MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
BALTIMORE 6 CINCINNATI 2
MILWAUKEE 4 BOSTON 1
SAN DIEGO 10 MINNESOTA 1
NY YANKEES 11 KANSAS CITY 5
DETROIT 4 TORONTO 2
CLEVELAND 4 TAMPA BAY 1
OAKLAND 7 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3
HOUSTON 11 SEATTLE 1
TEXAS 7 LA ANGELS 2
NY METS 6 MIAMI 4
ST. LOUIS 6 WASHINGTON 2
PHILADELPHIA 4 PITTSBURGH 2 (10)
ATLANTA 5 ARIZONA 2
LA DODGERS 5 COLORADO 4
CHICAGO CUBS 4 SAN FRANCISCO 2
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INDIANAPOLIS 6 TOLEDO 5
SOUTH BEND 7 LAKE COUNTY 6
PEORIA 4 FORT WAYNE 2
LAS VEGAS 93 INDIANA 72
CHICAGO 89 NEW YORK 81
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SCORES
LOS ANGELES FC 2 SEATTLE 1
COLTS TRAINING CAMP
JULY 30, SATURDAY: “BACK TOGETHER SATURDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, 7 P.M.
AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET
AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.
AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M.
RACING SCHEDULE AT INDY THIS WEEK
Race: Gallagher Grand Prix
Format: 85 laps (207.32 miles)
When: Green flag is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 30, 2022
TV: NBC; Leigh Diffey, anchor; James Hinchcliffe, Townsend Bell, analysts.
Radio: IndyCar Radio, with Mark Jaynes as anchor; Channel 160 on SiriusXM
Race: Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard
Format: 62 laps (151.2 miles)
When: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 30, 2022
TV: NBC; Rick Allen, anchor; Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, analysts.
Radio: Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network; Channel 90 on SiriusXM
Race: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
Format: 82 laps (200 miles)
When: 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 31, 2022
TV: NBC; Rick Allen, anchor; Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, analysts.
Radio: Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network; Channel 90 on SiriusXM
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE
Saturday, July 30
7:30 a.m.: Gates open
8:15-8:45 a.m.: IndyCar warm-up
9:35-10:35 a.m.: NASCAR Cup practice
10:35-11:30 a.m.: NASCAR Cup qualifying
12:30 p.m.: IndyCar race
3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity race
Sunday, July 31
11 a.m.: Gates open
2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Cup race
2022 VERIZON 200 AT THE BRICKYARD QUALIFYING
2022 PENNZOIL 150 AT THE BRICKYARD QUALFYING
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LUIS CASTILLO TRADED TO MARINERS BY REDS FOR 4 PROSPECTS
SEATTLE (AP) After more than two decades without a playoff appearance, the Seattle Mariners made a clear statement Friday night they intend to see their postseason drought come to an end this year.
The Mariners acquired perhaps the top starting pitcher on the trade market, getting All-Star Luis Castillo from the payroll-paring Cincinnati Reds for four minor league prospects.
Seattle has not been to the playoffs since 2001, the longest postseason drought in the four major North American professional sports.
“He’s one of the best pitchers in the game. He’s really established himself as a dominant starter,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said in Houston. “We’ve got a chance to do something really big here this year. You have to step out and take a chance once in a while if you ultimately want to get the reward, take a little risk. Dominant starting pitcher, and I’m anxious to meet him.”
At 54-47, the Mariners are in the second of three AL wild-card spots, a half-game in front of Tampa Bay (53-47) and two games ahead of Cleveland (51-48).
Seattle won its final 14 games before the All-Star break, one short of the longest winning streak in team history and the best run by any club heading into the break since 1933. But the Mariners are 3-5 since, following an 11-1 loss at Houston on Friday night.
Getting back into the AL West race may be out of the question with Houston holding a 12-game lead. But landing Castillo solidifies Seattle’s rotation and makes the Mariners dangerous if they can get into the playoffs.
Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said there were conversations with the Reds about Castillo dating back to last fall, prior to the lockout, and the Mariners’ performance over the last six weeks led to the teams re-engaging.
“Right now we just think he is in the prime of his career, performing at the top of his game, and our goal is to keep him there and in any possible way help him improve where it’s possible,” Dipoto said.
Cincinnati obtained infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, and right-handers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore. Marte was the Mariners’ top-rated prospect, Arroyo was third and Stoudt fifth.
“We felt this was the best return we could get for Luis,” Reds general manager Nick Krall said.
Castillo joins third baseman Eugenio Suarez and left fielder Jesse Winker, both traded to the Mariners by Cincinnati in mid-March. Castillo last pitched Wednesday and figures to make his Mariners debut next week at Yankee Stadium, where Seattle plays a three-game series starting Monday.
A 29-year-old right-hander, Castillo was 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA for the last-place Reds (38-61), striking out 90 and walking 28 in 85 innings. His fastball averages 97 mph.
He rebounded from a career-worst 8-16 record last year, when he had a 3.98 ERA.
“It has been a beautiful experience,” Castillo said through a translator. “To have my name in the fans’ mouth and having them cheer me on, it is something I will treasure forever.”
Acquired from Miami before the 2017 season, Castillo is a two-time All-Star with a 44-53 record and 3.62 ERA in six seasons. He has a $7.35 million salary this season, is eligible for arbitration next winter and can become a free agent after the 2023 season.
He joins a rotation that includes Logan Gilbert, Robbie Ray, Marco Gonzales and Chris Flexen. Touted rookie George Kirby appears likely to be displaced, but Dipoto said the goal is to be creative to keep Kirby on a regular turn and contributing.
Marte, 20, hit .275 with 19 doubles, 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 13 steals this season for Class A Everett.
The 18-year-old Arroyo was a second-round draft pick last year and has hit .299 in the minors with 21 doubles, seven triples, 15 homers, 77 RBIs and 25 steals.
Stout, 24, is 13-9 with a 4.32 ERA in 33 starts over two minor league seasons.
The 22-year-old Moore was 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA this year for Class A Modesto.
“Noelvi Marte has a chance to be an impact middle-of-the-order bat who can play shortstop,” Krall said. “Edwin Arroyo, same thing – he has power/speed combo, who can play shortstop. Levi Stoudt has a chance to be a major league starter. Andrew Moore just started to pitch. He was drafted last year. He has explosive, explosive stuff. His fastball is up to 102 (mph) with a plus slider.”
A night earlier, the rebuilding Reds dealt outfielder Tyler Naquin and lefty reliever Phillip Diehl to the New York Mets for two teenage minor leaguers.
Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is Tuesday.
MULLINS 2-RUN SINGLE IN 4-RUN 9TH LIFTS O’S OVER REDS 6-2
CINCINNATI (AP) Cedric Mullins hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in a four-run ninth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the payroll-cutting Cincinnati Reds 6-2 Friday night to move two games over .500 for the first time since April 2021.
Baltimore had not been two games over since it was 4-2 last year. The Orioles, 37-25 following a 14-24 start, are two games over after the All-Star break for the first time since September 2017. Baltimore is 16-7 in July, assured of consecutive winning months for the first times since May and June 2016.
“Minor gave us fits. We didn’t have good at bats the first six innings,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “It starts with a walk. We’re down 2-0. Kyle goes five and they don’t score the rest of the game. Our bullpen has been great a keeping the score where it is.”
Ramon Urias walked against Buck Farmer (0-1) leading off the ninth, Rougned Oder doubled and Mullins grounded a first-pitch changeup up the middle and into center field for a 4-2 lead.
Trey Mancini followed with a potential double-play grounder only for the ball to hit second base and bound over the glove of second baseman Jonathan India for an RBI single. Ryan Mountcastle followed with a sacrifice fly.
Dauri Moreta hit Anthony Santander, who had three hits, with a pitch in the ninth. Santander took a few steps toward the moind and stared as benches and bullpens cleared. But order was quickly restored.
Santander thought Moreta was upset Santander called time late.
“I wasn’t really taking a step forward,” Santander said through an interpreter. “I just wanted to let him know it was unintentional and let him know how I felt. Sometimes pitchers take offense to calling time so close to the pitch being thrown. I get it. They might get hurt, but at the same time you can’t be throwing a pitch so inside.”
Dillon Tate (2-3) kept the score tied in the seventh. With two on and two outs, a first-pitch slider to Brandon Drury skipped away from Adley Rutschman as Michael Papierski scooted from second to third, where umpire Dan Bellino said he beat the throw from the rookie catcher and got around the tag from Urias. However, the Orioles challenged the call and Papierski was called out on a video review.
Joey Votto hit two-run homer in the first off Kyle Bradish, who made his first start since June 18 after a stint on the injured list caused by right shoulder inflammation. Bradish struck out seven in five innings, allowing five hits.
“It felt great. I was just waiting to get activated,” Bradish said. “I was pretty pleased with it. I didn’t give up a lot of hard contact. Even the home run wasn’t really a barrel. It was an executed pitch but he just got some wood on it.”
Santander hit a two-run homer in the sixth, his 18th this season and the 15th allowed by Mike Minor in 10 starts. Minor gave up four hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Baltimore has 23 comeback wins.
“We really support each other,” Santander said. “This is a team that never really gives up.”
After the game, Cincinnati traded All-Star pitcher Luis Castillo to Seattle for four prospects: infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, and right-handers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore. A day earlier, the rebuilding Reds dealt outfielder Tyler Naquin and lefty reliever Phillip Diehl to the New York Mets for two teenage minor leaguers.
Orioles: Bradish made two starts with Double-A Bowie and one for Triple-A Norfolk. He had been scheduled to make another for Norfolk, but was activated because of an injury to RHP Tyler Wells (lower back discomfort). Wells was placed on the 15-day IL.
Reds: OF Jake Fraley was reinstated from the 15-day IL. He had been out since May 1 with right knee inflamation and a left big toe bone bruise. … LHP Ross Detwiler (lower back pain) was reinstated from the injured list. … RHP Hunter Strickland was placed on the bereavement list.
RHP Dean Kremer (3-2, 3.06) is scheduled to start for the Orioles on Saturday. He lost his last start against the Yankees. Kremer has never faced the Reds. RHP Tyler Mahle (4-7, 4.48) is slated to start for the Reds.
WISDOM HOMERS AGAIN, STROMAN FINALLY WINS AS CUBS TOP GIANTS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Patrick Wisdom homered again, Marcus Stroman pitched six scoreless innings for his first win in more than two months and the Chicago Cubs beat the struggling San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Friday night.
Wisdom connected for the second consecutive day and also doubled in the ninth as the Cubs scored three times to take a 4-0 lead on the way to their seventh victory in eight games.
Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer off closer David Robertson in the bottom of the ninth before the right-hander struck out Thairo Estrada to end it.
“Our bullpen’s continued to step up for us in a big way,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “We got them in some jams tonight and they were able to pick us up. I can’t say enough about the pitching.”
San Francisco, which snapped a seven-game skid Thursday night, has dropped eight of nine.
The Cubs struck out 14 times before their offense got going in the ninth with some help from the Giants’ defense.
Nico Hoerner drew a one-out walk from Camilo Doval. After Wisdom doubled, Frank Schwindel reached on an infield single that scored Hoerner. Alfonso Rivas followed with an RBI single.
Christopher Morel then hit a high fly to right that deflected off Mike Yastrzemski’s glove for an error as pinch-runner Nelson Velazquez scored.
Stroman (3-5) got back into the win column despite a sluggish start and repeatedly having to pitch around traffic.
After getting bailed out by his defense in the first inning, Stroman got Tommy La Stella to strike out swinging with runners on the corners in the second. When the Giants put runners at second and third with one out in the fourth, Stroman induced fly balls from Joey Bart and La Stella.
“I’ve just been on a roll,” Stroman said. “Body feels good. Sinker’s doing everything I need it to do, and everything kind of plays off that.”
Stroman allowed eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
“It’s consistent strikes, in and out, up and down,” Ross said. “It’s all quadrants all the time. I know he had a lot of traffic early on, they said that in my mid-game interview, and I (said), `But he feels in control.'”
San Francisco threatened two more times but Yastrzemski grounded out with the bases loaded to end the seventh and pinch-hitter Austin Wynns struck out swinging with the potential tying run on second in the eighth.
A day after hitting his 50th career home run, Wisdom added his 19th of the season on a 3-2 sinker from Alex Cobb (3-5) that was chest high. Wisdom paused at the plate to watch the ball, glanced at Cobb momentarily and then rounded the bases.
Cobb had a season-high 11 strikeouts and allowed three hits and one run in six innings.
THE END IS NEAR
With the trade deadline approaching Tuesday, All-Star catcher Willson Contreras is among several Cubs who could be playing elsewhere very soon. Stroman certainly expects his battery-mate to be in a different uniform after the deadline.
“He’s still on our team but it’s almost like you know what’s going to happen,” Stroman said. “His career’s just getting started. He’s going to be a perennial All-Star.”
HAPP’S BIG HITS
A day after ending Alex Wood’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh, Happ broke up Cobb’s try with two outs in the fourth. Happ hit a sharp liner that deflected off the glove of third baseman Jason Vosler and rolled away.
Happ also turned in the defensive play of the game when he made a one-hop throw to the plate to easily nail Flores trying to score from second on Yastrzemski’s single. It was Happ’s career-best eighth outfield assist this season.
“That was probably my best throw of the year,” Happ said. “Everything kind of lined up, and being able to make that play for ‘Stro right off the bat was great.”
Cubs: LHP Wade Miley (shoulder strain) threw 36 pitches in a rehab start with High-A South Bend. Miley allowed six hits and four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Giants: All-Star outfielder Joc Pederson was placed on the seven-day injured list with a concussion. Vosler, called up from Triple-A Sacramento, started at third base. . Luis Gonzalez started in right field after missing Thursday’s game with a sore back.
Cubs LHP Drew Smyly (3-5, 3.93 ERA) faces San Francisco for the fourth time in his career Saturday afternoon. Smyly is seeking back-to-back wins for the first time since coming off the injured list.
Giants RHP Jakob Junis (4-2, 2.98) has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his eight starts this season.
BROWN, PISCOTTY BACK KAPRIELLIAN AS A’S BEAT WHITE SOX 7-3
CHICAGO (AP) Seth Brown hit two solo homers, Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run shot, and James Kapriellian pitched six strong innings as the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Friday night for their season-high fourth straight win.
Elvis Andrus also homered for Oakland, which improved to 7-2 since the All-Star break.
Brown hopped on an early morning flight to make it to Chicago in time to play after the birth of his newborn son, Cannon.
“As I was running, I just knew my wife was holding my son,” Brown said.
Brown said he was given one of the baseballs he blasted to take home as a keepsake for his son.
The first baseman estimated he’d only slept five or six hours over the last couple of days, but said he was “so behind on sleep that I’m not that tired.”
“We were joking with (Brown) before the game that now he’s got dad strength,” Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said. “He shows up and hits two of the hardest balls all season.”
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Tony La Russa were ejected in the seventh inning after a heated argument with umpires over a called strike that appeared to be high. That call and ensuing ejections by home plate umpire Nick Mahrley elicited boos from a dissatisfied crowd of 28,503.
La Russa didn’t get into details on his ejection, but said he was “disappointed in the umpire” over Anderson’s ejection.
“I don’t think Tim cursed him or anything,” La Russa said. “If you don’t allow a player to be emotional, (and) you have a bunch of robots out here playing, that’s not entertaining. That at-bat, I thought the pitches were questionable. He got upset. I think you need to allow players to spark, as long as they don’t cross a line. And that thing escalated before Tim did anything. He’s fired up. That’s the way he plays. That’s the way you’re supposed to play.”
The tip of Anderson’s helmet appeared to make contact with Mahrley, but La Russa said he didn’t see that.
“I know I think I saw the umpire moving forward quite a bit, which they’re taught not to do that,” La Russa said. “I didn’t see any contact that I know.”
Chicago, a preseason favorite to win the AL Central, lost its second straight to fall below .500 (49-50).
Ramon Laureano got on base in the second after Jose Abreu dropped the ball on a routine throw from third and Andrus followed with a single before Piscotty’s home run gave Oakland a 3-1 lead.
Brown and Andrus ended the night for Lance Lynn (1-4) by homering twice in three at-bats in the sixth. Lynn went 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on six hits. He struck out eight and walked none.
Kaprielian (2-5) got Yasmani Grandal to chase an outside slider to escape the sixth as Chicago threatened with runners on second and third. The 2015 first-round draft pick allowed one earned run and four hits, striking out four and walking one.
His triumphant yell after fanning Grandal was audible from the press box, though Kaprielian said he was just “doing my job.”
“Those are the best moments in the game for me,” Kaprielian said. “I want to be there in that situation. Leadoff double, my mentality is, `Get comfortable over there.’ Obviously not saying that to the guy, but that’s my mentality.”
Chicago’s Josh Harrison cut the deficit to 5-3 in the seventh with a two-run blast to left-center.
Brown hit another solo homer in the eighth for his second career multi-home run game. He hit two against Houston last October.
Andrus scored another run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Nick Allen to complete the scoring.
AJ Pollock doubled to left, then scored on Abreu’s grounder past Brown to give Chicago a first-inning lead.
RHP Adam Oller will start Sunday’s series finale, manager Mark Kotsay said, which means Frankie Montas may have pitched his last game with Oakland on Wednesday.
The Yankees are reportedly among the potential suitors for Montas, who has been the subject of trade rumors ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline. The 29-year-old is 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA in 19 starts this season.
Athletics: RHP Dany Jimenez (strained right shoulder) was set to throw in relief with Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday and Sunday. Kotsay said he would “reconvene” with Jimenez after the weekend before deciding his next step. … INF Jed Lowrie had a scheduled night off after returning from a rehab assignment with Las Vegas on Wednesday. Kotsay said he will play 2B Saturday and DH on Sunday.
White Sox: RHP Davis Martin was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. … RHP Parker Markel was outrighted to Charlotte. … OF Luis Robert was scratched from a rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte due to cold symptoms. La Russa said the earliest Robert could rejoin the team is on Monday against Kansas City. … La Russa said RHP Joe Kelly could return to the bullpen Saturday after leaving Wednesday’s game in Colorado with right biceps discomfort. … La Russa opted to rest INF Andrew Vaughn, but said he’d play Saturday and Sunday.
Oakland’s Paul Blackburn (6-6, 4.35 ERA) is slated to start against Johnny Cueto (4-4, 2.89 ERA) on Saturday night.
DODGERS TOP ROCKIES 5-4 BEHIND URÍAS, MOVE TO 20-4 IN JULY
DENVER (AP) Will Smith and Trayce Thompson each hit a two-run homer, Julio Urias pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers continued their torrid July with a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
The Dodgers overcame 13 runners left on base and a shaky ninth inning by Craig Kimbrel to improve to 20-4 this month and 67-32 overall, both the best marks in the majors.
Smith added a single and reached base four times, while Urias (10-6) used a fastball-changeup-curveball mix to hold the Rockies to two runs and four hits. Urias has allowed three runs over 20 innings in his last three starts to lower his ERA to 2.71.
“I feel like I’m on a good run,” Urias said through a translator.
Evan Phillips struck out two in a hitless eighth before Kimbrel loaded the bases and gave up Randal Grichuk’s two-run single. With Grichuk on second and two outs, Kimbrel got Ryan McMahon to foul out to Thompson in left field to secure his 18th save.
“That was a play we needed. That was going to be Craig’s last hitter,” manager Dave Roberts said.
Ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, Roberts said Kimbrel remains his closer, but added “performance matters” when asked about his inconsistency.
“There’s one outing where he’s efficient, commanding the baseball, getting the swing and miss and the next one we’re up to near 30 (pitches) to get three outs,” Roberts said. “I know Craig is frustrated.”
Chad Kuhl (6-6) threw a three-hit shutout the last time he faced the Dodgers on June 27, but has an 8.71 ERA since and has failed to get through five innings in his past three starts.
He gave up three hits in the first inning. Smith’s 435-foot drive to left came on a 1-2 sinker. Thompson jumped on a first-pitch sinker in the second and his 430-foot shot to center made it 4-0.
“I’ve just been terrible,” Kuhl said.
Jose Iglesias doubled, Randal Grichuk tripled and McMahon hit a sacrifice fly in the second as the Rockies got within 4-2.
The Dodgers wasted numerous chances to break it open before the nervous ninth. LA went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left the bases loaded in the third and fourth.
Ryan Feltner, called up from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day, got out of the fourth-inning jam. Kuhl lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and six runs with four walks and a hit batter in Colorado’s seventh loss in nine games.
“I don’t think his slider was as good as it was the first time around,” Roberts said of Kuhl. “He was getting behind. I don’t think the fastball command was as good, either. You could see, once Will hit that two-run homer, a sinker in, the body language showed. For us, he really didn’t recover from that.”
Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner, who missed five games before returning Wednesday, was out a second straight day. “I think we’re out of the woods with his (abdominal) issue, but I think where we’re at, we don’t want to take any chances on any backsliding,” Roberts said. “So I don’t see him playing any games here in Denver.” … RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) threw a simulated inning at Dodger Stadium without issue. … RHP Dustin May (elbow) will throw four innings in his next rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City. … OF Chris Taylor (foot) is set for a rehab assignment next week. … Roberts said LHP Danny Duffy (hand) is throwing 92-93 mph in Arizona and could begin a rehab stint in a couple of weeks.
Rockies: In his second game in the field since being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, LF Kris Bryant dropped Cody Bellinger’s fly toward the foul line in the second that was ruled a double. Bryant went 2 for 4.
After starter Jose Urena got just nine outs Thursday, the Rockies recalled Feltner and optioned RHP Justin Lawrence to Triple-A to add a fresh arm to the depleted bullpen.
Feltner was quickly needed and he was sharp, allowing three hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
Max Muncy’s batting average sat at .160 after he went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts. Roberts dropped him to seventh in the order and bumped the hot-hitting Gavin Lux, who had a third-inning sacrifice fly, to sixth.
Roberts said Muncy remains an everyday player.
“I’m going to continue to give him runway,” he said.
Trea Turner, who has played in all of LA’s 99 games, extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a first-inning single for his major league-high 125th hit. Dodgers teammate Freddie Freeman, who went 0 for 4 with a walk, ranks second with 123.
“Freddie keeps reminding me. He wants 200 hits and so do I,” Turner said.
The last teammates to finish in the top two in hits were Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki and Bret Boone in 2001.
After lasting just 4 1/3 innings in his last start, Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.49 ERA) faces Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland (5-7, 4.64) on Saturday night.
GORMAN, NOOTBAAR HOMER AS CARDS BEAT NATS 6-2; SOTO 1 FOR 4
WASHINGTON (AP) Nolan Gorman and Lars Nootbaar hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-2 Friday night.
Washington’s Juan Soto went 1 for 4 in what could be his final homestand with Tuesday’s trade deadline looming. The Nationals were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
Miles Mikolas (8-8) allowed two runs in seven innings for St. Louis, which won consecutive games for the first time since July 15-16.
Anibal Sanchez lost his third consecutive start for Washington, which has a majors-worst record of 34-67.
Sanchez (0-3) pitched into the sixth inning for the first time this season, and nearly escaped trailing just 3-1. Gorman hit a two-run homer to right on a full count to break the game open. The rookie has four home runs in his last 10 games and 11 on the season.
“He took some really good swings even prior to the homer, those backside line drives and staying on the ball,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “That was really, really good to see.”
Nootbaar then went deep on a liner to right-center to end Sanchez’s night. The home run came a pitch after Washington catcher Keibert Ruiz scampered to track down a pop foul, only to have it bounce out of his glove. He was not charged with an error on the play.
St. Louis took the lead with three runs in the third. Dylan Carlson and Paul Goldschmidt had run-scoring groundouts sandwiched around Sanchez’s run-scoring wild pitch.
Sanchez allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first outing against St. Louis since taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning of Game 1 of the 2019 NLCS. He has a 7.47 ERA and has allowed five home runs in three starts since returning from the injured list.
“The problem is every time I make a mistake, I pay really hard for those moments and those pitches,” Sanchez said.
Washington scored on sacrifice fly balls by Luis Garcia in the second and Josh Bell in the sixth. The Nationals failed to muster any other offense against Mikolas, who gave up six hits and a walk while striking out four.
Mikolas pitched at least seven innings for the third time in his last four outings. He was coming off allowing six runs in five innings Sunday at Cincinnati.
“I made some good pitches early and they got those singles through,” Mikolas said. “Not that I was thinking `Here we go again,’ getting singled to death. It’s a good bounce-back outing, just kind of reaffirming to me to make good pitches and play the odds. Teams aren’t going to get that many hits like that in a row all the time.”
Cardinals: C Yadier Molina (right knee) was 0 for 3 with a hit by pitch and a stolen base as the designated hitter Thursday in the first game of his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Memphis. Molina is expected to catch Saturday and Sunday. . RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip) threw a side session Friday. . RHP Jack Flaherty (shoulder) threw a side session Thursday in the Los Angeles area. Marmol said he could join the team in St. Louis next week. . OF Harrison Bader (right foot) will wear a protective boot for the next two weeks.
Nationals: RHP Reed Garrett (biceps inflammation) pitched a scoreless inning Friday in his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Rochester.
OF Elijah Green, the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft, took batting practice with Washington. Green signed July 22 and will report to the Nationals’ Florida Complex League affiliate Monday.
St. Louis removed 3B Nolan Arenado, C Austin Romine and Goldschmidt from the restricted list and optioned OF Conner Capel and C Ivan Herrera to Memphis and outrighted INF Cory Spangenberg to Memphis.
Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.10 ERA), who is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in six lifetime appearances against Washington, will come off the injured list to start Saturday.
Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (5-7, 4.95), who is 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA, 11 strikeouts and 13 walks in four July starts, draws the start as the series continues.
VERLANDER WINS MLB-LEADING 14TH, ASTROS ROUT MARINERS 11-1
HOUSTON (AP) Justin Verlander pitched one-run ball into the eighth inning and won his MLB-leading 14th game, Aledmys Diaz hit two homers and Yordan Alvarez slugged his 30th home run of the season as the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 11-1 on Friday night.
Verlander (14-3) allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings, with five hits and five strikeouts in outdueling Seattle’s Robbie Ray, last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner.
Verlander held Seattle scoreless until Jesse Winker and Julio Rodriguez doubled in the seventh inning.
“He didn’t have a lot of strikeouts, but he had them off balance,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “He was dealing. We got him some runs, and it’s hard sometimes for a pitcher who gets that kind of run support to still concentrate on getting the hitters out, but he’s a strong-minded guy. It was like the game was 0-0. He just kept pitching.”
Verlander allowed just three earned runs in four starts and 26 2/3 innings in July. The 39-year-old right-hander, in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, has allowed one earned run or less in six straight starts.
Verlander received a standing ovation as he walked off the field and tipped his hat to the packed house.
“It was an amazing ovation,” Verlander said. “The fans are incredible. It felt really special to have them acknowledge me like that. A sellout crowd, per usual, and it’s just nice to go out and perform and have them support you like that.”
Also Friday, the Mariners made a move to strengthen their pitching, acquiring the top starting pitcher on the trade market, getting All-Star Luis Castillo from the payroll-paring Cincinnati Reds for four minor league prospects.
“He’s one of the best pitchers in the game — he’s really established himself as a dominant starter,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We’ve got a chance to do something really big here this year. You have to step out and take a chance once in a while if you ultimately want to get the reward, take a little risk. Dominant starting pitcher, and I’m anxious to meet him.”
Cincinnati obtained infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, and right-handers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore. Marte was the Mariners’ top-rated prospect, Arroyo was third and Stoudt fifth.
Seattle has not been to the playoffs since 2001, the longest postseason drought in the four major North American professional sports.
The Astros chased Ray (8-8) by scoring three runs in the third inning. Ray gave up singles to Yuli Gurriel and Alvarez and a two-run double to Alex Bregman that put Houston up 4-0.
Diaz sent a Ray pitch 401 feet onto the left-field train tracks in the second inning. Diaz added another solo homer in the eighth inning off catcher Luis Torrens.
“The last month, I’ve been feeling great at the plate,” Diaz said. “I’m glad I got a chance to be in the lineup and contribute to the win.”
Ray worked just 2 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and four runs on 84 pitches. He has been hit hard by Houston this season, giving up 14 runs in 10 2/3 innings in three starts.
Bregman added another RBI in the fourth inning on a single off Penn Murfee to left-center that scored Gurriel to put Houston up 5-0.
Alvarez’s homer to deep right-center field came in the sixth inning off an 85 mph fastball from Tommy Millone. Astros center fielder Mauricio Dubon also homered in the sixth, a shot near the left-field foul pole off Millone that put Houston up 9-0.
Houston has won five straight against Seattle and leads the season series 11-6. The Astros are 34-19 against the AL West this season.
Seattle is 17-5 in its last 22 games, with all five losses coming against Houston. The Mariners haven’t lost to a team except the Astros since July 1.
“Obviously, not our night,” Servais said. “They were all over Robbie again. We just couldn’t get anything going. You’re going to have these games every once in a while, and we haven’t had a game like this in a long, long time.”
VERLANDER EYEING ANOTHER CY YOUNG?
“I can’t really put into words what that would mean,” he said. “All of this is just such a blessing after the last couple of years, with Tommy John. To be able to be back and be successful, there were a lot of doubters, but I just had to believe in myself, and my family had my back, and my teammates had my back. If that were to happen, that would be incredible.”
YORDAN `APPROACHING EXCELLENCE’
“I’ve been around some great hitters, and he’s fast approaching that area of excellence. Just keep it coming.” — Astros manager Dusty Baker on Alvarez.
Mariners OF Julio Rodriguez was caught trying to steal second base in the first inning by Astros catcher Martin Maldonado. Rodriguez leads AL rookies with 21 steals on 26 attempts, but Maldonado caught him for his eighth of the season on 25 attempts.
Mariners: After RHP Diego Castillo was placed on the 15-day injured list on Thursday night with right shoulder inflammation, the Mariners recalled RHP Matt Brash from Triple-A Tacoma. On Friday, the team claimed RHP Phillips Valdez off waivers from Boston and optioned him to Tacoma.
Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. continues to make progress in his rehab from a forearm strain in the offseason. He will make his third rehab start on Tuesday night at Triple-A Sugar Land.
Mariners: Chris Flexen (7-8, 3.75) starts for Seattle on Saturday, hoping to close out an impressive July in which he has a 1.61 ERA in four starts, all of which the Mariners have won.
Astros: Framber Valdez (9-4, 2.74) will start Saturday, six days after he held the Mariners to three runs in 6 2/3 innings in an 8-5 win in Seattle on Sunday.
AP SOURCES: MUSGROVE, PADRES CLOSE TO $100M, 5-YEAR DEAL
SAN DIEGO (AP) All-Star right-hander Joe Musgrove is on the cusp of receiving a $100 million, five-year contract from his hometown San Diego Padres that would start next year.
“We’ve been working on this thing for a while. We’re definitely as close as we’ve been throughout the whole process, but I wouldn’t say it’s done,” Musgrove said after the Padres beat the Minnesota Twins 10-1 Friday night.
Two people with knowledge of the deal said before the game it should be finalized in the next few days. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal isn’t completed.
Musgrove said his agent has “made it easy on me” by taking the brunt of the negotiations during the season, “and then we talk at night and we go over what the options are, what it looks like, what the numbers would look like if we get there, is that going to do it, is it not going to do it?
“It’s been relatively easy. It’s been tiring,” Musgrove added. “I’m going to continue to go over it and stuff. Talking about it constantly has gotten a little tiring, but I’ve been excited about the whole thing. The better I pitch, the better position I put myself in. If a deal comes along the way, even better.”
The deal was first reported by the New York Post.
Musgrove, coming off the first All-Star Game appearance of his seven-year career, is 8-3 with a 2.63 ERA heading into his scheduled home start against the Twins on Saturday. He has an $8,625,000 salary and was on track to be eligible for free agency after the World Series.
The two sides talked up to the All-Star Game but weren’t able to get anything done.
“We didn’t get to have much communication over those couple of days like we wanted to so we spent the next couple of days trying to make up some ground. Talks went really good. We’ve definitely got a lot closer,” Musgrove said.
Musgrove grew up in suburban El Cajon and played at Grossmont High. He etched himself into Padres lore when he threw the first no-hitter in franchise history in just his second start for San Diego, at Texas on April 9, 2021. It was in the team’s 8,206th regular-season game.
He grew up a Padres fan and his family once had season tickets. He idolized Jake Peavy, who won the NL Cy Young Award with the Padres in 2007, and wears No. 44 in Peavy’s honor. When he was 18, he got a tattoo of a baseball with the Padres’ logo in it, along with his last name and the year he was born.
Musgrove was obtained from Pittsburgh on Jan. 19, 2021, as part of a three-team trade. He is 48-50 with a 3.83 ERA in his career.
Musgrove said it would be “very exciting” to stay in San Diego five more years.
“When I first came here, just the idea of staying in San Diego was enough for me. Playing in my hometown, with my family here, my friends, to experience all the things I dreamed of as a kid and get to live that out,” he explained. “But the longer I’ve spent here, it’s become more about the people that are in the room and the staff and the growth I’m making here. So the clutch of people has made it more appealing than the fact that it’s my hometown.”
He mentioned teammates Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. specifically, saying the idea of playing next to those stars for the next five-plus years “is something that was extremely appealing to me.”
Padres manager Bob Melvin, who lined up his rotation so Musgrove would start the home opener this year, said he’d love to see the contract finalized “and so would everybody in the room. He has become that guy for us, where it would be welcome to not only us and the players, but certainly the city as well.”
Musgrove was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft and traded to Houston in July 2012, making his big league debut with the Astros in 2016. He earned the victory in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series, which the Astros won in seven games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros traded him to Pittsburgh in January 2018 as part of the deal for Gerrit Cole.
MANFRED TO SENATORS: ANTITRUST EXEMPTION STOPS CITY SWITCHES
NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball told a Senate committee planning a hearing on the sport’s antitrust exemption that it prevents teams from moving without approval and allows the sport to maintain the minor leagues at a wide level.
In addition, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said many terms of minor leaguers’ employment are determined by the Major League Baseball Players Association’s collective bargaining agreement with MLB.
Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Manfred on July 18 to explain the impact of potential legislation stripping the sport’s antitrust exemption from the sport’s relationship with minor league players. Manfred said the letter “suggests that Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption is detrimental to minor league players and that removing the exemption would improve their working conditions.”
“The opposite is true,” Manfred wrote in a 17-page response. “The baseball antitrust exemption has meaningfully improved the lives of minor league players, including their terms and conditions of employment, and has enabled the operators of minor league affiliates to offer professional baseball in certain communities that otherwise could not economically support a professional baseball team.”
Manfred said the exemption was responsible for MLB franchise location stability. Only one MLB team has changed cities since 1972, the Montreal Expos leaving Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season.
“In that same period, 14 NBA, 10 NFL and nine NHL franchises have relocated,” he said. “MLB differs from other professional sports leagues because MLB’s antitrust exemption allows it to enforce a rigorous process that ensures club relocation is carefully considered and vetted.”
Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who chairs the Judiciary Committee, and Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican who is the ranking minority member, asked for the responses along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. Durbin said Friday the Judiciary Committee intends to hold a hearing.
“It is reasonable to question the premise that MLB is treating the minor leaguers fairly,” Durbin said in a statement. “Commissioner Manfred’s response to our bipartisan request for information raises more questions than it answers, and the discrepancies between today’s letter and the reality that minor league players are experiencing reinforce the importance of the committee’s bipartisan review.”
Harry Marino, executive director of Advocates for Minor Leaguers, planned to review Manfred’s letter.
“Given that MLB continues to pay most minor league players poverty-level wages and recently eliminated 40 minor league teams, the positions it has taken today are surprising – to say the very least,” Marino said in a statement.
Manfred said MLB supports 184 teams in 43 states, including minor league affiliates and partner leagues launched when guaranteed farm teams were cut from 160 to 120 after the 2019 season. The figure does not include teams at training complexes in Florida, Arizona and the Dominican Republic.
“Without the exemption, there would be baseball in far fewer communities, and without MLB’s substantial subsidization, the cost of attending a minor league baseball game would be significantly higher in many places,” he wrote.
MLB said it spends an average of $108,000 annually on each minor leaguer in pay and benefits and 58% of drafted minor leaguers – approximately 615 each year under the current format – receive an initial signing bonus of at least $100,000.
“Those players who do not command larger signing bonuses generally will have very short baseball careers and transition to other careers in their early 20s and are truly seasonal employees who are free to obtain other employment or continue their education during the offseason,” Manfred wrote.
He said that while Advocates for Minor Leaguers claims pay and benefits would improve in a free market, “on the contrary, under such a system, the top prospects … may do better. But the much larger number of non-prospect players likely would do worse.”
Baseball’s exemption was created by the Supreme Court in the 1922 decision Federal Baseball Club v. National League and was limited by the Curt Flood Act of 1998, which applied antitrust laws to MLB affecting the employment of major league players at the major league level.
In addition, the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961 gave leagues permission to collectively sell broadcast rights and the Supreme Court in the 1996 case Brown v. Pro Football said there is a non-statutory exemption from antitrust law for activity governed by a collective bargaining relationship.
“The revenues of most minor league clubs are insufficient to support even the current salaries and benefits of players,” Manfred wrote. “If MLB clubs eliminated or curtailed their financial subsidy to minor league clubs and players were compensated at the minor league level by the club operators at a level commensurate with minor League revenues, minor league player salaries and benefits would be lower, not higher.”
Senators asked about the potential impact of repealing 2018 legislation exempting minor league players from federal minimum wage and overtime laws – the Save America’s Pastime Act.
MLB agreed in papers filed this month in federal court to pay minor leaguers $185 million to settle a lawsuit alleging violations of minimum wage laws. Minimum salaries for players with minor league contracts are $400 weekly at rookie ball, $500 at Class A, $600 at Double-A and $700 at Triple-A.
Top prospects receive substantial signing bonuses. Shortstop Jackson Holliday, the top pick in this year’s draft, agreed to a $8.19 million bonus with Baltimore. First-round picks last year received $1.8 million and up and each of the 73 players who signed among the top 75 selections received at least $747,500.
AP SOURCES: NO DECISION IN WATSON DISCIPLINE CASE THIS WEEK
The wait for a decision on potential discipline for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson following accusations of sexual misconduct will continue into another week.
Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that retired judge Sue L. Robinson is not issuing a ruling Friday on Watson’s disciplinary hearing that concluded a month ago. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private.
Watson was accused of sexual harassment and assault by 24 massage therapists in Texas and has settled 20 of the civil lawsuits filed against him. Four lawsuits remain pending and the attorney representing the women has said he hopes to take them to trial sometime next spring.
Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints stemming from the allegations.
Watson, who played for four seasons with Houston before being traded to Cleveland in March, has been practicing with the Browns while Robinson has spent weeks trying to determine whether the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.
The league argued for an indefinite suspension of at least one year during a three-day hearing in Delaware last month. The NFL Players’ Association pushed for no punishment, though a person familiar with Watson’s defense told the AP in June that a suspension is expected and the goal is to have Watson play this season.
Both sides submitted post-hearing briefs by July 12 and hoped for a decision before training camp opened this week. Robinson is carefully considering the case and isn’t held to a deadline.
If Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the players’ union, imposes any punishment, either side can appeal. In that case, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee “will issue a written decision that will constitute full, final and complete disposition of the dispute,” per terms of Article 46 in the collective bargaining agreement.
Jacoby Brissett would replace Watson as Cleveland’s starter during any suspension.
Amid the uncertainty, the team is going about its normal routine in training camp.
Coach Kevin Stefanski has provided little information about Watson’s situation and reiterated Friday that there’s not much he or anyone can do at this point.
“You control the controllables,” he said. “I control what goes on at this field and I’ll continue to do that. All of my discussions with Deshaun or any of the guys on the team we will keep internal.”
Watson is not expected to speak to the media until there is a resolution.
On Saturday, he’ll practice in front of fans at the team’s training complex in Berea, Ohio, for the first time since the Browns dealt three first-round draft picks to the Texans for the 26-year-old and then signed him to a five-year, $230 million contract,
Earlier this month, 30 women who had accused the Houston Texans of turning a blind eye to the allegations against Watson settled their legal claims against the team.
CHASE YOUNG WON’T PLAY FOR COMMANDERS IN WEEK 1, RIVERA SAYS
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Chase Young will not be ready to play Week 1 for the Washington Commanders, coach Ron Rivera confirmed Friday in ruling out the standout pass-rusher for at least the season opener.
Young could miss more than just Washington’s first game, Sept. 11 against Jacksonville, if he goes on injured reserve or remains on the physically unable to perform list. The 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year is working back from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
“It’s unfortunate,” Rivera said. “But it was a serious injury, obviously, with surgery, and he’s doing everything he’s supposed to.”
Rivera said Young, who injured the knee Nov. 14 against Tampa Bay, did not have a setback in his recovery and is on schedule.
“He’s on time as far as where the doctors think he should be, and as he gets better and better we can update you,” he said. “But right now, he’s right where he needs to be.”
Rivera initially said he expected Young to start the season on the PUP list, which would mean missing the first four games of the season. After opening against the Jaguars, the Commanders play Detroit, Philadelphia and Dallas — games Young would also miss if he lands on IR.
Young had part of his left patellar tendon grafted into his right knee to help fix the tear. It’s unclear if that’s why he’s behind tight end Logan Thomas, who tore multiple ligaments in his left knee later last season, though Rivera called them different injuries.
Rivera has refused put a timeline on Young getting cleared to play.
“I don’t think there’s a fair timetable,” Rivera said. “You guys want me to give you number. I can’t give you a number. I don’t want to put pressure on the young man to try to hit a number that I can’t give you.”
Young, 23, said early in the offseason he anticipated being ready for Week 1. But he struck a more conservative tone during workouts last month.
“Obviously I want to be back there as fast as I can, but right now I’m just taking it one day at a time and I’m getting better fast,” Young said. “I can’t rush it.”
It seemed clear earlier in the week Young would not be coming back any time soon, when Rivera pronounced the Ohio State product the furthest away of Washington’s injured players. Starting center Chase Roullier, the closest after breaking his left fibula last year, was activated off the PUP list and returned to practice Friday.
Young is on the field working with other injured teammates and is still involved in other preparation aspects.
“We’re all watching film together, talking through things,” fellow defensive lineman Daron Payne said. “When he gets back out there, it’ll just be him getting a feel of rushing with me and rushing with other guys.”
Young won’t see game action until he’s fully healthy, something Rivera reiterated in line with the cautious approach the organization, doctors and trainers are taking with the face of the franchise.
Payne is not concerned about how Young is facing the prospect of such an extended absence.
“I feel like it’s just a mindset thing,” he said. “Chase, he’s got a real good head on his shoulders and I feel like he’s just ready to get back out there and show everybody what he’s got.”
NOTES: Guard Trai Turner missed a second consecutive practice with a quadriceps injury. Rivera said safety Jeremy Reaves and a few other players who didn’t practice were dinged up but not expected to be out long. … Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is set to announce his retirement at a news conference Saturday. A first-round pick of Washington’s in 2011, he spent 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the team before playing last year for Philadelphia. Kerrigan, who turns 34 Aug. 16, had 466 tackles and 97 sacks in 176 regular-season and playoff games.
JETS SIGN VETERAN LB KWON ALEXANDER FOR DEPTH ON DEFENSE
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Kwon Alexander is reuniting with Robert Saleh and providing the New York Jets’ linebacker corps with a veteran presence.
The 27-year-old Alexander signed a one-year deal with the Jets on Friday, a move that came after the team worked him out during the offseason.
“He’s a ball of energy, great leadership,” Saleh said a few hours before the signing was made official when Alexander passed his physical.
Alexander spent last season and part of 2020 with New Orleans after 1 1/2 years in San Francisco with Saleh as his defensive coordinator. He was drafted in the fourth round out of LSU in 2015 by Tampa Bay, where he played his first four seasons. Alexander was selected for the Pro Bowl after his third season in 2017.
“Love him,” Saleh said. “Obviously, we have the history in San Francisco, but he’s a special young man.”
With the Jets, Alexander’s versatility was appealing in that he can play both the weakside and middle linebacker spots. The Jets currently have C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams pegged as starters at inside linebacker but otherwise have a lot of youth and inexperience in the middle of the defense.
Hamsah Nasirildeen and Jamien Sherwood, converted college safeties coming off injuries as rookies last year, are options, as are Marcell Harris, Del’Shawn Phillips and DQ Thomas.
“We’ll see where he’s at,” Saleh said of Alexander. “He obviously wasn’t here for OTAs. We’re going to work him up the next two days – today and tomorrow – and just see where he’s at so we can set a schedule for him next week.
“But no expectations, except to do what he always does, which is bring a lot of juice, lot of energy, plays his absolute tail off, and we’ll let day by day go and see where it ends up.”
Alexander has 521 tackles, 12 sacks, eight interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, 43 tackles for losses and 32 passes defensed in 78 career games, including 74 starts.
Linebacker Javin White, signed last December off Las Vegas’ practice squad, was released to make room on New York’s 90-man roster.
NOTES: LT George Fant (knee) and WR Braxton Berrios (undisclosed) were held out of team drills for the second straight day. They participated in individuals drills, and Saleh said the two should be able to fully practice next week. … Rookie TE Jeremy Ruckert, a third-rounder from Ohio State, is “getting closer” to being able to practice, according to Saleh. Ruckert is on the non-football injury list after hurting a foot before the draft. “I know our training staff felt like there was a mini breakthrough here in the past week,” Saleh said. “We’ll see how things progress for the remainder of the weekend.”
BEARS CENTER PATRICK SIDELINED BY INJURY TO HIS RIGHT HAND
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears center Lucas Patrick is out indefinitely because of a right hand injury, leaving a retooled offensive line without an important piece.
Coach Matt Eberflus confirmed Friday that Patrick injured his right hand and said there is no timetable for his return.
“He injured his right hand and the reason I’m giving that out is he is going to be out for a little bit of time, so it’s not just a soft tissue injury or something where he might be out a couple days,” Eberflus said. “This is more than that.”
Offensive tackle Teven Jenkins missed his second straight practice and defensive back Thomas Graham Jr. sat out Friday’s practice.
Eberflus declined to say if they were injured or sick. He said Jenkins – who had back surgery last August after former general manager Ryan Pace traded up to draft him in the second round – was “working through something with the trainers,” and so was Graham.
Patrick, who turns 29 on Saturday, left Thursday’s practice. The Bears signed him in March to a two-year deal to be their starting center.
Patrick made 34 starts and played in 73 games with Green Bay after joining the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He started 11 games at center, one at left guard and one at right guard last year after spending most of his time at right guard in 2020. New Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy was the Packers’ quarterbacks coach the past three seasons.
Rookie Doug Kramer has been taking snaps with Patrick hurt. Sam Mustipher has experience at center, though he’s been working out at right guard.
Kramer is from suburban Hinsdale and played for former Bears coach Lovie Smith at Illinois before getting drafted by Chicago in the sixth round.
The Bears added two veterans to their line this week when they signed guard Michael Schofield and tackle Riley Reiff.
Chicago opens the season against San Francisco on Sept. 11. The Bears hired general manager Ryan Poles and Eberflus to replace the fired Pace and Matt Nagy after going 6-11 and missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years.
DEREK WOLFE SIGNS 1-DAY DEAL TO RETIRE AS A DENVER BRONCO
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Derek Wolfe will happily spend his time chasing around his 3-year-old daughter instead of NFL quarterbacks.
The 32-year-old defensive tackle retired Friday, saying a hip injury that required a second operation last month made it too hard to spend an 11th year in the league.
Wolfe, who was released by Baltimore in June with an injury settlement, signed a one-day deal with the Broncos so he could retire in Denver, where he spent eight seasons and won a Super Bowl after being picked in the second round of the draft out of Cincinnati in 2012.
“I’m happy to be done with the game because (the injuries) were piling up and I know my wife is very happy not to have to watch me crawl into the shower every morning,” Wolfe said.
“It was just getting bad, so it was time to call it” a career, Wolfe added. “I get to be a father; I get to be a husband. I get to focus on those things now. … My daughter, she just turned 3 years old and I get to play with her and hang out with her.”
Wolfe lamented all the family time he missed out on after signing with the Ravens two years ago. He hurt his hip last August and missed the entire season.
“I get to relish in the moments that I wasn’t around for, especially the last two years when I was in Baltimore during COVID, your family can’t be around, it was tough, I missed a lot of time,” Wolfe said. “So, I’m going to make up for that now.”
Wolfe said he appreciated the Broncos bringing him back to say good-bye.
“I had a lot of great times here,” he said, “played a lot of good football, won a lot of games, won a Super Bowl.”
Wolfe played in 122 games across nine seasons, starting all but six of them, and he collected 350 tackles, 81 quarterback hits and 34 sacks. He added 28 tackles and 3+ sacks in seven playoff games, five of them with the Broncos.
Wolfe got to speak to the team after practice Friday, breaking down the huddle.
“I miss doing that stuff, just being around the guys,” he said. “That’s the one thing I do miss. I don’t miss the physicality of the game. I do miss being around the guys and getting to talk to them, spreading knowledge to guys.”
What he told them Friday, he said, was to seize the opportunity now that they’ve finally solved their quarterback quandary that’s kept them out of the playoffs for six years.
“I told them, `Look, you guys finally got the piece that we’ve been missing, and that’s Russell Wilson,” Wolfe recounted. “I said, `Follow his lead. He knows what he’s doing.'”
Wolfe also admonished the players to “appreciate every day” and not take “anything for granted out here.”
“In training camp it’s easy to get complacent because you’re just like, `Man, this sucks. It’s hot. My body hurts. My feet hurt. My shoes are soggy,’ all these different things that you can complain about,'” Wolfe said.
“And looking back, the things that I used to complain about, that wasn’t really a big deal. Being healthy is a blessing.”
After a solid rookie season, Wolfe got hurt in a preseason game at Seattle in 2013 and was paralyzed for three hours. He returned to action just two weeks later but suffered a seizure while on the team bus to the airport late in the season, then missed the Broncos’ run to Super Bowl 48 where Russell and the Seahawks beat them.
He went on to play seven more seasons and helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 against Carolina two years after the seizure that he said almost killed him.
“That whole season, being able to be a part of something like that was really special,” Wolfe said. “All the plays that were made and all the games that we should have lost but we won because we were playing harder than the other team. I can’t really think of a moment that surpasses that.”
Wolfe said he’d love to spend more time around the Broncos in retirement, tutoring the defensive linemen, but what he really wants to do is use his gift of gab as a member of the media to cover the game that gave him so much.
2022 WASHINGTON COMMANDERS PREVIEW
While the failure to find a franchise quarterback generates headlines, Washington’s defense was equally disappointing last year, falling off hard from 2020. A modest QB upgrade may help, but the Commanders mostly are relying on their defense to rebound and their skill-position players to progress.
Someone besides McLaurin? Anyone?
Washington thought they’d found a solution last offseason, following tight end Logan Thomas’ late-career breakout in 2020 and the signing of wide receiver Curtis Samuel on a three-year, $34.5 million contract. But the injury-plagued duo combined for 11 appearances and 34 targets, once again leaving No. 1 receiver Terry McLaurin without a legitimate running mate to threaten defensive backs.
No other Washington player reached 400 receiving yards, and even McLaurin finished with slightly fewer catches, targets and yards than he had the year before, despite playing two more games (17 versus 15).
2022 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS PREVIEW
While Kansas City again reigned supreme in the AFC West in 2021, offseason shakeups among the team’s division rivals make it arguably the most competitive division in the NFL. The Chiefs approach this season having made roster changes of their own as they seek a seventh consecutive division crown.
The trade of Tyreek Hill leaves a massive hole in the team’s receiving corps. While a single replacement for such a playmaker is difficult to come by, the front office sought to improve the unit’s depth, while quelling an issue in the passing attack – the deep ball. Hill, in particular, experienced a dip in his downfield looks, seeing his average depth of target decline from 12.9 yards in 2020 to 10.4 last season.
To assist with this, Kansas City added a pair of field-stretching options in Marquez Valdes-Scantling – who recorded the second-fastest speed for a ball carrier (22.09 mph) in 2021 – and rookie Skyy Moore (4.41 40 time at the combine). Valdes-Scantling works primarily as a straight-line receiver, averaging a league-leading 17.1 air yards per target last year. On the other hand, Moore owns a skill set to pick up yards after the catch.
2022 CINCINNATI BENGALS PREVIEW
The Bengals ruined the narrative for every rebuilding team by advancing all the way to the Super Bowl after winning just six games over the previous two seasons. They did so by building an impressive offensive core with early picks in the draft and under-the-radar signings on defense via free agency.
Will the Line Hold?
When we last saw quarterback Joe Burrow, he was running/limping for his life in Super Bowl LVI, under pressure on nearly every snap. Right tackle Riley Reiff injured his ankle Week 12, tried to return Week 14 and aggravated the injury enough that he missed the last three games of the regular season and the entirety of the playoffs. Reiff’s replacement, Isaiah Prince, really struggled, giving the Bengals bottom-10 starters at right tackle, right guard (Hakeem Adeniji and Jackson Carman split time there and were equally poor) and center (Trey Hopkins).
TRAINING CAMP NOTES
All teams have reported to training camp and have begun practice in earnest, so the news is flowing in. While there’s no clarity on roles yet, we do have some interesting observations of job battles. We’ll also cover all the most recent injury news.
Training Camp Storyline
Jets Passing Attack
Zach Wilson had a disappointing rookie season but the Jets have done their best to surround him with plenty of offensive talent. They bolstered the offensive line with the addition of Laken Tomlinson, and also spent two premium picks to add WR Garrett Wilson and RB Breece Hall to improve the skill positions. That will put Zach Wilson in a position to succeed in his second season and prove that he is the Jets’ franchise quarterback. A recent report from camp suggested he’s had an up-and-down start to training camp. On Friday, he completed a high percentage of passes but also turned the ball over twice.
Perhaps the biggest news of the day was Miles Sanders working with the second-team offense in Philadelphia, with both Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott working with the first team. The expectation is still that Sanders will work as the lead back, but this is a situation to watch.
Less surprising is news surrounding Washington’s backfield. Rookie Brian Robinson has had first-team reps and is projected to at least take the short-yardage role from Antonio Gibson at a minimum. This situation feels a bit more dire for Gibson as opposed to the Sanders note above, but it’s still early in training camp.
Isaiah Spiller has reportedly impressed as a pass catcher in camp. While that can’t be a bad thing, he isn’t likely to work as a receiver regularly given the presence of Austin Ekeler as the primary back in Los Angeles. If Spiller proves capable in pass protection, he could emerge to have a valuable role in the backfield as a rookie.
Tony Pollard is getting reps out of the slot to get him on the field without taking Ezekiel Elliott off the field. It’s difficult to see how that role will translate for Pollard in the regular season, given the Cowboys’ top four receivers are CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Jalen Tolbert and James Washington.
Atlanta doesn’t seem to have a quarterback controversy yet, as Marcus Mariota has taken all of the team’s first-team reps under center. It’s possible rookie Desmond Ridder starts at some point, but unsurprisingly that doesn’t seem likely in Week 1.
The Giants’ wide receiver corps is relatively healthy, with Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Wan’Dale Robinson practicing fully and with the first team. That has demoted Darius Slayton to the second team, even with Sterling Shepard on the PUP list.
Parris Campbell has yet to stay healthy consistently in the NFL, but he’s on the field to begin training camp and is on the field opposite Michael Pittman in two receiver sets. It’s possible that rookie Alec Pierce leaps Campbell at some point, but for now Pierce has split reps between the first and second teams.
The Cardinals will rely on Marquise Brown heavily early in the season with DeAndre Hopkins sidelined. However, Brown has opened camp on the NFI list with a hamstring injury. He’s expected to be back at practice within a week, but it will be worth confirming that actually occurs.
Robert Woods is not back to full practice but is running routes and doing other non-contact work. He’s shooting to be ready for Week 1 and should have a big role in the Tennessee passing attack with only unproven options on the depth chart behind him.
The Packers’ wide receiver corps has been a hot topic all offseason thanks to the lack of quality options. Both Christian Watson and Sammy Watkins sat out to begin training camp, though Watkins was back on the field Friday. If he can remain healthy, he could have the chance to secure plenty of targets from Aaron Rodgers.
A few Steelers pass-catchers have suffered injuries early in camp. Pat Freiermuth suffered a hamstring injury Thursday and remained out Friday. Chase Claypool suffered a shoulder injury Friday, but the injury has been downplayed as minor.
PAC-12’S KLIAVKOFF JABS BIG 12, TOUTS FUTURE AFTER USC, UCLA
LOS ANGELES (AP) Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff said his conference is far from finished, despite the defections of Southern California and UCLA.
Kliavkoff confirmed the Pac-12 is actively exploring expansion and lobbed several feisty jabs at the Big 12 during an eventful opening speech at his conference’s football media day Friday in the nation’s second-largest media market.
While painting a promising picture of the league’s future even after USC and UCLA leave for the Big Ten in 2024, Kliavkoff said the Pac-12 intends to keep its current members while entertaining new additions.
The commissioner also acknowledged frustration with the upheaval created by the Los Angeles schools’ shocking decision, saying he had spent the past month “trying to defend against grenades being lobbed in from every corner of the Big 12 trying to destabilize our remaining conference.”
Kliavkoff responded to Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark’s recent declaration that his league was “open for business” in expansion by suggesting those moves could include Big 12 schools coming his way, instead of the opposite assumption.
“With respect to the Big 12 being open for business, I appreciate that,” Kliavkoff said. “We haven’t decided whether we’re going shopping there or not.”
“I understand why they’re doing it, when you look at the relative media value between the two conferences,” Kliavkoff added later. “I get it. I get why they’re scared, why they’re trying to destabilize it. I was just tired of that. That’s probably not the most collegial thing I’ve ever said.”
Later, Kliavkoff told The Associated Press that he was eager to speak up colorfully in defense of the Pac-12.
“I wanted to exude confidence in the conference, because that’s what I’m seeing from our presidents and chancellors and athletic directors,” Kliavkoff said. “It’s my job to carry that message, and I’m happy to do so.”
Still, the Pac-12 has lost its Los Angeles flagships after a century of history, and Kliavkoff acknowledged the widespread speculation about the long-term health of his comparatively underfunded West Coast conference. The commissioner insisted the Pac-12 will have a stronger base after its new media rights deal, and that footing could lead to expansion.
Kliavkoff understandably didn’t identify specific schools as candidates for expansion, although San Diego State has been repeatedly mentioned by others. He reiterated the league’s determination to keeping a football presence in the talent-rich, heavily populated end of California.
“Southern California is really important to us,” Kliavkoff said. “I think there are different ways of approaching staying part of Southern California. We may end up playing a lot of football games in LA.”
Kliavkoff expanded on those thoughts later to the AP: “LA is part of the Pac-12, even if UCLA and USC are not. We’re not giving up on LA. We play the Rose Bowl here and intend to play more games here. And we’re not giving up on that. We like it here.”
The two-year transition is a weird challenge for all parties, but Kliavkoff said he has instructed everyone to treat the Trojans and Bruins will all proper respect. Both USC coach Lincoln Riley and UCLA’s Chip Kelly both say they’re on board with a move that will dramatically increase both of their schools’ revenue and their recruiting reach.
“It’s an awkward situation for everybody,” said Kelly, who soared to coaching prominence 13 years ago at Oregon. “I’ve had a great experience in this league. I owe my life to the Pac-12. I appreciate what this league has done. … It is what it is. It’s realignment. It’s going on, governed by television. Those are things out of my control.”
Kliavkoff speculated that the remaining Pac-12 schools are likely to get a significant boost in recruiting fertile Southern California in every sport except football, given that many Olympic sport athletes and their families aren’t going to want to fly off to the Midwest and East Coast regularly for competition.
He reiterated that the Pac-12 expects to keep its remaining members despite widespread speculation about both the Big 12 and the Big Ten looking to expand. Oregon and Washington were linked to a future move to the Big Ten immediately after USC and UCLA announced their departures, while the Big 12 has been linked to the Arizona schools, Utah and Colorado.
Kliavkoff is confident after holding “two board meetings a week for the last four weeks” with his members.
“Looking my colleagues in the eye, understanding their commitment, that their first priority is making sure that the Pac-12 survives, thrives and grows and is successful,” Kliavkoff said. “They’re committed to the conference.”
Seeing the bigger picture, coach Kyle Whittingham of defending champion Utah vocalized the wait-and-see attitude among many observers of this conference in transition.
“I think the real proof of the pudding of that is going to be in the media rights deal, see how that comes out,” Whittingham said. “If those numbers are right, absolutely (the Pac-12 is still viable). If those numbers are not where we need them to be, then look at other options. Right now, it appears to be very unified, the Pac-10 – the 10 that are staying – and we’ll see how it goes going forward.”
Kliavkoff also held open the door to a highly improbable return for UCLA: The public school has been ripped by California Gov. Gavin Newsom for the move, and the UC Board of Regents has ordered a review of the decision in a hearing scheduled for Oct. 17.
“I’d say UCLA is in a really difficult position,” Kliavkoff said. “There are a lot of constituents related to UCLA who are very, very, very unhappy with the decision. Student-athletes, the families of student-athletes. The faculty, the staff. The politicians, the fans, the alumni. … I can’t give you a percentage chance. I think it’s unlikely. But if they came back, we’d welcome them back.”
PAC-12 NOTEBOOK: TIEBREAKERS FOR TITLE GAME FORTHCOMING
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Pac-12 pushed for legislation allowing conference title games to be played without requiring divisions, and it was the first conference to take advantage of it, deciding to have the two teams with the best records this season play against one another in Las Vegas on Dec. 2.
However, it has yet to outline the exact rules that will determine what happens if multiple teams have the same record. Merton Hanks, the Pac-12’s senior associate commissioner overseeing football, said the forthcoming criteria will be exclusively based on conference results, a boon for teams like Utah and Oregon that play notable nonconference games.
“It was very important to our coaches, our administrators, our working unit that the conference decide who the best teams are, not other factors, so those will be reflected in the tiebreakers,” Hanks said.
While Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy went out of his way to bury the rivalry with Oklahoma, declaring at Big 12 media days that “Bedlam’s history” as soon as the Sooners and Texas depart for the SEC, Stanford coach David Shaw sounded a more hopeful note that the Cardinal’s long-standing series with Southern California and UCLA could continue.
“Selfishly being a Stanford alum, a lot of great games between Stanford and UCLA and USC. As I said earlier, my hope is we continue to play those two programs even if they are out-of-conference games,” Shaw said.
Stanford and USC have played 100 times, with the gridiron strife between the two private schools interrupted just once since 1923. The Cardinal and Bruins have played 93 times.
Utah QB Cam Rising spent all his time coming into the 2020 and 2021 seasons battling for the starting spot. After coming off the bench to propel the Utes to their first Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl appearance last season, Rising didn’t have to worry about locking anything down this year, though it never changed his mindset.
“No, I still feel like I have to go out there and improve myself each and every day,” Rising said. “It doesn’t really matter if it’s my job. It just means that I’ll probably be getting more one reps, and that’s just the way it is.”
Rising threw for 2,493 yards and 20 touchdowns against five interceptions in 13 games as a sophomore. He expects to be even better nearly two years removed from shoulder surgery following a season-ending injury at the beginning of the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.
“Getting my arm strength back so I can have the deep ball be more efficient and effective for us, and that was my main focus,” he said.
The Ducks are still reeling from the death of tight end Spencer Webb, who fell and struck his head on rock slides at a popular swimming lake near Eugene, Oregon, this month. Offensive lineman Alex Forsyth said the team hopes to use the memory of Webb, a popular teammate whose outgoing personality carried over to wider popularity on social media, to inspire them.
“Spencer’s enthusiasm in life and in football was unlike anything I’ve seen,” Forsyth said. “He was friends with everybody on the team. He didn’t care who you were, where you were from, what year you were, he was gonna reach out and learn your story and make sure you knew his. He was just a special kid and the best way we can do it is just finding a way to honor him during this season, dedicating everything we do for him. And we all got to strive to live like Spencer and live every day to the fullest.”
ANAHEIM DUCKS SIGN D JOHN KLINGBERG FOR 1 YEAR, $7 MILLION
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks signed John Klingberg to a one-year, $7 million contract on Friday, landing the top defenseman on the NHL free agent market.
The offensive-minded Swede is leaving Dallas, where he had spent his entire NHL career while racking up 71 goals and 303 assists in eight seasons with the Stars. He had six goals and 41 assists last season, although he was a career-worst minus-28.
Klingberg’s offensive skills and shot-blocking capability give an immediate boost to the Ducks, who can also use his right-handed shot and puck movement on the power play. Klingberg scored 20 points while Dallas had the man advantage last season, and he has 148 career points on the power play.
“We are extremely excited to add John to our group,” Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek said. “John is a gifted player who can quarterback a power play and give us needed scoring from the blueline. He also adds veteran leadership and character to our team.”
Klingberg has been recognized as one of the league’s better offensive defensemen since the 2020 playoffs, when he scored 21 points in 26 postseason games while Dallas reached the Stanley Cup Final.
Klingberg, who turns 30 next month, had been seeking a long-term contract in free agency as the league’s top available defenseman, but nothing apparently materialized. Instead, he will have a chance to showcase his skills with the up-and-coming Ducks, who had plenty of room under the salary cap to accommodate a lucrative one-year deal with significant upside for the team.
His arrival will be another part of a fairly major roster makeover for Anaheim since Verbeek took over the front office during last season. Verbeek traded longtime Ducks defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson near the trade deadline after determining he didn’t want to sign the pending free agents to long-term deals, but he had hoped to add a veteran defenseman this summer to boost the group led by Cam Fowler.
Anaheim has missed the playoffs in four consecutive seasons, but the Ducks appear to be primed for improvement in the fall. Verbeek signed center Ryan Strome and right wing Frank Vatrano in free agency to play alongside Anaheim’s talented young core, which includes gifted forwards Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry and defenseman Jamie Drysdale.
PENDRITH TAKES 1-SHOT LEAD OVER FINAU AT ROCKET MORTGAGE
DETROIT (AP) Taylor Pendrith grew up getting breaks from golf, putting the clubs away each winter in Canada.
That may have helped him when he had to miss nearly four months of competition due to a painful injury earlier this year.
Pendrith shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Tony Finau into the weekend in the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Pendrith and Finau shared the first-round lead at 8 under and will be in the final group Saturday, pairing a 31-year-old PGA Tour rookie with a 32-year-old veteran coming off his third career victory.
Pendrith is playing in his third tournament after being unable to swing a club for 12 weeks due to a broken rib, a break that reminded him of his youth.
“We have a long offseason in Canada, so I didn’t touch a club all winter basically growing up so I guess I’m kind of used to it in a way,” he said.
Pendrith said matter of factly that he can compete with the best when he’s healthy and has showed that so far at Detroit Golf Club.
No one, though, has been better than Finau lately.
The Salt Lake City native with Tongan-Samoan heritage is 32 under over his last 107 holes, including rallying from a five-shot deficit last Sunday in Minnesota to win the 3M Open by three shots.
Pendrith tried to pull away in the second round in Detroit, opening with four straight birdies and six in his first 10 holes. He had two birdies and a bogey over the final five holes to finish Friday alone in first.
Finau, meanwhile, started slow with only one birdie on the front nine before carding five birdies on the back. He has a shot be the first PGA Tour player to win two straight regular season tournaments since Brendon Todd in 2019.
“Anytime you win, you breed confidence,” Finau said. “I was just happy to carry that confidence from last week right into this week.”
Pendrith and Finau had a bit of a cushion.
Rookie Lee Hodges (66) was three shots back.
PGA Tour rookie of the year front-runner Cameron Young tied a Detroit Golf Club record with a 63 for a share of fourth place – five shots back – with Russell Henley (65) and Stewart Cink (66).
Rookie Sahith Theegala (67) was another shot back in a pack that includes defending FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay, who bounced back from an opening-round 70 with a 65.
Davis Love III, the 58-year-old U.S. Presidents Cup captain, was in Detroit in part to play and more importantly to get to know players better on and off the course that may represent the country in September at Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina.
Love missed the cut at 5-over 149, but made the most of an opportunity to have dinner with some President Cup candidates and to play two rounds with with Young and Will Zalatoris.
Young and Zalatoris, teammates at Wake Forest and close friends, may be paired together again in two months.
“If they make the team, they’re a natural,” Love said.
Zalatoris, No. 13 in the world ranking, perhaps felt pressure playing with Love because he barely made the cut. He had to birdie his 36th hole to get to 3 under, the cut line, with a pair of lackluster rounds.
If Young does not earn an automatic spot on the American team, he might be a captain’s pick.
“Cameron is trending up,” Love said. “Go back to Jordan Spieth. Nobody heard of him and next thing you know in one year he’s on the Presidents Cup team, and Cam’s headed that way, too. No one ever heard of him on the Korn Ferry and here he is, he almost won a major.”
Young had a runner-up finish at the British Open and at the PGA Championship, he missed a playoff by a shot. He has four second-place finishes, was third in two tournaments. And in Detroit, Young showed Love up close what he can do.
“I would hope that I made some kind of case,” he said.
STENSON SHARES LIV LEAD WITH REED AS MICKELSON HAS ROUGH DAY
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) Henrik Stenson had a happy return to golf after being removed as European Ryder Cup captain, making eight birdies in his LIV Golf Invitational debut at Bedminster for a 7-under 64 to share the 18-hole lead with Patrick Reed.
Phil Mickelson’s return to the area wasn’t entirely happy.
As he was teeing off at Trump National Bedminster, a spectator yelled out, “Do it for the Saudi royal family!”
Mickelson is immensely popular in the New York area, winning a PGA Championship at nearby Baltusrol and finishing as a runner-up four times at U.S. Opens in New York. He now is seen as the chief recruiter for Greg Norman and the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series. He sat out four months earlier this year after disparaging remarks about the Saudis and the PGA Tour.
“I think I’ve always enjoyed playing in this area. We had a great day thereafter,” Mickelson said. “I thought it was a good day all around. I didn’t really think much of it.”
The rest of his day did not get much better, particularly the end. He missed a 12-foot birdie putt on his final hole, then ran the 3-footer for par some 6 feet by the hole.
“I’ll wait,” he said, and then realizing he was farthest from the hole added, “Is it still me?”
He made that for a bogey-bogey finish and a 75.
Former President Donald Trump, who played the pro-am on Thursday at his home course, returned to watch the first round.
Stenson was among four new players added to the 48-man field for the third LIV Golf event. He had pledged full support to the European tour in March when he accepted the Ryder Cup captain’s job, and then signed on with LIV Golf for a fee reported to be about $50 million.
The tour stripped him of the job last week when LIV Golf announced his signing.
“It’s nice to be out there playing golf,” Stenson said. “And yeah, of course it’s been a busy couple of weeks and not the most fun, but we keep our head down and focus on the golf. Just very pleased to have the ability to go out there and do that and play such a solid round.
“It’s the best I’ve played all year, and I’ll take a lot of credit from that.”
Reed also had a 64 in his second LIV Golf event. His round featured six birdies in a seven-hole stretch during the shotgun start.
Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand had a 66, while Dustin Johnson and Carlos Ortiz each had a 67 and were three shots behind.
Charles Howell III (68) and Jason Kokrak (69) also made LIV Golf debuts, while the fourth addition, Paul Casey, had a 73.
The 54-hole event with no cut pays $4 million to the winner, while the top three teams play for a $5 million purse.
After opening with a 69 in the first LIV event outside London, Mickelson has posted either 75 or 76 in his subsequent six rounds.
“I’m just a little frustrated with my game, to be honest,” Mickelson said. “It doesn’t feel that far off. I don’t feel lost, I’m just not scoring. To three-putt the last two holes with makeable birdies, I’m just frustrated because I expect more of myself. I’m going to work on it until I get it fixed.”
LIV Golf announced Friday that two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson would be joining the series in 2023. Watson, who is No. 86 in the world, has been recovering from knee surgery and said he would not be ready to compete until October.
The series has three final events in October in Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Miami. Watson will be non-playing captain on a team at the next stop outside Boston in early September and will contribute to streaming commentary.
LYDIA KO SHOOTS ANOTHER 65, LEADS BY 2 AT SCOTTISH OPEN
IRVINE, Scotland (AP) Lydia Ko shot a second straight 7-under 65 to lead by two strokes after two rounds of the Scottish Open on the LPGA Tour on Friday.
Ko, who finished strongly at the Evian Championship last week to tie for third place, has continued her good form in perfect conditions over the Dundonald Links and remains bogey-free heading into the weekend.
To start her back nine, from the first hole, the No. 4-ranked New Zealander had three birdies in four holes before making eagle at No. 5. She then birdied her last hole to move to 14 under overall.
“I think especially in conditions like this, where the wind is pretty calm and the sun is out, you have to take advantage of it,” Ko said, “because we all know that over on this side of the world, it can change pretty quick.”
This week should prove good preparation for next week’s Women’s British Open at Muirfield.
American golfer Lilia Vu shot 67 and was alone in second place. She said she felt at home on the links because it reminded her of her home club, Shady Canyon.
Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea was in third place on 11 under after a 64, while Thailand’s Wichanee Meechai (65) and France’s Celine Boutier (69) were in a share of fourth place a shot further back.
CROCKER RETAINS 1-SHOT LEAD AT HERO OPEN ON EUROPEAN TOUR
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) American golfer Sean Crocker retained his one-stroke lead at the Hero Open after shooting 6-under 66 in the second round of the European tour event on Friday.
The star of Day 2, however, was Ewen Ferguson after the Scot made 11 birdies – including seven in eight holes on the back nine – in a bogey-free 61 at Fairmont St. Andrews.
Crocker backed up his opening-round 63 and was 15 under for the tournament as he goes for a wire-to-wire win.
Scott Jamieson, playing in his native Scotland, was a stroke behind and alone in second place after shooting 64.
There was a five-way tie for third place another stroke back between English pair Jonathan Thomson (65) and Ross Fisher (66), Scotland’s David Law (66), Spain’s Adrian Otaegui (67) and Sweden’s Jens Dantorp (67).
Ferguson was on 10 under, five shots off the lead at tied for 15th.
ALCARAZ, SINNER ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS AT CROATIA OPEN
UMAG, Croatia (AP) Top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz raced past Facundo Bagnis 6-0, 6-4 at the Croatia Open on Friday to reach his seventh semifinal of the year.
The 19-year-old Spaniard is defending the first ATP title he won in the coastal town of Umag last year.
Fifth-ranked Alcaraz saved the only break point he faced as he improved his 2022 record on clay to 26-3.
He next plays Italian qualifier Giulio Zeppieri who beat Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain 7-5, 6-4.
Second-seeded Jannik Sinner reached his first semifinal this year after a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Roberto Carballes Baena.
The Italian failed to serve the match out at 6-5 in the second set before prevailing in the tiebreaker.
“I’m very happy, obviously,” Sinner said. “I’ve won many matches but I think I’ve had some unfortunate moments this year.”
Sinner will face Franco Agamenone who surged past 2018 Umag champion Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-1 in a match between Italian qualifiers.
GRANT ENFINGER WINS WILD NASCAR TRUCK SERIES PLAYOFF OPENER
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Grant Enfinger grabbed the lead with four fresh tires after a wild overtime restart and pulled away to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff opener Friday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Restarting second on the inside row, Enfinger squeezed the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet past Zane Smith for the lead after Smith battled with John Hunter Nemechek for the top spot.
Enfinger raced to his seventh series victory and first since 2020. He secured a place in the Round of 8 with the victory.
“We’ve just been off a little bit as an organization,” Enfinger said. “We’ve been working so hard because we’ve been sucking. It hurts to say it, but we’ve had a terrible season to this point. But we had a great Chevrolet all day.”
Ben Rhodes ended up second in a Toyota, 0.477 seconds back on the 0.686-mile oval that hosted the series for the first time since 2011.
Smith was third, followed by Stewart Friesen and Corey Heim.
Nemechek was 10th after leading a race-high 76 laps. He sent the race to overtime when he spun leader Taylor Gray in Turn 3 on Lap 199 of the scheduled 200.
“Sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield, and tonight we were the bug,” Nemechek said. “I made a mistake early on and spun myself, and we had a restart there at the end on old tires.”
KURT BUSCH TO MISS INDY WITH CONCUSSION-LIKE SYMPTOMS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kurt Busch will miss Sunday’s NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with concussion-like symptoms and be replaced again by Ty Gibbs in the Toyota for 23XI Racing.
The team said Wednesday that Busch has not been cleared to race for a second consecutive week. He crashed in qualifying last Saturday at Pocono Raceway and missed the next day’s race.
“Kurt’s health is of the utmost importance to the team, and we wish him all the best as he prepares for his return,” said the team owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.
Gibbs, the 19-year-old grandson of NFL and NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs, made his Cup debut last weekend as Busch’s replacement in the No. 45. He finished 16th.
“I’m happy to help out 23XI Racing this week at Indianapolis, but again our thoughts are with Kurt and getting him healthy,” Ty Gibbs posted on social media. “He’s a good guy, and we all want him back soon.
“I think the goals are the same as last week – just to complete the race and learn all we can. I want to thank Denny and MJ for the opportunity.”
Gibbs will also compete Saturday in the Xfinity Series race.
Busch, who turns 44 next week, is in his 22nd full season of Cup racing. He thanked Gibbs for again filling his seat and said, “I remain dedicated to focusing on my recovery and getting back on the track and will continue to work closely with NASCAR’s medical team and my own team of doctors.”
23XI said Busch has received a medical waiver from NASCAR and remains eligible for the playoffs. Busch earned his playoff spot with a victory at Kansas in May.
NASCAR shares Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend with IndyCar, and Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden is awaiting a Thursday evaluation to determine if he can race. The two-time IndyCar champion collapsed Sunday and hit his head about 90 minutes after he was cleared from the medical center at Iowa Speedway following a hard crash while leading the race.
Scott McLaughlin, a close friend of Newgarden’s and his Penske teammate, said he’s only communicated with Newgarden’s wife and father.
“Ultimately, when I found out what happened, it was a bit of a shock to the system for me and for everyone. But the main thing is just wanted him to be OK,” McLaughlin said Wednesday. “It sounds like he’s typical Josef fighting and doing his thing. I hope he just gets better soon and I’m sure we’ll see him Thursday.”
Santino Ferrucci is on standby in case Newgarden is not cleared to race. A pool of drivers, including reigning NASCAR champion Kyle Larson, indicated they’d like to fill-in for Newgarden if he can’t race.
Austin Cindric, the Cup rookie and son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric, said he never asked his father for a shot in the Indy car. Tim Cindric is also Newgarden’s strategist.
“As far as wanting to start in IndyCar, absolutely. The drivers I’ve idolized and looked up to my entire life are mostly IndyCar drivers. I come from that world and I’d love to get a taste of that someday,” Cindric said Wednesday. “I’m not going to set a timeline or prediction of that, but I can tell you right now is probably not that time. I think focusing on my Cup career is the highest of importance, but I’ve been a guy that’s always loved driving different things and not just being specialized in a certain field.
“I’d certainly love to do that one day and maybe the opportunity will come.”
NEWGARDEN OVERCOMES INJURY TO QUALIFY 5TH AT INDIANAPOLIS
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Josef Newgarden kept the focus simple all week.
He ignored the cell phone, avoided social media and spent 48 hours resting, hopeful it would help him recover from the head injury he suffered last weekend and stay in the IndyCar championship hunt. Now all he needs is another strong finish Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Less than two hours after series officials medically cleared the 31-year-old driver, the two-time IndyCar champ qualified fifth with a fast lap of 1 minute, 10.6968 seconds on the Brickyard’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course.
“It was going to take an Army to keep me away from here,” Newgarden said. “I knew if we weren’t in this race it was going to be very difficult to stay in this championship fight. I knew we had to be in the race.”
Newgarden’s availability became uncertain after the suspension on the No. 2 Chevrolet apparently broke, sending the race leader spinning hard into the wall at Iowa. Doctors examined and cleared Newgarden at the infield care center, but he later collapsed in his motorhome and struck his head hard.
The Tennessean was then airlifted from the track to a nearby hospital to avoid post-race traffic and additional tests came back negative. On Tuesday, Newgarden informed Team Penske president Tim Cindric he was ready to race.
Newgarden even had some fun with the situation.
He donned a black, padded helmet-like device as he walked gingerly down two steps from the team hauler with reporters and was wearing a microphone for their YouTube show. Newgarden won’t use any additional padding during the race.
Still, series protocols required Newgarden to be medically cleared Thursday for practice and again between Friday morning’s practice and afternoon qualifying session.
Following three qualifying rounds, Newgarden said he didn’t feel light-headed before passing out, didn’t know the cause, was not officially diagnosed with a concussion and did not suffer typical concussion-like symptoms such as sensitivity to light.
But with Team Penske also in contention for the team title, Cindric couldn’t take any chances.
He chose Santino Ferrucci as a standby driver and the two drivers exchanged some friendly banter Thursday on Twitter. That left just one lingering question: Could Newgarden get the all-clear in time for qualifying?
“It all seems like business as usual,” Cindric said between Friday’s sessions. “Nothing to report. That process is going to take care of itself. Nothing you can do there except hope and have a plan.”
Newgarden didn’t miss a beat, though.
He posted second-fastest lap in practice, passed the exam and then advanced easily through the first two rounds of qualifications before finishing one spot behind teammate Will Power, the 2014 series champ and 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner.
The only thing preventing him from a better starting position were tires.
“I felt like on new tires we had full pace but on used tires, we lacked some of the pole pace we needed,” Newgarden said. “So I think we’re going to try and clean that up, make sure we have good (tire) degradation for tomorrow.”
Now, the focus for both Penske drivers is closing the gap – and perhaps overtaking – points leader Marcus Ericssson.
The Swedish driver, who won the Indianapolis 500 in his last trip to the Brickyard, will start from the back of the 25-car field after a mechanical problem with Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 8 Honda brought out a red flag in the first round of qualifications.
Power began the weekend eight points behind Ericsson.
Six-time series champion Scott Dixon, Ericsson’s teammate, came into this weekend tied with Newgarden for third. But Dixon will start from the No. 20 spot.
Newgarden, meanwhile, has a series-high four wins this season but own only one Indy win at the series highest level – in 2020 on the road course. If he claims victory No. 5 on Saturday, it could put him atop the standings and cap a remarkably quick comeback.
“I was very motivated to get back. I don’t think you could give me extra motivation,” Newgarden said. “I’m always as motivated as I need to be and that’s how I felt coming into this weekend – whatever I’ve got to do, I’ll do. I’m just ready to be in the fight.”
ROSENQVIST FIGHTS FOR JOB WITH POLE-WINNING RUN AT INDY
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Felix Rosenqvist continued to fight for his seat in the IndyCar Series with a pole-winning run on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Swede earned his second pole of the season with a run of 1 minute, 10.2265 seconds in Friday qualifying. It’s the second pole of the season for Rosenqvist, who is making the case for keeping his ride in IndyCar with Arrow McLaren SP.
The contract extension he recently signed with McLaren Racing gives boss Zak Brown the ability to shift Rosenqvist to Formula E next season – but Rosenqvist doesn’t want to leave IndyCar. Brown has four current IndyCar drivers signed – Rosenqvist, Pato O’Ward, Alexander Rossi and reigning champion Alex Palou – for three seats.
“I think I’m in a good place no matter what happens. I’m going to have a good job somewhere,” Rosenqvist said. “IndyCar, I think it’s kind of addicting in a way. Like it’s very tough. When you succeed and when you win a race or get a podium or whatever, it’s just something you want to do again because it’s very rewarding when you do well, but it can also be brutal when you’re struggling, as I did last year.
“I’m doing well, and I want to continue that, so yeah, hopefully I’ll stay.”
Rossi, who is in his final season driving for Andretti Autosport, qualified second for Saturday afternoon’s race. He is moving to Arrow McLaren next year when it expands to three cars.
O’Ward, who won Sunday at Iowa Speedway, qualified third and rushed to hug teammate Rosenqvist after Rosenqvist edged him for the pole. O’Ward is lobbying hard to keep Rosenqvist as his teammate in IndyCar.
“I love the guy, and I think what makes the atmosphere in the team so good to work around him is that he’s a genuine good guy, and it’s very easy to work with him,” O’Ward said. “It’s in his best interest for the whole team to do well. He won’t section himself off and wish bad upon the other car just to do better.
“I just think he fits exactly what the team of McLaren Racing and all that stands for. In order to create a team or to make a team better and drive it forward, you need complete trust and transparency when working with each other. If you don’t have that, you’ve got nothing.”
Rosenqvist said he’s never had a teammate like O’Ward, with whom he could develop a true friendship away from the track. The two are practically inseparable on race weekends, at the track and at restaurants and social events away from the speedway.
“I consider myself pretty easy to get along with, but for sure I had bad teammates that you don’t trust and you don’t like, and you just have to get on with it,” Rosenqvist said. “I think when you spend so much time together over a season, like it’s just so helpful if you can actually enjoy hanging out. I think with Pato it’s very special for sure. It’s something I hope that will last longer.”
Will Power qualified fourth for Team Penske and was followed by teammate Josef Newgarden, who was medically cleared to compete earlier Friday. Newgarden collapsed and hit his head after crashing while leading Sunday at Iowa.
Christian Lundgaard qualified sixth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan.
The title race is a toss-up among six drivers separated by 44 points with five races remaining. Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson is the points leader, but his car stalled during qualifying and he’ll start last Saturday in the 25-car field.
“Man, I feel with Marcus, the further back he starts, the better he finishes. He has like a magic way of just always being there in the end,” Rosenqvist said of his fellow Swede. “That’s probably why he’s leading the championship, man. He’s probably the best racer in the field right now. I don’t really think he’s worried about it, either. Every time I talk to him and he’s had a bad qualifying, it’s just like, `Oh, I’m just going to drive up through the field.’ He’s really figured out how to go forward in this series.”
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
COLTS SIGN FREE AGENT DEFENSIVE TACKLE CAEVEON PATTON; RELEASE DEFENSIVE END BRYAN COX JR.
The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent defensive tackle Caeveon Patton and released defensive end Bryan Cox Jr.
Patton, 6-1, 291 pounds, was originally signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on June 9, 2022, before being waived on July 27. He participated in the Colts’ 2021 veteran mini-camp and rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis. Collegiately, Patton played in 44 games at Texas State (2017-21) and compiled 179 tackles (70 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, six passes defensed, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.
Cox Jr., 6-3, 270 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on June 10, 2022. He has played in 26 career games (two starts) in his time with the Buffalo Bills (2020-21), Cleveland Browns (2019) and Carolina Panthers (2017-19) and has totaled 30 tackles (19 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss, half a sack, one fumble recovery and one special teams stop. Cox Jr. has also appeared in one postseason contest and has registered two solo tackles.
EARLY OFFENSE POWERS INDIANS TO ENDING TWO-GAME SKID IN TOLEDO, 6-5
TOLEDO, Ohio – The Indianapolis Indians scored five runs in the first three innings and staved off a late comeback attempt to snap a two-game losing streak to the Toledo Mud Hens on Friday night at Fifth Third Field, 6-5.
After the Mud Hens (48-47) opened scoring in the bottom of the first against Indians starter Miguel Yajure with an RBI single from third baseman Josh Lester, Indianapolis (45-49) wasted no time responding. The Indians tagged Toledo starter Elvin Rodriguez (L, 4-3) for four hits in a two-run second inning, including an RBI double to right center field from first baseman Mason Martin and a run-scoring single from left fielder Jared Oliva. Martin, right fielder Travis Swaggerty, and shortstop Rodolfo Castro all doubled in their first plate appearance against Rodriguez.
The Indians tacked on three more runs in the third to extend their lead to 5-1 with a bases loaded walk drawn by Martin, an RBI single from first baseman Taylor Davis, and a sacrifice fly from second baseman Tucupita Marcano. Toledo crept within two after a two-run fifth inning, but Davis added insurance with another RBI single in the eighth.
Toledo made things more than interesting in the bottom of the ninth. An RBI single and a wild pitch plated two for the Mud Hens in their final at-bats, but Indians right-hander Austin Brice (S, 6) stranded the winning run in scoring position by striking out Toledo shortstop Brendon Davis to end it.
After Yajure went four innings as the starting pitcher, the Indians bullpen finished the job effectively. Left-hander Eric Stout dropped his ERA with the Indians below 1.00 by striking out two men with the bases loaded, including former top overall pick Spencer Torkelson, to end the fifth inning. Newly-acquired right-handers Yohan Ramirez (W, 2-0) and Colin Holderman each threw a scoreless inning in relief.
With a soft line drive to the opposite field in the second inning, Marcano extended his hitting streak to eight games. He reached base twice in the winning effort, while Swaggerty, Martin, and Davis reached three times. Center fielder Jack Suwinski, celebrating his 24th birthday, had a multi-hit night with two infield singles.
The Indians and Mud Hens continue their six-game series on Saturday night at 7:05 PM from Fifth Third Field. RHP Mike Burrows (0-2, 6.33) makes his second start for the Indians since returning from the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, opposing Toledo RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-2, 3.44).
GAME RECAP: FEVER DROP FIRST OF BACK-TO-BACK GAMES AGAINST ACES
INDIANAPOLIS – In the second matchup against the Las Vegas Aces this season, the Indiana Fever were defeated 93-72 on Friday night. Fever rookie center Queen Egbo led the team in scoring with 13 points. Both guards Kelsey Mitchell and Destanni Henderson finished with 12 points, with all of Henderson’s points coming from behind the three-point line.
Indiana turned Las Vegas over five times in the first quarter, but the Aces corrected miscues to end the first half shooting 22-of-32 from the field and in control with a 54-37 lead. Aces forward A’ja Wilson led all scorers with 18 points at the halfway mark and would finish the game with 22.
Las Vegas shot only 8-of-24 in the third quarter, but maintained a sizable advantage against the Fever. Henderson hit three of her four three-pointers in the quarter, helping cut the deficit to 13 at one point. The Aces were able to recover in the fourth quarter and extend its lead to as much as 28 for the victory.
Aces guard Kelsey Plum also hit the 22-point mark, while guard Jackie Young scored 15. Indiana turned Vegas over 19 times in the matchup, but the Aces were able to outscore the Fever 20-10 in points off turnovers.
The Fever finish the regular season series with the Las Vegas Aces at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Sunday’s game will be broadcast on Bally Sports Indiana and will not be streamed on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page.
BOYS IN BLUE SEEK TO COOL DOWN RED-HOT ROWDIES SIDE SATURDAY
Indy Eleven vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Saturday, July 30, 2022 – 7:00 p.m. ET
IUPUI Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.
Local TV: WISH-TV
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In-game updates: @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers
Live stats: #INDvTBR MatchCenter on USLChampionship.com
2022 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
Indy Eleven: 6W-10L-4D (-7 GD), 22 pts.; 9th in Eastern Conference
Tampa Bay Rowdies: 12W-6L-3D (+22 GD), 42 pts.; 2nd in Eastern Conference
COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK SPORTS MEDICINE INDY ELEVEN INJURY REPORT
OUT: Aris Briggs (R shin), Bryan Meredith (R hand fracture), Stefano Pinho|
* IND’s Raul Aguilera & Sam Brown will receive a one-game suspension from USL for caution accumulation (eight) should they receive a yellow card in any game up to and including Aug. 27 vs. SA
Indy Eleven is staying in the Circle City for the second of a three-match homestand this Saturday night at Carroll Stadium against a former NASL rival in the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The meeting is the second between the sides this season, the first being a 2-0 home win for the Rowdies back on Matchday 2.
The Boys in Blue broke a six-match losing streak and a five-match scoreless streak last Saturday night against Memphis 901 FC, its 1-1 draw helping the squad get back on track for playoff positioning as the final third of the season approaches. The Eleven sit ninth in the Eastern Conference, currently nine points outside the playoff picture but with two games in hand on both seventh place Miami (31 pts.) and FC Tulsa (25 pts.).
Two new Boys in Blue made their IXI debuts last week in Sean Lewis and former Rowdies striker Juan Tejada, and two more could do the same on Saturday. On Monday, defender Jesus Vasquez was added to the squad from RGV Toros FC in a loan exchange for Jonas Fjeldberg, and 18-year-old Orlando City forward Wilfredo Rivera also joined Indy for the remainder of the season on loan. The match will allow for some quick reunions for Tejada and ex-Eleven midfielder Nicky Law, as the duo will face their former squads just nine days after being traded for each other last Thursday.
Across the pitch, the Rowdies have been one of the top performers in the league all season long – but especially so since the calendar hit May. Tampa Bay currently sits second in the Eastern Conference, just a point behind top of the table Louisville City FC, and is undefeated since an April 30 loss to San Diego Loyal. Since then, the Floridian side has rattled off a 9-0-2 unbeaten run, including five straight wins overall and four consecutive road wins heading into this weekend.
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL ADDS PAIR FOR UPCOMING SEASON
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball has announced the addition of a pair of international student-athletes for the upcoming 2022 season. Candela Alonso-Corcelles (Madrid, Spain) and Melisa Ilter (Bursa, Turkey) will join the program at the start of preseason in early August.
“We are excited to welcome Candela and Melisa to our program and fully expect them to make significant contributions immediately,” Indiana head coach Steve Aird said. “They both come from fantastic club programs and have plenty of international experience. They are wonderful young women who excel in the classroom, come from great families and are very excited to get started this fall.”
Alonso-Corcelles, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter, has played with Club Voleibol Alcobendas and the Spanish National Team. She played three seasons with the international team including the U16 WEVZA Tournament (2016-17), U18 WEVZA Tournament and U18 Pre-European Cup (2017-18) and the U18 WEVZA Tournament (2018-19). Alonso-Corcelles has played with Club Voleibol Alcobendas since 2015, where she was the MVP of the Madrid League final in three times (2017, 2018, 2021) and helped the team to two gold medals (2016-17 and 2018-19) during her time with the U18 team.
Aird on Alonso-Corcelles: “Candela is a skilled outside hitter with all the tools to play in the Big Ten. She has a fantastic volleyball IQ, the ability to play six rotations and has a very easy-going demeanor that makes her easy to coach and be teammates with. She has played in many meaningful, high-level matches. She is not afraid of the bright lights and her experiences will serve her well as she begins her first season at IU.”
Ilter, 6-foot-4 opposite hitter, has played with Nilufer SC and Fenerbahce SC in her home country of Turkey. She helped Nilufer SC U16 Bursa to a second-place finish and Nilufer SC U17 Bursa Providence to a first-place finish in 2017-18, Nilufer SC U17 and U18 first place finish in 2018-19. Additionally, she played with Fenerbahce SC Young Girls Istanbul Province to a second-place finish and a Fenerbahce SC Young Girls Turkey third-place finish in 2021-22.
Aird on Ilter: “Melisa’s length and skill gives our program a different look and several options to consider. She has a great feel for blocking and continues to develop as an attacker. We assume she will play and contribute for us mostly on the right side and we will develop her into a six rotation player that can really enhance our offense. She also has trained and competed in a fantastic club program, and we believe she will be ready to contribute from day one here at IU.
Former Muncie Central and Purdue star defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan signed a one-day contract Friday with the Washington Commanders so he could retire as a member of the franchise that drafted him in the first round (16th overall) in 2011.
The 33-year-old played 10 years in Washington, compiling 95.5 sacks, earning All-Rookie honors in 2011 and four Pro Bowl berths. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021.
From 2007-10 at Purdue, Kerrigan compiled 33.5 sacks and forced 14 fumbles. He was the Big Ten’s consensus Defensive Player of the Year and an All-American as a senior.
COLVIN, ELLIS TO PARTICIPATE IN INAUGURAL BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL MEDIA DAY
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The conference office is set to host the inaugural Big Ten Volleyball Media Day at the Big Ten Network studios in Chicago on August 1-2, with Purdue among the seven programs slated to participate in its opening day.
Joining the media in the league offices on Monday is sophomore Raven Colvin, senior Emma Ellis and head coach Dave Shondell.
The Boilermakers are among one of the seven programs attending on Day One, while the remaining teams will participate on Tuesday. The event will serve as the first of its kind in collegiate volleyball.
Single-match tickets will go on-sale August 2 for John Purdue Club members and August 3 for the general public.
The 2022 season marks the 20th for Art and Connie Euler Head Coach Dave Shondell and his coaching staff at Purdue, which together makes the longest tenured coaching staff in the Power Five. In addition to coming off a pair of back-to-back Elite Eight Finishes, Shondell has led the Boilermakers to 76 consecutive weeks ranked in the AVCA poll, including the last 22 weeks among the top-15.
Raven Colvin in 2021
Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Competed with the U21 U.S. National Team in Summer 2022, helping the U.S. win gold for the second time in history
Finished the year ranked eighth in the Big Ten and 43rd in the nation with 1.23 blocks per set
One of just two freshmen in the Big Ten to average over a .344 hitting efficiency (minimum 3.0 attempts/set)
Second on the team in total blocks (118.0),
Posted the third-most kills on the team with 169
Recorded a career-high 11 kills in the five-set thriller vs. BYU in the NCAA Regional Semifinals
Registered a career-best 11 total blocks (1-10) vs. No. 3 Wisconsin (10/31), helping Purdue to its second victory over a top-3 opponent in Holloway Gymnasium in 2021. The mark was the second-most in a four-setter by a Big Ten player in 2021
Produced seven or more block assists six times
Went errorless in five matches, while committing just one or fewer errors in 16 matches (nine of which were vs. Big Ten opponents)
Recorded the second-highest hitting % in a three-set match (10-14 attempts) in program history with her .900 efficiency (9-0-10) vs. Purdue Fort Wayne (9/17)
Emma Ellis in 2021
Saw action in 25 matches this season and a total of 67
Averaged 2.20 points per set
Recorded three matches with double-digit kills: 15 at Maryland (11/5), 13 vs. Lipscomb (9/11) and 10 at #25 Washington State (9/3)
Posted a career-high for single game kills (15) in the victory at Maryland (11/5) to lead the team in the four setter, scoring four consecutive points in set 2 (three kills and a block assist)
Recorded another career-high for single game block solos (2) in the victory vs. Northwestern (10/27)
Set four season-bests in four defensive categories: total block solos (7), total block assists (33), total blocks (40), and blocks per set (.6)
Hit above .300 on seven occasions, including three matches above .400
In the First Round of the NCAA tournament vs. Illinois St., Ellis recorded the second-highest hitting % of the season with a .545 clip on 7 kills and one error on 11 swings
Produced eight kills in the victory vs. #3 Wisconsin (10/31)
BUTLER MBB DRAWS TENNESSEE AS 2022 BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS BRACKET IS REVEALED
Butler will open the 2022 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis with a first-round match-up against Tennessee. The teams will play Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN2.
The 12-game, three-day tournament, regarded as one of the most challenging early-season events annually, falls during the Thanksgiving holiday with games scheduled for Nov. 23-25 in the Bahamas.
Celebrating its 11th year of elite collegiate tournament play, the 2022 field includes Butler, Tennessee, BYU, Dayton, Kansas, North Carolina State, USC, and Wisconsin.
Kansas, the defending NCAA champion, will open the event with a first-round match-up against North Carolina State. The other Wednesday games have Dayton playing Wisconsin, while USC and BYU face off.
Butler was previously part of the Battle 4 Atlantis field in both 2014 and 2018. The Bulldogs went 2-1 in each event.
Butler owns a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series against Tennessee. The teams first met in 1958 (a Butler win at Hinkle Fieldhouse). Butler also has wins as part of the 2006 Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden and a 2015 match-up at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tennessee won, 76-71, over the Bulldogs in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and in 2014 in Knoxville.
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has led the Volunteers since the 2015-16 season. His final game as the head coach of Texas was a loss to Butler in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Thad Matta has returned to his alma mater to lead the Bulldogs for a second time. In his 17 years as a college head coach, which includes stints at Butler, Ohio State and Xavier, Matta possesses an incredible record of 439-154 (.740). Matta’s teams won 20 or more games in 16 of those 17 seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament 13 times.
The Bulldogs return leading scorer Chuck Harris and significant contributors Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius from last season’s roster. Matta has supplemented that young, talented group of Bulldogs this offseason with the addition of standout transfers Manny Bates (North Carolina State), Eric Hunter Jr. (Purdue), Jalen Thomas (Georgia State), and Ali Ali (Akron).
Season tickets are on sale now to cheer on the Butler men’s basketball team at Hinkle Fieldhouse during the 2022-2023 campaign. The Bulldogs’ home schedule features 18 contests, including all 10 BIG EAST opponents.
SYCAMORE SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2022 SEASON SCHEDULE
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer released their schedule for the 2022 season Friday. The 17-game slate features seven non-conferences matches followed by 10 Missouri Valley Conference matchups.
Following two exhibition matches on August 7 and 11, the Sycamores will begin their regular season on the road at SIUE on August 18 in Edwardsville.
The Sycamores will welcome Southern Illinois to Memorial Stadium on August 21 for their home opener which begins a three-match home stand with Eastern Illinois (Aug. 25) and Toledo (Aug. 28) coming to Terre Haute to conclude the opening month of the season.
Indiana State will close out non-conference play with three-straight road matches at Indiana (Sep. 1), Illinois (Sep. 4) and UT Martin (Sep. 8).
To kick-off MVC action, new conference member Belmont will come to Memorial Stadium on September 16. The Sycamores next host Evansville on September 22 followed by two road matches against Illinois State (Sep. 25) and Murray State (Sep. 29).
October action begins with home matches against Northern Iowa (Oct. 2) and Southern Illinois (Oct. 6). The Sycamores will travel to Missouri State (Oct. 13). Drake (Oct. 16) comes to Memorial Stadium for Indiana State’s final home regular season match before road matches at UIC (Oct. 20) and Valparaiso (Oct. 23) to wrap up the regular season.
The MVC Tournament begins on October 27 with the championship game scheduled for Novemeber 6. NCAA Tournament action begins on November 11.
SYCAMORES UNVEIL 2022 TRACK AND FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY SIGNING CLASS
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State Track and Field/Cross Country Program Director and Head Coach Angela Martin announced the addition of 34 student-athletes to the roster for the 2022-23 season Friday.
The incoming signing class consists of 17 men and 17 women, with the newcomers hailing from seven different states. 21 of the 34 newcomers are Indiana natives, with Illinois (six), Iowa (one), Kentucky (one), Ohio (one), South Dakota (one) and Wisconsin (one) also represented by the signing class. In addition, the Sycamores also have two international athletes joining the program, one each from Canada and the Faroe Islands.
Included in the signing class are six transfers, all of which either competed at the NJCAA National Championships or scored points in their respective conference championships at the NCAA. Of the 28 incoming freshmen, 25 have state championship experience.
The 33 newcomers join a Sycamore team that returned to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference during the 2021-22 season. Indiana State swept the 2022 MVC Indoor Track and Field Championship titles and also won the 2022 MVC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Ethan Baitz // Distance // Fort Wayne, Ind. // Homestead HS
PRs: 1600m – 4:35 // 3200m – 9:52 // 5000m – 15:50 (XC)
Earned top-three finishes at both sectionals and regionals in 2022
Top-20 finish at the 2020 IHSAA State Cross Country Championships
Finished seventh at the 2021 Nike XC Town Twilight, which took place at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course
Isaac Bryant // Distance // Grinnell, Iowa // Grinnell-Newburg HS // Indian Hills CC
PRs: 5000m – 15:24 // 8000m (XC) – 26:21 // 10,000m – 31:21
Part of the Indian Hills DMR team that placed sixth at the 2021 NJCAA Indoor Championshps
14th in the 10,000m at the 2022 NJCAA Outdoor Championships
PR in the 5000m was set at the 2022 NJCAA Indoor Championships
Top-50 finishes at each of the last two NJCAA Cross Country Championships
Nicholas Burns // Mid-Distance // Mooresville, Ind. // Mooresville HS
PRs: 800m – 1:57
Top-five finishes in the 800m at both conference and sectional meets in 2022
Part of Mooresville’s 4x800m relay team that reached regionals in 2022
Runner-up in the 800m at the 2021 county championships
Conner Burries // Pole Vault // Greenwood, Ind. // Center Grove HS
PRs: PV – 16-00.00
Runner-up at the 2022 IHSAA State Championships in the pole vault
PR came at the 2022 IHSAA State Championships
2022 sectional and regional champion in the pole vault
Gavin Connelly // Throws // Lynnville, Ind. // Tecumseh HS
PRs: SP – 56-10.00 // DT – 170-00
Sixth at the 2022 IHSAA State Championships in the discus with a top mark of 163-00
15th at the 2022 IHSAA State Championships in the shot put with a top mark of 54-09.25
17th at the 2021 IHSAA State Championships in the discus with a top mark of 146-05
Won four sectional championships and a regional championship in the throws events
Emerson Fayman // Distance // Channahon, Ill. // Minooka HS
PRs: 800m – 1:56.44 // 1600m – 4:17.37 // 3200m – 9:27.45 // 3-mile (XC) – 15:23
Two-time Illinois State Qualifier in cross country
Top-10 finish at cross country regionals in 2021
Eighth in the 800m at the Illinois Class 3A State Championships in 2022
Collin Forrest // Hurdles // Joliet, Ill. // Minooka HS
PRs: 110m Hurdles – 14.05 // 300m Hurdles – 38.20
2022 Illinois Class 3A State Champion in the 100m Hurdles
Ninth at the 2022 Illinois Class 3A State Championships in the 300m Hurdles
2022 sectional and regional champion in the 110m Hurdles
Piere Hill // Long Jump // Portage, Ind. // Portage HS
PRs: LJ – 23-11.00
2022 IHSAA State Champion in the long jump
Also competed in the 200m at the 2022 IHSAA State Championships
2022 sectional and regional champion in the long jump, also won the 200m at sectionals
Sectional and regional champion in the long jump in 2021
Trent Jones // Sprints // Crawfordsville, Ind. // Southmont HS
PRs: 200m – 21.70 // 400m – 48.88
11th at the 2021 ISHAA State Championships in the 400m with a time of 49.89
Eight-time conference champion, including a sweep of all four events he competed in at the 2021 conference championships (100m, 200m, 400m, long jump)
Ty Newsom // High Jump/Multi // Gas City, Ind. // Mississinewa HS
PRs: HJ – 6-03.00
Placed first at sectionals in the high jump in 2021 and 2022
Top two jumps in his career have come at sectionals
Terrance O’Bannon // Sprints // Louisville, Ky. // Eastern HS
PRs: 60m – 6.84 // 100m – 10.29 // 200m – 21.82
Runner-up in the 100m at the 2021 and 2022 Kentucky Class 3A State Championships
Kentucky indoor state champion in the 60m and 200m in 2022
Region champion in both the 100m and 200m in 2022
School record holder in the 100m
Daniel O’Laughlin // Pole Vault // New Carlisle, Ind. // New Prairie HS
PRs: PV – 15-00.00
12th at the 2021 IHSAA State Championships in the pole vault
2021 sectional champion in the pole vault
Parker Speth // Pole Vault // Newburgh, Ind. // Castle HS
PRs: PV – 15-11.00
Fourth at the 2022 IHSAA State Championships in the pole vault
Seventh at the 2021 IHSAA State Championships in the pole vault
Sectional champion in the pole vault in both 2021 and 2022, also a regional champion in 2022
Isiah Thomas // Sprints // Milwaukee, Wis. // Vincent HS // Indian Hills CC
PRs: 60m – 6.76 // 100m – 10.39 // 200m – 21.46
Six-time NJCAA National Qualifier
Part of 4x100m relay team that finished second at the 2022 NJCAA Outdoor National Championships
Ninth in the 60m at the 2022 NJCAA Indoor National Championships
16th in the 100m at the 2022 NJCAA Outdoor National Championships
Trevor Thompson // High Jump // Union City, Ind. // Union City HS // Southern Illinois
PRs: HJ – 2.11m (6-11.00)
2022 Missouri Valley Conference Champion (high jump – outdoor)
2022 NCAA West Preliminary Round Qualifier (high jump – 23rd)
Third at the 2022 MVC Indoor Championships in the high jump
Has also competed as a multi athlete, scoring points at the 2020 MVC Indoor Championships and 2021 MVC Outdoor Championships
Jackson Ward // Distance // Washington, Ill. // Washington HS
PRs: Mile – 4:21.73 // 3200m – 9:47.90 // 3-mile (XC) – 15:10
11th at the 2021 Illinois Class 2A Cross Country State Championships
20th at the 2019 Illinois Class 2A Cross Country State Championships
Three-time Illinois Class 2A Cross Country State Championship Qualifier
Illinois Class 3A State Championship Qualifier in the 1600m in 2021
Cannen Wolf // Distance // Liberty, Ill. // Liberty HS
PRs: Mile – 4:31.28 // 3200m – 9:35.50 // 3-mile (XC) – 15:19
Sixth in the 3200m at the 2022 Illinois Class 1A State Championships, 16th in the event at the 2021 Illinois Class 1A State Championships
11th in the 1600m at the 2022 Illinois Class 1A State Championships
12th at the 2021 Illinois Class 1A Cross Country State Championships
Niesha Anderson // Throws // Fort Wayne, Ind. // Snider HS
PRs: SP – 46-02.00 // DT – 133-10
Third at the 2022 IHSAA State Championships in the shot put
Fifth at the 2021 IHSAA State Championships in the shot put
Sectional champion in both shot put and discus in 2022, also won regionals in shot put
Ranked 17th in the nation for the class of 2022
Abigail Ballengee // Pole Vault // Montgomery, Ind. // Barr-Reeve HS
PRs: PV – 11-03.00
10th at the 2022 IHSAA State Championship in the pole vault
15th at the 2021 IHSAA State Championship in the pole vault
Sectional champion in the pole vault in 2021 and 2022
Maria Biskopstoe // Long Sprints // Klaksvik, Faroe Islands, Denmark
PRs: 400m – 58.01 // 800m – 2:14.13 // 1500m – 4:48.30 // 400m Hurdles – 1:05.25
Competed internationally in meets in both Denmark and Sweden
Won the indoor 400m at Pallasspelen, Atleticum, Malmo (Sweden) in 2022
Janiya Bowman // Sprints/Long Jump // Plainfield, Ill. // Plainfield South HS
PRs: 60m – 7.96 // 100m – 11.98 // 200m – 24.60 // LJ – 18-07.25
Sixth in the 200m and long jump at the 2022 Illinois Class 3A State Championships
Eighth in the 100m at the 2022 Illinois Class 3A State Championships
Ninth in the 200m at the 2021 Illinois Class 3A State Championships
Alysha Bradford // Sprints // Camby, Ind. // Mooresville HS
PRs: 200m – 25.21 // 400m – 56.17
2022 IHSAA State Championship Qualifier in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay
13th at the 2021 IHSAA State Championships in the 200m
Part of 4x100m relay team that placed 15th at the 2019 IHSAA State Championships
Cami Farmer // Distance // Indianapolis, Ind. // Franklin Central HS
PRs: mile – 5:34 // 3200m – 11:52 // 5000m – 19:12 (XC)
Four-time IHSAA State Championship Qualifier in cross country
Earned a top-10 finish at regionals on three different occasions
Josie Hapack // Throws // Highland, Ill. // Highland HS
PRs: SP – 40-11.75 // DT – 130-11.25
Third at the 2022 Illinois Class 2A State Championship in the discus throw
Fourth at the 2022 Illinois Class 2A State Championship in the shot put
Seventh at the 2021 Illinois Class 2A State Championship in the discus throw
Third at the Illinois 2022 Indoor Prep Top Times Meet
Hannah Hendrick // Pole Vault // Spearfish, S.D. // Brandon Valley HS // Black Hills State
PRs: PV – 3.90m (12-09.50)
Black Hills State school record holder in the pole vault (outdoor)
Third in the pole vault at the 2022 RMAC Outdoor Championships, fourth at the 2021 RMAC Outdoor Championships
Third in the pole vault at the 2021 RMAC Indoor Championships, fifth at the 2022 RMAC Indoor Championships
Runner-up at the 2019 RMAC Outdoor Championships in the pole vault
Has also competed in the 60m, 200m, javelin throw and 4x400m relay during her collegiate career
Top-three finishes in three different events at the South Dakota Class AA State Championship (first – pole vault, second – 4x400m relay, third – 4x100m relay)
Taylor Jackson // Hurdles // Hobart, Ind. // Merrillville HS
PRs: 60m Hurdles – 8.90 // 100m Hurdles – 13.97
Runner-up in the 100m Hurdles at the 2022 IHSAA State Championships
11th in the 300m Hurdles at the 2022 IHSAA State Championships
Sectional and regional champion in both the 100m Hurdles and 300m Hurdles in 2022
Qualified for the 2021 IHSAA State Championships in both the 100m Hurdles and 300m Hurdles
Essence Johnson // High Jump // St. John, Ind. // Lake Central HS
PRs: HJ – 5-06.00
Fifth at the 2021 IHSAA State Championship in the high jump
15th at the 2022 IHSAA State Championship in the high jump
Also placed first in the high jump at regionals in 2021
Nyla Jones // Sprints // Indianapolis, Ind. // Ben Davis HS
PRs: 60m – 7.62 // 100m – 12.04 // 200m – 25.96
Fifth at the 2021 IHSAA State Championship in both the 100m and 4x100m relay
Sixth at the 2022 IHSAA State Championship in the 100m
11th at the 2021 IHSAA State Championship in the 4x400m relay
Sara Skaff // Distance // Sandusky, Ohio // Perkins HS
PRs: 1600m – 5:10 // 3200m – 11:09 // 5000m – 19:11 (XC)
Sixth at the 2022 Ohio State Championships in the 3200m
Placed first at the conference championships in both the 1600m and 3200m
34th at the 2021 Ohio State Cross Country Championships
Allison Steffey // Distance // West Lafayette, Ind. // West Lafayette HS
PRs: 1600m – 5:08 // 3200m – 11:09 // 5000m – 18:51 (XC)
Three-time IHSAA State Championship Qualifier in cross country
Top finish at the IHSAA Cross Country State Championship was 31st in 2019
Part of 4x800m relay team that placed first at the 2019 IHSAA State Championships
Brooklynn Williams // Sprints // South Bend, Ind. // Washington HS
PRs: 100m – 12.64 // 200m – 26.60
2022 IHSAA State Championship Qualifier in the 100m
Top-five finishes at regionals in the 100m in 2021 and 2022
Collette Wolfe // Sprints/Hurdles // Waterloo, Ontario, Canada // South Dakota State
PRs: 60m – 7.59 // 100m – 11.88 // 200m – 25.24 // 60m Hurdles – 8.80 // 100m Hurdles – 14.05
Runner-up at the 2021 Summit League Outdoor Championships in the 4x100m relay, fourth at the 2022 Summit League Outdoor Championships
Fourth at the 2022 Summit League Indoor Championships in the 60m
Fourth at the 2021 Summit League Outdoor Championships in the 100m
Seventh at the 2021 Summit League Indoor Championships in the 60m
Eighth at the 2022 Summit League Outdoor Championships in both the 100m and 100m hurdles
Kyra Young // Distance // Mishawaka, Ind. // Mishawaka HS // Vincennes
PRs: 800m – 2:26 // 1500m – 4:58 // Mile – 5:28 // 5000m – 19:15 (XC)
Ninth in the distance medley relay and 10th in the mile at the 2021 NJCAA Indoor Championships
11th at the 2020 NJCAA Cross Country Championships
14th in the distance medley relay and 18th in the mile at the 2022 NJCAA Indoor Championships
14th in the 1500m at the 2021 NJCAA Outdoor Championships
Sophia Yovanovich // Multi // Lebanon, Ind. // Zionsville HS
PRs: 60m – 7.75 // 100m – 11.82 // 200m – 25.08 // 60m Hurdles – 9.83 // 100m Hurdles – 15.16 // LJ – 18-01.75
2022 IHSAA State Champion in the 4x100m
Runner-up at the 2022 IHSAA State Championship in the 100m
16th at the 2022 IHSAA State Championship in the long jump
FOOTBALL TABBED GLVC FAVORITE BY LEAGUE COACHES
LEBANON, Ill. – The 2022 Great Lakes Valley Conference Preseason Football Coaches Poll was released Friday, with the UIndy football team voted as the preseason favorite. The announcement was made in conjunction with the annual GLVC Football Kickoff event, held on the campus of McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill.
The poll featured the league’s seven football-playing schools, with UIndy receiving 36 points and the maximum six first-place votes (coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team). The Greyhounds return 14 starters – eight offensive, six defensive – from last year’s 7-4 campaign. UIndy finished second to only Lindenwood in last fall’s final GLVC standings. The Lions have since left the league to start their transition to NCAA Division I.
Truman garnered the remaining first-place nod, with its 31 points good for second in the poll. McKendree (22) and Southwest Baptist (20) rounded out the top four.
Overall, the Greyhounds have captured a league-best seven conference titles since the GLVC first began sponsoring football in 2012. The 2022 UIndy football schedule gets underway Sep. 3 when the Hounds host non-conference Saint Xavier under the lights at Key Stadium.
2022 GLVC PRESEASON POLL
1. UIndy (6) 36
2. Truman (1) 31
3. McKendree 22
4. Southwest Baptist 20
5. Missouri S&T 18
6. Quincy 14
7. William Jewell 6
MARIAN FOOTBALL RANKED NO. 5 IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL AMERICA YEARBOOK’S PRESEASON POLL
INDIANAPOLIS – With the start of a new football season right around the corner, the Marian University football team was included on an early preseason poll. The 2022 College Football America Yearbook NAIA Preseason Top 30 was released late Thursday night, showing the Knights as the No. 5 ranked team in the NAIA. The No. 5 ranking matches Marian’s NAIA Postseason Poll ranking, released last December.
Marian’s preseason ranking for the College Football America Yearbook is their second highest ranking in the last three seasons, one spot behind the 2020-2021 Knights team that ranked No. 4 in the preseason edition. Marian was ranked No. 6 in the 2021 preseason poll.
Marian (2021: 9-3, 6-1) is one of six MSFA teams to receive the preseason recognition, and holds the highest ranking of all MSFA teams. Concordia (2021: 9-2, 6-1) is ranked one spot behind the Knights at No. 6, with Indiana Wesleyan (2021:7-3, 3-4) ranked No. 9. St. Francis (Ind.) (2021: 3-6, 2-5) holds the No. 12 spot on the list, rounding out teams from the Mideast division. On the Midwest side, Saint Xavier (2021: 8-3, 6-1) comes in at No. 14, while St. Francis (Ill.) (2021: 6-3, 6-1) completes the MSFA representation at No. 29.
The Knights’ season will begin on September 3 at 1:05 p.m. when they take on Madonna, beginning MSFA Mideast play in week one for the first time since the 2008 season. Head coach Mark Henninger returns eight full-time starters from both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball in 2022, as well as the three starting specialists from the 2021 team that went 9-3 and reached the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals.
The official NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll will be released on Monday, August 1.
2022 College Football America NAIA Preseason Top 30
2. Lindsey Wilson
3. Grand View
4. Northwestern (IA)
6. Concordia-Ann Arbor
9. Indiana Wesleyan
10. Southwestern (KS)
11. Dickinson State
12. Saint Francis (IN)
14. Saint Xavier
15. Kansas Wesleyan
16. Ottawa (AZ)
17. Georgetown (KY)
18. Central Methodist
19. Bethel (KS)
20. Montana Western
21. Arizona Christian
22. Rocky Mountain
26. College of Idaho
27. Benedictine (KS)
28. Peru State
29. St. Francis (IL)
30. Carroll (MT)
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1913 Ivey Wingo swipes second, third, and home in the Cardinals’ 9-1 rout of Boston at Robison Field in St. Louis. The Redbirds’ catcher accomplishes the stolen base cycle in the same frame, stealing all three bases in the bottom of the second inning.
1917 At Griffith Stadium, the Tigers collect 21 hits during a 16-4 rout of Washington. Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Ossie Vitt batting second, third, and fourth, respectively, each enjoy a 5-for-5 day at the plate.
1930 In the first night game ever played by a major league team, the American Association’s Indianapolis Indians defeat the Reds in an exhibition game, 17-5. The big floodlights used to illuminate West Washington Street Park make it difficult for the players to judge distances when fielding balls in play.
1933 Dizzy Dean sets a modern major league record when he strikes out 17 in the Cardinals’ 8-2 victory over the Cubs. Batterymate Jimmie Wilson also sets a new mark by recording 18 putouts in the Sportsman’s Park contest.
1947 Ewell Blackwell’s 16-game winning streak ends when the Giants defeat the Reds in ten innings, 6-5. During his run, ‘the Whip’ completes every game and throws five shutouts, including a no-hitter.
1951 Retired Hall of Famer Ty Cobb testifies in front of Emanuel Celler’s Congressional committee in Washington, D.C. The ‘Georgia Peach’ denies the reserve clause makes ‘peons’ out of baseball players and says that it is necessary to keep the competitive balance in the game.
1959 At Seals Stadium, Willie McCovey collects four hits, including two triples, in four at-bats in his major league debut. The Giant freshman first baseman, who will be selected the league’s Rookie of the Year despite his late call-up, will hit 13 home runs in just 52 games.
1960 “Most people my age are dead at the present time.” – CASEY STENGEL, quipping about being a septuagenarian. Despite the rainout at Yankee Stadium, Yankee manager Casey Stengel celebrates his 70th birthday in the Bronx ballpark, with his wife Edna and GM George Weiss enjoying the festivities. The ‘Old Professor’ and Connie Mack will be the only two skippers to manage into their seventies until being joined by Jack McKeon, who pilots the Marlins to a World Championship in 2003, as well as Frank Robinson (2002-2006) and Davey Johnson (2011-2013), both leading the Nationals.
1962 After leaving the team bus to find a restroom three days ago and trying to fly to Israel, pitcher Gene Conley returns to the Red Sox, after sending a telegram yesterday to manager Mike Higgins explaining he was tired and had other plans. Boston owner Tom Yawkey fines the AWOL player $2000, refunding the money at the end of the season when the right-hander keeps his promise to rededicate himself to the team.
1966 In the fifth season of the franchise’s existence, the Mets experience their first winning month when they beat Chicago at Shea Stadium, 6-3. With another victory tomorrow, the Amazins will finish July with an 18-14 record.
1968 In a 10-1 loss to the Indians, Senator shortstop Ron Hansen becomes the eighth major leaguer and the first since 1927 to execute an unassisted triple play. All five American League unassisted triple killings have included a Cleveland player.
1969 Mets manager Gil Hodges, with his team trailing 8-0 in the third inning of the nightcap against the Astros, walks past Nolan Ryan on the mound and continues into the Shea Stadium outfield, where he asks Cleon Jones to leave the game after a brief conversation with the left fielder. At the time, reports indicate the star player suffered a leg injury fielding Johnny Edwards’ double, with many believing the skipper demonstrating he would not tolerate lack of hustle on his team.
1969 Braves’ catcher Bob Tilllman hits three consecutive home runs, going deep in the second, fourth, and sixth-innings, all hit off southpaw starter Grant Jackson. The 32-year-old light-hitting backstop’s offensive output helps Atlanta beat the Phillies in the opener of a twin bill at Connie Mack Stadium, 6-3.
1969 The Astros, nursing a slim two-run lead starting the top of the ninth, rout the Mets,16-3, scoring 11 runs thanks to seven hits, four walks, one passed ball. Houston becomes the third major league team to hit two grand slams in one inning when Denis Menke and Jimmy Wynn each go deep in the first game of a Shea Stadium twin bill.
1971 John Kennedy comments, ‘Looks like we’ve got our own spaceman,’ when he is unable to get to his locker through the crowd of reporters talking with southpaw Bill Lee about the Apollo 15 moon landing, The Red Sox utility infielder’s nickname Spaceman sticks, a moniker his eccentric teammate never fully embraces, claiming Mother Earth as always been his priority.
1973 Freshman Ranger right-hander Jim Bibby, a Vietnam veteran, becomes the 14th rookie to throw a no-hitter and becomes the first hurler in franchise history to accomplish the feat. The 28-year-old right-hander, obtained in a June 6th trade with the Cardinals, strikes out 13 batters while holding the World Champions A’s hitless in a 3-0 Texas victory at the Oakland Coliseum.
1975 Jose Sosa becomes the first Astros player in the 14-year history of the franchise to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The relief pitcher belts a three-run homer off Danny Frisella during an 8-4 victory over the Padres at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium.
1975 Pat Darcy goes the distance, beating San Francisco at Riverfront Stadium, 6-1. The contest is the first complete game thrown by a Reds pitcher in 45 consecutive starts by the Cincinnati staff, snapping their record streak without one.
1980 During a workout at the Astrodome, Houston hurler J.R. Richard, who had complained about a dead feeling in his arm on several occasions, suffers a stroke attempting to throw for the first time since being hospitalized for tests. Emergency surgery removes a blood clot behind his right collarbone, but the Astros’ fireballer will never pitch in the major leagues again.
1982 The first-place Braves remove Chief Noc-A-Homa’s tipi from the unoccupied section of the bleachers so that the team can make more seats available during sellouts. After the team blows a 10.5 game lead, losing 19 out of its next 21 games, the fans will pressure the management to reinstate the mascot’s home, a move that appears to end the skid for the eventual division champs.
1987 Although Bulova promised a watch to any player hitting the clock high above the Ebbets Field scoreboard, Bama Rowell of the Braves didn’t receive the timepiece, whose 1946 blast inspired the glass-shattering homer by Roy Hobbs, Bernard Malamud’s hero in The Natural. The company corrects the injustice more than 40 years later when the former outfielder receives his wristwatch on ‘Bama Rowell’ Day in Citronella (AL), the honoree’s hometown.
1988 John Franco establishes the major league record for the most saves in the month when he records the final two outs in Cincinnati’s 2-0 victory over San Diego at Jack Murphy Stadium. The Reds’ reliever, who retires future Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar and Tony Gwynn to record his 13th save in June, betters the mark he had shared with Sparky Lyle, Bruce Sutter, and Bob Stanley.
1990 In a stunning decision made by George Steinbrenner, the Yankee owner agrees to go on the permanent ineligible list, amounting to a virtual lifetime ban from the team’s day-to-day operation. ‘The Boss,’ reinstated in 1993, agrees to the dire consequences of the “agreement,” not wanting to jeopardize his relationship with U.S. Olympic Committee if he were to be “suspended” from the game.
1990 As word begins to circulate at Yankee Stadium about the permanent removal of George Steinbrenner as the owner of the team, many of the 24,037 fans in attendance start chanting, “No More George! No More George!” After a long day of turmoil, the ‘Boss’ learns of the fans’ glee, much to his chagrin, when he watches the 11 p.m. local television news.
1996 The Giants trade starting pitcher Mark Leiter to the Expos in exchange for Kirk Rueter. ‘Woody’ will compile a 105-70 record during his ten-year tenure with San Francisco, while Al’s right-handed brother will post a 4-2 mark during his one season playing north of the border.
1999 Paul Byrd of the Phillies plunks Braves catcher Eddie Perez on the back, precipitating a bench-clearing brawl between the two already unfriendly ball clubs. With the battle raging on, the angry batter overhears the two instigators praying together when the pitcher’s prayer for forgiveness.
2001 The Twins get Mets starter Rick Reed for outfielder and leadoff batter Matt Lawton. The 36-year-old right-hander, a member of the National League All-Star team this season, had compiled an 8-6 record with a 3.86 ERA with New York before the deal.
2003 Battling a 5-for-36 slump, Jose Valentin hits three home runs in a 15-4 victory over the Royals. The White Sox shortstop becomes the first switch-hitter in baseball history to have three-homer games in both the American and National Leagues, having accomplished the feat with the Brewers in 1998.
2003 The Cubs obtain center fielder Doug Glanville from the Rangers in exchange for cash and outfielder/first baseman prospect Jason Fransz, who will not appear in a major league game. The Chicago flychaser will play in only 28 games, hitting just .235 for his new ball club.
2004 In a blockbuster trade, the Marlins deal Brad Penny, Hee Seop Choi, and southpaw prospect Bill Murphy to the Dodgers for backstop Paul Lo Duca, relief pitcher Guillermo Mota, and much-traveled outfielder Juan Encarnacion.
2006 The Yankees trade four minor leaguers (shortstop C.J. Henry, southpaw Matt Smith, catcher Jesus Sanchez, and right-hander Carlos Monasterios) to the Phillies for outfielder Bobby Abreu and right-hander Cory Lidle. New York assumes the responsibility of Abreu’s contract, which includes the remaining portion of the $13.5 million for this season, $15.5 million for next year, and a $16 million option for 2008 with a $2 million buyout.
2006 Eighteen individuals, the largest number ever selected, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. The group consists of 17 persons who had participated in the pre-Negro Leagues or Negro Leagues, including Effa Manley, the first woman to enter the Hall, and Bruce Sutter, the fourth reliever to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
2007 The Hall of Fame induction of Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn takes in front of a record crowd of an estimated 75,000 fans and an unprecedented number of 53 Hall of Famers. Joining the ballplayers on the dais are Denny Matthews, the longtime radio voice of the Royals, the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award given to outstanding broadcasters, and Rick Hummel, beat writer for the Post-Dispatch, the J.G. Taylor Spink Award honoree for his exceptional coverage of the Cardinals.
2008 The Yankees, in need of a catcher due to Jorge Posada’s season-ending surgery, obtain 13-time Gold Glove winner Ivan Rodriguez from the Tigers in exchange for reliever Kyle Farnsworth. The 36-year-old All-Star backstop waives his no-trade clause to go to New York, which completes the deal a day before the trading deadline.
2008 The Royals, with a 4-3 victory at McAfee Coliseum, sweep the A’s in Oakland for the first time in two decades. The last time Kansas City broke out the broom in O-town was in June of 1988.
2008 In a slugfest at Progressive Field, the Tigers defeat the Indians in 13 innings, 14-12. Cleveland catcher Kelly Shoppach’s five extra-base hits in one game, two home runs and three doubles ties a major league record.
2010 The Rockies establish a major league mark by banging out 11 consecutive hits, four singles, four doubles, two homers, and a triple, in the team’s 17-2 clobbering of the Cubs at Coors Field. Colorado sends 18 batters to the plate in their twelve-run eighth inning, collecting a total of 13 hits to set a franchise record in a single frame.
2011 The Orioles trade Derrek Lee to the Pirates in exchange for minor-leaguer Aaron Baker, who will report to Class A Frederick. The Bucs hope their new good-fielding first baseman can provide some pop to the lineup as the team tries to stay in contention in the competitive NL Central Division race.
2011 The Indians announced the team has completed the trade with the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez. The deal sends highly-touted minor league pitchers Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, along with right-handed prospect Joe Gardner and utility player Matt McBride to Colorado, for the Dominican ace, that the Tribe hopes will anchor their rotation down the stretch.
2011 The Indians trade veteran infielder Orlando Cabrera (.244, 4, 38) to the Giants for minor league prospect Thomas Neal. In 60 games with Triple-A Fresno, the Tribe’s newest outfielder hit .295, along with two homers, and drove in 25 runs.
2013 In a three-team, seven-player deal, the Red Sox obtain Jake Peavy from the White Sox, with third baseman Jose Iglesias sent to the Tigers as part of the transaction that includes Avisail Garcia, the player the Red Sox acquired from Detroit, going to Chicago. Boston’s new right-hander gives the eventual World Champs another proven starting pitcher in their rotation, helping to fill the void created by the injury suffered by Clay Buchholz.
2014 Felix Hernandez becomes the first pitcher in major league history to make 14 consecutive starts of at least seven innings pitched, allowing two runs or less. The Mariners right-hander, known as ‘King Felix,’ breaks the record previously held by Tom Seaver, who established the mark in 1971 while pitching for the Mets.
2016 In front of 2,000 fans at Fayetteville’s JP Riddle Stadium, the Coastal Plain League’s SwampDogs became the first team to play nine starters at nine different positions when the team rotates the players during the nine-inning game. The exhibition game against the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League’s Kernersville Bulldogs ends in a 5-5 ten-inning deadlock when both sides run out of players.
2016 “With all due respect to Tom Hanks, there is crying in baseball.” – MIKE PIZZA, responding to his emotional state about being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having his number retired by the Mets.
Mike Piazza, considered by many the greatest-hitting catcher in baseball history, has his number retired by the Mets, a team he played with for eight seasons, batting .296 and slugging 220 home runs. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee is the second person, along with right-hander Tom Seaver (41), honored for what he accomplished as a player for the team, joining managers Gil Hodges (14) and Casey Stengel (37) and baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson’s (42).
2016 The Indians induct Jim Thome, Albert Belle, Frank Robinson, and Charlie Jamieson into the team’s Hall of Fame, bringing the number of honorees enshrined to 44. Thome, the team’s all-time home run leader; Belle, the first 50-50 major leaguer; Robinson, the first black manager in baseball history; and Jamieson, a .303 hitter during his 18 years with the Tribe, are feted during a ceremony at Progressive Field.
2017 Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre collects his 3000th hit when he doubles in the fourth inning in the Rangers’ 10-6 loss to the Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The twenty-year veteran, who has also spent time with the Dodgers, Mariners, and the Red Sox, is the first-ever Dominican-born player to reach the coveted milestone.
2017 Ryan Zimmerman becomes Washington D.C.’s all-time home run leader with his 238th career round-tripper, surpassing former Senator outfielder and first baseman Frank Howard. The Nationals’ first baseman’s third-inning 341-foot dinger, a three-run shot, ties the score in the team’s eventual 10-6 loss to the visiting Rockies in the first game of a twin bill.
2020 Indian right-hander Shane Bieber matches a major league mark for strikeouts through two starts in a season, equaling Dodger Karl Spooner’s record, who fanned 27 batters in consecutive games at the beginning of his rookie season in 1954. The 25-year-old Cleveland hurler, who whiffed 14 batters on Opening Day, punches out another 13 batters en route to throwing eight shutout innings in the team’s 2-0 victory over the Twins at Target Field.
2021 The Western-Division leading Giants acquire Kris Bryant from the Cubs for minor league prospects, outfielder Alexander Canario and right-hander Caleb Kilian. The 29-year-old All-Star third baseman, the 2016 NL’s MVP who helped Chicago capture their first World Series title in 108 years, becomes emotional in the visitors’ dugout in Washington upon learning of the deal.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1939
The Cincinnati Reds returned to the big show for the first time since 1919 when they were the beneficiaries of the famous “Black Sox Scandal” in which their opponents, the Chicago White Sox, intentionally threw the Series. After a lengthy investigation in 1920, the members of Chicago’s team were amazingly acquitted the following year despite their own confessions (which were recanted later). Many Reds fans later realized that their “championship title” had been tainted and were anxious to see their team win one on their own terms. Their sudden rise to the top of the National League was more than impressive (after finishing at the bottom of the National League in 1937) and their “Cinderella season” featured the two winningest pitchers in all of baseball. Bucky Walters led the major-leagues with twenty-seven wins and Paul Derringer backed him up with twenty-five of his own. For their opponents, the perennial championship Yankees, it was business as usual. New York finished the regular season with a 106-45 record and won their fourth consecutive pennant by seventeen games.
Reds manager, Bill McKechnie, went with Derringer for Game 1 and Joe McCarthy selected Series regular, Red Ruffing. The Yankee veteran played true to form with an opening four-hit, 2-1 victory that featured a last-inning, tie-breaker on a Bill Dickey single. Cincinnati was down, but not out as they had shown that they could stand tall against the 3x defending champions. Unfortunately for Reds fans, nothing changed the following day as Monte Pearson beat out Walters with a two-hit, 4-0 masterpiece that put his team up two games-to-none. Babe Dahlgren (who had replaced Lou Gehrig for the Yankees) doubled and homered in support. The first-baseman had taken over May 2 when failing health and an accompanying decline in skills had forced the “Iron Horse” out of the New York lineup after 2,130 consecutive games. Not since 1923 had the Yankees engaged in postseason play without Gehrig and fans and players alike dearly missed his presence.
For Game 3, the Reds came out swinging and finally generated some offense against the Yankees pitching staff while out-hitting the Bronx Bombers by more than a 2-to-1 margin. However, as in most sports, “quality” mattered more than “quantity” as all ten of Cincinnati’s hits resulted in mere singles. New York, on the other hand, got two-run homers from rookie Charlie Keller in the first and fifth innings, a two-run blast from Joe DiMaggio (who batted a career-high .381 in the regular season) in the third and a bases-empty shot from Bill Dickey in the fifth. The final was a 7-3 romp that put the Yanks one game away from their fourth consecutive championship.
Game 4 was a tense 0-0 standoff until the seventh, when Charlie Keller and Bill Dickey both launched bases-empty homers off of the returning Derringer. The Reds quickly answered back in their half of the inning for three unearned runs off reliever Steve Sundra, who had replaced ailing starter Oral Hildebrand in the fifth. Johnny Murphy tacked on an “insurance” run in the eighth, but shortstop Billy Myers’ error on Dickey’s potential double-play ball in the ninth enabled the Yankees to move within one. Then, New York scored again when DiMaggio beat a throw to the plate on Joe Gordon’s grounder for the 4-4 tie. With runners on the corners and one out in the tenth, “Joe D” came up big again and singled to right for the game winner. That would have been trouble enough for Cincinnati, but rightfielder Ival Goodman misplayed the ball and another run headed home. That, too, would have been trouble enough for Cincinnati, but catcher Ernie Lombardi not only failed to hold Goodman’s throw to the plate, but he also was knocked down by the onrushing Keller and the ball rolled away.
As a result, DiMaggio was able to circle the bases untouched, as the Reds’ receiver lay stunned. “Schnozz’s snooze” the play was called, and it won a special place in baseball folklore despite its minimal impact overall. In the bottom of the tenth, Cincinnati managed to send the tying run to the plate three times, but were unable to finish the job as Johnny Murphy protected the Yankees’ 7-4 lead for their second consecutive sweep, and fourth consecutive World Series title. Keller, the Series star, led the contest in runs scored (eight), hits (seven), home runs (three), runs batted in (six) and batting average (.438). In the end, the Yankees had won thirteen of their last fourteen Series games and twenty-eight of their last thirty-one games in baseball’s premier event.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1950
As the All-Star game entered its third decade, the National League was tired of being baseball’s perennial loser. Trailing 12-4 in All-Star Games and losing the three previous World Series, the National League did not have the fans or American League players respect anymore.
Inspired by their poor showing in the previous decades, the National League resolved to make this year different. The 1950 All-Star Game turned out to be the first to go into extra innings, featured two dramatic home runs and produced some of the finest All-Star pitching ever. As usual, the American League was leading (3-2) in the top of the ninth. Then, Ralph Kiner led off with a long home run that tied the score and set the stage for a three-inning pitchers’ duel.
Larry Jansen pitched for the National League into the eleventh inning while giving up one hit in five innings. Allie Reynolds matched him, taking the American League into the twelfth and giving up one hit over three innings. Pitcher Ted Gray took over for the American League in the thirteenth and maintained the status quo. In the fourteenth, however, the National League fired another leadoff rocket off the bat of Red Schoendienst. He was an unlikely hero as he had sat for ten innings while Jackie Robinson played second. Entering the game defensively in the eleventh, Schoendienst stepped up in the fourteenth and homered into the left-field stands. Even more disheartening was the American League loss of Ted Williams. While making a running catch of a Kiner drive in the first inning, he ran into the wall and broke his elbow. He stayed in the game, visibly injured, and went one-for-four. Later he underwent surgery and didn’t play again until September 15. The National League had gone the distance and made a statement. Finally, they had established a momentum that would last for several years.
TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY
July 30, 1928 – From his home in Rochester, NY; film and camera innovator of Kodak fame, George Eastman, first demonstrates his color motion pictures to a group that includes famous inventor Thomas Edison. The first color home movie night! Eastman and Edison both had major contributions that allow us to see color video, including football related items to this day.
July 30, 1971 – The NFL Champion Baltimore Colts overcame the College team 24-17 in front of 52,289 of paid attendance at the Chicago College All-Star game at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be Richard Harris the defensive end from Grambling State.
July 30, 1988 – Arena Bowl II is played at All State Arena in Rosemont, Illinois as the Detroit Drive outlasts the Chicago Bruisers 24-13. Steve Griffin is voted as the games MVP. The Arena Football League was founded in 1987 and operated as a league in one form or fashion until 2019, making it the third longest running North American football league of all time behind only the CFL & the NFL. The fast paced, pass happy style of play provided an avenue for fans to enjoy the game of football in doors out of the throws of winter weather.
July 30, 1977 – Three big stars of mid-century football were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Bart Starr, Frank Gifford & Gale Sayers were all deservedly represented with bronze busts placed in the Canton, Ohio’s famous Gridiron museum of legends.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS FOR JULY 30
July 30, 1903 – Sacramento, California – Vic Hanson was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973 as he excelled at End for Syracuse University per the NFF. He was such a good athlete that he not only played football, baseball and basketball for Syracuse but he was the captain of each team! In fact he is the only person to be in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame!
July 30, 1924 – New York, New York – George Savitsky was a two way tackle from the University of Pennsylvania who was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in the class of 1991 by the National Football Foundation. George was unique too as he became a four-time All-America selection in 1945, the first player to do so since 1901. Savitski played in the East-West Shrine Game as a freshman, sophomore and senior becoming the only player ever chosen for the game three times, and he was named to the all-time Shrine team. He later played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles. Many experts consider Mr. Savitsky to be one of the best tackles to play both sides of the ball in the history of college football.
July 30, 1948 – Cleveland, Ohio – Jim Mandrich was a tight end out of the University of Michigan that ended up being selected to enter the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. According to the FootballFoundation.org, unanimous First Team All-America and team captain in 1969, Mandrich was named the team’s Most Valuable Player while leading the Wolverines to a Big Ten Conference Co-Championship and Rose Bowl appearance. A two-time First Team All-Conference pick, he twice led Michigan in receptions and yardage. After graduation Mandrich ended up playing on Sunday’s for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and later for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
FAMOUS NUMBERS JULY 30
41 – 47 – 33 – 44 – 10 – 4 – 11 – 24 – 22 – 31 -18 –
July 30, 1937 – Philadelphia Phillies Dolph Camilli, played 1st base and did not register any put outs for the entire game, Dolph would wear the Number 41 in just a few short years from then.
July 30, 1947 – Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Ewell Blackwell, Number 47 had his record-breaking 16 game winning streak ends, losing to NY Giants 5-4
July 30, 1954 – Bob Kennedy, Number 33 hit the first grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles franchise, The New version of the Orioles started operations in 1954 when the St Louis Browns moved to Baltimore and assumed the name vacated in the early twentieth century when the original Orioles folded and were moved to New York to become the Highlanders.
July 30, 1959 – In his MLB debut, SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman wearing Number 44, Willie McCovey went 4-for-4 in a 7-2 win over Philadelphia Phillies at Seal Stadium
July 30, 1966 – In FIFA World Cup Final action at Wembley Stadium, London, England. British Striker Geoff Hurst, wearing the celebrated Number 10 jersey scored a hat trick as England beats West Germany, 4-2 after extra time was added to the contest.
July 30, 1968 – Washington Senator shortstop Ron Hansen, Number 4 made the 8th unassisted triple-play in MLB history and first in 41 years as Senators lose, 10-1 to Cleveland Indians
July 30, 1969 – Houston Astros Denis Menke, Number 11 and Jim Wynn, wearing Number 24 each hit grand slam homeruns in 9th inning vs the New York Mets
July 30, 1973 – Texas Rangers Jim Bibby, Number 22 no-hit the first-place Oakland A’s, and supported a Rangers 6-0 victory
July 30, 1988 – Cincinnati Reds pitcher John Franco, Number 31 set a record of 13 saves in just a 1 month period
July 30, 1991 – Boston Red Sox Carlos Quintana, Number 18 was 11th MLB player in history to reach 6 RBIs in a single inning. It was his 3rd inning performance against the Texas Rangers in a Sox 11-6 victory. Most of the damage was done with a grand slam off of baseball legend Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd.
July 30, 1995 – Richie Ashburn, Number 1 and long-time Number 20, Mike Schmidt were enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1844 1st US yacht club – NY Yacht Club organized by John Cox Stevens and 8 friends aboard the Gimcrack
1874 1st baseball teams to play outside US, Boston-Philadelphia in British Isles
1884 Nonpareil Dempsey [John Edward Kelly] fights George Fulljames, possibly the 1st middleweight fight with boxing gloves
1905 3rd Tour de France won by Louis Trousselier of France
1908 Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris
1909 John Heyder becomes president of baseball’s National League
1911 9th Tour de France won by Gustave Garrigou of France
1930 1st FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay: Uruguay beats Argentina, 4-2 in the inaugural event
1932 X Summer Olympic Games open in Los Angeles, USA
1933 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Fred Perry beats André Merlin 4-6, 8-6, 6-2, 7-5 to give Great Britain a 3-2 victory over France; ends French 6 title win streak
1937 Phillies Dolph Camilli, plays 1st base and registers no put outs
1939 Tour de France: Sylvère Maes of Belgium wins his 3rd title from Frenchman René Vietto
1947 Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Ewell Blackwell record-breaking 16 game winning streak ends, losing to NY Giants 5-4
1948 Czech distance running legend Emil Zátopek wins the 10,000m at the London Olympics in 29:59.6, an Olympic record
1951 Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes peons of baseball players
1959 In his MLB debut, SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4 in a 7-2 win over Philadelphia Phillies at Seal Stadium
1960 1st AFL preseason game Boston Patriots defeat Bills in Buffalo (28-7)
1962 33rd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Wrigley Field, Chicago, MVP: Leon Wagner (LA Angels)
1965 Milwaukee manager Bobby Bragan says his pitchers threw 75 to 80 spitballs in a 9-2 loss to the Giants
1966 FIFA World Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Striker Geoff Hurst scores a hat trick as England beats West Germany, 4-2 after extra time
1968 Washington shortstop Ron Hansen makes 8th unassisted triple-play in MLB history and first in 41 years as Senators lose, 10-1 to Cleveland Indians
1969 Astros Denis Menke and Jim Wynn hit grandslams in 9th inn vs Mets
1971 38th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Baltimore 24, All Stars 17 (52,289)
1973 Texas Rangers Jim Bibby no-hits 1st-place Oakland, 6-0
1976 Japanese beat Russian for Olympic gold in woman’s volleyball
1976 Future TV personality (‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’) and transgender figure, Bruce Jenner (now Caitlin Jenner) sets WR 8,618 points to win decathlon gold at Montreal Olympics
1978 Expos crush Braves, 19-0, collecting 28 hits & NL-record-tying 8 HRs
1980 Houston Astros pitcher J. R. Richard suffers a stroke and collapses while playing a game of catch before an Astros game, ending his career
1980 American swimmers Mary T Meagher (2.06.37) and Craig Beardsley (1.58.21) both set 200m butterfly world records at the US National Swimming Championships at Irvine, California
1982 Atlanta Braves remove Chief Noc-A-Homa to make room for more seats
1983 Weight lifter Sergei Didyk of USSR jerks a record 261 kg
1988 Cincinnati Reds pitcher John Franco sets a record of 13 saves in 1 month
1990 George Steinbrenner is forced by Commissioner of Baseball Fay Vincent to resign as principal partner of NY Yankees
1991 Red Sox Carlos Quintana is 11th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (3rd)
1992 Yael Arad becomes Israel’s first ever Olympic medalist when she wins silver in the women’s 61kg judo in Barcelona; 20th anniversary of Munich massacre and 500th anniversary of Alhambra Decree
1995 Dominic Cork takes hat-trick in England Test Cricket win v WI
1995 Lara completes 5th Test Cricket century, 145 at Old Trafford
1995 Richie Ashburn and Mike Schmidt enter baseball’s Hall of Fame
1995 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Brian Barnes of Scotland wins in a playoff with American Bob Murphy
1996 Tommy Lasoda retires as LA Dodger manager
2006 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Turnberry: American Loren Roberts wins in a playoff with Eduardo Romero of Argentina
2012 General Motors (Chevrolet) sign a record breaking 7 year $559 million sponsorship deal with EPL club Manchester United
2017 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Royal Porthcawl: Bernhard Langer of Germany wins his 3rd Open Senior title by 3 shots from Corey Pavin
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|NY Yankees||68||33||.673||–||39 – 12||29 – 21||32 – 16||21 – 6||10 – 6||5 – 5||W 2|
|Toronto||55||45||.550||12.5||32 – 21||23 – 24||19 – 18||14 – 11||15 – 11||8 – 2||L 1|
|Tampa Bay||53||47||.530||14.5||31 – 19||22 – 28||24 – 20||7 – 12||12 – 9||3 – 7||L 2|
|Baltimore||51||49||.510||16.5||29 – 20||22 – 29||20 – 24||11 – 13||12 – 8||6 – 4||W 2|
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|Cleveland||51||48||.515||1||25 – 19||26 – 29||9 – 12||25 – 21||9 – 8||6 – 4||W 1|
|Chi White Sox||49||50||.495||3||21 – 28||28 – 22||14 – 15||20 – 21||7 – 10||5 – 5||L 2|
|Detroit||41||60||.406||12||25 – 27||16 – 33||8 – 15||19 – 26||4 – 11||4 – 6||W 1|
|Kansas City||39||61||.390||13.5||22 – 30||17 – 31||7 – 15||18 – 20||10 – 18||3 – 7||L 4|
|Houston||66||35||.653||–||32 – 14||34 – 21||8 – 8||16 – 4||34 – 19||7 – 3||W 2|
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|Chi Cubs||41||58||.414||14.5||20 – 32||21 – 26||7 – 6||22 – 21||8 – 19||7 – 3||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||40||60||.400||16||21 – 27||19 – 33||7 – 13||18 – 29||13 – 11||2 – 8||L 5|
|Cincinnati||38||61||.384||17.5||22 – 32||16 – 29||7 – 11||14 – 22||8 – 21||4 – 6||L 2|
|LA Dodgers||67||32||.677||–||35 – 15||32 – 17||12 – 11||17 – 6||27 – 11||8 – 2||W 3|
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|San Francisco||49||51||.490||18.5||27 – 23||22 – 28||14 – 13||12 – 11||16 – 21||2 – 8||L 1|
|Arizona||45||54||.455||22||27 – 27||18 – 27||14 – 12||10 – 11||15 – 27||6 – 4||L 1|
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X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot