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Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory High School


15G, 224C, 397 ATT, 3,311 YARDS, 41TD, 15INT


Parke Heritage High School


12G, 204C, 309 ATT, 3,160 YARDS 44TD, 6INT


Mooresville High School


11G, 199C, 282 ATT, 2,970 YARDS, 37 TD, 7INT


Cathedral High School


15G, 231C, 367ATT, 2,956 YARDS, 33TD, 2INT


Andrean High School


15G, 222C, 325ATT, 2,860 YARDS, 27TD, 8INT


Evansville Mater Dei High School


15G, 188C, 350ATT, 2,671 YARDS, 27TD, 11INT


Covenant Christian High School


12G, 136C, 231ATT, 2,521 YARDS, 30TD, 8INT


Martinsville High School


11G, 220C, 324ATT, 2,292 YARDS, 28TD, 14INT


Avon High School


10GP, 169C, 304 ATT, 2,292 YARDS, 22TD, 10INT


Tri-West Hendricks High School


14GP, 166C, 266 ATT, 2,290 YARDS, 30TD, 4INT


Traders Point Christian High School


11GP, 141C, 315 ATT, 2,154 YARDS, 18TD, 18INT


Speedway High School


12GP, 154C, 264ATT, 2,111 YARDS, 29TD, 14INT


Maconaquah High School

Bunker Hill

8GP, 191C, 284ATT, 1,955 YARDS, 19TD, 13INT


Homestead High School

Fort Wayne

10G, 133C, 223ATT, 1,893 YARDS, 19TD, 7INT


Hanover Central High School

Cedar Lake

13GP, 104C, 181ATT, 1,891 YARDS, 24TD, 7INT


Yorktown High School


10G, 136C, 254ATT, 1,868 YARDS, 16TD, 13INT


Lawrence North High School


11G, 130C, 233ATT, 1,833 YARDS, 12TD, 6INT


Evansville Memorial High School


14GP, 172C, 279ATT, 1,830 YARDS, 18TD, 7INT


Hobart High School


12GP, 120C, 188ATT, 1,813 YARDS, 16TD, 1INT


Mishawaka Marian High School


14GP, 118C, 232ATT, 1,813 YARDS, 19TD, 9INT


West Lafayette High School

West Lafayette

10G, 138C, 206ATT, 1,767 YARDS, 29TD, 5INT


East Central High School

St. Leon

13G, 107C, 175ATT, 1,749 YARDS, 19TD, 4INT


Providence High School


11GP, 127C, 252ATT, 1,731 YARDS, 18TD, 12INT


Sullivan High School


9GP, 110C, 176ATT, 1,730 YARDS, 24TD, 4INT


Castle High School


10G, 112C, 167ATT, 1,716 YARDS, 20TD, 3INT


Michigan City High School

Michigan City


























CINCINNATI (AP) Paul Goldschmidt drove in three runs to reach 1,002 RBIs, combining with Tyler O’Neill to hit consecutive fourth-inning home runs and lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on Saturday night.

Nolan Arenado had three hits, including two of the Cardinals’ six doubles. St. Louis tied its season high with eight extra-base hits and won for the sixth time in nine games.

Albert Pujols got two hits, increasing his total to 3,335. He twice narrowly missed homering, flying out to Tommy Pham a step short of the left-field wall and hitting a drive that curved just foul.

“He was having some good at-bats before the All-Star break” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “We’re seeing productive at-bats right now.”

Pujols, 42 and in his final season, displayed some daring baserunning. Besides legging out his liner to left for a double, he tagged up and took second on Tommy Edman’s flyout to left-center field and beat out a potential double-play ball.

O’Neill, in his second game in the Cardinals’ No. 2 slot, broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run shot to straightaway center field in the fourth off Mike Minor (1-7), who lost his fifth straight decision.

“I want to get flowing up there,” O’Neill said. “I’m feeling good at the plate. I’m seeing the ball good.”

Goldschmidt followed with his team-high 22nd homer and second in two nights.

Goldschmidt reached 1,000 RBIs in the third, when he and O’Neill hit run-scoring singles for a 2-0 lead.

“He’s having a special year,” Marmol said.

Steve Matz (4-3) won for the first time since May 2, returning from a left shoulder impingement that had sidelined him since May 22. But the left-hander left after straining his left knee in the sixth while trying to field Joey Votto’s dribbler up the first-base line. Matz allowed two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Matz is scheduled to get an MRI tomorrow, Marmol said.

Ryan Helsley got four outs, striking out the side in the ninth for his ninth save in 12 chance.

Cincinnati has lost four of six following a season-best five-game winning streak.

Brandon Drury hit a two-run double off the left-center field wall in the third. Jonathan India ran through a stop sign to score from first with a head-irst slide.

Minor gave up five runs, eight hits and four walks. His ERA rose to 6.65.

“I missed a lot over the plate,” the left-hander said. “I was trying to go to one side and they went to the other side. My changeup was bad early on. I was getting behind and couldn’t throw my off speed for a strike.”


After falling on Friday to 0-7 in trip openers, the Cardinals improved to 7-0 in the second games of trips.


The switch-hitting Carlson was hit by pitches in back-to-back plate appearances, once on each side of the plate. Both times, it was on his front foot. The center fielder stayed in the game. India and Stuart Fairchild were Reds hit by pitches. Both stayed in the game.


Cincinnati’s Mark Kolozsvary, recalled Saturday from Triple-A Louisville, hit his first career home run in the seventh, a fly ball down the left-field line that reached the first row of seats.


Cardinals: OF Harrison Bader (planter fasciitis, right heel) went 1 for 3 as Triple-A Memphis’s designated hitter in the first game of his rehab assignment. He was not in the Chicks’ lineup on Saturday. The 2021 Gold Glove center fielder has been sidelined since June 27.

Reds: There remains no timetable on the return of C Aramis Garcia (left middle finger soreness), according to manager David Bell. Garcia has been out since July 7, and the loss on Friday of catcher Tyler Stephenson with a fractured right clavicle further hampers Cincinnati’s depth.


Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (7-7, 2.54) allowed one run and three hits over seven innings of an 11-3 win over Cincinnati on July 16. Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (6-11, 4.48) is expected to make his first start since July 2. He has been out with a right shoulder strain.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Castellanos’ first season in Philadelphia has been a struggle, and his frustration boiled over Saturday night.

Nico Hoerner homered early and scored the tiebreaking run in a five-run 10th inning that sent the Chicago Cubs to a 6-2 victory over Castellanos and the Phillies.

Castellanos was booed by many in the crowd of 38,542 during another rough night at the plate. The outfielder signed a $100 million, five-year contract in the offseason after batting .309 with 34 homers and 100 RBIs last season for Cincinnati. But his average dipped to .245 after going 0 for 4 with a strikeout against the Cubs. He has eight homers and 46 RBIs.

“It is what it is, man. I don’t need to give an opinion on that,” Castellanos said when asked about the booing.

Castellanos called it a “stupid question” and got into a heated exchange with a longtime local beat writer.

“It’s just different,” he said of the pressure of playing in Philadelphia. “Nothing I can’t adapt to.”

With slugger Bryce Harper out indefinitely because of a broken left thumb, Philadelphia is looking for Castellanos to help fill the void left by the 2021 NL MVP as the Phillies chase their first postseason appearance since 2011.

Interim manager Rob Thomson said Friday he didn’t consider moving Castellanos out of the No. 3 hole, expecting that his numbers will look similar to career averages once the season ends.

“I haven’t been able to get on base,” Castellanos said. “Obviously, that’s frustrating.”

Hoerner began the 10th as the automatic runner on second base. He stole third with one out and scored on Frank Schwindel’s fielder’s choice. Schwindel hit a high chopper off Jose Alvarado (3-2), and third baseman Alec Bohm’s throw home was off target.

The Cubs went up by two on Christopher Morel’s RBI single. Bohm’s fielding error on Nelson Velazquez’s hard-hit grounder allowed two more runs to score before Willson Contreras added an RBI double to make it 6-1.

“Nice job by the guys putting balls in play,” said Cubs manager David Ross, who was ejected in the 10th.

Bohm drove in a run with a groundout in the bottom half.

Zack Wheeler threw seven strong innings for the Phillies, who are in the thick of the NL wild-card race but have dropped the first two games of the series to the lowly Cubs.

Chicago began play with the fourth-fewest wins in the majors but won its third in a row. The Cubs improved to 4-11 in their MLB-leading 15th extra-inning game.

David Robertson (3-0) tossed a perfect ninth for the win.

Wheeler and Marcus Stroman were both stellar in a starting pitchers’ duel. Wheeler allowed only Hoerner’s homer and two other hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

“Settled in after that,” Wheeler said of the homer.

After finishing as the NL Cy Young Award runner-up in 2021, the Philadelphia right-hander wasn’t selected for this year’s All-Star Game despite a strong first half. He continued to impress against the Cubs while lowering his season ERA to 2.78 with 114 strikeouts and 22 walks in 106 2/3 innings.

Stroman matched Wheeler, pitching into the seventh and giving up one run on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

“He just found his sinker,” Ross said. “When you get starts like that, you feel like you’re in every ballgame. I thought he was very much in control.”

Darick Hall led off the seventh with a double against Stroman and scored on J.T. Realmuto’s single, ending the night for the Cubs’ starter after 86 pitches on a scorching evening that began with a game-time temperature of 97 degrees. Stroman lowered his road ERA to 2.30; he has a 7.94 mark at home.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the second when Hoerner drove an 89 mph slider into the seats in left. Morel’s sixth-inning double and Ian Happ’s seventh-inning single were the only other hits off Wheeler.

The Cubs threatened in the eighth when they loaded the bases with two outs. Thomson lifted lefty Brad Hand for right-hander Connor Brogdon to face the right-handed-hitting Contreras, and Brogdon got Contreras to pop out.

Philadelphia had a good chance to go ahead in the bottom half when pinch-hitter Matt Vierling led off with a double, but Steven Brault struck out NL home run leader Kyle Schwarber before Mychal Givens got Rhys Hoskins to ground out and Castellanos to strike out swinging.


Career hits leader Pete Rose will appear during Phillies alumni weekend on Aug. 7 alongside many of his teammates from Philadelphia’s 1980 World Series championship team. It will be the first appearance at a Phillies game for Rose since he was banned from baseball in 1989 for admitting to betting on major league games while managing the Cincinnati Reds.


Ross was thrown out by plate umpire CB Bucknor for arguing after Patrick Wisdom was called out on strikes. Neither team appeared happy with Bucknor’s strike zone throughout the evening.


Morel entered leading NL rookies and third among all major league rookies in extra-base hits. He now has 25.


The Cubs signed eight of their first 10 selections in the amateur draft, including first-round pick Cade Horton. A 20-year-old right-hander selected No. 7 overall, Horton was 5-2 with a 4.86 ERA in 14 games for the University of Oklahoma last season.

The club also signed infielder Christopher Paciolla (third round) and right-handed pitchers Brandon Birdsell (fifth round), Will Frisch (sixth round), Nick Hull (seventh round), Mason McGwire (eighth round), Connor Noland (ninth round) and Brody McCollough (10th round).


Cubs: INF Nick Madrigal (left groin strain) went 1 for 2 with an RBI and a walk in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa on Friday. Madrigal has been out since June 12.

Phillies: INF Nick Maton, sidelined since June 5 with a right shoulder sprain, continues to rehab at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


Cubs LHP Drew Smyly (2-5, 4.22 ERA) opposes Phillies LHP Bailey Falter (0-2, 4.82) in the finale of the three-game series Sunday.


CHICAGO (AP) Josh Naylor snapped a ninth-inning tie with a pinch-hit single, and the streaking Cleveland Guardians beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Saturday in the opener of a split doubleheader.

Steven Kwan had three hits and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs with a pair of sacrifice flies as Cleveland matched a season high with its fifth straight win. Amed Rosario had two hits and two RBIs.

The Guardians improved to 8-9 in games during their major league-high nine doubleheaders. They began the day just 1 1/2 games back of Minnesota for the AL Central lead.

Rookie Nolan Jones doubled to begin the ninth and Naylor, batting for catcher Austin Hedges, gave Cleveland a 5-4 lead when he singled to center against All-Star closer Liam Hendriks (1-3). Kwan singled in pinch-runner Alex Call and scored on Ramirez’s flyball.

“Nobody has to do more than they need to. Everybody kind of does their job, does their role,” Kwan said. “Obviously Nolan leads off, has a great at-bat and gives us a chance. It’s just nice to be able to rely on guys and not feel like you got to do everything on your own.”

Naylor is batting .400 (14 for 35) with three homers and 16 RBIs against Chicago this year.

“We’re never scared to give up runs or be in a tie game going into a late ballgame because we know that we have the confidence as a team to string together some hits and put some runs on the board,” said Triston McKenzie, who pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

Trevor Stephan (4-3) got four outs for the win, and Emmanuel Clase pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 20th save.

Yasmani Grandal had three of Chicago’s 11 hits in his second game back after being sidelined by lower back spasms. Johnny Cueto was charged with four runs, three earned, and eight hits in seven innings.

The White Sox, looking for their second straight division title, dropped to 8-9 in a stretch of 19 straight games against AL Central opponents. They also fell to 19-27 at home after going 53-28 at Guaranteed Rate Field last season.

“There is still plenty of season to play,” Cueto said through a translator. “We can’t keep our heads down. We have to keep playing and take advantage of every day.”

Cleveland nearly wasted another solid effort by McKenzie, who felt a little queasy before the game. The wiry right-hander had a scoreless streak of 24 innings before Grandal’s two-out RBI single in the fourth.

McKenzie was in line for his first win against Chicago before Cleveland’s bullpen faltered. He was 0-2 with an 8.63 ERA in seven career appearances against the White Sox coming into the day.

Cleveland jumped in front with four runs in the fifth. Kwan doubled in Jones, Rosario singled in two more runs and Ramirez made it 4-1 with a sacrifice fly.

Eli Morgan replaced McKenzie and struck out Sheets for the final out in the sixth, stranding runners on first and second. But the White Sox pushed across three runs with two out in the seventh.

Josh Harrison and Yoan Moncada hit consecutive RBI doubles. Morgan then was replaced by Stephan, who yielded a tying single to Andrew Vaughn.

The White Sox had a chance for more, but Sheets left the bases loaded when he struck out swinging for the final out.

“We had three chances to get the go-ahead run, and they were able to make pitches three times,” manager Tony La Russa said. “It would be nice to play with the lead, see what happens. But that’s not the way it played out.”


Ramirez has driven in at least one run in five straight games. His two sacrifice flies gave Cleveland 35 this season, tops in the AL and matching its 35 sacrifice flies from all of last season.


Left-hander Konnor Pilkington (1-2, 4.24 ERA) starts for Cleveland in the second game, and right-hander Lance Lynn (1-3, 7.50 ERA) takes the mound for Chicago. Lynn is 0-2 with a 12.21 ERA in his last three starts. Guardians right-hander Shane Bieber (4-5, 3.24 ERA) and White Sox righty Dylan Cease (9-4, 2.15 ERA) meet in the series finale Sunday.


CHICAGO (AP) It was a very bad day for the Chicago White Sox right up until AJ Pollock’s liner went off the glove of third baseman Ernie Clement and into left field.

Then it got a lot better.

Pollock hit a two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning, and the White Sox beat the Cleveland Guardians 5-4 on Saturday to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader.

“Very tough, very gutty win for us,” manager Tony La Russa said.

Eloy Jimenez homered and Yoan Moncada drove in two runs as Chicago improved to 9-9 in a stretch of 19 straight games against AL Central opponents. The White Sox (47-48) won the division last year, but they are going to need a strong second half to secure a third straight postseason appearance.

Chicago blew a 3-0 lead in the second game, but Pollock’s bases-loaded single to left against Nick Sandlin drove in Andrew Vaughn and Jose Abreu. Clement tried to backhand Pollock’s hard-hit ball on one hop, but was unable to make the difficult stop.

Joe Kelly (1-2) got three outs for the win, and Matt Foster worked the ninth for his second career save.

“We’ve had a lot of teams sneak a couple wins on us late, so it was good to get one like that,” Pollock said.

Cleveland dropped to 8-10 during its major league-high nine doubleheaders. It is two games back of AL Central-leading Minnesota after the Twins won 8-4 at Detroit.

Bryan Shaw (4-2) was charged with two runs in 1 2/3 innings in the loss. The Guardians (48-45) got a runner to third in the ninth, but second baseman Josh Harrison snared Steven Kwan’s liner for the final out.

“It hasn’t been our year so far, but there’s still some games left. There’s still some things we’re capable of doing,” said Lance Lynn, who pitched six scoreless innings for Chicago in the second game.

Cleveland stretched its win streak to five with a 7-4 victory in the opener. Josh Naylor snapped a ninth-inning tie with a pinch-hit single. Kwan had three hits and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs with a pair of sacrifice flies.

Rookie Nolan Jones doubled to begin the ninth and Naylor, batting for catcher Austin Hedges, gave Cleveland a 5-4 lead when he singled to center against All-Star closer Liam Hendriks (1-3). Kwan singled in pinch-runner Alex Call and scored on Ramirez’s flyball.

“Nobody has to do more than they need to. Everybody kind of does their job, does their role,” Kwan said. “Obviously Nolan leads off, has a great at-bat and gives us a chance. It’s just nice to be able to rely on guys and not feel like you got to do everything on your own.”

Trevor Stephan (4-3) got four outs for the win, and Emmanuel Clase pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 20th save.

Naylor went 0 for 4 in the second game, but he is batting .359 (14 for 39) with three homers and 16 RBIs against Chicago this year.

Yasmani Grandal had three of Chicago’s 11 hits in the opener in his second game back after being sidelined by lower back spasms. Johnny Cueto was charged with four runs, three earned, and eight hits in seven innings.

“We had three chances to get the go-ahead run, and they were able to make pitches three times,” La Russa said. “It would be nice to play with the lead, see what happens. But that’s not the way it played out.”

Cleveland nearly wasted another solid effort by Triston McKenzie, who pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball despite feeling a little queasy before the game. The wiry right-hander had a scoreless streak of 24 innings before Grandal’s two-out RBI single in the fourth.

McKenzie was in line for his first win against Chicago before Cleveland’s bullpen faltered. He was 0-2 with an 8.63 ERA in seven career appearances against the White Sox coming into the day.

“We’re never scared to give up runs or be in a tie game going into a late ballgame because we know that we have the confidence as a team to string together some hits and put some runs on the board,” McKenzie said.


Ramirez’s two sacrifice flies in the opener gave Cleveland 35 this season, tops in the AL and matching its 35 sacrifice flies from all of last season.


The White Sox signed Noah Schultz to a minor league contract with a $2.8 million signing bonus after selecting the high school left-hander with the No. 26 pick in the 2022 amateur draft. The slot value on the pick was $2,789,400.


Right-handers Shane Bieber (4-5, 3.24 ERA) and Dylan Cease (9-4, 2.15 ERA) meet in the series finale Sunday. Bieber tossed a three-hitter in a 4-1 victory over the White Sox in his last start on July 12. Cease is in the middle of a breakout season for Chicago, going 5-1 with a sparkling 0.65 ERA in his last seven starts.


LOS ANGELES (AP) Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers accomplished two milestones Saturday during their 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Betts hit his 200th home run, becoming the 27th active player to reach that total. Combined with solo shots from Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman, it was the first time the three Dodgers stars at the top of the order have gone deep in the same game.

“I think that’s what you guys been talking about since March. I wish I did it in the same inning that they did,” said Freeman, who leads the NL with 118 hits and is second in batting average (.324). “It was just a good overall day for us and a good baseball game.”

Betts leads the Dodgers with 22 homers while Freeman and Turner have 15 apiece. They are also the team leaders in batting average and RBIs. For a team that has relied mostly on pitching because of the amount of guys who have seen time on the injured list, the Dodgers’ hitters finding their stride could make things tougher for opponents the remainder of the season.

“I think as far as superstar players, there’s guys that are talented, but there’s also superstar players that post and grind it out every single day whether they’re getting hits. Those three guys are in that same class,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Julio Urias tossed six innings of two-hit ball for the Dodgers, who have won seven straight and 14 of their last 15. Los Angeles is an NL-best 63-30 and has a 10 1/2-game lead over San Diego in the NL West.

Urias (9-6) struck out five to improve to 6-0 in his last seven starts. David Price came on late in the ninth inning for his second career save.

The Giants appeared headed toward being shut out for the fifth time this season before putting together a two-out rally in the ninth. Thairo Estrada and Yermin Mercedes drew walks off Reyes Moronta before Luis Gonzalez and Joey Bart followed with RBI singles off Price.

Price then got Austin Slater looking on a sinker with a 2-2 count to end the threat. The Giants have dropped three straight after winning five of six before the All-Star break.

The Giants may have sustained a bigger loss after Evan Longoria suffered a strained right hamstring during the fourth inning. Manager Gabe Kapler termed it a mild strain and indicated that his third baseman is likely headed to the injured list for the third time this season.

“I know he’s really frustrated. It’s hard when your body doesn’t cooperate with you. It’s kind of one thing after another where he hasn’t been able to get over the hump,” Kapler said.

Giants starter Alex Wood (6-8) struck out five straight Dodger hitters before Betts and Turner hit back-to-back solo shots in the third inning. Both came on sinkers with a full count and marked the fifth time this season the Dodgers had hit consecutive homers.

When asked about reaching 200 homers, Betts said he wasn’t reflecting on it and was moving forward.

After Gavin Lux added an RBI triple in the sixth, Freeman extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a homer off John Brebbia in the seventh. Freeman is batting .524 (22 for 42) with five homers and 10 RBIs during that span.

Wood went four-plus innings and allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six.


This marks the fourth time since Turner was acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline last year that he has had a hitting streak of 10 or more games.


All but one of the Dodgers’ 18 runs in the first three games of this series have come with two outs. Of their 14 hits with two outs, 11 have gone for extra bases.


Giants: SS Brandon Crawford (left knee inflammation) took ground balls for the first time since he received a cortisone shot last Sunday.

Dodgers: RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) threw a bullpen before the game. … LHP Andrew Heaney remains on schedule to rejoin the rotation next week. With Los Angeles playing 18 straight games after the All-Star break, Roberts could go with a six-man staff for at least one turn.


Giants: RHP Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.09 ERA) goes for his first win since May 17. He is 0-3 in his last eight starts.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.13 ERA) becomes the second pitcher to make his 200th regular-season start at Dodger Stadium. Hall of Famer Don Sutton made the most with 270.


DETROIT (AP) Luis Arraez had three hits to raise his major league-leading average to .342, Carlos Correa homered and the Minnesota Twins scored six late runs to beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 on Saturday night for just their fourth win in 12 games.

“I really enjoyed my first All-Star Gme with my family, but I knew we had to come back and start winning games,” Arraez said. “I’m excited because we have a very good team when we play like we did tonight.”

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera had a run-scoring single in a three-run eighth and with 1,839 RBIs passed Ted Williams on the career list and tied Al Simmons for 13th place.

Joe Ryan (7-3) gave up one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings for the AL Central leaders, striking out seven and walking one. He is 2-0 in six starts since a June 14 loss at Seattle.

Detroit has lost 10 of 12 and dropped a season-worst 19 games under .500 at 38-57.

“We really fell apart after we got within 2-1,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.

Michael Pineda (2-7) lost his third straight start, allowing two runs and four hits in three innings. He threw 55 pitches and left with right triceps tightness.

“It had bothered me before my last couple starts, but it went away once I got warmed up,” he said. “I’ve had injuries before – I had Tommy John surgery – but this feels a little different. We’ll get the tests run tomorrow and see where we are.”

Max Kepler’s first-inning sacrifice fly and Correa’s 12th homer this season built a 2-0 lead in the third.

Javier Baez’s RBI single cut the deficit in the sixth, but the Twins opened a 5-1 lead in the seventh after loading the bases when Alex Kiriloff singled against the shift. Jose Miranda singled off third baseman Jeimar Candelario’s glove and Candelario misplayed Kyle Garlick’s grounder for an error.

Gio Urshela hit a sacrifice fly and Arraez added a two-run single off Joe Jimenez. Arraez fell behind 0-2 and fouled off three pitches before singling on a 1-2 slider.

“He’s fantastic in that situation,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “That was a super meaningful at-bat in the game, but he’s a little unusual, because he has those at-bats constantly. He forces the pitcher to throw something he can work with because he has so many ways to defend all the other pitches.”

Correa was denied another homer by Akil Baddoo’s leaping catch at the left-field wall.

Gilberto Celestino hit a slow roller with the bases loaded in the eighth, and catcher Tucker Barnhart dropped second baseman Jonathan Schoop’s throw for a run-scoring error.

Urshela followed with an RBI single, and Gary Sanchez hit into a run-scoring forceout.

“I feel like we got back into the game and it got right back away from us,” Hinch said.


The game drew 34,205, the third-largest home crowd this season for the Tigers, behind their April 8 opener and April 23 – when Cabrera got his 3,000th hit.


The game was the opener of a rare two-game weekend series that resulted from the lockout-delayed start to the season. Friday’s scheduled game was moved to a May 31 doubleheader, allowing the Tigers to play a Thursday doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics to make up two April games.


Twins: LHP Caleb Thielbar, who leads Minnesota with 40 relief outings, was placed on the 15-day IL with a left hamstring strain, a move retroactive to Tuesday. RHP Yennier Cano was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul.

Tigers: RHP Will Vest was reinstated from the paternity list and optioned RHP Angel De Jesus was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. After the game, the Tigers optioned INF Zack Short to Toledo and activated RHP Rony Garcia (shoulder) from the disabled list.


RHP Sonny Gray (4-3, 3.71) starts for the Twins on Sunday against Garcia (3-2, 4.28).


SEATTLE (AP) Justin Verlander became the major leagues’ first 13-game winner, striking out nine and topping 99 mph in his final inning to lead the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Saturday.

Verlander (13-3) allowed four hits in seven innings to win his fifth straight start and lower his ERA to 1.86, second in the American League to Shane McClanahan’s 1.71 for Tampa Bay.

A 39-year-old right-hander who missed last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Verlander averaged 96.3 mph with his fastball, 1.4 mph above his season average coming in.

“I feel like I haven’t been able to let it go like that in a long time,” Verlander said.

He said he was throwing the ball recently on an off day and tried a different arm path. He saw positive results in his last start before the All-Star break.

‘It was a solid one tick up,” he said. “I was able to do that again today and a lot more times, so I’m definitely happy and a bit surprised. Surprise is the wrong word – I was hopeful that this this could happen.”

Verlander retired 15 straight between Adam Frazier’s second-inning single and Carlos Santana’s ninth home run, which cut the lead to 2-1 in the seventh. Seattle loaded the bases on walks by Eugenio Suarez and pinch-hitter Kyle Lewis around Frazier’s single, and Verlander struck out No. 9 hitter Sam Haggerty on his 101st and final pitch, clocked at 97.4 mph.

Verlander has allowed one earned run or fewer in seven of his last eight starts.

“I remember the greats, Bob Gibson and (Tom) Seaver, and I told him, `You know, when they were in trouble, they knew how to pitch out of trouble,'” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “The mark of a good pitcher is figuring out how to get either a double play or a popup or a strikeout, and I tell you, that one that was great. I mean, we needed that. He needed it. We’re operating on fumes today, so I’ll say that was a great victory.”

Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel hit RBI doubles in the fourth to help the Astros to their fourth consecutive win and send Seattle to its second straight loss after a 14-game winning streak.

Houston is 27-9 since June 12 and ended the Mariners’ streak of eight consecutive winning series.

Logan Gilbert (10-4) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and one walk. He struck out his first four batters, but gave up back-to-back doubles to Gurriel and Tucker with two outs in the fourth after his only walk, to Yordan Alvarez.

Jose Altuve scored on Ryan Boruki’s wild pitch in the eighth.

Bryan Abreu got three straight outs to finish the four-hitter for his second big league save, his first since May 26 last year.

“We haven’t lost a series in a while,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “We’ve played so well. We’ve been getting all those big hits in those big moments. It just hasn’t happened the last couple of nights.”


Santana has nine homers against Verlander, a two-time Cy Young Award winner.”


Astros: Closer Ryan Pressly could return to an overused bullpen Sunday from paternity leave. … RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (right forearm strain) made a rehab start Friday for Double-A Corpus Christi, striking out three over two innings. He threw 40 pitches, allowing a run. McCullers has missed the entire season. “I heard he had good velocity,” Baker said. “I heard he threw the ball well, and I’ve heard he’s very happy with his performance, especially the first time out. I’m sure he was a little nervous. But I’m waiting to hear today from our trainers to see if he has the aftereffects.”

Mariners: Servais said All-Star rookie Julio Rodriguez remains day to day after missing a second day due to a left wrist strain. The center fielder was not available off the bench Saturday, and Servais said he would remain out of the lineup until there was no soreness. Servais wasn’t sure when Rodriguez injured the wrist. He jammed it against the Rangers last Sunday sliding into second, but told Servais he wasn’t hurt afterward and appeared to participate in the Home Run Derby without issue. “If anybody’s ever been involved in an event like that – not many of us have – but the adrenaline rush just has to be out of this world, you know, with everybody on their feet and you’re doing your thing and you’re 21 years old,” Servais said. “And I’m guessing he felt that the next day after or something like that.”


Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (8-4, 2.66 ERA) returns to the mound for the first time following his All-Star Game win. He struck out 10 over six scoreless innings during his last start, a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on July 14.

Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (8-6, 3.54) is 4-0 in his last eight starts, matching his season high with 12 strikeouts at Texas on July 15.


BALTIMORE (AP) Gerrit Cole failed to hold a three-run lead, reliever Albert Abreu’s wild pickoff throw led to Cedric Mullins’ go-ahead sacrifice fly and the Baltimore Orioles rallied past the New York Yankees 6-3 Saturday night.

Ramon Urias added a two-run homer in the eighth off Shane Greene, who made his first appearance for the Yankees since he was a rookie in 2014.

“Gerrit Cole is a great pitcher,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I was really pleased with our at-bats early even though we didn’t score any runs. We made him work. We had a couple of chances and we didn’t score. We finally got to him, and as an ace does, he stayed out there and we were fortunate to tie it with him out there.”

New York went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees have lost three of four and eight of 12 in their poorest stretch this year and at 65-31 dropped just behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (63-30) for the best record in the major leagues.

“That’s frustrating,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We had chances to really pull away. A ton of traffic. A lot of good at-bats up and down the lineup, but just not able to break through or get that big extra-base hit with guys on base.”

Aaron Judge tied a career-high with four hits and had two RBIs to take over the big league lead with 79. He is 20 for his last 54, raising his average to .292.

Matt Carpenter hit his 14th home run in 89 at-bats for the Yankees this season.

Urias went 3 for 4 and has six multihit games since being reinstated from the injured list on July 4.

“We just stick together,” Urias said. “We’ve been doing it all season. We fight through the whole game and we don’t give up. that’s huge for us.”

Cionel Perez (5-1) pitched a scoreless seventh and Jorge Lopez got his 18th save in 22 chances. After New York’s first two batters reached in the ninth, Anthony Rizzo grounded out, Gleyber Torres flied out to Ryan McKenna, who made a nice running grab in short right, and Josh Donaldson took a called third strike.

Cole (9-3) allowed four runs – three earned -and nine hits in six innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

“A little unfortunate that they just found some holes,” Cole said. “It was a good pitch to Mullins, good pitch to Mateo, not a good pitch to Urias but bad contact. That’s their game. They don’t swing and miss a whole lot. They’re really tough to strike out. They’re shifty with their aggressiveness and they put the ball in play.”

Judge’s RBI double in the first, Carpenter’s homer over the right-field scoreboard in the second and Judge’s bloop RBI single in the fourth built a 3-0 lead.

Jorge Mateo, who leads the AL with 23 steals, singled, stole second and scored on Mullins’ single in the fifth. Mullins stole second and scored on a double by rookie Adley Rutschman. Mateo tied in the score in the seventh with an RBI single on a 1-2 slider.

Abreu relieved and threw past first for an error as Mateo took third and Mullins followed with a sacrifice fly.

“As soon as the ball bounced, I immediately thought third base all the way,” Mateo said.

Urias homered off Greene, who was brought up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Michael King’s season-ending elbow injury on Friday night. Now 33, Greene was dealt to Detroit after the 2014 season as part of the three-team trade that brought New York shortstop Didi Gregorius.


Yankees: RHP Clarke Schmidt was recalled from Scranton. . RHP Shane Greene was signed from RailRiders. . RHP Tim Locastro was optioned to the RailRiders.


Yankees: King fractured his right elbow throwing a pitch in the eighth inning Friday night. He was 6-3 with one save and a 2.29 ERA in 34 games, striking out 66 in 51 innings.


Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes (7-3, 2.63 ERA) has made six starts in which he’s thrown six or more innings and allowed one or fewer runs.

Orioles: RHP Dean Kremer (3-1, 2.59 ERA) has gone 1-2 with a 5.01 ERA in five starts against the Yankees.


MILWAUKEE (AP) Brandon Woodruff pitched six strong innings, Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 9-4 on Saturday night.

Woodruff (8-3) improved to 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA in five starts since coming off the injured list June 27. He had a right ankle sprain and Raynaud’s Syndrome, which affected his pitching fingers.

“Honestly, getting the breaking stuff over early in the count was also big,” Woodruff said. “They’re tough to strike out.”

The right-hander allowed a run on six hits, struck out eight and walked one to help the Brewers extend their winning streak against the Rockies to a franchise-best seven games.

Colorado has not won in Milwaukee since an 11-6 victory on May 2, 2019.

Renfroe and the Brewers finally got to Rockies starter and former teammate Jose Urena (1-2) in the fourth. Andrew McCutchen walked and Kolten Wong singled before Renfroe crushed a 98 mph sinker 424 feet to left-center.

“The pitch he threw me was a good pitch,” Renfroe said. “He had good stuff tonight.”

The Rockies had just turned a crisp double play, but a walk and a base hit set the table for Renfroe’s 15th home run of the season.

“He walked McCutchen with two outs after a double play. Ill-advised,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “Then a base hit by Wong and the three-run homer on a decent pitch. It was a pitcher’s pitch. Renfroe’s got power, golfed it out of the ballpark. Strong guy.”

Renfroe also hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning Friday night that tied the game at 5.

“I’m seeing the ball real well right now,” he said. “That’s a big part of it.”

Woodruff liked the power display Renfroe is putting on.

“He’s always had that type of power,” Woodruff said. “It’s awesome to see him hit those balls so far.”

Milwaukee broke it open with five runs in the sixth.

Wong chased Urena with an RBI single. Renfroe greeted Jhoulys Chacin with a slow roller to third that went for an infield single to load the bases. Victor Caratini smacked a two-run double, and Renfroe scored on a wild pitch. Christain Yelich added a run-scoring single.

“Just couldn’t string enough pitches together through the sixth inning when he tried to pick up Jose,” Black said of Chacin’s tough outing.

Tyrone Taylor tacked on an RBI single for Milwaukee in the eighth.

Urena struck out a season-high five, including Yelich three times, but came up short in his bid for consecutive wins in his third start for the Rockies. He allowed five hits over six innings and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 in his previous outing on July 16.

Urena was designated for assignment by the Brewers on May 9 after four relief appearances. The Rockies signed him to a minor league deal May 16 and then selected his contract from Triple-A Albuquerque on July 6.

C.J. Cron led off the Colorado ninth with his team-leading 22nd home run, off Connor Sadzeck. Yonathan Daza hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot.

Brendan Rodgers had an RBI single for the Rockies in the first.


Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela was nailed by Yelich’s line drive in the first inning Friday. Senzatela recovered and threw to first base for the out. After an injury delay, he stayed in the game. “He’s got a big bruise,” Black said. “You don’t see a bruise on your stomach a lot, but he has one. He’s going to be fine. He’s going to make his next start Wednesday.”

Brewers: INF/OF Jace Peterson was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 20, with a left elbow strain. . RHP Justin Topa (right forearm) was sent to the rookie-level Arizona Complex League on a rehab assignment.


Daza went 349 at-bats without a home run, the fourth-longest active streak in the majors and second-longest in the NL.

“I didn’t try to hit a homer,” he said. “I don’t know how that happened, but I’m happy.”


RHP Chad Kuhl (6-5, 4.11 ERA) starts for the Rockies against LHP Eric Lauer (6-3, 3.64) in the third game of the four-game series Sunday.


BALTIMORE (AP) Yankees reliever Michael King instantly knew something was very wrong.

Walking off the mound after a pitch Friday night, the right-hander simply said to manager Aaron Boone: “My elbow.”

Boone’s worst fears were realized Saturday when the valuable member of New York’s bullpen was ruled out for the season with a fractured right elbow. The injury occurred when he threw an 0-2 slider to Baltimore’s Ramon Urias.

“It’s part of baseball, it’s part of sports,” Boone said in the dugout at Camden Yards. “You’re going to face some adversity usually on the injury front that you have to be able to deal with handle and move on from.”

“Right now, we just feel for the person, Michael King, and just how good of a pitcher he’s become, and to see his growth over the last couple of years with us has really been fun to witness. Our heart breaks for the individual,” he said.

King returned to New York on Saturday getting and was getting an MRI/CT Scan to get a clearer picture of the injury. Boone did not know if there was any ligament damage and expected to get more information Saturday night or Sunday.

King was put on the 60-day injured list.

Right-hander Shane Greene was signed and promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 33-year-old Greene began his major league career with the Yankees in 2014, was a 2019 All-Star with Detroit and was 1-0 with the Los Angeles Dodgers in one game this season before being released in May.

The 27-year-old King has been a key part of the team with the best record in the majors. He is 6-3 with one save and a 2.29 ERA in 34 games. He struck out 66 in 51 innings.

King has pitched in parts of four seasons for the Yankees, going 9-9 with a 3.84 ERA in 66 games.

“King has been one of the best relievers in all of baseball,” Boone said. “It’s certainly a blow. It’s one that we’ll have to be equipped to absorb. It creates opportunities for other people.”

Yankees star Aaron Judge hit two homers in Friday night’s 7-6 win over the Orioles and leads the majors with 36 on the year. The slugger knew something was wrong as soon as King walked off the mound, saying it was reminiscent of when New York reliever Chad Green had to leave a May 19 game at Camden Yards with right forearm discomfort and later needed Tommy John surgery.

“You try to say a quick prayer and pray for a good outcome,” Judge said. “I saw the same thing happen to Greenie the last time we were here and then to see this happen, it’s never good.”

Said Jameson Taillon, who started for the Yankees: “It was kind of a somber moment in here after the game.”

“He’s a hard worker. I know he’ll get back here and get back to the same spot he was in. It’s never easy seeing a guy walk off the field. You think about his girlfriend and family watching. That’s not easy for anyone,” he said.

Along with adding Greene, right-handed pitcher Clarke Schmidt was called up from Triple-A. Outfielder Tim Locastro was optioned to Triple-A following Friday’s game.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Pete Rose will make an appearance on the field in Philadelphia next month for the first time since receiving a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball.

Rose agreed to the lifetime ban in August 1989 after an investigation for MLB by lawyer John Dowd found Rose placed numerous bets on the Cincinnati Reds to win from 1985-87 while playing for and managing the team.

Baseball’s career hits leader will be part of Phillies alumni weekend, and will be introduced on the field alongside many former teammates from the 1980 World Series championship team on Aug. 7.

Larry Bowa, the starting shortstop on the 1980 team, said during Saturday night’s television broadcast of the Cubs-Phillies game that Rose, 81, would appear at the event. A Phillies spokesperson confirmed Bowa’s statement.

Rose has made appearances for ceremonies in Cincinnati since being banned.

His latest application for MLB reinstatement was rejected by Commissioner Rob Manfred in 2015.

A 17-time All-Star, Rose got 826 of his 4,256 hits during his five years playing for the Phillies from 1979-83.


BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox put All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers on the 10-day injured list Saturday because of right hamstring inflammation, making the move after his early exit in a blowout loss.

Devers was pulled in the fifth inning of a 28-5 blowout loss to Toronto on Friday night.

The Red Sox began the day trailing the Blue Jays by 2 1/2 games for the third and final wild-card spot in the American League.

Devers experienced tightness in his hamstring on a swing during his final at-bat Friday night. Manager Alex Cora said he noticed something when Devers doubled in the first inning.

“He didn’t look too good running to first. Guess he kept grinding,” Cora said Saturday. “After the swing (in the fifth inning) we asked him if he was OK. He said no.”

Devers was the lone Boston starter during this past Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles. He ranks second in the American League in batting average (.324) and also is among the league leaders in home runs (22) and RBIs (55).

Outfielder Jaylin Davis had his contract selected from Triple-A Worcester, where he was hitting .236 with five home runs in 56 games.


MILWAUKEE (AP) Left-hander Aaron Ashby and Milwaukee agreed Saturday to a $20.5 million, five-year contract through 2027, and the NL Central leaders made a short-term addition in former San Francisco reliever Jake McGee.

Ashby’s deal includes club options for 2028 and 2029. The 23-year-old is 2-7 with a 4.56 ERA and one save in 12 starts and six relief appearances, striking out 83 in 69 innings.

He would not have been eligible for arbitration until after the 2024 season, and the options could cover two seasons in which he potentially would be eligible for free agency.

“Throughout his time in our organization, Aaron has demonstrated a unique combination of persistence, character and talent,” Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said in a statement. “He is establishing himself as one of the premier young pitchers in baseball, and we look forward to watching his continued growth and success.”

Ashby made his big league debut in June 2021, and he went 3-2 with a 4.55 ERA in four starts and nine relief appearances. He is the nephew of Andy Ashby, who pitched for five major league teams from 1991-2004.

McGee, who turns 36 on Aug. 6, was 1-2 with a 7.17 ERA and three saves in 24 games for the Giants this year. That followed a 2021 season in which he had 31 saves and a 2.72 ERA.

He has a career record of 32-27 with a 3.64 ERA and 79 saves.

McGee was cut by the Giants on July 14 with the team responsible for $1,653,846 owed the left-hander as part of a $5 million, two-year contract – $1,153,846 of this year’s $2.5 million salary plus a $500,000 buyout of a $4.5 million team option for 2023.

Milwaukee is responsible for $288,462 – a prorated share of the $700,000 minimum.

McGee could help a bullpen that has been taxed this season because of injuries to Milwaukee’s starters. The Brewers’ rotation is missing 2020 All-Star Freddy Peralta and Adrian Houser, both on the injured list. Brandon Woodruff, another 2020 All-Star spent time on the injured list this year.


NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets acquired catcher Michael Perez from Pittsburgh for cash on Saturday, the second day in a row the NL East leaders made a trade with the Pirates.

The 29-year-old Perez was designated for assignment on Friday. A lefty hitter, he batted .150 with six home runs and 11 RBIs in 39 games and 107 at-bats this season.

In parts of five seasons with the Pirates and Tampa Bay, he is hitting .175 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs.

On Friday, the Mets got designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach from the Pirates for rookie reliever Colin Holderman.

Mets infielder Travis Blankenhorn was designated for assignment to make room for Perez. Blankenhorn was selected from Triple-A Syracuse and started at DH on Friday night in a 4-1 loss to San Diego.


David Ortiz heard loud chants of “Big Papi!” as he was enshrined in the Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies at Cooperstown, New York.

Ortiz hit 541 home runs in 20 big league seasons and helped the Boston Red Sox win three World Series championhips.

Joining Ortiz on stage was three-time batting champion Tony Oliva and 283-game winner Jim Kaat.

Also getting their due on induction day were Dodgers great Gil Hodges, who managed the New York Mets to their first World Series title in 1969; Minnie Miñoso, a star with the Chicago White Sox in the 1950s; Buck O’Neil, who played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues and was a tireless advocate for the game; and Bud Fowler, a pioneering Black player who grew up in Cooperstown in the 1860s and played in more than a dozen leagues.

Writer Tim Kurkjian and the late Jack Graney, the first former major league player to transfer to the broadcast booth, were honored Saturday by the Baseball Hall of Fame for their contributions to the game.

Kurkjian was presented with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Career Excellence Award. He began his career in 1979 at the Washington Star and two years later was the Texas Rangers beat writer for the Dallas Morning News. Four years later, he returned to his native Maryland and joined the Baltimore Sun, covering the Orioles for four years. He then spent seven years as a senior baseball writer at Sports Illustrated.

“It’s such an honor to be here,” said Kurkjian, who moved to broadcasting at ESPN in 1998. “This has been the most overwhelming, most overpowering experience of my life. That love for the game, not in any sort of grace or talent, has carried my career. It was a privilege to cover the game 40 years ago, and now 40 years later, it is still a privilege. Baseball is the greatest game.”

Graney was honored posthumously with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting, but he started his career on the field for Cleveland and was the first major league player to bat against Babe Ruth (1914). He finished a 14-year playing career in 1922 and after a stint in automotive sales was hired in 1932 by Cleveland radio station WHK to call games. He spent 22 years calling them for several stations and is now widely considered to be the first former big league player to broadcast a major league game.


David Bakhtiari’s long road back to full health continues.

The Green Bay Packers’ All-Pro left tackle will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Bakhtiari tore his ACL in December 2020 and missed all but one game last season before ultimately opting to undergo another knee surgery.

The offensive lineman wasn’t among the initial group of nine players placed on the reserve list Friday, fueling optimism about his status.

At the end of offseason workouts in June, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said he was positive about the 30-year-old’s chances of suiting up for camp, which begins Wednesday.

“We fully anticipate him being ready to go, but we did last year as well,” LaFleur said, according to Bill Huber of Packer Central.

Bakhtiari suited up in Green Bay’s regular-season finale with the hope of being fully ready for a playoff run, but he only played 27 snaps and missed the divisional-round loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

The veteran, who earned five straight All-Pro nominations prior to 2021, is the second-highest-paid left tackle in the NFL after inking a four-year, $105.5-million extension in November 2020.



LOS ANGELES RAMS: Yea I know, they are the defending Super Bowl champions, but they were the number four seed last year and became NFL champions. The biggest question mark will be replacing several critical parts of the roster, including Robert Woods, Odell Beckham, Sebastian Joseph – Day and Von Miller. The Rams added Bobby Wagner and Allen Robinson to help offset the losses.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Tom Brady decided not to retire and that makes the Buccaneers one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. With Brady’s return several key players that were scheduled to hit free agency had decided to stay in Tampa Bay. The Bucs added wide receiver Russell Gage to help the passing attack.

BUFFALO BILLS: Josh Allen made a believer out of everyone after leading the Bills to within 13 seconds of a Super Bowl appearance. Adding linebacker Von Miller to this defense should give Buffalo the early edge as AFC favorites.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Kansas City made a bold move by trading away receiver Tyreek Hill in the off-season to Miami. Replacing him won’t be easy but Kansas City believes they can use the wide receiver by committee philosophy. With quarterback Patrick Mahomes Kansas City will always be a contender.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: It’s hard to believe we are talking about to Los Angeles football teams as contenders for an NFL championship. The Chargers were very aggressive in the off-season acquiring talent to help quarterback Justin Herbert. Adding Khalil Mack up front and JC Jackson to the secondary will improve both sides the football tremendously.


GREEN BAY PACKERS: Aaron Rodgers is back at quarterback and that makes Green Bay a team to watch in the NFC. They did lose one of the best receivers in the game in Davante Adams and replaced him with Sammy Watkins and a pair of rookies in Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs. The defense could be the best the Packers have had in a while.

CINCINNATI BENGALS: Did the Bengals overachieve last season? Many football experts believe they did. They were the number four seed in the AFC last season and did an excellent job in the off-season of fixing weaknesses on the roster. They have the firepower to be playoff contenders, but the question is do they have enough depth on the roster?

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: quarterback Jimmy Garopollo is still on the roster and could very well be the starter again this season. He has proven that he is good enough, when healthy, to lead this team to the playoffs.

DENVER BRONCOS: Denver vaulted themselves into playoff contention by trading for quarterback Russell Wilson. They now have a legitimate championship caliber signal caller. If Denver can formulate an offense that can get the most out of Wilson, look for the Broncos to make a strong run in the AFC.

BALTIMORE RAVENS: Injuries ravaged Baltimore last season. Getting healthy will make them a playoff team once again and that should scare many teams in the AFC. Lamar Jackson is one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the league.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS:  The experiment with Carson Wentz didn’t pan out so the Colts got Matt Ryan from Atlanta. Indianapolis added several pieces around Ryan and that will make the Colts much better this season and they can look forward to a playoff season.


CLEVELAND BROWNS: So, Cleveland gambled on quarterback Deshaun Watson? How is that working out for them so far? It was a huge gamble to go after Watson not knowing whether he will play this season or not. Baker Mayfield wants nothing to do with the Browns. Going into training camp. There are so many questions marks it’s hard to believe Cleveland fans are optimistic.

DALLAS COWBOYS: It was another interesting off-season in Dallas. The team traded away Amari Cooper and lost Cedric Wilson to free agency. They thought they had re-signed DL Randy Gregory, but he was upset with the contract and bolted for Denver. Unless the Cowboys stopped spinning their wheels they will be watching the playoffs from the sidelines.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Philadelphia had an excellent off-season by acquiring receiver Ajay Brown and adding Haason Reddick and Jordan Davis to the defensive front. The draft brought them Georgia LB Nakobe Dean, who could be one of the biggest surprises this season.

ARIZONA CARDINALS: Arizona acquired Marquise Brown in the off-season in hopes he will replace DeAndre Hopkins as the number one receiver. Losing Christian Kirk and Chandler Jones will hurt tremendously. A lot has to go right for Arizona to make the playoffs.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS: Las Vegas had to stay up with the rest of the division by trading for Davante Adams and adding Chandler Jones. Adams will give quarterback Derek Carr a number one target. Jones will team with Maxx Crosby to form one of the best pass-rush defenses in the NFL. The offense is still a huge question mark since they play in such a difficult division.

TENNESSEE TITANS: Tennessee was the number one seed last year, but they will struggle to repeat this season simply because all the other division rivals got better. Adding Robert Woods will be a huge key for their defense. But, trading away AJ Brown is a huge loss. Tennessee decided it was better to trade him away instead of giving him the money he deserved. Tennessee will be good, but maybe not good enough.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: New England’s hopes of making the playoffs this season rests on the development of several young players. Quarterback Mac Jones must take a huge step forward in his sophomore season. The Patriots added some veteran talent via free agency, but there draft choices remain a huge question mark.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: Miami made several huge personnel changes in the off-season. Adding receiver Tyreek Hill will change their offense tremendously. Adding lineman Terron Armistead and Connor Williams will help a below average offensive line. Mike McDaniel is the new head coach and there seems to be a buzz around this football team in South Florida.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Head Coach Sean Payton decided to step down after last season, and the fans no longer have a Drew Brees at quarterback. The roster is still in very good shape and will be led by quarterback Jameis Winston. Keeping Winston healthy will be the key for the Saints this season.

He can make big time throws and doesn’t turn the ball over.


PITTSBURGH STEELERS: The Steelers have been Super Bowl contenders for many seasons simply because they had quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. “Big Ben” has retired and now Pittsburgh will pin their hopes on Mitchell Trubisky and Kenny Pickett, the rookie out of Pitt. Both will change the complexity of this offense.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: The front office has been sick of winning between seven and 10 games over the last several seasons. The answer? Get a new coach and general manager. Next, get talent that will possibly make them playoff contenders. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is the key for this football team.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS: Washington traded for quarterback Carson Wentz, who had his troubles in one season at Indianapolis. Wentz didn’t play well under pressure. The Commanders have too many question marks to be seriously considered a playoff team.

DETROIT LIONS: The rebuilding project still has a ways to go. Quarterback Jared Goff has proven to be a better – then – average quarterback in the system. Detroit will rely on the growth and quick development of its young players this season.

NEW YORK JETS: New York will continue to build around quarterback Zach Wilson. Adding OL Laken Tomlinson will help the line tremendously. Wilson will have a great young target in draft pick Garrett Wilson. The defense got better by adding free-agent DJ Reed and drafting Ahmad Sauce Gardner.

NEW YORK GIANTS: Quarterback Daniel Jones got off to a hot start last season, but faltered as the offense fell apart around him. New York made several moves to improve the offensive line. If the receiver stay healthy, the Giants could be a surprise this season.


JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Jacksonville spent a lot of money in the off-season, adding Brandon Scherff and Christian Kirk on the offensive line. The receiving corp also improved for quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Unfortunately, there still isn’t enough talent to help Jacksonville make it to the playoffs.

HOUSTON TEXANS: Houston didn’t help themselves in free agency and the draft will be a question mark until the season gets underway. Davis Mills showed good player as a rookie and should get the opportunity to show what he can do any a second season.

CAROLINA PANTHERS: Carolina made some good moves this off-season, but the quarterback situation remains a mystery. There will be a battle between Sam Darnold and rookie Matt Corral for the starting position.

ATLANTA FALCONS: Atlanta was hoping to land Deshaun Watson, but came up short. They traded away Matt Ryan in hopes that Watson would make it to Atlanta. Since neither plan handout, Atlanta will have to settle with Marcus Mariota as the starting quarterback.

CHICAGO BEARS: GM Ryan Poles has an ugly situation in Chicago. He has attempted to make the situation better, but didn’t make a big splash in the off-season. The offensive line and the receiving corp ranks among the worst in the NFL. Quarterback Justin Fields had several issues in his rookie season. It could be another painful season in Chicago.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Why trade away franchise quarterback Russell Wilson? Not only is he a Pro Bowl quarterback, he was the face of the franchise. Now, it’s up to Drew Lock and Geno Smith. That represents perhaps the worst quarterback situation in the NFL. There will be some very cloudy days in Seattle.


The Phoenix Suns and head coach Monty Williams have reached an agreement on a long-term extension, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Williams reportedly had two years remaining on his initial five-year deal. The exact terms of his new extension are unknown, but the 50-year-old is now under contract for several additional seasons, according to Wojnarowski.

The Suns hired Williams ahead of the 2019-20 campaign and finished with a 34-39 record (46.7 winning percentage) in his debut season. Boosted by the offseason acquisition of Chris Paul – whom Williams previously coached on the New Orleans Hornets – Phoenix went 51-21 the following season and made its first Finals appearance since 1993, falling to the Milwaukee Bucks.

This past year, Williams led the Suns to a franchise-record and NBA-best 64 wins, but their playoff run ended in the conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks. He was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year as a result of the team’s regular-season dominance.

In eight seasons as a head coach in New Orleans and Phoenix, Williams owns a 322-299 regular-season record and is 23-22 in the postseason. The former journeyman forward also had stints as an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Philadelphia 76ers.


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) For the U.S. women’s relay team, this was a shock.

For the men — more of the same.

The women pulled a stunner over Jamaica in the 4×100 relay at world championships Saturday, while the favored men finished second after the latest sloppy baton exchange in what has been a ritual since before anyone on this team was born.

Andre De Grasse beat American Marvin Bracy to the line by .07 seconds to lift Canada to the victory in the men’s race in 37.48 seconds.

Bracy fell behind in the anchor leg after twice reaching back and whiffing on the exchange from Elijah Hall, who went tumbling to the ground after he finally got the stick into his teammate’s hand.

“Not being clean cost us the race,” Bracy had posted on Twitter before he’d even made it through the interview area. “No excuses. We let y’all down my apologies.”

The U.S. women felt nothing but love. A clear underdog to a Jamaican team that had won all but one of the six sprint medals at this meet, the U.S. pulled the upset when Twanisha Terry held off 200 gold medalist Shericka Jackson for a .04-second victory.

She celebrated by doing her “dirtbike dance,” hopping on one foot while revving the handlebars of her pretend, superfast bike.

“I just felt the crowd go crazy. It was very electrifying,” Terry said.

The American team, which also included Melissa Jefferson, Abby Steiner and Jenna Prandini, finished in 41.14.

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce kept her streak alive. She’s won gold or silver in every world relay she’s been part of, dating to 2007. Nobody on Jamaica came into the relay thinking about second place this year, though.

Jamaica’s lineup included all three sprinters from its 100-meter sweep last weekend and both members of the 1-2 finish in the 200. Its fate might have been sealed on a messy first pass between Kemba Nelson and Elaine Thompson-Herah.

“I don’t think there’s any medal that is designated just for Jamaica,” Fraser-Pryce said. “We have to go out there and we have to work like everybody else.”

The U.S. men, meanwhile, had taken all six medals in the 100 and 200.

The relays proved, yet again, that pure speed is not all that matters in these races.

“You can have the fastest runner but if there’s no chemistry and there’s no trust, and the baton isn’t moving through the exchange, you aren’t going to produce that fast of a time,” Terry explained.

Though the U.S. men will walk away with a medal this time — they’d been shut out in six of the last 13 worlds and three of the last four Olympics — this can’t be framed as anything but an unsatisfactory result.

“You could come out of here with nothing,” Bracy said. “But we’ve got to clean it up. We’ve got a lot of work to do to continue to get better.”

De Grasse, the Olympic champion at 200 meters, could barely walk up his stairs four weeks ago while recovering from COVID-19. He didn’t make it through 100-meter heats last weekend and pulled out of the 200 altogether.

He won the gold medal with a team that also included Aaron Brown, who finished seventh in the 200 and eighth in the 100; Jerome Blake, who didn’t make the final in either; and Brendon Rodney, who was part of Canada’s relay pool.

“Once I got the baton, I was like `OK, I’m neck and neck with the U.S. and now I’ve just got to do what I can do,'” De Grasse said. “It felt great to spoil the party for them.”

The U.S put out the same lineup as it did the day before for prelims, thus leaving a passel of medalists, and speed – Trayvon Bromell, Erriyon Knighton, Kenny Bednarek and the injured Fred Kerley — on the bench.

Hall stayed on. His resume: A fifth-place finish in the 100 at nationals last month, but also an NCAA relay title in 2018 at University of Houston, where the legend, Carl Lewis, who is also a constant critic of the U.S. relay process, has been coaching for years.

“We tried to put together a team to have some type of continuity and get the stick around,” Bracy said. “We did a good job of it yesterday. We just tried to come out and do the same thing today. It didn’t work out in our favor … and we took the `L.'”

One thought for the men: Take a page out of the book being written by the women’s relay coach, Mechelle Lewis Freeman, who built some chemistry during a recent training camp in Texas.

Her team consisted of the eighth-place finisher in the 100 (Jefferson), the fifth-place finisher in the 200 (Steiner) and two others (Prandini and Terry) who didn’t make it out of their semifinals.

The initial pass between Jefferson and Steiner might not have been amazingly smooth, but neither was Jamaica’s.

Terry took the stick for the anchor leg with about a four-step lead over Jackson, who, two nights earlier, had run the second-fastest time ever in the 200 (21.45).

The Jamaican closed, and closed some more, but when Terry leaned into the line she had America’s first win at worlds in this race since 2017, when Fraser-Pryce was out after having her baby.

The relay medals gave the U.S. 28 for the meet, just three shy of setting a record for a world championships. They’ll be favored for medals in the men’s and women’s 4×400 and the women’s 800 with Olympic champion Athing Mu.

Other winners Saturday included Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir of Kenya in the men’s 800, Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia in the women’s 5000, Anderson Peters of Grenada in men’s javelin and Pedro Pichardo of Portugal, who backed up his Olympic title with a world title in men’s triple jump.

The evening also featured a (final?) curtain call for Allyson Felix, who was lured back to the worlds stage to run the prelims in that 4×400 women’s race.

It sets up Felix to win her 20th world championship medal, and her 14th gold after Sunday’s final. The U.S. has won the 4×400 at seven of the past nine worlds.


BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Scott Piercy shot a 5-under 66 at rain-soaked TPC Twin Cities on Saturday in round that was delayed more than 6 1/2 hours to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the 3M Open.

Playing through a painful blister on his right heel, the 43-year-old Piercy had a 18-under 195 total. He has four PGA Tour victories.

“I’ve had my struggles and to like prove and show that I can still do it and can do it is a big confidence boost,” Piercy said

Emiliano Grillo was second after a 67. Tony Finau and Doug Ghim were tied for third, five strokes back. They each shot 65.

Play was suspended for 6 hours, 38 minutes. Tee times were moved up and the field played off split tees in threesomes, however play was suspended at 10:57 a.m. and didn’t resume until 5:35 p.m.

Piercy played through the blister that he said developed yesterday after wearing a new pair of shoes.

After opening with two pars, Piercy birdied the next five holes before play was suspended. The run began with an 18-foot putt on the par-4 third. . Piercy converted the next four birdies, all with putts inside 15 feet.

It was only after that the pain from the blister crept in, so much so that he took off his shoe in between every shot up until the 14th hole.

“When you walk that weird, your body kind of adjusts, so putting the shoe back up on and trying to get set up over it correctly,” Piercy said. “I felt like I couldn’t get into my setup like I normally do and I felt that’s like where a couple of the loose shots came from, along with the tiredness.”

Piercy was even par over his final 11 holes, making a bogey on the par-5 18th. He went for the green in two and hit short into the water.

It’s the sixth time Piercy has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead, the last coming at the 2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He’s won two of those events, the 2011 Barracuda Championship and the 2015 Barbasol Championship. His last victory came in the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he teamed with Billy Horschel.

Grillo eagled the par-5 sixth hole for the second day in a row.

“If (Piercy) brings half of his game from today to tomorrow, that’s going to be very tough,” Grillo said.


EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Brooke Henderson stood over a birdie putt from three feet at the 18th green, a three-shot lead going into the final round of the Evian Championship seemingly at her mercy.

For the first time on Saturday – maybe all week, given her dominance of the fourth women’s major of the year – her putting stroke let her down.

Henderson missed it left, to gasps from spectators around the green at Evian Resort Golf Club. The Canadian couldn’t believe it. Probably those hoping to chase her down on Sunday, too.

Seeking her second major title after the Women’s PGA Championship in 2016, Henderson had to settle for a 3-under 68 in the third round and a two-shot lead on 17-under par – two off the 54-hole record for the tournament.

She is still in a position of strength after opening with two straight 64s, but that missed putt at No. 18 might prove costly.

The closest challengers to Henderson are a former No. 1 and a player breaking new personal ground at a major.

So Yeon Ryu, a two-time major winner from South Korea, shot 65 after three birdies on her last four holes and was alone in second place. The top-ranked player in 2017, when she won the ANA Inspiration for her second major, she hasn’t been in contention this deep into one of women’s golf’s biggest five tournaments for three years.

Two strokes further back on 13 under was Sophia Schubert, ranked No. 283 and without a top-50 finish in a major. The American birdied her last four holes for a 66 and was in new territory alone in third place in just her fifth appearance in a major.

Olympic champion Nelly Korda started the third round in second place, three strokes behind Henderson, but could shoot only even-par 71 – the worst score of the current top 20 on a warm and still day when only a few tough pin placements kept very low scores off cards.

Korda was on 11 under overall, six shots off the lead and in a five-way tie for sixth with, among others, top-ranked Jin Young Ko (67).

Above them in a tie for fourth place, five behind Henderson, were Carlota Ciganda (67) and Sei Young Kim (68).

If the end to the 2021 tournament is anything to go by, there’s plenty to play for on Sunday.

Minjee Lee made up a seven-shot deficit to third-round leader Lee Jeong-eun in the final round last year and beat her in a playoff.


LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Noah Gragson kept a hard-charging Ty Gibbs at bay down the stretch and held on to win his third Xfinity Series race of the season Saturday night at Pocono Raceway.

Gragson also won at Phoenix and Talladega and he took JR Motorsports to victory lane for the second straight weekend. Justin Allgaier won last week at New Hampshire.

Gragson, linked to the vacant ride next season at Petty GMS Motorsports, bumped doors with Gibbs on the last lap and raced at the bottom of the track to pick up the win. Better yet, Gragson and Gibbs raced side-by-side for a clean, thrilling end in the wake of a feud that started last month at Portland International Raceway. Gragson vowed payback after Gibbs dumped him during the race.

No hard feelings at Pocono. Just great racing.

“That was probably the best I’ve ever driven there,” Gragson said. “I’m working my (rear) off to keep the 54 back there. With 15 to go, I didn’t think we could hold him off. I’m exhausted.”

Gragson, who celebrated by climbing the fence, will make his eighth Cup start of the season Sunday.

Gibbs said he was determined over the final few miles to keep the race and blamed himself for making mistakes that cost him the win driving for his grandfather, Joe Gibbs.

“I just didn’t put it together,” said the 19-year-old Gibbs.

Josh Berry was third, AJ Allmendinger fourth and Sheldon Creed fifth. Chevrolet put eight drivers in the top 10, with Gibbs and Toyota and 10th-place finisher Cole Custer in Ford the outliers.

The red flag was thrown late in the race following a scary wreck that turned Jeb Burton’s No. 27 Chevrolet upside down and it skidded down the track. The 29-year-old Burton, his car launched in the air and slammed on the hood, walked away unscathed.

“Man, that was not good,” Burton said. “Just appreciate the safety crew. They got to me fast.”

Keeping his cool in the television booth as he explained the wreck: Burton’s uncle, retired NASCAR driver Jeff Burton. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Santino Ferrucci and Ronnie Bassett Jr., were also collected in the crash and knocked out of the race.

Sage Karam finished 20th in his first NASCAR race at the track and first time racing at the track since he triggered a wreck in a 2015 IndyCar race that killed IndyCar driver Justin Wilson. The 27-year-old Karam took a bike ride around the track this week, a necessary step to reflect on his own, challenging journey. He tweeted his thanks to the “racing community for all the positive vibes this week.”

Karam said he was still “stressed” and struggled with his decision in the days leading up to the race.

“Lot more pressure coming into this one that I put on myself than any other race, for sure,” Karam said. “I’m just happy to be leaving here today with a good memory and rewriting the book a little bit, I guess. It’s a new chapter for my experiences here at Pocono.”


NEW YORK (AP) Sabrina Ionescu’s three-point play with 9.7 seconds left lifted New York to an 83-80 win over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Trailing 80-78 with 19 seconds left, Ionescu took the ball and drove the lane where she was fouled by Rebekah Gardner. Ionescu, who finished with 17 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, converted the free throw to give New York (10-17) the lead.

“That’s a big win for us to snap a five-game losing streak,” Ionescu said. “Sometimes seeing a win is all you need to get a spark and win a game. We have a lot more games left. We’ll continue to get better and not stress about what seed we are.”

Chicago (21-7) got the ball but Candace Parker missed a shot in the lane with just over 2 seconds left. After Michaela Onyenwere hit two free throws, the Sky had one last chance, but Emma Meesseman’s 3-pointer bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

The loss ended the Sky’s six-game winning streak.

“That’s the play we wanted,” Chicago coach James Wade said of Parker’s shot. “Nine times out of 10 she makes it.”

Parker finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Sky, who were playing the second-half of a back-to-back. The veteran moved into fourth place on the league’s all-time rebounding list, breaking a tie with Tamika Catchings. Parker now has 3,327 rebounds in her career.

Chicago, which already has wrapped up a playoff berth, played Friday night at home before traveling to New York on Saturday morning. The Sky’s flight was delayed because of storms and got them in to New York around noon.

They trailed 69-59 early in the fourth quarter before the Sky went on a 13-2 run to take a 72-71 lead on Parker’s putback with 3:11 left.

The teams traded the lead over the next two minutes. New York trailed 79-78 with 19 seconds left when Parker made the second of two free throws.

Ionescu then gave New York the lead for good.

The game also featured a matchup between Chinese players Han Xu of New York and Li Yueru of Chicago. The game was televised live in China. Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Qin Gang was in attendance as well as WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert and the head of NBA China Michael Ma.

Han finished with 12 points while Li didn’t score in four minutes of play.


LAS VEGAS (AP) Kelsey Plum hit four 3-pointers and finished with 29 points and A’ja Wilson scored 28 to help the Las Vegas Aces beat the Los Angeles Sparks 84-66 Saturday night and clinch a playoff spot.

Las Vegas (20-8) has won five of its last six games and is one game back of league-leading Chicago, the defending WNBA champion and the only other team to have clinched a 2022 postseason berth.

Jackie Young added 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Aces and Chelsea Gray scored 10 points.

Wilson scored the first seven points and Plum the final four in an 11-0 run that made it 57-53 late in the third quarter and Las Vegas led the rest of the way. Jordin Canada scored to cut the Sparks’ deficit to two points about 2 minutes into the fourth but Riquna Williams and Wilson scored five points apiece in a 10-0 spurt that made it 69-57 midway through the period. The Aces led by at least nine points the rest of the way.

Chennedy Carter led the Sparks (12-15) with 15 points. Canada and Liz Cambage scored 11 points apiece and Nneka Ogwumike and Katie Lou Samuelson each scored 10.

Plum and Williams hit 3-pointers to bookend an 8-0 spurt that gave Las Vegas a 16-6 lead midway through the first quarter but the Sparks scored 16 of the next 21 points to take their first lead when Carter made two free throws with 29.4 seconds left in the period.


ROCAMADOUR, France (AP) Jonas Vingegaard thundered through the last serious test of the Tour de France to increase his overall lead on Saturday and all but guarantee winning cycling’s biggest race.

After three weeks of exhausting racing, the Jumbo-Visma leader dug deep in his reserves to deliver yet another impressive performance in a long time trial in southern France.

“It means everything, it’s really incredible,” Vingegaard said. “It’s the biggest thing within cycling and we did it.”

Vingegaard, who is not a pure specialist of the race against the clock, could have played it safe given his more than three-minute lead at the start. He, instead, took all the risks on the technical course and had a scare close to the finish when he misjudged a curve and had to brake hard to avoid a crash.

Vingegaard then slowed down dramatically as he approached the finish line. He finished the 20th stage in second place 19 seconds behind winner Wout van Aert, his key teammate.

Vingegaard and Van Aert hugged each other warmly at the finish and the Danish rider was emotional after he was greeted by his wife and daughter after the stage.

“Having my two girls on the finish line means even more to me,” said Vingegaard, who improved on last year’s runner-up finish.

“Since last year, I always believed I could do it and now it’s happened. It’s really incredible. It’s both a relief and I’m just so happy and proud.”

Van Aert, a versatile competitor with multiple titles and wins across the sport’s most prestigious events, has been crucial in pacing Vingegaard through the mountain stages. His third stage win this month was his ninth overall.

Van Aert, who also claimed the best sprinter’s green jersey, has proved he can win on all surfaces and could be a leader in his own right in any given team. He has so far deflected talk of mounting a challenge for the yellow jersey in the future.

“This has been the question over the last few days, I think,” Van Aert said. “I have answered a thousand times. Right now, it’s just an incredible feeling to win this Tour with the team and to win three stages and the green jersey. For the moment, I don’t want to talk about the future.”

Van Aert crossed the finish line with a blistering average speed of 50.9 kph. The 41.7-kilometer stage from Lacapelle-Marival to Rocamadour was the longest individual time trial since 2014.

With the final day of the race on Sunday usually uneventful until the last sprint on the Champs-Elysees, Vingegaard will become the first rider from Denmark to win the Tour since 1996, barring a crash or a last-minute incident.

The time trial marked the final hurdle of an epic race that has featured a thrilling duel between Vingegaard and two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar.

Vingegaard built his success in the mountains. He first took the yellow jersey from Pogacar in the Alps with a memorable ride up the Col du Granon, and followed up this week with an impressive display of strength in the last Pyrenean stage to the resort of Hautacam.

Given Vingegaard’s healthy time advantage, it was unlikely Pogacar would be able to challenge the Danish rider’s supremacy in the time trial. Pogacar took third place, 27 seconds behind Van Aert.

“The battle between me and Jonas for the yellow jersey has been very special,” Pogacar said. “We have some very interesting next two or three years ahead of us. Jonas has stepped up his game this year.”

Vingegaard will carry a lead of 3 minutes, 34 seconds over Pogacar into the final day, a 116-kilometer ride to Paris. Geraint Thomas, the 2018 Tour champion, lagged more than eight minutes off the pace in third place.


Rotherham, United Kingdom, July 23, 2022 (AFP) – France will face Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 2022 after ending the Netherlands’ reign as European champions thanks to Eve Perisset’s penalty in a 1-0 win after extra-time on Saturday.

The scoreline did not do justice to the gulf in class between the sides as France were frustrated for 90 minutes by the brilliance of young Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar.

However, the FC Twente stopper was finally beaten from the penalty spot 12 minutes into extra-time when Kadidiatou Diani was tripped by Dominique Janssen.

It took a VAR review for the spot-kick to be awarded and Perisset’s penalty just had too much power for Van Domselaar.

Defeat rounded off a difficult tournament for the Dutch, who had been weakened by injuries to key players and coronavirus cases.

Vivianne Miedema was fit to return after she missed the group stage wins over Portugal and Switzerland due to Covid.

However, the Arsenal striker looked well short of match fitness as one of the world’s best players struggled to have any meaningful impact on the game.

France scored five in the first half of their opening game against Italy and could easily have repeated that feat in Rotherham.

The Netherlands lost veteran goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for the rest of the tournament to a shoulder injury in their opener against Sweden, but Van Domselaar has shone in her absence.

The 22-year-old had made just one international appearance prior to Euro 2022, but now looks certain to keep her place as the Dutch number one going forward.

France were also guilty of wastefulness in front of goal as they missed the predatory presence up front of the injured Marie-Antoinette Katoto.

Diani was first to test Van Domselaar before Delphine Cascarino stung her palms.

Cascarino then fired against the post from outside the box and Sandie Toletti blazed over a glorious chance before Stefanie Van der Gragt twice rode to the Netherlands’ rescue.

The Ajax centre-back got back to clear off the line from Melvine Malard and then blocked another goalbound effort from Grace Geyoro as France bombarded the Dutch goal without reward.

Miedema had to wait 55 minutes for a sight of goal and the Netherlands’ all-time record goalscorer would have expected to do better when she volleyed over when unmarked from a corner.

Soon it was Van Domselaar who was back in the firing line, though, as she flew to her right to turn Wendy Renard’s header to safety.

Geyoro then headed wide with the goal gaping before Renard turned away in disbelief when her looping header was clawed away by Van Domselaar with the last act of the 90 minutes.

France, though, refused to be denied a place in the last four of a women’s European Championship for the first time.

Diani’s pace took her away from Janssen, who dived in with a desperate lunge to halt the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

Croatian referee Ivana Martincic initially thought Janssen got a touch on the ball, but corrected her decision once shown a replay.

Van Domselaar still nearly denied Corinne Diacre’s women as she got finger tips to Perisset’s penalty, but was finally beaten.



INDIANAPOLIS – Following a back-and-forth contest that saw three total lead changes and a 6-6 tie entering the ninth inning, Mason Martin knocked a single through the right side to give the Indianapolis Indians a walk-off win over the St. Paul Saints and snap a five-game losing skid on Saturday night, 7-6.

A two-out RBI single off the bat of Travis Swaggerty tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh, a score that would hold until the Indians (42-47) came to the plate in the ninth inning. With one out, an error by first baseman Miguel Sano and seven-pitch walk to Travis Swaggerty allowed Madris to reach safely and move to scoring position as the game-winning run. On the first pitch to him, Martin shot a single through an infield hole off Wladimir Pinto (L, 3-4) and Madris raced around third, beating the throw to home plate to end the game.

Following a leadoff home run by Spencer Steer on the third pitch of the ballgame, the Indians responded with a four-run burst in the bottom of the opening frame for the first of three lead changes. Rodolfo Castro lifted a two-run homer just over the right field fence to put the Indians in front. Jack Suwinski roped an opposite field double that led to another two-run home run, this time by Madris, to take a 4-1 advantage.

The Saints (43-47) clawed back to tie the game at 4-4 with two-run blast and RBI single by the rehabbing Sano in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. Castro then countered on the first pitch of the bottom of the fifth with his second homer of the ballgame.

The sixth home run of the game, a two-run shot off the bat of St. Paul’s Curtis Terry, gave the opposing team a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning.

Eleven of St. Paul’s 12 hits came in the first six innings of the contest, with Eric Hanhold, Cam Vieaux and Eric Stout (W, 3-2) combining for just one hit allowed over the final three frames.

Castro’s two-homer game was the ninth of his career and second with Indianapolis, the last coming on Sept. 23, 2021 at Omaha. It was also the second consecutive multi-homer game by an Indians batter, following Jack Suwinski’s two-homer effort on Friday night.

The Indians and Saints will play the rubber match tomorrow afternoon at Victory Field at 1:35 PM ET. RHP Mike Burrows (0-2, 6.50) will take the hill for Indy against RHP Cole Sands (1-4, 5.45).


INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 23, 2022) – Indy Eleven secured a point for the first time in the month of July via a 1-1 draw against Memphis 901 FC at IUPUI Carroll Stadium. Forward Solomon Asante notched his first goal with the Eleven in the 9th minute of the draw, while goalkeeper Sean Lewis equaled a club season-high with seven saves in his debut for the Boys in Blue.

Indy Eleven remains in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with the result, which snapped a club-record six game losing streak. The Eleven still sits seven points out of playoff position on 22 points, but also still holds two games in hand on both seventh place Miami FC and eighth place FC Tulsa.

After 459 scoreless minutes, the Boys in Blue finally found the back of the net thanks to the goal by Asante that was assisted by midfielder Alex McQueen. The two-time USL Championship Most Valuable Player launched a shot from inside the box while falling backwards, putting his squad on the board for the first time in over a month and giving the Ghanaian a 50th regular season goal in his four seasons of USL Championship play.

While Indiana’s Team finally had the ball bounce its way to start the match, it was a story of bad luck on good opportunities for 901 FC to start the match. In the first half of the opening stanza, Memphis had two shots that went off of the post and one stopped on a miraculous kick save by Lewis, who tied the league mark for most saves in a half this season with six in the first 45 minutes. The visitors also had a goal disallowed due to an offside flag in the 22nd minute.

Just a minute after the disallowed goal for 901 FC, Memphis broke through in the 23rd on a goal from Phillip Goodrum, his Eastern Conference-leading 12th of the season. While it appeared the offside flag could also have been raised on Goodrum’s chance, it indeed stayed down and the goal tied things up at Carroll Stadium.

In a second half with much fewer looks for both sides, the Boys in Blue fought hard on several chances to regain the lead, but could not convert. In the 84th minute, Asante looked to have found a brace and the go-ahead goal, only to see another offside call go against the Boys in Blue. In stoppage time, the Eleven came oh-so close to leaving with three points when Manuel Arteaga found Jared Timmer’s cross with a diving header at the six, but he was denied by former IU goalkeeper Trey Muse, who secured the ball after it briefly became loose, sealing the 1-1 result.

Indy Eleven’s will play the second game of a three-match homestand next Saturday, July 30, against the Tampa Bay Rowdies – the team Indy Eleven swapped influential players with just two days ago. Ex-Rowdies midfielder Juan Tejada went the full 90 minutes in his debut for the Eleven tonight and will look to excel against his former squad, while Indy will see the immediate return of midfielder Nicky Law to “The Mike.”

2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 20

Indy Eleven  1 : 1  Memphis 901 FC

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.

Scoring Summary:

IND – Solomon Asante (Alex McQueen) 9’

MEM – Phillip Goodrum (Rece Buckmaster) 23’

Disciplinary Summary:

MEM – Graham Smith (yellow card) 14’

IND – Raul Aguilera (yellow card) 24’

MEM – Luis Fernando (yellow card) 43’

IND – Sam Brown (yellow card) 79’

IND – A.J. Cochran (yellow card) 90’

IND – Neveal Hackshaw (yellow card) 90+1’

Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Sean Lewis; Ayoze, A.J. Cochran, Mechack Jerome, Jared Timmer; Sam Brown, Raul Aguilera (Neveal Hackshaw 59’), Alex McQueen (Bryam Rebellon 59’), Solomon Asante; Juan Tejada, Stefano Pinho (Manuel Arteaga 13’)

IND substitutes: Tim Trilk, Ecris Revolorio, Diego Sanchez, Rodney Michael

Memphis 901 FC (4-4-2): Trey Muse; Rece Buckmaster, Niall Logue, Graham Smith, Jeremy Kelly; Derek Dodson (Lucas Turci 64’), Leston Paul, Aaron Molloy, Chris Allan; Phillip Goodrum, Luiz Fernando (David Egbo 90+3)

MEM Substitutes: Drew Romig, Zach Carroll, Laurent Kissiedou, Mitchell Myers, Simeon Betapudi



Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts today claimed defensive tackle Byron Cowart off waivers (from New England) and waived defensive end Scott Patchan.

Cowart, 6-3, 300 pounds, has competed in 19 games (14 starts) in three seasons with the New England Patriots. He has recorded 29 career tackles (15 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one pass defended. Prior to spending the 2021 season on the Reserve/PUP list, Cowart started all 14 games he played during the 2020 campaign and totaled 27 tackles (14 solo), 1.0 sack and one pass defended. He was originally selected by the Patriots in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Patchan, 6-4, 251 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2022, following his collegiate career at Colorado State (2020-21) and Miami (FL) (2015-19).



Who’s In

Matt Ryan (acquired in trade with Atlanta Falcons)

Nick Foles (signed as free agent)

Jack Coan (signed as undrafted free agent)

The Colts traded a third round pick (No. 83 overall) to the Falcons to acquire Ryan, who brings 14 years of starting experience to Indianapolis. As Ryan began thinking about his future beyond Atlanta – where he had spent every year of his career – he turned his focus toward the Colts thanks in large part to the kind of coach and person Frank Reich is.

While Ryan didn’t have an existing relationship with Reich, Foles did – he and Reich teamed up to win Super Bowl LII, with Reich the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator and Foles the game’s MVP. Foles adds a veteran presence – and a proven history of success as a backup – behind Ryan.

Coan signed as an undrafted free agent after finishing a college career that saw him start for Wisconsin (2019) and Notre Dame (2021).

Who’s Out

Carson Wentz (traded to Washington Commanders)

The Colts in March swapped 2022 second-round picks with Washington and acquired a 2022 third-round pick plus a 2023 conditional third-round pick in exchange for Wentz.

Who’s Back

Sam Ehlinger (second year)

Ehlinger, a 2021 sixth-round pick, appeared in three games as a rookie and did not attempt a pass.

What To Watch For

Ryan impressed just about everyone on 56th Street during the Colts’ offseason program with his professionalism, attention to detail, leadership and physical skills – which did not look at all diminished as he turned 37 in mid-May. Anyone who might doubt Ryan’s skillset in his late 30’s should head over to Grand Park and watch the 2016 NFL MVP zip some throws into tight windows or drop accurate downfield passes into his receivers’ hands. You’ll come away thinking differently.

Training Camp Information

The Colts will return to Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield for training camp in 2022.


MUNCIE, Ind. – Head Coach Michael Lewis and the Ball State men’s basketball team announced the addition of Quincy Adams to the 2022 recruiting class on Friday. Adams is a high school graduate and will be eligible immediately.

Adams, the Frisco, Texas, native, played his senior season of high school basketball in Arizona at Hamilton High School. The 6-5 guard will add more depth for the Cardinals. He was named to the Arizona All-State team as well as the 6A All-District team. He helped lead the Huskies to a state championship berth. During Hamilton’s playoff run, Adams was key in helping the Huskies knock off the No. 1 seed in Sunnyslope.

During his senior campaign, Adams averaged 20.5 points per game and added 5.0 rebounds per game. He dropped a career-high 34 points against McClintock. He also produced a 28-point game against Mountain View.

From Ball State Head Coach Michael Lewis

“We are extremely pleased to add someone of Quincy’s ability to our program. We have been very diligent in our recruiting efforts and believe Quincy will add great value to our program. We are excited to welcome him to our team.”


MUNCIE, Ind. – – Ball State women’s volleyball head coach Kelli Miller Phillips completed her coaching staff for the upcoming 2022 season with the addition of assistant coach Tucker Bitting.

“I’m so excited to add Tucker as the final piece of the staff,” Phillips said. “He brings a high volleyball IQ, passion for the game, and a competitive mindset that will continue to push our program forward. He understands the value of teaching the game, as well as connecting with the players to help each person in the program develop to become the best version of themselves. I cannot wait to get back in the gym and get started with this new crew!”

Bitting is no stranger to the Muncie volleyball scene, spending the past four seasons and eight years overall, as a coach for the nationally renowned Munciana Volleyball Club. He is also a 2011 graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in general studies and minors in coaching and psychology.

“I am thankful and excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Ball State volleyball program.” Bitting said. “Kelli has done a tremendous job of building Ball State into a perennial powerhouse in the MAC, and I am thrilled to be able to return to my alma mater and help this program win championships!”

This past summer, Bitting led his 16-Open Moana team to a fifth-place finish at the AAU Junior Nationals held in Orlando, Florida. His Moana squad also earned runner-up finishes at several major tournaments, including the Bluegrass national qualifier and the JVA World Challenge, as well as a top-20 finish at the Triple Crown Invite.

Prior to his success in Muncie this past season, Bitting coached from 2018-2021 at Munciana’s sister club in Indianapolis, leading his 15-Open and 16-Open teams to numerous strong tournament finishes.

Before his most recent stint as a coach at Munciana, Bitting was a volunteer assistant coach at Notre Dame for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, helping catapult a Fighting Irish squad from a 7-25 mark in 2015 to back-to-back 22-10 records in his two seasons on staff. In addition, the 2017 squad earned an at large berth into the NCAA Championship.

While on UND’s staff, Bitting worked with a defense which finished the 2017 season leading the Atlantic Coast Conference with an 18.17 digs-per-set average and held opponents to a league-low .156 attack percentage. He also helped develop Notre Dame’s serving game, with the squad ranking first in the ACC and eighth nationally with a 1.57 aces-per-set average in 2016.

Prior to his time in South Bend, Bitting started his coaching career with his first stint at Munciana. As a head coach, he led the 16-National Cardinals to a 67-8 record in 2015 and the team to the 2015 AAU 16 Club National Championship and wins at the JVA World Challenge, Bluegrass national qualifier, and Lakeshore Volleyfest.

Bitting also coached alongside Wes Lyon to help guide the 14-Open squad to a fifth-place finish at the 2014 AAU National tournament, as well as assisting Phil Leswing and the 13-Open team to an 11th-place showing at the 2013 AAU National tournament.

Bitting and his wife, Megan, currently reside in Pendleton with their son, Reid.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced Friday the student-athletes selected to attend the 2022 GLVC Football Kickoff, set for Friday, July 29 in Lebanon, Ill.. All seven conference teams will send one offensive and one defensive player, with running back Toriano Clinton and linebacker Kiave’ Guerrier representing UIndy.


The GLVC contingent, highlighted by 12 All-Conference returners, will participate in the 10th annual event. The 2022 GLVC Football Kickoff will take place at The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on the campus of McKendree University from 12:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time, and will serve both the league’s media members and passionate fans through several social media outlets.

The head coach and two student-athletes from each of the seven GLVC football institutions will be on hand to help promote the Conference’s 11th season.

On hand will be the 2021 GLVC Co-offensive Player of the Year and the lone signal caller at the event in Southwest Baptist’s Cooper Callis. The senior from Jackson, Mo., is the only player in league history to have multiple Player of the Year awards and will be looking to add his third award to his resume this upcoming season. Callis is coming off a year where he led the GLVC in seven statistical categories and finished top-three in the country in yards per game (340.8), completion percentage (69.5), and passing yards (3,712).

Three skill position players will be in attendance as Indianapolis running back Toriano Clinton, McKendree wide receiver Jacob Bachman, and William Jewell wideout Jesse Thomas will be half of their team’s representation at the end of the month. Clinton and Bachman were both named First Team All-GLVC a season ago, while Thomas enters his senior season with the Cardinals after finishing second on the team in receiving yards last fall.

Three All-GLVC offensive linemen will also be going to the 2022 Kickoff this month. First Team All-GLVC selection Jorge Escalante from Missouri S&T will be in attendance after starting 11 games for the Miners a season ago and helping them finish second in the GLVC in total offense where they averaged 439.5 yards per game. Fellow linemen BJ Wilson of Quincy, who was recently named to the Shrine Bowl 1000 list, and Justin Watson from Truman State will be in attendance, as well.

Six All-GLVC selections from the defensive side of the ball will be heading to Lebanon for the 10th annual event. UIndy senior Kiave’ Guerrier, McKendree junior Kenneth Scarbrough III, Missouri S&T senior Ben Straatmann, Quincy senior Peyten Chappel, and Southwest Baptist senior Coleton Smith return after being First Team selections last fall. Truman State linebacker Ulysses Ross is back after a freshman season that netted him Honorable Mention All-GLVC. Rounding out the defensive players coming to this year’s Kickoff event is William Jewell linebacker Jake Hedrick, who played in six games a year ago before injury cut his season short.

While the event is for credentialed media only, fans are encouraged to participate in the event through a variety of social media platforms and follow along online with each GLVC school, as they rotate through stations over the course of the 90-minute event. A complete schedule, as well as the official 2022 GLVC Football Kickoff website, will be announced on Wednesday, July 27.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball added five transfers and two freshman to the 2023 roster. The new Screaming Eagles are in addition to the three winter signees (freshman outfielder Ethan Rothschild, freshman infielder/pitcher Brandon Juarez, sophomore infielder Ricardo Van Grieken).

USI will make the transition to NCAA Division I competition in the Ohio Valley Conference after finishing last season with a 21-28 record.

Biographies of USI Baseball’s Spring & Summer Signees:

Lane Crowden | 6’6″ | Infielder | Jackson, Mo.

The Jackson High School (Jackson, Missouri) product comes to USI after two seasons at Three Rivers Community College. The junior infielder started his collegiate career by hitting .288 with 11 RBIs, four doubles, one triple, and eight stolen bases.

COACH ARCHULETA ON CROWDEN: “Lane is a great defender that has a chance to play any of the four infield positions. He is very athletic and I am looking forward to seeing him develop over the next few years.”

Tucker Ebest | 6’3″ | Infielder | Austin, Texas

The junior infielder transfers to USI from Indian Hills Community College where he hit .305 over two years, producing 87 RBIs, 14 home runs, 23 doubles, and one triple. Ebest batted a two-year best .333 with 11 home runs, 14 doubles, and 58 RBIs, while being a member of the IHCC NJCAA World Series team in 2021. The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (Austin, Texas) graduate also was named first-team All-Region as a designated hitter his sophomore campaign.

COACH ARCHULETA ON EBEST: “Tucker is a left-handed bat with some power. In his two years at Indian Hills CC, he has helped his team win at a high level. Tucker is a very intense player that will help us build the culture we need during this transition.”

Thomas Emerich | 5’11” | Infielder | Warrensburg, Mo.

Emerich comes to USI after a year at Indian Hills Community College and Crowder College where he batted .322 with 31 RBIs, three home runs, and 32 runs scored in 2022. The junior infielder was a member of the Warriors’ 2022 NJCAA World Series squad. He also appeared in two games during freshman season at Crowder in 2021, getting a hit in two at-bats, producing two RBIs while being a member of the NJCAA World Series team. Emerich graduated from Ava High School (Ava, Missouri) where he earned first-team All-Conference and All-District honors in three-straight seasons.

COACH ARCHULETA ON EMERICH: “Thomas played second base this past season but can also play some shortstop. He is a contact hitter that plays the game hard and has been around great teams in his juco career.”

Roy Holcomb | 5’11” | Pitcher | St. Joseph, Mo.

The junior pitcher transfers to USI from State Fair Community College where he was 6-3 in 2022 after 12 appearances and six starts on the mound with 53 strikeouts in 41.1 innings of work. The St. Joseph Central High School (St. Joseph, Missouri) product earned first-team All-Conference as an infielder and pitcher in 2018 and 2019 at SJCHS.

COACH ARCHULETA ON HOLOCOMB: “Roy commands the zone well with multiple pitches. He also has the ability to throw a lot of innings for us next year.”

Caleb Meeks | 6’2″ | Pitcher | Evansville, Ind. (Reitz)

The Wabash Valley College transfer comes to USI after spending two seasons with the Warriors. Meeks finished 5-0 with two saves as a sophomore, striking out 45 batters and posting a 3.73 ERA in 31.0 innings of work. He also helped the Warriors to the NJCAA World Series in 2022 and a number one ranking. The Evansville native began his collegiate career at the University of Evansville before transferring to WVC. The Memorial High School (Evansville, Indiana) grad lettered in baseball, basketball, and soccer for the Tigers, earning first-team All-State as an outfielder his senior slate.

COACH ARCHULETA ON MEEKS: “Caleb is coming off a World Series appearance with Wabash Valley this past season and has pitched in some big games in his juco career. Caleb is a hard thrower that we expect to pitch a lot of innings out of the pen. He has the potential to be our closer and we are expecting great things from him.”

Caleb Niehaus | 6’0″ | Infielder | Newburgh, Ind. (Castle)

The Castle High School (Newburgh, Indiana) product travels to the west side after lettering in baseball and basketball for the Knights. He earned first-team All-Conference honors in 2021 and 2022.

COACH ARCHULETA ON NIEHAUS: “Caleb is a very athletic infielder that handles the bat well. He is a good runner and gives us the versatility that we need on the infield.  Caleb has had a great high school career and I look forward to seeing him develop into a great college player.”

Jake Winzenread | 6’2″ | Infielder | McCordsville, Ind.

The Lawrence North High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) grad comes to USI after earning All-Conference Player of the Year honors his senior campaign. Winzenread also earned first-team All-Marion County, first-team All-State, Academic All-State, and landed himself on the first-team All-USA Central Indiana Super Team as a senior. He also was named an Indiana South All-Star after leading LNHS to a conference championship in 2022.

COACH ARCHULETA ON WINZENREAD: “Jake is a right-handed hitter that has some juice in the bat. He is a corner infielder that has the potential to hit in the middle of our order. Looking forward to working with him over the next four years.”


1909       At Washington Park, the Superbas sweep a twin bill from the visiting Cardinals with identical 1-0 scores. Brooklyn’s southpaw Nap Rucker whiffs 16 Redbirds in one of the contests, en route to finishing second in the NL with 200 strikeouts.

1911       At League Park, the Naps host a charity game that features nine future Hall of Famers to benefit the family of their late right-handed ace Addie Joss, who died unexpectedly in April two days after his 31st birthday from bacterial meningitis. Cleveland loses the contest, 5-2, to an ‘All-Star’ team consisting of players from the other seven American League teams, managed by Senators’ skipper Jimmy McAleer.

1911       At the Palace of the Fans in Cincinnati, the Giants establish a club mark, hitting four triples in one game. The plethora of three-baggers, including two-legged out by Hall of Fame hurler Rube Marquard and one each from Larry Doyle and Chief Meyers, and nine other hits enable New York to beat the Reds, 8-3.

1926       For the second time this season, Lou Gehrig swipes home on the front end of a double steal with Babe Ruth as the trailing runner. The Yankees’ first baseman will steal 102 bases during his career, with 15 thefts being home plate.

1931       For the second time in ten days, Babe Herman hits for the cycle. The Dodger outfielder joins “Long John” Reilly and Bob Meusel as one of only three ‘tricyclists’ to have accomplished the feat of collecting a single, double, triple, and home run in one game three times.

1933       A pair of bandits, who robbed a St. Louis drug store last week, send Dizzy Dean a gift as a goodwill gesture. After walking into the robbery, the thieves told the Cardinal right-hander to line up with the other innocent bystanders, sending him six neckties because they had nothing against him personally.

1933       Gabby Street, who led St. Louis to National League pennants in 1930 and 1931, is fired midseason by the Cardinals after the team gets off to a 46-45 start. Frank Frisch, the Redbirds’ second baseman, is named the fifth-place club’s player-manager before a 10-1 exhibition rout of the Quincy Warriors of the Mississippi Valley League in Illinois.

1948       Five Duluth minor league club teammates die during a Northern League road trip, with another 19 hurt in a bus-truck crash near St. Paul. The injured include future major league manager Mel McGaha and Elmer Schoendienst, brother of Cardinals’ infielder, Red.

1948       Six days after hitting four homers in one game, White Sox outfielder Pat Seerey again makes the record book, becoming the first major leaguer to strike out seven times in a doubleheader.

1949       In the opener of a twin bill at Griffith Stadium, Indians’ hurler Bob Lemon helps his cause by hitting two home runs in a 7-5 victory over the Senators. Cleveland completes the sweep when Gene Beardon gets the Tribe’s 5-2 win in the nightcap.

1951       “That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see” – Pirates GM Branch Rickey, commenting on a catch made by Willie Mays at Forbes Field. At cavernous Forbes Field, Willie Mays, unable to reach across his body to make a catch with his glove of Rocky Nelson’s sinking 457-foot blast to deep center, sticks out his bare right hand and grabs the ball on a full gallop to make the incredible final out of the inning. Venerable Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh’s general manager, sends a note to the New York dugout during the game to tell the 20-year-old rookie Giants’ outfielder, “That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see.”

1956       Under cloudy skies, former first baseman/outfielder Hank Greenberg and infielder Joe Cronin, respectively, serving as general managers for the Tigers and Red Sox, are inducted into the Hall of Fame, with more than 8,500 fans attending the impressive ceremony. The former Detroit slugger becomes the first Jewish player enshrined in Cooperstown.

1961       Inclement conditions at Yankee Stadium postpone a home run derby featuring Bronx Bombers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle vs. Giants sluggers Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda. The ‘Mick’ will be the only scheduled participant to homer in the actual contest, when his second inning round-tripper, a 450-foot blast off Bob Bolin that lands in the bleachers, accounts for New York’s only run.

1961       In a midseason exhibition at Yankee Stadium in front of 47,346 fans on a stormy night, the San Francisco Giants beat their former crosstown rivals, 4-1. Mickey Mantle’s homer accounts for the only Bronx Bombers run, and Willie Mays, who is cheered enthusiastically throughout the entire evening, has two RBIs for the visiting ‘Jints.’

1962       Cookie Lavagetto, filling in for manager Casey Stengel, brings in southpaw Bob G. Miller, not to be confused with Bob L. Miller, also on the team, to face Braves backstop Del Crandall to start the bottom of the 12th inning. The only ball the 27-year-old reliever throws is hit over the left-field wall at County Stadium, resulting in one pitch, one hit, one run, and one loss for the southpaw, convinced by the team to come out of retirement, needing only 18 more days to qualify for the pension plan.

1965       Unbeknownst to him, Mets skipper Casey Stengel, who compiled a managerial record of 1,905-1,842 with the Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, and Mets, manages his final baseball game, a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium. After leaving a party after midnight at Toots Shor’s, the 75-year-old ‘Old Perfesser’ loses his balance, fracturing his left hip, resulting in the unexpected retirement from the sport.

1967       The Tigers cancel tonight’s scheduled game against the Orioles due to the civil unrest in Detroit. The two remaining games of the series shift to Baltimore, with tomorrow’s contest in the Charm City rained out during the second inning.

1968       ChiSox reliever Hoyt Wilhelm breaks Cy Young’s record when he makes his 907th career appearance, pitching a third of an inning in which he gives up a run on two hits to be on the short side of the team’s 3-2 loss to Oakland. The 45 year-old knuckleballer, who will retire in 1972 after pitching in 1,070 games, will finish his 21-year major league career with a 143-122 (.540) won-loss record and 228 saves, hurling for the Giants, Cardinals, Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Angels, Braves, Cubs, and Dodgers.

1970       Tommie Agee steals home with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving the Mets a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, the New York center fielder steals second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring the winning run with his theft of home plate.

1970       At Three Rivers Stadium, the Pirates stage Roberto Clemente Night at their new ballpark, showering their right fielder with gifts, including a scroll containing 300,000 signatures from the people of Puerto Rico. During an emotional pregame, at his request, the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital acquires a donation of several thousand dollars to assist disabled youngsters.

1973       Although not selected, Willie Mays appears in his last All-Star Game thanks to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn increasing the player limit so the ‘Say Hey Kid’ could participate in the Midsummer Classic. Bobby Bonds, a Giants teammate of Mays, homers and doubles in the National League’s 7-1 victory over the AL at Royals Stadium in Kansas City.

1974       Whitey Lockman becomes the team’s director of player development and will be replaced as the Cubs manager by third base coach Jim Marshall. During his three-year stint in the dugout, the Lowell, North Carolina native compiled a 157-162 (.492) record.

1977       After Mets’ right fielder Bruce Boisclair drops his two-out foul pop-up, Davey Lopes responds with a game-ending three-run home run off Bob Apodaca. The LA second baseman’s ninth-inning dramatics provide the Dodgers with a 5-3 win, spoiling Nino Espinosa’s opportunity for a complete-game victory needing just one more out before his departure.

1978       After sharing with two reporters last night that George Steinbrenner was a crook and Reggie Jackson was a liar, a tearful Billy Martin (52-42) announces his resignation as the Yankee manager in a Minnesota hotel lobby. Bob Lemon, recently fired by the White Sox, becomes the Bronx Bombers’ skipper, guiding the team to 48 victories in the remaining 68 games en route to a World Championship.

1979       Going deep off A’s hurler Mike Morgan at Fenway Park, Red Sox’s first baseman Carl Yastrzemski becomes the 18th major leaguer and seventh in the American League to hit 400 home runs. ‘Captain Carl’ will end his 23-year career with 452 homers.

1988       In a tribute held at a sold-out Shea Stadium, Tom Seaver (41) becomes only the third Met to have his uniform number retired. In addition to managers Casey Stengel (37) and Gil Hodges (14), the future Hall of Fame right-hander, who compiled a 198-124 record (.615) during a dozen seasons with the Amazins, becomes the third person and first player to be honored by the franchise in this manner.

1993       Following the game at Dodger Stadium, Vince Coleman tosses an M-80 from a car, resulting in reported injuries to three fans in the Chavez Ravine parking lot, including an 11-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl. The Mets’ player was a passenger in the 1991 Jeep Cherokee driven by LA outfielder Eric Davis, acknowledging Coleman flipped the firecracker out of his vehicle as a ‘joke,’ but not into a crowd of people.

1993       In a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, Mets right-hander Anthony Young extends his record losing streak to 27 games. The latest defeat results from the hard-luck hurler walking Dave Hansen in with the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning.

1995       The Red Sox trade outfielder Mark Whiten to Philadelphia for first baseman Dave Hollins, who will play only five games for Boston. ‘Hard Hittin’ Mike Whiten will hit .254 appearing in 120 contests over two seasons for the ‘Fightin’ Phils.’

1999       The Red Sox blast seven home runs, one shy of the club record, in an 11-4 rout of Detroit at Tiger Stadium. Boston right fielder Trot Nixon contributes to the offensive onslaught with three home runs and five RBIs.

1999       The Yankees rout the Indians 21-1 for their team’s largest margin of victory in 46 years. The Bronx Bombers’ designated hitter Chili Davis goes 5-for-6, collecting six RBIs in the late Saturday afternoon contest played at the Bronx ballpark.

2000       Ivan Rodriguez (.347, 27, 83) breaks his thumb when it is struck by Mo Vaughn’s bat swinging on a third strike when the American League MVP attempts to throw out a runner stealing second base. The Texas Rangers’ All-Star catcher will miss the rest of the season.

2004       During the third inning at Warner Park, the approximately 5000 fans attending the minor league contest between the Wisconsin Woodchucks and the hometown Madison Mallards set an American record for most people brushing their teeth at the same time. Next season, in another Northern League promotion, Winnipeg sets the Canadian record for the most fans simultaneous tooth brushing in a game against Calgary.

2004       Another saga is added to the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry when Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo hits last night’s hero Alex Rodriguez with a pitch. As A-Rod stares out at the mound on his way to first, Boston’s catcher Jason Varitek, after a verbal exchange, pushes his glove into the All-Star third baseman’s face, initiating a bench-clearing brawl between the divisional foes.

2007       At a press conference, an emotional Craig Biggio announces he will retire after this season, bringing his 20-year-old career as the longest-tenured player in Astro history to an end. The newest member of the 3,000 hit club, the only player in All-Star history to appear in the game as a catcher and a second baseman, played a significant role in Houston’s four division titles and the team’s only National League pennant.

2009       On the day he is traded by the A’s to the Cardinals for prospects Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, and Shane Peterson, Matt Holliday collects four hits, drives in a run, and steals a base in his debut with St. Louis. Having hurried from New York, where his former team was continuing a series with the Yankees, the outfielder had to borrow a glove and shoes from his new teammates before the Redbirds’ 8-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park.

2010       After 18 consecutive losses in Cleveland, the Rays finally beat the hometown Indians for the first time in nearly five years. With the 6-3 victory over the Tribe, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon snaps a 0-21 personal losing streak as the visiting manager that began when he was California’s interim skipper in 1996.

2011       Former Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, and Phillies GM Pat Gillick, lifetime .300 hitter Roberto Alomar, and Bert Blyleven, ninth on the all-time list with 60 shutouts, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Gillick won two World Series rings (1992-93) in Toronto with Alomar as his second baseman, and Blyleven helped the Twins capture the 1987 Fall Classic and played for the Pirates team that won it all in 1979.

2011       Losing 12-8 in Boston, the Mariners establish a new team-worst losing streak with their 15th straight defeat. The Fenway contest features a milestone for Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield when catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia holds on to Mike Carp’s foul tip to end the sixth inning for the knuckleballer’s 2,000th strikeout, a mark accomplished only once previously in franchise history, by Roger Clemens.

2012       Jordany Valdespin sets a new Mets single-season record when he hits his fifth pinch-hit home run of the team’s 5-2 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field. The 24-year-old ties Cliff Johnson (Astros, 1974) for the second-highest single-season total ever recorded by a rookie, trailing only Craig Wilson, a freshman with the Pirates in 2001 when he tied Dave Hansen’s major-league mark for pinch-homers with seven.

2014       While singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch, Andy Milovich, the 45 year-old vice president and general manager of the Class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, is given a prostate exam in the Field press box. The first 1,000 men attending the Carolina League contest against the Winston-Salem Dash received a promotional foam rubber finger.

2015       Receiving a standing ovation from the Citi Field crowd, Michael Conforto, the Mets’ first-round pick (10th overall) last year, becomes the 1,000th player in Mets history when he makes his major league debut, going 0-3 in the team’s 7-2 loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field. Tomorrow, the 22-year-old rookie left fielder will enjoy a 4-for-4 day at the plate when he will collect three singles and a double en route scoring four runs.

2019       The Cardinals, during the team’s 14-8 rout of the Pirates at PNC Park, tie a major league record banging out eight extra-base hits in one inning, equaling a mark previously established by four other clubs. The Redbirds’ barrage in the nine-run second fame included five doubles (Kolten Wong [2], Paul DeJong, Yairo Munoz, Dexter Fowler) and three home runs (Paul DeJong, Andrew Knizner, Paul Goldschmidt).

2019       Stevie Wilkerson becomes the first position player in MLB history to record a save when the Orioles beat the Angels in Anaheim, 10-8. The Baltimore center fielder pitches a perfect bottom half of the 16th inning, after Jonathan Villar’s two-out, two-run home run in the top of the frame gave the team the lead.

2020       The new extra innings rule, which puts a runner at second base to start each extra half-inning, comes into play for the first time on Opening Day when Shohei Ohtani, who made the last out in the top of the ninth, becomes the base runner to begin the tenth frame. The Halos fail to score, losing to the A’s, 7-3, when Matt Olson hits a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the frame.

2020       For only the second time in baseball history, all four starting infielders are the sons of former major leaguers, when shortstop Bo Bichette (Dante), second baseman Cavan Biggio (Craig), first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Vladimir), and third baseman Travis Shaw (Jeff) top the order for the Blue Jays on Opening Day. In 2012, the Dodgers’ lineup featured an infield consisting of third baseman Ivan DeJesus Jr. (Ivan), second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. (Jerry), shortstop Dee Gordon (Tom), and first baseman Scott Van Slyke (Andy), with outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. (Tony) patrolling center field.

2020       Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina establishes the mark for most consecutive Opening Day starts by a catcher, playing his 16th successive lid-lifter in the team’s 5-4 victory over the Pirates at Busch Stadium. The 38-year-old nine-time Gold Glover surpasses the streak set by Hall of Famers Ray Schalk (White Sox, 1913-27) and Bill Dickey (Yankees, 1930-43, 1946), who missed two seasons due to serving in the military during World War II.


New York Giants (4) vs Washington Senators (1)

In 1933, few teams had as productive a batting order as the American League champion Washington Senators. Heinie Manush hit .336 and had ninety-five runs batted in, Buddy Myer finished with a .302 average, Joe Kuhel contributed with a .322 and one-hundred seven RBIs and Goose Goslin and Fred Schulte were .297 and .295 sluggers.

Hitting wasn’t their only weapon as Alvin Crowder won twenty-four games, Earl Whitehill had twenty-two victories and Lefty Stewart went 15-6. The Senators had outdistanced the defending champion New York Yankees by seven games for the American League pennant and were heavy favorites over the National League’s New York Giants.

In stark contrast to Washington’s “lumber yard”, New York’s team had only one .300 hitter in Bill Terry and one one-hundred RBI man in Mel Ott. What they lacked in offense the Giants certainly made up for in defense with Carl Hubbell, Hal Schumacher, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Roy Parmelee and Dolf Luque on the mound.

Hubbell had led the National League in victories with twenty-three, shutouts with ten and earned-run average with a 1.66. Schumacher, Hubbell and Parmelee had ranked 1-2-3 in the league in fewest hits allowed per nine innings. Schumacher had won nineteen games, and his 2.16 ERA ranked third in the National League. Fitzsimmons had won sixteen. And reliever Luque, at forty-three, had won eight-of-ten decisions and boasted a 2.70 ERA.

Hubbell and Schumacher, who had combined for seventeen shutouts, started the first two games of the Series for the Giants and were opposed by Stewart and Crowder. Hubbell did not permit an earned run while allowing only five hits and striking out ten in a 4-2 opening victory that featured an Ott two-run homer and run-scoring single. His teammate surrendered only one run in Game 2 (a Goslin homer), and wound up a 6-1 winner as the Giants erupted for six runs in the sixth inning.

Pitching continued to rule in Game 3 although this time it would be Washington on top. Earl Whitehill, who was a key off-season acquisition from the Detroit Tigers, threw a crucial five-hitter that resulted in a 4-0 victory and put his team back in the hunt.

Hubbell returned for Game 4 and did not allow an earned run for nine innings in a 1-1 tie. Neither club could score in the tenth, but the Giants pulled ahead in the eleventh on a Travis Jackson bunt, a sacrifice and Blondy Ryan’s single. The Senators were unable to answer and New York held on for a 2-1 win and one game away from their first championship title since 1922.

Schumacher was given the start for Game 5 and looked strong with a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. Down, but now out, Washington came alive with a Fred Schulte homer that brought in Heinie Manush and Joe Cronin for the tie. Now the game turned to a duel of the relievers as the Giants’ Dolf Luque squared off against the Senators’ Jack Russell for the win. The 3-3 stalemate continued until the top of the tenth when Ott drilled a Russell pitch deep into the bleachers. Luque (who had first appeared in the majors in 1914) then went about the business of nailing down the Series title for the Giants.

In the end, New York batted .267 in the Series (slightly above its season figure of .263) and Washington hit .214 after leading the majors in 1933 with a .287 team mark.


For baseball, 1944 was the darkest of the war years, with most of the game’s star players scattered around the globe serving their country. This game was the widest victory margin to date for an All-Star Game and the National League’s four-run fifth inning was their biggest one-inning outing.

One highlight from this otherwise mediocre exhibition was the unusual pitching techniques of Rip Sewell. He had won twenty-one games that year using his special “eephus” pitch that had become a fan favorite. This curious delivery resulted in a parachute pitch that lobbed on a high arc and could be dropped over the plate with uncanny control. He made the crowd roar when he floated two of these rainbows to George McQuinn in the eighth. After the game, Sewell was asked to explain why the pitch was called an “eephus”. He replied “An eephus ain’t nothing. And that’s what that pitch is… nothing.” His style still remains as one of the most original and unorthodox approaches ever to come from a pitcher’s mound.



The gruesome headlne was telling a terrible story of how on Saturday, July 24, 1915 a ferry boat named the S.S. Eastland was preparing to take 2500 passengers, mostly employees of the Western Electric Company and their families on a short trip to the Company’s summer picnic. The Eastland was owned by the St. Joseph-Chicago Steamship Company and made money ferrying people from Chicago to picnic sites on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Tribune said there was some speculation that the boat was holding more than the maximum passengers level of 2500 and it was more like 3200 people were on board but the crew swears they turned people away aftr the counter reached 2500 people on board. The disater occurred in Chicago near the Clark Street Bridge on the Chicago River when officially 844 lives were lost of the more than 2500 people onboard, when the Great Lakes transport ship capsized while still near the dock. A story on says that, “about 7,300 people arrived at 6 a.m. at the dock between LaSalle and Clark streets to be carried out to the site by five steamers. While bands played, much of the crowd—perhaps even more than the 2,500 people allowed—boarded the Eastland. Some reports indicate that the crowd may also have all gathered on one side of the boat to pose for a photographer, thus creating an imbalance on the boat. In any case, engineer Joseph Erikson opened one of the ballast tanks, which holds water within the boat and stabilizes the ship, and the Eastland began tipping.”

According to a story from July 24, 2019 from the a certain 20 year old man named George Halas was supposed to be on board but was running late and when he arrived shortly after 7:30 AM, the vessel was already capsized. Halas had a summer job with the Western Electric Company and was excited as were many of his co-workers to participate in the company picnic games that day. Though Halas saw the disastrous aftermath he was not at the site when the boat flipped on its side. Errantly Halas’ name appeared in the newspaper the three days later, find the clipping below, and two of his fraternity brothers from the University of Illinois showed up at his parent’s home to express their condolences per Halas’ grandson, Patrick McCaskey.

Halas did in fact miss tragedy and go on to have some awesome accomplishments in life. In 1919 he was a New York Yankees Baseball outfielder, a year later he moved to Decatur, Illionois to work for starch manufacturer A.E. Staley Corporation and became a player/coach of the company’s football squad and player on the baseball team. On September 17,1920 he represented the Decatur Staleys Football team in helping to found the American Professional Football Association which two year later became the NFL. George eventually was given control of the Staleys, moved them to Chicago and soon aftr called the the Bears and won some great NFL Championships with the franchise as a player, coach and owner. His family, under the McCaskey name still owns the Bears franchise to this day.

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Career “Launch”

July 24, 1969 – After a sucessful mission of having the first men to walk on the moon, NASA’s Apollo 11 capsule returns to earth carrying astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins. Buzz Aldrin was the starting center on the Montclair High School 1946 undefeated New Jersey state champion football team.

A Rough Ride indeed

July 24, 1991 – The CFL’s Ottawa Rough Riders’ Board of Directors all resign due to a compilation of events that placed the franchise in deep financial trouble. The team ended up folding in 1996.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for July 24

July 24, 1876 – Clarence ‘Bert” Herschberger was a University of Chicago fullback from 1895 to 1898 under Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg that entered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970. Per the NFF’s bio, Bert became the first “Western” player to become an All-American in 1898. Coach Stagg credits Clarence Herschberger as being the first to use the notorious Statue of Liberty play, but it was Bert’s kicking expertise which made him one of the first players outside of the Ivy League to make Walter Camp’s All-America team. Clarence put on a kicking show that impressed even the Father of Football in Chicago’s 18-11 loss to powerful Penn in an 1898 matchup of the schools. Walter Camp witnessed the game and placed Herschberger on his All-America unit. Eastern fans wanted to know why Camp broke tradition and went out of the East to select a Midwesterner, to which the venerable pollster replied: “Against Penn this year, Herschberger exhibited the best all-around kicking of the season; punting, place-kicking and drop-kicking with accuracy and facility.” Clarence later became the head coach of the Lake Forest College football program.

July 24, 1894 – Dewitt, Arkansas – Clarence “Doc” Spears was a guard that attended Knox College and Dartmouth College and his prowess at his craft earned him the recognition to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame. The National Football Foundation declares that Doc delayed his medical career for decades becoming an All-America guard at Dartmouth and, later, as one of the game’s most-respected coaches. and what a ride it must have been. Spears helped Dartmouth to a 16-2-1 record in two seasons there, losing only to Princeton each year. He was huge at 230-pounds, a player of unusual strength when he won All-America honors in 1914 and 1915. After playing he went into coaching football and he served as the head coach at Dartmouth, West Virginia, Minnesota, Oregon, Wisconsin-Madison, Toledo, Maryland and College Park.

July 24, 1934 – Willie Davis Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined defensive end of the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers. Mr. Davis played collegiately at Grambling State. As a pro Willie Davis was a League Champion 5 times including Super Bowls I & II and was also an ALL-Pro six times.

July 24, 1962 – Kevin Butler was a kicker out of Georgia playing for th “Dogs from 1981 to 1984, that was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001. According to the, Kevin booted through 77 field goals and 122 extra points, a total of 353 points! His specialty seemed to be the long range scooring oppotunites as his accuracy on attempts 50 yards or longer was 52.4 percent, an NCAA record! His longest made field goal was 60 yards against Clemson in 1984 as it dramatically gave Georgia a 26-23 victory. He had other successful kicks of 59, 53, and 52 yards. Butler finished college with being good on 122 for 125 on extra points and 77 for 98 on field goals. Mr. Butler kicked in the NFL for the Chicago Bears for 11 seasons and then finished his career with the Arizona Cardinals. In just his Rookie season he was an NFL Champion as the 1985 Bears won Super Bowl XX. What a way to start off a career!


1 – 47 – 25 – 22

July 12, 1945 – Boston Brave outfielder Tommy Holmes, in his Number 1 Uniform was on a mission during this 1945 MLB season. Going into the game againt the Chicago Cubs on this day he had hit safely in a National League record of 37 games. The Cubs beat Boston, 6-1 and put a stop to Holmes’ streak. The record of Tommy H. from 1945 stood all the way to 1978 when Pete Rose (Number 14) sailed past it with 44 games, eventhough a couple of players reached 31 including Willie Davis (Number 3)in 1969, and Rico Carty (Number 25) in 1970.

July 12, 1946 – Vance Dinges, Number 47 hit the only Philadelphia Phillies pinch hit inside-the-park Home Run in franchise history.

July 12, 1949 – The NFL’s Los Angeles Rams signed Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to a contract. The Dutchman played for the Rams through the 1957 season. In his last three seasons of 1958 through 1960 he played with the Philadelphia Eagles even winning an NFL Championship with each team, the Rams in 1951 and the Eagles in 1960. He wore Number 25 for his first few years on the Rams and then switched to the number he would wear the reaminder of his career, Number 11.

July 12, 1951 – The New York Yankees pitcher known as Allie Reynolds, Number 22 threw a no-hit masterpiece in Cleveland against the Indians, his former team, in a 1-0 Yanks win.

July 12, 1954 – The MLBPA was founded to help players have their rights protected in an organized union.

July 12, 1979 – In one of the most bizzare forfeits of all time, “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park was the promotion in between the games of a double header between the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. The promotion was a success in the fact that fans actively participated , however when the crowd went wild and stormed the field destroying the disco records it caused game officials to declare that the White Sox had to forfeit second game of the twinbill. FOr the promotion local Chicago DJ Steve Dahl promised to blow up disco records in between games. It did not go to plan as midway through the first game records started to fly out of the stands frisbee style on to the playing field causing delays while attendants had to remove them so that players would not get hurt. Police arrested 39 people after the mob stormed the field setting fires that destroed a batting cage, pulling up bases and other vanadlism.


1893 For only time in history of US Tennis championships, an event is held off the Eastern seaboard. Men’s double championship in Chicago

1904 2nd Tour de France won by Henri Cornet of France

1905 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Holcombe Ward & Beals Wright 8-10, 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 8-6 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over US (ends 5-0)

1908 American Johnny Hayes wins London Olympic marathon in Games record 2:55:18.4 after Dorando Pietri of Italy disqualified for receiving assistance before the finish line

1909 Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1-0 victory at Washington Park, Brooklyn

1921 15th Tour de France won by Leon Scieur of Belgium

1931 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2 mile (8:59.6)

1946 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League) die in a bus crash

1949 Indian pitcher Bob Lemon hits 2 HRs to beat Senators, 7-5

1949 36th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy

1952 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record 5K (14:06.6)

1956 Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium

1956 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Blue Hill CC: Masters champion Jack Burke Jr. wins his second major championship of the season, 3 & 2 over Ted Kroll

1958 Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again

1960 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Firestone CC: Jay Hebert wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Australian Jim Ferrier

1961 Roger Maris hits 4 home runs, in a doubleheader

1965 Casey Stengel resigns as manager of NY Mets

1966 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Firestone CC: American Al Geiberger wins his only major title by 4 shots from Dudley Wysong

1967 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Columbine CC: Don January wins his only major title in 18-hole playoff with Don Messengale (69-71)

1967 Race riots in Detroit force postponement of Tigers-Orioles game

1968 Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game breaking Cy Young’s record for pitching appearances

1970 International Lawn Tennis Association institutes 9 point tie break rule

1973 44th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Royals Stadium, Kansas City

1973 All Star MVP: Bobby Bonds (SF Giants)

1977 US Open Women’s Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Hollis Stacy wins wire-to-wire by 2 strokes from Nancy Lopez

1977 Pete Rose passes Frankie Frisch as switch-hit leader with 2,881

1977 64th Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France

1978 Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games

1978 Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after “one is a born liar the other a convicted one” comment about Steinbrenner and Jackson

1979 Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR

1983 Pine Tar Game: George Brett’s HR disallowed against Yanks (overturned)
1988 US Open Women’s Golf, Baltimore CC: Liselotte Neumann of Sweden wins her only major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan

1988 US and Jamaica play scoreless tie, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup

1988 75th Tour de France won by Pedro Delgado of Spain

1992 Faye Vincent reinstates Yankee owner George Steinbrenner (eff 3/1/93)

1993 Met Vince Coleman injures 3 when he throws cherry bomb at Dodger fans

1993 NY Met Anthony Young loses record 27th straight

1994 32nd Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats USA in Frankfurt Germany (3-0)

1994 US Open Women’s Golf, Indianwood G & CC: Patty Sheehan wins her second title in 3 years, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Tammie Green; 5th of her 6 major titles

1994 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain wins 4th consecutive Tour, 5′ 39″ ahead of Piotr Ugrumov; Djamolidine Abdoujaparov points winner

2005 92nd Tour de France: no winner; Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive victory but disqualified in 2012 for doping

2005 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Royal Aberdeen: Tom Watson wins his second Open Senior title in a playoff with Ireland’s Des Smyth

2011 98th Tour de France won by Cadel Evans of Australia; first and only Australian to win the event

2011 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Walton Heath: Russ Cochran wins by 2 shots from fellow American Mark Calcavecchia

2011 Copa América Final, River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires: Diego Forlán scores twice as Uruguay beats Paraguay, 3–0 to earn their 15th title

2019 19-year-old Hungarian swimmer Kristóf Milák breaks Michael Phelps’ 10 year old 200m butterfly world record at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea; swims 1:50.73, 0.78s faster than Phelps


Tour de France10:00amUSA
LPGA Tour: Evian Championship5:30amGOLF
Senior British Open9:00amGOLF
Senior British Open12:00pmNBC
PGA Tour: 3M Open1:00pmGOLF
PGA Tour: 3M Open3:00pmCBS
Chi. Cubs at Philadelphia12:05pmPeacock
Toronto at Boston1:35pmNESN
Miami at Pittsburgh1:35pmATTSN-PIT
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NY Yankees at Baltimore1:35pmYES
LA Angels at Atlanta1:35pmBally Sports
Minnesota at Detroit1:40pmBally Sports
St. Louis at Cincinnati1:40pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Chi. White Sox2:10pmBally Sports
Colorado at Milwaukee2:10pmBally Sports
Tampa Bay at Kansas City2:10pmBally Sports
Texas at Oakland4:07pmMLBN
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San Francisco at LA Dodgers4:10pmNBCS-BAY
Washington at Arizona4:10pmMLBN
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Houston at Seattle4:10pmRoot Sports
San Diego at NY Mets7:00pmESPN
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Formula One: French Grand Prix9:00amESPN
IndyCar: Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 3003:00pmNBC
NASCAR Cup: M&M’s Fan Appreciation 4003:00pmUSA
NHRA: Sonoma Nationals4:00pmFOX
First Division A: Club Brugge vs Genk7:30amESPN+
First Division A: Mechelen vs Antwerp10:00amESPN+
Copa América Femenina 5th Place Match8:00pmFS2
MLS: Austin vs New York RB8:00pmESPN+
Liga MX: Pachuca vs Pumas UNAM8:00pmUniMas
MLS: LA Galaxy vs Atlanta United9:30pmFS1
Dallas at Indiana3:00pmNBATV
Atlanta at Seattle6:00pmNBATV


Miami at Cincinnati6:40pmBally Sports
Atlanta at Philadelphia7:05pmMLBN
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Tampa Bay at Baltimore7:05pmMASN/2
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Cleveland at Boston7:10pmBally Sports
San Diego at Detroit7:10pmMLBN
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Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs8:05pmATTSN-PIT
LA Angels at Kansas City8:10pmBally Sports
Colorado at Milwaukee8:10pmATTSN-RM
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Houston at Oakland9:40pmNBCS-CA
San Francisco at Arizona9:40pmNBCS-BAY
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Texas at Seattle10:10pmMLBN
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Washington at LA Dodgers10:10pmMLBN
Club Friendly: Gamba Osaka vs PSG6:00amCBSSN
Brasileirão: Coritiba vs Cuiabá7:00pmParamount+
Copa América Femenina Semifinals8:00pmFS1


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees6531.67737 – 1228 – 1931 – 1619 – 610 – 64 – 6L 1
Tampa Bay5242.5531231 – 1821 – 2423 – 177 – 1012 – 97 – 3L 1
Toronto5243.54712.530 – 1922 – 2418 – 1813 – 1015 – 117 – 3W 5
Boston4847.50516.523 – 2225 – 2512 – 2812 – 719 – 72 – 8L 4
Baltimore4747.5001726 – 1821 – 2917 – 2211 – 1312 – 87 – 3W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota5144.53727 – 2224 – 2213 – 1024 – 1910 – 94 – 6W 1
Cleveland4845.516225 – 1923 – 266 – 1025 – 209 – 87 – 3L 1
Chi White Sox4748.495420 – 2727 – 2114 – 1519 – 217 – 96 – 4W 1
Detroit3857.4001323 – 2515 – 327 – 1419 – 254 – 112 – 8L 2
Kansas City3757.39413.520 – 2817 – 296 – 1318 – 209 – 165 – 5W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6332.66330 – 1433 – 188 – 816 – 431 – 167 – 3W 4
Seattle5144.5371224 – 2227 – 2212 – 157 – 624 – 188 – 2L 2
Texas4251.4522021 – 2621 – 255 – 1111 – 817 – 253 – 7L 2
LA Angels3955.41523.522 – 2717 – 286 – 189 – 518 – 191 – 9L 5
Oakland3562.3612914 – 3221 – 3010 – 1610 – 1613 – 256 – 4W 3
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5837.61128 – 1730 – 2028 – 1212 – 513 – 125 – 5L 3
Atlanta5838.6040.533 – 2025 – 1822 – 1417 – 1013 – 117 – 3W 2
Philadelphia4945.5218.524 – 2325 – 2218 – 198 – 716 – 114 – 6L 2
Miami4450.46813.522 – 2322 – 2724 – 196 – 99 – 143 – 7L 1
Washington3165.32327.515 – 3616 – 298 – 369 – 89 – 131 – 9L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5243.54723 – 1929 – 2411 – 1328 – 196 – 84 – 6W 2
St. Louis5145.5311.529 – 2022 – 2510 – 1425 – 1510 – 76 – 4W 1
Pittsburgh4055.4211221 – 2419 – 317 – 1018 – 2713 – 115 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs3757.39414.518 – 3219 – 256 – 620 – 217 – 183 – 7W 3
Cincinnati3558.3761619 – 2916 – 295 – 913 – 228 – 216 – 4L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers6330.67733 – 1330 – 1711 – 917 – 624 – 119 – 1W 7
San Diego5442.56310.525 – 2129 – 2114 – 919 – 1020 – 205 – 5W 2
San Francisco4846.51115.526 – 2222 – 2414 – 1311 – 1016 – 175 – 5L 3
Colorado4352.4532128 – 2315 – 298 – 198 – 721 – 186 – 4L 3
Arizona4252.44721.524 – 2618 – 2614 – 1010 – 1112 – 275 – 5W 3

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot