MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

MILWAUKEE 9 BOSTON 4

CINCINNATI 8 BALTIMORE 2

MINNESOTA 7 SAN DIEGO 4

TAMPA BAY 6 CLEVELAND 4

NY YANKEES 8 KANSAS CITY 2

TORONTO 5 DETROIT 3

SEATTLE 5 HOUSTON 4

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 OAKLAND 2

LA ANGELS 9 TEXAS 7

NY METS 4 MIAMI 0

WASHINGTON 7 ST. LOUIS 6

PHILADELPHIA 2 PITTSBURGH 1 (10)

ATLANTA 6 ARIZONA 2

COLORADO 5 LA DODGERS 3

SAN FRANCISCO 5 CHICAGO CUBS 4

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

TOLEDO 6 INDIANAPOLIS 5 (10)

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LAKE COUNTY 7 SOUTH BEND 2

PEORIA 7 FORT WAYNE 6

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

MINNESOTA 4 PORTLAND 4

CHICAGO 0 ATLANTA 0

MONTRÉAL 0 NEW YORK CITY 0

PHILADELPHIA 6 HOUSTON 0

MIAMI 4 CINCINNATI 4

NASHVILLE 1 VANCOUVER 1

NEW ENGLAND 0 TORONTO 0

AUSTIN 2 KANSAS CITY 0

DALLAS 1 LOS ANGELES 0

SAN JOSE 2 SALT LAKE 2

WNBA

SEATTLE 82 WASHINGTON 77

DALLAS 81 ATLANTA 68

COLTS TRAINING CAMP

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AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET 

AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.

AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M. 

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NASCAR

RACE: VERIZON 200 AT THE BRICKYARD

FORMAT: 82 LAPS (200 MILES)

WHEN: 2:30 P.M. ET SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022

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TOP INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL TIGHT ENDS/WIDE RECEIVERS

TE DREW PAGE NOBLESVILLE  6-4 315

TE AIDAN STEINFELDT BLOOMINGTON NORTH  6-4 223

TE CARTER CAMPBELL GREENWOOD  6-5 240

TE CARMELL PERRY SPEEDWAY 6-2 205

TE DUNCAN KELLER COVINGTON   6-0 170

WR DESMOND DUFFY CARMEL  5-9 180

WR TJ MCWILLIAMS NORTH CENTRAL  6-2 180

WR JARON TIBBS CATHEDRAL  6-4 185

WR JORDAN WOODS HAMMOND CENTRAL  6-2 181

WR ELI ASTON EAST CENTRAL  5-11 160

WR COLIN YANCY MADISON CONSOLIDATED  6-1 190

WR GANNAN HOWES HANOVER CENTRAL 5’9 175

WR BRYSON BONELLI BATESVILLE 6’2 175

WR PATRICK CLACKS III ANDREAN 6-1 175

WR EVAN DIENHART LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC  5-10 167

WR MICAH MCKAY INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN   6-3 185

WR LUKE JONES MONROE CENTRAL   5-10 175

TOP INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL QB’S/ATHLETES

QB MASON REYNOLDS AVON  6-2 205

QB TYLER BUSH MICHIGAN CITY  6-1 185

QB NICK PATTERSON MOORESVILLE 6-2 215

QB MATT KOONTZ HANOVER CENTRAL 6’1 175

QB ROWDY ADAMS SULLIVAN 5’10 175

QB MASON WUNDERLICH EVANSVILLE MATER DEI  6-5 205

QB CHRISTIAN JOHNSON PARKE HERITAGE   6-0 195

ATH JUSTIN MARSHALL MERRILLVILLE 5-11 185

ATH BRAUNTAE JOHNSON FORT WAYNE NORTH SIDE  6-3 180

ATH QUINN BECHTEL GOSHEN 6-0 170

ATH TREY GIBSON HOBART  6-0 200

ATH JETHRO HOCHSTETLER NORTHRIDGE 6-2 180

ATH CARSON DARLAGE BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL  6’4 210

ATH JAIDEN THOMAS EVANSVILLE BOSSE 5’9 160

ATH JOEY PIERRE EVANSVILLE MATER DEI  5-8 175

ATH DEEJAY MCFERSON SPEEDWAY 6-0 175

ATH COLE WINER SOUTHWOOD  6-3 180

ATH KAM PATTERSON INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN HS  6-4 225

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

DEADLINE TARGET TYLER MAHLE STRONG FOR REDS VS ORIOLES

CINCINNATI (AP) Tyler Mahle recovered from a rocky start to pitch well in a potential trade deadline audition, Joey Votto hit one of Cincinnati’s three homers and the Reds beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 Saturday night.

Jonathan India and Jake Fraley also connected for Cincinnati, which is selling pieces to contenders after dealing Luis Castillo to Seattle on Friday night. Mahle could be the next player out before Tuesday’s deadline.

“I’m pretty realistic,” Mahle said. “It’s something that’s going to happen probably to everyone at some point. All I’m focused on is my next start. There’s nothing I can do to get it to happen or to stop it from happening. I have no say. I’m just trying to pitch.”

Mahle’s outing got off to a rough start when he allowed three straight singles and balked in a run, giving the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

“The balk, my cleat clipped the mound and I slipped,” Mahle said. “I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. Having a first like that really sucked because I felt really good.”

Those were the only runs Mahle (5-7) allowed. He struck out seven and did not walk batter. He retired his final 13 batters.

“It’s kind of typical of what we’ve seen from Tyler for a long time where he just gets stronger as the game goes on. I think that was an extreme example tonight,” Reds manager David Bell said. “That was a tough first inning for him. Even the balk. From that point on, he was as good as I’ve seen him.”

Orioles right fielder Anthony Santander threw out Jake Fraley trying to score on India’s fly ball to end the second inning. The Reds did their damage later off Dean Kremer.

Kremer (3-3), who allowed four homers in 47 innings coming in, gave up a two-run homer to India in the fourth, and a solo homer to Votto leading off the fifth gave the Reds a 5-2 lead. Kremer allowed six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The Orioles haven’t had a starter go six innings since July 12.

“I just thought he was a little bit off,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “A bad pitch to India for the homer. It was kind of a struggle for him tonight.”

Fraley’s two-run home run off Beau Sulser was his first RBI since April 13 and capped off the first three-hit game of his career.

The Orioles rank second in the American League with 23 comeback wins but couldn’t rally against Reds pitchers who set down 19 straight in one stretch.

WILD PLAY

With Kyle Farmer on first in the fifth inning, Nick Senzel hit a drive off the left field wall that caromed into Austin Hays’ glove. Farmer, thinking the ball was caught, turned around and slid safely back to first. Senzel passed Farmer on the base paths and was later ruled out, 3 unassisted, wiping away the hit.

“You think you know the game. Then something like this happens,” Bell said. “Clearly Farmer thought he caught the ball, which is very understandable. He scrambles back. Nick saw he didn’t catch it, he’s running.”

Third base umpire David Rackley said he clearly signaled that the ball was not caught.

“I gave the safe sign and held it up even as the ball was coming in,” Rackley said.

“The runner on first didn’t see it,” said crew chief Larry Vanover. “It was a confusing play. I’ve never been involved in a play just like that.”

REDS MOVE

The Reds selected RHP Ryan Hendrix from Triple-A Louisville to fill the roster spot vacated by Castillo.

TRAINERS ROOM

Orioles: RHP Tyler Wells has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 oblique strain. There is no timetable for his return. “Fortunately it’s not serious, but it’s going to take some time,” Hyde said.

Reds: RHP Luis Cessa (left intercostalis muscle strain) won’t need a rehab assignment. He has been throwing live batting practice and will be activated soon. … C Aramis Garcia (left middle finger strain) could return by the next homestand, which begins Aug. 13.

UP NEXT

Reds left-hander Nick Lodolo will make his fifth start since a 69-day stint on the injured list. He has gone 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA in those outings. Orioles right-hander Austin Voth will make his seventh start of the season in the series finale. He also has made 23 relief appearances.

GONZÁLEZ, BART HIT BACK-TO-BACK HRS, GIANTS OUTLAST CUBS 5-4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Luis Gonzalez and Joey Bart homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning and the San Francisco Giants withstood a late rally to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Saturday night.

Austin Slater doubled home Darin Ruf in the bottom of the third to start the scoring for San Francisco. Yermin Mercedes followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

After David Villar led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off Cubs starter Drew Smyly. On the next pitch, Bart homered to left to give the Giants a 5-0 lead.

“It was cool,” Gonzalez said. “It was my first home run at Oracle Park, so pretty excited about that.”

Chicago charged back beginning in the seventh inning when Nelson Velazquez drove in a run with a pinch-hit single.

The Cubs rallied in the ninth, loading the bases with no outs. Chicago scored twice on fielder’s choice grounders by Velazquez and Willson Contreras, and added another run on an RBI groundout by Seiya Suzuki.

With Contreras representing the tying run at second base and two outs, Dominic Leone got Ian Happ to ground out, earning his third save in six chances.

“We got a lot of traffic there,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Just couldn’t come up with that final hit from the top of our order. (We) struggled a little bit, but guys continued to fight hard.”

Giants starter Jakob Junis pitched four scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Tyler Rogers (2-3) followed with two perfect innings and earned the win.

“Rog did a great job,” San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said. “Sort of the Rog that we’ve come to expect over the last couple of years. It’s been up and down for him this season, but that was a really good outing for him.”

Smyly (3-6) allowed five earned runs in four innings against his former team. The left-hander, who pitched for San Francisco in 2020, allowed seven hits and two walks, striking out five.

SCARY MOMENT

Giants shortstop Thairo Estrada left the game early after being hit by a pitch in the helmet in the fifth inning.

Cubs reliever Mark Leiter Jr., recalled earlier Saturday from Triple-A Iowa, hit Estrada with an 84 mph changeup, sending him to the ground. Estrada was on his back and spoke to training staff, eventually getting helped to his feet and back to the clubhouse.

“He’s still a little dizzy,” Kapler said. “Some pressure on his left side. So he’s having concussion-like symptoms. We haven’t yet taken that step to diagnose him with a concussion, but good chance that’s where we’ll be and we’ll figure out what to do from a roster perspective in the next few hours or tomorrow morning.”

Jason Vosler ran for Estrada and took over at shortstop.

HONORING WILL THE THRILL

Before the game, the Giants retired longtime first baseman Will Clark’s number 22 jersey. Clark spent eight of his 15 major-league seasons with San Francisco, making five All-Star appearances with the franchise and earning the 1989 NLCS MVP award.

“A lot of anticipation leading up to it and it was a lot of fun being on the field,” Clark said. “I was soaking it all in. … It was really special.”

Among those who gave speeches were former teammates Barry Bonds, Kevin Mitchell and Mike Krukow. Several other Giants legends were on hand, including Buster Posey and Bruce Bochy.

Clark thanked his former teammates and coaches, as well as the fans of San Francisco, in a passionate speech, receiving a thunderous standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Oracle Park.

TRADE ALERT

Earlier Saturday, the Cubs traded veteran RHP Chris Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers for INF/OF Zach McKinstry.

The 36-year-old Martin is 1-0 with a 4.31 ERA in 34 appearances this season. The 6-foot-8 reliever has recorded 40 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings while issuing just four walks.

“We’ve had a really good bullpen,” Ross said. “He’s been a big part of that. So I’m happy that he gets to go on and continue to chase another championship. His time here was good.”

The 27-year-old McKinstry has appeared in 10 games this year, going 1 for 11 with a home run and two RBI. He is expected to join the Cubs in the next couple of days.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: 2B Nick Madrigal (left groin strain) and SS Andrelton Simmons (right shoulder strain) made rehab starts for Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. Madrigal went 2 for 3 with two singles and a walk. Simmons was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

Giants: SS Brandon Crawford (left knee inflammation) ran on the field and took batting practice before the game. He is expected to go on a rehab assignment in the coming days.

UP NEXT

Cubs RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.20 ERA) faces San Francisco for the first time in his career on Sunday. Sampson is seeking his first win since Sept. 14, 2021.

Giants LHP Carlos Rodon (8-6, 3.18) has allowed five earned runs in each of his last two starts.

HERNÁNDEZ HITS GO-AHEAD 3-RUN HR, BLUE JAYS BEAT TIGERS 5-3

TORONTO (AP) Teoscar Hernandez hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the sixth inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scored twice and the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 Saturday, Toronto’s 11th win in 14 games.

“He can change the game with one swing just as much as anyone around the league,” Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said of Hernandez. “I thought his first couple of at-bats, he was close, he was just underneath a couple of balls. He got a mistake and didn’t miss it.”

Guerrero stayed in the game after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch from Detroit right-hander Derek Law in Toronto’s four-run sixth. Guerrero went down in pain after being hit and stayed down while receiving treatment before taking first base.

“It was close, it was a close call,” Schneider said. “We’re dodging bullets left and right.”

All-Star right-hander Alek Manoah left Friday’s start in the sixth after he was hit on the right elbow by a comebacker. Schneider said Manoah felt better Saturday.

Blue Jays right-hander Trevor Richards (3-1) got two outs to earn the win. Yimi Garcia pitched 1 2/3 innings and Jordan Romano finished for his AL-leading 23rd save in 26 chances, ending it by retiring Javier Baez on a deep fly ball to the warning track in left with a runner at first.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove in Guerrero with an RBI single in the first, but Riley Green and Kody Clemens each drove in a run in the fifth and Jonathan Schoop added an RBI single in the sixth to put the Tigers up 3-1.

After George Springer beat out the back end of a double play in the bottom of the sixth, Law (0-1) plunked Guerrero, and Gurriel reached on Law’s fielding error. Bo Bichette hit a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch advanced both runners before Hernandez snapped an 0-for-13 slump with his 14th home run, a 424-foot drive to center.

Tigers right-hander Drew Hutchison allowed one run and two hits in five innings against his former team, but the bullpen couldn’t make it stand up.

Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said Hutchison injured his right ankle Friday, eventually forcing him out of Saturday’s game ahead of schedule.

“As the game went on, there was a hole on the mound, which didn’t help,” Hutchison said of his sore ankle. “I don’t think it’ll be an issue going forward.”

Law was making his season debut after being promoted from the taxi squad before the game. He allowed four runs, none earned, in one inning.

“He misexecuted a slider to a good offense and didn’t field his position on a comebacker that could have gotten him out of the inning,” Hinch said. “As we’ve said for three straight days, extra runners, extra outs against these guys is dangerous.”

Right-hander Ross Stripling started for Toronto, allowing two runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: Hinch said LHP Eduardo Rodriguez will report to Detroit’s spring training facility in Florida on Sunday and could pitch for Class A Lakeland next week. Rodriguez signed a five-year, $77 million contract last November but has not pitched for the Tigers since May 18, when he left a game against Tampa Bay in the first inning with sprained ribs. Rodriguez was placed on the restricted list June 13 because of personal reasons. He is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA in eight starts.

Blue Jays: Bichette returned to SS after being held out of the starting lineup Friday because of a sore left shoulder. Springer, who didn’t play Friday because of a sore right elbow, was the DH.

ROSTER MOVES

Tigers: Detroit selected Law from Triple-A Toledo and returned substitute player RHP Bryan Garcia to Triple-A.

Blue Jays: Toronto recalled RHP Trent Thornton from Triple-A Buffalo and optoned RHP Max Castillo to Triple-A.

DAD’S OLD OFFICE

Detroit’s Kody Clemens started at first base, his first career appearance in the city where dad Roger won back-to-back AL Cy Young awards pitching for the Blue Jays in 1996 and 1997.

TUNE UP

Schneider arranged for a local Toronto DJ to perform in the Blue Jays clubhouse before the game. Springer was spotted dancing along a clubhouse corridor as the music blared.

“That guy worked hard for a long time,” Stripling said. “He was there from 11:00 until we took the field, and just jamming. It was cool. It brought some energy for sure.”

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Garrett Hill (1-2, 5.63) starts Sunday’s series finale against Blue Jays RHP Jose Berrios (7-4, 5.20). Berrios is 6-2 in 13 career games against Detroit, including 12 starts.

LOWE AND DÍAZ HOMER, RAYS BEAT GUARDIANS 6-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Brandon Lowe and Yandy Diaz homered as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Guardians 6-4 on Saturday.

The Rays had dropped two consecutive games, getting one run and 10 singles in 18 innings over the stretch.

“The offense came out hot today and put some runs on the board,” Rays starter Corey Kluber said. “Turned into a win there I think we probably needed really badly.”

Tampa Bay is 3-6 since the All-Star break.

Kluber (7-6) allowed four runs and eight hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts in six innings and improved to 2-0 in two career starts against Cleveland, where he won the AL Cy Young Award in 2014 and 2017.

“You know what, the guy knows how to pitch,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “He’s got a little different, the way he attacks hitters than he used to, but he can manipulate the ball with the best of them.”

Pete Fairbanks struck out Jose Ramirez on three pitches with two on and two outs in the ninth to get his second save.

Andres Gimenez homered for the Guardians, who are 5-5 on an 11-game road trip.

Just as the game was ending, the Rays announced that they acquired ourfielder David Peralta from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league catcher Christian Cerda.

Tampa Bay has 16 players on the injured list, including outfielders Manuel Margot (right patellar tendon strain), Harold Ramirez (right thumb fracture) and Kevin Kiermaier, who is out for the year following left hip surgery.

Lowe connected on a two-run homer in the first and Rene Pinto had a second-inning RBI double off Zach Plesac (2-9) as Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead.

Diaz’s two-run shot in the fifth put the Rays ahead 5-1.

Brett Phillips, who had seven hits in his previous 89 at-bats, had an RBI single with two outs in the eighth that made it 6-4.

The Rays gave away a Devil Rays basketball jersey with Phillips’ name on it to fans in attendance.

Owen Miller had a fourth-inning, run-scoring single before Gimenez got Cleveland within 5-4 on a three-run drive in the sixth.

Miller left with a bruised right forearm and was pinch-hit for in the eighth.

Plesac, winless over his last nine starts, gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings.

Cleveland rookie Steven Kwan extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a fifth-inning double.

COWBOY JOE

Retired umpire Joe West was at the ballpark taking part in a documentary. He spent time on the field with former umpire Richie Garcia and members of the umpiring crew working the weekend series.

HOOP IT UP

Phillips grew up a Devil Rays fan in nearby Seminole, Florida, and played basketball with his neighbor, pro wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage.

“Here we are in my hometown, a giveaway … Crazy, absolutely crazy,” Phillips said.

The announced attendance was 22,756, well above the Rays’ home season average of 13,819.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: 1B Josh Naylor was scratched due to right ankle soreness and will be evaluated when the team returns home after Sunday’s game. Francona said it is the same ankle Naylor severely hurt in a scary collision chasing a fly ball in June 2021 that required surgery.

“He was on his way to go get loose, and said it went numb on him and it was hard for him to walk,” Francona said. “It’s hard to imagine that something significant happened when he was on his way to get loose, so that’s hopeful.”

Rays: LHP Jalen Beeks (right lower leg tightness) was reinstated from the 15-day IL and RHP Luke Bard was optioned to Triple-A Durham. … RHP Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John surgery, Aug. 2021) threw off a bullpen mound. He is not expected back until next year.

UP NEXT

Rays All-Star Shane McClanahan (10-3, 1.76 ERA) is Sunday’s starter. The lefty has gone six or more innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in 13 consecutive starts. It’s the majors longest stretch since the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta had a 14-game run from July 30, 2015 to April 4, 2016. Cleveland has not announced its starter.

SHEETS HOMERS, DOUBLES LATE TO LIFT WHITE SOX OVER A’S 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) Gavin Sheets hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning and scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Saturday night.

Sheets lined a leadoff double against Zach Jackson (2-3) in the ninth and advanced to third on Josh Harrison’s sacrifice bunt before Jackson bounced a slider with Tim Anderson at the plate.

Sheets came through with two big extra-base hits off A’s relievers after popping out twice against Oakland starter Paul Blackburn, including in the fifth with runners at second and third.

“I stayed in it mentally,” Sheets said. “Obviously super frustrated in that I’ve got to get the job done in that situation.

“Excited that I got two more chances and mentally stay in it and get ready for two big ones.”

Liam Hendricks (2-3) worked around Elvis Andrus’ double in the top of the ninth for the win.

Sheets homered in the seventh off reliever Austin Pruitt to help the White Sox (50-50) stop a two-game mini-skid.

“That shows you his potential as a hitter when you can take a ball in and hit it 500 feet and take a breaking pitch to the opposite field,” manager Tony La Russa said.

Chicago, the preseason favorite to win the AL Central, is three games behind first-place Minnesota and a game behind second-place Cleveland.

“We’ve still got a lot of games left,” Sheets said. “And it’s the fun part of the season. Got a taste of the postseason last year and want to get back.”

Seth Brown hit a long solo shot for his third homer in two days and Blackburn returned to All-Star form with five shutout innings, but Oakland’s season-high four-game winning streak ended.

Sean Murphy also went deep for the A’s. The catcher called for a breaking pitch that got away to end the game.

“Trying to get in front of it, but I felt it was the right pitch,” Murphy said. “I’m not going to not throw it. You just have to have faith and call the game as it needs to be called.”

Anderson batted leadoff and singled twice as the All-Star shortstop appeals a three-game suspension from Major League Baseball for making contact with plate umpire Nick Mahrley during an argument Friday.

The discipline was announced just before Saturday’s first pitch. Anderson, who will remain active until his appeal is heard, declined to comment on the penalty after the game.

Chicago starter Johnny Cueto allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. The veteran righty walked only one.

Blackburn exited with a 2-0 lead after allowing five hits, walking none and striking out four. A first-time All-Star this season, Blackburn had lost three straight with a 13.19 ERA during the slide.

The right-hander had allowed 21 runs and 20 hits in his previous 14 1/3 innings and was pounded for 10 runs by Texas last Sunday.

Blackburn was 6-3 with 2.90 ERA before his abrupt slump. He started the season 5-0 and had a 1.70 ERA on May 25.

“I feel like everything was pretty synched up today,” Blackburn said. “From my last start to this start, I feel like I was getting back to getting the groundballs I was used to getting. That’s a good sign for me. My sinker’s sinking and not running.”

Murphy hit his 12th homer to left field off Cueto in the first to put Oakland ahead 1-0. Brown launched a 452-foot drive to right in the third, his 15th.

Brown hit two solo homers Friday in his first game after the birth of his first child, son Cannon.

Pruitt, the second A’s reliever, hit Andrew Vaughn with a pitch to start the seventh. Sheets followed with his homer to right.

MINNIE MEMORIES

Minnie Minoso, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last Sunday, was honored by the White Sox in a pregame ceremony.

A native of Cuba who grew up on a sugar plantation, Minoso was a nine-time All-Star and finished his career with 2,110 hits and a .299 batting average. He died in 2015.

He starred with the New York Cubans in the Negro Leagues before becoming the first Black Latino player in the major leagues in 1949, two years after Jackie Robinson broke in.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: Manager Mark Kotsay said INF Jed Lowrie (left shoulder) was set to play seven to nine innings in the field Saturday in his rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas. Lowrie, out since June 27, will likely be the DH at Las Vegas on Sunday.

White Sox: OF Luis Robert was scratched from a rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte due to cold symptoms, but La Russa said Robert would be flying back to Chicago. The White Sox originally placed Robert on the IL retroactive to July 19 with lightheadedness and blurred vision. . La Russa said RHP Reynaldo Lopez (lower back strain) is making progress, but there’s no timetable for his return.

UP NEXT

Oakland RHP Adam Oller (1-3, 8.07 ERA) faces Chicago RHP Dylan Cease (10-4, 2.03) on Sunday. Cease hasn’t allowed a run in his last 20 2/3 innings while winning three straight starts.

YANKEES’ AARON JUDGE 2ND FASTEST TO 200 CAREER HOME RUNS

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees star Aaron Judge became the second-fastest player in major league history to reach 200 career home runs with a two-run drive in the second inning for New York against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

The 6-foot-7 slugger, who became the first player in the majors this season to reach 40 homers Friday, fouled off two breaking balls from starter Jonathan Heasley before sending a 2-2 fastball into the right-center field seats.

Judge’s 200th homer came in his 671st career game, behind just Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard, who achieved the feat in 2009 in 658 games.

Judge has 42 homers this season and is on pace for 67. He is tied with Sammy Sosa and two behind Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire for the most before Aug. 1 in MLB history. Bonds holds the season record with 73 homers in 2001.

A free agent at the end of the season, Judge has nine homers and 21 RBIs with a .447 batting average in 10 games since the All-Star break. After hitting just one homer in his first 13 games, Judge has connected for 36 over his last 79 games and remains on pace to surpass Roger Maris’ club record of 61, set in 1961. He is the 18th Yankee to reach the career milestone.

Judge hit a career-high 52 homers while winning AL Rookie of the Year in 2017.

Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber is second in the majors with 32. Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez is the only player this season to reach 30 this season.

FREELAND PITCHES ROCKIES PAST KERSHAW, DODGERS 5-3

DENVER (AP) Kyle Freeland outpitched Clayton Kershaw, and Brendan Rodgers had three hits as the Colorado Rockies snapped a six-game skid against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 5-3 victory Saturday night.

Freeland (6-7) followed up his seven shutout innings at Milwaukee on Monday with another solid start, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out six without walking a batter.

In two outings since the All-Star break, the lefty is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

“It’s Clayton Kershaw, future Hall of Famer. Being able to match up against a caliber guy like that is always fun, and getting wins against the Dodgers is always great. I love doing it,” Freeland said.

Daniel Bard gave up a two-out double in the ninth but earned his 22nd save. Bard signed a $19 million, two-year contract Saturday to stay with the Rockies through 2024.

Trea Turner homered for the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. He is the only player in the majors this season with two hitting streaks of 15 or more games.

Kershaw (7-3) was tagged for the second time this season in Denver. In two outings here he has allowed nine earned runs over 9 1/3 innings. He is 11-8 with a 4.82 ERA in 26 career starts at Coors Field.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner gave up five runs – three earned – in 5 1/3 innings.

Freeland showed emotion on his last pitch of the game when Max Muncy lined a ball to right-center that Randal Grichuk tracked down for the final out of the sixth.

“Midway I kind of had a feeling that I was going to be able to catch it,” Grichuk said. “I just didn’t know if I was going to slam into the wall or if I was going catch it before. Luckily it died a little bit and I caught it before crashing into the wall.”

Colorado took its first lead of the series in the first inning when Muncy’s error at third base let in one run and led to another that put the Rockies ahead 2-1.

Turner hit a solo homer in a two-run third, his 16th, but Colorado rallied in the sixth. Grichuk followed singles from Rodgers and Jose Iglesias with a two-run triple and scored on a single by Elias Diaz that ended Kershaw’s night.

Grichuk and Iglesias had two hits each, and Grichuk finished with three RBIs.

“It was good to see Randal get some really hard contact,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.

ALL’S FAIR

Freeland didn’t like a couple of borderline calls by plate umpire Gabe Morales and said something to him early in the game.

“I just felt it was necessary at that time to give him a little bit of a check on his zone,” Freeland said. “It felt like that he was (giving Kershaw) some stuff that I wasn’t getting. So I felt it was a good time to let him know that he needs to tighten up and go both ways.

“He turned back pretty quick on me. I felt that was a time where I needed to let him know that you need to be doing this both ways.”

MINOR MOVES

Colorado recalled reliever Jordan Sheffield from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned righty Ryan Feltner to the Isotopes. The Dodgers recalled James Outman from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take the roster spot of Zach McKinstry, who was traded to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Chris Martin on Saturday.

Martin is expected to join the team Sunday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (abdominal injury) missed his third straight game and will not play Sunday. … RHP Blake Treinen (right shoulder inflammation) is expected to face hitters when the team is in San Francisco starting Monday, manager Dave Roberts said. … Roberts said RHP Tommy Kahnle is still not close to returning from a bruised right elbow. … LHP Danny Duffy threw a simulated game that went well, Roberts said.

UP NEXT

Dodgers All-Star RHP Tony Gonsolin (11-1, 2.26 ERA) will face RHP German Marquez (6-8, 5.25) to wrap up the four-game series Sunday.

EX-RED SOX OF RENFROE HITS 2-RUN HR, BREWERS TOP BOSTON 9-4

BOSTON (AP) A little time off at the All-Star break looks like it was all the Milwaukee Brewers needed to get rolling.

Hunter Renfroe belted a two-run homer over the Green Monster, Eric Lauer pitched five innings of one-run ball for his first victory in over a month and the Brewers beat fading Boston 9-4 on Saturday, sending the Red Sox to their 13th loss in 16 games.

Omar Narvaez and Tyrone Taylor each added a solo shot, and Rowdy Tellez had three hits and drove in a run for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who are 7-1 since the break.

“I guess a little rest does a lot of people good for sure,” Renfroe said. “I think we’re swinging the bat well and seeing the ball all right.”

Milwaukee, playing in Boston for the first time since 2014, will try for a sweep of the three-game series Sunday.

“I would probably say this is the best we’ve played as a team,” said Brewers reliever Devin Williams, who extended his club-record for a single season with his 30th straight scoreless appearance. “I think we’re all kind of clicking on all cylinders right now.”

While the Brewers are going in one direction, the Red Sox are the opposite.

Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogaerts each had an RBI single for Boston, which is last in the AL East and has dropped seven of nine in a season-high 10-day game homestand.

“We’ve been talking about, we need to get to the next level,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “It seems like we haven’t been able to do that throughout the season, let’s be honest. We take a few steps forward and a lot of steps back.”

Renfroe, who played one season with the Red Sox before being traded to the Brewers last November, belted a curveball from Nick Pivetta (8-8) into the second row of seats for his 18th homer, making it 4-1 in the fifth. Pivetta dropped to one knee after Renfroe made contact and didn’t turn to look.

“That was cool,” Renfroe said, smiling, of his homer. “I told everybody I’ve got to start hitting the ball away from everybody. That was hitting it away from everybody, I guess.”

Trailing 5-1 in the seventh, Vazquez and Bogaerts had consecutive run-scoring hits before J.D. Martinez sliced Boston’s deficit to one with a sacrifice fly, which Renfroe made a nice over-the-shoulder catch on.

Milwaukee put it away with three in the ninth when Taylor homered into the center field batter’s eye.

Making his first career start in Fenway Park, Lauer (7-3) allowed four hits, with four strikeouts and three walks, earning his first win since June 17 at Cincinnati.

Narvaez hit a curve down in the strike zone from Pivetta, sending it into Boston’s bullpen.

Coming off his best start in a month, Pivetta gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings.

“I don’t think it was a step back to be honest with you,” Pivetta said of his outing. “I think it was just miscues with certain pitches. … I think there were a lot more positives today. I think it was just a couple of pitches that went over the fence and that’s just how it goes sometimes.”

RUN ON HIM

The Brewers stole three bases against C Kevin Plawecki, who has caught just one in 22 attempts this season.

QUICK CORRECTION

First base umpire Mike Muchlinski made a quick “safe” call and immediately changed it to “out” when Boston’s Jarren Duran was picked off. No replay review was asked for and he clearly got the call right.

SOX ROSTER SHUFFLE

Arroyo was activated from the 10-day injured list Saturday and INF Jeter Downs was demoted to Triple-A Worcester.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: C Victor Caratini was hit in the helmet by Franchy Cordero’s back swing and went to the ground, but he stayed in the game. … RHP Freddy Peralta (IL since late May, right shoulder) made his second rehab start Friday night, striking out five in 3 1/3 innings for Triple-A Nashville.

Red Sox: Cora said that a second-opinion exam on 2B Trevor Story’s bruised right hand revealed a “little hairline fracture” and that he’d be shut down from swinging a bat for 10 days. Story has been on the IL since July 14 after getting hit on the hand by Tampa Bay’s Corey Kluber. … RHP Michael Wacha threw a simulated game, his second off Fenway’s mound, and Cora said if he feels OK that he’ll go on a rehab assignment next week. … 3B Rafael Devers (IL, right hamstring) is expected to travel with the team to Houston next week.

UP NEXT

LHP Aaron Ashby (2-8, 4.38 ERA) is slated to start the series finale Sunday for the Brewers. RHP Josh Winckowski (3-5, 5.18) is scheduled for the Red Sox.

BELL HITS 3-RUN HR TO RALLY NATIONALS PAST CARDINALS 7-6

WASHINGTON (AP) If Josh Bell’s days are indeed numbered in Washington in his second season as a member of the struggling Nationals, he gave the home fans one last moment to celebrate.

Bell hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Nationals rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Saturday night.

Bell, likely on his way out as the Major League Baseball trade deadline nears, knocked in his 14th homer of the season to right-center off Genesis Cabrera (3-2) to complete Washington’s comeback.

Bell, who turns 30 next month and will be a free agent after the season, is having one of his best seasons and leads the Nationals with 57 RBIs and is batting .305 in 101 games.

“I’m not going to think about what’s going to happen in the next few days,” manager Dave Martinez said. “It was a big win for us and he was a big part of it and we have to come back tomorrow and do it again.”

Juan Soto, who could be the biggest name dealt before next week’s deadline, finished 1 for 1 with three walks and scored twice for Washington, which has the worst record in baseball.

“Juan is locked in right now and it’s a lot of fun to play behind him,” Bell said.

The big question is how long will Bell be playing behind his teammate that finished second in the NL MVP voting last season.

Erasmo Ramirez (3-1) earned the win with a clean seventh, and Kyle Finnegan got the last five outs for his fourth save of the season.

St. Louis, which started the day even with Philadelphia for the last wild card spot in the NL, took the lead in the fifth for the second time when Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer into the Cardinals’ bullpen.

Gone for over two months, DeJong – an All-Star in 2019 – was recalled earlier on Saturday after the Cardinals traded infielder Edmundo Sosa to the Phillies in exchange for left-hander JoJo Romero. St. Louis made room for DeJong from the taxi squad by sending Romero to Triple-A Memphis.

DeJong was optioned to the minors back on May 10 after struggling to hit .130 with one homer through 24 games. The 28-year-old since regained his form in Memphis by hitting 17 homers and driving in 54 RBIs in 51 games at the lower level. He had homered in three straight games before Saturday’s promotion.

The Nationals scored three in the fifth – all with two-outs – to tie the score at 4-4. Nelson Cruz hit a two-run RBI double before Yadiel Hernandez RBI single up the middle.

Lars Nootbaar gave St. Louis their final lead with a sacrifice fly in the sixth before Bell’s blast.

Nolan Arenado hit his 19th homer of the season in the second. It was his first since July 13.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: LF Tyler O’Neill left the game after the fourth inning with leg cramps. O’Neill singled and doubled in his two at-bats. … C Yadier Molina (right knee inflammation) went 1 for 2 with a walk in five innings with Triple-A Memphis.

Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde was a late scratch after an MRI showed right shoulder inflammation. Fedde, who is 5-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 19 starts this season, was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to July 27. … CF Victor Robles, who hit his fourth homer of the season in the third, left late with leg cramps..Washington recalled RHP Cory Abbot from Triple-A Rochester. Martinez said that the 26-year-old Abbot could be in line to start on Tuesday against the Mets.

FADING FAST

Just three seasons removed from winning the 2019 World Series, the Nationals held a major selloff at last year’s trade deadline that was highlighted by the departures of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kyle Schwarber to Boston.

The Nationals have now played the equivalent of an entire 162-game schedule since those moves going 53-109.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Andre Pallante (3-4, 3.53 ERA) will start the final game of the series for St. Louis on Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie has thrown at least 96 pitches in each of his pervious three starts against NL East opponents.

Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray (7-6, 4.45 ERA) will make his first career start against the Cardinals. Gray has given up multiple home runs in each of his last three starts and six times in 18 games this season.

CARDINALS SEND EDMUNDO SOSA TO PHILLIES, CALL UP PAUL DEJONG

WASHINGTON (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals traded shortstop Edmundo Sosa to the Philadelphia Phillies for left-hander JoJo Romero on Saturday and will activate shortstop Paul DeJong off the taxi squad.

An All-Star in 2019, DeJong was demoted to Triple-A Memphis in May after hitting .130 with one home run in 24 games. The 28-year-old may have rediscovered his power stroke in the minors, slugging 17 homers with a .249 batting average in 51 games.

He hit .366 with six home runs in 11 July games, including a home run in each of his final three games with the Memphis Redbirds. He’s expected to be with the Cardinals for their game Saturday night at Washington.

Sosa is a slick defender, giving the poor-fielding Phillies a potential upgrade in the infield. The 26-year-old has struggled at the plate, hitting .189 without a homer in 53 games this season.

The 25-year-old Romero has pitched in parts of three big league seasons, including two relief appearances this year with three runs allowed in two innings. He has a 7.89 ERA in the majors. St. Louis assigned Romero to Triple-A.

DODGERS GET RHP CHRIS MARTIN FROM CUBS FOR ZACH MCKINSTRY

DENVER (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen by acquiring right-hander Chris Martin from the Chicago Cubs for infielder-outfielder Zach McKinstry on Saturday.

The 36-year-old Martin won a World Series with the Atlanta Braves last season and pitched three times during an NL Championship Series victory over the Dodgers.

The 6-foot-8 reliever is 1-0 with a 4.31 ERA this season, striking out 40 batters with four walks in 31 1/3 innings. He’ll support a bullpen that’s currently without injured pitchers Brusdar Graterol, Blake Treinen, Tommy Kahnle, Victor Gonzalez and Danny Duffy.

McKinstry is a 27-year-old utility player with a career .210 batting average and eight homers in 193 plate appearances. A 33rd-round draft pick in 2016, McKinstry has appeared in just four games since being activated off the injured list July 6 following a neck injury.

McKinstry has also played 48 games at Triple-A this season, where he hit .335 with four homers, 25 RBIs and a .904 OPS.

RAYS ACQUIRE OF DAVID PERALTA IN TRADE WITH D-BACKS

PHOENIX (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder David Peralta from the Arizona Diamondbacks, adding a veteran left-handed bat for the playoff race.

The Rays sent 19-year-old minor league catcher Christian Cerda to the Diamondbacks.

The 34-year-old Peralta has played his entire nine-year MLB career with the D-backs, where he won a Silver Slugger award in 2018 and a Gold Glove in 2019. His bat has slowed in recent seasons, but he’s still very good against right-handed pitching.

Peralta — a fan favorite in Arizona — has a .248 average, 12 homers and 41 RBIs this season.

Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen said making the trade made sense for the organization, especially since Peralta is a free agent in a few months, but it was still a difficult moment.

“It was a tough conversation, it was emotional conversation,” Hazen said. “He brought energy, enthusiasm and he was a really good player for us.”

Peralta’s unique background endeared him to many baseball fans. He was a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization before injuries led to his release in 2009. He then played independent ball, and was signed by the D-backs as an outfielder in 2013 before making the big leagues in 2014.

Cerda is batting .315 in rookie-level ball.

KERRIGAN’S RETIREMENT CLOSES OUT ERA OF WASHINGTON FOOTBALL

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Ryan Kerrigan still called Washington’s facility by its old name, even though he was wearing a shirt bearing the new logo of the franchise’s rebranding as the Commanders.

That wasn’t the only reminder of the old days that weren’t that long ago.

Seeing his old teammate at Commanders training camp brought punter Tress Way, the organization’s longest-tenured player, back to the days of Kerrigan flexing after making a sack back when Washington was known as the Redskins. Kerrigan was the final standout player under the old name, and his retirement back in the familiar burgundy and gold colors marks the end of that chapter for a franchise trying to recapture long-lost glory.

“It’s a new era of football here in Washington, and I’m hoping that means a lot of wins in the future, some playoff wins – something that I unfortunately didn’t get to experience here,” Kerrigan said at his retirement news conference Saturday. “I’m just hoping that means good things for the team moving forward and a good thing for the guys in the locker room.”

That locker room has changed significantly since the final game Kerrigan and his teammates played with the old name on Dec. 29, 2019. Just 11 of 91 players in camp played when Washington was the Redskins, a product of Ron Rivera’s roster overhaul since taking over as coach and head of football operations on New Year’s Day 2020.

Kerrigan, who played one season for Rivera with what was called the Washington Football Team the past two years, is a link to the organization’s past as much as anything else.

“Obviously, Ryan spent most of his time here under the old name, but us honoring him as the Commanders I think just continues on the legacy of that name and our team as a whole and just shows that we are still the same group of guys, whether the name has changed or not,” said center Chase Roullier, one of those to have played under all three names in Washington. “There’s a lot of cultural changes, a lot of things that have changed, but we’re still able to honor Ryan as such an important part of this franchise and what he has done for us.”

Kerrigan is Washington’s career sacks leader, though his departure for one final season with Philadelphia also gave way to pass-rushers Montez Sweat and Chase Young. Together they were part of the defense two seasons ago that ranked second in the NFL on the way to winning the NFC East and making the playoffs.

Several key pieces have changed since then, including Carson Wentz at quarterback, and Kerrigan’s message to the team was optimistic about its direction.

“What’s really cool is Kerrigan comes out for one day and he’s talking about what he sees just with us and in the locker room, in the building, on the field, and he said the word `momentum,'” Way said. “I’m pretty biased because he’s one of my best friends, but I would argue the same thing. You just feel a certain momentum, so it’s just a matter of whether we can execute and win some games and keep that going.”

That’s what Rivera has been tasked to do since being named coach prior to the pandemic and the summer of 2020, when a national reckoning on racism in the U.S. prompted the team to drop the old name amid pressure from sponsors and after decades of criticism from Native American groups.

For what it’s worth, Kerrigan is a fan of the new name. He’s also proud to be known as one of the final great Redskins players.

“I know this team means a lot to a lot of people, and it’s one of the older teams, one of the older franchises in the league and had a lot of great players come through,” Kerrigan said. “It’s really cool.”

49ERS DE NICK BOSA LOOKS TO BUILD ON STRONG 2021 SEASON

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Here’s a scary thought for NFL tackles and quarterbacks: After spending his offseason honing his pass rushing moves instead of rehabilitating a knee injury could be even more difficult to deal with this year than he was in a dominant 2021 season.

Back home in South Florida, Bosa worked out with his brother Joey, just two star ends refining how best to get after the quarterback.

It’s a far cry from 2021 when Nick Bosa spent the offseason working his way back from knee surgery and wasn’t even able to get back on the practice field until just before the start of the season.

Bosa already looks to be in dominant form.

“He’s one of the best I’ve ever seen,” defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans said. “Just the way he works and the way he shows up and makes plays, he makes it look easy. I know it’s not easy. There’s a lot of work that goes in, day after day after day of hard work and effort that he puts in. You see the fruit of his labor when he’s away. He shows up, he’s going to be ready to go.”

Already, Bosa has won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2019 when he had nine sacks in the regular season and four more in a playoff run that ended in a Super Bowl loss to Kansas City.

Bosa then blew out his knee in Week 2 in 2020 but picked up where he left off when he returned healthy in 2021, recording 15 1/2 sacks in the regular season and four more in the playoffs despite getting little on-field work in the offseason.

That has raised expectations even more.

After lining up almost predominantly on the right side as a rookie to accommodate Dee Ford’s preference to rush from the left, Bosa moved around more last season and will continue as line coach Kris Kocurek has given Bosa more freedom.

Bosa said he plans to flip back and forth throughout camp to become equally proficient and comfortable on both sides to make it more difficult for offenses to scheme against him.

“Sometimes I get fixated on one side and then I go over to the other side and I feel a little awkward,” he said. “So I’m making it a thing that I’m switching every period no matter what, getting equal work.”

It also gives Bosa the opportunity in camp to work against several different tackles and work on his full complement of pass-rush moves instead of repeatedly going up against All-Pro Trent Williams.

A big year from Bosa will only raise the price tag that San Francisco will have to pay to keep Bosa when his rookie deal expires following the 2023 season. General manager John Lynch said at the start of camp that the team is in no rush to extend him now, preferring to wait until next offseason when he is entering his final year.

“You never say never,” Lynch said about an early extension. “But here’s what I do know: As long as we’re here, Nick Bosa is going to be a part of the Niners and he’s going to get paid handsomely to do so.”

NOTES: DT Maurice Hurst tore his biceps in practice Friday and will likely miss the entire season. … DT Hassan Ridgeway (quadriceps) will be sidelined a couple of weeks. … WR Deebo Samuel remains out of practice as he works on getting a new contract. “I know they’re grinding through it,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Nothing has been done yet but I know they’re working through it.”

BEARS’ MONTGOMERY WANTS TO SHOW HE’S A TOP-TIER RUNNING BACK

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — David Montgomery went down the list, checking off all the reasons he has no trouble staying motivated.

The Chicago Bears’ running back mentioned not getting many offers coming out of Mount Healthy High School in Cincinnati and growing up in a family that didn’t have much money. He didn’t forget all the teams that passed on him in the 2019 NFL draft before he was taken in the third round out of Iowa State.

And he also said he has a baby girl due in January.

“I’m excited to be a dad,” he said. “So just being sure that I’m being the best version of myself for my girl. But also being prepared to be the best father I can be, too.”

Whether it’s setting the right example for his daughter or focusing on becoming the best player he can be, Montgomery said the approach applies to all aspects of his life. It also explains why he is not too worried as he enters his fourth season and the final year of his rookie deal about whether he signs a contract extension or becomes a free agent.

“If you know much about me, I’m not really paying too much about a contract,” he said.

Even so, Montgomery has quite a bit at stake.

The Bears made major changes after going 6-11 last season and missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. Chairman George McCaskey fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy and replaced them with Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus.

Montgomery, meanwhile, is coming off a difficult season. He missed four games because of a sprained knee and wound up running for 849 yards after going for 1,070 the previous year. His yards per carry also dropped, from 4.3 in 2020 to 3.8.

“He pushes himself hard each day,” running back Khalil Herbert said. “He tries to be there for us in different ways, and always looking out for us.”

The play-calling didn’t always work in Montgomery’s favor last season. Nagy at times abandoned the run, and Chicago ranked near the bottom of the NFL in total offense and scoring.

Montgomery wants to show that he can be a top-tier running back, and he figures to be Chicago’s featured ball-carrier, though Herbert will likely share some of the load after flashing promise as a rookie.

“I take everything personal,” Montgomery said. “It’s just like you see lists, I see them, too. Knowing that I definitely have a child on the way puts things in other perspectives as well to tell myself ‘You gotta go harder. It’s not enough. It never will be enough.’ And the moment that it is enough, it still won’t be enough.”

So far, Eberflus likes what he sees.

“He’s been a pro and he’s been that way since the beginning,” he said. “He’s a very serious-minded kid, young man, and he is all business. He’s done that since the day I met him.”

Eberflus said he’s also looking forward to watching Montgomery pass-block and run hard in new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s outside-zone scheme when the team starts practicing in pads on Monday.

“He’s very serious, very intense and that’s very important at that position,” Eberflus said. “He has to deliver the blow, take some and hang in there and do protections and square up on blitzers and he’s done that.”

That serious approach, Montgomery said, is ingrained in him. It took root growing up and as he went through high school and college. He reminds himself of all that when he needs an extra push.

“I know opportunities are not forever and I know that I’ve met a lot of people in my life who have squandered every opportunity that they’ve had,” he said.

NOTE: OT Teven Jenkins missed practice for the third straight day. Eberflus said Friday he “was “working through something with the trainers.”

LIONS RB D’ANDRE SWIFT IS BIGGER, STRONGER AND HEALTHIER

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) This offseason, the Detroit Lions challenged running back D’Andre Swift: Fight through the bumps and bruises and play through all 17 games in 2022.

Swift, a running back who was injured in each of his first two seasons, is healthy now and the team expects him to be one of its top players on offense.

“We all know there’s a difference in being injured and hurt,” assistant coach and running backs coach Duce Staley said. “As soon as you step in this building as a running back – Day 1 of training camp – you’re not going to feel the same. So there are going to be some things he’s going to have to fight through, and he’s going to have to work through that.”

It’s a blunt statement from Staley, but that’s the kind of honesty Swift and the rest of the Lions roster has come to expect from the coaching staff. Those words carry more weight coming from Staley, who was an NFL running back for 10 seasons.

“Duce is going to tell me what I need to hear, and that’s kind of what you need,” Swift said. “That’s the type of guy I want to play for.”

The 23-year-old is taking the challenge head-on, hitting the weight room in the offseason and arriving to camp noticeably bigger and stronger.

“Full body strength,” Swift said of his offseason regimen. “Getting my body right.”

The Lions, too, are taking responsibility to make sure that Swift can stay healthy. They plan to increase his training camp workload but also won’t overload him.

“There could be a little bit of, we ramp him up for a couple days, back him off on the third day,” coach Dan Campbell said. “But we’re going to be smart with him.”

Swift has shown flashes of being a potent weapon for the Lions’ offense. He improved his all-purpose yardage from 878 his rookie season to 1,069 last year. But a combination of sharing the backfield with Jamaal Williams and nagging injuries limited him to just 151 rushes last year, ranking him 30th among NFL backs.

Campbell has seen enough potential in the 2020 second-round pick and admitted it’s going to be hard to take Swift off the field when the season begins.

“Swift is one of our most explosive players on offense,” Campbell said. “Like literally, we feel like, `Alright man, if we set this up right and there’s any space, this guy can take it to the house.’ He’s got that ability, and so, my gosh, man, you want those guys out there every play.”

Swift may also benefit from the high expectations of the offensive line. While injuries led last season to left tackle Taylor Decker missing the first eight games of the season and Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow the final 13 games, all five starters are currently healthy.

Swift said “that’d mean the world” if it stays that way.

NOTES: The Lions removed reserve offensive tackle Dan Skipper from the non-football illness list on Saturday . Former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, now an offensive assistant on the Lions’ coaching staff, has been an extra arm at training camp, helping out during individual drills.

MCDANIEL’S PATH TO DOLPHINS STARTED WITH A LOST HAT AS A FAN

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Having fans at training camp is not an annoyance to Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel.

It’s part of his story, a tale that involves how a lost hat led to him coaching in front of Dolphins fans for the first time Saturday at training camp.

The year was 1993, and the Denver Broncos were holding training camp in Greeley, Colorado. McDaniel was 10 years old, Greeley was home at the time and he was obsessed with the Broncos.

One day while jostling for an autograph from a player named Robert Delpino, McDaniel’s Charlotte Hornets hat got knocked away, never to be found again.

Broncos video coordinator Gary McCune went to a nearby mall and purchased a new hat to bring to the highly distraught boy the next day. McCune met McDaniel’s mother. They got married, a heartwarming story that made headlines in Denver.

McDaniel’s obsession with football only kept growing. He eventually became a Broncos ballboy. The rest, as they say, is history.

“I love having fans at practice,” McDaniel said. “It’s kind of true to my heart. Because that’s literally full circle. Training camp practice in Greeley, Colorado, for the Denver Broncos is where this whole thing for me started. There is a connection that I think you can have with the fans.”

Like all teams, the Dolphins will make a handful of practices open to fans during training camp. In the super-secretive world of the NFL, prying eyes are rarely a good thing, which is why teams err on the side of caution on public days and tend to keep things relatively basic.

“For all opponents watching, nothing that you see today will ever run again,” McDaniel said. “It is a challenge. You have to think about it. And you just have to be very mindful of it. Listen, people are going to have an idea of what you are and how you play. And a lot of people do similar things in the National Football League with regard to scheme. But if there’s certain things that you have lined up for certain opponents, you have to plan around that.

“The good thing is when you’re not going to be able to control what gets out into the interwebs. So, you do adjust, to a degree.”

That said, the Dolphins were happy to put on a show.

They might be about a half-century removed from their last championship — plans were unveiled Saturday for the anniversary celebration of the 1972 perfect season — but the support never seems to be lacking. Season tickets will sell out for the first time in team history in the next few days, and the Dolphins will soon have their first-ever waiting list for tickets.

McDaniel has made sure players are aware of the support, noting that they shouldn’t feel entitled to have it automatically.

“Our fans always just come with the energy, no matter what we’re doing on the field,” linebacker Jerome Baker said. “I always appreciate that the fans, the community and the organization, they’re all just behind us as a whole.”

The Dolphins did their part to feed into the energy for the first open session Saturday. When the team emerged from the indoor facility and came out for stretching, they greeted by a standing ovation from fans who started arriving more than 2 hours earlier for seats in the bleachers. It didn’t take long for wide receiver Tyreek Hill to rile the fans up with a backflip and a short speech.

“Get your popcorn ready,” Hill said.

Offensive lineman Blaise Andries then smashed a couple cans of beverages into his head, and practice was off and running. Fans cheered stretching, cheered Tua Tagovailoa completing short passes, completing 30-yard passes. They cheered just about anything.

“It’s a competitive advantage,” McDaniel said. “It’s kind of why you do what you do. … It’s just another reason for us to go about our daily process with a fine-tooth comb, to make sure that we pay them back for their investment in us.”

And maybe there was a 10-year-old kid in the stands who, 29 years from now, will be coaching in the NFL.

“That’s why I didn’t allow any ambitious children to practice,” McDaniel said.

JETS’ FIRST-ROUND TRIO PASSING EARLY TESTS IN TRAINING CAMP

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sauce Gardner was relaxing on the plane ride from the NFL draft in Las Vegas to his new playing home in New Jersey when the magnitude of what was happening really started to sink in.

The former Cincinnati cornerback was the No. 4 overall pick by the New York Jets. And sitting there with him were wide receiver Garrett Wilson, the 10th overall selection out of Ohio State, and Jermaine Johnson, who went 26th out of Florida State.

They were a trio of friends and first-rounders — on their way to help turn around the fortunes of a frustrated franchise.

“We were really like, it was meant for all of us to be on the same team,” Gardner said Saturday.

Gardner and Johnson trained together in Texas leading up to the draft in April, along with eventual Jets selections Breece Hall (second round) and Micheal Clemons (fourth round), among others.

“For us to all end up on the same team is like a blessing,” Gardner said. “I don’t think I’m just like a good luck charm, but it’s like every team I end up on, there’s always something unique about it.”

Like his Bearcats team that made it to the College Football Playoff last season for the first time in school history before losing to Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.

“This program, it reminds me of Cincinnati a lot,” Gardner said. “And I think this year, we’re going to make a huge change.”

The Jets and their fans are counting on it.

New York has gone 11 seasons without making the playoffs, the longest active postseason drought in the league. The Jets are coming off a 4-13 campaign, the first under coach Robert Saleh, but their impressive draft haul had the organization giddy.

It marked just the second time in franchise history during the modern draft era — since 1970 — the Jets had more than two picks in the opening round and first since they had a record four selections in 2000.

Six picks after general manager Joe Douglas took Gardner to fill a massive need in the secondary, he gave quarterback Zach Wilson an explosive playmaker in Garrett Wilson. He wasn’t done, though, swinging a deal with Tennessee to get back into the first round to take Johnson to boost the pass rush.

Now all three players will be bonded forever — by high hopes that their Jets legacy will be marked by lots of winning.

“I know none of us have an issue with those expectations,” Johnson said.

There’s a certain swagger with which all three carry themselves. Gardner’s diamond-encrusted “SAUCE” medallion on draft night was a clear display of that. Their confidence on the field belies their rookie status.

“We all have the same mindset of just being the best teammates we can,” Johnson said. “You know, we’re rookies, so we’ve got to earn our keep, especially to earn it to have a voice on this team. And that comes with doing things the right way, going 110% and being a good teammate.

“So, I mean, we’re all on that track and we’ll see what happens.”

So far, so good through four camp practices.

Gardner has been solid while rotating with Bryce Hall in the competition for a starting spot opposite D.J. Reed.

“I mean, that boy’s a dog, he’s really a dog,” said Garrett Wilson, who has matched up against Gardner several times this summer. “He’s really handsy, good with his hands, and puts himself in the right scenario a lot of the time.”

Wilson has been one of the early standouts on offense, making several impressive catches and building quick chemistry with his quarterback.

“He’s very, very athletic,” Saleh said. “He’s got unbelievable body control and power. He’s got great hands. He’s explosive in and out of his breaks. He’s very wiggly in and out of his breaks. He is talented.”

Johnson is working in a rotation on the Jets’ deepest and arguably best unit, a defensive line that includes seasoned veterans such as Quinnen Williams, Carl Lawson and John Franklin-Myers and youngsters such as Johnson, who had 12 sacks last season and was the ACC defensive player of the year.

“He’s phenomenal, bro,” Williams said of Johnson. “He’s a very vocal guy, a very explosive guy, a very talented guy. … He’s an animal, bro.”

It’s still just practice, of course. And there are still a few weeks before even the first preseason game.

But Gardner, Wilson and Johnson have been passing the early tests — while leaning on each other as fellow first-rounders.

NY GIANTS ROOKIES THIBODEAUX, NEAL PENCILED IN AS STARTERS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal were acquaintances when the New York Giants drafted them with the fifth and seventh picks overall in the NFL Draft in late April.

It seems now they’re linked in more ways than one: They are teammates and friends, two big men who’ve gone up against each other every day of training camp. And as the first week came to a close Saturday, the rookies also have been penciled in as starters and much is expected.

A linebacker and edge rusher from Oregon, Thibodeaux is going to line up on both sides in coordinator Wink Martindale’s keep-them-guessing defense. Neal, who came out of Alabama and was the second of New York’s first-round choices, has been at at right tackle since organized team activities in the spring.

“They have articulated that they’re counting on us, but I’m counting on myself to make the plays and live up to the goals I have for myself,” Thibodeaux said. “It’s been a great journey so far, and I know that they believe in us. And they’ve given us all the tools to continue to elevate. So, now it’s just up to us to make it happen.”

Neal and Thibodeaux occasionally had been matched up against each other in summer camps when they were in high school. Alabama and Oregon never met on the field in their college careers.

“It’s just so ironic that we ended up on the same NFL team,” Neal said. “I’m just excited to go against him every day, get each other better. I believe that iron sharpens iron.”

The Giants got the extra first round pick after making a trade with the Chicago Bears in the 2021 draft to drop down from from 12th pick overall to No. 20.

After five straight losing seasons, the Giants need Thibodeaux and Neal to perform well as rookies if things are going to start turning around under coach Brian Daboll. New York posted a 4-13 record in 2021.

Both have picked up the playbook quickly: Thibodeaux has shown ability to get to the passer and Neal has blocked well.

“He beats me some reps, I get him some reps. That’s what it’s all about, that’s the name of the game — getting better,” Neal said.

However, the workouts have been in shorts and jerseys. Things change next week when the pads are put on.

Thibodeaux has gone from being a big, talkative personality in the early days after the draft to more businesslike since camp opened.

“You got to know how to compartmentalize,” Thibodeaux said. “There’s a time and place for everything. So, when we are on the field it’s all business, and now it’s training camp. We’re getting ready for a long journey.”

Neal said the two don’t share notes off the field for fear of giving the other an advantage.

“We’ve just been putting our head down and we’ve been working,” Neal said.

The Giants will take that kind of attitude.

NOTES: Safety Dane Belton intercepted a Daniel Jones pass in the end zone. … Cornerback Darnay Holmes forced a fumble by Saquon Barkley and defensive back Julian Love had a long return. … Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor showed his athleticism dunking the football over the crossbar after running for a touchdown.

DESHAUN WATSON GETS MUTED REACTION AT BROWNS’ OPEN PRACTICE

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Deshaun Watson sprinted onto the field to a light round of cheers Saturday at the Cleveland Browns’ first open practice of training camp.

The noticeably muted reaction reflected the uncertainty surrounding Cleveland’s controversial new quarterback.

Watson was the focal point as the Browns worked out in front of a near-capacity crowd at their suburban headquarters. He briefly waved while running to the middle of the practice fields, but did not speak with the media.

The 26-year-old quarterback is awaiting a decision from retired judge Sue L. Robinson. She’s determining if Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy after being accused of sexual misconduct by 24 massage therapists. A lengthy suspension is possible.

“I can’t wait for us to get to play together, whichever week we see him,” Cleveland tight end David Njoku said. “Hopefully, it’s sooner than later. I’m excited. I can’t wait.

“But it’s not hard, we just have to take each day as it is. Whoever we have, we have to put our best foot forward and just keep working.”

Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, signed a five-year, $230 million contract with the Browns after being acquired from Houston in exchange for three first-round draft picks in March. He was a member of the Texans during all of the alleged incidents.

Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on any of the criminal complaints. He has settled 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits filed against him, and the attorney representing the women has said he hopes to take the other four to trial next spring.

There were no boos directed toward Watson at practice, but All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett and standout running back Nick Chubb were welcomed onto the field with much louder, prolonged ovations.

“You can tell by the turnout that people want to go all-out for the Browns, but I think fans are being cautious,” said Hans Schneider, a 21-year season ticket holder and mayor of Wellington, Ohio. “Once a decision is made with Deshaun, there will be clarity.

“I’m very respectful of both sides, but regardless of the decision, some people will be happy and some will be unhappy about it.”

Watson did interact with several dozen young fans following the 80-minute practice, patiently signing autographs and taking photos on the sideline. He also gave away his cleats as prizes for playing games of rock, paper, scissors.

The lucky winners were 10-year-old Tanner Hall and 9-year-old Barrett Radel, who were wearing Chubb and Garrett jerseys. Only a handful of adults sported Watson’s No. 4, but the No. 6 of former Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was well represented.

“I’m going to keep this in my room with me,” Radel said, beaming as he cradled Watson’s autographed shoe.

The fan interaction evoked warm memories for safety Grant Delpit, Cleveland’s second-round selection in 2020. The New Orleans native attended Saints practices as a pre-teen and was given an autographed football by his grandmother.

“I remember going to Saints training camp and that was the coolest thing ever,” Delpit said. “It’s cool to see it go full circle. I’m excited.”

Because of COVID-19 restrictions the past two summers, the Browns limited camp access to the public. Delpit is eager to make up for lost time.

“I haven’t really been here with (full access to) fans before, so we’re going to have some fun, man,” Delpit said. “I’m going to meet some kids and make some kids’ day. We’re going to try and make some people’s day out here.”

NOTES: The players will have their first day off Sunday after starting camp with four lower-intensity practices. “Don’t worry, there will be plenty of dog days in training camp where the players aren’t going to like me much,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. .

Garrett’s chiseled 6-foot-4, 272-pound physique remains a popular subject with his teammates. “I don’t know what else could change, it can’t get much bigger,” Delpit said. “He’s not getting no smaller. He’s the same Jurassic Myles.” .

Rookie WR Isiah Weston (knee) was carted off the field, joining Anthony Schwartz (left knee strain) and rookie David Bell (foot) with camp injuries at the position.

2022 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS PREVIEW: ROSTER MOVES, DEPTH CHART, SCHEDULE, STORYLINES AND MORE

The post-Russell Wilson era will begin with one of the Seahawks’ best receiving corps in recent memory, which is at risk of being squandered by subpar quarterback play. Meanwhile, their investment in the backfield shows they’ll try to focus on the run to keep their defense from getting exposed.

Moving Forward without Wilson

Russell Wilson missed the first three games of his 10-year career last season after suffering a finger injury Week 5, and his performance took a hit upon his return, further establishing how vital he was to the Seahawks’ success. The relationship came to a breaking point this offseason, and the team subsequently shipped him to Denver for an assortment of draft picks and players. Quarterback Drew Lock, a 2019 second-round pick, was included in the return, and he’ll battle 31-year-old Geno Smith for the starting gig.

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2022 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS PREVIEW: ROSTER MOVES, DEPTH CHART, SCHEDULE, STORYLINES AND MORE

The 49ers have signaled that they’re committed to Trey Lance as their starting QB. But Jimmy Garoppolo remains on the team, mostly because his recovery from March shoulder surgery dimmed his trade market. Despite that fact and Deebo Samuel’s quest for a new contract, this team still is chock-full of upside.

How the Lance Era Could Look in 2022

The football world is eager to see how the third overall pick from the 2021 Draft looks on the field after holding the clipboard for nearly his entire rookie campaign. Coach Kyle Shanahan – who doesn’t like to tip his hand to the media – confirmed at the start of training camp that it’s Trey Lance’s time at quarterback. What can we expect from the offense once the raw and athletic prospect takes over for Jimmy Garoppolo?

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2022 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS PREVIEW: ROSTER MOVES, DEPTH CHART, SCHEDULE, STORYLINES AND MORE

New Orleans finished 28th in the league in total offense last season, yet their defense was one of the top units in the game. If the team’s skill-position players can stay healthy, the Saints have a chance to get back to being competitive in the NFC under new head coach Dennis Allen.

A New Era in New Orleans

Just a year after Drew Brees announced his retirement from the NFL, Sean Payton also stepped away from his long-tenured head coaching position with the Saints. It’s officially a new era with coach Dennis Allen at the helm.

Allen has been with the franchise for 12 years as a member of the coaching staff, most recently as New Orleans’ defensive coordinator from 2015-2021. He’s helped to make that side of the ball a formidable foe for opposing offenses, as the unit gave up the fourth-fewest points per game (19.7) last season.

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RUSSELL GRABS FIRST F1 POLE, VERSTAPPEN QUALIFIES 10TH

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — George Russell stole the show Saturday at the Hungarian Grand Prix by earning his first career pole and first of the season for Mercedes — on the same day F1 champion and current points leader Max Verstappen qualified a season-worst 10th.

Russell screamed in celebration after a fast final qualifying lap helped him beat Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Charles Leclerc.

“Whooooo, come on! Yes! Hahahaha. You beauty! You beauty!” yelled Russell before jumping into the arms of his engineers.

The Mercedes pace was surprising since Russell claimed Mercedes’ second practice was “disastrous” on Friday, when Russell was about a full second slower than Leclerc’s leading time.

“For us as a team it’s massive. We were all here until 11 p.m. last night scratching our heads, and we all felt pretty lost,” Russell said. “To come back and grab pole position is an amazing feeling. We absolutely nailed today, 100%.”

Verstappen unleashed expletives as his qualifying bid was undone.

He struggled with grip then complained of having “no power … nothing works” on his second attempt.

“I still don’t know what it is. I need to talk to the team, but I hope everything is fixable,” Verstappen said. “I know this track is very hard to pass at, so we have to be patient. This year has shown that a lot of things can happen.”

The Hungaroring track, nestled amid rolling hills just outside of Budapest, dried out somewhat for afternoon qualifying following a huge downpour during the third practice.

Leclerc — who leads F1 with seven poles this season — crashed while leading the French GP last Sunday to hand Verstappen a win that gave the Dutchman a 63-point lead over Leclerc in the standings.

But now Leclerc has an ideal chance to close the gap on Sunday on one of F1′s hardest tracks for passing.

Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez had a disappointing session and starts from 11th place.

“It’s been a bad day,” Perez said. “It’s certainly going to be difficult to overtake tomorrow.”

Lando Norris of McLaren qualified fourth followed by Esteban Ocon — last year’s winner — Alpine teammate Fernando Alonso and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who is F1′s record holder with 103 poles.

Russell, who replaced Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes this year, landed his seat in part by overperforming for struggling backmarker Williams last year with an incredible performance in the wet to qualify second for the Belgian GP.

“Dare I say better than the Spa one?” Russell said. “This is what racing’s all about. This is why I want to become world champion.”

After a first pole, the British driver is eyeing a first win.

“Hopefully we can drive off into the sunset tomorrow. I’m already thinking of what I can do to win,” he said. “Saturday doesn’t mean a huge amount, Sunday is when the points and prizes are won.”

Russell has what it takes to reach the top, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes.

“This is one of many milestones to come. George is a champion in the making,” Wolff said. “We would never have put him in a Mercedes if he didn’t think he could become a world champion.”

Hamilton had some bad luck as his drag reduction system stuck.

“My DRS stopped working, which was frustrating after all the struggle we had to finally have the chance to fight for front row,” he said. “We didn’t know how strong our pace was and where it came from, so it’s a very positive day for us. Huge congratulations to George, it’s an amazing feeling to get your first pole.”

Sainz called his form “nothing special” and conceded Russell “deserves that pole,” while Leclerc said he “struggled massively in Q3” because “the tires were definitely not in the right window.”

At least he has Verstappen where he wants him, seven cars back.

“Max might take a few more laps to come to the front,” Leclerc said.

WET PRACTICE

Drivers had earlier tackled a difficult rain-drenched third practice.

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel lost the rear tires and went backward into the crash barriers, bringing out a red flag with about 10 minutes to go. The session restarted with four minutes left.

After the intense heat of Friday, rain began thundering down around midday and the Hungaroring was drenched by the 1 p.m. start.

The Ferraris were the first to go out and Leclerc slid as he missed a chicane.

As rain got even heavier and visibility worsened, Vettel — who is retiring at the end of the season — missed a turn and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly just avoided a crash barrier then later did a 360 spin.

Russell said he was “struggling a lot,” Ricciardo spoke of having “absolutely no grip” and Haas driver Mick Schumacher complained his rear tires felt like they were slipping on ice.

Williams driver Nicholas Latifi surprised everyone by posting the fastest time on his final lap.

“I was wondering if that clapping was for me,” joked Latifi, who is last in the standings and yet to score a point.

That joy was short-lived as the Canadian driver was among the five eliminated from Q1, along with Vettel and Gasly.

“I’m gutted,” said Gasly, who had one of his lap times deleted for going off track limits, also at Turn 5.

Latifi starts last on Sunday.

UNVACCINATED DJOKOVIC STILL HOPES TO PLAY AT US OPEN

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic is holding out hope that he’ll be able to compete at the U.S. Open despite not being vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion said Saturday on his social media accounts that he’s been training as if he’ll play at Flushing Meadows when the last major of the year begins Aug. 29.

“I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete, while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to US. Fingers crossed!” he wrote.

Although he’s been included on the U.S. Open entry list, the United States does not allow unvaccinated noncitizens to enter the country, which is why the Serb needed to sit out big events in Indian Wells, California, and Miami this season.

The 35-year-old Djokovic was able to play at Wimbledon, which he won for his 21st Grand Slam title, and earlier in the French Open, where he lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has a men’s record 22 major singles titles.

After beating Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic said he “would love” to enter the U.S. Open, but added: “I’m not planning to get vaccinated.”

Djokovic has won three championships at Flushing Meadows. His loss in the 2021 final to Daniil Medvedev prevented Djokovic from becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Djokovic missed the Australian Open in January after being deported from that country over his vaccine status.

TONY FINAU AND TAYLOR PENDRITH TIED FOR ROCKET MORTGAGE LEAD

DETROIT (AP) Tony Finau and Taylor Pendrith are in a Detroit duel.

Finau shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to match Pendrith at 21-under 195 with a round left in the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

“If we put together a good round, might be a two-man race,” Finau said.

The 3M Open winner last week in Minnesota, Finau is trying to become the first to win consecutive regular-season tournaments in three years.

“I probably have more pressure just because I’ve never won before and Tony’s a multiple winner and he won last week,” said Pendrith, who was a stroke a ahead entering the round and birdied four of the last five holes for a 66.

Pendrith had third-round lead by three shots last October at the Bermuda Championship before closing with a 76 and finishing a career-high fifth. In March, he was 13th at the Players Championship and came away with a career-best $327,222 payday – and a broken rib.

Rookie of the year front-runner Cameron Young (65) was four strokes back. He matched the Detroit Golf Club record with a 63 on Friday.

“I have to play a ridiculous round of golf to have any chance,” Young said.

Stephan Jaeger was five shots back after a 65.

Patrick Cantlay, No. 4 in the world ranking, was six shots behind after a 66.

“I’ve got to get off to a hot start and keep the pedal down,” Cantlay said. “Obviously, this golf course has no defense and there’s going to be a ton of birdies out there.”

Pendrith was the second-round leader after setting the tournament 36-hole record at 15-under 129. The 31-year-old PGA Tour rookie from Canada missed nearly four months this year with a broken rib.

All afternoon, Pendrith and Finau took turns pulling and falling into ties and taking leads.

“It’s almost like a match play situation where we kind of flipped the script there on each other in the beginning,” Finau said. “We both have done a great job up to this point through 54 holes of maintaining our composure.”

Pendrith opened with 6-foot birdie putt to take a two-shot lead. Finau pulled within a stroke on the next hole, making a 20-foot chip from the greenside rough for birdie.

“Stay hot, Tony!” a fan shouted at a player without a bogey this week.

Pendrith, who had his share of fans make the 4-hour drive from in Ontario, looked cool as calm as he bumped fists with two young boys as he walked to the third tee.

“It had a nice feel to it, a lot of energy from the crowd and both played some solid golf and kind of feeding off each other,” Finau said. “It was nice to have that type of energy.”

Finau pulled into the lead with a 15-foot putt at No. 3, then Pendrith pulled his 3-foot putt to miss an opportunity to stay ahead.

“Maybe a little nerves,” he acknowledged.

Pendrith followed that up with an errant tee shot to the left on the par-5 631-yard fourth hole that put him in the No. 6 greenside rough, leaving him behind several towering tees in his path. He he hit a shot 104 yards to the hole, an approach within 16 feet and made the putt to restore his one-stroke lead.

Finau equaled Pendrith at 18 under at the turn after making birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 while Pendrith missed a 1-foot putt and make bogey on the ninth hole.

Pendrith ended up behind a tree again at No. 13, forcing him to chip back onto the fairway and leading to a bogey that dropped him him into a second-place tie with Young.

“Just kind of hit a poor tee ball and maybe got a little bit of a bad break right behind the tree,” Pendrith said.

Pendrith, who won twice on PGA Tour Canada, bounced back from his second bogey with three straight birdies to pull back into a tie with two holes to play.

“To get three in a row after that was a big momentum boost and obviously set myself up nicely with those three holes,” he said.

Finau went ahead at 17 with a birdie, and Pendrith tied it again with a birdie on the 54th hole.

If Finau can outlast the competition to win Sunday, he will be the first to win two straight regular-season events since since Brendon Todd in 2019.

STENSON HAS 3-SHOT LEAD IN LIV GOLF DEBUT AT TRUMP NATIONAL

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) Henrik Stenson overcame a double bogey on his third hole Saturday with a long eagle putt and enough birdies for a 2-under 69 at windy Trump National Bedminster and a three-shot lead over Dustin Johnson in the LIV Golf Invitational.

Two weeks ago, Stenson had just missed the cut in the British Open and was still the Ryder Cup captain for Europe. Now the 46-year-old Swede is 18 holes away from a $4 million prize, more than double the biggest check of his career.

“It was a bit of a grind at times, and then we kind of came through with some really good shots and made some nice putts,” Stenson said.

He was at 9-under 133, as only 13 players from the 48-man field remained under par.

“Overall, I’m pleased, and we’re at the races,” Stenson said.

Johnson has hit the ball consistently well for two days at Trump National and got enough putts to fall for a 69, leaving him three back and in the final group with Stenson.

Talor Gooch had the best round by three shots, a 64 that moved him into a tie for third at 5 under along with Patrick Reed (73) and Carlos Ortiz (70).

Reed started the second of three rounds tied with Stenson and was keeping pace until he began the back nine with three straight bogeys. He rallied with an eagle late in his round to remain in the mix going into Sunday.

With fast greens, the wind made it tougher to score. Only 14 players shot par or better.

Phil Mickelson was not on that list again. Mired in a slump since a self-imposed four-month layoff, Mickelson could only manage a 73 and was tied for 40th, 15 shots out of the lead.

Since his return, Mickelson has a 74.5 scoring average, including the U.S. Open and British Open, with his lone score under par in the first LIV Golf event outside London.

Stenson is still new to this 54-hole event with a shotgun start, though good golf means he will be starting on the first hole for the second straight time on Sunday, a degree of normalcy for him. What hasn’t been normal is being criticized for pledging his support to Europe in March in becoming Ryder Cup captain, and then signing with the rival league four months later.

Europe has stripped him of is captaincy for the 2023 matches in Italy.

“It’s certainly been a busy and emotional week, no question, or 10 days,” Stenson said. “But I was very happy with how I managed to channel the concentration and go out and play the best round of the season yesterday. Like I said, I didn’t have my best stuff today, but I was still focused and good attitude, and that’s what kept me in the ballgame.”

The Swede hasn’t lost his dry humor. Asked if he had a chip on his shoulder, Stenson replied, “I don’t see any.”

Johnson, who had been No. 1 in the world longer than any player since Tiger Woods, was the biggest player to sign with Saudi-backed LIV Golf two months ago as it was about to launch.

His last victory was in early 2021 at the Saudi International. He hasn’t won a PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament since the Masters in November 2020. He has finished eighth and fourth in is two LIV events, which was worth $1.9 million.

Johnson wasn’t aware when he finished on No. 1 that Stenson had made bogey on the par-5 18th to end his round, reducing the Swede’s margin to three shots.

“He’s definitely in reach for sure, especially around this course,” Johnson said.

KO AND BOUTIER TIED FOR LEAD AT WOMEN’S SCOTTISH OPEN

IRVINE, Scotland (AP) Lydia Ko was joined by Celine Boutier at the top of the leaderboard after day three of the Women’s Scottish Open on Saturday.

France’s Boutier shot a 5-under-par 67 – five birdies on the front nine – to make up four shots on the New Zealander, who could manage only a 1-under 71.

“I really like links golf and playing in windy conditions. I feel like my ball flight is pretty low and so I never really have trouble keeping it down which is an advantage here because the ball doesn’t get affected as much,” Boutier said. “And I had some good memories of playing well in the past so that’s always helpful.”

Ko offset three bogeys with a birdie finish at Dundonald Links.

“My irons were not as sharp so I don’t think I set myself up for as many easier kind of 15 feet and birdie opportunities,” she said. “I know it wasn’t the best golf I’ve played, but I was able to scramble around. I don’t think it was as bad as I think, and I think because I had two really low rounds it makes me compare more to the past couple days.”

Canada’s Maude-Aimee Leblanc started and finished with birdies for a 66 which lifted her to second place alongside Germany’s Leonie Harm on 14 under, one shot off the lead.

Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea (70) and Lilia Vu of the United States (71) were two off the lead going into the last round.

No. 1-ranked Jin Young Ko was at 1 under overall, and defending champion Ryann O’Toole at 4 under.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES/NEWS

INDIANS’ NINTH INNING COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN EXTRA INNINGS

TOLEDO, Ohio.  After the Toledo Mud Hens took a 5-4 lead late in the eighth, Jack Suwinski launched a two-out long ball on the payoff pitch to send the game to extra innings, but the Indianapolis Indians ultimately fell on Saturday night, 6-5.

After tallying a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of a lead-off home run from Josh Lester and a two-out RBI single from Derek Hill, the Toledo Mud Hens (49-47) overcame a two-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth frame to take their first lead, 5-4.

Down by one with two outs on a 3-2 count, Jack Suwinski smoked a home run over the left field wall to tie the game for the Indianapolis Indians (45-50) and send the game to extras.

Following a scoreless top half of the tenth frame for the Indians, a lead-off sac bunt from Hill sent Jamie Westbrook to third. A two-out RBI single off the bat of Daz Cameron sealed the victory for the Mud Hens.

Jack Suwinski was stellar in the defeat, going 3-5 with 2 RBI and just a triple shy of the cycle.

Mike Burrows started the night on the hill for the Indians, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and fanning two batters. Eric Hanhold (L, 2-2) yielded three hits and the game’s winning run in 1.2 innings on the mound.

Toledo’s starter Chi Chi Gonzalez gave up one run with five strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work. Drew Carlton (W, 2-2) struck out two of the three batters he faced in 1.0 inning.

The series finale between Indianapolis and Toledo at Fifth Third Field is set for tomorrow at 2:05 PM. RHP Roansy Contreras (0-1, 2.82) will take the mound for the Indians against Mud Hens RHP Beau Brieske (0-1, 4.50).

RAUL AGUILERA’S OPENER NOT ENOUGH TO STEM THE TIDE OF TAMPA BAY

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 30, 2022) – Indy Eleven started strong, but eventually fell 3-1 to a streaking Tampa Bay Rowdies side in front of a season-high announced crowd of 10,074 at IUPUI Carroll Stadium. Raul Aguilera’s third goal of the season midway through the first half put the Boys in Blue on top, but a pair of penalty kick conversions for the visitors bookended a late first half finish to extend Tampa Bay’s undefeated streak to 12 games.

In his first start since being traded by Indy just nine days ago, Tampa Bay midfielder Nicky Law was at the heart of the attacking action early against his former side, creating a trio of chances inside the Eleven area that were ultimately repelled. The Englishman was also issued the first caution of the match in the 16th minute after a late challenge on his former midfield mate Neveal Hackshaw. Just a minute later Tampa Bay was forced to make an early substitution after midfielder Jake Areman had his ankle rolled up on as bodies flew inside the Rowdies’ six-yard box, with another Eleven alumnus, Conner Antley, taking his place.

That play marked Indy’s first true dangerous look of the match, and its second movement with numbers produced the opening tally in the 24th minute. Defender Jared Timmer advanced up the right channel and curled in a pinpoint cross to the six for Aguilera to nod home past stranded Rowdies ‘keeper CJ Cochran, pushing the Eleven ahead – but only momentarily. In the 30th minute, Tampa Bay forward Steevan Dos Santos went to ground after he drew contact from Eleven goalkeeper Sean Lewis as they  chased a loose ball inside the Indy penalty area, setting up a spot kick that Dos Santos took himself, slotting low and left to even the affair in the 32nd minute.

In the dying moments of first half regulation time, Dos Santos went looking for his second only to see his header saved by Lewis. However, Rowdies defender Jordan Scarlett hung around inside the area after the recycled dead ball opportunity and was on the spot to clean up the rebound, putting Tampa Bay in front. Eleven midfielder Alex McQueen tested Cochran three minutes deep into stoppage time, but a sure, two-handed parry allowed the visitors to carry their 2-1 lead into the locker rooms.

After a ragged start to the second stanza, the Rowdies began to put their foot on the gas around the hour mark, a header by Dos Santos and two chances by Sebastian Guenzatti nearly drawing paydirt. Five minutes later substitute Kyle Grieg nearly scored shortly after his insertion, but he ended a 3-v-2 break with a shot from 12 yards that soared over the bar due to a slight deflection by Lewis.

The final half hour saw both sides struggle to generate chances, and it took the benefit of another disputed point to the penalty spot for Tampa Bay to find its insurance tally six minutes deep into stoppage time. Rowdies forward Leo Fernandes stepped up to finish the chance low and with pace, his Eastern Conference best 12th goal of the season putting the match out of reach for Indiana’s Team. The result moved Indy’s winless streak to nine games, and also snapped Indy Eleven’s 25-game unbeaten streak when scoring the game’s opening goal, a stretch that dated back over two years to July 2020.

Indy Eleven will close out its three-match homestand at “The Mike” next Saturday, August 6, against a third consecutive opponent holding a top-four position in the Eastern Conference in Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Tickets for next Saturday’s match – and all future contests at Carroll Stadium – can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets, and a special discount will be provided to Gen Con attendees who show their convention ticket/badge at the Carroll Stadium Box Office; more details can be found at indyeleven.com/promotions.

Indy Eleven fans can also follow the action live on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 21

Indy Eleven  1 : 3  Tampa Bay Rowdies

Saturday, July 30, 2022

IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.

Indy Eleven: 4W-11L-6D, 22 pts. (9th in Eastern Conference)

Tampa Bay Rowdies: 13W-3L-6D, 45 pts. (1st in Eastern Conference)

Scoring Summary:

IND – Raul Aguilera (Jared Timmer) 24’

TBR – Steevan Dos Santos (penalty kick) 32’

TBR – Jordan Scarlett (unassisted) 45’

TBR – Leo Fernandes (penalty kick) 90+6’

Disciplinary Summary:

TBR – Nicky Law (yellow card) 16’

IND – Raul Aguilera (yellow card) 34’

TBR – Steevan Dos Santos (yellow card) 50’

IND – Juan Tejada (yellow card) 54’

IND – Ayoze (yellow card) 80’

IND – Bryam Rebellon (yellow card) 82’

Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Sean Lewis; Ayoze (captain), Jesus Vazquez, Mechack Jerome, Jared Timmer (Sam Brown 76’); Neveal Hackshaw, Justin Ingram (A.J. Cochran 76’), Raul Aguilera (Wilfredo Rivera 64’), Alex McQueen (Bryam Rebellon 52’); Juan Tejada, Solomon Asante

IND substitutes: Tim Trilk, Diego Sanchez, Rodney Michael

Tampa Bay Rowdies (3-4-3): CJ Cochran; Aaron Guillen, Jordan Scarlett, Nicky Law (Yann Ekra 77’); Jake Areman (Conner Antley 21’), Laurence Wyke, Lewis Hilton, Sebastian Dalgaard (Dayonn Harris 77’); Jake LaCava, Steevan Dos Santos (Kyle Grieg 60’), Sebastian Guenzatti (Leo Fernandes 60’)

TBR Substitutes: Phil Breno, Lucky Mkosana

COLTS CAMP

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WESTFIELD, Ind. – Frank Reich figured the crowd that assembled at Grand Park to watch the Colts practice on Saturday night was one of the biggest he’s seen in his five years as head coach here. The stands and sidelines were packed with juiced-up Colts fans for a crisp, up-tempo practice – and players and coaches absolutely felt that energy.

“It felt like high school football again,” smiled cornerback Isaiah Rodgers.

There were plenty of highlights from the practice, starting with one that’s become familiar over the first few days of training camp: Quarterback Matt Ryan’s connection with wide receiver Parris Campbell.

Ryan and Campbell first connected on a well-timed, well-executed completion during seven-on-seven that displayed anticipation and detail from both players.

Then, on consecutive plays during 11-on-11, Ryan found Campbell on a deep shot and an in-breaking route.

Yesterday, Campbell talked about how his “bread and butter” meshes with Ryan’s. Once again, we saw that on Saturday.

“I mean, we have seen Parris Campbell absolutely light it up,” wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. said.

On defense, another guy who’s made some flash plays early in camp did again Saturday: Cornerback Isaiah Rodgers.

Rodgers had an impressive interception on a 50/50 jump ball early in practice in one-on-one work; later in the same period, he ran step-for-step with speedy running back Nyheim Hines across the field to break up a throw.

The third-year cornerback also broke up a pass during seven-on-seven.

Rodgers’ growth since joining the Colts as a sixth-round draft pick in 2020 has been steady from Year 1 to Year 2 – and in 2021, Rodgers’ 72.2 passer rating allowed when targeted ranked 13th among cornerbacks with at least 300 coverage snaps, per Pro Football Focus. He made a handful of plays during OTAs and minicamp this spring, and those’ve carried over to training camp.

“I think it’s just a confidence thing for him,” Pittman said. “He’s always been that (playmaker) — he’s super-fast and he can make up any type of separation. And he’s just learning to use that in the base way possible for his style of play. I think we’re just seeing him finally just be him.”

Other observations and notes from Saturday’s practice:

Cornerback Brandon Facyson picked off a pass during one-on-ones and, like Rodgers, has had an impactful camp so far. Notable: Facyson, a five-year veteran of Gus Bradley’s scheme, is constantly having conversations with and demonstrating technique to his teammates when he’s off to the side during practice.

“I told those guys, anything they need from me, I’m not one to keep it to myself,” Facyson said. “I’m just not that type of person. I want all of us to be great and at the end of the day, anything they need from me, they can ask me any type of question and I’ll try my best to put it in terms of how we can just mold together and be an amazing defense.”

Wide receiver Alec Pierce opened practice with impressive separation that led to a downfield reception in one-on-ones. “He’s a smart kid and he’s not really messing up,” Pittman said, “which is really great for a guy that young going up against Kenny Moore Stephon (Gilmore).”

Pittman battled Gilmore and came down with a 50/50 ball during seven-on-seven.

Ryan took off and scrambled a couple of times, a reminder that he’s not a statue in the pocket. Last year, Ryan rushed 40 times – his highest total since 2010 – and gained 82 yards; for context, Philip Rivers rushed 97 times for 89 yards over the final six seasons of his career.

Quarterback Nick Foles found wide receiver Ashton Dulin for a diving catch over the middle during a late 11-on-11 period.

Tight end Mo Alie-Cox left practice after tweaking his knee in a collision with Gilmore. Reich said he didn’t think the issue was serious and that Alie-Cox left practice more to be safe.

ROSSI ENDS 49-RACE LOSING STREAK WITH WIN ON IMS ROAD COURSE

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Alexander Rossi didn’t understand the allure of Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he showed up as a rookie seven years ago and won one of the biggest races in the world.

His win Saturday on the Indy road course didn’t rival his 2016 victory in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. But it did snap a 49-race losing streak and gave him a perfect bookend for his seven seasons with Andretti Autosport.

And as he’s learned since leaving Formula One and transitioning into a career in American motorsports, any win at Indianapolis is incredible.

“Every time I come here, I just appreciate it more and more. It’s just such an amazing place for us,” said Rossi.

He thought he had a car strong enough at Road America in Wisconsin last month to end his three-year losing streak. Instead, his losing streak lasted 1,133 days – but put him in position to end it at Indy.

“I kind of was hoping on the Road America weekend for it to kind of start and end this drought, but it actually ended here and that’s actually kind of a cooler story,” said Rossi, who appreciated celebrating with his No. 27 crew on the elevated victory podium that was built by track owner Roger Penske in 2020.

“To be able to go up on the lift with the guys and let them experience that, because that didn’t exist in 2016, there’s a lot of special things about this place,” Rossi said. “It’s just a very special thing for sure.”

Rossi’s last victory was at Road America in the 10th race of the 2019 season and the losing streak led him to seek a change of scenery: Rossi will drive for Arrow McLaren SP next season.

It was Michael Andretti who gave Rossi a shot in IndyCar when the Californian washed out of F1. Rossi’s surprise victory as a rookie in the celebrated 100th running of the Indy 500 made him a star and earned him loyal sponsorship that has weathered his long drought.

“It would have been a pretty sad story if we weren’t able to (win),” Rossi said. “I’ve had the majority of the same group of guys, probably 70% of the same group of guys since 2017. It’s been hard for them, as well, so it’s great to do it as a unit and as a group on the 27 car to kind of get this behind us. Hopefully, we can have a pretty strong run to the end of the year.”

Some of Rossi’s issues the last three seasons have been team inflicted – errors, mechanical failures and a full Andretti team meltdown earlier this month at Mid-Ohio – and Saturday was hardly a perfect day for the organization.

Colton Herta controlled the early part of the race but slowed from the lead right before the halfway mark.

“Nothing I can do,” he radioed as he tried to cruise his underpowered Honda back to pit lane.

He later walked alone down pit lane back to the paddock as the race continued without him.

“Man that is sad,” Herta tweeted. “We showed what we can do, we’ll keep going til we win again.”

Rossi sympathized with his teammate.

“I do feel for Colton, I do. But I’m thankful something finally came our way,” Rossi said. “I think Colton was definitely strong, and we had pretty much the same race car, and that (battle) would’ve been interesting. But it was the 27’s turn. And that’s awesome.”

Meanwhile, Andretti rookie Devlin DeFrancesco drew the ire of Conor Daly as tempers flared when DeFrancesco ran Daly off the track.

“Devlin needs to be kicked out of this racing series! He’s an idiot!” Daly screamed over his radio.

There’s been speculation that Andretti is reconsidering bringing DeFrancesco back for a sophomore season.

Christian Lundgaard, a rookie from Denmark who made his IndyCar debut in this race a year ago, finished second to give Rahal Letterman Lanigan its first podium of the season. It also gave Honda-powered drivers a 1-2 finish.

Will Power finished third for Team Penske and the Chevrolet driver cycled back to the top of the IndyCar standings for the third time this season. He now holds a nine-point lead over Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson, who started last and finished 11th.

Power thinks the title is within his reach.

“It’s not necessarily playing the long game, it’s just that sort of attitude switch where you know these races are long, the season is long, and you’ve got to make the most of every situation,” Power said. “Even if you’re fighting for like 12th, if that’s your day to finish 12th, well, finish 12th, not 24th.

“I just know the game so well. I’m just miles ahead mentally in every respect than I was back then.”

Scott McLaughlin finished fourth and was followed by Josef Newgarden as the Penske drivers worked together to cross the finish line in a row. Newgarden was only cleared to race on Saturday by IndyCar’s medical staff after collapsing and hitting his head last Sunday at Iowa Speedway.

The race started with six drivers separated by 44 points with five races remaining in the IndyCar season. The six drivers are now separated by 52 points, with a 10th-place finish by reigning series champion Alex Palou costing him ground.

UP NEXT: IndyCar returns next Sunday to the downtown streets of Nashville for a second consecutive season. Ericsson is the defending race winner.

ALLMENDINGER REMAINS KING OF INDY’S ROAD WITH XFINITY WIN

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) AJ Allmendinger continued his dominance of NASCAR road course racing and set himself up for a sweep at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a victory Saturday in the Xfinity Series.

Allmendinger has won six of the last 11 road course races – nine in his NASCAR career – and his latest victory is his third of the Xfinity season.

All three wins are on road courses this year as Allmendinger already won at Circuit of the Americas in Texas and Portland, and now the hallowed Brickyard.

Allmendinger is the defending winner of the Cup race and on Sunday will go for the sweep.

“God I love this place!” Allmendinger screamed to the crowd. “Indy, baby! Let’s go!”

Allmendinger sprayed his crew with beer then dropped to his knees on the Yard of Bricks for the celebratory kiss.

“I love it!” Allmendinger screamed into the live NBC Sports camera.

His win in a Chevrolet was his 11th in the Xfinity Series since 2019 when he came out of semi-retirement to help Kaulig Motorsports build its motorsports practice. Allmendinger was the “trophy hunter” for the team in the Xfinity Series, and now does it in Cup in races with big stakes as Kaulig has expanded.

Allmendinger led 43 of the 62 laps and beat Alex Bowman by 2.084 seconds. Bowman thanked his Hendrick Motorsports team for allowing him to race Saturday to prep for Sunday.

“We obviously struggled really badly today in the Cup car, maybe I learned something that will play out tomorrow on the racetrack,” said Bowman, who qualified 28th for the Cup race.

Justin Allgaier finished third as Chevrolet swept the podium, then added one more with a fourth-place finish for Ross Chastain.

Chase Briscoe and Riley Herbst were fifth and sixth in Fords, and Ty Gibbs was the highest-finishing Toyota driver in eighth.

Allmendinger, Bowman, Chastain, Briscoe and Gibbs are all entered in the Cup race Sunday; Gibbs is filling-in for Kurt Busch, who is suffering from concussion-like symptoms, for a second consecutive week.

BOOKER WILL PLAY AT MICHIGAN STATE

Cathedral forward Xavier Booker has made his college choice and it’s not Indiana or Purdue. Booker has committed to Michigan State and Coach Tom Izzo. Booker chose MSU over Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Michigan, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Texas and Butler.

The 2023 commit is the No. 1 player in Indiana and No. 3 in the United States in his class, according to 247Sports.

He averaged 12.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this past season leading Cathedral to a state title.

INDIANA HOOSIERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW, BREAKDOWN

Just when it seemed like long-suffering Indiana football fans were about to have some real fun …

Cue the sad trombone.

The 2021 team wasn’t as bad as the 2-10 record might have seemed – in a “other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?” sort of way, it was a special teams play away from possibly beating Cincinnati – just like the 2020 team wasn’t quite as good in the strangest of seasons than the 6-1 Big Ten record made it seem.

So what went wrong?

Start with the obvious – 1) injuries, and 2) the rest of the Big Ten wasn’t awful in 2021.

READ MORE: https://collegefootballnews.com/2022/07/indiana-hoosiers-preview-2022-season-prediction-breakdown-key-games-players

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW, BREAKDOWN

Purdue football has always been a little bit of a Little Engine That Could sort of program without the next-level star power of the biggest of Big Ten teams, but when it was rolling back in the day under the late, great Joe Tiller it had a scheme and style that made everyone worry.

It’s been a while, but last year’s team brought a bit of that Basketball On Grass swagger.

There were times when the offense sputtered – like against the elite Wisconsin D – and the defense couldn’t keep up with Ohio State’s O, but it wanted to make a statement against a rolling Iowa team, and did.

It wanted to make a statement against a hot Michigan State team, and did.

And then it was Game On against a high-powered Tennessee team that was trending up. It hung on in a thrilling – and somewhat controversial – shootout victory.

READ MORE: https://collegefootballnews.com/2022/07/purdue-boilermakers-preview-2022-season-prediction-breakdown-key-games-players

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH FOOTBALL PREVIEW, BREAKDOWN

Find anyone who can say anything bad about Marcus Freeman.

The players were jacked when he was announced as the new head coach.

The fans were jacked, the school was jacked, and apparently, recruits are jacked. And that’s the crazy part about all of this.

Brian Kelly was really, really good at winning and restoring the national prominence of the place, and yet Notre Dame couldn’t be more ecstatic about the refresh – maybe bailing for LSU when the team was still in the mix for the College Football Playoff had something to do with that. And now …

Everyone around the Notre Dame program appears to be having … fun?

It’s buying early on the stock – Notre Dame isn’t supposed to be a place for a first time head coach to cut his teeth – but that’s a testament to just how much of a rock star Freeman has the potential to be.

READ MORE: https://collegefootballnews.com/2022/07/notre-dame-fighting-irish-preview-2022-season-prediction-breakdown-key-games-players

BALL STATE CARDINALS FOOTBALL PREVIEW, BREAKDOWN

Ball State is able to get a little greedy now.

After six straight losing seasons, the program pulled off a surprising MAC championship in 2020, and then wanted even more with several of the key parts returning to 2021.

It was a fine year, but after a bowl loss to Georgia State it turned into a seventh losing season in eight years. Now there’s a bit of an overhaul, but there’s still enough around to push for the first time ever with three straight bowl seasons.

The downfield passing game has to be better, the offense has to be more consistent, and the defense has to be more disruptive and stronger at getting into the backfield.

READ MORE: https://collegefootballnews.com/2022/07/ball-state-cardinals-preview-2022-season-prediction-breakdown-key-games-players

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1897       John Grimes, who appeared in only three games during his one-year career with the St. Louis Brown Stockings, establishes a major league record by hitting six batters in a nine-inning game. The post-1900 record is four hit batsmen, a dubious mark shared by many pitchers.

1908       After successfully swiping second at the Polo Grounds, Fred Tenney decides to return to first base on the next pitch because Dummy Taylor had remained at third during their attempted double steal. This time, hoping to coax a throw from the catcher to give the runner on third another opportunity to score, he steals second base for the second time in the inning, but his teammate still stays put in the Giants’ 9-2 victory over the Cardinals.

1912       Ty Cobb goes 1-for-4 in Detroit’s 4-1 victory over Washington at Navin Field. The Tiger outfielder’s single is his 68th hit in 137 at-bats (.535) during July, the most ever collected in a single month by a major leaguer.

1930       Thanks to Lou Gehrig’s offensive output, the Yankees edge the Red Sox, 14-13. The ‘Iron Horse’ collects eight RBIs with a grand slam and two doubles in the Fenway Park contest.

1932       In front of a major league record crowd of 80,184, the Indians play their first game at Lakefront Stadium, losing to Philadelphia and Lefty Grove, 1-0. Except for the 1933 season, the Tribe, who prefers League Park, will not play a full schedule at their new colossal horseshoe home until 1947, when the ballpark is known as Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

1935       Avid Reds’ fan Kitty Burke, annoyed at Ducky Medwick’s retort to her heckling by telling her she couldn’t get a hit if she were swinging at an elephant, grabs Babe Herman’s bat as he comes to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning, comes on to the field demanding a turn at-bat. After some consternation, Cardinal pitcher Paul Dean complies by tossing the ball underhanded to the popular local nightclub blues singer, who grounds out to the pitcher, much to the delight of the cheering crowd.

1954       At Ebbets Field, using a borrowed bat, Joe Adcock hits four home runs in one game as well as a double which misses by inches being his fifth round-tripper, in the Braves’ 15-7 victory over the Dodgers. The Milwaukee first baseman’s 18 total bases, collected on just seven pitches, set a major league record, surpassing the mark established in 1950 by Brooklyn’s Gil Hodges.

1955       The Indians obtained Sal Maglie off waivers from the Giants, who release the 38-year-old right-hander because of his ailing back. The ‘Barber,’ who will be used sparingly in Cleveland, will become a major cog next season in the Dodgers’ National League championship after being acquired by the team in May for $100.

1959       Earl Wilson, the first black pitcher to play for the Red Sox, hurls 3.2 innings, walking nine, but leaves the game with a 4-0 lead in the team’s eventual 6-5 victory over Detroit at Briggs Stadium. The Louisiana native will post a 56-58 record along with an ERA of 4.10, primarily as a starter, during his seven seasons with Boston.

1961       Due to heavy rain, the second 1961 All-Star Game ends in a 1-1 tie at Fenway Park with Rocky Colavito’s home run accounting for the American League’s only run. Jim Bunning, the American League starter, pitches three perfect innings again (he also did it in 1957), making him the only All-Star hurler to accomplish the feat twice.

1963       At Cleveland Stadium, the Indians hit four consecutive homers in an inning when Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, and Larry Brown go deep in the sixth with two outs off Paul Foytack, recently acquired by the Angels. In Cleveland’s 9-5 victory over the Halos, the former Tiger right-hander becomes the first major league pitcher to allow a team to go deep in four straight at-bats in a single frame.

1965       The Orioles release 38-year-old Robin Roberts after compiling a 5-7 record during the first four months of the season. Next week, the right-hander will be picked by the Astros as a free agent, and the future Hall of Famer will finish the season winning five of seven decisions, posting an ERA of 1.89 for his new team.

1971       Orioles’ right-hander Pat Dobson wins his eighth decision of the month, blanking the Royals, 4-0. The shutout is the 12th consecutive victory for the Depew, N.Y native since June 16th.

1971       In a game that sees at least one team score in every inning until the ninth, the Giants beat Pittsburgh at Candlestick Park, 15-11. San Francisco’s rookie first baseman Dave Kingman’s seventh-inning grand slam proves to be the difference.

1972       Chicago slugger Dick Allen becomes the seventh major leaguer, and the first since 1939, to hit two inside-the-park home runs in one game. The round-trippers pace the White Sox over the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, 8-1.

1981       The fifty-day long baseball strike, wiping out a third of the regular season, is settled when the owners and players agree on a pooling system for the compensation of free agents. The All-Star Game will mark the end of baseball’s first-ever midseason work stoppage.

1982       Phillies’ second baseman Manny Trillo boots Bill Buckner’s grounder to end his errorless streak at 479 chances, setting a major league record.

1983       The Hall of Fame inducts Orioles Gold Glover Brooks Robinson, ten-time American League All-Star infielder George Kell, and long-time Dodger skipper Walter Alston. Dominican Dandy Juan Marichal, also an inductee, becomes the first Latin American player to be enshrined at Cooperstown.

1989       On the same day, the Blue Jays pick Lee Mazzilli off waivers from the Mets, Toronto trades reliever Jeff Musselman and pitching prospect Mike Brady for Mookie Wilson, made expendable when New York obtained Juan Samuel from Philadelphia. After a slow start, Toronto’s new outfielder will play a vital role in the team’s return to the postseason for the first time since 1985, batting .298 in 54 games.

1989       The Mets obtain Frank Viola, last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner, from the Twins for Rick Aguilera, Tim Drummond, Kevin Tapani, Jack Savage, and David West. ‘Sweet Music’ hits a sour note in New York, posting a 38-32 record in 82 starts with a team failing to make the playoffs during his two-and-half-year tenure in the Big Apple.

1990       At County Stadium, Ranger right-hander Nolan Ryan gets his 300th victory, defeating the Brewers, 11-3. The 43-year-old from Alvin, Texas will compile 324 victories during his 27-year big league career.

1993       The A’s trade to ten-time All-Star Rickey Henderson to the Blue Jays for rookie right-hander Steve Karsay and a player to be named later (outfielder Jose Herrera). The midseason deal helps Toronto capture their second consecutive World Series when the 34-year-old future Hall of Famer steals 22 bases in his partial season with the Canadian team.

1995       The Mets trade former two-time Cy Young Award winner right-handed pitcher Bret Saberhagen and left-handed pitcher farmhand Dave Swanson (the player to be named later) to the Rockies for righties Juan Acevedo and Arnold Gooch.

1996       The Tigers deal first baseman Cecil Fielder to the Yankees for outfielder Ruben Sierra and minor league prospect Matt Drews. The swap marks the first time in major league history that a transaction involves players who both have more than 220 home runs.

1997       In a deal that will have a significant impact on the team’s future, the Red Sox obtain Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe when they trade Heathcliff Slocumb to the Mariners. Varitek, who will become Boston’s third captain in franchise history, will contribute to the club’s success in the next decade, including the world championships in 2004 and 2007.

1997       The A’s trade Mark McGwire to the Cardinals for Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews, and Blake Stein, a trio of hurlers who will combine for just 30 victories with Oakland. The Redbirds’ new first baseman, whose accomplishments will be tainted by the speculation of his use of PEDs, hits an astounding 220 home runs in the 545 games he plays with St. Louis.

2001       The Red Sox acquire Expos’ reliever Ugueth Urbina for two minor league pitchers, Tomo Ohka and Rich Rundles. The hard-throwing closer was nearly traded to the Yankees earlier in the season, but a failed physical nixed the deal for the Caracas, Venezuela native.

2002       A plan to sell beer outside Boston’s Fenway Park is approved on a trial basis by city officials. During the 14 games, brew will be available three hours before game time to one hour after games start to game ticket-holders who pass through a turnstile.

2002       The Rangers, in a 17-6 victory over the Yankees, hit six doubles in the second inning, all off Mike Mussina. New York’s starting pitcher joins Hall of Famer Lefty Grove (1934 Red Sox) as only the second pitcher in major league history to allow that many two-baggers in one frame.

2003       The Expos retire number 8 as a tribute to Gary Carter, their first and only player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame wearing a Montreal cap. During his 12-year tenure with the team, the ‘Kid’ was selected to the National League All-Star team seven times.

2003       Breaking a record he set a week later during last season, John Smoltz becomes the fastest pitcher to record 40 saves. The Braves’ closer throws a scoreless ninth in the team’s 7-4 victory over the Astros to establish the new mark.

2003       The first-place Giants make a significant move on the trading deadline, acquiring Sidney Ponson (14-6, 3.77) from the Orioles in exchange for their former first-round draft pick Kurt Ainsworth, Damian Moss, and southpaw prospect Ryan Hannaman. The 26-year-old right-hander, who will go 3-6 down the stretch for San Francisco, will join the rotation that includes Jason Schmidt, Kirk Rueter, Jesse Foppert, Jerome Williams, and Jim Brower.

2004       In front of thousands of fans outside Kauffman Stadium and those viewing the ceremony inside the ballpark on the JumboTron, the Royals unveil a bronze statue of Frank White, depicting the eight-time Gold Glove second baseman sailing over the bag to complete a double play. The detailed sculpture, created by Harry Weber of St. Louis, joins those of founders Ewing and Muriel Kauffman and Hall of Fame infielder George Brett as the third statue honoring the accomplishments of individuals within the franchise.

2004       With homers in his first two at-bats off Jorge Sosa, Carlos Delgado hits his fifth home run in five consecutive at-bats off the Devil Rays’ right-hander. The Blue Jay slugger’s streak started last season with a round-tripper on September 10th, being extended to three when the Tampa Bay hurler gave up the first two dingers in his four-homer day on September 25th.

2004       The Red Sox complete the long-anticipated trade of Nomar Garciaparra when the shortstop goes to the Cubs as part of a four-team deal which includes the Twins and Expos. Boston acquires Orlando Cabrera (Expos) and Doug Mientkiewicz (Twins) with Nomar and Matt Murton going to Chicago, which shipped Justin Jones to Minnesota for Mientkiewicz, who along with Cubs’ shortstop Alex Gonzalez, Francis Beltran, and prospect Brendan Harris goes Beantown, sending the trio of Gonzalez, Beltran, and Harris to Montreal for Cabrera.

2004       Ten minutes before the trading deadline, Steve Finley gives the Diamondbacks permission to deal him to the Dodgers. The trade sends the four-time Gold Glove center fielder and backstop Brent Mayne to LA for minor league catching prospect Koyie Hill, flycatcher Reggie Abercrombie, and southpaw Bill Murphy, acquired in yesterday’s trade with the Marlins.

2004       A minute before the trading deadline, the Yankees deal the talented but underachieving Jose Contreras (8-5, 5.64) and $3 million to the White Sox for All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza (9-5, 4.86). The former Yankees hurler will post a 55-56 record during his six seasons in the Windy City, while the newest Bronx Bomber moundsman will win one of only three decisions during his two-month stint in the Big Apple.

2004       After a close call which goes against the Katy Cowboys, Kacy Clemens’ dad is asked to leave the youth baseball game. According to the league officials, who will later apologize for ejecting Roger Clemens from his son’s championship game for arguing the call and spitting sunflower seeds at an umpire’s leg, calling it a case of mistaken identity.

2005       The almost-traded Manny Ramirez comes off the bench in the eighth inning and has the eventual game-winning hit against the Twins in the Red Sox’s 5-4 victory at Fenway Park. The embattled Boston outfielder has caused much consternation in the Red Sox nation this week due to his refusal to play and hustle for his short-handed team.

2005       Among thousands of high-spirited Red Sox and Cubs fans, the Baseball Hall of Fame, with 48 of its members sitting on the dais, enshrines Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg. Also inducted are Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, and sportswriter and broadcast analyst Peter Gammons, recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

2005       Brothers Bengie and Jose Molina both homer in the Angels’ 8-7 loss at Yankee Stadium. The Anaheim teammates each go deep off southpaw Randy Johnson, a future Hall of Famer, to accomplish the feat.

2006       With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field, Orlando Hudson hits a home run from both sides of home plate. Batting left-handed, the Diamondbacks’ second baseman goes deep off Mark Prior in the third inning for his first career grand slam, then hitting right-handed nails a Glendon Rusch pitch for a two-run homer in the seventh contributing to Arizona’s 15-4 victory over the Cubs.

2006       The Dodgers trade infielder Cesar Izturis to the Cubs for 300-game winner Greg Maddux. The last-minute deadline deal, in which the future Hall of Famer waived his no-trade clause, allows the 40-year-old hurler to go to a contender.

2006       Carlos Beltran hits his third grand slam within a calendar month, becoming the ninth player to accomplish the feat. The New York center fielder’s bases-filled homer is the Mets’ sixth, tying the 1996 Expos and 1999 Indians for most by a team in a calendar month.

2007       The trading deadline prompts a busy day for the Braves when they deal eight players in three different transactions, including obtaining Mark Teixeira and southpaw reliever Ron Mahay from the Rangers for the highly touted rookie backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia and four minor leaguers. Atlanta also gets bullpen help from the Royals and Padres, with Octavio Dotel and Royce Ring joining the team for Kyle Davies, who will now pitch for Kansas City, and Wil Ledezma and Will Startup go to San Diego.

2007       Hitting eight home runs in a 16-3 rout of the White Sox, the Yankees tie a franchise record for round-trippers. The Bronx Bombers’ barrage, which includes two long balls by left fielder Hideki Matsui, equals the power surge of the game played in 1939 against the A’s in Philadelphia’s Shibe Park.

2007       Elvis Andrus and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, along with three minor league pitchers, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, and Beau Jones, are traded by the Braves to the Rangers for Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay. The trading deadline deal will help build the foundation for Texas’ success in the coming seasons, with Andrus and Feliz playing essential roles on the American League champions teams in 2010 and 2011.

2008       At Yankee Stadium, a trio of Angels hit three-run home runs as the team blasts the Bronx Bombers, 12-6. The homers, all hit by LA’s outfielders, Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero, and Juan Rivera, account for nine of the dozen runs as the club improves its record to 68-40, the best in baseball.

2008       In a surprise trading-deadline deal, the Reds send future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox in exchange for right-hander Nick Masset and minor league infield prospect Danny Richar. The All-Star outfielder, who had to approve the move to Chicago, is completing his final season of a nine-year contract and didn’t expect Cincinnati to pick up the $16.5 million club option for 2009.

2008       In a three-team swap, Boston finally accomplishes the much-anticipated departure of Manny Ramirez, trading the unhappy outfielder to the Dodgers. Former Pirates player Jason Bay will now roam left field for the Red Sox, with Pittsburgh receiving outfielder Brandon Moss and pitcher Craig Hansen from Boston as well as getting third baseman Andy LaRoche and right-hander Bryan Morris from Los Angeles to complete the last-minute trading deadline deal.

2009       In a stunning last-minute deal, the White Sox obtain Jake Peavy from the Padres for four pitching prospects, Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Dexter Carter, and Adam Russell. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner, presently on the disabled list, had previously refused to waive his no-trade clause to join Chicago in a similar deal proposed in May.

2009       The Marlins acquire Nick Johnson from the Nationals in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Aaron Thompson. The 30-year-old injury-prone first baseman’s ability to get on base should provide more scoring opportunities for a Florida team vying for a wild-card berth.

2010       Needing a home run to complete the sixth cycle in franchise history, Carlos Gonzalez, the leading hitter in the National League, belts a game-ending round-tripper against Cubs’ closer Sean Marshall that gives the Rockies a 6-5 comeback victory. ‘CarGo,’ who becomes the fifth player to complete the cycle with a walk-off home run, smashes the first pitch thrown in the bottom of the ninth 462 feet into the third deck, making the monstrous shot the 29th to land there in the 11-year history of Coors Field.

2011       In a five-player deal, the Braves, hoping to add offensive punch during their run for the NL Wild Card, obtain Michael Bourn from the last-place Astros. The speedy center fielder, who is currently hitting .303 and has a major league-leading 39 stolen bases, gives the team its first bonafide leadoff hitter since Rafael Furcal left after the 2005 season.

2011       The Braves become only the second team in big-league history with 10,000 losses, along with the Phillies, who reached the milestone in 2007. The franchise recently collected its 10,000th victory, including the wins during their tenure in Boston and Milwaukee.

2011       Although the Blue Jays already display his uniform digits on the Level of Excellence, the team officially retires Roberto Alomar’s No. 12 jersey, making the infielder the first player so honored in this manner in the 35-year history of the franchise. The newly inducted member of the Hall of Fame played five seasons with Toronto, including the back-to-back 1992-93 World Series championship teams.

2011       The Red Sox (66-40) continue their winning ways when they beat Chicago at Fenway Park, 5-3. The eventual World Champs end the month with a 20-6 record, the team’s best July since 1952.

2012       With their 10-1 loss in Milwaukee, the Astros finish July with a dismal 3-24 record. Only the 1988 Orioles (April – 1-22), 1916 A’s (July – 2-28), 1982 Twins (May – 3-26), and the 1943 A’s (August – 3-26) have compiled worse months in baseball history.

2013       The Rangers complete a three-game sweep of the Angels when Adrian Beltre leads off the ninth inning with a home run, giving the team a 2-1 walk-off victory. Texas won each of the Arlington contests of the series with a game-ending round-tripper, marking the first time the feat has been accomplished since 1999 when the Diamondbacks swept the Expos at the Bank One Ballpark.

2014       On Facebook, 29-year-old Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain living with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, challenges The Howard Stern Show and a number of his friends to participate in the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ The post will become a catalyst that sparks a call to action that will be taken up by celebrities, Ethel Kennedy, Martha Stewart, and former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek, to raise funds and awareness of ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

2016       With the winning run on third with only one out and the team tied at 6 with the Mariners in the bottom of the 12th, Cubs skipper Jon Maddon goes to the bench, sending up poor-hitting pitcher Jon Lester to pinch-hit. The left-hander, a .051 hitter in 216 career at-bats, doesn’t disappoint when he lays down a perfect squeeze bunt, giving Chicago a dramatic 7-6 walk-off victory at Wrigley Field.

2016       The Brooklyn Cyclones honor Wilmer Flores with a bobblehead commemorating his emotional roller coaster at the end of July last season. The 23-year-old Venezuelan infielder, believing the Brewers had traded for him, cried on the field, but three days later, hit a walk-off homer to lift the team, beginning a sweep over the division-leading Nationals, that will put the jubilant Mets in first place for the rest of the season.

2019       At the trading deadline, the Diamondbacks send Zack Greinke and cash to the Houston Astros for minor leaguers Seth Beer, J.B. Bukauskas, Joshua Rojas, and Corbin Martin, a rookie right-handed starter. The 2009 Cy Young Award winner, who will post an 8-1 mark for the eventual AL champs, joins the top of a very talented rotation with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the winner and runner up for this season’s prestigious pitcher award in the American League.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1940

As America welcomed in a new and promising decade, the Cincinnati Reds were still recovering from a miserable loss to the New York Yankees in the previous year’s Series. The American League’s newest dynasty had once again, swept the National League champs in four games (without Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig in their line-up). The Reds almost prevented a sweep in the bottom of the tenth (in Game 4) as they managed to send the tying run to the plate three times, but were unable to finish the job as Johnny Murphy protected the Yankees’ 7-4 lead for their second consecutive sweep, and fourth consecutive World Series title.

Many National League fans had hoped that a worthy contender would finally step up and dethrone the perennial American League champions, but Cincinnati had come up short… very short. Things were finally looking up for the Nationals in 1940 as Bill McKechnie’s club raced to one-hundred victories with a twelve-game margin in the National League pennant race and surprisingly, it was the New York Yankees who had come up short this time for the American League title. The Detroit Tigers had finished one game ahead of Cleveland and two in front of New York with a line-up that combined for seventy-four home runs and two-hundred eighty-four runs batted in. Plus, four Tiger regulars batted .313 or higher.

The American League’s newest offensive superpower exhibited some of the skills that had dethroned the defending World Champions in Game 1 as they ran Reds’ starter Paul Derringer from the mound in a five-run second on the way to a 7-2 opening victory. Pinky Higgins, Dick Bartell and Bruce Campbell each knocked in two runs for Detroit, who got solid eight-hit pitching from Bobo Newsom whose father had died suddenly after coming in from South Carolina to see his son pitch. The Reds were able to even it up the next day as Jimmy Ripple’s two-run homer and Bucky Walters’ three-hit pitching enabled Cincinnati to win, 5-3.

The “seesaw nature” of the Series continued in Game 3 as the Tigers regained the upper hand. Rudy York (who had thirty-three home runs and one-hundred thirty-four runs batted in), and Game 1 standout Pinky Higgins both nailed crucial two-run homers in a 1-1, seventh to push their team to a Series leading 7-4 triumph. Reds’ starter Paul Derringer returned for Game 4 and had his revenge with a brilliant five-hit, 5-2 winner that tied the Series at 2 games apiece. The previous two seasons’ one-sided, four game sweeps had left the Series with a feeling of predictability. After four close outings, it was truly anyone’s game and the Commissioner’s Office was obviously pleased with the competitive nature of the 1940 contest.

Detroit kept the streak alive in Game 5 with a strong 8-0 performance that featured an emotional, three-hit outing by the mourning Newsom (who had dedicated the win to his father). Teammate Hank Greenberg contributed a three-run homer and batted in four runs in support as the Tiger veteran capped off a monstrous season in which he had knocked the American League’s top pitchers for forty-one homers, one-hundred fifty runs batted in and a .340 batting average. Games 6 and 7 would move east to Cincinnati, but home-field advantage had been certainly offset by the welcome pattern of alternating wins. Nevertheless, it was the Reds turn and sure enough, they delivered. Bucky Walters had not only thrown a five-hit shutout, but he also added a homerun for the 4-0 victory. Tigers Manager Del Baker called on his #1 ace Newsom for Game 7, even if that pitcher was coming off only one day of rest. McKechnie opted for Derringer, who had two.

Newsom, a twenty-game winner in the American League for the third consecutive season, was the beneficiary of an unearned run in the third and made that run stand up through six innings. However, Frank McCormick, easily the Reds’ top power threat (with nineteen homers and one-hundred twenty-seven runs batted in during ’40), and Ripple hit consecutive doubles to open the Reds’ seventh. With the game tied, 1-1, Jimmie Wilson bunted Ripple to third and after pinch-hitter Ernie Lombardi was given an intentional walk, Billy Myers drove him home with a fly ball to deep center. Derringer was now working with a 2-1 lead and was determined to nail down the Series title. He allowed an inning-opening single to Charlie Gehringer in the eighth, and then retired the Tigers’ next six batters. The alternating-victory sequence had ended, and so had Cincinnati’s long wait for their second Series triumph. Derringer and Walters, (both twenty-game winners – Derringer for the third straight season and Walters for the second), saved face for their winless efforts in the ’39 Series by posting two victories apiece this time. The Reds’ Bill Werber batted a Series-high .370, Wilson hit .353 and Ripple finished with an impressive .333. Ripple and Ival Goodman had six and five runs batted in, respectively, for the winners.

The season, while ending on a joyous note for Cincinnati, had sadness, too. In early August, their reserve catcher, Willard Hershberger had committed suicide in his Boston hotel room. Detroit’s standout was Newsom, who had overcome extreme emotional adversity and won two of three decisions with a 1.38 earned-run average in twenty-six innings. Campbell, Greenberg and Higgins posted .360, .357 and .333 averages and Barney McCosky had a .304 Series mark. None of which was enough to prevent the Cincinnati Reds from winning their first World Series of the non-tainted variety. The title’s legitimacy finally gave the Nationals the respect they deserved and it was the first time since 1919 (when they were the beneficiaries of the famous “Black Sox Scandal”) that the Reds were hailed as true champions.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1951

The National League continued its momentum by winning their second All-Star Game in a row as well as setting an All-Star record by hitting four home runs to the American League’s two.

Both teams were tied at 1-1 for the first three innings until Stan Musial established the National League’s pace homering off of Eddie Lopat. One out later, Gil Hodges singled and Bob Elliott homered to left for a 4-1 National League lead. In a valiant effort, the American League came back to cut the lead to 4-3, but Gil Hodges answered with a two run homer in the sixth inning to make it 6-3. The National League scored yet another run in the seventh on a squeeze bunt by Jackie Robinson. In the eighth, Ralph Kiner dealt a final blow by hitting a two run homer. After two consecutive wins, the National League’s confidence was rising and they had reduced the series deficit to 12-6.

TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY-JULY 31

July 31, 1970 – In the Chicago College All-Star game a fan base of 69,940 at Soldier Field in Chicago witnessed 24-3 drubbing by the Kansas City Chiefs over the college team. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be Bruce Taylor, the Boston College defensive back.

July 31, 1971 – According to an NFL.com posting Jim Brown & Vince Lombardi were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on this date.

Jim Brown was such a prolific running back. He earned the NFL MVP award three different seasons (1957-1958 & 1965), was a 9-time Pro Bowl selection, 8-time 1st-Team All-Pro & 1964 NFL Champion with the Cleveland Browns

Coach Vince Lombardi whom the NFL Championship Trophy is named after was the Head Coachof the Green Bay Packers, all together his Packer teams won 5 Championships 1961, 1962 & 1965 NFL Titles as well as Super Bowls I & II.

July 31, 1982 – Teams from Germany, France, Austria and Italy form the American European Football Federation or the AEFF.

July 31, 1983 – Walter Payton & Bill Walsh were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame per an article on the NFL.com website.

Walter Payton was the 1977 NFL MVP when he led the NFL in both rushing yards & rush scores. Sweetness was a 9-time Pro Bowl selection, a 5-time 1st-Team All-Pro, Super Bowl XX Champion and once had the most yards rushing in NFL history, currently 2nd behind Emmet Smith with 16,726 rush yards. Payton’s 110 rushing TDs is the 5th-most in NFL history!

Now Bill Walsh was the Head Coach of 3-time Super Bowl Champion 49ers from 1979-1988 & 1981 AP Coach of the Year

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS FOR JULY 31

July 31, 1918 – Haverhill, Massachusetts – Gene Goodreault was an End that played for Boston College from 1938 through 1940. In 1982 Gene was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame per his bio on the FootballFoundation.org. He was known for his pass catching, run blocking and sure tackling and this led him to be a consensus All-American selection in 1940. Though he was selected in the 1941 NFL draft as the 15th overall pick he never played a down as instead he served in the United States Navy during World War II.

July 31, 1919 – Forrest Behm was a tackle for the University of Nebraska from 1938 to 1940 who was welcomed into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988’s induction class. The National Football Foundation says that Forrest, as a five year old youngster was badly burned in a brush fire, and doctors wanted to amputate a leg. His father, Forrest E. Behm, Sr., refused to allow this to occur and the family did all they could for the youth. For a year, the young Behm could not walk, but his parents persevered and gave him daily massage, and miraculously Forrest regained the use of all his muscles. By 1940 he was a tackle on the Nebraska Rose Bowl team and named All-America by the NEA (Newspaper Enterprise Association).

July 31, 1962 – New York, New York – Kevin Greene was the Pro Football Hall of Fame outside linebacker/ defensive end of the Rams, Steelers, Panthers and 49ers. Mr. Greene played 15 seasons in the NFL and his 160 sacks ranks third in NFL history since the stats were started in 1982 and fourth overall if you count in Deacon Jones total. Kevin Greene was born in New York , New York and then attended and played college ball at Auburn University. Kevin was listed on the hall of Fame All-1990’s team and played in 5 Pro Bowl games and earned first Team All-NFL with three different teams according to the ProFootballHOF.com website. After hanging up his cleats Greene was an NFL outside linebackers coach for the Packers for 5 seasons.

July 31, 1968 – Galveston, Texas – Andre Ware was a quarterback from 1987 through the 1989 season at the University of Houston that was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Mr. Ware was drafted in to the NFL by the Detroit Lions as the number one pick in the 1990 Draft. This standout signal caller set NCAA records with 4,699 passing yards and 46 touchdowns in 1989. He averaged 427 passing yards per game, as he guided Houston to a 9-2 record. In three years, Ware threw for 8,202 yards and 75 touchdowns. According to the NFF bio, Andre Ware in 1989 won the Heisman Trophy. His pro career last four seasons split between the NFL and the CFL.

July 31, 1974 – Jonathan Ogden was a tackle from UCLA. His outstanding gridiron play secured a place for him in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. He played in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens for 12 seasons and made the Pro Bowl in 11 of them according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website. The site’s bio article on Jonathan states; ” In 2003, he helped pave the way for running back Jamal Lewis who became just the fifth player in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 yards rushing in a season. Included in the total of 2,066 yards, then the second most ever in a season, was a record-breaking day against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 14, 2003. Ogden opened holes for Lewis who averaged nearly 10 yards a carry to set the then record of 295 yards in a game.”

WHERE IS HE? THE DISAPPEARANCE OF AVATUS STONE

The year was 1953 and the Chicago Cardinals were excited about the potential of the team’s quick new halfback from Syracuse named Avatus Stone.

The Cardinals drafted Stone in the ninth round and expected him to compete with local legends such as Charley Trippi and Billy Cross for playing time, especially with the retirement of Elmer Angsman and the loss of Ollie Matson to military service in 1953. Stone was also a gifted punter, rated one of the best in collegiate circles.

Avatus Scintilated and Connected

At Syracuse, Stone initially became noted for his all-around abilities going back to his freshman season in 1949. In the coverage of a 51-0 romp over the Buffalo freshmen, the Syracuse Post-Standard commented: “Avatus “Stony” Stone, quarterback, scintillated and connected on six of seven passes in addition to scoring a touchdown.”

On the varsity level, beginning in 1950, he was a standout defensive back and punter for the Orange. In a 27-7 win over Penn State, Stone intercepted three passes and returned one theft back 85 yards for a touchdown. But then due to team injuries, Stone moved over to quarterback in the latter part of the 1951 season and led Syracuse to a 5-4 record, its best mark since 1942.

On November 17, 1951, Stone’s running paced Syracuse to a 9-0 victory over long-time rival Colgate as Stone rambled for a 56-yard score for the only touchdown of the contest. A week later, Stone tossed a 33-yard scoring pass to end Joe Szombathy and added another scoring run himself as Boston University fell 26-19. The Chicago Tribune named Stone to its “All Player All-American First Defensive Team” after the season.

His football future was looking up for Stone as Syracuse concluded its spring practice schedule on May 3, 1952, with an inter-squad game at Archbold Stadium. Stone was the starting quarterback for the Orange team. Unfortunately, his day ended prematurely when he suffered a broken left arm during the first half of action. His coach, Ben Schwartzwalder said:

“It seems like every time you turn around, one of our signal-callers is getting a broken bone.” On the bright side, Stone was expected to recover quickly and assume the starting quarterback position in the fall, especially after jumping in and pacing the team to its rare winning season in 1951.

Best Punter In East

Optimism reigned when Syracuse opened its pre-season camp in August of 1952 with Stone expected to prevail in a three-quarterback race for the starting position according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

“Pat Stark and Bruce Yancey lend tremendous support to quarterback Avatus Stone, the East’s best punter last season, a reliable safety man and good defender.” Stone could do it all, but Coach Schwartzwalder decided to utilize the impressive speed of Stone and moved him back to halfback prior to the start of the season.

Then, Avatus Stone endured another devastating injury in one of the last pre-season practices when he suffered torn ligaments to his left knee and immediately underwent surgery. The prognosis was not good: Stone would be lost to Syracuse for the entire 1952 season.

Nonetheless, Syracuse enjoyed a fine year, finishing 7-2 and being ranked 14th in the country. When Navy turned down an offer to play Alabama in the Orange Bowl, Syracuse accepted the invitation to replace Navy. But there was a bit of shameful controversy involved in this scenario.

Although Stone had recovered sufficiently from his knee injury to play in the Orange Bowl, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that he would not play in order to ensure that he retained a full year of eligibility.

Surprised At Orange Bowl Officials

Sadly and unfortunately, Stone’s injury may have paved the way for Syracuse to accept the Orange Bowl bid due to a horrible mandate required by the opposing University of Alabama. The Press and Sun Bulletin clearly explained the ugly situation:

“Syracuse apparently would not be playing in the Orange Bowl had not its brilliant safety-man, Avatus Stone, suffered pre-season injuries that shelved him for the year. According to Dan Parker’s column in the New York Mirror, Alabama accepted a Miami bid with the stipulation that its opponent have no Negroes on the roster. We’re surprised that the Orange Bowl officials would be part of such discrimination.

Now that Miami has given Alabama a foe with the type of pedigree the Crimson Klan demands, all Dade County [in Florida] is afraid it’ll be murder, that Syracuse won’t belong on the same field with ‘Bama.” With its only Black player on the sidelines, Syracuse gleefully accepted the Orange Bowl bid and then promptly was slaughtered 61-6 by Alabama.

Most Sensational Player

Just three weeks after the ”murder” of Syracuse in the Orange Bowl, the Chicago Cardinals selected Avatus Stone in the ninth round of the 1953 NFL draft. Stone still retained one more year of collegiate eligibility due to the year lost with his knee surgery and he reported for spring practice at Syracuse with high hopes.

Coach Schwartzwalder said that Stone would be the “most sensational player in the East next Fall.” The coach planned to now use Stone as a receiver, along with utilizing his defensive and punting responsibilities.

It should be noted that in addition to his being drafted by the Chicago Cardinals, Stone was also a superb baseball player, being courted by both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Browns as a catcher. There was also some interest from football teams in the Canadian pro ranks. And this is where things became complicated for both the Cardinals and Avatus Stone.

On July 7, 1953, Stone decided to give up his final year of collegiate eligibility and signed a contract with the Cardinals. Walter Wolfner, Managing Director of the Cardinals, later recalled how this process evolved by stating that Stone had called to ask about his status with the Cardinals and was told that he could not be signed until Stone’s senior class at Syracuse graduated.

At this point, Stone confirmed that he would not return to Syracuse for his final year of competition. Negotiations began, Wolfner sent Stone a plane ticket to the Windy City, and Stone eventually signed a contract with the Cardinals which included a $200 bonus. He was also provided with a ticket for his return to Chicago later in the summer for training camp as well as a $500 advance on his salary.

One of the Greatest Prospects

Stone reported to the Cardinals’ training camp at Lake Forest College and was shown in a syndicated news photo on August 1, 1953, preparing to practice with the Cardinals. Coach Joe Stydahar called him “one of the greatest prospects he had ever seen.”

For the next two weeks, he worked out with the team until suddenly “disappearing” from camp on or about Saturday, August 15, 1953. No one knew where Stone was and he had recently dispelled rumors that he was considering leaving the club by telling Stydahar that “he was entirely happy in the Cardinal camp and gave his word of honor that he would remain with the team,” as reported by the Lubbock Morning Avalanche.

But lo and behold, Stone was found two days later in the lineup of the Ottawa Rough Riders in Canada on August 17. Of course, when word of the sighting of Mr. Stone in Canada reached Chicago, the management of the Cardinals was not very pleased. In particular, Walter Wolfner was angry, irate, and looking for retribution—immediately! Wolfner knew that Stone was under contract with the Cardinals and vowed to “fight this case through and the cost doesn’t matter!”

Wolfner added: “A player has the full right and privilege to go where he pleases. When we draft a player, it only means that if he is going to play football in the National Football League, he must play it with us.

He can ask to be sold or traded, but he can’t join another team without our consent. We fulfill our end of the contract and we expect the player to live up to the terms of the contract once he has signed.”

No Explanation of How He Arrived

While the Ottawa Journal was pleased with the arrival of the gifted football player, it too, had some questions about the shadowy movement of Stone: “Stone signed with the Chicago Cardinals. He had been with them in training camp until now. There is no explanation as to how he comes to be with Ottawa, but he wasn’t cut from the Cardinals. Which may prove interesting.”

Wolfner claimed that he possessed proof that Ottawa sent Stone’s mother $2,000 to help entice him to head north and Wolfner renewed his vow to initiate litigation against the Rough Riders. This seemed to amuse Ottawa President James P. McCaffrey who responded:

“The Ottawa Football Club holds prior contract rights to the services of Avatus Stone and is prepared to accept service of any writ the Chicago Cardinals may issue against it. We dickered with Stone way last Spring. He was to report to our training camp but went to the Cardinal camp at Chicago instead. We are quite within our rights in keeping him and will be glad to have the matter thrashed out in the courts.”

Apparently, all of the threats and posturing between the two clubs never materialized in a lawsuit and Stone remained with the Rough Riders and enjoyed a fruitful season in 1953, finishing among the league leaders in rushing, scoring, pass interceptions, punting, and kickoff returns. He played in the Canadian league through 1957, was twice named to the All-Star team, and in 1955 received the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player in the Eastern Division.

Stone returned to the United States and appeared in one game with the Baltimore Colts in 1958 before knee issues prompted his retirement from football. The great disappearance of Avatus Stone gradually faded from view but remains one of the intriguing stories in the long history of the Cardinals.

FAMOUS NUMBERS JULY 31

4 – 9 – 14 – 12 – 35 – 24 -16 – 21 – 15 – 14 – 35 – 5 – 27 – 33 – 7 – 1 – 26 – 34 – 50 – 10 – 32 – 25 – 5

July 31, 1930 – New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, eventual Number 4 drove in 8 runs with a grand slam and 2 doubles in a 14-13 win over the rival Boston Red Sox

July 31, 1954 – Milwaukee first baseman Joe Adcock, Number 9 became only the 3rd player in 20th century to hit 4 HRs in 9-inning game (Lou Gehrig and Gil Hodges, Number 14) in the 15-7 Braves’ win over Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Adcock’s day was so good that he finished the game with an MLB record of eighteen total bases!

July 31, 1963 – The Cleveland Indians tied the record of 4 consecutive home runs as they beat the California Angels, 9-5. Woodie Held (Number 12), Pedro Ramos (Number 35), Tito Francona ( Number 24) and Larry Brown (Number 16) all drive balls deep over the wall off of Paul Foytack, Number 21 pitches in the 6th inning

July 31, 1972 – Chicago infielder Dick Allen , Number 15 became only the 7th player in MLB history to hit 2 inside-the-park home runs in a game. Both wall bombs were off of Bert Blyleven in a 8-1 White Sox win over Minnesota Twins

July 31, 1978 – Cincinnati’s star infielder Pete Rose, wearing Number 14 singled off Atlanta’s Phil Niekro, Number 35 to extend his hitting streak to 44 games as Reds edge the Braves, 3-2. With that hit Rose tied Willie Keeler’s 81-year-old NL record.

July 31, 1983 – Brooks Robinson (Number 5), Juan Marichal (Number 27), George Kell (longtime Number 1, 7 & 21) and Walter Alston (Number 21) were all inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

July 31, 1987 – Baltimore first baseman Eddie Murray, Number 33 hit his 299th and 300th career home runs to lead Orioles to an 8-4 win over Texas Rangers

July 31, 1988 – Oakland A’s Designated hitter Jose Canseco, Number 33 crushed two home runs off Scott Bankhead, Number 15 in A’s 6-2 win over Seattle Mariners. With these Canseco became the first MLB player to hit at least 30 home runs in his first 3 years in the majors.

July 31, 1988 – The Pittsburgh Pirates 1st baseman/left fielder and 7-time All Star Willie Stargell, Number 8 became the 200th man inducted in Baseball’s Hall of Fame

July 31, 1989 – The Minnesota Twins traded AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to New York Mets. Viola wore Number 26 with the Mets that year and Number 16 while with the Twins

July 31, 1990 – Texas Rangers pitcher, the great Nolan Ryan, Number 34 recorded his 300th career victory, an 11-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; 20th MLB pitcher to reach the milestone

July 31, 1993 – Toronto Blue Jays obtain future Baseball Hall of Fame outfield sensation Rickey Henderson who wore Number 14 & Number 24 from Oakland in exchange for minor leaguers Steve Karsay (Number 50) and Jose Herrera

July 31, 1994 – Baseball Hall of Fame inducts New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto, Number 10 and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton, Number 32

July 31, 1997 – Oakland A’s first baseman Mark McGwire, Number 25 became the MLB’s top home run hitter to be traded in the middle of a season when he moves from Oakland to St. Louis Cardinals (34 home runs and 81 RBI)

July 31, 2007 – The NBA’s Boston Celtics obtained the rights of former MVP and 10-time All-Star player Kevin Garnett, who Number 5 with the Celtics in a 7-for-1 deal with Minnesota Timberwolves; then the NBA’s biggest ever trade for one player

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1910 Tour de France: Octave Lapize of France wins by just 4 points from Team Alcyon teammate François Faber of Luxembourg

1928 Halina Konopacka of Poland hurls discus world record 39.62m to win first gold medal in women’s Olympic athletics at the Amsterdam Games; American Lillian Copeland and Ruth Sveberg of Sweden take minor medals

1928 In the first women’s Olympic track event, American sprinter Elizabeth Robinson equals her own world record 12.2s to win 100m gold medal in Amsterdam; Canadians Fanny Rosenfeld & Ethel Smith dead-heat (12.3s)

1930 NY Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig drives in 8 runs with a grand slam and 2 doubles in a 14-13 win over the rival Boston Red Sox

1932 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team wins 6th straight title as Jean Borotra beats American Wilmer Allison 1-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 for unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 3-2

1932 Cleveland Indians christen their new home, Municipal Stadium before more than 76,000 fans; lose opener, 1-0 to the Philadelphia A’s

1932 26th Tour de France: French cyclist André Leducq wins after tallying 6 stage victories; his second Tour triumph (1930)

1934 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Fred Perry beats American Frank Shields 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 15-13 to give Great Britain unassailable 3-1 lead to retain title; ends 4-1

1936 IOC awards Tokyo, Japan 1940 Summer Olympic Games (later cancelled, Second Sino-Japanese War)

1938 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis suspends New York Yankees outfielder Jake Powell after he said on Chicago radio he kept in shape by “cracking” African Americans over the head with his nightstick

1938 32nd Tour de France: Italian cyclist Gino Bartali wins both general and mountain classifications

1948 American swimmer Wally Ris wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the London Olympics beating teammate Alan Ford by 0.4 seconds

1948 American sprinter Harrison Dillard runs an Olympic record 10.3s to beat countryman Barney Ewell for the 100m gold medal at the London Olympics

1954 Milwaukee first baseman Joe Adcock becomes only the 3rd player in 20th century to hit 4 HRs in 9-inning game (Lou Gehrig & Gil Hodges) in 15-7 Braves’ win over Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field; MLB record 18 total bases

1956 England cricket spin bowler Jim Laker takes 10-53 in Australia’s 2nd innings; match figures 19-90 in 4th Test at Old Trafford; England win by innings & 170 runs

1961 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Jerry Barber wins his only major title in a Monday 18-hole playoff with Don January (67-68)

1961 31st MLB All Star Game (2nd), Fenway Park, Boston: First tie in history; called due to rain after 9 innings with the score, 1–1

1962 England fast bowler Brian Statham becomes Test cricket’s leading wicket-taker with world-record tally of 237 as Australian wicketkeeper Barry Shepherd is caught by Fred Truman for 10 in drawn 4th Test in Adelaide

1963 MLB Cleveland Indians ties record of 4 consecutive home runs to beat California Angels, 9-5; Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona and Larry Brown all go deep off Paul Foytack in 6th inning

1970 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)

1971 4-time Eredivisie soccer champions Go Ahead from Dutch city of Deventer add ‘Eagles’ to famous name

1972 Chicago infielder Dick Allen becomes only 7th player in MLB history to hit 2 inside-the-park home runs in a game; both off Bert Blyleven in 8-1 White Sox win over Minnesota Twins

1973 England cricket batsman Frank Hayes scores unbeaten 106 in Test debut in 1st Test v West Indies at The Oval, London; tourists win by 158 runs

1976 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski beats American Frank Shorter by 50 seconds to win the Olympic Games marathon in 2:09:55 in Montreal

1978 Cincinnati infielder Pete Rose singles off Phil Niekro to extend his hitting streak to 44 games as Reds edge Atlanta Braves, 3-2; ties Willie Keeler’s 81-year-old NL record

1981 Mid-season strike by MLB players ends after 42 days causing cancellation of 713 games; players and owners come to an agreement on free agent compensation

1983 US Open Women’s Golf, Cedar Ridge CC: Australian Jan Stephenson wins her 3rd major title; beats JoAnne Carner and Patty Sheehan by 1 stroke

1983 Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal, George Kell and Walter Alston inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

1984 US men’s gymnastics team score emotional upset win over world champion Chinese team in the combined event to take the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics

1987 Baltimore first baseman Eddie Murray hits his 299th and 300th career home runs to lead Orioles to an 8-4 win over Texas Rangers

1988 Oakland DH Jose Canseco smacks 2 home runs off Scott Bankhead in A’s 6-2 win over Seattle Mariners; becomes first MLB player to hit 30 HRs in first 3 years

1988 Miami Dolphins beat San Francisco 49ers, 27-21 in the American Bowl at London’s Wembley Stadium

1988 Pittsburgh Pirates 1st baseman/left fielder and 7-time All Star Willie Stargell becomes 200th man inducted in Baseball’s Hall of Fame

1989 MLB Minnesota Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to New York Mets

1990 Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan records his 300th career victory, an 11-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; 20th MLB pitcher to reach the milestone

1992 Three world record swims on final night session at the Barcelona Olympics; Australian Kieren Perkins 1,500m (14:43.4); Tamás Darnyi of Hungary 200m backstroke (1:59.36); China’s Yang Wenyi women’s 50m freestyle (24.79)

1992 Hungarian swimmer Krisztina Egerszegi earns her 3rd gold medal of the Barcelona Olympics winning 200m backstroke for the 100-200 double along with 400m I/M gold

1993 Toronto Blue Jays obtain future Baseball Hall of Fame OF Rickey Henderson from Oakland in exchange for minor leaguers Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera

1994 Baseball Hall of Fame inducts New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton

1997 A’s first baseman Mark McGwire becomes MLB’s top home run hitter to be traded in the middle of a season when he moves from Oakland to St. Louis Cardinals (34 home runs and 81 RBI)

1997 College Football’s all-time winningest coach Eddie Robinson and his Grambling State University program are placed on 2-years’ probation for rules violations, including recruiting and academic eligibility

2005 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, NCR CC: Allen Doyle wins by 1 stroke ahead of Loren Roberts and D. A. Weibring for his 3rd Champions Tour major title

2005 British Open Women’s Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Jeong Jang of South Korea leads wire-to-wire to win her first LPGA event and lone major title, 4 strokes ahead of Sophie Gustafson

2007 Boston Celtics obtain former MVP and 10-time All-Star Kevin Garnett in a 7-for-1 deal with Minnesota Timberwolves; then the NBA’s biggest ever trade for one player

2011 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Inverness Club: Olin Browne wins by 3 strokes ahead of Mark O’Meara; 5th player in history to win on Nationwide Tour, PGA Tour and Champions Tour

2011 British Open Women’s Golf, Carnoustie GL: Yani Tseng of Taiwan becomes first to successfully defend the Open as a major championship, 4 strokes ahead of Brittany Lang

2012 Germany wins London Olympic equestrian eventing final; daughter of Princess Anne, Zara Phillips part of GB silver medal winning team

2012 Michael Phelps becomes the greatest medal winner in Olympic history as part of the winning American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team in London; Phelps’ 19th career Olympic medal and 15th overall gold

2016 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Baltusrol GC: American Jimmy Walker wins his first major by 1 shot from defending champion Jason Day of Australia

2016 British Open Women’s Golf, Woburn: Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand wins by 3 from Mo Martin & Mirim Lee

2017 England cricket spin bowler Moeen Ali takes a hat-trick in 239 run 3rd Test win over South Africa; 100th Test match played at The Oval, London

2021 American swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins 100m butterfly in WR 49.45 at the Tokyo Olympics; completes 100m freestyle/butterfly double

2021 Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown wins gold in 200m backstroke to complete 100/200 double at the Tokyo Olympic Games

2021 American swimming superstar Katie Ledecky wins the women’s 800m gold for an unprecedented third consecutive Olympics in Tokyo; claims distance 800/1500m double

2021 First mixed-gender event to feature in Olympic swim program; Great Britain team of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy & Anna Hopkin wins mixed 4×100m medley relay in WR 3:37.58 in Tokyo

TV SUNDAY

GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World Tour: Hero Open6:00amGOLF
LPGA Tour: Women’s Scottish Open8:30amGOLF
PGA Tour: Rocket Mortgage Classic1:00pmGOLF
PGA Tour: Rocket Mortgage Classic3:00pmCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
Detroit at Toronto12:05pmPeacock
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Arizona at Atlanta1:35pmESPN+
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Kansas City at NY Yankees1:35pmMLBN
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Philadelphia at Pittsburgh1:35pmNBCS-PHI
ATTSN-PIT
Milwaukee at Boston1:35pmMLBN
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St. Louis at Washington1:35pmBally Sports
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Cleveland at Tampa Bay1:40pmESPN+
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NY Mets at Miami1:40pmSNY
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Baltimore at Cincinnati1:40pmMASN/2
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Seattle at Houston2:10pmRoot Sports
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Oakland at Chi. White Sox2:10pmNBCS-CA
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LA Dodgers at Colorado3:10pmSportsnet
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Texas at LA Angels4:07pmMLBN
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Minnesota at San Diego4:10pmMLBN
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Chi. Cubs at San Francisco7:00pmESPN
MARQ
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MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
Formula One: Hungarian Grand Prix9:00amESPN
NASCAR Cup: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard2:30pmNBC
NHRA: Northwest Nationals4:00pmFOX
SOCCERTIME ETTV
DFB Pokal: Bremer SV vs Schalke 047:00amESPN+
First Division A: Genk vs Standard Liège7:30amESPN+
DFB Pokal: Kaiserslautern vs Freiburg9:30amESPN+
UEFA Women’s Euro Final12:00pmESPN
DFB Pokal: Eintracht Braunschweig vs Hertha BSC12:00pmESPN+
Supercup: PSG vs Nantes2:00pmbeIN Sports
MLS: DC United vs Orlando City SC5:00pmESPN+
NWSL: NJ/NY Gotham FC vs Houston Dash5:00pmParamount+
NWSL: Kansas City Current vs Orlando Pride7:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: Santos Laguna vs Atlas8:05pmFS2
Liga MX: León vs América10:05pmUnivision
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Phoenix at New York2:00pmCBSSN
Las Vegas at Indiana3:00pmNBATV
Minnesota at Los Angeles7:00pmNBATV

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees6933.67640 – 1229 – 2132 – 1622 – 610 – 65 – 5W 3
Toronto5645.55412.533 – 2123 – 2419 – 1815 – 1115 – 118 – 2W 1
Tampa Bay5447.53514.532 – 1922 – 2824 – 208 – 1212 – 94 – 6W 1
Baltimore5150.50517.529 – 2022 – 3020 – 2411 – 1312 – 85 – 5L 1
Boston5052.4901925 – 2725 – 2512 – 2914 – 919 – 72 – 8L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota5347.53027 – 2226 – 2513 – 1025 – 1910 – 94 – 6W 1
Cleveland5149.510225 – 1926 – 309 – 1325 – 219 – 85 – 5L 1
Chi White Sox5050.500322 – 2828 – 2214 – 1520 – 218 – 105 – 5W 1
Detroit4161.4021325 – 2716 – 348 – 1619 – 264 – 114 – 6L 1
Kansas City3962.38614.522 – 3017 – 327 – 1618 – 2010 – 183 – 7L 5
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6636.64732 – 1534 – 218 – 816 – 434 – 206 – 4L 1
Seattle5547.5391127 – 2328 – 2412 – 157 – 628 – 215 – 5W 1
Texas4555.4502021 – 2624 – 295 – 1111 – 820 – 294 – 6L 1
LA Angels4358.42622.523 – 2920 – 296 – 1811 – 619 – 214 – 6W 1
Oakland3964.37927.517 – 3322 – 3110 – 1611 – 1716 – 267 – 3L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets6337.63031 – 1732 – 2030 – 1212 – 514 – 127 – 3W 5
Atlanta6141.598335 – 2126 – 2023 – 1617 – 1015 – 116 – 4W 2
Philadelphia5447.5359.526 – 2528 – 2220 – 2011 – 816 – 116 – 4W 4
Miami4754.46516.522 – 2525 – 2924 – 219 – 119 – 144 – 6L 2
Washington3567.3432916 – 3719 – 308 – 3610 – 912 – 145 – 5W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5744.56426 – 2031 – 2411 – 1328 – 197 – 97 – 3W 4
St. Louis5348.525429 – 2024 – 2811 – 1525 – 1610 – 75 – 5L 1
Chi Cubs4159.41015.520 – 3221 – 277 – 622 – 218 – 207 – 3L 1
Pittsburgh4061.3961721 – 2819 – 337 – 1418 – 2913 – 112 – 8L 6
Cincinnati3961.39017.523 – 3216 – 297 – 1114 – 228 – 215 – 5W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers6733.67035 – 1532 – 1812 – 1117 – 627 – 127 – 3L 1
San Diego5646.5491226 – 2230 – 2414 – 1019 – 1020 – 205 – 5L 1
San Francisco5051.49517.528 – 2322 – 2814 – 1313 – 1116 – 212 – 8W 1
Colorado4656.4512230 – 2616 – 308 – 199 – 822 – 203 – 7W 1
Arizona4555.4502227 – 2718 – 2814 – 1310 – 1115 – 276 – 4L 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot