INDY AREA HS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 1

ALEXANDRIA AT EASTERN HANCOCK

AVON AT LAWRENCE NORTH

BATESVILLE AT INDIAN CREEK

BISHOP CHATARD AT BREBEUF JESUIT

BLOOMINGTON NORTH AT MOORESVILLE

BROWNSBURG AT BEN DAVIS

CASCADE AT TRITON CENTRAL

CATHEDRAL AT LAFAYETTE JEFF

CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL AT NOBLESVILLE HOMESCHOOL

COLUMBUS NORTH AT DECATUR CENTRAL

COVINGTON AT WASHINGTON

CRISPUS ATTUCKS AT GREENCASTLE

FISHERS AT NORTH CENTRAL

FRANKLIN AT DANVILLE

GRAND VALLEY HOMESCHOOL (MICH.) AT GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL AT PLAINFIELD

GREENSBURG AT SHELBYVILLE

HAMILTON HEIGHTS AT LAPEL

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL

INDIANA DEAF AT PURDUE POLYTECHNIC

LOUISVILLE TRINITY (KY.) AT CARMEL

LUTHERAN AT BEECH GROVE

MARTINSVILLE AT BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE

MCCUTCHEON AT GUERIN CATHOLIC

MONROVIA AT CARDINAL RITTER

MT. VERNON AT NOBLESVILLE

PENDLETON HEIGHTS AT LEBANON

PERRY MERIDIAN AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (INDIANA SRN)

PHALEN ACADEMY AT SCECINA

RONCALLI AT SOUTHPORT

SEYMOUR AT GREENWOOD

SHORTRIDGE AT PARK TUDOR

SPEEDWAY AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN (INDIANA SRN)

TECH AT CULVER ACADEMY

TINDLEY AT EDINBURGH

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (INDIANA SRN)

TRI-WEST AT WESTERN

WARREN CENTRAL AT CENTER GROVE

WESTERN BOONE AT SHERIDAN

WESTFIELD AT NEW PALESTINE

ZIONSVILLE AT PIKE

WEEK ONE FRIDAY CAPSULES: http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsFri.htm#loaded

WEEK ONE SATURDAY CAPSULES: http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsSat.htm#loaded

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SCOREBOARD-WEDNESDAY

SOUTH-CENTRAL 3 BOONE GROVE 0

IRVINGTON PREP 3 PURDUE POLY 0

PARK TUDOR 3 INTERNATIONAL 0

LAVILLE 3 GLENN 1

OLDENBURG ACADEMY 3 SWITZERLAND COUNTY 0

WINCHESTER 3 RICHMOND 0

LINCOLN 3 SETON CATHOLIC 1

GREENSBURG 3 GREENFIELD CENTRAL 0

ANDREAN 3 HANOVER CENTRAL 0

VALPARAISO 3 HAMMOND NOLL 0

CARROLL 3 EAST NOBLE 0

MOUNT VERNON 3  WOOD MEMORIAL 0

MERRILLVILLE 3 LOWELL 2

TECUMSEH 3 PRINCETON 0

KOUTS 3 KNOX 0

NOBLESVILLE 3 MOUNT VERNON FORTVILLE 1

MCCUTCHEON 3 FISHERS 0

CASCADE 3 SPEEDWAY 1

FLOYD CENTRAL 3 JENNINGS COUNTY 0

BROWNSBURG 3 CATHEDRAL 1

COLUMBIA CITY 3 FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 1

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 3 OWEN VALLEY 0

TRI WEST 3 DANVILLE 0

SILVER CREEK 3 SALEM 0

PLYMOUTH 3 TIPPECANOE VALLEY 0

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SCOREBOARD-WEDNESDAY

CHESTERTON 10 LAPORTE 1

KOUTS 2 LOWELL 1

MONROVIA 3 OWEN VALLEY 1

EVANSVILLE NORTH 5 EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 0

NORTH MIAMI 10 TAYLOR 1

BREMEN 10 SOUTH BEND RILEY 1

FORT WAYNE WAYNE 6 WOODLAN 1

FORT WAYNE SNIDER 7 MARION 0

NORTH HARRISON 7 MITCHELL 0

LAWRENCE CENTRAL 6 CRISPUS ATTUCKS 0

BELLMONT 1 HERITAGE 0

NEW PRAIRIE 4 GLENN 1

HOBART 7 GRIFFITH 0

BROWNSBURG 3 LEBANON 1

VALPARAISO 7 PORTAGE 0

HAMMOND CENTRAL 7 HAST 2

CROWN POINT 9 MICHIGAN CITY 0

NEW CASTLE 1 UNION COUNTY 0

SENECA 2 SILVER CREEK 1

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SCOREBOARD-WEDNESDAY

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 2 CENTER GROVE 2

MORGAN TWP. 6 SOUTH BEND RILEY 1

YORKTOWN 10 ANDERSON 0

MONROVIA 9 OWEN VALLEY 0

GREENCASTLE 5 NORTH MONTGOMERY 1

CASCADE 5 NORTH PUTNAM 0

LAFAYETTE JEFF 6 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2

EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 10 VINCENNES LINCOLN 1

NEW CASTLE 4 UNION COUNTY 2

WOODLAN 2 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 1

GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 7 LAPEL 6

PLAINFIELD 6 WHITELAND 1

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 4 MADISON 1

MANCHESTER 1 MISSISSINEWA 1

SOUTH RIPLEY 3 MILAN 1

OAK HILL 4 KOKOMO 0

HOBART 1 WHEELER 0

MARTINSVILLE 2 MOORESVILLE 1

FRANKLIN 2 GREENWOOD 2

BOONE GROVE 5 GRIFFITH 2

ZIONSVILLE 1 GUERIN CATHOLIC 1

COLUMBUS EAST 3 BLOOMINGTON NORTH 1

MCCUTCHEON 2 W. LAFAYETTE 0

HARRISON 3 WESTERN 1

FISHERS 2 WESTFIELD 1

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 4 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 0

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 4 PIKE 2

BREBEUF 1 BROWNSBURG 0

RONCALLI 3 GREENFIELD CENTRAL 0

MISHAWAKA MARIAN 2 NORTHRIDGE 0

EVANSVILLE NORTH 5 EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 1

CHATARD 0 PARK TUDOR 0

NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

WEEK 2

CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: THURSDAY, AUG. 18 AT 8 P.M. ET (ESPN)

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 8 P.M. ET

HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 10 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

DETROIT LIONS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 1 P.M. ET

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 4 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 10 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 8 P.M. ET (FOX)

ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS: MONDAY, AUG. 22 AT 8 P.M. ET (ESPN)

WEEK 3

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8:15 P.M. ET (PRIME VIDEO)

BUFFALO BILLS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 7 P.M. ET

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8:15 P.M. ET

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 3 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 6 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

CHICAGO BEARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT MIAMI DOLPHINS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7:30 P.M. ET

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 9 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 4:30 P.M. ET (CBS)

NFL WEEK ONE AND TWO SCHEDULES

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

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

WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

BOSTON 8 PITTSBURGH 3

MINNESOTA 4 KANSAS CITY 0

TORONTO 6 BALTIMORE 1

SEATTLE 11 LA ANGELS 7

NY YANKEES 8 TAMPA BAY 7 (10)

CLEVELAND 8 DETROIT 4

OAKLAND 7 TEXAS 2

HOUSTON 3 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2

CINCINNATI 1 PHILADELPHIA 0

CHICAGO CUBS 3 WASHINGTON 2

SAN DIEGO 10 MIAMI 3

NY METS 9 ATLANTA 7

ST. LOUIS 5 COLORADO 1

LA DODGERS 2 MILWAUKEE 1

ARIZONA 3 SAN FRANCISCO 2

BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/MLB/SCOREBOARD.ASP

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS 10 IOWA 5

BOX SCORE: HTTPS://WWW.MILB.COM/GAMEDAY/CUBS-VS-INDIANS/2022/08/17/665448#GAME_STATE=FINAL,LOCK_STATE=FINAL,GAME_TAB=BOX,GAME=665448

WNBA

NEW YORK 98 CHICAGO 91

LAS VEGAS 79 PHOENIX 63

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

NEW YORK 2 ATLANTA 1

NEW ENGLAND 2 TORONTO 2

CHARLOTTE 3 NEW YORK CITY 1

DALLAS 1 PHILADELPHIA 0

VANCOUVER 2 COLORADO 1

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Report: CFP board ponders breaking football away from NCAA governance

The College Football Playoff’s board of managers discussed potentially moving major college football away from NCAA governance during a Zoom call Monday, sources told ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

The CFP running college football was also reportedly brought up on the call.

However, the discussions between the CFP’s board of managers, which consists of 11 presidents and chancellors from the NCAA conferences and Notre Dame, were brief and intended to be a possibility to weigh in the future, Thamel adds.

An exit from the NCAA would represent the biggest shakeup in the constantly changing world of college athletics. USC and UCLA’s stunning announcement that they will depart from the Pac-12 for the Big Ten in 2024 has reignited talk of conference realignment or megaconferences.

The possibility of the CFP’s next format being created before the current contract – which expires after 2025 – runs out was also broached on the call, Thamel reports. The board reportedly felt that a significant amount of money has been lost due to a delay in implementing a new structure.

The CFP has featured a four-team format since its debut in 2014. Proposals were submitted to expand to a 12-team format before CFP executive director Bill Hancock announced earlier this year that the model will continue to include only four teams until the end of 2025. Momentum for a 16-team format has also been growing, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said last month.

AP sources: Talks on possible Watson settlement progress

(AP) — Talks between the NFL and NFL Players Association on a discipline settlement for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson have progressed. However, it’s uncertain whether the two sides will reach a deal, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The people spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

The sides are seeking a compromise before any punishment is handed down by Peter C. Harvey, a former New Jersey attorney general who was appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell to rule on the league’s appeal of a six-game suspension already imposed on Watson by an independent disciplinary officer.

Last week, the AP was told Watson was willing to accept an eight-game suspension and $5 million fine. The league has been seeking a lengthier punishment for Watson, who was accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by two dozen women in Texas.

The three-time Pro Bowl QB was allegedly sexually inappropriate with the women during massage therapy appointments while he played for the Houston Texans. Watson settled 23 of 24 civil lawsuits filed by the women.

It’s not known if Harvey is waiting for the sides to exhaust any possibilities of a settlement before ruling.

Watson has always denied any wrongdoing. Shortly before his debut for the Browns last week, Watson apologized for the first time “to all the women I’ve impacted.”

Watson’s contrition came as Harvey considered the league’s appeal of a ruling by independent arbiter Sue L. Robinson, who found the 26-year-old violated the league’s personal conduct policy with his alleged lewd behavior.

Robinson called his actions “egregious” and predatory and while she levied a six-game suspension, the league wasn’t satisfied and appealed. The NFL had been seeking a year-long suspension.

Chargers sign Derwin James to 4-year, $76.5M extension

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Derwin James signed a four-year, $76.5 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers Wednesday morning, making him the NFL’s highest-paid safety.

The deal includes $42 million in guaranteed salary. James is going into his fifth season and was expected on the field when the Chargers begin two days of joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys. He did not participate in the first two weeks of practice and took part only in walkthroughs as the two sides worked on an extension.

James’ deal eclipses the four-year, $72.98 million extension Pittsburgh’s Minkah Fitzpatrick signed in June. That included $36 million in guaranteed salary.

The Chargers have spent nearly $112 million in guaranteed salaries since the end of last season to improve a defense that was 23rd overall and near the bottom in key categories, including run defense, third down conversions and points allowed after halftime.

James – the defensive signal-caller in the huddle – will be counted on as the leader of a unit that made significant upgrades over the offseason. Los Angeles signed cornerback J.C. Jackson, defensive linemen Sebastian Jones-Day, Austin Johnson and Morgan Fox and edge rusher Kyle Van Noy, along with trading for linebacker Khalil Mack.

“I don’t look at Derwin as a safety. I look at Derwin as an impact player. I think the reason why, if you were just looking at him as safety, that wouldn’t be doing Derwin justice,” coach Brandon Staley said of James on Tuesday. “For me, I look at him as a defensive back because he can play anywhere; he can play either safety spot, he can play corner, he can play `Star’ or `Money,’ he can rush the quarterback and make an impact as a blitzer, he can make an impact in man-to-man coverage, and then he can make an impact in zone defense, whether he’s playing low or high – and he’s our signal-caller and the heartbeat of our defense.”

James – the 17th overall pick in the 2018 draft – didn’t participate in full-speed drills during the offseason program after having shoulder surgery once last season ended. He is cleared to go now that the contract issues are resolved.

James was an All-Pro selection as a rookie before being derailed the next two seasons because of injuries during training camp. A broken foot limited him to five games in 2019, and he suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2020.

Last season James bounced back and reclaimed his spot as one of the top safeties in the league. He was the eighth defensive player and first defensive back since 2000 to have more than 100 tackles (118) after being sidelined the previous year.

James also had two interceptions, a pair of sacks and three forced fumbles. He wore No. 33 his first four seasons before switching to No. 3, which he wore during high school and college.

Chiefs’ Jones, Hardman leave practice early with injuries

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones, starting wide receiver Mecole Hardman and backup running back Jerick McKinnon left training camp early Wednesday as nagging injuries continued to mount for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jones left after about 10 minutes with a sore back while Hardman, who is being counted upon to help overcome the loss of Tyreek Hill, hurt his groin while going up for a catch in the end zone. McKinnon left with a hamstring injury.

They were joined on the sideline by wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who missed his second practice with a sore knee.

It’s unclear how long any of the players will be out, but all are crucial to the Chiefs as they pursue a fifth straight trip to the AFC title game. Jones is particularly important given the fact that he’s coming off a season in which he had nine sacks in 14 regular-season games for a team that otherwise finished third-from-last in the NFL in total sacks.

The Chiefs have their final training camp practice at Missouri Western State University on Thursday, then play their second preseason game against Washington on Saturday. They resume camp at their own practice facility next week.

Tampa Bay brings back linebacker Carl Nassib for depth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tampa Bay has signed outside linebacker Carl Nassib, who returns after playing for the Buccaneers in 2018 and 2019.

Nassib joined the Buccaneers in Nashville, where they are practicing Wednesday and Thursday ahead of Saturday night’s exhibition against the Tennessee Titans. Coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday that Nassib is tough in the run.

“He’s a very good pass-rusher on the outside and he can also play inside in some nickel situations,” Bowles said. “He has a lot of versatility, he brings a lot of energy, brings a lot of toughness and he understands the system. He was comfortable in it. We look forward to him coming here.”

Outside linebacker Cam Gill is dealing with a Lisfranc injury from the Bucs’ preseason opener.

Nassib spent the past two seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders after playing 29 combined games with Tampa Bay during 2018 and 2019. Nassib, who became the NFL’s first active player to come out as gay in 2021, started his career with Cleveland after being a third-round draft pick out of Penn State in 2016.

Panthers’ Rhule remains in no hurry to announce starting QB

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule has been adamant for weeks that he wouldn’t rush to announce a winner in the ongoing quarterback competition between Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield.

That hasn’t changed, even with his team just days from taking the field for their second exhibition game, a point Rhule had previously indicated he wanted to have the situation settled.

Rhule said Wednesday that the when, isn’t as important as being satisfied that he’s gathered all the information he needs.

“I think the thing I’ve said all along is that we wanted to at least get to this point where when we know, we know,” Rhule said after the Panthers second joint practice with New England.

“So, it could be at any point. It could be two more weeks from now. It could be now. … I’m not saying it will be two weeks from now. I’m just saying we’re just making sure we’re thorough.”

Mayfield and Darnold have shared the reps with the first team over the past two days, with Mayfield seeming to have a better overall command of the offense and success in the 11-on-11 periods against New England’s defense.

But Darnold has shown flashes of what made the New York Jets select him third overall in the 2018 draft, including him working to turn a busted play into a TD pass to DJ Moore in the back of the end zone during two-minute drill work Wednesday.

“We’re both doing everything we can to win the job,” Darnold said. “I thought I improved a ton. I thought our whole team improved a ton, with their defense and the way that they fly around.”

Neither quarterback has had a full complement of playmakers this week, with running back Christian McCaffrey on a play limit and receivers Robbie Anderson and Terrace Marshall Jr. limited as well.

Still, Rhule has been impressed by what he’s seen.

“I think both guys have executed a ton,” he said. “Not a ton of interceptions but have protected the ball well. The key situations – the low (red zone) and the two-minute – we’ve gotten done what we need to get done to a degree. So, I think a lot of good things.”

Rhule said he plans to mostly play his second- and third-team players in Friday’s exhibition matchup with New England, though he didn’t say who would get the start at quarterback.

Mayfield said he feels as comfortable with the playbook as he’s had since arriving from Cleveland via trade in July 6.

“To be honest with you, I haven’t been worried about when the decision’s going to be made or any of that timeline wise,” Mayfield said. “Just trying to put my head down and just handle it one day at a time. And that’s been the mindset for both Sam and I. Just how can we be playing the best ball by the end of camp and just handle it correctly.

“Organizations go as their QB rooms go, and as long as we’re leading correctly and we’re supporting each other, good things are gonna happen.”

For now, Rhule said they plan to stick to the plan they laid out prior to training camp.

“We’re not winging it,” he said. “We have a really good plan and I just don’t feel at liberty to share it out of respect for the guys.”

Everyone else will just have to wait.

BOZEMAN OUT 2-3 WEEKS

Rhule said that the lower leg injury Bradley Bozeman sustained in Tuesday’s practice session isn’t as bad as they initially feared.

Bozeman could barely put pressure on his left leg and had to be carted off the field after the injury. But Rhule said further evaluation didn’t reveal a fracture.

“We were told on the field it could be a fracture, thankfully it’s not,” Rhule said. “It’s not just a high ankle sprain, it’s some complications, some other injuries inside there. We think it’s going to be 2-3 weeks, depending on how healing goes. Not the best news, but obviously not as bad as we thought.”

Fan injured as fights mar another Panthers, Pats practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) A day after a pair of fights resulted in five players being kicked out of the first joint practice between the Panthers and Patriots, two more incidents – including one in which a female fan was struck after a scrum spilled into the spectator area – nearly brought an end to Wednesday’s practice session.

“Number one, my thoughts are with the woman that was hurt over there. I’m hoping that she’s OK,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said after practice. “I don’t have any update on her, but I’m hoping she’s OK.”

The first dust-up occurred during a kickoff return drill after Panthers safety Kenny Robinson – one of the players ejected in Tuesday’s tussles – laid a big hit on Patriots receiver Kristian Wilkerson and stood over him, taunting him. Several of Wilkerson’s teammates, including special teams captain Matt Slater, took issue with it and it led to some brief pushing and shoving.

Wilkerson remained down as he was attended to by the training staff. He eventually made his way to a cart before being driven off. Slater said afterward that Wilkerson was being evaluated “off site” because of his injuries.

“That’s cause for concern,” Slater said. “We’re not going to sit here and celebrate those type of plays. That’s not how we’re going to do it. … Look, I ain’t fighting. I got four kids, my wife’s out here. What I look like? I’m 36 years old. I’m not throwing a punch.

“But when you have a teammate who is hit, he’s down. There’s clearly symptoms of what has happened to him. We all know what they look like as football players. He’s demonstrating those symptoms and then you have players celebrating those acts, I take an issue with that.”

Robinson was walked off the field by an assistant coach and practice resumed.

For the moment.

Just minutes later, during an 11-on-11 period, Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey was hit hard near the sideline, got to his feet and spiked the ball in direction of a Patriots player. It led to another scrum that spilled into the front row of a spectator area, striking at least one female fan. It also resulted in ejections for New England defensive lineman Deatrich Wise Jr. and Carolina running back Chuba Hubbard.

“It gets a little chippy out here sometimes. That’s the way it goes,” McCaffrey said. “It is what it is. A little scrum. It happens. Football’s football. “You go to these joint practices – it’s part of the game.”

NFL referees in attendance told Rhule that Hubbard threw a punch and they made the call to dismiss him.

Rhule said both incidents marred two otherwise productive days of practice.

“Obviously, we sent Kenny off the field. I didn’t see the hit, but I did see him standing over the player. That’s not how we want to practice,” Rhule said. “Things happen in football. There were some good clean hits. But we don’t stand over somebody and taunt them. It can affect their livelihood. So we sent him off.”

The teams meet in an exhibition game on Friday night.

Reds 1B Votto to have season-ending rotator cuff surgery

CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto will have season-ending surgery Friday on his left rotator cuff, repairing a long-term injury.

Votto, who turns 39 next month, said he got hurt when he got tangled up with a baserunner in 2015. He played through the injury, but it has gotten worse this year.

“I don’t know how to explain it but it’s been lingering for a while,” Votto said after Cincinnati’s 1-0 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Votto, a six-time All-Star and 2010 NL MVP, hit just .205 this season with 11 homers and 41 RBIs. He has one year left on his contract that includes a club option for 2024.

“I’m not sure if it’s affected my performance,” he said. “I can’t say that. I don’t want to make an excuse but surgery is necessary. I plan on getting it done on Friday. I’ve been told that it is a six-month rehab.”

Votto said he got an MRI about 10 days ago.

“I’ve played through lots of different stuff,” he said. “I was motivated to get an MRI because of the pain, the interruption of my sleep. It was difficult to lift my arm.

“It didn’t surprise me the result. The feedback that I needed to get surgery surprised me. I tried strength training. It didn’t work.”

Votto was selected by Cincinnati in the second round of the 2002 amateur draft. He broke into the majors with the Reds in 2007 and quickly became one of the majors’ most feared hitters.

The Toronto native is a .297 hitter with 342 homers, 1,106 RBIs and a .412 on-base percentage in 1,991 major league games.

Votto’s surgery comes with the Reds heading toward the end of a difficult season. They improved to 46-70 with the victory over Philadelphia.

“We are going to miss him a ton,” Reds manager David Bell said. “I have no idea how he was playing with it; trying to play this game with a torn rotator cuff. I was lucky enough to talk to the doctors. They were very clear, this has to get done to get Joey back healthy for next season. That’s what I’m looking for, looking for Joey to play pain-free. This is the best way to make sure that happens.”

Athletics release Andrus in final year of $120M deal

The Oakland Athletics continued to reshape their roster Wednesday amid a dismal season as they released veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus, the team announced.

Oakland recalled infielder Sheldon Neuse from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding roster move.

Andrus, who turns 34 next week, is earning $14 million this year, the final guaranteed season of his eight-year, $120-million contract he signed while with the Texas Rangers.

The A’s held a $15-million club option on Andrus for 2023. However, it would have converted to a player option had he received 550 plate appearances this season or made 1,100 combined plate appearances over the last two campaigns. Andrus made 386 plate appearances this year with the A’s. It also would have converted to a player option had he been traded or claimed off waivers.

Oakland acquired Andrus from the Rangers before the 2021 season as part of a five-player trade that sent catcher Jonah Heim to Texas. The Rangers sent $13.5 million in cash to the A’s as part of the trade, covering large portions of his remaining salary.

Andrus was underwhelming offensively during his two-year tenure in the East Bay, posting a .638 OPS with 11 homers and 67 RBIs across 252 games. He hit eight home runs this year – his highest total in three seasons – but slashed just .237/.301/.373. His defense also tailed off, tallying minus-five defensive runs saved at shortstop.

The Venezuelan first emerged as a bright young shortstop for the Rangers in 2009, when he was the AL Rookie of the Year runner-up. He earned All-Star berths in 2010 and ’12 and was a key part of Texas’ playoff teams and consecutive AL pennant winners from 2010-16.

Andrus is the second expensive veteran released by the A’s in the last two days, following outfielder Stephen Piscotty.

Yankees place RHP Holmes on injured list with back soreness

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees placed All-Star closer Clay Holmes on the injured list Wednesday because of back soreness, part of a flurry of moves for the struggling AL East leaders.

“Not real concerned,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We’re hoping that it’s just the 15 days.”

New York also recalled rookie right-hander Ron Marinaccio, infielder Oswaldo Cabrera and outfielder Estevan Florial from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Utilityman Miguel Andujar and outfielder Tim Locastro were sent down.

The Yankees had dropped 11 of 13 heading into Wednesday night’s game against Tampa Bay.

Following a 3-1 loss to the Rays on Tuesday, Holmes said he is experiencing some back tightness.

“There’s some stuff going on with my back and we’re just trying to figure out the best way to go about it,” he said.

The 29-year-old Holmes said his back locked up after his last outing, when he allowed a tying RBI single to J.D. Martinez on Friday night in Boston. His back tightened up again when he tried to throw Tuesday.

“The smartest and best way to go about it is maybe to give it a break,” Holmes said. “We’ll see. We’ll play it smart and not try to push it through something that maybe could be a lot worse.”

Holmes is 1-2 with an 8.22 ERA in eight appearances since the All-Star break. He is 5-3 with 17 saves and a 2.39 ERA in 49 appearances this year.

Cabrera started at third base and Florial was in center field on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Cabrera hit .262 with eight homers and 29 RBIs at Triple-A, and Florial batted .286 with 14 homers and 39 RBIs in 89 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Top prospect Baty called up by Mets to fill in at 3rd base

ATLANTA (AP) The New York Mets called up top prospect Brett Baty on Wednesday to fill in at third base for ailing Eduardo Escobar, putting the 22-year-old in the middle of a spirited race for the NL East title.

Plagued by a sore left oblique, Escobar was placed on the 10-day injured list before the division-leading Mets faced the team that’s chasing them, World Series champion Atlanta.

Baty was in the lineup for his major league debut, batting eighth. He was called up to the big leagues just a week after being promoted to Triple-A Syracuse.

“It wasn’t on my mind at all,” Baty said. “I was just thinking about winning ballgames for Syracuse. But now I’m here, so it’s about winning ballgames for the New York Mets.”

Escobar was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday’s game after working out on the field before batting practice. Manager Buck Showalter said Escobar’s injury had taken a turn for the worse and he didn’t want to risk a long-term issue.

Escobar went on the IL, retroactive to Tuesday, clearing the way for Baty to join the club.

The No. 12 overall pick in the 2019 draft, Baty was hitting a combined .315 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs for Double-A Binghamton and Syracuse.

His offensive numbers – especially his power – have greatly improved this season over his first two years in the minors.

“I’m not putting any expectations on myself,” Baty said. “I’m just gonna go out there and play to the best of my ability. I’m here for a reason. I’ll let it show and do my best out there.”

Baty, who’s from Round Rock, Texas, said his mother, father, sister and several other relatives had flown to Atlanta for his big league debut.

Showalter got a chance to work with Baty in spring training. He challenged the youngster a few times, eager to see how he would react to what the manager coyly called “constructive criticism.”

Baty passed that test.

“I trust the way I play baseball, and I trust myself out on the field,” the rookie said. “They were getting on me, but I was kind of responding.”

Center fielder Brandon Nimmo pulled Baty aside after the team arrived at Truist Park. He knows the highly touted player will be facing intense scrutiny joining a first-place team that’s trying to claim its first division title since 2015.

“Nimmo just took me aside and he was like, `Hey, man, slow it down. It’s gonna be a pretty big atmosphere for sure. But we all trust you out there. We have your back,'” Baty said. “That’s what I wanted to hear.”

In other injury developments, pitcher Taijuan Walker underwent an MRI after lasting two innings in his start Tuesday because of back spasms.

Walker may not be able to make his next scheduled start Sunday at Philadelphia, but it doesn’t appear he’ll be out for an extended period, according to Showalter.

The Mets couldn’t afford another blow to their rotation after 13-game winner Carlos Carrasco also lasted two innings Monday before departing with a strained left oblique. He was placed on the IL and is expected to miss up to a month.

“Pretty good news, all things considered,” Showalter said of Walker. “His Sunday start is in jeopardy, but we’re still holding out hope it manages before that. We’ve got some different thoughts” about who might step in if Walker can’t go.

The Mets designated reliever R.J. Alvarez for assignment after he gave up three runs in 2 1/3 innings in a 5-0 loss to the Braves on Tuesday – his first appearance in the big leagues since 2015. Lefty Sam Clay was called up from Syracuse.

Mike Trout plans to return for Angels on Friday in Detroit

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Three-time AL MVP Mike Trout intends to return to the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup on Friday in Detroit.

Trout hasn’t played since July 12, missing the Angels’ past 30 games with an injury to his upper back and ribcage. He faced live pitching Monday and worked out Wednesday, leaving him confident he will be able to play against the Tigers when the Angels open a 10-game trip.

“Ultimately, I want to be out there with the guys,” Trout said Wednesday before the Angels hosted the Seattle Mariners. “I miss it. I think with downtime, you come to the field, go home. It’s good to spend time with your son and your wife. That was good. But ultimately, you want to be out on the field. I’m excited. If everything goes well, hopefully I’ll be in there Friday.”

Trout earned an All-Star selection this summer while batting .270 with 24 homers and 51 RBIs in 79 games, but he has missed significant playing time – and the All-Star Game – due to injuries for the second straight season. The center fielder played only 36 games last season before he was sidelined for the year in mid-May by a calf strain.

“We really don’t have that much time left in the season,” Trout said. “I talked to the front office and I talked to the training staff just to get some at-bats here to see how I felt, and I felt really good.”

Last season’s disappointment seems to be a motivation for Trout to return with only seven weeks left in another lost season for the Angels (51-66), who haven’t made the playoffs since 2014. Los Angeles has plummeted out of the postseason picture again this summer despite being in first place in the AL West on May 11.

After Angels athletic trainer Mike Frostad said last month that Trout’s current injury might be something he must monitor for the rest of his career, Trout rushed to assure fans that his career isn’t over.

A return to the lineup underlines that commitment by Trout, who is in the fourth season of a 12-year, $426 million contract. He also said he plans to develop a workout plan to strengthen his back during another long offseason for the Angels.

Although his injury might benefit from some light days of action, Trout says he’ll keep playing center field to allow AL MVP Shohei Ohtani to remain the Angels’ designated hitter.

“I think we have a pretty good DH,” Trout said with a grin.

Daniels out as Rangers president after 17 years leading club

(AP) — Jon Daniels is out as president of baseball operations for the Texas Rangers after 17 years leading the club.

Team owner Ray Davis said Wednesday that Daniels was being relieved of his duties immediately after the decision was made not to renew his contract at the end of this season.

Daniels’ departure came two days after manager Chris Woodward was fired in his fourth season.

Daniels was the youngest general manager ever in the majors when he got the job with the Rangers at age 28 in October 2005. He added the title of president of baseball operations in 2013, and held both titles until Chris Young was brought in as the team’s general manager in December 2020.

“Jon’s accomplishments in his 17 years running our baseball operations department have been numerous. … His impact on the growth of our player development, scouting, and analytics groups has been immense. Jon has always had the best interests of the Rangers organization in mind on and off the field and in the community,” Davis said. “But the bottom line is we have not had a winning record since 2016 and for much of that time, have not been competitive in the AL West division.”

The Rangers made their only World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011, then won AL West titles again in 2015 and 2016. But they are on pace for their sixth consecutive losing record, the franchise’s longest such streak since moving to Texas a half-century ago.

Former Phillies manager Joe Girardi to join Cubs TV booth

CHICAGO (AP) Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi has joined Marquee Sports Network as a game analyst for the Chicago Cubs, one of his former teams.

Marquee said Wednesday that Girardi will be in the booth with Jon Sciambi and former big league pitcher Jim Deshaies for this weekend’s series against Milwaukee. He also will work next month’s series at Miami.

“Growing up a Cubs fan and then having the chance to play for the team for a number of years, I’m honored to now have the opportunity to broadcast from the historic television broadcast booth,” Girardi said in a statement.

Marquee Sports Network is jointly owned by the Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The 57-year-old Girardi was the manager in Philadelphia before he was fired in June. He had a 132-141 record over three years with the Phillies.

Girardi also has managed the Marlins and New York Yankees. He skippered the Yankees to a 910-710 record in 10 seasons, including the franchise’s last World Series championship in 2009.

The Peoria, Illinois, native played college ball at Northwestern before he was selected by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 1986 amateur draft. The catcher made his big league debut with Chicago in 1989 and spent 15 years in the majors, finishing with a .267 batting average, 36 homers and 422 RBIs.

Barrero gets game-ending hit as Reds beat Phillies 1-0

CINCINNATI (AP) Jose Barrero hit a game-ending RBI single off Seranthony Dominguez with two out in the ninth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 on Wednesday.

Albert Almora Jr. helped set up Barrero’s winning hit with a one-out walk. Almora advanced to second when Alejo Lopez singled for his third hit, and then hustled home when Barrero hit a grounder back up the middle.

“I was fortunate enough to make contact,” said Barrero, who had never faced Dominguez before. “All I wanted to do was help the team by making contact.”

The 24-year-old Barrero has struck out 26 times in 48 big league at-bats this year.

It was the first run allowed by Dominguez (6-4) since July 10, snapping a string of 11 consecutive scoreless appearances.

Rookie left-hander Nick Lodolo struck out eight in a career-high seven innings for Cincinnati, allowing five hits. Alexis Diaz (4-1) got six outs for the win.

“I was aggressive in the zone,” Lodolo said. “I felt I got better as the game went on. I was working through traffic the first three innings but it got better.”

Reds first baseman Joey Votto announced after the win that he will have season-ending surgery Friday to repair a torn left rotator cuff. The 38-year-old Votto, a six-time All-Star and 2010 NL MVP, hit just .205 this season with 11 homers and 41 RBIs.

“It’s a big blow obviously. We’re going to miss him a ton,” manager David Bell said. “I have no idea how he was playing with it. I was lucky enough to talk to the doctors. They were very clear this has to be done now.”

Lodolo got some help from right fielder Aristides Aquino, who made a terrific defensive play in the fifth. Aquino tracked down Alec Bohm’s drive and then made a strong throw from the warning track to double up Rhys Hoskins at first.

“At that moment I was thinking just catch the ball,” Aquino said. “When I caught the ball I saw the runner was off the base. I just threw it. When I’m playing defense, I always think I have a chance to catch the ball.”

It was Aquino’s ninth assist – the most by a Reds outfielder since Billy Hamilton had 12 in 2018.

Philadelphia won the first two games of the three-game series against lowly Cincinnati. But the Phillies wasted a stellar performance by Ranger Suarez in the finale.

The 26-year-old Suarez allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked two. The left-hander made his big league debut at Cincinnati on July 26, 2018.

Baty homers first time up in majors, Mets beat Braves 9-7

ATLANTA (AP) The first time Brett Baty stepped on the field in the big leagues, he simply took a look around.

“I wanted to soak it all in,” he said.

Then came a moment he’ll remember for a lifetime.

Baty homered in his first major league at-bat, Starling Marte went deep twice and the New York Mets held off the Braves 9-7 Wednesday night to snap Atlanta’s eight-game winning streak.

After being outscored 18-1 in the first two games of the series, the NL East-leading Mets jumped to a 6-1 lead and barely made it stand up to push their advantage over the Braves back to 4 1/2 games.

Vaughn Grissom had a two-run single in the ninth, but Trevor May retired Ronald Acuna Jr. – the potential tying run – on a flyout to the warming track to end the game.

New York got a big boost from Baty, one of the organization’s top prospects who got the call to the majors just a week after being promoted to Triple-A.

Baty, the 12th overall pick in the 2019 draft, came up for the first time in the second with a runner aboard and the Mets already ahead 2-0 on back-to-back homers in the first off Jake Odorizzi.

After taking a ball, Baty connected with a hanging curve on his very first swing in a New York uniform.

“I was just looking for a pitch I could drive,” Baty said. “He left one over the plate.”

As the ball sailed toward the tall brick wall in right, Acuna peeled off hoping to play a carom. But it dropped between the wall and the first row of seats, setting off a wild celebration in the stands from Baty’s mother, father, sister and other family members who hastily made the trip to Atlanta to witness his debut.

“To look up (in the stands) and see my family up there, to celebrate in the dugout with my teammates, it’s just pure joy,” Baty said.

Baty became the fifth player in Mets history to homer in his first at-bat – the last being Mike Jacobs in 2005. A worker was able to retrieve the ball, which will become a treasured keepsake.

“For sure, that will be framed up and go on a shelf somewhere,” Baty said. “Hopefully there will be more.”

Atlanta knocked out nemesis Matt Scherzer (9-2) in the seventh without getting a ball out of the infield, loading the bases on two walks sandwiched around a dribbler near the mound.

Adam Ottavino appeared to snuff out the threat when Grissom grounded into an inning-ending double play. But the call was overturned after a video review, giving Atlanta a run that cut the deficit to 6-2.

Robbie Grossman then made a game of it, launching a three-run homer that brought the Braves within a single run.

That was as close as they got. Pete Alonso’s two-run single highlighted a three-run ninth that provided some breathing room.

Scherzer shook off a 34-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third to beat the Braves for the third time this season. He was charged with four runs over 6 1/3 innings, despite surrendering just three hits and three walks while striking out eight.

It was just what the Mets needed after their last two starting pitchers lasted two innings apiece before leaving with injuries.

“The key to the game was Max,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He is so workmanlike. It wasn’t sexy, but he just refuses to give in to the challenges.”

The Mets jumped on Odorizzi (4-5) in the first, homering on back-to-back pitches. Marte launched one over the center field wall, and Francisco Lindor took one out on the very next pitch for his 21st homer of the season.

Marte added his 14th homer off Kirby Yates in the seventh for his first multi-homer game since 2019 with the Pirates.

Braves manager Brian Snitker was tossed in the third by home-plate umpire Will Little after Austin Riley was called out on a third strike he thought was high.

Donaldson hits walk-off slam in 10th, Yankees beat Rays 8-7

NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees were poised to extend their recent misery on a long night against the Rays. Then one swing from Josh Donaldson changed everything.

Donaldson hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning as the clock struck midnight, and struggling New York salvaged an 8-7 win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Gleyber Torres singled leading off the 10th off Jalen Beeks (2-2) and Anthony Rizzo walked before Donaldson lifted a one-strike, 97 mph fastball to the short porch in right field. He flipped his bat and raised his arms immediately after he connected.

“The guys were pumped,” Donaldson said. “I think just how the game progressed and how the back-and-forth battle happened there, and we were able to kind of come back there with our backs against the wall. I definitely think there was some release of some joy and some frustration over the past couple of weeks for sure.”

Oswaldo Cabrera, recalled from the minors earlier Wednesday, was in the on-deck circle, and Donaldson gave the 23-year-old third baseman a chest bump as part of his celebration.

It was Donaldson’s eighth career game-ending homer and first since Sept. 27, 2015, with Toronto – also to beat Tampa Bay.

“I felt like off the bat right away (it was gone),” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “Right away I felt like it was a homer but I needed to see it go over.”

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Donaldson became the third Yankee – joining Babe Ruth and Jason Giambi – to hit a game-ending grand slam with New York trailing by at least three runs in extra innings.

“There’s not too many better feelings in the world than hitting a walk-off home run,” Donaldson said.

Aroldis Chapman (2-3) gave up three runs in the top of the 10th for New York, which entered having lost three straight and 12 of 15.

But the Yankees finally got some help from their offense, scoring more than three runs in a game for the first time since Aug. 8. New York had totaled one run in its previous three games.

.The Rays led 4-2 when the game was stopped by rain with one out in the top of the seventh. The ensuing 1-hour, 3-minute delay was worth it for the Yankees, who ended Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak.

Although the Yankees are 9-16 since the All-Star break, their AL East lead moved back to 10 games over Tampa Bay and Toronto. New York has led the division by double digits for all but two days since June 13.

“For being the regular season and being August, that was a special one,” Boone said.

Rizzo led off the eighth with a homer off Brooks Raley to tie it at 4-4. The game went to extra innings when Ryan Thompson retired major league home run leader Aaron Judge on a warning-track flyball.

Chapman relieved Scott Effross with one out in the 10th and issued two walks to load the bases. With two outs, Francisco Mejia sliced a 101 mph, 0-2 fastball down the right-field line for a bases-clearing double.

“It’s that kind of block hit over there and it’s just inside the line,” Boone said. “It’s kind of like a gut punch right there but credit to the guys it’s like, `Hey, let’s keep fighting.'”

The Rays were three outs away from completing a three-game sweep in New York for the third straight season and fifth time in team history.

“He got me,” Beeks said. “It was a good swing.”

Yandy Diaz matched a season high with three RBIs, hitting an RBI double in the third and a two-run double in the fifth off Yankees starter Domingo German.

Tampa Bay’s Harold Ramirez added a solo homer in the sixth in his second game back from a fractured right thumb.

Torres started New York’s comeback with a two-run homer in the sixth off Corey Kluber. Judge’s bases-loaded walk in the seventh got the Yankees within 4-3, but Pete Fairbanks got Torres to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Kluber allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.

German allowed three runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay jumped ahead with one out in the first when Diaz doubled over left fielder Andrew Benintendi and Jose Siri scored from first when the Yankees missed the cutoff man.

The Rays had three straight one-out hits in the fifth and took a 3-0 lead when Diaz doubled down the left-field line. Ramirez opened the sixth by reaching the left field seats for his fifth homer.

Tony Gonsolin wins 15th as Dodgers nip Brewers 2-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) Tony Gonsolin pitched seven scoreless innings for his 15th victory, Austin Barnes and Max Muncy homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Gonsolsin (15-1) matched the Astros’ Justin Verlander for the major league lead in wins. Los Angeles is 21-5 since the All-Star break and has the majors’ best record at 81-35.

Craig Kimbrel, who blew a save in the Brewers’ 5-4 win in 11 innings on Tuesday night, allowed two baserunners in the ninth but escaped for his 21st save.

Milwaukee fell three games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.

Eric Lauer (8-5) pitched seven solid innings for the Brewers, allowing four hits in seven innings, including the two homers. He had been 6-0 with a 2.56 ERA in nine career starts against the Dodgers.

Gonsolin was dominant in his first career start against Milwaukee. He gave up two hits while walking one batter and tying his season high with eight strikeouts. The All-Star right-hander retired the first nine Brewers, throwing 28 of his 37 pitches for strikes in the first three innings.

Gonsolin walked Willy Adames in the fourth and allowed one-out singles in the fifth and sixth.

“I felt like I was throwing everything for strikes today, landing the curveball, throwing splitters in there for strikes when I needed to, same with the slider,” Gonsolin said. “I thought the fastball was pretty good, jumping a little bit, got a lot of foul balls with it.”

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said that “at times in the past, you get through that third time in the order, the fastball’s not as crisp, the breaking ball’s not as sharp, but tonight it stayed consistent all night long through that seventh inning. Got to give a lot of the conditioning and the mindset that he has.”

Christian Yelich had an RBI single off reliever Caleb Ferguson in the eighth.

“When we got Gonsolin out of the game, we had good at-bats against their relievers,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “That’s what you want to do in innings like that, give yourself a chance and we did that, just didn’t find a hole, didn’t get the hit.”

Barnes opened the scoring when he hit the first pitch of the sixth inning into the Brewers’ bullpen for his fifth home run. Barnes, reinstated from the family emergency list Tuesday, hadn’t played since Aug. 6 and hadn’t homered since May 21.

“It’s been challenging, obviously,” he said. “I had to step away for three days, but it’s nice to be out here and just play some baseball.”

Muncy went deep in the seventh.

“Shoot, this is what, realistically, playoff baseball is,” said Keston Hiura, who had two of Milwaukee’s four hits. “You have pitchers going out there and competing and giving their best stuff and it’s going to be close ball games. It comes down to defense and timely hits. At the end of the day, we had those hits last night and they had them today.”

Valdez, Alvarez lead Astros to 3-2 win over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) The Houston Astros got back in the win column after blowing late leads in consecutive losses – not exactly shocking considering they own the best record in the American League.

Framber Valdez threw solid seven innings, Yordan Alvarez drove in a run and scored one, and Houston beat the White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday night, ending Chicago’s five-game winning streak.

The AL West-leading Astros hung on after squandering eighth-inning leads in the first two games of the series. The White Sox trail AL Central-leading Cleveland by two games.

“We got the victory,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We stopped the losing streak.”

The Astros can salvage a split in a series that started with two gut-wrenching losses. This one was hardly easy, but they did just enough.

Valdez (12-4) delivered his 20th consecutive quality start, matching a club record set by Mike Scott in his 1986 Cy Young Award season. The left-hander gave up two runs and seven hits, struck out six and walked three. He is 4-0 in six outings since losing to Oakland on July 9.

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Alvarez delivered a sacrifice fly in the first after Jose Altuve led off with a four-pitch walk and stole two bases. He singled and scored on Trey Mancini’s sac fly in the fourth, and Chas McCormick added an RBI double in the inning against Michael Kopech (4-9) to put Houston on top 3-0.

The White Sox scored two in the bottom half on a RBI double by Yoan Moncada and double-play grounder by Josh Harrison with the bases loaded. But Adam Engel then struck out.

“I was able to slow down a bit, I was throwing a little bit too fast between pitches,” Valdez said through a translator. “I was able to slow down, I was able to just focus and get that out.”

Chicago had runners on first and second with one out in the eighth against Ryne Stanek. Moncada struck out and Yasmani Grandal fouled out to end the threat.

“We’ve been fighting,” Kopech said. “That goes a long ways. What we did in the last five before tonight was impressive and staying in there with them tonight and keeping the game close I think we played hard. As long as we can keep doing that, I think we’re in a good spot.”

Ryan Pressly pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances.

The White Sox were hurt by three double plays. They were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.

Kopech was nowhere near as dominant after tossing six no-hit innings against Detroit last week. The right-hander went six innings in this one, allowing three runs and five hits. He struck out two after whiffing a career-high 11 in his previous start.

Stripling perfect through 6, Jays avoid sweep, beat O’s 6-1

TORONTO (AP) When Ross Stripling made his big league debut with the Dodgers on April 8, 2016, he was pulled from a no-hitter in the eighth inning.

It didn’t come to that for Stripling Wednesday, but the Blue Jays right-hander wasn’t prepared to give up the ball willingly this time.

George Springer broke a scoreless tie with a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh, and Toronto beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Wednesday behind a stellar effort from Stripling, who took a perfect game into the seventh.

“It was everything our team needed and more,” Springer said of Stripling’s performance. “He was incredible the way he operated today.”

Activated off the injured list before the game after being sidelined with a sore right hip, Stripling retired his first 18 batters before Cedric Mullins singled to center on the first pitch of the seventh.

“I was aware of the situation and just staying in attack mode, trying to stay efficient because I knew if anything was going to end it besides giving up a hit, it was going to be my pitch count,” Stripling said.

Some of the crowd of 40,141 gave Stripling a brief ovation after Mullins’ hit. It came on a curveball, a pitch Stripling hadn’t used against Baltimore’s leadoff man in his first two at-bats.

“He kind of saw it and then knew it was going to be a strike, and flicked it into left center,” Stripling said.

Stripling threw 72 pitches, 52 for strikes, and matched a season high by striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings. He threw 11 pitches to Austin Hays in a strikeout to start the second.

“We just didn’t square many balls up against him,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We couldn’t get anything going.”

Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak against Baltimore and won for the third time in 11 games.

“Obviously it hasn’t been the best stretch for us,” Springer said. “I think everybody in that locker room understands what’s at stake.”

Baltimore could have moved into an AL wild-card spot with a win. The Orioles are 10-5 in August.

“Today is disappointing but we got out of here with the series win,” Hyde said.

Springer’s liner to center was career hit No. 1,000, and the first pinch hit of his career.

“It’s hard,” Springer said. “I have a lot of respect for guys who can just come off the bench like that.”

Toronto poured it on from there. Santiago Espinal followed Springer with a two-run double, and Alejandro Kirk capped the Blue Jays’ six-run frame with another two-run double.

After Anthony Santander advanced Mullins with a groundout in the seventh, Blue Jays manager John Schneider brought in right-hander Yimi Garcia to replace Stripling. Mullins went to third on Ryan Mountcastle’s grounder but Garcia (2-4) struck out Hays to end the threat.

Orioles right-hander Austin Voth allowed two hits in six innings, his longest outing of the season.

“Voth was really good,” Hyde said. “He pounded the strike zone and did a great job.”

Joey Krehbiel (4-4) took over in the seventh but left after giving up one-out hits to Teoscar Hernandez and Bo Bichette.

Cionel Perez replaced Krehbiel, and Springer, hitting for Raimel Tapia, broke the deadlock with a base hit to center on an 0-2 pitch.

“It kind of unraveled after that,” Hyde said.

Robinson Chirinos drove in Baltimore’s lone run with an infield single against Zach Pop in the eighth.

Mariners overcome Ohtani’s 4 hits, sweep Angels 11-7

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani’s latest one-man show for the Los Angeles Angels included a two-run homer, a run-scoring triple, four hits and four RBIs.

Ohtani is a two-way superstar, but he’s only one man – and the Seattle Mariners didn’t have much trouble with the other 25 Angels while completing an impressive series sweep.

Cal Raleigh homered twice, Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker each hit a two-run shot, and the Mariners overcame Ohtani’s excellence for an 11-7 victory over the Halos on Wednesday.

Raleigh had the first multi-homer game of his career with a solo shot in the fifth inning and a two-run homer in the ninth for the Mariners, who moved into the top AL wild-card slot while scoring 25 runs in three straight wins at the Big A. Seattle is an AL-best 36-15 since June 21.

Ohtani went 4 for 5, hitting his 27th homer in the ninth after he tripled in the seventh and got two singles earlier in his latest outstanding day at the plate. The AL MVP’s fourth career four-hit game – his first since June 2019 – gave him seven hits in the last two games.

And in yet another reprise of the major theme in Ohtani’s stateside career, both of those games were blowout losses as the Mariners swept a three-game series at Angel Stadium for the first time since September 2016.

“Yeah, Ohtani was on everything,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “They kept coming back on us, but we did some awesome stuff offensively.”

Carlos Santana had a two-run single during the Mariners’ four-run third inning, and George Kirby (5-3) pitched six-hit ball into the sixth while getting ample run support in his third consecutive victory.

“It’s really cool to see those guys getting after it,” Kirby said. “Some guys are hitting their strides. Going to be fun down the stretch, for sure.”

Luis Rengifo added an RBI double before leaving with low back tightness for the Angels, who had won five of six until getting flattened in the path of Seattle’s push toward a playoff spot.

At least Los Angeles got good news before the game when Mike Trout said he plans to return this weekend from a five-week injury absence, but the long-struggling club ended the day by getting swept in a series for the first time since the All-Star break.

After spot starter Touki Toussaint (1-1) opened with two scoreless innings for the Angels, six Mariners reached base against him in the third. Mitch Haniger had an RBI single and J.P. Crawford drew a bases-loaded walk before Santana chased Toussaint.

“They’ve got really good hitters over there that don’t chase much,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said of the Mariners. “When you don’t put it over the plate or you’re behind in the count, you can get hurt.”

Suarez hit his 20th homer and Raleigh followed with his 17th in the fifth before Winker added his two-run shot in the sixth, all off reliever Mike Mayers.

Rengifo followed Ohtani’s RBI single with a run-scoring double in the fifth. Ohtani then tripled and scored on Taylor Ward’s flyout.

Guardians score 6 runs in 8th, rally past Tigers 8-4

CLEVELAND (AP) All-Star Jose Ramirez blooped a go-ahead, two-run double as the Cleveland Guardians scored six runs with two outs in the eighth inning, rallying for a 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Rookies Steven Kwan and Oscar Gonzalez had RBI doubles, and Amed Rosario and Owen Miller added run-scoring singles in the eighth for the AL Central-leading Guardians. Cleveland trailed 4-1 in the sixth and 4-2 entering the eighth.

“It’s the belief we have in each other,” Kwan said. “Guys were just grinding at-bats out, and it’s the luck of baseball, as well.”

Andrew Chafin (0-3) struck out the first three batters in the inning, but tossed a wild pitch that allowed Luke Maile to reach and extend the frame. Cleveland then rattled off five straight hits and had seven consecutive men reach base.

“I went from, `Yeah, all right,’ to `Well, crap,’ pretty quickly,” Chafin said. “It’s not a nice game and it’s going to get you like that sometimes. That’s baseball for you.”

Rosario greeted Alex Lange with a game-tying infield single that scored Myles Straw, and Ramirez followed with a soft fly that landed in front of left fielder Akil Baddoo. Kwan and Rosario scored to put the Guardians up 6-4.

Cleveland remained one game ahead of Minnesota in the division. Bryan Shaw (6-2) retired one batter for the win.

The Guardians became the first major league team to strikeout three times before scoring six runs in any inning since at least 1961, according to Elias.

“How many times do you hear me say, `Keep playing, keep playing,'” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “That was kind of the ultimate example. Sometimes, it’s hard for us to win, but it’s always better than losing.”

Willi Castro hit a solo homer and Victor Reyes and Eric Haase had RBI singles for Detroit, which has lost nine of its last 11 games and fired general manager Al Avila last week. Rookie Kerry Carpenter had a sacrifice fly for his fourth RBI in the four-game series.

“It happened fast against a contact team, but obviously we should have been out of that inning,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.

Castro’s homer in the sixth extended Detroit’s lead to 4-1. All-Star Andres Gimenez scored on a passed ball in the bottom half to pull Cleveland within two.

Gonzalez had two hits and two RBIs, and Kwan and Andres Gimenez had two hits apiece.

Left-hander Daniel Norris, who was released by the Cubs on July 22, gave up four hits, walked two, hit three batters and struck out five in his second outing since rejoining the Tigers.

Detroit went in front 2-1 in the fourth, plating two runs to end Cal Quantrill’s 18-inning scoreless streak. Carpenter drove in the first for his fourth RBI in the four-game series and Haase singled home Javier Baez.

Quantrill allowed four runs in six innings, but remained 11-0 in 28 career games in the ballpark.

The Guardians won 10 of 19 games against Detroit this season, evening their all-time series at 1,144-1,144.

Gomes’ RBI single in 7th lifts Cubs over Nationals 3-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Yan Gomes hit a tie-breaking single in the seventh inning against his former team and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Wednesday to win the three-game series.

Franmil Reyes smacked a leadoff double off Jake McGee (1-3) in the seventh. McGee struck out the next two batters and right-hander Steve Cishek came on to face righty Gomes, who hit a soft liner to right on a 3-2 pitch, scoring Reyes.

“Cishek is definitely never a comfortable at-bat. You just have to try to zone him up, get yourself in a good count and that’s kind of how I went,” said Gomes, who played for the Nationals from 2019-21. “I think I would have walked if I take that pitch. You guys know me, I swing at everything. Just happy it went my way.”

Erich Uelman (1-1) pitched 2/3 of an inning for his first major league win. Steven Brault, who was activated from the COVID-19 injured list before the game, threw two scoreless innings and Rowan Wick pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

P.J. Higgins homered and Reyes had two doubles for Chicago, which has won four straight series.

Lane Thomas had two doubles for Washington and rookie Joey Meneses extended his hitting streak to 11 games for the Nationals, who have lost five of seven.

“I think we’re playing good baseball,” manager Dave Martinez said. “Our defense is playing a lot better. Today it was just, there was no run production. I thought we had a chance to win the game, we just couldn’t score runs.”

Cubs starter Drew Smyly, who had tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings over his past two starts, allowed two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four without a walk on 100 pitches and retired nine straight batters at one point.

“It was kind of a grind. Lot of foul balls, couple long ABs,” Smyly said. “My fastball I think had a lot of life today. It was really good. My curveball not so much.”

Smyly has a 1.06 ERA in August, with 17 strikeouts and three walks.

Nationals starter Cory Abbott, a former Cub, gave up two runs on three hits in a career-high six innings. He matched his career best with five strikeouts.

Higgins’ two-out, two-run homer in the fifth gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead.

With runners on first and third and one out in the sixth, Nelson Cruz hit into what was initially ruled a double play. The Nationals challenged, the call at first was overturned and Meneses scored from third to tie it 2-2.

Montgomery wins 3rd straight as Cardinals top Rockies 5-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jordan Montgomery picked up his third win in as many starts with St. Louis, and Nolan Gorman drove in three runs to lead the Cardinals to a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

St. Louis won for the 12th time in 13 home games and beat Colorado for the 11th straight time at home while improving to a season-best 14 games over .500 at 65-51.

Colorado lost its fourth in a row and has dropped 18 of 26 since the All-Star break.

Montgomery (6-3), who was acquired from the New York Yankees for outfielder Harrison Bader on Aug. 2, gave up one run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight. He is 3-0 with an 0.54 ERA in three starts with St. Louis. The lefthander has struck out 17 and walked just three in 16 2/3 innings.

“I’m a competitor trying to win every game I go out there,” Montgomery said. “I want to be a guy this team can rely on. I’ve had pretty good stuff. My changeup and curveball are statistically pretty good. I’m learning how to use my fastball around it.”

Montgomery says there is no animosity toward the Yankees, although he was initially surprised by the move.

“Part of the business is getting traded,” Montgomery said. “I know what I’m worth and I think the Cardinals know what I’m worth.”

St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol has been overjoyed with Montgomery’s three performances.

“He was perfect tonight,” Marmol said. “He’s tougher than you might (think). He’s a mellow kid, kind of low-key. But he’s ultra-competitive. Loves being out there. Like today, he didn’t want to come out of that game.”

Gorman capped off a two-run first-inning outburst with a ground-rule double off starter German Marquez (6-10). Arenado got the ball rolling with a run-scoring double as four of the first five batters reached against Marquez, who gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings.

Gorman pushed the lead to 3-1 with a run-scoring ground out in the fifth. Brendan Donovan and Paul Goldschmidt singled to begin the inning. Gorman added a run-scoring hit in the seventh.

“The guys in front of me get on base and give me these opportunities,” Gorman said.

Jose Iglesias had two hits for Colorado, which has been held to one run or less six times since July 26. His second-inning double extended the franchise record to 37 successive games with a double.

Marquez had allowed two earned runs or less in five of his previous six starts.

“I battled the whole game,” Marquez said. “It’s frustrating. The loss is hard.”

NBA releases 2022-23 schedule; Celtics-Warriors rematch set for Dec. 10

The NBA unveiled the full schedule for the 2022-23 season Wednesday, highlighted by an NBA Finals rematch between the champion Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics in San Francisco on Dec. 10.

Fans can now circle many other notable dates on their calendars, including:

Oct. 19: The Brooklyn Nets open their season at home against the New Orleans Pelicans. Will Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving still be in Nets uniforms? Are Zion Williamson and Ben Simmons ready to go after their extended absences?

Oct. 20: The Los Angeles Clippers kick off their campaign with a matchup against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. The long-awaited return of Kawhi Leonard along with the Clippers’ addition of John Wall are among the potential storylines.

Nov. 11: The Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves could be starting a new rivalry. The two teams squared off in the opening round of last season’s playoffs with the Grizzlies coming out on top. T-Wolves star Anthony Edwards fanned the flames this summer when he claimed Minnesota “handed” the first-round series to Memphis.

Dec. 27: Jalen Brunson returns to Dallas for the first time since his free-agent departure to the New York Knicks. The fifth-year guard could be in for a rude reception when he takes the court against the Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

Jan. 24-28: The NBA is introducing Rivals Week this season, a slate of games highlighting old rivalries and featuring multiple playoff rematches. That includes last season’s East finals opponents, the Celtics and the Miami Heat, who open Rivals Week on Jan. 24.

The matchups for the league’s marquee Opening Night and Christmas Day games were previously reported ahead of the schedule release.

On Opening Night, the Celtics and their Atlantic Division rivals the Philadelphia 76ers will square off before a California showdown between Stephen Curry’s Warriors and LeBron James’ Lakers.

Meanwhile, the Christmas Day slate is highlighted by a burgeoning rivalry between the Warriors and the upstart Grizzlies, a matchup that was suggested in the offseason by Warriors forward Draymond Green and Grizzlies star Ja Morant.

NBA SCHEDULE: https://www.nba.com/schedule?cal=all&region=1

LeBron James inks 2-year, $97.1 million deal with Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent announced Wednesday.

Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul said the league-maximum deal makes James the highest-paid player in NBA history. His new deal includes a player option that would keep the second-leading scorer in NBA history with the Lakers past his 40th birthday in December 2024.

The 37-year-old James is headed into the final year of his most recent contract with the Lakers, who signed the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and four-time league champion in July 2018. The new deal means the 18-time All-Star will make $46.7 million this season.

Barring injury, James is likely to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s career scoring king this winter. James and the Lakers also still hope to be in contention for another title if James and Anthony Davis can return at full health after an injury-plagued 2021-22 ended without a playoff appearance.

James’ new deal syncs with Davis’ most recent contract extension with the Lakers, allowing both to leave the Lakers or to negotiate new deals in 2024. Both superstars are represented by Klutch.

James’ recommitment to the Lakers also silences persistent talk of his possible departure as a free agent or in a trade. James hasn’t appeared to be going anywhere on social media or in his public appearances, and he praised the hiring of new Lakers coach Darvin Ham.

James has missed significant portions of the season due to injury in three of his four years with the Lakers. He was largely healthy in the elongated 2019-20 season when the Lakers won the franchise’s 17th NBA title in the Florida bubble, and he has been every bit the dominant player of his prime when at full strength in the ensuing two years.

Although his contract status inspired plenty of offseason chatter, James seemed unlikely to relocate after spending the past four seasons of his 19-year career with the storied Lakers. His family is settled in Los Angeles, where his eldest son, Bronny, is a 17-year-old senior and college basketball prospect playing at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth.

James has occasionally said he intends to play on the same team with Bronny when his son reaches the NBA. Although plenty of obstacles remain between the younger James and the NBA, he could be draft-eligible in the summer of 2024.

Venus Williams back in US Open after being given wild card

NEW YORK (AP) Venus Williams will be back in the U.S. Open this year after being given a wild card on Wednesday into what could be younger sister Serena’s final tournament.

Venus Williams won back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2000 and 2001, and this year marks 25 years since she reached the 1997 final in Flushing Meadows as a 17-year-old in her first full season on tour.

Now 42, Williams did not play in the U.S. Open last year because of injury, but the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion recently returned to tour after missing nearly a year.

Serena Williams, 40, recently said she is preparing to leave tennis, though she did not specify it would come after the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 29.

Dominic Thiem, the 2020 U.S. Open men’s champion who has since dealt with injuries and fallen to No. 228 in the world ranking, also was granted a wild card by the U.S. Tennis Association.

The USTA also gave a wild card to Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion who didn’t compete in New York last year because of injury, along with fellow Americans CoCo Vandeweghe, Elizabeth Mandlik, Peyton Stearns and Eleana Yu.

Harmony Tan of France – who beat Serena Williams during a run to the fourth round at Wimbledon – and Australian Jaimee Fourlis also received wild cards.

Mandlik, the daughter of past U.S. Open champion Hana Mandlikova, earned hers by winning the U.S. Open wild-card challenge.

On the men’s side, wild cards went to Americans Sam Querrey, Emilio Nava, JJ Wolf, Ben Shelton and Learner Tien, along with Ugo Humbert of France and Australian Rinky Hijikata.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES/HEADLINES

COLTS: Ogletree suffered torn ACL

Colts tight end Drew Ogletree suffered a torn ACL in Wednesday’s practice. An afternoon MRI confirmed Ogletree’s injury.

The tight end went down during a non-contact drill.

“It didn’t look good, obviously,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said after practice on Wednesday. “Just going up to him, he was already wanting to get himself off to the sidelines so the team could play. That kind of stuff, that’s a guy we want.”

INDIANA PACERS SCHEDULE

Oct. 19, Wed., vs. Washington, 7 p.m.

Oct. 21, Fri., vs. San Antonio, 7 p.m.

Oct. 22, Sat., vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.

Oct. 24, Mon., at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Oct. 26, Wed., at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Oct. 28, Fri., at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (also ESPN)

Oct. 29, Sat., at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 31, Mon., at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. (also NBA TV)

Nov. 4, Fri., vs. Miami, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7, Mon., vs. New Orleans, 7:45 p.m.

Nov. 9, Wed., vs. Denver, 7 p.m.

Nov. 12, Sat., vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.

Nov. 16, Wed., at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Nov. 18, Fri., at Houston, 8 p.m.

Nov. 19, Sat., vs. Orlando, 7 p.m.

Nov. 21, Mon., vs. Orlando, 7 p.m.

Nov. 23, Wed., vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Nov. 25, Fri., vs. Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

Nov. 27, Sun., at L.A. Clippers, 4 p.m.

Nov. 28, Mon., at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

Nov. 30, Wed., at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Dec. 2, Fri., at Utah, 9 p.m.

Dec. 4, Sun., at Portland, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)

Dec. 5, Mon., at Golden State, 10 p.m.

Dec. 7, Wed., at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Dec. 9, Fri., vs. Washington, 7 p.m.

Dec. 10, Sat., vs. Brooklyn, 7 p.m.

Dec. 12, Mon., vs. Miami, 7 p.m.

Dec. 14, Wed., vs. Golden State, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16, Fri., at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 18, Sun., at New York, 5 p.m.

Dec. 21, Wed., at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 23, Fri., at Miami, 8 p.m.

Dec. 26, Mon., at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Dec. 27, Tues., vs. Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 29, Thurs., vs. Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Dec. 31, Sat., vs. L.A. Clippers, 3 p.m.

Jan. 2, Mon., vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.

Jan. 4, Wed., at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Jan. 6, Fri., vs. Portland, 7 p.m.

Jan. 8, Sun, vs. Charlotte, 5 p.m.

Jan. 11, Wed., at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 13, Fri., vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Jan. 14, Sat., vs. Memphis, 7 p.m.

Jan. 16, Mon., at Milwaukee, 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 18, Wed., at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Jan. 20, Fri., at Denver, 9 p.m.

Jan. 21, Sat., at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Jan. 24, Tues., vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.

Jan. 25, Wed., at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Jan. 27, Fri., vs. Milwaukee, 7 p.m.

Jan. 29, Sun., at Memphis, 6 p.m.

Feb. 2, Thurs., vs. L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m.

Feb. 3, Fri., vs. Sacramento, 7 p.m.

Feb. 5, Sun., vs. Cleveland, 5 p.m.

Feb. 8, Wed., at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 10, Fri., vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m.

Feb. 11, Sat., at Washington, 7 p.m.

Feb. 13, Mon., vs. Utah, 7 p.m.

Feb. 15, Wed., vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.

Feb. 23, Thurs., vs. Boston, 7 p.m.

Feb. 25, Sat., at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Feb. 28, Tues., at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

March 2, Thurs., at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

March 5, Sun., at Chicago, 3:30 p.m.

March 6, Mon., vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

March 9, Thurs., vs. Houston, 7 p.m.

March 11, Sat., at Detroit, 7 p.m.

March 13, Mon., at Detroit, 7 p.m.

March 16, Thurs., at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

March 18, Sat., vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

March 20, Mon., at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

March 22, Wed., at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

March 24, Fri., at Boston, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

March 25, Sat., at Atlanta, 5 p.m.

March 27, Mon., vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.

March 29, Wed., vs. Milwaukee, 7 p.m.

March 31, Fri., vs. Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.

April 2, Sun., at Cleveland, 8 p.m.

April 5, Wed., vs. New York, 7 p.m.

April 7, Fri., vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.

April 9, Sun., at New York, 1 p.m.

Indians Bury I-Cubs for 1,000th Win All Time at Victory Field

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoy Park and Travis Swaggerty each recorded three-hit performances while falling a triple short of the cycle, and the Indianapolis Indians peppered seven extra-base hits as part of a 15-hit attack en route to a 10-5 triumph over the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday afternoon. The victory was the organization’s 1,000th win all time at Victory Field.

Indianapolis (55-56) led wire-to-wire and scored in each of its first seven innings. In the opening frame, Park singled and raced to third on a one-out double by Swaggerty. Then with two outs, Brendt Citta reached on an infield single deep in the hole between first and second base to drive in two runs.

The Indians pushed their lead to 3-0 in the second on a two-out RBI double by Park. After David Bote put Iowa (51-62) on the scoreboard with a run-scoring single in the third, doubles by Cal Mitchell and Citta in the home half extended the lead back to three.

Indy’s scoring barrage continued in the middle innings. Drew Maggi doubled to open the fourth and later scored on a single by Swaggerty. In the fifth, singles by Jack Suwinski and Mason Martin set up a run-scoring fielder’s choice off the bat of Taylor Davis and a sacrifice fly by Park. The Indians then played long ball in the sixth and seventh, with Swaggerty and Park ripping solo home runs to push Indy to double digits in the run column for an eighth time this season.

Osvaldo Bido (W, 2-7) sailed through 5.0 innings of one-run ball, scattering four hits, one walk and one hit batter with four strikeouts. Caleb Kilian (L, 4-2) was tagged for six earned runs on eight hits in 3.0-plus innings pitched. Both of Kilian’s losses in Triple-A this year have occurred at Victory Field (also: July 8).

Nick Mears, John O’Reilly and Travis MacGregor posted zeroes in the sixth, seventh and eighth out of Indy’s bullpen before Iowa chased Hunter Stratton for four runs in the ninth to complete the scoring.

Indianapolis reached the 15-hit threshold for a seventh time overall in 2022 and the second at Victory Field (also: June 11 vs. Columbus).

The Indians and I-Cubs play the third contest of their six-game series on Thursday at 7:05 PM. Indy will send RHP Jerad Eickhoff (5-4, 4.39) to the bump against RHP Javier Assad (0-2, 3.52).

Indiana Opens Season at West Virginia

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team will open the program’s 30th season with a clash against West Virginia on Aug. 18 in Morgantown. First kick between the Hoosiers and Mountaineers is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

The match will be streamed on the Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Andrew Caridi (PxP) and Adam Zundell (Analyst) on the call. Live stats of the match can be tracked on IUHoosiers.com.

ABOUT THE MOUNTAINEERS

• The West Virginia Mountaineers, led by veteran head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, finished the 2021 season with a record of 10-5-5 (3-3-3 Big 12). The program was left out of the NCAA Tournament field for the first time in 21 seasons, a run that marked the fourth-longest active tournament streak in the NCAA at the time.

• Sophomore forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran returns for her second season after being named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. She is one of three returners to record nine points last season (3 goals, 3 assists) and led the team in both shots (45) and shots on goal (25).

• Senior forward Julianne Vallerand has scored 12 career goals in her first three seasons in Morgantown.

• Senior goalkeeper Kayza Massey played in and started all 20 games last season for the Mountaineers in goal. She conceded 12 goals (0.58 goals against average) while making 52 saves (8.813 save percentage). Massey allowed one or fewer goals in 17-of-20 starts and was named All-Big 12 Second Team.

SERIES HISTORY

• Indiana and West Virginia have never met on the pitch. The Mountaineers are the only opponent on the schedule that the Hoosiers have not previously played.

• The Hoosiers are unbeaten in six previous matches against current teams from the Big XII Conference with a record of 4-0-2. Indiana last played a member of the Big 12 in a 3-0 result at Kansas State on Sept. 12, 2021.

• IU has also prevailed against Baylor (1-0 on Aug. 30, 2015), Iowa State (1-0 on Sept. 4, 2005) and Texas Tech (4-0 on Sept. 2, 2006).

• Under head coach Erwin van Bennekom, the Hoosiers have a record of 1-2-0 in season debuts, including a 1-0 victory over Valparaiso to begin the 2021 season. Indiana has posted an overall record of 17-9-3 in season openers.

#IUWS PRESEASON AWARDS

• The Hoosiers had three players named to the 2022 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Players to Watch List with sophomore keeper Jamie Gerstenberg, sophomore forward Jordyn Levy and freshman defender Arianna Rose among the 42 players recognized by the conference’s coaches.

• Gerstenberg, a member of the 2021 Big Ten All-Freshman Team, tied the Indiana program record with nine shutouts in her rookie campaign. She posted a 9-3-4 record across 1,456 minutes in 16 starts. The Birkenwerder, Germany, native recorded 36 saves in 44 chances (0.818 save percentage) and allowed just 0.49 goals per game.

• Levy tied for second on the team in goals scored (4) in ’21, tied for fourth in assists (2) and third in total points (10) among Hoosier attackers. Three of her four goals were game-winning tallies, the highest mark on the team.

• Rose joined the IU women’s soccer program after spending three seasons with the Canadian youth program. She hails from Brampton, Ontario, Canada and competed for Ontario’s National Development Center.

RANKED OPPONENTS

• Indiana is slated to play seven teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason United Soccer Coaches rankings, highlighted by a couple of top-10 Big Ten opponents in No. 6 Rutgers and No. 9 Michigan.

• Penn State (No. 14), Purdue (RV) and Wisconsin (RV) round out the five conference opponents the Hoosiers will face on the pitch that are receiving votes in the season-opening poll.

• In the non-conference slate, Indiana will host No. 16 Notre Dame and No. 22 Memphis at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

• Since rankings were tracked during the 2001 season, Indiana has not played more than five ranked opponents in a single season. The Hoosiers took on five ranked foes in 2007, 2009 and 2015.

• The Hoosiers last toppled a ranked opponent on Sept. 8, 2017 with a 1-0 triumph over No. 23 SMU in Dallas, but did earn a result after a 0-0 draw against No. 7 Michigan on Oct. 3, 2021.

14 Athletes Join Indiana Women’s Track and Field Program

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Indiana Cross Country and Track and Field Head Coach Ron Helmer will welcome 14 athletes to Indiana’s Women’s Track and Field team for the 2022-2023 season, he announced on Wednesday afternoon.

This group will contribute to a variety of event groups including the Sprints/Hurdles, Horizontal Jumps, Pole Vault, Distance and High Jump.

“I’m excited to announce our 2022-2023 women’s recruiting class,” Helmer said. “This group includes high level transfers, freshmen coming off high school state championships and walk on athletes who we have identified as having the ability and desire to develop into high level Big Ten contributors.

The Hoosiers will add three in the horizontal jumps into an already strong event group in Bloomington.

Serena Bolden, a transfer from LSU, brings personal bests of 6.27m/20-7 in the Long Jump and 12.84m/42-1.5 in the Triple Jump. She finished in the top-12 of both events at this year’s SEC Outdoor Championships.

Kelly Moran (Stillwater, N.Y.) and Lauren Tincher (Aurora, Ohio) join out of the high school ranks. Moran will compete in the Long Jump and Triple Jump while Tincher doubles in the sprints as well.

Ryann Parrish (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Kylee Poulton (Holland, Mich.) and Tripti Tiwari (Round Rock, Texas) add depth to the sprints and hurdles.

Jessica Mercier, a transfer from Michigan, moves to Bloomington, bringing along a personal best of 4.36m/14-3 in the Pole Vault. She was the 2021 Big Ten Indoor Champion in the event and was a NCAA Indoor Championship qualifier in the Pole Vault this season.

The distance crew is bolstered by the addition of six athletes, all which will run Cross Country in the fall as well this season. Allie Latta (Fishers, Ind.), Erin Milligan (Hinsdale, Ill.), Alyssa Shope (Blacklick, Ohio), Katelyn Winton (Elmhurst, Ill.), Alivia Romaniuk (Carmel, Ind.), Tori Schmidt (Dallas, Texas) will all represent the Hoosiers, coming to Bloomington out of the high school ranks.

The full list of signings can be found below.

2022 Women’s Track and Field Signings

Serena Bolden | Springfield, Ill./LSU | Horizontal Jumps

– Long Jump – 6.27m (20’7″)

– Triple Jump – 12.84 (42’1″)

Allie Latta | Fishers, Ind. | Distance

– 800m – 2:19

– 5k XC – 18:46

Jessica Mercier | Waterford, Mich./Michigan | Pole Vault

– Pole Vault – 4.36m (14’3″)

Erin Milligan | Hinsdale, Ill. | Distance

– 800m – 2:19

– 3 Mile XC – 17:39

Kelly Moran | Stillwater, N.Y. | Horizontal Jumps

– Long Jump – 19’2″

– Triple Jump – 39’3″

Ryann Parrish | Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hurdles

– 100m Hurdles – 14.81

– 300m Hurdles – 44.73

Kylee Poulton | Holland, Mich. | Sprints

– 100m – 12.08

– 200m – 24.83

– 400m – 57.24

Taylor Schoonveld | Wheatfield, Ind. | High Jump/Hurdles

– High Jump – 5’8″

– 300m Hurdles – 44.97

Alyssa Shope | Blacklick, Ohio | Distance

– Mile – 4:57

– 3200 – 10:32

Katelyn Winton | Elmhurst, Ill. | Distance

– 1600 – 5:03

– 3200 – 10:41

Alivia Romaniuk | Carmel, Ind. | Distance

– 3200 – 11:03

– 5k XC – 18:08

Tori Schmidt | Dallas, Texas | Distance

– 3200 – 11:15

– 5k XC – 18:10

Lauren Tincher | Aurora, Ohio | Horizontal Jumps

– Long Jump – 18’6″

– 100m – 12.73

Tripti Tiwari | Round Rock, Texas | Sprints

– 100m – 12.08

– 200m – 25.43

Snoeberger Advances to Round of 32 with 20-Hole Victory

PARAMUS, N.J. – Senior Peyton Snoeberger recorded a par on the par-3 2nd hole to win his Round of 64 match in 20 holes over No. 1 seed Luke Gutschewski at the 122nd United States Amateur Championships.

Snoeberger becomes the first Boilermaker to advance to the round of 32 since Adam Schenk reached the round of 32 in 2012.

The Williamsport, Indiana, native jumped out to a 4-up lead through eight holes against the co-medalist, by playing the first eight holes in even-par. Gutschewski then won four of seven holes from 10 to 16 to tie the match with two holes to play. Both players birdied the par-5 17th hole and parred the par-4 18th.

On the first playoff hole, both players hit the ball into the left rough and each had about 15-foot birdie putts. Snoeberger was first to putt and his putt lipped out to set up a potential-winning putt by Gutschewski. His put slid about three feet past the hole and he wound up making par.

On the second playoff hole, No. 2, Gutschewski put his tee shot in the greenside bunker while Snoeberger was safely on the putting surface for about a 30-foot birdie putt. Gutschewski blasted his bunker shot from a plugged lie to about 10 feet, while Snoeberger nestled his birdie putt to about three feet. After Gutschewski missed his par putt, Snoeberger calmly knocked in his par putt to win the match in 20 holes.

Snoeberger will now face Ohio State standout Maxwell Moldovan in the round of 32 on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. ET, at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.

25th Season Commences Thursday vs. No. 15 USC on BTN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team begins its 25th season on Thursday, August 18, at 7 p.m. ET, against No. 15 USC at Folk Field in a nationally-televised game on the Big Ten Network.

Coming off one of its best seasons in program history, the Boilermakers return to the pitch a year after a record-setting 2021 campaign that saw them win 15 games, finish second in the Big Ten and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.

Admission is free for all fans for the Boiler Gold Rush kick-off game. At last year’s BGR season-opener, a program-record 2,125 fans packed Folk Field, and another large crowd is expected again on Thursday night. The first 2,000 students in attendance will receive a free Purdue Soccer stadium horn.

The match will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and on the Fox Sports app, and live stats are available at Purdue.Statbroadcast.com. Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

Dean Linke and Jackie Manny will have the national-television call live on the Big Ten Network.

Thursday night’s season-opener at Folk Field is a matchup between two NCAA Tournament, top-25 and conference runners-up from a year ago, as both Purdue and USC advanced to the NCAA Second Round, finished the year nationally ranked and placed second in the Big Ten and Pac-12, respectively.

Twenty-one Boilermakers return to the field in 2022, including three of the team’s top five leading scorers. Six veterans started at least 16 games in 2021. Eleven newcomers will don the Old Gold and Black for the first time, with a freshman signing class that was ranked in the top-20 nationally.

NATIONALLY-RANKED BOILERMAKERS

Purdue is receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll for the first time since 2010. It is the sixth season in program history the Boilermakers are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason, along with 2003 (No. 25), 2006 (No. 21), 2007 (No. 15), 2008 (No. 24) and 2010 (RV).

The preseason votes come after Purdue concluded the 2021 season ranked No. 24 nationally, the third time ever the Boilermakers were ranked in the final poll and the first since 2007. The 2021 squad appeared in the national rankings for the first time since 2009, and peaked at No. 18.

BIG TEN PLAYERS TO WATCH

Fifth-year midfielder Sydney Duarte, junior midfielder Emily Mathews and sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway were recognized on the 2022 Big Ten Players to Watch List. All three are honored in the preseason for the first times in their careers, while Mathews’ recognition comes after she was named to the All-Big Ten First Team at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

Additionally, the Big Ten Preseason Poll was unveiled. In a vote amongst the leagues’ 14 head coaches, the Boilermakers were voted to finish seventh. Last season, Purdue was picked 11th in the preseason but finished as the Big Ten runner-up with an 8-2-0 conference record.

A LOOK BACK AT A RECORD-SETTING 2021

Last season, the Boilermakers went 15-4-3, their second-best record and second-most wins in program history, behind only a 20-2-3 season in 2007. Purdue qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 and seventh time in program history, and advanced to the second round for the fourth time and first since 2007. The squad went 8-2-0 in the Big Ten and notched a runner-up finish, both tied for their best-ever marks along with 2007.

Individual honors included forward Sarah Griffith earning All-America Second Team accolades, the fifth All-American in program history. Griffith and current junior midfielder Emily Mathews were selected to the All-Region Team, and they were two of five Boilermakers selected to the All-Big Ten Team.

PRO BOILERS

Six Purdue Soccer alumnae are playing professionally in 2022, including four of the eight graduating seniors from the 2021 team.

Forward Sarah Griffith (Chicago Red Stars, 35th overall) and goalkeeper Marisa Bova (North Carolina Courage, 45th overall) were selected in the 2022 NWSL Draft, the first two NWSL draft picks in Purdue history and the third and fourth professional draft picks. The Boilermakers were one of nine schools to have multiple players selected in the 2022 draft, while they were the only Big Ten program and the only team not on the east or west coast with two or more draftees.

Along with Griffith and Bova, fellow 2021 seniors Maya Lambert and Grace Walsh are playing in Kazakhstan and Asturias, respectively. They are joined by Ena Sabanagic (Purdue 2016-19), who is playing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Maddy Williams (2013-17), who played in Indianapolis for Indy Eleven’s USL-W squad.

RECORD-BREAKING CROWDS

As the Boilermakers were breaking records on the field in 2021, fans were helping set records in the stands, as the single-game, season total and season average attendance numbers all were broken last season. A total of 9,578 fans packed Folk Field in 2021 for an average of 737, both shattering the previous marks. It began with a school-record crowd of 2,125 fans at the season-opening game against Kentucky, the first home crowd of more than 2,000. Purdue had two home games in a season with at least 1,000 fans for the first time in program history in 2021.

SERIES HISTORY VS. USC

Purdue is 0-2-0 all-time against USC, including 0-1-0 at home. The two previous matchups took place in early September in back-to-back years, 2010 and 2011. The Trojans earned a 1-0 win in 2010 in Fullerton, California, and followed it up with a 2-1 triumph in overtime in West Lafayette the following year.

That 2011 matchup was the last time Purdue played a Pac-12 team before 2022, and that season also included two other matchups vs. Pac-12 opponents, Oregon State and Colorado, all at home. The Boilermakers are 5-6-0 all-time against teams in the Pac-10/Pac-12.

SCOUTING THE TROJANS

USC was the Pac-12 runner-up a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s second round. The Trojans posted a 14-3-3 record with an 8-1-2 mark in Pac 12 action. In the preseason polls, the Trojans are No. 15 by the United Soccer Coaches and No. 18 by Top Drawer Soccer.

UP NEXT: BOILERMAKERS AND COMMODORES

The opening weekend concludes when Purdue hosts Vanderbilt on Sunday, August 21, at 1 p.m. ET. Admission at Folk Field is free for all fans during the regular season in 2022.

Butler Football Preview Series: Running Backs

INDIANAPOLIS – Head Coach Mike Uremovich oversees the running back position group on the practice field for the Bulldogs. Over half of the running backs on the 2022 roster are freshmen, but Uremovich is happy with the work all the backs are putting in during training camp.

“The running back room has been a lot of fun to coach, Uremovich stated. “We are very young and have a lot of work to do as a group. The guys are getting better every day. I am excited to see where we can progress to this fall.”

Senior

AJ Deinhart (5-9, 185)

Deinhart is the leader of the running back room as the lone upperclassman. A year ago, Deinhart led the Bulldogs with 496 rushing yards on 101 carries. He played in all 11 games and averaged 4.9 yards per rush. His top performance of the 2021 season came against the top team in the PFL. Deinhart took 12 hand-offs against Davidson and logged 96 yards against the Wildcats while scoring a TD.

Sophomores

Brody Reder (6-2, 215)

Joey Suchy (6-0, 225)

There is a wrinkle to the sophomore running back class this season with Reder joining Suchy as a dual threat. Reder played quarterback for Butler in six games last year, rushing the ball 15 times for 84 yards and three touchdowns in a reserve role. Reder also completed eight of his 24 pass attempts for 125 yards. Suchy found success as a redshirt-freshman in 2021. He was active in all 11 games and scored three touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Overall, Suchy rushed the ball 56 times to cover 278 yards. His top performance came at Marist (11/20) when he set season-high totals in carries (19), yards (75) and touchdowns (2).

Freshmen

Ian Baron (5-10, 193)

Griffin Caldwell (5-10, 182

Ershod Jasey II (5-11, 190)

*Kwesi Kyei-Fordjour (5-10, 205)

Seth Mencer (5-11, 175)

* – Redshirt Freshmen

The five freshmen running backs on the roster are from five different states. Kyei-Fordjour returns to the locker room in 2022 as a redshirt-freshman. The Charlotte, N.C. native played against Morehead State a year ago in his lone action of the season. Caldwell hails from Johns Creek, Georgia and Jasey II is from nearby Jacksonville, Fla. Mencer is the homegrown product from Cathedral H.S. here in Indy and Baron had the longest commute to campus from Los Angeles.

Cabrera Jr. Selected BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year; Butler MSoccer Picked for Top-Five Finish

The Butler men’s soccer team was tabbed to finish fifth in the 2022 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday, August 17. Senior forward Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. was selected as the 2022 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous pick for the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.

Providence, ranked No. 16 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, topped the conference poll with 94 points and earned four first-place votes. No. 2 ranked Georgetown followed suit with 93 points but garnered seven first-place votes. Receiving a vote in the national poll, St. John’s checks in at third in the preseason conference coaches’ poll with 79 points, followed by Creighton at 71. Rounding out the top six and separated by a single point includes 2021 BIG EAST semifinalists Butler (60 points) and Villanova (59 points).

Butler’s Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. was voted BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Creighton’s Paul Kruse earned the preseason accolade of Goalkeeper of the Year. Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors were split between Georgetown’s Daniel Wu and Providence’s Ramzi Qawasmy.

A member of the 2021 All-BIG EAST First Team and United Soccer Coaches All-East Region First Team, Cabrera will once again look to lead the Bulldogs offensive attack in 2022. Ranking fourth in the conference with 27 shots in 10 league games, Cabrera notched eight points and three goals to rank eighth and fifth respectively among league leaders. Entering his fourth season in Indianapolis, the Bogota, Columbia, native is no stranger to BIG EAST hardware, claiming BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2019, before landing on the All-BIG EAST First Team twice and Second Team in 2019.

A total of 11 student-athletes were named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, including Cabrera, Kruse, Qawasmy and Wu. Providence leads the way with three individuals on the list, followed by Creighton with two. Cabrera, Qawasmy and Wu were each unanimously voted to the team.

Creighton, Georgetown, Providence, St. John’s and Villanova were each NCAA Tournament teams last season, with all five capturing at least one win in the national spotlight. The Hoyas advanced the farthest, coming up short in the NCAA Semifinals.

All-BIG EAST honors and preseason polls were decided by a vote of the league’s head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own team or players. The 2022 season gets underway on Thursday, Aug. 25. Conference action begins Friday, Sept. 16.

BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Preseason Honors

Preseason Offensive Players of the Year

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., Butler, Sr., F

Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year

Daniel Wu, Georgetown, Sr., D

Ramzi Qawasmy, Providence, Gr., D

Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

Paul Kruse, Creighton, Gr., GK

Men’s Soccer Preseason All-BIG EAST

^ Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., Butler, Sr., F

Lukas Sunesson, Marquette, Sr., F

Gevork Diarbian, Providence, Jr., F

Lyam MacKinnon, Villanova, Sr., F

Mateo Leveque, UConn, So., M

Charles Auguste, Creighton, Sr., M

Luis Garcia, Providence, Sr., M

^ Daniel Wu, Georgetown, Sr., D

^ Ramzi Qawasmy, Providence, Gr., D

Brandon Knapp, St. John’s, Gr., D

Paul Kruse, Creighton, Gr., GK

^Unanimous vote

Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll

First Place votes in ()

1. Providence (4)              94 points

2. Georgetown (7)           93

3. St. John’s        79

4. Creighton       71

5. Butler               60

6. Villanova        59

7. Marquette     49

8. UConn             38

9. DePaul             23

10. Seton Hall     22

11. Xavier            17

Butler WSoccer Opens Season Hosting Western Michigan

Matchday Information – Butler vs. Western Michigan

DATE:                         Thursday, August 18 / 7 PM

LOCATION:                Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl

LIVE STATS:              butlersports.com

LIVE VIDEO:               (none)

SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 2-0

LAST MEETING:        September 16, 2021 – Indianapolis – Butler 5, Western Michigan 0

Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler women’s soccer team opens its season on Thursday, August 18, when Western Michigan comes to Indianapolis for a 7pm kickoff. The Bulldogs are coming off a 15-5-1 season, while the Broncos were 6-12 in 2021.

Bulldog Bits

Fifth Year Katie Soderstrom was chosen the 2022 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Joining her on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team is senior defender Aliya Diagne.

Butler’s 2022 schedule includes four teams who received recognition in the United Soccer Coaches 2022 Pre-Season poll (#9 Michigan, #19 Georgetown, #24 Xavier, and RV Wisconsin).

Eleven Bulldogs participated in the USL W pre-professional women’s soccer league over the past summer. (Indy Eleven: Katie Soderstrom, Becky Dean, Abby Isger, Julia Leonard—Chicago Dutch Lions: Lauren Doerr—Flint City: Alli Leonard, Alana Wood, Ari Jalics, Anna Schroeder, Caitlin O’Malley, Emily O’Malley)

Freshman Talia Sommer notched seven caps, including three starts, with the Israel women’s national football team during qualification matches for the 2023 World Cup.

Butler’s 15 wins in 2021 tied for the second most in program history (also 2002). The Bulldogs won 16 matches in 2015.

Butler scored 41 goals in 21 matches during the fall 2021 season (1.95 goals/match) while giving up 19 goals

(0.950 goals allowed/match).

Thirteen different players scored at least one goal in 21 matches during the 2021 season, and twelve produced an assist.

Butler made its third appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2021. The Bulldogs’ first appearance came in 2015, followed by a second trip in 2017.

The Matchup

The Bulldogs and Broncos have met only two times, with Butler coming out on top in both.

Butler defeated Western Michigan, 1-0, in 2002, in Indianapolis.

Scouting Western Michigan

In 2021, Western Michigan had an overall record of 6-12 and finished 4-7 in MAC play.

In 18 matches, the Broncos scored 30 goals compared to 40 for their opponents.

Western Michigan was outshot by its opponents, 207-298.

Eight Broncos notched a goal and 14 also tallied at least one assist.

Returning offensive standouts for Western Michigan include:

#3 Jenna Blackburn (6g)

#24 Cas Flanagan (4g, 2a)

#15 Claudia Schilling (2g, 1a)

#20 Jorden Campbell (3a)

Of the returning goalkeepers, Lauren Baofo (0-1) logged the most minutes in 2021, appearing in two matches and starting one. She made nine saves (.643) and allowed five goals, producing a 4.22 GAA.

JAGUARS PEGGED SEVENTH IN #HLWSOC PRESEASON POLL

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team has been picked to finish seventh in the league this season according to the #HLWSOC Preseason Poll, released on Wednesday (Aug. 17). Oakland and Milwaukee each captured five first-place votes to earn the top two spots, followed by Northern Kentucky, Cleveland State and Green Bay.

Head Coach Chris Johnson’s team was picked seventh, immediately behind Wright State and just ahead of Purdue Fort Wayne. The top six finishers will advance to the Horizon League Tournament, beginning on Oct. 30.

More to follow…

2022 #HLWSOC Preseason Poll

Pl.        Team – Pts. (First-place votes)

1.         Oakland (5) – 115

2.         Milwaukee (5) – 108

3.         Northern Kentucky – 96

4.         Cleveland State – 74

5.         Green Bay – 65

6.         Wright State – 60

7.         IUPUI – 55

8.         Purdue Fort Wayne – 51

9.         Youngstown State (1) – 49

10.        Detroit Mercy – 28

11.        RMU – 25

GAME 1 PREVIEW: IRISH HOST MARQUETTE IN OPENER

SOUTH BEND, Ind – The No. 16 ranked Notre Dame women’s soccer squad returns to the pitch when they kick off the 2022 season on Thursday, Aug. 18. Better yet, the Fighting Irish will get to do it in front of the home crowd inside Alumni Stadium, hosting Marquette at 7 pm ET. All home games will once again be free admission this season. For those fans who can’t make it, the match will be streamed on ACCNX.

IRISH IN SEASON OPENERS

The Irish program is now in its 35th year, dating back to the 1988 season. ND has achieved much success in its season openers, going 28-4-2.

When looking at specifically home season openers, the Irish haven’t lost an opener at Alumni Stadium since a 3-2 double overtime defeat to North Carolina on Sept. 3, 1999. Since, the Irish have gone 14-0-2 in that span.

FRESH BLOOD

A talented freshmen foursome join the Irish for the 2022 season: Leah Klenke, Berkley Mensik, Laney Matriano and Kiki Turner.

In the final preseason tune-up vs Ball State, both Klenke and Matriano received starts in the midfield.

Coach Norman described Klenke as one of the best incoming freshmen he’s had here in terms of being ready to go for game one. He also said he can play her in any position, so expect to see Klenke in both the midfield and defense.

Speaking of the Ball State exhibition, Mensik proved she has speed that might rival Olivia Wingate. In a counter attack, Mensik dribbled past three defenders before setting up a Mercado goal.

RED, WHITE AND ALBERT

Unfortunately for the first few games of the season, the Irish won’t have Korbin Albert patrolling the midfield, but it’s for a good reason. Albert is currently in Costa Rica with the US women’s national youth team competing in the U20 World Cup. Team USA needs to beat Japan by two goals to advance out of the group stage on Wednesday night so by the time the Irish kick off the season on Thursday, we’ll know if Albert’s stay in Costa Rica will be extended or not. Albert started in the first game against Ghana and nearly scored as one of her shots ricocheted off the crossbar.

Korbin Albert was a game-changer for the Irish. In fact, Top Drawer Soccer listed Albert as one of the 10 best freshmen in Division I soccer in 2021. Albert finished with the second most goals on the team with 12, which tied for the 13th most all-time in program history for a freshman. Albert also played her best soccer down the stretch, scoring eight of her goals over the last 11 games.

Furthermore, Albert wasn’t the only Irish to don the red, white and blue this past summer, for Bri Martinez competed with the U23 squad in the Three Nations Tournament in Sweden.

LOCAL PENN STANDOUTS RETURN

Two grad student transfers into the program return home to their roots for their final season. Mackenzie Wood and Kristina Lynch, both from Granger, attended Penn High and won a state title in soccer together.

Wood, a 5-9 goalkeeper from Northwestern, will be battling Ashley Naylor for the starting spot. Expect to see both starting games early on in the season.

Lynch, a 5-7 forward from Florida State, won NCAA titles with the Seminoles in both 2018 and 2021. She is currently recovering from an ankle injury and will miss the first few weeks. 

VAN ZANTEN SENDS JAMAICA TO WORLD CUP

It was a moment you dream about as a little kid, but on July 18, Kiki Van Zanten lived it. Competing with Team Jamaica during Concacaf Women’s Qualifying, Van Zanten was subbed in in overtime against Costa Rica and delivered the game-winning goal. As a result, Jamaica earned Concacaf bronze and a spot in the 2023 Women’s World Cup. You can watch the goal by clicking here.

RETURNING BACKLINE

The Irish return all but two starters from last year’s starting eleven, losing just its two central midfielders in Camryn Dyke and Brook VanDyck. Thus, it’s entire backline defense of Wirtz, Gaetino and Hudson is back and looking to dominate even moreso than last season.

The three defenders helped post a 0.963 goals against average.

All-in-all, the Irish defense allowed 22 goals with 97 shots on net. Total shots wise, they only allowed 9.6 shots per game.

The 22 goals were the fewest allowed in Coach Norman’s tenure (not counting the shortened 2020 season due to Covid-19), and the fewest since 2016.

A LOOK BACK

The Irish finished ranked No. 16 in the nation with an end of year RPI of No. 20. Notre Dame went 7-3-0 in the No. 1 rated RPI league of the ACC, finishing fourth in the standings. The Fighting Irish went 6-5-2 against the RPI top-50, including two wins against the RPI top-25.

For the 27th time over the last 29 years, Notre Dame women’s soccer went dancing in the NCAA Tournament. Not only did the Irish earn a berth, but drew a national seed (No. 3) as well. The Irish defeated SIUE, 4-0, in the first round, then advanced past Purdue in the second round after drawing 1-1 in regulation,  edging the Boilermakers 4-3 in PK’s. The Irish then gave No. 7 nationally ranked Arkansas a battle on their home turf, rallying twice to tie the match, but ultimately fell 3-2.

Notre Dame scored 52 goals on the year which ranked third in the ACC and 16th in the nation. The 52 goals were the most in a season since 2010, when they put away 55 goals. Notre Dame’s scoring offense of 2.36 ranked 20th in the nation and fourth in the ACC.

COACH NORMAN – BEST YEAR AT THE HELM

The Irish won 14 games, marking Coach Norman’s best year at the helm, surpassing his 11 wins in 2019. In fact, the 14 were the most since 2015 (see below). 

2020: 6-7-0

2019: 11-8-1

2018: 8-10-0

2017: 10-7-5

2016:13-3-5

2015: 14-5-1

2014: 14-6-2

2013: 13-8-1

2012: 16-6-2

2011: 10-8-3

HOME SWEET HOME

The Irish have made Alumni Stadium a difficult venue for opposing programs to succeed in. Since its creation in 2009, Notre Dame has gone 108-27-6, good for a .787 winning percentage. In fact, they have only surrendered one loss or better on six separate seasons.

Looking at just the past three years, the Irish are 22-4-2 at home.

Notre Dame went 10-1-1 during the 2021 campaign – its lone loss a 3-2 decision to Clemson in the ACC Tournament.

Mastodons Welcome Chicago State to Open Regular Season

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team will kick off the regular season on Thursday (Aug. 18) against the Chicago State Cougars. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

Game Day Information

Who: Chicago State Cougars

When: Thursday, August 18 | 7 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hefner Soccer Complex

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Game Notes: Attached

Know Your Foe

Chicago State is coming off a 2-14-1 season in 2021, which saw the Cougars pick up wins over Abilene Christian and UTRGV and a tie against Purdue Fort Wayne. The Cougars return just one goal-scorer from last season: Hailey Stacey.

Series History

Purdue Fort Wayne and Chicago State have played three times, all three coming since 2018. The ‘Dons hold a 2-0-1 advantage in the series, winning the first two 5-0 and 1-0. The two squads tied 2-2 last season. Kelsey Gallagher had two goals in that game.

Roster Reset

Purdue Fort Wayne’s roster consists of 17 players who have played at least two seasons of college soccer. There are 10 seniors, seven juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen. Last season, the Mastodons were led by three All-Horizon League selections: Morgan Reitano (First Team), Gabrielle Fanning (Second Team) and Bella Reitano (All-Freshman Team). The Mastodons return 10 players who started in at least half of last season’s games.

She’s Been Around

Gabrielle Fanning is in her sixth year of college soccer, playing her first season in 2017. With a redshirt campaign in 2018 and the extra year due to the blanket COVID-19 waiver, Fanning is the only student-athlete at Purdue Fort Wayne of any sport to be playing her sixth year with the Mastodons. She is also the only current student-athlete to play under the “Fort Wayne” athletics branding, thus the only to play in blue and white uniforms. She has played in 64 games as a Mastodon, with 61 starts, and has a chance to become the all-time career leader in both categories.

Brick Wall Castaneda

Samantha Castaneda owns a 1.31 career goals against average, which is the best in program history among those that played at least 750 minutes in the net. Her mark of 1.35 GAA in 2021 was the second-best for a season-long average to Sam Pavlika’s 1.07 in 2012.

Be Aware!

In the newest rule changes from the NCAA, overtime will no longer be played in the regular season. Overtime will only be played in postseason games, and will no longer be golden goal, meaning both 10-minute overtime periods will be played to completion.

A Look Back

The 2021 edition of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer program wrapped up with a 5-8-6 record and a berth to the Horizon League Championship. The No. 6 seeded Mastodons fell to No. 3 Northern Kentucky in overtime 1-0. The sixth-place finish in the Horizon League standings was the best of head coach Jason Burr’s Mastodon career.

Meet The Freshmen

Purdue Fort Wayne has three freshmen on its roster this season: Lauren Klusek, Chloe Mariotti and Lauryn Brucchieri. Klusek was a top-10 goal-scorer in the U.S. Development Academy in the 2018-19 season, Mariotti was a two-time All-Conference pick at Yorktown High School, and Brucchieri was a three-time All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons took down Goshen 2-0 in the final exhibition of the 2022 season. Rylee Vruggink and Zoe Greenhalge scored for the Mastodons. Belle Plautz and Melina Kozachik combined for the shutout.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will hit the road for the first time in the regular season with a game at Eastern Illinois on Sunday (Aug. 21) at 4 p.m. ET.

Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s Basketball Announces League Schedule

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Horizon League announced the 2022-23 women’s basketball league schedules on Wednesday (Aug. 17). Purdue Fort Wayne will play 20 league contests with a home-and-home against all 10 opposing league schools.

The Mastodons will open their third season in the Horizon League with two home games on December 2 and 4 against Detroit Mercy and Oakland. Last season, the ‘Dons beat Detroit Mercy twice by a combined 20 points.

After final exams, the Mastodons will spend the end of the calendar year at Robert Morris (Dec. 29) and Youngstown State (Dec. 31). They will return to the Gates Sports Center on January 4 to play IUPUI. The Jaguars will be without four-time Horizon League Player of the Year Macee Williams for the first time in five years.

After a road trip to last season’s Horizon League Championship runner-up Cleveland State (Jan. 6), the ‘Dons are back in the Gates Center for a pair against Green Bay (Jan. 12) and Milwaukee (Jan. 14). After that, the Mastodons will play four-straight road games at Northern Kentucky (Jan. 20), Wright State (Jan. 22), Oakland (Jan. 26) and Detroit Mercy (Jan. 28).

2021-22 regular season co-champion Youngstown State will visit the Gates Center on February 2, followed by Robert Morris two days later. A road trip to IUPUI (Feb. 9) breaks up the homestand before Cleveland State (Feb. 13), Wright State (Feb. 16) and Northern Kentucky (Feb. 18) visit the Summit City. The Mastodons will wrap up the regular season in Wisconsin, visiting Milwaukee (Feb. 23) and Green Bay (Feb. 25).

Times for home games and details on the Horizon League Championship will be announced at a later date.

Wahlberg Named to United Soccer Coaches Players to Watch List

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana State women’s soccer midfielder CeCe Wahlberg was named to the United Soccer Coaches Players to Watch list for the 2022 season. The list is comprised of 38 women from Division I.

Wahlberg was named to the All-MVC First Team for the second straight season in the fall of 2021. She finished third in the MVC in points (15), goals (6) and shots (55). She was second in the league with 34 shots on goal. During MVC play, she led the conference with 13 points. Her .618 shooting percentage tied for 30th in the nation. The senior also finished tied for the team lead in assists with three.

The 2021 fall season saw Wahlberg move up the program record books in multiple categories. She now ranks second all-time in shots on goal (70), third in total shots (146) and ninth in total points (32).

The South Elgin, Ill. native and the Sycamores will begin their regular season on Thursday night at SIUE with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET.

Sycamores Set to Open Regular Season at SIUE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer will begin their 2022 regular season campaign on Thursday night as they’ll travel to Edwardsville to take on SIUE at 8 p.m. ET at Ralph Korte Stadium.

Thursday’s contest will be streamed on ESPN+ with live stats available as well.

SIUE was tabbed to win the Ohio Valley Conference, receiving 11 of the 18 first-place votes. The Cougars finished 11-7 in 2021 while going 6-2 in OVC play en route to their fourth ever conference championship. SIUE is coached by Derek Burton who enters his 15th season leading the program.

Three all-conference selections return for the Cougars in junior forward Maria Haro, junior forward Lily Schnieders and sophomore forward Kaitlyn Nicholls.

The all-time series between ISU and SIUE stands at 4-4 with the last matchup coming in 2019 in Terre Haute.

Sycamores head coach Julie Hanley enters her seventh season at the helm for Indiana State after leading the Trees to back-to-back MVC Tournament appearances for the first time since 2013. Indiana State finished third in the Valley in 2021 after a 4-2-2 finish in conference play with each of the four conference wins being by multiple goals.

Indiana State finished second in the MVC with 66 points last season, scoring 25 goals and tallying 16 assists. The Sycamores return all but one goal of production to the roster in 2022.

The preseason coaches’ poll has the Sycamores slated to finish second with three Sycamores, Maddie Alexander, Kloe Pettigrew and CeCe Wahlberg, being named to the All-MVC Preseason Team.

Five Sycamores were named to All-Conference teams last season and all five return to the team in 2022. CeCe Wahlberg was named to the All-MVC First Team for the second straight season. Wahlberg finished third in the MVC in points (15), goals (6) and shots (55). She was second in the league with 34 shots on goal. During MVC play, she led the conference with 13 points. Her .618 shooting percentage tied for 30th in the nation. The senior also finished tied for the team lead in assists with three. The 2021 fall season saw Wahlberg move up the program record books in multiple categories. She now ranks second all-time in shots on goal (70), third in total shots (146) and ninth in total points (32).

The duo of Maddie Alexander and Katie Yankey were named to the All-MVC Second Team.

Alexander finished the season with 81 saves, with 56 of them coming during MVC action which is tied for the most in the conference. She averaged seven saves a game during conference play which is tied for first while her .862 save percentage is second best. She recorded at least six saves in seven different matches including a career-high 10 against Illinois State. Her 132 career saves rank sixth all-time in Sycamore history.

Yankey played in all 17 matches for the Sycamores while starting in 16 of them, logging 1585 minutes of action. Her three assists were tied for the team lead while scoring one goal. She scored the opening goal of the season for Indiana State in their 3-1 win at Eastern Illinois on August 19. She finished the season with 12 shots including a career-high five against Illinois State.

Sasha Thompson and Mackenzie Kent return after earning Honorable Mention All-MVC honors. Kent was also named to the All-Freshman team.

Thompson appeared in all 17 matches, making 12 starts. She tied for fourth in the conference with five goals and ranks sixth in points with 13. Her five goals came on just 10 shot attempts. She finished tied for the team lead in assists with three. She scored twice in the Sycamores 3-1 win at UNI.

Kent started all 17 matches this season, finishing with 12 points including five goals and two assists. She recorded 29 shots with 15 on goal. Her five goals tied with Thompson for second most on the team and fourth in the conference. She brought home Freshman of the Week honors twice during the regular season. She scored twice in the Sycamores 4-1 win over Evansville.

Kloe Pettigrew returns as an anchor of the Sycamore defense after being named to the All-Tournament Team in 2021. She played and started in all 17 matches while leading the team with 1618 minutes on the field.

Eight new players have joined the Sycamore roster including seven freshmen and one transfer. Josie Bakaitis comes to Indiana State after two seasons as a starter at MVC foe Illinois State where she played and started in 29 matches and was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team in 2021. Her father Jeff was a member of the Indiana State Track & Field team from 1993-97.

Sycamore basketball releases 2022-23 nonconference schedule

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Head Coach Josh Schertz and the Indiana State men’s basketball program announced the 2022-23 nonconference schedule on Wednesday morning. The 12-game slate will feature six home games inside Hulman Center, while the road schedule includes the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase announced earlier this month.

Overall, the Sycamores nonconference schedule features home games against Tusculum (exhibition), Green Bay, Ball State, North Dakota State, Trinity Christian College, and Northern Illinois. The road portion includes the Gulf Coast Showcase from November 21-23, Miami (Ohio), Southern Indiana, and Duquesne.

ISU opens the competition slate with a Tuesday exhibition against Tusculum on November 1 before starting the 2022-23 regular season.

The Sycamores are at home in each of their first three games as ISU hosts the return trips in the home-and-home series against Green Bay, Ball State, and North Dakota State. Green Bay comes to the Hulman Center for the regular season opener on Monday, November 7, while Ball State (Nov. 12) and North Dakota State (Nov. 17) wrap up the season-opening home stand.

ISU makes its longest road trip of 2022-23 over November 21-23 as the Sycamores take part in the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase hosted in Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla. The Sycamores will take on East Carolina in the tournament opener on Monday to open up the neutral-site tournament.

Following their Thanksgiving road trip, the Sycamores are back home to host Trinity Christian College (Nov. 27). ISU’s next three nonconference games are on the road with the Sycamores set to travel to Miami (Ohio) (Dec. 3), Southern Indiana (Dec. 11), and Duquesne (Dec. 17).

ISU’s final nonconference game is set for Thursday, December 22, as Northern Illinois comes into town.

The Missouri Valley Conference schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

2022-23 Indiana State Men’s Basketball Nonconference Schedule

Tuesday, November 1 – Tusculum (Exhibition) – 7 p.m.

Monday, November 7 – Green Bay – 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 12 – Ball State – 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 17 – North Dakota State – 7 p.m.

Monday, November 21 – vs. East Carolina – 1:30 p.m. (Gulf Coast Showcase)

Tuesday, November 22 – vs. TBA (Gulf Coast Showcase)

Wednesday, November 23 – vs. TBA (Gulf Coast Showcase)

Sunday, November 27 – Trinity Christian – 1 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 – at Miami (Ohio)

Sunday, December 11 – at Southern Indiana

Saturday, December 17 – at Duquesne

Thursday, December 22 – Northern Illinois – 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball announces non-conference slate

EVANSVILLE – As the 2022-23 season quickly approaches, University of Evansville head women’s basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells has announced her team’s non-conference slate.

“The basketball season is almost upon us and I am excited for our fans to see the hard work our players have continued to put in,” said Scherr-Wells on the upcoming season. “I feel our non-conference schedule gives us a competitive slate versus regional opponents and not only opportunities to see the Aces at home, but hopefully some games on the road too. Five of our games are against opponents we faced last year and we have the opportunity to play two Big 10 teams on the road which will prepare us well for MVC play.”

Featuring a mix of Power 5 and regional opponents the 10-game schedule includes an equal split of games played inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse and on the road. Season tickets start at just $50 for the 2022-23 campaign with floor seats available for just $100. Men’s Basketball season ticket holders can get general admission season tickets for a special price of $25. Fans can purchase tickets by contacting the ticket office at 812-488-2237.

The Aces get the 2022-23 campaign underway on Saturday, October 29th with an exhibition contest against Roosevelt University (Ill.) inside Meeks. The game will represent a reuniting of sorts as Scherr-Wells welcomes the university where she held her first head coaching position and won two conference championships

Opening the regular season, Evansville hits the road to play Eastern Kentucky on Monday November 7th, following a 67-57 win for the Aces inside the Ford Center last season. After the trip east, the Aces take on Iowa in Iowa City on November 10th, challenging the Hawkeyes, who earned a No. 2 seed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, for the second-straight season.

The regular season home opener takes place on Wednesday, November 16th when Chicago State comes to Meeks Family Fieldhouse. Rounding out the week, Evansville faces its second Big Ten opponent in nine days with a matchup with Illinois in Champaign on Saturday, November 19th.

Evansville will look to avenge an eight-point loss to the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Saturday, November 26th at home before going back on the road for a pair of contests against teams the Aces captured victories against a season ago. On Friday, December 2nd, UE travels to Morehead State, earning a 79-49 win over the Eagles last season.Wrapping-up the road portion of its non-conference slate, Evansville heads to Louisville, Ky. for a midweek contest with Bellarmine on Thursday December 8th, a team the Aces defeated 89-83 in 2021-22.

The Aces close-out the non-conference slate with two games at home, welcoming in SEMO on Sunday, December 18th before wrapping-up play before the holidays with a matchup with UT Martin on Thursday, December 22nd.

Volleyball earns highest preseason MVC ranking

ST. LOUIS – In its highest preseason ranking since joining the Missouri Valley Conference, the University of Evansville volleyball team was picked second in the annual coaches preseason poll.  Along with the team recognition, a pair of UE student-athletes were named to the 2022 MVC Preseason All-Conference Team with Alondra Vazquez and Melanie Feliciano earning the recognition.

Accumulating a total of 121 points and two first-place votes, the Purple Aces were second in the poll behind Illinois State, who received five of the 12 possible top votes.  Just behind Evansville was UIC with 108 points with Bradley being chosen fourth.

Evansville returns the core of its roster from its 2021 team that finished the season 21-12 overall and 9-9 in MVC play. The Aces return five starters plus their libero in 2022. Evansville is coming off its best season in over 30 years. The Purple Aces had their first 20-win season since 1988. With its perfor­mance during the season, UE was invited to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) where the team won two matches.

For the second time in her career, Alondra Vazquez garnered All-MVC First Team honors. Vazquez broke the single season program record with 494 kills. Joining her on the first team was Melanie Feliciano. In her third sea­son with the program, Feliciano recorded 3.28 kills and 2.52 digs per set. One of the most electric players in the conference was 2021 MVC Freshman of the Year Giulia Cardona. She paced the league with 0.50 service aces per set. Her final tally of 467 kills was the most by a freshman in program history.

Action begins for UE in just over a week with a trip to the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W.Va.  The Aces open on Friday, August 26 with a 2 p.m. CT match versus Wright State.

Regular-Season Kicks Off Thursday Against Vanderbilt For UE Women

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s soccer team will open the 2022 regular-season at Arad McCutchan Stadium on Thursday night, as the Purple Aces will host traditional Southeastern Conference power Vanderbilt.  Kick-off is set for 7:05 p.m. and Thursday’s match can be seen live on ESPN+.

Evansville is coming off of a 7-5-7 regular-season in 2021 which saw the Purple Aces advance to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament final.  UE returns 21 players from a year ago, led by Preseason All-MVC fifth-year senior forward Emily Ormson (Folsom, Calif./Vista Del Lago HS).  Ormson earned first-team all-Valley honors in 2021 after leading UE with seven goals and 16 total points.

UE’s defense will be anchored by 2021 honorable mention all-MVC defenders Emilie Hill (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) and Rachel Rosborough (Mt. Brydges, Ontario, Canada).  Joining the mix for UE is a group of ten talented newcomers highlighted by Evansville natives Ryleigh Anslinger (Memorial HS) and Kaylee Woosley (North HS).

Vanderbilt, meanwhile, is coming of an 8-8-3 season a year ago in which the Commodores finished second in the SEC East with a 5-4-1 conference mark.  Vanderbilt returns two-thirds of its 2021 team this year, led by first-team All-SEC and All-Southeast Region forward Raegan Kelley, who paced the Commodores in both goals (eight) and points (19).  Fellow All-Southeast Region defender Maya Antoine helps key a stout Commodore defense which allowed the fewest goals in SEC play a year ago.

“Vanderbilt will obviously test us,” said UE head coach Chris Pfau.  “They are a very well-coached team and will challenge us in a lot of areas.  I like playing teams like this though because it will only make you better in the long run.  I want our program to be able to compete against the very best, and to do that, you have to test yourself.

“I think that we learned a lot in our exhibition against Saint Louis, and I have really liked the effort in training this week.  We just need to keep working hard and keep improving.  This team has a lot of potential, but it is a process, and we just need to keep focusing on getting better each and every time that we step onto the field.”

Overall, Evansville will play nine regular-season matches at home this year, and season tickets are currently available for just $45.  A combined UE women’s and men’s soccer season pass is also available for $70, which includes access to 18 regular-season home matches.

Eagles predicted to finish eighth, Anderson awarded preseason honor

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball was predicted to finish eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference this season. The OVC released the preseason predicted order of finish Wednesday morning along with the 2022 Preseason All-OVC Team, where junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) landed herself on the team.

USI, who competes in NCAA Division I and OVC for the first time this season, will face a 29-game regular season with 18 conference matches. The Eagles first conference match will be a road contest against Tennessee Tech University September 23 and 24.

Topping the preseason poll was Morehead State University who nabbed 153 total points and nine first-place votes. Reigning OVC Tournament Champion Southeast Missouri State University claimed second place with 145 points and seven first-place votes. Also securing votes were University of Tennessee at Martin (125) and Tennessee Tech University (120) each receiving two first-place votes.

Rounding out the final six are the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (95), Eastern Illinois University (66), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (63), USI (48), Lindenwood University (43), and Tennessee State University (42).

Along with the preseason predicted poll, the OVC announced its 2022 Preseason All-OVC Team, where Anderson earned one of the 14 spots on the list. Anderson comes into 2022 ranked seventh all-time at USI with 139 service aces and 18th with 884 kills. She also finished last season with a team-high 301 kills and conference-most 67 service aces, earning her All-GLVC honors for the second straight season.

USI Head Coach Randi Raff returns nine players from last year’s roster, who finished 18-13, 11-7 GLVC in its final year in NCAA Division II. Since the hiring of Raff in 2019, the Eagles have earned 50 wins and a GLVC Tournament Championship during the 2020-21.

The Eagles begin the 2022 campaign against IUPUI in a home exhibition match this Saturday at 11 a.m. USI follows with the regular season home opener versus Murray State University August 26 and 27 at Screaming Eagles Arena. Game times are set for 6 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively.

2022 OVC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish

(as voted on by the league’s head coaches and communication directors)

1. Morehead State (Nine first-place votes) – 153

2. Southeast Missouri (Seven first-place votes) – 145

3. UT Martin (Two first-place votes) – 125

4. Tennessee Tech (Two first-place votes) – 120

5. Little Rock – 95

6. Eastern Illinois – 66

7. SIUE – 63

8. Southern Indiana – 48

9. Lindenwood – 43

10. Tennessee State – 42

2022 Volleyball Preseason All-OVC Team

(as voted on by the league’s head coaches and communication directors)

Zoey Beasley, Southeast Missouri

Bridget Bessler, Morehead State

Taylor Dorsey, Tennessee Tech

Gina Rivera-Ortiz, Tennessee State

Karen Scanlon, UT Martin

Tara Beilsmith, Southeast Missouri

Olivia Saunders, UT Martin

Irene Wogenstahl, Morehead State

Madolyn Isringhausen, Tennessee Tech

Abby Hulsman, Morehead State

Logan Wallick, UT Martin

Colby Greene, Southeast Missouri

Leah Anderson, Southern Indiana

Nedima Kamberovic, Little Rock

USI opens D-I era on the road

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer kicks off their 2022 regular season at the end of this week with two road matches against North Dakota on Thursday and at Winona State on Saturday. Start times are 1 p.m. for both.

The match at North Dakota Thursday will be Southern Indiana’s first regular season match as an NCAA Division I program. Southern Indiana is beginning their first year as an NCAA Division I program, transitioning from NCAA Division II and their previous membership in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. USI is now a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, the eighth-oldest NCAA Division I conference.

USI enters the 2022 regular season after a 1-0-2 record in preseason exhibition matches. The Screaming Eagles earned a 1-1 draw in their first exhibition at home against the University of Missouri Kansas City. Junior forward Morgan Beyer (Rossford, Ohio) scored the goal for USI in that match. In their second exhibition, USI won 1-0 at Illinois Chicago on a goal by junior forward Paige Vanek (St. Charles, Missouri). USI’s last exhibition resulted in a 0-0 draw at Murray State.

The 2022 USI squad features 33 players – 18 returning players and 15 newcomers, beginning its seventh season under Head Coach Eric Schoenstein, who has a 65-36-14 record leading the last six seasons. USI was a Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament Finalist in the 2021 season.

Three of USI’s top goal-scorers from a season ago return in 2022 for the Screaming Eagles. Beyer along with senior midfielder Jill DiTusa (St. Charles, Illinois) and junior midfielder Avery Schone (Galena, Ohio) lead an experienced front for USI. DiTusa led the team with six goals, while Schone scored five goals and Beyer found the back of the net four times in 2021. Schone was an All-GLVC selection last season.

Senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) is back in net for USI after a strong 2021 season between the posts. Etienne recorded 54 saves and a 0.81 goals against average in 16 matches played last season. For her career, Etienne already holds the top spot in the USI record books for career shutouts with 29 entering the 2022 season. Etienne also enters the 2022 season with 236 career saves, which is good for sixth all-time at USI.

USI was projected to place eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference in a vote submitted by the league’s head coaches and communication directors. SIU Edwardsville topped the OVC preseason poll with 123 points and 11 first-place votes. UT Martin was picked second with 119 points and seven first-place votes. Etienne represented USI on the 2022 OVC Soccer Preseason Players to Watch List.

USI’s opponent on Thursday, North Dakota, picked up a 3-3 draw in their lone exhibition match on August 7 against the University of Manitoba. The Fighting Hawks return three of their top scorers in Hannah Olson, Bailey McNitt, and Julia Briggs from the 2021 season. Olson scored four goals last year as the top returning goal-scorer, while McNitt comes back the top points-scorer from a season ago. McNitt tallied 10 points on three goals and four assists. Briggs found the back of the net twice last season. Senior goalkeeper Madi Livingston is back in net after posting 69 saves and 1.69 goals against average last season. Overall, North Dakota went 3-13-1 with a 1-8 Summit League conference record in 2021.

Saturday’s opponent, Winona State, is out of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in NCAA Division II. Winona State went 4-12-1 with a 3-11-1 conference record in the 2021 season. The Warriors return three of their top-five scorers from last year, including leading scorer Riley Harmon who had four goals. Ella Roberts and Abigail Williams each scored twice last season. Alyson Jumper and Yanel Ortiz split time in net for Winona State in 2021, both returning for the Warriors in 2022. Jumper had 10 starts with 52 saves and 1.47 goals against average, while Ortiz made seven starts with 36 saves and a 1.55 GAA.

Live video coverage for Thursday’s match at North Dakota can be found online at midcosportsplus.com ($). Saturday’s live video coverage at Winona State can be found online at nsicnetwork.com.

USI fans can stay up-to-date with the latest at usiscreamingeagles.com.

Valpo Soccer Set To Kick Off 30th Season

Valparaiso (0-0-0, 0-0-0 MVC)

Thursday, Aug. 18 – at Eastern Illinois (0-0-0) – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21 – Youngstown State (0-0-0) – 1 p.m.

Next Up in Valpo Soccer: The Beacons kick off the 30th season of Valpo soccer this week with a pair of matches. Valpo opens the regular season on Thursday afternoon at Eastern Illinois before coming home to Brown Field for the home opener Sunday afternoon versus Youngstown State.

Previously: Valpo drew both of its exhibition matches, tying Western Michigan (2-2) and Toledo (3-3).

Looking Ahead: The Beacons head west next weekend, playing at Colorado and Northern Colorado. It will be a return to the Centennial State for sophomores Peyton Evans and Lauren Cook, both of whom hail from Colorado.

Following the Beacons: Both of this week’s matches will be broadcast on ESPN+. All nine of Valpo’s home matches are slated for broadcast on The Valley on ESPN (ESPN+ or ESPN3), while select road matches will be broadcast as well.

Head Coach John Marovich: In his 15th season at the helm of the Valpo program, John Marovich holds a 113-105-38 (.516) record both overall and at Valpo as a head coach. The 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Marovich holds Valpo’s all-time records for both victories and winning percentage.

Series Notes: EIU – The Panthers hold a slim 7-6-2 advantage in the all-time series over Valpo. Valpo has not lost to EIU since 2002, however, as it carries a seven-match unbeaten streak (6-0-1) in the series into Thursday’s matchup. The last meeting came on Aug. 19, 2018, a scoreless draw in which Drew Moulton earned the clean sheet in goal.

YSU – Valpo has dominated the all-time series over the Penguins, 11-2-3, but is just 1-2-2 versus YSU in their last five meetings in Valparaiso dating back to 2008. The last matchup came in Valpo’s last season as a Horizon League member: a 1-0 win for the Penguins on Brown Field on Oct. 15, 2016.

Scouting the Opposition: EIU – Coming off of a 4-11-2 record in 2021, the Panthers have been picked to finish in seventh place in the OVC preseason poll. Notably, EIU beat both Murray State and Belmont – both now MVC members – in OVC play last season. Leading scorer Zenaya Barnes (3g, 1a) is back for her senior season, while Faith Davies – who played every minute in goal last year – returns as well.

YSU – The Penguins posted a 2-11-5 record last season and were 2-5-4 in Horizon League action. YSU returns 22 letterwinners from that squad, including seniors Regan LaVigna and Abriana Rondin, who tied for team-high honors with two goals apiece. Brooklyn Kirkpatrick, who posted a 1.02 GAA and an .846 save percentage in eight matches is goal, also is back.

Valpo Picked Atop Preseason Poll: The Beacons will be the hunted rather than the hunter this season, as Valpo was chosen atop the MVC preseason poll. Valpo gathered eight out of 11 potential first-place votes and totaled 116 out of 121 potential points, 22 points clear of second-placed Indiana State in the poll. Notably, the program has matched or surpassed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley.

Quartet of Preseason Honorees: Plenty of individual standouts have helped Valpo get to the point where it is the preseason Valley favorite, and four of them were honored with preseason All-MVC accolades. Seniors Kiley Dugan and Nicole Norfolk were joined by juniors Nikki Coryell and Kelsie James as preseason honorees. Valpo topped all MVC schools with four members of the preseason All-Conference squad.

Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo put together its best season since joining the Valley last fall, finishing the year with a 10-6-2 overall record and a 6-1-1 mark in Valley play to finish in second place in the standings. The Beacons went unbeaten in their first seven MVC fixtures, part of a nine-match unbeaten streak – the second-longest such streak in program history. Eight players earned postseason awards from the MVC, highlighted by the selection of Nikki Coryell as MVC Goalkeeper of the Year for a second straight season. Kelsie James joined Coryell on the All-MVC First Team, while James and Kiley Dugan were both Second Team All-Region selections.

What’s Back and What’s New: Valpo returns 20 letterwinners from last season’s MVC runner-up squad, including nine starters. Joining the fold this year are six newcomers – five freshmen and one transfer.

National Recognition: Senior Kiley Dugan and junior Kelsie James both earned preseason recognition on a national level as well, as both were named preseason Players to Watch by United Soccer Coaches. The preseason Players to Watch lists are being released for the first time this season by the Division I All-America Committees to promote college soccer leading up to the official start date for the regular season. The lists include United Soccer Coaches All-Americans and first or second team All-Region players from 2021 who are scheduled to return for the 2022 season.

Coryell Between the Pipes: The two-time reigning MVC Goalkeeper of the Year, junior goalkeeper Nikki Coryell is back for her third season in net for the Beacons. Coryell posted an 8-6-2 record with a 1.15 GAA and an .819 save percentage a season ago and registered five solo shutouts, all of which came within MVC play. Coryell led the conference in MVC-only play in save percentage (.865), tied for the top spot in MVC-only action in shutouts and ranked third against conference foes in GAA (0.85). Also a two-time First Team All-MVC selection and a Third Team All-Region honoree last season, she already is tied for second in program history in career GAA (0.85) and ranks fifth in shutouts (12).

Dugan Gets It Done: A consistent presence up front for the Beacons, senior Kiley Dugan returns at forward. A Second Team All-MVC and Second Team All-Region choice last season, Dugan started all 18 matches and played the most minutes of any Valpo forward. She registered a pair of assists on the year, including a helper on the match-winning goal in the regular-season win over Evansville.

James Leads the Attack: Junior Kelsie James has cemented herself not only as one of the top attackers in the MVC, but as one of the top forwards in the Midwest. A First Team All-MVC choice and Second Team All-Region selection last season, James led the Valley last season with nine goals – becoming the first player in program history to lead the conference in goals. She also tied for the MVC best with 22 points, ranking sixth in a single season in program history in points and seventh in goals. James stepped up her game in conference-only action, pacing all MVC players in both goals (5) and match-winning goals (3).

Norfolk Anchors the Back Line: Senior Nicole Norfolk has been a rock in the center of Valpo’s back line ever since stepping on campus. A Second Team All-MVC selection last season, Norfolk set a program record for a field player by playing 3,591 consecutive matches to start her career before being subbed out late in a September win over St. Bonaventure. Norfolk went the distance in 16 of Valpo’s 18 matches last season and was part of a defensive unit which recorded eight clean sheets, five of which came in MVC play.

DuSatko Runs Up Top: Junior Lindsey DuSatko picked up Second Team All-MVC recognition a season ago despite missing three of Valpo’s eight conference fixtures. She ranked second on the team in both goals (3) and points (8). Two of DuSatko’s three goals came in conference play — the match-winner in extra time at Indiana State and the opening goal in Valpo’s win at Missouri State.

More on Last Year’s Awards: Coryell and James were the only two underclassmen to earn First Team All-MVC honors, while Valpo led the conference with five honorees between the first team and the second team. The last time Valpo had five players earn first or second team honors in the same season came back in 2005 in the Mid-Con.

Wait, There’s Even More!: In all, eight players earned postseason accolades from the Valley last year. Senior Natalie Graf was an Honorable Mention All-MVC choice, as she showcased her versatility, playing the third-most minutes among Valpo field players and seeing action at both defensive midfielder and center back. Dana Fish and Abby White represented the Beacons on the All-Freshman Team – Fish scored three goals, including match-winners against Illinois State and Southern Illinois, while White slotted in at left back from the season’s onset and played the second-most minutes among field players.

Regionally Ranked: Valpo is looking to start this season the same way it ended the regular season last year – among the ten squads ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest Region ranking. This year’s first regional ranking will come out after the first weekend of competition. Last season, Valpo was ranked in each of the season’s final four weeks, reaching as high as #8.

Always in the XI: Three players started all 18 matches for Valpo a season ago: Kiley Dugan, Nicole Norfolk and Abby White. Entering their fourth season in the Valpo uniform, Dugan and Norfolk have both started all 50 matches since stepping on campus.

Volleyball Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll

Coming off of one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Valpo volleyball program has been chosen to finish in fifth place in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2022, as the MVC released its preseason poll on Wednesday morning.

The Beacons garnered 95 points in the polling, including one first-place vote, to rank fifth in a tight bunch in the middle of the pack. Valpo was just four points behind Bradley in fourth position, but on the other side, was just one point ahead of UNI in sixth place. Notably, Valpo has outperformed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley.

Illinois State received five first-place votes and totaled 134 points to lead the poll ahead of Evansville (121 points, two first-place votes). UIC (3) and UNI (1) also picked up at least one first-place nod.

Valpo posted a 26-10 record last season and went 12-6 in MVC play, finishing the regular season in a tie for third place — its best finish since joining the Valley. The Beacons earned a bid to the postseason NIVC and picked up four sweeps in a row to advance to the championship match of the tournament.

Valpo returns 10 letterwinners and two redshirt freshmen from last year’s squad, while adding a pair of transfers and three true freshmen to the team. The Beacons did lose a quartet of players who combined for eight All-MVC honors during their careers, making this year’s team the program’s first since 2006 to have no returning First or Second Team All-Conference honorees on the roster.

Valpo continues its preseason on Friday morning at 11 a.m. at the ARC with an exhibition match against Western Michigan. The regular season kicks off Friday, Aug. 26 at Youngstown State with a match against Delaware State.

Reloaded Trailblazers volleyball team set to begin Region title defense Sunday

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Volleyball program looks to start the VU Athletics season with a bang on Sunday, August 21, when VU hosts Region 24 opponent Shawnee Community College and East Central (Mo.) College in tri-match action.

The Trailblazers are coming off of a historic season in 2021, which saw VU capture their first Region Championship in 15 years and first Region title at the NJCAA Division I level.

Never wanting to settle, Head Coach Gary Sien continues to set his sights higher coming into the 2022 season after bringing in another tremendous recruiting class.

Vincennes will have five returning sophomores for the 2022 season, including setters Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.).

Sophomores Kaley Roush (Shoals, Ind.), Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) will also return to the P.E. Complex floor for the 2022 season.

“We always want our returning sophomores to come in as leaders,” Sien said. “Even beyond the volleyball court, we look for them to bring their life experiences from being at VU and communicate that to the incoming freshmen. Things like knowing where all of the buildings on campus are at. I just really like how they have taken these freshmen under their wing.”

“At this level, pretty much every school has a new team every year and we just don’t have the time to gel as much as a team as I would like,” Sien added. “But I feel like our sophomores have done a good job of that since they have been back on campus. This sophomore class will be shouldering a lot of responsibility, especially with only returning one hitter from last year’s team.”

“Probably the most crucial thing we have going for us is that we are returning both setters from last year’s team,” Sien said. “The setters are very important on the floor, so it is very nice to have both setters returning from last year. We usually return one, but it has been a while since we were able to have both setters back.”

Coach Sien had a tough task this offseason as he will look to replace 87-percent of his team’s kills and 88-percent of blocks from the 2021 season.

The incoming freshman class will have some big shoes to fill as VU looks to replace 2021 Region 24 Player of the Year Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.) and All-Region 24 honoree Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.).

Vincennes will also be without the front row presence of outgoing sophomores Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada), Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.) and third-year sophomore Breanna Metzger (Dale, Ind.).

The Trailblazers will be without Russell who signed with NAIA Stephens College in Missouri over the off-season and Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland) who signed to play at NCAA Division II Northern State University in South Dakota to play with her twin sister.

Coach Sien hit the recruiting trail hard over the offseason, bringing in eight new freshmen who will all be competing for spots in the rotation this season.

VU welcomes in outside hitters Paige Parlanti (Las Vegas, Nev.), Alexis Chrappa (Effingham, Ill.) and Audrey Buis (Franklin, Ind.), as well as middle blockers Kennedy Sowell (Effingham, Ill.), Nisa Salis (Ankara, Turkey) and Tuana Turhan (Ankara, Turkey).

Coach Sien also signed Maecy Johnson (Chrisman, Ill.) and Morgan Netcott (Montague, Mich.) to help bolster the Trailblazers back row defense and as additional options for setting this season.

“Primarily, I want the incoming freshmen to understand what last year’s team did and how historical winning the Region Championship was,” Sien said. “But on top of that, they now have their chance to leave their own mark on the program here, as the next step is to get to the District Championship and the winner of that goes to the National Tournament. So there are still goals to be achieved here.”

“I also want to make sure the incoming freshmen understand the great rivalries what we have here within Region 24,” Sien added. “Even though we are still the new kids to the Region, we have earned their respect, even before winning the Championship last year. That might be difficult to understand at first, until we start playing the games, but I say it is like facing your biggest rival in high school, magnified by 100 times. These are some hard-fought, emotional matches within Region 24.”

“We graduated and lost quite a bit off of last year’s team,” Sien said. “When you lose your Player of the Year libero, it is going to be hard to replace that level of back row ball control. We also lost a majority of our front row and blocking from last year. But that will happen some years at this level, but regardless of all of that, these freshmen will get the chance to step up.”

“We don’t have the time to worry about the people who aren’t here,” Sien added. “I’m more worried about the people who are here. We just need to treat it with a ‘next man up’ mentality and being ready when your number is called, because now it will be called. These freshmen are going to be filling some big shoes this year that maybe they didn’t think they would have to this year, but now they will and they have to. All of us need to step up.”

The Trailblazers will begin the 2022 season with a flurry of matches, playing six matches in seven days during the first week of the season.

VU will begin their Region title defense Sunday, Aug. 21 when the Trailblazers host Shawnee Community College at 12 p.m. eastern and East Central (Mo.) College at 4 p.m. eastern.

The Trailblazers will also host Lincoln Trail College Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the P.E. Complex. That match is set to begin at 7 p.m. eastern.

“My expectations and goals for every season never change,” Sien said. “Repeat as Region Champions and then my goal every year is to make it to the National Championships. I think that is the goal of all of us coaches at VU, with our ultimate goal is to win the National Championship. If we fall short, fine. But that is always going to be one of our goals. We are just going to train as hard as we can so we can be ready when we get in that position.”

All VU Volleyball home games will be livestreamed on the Vincennes University Stretch Live portal, which can be found under the ‘Inside Athletics’ tab on the VU Athletics website.

For updates on all things VU Athletics be sure to follow the Vincennes University Athletics pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7345.61942 – 1731 – 2834 – 2022 – 712 – 103 – 7W 1
Tampa Bay6254.5341035 – 2227 – 3229 – 2311 – 1412 – 95 – 5L 1
Toronto6254.5341036 – 2526 – 2921 – 2319 – 1515 – 113 – 7W 1
Baltimore6156.52111.533 – 2128 – 3525 – 2811 – 1315 – 85 – 5L 1
Boston5959.5001429 – 3030 – 2915 – 3015 – 1221 – 85 – 5W 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6355.53431 – 2432 – 3112 – 1430 – 2311 – 107 – 3W 1
Minnesota6155.526134 – 2527 – 3015 – 1230 – 2011 – 115 – 5W 3
Chi White Sox6157.517230 – 3031 – 2714 – 1526 – 2513 – 136 – 4L 1
Kansas City4871.40315.529 – 3419 – 3711 – 1722 – 2610 – 184 – 6L 3
Detroit4575.3751926 – 3319 – 429 – 2022 – 364 – 112 – 8L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7643.63939 – 1837 – 259 – 1019 – 840 – 216 – 4W 1
Seattle6554.5461131 – 2634 – 2816 – 177 – 634 – 267 – 3W 3
Texas5265.4442326 – 3426 – 315 – 1413 – 1025 – 344 – 6L 2
LA Angels5167.43224.526 – 3625 – 316 – 1813 – 725 – 295 – 5L 3
Oakland4375.36432.517 – 3826 – 3710 – 1611 – 1820 – 342 – 8W 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets7642.64440 – 1936 – 2340 – 1715 – 514 – 127 – 3W 1
Atlanta7247.6054.539 – 2333 – 2431 – 2217 – 1016 – 118 – 2L 1
Philadelphia6552.55610.532 – 2633 – 2628 – 2414 – 916 – 116 – 4L 1
Miami5266.4412425 – 3327 – 3325 – 2811 – 1511 – 153 – 7L 1
Washington3980.32837.519 – 4420 – 369 – 4212 – 1413 – 163 – 7L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis6551.56039 – 2126 – 3012 – 1530 – 1713 – 97 – 3W 3
Milwaukee6254.534330 – 2432 – 3011 – 1330 – 268 – 114 – 6L 1
Chi Cubs4967.4221624 – 3425 – 3313 – 924 – 258 – 216 – 4W 2
Cincinnati4670.3971926 – 3620 – 3410 – 1717 – 258 – 213 – 7W 1
Pittsburgh4572.38520.524 – 3121 – 417 – 1521 – 2914 – 172 – 8L 6
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8135.69840 – 1541 – 2012 – 1119 – 735 – 128 – 2W 1
San Diego6654.5501733 – 2433 – 3017 – 1319 – 1026 – 255 – 5W 1
San Francisco5958.50422.534 – 2825 – 3014 – 1317 – 1119 – 287 – 3L 1
Arizona5463.46227.532 – 2922 – 3414 – 1413 – 1220 – 316 – 4W 1
Colorado5168.42931.533 – 3018 – 388 – 1911 – 1125 – 294 – 6L 4

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1910       Rickwood Field, the first concrete-and-steel ballpark in the minor leagues, opens in Birmingham with the hometown Barons scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth in their exciting 3-2 walk-off victory over Montgomery. The Alabamian landmark, which will become the oldest surviving professional baseball park in the country, is well attended by the citizens of the booming iron-and-steel town, often drawing standing-room-only crowds over 10,000 fans in the first decade of its existence.

1913       In the top of the ninth inning at the Baker Bowl, the Cubs stroke nine straight hits, including six singles, two doubles, and a home run, off reliever Erskine Mayer. Chicago’s late offensive barrage produces six runs, helping the team coast to an easy 10-4 victory over the Phillies.

1915       Boston defeats the Cardinals in their debut at Braves Field, 3-1. The concrete and steel facility, which took only five months to construct, becomes the first ballpark to seat more than 40,000 fans.

1940       Jimmy Powers, the sports editor of the Sunday New York Daily News, causes a flap when he suggests the Yankees’ poor play this season can be attributed to “a mass polio epidemic” contracted from Lou Gehrig. The former Yankee first baseman and his roommate, Bill Dickey, filed suit, resulting in the newspaper apologizing and retracting its story at the end of next month.

1948       The Indians’ streak of not giving up a run is extended to 30 innings when Sam Zoldak tosses a nine-hit shutout against St. Louis. Cleveland right-fielder Allie Clark scores all of the Tribe’s runs in the 3-0 victory played at Cleveland Stadium.

1951       Hank Borowy, giving up five hits and walking four batters, becomes the first pitcher in major league history to surrender nine runs without recording an out when he appears in relief in the Tigers 20-9 loss to the Browns at Sportsman’s Park. In 2014, the Detroit right-hander dubious feat will be matched in an exhibition game when the nine batters White Sox starter Jose Quintana faces reach base and eventually score in the team’s 16-6 loss to the A’s at Camelback Ranch.

1956       In their 13-4 victory at Crosley Field, the Reds hit eight home runs (Bob Thurman [3], Ted Kluszewski [2], Frank Robinson [2], and Wally Post [1]) to tie a major league mark. The Braves add two more to set a National League mark for total homers for a nine-inning game.

1959       Longtime baseball executive Branch Rickey is named president of the newly formed Continental League. The 77-year-old former Dodger general manager is currently serving as an advisor with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1960       In a Midwest League contest, Bob Sprout throws a seven-inning no-hitter, striking out 22 batters as the Decatur Commodores defeat the Waterloo Hawks, 3-0. The 18-year-old minor league southpaw will pitch in just one big-league game, appearing with the Angels in 1961.

1960       Lew Burdette pitches a no-hitter, beating Gene Conley and the Phillies at County Stadium, 1-0. The Braves right-hander hits Tony Gonzalez with a one-out, fifth-inning pitch, preventing perfection, but still faces the minimum 27 batters by getting Lee Walls to ground into a double play.

1962       After the umpiring crew asks Indians’ starting pitcher Pedro Ramos to change his uniform, the right-hander complies by first changing his shirt, then returning to the Memorial Stadium locker room for a different jersey and hat. The request, prompted by the ump’s suspicion that the Cleveland right-hander may be doctoring the baseball, causes two delays in the game against Baltimore.

1965       Home plate umpire Chris Pelekoudas denies Braves outfielder Hank Aaron a homer calling him out after the ball lands on top of the pavilion at Sportsman’s Park. The arbitrator’s decision is influenced by Cardinal catcher Tim McCarver, who is jumping up and down, insisting the eventual home champion had stepped out of the batter’s box.

1967       A Jack Hamilton fastball shatters Tony Conigliaro’s left cheekbone. The 22-year-old Red Sox slugger will miss the rest of 1967 and all next year, never coming close to the Hall of Fame potential displayed during his first three seasons.

1972       After playing in 414 games and accumulating over 1500 career at-bats, Larry Bowa hits his first major league home run, an inside-the-park round-tripper at Veterans Stadium. It will take another two years before the 26-year-old shortstop, who will go deep only 15 times in his 16-year career, puts a ball over the fence for a homer.

1975       Ralph Kiner, who hit 369 home runs in his brief ten-year career, is inducted into the Hall of Fame after being named on 75.4% of the ballots cast by BBWAA. The slugger, best known for his playing days with Pirates, is joined by the Veterans Committee’s selection of Earl Averill, Bucky Harris, Billy Herman, and Negro League player ‘Judy’ Johnson.

1982       In the franchise’s second-longest game in terms of innings, the Cubs lose to the Dodgers, 2-1. The six-hour and 10-minute Wrigley Field contest played over two days takes a Dusty Baker sacrifice fly that plates Steve Sax and 21 innings to complete.

1982       At the Astrodome, Pete Rose becomes the all-time leader in plate appearances when he steps up to the plate for the 13,941st time. The Phillies’ first baseman surpasses Cardinal legend Stan Musial, who had established the mark in 1963.

1989       With his third-inning single off Jim Clancy, Jerome Walton extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 28 games in a 6-5 loss to Houston at the Astrodome. The 24-year-old freshman outfielder ties a modern Cubs’ record established by Ron Santo in 1966.

1989       Bucky Dent replaces Dallas Green (5th place, 56-65) as the Yankee manager. The turnover marks the 17th time the team has changed skippers during George Steinbrenner’s 17-year tenure as the club’s owner.

1989       The Orioles’ Cal Ripken passes Steve Garvey, the National League leader, for the third-longest major league consecutive-game streak when he plays in his 1,208th straight contest, an 11-6 victory over the Blue Jays at Memorial Stadium. The 28-year-old shortstop trails only Everett Scott (1,307 games – Red Sox, 1916-25) and Lou Gehrig (2,130 games – Yankees, 1925-1939).

1995       Despite a Braves’ rally in the ninth, right-handed reliever Tom Henke, issuing three walks and a hit, records his 300th career save when the Cardinals edge Atlanta at Busch Stadium, 4-3. The 37-year-old Kansas City native, earning his 25th save of the season, becomes the seventh pitcher in major league history to reach this milestone.

1996       After arriving at the ballpark feeling ill, Padres’ third baseman Ken Caminiti, refusing to be taken out of the lineup, goes on to hit two home runs and drives in four runs in the team’s 8–0 win over the Mets at Mexico’s Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey. The eventual National League MVP, a food poisoning and dehydration victim, recovers when he receives two liters of fluids and eats a Snickers bar before the game starts.

1998       Braves right-hander Greg Maddux wins his 200th career game, beating the Giants at Turner Field, 8-4, in a contest where all of Atlanta’s nine hits are doubles. The 33-year-old All-Star hurler will finish his 23-year Hall of Fame career with a 355-227 (.610) won-loss record.

2000       After beating out a potential double-play ball to prolong a five-run ninth-inning rally, which ties the game, Angel flycatcher Darin Erstad makes a 10th inning game-saving catch and follows it with a game-winning homer in the 11th to beat the Yankees, 9-8.

2000       Tim Salmon becomes the franchise leader in home runs with his fourth-inning solo shot off Roger Clemens in the Angels’ eventual 9-8 extra-inning victory over New York at Yankee Stadium. The Anaheim DH’s 223rd career round-tripper surpasses the total of Brian Downing, who had established the Halo mark in 1990.

2002       In a pregame ceremony, Tommie Agee is inducted posthumously into the Mets Hall of Fame. The Mets’ center fielder, best remembered for his two great catches in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series, played five seasons for the team, beginning in 1968.

2004       The Spokane Indians (Texas Rangers) edge the Tri-City Dust Devils (Colorado Rockies) 2-1 in 23 innings. The six-hour and 37 minute Northwest League game was scoreless for 19 innings and then suspended in a 1-1 tie in the 21st inning the previous night.

2006       Alfonso Soriano becomes the third player in big-league history to compile four seasons of 30 homers and 30 stolen bases. With his second-inning swipe of second base in a 6-4 victory over the Phillies, the Nationals outfielder joins Barry and Bobby Bonds in accomplishing the feat for the fourth time.

2006       At Fenway Park, the Yankees beat the Red Sox in the nightcap to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep. The 14-11 slugfest, in which the Al East Division rivals bang out a total of 34 hits, takes 4 hours and 45 minutes to play, making it the longest nine-inning game in big-league history. A team scores in nine of the 18 half-innings.

2006       Mike Lieberthal passes Red Dooin, who caught 1,124 games from 1902-14, to become the Phillies’ all-time leader as a catcher. The former backstop, credited as the first major leaguer to wear shinguards (1906), tried but failed in 1914 as the team’s player-manager to convince owner William Barker to buy three promising players from Baltimore’s International League franchise, which included a pitcher named Babe Ruth.

2006       Jered Weaver, blanking the Mariners for seven innings at Angel Stadium, joins Whitey Ford (Yankees, 1950) to become only the second American League rookie to begin a career with nine straight victories as a starter. The 23xyear-old Angel hurler will need to win his next four games to match the mark established by Hooks Wiltse, who started his freshman season in 1904 with 13 consecutive wins.

2006       Before the second game of a day-night doubleheader against the Yankees, reality TV show host and future U.S. president Donald Trump throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park. During his four years in office, the 45th Commander-in-Chief will decline the Nationals’ invitation to throw out the Opening Day CFP, a tradition every President has participated in since William Taft’s toss in 1910, except for Jimmy Carter, who threw one before Game 7 of the 1979 World Series.

2007       Micah Owings, with two home runs, a double, and a single, compiles 11 total bases in the Diamondbacks’ 12-6 victory over the Braves, the most for a hurler since Braves right-hander Jim Tobin had 12 with his three homers in 1942. In addition to driving in six runs and scoring four times, the Arizona rookie tosses seven innings of three-hit ball to win his sixth game of the season.

2010       The front-running Braves acquire slugger Derrek Lee from the Cubs for three minor league pitchers. As a ten-year veteran, who had played at least five years with the same team, the 34-year-old first baseman rejected a trade to the Angels last month because he thought LA had too much of a deficit to make up in the AL West race.

2011       Mike Jacobs becomes the first professional baseball player suspended for testing positive for human growth hormone. The 30-year-old Rockies minor league first baseman, a former player for the Mets, Marlins, and Royals, receives a 50-game suspension for using HGH.

2012       Adam Dunn becomes the 50th major leaguer to hit 400 career runs when he goes deep in the eighth inning with a two-run blast off Tim Collins in a White Sox loss to Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. The 32-year-old Chicago first baseman joins Paul Konerko in reaching the milestone this season, making them the first teammates in baseball history to hit their 400th round-tripper in the same year playing for the same team.

2015       The Red Sox hire Dave Dombrowski, who was replaced as the president and general manager of the Tigers earlier this month, to run the organization’s baseball operations. After leading Boston to the World Series two seasons ago, Ben Cherington declines to continue as the GM of the last-place team but will assist during the club’s transition.

2017       Orioles third baseman Manny Machado goes deep three times, including a walk-off grand slam off Keynan Middleton in the team’s 9 -7 victory over the Angels. The 25-year-old infielder’s trio of round-trippers accounts for seven RBIs and three runs in the Camden Yards contest.

2021       First baseman Freddie Freeman becomes the seventh player in franchise history to hit for the cycle and the first to do so more than once in a Braves’ uniform when he connects for a two-run home run in the top of the sixth at Miami’s loanDepot Park. The 2020 National League Most Valuable Player also doubled in the first inning, tripled in the fourth, and singled in the fifth in the team’s 11-9 win over the Marlins.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1959

Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs Chicago White Sox (2)

The 1950’s had witnessed many changes throughout Major League baseball and as the game prepared to move into the ’60’s many had hoped that they would even the chances for parity across both leagues. The New York Yankees had dominated the entire decade, appearing in eight out of the last ten World Series. As a result, the Office of the Commissioner had unsuccessfully attempted to limit the “dynasty syndrome” and tired predictability of the postseason. First the league underwent its first alignment switch in fifty years in ’53 with the transfer of the Boston Braves to Milwaukee. Then the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in ’54 followed by the shifting of the Philadelphia Athletics to Kansas City in ’55. The biggest move however took place in ’58, when the Brooklyn Dodger’s moved to Los Angeles and their cross-town rival Giants left for San Francisco leaving the Yankees as the only remaining ball club in America’s biggest city.

The California fans were eager for the arrival of their new franchises, especially Los Angeles, where the Dodgers were riding high after winning four National League pennants in six years. However, the newly penned “west coast rookies” crashed and burned their debut season, finishing two games out of last place. After some adjustment and changes in the clubhouse, the former “Bums from Brooklyn” rebounded for their seventh flag in thirteen years rising to the top of the National League in ’59. In doing so they had also dethroned the two-time defending National League champs by beating the Milwaukee Braves in two consecutive games in a best-of-three playoff after the clubs finished in a first-place tie with 86-68 records. 1959 also saw the long-time return of the Chicago White Sox to the Fall Classic. The American League champs had not made a post-season appearance in four decades after the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal. Regardless, this year’s effort was forty years coming and promised to be a legit outing.

Game 1 featured a standout effort from Chicago’s Luis Aparicio who contributed at the plate (and around the bases) while pitchers Early Wynn (seven-plus innings) and Gerry Staley who took care of business the mound. Ted Kluszewski, (a late-August acquisition who hit forty or more home runs in a National League season three times) drove in five runs with a pair of two-run homers and a run-scoring single as Chicago embarrassed Los Angeles, 11-0.

In Game 2, Chicago right-hander Bob Shaw was guarding a 2-1 lead with two out in the seventh when Dodgers Manager Walter Alston sent up Chuck Essegian to bat for Johnny Podres (who had clinched Brooklyn’s previous title in ’55, but missed the entire ’56 season due to military service.) Essegian came up clutch and launched a game-tying blast to left field. Jim Gilliam followed with a walk and Charlie Neal kept pace with a two-run homer to center. Larry Sherry (a twenty-four year old right-hander) was then called in to finish the final three innings and responded by holding the Sox to one run and three hits. The victory had sparked the National League champs as they eagerly returned to their new home for Game 3.

When the Dodgers last played at home in a World Series game it was in the cramped settings of Ebbets Field in front of 33,782 fans. This year they were sprawled out in the spacious Memorial Coliseum with an attendance of 92,394. In the “decade of change” it was no surprise that the line-up had also been modified significantly over the four year span. Roy Campanella, a ’56 Series standout was now in a wheelchair after a 1958 automobile accident. In addition, Pee Wee Reese was now the team’s coach and Don Newcombe, who had led the Dodger’s rotation, was now in Cincinnati pitching for the Reds. Both teams remained in a deadlock for seven innings until Carl Furillo broke through with a two run single for a 3-1 win that also debuted the postseason pitching of a young Don Drysdale. Things remained quite the same for Game 4 as Los Angeles managed once again to break another tie late in the eighth for a 5-4 victory.

Anticipating ending the Series at home, the Dodgers introduced another up-and-coming talent from their young rotation, a twenty-three year old named Sandy Koufax. He was chosen to face Bob Shaw who had an 18-6 record during the regular season. The young lefty had not yet matured into the hall of famer that we know today and had compiled an unspectacular 28-27 record. Shaw, getting 1 2/3 innings of crucial help from reliever Dick Donovan, managed a 1-0 win in a game where the only run was scored on a double-play grounder (Lollar, in the fourth). The score would have been higher if not for a great defensive play from the Sox’s Jim Rivera in the seventh. Inserted into the game just minutes earlier, the reserve right fielder made an outstanding running catch of Charlie Neal’s two out blast that carried near the fence in center, with runners at both second and third.

Still alive (and at Comisky Park) for Game 6, Chicago planned to force a Game 7, but unfortunately, the Dodger’s had other plans for the home team. Duke Snider led the charge with a two run homer off of Early Wynn in the third and Wally Moon added a two run shot off of Donovan in the fourth. While starter Podres failed to be the pitcher of record this time around in the Dodgers’ Series-clinching victory (lasting only 3 1/3 innings and surrendering a three run homer), Larry Sherry came through once more in relief. Pitching 5 2/3 innings of four hit baseball, he tallied his second victory of the contest. The Dodgers won the game (and the Series) 9-3, with Essegian “icing the cake” in the ninth with an unprecedented second pinch-hit homerun.

In the end, Chicago may have finished with Ted Kluszewski putting up record setting numbers (10 RBIs and a Series high .375 average), but the Dodgers went home with something a little more important than big numbers.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1968

The 1968 game represented a new era of baseball as it was the first All-Star game ever to be played in an indoor arena on artificial turf. Many fans disapproved of the league’s selection and felt that it ruined the ambience of the Midsummer Classic. Whether or not the surroundings had an effect on the players is debatable, but the game resulted in the first 1-0 outcome in the series.

Willie Mays led off the bottom of the first by grounding a single to left off of Luis Tiant. A pickoff attempt by Tiant got past first baseman Harmon Killebrew and sent Mays to second. Then it got worse as he delivered a wild pitch to Curt Flood, moving Mays to third. With runners on first and third and still none out, Tiant induced Willie McCovey to ground into a double play and Mays scored.

The closest the American League came to scoring was in the seventh when Tony Oliva hit one off the left-field fence that just missed being a home run. He settled for a double and the American League eventually settled for its sixth straight loss.

TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

August 18, 1981 – University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker takes out a $1 million insurance policy through Lloyd’s of London, for compensation in the event he would get injured prior to a big pay day as a professional. The great rusher would eventually start his career in the USFL before later playing in the NFL.

August 18, 1986 – Former USFL and University of Miami star quarterback, Jim Kelly signs a five-year NFL contract with the Buffalo Bills for $75 million. Kelly would end up leading the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances.

August 18, 1987 – Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell formerly of the Houston Oilers announced his retirement. The Tyler Rose played his college ball at the University of Texas.

August 18, 1989 – Arena Bowl III is played as the Detroit Drive knocks off the Pittsburgh Gladiators 39-26 at Detroit’s home track, Joe Louis Arena.

Hall of Fame Birthdays

August 18, 1890 – Everett Bacon was a quarterback from Wesleyan College that became enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966. Bacon was voted as an All-American after the 1910 and 1912 seasons. He was also a star athlete on the baseball diamond, basketball court and excelled at tennis and golf too! Starting in 1936 Wesleyan has awarded the C. Everett Bacon Award to the school’s Most Valuable Football Player.

August 18, 1943 – Cosmo Iacavazzi was a fullback from Princeton who entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. Though he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1965 NFL Draft, Cosmo ended up playing in the AFL for the New York Jets for two games. He later played in the Atlantic Coast Football League for the Scranton Miners and the Seattle Rangers of the Continental Football League.

August 18, 1946 – Bob Johnson was a center from the University of Tennessee who entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989. He was voted as an All-American in both 1966 and 1967 for the Vols. He was also an Academic All-American in 1967. Johnson went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals both the in AFL and the NFL and in fact he was the second overall draft pick in the 1967 AFL Draft. At the time of this writing his number 54 jersey is the only Bengal number to be retired.

August 18, 1951 – Greg Pruitt was a running back from Oklahoma who entered the College Football hall of Fame as part of the induction class of 1999. Pruitt played in the NFL for 11 seasons most notably with the Cleveland Browns but also with the LA Raiders. He was selected to 5 Pro Bowls during his career. In Cleveland he made quite the one two punch with another Pruitt in the backfield, Mike, no relation.

THOSE NOT YET IN THE HALL OF FAME

August 18, 1941 – Garfield, Georgia – Former Ohio State running back Matt Snell was born. Snell was selected as the third overall pick by the New York Jets in the 1964 AFL Draft as well as being taken 49th overall by the New York Giants in the 1964 NFL Draft. He chose the Jets offer and played his entire career with the franchise. Yahoo.com says that for his career Matt posted 1,057 carries for 4,285 yards and 24 TDs; 193 receptions for 1,375 yards and seven touchdowns. Snell was a three-time AFL All-Star (1964, 1966, 1969). He was instrumental in the Jets’ ball control game plan that helped them win Super Bowl III.

August 18, 1968 – Fort Polk, Pennsylvania – Return specialist Brian Mitchell the former player at Louisiana-Lafayette from 1986-89 arrived into this life. Mr. Mitchell according to Yahoo.com was selected as the 130th overall player taken in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He also played with the Eagles and Giants. His amazing career saw him record 463 punt returns for 4,999 yards and nine touchdowns, 607 kick returns for 14,014 yards and four touchdowns; 388 carries for 1,967 yards and 12 touchdowns, and 255 receptions for 2,336 yards and four touchdowns.

August 18, 1980 – Ada, Oklahoma – Former University of Miami Florida tight end Jeremy Shockey was born. Shockey was selected as the 14th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He also spent time with the Saints and the Panthers organizations as he caught 547 receptions for 6,143 yards and 37 touchdowns per Yahoo.com.

SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS

4 – 33 – 44 – 20 – 34 – 17

August 18, 1931 – Lou Gehrig, Number 4 hitless in Detroit, his 1,000th consecutively played game

August 18, 1943 – New York Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell, Number 11 won his 253rd and final game as New York defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2 at the Polo Grounds, NYC

August 18, 1960 – Milwaukee Braves pitcher Lew Burdette, Number 33 no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0 at County Stadium, Milwaukee

August 18, 1965 – Hank Aaron, Number 44 lost a HR, because he hit it out of batter’s box

August 18, 1973 – Speaking of Number 44…, Hank Aaron’s record 1,378 extra base hit surpassed ole Number 6 Stan Musial’s previous record

August 18, 1977 – Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton, Number 20 threw a National League record tying 5th one-hitter

August 18, 1981 – University of Georgia football running back, Number 34, Herschel Walker, took out a Lloyd’s of London insurance policy for $1 million

August 18, 1982 – Pete Rose, Number 14 set a record with his 13,941st plate appearance

August 18, 1986 – Former USFL and Miami Hurricanes QB Jim Kelly, Number 12 signed a lucrative contract with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills at $75 million for 5 years.

August 18, 1987 – Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, Number 34 retired from NFL

August 18, 2021 – The Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, Number 17 became fastest player in team history to reach 40 home runs in a season, also pitches 8 innings in 3-1 win at Detroit

TV THURSDAY

MLBTIME ETTV
Colorado at St. Louis1:15pmATTSN-RM
Bally Sports
Oakland at Texas2:05pmMLBN
NBCS-CA
Bally Sports
LA Dodgers at Milwaukee2:10pmMLBN
Sportsnet
Bally Sports
Houston at Chi. White Sox2:10pmATTSN-SW
NBCS-CHI
Chi. Cubs at Baltimore3:05pmMARQ
MASN/2
Arizona at San Francisco3:45pmBally Sports
NBCS-BAY
Boston at Pittsburgh7:05pmMLBN
NESN
ATTSN-PIT
Toronto at NY Yankees7:05pmMLBN
Sportsnet
YES
Kansas City at Tampa Bay7:10pmBally Sports
NY Mets at Atlanta7:20pmESPN+
Bally Sports
SNY
Washington at San Diego9:40pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
NFL PRESEASONTIME ETTV
Chicago vs Seattle8:00pmESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Argentina Primera División: Aldosivi vs Vélez Sarsfield3:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Unión Santa Fe vs Gimnasia La Plata3:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Talleres Córdoba vs Patronato6:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: Santos Laguna vs León8:05pmFS1
Argentina Primera División: Banfield vs Racing Club8:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Argentinos Juniors vs Estudiantes8:30pmParamount+

TV FRIDAY

MLBTIME ETTV
Milwaukee at Chi. Cubs2:20pmMLBN
MARQ
Bally Sports
Boston at Baltimore7:05pmNESN
MASN/2
Toronto at NY Yankees7:05pmSportsnet
YES
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh7:05pmBally Sports
ATTSN-PIT
NY Mets at Philadelphia7:05pmNBCS-PHI
SNY
LA Angels at Detroit7:10pmBally Sports
Chi. White Sox at Cleveland7:10pmNBCS-CHI
Bally Sports
Kansas City at Tampa Bay7:10pmBally Sports
Houston at Atlanta7:20pmATTSN-SW
Bally Sports
Texas at Minnesota8:10pmBally Sports
San Francisco at Colorado8:40pmESPN+
NBCS-BAY
ATTSN-RM
Washington at San Diego9:40pmMLBN
MASN/2
Bally Sports
Seattle at Oakland9:40pmNBCS-CA
Root Sports
St. Louis at Arizona9:40pmBally Sports
Miami at LA Dodgers10:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Sportsnet
NFL PRESEASONTIME ETTV
Carolina vs New England7:00pmNFLN
New Orleans vs Green Bay8:00pm
Houston vs LA Rams10:00pmNFLN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Women French Cup Third Place Match12:30pmParamount+
La Liga: Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano2:00pmESPN+
Bundesliga: Borussia M’gladbach vs Hertha BSC2:30pmESPN+
Scottish Championship: Partick Thistle vs Inverness CT2:45pmParamount+
First Division A: AS Eupen vs Sérésien2:45pmESPN+
England Championship: Norwich City vs Millwall3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Olympique Lyonnais vs Troyes3:00pmbeIN Sports
Women French Cup Final3:00pmParamount+
La Liga: Sevilla vs Real Valladolid4:00pmESPN+
Liga MX: Necaxa vs Guadalajara8:00pmTUDN
NWSL: Kansas City Current vs Angel City8:00pmCBSSN
MLS: LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders FC10:00pmESPN