MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Houston 5 Colorado 1

Minnesota 1 Chicago White Sox 0

NY Yankees 5 Kansas City 2

Boston 20 Tampa Bay 8

Oakland 6 Cleveland 3

Toronto 10 LA Angels 2

Seattle 2 Texas 1

Washington at NY Mets postponed

NY Mets 8 Washington 7

Miami 7 San Diego 0

LA Dodgers 8 Philadelphia 2

St. Louis 4 Pittsburgh 0

Atlanta 8 Cincinnati 6 (11)

Milwaukee 10 Chicago Cubs 0

San Francisco 7 Arizona 2

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

St. Paul 11 Indianapolis 9

South Bend 5 Fort Wayne 1

AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGES FRIDAY

Brownsburg at Plainfield, 6 p.m.

Avon at Center Grove, 6 p.m.

Decatur Central at Southport, 7 p.m.

Ben Davis at Westfield, 7 p.m.

Bishop Chatard and Whiteland at Hamilton Southeastern (three-team jamboree), 7 p.m.

Guerin Catholic at Danville, 7 p.m.

Pendleton Heights at Mooresville, 7 p.m.

Roncalli at Franklin, 7 p.m.

Cathedral at Franklin Central, 7 p.m.

Parke Heritage at Cascade, 7 p.m.

Brebeuf Jesuit at Lebanon, 7 p.m.

Perry Meridian at Mt. Vernon, 7 p.m.

Noblesville at North Central, 7 p.m.

Lapel at Hagerstown, 7 p.m.

Tri-West at Beech Grove, 7 p.m.

Shelbyville at Rushville, 7 p.m.

Lutheran at North Putnam, 7 p.m.

Lawrence North at Fishers, 7 p.m.

Kokomo at Zionsville, 7 p.m.

Lafayette Jeff at Pike, 7 p.m.

Lawrence Central at Bloomington South, 7 p.m.

Scecina at New Palestine, 7 p.m.

Crispus Attucks at Tech, 7 p.m.

Batesville at Triton Central, 7 p.m.

Indian Creek at Greensburg, 7 p.m.

Columbus North at Greenwood, 7 p.m.

Indianapolis Crimson Knights at Edinburgh, 7 p.m.

Western Boone at Speedway, 7 p.m.

Monrovia at Brown County, 7 p.m.

Park Tudor at Heritage Christian, 7 p.m.

Mid-Eastern Conference jamboree at Eastern Hancock, 7 p.m.

Covenant Christian at Cardinal Ritter, 7:30 p.m.

Hamilton Heights at Eastbrook, 7:30 p.m.

Greenfield-Central at Knightstown, 7:30 p.m.

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Fri Aug 207pHeritage Christian @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Aug 207pNoblesville @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Aug 207pCovenant Christian @ SpeedwayFootball
Sat Aug 212pWhiting @ FrontierFootball
Tue Aug 247pHeritage Christian @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Tue Aug 247pScecina @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Wed Aug 257:30pSullivan @ GreencastleVolleyball
Thur Aug 266pBethesda @ Traders PtVolleyball
Thur Aug 267:30pCovenant Christian @ Heritage ChristianSoccer
Fri Aug 277pTraders Pt @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Aug 277pShenandoah @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Aug 277pFranklin @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Aug 277pNorth White @ FrontierFootball
Sat Aug 285pBrebeuf @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Sat Aug 287pBrebeuf @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Mon Aug 307pTri-West @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Tue Aug 317pHeritage Christian @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Thur Sep 27pRoncalli @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Fri Sep 37pGuerin Catholic @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 37pWest Vigo @ GreencastleFootball
Fri Sep 37pCrispus Attucks @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 37pSouth Newton @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Sep 37pFrontier @ Fountain CentralFootball
Fri Sep 37pMt Vernon @ Greenfield CentralFootball
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Tue Sep 77pCovenant Christian @ Tri-WestSoccer
Wed Sep 87:30pEdgewood @ GreencastleVolleyball
Thur Sep 97pBrownsburg @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Thur Sep 97:30pRitter @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 1

Saturday, Aug. 28

Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Week 1

Wednesday, Sept. 1

UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Sept. 2

Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Friday, Sept. 3

North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 4

UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Monday, Sept. 6

Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN

NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

WEEK 1

Thursday, August 12           

Washington at New England, 7:30

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 13    

Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00

Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00

Dallas at Arizona, 10:00

Saturday, August 14

Miami at Chicago, 1:00

Denver at Minnesota, 4:00

New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00

Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00

New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Green Bay, 8:00

Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30

Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Sunday, August 15  

Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00

WEEK 2

Thursday, August 19           

New England at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 20

Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00

Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00

Saturday, August 21

Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00

New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25

Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00

Atlanta at Miami, 7:00

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30

Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Dallas, 8:00

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Denver at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 22  

New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30

Monday, August 23  

Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00

WEEK 3

Friday, August 27    

Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30

Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00

Saturday, August 28

Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00

Baltimore at Washington, 6:00

Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00

Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00

Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00

Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 29  

Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00

Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00

Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00

New England at New York Giants, 6:00

Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00

TOP HEADLINES

Ballard, Reich extensions give Indy more pieces for future

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) The Indianapolis Colts expect to win now.

They’re also looking ahead to what they believe will be an even brighter future.

On Wednesday, team officials announced coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard had signed contract extensions, keeping both with the team through 2026. Financial terms were not immediately available.

“For me as a head coach, the most exciting thing is the chance to keep working with Chris,” Reich said after practice. “Along with Mr. Irsay, we get to take this team down the path we think it’s headed. Bright things are ahead.”

Reich was not scheduled to speak with reporters Wednesday and did not take questions. Ballard also was not available to reporters.

But both have already made their intentions clear.

Reich, entering his fourth season, and Ballard, in his fifth with the team, believe they’ve built a championship contender even as they’ve used the early portion of training camp to bet big on future seasons.

They signed right tackle Braden Smith to a four-year, $72 million in late July. And while recent ankle surgery kept two-time All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard off the field for the first two weeks of camp, he returned to practice Tuesday – two days after agreeing to a new five-year deal worth nearly $100 million.

Now the Colts have their coach and general manager under contract long term, too.

“We have as great a general manager/head coach combination as there is in the NFL, and I can’t tell you how proud I am to have them leading our franchise,” team owner Jim Irsay said in a statement. “I truly believe this football team is on the doorstep of great things, and that’s because of the culture both have cultivated in their time with the horseshoe. Whether we are marching toward the playoffs or facing adversity, whether we are building our roster or making a difference in the community, we have the ideal leaders in Chris and Frank.”

It’s not just what the Colts have done in the past month.

Last year, Ballard acquired All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner in a trade with San Francisco and immediately gave him a four-year, $84 million extension. Before last year’s regular-season opener, starting center Ryan Kelly signed a four-year, $50 million deal. In November, defensive tackle Grover Stewart cashed with a three-year deal worth $30.75 million and in March, Ballard traded for quarterback Carson Wentz who has three years left on the four-year, $128 million contract he signed with Philadelphia.

What does all this mean for the Colts?

“Continuity. It’s what we’ve built here with Frank,” new offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said. “It’s just great.”

Injuries also have forced Indy into peeking at some other future options.

Wentz has been sidelined by a foot injury since the third day of camp, giving extra snaps to second-year quarterback Jacob Eason and rookie Sam Ehlinger. Wentz had surgery last week and could miss the Sept. 12 season opener against Seattle. He’s expected to miss five to 12 weeks.

Second-year center Danny Pinter is filling in for Kelly, who has been out with a hyperextended left elbow.

Buckner has missed the last couple of days with a foot injury, giving extra time to three-year veteran Tyquan Lewis.

And with the Carolina Panthers coming to town for joint practices Thursday and Friday, the younger guys will get plenty of chances to show what they can do.

“They’re both progressing,” Brady said when asked about the two untested quarterbacks. “They’re gaining confidence in the offense so they can make reads and decisions much quicker.”

NCAA hands Baylor probation, fine in sex assault scandal

(AP) — The NCAA said Wednesday that its long investigation of the Baylor sexual assault scandal would result in nothing more than probation and other relatively minor sanctions because the egregious, “unacceptable” behavior at the heart of the case did not violate its rules.

The NCAA ruling came more than five years after the scandal rocked the world’s largest Baptist university, leading to the firing of successful football coach Art Briles and the departure of athletic director Ian McCaw and school president Ken Starr.

The NCAA said the allegations centered on conduct never before presented to the Committee on Infractions, which has existed since 1951 – that Baylor “shielded football student-athletes from the institution’s disciplinary process and failed to report allegations of abhorrent misconduct by football student-athletes, including instances of sexual and interpersonal violence.”

The panel said Baylor admitted to moral and ethical failings in its handling of violence on the Waco campus but argued “that those failings, however egregious, did not constitute violations of NCAA legislation.”

“Ultimately, and with tremendous reluctance, this panel agrees,” the ruling said.

The infractions committee said the question it wrestled with was whether Baylor athletes accused of sexual assault or other violence were given an “extra benefit” in the form of more lenient treatment than other students — and the answer was no, a damning indictment of the campus environment at the time.

“To be clear, this is not a punt,” the NCAA report said. “The members of this panel understand that our voluntary service on the COI requires us to make difficult decisions and we do not shy away from that responsibility. But a question of this magnitude, in an area where the membership has not expressly legislated, requires collective membership consideration.”

Former Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi, the chief hearing officer and a member of the committee for eight years, said the case was troubling that, while not violations of NCAA bylaws, there were crimes being dealt with legally and in other avenues.

“We all agreed the conduct was egregious. In some ways, we’ve never had discussions where we’ve wanted to penalize an institution. We’ve always gone into hearings trying to find out the truth and come to a right and fair conclusion,” Maturi said. “Here, in many ways, many of us felt that there should be some penalty. But the fact of the matter is, we could not come to that conclusion based on the bylaws that exist before us.”

For Baylor, the decision helps close a chapter on one of the most painful periods in its history. The scandal has lingered for the better part of a decade and Baylor is still embroiled in lawsuits over its mishandling of campus assault cases.

Baylor president Linda Livingstone and athletic director Mack Rhoades, both hired in the wake of the scandal, said the university agreed violations did occur, and that it takes full responsibility. They said the school’s legal teams would review the full report.

“As part of the NCAA process, the university acknowledged its significant and moral failings related to sexual and interpersonal violence, and we sincerely regret the actions of a few individuals caused harm to so many. We must remember that the prospect of NCAA penalties pales in comparison to the suffering of the survivors of such horrific assaults,” the two said in a public letter.

Livingstone, a former college athlete, said she has met with several of the sexual assault survivors since she became president in 2017, crying with them and offering apologies. She said the university has taken significant steps to ensure a safe, healthy, supportive and compliant community.

“These are extremely difficult conversations that no student should ever have to experience,” Livingstone said. “I am confident saying that Baylor is a much different university today than it was three, five and certainly 10 years ago.”

The NCAA did find rules violations occurred between 2011 and 2016, including impermissible benefits and drug testing violations in the football program, and violations involving the institution’s predominantly female student host program.

Along with four years of probation and a $5,000 fine, Baylor will face recruiting restrictions during the 2021-22 academic year. The school could also be forced to vacate records for games in which athletes competed while ineligible. Baylor won two Big 12 titles and had four 10-win seasons in a span of five years (2011-15) after only once having a 10-win season in a program that dates to 1903.

Rhoades said the school’s initial review shows that the ineligible athlete, who wasn’t named, took part in five wins during the 2011 season. Baylor went 10-3 that season, when quarterback Robert Griffin III became the school’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Briles was fired after an external investigation revealed in May 2016 that the school had for years mishandled and failed to properly respond to numerous sexual allegations by students, including some against football players.

Briles has long defended his actions while at Baylor, but the infractions committee was scathing in assessing his conduct even while concluding he didn’t violate NCAA rules.

“In each instance, when the head coach received information from a staff member regarding potential criminal conduct by a football student-athlete, he did not report the information and did not personally look any further into the matter,” the report said. “His incurious attitude toward potential criminal conduct by his student-athletes was deeply troubling to the panel.”

Briles has not coached in college since his firing. His attorney, Scott Tompsett, told ESPN that Briles “has been completely exonerated and cleared of all NCAA violations alleged against him” and is clear to return.

The committee also criticized the Baylor Bruins, a mostly female group whose primary function was to work at football events and serve as student hosts for football prospects and their families. The group operated outside school recruiting protocols and was thus not allowed.

Universities have been on notice since 2004 that the use of gender-based groups is impermissible.

“The gender-based nature of this group is especially concerning in light of the campus-wide cultural issues and Title IX deficiencies at Baylor during this time, as well as the extremely troubling assertions reported by the Title IX coordinator, including that the Bruins were `kind of at the disposal of football players in a very inappropriate way,'” the report said.

The Big 12 Conference three years ago unanimously endorsed an independent report that found Baylor has implemented 105 recommendations for reforming its Title IX procedures. The conference had withheld a portion of Baylor’s share of conference revenue during it review, and fined the school $2 million.

The changes were recommended by Pepper Hamilton, the law firm that handled the initial investigation and in May 2016 issued a 13-page “findings of fact” that focused on the most troubling findings. In the wake of that report, Starr – best known for his investigation that helped lead to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton – departed along with Briles and McCaw, who is now the athletic director at Liberty.

Albies’ 3-run homer sends Braves past Reds in 11th inning

ATLANTA (AP) Ozzie Albies crushed a three-run homer off Lucas Sims in the bottom of the 11th inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to an 8-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Albies’ 19th homer sailed 412 feet into the right-field stands to send Truist Park into a wild celebration. He drove in placement runner Adam Duvall and Joc Pederson, whom Sims (4-2) walked.

“I was thinking when I got to home plate of tying the ball game, so I needed a base hit,” Albies said. “Once the (at-bat) got rolling, I got my pitch I was looking for. Hitter’s count, and I did what I had to do.”

With the win, and Philadelphia’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Braves moved into a tie for first place in the NL East.

“That’s a great feeling especially right now,” Albies said. “The Phillies (lost), and we won. This game was important for us. Everything for the team. It’s enjoyable when you’re winning and you see where you’re at and fighting for first place to win the division, so everything counts from now on. There’s not a lot of the season left, so you just have to keep rolling.”

Kyle Farmer singled in the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning against Edgar Santana (3-0), and Joey Votto hit a pair of two-run homers for the Reds.

Votto sent the game into extra innings by taking closer Will Smith deep in the ninth. He went 4 for 5 and reached safely five times.

“I appreciate it,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said of Votto. “I respect it. Like everyone else, it’s fun watching it. It’s amazing. He’s a great hitter. It’s really nice watching him go through it. I probably am out of (accolades) to say, but it’s something to really appreciate and enjoy as we watch it happen.”

The Braves didn’t trail until Barnhart’s single. Guillermo Heredia hit an early two-run homer off Wade Miley, and Austin Riley doubled in a pair of runs for Atlanta.

Touki Toussaint pitched five-plus innings for the Braves. He allowed four hits and two runs with three walks and five strikeouts.

Atlanta has won seven of eight. Cincinnati, eight games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central, has lost three straight after winning five in a row.

The Braves led 1-0 in the first. Albies, who was 2 for 18, singled and advanced to second on a walk to Jorge Soler. Albies scored on Riley’s double, but Soler ran through third base coach Ron Washington’s stop sign and was thrown out at the plate.

Heredia followed with his fifth homer in the second to make it 3-0. Atlanta struck again in the third when Freddie Freeman singled and scored from first on Riley’s double down the left-field line. Riley scored for a 5-0 lead on Dansby Swanson’s sacrifice fly.

Freeman was ruled safe after a video review overturned the call that he was originally tagged out.

Smith blew his fourth save of the season when Votto homered.

Burnes fans 10 straight to tie record, Brewers rip Cubs 10-0

CHICAGO (AP) Milwaukee right-hander Corbin Burnes struck out 10 straight batters, tying the major league record and leading the Brewers past the Chicago Cubs 10-0 Wednesday night.

A first-time All-Star this year, Burnes finished with a career-high 15 strikeouts in eight innings on a steamy night at Wrigley Field.

All 10 of Burnes’ strikeouts during his streak came on a swinging strike three.

Burnes said he didn’t know he was nearing the record. The 6-foot-3 righty did know he was in control.

“I had no clue,” Burnes said. “I just felt I was on it.”

“It takes a lot of swings and misses by the hitters. We tried to stay in positive counts and work ahead. It’s fun to pitch a game like that,” he said.

The 26-year-old Burnes tied the mark set by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver of the New York Mets when he fanned 10 straight against San Diego in 1970. Philadelphia ace Aaron Nola matched the record by striking out 10 Mets in a row last June 25.

Burnes struck out the side in the second, third and fourth innings to set a Brewers team record at nine straight. Burnes then fanned Frank Schwindel to open the fifth before the next hitter, Matt Duffy, singled sharply on the first pitch for Chicago’s second hit.

Burnes (7-4) allowed four hits, walked none and won his fifth straight decision.

“We knew they were going to be swinging early,” said Burnes, who threw 74 of 99 pitches for strikes. “We adjusted a little bit. Instead of being in the middle, we said let’s go to the edges.”

Catcher Omar Narvaez homered, got three hits an drove in four runs as the NL Central leaders won their third in a row and improved to a major-league best 37-19 on the road.

Narvaez and Burnes followed a straightforward plan.

“Honestly, I just didn’t know how many strikeouts we were getting,” Narvaez said. “Like I said, just get strike one and finish it. I was trying to call the game as simple as possible.”

The Cubs lost their seventh straight and have dropped 13 of 15.

Miguel Cabrera hits 499th homer, Tigers handle Orioles 5-2

BALTIMORE (AP) Miguel Cabrera is a homer away from 500 – and before he returns to Detroit for the team’s next homestand, there’s another game to play in Baltimore.

“He’s playing,” manager A.J. Hinch said, before he was even asked. “I’ve talked to him, and we’re not going to test baseball fate. We really want him to hit it whenever he’s supposed to hit it. Maybe it’s (Thursday), maybe it’s not.”

Cabrera hit his 499th career home run Wednesday night, part of a three-hit night for the Detroit slugger that helped the Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2. It was the seventh straight loss for Baltimore, which hosts the Tigers again Thursday.

It would have been understandable if Cabrera sat out that game, which starts at 4:05 p.m. on what is expected to be a steamy day in the Baltimore area. The Tigers are back home for six straight games after that.

“Everyone was hoping he can do it in Detroit, but we’ll see what happens,” teammate Jonathan Schoop said, before being told what Hinch said about the plan for Thursday.

“So we hope he’ll do it (Thursday) then,” Schoop replied.

Cabrera’s solo shot off Matt Harvey (6-11) in the fifth inning opened the scoring. He also had two singles earlier in the game, plus a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Tarik Skubal (8-10) allowed five hits and walk in six innings in his second straight scoreless outing. He struck out six. Gregory Soto earned his 14th save in 15 chances with a scoreless ninth.

Anthony Santander hit a two-run homer for Baltimore in the eighth.

Baltimore did manage to avoid setting an unpleasant major league record. The Orioles had allowed at least nine runs in each of their previous six games. Only the New York Giants (in 1901) and Seattle Mariners (2000) have done that for seven games in a row.

Angels’ Ohtani hits 38th HR, but Jays hit 4 in 10-2 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 38th home run this season, but the Toronto Blue Jays hit it out of the park four times, including two from George Springer and a grand slam by Teoscar Hernandez, to defeat the Los Angeles Angels 10-2 Wednesday night.

Lourdes Gurriel also homered for Toronto, which has won 12 of its last 14 games and is second in the majors with 172 home runs. Rookie Alek Manoah (5-1) struck out 11 and won for the fourth time in his last five starts.

“It wasn’t like we were stretching him out, he was dealing,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said of Manoah. “Today was so huge because our bullpen was thin. We needed something like that.”

Springer extended Toronto’s lead to 2-0 in the third inning with a solo shot to left-center off Dylan Bundy (2-9). He connected again in the ninth for the 17th multihomer game of his career and third this season.

On a night when fans entering Angel Stadium got shirts adorned with Ohtani’s face, the Japanese two-way sensation hit a two-run drive to center field to tie it at 2 in the third inning. It was Ohtani’s first home run since July 28 and only his fifth in 25 games since the All-Star break.

Ohtani’s home run snapped a 13-game home run drought, which was his longest of the season. It was the first time this season he had gone more than eight games between homers.

Manager Joe Maddon put Ohtani in the leadoff spot for the second straight game and is optimistic that he can get going back in the right direction.

“He doesn’t cower easily or get upset. He’s pretty strong willed,” Maddon said. “He knows since the break, and everyone hurt, it was going to be more difficult. I like what he is doing in the leadoff role and am going to keep him there for a little bit.”

Bosox rout Rays 20-8 in their highest-scoring game since ’15

BOSTON (AP) Bobby Dalbec drove in a career-high five runs, Xander Bogaerts and Hunter Renfroe each had four RBIs and the Boston Red Sox routed the Tampa Bay Rays 20-8 Wednesday night.

The Red Sox moved within four games of the AL East-leading Rays with their highest-scoring game since 2015.

“Is this the start of something better? I hope so,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We know where we’re at. Right now, we got a wild-card spot, but that’s not what we’re shooting for. We’re shooting for the division, and for that we have to play better. . I think we’re getting there.”

Tampa Bay had won five in a row overall and six straight against Boston. The Rays had not not allowed at least 20 runs since 2007.

J.D. Martinez got four of Boston’s season-high 19 hits. The Red Sox began the first inning with three straight doubles by Kike Hernandez, Renfroe and Bogaerts and scored in bunches – they had innings in which they tallied six, five, four, three and two runs.

“Definitely a night that a lot of us was looking forward to,” Bogaerts said. “The offense exploded, pitchers threw a good game. . As far as the offense, it was nice to see everyone pitch in.”

Bogaerts’ three-run homer highlighted a six-run burst in the eighth off Rays catcher Francisco Mejia, who moved from behind the plate to the mound.

“Lopsided losses happen and we certainly had one tonight,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Tonight, they just kept coming. They were ready to go right out of the gate.”

Down 20-1, the Rays scored seven times in the ninth against Phillips Valdez, with Brett Phillips hitting his third career grand slam and Mike Zunino connecting for his 22nd homer.

Nathan Eovaldi (10-7) went seven innings, giving up one run on Brandon Lowe’s 26th homer. He matched his season high with 10 strikeouts, allowing three hits and one walk.

Josh Fleming (9-6) was tagged for 10 runs on 11 hits and six walks in 3 1/3 innings.

Dalbec reached base five times with a triple, single, two walks and a hit by pitch.

Dodgers’ Bellinger 2 HRs, connects in marathon AB vs Phils

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Cody Bellinger chopped `em foul, popped ’em foul and ripped ’em foul. One by one by one the foul balls sprayed – nine in all – until the Dodgers slugger found the sinker he wanted and knocked it in the seats.

Bellinger hit a two-run homer on the 13th pitch of an at-bat, connected later for another two-run shot and Los Angeles beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 Wednesday on a second straight rainy night.

“I’m starting to feel strong and healthy,” Bellinger said. “I’m just grinding every day to make myself feel good and get ready for the game.”

The 2019 NL MVP might finally be out of his season-long slumber. Bellinger is riding an eight-game hitting streak, batting .333 (10 for 30) with two doubles, four homers, seven RBIs and a 1.175 OPS in that span.

The Phillies, who had an eight-game winning streak snapped Tuesday, fell into a tie for first place in the NL East with Atlanta’s win over Cincinnati. There are 48 games left this season.

They could have more pressing concerns: All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto left in the first inning after he took two foul tips to his mask. Realmuto was checked on by team trainers but stayed in the game to catch the rest of the inning. Andrew Knapp pinch-hit for Realmuto, batting .268 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs, in the first and caught the rest of the game.

Realmuto is day-to-day and went through MLB’s concussion protocols.

A night after a rain delay wasted a suburb outing from Aaron Nola, Phillies manager Joe Girardi tried to strategize against the weather and made a last-minute switch on the mound. He started reliever Connor Brogdon for an inning and brought in Hector Neris to pitch the second.

After a 53-minute rain delay, sure enough, scheduled starter Kyle Gibson took the bump.

“He rolled with it,” Girardi said. “I just told him we would keep him posted and when we felt it was good to give him six innings, that’s when we would send him out there.”

The Phillies could have used more rain.

Lowrie hits 3-run homer in 8th, Athletics beat Indians 6-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer and Elvis Andrus had a solo shot in the eighth inning in the Oakland Athletics’ 6-3 comeback victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

Oakland scored twice in the seventh and four times in the eighth, erasing 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to extend its winning streak to six. The A’s lead the AL wild-card race by a game over Boston.

“It happened last year and it’s happening again, our best at-bats have been in the seventh inning on,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “Elvis continues to find a way to help us win games and that was another big hit by Jed.”

Andrus opened the eighth with a tying homer off Nick Sandlin (1-1), who faced three batters and allowed three runs before departing with shoulder tightness.

After Mark Canha was hit by a pitch and Starling Marte singled, Lowrie hammered a towering drive to right off Trevor Stephan to give Oakland a 6-3 advantage.

On Tuesday, Lowrie also had the decisive RBI by doubling in Andrus in the 10th inning of a 4-3 victory. The Athletics have won seven straight in Cleveland, dating to 2018.

“Late in games, you just have to know who you are as a hitter and look for a pitch you can handle,” Lowrie said. “Everyone in this lineup is a pro and I’ve been really impressed by Elvis this season.”

Jake Diekman (3-2) gave up one run in the seventh. Lou Trivino pitched the ninth for his 19th save in the combined four-hitter.

Marte went 2 for 5 with his 31st stolen base, keeping his average at .400 in 11 games since joining Oakland in a July 28 trade with Miami. Andrus and Matt Chapman had two hits apiece.

“It’s a tough loss, no doubt,” Indians acting manager DeMarlo Hale said. “The big blow from Lowrie again. Hopefully, the timely hitting will start to come and we can stay away from the big blows that change the game.”

The Indians went ahead 3-2 in the seventh when Myles Straw walked with two outs, then scored on Oscar Mercado’s double to the wall off Diekman.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Indians Continue Home Run Streak In Extra-Innings Loss

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INDIANAPOLIS – Jared Oliva, Hunter Owen and Bligh Madris each homered as the Indianapolis Indians ended their five game winning streak after losing to the St. Paul Saints in 11 innings on Wednesday night, 11-9.

Oliva and Owen opened up the game with a pair of two-run home runs in the first and second innings, respectively, to put the Indians (42-43) on top 4-1. Oliva’s long ball to begin the scoring was his first in Triple-A and his first across levels since July 14, 2019 with Double-A Altoona.

The Saints (45-40) battled back with two runs in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. Jimmy Kerrigan led the charge with a pair of home runs good for three RBI in that three-inning span.

Indy tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run home run from Madris. Two outs later Tucupita Marcano doubled to score Owen, who reached via walk, to retake the lead 7-6.

The lead didn’t hold long as the Saints scored one run in the top of the seventh frame to tie the game.

After two scoreless innings, the game entered into extra innings and the Saints jumped out to a 9-7 lead. Indy matched that with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Oliva hit an RBI single to left field to score Sharpe and Michael Chavis scored on a double from Madris.

Jose Miranda hit a two-run home run in the top of the eleventh to give St. Paul the 11-9 lead.

Tanner Anderson (L, 1-1) took the loss giving up four runs (three unearned) on two hits. Ian Hamilton (W, 3-1) earned the win on the mound for St. Paul.

The Indians and Saints continue the six-game series tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM ET. RHP James Marvel (4-3, 5.47) is set to take the mound for Indy and face RHP Chandler Shepherd (5-5, 5.88).

Seahawks release embattled defensive end Aldon Smith

(AP) — Aldon Smith’s time with the Seattle Seahawks was short as the team released the embattled defensive end Wednesday.

Smith was reinstated by the NFL in the spring of 2020 after missing four seasons due to off-field issues. He appeared in 16 games for Dallas last season and had five sacks along with 48 tackles.

He signed a one-year deal with Seattle in April but he was arrested two days later on a second-degree battery charge in St. Bernard Parish near New Orleans. He is scheduled to be arraigned later this month.

Even though Smith missed the Seahawks’ offseason program, coach Pete Carroll said early in training camp that the team was ready to support Smith.

Smith was the 11th overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 draft. He set an NFL record with 33 1/2 sacks in his first two seasons before his career spiraled out of control due to multiple drunken-driving charges. He was also arrested in 2018 on a domestic violence charge in San Francisco.

The Seahawks also announced they signed linebacker Lakiem Williams.

Florida Panthers sign newly added Reinhart to 3-year deal

(AP) — The Florida Panthers signed newly acquired forward Sam Reinhart to a three-year, $19.5 million contract Wednesday.

The Panthers announced the signing, and a person with direct knowledge of the contract confirmed its value to The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team did not reveal that figure, which was first reported by Sportsnet.ca.

The 25-year-old Reinhart was a restricted free agent, and acquired by the Panthers in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres last month.

He’s a five-time 20-goal scorer in six full NHL seasons with Buffalo after being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft. Reinhart scored a career high-matching and Sabres-leading 25 goals in just 54 games last season.

More important, Reinhart was given the opportunity to show he can play center after spending much of his career on the wing, while filling in for center Jack Eichel, who was sidelined for the final two months of the season.

“Sam is a gifted and versatile talent that will play a key role for our team in the coming seasons,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said in a statement released by the team.

Overall, Reinhart has 134 goals and 295 points in 454 career games.

Reinhart had grown frustrated in Buffalo in being part of a team in the midst of a 10-year playoff drought.

He was also unhappy with the Sabres’ unwillingness to commit to him on a long-term basis. After competing his three-year rookie contract, Reinhart was signed to a two-year deal before accepting a one-year, $5.2 million offer in October.

The Sabres acquired a 2022 first-round draft pick and prospect goalie Devon Levi as part of the trade.

Purdue Soccer: Boilermakers and Panthers Open Exhibition Slate

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In its opening exhibition match of the 2021 season, the Purdue soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against Milwaukee on Wednesday at Folk Field.

On a hot, sunny afternoon, the Boilermakers played their first of two preseason contests after beginning training as a team on August 3.

“You’re always excited for that first match, and your expectations are always high because you look good in training,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “But, the reality is it’s always a challenge to go out and play your first exhibition during preseason. You’re working really hard, and we’re doing two-a-days, so you never know just how recovered (they are) and how they’re going to deal with the consistent workload (of a match). But, I thought they handled it pretty well. There definitely was some sharpness that was lacking a bit. Usually we’d knock the ball around with more pace and a little more movement, and I thought we looked a little stagnant at times. So, that was a little disappointing but, it’s just the start.

“This game and Saturday are opportunities to see those things against another opponent, so I thought today’s performance was good, it wasn’t lights out, but at the same time, the first time out, it probably shouldn’t be. We all would like it to be, but realistically, we have some work to do. Overall, players played hard and some positives came out of it.”

Up next, the Boilermakers host Marquette on Saturday, August 14. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET at Folk Field, and admission will be free. It is the final exhibition game before the regular-season-opener on Thursday, August 19, when Purdue welcomes Kentucky to Folk Field at 7 p.m.

Big Ten Network Announces Expanded 2021 Fall Volleyball Schedule

CHICAGO, Ill. – Following the U.S. Olympic women’s volleyball team gold medal in Tokyo, with a roster featuring eight B1G Volleyball alumni, the Big Ten Network today announced the most expansive volleyball schedule in network history. The 2021 schedule includes at least 47 matches on television, a new high-water mark for the network, with all non-televised matches scheduled to appear on Big Ten Network+

Action kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 28, with a non-conference tripleheader featuring multiple teams ranked in last season’s final AVCA Coaches Poll.  The season opens with Kansas State at No. 6 Nebraska at 5 p.m. ET, No. 13 Baylor at No. 3 Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET and TCU vs. No. 9 Minnesota at 9:30 p.m. ET. The final two games of the night will be played at Wisconsin as part of Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge.

Non-conference season continues in September with a star-studded lineup from last season’s Women’s Volleyball Championship. Minnesota hosts NCAA national runner-up Texas on Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. ET, national semifinalist Washington heads to Illinois on Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. ET and the defending National Champion Kentucky Wildcats visit national semifinalist Wisconsin on Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. ET.

Big Ten Conference play on Big Ten Network begins with a doubleheader on Wednesday, Sept. 22, when Illinois visits Iowa at 7 p.m. ET before Nebraska travels to Northwestern at 9 p.m. ET. A variety of doubleheaders are scheduled throughout the year, including Nebraska at Penn State and Minnesota at Michigan on Oct. 8, Penn State at Minnesota and Ohio State at Wisconsin on Oct. 22, Michigan at Purdue and Penn State at Nebraska on Nov. 19 and Nebraska at Wisconsin and Minnesota at Penn State on Friday, Nov. 26, following the Iowa vs. Nebraska football game. 

Returning for a second season is At The Net, the Big Ten Network’s multiplatform, behind-the-scenes look at the elite volleyball players and programs across the conference. Fans can also find the latest updates by following the Big Ten Network’s volleyball-focused Instagram account, @B1GVolleyball. Throughout the season, the account will be home to original videos, highlights and custom content featuring some of the most competitive and exciting volleyball in the nation.

In the coming weeks, additional matches are expected to be assigned to both Big Ten Network and Big Ten Network+, a subscription service for non-televised live events. Sport-specific packages are available for fans only interested in viewing volleyball events. For details and subscription information, please visit btnplus.com.

2021 Big Ten Network Volleyball Television Schedule


DayDateVisiting TeamHome TeamTime (ET)
SaturdayAugust 28, 2021Kansas StateatNebraska5:00 PM
SaturdayAugust 28, 2021BayloratWisconsin7:00 PM
SaturdayAugust 28, 2021TCUvs.Minnesota9:30 PM
WednesdaySeptember 1, 2021TexasatMinnesota8:00 PM
FridaySeptember 3, 2021GeorgiaatNebraska7:00 PM
FridaySeptember 3, 2021WashingtonatIllinois9:00 PM
FridaySeptember 10, 2021North Carolina StateatRutgers6:30 PM
FridaySeptember 10, 2021KentuckyatWisconsin9:00 PM
SaturdaySeptember 18, 2021LouisvilleatNebraska8:00 PM
WednesdaySeptember 22, 2021IllinoisatIowa7:00 PM
WednesdaySeptember 22, 2021NebraskaatNorthwestern9:00 PM
FridaySeptember 24, 2021Ohio StateatPurdue7:00 PM
FridaySeptember 24, 2021MichiganatMinnesota9:00 PM
SundaySeptember 26, 2021Ohio StateatPenn State4:00 PM
WednesdaySeptember 29, 2021IndianaatOhio State6:00 PM
WednesdaySeptember 29, 2021Penn StateatMaryland8:00 PM
FridayOctober 1, 2021MichiganatNebraska7:00 PM
FridayOctober 1, 2021MinnesotaatWisconsin9:00 PM
SundayOctober 3, 2021Michigan StateatNebraska4:00 PM
WednesdayOctober 6, 2021IowaatWisconsin7:00 PM
WednesdayOctober 6, 2021PurdueatIllinois9:00 PM
FridayOctober 8, 2021NebraskaatPenn State7:00 PM
FridayOctober 8, 2021MinnesotaatMichigan9:00 PM
SaturdayOctober 9, 2021IllinoisatWisconsin8:00 PM
WednesdayOctober 13, 2021NorthwesternatMinnesota8:00 PM
FridayOctober 15, 2021PurdueatOhio State6:00 PM
FridayOctober 15, 2021WisconsinatMichigan State8:00 PM
WednesdayOctober 20, 2021RutgersatMaryland6:00 PM
WednesdayOctober 20, 2021Michigan StateatPurdue8:00 PM
FridayOctober 22, 2021Penn StateatMinnesota7:00 PM
FridayOctober 22, 2021Ohio StateatWisconsin9:00 PM
SaturdayOctober 23, 2021PurdueatNebraskaTBD
SaturdayOctober 23, 2021Penn StateatWisconsinTBD
WednesdayOctober 27, 2021MinnesotaatIndiana7:00 PM
WednesdayOctober 27, 2021WisconsinatNebraska9:00 PM
FridayOctober 29, 2021IllinoisatRutgersTBD
SaturdayOctober 30, 2021NebraskaatMinnesota8:00 PM
ThursdayNovember 4, 2021MinnesotaatOhio State7:00 PM
ThursdayNovember 4, 2021NebraskaatIllinois9:00 PM
SaturdayNovember 6, 2021TBDatTBDTBD
SundayNovember 14, 2021PurdueatMinnesota3:00 PM
FridayNovember 19, 2021MichiganatPurdue7:00 PM
FridayNovember 19, 2021Penn StateatNebraska9:00 PM
SundayNovember 21, 2021Penn StateatOhio State3:00 PM
SundayNovember 21, 2021WisconsinatMinnesota5:00 PM
FridayNovember 26, 2021NebraskaatWisconsin5:30 PM
FridayNovember 26, 2021MinnesotaatPenn State7:30 or 8 PM

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: Valpo Basketball Announces Nonconference Games

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The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program and head coach Matt Lottich announced the bulk of the team’s 2021-2022 nonconference schedule on Wednesday. The program revealed seven home nonconference games and two exhibitions at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Fans will have the opportunity to get an early look at the team as the Beacons will play a pair of home exhibition games that will be open to the public. The exhibition slate tips off on Saturday, Oct. 30 vs. Ashland University and continues on Thursday, Nov. 4 vs. Flagler College. Under the direction of former Valpo staff member Chad Warner, Flagler went 18-3 last season and reached the NCAA Division-II National Championship.

The regular season will get underway on Tuesday, Nov. 9 when Valpo hosts Toledo as the two teams match up for the third consecutive season. Valpo topped Toledo 79-77 on a game-winning shot with four seconds remaining in the 2019-2020 home opener before the Rockets prevailed on their home court last season. Toledo went 21-9 in 2020-2021 including a 15-4 mark in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The Rockets qualified for postseason play and competed in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

Valpo will host UIC on Saturday, Nov. 13 in the first regular-season matchup at the ARC between the two nearby foes since Jan. 22, 2017. The two teams faced off in Chicago last season.

After Valpo heads to Nassau, The Bahamas for the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship from Nov. 22-24, the Beacons will return home to host Trinity Christian College on Saturday, Nov. 27. The Trolls are led by former Valpo player and assistant coach Jason Hawkins.

Valpo will face another MAC opponent on Sunday, Dec. 5, when the team makes its way to Kalamazoo, Mich. to take on Western Michigan. This will mark the 68th all-time meeting between the two teams, but the first since the 2007-2008 season.

The Beacons will welcome Conference USA member Charlotte on Saturday, Dec. 11 for the continuation of a home-and-home series that began in 2019-2020. The 49ers last visited Northwest Indiana during the 2004-2005 season. MAC member Eastern Michigan will come to Valpo for the first time since 1987-1988 on Monday, Dec. 20. The matchup with the Eagles also represents the return trip of a home-and-home as Valpo went to Ypsilanti during the 2019-20 season.

William & Mary of the Colonial Athletic Association will provide the opposition at the ARC on Wednesday, Dec. 22. That will be the first matchup between the two teams. The Beacons will host Prairie View A&M on Tuesday, Dec. 28. The Panthers went 16-5 overall and 13-0 in the Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC) last season, winning the SWAC regular-season title for the third consecutive year.

During the 2020-2021 season, Valpo improved its State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament seeding for a fourth consecutive season. The program earned a first-round bye at Arch Madness for the first time since joining the prestigious league. The season also featured a victory over previously-undefeated and nationally-ranked Drake, the fourth win over a Top-25 opponent in program history and second under Lottich.

Three of the team’s top four scorers in MVC play are back for 2021-2022 as a returning core will join forces with five freshmen and five transfers including four from the Big Ten Conference.

Additional nonconference games and the MVC schedule will be announced at a later date. 

MARIAN VOLLEYBALL: MARIAN VOLLEYBALL RANKED 16TH IN NAIA PRESEASON POLL

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The NAIA released their 2021 fall preseason rankings on Wednesday morning, with the Knights coming in at No. 16 in the preseason rankings. The 2021 ranking marks the fourth consecutive season Marian has earned a spot in the preseason poll, with this year’s ranking standing as second best in program history.

Defending NAIA champion Missouri Baptist holds the No. 1 spot, with Jamestown, Midland, Park, and Dordt rounding out the top-five.

Marian’s 2021 schedule will feature four opponents ranked in the preseason poll, including a pair of conference foes in Indiana Wesleyan (No. 12) and Bethel (No. 24). The Knights will play the Pilots and Wildcats in back to back matches twice this season, seeing IWU make the trip to Indianapolis on September 22 while Bethel will make the trip south on October 30. Marian will see two additional ranked teams in their first two tournaments, playing Lindsey Wilson (RV) in their opening tournament, while hosting IU-Kokomo (No. 21) on August 27 in the Knight Invite.

The Knights will open their season in Bowling Green, Ky., next Friday and Saturday playing in the Vette City Classic, with the home opener coming the following weekend.

IU EAST WOMEN’S TENNIS: WOMEN’S TENNIS SIGNEE: SKYLAR COCHRAN FROM CHARLESTOWN

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RICHMOND, Ind. – Skylar Cochran, a recent Charlestown (Ind.) High School graduate, is one of the newcomers on the 2021-22 Indiana University East women’s tennis roster.

Cochran compiled a 47-5 record during her high school career at Charlestown, where she played for two sectional champion teams. She earned all-conference, all-area, all-district and Indiana honorable mention all-state honors.

“Skylar is coming into an extremely talented group of freshmen, and I couldn’t be more excited to watch her compete over the next four years,” said IU East coach Jacob Rankin. “Being a three-sport athlete in high school, she is extremely talented and is going to improve quickly here at IU East now that she will be focusing on tennis. Honored to have her as a Red Wolf!”

Skylar is the daughter of Candice Matthews and Scott Cochran. She plans to major in psychology and criminal justice.

“I chose IU East because the academic opportunities are superb,” Cochran wrote of her college choice. “It is a super friendly and supportive environment. I felt like I truly could connect with the teachers and other students around me. I’m grateful for the opportunity to play tennis for a top-ranked program. Coach Rankin has been very supportive and helpful in the recruiting process.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1921       In the nightcap of a twin bill, Phillies’ right-hander George Smith gives up 12 hits but manages to pitch a shutout, blanking the Braves in Boston, 4-0. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Philadelphia hurler wasn’t as fortunate, leaving in the second inning after yielding three runs on four hits.

1927       The PCL’s Oakland Oaks trade infielders Lyn Lary and Jimmie Reese to the New York Yankees for $125,000. Reese will become Babe Ruth’s roommate, famously quipping he really “roomed with Ruth’s suitcase.”

1948       The Indians set a major league record when 14 different players get a hit in the 26-3 rout of the Browns. The Tribe finishes the Sportsman’s Park contest with 29 hits, including nine extra-base hits.

1964       At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle goes deep from each side of the plate in the same game, helping rookie pitcher Mel Stottlemyre win his big league debut. The ‘Mick’ has homered batting both left-handed and right-handed in the same game ten times, extending his major league record.

1965       At Candlestick Park, right fielder Jesus Alou homers in the sixth inning. Two innings later, another Giants’ outfielder playing right field, also named Alou, goes deep when Jesus’ older brother, Matty, hits the decisive dinger in San Francisco’s 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh in the first game of a twin bill.

1966       In a contest that featured a total of 11 home runs, the Reds’ Art Shamsky, who came in as a defensive replacement, hits three round-trippers in a 14-11, 13-inning loss to the Pirates at Crosley Field. Cincinnati’s new left fielder’s eighth-inning home run put the team ahead, and his 10th and 11th inning shots, equaled the major league mark for dingers hit in extra innings

1969       Ed Kranepool becomes the Mets all-time home run leader for the young franchise when he goes deep off Don Wilson in the fourth inning of the team’s 8-7 loss to Houston at the Astrodome. The 24 year-old first baseman passes Jim Hickman, who had 60 round-trippers for the Amazins from 1962-66.

1973       The A’s even the score with the Yankees, reaching closer Sparky Lyle and Tom Buskey for six runs in the top of the seventh inning. Oakland scores the eventual winning runs in the team’s 13-12 victory in the next frame when New York commits its fifth error of the game.

1974       Angels’ right-hander Nolan Ryan, en route to a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox, strikes out 19 batters, matching the modern-day record shared by Steve Carlt (1969) and Tom Seaver (1970). The right-hander’s outing is the second of three 19-K performances this season for the fireballer from Alvin, Texas.

1976       The Directors of the new American League franchise in Toronto announce the team will be known as the Blue Jays. The selection comes from a list of ten names presented by a 14-member jury that garnered their nominations from the 4,000 suggestions and 30,000 entries submitted in a “Name the Team” contest held by the club.

1980       At Tiger Stadium, 48,361 fans witness the return of an injury-plagued Mark Fidrych. The ‘Bird’ loses the game against the Red Sox, 5-2, in a game that will mark his last real attempt at a comeback.

1984       The Hall of Fame inducts Dodger right-hander Don Drysdale, Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, and perennial All-Star shortstop Luis Aparicio, who were the players selected by the BBWAA. Inductees also include the Veterans Committee’s choices of catcher Rick Ferrell and Brooklyn’s captain Pee-Wee Reese.

1984       The stage is set for a literal ‘slugfest’ when the first pitch of the game, thrown by Braves’ hurler Pascual Perez, hits Padres leadoff hitter Alan Wiggins. The first fight of the game starts in the second inning when Ed Whitson throws behind the Atlanta starter’s head, with more brawls occurring in the fifth, eighth, and ninth innings as the Friars continue to use Perez for target practice every time the pitcher steps to the plate.

1986       The Angels retire jersey #39, making Rod Carew the first player recognized with the gesture in franchise history. The perennial All-Star first baseman, who batted .314 in seven seasons and collected his 3000th hit with the team, joins Gene Autry, as the second person to receive the honor.

1987       At Veterans Stadium, Juan Samuel hits a lead-off triple to right field off Rick Sutcliffe in the Phillies’ 13-7 victory over Chicago. The Philadelphia second baseman’s three-bagger makes him the first player to reach double digits in doubles, triples, home runs, and stolen bases during his first four seasons in the major leagues.

1987       The Tigers obtain Doyle Alexander from the Braves for right-handed prospect John Smoltz. The exchange will be ideal in the short run for Detroit when their new hurler goes 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA down the stretch to help the team win the AL East, but the minor leaguer they trade away will compile 213 wins and 154 saves during a stellar 21-year major league career.

1988       The Red Sox beat the Tigers 9-4 for their 23rd consecutive win at Fenway Park, establishing a new major league record [the streak will end after one more home victory]. The 1931 Philadelphia Athletics had previously set the league mark with 22 straight home victories.

1990       The postponement of the White Sox-Rangers game occurs after a seven-and-a-half-hour rain delay, believed to be the longest in baseball history. Although owner Jerry Reinsdorf did not regret making fans wait so long for a game that never started, the team announced five hours before calling the contest that rain checks remained valid regardless of the team playing, serving drinks and sandwiches to the few hundred remaining fans.

1994       Baseball suffers its eighth, and worst, work stoppage in 22 years. The 232-day player strike will lead to the cancellation of the World Series and the delayed opening of next season.

1997       In tribute to Rex Barney, who died of cancer today, the Orioles play their game against Oakland at Camden Yards without a public address announcer. The team’s beloved PA announcer, who became well-known for such phrases as “Give that fan a contract!” after a patron caught a foul ball on the fly and for saying “Thank youuuuu” to the fans at the end of the game, had entertained Baltimore patrons for 24 years.

2000       At Shea Stadium, the Giants get two unusual runs in the fourth inning as the Mets outfielder Benny Agbayani catches what he thinks is the third out and gives the ball to a kid in the stands. The mental lapse of not knowing there was only one out in the frame allows both runners on base to score, but the Mets will prevail, beating San Francisco, 3-2.

2000       Tim Raines, who broke in with Montreal in 1979 and represented the team in All-Star Games from 1981-1987, is inducted into the Expos’ Hall of Fame. In 2017, the 21-year veteran outfielder will be selected by BBWAA for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

2001       When Braves’ manager Bobby Cox orders an intentional walk to Steve Finley, Greg Maddux’s National League record of consecutive innings without giving up a base on balls ends at 72.1. The major league record is 84.1 innings, set in 1962 by A’s hurler Bill Fischer.

2006       The Beavers honor Rodney McCray, the former Vancouver Canadian who gained everlasting notoriety in 1991 when he literally ran through the right-field plywood fence trying to catch Chip Hale’s fly ball in Portland’s Civic Stadium. The PCL team commemorates the memorable play with a bobblehead promotion, which features the moment of impact and renames the right field area of their current ballpark “McCray Alley.”

2007       Bobby Jenks breaks David Wells’s American League record (38) and ties the major league mark established in 1972 by Giants right-hander Jim Barr when he retires his 41st straight batter. The White Sox closer reached the record book by pitching a perfect ninth inning against the Mariners.

2007       The Astros honor Craig Biggio with a pregame ceremony for collecting 3,000 hits and his 20-year tenure with the team. The scrappy second baseman, who announced last month he will retire at the end of the season, adds to the special day by homering in the fifth inning of Houston’s 6-4 victory over the Brewers.

2008       Over a thousand fans attend Skip Caray’s public tribute at Turner Field on the day the play-by-play announcer would have celebrated his 69th birthday. Known for his witty and sometimes sarcastic style, the Braves’ longtime nationally acclaimed broadcaster, who started broadcasting games for Atlanta in 1976, died on August 3rd.

2008       After the Red Sox tally ten times in the first inning, powered with a pair of three-run homers by David Ortiz, the Rangers rally back and take a 15-14 lead with eight runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. Kevin Youkilis’s eighth-inning three-run homer over Fenway Park’s Green Monster gives Boston an eventual 19-17 victory, with the slugfest’s 36 runs tying an American League record.

2010       Milwaukee’s Casey McGehee’s last hit, a seventh-inning single, during his 4-for-4 performance in the team’s 8-4 victory over Arizona at Miller Park, establishes a franchise record. The Brewer infielder’s ninth consecutive hit breaks the club mark set by teammate Ryan Braun in 2008 but is three shy of the major league record of 12, accomplished by Pinky Higgins (1938) and Walt Dropo (1952).

2010       Major League Baseball suspends Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto for seven games for his “violent and aggressive actions” when he kicked at players with his spikes after being pushed against the backstop during a recent brawl with the Cardinals. Other penalities include the suspensions of managers Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker, with fines being handed out to the Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Russ Springer, and Redbird backstop Yadier Molina and right-hander Chris Carpenter.

2011       It’s V-Day for Detroit when the Tigers’ 4-3 victory in Cleveland snaps a 13-game losing streak at Progressive Field. The team avoids being swept by the Tribe thanks to starter Justin Verlander’s 100th career win and Jose Valverde’s 33rd consecutive save, breaking a team record established in 1984 by Guillermo Hernandez.

2012       The Rangers retire uniform No. 7 to honor Ivan Rodriguez, considered one of the best catchers in the game who spent his prime years with the club from 1991-2002. The 1999 American League MVP teammates called Pudge appeared in ten All-Star games representing Texas and won 10 of his 13 Gold Gloves and six of his seven Silver Slugger Awards wearing the Rangers cap.

2013       Charlie Manuel, the winningest pilot in 130 years of Phillies baseball, became the 58th manager in baseball history to win 1,000 games. During his 12-year managerial career, the 69 year-old skipper, who will be replaced by Ryne Sandberg in six days, has compiled 780 wins with Philadelphia and had another 220 with the Indians to reach the plateau.

2014       Tim Pinkard, attending his first game at Minute Maid Park, catches two home runs balls, both off the bat of the Astros’ DH Chris Carter, getting his first souvenir of the night when the ball rebounds off a sign in left field in the third inning of Houston’s 10-4 victory over the Twins. The Springfield (VA) resident and then in the fifth frame, against astronomical odds, catches the second round-tripper stroked by the same batter, a laser shot hit directly at his seat.

2014       The Giants honored 63 year-old longtime fan and friend Robin Williams, a cultural icon who died suddenly yesterday. The team pays tribute to the legend of screen and stage by having a moment of silence before the game against the White Sox and playing a clip from the movie Mrs. Doubtfire on the AT&T Park scoreboard.

2015       Hisashi Iwakuma no-hits the Orioles, facing 29 batters in the Mariners’ 3-0 victory at Safeco Field. The 34 year-old Japanese right-hander’s 116-pitch gem is the franchise’s fifth no-hitter and the first since Felix Hernandez threw a 1-0 no-no against the Rays in 2015.

2017       In a pre-game ceremony, the Mariners retire the number 11 worn by Edgar Martinez, who spent his entire 20-year career with Seattle, making the team’s former designated hitter only the second player in franchise history to be honored with the distinction. The future Hall of Famer’s (2019) digits join Ken Griffey Jr.’s No. 24 on Safeco Field’s center-field fence.

2018       David Bote hits a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam, the first Cub player to accomplish the feat since Earl Averill’s blast in 1959, delivering a Ryan Madison 2-2 pitch over the center-field wall in a nationally televised Sunday Night ESPN game. The 25 year-old infielder’s sayonara slam, a walk-off round-tripper with the bases loaded and the home team down by three runs, gives Chicago a 4-3 victory over the Nationals in front of a frenzied crowd at Wrigley Field.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay6945.60535 – 2234 – 2334 – 1811 – 514 – 177 – 3L 1
Boston6650.569434 – 2332 – 2731 – 2213 – 811 – 163 – 7W 1
NY Yankees6351.553632 – 2531 – 2624 – 3015 – 715 – 87 – 3W 1
Toronto6251.5496.531 – 2431 – 2726 – 2710 – 712 – 138 – 2W 2
Baltimore3874.3393017 – 3621 – 3813 – 318 – 2111 – 142 – 8L 7
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox6748.58338 – 2029 – 2813 – 737 – 259 – 116 – 4L 2
Cleveland5557.49110.529 – 2626 – 319 – 1629 – 198 – 144 – 6L 2
Detroit5660.48311.532 – 2524 – 3510 – 824 – 3617 – 116 – 4W 2
Minnesota5065.4351726 – 3124 – 346 – 725 – 3113 – 206 – 4W 2
Kansas City4964.4341729 – 2720 – 3710 – 1925 – 295 – 114 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6846.59637 – 2331 – 2316 – 1216 – 1230 – 144 – 6W 2
Oakland6648.579234 – 2532 – 2313 – 1315 – 428 – 248 – 2W 6
Seattle6055.5228.534 – 2426 – 3116 – 1212 – 1327 – 214 – 6W 1
LA Angels5758.49611.531 – 2826 – 3012 – 1316 – 820 – 305 – 5L 2
Texas4074.3512826 – 3014 – 4411 – 138 – 1518 – 343 – 7L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta5955.51831 – 2828 – 2730 – 2822 – 114 – 48 – 2W 3
Philadelphia5955.51834 – 2325 – 3234 – 2713 – 86 – 118 – 2L 2
NY Mets5755.509134 – 2023 – 3523 – 2713 – 1414 – 63 – 7W 1
Washington5063.4428.529 – 3021 – 3322 – 2611 – 119 – 192 – 8L 2
Miami4867.41711.527 – 2721 – 4022 – 236 – 1317 – 174 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee6946.60032 – 2737 – 1910 – 1235 – 1820 – 87 – 3W 3
Cincinnati6154.530831 – 2730 – 279 – 934 – 1810 – 206 – 4L 3
St. Louis5756.5041132 – 2525 – 3114 – 1621 – 2115 – 115 – 5W 2
Chi Cubs5264.44817.531 – 2721 – 3712 – 1622 – 3015 – 111 – 9L 7
Pittsburgh4173.36027.523 – 3218 – 4112 – 1212 – 379 – 171 – 9L 7
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco7341.64037 – 1736 – 2413 – 716 – 1133 – 178 – 2W 4
LA Dodgers6945.605436 – 2033 – 2515 – 710 – 1032 – 207 – 3W 4
San Diego6650.569840 – 2426 – 2613 – 1316 – 1427 – 206 – 4L 1
Colorado5163.4472238 – 2113 – 428 – 813 – 1721 – 306 – 4L 2
Arizona3580.30438.521 – 3514 – 458 – 1512 – 1714 – 402 – 8L 4

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England1912433522137-1-15-3-240
Orlando City SC18864282355-3-13-3-330
New York City FC178453218146-1-22-3-328
Philadelphia19775251965-2-22-5-328
Nashville SC186102261796-5-00-5-228
D.C.18837272166-0-22-3-527
Columbus186662123-24-3-22-3-424
CF Montreal18657242404-3-12-2-623
New York175482122-14-2-21-2-619
Atlanta183962125-42-3-21-6-418
Chicago184592029-94-4-40-1-517
Inter Miami CF164481526-112-2-52-2-316
FC Cincinnati173771830-120-4-33-3-416
Toronto FC183692338-151-5-22-1-715
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC1810443320135-3-15-1-334
Seattle189632614125-4-24-2-133
Los Angeles181026292817-1-23-1-432
Colorado16844221665-3-13-1-328
Minnesota17755212106-1-21-4-326
Portland177282329-66-1-21-1-623
Los Angeles FC186572425-14-4-22-1-523
Real Salt Lake17566262063-4-22-2-421
FC Dallas185672325-24-5-01-1-721
San Jose185672127-63-1-42-5-321
Houston183961925-63-4-00-5-618
Austin174491320-72-2-32-2-616
Vancouver173771928-93-2-30-5-416

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun146.7008-16-59-36-42 W
Chicago Sky1010.5004.03-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1011.4764.55-55-65-84-62 L
Washington Mystics810.4445.05-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream613.3167.53-73-65-62-84 L
Indiana Fever416.20010.03-81-84-93-73 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm165.7628-38-28-47-31 W
Las Vegas Aces156.7141.08-37-38-47-31 W
Minnesota Lynx127.6323.06-36-48-48-27 W
Phoenix Mercury910.4746.03-76-36-74-61 L
Dallas Wings912.4297.04-55-76-74-63 L
Los Angeles Sparks613.3169.04-72-61-112-86 L