MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Chicago Cubs 7 Cincinnati 1

Washington 8 Toronto 5

Minnesota 8 Cleveland 7 (11)

NY Yankees 5 Boston 2

LA Angels 3 Detroit 1

Tampa Bay 8 Baltimore 4

Seattle 3 Texas 1

Chicago White Sox 3 Oakland 2

Kansas City 3 Houston 2

Colorado 7 San Diego 5

NY Mets 6 San Francisco 2 (12)

Atlanta 11 Miami 9

Milwaukee 6 St. Louis 4 (10)

Arizona 4 Philadelphia 2

LA Dodgers 9 Pittsburgh 0

WEDNESDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

MLB LEADERS: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/index.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Toledo 6 Indianapolis 0

WEDNESDAY’S BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/indians-vs-mud-hens/2021/08/18/646116#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=646116

South Bend 5 Quad Cities 1

West Michigan 18 Fort Wayne 6

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New England 3 BC 2

Atlanta 1 Toronto 0

Philadelphia 1 New York City 0

Cincinnati 0 Montréal 0

Inter Miami 3 Chicago 2

New York 1 Columbus 0

Seattle 1 Dallas 0

Sporting Kansas City 1 Portland 1

Nashville 1 Orlando City 1

Vancouver 2 Austin 1

Real Salt Lake 2 Houston 1

WEDNESDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mls/scoreboard_daily.asp

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER

Chesterton 9 LaPorte 0

Andrean 6 Marquette Catholic 1

Woodlan 10 Fort Wayne Wayne 1

Evansville Harrison 9 Evansville Bosse 0

Bremen 8 South Bend Riley 0

Lawrence Central 9 Crispus Attacks 0

Crown Point 9 Michigan city 0

Wabash 1 Eastrook 1

Hobart 3 Griffith 1

Lake Central 9 Merrillville 0

Bellmont 2 Heritage 0

Brownsburg 2 Cathedral 1

Evansville North 2 Evansville Central 0

Fort Wayne Snyder 9 Marion 3

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER

Kokomo 1 Oak Hill 0

West Lafayette 4 McCutcheon 1

South Bend Riley 4 Morgan Twp. 3

Hebron 9 Marquette Catholic 2

Boone Grove 4 Griffith 2

Woodlan 2 Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Monrovia 6 Owen Valley 1

Princeton 3 Washington Catholic 1

Cascade 1 N. Putnam 0

Mississinewa 3 Manchester 0

Franklin Central 4 Greenwood 1

Danville 5 Covenant Christian 0

Mooresville 8 Martinsville 2

Wheeler 2 Hobart 1

Lafayette Central Catholic 2 Lafayette Jeff 0

Culver 9 Peru 0

Evansville Christian 8 Vincennes Lincoln 3

West Noble 1 Wawasee 0

Pendleton Heights 1 Pike 0

Chatard 2 Park Tudor 1

Plainfield 8 Whiteland 0

Hamilton Southeastern 1 Franklin Central 0

Leo 7 Angola 0

Guerin Catholic 0 Zionsville 0

Fishers 0 Westfield 0

Mishawaka 1 Northridge 0

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Tecumseh 3 Princeton 0

South-Central 3 Boone Grove 0

Kouts 3 Knox 0

DeKalb 3 Lakeland 0

LaVille 3 Glenn 2

Silver Creek 3 Salem 0

Plymouth 3 Tippecanoe Valley 0

Linton Stockton 3 White River 0

Terre Haute South 3 Owen Valley 0

Wes-Del 3 Blue River 0

Herron 3 Tindley 0

Andrean 3 Hanover Central 0

Pendleton Heights 3 Anderson 0

Tri-West 3 Danville 0

Roncalli 3 Carmel 0

Cathedral 3 Brownsburg 1

Richmond 3 Winchester 0

Mount Vernon Fortville 3 Noblesville 0

Mercy 3 Providence 0

Fishers 3 McCutcheon 1

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Angola 1

Hamilton Heights 3 Lebanon 0

Fort Wayne Luers 3 New Haven 1

Mount Vernon 3 Wood Memorial 0

INDIANA SRN SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Thur Aug 197:30pMt Vernon @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Fri Aug 207pHeritage Christian @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Aug 207pNoblesville @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Aug 207pCovenant Christian @ SpeedwayFootball
Sat Aug 212pWhiting @ FrontierFootball
Tue Aug 247pHeritage Christian @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Tue Aug 247pScecina @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Wed Aug 257:30pSullivan @ GreencastleVolleyball
Thur Aug 266pBethesda @ Traders PtVolleyball
Thur Aug 267:30pCovenant Christian @ Heritage ChristianSoccer
Fri Aug 277pTraders Pt @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Aug 277pShenandoah @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Aug 277pFranklin @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Aug 277pNorth White @ FrontierFootball
Sat Aug 285pBrebeuf @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Sat Aug 287pBrebeuf @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Mon Aug 307pTri-West @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Tue Aug 317pHeritage Christian @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Thur Sep 27pRoncalli @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Fri Sep 37pGuerin Catholic @ Heritage ChristianFootball

WEEK ONE INDIANA FOOTBALL-INDIANAPOLIS AREA

Beech Grove at Lutheran

Ben Davis vs. Brownsburg, 8:30 p.m. (at Lucas Oil Stadium)

Brebeuf Jesuit a Bishop Chatard, 7:30 pm

Cardinal Ritter at Monrovia 

Carmel at Louisville Trinity (Ky.)

Cathedral at Westfield 

Center Grove at Warren Central 

Columbus East at Whiteland 

Covenant Christian at Speedway 

Culver Academy at Crispus Attucks, 7:30 p.m.

Danville at Franklin

Eastern Hancock at Alexandria 

Franklin Central at Perry Meridian 

Greenwood at Bloomington North 

Guerin Catholic at McCutcheon

Heritage Christian at Traders Point Christian 

Indian Creek at Batesville 

Indiana Deaf at Purdue Polytechnic 

Lafayette Central Catholic at Tri-West 

Lapel at Wabash 

Lawrence Central at Hamilton Southeastern 

Lawrence North at Avon 

Lebanon vs. Mooresville, 6 p.m. (at Lucas Oil Stadium)

Mississinewa at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 p.m.

Monroe Central at Hamilton Heights 

New Palestine at Decatur Central 

Noblesville at Mount Vernon (Fortville)

Noblesville Home School at Christel House Manual 

North Central at Fishers 

Park Tudor at Shortridge 

Pike at Zionsville

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

Scecina at Shenandoah (Cancelled)

Shelbyville at Greensburg 

Sheridan at Western Boone 

Southport at Roncalli 

Tech at Washington 

Tindley at Edinburgh 

Triton Central at Cascade 

STATE SCHEDULE

Adams Central at Bellmont

Anderson at Yorktown

Andrean at Merrillville, 8 p.m.

Angola at DeKalb

Attica at Riverton Parke

Bell County (Ky.) at Jeffersonville

Benton Central at Delphi

Blackford at Jay County

Bluffton at Northfield

Boone Grove at John Glenn, 8 p.m.

Bowman Academy at Calumet, 8 p.m.

Brown County at Owen Valley

Calumet Christian at Hammond Noll, 8 p.m.

Carroll (Flora) at Tri-County 

Centerville at Cambridge City Lincoln

Charlestown at Silver Creek 

Chesterton at Hobart, 8 p.m.

Clarksville at Scottsburg 

Cloverdale at South Putnam 

Columbia City at Churubusco 

Columbus North at Gibson Southern, 7:30 p.m.

Concord at Elkhart 

Connersville at Richmond 

Corydon Central at Brownstown Central 

Crawford County at Switzerland County

Crown Point at Lowell, 8 p.m.

Dublin Coffman (Ohio) at Warsaw, 7:30 p.m.

East Central at Lawrenceburg 

East Chicago Central at Hanover Central, 8 p.m.

East Noble at Plymouth 7:30 pm

Eastern Greene at Springs Valley 

Eastside at Heritage 

Evansville Bosse at Vincennes Lincoln, 7:30 p.m.

Evansville Central at Evansville Mater Dei, 8 p.m.

Evansville North at Castle, 8 p.m.

Evansville Reitz at Evansville Harrison, 8 p.m.

Floyd Central at Louisville Male (Ky.), 7:30 p.m.

Fort Wayne Dwenger at Fort Wayne Wayne 

Fort Wayne Luers at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 

Fort Wayne Snider at Fort Wayne North

Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Concordia 

Fountain Central at Southmont 

Frankfort at Clinton Central 

Franklin County at New Castle 

Garrett at New Haven 

Goshen at Fairfield 

Greencastle at Crawfordsville 

Griffith at Highland, 8 p.m.

Hammond Central at South Bend Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Harrison (West Lafayette) at Terre Haute South 

Heritage Hills at Mount Vernon (Posey) 8 p.m.

Homestead at Fort Wayne Northrop 

Huntington North at Eastbrook, 7:30 p.m.

Jasper at Evansville Memorial 

Jennings County vs. Norwell (at Knightstown)

Jimtown at NorthWood 

Kankakee Valley at Rensselaer Central, 8 p.m.

Knightstown at Hagerstown 

Lafayette Jeff at West Lafayette, 7:30 p.m.

Lake Central at Munster, 8 p.m.

Lake Station at Crossroads Christian (Ill.), 8 p.m.

Lakeland at South Bend St. Joseph 

LaVille at Bremen 

Leo at Woodlan 

Lewis Cass at Pioneer 

Louisville Waggener (Ky.) at Pike Central, 7:30 p.m.

Madison-Grant at Tri-Central 

Manchester at North Miami 

Mishawaka at Mishawaka Marian 

Mitchell at Edgewood 

Muncie Central at Delta, 7:30 p.m.

New Albany at Bloomington South, 7:30 p.m.

New Bremen (Ohio) at Marion 

New Prairie at LaPorte, 8 p.m.

North Daviess at Tecumseh, 8 p.m.

North Judson at Culver 

North Knox at Sullivan 

North Newton at South Newton, 8 p.m.

North Putnam at North Montgomery

North Vermillion at North Central (Farmersburg) 

Northeastern at Union County 

Northridge at South Bend Adams

Northview at Terre Haute North 

Northwestern at Twin Lakes 

Oak Hill at Eastern (Greentown) 

Osceola Grace at South Bend Clay

Paoli at Boonville, 7:30 p.m.

Penn at Valparaiso, 8 p.m.

Perry Central at Tell City, 8 p.m.

Peru at Logansport 

Phalen Academy at Gary West, 8 p.m.

Portage at Hammond Morton, 8 p.m.

Princeton at Forest Park, 7:30 p.m.

Providence at Bethleham (Ky.), 7:30 p.m.

River Forest at Wheeler, 8 p.m.

Rochester at Southwood 

Rushville at Milan 

Salem at North Harrison 

Seeger at Parke Heritage 

Seymour at South Dearborn, 7:30 p.m.

South Adams at Winchester 

South Bend Riley at Michigan City, 7:30 p.m.

South Central (Union Mills) at Triton, 7:30 p.m.

South Decatur at North Decatur 

South Spencer at North Posey, 8 p.m.

South Vermillion at Covington 

Southern Wells at Fremont, 7:30 p.m.

Southridge at Linton-Stockton, 7:30 p.m.

Taylor at North White 

Tippecanoe Valley at Wawasee

Tipton at Frankton 

Tri at Union City

Washington at West Vigo

Wes-Del at Clinton Prairie 

West Central at Caston 

West Noble at Central Noble

West Washington at Eastern (Pekin) 

Western at Kokomo 

Whitko at Prairie Heights 

Winamac at Knox, 7:30 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 1

Saturday, Aug. 28

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

Week 1

Wednesday, Sept. 1

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

Thursday, Sept. 2

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

Friday, Sept. 3

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

Saturday, Sept. 4

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

Sunday, Sept. 5

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

Monday, Sept. 6

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

NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

WEEK 2

Thursday, August 19           

New England at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 20

Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00

Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00

Saturday, August 21

Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00

New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25

Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00

Atlanta at Miami, 7:00

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30

Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Dallas, 8:00

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Denver at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 22  

New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30

Monday, August 23  

Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00

WEEK 3

Friday, August 27    

Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30

Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00

Saturday, August 28

Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00

Baltimore at Washington, 6:00

Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00

Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00

Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00

Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 29  

Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00

Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00

Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00

New England at New York Giants, 6:00

Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00

TOP HEADLINES:

Report: Nebraska, Scott Frost under investigation for NCAA violations

The NCAA is investigating Nebraska and head coach Scott Frost for improper use of analysts and consultants during practices and games, sources told The Action Network’s Brett McMurphy.

The school has “significant video footage” that shows violations happened in the presence of Frost and other members of his staff, sources told McMurphy.

The NCAA has interviewed Frost, current and former members of his staff, administration members, and Cornhuskers players regarding allegations that date back to last August, according to McMurphy. Frost has reportedly retained legal counsel.

A suspension for Frost could be among the penalties imposed on Nebraska by the NCAA, a source told McMurphy.

Nebraska also moved its strength workouts to an off-campus location last year at the direction of team staff to avoid them being seen by school officials, McMurphy reports, citing sources. The NCAA had barred organized athletic activities at the time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not known if the NCAA is investigating these allegations.

Cornhuskers athletic director Trev Alberts addressed the reports Wednesday, acknowledging the school has been in contact with the NCAA over an issue regarding the football program. He didn’t specify the reason.

“(Nebraska) has been working collaboratively with the NCAA to review a matter concerning our football program,” Alberts wrote in a statement obtained by Chris Vannini of The Athletic. “We appreciate the dialogue we have had with the NCAA and cannot comment further on specifics of this matter.”

Frost is entering his fourth season with the Cornhuskers but has led them to no more than five wins in each of his three seasons at the helm.

Depleted Cubs quiet playoff-contending Reds again, win 7-1

CINCINNATI (AP) Michael Hermosillo homered for the first time since 2018, Ian Happ and Sergio Alcantara also went deep, and the depleted Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Wednesday, taking two of three from their playoff-contending NL Central rivals.

“If you can come out of there with a series win you feel really good, and it feels like it’s been a little while since we’ve done that,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “That was really just a good offensive team. Our pitching showed up.”

Frank Schwindel and Rafael Ortega also drove in runs for the Cubs, who ended a 12-game skid a day earlier. Schwindel, Chicago’s regular first baseman since Anthony Rizzo was dealt to the Yankees at the deadline, had six hits in the series and is batting .329.

Adrian Sampson, called up from Triple-A Iowa earlier in the day to pitch in the majors for the first time since 2019, held the suddenly quiet Reds to one run and five hits in four innings.

Relievers Manuel Rodriguez (1-2), Rowan Wick, Adam Morgan and Trevor Megill blanked Cincinnati over the final five innings, allowing one hit.

Reds starter Tyler Mahle (10-4) gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings. Jeff Hoffman came on in the sixth and promptly surrendered Alcantara’s homer.

After exploding for 14 runs in the series opener Monday night, Cincinnati managed a single run in each of the last two games.

The Cubs banged out 12 hits and won for the fourth time in 19 games since trading stars Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Craig Kimbrel.

Happ’s first-inning homer was his second in as many games. Hermosillo, called up from Triple-A on Tuesday, slammed a 441-foot, two-run bomb into the upper deck in left field during a four-run second.

Tyler Naquin homered in the second, the only time Cincinnati got a runner past second base. The top five Reds hitters combined to go 1-for-19.

“We know every game takes our best,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Today (Sampson) pitched a good game against us. He threw the ball inside, and did a good job against the top of our lineup.”

Freeman hits for 2nd career cycle, Braves sweep Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Freddie Freeman hit for the cycle for the second time and the surging Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 11-9 Wednesday night.

The reigning NL MVP doubled in the first, tripled in the fourth, singled in the fifth and hit his 27th homer, a two-run blast, in the sixth.

Freeman became the first Braves player to hit for the cycle twice after also accomplishing the feat against Cincinnati June 15, 2016, according to Atlanta. It is the seventh cycle in franchise history. He went 9 for 13 in the three-game series sweep against Miami.

“To get four hits in a game is just amazing in itself,” Freeman said. “These are the nights that everything comes together. It’s one of those memories that I’ll be able to tell grandkids and hopefully great grandkids that I was able to do something – that’s very, very rare – multiple times. It makes me speechless.”

Winning pitcher Charlie Morton kept the Marlins hitless until Isan Diaz’s one-out single to center in the fifth and worked six innings of two-run ball. Morton (12-4) allowed three hits, struck out nine, walked one and hit a batter.

The NL East-leading Braves have won six straight and 13 of 15 while sweeping their last three road series.

“The guys are doing really well in the clubhouse,” Morton said “There is good energy in there, good vibes. I think we’re getting very close to being exactly where we wanted to be.”

Austin Riley had three hits and two RBIs, and Adam Duvall drove in three runs, including two on bases-loaded walks, for the Braves.

“It was another good offensive performance,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s just being patient and not expanding the strike zone. If you don’t chase, you’ve got a pretty good chance of getting a good pitch and that’s a great trade in a team if they’re not chasing a lot.”

Miami walked 12 batters, tying a franchise record for a nine-inning game. Five of the walks were with the bases loaded.

“You walk that many people it’s really hard for a guy to stand out there on defense that long, have those type of innings and think you’re going to pop back in the dugout and have great at-bats,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s a tough game to watch tonight.”

Freeman’s triple began a four-run fourth against Miami starter Jesus Luzardo. Riley hit an RBI single and Dansby Swanson followed with a single. Luzardo then walked three consecutive batters, including Duvall and Guillermo Heredia with the bases loaded, to force in two runs. Ozzie Abies’ sacrifice fly off Miami reliever Steven Okert made it 4-0.

Duvall’s RBI double in the fifth increased Atlanta’s lead.

Freeman’s blast against Marlins reliever Luis Madero in the sixth landed over the wall in center. As Freeman rounded the bases and reached the dugout, Braves fans in the stands repeatedly chanted his name.

“I knew it, everyone knew it that I needed the home run there,” Freeman said. “To be able to do it on the fourth consecutive it was pretty cool.”

In his fifth plate appearance in the eighth, Freeman was intentionally walked with a runner at third. Riley followed with his second run-scoring single. Miami catcher Sandy Leon pitched the ninth and retired Freeman on a fly to left field.

“It’s the hardest at-bat behind being a pinch-hitter,” Freeman said of facing a position player. “It’s a lose-lose. If you get out, you’re `How could you get out?’ If you hit a home run, you’re supposed to hit a home run. At least I hit it square. I just hit too high.”

The Braves built an 11-3 lead before the Marlins rallied with six runs in the bottom of the ninth, keyed by Jesus Aguilar’s two-run single and Jesus Sanchez’s two-run homer. Miami had the tying runs on base and two outs but Will Smith struck out struck out Alex Jackson to end it.

“Happy that the guys kept having at-bats, and kept having at-bats and you go back to the old it’s never over ’til it’s over,” Mattingly said. “Next thing you know we have the winning run on the plate, which was awesome.”

The Marlins ended a drought of 20 scoreless innings against Braves pitching in the bottom of the fifth. Pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro had an RBI fielder’s choice with the bases loaded and Miguel Rojas hit a run-scoring single.

Atlanta had shut down Miami since Diaz’s second inning solo home run in the first game of the series Monday.

Luzardo (4-6) was lifted after three-plus innings. The left-hander allowed four hits and four runs, struck out four and walked five.

Ohtani dominates on mound, homers in 3-1 Angels win

DETROIT (AP) Shohei Ohtani hit his 40th homer and pitched eight sharp innings, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Wednesday night.

The crowd of 27,282 was hoping to see Cabrera hit his 500th career homer, but the slugger went 1 for 4 with a first-inning single.

“He’s obviously one of the best hitters of all time and he’s also a great person,” Ohtani said. “I would have been OK with giving it up, and I hope he does it sooner rather than later.”

Instead, Ohtani put on a show.

The Japanese right-hander allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked none in a 90-pitch outing.

“I don’t what you can say about him that hasn’t been said before,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s not going to win the Triple Crown, but he’s in the discussion for everything else. If you are a Cy Young or MVP voter, your eyes have to be wide open at this point.”

Ohtani (8-1) became the first major leaguer to hit 40 homers in a season in which he pitched at least 15 games. The previous record was 29 by Babe Ruth in 1919.

“Obviously, he’s an incredibly special talent and we got to witness all of it first-hand tonight,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.

Rasiel Iglesias pitched a perfect ninth for his 27th save, retiring Cabrera on a fly ball to the warning track in right.

Tigers starter Tarik Skubal (8-11) allowed six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter.

The Angels jumped in front on Justin Upton’s two-run homer in the first, a drive over the Angels bullpen in left-center. But Willi Castro responded for the Tigers, hitting a solo drive in the fifth for his eighth homer.

“I wish I had that pitch back, because it makes Ohtani so much tougher when you let him pitch with a lead,” Skubal said. “He did a nice job of hitting it, but I don’t think it goes out if I get it in the right place.”

Ohtani gave himself an insurance run by leading off the eighth with a 430-foot drive to right, drawing an ovation and “M-V-P” chants from the crowd.

“At that point, I wasn’t sure I was going to pitch the ninth, so I wanted to give myself another run,” he said. “That’s big for me and the team.”

Bronx cheer: Velazquez helps streaking Yanks sweep Red Sox

NEW YORK (AP) Growing up in the Bronx, Andrew Velazquez remembers attending plenty of Yankees games – though not any specific ones against Boston.

“Those tickets were probably too expensive,” he said.

Velazquez had much more than a good view Wednesday night.

Playing in the big leagues for his neighborhood team, the substitute shortstop delivered a pair of RBI singles and combined with first baseman Anthony Rizzo on a terrific defensive play for the dramatic final out as New York beat the Red Sox 5-2 for its sixth straight victory.

‘”I’ve dreamt of doing what we just did,'” Velazquez said he told teammates during his postgame speech in the clubhouse. “So, in real life it was way better.”

Andrew Heaney pitched seven smooth innings, Rizzo hit a two-run single in his return from COVID-19, and the Yankees matched their longest winning streak of the season.

“You come here, you want to be a part of something,” said Velazquez, the championship belt for the night slung over one shoulder. “Apparently I gave a pretty good speech, which is shocking.”

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, just activated from the injured list, was pulled by manager Aaron Boone with two outs and two on in the ninth. Lucas Luetge retired Kevin Plawecki on a grounder for his third major league save and first since his 2012 rookie season with Seattle.

Luetge became the sixth different New York reliever to earn a save in the past eight days as the Yankees finished a three-game sweep of their longtime rivals that vaulted them into playoff position ahead of struggling Boston.

“We got beat in every aspect of the game,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “It’s that simple.”

New York, which has won 18 of 23, now holds the first of two AL wild cards in a tight three-way race that includes the Red Sox and Oakland Athletics.

“I think it’s just belief,” Rizzo said. “Every day is a different story.”

Xander Bogaerts and Hunter Renfroe homered for Boston, which has dropped 14 of 20. Nick Pivetta (9-6) was chased in a four-run second, and the Yankees improved to 6-10 in the season series after losing the first seven matchups.

The teams meet one more time, Sept. 24-26 in Boston.

“It’s very quiet in the clubhouse, and understandably so,” Cora said. “It’s not a good feeling.”

Perhaps in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation, Heaney (8-8) permitted just two hits – including Bogaerts’ opposite-field solo homer on an 0-2 pitch in the first. The left-hander, acquired from the Angels at the July 30 trade deadline, rebounded nicely in his fourth start for the Yankees after getting roughed up by the White Sox in the Field of Dreams game last week.

“Got some very timely groundballs,” Heaney said. “Just avoided trouble.”

Zack Britton pitched a perfect eighth and Chapman gave up a long home run to Renfroe before exiting with runners at the corners.

Plawecki grounded a full-count pitch into the hole between shortstop and third base. Velazquez, filling in for injured Gleyber Torres, made a sliding stop, popped up and fired a one-hop throw to Rizzo that barely nipped Plawecki.

“I’m gonna throw it as hard and as low as I can so Rizzo can pick it,” said the 27-year-old Velazquez, who added that he’s staying with his parents during this homestand partly because it’s cheaper than Manhattan.

“If not, I would have thrown it in the family section in the second deck.”

The out call was upheld following a replay review that lasted 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

“Probably too close to overturn,” Cora said.

New York loaded the bases with nobody out in the second before Brett Gardner hit a sacrifice fly and Velazquez, batting ninth, grounded an RBI single up the middle.

Velazquez was a seventh-round draft pick by Arizona in 2012 out of Fordham Prep and previously played in the majors for Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Baltimore.

“He’s been fun to watch,” Rizzo said. “It’s special stuff.”

Rizzo, sidelined since Aug. 8 after testing positive for the coronavirus, drove in two runs with a grounder that deflected off the glove of Bobby Dalbec as he attempted to make a sliding play behind first base.

“If you ask Bobby, probably he’ll tell you he needs to make that play,” Cora said.

Dodgers pummel Pirates 9-0 for 6th straight win, gain on SF

LOS ANGELES (AP) The chants of “MVP! MVP!” rose up from the sellout crowd as Max Muncy approached the plate. He had to stifle a smile at the noise.

Muncy slugged two homers and drove in five runs to highlight a power performance by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 9-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

Muncy received two MVP votes in 2019. He figures to rate much higher in the voting this season, with the left-handed slugger generating consistent offense while Cody Bellinger struggles and Mookie Betts is sidelined.

“That’s probably one of the cooler moments I’ve ever had in my career,” Muncy said about the chants. “But the most important thing is winning and getting this team back in the World Series. Whatever I can do to help the team win, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Muncy has five homers in his last three games, and 28 on the season.

“There’s no ebbs and flows, he’s very consistent in getting on base, driving in runs and slugging,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Now there’s that MVP talk, and it’s well deserved.”

The Dodgers earned their sixth straight victory and moved within three games of the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants, who lost to the New York Mets in 12 innings.

AJ Pollock and Corey Seager also homered as the Dodgers built a big lead early and cruised after outlasting the Pirates in a pair of low-scoring one-run games. Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh for the 16th straight time, extending its franchise record.

“When you get behind, and we don’t score a lot of runs anyway, it gets very frustrating,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said, “because it takes us out of our ability to be aggressive.”

Muncy jumped on JT Brubaker in the first inning, belting a two-run shot to left. Seager added an RBI single down the right-field line for a 3-0 lead.

Pollock hit his 15th homer in the second and Muncy connected again in the fourth, making it 7-0 when he blasted a three-run shot to right. Pollock finished 3 for 4 to raise his average to .310 and scored three runs.

Seager added a two-run homer off Kyle Keller in the sixth.

The Pirates were held to three hits in dropping their fifth in a row and 15th in 17 games.

The Dodgers’ Justin Bruihl pitched 1 2/3 innings before turning it over to Mitch White (1-1). The right-hander allowed two hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

“He kept us off balance with the fastball, but the breaking ball and changeup really gave us fits,” Shelton said. “He did a nice job pitching with the lead. He stayed in attack mode and got us to get outside the zone.”

White’s ability to eat up innings was appreciated by a relief corps that faces yet another bullpen game on Thursday night.

“Mitch was amazing and he threw a good game that helped us out a ton,” Muncy said. “He was hitting his spots and everything had life. He looked really good and it was definitely impressive.”

Brubaker (4-13) gave up seven runs and eight hits in four innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked two.

Robert has 3 hits, 2 RBIs to lead White Sox past A’s 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) Luis Robert had three hits and two RBIs, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Eloy Jimenez had a run-scoring double for AL Central-leading Chicago, which earned its third consecutive victory.

Seth Brown homered for Oakland, which lost its fourth straight. Paul Blackburn (0-1) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The A’s learned before the game that pitcher Chris Bassitt has a broken bone in his cheek and needs surgery. The right-hander sustained no eye damage after being struck on the side of the head by a line drive Tuesday.

General manager David Forst said it’s too soon to project whether Bassitt will pitch again this season or how long it could take him to return.

Robert and Jimenez are back after being sidelined by injuries, adding depth to Chicago’s lineup.

The 24-year-old Robert is 12 for 28 with six RBIs in seven games after missing three months with a hip flexor strain. Jimenez is hitting .319 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 18 games since coming back on July 26 from a pectoral tear that had sidelined him since spring training.

Manager Tony La Russa credits both with diligence during minor-league rehab stints that has carried over.

“What’s really impressive is that they worked hard to get here sooner than we expected,” La Russa said “But when you work hard as they worked and you’ve got talent like they have, then you shouldn’t be surprised.”

Robert slipped trying to catch Elvis Andrus’ triple in the seventh, and Andrus scored on Starling Marte’s sacrifice fly.

Other than that, Robert said he’s doing fine.

“I’m not 100%, but the percent I’m playing now I can help the team,” the Gold Glove center fielder said through a translator. “I’m feeling stronger every day.”

Garrett Crochet (3-5), the first of four White Sox relievers, pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win. Liam Hendriks got five outs for his 28th save, striking out the side in the ninth against his former team.

Craig Kimbrel, used as a setup man since coming over from the Cubs at the trade deadline, wasn’t available because he was in Alabama following the death of his grandfather.

White Sox starter Lance Lynn was ejected by third-base umpire Nic Lentz in the middle of the fourth when he complained and threw his belt during a foreign substance check at the dugout. The big right-hander allowed one run and three hits while laboring through 88 pitches.

Lynn said Lentz came late to the dugout and while he was trying to get attention from the training staff before going back out.

“Obviously I hurt his feelings,” Lynn said. “He threw me out because I threw my belt. I said, `If you were on time, we wouldn’t have this problem.'”

Blackburn (0-1) permitted five hits, struck out three and walked three in his first major league appearance this season after being called up to take Bassitt’s roster spot. Oakland’s other starters were pushed back a day.

Blackburn said he learned that he was starting at about 3:30 p.m.

“I thought he did great,” manager Bob Melvin said. “I thought after giving up a couple of hard-hit balls in the first, he pitched really well to get us to the sixth and have us within a run.”

Bassitt was taken to the hospital after getting hit by a ball off Brian Goodwin’s bat in the second inning of Tuesday’s 9-0 White Sox win. The 32-year-old has shown no signs of a concussion and a scan of his brain was normal, following an ordeal that left him crumpled and bleeding on the mound.

Oakland fell one game behind New York for the top AL wild card. The Yankees are 69-52, followed by the A’s at 68-53 and the Red Sox at 69-54.

Lynn’s pitch count soared as he escaped jams in the first and third without allowing a run.

Yarbrough, Rays hand Orioles 14th straight loss, 8-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Ryan Yarbrough came off the COVID-19 injured list and worked five scoreless innings as the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays handed the Baltimore Orioles their 14th consecutive loss, 8-4 on Wednesday night.

Baltimore, which also had a 14-game skid from May 18-31, joined the Boston Braves as the only teams to have a pair of 14-game or longer losing streaks in the same season since 1901. The Braves did it twice, in 1911 and 1935.

“We’re just going through a really rough time in this rebuild right now,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We’re playing against teams that are postseason (contenders) and we’re a long ways away. They’re playing to win it and we’re trying to just do the best we can and stay positive with it.”

Cy Young was on the 1911 Boston team, going 4-5 in the final season of his 511-win career. Babe Ruth spent part of 1935 with Boston, hitting six of his 714 homers during his last season.

Baltimore has been outscored 131-40 during the current slide.

“We’re just not in many games right now and that’s very, very hard,” Hyde said. “Our guys are not quitting, and I give our guys credit for that. This is challenging.”

Yarbrough (7-4) followed opener Louis Head to start the second inning and gave up one hit in his first appearance since Aug. 6.

“It was amazing how efficient he was and how good his stuff was,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Just awesome.”

Yarbrough, who was vaccinated, tested positive after experiencing cold-like symptoms while the Rays were in Baltimore from Aug. 6-8.

“It’s great to be able to be back with everybody now,” Yarbrough said. “Definitely a great day to start it off with today.”

Yarbrough was able to stay in shape throwing into a net.

“It was just one of those breakthrough cases,” Yarbrough said. “At the same time I’m very glad with how my body responded to it.”

The Rays went ahead to stay with two runs in the fourth against Spenser Watkins (2-5). Brandon Lowe singled in Joey Wendle with two out. Lowe then stole second and scored on Wander Franco’s double.

Tampa Bay opened a 7-2 lead with three runs in the sixth. Franco had a run-scoring infield single, and Nelson Cruz and Austin Meadows each had a sacrifice fly.

Cedric Mullins and rookie Ryan Mountcastle homered for Baltimore. Watkins allowed four runs and eight hits over four innings in losing his fifth straight start.

Report: MLB proposes $100M salary floor in CBA negotiations

Major League Baseball introduced a new economic plan Monday in a face-to-face meeting with the MLB Players Association about the collective bargaining agreement, sources told Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The league’s proposal reportedly involves a new first tier of the luxury tax, with the threshold set at $180 million, along with a new salary minimum of $100 million.

This would add another level to the current three-tier tax system, and taxation would reportedly begin at 25% for teams spending more than $180 million. Currently, the first luxury-tax threshold is $210 million.

Cash collected from teams paying tax penalties would reportedly help fund lower-spending clubs in reaching the minimum, though it’s not clear how this would be implemented or what would happen to a team that fails to reach the floor.

Seven teams – the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Seattle Mariners – entered the 2021 season with payrolls projected to be under $100 million, according to Cot’s Contracts.

Nine teams – New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres – had Opening Day payrolls projected to exceed the proposed $180-million threshold.

It’s unclear how the MLBPA responded to the proposal.

The current CBA is scheduled to expire on Dec. 1. If the two sides can’t reach an agreement ahead of that date, it could trigger a lockout by team owners.

A’s RHP Bassitt out of hospital after being hit by liner

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Athletics ace Chris Bassitt has a broken bone in his cheek that will need surgery to repair but he sustained no eye damage after being struck on the side of the head by a line drive.

Bassitt was taken to the hospital after getting hit by a ball from Brian Goodwin’s bat in the second inning of a 9-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. The veteran right-hander has shown no signs of a concussion and a scan of his brain was normal, though Bassitt can’t recall everything that happened during the ordeal.

A’s athletic trainer Nick Paparesta said the pitcher is in “really good spirits, doing well” a day later, even with his right eye still swollen shut.

Bassitt tweeted his appreciation Wednesday for the support he has received.

“From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank the (at)whitesox and (at)Athletics staff, front offices, and owners. The support my family and I’ve received has been overwhelming. I’d also like to thank Rush University Medical Center and their staff. God is good. Can’t wait to get back!” Bassitt wrote.

“We’re all incredibly grateful that Chris is doing as well as he is today. It was an awful thing to have to watch,” general manager David Forst said. “Also for our players and our staff to be there on the field as well. We’re thinking about everything that the team went through last night. Chris had incredible care from the second Nick reached him on the mound to everybody at the stadium and ambulance and the hospital, we’re very grateful for the care that he got. But also just very aware that Chris and everyone else has been through something pretty traumatic here.”

Forst said it’s too soon to guess whether Bassitt will pitch again this season or how long it could take him to recover. Six weeks is a typical healing time for such an injury, according to Paparesta.

Bassitt was released from Rush University Medical Center after receiving stitches for two cuts on his face and being diagnosed with a displaced tripod fracture – meaning three different bones – in his right cheek that will require surgery. With the bones out of place, they will have to be moved back into the right positions, Paparesta said.

Because Bassitt is still sore he hadn’t yet resumed eating solid foods but was up and walking in his room, according to Paparesta.

If all goes well during a consultation Monday with plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Revenaugh, Bassitt’s procedure could be done as early as Tuesday. It also hasn’t been determined how long he might remain in Chicago immediately after surgery.

“The doc said that once he has the surgery done we’ll kind of see how he’s doing after about a week to 10 days and start getting him into some physical activity and kind of see how his body responds to that and how he’s feeling,” Paparesta said. “We’re looking kind of one week at a time at this point in time after the surgery’s done. The other thing we need to be conscientious of is that the surgery goes as planned and it is the surgery that we anticipate. Once you get in there things could change.”

Bassitt went down on the mound right after he was hit, holding his head, and his teammates quickly waved to the dugout for assistance. He never lost consciousness.

The A’s said Wednesday that an exam of his right eye was normal for vision and no other damage was found in the eye or the orbital bone. The team also said a head CT scan revealed no further injury.

Seeing Bassitt go down brought back memories of a similar incident involving then-A’s starter Brandon McCarthy in 2012.

McCarthy took a line drive to the right side of his head off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels’ Erick Aybar on Sept. 5 that year. He sustained an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture on the play, then underwent a two-hour emergency surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

McCarthy reached out to the A’s on Tuesday night in support after Bassitt’s injury.

The 32-year-old Bassitt, who broke into the majors with the White Sox in 2014, is in the midst of another stellar season for Oakland. He was 12-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 24 starts heading into the game, leading the AL in victories.

“He is a tough, tough guy,” manager Bob Melvin said. “If anybody is able to deal with this a little bit quicker or in a certain fashion it would be Chris.”

Tigers analyst Jack Morris suspended for Ohtani remarks

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Tigers broadcaster Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely for racist comments he made about Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani during Tuesday’s game.

When asked by play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard how the Tigers should pitch to Ohtani in the sixth inning, Morris adopted an exaggerated East Asian accent while saying “be very, very careful.” When Ohtani came back up in the ninth, Morris issued a lengthy apology.

“It’s been brought to my attention and I sincerely apologize if I offended anybody, especially in the Asian community, for what I said about pitching and being careful to Shohei Ohtani,” Morris began, before going on to talk about his respect for Ohtani’s talent.

Bally Sports Detroit announced the suspension Wednesday.

“Bally Sports Detroit is extremely disappointed with the remarks analyst Jack Morris made during last night’s Tigers game,” the network said in a statement. “Jack has been suspended indefinitely from Tigers broadcasts and will be undergoing bias training to educate him on the impact of his comments and how he can be a positive influence in a diverse community. We have a zero-tolerance policy for bias or discrimination and deeply apologize for his insensitive remark.”

The Tigers, who retired Morris’ number after he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, issued a similar statement.

“The Detroit Tigers take immense pride in honoring the diverse cultures that make up our players, coaching staff, front office, fan base and community,” the team said. “We are deeply disappointed by the comments made by Jack Morris during the broadcast last night. We fully support Bally Sports Detroit’s decision and their ongoing commitment to ensure that all personnel are held to the highest standards of personal conduct.”

The incident comes 31 years after Morris, during his playing days, told a young female reporter that he “only talks to women when I’m naked if they are on top of me or I’m on top of them.” Morris, who was not naked at the time, was defended by then-team president Bo Schembechler, who blamed the Detroit Free Press for sending a female reporter into the clubhouse.

Attorney: FBI probing extortion allegations tied to Watson complaints

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An attorney for 22 women who have filed lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment said Wednesday that he and some of his clients have spoken to the FBI about the case.

Tony Buzbee told The Associated Press that the FBI “reached out to me, and I responded.” The FBI’s involvement was first reported Tuesday by League of Justice, a website that reports on sports and the law.

The revelation by Buzbee of the FBI’s involvement prompted Watson’s lead attorney to hold a news conference on Wednesday to say that the FBI had spoken with the quarterback earlier this year about allegations of extortion by one of his accusers.

In their lawsuits, the 22 women accuse Watson of exposing himself, touching them with his penis or kissing them against their will during massage appointments.

Watson and his lawyers have denied the accusations. His lawyers have said “some sexual activity” happened during some of the appointments but that he never coerced anyone.

Houston police are investigating some of the accusations, but no charges have been filed. The NFL has launched its own probe.

At a news conference Wednesday, Rusty Hardin, Watson’s lead attorney, said FBI agents approached him in April over allegations that one of the women who has sued Watson tried to extort $30,000 from him. Hardin said agents interviewed Watson. The woman alleges Watson forced her to perform oral sex.

In an email, Christina Garza, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Houston office, said she could neither confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

Hardin said grand jury subpoenas have been sent out in the investigation by local authorities, but he does not know details about them.

“When (prosecutors’) investigation is over, their findings will be presented to a grand jury. We will be given opportunity to appear … to tell our side and we will be given an even handed hearing,” Hardin said.

Hardin said he welcomed the FBI’s role in the case. But he also criticized Buzbee for revealing the agency’s involvement, saying FBI investigations are usually kept confidential.

Buzbee “knows those lawsuits have no future in the long run,” Hardin said. “What he wants is to be out there and promote himself and the lawsuits and try to get Deshaun to settle them and pay them money so he can ride into the sunset.”

Buzbee denied he is seeking publicity or money and accused Hardin of trying to change the narrative and of “trying to defend the indefensible.”

At his news conference, Hardin read what he said were text messages to Watson from the woman he is accusing of extortion. In them, she does not mention an alleged attack on Dec. 28, 2020, during a massage session, Hardin said.

According to Hardin, the woman said in one text, “Hey Deshaun just wanted to say thank you for trusting me with your massage today. I’ll be here til Jan. 3 if you’d like to get another one.”

Hardin said that in another text, the woman wrote, “I just want to say I apologize for my actions. That was not me. And if I could take back that moment I would. I really devalued my integrity and professionalism.”

Buzbee accused Hardin of attacking the women who have sued Watson.

“Deshaun Watson has a problem and his lawyer is not focused on that,” Buzbee said. “He’s focused on trying to attack me or my clients and I’m tired of it.”

Watson’s lawyers have sought to balance their defense of the NFL star while simultaneously condemning sexual violence against women.

But Watson’s attorneys have called the lawsuits against him a “money grab” and fired back that all 22 women who have filed suit are lying, a strategy some experts and advocates say relies on long-used tropes designed to minimize such accusations. Buzbee has said some of his clients have faced criticism and even death threats.

Buzbee said he had no plans to settle the lawsuits.

“We’re going to have a trial. I’m pretty sure that (Hardin) against me, I’m feeling quite confident,” he said.

Watson’s future with the Texans remains unclear. Watson reported to the Texans training camp last month to avoid being fined. Watson signed a four-year, $160 million contract extension with the Texans in 2020 and led the NFL in yards passing last season. But before the lawsuits were filed, he had asked to be traded.

Kansas City Chiefs GM: Want Tyrann Mathieu deal, but money tight

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Tyrann Mathieu might be the next safety in line for a big contract, but he might have to wait. General manager Brett Veach said that while the Kansas City Chiefs would like to extend Mathieu’s contract beyond its end this season, the timing isn’t right for it to happen soon.

“The landscape is super tricky,” Veach said from Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University. “We’re at a $30 million [salary-cap] deficit from what we thought, and next year it’s $15 million. Right now some things are out of our control just because of the cap reductions this year and next year. If you look at our books for next year, we’re going to be over by a bunch.

“Right now we’re counting Orlando [Brown] on a [franchise] tag, but we think he’s going to play well, and we’re going to extend him, and that opens up space. Restructuring [with other players] opens up space. Some guys moving on will open up space.

“It’s frustrating because we’re handicapped a little, and there are only certain things we can do to make it make sense for him. But where we are now is going to be completely different than where we will be once the season ends, and we have a lot more clarity on contracts and how the money is disbursed and allocated and how we can fit things and how we can make it work. It’s just tricky right now. But it has nothing to do with us not wanting him or him not wanting to be here. It’s just one of those unfortunate timing things.”

The Chiefs are scheduled to have four players in 2022 with salary-cap figures of at least $20 million, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes at almost $36 million.

Mathieu, who is in Year 3 of a three-year, $42 million contract, has said he wants to finish his career with the Chiefs. When the Chiefs opened training camp last month, Mathieu said he wasn’t disappointed the Chiefs had yet to extend his contract.

“I think most players would like to have things done before they get to the season, but I’m all about ball,” he said. “I love ball, so it’s important for me to stay focused on that. Let other things just handle themselves.”

Some of his recent activity on his Twitter account, though, might reflect some frustration. After the Seattle Seahawks gave safety Jamal Adams a new four-year contract worth $70 million, Mathieu wrote “the disrespect is noted” in response to a tweet wondering how Adams’ extension might impact Mathieu.

But the Chiefs say they want to keep Mathieu beyond this season.

“I’ve heard Tyrann say that he would like to extend his career in Kansas City, and we feel the same way about that,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said. “Hopefully that will work out. The timing is obviously uncertain.”

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy says ‘good chance’ Dak Prescott won’t play in preseason

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FRISCO, Texas — The likelihood of Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott seeing any live action in the preseason before the Sept. 9 opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is growing dimmer and dimmer.

“There’s a good chance he probably won’t play. Yes, that’s fair,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

On Monday, McCarthy said if Prescott did not play against the Houston Texans on Saturday, he would not play in the Aug. 29 preseason finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

McCarthy said Prescott will continue to ramp up his throwing program from the right latissimus strain that has kept him out of team drills since late July but not take any team drills. Wednesday’s practice is the last full-padded workout the Cowboys have before playing the Texans.

“We’ll just continue the throwing regimen and keep building up the volume,” McCarthy said.

At the start of training camp, the Cowboys stressed the importance of Prescott getting some work in the preseason games in order that his first live action off his surgically repaired right ankle would not come against the Buccaneers.

It does not look like that will happen now.

“At the end of the day, I trust the practice process,” McCarthy said. “The tempo of how we practice, the cadence variations and the emphasis of the game situations, I feel really good about what we’re able to get done in this environment as opposed to relying on preseason games. I’ve always felt the preseason games were primarily for the development of your young players. I do know this is our first year going through training camp.

“I think ideally if everybody was healthy and everything went smooth we may have gone to a more traditional [routine], play 10, 15 plays in the first game, played a quarter in the second game, played the first half in the third game. Those things were all discussed, but camp doesn’t always go the way you’d like it to go.”

Chicago Bears OT Teven Jenkins to have back surgery; team hopes he can return this season

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Chicago Bears rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins will undergo back surgery on Wednesday, coach Matt Nagy announced.

Nagy said he hopes Jenkins, whom the Bears traded up to draft 39th overall in the second round, will be able to return this season.

“It’s a common procedure,” Nagy said. “It’s gonna be done locally. You know we tried to hope to avoid the surgery with him, and we tried several treatments, but the goal is to get him back this season.”

Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Bears hope Jenkins can make it back in November, but there’s a real chance his season is over.

Jenkins was slated to be Chicago’s starting left tackle, but the Oklahoma State product has been sidelined with a bad back since camp opened in late July.

The Bears released longtime starting left tackle Charles Leno Jr. in May, seemingly paving the way for Jenkins to take over the position. The Bears traded their second-round pick as well as their third- and sixth-round selections to the  Carolina Panthers while also receiving a fifth-round pick in order to select Jenkins, who played both left and right tackle at Oklahoma State.

The Bears have been in scramble mode on the offensive line for weeks, as fellow projected starters James Daniels and Germain Ifedi have also been out with injuries. The Bears recently signed veteran offensive tackle Jason Peters, who will compete for the starting left tackle job.

Jenkins’ surgery wasn’t the only injury news to come out of Chicago on Wednesday. Nagy also said rookie quarterback Justin Fields, the team’s first-round pick, will not practice on Wednesday because of a groin injury.

Nagy said he hopes Fields will be able to play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, but the team will be “smart” in its approach with their hopeful franchise quarterback.

The Bears are also monitoring a hamstring injury for tight end Cole Kmet, Nagy said.

Report: Memphis hires Wallace as assistant on Hardaway’s staff

Former NBA veteran Rasheed Wallace will join Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway’s staff as an assistant, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Wallace, 43, enjoyed a 16-year professional career that included stops with the Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons. The four-time All-Star won the NBA title with the Pistons in 2004 and still holds the league record for most technical fouls in a season with 40.

Wallace retired in 2013 and took a job as an assistant coach with the Pistons under Maurice Cheeks for the 2013-14 season. Detroit didn’t retain Wallace when it hired Stan Van Gundy as its head coach a season later. Wallace then stepped away from basketball for five years before taking a high school coaching job in 2019.

Hardaway, a former NBA All-Star, is entering his fourth season as the Tigers’ coach. He guided the team to the NIT championship game last season after finishing the campaign with a 20-8 record and 11-4 mark in conference play.

Wallace will work alongside fellow Memphis assistant Larry Brown, who coached the Pistons team that won the NBA title in 2004.

Kevin Durant, Draymond Green say Golden State Warriors mishandled 2018 incident that contributed to team’s breakup

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Kevin Durant and Draymond Green both blamed Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and team president/general manager Bob Myers for mishandling the fallout from the players’ argument that ultimately contributed to Durant leaving the team following the 2018-19 season.

In an interview posted Wednesday on Bleacher Report, Durant and Green both said they believed that Kerr and Myers were at fault for the way they handled the players’ emotional back-and-forth on the floor that spilled over into the locker room after an overtime loss to the LA Clippers at Staples Center on Nov. 12, 2018.

During the first episode of his new series “Chips,” Green asked Durant how much that argument played a part in his decision to leave the Warriors.

“It wasn’t the argument,” Durant told Green. “It was the way that everybody — Steve Kerr — acted like it didn’t happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you [Green] and think that would put the mask over everything.”

Green, who was ultimately suspended by the Warriors for the following game for his role in the argument, said he spoke to Warriors management after flying back to the Bay Area following the Clippers game and then again the following morning. He said he had a message for Myers and Warriors management when the group asked him to apologize to Durant.

“‘Y’all are about to f— this up,'” Green said he told them. “I said, ‘The only person that can make this right is me and K [Durant]. And there is nothing that y’all can do, and y’all are going to f— this up.’ And in my opinion, they f—ed it up.” Responded Durant: “I think so too.”

While Durant and Green appeared to get over the incident in the next couple of weeks, the uncomfortable nature of the public incident, combined with the fact that players and coaches were repeatedly asked about it in almost every city they traveled, hovered over the organization all season.

It is hardly the first time that Green has addressed the team’s reaction to his argument with Durant. In 2019, he and Myers discussed the incident, the fallout and their relationship during a joint interview with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod.

Durant, who tore his right Achilles during Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, decided to sign with the Brooklyn Nets after the season. The Warriors have missed the playoffs for two consecutive seasons since Durant left.

As Green did in previous interviews, Durant noted that he saw parallels between the Warriors’ situation and the Chicago Bulls’ breakup while watching “The Last Dance.”

“I remember watching ‘The Last Dance,’ and when Scottie [Pippen] didn’t go into the game, the whole team in the locker room said, ‘Scottie, that was f—ed up that you did that.’ We needed that. We just needed to throw all of that s— on the table and say, ‘Yo Dray, K, that was f—ed up that we even had to go through that.’

“Let’s just wipe our hands with that and go finish the task. … I didn’t think we did that. We just tried to dance around it. I just didn’t like, just the vibe between all of that, it just made s— weird to me.”

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Mud Hens Shut Out Indians, 6-0

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TOLEDO, OHIO – The Toledo Mud Hens shut down the offense and handed the Indianapolis Indians their seventh shutout loss of the season on Wednesday night, 6-0.

With one out in the bottom of the second inning, Spencer Torkelson tripled to right field. After a walk to Aderlin Rodriguez, Christin Stewart grounded into a force out to score Torkelson and give the Mud Hens (51-40) the early 1-0 lead.

Stewart hit a two-run home run over the right field fence with two outs in the bottom of the fourth frame to extend Toledo’s lead to 3-0.

The Mud Hens tacked on two more insurance runs in the sixth inning and one more run in the eighth with a home run from Ryan Kreider to seal the lead at 6-0.

The Indians (43-48) recorded only three hits in the loss. Jared Oliva singled to left field in the top of the second inning, Taylor Davis singled in the third inning and Erik Gonzalez doubled off the left field wall in the fifth frame.

Alex Lange (W, 2-1) earned the win in 1.2 innings of relief with one strikeout. Will Vest, Angel De Jesus, Jason Foley and Miguel Del Pozo combined to throw 4.1 hitless innings for the Mud Hens. James Marvel (L, 4-5) took the loss on the mound for Indy, giving up five runs (two unearned) on six hits in 5.2 innings of work.

The Indians will face the Mud Hens again on Thursday night at 7:05 PM ET. RHP Miguel Yajure (1-1, 3.71) is set to make his first start with the Indians since May 26. Yajure will take the mound against RHP Logan Shore (3-2, 3.74).

INDY ELEVEN SOCCER: RE-CAP

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LEESBURG, Virginia (Wednesday, August 18, 2021) – A late finish by defender Karl Ouimette could only salvage a scratching of the scoreboard for Indy Eleven, which fell on the road 4-1 in an inter-division affair at Loudoun United FC Wednesday evening.

The result kept Indiana’s Team in fourth-place in the crowded middle of the Central Division standings, still even with FC Tulsa and OKC Energy FC on 22 points and three points behind third-place Atlanta United 2.

Indy Eleven’s high pressure dominated the first quarter hour at Segra Field, the visitors carrying the bulk of the possession and doing much of it in the attacking third. It was Eleven forward Manuel Arteaga getting the earliest test on goal eight minutes in, his low shot saved at the near post of Loudoun netminder Jermaine Fordah.

The pendulum swung in Loudoun’s favor across the next 15 minutes, but Eleven goalkeeper Jordan Farr saved a soft header from eight yards out and saw another sent over the bar, those chances marking the most United FC could muster in the middle of the half. In the 35th minute Farr stepped up again, getting low and extending fully to steer United FC midfielder Theodore Ku-Dipietro’s 25-yard free kick around the base of the right post.  

Loudoun’s persistence on the ball and penchant to earn set pieces finally paid off in the last five minutes of the half, courtesy of a brace by forward Samson Sergi. In the 43rd minute, Robert Dambrot’s low ball through the heart of the area found Sergi, who lingered off the back shoulder of the Indy backline and tapped in from seven yards out to put Loudoun up 1-0. A minute into stoppage time Sergi was in the right place again, watching from the right post as Farr fought the crossbar while rising to touch over a corner kick cleared back towards his goal. The ball glanced sideways and skidded off the top of the woodwork before it fell directly to Sergi, who volleyed home practically on the goalline to give Loudoun a shock 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

Indy Eleven showed some attacking initiative to open the second half, Ouimette’s header off a corner kick in the 51st minute that glanced just wide the most promising of the few chances earned. On the other end Farr made a pair of saves in the 58th and 61st minutes to keep the visitors close, followed by Loudoun substitute forward Darluis Laz flashing his 20-yard blast just wide of the left post.

However, Paz would get on the scoresheet in the 73rd minute, his rebound of Indy defender A.J. Cochran’s goalline clearance of Smith’s chip from the endline putting United FC up 3-0. Three minutes later it was Paz playing provider, the Venezuelan getting to the endline before driving the ball to the six where it was met by Ku-DiPietro’s sliding effort that moved the scoreboard once more for the home side.

Eleven striker Gordon Wild nearly got one against his former team in the 78th minute, only to see his free kick from 28 yards parried away strongly by Fordah. Wild’s ensuing service from the corner found Ouimette eight yards from goal, and the Canadian vice-captain would indeed get the goal he just missed earlier in the half, a nice glancing header to the back post salvaging a goal for Indiana’s Team on an otherwise frustrating evening.

Next up, the Boys in Blue head west this Sunday, Aug. 22, for its second meeting of the season at Sporting KC II. Kickoff from Children’s Mercy Park on the Kansas side of the border is set for 5:00 p.m. ET for a contest that can be streamed live on ESPN+.

Defending champion Thiem to miss US Open with wrist injury

NEW YORK (AP) Defending champion Dominic Thiem has pulled out of the U.S. Open, saying Wednesday he will miss the rest of the year because of a right wrist injury.

Thiem was hurt in June while playing in the Mallorca Open and said the pain returned last week after he hit a ball during training. Doctors recommended he wear a wrist splint for another six weeks before resuming training.

The No. 6-ranked Thiem made the announcement in a social media post, and a statement from his management company described the injury as a detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side of the right wrist.

“I’m very disappointed not to be able to defend my U.S. Open title and to miss the rest of the season,” the 27-year-old from Austria said in the statement. “But I know this is what I have to do. I have a long career ahead of me, so I will only come back once I’m fully recovered and in good shape to compete.”

Thiem won his first major title last year at Flushing Meadows, beating Alexander Zverev by becoming the first player to come from two sets down in the U.S. Open final since Pancho Gonzales in 1949.

But after the two-time French Open finalist was stunned by Pablo Andujar in the first round in Paris this year, he played only one more match. Thiem was leading Adrian Mannarino in the first set of his opening match at Mallorca when he had to stop playing.

Thiem joins five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer and 2016 winner Stan Wawrinka among players who will miss the year’s final Grand Slam tournament because of injury.

The tournament begins Aug. 30.

Purdue Soccer Hosts Kentucky to Open Season

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 24th Purdue soccer season officially begins at Folk Field against Kentucky on Thursday, August 19, with kickoff at 7 p.m. ET.

Admission is free for all fans. A gold sunglasses and mystery t-shirt giveaway, along with free pizza, will be available for the first 100 students.

University, local and state health guidelines will be followed on game day. Updates will be provided by Purdue Athletics, if necessary. A clear bag policy will be implemented for all events in Purdue Athletics facilities this year, and information can be found at PurdueSports.com/ClearBag.

 The match will be broadcast live on BTN+, while live stats can be found 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.

The Boilermakers, led by seventh-year head coach Drew Roff, open the season after a 4-6-2 Big Ten-only 2020 season, played in the spring of 2021. Ten of Purdue’s 11 starters from the 2020 campaign, and 22 total players, are back. That includes senior forward Sarah Griffith and senior midfielder Grace Walsh, who earned All-Big Ten Team accolades last spring. The 30-player roster features 10 seniors and eight newcomers.

Griffith, senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova and senior defenders Teagan Jones and Maya Lambert have been named the team’s captains this year. Griffith and Lambert served in the role in 2020-21, while Bova and Jones are first-time captains.

BIG TEN RECOGNIZES THREE ON WATCH LIST

Three seniors, Bova, Griffith and Walsh, were named to the Big Ten Players to Watch List on Monday. The trio are recognized for the second consecutive year on the preseason list.

Bova, Griffith and Walsh have been key contributors to Purdue’s on-field success in their careers. Bova and Griffith started all 12 matches last season, while Walsh played in and started 11 contests. Bova and Walsh are Big Ten Distinguished Scholars in 2020-21 and all three earned Academic All-Big Ten honors a year ago.

SEASON-OPENING SUCCESS

Purdue is 5-1-0 in season-opening matches under Roff and 6-0-0 in home openers. Three of the victories were shutouts. Last season, as the Boilermakers opened against a Big Ten opponent for the first time in team history, they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Illinois on February 18. A week later, on February 25, Purdue rebounded with a 3-2, double-overtime win over Maryland at home.

SERIES HISTORY VS. KENTUCKY

Purdue and Kentucky meet for the second time on Thursday after the two teams played to a 0-0 draw in 2007. The season lidlifter was the start of a memorable campaign for the Boilermakers, who went 20-2-3, won the Big Ten Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS

Kentucky is coming off a 1-6-3 season in 2020. The Wildcats posted a 3-1 home victory over Florida on Nov. 6, and followed it with a 6-5 defeat to the Gators in the SEC Championship. In its lone spring match, UK lost a 4-1 contest at Pitt on March 29. Ian Carry is in his fifth season at the helm in Lexington and his ninth year overall with the program.

UP NEXT: AT VANDERBILT

The season-opening weekend continues when Purdue travels to No. 18 Vanderbilt on Sunday, August 22. Kickoff in Nashville is at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT, and the match will air on SECN+.

A LOOK AT THE 2021 SLATE

Purdue’s 2021 schedule features 20 matches, 13 at Folk Field and seven on the road. The Boilermakers will play 10 Big Ten Conference contests in addition to eight regular-season non-conference games. The Big Ten opener is at Nebraska on Sunday, September 19.

The 2021 slate includes matches against in-state rivals Indiana and Notre Dame, and the Old Gold and Black will face a total of seven clubs that made the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

Boilermakers Enjoy Big Summer on the Links

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With the start of the Purdue men’s golf season just weeks away, the Purdue men’s golf team is putting the finishing touches on a strong summer of golf.

Outside of playing in tournaments around the country, the team stayed in West Lafayette for the majority of the summer and training at Purdue.

Leading the summer charge was Joe Weiler. The Bloomington, Indiana, native, who will use his CoVid senior season in 2021-22, won the Northern Amateur, was third at the Northeast Amateur, 12th at the Monroe Invitational and 18th at the Dogwood Invitational. He also competed in the Western Amateur and won medalist honors by five shots at a U.S. Amateur qualifier, thus competing in the U.S. Amateur at Oakmont last week.

Nick Dentino also qualified for the U.S. Amateur after winning medalist honors at sectional qualifying. Dentino placed fourth at both the Indiana Amateur and Indiana Open. In mid-June, Dentino won the Indiana PGA Northern Open title by one shot.

Herman Sekne posted three top-10 finishes this summer, first finishing 7th at the Trans-Miss Am in June, then placing sixth at the Golfweek Myrtle Beach Amateur in mid-June and 10th at the Porter Cup in late July.

Cole Bradley competed well in several events this summer and was named an honorable mention All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) in mid-July.

Andrew Farraye won the Golfweek Purdue Amateur by one shot over teammate Peyton Snoeberger in late July at the Ackerman-Allen Golf Course. T16 at Chattanooga Choo Choo Amateur.

Incoming freshman Andrew White advanced to the USGA Junior Am, after winning a 7-hole playoff to advance.

Kent Hsiao arrived in the United States a few weeks ago from Taiwan and in his first action of the fall, placed fifth at the American Junior Golf Association’s Detroit Junior at Forest Lake.

In addition, Weiler, Farraye and Bradley were all named All-American scholars, while Weiler was voted to the CoSIDA at-large Academic All-District first team.

On the professional tours, Adam Schenk has finished in the top 125 and will compete in the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the second straight year. He finished 103rd in the FedEx Cup standings and will compete this weekend at the Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.

Tyler Duncan played in 33 events and netted almost $500,000. He will be exempt on the PGA Tour next season after winning the RSM Classic early on in the 2019-20 campaign.

Stuart Macdonald has found success on the Korn Ferry Tour, ranking 60th on their official rankings list. Macdonald will play in the final three events, looking for a win that would boost him into the PGA Tour next season.

Fernando Barco qualified for his first U.S. Open when he won medalist honors at local qualifying, then won a 9-for-1 playoff on the first hole to play at Torrey Pines.

Lastly, Brian Carlson currently ranks 18th on the Forme Tour and placed tied for third at the Birck Boilermaker Classic at the Kampen Course.

The Purdue men’s golf team will open the season at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate on Sept. 5 to 7, at Eric Hills Golf Course in Hartford, Wis.

Frezzotti Joins Softball Coaching Staff

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Head coach Boo De Oliveira and the Purdue softball program welcomed Magali Frezzotti as the softball assistant coach.

Under De Oliveira’s guidance, Frezzotti will lead the defensive effort for the Boilermakers.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach Frezzotti to the Purdue softball family,” De Oliveira said. “She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, including international experience that will help propel our team forward. Her core values and personality make her a great fit for Boilermaker softball. We’re looking forward to having her on campus.”

Frezzotti comes to Purdue from Montana, where she was the Assistant Softball Coach since September 2018. While with the Grizzlies, she was responsible for the development of hitters and catchers, while assisting with infielders. Defensively, Frezzotti oversaw the catcher’s defensive skills, leading to improvements in footwork, glove positioning, hop-reading and more.

While with Montana, Frezzotti helped the Grizzlies to a program-best 16-3 record at home and a third-place finish in the Big Sky Conference in 2019 during her inaugural year and will leave the program with more than 55 wins under their belt.

Prior to her time at Montana, Frezzotti’s previous stops include Eastern Michigan as an assistant coach, Concordia as a graduate assistant and Michigan.

A native of Argentina, Frezzotti played for the Agentina National Team for 12 and a half years, she not only served as team captain, but competed in the World Cup in 2015, Pan American Championships, World Championships and more. Her success on the world stage resulted in being named to the All-Tournament team as a catcher at the 2017 Women’s Softball Pan American Championship, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Frezzotti earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Instituto Numero 1 Dr. Enrique Romero Brest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2012, a master’s degree in student personnel administration in higher education from Concordia in 2017 and a master’s degree in public administration from Montana in 2020.

PURDUE // Edwards, Mathias Wrap up NBA Summer League Action

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue alums Dakota Mathias and Carsen Edwards wrapped up play in the NBA Summer League yesterday, helping their squads to strong performances over the two-week span in Las Vegas. 

Mathias, a 2018 grad, helped the Utah Jazz to a 3-2 record during its five-game stint. Mathias averaged 9.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game while shooting 15-of-42 (.357) from the field, 9-of-28 (.321) from long distance and 8-of-8 (1.000) from the free throw line. He saved his best for last, scoring 22 points with five rebounds in yesterday’s loss to the 76ers, the team Mathias spent time with last season. 

Edwards, meanwhile, was a key factor in helping the Celtics reach the Summer League Championship game while posting a 4-1 record. Edwards averaged 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He had 17 points with eight rebounds and six assists in the Summer League opener against the Atlanta Hawks. He followed that performance up with a 14-point, eight-rebound, five-assist showing against Denver. 

The NBA season will officially start Oct. 19.

Butler WSoccer Hosts Michigan to Open Season

The Butler women’s soccer team begins the fall 2021 regular season with a home match on Thursday, August 19, when the Wolverines of Michigan visit the Sellick Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Butler will take to the pitch with several familiar faces on the roster. The Bulldogs return nine of eleven starters, including 2020-21 All-BIG EAST honorees Anastasia Savich, Katie Soderstrom, Aliya Diagne, Stephanie Rodriguez, Alli Leonard, and Caitlin O’Malley. Savich, Soderstrom, and Rodriguez were recently recognized as 2021 Preseason All-BIG EAST selections, while Rodriguez was also chosen as the Preseason BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year.

Co-Head Coach Tari St. John enters her sixteenth season at the helm of the Bulldogs program, while Co-Head Coach Rob Alman begins his tenth. Since the two paired up in 2012, Butler has won 64 percent of its conference matches and 66 percent overall.

Michigan’s roster is also comprised of many veterans, with five players returning for a fifth year of competition. Nicki Hernandez, who led the 2020-21 team in goals and points, along with Sarah Stratigakis, who led in assists, will both suit up for the Wolverines as they look to compete for a B1G title and postseason success. Both Butler and Michigan received votes in the United Soccer Coaches 2021 preseason national poll.

Butler is coming off a 2020-21 season in which it finished 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the BIG EAST, securing the No. 1 seed (Midwest Division) in the conference tournament. The Bulldogs will be seeking their eighth BIG EAST tournament appearance in the past nine years, as well as their third NCAA tournament berth.

Soccer Picked Third in MAC Preseason Coaches Poll

CLEVELAND, Ohio – – The Ball State soccer program was picked to finish third in the 12-team Mid-American Conference race in the league’s annual preseason coaches poll, as announced Wednesday (Aug. 18).

After briefly switching back to divisions for the COVID-19 adjusted 2021 spring schedule, the MAC moved back to its 12-team, non-divisional format which it utilized for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. BSU capitalize on the move back to divisions last year, winning its fourth straight MAC West Division title in the divisional format (2015, 2016, 2017 & 2020-21).

Buffalo was selected as the 2021 preseason favorite, securing seven of the 12 first-place votes and 136 total points. Bowling Green was picked second with the remaining five first-place votes and 132 points. Following the Cardinals (119 points) in third were Western Michigan (93), Eastern Michigan (90), Central Michigan (83), Miami (71), Ohio (67), Kent State (53), Akron (37), Toledo (34) and Northern Illinois (21).

Ball State also picked up one of the 12 votes to win the 2021 MAC Tournament Championship. BGSU led that race with six votes, followed by UB at four. WMU picked up the final vote to win the event.

The Cardinals open the 2021 season Sunday, when it travels to Valparaiso for a 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT contest against the Beacons. It will be the first regular season non-conference match for Ball State since Sept. 20, 2019, as the team played a league-only schedule this past spring.

League play begins Thursday, Sept. 23 when the Cardinals host Eastern Michigan at 4 p.m. at the Briner Sports Complex. Ball State will play an 11-match MAC schedule this season, concluding the regular season Thursday, Oct. 28 at home against Miami.

The six-team MAC Soccer Tournament will begin Sunday, Oct. 31 with quarterfinal action at the two highest seeds. The top two seeds, who both earn an opening-round bye, will host semifinal action Thursday, Nov. 4. The championship match will be played at the highest remaining seed Sunday, Nov. 7.

The Cardinals finished the non-traditional 2020-21 spring season with a 6-3-1 record, winning five of its last six regular season contests to secure a spot in the MAC Championship match for the second time in the past three seasons.

BSU returns all four players who earned All-MAC honors last season in first team selections Nicky Potts and Lexy Smith, second team honoree Tatiana Mason, and all-freshman choice Mac Henson. In addition, head coach Josh Rife is the reigning MAC Coach of the Year.

2021 MAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

(First Places Votes)

1. Buffalo (7) – 136 points

2. Bowling Green (5) – 132 points

3. Ball State – 119 points

4. Western Michigan – 93 points

5. Eastern Michigan – 90 points

6. Central Michigan – 83 points

7. Miami – 71 points

8. Ohio – 67 points

9. Kent State – 53 points

10. Akron – 37 points

11. Toledo – 34 points

12. Northern Illinois – 21 points

Tournament Champion: Bowling Green (6), Buffalo (4), Ball State (1), Western Michigan (1)

NOTRE DAME W SOCCER: GAME 1 PREVIEW: BOWLING GREEN

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team opens its 2021 season on Thursday night, inside the friendly confines of Alumni Stadium. The Fighting Irish will host the Bowling Green Falcons at 7 p.m. ET. The match will be streamed on ACCNX.

Important note for all soccer matches this year – Notre Dame Athletics has announced a renewed effort to enhance opportunities for the local community to experience Fighting Irish sporting events. All tickets to regular season Notre Dame home athletic events, besides basketball, football and hockey, will be free for all attendees. 

IRISH IN SEASON OPENERS

The Irish program is now in its 34th year, dating back to the 1988 season. ND has achieved much success in its season openers, amassing a 27-4-2 record.

When looking at specifically home season openers, the Irish haven’t lost an opener inside Alumni Stadium since a 3-2 double-overtime defeat to North Carolina on Sept. 3, 1999. Since, the Irish have gone 13-0-2 in that span.

PRESEASON B1G SWEEP

The Irish competed in two preseason tune-ups, starting with Ohio State at home on Aug. 10. Notre Dame trailed 2-0 early but rallied to defeat the Buckeyes 3-2. ND received goals from Kiki Van Zanten, Sammi Fisher and Olivia Wingate, as the latter scored in the final minute of play.

The Irish then traveled to Champaign, where they took on the Fighting Illini on Aug. 14. It was all blue and gold, as Notre Dame cruised to a 4-0 victory, which included a goal from Brooke VanDyck.

ABOUT BOWLING GREEN

In an abbreviated 2020 season, Bowling Green went 6-1-1 overall and 5-1-0 in MAC play, outscoring opponents by a 17-3 count. The Falcons tied for first in the nation in shutout percentage (.750), recording six shutouts in eight matches. BG earned the MAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season.

SIX WINS, SIX SHUTOUTS

It was a 6-7 campaign for the 2020 Irish, but the unique stat about last year was that all six wins were shutout victories. Six shutout victories in 13 contests (.462) – that ratio was the best since the 2016 Irish – who posted 11 shutout victories in 21 games (.524).

Senior Mattie Interian started nine games in net for the Irish. She allowed just 12 goals for a 1.35 goals-against average. She ultimately made 28 saves (.700) and notched three of the shutouts.

LET’S HAVE A KIKI

Kiki Van Zanten led the team in scoring last season with seven goals, and more impressively, she did so coming off the bench. The now junior played in 12 of the 13 games, with three starts.

Van Zanten made the most of her opportunities, putting 12 of her 16 total shots on goal. Her 0.58 goals per game ranked 55th in the nation and 5th in the ACC.

Van Zanten’s best game last year was at Miami, where she tallied her first career hat trick on just four shots. She later posted another multi-goal performance (2) vs Syracuse on Oct. 4.

EXPERIENCE RETURNING

The Irish scored 18 goals in the abbreviated last season and 17 of those goals are back this year, led by the above-mentioned Kiki Van Zanten who earned Third Team All-ACC honors. She’ll be flanked by 2020 Second Team All-ACC selection Sammi Fisher.

Fisher netted three goals and one assist in 2020. In the fall of 2019, Fisher led the Irish in all three categories, tallying six goals, five assists and 17 points on the year.

Also scoring for the Irish last season: Maddie Mercado (2), Brooke VanDyck, Camryn Dyke, Olivia Wingate, Kati Druzina and Ellie Ospeck.

All-in-all, 39 of the team’s 46 points (.848) are back.

PLUS A YOUTH INFUSION

The Irish still will get a youthful boost of energy in the form of eight freshmen, which includes Sophie Fisher who has been with the team since the spring as an early enrollee.

Fisher hails from Scottsdale, Arizona and has made a number of appearances with the US Women’s National youth teams. In fact, she played for the U-17 team in 2019 along with the U15 team in 2017 and 2018 and the U14 in 2016. She was named the 2019 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Best XI and the 2018 Girls Development Academy Playoff Best XI.

Korbin Albert was club teammates with current Irish forward Kiki Van Zanten. She has a number of years of experience in the US Youth National Team Pool from 2015 to 2019. In 2019, she was called up to the U-17 WNT as they traveled to the Czech Republic for a four-team UEFA Development Tournament. There, she played alongside Sophia Fisher and Maddie Mooney.

In addition, Mooney participated in the U-17 WNT training camps from Nov. 2019-Jan. 2020. She was also club teammates with current Irish player Aly Akers.


JULIA WARE – VET EXPERIENCE INJECTED TO BACKLINE

Back in May, Coach Norman announced the addition of Purdue transfer Julia Ware. The graduate student out of Frisco, Texas, played in 49 games through her three seasons with the Boilermakers and made 46 starts on the backline.

“I chose Notre Dame because I know it’s a place where I can not only compete at the highest level athletically, but one where I will be pushed to grow personally, intellectually, and spiritually,” said Ware. “The tradition of Notre Dame is based in a community rooted in service and high standards of excellence and I can’t wait to be a part of that.”

During the 2020 campaign, Ware was one of two players to play every minute. She anchored the defense that allowed just 10 goals in 12 games and had four shutouts.

Women’s Soccer Opens Regular Season At Home Against Toledo

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team opens its 2021 regular season with a home match against Toledo on Thursday, Aug. 19 (7 p.m.) at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

Game Day Information 
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Horizon League) vs Toledo (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Mid-American Conference) 
When: Thursday, August 19 | 7:00 p.m. ET 
Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.  
Series History: Toledo leads 5-1. This is the first time these two teams have played each other since 2012. The Mastodons lone win against the Rockets came in 2003 in 1-0 double OT.

Scouting The Mastodons
The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team is coming off two exhibition wins, a 2-1 win against Indiana State, and a 6-0 win against Goshen College. The last time the Mastodons scored six goals in an exhibition match was in 2018 against St. Francis (Ind).

Leading the way on offense for the ‘Dons was the sister duo of Morgan and Bella Reitano. The Fenton, Mich. natives combined for three goals and one assist in the two exhibition games. Other key contributors for the ‘Dons were Kayla Shebar and Kelsey Gallagher, who scored two goals each in the two exhibition games. In 180 minutes of play, goalkeepers Belle Plautz, Melina Kozachik and Samantha Castaneda combined for nine straight saves after allowing an early first half goal against Indiana State.

The last time the ‘Dons opened the season at home against a MAC team was against Ball State in 2018. The ‘Dons fell to the Cardinals 2-1.

Assistant coach Jamie Peters is a member of the Rockets women’s soccer team from 2016-2018.  She played in 33 games, including an NCAA Tournament match in 2017.

Scouting The Rockets
The Rockets are coming off a 1-5-1 season with its lone win coming against Northern Illinois by a score of 2-0. The leading goal scorers for the Rockets were junior forwards Stephany Currie and Brooke Stonehouse with two goals each.

In 2019, the Rockets finished the season with a 7-12 record. Currie led the team in goals (6), points (15), and shots (33), tied for first in shots on goal (18), tied for second in assists (3), and was named to the All-Freshman team in the MAC. Stonehouse was tied for third on the team in assists (2) and was tied for fourth on the team in goals (2).

Since taking over as head coach of the program in 2015, TJ Buchholtz owns a 14-4-2 record against Horizon League teams, which includes a 3-2 record against Horizon League teams in 2019.  

Up Next
The Mastodons will be back in action on Sunday, Aug. 22 (1 p.m.) against Morehead State at the Hefner Soccer Complex. The match will air on ESPN+.

The Eagles played Horizon League foe Wright State in an exhibition match back on Aug. 11 which ended in a 0-0 tie. The Eagles open the regular season on Aug. 19 against North Alabama in Morehead, Ky.

Sycamores Tabbed Eighth in MVC Volleyball Preseason Poll

ST. LOUIS – Sycamore women’s volleyball has been picked to finish eighth in the Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, the Valley announced Wednesday morning.
 
Indiana State received 31 points along with a single first place vote while Illinois State has been chosen as the favorite, picking up 79 points and three first place votes. Drake was tabbed second with 77 points and three first place votes as well.
 
Last season, Indiana State qualified for their first MVC Tournament since the 2017 season, finishing 7-11 in the Valley while also picking up victories over the top-three teams chosen in the preseason poll, a first for the program.
 
MVC Preseason Poll
1. Illinois State – 79 (3)
2. Drake – 77 (3)
3. Loyola Chicago – 75 (1)
4. Missouri State – 71 (1)
4. Bradley – 71
6. UNI – 68 (1)
7. Valparaiso – 40
8. Indiana State – 31 (1)
9. Evansville – 26
10. Southern Illinois – 12

Three Sycamores Named to Phil Steele Missouri Valley Football All-Conference Team

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State football had several players receive additional preseason accolades as three Sycamores were recognized on the preseason 2021 Phil Steele Missouri Valley Football All-Conference team.

Junior wide receiver Dante Hendrix and senior defensive lineman Inoke Moala were both recognized on the second team, while senior offensive lineman Isaiah Edwards garnered third team recognition. The trio previously received recognition on the MVFC Preseason All-Conference team as announced by the conference office in late July on the conference’s virtual media day.

Hendrix­­ paced the Sycamores’ receiving game in their last action in the 2019 season on his way to earning First Team All-MVFC recognition. The Florence, Ky. native led the team and ranked third in the MVFC with 653 receiving yards, while finishing fifth in the conference with 51 catches. Highlighting his season included a season-high 135-yard effort at No. 5 Northern Iowa, while his consistency across the board led him to record 50 or more yards through the air in five different games.

Moala played all 12 games in the 2019 season and picked up 11 starts over the year. The Mishawaka, Ind. native finished second on the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and added 3.5 sacks over the season. He also finished among the team leaders with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Moala was also a disruptive force in the passing game with six pass breakups and four quarterback hurries.

Edwards rounds out the trio with the Katy, Texas native looking to continue to build off a strong start to his ISU career. He’s started every game in his career with the Sycamores and helped pace ISU to 2,656 rushing yards (241.5 ypg) and 30 touchdowns in the 2018 season. He also helped pave the way for ISU to finish among the nation’s best in red-zone conversions at 91.3%. Edwards’ efforts also led to four different players recording a 100-yard rushing game in the 2018 season.

The Sycamores continue to focus their attention to the August 28 home opener against Eastern Illinois under fifth-year head coach Curt Mallory. Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is set for 6 p.m. with the game scheduled to be carried on ESPN+ and 105.5 Jack FM.

Sycamores Travel to Eastern Illinois to Open 2021 Fall Season

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State women’s soccer team will begin their regular season campaign on the road as they travel to Eastern Illinois on August 19 for a 5 p.m. ET tilt at Lakeside Field.

The Sycamores are coming off a historic season in the spring which saw them finish with a .600 winning percentage, the highest in school history. A school record seven athletes were named to All-Missouri Valley Conference Teams, including First Team All-Valley honors for sophomores CeCe Wahlberg and Chloee Kooker. Indiana State returns 18 letter winners from a team that finished second in the Missouri Valley last spring and hosted a tournament game for the first time in five years.

Julie Hanley enters her sixth season as head coach for Indiana State. She welcomes eight freshman to the roster this fall and is looking to lead the Sycamores to back-to-back MVC Tournament appearances for the first time since 2013.

Eastern Illinois finished 10th in the Ohio Valley last spring with a record of 2-7-1. The Panthers return their two leading goal scorers in Itxaso Aguero and Nicoletta Anuci. They are led by Jake Plant who enters his fourth season as head coach, owning a record of 12-25-11.

WOMEN’S SOCCER PICKED FIFTH IN #HLWSOC PRESEASON POLL

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team has been picked to finish fifth of 12 teams according to the #HLWSOC Preseason Poll, announced by the league office on Wednesday (Aug. 18). Milwaukee captured nine of the 12 possible first-place votes to earn the top spot and was followed by Northern Kentucky, Oakland, UIC and the Jaguars, respectively.

The Jaguars return six starters from the Spring 2021 group that went 5-2-2 and yielded just six goals in nine games. Included in that bunch is first team All-Horizon Leaguer Elizabeth Bueckers and starting goalkeeper AP Woodall. Woodall had a 0.70 goals against average and 31 saves in her seven appearances while recording four shutouts last season. Other returning starters include Maya Lacognato, Grace Moore, Maya Turner and Autumn Weeks.

Lacognato was the 2019 Horizon League Freshman of the Year after totaling six goals and two assists as a rookie and Weeks has deposited four goals in her two seasons, including a pair of game-winners. Moore and Turner have helped fortify the Jaguars’ defensive third and have combined to make 24 career starts through their first two seasons.

In addition, sophomore Jessica Jacobs had a team-high four assists in eight games off the bench last season and classmate Sam Slimak was voted to the league’s All-Freshman Team, despite playing just four games.

IUPUI closed the preseason slate at 1-1 overall with a 2-1 win over Eastern Illinois followed by a 5-2 loss to SIUE. Slimak paced the IUPUI attack with two goals and senior midfielder Renae Blevins added a goal and as assist. Freshman Cassie Rodriguez also tallied a goal and Bueckers, Turner and Emma Antoine had assists during the preseason.

Head coach Chris Johnson’s club will open the regular season on Thursday, Aug. 19 when the Jaguars hit the road to face Eastern Kentucky at 4:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+. Horizon League play will begin on Sept. 16 when the Jags trek to Cleveland to face Cleveland State.

Fall 2021 #HLWSOC Preseason Poll

Pl.   Team – Pts. (First-place votes)

Milwaukee – 130 (9)

Northern Kentucky – 120 (1)

Oakland – 112 (1)

UIC – 111

IUPUI – 104

Cleveland State – 91

Wright State – 73

Youngstown State – 46 (1)

Green Bay – 44

Purdue Fort Wayne – 42

Detroit Mercy – 41

RMU – 22

Regular season begins Thursday for Aces at Bellarmine

EVANSVILLE – Following two and a half weeks of training and a pair of exhibition contests, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team begins its regular season against Bellarmine on Thursday evening at 5 PM (CT) in Louisville, Ky.

Previewing the Matchup

The Aces open the 2021 season against Bellarmine on Thursday, marking the first regular season meeting between the two sides.

Evansville is in search of its first win in a regular-season opener since a 3-0 win over Austin Peay on Aug. 22, 2014.

In a season that was pushed to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Evansville finished with a 2-3-3 overall record and showed a great improvement on the defensive end. The Aces concluded last season inside the top three in the nation in both save percentage (.936) and goals-against average (0.342).

Hill earns Preseason Honors

 Junior Emilie Hill was named to the MVC’s Preseason First Team on Tuesday.

An honorable mention selection in the spring, Hill recorded most of her time as a center back for the Purple Aces, while also finding the back of the net against Loyola to help earn her first career goal and the win over the Ramblers.

Hill also played in all eight games, playing all but 10 minutes this season.

Preseason Action

The Aces played a pair of matches in the preseason to prepare for the 2021 campaign.

Evansville’s opener against Murray State was cancelled after 33 minutes due to inclement weather. Against SLU on Aug. 14, the Aces battled, falling 1-0, to the A-10 favorites.

Hounds Add DII Tennis Powerhouse Transfer

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s tennis team has added a new edition the 2021-22 roster with the addition of Division II transfer Isabella Dunlap. Dunlap comes to the Hounds from the No. 3 ranked University of Central Oklahoma.
 
“We are extremely happy to have Isabella join our program to continue her education and college tennis career. She will bring an extensive amount of experience.” said Head Coach, Malik Tabet
 
Dunlap was the 2019 National Rookie of the Year and a four-time All-American. She also appeared as a two-time Academic All-American. In 2018, Dunlap was named the ITA Regional singles champion and doubles finalist, along with being ranked as high as No. 2 in 2018.
 
“She’s a good student of the game, a dedicated athlete and understands the value to play at the highest level in our division.” Tabet added. 
 
The Hounds finished the 2020-21 season 23-1 and will begin their season during the ITA DII Midwest Regional on Sept. 18.

Hanover Selected to Repeat in 2021 HCAC Women’s Soccer

CARMEL, Ind. – In a vote amongst league coaches, the Hanover College women’s soccer team was picked to finish first in the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season.
 
After a condensed season in the Spring of 2021, the Panthers were victorious in both the regular season and the post-season conference game. They received eight first place votes ahead of the Fall 2021 season, for 80 points in the poll. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology finished in second in the poll, with 71 points and also received a pair of first-place nods. Mount St. Joseph University was slated to finish third, with a tally of 63 points, with Transylvania University (53) and Anderson University (50) rounding out the top-five.
 
Listed below is the 2021 HCAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll and the 2021 HCAC Athletes to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Women’s Soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org.  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
 
2021 HCAC WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1.Hanover College (8)80
2.Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (2)71
3.Mount St. Joseph University63
4.Transylvania University53
5.Anderson University50
6.Franklin College46
7.Bluffton University31
8.Earlham College25
9.Manchester University17
10.Defiance College14

 
2021 HCAC Women’s Soccer Athletes to Watch:
Anderson

NameClassHometownPosition
Nadia BentleySRCincinnati, OhioD
Taylor FortJRPendleton, Ind.M
Corissa HortonSRFountaintown, Ind.M
Jessica PulaskiSRCenterville, OhioF

 
Bluffton

NameClassHometownPosition
Taylor DyeJRPrairie, OhioF
Julia GibsonSRTecumseh, OhioF
Nina McGinnJRMarion, OhioF
Zoe RyanJRPleasantville, OhioF
Emma WhiteJRSt. Mary’s, OhioMF

 
Earlham

NameClassHometownPosition
Nicole BurkettSRWestfield, Ind.F
Tess CunninghamJRGreensboro, N.C.M
Jenna HoehJRChesterland, OhioM
Makayla HureyFYSidney, OhioGK
Eva LyonJRDayton, OhioF
Hannah WallhausserSRBerea, Ky.F

 
Franklin

NameClassHometownPosition
Katelyn DuffSOGermantown, Ind.F
Lillian HainesJRLebanon, Ind.F
Kinsey PriceSORising Sun, Ky.D
Madison ShortSRAvon, Ind.D

 
Manchester

NameClassHometownPosition
Cate BennettSRHartford City, Ind.GK
Jayden MurraySRDelphi, Ind.F
Maddie ShepardSRGreenville, OhioF
Lainey ShockFYNorth Manchester, Ind.CM
Adelle StankoJROkemos, Mich.D


Mount St. Joseph University

NameClassHometownPosition
Emily ReichlingSRCincinnati, OhioD
Zoe SandfordJRLouisville, OhioD
Madeline ScherpenbergSRCincinnati, OhioM
Jodie WeimerSRCleves, OhioM

 
Rose-Hulman

NameClassHometownPosition
Natalie DillonJRRochester, N.Y.GK
Grace HobsonJRHanover, Mich.CB
Lane LawrenceJRRinggold, Ga.F
Christina RogersSRLaurel, Md.CB
Sarah ShoemakerSRChesterfield, Mo.OM

 
Transylvania

NameClassHometownPosition
Abby BakerSRCorbin, Ky.F/M
Meghan CurrenSRWinchester, Ky.D
Morgan FowlerSRLouisville, Ky.D
Brooke PuterbaughSRLawrenceburg, Ind.M
Emilie YatesSRLexington, Ky.F

Rose-Hulman Voted to Lead 2021 HCAC Men’s Soccer Race

CARMEL, Ind. – In a vote amongst league coaches, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team was picked to finish first in the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season.
 
After coming out on top in a condensed Spring 2021 season, the Fightin’ Engineers received five first-place votes in route to their 76 points, and the edge in the Fall 2021 preseason rankings. Not far behind, Hanover College, also earning five first place nods, nabbed 73 votes in the close race. Finishing in third place, Transylvania University picked up 66 votes, while Manchester University (55) and Anderson University (49) rounded out the top half of the poll.
 
Listed below is the 2021 HCAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll and the 2021 HCAC Athletes to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Men’s Soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org.  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
 
2021 HCAC MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1.Rose-Hulman institute of Technology (5)76
2.Hanover College (5)73
3.Transylvania University66
4.Manchester University55
5.Anderson University49
6.Defiance College40
7.Earlham College35
8.Franklin College20
9.Mount St. Joseph University19
10.Bluffton University17

 
2021 HCAC Men’s Soccer Athletes to Watch:
Anderson

NameClassHometownPosition
Grant ConklinJRDayton, OhioM
RJ MacomberSRMarion, Ind.F
Sam RowlisonSRFishers, Ind.M
Drew SonnefeldtSRChicago, Ill.M
Drew VaughnSOBeavercreek, OhioD

 
Bluffton

NameClassHometownPosition
Jake KigerSRGrovepoint, OhioM
Dalton TaynorSRTroy, OhioF

 
Defiance

NameClassHometownPosition
Jreemy JimenezSRCape Coral, Fla.M
Orry KillamJRNapoleon, OhioGK
Chase StinerSRSt. Joseph, Ill.M
Noah SvanbergJRGrand Rapids, OhioM

 
Franklin

NameClassHometownPosition
Elliott ClarkSRSeymour, Ind.GK
Thomas SamuelSREvansville, Ind.F
Angel TapiaSRBrownsburg, Ind.M
Zachary TutrowSRGreenfield, Ind.D

 
Hanover

NameClassHometownPosition
Fellipe BusatoSRSao Paulo, BrazilM
Luke EpplerSREvansville, Ind.F
Josh HughesSRLafayette, La.F
Xander OchsnerSOFloyds Knobs, Ind.M
Evan RedmonSRLouisville, Ky.M

 
Manchester

NameClassHometownPosition
Julian KeoughSOIndianapolis, Ind.M
Harley KruschwitzSONorth Manchester, Ind.F
Cory MitchellSOMaitland, Fla.F
Keegan WondergemSRHudsonville, Mich.M

 
Mount St. Joseph University

NameClassHometownPosition
Michael AbelSOCincinnati, OhioF
Josh BaileySRWinchester, Ky.M
Gustavo GutierrezJRMontclair, Calif.GK
Luis Martinez ValezSOSan Juan, P.R.M
Tyler SandersSRCincinnati, OhioD
Joseph StarkSOWestville, Ind.D

 
Rose-Hulman

NameClassHometownPosition
Takezo KellyJRCincinnati, OhioF
Caleb UrbanJRMartinsville, Ind.D
AJ YilmazJRSan Diego, Calid.M

 
Transylvania

NameClassHometownPosition
Jak BirdsongSRLiberty Township, OhioM
Mitchell CrispinJRCleveland, Tenn.F
Tyler DobbsSRLexington, Ky.D
Hunter LittleSOCincinnati, OhioD
Max NusbacherSRLexington, Ky.M

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Sweep Warner, Fall to No. 2 Jamestown in Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Taylor opened its 2021 volleyball campaign on Wednesday morning with a pair of matches on the first day of the Keiser Invitational in Florida. The Trojans opened strong with a three-set win over Warner, before dropping a contest to second-ranked Jamestown.

Taylor started the season with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-19 win over Warner, hitting .258 as a team and limiting the Royals to only 18 kills in the match. TU hit .355 in the opening game to set the tone, slamming 13 kills with just two errors in 31 attempts.

Ryan Czerniak posted a team-leading 11 kills in the win, needing only 22 swings to reach double figures and adding a trio of blocks. Grace Isaacs, Amanda Adams and Jaylynn Dunsmore provided plenty of support, racking up a combined 23 kills with only four errors over 47 attempts.

Isaacs and Dunsmore also added two blocks each, while Stephaney Fifield joined Dunsmore in excelling in her debut with the Trojans by scooping up 17 digs. Kacy Bragg added 27 assists, 12 digs and three aces for a double-double and Adams added five aces and eight digs.

After a short break in the action, TU returned to the courts to take on No. 2 Jamestown (2-0) and had the tables turned in a 25-18, 25-21, 25-14 loss.

Taylor was unable to regain its hot hand against the powerful UJ lineup, hitting .126 in the contest compared to a .349 clip from the Jimmies.

Isaacs highlighted the offense for TU with seven kills and one error in 16 swing, while Fifield anchored the defense once again with 16 digs. Karli Ware chipped in with a trio of aces to finish the day with five service strikes in the two matches.

Taylor (1-1) will conclude its play in the Keiser Invitational on Thursday, when it takes on Southeastern at 10:00 am and Webber International at 4:00 pm.

VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST AT KEISER INVITATIONAL – DAY 1 RECAP

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Two matches, two storylines, and ultimately two wins for the Indiana University East volleyball team on Opening Day.

IU East started its 2021 season Aug. 18 with victories against Southeastern University and Milligan University at the Keiser Volleyball Invitational sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

Storyline 1: The comeback.

The Red Wolves found themselves playing uphill on the scoreboard throughout the morning match against a Southeastern team that produced 20-win seasons in three of the last four years. 

With their backs to the wall down 13-11 in the fifth set, IU East summoned one final push to claim five of the next six points and the win in the program’s first five-set match since 2019. Jessica Swimm put away two timely kills. Brooke Lepper had a hand in a block that tied it at 13-13 and contributed to another block on match point.

“We started out playing with a bit of nerves, but worked things out and came back stronger as a team,” Lepper said. “The energy both on the court and on the bench carried us through the rough patches, and we got the ‘dub’ by trusting our training.”

Added setter Reece Shirley: For our first game, I am super proud of the team and how we were able to put what we do in practice onto the court. I think this game showed what we are capable of, and we can only go up from now. Trusting each other and our training is how we came out on top.”

Storyline 2: The sweep

The Red Wolves returned to the Student Life Center court a few hours later and swept Milligan University by scores of 25-17, 25-17, 25-16.

IU East won the first eight points of the match and never looked back.  

IU East finishes its Florida trip with two more matches Aug. 19. IU East tests itself against No. 2 University of Jamestown at 10 a.m. The Red Wolves conclude the event against Webber International University at 2 p.m.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1900       In Western League action, Rube Waddell throws two complete games as Milwaukee sweeps a doubleheader from the White Sox, 2-1 and 1-0. After throwing 17 innings in the first game, the colorful southpaw is coaxed by skipper Connie Mack, who promises him a few days off to go fishing, to pitch the nightcap, and he hurls a five-inning one-hitter.

1917       In the first major league game ever played on Sunday in New York, the Reds beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 5-0. After the contest, managers John McGraw and Christy Mathewson are arrested for violating the blue laws prohibiting playing the national pastime on the Sabbath.

1921       At the age of 34, Ty Cobb becomes the youngest player to collect 3000hits when he singles off Red Sox hurler Elmer Myers. The ‘Georgia Peach’ will end his career with 4,191 hits, the most ever in the major leagues until Pete Rose surpasses the mark in 1985.

1941       “All my players are going to get pneumonia because of you Jocko – you haven’t got the guts to call this game!” – FRANKIE FRISCH, manager of the Pirates shouting his displeasure from the dugout.

During the second game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field, Jocko Conlan ejects Frankie Frisch when the Pirates manager appears on the field with an umbrella, protesting the playing conditions at the Brooklyn ballpark. Ebbets Field. The rainy-day incident inspires Norman Rockwell’s famous oil painting, Bottom of the Sixth.

1945       Better known for his home run prowess, Hall of Fame slugger Jimmie Foxx starts and throws 7.2 innings, giving up just four hits in the Phillies’ 4-2 nightcap victory over Cincinnati at Shibe Park. The 37 year-old corner infielder, playing in his final season, will take the mound a total of 9 times, posting a remarkable 1.59 ERA during 22.2 innings of work for the last-place team.

1949       The Phillies host ‘Eddie Waitkus Night’ at Shibe Park and shower their injured first baseman with gifts. In uniform for the first time since June, the All-Star infielder had been shot in the chest at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel by Ruth Ann Steinhagen, an obsessed fan upset with his trade from the Cubs to Philadelphia.

1951       Emerging from a papier-mache cake between games of a Sportsman’s Park’s doubleheader, three-foot-seven-inch Eddie Gaedel appears as a surprise leadoff pinch-hitter, walking on four pitches in his only major league appearance. American League president Will Harridge voids the small person’s contract the next day, with Browns’ owner Bill Veeck threatening to request an official ruling on whether 5 feet 6 inches Yankee shortstop Phil Rizzuto is a short ballplayer or a tall dwarf.

1955       For the sixth consecutive season, Robin Roberts is a 20-game winner when he beats Don Newcombe and the first-place Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium, 3-2. The 28 year-old Phillies’ right-hander, who will compile a 138-78 (.639) record along with a 2.93 ERA during the span), finishes the season with a 23-14 record.

1957       Citing poor attendance as the reason, Giants’ president Horace Stoneham, ignoring baseball’s edict of banning announcements about the relocation of franchises until after the World Series, informs the press the club has signed a lease to play in San Francisco next season. The club’s Board of Directors voted 8-1 approving the shift to the West Coast, with the only dissenting vote cast by M. Donald Grant, future chairman of the expansion Mets, a team created to fill the National League void in New York caused by the departure of the Giants and Dodgers to California.

1963       At Fenway Park, Dick Stuart’s towering fly ball becomes an adventure for Indians’ outfielder Vic Davalillo when it strikes the ladder attached to the wall above the scoreboard. After the ball ricochets off the fence and bounces off the center fielder’s head, the slow-footed Red Sox first baseman crosses the plate for a very improbable inside-the-park home run in Boston’s 8-3 loss to Cleveland.

1965       At Wrigley Field, Reds’ hurler Jim Maloney no-hits the Cubs, 1-0, with the only run scoring on a Leo Cardenas homer in the tenth inning. Earlier in the season, the Fresno native had also no-hit the Mets for ten innings, but lost the game in the eleventh when Johnny Lewis homered.

1966       After guiding the club to fourteen victories in their first fifteen games, Birdie Tebbetts, who will remain in the organization, resigns as the manager of the Indians. George Strickland will take over the third-place Cleveland team with a 66-57 record.

1968       In the top of the seventeenth inning at Shea Stadium, Ron Hunt’s two-out single scores Hal Lanier for the game’s only run as the Giants beat New York, 1-0. Bobby Bolin throws the first 11 shutout innings, with reliever Frank Linzy getting the victory and Mike McCormick picking up a save.

1969       At Shea Stadium, the Mets beat the Giants, 1-0, in the bottom of the 14th inning with Tug McGraw tosses four scoreless frames for the win after Gary Gentry pitched the first ten, keeping San Francisco off the board on just four hits. Going the distance, Juan Marichal takes the loss, giving up only six hits and striking out 13 batters, thanks to Tommie Agee’s one-out walk-off homer.

1969       At Wrigley Field, Ken Holtzman no-hits the Braves, 3-0, with Ron Santo’s first-inning homer off Phil Niekro providing all of the Cubs’ runs. The 23 year-old southpaw’s second career no-hitter is the fifth of the season and the first since 1923 in which no batters strike out when Sad Sam Jones accomplished the feat with the Yankees.

1982       Pascual Perez misses his start for the Braves when he gets lost on Interstate 285, trying to find Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The 25 year-old right-hander, who will be called I-285 by his Atlanta teammates, finally gets to the ballpark, 10 minutes after the game starts.

1986       The Mariners trade their captain, Spike Owen, along with center fielder Dave Henderson, to the Red Sox for infielder Rey Quinones, three players to be named later, and cash. In his third game with Boston, the former Seattle shortstop ties a major league record when he scores six runs in a game.

1989       Cubs’ center fielder Jerome Walton extends his hitting streak to 29 games in an 8-4 loss to Houston at the Astrodome. With his seventh-inning single, the 24 year-old rookie establishes the longest consecutive-game hit streak in modern franchise history, surpassing the mark set by Ron Santo in 1966.

1990       Bobby Thigpen records his 40th save when he pitches a perfect ninth inning in the White Sox’s 4-2 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium. The right-handed reliever becomes only the eighth closer in major league history to reach the milestone.

1992       When Bret Boone takes the field at Camden Yards against Baltimore, the Mariner second baseman becomes part of the first three-generation family to play in the major leagues. The 23 year-old Seattle rookie is the grandson of Ray Boone (1948-60) and son of Bob Boone (1972-90).

1997       Wade Boggs makes his pitching debut, throwing 16 knuckleballs and one fastball in a 12-4 loss to the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. The Yankee third baseman, a future Hall of Famer, hurls a scoreless eighth inning, giving up no hits, walking one batter, and striking out Todd Greene swinging to end the frame.

2000       For only the third time in major league history and second this season by the Yankees, a team records three sacrifice flies in one inning. Bronx Bombers Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius, and Clay Bellinger join teammates Jose Vizcaino, Tino Martinez, and Bernie Williams (June 29, 2000) and the White sox trio of Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox, and Al Smith, who accomplished the feat against the Indians (July 1, 1962).

2004       Pitching a perfect bottom of the ninth inning, John Smoltz establishes the franchise record with his 142nd save in a Braves uniform. The right-handed reliever surpasses Gene Garber as Atlanta beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles, 6-5.

2005       Losing to the A’s at Oakland’s McAfee Coliseum, 4-0, the Royals establish a franchise record by losing their 19th consecutive game and tie the club’s mark by dropping its 12th straight road game. The 38-82 squad needs two more defeats to match the American League record of 21 losses accomplished by the 1988 Orioles, and four more will tie the major league mark of 23 endured by the 1961 Phillies.

2005       An apprenticeship, announced by the independent minor league team, the Brockton Rox, will be dedicated in the memory of the Emerson journalism student accidentally killed in 2004 by the Boston police during a near-riot around Fenway Park after the Red Sox beat the Yankees to win the pennant. “The Victoria Snelgrove Media Internship,” awarded to an aspiring journalist hosting pregame and postgame radio shows, will hopefully focus on the senseless violence that sometimes follows sporting contests.

2006       🇬🇺 John Hattig becomes the first person born in Guam to appear in a major league game. The 26 year-old Toronto third baseman from Tamuning replaces Troy Glaus in the bottom of the fourth, bats clean-up and strikes out looking in both his at-bats in the Orioles’ 15-0 rout of the Blue Jays.

2006       In an effort to bolster their starting rotation as the team makes a run for the NL wild card, the Phillies acquire Jamie Moyer and cash from the Mariners for two minor league righties named Andrew — Baldwin and Barb. The 43 year-old veteran southpaw compiled a 6-12 record with a 4.39 ERA for the struggling Mariners this season.

2007       At the Metrodome, Johan Santana two-hits the Rangers over eight innings, striking out 17 batters to establish a Twins team record for strikeouts in a game. Designated hitter Sammy Sosa collects both hits for Texas.

2007       John Smoltz becomes the Braves’ all-time strikeout leader when Diamondbacks’ third baseman Mark Reynolds becomes the 40 year-old right hander’s 2,913th victim. Phil Niekro previously established the franchise record pitching for the club in Milwaukee and Atlanta for twenty seasons (1964 to 1983).

2008       Not wanting to be a distraction to the team, B.J. Upton apologizes to the Rays for a “mental lapse” on the bases, after thrown out at second on what many believed should have been an easy double. The 23 year-old center fielder has been benched three times in the past two weeks for not hustling for his first-place club.

2008       The Nationals lose their 11th consecutive game, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The streak is the team’s longest skid since they moved to Washington from Montreal before the 2005 season.

2008       The Dodgers reacquired Greg Maddux (6-9, 3.99) from the Padres for cash and two minor leaguers to be named or an additional monetary sum. The 42 year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander, obtained to help the club down the stretch run, played in LA for part of the 2006 season, winning six of nine decisions.

2008       Kevin Gracie, an Ellicott City, Maryland native, becomes the 50 millionth fan to attend a game at Oriole Park. As a result, the 24 year-old second-year University of Baltimore law student wins five years’ worth of season tickets and a cash prize of $50,000.

2010       The Cardinals obtain third baseman Pedro Feliz from the Astros in exchange for minor league pitcher David Carpenter. The Redbirds replace a slumping Felipe Lopez, a fill-in for the injured David Freese at the hot corner, with the 35 year-old veteran, good-fielding infielder.

2012       Gio Gonzalez, with his 16th victory, sets a team record when Washington beats the Mets at Nationals Park, 5-2. The 26 year-old southpaw, obtained in an offseason trade with Oakland, surpasses Livan Hernandez, who in 2005 posted a 15-10 record in the Nats’ inaugural season in the nation’s capital.

2012       Play stops in the bottom of the sixth inning of Washington’s game against the Mets with the discovery of a praying mantis in the outfield of Nationals Park. The contest continues after New York outfielder Andres Torres carefully picks up the beneficial insect and gently hands it over to a member of the ballpark’s ground crew.

2015       Ryan Braun becomes the all-time franchise home run leader when he hits his 252nd career homer for the Brewers in the team’s 8-7 victory over the Marlins at Miller Park. The 31 year-old Milwaukee outfielder surpasses Hall of Famer Robin Yount, needing about 6,300 fewer at-bats to take the lead from the former record holder.

2016       Tyler Paquin, who, as a pinch-hitter, ended last night’s game with a sac fly, plays the hero in the second consecutive Indians walk-off when he hits an inside-the-park home run to beat the Blue Jays, 3-2, at Progressive Field. The 25 year-old rookie outfielder’s round-tripper marks the second time in franchise history a game ends when a batter hits a homer without the ball going out of the field of play, a feat first accomplished by Braggo Roth in 1916 against the St. Louis Browns.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay7447.61238 – 2236 – 2538 – 1812 – 714 – 177 – 3W 3
NY Yankees6952.570536 – 2533 – 2727 – 3017 – 816 – 88 – 2W 6
Boston6954.561637 – 2432 – 3034 – 2613 – 811 – 164 – 6L 3
Toronto6356.5291031 – 2432 – 3226 – 2710 – 713 – 164 – 6L 2
Baltimore3881.3193517 – 3721 – 4413 – 378 – 2211 – 140 – 10L 14
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox7150.58742 – 2229 – 2814 – 937 – 2512 – 116 – 4W 3
Cleveland5861.4871229 – 2729 – 349 – 1632 – 228 – 154 – 6L 1
Detroit5864.47513.533 – 2925 – 3511 – 825 – 3817 – 135 – 5L 3
Minnesota5467.4461730 – 3324 – 348 – 827 – 3213 – 207 – 3W 1
Kansas City5267.4371832 – 3020 – 3710 – 1925 – 298 – 115 – 5W 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7050.58337 – 2333 – 2716 – 1216 – 1532 – 155 – 5L 4
Oakland6853.5622.534 – 2534 – 2813 – 1316 – 729 – 265 – 5L 4
Seattle6556.5375.537 – 2528 – 3118 – 1312 – 1330 – 217 – 3W 2
LA Angels6161.5001033 – 3028 – 3113 – 1418 – 821 – 325 – 5W 2
Texas4278.3502828 – 3314 – 4511 – 138 – 1520 – 383 – 7L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta6556.53731 – 2934 – 2736 – 2822 – 124 – 49 – 1W 6
Philadelphia6159.5083.536 – 2525 – 3434 – 2714 – 107 – 134 – 6L 3
NY Mets6060.5004.536 – 2324 – 3725 – 2713 – 1415 – 114 – 6W 1
Washington5268.43312.531 – 3321 – 3522 – 3111 – 119 – 193 – 7W 2
Miami5170.4211430 – 3021 – 4022 – 269 – 1317 – 174 – 6L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee7447.61232 – 2742 – 2010 – 1240 – 1920 – 88 – 2W 4
Cincinnati6557.5339.532 – 2933 – 2812 – 1035 – 2010 – 204 – 6L 2
St. Louis6158.5131232 – 2729 – 3114 – 1622 – 2315 – 117 – 3L 2
Chi Cubs5469.4392131 – 2823 – 4112 – 1924 – 3215 – 112 – 8W 2
Pittsburgh4279.3473224 – 3518 – 4412 – 1213 – 409 – 201 – 9L 5
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco7843.64542 – 1936 – 2415 – 816 – 1136 – 188 – 2L 1
LA Dodgers7546.620339 – 2036 – 2618 – 813 – 1032 – 209 – 1W 6
San Diego6756.5451240 – 2427 – 3213 – 1316 – 1428 – 263 – 7L 3
Colorado5566.4552341 – 2114 – 458 – 813 – 1725 – 335 – 5W 3
Arizona4081.3313826 – 3614 – 4510 – 1512 – 1717 – 415 – 5W 2

WILD CARD STANDINGS

AL Wild Card Standings
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
NY Yankees6952.570+1.036-2533-278-2W 6
Oakland6853.56234-2534-285-5L 4
Boston6954.56137-2432-304-6L 3
Seattle6556.5373.037-2528-317-3W 2
Toronto6356.5294.031-2432-324-6L 2
LA Angels6161.5007.533-3028-315-5W 2
Cleveland5861.4879.029-2729-344-6L 1
Detroit5864.47510.533-2925-355-5L 3
Minnesota5467.44614.030-3324-347-3W 1
Kansas City5267.43715.032-3020-375-5W 3
Texas4278.35025.528-3314-453-7L 2
Baltimore3881.31929.017-3721-440-10L 14
NL Wild Card Standings
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers7546.620+9.039-2036-269-1W 6
San Diego6756.54540-2427-323-7L 3
Cincinnati6557.5331.532-2933-284-6L 2
St. Louis6158.5134.032-2729-317-3L 2
Philadelphia6159.5084.536-2525-344-6L 3
NY Mets6060.5005.536-2324-374-6W 1
Colorado5566.45511.041-2114-455-5W 3
Chi Cubs5469.43913.031-2823-412-8W 2
Washington5268.43313.531-3321-353-7W 2
Miami5170.42115.030-3021-404-6L 3
Pittsburgh4279.34724.024-3518-441-9L 5
Arizona4081.33126.026-3614-455-5W 2

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England2114434025158-1-16-3-246
Nashville SC2071123220127-6-00-5-232
New York City FC199463419157-1-22-3-431
Philadelphia20875261976-2-22-5-331
Orlando City SC19874292455-3-13-4-331
D.C.20839312926-0-22-3-727
CF Montreal20767262515-3-12-3-627
Columbus206682125-44-3-22-3-624
Atlanta205962325-24-3-21-6-424
New York196492324-15-2-21-2-722
Chicago2055102332-95-4-40-1-620
Inter Miami CF185491830-123-2-52-2-419
FC Cincinnati183871830-120-5-33-3-417
Toronto FC2036112441-171-5-32-1-815
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2011633316175-4-26-2-139
Sporting KC2011543621155-4-16-1-338
Los Angeles201127313017-1-34-1-435
Colorado181044271895-3-15-1-334
Real Salt Lake19766292185-4-22-2-427
Minnesota197662223-16-1-31-5-327
Portland197392636-106-1-31-2-624
Los Angeles FC196582426-24-4-22-1-623
San Jose205872228-63-3-42-5-323
FC Dallas205692328-54-5-21-1-721
Vancouver194872129-83-2-31-6-420
Houston203982130-93-4-10-5-718
Austin1944111423-92-2-42-2-716

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun166.7279-17-59-38-24 W
Chicago Sky1111.5005.04-77-48-46-41 L
New York Liberty1112.4785.56-55-75-84-61 W
Washington Mystics812.4007.05-43-85-64-62 L
Atlanta Dream615.2869.53-73-85-61-96 L
Indiana Fever418.18212.03-81-104-93-72 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Las Vegas Aces176.73910-37-38-47-33 W
Seattle Storm167.6961.08-38-48-45-52 L
Minnesota Lynx138.6193.07-36-58-48-21 L
Phoenix Mercury1110.5245.05-76-36-76-42 W
Dallas Wings1013.4357.04-66-76-74-61 W
Los Angeles Sparks813.3818.06-72-61-113-72 W