun sets mile record (3:51.3).
  • 1974 – Bob Gibson becomes second pitcher to strike-out 3,000.
  • 1976 – (to August 1) The Games of the XXI Olympiad are held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • 1976 – ABA merges into the NBA.
  • 1979 – National League beats American League 7-6 in 50th All Star Game (Kingdome, Seattle, Washington).
  • 1979 – Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo, Norway.
  • 1987 – New York Yankees’ first baseman Don Mattingly becomes the first American League player to hit a home run in seven consecutive games.
  • 1988 – Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets the 100m woman’s record (10.49s).
  • 1990 – New York Yankees’ player Deion Sanders hits an inside the park homer.
  • 1990 – The Minnesota Twins become the first team in baseball history to turn two triple plays in the same game, against the Boston Red Sox.
  • 1994 – Brazil wins the 1994 FIFA World Cup, defeating Italy 3-2 in penalties (Full time score 0-0).
  • 1997 – Daniel Komen breaks the two-mile world record, in a time of 7:58.61.

TOP HEADLINES

Pacers Hire Four Assistant Coaches

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced Friday the hiring of Lloyd Pierce, Ronald Nored, Mike Weinar and Jenny Boucek as assistant coaches for Head Coach Rick Carlisle’s staff. Per team policy, terms were not disclosed.

Pierce joins the Pacers after being head coach of the Atlanta Hawks for the past two and a half seasons. Pierce is currently working with Team USA as part of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team coaching staff as an assistant coach that will soon head to Japan for the 2021 Olympic Games. Prior to his time with the Hawks, Pierce spent time in assistant coaching roles with the Philadelphia 76ers, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Before he coached in the NBA, Pierce was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Santa Clara University, from 2002-07, and played four seasons at Santa Clara.

Nored returns to the state of Indiana after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets. Prior to his time with the Hornets, Nored was the head coach of the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League for two seasons and spent time with both the Boston Celtics and their G League affiliate, the then-Maine Red Claws. Nored started his coaching career in Indiana at Brownsburg High School. Nored played collegiately at Butler University and was a part of the team that reached back-to-back National Championship games in 2010 and 2011. While at Butler, he was a two-time Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year.

Weinar joins the Pacers after 13 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, four as an assistant coach. Weinar was on staff as part of the Mavericks 2011 NBA Championship team. Prior to joining the Mavericks, Weinar worked with the University of Florida men’s basketball program. Originally from Urbana, Illinois, Weinar earned his master’s degree in sport management and his bachelor’s degree in sport science from Florida.

Boucek joins the Pacers after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks. Prior to her time with the Mavericks, Boucek was a player development coach with the Sacramento Kings, becoming just the third woman to coach in the NBA. Prior to joining the Kings, she spent two decades coaching professionally in the WNBA, including tenures as the head coach of the Seattle Storm (2015-17) and the Sacramento Monarchs (2007-09). Boucek was involved in the WNBA since its inaugural season in 1997 when she played for the Cleveland Rockers. Following a career-ending injury in 1998, she began her coaching career. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, she played collegiately at the University of Virginia from 1992-96 and was a two-time GTE All-American, two-time ACC selection and two-time defensive player of the year.

INDY ELEVEN GAME PREVIEW: VS. MEMPHIS

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#INDvMEM Gameday Preview 

Indy Eleven vs. Memphis 901 FC

Saturday, July 17, 2021 – 7:00 P.M. ET 

Michael A. Carroll Stadium | Indianapolis, Ind.

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2021 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS

Indy Eleven: 4W-5L-3D, 15 pts. (-2 GD); 4th in Central Division

Memphis 901 FC: 3W-4L-3D, 12 pts. (-3GD); 8th in Central Division

What the Boys in Blue absolutely did not do last Saturday was play 46’ of a soccer game. There certainly wasn’t a weather delay followed by a power outage at OKC Energy FC’s Taft Stadium. Cammy Smith totally did not score his second goal of the season in the first half to initially put Indy Eleven up 1-0, before Energy FC found the back of the net to equalize. None of that happened, alright? Instead, OKC Energy and Indy Eleven will play at a later date. The Time Variance Authority forgives you for your confusion and encourages you to get ready for Indy Eleven’s match against Memphis 901 FC this Saturday at Carroll Stadium.

Indiana’s Team returns home looking to turn around its fortunes at The Mike, a task that will once again need to get done without defender Neveal Hackshaw, one of four USL Championship standouts representing Trinidad and Tobago at the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Indy will have to continue to patch the hole he leaves in their defense, as opposing teams average just over five more shots when Hackshaw isn’t present in the backline (11.5-16.75). Results have not favored the Boys in Blue when the 25-year-old has been absent on national team duty, but while their 0W-3L-1D record in such games could be cause for alarm, only one goal conceded in each of those last two outings – including the latest performance last Wednesday at Atlanta United 2 that saw the Eleven boast a season-high eight shots blocked and 12 interceptions – shows the coping mechanisms are coming into form.

Something that certainly isn’t lacking for Indy is the high volume of production they’re seeing from its goalkeepers. Jordan Farr, Bobby Edwards and Eric Dick have all stepped in between the sticks across the first 13 12 games, the first time in franchise history that Indy has had three different goalkeepers appear in goal in one season, with each making a significant impact. Farr, now in his fourth season with Indiana’s Team, is the #1 in the box, having registered 25 saves before he was sidelined with a wrist injury in June. Edwards stepped up in a big way, registering eight saves in his Indy Eleven debut at Sporting Kansas City II on June 20 that helped elevate his side to a much needed 2-1 victory. The Butler University Alumnus Dick was brought in on loan from Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew SC in response to Farr’s injury and made his debut against ATL UTD 2 with an inspired performance that saw seven saves from the Carmel native. With top showings from a rotating cast of ‘keepers, there’s no doubt that there are safe hands in goal for Indy, making Interim Head Coach Max Rogers’ top of the lineup sheet decision both easy and difficult at the same time.

Memphis 901 FC come into this weekend trying to find their way out of the basement of the Central Division – although their situation is not as dire as it first appears. Memphis has been riddled with injuries and players missing due to international duty throughout the 2021 season, but are starting to find solid footing and carry multiple games in hand on all but one Central foe. Kyle Murphy has caught fire in the goalscoring department for the Bluff City squad, having netted four times in the past three games and earning a nod to the bench of the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 11 after scoring twice against Atlanta United 2.

It wasn’t all blue skies for Memphis in that game against ATLUTD 2 however, as they lost starting goalkeeper John Brener to a season-ending injury. However, Memphis signed former Saint Louis FC goalkeeper Kyle Morton on loan from MLS’ Houston Dynamo, providing a more than suitable back-up plan. Morton wasted no time, grabbing a clean sheet and helping Memphis take down Central Division leaders Birmingham Legion FC 1-0 in his debut last Saturday.

SERIES HISTORY

USL Championship Regular Season: 3W-1L-0D (11 GF/ 4 GA)

USLC Regular Season Home: 1W-1L-0D (4 GF/2 GA)

June 5 | IND 1:2 MEM

IND: Ouimette 90+6’

MEM: Salazar 3’, Murphy 35’

Saturday vs. Memphis (7:00 p.m. ET)

Sat., Sep. 22 at Memphis (8:00 p.m. ET)

Sat., Oct. 30 at Memphis (7:00 p.m. ET)

Indy Eleven will look to avenge its loss last time out against the Memphian side, which featured some questionable calls that didn’t fall in Indy’s favor. The most infamous was perhaps the “no-goal” call on forward Manuel Arteaga’s shot that banged off the bar and straight down across the goal line before rebounding back into play, for what would’ve been his third on the season at that point. It wasn’t meant to be for Arteaga or the Eleven that night, as they would eventually fall to Memphis 2-1, nearly clawing their way back into it after a goal from defender Karl Ouimette six minutes into second half stoppage time and a surge of Indy play right before the final whistle.

The Boys in Blue have historically owned this series, never scoring less than three goals in a meeting before first meeting of 2021. That includes their only previous meeting in Indy prior to 2021, a 3-0 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 5, 2019.

IND PLAYER TO WATCH: MF NICK MOON

Another game, another player to watch nod for Nick Moon. Since (again) Indy definitely in no way played a game last Saturday, it’s only fair to highlight Moon for the Eleven’s matchup with Memphis (again). Moon’s versatility has been on full display through the 2021 campaign. In his second year with the Boys in Blue, Moon has featured in several different roles for Indy, mostly on the right side. Last year, Moon mostly played in a forward position for Indy, but Moon has experienced playing in both offensive and defensive positions through his collegiate career and into his rookie season with former USL League One side Lansing Ignite, where he earned a spot on the inaugural All-League Second Team for his efforts.

That hasn’t stopped his offensive production though, as the 25-year-old is currently second on the team with two assists on nine chances created. Moon looked dangerous once again in Saturday’s scrimmage, dribbling up and down that right side and looking for opportunities in attack.

Moon has been impressively on the wing, having won 66 duels so far this season (only trailing Arteaga’s 80) as well as adding 15 clearances and nine interceptions. Numbers don’t lie – Moon is a strong contributor up and down the flank for the Eleven, and they’ll need him to step up on both sides of the ball in order to send Memphis home to face the music.

MEM PLAYER TO WATCH: GK KYLE MORTON

Morton returns to USL Championship play once again after the former Saint Louis FC goalkeeper made the move to Major League Soccer with Houston Dynamo during the offseason. With Brenner now out due to a season-ending injury, Morton has been brought in on loan by Memphis to boost the side’s goalkeeping corps. The 27-year-old has spent a bevy of time with different USL Championship sides including the Rochester Rhinos, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, and most recently Saint Louis FC (R.I.P). Indy tallied a 1W-2L-1D record against Morton-guarded goals in 2020, the ‘keeper collecting a clean sheet and clinched playoff berth for STL along the way. Morton was also named as a 2020 USL Championship Goalkeeper of the Year for his efforts.

In Morton’s Memphis 901 FC debut he helped propel his new team to perhaps its biggest victory of the season so far, taking down division leader Birmingham Legion FC 1-0. The West Chester, Pennsylvania, native came up in a big way with eight saves over the course of the match, earning a spot on the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 12 for his performance. The James Madison University alum is going to be a tough one to beat Saturday, but one of Indy’s missions will no doubt be throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at Morton.

DREW SCHAUSS HIRED AT AVON

Avon got their man and the school board approved him Friday night. Former Centerville standout Drew Schauss coached at Logansport, where he led the Berries to a 20-26 record over the past two seasons.

“We are excited to announce coach Schauss as the next boys basketball coach at Avon High School,” athletic director Josh Larsh said in a release. “His teams are known for their toughness on defense and unselfish play. Coach Schauss is not just a basketball coach but is committed to building a family atmosphere within the entire Avon athletic department.”

Schauss played  three seasons at Brevard College (N.C.)  then transferred to Bethel College for his senior season. He coached at Bethel, Holy Cross College and John Brown University (Ark.) then returned to Bethel as a full-time assistant.

“Respected (college and high school) coaches spoke highly of Drew’s skills and abilities,” Avon principal Matt Shockley said in a release. “Reference checks and the interview process point to Drew having a ‘high ceiling’ as a teacher and a coach. We are excited about him joining our PE department and leading our boys basketball program for years to come.”

Lillard denies planning to request trade: No ‘firm decision’ on future

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“It’s not true” that Damian Lillard plans to request a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers, he told reporters Friday, according to SNY’s Ian Begley.

“I haven’t made any firm decision on what my future will be,” Lillard said following Team USA practice.

When asked about the start of next season, Lillard said he “expects to be” in a Portland uniform, per Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

A report earlier Friday from TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott stated that the 31-year-old guard would ask for a trade, citing a source close to Lillard.

While Lillard rebuffed the notion that he was seeking an immediate exit, the six-time All-Star admitted he doesn’t believe the roster can compete for a title as constructed, even with a new coach in Chauncey Billups.

“I don’t disagree that maybe Chauncey can change our team and make us a better team,” Lillard said, courtesy of USA Today’s Mark Medina. “But I think if you look at our team as it is, I don’t see how you say, ‘This is a championship team, we just need a new coach.'”

His assessment of the squad runs contrary to that of team president Neil Olshey. Following former head coach Terry Stotts’ departure, Olshey said Portland’s playoff elimination and its poor defense last season “was not a product of the roster,” according to Dan Feldman of NBC Sports.

Lillard confirmed that he would speak to Olshey and Billups in a meeting in Las Vegas soon, adding, “There’s a conversation to be had,” according to Begley.

Lillard has spent all nine seasons of his career in Portland since the team drafted him sixth overall in 2012. The Weber State product’s future with the team has been cast into doubt since the Trail Blazers set out to replace Stotts, whom they mutually parted ways with in June.

Earlier in July, Lillard said that words were being put in his mouth amid a flurry of trade rumors. That came weeks after reports that the Trail Blazers’ coaching search and concern over their ability to contend for a title could push Lillard to leave Portland.

Report: NBA to keep play-in games through 2021-22

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The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have agreed to keep the play-in tournament through the 2021-22 season, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The decision is expected to be formally approved by the NBA’s board of governors in the near future.

The 2020-21 campaign marked the first official inclusion of play-in games, though a version of the format was deployed during the pandemic-altered 2019-20 season.

Under the current format, the Nos. 7 and 8 teams in each conference square off for the seventh playoff berth. The loser faces the winner of a single-elimination game between the Nos. 9 and 10 seeds for the final postseason spot.

The games were a big success among television viewers; 5.6 million people watched the No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers take on the No. 8 Golden State Warriors, resulting in the top-viewed game on ESPN since 2019, according to The Athletic.

Adames drives in 4 as Brewers rally for 11-6 win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Willy Adames homered and drove in four runs as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-6 on Friday night.

Adames had a two-run shot in the fifth inning and then doubled home two more in a five-run eighth that buried the Reds.

After losing three straight to the Reds in Milwaukee before the All-Star break, the Brewers won the first of a three-game set in Cincinnati and pushed their lead in the NL Central back to five games.

“This team beat us three times in a row, so just getting a win against them, starting off the second half in a good way, starting off a big series in a big way, it was meaningful for sure,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.

The Reds got a scare in the third inning when All-Star Nick Castellanos, the team’s best hitter, was hit on the right wrist by a pitch. X-rays after the game showed no broken bones, but Castellanos could miss some time, manager David Bell said.

“It is not broken, so he’s pretty sore,” Bell said. “A little early to tell about tomorrow or this weekend. But great news that it’s not broken. It got him in a spot that it easily could have been broken.”

With the Reds leading 5-3 in the sixth, Luis Urias hit an RBI double against Tyler Mahle. Reliever Amir Garrett (0-3) came in and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a bouncing ball deep into the shift that second baseman Jonathan India misplayed, allowing Urias to race home with the tying run.

Kolten Wong, playing his first game since coming off the injured list, singled home Bradley for the Brewers’ first lead of the night.

Milwaukee reliever Brent Suter (9-4) allowed an unearned run in the fifth.

Urias hit a one-out homer in the eighth, Adames drove in two with a double, and two more runs scored on wild pitches by Ryan Hendrix to give Milwaukee a six-run lead.

“We took every advantage they gave us,” said Adames, who came over in a four-player trade with Tampa Bay in May.

“He’s getting huge hits,” Counsell said of the 25-year-old shortstop. “They come at big times, they change the complexion of games, and he’s doing it often. He’s been just incredible since we acquired him. He’s changed our team, and our team changed when he got here.”

Avisail Garcia also homered for Milwaukee.

Tyler Naquin and Eugenio Suarez hit two-run doubles and Aristides Aquini homered for the Reds, who lost for the third time in the last 12 games.

“It was just poor,” said Mahle, who allowed five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. “All I needed to do was keep the team in the game, and I didn’t do that.”

Hendricks wins 10th straight, Cubs beat Diamondbacks 5-1

PHOENIX (AP) Kyle Hendricks outpitched Madison Bumgarner in six effective innings for his 10th straight win and the Chicago Cubs opened the second half of the season with a 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Hendricks (12-4) allowed a run on six hits and struck out four to match the Dodgers’ Julio Urias for the major league lead in wins. He is the first Cubs pitcher to go at least 12 straight starts without a loss since Jon Lester in 2016.

“I wanted to set a good tone, obviously winning being the main goal,” Hendricks said. “It could have been a little better, I could have been a little more aggressive. I had a lot of long counts, a lot of baserunners, but made the pitches when I needed to.”

Pinch hitter Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer, All-Star Kris Bryant had a solo shot and Patrick Wisdom added another for Chicago.

“These guys just came out and played nice baseball,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “We got the starting pitching, we got timely hitting, the big home run by Riz when they tied it up and obviously the pinch-hit home run by J-Hey was nice. It was just a good baseball game.”

Bumgarner (4-6) allowed two runs on two hits and struck out six in six innings in his return from the injured list. Josh Rojas doubled twice and had an RBI for last-place Arizona, which has lost four of five.

“It went about as well as we could have hoped,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said of Bumgarner. “He did a great job.”

Hendricks gave up Rojas’ run-scoring double in the third inning and worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth after walking two. He was lifted for Heyward in the seventh inning, becoming the first Cubs pitch with 12 wins before August since Lester in 2018.

Bumgarner was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after suffering left shoulder inflammation before the All-Star break.

The left-hander was sharp in his return.

Bumgarner gave up a run in the second inning on Javier Baez’s sacrifice fly and Bryant, fresh off his fourth All-Star appearance, hit an 0-2 pitch out to right for a solo homer in the fourth.

Bumgarner also hit two batters.

“Overall, it felt good to get back out there,” Bumgarner said. “It was super comfortable being out five or six weeks, but I felt good.”

Wisdom hit a towering homer just inside the left foul pole off Matt Peacock, and Heyward followed with his two-run shot to put Chicago up 5-1.

McCullers, Brantley help Astros beat White Sox 7-1

CHICAGO (AP) Lance McCullers Jr. and the Houston Astros have played their best against baseball’s best teams this year.

Just ask the Chicago White Sox.

McCullers pitched seven crisp innings, and the Astros beat the White Sox 7-1 on Friday night in the opener of a weekend series between AL division leaders.

Michael Brantley homered and Myles Straw drove in three runs as the Astros improved to a big league-best 43-22 against teams with a .500 or better record – including a 5-0 mark against the White Sox. Yuli Gurriel added three hits and two RBIs.

“It seems like they rise to the occasion,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “They know that we’re facing good teams, and they love the competition, especially the good pitchers.”

McCullers (7-2) surrendered hits on each of his first two pitches: a leadoff triple for Tim Anderson that extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and an RBI double for Yoan Moncada. But that was it for Chicago against the right-hander, who struck out 10 and walked two.

“He was nasty tonight,” Baker said.

McCullers said he thinks he found something with his breaking ball during the All-Star break. He also showcased his confidence in his slider, especially against lefty batters.

“It’s just become something for me. I honestly feel like I could throw it at will for strikes,” he said.

The White Sox won five in a row before the All-Star break, closing out a 6-3 road trip. But they were outplayed again by the Astros, who rolled to a four-game sweep in their first meeting of the season last month in Houston.

While the Astros have played well against baseball’s best teams, the White Sox dropped to 16-25 against opponents that currently have a .500 or better record.

“I think they outpitched us, but I think we pitched better than seven runs,” manager Tony La Russa said. “You come out tomorrow and compete again.”

Dylan Cease (7-5) struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings for Chicago. The right-hander permitted three runs and six hits in his first loss in nine home starts this season.

“It was solid. I kept us in it,” Cease said. “I don’t want to say I handed them two runs, but I felt like I pretty much gave them the first two runs.”

Cease caught a bad break when Anderson looked to second on Jose Altuve’s two-out grounder to shortstop with a runner on first in the third. Second baseman Leury Garcia wasn’t on the bag and Altuve was credited with an infield single.

After Brantley was hit by a pitch, Gurriel lined a two-run double into right field.

Brantley added a two-out solo drive in the fifth, and the Astros broke it open with four more two-out runs in the seventh. Straw had the big blow, a three-run double to right that made it 7-1.

“We had some guys have big nights,” Baker said.

Pirates top Mets 4-1 after shoving match; Lindor injured

PITTSBURGH (AP) Francisco Lindor left injured moments before Marcus Stroman and his New York Mets teammates got into a heated shoving match with Pittsburgh during the Pirates’ 4-1 victory Friday night.

Coming off their first All-Star appearances, Bryan Reynolds homered and Adam Frazier hit a two-run single to lead the Pirates.

Lindor exited in the fifth inning with soreness on his right side. Mets manager Luis Rojas had no further update following the game other than to say the star shortstop would be examined in the morning.

Lindor winced after grounding out to second base in the fifth. The four-time All-Star took a few steps out of the batter’s box but then peeled off toward the Mets’ dugout on the first base side.

“You never want to lose anyone in your lineup, but especially Francisco Lindor,” Mets catcher James McCann said. “That’s a guy you hope everything is OK and he’s back out there soon.”

In the bottom half, tempers flared and the benches cleared after Stroman jumped high in the air when John Nogowski lined out to first base to end the inning.

Nogowski began shouting and pointing at the New York starter, who walked toward him and barked back. It appeared no punches were thrown during a large scrum on the field, and there were no ejections.

McCann said the dustup was a “miscommunication” and that Stroman was initially upset with plate umpire Larry Vanover. Stroman, though, called Nogowski “a clown” following the game.

“That was uncalled for,” Stroman said. “I’ll never let any man talk to me like that. I’m not scared of anyone. Hitters get on first base and do the macarena when they get a broken-bat single. I don’t say anything. If he has a problem with it, I’m right here. I’m 60 feet, six inches away.”

Nogowski called it “no big deal.”

“That was a huge out for him to keep his team in the game,” Nogowski said. “Reynolds hit a big home run. Frazier had his big hit. That’s the focus for me.”

Reynolds’ homer came in the seventh inning and pushed the lead to 4-1. It was his 17th of the season, setting a career high.

Frazier’s hit in the second opened the scoring. He and Reynolds became the first Pirates teammates to start in an All-Star Game on Tuesday since Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla in 1992.

Chad Kuhl (3-5) got the win despite issuing five walks in five innings. He allowed one unearned run and two hits while striking out three.

“You just have to keep trying to execute pitches even when you’re walking guys,” Kuhl said.

NL East-leading New York managed only three hits against the Pirates, who are last in the NL Central. The teams split four games last weekend in New York.

Stroman (6-8) gave up just the two runs on Frazier’s single in five innings while scattering eight hits. He struck out two and walked none.

Richard Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.

Wilmer Difo also homered for Pittsburgh, a drive to the back of the right field stands in the sixth off Drew Smith that made it 3-1. Difo, Reynolds and Jacob Stallings each had two hits for the Pirates.

The Mets got their run in the fourth when Pete Alonso walked and scored on Jonathan Villar’s groundout. After winning his second consecutive All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night, Alonso reached base four times on a double and three walks.

Guerrero hits 2 HRs to reach 30, Blue Jays rout Rangers 10-2

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed up his breakout All-Star Game with two homers, and the Toronto Blue Jays powered past the Texas Rangers 10-2 on Friday night.

All-Stars Teoscar Hernandez and Marcus Semien homered for Toronto along with Randal Grichuk, and Robbie Ray held Texas scoreless over 6 2/3 innings.

Guerrero, named the All-Star MVP on Tuesday night, connected off Texas starter Jordan Lyles in the first inning to make it 1-0 and added a three-run blast in the sixth against Dennis Santana, his 30th of the season. That led to chants of “M-V-P!” from the crowd of 10,100 as the Blue Jays opened their final stretch of games in their temporary Buffalo home. The team received approval from the Canadian government on Friday to return to Toronto for the homestand that begins July 30.

“Vladdy is one of the best players in baseball right now,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He showed it in the All-Star Game and he showed it again today. He didn’t have a break. That’s what I like about going back to Toronto now: The fans get to watch one of the best players in baseball. He’s been amazing.”

Montoyo said his team was buoyed by the news of its return to Toronto.

“Everybody was smiling and everybody was happy,” Montoyo said. “We took the momentum into the game.”

Ray (8-4), who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday at Tampa Bay, allowed four hits and two walks while striking out eight. Semien, Hernandez, and Grichuk all homered in the third for the Blue Jays, who won consecutive games for the first time since July 2-3.

“I like staying on a five-day schedule,” Ray said. “I was able to stay in my routine, and I felt really good.”

Eli White had a two-run homer in the ninth for the Rangers, who dropped their third straight and have lost six of eight. Lyles (5-6) went four innings and allowed four home runs for the second time in his career, with both instances coming in his last six appearances.

“We ran into a pretty good pitcher,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “He’s probably been their best guy all year. Obviously these guys are swinging the bats as well as anybody in baseball right now. We just got beat.”

Montoyo paid tribute to the city that’s hosted the Blue Jays for parts of two seasons.

“I don’t want to forget about how great Buffalo has been to us,” Montoyo said. “The job they did to make it closer to a big-league ballpark, and the stands were full. But we’re the Toronto Blue Jays, and it’ll be great to go home and show this team to the whole nation and Toronto.”

Cronenworth hits for cycle, Padres rout Nationals 24-8

WASHINGTON (AP) Jake Cronenworth hit for his first career cycle, Wil Myers had a grand slam and a two-run shot and the San Diego Padres set a franchise record for runs in a 24-8 blowout of the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

The Padres, who finished the first half by losing two of three to the Rockies, had 22 hits against seven pitchers. San Diego scored in every inning except the seventh as the Nationals allowed the most runs since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005 and tied for the most in D.C. history.

“That was just as relentless up and down the lineup I’ve seen our crew,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “The discipline in the zone, just the grinding ability, making them come to the zone, laying off pitches out of the zone. That, for an extended period of time was as nasty as I’ve seen our group.”

Cronenworth had a two-run double in the second, an RBI triple in the third, a solo homer in the fifth and an infield single against the shift in the sixth. Jurickson Profar replaced him at second base in the bottom of the seventh.

“Just tried to put something in play hard,” Cronenworth said of his at-bat in the sixth. “I know I didn’t put it in play hard, but I put in play and … some luck involved and I guess that’s how you put that one together.”

Cronenworth said he twice fell a single short of the cycle while in the minors.

Myers hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run second inning, and added a two-run homer in the sixth and an RBI single in the eighth.

Tommy Pham had four hits, including a homer, and scored five runs, and Jorge Mateo homered.

Padres starter Chris Paddack (5-6) allowed four runs in five innings.

Juan Soto had four hits, including two home runs, and Gerardo Parra had a three-run homer for Washington, which has lost five straight and 10 of 12.

Erick Fedde (4-7) allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Washington was without infielder Starlin Castro, who was placed on administrative leave Friday by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

“You know what, today was just a rough day all the way around,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “I’m going to go home, shake this one off and be ready to play tomorrow.”

Red Sox stifle short-handed Yanks 4-0 with Judge on COVID IL

NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees felt like they were hit by a truck this week.

“An invisible, microscopic truck,” ace Gerrit Cole said.

It wasn’t so hard to see what was missing Friday night.

Eduardo Rodriguez shut down short-handed New York into the sixth inning, Christian Arroyo and J.D. Martinez homered, and the Boston Red Sox three-hit their rivals 4-0 Friday night with slugger Aaron Judge and five other Yankees sidelined due to a coronavirus outbreak.

A day after the series opener was postponed for testing and contact tracing, Judge, third baseman Gio Urshela and catcher Kyle Higashioka were added to the COVID-19 injured list. They joined Yankees pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta, who have also tested positive over the past week.

Fourth-place New York was also without first baseman Luke Voit, who went on the injured list Friday with a bone bruise in his left knee.

“Every day is really important right now,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Today it was important we come out and play well and try to get a W and that didn’t happen.”

Rodriguez (7-5) allowed two hits over 5 2/3 innings, retiring 10 straight during one stretch and finishing with eight strikeouts. Hirokazu Sawamura got the final out of the sixth, and Tanner Houck pitched the final three innings to close out Boston’s three-hitter for his first big league save.

The AL East-leading Red Sox improved to 7-0 in the 19-game season series and beat New York for the eighth consecutive time, their best run in the rivalry since winning eight straight meetings from 2008-09.

“We have to have that focus walking in the ballpark every day, walking in those doors every day, and rinse and repeat,” Boone said. “The urgency has got to be absolutely there every single day.”

The Yankees were coming off a disappointing first half that ended Sunday when Houston’s Jose Altuve hit a walk-off homer in an 8-7 New York defeat. They’re now nine games back of Boston and likely to be without Judge and their other COVID-19-positive players for at least 10 days.

“The competitive side, yeah, of course we want to come here and win the series,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “But the other stuff, it really sucks.

“It’s not about competition,” he added. “It’s about human beings.”

Arroyo hit a two-run drive during a three-run second inning against starter Jordan Montgomery (3-5) and added a double off Domingo German in the seventh.

“When he’s using the big part of the field, he becomes very dangerous,” Cora said.

Martinez connected against Justin Wilson in the eighth, lining his 19th of the season into the right field seats for a solo shot that made it 4-0.

Montgomery pitched three-run ball over six innings with three hits allowed, two walks and four strikeouts. New York failed to score with Montgomery on the mound for his fifth straight start, matching Bill Short in 1960 and Fritz Peterson in 1967 for the longest such streak in franchise history, according to STATS.

“I’m just doing my job,” Montgomery said. “Going out there, focusing on hitters, trying to get outs and keep us in it. I’m going to keep being a good teammate and supporting the hitters.”

Judge and Urshela have been among the few consistent performers in New York’s lineup this year. Judge is hitting .282 with 21 homers and a .901 OPS, and the slick-fielding Urshela is batting .275 with 11 homers and a .756 OPS.

New York promoted four hitters from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: first baseman Chris Gittens, infielder Hoy Park, outfielder Greg Allen and catcher Rob Brantly. Outfielder Trey Amburgey was called up Thursday, when left-hander Zack Britton was activated from the 10-day injured list.

The 26-year-old Amburgey started in right field for his major league debut. He hit .312 with seven homers for the RailRiders this season, but he was 0 for 2 on Friday.

Allen pinch hit for Amburgey in the seventh and singled in his first at-bat this year. Park followed with a rally-killing groundout as a pinch-hitter in his first big league action.

Struggling Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out one and walking one on 23 pitches.

Lowrie’s walk-off 2-run homer lifts A’s over Indians 5-4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Jed Lowrie hit a game-ending, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Friday night.

It appeared the Indians were in line for a comeback win themselves after erasing a 3-0 deficit. But then Lowrie drilled a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall off Emmanuel Clase (3-5) with one out, after Elvis Andrus led off the ninth with a single.

Bradley Zimmer hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh for Cleveland, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Roberto Perez also went deep for the Indians.

Mitch Moreland homered for Oakland, and Matt Olson and Andrus each had three hits, but the A’s were mostly held silent at the plate after building an early 3-0 lead.

Sergio Romo (2-0) struck out two in a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

Zimmer, hitting ninth in Cleveland’s lineup, hadn’t homered since July 28 of last season. But he got an 0-1 changeup from Yusmeiro Petit and drilled it over the center field wall to snap a 3-all tie in the seventh.

A’s starter Sean Manaea, who hasn’t won since June 14, was charged with three runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Oakland took an early 3-0 lead, getting a homer from Moreland in his first game back from the injured list.

The A’s are 13-2 against AL Central opponents this season, and 78-22 versus the division dating to June 23, 2017.

Oosthuizen sets 36-hole Open record, stellar cast behind him

SANDWICH, England (AP) Louis Oosthuizen set a 36-hole record at the British Open and is halfway to ending that run of near misses at the majors.

Now all he has to do is hold off a cast of major champions on the weekend at Royal St. George’s.

On a day of pleasant summer weather that took the fear out of the links off Sandwich Bay, Oosthuizen broke away from a three-way tie with a birdie-birdie-eagle run from the 12th hole. He shrugged off his first bogey of the week for a 5-under 65 and a two-stroke lead on Friday.

Former PGA champion Collin Morikawa had a 64 in the morning and was two shots behind. Another shot back was Jordan Spieth (67), going after his fourth major.

Lurking was two-time major champion Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world who shot 65 and was tied for fourth, four strokes behind Oosthuizen.

“The game is good, but I know it’s a really good leaderboard,” Oosthuizen said. “I’ll have to play good golf this weekend if I want to come out first.”

Oosthuizen, looking as calm as the conditions, was at 11-under 129, breaking the 36-hole Open record first set by Nick Faldo in 1992 at Muirfield and matched by Brandt Snedeker in 2012 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

This will be the fifth time in the last nine rounds at a major that Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion at St. Andrews, has had at least a share of the lead. He was runner-up at the last two majors, to Phil Mickelson at the the PGA Championship in May and to Jon Rahm the U.S. Open last month.

“I’m not really going to think about the second spots,” said Oosthuizen, when asked what he’ll do differently this time. “I know my game is in a good place.”

He’ll also be aware of the quality of player behind him, though.

Morikawa, making quite a debut in links golf, made seven birdies in his first 14 holes as part of a clinic in iron play. He missed a 5-foot par putt on No. 15 – ending a 27-hole stretch without a bogey – and had a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole catch the lip.

Spieth, four shots behind Morikawa when he teed off, was tied for the lead after 12 holes and then played the last six holes in 1 over, a stretch he described as “frustrating.” He had plenty of looks at birdie, but the putts didn’t drop like they did on Thursday.

“I don’t know, I think I need to bring more food on the golf course tomorrow,” said Spieth, who has already lifted the claret jug before at Royal Birkdale in 2017. “I got really just in a weird head space, like fatigued there on like the 13th green as we were waiting and hitting putts.”

Then there was Johnson, a runner-up at Royal St. George’s in 2011, who stuck his approach at the last to 3 feet for a birdie and a round of 65, which left him at 7 under with Dylan Frittelli of South Africa (67) and Scottie Scheffler (66).

The weather is expected to stay benign over the weekend, potentially favoring Johnson if the fairways firm up and the ball runs longer and faster.

“I feel like I’m in a good position heading into the weekend,” he said.

One shot behind an eclectic mix of players at 6 under – including two more South Africans in Justin Harding and Daniel Van Tonder as well as Germany’s Marcel Siem, who qualified from a second-tier Challenge Tour event last week – were Rahm (64) and Brooks Koepka.

Koepka, a four-time major winner and seemingly always in contention at golf’s biggest events, made four birdies in his last five holes for a 66, then continued his petty feud with Bryson DeChambeau with perhaps the best shot of his round.

During a television interview, Koepka said he was driving it great, adding: “I love my driver” – a clear nod at DeChambeau, who complained on Thursday that his driver “sucks.”

DeChambeau doesn’t look like being a factor this weekend at Royal St. George’s but he’s sticking around after shooting a 70, which saw him make the cut on the number at 1 over.

Rory McIlroy will be, too, needing a birdie on the final hole for another 70. He was 11 shots behind and set to stay on four majors until 2022.

“That’s sort of been the way for the last couple months,” McIlroy said. “It’s felt close, but it just hasn’t quite been close enough.”

Other big names weren’t so lucky: No. 7 Patrick Cantlay, No. 9 Patrick Reed and former Open champions Francesco Molinari and Henrik Stenson were among those headed home.

A sign of the favorable weather that has confronted the world’s best players this week – there was barely a drop of wind at times on Friday – is the fact the cut was at 1-over 141. The previous lowest cut at Royal St. George’s was 143.

Talks between Jays, feds accelerate; July 30 return possible

TORONTO (AP) Talks between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Canadian government have accelerated significantly and an exemption on border restrictions that would allow them to play in Canada starting July 30 may be possible, an official familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Friday.

The Blue Jays asked the federal government to allow them to play at home at Rogers Centre starting July 30 and wanted a response by Friday.

A government official confirmed that talks have advanced in the last day. The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The Blue Jays were expecting to get an answer on Friday.

The Blue Jays played home games during the shortened 2020 season in Buffalo, New York, and started this season in Dunedin, Florida, before moving to Buffalo. The Canadian government didn’t allow the team to play in Toronto because of the risk of spreading COVID-19, citing frequent travel required in the U.S. during a baseball season.

The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel, though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week those restrictions could come off in mid-August.

Major League Baseball requires an exemption for nonvaccinated players and team staff to play games in Canada. As of this month, fully vaccinated players who have valid work permits are no longer required to complete a 14-day quarantine upon entry into Canada, but some teams have players that are not vaccinated. A quarantine exemption and protocols around that need to be approved.

Talks between the Blue Jays and federal government accelerated over the last day.

The team described Friday as a breaking point, noting the club has a long homestand starting July 30 that represents over 25% of the remaining games at a crucial juncture competitively. The Blue Jays are tied for third in the AL East standings.

They require lead time in order to move what they need from Buffalo and to prepare for Toronto operations, including ticket sales, although they already have begun preparations at Rogers Centre, according to two team officials who spoke the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Toronto last played at 49,000-capacity Rogers Centre on Sept. 29, 2019, an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Blue Jays ace Hyun-Jin Ryu signed with the team before the 2020 season and has yet to pitch a game in Toronto.

The club noted in a news release this week that MLB has high vaccination rates, with more than 85% of players and personnel fully vaccinated. The club said vaccinated players and staff on the home and visiting teams will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, with no quarantine requirement, and that fully vaccinated individuals will undergo weekly testing.

The team said unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals on the home and visiting teams will adhere to a modified quarantine for their first 14 days in Canada. They will be permitted to leave their residence only to participate in baseball activities at Rogers Centre.

NFL’s Richard Sherman charged with DUI, other crimes

SEATTLE (AP) Prosecutors in Washington state have charged former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman after police said he drunkenly crashed his SUV in a construction zone and tried to break into his in-laws’ home.

Sherman, who was released from jail Thursday, was expected to appear in court Friday for arraignment on five criminal charges: driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless endangerment of road workers, criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and malicious mischief. They are all misdemeanors, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, or gross misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year.

Sherman’s attorney, Cooper Offenbecher, did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Sherman was belligerent, had been drinking heavily and spoke of killing himself when he left his home in the Seattle suburb of Maple Valley late Tuesday, according to police reports. His wife, Ashley Sherman, called 911 to try to have police stop him.

He was arrested early Wednesday after police said he crashed his car in a construction zone along a busy highway east of Seattle and then tried to break into his in-laws’ home in the suburb of Redmond. Workers said the driver entered the closed construction zone at 60 to 70 mph (97 to 113 kph) and sped off after being confronted, shooting sparks from a wheel, then abandoned the disabled vehicle nearby.

Sherman’s father-in-law, Raymond Moss, told officers that he armed himself with a handgun and fired pepper-spray at the NFL cornerback to protect his family as Sherman tried to bust in the door of Moss’ home with his shoulder.

Another of Moss’ daughters pleaded with a 911 operator for officers to arrive quickly and told her children to hide in a bathroom behind a shower curtain, according to audio of the call released Thursday.

“The family began to yell in fear,” Raymond Moss told police. “I used pepper spray on Sherman’s face through the partially opened door as he was still banging and attempting to gain entry. I told him to stop. I armed myself with my handgun at this time fearing for the safety of myself and my family.”

Officers were cautious about arresting Sherman because of his size, strength and belligerence, according to police reports. After trying to deescalate the situation, they decided to use less-lethal force after warning Sherman that they would if he didn’t comply with their orders.

They could not use a Taser because they worried about igniting whatever chemical Sherman’s father-in-law had sprayed him with and could not fire a bean-bag round because they were too close to him. Instead, they released a police dog, which bit his ankle and caused a minor cut, as other officers wrestled with him on the ground, the reports say.

In February, King County prosecutors and the sheriff obtained an “extreme risk protection order” for Sherman, which barred him from having guns after a judge determined he posed a danger to himself or others. Details of the case were sealed, and it was not immediately clear if any weapons had been seized from him.

Ashley Sherman told police her husband had been on anti-depressants and was receiving mental health counseling.

The arrest was Sherman’s first known involvement with the criminal justice system.

At a court hearing Thursday, Sherman’s attorney did not contest that probable cause existed for the arrest. But he said Sherman should be released without bail and noted his good works in the community, including founding the Blanket Coverage Foundation, a charity that provides low-income students with school supplies and clothes.

“Richard Sherman is among the best in our community,” Offenbecher said. “He is a good person and a good soul. He is taking these allegations very seriously.”

Sherman, 33, became a Seattle sports legend during seven seasons with Seahawks. The cornerback was a star in their run to a 2014 Super Bowl victory, making a game-saving play to deflect a pass in the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers.

He left the Seahawks after the 2017 season and played three seasons with San Francisco. He is now a free agent.

NFL suspends Saints’ Onyemata 6 games for banned substance

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints starting defensive tackle David Onyemata has been given a six-game suspension after being notified by the NFL he tested positive for a banned substance and hand the player said in a social media post Friday morning.

In a statement from the NFL, the league said Onyemata had been suspended without pay for the first six games of the 2021 regular season for violating the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances. He will be able to participate in all preseason practices and games.

The statement said Onyemata will be eligible to return to the Saints’ active roster on Oct. 26, following the team’s Week 7 game at Seattle.

Onyemata said on social media that he suspected the test result stemmed from his use of a supplement that he mistakenly believed was permissible under league rules.

“While I was certainly surprised and disappointed with this news, I am responsible for what I put in my body,” Onyemata wrote on his verified Instagram account. “As I have never knowingly taken anything that could cause a positive test, we are currently in the process of testing the supplements I was taking at the time of the test.

“Regardless, I am committed to being more aware of any medication and dietary supplements that may contain substances banned by the NFL,” he added.

In 2019, Onyemata was suspended one game in connection with a misdemeanor marijuana citation.

The Saints did not immediately comment on the test result or its implications for the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Onyemata, who had a career-best 6 1/2 sacks last season, his fifth in the NFL. Onyemata did not disclose the anticipated length

The Saints allowed one of their top interior lineman, Sheldon Rankins, to leave in free agency this offseason, and traded another, Malcom Brown, to Jacksonville. Now Onyemata’s suspension could result in New Orleans opening the regular season against Green Bay on Sept. 12 without any of their top three interior defensive linemen from last season.

AP source: US adding McGee, Johnson after Love withdrawal

(AP) — Kevin Love has withdrawn from the Olympics because of a right calf injury, forcing the U.S. basketball team to replace two players on its roster.

Veteran center JaVale McGee and Spurs guard Keldon Johnson will be added to the 12-man Olympics roster, a person with knowledge of the details said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the additions had not been announced.

It means the much of the U.S. roster will have little time together before its Olympic opener July 25 against France.

Johnson, who plays for U.S. coach Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, was a member of the select team of young players training against the Americans. McGee, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets last season, has won three NBA titles but has no Olympic experience.

Love’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, confirmed the Cleveland Cavalier forward’s withdrawal Friday. It was first reported by ESPN.

Love’s withdrawal comes a day after the Americans announced that Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal would miss the Olympics because he was in health and safety protocols.

Love would have been trying for a second Olympic gold medal, having played for the Americans in London in 2012. He also was on the team that won gold two years earlier in the world championships.

That past USA Basketball experience helped him get selected for this roster despite his difficult NBA season. Love missed 46 games because of the injury and averaged just 12.2 points in 25 games.

He played in two of the Americans’ three exhibition games in Las Vegas, scoring one point.

The U.S. was already short-handed before the losses of Beal and Love. Milwaukee’s Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, along with Phoenix star Devin Booker, won’t join the team until after the NBA Finals.

The Americans canceled their exhibition against Australia scheduled for Friday night because of health and safety concerns.

Nats’ Starlin Castro placed on administrative leave by MLB

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro was placed on administrative leave Friday by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

The leave was imposed under the policy adopted by MLB and the players’ union in 2015 and can be the initial step leading to a longer suspension. The administrative leave – during which a player is paid but cannot play – has been extended for players under the policy in the past.

Washington faces San Diego this weekend in the first series out of the All-Star break. Nationals manager Dave Martinez is expected to address Castro’s status later Friday.

The 31-year-old infielder was placed on the restricted list on June 16 due to what Martinez at the time said were “family matters.” He was reinstated two days later and pinch-hit in a game that night against the New York Mets.

Castro is hitting .283 with three home runs and 38 RBIs in 87 games so far this season. He is in his second season with the Nationals after stints with the Cubs, Yankees and Marlins.

Avalanche trade Graves to Devils for Maltsev, 2nd-round pick

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The Colorado Avalanche have dealt defenseman Ryan Graves to the New Jersey Devils for forward Mikhail Maltsev and the 61st overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft.

Graves was a top-four blue-liner for the Avalanche, and while he didn’t boast gaudy offensive numbers, his underlying figures proved he was a steady presence on the back end.

The 26-year-old produced a 56.37 expected goals percentage and a 57.57 scoring chances for percentage at five-on-five this campaign, according to Natural Stat Trick.

Graves collected two goals and 13 assists over 54 regular-season games before adding one marker and five helpers in 10 playoff contests in 2021. He played three seasons for the Avalanche, who acquired him via trade with the New York Rangers in February 2018.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound rearguard is under contract through 2022-23 at a cap hit of about $3.17 million, according to CapFriendly.

Colorado was in danger of losing Graves to the Seattle Kraken in the upcoming expansion draft.

Maltsev notched six goals and three assists across 33 games for the Devils in 2021. It was the 23-year-old’s rookie season in the NHL after he suited up for parts of three KHL campaigns with SKA Saint Petersburg. New Jersey selected him 102nd overall in 2016.

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER TOP RETURNING PLAYERS (STATS) FOR 2021

POINTS

Addie Chester – Delta                                                    137

Skylar Bos – Covenant Christian                                  115

Hope Donald -Tri-West Hendricks                            99

Jenna Lang – Columbus North                                     99

Colina Miroff -Park Tudor                                            90

Karsyn Cherry – Lafayette Central Catholic            86

Sierra Mullins -Vincennes Lincoln                             85

Lily Stogdill – Tri-Central                                               77

Madelynn Martin -Scecina                                          67

Giselle Villegas Culver                                                   67

Kylie Hardin – Tri-West Hendricks                             61

Jenny Walker – Park Tudor                                           61

Baleigh Binkley Culver                                                   60

Corynn DeGroote -West Vigo                                     60

Aleyna Quinn -Castle                                                     59

Naomi Splittorff – Evansville Reitz                             57

Felicia Haddix – Norwell                                               57

Emily Wilusz – Portage                                                   56

Kori Leverenz – Mt. Vernon                                          55

Taylor Johnson -Evansville Reitz                                54

Olivia Wainscott -Owen Valley                                   53

Tressa Senesac – Benton Central                                51          

Alyssa Harris -Pike                                                          51

Kyndall Ferguson – Hamilton Heights                       51

Emmi Doty – Hanover Central                                     50

GOALS

Addie Chester – Delta                                                     59

Skylar Bos – Covenant Christian                                 50

Jenna Lang – Columbus North                                     44

Hope Donald -Tri-West Hendricks                            38

Colina Miroff -Park Tudor                                            38

Sierra Mullins – Vincennes Lincoln                           36

Lily Stogdill -Tri-Central                                                36

Karsyn Cherry – Lafayette Central Catholic            31

Madelynn Martin -Scecina                                          31

ASSISTS

Karsyn Cherry – Lafayette Central Catholic            24          

Hope Donald -Tri-West Hendricks                            23

Jenny Walker – Park Tudor                                           21

Addie Chester – Delta                                                    19

Gretchen Farley – Park Tudor                                      19

Giselle Villegas- Culver                                                   17

Naomi Splittorff -Evansville Reitz                             17

Tina Geer -Evansville Christian                                   17          

Katelyn Fennell – West Vigo                                         17

Ava Conner – Harrison                                                   17

Olivia Malicoat – Tri-West Hendricks                       16

Emmy Higgins – Castle                                                   15

Kaylee Hamilton -Culver                                               15          

Hadley Lytton -Heritage Hills                                       15

GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE (10 GAMES PLAYED)

Mercedes Houston – Warren Central                        0.000    

Gabby Ettensohn -Tell City                                           0.000    

Brooklynn Lauderdale – Portage                                 0.000    

Reagan Kooy – Fr Illiana Christian                             0.000

Ainsley Butler – Mishawaka Marian                         0.205

Madison Wathen -Forest Park                                    0.357    

Sydney Mansfield – DeKalb                                          0.421

Adrianne Tolen -West Lafayette                                0.526

Ashlyn Hoover -Harrison                                               0.601    

Lucy Furqueron – Park Tudor                                        0.645    

Maryn Weiger – North Central                                    0.656

Mary Brewington -East Central                                  0.683    

Riley Britt – Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                            0.684

Madison Roush – Homestead                                     0.727    

Tamina Gibson – Speedway                                          0.750

Mallory Gilley – Columbus North                               0.798    

Jenn Houser -Hamilton Heights                                 0.875

Sophie Willey – Danville                                                 0.875

Sophia Gorall -Center Grove                                        0.887    

Sydney Argo – Faith Christian                                      0.955    

Samantha Christle – Leo                                                 0.959

Andi Flittner – Evansville Memorial                          0.967    

SAVES

Ellie Bigelow – Greenwood Christian Academy    272

Anna Lawson -Heritage                                                269

Sydney Burroughs – Marquette Catholic                 247

Ella Lowe – Greensburg                                                 241        

Addison Marshall – Franklin                                       229

Madalynn Grube – Vincennes Lincoln                      207

Heaylyn Kwiatkowski -LaVille                                     200

Sophia Knock – Union County                                     197

Savannah Herrera – Mississinewa                            181

Josie Rolfes -Franklin County                                      177

Aubri Gerber – South Adams                                       177

Makinlyn Winkler -Princeton                                     175

Avery Chester – Delta                                                  168        

Kindra Stetzel -Manchester                                        159

Haley Taylor – Shelbyville                                            154

SAVES PER GAME

Anna Lawson – Heritage                                               19.2

Ella Lowe-Greensburg                                                   18.5

Ellie Bigelow – Greenwood Christian Academy   17.0       

Sydney Burroughs – Marquette Catholic                  16.5       

Heaylyn Kwiatkowski – LaVille                                    15.4

Sophia Knock – Union County                                     14.1

Josie Rolfes -Franklin County                                      13.6       

Addison Marshall -Franklin                                         13.5

Purdue Soccer: Boilermakers Unveil 2021 Soccer Schedule

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer program has announced its 2021 schedule, which features 20 matches, 13 at home at Folk Field.

The 2021 slate consists of 18 regular-season matches and two exhibition contests, while the thirteen home games are complimented by seven on the road. The Boilermakers will play 10 Big Ten Conference contests in addition to eight regular-season non-conference games.

“I am very excited about the 2021 schedule and the level of competition we will face throughout,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “The non-conference portion of the schedule will provide us with some great tests early on, and I expect these games to prepare us very well for conference play. I also expect the Big Ten to be as competitive this year as it has ever been, from top to bottom. Our players and our staff are really looking forward to competing at the highest level.”

The season begins with the first of two exhibition matches on August 11, while the regular-season commences on August 19. Big Ten competition kicks off one month later, on Sept. 19.

The Boilermakers’ 2021 schedule includes matches against in-state rivals Indiana and Notre Dame, and the Old Gold and Black will face a total of seven clubs that made the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

Purdue takes the pitch for the first time on August 11 for an exhibition against Milwaukee at Folk Field. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET against the Panthers, who are coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance and a conference tournament title. The Boilermakers’ exhibition slate concludes against Marquette on August 14, also at home.

Regular-season competition begins on August 19 when Purdue hosts Kentucky at 7 p.m. A trip to Nashville follows for a matchup against Vanderbilt on August 22 at 2 p.m. The Commodores won the SEC Tournament championship and qualified for the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

August concludes with a pair of home matches, against Gonzaga on the 26th, at 7 p.m., and vs. in-state foe Ball State on the 29th, at 1 p.m. Another in-state opponent is up next on the schedule to begin September, as Purdue makes the short trip north on September 2 to face Notre Dame, with kickoff at 7 p.m.

The non-conference schedule concludes with three consecutive home matches. Saint Louis comes to West Lafayette on September 5 at 1 p.m., a year after they won the A-10 regular-season and tournament crowns and made the NCAA Tournament. Purdue faces Kansas State on September 9 at 7 p.m. before a matchup with Colorado on September 12 at 1 p.m. The Buffaloes were part of the 2020 NCAA Tournament field.

The Big Ten slate commences with two road games, at Nebraska on September 16 at 2:05 p.m., and at Illinois on September 23 at 8 p.m.

Conference action at Folk Field begins against Iowa on September 26 at 1 p.m., as the Hawkeyes are coming off a Big Ten Tournament title and NCAA berth. Michigan is in town on September 30, at 7 p.m. to wrap up the month.

Purdue travels to Wisconsin on October 3 at 3:30 p.m., and hosts Minnesota a week later on October 10 at 1 p.m.

A pair of 2020 NCAA Tournament squads close out the road portion of the regular season for the Boilermakers. The trip begins at Ohio State on October 14 at 7 p.m., and concludes at Penn State on October 17. The Nittany Lions are the defending Big Ten regular-season champions and advanced to the third round of the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

Purdue hosts the final two matches of the regular season at Folk Field, beginning against Northwestern on October 21 at 7 p.m.  The rivalry against Indiana concludes the regular season, when Purdue will look to keep the Golden Boot Trophy for a seventh consecutive year on October 24 at 1 p.m.

2021 PURDUE SOCCER SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Aug. 11 – vs. Milwaukee (exhibition), 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 14 – vs. Marquette (exhibition), TBD

Thursday, Aug. 19 – vs. Kentucky, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 22 – at Vanderbilt, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 26 – vs. Gonzaga, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 29 – vs. Ball State, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 2 – at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5 – vs. Saint Louis, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 9 – vs. Kansas State, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 12 – vs. Colorado, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 19 – at Nebraska, 2:05 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 23 – at Illinois, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 26 – vs. Iowa, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 30 – vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 3 – at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 10 – vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 14 – at Ohio State, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 17 – at Penn State, TBD

Thursday, Oct. 21 – vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24 – vs. Indiana, 1 p.m.

UIndy Athletics Facilities to Operate at 100% Capacity

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INDIANAPOLIS – Welcome back, Greyhound fans!  University of Indianapolis Athletics is pleased to announce that all athletic facilities will operate at 100 percent capacity starting with the new athletic year in August.

Marion County is now at 100 percent capacity including Lucas Oil Stadium.  The 100 percent capacity at UIndy will include full stadium operating procedures, pregame tailgating in designated lots and the complete game day experience.

All University campus policies will continue to be enforced.  Unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear face masks unless actively eating or drinking.

All capacity numbers are subject to change.  The Athletics department will continue working with University, local and state officials to monitor and follow health and safety protocols based on current conditions.

VALPO SOFTBALL: Amanda Eberhart Hired as Valpo Softball Head Coach

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Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Amanda Eberhart has been hired as head coach of the Valpo Softball program. Eberhart brings seven years of head coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently spending the last three years as the head coach at Omaha, and also has eight seasons of experience on staffs at Big Ten programs.

“One thing was clear from the beginning of our conversations with Coach Eberhart: her commitment to helping student-athletes reach their full potential in all areas of their lives,” LaBarbera said. “She has a proven record of strengthening programs and providing quality experiences. We are excited to welcome her to the Valpo Athletics family.”

“I’d like to thank Mark LaBarbera, Sarah Pruess and everyone involved in the search process for the opportunity to lead the Valpo Softball program,” Eberhart said. “My family and I are excited to be ‘back home again in Indiana’ and to become a part of the rich tradition of Valparaiso University. Valpo Softball is in a great position — both as a member of a strong mid-major conference in the Valley and with its location in a softball hotbed — and I’m looking forward to building positive momentum within the program over the coming years. I can’t wait to get on campus and start working with the team — it’s an exciting time!”

Eberhart enjoyed a successful 2021 campaign at the helm of the Mavericks, guiding Omaha to a second-place finish in Summit League regular season play and a runner-up placement at the Summit League Tournament as the Mavs reached the tournament championship game for the first time since joining the league. Four Mavs earned All-Summit League accolades, while they also boasted an NFCA All-Midwest Region selection.

The 2021 season, which saw a 15.5-game improvement overall and a 7.5-game improvement in Summit League play from the previous full season, was a continuation of the turnaround which began in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign. That year’s Omaha squad posted a 12-12 record — the program’s best opening-month record since 2014 — and took a big leap forward offensively, finishing the year with a .309 team batting average and an .883 team OPS. The Mavs led the Summit League in eight offensive categories and closed the truncated season ranked 24th nationally in home runs and 36th in slugging percentage.

“I am extremely excited for Amanda Eberhart and her family to return to the state of Indiana and join the Valpo Athletics family,” Executive Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Sarah Pruess said. “She has a thorough understanding of what it takes to succeed at the Division I level. Throughout the process, it was evident that she knows what it takes to develop Valpo’s student-athletes to their full academic and athletic potential.”

Prior to joining Omaha, Eberhart spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons as an assistant coach at Purdue. Over her two years with the Boilermakers, the team hit 57 points higher in Big Ten play than it did the season before her arrival. Eberhart coached a pair of All-Big Ten selection and two NFCA All-Region choices over her two seasons in West Lafayette.

Eberhart served four years (2013-2016) as head coach at IUPUI, amassing 95 victories — third-most in program history. She took a program which had not posted a winning record since 1999 and led the Jaguars to a 24-24 record in her second season in 2014, followed by a 33-18 mark in 2015 — a program record for victories in the Division I ear.

Prior to Eberhart’s arrival in Indianapolis, the Jaguars had made just two Mid-Continent Conference/Summit League Tournaments in 14 years, including none in the previous seven seasons. Under Eberhart, IUPUI advanced to the Summit League Tournament in each of her final three seasons, culminating in a run to the tournament championship game in 2016 for the first time in program history.

In Eberhart’s four years, she coached 12 All-Summit League honorees and had three players earn NFCA All-Region accolades. Her 2015 team ranked among the top-50 in the nation in doubles, home runs and stolen bases, while her teams still hold single-season program records for home runs, fielding percentage and pitching strikeouts.

Eberhart spent the 2012 season as a volunteer assistant at Northwestern, her second stint as a volunteer assistant with the Wildcats, as she was previously on staff in Evanston for the 2006 and 2007 seasons as well. She helped lead Northwestern to a Big Ten title and a second-place finish at the Women’s College World Series in 2006 as a member of the National Coaching Staff of the Year. The Wildcats posted a third-place WCWS finish in 2007 and earned a NCAA regional berth in 2012.

Between her stints at Northwestern, Eberhart spent the 2008 season as an assistant coach at North Carolina State before moving on for three seasons (2009-2011) as an assistant at Indiana. She helped guide the Hoosiers to a 37-18 record and a 17-3 mark in Big Ten play in 2011 as they made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.

Eberhart got her coaching start as a volunteer assistant at her alma mater, UIC, during the 2005 season. Eberhart was named a Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American in her senior season with the Flames in 2004, when she was also named Horizon League Player of the Year. A four-time NFCA All-Region honoree and four-time All-Horizon League performer, Eberhart still holds the UIC program record for career home runs and ranks second in Flames history in RBIs and walks. A 2005 graduate from UIC, she was inducted into the UIC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

What They’re Saying About Amanda Eberhart

“Amanda is a caring, compassionate and competitive coach who will work every day to create an environment for the Valpo student-athletes to thrive on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Valpo is getting a great coach and an even better person in Amanda. We will miss her in Nebraska, but understand the pull to bring her family home to Indiana.”

– Rhonda Revelle, University of Nebraska head coach & 2010 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee

“Congratulations to the Valpo Softball program. They have hired an incredible mentor, teacher and coach. Any student-athlete who has the opportunity to play for Rivie will have an amazing experience.”

– Kate Drohan, Northwestern University head coach

“Tremendous hire, a victory for Valpo Softball. Riv is a student-athlete centered coach who embodies high character, strong connection and a passion for the game. Having coached throughout the Hoosier State and the region, Riv provides veteran experience and knowledge, and her positive impact will be felt immediately.”

– Shonda Stanton, Indiana University head coach

MARIAN BASEBALL: FLORIDIAN PITCHER ALEXANDER ENCARNACION COMMITS TO MARIAN BASEBALL

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian baseball team has announced their second Florida commit of the 2021 class, as head coach Todd Bacon announced the signing of Alexander Encarnacion.

Alexander Encarnacion is a native of Port St. Lucie, Florida, where he attended St. Lucie West Centennial High School. Encarnacion is a 6-4 right-handed pitcher, and as a senior had a strong season carrying a 4-0 record on the hill. Encarnacion controlled a 2.80 ERA as a senior, and additionally limited batters to a .240 average. Encarnacion comes to Marian joining former high school teammate Chris Torres.

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: Women’s Tennis Racks Up Nine ITA Scholar Athletes for 2020-21 Season

The Anderson University women’s tennis team racked up nine Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar Athletes for the 2020-21 season, which was announced by the ITA on Wednesday.

Anderson’s women’s tennis team was also named an ITA All-Academic Team. The ITA recognized tennis teams with at least a 3.20 team GPA for the 2020-21 season as an ITA All-Academic Team.

Madelyn Brown, Claire Hannaford, Ruth Knies, Jenna Kuntz, Megan Long, Claire Miller, Morgan Oconitrillo, Cassandra Weyker and Kate Wilson each received ITA Scholar Athlete recognition. The ITA recognized tennis student-athletes with at least a 3.50 GPA for the 2020-21 academic year as ITA Scholar Athletes.

Knies and Miller were tabbed as ITA Scholar Athletes in all three years they were eligible. Brown, Kuntz and Oconitrillo have been selected as ITA Scholar Athletes in both years they have been eligible. Hannaford and Long were named ITA Scholar Athletes in their first year of eligibility. Weyker earned ITA Scholar Athlete honors for the second time in her career while Wilson was named an ITA Scholar Athlete for the first time in her career.

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: Six Men’s Tennis Players Earn ITA Scholar Athlete Honors for 2020-21 Year

Six Anderson University men’s tennis players earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar Athlete honors for the 2020-21 academic year, which was announced by the ITA on Wednesday.

The Anderson University men’s tennis team also received ITA all-academic team honors. Tennis teams with at least a 3.20 team GPA for the 2020-21 academic year were recognized with ITA all-academic team honors.

Parker Bradley, Brant Brouillette, Cory Evans, Jesse Hernandez, Austin Hostetler and Sam Songer were each named ITA Scholar Athletes. The ITA recognized tennis student-athletes with at least a 3.50 GPA for the 2020-21 academic year as ITA Scholar Athletes.

Hernandez has been named an ITA Scholar Athlete all three years he has been eligible. Bradley, Evans and Songer have been selected as an ITA Scholar Athlete in both of the years they have been eligible. Hostetler collected ITA Scholar Athlete honors for the second time in his career while Brouillette earned ITA Scholar Athlete recognition for the first time in his career.

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: Anderson Women’s Basketball Announces Elite Camp for August 7

The Anderson University women’s basketball program and head coach Jon Gin have announced that the Anderson women’s basketball Elite Camp is set to debut on Aug. 7.

“I’m excited to be hosting our Elite Camp,” Gin said. “Camps are the perfect way for recruits to get an inside look at our program and what we are all about. Camps also allow our team to come together in the summer and give back to the Anderson Community. Hopefully this is just the first of many.”

The camp is offered for grades 9-12 and is set to start at 11 a.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. Registration is $60. In the morning, players will take part in stations, which include ball handling, shooting, defense, pick and roll, and posting up. During the afternoon, players will be competing in 5-on-5 games. The camp also provides the opportunity to visit campus and meet the team.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE ATHLETICS: Purdue Fort Wayne 2021 Cross Country Schedules Released

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne cross country teams will return for a full season of action in the fall of 2021. The schedule features a home meet on Sept. 17.

The men’s and women’s squads will run identical slates in 2021. They will open the season Sept. 3 at the Mike Baumer Classic hosted by Horizon League foe Wright State. The following week the ‘Dons will travel to another league member at the IUPUI Jaguar Invitational.

On Sept. 17 the ‘Dons will host the Rumble in the Fort.

Following a short break, the ‘Dons will return to action on Oct. 1 at Notre Dame’s Joe Paine Invite before going to the Evansville Invitational on Oct. 16. The ‘Dons will be competing two weeks later at the Horizon League Championship hosted by IUPUI on Oct. 30. The ‘Dons will then run in their sixth event in the state of Indiana when they head to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional hosted by Evansville on Nov. 12.

“I am beyond excited for a true full cross country season,” head coach Aaron Combs said. “With the 2020 season being canceled, we had to turn our attention to the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons earlier than normal. While track and field is very much a team sport, cross country brings even more of a team element. Everyone is training for the same race distance and competes shoulder to shoulder with the common goal of getting the uniform across the line with the lowest team average.”

VALPO ATHLETICS: Daggett Earns CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

Valparaiso University men’s track & field fifth-year senior Emanuel Daggett (Chicago, Ill. / Gavit) received recognition this week for his performance both in competition and in the classroom as he was named to the CoSIDA Academic-All-District Team, which is made up of track & field and cross-country student-athletes from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

Daggett, who owns a 3.83 cumulative grade point average in cybersecurity, has been a standout both in competition and in the classroom throughout his tenure on Valpo’s campus. Daggett, who graduated from Gavit High School in Hammond, Ind. in three years prior to arriving at Valpo, was a standout sprinter for the Brown & Gold.

Daggett’s name is etched in the Valpo track & field record book in numerous locations, as he ranks fifth in program history in the indoor 200-meter dash (22.53, 2020), third in the indoor 400 (48.96, 2020) and tied for third in the outdoor 400 (48.80, 2021). He was also part of a 2019 4×400 relay squad that posted a 3:23.35, fifth in program lore. He garnered 2020 All-Missouri Valley Conference accolades in the 400-meter dash by virtue of a 48.96.

CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees will advance to the organization’s Academic All-America ballot.  

NCAA DIVISION I – DISTRICT 5 (IL, IN, MI, OH)

FIRST TEAM

Name School Yr. GPA Major

Taige Bryant Eastern Michigan University Gr. 3.73/3.73 Health Administration

Quintin Cooks Kent State University So. 3.96 Communication Studies

Emanuel Daggett Valparaiso University Sr. 3.83 Cybersecurity

Riley DeMeulenaere Loyola University Chicago Gr. 4.00 Biochemistry

Chris Devaney Eastern Michigan University Jr. 3.99 Economics

John Gove Michigan State University Sr. 4.00 Horticulture

Brandon Hochbein University of Akron Gr. 3.76/3.95 Emergency Management (UG) / Sport Science / Coaching

Danny Kilrea University of Notre Dame Jr. 3.95 Finance

TJ Lawson Kent State University Gr. 3.80/3.92 Sport Administration / Business Administration (G)

Jaime Marcos Eastern Illinois University Sr. 3.94 Teacher Education

Devin Meyrer University of Michigan Gr. 3.75/3.87 Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health MSW

Yared Nuguse University of Notre Dame Sr. 3.86 Biochemistry

Charlie Parrish Bradley University Jr. 3.95 Management & Leadership

Joe Riordan Michigan State University Sr. 4.00 Biosystems Engineering

Sean Torpy Miami University Gr. 3.81/3.80 Kinesiology

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1890       For the first time in baseball history, two 300-game winners are opponents as Tim Keefe of the Giants faces Pittsburgh’s Jim ‘Pud’ Galvin in a Players League match-up. New York beats the Burghers, 8-2, in the first of four historic confrontations between the two future members of the Hall of Fame.

1903       In a Tri-State League contest, 25 year-old Dan McClellan throws a perfect game, beating the Penn Park Athletic Club of York. The Cuban X-Giants southpaw is the first black pitcher to accomplish the feat in professional baseball.

1904       At New Jersey’s Wiedenmeyer’s Park, which will become better known as Ruppert Stadium, the Highlanders host an American League game, beating Detroit in the Newark ballpark, 3-1. The contest is played away from Hilltop Park, the team’s usual home, to avoid New York City’s blue laws.

1912       🇸🇪 At the Ostermalm Athletics Grounds, Sweden’s Vasteras Baseball Club plays an exhibition game at the Summer Olympics against an American team. The squad from the United States, who unsurprisingly wins the contest 13-3, consists of athletes in Stockholm competing for gold medals in other sports.

1914       Against the Giants, control artist Babe Adams of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches an entire 21-inning game without issuing a single walk. The contest, which is the longest game in big-league history without a base-on-balls, is decided by Larry Doyle’s home run in the top of the frame, giving Rube Marquard, who also goes the distance, the 3-1 victory.

1918       The Phillies play the longest game in franchise history, a 2-1 loss in 21 innings to Chicago at Weeghman Park. The starting pitchers, Philadelphia right-hander Milt Watson and Chicago southpaw Lefty Tyler, each go the distance, hurling a complete game in the marathon.

1923       Yankee starter Carl Mays goes the distance, losing to the Indians at Cleveland’s Dunn Field, 13-0. The 31 year-old right-handed submariner gives up 20 hits, including four singles and a double to the Tribes’ leadoff batter Charlie Jamieson, who enjoys a 5-for-5 day at the plate.

1924       Cardinals’ knuckleballer and future Hall of Famer Jesse Haines throws a no-hitter, beating the Braves at Sportsman’s Park, 5-0, to become the first post-1900 Redbird hurler to accomplish the feat. Another 54 years will pass until the next no-hit game happens in St. Louis, a span that will end in 1978 when Bob Forsch holds the Phillies hitless at Busch Stadium.

1934       Cubs right-hander Lon Warneke, with his team ahead of New York, 3-1, loads the bases in the seventh inning with an intentional pass to face opposing pitcher Roy Parmalee. The strategy backfires when the hurler hits a grand slam, a drive that barely clears the right-field wall, proving to be the difference in the Giants’ 5-3 victory in the opener of a twin bill at the Polo Grounds.

1936       Carl Hubbell’s 24-game winning streak, spanning over two seasons, begins with a 6-0 victory over the Pirates. ‘King Karl’ will not be defeated until Memorial Day next season.

1941       Thanks to the outstanding defensive work of Indians’ third baseman Ken Keltner, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium in front of 67,000 fans. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ who batted .408 during the stretch, will begin another streak that will last 17 games, extending the remarkable span of hitting safely to 73 of 74 games.

1947       Less than two weeks after Larry Doby’s debut with the Indians, Hank Thompson becomes the second black player to debut in the American League and first for the Browns. The former Kansas City Monarchs standout, who will play in only 27 games for St. Louis because his presence does not significantly raise attendance, goes 0-for-4 in the team’s 16-2 loss to Philadelphia at Sportsman’s Park.

1947       At Cleveland Stadium, the Yankees sweep a doubleheader against the Indians, 3-1 and 7-2. The victories extend the club’s winning streak to 19 games, equaling the American League mark established by the White Sox in 1906.

1954       With Jim Gilliam (2b), Jackie Robinson (3b), Sandy Amoros (lf), Roy Campanella (c), and Don Newcombe (p) in the starting lineup against the Braves, the Dodgers field the first team which consists of a majority of black players. The historic five helps Brooklyn to beat Milwaukee at County Stadium, 2-1.

1957       In front of a House Judiciary subcommittee, team owner Arnold Johnson, contrary to the truth, denies he has favored the Yankees when trading players from the A’s to the Bronx. Due to many recent suspicious deals between the New York and Kansas City clubs, Congress is skeptical.

1959       Mel Allen asks his director to replay Jim McAnay’s ninth-inning single, the first hit allowed by Ralph Terry in the team’s eventual 2-0 loss to Cleveland at the Bronx ballpark. The Yankee broadcaster’s request marks the first use of instant replay in a baseball broadcast.

1961       After checking in a month earlier at an Atlanta hospital, where he placed beside his bed a brown bag filled with $1 million in negotiable securities and a Luger, Ty Cobb dies at the age of seventy-four after a long battle with cancer. Only three former players, Ray Schalk, Mickey Cochrane, and Nap Rucker, along with Baseball Hall of Fame director Sid Keener, attend the Georgia Peach’s funeral services.

1961       Rain in the top of the fifth inning in the nightcap of a twin bill against the Orioles washes out homers by Yankee sluggers Roger Maris (35) and Mickey Mantle (32), both ahead of the Bambino’s record 1927 pace. The Memorial Stadium rainout occurs on the same day Commissioner Ford Frick decrees that Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs stands unless a player hits 61 or more within the first 154 games of the newly expanded 162-game schedule.

1964       In Los Angeles, the Chavez Ravine contest becomes the first Pay-TV baseball game as Subscription Television offers the cablecast to subscribers for a fee. The Dodgers beat Chicago, 3-2, with Don Drysdale collecting ten strikeouts.

1969       At Metropolitan Stadium, Gold Glove pitcher Jim Kaat commits three errors. The 30 year-old right-hander still gets the victory when the Twins beat the White Sox, 8-5.

1974       Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson becomes the second pitcher in major league history to record 3000 career strikeouts when he fans Cesar Geronimo of the Reds. In 1923, Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators became the first major leaguer to reach the milestone.

1976       Walter Alston becomes the sixth skipper to win 2,000 games when the Dodgers overcome a four-run first-inning deficit and beat Chicago at Chavez Ravine, 5-4. ‘Smokey’ will leave at the end of the season, finishing his 23-year tenure in his only managerial position in the majors with a 2,040-1,613 record (.558).

1978       Just before the start of the Oriole game at Memorial Stadium, Doc Medich goes into the stands and saves a 61 year-old fan suffering from a heart attack. The Ranger right-hander, a medical student in the off-season, administers a heart massage to the ailing man until medical help arrives.

1978       Reggie Jackson is suspended for five days without pay by the Yankees. During a Bronx Bomber loss, the future Hall of Fame slugger incurs skipper Billy Martin’s wrath by striking out attempting to bunt after being explicitly told to hit away.

1979       At Seattle’s Kingdome, Pirates outfielder Dave Parker, who cuts down Brian Downing at home with an amazing throw, is named the All-Star Game’s MVP when the National League wins its eighth straight Midsummer Classic. In the 7-6 victory over the Junior Circuit, Mets outfielder Lee Mazzilli homers to tie the game in the eighth, and then walks in the ninth to bring in the eventual winning run.

1987       Don Mattingly becomes the first American League player to hit a home run in seven consecutive games. The Yankees’ first baseman will equal Dale Long’s 1956 major-league mark tomorrow, hitting a round-tripper in eight straight contests.

1987       In his major league debut, Ken Caminiti hits a triple and a homer and scores the winning run in the ninth inning when the Astros edge the visiting Phillies, 2-1. The Houston rookie is just the fourth big leaguer to have hit a home run and triple in his first game.

1990       Minnesota becomes the first team in baseball history to turn two triple plays in the same game. The Twins’ multiple around-the-horn triple killings, both accomplished after being started by the third baseman (5-5-4-3), aren’t enough when the team loses to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 1-0.

1990       Bo Jackson homers three times off Andy Hawkins, going deep in the first, third, and fifth frames in the Royals’ 10-7 victory at Yankee Stadium, leaving the game after dislocating his shoulder attempting to catch a fly ball in the sixth inning. The Kansas City center fielder will blast another round-tripper in his first plate appearance back on August 26th, giving him home runs in four consecutive at-bats, albeit 40 days apart. (Ed.note – Our thanks to J. Quagliata for suggesting this entry. -LP)

1991       In a 9-8 extra-inning loss to Kansas City at Royals Stadium, Orioles DH Sam Horn becomes the first non-pitcher in major league history to strike out six consecutive times in a single game. In 1913, Carl Weilman, a hurler for the Browns, became the first major leaguer to accomplish the dubious feat.

1993       In a Northwest League contest, Jason Thompson’s error with two outs in the ninth inning spoils Glenn Dishman’s bid for a perfect game against the Yakima Bears. On a routine ground ball, the Spokane first baseman, anxious to begin the celebration of his teammate’s accomplishment, pulls his foot off the bag before recording the final out.

1993       Mets southpaw Frank Tanana becomes the second of only two pitchers, along with Rick Reuschel, to give up a home run to both Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds when the Giants’ left fielder goes deep for the Giants’ only run in the team’s 3-1 loss at Candlestick Park. In 1976, Hank Aaron, finishing his career with the Brewers, hit a three-run homer, the 748th of his then-record 755 round-trippers, off the left-hander, pitching for the Angels at the time.

2000       On the first pitch he ever sees in the major leagues, Chris Richard homers off Mike Lincoln, leading off the second inning of the Cardinals’ 8-3 victory over the Twins at the Metrodome. The 26 year-old rookie outfielder, who will play only six games for St. Louis, becomes only the fourth Redbird in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

2008       The Phillies trade minor league prospects Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman, and Matthew Spencer to Oakland for right-hander Joe Blanton. The A’s Opening Day starter, currently 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA, is expected to deepen Philadelphia’s rotation.

2017       Ryan Zimmerman becomes the franchise home run leader with his 235th home run for the Nationals when he goes deep in the first inning off Reds Scott Feldman in the team’s 6-1 victory at Great American Ball Park. The 32 year-old Washington first baseman surpasses Vladimir Guerrero’s total from playing eight seasons with the Montreal Expos.

2019       Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, standing in front of the Cal Ripken statue at Camden Yards, tweets a thank you to ‘Mr. Cal’ for let him borrow the Orioles Hall of Fame infielder’s number, promising to work and strive to be the next great 8 in Baltimore. The 23 year-old QB is true to his word, winning the NFL’s MVP at the same age and in his second season in the league just like his idol.

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East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston5636.60928 – 1928 – 1722 – 1012 – 611 – 165 – 5W 1
Tampa Bay5437.5931.528 – 1726 – 2024 – 148 – 413 – 157 – 3W 1
Toronto4642.523820 – 2026 – 2221 – 224 – 68 – 125 – 5W 2
NY Yankees4644.511923 – 2323 – 2117 – 2513 – 612 – 75 – 5L 2
Baltimore2862.3112713 – 3015 – 3211 – 244 – 1711 – 142 – 8L 5
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox5436.60031 – 1523 – 2113 – 730 – 157 – 116 – 4L 1
Cleveland4543.511824 – 1921 – 247 – 1026 – 165 – 103 – 7L 1
Detroit4051.44014.521 – 2219 – 294 – 518 – 3013 – 114 – 6L 4
Minnesota3950.43814.522 – 2517 – 256 – 720 – 239 – 166 – 4W 4
Kansas City3753.4111722 – 2215 – 319 – 1217 – 275 – 114 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5636.60929 – 1927 – 1716 – 1213 – 625 – 137 – 3W 2
Oakland5340.5703.528 – 2225 – 1813 – 1313 – 219 – 205 – 5W 3
Seattle4943.533729 – 2020 – 2313 – 812 – 1320 – 146 – 4W 1
LA Angels4545.5001026 – 2119 – 2411 – 1113 – 715 – 236 – 4L 1
Texas3556.38520.522 – 2513 – 3111 – 118 – 1114 – 233 – 7L 3
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4741.53428 – 1419 – 2719 – 189 – 1014 – 65 – 5L 2
Philadelphia4545.500325 – 1720 – 2821 – 2312 – 66 – 96 – 4L 1
Atlanta4446.489424 – 2320 – 2323 – 2316 – 93 – 35 – 5L 2
Washington4248.467624 – 2318 – 2517 – 169 – 108 – 182 – 8L 5
Miami4051.4408.522 – 2118 – 3018 – 186 – 1314 – 105 – 5W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5439.58127 – 2127 – 188 – 1125 – 1719 – 64 – 6W 1
Cincinnati4843.527523 – 2125 – 226 – 425 – 1410 – 207 – 3L 1
Chi Cubs4546.495828 – 1717 – 2911 – 1420 – 2111 – 73 – 7W 1
St. Louis4447.484923 – 1921 – 2814 – 1315 – 1813 – 114 – 6L 1
Pittsburgh3556.3851820 – 2515 – 319 – 1011 – 267 – 136 – 4W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco5832.64430 – 1328 – 1913 – 713 – 623 – 148 – 2W 5
LA Dodgers5735.620230 – 1427 – 2113 – 710 – 1025 – 126 – 4W 3
San Diego5440.574633 – 1921 – 217 – 816 – 1423 – 175 – 5W 1
Colorado4052.4351931 – 189 – 345 – 811 – 1617 – 255 – 5L 1
Arizona2667.28033.515 – 2911 – 388 – 157 – 1411 – 313 – 7L 3

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England13733221845-0-12-3-224
Orlando City SC12633201283-2-13-1-221
Philadelphia13553161243-1-22-4-120
CF Montreal12543141133-2-12-2-219
Nashville SC12471161334-5-00-2-119
New York City FC11524191363-1-22-1-217
New York12525171524-1-11-1-417
Columbus12453131123-2-01-3-317
D.C.12516171434-0-21-1-416
Atlanta122731315-22-3-00-4-313
FC Cincinnati113351220-80-1-33-2-212
Chicago123271318-53-2-30-0-411
Inter Miami CF11227917-80-1-42-1-38
Toronto FC122281629-131-1-21-1-68
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle13850238155-3-03-2-029
Sporting KC13823241595-2-03-0-326
Los Angeles12804201825-0-23-0-224
Colorado11623181264-1-12-1-220
Los Angeles FC12534151233-2-12-1-318
Real Salt Lake11443181262-3-22-1-116
Minnesota124351216-43-1-21-2-315
Houston133641619-33-3-00-3-415
Portland114161419-53-0-21-1-413
Austin133461014-41-2-12-2-513
San Jose123271422-82-0-41-2-311
FC Dallas122551420-62-5-00-0-511
Vancouver122371222-102-0-30-3-49

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun146.7008-16-59-36-42 W
Chicago Sky1010.5004.03-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1011.4764.55-55-65-84-62 L
Washington Mystics810.4445.05-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream613.3167.53-73-65-62-84 L
Indiana Fever416.20010.03-81-84-93-73 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm165.7628-38-28-47-31 W
Las Vegas Aces156.7141.08-37-38-47-31 W
Minnesota Lynx127.6323.06-36-48-48-27 W
Phoenix Mercury910.4746.03-76-36-74-61 L
Dallas Wings912.4297.04-55-76-74-63 L
Los Angeles Sparks613.3169.04-72-61-112-86 L