MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

LA DODGERS 7 LA ANGELS 1

MINNESOTA 6 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3

TORONTO 6 KANSAS CITY 5 (10)

SEATTLE 3 TEXAS 2 (10)

CLEVELAND 10 DETROIT 0

HOUSTON 5 OAKLAND 0

BALTIMORE 6 TAMPA BAY 4 (11)

NY YANKEES 14 BOSTON 1

ST. LOUIS 11 CINCINNATI 3

NY METS 2 CHICAGO CUBS 1 (11)

NY METS 4 CHICAGO CUBS 3 (10)

COLORADO 2 PITTSBURGH 0

ATLANTA 6 WASHINGTON 3

PHILADELPHIA 10 MIAMI 0

SAN FRANCISCO 2 MILWAUKEE 1

SAN DIEGO 4 ARIZONA 3

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

MLB WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/wire.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

COLUMBUS 4 INDIANAPOLIS 2

BOX SCORES: https://www.milb.com/gameday/indians-vs-clippers/2022/07/16/666307#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=666307

FORT WAYNE 4 LANSING 3

LANSING 4 FORT WAYNE 2

PEORIA 3 SOUTH BEND 2

WNBA

CHICAGO 89 DALLAS 81

BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/wnba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=20220716010&home=10&vis=17

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

MONTRÉAL 1 TORONTO 0

PHILADELPHIA 2 NEW ENGLAND 1

CHICAGO 1 SEATTLE 0

MIAMI 3 CHARLOTTE 2

MINNESOTA 2 DC 0

COLORADO 2 LOS ANGELES 0

DALLAS 1 AUSTIN 1

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LPGA LEADERBOARDS: http://hosted.stats.com/golf/final.asp?tour=LPGA

NASCAR QUALIFYING: http://hosted.stats.com/racing/index.asp?page=grid&series=NASCAR&id=20220717010

INDYCAR QUALIFYING: http://hosted.stats.com/racing/index.asp?page=grid&series=IRL&id=20220717027

NFL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/wire.asp

NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 4

JACKSONVILLE VS. LAS VEGAS (NBC)

WEEK 1 (AUGUST 11-15)

TENNESSEE AT BALTIMORE

INDIANAPOLIS AT BUFFALO

KANSAS CITY AT CHICAGO

ARIZONA AT CINCINNATI

DALLAS AT DENVER

ATLANTA AT DETROIT

NEW ORLEANS AT HOUSTON

CLEVELAND AT JACKSONVILLE

MINNESOTA AT LAS VEGAS

L.A. RAMS AT L.A. CHARGERS

N.Y. GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND

N.Y. JETS AT PHILADELPHIA

SEATTLE AT PITTSBURGH

GREEN BAY AT SAN FRANCISCO

MIAMI AT TAMPA BAY

CAROLINA AT WASHINGTON

WEEK 2 (AUGUST 18-22)

BALTIMORE AT ARIZONA (8/21, FOX)

DENVER AT BUFFALO

PHILADELPHIA AT CLEVELAND

NEW ORLEANS AT GREEN BAY

DETROIT AT INDIANAPOLIS

PITTSBURGH AT JACKSONVILLE

WASHINGTON AT KANSAS CITY

DALLAS AT L.A. CHARGERS

HOUSTON AT L.A. RAMS

LAS VEGAS AT MIAMI

SAN FRANCISCO AT MINNESOTA

CAROLINA AT NEW ENGLAND

CINCINNATI AT N.Y. GIANTS

ATLANTA AT N.Y. JETS (8/22, ESPN)

CHICAGO AT SEATTLE (8/18, ESPN)

TAMPA BAY AT TENNESSEE

WEEK 3 (AUGUST 25-29)

JACKSONVILLE AT ATLANTA

WASHINGTON AT BALTIMORE

BUFFALO AT CAROLINA

L.A. RAMS AT CINCINNATI

CHICAGO AT CLEVELAND

SEATTLE AT DALLAS

MINNESOTA AT DENVER

SAN FRANCISCO AT HOUSTON (8/25, PRIME VIDEO)

TAMPA BAY AT INDIANAPOLIS

GREEN BAY AT KANSAS CITY

NEW ENGLAND AT LAS VEGAS

PHILADELPHIA AT MIAMI

L.A. CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS

N.Y. GIANTS AT N.Y. JETS

DETROIT AT PITTSBURGH (8/28, CBS)

ARIZONA AT TENNESSEE

WEEK 1 REGULAR SEASON

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

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

2022-23 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME SCHEDULE, TV CHANNELS, MATCHUP INFORMATION

FRIDAY, DEC. 16

BAHAMAS BOWL
11:30 A.M. ET
ESPN
THOMAS A. ROBINSON NATIONAL STADIUM, BAHAMAS

CURE BOWL
3 P.M.
ESPN
EXPLORIA STADIUM IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

FENWAY BOWL
11 A.M.
ESPN
FENWAY PARK IN BOSTON

NEW MEXICO BOWL
2:15 P.M.
ESPN
UNIVERSITY STADIUM IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

LA BOWL
3:30 P.M.
ABC
SOFI STADIUM IN INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA

LENDINGTREE BOWL
5:45 P.M.
ESPN
HANCOCK WHITNEY STADIUM IN MOBILE, ALABAMA

LAS VEGAS BOWL
7:30 P.M.
ABC
ALLEGIANT STADIUM IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

FRISCO BOWL
9:15 P.M.
ESPN
TOYOTA STADIUM IN FRISCO, TEXAS

MONDAY, DEC. 19

MYRTLE BEACH BOWL
2:30 P.M.
ESPN
BROOKS STADIUM IN CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA

TUESDAY, DEC. 20

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
3:30 P.M.
ESPN
ALBERTSONS STADIUM IN BOISE, IDAHO

BOCA RATON BOWL
7:30 P.M.
ESPN
FAU STADIUM IN BOCA RATON, FLORIDA

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21

NEW ORLEANS BOWL
9 P.M.
ESPN
CAESARS SUPERDOME IN NEW ORLEANS

THURSDAY, DEC. 22

ARMED FORCES BOWL
7:30 P.M.
ESPN
AMON G. CARTER STADIUM IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS

FRIDAY, DEC. 23

GASPARILLA BOWL
ESPN
RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM IN TAMPA, FLORIDA

INDEPENDENCE BOWL
ESPN
INDEPENDENCE STADIUM IN SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA

SATURDAY, DEC. 24

HAWAI’I BOWL
8 P.M.
ESPN
CLARENCE T.C. CHING ATHLETICS COMPLEX IN HONOLULU, HAWAI’I

MONDAY, DEC. 26

QUICK LANE BOWL
2:30 P.M.
ESPN
FORD FIELD IN DETROIT

TUESDAY, DEC. 27

FIRST RESPONDER BOWL
ESPN
GERALD J. FORD STADIUM IN DALLAS

BIRMINGHAM BOWL
ESPN
PROTECTIVE STADIUM IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

CAMELLIA BOWL
12 P.M.
ESPN
CRAMTON BOWL IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA

GUARANTEED RATE BOWL
10:15 P.M.
ESPN
CHASE FIELD IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28

MILITARY BOWL
2 P.M.
ESPN
NAVY-MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL STADIUM IN ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND

LIBERTY BOWL
5:30 P.M.
ESPN
LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

HOLIDAY BOWL
8 P.M.
FOX
PETCO PARK IN SAN DIEGO

TEXAS BOWL
9 P.M.
ESPN
NRG STADIUM IN HOUSTON

THURSDAY, DEC. 29

PINSTRIPE BOWL
2 P.M.
ESPN
YANKEE STADIUM IN THE BRONX, NEW YORK CITY

CHEEZ-IT BOWL
5:30 P.M.
ESPN
CAMPING WORLD STADIUM IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA

ALAMO BOWL
9 P.M.
ESPN
ALAMODOME IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

FRIDAY, DEC. 30

ORANGE BOWL
ESPN
HARD ROCK STADIUM IN MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA

DUKE’S MAYO BOWL
12 P.M.
ESPN
BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

SUN BOWL
2 P.M.
CBS
SUN BOWL IN EL PASO, TEXAS

GATOR BOWL
3:30 P.M.
ESPN
TIAA BANK FIELD IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

ARIZONA BOWL
4:30 P.M.
BARSTOOL
ARIZONA STADIUM IN TUCSON, ARIZONA

SATURDAY, DEC. 31

PEACH BOWL (COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL)
ESPN
MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM IN ATLANTA

FIESTA BOWL (COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL)
ESPN
STATE FARM STADIUM IN GLENDALE, ARIZONA

MUSIC CITY BOWL
12 P.M.
ABC
NISSAN STADIUM IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

SUGAR BOWL
12 P.M.
ESPN
CAESARS SUPERDOME IN NEW ORLEANS

MONDAY, JAN. 2

RELIAQUEST BOWL
12 P.M.
ESPN2
RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM IN TAMPA, FLORIDA

CITRUS BOWL
1 P.M.
ABC
CAMPING WORLD STADIUM IN ORLANDO

COTTON BOWL CLASSIC
1 P.M.
ESPN
AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS

ROSE BOWL GAME
5 P.M.
ESPN
ROSE BOWL IN PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

MONDAY, JAN. 9

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
ESPN
SOFI STADIUM IN INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA

MLB ALL-STARS

AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTERS:

C – ALEJANDRO KIRK, TOR (1ST ALL-STAR SELECTION)
1B – VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR., TOR (2ND)
2B – JOSE ALTUVE, HOU (8TH)
3B – RAFAEL DEVERS, BOS (2ND)
SS – TIM ANDERSON, CWS (2ND)
OF – MIKE TROUT, LAA (10TH)
OF – AARON JUDGE, NYY (4TH)
OF – GIANCARLO STANTON, NYY (5TH)
DH – SHOHEI OHTANI, LAA (2ND)

NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTERS:

C – WILLSON CONTRERAS, CHC (3RD)
1B – PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, STL (7TH)
2B – JAZZ CHISHOLM JR., MIA (1ST)
3B – MANNY MACHADO, SD (6TH)
SS – TREA TURNER, LAD (2ND)
OF – RONALD ACUNA JR., ATL (3RD)
OF – MOOKIE BETTS, LAD (6TH)
OF – JOC PEDERSON, SF (2ND)
DH – BRYCE HARPER, PHI (7TH), INJURY REPLACEMENT: WILLIAM CONTRERAS, ATL (1ST)

AL PITCHERS:

PAUL BLACKBURN, OAK (1ST)
EMMANUEL CLASE, CLE (1ST)
GERRIT COLE, NYY (5TH)
NESTOR CORTES, NYY (1ST)
CLAY HOLMES, NYY (1ST)
JORGE LOPEZ, BAL (1ST)
ALEK MANOAH, TOR (1ST)
SHANE MCCLANAHAN, TBR (1ST)
SHOHEI OHTANI, LAA (2ND)
MARTIN PEREZ, TEX (1ST)
GREGORY SOTO, DET (2ND)
FRAMBER VALDEZ, HOU (1ST)
JUSTIN VERLANDER, HOU (9TH)

NL PITCHER:

SANDY ALCANTARA, MIA (2ND)
DAVID BEDNAR, PIT (1ST)
CORBIN BURNES, MIL (2ND) 
LUIS CASTILLO, CIN (2ND)
EDWIN DIAZ, NYM (2ND)
MAX FRIED, ATL (1ST)
TONY GONSOLIN, LAD (1ST)
JOSH HADER, MIL (4TH)
RYAN HELSLEY, STL (1ST)
CLAYTON KERSHAW, LAD (9TH)
JOE MANTIPLY, ARI (1ST)
JOE MUSGROVE, SD (1ST)

AL RESERVES:

CATCHERS:

JOSE TREVINO, C, NYY (1ST)

INFIELDERS:

LUIS ARRAEZ, MIN (1ST)
XANDER BOGAERTS, BOS (4TH)
MIGUEL CABRERA, DET (12TH)
ANDRES GIMENEZ, CLE (1ST)
JOSE RAMIREZ, CLE (4TH)

OUTFIELDERS:

ANDREW BENINTENDI, KC (1ST)
BYRON BUXTON, MIN (1ST)
JULIO RODRIGUEZ, SEA (1ST)
GEORGE SPRINGER, TOR (4TH)
KYLE TUCKER, HOU (1ST)

DH:

YORDAN ALVAREZ, HOU (1ST)

NL RESERVES:

CATCHERS:

TRAVIS D’ARNAUD, C, ATL (1ST)

INFIELDERS:

PETE ALONSO, NYM (2ND)
NOLAN ARENADO, STL (7TH)
C.J. CRON, COL (1ST)
JEFF MCNEIL, NYM (2ND)
ALBERT PUJOLS, STL (11TH)
DANSBY SWANSON, ATL (1ST)

OUTFIELDERS:

IAN HAPP, CHC (1ST)
STARLING MARTE, NYM (2ND)
KYLE SCHWARBER, PHI (2ND)
JUAN SOTO, WSH (2ND)

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

McIlroy, Hovland avoid blunders to share British Open lead

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Cheers from every corner of the Old Course that belonged to Tiger Woods for two days at St. Andrews switched over to Rory McIlroy in the British Open, and he certainly did his part to give them what came to see Saturday.

McIlroy holed a bunker shot for eagle on the 10th hole that he described as part skill and part luck, but it was pure magic. He showed discipline to know when to aim away from the flag, and to take bogey when he was stuck between a wall and a road behind the 17th green.

McIlroy now shares the stage at the home of golf with Viktor Hovland, the emerging Norwegian star who was every bit as good in making birdies and avoiding the blunders that cost so many other potential contenders.

Both made birdie on the final hole for a 6-under 66. No one else was closer than four shots. They have the same score at 16-under 200, though the support is one-sided.

“They’re chanting his name out there. I think he’s definitely a crowd favorite,” Masters champion Scottie Scheffler said. “How can you not root for Rory?”

McIlroy is one round away from ending eight long years without a major. He wants to stay in his world without ignoring the support raining down on him.

“I think it’s appreciating the moment as well and appreciating the fact that it’s unbelievably cool to have a chance to win The Open at St Andrews,” McIlroy said. “It’s what dreams are made of. And I’m going to try to make a dream come true tomorrow.”

Hovland, already with six victories worldwide in his four years since leaving Oklahoma State as a U.S. Amateur champion, could appreciate the support for McIlroy and all he has done. He played mistake-free and sounded as though he were up for the task.

“I’m going against one of the best players in the world and I’m certainly not going to hold back, because he’s certainly not,” Hovland said.

It wasn’t a two-man race, even if it felt that way as the Old Course emptied and bagpipes began to skirl at the end of the day.

Cameron Smith, who started with a two-shot lead, took double bogey on the 13th hole when he tried a bold play with his feet in a pot bunker. Cameron Young went over the 16th green and then back down the other side for a double bogey on the 16th hole.

They were four shots behind, still in the game. Two-time major champion Dustin Johnson, the best candidate from the Saudi-funded LIV Golf league to claim this major, putted across the green and into a bunker for one of three bogeys on the back nine. He fell six shots behind.

McIlroy and Hovland had no such trouble.

Hovland holed a pair of 40-foot putts on his way to four straight birdies on the front nine to seize the lead. McIlroy finally caught him by holing out from a pot bunker some 80 feet away for eagle on the 10th hole, setting off a roar that could be heard all the way back at the Royal & Ancient clubhouse.

McIlroy only a day earlier tipped his cap to Woods as he started his second round and Woods was on his way to missing the cut, crossing the Swilcan Bridge for what might have been last time. The R&A set the tee times that way so they would pass each other.

Woods stands alone in driving the sport, though McIlroy is the most popular worldwide, and it sounded like that – on the first tee when McIlroy was introduced, for every birdie, and when he took the lead for the first time with a birdie on the 14th.

“I love that I’ve got so much support,” McIlroy said. “But at the same time, I need to keep in my own little world and try to play a good round of golf. Hopefully, that’s enough.”

His lone mistake was coming out of the left rough and over the 17th green, across the road and near the stone wall. He played a safe pitch onto the green and two-putted for bogey.

Hovland, bogey-free for the round, showed off some magic of his own on the 17th by putting off the dirt path just short of the road, up the hill to about 5 feet for a par.

“I’ve never been in a bigger spot in my career,” Hovland said. He sounded up to the task, and the popular Norwegian also saw – and heard – what he will be up against Sunday.

“I get a couple in there,” he said of the cheers so heavily slanted toward McIlroy. “I’m probably an underdog, but I don’t mind that at all. Hopefully, we can push ourselves tomorrow.”

Smith missed a short birdie chance on the 18th and had a 73. His biggest mistake was not getting the ball back in play on the 13th, instead trying to advance the ball and getting into tough spots. He also three-putted from 30 feet to start his round and made just two birdies.

Young, the PGA Tour rookie who finished one shot out of a playoff at the PGA Championship two months ago, had a 71.

Scheffler was lurking after a 69. He missed a 10-foot birdie chance on the 16th and then three-putted the 17th for a bogey. Scheffler, who finished one shot behind in the U.S. Open, had a 69 and was five back along with Si Woo Kim (67).

Johnson also within three shots until a bogey on the 13th and another on the par-5 14th, where his long eagle putt raced up a hill, across the green and into a pot bunker. Instead of birdie, he had to scramble for bogey. He dropped two more shots coming in for a 71 and was six behind.

McIlroy last won a major in 2014 at the PGA Championship at Valhalla. He would love nothing more than to win at the home of golf, on the Old Course where Jack Nicklaus once said a player’s career would not be complete without winning a claret jug at St. Andrews.

“Every part of my game has felt good this week,” McIlroy said. “I just need to keep it going for one more day.”

Jennifer Kupcho, Lizette Salas win LPGA Tour team event

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on Saturday, closing with a 9-under 61 in best-ball play for a five-stroke victory in the LPGA Tour’s lone team event.

The U.S. Solheim Cup partners finished at 26-under 254 at Midland Country Club. They opened Wednesday with a 68 in alternate shot, shot a best-ball 61 on Thursday and took a four-stroke lead Friday with an alternate-shot 64.

“It was amazing to be alongside Lizette,” Kupcho said. “I think I was a little nervous coming into today just because I didn’t want to let her down. I’m sure she probably felt the same way.”

Kupcho won for the third time this year and in her career, while Salas won her second tour title. Kupcho won the major Chevron Championship in early April in the California desert and the Meijer LPGA Classic last month in Belmont, Michigan. Salas also won the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

“It’s been a long time,” Salas said. “I couldn’t have done it without her. She’s a great competitor, a great friend, and an mazing partner on the golf course. We played some amazing golf this week. My job was – or my goal was – to play well for her. We showcased how our games can complement each other.”

They were 2-0-1 as partners in the 2021 Solheim Cup.

“We were clicking all week,” Kupcho said. “I think we just have a lot of faith in each other. We make each other comfortable. So we just know that if we mess up the other person has got us. That has worked really well for us.”

Matilda Castren and Kelly Tan were second after a 62.

“It’s been an unbelievable week,” Tan said. “It’s just so awesome that I got to do it with my best friend, Matilda, and to have my best finish on the LPGA Tour and being able to have so much fun on the week as well. That was amazing. I can’t ask for anything else.”

Former Arkansas players Stacy Lewis and Maria Fassi shot a 59 to finish third at 20 under.

“I think it’s confidence for both of us,” Lewis said. “I felt like I played some better golf this year and maybe the results haven’t showed, and talking to her, I think she could probably say the same thing. Just for both of us to see some putts go in and see some shots go in and doing what you are trying to do, it doesn’t matter what format it is.”

Cheyenne Knight and Elizabeth Szokol had a 61 to match Tiffany Chan and Haeji Kang at 19 under Chan and Kang shot a 62.

Annika Sorenstam and Madelene Sagstrom, tied for the first-round lead, closed with a 66 to tie for 28th at 11 under.

The 51-year-old Sorenstam made her second LPGA Tour start of the year and only her third since retiring after the 2008 season. The Hall of Famer missed the cut last month in the U.S. Women’s Open.

“I think this has been a great experience, great tournament,” Sorenstam said. “Dow, the way they support the LPGA is fantastic in this town. We felt so welcome. Everybody is friendly and happy. It’s been a great golf course.”

The tournament ended Saturday so players could head to France for the fourth major of the year at the Evian Championship. That will start the European portion of the LPGA Tour schedule that includes the Women’s British Open at Muirfield.

Report: Nationals star Soto turns down $440 million contract
WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals star outfielder Juan Soto expressed irritation Saturday hours after a report he turned down a record contract with the rebuilding club.

The Athletic, citing unidentified sources, reported Soto turned down a $440 million, 15-year contract offer to remain with the Nationals that would have been the most lucrative in baseball history. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout signed a 12-year, $426.5 million deal in 2019.

The Nationals said last month that they would not trade the 23-year-old Soto. But speculation about Soto getting dealt was sure to swell after this report of him turning down a long-term deal.

Soto is a two-time All-Star who finished second in the NL MVP voting last season. He will not be a free agent until after the 2024 season.

“It feels really bad to see stuff going out like that because I’m a guy who, my side, keeps everything quiet and try to keep it to them and me,” Soto said before the Nationals played Atlanta. “They just make the decision and do what they need to do.”

Soto referred questions about his contract to his agent, Scott Boras.

Soto was a key piece of Washington’s championship team in 2019 and turned 21 during the World Series. He won the NL batting title in 2020, led the league on on-base percentage in 2020 and 2021 en route to Silver Slugger awards in both seasons.

He is hitting .249 with 19 homers and 42 RBIs this season and will play in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Soto has reached base in a career-high 24 consecutive games entering Saturday.

The last-place Nationals began the day at a major league-worst 30-62, a whopping 27 games behind the NL East-leading Mets. Washington was 14 1/2 games in back of fourth-place Miami.

“He’s young,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “I’m sure when things like that come out that are personal, it bothers people. I’m sure it bothers him a lot. But like I said, he’s got to understand that this is part of the game, right? We’ve all been through it at some point in time. But he’s got to go out there and remember why he’s here, and that’s to help us win games and I know he’ll do that.”

Soto is the most high-profile player left on a team that embarked on a rebuild last year. The Lerner family, which owns the Nationals, is also exploring the possibility of selling the team.

Since last year’s trade deadline, when Washington dealt Max Scherzer, Kyle Schwarber, Trea Turner and others, the Nationals are 48-104.

“I get the taste of winning, so I want to win every year,” Soto said. “I don’t want to keep losing. I hate losing. It is what it is. At the end of the day, we just have to go through it, because as they told me, we all have to go through those moments to win a championship. For me, I think I’m going through mine. I’m just going to keep positive and keep seeing things forward.”

Martinez, Soto’s manager since he reached the majors as a 19-year-old in 2018, said he planned to tell Soto to continue being himself.

“He tells me all the time that he loves the game of baseball and that’s what he plays for,” Martinez said. “Go out there and just play and have fun and don’t worry about what’s going to happen. I mean, at the end of the day, you’re going to get what you deserve, we all know that. And for me, I hope it’s here.”

Altuve, Arenado, Chisholm, Rodón won’t play in All-Star Game

(AP) — Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, San Francisco Giants pitcher Carlos Rodon, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado and Miami Marlins second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr won’t be playing in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Altuve, an eight-time All-Star who was selected as a starter in fan voting, was struck on the left knee leading off Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. He was kept out of the lineup Friday night.

MLB announced Saturday that Altuve is being replaced in the starting lineup by Cleveland’s Andres Gimenez, who is making his first appearance. Toronto’s Santiago Espinal will replace Altuve on the AL roster.

Dodgers pitcher Tyler Anderson, who is 10-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 17 games with 81 strikeouts, is taking the place of Rodon on the NL roster, LA said in a news release. It wasn’t immediately clear why Rodon isn’t playing in the All-Star Game; he was originally added to the roster on July 12 in place of Milwaukee closer Josh Hader.

Atlanta third baseman Austin Riley, who has 100 hits and a .913 OPS this season, will replace Arenado on the NL team.

Arenado, a seven-time All-Star, said Saturday that he’s had lower back soreness for three to four weeks, that MRIs found nothing and that he’ll take the All-Star break to rest.

“It’s been a problem lately It didn’t really make sense for me to go do that,” said Arenado, who lives less than an hour from Los Angeles. “Probably made more sense for me to go home, relax and just chill. Go home. Get treatment. Get some work done. I’ve got some trainers. I’ve got a physical therapist back home, ready to go.”

Altuve said of his knee on Saturday that he was “waiting to see how it responded today and I think we all agree that we’re making the best decision.” He also said “I don’t think we’re going to go” when asked if he was going to go to LA, adding “we’re going to do some treatment and get ready for the second half.”

Pittsburgh’s Jake Cronenworth will take the place of Chisholm, who has been on the injured list since June 29 with a right lower back strain.

Miami manager Don Mattingly said of Chisholm that “anybody that’s in the IL is in medical’s hands until they’re not.”

“I’m sure he’s disappointed he can’t play. He’s earned that right to play,” Mattingly said, adding that Chisholm is “getting better and hopefully he’ll have many more of these (opportunities.)”

The 23-year-old Gimenez, who came to Cleveland last year as part of the trade that sent shortstop Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets, is having a standout season. He’s batting .299 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs in 78 games while playing solid defense. He’s also been clutch, batting .384 with runners in scoring position.

Goldschmidt, Pujols lift Cardinals to 11-3 win over Reds

ST. LOUIS (AP) Paul Goldschmidt hit his 300th career homer and drove in three runs, Albert Pujols reached another milestone and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-3 on Saturday.

Goldschmidt’s two-run homer in the second inning was his 20th this season and first since June 27.

“I don’t get too caught up in numbers. I try and show up every day and prepare and whatever happens, happens,” Goldschmidt said. “I try and do my part. I’m glad to help us win today.”

Now in his 12th major league season and a seven-time All-Star, the 34-year-old Goldschmidt became the 153rd player to reach 300 homers. He has 997 RBIs.

“To see him hit that homer today was nice,” manager Oliver Marmol said. “He’s been unbelievable. His consistency. You can count on him every day being in the lineup. Not everybody can say that. He never wants a day off. It’s cool to be rewarded with an All-Star spot.”

The 42-year-old Pujols scored twice. He tied Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig for 12th place all-time with 1,889 runs scored.

Lars Nootbar added a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Hunter Strickland, the seventh Cincinnati pitcher.

Tommy Edman had his fourth multihit game in his past five games with a double and a single. He also draw a walk and scored three runs.

Miles Mikolas (7-7) gave up a home run to Jonathan India to start the game, then allowed just two hits in the next six innings in his seven-inning outing. The 33-year-old starter has permitted no more than three runs in 17 of 19 starts this season.

“Not a lot of better ways to finish out the first half before the break,” Mikolas said. “It was a nice team win. Now some days to rest with the family and regroup and recharge.”

Rookie Nick Lodolo (2-3) had a rough two-inning outing, allowing five earned runs. He gave up five hits, walked three, plunked two batters and threw a wild pitch.

“I wasn’t able to make an adjustment,” Lodolo said. “It’s something I’ve got to figure out. This was something I really haven’t gone through. It’s weird losing the zone like that.”

Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa left the game in the eighth when he tried to catch a foul ball and slid leg-first into a wall. He left walking on his own.

An X-ray taken at the stadium revealed no fracture and he is listed as day-to-day.

India hit his seventh career leadoff homer and his second this season.

“He’s gotten back into the flow of playing after being injured for most of the year,” manager David Bell said about India. “He does whatever he can to help us win a game. When he does that, the results follow.”

Mikolas recovered well after the homer.

“I mean, in the long run, it doesn’t matter where you give it up,” Mikolas said. “A run is a run. I look at it like hey that’s a run and try and not give up another one. It’s over and done with.”

MARMOL MEETS WITH CABRERA

Marmol said he met with lefty reliever Genesis Cabrera before Saturday’s game. Cabrera spiked the ball when he was about to be replaced on the mound in Friday’s game. Marmol said there are no issues between them. Cabrera, 25, has a 2.60 ERA over 34 2/3 innings.

DAY OFF AND NO ALL-STAR GAME APPEARANCE

3B Nola Arenado sat out Saturday’s game with low back tightness. Arenado said he has been dealing with a back issue since early June. Arenado also said he will not play in the All-Star Game and use that time to rest his back. Rookie Brendan Donovan started at third base.

CATCHER INTERFERENCE

C Andrew Knizner was called for catcher interference in the fifth inning. It was his second one called in this homestand with the first one coming Tuesday against the Dodgers.

SATURDAY IN THE PARK

The temperature at game time was 99 degrees at sun-splashed Busch Stadium. This was the last Saturday day game this season for the Cardinals at home. The final 11 regular-season Saturdays after the All-Star break shift to evenings. St. Louis is 12-4 on Saturdays this season (6-2 at home). It is the Cardinals’ most successful day of the week.

TWO FOR ONE

St. Louis turned double plays in the fifth and sixth innings. Those two double plays hike the Cardinals’ season total to 106, which leads MLB.

ROSTER MOVE

The Reds selected the contract of RHP Ryan Hendrix from Triple-A Louisville. He will be making his second appearance with the Reds this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Dauri Moreta was placed on the injured list. Moreta, who pitched a scoreless inning in relief on Friday, is on the IL for the first time this season. The Reds did not reveal and specifics about his injury. … RHP Luis Cessa (left side) has played catch Thursday and Friday from 75 feet and then from 90 feet. He expects to return after the All-Star break.

Cardinals: CF Harrison Bader (right foot plantar fasciitis) remains working through the rehab process and will remain in St. Louis doing baseball activities during the All-Star break. He was eligible to come off the injured list July 7. He is expected to return after the All-Star break. Bader has been out since June 27.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Graham Ashcraft (4-2, 4.45) will make the 11th appearance and start of his career, all this season. It will be his second start against the Cardinals.

Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz (shoulder) is set to return as the St. Louis starter. He threw 4 1/3 innings Tuesday night for Triple-A Memphis in his third rehab appearance.

All-Star Ramírez homers twice, Guardians blast Tigers 10-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Jose Ramirez looks more than ready to swing for the All-Star fences.

Ramirez tuned up for next week’s Home Run Derby by homering in his first two at-bats and driving in five runs – on his bobblehead giveaway day – to power the Cleveland Guardians to a 10-0 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Ramirez practiced his home-run swing before the game, and it looked perfect against the Tigers as he hit a three-run shot off Michael Pineda (2-5) in the first inning and connected for a two-run homer in the second.

It was the 19th career multi-homer game for Ramirez, who leads the AL with 75 RBIs and with little fanfare has become one of baseball’s best players.

“Just a really good player,” said Guardians manager Terry Francona, who has run out of superlatives to describe his third baseman. “It doesn’t matter if it’s on the bases, or wherever. He impacts the game everywhere for us. Sometimes in a really big way.”

The four-time All-Star will show off his prodigious, compact swing in Monday’s homer-hitting contest at Dodger Stadium, where Ramirez will be matched up against Washington’s Juan Soto in the opening round.

Tigers manager A.J. Hinch intentionally walked Ramirez once Friday, and probably should have reverted to that strategy.

“He’s one of the most elite players,” Hinch said. “Fun player. Energy. Body language. Production. That’s why they signed him. He’s a problem when you’re on the other side because of how good he is and he can handle both sides of the plate.”

Cal Quantrill (6-5) gave the Guardians another quality start, allowing just four hits in six scoreless innings to improve to 10-0 in 25 career starts at Progressive Field.

And, Cleveland’s bullpen had three more shutout innings, extending its run to 9 1/3 innings over the past three games.

Josh Naylor also homered the Guardians, who will try to return the favor and complete a four-game sweep Sunday. The Tigers took four from the Guardians earlier this month at Comerica Park.

Ramirez helped the Guardians jump on an ineffective Pineda by connecting for his 18th homer in the first. After Steven Kwan and Amed Rosario singled, Ramirez pulled a 1-0 pitch from Pineda over the wall in right.

Cleveland added five in the second when Myles Straw and Rosario hit RBI doubles ahead of Ramirez’s second homer – on his second swing of the game.

An unheralded free agent signee in 2009, the 5-foot-9 Ramirez has spent his career proving he belongs. It will be no different in the Derby, where he’ll be among some of baseball’s heavyweight swingers.

Ramirez wants to show little guys can belt with the big boys.

“We’re humans,” he said through a translator. “We all have two arms and it’s a matter of being there in the competition and enjoying it and if the results don’t come out, it’s just the satisfaction that you were there.”

RUN PRODUCER

Ramirez is the fourth Cleveland player to drive in at least 75 runs before the All-Star break, joining Manny Ramirez (96 in 1999), Juan Gonzalez (83, 2001) and Albert Belle (76, 1994).

ROUGH DAY

Pineda was tagged for eight runs in just two innings, the first Detroit pitcher to give up that many that quickly since David Price in 2014.

“He just didn’t have it,” Hinch said. “It looked like from the beginning that he was battling himself. He threw some fastballs in fastball counts. He couldn’t’ quite land the pitches he wanted to. He had an off day against an offense that puts the ball in play.”

DERBY PREP

One of baseball’s top switch-hitters, Ramirez said he won’t decide until he gets to Los Angeles whether he’ll bat right-or left-handed. Of his 19 homers, 16 have been from the left side.

Ramirez chose Double-A Akron coach Junior Betances as his pitcher in Los Angeles. Betances was his hitting coach in rookie ball.

“It feels like kind of a little reward to him for everything he helped me through my career in the minors,” Ramirez said through a translator.

Betances said he’s not nervous about pitching on such a big stage.

“It’s the same as throwing BP,” he said. “He’s the guy who has to put on the show.”

SECOND SWAP

Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez will start in his first All-Star Game, replacing Houston’s Jose Altuve, who had to bow out after being hit with a pitch on the left knee Thursday.

“For me it means a lot, all the sacrifice, all the work that me and my family, that we’ve put in together,” Gimenez said. “It’s a very proud moment for me and my family. It means a lot.”

Gimenez has been clutch, batting .384 with runners in scoring position.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Kyle Funkhouser (shoulder strain) has had another setback. He’s been shut down from throwing after experiencing pain in his side and shoulder. He had recently resumed his rehab program after spending two months strengthening his shoulder.

Guardians: Rookie OF Oscar Gonzalez (abdominal strain) did fielding drills in center as he continues to recover. Gonzalez is scheduled to go to Arizona during the All-Star break and will likely be sent on a rehab assignment before rejoining the team.

UP NEXT

Cleveland RHP Shane Bieber (4-5, 3.24 ERA) starts the final game before the All-Star break while the Tigers will turn to their bullpen with LHP Tyler Alexander (2-3, 4.45) opening.

Alonso, Ottavino lead Mets in DH opener; Cubs 8th L in row

CHICAGO (AP) Pete Alonso hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning after Adam Ottavino worked out of a tricky jam, helping the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Saturday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

The Cubs lost their eighth in a row.

Alonso, who also drove in New York’s first run in the fourth, came up with runners on the corners and no outs in the 11th. He lofted a medium flyball to right against Mychal Givens (5-1), and Luis Guillorme scampered home with the go-ahead run.

All-Star closer Edwin Diaz then got three outs for his 20th save for the NL East leaders.

Chicago had five hits, one more than New York. The Cubs had a chance to close it out in the 10th, but Ottavino (4-2) retired three in a row after pinch-runner Nelson Velazquez stole third.

“A lot of it kind of depends on where the balls are hit, so it’s not all up to you,” Ottavino said. “But you got to try to attack and do your best with it, and I was lucky to get out of there.”

Patrick Wisdom struck out swinging and P.J. Higgins looked at a called third strike. Rookie Christopher Morel then hit a grounder to third, and Eduardo Escobar made a scrambling stop and a one-hop throw that a stretching J.D. Davis backhanded at first.

Davis entered the game when Dominic Smith rolled his right ankle while scrambling back to second as the automatic runner in the 10th.

“It was just one of those days where we didn’t score that many runs but played great defense and the pitching did their job,” Davis said.

New York got another solid performance by Taijuan Walker, who pitched six innings of four-hit ball. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts.

“I finally feel like I’ve been able to put everything together,” Walker said.

Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman pitched 4 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in his second start since coming off the injured list. He had been sidelined by right shoulder inflammation.

Stroman played for New York in 2019 and 2021 before signing with Chicago in December. He brushed off the significance of facing his former team.

“It’s the same mentality, mind frame for me going into each and every game,” he said.

Cubs manager David Ross was ejected by umpire Ramon De Jesus after the second inning. Each side had issues with De Jesus’ strike zone at various points.

Ross also was ejected from the series opener. Friday afternoon’s game was postponed by rain, leading to the doubleheader.

“There were two balls to Higgy that were balls, and I was just saying, ‘Hey, that should have been 2-0,'” Ross said. “He threw me out. I didn’t cuss or didn’t say anything derogatory. I don’t know if it was a carryover from the other day, getting ejected.”

New York jumped in front on Alonso’s double in the fourth, a liner into the gap in right-center that drove in Francisco Lindor from first. Alonso’s 15th double this season gave him 75 RBIs, snapping a tie with David Wright for the franchise record before the All-Star break.

Chicago got its only run in the bottom half. Nico Hoerner reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored when Frank Schwindel beat a shift with a bouncer into center for an RBI single.

MAKING MOVES

The Cubs brought up left-hander Steven Brault from Triple-A Iowa. Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. was sent down, and right-hander Matt Swarmer was designated for assignment.

Brault, 30, signed a minor league contract in March. He missed the first three months of the season with a left triceps strain.

Right-hander Anderson Espinoza served as the 27th man for the Cubs for the doubleheader, and right-hander Yoan Lopez was the 27th man for the Mets.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (stress reaction, right scapula) is slated to throw live BP on Tuesday in Florida. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner pitched four innings of one-run ball in a rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday. … Smith had a little swelling, and manager Buck Showalter said he was going to get a picture of his injured ankle. “He rolled it pretty good,” Showalter said.

UP NEXT

Right-hander Max Scherzer (6-1, 2.15 ERA) starts the second game for New York, and left-hander David Peterson (5-2, 3.48 ERA) takes the mound in Sunday’s series finale. Left-hander Drew Smyly (2-5, 4.43 ERA) starts for Chicago in the nightcap, and right-hander Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.33 ERA) pitches on Sunday.

Pete Alonso, New York Mets sweep lowly Cubs with 4-3 victory

CHICAGO (AP) Eduardo Escobar yelled as he pounded on his chest in celebration, and then brought Pete Alonso in for a quick hug.

Quite a day for the New York Mets. A long, successful one at Wrigley Field.

Alonso was hit by a bases-loaded pitch from Mychal Givens in the 10th inning, and the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Saturday night for a doubleheader sweep.

Led by Alonso and Escobar, New York (58-34) stretched its win streak to four in a row and moved 24 games over .500 for the first time since it was 92-58 on Sept. 19, 2006. It also increased its NL East lead to 2 1/2 games over second-place Atlanta.

“We fought really hard today,” Alonso said, “and it was awesome the way we grinded through both games.”

The lowly Cubs (34-57) have dropped nine in a row for their worst slide since they lost 10 straight in June. Givens (5-2) was charged with each loss in the doubleheader.

“These guys keep giving effort every single day, day-night doubleheader against a first-place team with a $300 million payroll, and these guys are fighting their (butt) off,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “So I’m really proud of that.”

Chicago had the bases loaded in the 10th in the nightcap, but Frank Schwindel bounced to Escobar at third for the start of a game-ending double play. Alonso pumped his right arm after catching the ball at first, and reliever Yoan Lopez (1-0) clapped into his glove in excitement.

“Those are games that good teams win, regardless, and we think we’ve got a good club,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said.

In the opener, Alonso hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning after Adam Ottavino worked out of a tricky jam, helping the Mets to a 2-1 victory. Alonso drove in three runs on the day to get to 77 RBIs, snapping a tie with David Wright for the franchise record before the All-Star break.

The big first baseman was grazed on his left arm by Givens’ 0-2 pitch in the 10th in Game 2, driving in Brandon Nimmo for a 3-2 lead. Another run scored when reliever Daniel Norris committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt at second.

The Cubs got one back in the bottom half on Christopher Morel’s RBI single. But they blew a golden opportunity for more, a recurring theme during a difficult season.

New York ace Max Scherzer struck out 11 in 6 1/3 innings in the second game in his 108th double-digit strikeout performance, tying Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for fourth-most in big league history. He allowed eight hits and walked one while throwing 102 pitches, matching his season high.

The biggest problem for the three-time Cy Young Award winner was old friend Yan Gomes, who caught Scherzer when the two played in Washington. Gomes hit an RBI double in the second and run-scoring single in the fourth to account for Chicago’s two runs against the right-hander.

“Yeah, we’ll have a good chat about that,” a grinning Scherzer said.

New York countered with Francisco Lindor’s run-scoring groundout in the third and Escobar’s 11th homer in the fourth, a laser to left against Drew Smyly with the wind blowing in at Wrigley.

Chicago had five hits in the opener, one more than New York. The Cubs had a chance to close it out in the 10th, but Ottavino (4-2) retired three in a row after pinch-runner Nelson Velazquez stole third.

“You got to try to attack and do your best with it, and I was lucky to get out of there,” Ottavino said.

Patrick Wisdom struck out swinging and P.J. Higgins looked at a called third strike. Morel then hit a grounder to third, and Escobar made a scrambling stop and a one-hop throw that a stretching J.D. Davis backhanded at first.

Davis entered the game when Dominic Smith rolled his right ankle while scrambling back to second as the automatic runner in the 10th.

“It was just one of those days where we didn’t score that many runs but played great defense and the pitching did their job,” Davis said.

All-Star closer Edwin Diaz got three outs for his 20th save.

New York got another solid performance by Taijuan Walker, who pitched six innings of four-hit ball. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts.

“I finally feel like I’ve been able to put everything together,” Walker said.

Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman pitched 4 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in his second start since coming off the injured list. He had been sidelined by right shoulder inflammation.

Stroman played for New York in 2019 and 2021 before signing with Chicago in December. He brushed off the significance of facing his former team.

“It’s the same mentality, mind frame for me going into each and every game,” he said.

Ross was ejected by umpire Ramon De Jesus after the second inning. Each side had issues with De Jesus’ strike zone at various points.

Ross also was ejected from the series opener. Friday afternoon’s game was postponed by rain, leading to the doubleheader.

MAKING MOVES

The Cubs brought up left-hander Steven Brault from Triple-A Iowa. Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. was sent down, and right-hander Matt Swarmer was designated for assignment.

Brault pitched a perfect ninth inning in the second game.

Right-hander Anderson Espinoza served as the 27th man for the Cubs for the doubleheader, and Lopez was the 27th man for the Mets. Espinoza pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the nightcap.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (stress reaction, right scapula) is slated to throw live BP on Tuesday in Florida. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner pitched four innings of one-run ball in a rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday. … Smith had a little swelling, and Showalter said he was going to get a picture of his injured ankle. “He rolled it pretty good,” Showalter said.

UP NEXT

Mets left-hander David Peterson (5-2, 3.48 ERA) and Cubs right-hander Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.33 ERA) take the mound for Sunday’s series finale.

Judge, Carpenter HR twice, Yanks pound Red Sox 14-1

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees fans have hoped to see this version of Aaron Judge, healthy and hacking his way toward a possible 60-homer season.

Matt Carpenter is a different matter. Signed off the scrap heap in May, the former St. Louis Cardinals slugger was a mighty large question mark.

“It’s become an exclamation point,” manager Aaron Boone said.

And now New York is one win away from puncuating a memorable first half with a series victory over its bitter division rival.

Judge homered twice to match Roger Maris’ franchise record of 33 before the All-Star break, Carpenter also connected twice and drove in seven runs, and the Yankees throttled the Boston Red Sox 14-1 Saturday night.

The major league-leading Yankees had lost five of six, and they seemed to be stumbling again when Boston’s Rafael Devers hit a first-inning homer.

Jameson Taillon steadied himself, retiring his final 17 batters while pitching one-run ball over six innings. Ryan Weber closed out New York’s three-hitter with a three-inning save – the first of his career – and the Yankees earned their big league-best 28th comeback win. Their 63 wins are a franchise most before the All-Star break.

Judge had a solo shot off Nick Pivetta in the fifth and a two-run drive against Kaleb Ort in the sixth. He’s on pace for 59 home runs, giving him a chance to threaten Maris’ club record of 61 set in 1961. Maris had 33 at the All-Star break that season.

“It’s incredible,” Judge said. “We still got one more day. Don’t cut me short now.”

A season-high sellout of 47,997 fans pleaded Carpenter into a curtain call following his three-run drive against Darwinzon Hernandez in the fifth. That one put the Yankees ahead 8-1, and they finished the night 5-4 against the Red Sox this season entering Sunday’s series finale.

“To have that moment here with this group of fans and on this team and where this year started for me, pretty special,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter’s other homer was also a three-run shot, and he drew a 13-pitch, bases-loaded walk in the eighth. His seven RBIs matched a career high, a feat he also accomplished June 12 against the Cubs.

He has 13 homers and 31 RBIs in 30 games since joining New York after the Texas Rangers released him from a minor league contract in May. Four of those homers have come against Boston over the past nine days.

It’s quite a turnaround for the 36-year-old, who spent the winter crafting a new swing after hitting just .169 with St. Louis last year.

“I think it’s a testament to him and wanting to squeeze everything out of his career,” Boone said.

Taillon (10-2) allowed just two hits and struck out five before leaving the blowout with just 79 pitches. The right-hander had an 8.57 ERA over his past four starts, including a pounding at Fenway Park last weekend.

“It was nice to have a nice, relaxing win,” he said.

Pivetta (8-7) ended a strong first half of the season by allowing seven runs in 4 1/3 innings, and the Red Sox dropped to 6-13 in their past 19 games.

Yankees players have described the past week – a blip during an otherwise brilliant season to date – as a necessary bit of adversity.

They caught a little more of it when Devers connected in the first inning for the second consecutive night. The solo drive was his 22nd this season, and he’s connected in three straight games overall.

New York responded by pummeling Pivetta in the bottom of the inning. After hard base hits from Judge and Anthony Rizzo, Carpenter rocked a three-run homer to right for a 4-1 lead.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said before the game that he would push Pivetta back in the rotation after the All-Star break to get him a breather. His 108 innings pitched lead the team by more than 30 frames, prompting concern about his workload.

“He has struggled the last three or four, right?” Cora said. “It seemed like his command is not there the way it was when he got rolling, and hopefully now he’ll get a break, reset and be ready for his first one after the All-Star break.”

HE DID WHAT?

Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. sprinted to the wall in the left-center gap and made a basket catch over his left shoulder on DJ LeMahieu’s drive leading off the first inning.

IF YOU’RE CURIOUS …

Barry Bonds holds the major league record with 39 homers prior to the All-Star break in 2001 en route to the single-season mark of 73.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Trevor Story (bruised right hand) was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Thursday. … C Connor Wong was recalled from Triple-A Worcester.

Yankees: RHP Miguel Castro was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right shoulder strain. He’s not expected to resume throwing for a month. … OF Tim Locastro was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … RHP Luis Severino (right lat) is expected to take two weeks off from throwing.

UP NEXT

Red Sox LHP Chris Sale (0-0, 0.00 ERA) faces Yankees RHP Gerrit Cole (8-2, 3.05) on Sunday in his second start of the season after being sidelined by a broken rib. Sale pitched five scoreless innings against the Rays in his season debut Tuesday night. Cole pitched seven shutout innings with 11 strikeouts against Cincinnati in a 4-3 loss Tuesday.

Mariners win 13th in row, top Texas 3-2 in 10 innings

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) J.P. Crawford was facing a different situation at the plate for the streaking Seattle Mariners after Sam Haggerty stole third base in the 10th inning.

“Made our jobs a whole lot easier,” Crawford said. “Changed the whole infield. Now a lot of more holes are open, and we have an extra opportunity not to waste an out to try to get him over. Just get him in.”

Crawford got Haggerty in with the tiebreaking run when he chopped a one-out single down the line past first base and the Mariners stretched their winning streak to 13 games with a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

Carlos Santana homered as the Mariners (50-42) moved closer to the club-record 15-game winning streak set in their last playoff season in 2001. They have won 21 of their last 24 games overall to take eight series in a row, their most since winning 14 straight sets during that 116-win season 21 years ago.

“Everybody’s just doing their job, pitching in and really keeping a very calm demeanor about them,” manager Scott Servais said. “You’re not always going to get the big hit or get a big shutdown inning. But we’ve been able to do it through the streak, and it has been awesome.”

Seattle would match the longest winning streak in the majors this year with a victory in the series finale Sunday, its final game before the All-Star break. Reigning World Series champion Atlanta won 14 games in a row last month.

Crawford got the hit off Brett Martin (0-5), who was the fifth Texas pitcher and went the last two innings. Haggerty was the automatic runner to start the 10th, coming on as a pinch-runner for Santana, who had an inning-ending groundout in the ninth. Servais said it was Haggerty’s call to steal third.

“He said, `Hey Skip, I think I can get to third base on this guy.’ … He’s paying attention the inning before knowing that he might end up in the game,” Servais said. “Don’t play scared. You’ve got to play to win. And that’s what we’re doing.”

Diego Castillo (7-1) faced only three batters in the ninth, benefitting from a double-play liner after walking the leadoff batter. Matthew Festa struck out the side in the 10th for his first career save.

“We had a chance to win the game, we didn’t. We didn’t make baseball plays today. That’s plain and simple,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “I’m not going to get into specifics, but we didn’t play team baseball at the end of the game to win a game.”

Crawford and Santana both returned to the Mariners lineup. Crawford had missed two games because of a bruised right index finger, and Santana was reinstated from the restricted list after being away from the club for a day after a fire at his home in Florida – his family wasn’t there at the time.

“I was definitely playing today no matter what,” Crawford said. “It felt good to pick up the boys.”

Ty France, who had three more hits to raise his batting average to .306, singled in the third before Santana hit his eighth homer of the season to put the Mariners up 2-1. France had a one-out double in the ninth, but his pinch-runner got stranded on base.

Nathaniel Lowe led off the Texas second with a double and scored on a single by Jonah Heim. The Rangers tied the game in the seventh after a leadoff double by Leody Taveras before Elier Hernandez singled to get his first career RBI. Taveras has hit .593 (16 of 27) with six doubles in a seven-game hitting streak.

SHORT HOPS

It was Seattle’s seventh one-run win during its current streak. The Mariners’ 21 one-run wins overall are tied with Toronto for the most in the majors. The Rangers are tied for the major league lead with 20 one-run losses. … All-Star SS Corey Seager had his first triple with the Rangers, but saw the end of his career-best RBI streak at eight games.

FOR STARTERS

Right-hander Logan Gilbert, trying to become the first Mariners starter since Felix Hernandez in 2015 to win 11 games before the All-Star break, struck out four without a walk and allowed one run over five innings. Rangers starter Spencer Howard struck out three and walked five, one intentionally, pitching into the sixth. The only runs he allowed were on Santana’s homer.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Johnathan Hernandez was activated from the 60-day injured list and pitched a scoreless seventh with one strikeout. He missed all of 2021 recovering from Tommy John surgery. RHP A.J. Alexy was sent to Triple-A Round Rock.

UP NEXT

RHP Chris Flexen (6-8, 3.84 ERA), who is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in five career starts against Texas, takes the mound for the Mariners in the final game before the All-Star break. Rangers rookie RHP Glenn Otto (4-5, 5.50) has given up no more than two runs in eight of his 12 starts overall, but has allowed 10 earned runs his last two home starts.

Verlander gets MLB-leading 12th win as Astros beat A’s 5-0

HOUSTON (AP) After collecting his MLB-leading 12th win Saturday, Justin Verlander wasn’t ready to reflect on how far he’s come this season.

But the 39-year-old did take a moment to note how his almost two-year absence from the game after Tommy John surgery has made him appreciate his success a bit more.

“I’ve said the word perspective here a lot, and I don’t take it for granted,” he said. “I think in the past I took a lot of things for granted, my health and some success when I was young, certainly not since I’ve been an Astro. But I think age and going through some stuff, has a way to help you grow up and realize some real positives that maybe you wouldn’t have taken a moment to realize before.”

Verlander struck out 10 in six sharp innings and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 5-0.

Martin Maldonado hit a second-inning grand slam as the AL West-leading Astros bounced back after a 5-1 loss in the series opener Friday night. The A’s actually outhit Houston 7-6, but had little to show for it.

Verlander (12-3) allowed six hits without a walk and lowered his ERA to 1.89, which ranks third in the majors. Phil Maton, Hector Neris and Bryan Abreu each pitched a scoreless inning to complete the shutout against the team with the AL’s worst record.

Verlander, who leads all active players in strikeouts, now has 3,121 in his career, moving him past Curt Schilling (3,116) and Bob Gibson (3,117) into 14th place on the all-time list.

He was selected to his ninth All-Star game and will attend next week’s festivities in Los Angeles but will not pitch in Tuesday’s game after throwing 106 pitches Saturday.

“He has that inner drive that you can’t really teach somebody, especially with a guy that’s had the success that he’s had,” manager Dusty Baker said. “A lot of people would have just called it in but this guy, he loves to pitch and he loves to compete. We’re glad that he’s put in the time and effort and glad that we’ve got him back.”

Added catcher Maldonado: “That guy, I feel like he’s 25 years old.”

Verlander laughed when told of Maldonado’s assessment of him.

“I appreciate it,” he said. “There’s a lot of hard work that goes into trying to fight the good fight and rage against the dying of the light as long as possible. And I’ll continue to do that as long as I possibly can.”

Five of the six hits Verlander allowed were singles and the only time the Athletics got more than one hit in an inning came when Dermis Garcia and Nick Allen hit consecutive singles to start the fifth. But Vimael Machin grounded into a double play before Verlander retired Ramon Laureano to end the threat.

“That’s classic Justin,” Oakland manager Mark Kotsay said. “Life on the fastball and he threw a lot of breaking balls today.”

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was in the lineup at designated hitter after missing Friday’s game dealing with soreness after being hit by a pitch in the left knee Thursday. Altuve said he was still sore Saturday and would not participate in the All-Star game because of the injury.

There were two outs in the second when Yuli Gurriel and Jake Meyers hit consecutive singles before Chas McCormick walked to load the bases.

Maldonado then connected off rookie Jared Koenig (1-3) for his third career grand slam on a shot to center field to make it 4-0.

Aledmys Diaz walked to start Houston’s fourth and Gurriel singled, setting up an RBI single by McCormick.

Koenig yielded six hits and five runs in a career-high seven innings for his third loss in five starts this season.

“The second inning kind of blew up, but after that he settled down,” Kotsay said. “Just one bad inning.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr., who has been out all season with a right forearm strain, said he felt good after throwing about 40 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Saturday. The team hasn’t determined his next step, but he could begin a rehabilitation assignment soon. “This is like the end of my rehab,” he said. “This is that end point, the end of the tunnel for where we feel like we were hoping to be by this point in the calendar. That’s a good thing. As far as my next step, I have to wait and speak to the training staff and the Astros.”

UP NEXT

Houston’s Jake Odorizzi (4-2, 3.38) is scheduled to start in the series finale Sunday. The Athletics have yet to name a starter.

Trea’s 2 HRs send Dodgers past Angels 7-1 for series sweep

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Trea Turner hit two homers and drove in three runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rolled into the All-Star break Saturday night with a 7-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels to sweep the 2022 Freeway Series.

Max Muncy hit a three-run homer moments after Turner’s two-run shot in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 15th victory in 17 games. Thanks to a rare Sunday off from MLB’s schedulers, it was also their final game before at least five Dodgers take the field in Chavez Ravine for the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

Freddie Freeman recorded his 1,000th career RBI and hit his first career homer at his childhood ballpark while the Dodgers finished another impressive first half at 60-30.

One night after Clayton Kershaw took a perfect game into the eighth inning, Julio Urias (8-6) had eight strikeouts over seven innings of five-hit ball while improving to 5-0 in his last six starts.

Brandon Marsh hit a late-inning homer to break up the Dodgers’ shutout bid for the second straight night, but the Angels flopped into the break with their 12th loss in 14 games. Marsh homered in the seventh, and Shohei Ohtani had two singles for the 23rd multi-hit game of his second All-Star season.

Mike Trout was a late scratch for the Halos, missing his fourth straight game with upper back spasms. The 10-time All-Star selection was in the Angels’ lineup until about three minutes before the first pitch, and his availability for the All-Star Game is unclear.

Jose Suarez (1-4) yielded six runs on five hits and three walks while failing to get out of the fourth inning.

Turner warmed up for his appearance in the Midsummer Classic with a solo homer as the Dodgers’ second batter, putting the Angels behind in the first inning for the fourth time on their five-game homestand. After Turner added his shot in the third, Muncy followed with his first homer in nine games.

LIGHT YEARS AWAY

The Dodgers swept all four games against the Angels this season by a combined 22-3 in a lopsided edition of the annual Freeway Series. The result was an appropriate illustration for the yawning chasm between these two organizations separated by only 35 miles.

The Dodgers are rolling toward their 10th consecutive playoff appearance with a wonderful roster and a fruitful farm system, while the incredibly top-heavy Angels will need a massive second-half turnaround to avoid their seventh straight losing season and eighth straight non-playoff campaign.

The Dodgers have won 60 games before the All-Star break for the fifth time in franchise history.

LOCAL KID MAKES GOOD

Freeman’s solo homer in the fifth also made him the 298th player in major league history to drive in 1,000 runs – and it was an undoubtedly special moment for a slugger raised in Villa Park, a mere 10 minutes from Angel Stadium. He grew up rooting for the Angels before getting drafted by Atlanta, and this two-game series was his first chance to play at the Big A since his rookie season.

Freeman isn’t on the NL All-Star team, yet he steamrolled into the break with his fifth multi-hit performance in six games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: Trout said Friday night that he intended to play Saturday and in the All-Star Game. The Halos pulled him midway through Tuesday’s loss to Houston because he was moving gingerly in the outfield. Trout is batting .270 with 24 homers and 51 RBIs in 79 games this season, although he has just one multi-hit game and six total RBIs in the past three weeks.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Hosting the Giants on Thursday after hosting the All-Star festivities.

Angels: At Atlanta on Friday to begin a six-game road trip.

Rays OF Kiermaier says hip injury may end regular season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier says he could miss the rest of the regular season with a left hip injury after being moved to the 60-day injured list on Saturday.

Kiermaier, a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder, hasn’t played since July 9. He is hitting .228 with seven homers, 22 RBIs with six stolen bases in 63 games this year.

“Yeah, it is (tough to grasp),” Kiermaier said. “It hasn’t really hit me just yet. … For right now I’m kind of in that limbo, in-between period but I think we will all know more here shortly.”

The earliest he could return from the IL is September. The 32-year-old Kiermaier is scheduled to see a specialist in Nashville after the All-Star break. A surgical procedure hasn’t been ruled out.

“Just got to keep everything under wraps until a decision is made, and then we’ll go from there,” Kiermaier said.

The move with Kiermaier move cleared a roster spot for second baseman Brandon Lowe, who was reinstared from the 60-day IL after being out since mid-May due to a lower-back injury,

“I’m not going to be back anytime soon, so this was the move that needed to be made and I totally understand, agree with it ” Kiermaier said.

Lowe, who had 39 homers and 99 RBIs last year, hit .212 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 32 games this year before going on the IL.

“Immediately it just feels like a thicker lineup,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Brandon has been a force with a bat in his hand in our division for a couple years. We know what he’s capable of when he’s right at the plate.”

Tampa Bay recalled left-hander Ryan Yarbrough from Triple-A Durham to start Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. Reliever Ralph Garza Jr. and infielder Jonathan Aranda were optioned to Durham.

Starting pitcher Yonny Chirinos allowed one hit over a scoreless inning in his first game with the rookie-level Florida Complex League Rays against the FCL Braves. The right-hander, coming back from Tommy John surgery, last pitched in the majors on Aug. 16, 2020.

The Rays claimed righty Cooper Criswell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels and optioned him to Durham.

To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Shane Baz, out with a sprained right elbow, was moved to the 60-day injured list. Baz has been on the IL since July 13, meaning he can’t be activated until mid-September.

Despite having the major’s second highest total of 15 players on the IL, the Rays hold the top AL wild-card spot. The list includes shortstop Wander Franco (right hamate bone surgery) and 11 pitchers, including ace Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John surgery in August 2021).

Homeless man on parole suspected of stabbing NASCAR star Bobby East, 37, to death at California gas station is killed in SWAT RAID

NASCAR star Bobby East, 37, died after being stabbed at a California gas station, with his suspected murderer killed in a SWAT raid just two days later.

East was fueling up in Westminster on Wednesday when he was stabbed to death in the chest. East was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

‘The victim was found on the ground suffering from a serious stab wound to the chest area,’ Westminister Police said in a statement regarding East’s murder. ‘Officers attempted life saving measures until OCFA paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a local trauma center, where the victim succumbed to his injury.’

Days later, police later shot and killed Trent William Millsap, 27, a homeless man on parole, who allegedly stabbed the three-time US Auto Club (USAC) champ, in a SWAT raid, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

A SWAT team executed a search warrant at an apartment on the 3300 block of Lincoln Avenue, in Anaheim, on Friday. Millsap was shot and killed on the scene as the police were trying to arrest him.

No officers were injured in the shootout, but a police K-9 was hit with a bullet and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The Orange County DA is investigating the shooting.

Millsap’s sister, Rosa, confirmed her brother’s death in a Facebook post. It’s unclear if she was aware of the circumstance involving his death.

‘It’s with a heavy heart I make this post, my Brother passed away last night,’ she wrote on Saturday, ‘it hasn’t hit me yet that he is gone. Please send your thoughts as we prepare for this hard journey. I love you so much Bro.’

At last, first: Truex wins 1st pole for Joe Gibbs Racing

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. won a pole for the first time in his three-plus seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing and will lead a Toyota-heavy top five to green at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Truex turned a lap of 127.113 mph on Saturday and won his 20th career pole — the previous 19 were won with other teams, including a career-best five with defunct Furniture Row Racing in 2016. He has 12 wins with JGR since 2019.

“We’ve got a lot of race wins, and those are obviously more important,” Truex said. “You always want to be the fastest guy. We got a small victory today.”

Truex, the 2017 Cup champion, will take any boost he can as he races Sunday for his first win of the season. Truex has 31 career Cup victories and won four times last season and was runner-up in the standings to champion Kyle Larson. But he’s scuffled this season in NASCAR’s new Next Gen stock car over the first 19 starts and posted only two top-five finishes. He hasn’t finished better than 11th in any of his last four races.

Truex is winless in 28 career starts at New Hampshire. With a win, he would earn a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs.

“We’ve been trying really hard to get the first Cup win here,” he said. “We’ve certainly been good enough to win here.”

Truex led a Toyota run that took four of the top-five spots. 23XI Racing took the third and fourth spots with Kurt Busch in the No. 45 and Bubba Wallace in the No. 23, respectively. Truex’s JGR teammate Christopher Bell starts fifth.

Chase Elliott starts second in the No. 9 Chevrolet. He won last week’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“I feel like we’ve just had a few good weeks,” Elliott said. “This is a sport that will humble you really fast, so when you come off of a good week, that doesn’t guarantee the next one is going to go that good again. I’ve been down that road and you just kind of ride the wave. It’s been a good wave and you want to try and ride it the best you can, and make it last as long as possible.”

Truex, Elliott and Busch are all former NASCAR Cup Series champions.

Truex, who advanced to NASCAR’s title-deciding championship race in four of the past five seasons, and JGR announced in June the driver would return next season in the No. 19 Toyota.

“It’s nice not to have to think about it,” Truex said. “I don’t feel like I ever came to the racetrack thinking about it or was worried. I guess during the week it’s a little more relaxed.”

NCAA champ Ross booted from worlds for missed doping test

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Back-to-back NCAA champion Randolph Ross was booted from the world track and field championships on the eve of his 400 meter preliminary race, about a month after officials could not locate him to take an antidoping test.

The Athletics Integrity Unit announced Saturday it was provisionally suspending the North Carolina A&T sprinter for tampering with the antidoping process after an unsuccessful testing attempt on June 18. The investigation concluded, the AIU said, after officials interviewed him Thursday.

Also ousted from the meet was Kenyan marathoner Lawrence Cherono, who tested positive for a banned substance used to treat chest pain resulting from lack of blood supply and oxygen to the heart. It was the same drug that led to Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s doping case at the Beijing Winter Olympics this year.

Both athletes had been scheduled to compete Sunday.

The AIU said there were delays in the processing of Cherono’s test sample, which was taken May 23, that made it impossible for another Kenyan to take his spot.

Ross won his second straight title in the 400 meters at NCAA championships earlier this year,

His father, Duane, won a bronze medal in the 110 hurdles at the 1999 worlds. He later served a two-year suspension related to the case involving coach Trevor Graham and the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) case. Ross coached his son at North Carolina A&T and earlier this year was hired as director of track and field at Tennessee.

Athletes are required to give antidoping authorities detailed lists of where they’ll be so testers can reach them with no notice to collect samples when the athletes are not competing. In some cases, three missed tries can result in an antidoping violation. AIU did not release the specifics of Ross’ case, other than to say “the allegation arises out of the athlete’s conduct during the course of an investigation into a potential whereabouts violation.”

Westbrook splits with longtime agent over ‘differences’ about future

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook and agent Thad Foucher have separated from their partnership, Foucher told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.

“Unfortunately, irreconcilable differences exist as to his best pathway forward, and we are no longer working together. I wish Russell and his family the very best,” Foucher said.

Foucher expressed concern about his client’s future with the Lakers as the franchise has reportedly discussed potential trades with the Brooklyn Nets over Kyrie Irving.

“Now, with a possibility of a fourth trade in four years, the marketplace is telling the Lakers they must add additional value with Russell in any trade scenario. … Such a trade may require Russell to immediately move on from the new team via buyout,” Foucher said.

“My belief is that this type of transaction only serves to diminish Russell’s value, and his best option is to stay with the Lakers, embrace the starting role and support that Darvin Ham publicly offered. Russell is a first-ballot Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame player and will prove that again before he is retired.”

The former MVP has never requested a trade from the Lakers, sources told the Los Angeles Times’ Dan Woike. He averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and a steal in 78 games for the Lakers last season.

Westbrook is entering the final year of a five-year, $206-million max contract. If he stays with the Lakers, it would be the first time he plays with the same team for consecutive seasons since his tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Westbrook had one-season stints with both the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards.

Foucher has represented Westbrook since he left UCLA after his sophomore season in 2008. He was the No. 4 pick in the draft that year to the Seattle SuperSonics, who became the Thunder.

Canadiens trade Petry to Penguins

The Montreal Canadiens are shipping defenseman Jeff Petry to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Petry and forward Ryan Poehling are headed to Pittsburgh, while Montreal receives blue-liner Mike Matheson and a 2023 fourth-round draft pick.

This is the Penguins’ second trade Saturday. They acquired Petry less than three hours after swapping rearguards with the New Jersey Devils. Pittsburgh sent John Marino to the Devils for Ty Smith and a 2023 third-rounder.

Petry is under contract through 2024-25 at a $6.25-million cap hit, according to CapFriendly. The Canadiens aren’t retaining any salary in the trade, per Sportsnet’s Eric Engels.

The 34-year-old played the last seven-plus seasons in Montreal and was a key contributor for much of his tenure. He helped the club make an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2021, averaging over 24 minutes per game in the playoffs.

Petry had long been rumored to be a trade candidate as the Canadiens’ new regime hasn’t shied away from reshaping the roster. The 12-year veteran began his career with the Edmonton Oilers, who traded him to Montreal in March 2015 after he played four-plus campaigns in the Alberta capital.

The grizzled veteran declined this past campaign but enjoyed several productive years beforehand. Petry scored at least 10 goals and notched 40 points or more in each of the previous four seasons.

Poehling played a career-high 57 games for Montreal in 2021-22, posting nine goals and eight assists while averaging 12:12 of ice time. The Canadiens drafted him 25th overall in 2017. Poehling’s entering the final season of the two-year contract he inked with the Habs last August.

Matheson registered a career-high 31 points in 74 games with the Penguins this past campaign. The 28-year-old has played six-plus NHL seasons; the last two with Pittsburgh after starting off with the Florida Panthers.

Penguins trade John Marino to Devils for Ty Smith, 3rd-round pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins dealt defenseman John Marino to the New Jersey Devils for blue-liner Ty Smith and a 2023 third-round draft pick Saturday.

Marino collected one goal and 24 assists while logging 20:38 of average ice time in 81 games this past season, his third in the NHL. The 25-year-old is on the books through 2026-27 at a cap hit of $4.4 million.

Smith finished seventh in Calder Trophy voting for the 2021 campaign. He followed it up by producing five goals and 15 assists over 66 contests in 2021-22. The 22-year-old’s average ice time fell by nearly three minutes in his second season, from 20:07 to 17:30.

The trade gives the Penguins a bit of wiggle room under the cap, as Smith is still on his entry-level pact at $863,333 through next season before potentially becoming a restricted free agent.

Pittsburgh now has about $3.3 million in space with only RFA Kasperi Kapanen left to sign. Pittsburgh didn’t make any splashes when free agency opened Wednesday, but the club did retain Kris Letang and unexpectedly re-signed Evgeni Malkin before the frenzy began.

New Jersey had approximately $25 million in cap space entering Wednesday and still has roughly $13 million after signing Ondrej Palat and trading RFA Pavel Zacha for Erik Haula. However, the team has four RFAs remaining, including breakout star Jesper Bratt and goaltender Vitek Vanecek, who was acquired in a July 8 trade with the Washington Capitals.

The Devils selected Smith 17th overall in 2018. The Edmonton Oilers chose Marino in the sixth round – 154th overall – three years earlier.

At last, first: Truex wins 1st pole for Joe Gibbs Racing

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. won a pole for the first time in his three-plus seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing and will lead a Toyota-heavy top five to green at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Truex turned a lap of 127.113 mph on Saturday and won his 20th career pole — the previous 19 were won with other teams, including a career-best five with defunct Furniture Row Racing in 2016. He has 12 wins with JGR since 2019.

“We’ve got a lot of race wins, and those are obviously more important,” Truex said. “You always want to be the fastest guy. We got a small victory today.”

Truex, the 2017 Cup champion, will take any boost he can as he races Sunday for his first win of the season. Truex has 31 career Cup victories and won four times last season and was runner-up in the standings to champion Kyle Larson. But he’s scuffled this season in NASCAR’s new Next Gen stock car over the first 19 starts and posted only two top-five finishes. He hasn’t finished better than 11th in any of his last four races.

Truex is winless in 28 career starts at New Hampshire. With a win, he would earn a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs.

“We’ve been trying really hard to get the first Cup win here,” he said. “We’ve certainly been good enough to win here.”

Truex led a Toyota run that took four of the top-five spots. 23XI Racing took the third and fourth spots with Kurt Busch in the No. 45 and Bubba Wallace in the No. 23, respectively. Truex’s JGR teammate Christopher Bell starts fifth.

Chase Elliott starts second in the No. 9 Chevrolet. He won last week’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“I feel like we’ve just had a few good weeks,” Elliott said. “This is a sport that will humble you really fast, so when you come off of a good week, that doesn’t guarantee the next one is going to go that good again. I’ve been down that road and you just kind of ride the wave. It’s been a good wave and you want to try and ride it the best you can, and make it last as long as possible.”

Truex, Elliott and Busch are all former NASCAR Cup Series champions.

Truex, who advanced to NASCAR’s title-deciding championship race in four of the past five seasons, and JGR announced in June the driver would return next season in the No. 19 Toyota.

“It’s nice not to have to think about it,” Truex said. “I don’t feel like I ever came to the racetrack thinking about it or was worried. I guess during the week it’s a little more relaxed.”

Palou arrives in Toronto with 2 IndyCar teams in hot pursuit

(AP) — Alex Palou had to fight for every opportunity on his rise through open-wheel racing, and that probably makes everything that has transpired this week feel equal parts stressful and satisfying for IndyCar’s series champion.

To put it simply: Two different teams think he’ll be driving for them next season.

There’s his current team, Chip Ganassi Racing, which announced Tuesday it had exercised an option to keep the 25-year-old Spaniard in one of its seats next season. Palou drove the No. 10 car to last year’s title and, while he has yet to win this season heading into Sunday’s race in Toronto, his consistency has him sitting fourth in the points race.

Then there’s Arrow McLaren SP, which posted on social media shortly after Ganassi’s announcement that it had agreed to a deal with Palou for 2023 – though whether that means an IndyCar seat or Formula 1 ride is anyone’s guess.

“Obviously it’s not ideal, especially for my crew, the people around me,” Palou acknowledged before Friday’s practice session on the road course at Exhibition Place. “But for myself, it’s all right. I’m a warrior. This is not going to stop me. If people think this is going to affect me on the track or something, they do not know who I am.”

Palou declined to discuss the specifics of his contract Friday, leaving room for juicy speculation: Is owner Chip Ganassi willing to strike a deal with McLaren and let Palou leave, albeit at a price driven higher by the contract option? Or are there mechanisms in the contract that give Palou an out for certain opportunities, such as a potential F1 ride?

McLaren indicated Palou would join its F1 testing program with fellow IndyCar drivers Colton Herta and Pato O’Ward, while O’Ward and 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi have signed to drive for the team next season.

Palou said in a tweet Tuesday that he did not approve Ganassi’s news release – and did not provide the quote it included – and that “for personal reasons, I do not intend to continue with the team after 2022.”

“I have nothing else to add to what I said. I’m not going to tell more,” said Palou, who spoke with Ganassi this week but declined to shed any light on their discussion. “We’re here in Toronto, we’re fighting for a championship together and we’re going to try to do the best we can to win it.”

Ganassi is having another banner season. Marcus Ericsson won this year’s Indianapolis 500 and leads the points race. Palou is still in the fight, and six-time series champ Scott Dixon is winless on the year but sixth in the standings.

So what does Dixon, who has driven for Ganassi since his 2003 rookie year, think of Palou’s current predicament?

“For sure there’s some awkwardness,” he said. “I think if you’re going to have an example of how not to go about things, this is 100 percent how you don’t go about it.”

Dixon said his own contract negotiations with Ganassi have been relatively straightforward over the years.

“You sit down, have a chat,” he said. “Even when I had options, I’d say, `Here are my options. What should we do?’ You have discussions. My first discussion with Chip didn’t go the way I thought it would go, but that’s part of the business. But I have always respected the black and white function of the way the operation has been.”

Neither Palou nor Dixon think the murky situation will carry from social media to the garage and ultimately onto the rough, bumpy track in Toronto. The team is full of professionals, they said, and their priority is winning races.

“I’m a driver. It’s the only thing I know how to do,” Palou said. “Me personally, it’s not going to affect. The team, the organization itself? I don’t think it’s going to affect at all. My crew? I don’t know, but I’m going to support them as much as possible because they have nothing to do about this.”

WELCOME BACK

IndyCar returns to Toronto for the first time since 2019, when Simon Pagenaud captured the last of his three wins that season. The layout is largely the same but the surface, with its patches and difficult concrete-asphalt transitions, should test the entire field – especially the half that has never competed on the circuit.

“It’s really rough,” Ericsson said. “It’s well-used, but I like that. That’s a challenge. We all need to accept that challenge and drive around it. I think the more rough it is, the harder it is for the teams and the drivers to get on top of it.”

Jimmie Johnson and Helio Castroneves were among several drivers that spun during a 75-minute practice Friday. There is another practice Saturday morning before afternoon qualifying.

“Concern is high,” Johnson said. “I was just surprised how different the surface is in real life. So many patches.”

FOYT PARKS CAR

A.J. Foyt Racing parked the No. 11 car of Tatiana Calderon this weekend because of missed payments by its primary sponsor, ROKiT, a global business conglomerate that also has been to court over missed payments to the Williams F1 team.

It was the ROKiT sponsorship that allowed Foyt to expand to three cars this season, with Calderon driving one of them on road courses and JR Hildebrand taking over on ovals; Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood are the other full-time drivers.

“We miss you, Tati, and hope to have you back soon,” the team said on social media.

Rodriguez wins at UFC Long Island after Ortega hurts shoulder

One of the most anticipated main events of 2022 ended in anticlimactic fashion.

Yair Rodriguez defeated Brian Ortega via TKO at the 4:11 mark of the first round after Ortega suffered an injury at UFC Long Island on Saturday in Elmont, New York.

Ortega appeared to hurt his shoulder while trying to escape an armbar attempt by Rodriguez on the ground. The former title challenger immediately slumped to the canvas in pain and was surrounded by medical staff afterward.

“I was not in submission danger,” Ortega said in his postfight interview. “I felt good. I was trying to clear the leg, and then my arm just popped out.”

He added: “I wanted to keep going. … I got two shoulder surgeries already, and I might need a third one. Who knows.”

There was no feeling-out process between Rodriguez and Ortega – who were the Nos. 3 and 2 contenders, respectively – in their featherweight showcase in which a title shot against Alexander Volkanovski was potentially on the line.

Though the round had been competitive, Rodriguez appeared to be ahead at the time of the stoppage. The Mexican-born fighter stung “T-City” with sharp punches and neutralized his opponent’s grappling attempts in the clinch.

Rodriguez said afterward he’s open to an immediate rematch with Ortega but “of course” also wants to challenge Volkanovski for the title.

“I already told (Ortega) we can run it back anytime,” Rodriguez said postfight. “We can do this. But I would rather do it for a championship instead of being in this situation like this. But whatever the UFC decides, I’m OK with whatever.”

Ortega said he’s also interested in a second fight should the UFC decide not to give Rodriguez a title shot.

“Yair, if you don’t get the title fight, or whatever happens, I want to get it,” Ortega said. “Let’s do this right. This is not the right way. I’m so sorry. I want both of us to leave it all in here because that’s what we came to do.”

With the victory, Rodriguez bounced back from a back-and-forth defeat to former champion Max Holloway last November. He’s 3-1 (one no-contest) in his last five Octagon outings.

Ortega, who was trying to get back on track after losing to Volkanovski last September, has now dropped two fights in a row and is 1-3 in his last four appearances.

Murphy spoils Tate’s flyweight debut with grueling win

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate came up short in her flyweight debut.

Lauren Murphy defeated Tate via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Long Island on Saturday in Elmont, New York.

Murphy got in Tate’s face and landed hard punches in the opening seconds of the fight, and that continued throughout the 15-minute affair. Murphy consistently did more damage and bloodied Tate’s face.

This was Tate’s first trip down to 125 pounds after competing at 135 pounds for the first 27 bouts of her career. She has now lost two in a row and is 1-2 since ending her retirement in 2021.

Murphy bounced back from a loss to flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko last September.

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Indians Drop Fourth Straight in Columbus, 4-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite scoring a run in each of their first two innings, the Indianapolis Indians dropped their fourth consecutive game to the Columbus Clippers on Saturday night, 4-2.

Knotted at two in the fourth inning, recently-outrighted outfielder Oscar Mercado gave Columbus (51-38) a 3-2 lead with an RBI triple on a line drive into left-center field off Indians right-hander Travis MacGregor (L, 0-1). Clippers designated hitter Will Brennan hit an opposite field, line drive home run to finish the scoring in the bottom of the seventh.

After an RBI single from Indians second baseman Rodolfo Castro in the first inning, third baseman Hoy Park belted a solo home run to right-center field against left-hander Kirk McCarty (W, 3-2) to give Indianapolis (41-46) a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. The blast was Park’s third home run with the Indians, and his second against Columbus.

The Clippers came back to tie the game at two with runs in both the second and third before Mercado’s triple and Brennan’s home run finished their night offensively. Columbus pitchers retired the last nine Indians hitters they faced, finished off by a perfect ninth inning from reliever Justin Garza (S, 2).

Indianapolis first baseman Bligh Madris singled on a line drive to left field in the sixth inning, giving him a base hit in each of the first five games of the series. Center fielder Ji-hwan Bae failed to reach base in an 0-4 night, ending a stretch of reaching base in nine of his last 10 games.

Indians outfielder Jack Suwinski made his Triple-A debut in the loss on Saturday, going 0-4. Suwinski, 23, was second among all MLB rookies with 14 home runs, trailing only Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez, prior to being optioned earlier this week by Pittsburgh.

Indianapolis and Columbus conclude their series at Huntington Park tomorrow afternoon with a 4:05 PM ET first pitch before a four-day All-Star break. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for the series finale.

Legendary Diving Coach Hobie Billingsley Passes Away

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Athletics and its swimming and diving program is saddened to share the passing of legendary IU and USA Diving coach Hobie Billingsley on Saturday (July 16) morning. He was 94.

Billingsley’s legacy is that of one of the most important and influential personalities to grace the sport of diving while earning the reputation as one of the sport’s greatest ever coaches.

Billingsley coached at Indiana from 1959-89, winning six NCAA and 23 Big Ten team championships in that span. He coached individuals that combined for 115 national titles, 22 Big Ten Championships and six Olympic medalists.

For Team USA, Billingsley coached the 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympic teams. He returned to the games in 1992 and 1996 as a diving judge, and in 1996 also had the honor of reciting the Olympic Oath.

An outstanding diver himself, Billingsley earned All-America honors at Ohio State in 1945 and then again from 1948-50. As a freshman, Billingsley won NCAA titles on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. As a Buckeye, Billingsley competed alongside teammate Doc Counsilman, who would later become his swimming counterpart at IU. The coaching duo shares the namesake of the current IU swimming and diving facility, the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center.

Following his freshman season at Ohio State, Billingsley joined the Armed Forces and served in Japan during World War II.

Billingsley is a member or the International Swimming Hall of Fame (1983), Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame (1994) and in 1994 was presented the Sammy Lee Award, the most prestigious award in the world for the sport of diving.

Radcliffe Selected as Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Grayson Radcliffe has been selected as an institutional nominee for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Radcliffe, a former Indiana softball student-athlete is among 577 student-athletes across the nation who have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the award which honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athletes.

Radcliffe played and started in 162 games in her Hoosier career. She tallied 134 hits, 87 runs, 29 doubles, 20 home runs, 92 RBI and 47 stolen bases.

Radcliffe is a two-time All-Big Ten Honoree, three-time Academic All-Big Ten Honoree and three- time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Honoree. In 2021 she earned CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team Honors and NFCA All-Region Honors.

Radcliffe has earned an undergraduate degree in Sports Marketing and Management and is pursuing a Masters in Kinesiology.

About the NCAA Woman of Year

Established in 1991, the award recognizes female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in their community, in athletics and in academics throughout their college careers. This year’s nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, including 248 from Division I, 127 from Division II and 202 from Division III. Of the 577 nominations, 23 sports are represented, with 125 student-athletes competing in multiple sports.

Each year, NCAA member schools are encouraged to celebrate their top graduating female student-athletes by nominating them for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The conference offices will then select up to two student-athletes from their member school nominations. The Woman of the Year Selection Committee will then select 10 student-athletes from each division, determining the Top 30 honorees.

CHRIS NEAL ANNOUNCED AS ASSISTANT TRACK & FIELD AND CROSS COUNTRY COACH

The Notre Dame Hatherly-Piane Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Matt Sparks announced the addition of Chris Neal to the staff as Assistant Track & Field and Cross Country Coach.

“After taking an extensive evaluation into the coaching circles, we discovered Chris Neal to be a great fit for our program and University,” said Sparks.  “He has a deep knowledge of the sport and what it takes to win at an elite level.  I look forward to working with Coach Neal as we work together to continue to build upon the success of the men’s program.”

“While working at Furman the last 10-years, the team has developed into one of the most well respected NCAA distance programs.  Chris has worked with multiple individuals who have finished in the top 5 at the NCAA Championships as well as numerous team finishes in the top 15 at Nationals.”

Neal has most recently coached ten NCAA Cross Country Championship team qualifiers with four top-15 finishes. He has also coached his teams to 18 Southern Conference Team Cross Country titles, nine men titles and nine women’s titles. In 2017, Neal coached the Furman program to be the NCAA Cross Country Southeast Regional Team Champions.

In his time at Furman, Neal has led 133 individuals to All-Southern Conference Cross Country honors. There were also 47 student-athletes named USTFCCCA All-Regional Cross Country, and 20 NCAA All-Americans. He also coached athletes to break 30 school records.

During his tenure, Neal coached 56 student-athletes to NCAA Track and Field first round qualifiers and 28 individual NCAA Track and Field Finals qualifiers. Included in those qualifiers is Allie Buchalski, the NCAA 2nd place finisher in the 5,000m Championship in 2018, and Aaron Templeton the 5th place finisher at NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2018.

Prior to his time at Furman, Neal spent 2008-2012 at Ohio State as the Head Women’s Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track and Field Coach. The Buckeyes were the 2011 and 2012 Outdoor Track & Field Big 10 Champions, and for the first time in school history claimed the Big 10 title for the Indoor Track & Field Championships. Also a first for Ohio State was when Neal coached the team in 2009 to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

At Ohio State, Neal coached four individuals to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Eight student athletes earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors in that time. Neal also coached 36 student-athletes to make the Top-5 All-Time List.

Neal’s career has also included stops at Tulane University, where he was the Head Women’s Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field Coach, and the University of New Orleans, where he was the Head Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field Coach. While at Tulane, he coached an NCAA Championship Provisional Qualifier, a Louisiana Female Runner of the Year, and a Louisiana Freshman of the Year. At the University of New Orleans, Neal oversaw five total Sunbelt Conference individual champions across track and field and cross country, as well as two Sunbelt Conference record-setting times.

Neal began his coaching career at Model Laboratory School and Ball State University as a graduate assistant. An 2003 Eastern Kentucky University graduate, Neal earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Sport Administration from Ball State University in 2005.

OVC Releases 2022-23 Conference Basketball Schedule

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s and Women’s Basketball will tip-off the 2022-23 Ohio Valley Conference schedules December 29 versus Southeast Missouri State University at Screaming Eagles Arena. The 2022-23 OVC schedule will feature a 10-team, 18-game double round-robin slate which will begin on December 29 and conclude on February 25.

“We are extremely excited to have our first OVC/Division I schedule in front of us,” said Stan Gouard, USI Men’s Basketball Head Coach. “This is an extremely demanding slate of games and the Eagles are working hard to rise to meet this challenge.”

I am extremely excited to finally see our Ohio Valley Conference schedule for the 2022-2023 season, said Rick Stein, USI Women’s Basketball Head Coach. “We have many new challenges ahead of us in the OVC and I know our team can’t wait for the opportunities ahead. Our Screaming Eagle fans will be fired up to see new opponents and new rivalry’s build as we move forward!”

The 2022-23 season, which is the 75th year of competition in the OVC, marks the first season in the league for USI as well as OVC newcomers Lindenwood University, and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. The three new members joined Eastern Illinois University, Morehead State University, SEMO, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, and the University of Tennessee at Martin in the 10-team league.

The 2023 OVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament is slated for March 1-4 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. It marks the sixth year in a row the event will be held at the venue.

Each OVC school is eligible to compete and win the OVC Tournament Championship, including USI and Lindenwood, who are beginning the reclassification process to NCAA Division I. It was previously announced that should a transitioning school win an OVC Tournament Championship, the automatic qualifier (AQ) shall be awarded to the tournament runner-up. Should the tournament runner-up also be a transitioning school, the AQ representative shall be the highest seed going into the tournament.

All OVC games and home non-conference contests can be seen on ESPN networks, with the majority of games broadcast on ESPN+. Additional linear exposures on ESPNU and ESPN2 that will be announced at a later date.

The USI Men’s and Women’s basketball non-conference games will be announced once the schedules are complete.

2022-23 USI Men’s and Women’s Basketball OVC Schedule

Thursday, December 29

Southeast Missouri at Southern Indiana

Saturday, December 31

Southern Indiana at Eastern Illinois

Thursday, January 5

Southern Indiana at Morehead State

Saturday, January 7

SIUE at Southern Indiana

Thursday, January 12

Little Rock at Southern Indiana

Saturday, January 14

UT Martin at Southern Indiana

Thursday, January 19

Southern Indiana at Lindenwood

Saturday, January 21

Southern Indiana at SIUE

Thursday, January 26

Eastern Illinois at Southern Indiana

Saturday, January 28

Southern Indiana at UT Martin

Thursday, February 2

Tennessee State at Southern Indiana

Saturday, February 4

Morehead State at Southern Indiana

Thursday, February 9

Southern Indiana at Tennessee Tech

Saturday, February 11

Lindenwood at Southern Indiana

Thursday, February 16

Southern Indiana at Little Rock

Saturday, February 18

Southern Indiana at Southeast Missouri

Thursday, February 23

Tennessee Tech at Southern Indiana

Saturday, February 25

Southern Indiana at Tennessee State

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1890       For the first time in baseball history, two 300-game winners are opponents as Tim Keefe of the Giants faces Pittsburgh’s Jim ‘Pud’ Galvin in a Players League match-up. New York beats the Burghers, 8-2, in the first of four historic confrontations between the two future members of the Hall of Fame.

1903       In a Tri-State League contest, 25-year-old Dan McClellan throws a perfect game, beating the Penn Park Athletic Club of York. The Cuban X-Giants southpaw is the first black pitcher to accomplish the feat in professional baseball.

1904       At New Jersey’s Wiedenmeyer’s Park, which will become better known as Ruppert Stadium, the Highlanders host an American League game, beating Detroit in the Newark ballpark, 3-1. The contest is played away from Hilltop Park, the team’s usual home, to avoid New York City’s blue laws.

1912       🇸🇪 At the Ostermalm Athletics Grounds, Sweden’s Vasteras Baseball Club plays an exhibition game at the Summer Olympics against an American team. The squad from the United States, who unsurprisingly wins the contest 13-3, consists of athletes in Stockholm competing for gold medals in other sports.

1914       Against the Giants, control artist Babe Adams of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches an entire 21-inning game without issuing a single walk. The contest, which is the longest game in big-league history without a base-on-balls, is decided by Larry Doyle’s home run in the top of the frame, giving Rube Marquard, who also goes the distance, the 3-1 victory.

1918       The Phillies play the longest game in franchise history, a 2-1 loss in 21 innings to Chicago at Weeghman Park. The starting pitchers, Philadelphia right-hander Milt Watson and Chicago southpaw Lefty Tyler, each go the distance, hurling a complete game in the marathon.

1923       Yankee starter Carl Mays goes the distance, losing to the Indians at Cleveland’s Dunn Field, 13-0. The 31-year-old right-handed submariner gives up 20 hits, including four singles and a double to the Tribes’ leadoff batter Charlie Jamieson, who enjoys a 5-for-5 day at the plate.

1924       Cardinals’ knuckleballer and future Hall of Famer Jesse Haines throws a no-hitter, beating the Braves at Sportsman’s Park, 5-0, to become the first post-1900 Redbird hurler to accomplish the feat. Another 54 years will pass until the next no-hit game happens in St. Louis, a span that will end in 1978 when Bob Forsch holds the Phillies hitless at Busch Stadium.

1934       Cubs right-hander Lon Warneke, with his team ahead of New York, 3-1, loads the bases in the seventh inning with an intentional pass to face opposing pitcher Roy Parmalee. The strategy backfires when the hurler hits a grand slam, a drive that barely clears the right-field wall, proving to be the difference in the Giants’ 5-3 victory in the opener of a twin bill at the Polo Grounds.

1936       Carl Hubbell’s 24-game winning streak, spanning over twenty-seven games and 207.2 innings over two seasons, begins with a 6-0 victory over the Pirates. King Karl will keep winning until Memorial Day next season when the southpaw lasts only 3.1 innings in the team’s 10-3 loss to the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds.

1941       Thanks to the outstanding defensive work of Indians’ third baseman Ken Keltner, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium in front of 67,000 fans. The ‘Yankee Clipper,’ who batted .408 during the stretch, will begin another hitting spree that will last 17 games, extending the remarkable span of hitting safely to 73 of 74 games. 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports

1947       Less than two weeks after Larry Doby’s debut with the Indians, Hank Thompson becomes the second black player to debut in the American League and first for the Browns. The former Kansas City Monarchs standout, who will play in only 27 games for St. Louis because his presence does not significantly raise attendance, goes 0-for-4 in the team’s 16-2 loss to Philadelphia at Sportsman’s Park.

1947       At Cleveland Stadium, the Yankees sweep a doubleheader against the Indians, 3-1 and 7-2. The victories extend the club’s winning streak to 19 games, equaling the American League mark established by the White Sox in 1906.

1954       With Jim Gilliam (2b), Jackie Robinson (3b), Sandy Amoros (lf), Roy Campanella (c), and Don Newcombe (p) in the starting lineup against the Braves, the Dodgers field the first team which consists of a majority of black players. The historic five helps Brooklyn to beat Milwaukee at County Stadium, 2-1.

1957       In front of a House Judiciary subcommittee, team owner Arnold Johnson, contrary to the truth, denies he has favored the Yankees when trading players from the A’s to the Bronx. Due to many recent suspicious deals between the New York and Kansas City clubs, Congress is skeptical.

1959       Mel Allen asks his director to replay Jim McAnay’s ninth-inning single, the first hit allowed by Ralph Terry in the team’s eventual 2-0 loss to Cleveland at the Bronx ballpark. The Yankee broadcaster’s request marks the first use of instant replay in a baseball broadcast.

1961       “I think if I had my life to live over again, I’d do things a little different. I was aggressive, perhaps too aggressive. Maybe I went too far. I always had to be right in any argument I was in, I always had to be first in everything. I do indeed think I would have done some things different. And if I had I believe I would have had more friends”- TY COBB, quoted in Voices from Cooperstown: Baseball’s Hall of Famers Tell It Like It Was by Anthony J. Connor. After checking in a month earlier at an Atlanta hospital, where he placed beside his bed a brown bag filled with $1 million in negotiable securities and a Luger, Ty Cobb dies at the age of seventy-four after a long battle with cancer. Only three former players, Ray Schalk, Mickey Cochrane, and Nap Rucker, along with Baseball Hall of Fame director Sid Keener, attend the Georgia Peach’s funeral services.

1961       Rain in the top of the fifth inning in the nightcap of a twin bill against the Orioles washes out homers by Yankee sluggers Roger Maris (35) and Mickey Mantle (32), both ahead of the Bambino’s record 1927 pace. The Memorial Stadium rainout occurs on the same day Commissioner Ford Frick decrees that Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs stands unless a player hits 61 or more within the first 154 games of the newly expanded 162-game schedule.

1964       In Los Angeles, the Chavez Ravine contest becomes the first Pay-TV baseball game as Subscription Television offers the cablecast to subscribers for a fee. The Dodgers beat Chicago, 3-2, with Don Drysdale collecting ten strikeouts.

1969       At Metropolitan Stadium, Gold Glove pitcher Jim Kaat commits three errors. The 30-year-old right-hander still gets the victory when the Twins beat the White Sox, 8-5.

1974       Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson becomes the second pitcher in major league history to record 3000 career strikeouts when he fans Cesar Geronimo of the Reds. In 1923, Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators became the first major leaguer to reach the milestone.

1976       Walter Alston becomes the sixth skipper to win 2,000 games when the Dodgers overcome a four-run first-inning deficit and beat Chicago at Chavez Ravine, 5-4. ‘Smokey’ will leave at the end of the season, finishing his 23-year tenure in his only managerial position in the majors with a 2,040-1,613 record (.558).

1978       Just before starting the Oriole game at Memorial Stadium, Doc Medich goes into the stands and saves a 61-year-old fan suffering from a heart attack. The Ranger right-hander, a medical student in the off-season, administers a heart massage to the ailing man until medical help arrives.

1978       Reggie Jackson is suspended for five days without pay by the Yankees. During a Bronx Bomber loss, the future Hall of Fame slugger incurs skipper Billy Martin’s wrath by striking out attempting to bunt after being explicitly told to hit away.

1979       At Seattle’s Kingdome, Pirates outfielder Dave Parker, who cuts down Brian Downing at home with an amazing throw, is named the All-Star Game’s MVP when the National League wins its eighth straight Midsummer Classic. In the 7-6 victory over the Junior Circuit, Mets outfielder Lee Mazzilli homers to tie the game in the eighth and then walks in the ninth, plating the eventual winning run.

1987       Don Mattingly becomes the first American League player to hit a home run in seven consecutive games. The Yankees’ first baseman will equal Dale Long’s 1956 major-league mark tomorrow, hitting a round-tripper in eight straight contests.

1987       In his major league debut, Ken Caminiti hits a triple and a homer and scores the winning run in the ninth inning when the Astros edge the visiting Phillies, 2-1. The Houston rookie is just the fourth big leaguer to have hit a home run and triple in his first game.

1990       Minnesota becomes the first team in baseball history to turn two triple plays in the same game. The Twins’ multiple around-the-horn triple killings, both accomplished after being started by the third baseman (5-5-4-3), aren’t enough when the team loses to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 1-0.

1990       Bo Jackson homers three times off Andy Hawkins, going deep in the first, third, and fifth frames in the Royals’ 10-7 victory at Yankee Stadium, leaving the game after dislocating his shoulder attempting to catch a fly ball in the sixth inning. The Kansas City center fielder will blast another round-tripper in his first plate appearance back on August 26th, giving him home runs in four consecutive at-bats, albeit 40 days apart.

1991       In a 9-8 extra-inning loss to Kansas City at Royals Stadium, Orioles DH Sam Horn becomes the first non-pitcher in major league history to strike out six consecutive times in a single game. In 1913, Carl Weilman, a hurler for the Browns, became the first major leaguer to accomplish the dubious feat.

1993       In a Northwest League contest, Jason Thompson’s error with two outs in the ninth inning spoils Glenn Dishman’s bid for a perfect game against the Yakima Bears. On a routine ground ball, the Spokane first baseman, anxious to begin celebrating his teammate’s accomplishment, pulls his foot off the bag before recording the final out.

1993       Mets southpaw Frank Tanana becomes the second of only two pitchers, along with Rick Reuschel, to give up a home run to both Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds when the Giants’ left fielder goes deep for the Giants’ only run in the team’s 3-1 loss at Candlestick Park. In 1976, Hank Aaron, finishing his career with the Brewers, hit a three-run homer, the 748th of his then-record 755 round-trippers, off the left-hander, pitching for the Angels at the time.

2000       On the first pitch he ever sees in the major leagues, Chris Richard homers off Mike Lincoln, leading off the second inning of the Cardinals’ 8-3 victory over the Twins at the Metrodome. The 26-year-old rookie outfielder, who will play only six games for St. Louis, becomes only the fourth Redbird in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

2008       The Phillies trade minor league prospects Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman, and Matthew Spencer to Oakland for right-hander Joe Blanton. The A’s Opening Day starter, currently 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA, is expected to deepen Philadelphia’s rotation.

2017       Ryan Zimmerman becomes the franchise home run leader with his 235th home run for the Nationals when he goes deep in the first inning off Reds Scott Feldman in the team’s 6-1 victory at Great American Ball Park. The 32-year-old Washington first baseman surpasses Vladimir Guerrero’s total from playing eight seasons with the Montreal Expos.

2019       Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, standing in front of the Cal Ripken statue at Camden Yards, tweets a thank you to ‘Mr. Cal’ for allowing him to borrow the Orioles Hall of Fame infielder’s number, promising to work and strive to be the next great 8 in Baltimore. The 23-year-old QB is true to his word, winning the NFL’s MVP at the same age and in his second season in the league just like his idol.

2021       The unveiling of Marc Melon’s sculpture A Handshake for a Century immortalizes the handshake between Jackie Robinson and George Shuba after Robinson hits his first professional home run. ‘Shotgun’ Shuba extends his hand, marking the first welcoming gesture between a black and white player, while other teammates on the 1946 International League’s Montreal Royals fail to greet the rookie at home plate.

2021       “A shooting has been reported outside of the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park. Fans are encouraged to exit the ballpark via the CF and RF gates at this time.” -A TWEET, sent by the Nationals officials ten minutes after posting a message on the scoreboard informing fans to remain inside the stadium. After several loud gunshots echo from the left-field side of the ballpark, officials suspend Washington’s game against the Padres. The exchange of gunfire on a nearby street, causing some fans to seek cover in nearby dugouts, injures three people, including a woman who attended the game, suffering a non-life-threatening injury when hit by a bullet outside Nationals Park.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1926

Chicago White Sox (4) vs New York Giants (2)

Once again, the New York Yankees had risen to the top of the American League with solid pitching and spectacular hitting by the soon to be penned “Murderer’s”. Babe Ruth was joined in the spotlight by two young up-and-coming sluggers named Lou Gehrig and Earle Combs who hit .348 and .357 during the regular season. Their opponents, the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals, had similar success with Rogers Hornsby, a .317 hitter, and pitchers Flint Rhem and Bill Sherdel who had won twenty and sixteen games respectively.

Both teams looked to be strong on both sides of the plate, but the Yankees remained heavy favorites after dethroning the Giants’ dynasty in the 1923 World Series. Rookie Lou Gehrig had a fantastic debut in Game 1 driving in the winning run for a 6-3 opening victory. New York was not as fortunate in Game 2 as the Cardinals returned with a vengeance for a 6-2 payback. Grover Alexander went the distance against three Yankees pitchers including Urban Shocker, Bob Shawkey, who came on in the eighth, and Sam Jones who finished the ninth. Things didn’t get any better for the favorites in Game 3 as once again, a Cardinal pitcher (Jesse Haines) lasted all nine against three of New York’s finest (Dutch Ruether, Bob Shawkey and Myles Thomas). Haines also contributed the only home run in the 4-0 shutout. The underdog Cards’ were now on top two games to one.

Down, but not out, “Murderer’s Row” came back in Game 4 with a new resolve. This time it was St. Louis exhausting their bullpen as Yankee vet Waite Hoyt stood tall against five Cardinal pitchers including Flint Rhem, Art Reinhart, Hi Bell, Bill Hallahan and finally Vic Keen. The Bambino was back to his old self too, knocking out three homers to the Cardinals none. Serious damage had been done in the 10-5 debacle and New York was clearly not giving up without a fight. Both teams dug in as Game 5 resulted in a ten inning pitcher’s duel between the Yank’s Herb Pennock and Card’s Bill Sherdel. The Yankees managed to win it 3-2 and led the Series by one game with two to go. Game 6 offered a replay of Game 2 as Grover Alexander once again, went the distance in a crucial 10-2 triumph that left Bob Shawkey a loser and Urban Shocker and Myles Thomas unavailable for the final showdown.

Game 7 was a real nail-biter as Jesse Haines and Grover Alexander went head-to-head with Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock. Both teams managed eight hits apiece and Babe Ruth contributed the only homer in the contest. Down 3-2 in the ninth, the Yankees were still in good shape as baseball’s greatest slugger stepped up to the plate. The Babe worked the count to three and two, then drew his eleventh walk of the Series. Clean-up man Bob Meusel prepared to put the winning run on base, but was denied when the anxious Bambino attempted to steal second. Although he had successfully stolen against the Cardinals in Game 6, he was slow off the start and catcher Bob O’Farrell’s throw to Rogers Hornsby nailed the Yankees’ slugger ending the Fall Classic. Many fans were furious with Ruth and believed that his mistake had clearly cost the Series.

St. Louis had managed to beat the mighty Babe Ruth and his defending world champion Yankees despite mediocre performances from their standout players. Hornsby hit a meager .250 against New York and both Rhem and Sherdel had failed to win a game.

ALL-STAR HISTORY-1937

There were many big stories surrounding the fourth All-Star game as America’s favorite pastime was showcased in our nation’s capital. President Franklin Roosevelt was in attendance and Lou Gehrig and Joe Medwick both had great outings at the plate.

However, the biggest story was an innocuous-looking play resulting in an infield out that ended the bottom of the third inning. It was a spectacular play that stole the show and it marked the beginning of the end of Dizzy Dean’s spectacular career. Dean had become, with the retirement of Babe Ruth, baseball’s most magnetic performer and its new biggest drawing card. With two out, Earl Averill cracked a low line drive that hit Dean directly on the foot. Averill was thrown out and Dean headed for the clubhouse, his three-inning stint over. In the clubhouse, it was discovered that Dean’s toe was broken. Although it was considered a minor injury, Dean and the Cardinals management decided he would return to the mound before the toe was healed. The injury affected his delivery, eventually injured his arm and ended his glory days at the tender age of twenty-six.

Starting for the American League for the fourth time and winning his third game was Lefty Gomez. He held the National League to one hit over his three innings and was insured a win by a two-run homer in the third by Lou Gehrig. Yankees, in fact, dominated the entire game. Red Rolfe singled and tripled with two runs batted in, Joe DiMaggio singled before Gehrig’s home run, Bill Dickey singled and doubled and finally, Gehrig added a double to his homer and drove in four runs.

FOOTBALL HISTORY JULY 17

ABC takes a subtle approach to the USFL’s historic title game

July 17, 1983 – The very first USFL Championship game was played as the Michigan Panthers defeated the Philadelphia Stars 24-22. Bobby Hebert and Anthony Carter led the Panther attack on offense. Quarterback Hebert went 20 of 39 for 314 yards and three touchdowns to garner the Most valuable Player honors of the then nameless summer time bowl game. Nine of Bobby’s pases were caught by Carter who posted a very impressive 179 yards of receiving including a 48 yard scoring play with just 3;01 remaining in the game to seal off what looked like it may be another Stars comeback. Philly was coming off a rally from three scores back to knock off Chicago in the semi-final just a week earlier. Keith Jackson and Lynn Swann were in the broadcast booth while they used the expertise of Tim Brant on the sideleines to get the scoop from players on many things including injuries. As for the Michigan Panthers they had some great talent on the roster beside Anthony Carter and Bobby Hebert. According to the StatCrew.com website their leading rusher that season was Ken Lacy who carried the ball for a team-best 1,180. John Corker topped the defensive unit with 28.5 quarterback sacks, part of an overall team total of 74 sacks. The had a strong leader patrolling the sidelines too as Jim Stanley coached the team. The StatCrew site tells us that the ’83 Stars were loaded too. Besides being coached by Jim Mora the Philly team featured running back extraordinaire, Kelvin Bryant who carried the ball for a team-leading 1,442 yards. Signal caller, Chuck Fusina threw for 2,718 yards while wideout Willie Collier added 771 receiving yards.

The USFL was founded in 1982 and played for (3) seasons (1983 through 1985). It now looks like after more than 30 some odd years that the Spring League may return as the USFL in 2022. For more on the USFL please click here.

Prime Foils Bo’s 4th Wall Beater

July 17, 1990 – NY Yankee and NFL legend Deion Sanders, hits an Inside the Park Homerun. “Prime Time” Sanders was the most recent 2 sport star in American Sports history. This homerun stopped an opportunity for another NFL player that had the second job playing on the diamond during the summer from hitting a fourth ball over the fence. Bo Jackson, suited up for the Kansas City Royals belted three round trippers against the Yanks that day in a 10-7 Royals win. So you may ask how did Sanders foil Bo’s final attempt at an HR? Well according to the NY Daily News when Prime Time cracked his shot to the gap Jax dove for the ball missing it and as Sanders raced around the diamond touchinag all of the bases the camera panned back to jackson who layed prone in the outfield. Bo had to leave the game with a seperated shoulder and could not take his final at bat. Yes once again NFL Football history on the diamond!

Art Monk Retires

July 17, 1997 – The prolific NFL wide receiver, Art Monk retired after playing 16 NFL seasons. According to NFL.com Monk was a three time Super Bowl Champion with the Washington franchise. Art played in three Pro Bowls, was a 1984 1st-Team All-Pro when he was tops in NFL recpetions hthat season with 106 catches and even made it to the Hall of Fame’s 1980’s All-Decade Team. His 888 receptions and 12026 receiving yards place him first in the record books in Washington Football Team history.

Counting Pigskin Benjamins

July 17, 2018 – Bloomberg Media publishes an estimate that the NFL made $14 billion in revenue in 2017 and distributed a record $255 million to each of the League’s 32 franchises. Reports say that more than half of the League’s revenue comes from lucrative television deals while the balance is from merchandising, ticket sales etc…

Hall of Fame Birthday for July 17

July 17, 1927 – Garden City, Kansas – Thurman “Fum” McGraw was a tackle from Colorado State, which at the time was known as Colorado A&M, who was selected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981. Fum was a former boxer and wrestler and these sports gave him unique foot work and arm strength that made it a real challenge for opposing defenders to get by. Before he attended Colorado State though he served a tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corp in World War II according to the National Football Foundation. The first couple of seasons for McGraw at Colorado State were brutal at best, but things turned for the better in 1948 as everything came together for the squad as the Rams posted surprising upsets over rivals Utah State, Wyoming, Brigham Young and arch rival Colorado. The 1949 campaign, McGraw’s last as a four- year letterman, was even better for the Rams as they logged an impressive 9-1-0 record marred only by a loss to Wyoming. Mr. McGraw joined the Detroit Lions after graduation and he won the Rookie of the Year award and All-Pro honors.

WHEN FOOTBALL WAS FOOTBALL: HORWEEN BROTHERS: THEIR LASTING NFL IMPACT

In professional sports, there have been numerous examples of brothers leading their teams to distinction and success. And while these siblings may not always be representing the same team, the mere fact that multiple players from the same family reached the highest level of athletics is indeed impressive.

In baseball, we have seen the DiMaggio and the Alou brothers excel for their teams, as did the Barbers, and the Mannings in the NFL. There have been several sets of brothers in the National Basketball Association including identical twins such as Horace and Harvey Grant, and Dick and Tom Van Arsdale.

Speaking of identical twins, I once had the pleasure of playing some hoops in those lonely post-collegiate days on the south side of Chicago with twin brothers. While we won’t mention their names to protect the innocent, as well as protecting them from any possible plaintiffs still seeking damages from their sharp elbows all of these years later, we’ll simply call them the Fritz boys.

The Fritz Boys

These gentlemen were identical 6-8 twins with both different playing styles and different personalities. One brother, who was nicknamed “Darth” for obvious reasons, was a very aggressive big man who often found himself in foul trouble at the half for minor infractions such as muggings, elbows to the head, and slight pushes into the baseline walls.

This problem was easily solved at halftime when his brother, known as the “Good Fritz,” would simply exchange jerseys with his sibling. The Good Fritz was more of a finesse player with a deadly outside shot, but one who rarely experienced foul trouble.

As such, Darth could collect three or more fouls in the second half, easily frightening any inside opposition who surmised that taking an ill-advised outside shot was much safer than a possible beheading by driving on Darth, also known as the “Mean Fritz.”

After the game was over, both Fritz boys were very pleasant during team discussions although the Good Fritz wouldn’t stop talking until addressing his sixth beer, while Mean Fritz wouldn’t start talking until he reached that same milestone.

Remember the Horwitz Brothers?

But all of this chatter about brothers merely serves as the introduction to this episode of “When Football Was Football.” Our program today will focus on a pair of brothers who were nationally known for their stardom on the fields of the Ivy League, but who also demonstrated exceptional ability on the professional level with the Chicago Cardinals in the early days of the National Football League.

And yet, long after they left this planet, the brothers continued to have a presence at every single game of the NFL, even if no one really knew their name (or any of their names)! This surprising story began way back in the late 19th century when the brothers were born in Chicago.

Perhaps you remember the football-playing Horwitz brothers?

Or maybe you might recall them as the McMahon brothers of the Chicago Cardinals?

If not, then maybe the name Horween will certainly ring a bell?

Horween Is the Equal of Any Halfback

Since their father established a prosperous business in Chicago called I. Horween and Company in 1905, it was not an issue to send both of his sons to Harvard following high school. By that time, the family name had been changed to Horween, probably to avoid possible prejudicial concerns that might occur in the future.

Anyway, Ralph became a solid 200 lb. runner and kicker for Harvard after entering the school in 1914. The Champaign Daily News stated: “Ralph Horween is regarded as the equal of any halfback in the country.” Arnold joined the Crimson in 1916 as a freshman and demonstrated skills on both sides of the ball for the Harvard rookie squad.

Following his enrollment, the Boston Globe reported on Arnold’s prep career: “At his high school, the Francis Parker in Chicago, he played about every position on the football team, finally filling the fullback’s berth as his rightful possession. Incidentally, he did his part in track and baseball, as a shot-putter and [baseball] twirler.”

It should be noted that both of the brothers interrupted their academic careers at Harvard to join the US Navy during Worl War I, with each earning the rank of Lieutenant from 1917-1919.

With the Horween sibling tandem back following the war, Harvard marched through the 1919 season undefeated with a 9-0-1 record and knocked off Oregon 7-6 in the 1920 Rose Bowl. This was Ralph’s senior year at Harvard and he earned honorable mention All-American honors. Harvard was considered the national champion despite no formal competitive selection process being in place to determine that illustrious honor.

He Plays a Killing Game

For Arnold Horween, the best of his collegiate experience was yet to come. Horween’s impressive skills were fine-tuned during the 1920 campaign as he was named an All-American fullback and helped his team to still another (8-0-1) undefeated season. Ralph stuck around Harvard for that season and helped coach the backs and the kickers, of which Arnold became quite adept.

The Boston Globe praised the all-around play of Arnold Horween as well: “He is the man who hits the line for the two yards needed for first down or for the last yard at the enemy’s goal. As a defensive fullback, he is the man who plugs the middle of his line, taking all the smashes that come his way, playing a killing game, getting in on 90 percent of the plays in the enemy offensive.”

By 1921, both of the Horweens were still looking for action on the gridiron and were granted that opportunity by the Chicago Cardinals of the new American Professional Football Association, which would become the National Football League a year later. There was just one slight problem: their mother!

Despite both of the brothers having accumulated a rich resume in war, academics, and on the football field, their mother Rose was not happy with the idea of her sons joining the perceived rabble-rousers who ran the hideous professional football circuit.

So, in order to deceive dear old mom, the Horween brothers took on still another name, this time it was McMahon. Oddly enough, only an initial letter appears for the first name of each of the McMahon brothers in surviving Chicago Cardinal programs from those years. Ralph was listed as R. McMahon and Arnold, logically, became A. McMahon.

Both joined the club in 1921 with Ralph concluding his pro career in 1923, while Arnold played through the 1924 season. In 1923 and 1924, Arnold also coached the Cardinals and enjoyed some success, finishing 8-4 in 1923 and then 6-4-1 in 1924. It was during this time frame that Arnold finally began using his proper last name of Horween.

Greatest Player Ever

At times, both of the “McMahons” started in the same backfield for the Cardinals, with Arnie at quarterback and Ralph at halfback. To add to the confusion, “R. McMahon” was often identified as “C. McMahon” in the local newspapers for some reason. Yet both were effective players for the Cards. For example, in a 22-19 win over Jim Thorpe’s Oorang Indians in 1923, Ralph scored on a five-yard touchdown run, while Arnie booted a 35-yard dropkick field goal.

At the time, Chris O’Brien, owner of the Cardinals, stated that “Arnold Horween was the greatest player ever to become associated with professional football.”

Although early NFL records are very sketchy, Arnie was credited with appearing in 32 games for the Cardinals during his career, while Ralph played in 22 contests. Ralph received some additional notoriety very late in his life when in 1996 he was recognized for being the first former NFL player to reach the age of 100.

After leaving the Cardinals, both of the Horween brothers were immensely successful. Older brother Ralph went back to Harvard and received his law degree and then bounced back to Chicago where he embarked on a fruitful legal career, while also being involved in patents and oil and gas legislation. When Ralph Horween passed away on May 26, 1997, at the age of 100, he was indeed the oldest NFL player at that time.

The Pigskin Is Really Cowhide!

Arnold also returned to Harvard in 1925 as the head football coach of the Crimson. Horween compiled a 30-25-1 record through 1930 when he resigned from his position to join the family business full-time. Sadly, Horween was often unfairly targeted for his coaching decisions at Harvard due to his Jewish heritage.

Arnold then moved back to Chicago and became involved in the management of his father’s business, now called the Horween Leather Company. Along with his brother Ralph, Arnold Horween oversaw a significant growth in the business and became president and chairman of the company in 1949. He passed away on August 5, 1985, at the age of 87.

And yet, the Horween business remains to this day on the north side of Chicago and continues to play a very important part in the game of football. The Horween Leather Company has supplied and continues to supply, the leather needed in the construction of footballs used in the NFL. However, the old familiar pigskin, as we all knew it, is really made out of cowhide!

FAMOUS NUMBERS JULY 17

3 – 5 – 45 – 20

July 17, 1900 – It was the start of a great era on the mound for the New York Giants eventhough it may not have felt like it. Rookie hurler Christy Mathewson began his career that day but lost the game to the Brooklyn Superbas. Mathewson would enjoy the better part of 16 seasons in New York winning 373 games and holding a career ERA of 2.13.

July 17, 1902 – The Baltimore Orioles forfeited a game to the St Louis Browns for having only 5 players available to play. they then forfeited their franchise back to the AL. Apparently this was the final dominoes to fall in a wild transaction. John Mahon the Orioles owner at the beginning of the 1902 season, sold his interest in the Orioles to Andrew Freedman, principal owner of the Giants, and John T. Brush, principal owner of the Cincinnati Reds, also of the NL. These fellas had some alterior motives in the purchase of the franchise that was in dire financial straights. It all started when Mahon and his then manager John McGraw feuded making McGraw resign and take a position with the New York Giants (see our July 16 post). The transaction of buy out was reported to have been in the range of $20,000 ($626,385 in current dollar terms). That day, Freedman and Brush released Joe Kelley, Joe McGinnity, Roger Bresnahan, Jack Cronin, Cy Seymour, and Dan McGann from their Oriole contracts. Brush then signed Kelley and Seymour to the Reds, while Freedman signed McGinnity, Bresnahan, Cronin, and McGann, joining McGraw, his new player-manager, on the Giants. This initial version of the Orioles franchise in utter shambles moved to New York in 1903 when Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the franchise rights to the defunct team and rebranded them as the New York Highlanders and they of course eventually became the New York Yankees.

July 17, 1922 – Ty Cobb clobbered 5 hits in a single game for record 4th time in a one year period. His at bats that day against the Boston Red Sox, included a home run, a double and three RBIs. Not a bad day at all for the Georgia Peach.

July 17, 1924 – St Louis Cardinals ace Jesse Haines no-hit the Boston Braves line-up, in 5-0 blanking.

July 17, 1925 – Tris Speaker, became the fifth MLB player to reach the 3,000 hit milestone. Speaker who was playing for the Cleveland Indians then led the AL with a .479 On-Base-Percentage that season.

July 17, 1934 – New York Yankees Number 3, Babe Ruth drew his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland. The Great Bambino walked a grand total of 2062 times in his 22 year career.

July 17, 1941 – New York Yankee Number 5, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak ended in Cleveland as the Indians kept him off of the basepaths, at least through hits.

July 17, 1974 – Bob Gibson, Number 45 for the St Louis Cardinals became just the second pitcher to strike-out 3,000 batters when he sat down Cesar Geronimo, Number 20 of the Cincinnati Reds to reach the MLB milestone.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1882 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Defending champion William Renshaw beats twin brother Ernest Renshaw 6-1, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

1885 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Defending champion Maud Watson defeats Blanche Bingley 6–1, 7–5

1886 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Blanche Bingley defeats 2-time defending champion Maud Watson 6–3, 6-3

1893 Arthur Shrewsbury is 1st to score 1,000 runs in Test Cricket

1893 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Joshua Pim wins his first of 2 straight Wimbledon titles beating defending champion Wilfred Baddeley 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2

1894 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats Edith Austin 6-1 6-1 for her 3rd of 6 Wimbledon singles titles

1894 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Joshua Pim retains his title beating 2-time champion Wilfred Baddeley 10-8, 6-2, 8-6

1900 NY Giant Christy Mathewson begins career losing to Bkln Superbas

1902 Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL

1918 Longest errorless game, Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 21 innings

1919 Yanks 21 hits, Browns 17 hits Browns win 7-6 in 17, on squeeze play

1922 Ty Cobb gets 5 hits in a game for record 4th time in a year

1924 St Louis Card Jesse Haines no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0

1925 Tris Speaker, is 5th to get 3,000 hits

1926 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)

1934 Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland

1936 NY Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell begins MLB record 24 game winning streak, beating Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-0 at Forbes Field

1939 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Pomonok CC: 1938 Masters champion Henry Picard wins his 2nd major title defeating Byron Nelson with a birdie at the 37th hole

1941 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland

1954 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)

1955 1st LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Orchard Ridge CC: Beverly Hanson wins by 3 shots from Louise Suggs

1963 Dave DeBusschere hits a single off Bennie Daniels, his 1st and only MLB hit

1974 Bob Gibson becomes 2nd pitcher to strike-out 3,000 (Cesar Geronimo)

1976 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa

1978 NY Yankee manager Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson fight in dug out after Jackson refuses to bunt, causing Martin to suspend him

1979 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle

1979 All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates)

1979 Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo

1983 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Defending champion Tom Watson wins his 5th Open Championship, 1 stroke clear of Andy Bean and Hale Irwin; Watson’s 2nd consecutive Open win and 3rd in last 4

1988 Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 100m woman’s record (10.49)

1990 NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside park homer

1990 Minnesota Twins become 1st team to turn 2 triple plays in a game but lose to Boston Red Sox 1-0

1993 Graeme Obree breaks the world hour cycling record, riding 51.596km on Old Faithful at the Hamar velodrome in Norway

1994 British Open Men’s Golf, Turnberry: Nick Price of Zimbabwe claims the second of his 3 major titles and only Claret Jug; wins by 1 stroke from Jesper Parnevik of Sweden

2005 British Open Golf, St. Andrews: Tiger Woods wins his 10th major title wire-to-wire by 5 shots from Scotsman Colin Montgomerie

2011 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St George’s GC: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland claims his only major title; wins by 3 strokes from American pair Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany: Japan beats US, 3-1 on penalties; 2-2 after extra time

2016 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Troon GC: Sweden’s Henrik Stenson becomes first Scandinavian man to win a major title; shoots final round 63 for record 20-under par 264; wins by 3 from Phil Mickelson

2018 Bloomberg estimates NFL made $14 billion in revenue in 2017, distributing a record $8.1 billion to the league’s 32 teams, $255m each

2018 Australian basketball center Liz Cambage scores 53 points as the Dallas Wings beat the NY Liberty 104-87 to set new WNBA single game scoring record

2018 89th MLB All Star Game, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.: AL beats NL 8-6, the teams combining for a record 10 home runs accounting for 13 of the 14 total runs

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES6328.69236 – 1227 – 1629 – 1519 – 610 – 45 – 5W 1
TAMPA BAY5041.5491330 – 1820 – 2322 – 176 – 912 – 96 – 4L 1
TORONTO4943.53314.529 – 1920 – 2416 – 1812 – 1015 – 115 – 5W 2
BOSTON4844.52215.523 – 2025 – 2412 – 2512 – 719 – 73 – 7L 1
BALTIMORE4645.5051725 – 1721 – 2816 – 2011 – 1312 – 89 – 1W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA5043.53827 – 2123 – 2213 – 1023 – 1810 – 94 – 6W 1
CLEVELAND4644.5112.525 – 1921 – 256 – 1023 – 199 – 86 – 4W 3
CHI WHITE SOX4546.495419 – 2526 – 2114 – 1517 – 197 – 96 – 4L 1
DETROIT3755.40212.523 – 2414 – 317 – 1419 – 243 – 102 – 8L 4
KANSAS CITY3655.3961319 – 2717 – 285 – 1118 – 209 – 166 – 4L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON5931.65628 – 1331 – 186 – 816 – 429 – 156 – 4W 1
SEATTLE5042.5431024 – 2026 – 2212 – 157 – 623 – 1610 – 0W 13
TEXAS4148.46117.521 – 2520 – 235 – 1111 – 817 – 224 – 6L 3
LA ANGELS3953.4242122 – 2717 – 266 – 189 – 518 – 192 – 8L 3
OAKLAND3161.3372911 – 3120 – 3010 – 169 – 1510 – 254 – 6L 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS5834.63028 – 1530 – 1928 – 1212 – 413 – 107 – 3W 4
ATLANTA5637.6022.531 – 2025 – 1722 – 1317 – 1013 – 117 – 3W 3
PHILADELPHIA4843.5279.524 – 2124 – 2217 – 198 – 516 – 115 – 5W 2
MIAMI4347.4781422 – 2121 – 2624 – 185 – 89 – 144 – 6L 2
WASHINGTON3063.32328.514 – 3616 – 277 – 369 – 89 – 111 – 9L 9
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE5042.54321 – 1929 – 2311 – 1328 – 194 – 73 – 7L 2
ST. LOUIS5044.532129 – 2021 – 2410 – 1424 – 1410 – 76 – 4W 2
PITTSBURGH3854.4131220 – 2318 – 316 – 918 – 2712 – 114 – 6L 4
CHI CUBS3457.37415.517 – 3217 – 253 – 620 – 217 – 181 – 9L 9
CINCINNATI3457.37415.518 – 2816 – 295 – 912 – 218 – 216 – 4L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS6030.66730 – 1330 – 1711 – 917 – 621 – 119 – 1W 4
SAN DIEGO5241.5599.525 – 2027 – 2112 – 919 – 1020 – 195 – 5W 2
SAN FRANCISCO4743.5221325 – 2222 – 2114 – 1310 – 1016 – 146 – 4W 2
COLORADO4349.4671828 – 2215 – 278 – 198 – 421 – 188 – 2W 5
ARIZONA3952.42921.522 – 2617 – 2612 – 1010 – 1111 – 272 – 8L 4

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