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Strider strikes out 11, Riley homers as Braves beat Reds 4-1
CINCINNATI (AP) Spencer Strider allowed one hit over six innings and matched a career high with 11 strikeouts, Austin Riley homered for the second straight game and drove in two runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Saturday.
Strider (4-2) didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the fifth inning when Nick Senzel’s single drove in Matt Reynolds, who entered the game when Kyle Farmer was hit by a pitch.
“I’m still trying to extend a little more each time,” said Strider, who was making his seventh start and 18th appearance. “I’m starting to stretch out a little bit.”
“Awesome,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of Strider. “He was free and easy. That’s two really good ones in a row. His breaking ball was really good.”
Dansby Swanson made a diving backhand catch of Joey Votto’s pop into short left field to end the fourth and keep alive Strider’s no-hit bid before Senzel’s soft liner to center that fell in front of Michael Harris II.
A.J. Minter pitched the seventh and Jesse Chavez the eighth before Will Smith pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
The Braves, in second place in the NL East behind the Mets, moved a season-high 13 games over .500 with their fourth win in five games and are 2 1/2 games behind New York after the Mets lost to Texas on Saturday.
The loss was Cincinnati’s fourth straight overall and 10th straight at home, the team’s longest home losing streak since an 11-game skid in 1986 at Riverfront Stadium. The team fell a season-high 25 games under .500 at 26-51.
“There’s plenty of frustration, staff, players, myself,” manager David Bell said. “I know our players are doing everything in their power to try to turn this around. I’m looking long and hard at what I need to do to turn this around.”
Tyler Mahle set a season high with four walks, including Harris II with the bases loaded in the fourth to force in Atlanta’s second run. Mahle (3-7) allowed five hits and two runs with five strikeouts. He also hit a batter.
“It was definitely a grind,” Mahle said. “I wasn’t making pitches the whole time. You like to come out of those games that are not good for you with limited damage.”
Riley led off the second with his 20th homer of the season, which landed four rows deep in the left field seats.
Riley had gone 12 straight games without a homer before going deep on Friday. He led off the second on Saturday with a high arcing fly and later scored on Mahle’s bases-loaded walk and added an RBI double in Atlanta’s two-run seventh.
“I’m staying through the ball a little better than I have been recently,” Riley said. “Staying through the middle of the field really helps.”
20 AND COUNTING
Riley’s homer was his 20th of the season, extending to four the number of consecutive full seasons (not including 2020) that Atlanta has had at least one player hit 20 or more home runs before the All-Star break – Ozzie Albies in 2018, Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna, Jr. in 2019 and Acuna, Jr. last season.
Mahle picked Duvall off first base with one out and the bases loaded in the second inning. Duvall headed toward second on what he thought was ball four to Orlando Arcia, but when an appeal changed the call to strike two, Duvall walked slowly back toward first and was easily thrown out.
Braves: RHP Jay Jackson (right lat strain) was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. . RHP Touki Toussaint was designated for assignment. . Adam Duvall was hit on the left hand with a pitch in the second inning and left the game after the top of the third.
Reds: C Tyler Stephenson (fractured right thumb) is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Monday. Stephenson has been sidelined since June 10. . SS Kyle Farmer was hit on the left wrist with a pitch leading off the fifth and was immediately replaced by Matt Reynolds. Bell was ejected by plate umpire Tripp Gibson.
RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 4.73 ERA) is scheduled to start for Atlanta against RHP Luis Castillo (3-4, 3.32 ERA) in Sunday’s series finale. Morton allowed two hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings of a 7-6 win over Cincinnati on April 8. Castillo threw a career-high 123 pitches over six shutout innings of a 5-3 Reds win over the Cubs at Chicago on Tuesday.
Leiter works 5 1/3 in emergency relief, Cubs top Boston 3-1
CHICAGO (AP) Mark Leiter Jr. threw 5 1/3 solid innings of emergency relief, Nico Hoerner and Patrick Wisdom each had two hits and the Chicago Cubs capitalized on a pair of Boston errors and beat the Red Sox 3-1 Saturday night.
Four pitchers combined to limit the Red Sox to five hits as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games.
David Robertson got four outs for his 11th save in 14 chances. He gave up a double before striking out Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez and worked around a walk, coaxing a fly out to end the game.
Jackie Bradley Jr., Jarren Duran and Devers doubled for the the Red Sox, who have dropped four of five. Boston went 20-6 in June, but has lost two straight to the rebuilding Cubs.
Chicago starter Alec Mills exited due to lower back pain after throwing just seven pitches. The 30-year-old Mills struck out Duran and left after allowing a double to Devers. Leiter Jr. came on and struck out Martinez and got Xander Bogaerts to fly out, ending the inning.
“That was awesome,” Mills said. “What he did was special.”
Leiter Jr. (2-2) allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one.
“It was nice to feel that emotion,” said Leiter Jr., who exited to an ovation from the crowd. “Proud of being able to kind of hold us where we were and not have to run through other guys and really use a lot of arms.”
Mills was activated June 7 from the 60-day injured list for a right quadriceps strain.
Mills said the pain is “a very similar feeling” to his previous injury, and he will see how he recovers.
“The pitch to Duran on the strikeout was when I initially felt a little bit of something,” Mills said. “It didn’t get any better, thought maybe I could get through it.”
The Cubs went ahead 2-0 in the second after two errors. Wisdom singled and advanced on third baseman Devers’ throwing error. Wisdom then scored on pitcher Josh Winckowski’s throwing error to first on a bunt single by Hoerner, who went to third on a groundout and scored on Narciso Crook’s sacrifice fly.
Boston cut the lead to one in the sixth, chasing Leiter. Bradley Jr. led off with a double, advanced on Duran’s single and scored on a double play.
Pinch runner Nelson Velazquez stole second, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Wisdom’s single off Tanner Houck in the eighth.
Winckowski (3-2), a rookie, gave up two runs, one earned, and six hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one. He was trying to win his fourth straight start since being recalled from Triple-A on June 15.
“I felt really good,” he said. “This is probably the best my location has felt since being up here in terms of working both sides of the plate and landing the slider whenever I needed a strike.”
HE SAID IT
Winckowski said pitching at Wrigley Field was “a little underwhelming.”
“Fenway kind of has a presence to it,” he said. “I really didn’t get that here, to be honest. I said to my mom last night, this place is very stock standard.”
Red Sox: LHP Rich Hill (sprained left knee) went on the 15-day injured list. He exited Friday’s game in the fifth inning. “We’re going to find out a little bit more when we get back home at Fenway,” Hill said. . In a corresponding move, RHP Phillips Valdez was recalled from Triple-A Worcester. . RHP Nathan Eovaldi (low back inflammation) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session. . RHP Garrett Whitlock (right hip inflammation) threw a bullpen session and participated in fielding practice. He is likely to be a multiple-inning reliever when he returns, manager Alex Cora said. . INF Kike Hernandez (right hip) took 20 swings. If he progresses well, he could begin a rehab assignment Friday or Saturday, Cora said. … LHP James Paxton (Tommy John surgery) threw a 32-pitch bullpen.
Cubs: OF Seiya Suzuki (left ring finger sprain) is expected to return from the IL as soon as Monday. He played right field at Triple-A Iowa on a rehab assignment Saturday. . RHP Marcus Stroman (right shoulder inflammation) will pitch Sunday for Iowa. Stroman said he hopes that will be his only rehab game before he returns from the IL. … LHP Drew Smyly (right oblique strain) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Monday. . LHP Daniel Norris (left index finger sprain) threw Saturday. . INF Nick Madrigal (left groin strain) ran the bases.
RHP Keegan Thompson (7-3, 3.34 ERA) will start for the Cubs in Sunday’s series finale. Boston had yet to announce a starter. RHP Connor Seabold, who was optioned to Worcester on Monday and has remained with the team as a taxi squad player, could start.
Arenado, Cards hit 4 straight HRs in 1st; late HR tops Phils
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nolan Arenado sparked a record barrage of four straight home runs by St. Louis in the first inning, then hit a tiebreaking drive in the ninth that sent the Cardinals over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 Saturday.
With two outs in the first, Arenado, Nolan Gorman, Juan Yepez and Dylan Carson homered off Kyle Gibson. It was the first time in major league history a team connected for four homers in a row in the first inning.
“It was really cool just being a part of that,” Arenado said. “It was almost surreal. You didn’t really believe it. Those moments are special. I’m very thankful for them.”
The Cardinals tied the MLB record for any inning with four in a row. It was the first time they had done it, and the 11th time overall in big league history.
“That was incredible,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “Guys took some good swings. They were on attack.”
The home crowd at Citizens Bank Park then gasped when Lars Nootbaar followed Carlson and made solid contact on a flyball that was caught in deep left field but well shy of the warning track to end the inning.
It was 6-all when Arenado led off the ninth by clearing the wall in left field off Seranthony Dominguez (4-2) for his 17th home run. Arenando hit for the cycle on Friday night in the Cardinals’ 5-3 defeat to the Phillies.
“I just got enough of it,” Arenado said. “We’re obviously excited to win the ballgame. That’s what’s most important.”
Yairo Munoz hit a two-run double, Matt Vierling had a pair of RBIs and Odubel Herrera had three hits for the Phillies.
“These guys kept battling,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said. “Came back to tie twice. Just couldn’t seem to get the lead, but I’m awfully proud of the way they battled.”
Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley (4-1) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, striking out five of the seven batters he faced.
St. Louis put on a historic power display in the first.
After Gibson got the first two outs, Paul Goldschmidt singled before Arenado’s two-run shot to left field on a slider started the long ball onslaught.
Gorman followed by driving a 2-1 cutter into the seats in right field. Yepez fouled off a 1-2 pitch before clearing the fence in left field to mark the first time since Sept. 19, 2002, that the Cardinals hit three homers in a row.
Carson finished the amazing power display by connecting on a 1-0 sinker that hit the facing of the second deck in right field.
“A lot of fun, a lot of excitement,” Carson said. “That was cool, really exciting, and something that obviously will be remembered.”
The last team to homer in four consecutive at-bats was the Chicago White Sox, who did it on Aug. 16, 2020, against the Cardinals.
Gibson had allowed just nine homers in 80 1/3 innings entering Saturday.
The Cardinals upped the win/loss record of teams that have hit four consecutive homers in an inning to 7-4.
The Phillies got a pair of runs back in the second on Vierling’s sacrifice fly and Bryson Stott’s RBI single. They tied it in the third on another Vierling sacrifice fly and Munoz’s two-run double.
All five runs were charged to Cardinals starter Matthew Liberatore.
St. Louis went ahead in the fifth. After Gibson loaded the bases with no outs, Corey Knebel came on and got the first two batters out before walking Nootbaar to give the Cardinals a 6-5 lead. Philadelphia tied it in the sixth on Nick Castellanos’ RBI single.
Cardinals RHP Jordan Hicks threw 18 of 28 pitches over 100 mph while twice reaching 103.4 mph in 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Hicks was activated from the injured list before the game. He hadn’t pitched in the majors since May 24 before a forearm injury.
Phillies OF Kyle Schwarber was named NL Player of the Month for June after batting .272 with 12 homers and 27 RBIs in 27 games. Schwarber went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts.
Cardinals: Gorman returned to the lineup after missing the last three games. He sat the first two of those due to a bruised left hand and the final one because of Friday night’s pitching matchup.
Cardinals LHP Adam Wainwright (6-5, 3.07) opposes Philadelphia RHP Zack Wheeler (6-4, 2.89) on Sunday night when the teams conclude their three-game series.
Rizzo, Stanton homer as Yankees win 6-1, sweep 2 from Guards
CLEVELAND (AP) The Yankees made up for two winless days with two wins in one day.
New York’s right back on track.
Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton blasted consecutive homers, Nestor Cortes shut Cleveland down for six innings and the Yankees continued their torrid winning pace by beating the Guardians 6-1 to complete a doubleheader sweep Saturday.
Matt Carpenter homered twice and Gerrit Cole brushed off giving up back-to-back home runs in New York’s 13-4 romp in the opener.
The Yankees, who are 25-6 since May 31, lost on Thursday in Houston and were postponed by rain on Friday before taking two more from the Guardians. New York is 5-0 against Cleveland this season with a 38-12 run advantage.
“It’s not easy,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s the highest league in the land. It’s hard to win any game and it’s definitely hard to win two in a day, but a good day.”
Cortes (7-3) allowed a homer in the first to Amed Rosario and little else. The left-hander gave up one run and three hits and struck out six, including Guardians star Jose Ramirez three times.
New York’s bullpen took it from there, but it wasn’t smooth.
Michael King squirmed out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and worked the eighth. Wandy Peralta also filled the bases in the ninth, forcing manager Aaron Boone to bring in closer Clay Holmes to get pinch-hitter Steven Kwan for the final out and his 15th save.
“It felt close all game,” Boone said. “They had some traffic. They had some opportunities to get back in it, whether it was Clay coming in to make a big pitch or King getting out of an inning. Nestor at some point had some traffic.”
At 58-21, New York is not only running away with the AL East, but has the second-best record after 79 games of any team in 93 years. Only the 1998 Yankees (59-20) were better, and this version is so far step for step with those World Series champions.
They’re handful for any team, especially one as young as the Guardians.
“The Yankees are built to play into late October,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “We’re trying to figure out how good we can get and some days it’s harder than others. It doesn’t take away how we feel about our group of guys. We’re just in a different place. We’re trying to see how good we can get.”
Rizzo and Stanton homered in the fourth off Aaron Civale (2-5), who held the Yankees without a hit the first time through their order. The second time wasn’t nearly as good.
Rizzo and Stanton connected for two-out homers in the fourth. Civale had just gotten Aaron Judge to bounce into a double play before surrendering 841 feet in homers to Rizzo (409) and Stanton (432).
It was the 10th time this season the Yankees have hit back-to-back homers. They also did it in the ninth inning of the opener.
New York broke it open with four runs in the seventh, scoring on Josh Donaldson’s RBI double, an errant pickoff throw, Isiah Kiner Falefa’s RBI single and Kyle Higashioka’s sacrifice fly.
Carpenter has given the Yankees all they could ask since they signed the 36-year-old in May after the three-time NL All-Star was released as a minor leaguer by Texas.
He’s got eight homers in 41 at-bats and come through every time manager Aaron Boone has called on him.
“You’re seeing a rejuvenated guy,” Boone said.
Carpenter said the chance to play for baseball’s most storied team has lifted him.
“I feel like a little kid every time I put the uniform on,” he said. “The franchise that is just iconic, and I’m just grateful to be able to put it on every day and go out and play.”
Cole (7-2) was tagged for consecutive homers in the second inning by Josh Naylor and Franmil Reyes before settling in. The right-hander allowed Cleveland just one other hit and struck out six.
DJ LeMahieu added a solo shot off rookie Kirk McCarty (0-2) and Jose Trevino homered off Guardians utilityman Ernie Clement in the ninth for the Yankees.
LET’S PLAY TWO
The Guardians are the first team since the 1989 Yankees to play their first six doubleheaders at home.
Another humdrum win for the Yankees in the opener did have a hiccup. Reliever Aroldis Chapman’s first major league outing May 22 didn’t go well.
The left-hander, who was activated Friday after being sidelined with Achilles tendinitis, came in for Cole to start the seventh and walked three straight batters before being pulled by Boone after 19 pitches.
“He’s healthy,” Boone said. “He’s got to get out there and not think in terms of throwing the ball but just trusting it and letting it rip and let the results fall where they may. I think he’s just guarding against making sure he doesn’t throw a ball.
“We’ve just got to get him over the hump.”
Yankees: Boone said RHP Ron Marinaccio, who relieved Chapman in the opener, was being checked after complaining of a “little dead arm.” He hasn’t allowed a run and just one hit in 13 consecutive appearances.
Guardians: Rookie OF Oscar Gonzalez was placed on the injured list with an intercostal (rib) strain. He didn’t report any issues until Thursday and an MRI revealed the strain. Gonzalez will be shut down for at leas one week.
Cleveland’s Triston McKenzie (4-6, 4.03 ERA) had better be careful leaving pitches up in the zone against the Yankees. He’s allowed 16 homers in 80 innings. Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 3.27) starts for New York.
Sheets drives in two, White Sox hold off Giants 5-3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Gavin Sheets doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the Chicago White Sox held on for a 5-3 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
Dylan Cease allowed one run in five innings for his third consecutive win. The major league leader in strikeouts per nine innings, Cease (7-3) had only four against San Francisco – his fewest since May 24 – and overcame LaMonte Wade Jr.’s home run leading off the first to improve to 4-1 in seven road starts.
“It wasn’t my sharpest and I wasn’t able to go deep because I didn’t execute well, I didn’t get ahead, but I kept us in there so it was good enough,” said Cease, who earlier in the day was named AL Pitcher of the Month for June. “It definitely could have been worse. Being able to keep us in it, get through five, it’s definitely good.”
Tanner Banks followed Cease with two scoreless innings. Joe Kelly retired three hitters and Kendall Graveman pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Tim Anderson added two hits for Chicago. Yoan Moncada and Leury Garcia each drove in runs as the White Sox beat the Giants for the 10th time in 12 games.
“We put the ball in play, guys were aggressive running the bases and then we had a couple big swings by (Sheets),” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.
San Francisco scored a run in the ninth and had the tying runners on base with two outs before Graveman got Mike Yastrzemski to ground out.
After Anderson’s infield single leading off the fourth, Andrew Vaughn reached on a fielding error by Giants first baseman Brandon Belt. Sheets followed with a double off pitcher Logan Webb that went over the head of left fielder Joc Pederson, who initially broke in on the ball. Moncada followed with an RBI single past a drawn-in infield.
“The second time through we had a better game plan of how we wanted to attack (Webb) and try to get the ball in play,” Sheets said. “He’s got a ton of sink and a ton of movement so we just had to grind out some at-bats. Once we got that first at-bat off of him, our game plan changed a little bit and it was better.”
Garcia, who delivered the game-winning hit in Friday’s 1-0 win, drove in a run with a fielder’s choice grounder in the sixth. A second run scored on the play when shortstop Donovan Walton’s throw sailed over the head of Webb, who was covering first base.
Webb (7-3) allowed six hits and five runs (three earned) in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Wade homered on Cease’s second pitch of the game – on LaMonte Wade Jr. Bobblehead Day at Oracle Park. It’s the third career leadoff home run for Wade.
The Giants have lost nine of 12.
WHITE SOX ‘PEN NEEDS RELIEF
Graveman picked up saves in back-to-back games for the first time this season, but will likely be on the shelf Sunday after pitching in consecutive high leverage situations. Same goes for Banks and Kelly, both of whom pitched on Friday. With closer Liam Hendriks not due back off the injured list until Monday, the White Sox will have to scramble to find someone to close Sunday’s game if a save situation comes up. “We’re going to have to win with a different bullpen, which is OK,” La Russa said.
White Sox: OF Adam Engel (right hamstring strain) continues to do some running and has not suffered any setbacks.
Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (4-4, 5.19 ERA) faces San Francisco on Sunday for the first time since 2017 when he allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings. Giolito has one victory in his previous six starts overall. RHP John Brebbia (3-1, 2.70), who has pitched primarily out of the bullpen this season, will make his second start for the Giants.
Nats extend GM Mike Rizzo, manager Dave Martinez through ’23
WASHINGTON (AP) Dave Martinez and Mike Rizzo are signed through the 2023 season after the Washington Nationals exercised their contract options for the World Series-winning manager and GM.
Managing principal owner Mark Lerner announced the moves Saturday before the team’s 80th game of a season that has already included 50 losses. Martinez and Rizzo are now overseeing a rebuilding effort after helping the Nationals win their first championship in 2019.
“I’m just really happy that I’ll be here and I get to see this thing through,” Martinez said. “This my home. I love it here. I love the people I work with.”
Getting Martinez and Rizzo under contract is of particular importance given the anticipated ownership change facing the franchise. The Lerner family began exploring selling the Nationals in April.
“I think it does bring some continuity not only to this organization but to the players, as well, which is nice,” Martinez said. “It’s nice to know that we’re going to be together and that we’re going to continue to work the way we do.”
Lerner said it was only right to move forward with Martinez, who was hired after the 2017 season, and Rizzo, who is in his 14th year running the club’s baseball operations.
“Mike has led us through many different phases of our organization, and we believe his work during this current phase will pay off in the end,” Lerner said in a statement. “Davey has done a tremendous job in the clubhouse and in the dugout for five seasons. His continued determination and unwavering support of his players makes us proud.”
The biggest question facing the Nationals now is the future of superstar outfielder Juan Soto. While Martinez has acknowledged many of his current players won’t be with the team when it returns to contention, the soon-to-be 24-year-old Soto has become the face of the franchise and efforts are ongoing to sign him long term – well before he can become a free agent after the 2024 season.
Martinez may not be around that long if new ownership makes wholesale changes, but he was glad Washington’s coaching staff all got two-year deals when hired. Now he and Rizzo are set to be back, as well.
“I couldn’t see myself doing this without Rizz,” Martinez said. “He’s guided me through my first year here through thick and thin. He’s like a brother to me.”
Mets ace deGrom to make 1st injury rehab start Sunday
NEW YORK (AP) Mets ace Jacob deGrom is finally ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment.
Sidelined by injuries since last July, the two-time Cy Young Award winner is scheduled to start Sunday night for Class A St. Lucie against the Jupiter Hammerheads. He’s expected to throw about 25 pitches and two innings.
It will be the first competitive outing since spring training for deGrom, sidelined all season because of a stress reaction in his right scapula that caused inflammation.
The announcement Saturday by NL East-leading New York came nearly a year since deGrom’s last major league outing on July 7, 2021. He missed the second half of last season with right forearm tightness and a sprained elbow, then returned in spring training this year and made Grapefruit League starts on March 22 and 27.
But then he was sidelined by the stress reaction and didn’t throw another bullpen until June 4. The 34-year-old right-hander has been facing hitters at the team’s complex in Florida and the Mets said he felt good after throwing 27 pitches to batters on Wednesday.
As he builds up arm strength and stamina, deGrom will need several minor league rehab outings before he’s ready to rejoin New York’s rotation.
“Excited that he’ll be back, when that time comes. But just going to let the player kind of drive the pace and the cadence,” Mets general manager Billy Eppler said.
Eppler likened the process to a typical spring training progression, and manager Buck Showalter said deGrom won’t return until he’s stretched out enough that he could pitch five innings or more.
So the likelihood is deGrom still won’t be back in the big leagues until at least late July, after the All-Star break.
“If you follow the schedule, he’s hit every benchmark and we’re happy with that and we’ll see how he does on Sunday,” Showalter said. “We’ll see if there’s any adjustments to the schedule we have that need to be made. We know where it takes us, but we’ll go outing to outing and see how he feels the next day and obviously talk to Jake.”
Fellow ace Max Scherzer (5-1, 2.54 ERA) is scheduled to return from a strained left oblique muscle Tuesday night at Cincinnati. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, got hurt May 18 against St. Louis and recently made two rehab starts for Double-A Binghamton.
Agent: Williamson agrees to 5-year, $193M extension
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Zion Williamson’s lost season to injury and unusual absence from the New Orleans Pelicans during his recovery didn’t stop the club from betting big on their long-term future together.
The star forward agreed Saturday to a five-year, $193 million extension with New Orleans that has the potential to be worth as much as $231 million, Williamson’s agent, Austin Brown, told The Associated Press.
Classified as a maximum rookie extension under the NBA’s labor agreement, the deal sets the stage for the 6-foot-6, 280-pound, high-scoring power forward to give an All-Star caliber boost to a squad that recently proved it could make the playoffs without him.
ESPN first reported the agreement, also citing information provided by Brown, who is the co-director of CAA Sports’ basketball division. The Pelicans have not yet announced the extension, which under NBA rules cannot be signed until July 6.
The move signifies a desire by the 2019 No. 1 overall draft choice out of Duke to see how much his return could help a squad that improved dramatically late last season and made a surprisingly competitive playoff showing.
It is also a show of faith by the Pelicans in the injury-plagued Williamson, who has played a total of 85 games in his first three NBA seasons – and missed all of last season with a foot injury.
This spring, the Pelicans won two Western Conference play-in games before taking top-seeded Phoenix to six games in the first round of the 2022 playoffs. They did so with a squad led by high-scoring wing Brandon Ingram, veteran guard CJ McCollum, center Jonas Valanciunas and a supporting cast of young players who blossomed under first-time NBA head coach Willie Green.
One season earlier, Williamson averaged a team-high 27 points and became a first-time All-Star during what was his lone NBA campaign that was not mostly or entirely wiped out by injuries.
Williamson played in just 24 games as a rookie because of a preseason right knee injury (lateral meniscus).
He played in 61 of 72 games in his second season. But he hurt his foot during the 2021 offseason while performing basketball drills with his stepfather, with whom he had previously entrusted his offseason training.
The Pelicans didn’t reveal the injury until the first day of training camp in September, saying they hoped he’d be ready to play by the regular-season opener on Oct. 20. Williamson initially agreed with that timeline, which proved exceedingly optimistic. He wound up missing the entire regular season and playoffs.
Williamson also chose to spend a significant portion of the season away from New Orleans and the Pelicans. He chose to rehabilitate in Oregon, where his shoe sponsor, Nike, is based.
During that time, the Pelicans offered few updates on Williamson, any mention of whom was later conspicuously absent from Pelicans promotional material regarding season ticket renewals for the 2022-23 season.
No NBA player has declined a maximum extension of their rookie NBA contract, although the awkwardness between Williamson and the Pelicans led to speculation that Williamson might be the first.
But Williamson rejoined the team in March and appeared emotionally invested in its playoff run, routinely engaging in celebrations of triumphant moments near the bench.
And when the season ended, Williamson said if New Orleans offered a maximum extension, he “wouldn’t be able to sign it fast enough.”
“It was a different feel this year. You saw it on the court,” said Williamson, who had a different coach in each of his first three NBA seasons. “We have a special group. I truly believe that.”
In late May, several weeks after the Pelicans season had ended, the club announced that Williamson had been cleared to engage in basketball activities without restrictions.
With Williamson sidelined and Green a rookie head coach, the Pelicans started 1-12 last season. But they steadily climbed into contention for a Western Conference postseason berth.
They had begun improving even before acquiring McCollum from Portland two days before the NBA trade deadline. McCollum helped them rally to clinch a ninth overall seed and a home play-in game.
The Pelicans defeated 10th-seeded San Antonio. They then won a second play-in game over the Clippers in Los Angeles to advance to the first round of the playoffs against top-seeded Phoenix
New Orleans won twice in that series, which was tied at 2 games apiece before the Suns closed it out with consecutive victories.
Garland, Cavaliers agree to 5-year, $193 million extension
CLEVELAND (AP) Darius Garland’s rapid rise to elite NBA status is complete.
Cleveland’s All-Star point guard agreed Saturday to a five-year, $193 million contract extension, his agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports told the Associated Press.
Garland’s deal is the largest in franchise history, and locks up a player the Cavs believe can get them back among the league’s top teams.
The fifth overall pick in 2019, Garland has quickly developed into one of the game’s best all-around guards. Last season, he averaged 21.7 points and 8.6 assists in 68 games while helping the Cavs win 22 more games than the previous season.
The 22-year-old Garland has improved statistically each season, but beyond that, he has grown as a leader for a rising Cleveland team that just missed the playoffs last season. He’s one of the team’s core pieces along with All-Star center Jarrett Allen and forward Evan Mobley.
Garland agreed to the same deal that another elite young guard, Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies, struck earlier in the week as the majority of the league’s offseason business began getting underway.
Garland’s extension begins in the 2023-24 season and, for now, would see him making just over $33 million in the first year and escalating steadily, all the way to $44 million in 2027-28.
If he makes an All-NBA team this coming season – meaning he would have to be selected as one of the top six guards in the league, unless the league changes its voting structure before then – the numbers get even bigger, going from “max” to “supermax.”
In that scenario, Garland would start out making $40 million in 2023-24, and be due almost $53 million in 2027-28.
Attorneys seek Deshaun Watson NFL investigation documents
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Attorneys for multiple women suing Deshaun Watson over allegations of sexual misconduct are seeking the documents from the NFL’s investigation into the former Houston Texans quarterback.
According to the motion filed Friday by the women’s attorneys, Tony Buzbee and Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey, the legal team seeks any and all reports and files from the NFL’s investigation into Watson, including recorded interviews, witness statements and communications. The notice of intention to take deposition by written questions also asks for photographs and “any other type of documents in your files and/or documents regarding the investigation of Deshaun Watson.”
Watson, who was later traded to the Cleveland Browns, has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear his name.
A hearing with NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, a retired judge, ended last week in Delaware. Robinson is expected to rule before the Browns open training camp late next month on whether the 26-year-old violated the league’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.
Two people who were in attendance during last week’s hearing told The Associated Press that the NFL insisted on an indefinite suspension, while Watson’s legal team argued there’s no basis for that punishment.
Last month, Watson settled 20 of 24 lawsuits accusing him of sexual misconduct when he played for the Texans.
Poston eagles 17th, takes 3-shot lead in John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) J.T. Poston made up for two back-nine bogeys with an eagle on the par-5 17th, shooting a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the John Deere Classic.
Trying to complete a wire-to-wire victory after tying for second last week in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, Poston made a 13 1/2-foot eagle putt on 17.
“That was huge kind of going into tomorrow,” Poston said about the eagle. “I wasn’t quite as sharp today off the tee and had to play a little defensive into some of the greens. Nice to put two good swings on there and make that putt to kind of capitalize and get some ground back that I had lost.”
He had a 19-under 194 total at TPC Deere Run.
Playing partner Denny McCarthy birdied the final two holes for a 66 to join Scott Stallings (64) and Emiliano Grillo (65) at 16 under.
“Was nice to finish that way,” McCarthy said. “Nice to make a putt on 18. Nice to see something go in going into tomorrow. It’s a good feeling to kind of feel like I got something out of round, birdieing the last two.”
Poston opened with rounds of 62 and 65 to take a four-stroke lead, then played the front nine in 3 under Saturday with birdies on Nos. 2, 5 and 8. He dropped a stroke on the par-3 12th, birdied the par-4 14th and bogeyed the par-4 15th before making the big putt on 17.
From Hickory, North Carolina, the 29-year-old Poston won the 2019 Wyndham Championship for his lone PGA Tour title.
“Just trying to stay patient and composed,” Poston said. “I’m not trying to get too ahead of myself. Just trying to take it one hole at a time. Being in this position, I’m trying to focus especially on the shot in front of me and do the best I can and go from there.”
Stalling birdied Nos. 15-17.
“Look forward to the opportunity.” Stallings said. “Today was a big step in the right direction to tomorrow.”
Grillo birdied four of the last five.
“Everybody is in the same situation,” Grillo said. “Everybody wants to win. Everybody wants to make the most out of it. Definitely going to be a tough battle tomorrow.”
Iowa native Zach Johnson, the 2012 winner, was 8 under after a 67 in his 20th consecutive start in the event. He also eagled 17.
Gibbs passes Larson late, wins Xfinity race at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Ty Gibbs already has won plenty in his young racing career, but the level of competition made the 19-year-old’s latest victory particularly special.
Gibbs overtook NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson on the final lap of overtime Saturday at Road America for his fourth Xfinity Series victory of the season.
“To be able to beat him is just awesome,” Gibbs said. “It’s a dream come true.”
The race featured a major wreck that impacted about a third of the 38-car field.
Larson, competing in an Xfinity Series event for the first time since 2018, was leading when Cole Custer’s brake failure resulted in a late caution flag that produced overtime.
Gibbs, the grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs, chased Larson for much of the overtime session, passed him early in the final lap and remained in front the rest of the way for his third career road-course win. Gibbs’ winning margin was 0.858 seconds.
This winning charge was the latest step forward for Gibbs as he tries to learn what’s necessary to live up to his lofty long-term ambitions, which go well beyond making it to the Cup Series..
“I want to be the best driver ever,” Gibbs said. “That’s what it takes. I’ve got to learn that to make another step to the top of the mountain.”
Larson had decided to enter the Xfinity event to get more experience at Road America. He won the first two stages and was ahead for most of the race but couldn’t maintain the lead in that final lap.
“He did a really good job executing, and I didn’t,” Larson said.
Josh Berry finished third, Austin Hill fourth and Brandon Jones fifth.
The race was in its 25th of 45 laps when contact between Noah Gragson and Sage Karam started a wreck that involved 13 cars.
Gragson and Karam already had made contact a couple of times before the right side of Gragson’s car hit the left side of Karm’s vehicle, setting off a chain of events that altered the field.
Their Chevrolets eventually ended up sideways on the track as some cars managed to elude them while others got involved in multiple collisions amid a giant cloud of smoke. The Chevys of Landon Cassill and Myatt Snider both spun around on the track at one point. Brandon Brown had a major collision with Tyler Reddick.
“The 9 (Gragson) literally just drove into me in a straight line,” Karam said over the radio after the crash. “He just hard-turned into me. What an idiot, man.”
Karam had more to say later on about Gragson.
“It’s ridiculous,” Karam said. “I think he tried to take officiating or whatever in his own hands.”
Gragson cited incidents both Saturday and in the past when Karam had initiated contact with him.
“I take responsibility and hate it for those guys, but we’re fighting to race for a championship here,” Gragson said. “I’m really over getting run over.”
Brandon Brown climbed out of his car slowly and was down for a few minutes before getting himself up to undergo treatment after the wreck. He was treated at the infield care center and was released along with Brett Moffitt, Cassill, Snider, Karam and Reddick.
“I couldn’t really see anything until I saw the 48 when I plowed him,” Brown said. “Just a real gut check. Lost my breath.”
Pato O’Ward snags Mid-Ohio pole as title contenders struggle
LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) The IndyCar championship race faces a major shakeup at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where the top title contenders struggled and Pato O’Ward won the pole to match a series mark set in 1961.
O’Ward became the ninth different pole winner through nine races this season – the first time that’s happened in 61 years – and the Arrow McLaren SP driver now has a shot at the IndyCar points lead.
The modern-day record for different drivers winning the pole to start a season is 10 in 1952.
“This is huge man, it’s a track position race,” O’Ward said of the difficulty to pass on Mid-Ohio’s 13- turn, 2.258-mile course. “It’s a long race. A lot can happen but we have a great starting position.”
The championship leaders will start Sunday’s race mired in deep traffic.
Marcus Ericsson, Will Power and Josef Newgarden all failed to advance out of the first group of Saturday qualifying, then reigning series champion Alex Palou was knocked out of the second round.
“IndyCar, man,” shrugged Palou.
It created a huge opportunity for O’Ward and Scott Dixon to make up serious ground in the championship race. O’Ward and Dixon were the only two drivers ranked in the top six of the championship standings to advance to the final round of Saturday qualifying; O’Ward is ranked fourth in the standings, 45 points behind Ericsson, while Dixon trails his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Ericsson by 69 points.
O’Ward was followed in qualifying by Scott McLaughlin of Team Penske as Chevrolet drivers swept the front row. Colton Herta of Andretti Autosport was third for Honda and O’Ward teammate Felix Rosenqvist was fourth.
Dixon and Simon Pagenaud of Meyer Shank Racing rounded out the third row in Hondas.
A pair of early mistakes in qualifying hampered the two championship leaders.
Indianapolis 500 winner Ericsson said dirt was being kicked back onto the track during his attempt. The current IndyCar points leader will start 13th. Power was penalized for interfering with Helio Castroneves’ laps.
Newgarden said he was stymied by traffic.
“It’s just IndyCar qualifying, sometimes it is totally fine and you have no issues,” Newgarden said. “It’s a tight track and we’re going out first and I catch the slowpokes all the time.”
Power, who trails Ericsson by 27 points in the standings, had his two fastest laps disqualified and will start 21st. He said it was a Team Penske error that likely cost him any chance of winning Sunday.
“In this series, anything can happen, but you’re not going to that many cars to fall back. You’re not going to win, put it that way,” Power said. “And weekends when you’ve got a car that can win, you cannot be doing this. This is on us, we weren’t on top of that one, and that’s the rules.”
CALDERON FUTURE IN DOUBT
Tatiana Calderon traveled from her first Goodwood Festival of Speed in England back to IndyCar, where her future in the series is in doubt because of sponsorship issues.
The Colombian driver was scheduled to drive all the road and street course races for A.J. Foyt Racing this season, but sponsor ROKiT Group is behind on its payments. Foyt still brought Calderon to Mid-Ohio because she tested the track a year ago while putting together her deal.
“I know a little bit about the track and the feeling with this car,” she said. “It’s the first time I am going to a circuit that I know. I’m looking forward to it.”
She’ll start 26th, but the future of the No. 11 Chevrolet beyond Sunday is not guaranteed. ROKiT is also behind on payments on the No. 14 driven by Kyle Kirkwood. The team moved associate sponsor Sexton Properties to the primary position on Kirkwood’s car at Mid-Ohio, and team President Larry Foyt is working to resolve the funding shortfall.
“We are trying to work through a difficult situation as I know ROKiT wishes to continue the program, but there are some issues which may prevent that,” Larry Foyt said. “We will continue to either resolve it with ROKiT or try to find alternate funding which is difficult at best at this point in the season. The No. 14 entry will run the entire season as it is not solely dependent on the ROKiT funding.”
Calderon, meanwhile, spent her time at Goodwood driving the 1957 Kuzma Offenhauser in which Jimmy Bryan won the national championship. When Bryan switched teams in 1958, A.J. Foyt made his first start in the car at the Indy 500.
“It has been a privilege to be driving the … car at Goodwood and to learn that it was the car where A.J. did his debut in Indy,” said Calderon. “Also to contrast it a little bit with today’s Indy cars and see how much change we’ve seen in Indy cars.”
RAHAL MILESTONE START
It is fitting that Graham Rahal will make his 250th career start at Mid-Ohio, a track located near Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s original headquarters in Hilliard.
Rahal has made 15 previous IndyCar starts at Mid-Ohio and won on his home course in 2015. When he was 16, Rahal became the youngest winner of the SCCA National Formula Atlantic championship with a dominating victory. He also competed in the Star Mazda race here in 2005 and tested a sports car at Mid-Ohio in 2007.
“It’s always great to be home in Central Ohio. We have very high hopes and expectations as we always do when we go back to Mid-Ohio,” Rahal said. “I’d love to get a podium or a win there at home. Fourth of July weekend is a big weekend for everybody.”
He’ll start 18th.
Swiatek’s 37-match win streak ends in Wimbledon’s 3rd Rd
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Top-ranked Iga Swiatek was unbeaten since February and sure seemed unbeatable, compiling 37 consecutive match wins and six consecutive tournament titles.
She’s never quite been as comfortable on grass courts as other surfaces, though, and a mistake-filled Saturday sent Swiatek out of Wimbledon in the third round with a 6-4, 6-2 loss to 37th-ranked Alize Cornet of France.
“I know I didn’t play good tennis. I was pretty confused about my tactics,” said Swiatek, a two-time French Open champion who has never advanced past the fourth round at the All England Club. “For sure, it wasn’t a good performance for me.”
It was not just the match’s winner that was unexpected. It was also just how one-sided this 1-hour, 33-minute encounter was.
“This kind of match is what I’m living for, it’s what I’m practicing for every day,” Cornet said. “It really drives me. I knew I could do it. Somehow, I had this belief.”
No woman had won as many matches in a row as Swiatek since Martina Hingis also put together a run of 37 in 1997.
But right away, it seemed, this would not be Swiatek’s day.
“I didn’t know what to do,” she said.
Neither, several hours later, did fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, who grew frustrated by what he called a “circus” atmosphere and “bullying” tactics by Nick Kyrgios, who cursed and argued his way to a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7) victory.
Kyrgios repeatedly berated chair umpire Damien Dumusois and insisted that Tsitsipas should be defaulted for hitting a ball into the stands near fans after dropping the second set at No. 1 Court.
There was some simultaneous contentiousness across the way at Centre Court, too, although to a much lesser degree, as 22-time major champion Rafael Nadal beat No. 27 seed Lorenzo Sonego 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal objected to Sonego’s elongated grunts and called him up to the net to discuss it; Sonego objected to that sort of face-to-face confrontation.
Afterward, Nadal apologized, saying he shouldn’t have tried to engage his opponent that way.
On a chilly, windy afternoon at No. 1 Court, Swiatek quickly fell behind 3-0 and of Cornet’s first 14 points, nine came via unforced errors off the racket of the 21-year-old player from Poland. Only one came via a winner produced by Cornet herself.
Normally so crisp with her shots, calm with her demeanor, Swiatek was not exactly at ease in either sense. After one missed forehand return, she swatted the toes of her right shoe with her racket.
By the end, Swiatek had made 33 unforced errors – a whopping 26 more than Cornet. And Swiatek’s strong forehand produced nine winners, only two more than Cornet amassed.
This is not the first surprising result Cornet has come up with at the All England Club. The only other time she reached the fourth round at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament came in 2014, when she eliminated major singles champion Serena Williams.
“I have no words right now. It reminds me of the time I beat Serena on the same court, eight years ago exactly,” Cornet said. “This court is a lucky charm for me.”
When the match ended – appropriately enough, with Swiatek dumping a forehand into the net – Cornet raised her arms and smiled as wide a smile as can be.
Cornet is a 32-year-old who reached her first quarterfinal in 63 appearances at majors by getting that far at the Australian Open in January. Now she’s a win away from getting that far again, facing unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia next.
“I’m like good wine,” Cornet said. “Good wine always ages well.”
Tomljanovic, a quarterfinalist a year ago at the All England Club, eliminated 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
In a contest between two young Americans – and a rematch of the 2017 U.S. Open junior final – No. 20 seed Amanda Anisimova came back to top No. 11 Coco Gauff 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1 at Centre Court.
Gauff, who is 18 and lost to Swiatek in the final at Roland Garros last month, led 3-0 at the start, before the 20-year-old Anisimova’s forceful baseline game eventually began to hold sway. Anisimova took that opening set to a tiebreaker, which she then led 4-1, but Gauff grabbed the next half-dozen points.
That could have been trouble for Anisimova. She didn’t let it derail her. Instead, she kept taking control of groundstroke exchanges while also doing a fantastic job of handling Gauff’s serve, which reached 123 mph Saturday.
In all, Anisimova won more than half of Gauff’s service games and saved 10 of the 13 break points she faced.
After entering 2022 with a record of 11-23 in three-setters, Anisimova has gone 13-6 this season, leading the tour for the most victories in matches that go the distance.
When Anisimova closed out the victory, she dropped to her back on the court, covering her face with both hands, then rose to blow kisses to the crowd and wiped away tears.
Next for Anisimova is a match against Harmony Tan, who is making her Wimbledon debut and defeated Williams in the first round last Tuesday.
Other women’s fourth-round matches Monday will be No. 17 Elena Rybakina vs. Petra Martic, and 2019 champion Simona Halep against No. 4 Paula Badosa, who got past two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova 7-5, 7-6 (4).
A total of four American men are into the round of 16 at the All England Club for the first time since 1999 after victories Saturday by No. 11 Taylor Fritz and unseeded Brandon Nakashima. They join No. 23 Frances Tiafoe and No. 30 Tommy Paul, who advanced a day earlier.
Panthers’ Duclair has surgery to repair Achilles tendon
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Florida Panthers winger Anthony Duclair had surgery to repair an Achilles tendon injury and is expected to miss significant time next season.
The team announced the surgery Saturday. It said Duclair is expected to return midseason in 2022-23. The 26-year-old injured his left Achilles tendon in offseason training.
Duclair is coming off his best professional season, setting career highs with 31 goals and 27 assists. Florida won the Presidents’ Trophy as the top team in the regular season before getting swept by eventual Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay in the second round of the playoffs.
Duclair is going into the second season of a $9 million, three-year contract that is one of the best bargains in the NHL at that level of production. The Panthers could put Duclair on long-term injured reserve when next season starts to use his $3 million salary-cap hit for other moves.
Report: Ronaldo asks to leave Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo told Manchester United he wants to leave the club this summer, The Athletic’s David Ornstein and Adam Crafton report.
Ronaldo would only push for an exit if United receive a suitable offer, according to Ornstein and Crafton.
The 37-year-old reportedly hopes to close out his career with a team that can compete in the Champions League and contend for titles. United failed to qualify for the Champions League after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season.
Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with a move for Ronaldo since the 2021-22 season ended in May. Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, reportedly discussed a potential deal with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly in mid-June.
Napoli are reportedly interested in signing the Portuguese superstar as well.
Ronaldo has just 12 months remaining on his contract with United.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
TOP RETURNING INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL RUNNINGBACKS
(2011 YEAR’S STATS)
Clarksville High School
11G, 268C, 2,222 YARDS, 27TD
Oak Hill High School
11GP, 262C, 1,991 YARDS, 34TD
New Prairie High School
14GP, 253C, 1,735 YARDS, 17TD
Fort Wayne Wayne High School
12G, 1,671 YARDS, 13TD
Hobart High School
11G, 223C, 1,655 YARDS, 33TD
Gary West Side High School
9GP, 169C, 1,628 YARDS, 19TD
Tipton High School
12GP, 176C, 1,607 YARDS, 28TD
Rochester High School
8GP, 212C, 1,589 YARDS, 21TD
Owen Valley High School
12GP, 184C, 1,535 YARDS, 28TD
Lapel High School
10GP, 156C, 1,533 YARDS, 24TD
Tri High School
12GP, 176C, 1,533 YARDS, 23TD
North Decatur High School
11GP, 267C, 1,528 YARDS, 22TD
Paoli High School
10GP, 172C, 1,465 YARDS, 20TD
Roncalli High School
13GP, 189C, 1,458 YARDS, 17TD
Seeger High School
10GP, 241C, 1,420 YARDS, 14TD
Hanover Central High School
13GP, 211C, 1,380 YARDS, 24TD
Lafayette Central Catholic High School
13GP, 244C, 1,378 YARDS, 13TD
Covenant Christian High School
12GP, 192C, 1,335 YARDS, 19TD
North Posey High School
12GP, 166C, 1,328 YARDS, 18TD
Riverton Parke High School
10GP, 167C, 1,318 YARDS, 14TD
Indianapolis Lutheran High School
15GP, 191C, 1,298 YARDS, 11TD
New Palestine High School
12GP, 203C, 1,288 YARDS, 19TD
Evansville Mater Dei High School
15GP, 260C, 1,278 YARDS, 10TD
Triton Central High School
12GP, 183C, 1,273 YARDS, 11TD
Noblesville High School
10GP, 148C, 1,270 YARDS, 9TD
North Knox High School
12GP, 132C, 1,244 YARDS, 8TD
Mississinewa High School
12GP, 123C, 1,235 YARDS, 19TD
Triton High School
11GP, 198C, 1,189 YARDS, 11TD
Bloomington North High School
10GP, 160C, 1,137 YARDS, 16TD
Evansville Bosse High School
10GP, 199C, 1,136 YARDS, 9TD
Tri-Central High School
10GP, 190C, 1,119 YARDS, 13TD
North Judson-San Pierre High School
13GP, 157C, 1,112 YARDS, 15TD
Eastern High School
10GP, 122C, 1,103 YARDS, 12TD
Greenfield-Central High School
9GP, 166C, 1,090 YARDS, 10TD
Lawrence North High School
11GP, 246C, 1,088 YARDS, 17TD
North Harrison High School
10GP, 176C, 1,084 YARDS
Perry Central High School
9GP, 132C, 1,062 YARDS, 16TD
Tri-State Crusaders High School
9GP, 128C, 1,059 YARDS, 13TD
Bremen High School
10GP, 179C, 1,059 YARDS, 13TD
Columbia City High School
11GP, 192C, 1,067 YARDS, 9TD
North Newton High School
10GO, 218C, 1,047 YARDS, 7TD
Speedway High School
11GP, 188C, 1,042 YARDS, 12TD
Elkhart High School
10GP, 176C, 1,032 YARDS, 13TD
Osceola Grace Eagles High School
11GP, 177C, 1,007 YARDS, 9TD
Center Grove High School
14GP, 130C, 1,003 YARDS, 13TD
Despite Eight-Run Inning, Indians Drop High-Scoring Affair in Nashville, 10-8
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After the Indianapolis Indians scored eight runs in the top of the second inning, highlighted by a Yoshi Tsutsugo grand slam, the Nashville Sounds mounted a comeback win on Saturday night, 10-8.
Down 8-3 after Indy’s second-inning burst, Nashville (46-30) slowly crept back into the game with three runs in the second, one in the third and one in the fifth to tie the game at 8-8. Scoring stagnated until the bottom of the eighth, when Sounds first baseman Jon Singleton blasted a two-run home run to center field off of John O’Reilly (L, 2-2) to set up Nashville’s third comeback win of the series.
Sounds right-hander Peter Strzelecki (W, 4-0) slammed the door shut on the Indians in the ninth, with Nashville allowing just four Indianapolis baserunners from the third inning onward.
The Sounds met Indians starter Miguel Yajure with immediate pressure, stringing together four consecutive singles to lead off the bottom of the first. Paired with a couple of sacrifice flies, Nashville jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one frame.
The Indians (37-38) wasted no time responding to Nashville’s three-spot, pouring on eight runs and sending 12 hitters to the plate in the top of the second. Along with Tsutsugo’s grand slam, shortstop Rodolfo Castro blasted his second homer of the road trip in the inning, taking Sounds starter Marcus Walden 410 feet deep to left-center field for a two-run shot.
The 23 runs that the Indians have allowed over the last two games are the most in any two-game stretch this season. In the losing effort, outfielder Travis Swaggerty extended his on-base streak to 21 games with a pair of singles – both coming in Indy’s eight-run second – and rehabbing infielder Kevin Newman extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a run-scoring double in the second as part of a three-hit performance.
Indianapolis and Nashville conclude the six-game set at First Horizon Park tomorrow with a 7:05 PM ET first pitch. No starter has been named for the Indians, while Alec Bettinger (0-4, 6.59 ERA) gets the nod for the second time this week for the Sounds. The Indians then return home for a Fourth of July matchup with the Iowa Cubs on Monday.
Despite Three Saves by Tim Trilk, Indy Eleven Downed in Return to Carroll Stadium
INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 2, 2022) – Indy Eleven returned tonight to IUPUI Carroll Stadium for the first time in five weeks, but its homecoming was spoiled in a tight 0-1 loss to The Miami FC. While goalkeeper Tim Trilk stopped three shots for Indiana’s Team, Josh Perez’s strike in the 55th ultimately made the difference in the back-and-forth affair.
Both sides took a bit to get used to the newly laid FIeldTurf surface at Carroll Stadium, but the pace of passes were quickly adjusted to the quality new carpet. The chances, however, took a bit longer, as Miami forward Kyle Murphy’s shot from distance nine minutes in was the only one in the game’s first 25 minutes that brought any true danger.
That changed when Trilk met Mark Segbers at the corner of the six to block the Miami defender’s shot off his foot, while on the other end Manuel Arteaga beat his mark to redirect Samuel Asante’s low cross at the spot, but sent it straight to Miami ‘keeper Connor Sparrow on his line. Trilk came up big in the 37th minute, shifting low to get a piece of Perez’s dipping shot and deflect it off the base of the left post, marking the last look of note for either side in the opening half.
The second half started with big chances for both sides, starting with Speedy Williams’ shot from the top of the area flashing just wide in the 49th minute, followed by Arteaga’s looping header bouncing off the crossbar a minute later. Miami’s midweek acquisition, forward Joaquin Rivas, missed an opportunity to put the visitors up by popping a volley over from the six in the 55th minute, but just three minutes later Perez indeed shifted the scoreboard with a first-time finish of Lamar Walker’s square ball to the penalty spot.
Indy picked up the pace of its attack – and the numbers throw into it – which nearly paid off in the 66th minute with Stefano Pinho’s diving header from 10 yards out that Sparrow punched away with a quick reaction. Substitute midfielder Justin Ingram tested Sparrow from distance with a dipping blast from 30 yarded that the Miami netminder did well to bat away on a short-hop.
As the match entered three minutes of stoppage time, forward Jonas Fjeldberg’s header of Jared Timmer’s became Indy’s second shot to glance off the crossbar, further flummoxing the home side. That frustration boiled over in one of the match’s last actions when a lunging challenge by Arteaga earned him a second yellow card and subsequent ejection, which will rule him out of lineup contention for Indy’s next matchup this Wednesday, July 6 at Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (7:00 p.m. ET, live on ESPN+ & SIRIUS XM FC).
Following its midweek affair in Pittsburgh, Indy Eleven will return home to continue its five-in-seven game home swing next Saturday, July 9, when it welcomes Detroit City FC to the Circle City to kick off a new regional rivalry. The USL Championship match at 7:00 p.m. ET (live on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+ & Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com) will serve as the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader featuring the two sides’ USL W League teams in a Great Lakes Division showdown at 2:00 p.m. (live on ISC Sports Network & ElevenSports.com).
Fans will only need one ticket to access both games of the doubleheader, which are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets.
2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 15
Indy Eleven 0 : 1 The Miami FC
Saturday, July 2, 2022
IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.
Indy Eleven: 6W-7L-3D, 21 pts., 8th in Eastern Conference
The Miami FC: 6W-6L-6D, 24 pts., 7th in Eastern Conference
MIA – Joshua Perez (Lamar Walker) 58’
IND – Nicky Law (yellow card) 12’
MIA – Joshua Perez (yellow card) 24’
IND – Manuel Arteaga (yellow card) 28’
MIA – Callum Chapman-Page (yellow card) 28’
MIA – Aedan Stanley (yellow card) 38’
MIA – Lamar Walker (yellow card) 41’
IND – Sam Brown (yellow card) 46’
IND – Manuel Arteaga (2nd yellow card/red card) 90+4’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Tim Trilk; Ayoze (captain) (Neveal Hackshaw 80’), Mechack Jerome, A.J. Cochran, Jared Timmer; Nicky Law, Sam Brown (Jonas Fjeldberg 69’), Raul Aguilera (Justin Ingram 62’), Solomon Asante; Manuel Arteaga, Stefano Pinho
IND substitutes: Alex Svetanoff (GK), Alex McQueen, Diego Sanchez, Aris Briggs
The Miami FC lineup (4-2-3-1): Connor Sparrow; Aedan Stanley, Paco Craig, Callum Chapman-Page, Mark Segbers; Bolu Akinyode, Devon Williams; Lamar Walker (Florian Valot 69’), Joshua Perez (Othello Bah 69’), Joaquin Rivas (Benjamin Ofeimu 79’); Kyle Murphy
MIA Substitutes: Jake McGuire (GK), Junior Palacios, Rich Ballard, Adonijah Reid
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1912 Giants’ southpaw Rube Marquard wins his 19th consecutive game from the start of the season, beating Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds, 2-1. The 25-year-old future Hall of Famer, completing the campaign with a 26-11 record, compiles the most victories any pitcher has ever had to begin a year without suffering a defeat.
1925 Milt Stock sets a National League mark by having his fourth consecutive four-hit game, going 16-for-23 during the span to compile a .696 batting average. The 31-year-old second baseman’s offensive output, which includes three singles and a triple, helps the Robins beat the Giants at Ebbets Field, 6-3.
1929 The Cubs and the Reds become the first teams to turn nine double plays in a major league contest collectively. Chicago, responsible for five of the twin killings, beats Cincinnati at Wrigley Field, 7-5.
1932 With a Boston law that prohibited games from being played within 1000 feet of a church on Sundays now rescinded, the first Sunday game takes place at Fenway Park with the Red Sox dropping a 13-2 decision. The team played its Sunday games at Braves Field on Commonwealth Avenue until the law was changed, having played their first home contest on the Christian day of worship on April 28, 1929.
1936 San Diego minor leaguer Ted Williams, pinch-hitting for the pitcher in the seventh inning in a game against the Angels, gets his first professional hit, a long single off the right-field fence at LA’s Wrigley Field off Glen Babler. The 17-year-old Padres player stays in the PCL contest to replace the hurler he batted for, retiring the side in order, but will be removed from the mound in the next frame when he gives up two home runs.
1939 Cardinal first baseman Johnny Mize accumulates 13 total bases, hitting two home runs, a triple, and a double. The ‘Big Cat’s’ offensive output contributes to the Redbirds’ 5-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
1939 At Briggs Stadium, Ben Chapman ties a major league record when he collects three triples in the team’s 4-2 victory over the hometown Tigers. The Cleveland center fielder’s three-baggers today will account for a third of his total for the season.
1940 The Red Sox complete a 12-11 comeback over the A’s, scoring six times in the bottom of the ninth in the Fenway Park afternoon tilt. Having trailed by seven runs after seven innings, Boston ties the game in the final frame thanks to Ted Williams’ three-run homer and wins with Jimmie Foxx’s walk-off round-tripper.
1945 At Braves Field in Boston, the Cubs tally the most runs in their post-1900 history when they blast the Braves, 24-2. Phil Cavarretta, Don Johnson, and Stan Hack each score five times, tying a major league mark.
1947 The Indians purchase Larry Doby from the Newark Eagles. In two days, the 22-year-old center fielder will become the first black to play in the American League, appearing as a pinch-hitter against Chicago at Comiskey Park.
1948 Muskegon Clippers’ center fielder Dick Lane hits five homers, including two in the fifth inning, when the team beats the Fort Wayne Generals, 28 to 6. The 21-year old slugger goes 6-for-7, driving in ten runs in the Central League contest.
1949 At the Polo Grounds, New York southpaw Monty Kennedy, en route to a 16-0 rout of the Dodgers, hits a grand slam. Another 51 seasons will pass by before Shawn Estes becomes the next Giants hurler to go deep with the bases loaded in 2000.
1952 In a 14-2 victory over Brunswick, Cordele A’s third baseman Ralph Betcher goes deep for the Philadelphia farm club, accounting for the only home run the team will hit this season. ‘Froggie,’ a moniker given to the infielder because of his deep voice, records the only round-tripper in the 4,679 at-bats that the Class D team will take during the 139-game Georgia-Florida minor league season.
1958 In their 35th home date in L.A., the transplanted Dodgers reach the one million mark in attendance. Last season, the team drew only 1,028,258 fans, playing games at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City (NJ) and Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.
1965 As part of the Farmer’s Night festivities, which attracts the largest crowd in nearly two years, at Municipal Stadium, A’s pitcher Diego Segui rides Charlie O., the team’s mule mascot, to the mound at the start of the game against the Twins. The promotion features a milking contest between Kansas City’s first baseman Ken Harrelson and Minnesota right-hander Al Worthington and a greased pig competition for the fans.
1965 After pinch-hitting a home run in a 10-8 loss to Cincinnati, Frank Thomas is placed on waivers by the Phillies due to his confrontation with Dick Allen, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, who is presently batting .341. During batting practice before the Phillies’ game against Cincinnati at Connie Mack Stadium, the veteran outfielder and third baseman exchanged words resulting in their infamous fistfight, with teammates forbidden to provide details of the incident to the press without facing a stiff fine imposed by the club.
1966 Tony Cloninger hits two grand slams in the same game and collects nine RBIs , in the Braves’ 17-3 rout of the Giants at Candlestick Park. The 26-year-old pitcher becomes the first National League player to hit two bases-loaded home runs in the same game.
Amazon 1966 Tony Cloninger Baseball Card (Topps #10)
1967 Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Randy Hundley all homer for the Cubs in the first, and Rico Carty and Felipe Alou also go deep for the Braves in the same inning in Chicago’s 12-6 victory at Atlanta Stadium. The five round-trippers at the ‘Launching Pad’ tie a major league record for home runs hit by two teams in the same inning, but the barrage marks the first time the feat occurs in the opening frame.
1968 Luis Tiant strikes out nineteen Twins and scatters six hits in a ten-inning 1-0 complete-game victory against Minnesota at Cleveland Stadium. ‘El Tiante,’ who equals Sandy Koufax’s record for 41 strikeouts for three consecutive games, becomes the second hurler to whiff more than 18 batters in an American League contest, behind only the 21 Baltimore batters punched out by Tom Cheney of the Senators in a 16-inning game in 1962.
1970 All-Star Angels southpaw Clyde Wright, who improves his record to 12-5, no-hits the visiting A’s, 4-0, issuing three walks and recording one strikeout to the 29 batters he faces in the Anaheim Stadium contest. Skeeter, throwing only 98 pitches, completes his gem in one hour and 51 minutes.
1972 En route to a 15-3 rout of Detroit, the Orioles collect 17 hits and score 15 runs in the last four innings of the Tiger Stadium contest. During the nationally televised game, the O’s set a franchise record when the team bangs out 21 hits.
1973 Although neither starter will finish the game, the Perry siblings oppose one another for the only time in their careers. Jim gets a no-decision while his younger brother Gaylord takes the loss when the Tigers beat the Indians at Cleveland Stadium, 5-4.
1973 After waiting three hours to begin the game due to rain, the Reds beat San Francisco at Riverfront Stadium, 6-3. At the end of the contest, the Cincinnati fans are treated to the nation’s earliest Independence Day celebration, when the team begins launching fireworks at two o’clock in the morning.
1977 On his 24th birthday, Angel left-hander Frank Tanana tosses his 14th consecutive complete game with his 6-4 victory over Oakland at Anaheim Stadium. The win improves the southpaw’s record to 12-5, but he will finish the season at only 15-9, due to a ‘tired’ arm.
1983 At Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Rangers score 12 times in the 15th inning, making it the most runs scored by a team in extra innings. Texas beats the A’s in the previously tied game, 16-4.
1987 Paul Splittorff, the team’s all-time leader in victories, is inducted into the Royals’ Hall of Fame, along with late manager Dick Howser and infielder Cookie Rojas. The slender southpaw was the first player selected by the franchise to appear on its major league roster.
1987 On Dick Howser Day at Royals Stadium, the former manager, who died last month from brain cancer, is inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. The club honors their late former manager (1981-86) by retiring his uniform number 10, the first digits retired in the franchise’s history.
1994 In a ceremony considered by many to be long overdue, the Indians retire the uniform number 14 worn by Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first black to play in the American League. On this date exactly 47 years ago, Cleveland owner Bill Veeck purchased the 23-year-old from the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League.
1995 In a slugfest at Coors Field, Andres Galarraga enjoys a 6-for-6 performance at the plate when the Rockies collect 21 hits. The first baseman’s offensive output, which includes two homers and five RBIs, contributes to Colorado’s 15-10 victory over Houston.
1996 In a 10-6 Mets victory over Philadelphia, Alex Ochoa enjoys a 5-for-5 day at Veterans Stadium. With his eighth-inning homer, the 24-year-old right fielder becomes the sixth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle.
2001 The Padres tie a National League record, hitting four sacrifice flies in one game. The last one, lifted by shortstop D’Angelo Jimenez in the sixth inning, gives the Friars a 6-5 victory over Colorado at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.
2002 Indian first baseman Jim Thome, in the team’s 11-8 loss at Yankees Stadium, homers in his seventh consecutive game. The seventh-inning solo shot, off southpaw David Wells, leaves the Indians’ slugger one shy of the major league record shared by Dale Long (1956, Pirates), Don Mattingly (Yankees, 1987), and Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993, Mariners).
2005 During the fireworks display at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium, two shells misfire, landing in the stands. Four or five employees of the Telstar Display Fireworks suffer minor burns, and some fans are injured when they stumble escaping from the mishap.
2006 Barry Bonds (41), Steve Finley (41), and birthday boy Moises Alou (40) become the first trio of 40-year-olds to start a game in the same outfield. The senior flycatchers combine to go 4-for-11 along with two stolen bases to help the Giants defeat Philadelphia, 5-3.
2009 Albert Pujols’ 8th-inning home run with the bases loaded proves to be the difference in the Cardinals’ 7-4 victory over the Reds. The grand slam, the tenth of his career, establishes a new franchise record, moving ‘El Hombre’ past Redbird Hall of Famer Stan Musial.
2010 With homers in his first two at-bats, Twins’ DH Jim Thome passes franchise legend Harmon Killebrew with 574 round-trippers and moves into tenth place on the all-time home run list. The team plays a previously recorded message from the much-beloved Hall of Famer in which he congratulates the designated hitter on the career accomplishment.
2013 Max Scherzer becomes the first pitcher in 27 years to begin the season 13-0 when the Tigers beat the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, 6-2. In 1986, Red Sox right-hander Roger Clemens started the year with 14 victories and no losses.
2013 CC Sabathia, throwing 121 pitches in seven innings, collects his 200th career win when the Yankees beat the Twins at Target Field, 3-2. With the victory, the 32-year-old southpaw continues his nearly six-year winning streak over Minnesota, compiling an 11-0 record, along with a 2.01 ERA, in his last 12 starts against the team.
2013 In his final attempt to play major league baseball after being given a 100-game suspension in 2011 for taking performance-enhancing drugs, Manny Ramirez agrees to a minor league deal with the Rangers. Due to his decreased bat speed while playing for the PCL’s Round Rock Express, the 41-year-old outfielder/DH will be released by Texas next month, effectively ending his controversial 19-year major league career with a lifetime .312 batting average.
2013 Yasiel Puig becomes the first player to be named Player of the Month for the first month he plays in the major leagues in the 55-year history of the award. The Dodger outfielder played in 26 games in June, compiling a .436 batting average, with his 44 base hits being the second-most ever by a first-month player, only behind Joe DiMaggio’s total of 48 in 1936.
2014 Used car salesman Andrew Rector files a $10 million defamation suit in the Bronx Supreme Court against the Yankees, MLB, ESPN, and the broadcast’s play-by-play man Dan Shulman and commentator John Kruk. The 26-year-old claims the commentary and photos of him at the April 13th nationally televised at Yankee Stadium showed him in a false light, damaged his reputation, and the fact that he was napping was not an issue of legitimate public concern.
2014 Rays manager Joe Maddon, known for keeping his team loose throughout the long season by implementing fun and innovative ideas, uses Tommy Tutone’s song, 867-53O9 Jenny, as the inspiration for his lineup. The last-place team’s batting order against Detroit has the center fielder (8) leading off, followed by the shortstop (6), then left fielder (7), with the third baseman (5) batting cleanup, and so on, with the second baseman and catcher to bat in the eighth and ninth position.
2016 At Fort Bragg, the Marlins beat the Braves, 5-4, in the first regular-season MLB game played in North Carolina. The contest, witnessed by 12,500 spectators made up of mostly current or former service personnel jammed into a temporary stadium constructed in less than four months, was staged on a military base to pay tribute to America’s Armed Forces.
2019 Joining Max Scherzer (2) and Jordan Zimmermann , Stephen Strasburg becomes the third National pitcher to throw an immaculate inning. In the fourth inning of the team’s 3-1 over the Marlins in Washington. the 30-year-old right-hander retires Garrett Cooper (looking), Neil Walker (swinging), and Starlin Castro (looking) on nine consecutive strikes.
1914 WORLD SERIES HISTORY
By 1914, the Philadelphia Athletics had become a World Series regular and had dethroned two of Major Leagues baseball’s first post-season dynasties by beating the mighty Chicago Cubs and New York Giants on more than one occasion. Most of their success had been built on a foundation of solid “big-game” pitching. Chief Bender, a Fall Classic favorite, entered Game 1 with a Major League leading .850 winning percentage and a 17-3 record. His opponent, Dick Rudolph had won twenty-seven games for his Boston Braves. Rudolph pitched a five-hitter and teammate Hank Gowdy made a valiant attempt at a True Cycle when he singled, doubled and tripled. Boston won 7-1 and surprised the presumably overconfident A’s who were heavy favorites.
The next day the “Miracle Braves” called on their other ace Bill James who had boasted an impressive twenty-six wins for his team during the regular season. The A’s Connie Mack countered with the 1913 Series winner Eddie Plank and both pitched to a 0-0 standstill after eight innings. In the top of the ninth, Boston’s Charlie Deal hit a one-out double, stole third and scored on a two-out single by Les Mann. In the bottom of the ninth, James walked two batters but got out of the jam by inducing Eddie Murphy to hit into a game-ending double play. James’ two-hit, 1-0 victory gave Boston a shocking Series lead of two games to none.
Although the Fall Classic had shifted to Boston, the Braves were still without home-field advantage. Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox) was chosen over their own South End Grounds as a more attractive and inviting venue. Game 3 was anyone’s game as the Braves and A’s battled to another game extending tie at 2-2 through nine innings. Once again, “Home Run Baker” came up clutch, hitting a two run single off of the Braves starter, Lefty Tyler. The Braves answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the tenth as Gowdy led off with a timely homer and Joe Connolly produced a run-scoring fly ball later in the inning. Bill James came in as relief for Tyler and shut the Athletics out for the next two innings. In the bottom of the twelfth, Gowdy knocked a double off of “Bullet” Joe Bush (who had gone the distance) and gave way to a pinch-runner, Mann. After an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Larry Gilbert, Herbie Moran followed with a perfect bunt. Bush grabbed the ball and threw toward the third baseman in an attempt to force Mann, but his throw went wide resulting in much more than an error. Mann jumped at the opportunity and darted home for the 5-4 victory. Boston was now up three-games-to-none and the Philadelphia favorites were in serious trouble.
After failing to win with the “Big 3” – Bender, Plank and Bush, the Athletics turned to second year man, Bob Shawkey in an effort to get themselves back in the game. The Miracle Braves were on the verge of sweeping one of baseball’s original dynasties and the A’s were running out of options. Shawkey rose to the challenge and shutdown Boston for three scoreless innings before giving up one in the fourth. In the next inning, he helped his own cause with a game-tying double, but later surrendered two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Game 1 winner, Dick Rudolph held the A’s at one and the Braves went on to a 3-1 victory and World Series sweep. The Philadelphia Athletics became the first team in World Series history to be eliminated in four games (the 1907 Tigers also went winless, but managed a tie game against the Chicago Cubs, extending the contest to five games).
Hank Gowdy was a standout for the Braves with three doubles, one triple and a homer while batting a Series leading .545. Rudolph and James, after accounting for fifty-three of the Braves’ 94 regular-season victories, went undefeated while holding their opponents to a miserable .172 team mark. After their less-than stellar performance Connie Mack’s Athletics began rebuilding for the future. Unfortunately, Mack’s plan did not include many of the 1914 players. Eddie Collins was traded over the winter, Home Run Baker sat out the entire 1915 season in a dispute before being sold to the up-and-coming New York Yankees and both Plank and Bender went off to the Federal League. It didn’t stop there, by the middle of 1915, Jack Barry, Eddie Murphy and Bob Shawkey had all been traded or sold. The underdog Braves had not only swept the American League’s first real dynasty, they had destroyed it.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1900 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats rival and fellow Briton Charlotte Cooper 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
1900 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: R.F. Doherty beats Sydney Smith 6-8, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 for his 4th consecutive Wimbledon singles title
1901 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Charlotte Cooper Sterry beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-2 6-2, her 4th of 5 Wimbledon singles titles
1905 American boxer Marvin Hart scores a 12th round KO of Jack Root in Reno, Nevada for the vacant world heavyweight title
1909 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Arthur Gore beats Josiah Ritchie 6-8, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 for back-to-back titles
1912 NY Giants pitcher Rube Marquard ties Tim Keefe’s 1888 MLB record 19 game win-streak with 2-1 win v Brooklyn Dodgers; has 21 with 2 end-of-season in 1911
1913 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: New Zealander Anthony Wilding wins 4th straight Wimbledon title beating American Maurice McLoughlin 8-6, 6-3, 10-8
1920 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Bill Tilden, becomes first American male to win Wimbledon beating defending champion Gerald Patterson of Australia 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
1925 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France takes her 6th Wimbledon singles title with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Briton Joan Fry
1926 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Briton Kitty Godfree wins her second Wimbledon singles title with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Spaniard Lilí Álvarez
1931 German boxer Max Schmeling beats American Young Stribling by TKO in 15 in Cleveland in his first heavyweight title defence; first major fight broadcast live on national radio
1931 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: In the first ever all-German final, Cilly Aussem beats Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling 6-2, 7-5
1932 After 30 years as manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw retires from baseball (2,583 wins / 1,948 losses NY)
1936 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Home favourite Fred Perry beats Gottfried von Cramm of Germany 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 for his third straight Wimbledon singles title
1937 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dorothy Round of England beats Poland’s Jadwiga Jędrzejowska 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 for her second Wimbledon title
1944 Oriole Park, then a minor league baseball stadium burns down in Baltimore; cause, speculated discarded cigarette
1948 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Louise Brough beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 8-6 for the first of 3-straight Wimbledon singles titles
1951 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Oakmont GC: Sam Snead beats Walter Burkemo, 7 & 6 for his 3rd PGA C’ship title
1953 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American Vic Seixas wins his only Wimbledon singles title with a 9-7, 6-3, 6-4 over Dane Kurt Nielsen
1954 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Maureen Connolly wins her 3rd consecutive Wimbledon singles title beating fellow American Louise Brough 6-2, 7-5
1954 US Open Women’s Golf, Salem CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by a record 12 strokes from Betty Hicks in her comeback event 14 months after radical colon cancer surgery
1959 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American-based Peruvian Alex Olmedo wins his only Wimbledon title beating Rod Laver of Australia 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
1959 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: 23 year old South African Gary Player wins the first of his 9 major titles, 2 strokes clear of runners-up Fred Bullock and Flory Van Donck
1964 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In an all-Australian final Roy Emerson beats Fred Stolle 6-4, 12-10, 4-6, 6-3; Emerson’s 1st of 2 straight Wimbledon titles
1965 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-4, 7-5, her second of 3 Wimbledon singles titles
1966 US Open Women’s Golf, Hazeltine National GC: American Sandra Spuzich wins by 1 from Carol Mann for her only LPGA major title
1966 Atlanta Braves Tony Cloninger, 1st NL player and only pitcher to hit 2 grand slams in a MLB game (17-3 v SF Giants)
1968 Cleveland pitcher Luis Tiant strikes out MLB record 19 Minnesota Twins in 1-0 win; record for 10 inning game; also record 32 Ks in consecutive games
1970 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King 14-12, 11-9 for her third and final Wimbledon singles title, and 3rd leg of her successful Grand Slam
1970 California Angels pitcher Clyde Wright no-hits Oakland A’s, 4-0
1971 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: John Newcombe of Australia beats American Stan Smith 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 for his third and final Wimbledon singles title
1973 Brothers Gaylord (Hall of Fame) and Jim Perry (3-time All Star) face each other for only time in MLB, Tigers beat Indians 5-4, Gaylord charged with loss
1974 Pitching in MLB-record 13th consecutive game for the LA Dodgers, Mike Marshall saves Tommy John’s 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds
1976 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Sweden’s Björn Borg beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 for the first of 5 straight Wimbledon titles
1977 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Lachute GC: Judy Rankin wins by 3 strokes from Pat Meyers and Sandra Palmer
1980 Biggest MLB crowd in 7 years, 73,096 watch Indians beat NY Yankees, 7-0 at Cleveland Stadium
1981 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Chris Evert beats Hana Mandlíková 6-2, 6-2 for her third and final Wimbledon singles title
1982 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 for the first of 6-straight Wimbledon singles titles
1983 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American John McEnroe wins 5th career Grand Slam title; outclasses Chris Lewis of New Zealand 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
1983 Texas Rangers explode for MLB single extra innings record 12 runs in 15th inning of 16-4 win v Oakland
1984 After 22 years, England Test cricket spinner Derek Underwood hits a maiden 1st class century (111) for Kent v Sussex at Hastings
1984 West Indies cricket opener Gordon Greenidge scores brilliant 214 off 242 balls in 9-wicket Lord’s Test win v England
1987 Controversial NY Mets MLB star Darryl Strawberry threatens teammates for criticising his play; he is now an ordained minister
1988 Canadian Open Women’s Golf (du Maurier Classic), Vancouver GC: Sally Little wins by 1 stroke from Laura Davies of England
1988 Gene Nelson of the Oakland A’s becomes first AL pitcher to steal a base since 1973 in 9-8 win over Toronto Blue Jays
1989 Peter Koech of Kenya sets 3,000m steeplechase world record of 8:05.39 in Stockholm, Sweden
1989 Open Mind wins American thoroughbred racing’s Triple Tiara for fillies when Nite of Fun is disqualified in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont
1991 Gateway Board of Trustees approve a 20-year lease for the Cleveland Indians to play MLB at Jacobs Field
1993 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: In the centenary women’s singles final, German Steffi Graf beats Czech Jana Novotná 7-6, 1-6, 6-4
1994 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American Pete Sampras successfully defends title against Goran Ivanišević of Croatia 7-6, 7-6, 6-0
1994 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Pinehurst Resort: South African Simon Hobday wins by 1 stroke from Graham Marsh of Australia and Jim Albus
1994 FIFA World Cup: In a huge upset Romania eliminates Argentina 3-2 from the round of 16 at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
1999 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf 6-4, 7-5 for her only Wimbledon singles title
2004 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Maria Sharapova becomes first Russian player to win Wimbledon beating defending champion Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4
2005 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Roger Federer makes it 3 straight Wimbledon titles beating American Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-6, 6-4
2006 Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman officially retires from the NHL, finishing with 692 goals and 1,755 points
2006 US Open Women’s Golf, Newport CC: Annika Sörenstam wins her 10th and final major title by 4 strokes in a playoff with Pat Hurst
2007 America’s Cup: Swiss defender Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 1 second to take the series 5-2 off Valencia, Spain
2010 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her crown overpowering Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-3, 6-2
2011 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 for his first Wimbledon title
2018 Australian cricket batsman Aaron Finch breaks his own T20 International record smashing 172 from 76 balls vs Zimbabwe in Harare, opening stand with D’Arcy Short (223) also a record
2020 Major League Baseball All-Star Game planned to be hosted on July 14 by the LA Dodgers is cancelled due to government restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic
2020 MLB Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan announces he would review changing the organization’s name
|NY Yankees||58||21||.734||–||34 – 9||24 – 12||26 – 12||19 – 5||10 – 4||7 – 3||W 2|
|Toronto||44||35||.557||14||25 – 17||19 – 18||16 – 17||10 – 9||14 – 5||5 – 5||L 2|
|Boston||43||35||.551||14.5||20 – 16||23 – 19||8 – 16||12 – 7||19 – 7||6 – 4||L 2|
|Tampa Bay||42||36||.538||15.5||25 – 17||17 – 19||14 – 15||6 – 9||12 – 9||5 – 5||W 2|
|Baltimore||35||44||.443||23||18 – 17||17 – 27||15 – 19||10 – 13||5 – 8||5 – 5||L 4|
|Minnesota||45||36||.556||–||25 – 17||20 – 19||13 – 9||20 – 15||9 – 7||6 – 4||W 2|
|Cleveland||39||36||.520||3||19 – 17||20 – 19||5 – 10||17 – 11||9 – 8||3 – 7||L 2|
|Chi White Sox||37||39||.487||5.5||16 – 21||21 – 18||14 – 15||10 – 12||7 – 9||4 – 6||W 2|
|Detroit||30||46||.395||12.5||19 – 23||11 – 23||7 – 14||12 – 15||3 – 10||4 – 6||W 1|
|Kansas City||28||48||.368||14.5||14 – 25||14 – 23||4 – 9||12 – 18||8 – 13||4 – 6||L 1|
|Houston||50||27||.649||–||23 – 11||27 – 16||6 – 8||13 – 3||23 – 12||8 – 2||W 5|
|Texas||37||39||.487||12.5||17 – 20||20 – 19||5 – 8||9 – 7||15 – 18||6 – 4||W 1|
|Seattle||38||42||.475||13.5||19 – 20||19 – 22||8 – 15||7 – 6||19 – 16||7 – 3||W 1|
|LA Angels||37||43||.463||14.5||21 – 23||16 – 20||6 – 14||9 – 5||17 – 16||4 – 6||L 2|
|Oakland||26||54||.325||25.5||8 – 28||18 – 26||8 – 15||9 – 15||7 – 19||3 – 7||L 1|
|NY Mets||48||30||.615||–||25 – 13||23 – 17||24 – 9||7 – 3||13 – 10||4 – 6||L 1|
|Atlanta||46||33||.582||2.5||24 – 17||22 – 16||15 – 11||14 – 8||13 – 11||7 – 3||W 2|
|Philadelphia||41||38||.519||7.5||21 – 20||20 – 18||13 – 18||5 – 3||16 – 11||5 – 5||L 1|
|Miami||36||40||.474||11||19 – 16||17 – 24||20 – 14||3 – 6||9 – 14||6 – 4||W 3|
|Washington||29||51||.363||20||14 – 29||15 – 22||6 – 26||9 – 8||9 – 11||5 – 5||L 3|
|Milwaukee||45||35||.563||–||19 – 15||26 – 20||11 – 13||25 – 15||3 – 5||6 – 4||L 1|
|St. Louis||44||36||.550||1||24 – 16||20 – 20||7 – 8||22 – 14||9 – 5||5 – 5||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||32||46||.410||12||17 – 26||15 – 20||3 – 3||18 – 20||7 – 14||7 – 3||W 4|
|Pittsburgh||32||46||.410||12||19 – 21||13 – 25||4 – 7||15 – 24||12 – 9||4 – 6||W 1|
|Cincinnati||26||51||.338||17.5||12 – 25||14 – 26||3 – 7||11 – 18||8 – 21||3 – 7||L 4|
|LA Dodgers||49||28||.636||–||23 – 12||26 – 16||11 – 9||11 – 5||18 – 10||7 – 3||W 4|
|San Diego||46||34||.575||4.5||21 – 16||25 – 18||12 – 9||19 – 10||14 – 14||3 – 7||L 3|
|San Francisco||40||36||.526||8.5||21 – 19||19 – 17||14 – 13||8 – 9||11 – 9||3 – 7||L 3|
|Arizona||35||43||.449||14.5||19 – 22||16 – 21||12 – 10||10 – 11||7 – 18||3 – 7||L 1|
|Colorado||34||44||.436||15.5||22 – 21||12 – 23||8 – 19||6 – 4||14 – 13||4 – 6||W 1|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot