Ben Davis 49, Pike 21

Brebeuf Jesuit 40, Cardinal Ritter 6

Brownsburg 28, Franklin Central 14

Cathedral 37, Penn 0

Center Grove 41, Carmel 14

Centerville 28, Park Tudor 13

Columbus North 54, Southport 13

Covenant Christian 53, Crispus Attucks 6

Danville 42, Lebanon 19

Decatur Central 17, Whiteland 6

Delta at Shelbyville, canceled

Delta 41, Lewis Cass 0

Eastern Hancock 47, Wes-Del 7

Edgewood at Washington 

Fishers 16, Noblesville 13

Hamilton Heights 26, Rensselaer Central 21

Hamilton Southeastern 40, Avon 13

Heritage Christian 18 Guerin Catholic 15

Lapel 40, Shenandoah 21

Linton-Stockton 34, Monrovia 8

Lawrence North 20, Lawrence Central 6

Indianapolis Tech 42 Richmond 0

Indianapolis Tindley 38 South Decatur 14

Anderson 36, Muncie Central 0

Bedford North Lawrence 48, Jeffersonville 13

Bloomington North 35, Terre Haute South 8

Bloomington South 36, Terre Haute North 20

Brown County 54, Cloverdale 14

Brownstown Central 49, Madison 35

Carroll (Flora) 34, Madison-Grant 8

Carroll (Fort Wayne) 40, Fort Wayne North 0

Castle 49, Evansville Bosse 0

Central Noble 35, Fairfield 14

Charlestown 60, Clarksville 14

Chelsea (Mich.) 42, Angola 14

Chesterton at Michigan City, 8 p.m.

Churubusco 42, Garrett 19

Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) 39, East Central 22

Clinton Prairie 41, Clinton Central 0

Columbia City 62, Bellmont 35

Concord 30, NorthWood 29, OT

Covington 60, North Vermillion 40

Culver Academy 35, Hanover Central 34 

East Noble 57, Huntington North 13

Eastbrook 42, Mississinewa 7

Eastside 48, West Noble 13

Eastern (Greentown) 28, Delphi 14

Elkhart 47, Hammond Morton 8

Evansville Mater Dei 31, Vincennes Lincoln 6

Evansville Memorial 42, Evansville Central 7

Evansville North 28, Evansville Harrison 12

Fort Wayne Dwenger 50, Fort Wayne South 14

Fort Wayne Luers 45, Homestead 42

Fort Wayne Northrop 13, Fort Wayne Wayne 12

Fort Wayne Snider 45, Fort Wayne Concordia 13

Fountain Central 26, Frontier 12

Franklin County 54, Rushville 0

Frankton 18, Blackford 7

Gibson Southern 68, Washington 6

Greencastle 34, West Vigo 0

Hammond Central 33, South Bend Clay 0

Harrison (West Lafayette) 57, Kankakee Valley 21 

Heritage 37, Woodlan 13

Heritage Hills 14, Boonville 12

Hobart 49, Griffith 13

Jasper 42, Evansville Reitz 21

Jay County 63, Southern Wells 12

Jimtown 53, Osceola Grace 6

Kokomo 42, Marion 14

Lafayette Central Catholic 42, Northwestern 0

Lafayette Jeff 62, McCutcheon 21

Lake Central 14, Portage 7

Lakeland 34, Prairie Heights 0

Lawrenceburg 63, Milan 13

Leo 41, Norwell 7

Lloyd Memorial (Ky.) 31, Providence 21

Merrillville 50, Crown Point 13

Mishawaka 36, Goshen 7

Mishawaka Marian 48, Bremen 6

Monroe Central 19, North Decatur 18

Mount Vernon (Posey) 47, Princeton 7

Munster 44, East Chicago Central 8

New Albany 48, Jennings County 6

New Haven 13, DeKalb 10, 2OT 

New Prairie 24, Lowell 14

North Daviess 35, Eastern Greene 0

North Harrison 28, Corydon Central 7

North Judson 34, North Newton 12

North Knox 47, Tecumseh 6

North Posey 40, Southridge 28

Northeastern 28, Winchester 8

Northfield 48, Maconaquah 0

Northridge 42, Wawasee 0

Northview 16, Sullivan 13

Oak Hill 56, Elwood 6

Perry Central 51, Crawford County 0

Pioneer 12, LaVille 7

Rochester 35, Whitko 6

Scottsburg 40, Connersville 12

Seymour 28, Columbus East 24

Silver Creek 26, Floyd Central 0

South Adams 42, Bluffton 32

South Bend Adams 39, South Bend Riley 6

South Bend St. Joseph 27, John Glenn 9

South Dearborn 24, Batesville 17

South Putnam 29, Tri 6

South Spencer 55, Pike Central 0

Southmont 13, Seeger 0

Southwood 34, North Miami 6

Tell City 14, Forest Park 10

Tippecanoe Valley 45, Peru 9

Tipton 42, Twin Lakes 7

Trimble County (Ky.) 44, Switzerland County 6

Union City 25, Hagerstown 9

Union County 46, Knightstown 7

Valparaiso 56, LaPorte 26

Warsaw 43, Plymouth 14

West Central 20, Tri-County 7

West Lafayette 69, Western 19

Wheeler 28, Calumet 8

Whiting 35, Hammond Noll 7

Winamac 35, Machester 18


Virginia Tech 17, No. 10 North Carolina 10

Charlotte 31, Duke 28

Wake Forest 42, Old Dominion 10

Eastern Michigan 35, St. Francis (PA) 15

Kansas 17, South Dakota 14

Michigan State 38, Northwestern 21

Colorado 35, Northern Colorado 7

South Dakota State 42, Colorado State 23

Saturday, Sept. 4

UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 19 Penn State at No. 12 Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX

Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1

No. 2 Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC

Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+

Fresno State at No. 11 Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m. | Stadium

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 14 Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 17 Indiana at No. 18 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Northern Iowa at No. 7 Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Miami (Ohio) at No. 8 Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.

No. 23 Louisiana at No. 21 Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX

San Jose State at No. 15 USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1

Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

FAU at No. 13 Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 5 Georgia (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Kent State at No. 6 Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU

East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+

Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Montana at No. 20 Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 16 LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX

Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3

Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

No. 9 Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Monday, Sept. 6

Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN


Thursday, September 09, 2021

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Denver Broncos at New York Giants 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 13, 2021

Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC


Detroit 15 Cincinnati 5

Seattle 6 Arizona 5 (10)

Houston 6 San Diego 3

NY Yankees 4 Baltimore 3 (11)

Toronto 11 Oakland 10

Boston 8 Cleveland 5

Tampa Bay 5 Minnesota 3

Kansas City 7 Chicago White Sox 2

LA Angels 3 Texas 2

Chicago Cubs 6 Pittsburgh 5

NY Mets 6 Washington 2 (10)

Miami 10 Philadelphia 3

St. Louis 15 Milwaukee 4

Colorado 4 Atlanta 3

San Francisco 3 LA Dodgers 2 (11)


Iowa 9 Indianapolis 7

South Bend 5, Lake County 4

Fort Wayne 6 Great Lakes 1


New England 1 Philadelphia 0

Nashville 3 New York City 1

Portland 2, Houston 0

Los Angeles 4 Sporting KC 0


Hammond Baptist 1 Heritage Christian 0

Kouts 3 Washington Township 0

Washington Catholic 4 Barr Reeve 0

Castle 3 Trinity 0

Illiana Christian 6 Covenant Christian 0

Evansville Memorial 4 Paul Lawrence Dunbar 3

Indianapolis Pike 2 Evansville North 0

South Bend Adams 3 Zionsville 1

Lake Central 7 McCracken County 0


Bloomington South 8 Richmond 0

Tri-West Hendricks 3 Lawrence Central 0

Plainfield 3 Pike 0

Hamilton Southeastern 6 Evansville Mater Dei 0

Martinsville 7 West Vigo 0

Lafayette Central Catholic 5 Fort Wayne Canterbury 2

Notre Dame Academy 1 Carmel 0

Evansville Reitz 5 Avon 3

Noblesville 4 Park Tudor 1

North Central 4 Brownsburg 0

Mooresville 5 S. Dearborn 4

East Central 6 Washington 0

Fort Wayne Concordia 3 Terre Haute South 2


Morgan Twp. 3 LaCrosse 0

Kouts 3 Hebron 0

Elkhart Christian 3 Argos 0

Faith Christian 3 Covenant Christian 1

Elkhart Christian Academy 3 Argos 0

Mitchell 3 Christian Academy 1


Garneau slugs 2 homers, Tigers pound reeling Reds 15-5

CINCINNATI (AP) Dustin Garneau hit a two-run homer and a solo shot, Robbie Grossman had a three-run blast, and the Detroit Tigers routed the struggling Cincinnati Reds 15-5 on Friday night.

Jonathan India and Eugenio Suarez homered for the Reds, who have lost five of six. Cincinnati’s lead over St. Louis for the NL’s second wild card is down to 1 1/2 games.

Garneau’s first homer, a liner into the left-field seats, came during a six-run sixth inning in which Detroit had eight of its 18 hits.

Garneau, who had just one other long ball this season, got the first multihomer game of his career when he connected again the next inning.

Jonathan Schoop and Jeimer Candelario also homered for the Tigers, who won for just the second time in seven games. Each had four hits.

Harold Castro drove in two with a second-inning double for Detroit, which tied a season high with 15 runs.

“We had some really good at-bats, some good swings,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “We hit the ball all over the ball park. I loved our aggressive style of play.”

Tigers pitchers stranded 10 baserunners.

“They had a lot of opportunities that we were able to squash and come back and score the next inning,” Hinch said. “That was huge.”

Vladimir Gutierrez (9-6) allowed four hits and four runs through 3 1/3 innings and got the loss. The bullpen was worse, with Justin Wilson allowing three runs and three hits without recording an out, and Mychal Givens giving up the same while getting just one out.

Jeff Hoffman surrendered homers to Garneau and Grossman during a four-run Detroit seventh.

The 18 hits allowed by Reds pitching tied their season high.

“(Gutierrez) didn’t have his best stuff, he didn’t have his best fastball,” Reds manager David Bell said. “(There were) a couple plays that weren’t made. It did make for a tough night. We’ll come back tomorrow.”

Derek Holland (3-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to get the win.

Johnny Bench tests positive for virus, to miss Hall ceremony

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this year’s induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York.

The 73-year-old Bench posted Friday on Twitter that he had the virus.

“Fortunately, I have been vaccinated, otherwise doctor said I would be hospitalized,” Bench said.

Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker will be enshrined in the Hall festivities on Wednesday.

Bench was a two-time NL MVP, a Rookie of the Year, a 14-time All-Star and a 10-time Gold Glover for the Cincinnati Reds while playing from 1967-83.

Bench hit 389 career home runs and was a driving force for the Big Red Machine. He was MVP of the 1976 World Series when Cincinnati won the second of its back-to-back championships.

Ohtani strikes out 8 on 117 pitches, Angels beat Rangers 3-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani allowed two runs, struck out eight and threw a stateside career-high 117 pitches in seven innings, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 Friday night.

The Japanese two-way star leads the majors with 42 homers and dropped his ERA to 2.97. He went at least seven innings for the fifth time in 20 starts this season. He reached at least 100 pitches for the fourth time in 32 big league starts. His previous high pitch count was 110 against Tampa Bay on May 20, 2018.

The last time Ohtani (9-1) threw at least 117 pitches was his last regular-season game in the Japanese League, when he had 124 for the Nippon Ham Fighters against Sapporo in October of 2017.

In his 11th start at Angel Stadium this season, Ohtani’s only bad pitch came in the second inning, when Jason Martin drove a fastball over the wall in right-center on the first pitch of the at-bat for a tying two-run homer.

Texas had runners on second and third with one out in the fourth, but Ohtani struck out Martin and got Leody Taveras to ground out to first to end the inning.

It looked like Ohtani might have a short night after he was hit on his right hand by Nate Lowe on a comebacker in the first inning, but he was able to shake it off and stayed in. Ohtani was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday night, but his start was pushed back three days after he was hit in the same hand by a pitch in last Saturday’s game against San Diego.

Ohtani – who is 6-0 in his last eight starts – allowed seven hits and walked two. He also had two pitches of 100 mph, marking the first time he had done that for the Angels since he had eight in his first start on April 4 against the Chicago White Sox.

Ohtani was hitless in four at-bats, although two of his outs were hit over 100 mph.

The game remained knotted until the sixth inning, when Jo Adell got aboard on an infield single with two outs, advanced to third on Brandon Marsh’s double and scored when Max Stassi hit a deep grounder to short off Dennis Santana (2-4). Isiah Kiner-Falefa tried to make a play at first, but the throw was wide and brought Lowe off the bag.

Steve Cishek worked the eighth and Raisel Iglesias the ninth for his 30th save in 35 opportunities.

Semien hits walk-off HR, Jays rally three times to beat A’s

TORONTO (AP) Marcus Semien hit a game-ending three-run homer in the ninth inning after Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a tying grand slam in the eighth, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied three times to stun the Oakland Athletics 11-10 Friday night.

“We just woke up,” Semien said.

Semien connected off Sergio Romo (1-1) for his career-best 34th home run of the season, sparking a wild celebration at home plate.

“It’s huge,” said Semien, who delivered against the club that let him leave as a free agent last offseason. “Every win is so important right now. Biggest at-bat of the year for me, obviously.”

Oakland dropped three games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race. Toronto remains five games back of the Red Sox, who beat Cleveland 8-4 Friday.

The Blue Jays have won nine of the past 11 meetings with Oakland, dating to 2019.

“It was awesome,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “What a great win.”

Toronto’s Teoscar Hernandez hit a tying two-run homer in the fourth before Oakland pulled away for an 8-2 lead. Gurriel’s slam capped a six-run eighth against Lou Trivino and Yusmeiro Petit to tie it again.

Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano (7-1) gave up Mark Canha’s two-run home run in the top of the ninth before Romo allowed a single, a double and Semien’s shot.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. fueled the eighth-inning surge with an RBI single off Trivino, who left after loading the bases. Petit came on and walked Alejandro Kirk, then gave up a first-pitch homer to Gurriel.

Matt Olson reached on an infield single to begin the ninth. Romano struck out the next two batters, but Canha lined his first pitch off the foul screen in left, his 15th.

Tony Kemp added a two-run homer for the Athletics, his sixth. He and teammate Khris Davis had dinner with Semien on Thursday night. Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year deal with Toronto in January.

Oakland’s collapse denied left-hander Sean Manea his first victory since July 28. After going 0-3 with a 9.90 ERA in five August starts, Manea allowed two runs and five hits. He walked none and struck out nine.

“I felt really good,” Manea said. “My tempo, I felt, was a lot better than it has been recently.”

Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah allowed six runs and five hits in five-plus innings.

The benches cleared briefly after Manoah hit batters with consecutive pitches in the fifth. Josh Harrison flipped his bat in frustration after being hit with a high and tight fastball, and he was visibly angry after Manoah’s next offering hit Starling Marte on the side of the helmet.

Players came out of the dugout as trainers tended to a fallen Marte at home plate. Marte remained in the game and scored from first on Olson’s tiebreaking double.

“We don’t think it’s a concussion,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s more just sore to the touch right now, no headache, anything like that. It looked ugly.”

Skye Bolt replaced Marte in center field in the bottom half of the inning.

Manoah leads Blue Jays pitchers with 11 hit batters in 79 1/3 innings.

Kemp chased Manoah when he connected in the sixth.

Wainwright, Molina reach milestone; Cards rip Brewers 15-4

MILWAUKEE (AP) Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina appreciated the magnitude of the career milestone they reached Friday night. They were more concerned about boosting the St. Louis Cardinals’ playoff hopes.

The longtime teammates formed St. Louis’ starting battery for a 300th time and played key roles in the Cardinals’ 15-4 blowout of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers.

“Just a great moment, just a great day for me and Waino,” Molina said. “We focused on winning the game. Obviously we know what this day meant for us … but we were focused on the game, trying to win the game.”

Nolan Arenado hit two of the Cardinals’ season-high six homers, but the night belonged to Wainwright and Molina.

Wainwright carried a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning and even singled home Molina in the second inning. Molina delivered a grand slam in the ninth for his first homer since July 2.

“That’s about as good as it gets, man,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “Just magic. Way to commemorate an amazing, impressive milestone from two super-impressive Cardinals. Not enough superlatives to really do it justice.”

Their 300 games together make Wainwright and Molina the fourth-most prolific battery of all time. The record is held by former Detroit teammates Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan, who formed the Tigers’ starting battery for 324 games.

The Cardinals pulled within a game of San Diego for the second NL wild card after the Padres lost to Houston 6-3.

“Every team, they know that if we get into the playoffs, we’re a dangerous team,” Molina said.

Arenado drove a two-run shot in the first inning and went deep again in the third for his 28th and 29th of the season. Molina hit a grand slam, Harrison Bader had a three-run shot, Tyler O’Neill provided a two-run blast and Edmundo Sosa added a solo shot.

The homers by Molina and Sosa were back-to-back drives with two outs in the top of the ninth.

Wainwright (14-7) allowed two runs – one earned – and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. The 40-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked three.

“I did get a little chill bumps walking out in the first inning,” Wainwright said. “The crowd, there was a bunch of Cardinals fans above our dugout. They were going crazy. I was thinking that’s pretty neat.”

The Cardinals have won each of Wainwright’s last nine starts in Milwaukee. Wainwright owns a 19-12 career record against the Brewers and has more wins against them than any other opponent.

Wainwright’s had Molina behind the plate for nearly all those games.

“He’s like my brother,” Molina said.

Tucker, Correa homer for Astros in 6-3 win vs Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Kyle Tucker hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the eighth inning and Carlos Correa’s three-run shot in the fourth ended a 22-inning scoreless streak for the Houston Astros, who beat the scuffling San Diego Padres 6-3 on Friday night.

Tucker homered with two outs off Emilio Pagan (4-1) into the deck atop the right field wall, his 23rd. Alex Bregman was aboard on a single.

The AL West-leading Astros were coming off consecutive shutout losses at Seattle. They hadn’t scored since the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over the Mariners on Monday.

Correa snapped that streak when he drove a shot off the top of a planter in front of the batter’s eye in center against Jake Arrieta with two outs in the fourth. Michael Brantley was aboard on a leadoff single and Tucker walked with one out ahead of Correa’s 21st homer.

Correa’s drive gave Houston a 3-1 lead. The Padres tied it on an RBI double with one out in the fifth by Tommy Pham, who was pinch-hitting for Arrieta, and a single by Austin Nola with one out in the sixth.

It was Houston’s first game at Petco Park since it lost Game 7 of the AL Championship Series to Tampa Bay in the playoff bubble last season.

Blake Taylor (3-4) got the final out of the seventh for the win. Ryan Pressly pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

The Astros added a run in the ninth on Jake Meyers’ single that ate up first baseman Eric Hosmer.

The Padres have lost seven of 10 and remain a half game behind Cincinnati for the second wild-card spot.

Arrieta allowed three runs and three hits in five innings in his second start since the Padres signed him as a minor league free agent on Aug. 16. A mild left hamstring strain forced him out of his Padres debut on Aug. 18 at Colorado and he was placed on the injured list. He was activated before Friday’s game.

Houston’s Jose Urquidy went 4 1/3 innings in his first start since June 29, allowing two runs and five hits. He missed two months with right shoulder discomfort.

He allowed Pham’s RBI double and Manny Machado’s RBI infield single with two outs in the third, which originally was ruled a groundout but was overturned after video review.

Rojas 2 hits in 7-run burst, Miami ends Phils’ 6-game streak

MIAMI (AP) Miguel Rojas had two hits and three RBIs during during a seven-run sixth inning and the Miami Marlins beat Philadelphia 10-3 Friday night, stopping the Phillies’ six-game winning streak.

The Phillies started Friday two games behind NL East leader Atlanta. It was also the end of Philadelphia’s 11-game winning streak against division opponents.

“We need to start a streak again,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “We need to win games now. There’s not that many left.”

Jazz Chisholm Jr. doubled and tripled and Jesus Sanchez homered for the Marlins.

Miami snapped a 3-3 tie in the sixth, tagging Philadelphia starter Kyle Gibson and reliever JD Hammer.

Rojas’ go-ahead single off Gibson over a drawn-in infield scored Chisholm from third. Jorge Alfaro and Joe Panik hit RBI singles with the bases loaded and Bryan De La Cruz’s bases-loaded walk forced in a run. Alfaro raced home on a wild pitch by Hammer and Rojas’ two-run single capped the scoring.

“It just kept the merry-go-round going,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “It was a good feeling. Guys came up with big hits, big at-bats and kept the line moving.”

In the final two games of the three straight losses at the New York Mets, the Marlins failed to match the run total scored in the sixth against Philadelphia.

“That’s what you want, guys on base and opportunities to score runs,” Rojas said. “Really good steps that we took today and hopefully we can continue to do that.”

Steven Okert (1-1) got the final out in the sixth for his first win since 2017. Ross Detwiler and Zach Pop followed with perfect innings and Zach Thompson closed it with a scoreless ninth.

Gibson (10-6) allowed eight runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander acquired from Texas July 30 struck out four and walked two.

The Marlins, last in the NL East, evened their season record to 7-7 against Philadelphia and 3-2 at home.

“Every now and then that happens and you run into a team, whether it’s the matchup or when they’re home or whatever it is but we’re still really confident,” Gibson said. “We’re excited to come out (Saturday) and get it going the right way again.”

Freddy Galvis gave the Phillies a fast start, leading off the game with a home run against Jesus Luzardo.

Luzardo was lifted after Matt Vierling’s tying double in the sixth. Luzardo allowed three runs, five hits, struck out three, walked two and hit a batter in 5 2/3 innings.

Vierling got the Phillies to 3-2 with his run-scoring triple in the second.

The Marlins erased an early deficit on Sanchez’s three-run shot in the first. Sanchez drove Gibson’s change-up over the wall in right center for his seventh homer of the season.


Depending on the matchup, Chisholm and Rojas alternate frequently between the leadoff and second spot in the lineup. Against the Phillies, Chisholm and Rojas were a combined 5 for 6. Each scored twice and drew a walk.

“Jazz is dynamic, dangerous right away out of the gate and Miggy’s going to get his quality at-bats,” Mattingly said.

Giants beat Dodgers 3-2 in 11th on error, take NL West lead

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Buster Posey could exhale at last, his teammates knowing better than to dog pile on their 34-year-old catcher celebrating a wild, 4 1/2-hour game that put San Francisco atop the NL West.

“They know they need to be careful with me,” Posey cracked.

Second baseman Trea Turner threw wildly on Posey’s bases-loaded, two-out grounder in the 11th inning and a lengthy video review upheld the safe call as the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Friday night to grab first place.

“From my vantage point it looked like he was off. I knew it was really close,” Posey said. “I was hoping that it held up on replay.”

The rivals began the night tied for the division lead. The Giants nearly won in the ninth, but Posey missed a defensive play on the bases and the Dodgers rallied to tie it at 1.

After both teams scored in the 10th, San Francisco loaded the bases in the 11th against Evan Phillips (1-1), the Dodgers’ 11th pitcher.

Posey hit a grounder to Turner, who had plenty of time but zipped a throw that pulled first baseman Will Smith off the bag – normally a catcher, Smith had never played the position in college or as a pro before entering in the 10th.

Smith desperately tried to reach back to tag first base as Posey crossed and Brandon Belt raced home from third. With fans chanting ‘”Safe! Safe!” and players on both sides watching and waiting, the safe call was confirmed.

“It was a little bit higher throw, I was stretched out fully for it, I thought I kept my foot on, umpire thought otherwise, then went back and looked at replay,” Smith said. “It’s pretty close, couldn’t overturn it I guess.”

Jarlin Garcia (6-3) earned the win.

San Francisco (86-49) holds a one-game lead over LA (85-50) after the rivals came into the opener of this key weekend series tied for the division lead in September for the first time since Sept. 18, 1997.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead into the ninth, but Justin Turner singled and took third on Corey Seager’s one-out double.

Smith then hit a grounder to second baseman Thairo Estada, who fired home to Posey. The All-Star catcher chased Turner back to third, where Seager was already standing. Posey tagged both of them, and umpire Nestor Ceja signaled Seager out.

Seager and Turner then both wandered off the bag. Posey went to tag Seager again, while Turner scrambled back to the bag. Chris Taylor followed with a single to make it 1-all.

“I messed that up. In my mind Seager, was standing on the bag so I had him occupying the bag,” Posey said. “Running Turner back, I thought that he was the one that was going to be out, but obviously the rule states that Turner gets to occupy that bag and then the back runner is the one that’s out.”

Trea Turner hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th that scored pinch-runner Walker Buehler for a 2-1 lead. Brandon Crawford hit a tying single in the bottom half.

Anthony DeSclafani gave the Giants six scoreless innings with five strikeouts and confidently shut down one of baseball’s most potent lineups.

“We fought. I thought we did a great job preventing runs,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Our pitchers made pitches. Offensively we just really didn’t threaten, really couldn’t get anything going against DeSclafani.”

Walker runs for 264 yards as Spartans beat Wildcats 38-21

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Kenneth Walker III ran for a career-high 264 yards and a personal-best four touchdowns in an impressive debut with his new team, and Michigan State beat Northwestern 38-21 in the season opener on Friday night.

Walker more than doubled his previous high of 131 yards for Wake Forest in a loss to North Carolina State last season. He never ran for more than three TDs in two years with the Demon Deacons.

Walker set the tone in this one when he broke off a 75-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage and scored from the 3 on the next possession to make it 14-0.

The Spartans (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) cruised from there, denying the Wildcats (0-1, 0-1) the payback they were seeking. Northwestern lost in East Lansing last season on the way to a 7-2 mark and its second West division championship in three years.

Payton Thorne, starting over Temple transfer Anthony Russo, threw for 185 yards and one touchdown. The sophomore completed 15 of 26 passes in his second career start.

Michigan State outgained Northwestern 511-400 in total yards and 326-117 in rushing. And the Spartans opened their second season under coach Mel Tucker on a winning note after going 2-5 last year.

Hunter Johnson threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns in his first start for Northwestern since 2019. With Peyton Ramsey starting, Johnson played in two games last year and did not attempt a pass. He beat out former South Carolina starter Ryan Hilinski and senior Andrew Marty for the job this season.

Trey Pugh caught two TDs. But Northwestern lost to Michigan State for the seventh time in the past eight home games.

Walker III had Michigan State fans cheering when he burst 75 yards up the left side for a TD on the game’s first possession. And he struck again on the next possession, running it in from the 3 to cap a 74-yard drive after Northwestern’s Charlie Kuhbander missed a 44-yard field goal.

Michigan State added to the lead early in the second quarter, aided by Chris Bergin’s late hit on Thorne after the quarterback stepped out of bounds at the end of a 16-yard keeper. Thorne connected with Jordon Simmons for a 14-yard TD on the next play to bump the lead to 21-0.

Northwestern scored with a minute left in the half, when Johnson found an open Pugh in the end zone on fourth down at the 1. Walker added 5-yard touchdown in the third, making it 28-7.

Virginia Tech holds off Howell, No. 10 North Carolina 17-10

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech didn’t appear to get much consideration when the experts tabbed No. 10 North Carolina and No. 14 Miami as the teams to beat in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division.

They will now.

Braxton Burmeister ran for a touchdown and threw for another and Virginia Tech made Sam Howell look pedestrian in a 17-10 victory over North Carolina on Friday night in the opener for both teams.

Burmeister scored on a 4-yard run and found James Mitchell for an 11-yard scoring strike as the Hokies built a 14-0 lead they took into halftime. The defense did the rest, sacking Howell six times and intercepting three passes.

“We kept putting them back out there in the second half,” Hokies coach Justin Fuente said about the defense, which allowed 354 yards. “We couldn’t put the game away but the defense continued to rise to the occasion.”

They struggled to put the game away in the second half until the final minute when they chased Howell from the pocket at the Virginia Tech 40 and he tried to find a teammate while defensive end Jordan Williams held him by an ankle.

Howell, who’d thrown eight touchdown passes in two prior games against Virginia Tech, whirled to get away, then threw right to Chamarri Conner.

The play was reviewed, and when the officials announced that it was an interception, the sellout crowd at Lane Stadium erupted with relief.

Many fans joined the team in celebration on the field after the game, which marked the first time since 2019 that fan attendance was not limited.

The Tar Heels, who arrived with their highest preseason ranking since 1997, had the ball for just 9:11 in the first half and only avoided being down by more because Keshaun King fumbled the ball away at the Tar Heels 9.

“Obviously, now the shine’s off and the rating sure doesn’t matter tonight,” Tar Heels coach Mack Brown said. “We were overrated with the way we played.”

The Hokies dominated the clock in the first half, slowing things down to avoid the kind of shootout they had with UNC last season. In that one, the Tar Heels rolled up 656 yards and beat a virus and injury decimated defense 56-45.

“When the clock was running, we just wanted it to keep running,” Fuente said.

Howell did become the Tar Heels’ career touchdown pass leader with 69 when Josh Downs took a screen pass 37 yards for a score in the third quarter, but he was unable to find his usual magic late.

Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder placed on COVID-19 list

NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder was placed on the COVID-19 list Friday, making his status for the opening game uncertain.

NFL Network first reported Crowder tested positive for the virus, but it is believed to be an isolated case. It is uncertain whether the receiver is vaccinated, or when he tested positive, but those will be determining factors in whether Crowder will be able to play at Carolina on Sept. 12.

Per NFL protocols, unvaccinated players must isolate for at least 10 days. Vaccinated players are allowed to return to the team if they have two negative tests 24 hours apart.

Crowder, who led the team in receptions the last two seasons, was not at practice Wednesday or Thursday because he was dealing with what general manager Joe Douglas and coach Robert Saleh said was a minor groin injury.

The 28-year-old Crowder is expected to be a major part of the Jets’ revamped receiving corps that also includes free-agent signing Corey Davis and second-round pick Elijah Moore. Crowder agreed to a pay cut in the offseason for the final year of his contract, lowering his base salary from $10 million to $5 million.

Crowder, who spent his first four NFL seasons in Washington, has 358 career receptions for 4,160 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Former Super Bowl champ Patten dies in motorcycle crash

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Former NFL receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion David Patten Jr., who caught Tom Brady’s first postseason touchdown pass to help the Patriots win their first title, has died in a motorcycle accident.

Richland County coroner Naida Rutherford said in a statement Patten was killed in a crash Thursday night outside of Columbia, South Carolina. The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the accident involved two other vehicles.

Patten played 12 seasons in the NFL after signing as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 1997. He spent three seasons in New York and also played for Cleveland, Washington and New Orleans.

But his biggest highlights came as a member of the Patriots, making two iconic catches to help New England capture its first Super Bowl win during the 2001 season. He hauled in an 11-yard TD from Drew Bledsoe during the Patriots’ 24-17 win over Pittsburgh in the AFC championship game. He followed that with a leaping 8-yard TD reception from Brady in the second quarter of the Super Bowl. It was New England’s lone offensive TD in the 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams.

Patten played with the Patriots from 2001 until 2004 and was a member of their 2003 and 2004 championship teams. He appeared in 147 career NFL games, catching 324 passes for 4,715 yards and 24 touchdowns.

In a statement coach Bill Belichick called Patten “an essential person and player in Patriots history.”

“It breaks my heart to hear of David’s tragic passing at such a young age,” Belichick said. “I am grateful to have coached David. He is an essential person and player in Patriots history, without whom we would not have been Super Bowl champions.”

Team owner Robert Kraft said he was “heartbroken.”

“He was a devout Christian who followed his passion following his football career and founded his own ministry,” Kraft said. “David transitioned from an undersized and understated wide receiver to a powerful and passionate preacher. In New England, he will always be remembered as a three-time Super Bowl champion.”

Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder placed on COVID-19 list

NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder was placed on the COVID-19 list Friday, making his status for the opening game uncertain.

NFL Network first reported Crowder tested positive for the virus, but it is believed to be an isolated case. It is uncertain whether the receiver is vaccinated, or when he tested positive, but those will be determining factors in whether Crowder will be able to play at Carolina on Sept. 12.

Per NFL protocols, unvaccinated players must isolate for at least 10 days. Vaccinated players are allowed to return to the team if they have two negative tests 24 hours apart.

Crowder, who led the team in receptions the last two seasons, was not at practice Wednesday or Thursday because he was dealing with what general manager Joe Douglas and coach Robert Saleh said was a minor groin injury.

The 28-year-old Crowder is expected to be a major part of the Jets’ revamped receiving corps that also includes free-agent signing Corey Davis and second-round pick Elijah Moore. Crowder agreed to a pay cut in the offseason for the final year of his contract, lowering his base salary from $10 million to $5 million.

Crowder, who spent his first four NFL seasons in Washington, has 358 career receptions for 4,160 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Report: BYU, UCF, Houston, Cincinnati expected to apply for Big 12 membership

UCF, Houston, BYU, and Cincinnati are expected to apply for Big 12 membership next week, sources told Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger and Pat Forde.

Big 12 presidents could reportedly approve the admission during their next meeting on Sept. 10.

The conference holds the eight votes required to approve the expansion.

The news comes just weeks after Texas and Oklahoma both accepted admission into the SEC. The soon-to-be-former members of the Big 12 are not expected to leave the conference until 2025; leaving the league prior to the expiration of the grant-of-rights agreement in 2024 could potentially cost each school upward of $100 million.

If the plan for approval goes as planned, new members would reportedly be able to join as soon as 2023 and no later than 2024. This would mean that the Big 12 would see its membership increase to 14 before the Longhorns and Sooners depart.

UCF, Houston, and Cincinnati would need to provide the AAC with a 27-month notice of their intention to leave, as well as pay a $10 million exit fee. An earlier departure would likely require a higher fee. BYU, which operates as an independent in football, must notify the WCC its other sports intend to leave.

With the addition of four new institutions, the Big 12 would be able to retain its status among the Power 5. Inclusion among a group of conferences such as the Big Ten, ACC, and SEC allows the Big 12 to have a voice in decision-making and retain its tie-in to postseason bowl games.

Cubs’ Ross, Hoyer test positive for COVID-19; Green ejected

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs manager David Ross and president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer have tested positive for COVID-19.

A spokesman for the team said Ross and Hoyer are feeling fine in isolation. Both of them are vaccinated.

Ross and Hoyer likely will have to stay away from the team for at least 10 days, though Major League Baseball has made exceptions for individuals cleared by its medical experts, based on not being infectious.

Bench coach Andy Green will run the team while Ross is away, but he was ejected by second base umpire Tom Hallion in the sixth inning of Friday’s 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Green went out to second to try to get the umpires to review Kevin Newman’s slide on a potential double play that turned into a throwing error on Cubs shortstop Sergio Alcantara, bringing home a run. Green spiked his hat after he was thrown out, and then continued his argument with Hallion before departing to a round of cheers from the crowd at Wrigley Field.

“That conversation didn’t go the direction I was hoping it would go,” Green said, “and it got a little heated.”

Green wasn’t sure who managed the team after he was ejected. He guessed pitching coach Tommy Hottovy.

“I didn’t stick around to find out. … At this point in time, your guess is as good as mine,” he said.

Green said before the game that Ross’ close contacts had been tested and there were no other positive COVID-19 tests within the clubhouse.

Pitcher Alec Mills said he heard about Ross and Hoyer when he arrived at the ballpark.

“When we got in, it was like `Hey, this has happened. Let’s just kind of be super diligent about social distancing, wearing our mask when we need to,’ kind of thing like that,” he said. “But, at the same time, you know, I think, I’m vaccinated, I’m going to let the science work. So obviously take the precautions necessary, but just go out and pitch and do what I need to do for my job.”

Nets sign Aldridge to 1-year, $2.6M contract

The Brooklyn Nets signed seven-time All-Star center LaMarcus Aldridge to a one-year, $2.6-million contract, his agent Jeff Schwartz told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Aldridge retired five months ago because of heart concerns, but he’s since been medically cleared to play, Schwartz said.

The 36-year-old appeared in five games with the Nets in 2020-21, averaging 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He should provide head coach Steve Nash with another weapon on a talented squad that already features Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden.

Aldridge averaged more than 19 points and eight boards per game over his 15 NBA seasons before joining the Nets last year.

The signing comes after the Nets reportedly traded DeAndre Jordan to the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

Brooklyn also waived forward Alize Johnson in a separate transaction on Friday, the team announced.

NHL reaches agreement to send players to Olympics in Beijing

(AP) — The NHL is set to return to the Olympics in Beijing this winter after reaching an agreement with international officials, though the league and players have the opportunity to withdraw if pandemic circumstances warrant.

The NHL, its players’ union, the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation struck a deal Friday that will put the best players in the world back on sports’ biggest stage in February after they skipped the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

“It was not easy, but we did it,” IIHF president Rene Fasel told The Associated Press by phone. “I’m really, really happy. When you see the last was 2014, and they would wait until 2026, so you have 12 years in between – that means we have a generation of hockey players that would not be able to play in the Olympics.”

Even after the NHL and players agreed to Olympic participation as part of a long-term extension of the collective bargaining agreement last summer, the coronavirus pandemic and related costs threatened to shelve that possibility. Instead, the sides figured it out, allowing for the league or players to withdraw if virus circumstances change for the worse or there’s an outbreak during the season.

As long as that does not happen, NHL players will compete in the Olympic men’s hockey tournament for the sixth time in seven chances dating to 1998.

“We understand how passionately NHL players feel about representing and competing for the countries,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. “We are very pleased that we were able to conclude arrangements that will allow them to resume best on best on the Olympic stage.”

COVID-19 insurance is not part of the agreement, though Fasel confirmed the IIHF will provide a $5 million fund for any lost salary because of the disease. Vaccinations are expected to be required, and players will have their contracts insured for injury.

U.S. coach Mike Sullivan called returning to the Olympics “such an exciting time for hockey.”

He is not alone in that thinking.

Reigning NHL MVP Connor McDavid played for an under-23 “Team North America” at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and has yet to play for Canada in a tournament of the world’s best men’s hockey players.

“Just to be able to represent Canada at the Olympics and compete for a gold medal would be an absolute dream come true,” McDavid told the AP this week. “It’s kind of been a long time since we’ve been able to play best on best internationally. I think for me, and I think for a lot of guys that were on that team, it’s been a long time coming. We’re obviously looking forward to going to the Olympics if we’re all lucky enough to make it.”

NHL to punish unvaccinated players more harshly this season

(AP) — The NHL plans to punish unvaccinated players more harshly if they test positive for the coronavirus as part of new protocols for the upcoming season.

Teams will be able to suspend unvaccinated players without pay if they cannot participate in hockey activities as part of the protocols, according to a person with knowledge of the new rules. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the protocols had not been announced.

Fully vaccinated players will have any COVID-19 positives treated as hockey injuries and still be paid. Coaches and other team staff who closely interact with players are required to be fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated players also will have their movements restricted when on the road. There will still be regular coronavirus testing for vaccinated players.

League officials estimated that between 90 and 95% of players are fully vaccinated or will be before training camps begin later this month. The season begins Oct. 12.

Teams were informed this week of the rules for 2021-22, which were first reported by Sportsnet in Canada. It’s not clear yet how crossing the U.S.-Canada border will affect the season.

The NHL realigned last season to take the border out of the equation until late in the playoffs. The seven Canada-based teams only faced off against each other, and the 24 in the U.S. played a division-only 56-game schedule.

When the Canadiens faced Vegas and Tampa Bay in the final two rounds, players and staff traveling back and forth were put in a quarantined bubble when in Montreal, as part of an agreement with the Canadian federal government. The NHL held the entire 2020 playoffs in bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, because of low virus case rates in those cities at the time.

Spanish teen Alcaraz upends No. 3 Tsitsipas in 5 at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) Until now, 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz has exhibited enough promise and precociousness to make people think he eventually could succeed Rafael Nadal as Spain’s top tennis player. On Friday at the U.S. Open, with a dramatic five-set victory over No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alcaraz showed why he’s been getting so much attention already.

With a tenacity to match his talent, and boosted by a rowdy Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd a tad tired of Tsitsipas’ penchant for taking lengthy breaks between sets, Alcaraz won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 0-6, 7-6 (5) in just over four hours to become the youngest man in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows since a couple of guys named Pete Sampras and Michael Chang in 1989.

“This victory means a lot to me. This is the best match of my career. The best win,” said the 55th-ranked Alcaraz, who was participating in only his 10th Grand Slam contest. “Dream come true for me.”

He made sure during his on-court interview at Arthur Ashe Stadium to thank the fans, who are making up for last year’s absence – no spectators were allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic then, but it’s full capacity now – with plenty of noise. They chanted “Let’s go, Carlos!” They rose to their feet for ovations at various points, including right before the concluding tiebreaker, with Alcaraz waving his arms to request, and receive, even more support.

“He can be a contender for Grand Slam titles,” said Tsitsipas, the runner-up at the French Open this year. “He has the game to be there.”

At night in Ashe, four-time major champion Naomi Osaka was scheduled to face 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez.

In earlier action, three women with multiple major titles each – Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber – pulled out three-set victories to advance to Week 2.

Muguruza got past Victoria Azarenka, a three-time U.S. Open runner-up including a year ago, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 and next faces French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova. Kerber, who won the title in New York in 2016, defeated 2017 champ Sloane Stephens 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. And Halep was a 7-6 (11), 4-6, 6-3 winner over Elena Rybakina.

Halep said during her on-court interview that it was good to be playing this late in the U.S. Open for the first time in three years. Her brother sent her a message saying she actually hadn’t been to the fourth round since 2016.

“I correct it now,” she said during her news conference.

Alcaraz showed off so many skills against Tsitsipas. Big cuts off both wings, so big that this was the assessment offered by Tsitsipas: “I’ve never seen someone hit the ball so hard.” And that was backed up by the stats, none more remarkable than the one showing that Alcaraz finished with 45 winners off forehands and backhands, compared with 14 for Tsitsipas.

There was more. So much more. A serve with some pop, reaching 134 mph. Returns that were too much to handle. And drop shots. So many drop shots, some of which claimed points outright, others of which laid the groundwork for a lob or a just-the-right-angle passing winner. Alcaraz even won one point with the help of a back-to-the-net, through-the-legs tweener.

Cantlay keeps lead at East Lake as Rahm has 65 to close gap

ATLANTA (AP) For the second day in a row, no one had a better score than Jon Rahm at the Tour Championship. That’s just what he needed to make up ground on Patrick Cantlay going into a weekend chase for $15 million.

Rahm birdied his last three holes Friday for a 5-under 65. Cantlay birdied his last two holes for a bogey-free 66 to keep one shot ahead.

It’s not quite a two-man race for the FedEx Cup with 36 holes still to play at East Lake, though it was shaping up as a possibility. Bryson DeChambeau was the next closest player, and his 67 lost ground Friday. He was six shots behind.

“We definitely feed off each other,” Rahm said. “And that’s probably why you see the difference in the scoreboard right now.”

Cantlay looked as though he was protecting a lead, often playing to the fat of the green. That was more a product of showing respect to an East Lake course that punishes even slight misses on the wrong side of the hole. He hit 16 of 18 greens, and only twice did he have par putts from about the 5-foot range.

“I’m playing really well, and I think I’m playing the golf course the right way,” Cantlay said.

Cantlay started the Tour Championship at 10-under par because he was the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup. Rahm began four shots back.

Asked if the idea was to chip away at the lead, Rahm replied, “What other strategy is there?”

“As soon as we teed off, that didn’t matter,” he said of the four-shot deficit. “There’s a lot of golf to be played, even now.”

The reason for Cantlay’s pre-tournament advantage was because of last week at Caves Valley.

Cantlay and Rahm played in the final threesome, along with DeChambeau, going into the weekend at the BMW Championship. Cantlay finished 66-66 and won in a playoff. Rahm closed with 70-70 and tied for ninth, dropping to the No. 4 seed.

That now seems long ago.

The Tour Championship, to a degree, feels normal now.

Cantlay was at 17 under. He and Rahm will be in the final group again.

DeChambeau had more work to do, as did Justin Thomas, who made two bogeys and failed to birdie the par-5 18th in his round of 67. He was seven behind.

“A place like this, there’s not really a lead that’s safe with how tough it it can play,” Thomas said. “But at the end of the day, I can’t worry about what the other guys are doing. I just have to go out and try to make some birdies and stop making mistakes.”

Harris English made his share of mistakes with five bogeys in his round of 69, leaving him in the large group at 9 under.

So did Jordan Spieth. He was going for his fourth straight birdie to get right in the mix, facing a 10-foot putt on the 13th hole. He three-putted, lost momentum and shot a 67. Spieth, Rory McIlroy (66) and Louis Oosthuizen (67) were at 8 under.

Gone are the low scores from the opening FedEx Cup playoff events, at rain-soaked Liberty Natitonal and Caves Valley, where players at each course had a putt at 59. The best anyone has managed at East Lake, still slightly soft from rain and a light breeze, had been a 65.

So it’s tougher for players to make up a lot of ground unless the leaders come back, and there has been little indication Cantlay and Rahm are going to do that.

Cantlay had plenty of looks at birdie, and didn’t hear many calls of “Patty Ice” because not many of those putts were going in. He got up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 sixth. His wedge into the 13th spun back to an inch of the cup.

Rahm holed a 35-foot putt from off the green at the 13th, gave it back with a bad drive to the right on the next hole, and then closed the gap to one shot with a 10-foot birdie on the 16th.

The final two holes felt like a duel, even for a lazy Friday afternoon.

Rahm poured in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th, and Cantlay matched his birdie from 15 feet, the first time he had made a putt longer than 5 feet all day.

On the closing hole, Rahm blasted out of the front bunker to tap-in range. Cantlay chipped down the slope and with the grain – one of the few times he was out of position – and watched it trail off 8 feet from the hole. He made that to regain the lead.

“When you have somebody like him who played a round with very few mistakes – you could argue that it could have been a lot lower – it only motivates me to keep doing a little bit better,” Rahm said. “Even though I want to focus on myself, you know he’s not going to let up and he keeps putting it in the fairway and on the green and in the fairway and on the green.

“It can raise your playing level a little bit,” he said, “as well as me raising his level when I’m making birdies.”


Castillo Launches First Triple-A Homer in Loss


INDIANAPOLIS – Hunter Owen launched his 16th home run of the season and Diego Castillo followed with his first in Triple-A, but the Indianapolis Indians fell short of the Iowa Cubs on Friday night, 9-7.

Facing a 9-6 deficit in the ninth inning, Diego Castillo hit a leadoff home run off Brendon Little (S, 1) to score his second run of the night. It was just his third game played with the Indians since being promoted from Double-A Altoona on Tuesday.

After a back-and-forth battle through the first three innings, a two-run, two-out single off the bat of starting pitcher Cory Abbott (W, 2-6) gave the I-Cubs (44-62) a lead they would never relinquish. MLB rehabber Willson Contreras followed the frame with a solo home run in the fifth, his second home run of the series, to take a 4-2 lead.

A leadoff triple by Johneshwy Fargas sparked the I-Cubs five-run seventh frame to plate insurance runs for the win. Tyler Ladendorf and Levi Jordan each recorded RBI doubles in the frame.

The Indians (50-55) put up four runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh inning to cut Iowa’s lead. Jared Oliva also led off the bottom half with a triple, his third of the year, and Owen then capped the frame with a three-run long ball.

Starter Cam Vieaux exited the game with two outs in the second inning after being hit in the foot with a comebacker. Matt Eckelman (L, 2-5) entered in relief and allowed three runs (one earned) in 2.1 innings.

The Indians will look to retake the series lead on Saturday night at 7:05 PM ET. RHP James Marvel (4-6, 5.60) will take the mound against RHP Matt Swarmer (3-6, 5.40).

PURDUE MBB // Duo Earns First Preseason All-American Awards

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In what will likely be the first of many preseason awards, Purdue men’s basketball players Jaden Ivey and Trevion Williams have been named a preseason All-American by Athlon Sports.

Purdue joins Gonzaga and UCLA as the only programs to have two players named to Athlon’s All-American teams, a total of 15 players on three teams.

Ivey, a 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore guard from South Bend, Indiana, was tabbed to the second team after an outstanding freshman campaign. He was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. However, over the last six contests a year ago, Ivey averaged 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 37-of-79 (.468) from the field in that span. He scored 26 points against North Texas, the second-most ever by a Big Ten freshman in an NCAA Tournament debut.

Williams, a 6-foot, 10-inch senior forward from Chicago, was named to the third team after being a first-team All-Big Ten selection and being one of five finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award given to the nation’s top center after averaging 15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He owned 11 double-doubles and his six 20-10 games were the third-most nationally for a major-college player. He also became just the ninth Big Ten player in the last 30 years to average at least 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game and was one of six players nationally this year to reach those marks.

The Purdue duo was joined by three other Big Ten representatives on the three teams. Kofi Cockburn (Illinois) and Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana) were named to the first team, while Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell was a second-team selection.

Irish Fall To #16 Kentucky, 1-0

LEXINGTON, Ky.  — Notre Dame dropped a tough 1-0 decision to No. 16 Kentucky in its road opener on Friday night at Bell Soccer Center.

The Irish struggled to create good scoring chances over the 90 minutes. Notre Dame goalkeeper Bryan Dowd recorded four saves on the night.


The Irish and Wildcats battled to a 0-0 score after the opening 45 minutes of play at Bell Soccer Complex on Friday evening.

Kentucky had the best chance of the first half, launching a counter off a Notre Dame corner. The Wildcats had a one-on-one with Bryan Dowd, the Irish keeper, but Dowd made an excellent kick save to deny the hosts and keep the game scoreless.

Neither side had great looks at goal over the opening 20 minutes of the second half. The Wildcats found the breakthrough goal in the 70th minute off a long throw. The ball fell just in front of the goal and Kentucky managed to knock it over the line off a scramble to go on top 1-0.

The Irish put plenty of pressure on the Wildcats over the final 20 minutes of play but were unable to find the equalizer.


On the performance…

“A disappointing game tonight for us. Credit to Kentucky as they came out with more intensity than us to start the game. We got going in the second half a little bit but then they found the goal. We responded very well after the goal, but we need to compete like that from the first whistle. We will be better from this.”


The Irish open up ACC play on the road, as they travel to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, to take on Boston College at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 10. The match will air on ACCNX.

Butler VB Wins Game 1 of the Chippewa Invitational


The Butler women’s volleyball team opened up the second weekend of the season with a win over Youngstown State in Game 1 of the Chippewa Invitational. The Bulldogs (2-2) won 3-1 over the Penguins (1-3), taking every set except for a closely contested third.

Set 1: Butler 25-16

Butler got out to a 10-5 lead thanks to early kills from Madison Friebel, Mariah Grunze, Funmi Oladapo and Melody Davidson. An ace from Caroline Cleveland combined with a pair of kills from Grunze and Davidson expanded the Bulldog lead to 16-9 later in the set. Youngstown State rallied back to cut the lead down to two at 17-15 and then 18-16, but would get no closer as Butler scored the final seven points of the set on Hannah Kelly’s serve, where she nailed two aces including one to clinch the set.

Set 2: Butler 25-20

After dropping the first point of the set, the Bulldogs came back to take a 6-2 lead. Oladapo recorded two kills in the early run as part of her breakout game. Youngstown State tied it back up at 7-7 and the score stayed close until Butler made a run after the set was tied at 11. In her first match of the season, Brittany Robinson punctuated the streak with a kill to give the Bulldogs a 16-12 lead. Melody Davidson led the way from there, picking up four kills to close out the set.

Set 3: Youngstown State 25-22

Kills by Grunze, Robinson and Friebel got the Bulldogs out to a quick 3-0 lead, but the Penguins answered with a 6-0 run to take a three-point lead. Butler rallied back and Davidson hit back-to-back kills to take a 9-8 lead. Youngstown State then went on another 6-0 run to regain the lead, but the Bulldogs fought back to tie the set at 16 with a nice 5-0 run of their own. The Penguins then took a 19-16 lead which they wouldn’t relinquish. Butler got within one once at 21-20 but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Set 4: Butler 25-20

Back-to-back kills by Robinson followed by one from Davidson got the Bulldogs out to another 3-0 lead. Davidson later recorded the kill on three consecutive Butler points to make the score 14-10, and then Amina Shackelford recorded back-to-back kills of her own, and Grunze hit an ace to give the Bulldogs a 17-11 lead. Butler cruised from there with Shackelford hitting another set of back-to-back kills to clinch the match.

Stat of the Match:

Jaymeson Kinley collected 31 digs against the Penguins, which will increase her digs per set average that was already among the BIG EAST and national leaders coming into the match (5.27).

Inside the Box Score:

Davidson recorded a cool .405 attack percentage with 17 kills and two errors on 37 swings.

Friebel had 41 assists and 11 digs for another double-double.

Grunze posted 12 kills and eight digs.

Robinson put up nine kills and 10 digs in her first game of the season.

Oladapo set a new career-high in kills with seven on 13 attempts and added two block assists.

Up Next:

Butler will face the host Central Michigan Chippewas at 7:30 p.m. on Friday for their second game of the invitational before a matchup with North Dakota at noon on Saturday.

BUTLER FOOTBALL: Butler Football Opens 2021 Season at Illinois State


INDIANAPOLIS – College football is back! The Butler Bulldogs will face the Illinois State Redbirds on Saturday night at 7:30 PM. Fans can watch the game on the Marquee Sports Network or stream it on ESPN 3.

Bulldog Bits

– Yogi Flager was named to the HERO Sports’ 2020-21 Freshman All-America Team.

– Flager, Johnny O’Shea and Skyler Spetter represented BU as Second Team All-Pionner League selections.

– Aguilar, Caselberry, Purlee, Samuels, Scott and Wadas were tabbed PFL honorable mention.

– Bryan Bystol and Colton Ruhland were named Academic PFL First Team.

– Butler did not allow a 100-yard receiver last year.

– Kavon Samules led BU in rushing attempts (104) and receptions (28) last season.

– Nick Orlando was used as a QB, RB, WR and PR during the spring 2021 season.

– Butler will host the top three teams in the PFL Preseason Coaches Poll this season.

– Butler returns 39 of the 44 players that were listed on the 2-Deep depth chart last year for Week 1 of the regular season.

– QB Sam Brown will miss the 2021 season with an injury. QB Bret Bushka is slated to make the first start of his collegiate career.

PFL Schedule – Week 1

Butler at Illinois State   

Robert Morris at Dayton

Marist at Georgetown

Morehead State at James Madison

Valparaiso at Indiana Wesleyan

SCOUTING ILLINOIS STATE: The Redbirds were picked seventh in the MVC Preseason Poll. Indianapolis native Bryce Jefferson (Decatur Central) will be under center at the start of the 2021 fall campaign for head coach Brock Spack. This spring, Jefferson completed 54 passes for 640 yards over four games. He also handed the ball off to Pha’leak Brown, a MVC All-Newcomer Team selection that led the team with 271 rushing yards. Jefferson’s top target this spring was tight end Tanner Taula. A 6-6 junior, Taula led the team with 13 receptions for 122 yards.

Fullback Timothy McCloyn II earned a spot on the MVC Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. Punter JT Bohlken is also on the preseason watch list for the 2021 FCS Punter of the Year Award.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Illinois State is 2-0 all-time against Butler. The first-ever meeting was played in Indianapolis during the 1949 season. Illinois State won that game 14-0. The Redbirds hosted the action in 2017. The season opener went down as a 45-0 victory for the home team.

Tony Hinkle was the Butler football head coach in 1949 when the Bulldogs hosted the Redbirds.

HANCOCK STADIUM: The Redbirds are 35-8 at Hancock Stadium since the 2013 renovation. The new look features field turf and seating capacity for 13,391 fans.

Redbird alum James Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars) ran for 4,444 yards over his four-year career at Illinois State (2016-19). He ran for 256 yards vs. Youngstown State in 2019 to set a new individual rushing record in the new venue.

STOP THE RUN: During the spring season (four games) the Redbirds rushed the ball 172 times and only dropped back to pass 110 times. QB Bryce Jefferson is a dual threat rushing for 209 yards on 48 carries.

Butler only allowed one 100-yard rusher last season (Valpariso 2x – Robert Washington).

2021 TEAM CAPTAINS: Bret Bushka, Devin Aguilar, Jordan Caselberry, Johnny O’Shea, and Trevor Scott will represent the Bulldogs as captains during the 2021 season.

Aguilar and Scott were both captains for Butler during the 2021 spring season.

START STRONG: Kavon Samuels rushed for a career-high 117 yards in the first game of the 2021 spring season. It was his first 100-yard rushing performance at Butler. His second 100-yard game came three weeks later vs. Morehead State (104 yards).

Samuels rushed the ball 20 times in the opener vs. Valpo. He set a new career-high with 25 attempts in the contest vs. MSU.

COACH VORIS: Head Coach Jeff Voris enters his 16th season at Butler. He has recorded 77 wins since taking over the program in 2006.

Voris added three members to the coaching staff this summer. Kenny-Ray Augustus (DL), Austin Taylor (TE) and Jacob White (DB).

WIDE RECEIVER WEAPON: Johnny O’Shea set career-high totals the last time he was on the field. He caught eight passes for 108 yards against Morehead State before missing the final two games of the year due to an injury.

O’Shea has caught at least three passes in seven-straight games.

TEAM AWARD WINNERS: The Bulldogs handed out team awards after the completion of the 2021 spring season. Offensive MVP honors went to Kavon Samuels. The Defensive MVP award went to Isaac Kolosik and the Specials Teams MVP was AJ Deinhart

Battle of the Trenches Awards went to Jordan Caselberry on the defensive line and Skyler Spetter on the offensive line.

UP NEXT: Butler will host DePauw on Saturday, Sept. 11. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 PM.

Butler leads the all-time series against DePauw 44-13-3. Head Coach Jeff Voris and Defensive Coordinator Joe Cheshire both played football at DePauw.

INDIANA STATE W GOLF: Sycamores start the 2021 fall schedule at the Redbird Invitational


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State women’s golf program will tee off the 2021-22 season this weekend at the Redbird Invitational held at the Weibring Golf Club in Normal, Ill.

The 54-hole tournament will be played on the campus of Illinois State University as the Sycamores prepare for their 11th season under the helm of head coach Greg Towne. Indiana State is looking to get back on the course and competing this season after wrapping up the 2021 MVC Championships with an eighth-place result.

The Sycamores lineup this weekend features All-Conference selection Lauren Green, while a tough battle through this week’s qualifying put Chelsea Morrow, Kristen Hobbs, Iyoun Chew, and Molly Lee into the mix in the first tournament of the fall.

Head Coach Greg Towne is looking forward to his team getting back into the competition mindset and utilizing this fall season as an opportunity to prepare for the spring.

“Fall is a time to grow, learn, be curious and see what you can figure out,” Towne said. “Some of our players weren’t able to play this offseason due to various COVID restrictions internationally, but everyone showed up in really good shape. Everyone has been in our system for at least a year now and we’ve had several athletes embrace the challenge. We’re going to make them think a lot, process faster, and build toward a good season.”

Green headlines the group heading into the 2021-22 season. The Merseyside, England native paced the Sycamores with a 78.13 stroke average on the year and put together a pair of top-10 finishes to go with her top-five result at the conference tournament. Green’s final-round 77 paced all players in the final round of the postseason tournament as the now-junior battled the elements to finish among the conference leaders. Her accolades continued in the postseason as she earned MVC Scholar-Athlete team honors for the second consecutive season.

Kristen Hobbs and Chelsea Morrow stood out in the early qualifying for the Sycamores with the duo expected to see time in the lineup this season. Hobbs is coming off a season where she averaged 82.25 strokes per event as a true sophomore while seeing time in the lineup in all 16 events.

Morrow also came on strong throughout the 2020-21 season and posted the second-lowest stroke total on the roster throughout the year. Her 80.13 strokes per round knocked off over three strokes from her freshman score, while her low-round 74 at the ISU Invitational tied for the team’s lowest round on the season.

The offseason was particularly challenging for the international players on the Sycamores roster this summer with courses locked down due to COVID concerns. However, Iyoun Chew and Molly Lee have quickly shaken off any rust heading into the fall campaign.

Chew is back on the roster looking to build off a strong first-year campaign that saw her line up in all 16 rounds while averaging 83.94 strokes per round. She capped her 2020-21 season finishing third on the team and 33rd overall in the field at the MVC Championships and tied her lowest round of the season (79) over the first round at the conference championships.

Lee turned in cards in seven rounds in the 2020-21 season with a season-best round 76 coming in the first round of the ISU Invitational. The Kahsiung, Taiwan native has also thrown her hat into the ring for an opportunity to see action on the course this season with the entire roster competing for playing time on the travel roster this year.

First up, for the Sycamores will be a strong test as Indiana State will compete in a field that will feature a nine Missouri Valley Conference teams. It will be one of the few events this year that the Sycamores will get to see a majority of their conference competition as the tournament jumpstarts the 2021-22 golf schedule.

The Sycamores will continue on the road at the Austin Peay Invite on September 27-28, the Butler Invitational on October 4-5, and the Ozarks Invitational on Oct. 18-20 to wrap up the fall schedule.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s golf team will open its 2021-2022 season this week when the Jaguars participate in the Hoosier Collegiate Invite at IU’s Pfau Golf Course. Play will begin with 36 holes of continuous play on Sunday (Sept. 5), followed by a single round on Labor Day (Sept. 6).

Head coach Jamie Broce will start the year with a young lineup as three Jags will make their collegiate debuts and the other two in the lineup are sophomores. After a seven round team qualifier, sophomore Taylor Gardner earned the No. 1 spot after closing his freshman year with a 74.79 scoring average and one top-10 finish. Behind him, freshmen Sam McWilliams, Morgan Tournemire and Colten Girgis earned lineup positions, as did sophomore Josh Yoder. Yoder ended his rookie campaign with an 80.25 stroke average as a true freshman.

IUPUI’s six returners from last season, Gardner, Yoder, Brock Aten, Matthew Baxter, Preston Nanthavong and Kevin Tillery, have played a combined 111 collegiate rounds entering this season. Baxter accounts for 53 of those rounds and owns a 76.13 career scoring average.

FORMAT: The event will be a 5-count-4 format with teams scheduled for 36 holes on Sunday (Sept. 5) and 18 on Monday (Sept. 6). Play will start with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday and tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m. off hole Nos. 1 and 10 on Monday (Sept. 6).

THE COURSE: The Pfau Golf Course is set to play par 71, 7,265 yards this week. Opened in 2020, The Pfau Course was remade on the property that previously occupied the IU Championship Course, the par-3 course and IU Cross Country Course since the 1950s. The new design offers a unique, world-class layout that combines forest, open space and forest edges for a superior test.

THE FIELD: The field consists of Ball State, Bradley, Butler, Cincinnati, Evansville, Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana, IUPUI, Lipscomb, Loyola Chicago, Memphis, Miami (OH), North Alabama and Valparaiso.

RANKINGS: IUPUI finished last season ranked No. 249 according to Golfstat and No. 257 by Golfweek.


    No. 1 – Taylor Gardner (74.79 average / 14 career rounds)

    No. 2 – Sam McWilliams (collegiate debut)

    No. 3 – Morgan Tournemire (collegiate debut)

    No. 4 – Colten Girgis (collegiate debut)

    No. 5 – Josh Yoder (80.25 average / 8 career rounds)

LAST TIME OUT: IUPUI closed the 2021 spring season tied for sixth of 10 teams at the Horizon League Championships with a 54-hole 926 (309-303-314) in West Lafayette, Ind. Gardner collected a top-5 finish at 4-over 220 (72-71-77) at Kampen Golf Course.

UP NEXT: IUPUI will return to action on Sept. 17-18 when the Jaguars trek to Muncie, Ind., to compete in the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, hosted by Ball State.



INDIANAPOLIS – A strong second half attack from the Marian women’s soccer team propeled the Knights to a 3-1 victory over Vanguard University Friday afternoon at St. Vincent Field, as Marian earned their third win of the year. Marian lead 1-0 at the half, but after allowing a goal in the 56th minute, the Knights found a second gear late with Jacelyn Smith scoring the game-winning goal. Marian’s win improves their non-conference record to 3-1 this season.

Marian started on the attack early in the first half, putting up their first shot of the afternoon in the fourth minute with Madison Deckard getting off the early attack. Marian continued to press, possessing in Vanguard’s defensive half for the majority of the opening 10 minutes, finding another shot as well as a corner kick. The Lions would counter in the 13th minute picking up a corner kick, but Marian’s defense against the set piece was executed perfectly as a header sailed wide.

After going back on the attack, Marian’s offense came away with the game’s first goal, striking in the 26th minute. Jacelyn Smith gained possession of the ball on the defensive half of midfield, and struck a long pass ahead for Allie Schlom. Schlom gathered the ball 40 yards away from the net, and used her speed to get into position before launching a shot from the top of the box, sailing the kick over the keeper to give Marian the 1-0 lead. Marian kept pressing through the physical Vanguard defense and earned three more shots before the end of the half, holding their lead as well as a 7-2 advantage on shot attempts at intermission.

In the second half, Vanguard shifted their tatics, and immediately picked up their offensive attack launching a shot at Noelle Rolfsen just 65 seconds after the restart. Rolfsen and the back line of Knight defenders made the Lions attack difficult, blocking a pair of shots while clearing three corner kicks in a three minute span. The Lions continued the pressure into the 55th minute, and after a corner kick was deflected toward the middle of the pitch, Madelyn Diaz played a ball for Kelsey Bryant, who turned and fired a left-footed strike for the equalizer, tying the game with 35 minutes remaining in the half.

Marian reset their approach and had multiple attacks as they turned to find a go-ahead goal, and had a pair of chances from Smith with under 20 minutes to play, but both attacks from the junior were either blocked or saved by Jayleen Casillas. Drew Mason also had a chance for the go-ahead goal, but was unable to convert on an open look from Erin Oleksak. The attack continued for the Knights, and just two minutes after the Mason shot, Oleksak played a pass ahead for Smith, who was able to gather the ball and slam the go-ahead goal.

Looking to close strong, Marian kept the pressure on Vanguard, and in the 86th minute added an insurance goal. Oleksak started the play by hitting a shot off the Lions keeper, with the ball rolling toward the net. Madison Deckard followed the ball and put away the goal, notching the goal with 4:48 remaining in the match to seal the win.

Marian took 18 shots as a team in the win, doubling Vanguard who ended the match with nine shots. Smith took a team-high six shots for Marian, adding a goal and an assist. Deckard and Oleksak each took four shots, with Deckard scoring once while Oleksak notched two assists. Schlom took three shots while adding her second goal of the season. In goal for Marian, Noelle Rolfsen made four saves while allowing one goal, earning her third win of the season.

Marian will continue their season on Saturday, traveling to Bourbonnais, Ill. to play in the Olivet Nazarene Labor Day Tournament. The Knights will take on Governors State in their first match of the weekend, starting at 4 PM ET.

Kasey Lilly and Tyler Green Lead ‘Dons on First Day of EKU Intercollegiate

RICHMOND, Ky. – Kasey Lilly and Tyler Green of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team led the Mastodons with a pair of 141’s (+1) on the opening day of the EKU Intercollegiate.

Purdue Fort Wayne is four shots ahead of the only other Horizon League team in the field: Northern Kentucky.

Lilly opened his day with a 72 (+2) before carding a 69 (-1) on the second 18. In his first round, he saw birdie putts drop on holes four and eight, both mid-range par 4’s. He also made a birdie on the 377-yard 10th hole before finishing his round with a pair of pars. In round two, he started with birdies on 13 and 14. He carded another birdie on the par-3 seventh hole. He finished his round with a birdie on the 556-yard 12th. With 18 holes to play, Lilly is in a tie for 15th with his teammate Green.

In his first action as a Mastodon, Green had an even 70 and a 1-over 71. In round one, the Ball State transfer birdied four holes in his opening 18: three, five, 10 and 15. After completing his first round, he parred the first four holes of his second. Green had a bogey-free front nine on his second go-around, with a birdie on the par-4 first and eight straight pars. He also finished his day with a birdie on 12.

Brett Seward, also in his first tournament with the ‘Dons, found three birdies in a row on the front nine. His 33 on the front paced him for a 72 (+2) in his first round and a 74 in his second. Seward’s second round was highlighted by birdies on holes one, six and 18. He is in a tie for 49th place.

With a birdie on 18 and 13 pars in his opening round, Jadden Ousley shot a 73-79-152. In round two, he turned in a birdie on the par-5 12th to go along with nine pars. His first round of 73 was a career-best.

Luke Miller rounded out the ‘Dons’ lineup with a 75-78-153. In his opening round, he got a birdie to fall on the 453-yard par-4 ninth. After the break, he had two birdies on the front, taking flight on the 379-yard first and 348-yard fourth.

As a team, the Mastodons are in 12th of 16 teams with a score of 287-292-579. Western Carolina is in the lead with a 550 (-10) team score, led by Jake Peacock and Kyle Kushnir. The pair shot 134 (-6) each.

The final round of the EKU Intercollegiate will take place tomorrow, Saturday, September 4 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

‘Dons Drop Opening Match of Discover Kalamazoo Classic to SEMO

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball dropped its opening match of the Discover Kalamazoo Classic with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-18) loss to Southeast Missouri on Friday, September 3.

The Mastodons and Redhawks both struggled to get their offenses rolling early on. SEMO hit .045 in the opening frame and was the better of the two squads. Ramei Jackson, Katie Crowe and Sidney Schiller each had two kills in the first set.

Maggie Castleman came alive in the second set, hammering down six of her eight swings. The ‘Dons held close with the Redhawks early, trailing just 14-12 near the halfway mark. SEMO went on a 5-0 run from this point, however, sealing the set. Purdue Fort Wayne did hold off five set points thanks to kills from Castleman, Crowe and Viviana Lefherz.

The ‘Dons went on a 4-0 spurt coming out of the break between sets two and three, but the Redhawks quickly dispelled the lead with a 5-0 run of their own. The two teams were tied as late as 11-all, but SEMO had a 5-1 stretch from which the ‘Dons never bounced back.

Rachael Crucis had 14 digs to lead the match. Crowe had nine kills and eight digs.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 0-4, while Southeast Missouri improves to 4-1. The ‘Dons will take the floor in University Arena again tomorrow, Saturday, September 4, to play Big Ten foe Indiana.

Cross Country Begins Season with Winrow Open

The Valparaiso University cross country program opened the season on Friday by hosting the program’s annual home meet, the Winrow Open at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso. The Valpo men’s team was paced by junior Eric Carothers (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern), while the Valpo women were led by sophomore Grace Aurand (Highland, Ind. / Highland).

How It Happened

Carothers clocked a time of 18:55.6 in the men’s 6K. He finished in the top 20 in a competitive field of teams that featured national powerhouse Notre Dame as well as Purdue and Green Bay.

Carothers was followed closely by senior Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (San Juan, P.R. / American Military Academy), who also enjoyed a top-20 performance in the strong field. He stopped the clock at 19:15.7.

In the women’s 5K, Aurand’s time of 19:41 led the Beacons with an 18th-place finish. She was followed by sophomore Joely Overstreet (Genoa, Ill. / Genoa-Kingston), who joined her in the Top 20 with a time of 19:47.1. Senior Alaina Carpenter (Grandville, Mich. / Grandville) rounded out a trio of Valpo runners in the Top 20 with a 19:49.3.

Valpo outdid Green Bay for third in the team standings on the men’s side. Notre Dame topped the team competition on the men’s side, while the Purdue women captured the team crown.

Up Next

Valpo will return to action on Friday, Sept. 17 to compete in the Illinois State Invite in Normal, Ill.

Valpo Football Announces Fall 2021 Captains

The Valparaiso University football team has announced five captains for the Fall 2021 season. Fifth-year senior long snapper / running back Doug Haugh (Redlands, Calif. / Redlands Senior), senior wide receiver Ollie Reese (Franklin, Tenn. / Battle Ground), senior running back Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]), redshirt sophomore linebacker Evan Annis (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson) and fifth-year senior Nathan Orlandini (Columbus, Ohio / Upper Arlington) have been elected team captains by their peers.

Haugh earned Spring 2021 All-PFL Honorable Mention at the long snapper position and received the team’s Four-Year Man Award. He has also served as the team’s community service liaison and earned National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society membership for his academic performance.

Reese garnered 2019 All-PFL Honorable Mention after leading the team in receptions (34), receiving yards (545) and receiving touchdowns (five). He is entering his third year as a starter.

Washington was named the PFL Offensive Player of the Year following the Spring 2021 season, when he also earned Valparaiso University Male Athlete of the Year and was a unanimous All-PFL First Team choice. He ranked eighth nationally in rushing yards per game at 108.8.

Annis earned All-PFL second team, academic All-PFL First Team and the team’s Koenig Award for outstanding sportsmanship and character last season. He ranked second on the team and eighth in the league with 6.8 tackles per game.

Orlandini is a veteran who started all six games on Valpo’s defensive line during the spring slate. He has seen action in each of his first four seasons on campus and is slated to play a key role on the defensive line again this fall.

Valpo will kick off the season on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT at Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Ind. A video stream of the game will be available on Stretch Internet and ESPN3 courtesy of Indiana Wesleyan Athletics and the hometown call with Todd Ickow and Brandon Vickrey will air on 95.1 FM Valparaiso WVUR and 

Purdue Fort Wayne MSOC Blanks Eastern Illinois 1-0

CHARLESTON, Ill. – Erik Josson made four saves to lift the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team to a 1-0 non-league road win on Friday (Sept. 3) afternoon at Eastern Illinois.

Josson stopped two shots in each half of the contest to get the victory and the shutout. The ‘Dons gave up only two shots within the 18-yard box all game.

The only goal of the game came in the 17th minute. Keith Larson scored his first collegiate goal on an assist from Emil Fosse. The tally put the ‘Dons up for good.

The Mastodons held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks in the contest.

Eastern Illinois falls to 0-2-0. The Mastodons improve to 1-2-0. The ‘Dons are at Western Illinois on Sunday.

Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s Golf Returns on Sunday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team will return to the course on Sunday, September 5, when the Mastodons travel to Kewadin, Michigan for the inaugural A-Ga-Ming Kickoff.

Event: A-Ga-Ming Kickoff

Host: Central Michigan

When: September 5-6 | Shotgun start, 36 holes Sunday (9 a.m.), 18 Monday (9 a.m.)

Where: A-Ga-Ming Golf Course | Kewadin, Michigan

Par: 72

Yardage: ~6,200 yards

Format: Play 5, take 4

Live Results: None

Competing Teams

Central Michigan, Purdue Fort Wayne, Oakland.

A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort

We are frequently asked, “What is A-Ga-Ming?”. A-Ga-Ming represents many things. To the Native Americans, it is a word meaning “on the shore.” For families across the Midwest and the nation, it is a beautiful vacation destination, complete with lodging, dining, and relaxation. To the golf community, it is a 72-hole golf resort nestled on the shores of Torch Lake and Lake Michigan, in three beautiful Northern Michigan locations. For everyone, it means the perfect destination for group trips, membership & daily-fee-play, dreamlike weddings, celebrations and more! Welcome to A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, where you’ll find inclusive stay and play packages with unlimited golf, private club memberships, a fairytale wedding venue, and so much more. This premier golf resort has drawn praise from distinguished golf critics and publications alike. Golf Digest magazine gave the Antrim Dells and Torch courses four stars and named Sundance the third best new golf course in the country for 2006, also giving it 4 1/2 stars in 2009. Golfing in Michigan magazine said, “A-Ga-Ming has the most spectacular views in the state”. With the addition of Charlevoix Country Club in 2017, A-Ga-Ming now offers four amazing courses!

Mastodon Lineup

Emma Schroeder, Laura Caetano, Anna Olafsdottir, Kennedy Brooker and Casey Bunner will compete for the Mastodons’ team score. Taylor Norman will compete as an individual.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne finished their first in the Horizon League with an eighth-place finish in the league championship in West Lafayette, Indiana. Kennedy Brooker shot a career-best 76 in her final round.

Next Time Up

The Mastodons will head south to Ball State’s Cardinal Classic on September 20-21. The Mastodons have not played in Ball State’s tournament since 2018, which saw the team set a 54-hole program record. That record of 940 has since been broken twice.

Coach Rock Announces Football Staff for Fall 2021 Season

Anderson University head football coach Steve Rock announced his staff for the Fall 2021 season, which was announced on Friday.

Coach Rock returns to the Ravens in his fourth full season as head coach. Jeremy Lochner returns for his third full season as defensive coordinator while Joey Lochner returns in his third year as defensive backs coach. Eric Lantz joined the Anderson staff in June as offensive coordinator and will be entering his first season with the Ravens. Jeremy Lochner will also coach the linebackers while Lantz will also coach the quarterbacks and tight ends.

Coach Rock has also announced the additions of Brandon Pahl, Colt Arthur, Jake Yager, Casey Rowe, Shawn Baldwin and Julius Williams to the Anderson football coaching staff.

“I am excited for this season under the leadership of this coaching staff,” Steve Rock said. “Every position group has a position coach that has been able to spend significant time under the direction of Coach Lantz and Coach Lochner this summer in preparation for the season. The staff come from various backgrounds and playing experience, and I believe that is valuable for the development of our players on and off the field. The team has bought in and is ready for a fun season!”

Pahl has been named Anderson’s offensive line coach. He competed on the offensive line for Ohio State University for five years and graduated in 2020. Pahl also spent five summers as a camp counselor for offensive linemen while at Ohio State. During the 2020-21 season, Pahl served as the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Morgan County High School in McConnelsville, Ohio. Pahl is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Anderson.

Arthur has been selected as Anderson’s wide receivers coach. He competed for Trine University for four years as a wide receiver. Arthur graduated from Trine in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Special & Elementary Education.

Yager has been named as Anderson’s running backs coach. He competed as a wide receiver for the Ravens for four years from 2011-14 and played in 11 games. Yager spent two years as a general manager at LA Fitness. He has also worked as a rehabilitation technician with Athletico Physical Therapy and a sports performance coach with Acceleration Indiana.

Rowe has been selected as Anderson’s defensive line coach. He has spent four years as a line coach at the high school level. Rowe coached the offensive and defensive lines at Prairie Heights High School in LaGrange during the Spring of 2021. During the fall 2019 and fall 2020, Rowe served as the defensive line coach for Crown Point High School. Rowe spent the prior two years as a defensive line coach for Bishop Leurs High School in Fort Wayne. As a player, Rowe competed for Manchester University for a year and Trine University for three years as a defensive tackle. Rowe graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Baldwin has been named Anderson’s outside linebackers coach. He served as an assistant coach for Ablemarle High School in Ablemarle, N.C. in 2018. Baldwin also worked as a defensive backs coach for the Denico Autry Football Camp in three consecutive summers. He was part of the Stanly County Slammers coaching staff as an assistant in 2017. Baldwin also served on the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Security Forces-Staff Sergeant for five years, beginning in 2016. He also spent two years as an athletics assistant for Ablemarle Parks & Recreation in Ablemarle.

Baldwin graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism, Recreation and Sport. He is currently pursing a Master of Business Administration at Anderson. Baldwin has earned a Digital Video Editing certificate and a Football GM & Scouting certificate from Sports Management Worldwide in Portland, Ore. as well as a Personal Trainer certification from the International Sports Science Association in Phoenix.

Williams has been selected as an Anderson strength and conditioning/defensive backs coach. He spent the last 10 years at various training facilities, universities, and fitness centers designing and implementing a variety of strength and condition programs throughout the Florida region. During the 2011 season, Williams served as a strength and conditioning coach at NCAA Division I’s Northern Illinois University. Williams graduated from Ball State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. He then earned a Master of Science in Sport Management from Northern Illinois in 2012.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

Anderson Football Fall 2021 Season Preview

The Anderson University football team opens the season against Hope College on Friday at 6 p.m. in Holland, Mich.

Anderson closed out the Spring 2021 season with a 1-4 overall record and a 1-4 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) record. The Ravens topped Manchester University by a score of 55-27 to reclaim The Bronze Ball for the first time since 2011. Anderson tied for sixth in the HCAC Preseason Poll.

The Ravens bring back eight starters on offense and eight starters on defense from last year. Wide Receiver James Tucker (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County) returns after being tabbed with first-team all-region honors and first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) honors last year. Anderson brings back four second-team all-HCAC selections, including quarterback Tyson Harley (New Palestine, Ind./Mount Vernon), offensive lineman Alex Parra (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian), linebacker Juancarlos Ramirez (Marion, Ind./Marion) and wide receiver Zac Tallent (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins). The Ravens also return all-HCAC Honorable Mention recipients defensive lineman Tristan Chambers (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran), defensive back Sam Feola (Ridgeville, Ind./Monroe Central) and running back Reggie Lipscomb (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike). Defensive Lineman Jawan Coney (Hammond, Ind./Morton), who joined Tallent and Tucker as recipients of national weekly recognition, also returns.

The Ravens once again cracked the national offensive leaderboards several times last season. Harley finished the season as the national leader in completions per game for the second year in a row. The quarterback from New Palestine completed 39.5 passes per game, which was 9.5 completions per game more than the player in second. Among NCAA Division III leaders, Harley ranked second in passing yards per game (374.2), fourth in completion percentage (.684) and eighth in points responsible for per game (23). In receptions per game, Anderson closed out with two of the top 3 spots as Tucker took second with 10.6 receptions per game and Lipscomb secured third with 10.5 receptions per game. Lipscomb locked up second in the nation with 15 points per game. Tucker also posted 123.4 receiving yards per game, which ranked 10th in the nation.

Football: (RV) Hope Hands Ravens Loss in Season Opener

Hope College handed the Anderson University football team a 42-7 loss on Friday in Holland, Mich.

The Flying Dutchmen (1-0) entered Friday’s contest receiving votes in the national poll. Hope held a 587-234 against Anderson (0-1) in total offense. The Ravens found the scoreboard in the second quarter when Tyson Harley (New Palestine, Ind./Mount Vernon) completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to James Tucker (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County).

Harley threw for 215 yards and a touchdown. Tucker contributed 67 receiving yards, four receptions and a reception touchdown. Michael Ferraro (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) also provided seven receptions.

Sam Feola (Ridgeville, Ind./Monroe Central) led the Ravens with eight tackles. Javonte Malone (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) and Aidan Roach (Clayton, Ind./Cascade) each blocked extra-point attempts. Jose Olivo (Knightstown, Ind./Knightstown) picked off a pass and returned it 16 yards. Malone and Jacen Beckman (Connersville, Ind./Connersville) produced seven tackles apiece while Caden McClain (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights), Alex Laccabue (Tampa, Fla./Calvary Christian) and Austin Weiland (La Porte, Ind./New Prairie) turned in five tackles each. Tristan Chambers (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) came up with a sack. Caleb Oliver (Marion, Ind./Marion) converted his only extra-point attempt and pinned a punt inside the 20.

Anderson battles Lakeland University (1-0) next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Macholtz Stadium.

Wabash Begins 134th Football Season At Rose-Hulman

A total of 652 days will have passed between the Wabash football team’s last game at North Central in 2019 and Saturday’s kickoff of the 2021 season at Rose-Hulman.

To say the Little Giants are ready to take the field would be an understatement.

“I’ve been pleased with the level of commitment to football by our players,” Wabash head coach Don Morel said. Morel, the North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2018 and 2019, begins his fifth season of competition at the helm of the Little Giant program.

“Spring football in 2021 was critical for us. We had about 12 practices. We got to put on helmets and shoulder pads in the spring and that was so important to prepare us for the fall season. It was critical to our team’s growth. Our current sophomore players who missed their freshman fall season matured quickly. That got us ready for camp. We had a good camp despite some weather challenges with thunderstorms and heat.”

Wabash returns ten starters on offense and defense from its 2019 NCAC championship and NCAA playoff qualifying team. Five starters from the playoff game against North Central are back, including NCAC Newcomer of the Year and Second Team All-NCAC selection Liam Thompson at quarterback. Thompson threw for 1,997 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman and ran for 252 yards and another five TDs. Wide receiver Cooper Sullivan also earned Second Team All-NCAC honors in 2019 after hauling in a team-best 38 passes for 584 yards and five TDs. Nick Hamman made 29 catches for 422 yards and three TDs. Heisman Skeens played in seven games in 2019, catching four passes for 42 yards. Hamman and Skeens are both expected to be in the starting lineup at wide receiver in 2021.

The Little Giants lost both Ike James and Isaac Avant, who combined for 1,500 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns in 2019. Sophomores Donovan Snyder and Cade Campbell are expected to carry the rushing attack for Wabash in the opener against Rose-Hulman.

Veteran offensive lineman Dane Smith, an All-NCAC selection in 2019, and Thomas Bolen will anchor the Wabash front. They will be joined by Joe MullinNathan Pairitz, and Brandon English. Tight end Jackson Claybourne caught three passes for 21 yards and one touchdown in five games as a sophomore and has earned the starting position in 2021.

Five starters are back from the 2019 Wabash group that limited opposing teams to an average of 16.8 points and 129 rushing yards per game. Seth BureshKenny Coleman, and David Marsh combined for 55 tackles and 15-1/2 tackles for losses. Buresh led Wabash with 9-1/2 tackles for losses and 7-1/2 sacks accounting for 77 yards in 2019.

Josh Myers and Casey Crozier both played in over half of the games in 2019 at linebacker for Wabash. Each recorded five tackles and will now hold down starting jobs in 2021.

Two-time all-conference selection and 2018 NCAC Newcomer of the Year Jose Franco has started every game of his career at cornerback for the Little Giants. He was among the Division III leaders in pass breakups with 11 in 2019 to go with one interception and 39 tackles. Kamron Ferguson played in 10 games in 2019 and made two interceptions. He will start at one of the safety spots this season. Johnny Lamb, who played in five games and made six tackles in 2019, will start opposite Franco at cornerback.

Joey Annee and Jacob Handley are special teams veterans for Wabash. Annee was a 2019 Honorable Mention All-America selection and earned 2021 Preseason First Team All-America honors. Annee averaged 41.2 yards per punt two years ago. Handley connected on 36-of-37 extra points in 2019.

Wabash will face a Rose-Hulman team that played five games in the spring of 2021. The Fightin’ Engineers finished 4-1 in the abbreviated schedule and averaged 407 yards of offense and 35.2 points per game. Senior running back Shane Welshans was named to the 2021 Preseason All-America Third Team as well as receiving Second Team Preseason All-America honors from Lindy’s College Football Preview. Welshans ran for 682 yards and six touchdowns in Rose-Hulman’s spring season, including a career-best 236 yards against Bluffton. Welshans also caught 12 passes for 149 yards and another five touchdowns. Senior quarterback Andrew Dion threw for 989 yards and 10 TDs in the spring while completing 55 percent of his passes (79-143-5). Dion also ran for 138 yards and one score. Jailen Hobbs returns after catching 15 passes for 89 yards as a freshman in the spring.
Rose limited its five opponents to nine TDs and 68 total points in the spring. Senior linebacker Michael Stevens paced the Engineers’ defense with 51 tackles, four sacks, and 6-1/2 tackles for losses totaling 34 yards. He also picked off two passes. Junior defensive back Rashard Brown made a team-high five interceptions in the spring to go with four pass breakups and 26 tackles.

Even with the spring workouts for Wabash and the five-game schedule for Rose-Hulman, Morel is not convinced that anyone is certain how teams will come out for Saturday’s 7 p.m. kickoff in Terre Haute.
“No one really knows what any opponents are doing on offense or defense this first week because of the cancellation of the 2020 season due to COVID. You don’t know what players are back or what kind of talent some of the sophomores have because you haven’t seen them on the field. From a game standpoint, turnovers will be key in this first game. I think there will be turnovers because players haven’t been hit in over a year. I think there will be the other mistakes you see in a first game — only ten players on the field in a key situation or a penalty on a decisive play. Those are the usual kinds of mistakes in a first game but I think they will be compounded by not playing in over a year.”

Tickets for Saturday evening’s game are available online at The game will be streamed online at Wabash audio can also be heard online at and on the radio at 91.3 FM (WNDY).

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Season-Opening Surge Continues for TU with Two More Wins

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Taylor volleyball team continued its fast start to the 2021 campaign with a pair of victories on the first day of the Truett-McConnell Tournament on Friday.

With the wins over Fisk and Brenau, the Trojans improved to 9-1 and pushed their win streak to eight-straight matches. The 9-1 start is TU’s best since opening the 2010 season with an 18-1 clip and the current eight-game streak is Taylor’s longest string of triumphs since rattling off nine in a row in 2011 and 14-straight to start the aforementioned 2010 season.

Ryan Czerniak put the offense on her back on Friday, tattering the opposition to the tune of a .483 hitting percentage with 34 kills and just five errors over 60 swings in the two wins.

The senior lefty opened the day with 19 kills in 37 swings in Taylor’s 25-10, 25-18, 22-25, 25-15 victory over Fisk (0-6). Sarah Scott added a career-high nine kills and Kacy Bragg tossed up 34 assists in the four-set match. Stephaney Fifield turned in another fantastic performance from the libero position with a season-high 34 digs and two aces, with Nikki Parrett adding 12 digs.

It was more Czerniak in a 25-14, 25-14, 25-18 sweep of Brenau, as the senior slammed 15 of TU’s 31 kills in the three-set win. Czerniak struck for her 15 kills in just 23 swings and was off-target just twice.

Grace Isaacs turned in her finest blocking performance of the season with five solo and three assisted blocks, with Fifield leading the backrow with 15 digs. Bragg posted another double-double with 30 assists and 13 digs and Chloe Holtz collected the first two service aces of her young collegiate career.

Taylor (9-1, 1-0 CL) will continue its visit to Georgia on Saturday with a 9:00 am clash against Keiser (5-12) and a 3:00 pm date with the host Truett-McConnell (2-4) squad to round out the two-day tourney.

Neal Runs New Personal Record At Mike Baumer Classic

DAYTON, Ohio. – Brooke Neal finished her first career race as a Mastodon with a new personal record as the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s cross country team finished fourth at the Mike Baumer Classic on Friday, Sept. 3.

Leading the way for the Mastodons was Madison King who finished in eighth place overall with a time of 18:18.40. Behind King was the Ball State transfer Neal who finished 17th place (18:43.50), Kathy Potter in 37th place (19:45.80), Madison Langdon in 46th place (20:08.40), Paige Benecke in 48th place at (20:14.80), Makaila Groves in 53rd (20:54.40), Aeryn Bradley in 63rd place (22:11.10), Brayden Langdon in 68th place (23:12.10) and Michaela Sheets in 72nd place (25:24.90). To view the rest of the results, please click on the link provided.

The ‘Dons took fourth with 111 points, edging Horizon League rival Wright State in the process. Ohio won the event. 

The Mastodons will be back in action next Friday, Sept. 10 (5:15 p.m. race time) at the IUPUI Jaguar Invitational in Carmel, Ind. Hosted by IUPUI. The women will race in their first 6K of the season.

Whitinger Cruises To Second Place At Mike Baumer Classic

DAYTON, Ohio. – Andrew Whitinger placed second overall to lead the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s cross country team to a fourth place finish at the Mike Baumer Classic on Friday, Sept. 3.

Whitinger finished the 5K with a time of 15:15.70. The second place finish is Whitinger’s best of his career. The event had 96 total runners. 

Behind Whitinger was Draven Thompson in 15th place (15:29.80), Nathan Mills in 23rd place (15:43.90), Husam Saleh in 39th place (16:19.70), Nicholas Mills in 41st place (16:23.10), Kobe Milledge in 47th place (16:33.90), JT Hodges in 52nd place (16:46.80), Weston Misner in 61st place (17:11.40), Noah Wright in 63rd (17:12.10) and Bryce Taylor in 83rd (19:20.40). To see the full results, please click on the link provided.

The ‘Dons finished with a team score of 104, a spot ahead of Horizon League rival and host Wright State. Dayton (33) won the event.

The Mastodons will be back in action next Friday, Sept. 10 (6 p.m. race time) at the IUPUI Jaguar Invitational in Carmel, Ind. Hosted by IUPUI. The men will race in their first 8K of the season.

Late Goal Leads To 2-1 Loss For Wabash

Coledon Johnson scored his second goal of the season in Friday night’s soccer match between Wabash College and the 19th-ranked University of Chicago. The visiting Maroons scored late in the match to leave Crawfordsville with a 2-1 decision over the Little Giants.

Wabash (1-1) evened the score at 1-1 after Chicago (2-0) scored in the sixth minute. The Maroons Ben Brandt tallied his second goal of the season off a pass from Ryan Shea to put the visitors in front 1-0. Wabash freshman Bruno Zamora collected a ball on the right side in the 55th minute of the match and dropped a pass to Austin Hughes. Hughes found Johnson with a touch pass to set up the equalizing goal by Johnson.

The score remained tied until the final six minutes of the match. Kameron Boyce blasted a shot from outside of 18 yards into the back of the net to give Chicago the lead and the victory.

Wabash fired seven total shots in the match with two on goal. Johnson notched both shots on goal. The Maroons finished with five shots on goal for the contest. Wabash goalkeeper Michael Bertram recorded three saves in his first start of the season.

The Little Giants travel to Terre Haute on Wednesday, September 8, for a 7 p.m. match at Rose-Hulman.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay8550.63044 – 2541 – 2544 – 2015 – 814 – 178 – 2W 1
NY Yankees7856.5826.540 – 2538 – 3128 – 3020 – 819 – 126 – 4W 2
Boston7859.569842 – 2636 – 3336 – 2818 – 1013 – 176 – 4W 3
Toronto7162.5341337 – 2934 – 3328 – 2815 – 1214 – 166 – 4W 2
Baltimore4192.3084319 – 4422 – 4814 – 448 – 2213 – 153 – 7L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox7857.57846 – 2432 – 3317 – 1337 – 2612 – 126 – 4L 1
Cleveland6765.5089.535 – 3032 – 3510 – 1935 – 2213 – 166 – 4L 1
Detroit6472.47114.535 – 3529 – 3714 – 1125 – 3918 – 164 – 6W 1
Kansas City6074.44817.533 – 3427 – 4010 – 1926 – 3212 – 154 – 6W 1
Minnesota5876.43319.532 – 3626 – 409 – 1428 – 3213 – 204 – 6L 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7955.59041 – 2538 – 3016 – 1219 – 1637 – 196 – 4W 1
Oakland7461.5485.537 – 3137 – 3015 – 1619 – 829 – 284 – 6L 1
Seattle7362.5416.540 – 2933 – 3318 – 1313 – 1636 – 246 – 4W 3
LA Angels6768.49612.537 – 3230 – 3616 – 1719 – 1122 – 325 – 5W 1
Texas4787.3513231 – 3716 – 5012 – 159 – 1721 – 424 – 6L 2
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta7163.53033 – 3238 – 3136 – 2822 – 127 – 93 – 7L 1
Philadelphia6965.515239 – 2830 – 3737 – 2814 – 1012 – 166 – 4L 1
NY Mets6767.500441 – 2726 – 4031 – 2813 – 1416 – 176 – 4W 5
Miami5679.41515.535 – 3221 – 4725 – 3011 – 1817 – 175 – 5W 1
Washington5578.41415.531 – 3724 – 4124 – 3912 – 139 – 192 – 8L 6
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee8254.60336 – 3046 – 2412 – 1342 – 2223 – 95 – 5L 2
Cincinnati7264.5291037 – 3235 – 3217 – 1237 – 2410 – 203 – 7L 1
St. Louis6964.51911.535 – 3034 – 3414 – 1629 – 2815 – 116 – 4W 1
Chi Cubs6175.4492135 – 3226 – 4312 – 1926 – 3217 – 127 – 3W 4
Pittsburgh4887.35633.528 – 3820 – 4912 – 1217 – 4511 – 213 – 7L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco8649.63744 – 2242 – 2719 – 1017 – 1437 – 185 – 5W 2
LA Dodgers8550.630146 – 2339 – 2724 – 913 – 1036 – 237 – 3L 1
San Diego7164.5261541 – 3030 – 3414 – 1516 – 1430 – 303 – 7L 2
Colorado6273.4592444 – 2318 – 509 – 914 – 1929 – 355 – 5W 1
Arizona4591.33141.528 – 3917 – 5212 – 1813 – 1919 – 453 – 7L 1


AL Wild Card Standings
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7856.582+1.540-2538-316-4W 2
Boston7859.56942-2636-336-4W 3
Oakland7461.5483.037-3137-304-6L 1
Seattle7362.5414.040-2933-336-4W 3
Toronto7162.5345.037-2934-336-4W 2
NL Wild Card Standings
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8550.630+13.546-2339-277-3L 1
Cincinnati7264.52937-3235-323-7L 1
San Diego7164.5260.541-3030-343-7L 2
St. Louis6964.5191.535-3034-346-4W 1
Philadelphia6965.5152.039-2830-376-4L 1
NY Mets6767.5004.041-2726-406-4W 5


New England2416444528179-1-17-3-352
Nashville SC2291123721168-6-01-5-238
Orlando City SC21984302466-4-13-4-335
New York City FC2110473722158-1-22-3-534
CF Montreal22877302736-3-12-4-631
Inter Miami CF206592131-104-2-52-3-423
New York2064102325-25-2-31-2-722
FC Cincinnati203892137-160-5-33-3-617
Toronto FC2236132647-211-5-32-1-1015
Sporting KC2311753726115-5-16-2-440
Los Angeles221138353507-1-44-2-436
Real Salt Lake21768312745-4-22-2-627
Los Angeles FC22769323115-5-22-1-727
San Jose216872429-53-3-43-5-326
FC Dallas226793033-34-5-22-2-725


Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun216.77813-18-510-39-19 W
Chicago Sky1414.5007.54-810-69-44-62 L
Washington Mystics1016.38510.57-73-95-73-71 L
New York Liberty1118.37911.06-95-95-81-96 L
Indiana Fever619.24014.04-92-104-95-51 W
Atlanta Dream620.23114.53-103-105-70-1011 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Las Vegas Aces207.74111-39-48-47-33 W
Seattle Storm1910.6552.09-510-58-54-61 W
Minnesota Lynx179.6542.510-37-610-48-24 W
Phoenix Mercury1610.6153.57-79-36-79-17 W
Dallas Wings1215.4448.05-77-86-74-61 W
Los Angeles Sparks1018.35710.57-73-111-124-65 L