MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Kansas City 4 Chicago Cubs 2
San Francisco 6 Oakland 5
Atlanta 5 Baltimore 4
NY Yankees 7 Minnesota 1
Tampa Bay 8 Chicago White Sox 4
Toronto 3 Detroit 0
Cleveland 5 LA Angels 1
Houston 15 Seattle 1
Texas 10 Boston 1
Milwaukee 9 Washington 6
LA Dodgers 4 NY Mets 3
Cincinnati 7 Miami 4
Pittsburgh 5 St. Louis 4
Colorado 5 Arizona 2
San Diego 4 Philadelphia (10)
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 5 Toledo 4
Fort Wayne 2 W. Michigan
South Bend 4 Quad Cities 2
Buffalo 41 Chicago 15
NY Jets 23 Green Bay 14
Baltimore 20 Carolina 3
Miami 37 Atlanta 17
Pittsburgh 26 Detroit 20
Tennessee 34 Tampa Bay 3
Houston 20 Dallas 14
Indianapolis 12 Minnesota 10
Las Vegas 17 LA Rams 16
Denver 30 Seattle 3
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Minnesota 0 Sporting KC 0
Seattle 2 Columbus 1
Atlanta 2 DC 1
New England 4 Cincinnati 1
New York at New York City postponed
Philadelphia 1 Montréal 1
Orlando City 1 Chicago 0
Inter Miami 3 Toronto 1
Houston 2 Dallas 2
Colorado 2 Real Salt Lake 1
Austin 3 Portland 1
Vancouver 2 Los Angeles 1
Minnesota 101 Chicago 95
Phoenix 84 Atlanta 69
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Whiting 26 Frontier 22
Southside Home School 46 Union Dugger 6
Gary West 35 Phalen Academy 12
Martinsville 42 Bedford North Lawrence 14
Mercer County (KY) 34 Madison 13
INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
Pike Central 2 Boonville 1
Cascade 3 Beech Grove 2
Southport 2 Terre Haute South 1
Tell City 9 Shoals 1
Marquette Catholic 3 Hanover Central 2
Northwestern 4 Carroll 2
Prairie Heights 4 Lakewood Park Christian 4
White River Valley 4 Evansville Mater Dei 4
Woodlan 2 Norwell 1
Huntington North 4 Manchester 1
University 7 Indianapolis Lutheran 0
South Ripley 6 Rock Creek Academy 3
Heritage Hills 3 N. Harrison 0
Shawe Memorial 4 Morristown 2
Elkhart 3 Columbus East 2
Crawfordsville 9 Caston 1
Silver Creek 1 Madison 0
South Knox 4 NE. Dubois 2
NorthWood 1 Breman 0
South Dearborn 5 Rushville 4
Somerset Christian 5 Evansville Bosse 0
Liberty Christian 6 Tipton 0
Greencastle 3 Covington 0
Speedway 2 Covenant Christian 0
South Bend St. Joseph 2, Lake Central 2
Lawrence North 4 Shelbyville 0
Logansport 9 Twin Lakes 0
Fishers 7 Harrison 0
Concord 3 Homestead 0
Illiana Christian 1 Hobart 1
Kouts 1 Kankakee Valley 1
Muncie Burris 3 Hamilton Heights 2
Pike 1 Westfield 1
New Palestine 3 Warren Central 0
Mount Vernon 4 Forest Park 1
Lebanon 7 Benton Central 3
Valparaiso 8 Hammond Noll 0
Bloomington South 1 Seymour 0
Mount Vernon Fortville 3 New Castle 0
Rensselaer Central 9 Delphi 1
Park Tudor 5 Lafayette Central Catholic 1
Lawrenceburg 6 Connersville 1
Evansville Christian 7 Columbus Christian 1
Northridge 3 LaPorte 0
South Vermillion 6 N. Montgomery 0
Covenant Christian 11 Westville 0
Columbus North 6 Jeffersonville 0
Warsaw 9. Lafayette Jeff 0
McCutcheon 0 N. Central 0
Fort Wayne Northrup 7 Marion 0
Cathedral 0 Carroll 0
Hamilton Southeastern 1. Carmel 1
Elkhart 1 Center Grove 0
Princeton 8 Southridge 1
Indianapolis Tech 2 Columbus East 2
East Central 3 Franklin Central 1
South Bend Adams 3 Goshen 2
Boonville 6 N. Knox 0
Heritage Christian 2 Chatard 1
Bremen 4 Western 1
Noblesville 5 Olentangy Liberty 0
Fort Wayne Canterbury 2 Fort Wayne Luers 0
Crawfordsville 8 Frankfurt 1
Danville 6 Northview 0
Castle 3 Avon 0
North Putnam 4 Brown County 1
Mishawaka Marian 4 NorthWood 1
Lakeland Christian 5 N. Miami 1
Culver Academies 2 Andrean 1
Franklin Central 5 Greenfield Central 0
Rising Sun 4 Trinity Lutheran 2
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 0 Fort Wayne Concordia 0
Columbia City 1 Fort Wayne South 1
INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
Hamilton Southeastern 2 Penn 0
South Bend St. Joseph 3 Carroll 0
Evansville Memorial 5 Valparaiso 0
Homestead 5 Chesterton 0
Covenant Christian 7 Westville 0
Wheeler 3 Hebron 2
Lebanon 7 Oak Hill 1
Goshen 10 Angola 1
Jennings County 4 Salem 1
Greensburg 10 Union County 3
Cascade 3 Beech Grove 0
Breman 3 Central Noble 1
Hobart 7 LaPorte 0
Connersville 7 Triton Central 2
Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 0 Norwell 0
North Montgomery 5 S. Vermillion 1
Hamilton Heights 2 Lafayette Central Catholic 0
Silver Creek 4 Madison 0
Faith Christian 5 Benton Central 2
Tri-West 4 Covenant Christian 0
Heritage Hills 9 Evansville Bosse 0
Bloomington South 4 Castle 0
Munster 2 Northridge 1
Mishawaka Marian 2, Lake Central 0
South Bend Adams 3 Bellmont 0
Plymouth 6 Logansport 1
Ritter 1 Oldenburg Academy 0
Southridge 1 Princeton 1
Noblesville 5 W. Lafayette 0
Warsaw 6 McCutcheon 0
Chatard 3 Heritage Christian 2
Shelbyville 7 New Castle 0
Harrison 9 Kokomo 0
Mount Vernon Fortville 4 Franklin 0
Fishers 3 Franklin Central 0
Fort Wayne Concordia 3 DeKalb 2
Park Tudor 2 Brownsburg 2
Pendleton Heights 9 University 1
Terre Haute North 4 Mooresville 2
East Central 0 Badin 0
Evansville Reitz 7 Jasper 0
Plainfield 2 Westfield 1
Yorktown 4 Richmond 0
Cathedral 1 N. Central 1
Michigan City 10. South Bend Riley 1
Speedway 1 Ben Davis 0
Roncalli 1 Columbus North 0
Danville 4 Northview 1
Westfield 8 Wawasee 0
North Putnam 4 Brown County 0
Hamilton Southeastern 1 South Bend St. Joseph 0
Chesterton 2 Carroll 1
Penn 3, Valparaiso 1
Lafayette Central Catholic 9 Oak Hill 0
Homestead 4 Evansville Memorial 1
Culver 7 N. Miami 0
Hamilton Heights 6 Lebanon 0
Evansville North 10 Vincennes Lincoln 0
Bethany Christian 3 Lakeland 1
Argos 3 Northwestern 1
Warsaw 2 South Bend Adams 1
Mishawaka Marian 4 Munster 0
Lake Central 1 Bellmont 0
McCutcheon 0 Northridge 0
Fort Wayne Canterbury 8 Fort Wayne Luers 0
Culver Academies 2 Andrean 1
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
Peru 3 N. Miami 0
South Central 2 LaVille 0
Eastern Greene 2 White River Valley 0
Madison Grant 2 Bluffton 0
Penn 2 Carroll 0
Franklin Central 2 N. Decatur 1
LaPorte 2 Washington Township 0
Adams Central 2 Bluffton 0
Lakewood Park Christian 2 W. Noble 0
Terre Haute South 2 N. Central 0
Martinsville 2 Fort Wayne South 0
Madison Grant 2 Eastern 0
Covenant Christian 2 Heritage Christian 1
Hobart 2 Lake Station Edison 0
East Central 2 Scecina 1
Seeger 2 Lafayette Jeff 0
Marquette Catholic 2 Hobart 0
Crawfordsville 2 Riverton Parke 0
Tipton 2 Mississinewa 0
Perry Meridian 2 Terre Haute North 0
West Noble 2 Bethany Christian 1
Frankfurt 2 Kokomo 1
Wabash 2 Oak Hill 1
Lake Central 2 Andrean 0
Caston 2 Northfield 0
Perry Central 2 Shoals 1
South Spencer 2 Shoals 0
South-Central 2 South Bend Riley 0
Hauser 2 Henryville 0
Morgan Twp. 2 Covenant Christian 1
South Adams 2 Peru 1
Munster 2 Hammond Noll 0
Muncie Burris 2 Covenant Christian 1
Brebeuf 3 Providence 1
Alexandria Monroe 3 Herron 0
Perry Meridian 2 Northview 0
Park Tudor 2 E. Central 0
West Lafayette 2 Lafayette Jeff 0
Logansport 2 Lafayette Jeff 1
Elkhart Christian 2 Fremont 0
Illiana Christian 2 Crete Monee 0
Brown County 3 Edgewood 1
Terre Haute South 2 Loogootee 0
Pike 2 Frankfurt 0
West Lafayette 2 Seeger 0
Danville 2 Manchester 1
Southridge 2 Evansville Harrison 0
Mount Vernon Fortville 2 Western Boone 0
Carmel 3 Warsaw 1
Sullivan 2 Eastern Greene 0
Elkhart Christian 2 Westville 0
Martinsville 2 Rossville 1
North Decatur 2, Scottsburg 1
Park Tudor 2 Scecina 1
Hauser 2 Edinburg 0
Evansville Reitz 2 Southridge 0
Southridge 2 Vincennes Lincoln 1
LaPorte 2 South Bend Clay 0
Wabash 2 Winamac 0
Lake Station 2 River Forest 0
Mount Vernon Fortville 2 Hamilton Heights 0
Illiana 2 Unity Christian 1
Terre Haute North 2 Northview 1
Yorktown 3 Avon 0
Batesville 3 Shelbyville 2
Harrison 2 Culver Academies 0
Rossville 2 Fort Wayne South 0
Elwood 2 Manchester 0
Harrison 2 DeKalb 0
Seeger 2 Logansport 0
Muncie Burris 2 Heritage Christian 0
Waldron 3 Jennings County 2
Northfield 2 Delphi 0
Adams Central 2 Eastern 0
Lake Central 2 Homestead 0
Mount Vernon 3 Heritage Hills 0
West Washington 2 Eastern 0
Covenant Christian 2 Victory Christian 1
LaVille 2 LaLumiere 1
Center Grove 3 Brownsburg 2
Scottsburg 2 Franklin Central 0
Seymour 3 Madison 0
North Harrison 2 Edinburg 0
Cascade 2 Riverton Parke 0
Fort Wayne Dwenger 2 Churubusco 0
Marquette Catholic 2 Wheeler 1
Shakamak 2 White River Valley 1
Marquette Catholic 2 Calumet 0
New Prairie 2 Hanover Central 0
Fort Wayne Dwenger 2 Leo 0
Illiana Christian 2 Heritage Christian 0
New Prairie 2 Fort Wayne Northrup 1
Lake Station 2 Hammond Morton 0
Concord 2 Highland 0
Highland 2 Goshen 0
New Prairie 2 Highland 0
Northridge 2 Lakewood Park Christian 0
Marquette Catholic 2 Hammond Central 0
Herron 3 Tindley 0
Danville 2 Southern Wells 0
Highland 2 Prairie Heights 1
Hauser 2 N. Harrison 0
Covenant Christian 2 Triton Central 0
South-Central 2 LaLumiere 0
LaVille 2 South Bend Riley 0
Providence 3 Warsaw 0
Sullivan 2 Shakamak 0
Carmel 3 Brebeuf 0
Pioneer 2 Rossville 0
Rochester 2 Peru 1
Munster 2 Carroll 0
Manchester 2 Southern Wells 0
Faith Christian 2 Covenant Christian 0
Muncie Burris 2 Guerin Catholic 0
North Decatur 2 Columbus North 1
Salem 2 W. Washington 0
Terre Haute South 2 Plainfield 0
Roncalli 3 Chatard 0
Pioneer 2 Franklin Central 0
Unity Christian 2 Illiana Christian 0
Bethesda Christian 3 Shortridge 0
Lawrence North 3 Avon 0
Lake Central 2 Portage Northern 1
Riverton Parke 2 Attica 0
Bethany Christian 2 Churubusco 1
Penn 2 Munster 1
Perry Meridian 2 Terre Haute South 0
Ben Davis 2 Northview 1
Covenant Christian 2 W. Central 1
Sullivan 2 White River Valley 0
Madison Grant 2 Adams Central 0
Franklin Central 2 Rossville 1
Elwood 2 Danville 1
Mount Vernon Fortville 2 Ritter 0
LaVille 2 Oregon Davis 0
Oak Hill 2 Northfield 0
Martinsville 2 Zionsville 1
Heritage 2 W. Noble 0
Carroll 2 Hammond Noll 0
Laporte 2 New Prairie 1
Heritage 2 Bethany Christian 0
South Adams 2 Wabash 0
North Decatur 2 Fort Wayne South 0
North Central 2 Northview 1
Yorktown 3. Lawrence North 0
Plainfield 2 Perry Meridian 0
Penn 2, Lake Central 0
South Central 2 Glenn 0
Carroll 2 Portage Northern 0
Peru 2 Northfield 0
Fort Wayne Luers 2 Bethany Christian 0
Martinsville 2, Scottsburg 0
Scecina 2 Indianapolis Lutheran 0
Assumption 3 Cathedral 0
Park Tudor 2 Southport 0
Fort Wayne Dwenger 2 Lakewood Park Christian 0
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 1
Saturday, Aug. 28
Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Wednesday, Sept. 1
UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 2
Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Friday, Sept. 3
North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Sept. 4
UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Monday, Sept. 6
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN
NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sunday, August 22
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30
Monday, August 23
Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00
Friday, August 27
Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00
Saturday, August 28
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00
Baltimore at Washington, 6:00
Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00
Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 29
Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00
Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00
New England at New York Giants, 6:00
Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00
Eason, Colts eke past Vikings 12-10; offenses need more work
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts will pick a No. 2 quarterback between Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger, with the strong possibility they’ll also be choosing a fill-in starter until Carson Wentz is ready to return.
Given their inexperience, the Colts aren’t about to rush the decision.
Eason passed for 132 yards and directed two field goal drives, and the Colts beat the Minnesota Vikings 12-10 on Saturday night.
“There were some good things, and there were a lot of things to clean up,” said Eason, who went 16 for 27 without a turnover.
Troy Dye returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown to highlight a sharper showing by Minnesota’s backups, one of two deflected-then-picked-off passes thrown by Ehlinger, the Indianapolis sixth-round draft pick. Ehlinger started and led two field goal drives in the first half.
Dye snagged the ball that was tipped at the line by Armon Watts and glanced off Parris Campbell’s hands in the first quarter, running it in for the only touchdown the Vikings have in their two exhibition games.
Ehlinger was 8 for 13 for 70 yards, playing with about half starters and half backups. He was also intercepted by undrafted rookie defensive tackle Jordon Scott, who grabbed the ball after it glanced off wide receiver Ashton Dulin.
“We’re both such young guys. We’re trying to develop ourselves and learn as much as possible,” Ehlinger said. “We understand this is a marathon, not a sprint, and hopefully we both are able to have long careers and this is just a small step in that journey.”
Playing three safe series behind the starting offensive line, Kirk Cousins had his first action of this preseason for the Vikings and finished 5 for 7 for 23 yards. He was sacked once by first-round draft pick Kwity Paye, who beat left tackle Rashod Hill off the edge.
“I feel really good. I felt really clean tonight, as far as just seeing coverage and getting through my reads. I felt like we moved quickly. I felt like it was a really smooth operation, and that was encouraging,” Cousins said.
The Vikings failed to convert 11 of their 13 third downs. Greg Joseph missed a 51-yard field goal wide right, the only time Cousins and company were in scoring range. Joseph later made a 49-yard try, after a possession with backup Jake Browning behind center.
Browning went 6 for 15 for 82 yards, and rookie Kellen Mond was 6 for 12 for 61 yards.
Coach Mike Zimmer sounded at least mildly concerned by the overall performance from first to third string, and said he probably will play the starters on offense in the final exhibition. The Vikings have finished just six of 23 preseason possessions in opposing territory.
“We don’t really have much rhythm going on there,” Zimmer said.
Trubisky shines as Bills roll past Bears with 41-15 win
CHICAGO (AP) Even if it was a preseason game, Buffalo quarterback Mitchell Trubisky gained possibly a small measure of satisfaction at Soldier Field on Saturday.
Trubisky led the Bills on four touchdown drives in their first four possessions against his former team in a 41-15 preseason victory over the Bears.
“It felt good to do it against these guys, but I’m also rooting for a lot of those guys on the other side and they’re still like family to me,” Trubisky said.
Greeted by Chicago fans with a mix of both boos and cheers, Trubisky finished 20 of 28 for 221 yards with a touchdown and played the entire first half. He led six scoring drives in all and the Bills (2-0) went into the locker room leading 34-6.
“I knew people would be talking about it and hyping it up, but it was just important for me to come out here and do my job and show my teammates that I could play well,” Trubisky said.
Trubisky’s TD pass in the first half was a 4-yarder rolling right to Jake Kumerow. The Bills also had a 14-yard TD run by Devin Singletary and two 1-yard TD runs by fullback Reggie Gilliam in the first half and tacked on a 79-yard punt return for a TD by Marquez Stevenson in the third quarter.
Chicago GM Ryan Pace made Trubisky the second pick of the 2017 draft and he guided their offense during two playoff games in the past three years.
However, the Bears (1-1) decided not to pick up Trubisky’s fifth-year contract option and let him leave in free agency after the 2020 season.
“I think I stopped being anxious about three or four days ago and I just felt really comfortable with the game plan, what all we were doing out there and my teammates had my back all week,” Trubisky said.
Chicago moved on to sign quarterback Andy Dalton in free agency and selected Justin Fields 11th overall in the draft.
On Saturday, Dalton threw a 73-yard TD pass to Rodney Adams, but also threw an interception to Nick McCloud just before halftime to give the Bills a chance at Tyler Bass’ 41-yard field goal. Bass also added a 33-yarder.
Dalton finished 11 of 17 for 146 yards with a TD and interception. He played the entire first half.
Fields was 9 of 19 for 80 yards and ran for 46 yards.
Steelers QB Roethlisberger shines in preseason debut
PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enjoyed a perfect preseason debut.
Roethlisberger turned in a perfect passer rating of 158.3 and led the Steelers’ first-team offense to a pair of touchdowns and Pittsburgh defeated the Detroit Lions 26-20 on Saturday night.
“I’m just trying to win a football game,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s the preseason and I wanted to stay healthy. It was good to be out there and playing.”
Roethlisberger had his initial opportunity to work with first-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada during an in-game setting.
The 39-year-old Roethlisberger ran Canada’s up-tempo approach to near perfection in three series. He finished 8 of 10 for 137 yards and two touchdowns, both to rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth.
Mason Rudolph followed and led Pittsburgh to three field goal drives, going 13 of 18 for 138 yards. Dwayne Haskins led the offense to another field goal, as the Steelers scored on six of their first seven possessions.
“I thought the effort was excellent,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
The Lions sat several regulars, including quarterback Jared Goff, who was acquired as part of the Matthew Stafford trade. Tim Boyle got the start under center on Saturday and the Lions weren’t able to cross midfield until late in the third quarter.
Detroit also sat linemen Taylor Decker and Frank Ragnow, running backs D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams, receiver Tyrell Williams and tight end T.J. Hockenson on offense.
Godwin Igwebuike, Javon McKinley and Craig Reynolds scored all three Detroit touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
“Obviously, we didn’t have a few guys go, but we can’t lean on that as a crutch,” Boyle said. “We should’ve done a better job in the first half of executing, there’s no way of getting around that. I’m not extremely pleased with how we played in that first group.”
Roethlisberger was 4 of 5 on third down attempts. His lone misfire came on the Steelers’ opening drive when the 18-year veteran stepped up in the pocket and rolled out to elude pressure, but tight end Eric Ebron couldn’t come up with the first-down grab.
Roethlisberger converted all three third down attempts on the Steelers’ first touchdown drive. Roethlisberger aired out a 43-yard deep ball to Diontae Johnson on third-and-3 and got Lions safety Tracy Walker to bite on a hard pump fake before his first touchdown to Freiermuth in the back of the end zone.
Roethlisberger was successful on his lone third down attempt during the Steelers’ third drive. He found Freiermuth, the Steelers’ second-round pick from Penn State, who made a leaping grab in the back of the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.
“When the ball comes my way, I have to make plays,” Freiermuth said. “That’s why they drafted me where they did. I’m just going to continue to make plays.”
Tagovailoa sharp in Dolphins’ 37-17 win over Falcons
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins had an early injury scare to one of their new additions, then soundly defeated an opponent they became familiar with this week.
Tua Tagovailoa threw for 187 yards and a touchdown in one half, and the Dolphins beat the Atlanta Falcons 37-17 on Saturday night.
“I think our operation was really good out there offensively,” Tagovailoa said. “Line got to the line of scrimmage and made their points. We went out there and ran the play.”
The Falcons rested their starters, while the Dolphins’ first unit played most of the first half in the second preseason game for both teams, who participated in joint practices Wednesday and Thursday at Miami’s training facility.
“That’s the fun part about coaching and the decisions we make as an organization,” Falcons coach Arthur Smith said of the decision to go with backups. “And that’s been my experience. You should have time to develop players. That’s invaluable.”
Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, the No. 6 overall selection in this year’s draft, avoided a serious injury during the team’s opening drive. Waddle grimaced in pain after his left leg collided with a Falcons defender. The rookie from Alabama was checked in the medical tent and returned, but was not targeted again. Waddle caught three passes for 21 yards.
“We’ve got a great training staff so they took a look at him and he went back in,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. “He’s a tough kid. That’s part of playing in the National Football League. Every once in a while you’re going to get dinged.”
Miami’s first two drives ended in touchdowns by Myles Gaskin. The running back capped the first drive with a 1-yard score. Gaskin accounted for 57 of the Dolphins’ 75 yards during the drive.
Tagovailoa connected with Gaskin on an 8-yard touchdown pass that gave Miami a 14-3 lead 2:20 into the second quarter.
“I think we prepared really well,” Gaskin said. “Obviously, practicing with those guys gave us good looks.”
Jacoby Brissett replaced Tagovailoa in the second half. Tagovailoa completed 16 of 23 passes.
With quarterback Matt Ryan sitting out, AJ McCarron and rookie Feleipe Franks took the snaps for Atlanta. McCarron started, but left with a right knee injury early in the second quarter. He will have an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.
“Until we get the final word, I don’t want to talk about injuries,” Smith said. “He didn’t look good.”
McCarron and Franks are vying for the No. 2 spot behind Ryan. Before his injury, McCarron was 3 of 6 for 43 yards, while Franks finished 4 of 9 for 46 yards and an interception.
Sam Eguavoen had four sacks for Miami, including one in the end zone for a safety in the third quarter.
Miami outscored Atlanta 23-14 in the second half. Malcolm Brown scored on a 1-yard run and Brissett connected with Robert Foster from 8 yards. Third-string quarterback Reid Sinnett threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kirk Merritt.
Falcons running backs D’Onta Foreman and Caleb Huntley scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 30 yards, respectively, in the second half.
Younghoe Koo’s 53-yard field goal culminated Atlanta’s opening drive for a 3-0 lead.
Teddy’s Time? Bridgewater solid as Broncos thump Seahawks
SEATTLE (AP) Teddy Bridgewater made another strong statement in his case to be Denver’s starting quarterback, leading a pair of touchdown drives in the Broncos’ 30-3 preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.
Given first billing in the competition with Drew Lock and playing with most of Denver’s starting offense, Bridgewater showed poise and command on a night the Broncos dominated against mostly a crew of Seattle backups.
Bridgewater was 9 of 11 for 105 yards and a touchdown in his two drives leading the Broncos offense. He found Jerry Jeudy for 35 yards on fourth down on Denver’s first possession, stepping away from a blitz and allowing the second-year receiver to separate from Ahkello Witherspoon in coverage. Bridgewater capped the drive with a 2-yard TD pass to KJ Hamler.
Denver’s second possession was highlighted by Bridgewater’s 21-yard pass to Eric Saubert to the Seattle 1 that was placed just over the top of Seahawks starting linebacker Jordyn Brooks in defense.
That drive ended with left guard Dalton Risner getting credit for a touchdown after Royce Freeman fumbled at the 1 and Risner carried the loose ball into the end zone.
Lock got the start last week against Minnesota and threw a pair of touchdowns, but found more difficulty playing with Denver’s reserves. Lock was 9 of 14 for 80 yards. His biggest highlight was a scrambling backhanded pass to Seth Williams that went for 34 yards and led to a field goal.
While the vast majority of the Broncos starters saw at least a little bit of playing time, the Seahawks continued to keep most of their stars as spectators. Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf, Chris Carson, Bobby Wagner, Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams all went through pregame warmups before putting down their helmets and watching.
Seattle had two offensive starters – center Kyle Fuller and left guard Damien Lewis – get a handful of snaps in the first half. Seattle had about a half-dozen starters or significant contributors on defense get playing time, a few into the second half.
Alex McGough started at quarterback, but threw two interceptions and also lost a fumble. McGough was 9 of 13 for 91 yards passing. Veteran Sean Mannion took over in the second half and went 13 of 23 for 118 yards.
Titans defense shuts down Brady-less Buccaneers 34-3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Briean Boddy-Calhoun returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown and the Tennessee Titans beat the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who played without Tom Brady and several starters, 34-3 in a preseason game Saturday night.
Tampa Bay’s Tanner Hudson had a 26-yard catch on a pass from Kyle Trask, but fumbled when he was hit by Bradley McDougald. Boddy-Calhoun scooped up the loose ball and went the distance to put the Titans up 20-3 in the third quarter.
After Clayton Geathers picked off a pass by Trask, Matt Barkley connected with Mason Kinsey on a 20-yard touchdown to make it 34-3 early in the fourth.
“They’re a playoff team,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said of the Titans. “They’re a good football team.”
Tampa Bay’s lineup was mostly devoid of regulars, while the Titans had a number that started. Brady and his Tennessee counterpart Ryan Tannehill didn’t play. Brady played one series in last week’s opener, while Tannehill has sat out both Titans games.
The lack of starters was expected after the teams held joint practices Wednesday and Thursday that included Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown and Titans second-year defensive back Chris Jackson getting into one of several scuffles.
Caleb Farley and Elijah Molden, two key components of the rebuilt Tennessee secondary taken in this year’s draft, made their debuts.
Molden, taken in the third round, started and was credited with a fourth-down stop on Giovani Bernard that set up Tennessee late in the first quarter for the game’s first score. He had eight tackles.
“It’s really cool to see him go out there and do some nice things and blitz and cover,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “One of his plays led to a big interception. So executing things that we’ve been coaching him to do in that situation on third down.”
Farley, a first-round selection, entered during the first. He was activated from the non-football injury list at the start of August after rehabbing a pair of back surgeries.
“It’s the next step, the return to play,” Vrabel said. “He came through pretty good through the practices health-wise which allowed him to be available for the game. We tried to get him close to 16 snaps. We’ll take a look at it. He hasn’t played football in a quite a bit of time. It’s going to be a process. It was a good step just to get him out there to show him what the game feels like.”
QB Rush solid for Cowboys in 20-14 preseason loss to Texans
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Cooper Rush’s days as the backup to Dak Prescott in Dallas might not be over.
Rush ended two long drives with touchdown passes while the star quarterback watched once again in the Cowboys’ 20-14 preseason loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday night.
Prescott’s third straight exhibition absence means his first snap in a game since the severe ankle injury that ended his 2020 season will be in the opener Sept. 9 against Tom Brady and Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay.
The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year pulled himself out of practice July 28 with a strained right shoulder and hasn’t had a full day of throwing since then. Prescott won’t play in the preseason finale against Jacksonville next Sunday.
Not much changed at quarterback on a mostly ineffective night for the Houston offense with Deshaun Watson still out of the picture.
The Texans turned the game with their defense, getting even at 14-14 in the third quarter on Lonnie Johnson’s 54-yard interception return for a touchdown on a tipped pass from fourth-stringer Ben DiNucci, who threw three picks. Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked the decisive 38-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
Tyrod Taylor led a short TD drive after a Dallas turnover in limited action for the presumed starter if Watson doesn’t play.
Rookie third-round pick Davis Mills struggled in the first half, when the Texans had just 77 yards and went 0 for 6 on third down. The Texans (2-0) failed on all nine third-down attempts with Taylor and Mills.
“We need to be more consistent,” coach David Culley said. “It seemed like tonight we got a few more blitzes than we got in the first game. I think it disrupted us a little bit. We’ll get better at that.”
Things could be changing at QB for the Cowboys.
Rush, Prescott’s backup for most of three seasons from 2017-19 before becoming expendable after the club signed Andy Dalton last year, is giving the coaching staff something to think about with one week to go in training camp.
Garrett Gilbert has taken almost all of the first-team snaps in camp with Prescott sidelined by the shoulder injury. He earned that mostly with a solid first career start in a loss to Pittsburgh last year when Dalton was out with COVID-19. Rush rejoined Dallas (0-3) during that tumultuous stretch.
Rush had a 25-yard completion to tight end Blake Jarwin on second-and-14 on his first drive, a 75-yard march that ended with an 8-yard scoring toss to running back Tony Pollard on a screen.
The undrafted fifth-year QB went 5 of 6 for 48 yards on a 13-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a perfect throw into the corner of the end zone for Cedrick Wilson’s 9-yard touchdown and a 14-7 Dallas lead. Rush was 10 of 12 for 97 yards.
Gilbert stumbled while dropping back on his first pass attempt – an incompletion – and lost a fumble to end the first Dallas possession when he had plenty of time to throw but was stripped from behind by Jacob Martin. Gilbert finished 3 of 5 for 30 yards over two scoreless possessions.
Asked if he had seen enough to decide on Prescott’s backup, coach Mike McCarthy said, “We’ve got one more week, and we’re going to need it.”
Houston’s Mark Ingram converted a fourth-and-1 with a 2-yard run before scoring from the 2 for the game’s first points after Gilbert’s fumble. The 10-year veteran, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, had 24 yards on seven carries.
“That’s why we brought Mark here,” Culley said. “He’s a guy that during his career has not had many minus yard plays and when you give it to him he’s going to give you positive yards and he did that for us today.”
Taylor was 2 of 5 for 10 yards before Mills went 10 of 16 for 115 yards. Mills played into the third quarter, leading the drive to the go-ahead field goal.
Floyd Reese, GM of Titans’ Super Bowl team, dies at 73
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Floyd Reese, the general manager who assembled the roster for the Tennessee Titans’ lone Super Bowl appearance, died Saturday. He was 73.
His family told the team of his death. Reese had cancer and was with his family when he died at his Brentwood home just south of Nashville, according to a social media post by ESPN 102.5 The Game, the radio station where Reese worked until mid-December.
Reese spent 21 years with the Oilers-Titans as coach and executive, and he remains the winningest general manager in franchise history. He is to be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor this season.
“He built a team that saw sustained success and helped guide our franchise in the toughest of times and the highest moments,” controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said. “His keen eye for talent led him to some of the best players in our team’s history, which led the team to some of our greatest accomplishments.”
He drafted a trio of Associated Press NFL Rookies of the Year starting with Eddie George in 1996, then Jevon Kearse in 1999 and Vince Young in 2006. He made Steve McNair, a co-NFL MVP in 2003, the No. 3 overall pick in his second draft as general manager of the then-Houston Oilers. Reese called McNair and George, the 14th pick overall in ’96, key building blocks.
“It was magic,” Reese said in 2019 before the franchise retired the numbers for both McNair and George. “So after we spent time with those guys, we said, `Hey, if we can build a team of these kind of guys we’re going to be OK.’ And, at least for a while, it worked out.”
Reese’s selection of Kearse at No. 16 overall in 1999 proved the final piece of the Super Bowl team. Kearse anchored the defense with 14 + sacks, still a rookie record.
The Titans went 13-3 that season reaching the Super Bowl as a wild-card team.
Tennessee went 104-72 between 1999 and 2009 for a .591 winning percentage, though Reese’s contract was not renewed after the 2006 season while Jeff Fisher remained coach. Only Indianapolis, New England, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia won more in that span than Tennessee.
Reese was linebackers coach for four seasons with the Oilers before moving to the front office in 1990 as assistant general manager. He took over as GM just as the NFL instituted the salary cap, which Reese said in 1997 was the toughest challenge he faced in that job.
“No team has had to rebuild the way we have, due to our salary structure and seven-year run in the playoffs,” Reese said in 1997. “We’re part way there, hopefully we can complete the task.”
Reese also hired Fisher as coach after Fisher was interim coach for the final six games of a 2-14 season in 1994.
Together, Reese and Fisher oversaw the franchise’s departure from Houston in July 1997. The then-Tennessee Oilers played that season in Memphis and 1998 at Vanderbilt University, with team offices behind a doctors’ building in Nashville.
Day names C.J. Stroud starter at QB for No. 4 Buckeyes
(AP) — Freshman C.J. Stroud will start at quarterback for No. 4 Ohio State in the season opener against Minnesota, coach Ryan Day said Saturday.
Stroud, who had been the apparent leader in the quarterback derby since spring practice, was chosen over fellow second-year player Jack Miller and true freshmen Kyle McCord and Quinn Ewers.
“Over the body of work between the spring and then also through preseason, (Stroud) separated himself with his decision-making, his leadership skills, his accuracy,” Day said. “Now, we got to go prepare to go play a game.”
Day wouldn’t say who would be next in line.
“The other guys in the room understand that this is a long season and that room has to be strong,” he said. “We know at Ohio State that it takes everybody in that room, so that room needs to continue to work. It’s a long way to January and that’s been the message. The focus has to continue to be about development, but also to encourage the other guys in that room.”
The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Stroud, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, played sparingly in mop-up duty last year behind Heisman-finalist Justin Fields in the pandemic-shortened season. He has yet to throw a pass in a college game.
“I think he knows that this is just an opportunity,” Day said. “It’s not an accomplishment, it’s an opportunity, and I think he looked at it like that. Now we got to go about the business of going to put it on the field.”
Ohio State also named captains this week. They include receivers Chris Olave and Kamryn Babb, offensive lineman Thayer Munford, defensive linemen Haskell Garrett, and Zach Harrison and linebacker Teradja Mitchell. All are first-time captains.
Castellanos drives in 4, Reds beat Miami 7-4 to take series
CINCINNATI (AP) Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 7-4 on Saturday night.
Tyler Naquin hit three doubles and scored three times as Cincinnati won for the fifth time in seven games. The Reds began the day in a tie with San Diego for the second NL wild card.
Castellanos drove in Naquin with his 22nd homer in the first. He added a run-scoring groundout during the Reds’ four-run sixth and an RBI single in the eighth.
“We’re having fun, everybody is having fun,” Castellanos said. “Everybody’s contributing, everybody’s focused on winning, and baseball is fun when you can keep it that simple.”
Miami dropped its sixth straight game. Jorge Alfaro had two hits and drove in a run, and Zach Thompson pitched five innings of three-hit ball.
“Our guys kept going and got on base, but we didn’t have enough to show for it,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
The game was tied at 2 before Cincinnati pushed across four runs in the sixth against Anthony Bender (2-2). Tyler Stephenson had the big blow, a pinch-hit double that drove in two runs.
“It’s not the same guy every night – there’s no way it can be, there’s no way it should be,” Reds manager David Bell said. “When you start getting confidence that somehow, someway we’re going to get it done, that’s a great feeling.”
Cincinnati right-hander Wade Miley cruised into the fifth, but Miami loaded the bases with two out. Miley then hit Jazz Chisholm Jr. with a pitch and walked Jesus Aguilar to force in another run.
Luis Cessa (4-2) came on and escaped the jam when Shogo Akiyama made a sliding catch on a shallow fly ball from Lewis Brinson.
“Shogo got a nice jump coming in on the the ball,” Bell said. “You can’t get any closer than that. You can say it changed the game.”
Alfaro hit a two-run single in the eighth to reduce Miami’s deficit to 6-4, but Bryan De La Cruz bounced into a inning-ending double play, the fourth of five turned by Cincinnati on the night.
Michael Lorenzen got five outs for his second save.
Cole pitches streaking Yanks past Twins; Sunday’s game PPD
NEW YORK (AP) Gerrit Cole struck out Josh Donaldson with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning and got through the sixth throwing shutout ball, and the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 Saturday for their season-high ninth straight win.
Giancarlo Stanton had a two-run double during a five-run fifth and Luke Voit remained red hot as the Yankees moved to 21-5 since dropping three of four at Boston in late July.
Bronx-raised Yankees infielder Andrew Velazquez hit his first career homer in the eighth inning, bringing his family in the stands to tears. The 27-year-old journeyman has been staying with his parents since being promoted from Triple-A on Aug. 9.
The series finale scheduled for Sunday was postponed after Saturday’s game and rescheduled for Sept. 13 with Hurricane Henri set to hit the area. The Twins will have to interrupt a six-game homestand to return to New York for the makeup game.
Tyler Wade accounted for New York’s first two runs by hitting an RBI single off Kenta Maeda (6-5) and scoring on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.
Cole (12-6) dominated in his second start since a bout with a mild symptoms of COVID-19. He allowed five hits and turned in his sixth scoreless outing this season, walking one and striking out six.
“I thought he was really good,” manager Aaron Boone said. “All four pitches were in play for him.”
The right-hander ran into trouble in the fifth by allowing one-out singles to Willians Astudillo and Andrelton Simmons and then a walk to Max Kepler.
After a visit from pitching coach Matt Blake, he punched out Jorge Polanco on a 99 mph fastball, then got Donaldson on a called third strike. Donaldson briefly questioned the call on the low changeup before heading to the dugout.
“I just made good pitches,” Cole said. “I felt as if I was one step behind Kepler and tried to throw him a slide step not really for strikes, see if I could get him to chase. And then tried to get the leverage on Polanco and see if I could dictate the at-bat and once I did that, I got back to Donaldson and I executed some good pitches to him as well.”
Donaldson pushed Cole into an unwanted spotlight earlier this season by calling out the Yankees ace by name when discussing pitchers he suspected of using illicit grip enhancers.
Cole struck out Donaldson twice in an outing days later and did the same Saturday.
“That’s kind of the game right there,” Boone said. “It was great to see him just in that big spot execute.”
The Yankees won their second straight game by at least five runs after playing 13 of 14 decided by three runs or fewer.
Polanco homered for the Twins, who are 2-17 in their last 19 games at Yankee Stadium.
Maeda allowed five runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He exited with right forearm tightness after throwing a 1-0 pitch to Stanton. After throwing his ninth straight pitch out of the strike zone, Maeda bent over, grimaced and was checked by a trainer before being replaced by Edgar Garcia.
“He pitched pretty well up to that point,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “I thought he had a good start going for himself.”
Baldelli said Maeda was headed for further testing and once they get the results, they will decided if an IL stint is needed.
The Yankees took a 4-0 lead when Stanton lined a double to left and went up 6-0 on Voit’s double to left after Aaron Judge was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a grounder by Rougned Odor.
Voit had two hits and two RBIs a night after a four-hit game. The slugging first baseman recently made a public plea for more playing time amid a roster crunch created by three-time All-Star Anthony Rizzo’s return from the COVID-19 injured list. Voit is batting .500 (13 for 26) with three homers and 13 RBIs in his past seven starts.
Backed by 3 HRs, Scherzer leads Dodgers past Mets 4-3
LOS ANGELES (AP) Trea Turner, Albert Pujols and Chris Taylor each homered, and Max Scherzer won for the third time in four starts since being acquired as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the slumping New York Mets 4-3 Saturday.
The surging Dodgers have won nine consecutive games, matching a season-best win streak. Six of those wins have come against the Mets, who have dropped eight of nine overall.
Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 27th save. He hit Kevin Pillar to lead off the inning, then got Brandon Nimmo to ground out and struck out Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso.
“We keep grinding. We keep making pitches,” Jansen said. “If we click, and we are clicking right now, nobody can stop us. We’ve just got to continue to do this and do us and continue to focus for the big prize.”
The Dodgers had a three-run lead through six innings before Alonso hit a two-run home run, his 28th of the season, off reliever Blake Treinen in the seventh.
New York squandered a ripe opportunity in the fifth when it loaded the bases against Scherzer with two outs. Scherzer struck out J.D. Davis to end the threat, but it was a taxing 34-pitch inning for Scherzer, whose day was done after that big strikeout.
“Things were kind of spinning out of control. In that situation, you just want to execute and get the out,” Scherzer said. “Things are going sideways, just collect yourself and execute the pitches that you need to. I’d thrown J.D. Davis some good sliders earlier in the game and in that situation I wanted to try to get a heater by and fortunately enough I was.”
Nimmo homered for the Mets, a solo shot to right field off Scherzer in the fifth inning. Scherzer allowed just that one run and five hits. He struck out eight and walked one. Nimmo had three hits.
Rich Hill (6-5) allowed three solo homers over five innings, including Pujols’ 15th of the season. The 41-year-old Pujols previously homered against the 40-year-old Hill on Aug. 17, 2007. The 14-year, four-day span between consecutive home runs off a pitcher is the third longest in MLB history, according to STATS. The only longer stretches were Carlos Beltran and Bartolo Colon, (15 years, 313 days) and Barry Bonds, Jesse Orosco (14 years, 69 days).
Scherzer (11-4) has allowed five earned runs in 21 1/3 innings (2.11 ERA) since being acquired along with Turner from the Washington Nationals on July 30. The Dodgers have won all four games in which Scherzer has started, including a pair against the Mets.
“It’s really tough,” Nimmo said. “A few weeks ago we were in first place and feeling pretty good about things. I knew a tough stretch was coming and it wouldn’t be easy. It’s difficult to stay even keeled even though, that’s what we have to do. I know all the guys want to fix this. It’s a tough time we’re going through. Sometimes, baseball is like that. These are good teams. It’s been a tough ride here the last few weeks.”
Turner had three hits, including his first home run as a Dodger.
Jansen, who pitched two consecutive days, will not be available for the finale in the four-game series. Manager Dave Roberts has confidence in his closer.
“He’s throwing the baseball really well,” Roberts said. “(Friday and today) the ball was coming out of his hand well. Obviously, you don’t want to hit the leadoff batter. … Kenley found a way to get the outs. I’ve really got a lot of confidence in him.”
First-place Braves win 8th in row, beat skidding Orioles 4-3
BALTIMORE (AP) Austin Riley put Atlanta ahead for good with a homer in the fifth inning, and the Braves stretched their winning streak to eight games by beating Baltimore 5-4 Saturday night, the Orioles’ 17th consecutive defeat.
Joc Pederson also homered for the Braves, who have won 15 of 17 to take over first place in the NL East. Atlanta has peeled off 12 straight road wins, a single-season franchise record and the longest run in the majors since Cleveland won 14 in a row in 2017.
A victory Sunday would complete a 9-0 swing through Washington, Miami and Baltimore.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of anything like that,” manager Brian Snitker said. “It would be great to come out and put a nice cap on this road trip.”
The Braves overcame four solo home runs by Baltimore, including two by Anthony Santander. The Orioles’ skid is their second-longest since the team came to town in 1954, behind only the 0-21 start to the 1988 season.
A run-scoring fly ball in the ninth by Jorge Soler put Atlanta up 5-3, and the insurance run proved to be decisive after Santander connected in the bottom half.
“Huge, big run,” Snitker said.
It was the first time Baltimore lost by only one run during the streak. The Orioles have been outscored 146-46 since their last victory on Aug 2.
“We played well tonight,” Orioles starter Matt Harvey said. “Unfortunately, they came out on top. They just happen to beat us.”
Ryan Mountcastle and Ramon Urias went deep for the Orioles, who were locked in a tie game before Riley hit his 27th homer off Harvey (6-13) for a 4-3 lead.
“I made a couple mistakes that cost us the game,” said Harvey, who allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. “Other than that, I pitched pretty well.”
Baltimore hit three homers off Drew Smyly (9-3), who struck out eight over five innings. The lefty is 7-0 over 14 starts since April 30.
“He threw the ball really well,” Snitker said. “Good for him, he picked up the win.”
Luke Jackson struck out Pedro Severino with runners at the corners in the eighth before Will Smith worked the ninth, earning his 27th save despite allowing Santander’s second homer of the game.
After Mountcastle homered in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, Baltimore savored the rare sensation of playing with a lead until the third. Harvey issued a walk and hit a batter before Dansby Swanson doubled in two runs to make it 2-1.
Pederson led off the fourth with a towering shot to center, his fourth home run since being acquired from the Cubs on July 15. Santander and Urias hit successive homers in the bottom half to tie it at 3.
Wade’s pinch-hit HR in 9th lifts Giants past A’s 6-5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler went to the right player at the right time once again.
Pinch-hitter LaMonte Wade Jr. connected for a two-run homer in the ninth inning, helping the Giants rally for a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
Brandon Belt drew a one-out walk against Lou Trivino (5-5) and was replaced by Mike Yastrzemski. Wade followed with his 16th homer, a towering drive to right on a 1-1 pitch.
“Our offense was able to come from behind and put together some really strong at-bats and I just wanted to follow suit and do the same thing,” Wade said. “(Trivino’s) got a lot of good stuff that’s moving away from you and really coming into you, so just trying to push him out over the middle and get your best swing off. Luckily I was able to do that.”
Trivino said he left the pitch up too high to Wade.
“We needed to win that game,” a solemn Trivino said. “We had the least most of the game and I thought we were on a roll. It hurts a little more.”
Kris Bryant, Brandon Belt and Darin Ruf also homered for San Francisco, which trailed 5-2 after six innings. The major league-leading Giants (79-44) snapped a two-game skid and stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of the charging Dodgers for the top spot in the NL West.
“One of the reasons I like LaMonte coming up in a big moment like that in a big pinch-hit spot, cold off the bench, is because of the way he leads off a game,” Kapler said. “He leads off the game ready from pitch one. We know he’s dangerous enough where can put the ball in the seats like he did.”
Starling Marte doubled twice for Oakland, continuing his surge since the All-Star break. Josh Harrison added an RBI double.
The A’s fell 3 1/2 games behind the Astros in the AL West. Oakland entered the day with a half-game lead over the Red Sox for the second wild card.
“When they got some mistakes they took advantage of them,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We were in a position to win the game. Offensively we did OK, certainly more early than late. This is a game that we usually nail down.”
Bryant’s two-run homer off Sean Manaea cut the A’s lead to 3-2 in the second. But Harrison doubled home Matt Olson in the third and Sean Murphy scored on Kevin Gausman’s wild pitch in the fourth.
Belt and Ruf hit back-to-back homers off Andrew Chafin in the seventh.
“I looked up at the scoreboard and saw Belt’s history against Chafin, I think he was 0 for 16 going into that appearance,” Kapler said. “Then sure enough the next pitch he put into the seats.”
Tyler Rogers (4-1) retired three batters for the win. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 27th save.
Gausman had another uneven outing. The All-Star right-hander had five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings but allowed six hits and five runs, two earned. In seven starts since the break, Gausman has made it through six innings once.
“It was a grind from first pitch one,” Gausman said. “The team came up huge and picked me up.”
Marte doubled and scored in the first when the A’s scored three unearned runs off Gausman following a throwing error by third baseman Wilmer Flores. Marte is batting .382 (50 for 131) since the All-Star break.
Yelich drives in 6 runs, powers Brewers past Washington 9-6
MILWAUKEE (AP) Christian Yelich had a grand slam in the eighth inning, a solo shot in the first and finished with six RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers held on for a 9-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.
Yelich’s slam gave the Brewers a 9-4 lead. Washington scored two in the ninth, but left the bases loaded.
“Really just trying to add on to the lead there, we were already up by one,” said Yelich, who homered on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. “Just trying to really get something into the outfield so we can tag and tack on an extra run.”
Luis Urias reached on catcher’s interference to open the eighth against Javy Guerra (0-1). Jace Peterson singled and Jackie Bradley Jr. was hit by a pitch. After Willy Adames popped out, Kolten Wong was hit by a pitch to force in the go-ahead run at 5-4.
Yelich, who also had an RBI single, then drove a 3-2 pitch 454 feet to right-center for his eighth homer of the season.
“He got 3-2 on a really good hitter in Yelich and had to throw a strike with the bases loaded, and Yelich didn’t miss that pitch,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “He threw it pretty much right down the middle, maybe little in, and he crushed it.”
The Nationals loaded the bases in the ninth against Miguel Sanchez on two walks and a hit. Josh Hader then allowed an RBI single and walked in a run, before finishing off his 25th save in 26 chances.
Devin Williams (7-1) struck out two of three hitters he faced in the eighth for the victory.
Yelich’s homer in the first inning was his first since July 18. Yelich, who was on the COVID-19 injured list from July 27-Aug. 6, had 36 homers in 2018 as MVP and 44 in 2019 before a season-ending fractured kneecap. He dropped to 12 homers in 58 games last season.
“Obviously, it hasn’t been the greatest year performance-wise for myself,” Yelich said. “The story is not written yet. We have a long way to go. There’s a lot of baseball left to play, not only in the regular season, but hopefully the postseason for us. I think this thing’s far from over.”
Washington tied it 4-4 when Yadiel Hernandez opened the sixth inning with his sixth homer of the season off reliever Brent Suter.
Wong’s heads-up base running keyed a three-run fifth as the Brewers went ahead 4-3. Lorenzo Cain drew a walk with one out and moved to third on Wong’s single. Gabe Klobosits relieved and Yelich delivered an RBI single, cutting the lead to 3-2. After Yelich stole second, Omar Narvaez fouled out to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
Catcher Tres Barrera converged on the pop foul, leaving home plate uncovered. Wong broke from third and slid home ahead of Zimmerman’s diving tag attempt. The call was upheld on review. Eduardo Escobar followed with an RBI single.
“As soon as I tagged up, I saw the catcher vacate and no one was at home,” Wong said. “Basically, it was just a race between me and Zimmerman. I wanted to take my chances and be aggressive right there.”
Washington went up 3-1 with a run in the top half on Alcides Escobar’s RBI double. The Nationals scored two runs in the first on Juan Soto’s RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Zimmerman.
Manny Pacquiao loses to Yordenis Ugás by unanimous decision
LAS VEGAS (AP) Although Manny Pacquiao hasn’t decided what his future holds, the eight-division world champion realizes his 26-year professional boxing career might have ended Saturday night with a disheartening loss.
Yordenis Ugas is only seven years younger than the Filipino senator, yet he’s just getting started after seizing this improbable opportunity to knock off one of the greats.
Ugas beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision in Las Vegas, putting on an impressive technical performance on 11 days’ notice and retaining his WBA welterweight title.
“He’s a great competitor, but I came in here to show I am the champion of the WBA,” Ugas said. “A lot of respect for him, but I won this fight.”
Ugas (27-4) capitalized on this chance as the late injury replacement for Errol Spence Jr.. The Cuban veteran was slightly better than Pacquiao (67-8-2) throughout one of the most frustrating fights in the 42-year-old Filipino senator’s career.
The 35-year-old Ugas threw roughly half as many punches as Pacquiao, but his blows were more precise and more effective. Pacquiao was the solid favorite before the bout, but he struggled to get inside on Ugas’ effective jab while Ugas landed his right hand to increasing effect in the later rounds.
“I’m very excited, but most of all, I want to thank Manny Pacquiao for giving me this moment in this ring today,” Ugas said through a translator. “We only had two weeks of training, but I listened to my corner and it all worked out.”
Two judges scored it 116-112 for Ugas, and a third had it 115-113. The Associated Press also scored it 116-112 for Ugas.
A visibly disappointed Pacquiao said he hasn’t decided whether he will fight again after an unimpressive performance in his return from the longest layoff of his quarter-century in the sport. He also wouldn’t confirm whether he will enter the Philippines’ presidential race, as is widely expected. He intends to make an announcement next month.
“Let me rest first before my family and I make a decision,” Pacquiao said.
The victory was the culmination of a lengthy journey for Ugas, who defected from Cuba two years after winning a bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics. Ugas quit boxing for two years midway through the last decade, but revitalized his career and then capitalized on this golden chance by earning his 12th victory in his last 13 fights.
Ugas was in the spotlight only because Spence was forced to drop out last week after discovering he had a torn retina during a pre-fight physical. Ugas had been booked for a bout on the undercard, but he jumped at the type of showcase and payday that had been just out of reach ever since he left Cuba on a small boat bound for Mexico 11 years ago.
T-Mobile Arena appeared to be essentially sold out despite the late opponent change, and the crowd of 17,438 was vocally behind its Filipino hero. Even after a lengthy layoff in the last stages of his career, Pacquiao remains a surefire draw and a bankable star in a sport lacking both at its highest levels.
Ugas had a clear game plan on short notice, working hard in the early rounds with an effective jab and body shots. Pacquiao was more aggressive and occasionally got the crowd to its feet with combinations, but Ugas’ rangy jab stymied him.
Ugas’ confidence grew in the middle rounds, and he responded to some action at the seventh-round bell with a defiant shimmy-shake of his shoulders in Pacquiao’s direction. Pacquiao constantly threw more punches than Ugas, but they landed about the same number as Ugas showed off his defense and accuracy against Pacquiao’s activity.
Pacquiao caught Ugas with a combination in the 10th round and knocked him back as the crowd rose in excitement, but Ugas recovered and rallied with big shots. Ugas also looked sharp in the 12th round, peppering Pacquiao all the way to the final bell.
Pacquiao had won three straight bouts since July 2017, but he hadn’t fought since beating Keith Thurman in 2019 to win the WBA welterweight title.
That belt belonged to Ugas by the time Pacman returned: While Pacquiao’s political career and the pandemic kept him out of the ring in 2020, the WBA took away the belt and awarded it to Ugas, who had won a different version of the belt in the WBA’s byzantine championship system.
Sputtering Rahm, superb Smith share lead at Northern Trust
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) Jon Rahm and Cameron Smith were tied for the lead Saturday in The Northern Trust, and neither could have imagined how they got there.
Smith had never shot better than 62 – twice this year on the PGA Tour, once at his home club in Brisbane, Australia – when he stood over a 12-foot putt on the 18th hole at Liberty National for a chance at the 13th sub-60 round on the PGA Tour.
He missed and had to settle for the course record at 11-under 60, and figured that would at least keep him in range of the world’s No. 1 player.
“Jon is playing some pretty good at the minute, so we’ve got to try to catch up,” Smith said.
Thanks to Rahm, he did.
The U.S. Open champion ran off four birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn to regain the lead and had good scoring chances ahead of him. But he twice hit into the water on the second- and third-easiest holes, dropped a combined three shots and had to rally for a 67.
They were at 16-under 197 and now get a day off because of Hurricane Henri. The PGA Tour looked at the path, and there was enough rain and dangerous wind on the edges of the storm that they decided to close Liberty National on Sunday. The final round will be Monday.
With even a possibility of more rain and no more golf, Rahm wanted the 54-hole lead. At worst, he was determined not to fall behind.
“I didn’t want to leave it up to chance,” he said.
Rahm didn’t find too much wrong with his game. He thought his 4-iron into the par-5 13th was flush and started walking forward, waiting for the ball to hit the green. He noticed his caddie wasn’t moving.
“It was a little higher than I expected it and seems like the wind might have picked up a little bit,” Rahm said. “It looked like about this short from covering, so it’s one of those things that happen in golf.”
He took a penalty drop, pulled his next shot into thick grass on a bank and made double bogey.
Rahm was just to the left of the reachable par-4 16th in what he thought was a soft lie. The idea was to give himself a chance at birdie and make par at worst. But it came out hot, rolled across the green and into the water and led to bogey.
Rahm and Smith were one shot ahead of Erik van Rooyen of South Africa, who made 10 birdies for a 62, one of four rounds at 62 or lower.
Justin Thomas (67) and Tony Finau (68) were three shots behind. Shane Lowry and Corey Conners each shot 62 and remained in the mix.
The average score in the third round was 68.3
Smith teed off some three hours before the leaders and opened with five birdies in six holes, one of several good starts. The Australian, however, kept it going. He picked up his eighth birdie on the 13th, came within a foot of a hole-in-one on the 14th and started thinking 59.
Smith narrowly missed an eagle putt on the 16th, hit a wedge stiff on the 17th to reach 11 under for the round and was one birdie away from the 13th sub-60 round on the PGA Tour. His approach to the 18th settled 12 feet to the right of the flag.
“Just didn’t do it,” Smith said.
Rahm had a superb par save beyond the 14th green, hit it close for a short birdie on the 15th to regain a share of the lead. And after his bogey on the 16th, he responded with another birdie on the 17th hole.
And now, a day of rest across. That’s not the worst scenario for Smith, knowing it’s tough to return the day after a record score and try to match it. It’s not the worst for those staying across the Hudson River in Manhattan.
“There’s worst cities to be stuck in,” Lowry said. “I’m sure I’ll find something to do.”
Besides, Rahm said speaks from experience on having limited activity with nowhere to go.
“If COVID quarantine has taught us anything, it’s what to do the whole day cooped up in a room,” he said.
Thomas was among several players making a move that got stopped in their tracks. He started the back nine with three birdies in four holes, only to go long of the par-3 14th into a hazard and made double bogey. Even so, he’s very much in the mix.
Harold Varner III made his blunder at the worst time. A poor drive on the 18th was followed by a blocked approach over the wall and into the hazard. He made triple bogey, had to settle for a 68 and went form one shot off the lead to a tie for ninth, four shots behind.
Varner is still in good shape to be among the top 70 in the FedEx Cup who advance to next week. More pressure is on Tom Hoge (No. 108) and Keith Mitchell (No. 101), who have to finish somewhere around the top 10 to keep their seasons going.
Hoge shot 67 and was tied for sixth with Lowry and Viktor Hovland (65), three shots behind. Mitchell took triple bogey with a bad drive on the 10th. He was tied for 11th, five behind.
Nordqvist, Koerstz Madsen share lead at Women’s British Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Anna Nordqvist and Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Scandinavians with contrasting resumes in golf, share the lead heading into the final round of the Women’s British Open.
A bunched-up chasing pack, containing Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson, promises to make it a Sunday to remember at Carnoustie.
In the toughest conditions of the week on the storied Scottish links, the 34-year-old Nordqvist – a two-time major champion from Sweden – shot her lowest round in one of women’s golf’s five elite events with a bogey-free, 7-under 65 on Saturday.
Koerstz Madsen, a 26-year-old Dane with just one top-10 finish in a major, joined Nordqvist on 9 under overall by rolling in a 15-foot eagle putt at No. 12 and parring her way home down Carnoustie’s tough closing stretch to shoot 68.
They were a stroke ahead of Lizette Salas of the United States, whose up-and-down at the last completed a round of 70 that didn’t include a bogey from the fifth hole.
Yealimi Noh wasn’t so lucky. The 20-year-old American held at least a share of the lead for much of a third round that lived up to the “Moving Day” tag, only to drop shots on her final three holes and finish at 6 under with a 71.
That left Noh tied for eighth place with a star-studded group containing Korda (70), the recently crowned Olympic champion and new superstar of women’s golf, and two players who have won the Women’s Open in the last five years – 2018 champion Georgia Hall (73) and 2016 winner Ariya Jutanugarn (68).
The top 14 were separated by just three shots going into the final round. Thompson, whose only major win was in 2014, was in a four-way tie for fourth place after a 70.
Perhaps the most unlikely player alongside Thompson on 7 under was Louise Duncan, a 21-year-old Scottish amateur who goes to Stirling University in her home country.
She gave a fist pump after making birdie at No. 8 for a 68 to stay in contention for much more than the Smyth Salver that is awarded to the leading amateur.
“The crowd was absolutely loving it and so was I,” Duncan said, “and to hole that putt tops it off as well.”
Duncan won’t be the only player counting on local support on Sunday.
Nordqvist, who won the LPGA Championship in 2009 and the Evian Championship in 2017 for her two majors, said her husband was from a place 20 minutes away from Carnoustie and that many of his friends and family had been at the course.
“I am definitely feeling their support,” she said.
She is also mindful of the 2011 Women’s Open at Carnoustie, when she tied for seventh for her joint-best finish at the tournament, and she climbed 22 places Saturday.
A 25-foot putt for birdie at No. 8 was her highlight, along with the 230-yard approach at the 17th that set up her seventh and final birdie of the round.
At one stage, Nordqvist was in a five-way tie for the lead at 7 under, with Hall – who shared the overnight lead – Noh, Madelene Sagstrom and 2019 champion Hinako Shibuno.
Noh was the last one of those players to fall away, although Sagstrom – another Swede – bounced back from a double-bogey 6 at No. 9 with two straight birdies and then seven pars to finish for a 69. She was with Thompson, Duncan and Sanna Nuutinen (68) on 7 under.
Sheldon Creed wins NASCAR Truck playoff opener at Gateway
MADISON, Ill. (AP) Defending series champion Sheldon Creed won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff opener Friday night with a dominating run at Gateway.
In a race interrupted by a power outage that knocked out the lights for about an hour early in the second stage, Creed swept the stages and led 142 of 163 laps on the 1.25-mile oval.
The 23-year-old California driver wrapped up an automatic spot in the next three-race round of the playoffs, winning for the second time this year and seventh in two seasons.
“My guys put together such a good truck” Creed said. “We’ve been working hard all year and obviously haven’t had the speed at times and I’ve made mistakes at times. But we were able to build this brand new truck and I feel like we’ve taken everything we’ve learned this year and applied it. They gave me a hot rod today and I couldn’t be happier.”
After a caution set up an overtime shootout, Creed kept the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet ahead of Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes – with three-time series champion Crafton passing ThorSport teammate Ben Rhodes for second.
Creed beat Crafton by 0.292 seconds.
“I love late-race restarts,” Creed said. “I didn’t want it, but when it came out I was just thinking, `OK, just focus and execute.’ This is huge. I’ve had such a stressful month trying to figure out what I’m doing next year, so many mixed emotions on what I’m going to do and if I’ll even have a ride. Biggest thing is to keep winning and get ourselves in the Championship 4 and execute.”
Stewart Friesen was fourth, with the top four all in the 10-driver playoff field. Carson Hocevar was the only other playoff driver in the top 10, finishing eighth. Hailie Deegan was a career-best seventh.
Regular-season champion John Hunter Nemechek had a flat tire and ended up five laps down in 22nd. Austin Hill was 23rd, Chandler Smith 28th, Todd Gilliland 29th and Zane Smith 35th to round out the playoff drivers.
The playoff field will be cut to eight after the third race and to four after the sixth for the finale at Phoenix Raceway.
The playoffs will resume Sept. 5 at Darlington Raceway, the historic South Carolina track where Creed won in May.
IndyCar title race flips to O’Ward in wild race at Gateway
MADISON, Ill. (AP) The IndyCar championship flipped leaders Saturday night when Alex Palou was collected in an early three-car accident that moved Pato O’Ward to the point after a runner-up finish to Josef Newgarden at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Newgarden won for the second time this season – third time of his career at Gateway – and beat O’Ward to the finish line by 0.5397 seconds. Will Power was third and Scott McLaughlin fourth to put three Team Penske drivers in the top four, and Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top five in a Chevrolet sweep.
Newgarden led 138 of the 260 laps and jumped from fifth to third in the crowded points race. He trails O’Ward by 22 points.
“We’ve got to keep going,” Newgarden said. “We know this is going to be a climb.”
O’Ward finished second, but claimed the points lead for the second time this season. He was 52 points behind Palou two races ago, but Palou’s engine failure last week sliced it to 21 headed into Saturday night. Then Palou was part of a three-car accident early in the race that put O’Ward on cruise control.
The 22-year-old Mexican played it safe, avoided the carnage that knocked nine of the 24 cars from the race, and snagged his fifth podium of the season.
“I think people know who they can race dirty. I had a lot to lose today and they know that,” O’Ward said. He then speculated that the way Alexander Rossi raced him on a restart might have caused the crash that collected rival Palou.
“I was fully alongside Rossi and he just, I guess he doesn’t look in his left mirror here, and he just turned in,” O’Ward said. “So I had to slam on the brakes so I didn’t crash. And then Marcus (Ericsson) had to as well because we were going three-wide and I am assuming that is what caused the check-up behind for sure, because even for me it was very, very sudden and pretty aggressive.”
The race outside St. Louis was the final oval event on the schedule and sends IndyCar into a three-week West Coast swing to close the season. The championship race is far from decided – only 60 points separate O’Ward from Ericsson in fifth in the standings.
Palou started 21st because of a penalty for his third unapproved engine change of the season. The Spaniard quickly picked his way through the field and was up to 10th on a restart just 65 laps into the 260-lap race.
Rinus VeeKay had also worked his way through traffic and climbed from 23rd toward the top 10 but was wary on the restart because “everybody’s been checking up all night.” There were four quick cautions – Ed Jones and Graham Rahal were knocked out of the race on the third lap in a crash each blamed on the other – so VeeKay said he intentionally restarted on the inside to avoid the marbles in the outside line.
But he tapped the rear of six-time and reigning champion Scott Dixon, causing Dixon to spin up the track in a crash that collected VeeKay, Palou and Dixon.
“I was definitely the one starting the accident,” VeeKay said.
Dixon had been third in the standings at the start of the race, 34 points behind his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Palou, and dropped to fourth and 43 behind O’Ward.
“Feel really bad for myself and Alex,” Dixon said. “I don’t really know what VeeKay was trying to do there and obviously took us both out of the race.”
Palou was clearly frustrated when he exited his car after the crash, and he seemed to push away the medical staff as they approached him.
Later, he said he was frustrated because it was too early for aggressive racing, because his night was over due to nothing his fault, and because he and VeeKay had driven to the front.
“If it’s the last lap of the race, I can understand. But it’s still early,” Palou said. “It was hard work to get from 21st to p10. He started 23rd and he was doing a good job, as well. So it’s like `Man, we did all that hard work together. Why do we have to crash together?'”
Romain Grosjean, meanwhile, finished 14th in his first career race on an oval. The Frenchman said when he moved to IndyCar from Formula One that he’d only race on the road and street courses but decided to give it a try after watching the Indianapolis 500 on television.
He was solid through practice, qualifying and the race – and he made several strong passes around the on the 1.25-mile egg shaped oval.
“Obviously a bit disappointed with 14th at the end, especially as we had pace and got some good moves out there,” Grosjean said. “But we learned, made a couple of mistakes on cold tires that didn’t really help. Apart from that, went pretty well.”
So will he be at the Indy 500 next May?
“Woah, wait a minute, wait a minute butterfly” Grosjean laughed. “Give me a night.”
Power pulled within four of Mario Andretti’s poles record Saturday when he earned the 63rd pole of his career. It was the first of the season for the Australian, who a week ago earned his first victory of the year.
IndyCar races Sept. 12 on the permanent road course at Portland, then moves to California for a road course race at Laguna Seca and the finale on the street course at Long Beach. The championship will be decided over three consecutive weeks of racing.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Indy Narrowly Edges Toledo, 5-4
TOLEDO, OHIO – With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Keury Mella caught top prospect Spencer Torkelson swinging to cap the Indianapolis Indians win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday night, 5-4.
Toledo (52-42) was facing a 5-3 deficit with the bases empty and two outs in the ninth. A double off the bat of Ryan Kriedler followed by a pinch-hit triple by Christin Stewart inched the Mud Hens within one run of a tie. Back-to-back walks then loaded the bases before Mella (S, 3) got out of the jam.
The Indians (45-49) faced a 3-0 deficit through the first four innings, but tied the game in the fifth. Hunter Owen led off the scoring with his 14th home run of the year, and Jared Oliva followed with a two-out, two-run single aided by one of four Toledo errors.
Cole Tucker gave the Indians a 4-3 lead to begin a two-run seventh inning with a leadoff home run. Oliva then drove in another run with a single.
Joe Jacques (W, 3-1) earned the win in relief of starter Beau Sulser, recording five outs via strikeout as the Indians took the lead. Mark Leiter Jr. (L, 5-3), who appeared as a piggyback starter to MLB rehabber Jose Urena, surrendered all five Indians runs (two earned).
The Indians will look to leave Toledo with a tie in the six-game series tomorrow at 4:05 PM ET. It will be the final time the two teams face off this season, and Indy currently holds a 9-8 lead on the season series. LHP Cam Vieaux (2-2, 7.06) will take the mound while Toledo has yet to name a starter.
INDY ELEVEN PREVIEW: INDY ELEVEN AT SPORTING KANSAS CITY II IN SECOND WEEK 18 FIXTURE
Indy Eleven at Sporting KC II
Sunday, August 22, 2021 – 5:00 P.M. ET
Children’s Mercy Park – Kansas City, Kan.
2021 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
Indy Eleven: 6W-8L-4D (-7 GD), 22 pts.; 4th in Central Division
Sporting KC II: 3W-12L-5D (-18 GD) 14 pts.; 8th in Central Division
After a brief midweek diversion from Central Division play, Indy Eleven gets back to divisional action Sunday evening against Sporting KC II at Children’s Mercy Park, the site of Eleven Interim Head Coach Max Rogers’ win on his debut as the sideline boss back on June 20.
Rogers has plenty to sort out with his squad leading up to Sunday’s tilt, coming off a disappointing 1-4 defeat at Loudoun United on Wednesday evening. In that match, the same starting XI that was very much on the same page throughout Indy’s 2-1 win over OKC Energy FC last weekend got another run out, but the continuity Rogers’ was looking for disappeared after the opening 15 minutes, and a pair of concessions at the close of the first half put the Boys in Blue in a hole they couldn’t dig out from.
Heading into its match at Atlanta United 2 two weekends ago, Indy Eleven boasted a 2.00 points per road game haul that was tied for tops in the USL Championship. However, with two away outings to forget since then, Rogers & Co. must muster the edge that made them one of the league’s hardest “outs” on the road. The elixir for that to happen could include two parts previous success and one part familiar ground, with Indy collecting wins over SKC II in both prior 2021 meetings – including at Children’s Mercy Park just four days after the turmoil that resulted in Rogers taking over the reins. With Indy Eleven’s injury report also empty for the first time all season, don’t be surprised to see the starting lineup shaken up a bit to insert some fresh legs – and some fresh spirit – onto the field.
Heading into that 2-1 triumph for the Eleven in late June, Sporting KC II had been showing signs of competing in a stacked Central by garnering at least a point from five of its first nine matches. However, it’s been a summer of struggle ever since, with SKC II going 1W-9L-1D since the June 20 meeting; that includes a current five-game overall losing streak and a five-game losing streak at Children Mercy Park, during which they’ve been outscored by visitors 14-6.
After allowing four goals in each of its last three contests, SKC might find some small solace in the fact that those matches came against the Central’s top three teams. With further mining, another “glass half full” approach can be presented by the fact that Sporting has indeed hit the back of the net in each of the five losses in its current streak, three of which ended on 2-1 scorelines.
With six different SKC II players scoring as many goals in those last five games, that leaves Indy’s lineup needing to ensure its focus on individuals is not outsized. However, that may only help an Eleven side that needs to collectively dial it up a notch in an attempt to once again overcome a touch of adversity during the long Championship campaign.
SERIES HISTORY VS. SPORTING KC II
USL Championship regular season: 6W-2L-0D (14 GF/8 GA)
USL Championship at home: 4W-2L-0D (9 GF/6 GA)
USL Championship on the road: 2W-0L-0D (5 GF/2 GA)
Indy Eleven heads to the Kansas side of the Kansas City Metro this weekend looking to stay perfect against Sporting KC II on the season and all-time on the road. Indy collected a 3-1 win against then Swope Park Rangers in April 2019 to start the two sides’ all-time series on a winning note, and, after contesting all four games in their 2020 series at Lucas Oil Stadium, renewed acquaintances in Kansas earlier this season with a 2-1 triumph on June 20 that marked the debut of Interim Head Coach Max Rogers.
In all, Indy Eleven has dominated the series with SKC II, collecting a 6W-2L-0D mark and 14-8 advantage in goals scored. After Sunday’s meeting, the squads will end their season series on Sept. 11 at Carroll Stadium, where Indy began this year’s meetings with a 2-0 win on May 22.
IND PLAYER TO WATCH: DF/MF NICK MOON
With roster rotation entering the equation for a third game in nine days’ time, it’s hard to pinpoint anyone who might be written onto Rogers’ team sheet with a sharpie. However, look for Moon to get more involved after getting on for the final half hour of Wednesday’s match at Loudoun United FC. The right-sided Swiss Army knife brought his usual aggressiveness on the dribble off the bench the other night, and as the third-year pro continues to progress from a minor injury suffered a couple of weeks back at Atlanta, if he is anywhere near full health you can expect to see Moon give it a go from the opening whistle.
One of the most versatile players in the entirety of the USL Championship, Moon has proven himself to be a more than capable defender, a speedy threat on the dribble, a dangerous distributor (two assists and 11 chances created) and able finisher (three goals on only eight shots). Moon also has shown a tangible jump in confidence in his now second season with the Boys in Blue – and given the roller coaster performances in recent weeks, that might prove the most valuable asset he could pack in his bag for Sunday’s road trip.
SKC PLAYER TO WATCH: FW ENOCH MUSHAGALUSA
Don’t let Sporting’s current record fool you. Despite being on a five-game losing streak, six different goal scorers have netted for the Kansas City side in the team’s last six outings – and none look more in form than Mushagalusa. The 21-year-old is having a breakout year in his second season with Sporting KC II as he currently leads the scoring charge for his teammates with six tallies in his 20 appearances. The Congolese striker may not be a top contender for the 2021 Golden Boot, but his 42 shots – just six behind Manuel Arteaga’s league-leading count – show he’s hungry for more as SKC II continues into the second stretch of the season. Mushagalusa also has a knack for playmaking having created 17 chances on goal so far this year, two of which have ended up in the back of the net.
Indy’s backline will be tasked with limiting Mushagalusa’s time in its defending third, as all six of the forward’s goals, including his tally against the Boys in Blue on June 20, have come from inside the opposition’s 18-yard box.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Bezerra Records Hat-Trick in Comeback Victory Over Louisville
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The preseason No. 2-ranked Indiana men’s soccer erased an early two-goal deficit to comeback and defeat the Louisville Cardinals by a score of 5-4 on Saturday night at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
• The Hoosiers found the scoreboard first in high-scoring first half. Junior forward Victor Bezerra received a free kick pass from redshirt senior midfielder Joe Schmidt in the upper left corner of the 18-yard box. Bezerra delivered a right-footed strike that beat the keeper to the left in the 14th minute.
• The Cardinals would bounce back and score the next three goals of the match. The first of which came in the 28th minute when freshman forward Nico Diaz found the back of the net.
• Just one minute later (29th minute) senior forward Pedro Fonseca tallied his first of two goals to give U of L the lead. He would later convert a PK try in the 41st minute to double the visitor’s lead at 3-1.
• Freshman midfielder Tommy Mihalic brought the Hoosiers back within one goal (3-2) in the 42nd minute. Junior forward Herbert Endeley put forward an advanced ball down the right flank to senior defender Nyk Sessock. The Pitt transfer curled in a crosser that Bezerra let play through to the right foot of Mihalic. The Skokie, Ill., native buried his shot attempt in the back of the net right before the end of the half.
• Bezerra notched his hat-trick with a pair of PK goals in the second half. The first came in the 54th minute in the second in the 60th minute.
• Sophomore defender Joey Maher scored the game winner in the 87th minute after the Hoosiers won a late corner. Mihalic delivered a perfect service that found the head of Maher. The Caseyville, Ill., native beat the keeper on the re-directed header to steal the victory.
• After playing at least 20 players in the first two matches of the preseason, Indiana head coach Todd Yeagley on used 15 players against the Cardinals. Only 13 guys played 40-plus minutes.
• Bezerra led all Hoosiers in goals (5) and total points (10) in the exhibition portion of the schedule. Junior forward Goumballe finished second behind the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in both categories (2G, 4P), while Mihalic added one goal and two assists.
GOALS: Victor Bezerra (3), Joey Maher, Tommy Mihalic
ASSISTS: Herbert Endeley, Tommy Mihalic, Joe Schmidt, Nyk Sessock
With the exhibition season ending, Indiana will now turn its focus to the regular season. The Hoosiers will open the season at 7 p.m. ET on Aug. 27 in South Bend against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The home opener for the team will be at 8 p.m. ET on Aug. 31 against in-state foe Butler.
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Boilermakers Venture to No. 18 Vandy
NASHVILLE – The Purdue soccer team concludes the opening weekend of the season with a nationally-televised matchup at No. 18 Vanderbilt on Sunday, August 22, at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex in Nashville.
The contest will be broadcast live on the SEC Network, while live stats can be found at Vanderbilt.Statbroadcast.com. Updates from Nashville also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
The Boilermakers (0-0-1) and Commodores (1-0-0) both opened the season at their home parks on Thursday night with matches that took overtime to decide. In front of the largest home crowd in program history, Purdue played to a 1-1 draw to Kentucky, while Vandy topped Tennessee Tech in the 97th minute, 1-0.
LAST TIME OUT: RECORD CROWD WATCHES BOILERMAKERS RALLY
The program attendance record was broken on Thursday night, as 2,125 fans made their return to a Purdue sports event to see the Boilermakers tie Kentucky, 1-1 at Folk Field. Senior forward Sarah Griffith scored the match-tying goal at 47:34, and it was another highlight-reel score that would be ranked No. 5 on ESPN Sports Center’s Top-10 Plays later in the evening.
Purdue had an 18-14 advantage in shots, and both teams had seven shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova and her UK counterpart each made six saves. Griffith led all players with seven shots and had a game-high-tying two shots on goal. The visitor’s goal came in the 30th minute.
A complete recap from the match, including box score, postgame comments from coach Drew Roff and highlights, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
Sunday’s matchup at No. 18 Vanderbilt marks the first time since 2011 that the Boilermakers play a road game on the opening weekend of the season (excluding last season’s Big Ten-only slate, contested in the spring of 2021). The 2011 campaign began with a 1-0 win at Toledo on August 19, and since then, the earliest Purdue played away from Folk Field was August 26, 2016, with a trip to Baylor to begin weekend No. 2.
Additionally, Sunday is the earliest in the year that Purdue has faced a ranked opponent since 2011. Following the win at Toledo to open 2011, the Old Gold and Black lost at No. 13 West Virginia, 3-0. In seventh-year head coach Drew Roff’s tenure, the Boilermakers’ earliest game against a top-25 foe came on September 1, 2016, a 2-0 loss at No. 4 West Virginia.
Under Roff, Purdue is 7-3-1 in opening-weekend games, including last season. Following Thursday night’s draw to Kentucky, the Boilermakers are 5-1-1 in season-openers and 6-0-1 in home-opening contests.
SERIES HISTORY VS. VANDERBILT
Sunday will be the first-ever meeting between Purdue and Vanderbilt. The Boilermakers are 3-4-2 all-time against SEC opponents after Thursday’s draw to Kentucky. Before two nights ago against the Wildcats, the last outing against an SEC club was in 2019, when Purdue opened the slate with a 1-0 home win over Georgia and suffered a 2-0 loss to No. 7 South Carolina two weeks later.
SCOUTING THE COMMODORES
Vanderbilt is 1-0-0 on the year after a 1-0 overtime victory against Tennessee Tech on Thursday. Abi Brighton netted the golden goal in the 97th minute as the Commodores had a 21-3 advantage in shots and a 6-1 edge in corner kicks. Vandy goalkeeper Kate Devine stopped both shots she faced.
In the preseason polls, Vanderbilt is ranked No. 18 by the United Soccer Coaches and Soccer America, No. 21 by TopDrawerSoccer.com and No. 22 by College Soccer News.
UP NEXT: TWO-MATCH HOME WEEKEND
Purdue returns home for a pair of home matches next weekend. Gonzaga comes to Folk Field on Thursday, August 26, at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Ball State on Sunday, August 29, at 1 p.m. Admission is free for all Purdue Soccer regular-season home games in 2021.
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Tops Purdue Fort Wayne in Exhibition Action
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MUNCIE, Ind. – – Saturday afternoon was exactly what the Ball State women’s volleyball team needed, as it took advantage of an exhibition match versus Purdue Fort Wayne by testing a variety of options to prep for next Friday’s season-opening matches.
When it was all said and done, 16 different players saw action for the Cardinals who threw out a different lineup in each set of its 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-18, 25-17) victory over the Mastodons.
“We got exactly what we needed to get out of today,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “Just seeing where we’re at and allowing people to get experience on the floor. We had a ton of new bodies and got to work on our setter/hitter relationship, developing that trust with one another. You can only get so much out of practice. You really have to play other people to expose areas we need to continue to get better at.”
The Cardinals used a different setter in each of the first three sets and finished the night hitting .218 as a team. By the end of the match, it was freshman setter Megan Wielonski who would lead the team with 25 assists. Wielonski also served up three of BSU’s five aces in the win.
Offensively, the Cardinals had three players reach double digits, let by 15 kills from junior right side Natalie Mitchem. In her Ball State debut, graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn registered 12 kills in just two sets of action. Junior outside Natalie Risi rounded out the group with 11 kills, while adding 14 digs for a double-double.
Ball State was also able to test its depth in the backrow, with sophomore Kate Vinson and junior Maggie Huber splitting time at libero and collecting 17 and 14 digs, respectively. Junior transfer Havyn Gates also shined in the contest, with 14 digs of her own.
Next up for the Cardinals, the start of the 2021 fall season at the GBD Invite. Ball State opens the two-day event Friday with matches versus tournament host Green Bay (Noon ET / 11 a.m. CT) and St. Thomas (5 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. CT).
IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER: JAGUARS BLANKED IN PRESEASON FINALE AT SIUE, 2-0
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The IUPUI men’s soccer team was shutout on the road to close out the preseason slate on Saturday (Aug. 21), falling at SIUE by a 2-0 score. The host Cougars deposited goals in each half on way to the two-goal win.
SIUE’s Pau Palacin netted the game-winner in the 34th minute and got late insurance when Alex Segura tallied in the 83rd minute. The two sides opted to play an additional 30 minutes following 90 minutes of regulation with neither team scoring in the bonus time.
SIUE closed with a 19-6 shot advantage, testing goalkeepers Quinn McCallion and Lucas Morefield throughout.
No official stats were kept for Saturday’s exhibition match.
MARIAN VOLLEYBALL: MARIAN CLOSES VETTE CITY INVITE WITH 4-0 MARK
Bowling Green, Ky. – The Marian volleyball team wrapped up their first weekend of the 2021 season Saturday with a pair of wins at the Vette City Invite, sweeping Campbellsville in their opening match of the day before ending with a four-set win over Cumberland University. In Marian’s final match of the season, senior setter Lexi Spence eclipsed the 2000 assist mark in her Marian career. The Knights end the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record, taking down the No. 1, 3, 4, and 7 ranked teams in the Mid-South Conference.
Marian 3-0 Campbellsville (25-11, 25-20, 25-19)
The Knights came out firing on all cylinders in their opening match of the day, dominating the Tigers in the first game 25-11. Sarah Spangler and Jai-Lyn Norwood set the tone early by lacing kills all over the hardwood, with a pair of Skyler Van Note kills jolting Marian to an early 10-4 lead. Campbellsville called timeout to attempt to slow the Knights’ momentum, but Van Note kept finding ways to increase the margin, hammering a pair of aces to capitalize a 6-2 run. The Tigers used their second timeout trailing Marian 16-6 to try and claw back in, but Norwood and Van Note kept on the attack, with the two scoring five of the final six points to take the 1-0 lead in the match.
Norwood continued to be a problem for Campbellsville in the second set, as she and Michaela Hoffa had the hot hand pushing Marian to a 10-7 lead. Campbellsville was able to chip back within one of the Knights, but a pair of attack errors ended their run and turned the serve back to Marian. Gianna Feld took advantage and added to the lead after the side out with back to back service aces, pushing Marian to a 17-11 advantage through a timeout. Marian led by as many as eight over the final 18 rallies, and got a kill from Jaymison Summers down the stretch to seal the 25-20 win.
In the final set, Campbellsville came out swinging taking advantage of serve receive errors, quickly building a 9-1 lead. Marian used their first timeout of the day to slow the roll, and it was Feld who got Marian back into a rhythm with a pair of aces after a side out. Feld helped Marian kickstart a 6-0 run to inch within two, bringing the offense back to life. The two teams traded rallies, and eventually Marian was able to draw back to a tie after a kill from Spangler and ace from Van Note tied the game 15-15. Ainsley Neighbors helped close the set for Marian, taking matters into her own hands sparking a 6-0 run featuring three service aces to close on Marian’s 25-19 third set win.
Norwood led Marian in kills in the win with 10 on 13 attacks, while Van Note and Spangler each had eight kills. As a team the Knights had 11 service aces, with Feld recording four, while Van Note and Neighbors each had three. Maggie Meyer had 14 digs to lead the team, and Katie Hardegree had a team-high 17 assists. Lexi Spence finished with 16 assists and five digs.
Marian 3-1 Cumberland (25-15, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16)
The opening set of Marian’s final match of the weekend was paced with runs, including a 4-0 swing by the Knights to open the match. Marian then began scoring in twos, picking up two points on four of five side outs to build a 13-7 lead. Sarah Spangler was the catalyst early, with Lexi Spence finding her fellow senior four times to help Marian establish a 15-8 lead. A pair of service aces from Ainsley Neighbors pushed Marian’s advantage to eight and forced a timeout by Cumberland University, bringing Marian within five points of a set one win. Skyler Van Note and Michaela Hoffa guided Marian to the finish in the final eight rallies, scoring the final four kills to take set one.
In the first set, Spence recorded her 2000th career assist, becoming the third Knight in the last five seasons to reach the milestone, joining Julie Hoying and Madi Heffron.
Marian retooled their lineup in the second set bringing on Gabby Fish for her collegiate debut, with the freshman becoming fast friends with Spence as the two connected twice in the first handful of rallies. The Phoenix matched Marian’s efforts early in the set and built a five point 12-7 lead, but a service error flipped the momentum back to the Knights as Fish and Averi Lanman sparked a 6-0 run. A 3-0 run paced by Hoffa and Madison Brooks kills gave Marian the lead for good, vaulting them on top 19-17. A timeout did little to slow down Marian, with Hoffa putting away the final kill to put Marian on top 2-0.
The Phoenix rallied back and took the third set 25-19, fending off the loss as they displayed a strong offensive approach with 13 kills in the game. Cumberland established their lead early building a five-point lead, but Marian fought back to take a pair of one-point leads. After a service error tied the game 17-17, a 3-0 swing form Cumberland built their lead for the remainder of the set, making the match score 2-1 in favor of Marian.
In the fourth and final set, Marian rotated their starters back into the lineup, with Spangler and Jai-Lyn Norwood building a 9-7 lead. A pair of 3-0 runs paced by Norwood and Van Note saw Marian extend their lead to seven, with the latter run featuring three consecutive kills from the senior. Leading 17-10, Marian finished strong scoring on eight of the final 14 rallies, including a 4-0 run. An attack error by the Phoenix ended the match, giving Marian the 3-1 win to complete their undefeated weekend.
Van Note led Marian with an 11 kill and 13 dig double-double, adding three service aces and an assist to her stat line. Norwood, Spangler, and Fish each had 10 kills in the win, with Spangler posting a match-high .714 hitting percentage. Maggie Meyer led Marian with 18 digs in the win, while Spence had a match-high 27 assists on her milestone night. Katie Hardegree had 14 assists and one kill, and Neighbors had 11 digs, five assists and four service aces.
Marian will return to action next weekend when they host the Knight Invitational, welcoming Indiana Tech, IU-Kokomo, IU-East, Kentucky Christian, and Lincoln. Action will begin on Friday at 2 PM.
MARIAN MEN’S SOCCER: JENKINS’ PENALTY KICK LEADS MARIAN TO VICTORY OVER COLORADO CHRISTIAN
Lakewood, Colo. – The Marian men’s soccer team played solid defense on Saturday night, with a James Jenkins penalty kick in the fifth minute lifting Marian to a 1-0 win over Colorado Christian. The win improves Marian’s record to 1-1 on the season, closing the team’s week long trip in the greater Colorado Springs area.
The Knights had just four shot attempts in the match, but an early foul in the fifth minute of the game rewarded Marian with a penalty kick, providing an early scoring chance. James Jenkins took the kick, and buried his second shot of the season for the first goal of the game. Jenkins would add one additional chance throughout the game, as he and his teammates were limited thanks to a stingy Cougars defense.
Colorado Christian had ample chances at the net throughout the contest, totaling eight shots on the night. Brendan Weiger was steady in goal all game, and made one save while his defensive teammates forced the additional shot attempts to miss the frame. The Cougars had three of their eight attempts in the final 10 minutes of the match, with Weiger coming up with his lone save of the night denying an 89th minute shot attempt.
“Tonight was a good performance and good result for us against an up-and-coming RMAC opponent,” said head coach Mark Castro. “We significantly improved on several areas since our first game (Thursday night). We played with better organization and trust, and we had very good energy on the field as well as from our bench personnel. I’m pleased with our progress this week but we have plenty of areas of refinement before the Crossroads League begins.”
In addition to Jenkins’ two shots, Marian picked up one shot attempt each from both Sebastian Gonzalez and Dylann Merchand. The match featured a one-hour rain and lightning delay in the first half.
The Knights will play their first game on home turf Tuesday night when they bring Thomas More to campus for a 7 PM match from St. Vincent Field.
MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER: NO. 4 MARIAN FALLS 1-0 TO NO. 8 UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS
Williamsburg, Ky. – The Marian women’s soccer team put up a fight Saturday night at the eighth-ranked University of the Cumberlands, but came up short falling to the Patriots 1-0 in their season opener.
The Justin Sullivan era of Marian women’s soccer began with a flash, as the Knights charged the net off the opening kickoff with Delaney Taylor firing a shot on goal 38 seconds into the match. The aggressive start was matched by the Patriots, as they took a quick charge at the goal, but were flagged for an early offsides. The Knights offense got in gear in the 19th minute, putting together a run with Allie Schlom firing the first of three straight shots for Marian but her attempt missed wide right. Jacelyn Smith came back with a pair of shots herself, but the two looks were either saved or high of the frame.
In the 35th minute, the Patriots put together a quick run, charging the right side of the box. Laura Navajas Marin set up the play, and delivered a pass for Jayden Boelter, who buried a shot in the upper corner over the out-stretched arm of keeper Noelle Rolfsen. The shot stood as the only goal of the half, with Rolfsen making one save in the waning moments of the half to keep the game a one-score margin.
Marian trailed in shots at halftime 5-4, with both teams remaining even with one corner kick each.
The Knights remained aggressive entering the second half, and in the first 10 minutes of the half earned a corner kick. Smith delivered the third corner of the match for Marian and connected with Bridget Stratman, but her header missed right of the net. The Patriots shifted their strategy to a defensive half, and limited Marian’s offense for a 20-minute span. The Cumberlands turned their defensive possessions into a pair of shot attempts, but Rolfsen kept her ground in net to make a pair of saves.
Marian picked up two good looks in the final 15 minutes as they tried for their first goal of the match, with the first coming on a corner that was plucked out of mid-air by the Patriots keeper. With over two minutes remaining, Marian drew a foul outside of the box to earn a set piece, but the free kick from Smith sailed high of the crossbar. The Cumberlands held possession for the final two minutes, pulling away with the 1-0 win in the season opener.
Smith led Marian in shot attempts with three, while Schlom, Stratman, Taylor, and Natalie Prena each had one attempt. Rolfsen made three saves in net playing the full game, allowing one goal.
The Knights will come back to Indianapolis to begin a three-match homestand, hosting Saint Xavier on Wednesday August 25 at St. Vincent Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM.
IUE MEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST 1, GOSHEN 1
CENTERVILLE, Ind. – Tristan Thomas scored in the 11th minute for the Indiana University East goal in the Red Wolf men’s soccer team’s 1-1 draw against Goshen College on Aug. 21.
IU East’s 2021 season opener was played on a scorching-hot afternoon at Centerville High School.
Thomas scored with his right foot from the right side of the box to record a goal in his college debut.
Emmanuel Fakoyede tallied the equalizer for the Maple Leafs in the 65th minute.
IU East recorded a tie for the first time since the 2018 season.
IU East hosts Lourdes University on Aug. 25 in a matchup of the Red Wolves against the Gray Wolves. Match time is 5 p.m. at Centerville High School.
|Tampa Bay||76||48||.613||–||40 – 23||36 – 25||39 – 18||13 – 8||14 – 17||7 – 3||W 1|
|NY Yankees||72||52||.581||4||39 – 25||33 – 27||27 – 30||20 – 8||16 – 8||9 – 1||W 9|
|Boston||70||55||.560||6.5||38 – 25||32 – 30||34 – 26||13 – 8||12 – 17||5 – 5||L 1|
|Toronto||64||57||.529||10.5||32 – 25||32 – 32||26 – 27||11 – 8||13 – 16||4 – 6||W 1|
|Baltimore||38||84||.311||37||17 – 39||21 – 45||13 – 38||8 – 22||11 – 14||0 – 10||L 17|
|Chi White Sox||72||52||.581||–||42 – 23||30 – 29||15 – 10||37 – 25||12 – 12||5 – 5||L 1|
|Cleveland||60||61||.496||10.5||31 – 27||29 – 34||9 – 16||32 – 22||10 – 15||5 – 5||W 2|
|Detroit||59||66||.472||13.5||33 – 30||26 – 36||12 – 9||25 – 38||17 – 14||4 – 6||L 1|
|Kansas City||54||68||.443||17||32 – 31||22 – 37||10 – 19||25 – 29||8 – 12||5 – 5||W 2|
|Minnesota||54||70||.435||18||30 – 33||24 – 37||8 – 11||27 – 32||13 – 20||5 – 5||L 3|
|Houston||73||50||.593||–||39 – 23||34 – 27||16 – 12||17 – 15||34 – 15||6 – 4||W 3|
|Oakland||70||54||.565||3.5||35 – 26||35 – 28||13 – 13||17 – 7||29 – 26||4 – 6||L 1|
|Seattle||66||58||.532||7.5||37 – 25||29 – 33||18 – 13||12 – 13||31 – 23||7 – 3||L 2|
|LA Angels||62||63||.496||12||33 – 30||29 – 33||13 – 14||19 – 10||21 – 32||5 – 5||L 2|
|Texas||43||80||.350||30||28 – 34||15 – 46||12 – 14||8 – 15||20 – 39||3 – 7||W 1|
|Atlanta||67||56||.545||–||31 – 29||36 – 27||36 – 28||22 – 12||4 – 4||9 – 1||W 8|
|Philadelphia||62||61||.504||5||36 – 25||26 – 36||34 – 27||14 – 10||8 – 15||3 – 7||L 1|
|NY Mets||60||63||.488||7||36 – 23||24 – 40||25 – 27||13 – 14||15 – 14||2 – 8||L 3|
|Washington||53||69||.434||13.5||31 – 33||22 – 36||22 – 31||12 – 12||9 – 19||3 – 7||L 1|
|Miami||51||73||.411||16.5||30 – 30||21 – 43||22 – 26||9 – 16||17 – 17||4 – 6||L 6|
|Milwaukee||75||49||.605||–||33 – 28||42 – 21||11 – 13||40 – 20||20 – 8||7 – 3||W 1|
|Cincinnati||68||57||.544||7.5||35 – 29||33 – 28||15 – 10||35 – 20||10 – 20||7 – 3||W 3|
|St. Louis||62||60||.508||12||33 – 29||29 – 31||14 – 16||23 – 25||15 – 11||6 – 4||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||54||71||.432||21.5||31 – 30||23 – 41||12 – 19||24 – 32||15 – 11||2 – 8||L 2|
|Pittsburgh||44||79||.358||30.5||24 – 35||20 – 44||12 – 12||15 – 40||9 – 20||3 – 7||W 2|
|San Francisco||79||44||.642||–||42 – 19||37 – 25||15 – 8||16 – 11||36 – 18||7 – 3||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||78||46||.629||1.5||42 – 20||36 – 26||21 – 8||13 – 10||32 – 20||9 – 1||W 9|
|San Diego||68||57||.544||12||41 – 25||27 – 32||14 – 14||16 – 14||28 – 26||2 – 8||W 1|
|Colorado||57||66||.463||22||43 – 21||14 – 45||8 – 8||13 – 17||27 – 33||6 – 4||W 5|
|Arizona||41||83||.331||38.5||27 – 36||14 – 47||11 – 15||12 – 17||17 – 43||6 – 4||L 2|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
WILD CARD STANDINGS
|AL Wild Card Standings|
|NY Yankees||72||52||.581||+2.0||39-25||33-27||9-1||W 9|
|LA Angels||62||63||.496||8.5||33-30||29-33||5-5||L 2|
|Kansas City||54||68||.443||15.0||32-31||22-37||5-5||W 2|
|NL Wild Card Standings|
|LA Dodgers||78||46||.629||+10.5||42-20||36-26||9-1||W 9|
|San Diego||68||57||.544||–||41-25||27-32||2-8||W 1|
|St. Louis||62||60||.508||4.5||33-29||29-31||6-4||L 2|
|NY Mets||60||63||.488||7.0||36-23||24-40||2-8||L 3|
|Chi Cubs||54||71||.432||14.0||31-30||23-41||2-8||L 2|
Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
|Orlando City SC||20||9||7||4||30||24||6||6-3-1||3-4-3||34|
|New York City FC||19||9||4||6||34||19||15||7-1-2||2-3-4||31|
|Inter Miami CF||19||6||4||9||21||31||-10||4-2-5||2-2-4||22|
|Real Salt Lake||20||7||6||7||30||23||7||5-4-2||2-2-5||27|
|Los Angeles FC||20||6||5||9||25||28||-3||4-4-2||2-1-7||23|
|Connecticut Sun||17||6||.739||—||10-1||7-5||9-3||9-1||5 W|
|Chicago Sky||11||12||.478||6.0||4-8||7-4||8-4||5-5||2 L|
|New York Liberty||11||13||.458||6.5||6-6||5-7||5-8||4-6||1 L|
|Washington Mystics||8||13||.381||8.0||5-4||3-9||5-6||3-7||3 L|
|Atlanta Dream||6||17||.261||11.0||3-8||3-9||5-6||1-9||8 L|
|Indiana Fever||5||18||.217||12.0||3-8||2-10||4-9||4-6||1 W|