INDIANA VOLLEYBALL (REPORTED)
LAKE CENTRAL 2 SOUTH BEND CLAY 0
MOORESVILLE 2 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 0
BROWNSBURG 2 CROWN POINT 0
PROVIDENCE 2 TRINITY LUTHERAN 0
CHESTERTON 2 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 0
EDGEWOOD 2 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 0
HAMILTON HEIGHTS 2 HUNTINGTON NORTH 0
SPRINGS VALLEY 2 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 0
EASTERN HANCOCK 2 NORTHEASTERN 1
LAVILLE 2 PERU 1
TWIN LAKES 2 DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN 1
LINTON STOCKTON 3 MONROVIA 1
CARROLL 2 LAKEWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 0
FOREST PARK 3 CRAWFORD COUNTY 0
HAMILTON HEIGHTS 2 RENSSELAER CENTRAL 0
SOUTHWESTERN 2 CARROLL COUNTY 0
GREENSBURG 2 NEW WASHINGTON 0
TRI COUNTY 3 FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 0
NORTH JUDSON 2 N. WHITE 0
NORTH DAVIESS 3 LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 0
MUNSTER 2 SOUTH BEND CLAY 0
ELWOOD 3 MONROE CENTRAL 0
WINAMAC 2 LACROSSE 0
LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 2 FREMONT 0
TRI WEST HENDRICKS 2 CASTLE 1
SOUTH NEWTON 2 CROWN POINT 1
PENN 3 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 1
GREENFIELD CENTRAL 3 WALDRON 1
JIMTOWN 3 GOSHEN 0
ANGOLA 3 COLUMBIA CITY 0
PERU 2 BLACKFORD 1
PROVIDENCE 2 SPRINGS VALLEY 0
HERITAGE HALL CHRISTIAN 2 LEGACY ELITE ACADEMY 1
WAPAHANI 2 LAKE CENTRAL 0
RISING SUN 2 EASTERN HANCOCK 1
BROWN COUNTY 3 GREENCASTLE 1
GREENSBURG 2 S. DECATUR 0
TRINITY LUTHERAN 2 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 1
SOUTH NEWTON 2 CHESTERTON 0
FISHERS 3 CARMEL 0
NEW WASHINGTON 2 SOUTHWESTERN 1
NORTH MIAMI 2 CARROLL 1
WESTFIELD 3 LAWRENCE NORTH 0
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 2 NORTHVIEW 0
CASTLE 2 SILVER CREEK 0
FAIRFIELD 3 EASTSIDE 0
BREBEUF 2 DANVILLE 0
BROWNSBURG 2 MUNSTER 1
MOUNT VERNON 3 GREENWOOD 1
WINAMAC 2 LAKE STATION EDISON 0
NORTHVIEW 2 DANVILLE 0
BLUE RIVER VALLEY 3 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 0
GREENSBURG 2 CARROLL COUNTY 0
NEW PALESTINE 3 SCECINA 0
KNOX 2 N. WHITE 0
SOUTH DECATUR 2 NEW WASHINGTON 0
RONCALLI 3 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 0
SPRINGS VALLEY 2 TRINITY LUTHERAN 0
MCCUTCHEON 3 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 1
SUBURBAN CHRISTIAN 2 LEGACY ELITE ACADEMY 0
BREBEUF 2 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 0
BROWNSBURG 2 LAKE CENTRAL 1
NORTHWOOD 3 FORT WAYNE LUERS 0
SOUTH NEWTON 2 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 0
EASTERN HANCOCK 2 JAC CEN DEL 0
HUNTINGTON NORTH 2 CARROLL 0
NORTH NEWTON 2 N. WHITE 0
ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2 LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 1
SOUTHWESTERN 2 S. DECATUR 0
KOUTS 2 WINAMAC 0
LAPORTE 3 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 1
VINCENNES RIVET 3 SHAKAMAK 0
NEW WASHINGTON 2 CARROLL COUNTY 0
SOUTH NEWTON 2 SOUTH BEND CLAY 0
CROWN POINT 2 MUNSTER 0
EAST NOBLE 3 W. NOBLE 0
COVENANT CHRISTIAN 3 CRISPUS ATTUCKS 0
PROVIDENCE 2 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 0
GREENSBURG 2 SOUTHWESTERN 0
BREBEUF 2 NORTHVIEW 0
CATHEDRAL 2 LAKE CENTRAL 0
TABERNACLE CHRISTIAN 2 LEGACY ELITE ACADEMY 0
BROWNSBURG 2 WAPAHANI 0
CHESTERTON 2 MUNSTER 0
CASTLE 2 SPRINGS VALLEY 1
CARROLL 2 PERU 0
TRINITY LUTHERAN 2 SILVER CREEK 1
SEYMOUR 3 JEFFERSONVILLE 0
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 2 SOUTH BEND CLAY 0
HUNTINGTON NORTH 2 PERU 0
PROVIDENCE 2 TRI WEST HENDRICKS 0
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER (REPORTED)
TELL CITY 5 EVANSVILLE DAY 1
LAWRENCEBURG 8 BEECH GROVE 1
GLENN 7 ROCHESTER 2
LANESVILLE 2 SALEM 1
NEW PRAIRIE 3 MISHAWAKA 1
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 3 MOUNT VERNON 1
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BUTLER 3 PROVIDENCE 0
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GREENFIELD CENTRAL 3 LAWRENCE NORTH 0
GOSHEN 3 ELKHART 0
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FRANKLIN 8 JENNINGS COUNTY 1
SULLIVAN 7 N. PUTNAM 0
SOUTH BEND ADAMS 4 GLENN 0
NORTHVIEW 13 INDIAN CREEK 0
WHEELER 5 LAPORTE 0
PROVIDENCE 10 N. HARRISON 0
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 4 CARMEL 1
CASTLE 11 VINCENNES LINCOLN 0
GUERIN CATHOLIC 3 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 1
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NORTH CENTRAL 2 ZIONSVILLE 2
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NOBLESVILLE 4 CATHEDRAL 0
FISHERS 7 MCCUTCHEON 0
RONCALLI 5 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 1
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CENTER GROVE 1 E. CENTRAL 0
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PITTSBURGH 32 SEATTLE 25
MIAMI 26 TAMPA BAY 24
HOUSTON 17 NEW ORLEANS 13
DENVER 17 DALLAS 7
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TORONTO 2 CLEVELAND 1
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CHICAGO WHITE SOX 6 DETROIT 4
HOUSTON 8 OAKLAND 0
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LA ANGELS 5 MINNESOTA 3
ATLANTA 5 MIAMI 2
CHICAGO CUBS 7 CINCINNATI 2
WASHINGTON 4 SAN DIEGO 3
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MILWAUKEE 3 ST. LOUIS 2 (10)
ARIZONA 6 COLORADO 0
SAN FRANCISCO 2 PITTSBURGH 0
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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
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CINCINNATI 2 ATLANTA 2
NEW ENGLAND 1 DC 0
PHILADELPHIA 4 CHICAGO 1
TORONTO 3 PORTLAND 1
MIAMI 3 NEW YORK CITY 2
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TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Pickett’s game-winning drive helps Steelers beat Seahawks
PITTSBURGH (AP) Kenny Pickett threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Vaughns with 3 seconds to play and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 32-25 on Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
Pickett, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in 2022, is competing with Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph to replace retired two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers starting quarterback.
Roethlisberger guided the franchise for 18 seasons and led the Steelers to three Super Bowl appearances.
Pickett, the former University of Pittsburgh standout, played the second half and finished 13 of 15 for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Pickett was sacked, forcing a turnover on downs, but had a chance to win the game when Pittsburgh’s Mark Robinson sacked Seattle’s Drew Lock and forced a fumble on the next play.
Pickett responded with a five-play, 43-yard drive capped by his touchdown pass to Vaughns. He received a loud ovation and chants of “Kenny, Kenny, Kenny” when he first took the field in the third quarter and before the eventual winning drive.
Pickett could certainly hear the appreciation from the fans.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t,” Pickett said. “It was an incredible feeling. It was really cool. It was special.”
Lock and Geno Smith are in a competition to replace Russell Wilson as Seattle’s starting quarterback. Wilson was traded to Denver in the offseason. It’s the first quarterback competition for the Seahawks since 2012, when Wilson won the job as a rookie.
Smith and Lock didn’t have DK Metcalf or Tyler Lockett on Saturday. Smith played the first half, going 10 of 15 for 101 yards and a rushing touchdown. Lock was 11 of 15 with 102 yards and two scores, but a crucial fumble that led to Pittsburgh’s winning touchdown.
Dalton has TD pass on 1 drive as Saints fall to Texans 17-13
HOUSTON (AP) New Orleans coach Dennis Allen wasn’t thrilled about his team’s overall performance Saturday night in the preseason against the Houston Texans.
But he was encouraged by the limited work of his starters on both sides of the ball.
“I saw a lot of things I really liked out there,” Allen said. “There are some things we’ve got to get cleaned up. The ball was on the ground too many times. We’ve got to get that aspect cleaned up, but I was pleased with the way the first units went in there and played. Offensively, we scored a touchdown, and defensively, we had two three-and-outs so that was encouraging. “
Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass on his only possession in his debut with New Orleans, but the Saints fell to the Texans 17-13 after a touchdown in the final minute in the preseason opener for both teams.
Dalton, who joined the Saints after spending last season with the Bears, started with Jameis Winston out after he injured his foot in practice Monday.
“He did a nice job moving us down the field,” Allen said. “I thought he operated in the pocket well. We did a couple of good things in the run game. Andy did a really good job of operating the offense.”
Dalton was a perfect 5 for 5 for 51 yards. He threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Washington to put New Orleans up 7-0 early.
“That’s how you want the drive to go,” Dalton said. “We did some good things and were able to score once we got in the red zone. If you can draw it up, that’s how you do it.”
Houston quarterback Davis Mills was 3 for 3 for 14 yards in two drives where the team failed to get a first down.
The Texans are sticking with Mills as their starter this season despite a subpar rookie campaign when he played 13 games in the team’s dreadful 4-13 season.
NFL players union president blasts Soldier Field conditions
CHICAGO (AP) The president of the NFL Players Association blasted the conditions at Soldier Field on Saturday, and he didn’t exactly get an argument from the Chicago Bears or Kansas City Chiefs after their preseason game.
Union president JC Tretter tweeted the field was not up to NFL standards.
“The NFL said that this field met minimum testing standards,” he wrote. “We clearly need to re-evaluate what is an acceptable surface for players to compete on. We need new testing metrics looking at the performance and safety of every field. The NFL can and should do better.”
Chicago quarterback Justin Fields said things were worse when the Bears practiced there Tuesday rather than at their suburban headquarters. He also said he tries to use the conditions to work in his favor.
“I knew how our grass was,” he said. “So I knew other teams didn’t know how it was, so I kind of used it to my advantage in running and stuff like that, using the long spikes and stuff like that.”
The conditions didn’t seem to bother Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. The four-time Pro Bowler threw for 60 yards and a touchdown on the Chiefs’ first possession and then called it a day.
“I think they had a concert so there was some stuff here and there, but it wasn’t any crazy, bad (stuff) or anything like that,” he said. “I love playing here at Soldier Field. It’s an awesome stadium. You feel the history of it.”
The conditions at Soldier Field have long been a source of frustration for players and coaches on the Bears as well as other teams. The lakefront location and harsh weather make maintaining the surface difficult for the Chicago Park District, which owns the stadium.
The field was particularly choppy after Elton John performed there last weekend. Major League Soccer recently moved the Chicago Fire’s game against New York City FC scheduled for Aug. 21 to SeatGeek Stadium in suburban Bridgeview, Ill., because of conditions brought on by “a series of planned events at the venue.”
As for how the field was on Saturday?
“A lot better than my high school field looked,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid quipped. “Not much.”
AP source: Jets’ Wilson out 2-4 weeks with knee injury
NEW YORK (AP) Zach Wilson and the New York Jets appear to have avoided a preseason nightmare.
Wilson is expected to miss two to four weeks with a bone bruise and meniscus tear in his right knee, according to a person with knowledge of the injury. The person told The Associated Press the timeline for how long Wilson is sidelined will be determined by an arthroscopic procedure to repair the meniscus – the schedule for which is pending a second medical opinion.
It was initially feared that Wilson suffered a serious – and potentially season-ending – knee injury during the second offensive series of New York’s 24-21 preseason-opening win at Philadelphia on Friday night.
Tests after the game indicated the ACL was intact, and an MRI on Saturday morning revealed the exact nature of the injury. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced details.
The New York Post first reported Wilson was diagnosed with a bone bruise and meniscus tear that needs to be trimmed and not fully repaired. While Wilson and the Jets remain optimistic, they won’t know the full scope of the injury – and whether recovery could go beyond two to four weeks – until doctors operate on the quarterback’s knee.
There’s still a chance Wilson could be ready to play in the season opener against Baltimore on Sept. 11. If not, veteran Joe Flacco would likely start in Wilson’s place against his former team.
After going back to pass with 4:29 left in the first quarter, Wilson was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled to his right for 7 yards, but went down when he tried to juke past Philadelphia’s Nakobe Dean. He appeared to injure his knee when planting to cut on Philadelphia’s grass field.
Wilson was down for several minutes as doctors and trainers checked on him. He walked gingerly to the sideline and then to the locker room.
“He’s in good spirits,” coach Robert Saleh said of Wilson after the game. “He’s fine, a little frustrated, obviously, but he’s as good as you can be in this situation.”
And he probably feels quite a bit better knowing his season isn’t already over before it even started.
Wilson’s progress in his second NFL season is the primary focus this year for the Jets, who took the former BYU star with the No. 2 overall pick last year. Wilson had a down-and-up season that began with struggles and then a sprained PCL in the back of the same right knee, sidelining him for four games. But he came back and was solid down the stretch, not throwing an interception in any of his final five games.
Wilson finished his rookie year with nine touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. The Jets added several playmaking pieces around their young quarterback during the offseason – including wide receiver Garrett Wilson, tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin, running back Breece Hall – and he’s had a solid training camp this summer.
Browns’ Harris ‘likely’ needs season-ending knee surgery
CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Browns starting center Nick Harris will likely need season-ending surgery on his right knee that was injured on the second play of the exhibition opener against Jacksonville on Friday night.
Coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t provide any details on Harris’ injury or test results. He said surgery was “likely” but that the team is continuing to gather information before finalizing plans.
“All of these injuries stink,” Stefanski said Saturday on a Zoom call with reporters. “You don’t want anybody to get injured and Nick is certainly a guy who has worked so hard this offseason, so we’re really hoping that it’s not a season-long thing because the kid has worked so hard.”
Harris was dropping back into pass coverage when his right knee appeared to buckle while blocking a Jaguars defender. He laid face down for several seconds before being checked by medical personnel and carted off.
Ethan Pocic, who signed as a free agent in the offseason after five seasons with Seattle, replaced Harris.
“Ethan went in there and did a really nice job,” Stefanski said. “He’s been with us since April. We went out and got him for a reason and we’re excited about what he did last night.”
A fifth-round pick in 2020, Harris has been taking all the snaps with Cleveland’s first-team offense in training camp and was on his way to replacing veteran JC Tretter, who was waived during the offseason and remains a free agent.
Tretter was reliable for the Browns, starting 80 games in five seasons. He also has been the NFL Players Association president for the past two years, and was voted to a second-term before being released by Cleveland.
Stefanski declined to address any renewed interest in Tretter, instead reiterating how well Pocic played.
Harris’ injury was the second significant one for the Browns this week. Return specialist Jakeem Grant Sr. tore his left Achilles tendon in practice Tuesday and will miss the season. A Pro Bowler with Chicago last season, Grant signed a three-year contract worth up to $13.8 million to help fix Cleveland’s shaky return game.
Darnold has TD, Mayfield solid in Panthers preseason opener
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Sam Darnold threw a touchdown pass and Baker Mayfield was solid aside from a fumbled snap in the latest stage of the Carolina Panthers quarterback competition, a 23-21 preseason-opening victory Saturday at the Washington Commanders.
Mayfield started and completed four of seven passes for 45 yards. He scurried for 3 yards on one play and botched the exchange with center Pat Elflein just inside the red zone, contributing to the first drive stalling and ending with a field goal.
Darnold took over with Carolina in the red zone after a fumble by Washington’s Antonio Gibson and completed a play-action fade pass under pressure to Rashard Higgins for an 8-yard TD. After coach Matt Rhule said he expected each QB to play one series and get six to eight snaps, Darnold went back for a second drive, threw incomplete on third down and finished 2 of 3 for 16 yards.
Mayfield and Darnold operated an offense missing running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver D.J. Moore, who were among the Carolina players held out.
Since the start of training camp, Mayfield and Darnold have been competing for the starting job, splitting snaps in practice. The team isn’t expected to choose a starter for Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns Sept. 11 until after the second preseason game because Rhule doesn’t want to rush into making the wrong choice.
While Mayfield has been more productive in practice, Rhule hasn’t previously given any indication as to who is leading the competition.
There’s no such competition in Washington for the first time in years, and Carson Wentz looked good in his debut for the franchise that played its first game as the Commanders. In his first exhibition action with his third different NFL team in as many years, Wentz was 10 of 13 for 74 yards and led a 14-play, 82-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown ru n by rookie Brian Robinson Jr.
QBS OF THE FUTURE?
The Commanders and Panthers each had a rookie quarterback who could be part of the future get some second-half snaps. Washington’s Sam Howell impressed more than Carolina’s Matt Corral.
Howell, once a projected top-10 pick who fell to the fifth round after his junior season at North Carolina, took over for Taylor Heinicke early in the third quarter and was 9 of 16 for 143 yards. He also juked out a few defenders on a 17-yard touchdown run, his first of two before a 2-point-conversion that put Washington up with 2:26 left.
Corral, a third-rounder out of Mississippi, entered in the fourth quarter and was 1 of 9 for 11 yards but also led the drive that ended with Zane Gonzalez’s 45-yard go-ahead field goal in the final minute.
GIBSON FUMBLING CONTINUES
Gibson fumbled on his second – and what turned out to be his final – carry of the game, continuing a troubling trend that worsened last season, his second as a pro. Gibson fumbled six times and lost the ball four of those times in 2021, and struggles to stay fully healthy led Washington to look for a running back high in the draft.
Robinson, that choice as a third-round pick out of Alabama, impressed in relief of Gibson. He rushed six times for 26 yards, including an 8-yard TD run, and caught two passes for 15 yards.
Panthers: Visit the New England Patriots on Friday in each team’s second preseason game.
Commanders: Visit the Kansas Chiefs next Saturday in a reunion between Ron Rivera and mentor Andy Reid.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS
Happ leads homer barrage, Cubs power past struggling Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) Ian Happ, Willson Contreras and Franmil Reyes homered, and the Chicago Cubs beat the stumbling Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Saturday night.
Happ hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and a three-run shot in the seventh, continuing his long run of success at Cincinnati. The All-Star outfielder, who starred at the University of Cincinnati before he was selected by Chicago in the first round of the 2015 amateur draft, has 16 career homers at Great American Ball Park.
Reyes’ two-run drive in the fourth was his first homer since he was claimed off waivers from Cleveland on Monday.
“This was a really nice team win,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Reyes had the big home run that gave us the lead. We had good at-bats up and down the lineup..”
Kyle Farmer had two hits and two RBIs for last-place Cincinnati, which has dropped five straight and seven of 10 overall. Graham Ashcraft (5-3) was charged with four runs, three earned, and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
“I think I pitched better than the line suggested,” Ashcraft said. “I felt like I was able to control the four-seamer and two-seamer tonight. I got a lot of ground balls, a lot of soft contact. Reyes hit a slider down and away. … He is a big strong guy. I gave him a pitch at his bat speed and he did what he did with it.”
The Cubs and Reds resumed their series in Cincinnati after playing in Thursday night’s “Field of Dreams” game in Dyersville, Iowa.
After Farmer cut Chicago’s lead to 3-2 with an RBI single in the fifth, Sean Newcomb replaced Adrian Sampson and struck out three straight batters to strand two runners. Newcomb (1-0) had five strikeouts in two innings for the win.
Reyes lifted the Cubs to a 2-1 lead with an opposite-field drive into the visitor’s bullpen in the right-field corner in the fourth. It was his 10th homer of the season.
“We’re really happy to have him here,” Sampson said. “He’s fit right in.”
Happ’s 10th homer made it 6-2, and Contreras tacked on a solo drive in the ninth. It was Happ’s first homer since July 12.
“(Happ’s) going really good right now,” Ross said. “He’s got a lot of confidence in himself. He’s been the consistent, solid player we’ve needed all season.”
Muncy, Betts homer, Dodgers beat KC for 12th straight win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Max Muncy had a homer and four RBIs, Mookie Betts hit his team-leading 26th home run and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 13-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.
Muncy went 4 for 5, including his 14th homer of the season, a two-run shot to right field in the fourth inning. Betts led off the game with a homer as part of a five-run first inning.
“I think (Muncy) is just taking better at-bats and I don’t think he is trying to hit every ball out of the ballpark,” Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts said. “That is what got him to be Max Muncy, and he’s hitting the ball hard, driving in runs, taking walks and tonight was a four-hit night so it was a good night for him.”
Andrew Heaney allowed two runs with five strikeouts in three innings. Dodgers relievers Caleb Ferguson, Chris Martin, Phil Bickford (2-1) and Reyes Moronta held Kansas City to a run.
The Dodgers’ 12-game win streak is the third-longest in the majors this season. It is the first time since 1976 that Los Angeles has run off a dozen straight.
A season-high six Dodgers homered, including Joey Gallo, Cody Bellinger, Will Smith and Gavin Lux. Smith hit a two-run homer in the second and has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games.
“We got ahead early and really made it tough on their starter and got to the bullpen,” Smith said. “It is always nice to jump ahead and tack on a few more the next couple of innings and make it really hard for them to come back.”
Brad Keller (6-13) gave up a career-high tying eight runs in three innings, with three strikeouts and three walks. It was the third time in Keller’s career he allowed three home runs in an outing.
“You could tell when the first fastball came out of his hand, when it pulled to the left, but he never really got a good feel for it,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “When he did, he caught the fastball over the plate and these guys will make you pay for it.”
Michael Massey hit a two-run triple in the second and Brent Rooker hit an RBI double in the sixth in his first action with the Royals.
Wainwright goes 9 for Cards, but Brewers win it in 10th, 3-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) Hunter Renfroe tripled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals wasted a magnificent start by Adam Wainwright, falling 3-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
Milwaukee moved within a half-game of NL Central-leading St. Louis, ending the Cardinals’ nine-game home winning streak.
Wainwright took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and ended up finishing nine, allowing one run on three hits with eight strikeouts in his 109-pitch outing.
“I had good stuff,” Wainwright said. “A good plan. I really wanted to throw a no-hitter tonight. I really did. I felt like I was going to, you know, from the first inning on. I thought tonight was going to be the night. That’s a tough team over there. A bunch of hitters from one through nine that can hit a homer and that’s what happened.”
The Cardinals handed their 40-year-old ace a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning on Nolan Gorman’s line-drive double to left-center against Milwaukee starter Corbin Burnes. Paul Goldschmidt, who led off the inning with a single, scored from first as the ball eluded center fielder Tyrone Taylor.
But Wainwright allowed Luis Urias, one-out, first-pitch homer to center in the eighth, and Devin Williams (4-2) retired the side in order in the ninth.
“That was an enormous play (by Urias) to get us back to even,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It was just a tough night. Wainwright’s off-speed stuff was really on point. It felt tough to score. Just one swing of the bat tied it up and gave us fresh life.”
In the 10th, Renfroe led off with a triple to right against Giovanny Gallegos (2-5), scoring automatic runner Andrew McCutchen.
“My mindset was to see the ball up,” Renfroe said. “I was looking for something out over the plate. Got a fastball out over. It was a little high, honestly.”
Renfroe later scored on Kolten Wong’s sacrifice fly.
Matt Bush allowed Dylan Carlson’s sacrifice fly in the 10th but struck out the next two batters for his third save. It was his second save with the Brewers, who dealt closer Josh Hader to the Padres and acquired Bush from Texas at the trade deadline.
McCullers goes 6 shutout innings in return, Astros down A’s
HOUSTON (AP) Lance McCullers Jr. pitched six shutout innings in his season debut, Alex Bregman homered and Trey Mancini had three hits as the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 8-0 on Saturday night.
McCullers, an All-Star in 2017, allowed two hits, struck out five and walked four, tossing 47 of his 81 pitches for strikes. It’s his first shutout since August 31, 2021.
“He was surprisingly sharp with most of his pitches, especially his breaking stuff,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “He was very competitive today. We didn’t know what to expect. He was great.”
The 28-year-old McCullers (1-0) pitched for the first time in 305 days for Houston, last going for the Astros in Game 4 of the 2021 AL Divisional Series against the Chicago White Sox. McCullers went on to miss the 2021 ALCS and World Series for the Astros due to a right flexor tendon strain.
“It felt good, I was a little bit anxious before the game,” McCullers said. “Everyone’s been so supportive and really have helped me get back to this point. I’m talking about guys in the clubhouse and they were all excited for me to be back today. So, I just wanted to pitch well and do my thing for them.
“All-in-all, I felt my stuff was really good, especially as the game went on.”
McCullers got plenty of offensive support from the start.
In the first inning, Bregman belted his 15th homer of the season, making it 2-0. It was Bregman’s ninth home run and 33rd RBI since June 17.
“Today was all about No. 43,” Bregman said. “It’s so good to see him back.”
The Astros tacked on two more runs in the sixth, stretching the lead to 6-0. The inning was highlighted by Mancini’s RBI double as he finished 3 for 4. Since being acquired by Houston from Baltimore, Mancini is 8 for 27 with eight RBIs.
Kyle Tucker and Chas McCormick each had an RBI triple. It was Tucker’s team-leading 76th RBI of the season.
“I think guys are stringing at-bats together and just doing a really good job,” Bregman said. “Everybody’s working their tail off.”
Oakland starter Zach Logue (3-6) gave up six runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out two in 5 1/3 innings.
“Overall, for Zach, I think he missed some locations today that really hurt him against a good hitting team,” Oakland manager Mark Kotsay said. “These guys, obviously, are professional hitters and take advantage of those mistakes when balls are over the middle. They don’t miss very many of them and they obviously didn’t today.”
The Athletics were limited to five hits and left six runners on base.
Acuña, Olson power Braves to doubleheader sweep of Marlins
MIAMI (AP) Ronald Acuna homered on the first pitch of the game, Matt Olson hit his 24th homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-2 to sweep their doubleheader Saturday.
Rookie Vaughn Grissom also went deep for the surging Braves, who won their fifth straight after losing four of five to the NL East-leading New York Mets.
“They can turn the page from the rough weekend,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “These guys are playing for today.”
Acuna was removed after his fourth at-bat in the seventh as a precaution to rest his surgically repaired right knee. The All-Star outfielder, who played in the first game, tore his ACL on the same field last July. The injury forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season and Atlanta’s World Series championship run.
“I feel I’ve been playing with soreness for about a week now,” Acuna said through a translator. “It comes and goes and I’m playing through it. At this moment, I feel good.”
In the first game, Chadwick Thompson doubled twice, singled and drove in three runs to lead Atlanta to a 5-2 win.
Acuna’s shot over the wall in center was his 26th career leadoff homer. He also has 10 career blasts on the first pitch, four against Miami.
Braves starter Ian Anderson, who was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett Aug. 7 only to return temporarily as the 27th man for the doubleheader, scattered two runs in six innings. Anderson (10-6) gave up five hits, walked one and struck out four.
Although he reached double-digit victories in a season for the first time in his career, Anderson has struggled with command, prompting the demotion to the minors.
“Kudos to all of the guys in this locker room, I feel I’ve had a ton of run support these last few games,” Anderson said of the double-digit milestone. “That always helps, but it’s definitely an accomplishment.”
The Marlins have lost 12 of 13 at home and scored 23 runs total through their first 12 games in August. They also have been held to three runs or less in their last 14 games, the longest stretch in the major leagues since the Chicago Cubs had a similar drought for 15 games in Sept. 1979.
Kiner-Falefa helps Yankees squeeze past Red Sox 3-2
BOSTON (AP) Isiah Kiner-Falefa drove in the go-ahead run with a safety squeeze in the ninth inning and hit his first career homer with New York, sending the AL East-leading Yankees past the Red Sox 3-2 on Saturday night for just their second win in 10 games.
It was manager Aaron Boone’s 400th career victory with the Yankees.
“It feels good to come through with the big homer and small ball,” Kiner-Falefa said. “Showing off both sides of my game. I was just happy to come out with the win, we’ve been playing a lot of close games lately.”
Alex Verdugo had two hits for Boston, which had won its last two games, including a dramatic 3-2 win over New York in 10 innings on Friday night.
Andrew Benintendi sparked New York’s winning rally with a one-out double off the center-field wall against John Schreiber (3-2). Jose Trevino reached on an infield hit before Kiner-Falefa laid down a perfect bunt toward first base on the next pitch, with Benintendi scoring on a headfirst slide.
“The stadium went wild. I thought he was out,” he said of the bunt. “I was like: `Oh man.’ I was thinking in my head. I looked in the dugout and they’re waiting for the celebration.”
Aroldis Chapman (1-3) got four outs for the victory. Scott Effross worked a rocky ninth for his second save.
“Great job,” Boone said of Effross. “Nothing’s easy for us right now. We’re going through it, kind of one of those gut-check wins.”
Reese McGuire and Tommy Pham hit consecutive singles for Boston with one out in the ninth. But Rafael Devers bounced into a fielder’s choice and Xander Bogaerts popped out.
Benintendi also made a diving catch in left in his second game back at Fenway Park since being traded by the Red Sox in February 2021.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge went 0 for 2 with two walks a night after hitting his major league-leading 46th homer. He had reached at least three times in his previous five games.
Trailing 2-0, the Yankees tied it in the fifth when Kiner-Falefa drove in Benintendi with a shot to left. Kiner-Falefa is in his first season with New York after he was acquired in a trade with Minnesota in March.
“They gave it to me,” he said of the home-run ball. “The kids asked for a Judge ball. So I got that done. Who wouldn’t want a Judge ball, though? So I gave it to them. It’s pretty cool. My first home run in pinstripes.”
The Red Sox had jumped in front in the fourth when Jarren Duran was hit on the back leg by a pitch with the bases loaded and McGuire followed with a sacrifice fly.
Hernández HR, Blue Jays halt Guardians’ 6-game win streak
TORONTO (AP) Teoscar Hernandez hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Matt Chapman also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Cleveland 2-1 Saturday, halting the Guardians’ season-high winning streak at six.
Hernandez reached base twice as the Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak, righting themselves after an 8-0 loss Friday that followed two defeats at Baltimore.
“Bouncing back from the game yesterday is huge,” Hernandez said.
Cleveland, the AL Central leaders, lost for the third time in 10 games.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. extended his career-best hitting streak to 22 games with a double in the first. Guerrero has the longest active hitting streak in the majors.
Hernandez and Chapman both connected off Guardians starter Triston McKenzie, who has lost three of his past four decisions. McKenzie (8-9) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.
“He kept a really strong lineup at bay,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said of McKenzie.
Anthony Bass (3-3) pitched one inning for the win as five Toronto relievers combined to pitch 4 1/3 shutout innings in relief of Mitch White.
“It lined up well after Mitch,” interim Blue Jays manager John Schneider said. “Just a credit to those guys. They were all pretty much nails.”
White allowed one run and three hits. One of his three walks came around to score.
“We never really drew a bead on (White),” Francona said, “and then their bullpen is really good.”
Yimi Garcia got two outs in the eighth inning, leaving after Josh Naylor’s double, and Jordan Romano walked Andres Gimenez before striking out Oscar Gonzalez.
Pinch-hitter Will Benson reached on a one-out single in the ninth, advancing to second on shortstop Bo Bichette’s throwing error. With the sellout crowd of 44,977 on its feet, Romano struck out Steven Kwan looking to finish it, earning his 26th save in 30 chances.
Making his second start for Toronto since being acquired from the Dodgers earlier this month, White allowed one run and three hits in 4 2/3 innings, leaving with runners at first and second. Zach Pop came on and got Guardians slugger Jose Ramirez to fly out to the warning track in center.
Adam Cimber got two outs before Bass took over in the seventh.
Gimenez hit a two-out RBI single in the first.
The Blue Jays tied it in the fifth on Chapman’s 23rd homer. The leadoff shot snapped a 16-inning scoreless drought dating to Tuesday’s game at Baltimore.
Chapman matched Guerrero for the Blue Jays team lead in home runs with his drive to left.
Hernandez put Toronto in front with a leadoff homer in the seventh, his 17th.
Padres manager Melvin says Tatis ‘remorseful’ about PED ban
WASHINGTON (AP) San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin reached out to suspended All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. in a phone call Saturday and said the player “feels remorseful.”
Melvin did not reveal anything else about what he termed a “private conversation” with Tatis, the dynamic fan favorite whose 80-game ban for testing positive for a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid, Clostebol, was announced by Major League Baseball shortly before the start of San Diego’s 10-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday.
The first-year Padres skipper said he did not feel the need to discuss the Tatis suspension with other players again before Saturday’s game at Nationals Park.
Asked by a reporter whether he would want Tatis to speak to his teammates about what happened, Melvin replied: “I don’t know where and when that would potentially happen, so I’m not sure at this point.”
Some other Padres players were critical in their comments after Friday’s game, including pitcher Mike Clevinger, who talked about being “disappointed” in Tatis and hoping the shortstop realizes “it’s about more than just him right now.”
A talented hitter and fielder, Tatis led the National League with 42 home runs last season, pairing with third baseman Manny Machado to give the Padres a feared middle of the order. But Tatis had not played at all in 2022 because he broke his left wrist in the offseason – in what is believed to have been a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.
Tatis had surgery in mid-March and had been expected to join the Padres soon to help them make a push for an NL wild-card berth; they’re currently third in the race for one of those three spots. San Diego entered Saturday’s game against Washington with a record of 64-51.
Padres general manager A.J. Preller boosted his roster ahead of the trade deadline earlier this month, adding sluggers Juan Soto and Josh Bell from the Nationals, closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers and infielder Brandon Drury from the Cincinnati Reds.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS: JOHN CALIPARI: COMPARING KENTUCKY TO OTHERS WAS “MY BAD”
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari says he made a mistake comparing Kentucky’s athletic department to others and wants to make clear he will keep supporting the Wildcats’ football team.
Calipari wrote on social media Saturday that he heard what Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops said in response to his push for upgraded practice facilities for his basketball team. Calipari says he reached out to Stoops on Thursday and will keep trying.
“Comparing our athletic dept. to others was my bad. I have supported Mark & the football team through good and bad. I will continue to support them & cheer them on,” Calipari wrote.
The Kentucky coach then added: “Now I’ll do what I’ve done for 30 years: Coach my team and block out the clutter.”
The Hall of Fame coach referred to the university as a “basketball school” in an interview and noted recently approved upgrades for other Kentucky programs. Stoops responded to the remarks on Twitter and said, “Basketball school? I thought we competed in the SEC?” He ended with the hashtag “(hash)4straightpostseasonwins,” referencing the Wildcats’ recent success.
Calipari guided Kentucky to its eighth NCAA championship in 2012, but hasn’t reached the Final Four since 2015. The Wildcats were bounced by No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s in its NCAA Tournament opener last spring. Kentucky football is coming off its second 10-win season in four years under Stoops and has earned the four wins among six consecutive postseason appearances.
Cameron Smith has claret jug and now eyes No. 1 in the world
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) British Open champion Cameron Smith has spent all week ignoring queries about reports he will be the latest to leave the PGA Tour for Saudi-funded LIV Golf. His only concern was try to win the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Now there’s another perk at stake: No. 1 in the world.
Even as J.J. Spaun picked up a pair of late birdies for a 2-under 68 to main a one-shot lead over Sepp Straka, and Will Zalatoris moved into contention for his first PGA Tour title, Smith is who got everyone’s attention Saturday in the FedEx St. Jude Championship.
He birdied his last hole for a 67, leaving him among those two shots out of the lead and fully aware that a win takes him to No. 1 in the world.
“That’s been one of my goals probably since the start of the year is to try to get to that top spot,” Smith said. “Try and chase it down.”
A week that began with a federal judge delivering a blow to LIV Golf by denying the request from three of its players to be part of the postseason could very well end with a new No. 1 that appears headed for the rival series.
Distractions don’t seem to be a problem for the Aussie, and there is no shortage of them.
“There’s definitely been a few more, but for me, I’m just trying to hit the best shot I can,” Smith said. That’s what I’m here to do is to hit good golf shots and make birdies.”
Spaun had a two-putt birdie on the par-5 16th and holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the next hole to claim the 54-hole lead a 13-under 197. Straka was right there with him until he failed to save par from the bunker on the 18th for a 68 that left him one shot behind.
Both are first-time winners on the PGA Tour this year, and a victory in a FedEx Cup playoffs even carries even more weight – $2.7 million to the winner and a guaranteed spot at East Lake for the FedEx Cup finale.
Zalatoris is just as hungry for a win. He has been a tough customer in the majors, losing in a playoff at the PGA Championship and finishing one back in the U.S. Open. He is No. 14 in the world. And he has yet to win on the PGA Tour.
Zalatoris opened with a 71 that put him in such a hole that even his fiancee wanted to know their plans if he didn’t make it to the weekend.
“I told her, `Let’s cross that bridge when he get there,'” Zalatoris said with a smile. He decided to let his new caddie, Joel Stock, read putts in their second official round together. Zalatoris shot a 63 and followed with a 65 on Saturday.
He also was two behind, along with Trey Mullinax (66).
As for the chase to the next playoff event, consider Tyler Duncan. He is No. 118 in the FedEx Cup, and only the top 70 move on to the BMW Championship next week in Delaware. Duncan had a 67 and was tied for sixth. He was three behind, and even if he doesn’t win, he can move on if he can hold his position.
Ryan Palmer had a 32 on the back nine to salvage a 69 leaving him on the cusp of the top 70 that will advance.
There are 16 players separated by four shots, a group that includes Sam Burns and Tony Finau. A winner in his last two starts, Finau ended his streak of 11 rounds at 68 or lower. He made a bogey on the last hole gave him a 69, leaving him four behind.
No one stands out like Smith, for so many reasons. Not only is it his first start since being introduced at St. Andrews as the “champion golfer of the year,” the Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday that he had signed with LIV and would join the defectors outside Boston after the Tour Championship is over.
Smith has steadfastly refused to talk about it.
“I’m a man of my word and whenever you guys need to know anything, it’ll be said by me,” Smith said Tuesday. That was shortly before a California federal judge denied a request by three LIV golfers to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Still, the Saudi talk and the disruption in golf is hard to ignore. Palmer was finishing up his interview and discussing the merits of trying to move into the top 70 and stay in the hunt for the top 30 who advance to the Tour Championship at East Lake.
Smith was on deck, standing within earshot, about 10 feet away. Palmer became more passionate about the FedEx Cup playoffs, and it probably wasn’t a coincidence.
“That’s what I love about what we do out here. There’s always somewhere to go up and there’s always something to play for,” Palmer said. “Win each week, move into the top 70, moving to East Lake. That’s what’s good about the PGA Tour is there’s somewhere to go. We’re not playing for just money. It’s great.”
PGA LEADERBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/golf/final.asp?tour=PGA
Ferguson leads by 3 shots at ISPS Handa World Invitational
BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland (AP) Ewen Ferguson of Scotland extended his lead to three strokes by shooting 2-under 68 in the third round of the ISPS Handa World Invitational on Saturday.
Ferguson, who won the Qatar Masters in March, set up the chance of a second win on the European tour with a controlled round which featured four birdies and two bogeys at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
He started the day with a one-shot lead over Borja Virto of Spain and now leads by three over John Catlin of the United States (66).
The tournament is tri-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour. The men and women play from different tees and compete separately, with two equal prize funds of $1.5 million each.
In the women’s event, American Amanda Doherty led for the third straight day and was still one shot ahead, on 12-under 206 for the tournament, in her bid for a first LPGA Tour title.
Georgia Hall and Peiyun Chien, who both shot 70s, are the nearest challengers to Doherty, who shot 72.
LPGA LEADERBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/golf/final.asp?tour=LPGA
Blaney, Truex eyeing playoff spot on Sunday at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. are the favorites as they battle for position to make NASCAR’s playoffs, but in a season when there have already been 15 race winners, they are far from the lone contenders.
Blaney is second in points, just 19 points ahead of fourth-place Truex, but neither has won a race – the virtual automatic ticket to a spot in the postseason. Three races remain before the 16-driver field is set, starting with Sunday afternoon at Richmond Raceway. Two more unique winners could leave a race winner out of the field for the first time under the playoff format.
Other non-winners include 2012 series champion Brad Keselowski, Bubba Wallace, last weekend’s runner-up at Michigan, and 14th-place Erik Jones. After Richmond, the series moves to the road course at Watkins Glen and finishes the regular season at the superspeedway that is Daytona.
Truex appears to have an edge on Richmond’s 0.75-mile oval, having won three of the last six races here, but Blaney led 128 laps in the spring and has two consecutive top-10 finishes on the D-shaped layout.
Truex doesn’t plan to change anything in his approach.
“We go race the best we know how. And, you know, hopefully you put ourselves in a position to win and do all the right things,” he said. “It’d be disappointing with the season we’ve had to not make it.”
Blaney also declined to lament the fairness of the playoff format and said he hopes to continue the improvements he’s made in his last two races here.
“I was proud of the progress we made here in the spring, the progress we continue to make at this racetrack, and I think we’ve built on it even more. Hopefully it shows, you know, in the race.”
Truex and Baney both reached the second round of qualifying, but Kyle Larson won the pole with a lap at 117.177 mph. Trux will start sixth, Blaney 10th.
The race winner most in danger of being bumped is Kurt Busch, who will miss his fourth consecutive race because of a concussion sustained in qualifying at Pocono on July 23. Busch has dropped from 14th to 20th while sidelined.
The 15 winners include five first-timers, and Kevin Harvick said Saturday that the win-and-you’re-in idea makes it exciting for race winners, but the notion that Blaney or Truex could be knocked out of the playoffs while near the top of the point standings is problematic.
“I think there has to be more weight put on all 26 weeks and the things that you do from a fairness to a team standpoint,” he said,
Harvick ended a 65-race winless drought last week at Michigan.
Kyle Busch still doesn’t have a contract with Joe Gibbs Racing for next season, but the two-time series champion says while his immediate future is up in the air, he’s got a much better handle on his long-term plans.
“I would like it to not have to go through this again,” Busch said of contract negotiations. “I’ve got six, seven, maybe eight more years. If I play all this out perfectly, (son) Brexton and I will share a truck when he turns 16 years old, when he’s 16 and 17. And then it’s his when he’s 18 and I’m done, I’m out.”
Truex (2017) and possibly Kurt Busch (2004) aren’t the only former champions who could miss the playoffs.
Keselowski has struggled since leaving Team Penske aftre last season to take an ownership role with Jack Roush and RFK Racing. He’s 28th in points with just three top-10 finishes. His standing includes a 100-point penalty he incurred in March for modifying a single-source part on the Next Gen car.
ODDS AND ENDS
There were 16 different winners last season, but only 14 before the playoffs began. Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace both notched victories during the postseason. … Larson won 10 times, and the championship, last season. He’s won just once this year. … Kyle Busch leads active drivers with six Richmond victories. Denny Hamlin has four, Harvick and Truex three each and Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch each have two.
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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS FOOTBALL: Bills rally to beat Colts 27-24 in Matt Ryan’s Indy debut
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Matt Ryan can finally put the Falcons behind him.
Whether it was seeing his name on the back of a No. 2 Colts jersey hanging in his locker, or completing his first attempt – a 6-yarder to tight end Kylen Granson – the 37-year-old quarterback feels as if his transition to Indianapolis is complete.
“I’m part of this team and there’s 30, 40 other guys that it was their first time playing with the Colts today,” Ryan said following a 27-24 preseason-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. “We all got it under under our belt for the first time. And I think all of us, that entire group of new guys here is going to feel a lot better heading into next week.”
The Colts can begin feeling more comfortable following Ryan’s debut, which reflected many of his pass attempts: relatively short and efficient.
With Von Miller and the rest of the Bills starting defense sitting out, Ryan finished 6 of 10 for 58 yards, with two of his incompletions coming on fourth down. More importantly, the 15-year veteran didn’t commit a turnover while showing a nimbleness in the pocket by avoiding a defender to hit Michael Pittman in stride on a crossing route for a 17-yard completion.
“I thought he looked poised in the pocket. I thought he looked accurate. I thought every throw was pretty much right where it needed to be,” coach Frank Reich said. “I expected to see him do that, and he certainly delivered.”
Tyler Bass made a 46-yard field goal as time expired as Buffalo scored on three consecutive possessions in the final 8:10 to rally from a 14-point deficit. Matt Barkley oversaw the comeback in finishing 18 of 24 for 224 yards, with Raheem Blackshear rushing for touchdowns of 1 and 3 yards over a span of 4:19 to tie the game.
Buffalo won its ninth straight preseason outing, which ranks as the NFL’s second-longest active streak behind the Baltimore Ravens who have won a league-record 21 in a row.
Coach Sean McDermott took the good – the come-from-behind win – with the bad in an outing Buffalo committed five turnovers, including four in the first half.
“It was good to see us come together a little bit as a team and play better complementary football in the second half,” McDermott said. “Obviously, the turnovers and penalties in the first half can’t happen.”
With Buffalo also resting Josh Allen and its starting offense, the struggles fell on backup Case Keenum, who threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.
Keenum’s performance was a disappointment for a player the Bills are counting on to be Allen’s backup after acquiring the 10-year veteran in a trade with Cleveland. He finished 11 of 18 for 86 yards with his second interception coming one play after Bills safety Jaquan Johnson picked off Foles to give Buffalo the ball at the Colts 15.
“To go out and do that, that was uncharacteristic of me. I take full responsibility for all of those,” Keenum said. “Any time we don’t score a touchdown when we have the ball in our hands, it makes me mad. So there’s a lot of stuff I need to get better at.
Under Keenum, the Bills managed just 119 net yards offense and five first downs in the first half, with Buffalo’s only score coming on rookie linebacker Terrel Bernard returning Nick Foles’ fumble 69 yards for a touchdown.
Foles, who also threw an interception, finished 7 of 11 for 72 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to an uncovered running back Ty’Son Williams.
Sam Ehlinger, the Colts’ sixth-round pick out of Texas last year, finished 10 of 11 for 88 yards with touchdown passes to tight ends Jelani Woods and Michael Jacobson.
Ryan is set to become the Colts’ fourth different opening day starter in as many years since Andrew Luck retired. He takes over after Indianapolis parted ways with Carson Wentz, who took the blame for the Colts squandering their playoff chances by losing their final two games, including a 26-11 season-ending dud at Jacksonville.
Reich provided Ryan the preseason start in part to provide the starter an extra chance to ramp up for the season-opener at Houston on Sept. 11. Reich is also mindful of how the Colts got off to a slow start in opening last season 1-4 under Wentz.
ROOKIE VS ROOKIE
Bills first-round draft pick, CB Kaiir Elam, got the better of Colts second-round draft pick, WR Alec Pierce, in forcing Indianapolis to go three-and-out on its opening possession. Elam stayed tight to Pierce on a slant route and got his hand on Ryan’s attempt on third-and-3 at the Colts 12.
Colts: CB Isaiah Rodgers who had an interception and recovered a fumble, did not return after sustaining a head injury in the first half. … WR Keke Coutee did not return due to a groin injury.
Bills: Elam returned after being evaluated for a head injury late in the second quarter.
Colts: Host the Detroit Lions on Aug. 20.
Bills: Host the Denver Broncos on Aug. 20.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Indians Get Back to .500, Hold Memphis Bats Quiet Again, 6-1
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – On the heels of a shutout win, the Indianapolis Indians pitching staff limited the Memphis Redbirds to just four hits in a 6-1 win at AutoZone Park on Saturday night for their ninth win in 13 games.
The Indians (54-54) wasted no time getting to Cardinals top pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore (L, 5-5) in the top of the first, with right fielder Diego Castillo lining a one-out single to center before designated hitter Cal Mitchell blasted a two-run home run to right-center field for his sixth homer as an Indian this season.
Indianapolis plated two more runs in the third inning on a double that one-hopped over the wall in left-center field from second baseman Kevin Padlo and an RBI groundout from left fielder Travis Swaggerty. In the sixth, third baseman Hoy Park scored after stealing second base and two subsequent throwing errors, and catcher Jamie Ritchie came in on a looped single to shallow center from Castillo.
After Indians starter Jerad Eickhoff threw 3.0 perfect innings with five strikeouts to open the game, right-hander Mike Burrows (W, 1-3) worked 4.0 scoreless innings before the Redbirds (57-52) finally infiltrated the scoring column with designated hitter Moises Gomez’s minor league-leading 31st home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh.
Three Indianapolis hitters had multi-hit nights, including 3-for-5 nights for Castillo and Padlo. Padlo, playing in his fourth game with Indianapolis, has now started his Indians career 8-for-15 (.533 average).
With the win, the Indians now sit at an even .500 for the first time since July 1, when the team was in Nashville for a six-game series against the division-leading Sounds. After shutting out the Redbirds last night, the one run allowed over the last two games is the fewest by Indians pitching over a two-game stretch since April 12-13 @ St. Paul; on April 12, the game was shortened to 5.0 innings due to weather.
The Indians and Redbirds conclude their series on Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park, with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 PM ET. RHP Miguel Yajure (2-3, 6.81) gets the ball for Indianapolis against Memphis RHP Thomas Parsons (7-3, 4.84) in a starting pitching rematch of the series opener on Tuesday.
INDY ELEVEN: Hartford Athletic 2: 1 Indy Eleven
HARTFORD, Conn. (Saturday, August 13, 2022) – Despite controlling the second half on the road, Indy Eleven’s comeback bid at Hartford Athletic fell short in a 2-1 defeat at Trinity Health Stadium in the Connecticut capital. Eleven captain Ayoze marked a record-breaking night with a penalty kick conversion that halved the Hartford advantage just before halftime, but it wasn’t enough to end Indy’s winless stretch that hit 11 games (0-9-2) with the loss.
With kickoff came a milestone for Ayoze, who took sole possession of the club’s career appearances record at 116, his 100th start in an Eleven unform breaking a deadlock in the category with former teammate from the 2018 season and “Eleven Original” Brad Ring. The Spanish midfield maestro is on the cusp of another career mark for the club, as he now sits one start behind all-time leader Karl Ouimette’s 101 in that category.
It didn’t take long after kickoff for the Eleven to get a look, as Solomon Asante’s shot from the corner of the penalty area forced Hartford goalkeeper Yannik Oettl into a save 10 seconds in, giving an Indy side struggling to score a promising start in the final third. Hartford began to put its stamp on the match as it approached the 10th minute with a pair of quality attacks, but Indy netminder Sean Lewis was up to the task with a parry of Prince Saydee’s dipping shot and a 1-v-1 stoning of Juan Carlos Obregon Jr. via a kick save at the top of his area.
Hartford grabbed control of the contest with Danny Barrera’s opener in the 19th minute, when he had ample time and space to fire a dipping shot from 22 yards that just beat a diving Lewis at his left post. Athletic doubled their pleasure just seven minutes later by finishing off a 3-v-2 counter attack that saw Ariel Martinez accept Saydee’s final pass and finish inside the far right post to put Indiana’s Team in a sudden 0-2 hole midway through the opening stanza.
In a summer of hard luck, a rare – and deserved – break went Indy’s way just before halftime, when defender Robby Dambrot was tripped down inside the area to earn the Eleven their first penalty kick off the 2022 campaign. It was Ayoze stepping up and burying the spot kick into the left side netting past Oettl’s lunge, giving the Eleven captain his second goal of the season – both coming against Hartford – and providing the visitors with some momentum heading into the locker room.
Indy indeed carried that energy into the start of the second half by taking the first four shots of the stanza, including a pair by Asante that forced Oettl into stops. Striker Stefano Pinho entered the fray just before the hour mark and looked to make his mark in the 62nd minute with a shot from the top of the area that again brought Oettl into action. Saydee’s 65th minute shot from distance that flashed just wide of the left post was the only serious look Hartford mustered in the middle of the half, and when Raul Aguilera ran onto Juan Tejada’s layoff at the top of the area and bent a blast at Oettl on the other end three minutes later it again put Indy on the front foot.
The match opened up during a hectic final 10 minutes of regulation and stoppage time, with the Eleven’s hard push for an equalizer creating chances on both ends. Lewis came up big in the 83rd minute to bat away Barrera’s attempt from 10 yards, and the 87th minute saw Pinho push a first-time volley of Asante’s stellar service from the right flank just over the bar. As the match entered five minutes of stoppage it was Aguilera again getting a crack at a ball that set up 10 yards from goal, but with traffic immediately ahead he steered the ball wide right, leaving the midfielder shaking his head at the opportunity. Two chances by Hartford sub Rashawn Dally went wanting in the final moments, leaving the door cracked for an Eleven equalizer that never came to be.
Indy Eleven will take to the road once again next Saturday, August 20, with a pivotal meeting for postseason hopes at FC Tulsa (8:30 p.m., live on ESPN+), Indiana’s Team will return home with two games against top of the table sides in four days’ time on Aug. 27 against Louisville City FC (7:00 p.m.) and Aug. 31 versus San Antonio FC. Tickets for those matches – and all future contests at Carroll Stadium – can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets, and fans can learn more about promotional themes for the evenings at indyeleven.com/promotions.
2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 23
Hartford Athletic 2 : 1 Indy Eleven
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Trinity Health Stadium – Hartford, Conn.
HFD – Danny Barrera (unassisted) 19’
HFD – Ariel Martinez (Prince Saydee) 26’
IND – Ayoze (penalty kick) 47+’
IND – Robby Dambrot (yellow card) 33’
IND – Neveal Hackshaw (yellow card) 43’
HFD – Danny Barrera (yellow card) 53’
IND – Wilfredo Rivera (yellow card) 84’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Sean Lewis; Robby Dambrot (Stefano Pinho 58’), Jesus Vazquez, Mechack Jerome, Jared Timmer; Ayoze (captain), Neveal Hackshaw (A.J. Cochran 86’), Raul Aguilera, Bryam Rebellon (Justin Ingram 74’); Juan Tejada (Wilfredo Rivera 74’), Solomon Asante
IND substitutes: Tim Trilk (GK), Sam Brown, Alex McQueen
Hartford Athletic (4-2-3-1): Yannik Oettl; Logan Gdula, Modou Jadama, Walid Vacoubou, Younes Boudadi; Luke Prpa (Andre Lewis 89’), Danny Barrera (captain); Joel Johnson (Ashkanov Apollon 70’), Ariel Martinez (Conor McGlynn 66’), Prince Saydee; Juan Carlos Obregon Jr. (Rashawn Dally 66’)
HFD Substitutes: Jimmy Slayton (GK), Mitchell Curry, Peter-Lee Vassell
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: Notre Dame loses WR Davis (knee); names QB Buchner starter
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame receiver Avery Davis will miss the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee.
Notre Dame also announced Saturday sophomore quarterback Tyler Buchner will start the opener against Ohio State on Sept. 3.
The school said Davis, a senior and team captain who was penciled in to start at slot receiver for the Fighting Irish, was injured during Friday’s practice. Davis missed the final month of last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee, but was still third on the team in yards receiving with 386 on 27 catches.
The loss is a hit to an already thin position for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame has only five scholarship receivers left on the roster and only Braden Lenzy and Lorenzo Styles caught more than 20 passes last season.
Buchner played in 10 games last season, mostly as a backup, and threw for 298 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions last season. He also ran for 336 yards and three scores.
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Preseason Concludes with Win
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team concluded the preseason exhibition slate with a 2-1 victory over Illinois State on Saturday afternoon at Folk Field.
The Boilermakers conclude the preseason with a 2-0-0 record, ahead of the regular season which begins on Thursday night.
The Redbirds scored the game’s first goal, in the 45th minute. Purdue answered early in the second half to tie the game at 1-1. The final goal came with less than two minutes remaining, as the Boilermakers secured the 2-1 win.
Saturday’s game was the preseason finale for both teams. The Boilermakers began the exhibition slate with a 5-3 win at Marquette on Wednesday.
Up next, the regular season commences against No. 15 USC on Thursday, August 18, at 7 p.m. ET. Purdue’s complete schedule, which features nine regular-season home games at Folk Field, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game at Folk Field in 2022.
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: Preseason Preview: Running Backs
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The U.S. Lawns Fall Football Camp continues as Indiana State football prepares for the upcoming September 1 kickoff against North Alabama.
The Sycamores will be breaking down the team throughout the fall camp toward the opener in Terre Haute with position-by-position group previews, as well as opponent previews. In today’s edition, we take a look at the running backs.
From the Coordinator
“Super excited, deep group and ready to get on the field.” – Offensive Coordinator Mike Bath on the running backs
Projected Starters: Justin Dinka, Tee Hodge, Omarion Dixon
Returners: Dawson Basinger, Korbin Allen
Additions/Newcomers: CJ Cooper, Plez Lawrence
Things to Watch
We Roll Deep
The Indiana State running back room is one of the deepest in terms of experience on the Sycamores roster heading into the 2022 season. Six of the seven running backs have collegiate experience and have lined up in at least one game, while the seventh (Plez Lawrence) is a true freshman that racked up 1,400 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior season at Kokomo High School.
Justin Dinka, Tee Hodge, and Omarion Dixon are likely to get the starting nods throughout the 2022 season. Dinka is the most experienced of the bunch and returns as the Sycamores’ leading rusher averaging 5.9 yards per carry with a season-high 42 yards coming against Southern Illinois. Hodge made his collegiate debut at Tennessee last season, while Dixon made a trio of appearances on the field last season. Dawson Basinger and Korbin Allen also saw time on the field in the 2021 season and will be in the mix throughout the year.
Indiana State’s running back room features a pair of FBS transfers in Justin Dinka (San Diego State) and Tee Hodge (Tennessee). In the offseason, the Sycamores also added Division II transfer CJ Cooper (Quincy) as the Sycamores have multiple battle-tested backs ready to take the next step.
Dinka is a former three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports coming out of Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas prior to attending San Diego State. He’s currently in his third season on the Sycamores’ roster heading into 2022 and served as one of the top backs for ISU in 2021. Hodge is also a former three-star recruit from 247spots coming out of Maryville High School in Maryville, Tenn. He posted 1,006 rushing yards on 141 carries and 15 touchdowns in 2019 on his way to leading the team to a 15-0 record and Class 6A state championship. Cooper redshirted in his lone season at Quincy, but recorded 1,500 yards over seven games in his senior season at Calumet New Tech High School in Hammond, Ind.
Pound the Ball
Indiana State’s rushing attack has been one of the staples of a Curt Mallory offense and this season will likely be no exception. Overall, four different running backs were utilized in the backfield in the 2021 season as the Sycamores averaged 111.6 yards per game on the ground and picked up 10 rushing touchdowns.
Gone is workhorse back Peterson Kerlegrand (185 carries, 830 yards, five touchdowns) as the senior running back accounted for 67.6% of the Sycamores’ rushing attack last season. However, the Sycamores will have a renewed emphasis in building out the rushing game and will spread the wealth this season to keep the clock running and chains moving.
19 – Indiana State’s running back room returns 19 carries from the 2021 season following the departure of Peterson Kerlegrand among others. Justin Dinka is responsible for all 19 carries picking up 112 rushing yards over 10 games of action on the field.
111.6 – Indiana State averaged 111.6 rushing yards per game in 2021 and had four games with 100-plus rushing yards on the year.
228 – Indiana State’s highest rushing total of the 2021 season came last year on October 23 as the Sycamores picked up 228 yards on 43 carries against Youngstown State. ISU added four rushing touchdowns in the win over the Penguins.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Fall In Exhibition Match With Saint Louis
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Rooke of the Year Emily Gaebe came off the bench Saturday to score two second-half goals and notch a first-half assist to spark the visiting Saint Louis University Billikens to a 4-0 exhibition victory over the homestanding University of Evansville women’s soccer team at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.
Saint Louis broke a scoreless draw with a header goal off a corner kick by senior midfielder Abbie Miller in the 30th minute. UE nearly equalized minutes later, as senior forward Emily Ormson got behind the SLU defense, but was denied from out front by Saint Louis goalkeeper Emily Puricelli.
The match remained 1-0 until the 43rd minute, when Gaebe connected with a streaking Hannah Smith down the right side, and Smith finished to the far post to give the Billikens a 2-0 halftime advantage. Then, Gaebe scored off a giveaway in the 52nd minute, before adding a penalty-kick goal in the 88th minute to provide the final margin of victory for the Billikens.
“Saint Louis is a very good team,” said UE head coach Chris Pfau. “I knew coming in that they would expose some things for us, which is honestly why you play exhibition matches, so that you can learn what you need to work on going forward.
“I think that we learned a lot today, especially considering this was our first exhibition match of the year and we have ten new players on the team. Now, we just need to get back to work and fix some things in training and get ready for Vanderbilt on Thursday.”
Evansville will host the Commodores of Vanderbilt on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the regular-season opener at Arad McCutchan Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale for the UE women’s soccer team at the Carson Center ticket office for just $45. The Vanderbilt match will be the first of nine regular-season home matches for the Purple Aces.
VALPO FOOTBALL: Boasts Nine Representatives on Phil Steele Preseason All-PFL Squads
Nine members of the Valparaiso University football program were recognized this week as the annual Phil Steele Preseason All-Pioneer Football League teams were announced.
Three Beacons achieved First Team status, all specialists as Valpo boasted half of the honorees in the special teams category. Senior kicker Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland), sophomore punt returner Josh Becton (Kansas City, Kan. / F.L. Schlagle) and junior kick returner Chuck Maxwell (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Christian Academy) were all recognized on the first team.
Senior offensive lineman Aaron Byrd (Bradley, Ill. / Bourbonnais) and junior linebacker Evan Annis (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson) were named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-PFL Second Team, while junior wide receiver Braden Contreras (Hillsdale, Ill. / Hinsdale Central), junior offensive lineman Drew Parrish (New Lenox, Ill. / Lincoln Way Central), junior defensive lineman Kurt Kessen (Shelby Township, Mich. / Utica) and junior defensive back Keyon Turner (Chicago, Ill. / Marist) were tabbed to the third team.
Barthlomew, also a Preseason All-PFL choice, was an All-PFL First Team selection last season while also earning Phil Steele All-PFL First Team honors. He was named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 6. Last season marked Bartholomew’s second straight All-PFL First Team nod, as he also earned that recognition in Spring 2021, when he was named the team’s Most-Improved Player as well.
Maxwell, one of three Valpo players named to the league’s preseason all-conference team, was tabbed All-PFL Second Team each of the last two seasons and was Phil Steele All-PFL First Team last fall. He was named a Freshman All-American by HERO Sports following the Spring 2021 campaign. That season, Maxwell finished as the national leader in kickoff return average at 29.8 yards per return. In Fall 2021, he ranked 13th nationally in total kick return yards and 22nd in kickoff return average while leading the league in both total kickoff return yards (599) and kickoff return average (24.96).
Becton was selected to the Phil Steele All-PFL Third Team last year. He had 12 punt returns for 85 yards and seven kickoff returns for 120 yards.
Also a Preseason All-PFL choice from the league office, Byrd was named All-PFL Honorable Mention each of the last two seasons while also earning All-PFL Second Team in each of those years. Furthermore, Byrd was named the Sever Award winner in both Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 as that award is bestowed upon the team’s top offensive lineman. The leader of Valpo’s offensive line, Byrd was also named to the Phil Steele All-PFL Fourth Team in Fall 2021.
Annis was named All-PFL Honorable Mention last fall after earning All-PFL Second Team honors during the Spring 2021 campaign. He was named to the Academic All-PFL First Team each of the last two seasons and won the team’s Koenig Award for outstanding sportsmanship and character in Spring 2021.
Contreras has been a key part of the Valpo receiving corps each of the last two seasons, boasting a season-high 118 receiving yards this past fall vs. Dayton. During the Spring 2021 campaign, he made a memorable 9-yard touchdown catch to give Valpo the lead with 21 seconds remaining in a 20-19 victory over San Diego.
Parrish has been recognized on the Academic All-PFL First Team each of the last two seasons. Kessen was named the team’s Most-Improved Player and was an Academic All-PFL First Team pick last fall. Turner received a slew of honors following the Spring 2021 season, when he was the outright national leader in takeaways with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He was the lone freshman named to the All-PFL First Team, was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award (FCS National Freshman of the Year) and was selected as a HERO Sports Freshman All-American.
Valpo kicks off the 2022 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 3 vs. Indiana Wesleyan at 6 p.m. at Brown Field.
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|Toronto||61||51||.545||10||35 – 22||26 – 29||20 – 21||19 – 14||15 – 11||4 – 6||W 1|
|Tampa Bay||59||53||.527||12||34 – 22||25 – 31||26 – 22||11 – 14||12 – 9||5 – 5||W 1|
|Baltimore||59||54||.522||12.5||33 – 21||26 – 33||23 – 26||11 – 13||15 – 8||7 – 3||L 1|
|Boston||56||59||.487||16.5||28 – 30||28 – 29||14 – 30||15 – 12||21 – 8||3 – 7||L 1|
|Cleveland||60||53||.531||–||29 – 22||31 – 31||11 – 14||28 – 21||11 – 10||7 – 3||L 1|
|Minnesota||58||54||.518||1.5||31 – 25||27 – 29||15 – 12||27 – 20||11 – 10||4 – 6||L 1|
|Chi White Sox||58||56||.509||2.5||27 – 29||31 – 27||14 – 15||25 – 25||11 – 12||5 – 5||W 2|
|Kansas City||47||68||.409||14||28 – 34||19 – 34||11 – 17||22 – 23||10 – 18||6 – 4||L 2|
|Detroit||43||72||.374||18||26 – 33||17 – 39||9 – 20||20 – 33||4 – 11||1 – 9||L 6|
|Houston||74||41||.643||–||38 – 18||36 – 23||9 – 10||18 – 6||39 – 21||7 – 3||W 3|
|Seattle||62||53||.539||12||31 – 26||31 – 27||16 – 17||7 – 6||31 – 25||6 – 4||L 1|
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|Oakland||41||73||.360||32.5||17 – 38||24 – 35||10 – 16||11 – 18||18 – 32||2 – 8||L 7|
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|Atlanta||69||46||.600||5.5||37 – 22||32 – 24||28 – 21||17 – 10||16 – 11||6 – 4||W 5|
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|Miami||50||64||.439||24||23 – 31||27 – 33||25 – 27||11 – 15||9 – 14||3 – 7||L 3|
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|St. Louis||62||51||.549||–||36 – 21||26 – 30||12 – 15||29 – 17||11 – 9||7 – 3||L 1|
|Milwaukee||61||51||.545||0.5||29 – 22||32 – 29||11 – 13||30 – 25||7 – 9||4 – 6||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||47||65||.420||14.5||24 – 34||23 – 31||11 – 8||24 – 24||8 – 21||6 – 4||W 3|
|Pittsburgh||45||69||.395||17.5||24 – 29||21 – 40||7 – 15||21 – 29||14 – 16||3 – 7||L 3|
|Cincinnati||44||68||.393||17.5||24 – 34||20 – 34||9 – 15||16 – 25||8 – 21||3 – 7||L 5|
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X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1888 Tim Keefe’s nineteen-game winning streak ends when Gus Krock and the White Stockings defeat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 4-2. The future Hall of Fame right-hander, who will amass 342 career victories, finishes the season with a 35-12 record.
1919 In a total of two hours and seventeen minutes, the Robins and Cubs split a doubleheader. In the opener, the Cubs blank Brooklyn 2-0, in one hour and ten minutes, and their opponents take one hour and seven minutes to shut out them out in the nightcap, 1-0.
1932 Brooklyn’s 10-inning, 2-1 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds makes reliever John Quinn, at the age of 49, the oldest player to win a major league game. Johnny Frederick, who will have a total of only six home runs during the entire season, hits a ninth-inning game-tying homer off Carl Hubbell, his fourth round-tripper as a pinch-hitter, establishing a new major-league record.
1933 Jimmie Foxx hits for the cycle with his two-run single off Belve Bean in the sixth inning of the A’s 11-5 victory over the Indians at Cleveland Stadium. The Philadelphia first baseman’s offensive output drives in nine runs to establish a new American League record, breaking the previous mark of 8 set in 1911 by Highlander outfielder Topsy Hartsel.
1937 At Navin Field, the Tigers sweep a doubleheader against the visiting Browns, 16-1 and 20-7. The thirty-six Detroit runs, including eight scored by Pete Fox, establish a new American League record for tallies in a twin bill, a mark not be broken until the Rangers score 39 times in two games on August 23rd, 2007.
1939 In an evening event that attracts over 30,000 Windy City patrons to Comiskey Park, the White Sox beat the Browns, 5-2, in the first major league night game ever played in Chicago. Their crosstown rivals will take another 49 years before play under lights when the Cubs finally install illumination in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field under the threat of not being able to play postseason contests in their home ballpark.
1958 Vic Power, who will have only three stolen bases this season, becomes the first player in seventy years to steal home twice in one game. The third baseman’s tenth-inning theft of the dish ends the game, giving the Indians a 10-9 ‘slide-off’ victory over the Tigers.
1960 The fans at Yankee Stadium boo Mickey Mantle, benched by Casey Stengel, for not running out a routine ground ball that results in an ‘ugly’ inning-ending double play in a 6-3 nightcap loss in a doubleheader sweep by the Senators. The team loses Roger Maris when he bruises his ribs, sliding hard into second baseman Billy Gardner’s knee to break up the twin killing.
1961 The Phillies drop their seventeenth consecutive game, a 9-2 defeat to the Cubs’ Dick Ellsworth, and, for the eleventh straight time, the opposing pitcher throws a complete game against the team. The last-place club, extending their losing skein to 23 contests, finishing with a 47-107 record, 46 games behind the league-leading Reds.
1962 For the third time this season, the Aaron brothers hit home runs in the same game. Tommie and Hank’s solo round-trippers in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, prove to be the difference in the Braves’ 5-4 victory over Cincinnati at Crosley Field.
1962 Al Jackson goes the distance in the Mets’ 15-inning loss to Philadelphia. The hard-luck lefty, throwing an astounding 215 pitches, gives up only six hits, including a two-run single third baseman Mel Roach in the fifteenth frame, which proves to be the difference in his 3-1 defeat at the Polo Grounds.
1964 In a battle of teenagers at Shea Stadium, 19-year-old first baseman Ed Kranepool homers twice off 18-year-old Phillies’ starter Rick Wise. The young Philadelphia right-hander prevails, earning the victory in the team’s 6-4 decision over the Mets.
1971 Bob Gibson doesn’t allow a hit when the Cardinals beat the Pirates, 11-0, the largest margin of victory ever in franchise history for a no-hitter. The first no-hitter in Pittsburgh in 64 years, and the first in the year-old Three Rivers Stadium, is made possible thanks to outstanding defensive plays made by outfielder Jose Cruz and third baseman Joe Torre.
1981 Dave Kingman’s home run, a monstrous blast estimated to have traveled 515-feet will remain the longest round-tripper ever hit in the 44-year history of Shea Stadium. Kong’s tape-measure home run, a solo shot over the left-center wall, comes in the fourth inning off Larry Christenson in the Mets’ 8-4 loss to Philadelphia.
1981 In the Mariners’ 13-3 defeat over Minnesota in the nightcap, Jeff Burroughs hits three home runs off three different pitchers. The M’s right fielder drives in six runs with his two-run, three-run, and a solo round-tripper in the Metropolitan Stadium contest to help salvage a split of the twin bill.
1982 Phillies first baseman Pete Rose, with his 12,365th trip to the plate, passes Hank Aaron to become the all-time leader of career at-bats. The all-time hit king will end his 24-year tenure in the major leagues with an amazing total of 15,890 ABs.
1987 Mark McGwire’s 39th round-tripper breaks the major league mark for home runs by a rookie shared by Wally Berger (1930, Red Sox) and Frank Robinson (1956, Reds). The A’s freshman first baseman, who will finish the season with an American League-leading 49 homers, hits his record-breaking round-tripper off Don Sutton, giving up the freshman’s two-run sixth-inning blast in the Angels’ 7-6 loss to Oakland at Anaheim Stadium.
1993 The Yankees retire Reggie Jackson’s uniform number 44. ‘Mr. October’, recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, played as an embattled right fielder for the Bronx Bombers from 1977-81, helping the club reach the postseason four times, including winning two world championships.
1995 The Twins retire Kent Hrbek’s uniform number 14 as a tribute to their former first baseman, who spent his entire career with Minnesota. The Minneapolis (MN) native, growing up less than a mile from Metropolitan Stadium, hit .282 during the 14-year tenure with the team, which included world championships in 1987 and 1991.
1998 The A’s Rickey Henderson’s stolen base in the first inning against the Tigers makes the thirty-nine-year-old the oldest player to steal 50 bases in a season. The veteran outfielder will end the season with a major league-leading 66 stolen bases.
1998 In a 15-3 rout of the Indians at Jacobs Field, Chris Hoiles becomes the ninth player in major league history and the only catcher to hit two grand slams in the same game. The Orioles backstop goes yard with the bases full in the third inning off Charles Nagy and does it again in the eighth off Ron Villone.
1999 Ivan Rodriguez becomes the first catcher in major league history to compile 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in the same season. The Texas backstop reaches the milestone when he swipes second base off Brook Fordyce in the team’s 8-7 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park.
2001 In the top of the ninth, Boston closer Derek Lowe allows the tying run to score when he gives up three consecutive singles to the only three batters he faces in Seattle’s eventual 6-3 victory in 11 innings at Fenway Park. The Red Sox fans show their displeasure about the blown save by tearing and then throwing onto the field pieces of the giveaway they received as a promotion for attending tonight’s game, a Derek Lowe poster.
2003 Despite a massive blackout in the Northeast, the game between the Mets and the Giants at Shea Stadium is the only postponement on the major league schedule. Although Detroit, Toronto, and Cleveland were without electricity, the Tigers, Blue Jays, and Indians either had the day off or played on the road.
2004 The Florida State League’s Daytona Cubs shift their home games into away contests when Hurricane Charley causes extensive damage to their historic ballpark. The facility, built in 1914 and renamed for Jackie Robinson to commemorate the site where the future Hall of Famer and civil rights advocate played his first exhibition game with the Montreal Royals, was also damaged by Hurricane Donna (1966) and Hurricane Floyd (1999).
2006 Matt Diaz ties a National League record and establishes a club mark by collecting a hit in ten consecutive at-bats. The Braves’ 28-year-old left-fielder, who goes 4-for-5 in Atlanta’s 10-4 victory over the Nationals at RFK, surpasses teammate Marcus Giles, who held the previous franchise mark with nine straight safeties in 2003.
2007 Atlanta skipper Bobby Cox is ejected from a major league game for the 132nd time in his career, breaking John McGraw’s all-time ejections record. The Braves manager takes only 28 seasons to set the new mark, compared to the 42 years in which Mugsy compiled his tosses, including 14 as a player.
2007 Former Yankees second baseman Phil Rizzuto, the oldest living Hall of Famer, dies in his sleep at a New Jersey nursing home from complications of pneumonia at the age of 89. Scooter became a popular icon in New York for his unique broadcasting style, appearances in numerous commercials, and lending his voice on Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” rock hit, which won a Grammy.
2007 After being arrested for hitting two players with a bat, former big-leaguer Jose Offerman is suspended indefinitely by the independent Atlantic League for the assault during a Bluefish and Long Island Ducks game. The incident, triggered when a pitch drills the former All-Star, results in Bridgeport backstop John Nathans sustaining a concussion and starter Matt Beech suffering a broken finger.
2008 In the sixth inning of a 9-2 rout of the Royals, the White Sox become the sixth team in major league history to hit four consecutive home runs in an inning. Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, and Alexei Ramirez go deep off K.C. reliever Joel Peralta, with Juan Uribe completing the record-tying feat by taking Robinson Tejeda yard at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field.
2008 Mark Kotsay joins Albert Hall as the only Atlanta player to complete the cycle when he strokes a seventh-inning double, his 1,500th career hit. The outfielder’s 5-for-5 performance isn’t enough, with the Cubs beating the Braves, 11-7, to give Chicago their first season sweep of the Braves in franchise history, which dates back to 1876.
2010 Mike McClendon becomes the first rookie in Brewers’ history to retire the first nine batter he faces. The 25-year-old right-hander is perfect in the sixth, seventh, and eighth frames in Milwaukee’s eventual 5-4, ten-inning victory over Colorado at Coors Field.
2015 The Padres’ Matt Kemp hits a ninth-inning triple to complete the cycle, making him the first player in the 35-year history of the franchise to accomplish the feat. The San Diego outfielder’s home run in the first, single in the third, and double in the seventh contribute to the team’s 9-5 victory over Colorado at Coors Field.
2021 Joining Theodore Breitenstein (1891), Bumpus Jones (1892), and Bobo Holloman (1953), Arizona southpaw Tyler Gilbert becomes the fourth pitcher to hurl a no-no in his first big league start when he beats the Padres at Chase Field, 7-0. The Diamondbacks’ 27-year-old freshman becomes the 24th rookie to throw a no-hitter, with his gem being the eighth no-hitter of the season, equaling the big-league record set in 1884, the first year of overhand pitching.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1955
For the third time in four years, Brooklyn and the Bronx went head-to-head in what was becoming as common an occurrence in the “Big Apple” as traffic. Whether the perennial champion Yankees, or their long-time rivals the Dodgers and Giants, the World Series (otherwise known as the “Big Show”) was becoming a New York institution and some writers joked that it should be given a permanent place on Broadway. The “Subway Series” as it was christened, was always a fan favorite and the ’55 Series promised more competition than the previous meetings had. Of the Dodgers’ seven World Series setbacks, the last five had come at the hands of the Yankees. However, this year, the “Bums from Brooklyn” won ten consecutive games to start the season, managed a 22-2 record in the first four weeks and cruised to the National League pennant with a 13½ game lead over the second-place Milwaukee Braves. The Yankees had missed the previous year’s Classic (despite winning one-hundred three games) and were replaced by the Cleveland Indians. This season, they were back in top form and ready to add to their ever-growing collection of championships.
Don Newcombe, a twenty-game winner during the regular season, was called in for the Dodger start for Game 1. Despite a strong effort, the Yankees sluggers maintained the Brooklyn aces’ winless Series streak as Joe Collins belted two home runs and rookie sensation Elston Howard (the first black Yankee) added a third. The Dodgers went down 6-5 and little would change the following day as Tommy Byrne, a thirty-five year-old lefthander, held the Dodgers to only five hits and posted a 4-2, Game 2, winner. Just as the Brooklyn faithful were on the verge of giving up hope, an unlikely hero named Johnny Podres took the mound. Podres had struggled to a 9-10 record for Brooklyn and was set to go up against the Yanks’ seventeen-game winner, Bob Turley. A better script could not have been written for the occasion as the young man (on his twenty-third birthday) lit up Ebbets Field with a clutch, 8-3 triumph that put his teammates back in the hunt.
The Dodgers’ renewed momentum continued in Game 4 as Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges and Duke Snider all added homers for another 8-5 victory that tied the Series up at two games apiece. Brooklyn’s train “kept a rolling” in Game 5 when rookie pitcher Roger Craig worked six-plus innings for a 5-3 decision that put the Dodgers ahead for the first time in the contest. Many fans had started to take notice and some predicted that this was the beginning of the end for the Yankees dynasty. However, as history could have predicted, the Yankees showed why they had more banners than anyone and nailed starter Karl Spooner and relievers Russ Meyer and Ed Roebuck for a 5-1, Game 6 win that was complimented by a supreme, four-hit effort by Whitey Ford.
Dodgers’ manager Walter Alston opted for Game 3 hero, Johnny Podres to close the deal in Game 7 while Yankees skipper Casey Stengel selected Game 2 winner Tommy Byrne. Both pitchers went head-to-head, holding each other scoreless for four innings, until Campanella doubled and scored on a single by Gil Hodges. The Dodgers continued to pick up the pace in the sixth as Pee Wee Reese added a clean single and Snider, attempting to sacrifice, reached base safely when he brushed the ball from Bill Skowron’s glove while running down the line. Campanella came through a second time with a perfect bunt moving Brooklyn’s base-runners to second and third. In an effort to prevent further damage the Yanks opted to intentionally walk Carl Furillo as Bob Grim came in as relief. Hodges fell victim to the fresh arm and lofted a sacrifice fly. A walk to Don Hoak reloaded the bases, but Grim and the Yankees escaped when George Shuba, batting for Don Zimmer, grounded out. Nevertheless, the Dodger’s lead had grown to 2-0. In the bottom of the sixth, Jim Gilliam moved from leftfield to second, and reserve Sandy Amoros replaced Gilliam in left. As the Bombers came to bat, Billy Martin drew a leadoff walk and Gil McDougald followed with a bunt single. Yogi Berra sliced a long drive just inside the foul pole in left field but Sandy Amoros charged the line and made a spectacular glove-hand catch. The winded outfielder followed with a picture perfect relay to Reese – who went to Hodges – who caught McDougald at 1st. The double-play was undoubtedly the most crucial of the entire Series as it prevented the Yankees from tying up the contest and having a runner in scoring position with no one out.
Despite surrendering eight hits and two walks, Podres managed to hold “the Pinstripes” at bay and entered the ninth with a two-run lead. Skowron started the Yankees’ last at-bat by putting back to Podres for the easy out. Next Bob Cerv flied out to Amoros in left and Elston Howard grounded to shortstop Pee Wee Reese who made the schoolboy toss to Hodges to end the game. And then it was over, the Dodgers had finally beaten the Yankees for their first World Championship title. The “Bums from Brooklyn” would win another National League pennant the following year, but their days were numbered and they would play only two more seasons in the “Big Apple” before moving to sunny California.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1964
The 1964 All-Star Game has been described as one of the most exciting ever as the National League came from behind to win in a dramatic ninth-inning rally.
Red Sox ace Dick Radatz was on the mound and had already thrown two hitless innings. Willie Mays, in a tough at-bat, got the walk and then stole second. Orlando Cepeda followed with a soft looper to right field scoring Mays due to a bad Joe Pepitone throw to the plate. Two quick outs and a walk later, Johnny Callison hammered a fast ball into the right field stands scoring three runs, giving the Nationals their sixth win in seven games and finally evening up the series.
FOOTBALL HISTORY-AUGUST 14
August 14, 1919 – During the second of two meetings in the editorial rooms of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Green Bay Packers franchise is officially organized and founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau. The first meeting took place on August 11, 1919. The nickname of Packers was derived from that of their sponsor for the first two seasons, the Indian Packing Company.
August 14, 1953 – The 23rd Chicago Charities College All-Star Game is played as 93,818 spectators look on to see the NFL Champion Detroit Lions defeat the College team 24-10. The game’s MVP, always the top College All-Star performing player was Gib Dawson from Texas.
August 14, 1958 – The first ever Canadian Football League (CFL) game is played as Winnipeg defeats Edmonton 29-21.
August 14, 1959 – The 29th Chicago Charities College All-Star Game is played as 70,000 spectators look on to see the Baltimore Colts defeat the College team 29-0. The game’s MVP, always the top College All-Star performing player was Bob Ptacek the fine Michigan running back.
August 14, 1959 – The AFL forms and their original teams organize which include:
Denver Broncos franchise forms AFL
Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise forms AFL
Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs franchise forms AFL
Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers franchise AFL
New York Titans/Jets franchise forms AFL
August 14, 1965 – The Continental Football League or COFL plays its first games. The league played from this inaugural season until 1969. The group of teams was mostly minor league teams assembled from a few smaller leagues.
August 14, 1973 – Legendary NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas sues the franchise he formerly played 17 season for, the Baltimore Colts for $725,000! The lawsuit had a claim that the Baltimore Colts were in breach of contract with Unitas that was made in 1970. The contract said Johnny U. would be with the team in some capacity either playing or on staff for 10 years but the team benched him and traded him to San Diego after only a couple years. Reports say that the Colts organization did pay their former signal caller the $30,000 per year for 10 years after he retired as agreed to.
Hall of Fame Birthday for August 14
August 14, 1907 – Johnny Baker was a guard from the University of Southern California and was a two time All-American at the position. In 1983 Mr. Baker was delivered the honor of entering the College Football Hall of Fame. After his playing days Baker became the head coach of football at the Iowa State Teachers College (now Northern Iowa), the University of Denver and Sacramento State College (now California State University, Sacramento).
August 14, 1916 – Wellington Mara Pro Football Hall of Fame was the famed owner of the New York Giants, who along with his brother, Jack, inherited the team from his father Tim in 1930 due to the latter’s connection with Professional Boxing. When he was young and watched his father’s Giants practice and play from the sidelines, the New York players dubbed him with a nickname “the Duke” because of the royal position in Great Britain, the Duke of Wellington. The NFL admired the innovations of Wellington so much that in 1941 they nicknamed the version of the Wilson Game ball used as ‘the Duke” in his honor. Under Wellington’s leadership the G-men won 6 NFL Titles, which included two Super Bowl wins.
August 14, 1935 – John Brodie was a quarterback that played for Stanford University. The passer’s great play there earned him a place in the College Football Hall of Fame. Brodie went on to play pro0fessionally for 17 seasons at the helm of the San Francisco 49ers. There were multiple years where he led the NFL in both passing and touchdown throws and he played in two Pro Bowls and was the 1970 NFL MVP.
SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS-AUGUST 14
22 – 3 – 20 – 14 – 25 – 49 – 44 -32
August 14, 1919 – Chicago White Sox outfielder Happy Felsch ties MLB record of 4 outfield assists in a game in 15-6 loss to Boston Red Sox
August 14, 1932 – Brooklyn Dodgers reliever John Quinn Number 22, at age 49, became the oldest pitcher to win a MLB game in a 2-1, 10th inning victory over New York Giants at the Polo Grounds
August 14, 1933 – Number 3, of the Philadelphia Athletics, Jimmie Foxx hit for the cycle and set a new American League record with 9 RBIs in a game
August 14, 1939 – The very first night MLB game in the City of Chicago is played at Comiskey Park; White Sox beat St. Louis Browns, 5-2
August 14, 1981 – Philadelphia Phillies Mike Schmidt, Number 20 hit his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott
August 14, 1982 – Pete Rose, Number 14 then of the Philadelphia Phillies, reaches a milestone of 12,365 at bat sets record (passes Aaron)
August 14, 1987 – The Oakland A’s new player, Mark McGwire, Number 25 set a rookiehome run record with 39 blasts, en route to a grand total of 49 by season’s end
August 14, 1991 – MLB California Angels outfielder Dave Winfield, Number 32 became the 23rd player in history to reach the 400 HR mark
August 14, 1993 – Reggie Jackson Day – NY Yanks retire 13th uniform number with Jackson’s Number 44
August 14, 2021 – Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Gilbert, Number 49 threw a no-hitter in his MLB debut, defeating San Diego Padres, 7-0 in Phoenix; record equalling 8th no-hitter of the season.
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