INDY AREA SCORES

RONCALLI 17, CHATARD 14

TRINITY (KY.) 29, CENTER GROVE 28, 2OT

CARMEL 35, CASS TECH 21

FISHERS 49, NOBLESVILLE 25

MARTINSVILLE 28, GREENWOOD 14

GUERIN CATHOLIC 35, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 21

CATHEDRAL 35, PENN 21

WESTFIELD 23, ZIONSVILLE 16

WHITELAND 28, DECATUR CENTRAL 7

LAWRENCE CENTRAL 21, LAWRENCE NORTH 3

MT. VERNON 35, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL 28

LUTHERAN 54, TRITON CENTRAL 41

HSE 48, AVON 13

MOORESVILLE 38, PLAINFIELD 7

LINTON-STOCKTON 52, MONROVIA 27

ADAMS CENTRAL 42, COVENANT CHRISTIAN 19

SCECINA 41, CASCADE 14

BEECH GROVE 51, SPEEDWAY 35

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 21, RENSSELAER 0

COMPLETE STATE SCOREBOARD

ADAMS CENTRAL 42, COVENANT CHRISTIAN 19

ALEXANDRIA 42, BLACKFORD 0

ANDERSON 28, RICHMOND 0

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 19, JEFFERSONVILLE 18

BEECH GROVE 51, SPEEDWAY 35

BEN DAVIS 38, PIKE 0

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 55, TERRE HAUTE NORTH 7

BOONE GROVE 40, SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) 0

BOONVILLE 20, HERITAGE HILLS 16

BREMEN 35, MISHAWAKA MARIAN 31

BROWNSBURG 42, FRANKLIN CENTRAL 7

CALUMET 45, WHEELER 0

CARMEL 35, DETROIT CASS TECH (MI) 21

CARROLL (FLORA) 48, TAYLOR 20

CASTLE 56, EVANSVILLE BOSSE 0

CATHEDRAL 35, PENN 21

CHARLESTOWN 43, CLARKSVILLE 21

CHELSEA (MI) 22, ANGOLA 20

CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL 46, GEORGE WASHINGTON 0

CHURUBUSCO 21, GARRETT 0

CLINTON PRAIRIE 34, CLINTON CENTRAL 0

CLOVERDALE 29, BROWN COUNTY 27

COLUMBIA CITY 49, BELLMONT 0

COLUMBUS EAST 34, SEYMOUR 12

COLUMBUS NORTH 47, SOUTHPORT 14

CONNERSVILLE 42, GREENSBURG 35, OT

CRISPUS ATTUCKS 18, TINDLEY 6

CROWN POINT 48, MERRILLVILLE 40

DANVILLE 14, LEBANON 13

DELTA 42, SHELBYVILLE 7

EAST NOBLE 27, HUNTINGTON NORTH 26

EASTERN (GREENTOWN) 49, DELPHI 0

EASTERN HANCOCK 44, WES-DEL 0

EDINBURGH 18, SOUTH DECATUR 7

ELKHART 35, HAMMOND MORTON 6

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 21, EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 0

EVANSVILLE NORTH 43, EVANSVILLE HARRISON 20

EVANSVILLE REITZ 41, JASPER 14

FAIRFIELD 20, CENTRAL NOBLE 7

FISHERS 49, NOBLESVILLE 25

FLOYD CENTRAL 27, SILVER CREEK 13

FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER 42, FORT WAYNE SOUTH SIDE 13

FORT WAYNE CARROLL 28, FORT WAYNE NORTH SIDE 20

FORT WAYNE SNIDER 42, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN 0

FORT WAYNE WAYNE 31, FORT WAYNE NORTHROP 14

FRANKLIN 42, PERRY MERIDIAN 0

FRANKLIN COUNTY 36, RUSHVILLE 27

FRANKTON 84, ELWOOD 12

GARY WEST SIDE 26, HIGHLAND 20

GIBSON SOUTHERN 57, WASHINGTON 20

GOSHEN 28, WAWASEE 18

GREENCASTLE 46, WEST VIGO 14

GUERIN CATHOLIC 35, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 21

HAGERSTOWN 56, UNION CITY 14

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 21, RENSSELAER CENTRAL 0

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 42, AVON 13

HAMMOND CENTRAL 48, SOUTH BEND CLAY 6

HANOVER CENTRAL 48, CULVER ACADEMY 6

HERITAGE 32, WOODLAN 14

HOBART 35, GRIFFITH 0

HOMESTEAD 24, FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS 16

JAY COUNTY 41, SOUTHERN WELLS 6

JIMTOWN 64, OSCEOLA GRACE 0

JOHN GLENN 8, SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 3

KANKAKEE VALLEY 41, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 0

KNOX 59, CULVER 14

KOKOMO 14, LOGANSPORT 0

LAVILLE 47, PIONEER 18

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 42, NORTHWESTERN 13

LAFAYETTE HARRISON 51, MARION 6

LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON 42, ARSENAL TECH 0

LAKE CENTRAL 17, PORTAGE 14

LAKELAND 46, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0

LAPEL 33, SHENANDOAH 21

LAWRENCE CENTRAL 21, LAWRENCE NORTH 3

LAWRENCEBURG 49, MILAN 12

LEWIS CASS 35, BENTON CENTRAL 6

LINTON-STOCKTON 52, MONROVIA 27

LOUISVILLE TRINITY (KY) 29, CENTER GROVE 28, 2OT

LUTHERAN 54, TRITON CENTRAL 41

MACONAQUAH 27, NORTHFIELD 26

MADISON-GRANT 27, MISSISSINEWA 6

MADISON 70, CARROLL COUNTY (KY) 6

MARTINSVILLE 28, GREENWOOD 14

MCCUTCHEON 37, MUNCIE CENTRAL 12

MICHIGAN CITY 24, CHESTERTON 21

MISHAWAKA 45, NORTHRIDGE 39, 2OT

MOORESVILLE 38, PLAINFIELD 7

MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) 35, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL 28

MT. VERNON (POSEY) 42, PRINCETON 7

MUNSTER 38, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL 18

NEW ALBANY 27, JENNINGS COUNTY 21

NEW HAVEN 27, DEKALB 7

NEW PALESTINE 50, YORKTOWN 13

NEW PRAIRIE 24, LOWELL 7

NORTH CENTRAL (OH) 38, FREMONT 8

NORTH DAVIESS 12, EASTERN GREENE 2

NORTH DECATUR 43, MONROE CENTRAL 0

NORTH HARRISON 49, CORYDON CENTRAL 26

NORTH JUDSON 62, CALUMET CHRISTIAN 0

NORTH VERMILLION 57, COVINGTON 36

NORTHWOOD 41, CONCORD 13

NORTHEASTERN 42, WINCHESTER 14

NORTHVIEW 28, SULLIVAN 7

NORWELL 27, LEO 0

OAK HILL 35, EASTBROOK 0

OWEN VALLEY 41, INDIAN CREEK 39, OT

PAOLI 29, SPRINGS VALLEY 22

PARK TUDOR 47, CENTERVILLE 21

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 35, NEW CASTLE 0

PERRY CENTRAL 62, CRAWFORD COUNTY 0

PROVIDENCE 22, LLOYD MEMORIAL (KY) 21

PURDUE POLYTECHNIC 18, SHORTRIDGE 6

RIVER FOREST 40, LAKE STATION 10

RIVERTON PARKE 26, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 14

ROCHESTER 70, WHITKO 0

RONCALLI 17, BISHOP CHATARD 14

SALEM 18, SCOTTSBURG 0

SCECINA 41, CASCADE 14

SEEGER 52, ATTICA 7

SHERDIAN 54, TRI-CENTRAL 7

SOUTH ADAMS 50, BLUFFTON 35

SOUTH BEND ADAMS 14, SOUTH BEND RILEY 6, 2OT

SOUTH DEARBORN 42, BATESVILLE 7

SOUTH PUTNAM 52, NORTH PUTNAM 20

SOUTH SPENCER 24, PIKE CENTRAL 13

SOUTH VERMILLION 48, PARKE HERITAGE 0

SOUTHMONT 14, NORTH MONTGOMERY 12

SOUTHRIDGE 49, NORTH POSEY 0

SOUTHWOOD 35, NORTH MIAMI 0

TECUMSEH 35, NORTH KNOX 14

TELL CITY 43, FOREST PARK 26

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 34, BLOOMINGTON NORTH 20

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 41, PERU 22

TIPTON 34, TWIN LAKES 21

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 35, SOUTH NEWTON 12

TRI 70, CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN 0

TRI-WEST 55, FRANKFORT 6

TRIMBLE COUNTY (KY) 22, SWITZERLAND COUNTY 3

TRITON 46, CASTON 6

UNION COUNTY 21, KNIGHTSTOWN 6

VALPARAISO 42, LAPORTE 3

VINCENNES LINCOLN 31, EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 28

WABASH 28, MANCHESTER 27

WARREN CENTRAL 47, NORTH CENTRAL (INDY) 28

WARSAW 70, PLYMOUTH 0

WEST CENTRAL 44, TRI-COUNTY 0

WEST LAFAYETTE 47, WESTERN 18

WEST NOBLE 28, EASTSIDE 27, OT

WEST WASHINGTON 38, MITCHELL 8

WESTERN BOONE 49, CRAWFORDSVILLE 0

WESTFIELD 23, ZIONSVILLE 16

WHITELAND 28, DECATUR CENTRAL 7

WINAMAC 33, NORTH WHITE 7

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD-TOP 25

#15 MICHIGAN STATE 35 WESTERN MICHIGAN 13

ELSEWHERE

INDIANA 23 ILLINOIS 20

DUKE 30 TEMPLE 0

KANSAS 56 TENNESSEE TECH 10

TCU 38 COLORADO 13

OLD DOMINION 20 VIRGINIA TECH 17

EASTERN MICHIGAN 42 EASTERN KENTUCKY 34

WILLIAM AND MARY 41 CHARLOTTE 24

SATURDAY, SEPT. 3

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

NFL WEEK ONE AND TWO SCHEDULES

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

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

WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

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

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

TORONTO 4 PITTSBURGH 0

BALTIMORE 5 OAKLAND 2

BOSTON 9 TEXAS 1

SEATTLE 6 CLEVELAND 1

DETROIT 5 KANSAS CITY 4

TAMPA BAY 9 NY YANKEES 0

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 MINNESOTA 3

HOUSTON 4 LA ANGELS 2

CINCINNATI 3 COLORADO 2

NY METS 7 WASHINGTON 3

ATLANTA 8 MIAMI 1

ST. LOUIS 8 CHICAGO CUBS 0

ARIZONA 2 MILWAUKEE 1

SAN DIEGO 7 LA DODGERS 1

SAN FRANCISCO 13 PHILADELPHIA 1

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS 8 LOUISVILLE 7

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

College Football Playoff to expand to 12 teams by ’26 season

(AP) — After 14 1/2 months of haggling over details and questioning motivations, a plan to expand the College Football Playoff to 12 teams was finally approved Friday, setting the stage for a multibillion-dollar tournament as soon as the 2024 season.

What still needs to be determined is just how quickly the current four-team model can be converted and implemented, but it will happen no later than 2026. When it does, major college football’s championship bracket will triple in size.

“This was a very historic day for college football,” said Mississippi State President Mark Keenum, chairman of the CFP’s Board of Managers that pressed ahead after a process that started in June 2021 with an ambitious plan was derailed for months by provincialism and mistrust.

In a unanimous vote that was necessary to pursue early expansion, the 11 university leaders who make up the board approved the original 12-team proposal. It calls for the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large picks – as determined by a selection committee – to make the playoff.

The top four seeds would be conference champions and receive byes into the second round. First-round games would be played on campuses and the rest at bowl sites.

A 12-team, 11-game postseason system to crown a champion could be worth as much as $2 billion in media rights to the conferences that play major college football, starting in 2026.

“So our plans are to begin the 12-team format for sure beginning in the 2026 football season,” Keenum said. “However, we have asked our (conference) commissioners on the management committee to explore the possibility of us beginning the 12-team playoff format before the 2026 seasons, in either 2024 or 2025. We as members of the board recognize there’s some pretty substantial issues that have to be resolved.”

If the new format can be implemented before the current 12-year contract with ESPN expires, the conferences could make an additional $450 million over the final two years. The current deal pays about $470 million per year.

CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said ESPN under its contract would get the first bid on any new playoff inventory added in 2024 and ’25.

Beyond 2025, there is no TV contract for a playoff. The plan is to take the new format to the open market and possibly involve multiple TV partners instead of just ESPN.

The conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director who comprise the CFP management committee are scheduled to meet Thursday in Dallas. Among the logistical hurdles that they need to clear are dates of games, host sites, available television windows and the impact on the regular-season schedule.

The committee also needs to determine how all that new revenue will be shared and then have that approved by the presidents.

Hancock announced in February that expanding for the 2024 and ’25 seasons was off the table and attention would be turned to what the playoff would look like for 2026 and beyond. Last month, the CFP locked in sites and dates for the championship games to be played after the 2024 and 2025 seasons. In a 12-team playoff, those dates would have to be pushed back.

But the presidents ultimately decide what happens with the playoff, and they took matters into their own hands to move expansion forward.

“It was time for us to make a decision,” Keenum said.

Even after the February announcement, there were signs early expansion was not dead. A June meeting of the commissioners in Utah renewed optimism differences could be settled.

“It actually wouldn’t surprise me once we agree on the format, if it happens before the end of the current term,” Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff said in July.

Kliavkoff was one of three relatively new Power Five commissioners, along with Kevin Warren (Big Ten) and Jim Phillips (ACC), whose various objections to the 12-team proposal last year stalled negotiations.

That 12-team plan had been worked on for more than two years by a subgroup of the management committee that included Greg Sankey of the Southeastern Conference. Skepticism rose between the new commissioners, who had not been part of a process that started in 2019, and the rest after it was revealed the SEC would be adding Texas and Oklahoma to the powerhouse conference by no later than 2025.

Now everybody is on board with the plan.

“The Pac-12 is strongly in favor of CFP expansion and welcomes the decision of the CFP Board,” Kliavkoff said in a statement. “CFP expansion will provide increased access and excitement and is the right thing for our student-athletes and fans. We look forward to working with our fellow conferences to finalize the important elements of an expanded CFP in order to launch as soon as practicable.”

Serena Williams loses to Tomljanovic in US Open farewell

NEW YORK (AP) Leave it to Serena Williams to not want to go quietly, to not want this match, this trip to the U.S. Open, this transcendent career of hers, to really, truly end.

Right down to what were, barring a change of heart, the final minutes of her quarter-century of excellence on the tennis court, and an unbending unwillingness to be told what wasn’t possible, Williams tried to mount one last classic comeback, earn one last vintage victory, with fans on their feet in a full Arthur Ashe Stadium, cellphone cameras at the ready.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion staved off five match points to prolong the three-hours-plus proceedings, but could not do more, and was eliminated from the U.S. Open in the third round by Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1 on Friday night in what is expected to be her final contest.

“I’ve been down before. … I don’t really give up,” Williams said. “In my career, I’ve never given up. In matches, I don’t give up. Definitely wasn’t giving up tonight.”

She turns 41 this month and recently told the world that she is ready to start “evolving” away from her playing days – she expressed distaste for the word “retirement” – and while she remained purposely vague about whether this appearance at Flushing Meadows definitely would represent her last hurrah, everyone assumed it will be.

“It’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever been on in my life,” Williams said, tears streaming down her cheeks shortly after one final shot landed in the net. “I’m so grateful to every single person that’s ever said, `Go, Serena!’ in their life.”

Asked during an on-court interview whether she might reconsider walking away, Williams replied: “I don’t think so, but you never know.”

A little later, pressed on the same topic at her post-match news conference, Williams joked, “I always did love Australia,” the country that hosts the next Grand Slam tournament in January.

With two victories in singles this week, including over the No. 2 player in the world, Anett Kontaveit, on Wednesday, Williams took her fans on a thrill-a-minute throwback trip at the hard-court tournament that was the site of a half-dozen of her championships.

The first came in 1999 in New York, when Williams was a teen. Now she’s married and a mother; her daughter, Olympia, turned 5 on Thursday.

“Clearly, I’m still capable. … (But) I’m ready to be a mom, explore a different version of Serena,” she said. “Technically, in the world, I’m still super young, so I want to have a little bit of a life while I’m still walking.”

With 23,859 of her closest friends cheering raucously again Friday, Williams faltered against Tomljanovic, a 29-year-old Australian who is ranked 46th.

Williams gave away leads in each set, including the last, in which she was up 1-0 before dropping the final six games.

Tomljanovic is unabashedly a fan of Williams, having growing up watching her play on TV.

“I’m feeling really sorry, just because I love Serena just as much as you guys do. And what she’s done for me, for the sport of tennis, is incredible,” said Tomljanovic, who has never been past the quarterfinals at any major. “This is a surreal moment for me.”

Then, drawing laughs, Tomljanovic added: “I just thought she would beat me. … She’s Serena. That’s that’s just who she is: She’s the greatest of all time. Period.”

Asked what she planned to do on the first day of the rest of her life Saturday, Williams said she’d rest, spend time with Olympia and then added: “I’m definitely probably going to be karaoke-ing.”

Her performance with her racket Friday showed grit and featured some terrific serving, but it was not perfect.

On one point in the second set, Williams’ feet got tangled and she fell to the court, dropping her racket. She finished with 51 unforced errors, 21 more than Tomljanovic.

Williams let a 5-3 lead vanish in the first set. She did something similar in the second, giving away edges of 4-0 and 5-2, and requiring five set points to finally put that one in her pocket. From 4-all in the tiebreaker, meaning Williams was three points from defeat, she pounded a 117 mph ace, hit a forehand winner to cap a 20-stroke exchange, then watched Tomljanovic push a forehand long.

Momentum appeared to be on Williams’ side. But she could not pull off the sort of never-admit-defeat triumph she did so often over the years.

“Oh, my God, thank you so much. You guys were amazing today. I tried,” Williams told the audience, hands on her hips, before mentioning, among others, her parents and her older sister, Venus, a seven-time major champion who is 42.

“I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus. So thank you, Venus,” Williams said. “She’s the only reason that Serena Williams ever existed.”

They started in tennis as kids in Compton, California, coached by their father, Richard, who taught himself about the sport after watching on television while a player received a winner’s check. He was the central figure in the Oscar-winning film “King Richard,” produced by his daughters.

The siblings lost together in the first round of doubles on Thursday night, drawing another sellout. And on Friday, as during the younger Williams’ other outings this week, there could be no doubt about which player the paying public favored.

When Tomljanovic broke to go up 6-5 as part of a four-game run to take the opening set, one person in her guest box rose to applaud – and he was pretty much on his own.

Otherwise, folks applauded when Tomljanovic double-faulted, generally considered a faux pas for tennis crowds.

They got loud in the middle of lengthy exchanges, also frowned upon.

They offered sympathetic sounds of “Awwwwww” when Williams flubbed a shot, and leapt out of their seats when she did something they found extraordinary. A rather routine service break was cause for a standing ovation.

Tomljanovic draped a blue-and-white U.S. Open towel over her head at changeovers, shielding herself from the noise and distractions.

“Just really blocked it out as much as I could. It did get to me a few times, internally. I mean, I didn’t take it personally because, I mean, I would be cheering for Serena, too, if I wasn’t playing her,” Tomljanovic said. “But it was definitely not easy.”

After Williams struck a swinging backhand volley winner to take a 4-0 lead in the second set, her play improving with every passing moment, the reaction was earsplitting. Billie Jean King, a Hall of Famer with 39 total Grand Slam titles across singles, doubles and mixed doubles, raised her cellphone to capture the scene.

“You’re everywhere!” yelled Williams’ husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, from a courtside guest box that also contained power couple Ciara and Russell Wilson.

When Williams drove two consecutive forehand winners to lead 5-2 in the second set, she screamed and leaned forward after each.

She could not sustain that level.

Williams entered the night having won 19 times in a row in the U.S. Open’s third round of singles competition, including reaching at least the semifinals in her most recent 11 appearances in New York.

Talk about a full-circle moment: The only other third-round loss she’s ever had at Flushing Meadows (she is 42-0 in the first and second rounds) came in 1998, the year Williams made her tournament debut at age 16.

She would win her first major trophy 12 months later at the U.S. Open. And now she said goodbye in that same stadium.

“It’s been a long time. I’ve been playing tennis my whole life,” Williams said Friday night, after performing one last twirl-and-wave move usually reserved for victories. “It is a little soon, but I’m also happy because, I mean, this is what I wanted, what I want.”

Murray out of US Open in 3rd round; Serena eliminated

NEW YORK (AP) Andy Murray’s latest Week 1 exit at a Grand Slam tournament did not discourage him. The three-time major champion still thinks he can go toe-to-toe with the best in men’s tennis – even after two hip operations, even as the years without a trip past the third round at any of the sport’s biggest events stretch on.

After bowing out at that stage of the U.S. Open with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-3 loss across more than 3 1/2 hours against 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini on Friday, Murray chose to look on the bright side.

“I’ve got a metal hip. It’s not easy playing with that. It’s really difficult. I’m surprised I’m still able to compete with guys that are right up at the top of the game,” the 35-year-old Murray said, resting his head on his left hand. “Matches like this, I’m really proud that I have worked myself into a position where I’m able to do that. I’m really disappointed that I didn’t get over the line today. But I get reminded, like, `This is the first time you’ve made the third round here since 2016.’ It’s been six years. It’s been a difficult six years for me.”

Berrettini, a big hitter who reached the 2019 semifinals at Flushing Meadows, dominated in just about every statistical way at Arthur Ashe Stadium, hours before 23-time Grand Slam title winner Serena Williams was eliminated by Ajla Tomljanovic with a 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1 loss in what was expected to be her final match.

Williams, who turns 41 this month, still didn’t definitely say her career was over. But her tearful thanks to her parents, older sister Venus and fans afterward made it sound that way.

“It’s been a fun ride. It’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever been on in my life,” Williams said.

Coco Gauff, an 18-year-old American who reached the final at the French Open in June, made it to the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Madison Keys, the 2017 runner-up in New York and seeded 20th this year.

Gauff’s match ended a little more than an hour before Williams-Tomljanovic was due to begin – and the teen was hoping Williams could keep winning so they could meet in the semifinals. But the six-time champion lost, shortly after 2019 winner Bianca Andreescu was eliminated by No. 17 Caroline Garcia, guaranteeing there would be a first-time U.S. Open women’s champion.

Gauff now meets Zhang Shuai, who eliminated Rebecca Marino 6-2, 6-4.

Defending men’s champion Daniil Medvedev beat Wu Yibing of China 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in Ashe to close the night and is set to meet Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios, the No. 23 seed who swept past American J.J. Wolf 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

Medvedev had 12 aces to only one for Wu, who was the first Chinese man to reach the third round of the U.S. Open.

In other action during the day session, Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur came back to defeat No. 31 Shelby Rogers 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and avoid the sort of early exit by a high-seeded woman that has filled the first week of play at the year’s last major. No. 2 Anett Kontaveit (who lost to Williams), No. 3 Maria Sakkari and No. 4 Paula Badosa are all aready gone, as are 2021 champion Emma Raducanu and 2021 runner-up Leylah Fernandez; No. 1 Iga Swiatek and No. 5 Jabeur have offered a bit of the expected.

Jabeur reached the fourth round in New York for the first time after going 0-3 in the third round since 2019.

“Finally,” Jabeur said. “I know that I don’t play the best on hard courts, but it’s always amazing to see how I’m improving, how I’m pushing my limits.”

She next plays No. 18 Veronika Kudermetova, who needed just 47 minutes to overwhelm Dalma Galfi 6-2, 6-0.

In the men’s bracket, French Open runner-up Casper Ruud edged 29th-seeded Tommy Paul in five sets, while No. 27 Karen Khachanov moved on when his opponent, Jack Draper, stopped playing in the third set because of an injured hamstring.

The 13th-seeded Berrettini advanced to face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Sunday by hitting more aces than the unseeded Murray, 18-5, delivering far more total winners, 55-24, and accumulating 15 break points, converting five, while facing only four.

Murray’s summation: “I served pretty poorly for a large part of the match.”

He won his first Slam trophy at the U.S. Open in 2012, then added titles at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, becoming the first British man to triumph there since the 1930s. Murray made it to No. 1 in the rankings in 2017; that also was the last time he reached the fourth round at any major, doing so at the All England Club.

“Unfortunately, I never played him when he was No. 1, but his level seems very high right now. He’s super intelligent. He reads the game very well. … He made me sweat a lot,” Berrettini said after a match that was interrupted for about five minutes while paramedics attended to a spectator. “He still moves well. He has a lot of strength in his legs. I see him in the gym all the time.”

The first procedure on his hip came early in 2018, and the assumption by most, including Murray, was that he would need to retire. Then a second surgery, to install the metal implant, arrived in January 2019.

“Lots of people told me I wouldn’t be able to play again. And lots of people told me I’d be able to hit tennis balls but not compete professionally again. That was nonsense,” he said Friday, “and I want to see how close I can get back to the top of the game.”

India chopper against 5-man infield lifts Reds over Rockies

CINCINNATI (AP) Jonathan India drove in Spencer Steer from third base with a game-ending chopper against Colorado’s five-man infield, sending the Cincinnati Reds past the Rockies 3-2 on Friday night.

Steer, who hit his first career home run in the fifth in his major league debut, led off the ninth with a double against Alex Colome (2-7) and went to third on a one-out wild pitch. Jake Fraley was intentionally walked and took second on fielder’s indifference.

The Rockies moved into the stacked infield with three fielders on the left side. India hit a bouncer up the middle that shifted center fielder Garrett Hampson caught on the grass in front of second base, but he had no play on Steer. India was credited with a single.

It was the third time in the last two games the Reds faced five-man infields in game-ending situations. They fell short twice in extra innings during a loss to St. Louis on Wednesday.

“That was pretty cool,” said India, who already had extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games (21 for 59, .356), the longest active streak in the majors. “That ball was four feet outside, but I wanted the hit.”

India said he was glad Hampson didn’t throw to first.

“I wanted the hit. I could’ve taken the walk, but I wanted the hit,” he said.

Fraley tied it at 2 when he greeted Dinelson Lamet with a leadoff homer in the seventh. It was Fraley’s first career pinch-hit homer.

Each team had a player connect for his first career home run.

Sean Bouchard’s two-run drive in the third landed four rows deep in the left field lower deck and gave Colorado a 2-0 lead. Steer’s leadoff shot in the fifth, also his first career hit, landed on the green turf in front of the center field batter’s eye.

Steer, acquired from Minnesota at the trade deadline, added two walks to reach base in all four of his plate appearances.

“It’s pretty unbelievable,” he said. “I’m at a loss for words. I don’t know if you wrote it up any better. I made memories that will last the rest of my life. You only get one debut.”

“He’ll make an out sometime, but he had a great night at the plate,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He did show he knows what he’s doing.”

Alexis Diaz (5-2) gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth to get the win.

Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland pitched around eight hits to last 5 2/3 innings. He gave up one run with a walk and three strikeouts while remaining winless in five starts since Aug. 4 at San Diego.

Sidearm right-hander Justin Lawrence walked the first batter he faced to load the bases before striking out Jose Barrero to end the sixth.

Luis Cessa lasted a season-high five innings in his fourth start of the season after being moved from the bullpen to shore up Cincinnati’s injury-ravaged rotation. Cessa allowed four hits and two runs with two walks and four strikeouts.

LAST TIME

The last Reds player before Steer to homer for his first major league hit was TJ Friedl last Sept. 19 against the Dodgers.

ANOTHER FIRST

Reds RHP Fernando Cruz also made his major league debut at the age of 32 years and 158 days, the oldest player to debut for Cincinnati since LHP/OF Pat Scantlebury at 38 years, 160 days on April 19, 1956, according to the Elias Sports Bureau and the Reds. Cruz pitched a perfect sixth with two strikeouts.

ASSIST MAN

RF Aristides Aquino easily recorded his NL-leading 11th outfield assist in the eighth, catching Brendan Rodgers’ flyball and throwing out Bouchard at first base while the runner was racing to third. Aquino went into the game tied for the NL lead in outfield assists. The Reds lead all major league outfields with 32 assists.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: OF Yonathan Daza (shoulder) started in center field and went 3 for 4 for Triple-A Albuquerque at Sugar Land in the first game of his rehab assignment on Thursday. He was scheduled to play seven innings on Friday.

Reds: RHP Hunter Greene (shoulder) threw 27 pitches in the game and another eight in the bullpen afterward in the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Thursday against Indianapolis. Greene will make at least one more start, Reds manager David Bell said.

UP NEXT

Rockies RHP German Marquez (7-10, 4.97) was roughed up for nine runs, eight earned, and a career-high tying 12 hits in his last start in Cincinnati on June 12, 2021. Reds LHP Nick Lodolo (3-5, 4.30) hasn’t won in six starts since July 25.

Montgomery stays unbeaten with Cardinals, blanks Cubs

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jordan Montgomery pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning to remain unbeaten with St. Louis, Lars Nootbaar and Tommy Edman homered, and the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-0 Friday night.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals have won five of six. Chicago has lost five of six.

Montgomery improved to 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA since being acquired from the New York Yankees in a trade on Aug. 2. He gave up two hits to lead off the seventh before reliever Jordan Hicks struck out pinch-hitter Zach McKinstry, Nick Madrigal and Seiya Suzuki.

Montgomery (8-3) scattered seven hits, striking out four and walking two.

Asked about why he’s done so well since being shipped to the Cardinals, the lefty had a little fun with reporters.

“What trade?” Montgomery asked with a laugh. “I don’t remember that. I turned the page. I’m excited to be here and every five days I want to go out and win.

Montgomery also extended his scoreless inning streak against the Cubs to 22 innings – he beat them 1-0 on Aug. 21 at Wrigley Field and also threw seven scoreless innings earlier this season as a member of the Yankees.

“I’m just executing a lot of pitches and throwing three pitches for strikes,” he said. “So, I’m going to keep doing that. “

Said Cardinals star third baseman Nolan Arenado: “He fits perfectly here. We’re so happy he’s here and he’s a Cardinal.”

“I just can’t believe he’s here. It’s been awesome. We’re so fortunate to have him,” he said.

The Cardinals got late-inning homers from Nootbaar and Edman to break open what had been a close 3-0 game. Nootbaar’s 11th home run and Edman’s 12th came off Cubs reliever Sean Newcomb.

The Cubs had many opportunities, but went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Manager David Ross couldn’t put his finger on why his club has struggled so much against Montgomery.

“Tonight, was a little different. I thought he’s been pretty dominant the two times before that we faced him,” Ross said. “It didn’t look like he had his best stuff and command, but he found a way with two seamers and got guys to roll over. He just does a nice job of keeping us off balance.”

The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first against Adrian Sampson (1-5). Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run single to score Brendan Donovan and Paul Goldschmidt, who had both walked.

Sampson (1-5) gave up two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking two in five innings.

ANOTHER HONOR FOR ARENADO

Arenado was named the National League’s Player of the Month for August. It’s his second honor this year as he previously won in April. For the month, Arenado hit .365 with nine homers and 29 RBIs. Arenado is the first Cardinals to win Player of the Month twice since Albert Pujols accomplished the feat in 2009.

ROSTER MOVES

Cubs: INF David Bote was recalled from Triple-A Iowa while RHP Jeremiah Estrada and LHP Brendon Little returned to Iowa. Sampson and LHP Justin Steele who were both reinstated from the restricted list.

Cards: RHP James Naile and OF Ben DeLuzio were both recalled from Triple-A Memphis. This is DeLuzio’s first time in the majors.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: LHP Wade Miley (strained left shoulder), was transferred from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL. Miley has been out since June 11.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain) is scheduled to start Monday against the Washington Nationals. Flaherty has been on the injured list since June 27. “We’re going to have Jack take that start on Monday,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol confirmed. … LHP Steven Matz (left MCL tear) threw a bullpen session today and the Cardinals plan to have him throw a live batting practice next week.

UP NEXT

LHP Drew Smyly (5-7, 3.24 ERA) starts for Chicago and RHP Adam Wainwright (9-9, 3.09 ERA) throws for St. Louis in the second game of their three-games series Saturday. Smyly has a 1-1 career record against the Cardinals and Wainwright is 18-14 lifetime verses the Cubs.

Abreu drives in winning run in 9th, ChiSox beat Twins 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) Andrew Vaughn dropped his bat and had some things to say as he shook his head. He clearly was not happy after getting hit near the shoulder.

Things got heated. The dugouts cleared. And moments later, the White Sox were celebrating.

Jose Abreu drove in the winning run when he grounded into a force out in the ninth inning after Twins closer Jorge Lopez hit Vaughn, and Chicago beat Minnesota 4-3 on Friday night.

The White Sox had runners on first and second with one out after back-to-back singles by Romy Gonzalez and Elvis Andrus. They loaded the bases when Lopez hit Vaughn in the left shoulder with the next pitch.

The dugouts and bullpens emptied. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli and White Sox bench coach Miguel Cairo jawed at each other. Both benches were warned. Cairo came back out and had words with crew chief Ron Kulpa before heading to the clubhouse.

“What I saw was him saying something, their pitcher Lopez saying something to Vaughnie,” Cairo said. “He was just talking. Vaughnie didn’t do nothing. So I went over there just to protect my player. The way he came out and protected his player.”

Baldelli had a different take.

“I don’t like how that entire group ends up on our mound approaching our pitcher like that,” he said. “I thought that was wrong. But it’s an emotional game, and both teams are just trying to win.”

Lopez insisted he wasn’t trying to hit Vaughn, who he said was “kind of giving me the `whatever’ face.”

“I’ve been throwing inside the whole year,” Lopez said. “I came here last time with Baltimore and I did the same thing. If they don’t like me pitching in, that’s something they can’t take out of me.”

Lopez (4-7) then appeared to hit Abreu with the next pitch, setting off a celebration by the White Sox. The ball apparently grazed the bat and the call was overturned. Chicago won it two pitches later when Abreu’s grounder deflected off the pitcher’s glove. Second baseman Nick Gordon fielded the ball and flipped it to shortstop Carlos Correa to get Vaughn at second. The Twins were unable to complete the double play, allowing Gonzalez to score from third.

Rookie Davis Martin threw three-hit ball over five scoreless innings in relief. Yasmani Grandal hit a tying home run in the eighth against Caleb Thielbar after Minnesota scored in the top half to take a 3-2 lead, and Liam Hendriks (3-3) pitched around a single in the ninth.

The White Sox won their third in a row after losing 10 of 12. They pulled within three games of first-place Cleveland and prevented the Twins from tying the Guardians for the AL Central lead.

The White Sox also improved to 3-1 with Cairo filling in for ailing manager Tony La Russa. The Hall of Fame skipper is in Arizona tending to an unspecified medical condition.

The Twins looked like they were in position to tie Cleveland for the AL Central lead. Instead, they lost their second straight after winning five in a row.

Minnesota’s Nick Gordon smacked a two-run double off Joe Kelly in the first inning. He also put Cleveland ahead 3-2 lead in the eighth when he drove in Max Kepler with a groundout against Jimmy Lambert, giving him 11 RBIs in the past three games.

STARTERS’ STATS

Twins starter Sonny Gray exited after four innings because of tightness in his right hamstring. The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits.

Kelly gave up two runs and two hits, walked two and struck out two in his first start since 2020 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

BABY MATTERS

Cairo wasn’t sure how long CF Luis Robert would be away from the team after travelling to Florida for the birth of his second child – a boy. Robert has been used as a pinch runner and defensive replacement lately while recovering from a sore left wrist.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: Gray said he felt tightness throwing the final pitch of the third, when he retired Elvis Andrus on a comebacker.

White Sox: OF/DH Eloy Jimenez (right leg soreness) was out of the lineup after leaving Thursday’s win over Kansas City, though he batted for Gavin Sheets in the eighth.

UP NEXT

White Sox ace Dylan Cease (12-6, 2.27 ERA) eyes his first win since Aug. 5, while Twins RHP Tyle Mahle (6-7, 4.17 ERA) makes his first start since Aug. 17 after being sidelined because of right shoulder inflammation.

Padres rout Dodgers 7-1, send LA on rare 3-game skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) Yu Darvish combined with two relievers on a four-hitter, Manny Machado and Brandon Drury hit two-run homers in the third inning, and the San Diego Padres routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1 on Friday night.

Jurickson Profar added a three-run blast with two outs in the sixth off reliever Heath Hembree in the second-place Padres’ fourth straight victory.

Coming off losing two of three at the New York Mets, the NL West leaders returned home and dropped their third in a row for the first time since mid-June. The high-scoring Dodgers managed just six baserunners through eight innings; three times it was Chris Taylor, who got on via two walks and a hit by pitch. He walked again in the ninth.

Five players and the crew chief were hit by pitches.

Darvish (12-7) struck out nine to reach 3,003 in his professional career. He had 1,250 in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball and has 1,753 in Major League Baseball since coming to the U.S. in 2012. The right-hander walked two in seven innings.

Steven Wilson struck out one in a 1-2-3 eighth. Nabil Crismatt gave up a double to Justin Turner, who scored on Joey Gallo’s single in the ninth.

Dustin May (1-2) got cuffed around in his third start of the season after returning from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander gave up six runs and four hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked five.

May served up his first homer of the season to Machado, who blasted a 410-foot shot to the left-field pavilion for his 25th homer, scoring Juan Soto who walked, for a 2-0 lead.

Two batters later, Drury went deep to nearly the same spot for his 25th homer, scoring Jake Cronenworth, who was hit by May, and making it 4-0.

The Dodgers’ second-best hitter, All-Star Trea Turner, rested for the first time this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (right forearm strain) had an MRI and the result was “as good as we could have hoped,” manager Dave Roberts said. The 16-game winner played catch. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (right elbow inflammation) had an MRI although Roberts didn’t yet know the results. … 2B Gavin Lux has been playing through a neck issue but Roberts said it was “cranky” and he is out of the lineup through Saturday.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Sean Manaea (7-7, 4.90 ERA) has alternated wins and losses in his last eight starts. He hasn’t won two in a row since before the All-Star break.

Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (14-7, 2.32) has struck out seven in each of his last two starts.

Rays beat Yankees 9-0 to move within 5 games in AL East

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Jeffrey Springs pitched neatly into the sixth inning, Christian Bethancourt hit two-run homer in the seventh, and the Tampa Bay Rays moved within five games of the AL East-leading New York Yankees with a 9-0 victory on Friday night.

It was the first of six games between the teams in a 10-day span as New York saw its once-commanding 15 1/2 game advantage continue to evaporate.

‘”‘Just embarrassing when you get beat like that,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “We’ve got a much better standard in that room, now we’ve got to start living up to it.”

Yankees star Aaron Judge agreed.

“We’re going to see what this team is made of,” Judge said. “We’ve got to bring it, that’s it. Nobody on the outside is going is help us, nobody is feeling sorry for us.”

Springs (7-4) gave up four hits and three walks, along with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. JT Chargois, Colin Poche, Jason Adam and Calvin Faucher completed the five-hitter.

“Anytime we can come out like we did tonight and start a series like that, it’s good,” Springs said. “It’s definitely a big momentum rolling into tomorrow.

Tampa Bay has limited the Yankees to 42 runs (32 earned) in 14 games.

When ask why the Rays have been successful, a smiling manager Kevin Cash said “I don’t know, and I wouldn’t tell you if I did.”

“But look, we got good pitching, no doubt,” he added. “Our pitchers do a really good job of executing.”

The Yankees have been shut out six times over their last 25 games.

Bethancourt, on his birthday, made it 3-0 on his homer off Domingo German (2-3), who allowed three runs – two earned – and six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

“Not happy, not happy with myself,” German said through an interpreter. “I let that one guy beat me. Not to take credit from him but I think he’s the worst hitter in that lineup and I let him beat me tonight.”

Yu Chang had a two-run infield single and Manuel Margot drove in two with a single during a six-run eighth against Greg Weissert and Anthony Banda. Yankees manager Aaron Boone turned to infielder-outfielder Marwin Gonzalez with the bases-loaded and two out in the eighth, and he retired Harold Ramirez on comebacker off a 45-mph pitch.

New York has lost five of six, while the Rays have won four in a row to move a season-high 16 games over .500.

Yankees left fielder Andrew Benintendi left in the third inning after injuring his right wrist on a swing. X-rays were negative but he will have an MRI exam Saturday.

“That’s what he felt, it felt like something popped on his wrist,” Boone said. “Hope for the best for him tomorrow.”

The announced crowd was 17,886. Tampa Bay entered averaging 13,845 at home.

A pair of errors by third baseman Josh Donaldson helped the Rays go up 1-0 in the fourth.

Ramirez reached when Donaldson misplayed his grounder but was thrown out by right fielder Oswaldo Cabrera, who came in for Benintendi, trying to score on Donaldson’s throwing error following Randy Arozarena’s infield hit. Arozarena went to third on the play and scored on David Peralta’s single.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa had a leadoff double in the fifth and one out later the Rays opted to pitch to Aaron Judge, and the slugger walked on a 3-2 pitch. Springs then induced a fly ball from Cabrera and struck out Giancarlo Stanton.

Judge, leading the majors with 51 homers and 113 RBIs, also struck out twice and reached on catcher’s interference. Stanton struck out three times and walked.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo will miss the series after getting a epidural shot for lingering lower back pain. … RHP Jameson Taillon, hit on the right forearm by a batted ball Tuesday, has a bullpen session Saturday and should make his next scheduled start.

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John surgery, Aug. 2021) is expected to start a minor league rehab assignment by throwing one inning with Triple-A Durham next week. … SS Wander Franco (sore right hand) hopes to resume his rehab assignment soon.

UP NEXT

Yankees RHP Clarke Schmidt (5-3) and Tampa Bay RHP Corey Kluber (9-7) are Saturday night’s starters.

No. 15 Michigan State sputters in 35-13 win over W. Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Payton Thorne played well in spurts, allowing No. 15 Michigan State to earn a lopsided win over Western Michigan despite struggling for long stretches of the opener on both sides of the ball.

Thorne capped three straight drives with touchdown passes in the first half and threw for a fourth score in the final quarter to help the Spartans pull away and beat the Broncos 35-13 on Friday night.

“We got a lot of work to do,” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said. “But I like what I saw in the locker room after the game. We’re a hungry football team and we know we need to get better.”

After taking a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter, the Spartans allowed an average Mid-American Conference team to pull within eight points late in the third after outscoring them 10-0 in the quarter.

“We didn’t play very well in the third quarter,” Thorne said. “I don’t know the official stats. It was pretty bad.”

Michigan State was fortunate Thorne’s uneven performance included four touchdowns, matching Connor Cook’s school record of throwing four touchdowns in four games. Thorne finished 12 of 24 for 233 yards with an interception.

Wisconsin transfer Jalen Berger ran for a career-high 120 yards and a touchdown that gave the Spartans a 28-13 lead with 6:28 remaining. Thorne’s fourth touchdown, a 43-yard pass to Tre Mosley, on the next drive ended any doubt about the outcome.

After a slow start, Thorne threw a short pass to freshman Germie Bernard, whose speed turned the play into a 44-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. Illinois transfer Daniel Barker used only his right hand to catch a 13-yard pass for a score and Keon Coleman ran under a 41-yard pass to put Michigan State ahead 21-3 early in the second quarter.

Western Michigan pulled within 11 points midway through the third quarter, when it converted a fourth-and-1 at its 42 and Sean Tyler ran for a 4-yard touchdown a snap after picking up 45 yards on the ground.

The Broncos made it 21-13 late in the third when Palmer Domschke made a 42-yard kick, but they couldn’t make enough plays on both sides of the ball in the fourth quarter and fell to 1-30 against ranked teams.

“I told the team I thought they fought hard,” Western Michigan coach Tim Lester said. “We didn’t get the job done. Our No. 1 thing coming into the game was to take care of the ball and I don’t think we did a good enough job of that. We’ve got to be better to beat a good team like that.”

INJURY REPORT

Michigan State’s defense took a hit in the first half, losing linebacker Darius Snow and safety Xavier Henderson after both appeared to have injured their right legs that were wrapped in protective braces. Tucker said he did not have an update on the condition of either player.

INSTANT IMPACT

UNLV transfer Jacoby Windmon had four of Michigan State’s seven sacks.

“We identified him in camp and in the spring as one of our best pass rushers, maybe our best,” Tucker said. “Pass rushers are hard to find.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Western Michigan: Redshirt freshman Jack Salopek had an encouraging first start, completing 21 of 36 passes for 193 yards and running for 61 yards on a draw.

Michigan State: If Snow and Henderson are injured significantly, that will hurt the team’s chances to improve a defense that ranked last against the pass in FBS in 2021.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Spartans likely will slip a little in the poll after a lackluster performance in a game that seemed to be closer than the final score.

UP NEXT

Western Michigan: Plays at Ball State on Sept. 10 and hosts No. 17 Pittsburgh the following week.

Michigan State: Hosts Akron on Sept. 10 and goes on the road to play Washington in a night game on Sept. 17.

Boston Celtics say F Gallinari has torn knee ligament

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics said Friday that Danilo Gallinari tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing for Italy during a FIBA World Cup qualifier against Georgia last month.

Gallinari tore the same ligament in 2013. The Celtics didn’t provide a timeline for the forward’s return. But such injuries typically involve a recovery process of up to a year, meaning it would be unlikely for the veteran to play this season.

The Celtics signed Gallinari to a two-year, $13 million contract in July. He averaged 11.7 points for Atlanta last season.

The 34-year-old Gallinari is averaging 15.6 points over 13 NBA seasons with the Hawks, New York, Denver, the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City.

Video of the injury shows Gallinari receiving a pass on a fast break and taking a step before he starts to hobble. In the days afterward Gallinari initially expressed he was diagnosed with a meniscus injury.

In an Instagram post shortly after the team announced his new diagnosis, Gallinari said he would work to return to action as soon as possible.

“This has been a tough week for me as I have learned the extent of my injury,” the post read. “This game means everything to me and not being able to be on the court with my Celtics teammates hurts. I plan to give everything I can to the Celtics organization and my teammates as we hunt for a title.”

Since being drafted in the first round by the Knicks in 2008, Gallinari bounced around before helping Atlanta make a surprise Eastern Conference finals run in 2021.

The Celtics were hoping Gallinari and Malcolm Brogdon, another free agency pickup, could bolster their rotation after falling to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Gallinari said in July that assuming a reserve role the past two seasons in Atlanta has helped him enter a phase in his career in which he isn’t the centerpiece of an offense.

“At that point in my career it was a move I decided to accept,” Gallinari said. “It’s something that you’ve got to adjust and you’ve got to be a pro. And whatever’s got to be done, you’ve got to do it.”

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(INDIANS BASEBALL)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Blake Sabol launched his first Triple-A home run as the Indianapolis Indians never trailed and outlasted the Louisville Bats for an 8-7 win on Friday night at Louisville Slugger Field. The Indians are now a season-high five games above .500.

After the scoring went back-and-forth through the first six innings, the Indians (65-40) took their final lead of the night in the seventh inning. With one out as the second batter of the frame, Ji-Hwan Bae lifted his sixth triple of the season to center field and was driven in on a sacrifice fly by Bligh Madris.

Travis MacGregor and Eric Stout (S, 5) then combined for seven strikeouts through the final three innings to shut down the Bats (52-75) offense. Stout stranded the bases loaded following two singles and an error in the ninth to clinch the victory.

For the second time through just four games in the series, the Indians got on the board first with a five-run spot in the opening frame. The team sent eight batters to the plate and hit for the cycle, with a leadoff double by Hoy Park, RBI single by Ji-Hwan Bae, RBI triple by Travis Swaggerty – his eighth of the year – and a three-run homer by Blake Sabol doing all the scoring.

In a repeat of Tuesday night, Louisville erased Indianapolis’ early five-run lead. After three of the first four batters in the bottom of the third reached base safely, two by free passes, Leonardo Rivas launched a grand slam to right-center field to bring the Bats within one.

Jared Oliva extended Indy’s lead to two runs with an RBI single in the fourth, but it didn’t last long. Following a fielding error that would have marked the final out of the fourth inning, Isiah Gilliam lined an RBI single into right field and a wild pitch on the next at-bat tied the game at 6-6.

Indianapolis’ retook the lead with an RBI single by Swaggerty in the fifth, but Louisville tied the game again one inning later on a bases-loaded walk.

Luis Ortiz made his Triple-A debut for Indianapolis and surrendered six runs (four earned) over 4.0 innings. He was relieved by Noe Toribio (W, 4-2), who took the Indians through the sixth inning with four strikeouts in 2.0 one-run innings. In total, Indians pitchers fanned 14 batters.

The Indians were issued five walks and struck out only six times. After starter Gavin Spiers was tagged with seven runs (six earned) in 5.0 innings, Julio Pinto (0-1) gave up the triple to Bae and game-winning sacrifice fly.

Indianapolis will look to extend its winning streak to four games tomorrow at 7:05 PM ET vs. the Bats. Taking the mound for the Indians will be RHP Osvaldo Bido (2-7, 4.79) against LHP Justin Nicolino (3-4, 5.29).

(INDY ELEVEN SOCCER)

DETvIND Preview 
Indy Eleven at Detroit City FC
Saturday, September 3, 2022 – 7:30 p.m. ET 
Keyworth Stadium – Hamtramck, Mich.

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2022 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS 
Indy Eleven: 8W-14L-4D (-11 GD), 28 pts.; 9th in Eastern Conference 
Detroit City FC: 11W-6L-9D (+10 GD), 42 pts.; 7th 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: MF Ayoze (R adductor), GK Sean Lewis (L hamstring), DF Jared Timmer

SUSPENDED: 
IND: MF Neveal Hackshaw (caution accumulation)
DET: none

A week ago, Indy Eleven was carrying the weight of a 12-game winless streak and staring down two home games against conference leaders in San Antonio FC and Louisville and a rivalry row at Detroit City FC within an eight-day span. You couldn’t be blamed for thinking a nine-point week was out of the question at that time, but after grinding out wins in the first two tilts that’s where Indiana’s Team sits heading into its first meaningful match at Keyworth Stadium.

While Head Coach Mark Lowry’s side left every ounce of effort on the field to achieve those first two results, he’ll look to rally his depleted corps one more time to keep the slimmest of postseason hopes alive against a DCFC side clinging to the seventh and final playoff position.

So how did the Boys in Blue record two of the most unlikely wins of the entire 2022 USL Championship four days apart? According to Lowry it boiled down to hustle and determination, but timely goalkeeping from Tim Trilk (9 saves, 1 GA in last two outings) and Stefano Pinho’s brace out of nowhere on Wednesday – following a nearly three-month goal drought – certainly helped. With minutes leader Jared Timmer leaving Wednesday match at halftime and Neveal Hackshaw out due to a caution accumulation suspension, the Boys in Blue will have to dig even deeper to bring a favorable result back down I-69 on Saturday.

In a vacuum, capturing a point on the road against a new regional rival above you in the standings would be counted as an impressive result, but against the backdrop of the last week it likely won’t satisfy Lowry & Co. That’s especially the case on Saturday, as anything but a win dashes hope of a miracle playoff run if not mathematically, then realistically, with Detroit having a nearly insurmountable 14-point gap and both teams with seven games left to play.

The Eleven’s bounceback week not only snapped that 12-game overall winless stretch, it broke a six-match run without a win at home, its prior triumph at The Mike coming on May 21. That’s also the last time Detroit City FC tasted victory at home in Hamtramck, following a 5-0-2 start at Keyworth with a six-game home drought of its own (0W-2L-4D). That’s been part of an overall average summer for the Rouge-and-Gold, who have registered a 4W-4L-6D mark since Memorial Day weekend after racing out to a 7-2-3 start to the first campaign in the Championship.

A middle of the pack scoring attack (34 goals, T-16 in USLC) is led by Pato Botello Faz’s eight goals, followed by five goals each by Maxi Rodriguez and longtime Eleven foil Antoine Hoppenot, who also leads DCFC with eight assists. Detroit has led with its defense through the season, with its 24 goals allowed ranking third best across the league – although that’s nothing new for Indy Eleven, which faced the only two teams above Detroit in that category the last two times out. Goalkeeper Nathan Steinwascher has been a rock in goal for Detroit, playing every minute thus far in regular season action en route to posting a sparkling 0.92 goals against average.  

(INDIANA FOOTBALL)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It was there for the taking, all of it — a season-opening Big Ten victory over Illinois, a dramatic last-second comeback, vindication for all the work and perseverance and turnaround vows.

Indiana took it, 23-20, and the fireworks exploded.

On Friday night, with the clock approaching midnight at Memorial Stadium, Connor Bazelak passed and ran the Hoosiers to the brink; Shaun Shivers pounded them to the lead, and the Cam Jones-led defense preserved it.

“It’s unbelievable,” receiver D.J. Matthews Jr. said. “It’s super overwhelming.

“Coach (Tom) Allen has been emphasizing team work. It’s great to rally as one and finish the game.”

Allen said he puts this victory among the best he’s ever had because of the stakes coming off last season’s 0-9 Big Ten mark.

“I knew what we’ve been through and what this meant. It’s huge. I know what we went through last year.

“They fought. They battled and battled and battled. This is a big deal. They found a way.”

In the final two minutes, down 20-16 with no timeouts and 75 yards from victory, Bazelak passed the Hoosiers down the field — to the Indiana 43-yard line, to the Illinois 37, to the 23, the 14, the 5.

After 10 straight passes and seven completions (four to Matthews, three to Cam Camper), Bazelak ran to the 1, then quickly lined up and handed it to Shivers.

Shivers left him no choice.

“I got lined up, and I’m not going to lie,” Shivers said, “I told Connor, give it to me. I got it. I see it. I’m gonna score. Give it to me. Give it to me.

“He gave it to me. It was a big moment.”

An offensive line that had struggled to punch holes against an Illinois defense that altered all expected tendencies punched open its biggest hole in two years.

Big enough, anyway.

“It was tight,” Shivers said, “but I told myself, grit. Put my foot down and get it.”

For 28 second-half minutes, IU’s offense had struggled, but when it mattered most, it came through, in part because Bazelak, who won the starting competition over Jack Tuttle and Dexter Williams II, threw with composure.

“That was one of the variables since he’s been here,” Allen said. “He’s extremely poised. It showed in that moment. He had to be accurate. He slid in the pocket a little bit. He used his legs a little bit.”

Added Bazelak: “I tried to keep everyone calm. That’s our offense. I knew we had zero timeouts. Get in a rhythm and things really start to roll.

“You go to your playmakers. When the game is on the line, go to your best players.”

This was why Allen had hired Walt Bell as the new offensive coordinator, and he didn’t do it to dictate offense, especially on that last possession.

“I tell them one thing, go score,” he said. “I didn’t tell them how to do it. I am not a micromanager.”

That left it to the defense, which was led by Allen. It attacked. A sack by defensive lineman Beau Robbins left Illinois quarterback Tommy DeVito pounding the turf one, two, three times in frustration.

Two more passes followed, the last one leading to a fumble cornerback Jaylin Williams recovered to end the game.

But this was mostly about Jones, who shook off an injury that left him writhing on the field in pain to total a team-leading 12 tackles and a fumble recovery.

“Cam got injured, and he gritted right through it,” Allen said. “He wasn’t going to come off the field.”

Overall, the defense had four takeaways and a huge fourth-quarter goal-line stand to give the Hoosiers a chance.

“I’m proud of the grit of our defense,” Allen said. “I know the way this game is played now, teams will get yards, but you’ve got to limit them and get takeaways. To hold a team to 20 points is pretty good.”

Forget the mistakes, adversity and frustration. This was a chance to rise above it.

IU did.

“Once we scored,” Bazelak said, “it was awesome. It was relief. We’ve been working so hard. Everyone has been grinding.

“I wasn’t here, but these guys have a bad taste in their mouth after last year. They decided we had to win.”

Bazelak, a Missouri transfer, finished 28-for-52 for 330 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Camper, a junior college transfer playing in his first IU game, had 11 catches for 156 yards. Matthews had seven catches for 109.

Illinois ran for 216 yards (tailback Chase Brown had 199 of them), passed for 232.

It could have broken the Hoosiers.

Instead, they broke the Illini.

“We found a way to win,” Allen said. “It was a gritty performance.

“We’ve got a lot to work on, but there are so many positives it creates. The belief. To get that first Big Ten win. It’s massive.”

The season began with multiple questions, starting with the biggest of all – would the Hoosiers return to their winning ways of 2019 and ’20?

Beyond that:

Could the offensive line block effectively?

Would the new offensive attack under Bell restore the productivity missing from last season?

Would Allen’s return to defensive play calling rejuvenate the takeaway frenzy so crucial to Hoosier success?

In so many ways, the answers were, yes.

Illinois instantly tested that defense. It won the toss and elected to receive. After a couple of adjustment snaps, the defense turned up the heat, pressured an incompletion, got a sack and forced a 12-yard Illini punt.

The Hoosiers would start at their own 40-yard line.

After a shaky first couple of plays, Bazelak hit Camper with a 40-yard completion to set up Charles Campbell’s 39-yard field goal and a 3-0 IU lead.

Illinois countered with a touchdown and a 7-3 lead midway through the first quarter.

Defensive lineman Alfred Bryant’s monster hit on tight end Luke Ford forced a fumble to end the first quarter. Jones recovered for the Hoosiers.

Early in the second quarter, Bazelak hit Matthews with a 52-yard touchdown pass for a 10-7 IU lead. After the Illini tied it at 10-10, Bazelak hit Camper with a 39-yard pass to set up Campbell’s 43-yard field goal for a 13-10 Hoosier lead. Campbell added another 43-yarder just before halftime for a 16-10 score.

Illinois capitalized on Bazelak’s interception to open the third quarter with a touchdown and a 17-16 lead.

The Hoosier defense got its second takeaway when husky Noah Pierre forced and recovered a fumble on a backwards Illinois pass. But IU couldn’t capitalize and had to punt to end the third quarter.

Illinois tried to power its way for a possible fourth-quarter clinching touchdown. IU’s defense powered back to stuff the Illini.

The offense couldn’t capitalize.

The defense responded again with a Josh Sanguinetti interception at the Hoosiers 8-yard line. They had 5:47 to capitalize.

Instead, a fumble gave Illinois another chance to put it away. The defense limited the damage to a field goal.

With 2:16 left, and down 20-16, IU had a final chance, and made the most of it.

“I had a gut feel that this is who we are — from the workouts, from the meeting after the Purdue game, from the ones saying things are going to change,” Allen said. “You know what, they are the ones making plays.

“To be great, you have to have perseverance and passion. That’s what this team displayed.”

(INDIANA VOLLEYBALL)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Indiana Volleyball team (2-2, 0-0) couldn’t overcome a slow start offensively Friday evening, falling to SMU (4-1, 0-0) in the opener of the Islanders Classic in straight sets.

The Hoosiers were led by Mady Saris (12 kills, .435 hitting percentage) on the attack but wound up on the wrong side of the result, falling 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-19) on Friday night.

IU will have two more opportunities this weekend with matches against Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-CC on the docket for Saturday’s slate.

KEY MOMENTS

• A 3-0 run with kills from Mady Saris and Kaley Rammelsberg helped trim SMU’s lead to just 13-11 midway through the opening set.

• Mady Saris tallied her seventh kill of the opening set to bring the Hoosiers within three at 21-18.

• The Mustangs won the opening set 25-19 with a service ace to close out the first frame.

• IU opened the second set on a 5-0 run and forced a SMU timeout following back-to-back kills by Mady Saris.

• Morgan Geddes provided back-to-back kills in her first match of the season to put IU ahead 14-13 in the second set.

(PURDUE VOOLLEYBALL)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Boilermakers (4-0) swept Bradley (1-3), 25-13, 25-14, 25-15) in the home-opener.

Nine Boilermakers recorded kills in the victory, the most this season. Efforts were led by Eva Hudson’s 10 kills, Hannah Clayton’s five block assists, Megan Renner’s 21 assists and Maddie Schermerhorn’s 11 digs.

As a team, Purdue hit .293 in the match and forced 26 Bradley errors, tying 2021’s match at Indiana (11/26) as the most by an opponent since 2018. The defensive effort included eight total blocks, led by middle blocker Hannah Clayton’s five.

Purdue will be back in action tonight vs. Utah at 6:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

Highlights

Purdue owns a 19-1 record in home openers under head coach Dave Shondell, including nine straight wins

Purdue went on a 11-2 run to close the first set, including nine straight points, the largest run of the season

In the first set, middle blocker Hannah Clayton went .444 in set one with a team-leading five kills with one error on nine attempts

Freshman Eva Hudson has reached double-digit kills in every match this season. Meanwhile, her three block assists vs. Bradley were a season-best and has recorded an ace in every match this season.

Purdue’s eight service aces are a season-high and most since last year’s NCAA Regional Semifinals win vs. BYU

The Boilermakers have posted seven or more blocks in a match since September 17, 2021, a 29-match streak

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 11 ranked Purdue volleyball program remains undefeated at 5-0 after a thrilling five set victory over No. RV Utah (3-2), 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 26-28, 15-9.

Despite the Utes taking the 8-7 edge midway through the fifth set, Purdue took the next five straight points to pull away, three of which came at the hands of Raven Colvin during her serving tear. Moreover, two of her three points came on service aces.

The sophomore capitalized on the most touches of her career, producing a career-high 18 kills and a key five aces. Not only is it the third time this season Colvin has hit above .400, but stands as the most efficient match the middle blocker has yet to have in the Old Gold and Black.

Megan Renner led the Boilermakers with 54 assists, a benchmark only reached three times since the 2018 season. Additionally, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native went errorless on the attack with three kills on seven attempts (.429%), adding four digs and a pair of block assists.

Leading the offensive effort was Eva Hudson (18 kills) and Colvin (18 kills). Additionally, middle blocker Hannah Clayton fueled the Boilermakers with 14 kills, with just one error on 23 swings for a .565 attack % and remained errorless until the final points of the fourth set.

Libero Maddie Schermerhorn came within reach of joining the prestigious 30-dig club, capping the night at 26 digs, with six coming in the fifth and final set.

Two matches remain in the Reamer Club Xtra Special. The tournament will close tomorrow afternoon, with Utah vs. Bradley beginning at Noon, followed by Purdue vs. Milwaukee at 3 p.m. ET.

Quick Hits

Despite seven service errors in the first two sets, Purdue rallied for one of its best matches from behind the service line, dishing out 11 aces. This marks just the second time in the past two seasons the Boilermaker serve has been so tough.

A sound Purdue offense led to a .519 hitting % in the first set, with just one error through the team’s first 18 points and closing out the set with 16 kills on 27 swings.

Eva Hudson matched a career-high 18 kills

This is the third match this season Colvin has hit above .400

Purdue forced 76 digs by Utah, the most by an opponent during the regular-season non-conference play since Sept. 14, 2018 (85 vs. Southern Miss)

The Boilermakers extend their streak to 30 straight matches of posting seven or more blocks.

(BUTLER VOLLEYBALL)

The Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the young 2022 season, falling in four sets to the host Pioneers at the Denver Invitational Friday night in Colorado.

Denver won the match by a score of 25-15, 25-16, 22-25, 25-14.

With the result, Butler is now 4-1 on the season, while Denver improves to 2-3.

SET 1: Denver 25-15

The Pioneers jumped out to an 11-3 lead and didn’t look back in the opening stanza. Memphis Glasgow and Brianna Green each had four kills for Denver in the opening set. The Pioneers hit at a .276 clip. Butler’s Autumn Flowers also had four kills.

SET 2: Denver 25-16

After back-to-back kills by Butler’s Mariah Grunze pulled the Bulldogs within a score of 9-8, Denver won 10 of the next 13 points to stretch their lead to 19-11 and ultimately a 25-16 decision. Grunze led Butler with five kills in the frame, but Glasgow had six for Denver. The Pioneers hit .438 in the set.

SET 3: Butler 25-22

The Bulldogs fought back in the match by taking the third set. After Denver led wire-to-wire throughout the first two games, the third set featured nine ties and two lead changes. Neither team hit better than .100 in the set as both committed eight hitting errors. Amina Shackelford had four kills on only six swings in the set.

SET 4: Butler 25-14

Six straight Denver points turned an 8-6 advantage into an insurmountable 14-6 lead midway through the set. The Pioneers hit .375, compared to .069 for the Bulldogs.

STAT OF THE MATCH: Denver hit .281 in the match. Only five Pioneers had kills in the contest, but four had nine or more.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

Grunze led the Bulldogs with 14 kills.

Jaymeson Kinley had a match-high 23 digs from the libero position.

Cora Taylor orchestrated the Butler offense to the tune of 40 assists.

Flowers (nine) and Shackelford (eight) nearly had double-figure kills for the Bulldogs.

Denver had a 12-4 advantage in blocks.

Butler hit .128 in the match.

Glasgow led Denver with 17 kills.

Butler went 1-1 on the day after sweeping Hofstra Friday morning.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs close out their weekend at the Denver Invitational with a 1 p.m. (Eastern; 11 a.m. Mountain Time) first serve against Portland.

(IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER)

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team put on an offensive performance for the ages, tallying five times against visiting Eastern Illinois on Friday night (Sept. 2), sending first year head coach Sid van Druenen to his first career victory on the Jaguars’ sidelines. Redshirt freshman Josemir Gomez scored a pair of goals and junior midfielder Lukas Hackaa had a goal and two assists in the victory.

“It feels great,” a soaking wet van Druenen said, after being awarded a postgame water cooler drenching from his squad. “Winning is what we work for, so getting a win – and a convincing win – it’s very positive and we feel very good about it.

“(The attack) is progress. We’ve been together for three-and-a-half weeks and it’s ups and downs. The ups are going to be really high and the downs are going to be really low, unfortunately. I think the guys have to try and understand how we want to play and what we’re trying to do and how hard it is to compete at a consistent level. Today, they figured it out and they executed the gameplan really well and my hope is that we can do it again on Sunday.”

The gameplan was clearly to attack early and often as the Jaguars pressing nature forced EIU mistakes, leading to quick scoring opportunities.

Gomez opened the scoring in the seventh minute, getting on the finishing end of a Tyler Gainer cross for his first collegiate score. However, EIU (0-2-1) leveled the score less than two minutes later when Sam Eccles rolled a shot into an empty net after Lucas Morefield was beaten from the right side. Rather than absorb the blow, IUPUI (1-1-1) fired back, this time with Hackaa scoring for the second time in the season’s first three contests.

Freshman back Edgar Correia played a gorgeous diagonal ball over the EIU defense to Hackaa on the far side, who was able to compose before driving a shot past EIU keeper Chad Smith. Logan Finnegan capped the first half scoring on a nifty restart combination in the 33rd minute. Correia rolled a pass out wide to Hackaa, who centered the action to Finnegan for a strike inside the 18-yard box.

Even after taking a 3-1 lead into the break, the IUPUI attack kept firing after intermission.

Gomez tallied again in the 56th minute when a Dominic Breidenbach cross skipped off the head of an EIU defender to the IUPUI attacker at the far post. Gomez did the rest, easily redirecting a header past Smith for a multi-goal game. Freshman Gavin O’Shea capped the scoring in the 82nd minute as Caleb McComas drove a pass deep into the EIU penalty area, setting up the night’s final score.

IUPUI outshot EIU 18-12, putting 10 attempts on frame while limiting EIU to just three shots on goal. Morefield made two saves in recording his first win of the year while Finnegan ripped off a game-high six shot attempts. The five goals scored were IUPUI’s most since hanging six on Marian on Oct. 28, 2009 and it was the most against a Division I opponent since dropping five on IPFW on Nov. 9, 2007.

IUPUI will cap the two-game homestand on Sunday (Sept. 4) when the Jaguars host Western Illinois at 4:00 p.m. at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Admission to Sunday’s contest is FREE of charge.

(BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL)

NASHVILLE – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team improved to 5-0 on the season with wins over Oklahoma (3-1) and Lipscomb (3-0) on the opening day of the LUV Invitational as Allen Arena.

The day started with junior middle Lauren Gilliland blasting a career-high 17 kills to help the Cardinals (5-0) knock off a previously undefeated Sooners (3-1) squad out of the Big 12.

Gilliland also hit an impressive .533 (17-1-30) in the 3-1 (25-17, 29-27, 20-25, 25-16) victory, while leading the Ball State defense with four total blocks.

In the nightcap, the Cardinals made “short” work of the host Bison (2-3), taking the match 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-18) despite a nearly one hour third set which included a lengthy delay and the score revert from 18-16 to 17-15 due to some Lipscomb rotation issues.

The extra play did not slow down the Ball State offense, however, as the Cardinals finished the match with a season-best .344 (42-9-96) attack percentage. Junior outside Cait Snyder led the way, capitalizing on her first start of the season to lead the BSU offense with a season-high 11 kills.

The Ball State women’s volleyball team closes play in the LUV Invitational Saturday afternoon, with a 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. CT first serve versus Mississippi State, which also received votes in the latest AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.

BSU will also face former assistant coach Fritz Rosenberg, who after eight seasons with the Cardinals, is in his first year as associate head coach for the Bulldogs.

MORE FROM MATCH 1: Ball State 3 – Oklahoma 1

In addition to Gilliland’s 17 kills, senior opposite Natalie Mitchem also had a strong afternoon, smashing a season-high 16 kills and hitting .289 (16-5-38) to help BSU top the Sooners.

Setting it all up was reigning MAC West Division Setter of the Week Megan Wielonski who dished out 50 assists and collected 12 digs for her third double-double of the season. In addition to setting the Ball State offense to a .274 (62-19-157) rate of success, Wielonski led all players with three service aces to help give BSU an 8-to-2 edge in the category for the match.

Wielonski also had a hand in the final three points, with an assist on the first, a block assist on the second, and a kill on match point.

In the backcourt, senior libero Maggie Huber tied for match-high honors with 20 digs, while senior outside hitter Natalie Risi collected 11. Risi also scored eight kills and an ace, while Huber added an ace and led Ball State’s primary passers with a perfect 1.000 reception percentage on 27 attempts.

MORE FROM MATCH 2: Ball State 3 – Lipscomb 0

In addition to Snyder’s team-leading 11 kills, Risi followed with nine kills and a .400 (9-1-20) attack percentage. Risi also paced the Cardinals with a pair of aces, while tying for match-high honors with four total blocks, including a pair of solo stuffs.

Gilliland followed her 17-kill performance from the opening match with seven more in the nightcap, while hitting .353 (7-1-17).

Senior middle Marie Plitt also turned in a solid performance, tallying eight kills and leading all players with a .500 (8-0-16) attack percentage.

Huber once again led the Ball State backcourt, this time earning 16 digs. Senior Havyn Gates added nine digs and a perfect 1.000 reception percentage in 10 attempts. She also put together several strong service runs, leading all players with 19 serves.

Rounding out BSU’s top competitors in the win was Wielonski with 35 more assists, to go along with five digs, three kills, an ace, and a block assist.

(NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL)

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Fighting Irish fell in four sets (18-25, 25-13, 18-25, 18-25) to Boise State on day one of the Long Beach State Tournament on Friday, Sept. 2.

Notre Dame was led by Lucy Trump with 13 kills and 10 digs, followed by Avery Ross with 12 kills. Kaylyn Winkler also chipped in nine kills, with Lauren Tarnoff recording five kills and four blocks for the Irish. Phyona Schrader finished with a career-high 42 assists. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Set One

Despite trailing 5-0 to start, it didn’t take long for the Irish to close the gap. Kills from Avery Ross and an ace from Trump allowed the Irish to bring it within two at 7-5. The Broncos extended their lead to 15-10, but struggled to pull away as Notre Dame kept it within six until the final point of the set as the Broncos took home set one 25-18.

Set Two

The Irish came out strong in the second set, taking an 8-2 lead early with Maddy Waumans and Trump leading the way with two kills a piece. Three kills from Winkler, along with Maddy Wauman and Lauren Tarnoff kills, allowed Notre Dame to extend the lead to 18-10. Boise State errors coupled with big time offense from the Irish gave Notre Dame a 25-13 win over the Broncos making it 1-1 going into the third set.

Set Three

Notre Dame and Boise State had an even 2-2 start in set three until the Broncos went on a 3-0 run to take the lead 5-2. A kill followed by a block from Tarnoff helped swing the momentum in favor of the Irish and with an ace from Trump, it became an even 9-9 set. The Irish and Broncos would go on to swap points until Boise started to pull away and take the lead 16-13. Notre Dame brought it within two at 17-15 but the Broncos would go on to extend their lead to 21-15. Despite the Irish’s late efforts, Boise closed out the set to take the 2-1 advantage.

Set Four

Boise took an early 8-3 lead to start the fourth as the Irish struggled to slow down the Bronco offense. Two kills from Schrader along with kills from Trump and Winkler allowed the Irish to close the gap to 9-8. Boise went on a 12-5 run to take the lead 21-13. Notre Dame recorded three consecutive kills to bring it with five (21-16), but the Broncos would go on to take set four 25-18.

UP NEXT

The Irish will face Long Beach State on day two of the Long Beach State Tournament.

Next weekend, Notre Dame is back on the road as they travel to Norfolk, Virginia as they take on East Carolina, Old Dominion, and Navy.

(NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 22 Notre Dame remains on the road, as they travel to Bloomington for an intrastate rivalry matchup against No. 21 Indiana at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The game will be streamed on B1G+.

NOTRE DAME vs. INDIANA
Location: Bloomington, Indiana | Bill Armstrong Stadium
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Game Notes: vs. Indiana

THE INDIANA SERIES

• Notre Dame and Indiana will face each other on Saturday evening for the 44th time in series history.

• The two sides meet nearly ever season but did not play during the 2020-21 campaign due to adjusted schedules for COVID-19.

• The Irish are 10-30-3 against the Hoosiers in the all-time series.

• Despite trailing in the series, the rivalry has been much more even as of late, as the Irish have recorded a mark of 5-6-2 in the last 13 meetings dating back to the 2010 season.

• The Hoosiers escaped Alumni Stadium with an overtime victory during the 2021 campaign in the season-opener, pulling out a 3-2 win.

• The Irish battled the Hoosiers to a standstill in Bloomington in the most recent matchup, recording a 1-1 draw on Sept. 17, 2019.

LAST TIME OUT

• The Irish went on the road and defeated Michigan State by a final score of 3-2 in East Lansing.

• Notre Dame’s goals came from first-half headers from Paddy Burns and Sebastian Green and a second-half Michigan State own goal.

• The Irish outshot the hosts 22-15 and dominated large portions of play.

• Bryce Boneau picked up the first two assists of his career in the win.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

• Of the 12 Notre Dame players that have recorded starts through two matches this season, seven have been either freshmen or sophomores.

• Six Irish players made their collegiate debuts in the season opener against Seattle.

• Of the 16 players that have seen the pitch, 10 are either sophomores or freshmen.

• Two of Notre Dame’s four goals and four of their five assists have come from freshmen or sophomores.

BALANCED ATTACK

• Fourteen returning Irish players registered at least one point last season, as the team returns 86 points from last year.

• Ten players scored a goal through during the 2021 campaign, with six scoring multiple goals.

• Sophomore Matthew Roou is the top returning goal scorer on the 2022 squad after firing in seven goals during his debut season.

#3 RANKED FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE COUNTRY

• The Irish welcome a seven-man freshman class to South Bend which was ranked as the No. 3 class in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.

• The class features four players ranked in IMG’s top 200 rankings, each ranking in the top 100.

• The seven players come from a combined five states and one foreign country (Ghana).

• Kelvin Baffour (M), Daniel Boateng (M), Wyatt Borso (F), Owen Cornell (GK), Mitchell Ferguson (D), Sebastian Green (M) and Nicholas Legendre (F) make up the class.

• Notre Dame also welcomes Mo Williams to the team, a grad transfer defender from Seton Hall.

2021 REWIND

• The Irish are coming off one of their most successful seasons in program history.

• The 2021 squad advanced to the College Cup for the second time in history and captured the program’s first ACC Tournament title.

• Notre Dame finished the season on an eight-game unbeaten streak, going 5-0-3 during that span, all coming in postseason play.

• The Irish allowed just two goals over the final eight matches of the year.

• Notre Dame defeated Duke in the ACC Tournament final to capture the crown. The Irish didn’t allow a single goal over four matches of ACC Tournament play.

• The season came to an end in the College Cup semifinals, as the Irish fell to Clemson in penalties (5-3) in Cary, N.C.

(INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Kaitlyn Hamiton recorded a season-high 10 kills Friday afternoon, but Indiana State fell in three sets to North Dakota (25-23, 25-18, 25-21) in its first match of the Western Michigan Tournament inside University Arena.

Hamilton hit a team-leading .333 in the match, while Karinna Gall had 12 kills and 11 digs for her first double-double of the season. Emma Kaelin and Jazzlyn Ford had 14 assists each, while Melina Tedrow notched a match-high 20 digs.

Indiana State got off to a good start, as Gall and Mallory Keller combined for four kills in the early stages of the opening set to put the Sycamores in front, 10-7. The Trees led by as many as six in the set after a kill by Gall made the score 13-7, forcing a UND timeout in the process. Indiana State had a 17-12 lead after back-to-back North Dakota errors, but the Fighting Hawks rallied late in the set. UND closed on an 8-1 run to claim a come-from-behind 25-23 first-set win.

The Sycamores and Fighting Hawks traded points scoring runs early in the second set until a 5-0 run put UND ahead, 11-7. Indiana State cut its deficit to 13-11 following a Hamilton kill and a UND error, but a 7-2 Fighting Hawk scoring run followed to put the set out of reach. Despite scoring three of the final four points in the set, Indiana State found itself facing a 2-0 deficit after falling 25-18 in the second frame.

Hamilton had a trio of early kills in the third set to give the Sycamores some momentum, as Indiana State took an early 8-4 lead. UND used a run midway through the set to even the score at 14-all and even took a two-point lead before kills by Ford and Jamie Brown knotted the set at 17-17. Indiana State took a late 21-20 lead on a Taylor Shelton service ace, but UND rattled off five straight points to win the set and the match.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana State’s 65 digs were a season high and the program’s most in a three-set match since a 65-dig performance against Drake on March 14, 2021.

Karinna Gall (12), Kaitlyn Hamiton (10) and Jamie Brown (four) all had season-highs in kills, with all three either tying or setting season-highs in digs.

News and Notes

Following a 20-dig performance, Melina Tedrow sits 78 digs shy of the school record, currently held by Kristy Cox.

Mallory Keller needs 10 kills to reach 500 for her Sycamore career.

Up Next

Indiana State closes play in Kalamazoo Saturday with matches against Wright State at noon and Western Michigan at 6 p.m.

(PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S CC)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s cross country team defended their home turf with a victory in the Mastodon Opener on Friday (Sept. 2).

The ‘Dons put together a score of 37, edging Horizon League rival IUPUI. Four of the top six finishes for the Mastodons were freshmen.

Madison King was the collegiate champion, leading the ‘Dons with a time of 18:34.0 in the 5K event. Brooke Neal was fifth (18:59.7). Freshman Riley Tate made her collegiate debut one to remember with a sixth-place time of 19:01.1.

Freshman Bella Hodges took 17th (19:55.1) while freshman Lydia Carrell was right behind in 18th (19:58.8). Freshman Ava Genovese ran a time of 20:25.3 for 23rd. Mercedes Sarver was 25th (20:32.9). Kathy Potter took 31st (21:23.4).

Hailey Whiteleather finished 40th (22:25.1), Madeleine Wisniewski took 43rd (22:46.4), Emma Collison was 47th (23:10.4), Brayden Langdon took 49th (23:57.0), Michaela Sheets crossed in 58th (26:14.6) and Ayana Garcia was 60th (27:34.8).

The ‘Dons are back in action at the Mastodon Cross Country Course on Friday (Sept. 9) for the Rumble in the Fort.

(PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S CC)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s cross country 5K top 10 performers list earned five new entries following Friday’s (Sept. 2) Mastodon Opener.

Husam Saleh was second overall on Friday, notching a time of 15:39.0. His time is now third on the Mastodon 5K list.

Freshman Austin Hall was sixth (15:53.5), good for fifth on the all-time 5K list.  Andrew Whitinger took ninth (16:04.6) in the meet on Friday. Whitinger’s 5K time last season still stand tops on the list.

Jarred Neff followed in 10th (16:06.2), seventh on the 5K list.

Freshman Harrison Niswander turned in a time of 16:09.0 for 12th, eighth on the list. Kehinde Oladapo was right behind (16:17.4) in 13th, taking ninth on the Mastodon top 10 list.

Nathan Mills was 14th (16:20.0), Nicholas Mills earned 18th (16:43.1), Seth Mills finished 19th (16:46.7) and Colin Gasson (16:47.0) followed in 20th.

Colten Gasson ran a time of 16:57.6 for 25th. Noah Wright turned in a 17:06.7 time for 28th. Kobe Milledge ran 17:15.6 for 30th. Jack Mills followed in 31st (17:15.6). Weston Miser finished 35th (17:30.0).

The ‘Dons took second place with 32 points. IUPUI (23) was the team champion.

The ‘Dons return to the friendly confines of the Mastodon Cross Country Course on Friday (Sept. 9) for the Rumble in the Fort.

(PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL)

CINCINNATI – Rachael Crucis recorded 23 digs to help the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team defeat Eastern Michigan 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 27-25) on Friday (Sept. 2) afternoon in a tournament hosted by Xavier.

The 23 digs tied her career high for digs in a three-set match. She helped the Mastodons out-dig the Eagles 62-48. Crucis had a match-high two aces to go with her impressive dig total.

Sidney Schiller finished with a double-double of 12 kills and 12 digs. LonDynn Betts also reached double-digit digs with 11.Taya Haffner averaged 11 assists per set while adding three aces and seven digs. They helped the ‘Dons out-hit the Eagles .200 to .153.

The ‘Dons trailed the opening set until a 5-0 run put them up 17-14. The run came with Crucis serving. Three of the points came on blocks.

Eastern Michigan never seriously threatened in set two with their biggest scoring run being only two points.

The ‘Dons finished off the Eagles in the third by denying a pair of Eastern Michigan set points. Molly Mirabelli put down a kill for point 27 and the match victory.

The ‘Dons improve to 3-1. The Eagles are now 0-4. The ‘Dons are back in action on Saturday against Virginia and Xavier.

(EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER)

EVANSVILLE – For the second-straight match, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team scored often in the opening half, en route to a 3-0 win over Incarnate Word on Friday afternoon in the opener of the Dayton Flyers Classic in Dayton, Ohio.

“I’m proud of our group today. Our staff’s done a great job, Coach (Robbe) Tarver, Coach (Ethan) Getman, Coach (Wes) Hollifield, in getting our guys prepared and getting the scouts ready, and more importantly, as a team, we’ve done a good job of getting better each game, watching video of ourselves and trying to make changes that make a difference on the field, and today in the first half, I think that showed,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “It’s probably the best half we’ve played in some time. The second half was a grind; it was a scrap. It got a little chippy on both sides. Incarnate Word’s a very good team that will never give up and they put us under pressure in the second half and were fighting for a goal from the first minute. We did a great job of staying within ourselves and staying composed and keeping a clean sheet and I think we could have done a little better job of dictating the pace of the game and keeping possession, but I’m never going to be upset with a group for getting a shutout and scoring three goals on the road. We’re looking forward to Sunday. It’s going to be a tough match against a very good opponent and we’re going to have to put two halves together to get a result.”

The attack was again powered by the Spanish trio of Jose Vivas, Carlos Barcia, and Nacho Diaz, who each found the back of the net on the day, continuing the streak to start the season with all eight UE goals in 2022 scored by student-athletes from Spain. In goal, it was another stellar performance by graduate keeper Alex Vidizzoni, who recorded his first shutout as an Ace, making four saves in the 3-0 victory.

Evansville wasted little time imposing itself in the match with Diaz and Barcia putting a combined three shots on frame inside the first 12 minutes action, but each was saved by Cardinals keeper Hugo Constant. The Aces found the breakthrough in the 19th minute when Evan Dekker found Jose Vivas who converted to give UE the lead at 1-0. Just over five minutes later, Barcia doubled the Evansville advantage with assists coming from Oliver Hald and Ethan Garvey. Capping-off an incredible opening half hour, Diaz continued his tear, scoring his fourth goal in three collegiate games, this time off assists from Barcia and Nkosi Graham.

The Aces showed poise in the second half, maintaining its three-goal advantage and holding UIW at bay as the two sides combined for just four shots in the final 45 minutes.

Evansville closes-out the Dayton Flyers Classic against host Dayton on Sunday at 4 PM (CT) as the Flyers enter the contest with a 3-0 record following a 5-0 win over Saint Thomas in the opening game of the classic. Sunday’s match will be broadcast on ESPN+ and can be watched here.

(EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL)

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Day one of the Golden Eagle Invitational saw the University of Evansville volleyball team drop contests against Western Carolina and Northwestern.  The Purple Aces look to finish the weekend on a winning note on Saturday when they face Tennessee Tech at 2 p.m.


Match One Box Score – Match Two Box Score


MATCH 2 – Northwestern 3, UE 1
 
Leading the way with 18 kills was Giulia Cardona.  Melanie Feliciano and Emilee Scheumann followed with 10 and 9 kills, respectively.  Kora Ruff topped the team with 11 digs while Blakely Freeman had 10.  Ruff led UE with 35 assists.
 
Set 1 – UE 25, NU 19
Giulia Cardona and Melanie Feliciano recorded 6 and 5 kills, respectively, to push the Purple Aces to a win in the first set.  Northwestern had the momentum early in the set, going up by as many as five points at 13-8.  Three in a row, including an ace by Kora Ruff, cut the deficit to a pair. 
 
Trailing 15-13, UE reeled off seven in a row to take control. Pinpoint serving from Laura Ruiz set the Aces up while Cardona and Feliciano added kills during the run.  Evansville never let the Wildcats back in it, finishing with a 25-19 win with Ruff and Hannah Watkins clinching with a block assist.
 
Set 2 – NU 25, UE 19
It was Northwestern jumping out to a 7-4 lead in the early going before Feliciano added an ace and Cardona registered two kills in a 4-0 stretch that gave UE its first lead at 8-7.  Scoring 8 of the next 11 points, the Wildcats saw things swing in their favor, going up 16-10. 
 
Evansville refused to give in.  Down 18-12, UE stormed back with six in a row to tie it up.  Two more Feliciano kills highlighted the sequence.  Northwestern regained its composure and finished the frame on a 7-2 run to knot the match with a 25-19 win.
 
Set 3 – NU 25, UE 14
Early on, it was the Aces who jumped out in front, scoring the first three points.  Still in front by a 5-3 score, the Aces saw the Wildcats post six tallies in a row to jump on top 9-5.  The run continued for Northwestern, who extended their run to take a 14-6 advantage before winning by a 25-14 score.
 
Set 4 – NU 25, UE 15
Just as they did in the third game, Evansville led early in the fourth.  Maddie Hawkins registered an ace as UE took a 6-2 lead.  Northwestern rallied to tie it up at 7-7 and would clinch the match with a huge finish.  After falling behind, the Wildcats completed the set by outscoring UE, 23-9, to win the match.
 
MATCH 1 – Western Carolina 3, UE 0
 
Melanie Feliciano had 14 kills and hit .542, but a 13-kill effort by Bailey Hartsough lifted Western Carolina to a 3-0 win in Friday’s Golden Eagle Invitational opener.  Giulia Cardona added 10 kills and two ace.  Feliciano and Blakeley Freeman tied for the team lead with eight digs while Kora Ruff had 33 assists.
 
Set 1 – WCU 25, UE 16
Western Carolina jumped out to a 9-3 lead right out of the gate, completing the stretch on a 5-0 run.  Melanie Feliciano ended the rally with a kill before a solo block from Madisyn Steele and a service ace by Giulia Cardona got UE within a pair at 9-7.
 
Evansville stayed within striking distance over the middle stretch of the set, but a late Catamount run proved to be the dagger.  Up 20-16, WCU scored the final five points to clinch the set by a 25-16 final.
 
Set 2 – WCU 25, UE 22
Kills by Emilee Scheumann and Hannah Watkins helped Evansville go up 3-0 before Western Carolina made its first run of the set, scoring five out of six points to go up 5-4.  Four Feliciano kills, coupled with two from Steele, spearheaded a 6-1 run that turned a 5-4 deficit into a 10-6 lead. 
 
After the Catamounts used an ace to cut their deficit to 12-10, UE countered with four in a row to take its largest lead.  Scheumann and Watkins combined on a block to highlight the run.  The Aces looked to be in good shape when another Feliciano kill pushed the lead to 18-12, but the Catamounts stormed back.  Six scores in a row knotted the score at 18-18 and the run set the stage for an exciting finish.  Evansville took four 1-point leads, but WCU had the answer each time and with the score tied at 22-22, the Catamounts posted the final three points to take the set along with a 2-0 match lead.
 
Set 3 – WCU 25, UE 18
Blakeley Freeman picked up a service ace to lift the Aces to a 2-0 lead before the Catamounts responded to go up 4-3.  A 9-1 Western Carolina stretch saw them overcome a 3-1 deficit to take a 10-4 lead.
 
Facing an early hole, Evansville chipped away at the lead as a block assist from Kora Ruff and Madisyn Steele got UE back within a pair at 12-10.  Unfortunately, WCU regained control to go back up by five at 16-11 before pulling away to clinch the match with a 25-18 decision.

(SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL)

KENT, Ohio – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (0-5, 0-0 OVC) completed its first day of the Kent State Invitational Friday night, suffering a 3-0 (23-25, 14-25, 20-25) loss to Oakland University (2-2, 0-0 HL) before stumbling against Kent State University (3-1, 0-0 MAC), 3-0 (18-25, 15-25, 22-25).
 
USI vs. Oakland
The opening set saw a lot of positives for the Eagles despite falling 25-23 to the Golden Grizzlies. USI threw down a set-high 14 kills and one ace. Sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) led the team with five kills and a .250 hitting percentage.
 
Oakland kept the momentum and gained a 2-0 lead after a 25-14 prominent set two victory over USI. The Grizzlies played an error-free set, tallying 13 kills off 20 attempts with no attack errors. However, the Eagles were able to secure eight kills and two aces in the frame. Junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) recorded four kills and one ace in the second set.
 
USI drew an early 7-5 lead before watching Oakland take it away, falling 25-20 in the final frame. Sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) knocked down one of her four kills to give the Eagles a two-point advantage before the Grizzlies stormed back to steal the lead and never look back. USI put up its best numbers in the third frame, nabbing 13 kills with a team-low three attack errors.
 
The Eagles were led offensively by Bednar, who tallied a match-high 10 kills and marked her second double-figure match of the 2022 campaign. Anderson was one kill away from securing her first double-double of the season, finishing with nine kills and 14 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) also provided significant numbers for USI, recording six kills and 11 digs. Leading the passing game was junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch (Belleville, Illinois) who had 23 assists. Downing led the group on the front lines with three blocks.
 
As a team, the Eagles finished the match with 35 kills and a .187 attacking percentage along with 33 assists, three blocks, and 46 digs. USI also tallied a season-high five service aces. The Grizzlies completed the match with 40 kills and a .293 hitting percentage while tallying 40 assists, six blocks, and 53 digs. Oakland also recorded seven service aces, most given up by the Eagles this season.
 
USI vs. Kent State
Three 4-0 runs put together by Kent State leads to a 25-18 opening frame loss for USI. The Eagles started off the set with a 2-1 lead before the Golden Flashes struck, going on three 4-0 runs to hoist itself to victory. USI struggled on the offensive end, collecting just eight kills and a .025 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber finished the set with three kills and four digs.
 
Continued offensive struggles burdened the Eagles in set two, leading to a 25-15 loss. USI took the opening point off a sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar kill before Kent State went on a 13-3 surge to put itself in control, 13-4. The Eagles managed to get key points from a pair of Flashes’ errors and an ace from junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch, but it was not enough as Kent State finished the set on a 5-1 run. USI had a negative .174 attacking percentage in the second set with three kills and seven attacking errors. The Flashes took advantage of the Eagles’ offensive woes, nabbing 13 kills and a .267.
 
The third and final frame began with a 3-0 Kent State stint and ended with a 25-22 Flashes’ victory as the Eagles lose its twelfth straight set this season. Weber was able to get three early kills for USI to tie it at four apiece before Kent State stormed back with another 3-0 run to retake the lead. The Eagles fired back with back-to-back kills from freshman middle hitter Bianca Anderson (Chicago Heights, Illinois) and Weber to pull within a couple. With the help of a trio of Flashes’ errors and a Bednar ace, USI regained the lead, 12-11. After two impactful 5-0 surges, Kent State controlled the lead before the Eagles’ made a final threat, going on a 4-0 run before the Flashes’ sealed it.
 
Weber was two kills shy of a double-double, finishing the match with eight kills and 15 digs to lead USI. Koch, Weber, and junior libero/defensive specialist Audrey Crowder (Avon, Indiana) each served one ace while Downing threw down a team-high five blocks. Koch was the leading passer for the Eagles’, dishing out 15 assists.
 
As a team, USI ended the match with a season-low 21 kills and .030 hitting percentage. The Eagles finished with only 20, but nabbed four aces, 53 digs, and eight blocks.
 
NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:
The Eagles continue its stretch in the Kent State Invitational against Cornell University. USI faces the Big Red tomorrow at 3 p.m. to finish the tournament. An All-Tournament team will be announced after the final match.

(VALPO VOLLEYBALL)

The Valpo volleyball team got its home tournament started on a winning note on Friday at the ARC, winning its first two matches of the Popcorn Classic. The Beacons opened the tournament Friday morning with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23) victory over SIUE, and the evening match brought a thrilling, come-from-behind 3-2 (24-26, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10) win against Campbell.

How It Happened – SIUE

Valpo got out on the front foot in the opening set with the first three points, coming on a kill and two aces from sophomore Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie), but the Cougars quickly came back and took the lead for good at 10-9.

Valpo struggled on both sides of the ball in the opening frame, hitting just .095 versus a .435 clip for SIUE, but despite that, the Beacons found themselves down by just two points late at 20-18. The Cougars scored five of the final seven points of the set, however, as Valpo dropped an opening set for the first time this season.

Valpo held a slim lead for most of the opening half of set two and used a four-point spurt — including a kill and an ace from fifth-year Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) and a solo block by junior Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) — to gain separation and pull out to a five-point edge at 18-13.

SIUE got no closer than three points the rest of the way as Valpo evened up the match. The Beacons posted 16 kills on .324 hitting in the set, the last of which was a termination by senior Rachel Speck (Whitmore Lake, Mich./Whitmore Lake) to close out the frame.

The third set had more twists and turns than an old rickety wooden roller coaster. It was an 8-0 run to start the frame for SIUE, forcing Valpo to use both of its timeouts early on in the set.

A kill and a service ace by Swistek sparked a 9-1 run in response from Valpo, and just like that, the Beacons were even with the Cougars at 9-9. SIUE scored the next three, however, and still led by three at 15-12.

Valpo took its first outright lead of the set with four points in a row, capped by a service ace from Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn), to go up 16-15, but the Cougars answered with three in a row to go back in front.

It was still a two-point SIUE lead at 19-17 before senior Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) got hot, picking up four kills and a solo block as part of a 7-0 Valpo run to gain set point at 24-19. The Cougars held off two chances, but Grant came through with a kill on the third opportunity to give Valpo the 2-1 lead in the match.

After SIUE scored four of the first five points in set four, Valpo reeled off five in a row to take the lead for good. It looked like the Beacons would cruise to the victory as they pulled away late, 22-14, but SIUE rallied and eventually held off two match points to make it 24-23. Valpo finished it out before the set could reach extra points, as Boyer came up with a termination to close out the win.

How It Happened – Campbell

The opening set against the Camels was tight throughout, as neither team had better than a two-point lead at any point and the frame featured 21 ties and eight lead changes.

Trailing 23-22, Valpo scored back-to-back points — the latter a service ace from junior Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) — to earn set point at 24-23 before Campbell scored the final three points of the set to take the opener.

Valpo led by as many as five points in the second set and was still up 21-17 late before the Camels rolled off three straight to get to within 21-20. The Beacons did not let Campbell even up the score, however, and closed out the set on their third set point chance with a kill by Swistek to tie the match at one set each.

Campbell took the lead approaching the halfway mark of the third set and kept it the rest of the way, hitting .432 for the set to pull ahead 2-1 in the match.

A five-point service run to start set four from Bulmahn which included two kills and a block by Januski gave the Beacons a lead they would never surrender. Valpo turned the tables on Campbell in that fourth set, hitting at a .471 clip with 20 kills — the last of which came on set point from freshman libero Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) for her first career kill — to force the decisive fifth frame.

The service run to start the fourth set worked so well that Swistek decided to put together one of her own to start the fifth, as Valpo jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The Beacons hit .400 in the finale, and after Campbell closed to within 9-7, scored four straight to pull away. A kill by Boyer finished out the come-from-behind win.

Inside the Matches

Valpo improved to 5-0 this season, the first time the program has won at least five in a row to open a campaign since the 2015 squad started out 9-0.

The Beacons continued their strong offensive start to the season, hitting .229 with 54 kills in the win over SIUE, 11 more than the Cougars, and .246 with 69 kills in the win over Campbell, nine more than the Camels. Through five matches, Valpo is hitting .254 as a team and averaging nearly four kills more per set than its opponents.

It was a balanced offensive effort in both matches, as no player had more than 12 kills in a match for Valpo on Friday. In the opener against SIUE, Boyer and Grant tallied 12 kills each — Grant doing so on .333 hitting — and Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) added 10 kills on .421 hitting.

In the nightcap, Swistek posted a team-high 12 kills, while three other Beacons had 11 kills: Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]), who hit .500; Januski, who set a career high and hit .474; and Cooper. Speck chipped in nine kills as well on .583 hitting.

Kois combined for 48 assists over the two wins and Bulmahn handed out 45 assists on the day.

Hickey led all players in digs in both contests, picking up 16 against SIUE and 22 versus Campbell. Swistek was in double figures in the category in both matches as well, while Kois notched her first career double-double against SIUE, adding 11 digs to her assist output.

Cooper was in on six of Valpo’s seven blocks in the win over Campbell to match her career best in that category.

In Friday’s lone neutral-site match of the tournament, Northern Illinois took down Campbell in four sets.

Next Up

Valpo (5-0) takes aim at its seventh tournament title in 11 early-season home events under head coach Carin Avery on Saturday. The day’s slate includes Northern Illinois versus SIUE at 10 a.m. and SIUE versus Campbell at 2 p.m. before Valpo closes the tournament against Northern Illinois at 5 p.m.

(VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER)

Despite having much the better of the stat line, the Valpo soccer team was unable to come away with the result Friday evening at Brown Field against Chicago State, as the Cougars took advantage of a penalty kick in the 88th minute for the deciding goal of the 2-1 final score.

How It Happened

Valpo out-shot CSU in the first half by an 8-1 margin and earned four corner kicks, but it was the Cougars’ one shot which was the difference at intermission. CSU scored off of a corner kick in the 14th minute, with Veronika Avila earning the goal off an assist from Delaney Kenney.

The Beacons pushed and pushed in the second half in search of the equalizer, as their numerous attacks resulted in a few near-misses in scrambles in the box and at least one ball off the woodwork.

Finally, the breakthrough came in the 74th Sophomore Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) unleashed a left-footed strike from 25 yards out that beat CSU keeper Alexa Seiler inside the far post to level the match.

Valpo continued to stay on the front foot after tying the match, trying to find the match-winner with four more shots in a 10-minute span. Meanwhile, Valpo keeper Georgia Henkel (Houston, Texas/Stratford) made a leaping save off a CSU counter in the 86th minute to keep it 1-1.

But another counter by the Cougars proved to be Valpo’s downfall, as the Beacons were called for a foul in the box. CSU’s Dyana Dawood slotted home the penalty for the deciding tally.

Inside the Match

Joyner’s goal was the fourth of her career.

Valpo out-shot CSU on the evening 24-7 and put 15 of its efforts on goal. Seiler tallied 14 saves in goal for the Cougars.

CSU’s first goal snapped a personal shutout streak of 284 minutes for Henkel.

Sophomore Dana Fish (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) made her first career start on Friday, while freshman Kylie Schiemann (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) made her Valpo debut off the bench.

Next Up

Valpo (1-2-2) continues nonconference play on Sunday afternoon at Ball State. Kickoff from Muncie is set for noon CT.

(U OF I VOLLEYBALL)

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy volleyball team (4-1) won kept its winning streak alive on the first day of the 2022 UIndy Invitational, picking up wins over in-region Ohio Dominican and perennial NCAA-tournament program Bentley from inside the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.

Friday marked the first time the Greyhounds competed in game action on the brand new court, earning a five-set, comeback victory against Bentley to cap the evening. UIndy shut down Ohio Dominican in the afternoon, dominating three of the match’s four frames.

Grace Hegwood shined in the night cap, recording a season-high 15 kills with a .406 attack clip to lead UIndy past the Falcons. The victory over Bentley also marked the team’s 15th five-set triumph in the past 18 tries at home.

UIndy 3, Ohio Dominican 1

Despite going to a fourth set, the Greyhounds dominated the Panthers from the start, led by Sophia Parlanti’s match-high 10 kills on .333 hitting. The sophomore transfer recorded four kills in each of the first two frames, while also finishing with four digs.

UIndy featured a balanced attack, as Elizabeth Eads joined Hegwood with nine kills, while Hannah Sabotin and Sara Spalding each knocked down six. In addition to her contributions on the attack, Spalding dished out 27 assists and made 11 scoops.

The second set was the highlight for the Greyhounds, with the hosts hitting at a .567 clip. MaKenna Barnhart also tallied six of her 15 digs in the frame.

UIndy 3, Bentley 2

UIndy did not give up after trailing 2-0 in the final match of the evening. Hegwood knocked down seven of her 15 kills in the third to fuel a Greyhound attack that hit .433, before leading an impressive 10-point run in the fourth.

During that stretch, Hegwood served to the tune of 10 consecutive points, which included two of her five aces on the evening. Also in the fourth set, Eads recorded four kills and hit .800 from the middle to help force a deciding game.

It was all Greyhounds in the finale, limiting Bentley to a -.087 hitting percentage with five attacking errors on 23 attempts. Lauren Peal and the libero Barnhart each tallied four digs, while the group at the net blocked three of the Falcons’ swings.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Sabotin, who delivered the knockout kill against Bentley, finished with 13 finishes on .360 hitting, while contributing to four blocks.

– Spalding added another double-double to her season line, recording 41 assists and 10 digs.

– In addition to her nine kills against Ohio Dominican, Hegwood made 11 scoops in four sets of action.

– Lauren Cullison was quiet but effective in the tournament opener, chipping in 10 kills and four blocks against the Panthers.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds battle a pair of programs from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Saturday, with Minnesota State on deck at 9 a.m. in Ruth Lilly. UIndy will then end the Invite with Minnesota Duluth at 3 p.m.

(MARIAN VOLLEYBALL)

San Marcos, Calif. – The Marian volleyball team picked up their second win on their weekend in California, taking down hosts Saint Katherine University in straight sets. The win is the second for acting head coach Diego Gutierrez, as the Knights improve to 6-0 overall on the season.

The Knights got off to a quick start in the first start, building an early 7-3 lead after getting kills from three different players and an Averi Lanman solo block. The Firebirds would charge back and take a brief hold of the lead by an 11-9 score, but a pair of kills from Gabby Fish helped get Marian back in system. Marian used a 6-0 run to roar back in front, building their lead back on kills from Skyler Van Note. Van Note and Fish helped put the polishing touches on the first set after taking the 18-13 lead, winning the opener 25-17.

In the second set Marian played from behind through the first 14 rallies, but gained momentum on back to back Van Note kills to capture a 7-6 lead. Lanman and Van Note helped drive the lead up to three points, as Marian never looked back with their advantage growing to four. Leading 16-13, two Van Note kills helped force a Saint Katherine timeout, and after the stoppage a pair of errors increased the margin to seven. The Knights scored four of the final five points, getting back to back blocks from Lanman, Madison Brooks, and Van Note to take the game 25-15.

Marian wasted little time ending their day, closing the match with a one-sided 25-6 win in the third set. Errors plauged the Firebirds helping the visiting Knights to grow a 10-5 lead, and from there Marian went on a roll under Emma Lyons serve, scoring seven straight points to go on top by double-figures. Gianna Feld ended the match after Lyons’ service run came to a halt, as the libero helped served on each of the final seven rallies, winning the match with an ace.

As a team Marian hit .378, and had a career-best effeciency from Skyler Van Note, who scored a match-high 14 kills on 20 attacks, hitting .700. Van Note also had four block assists, an assist, one service ace, and 13 digs to complete her second double-double of the weekend. Setter Katie Hardegree also had a double-double posting 13 assists and a team-high 13 digs, while Ainsley Neighbors had 12 assists in the win. Lanman finished with five kills and six total blocks, bringing her total to 18 on the weekend.

The Knights will finish the weekend with matches against Hope International and San Diego Christian on Saturday afternoon.

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7953.59845 – 2034 – 3335 – 2422 – 715 – 145 – 5L 2
Tampa Bay7357.562543 – 2330 – 3431 – 2514 – 1516 – 98 – 2W 4
Toronto7159.546738 – 2933 – 3027 – 2419 – 1515 – 146 – 4W 1
Baltimore7061.5348.538 – 2432 – 3727 – 2915 – 1518 – 97 – 3W 3
Boston6568.48914.533 – 3432 – 3418 – 3616 – 1423 – 85 – 5W 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6862.52333 – 2835 – 3413 – 1631 – 2412 – 144 – 6L 3
Minnesota6763.515140 – 2927 – 3417 – 1330 – 2112 – 175 – 5L 2
Chi White Sox6666.500333 – 3533 – 3115 – 1730 – 2813 – 144 – 6W 3
Kansas City5380.39816.532 – 3721 – 4312 – 2024 – 2910 – 184 – 6L 3
Detroit5181.3861830 – 3821 – 439 – 2023 – 368 – 165 – 5W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8547.64443 – 2042 – 2710 – 1223 – 843 – 218 – 2W 4
Seattle7458.5611135 – 2839 – 3016 – 1714 – 735 – 288 – 2W 5
Texas5873.44326.528 – 3830 – 355 – 1617 – 1326 – 363 – 7L 6
LA Angels5775.4322828 – 3829 – 3711 – 2314 – 925 – 305 – 5L 1
Oakland4984.36836.522 – 4327 – 4112 – 1911 – 1822 – 364 – 6L 3
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8548.63946 – 2139 – 2744 – 1915 – 519 – 146 – 4W 3
Atlanta8251.617345 – 2537 – 2633 – 2221 – 1218 – 127 – 3W 3
Philadelphia7359.55311.539 – 3034 – 2929 – 2720 – 1017 – 146 – 4L 1
Miami5576.4202926 – 3829 – 3825 – 2911 – 1512 – 213 – 7L 5
Washington4587.34139.522 – 4723 – 409 – 4313 – 1615 – 184 – 6L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7755.58343 – 2234 – 3314 – 1636 – 2017 – 97 – 3W 2
Milwaukee6962.5277.535 – 2634 – 3611 – 1335 – 3010 – 154 – 6L 2
Chi Cubs5676.4242128 – 3828 – 3813 – 929 – 328 – 213 – 7L 1
Cincinnati5278.4002428 – 3824 – 4012 – 2220 – 289 – 214 – 6W 1
Pittsburgh4982.37427.526 – 3723 – 458 – 2023 – 3314 – 172 – 8L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers9041.68745 – 1745 – 2419 – 1421 – 935 – 136 – 4L 3
San Diego7459.5561735 – 2839 – 3119 – 1519 – 1030 – 257 – 3W 4
Arizona6368.4812736 – 3327 – 3516 – 1515 – 1521 – 318 – 2W 2
San Francisco6268.47727.535 – 3227 – 3615 – 1317 – 1120 – 343 – 7W 1
Colorado5677.4213536 – 3220 – 4510 – 2411 – 1327 – 303 – 7L 3

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1894       Connie Mack, taking over for the fired skipper Ned Hanlon, leads the Pirates to a 22-1 rout of his former team, the Washington Senators. The triumph will be the Tall Tactician’s first of the major league record-setting 3,731 victories he will collect as a manager with Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia A’s during his 53 years in the dugout.

1906       The Philadelphia Giants, with Rube Foster on the mound, complete a five-game sweep of the Cuban X-Giants with a 3-2 victory, winning the first Freihofer Cup, named after league president William Freihofer. The Negro Championship game attracts 12,000 fans to Philly’s Columbia Park, the largest crowd ever to watch a black baseball game.

1917       Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the distance in both games of the Phillies’ doubleheader sweep of Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. In his 18 innings of work, the Philadelphia right-hander limits the Dodgers to seven hits en route to posting 5-0 and 9-3 victories in the twin bill.

1928       Ty Cobb collects the last hit of his career as a pinch-hitter, doubling off right-hander Bump Hadley in the A’s 6-1 loss to the Senators at Griffith Stadium. The 41-year-old ‘Georgia Peach’ will end his playing days, establishing the major league record for hits with 4,191, which remains until Pete Rose surpasses it in 1985.

1936       Luke Appling’s 27-game hitting streak is snapped by Wes Ferrell when the Red Sox right-hander goes the distance, holding the White Sox shortstop hitless in four plate appearances, including two bases-on-balls, in Chicago’s 3-2 victory at Fenway Park. The 29-year-old infielder establishes a franchise record for consecutive games with a hit and will lead the American League with a .388 batting average this season.

1947       Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio lead the way with four safeties each when the Yankees collect eighteen hits in their 11-2 rout of the Red Sox. Each of the Bronx Bombers’ hits in the Fenway Park contest is a single.

1947       At Shibe Park, A’s right-hander Bill McCahan throws a no-hitter as a rookie, beating the Senators, 3-0. The WW II test pilot, the seventh freshman in baseball history to toss a hitless gem, will hurt his arm lifting barrels of oil in his offseason job, cutting short his promising baseball career due to the injury.

1953       South Bend Blue Sox right-hander Jean Faut tosses a perfect game, beating the Kalamazoo Lassies, 4-0, to become the only professional pitcher in history to accomplish the feat twice. The AAGPBL Player of the Year, who also didn’t allow a Rockford Peaches batter to reach base in a 1951 contest, will pitch only one more game before retiring at the end of the season.

1956       In front of the largest regular-season crowd in County Stadium history, the league-leading Braves split a twin bill with the Reds, 5-3 and 5-7. Much to the delight of many of the 47,604 fans attending the Labor Day double-dip, the home team ends the day 3.5 games in front of Cincinnati and the Dodgers, but Milwaukee will finish the season in second place, winning only 11 of 23 of its remaining games.

1957       Braves left-hander Warren Spahn, with his 8-0 whitewashing of the Cubs at Wrigley Field sets a National League mark for shutouts thrown by a southpaw. The future Hall of Famer has now held his opponents scoreless 41 times, breaking the record previously shared by Eppa Rixey and Larry French.

1961       Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris become the first teammates to each hit fifty home runs in the same season when ‘the Mick’ goes deep twice, including a round-tripper in the ninth to tie the score, in the Yankees’ 8-5 walk-off victory over Detroit at the Bronx ballpark. Roger Maris, who also blasted a pair of homers against the Tigers yesterday, has hit 53 homers in his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s single-season mark of 60.

1962       The expansion Mets are blanked for the 30th time this year, bowing to the Bucs at Forbes Field, 2-0. The Amazins’ tie the 1906 Senators for the second-most times a team has been held scoreless, but the 1908 Cardinals’ mark of being whitewashed in 33 contests will remain the major league mark.

1963       Ron Santo ties the National League record by a third baseman for errors committed in an inning. The Cub infielder’s three miscues in the second frame lead to a seven-run outburst and an eventual 16-3 victory for the Giants at Candlestick Park.

1967       The Reds intentionally walk Willie McCovey during his first three plate appearances in the Crosley Field contest. Although Cincinnati’s two-out strategy works every time, the Giants prevail when Ray Sadecki hurls a three-hit shutout en route to the team’s 4-0 victory.

1970       Cubs outfielder Billy Williams asks to be benched, thus ending his National League record for consecutive games at 1,117, a mark Steve Garvey will better in 1983 when he plays in 1,207 straight contests. During the streak, Chicago’s future Hall of Famer becomes known as the ‘Iron Man,’ authoring a book with that title in 1970.

1975       Future Hall of Famer Bob Gibson gives up a grand slam to Chicago’s Pete LaCock, the son of Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall. The Cardinal right-hander faces one more batter to end the inning, retiring Don Kessinger on a groundout, and never returns to a big-league mound.

1977       Sadaharu Oh hits his 756th career homer to surpass Hank Aaron as the all-time career home run leader in professional baseball. The Japanese superstar, a 1994 inductee into his country’s Hall of Fame, will hit a total of 868 homers during his 22 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants.

1978       At Dodger Stadium, Lee Mazzilli becomes the first Mets player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a game. The center fielder’s first and seventh inning blasts, respectively, hit off southpaw Tommy John and right-hander Charlie Hough, pace the last-place club to an 8-5 victory.

1981       The Red Sox and the Mariners play nineteen innings to a 7-7 tie. The game ends with the Mariners winning 8-7, thanks to a Joe Simpson RBI triple, in twenty innings when the suspended game is resumed the following day, making it the longest game played in Fenway Park history.

1984       Rick Sutcliffe, in the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium, strikes out 15 batters, tying a franchise record shared by Dick Drott (1957) and Burt Hooton (1971). The trio’s accomplishment will remain the standard for a nine-inning game until Kerry Wood fans 20 Astros in 1998.

1985       Future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, with his 525th career round-tripper, becomes the first major leaguer to collect one hundred home runs for three different teams. The California outfielder, who hit 269 during his ten seasons with Oakland and 144 in five years with the Yankees, hits two homers to go over the century mark playing for the Angels in the team’s 14-8 loss to Detroit.

1986       After each team scores three times in the seventeenth inning to remain tied, the Astros finally edge the Cubs, 8-7, thanks to Billy Hatcher’s home run in the top of the next frame. The Wrigley Field contest, suspended yesterday at the end of the 14th due to darkness, ended with the score knotted at 4-4.

1990       Bobby Thigpen, breaking the mark established by Dave Righetti with the Yankees in 1986, sets a major league record with his 47th save when he pitches a scoreless ninth inning in Chicago’s 4-2 defeat of Kansas City at Comiskey Park. The White Sox reliever will save another ten games before the season ends, extending the record to 57.

1994       With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Jackson Generals overcome a 1-0 deficit when Tom Nevers and Jeff Ball hit back-to-back homers at Mississippi’s Smith-Wills Stadium. The dramatic decisive Game 5 victory over the Shreveport Captains enables the Astros’ AA minor league farm club to capture the Texas League East championship series.

1995       In the Bronx, Tony Fernandez becomes the tenth Yankee to hit for the cycle when he goes 4-for 5 against Oakland. The shortstop will complete the unique feat with a double that will lead to scoring the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Bombers will suffer a 10-9 loss when Rickey Henderson goes deep in the top of the tenth frame.

1996       Todd Stottlemyre and the Cardinals beat the Astros at Busch Stadium, 12-5. With his win, the Redbirds’ right-hander and his dad Mel set the major league record with 259 victories by a father (164) and son (95), surpassing Dizzy and Steve Trout.

2000       Kenny Lofton’s first-inning run ties a 1939 major league record set by the Yankees’ Red Rolfe, scoring in his eighteenth consecutive game. The speedy Indian outfielder, besides hitting the game-winning homer in the 13th, also steals five bases, tying Cleveland’s single-game record set twice by Alex Cole, once in 1990 and then again in 1992.

2001       In just his 11th start, Cardinal freshman hurler Bud Smith, throwing 134 pitches, no-hits the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium on Labor Day, 4-0. The 21-year-old southpaw becomes the 18th rookie to throw a no-hitter since 1900 to accomplish the feat.

2002       By losing their 15th straight game at Shea Stadium, the Mets pass the dubious mark set by the 1911 Braves to establish a new National League record for consecutive losses at home. The Amazins’ did not win one home game in August, finishing the month 0-13 in New York.

2002       Joaquin Benoit, in the Rangers’ 7-1 victory at Camden Yards, pitches seven innings of one-hit ball in relief against the Orioles. The Texas reliever’s performance is the longest save ever recorded in major league history.

2006       In the opener of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard belts three home runs, bringing the first baseman’s total to 52. The sophomore slugger, the 24th major leaguer to reach the milestone, becomes the first Phillies player to hit 50 homers, passing Ralph Kiner’s 51 round-trippers for the Pirates in 1947 for the most homers hit by a second-year player in big-league history.

2006       The Marlins, 11-31 in late May, become the first team since 1899 to reach a .500 record after being 20 games below the mediocre mark. Their 10-3 victory over the Brewers gets the team even at 68-68, placing the ‘Fish’ two games behind the Padres in the wild-card standings.

2007       Mets right-hander Pedro Martinez, making his first start of the season, whiffs Reds hurler Aaron Harang to become the 15th major league pitcher to record 3,000 career strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner has missed most of the season recovering from rotator cuff surgery.

2007       With a home run against Yankees starter Roger Clemens, Ichiro Suzuki collects his 200th hit for the seventh consecutive year. The Mariner outfielder joins Wee Willie Keeler (Orioles and Brooklyn Grooms/Superbas, 1894-1901) and Wade Boggs (Red Sox, 1983-1989) as the third player to accomplish the feat, and will tie Keeler’s record of eight straight seasons if he reaches the milestone next year.

2008       Yankee Alex Rodriguez’s towering fly ball, which bounces off the Tropicana Field catwalk behind the foul pole in left field, is immediately ruled a home run by Brian Runge. The third base umpire’s decision, disputed by Rays catcher Dioner Navarro, proves correct as the men in blue take 2 minutes and 15 seconds to review the video, becoming the first crew to use the new instant-replay system since its implementation last week.

2008       Although the official attendance, based on tickets sold, is announced to be 11,211, fewer than 600 fans attend the Marlins game against Atlanta at Miami’s Dolphin Stadium. In contention for most of the season, the Fish beat the Braves on the hot and humid afternoon in Florida, 5-3.

2009       Pedro Martinez, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball at Citizens Bank Park in the Phillies’ 2-1 victory over the Giants, becomes just the tenth pitcher in major league history to win 100 games in both leagues. The right-hander compiled a 117-37 (.760) record pitching for Boston during his seven-year stint in the American League.

2009       Jorge Posada’s homer and four RBIs contribute to the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre. The Bronx backstop’s round-tripper makes it the first time the Bronx Bombers have had seven 20-homer players, matching a major league record shared by 1996 Orioles, 2000 Blue Jays, and 2005 Rangers.

2009       After starting 13 times with two different clubs, Pat Misch’s team finally wins a game he starts when the Mets beat the Rockies, 8-3. The former Giants’ starter, who earned the Coors Field victory for New York, had tied a dubious mark established over the 1993-94 seasons by Seattle’s John Cummings for the longest winless streak endured by a team with the same starter of the mound.

2010       Major League Baseball penalizes six players, both skippers and a coach, following an ugly brawl that occurred two days ago between the Nationals and Marlins in Miami, resulting from Chris Volstad throwing at Nyjer Morgan for the second time in the game. The Florida outfielder, who became a target when he ran over Brett Hayes, separating the catcher’s shoulder in the previous contest, retaliated to being hit in the fourth by stealing two bases but charges the mound after the sixth inning incident, setting off the melee.

2010       Stephen Strasburg undergoes reconstructive elbow surgery where Dr. Lewis Yocum takes a piece of the ligament from the 22-year-old right-hander’s left leg and transplants it into the rookie’s pitching elbow. The ‘Tommy John’ surgery might keep the Nationals’ much-heralded phenom out of the starting rotation until the 2012 season.

2011       Left-handed starter Tom Milone hits a home run on the first pitch he sees in the big leagues. The 24-year-old southpaw’s three-run blast gives him a 5-0 lead at the time, but the rookie goes only 4.1 innings in his debut and doesn’t get the win in the Nationals’ 9-8 victory over New York.

2011       George Kottaras, needing a two-bagger to become the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle this season, strokes an apparent triple but accomplishes the feat when the ball bounces off of Tal’s Hill, a 20-degree angled incline located in centerfield, over the fence for an unexpected ground-rule double. The Brewers backstop also hit a solo homer in the fourth, a sixth-inning triple, and singled in the seventh in Milwaukee’s 8-4 victory of Houston at Minute Maid Park.

2012       The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, with its ballpark known as PNC Field in Moosic (PA) under renovations, finishes the season, playing their entire 144-game schedule away from home. The International League (AAA) team, using six different venues where all but twelve of their ‘home’ games take place in Upstate New York, will become unofficially known as the Empire State Yankees.

2012       The Nationals win their eighty-second game when they beat Chicago at home, 2-1, assuring the team of their first winning season since leaving Montreal to play in Washington. The transplanted team finished precisely .500 after their first year in the nation’s capital, posting an 81-81 record in 2005.

2013       Max Scherzer’s opportunity to become the second hurler to start a season with a 20-1 record ends when Jon Lester and the Red Sox beat the Tigers at Fenway Park, 2-1. Yankees right-hander Roger Clemens, who finished 20-3 in 2001, remains the only pitcher to open a campaign 20-1.

2013       The Pirates ensure their first non-losing campaign since 1992, when the team beats Milwaukee at Miller Park, 4-3. Travis Snider’s ninth-inning pinch-hit home run brings the Bucs their eighty-first victory this season, a total the team hadn’t reached in 21 years.

2014       In the Red Sox’ 9-4 victory at Yankee Stadium, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts become the first pair of Boston rookies to hit a home run in the same game at the Bronx ballpark in 62 years. In 1952, Dick Gernert and Faye Throneberry also accomplished the feat, providing the difference in the team’s 3-1 win over the Bombers.

2015       Bryce Harper, thanks to being issued four bases-on-balls, scores four times and records an RBI without ever swinging his bat in Washington’s 15-1 rout of the Braves at Nationals Park. The 22-year-old slugger from Las Vegas joins Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan, and Larry Doby, who also were 0-for-0 and scored four runs without an official at-bat.

2020       Before their game against the Yankees at Citi Field, the Mets pay tribute to Tom Seaver by adding a spot of dirt to the right knee of their uniforms reminiscent of the result of the Hall of Fame right-hander’s drop-and-drive delivery. Last night, the Hall of Fame announced the three-time Cy Young Award winner” had died two days ago from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1975

Sparky Anderson’s “Big Red Machine” had once again dominated the National League, leaving no doubt that their 35-year drought was nearing an end. After steamrolling over the National League West with a 20-game lead, the Reds swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Championship Series and won a ticket to their seventh Fall Classic. The Boston Red Sox had shocked the American League after ending the defending champion Oakland A’s three-year reign with a sweep of their own.

Game 1 featured a brilliant debut by pitcher Luis Tiant, who had led the Sox rotation during the regular season. The right-handed ace opened the tournament with a 6-0 victory and Boston looked to repeat the effort early on in Game 2. As Cincinnati entered the ninth, they were down 2-1 and running out of chances. However, as the old saying goes, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” and Dave Concepcion proved it with a two-out, game-tying single in the ninth. After stealing second, Concepcion scored on a 3-2 game-winning double by Ken Griffey which squared the Series at a game apiece.

The Reds mounted a 5-1 lead in the third Game thanks to home runs from Concepcion, Johnny Bench and Cesar Geronimo, but the Sox were able to tie it up with Fred Lynn’s sacrifice fly in the sixth, Bernie Carbo’s pinch homer in the seventh and Dwight Evans’ two- run bomb in the ninth. Geronimo continued the rally with a single in the bottom of the 10th and then it happened: Once again, controversy erupted at the plate involving umpire Ken Burkhart, who was responsible for the 1970 debacle involving a “bad tag” call on the Reds’ Bernie Carbo. This time however, the ruling would go in Cincinnati’s favor, after pinch-hitter Ed Armbrister attempted to sacrifice in the 10th. The bouncing ball landed a few feet from home and as Boston catcher Carlton Fisk sprinted forward to retrieve it, he nearly collided with the batter who was blocking his way. Fisk managed to get to the ball, but made a wild throw past second moving Geronimo to third and allowing Armbrister to reach second. Despite Sox manager Darrell Johnson ‘s heated argument for an interference call from umpire Larry Barnett, the play stood and the Reds went on to win 6-5 on a Joe Morgan drive into deep center field. Tiant returned for his second start in Game 4 and evened it up with a 5-4 performance, but Cincinnati regained the advantage after Tony Perez (then hitless through 15 at-bats) nailed Reggie Cleveland for both a bases-empty homer and a three-run shot. Don Gullett and Rawly Eastwick finished the job for a combined 6-2 outing on the mound.

As the Series shifted back to Boston, it ran into a drenching New England rain that postponed the contest for an excruciating 72 hours. Despite the setback, Game 6 proved worth waiting for, and has been heralded as one of the greatest games ever. Boston charged to an early 3-0 lead in the first when Lynn sent one into the right field seats at Fenway scoring Carl Yastrzemski and Fisk. The blast came as no surprise to Red Sox fans as the rookie had knocked 21 during the regular season while batting .331 with 105 runs batted in. Tiant held the Reds for a tense four innings, but Griffey’s two-run triple and Bench’s run-scoring single evened it up in the fifth. George Foster followed suit adding a two-run double of his own in the seventh and Geronimo finished the rally with a lead-off blast over the wall in the eighth. Now up 6-3, “The Big Red Machine” shifted into high-gear and was six outs away from a World Series title. Pedro Borbon, Cincinnati’s fifth pitcher, started his third inning by surrendering a single to Lynn and a walk to Rico Petrocelli in the bottom of the eighth. Anticipating a disaster, Anderson– who’d been appropriately dubbed “Captain Hook” for his pitching changes–called for Eastwick as Dwight Evans stepped up to the plate for the potential tying-run. The Reds’ reliever came up big, striking out Evans and getting Rick Burleson on a liner to shallow left, but Bernie Carbo stepped in for reliever Roger Moret and became only the second man in World Series history to hit two pinch-homers. After Dick Drago sat down Cincy’s line-up 1-2-3 to start the ninth, Boston went to work extending the Series.

First, Denny Doyle forced an opening walk. Then Yastrzemski singled him to third as Will McEnaney came in to replace Eastwick. After intentionally walking Fisk to load the bases, Lynn fouled out and Doyle was caught at the plate trying to score. Finally, Rico Petrocelli grounded out and the opportunity was gone. With one out in the 11th, Griffey was on with Joe Morgan at the plate. The All-Star infielder nailed a long drive toward the right-field seats, but Evans made a spectacular, one-handed catch and caught the Reds’ base runner off of first. As the Sox took their turn, Pat Darcy (a record-tying eighth pitcher) retired the side for the second consecutive inning. Rick Wise (a 19-game winner) entered the 12th as both bullpens continued to empty. Boston’s top winner found himself in a two-on situation with one out, but managed to get Concepcion on a fly ball and Geronimo on a strikeout. Both teams were starting to show fatigue as Fisk and Darcy squared off in the bottom of the inning for what would become one of baseball’s most iconic moments. After launching a rocket toward left field, Fisk started to run toward first, but stutter-stepped as the ball appeared to be heading foul. The Boston catcher jumped up and down waving his arms as if to “will” the ball fair. As it came down, it glanced fair off of the foul pole for the historic 7-6 game-winning walk-off.

Game 7 appeared to have picked up right where Game 6 had begun, as Boston seized a 3-0 lead in the third inning. However, the Reds remained determined, and Perez nabbed a two-run homer in the sixth off left-hander Bill Lee. Pete Rose tied the game 3-3, scoring on a Tony Perez single. The deadlock would last until the ninth. Griffey led off with a walk and managed to reach third on a sacrifice and a groundout. Jim Burton intentionally walked Rose, but Morgan knocked a clutch single up the middle for the 4-3 lead. Will McEnaney made the lead stand up with a 1-2-3 ninth and the Reds emerged as World Champions…with or without a little help from the curse of “The Babe.”

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1983

The American League followed one of their worst All-Star performances with one of the greatest efforts ever by either side. It was the 50th Anniversary of the All-Star Game and the American League decided to make it a real celebration.

After three decades of disappointment and eleven consecutive losses, the American League took the field with a vengeance and dominated the National League for nine straight innings. A seven-run third inning (all seven charged to Atlee Hammaker) gave the American League a 9-1 lead and that seemed safe even for the junior circuit.

The star player of the game was Fred Lynn, whose grand slam in the third was the first in All-Star history. National League manager Whitey Herzog had ordered Robin Yount, the preceding batter, walked intentionally, which turned out not to be a good idea. “I take it personally,” Lynn said later. By ’83, Lynn had four home runs and ten runs batted in with twenty All-Star at-bats. Only Ted Williams had a higher All-Star RBI count, with twelve in forty-six at-bats. Stan Musial had ten runs batted in, but in sixty-three at-bats. Lynn’s four homers tied him with Williams for the American League lead. The loss left the National League shell-shocked. They were no longer invincible.

FOOTBALL HISTORY

September 3, 1895 – The very first openly paid player in a football game is played as quarterback John Brallier is paid $10 plus expenses to play for the Latrobe Athletic Association. Latrobe’s starting quarterback Eddie Blair had a prior commitment to play in a baseball game, so his Latrobe club approached the 17 year old Brallier, that was about to start school at Washington and Jefferson College to play in his place. Brallier was reluctant as he did not want to get injured before starting a promising college career, so Latrobe made it worth his while. The Latrobe team won 12-0 over the rival Jeanette Athletic Association and Brallier went on to have a great season at W&J, while also playing a few more game for Latrobe too. The next season after fielding offers from multiple colleges and clubs to play ball, he settled on playing for West Virginia University. After only a few games for the Mountaineers he left the team due to what he described as “financial difficulties” of the school not taking care of players and returned to Latrobe to coach and quarterback the club.

September 3, 1966 – The Houston Oilers open their season with some strong defense as they hold the Denver Broncos to ZERO first downs at Rice Stadium in a 45-7 victory.

September 3, 1994 – University of Florida QB Terry Dean throws a record 7 touchdowns in the first half against New Mexico State in a  lopsided 70-21 Gator win.

September 3, 1994 – The University of Miami Hurricanes set an NCAA record for the most consecutive home wins at 58 as they knock off Georgia Southern 56-0. Alabama held the previous record of 57 home wins from 1962 to 1982 under the coaching of the legendary Bear Bryant.

September 3, 1995 – The debut games of two new NFL expansion franchises took place.

The Jacksonville Jaguars bowed to the Houston Oilers 10-3 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

Meanwhile the Carolina Panthers lost in overtime to the Atlanta Falcons 23-20 at the Georgia Dome.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S

September 3, 1923 – Bradshaw, Texas – The fantastic Defensive End from the US Naval Academy Ed Sprinkle was born. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Ed in 2020.

September 3, 1930 – Tom Scott was a former end/linebacker from the University of Virginia according to the National Football Foundation. Tom was an All-American at both offensive end and as a defensive end/linebacker. He is remembered in the College Football Hall of Fame for his great on field exploits during college. Scott played professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. In college he also excelled as an elite lacrosse player.

September 3, 1966 – Bennie Blades was a former safety for the Hurricanes of the University of Miami. Blades was placed in the College Football Hall of Fame in the class of 2006 for his fine play according to the National Football Foundation. Blades and his ‘Canes teammate, Sean Taylor share the Miami single season interception record. He made it in the NFL as well playing for both the Detroit Lions and the Seattle Seahawks.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

3 – 21 – 4 – 26 – 44 – 50 – 1 – 42 – 8

September 3, 1906 – Philadelphia Giants won the Negro Championship Cup in Philadelphia before 10,000 fans. The game was black baseball’s largest crowd ever

September 3, 1906 – After an 8 minute argument over an umpire call the NY Highlanders win on forfeit over Philadelphia A’s; Highlanders’ MLB record 5th doubleheader sweep on consecutive days

September 3, 1928 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb recorded his 4,189th and final career hit, as a pinch hitter for Philadelphia A’s in 6-1 loss v Washington Senators

September 3, 1932 – Philadelphia A’s first baseman Jimmie Foxx, Number 3 smashed his 50th & 51st home runs to become only 3rd player to reach 50 in a MLB season. With this reached he joined the exclusive club with members Babe Ruth (Number 3) and Hack Wilson

September 3, 1957 – Milwaukee Braves pitcher Warren Spahn, Number 21 set an NL record for a left-hander with 41st shut-out; beats Cubs, 8-0

September 3, 1966 – Future Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, Number 4 signed his first NHL contract with the Boston Bruins; 2 year deal paying a then record $70,000 plus signing bonus

September 3, 1970 – After playing a National League record 1,117 consecutive MLB games, Chicago Cubs outfielder Billy Williams, Number 26 asked for a day off from the field to rest and sit the bench.

September 3, 1972 – Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron (Number 44) earned his 6,135th total base to break Stan Musial’s MLB record in an 8-0 home defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies

September 3, 1974 – San Francisco Giants’ pitcher John Montefusco, wearing Number 50 in his MLB debut, homers in his first at bat and pitches 9 innings in relief to earn a 9 – 5 victory over the Dodgers

September 3, 1974 – Future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson, Number 1 retired from professional hoops. Mr. Robertson left the NBA with an amazing 26,710 points, 9,887 assists and 7,804 rebounds in 1,040 games. Oscar also was known to have worn Number 14 with some other clubs in the Association.

September 3, 1977 – Japanese baseball superstar Sadaharu Oh, Number 1 on the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese baseball hit his 756th career home run to surpass Number 44, Hank Aaron as all-time career leader in professional baseball

September 3, 1984 – St. Louis Cardinals closer Bruce Sutter, Number 42 surpassed the National League record for saves in a season with his 38th in 7-3 win over the NY Mets

September 3, 1985 – New York Mets catcher Gary Carter, Number 8 was on fire when crushed 3 consecutive home runs in an 8-3 win against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium.

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Sam Houston at Texas A&M12:00pmSECN
Delaware at Navy12:00pmCBSSN
South Dakota St. at Iowa12:00pmFS1
Western Carolina at Charleston Sou.12:00pmESPN+
Rutgers at Boston College12:00pmACCN
North Carolina at Appalachian St.12:00pmESPNU
NC St. at East Carolina12:00pmESPN
Colorado St. at Michigan12:00pmABC
Buffalo at Maryland12:00pmBTN
Sacred Heart at Lafayette12:30pmESPN+
Richmond at Virginia12:30pmESPN3
Northern Iowa at Air Force1:00pmAltitude
Duquesne at Youngstown St.2:00pmESPN+
Southeast Missouri at Iowa St.2:00pmESPN+
Davidson at Jacksonville St.2:00pmESPN+
Bowling Green at UCLA2:30pmPAC12N
Norfolk St. at Marshall3:30pmESPN3
Cincinnati at Arkansas3:30pmESPN
Bethune-Cookman at Miami (FL)3:30pmACCN
Tulsa at Wyoming3:30pmFS1
UTEP at Oklahoma3:30pmFOX
Arizona at San Diego St.3:30pmCBS
Houston at UTSA3:30pmCBSSN
North Dakota at Nebraska3:30pmBTN
Oregon vs. Georgia3:30pmABC
Troy at Ole Miss4:00pmSECN
UC Davis at California4:00pmPAC12N
BYU at USF4:00pmESPNU
Nicholls at South Alabama5:00pmESPN3
Morgan St. at Georgia Southern6:00pmESPN3
Concordia at Stetson6:00pmESPN+
Middle Tennessee at James Madison6:00pmESPN+
Rice at USC6:00pmPAC12N
Florida Atlantic at Ohio6:00pmESPN+
UMass at Tulane7:00pmESPN+
Illinois St. at Wisconsin7:00pmFS1
Army at Coastal Carolina7:00pmESPN+
Liberty at Southern Miss7:00pmESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Kentucky7:00pmESPN+
Elon at Vanderbilt7:00pmESPN+
Mercer at Auburn7:00pmESPN+
Utah at Florida7:00pmESPN
Grambling St. at Arkansas St.7:00pmESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas St.7:00pmESPN+
UAlbany at Baylor7:00pmESPN+
Southeastern La. at Louisiana7:00pmESPN+
Utah St. at Alabama7:30pmSECN
Georgia St. at South Carolina7:30pmESPN+
Notre Dame at Ohio St.7:30pmABC
SMU at North Texas7:30pmCBSSN
Memphis at Mississippi St.7:30pmESPNU
Murray St. at Texas Tech8:00pmESPN+
Louisville at Syracuse8:00pmACCN
Colgate at Stanford8:00pm
ULM at Texas8:00pmLHN
Maine at New Mexico8:00pmMWN
Idaho at Washington St.9:30pmPAC12N
Boise St. at Oregon St.10:30pmESPN
Kent St. at Washington10:30pmFS1
WKU at Hawaii11:55pmSpectrum
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World: Made in Denmark7:30amGOLF
LPGA: Dana Open1:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
Philadelphia at San Francisco4:05pmMLBN
NBCS-PHI
NBCS-BAY
Texas at Boston4:10pmMLBN
NESN
Bally Sports
Kansas City at Detroit6:10pmBally Sports
NY Yankees at Tampa Bay6:10pmYES
Bally Sports
Toronto at Pittsburgh6:35pmSportsnet
ATTSN-PIT
Colorado at Cincinnati6:40pmATTSN-RM
Bally Sports
Oakland at Baltimore7:05pmNBCS-CA
MASN/2
Chi. Cubs at St. Louis7:15pmMARQ
Bally Sports
Washington at NY Mets7:15pmMASN/2
SNY
Seattle at Cleveland7:15pmFOX
Root Sports
Bally Sports
Minnesota at Chi. White Sox7:15pmFOX
NBCS-CHI
Bally Sports
Miami at Atlanta7:20pmBally Sports
Milwaukee at Arizona8:10pmBally Sports
Houston at LA Angels9:07pmATTSN-SW
Bally Sports
San Diego at LA Dodgers9:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
SOCCERTIME ETTV
EPL: Everton vs Liverpool7:30amUSA
La Liga: Mallorca vs Girona8:00amESPN+
EPL: Chelsea vs West Ham United9:00amUSA
Serie A: Fiorentina vs Juventus9:00amCBSSN
Bundesliga: Union Berlin vs Bayern München9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs Freiburg9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Köln9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Stuttgart vs Schalke 049:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Bochum vs Werder Bremen9:30amESPN+
EPL: Brentford vs Leeds United10:00amUSA
EPL: Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham10:00amPeacock
EPL: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Southampton10:00amPeacock
EPL: Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace10:00amPeacock
EPL: Nottingham Forest vs AFC Bournemouth10:00amPeacock
EPL: Brentford vs Leeds United10:00amPeacock
EPL: Brentford vs Leeds United10:00amUSA
La Liga: Real Madrid vs Real Betis10:15amESPN+
Ligue 1: Auxerre vs Olympique Marseille11:00ambeIN Sports
Serie A: Milan vs Internazionale12:00pmParamount+
EPL: Aston Villa vs Manchester City12:30pmNBC
Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt vs RB Leipzig12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Real Sociedad vs Atlético Madrid12:30pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Olympique Lyonnais vs Angers SCO1:00pmbeIN Sports
Women’s Friendly: USA vs Nigeria1:00pmFOX
Argentina Primera División: Vélez Sarsfield vs Newell’s Old Boys2:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Aldosivi vs Sarmiento2:30pmParamount+
Serie A: Lazio vs Napoli2:45pmParamount+
Ligue 1: Nantes vs PSG3:00pmbeIN Sports
La Liga: Sevilla vs Barcelona3:00pmESPN+
MLS: Minnesota United vs Dallas3:30pmTUDN
Brasileirão: Juventude vs Avaí3:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Racing Club vs Argentinos Juniors5:00pmParamount+
MLS: Columbus Crew vs Chicago Fire5:30pmESPN+
Brasileirão: Athletico-PR vs Fluminense6:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: RB Bragantino vs Palmeiras6:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: Pachuca vs Santos Laguna6:05pmUnivision
MLS: New York RB vs Philadelphia Union7:00pmESPN+
MLS: Cincinnati vs Charlotte7:30pmESPN+
Brasileirão: América Mineiro vs Coritiba7:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Gimnasia La Plata vs Independiente7:30pmParamount+
Liga MX: Monterrey vs Mazatlán8:05pmESPN+
Liga MX: Atlas vs Pumas UNAM8:05pmUnivision
MLS:Nashville SC vs Austin8:30pmESPN+
Liga MX: América vs Tigres UANL10:05pmUnivision
TENNISTIME ETTV
US Open11:00amESPN2
US Open7:00pmESPN2

TV SUNDAY

COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Florida St. vs. LSU7:30pmABC
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World: Made in Denmark7:30amGOLF
LPGA: Dana Open1:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
Toronto at Pittsburgh12:05pmPeacock
Sportsnet
ATTSN-PIT
Oakland at Baltimore1:35pmNBCS-CA
MASN/2
Miami at Atlanta1:35pmESPN+
Bally Sports
Texas at Boston1:35pmMLBN
NESN
Bally Sports
Kansas City at Detroit1:40pmBally Sports
NY Yankees at Tampa Bay1:40pmMLBN
YES
Bally Sports
Colorado at Cincinnati1:40pmATTSN-RM
Bally Sports
Washington at NY Mets1:40pmMASN/2
SNY
Minnesota at Chi. White Sox2:10pmNBCS-CHI
Bally Sports
Chi. Cubs at St. Louis2:15pmMARQ
Bally Sports
Seattle at Cleveland2:40pmRoot Sports
Bally Sports
Philadelphia at San Francisco4:05pmMLBN
NBCS-PHI
NBCS-BAY
Houston at LA Angels4:07pmMLBN
ATTSN-SW
Bally Sports
Milwaukee at Arizona4:10pmBally Sports
San Diego at LA Dodgers7:00pmESPN
Bally Sports
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
Formula One: Dutch Grand Prix9:00amESPN
IndyCar: Grand Prix of Portland3:00pmNBC
NASCAR Cup: Cook Out Southern 5006:00pmUSA
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Serie A: Cremonese vs Sassuolo6:30amParamount+
beIN Sports: Montpellier vs Lille7:00ambeIN Sports
La Liga: Osasuna vs Rayo Vallecano8:00amESPN+
EPL: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Leicester City9:00amUSA
Serie A: Spezia vs Bologna9:00amParamount+
Ligue 1: Brest vs Strasbourg9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Ajaccio vs Lorient9:00ambeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Clermont vs Toulouse9:00ambeIN Sports
Bundesliga: Augsburg vs Hertha BSC9:30amESPN+
Brasileirão: Flamengo vs Ceará10:00amParamount+
La Liga: Athletic Club vs Espanyol10:15amESPN+
Ligue 1: Troyes vs Rennes11:05ambeIN Sports
Bundesliga: Borussia M’gladbach vs Mainz 0511:30amESPN+
EPL: Manchester United vs Arsenal11:30amUSA
Serie A: Hellas Verona vs Sampdoria12:00pmParamount+
La Liga: Villarreal vs Elche12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Real Sociedad vs Atlético Madrid12:30pmESPN+
Argentina Primera División: Platense vs Estudiantes2:30pmParamount+
Serie A: Udinese vs Roma2:45pmParamount+
Ligue 1: Nice vs Monaco2:45pmbeIN Sports
La Liga: Valencia vs Getafe3:00pmESPN+
Brasileirão: Corinthians vs Internacional3:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Fortaleza vs Botafogo3:00pmParamount+
NWSL: NJ/NY Gotham FC vs North Carolina Courage5:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Atlético Goianiense vs Atlético Mineiro5:00pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Colón vs Boca Juniors5:00pmParamount+
MLS: Portland Timbers vs Atlanta United5:30pmFOX
Brasileirão: Cuiabá vs São Paulo6:00pmParamount+
MLS: DC United vs Colorado Rapids7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Toronto FC vs CF Montréal7:30pmESPN+
Argentina Primera División: River Plate vs Barracas Central7:30pmParamount+
MLS: LA Galaxy vs Sporting KC8:00pmESPN+
MLS: Inter Miami vs Orlando City SC8:00pmESPN+
MLS: New England vs New York City8:00pmESPN+
MLS: Seattle Sounders FC vs Houston Dynamo9:00pmESPN+
MLS: SJ Earthquakes vs Vancouver Whitecaps9:30pmESPN+
MLS: Los Angeles FC vs Real Salt Lake10:30pmESPN+
TENNISTIME ETTV
US Open11:00amESPN
US Open7:00pmESPN2
WNBATIME ETTV
Chicago at Connecticut1:00pmESPN2
Las Vegas at Seattle3:00pmABC