INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
ADAMS CENTRAL 48, JAY COUNTY 7
ALEXANDRIA 41, ELWOOD 6
ANDERSON 26, MARION 16
ANDREAN 55, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL 0
ANGOLA 26, WEST NOBLE 7
BATESVILLE 13, RUSHVILLE 7
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 45, NEW ALBANY 21
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 45, BLOOMINGTON NORTH 7
BLUFFTON 27, WOODLAN 6
BOONE GROVE 45, HAMMOND BISHOP NOLL 0
BOONVILLE 13, NORTH KNOX 7, OT
BREBEUF JESUIT 28, GUERIN CATHOLIC 7
BROWNSBURG 60, AVON 21
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 26, SALEM 12
CALUMET 39, WHITING 6
CARMEL 34, PIKE 14
CARROLL (FLORA) 43, SOUTHERN WELLS 6
CASCADE 74, CLOVERDALE 0
CASTLE 21, EVANSVILLE HARRISON 8
CATHEDRAL 38, BISHOP CHATARD 0
CENTER GROVE 35 BEN DAVIS 34
CENTERVILLE 42, WINCHESTER 6
CENTRAL NOBLE 20, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0
CHARLESTOWN 39, NORTH HARRISON 13
CINCINNATI ST. XAVIER (OH) 35, PENN 10
CLINTON PRAIRIE 54, TRI-CENTRAL 28
COLUMBIA CITY 41, HUNTINGTON NORTH 0
COLUMBUS EAST 49, JENNINGS COUNTY 0
CORYDON CENTRAL 28, SCOTTSBURG 7
COVENANT CHRISTIAN 73, NORTH PUTNAM 34
CRISPUS ATTUCKS 22, CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL 13
CROWN POINT 35, LAKE CENTRAL 10
CULVER 18, WEST CENTRAL 0
DANVILLE 49, CRAWFORDSVILLE 6
DECATUR CENTRAL 17, MARTINSVILLE 14
EAST CENTRAL 54, FRANKLIN COUNTY 0
EAST NOBLE 56, DEKALB 33
EASTBROOK 29, FRANKTON 24
EASTERN (GREENTOWN) 48, TAYLOR 20
EASTERN GREENE 56, MITCHELL 30
EASTSIDE 28, CHURUBUSCO 6
EDINBURGH 19, SWITZERLAND COUNTY 0
ELKHART 41 SB WASHINGTON 0
ERIE MASON (MI) 44, FREMONT 0
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 22, EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 6
EVANSVILLE REITZ 38, EVANSVILLE NORTH 15
FAIRFIELD 21, SOUTHPORT 12
FLOYD CENTRAL 22, SEYMOUR 15
FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER 14, HOMESTEAD 10
FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS 41, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN 14
FORT WAYNE CARROLL 38, FORT WAYNE NORTHROP 0
FORT WAYNE NORTH SIDE 45, FORT WAYNE WAYNE 16
FORT WAYNE SNIDER 42, FORT WAYNE SOUTH SIDE 0
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 38, COVINGTON 14
FRONTIER 6, CLINTON CENTRAL 0
GIBSON SOUTHERN 28, SOUTH WARREN (KY) 24
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL 35, PENDLETON HEIGHTS 0
HAGERSTOWN 26, UNION COUNTY 7
HAMILTON HEIGHTS 55, NORTHWESTERN 20
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 28 FISHERS 27 OT
HAMMOND CENTRAL 26, HIGHLAND 0
HANOVER CENTRAL 14, RIVER FOREST 0
HERITAGE 28, SOUTH ADAMS 27
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 49, EASTERN HANCOCK 22
HERITAGE HILLS 55, SOUTH SPENCER 19
HOBART 28, CULVER ACADEMY 14
INDIAN CREEK 55, BROWN COUNTY 0
INDIANA DEAF 53, GEORGE WASHINGTON 6
JASPER 41, EVANSVILLE BOSSE 14
JIMTOWN 20, JOHN GLENN 12
KANKAKEE VALLEY 53, NORTH NEWTON 0
KOKOMO 54, MUNCIE CENTRAL 27
LAFAYETTE HARRISON 38, MCCUTCHEON 3
LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON 80, RICHMOND 0
LAKELAND 20, GARRETT 16
LAPORTE 24, CHESTERTON 21
LAVILLE 41, WINAMAC 0
LAWRENCE CENTRAL 32, WARREN CENTRAL 20
LAWRENCE NORTH 44, NORTH CENTRAL (INDY) 6
LAWRENCEBURG 55, GREENSBURG 0
LEBANON 27, NORTH MONTGOMERY 6
LEO 28, NEW HAVEN 12
LEWIS CASS 21, TIPTON 0
LINTON-STOCKTON 40, SULLIVAN 20
LOGANSPORT 36, ARSENAL TECH 27
LOWELL 27, GRIFFITH 7
LUTHERAN 52, LAPEL 14
MACONAQUAH 53, WHITKO 8
MADISON-GRANT 47, BLACKFORD 0
MERRILLVILLE 35, PORTAGE 13
MILAN 21, MADISON 20, OT
MISHAWAKA 37, GOSHEN 6
MOORESVILLE 42, GREENWOOD 12
MT. VERNON (POSEY) 48, JEFFERSONVILLE 0
MUNSTER 35, HAMMOND MORTON 6
NEW PALESTINE 42, MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) 6
NEW PRAIRIE 34 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 14
NOBLESVILLE HOME SCHOOL 38, PURDUE POLYTECHNIC 28
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) 40, PRINCETON 28
NORTH DAVIESS 49, WASHINGTON 16
NORTH DECATUR 36, SHENANDOAH 0
NORTH JUDSON 26, KNOX 0
NORTH POSEY 35, TELL CITY 7
NORTH WHITE 7, TRI-COUNTY 0
NORTHEASTERN 83, CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN 6
NORTHVIEW 41, WEST VIGO 6
NORTHWOOD 42, NORTHRIDGE 7
NORWELL 48, BELLMONT 0
OAK HILL 45, MISSISSINEWA 22
OWEN VALLEY 57, EDGEWOOD 7
PARK TUDOR 47, TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 42
PARKE HERITAGE 46, ATTICA 6
PERRY CENTRAL 49, PAOLI 26
PERU 19, NORTH MIAMI 8
PIONEER 50, CASTON 12
PLAINFIELD 28, PERRY MERIDIAN 14
PROVIDENCE 42, CLARKSVILLE 20
RENSSELAER CENTRAL 34, TWIN LAKES 7
ROCHESTER 52, WABASH 13
RONCALLI 38, COLUMBUS NORTH 17
SCECINA 32, BEECH GROVE 0
SEEGER 35, RIVERTON PARKE 22
SHELBYVILLE 22, NEW CASTLE 20
SHERIDAN 47, DELPHI 14
SHORTRIDGE 44, TINDLEY 26
SILVER CREEK 55, EASTERN (PEKIN) 46
SOUTH BEND RILEY 42, SOUTH BEND CLAY 0
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 21 SOUTH BEND ADAMS 14
SOUTH DEARBORN 33, CONNERSVILLE 14
SOUTH DECATUR 47, CRAWFORD COUNTY 12
SOUTH NEWTON 54, LAKE STATION 36
SOUTH PUTNAM 35, GREENCASTLE 14
SOUTH VERMILLION 35, NORTH VERMILLION 19
SOUTHMONT 60, FRANKFORT 7
SOUTHRIDGE 53, PIKE CENTRAL 0
SOUTHWOOD 35, NORTHFIELD 21
SPEEDWAY 49, CARDINAL RITTER 0
TECUMSEH 38, FOREST PARK 14
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 56, TERRE HAUTE NORTH 35
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 43, MANCHESTER 13
TRI 55, WES-DEL 0
TRITON 51, BREMEN 10
TRITON CENTRAL 41, MONROVIA 10
TRI WEST 41 WESTERN BOONE 34
WEST WASHINGTON 38, SPRINGS VALLEY 17
WESTERN 49, BENTON CENTRAL 12
WESTFIELD 34, NOBLESVILLE 33
WHEELER 35, SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) 0
WHITELAND 21 FRANKLIN 0
YORKTOWN 35, DELTA 21
ZIONSVILLE 14, FRANKLIN CENTRAL 7
COLLEGE FOOTBALL FRIDAY
LOUISVILLE 20 UCF 14
BOSIE STATE 31 NEW MEXICO 14
WEEK 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10
ALABAMA AT TEXAS | 12 P.M. | FOX
ARKANSAS STATE AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
SOUTHERN MISS AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
SOUTH CAROLINA AT ARKANSAS | 12 P.M. | ESPN
WAKE FOREST AT VANDERBILT | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
MISSOURI AT KANSAS STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
WESTERN ILLINOIS AT MINNESOTA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
DUKE AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | FS1
OHIO AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC
NORTH CAROLINA AT GEORGIA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
UTSA AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT NC STATE | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
SOUTH ALABAMA AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN UTAH AT UTAH | 1:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
LAFAYETTE AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MARSHALL AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC
FURMAN AT CLEMSON | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
APPALACHIAN STATE AT TEXAS A&M | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
TENNESSEE AT PITT | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
WASHINGTON STATE AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
KENNESAW STATE AT CINCINNATI | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
COLORADO AT AIR FORCE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
MEMPHIS AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
SAMFORD AT GEORGIA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
AKRON AT MICHIGAN STATE | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
HOUSTON AT TEXAS TECH | 4 P.M. | FS1
IOWA STATE AT IOWA | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
VIRGINIA AT ILLINOIS | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
INDIANA STATE AT PURDUE | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
WAGNER AT RUTGERS | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
EASTERN KENTUCKY AT BOWLING GREEN | 4 P.M. | ESPN3
NORFOLK STATE AT JAMES MADISON | 4 P.M. | ESPN3
ALABAMA STATE AT UCLA | 5 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
KANSAS AT WEST VIRGINIA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
OLD DOMINION AT EAST CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
HOLY CROSS AT BUFFALO | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
ROBERT MORRIS AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
GARDNER-WEBB AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
SE LOUISIANA AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
UAB AT LIBERTY | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
KENT STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
CENTRAL ARKANSAS AT OLE MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SEC NETWORK+
SYRACUSE AT UCONN | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
WESTERN CAROLINA AT GEORGIA TECH | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX
UMASS AT TOLEDO | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ALCORN STATE AT TULANE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
LAMAR AT SMU | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
HOWARD AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT TULSA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
EASTERN MICHIGAN AT LOUISIANA | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
ALABAMA A&M AT TROY | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
FIU AT TEXAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN AT LOUISIANA TECH | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
ARIZONA STATE AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
USC AT STANFORD | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
SAN JOSE STATE AT AUBURN | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
SOUTHERN AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT NEBRASKA | 7:30 P.M. | FS1
TEXAS SOUTHERN AT NORTH TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3
MCNEESE AT RICE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3
HAWAI’I AT MICHIGAN | 8 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
TARLETON AT TCU | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
IDAHO AT INDIANA | 8 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
BOSTON COLLEGE AT VIRGINIA TECH | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NICHOLLS AT UL MONROE | 8 P.M. | ESPN3
EASTERN WASHINGTON AT OREGON | 8:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
NEW MEXICO STATE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
BAYLOR AT BYU | 10:15 P.M. | ESPN
OREGON STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ARIZONA | 11 P.M. | FS1
NFL WEEK 1
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
NEW YORK GIANTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022
DENVER BRONCOS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS
HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022
TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
ATLANTA 6 SEATTLE 4
BALTIMORE 3 BOSTON 2
TAMPA BAY 4 NY YANKEES 2
TORONTO 4 TEXAS 3
DETROIT 10 KANSAS CITY 2
CLEVELAND 7 MINNESOTA 6
HOUSTON 4 LA ANGELS 3
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 5 OAKLAND 3
CHICAGO CUBS 4 SAN FRANCISCO 2
PITTSBURGH 8 ST. LOUIS 2
MIAMI 6 NY METS 3
PHILADELPHIA 5 WASHINGTON 3
CINCINNATI 8 MILWAUKEE 2
COLORADO 13 ARIZONA 10
SAN DIEGO 5 LA DODGERS 4 (10)
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
INDIANAPOLIS 7 OMAHA 5
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
MONTREAL 2 COLUMBUS 2
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
MLB adopts pitch clock, shift limits, bigger bases for 2023
NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball is introducing some of its most radical rules next season, adopting a pitch clock and limiting defensive shifts after concluding modern analytics created a slower, less entertaining sport.
The decisions were made Friday by the sport’s 11-man competition committee over the unanimous opposition of the panel’s four players. Commissioner Rob Manfred pushed for the innovations along with a management team that included former Boston and Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein, now an MLB consultant.
“The influx of data in our industry,” Epstein said, “have not improved the game from an esthetic standpoint or from an entertainment standpoint. So in my role now, it’s my responsibility to try to look at the big picture, think about what’s great for fans.”
Players supported the third major initiative: larger bases that are expected to lessen injuries and lead to more stolen bases because of a decreased distance of 4 1/2 inches.
Manfred called the rules an attempt to “bring back the best form of baseball.”
“Number one, fans want games with better pace,” he said during a news conference. “Two, fans want more action, more balls in play. And three, fans want to see more of the athleticism of our great players.”
Union head Tony Clark was noticeably absent, as he was at the announcement of an agreement in March that ended a 99-day lockout.
“Players live the game – day in and day out. On-field rules and regulations impact their preparation, performance, and ultimately, the integrity of the game itself,” the union said in a statement. “Major League Baseball was unwilling to meaningfully address the areas of concern that players raised.”
The pitch clock will be set at 15 seconds with no runners on base and 20 seconds with runners – up from the 14/19 tested at Triple-A this season and 14/18 at lower minor league levels.
There will be a limit of two of what MLB calls disengagements – pickoff attempts or steps off the rubber – per plate appearance, and a balk would be called for a third or more unless there is an out. The disengagement limit, which some players predict will beneft baserunners, would be reset if a runner advances.
A catcher is required to be in the catcher’s box with nine seconds left on the clock and a hitter in the batter’s box and focused on the pitcher with eight seconds remaining. Penalties for violations will be a ball called against a pitcher and a strike called against a batter.
A batter can ask an umpire for time once per plate appearance, and after that it would be granted only at the umpire’s discretion if the request is made while in the batter’s box.
The clock, which some players suggested be altered for late and close situations, has helped reduce the average time of a nine-inning game in the minor leagues from 3 hours, 4 minutes in 2021 to 2:38 this season. The average time of a nine-inning game in the major leagues this year is 3:07, up from 2:46 in 1989 and 2:30 in the mid-1950s.
“It reminded me of the game that I grew up watching in the ’70s and ’80,” said former outfielder Raul Ibanez, now an MLB senior vice president.
Two infielders will be required to be on either side of second and all infielders to be within the outer boundary of the infield when the pitcher is on the rubber. Infielders may not switch sides unless there is a substitution, but five-man infields will still be allowed, MLB executive vice president Morgan Sword said.
Shifts have soared from 2,357 times on balls hit in play in 2011 to 28,130 in 2016 and 59,063 last year, according to Sports Info Solutions. Shifts are on pace for 68,000 this season.
“I think fans will cherish the moments absent the extreme defensive shifts when games are decided not by whether their team’s infield is positioned by the perfect algorithm, but by whether their team’s second baseman can range to make an athletic dive playing with everything on the line,” Epstein said.
MLB’s season batting average has dropped from .267 in 1997 to .243 this year, with a team’s average runs declining from 4.77 to 4.33.
“The game has evolved in a way that nobody would have chosen if we were sitting down 25 years ago to chart a path towards the best version of baseball,” Epstein said. “Nobody would have asked for fans to have to wait more than four minutes for balls to be put into play. Nobody would have asked for generational lows and stolen bases, triples and doubles.”
Base size will increase to 18-inch squares from 15 – first basemen are less likely to get stepped on.
In addition, each team will be allowed a sixth mound visit in the ninth inning next year, if it has used five during the first eight innings.
Until last winter, MLB needed one year advance notice to amend on-field rules without union approval but the March lockout settlement established the committee. Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow, Blue Jays infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield and Giants outfielder Austin Slater represented players Friday, a group that included Cubs infielder Ian Happ as an alternate.
“It’s going to be hard on guys. … It’s a shame that that we weren’t taken more seriously,” Merrifield said. “It’s an overcorrect and they’re going to have to tweak it. And that’s just what we were trying to avoid.”
Seattle chairman John Stanton headed the committee, which included include St. Louis CEO Bill DeWitt Jr., San Francisco chairman Greg Johnson, Colorado CEO Dick Monfort, Toronto CEO Mark Shapiro and Boston chairman Tom Werner, along with umpire Bill Miller.
“It’s hard to get consensus among the group of players on changing the game,” Manfred said. “I think at the end of the day what we did here was about giving fans the kind of game they want to see.”
MLB prepared to voluntarily recognize minor league union
NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball is ready to voluntarily accept the formation of a minor league union, a key step that will lead to collective bargaining and possibly a strike threat at the start of next season.
The Major League Baseball Players Association launched the unionization drive on Aug. 28 and told MLB on Tuesday it had obtained signed authorization cards from the approximately 5,500 players with minor league contracts. If MLB had declined to accept the union, the players’ association’s next step would have been to ask the National Labor Relations Board to conduct an authorization election.
“We, I believe, notified the MLBPA today that we’re prepared to execute an agreement on voluntary recognition. I think they’re working on the language as we speak,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said during a news conference Friday to announce on-field rules changes for next season.
Both sides were exchanging language Friday for a proposed card-check agreement. MLB maintains players with Dominican Summer League contracts will not be included in the bargaining unit, while the union would not state its position.
“We are pleased Major League Baseball is moving forward with this process in a productive manner,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement. “While there are significant steps remaining, we are confident discussions will reach a positive outcome.”
Major leaguers negotiated their first collective bargaining agreement in 1968. They have had nine work stoppages during a period of gains that saw the big league average salary rise from $19,000 in 1967 to over $4 million this year. Players on 40-man rosters on option to the minor leagues have been represented by the union since 1981.
The vast majority of minor leaguers have not previously been represented by the union, which intends to form a separate bargaining unit with its own dues and governance structure, such as player representatives and an executive board.
MLB raised weekly minimum salaries for minor leaguers in 2021 to $400 at rookie and short-season levels, $500 at Class A, $600 at Double-A and $700 at Triple-A. For players on option, the minimum is $57,200 per season for a first big league contract and $114,100 for later big league contracts.
In addition, MLB this year began requiring teams to provide housing for most minor leaguers.
MLB and union negotiators have had an acrimonious relationship in recent years, leading to several grievances that remain pending. Manfred and Clark held separate news conferences to announce the agreement that ended the lockout in March, and union officials did not attend MLB’s news conference Friday to announce the adoption of a pitch clock and defensive shift restrictions next season.
The five-year labor agreement expires on Dec. 1, 2026, and MLB could seek a simultaneous expiration for a minor league deal.
The minor leaguers’ greatest leverage may be ahead of opening day, March 31 at Triple-A and April 6 at lower levels, when a strike could lead each team to keep its dozen or so unionized players on option at training complexes playing makeshift games.
Negotiations between Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem and Bruce Meyer, recently promoted to the union’s executive director, have been filled with acrimony.
Braves beat Mariners, alone in 1st for first time all year
SEATTLE (AP) Dansby Swanson hit one of Atlanta’s four home runs and the World Series champion Braves grabbed sole possession of first place for the first time all season with a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Robbie Grossman, Travis d’Arnaud and rookie Michael Harris II also went deep for the streaking Braves, who won their eighth straight and finally jumped a half-game ahead of the Mets in the NL East after chasing them for five months. New York lost 6-3 at Miami earlier in the night.
“That’s why we’re playing these games: trying to win the division,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “That’s our goal. When we left spring training, our No. 1 goal was to win the division. I think they’ve been great in their approach and how they come to work.”
Atlanta was seven games back on Aug. 8 and 10 1/2 behind on June 1. The only previous day this season the Mets did not hold at least a share of the division lead was April 11.
“It shows how dedicated we are to winning and how much we want to win,” Harris said. “We were down 10 games at one point and now we’re leading the East. That was our main goal. We got to it and now we’re just trying to keep it.”
Carlos Santana homered twice for the Mariners, and J.P. Crawford also connected.
Braves starter Charlie Morton (8-5) allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Grossman had three hits and two RBIs.
“I can’t say enough about (Grossman) – just the professional he is, how he shows up every day and he’s ready to go,” Snitker said. “Even if he’s not in the starting lineup, he’s always ready. We’ve been very fortunate this year that those guys at the back end of the lineup have done a lot of damage for us.”
Swanson gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead in the first with a two-run homer off Robbie Ray (12-9), who gave up four runs in five innings.
After a walk to Jesse Winker in the second, Santana tied it with a home run.
Atlanta reclaimed the lead in the fourth when Harris led off with a double and scored on Grossman’s single.
A two-out homer by d’Arnaud in the fifth made it 4-2. Crawford answered with a solo shot in the bottom half, his first home run since June 1.
Harris and Grossman both homered in the sixth to make it 6-3.
“It was the night of the home run, I guess,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “They hit one more than we did. The ball was getting out of here tonight.”
Santana hit his second home run of the game and 14th of the season in the seventh. Seattle then had runners on first and second with two outs, but A.J. Minter struck out Ty France to end the inning.
Raisel Iglesias struck out three in a hitless eighth and Kenley Jansen whiffed two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his 33rd save.
Seattle has lost three of four but is four games ahead of Baltimore for the final American League wild card.
“Carlos kept us in the game,” Servais said. “Carlos had really good at-bats tonight when we needed it. It’s hard to string a lot of hits together against a guy like (Morton), so you’re going to have to hit the long ball, and we did. We were right there in the ballgame.”
The Mariners placed utility player Dylan Moore (oblique) on the 10-day injured list Aug. 30. Servais said Friday that Moore is “feeling better,” but not doing much rotational work or swinging a bat yet. “We’ll find out in the next couple of days where he’s at,” Servais said. “He’s a nice weapon to have. We’ve missed him. We’ll know more once we get through the weekend.”
Braves: LHP Max Fried (13-5, 2.48 ERA) starts the middle game of the interleague series Saturday. He pitched five scoreless innings before a rain delay Sunday during Atlanta’s win over Miami.
Mariners: RHP George Kirby (6-3, 3.15) will take the mound. Kirby was the AL rookie of the month for August after going 4-0 in five starts with a 2.15 ERA.
Hicks benched after missing 2 flies in Yanks’ loss to Rays
NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Hicks was removed midgame after failing to catch consecutive drives to left that landed for run-scoring doubles in the fourth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-2 Friday night to close within 3 1/2 games in the AL East.
“I got benched during the game. That’s rough, especially when all you want to do is produce for your team and,your first two bats are strikeouts,” Hicks said.
Randy Arozarena had an RBI double in the first off Frankie Montas (5-12) to put the Rays ahead to stay.
Wander Franco hit a two-out, two-on drive in the fourth that dropped out of Hicks’ glove along the left-field foul line just in front of the wall. Hicks drooped his head for a few seconds, thinking he caught the ball and the drive was foul, and two runs scored before he reacted and picked up the ball.
“Ball down the line. I thought I caught it. It obviously came out of my glove,” Hicks said. “I thought I was in foul ground and I should have just, as soon as I missed it, got the ball in as fast as possible. I just got beat on the other one.”
Hicks was booed by a sellout crowd of 46,160 that came to Yankee Stadium on a night when former captain Derek Jeter was honored in a pregame ceremony.
“I don’t know how I missed it. It was in my glove and all of a sudden it’s out of my glove,” Hicks said. “Next thing you know, runners are running all around and scoring.”
Arozarena drove the next pitch to left, and Hicks backpedaled a half-dozen steps while taking a bad route on a difficult fly. The ball dropped behind him on the warning track as Franco scored for a 4-0 lead.
“The ball was hit hard right over my head, but if I make the first one we’re out of the inning,” Hicks said.
Rookie Estevan Florial replaced Hicks at the start of the fifth, prompting cheers. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said removing Hicks was not intended to be punitive. The crowd reaction factored in.
“I guess it’s all baked into why I made the decision, feeling like it was having an effect and I just felt like I needed to do it,” Boone said.
In the fourth season of a $70 million, seven-year contract, Hicks struck out twice and is hitting .157 since the All-Star break with two extra-base hits in 122 plate appearances. His season average is .212 with 36 RBIs.
Drew Rasmussen (10-4), reinstated from the paternity list allowed six hits in six scoreless innings, striking out a career-high 10. The Rays have won nine of 10 and 15 of 18.
“It’s the greatest week of my life and that can’t be understated,” Rasmussen said.
Aaron Judge hit an RBI single in the seventh and Kyle Higashioka homered in the ninth off JT Chargois. With Judge on first after a two-out walk, Gleyber Torres flied out to the right-field warning track.
Franco, back from a broken bone in his right hand that had sidelined him since July 9, was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Montas gave up four runs, nine hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings, dropping to 1-3 with a 5.94 ERA since he was acquired from Oakland.
“I thought he battled really well. He deserved a better fate,” Boone said. “We didn’t make some plays behind him.”
New York, which lost its second straight, was missing seven regulars from the starting lineup. Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Rizzo, DJ LeMahieu, Andrew Benintendi and Matt Carpenter are hurt, and Josh Donaldson and Jose Trevino are on the paternity list.
Stanton hit an inning-ending groundout as a pinch hitter with two on in sixth and is 4 for his last 39.
Tampa Bay designated infielder Yu Chang for assignment and optioned RHP Yonny Chirinos to Triple-A Durham. Chirinos will remain with the big league club as a member of the taxi squad.
Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John surgery) pitched one inning for Triple-A Durham on Wednesday and is expected to pitch at Gwinnett on Tuesday. . RHP Shane Baz (sprained right elbow) threw a bullpen session. . LHP Brendan McKay was recalled from Durham and placed on the 15-day IL. He is to undergo Tommy John surgery on Sept. 14 with the goal of returning to pitch in 2024. The procedure will be performed in Los Angeles by Dodgers head team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Yankees: CF Harrison Bader (plantar fasciitis in right foot) could begin a rehab assignment as early as Sunday.
Rays: RHP Corey Kluber (10-7, 4.00 ERA) beat the Yankees last Saturday at Tropicana Field, dominating his former team for seven shutout innings over which he allowed just two hits and walked none.
Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon (12-4, 3.95 ERA) will try for the third time to earn his 50th win.
Díaz 7 RBIs, Cron 504-foot HR lead Rox over D-Backs 13-10
DENVER (AP) Elias Diaz hit a game-ending, three-run homer to give him seven RBIs, C.J. Cron had a 504-foot home run that was the second-longest since tracking began and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 13-10 Friday night after wasting a seven-run lead.
Arizona took a 10-8 lead with a nine-run fifth, but the Rockies rallied to become the first team to win after allowing nine runs in a single inning since the Los Angeles Angels at Texas on Sept. 19, 2008.
It was the Rockies’ third-consecutive victory, giving them their longest win streak in nearly two months. Colorado has scored at least eight runs in each of those games.
“These games matter,” said the Rockies’ Ryan McMahon, who hit a pair of solo homers. “We’re all competitors. We come here every day and we want to win. I know we’re not in it as much as we’d like to be. With the homers, hopefully we just keep hitting a bunch and roll that into next season.”
Diaz, who had four hits and set a career-best for RBIs, had a two-run homer in the second and an RBI single in the fourth, both off Zach Davies.
After Yonathan Daza’s run-scoring double in the sixth against Kyle Nelson pulled the Rockies within a run, Diaz tied the score 10-10 with an RBI double off Reyes Moronta in the seventh.
Charlie Blackmon walked against Caleb Smith (1-2) leading off the ninth, but pinch-runner Garrett Hampson was caught stealing. Randal Grichuk walked, Michael Toglia singled and Diaz, who started the night in a 7-for-35 slide, drove a slider to left for the game-ending homer.
“The swings from him tonight were incredible, a couple of homers, but he also shortened up against some tough pitches earlier to drive in some runs,” McMahon said. “We know what he can do. All of us just have to do it.”
Cron’s two-run homer to left capped a five-run fourth inning and put the Rockies ahead 8-1. The only longer drive since Statcast began in 2015 was a 505-foot drive by Nomar Mazara of Texas on June 21, 2019.
Colorado hit five homers. The Rockies got a leadoff (Blackmon) and walk-off homer in the same game for the second time; the first was on Aug. 16 last year.
“I don’t think we hit with the power that we wanted to coming out of spring training,” Cron said. “For whatever reason, it just didn’t come for us this year. But you see tonight when we’re hitting the ball hard, we can put up a lot of runs pretty quick.”
Daniel Bard (5-4) pitched a perfect ninth.
Arizona’s Corbin Carroll, playing his ninth big league game, homered off German Marquez to spark the big fifth, which included Daulton Varsho’s first career grand slam, a drive off Austin Gomber.
Arizona recalled RHP Taylor Widener from Triple-A Reno and optioned LHP Tommy Henry to the Triple-A farm after he gave up seven hits and five earned runs in 4 ? innings Wednesday in a 6-3 loss at the Padres.
Diamondbacks LHP Madison Bumgarner (6-13, 4.83 ERA) will face Rockies RHP Jose Urena (3-6, 6.13) on Saturday night.
Reds start fast to back Lodolo in 8-2 victory over Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) TJ Friedl homered to lead off a five-run first inning, left-hander Nick Lodolo pitched eight strong innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 on Friday night.
In a matchup of rookie starters, Lodolo (4-5) easily outperformed Brewers right-hander Jason Alexander (2-3). Lodolo had career bests with 11 strikeouts and eight innings, and walked none, while Cincinnati’s first six batters reached base off Alexander.
Friedl hit an 0-2 pitch for his first career leadoff home run. Jonathan India hit the next pitch for a stand-up triple and scored on Kyle Farmer’s single. Jake Farley was hit by a pitch, then boos followed an RBI single Donovan Solano that put the Reds up 3-0.
After Aristides Aquino walked to load the bases, Milwaukee – fighting for a wild-card spot – recorded its first outs by turning a double play, but a run scored to put the Reds up 4-0. Alexander appeared to yell into his glove after an RBI single by Jose Barrero made it 5-0.
“They jumped him good, they hit balls hard,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.
“I think pitchers like Jason, there’s a difference between ground balls getting through and then the line drives and the damage he gave up. This was an example of, to me, the quality of the pitch wasn’t good enough. He’s got to get the ball in on righties, he’s got to get those down, he’s got to have the slider, kind of neutralize players cheating on the fastball and that’s what gets hitters off balance,” he said.
In contrast, Lodolo needed only nine pitches to retire the first three batters in the first inning, striking out two of them.
Tyrone Taylor hit his 16th home run of the season, a two-run shot off Lodolo in the third inning, to cut the Reds’ lead to 5-2.
After hitting Taylor with a pitch in the fifth, Lodolo retired nine straight.
“I just feel like I’m in a good rhythm, maybe I’m not thinking out there as much,” Lodolo said.
“Good fastball up, early on, and then as the game went on, I started to gain feel for that curveball again. Once I had those two rolling, it was fun.”
The Reds extended their lead to 8-2 in the ninth inning with a two-run home run by India and a solo homer by Fraley off Brent Suter.
The Reds pounded out 17 hits against four Brewers pitchers. Aquino had a career-high three doubles. Farmer also had three hits. Friedl, India, Fraley, Solano and Barrero each had two hits.
“Anytime you can start off the game like that, it’s unbelievable,” Friedl said. “Offense just exploded, everyone was hitting, everyone was having good at-bats, one by one, just getting around the diamond, it was awesome.”
The Reds have their first three-game winning streak since winning five in a row from July 30 to Aug. 2.
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Brewers RHP Freddy Peralta (4-3, 3.45 ERA) was placed on the 15-day IL with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. The 2021 All-Star left during the third inning of his start Thursday night in Milwaukee against San Francisco due to fatigue in the shoulder. RHP Justin Topa was recalled from Triple-A Nashville and came on to relieve Alexander. Peralta was put on the IL on May 23 with a strained right lat. Since being activated Aug. 3, he made seven starts, reaching six innings in two of them.
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Entering Friday, 62 players had played in at least one game for the Reds, a club record for a season. Accounting for some of it: 11 players have made their major league debut and 36 players have appeared on the IL.
One base runner from each team was erased in infield rundowns after moving to steal before the pitcher threw a pitch. The Reds’ miscue was more costly. Aquino was put out between second base and third with one out in the sixth. The next two batters both singled. Taylor was tagged out between first base and second with two outs in the fifth.
Brewers: OF Jonathan Davis (elbow) began a rehab assignment at Class-A Wisconsin.
Reds: Reinstated IF Matt Reynolds (left hip). … Designated OF Alberta Almora Jr. for assignment. . Claimed RHP Luke Farrell off waivers from the Cubs.
Reds RHP Chase Anderson (0-2, 12.6 ERA) faces Brewers RHP Adrian Houser (5-9, 4.83 ERA) on Saturday in the second of the three-game series. Anderson makes his third start since the Reds signed him as a free agent to a minor league contract on Aug. 27. Houser gave up one earned run in five innings in his previous start, Monday at Colorado.
Smyly, Gomes, Hoerner help Cubs beat Giants, 4-2
CHICAGO (AP) Drew Smyly allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings and Yan Gomes and Nico Hoerner homered in the Chicago Cubs’ 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday.
Smyly (6-8) struck out eight and walked two. The left-hander departed after Austin Dean reached on a fielding error to start the eighth.
“It’s definitely nice to feel confident and be in sync with your mechanics and trust your stuff,” Smyly said. “Not every team has this kind of support.”
Gomes lofted a two-run shot to left center in the second to give the Cubs the lead for good. Hoerner had a two-run flare off Yunior Marte in the sixth to help end a two-game skid and send San Francisco to its fifth straight loss.
After Smyly left in the eighth, Manuel Rodriguez gave up Evan Longoria’s bases-loaded ground rule double to kill a shutout bid. Brandon Hughes finished the inning and worked a clean ninth for his fourth save in eight chances.
Giants starter Carlos Rodon (12-8) struck out 11 in the 5 1/3 innings. He allowed three hits.
“That pitch, I would like back,” Rodon said about the slider Gomes knocked out of the park after fouling off three pitches to stay in the box. “He battled and got the pitch count up there.”
Giants catcher Austin Wynns left in the top of the sixth after being struck in the helmet by Smyly. The pitch caught the left earflap and spun the helmet off Wynns’ head. After consulting with a trainer, the catcher walked to the dugout and was replaced by Joey Bart.
Manager Gabe Kapler said Wynns will be evaluated for concussion symptoms and won’t start Saturday. The team plans to have an additional catcher in town should Wynns be unavailable to pinch hit or relieve Bart.
Rodon had his 10th double-digit strikeout performance, breaking the club record held by Jason Schmidt and Tim Lincecum. He fanned the last five batters he faced and has struck out at least 10 in four of his last five starts.
“It’s a nice little milestone,” Rodon said. “I’m just going to keep going and, hopefully, see how many we can get.”
Giants: The club placed RHP Dominic Leone (elbow impingement) on the 15-day injured list before the game. Dean was promoted from Triple-A Sacramento to fill the roster spot and made his season debut in left field. . Kapler said he might use a series of relievers in Sunday’s series finale to fill the hole left by LHP Alex Wood’s (shoulder) stay on the 15-day injury list.
Cubs: Second baseman Nick Madrigal left the game after the third with right groin tightness. Manager David Ross said Madrigal will be evaluated further tomorrow. . OF Nelson Velazquez (illness) was scratched from the lineup a few hours before the start and replaced by Michael Hermosillo.
Chicago’s Marcus Stroman (3-6, 3.73 ERA) faces fellow right-hander Logan Webb (12-8, 2.89) on Saturday.
Eric Haase homers twice, Tigers beat Royals 10-2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Eric Haase hit two solo homers, Jeimer Candelario had a three-run shot and the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 10-2 on Friday night.
Haase opened the second inning by blasting Daniel Lynch’s second pitch 444 feet to the seats above the left-field fountains for his seventh consecutive hit.
“I’ve really tried to shorten up my swing, try to still stay powerful, but in a little shorter window,” Haase said.
One out later, Candelario hammered his team-leading 13th homer of the season 445 feet deep to left for a 4-0 lead.
“It was a great swing,” Candelario said. “Short and quick to the ball. When you hit the ball on the barrel, good things happen.”
Haase added another shot to left-center in the sixth, his 12th homer of the year and fifth career multi-homer game. He added a two-out RBI double in the eighth.
“Obviously, he’s living right, with the bloop hit and the two homers,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’ve seen him get hot like this before and there’s a lot of damage that comes with it.”
Kansas City-area product Joey Wentz (1-1), who was recalled from Toledo on Thursday, allowed only a pair of two-out hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings for his first major league victory. Wentz struck out five with one walk.
“He looked extremely confident today and that’s how he was throwing the baseball,” Haase said. “He was filling up the zone with all his pitches. He kind of just had his way. He was able to do different things with the ball and get big outs.”
“Definitely cool.” Wentz said. “First major league win, obviously special anywhere, but probably a little more special to have a lot of my family, a lot of my friends here to watch. My win comes on a very good night for the whole team, which was also very good.”
Wentz estimated 40 to 50 of his family and friends were in the crowd behind the Tigers dugout.
“I thought the ovation he got coming off the field was so awesome,” Hinch said. “I told him it’s pretty awesome to come out and pitch in front of your family and friends. Enjoy this walk because it doesn’t happen very often, especially on the road.”
“It was really cool,” Wentz said. “When A.J. came out he said you’re going to walk off in front of all your family and friends, which was special for me.”
Candelario, Haase and Spencer Torkelson each had three hits as Detroit out-hit Kansas City 17-6. The Tigers had multiple baserunners in every inning except the first and seventh.
Lynch (4-10) allowed six runs on 10 hits, recording 11 outs. He has won just one of his last 11 starts.
Tigers IF Jonathan Schoop was reinstated from the IL. Royals 1B Vinnie Pasquantino was reinstated from the IL.
Detroit recalled RHP Joey Wentz from Class AAA Toledo, and optioned IF Josh Lester and RHP Luis Castillo to Toledo. Kansas City optioned OF Brent Rooker to Class AAA Omaha.
Tigers RHP Matt Manning (1-2, 3.86 ERA) takes on Royals RHP Jonathan Heasley (3-7, 4.98) on Saturday.
Gonzalez homers twice, Guardians hold on to beat Twins 7-6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Oscar Gonzalez hit two home runs and drove in five runs, and Austin Hedges added a solo homer as the Cleveland Guardians held on for a 7-6 win against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Gonzalez, the surprise rookie, had four hits and Cal Quantrill (12-5) won his eighth straight decision. Cleveland scored the first seven runs of the game, including four in the first inning after the start was delayed 1:16 due to rain.
Minnesota’s Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer off Guardians reliever James Karinchak in the eighth, but Karinchak stranded the tying run at second to end the inning and Emmanuel Clase finished for his 32nd save.
The Guardians extended their lead in the American League Central to 1 1/2 games over the Chicago White Sox and 2 1/2 over Minnesota. The Guardians and Twins play seven more times over the next two weeks.
Quantrill gave up two runs – one earned – and nine hits in five innings. The Guardians have held on to first despite losing nine of their previous 13 games.
Minnesota starter Dylan Bundy (8-7) surrendered season-highs with seven runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Twins have lost seven of nine and fell to third place behind Chicago, which rallied to beat Oakland.
Friday’s game looked like two struggling teams instead of a matchup of teams fighting for the postseason. There were multiple miscues from each team and Cleveland had two errors. It had plenty of drama, too.
Correa had four hits, homering for the third straight game, and driving in four runs during the comeback.
Before Correa’s homer off Karinchak, Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli had umpires check the pitcher for illegal substances. Karinchak was touching the back of his hand and going to the rosin bag before every pitch. Home plate umpire Ted Barrett did a full check of Karinchak, even running his hand through his hair, and determined there were no issues.
Karinchak had his scoreless inning streak of 24 2/3 innings snapped and nearly hit Jose Miranda with a pitch after Correa’s homer.
Twins: 2B Jorge Polanco (left knee inflammation) was on the field and played catch Friday without issue and manager Rocco Baldelli said he hopes to get Polanco back from the injured list “sooner than later.” … RHP Tyler Mahle (right shoulder inflammation) is doing strengthening exercises and hasn’t progressed to playing catch yet. Baldelli said the team hasn’t closed the door on Mahle returning this season. … OF Byron Buxton (low-grade right hip strain) is showing improvement but won’t be activated during the current series.
RHP Triston McKenzie (9-11, 3.18 ERA) starts for Cleveland in the second game of the series Saturday night. Minnesota counters with RHP Chris Archer (2-7, 4.47). McKenzie is 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts against the Twins this season. Archer allowed one run in four innings in his one start against the Guardians this season.
Andrus’ 2-run double caps 5-run 9th, White Sox beat A’s 5-3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Chicago White Sox have done some yelling. They’ve tried out plenty of good-natured teasing. They’ve had heart-to-hearts.
After a rough start this season, things are suddenly clicking in September when it matters most for the reigning AL Central champions as Chicago tries to win consecutive division titles for the first time.
And the White Sox are winning with manager Tony La Russa sidelined by a health issue.
Elvis Andrus hit a tiebreaking double against his former team with two outs in a five-run ninth inning, and the White Sox – held hitless until the seventh – rallied past the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Friday night.
“I think the attitude in here has been a little bit more yelling at each other, which I think is one of the things that we thrive upon,” closer Liam Hendriks said. “And it’s obviously paying dividends the last few games. As you see we’re having fun, we’re cheering each other on, it’s no dead spots in the dugout. We just kind of make fun of everybody and it kind of flows into it. Those positive vibes will completely change the course of a season.”
Eloy Jimenez started the comeback from a 3-0 deficit with a one-out homer against A.J. Puk (3-2), who issued a walk and plunked a batter. Andrew Vaughn added an RBI single and Romy Gonzalez delivered a tying single with two outs.
Oakland challenged that pinch-runner Adam Engel was out at the plate on the throw home, but the safe call was confirmed after a replay review.
“They don’t give up,” White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo said. “And they believe that we can do it. We don’t give up. That’s the phrase that Tony used: `Never give up.'”
Andrus, released by the A’s last month, then hit a two-run double to left field that put Chicago ahead 5-3.
“One of the good benefits of playing your old team is I know a lot of the tendencies of the pitchers, especially Puk,” Andrus said. “I’ve been behind him a lot, and I know how he approaches hitters in different situations. So I had my plan, and I was really glad that he threw me the fastball there and I was able to put a good swing on it.”
Hendriks, another former A’s star, closed it out with a big fist pump after his 32nd save. Aaron Bummer (2-1) pitched the eighth for the win.
“These are games that earlier in the year we didn’t win,” Hendriks said.
Oakland’s Austin Pruitt pitched five no-hit innings as a fill-in starter. Joel Payamps worked another hitless inning before Jimenez’s clean one-out single in the seventh.
Pruitt made a spot start after right-hander James Kaprielian was scratched. It was Pruitt’s first start since 2019 with the Rays.
Sean Murphy had an RBI double and Tony Kemp singled in a run for the A’s, who went ahead on Ramon Laureano’s RBI groundout in the first. Oakland lost its fourth in a row and eighth in nine games.
The 33-year-old Pruitt didn’t allow a baserunner until Andrus, the former A’s shortstop, reached on an error by second baseman Sheldon Neuse to begin the fourth. Vaughn then reached on third baseman Vimael Machin’s two-base throwing error past first in the fifth, but Pruitt escaped unscathed.
White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito struck out six over six innings. Chicago won for the eighth time in 10 games.
Right-hander Dave Stewart will finally get his No. 34 jersey retired by the A’s in a pregame ceremony Sunday.
He’s expecting 200 family members and friends, and additionally former teammates and fans. Mark McGwire is expected to be part of the festivities.
Stewart, now 65, found out in August 2019 the club planned to retire his number but then it didn’t happen during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season or last year.
The 1989 World Series MVP and four-time 20-game winner can’t wait.
“My initial emotion that was in 2019 or 2020 I got choked up. I was emotionally choked up because I knew the standards that had been set by the organization and who the people were whose numbers were retired,” he said Friday on a conference call. “It was just a dream come true for a hometown kid who grew up in the backyard of the Coliseum.”
White Sox: CF Luis Robert missed his third straight game with left wrist soreness. He hit in the cage, took batting practice and received more treatment as the White Sox determined when he might return to the lineup. “He felt good over there. He looked good,” Cairo said. … C Yasmani Grandal was held out with back tightness but could play Saturday if he’s better. … La Russa missed his 10th straight game and is out indefinitely because of an unspecified health issue, with bench coach Cairo acting as manager. But Stewart certainly expects La Russa, his manager in Oakland, to return for Sunday’s series finale.
Athletics: Kaprielian couldn’t start after he cut the middle finger of his pitching hand Thursday night when he hit it against a wall putting on his shirt. “It’s unfortunate for Kap. I know he was excited about making his start tonight,” manager Mark Kotsay said. “Some things are out of your control. It’s one of those freak accidents that happens.”
RHP Lance Lynn (5-5, 4.34 ERA) pitches the middle game of the series for the White Sox. He is 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 67 strikeouts over his last nine starts. Oakland counters with rookie RHP Adrian Martinez (4-3, 4.37), trying to win his third straight start.
Cruz home run short of cycle, Pirates beat Cardinals 8-2
PITTSBURGH (AP) Oneil Cruz finished a home run short of the cycle, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat St. Louis 8-2 on Friday night to keep the Cardinals from stretching their lead atop the NL Central.
Cruz had a two-run triple, a double and an RBI single to extend his hitting streak to six games, matching the rookie’s longest in the majors. The 23-year-old is 12 for 26 (.462) with two homers, two triples and two doubles during the streak.
“It feels great,” Cruz said. “That’s what we’re working for. That’s what I’m working for, diligently, every day, whether it’s early hitting or just coming to the field and getting work done.”
Albert Pujols entered as a pinch hitter for the Cardinals and went 0 for 2. The 42-year-old remained at 695 home runs with 23 games remaining in his final big league season.
NL batting leader Paul Goldschmidt was 1 for 4, dropping his average to .327.
“We had several opportunities there to get going offensively,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “It just didn’t happen. We had guys up that we wanted. Unfortunately, we’ve had a little stretch where we’ve struggled to come up with the big hit.”
St. Louis has lost three of five while playing the Pirates and Washington Nationals but maintained a sizable lead over the second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
Roansy Contreras (5-4) gave up one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh. The rookie right-hander has allowed four runs in 23 1/3 innings over his past four starts.
“I’m really glad with the results that I’m getting,” Contreras said. “I think a lot of it comes from the work ethic, the work I’ve been putting in, my routine, a lot of the information I’m getting from the coaching staff and just from our game plan, the communication I have with our catcher. Just a lot of things that are going on that are helping me learn a lot, grow a lot.”
Cruz’s opposite-field triple Cruz off Miles Mikolas (11-11) to the left-field notch made it 3-0 in the fifth, and Cruz scored on Bryan Reynolds’ single.
Mikolas gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings with eight strikeouts.
“I was a lot in the zone tonight,” he said. “Defense made some great plays, got me out of it. Kind of saw one tough pitch there in the fifth. Didn’t put a ball (to Cruz) where I needed to, scored a couple runs there.”
Ben Gamel put the Pirates ahead in the second with his eighth homer a solo drive on a changeup.
Goldschmidt doubled leading off the sixth and scored on Corey Dickerson’s groundout.
Tommy Edman had an RBI double in the seventh, cutting the deficit to 4-2.
Michael Chavis hit Pittsburgh’s second two-run triple into the left-field notch in the eighth and scored on Mitchell’s single. Oneil Cruz followed with a single that had an exit velocity of 117.7 mph.
“I think it’s just swinging at the right pitches,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of Cruz. “When he hits the ball, he hits the ball hard all the time. We can sit here and talk about that every night when he makes contact.”
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The Cardinals ended the seventh inning with a 9-2-5-2-9 double play, starting with a single from Rodolfo Castro to right. Reynolds hesitated after rounding third, allowing Lars Nootbaar’s throw to beat him home. Catcher Andrew Knizner hit Reynolds in the back with his throw to third. Reynolds was then caught in a rundown. Castro headed toward third, but was thrown out at second while trying to retreat.
Cardinals: OF Tyler O’Neill returned to the lineup after being held out of Thursday with neck stiffness.
RHP Jack Flaherty (0-1, 4.15 ERA) will take the mound for the Cardinals and RHP JT Brubaker (3-11, 4.35) for the Pirates. Flaherty (right shoulder) returned from the injured list Monday, allowing one run and six hits with six strikeouts in five innings against Washington. Brubaker has given up three runs or fewer in four of his past five starts.
Casper Ruud wins 55-shot point to reach US Open semifinals
NEW YORK (AP) Casper Ruud claimed a 55-shot point to end the first set of his U.S. Open semifinal while building a big lead against Karen Khachanov and held on for a 7-6 (5), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory Friday that put him in his second Grand Slam title match of the year.
When it ended, spectators in Arthur Ashe Stadium called out his name, “Ruuuuud!” – and it sounded sort of as if they were booing, rather than saluting.
Ruud, the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the French Open in June, is a 23-year-old from Norway who can move from No. 7 to No. 1 in the rankings by winning the championship at Flushing Meadows on Sunday.
“After Roland Garros, I was, of course, extremely happy,” Ruud said, “but also humble enough to think that could be my only final of my career.”
Well, here he is, back at that stage just a few months later. His opponent in this final on Sunday will be No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz of Spain or No. 26 Frances Tiafoe of the United States. Like Ruud, Alcaraz went into Friday with a chance to rise to replace 2021 U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev atop the rankings after the tournament.
All four men’s semifinalists were making their debuts in that round in New York. That had not happened at the event since 1881, when it absolutely had to: That was the inaugural edition of what was then known as the U.S. Championships.
Ruud is coached by his father, former professional player Christian, and the game plan worked perfectly for most of the day against the 31st-ranked Khachanov, a 6-foot-6 Russian with a powerful serve who eliminated Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios in five sets in the quarterfinals.
To mitigate the effect of Khachanov’s serves, Ruud would stand way behind the baseline to return, then look to dominate exchanges from the baseline. Ruud used flawless footwork for side-to-side defense and found openings to deliver deep groundstrokes that could finish off points.
He came up with occasional brilliance, such as the over-the-shoulder volley winner that put him ahead 6-3 in the tiebreaker. Moments later came the point of the match, on Ruud’s third opportunity to end that set. It lasted 75 seconds and contained 19 more strokes than the second-longest rally of these entire two weeks, culminating with a down-the-line backhand by Ruud that drew a netted forehand in response.
Dad smiled. His kid raised both arms and put up two fingers on his right hand. Could have been just the index finger to signify No. 1, which could be next to his name soon.
“We both just refused to do a mistake, knowing how important that point is,” Ruud said. “Towards the end, the pulse was getting very high and the legs were almost shaking.”
Khachanov couldn’t recall a 55-shot rally in his career, and though he hated to lose it, he was initially encouraged afterward by the way he played at the end of the set.
“I felt pumped in a way that we had this long rally, we were moving both,” he said. “I felt like, `OK, it’s a painful one to lose a set with this point.’ On the other side I felt like, `OK, now we’re moving a lot, let’s keep on going.'”
Ruud broke to go up 2-1 in the second set and was on his way there. After Khachanov surged late in the third to make things slightly more intriguing, Ruud broke to lead 2-1 in the fourth, ripping a down-the-line forehand winner from the doubles alley.
This marks the latest step in a real move forward for Ruud in Grand Slam play.
He came into this year with a record of just 14-13 at the sport’s most important events – 3-4 in New York, where his best previous showing was a third-round appearance in 2020 – then needed to sit out the Australian Open in January after twisting his ankle in practice the day before the tournament began.
Since then? He’s 13-2 at the majors in 2022.
Ravens GM: Lamar Jackson talks on hold until after season
BALTIMORE (AP) Get ready for at least a few more months of uncertainty about Lamar Jackson and his contract.
Baltimore general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement Friday that the Ravens and Jackson still haven’t agreed on an extension for the star quarterback and will keep working on it after the season. Jackson had said Friday was his deadline for a new deal, and he’d be pausing talks after that with the season about to start.
“Despite best efforts on both sides, we were unable to reach a contract extension with Lamar Jackson,” DeCosta said. “We greatly appreciate how he has handled this process and we are excited about our team with Lamar leading the way. We will continue to work towards a long-term contract after the season, but for now we are looking forward to a successful 2022 campaign.”
Jackson is entering his fifth-year option season. The Ravens open Sunday on the road against the New York Jets.
Jackson skipped voluntary OTAs this past offseason but did not hold out of mandatory practices. Baltimore can use the franchise tag to keep him after this season if need be, but this impasse between Jackson and the team is noteworthy after Josh Allen – another star quarterback drafted the same year as Jackson – signed his massive extension some 13 months ago.
“Those things will work themselves out in the end. I’m confident in that,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Maryland. “I said at the beginning that it will happen when it’s time, and when it’s time, it will happen. So, Lamar is playing quarterback, he’s going to be playing quarterback here for a long time.”
Jackson spoke with reporters Wednesday, when time was running out to reach a deal before the season. He and the team have avoided any real public acrimony through this process.
“He and I talked about it yesterday a little bit, like, `Hey, man, let’s go be our best, and go focus on football,'” Harbaugh said. “That’s what he’s been doing all along, so I know nothing will change with that.”
The non-exclusive franchise tag for quarterbacks this past offseason carried a price tag of just under $30 million. No team used it on a quarterback, and no team used the more restrictive exclusive tag on anyone.
Even aside from his uncertain contract, Jackson is under a microscope this season. At times in 2021, he looked like the player who was the league’s MVP two years earlier. At other times, he struggled to handle the pass rush.
He eventually missed the final four games following an ankle injury. Baltimore finished the season on a six-game skid and missed the playoffs.
NOTES: The Ravens ruled out DT Travis Jones (knee) and listed T Ronnie Stanley (ankle) as doubtful for Sunday’s game. RB J.K. Dobbins (knee) and CB Marcus Peters (knee) are questionable.
NFL PREVIEW: NEW ORLEANS AT ATLANTA
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Falcons lead all-time series, 53-52-0
STREAKS Saints have won 4 of last 5
LAST GAME 1/9/22: Saints 30 at Falcons 20
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22
QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 1,170 yards & had 15 TDs (14 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 102.8 rating in 7 starts last season. Has 1,166 yards & 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 110 rating in 4 career starts at Atl. Aims for his 4th start in row at Atl. with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA totaled 1,337 scrimmage yards (898 rush, 439 rec.) in 2021 & is only player in NFL with 1,300+ scrimmage yards in each of past 5 seasons. Has 373 career receptions, most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Since 2017, leads NFL with 67 scrimmage TDs & ranks 2nd with 7,501 scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 510 receptions for 5,950 yards & 32 TDs in 70 career games & can surpass Keenan Allen (96 games) & Antonio Brown (96 games) for fastest ever to 600 receptions. • WR JARVIS LANDRY makes NO debut. Is 1 of 3 (Mike Evans & Travis Kelce) with 50+ catches in each of past 8 seasons. Has 688 career receptions, 4th-most since entering NFL in 2014. • DE CAMERON JORDAN led team with 12.5 sacks in 2021 & is 1 of 10 players since 1982 with 7+ sacks in 10 consecutive seasons. Ranks 3rd among active players with 107 career sacks. Has 23 sacks & 25 TFL in 22 career games vs. Atl. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS led team with 105 tackles, his 5th-straight 100+ tackle season. Had 13 TFL & is 1 of 4 with 10+ TFL in each of past 5 seasons. • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE ranked 3rd in 2021 with career-high 19 PD & is 1 of 3 with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. • S TYRANN MATHIEU makes NO debut. Has 76 PD & 26 INTs in 9-year career
QB MARCUS MARIOTA makes Atl. debut. In 74 career games (61 starts), has 13,437 pass yards & 77 TD passes for 89.5 rating & 1,574 rush yards & 13 rush TDs. Passed for career-high 371 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.7 rating in his only career start vs. NO (11/8/15 w/ Ten.). • RB CORDARELLE PATTERSON set career highs in scrimmage yards (1,166) & scrimmage TDs (11) in 2021. Was 1 of 2 (Austin Ekeler) with 500+ rush yards (618) & 500+ rec. yards (548) & 1 of 3 (Ekeler & Deebo Samuel) with 5+ rush TDs (6) & 5+ rec. TDs (5) last season. • TE KYLE PITTS ranked 3rd among TEs with 1,026 rec. yards in 2021, the 2nd-most rec. yards by a rookie TE in NFL history. Had 68 catches last season, 3rd-most ever by a rookie TE. Was 1 of 5 TEs with 3+ games (3) with 100+ rec. yards in 2021. • WR DRAKE LONDON makes NFL debut. Was selected No. 8 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • WR BRYAN EDWARDS makes Atl. debut. Set career highs with 34 catches for 571 yards & 3 rec. TDs in 2021 with Las Vegas. • DL GRADY JARRETT is 1 of 4 DL (Michael Brockers, DeForest Buckner & Lawrence Guy) with 50+ tackles in each of past 5 seasons. • LB RASHAAN EVANS makes Atl. debut. Had 317 tackles & 15 TFL in 4 seasons (2018- 21) with Ten. • CB A.J. TERRELL set career highs with 16 PD & 3 INTs in 2021. Has 5 PD & 2 FFs in 4 career games vs. NO. • CB CASEY HAYWARD ranks 3rd among active players with 109 career PD. Is only player with 7+ PD in each of past 8 seasons.
NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND AT CAROLINA
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Panthers lead all-time series, 4-2
STREAKS Browns have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 12/9/18: Panthers 26 at Browns 20
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/14: Browns, 17, Panthers 13
QB JACOBY BRISSETT makes Cle. debut. In 5 starts with Mia. last season, totaled 1,089 pass yards (217.8 per game) & 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs. Had rush TD in only career start vs. Car. (12/22/19 w/ Ind.). • RB NICK CHUBB ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,259 rush yards & had 8 rush TDs in 2021. Is only player in NFL with 950+ rush yards & 8+ rush TDs in each of past 4 seasons & is 6th player all-time to do so in each of 1st 4 seasons. Rushed for 66 yards & TD in last meeting. Had 820 scrimmage yards (117.1 per game) in 7 road games in 2021. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 560 scrimmage yards (386 rush, 174 rec.) & 5 rush TDs in 8 games last season. Had 4 rush TDs in 4 road games in 2021. • WR AMARI COOPER makes Cle. debut. Totaled 68 catches for 865 rec. yards & tied career-high with 8 rec. TDs in 2021 with Dal. Is only player in NFL with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 7 seasons. Had TD catch in his last game vs. Car. (10/3/21 w/ Dal.). • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES set career highs in catches (34), rec. yards (597) & rec. TDs (3) last season. • TE DAVID NJOKU had 475 rec. yards & tied career high with 4 TD catches in 2021. • DE MYLES GARRETT ranked 3rd in NFL with franchise=record 16 sacks last season. Is 1 of 3 players (Aaron Donald & T.J. Watt) with 10+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. Had 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. • DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY ranked 2nd on team with 11 TFL & 9 sacks in 2021, his 3rdcareer season with 9+ sacks (2017, 2018). • CB DENZEL WARD had 10 PD & tied career-high with 3 INTs last season. Is only player in NFL with 10+ PD & 2+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons.
QB BAKER MAYFIELD makes Car. debut. Was selected No. 1 by Cle. in 2018 NFL Draft & passed for 14,125 yards & 92 TDs in 60 games (2018-21). Is 1 of 9 QBs all-time with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 4 career seasons. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 785 scrimmage yards (112.1 per game) in 7 games in 2021. Leads all active players with 113.8 scrimmage yards per game. Has 11 career games with 10+ catches, most by RB all-time. Has 3,661 scrimmage yards (126.2 per game) & 27 TDs (18 rush, 9 rec.) in 29 career homes games. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD ranked tied-2nd among rookies with 5 rush TDs in 2021. • WR DJ MOORE led team with career-high 93 receptions & 1,157 rec. yards & had 4 TDs in 2021. Is 1 of 3 (Stefon Diggs & Travis Kelce) with 1,100+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. Had 5+ catches in 7 of his 8 home games in 2021. • DE BRIAN BURNS tied career high with 9 sacks & set career high with 13 TFL last season. Leads all players who entered NFL in 2019 with 25.5 sacks. Had TFL in 6 of his 8 home games in 2021. • S JEREMY CHINN led team with 106 tackles in 2021 & is only DB with 100+ tackles in each of past 2 seasons. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 3rd-straight 100+ tackle (104) season in 2021. Is 1 of 3 LBs (Demario Davis & Deion Jones) with 100+ tackles, 5+ TFL & 5+ PD in each of past 2 seasons. • CB DONTE JACKSON is 1 of 3 DBs (Adrian Amos & Denzel Ward) with 8+ PD & 2+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons. Had 1st career game with 10+ tackles in last meeting.
NFL PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO AT CHICAGO
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER All-time series tied, 32-32-1
STREAKS 49ers have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 10/31/21: 49ers 33 at Bears 22
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/21
QB TREY LANCE totaled 771 yards (603 pass, 168 rush) & 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 97.3 rating in 6 games (2 starts) in 2021. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL ranked 2nd among rookies with franchise rookie-record 963 rush yards & 4th with 1,100 scrimmage yards in 11 games in 2021. Led all rookies & ranked tied-2nd among all players with 5 games with 100+ rush yards last season. Rushed for career-high 137 yards & had rush TD in last meeting. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 1,770 scrimmage yards (1,405 rec., 365 rush) & became 1st player ever with 1,400+ rec. yards & 300+ rush yards in single season. Had 8 rush TDs, most-ever by WR in single season. 1 of 3 all time (Roger Craig & HOFer Marshall Faulk) with 1,000+ rec. yards, 5+ rec. TDs (6) & 5+ rush TDs in single season. Had 171 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR BRANDON AIYUK had 56 receptions for career-high 826 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs in 2021. • TE GEORGE KITTLE ranked 4th among TEs in rec. yards (910) & 6th in catches (71) last season. Has 4,489 career rec. yards, 3rd-most rec. yards by TE in his 1st 5 seasons all-time. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in rec. yards & 3rd in receptions (335) among TEs. • DL NICK BOSA tied for NFL-lead with 21 TFL & ranked 4th in NFL with career-high 15.5 sacks in 2021. Had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in last meeting. Had 0.5+ sacks in 8 of his 9 road games last season. • LB FRED WARNER led team with career-high 137 tackles in 2021 & is 1 of 3 with 115+ tackles in each of past 4 seasons. Since 2018, ranks 4th in NFL in tackles (503). • CB CHARVARIUS WARD makes SF debut. Had 10+ PD & 2+ INTs in 2 of his past 3 seasons.
QB JUSTIN FIELDS totaled 1,870 pass yards & 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) in 12 games (10 starts) & led all rookie QBs with 420 rush yards last season. Rushed for career-high 103 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in last meeting. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY led team with 1,150 scrimmage yards (849 rush, 301 rec.) & 7 rush TDs in 2021 & became 4th player in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of his 1st 3 seasons. Is 1 of 3 NFC RBs (Ezekiel Elliott & Aaron Jones) with 1,000+ rush yards & 7+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with 81 receptions for career-high 1,055 rec. yards & 5 total TDs (4 rec., 1 rush) last season. Had 4 games with 120+ rec. yards in 2021, tied-3rd most in NFL. Had 6 catches for 64 yards in last meeting. • TE COLE KMET set career highs in receptions (60) & rec. yards (612) in 2021. • DL ROBERT QUINN set franchise record & ranked 2nd in NFL with 18.5 sacks last season & became 6th player since 1982 with 18+ sacks in multiple career seasons. Ranks 2nd among active players in FFs (31) & 6th in sacks (101). • DL TREVIS GIPSON ranked tied-5th in NFL with 5 FFs last season. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team & ranked 5th in NFL with career-high 163 tackles. Is 1 of 2 (Demario Davis) with 100+ tackles & 2+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. Ranks 3rd in league with 523 tackles since 2018. Is 1 of 2 (T.J. Watt) with 30+ TFL (30) & 10+ PD (10) since 2020. • DB KYLER GORDON (No. 39 overall) & DB JAQUAN BRISKER (No. 48) were selected in 2nd round of 2022 NFL Draft. • DB JAYLON JOHNSON led team with 9 PD in 2021.
NFL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH AT CINCINNATI
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Steelers lead all-time series, 65-38-0
STREAKS Bengals have won past 3
LAST GAME 11/28/21: Steelers 10 at Bengals 41
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/21
QB MITCH TRUBISKY makes Pit. debut. Started 50 games over 5-year career, totaling 10,652 pass yards & 73 TDs (64 pass, 9 rush). Completed 25 of 32 atts. (78.1 pct.) for 271 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) for 112.4 rating in only career start vs. Cin. (12/10/17 w/ Chi.). Is 3-0 with 100.5 rating in 3 career starts vs. AFC North. • RB NAJEE HARRIS led all rookies with 1,667 scrimmage yards (1,200 rush, 467 rec.) last season & ranked 2nd with 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.). Led all RBs with 74 catches in 2021. Totaled 667 scrimmage yards (111.2 per game) in 6 division games last season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON set career highs in catches (107), rec. yards (1,161) & rec. TDs (8) in 2021. Had 9 catches for 95 yards in last meeting. Has 6+ catches in 4 of 5 career games vs. Cin. Had 5+ catches in each of 8 road games last season. • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had career-high 956 scrimmage yards (860 rush, 59 rec.) in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 80+ rec. yards. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH ranked 2nd among rookies with 7 rec. TDs last season & had TD catch in both games vs. Cin. • LB T.J. WATT led NFL with 22.5 sacks in 2021, tied for most by player in single season since 1982. Is 2nd player (HOFer Reggie White) since 1982 with 13+ sacks in 4 straight seasons. Since 2017, leads NFL with 72 sacks, 3rd-most by player in 1st 5 seasons since 1982. Has sack in 5 of his past 6 vs. Cin. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH set career highs in sacks (6) & TFL (15) in 2021. • DE CAMERON HEYWARD had 10 sacks & 15 TFL last season. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with sack. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK led all DBs with career-high 124 tackles in 2021.
QB JOE BURROW set franchise records in pass yards (4,611) & TD passes (34) last season & ranked 2nd in NFL with 108.3 passer rating. Became 3rd QB ever selected in 1st round of NFL Draft to start Super Bowl within 1st 2 seasons. Has 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 97.4 rating in 3 career starts vs. Pit. Totaled 1,319 pass yards (439.7 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.7 rating in final 3 home games of 2021. • RB JOE MIXON ranked 4th among RBs with career-high 1,519 scrimmage yards (1,205 rush, 314 rec.) & 16 TDs (13 rush, 3 rec.) in 2021. Rushed for career-high 165 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with rush TD & 4th in row with 110+ scrimmage yards. • WR JA’MARR CHASE ranked 4th in NFL with 1,455 rec. yards last season, most by rookie in Super Bowl era. Totaled 368 rec. yards in 4 playoff games, most-ever by rookie in postseason. Had 391 rec. yards & 3 rec. TDs in final 2 home games in 2021. • WR TEE HIGGINS set career highs in catches (74) & rec. yards (1,091) in 2021. Had 6 catches for 114 yards & TD in last meeting & has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Pit. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON ranked 5th in NFL with career-high 14 sacks last season. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (T.J. Watt) with 13+ sacks in each of last 2 seasons. Had sack & FF in last meeting & had sack in each of 5 division games in 2021. • LB LOGAN WILSON led team with career-high 98 tackles & 4 INTs in 2021 & was 1 of 2 LBs (Shaquille Leonard) with 90+ tackles & 4+ INTs. • S JESSIE BATES had 88 tackles in 2021 & ranks 3rd among DBs with 406 tackles since 2018. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Pit.
NFL PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA AT DETROIT
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER All-time series tied, 16-16-2
STREAKS Lions have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 10/31/21: Eagles 44 at Lions 6
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/21
QB JALEN HURTS passed for 3,144 yards & 16 TDs & led all QBs in rush yards (784) & rush TDs (10) in 2021. Became 3rd QB ever (Kyler Murray & Cam Newton) with 3,000+ pass yards, 700+ rush yards & 10+ rush TDs in single season. • RB MILES SANDERS had 912 scrimmage yards (754 rush, 158 rec.) in 2021. • WR A.J. BROWN makes Phi. debut. Has 185 receptions for 2,995 yards & 24 TDs in 43 career games. Had 3 games with 125+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2021, tied-2nd most in NFL. • WR DEVONTA SMITH ranked 4th among rookies with Phi. rookie-record 916 rec. yards in 2021. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 56 receptions & ranked 5th among TEs with career-high 830 rec. yards last season. • LB HAASON REDDICK makes Phi. debut. Had 11 sacks with Car. in 2021 & is 1 of 5 with 10+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. Ranks 5th in NFL with 23.5 sacks since 2020. • DT JAVON HARGRAVE set career-highs in sacks (7.5) & TFL (9) last season. • DE JOSH SWEAT had career-high 7.5 sacks in 2021. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM (59 sacks) & DT FLETCHER COX (58) are only pair of NFC teammates each with 55+ career sacks. • DT JORDAN DAVIS was selected No. 13 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • CB DARIUS SLAY was only player with 3 defensive TDs in 2021. Leads all active players with 119 career PD. Had 33-yard FR-TD in last meeting. Had 341 tackles, 104 PD & 19 INTs in 103 games (2013-19) with Det. • CB JAMES BRAD BERRY makes Phi. debut. Ranked tied-4th in NFL with 17 PD in 2021 with NYG & is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 6 seasons. • S CHAUNCEY GARDNER-JOHNSON makes Phi. debut. Has 28 PD in 43 career games.
QB JARED GOFF passed for career-high 67.2 comp. pct. (332 of 494) for 3,245 yards & 19 TDs with 91.5 rating in 2021. Is 1 of 6 QBs with 3,000+ pass yards in each of past 5 seasons & has 26 games with 300+ pass yards since 2017, 4th-most in NFL. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 1st-career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,069) last season, 1st Det. RB since 2014 (Joique Bell) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. Since 2020, is 1 of 4 RBs (Austin Ekeler, Alvin Kamara & J.D. McKissic) with 100+ receptions (108) & 800+ rec. yards (809). • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 758 scrimmage yards (601 rush, 157 rec.) in 2021. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN ranked 2nd among rookies with 90 receptions & had franchise rookie-record 912 rec. yards, 5th-most among rookies in 2021. From Weeks 13-18, became 1st rookie in NFL history with 8+ catches in 6 consecutive games. Needs 8 receptions in Week 1 to become 5th player ever with 8+ catches in 7 straight games. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON is 1 of 4 TEs (Travis Kelce, Noah Fant & Dalton Schultz) with 60+ catches & 500+ rec. yards in each of past 4 seasons. Was 1 of 2 TEs (Mark Andrews) with 4+ games (4) with 8+ catches in 2021. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON was selected No. 2 overall in 2022 NFL Draft, tied for highest-drafted DL by team since 1967 (Ndamukong Suh, No. 2 overall in 2010). • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 6 INTs & led team with career-best 11 PD last season. • S TRACY WALKER led team with career-high 105 tackles in 2021 & was 1 of 6 DBs with 5+ games (5) with 9+ tackles last season.
NFL PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS AT HOUSTON
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 31-9
STREAKS Colts have won past 4
LAST GAME 12/5/21: Colts 31 at Texans 0
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/5/21
QB MATT RYAN makes Ind. debut. Ranks 7th in NFL history in completions (5,242), 8th in pass yards (59,735) & 9th in TD passes (367). Totaled 3,968 pass yards in 2021 with Atl. & became 5th player ever with 3,500+ pass yards in 12 straight seasons. Had 330 pass yards & 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 102.6 rating in his last game vs. Hou. (10/6/19 w/ Atl.). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led NFL with 2,171 scrimmage yards (1,811 rush, 360 rec.) in 2021 & tied-1st with 20 TDs (18 rush, 2 rec.). Became youngest player ever with 2,000+ scrimmage yards & 20+ TDs in season. Rushed for 143 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting & has 531 scrimmage yards (132.8 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career games vs. Hou. Has 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 4 of past 5 vs. division. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with career highs in catches (88), rec. yards (1,082) & rec. TDs (6) in 2021. Had 6 catches for 77 yards in last meeting. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD led NFL with career=high 8 FFs & had 122 tackles last season. Is 1 of 2 players (Bobby Wagner) with 120+ tackles in each of past 4 seasons. Is 1st player since 1982 with 15+ sacks (15) & 10+ INTs (11) in 1st 4 seasons. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 7 sacks & 10 TFL in 2021 & is 1 of 4 DL with 7+ sacks & 9+ TFL in each of past 4 seasons. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE makes Ind. debut. Totaled 10 sacks, 8 TFL & 2 FFs last season with LV. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Aaron Donald) with 8+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. Had 2 sacks in his last game vs. Hou. (10/4/20 w/ Min.). • CB STEPHON GILMORE makes Ind. debut. Is 1 of 5 in NFL with 20+ INTs (27) & 100+ PD (116) since 2012.
QB DAVIS MILLS started 11 games last season & ranked 2nd among qualified rookies in rating (88.8), TD passes (16) & comp. pct. (66.8) & 3rd in pass yards (2,664). In 6 home starts, totaled 1,676 pass yards (279.3 per game) & 12 TDs vs. INT for 113.5 rating. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. • RB DAMEON PIERCE makes NFL debut. Selected in 4th round (No. 107 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • RB REX BURKHEAD ranked 2nd on team with 613 scrimmage yards (427 rush, 186 rec.) in 2021. Totaled 281 scrimmage yards (93.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs over final 3 home games last season. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team in catches (career-high 90), rec. yards (1,037) & rec. TDs (6) in 2021. Is 1 of 2 players (Mike Evans) with 1,000+ rec. yards & 5+ rec. TDs in 6 of past 7 seasons. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. Ind. • LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL led team with career-high 106 tackles & 13 TFL last season & was 1 of 5 in NFL with 100+ tackles & 10+ TFL. Had career-high 19 tackles, 3 TFL & sack in last meeting. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 93 tackles & ranked tied-2nd among all LBs with career high 8 PD last season. Had 7 tackles, FR & PD in last meeting. • DE JONATHAN GREENARD led team with career-high 8 sacks in 2021. • DE MARIO ADDISON makes Hou. debut. Totaled 7 sacks last season with Buf. & is 1 of 5 in NFL with 5+ sacks in each of past 8 seasons. • CB DEREK STINGLEY JR. was selected No. 3 overall in 2022 NFL Draft.
NFL PREVIEW: NEW ENGLAND AT MIAMI
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Dolphins lead all-time series, 58-52-0
STREAKS Dolphins have won past 3
LAST GAME 1/9/22: Patriots 24, Dolphins 33
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22
QB MAC JONES led all rookies in comp. pct (67.6), pass yards (3,801), TD passes (22) & passer rating (92.5 – min. 100 atts.) last season & became 4th rookie in NFL history with 3,500+ pass yards & 90+ rating. Had 97.6 rating in 2 games vs. Mia. in 2021. Had 0 INTs in 4 of 6 division games last season. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS had career-high 1,061 scrimmage yards (929 rush, 132 rec.) in 2021 & tied-2nd in NFL with career=high 15 rush TDs. Had 190 scrimmage yards (95 per game) in 2 games vs. Mia. last season. Aims for his 6th in row vs. division with rush TD. Had rush TD in 6 of 7 road games in 2021. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON totaled 729 scrimmage yards (606 rush, 123 rec.) in 12 games last season & ranked tied=2nd among rookies with 5 rush TDs. • WR DEVANTE PARKER makes NE debut. Totaled 338 catches, 4,727 rec. yards & 24 rec. TDs over past 7 seasons with Mia. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with career highs in catches (83) & rec. yards (866) last season. Has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Mia. • TE HUNTER HENRY tied-1st among TEs with career-high 9 rec. TDs in 2021. Had 5 catches for 86 yards in last meeting. • LB MATTHEW JUDON led team with career=high 12.5 sacks last season. Ranks 5th in NFL with 64 TFL since 2017. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Mia. with TFL. • LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with career highs in tackles (108) & FFs (3) in 2021. Had career-high 17 tackles in last meeting. • S DEVIN MCCOURTY had 10 PD & 3 INTs last season. Is 1 of 2 active players (Marcus Peters) with 30+ (31) career INTs.
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA set career highs in passing yards (2,653), TD passes (16) & passer rating (90.1) last season & ranked 3rd in AFC with 67.8 comp. pct. Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career starts vs. NE. Had 7 TDs (6 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 99.6 rating in final 5 home games of 2021. • RB CHASE EDMUNDS makes Mia. debut. Had career-high 903 scrimmage yards (592 rush, 311 rec.) in 2021 with Az. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. AFC East. • WR TYREEK HILL makes Mia. debut. Ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 111 catches last season with KC & had 1,239 rec. yards & 9 rec. TDs. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 1,200+ rec. yards in each of past 2 seasons. Since 2016, ranks 3rd in NFL with 56 rec. TDs. Has 401 rec. yards (100.3 per game) & 5 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. NE. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE led team with 104 catches, 1,015 rec. yards & 7 TDs (6 rec., 1 rush) in 2021, most catches by rookie in NFL history. Had rec. TD in both games vs. NE in 2021. • TE MIKE GESICKI set career highs in catches (73) & rec. yards (780) last season & is 1 of 5 TEs with 50+ catches & 500+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD led team with 5 INTs in 2021 & is 1 of 4 in NFL with 5+ INTs in each of past 2 seasons. Leads NFL with 27 INTs since 2016. Had INT-TD in last meeting. • DE EMMANUEL OGBAH led team with 9 sacks & set career highs in PD (12) & TFL (9) last season. Is 1 of 3 in AFC (Myles Garrett & T.J. Watt) with 9+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with PD. • LB JEROME BAKER led team with 92 tackles in 2021 & had 5.5 sacks & 9 TFL. • LB MELVIN INGRAM makes Mia. debut. Has 51 sacks & 14 FFs over 10-year career.
NFL PREVIEW: BALTIMORE AT NEW YORK JETS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Ravens lead all=time series, 9-2
STREAKS Ravens have won 9 of last 10
LAST GAME 12/12/19: Jets 21 at Ravens 42
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/23/16: Jets 24, Ravens 16
QB LAMAR JACKSON enters 2022 with 3,673 rush yards, most-ever by QB in 1st 4 seasons. Ranked 2nd among QBs with 767 rush yards in 2021. Tied career-high with 5 TD passes & had 86 rush yards in last meeting vs. NYJ. Has 834 pass yards (278 per game) & 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 150.2 rating in 3 career starts in Week 1. • RB J.K. DOBBINS rushed for 805 yards & 9 TDs as rookie in 2020 before missing last season due to injury. • RB MIKE DAVIS makes Bal. debut. Totaled 762 scrimmage yards (503 rush, 259 rec.) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) last season with Atl. • TE MARK ANDREWS led all TEs with career highs in catches (107) & rec. yards (1,361) last season, the 3rd-most rec. yards & tied 3rd-most catches ever by TE in single season. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR RASHOD BATEMAN ranked 4th among AFC rookies with 515 rec. yards in 2021. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY led team with 13 PD in 2021 & is 1 of 3 players (James Bradberry & Marshon Lattimore) with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. Ranks 3rd among active DBs with 12 career FFs. Had 2 PD in last meeting. • CB MARCUS PETERS leads all players with 31 INTs since 2015 & ranks 4th with 86 PD. Has 3 PD & 2 INTs in 3 career games vs. NYJ. • S MARCUS WILLIAMS makes Bal. debut. Is 1 of 6 players with 2+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 5+ tackles. • LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with career-high 98 tackles & 10 TFL last season. • LB TYUS BOWSER had career-high 7 sacks in 2021. Had sack & FF in last meeting. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL ranks 2nd among active players with 161 career TFL.
QB JOE FLACCO passed for 291 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.5 rating in only start last season (Week 11 vs. Mia.). Ranks 5th among active QBs with 41,269 career pass yards & 6th with 227 TD passes. Won SB XLVII MVP with Bal. & is franchise’s all-time leader in pass yards (38,245) & TD passes (212). • QB ZACH WILSON totaled 2,334 pass yards & 13 TDs (9 pass, 4 rush) in 13 starts in 2021. • RB MICHAEL CARTER ranked 4th among rookies with 964 scrimmage yards (639 rush, 325 rec.) in 2021 & was 1 of 3 rookies (Najee Harris & Javonte Williams) with 600+ rush yards & 300+ rec. yards. Totaled 628 scrimmage yards (89.7 per game) in 7 home games last season. • RB BREECE HALL was elected in 2nd round (No. 36 overall) of 2022 NFL Draft. • WR ELIJAH MOORE ranked 5th among rookie WRs with team-high 538 rec. yards last season. Finished 2021 season with rec. TD in each of his last 3 home games. • WR COREY DAVIS had 34 catches for 492 yards & 4 TDs last season. Had 5 catches for 113 yards in his last game vs. Bal. (11/22/20 w/ Ten.). • TE C.J. UZOMAH makes NYJ debut. Set career highs in catches (49), rec. yards (493) & rec. TDs (5) last season with Cin. • LB C.J. MOSLEY ranked 4th in NFL with career-high 168 tackles in 2021. Is 1 of 3 active LBs (Lavonte David & Bobby Wagner) with 700+ tackles (751) & 10+ INTs (10). • LB QUINCY WILLIAMS led team with 9 TFL, tied for lead with 3 FFs & ranked 2nd with career-high 107 tackles last season. • CB SAUCE GARDNER (No. 4 overall), WR GARRETT WILSON (No. 10) & DE JERMAINE JOHNSON (No. 26) each selected in 1st round of 2022 NFL Draft.
NFL PREVIEW: JACKSONVILLE AT WASHINGTON
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Commanders lead all-time series, 6-1
STREAKS Commanders have won last 4
LAST GAME 12/16/18: Washington 16 at Jaguars 13
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/14: Washington 41, Jaguars 10
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE led all rookies last season with 359 completions, 3rd-most ever by rookie, & ranked 2nd with 3,641 pass yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON totaled 989 scrimmage yards (767 rush, 222 rec.) & career high 8 rush TDs in 2021. Has 2,403 career scrimmage yards, 4th-most by undrafted player in 1st 2 seasons in common-draft era. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE makes NFL debut after missing 2021 season due to injury. Selected No. 25 overall in 2021 NFL Draft. • WR MARVIN JONES led team in catches (73), rec. yards (832) & rec. TDs (4) last season. Is 1 of 4 players with 500+ rec. yards & 4+ rec. TDs in each of past 7 seasons. Had 8 catches for 96 yards & TD in his last game vs. Was. (11/15/20 w/ Det.). • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK makes Jax. debut. Set career highs in catches (77) & rec. yards (982) in 2021 with Az. Had 57 rec. yards in his last game vs. Was. (9/20/20 w/ Az.). • TE EVAN ENGRAM makes Jax. debut. Is 1 of 3 TEs (Travis Kelce & George Kittle) with 40+ catches in each of past 5 seasons. Had rec. TD in his last game at Was. (11/8/20 w/ NYG). • LB JOSH ALLEN led team with 7.5 sacks & career-high 12 TFL in 2021. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN makes Jax. debut. Led NFL with 192 tackles last season with Atl., most by player in single season since 2000. Had 12 tackles, sack & PD in his last game vs. Was. (10/3/21 w/ A tl.). • LB TRAVON WALKER makes NFL debut. Selected No. 1 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • DE ARDEN KEY makes Jax. debut. Had career-high 6.5 sacks & 5 TFL w/ SF in 2021. • CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN had 2 PD & INT in his last game vs. Was. (12/20/20 w/ Sea.).
QB CARSON WENTZ makes Was. debut. Passed for 3,563 yards & 27 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 94.6 rating w/ Ind. in 2021, his 3rd-career season with 25+ TD passes & 5thcareer season with 3,000+ pass yards. Is 1 of 2 active QBs (Aaron Rodgers) with 10-or-fewer INTs in 4 of the past 5 seasons (min. 10 starts per season). • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had career-high 1,331 scrimmage yards (1,037 rush, 294 rec.) & 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.) in 2021 & is 1 of 5 RBs with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 2 seasons. • RB J.D. MCKISSIC is 1 of 3 RBs (Austin Ekeler & Alvin Kamara) with 120+ receptions (120) since 2020. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 77 receptions for 1,053 yards & 5 TDs in 2021. Is 1 of 7 players with 75+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 2 seasons. • WR JAHAN DOTSON was selected No. 16 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN led team with career-high 9 sacks & 10 TFL in 2021. Is 1 of 3 DL (DeForest Buckner & Cameron Heyward) with 250+ tackles (254) since 2018. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT aims for his 4th season in row with 5+ sacks. • LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with career-high 142 tackles & had career-high 7 PD last season. Had 10+ tackles in 4 of his final 5 games in 2021. • CB KENDALL FULLER led team & ranked tied-6th in NFL with career-high 16 PD in 2021. Aims for his 8th in row at home with PD. • CB WILLIAM JACKSON had 8 PD in 12 games last season. • S KAMREN CURL set career highs in tackles (98) & PD (5) in 2021. • S BOBBY MCCAIN set career highs in tackles (63), PD (9) & INTs (4) last season.
NFL PREVIEW: KANSAS CITY AT ARIZONA
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Chiefs lead all-time series, 9-3-1
STREAKS Chiefs have won 4 of last 5
LAST GAME 11/11/18: Cardinals 14 at Chiefs 26
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/7/14: Cardinals 17, Chiefs 14
QB PATRICK MAHOMES ranked 4th in NFL with 4,839 pass yards last season & tied4th with 37 TD passes. Joined HOFer Peyton Manning as only players ever with 4,000+ pass yards in 4 of 1st 5 seasons & is 1st player ever with 35+ TD passes in 3 of 1st 5 seasons. Since 2018, leads NFL in pass yards (18,707) & TD passes (151). Had 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 7 of 8 road starts last season. Completed 21 of 28 atts. (75 pct.) for 249 yards & 2 TDs for 125.4 rating in last meeting. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE totaled 646 scrimmage yards (517 rush, 129 rec.) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 10 games last season. • TE TRAVIS KELCE tied for lead among TEs with 9 rec. TDs in 2021 & ranked 2nd with 92 catches & 1,125 rec. yards. Is 1st TE ever with 90+ catches in 4 straight seasons & is only player in NFL with 80+ catches in each of past 6 seasons. Since 2014, ranks 3rd in NFL in catches (704), 4th in rec. yards (9,006) & 5th in rec. TDs (57). Had 7 catches for 110 yards in last road meeting. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER makes KC debut. Has 800+ rec. yards & 7+ rec. TDs in 3 of 1st 5 seasons. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC West. • DT CHRIS JONES led team with 9 sacks in 2021, his 4th-straight season with 7+ sacks. Had 2 sacks, 2 PD & FF in last meeting. • DE FRANK CLARK had sack & FR in his last game vs. Az. (12/30/18 w/ Sea.). • LB NICK BOLTON led all rookies with team-high 112 tackles last season & ranked 2nd with 11 TFL, becoming 5th rookie since 2010 with 100+ tackles & 10+ TFL. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED ranked 2nd on team with career-high 8 PD & had 7 TFL in 2021. • S JUSTIN REID makes KC debut. Totaled 7 INTs over past 4 seasons with Hou.
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 3,787 yards & 24 TDs with career-high 100.6 rating & had 423 rush yards in 2021 & became 1st player ever with 3,500+ pass yards & 400+ rush yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. Can join HOFer Peyton Manning as only QBs all-time with 3,500+ pass yards & 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 4 seasons. Has 13 games with both pass & rush TD since 2019, 2nd-most in NFL. • RB JAMES CONNER ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 18 TDs & ranked tied-2nd with 15 rush TDs, both 2nd-most in single season in franchise history. Aims for his 7th in row at home with rush TD. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 56 receptions for 574 yards & 3 TDs in 11 games with Az. in 2021. Since 2013, ranks 2nd among TEs in receptions (635) & rec. yards (6,841). • WR A.J. GREEN had 54 receptions for 848 yards & 3 TDs in 2021. Has 10,278 career rec. yards, 4th-most since he entered NFL in 2011. • WR MARQUISE BROWN makes Az. debut. Set career-highs in catches (91) & rec. yards (1,008) last season with Bal. Had 113 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. KC (9/19/21 w/ Bal.). • DE J.J. WATT is 1 of 6 active players with 100+ career sacks (102). • LB MARKUS GOLDEN led team with 11 sacks in 2021, his 3rd-career 10+ sack season. • S BUDDA BAKER had 98 tackles, 7 PD, 6 TFL & career-high 3 INTs in 2021. Is 1 of 4 (Lavonte David, Demario Davis & Roquan Smith) with 95+ tackles & 5+ TFL in each of past 4 seasons. • S JALEN THOMPSON ranked 2nd among DBs with career-high 120 tackles last season & had career-bests in PD (7) & INTs (3).
NFL PREVIEW: LAS VEGAS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 66-56-2
STREAKS Chargers have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 1/9/22: Chargers 32 at Raiders 35 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/4/21: Chargers 28, Raiders 14
QB DEREK CARR ranked 5th in NFL with career-high & franchise-record 4,804 pass yards in 2021 & is 1 of 4 QBs with 4,000+ pass yards in each of past 4 seasons. Is 5th QB ever with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 8 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row vs. LAC with 2+ TD passes. Has 0 INTs in 6 of his past 7 vs. LAC. • RB JOSH JACOBS totaled 1,220 scrimmage yards (872 rush, career-high 348 rec.) & 9 rush TDs last season. Is 1 of 3 (Nick Chubb & Ezekiel Elliott) with 1,200+ scrimmage yards & 7+ TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Rushed for 132 yards & TD in last meeting. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS makes LV debut. Last season with GB, ranked 2nd in NFL with 123 catches, 3rd with 1,553 rec. yards & 5th with 11 rec. TDs. Is 4th player ever with 110+ catches & 1,300+ rec. yards in 3 career seasons. Since 2016, leads NFL with 581 catches & 69 rec. TDs & ranks 2nd with 7,192 rec. yards. • WR HUNTER RENFROW led team with career highs in catches (103), rec. yards (1,038) & rec. TDs (9) in 2021. Had 2 TD catches in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with rec. TD. Had TD catch in 5 of 6 division games last season. • TE DARREN WALLER had 665 rec. yards in 11 games in 2021 & is 1 of 3 TEs (Mark Andrews & Travis Kelce) with 650+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAC. Had 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 road games last season. • DE MAXX CROSBY led team with 13 TFL in 2021 & ranked 2nd with 8 sacks. Had career-high 3 PD & 2 sacks in last meeting. • DE CHANDLER JONES makes LV debut. Had 10.5 sacks last season with Az. & leads all players with 107.5 sacks since 2012. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN ranked 6th in NFL with career=high 154 tackles in 2021.
QB JUSTIN HERBERT ranked 2nd in NFL with career-high 5,014 pass yards last season & ranked 3rd with career-high 38 TD passes. Became 3rd player ever (Patrick Mahomes & HOFer Dan Marino) with 5,000+ pass yards in 1 of 1st 2 seasons. Has 9,350 career pass yards & 69 TD passes, both most-ever by QB in 1st 2 seasons. Has 1,245 pass yards (311.3 per game) & 11 TDs (10 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT in 4 career games vs. LV. Aims for his 8th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. • RB AUSTIN EKELER totaled career-high 1,558 scrimmage yards (911 rush, 647 rec.) in 2021 & tied-1st in NFL with career-high 20 TDs (12 rush, 8 rec.). Ranked 2nd among RBs with 70 catches last season & since 2019, leads all RBs with 216 catches. Had 244 scrimmage yards (122 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 2 games vs. LV in 2021. Aims for his 9th in row vs. division with TD. Had TD in 8 of 9 2021 home games. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with career=high 106 catches last season & is only player in NFL with 100+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. Leads NFL with 509 catches since 2017. Has 5+ catches in 11 of his past 12 vs. Raiders. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS led team in rec. yards (career-high 1,145) & rec. TDs (9) in 2021. Had 9 catches for 119 yards & TD in last meeting. • DE JOEY BOSA led team with 10.5 sacks last season & ranked tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 7 FFs. Had sack & FF in both games vs. LV in 2021. • LB KHALIL MACK makes LAC debut. Had 6 sacks in 2021 w/ Chi. & is 1 of 4 in NFL with 6+ sacks in each of past 7 seasons. Since 2014, ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 23 FFs. • CB J.C. JACKSON makes LAC debut. Led NFL with career-high 23 PD last season with NE & ranked 2nd with 8 INTs. Leads NFL with 25 INTs since 2018.
NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY AT MINNESOTA
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 63-55-3
STREAKS Vikings have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 1/2/22: Vikings 10 at Packers 37
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/21: Vikings 34, Packers 31
QB AARON RODGERS ranks 5th all-time in TD passes (449) & 10th in passing yards (55,360). Had 4,115 pass yards & 37 TD passes in 2021 & led NFL with 111.9 rating. Can become 1st player ever to win MVP award in 3 consecutive seasons. Has 56 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 110.3 rating in 26 career starts vs. Min. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 350+ pass yards & 4+ TD passes. • RB AARON JONES had 1,190 scrimmage yards (799 rush, 391 rec.) & 10 TDs (6 rec., 4 rush) in 2021. Is 1 of 2 (Derrick Henry) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Since 2019, ranks 2nd in NFL with 40 scrimmage TDs. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. Min. & aims for his 4th in row at Min. with rush TD. • RB A.J. DILLON had career-high 1,116 scrimmage yards (803 rush, 313 rec.) & career high 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021. Had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR SAMMY WATKINS makes GB debut. Has 5,059 rec. yards in 99 career games. • WR CHRISTIAN WATSON makes NFL debut. Was selected in 2nd round (No. 34 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • LB RASHAN GARY led team with career-high 9.5 sacks in 2021. Had sack in last meeting. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team & ranked 7th in NFL with career-high 145 tackles last season. Has 90+ tackles in each of past 5 seasons. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS led team with career-high 5 INTs & had career-high 13 PD in 2021. Was 1 of 3 (Trevon Diggs & Mike Edwards) with 2 INT-TDs last season. • CB ERIC STOKES had 14 PD last season, tied-most among 2021 rookies. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER has 44 PD in 48 career games.
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 4,221 yards & 33 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 103.1 rating in 2021. Is only QB with 25+ pass TDs in each of past 7 seasons & 1 of 2 QBs (Russell Wilson) with 100+ rating in each of past 3 seasons. Has 18 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 110.4 rating in 8 career starts vs. GB & aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with 115+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK had 1,383 scrimmage yards (1,159 rush, 224 rec.) in 2021 & is 1 of 3 (Ezekiel Elliott & Alvin Kamara) with 1,250+ scrimmage yards in each of past 3 seasons. Has 17 rush TDs in his past 18 home games. Has 759 scrimmage yards (108.4 per game) & 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in 7 career games vs. GB. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON ranked 2nd in NFL with career-high 1,616 rec. yards & 4th with career-best 108 catches last season. Has 3,016 career rec. yards, most-ever by player in his 1st 2 seasons. Had 169 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in last home meeting. • WR ADAM THIELEN is 1 of 4 WRs with 10+ rec. TDs in each of past 2 seasons. Has 49 career rec. TDs & can become 4th undrafted player since 1967 with 50+ career TD catches. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 at home vs. GB. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER has 60.5 sacks & 72 TFL in 85 career games. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS set career highs in tackles (143) & sacks (5) in 2021. Is 1 of 2 (Bobby Wagner) with 100+ tackles in each of past 6 seasons. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH makes Min. debut. Had 30 sacks & 32 TFL in 38 games, incl. postseason, with GB (2019-21). • LB JORDAN HICKS makes Min. debut. Since 2019, ranks 5th in NFL with 384 tackles. • S HARRISON SMITH had career-high 114 tackles in 2021. Is only active player with 25+ interceptions (29) & 15+ sacks (16.5).
NFL PREVIEW: NY GIANTS AT TENNESSEE
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER All-time series tied, 6-6
STREAKS Titans have won 6 of last 7
LAST GAME 12/16/18: Titans 17 at Giants 0
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/7/14: Giants 36, Titans 7
QB DANIEL JONES passed for 2,428 yards & 10 TDs with 84.8 rating & had 298 rush yards & 2 rush TDs in 11 starts last season. Is 1 of 4 QBs with 250+ rush yards in each of past 3 seasons. Had 90+ rating in 5 of his 6 home starts in 2021. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 856 scrimmage yards (593 rush, 263 rec.) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021. Since 2018, is 1 of 6 to average 100+ scrimmage yards per game (100.4), min. 40 games played. • RB MATT BREIDA makes NYG debut. Has 3,010 career scrimmage yards. • WR STERLING SHEPARD has 50+ receptions in 5 of his 6 career seasons. • WR WAN’DALE ROBINSON was selected in 2nd round (No. 43 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY led team with 521 rec. yards last season. • LB KAYVON THIBODEAUX (No. 5 overall) & T EVAN NEAL (No. 7) were selected in 1st round of 2022 NFL Draft. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 6.5 sacks in 2021. Ranked 4th among DL with career high 81 tackles last season and has 2nd-most tackles (404) among DL since entering NFL in 2015. • LB AZEEZ OJULARI led team & ranked 3rd among rookies with 8 sacks last season. • LB TAE CROWDER led team with career-high 130 tackles in 2021. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had career-high 5 INTs last season & was only DB with 90+ tackles (93), 10+ PD (10) & 5+ INTs in 2021. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had 62 tackles & 8 PD in 2021. Was selected No. 18 overall by Titans in 2017 NFL Draft & had 199 tackles, 33 PD & 2 INTs in 46 games (2017-20) with Tennessee.
QB RYAN TANNEHILL totaled 3,734 pass yards & 21 TD passes last season & ranked 2nd among QBs with 7 rush TDs. Is only QB in NFL with 7+ rush TDs in each of past 2 seasons. Since 2019, ranks 3rd among QBs with 18 rush TDs. Has 6 TDs vs. INT in 4 career starts vs. NFC East. • RB DERRICK HENRY totaled 1,091 scrimmage yards (937 rush, 154 rec.) & 10 rush TDs in 8 games last season & led all players with 117.1 rush yards per game (min. 200 atts.). Since 2017, leads NFL with 6,307 rush yards & 60 rush TDs & is only player with 10+ rush TDs in each of past 4 seasons. Rushed for 170 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. • WR ROBERT WOODS makes Ten. debut. Had 556 rec. yards in 2021 with LAR & is 1 of 3 in NFL (DeAndre Hopkins & Emmanuel Sanders) with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 9 seasons. Had TD catch in his last game vs. NYG (10/17/21 w/ LAR). • WR TREYLON BURKS was selected No. 18 overall in 2022 NFL Draft. • TE AUSTIN HOOPER makes Ten. debut. Since 2016, ranks 4th among TEs w/ 298 catches. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with 88 tackles & 5 INTs last season & was 1 of 4 players in NFL with 85+ tackles & 5+ INTs. Since 2016, leads all safeties with 23 INTs. Had INT & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with INT. • CB KRISTIAN FULTON led team with career-high 14 PD in 2021. Totaled 5 PD in his final 3 home games last season. • DE DENICO AUTRY ranked 2nd on team with 9 sacks last season. Had sack in each of final 3 home games in 2021. Has TFL in 5 of 6 career games vs. NFC East. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS set career highs in sacks (8.5) & TFL (12) in last season.
NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY AT DALLAS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 13-5
STREAKS Cowboys have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 9/9/21: Cowboys 29 at Buccaneers 31
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/23/18: Cowboys 27, Buccaneers 20
QB TOM BRADY is NFL all-time regular-season leader in starts (316), pass yards (84,520), completions (7,263) & TD passes (624) & postseason all-time leader in starts (47), wins (35), pass yards (13,049), TD passes (86), SB titles (7) & SB MVPs (5). Led NFL with career-high 5,316 pass yards & 43 TD passes in 2021, 3rd-most pass yards in single season all-time. Recorded most-ever completions (485) in single-season last year. Passed for 379 yards & 4 TDs in Week 1 meeting in 2021. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 1,266 scrimmage yards (812 rush, 454 rec.) & 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) & ranked 3rd among RBs with 69 receptions in 2021. • WR MIKE EVANS had 1,035 rec. yards in 2021 & became 1st player ever with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 8 seasons. Ranked 2nd last season with career-high 14 rec. TDs. Since 2014, leads all players with 75 rec. TDs & ranks 3rd in rec. yards (9,301). • WR CHRIS GODWIN had career-high 98 receptions with 1,103 rec. yards & 6 TDs (5 rec., 1 rush) in 2021. Had 9 catches for 105 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • WR JULIO JONES makes TB debut. Leads all active players in receptions (879) & rec. yards (13,330). Has 59 career games with 100+ rec. yards, tied-3rd most in NFL history. • LB LAVONTE DAVID ranks 2nd in tackles (1,220) & 5th in TFL (134) since 2012. Is 1 of 2 (J.J. Watt) with 50+ PD (54) & 25+ FFs (26) since 2012. • LB DEVIN WHITE led team with 128 tackles in 2021. Is 1 of 3 (Jerome Baker & Demario Davis) with 300+ tackles (359) & 10+ sacks (15) since 2019. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT led team with 10 sacks in 2021 & ranks 4th in NFL with 37.5 sacks since 2019. Had sack in last meeting. • CB CARLTON DAVIS led team with 11 PD in 2021. Had INT in last meeting.
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 4,449 yards & franchise-record 37 TDs & ranked 3rd in NFL with 104.2 rating last season. Joined Daunte Culpepper & Cam Newton as only QBs ever with 125+ TD passes (143) & 25+ rush TDs (25) in 1st 6 career seasons. Passed for 23 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 116.2 rating in 8 home starts in 2021. Had Week 1 NFL-record 42 completions & passed for 403 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 1,289 scrimmage yards (1,002 rush, 287 rec.) & 12 TDs (10 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021. Since 2016, leads NFL with 9,630 scrimmage yards & 7,386 rush yards. Has 1,691 scrimmage yards (112.7 per game) in 15 career games on SNF. • RB TONY POLLARD had career-high 1,056 scrimmage yards (719 rush, 337 rec.) in 2021. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had career-high 79 receptions for career-best 1,178 scrimmage yards (career-high 1,102 rec., 76 rush) & became 1st Dal. WR with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ set career highs in catches (78), rec. yards (808) & rec. TDs (8) in 2021, 3rd-most receptions by TE last season. • LB MICAH PARSONS led all rookies with 13 sacks last season, tied-3rd most by rookie since 1982. Ranked 3rd in NFL with 20 TFL. • CB TREVON DIGGS led NFL with 11 INTs, most by player in single season since 1981. Has 14 INTs, tied-2nd most by player in his 1st 2 seasons in SB era. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 21 PD last season. • CB ANTHONY BROWN ranked tied-4th in NFL with career-high 17 PD in 2021. • S JAYRON KEARSE led team with career-high 98 tackles & had career-high 10 PD last season. Had 14 games with 5+ tackles in 2021, tied 3rd-most among DBs.
NFL PREVIEW: DENVER AT SEATTLE
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Broncos lead all-time series, 35-19
STREAKS Broncos have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 9/9/18: Seahawks 24 at Broncos 27
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/21/14: Seahawks 26, Broncos 20 (OT)
QB RUSSELL WILSON makes Den. debut. Spent 1st 10 years of career with Sea. & is franchise’s all-time leader in completions (3,079), pass yards (37,059) & TD passes (292). Has 5th-most pass yards & 2nd-most TD passes ever by player in 1st 10 seasons. Has 25 TDs (22 pass, 3 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 103.6 rating with 10-3 record in 13 starts on MNF. • RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS ranked 3rd among rookies in scrimmage yards (1,219) & rush yards (903) last season & tied-3rd with 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.). • RB MELVIN GORDON totaled 1,131 scrimmage yards (918 rush, 213 rec.) & 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) in 2021, his 5th-career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ TDs. Since 2015, ranks 2nd among RBs with 8,388 scrimmage yards & 4th with 67 TDs. Rushed for 113 yards & TD in only career game vs. Sea. (11/4/18 w/ LAC). • WR COURTLAND SUTTON led team with 776 rec. yards last season. Has 236 rec. yards (78.7 per game) in 3 career games on MNF. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6 games in primetime. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS led team with 5 INTs & had 12 PD in 2021. Is 1 of 2 safeties (Quandre Diggs) with 5+ INTs in each of past 2 seasons. Since 2016, ranks 2nd among safeties with 21 INTs & 3rd with 49 PD. Had INT in last meeting. • S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 88 tackles last season. • CB PAT SURTAIN II led all rookies with 4 INTs in 2021 & had team-high 14 PD. Had PD in 6 of 8 road games last season. • LB RANDY GREGORY makes Den. debut. Tied career highs in sacks (6) & FFs (3) last season with Dal.
QB GENO SMITH completed 65 of 95 atts. (68.4 pct.) & had 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 103 rating in 5 games (3 starts) in 2021. Had TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.3 rating in his last start on MNF (10/25/21 vs. NO). • RB RASHAAD PENNY had career-high 749 rush yards & career-best 6 rush TDs in 2021. Had 135+ rush yards & rush TD in 4 of his final 5 games last season. Can join HOFers Jim Brown (1958) & O.J. Simpson (1976) as well as Adrian Peterson (2012) as the only players ever with 150+ rush yards & rush TD in 3 straight games. • RB KENNETH WALKER was selected in 2nd round (No. 41 overall) in 2022 NFL Draft. • WR DK METCALF led team in receptions (75) & rec. TDs (career-high 12) & had 967 rec. yards in 2021 & became 5th player since 1990 with 900+ rec. yards & 7+ rec. TDs in each of his 1st 3 seasons. Has 70+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 career games on MNF. • WR TYLER LOCKETT led team with 1,175 rec. yards last season & is 1 of 4 WRs (Stefon Diggs, Mike Evans & DJ Moore) with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • TE NOAH FANT makes Sea. debut. Was selected No. 20 overall by Denver in 2019 NFL Draft. Had career-high 68 receptions for 670 rec. yards & 4 rec. TDs with Broncos in 2021. • LB JORDYN BROOKS ranked 2nd in NFL with 183 tackles in 2021 & became 1st player since 2000 with 180 tackles & 10+ TFL (11) in a season. • S JAMAL ADAMS has 75+ tackles in each of past 5 seasons. Needs 3.5 sacks to become 6th DB since 1982 with 25+ career sacks. • S QUANDRE DIGGS ranked tied-1st among safeties with 5 INTs & is only player with 3+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons.
BYU investigation finds no racial slurs against Duke player
PROVO, Utah (AP) An investigation by Brigham Young University into allegations that fans engaged in racial heckling and uttered racial slurs at a Duke volleyball player last month found no evidence to support the claim.
BYU issued the results of its investigation into the Aug. 26 match on Friday, reiterating it will not tolerate conduct threatening any student-athlete.
The school said it reached out to more than 50 people who attended the event, including athletic department personnel and student-athletes from both schools, event security and management and fans who were in the arena. It also reviewed audio and video recordings and raw footage from the match.
As a result of the investigation, the university said it has lifted a ban on a fan who was identified as directing racial slurs toward Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson during the match. It also apologized to the fan for any hardship the ban caused.
Duke athletic director Nina King issued a statement standing by Richardson and the rest of her team.
“The 18 members of the Duke University volleyball team are exceptionally strong women who represent themselves, their families, and Duke University with the utmost integrity,” she said Friday after BYU issued its statement. “We unequivocally stand with and champion them, especially when their character is called into question. Duke Athletics believes in respect, equality and inclusiveness, and we do not tolerate hate and bias.”
Lesa Pamplin, Richardson’s godmother who initially drew attention to the alleged slur by tweeting about it, said in an emailed statement that she does not accept BYU’s findings.
“BYU’s statement today does not change my position. In fact, the statement and the `findings’ are in keeping with what I – and many others – anticipated,” Pamplin said. “Daily across America, the burden of proof – in instances like these involving people of color, as well as marginalized people, economically disadvantaged people, and disempowered people – is shifted unfairly and without hesitation.”
In the aftermath of the Aug. 26 match, South Carolina women’s basketball program canceled a home-and-home series with BYU. Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley said she did not want to put her players in the situation that she said Richardson had experienced.
The Gamecocks were scheduled to start the season at home against BYU on Nov. 7, then play at the Utah campus during the 2023-24 season.
Staley released a statement through the school Friday, standing by her earlier decision to cancel the series.
“After my personal research, I made a decision for the well-being of my team,” Staley said. “I regret that my university, my athletics director Ray Tanner and others got drawn into the criticism of a choice that I made.”
BYU said it remains committed to rooting out racism wherever it is found. The school also said it understands some will criticize its investigation as being selective in its review.
“To the contrary, we have tried to be as thorough as possible in our investigation, and we renew our invitation for anyone with evidence contrary to our findings to come forward and share it,” the school said.
BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church. Race relations is one of the most sensitive issues for a faith that until 1978 banned Black church members serving in the lay priesthood, going on missions or getting married in temples.
The Salt Lake City-based religion has worked to improve race relations, including calling out white supremacy and launching a formal alliance with the NAACP, but some Black church members and scholars say discriminatory opinions linger from a ban rooted in a belief that black skin was a curse.
The number of Black church members has increased but still only accounts for small portion of the 16 million worldwide members. Not one serves in the highest levels of global leadership.
Jeongeun Lee6 finds her form and leads LPGA in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (AP) Without a top 10 since the Asia swing in early March, Jeongeun Lee6 posted her best score in nearly a year on Friday with a 9-under 63 that gave her a one-shot lead in the Kroger Queen City Championship.
Lee6 has gone three years since her lone win on the LPGA Tour at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, and the 26-year-old South Korean hasn’t contended since Singapore at the HSBC Women’s World Championship.
She was at 13-under 131, one ahead of Janet Lin of China, who had a 68. Ally Ewing had six straight birdies on the front nine and shot 64, leaving her two behind.
Lee6 was never under much stress and was at her best around the turn at Kenwood Country Club, making seven birdies in a 10-hole stretch.
“It was a good bogey-free round, and it’s been a while I played bogey-free, so I’m really satisfied with my game today,” Lee6 said. “Two more rounds, so I’m just going to focus on my swing. I’m focusing on just downswing, so I did really well today.”
A teenager still in high school will be around for the weekend at the first LPGA Tour event in Cincinnati since 1989. Anna Davis, the 16-year-old from the San Diego area who won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, had a 66 and was at 4-under 140.
Davis has made the cut in three of her five LPGA starts this year, one of them a major at the Evian Championship. She also made the cut two weeks ago in Canada. She was tied for 26th going into the weekend in Cincinnati.
“I’m very excited,” Davis said. “I’m not very in contention, but kind of finally up there on the leaderboard a little bit, so it’ll be nice to see if I can keep climbing the leaderboard on the weekend.”
Gianna Clemente, the 14-year-old who splits time between Ohio and Florida, wasn’t so fortunate. This is her third straight LPGA start – getting through Monday qualifying each time – and she opened with a bogey-free 70 to have a good chance at the weekend.
But she only made one birdie, twice took bogey on par 5s and wound up with a 77 to miss the cut by four shots.
The cut was at 1-under 143 on a course that hasn’t hosted an LPGA-sanctioned tournament since the 1963 U.S. Women’s Open. Another major, the LPGA Championship, was in the area for 10 years until 1989.
The weekend will not include U.S. Women’s Open champion Minjee Lee, who leads the Race to CME Globe, or American star Lexi Thompson. Lee never recovered from a 76 in the opening round. She had a 69 on Friday.
Thompson, who played in the final group a week ago at the Dana Open, went 36 holes without a birdie. She did hole a wedge for eagle on the seventh hole, though that was her lone score under par. Thompson had 16 pars and a bogey for a 71.
Paula Creamer made the cut in her second event back since having her first child. She had a 70 and was at 2-under 142.
Ten players were within five shots of Lee6.
Maria Fassi, the big-hitting Mexican who has struggled to keep it in the short grass, followed a 68 with a 66 and was three behind, along with Sarah Kemp of Australia (68).
Megan Khang, a runner-up last week, had a 66 and was four behind.
Fassi, Kemp and Khang have yet to win on the LPGA Tour, though this year already has produced eight first-time winners.
Fassi finished with five birdies on her last six holes.
“Last week it was the opposite for me. I didn’t quite finish the way I wanted on the Friday and I think it carried to the weekend,” Fassi said. “So I’m just hoping that I flip the script this week and just continue to build on how good I’ve been playing these first 36 holes. I’m excited to see what we can do this next couple of days.”
Langer, Harrington lead PGA Tour Champions in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) Bernhard Langer holed out for eagle from 76 yards on the opening hole and shot his age for the second time this year with a 6-under 65 for a share of the lead with Padraig Harrington in the Ascension Charity Classic.
Langer turned 65 two weeks ago. He shot a 64 in the Chubb Classic earlier in the year.
Harrington, the three-time major champion and most recent Ryder Cup captain for Europe, played bogey-free at Norwood Hills.
Ernie Els, Jose Maria Olazabal and Steven Alker were in the group at 66.
Harrington has two wins and four runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour Champions in his first full year on the 50-and-older circuit. He’s trying to get closer to Alker in the Charles Schwab Cup, though Alker isn’t having many bad weeks.
Langer has won the Schwab Cup a record six times, and even at his age, the two-time Masters champion is not slowing. He won the Chubb Classic early in the year for his 43rd career victory, two shy of the record held by Hale Irwin.
In a town obsessed with Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals trying to reach 700 career home runs, Langer is looking to move closer to a milestone he only thinks about when asked.
“It’s fun to be in that position to have a chance to maybe catch Hale Irwin. It’s not going to be easy,” Langer said. “But 10 years ago I didn’t think it was easy and five years ago I didn’t think it was easy. And it’s still not easy. But it was great to win 43 and hopefully there will be a couple more left in the tank.”
Harrington is still getting used to this environment. He came from behind in all three of his majors, and he feels he’s at his best when he has to rally. But he’s among the longest and the best on the senior circuit, and the Irishman says he’s still learning how to cope with trying to win from ahead.
“I always found I was a much better chaser than somebody out in front. And the one thing about the Champions Tour now is I’ve had a few leads and I have to learn, and I am learning,” he said. “Hard to believe 51 years of age and I’m getting better mentally.”
Steve Stricker, coming off a win two weeks ago in Michigan, and John Daly were among those at 67.
Former British Open champion Justin Leonard, who retired early to work television, made his PGA Tour Champions debut with a 69.
TOP INDIANA NOTES
PAPILLION, Neb. – After relinquishing a late lead, left fielder Blake Sabol’s two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning powered the Indianapolis Indians to a win over the Omaha Storm Chasers at Werner Park on Friday night, 7-5.
Tied at five in the ninth inning, Indians shortstop Diego Castillo led off the top of the inning with a walk against Storm Chasers reliever Wyatt Mills (L, 1-1). After inducing a flyout, Sabol blasted a tie-breaking two-run home run that snuck over the wall in straight away right field. For Sabol, it was his third home run with Indianapolis since being promoted from Double-A Altoona early last week, and his second in as many nights after hitting a solo shot in the eighth inning on Thursday night. Indians closer Eric Hanhold (W, 4-3), who had come on to attempt a four-out save in the bottom of the eighth, shut the door to preserve the win by inducing a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.
After a scoreless first, the Indians (69-63) got on the board in the top of the second thanks to a pair of defensive gaffes by Omaha on the same play. With two outs and runners at the corners, Indians center fielder Jared Oliva popped a ball up to Storm Chasers second baseman Ivan Castillo, who had the ball pop out of his glove. After he corralled it, his throw home sailed catcher Jakson Reetz, allowing Sabol to score from third and catcher Jose Godoy to score from first. Both runs against Omaha starter Max Castillo were unearned.
An inning later, Indianapolis added another run on a sacrifice fly from third baseman Kevin Padlo. The 3-0 lead allowed Indians starter Osvaldo Bido to cruise through four innings, but a three-run fifth for the Storm Chasers (64-69), highlighted by a two-run single from center fielder Dairon Blanco, halted Bido’s pursuit of a win.
With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth, the Indians tagged Storm Chasers reliever Ryan Weiss for four straight balls hit to right field and jumped ahead with RBI singles from Godoy and Oliva. For Oliva, the single extended his hitting streak to eight games. In the bottom of the inning, however, Omaha came back to tie the game on an RBI single from third baseman Nick Loftin and a wild pitch from Hanhold.
With a 2-for-3 day with two ground ball singles up the middle, right fielder Bligh Madris is now hitting .400 (12-for-30) over his last eight games with the Indians and has five multi-hit games in eight games played in September. On the heels of a 3-for-4 night with a double and a homer on Thursday, designated hitter Mason Martin punched a double into left center field in the top of the first for his third extra base hit over the last two games.
The Indians and Storm Chasers play the sixth of their seven-game series at Werner Park on Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:35 PM ET. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-5, 4.57), who threw 5.0 innings of one-hit baseball in Omaha on May 31, gets the start for the Indians. The Storm Chasers have yet to announce a starting pitcher.
INDY ELEVEN PREVIEW
Indy Eleven vs Birmingham Legion FC
Saturday, September 10, 2022 – 7:00 p.m. ET
IUPUI Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.
Local TV: MyINDY-TV 23
Streaming Video: ESPN+ (click to subscribe)
Radio (Spanish): Exitos 94.3 FM / exitos943.com
In-game updates: @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers
Live stats: #INDvBHM MatchCenter on USLChampionship.com
2022 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
Indy Eleven: 8W-14L-5D (-11 GD), 29 pts.; 9th in Eastern Conference
Birmingham Legion FC: 15W-7L-6D (+19 GD), 51 pts.; 5th in Eastern Conference
COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK SPORTS MEDICINE INDY ELEVEN INJURY REPORT
OUT: FW Manuel Arteaga (R knee), FW Aris Briggs (R shin), DF A.J. Cochran (hamstring), GK Bryan Meredith (R hand fracture)
QUESTIONABLE: GK Sean Lewis (L hamstring)
Indy Eleven will carry a three-game unbeaten streak back into Carroll Stadium on Saturday, when it welcomes yet another team in playoff position in Birmingham Legion FC to the Circle City.
While it would take a minor mathematical miracle for the Boys in Blue to qualify for the postseason at this point, what they can certainly do is play spoiler to a few teams over their remaining seven games, starting with a Birmingham side it will face twice in the closing five weeks of play. Legion FC is currently mired in a four-team pack of second- through fifth-place teams in the East separated by just four points, making every point vital towards potential home-field advantages as long as possible in the postseason – which BHM qualified for midweek.
Indy’s focus will continue on building momentum across the final third of the season that began with a seven-point week few saw coming against conference leaders San Antonio FC (1-0 W) and Louisville City FC (2-1 W) and, most recently, new rival Detroit City FC (0-0 draw) last Saturday.
Defense has carried the day for Mark Lowry’s side as of late, with its two shutouts last week equaling the squad’s total across its first 24 outings. To be fair, the Eleven’s defense has been solid throughout the 2022 campaign despite the lack of clean sheets, allowing multiple goals in only 9 of its 27 matches – and just thrice in its last 11 games. Guarding the goal has also been the calling card of Birmingham, their 26 concessions tied for the 4th least across the league. That said, with the only three teams above Legion FC in that category being the last three teams Indy has played, finding ways to break down a stingy opposition will be nothing new for the Eleven.
Which brings about just how much firepower can Indy throw at Legion FC on Saturday? A third game in eight days last weekend at Detroit resulted in an understandably gritty game plan that saw Indy grind the proceedings down to preserve heavy legs, which did produce a shutout, but also only five shots throughout the 90 minutes. However, a nine-shot, six-on-target effort against Louisville last Wednesday is the more likely show of production to be expected on Saturday with the Eleven’s batteries fully recharged through a full week of preparation.
The Hammers enter the weekend on a three-match unbeaten run of their own that has followed Indy’s path, a 1-1 draw at Miami FC over the weekend preceded by a pair of wins over NY Red Bulls II (3-1) and at Memphis 901 FC (4-2). That’s just part of a run that has seen Birmingham notch eight wins in their last 11 outings (8W-2L-1D) since mid-July that helped cement a postseason berth with ample time to spare.
While they hang their hat on defense, Birmingham is no slouch in attack, either. The Alabama side ranks seventh in the league on 45 goals scored, led by USLC veteran Enzo Martinez’s 11 tallies and seven each from Juan Agudelo and Prosper Kasim. In goal for Legion FC is perhaps the name the Brickyard Battalion has shouted in disdain more than anyone else’s, as Matt Van Oekel (0.85 GAA, T-2nd in USLC with 11 shutouts) has guarded goals in Indy for now three teams across seven seasons (Minnesota United FC in 2014, FC Edmonton in 2015-16, and Birmingham since 2019).
INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. IDAHO
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After a season-opening come-from-behind victory over Illinois, the Indiana football program will play its second home straight home game to start the season when it hosts Idaho at 8 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium on Big Ten Network.
INDIANA(1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) hosts IDAHO (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky)
Saturday, Sept. 10 | 8 p.m. ET
TV: Big Ten Network | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
Setting The Scene
• Indiana (1-0, 1-0 B1G) will host Idaho (0-1) for its first non-conference contest of the season on Saturday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium (55,656; Field Turf) on the Big Ten Network.
• Head coach Tom Allen is 12-1 all-time against non-conference opponents during the regular season, including a win over Idaho in the only meeting with the Vandals in program history (W, 56-14; 2021).
• For just the 30th time in program history and fifth time since 2000, Indiana will play its first two games of a season at home. In the previous 29 happenings, IU has started 2-0 on 18 occasions.
• Saturday’s meeting with Idaho will mark the 50th non-conference home game since the start of the 2000 season and Indiana is 36-13 in those contests. Allen is 7-1 all-time in home non-conference home games, with 2-0 marks in three of his previous five years.
• Indiana will celebrate its 1968 Rose Bowl team on Saturday night. The 1967 Hoosiers went 9-2 overall and 6-1 in Big Ten play to finish No. 4 in the final national rankings after a narrow, 14-3, loss to No. 1 USC in the Granddaddy of the All.
News & Notes
• Five team captains were announced by head coach Tom Allen prior to the season opener with four first-time captains in tight end AJ Barner, safety Devon Matthews, cornerback Tiawan Mullen and quarterback Jack Tuttle. Linebacker Cam Jones was selected team captain for the third time in his career, which joins just two other names in program history.
• IU opened a season with a Big Ten foe for the fourth time in Allen’s six campaigns and third straight season. Allen is 2-2 in those contests with wins over Illinois (2022) and Penn State (2020). He has also faced No. 2 Ohio State (2017) and No. 17 Iowa (2021).
• Allen is on pace to join a select group of coaches in Indiana history, as he is on pace to reach the 30-win mark at the school.
• Against Illinois, wide receiver Cam Camper and quarterback Connor Bazelak each etched their names into the record books, as Camper had the most productive debut in IU history and Bazelak accomplished something not done since Antwaan Randle El.
• Camper and D.J. Matthews Jr. (109 yards) each racked up 100-plus yards receiving against Illinois to become the first Indiana duo to reach the century mark in the same game since 2018.
• Senior Jaylin Williams
enters his final season with the Cream and Crimson on pace to join the top-10 list for career interceptions. The Memphis, Tennessee, native owns six picks in his career, which ranks tied for No. 30 among active FBS defenders.
• Don Fischer, the Voice of the Hoosiers, will begin his 50th season on the call in 2022 and will be honored by the National Football Foundation in 2022, while color analyst and IU alum, Rhett Lewis begins his first season on the broadcast crew.
(PURDUE FOOTBALL NOTES VS. INDIANA STATE)
• After opening the season with a Thursday night Big Ten battle, Purdue Football returns to the gridiron for a Saturday non-conference matchup. The Boilermakers host Indiana State to begin a stretch of three straight nonconference contests. Kickoff from Ross-Ade Stadium is set for 4 p.m. ET. • Purdue leads the all-time series 5-0 with all five victories coming in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers and Sycamores last met in 2015, a 38-14 Purdue victory (Sept. 12, 2015). The first in-state matchup occurred 96 years ago when the Boilermakers shutout Indiana 38-0. • After throwing for 360 yards against Penn State to eclipse 6,000 yards for his career, Aidan O’Connell is one touchdown away f becoming the seventh quarterback in Purdue history to throw 45 touchdowns. • Behind the arm of O’Connell, Purdue leads the Big Ten in passing offense and ranks 14th nationally (360.0 yards per game). • Charlie Jones’ 153 receiving yards in the season opener were the most ever by a Boilermaker making his Purdue debut. • Fourteen Boilermakers made their Purdue debuts in the season opener against Penn State: Cole Brevard, Elijah Canion, Nic Caraway, Sione Finau, Jah’von Grigsby, Bryce Hampton, Scotty Humpich, Joseph Jefferson, Daniel Johnson, Charlie Jones, Kobe Lewis, Mo Omonode, Reese Taylor, Tyrone Tracy. • The Boilermakers are in the midst of playing three of their four September games at home, while October feature three of four games on the road. • Purdue’s honorary captains against Indiana State are Kyle Orton (QB: 2001-04) and Keena Turner (DE: 1976-79); Orton is a member of the Cradle of Quarterbacks, while Turner is in the Den of Defensive Ends.
BOILERMAKERS BACK IN THE RANKINGS • The Boilermakers received votes in the preseason AP and Coaches polls heading into the 2022 campaign. • Purdue’s two wins over top-5 opponents last year saw the Boilermakers crack into the national rankings for the first time since 2007. • Purdue was No. 25 in the AP poll following its win at No. 2 Iowa and was later ranked No. 19 in the College Football Playoff ranking, the first appearance in program history, after defeating No. 3 Michigan State at Ross-Ade Stadium.
A WIN WOULD
• Make Purdue 17-13 when coming off a loss under Jeff Brohm.
• Make Purdue 7-6 in regular season non-conference games
• Be the fifth straight win for Purdue after a loss.
• Keep Purdue perfect against FCS teams since the 1978 division.
• Be the first against an FCS opponent in the Brohm era.
• Mark the 295th victory at Ross-Ade Stadium
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL VS. MARSHALL GAME NOTES
SERIES HISTORY • Notre Dame and Marshall are meeting for the first time. Notre Dame is 19-6 (.760) since 1990 versus teams making their first visit to Notre Dame Stadium (full list page 14). • The Irish have won five in a row against first-time Notre Dame Stadium visitors (Toledo, 2021; Virginia, New Mexico, and Bowling Green, 2019; Ball State 2018). • The last first-time visitor to Notre Dame Stadium to earn a victory was No. 15 Georgia over No. 24 Notre Dame 20-19 in 2017. STORYLINES • Notre Dame’s Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Marcus Freeman, the 30th head coach in school history, will coach his first game in Notre Dame Stadium as the head of the program on Saturday. • Since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930, Irish head coaches are 12-3 (.800) in their first home games, with only Elmer Layden (1934, 6-7 vs. Texas), Lou Holtz (1986, 23-24 vs. No. 3 Michigan) and Charlie Weis (2005, 41-44 OT vs. Michigan State) suffering losses in their Stadium debuts. (Note: Interim head coaches Ed McKeever and Hugh Devore won their first home games in 1944 and 1945, respectively, when Frank Leahy was serving in World War II and are included in the 15 game total). See page 6 for a complete list of Notre Dame Stadium coaching debuts. • Not only are Notre Dame and Marshall meeting for the first time in football on Saturday, the contest also marks the first visit to Notre Dame Stadium for a Sun Belt Conference team. • Marshall enters the contest 1-0 after a 55-3 victory over Norfolk State in its 2022 opener.
IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS
1 Saturday marks Marshall’s first game against Notre Dame in football and also the
first game by a Sun Belt Conference team against the Fighting Irish.
Last year Michael Mayer joined Virginia’s Heath Miller (2003) and Rice’s
James Casey (2008) as the only FBS underclassman tight ends (freshman or
sophomore) in the last 25 years to have at least 70 receptions for 700 yards in
Four Irish freshmen made their debut for Notre Dame against Ohio State – Jaden
Mickey, Benjamin Morrison, Junior Tuihalamaka and Zack Yoakam. Sophomore
tight end Barret Liebentritt also made his first college football appearance.
7 Notre Dame has played seven times in its football history on September 10, compiling a 5-2 record, the most recent victory a 39-10 victory over Nevada in 2016.
8 Sophomore quarterback Tyler Buchner, starting his first career game last
week at Ohio State, began the game by completing his first eight passes.
Sophomore Audric Estime started at running back for the Irish at Ohio Stateand with nine rushes in the game, surpassed his total carries from his freshman
season (seven in 2021). Estime also scored his first career touchdown against
Tyler Buchner averaged 17.7 yards per completion in his first career start
at Ohio State, which ranks as the third-best in FBS football after the first full
Notre Dame’s defense held Ohio State to 21 points in the season opener, the least
amount of points for a Ryan Day-coached Buckeye team (since 2019). It also was
just the 18th tine Ohio State has been held to 21 points or less since 2010.
Junior tight end Michael Mayer pulled in 71 receptions in 2021, the most in a
single season for a Notre Dame tight end. After adding five catches at Ohio State
last weekend, Mayer is at 118 career receptions and has his eyes set on the school
career receptions record by a tight end (140, Tyler Eifert, 2009-12).
Graduate student Jon Sot turned in a solid debut performance for the Irish at
Ohio State. Over eight punts he netted 45.8 per attempt that ranked Notre Dame
sixth in the country after the first full weekend.
101 JD Bertrand led the Irish in tackles last season with 101, marking the first time
since 2018 an Irish player had reached triple digits in tackles during a season.
213 Since 1980, Notre Dame is 213-24 (.899) when it scores 30 or more points.
506 (506-118-10, .806) of Notre Dame’s 950 program wins have come against
unranked teams. As a ranked team, Notre Dame is 363-60-6 (.853) against unranked teams.
Football Game Info – Wabash College vs #2 North Central College
- When: Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1 p.m.
- Where: Little Giant Stadium at Wabash College
- Tickets: Tickets are still available. Go to https://sports.wabash.edu/
ticketsfor more information
- Watch Online: All Wabash home football games are broadcast live at https://sports.wabash.edu/wcvn as well as through the Wabash College Video Network app on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire platforms and through the Apple Store and Google Play.
- Wabash is playing its 135th season of football with an all-time record of 704-395-59. Wabash ranks fifth among Division III schools in all-time victories and 12th in winning percentage with a mark of .633. The Little Giants joined Notre Dame as only the second Indiana school to win 700 games in football program history.
- Wabash and North Central meet for the fifth time overall. The two teams first played in 1914 in Crawfordsville, with Wabash claiming a 17-7 victory. The Little Giants won the first three meetings between the two schools, including a 29-28 victory over the sixth-ranked Cardinals in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III football tournament. North Central defeated Wabash 51-15 in Naperville in the opening round of the 2019 tournament to begin the Cardinals’ national championship title run.
- North Central enters today’s game ranked second in the latest D3football.com Top-25 poll. Wabash won its last home game against a top-25 team with a 42-35 victory over 25th-ranked DePauw in last year’s Monon Bell Classic. The Little Giants lost at home to 13th-ranked Wittenberg 21-14 in 2017.
- Wabash produced 663 yards of total offense last week in its 52-48 shootout victory against Hampden-Sydney College in The 2022 Gentlemen’s Classic. The Little Giants threw for 392 yards with four touchdowns and ran for 271 yards and two scores. Hampden-Sydney turned in 490 yards of total offense in the game for a combined total of 1,153 yards for the game. That total ranked second among Division III teams in the opening weekend of the 2022 season, trailing the 1,157 yards of total offense racked up by Guilford and Greensboro. Wabash trailed SUNY-Cortland (681 yards) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (674 yards) for the highest number of total yards among Division III teams in week one. The 493 yards of total offense ranked ninth in Wabash single-game history. The school record is 711 yards of total offense (232 rushing, 479 passing) set against Denison University in 2000.
- Junior quarterback Liam Thompson earned North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Football Athlete of the Week honors for his performance against Hampden-Sydney. The 2021 NCAC Offensive Player of the Year threw for a career-high 392 yards and matched his best single-game total with four touchdown passes. He recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game by running for 102 yards and another two scores. Thompson’s 494 yards of total offense ranked second in Wabash single-game history, trailing only the 499-yard effort by Dustin Huff ’07 against Franklin College in 2007. He surpassed 400 passing yards for the second time in his career following a 431-yard game last season versus Kenyon. Thompson has thrown for more than 300 yards seven times in 22 career starts at quarterback.
- Junior wide receiver Derek Allen, Jr. caught a career-high eight passes with three touchdown receptions in Saturday’s win over the Tigers. He accounted for 20 of the Little Giants’ 52 points, adding a reception on a two-point conversion attempt after a 26-yard TD run by Thompson midway in the fourth quarter. Allen caught a 75-yard touchdown pass in the second period to match his longest career reception. He caught a 75-yard scoring strike against Kenyon last season. Allen finished the game with 172 receiving yards, his second-highest single-game total behind a 181-yard effort against Kenyon.
- Nine different receivers caught passes last week. Junior Cooper Sullivan hauled in four passes for 33 yards and one touchdown. Jacob Riddle, Connor Thompson, and Penn Stoller finished with three receptions apiece. Gavin Patrick, Heisman Skeens, Donovan Snyder, and Cade Campbell all caught one pass each.
- Wabash limited Hampden-Sydney to 79 total yards in the fourth quarter, including only 29 rushing yards over the final 15 minutes of the game. The Little Giants only surrendered 104 passing yards in the second half. Steven Thomas, Joe Rios, and Mike Holsclaw each finished with eight tackles to lead the team. Thomas recorded a game-high three tackles for losses totaling 12 yards and made one of four sacks for the Wabash defense.
Scouting North Central – The last time Wabash and North Central met was in Naperville for the first round of the 2019 NCAA Division III football playoffs. The Cardinals earned a 51-15 victory on the way to a 14-1 overall record and the 2019 NCAA DIII title. North Central rolled up 588 total yards of offense in that game, including 373 rushing yards and six rushing TDs.
Senior running back Ethan Greenfield earned a preseason First Team All-America selection from D3football.com. He led all of Division III in rushing for the second consecutive season with 1,796 yards. His 24 rushing touchdowns were second among all Division III players. Senior Terrence Hill added 796 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns to the North Central totals in 2021.
Sophomore quarterback Luke Lehnen threw for 3,284 yards and 33 touchdowns in his rookie season to help lead the Cardinals to the 2021 DIII national championship game. Junior Deangelo Hardy is a preseason First Team All-America pick at wide receiver after catching 51 passes for 1,009 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Preseason Second Team All-America selection Dan Gilroy made a team-best 16.5 tackles for losses totaling 75 yards, including 8-1/2 sacks for 61 yards. Senior linebacker Sam Taviani finished second on the team in tackles in 2021 with 64 stops. He added an interception, 6-1/2 tackles for losses totaling 20 yards, and one sack. The Cardinals held opposing teams to 203 points for the season, an average of 14.5 points per game.
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X – CLINCHED DIVISION, Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1881 At Haymakers’ Grounds, future Hall of Fame first baseman Roger Connor becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam, giving the Troy Trojans a 7-4 walk-off victory over the Worcester Ruby Legs. The 23-year-old Waterbury (CT) native’s sayonara slam, a home run that wins a game when a team is down by three runs in the bottom of the final inning, comes with two outs.
1914 The Braves suspend shortstop Johnny Evers for three days after he swears at umpire Mal Eason. The Boston captain, previously banned by the league on several occasions this season, claims he talked to the ball and not the arbitrator.
1919 Cleveland’s right-hander Ray Caldwell no-hits the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader sweep in New York, 3-0. The right-handed spitballer, released by the Red Sox in July, finishes the season by winning five of six starts for the Tribe with an ERA of 1.71.
1933 The inaugural East-West All-Star Game takes place at Comiskey Park, the site of the first major league Midsummer Classic played exactly one month ago. Gus Greenlee and Tom Wilson’s idea to showcase the black talent in the Negro Leagues draws 20,000 fans, helping relieve some of the burden facing the financially-strapped club owners.
1950 The Red Sox sweep the home season series against the A’s for the second consecutive year when the team beats the last-place club, 6-2. The winning streak at Fenway now extends to 22 wins without a loss against Philadelphia.
1950 In New York’s 8-1 victory over the Senators at Washington, D.C.’s Griffith Stadium, Joe DiMaggio becomes the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in the 39-year history of the ballpark. Joltin’ Joe has hit a trio of round-trippers in a game three times, but he never accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium.
1959 Seventeen-year-old Tim McCarver makes his major league debut when he flies out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 7-4 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium. The high school backstop, scouted by Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey, turned down football scholarships from Notre Dame and Tennessee to play baseball.
1963 In the Mets’ 4-2 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds, Carlton Willey retires the side in order, getting all three Alou brothers – Jesus, Matty, and Felipe – to make an out. The Dominican trio becomes the first three siblings to bat consecutively in the same inning.
1963 In the first inning of an 8-0 rout of the Cubs at Sportsman’s Park, Cardinals left fielder Stan Musial becomes the first grandfather in big league history to hit a home run. The 42-year-old new grandpa accomplishes the feat in his first at-bat since his grandson’s birth earlier in the day.
1964 With his office being responsible for all of the costs for teams not making it into the postseason, Baseball commissioner Ford Frick authorizes the Phillies, Yankees, White Sox, and Orioles to print tickets for the World Series. Due to a historic late-season collapse by Philadelphia, the surging Cardinals win the National League pennant on the last day of the season and will play the Bronx Bombers in the Fall Classic.
1967 In the first game of a doubleheader, Chicago right-hander Joe Horlen, facing 28 batters, no-hits the visiting Tigers, 6-0. Detroit also goes scoreless in the nightcap when 26-year-old Cisco Carlos blanks the team at White Sox Park, 4-0.
1967 At Candlestick Park, Giants right-hander Gaylord Perry’s 40-inning team record consecutive scoreless streak ends when the Cubs score an unearned run in the seventh inning of a 2-1 victory over Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs. The future Hall of Famer will match his franchise mark with another string of scoreless innings in 1970.
1969 At Shea Stadium, the Mets move into first place for the first time in their history. With their doubleheader sweep of Montreal, a 3-2 win in the opener, and a 7-1 victory in the nightcap, the Mets take a one-game lead when the Phillies beat the second-place Cubs, 6-2.
1970 The Perrys become the first siblings to win twenty games in the same season when Gaylord goes the distance in the Giants’ 11-0 victory over the Astros at Candlestick Park. Big bother Jim recorded his 20th nine days earlier, also throwing a complete-game shutout in the Twins’ 4-0 win over the Brewers at County Stadium.
1974 Lou Brock ties and then breaks Maury Wills’s 12-year-old single-season stolen base record with his 104th and 105th swipes. The Cardinal left fielder’s thievery against the Phillies doesn’t help when the Redbirds drop the Busch Stadium contest, 8-2.
1977 The expansion Blue Jays rout the first-place Yankees at the Stadium, 19-3. Toronto third baseman Roy Howell leads the way with two home runs, two doubles, and a single, resulting in 13 total bases and nine RBIs.
1980 Bill Gullickson whiffs 18 batters, the most ever recorded by a rookie in a major league game. The Expos 21-year-old right-hander throws a complete-game four-hitter, beating Chicago at Olympic Stadium, 4-2.
1985 After Cardinal starter Danny Cox, who appears annoyed by George Foster stepping out of the box several times during the at-bat, hits him with a first-inning pitch causing both teams to charge onto the Shea Stadium field. Minutes after the teams return to their respective dugouts, Howard Johnson blasts a grand slam to give the Mets an eventual 5-4 win and a one-game lead over the Redbirds in the tight NL East race.
1985 Keith Hernandez receives a two-minute standing ovation from the Mets fans in his first game back at Shea after testifying in a Pittsburgh courtroom. The New York first baseman, who responds with a run-producing single against his former team, admitted on the witness stand to having used cocaine while playing for the Cardinals.
1992 Cardinals vice-chairman Fred Kuhlman tells reporters that a “security check” revealed issues involving the two out-of-state investors, Vince Piazza and Vincent N. Tirendi, part of the six-man group trying to buy the Giants and move the franchise to Florida. The candid reply costs baseball more than $6 million to settle a suit that includes a letter of apology from acting Commissioner Bud Selig to Vince Piazza, whose son Mike started his major league career nine days before his father’s rejection by the MLB owners.
1997 In a 7-6 loss to the Giants, Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes the second player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in consecutive seasons. Babe Ruth accomplished the feat twice in the 1920-21 and 1927-28 seasons.
1999 At Yankee Stadium, Boston starter Pedro Martinez allows just one hit, a second-inning solo home run to Chili Davis en route to a complete-game 3-1 victory. Fanning 17 batters, the Red Sox right-hander extends his own record to 40 consecutive innings with at least one strikeout per frame.
2000 On his 37th birthday, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson becomes the 12th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters. Florida third baseman Mike Lowell is the ‘Big Unit’s’ historical victim, whiffing on four pitches to end the fourth inning. The lefty’s first strikeout of the game, his 300th of the season, ties Nolan Ryan for accomplishing the feat in three consecutive years.
2003 Javy Lopez homers off Phillies’ righty Vicente Padilla to give the Braves a franchise-record 216 home runs for the season. The 1996 Orioles hold the major league mark with 257, and the Astros established the National League record at 249 in 2000.
2006 Francisco Rodriguez becomes the youngest pitcher to notch his 100th career save when he retires the side in order in the ninth inning of the Angels’ 4-3 victory over Toronto. The 24-year-old right-handed closer breaks the previous mark held by Gregg Olson, who accomplished the feat with Baltimore in 1992.
2007 At Safeco Field, A’s backstop Kurt Suzuki and DH Dan Johnson both hit grand slams in the team’s 9-3 victory over Seattle. The Oakland catcher’s bases-loaded homer comes in the top off the second inning off Horacio Ramirez, with his teammate accomplishing the same feat with two outs in the ninth off Ryan Rowland-Smith.
2007 Hitting his 20th home run of the season, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies breaks Ernie Banks’ National League rookie record for most home runs by a shortstop in a single season. The Cubs Hall of Famer, who compiled 512 homers, hit 19 dingers as a freshman in 1954.
2008 With a 4-2 victory over the visiting Yankees, the Angels clinch the division flag on the earliest date in the history of the American League West. The Halos, the first club to secure a postseason spot this season, have finished in first place four times in the past five seasons.
2013 With three doubles and a home run, Mark Trumbo ties a franchise record with four extra-base hits and becomes the first player in Angels’ history to collect five hits and score five runs in the same game. However, the Anaheim first baseman’s ten total bases yield only two RBIs in the Halos’ 12-6 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre.
2020 Bobby Dalbec homers in five straight games when he got deep off Rays rookie southpaw Josh Fleming in the fifth inning of Red Sox’s 4-3 victory at Tropicana Field. The 25-year-old rookie first baseman ties a franchise mark shared by Jimmie Foxx (1940), Ted Williams (1957), Dick Stuart (1963), George Scott (1977), and José Canseco (1995).
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1982
St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs Milwaukee Brewers (3)
In 1982, the surprising Brewers stormed their way to the top of the American League for their first World Series appearance twelve years after moving to Milwaukee (from Seattle) as the expansion Pilots. Manager Harvey Kuenn had assembled a defensively dominant line-up that featured Mike Caldwell and ace reliever Rollie Fingers on the mound as well as outstanding infield play from shortstop Robin Yount. Milwaukee was no joke at the plate either knocking out two-hundred sixteen homers during the regular season and earning the nickname “Harvey’s Wallbangers”. Unlike their American League opponents, the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals, were no strangers to postseason play as they prepared to enter their thirteenth Fall Classic. If victorious, the “Redbirds” would emerge as #2 on the all-time titles list with their ninth crown (second only to the New York Yankees with twenty-two at the time).
Apparently, inexperience and home-field advantage were not factors in Game 1 as the Brewers tagged four different Cardinals’ pitchers for a shocking seventeen hit, 10-0 affair. Paul Molitor, Milwaukee’s leadoff specialist set a new World Series record with five hits and Yount followed close behind with four. Caldwell tossed a three hit masterpiece and Ted Simmons (a former Card) rubbed it in the face of former fans at Busch Memorial Stadium with a “wallbanger” of his own. Game 2 also appeared to belong to the rookies, but the home team found the resolve after trailing 4-2 midway through the contest. The turnaround was due in part to an unlikely hero named Darrell Porter. An underachieving free-agent (who had signed in 1980 to replace Simmons behind the plate) Porter had put up less-than-stellar numbers in his first two years making him less-than-popular with the fans. All that would change though as the catcher nailed a critical two out, two run double in the sixth to turn St. Louis in the right direction. With the game deadlocked at 4-4 in the eighth, Card’s pinch-hitter Steve Braun managed a bases-loaded walk off reliever Pete Ladd for the one run advantage. The lead stood through the final inning thanks to ace reliever Bruce Sutter and the Series was tied at a game apiece.
Another unlikely MVP candidate, rookie Willie McGee (who had managed four homers all season) stepped up in Game 3 and knocked not one, but two blasts of his own out of Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Along with his one man, home run derby that tallied four RBIs, McGee also made two spectacular defensive plays in center field. First, he caught a 400-foot Molitor drive in the first inning. Then he robbed Gorman Thomas of a home run in the ninth with a leaping, above the fence snag. Despite the 6-2 win, the Cardinals had still suffered a loss with an untimely injury to starting pitcher Joaquin Andujar (who was working a three hitter when he took a Simmons liner in the knee).
At first Game 4 appeared to belong to the Cardinals again as they entered the seventh with a 5-1 advantage, but the never-say-die Brewers came back with a tenacious, six run rally in which Yount and Thomas both connected for two run singles on the way to a 7-5 turnaround. Caldwell returned to face Bob Forsch in Game 5 planning to repeat his opening performance, but was ultimately crushed for fourteen hits. Unbelievably, the horrendous effort was good enough to win (after two out relief from Bob McClure) thanks to Yount who saved the day with another four hit performance that set a record for the first player to have two, four hit games in World Series competition.
Now down three-games-to-two, the Cardinals returned home determined to find the resolve much like their rivals had. Rookie John Stuper took the team on his back and threw a complete game, four hitter (allowing only one run) as his teammates followed suite tagging the visitors for an embarrassing thirteen runs. Keith Hernandez and Porter both belted two run homers and Hernandez wound up with four runs batted in. Dane Iorg (St. Louis’ designated hitter) drilled two doubles and added a triple in the slugfest as well.
A rejuvenated St. Louis team returned for Game 7 with a rested and rejuvenated Andujar. The recovering ace remained strong against Pete Vuckovich, despite entering the bottom of the sixth down 3-1. Inspired by their injured teammate’s exertion, the Cardinals got a game tying bases loaded single from Hernandez and a go-ahead base hit from George Hendrick. Porter came up clutch again with a run scoring single in the eighth that was equally matched by Braun for the insurance run.
Despite their best efforts, Milwaukee fell 6-3 and the National League champs went on to become World Champions second only to the New York Yankees in all-time wins.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1990
The first Midsummer Classic of the 1990’s almost didn’t start or finish, thanks to Mother Nature. The game was periodically stopped for a combined eighty-five minutes of assorted rain delays including a sixty-eight minute monsoon during the scoreless seventh inning. This prevented either side from establishing a rhythm and it was exceptionally hard on the pitchers.
Finally, the American League was able to round the bases thanks to Julio Franco’s two-run double off Rob Dibble. Bret Saberhagen, the third of six American League pitchers, was the winner and fulfilled his boyhood dream of playing at Wrigley Field, only a few miles from his birthplace. Dennis Eckersley got the save. Bob Welch of Oakland, Dave Stieb of Toronto, Saberhagen, Bobby Thigpen of the Chicago White Sox, Chuck Finley of California and Eckersley combined to hold the National League to two hits which were both only singles.
The National League’s hit total during this contest is the lowest in All-Star history. It was also the first time the American League had started of a new decade with a win since the dawning of the 1940’s.
September 10, 1936 – The 2nd American Football League played its first game as the Los Angeles Bulldogs defeated the Pittsburgh Americans , 21-0. The first edition of the AFL operated in 1926 and is sometimes referred to as the Grange League, as star player Red Grange, C.C. Pyle and General Charles Zimmerman started the league that operated only in that one season. The AFL was revived in 1936 and 1937 as a rival to the NFL. The Bulldogs were the first professional West Coast team to go undefeated and win a title. They did this years before the Cleveland Browns did it in the AAFC or when the Miami Dolphins did it in the NFL.
September 10, 1937 – The Cleveland Rams franchise left the AFL and joined the NFL and it was on this date that they played their very first NFL game. The Detroit Lions defeated the Rams in their NFL debut 28-0 but the franchise survived. Though they started in Cleveland and in the 1940’s moved to LA, then to St. Louis and then back to LA they are and always have been the Rams in the NFL since this day in 1937.
September 10, 1973 – The NFL’s leading receiver, Don Maynard is traded by the New York Jets to the St. Louis Cardinals.
September 10, 2016 – The largest paid attendance in the history of football is reached of 156,990 spectators at Bristol Motor Raceway as a neutral site game between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech took place.
September 10, 2020 – The NFL started its 2020 Regular season , despite the COVID-19 pandemic as the Houston Texans traveled to play the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. Missouri state guidelines allowed 25% capacity of Arrowhead Stadium for the fans to watch the game live the Chiefs were up to the challenge in their 34-20 victory.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S
September 10, 1902 – Jim Crowley was a halfback that played for the University of Notre Dame. Jim was born in Chicago and early in life his family moved to Green Bay Wisconsin per the National Football Foundation. Crowley attended the town’s East High School where he played football and basketball. During the 1919 East football season Jim’s head coach was the legendary Curly Lambeau. After high school Jim was accepted into the University of Notre Dame where he joined the football program. ND Head Coach Knute Rockne tabbed Crowley with the “Sleepy Jim” nickname in a quote he gave to an aide; “Except for a nimble wit, Crowley shows me nothing.” which was Rockne’s 1922 first impression perception of the young Crowley who had a very relaxed and smooth motion of performing his drills in practice. When it was game time though, this smooth gait was decisive and direct and gave opposing defenses fits. It didn’t take long for Coach Rockne to change his mind on Jim Crowley’s football demeanor though as he described the player s “the nerviest back I’ve ever known.” This reference most likely came from the way Sleepy Jim would throw his body at rushing defenders. Crowley is most notably remembered as one of the Four Horseman of Notre Dame. Fighting Irish teams of 1922 through 1924. The quartet were labeled with the notorious nickname by Rockne’s publicist, George Strickler and then recorded eloquently in print by New York Herald-Tribune writer Grantland Rice. The legend of the Horsemen arose out of Strickler walking into a conversation in the press box during halftime of the October 18, 1924 Irish game against the Army Black Knights. Grantland Rice was spearheading a chat amongst the other big time news writers about the dominance that the Irish offense was demonstrating against Army. George Strickler interjected a reference from a recent Rudolph Valentino movie he recently had watched when he stated, “Yeah just like the Four Horsemen!” The comment was somewhat ignored by the men of the press but as the second half wore on and the relentless rapid succession of plays that kept Army’s defense off balance and the images of the horsemen, mentioned by Strickler resonated in Grantland Rice’s mind. Rice sat at his typewriter after the 13-7 Notre Dame victory and wrote what may be one of the most famous lines ever in college football journalism;
“Outlined against a blue, gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases. Their real names are: Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds this afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down upon the bewildering panorama spread out upon the green plain below.”
This was of course a Biblical reference to the four horsemen of the appocalypse. The monicker stuck with the quartet and is still well remembered to this day. The football writers and broadcasters composed a All-Time Notre Dame team in 1962 and Jim Crowley was the only one, amongst the Four Horsemen to make it on this squad. The College Football Hall of Fame inducted him into their collection of legends in 1966. Jim tried his hand at professional football but only played 3 NFL games total in stints with the Green Bay Packers and the Providence Steam Rollers. In 1925 the Waterbury Blues signed two of the Horseman, Crowley and Stuhldreher, against a team from Adams, Massachusetts. Sleepy Jim scored 3 TD’s in the 34-0 romp over Adams, collected his check after the game and left the team to go to his other job of coaching at the University of Georgia. Crowley went on to coach at Michigan State for four years and then was lured into taking over the powerful Fordham University program. His collegiate coaching record was an very respectable 86-23-11. As the Head of the 1939 Fordham team, he coached in the very first televised football game. JIm served in the Navy during World War II and there coached a military team, the North Carolina Pre-Flight School Cloudbusters. He later tried his hand in coaching the professional ranks as he was once the Commissioner of the All-America Football Conference and became part owner and coach of the league’s worst team, the Chicago Rockets. Needless to say Crowley’s success in the college ranks didn’t transfer to the AAFC as his Rocket team finished with a 1-13 record in 1947, prompting him to relinquish his roles with the team before the 1948 season. Crowley then moved to Pennsylvania and held a few jobs before landing the position of Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for 9 years.
September 10, 1939 – Buck Buchanan was a defensive tackle from Grambling State University. He was a big body for the day weighing in at 267 pounds but Buck was very agile for his size as he was clocked with a 4.9 second time in the 40 yard dash and 10.2 seconds in the 100 yard dash. Buck went onto play in the AFL and NFL as part of the defensive line of the Kansas City Chiefs. During the 1967 season the 6′ 7″ defender knocked down 16 pass attempts by opposing quarterbacks. He was a member of the Super Bowl IV winning Kansas City team. For his dominant play Mr. Buchanan was selected to both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
September 10, 1945 – Marlin Briscoe was a former University of Nebraska at Omaha quarterback. He was nicknamed “the Magician” as he often performed some amazing feats on the gridiron. The Magician had a career college record of 27-11 and led his Nebraska teams to 3 conference titles and held 22 school records when he left Nebraska. Briscoe became the first African-American starting quarterback in American Professional football when he took over the offensive signal calling for the Denver Broncos in the 1968 season. He played in the league for 9 seasons. The College Football Hall of Fame selected him into their entry class of 2016.
SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS
1 – 5 – 49 – 8 – 7 – 11 – 55 – 16 – 47 – 32 – 6 – 9 – 13 – 20 – 27 – 5 – 21 – 29 – 3 – 25
September 10, 1919 – Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell tossed a no-hit game against the New York Yankees, 3-0 at the Polo Grounds, NYC
September 10, 1924 – New York Giants rip Boston Braves, 22-1 at the Polo Grounds; future Baseball HOF infielder Frankie Frisch goes 6-for-6 before grounding out
September 10, 1932 – Was he too good to put in the starting line-up? Brooklyn Dodgers’ Johnny Frederick, Number 1 hit his record 6th pinch-hit HR of the season
September 10, 1950 – Joe DiMaggio, Number 5 becomes 1st to hit 3 HR in a game at Griffith Stadium
September 10, 1954 – Attempting to handle Number 49, Hoyt Wilhelm’s knuckleball catcher, Ray Katt, Number 8 of the New York Giants sets a major league record with 4 passed balls
September 10, 1960 – It was a towering shot to say the least! New York Yankee superstar, Mickey Mantle, Number 7 hits 643′ HR over right field roof in Detroit
September 10, 1960 – Future Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas wearing Number 11 ,scored 23 points as the US wins its 5th straight men’s basketball Olympic gold medal with a 90-63 drubbing of Brazil at the Rome Games. At Ohio State earlier in the year Lucas wore Number 55. In the pros he donned the Number 16, Number 47 and Number 32 jerseys.
September 10, 1961 – Yankees Number 7 is in the hIstoric news again for the day. Mickey Mantle became the seventh MLB player to hit 400 career home runs.
September 10, 1963 – As young and spry as ever! Legendary player Stan Musial (Number 6) hit a HR in his 1st at bat as a grandfather
September 10, 1972 – Kazimierz Deyna, wearing the Number 9 in his country’s Olympic gear scored twice as Poland beats Hungary 2-1 in the Olympic soccer gold medal game with 80,000 on lookers at the Munich Olympic Stadium
September 10, 1973 – The New York Jets trade pro football’s leading receiver Don Maynard, Number 13 to the St Louis Cardinals
September 10, 1974 – St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock, Number 20 tied the stolen base mark for a season with his 104th and then sets a new mark for baseball stolen base mark with 105
September 10, 1975 – Receiving one of the most storied honors in hockey tradition. Darryl Sittler, Number 27 was named captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs
September 10, 1978 – He only took what he needed! The single point American Lotus driver Mario Andretti earns for finishing 6th at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship in his Number 5 Lotus.
September 10, 1989 – Five days after hitting a HR for Yankees in a 12-2 win over the Mariners, MLB and NFL player Deion Sanders, Number 21 returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown, his first
September 10, 1989 – Indianapolis Colts running back Eric Dickerson, Number 29 rushed for 106 yards against San Francisco to become the fastest player to top the 10,000 yard plateau; 91st career game
September 10, 1997 – Mark McGwire (Number 25) joined legend Babe Ruth (Number 3) as only the players to hit 50 HRs in 2 consecutive years
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|MLS: Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps||9:30pm||ESPN+|
|MLS: Portland Timbers vs Minnesota United||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|Liga MX: Guadalajara vs Puebla||10:05pm||Telemundo|
|Liga MX: Toluca vs Pumas UNAM||10:05pm||Univision|
|US Open Women’s Final||4:00pm||ESPN|
|DP World: PGA Championship||7:00am||GOLF|
|LPGA: Queen City Championship||2:00pm||GOLF|
|Asian: Shinhan Donghae Open||11:00pm||GOLF|
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|Chi. White Sox at Oakland||4:07pm||NBCS-CHI|
|LA Dodgers at San Diego||4:10pm||MLBN|
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|San Francisco at Chi. Cubs||8:00pm||ESPN|
|Formula One: Italian Grand Prix||9:00am||FS1|
|IndyCar: Grand Prix of Monterey||3:00pm||NBC|
|NASCAR Cup: Hollywood Casino 400||3:00pm||USA|
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|Bundesliga: Freiburg vs Borussia M’gladbach||11:30am||ESPN+|
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|US Open Women’s Doubles Championship||1:00pm||ESPN|
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