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Thursday, August 4NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Las Vegas RaidersNBC (8:00 PM)
Preseason Week 1
Thursday, August 11New York Giants at New England PatriotsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Friday, August 12Atlanta Falcons at Detroit LionsNFLN (6:00 PM)
Friday, August 12Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ersNFLN (8:30 PM)
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Saturday, August 13Dallas Cowboys at Denver BroncosNFLN (9:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Minnesota Vikings at Las Vegas RaidersNFLN (4:25 PM)
Preseason Week 2
Thursday, August 18Chicago Bears at Seattle SeahawksESPN (8:00 PM)
Friday, August 19Carolina Panthers at New England PatriotsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Friday, August 19Houston Texans at Los Angeles RamsNFLN (10:00 PM)
Saturday, August 20Denver Broncos at Buffalo BillsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 20Washington Commanders at Kansas City ChiefsNFLN (4:00 PM)
Saturday, August 20Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee TitansNFLN (7:00 PM)
Saturday, August 20Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles ChargersNFLN (10:00 PM)
Sunday, August 21Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland BrownsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 21Cincinnati Bengals at New York GiantsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Sunday, August 21Baltimore Ravens at Arizona CardinalsFOX (8:00 PM)
Monday, August 22Atlanta Falcons at New York JetsESPN (8:00 PM)
Preseason Week 3
Thursday, August 25Green Bay Packers at Kansas City ChiefsNFLN (8:00 PM)
Thursday, August 25San Francisco 49ers at Houston TexansPrime Video (8:15 PM)
Friday, August 26Seattle Seahawks at Dallas CowboysNFLN (8:00 PM)
Saturday, August 27Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta FalconsNFLN (3:00 PM)
Saturday, August 27Los Angeles Rams at Cincinnati BengalsNFLN (6:00 PM)
Saturday, August 27Minnesota Vikings at Denver BroncosNFLN (9:00 PM)
Sunday, August 28New York Giants at New York JetsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 28Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh SteelersCBS (4:30 PM)

*Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out in the participating teams’ over-the-air station markets.


Hornets’ Bridges pleads not guilty to domestic violence

LOS ANGELES (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony domestic violence charges filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their two children.

District Attorney George Gascon announced Tuesday that his office filed one felony count of injuring a child’s parent and two felony counts of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death.

Bridges entered not guilty pleas during an arraignment, the DA’s office said.

Bridges was arrested on June 29 by Los Angeles police and was later released on $130,000 bond.

The Hornets and the NBA both said they were aware of the charges filed against Bridges.

“These are very serious charges that we will continue to monitor,” the Hornets said. “As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Mychelle Johnson, the mother of Bridges’ two young children, addressed the incident on Instagram on July 1, posting several pictures of injuries and a medical report that read “adult victim of physical abuse by male partner; Assault by strangulation, Brain concussion; Closed fracture of nasal bone; Contusion of rib; Multiple bruises; Strain of neck muscle.”

“I hate that it has come to this but I can’t be silent anymore. I’ve allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our kids for life,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “I have nothing to prove to the world, but I won’t allow anyone who could do something so horrible to have no remorse and paint a picture of something I’m not. I won’t allow the people around him to continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person.”

The 24-year-old Bridges is a restricted free agent who was expected to command big money in the free agent market this summer following a breakout season.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Bridges was the Hornets’ leading scorer last season, averaging 20.2 points and seven rebounds in his fourth NBA season.

The Hornets have extended Bridges a qualifying offer allowing them a chance to match any offer sheet made by another team. The team had indicated prior to knowledge of Bridges’ arrest that it wanted to re-sign him.

Report: 76ers re-sign Harden to 2-year, $68.6M deal

The Philadelphia 76ers and James Harden have agreed on a two-year, $68.6-million deal, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal includes a $35.6-million player option in 2023-2024, allowing him to test free agency again next summer, according to Wojnarowski.

The former MVP has veto power on any trade for this upcoming season due to his player option, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Harden declined his $47.4-million player option for the 2022-2023 campaign to help the team acquire veteran forwards, and former Houston Rockets teammates, P.J. Tucker and Danuel House.

The 76ers traded for Harden at last season’s deadline, sending All-Star Ben Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets in return.

Harden averaged 22 points, 10.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals over 65 games last campaign. The 32-year-old shot just 41% from the field, including a career-low 33% from deep.

Celtics’ Grant Williams: Warriors ‘weren’t the better team’ in Finals

A month after the 2022 NBA Finals wrapped up, Grant Williams is adamant the Boston Celtics were more talented than the Golden State Warriors.

“When I’ve reflected and looked back to those games, I still would say confidently – confidently – to this day, (the Warriors) weren’t the better team,” Williams said on “The Long Shot” podcast with Duncan Robinson and Davis Reid.

Boston fell in six games to the Warriors, with turnovers contributing to the team’s championship series defeat. The Celtics coughed up the ball nearly 17 times per contest and allowed an average of 20.5 points off turnovers.

“I would say they were the more disciplined team. I would say that without a doubt. … I feel like, at times, when you go back and watch the film, we had commanding either leads or opportunities,” Williams said. “We went on runs, and the next thing you know we just turn it over three times because we missed three shots.

“Instead of making the right read, because we missed those shots, we started forcing things. Just stuff like that. The discipline of just making the right play over and over and over again, we didn’t play with, while (the Warriors) played the same no matter what.”

Williams did give credit to Stephen Curry, calling the reigning Finals MVP “the best point guard ever” after their six-game battle. However, the Boston forward also said the Celtics’ “overconfidence” got the best of them just as it did two years ago in the East finals against the Miami Heat.

MLB All-Star Game wins night but draws record low ratings

LOS ANGELES (AP) Major League Baseball’s Midsummer Classic remains the most-watched all-star game in the major professional sports, even though it drew record lows in viewership for the fifth time since 2015.

Tuesday night’s game from Los Angeles – which the American League won 3-2 – averaged 7.51 million viewers on Fox, according to Nielsen, a decline of 9.7% from last year’s contest in Colorado. The audience peaked at 8.24 million between 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. EDT.

The game was the most-watched program on television Tuesday night and outdrew the three other major all-star games that were played in February. The NFL’s Pro Bowl averaged 6.69 million on ABC, followed by the all-star games for the NBA (6.28 million on TNT/TBS) and NHL (1.15 million on ABC).

The baseball game averaged 127,000 on Fox Deportes, giving it the second-highest audience for the event in Spanish-language television history. The game also averaged 107,455 on Fox Sports’ streaming platforms.

The Home Run Derby on Monday night on ESPN averaged 6.88 million, a 3.5% decrease from last year.

Which teams could build the best trade package for Juan Soto?

With the seismic news of the Washington Nationals’ reported willingness to entertain trade offers for star outfielder Juan Soto, we put our GM caps on and came up with five teams who might have what it takes for a landscape-shifting trade. It will be challenging for Washington to extract fair value for a generational talent like Soto, but several teams should be able to put together interesting trade offers.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers receive: Juan Soto

Nationals receive: IF/OF Gavin Lux, P Ryan Pepiot, P Bobby Miller, C Diego Cartaya, OF Andy Pages

If you thought the Dodgers couldn’t build a competitive package for Soto, think again. Los Angeles continues to restock its farm system year after year, enabling it to be in the mix for blockbuster trades. These two clubs also have history, hooking up for the Trea Turner/Max Scherzer megadeal last year. Soto could slide into left field for the Dodgers, allowing some of his defensive deficiencies to be hidden.

Lux has finally put it together this season after struggling to live up to the hype in his first few campaigns. The versatile 24-year-old won’t be eligible for free agency until the conclusion of the 2026 season and could be a building block for the Nationals in a post-Soto era. Pepiot made his MLB debut this season and flashed the skills that make him such an intriguing prospect. The right-hander possesses a devastating changeup to go with a decent fastball. If he can fine-tune his heater and develop his slider, Pepiot could emerge as a front-end rotation piece.

The Dodgers will also have to part with considerable prospect capital to really entice the Nationals. Miller, Pages, and Cartaya rank top-five in the Dodgers’ system, according to MLB.com. Cartaya is their No. 1 prospect, but the presence of Will Smith at catcher makes him more expendable in a trade of this magnitude.

San Diego Padres

Padres receive: Juan Soto

Nationals receive: P Mackenzie Gore, IF Jake Cronenworth, OF Robert Hassell III, IF/OF C.J. Abrams, C Luis Campusano

Padres GM A.J. Preller is never one to shy away from shaking things up with a blockbuster trade. Preller has depleted the Padres’ system somewhat over the past few years, but San Diego still has what it takes to be considered a real threat in the Soto sweepstakes.

Cronenworth is a little older at 28, but the versatile infielder has found his stride, making the NL All-Star team in consecutive seasons. Gore should be a big attraction for Washington. Although the rookie left-hander has fallen back after an incredible start to the season, he carries tremendous upside and could emerge as a top-of-the-rotation starter.

Hassell is the Padres’ top prospect, per MLB.com. The 20-year-old outfielder is well-rounded and has shown his five-tool capabilities at Single-A this season. Abrams struggled in his first exposure to MLB pitching in 2022. Despite some early-career hiccups, the 21-year-old carries tremendous upside. Abrams has blazing speed and great defensive skills and could become Washington’s shortstop for the next decade.

New York Yankees

Yankees receive: Juan Soto

Nationals receive: IF Gleyber Torres, SS Anthony Volpe, SS Oswald Peraza, OF Jasson Dominguez, P Ken Waldichuk

The Nationals should insist on the inclusion of Torres in any package for Soto. After struggling from 2020-21, the 25-year-old has rebounded to post an OPS over .800 this season. Like Soto, Torres only has two years of club control remaining, but he would be a more cost-effective extension option. Volpe, Dominguez, Peraza, and Waldichuk are all top-five prospects, according to MLB.com. Volpe, in particular, would be a difficult asset to move as he looks to be a potential 30-homer, 30-stolen base player.

Dominguez was one of the most-hyped international prospects in recent memory, and fans have visions of him hitting mammoth home runs at Yankee Stadium for years to come. Peraza is a strong defender and carries prodigious power for a shortstop. Waldichuk raised his stock over the past couple of seasons, and the 24-year-old left-hander appears ready to make his MLB debut in the near future. This offer would allow the Nationals to plug multiple holes around the diamond while also bringing in tremendous upside.

Toronto Blue Jays

Blue Jays receive: Juan Soto

Nationals receive: SS Bo Bichette, C Gabriel Moreno, P Ricky Tiedemann, IF Jordan Groshans, P Nate Pearson

The Blue Jays love everything about Bichette, but it’s hard to see the Nationals taking any offer seriously that doesn’t include the electric shortstop. The emergence of Alejandro Kirk behind the plate makes trading Moreno more palatable. Although the Nationals already have Keibert Ruiz, Moreno could eventually develop into a quality option at third base.

Tiedemann has rocketed up minor-league levels and prospect rankings in 2022. At just 19 years old, he is still early in his development, but he’s looking like a potential ace in the future. Groshans has yet to showcase the power many expected when he was drafted in 2018. However, the 22-year-old possesses solid contact skills and the athleticism to emerge as a quality defensive option on the left side of the infield. Pearson has struggled to stay healthy, preventing him from delivering on his considerable talent. The soon-to-be 26-year-old carries a high level of risk but is still worth a bet to become a dominant starting pitcher.

With Soto only under club control for an additional two seasons, this deal does carry some risk. However, the Blue Jays are firmly in their window to win, and Soto would inarguably make them a better ball club – even if they eventually had to choose between signing him or Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to a long-term deal.

St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals receive: Juan Soto

Nationals receive: OF Dylan Carlson, IF/OF Juan Yepez, 3B Jordan Walker, P Matthew Liberatore, SS Masyn Winn

Carlson has battled injuries this season, but the 23-year-old has already demonstrated above-average offensive skills and won’t be arbitration-eligible until the conclusion of the 2023 season. Yepez doesn’t carry much defensive value, but the 24-year-old looks like a quality offensive player who could be a strong middle-of-the-order bat.

Walker, 20, is a 6-foot-5 third baseman with prodigious power and decent defensive skills. The young slugger is holding his own at Double-A, posting an .878 OPS. Liberatore made his MLB debut this season, posting a 5.33 ERA in seven appearances (six starts). The left-hander has good command and the ability to throw all of his pitches with control and confidence. Winn looks like a future Gold Glover, showcasing terrific range and a strong throwing arm at shortstop, but the biggest question is how the 20-year-old’s hit tool will develop.

New York Mets (Honorable mention)

Mets receive: Juan Soto

Nationals receive: P David Peterson, C Francisco Alvarez, IF/OF Brett Baty, SS Ronny Mauricio, OF Alex Ramirez

The Mets can objectively put together a competitive offer for Soto. However, the likelihood of Nationals GM Mike Rizzo shipping a transcendent star to a team within the division seems very slim. It never hurts to dream, Mets fans!

Carr has chip on shoulder: ‘No one thinks anything of’ Raiders in 2022

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr doesn’t think his team is getting enough respect ahead of the 2022 season.

“It’s going to be fun,” Carr recently said, according to The Athletic’s Vic Tafur. “No one thinks anything of us, and I think that’s what makes it fun is you always have to put the ball down and play the football games.”

The AFC West became the NFL’s most anticipated division due to a series of blockbuster moves. Among several transactions throughout the offseason, the Denver Broncos landed quarterback Russell Wilson in a trade from the Seattle Seahawks, the Los Angeles Chargers bolstered their defense with pass-rusher Khalil Mack and cornerback J.C. Jackson, and Las Vegas acquired All-Pro receiver Davante Adams and edge rusher Chandler Jones.

The Broncos, Chargers, and Raiders upgraded their rosters as they try to dethrone the Kansas City Chiefs, who’ve won the AFC West in each of the last six seasons. Kansas City also made additions in free agency, though the team lost two cornerstones in wide receiver Tyreek Hill and safety Tyrann Mathieu.

“You get frustrated when you see other people’s names on things and this and that,” Carr said. “And you’re like, ‘We’re here, too. We feel like we got better, too.’ I thought we made the playoffs. … It doesn’t guarantee anything this year, but it does guarantee that we have some good guys.

He added: “We’ve got a chip on our shoulder like always. And as Raiders, I think that’s how we should have it. And we’re excited to compete against the best. … It’s going to be fun playing against these teams, against some of the best quarterbacks in the game. And that’s what you look forward to. That’s what you want to sign up for.”

The Raiders finished second in the AFC West last year with a 10-7 record and made the playoffs before losing to the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card.

ACC commish optimistic about future: ‘No better conference in the country’

ACC commissioner Jim Phillips discussed the future of his conference Wednesday, stating that he’s happy with where the league currently stands.

“It remains my belief there is no better conference in the country,” Phillips said at the ACC media days, according to The News & Observer’s Steve Wiseman.

“When you combine our incredible student-athletes, world-class institutions, broad-based sports offerings, and our commitment to maximizing the educational and athletic opportunities for students.”

Phillips’ comments come amid significant changes in college sports. Realignment became a trending topic after Texas and Oklahoma decided to leave the Big 12 for the SEC by 2025 and USC and UCLA agreed to move from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten in 2024.

Those shifts sparked significant changes, but Phillips is confident the ACC won’t lose any programs.

“I love our 15 schools, and I’m confident in us staying together,” he said. “That’s all I’ve heard in the calls we’ve had. We are all on the same page.”

The SEC’s and Big Ten’s additions will give each 16 teams and significantly increase their financial advantage over other conferences.

“In all metrics, we are one of the leaders in the country, except the revenue piece of it,” Phillips said. “And that’s been brought to life in recent moving from USC and UCLA to the Big Ten.”

Phillips doesn’t think those changes benefit college sports.

“The ecosystem is not dissimilar to our respective neighborhoods that we live in, keeping them healthy and diverse is a priority,” he said. “There will always be a variety of communities. Gated upper class, middle class, or more modest.

“This is not and should not be a winner-take-all or a zero-sum structure. I will continue to do what’s in the best interest of the ACC but will also strongly advocate for college athletics to be a healthy neighborhood, not two or three-gated homes.”

The ACC is locked in with a grant of rights deal until 2036, but Phillips has said he’s considered ways to increase revenue with TV partner ESPN.

“They’re motivated, we’re motivated, and we’ve come together to have some discussions about what would be the next iteration for the ACC,” Phillips added.

Texas A&M’s Smith arrested on DWI, weapons, pot charges

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M receiver Ainias Smith was arrested early Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicated, unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, according to Brazos County jail records.

Smith, 21, was arrested by Texas A&M police and was booked into the Brazos County jail. He posted $8,000 bond and was released later Wednesday, according to jail records. The records did not indicate if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Smith has been suspended from the football team per athletic department policy following his arrest, according to Alan Cannon, a spokesman for Texas A&M. Cannon added that coach Jimbo Fisher was aware of the situation and looking into it.

Smith was scheduled to attend SEC Media Days on Thursday in Atlanta with Fisher and two other players.

Smith is Texas A&M’s top returning receiver after grabbing 47 catches for 509 yards and six touchdowns last season. He has 1,321 yards receiving with 15 touchdowns in three seasons with the Aggies.

Former WFT safety Everett pleads guilty to reckless driving

Former Washington safety Deshazor Everett pleaded guilty to reckless driving for his role in a December crash that killed his passenger.

Everett was initially charged in Virginia with felony involuntary manslaughter in January after an investigation found he was speeding before his sports car slammed into trees and rolled over on the night of Dec. 23.

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor in Virginia punishable by up to a year in jail. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 8 in General District Court in Loudoun County.

Everett’s plea to the reduced charge was entered Tuesday. Messages sent to Everett’s attorney and a spokesperson for the Commonwealth’s Attorney on Wednesday were not immediately returned.

Everett was treated for serious injuries after the crash. His passenger, Olivia S. Peters, 29, of Las Vegas, died at a hospital.

Washington placed Everett on injured reserve after the crash and released him after the season.

Everett, who turned 30 in February, was a special teams captain in 2018 and played seven NFL seasons, all with Washington. He played in 14 games last year before the crash along a road in Chantilly, Virginia.

An investigation determined Everett was driving at more than twice the 45 mph (72 kph) speed limit on Dec. 23 when his Nissan GT-R left the roadway, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office after Everett turned himself in at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in February.

Stenson chases Saudi tour, removed as Ryder Cup captain

(AP) — The Ryder Cup captaincy of Henrik Stenson lasted all of four months.

Ryder Cup Europe removed Stenson as captain for the 2023 matches – still 14 months away from being played in Italy – when the Swede decided to choose the guaranteed money of the Saudi-funded rival league over the Ryder Cup.

The European tour and PGA Tour have suspended players who signed up for LIV Golf, which is handing out massive signing bonuses to go along with its $25 million prize fund in eight tournaments that feature 54 holes and no cut.

The third LIV Golf event is next week at Trump National in New Jersey. Sky Sports was among the first to report Stenson is leaving for the rival league.

That meant giving up a captaincy that he accepted four months ago when he said, “I’m fully committed to my role as a captain and working hard toward the result we want in Rome.”

The European tour did not mention LIV Golf in its short statement Wednesday after meeting with the Swedish star, only that Stenson’s captaincy “has been brought to an end with immediate effect.”

“In light of decisions made by Henrik in relation to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfil certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe that he had committed to prior to his announcement as captain,” the statement said.

Stenson is No. 171 in the world and has gone five years since winning a tournament against more than 20 players. He fits the profile of many players Greg Norman has signed up for his LIV Golf series – major champions whose best days are behind them.

He missed the cut last week in the British Open. Stenson played a practice round on the Sunday going into the Open with Phil Mickelson, regarded as one of the chief recruiters for Greg Norman and his LIV Golf.

The Daily Telegraph reported Stenson was in line for roughly a $50 million signing bonus. Most contracts are believed to be in the three- to four-year range.

Already disrupting the main tours in golf, the latest move is having a big impact on the Ryder Cup, one of the more celebrated events in golf every two years. European players who already have joined include Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell, though neither was likely to be making the next team given their current form or age.

The Americans are coming off a record rout at Whistling Straits last year. The Ryder Cup next goes to Marco Simone outside Rome in September 2023.

Luke Donald also was considered as European captain when the job was given to Stenson. Robert Karlsson also was an option and it would be surprising if Europe went back to Thomas Bjorn, the winning captain in France in 2018 and Europe’s strongest voice.

Stenson was thought to be the ideal candidate for the Saudi league late last year, but had to weigh cash against his legacy as a Ryder Cup captain. He chose one, then the other.

Serena, Djokovic on US Open entry list – but might not play

(AP) — The singles entry lists are a formality, and they include all players who are eligible based purely on this week’s WTA and ATP rankings. Williams is on there by virtue of a special ranking granted to her because she missed so much time due to injury; her first match in a year came last month at Wimbledon, where she lost in the first round to Harmony Tan.

Asked after that defeat whether she would play again, the 40-year-old Williams said she didn’t know. When she was asked specifically about returning to the U.S. Open, where she has won six of her 23 Grand Slam singles trophies, Williams replied: “There’s definitely lots of motivation to get better and to play at home.”

She missed the hard-court tournament in New York last year after hurting her leg at Wimbledon. But Williams made it to at least the semifinals in each of her 11 most recent appearances at the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, a 35-year-old from Serbia, missed the Australian Open in January after being deported from that country over his vaccine status and has said since that he will not get COVID-19 shots just to be able to participate in tournaments.

The United States does not allow unvaccinated noncitizens to enter the country, which is why Djokovic needed to sit out big events in Indian Wells, California, and Miami earlier this season, and can’t compete at the Cincinnati Masters next month or the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 29.

In its news release announcing the entry lists, the U.S. Tennis Association said: “The U.S. Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the U.S. government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens.”

Djokovic was able to play in the French Open, where he lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Rafael Nadal, and at Wimbledon, which he won for his 21st Grand Slam title.

Only Nadal, with 22 major championships, has more among men in the history of tennis.

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

Djokovic has won three championships at Flushing Meadows and has been the runner-up a half-dozen times, including a year ago. His loss in the 2021 final to Daniil Medvedev prevented Djokovic from becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Golf Hall of Fame to move back to Pinehurst at new site

(AP) — The World Golf Hall of Fame is leaving Florida and returning to North Carolina, where it will be part of the USGA’s campus at Pinehurst and stage two induction ceremonies during the U.S. Open weeks in 2024 and 2029.

The move will involve relocating some of the artifacts that have been on display at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida, which opened in 1998. The visitor experience also will include the USGA museum and its vast library.

The USGA, which has its main headquarters in Far Hills, New Jersey, began last month to build a “Golf House Pinehurst” with golf equipment testing as the centerpiece.

Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour commissioner who chairs the World Golf Foundation, said Wednesday’s announcement would “cement the long-term relevance and viability” of the Hall of Fame and expand on the partnership with the USGA.

“Both organizations are committed to prioritizing the preservation of golf history, which will serve fans well in the years to come,” Monahan said.

Tiger Woods was part of the last induction class in March at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. In recent years, induction ceremonies were links to big events – St. Andrews during the 2015 British Open, Liberty National during the 2017 Presidents Cup, Pebble Beach in 2019 during the U.S. Open.

It was not immediately decided if there would be other induction ceremonies between the 2024 U.S. Open and the 2029 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in Pinehurst.

“There’s no better connection to golf’s past, present and future than Pinehurst, and no organization that works harder than the USGA to preserve the history of this great game,” said Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA. “It just makes sense. And together with the Hall of Fame, we’re more committed than ever to delivering experiences that build even deeper connections between golf fans and those that have truly led the way in this great game.”

Golf long has struggled to put together a Hall of Fame that would be in line with Cooperstown (baseball) and Canton (pro football), in part because its roots involve more than one organization.

The Hall of Fame opened in 1974 in Pinehurst was privately operated. The PGA of America took over management in 1983 and acquired it three years later, merging its Hall of Fame that dated to 1940. The World Golf Hall of Fame brought a global aspect to golf, including the LPGA Tour.

But traffic to the World Golf Village was slow. Attendance was more than 250,000 a year at its peak and last year dropped to about 60,000. The World Golf Foundation’s 25-year lease expires at the end of next year.

Monahan had been looking at ways to preserve golf’s rich history even without the physical structure in St. Augustine, and the partnership with the USGA provides a clear path.

The USGA will be responsible for the day-to-day operations. The World Golf Foundation will continue to oversee the selection process and induction ceremony.

Along with artifacts from the World Golf Hall of Fame – such as Johnny Miller’s clubs from his 63 at Oakmont in the 1973 U.S. Open and the wedge Seve Ballesteros used to win his first British Open – the shrine will include the comprehensive collection from the USGA Golf Museum and Library.

Miller and Nick Faldo were the first players to be inducted in the Florida facility in 1998. The last induction ceremony at the World Golf Village was in 2013, a class that included Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie.

Venus Williams added as wild card for National Bank Open

TORONTO (AP) Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has been given a wild-card entry into the main draw of the National Bank Open next month.

She will compete in Toronto for the first time since 2019 and return to WTA Tour singles play for the first time since August 2021.

The former world No. 1 and five-time Wimbledon champion last played when she partnered with Jamie Murray of Britain in Wimbledon’s mixed doubles draw earlier this month. Williams is a 41-time WTA singles champion and Olympic gold medalist.

Her sister Serena Williams also is playing in Toronto, marking her first North American hard-court event in two years.

The three-time champion in Toronto last played there in 2019, when she retired because of back spasms in the final against Bianca Andreescu of Canada. Andreescu beat Serena Williams a month later in the U.S. Open final.

Andreescu also received a top-20 wild card for the National Bank Open.

Three more wild cards will be distributed to Canadian players closer to the start of the tournament, which runs Aug. 6-14.

Gamecocks’ Aliyah Boston: Turned down late invite by ESPYS

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Consensus college women’s basketball player of the year Aliyah Boston turned down a late invitation to the ESPYS awards show, saying the offer was even more hurtful than not being asked to attend.

Boston helped the South Carolina Gamecocks win the NCAA title by defeating Connecticut in April. She swept the national awards as the game’s top player, including the Wooden and AP awards.

Boston, voted the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, had hoped to attend and was disappointed when not asked.

“It hurt more to see ESPN change course and invite me only after social media caught wind of it,” Boston posted on Twitter on Wednesday. “Respectfully, I declined.”

Boston’s coach, Dawn Staley, highlighted the snub this week, musing publicly on social media how the people who planned the ESPYS decided “it was a great idea not to invite” the woman who won several national awards as one of the best players last season.

“Not one person was able to see the uproar this would cause? There’s definitely something wrong with the make up of the room,” Staley said on Twitter.

In a statement, ESPN said COVID-19 concerns and a smaller venue forced organizers to prioritize invitees to the show in Los Angeles. Boston’s award category was handed out Tuesday night at the ESPYS preview show. Boston was nominated for best college athlete in women’s sports, which went to Oklahoma softball star Jocelyn Alo.

Boston said it’s just the latest example of overlooking a Black woman’s achievements – a move that’s brushed off as a “mistake” or an “oversight.”

“Another excuse for why our milestones and accomplishments aren’t a `priority,’ this time, even now, 50 years after Title IX,” she said.

Report: Sterling-Dillashaw title fight added to UFC 280

A bantamweight title bout between champion Aljamain Sterling and TJ Dillashaw will take place at UFC 280 on Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting reports.

Sterling-Dillashaw was initially reportedly targeted for UFC 279, but the promotion stopped pursuing it for the Sept. 10 card once Khamzat Chimaev and Nate Diaz agreed to square off in the main event.

Sterling has held the 135-pound belt since March 2021 when he scored a victory over Petr Yan by disqualification after getting hit with an illegal knee. He retained the title in a rematch in April, pulling off the upset by split decision.

Dillashaw is coming off a split-decision win over Cory Sandhagen in July 2021, which was the former champion’s first Octagon appearance since serving a two-year USADA suspension.

Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev are scheduled to meet for the vacant lightweight title in the UFC 280 main event.

O’Malley says he’s fighting Yan at UFC 280

Rising star Sean O’Malley is getting a massive step up in competition in his next fight.

O’Malley is set to face former bantamweight champion Petr Yan at UFC 280 on Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, he announced Wednesday on ESPN’s “DC & RC.”

Yan’s manager confirmed to MMA reporter Ariel Helwani that the ex-champ verbally agreed to the fight.

O’Malley is coming off a no-contest against Pedro Munhoz earlier in July. O’Malley poked Munhoz in the eye in the second round, and Munhoz couldn’t continue.

“Sugar” had won three fights in a row – including knockouts of Raulian Paiva and Thomas Almeida – heading into the Munhoz matchup, which was considered his biggest test to date.

Most recently, Yan challenged Aljamain Sterling for the 135-pound title in April but came up short by split decision. That was a rematch of their controversial first meeting in which Yan lost the title by disqualification. Between the two bouts with Sterling, Yan claimed the interim belt with a unanimous decision win over Cory Sandhagen last October.

“No Mercy” held undisputed gold from July 2020 to March 2021; he finished Jose Aldo for the vacant strap.

UFC 280 will feature Charles Oliveira versus Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight title.


Lillard Earns All-American Status at Fargo

FARGO, N.D. –––– Indiana Wrestling freshman Tyler Lillard earned All-American honors in the 2022 U.S. Marine Corps Junior National Championships on Tuesday.

Lillard wrestled his way from the Round of 256 to sixth place in the 170 lbs. weight class of the Junior Freestyle Division. 

While wrestling for Team Ohio, this marked Lillard’s fourth time competing in the prestigious tournament.

Lillard Freestyle Match Results

Round of 256:

Tyler Lillard (Team Ohio) –––– BYE

Round of 128:

Tyler Lillard (Team Ohio) def. Kaleb Valdez-Lamos (Team Colorado) 14-4 (3:51)

Round of 64:

Tyler Lillard (Team Ohio) def. Tyler Haydon (Team Wisconsin) 14-3 (5:45)

Round of 32:

Tyler Lillard (Team Ohio) def. Duke Myers (Team Indiana) 10-0 (1:22)

Round of 16:

Tyler Lillard (Team Ohio) def. CJ Hamblin (Team Washington) 7-6


Tyler Lillard (Team Ohio) def. Lucas Condon (Team California) 12-0 (1:58)


Rocco Welsh (Team Pennsylvania) def. Tyler Lillard (Team Ohio) 10-0 (4:09)

Consolation Semi-Finals:

Lorenzo Norman (Team New Jersey) def. Tyler Lillard (Team Ohio) 10-0 (5:00)

Fifth Place:

Noah Mulvaney (Team Wisconsin) def. Tyler Lillard (Team Ohio) 15-5 (4:24)

Lillard will also wrestle in the Junior Greco-Roman Division of the tournament on Thursday and Friday.

Tuttle Nominated for AFCA Good Works Team

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana football redshirt-senior Jack Tuttle has been nominated for the 2022 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, which honors 22 leaders and community champions from around college football’s five subdivisions.

Tuttle was among the nominees for the Wuerffel Trophy in 2021 and has been a part of numerous initiatives in both the Bloomington area and around the country. He worked with the Red Cross this year on disaster relief and blood drives, while also donating plasma and blood himself.

A volunteer at the Tim Tebow “Night to Shine,” the San Marcos, California, native has also worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on multiple initiatives, volunteered at Riley Children’s Hospital, teamed up with the 2nd & 7 Foundation and handed out water in the community to homeless.

A 2021 IU graduate with his degree in supply chain management, Tuttle is working towards his MBA in management and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Two separate injuries limited Tuttle to six games in 2021 – including two starts – as he threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns. In 2020, Tuttle earned the program’s LEO Award after stepping in and staring the final two games of the season. His first career start came in a road victory over No. 16 Wisconsin, which earned the Hoosiers a spot in the Outback Bowl.

Established in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. From the 114 nominees, the final roster of 23 award recipients will bring together 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision; 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); and one honorary head coach. To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining strong academic standing.

The final 22-member team and honorary coach are selected by a voting panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and journalists. They look for exceptional leadership on and off the football field.

In addition to Tim Tebow and Tony Hawkes, the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team selection panel members are: Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team); Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998); Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001); Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002); Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN); Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); and Paul Myerberg (USA Today); 2022 AFCA President and University of Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl and current Athletic Director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.

After the final team members are announced in September, fans can vote for this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain through the official page on ESPN.com. Fans can join the conversation on social media with #GoodWorksTeam throughout the season.

The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.”

Shivers Tabbed Preseason Candidate for Doak Walker Award

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior running back Shaun Shivers has been named a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Wednesday (July 20). The Forum annually presents the award to the nation’s top college running back.

A transfer student-athlete from Auburn, Shivers joined the program for spring practice after appearing in 49 games with nine starts in four seasons on The Plains.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native enters his first season with the Hoosiers as a 1,000-yard rusher in his career with eight rushing scores. He owns 38 career receptions for 211 yards and has served as a return specialist in his career, as well.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists in November, and three finalists, as voted on by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, will be announced in November. The committee will cast a second vote in December to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.

The recipient of the 2021 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards.

The award is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.

Honoring the legends of sports for 33 years, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum celebrates outstanding success in athletics. Based in Dallas, the series features major figures from a variety of sports. The PwC SMU Athletic Forum includes four luncheons and the prestigious Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet.

The Doak Walker Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org and @NCFAA on Twitter to learn more about the association.

The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Fourteen of the association’s 25 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates.

Hawaii Transfer Momo Sugiyama Joins Purdue Women’s Golf

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –  New Purdue Women’s Golf Coach Zack Byrd has made a splash in the transfer portal with Momo Sugiyama joining the Boilermakers for the 2022-23 season. A 2022 First Team All-Big West honoree as a freshman, Sugiyama transfers to Purdue after leading Hawaii to the first conference championship in school history.

“We are thrilled to add Momo to the Purdue Golf family,” said Byrd. “During her time at Hawaii, she has proven to be a strong player on the course while also excelling in the classroom. Momo’s drive to compete for conference and national championships shows that she fits right into our program and shares our vision. We can’t wait for her to join us in West Lafayette.”

Beginning her collegiate career in Hawaii, Sugiyama made an immediate impact for the Rainbow Wahine. The Gold Coast, Australia, native set four school records, including scoring average (73.4), total birdies (85) and rounds of par-or-better (13). Her three-round total of 211 (71-71-69) at the Fresno Classic, a runner-up performance individually, became the lowest 54-hole score in program history. Sugiyama finished in the Top 10 in eight of her 11 tournament appearances.

Leading the way, Sugiyama helped Hawaii capture four team titles throughout the 2021-22 campaign. Sugiyama and the Rainbow Wahine won the season-opening HPU Sharks Shootout before besting 16 other teams in the Coeur d’Alene Resort Collegiate Invitational. She secured medalist honors at the Coeur d’Alene Collegiate, finishing 1-under par over three days (73-71-68—212). Her school-record 211 (-5) led Hawaii to a win at the Fresno State Classic. Closing out the season, Sugiyama tied for sixth at the Big West Championships, doing her part as the Rainbow Wahine grabbed a share of the program’s first conference title.

Sugiyama and the rest of the Boilermakers will begin the 2022-23 season, the first under Byrd, in September. The complete schedule will be released in August.

Washington Selected by Seattle Mariners in MLB Draft

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Big Ten stolen base champion Curtis Washington Jr. became the second member of Purdue baseball to be selected in the 2022 edition of the Major League Baseball Draft after the Seattle Mariners picked the center fielder in the 19th Round.

Selected with the 20th pick in the 19th Round and 576th overall, Washington joins Jackson Smeltz (10th Round to San Diego) as Boilermakers drafted this year. Purdue had two players picked for the first time since Tanner Andrews, Nick Dalesandro and Jacson McGowan were all selected in the first 11 rounds of the 2018 MLB Draft.

Washington graduated high school in 2018 but has an additional year of collegiate eligibility remaining should he opt to utilize it. College players that choose not to sign with the team that drafts them would be eligible to be selected again next summer in the 2023 MLB Draft. When incoming freshmen decline to sign and enroll at a four-year college, they are committed to playing collegiately through at least their junior season unless they have their 21st birthday prior to that year’s draft.

Washington accounted for 31 of Purdue’s team-record 116 stolen bases this season, posting just the third 30-steal season in program history. He also led the team with 69 hits and 52 runs scored while starting all 50 games in center field. He provided elite defense as the captain of the outfield.

Washington reached base safely in 47 of the Boilermakers’ 50 games, including 29 in a row from March 10 to May 7. He became the first Purdue player with 25 steals and 50 runs scored since 2005. After playing his first two seasons at Arkansas and the 2021 campaign at Wabash Valley College, the transfer was recognized as the Boilermakers’ newcomer of the year for 2022.

Pitcher Matt Bischoff (2010) was the last Boilermaker drafted by Seattle. Purdue’s past connections to the Mariners include former head coach Dave Alexander and university alumnus Chuck Armstrong. Alexander was a longtime scout for Seattle and Armstrong served as the president of the franchise from 1993 to 2014.

Beemer Adds Learnard to Butler Baseball Staff as Pitching Coach

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler head coach Blake Beemer has selected Ross Learnard to join the baseball program as the Bulldogs pitching coach. Learnard most recently coached at Purdue, specializing in pitching analytics and team operations.

A two-time All-American at Purdue, Learnard returned to the Boilermaker dugout in 2022 as an assistant coach. He worked alongside Chris Marx and John Madia in preparing Purdue’s players for competition and enhancing the overall student-athlete experience. Purdue found success in 2022, opening the year with 15-straight wins. The Boilers set the program’s strikeout record (479) and returned to the Big Ten Tournament. Learnard worked with Jackson Smeltz and Troy Wansing throughout the 2022 campaign. Smeltz was recognized as a third team All-Big Ten selection and Wansing earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team as a starting pitcher.

After graduating from Purdue in 2018, Learnard pursued a coaching career and held assistant positions at Illinois State and Parkland College. While with the Redbirds, Learnard was ISU’s director of operations as a graduate assistant during the 2018-19 school year. The Redbirds won the Missouri Valley Conference that season. The following year he was ISU’s volunteer assistant coach and director of camps.

As a student-athlete in West Lafayette, Learnard became the Boilermakers’ single-season saves record holder. He pitched in 56 games over two seasons from 2017 to 2018, earning eight victories and 19 saves while compiling a 1.78 ERA, ranking second in program history in saves and ERA. The Boilermakers were 67-48 in his two seasons, their best two-year stretch since they made the move to Alexander Field in the fall of 2012.

As a senior, Learnard helped lead Purdue to a runner-up showing in the Big Ten standings and an NCAA Regional bid, both of which came to fruition thanks in a part to a memorable 21-2 stretch from mid-April through Memorial Day Weekend. The lefty racked up 12 saves during that time.

Learnard was Purdue’s pitcher of the year honoree in 2017 after a consecutive scoreless innings streak of 35 2/3 helped him post an ERA of 0.58, eclipsing a team benchmark that had stood since 1965. He was a Second-Team All-American that year as announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

The following year when his team-record 15 saves earned him All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball, the lefty became the first player in Purdue program history to be a full-fledged All-American in multiple seasons. Learnard was also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, All-Big Ten performer, Big Ten Pitcher of the Week and Perfect Game National Pitcher of the Week.

Before transferring to Purdue, Learnard helped Parkland qualify for the NJCAA DII World Series in 2016. He was Parkland’s Male Athlete of the Year and later selected to the Cobras’ All-Decade Team. He returned to Champaign as an assistant coach with Parkland for the 2021 season and helped guide the Cobras to 36 wins, a 23-9 record in conference play and the No. 2 seed in the Region 24 Tournament.


Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced the nominees for the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. The nominees are 114 student-athletes with exemplary community service, academic dedication and impact on and off the field. Senior linebacker JD Bertrand was among those named to the watch list of nominees.

Bertrand is involved with Uplifting Athletes, which provides experiences for children with rare diseases on their families. He organized fund raising events that earned over $80,000 last year and has served as the Notre Dame chapter’s vice president.

The Alpharetta, Georgia, native started volunteering at just three years old for Must Ministries, where he began packing lunches for those in need and eventually moving on to deliver those meals at the age of five. He continued to work with Must Ministries throughout high school and regularly donates part of his month scholarship check to charity.

JD Bertrand on-field information:

As a junior in 2021, led the Irish with 101 tackles and became the first Notre Dame defender to record triple digit tackles since 2018.

Of his 101 tackles, 63 were solo stops, which are more than double the next best Irish defender.

Posted seven tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks while forcing a fumble and recovering one.

Played and started all 13 games for the Irish in 2021, posting double-digit tackles in his first three career starts at Florida State and versus Toledo and Purdue.

2021 Phil Steele First Team All-Independent

The final 22-member team and honorary coach are selected by a voting panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and journalists. They look for exceptional leadership on and off the football field.

After the final team members are announced in September, fans can vote for this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain through the official page on ESPN.com. Fans can join the conversation on social media with #GoodWorksTeam throughout the season.

“These players embody the best of what college football stands for: character, selflessness and the willingness to serve and give to others,” AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry said. “The AFCA proudly stands alongside Allstate and each of these players’ families and communities to applaud their inspirational work off the field.”


NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Niele Ivey has officially filled out her coaching staff and brought home an Irish great all-in-one. On Wednesday morning, 2008 Notre Dame alumna Charel Allen was named as the new assistant coach.

“Excited to welcome Charel back to the Notre Dame family,” Coach Ivey said. “Charel brings a high-level mentality that leads to great player development. She possesses experience at every level – collegiately, professionally and internationally. She’s a rising star in this industry. She’s extremely passionate and loyal and understands what it takes to excel as a student-athlete at Notre Dame.”

Allen was a two-time All-American, two-time First Team All-Big East selection and served as team captain over her final two seasons at Notre Dame. Allen averaged team bests 17.0 points and 6.2 rebounds as a junior then led the Irish to a Sweet 16 berth during her senior year, scoring a career-high 35 points in a second-round overtime win over Oklahoma – which still stands as the second-best Irish scoring performance in the NCAA Tournament.

She was the first player in school history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 200 steals in her career. In fact, she still ranks 15th on the all-time scoring list with 1,566 career points.

“I’m coming home! I’m extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside such a powerful leader in Niele and her staff. I can’t wait to get started,” Allen said.

Allen was selected in the third round of the 2008 WNBA Draft by the then Sacramento Monarchs, helping the team advance to the ‘08 WNBA Playoffs.

In 2009, Allen made the leap overseas and played professionally in Bulgaria for eight seasons. Allen was a five-time Bulgarian League champion in addition to being named a four-time All-Bulgarian League First Team selection, with Player of the Year honors in 2014.

In the summer of 2017, Allen made the shift to the coaching ranks and joined the staff at Cal State Fullerton. She was then promoted to associate head coach in May of 2021.

At Fullerton, Allen helped with recruiting along with coaching the wings for the Titans. In her first year, Allen saw her shooting guard Hannah Thompson average 12.4 points per game and convert 72 three-pointers – fifth most for a single season. A year later, freshman Amiee Book went on to win the Big West Sixth Player of the Year award and now ranks third in program history for three-point shooting percentage.

Lastly, Allen will waste no time as she hits the recruiting road with the rest of the Irish staff this week.


The PwC SMU Athletic Forum released today the preseason candidates for the 2022 Doak Walker Award. The Forum annually presents the award to the nation’s top college running back. Junior Chris Tyree was among the student-athletes selected for the watch list.

Chris Tyree Information:

  • Dangerous with the ball out of the backfield or as a passing target, was fourth on the team with 827 all-purpose yards as a sophomore in 2021. 
  • Scored three touchdowns, one on special teams and two through the air. 
  • Finished the year with a career-best 115 receiving years and a touchdown against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl. 
  • Flipped the momentum in the Irish victory over Wisconsin in the Shamrock Series game at Soldier Field in 2021 with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown – the first such return for the Irish since 2016. 
  • Posted 1,017 all-purpose yards as a freshman 2020 while leading the ACC in kickoff return yard average (20.7) and rushing for 6.8 yards per carry. 
  • 2021 Phil Steele Second Team All-Independent

University athletic departments nominate candidates for the award and can continue to do so through October.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists in November, and three finalists, as voted on by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, will be announced in November. The committee will cast a second vote in December to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.

The recipient of the 2022 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards. The award is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.


Notre Dame head women’s lacrosse coach Christine Halfpenny has announced the addition of Adam Sear to the staff as an associate coach. Sear is joining the Irish after spending five seasons with the University of Michigan.

“I am excited to welcome Adam to the Notre Dame Lacrosse Family,” said Halfpenny. “Over the past five seasons I have had the unique opportunity to see his growth as an assistant coach at Michigan. He understands the landscape of playing in a top conference, brings ACC playing experience to ND, has coached Michigan to the NCAA tournament twice and just recently had the opportunity to coach on the international stage at the World Cup for Team Australia. 

“I can’t wait to see the impact Adam makes on our team as he coordinates the offense. His energy and enthusiasm paired with his high lacrosse IQ are an outstanding fit for our program.”

During the 2022 season Sear helped Michigan reach the second round of the NCAA tournament for only the second time in program history. The Wolverines finished 11-7 with 219 goals on the season. 

The University of Notre Dame has an incredibly powerful reputation in the sport of women’s lacrosse and I am so excited to join the Notre Dame family,” said Sear. “I’d like to thank Coach Halfpenny for this incredible opportunity. I am ready to help build and continue to grow the already amazing culture and overall experience that Coach Halfpenny and these amazing student-athletes have already established. Go Irish.” 

Sear has helped the Wolverines achieve the best campaigns in program history. U-M went 16-4 in the 2019 season, earning its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in which it hosted the first and second rounds. Furthermore, the Wolverines went 9-0 at U-M Lacrosse Stadium in the regular season and defeated six ranked opponents.

Sear helped the 2019 Wolverines break the school single-season goal record (257) tallied the most ground balls in a single game (30), ranked second in fewest turnovers in a single game (nine) and recorded the third-highest total of goals in a single game (20). 

Sear has spent seven years in the collegiate ranks and has nine overall years of coaching, as he has also taught the game at the high school and club level.

Prior to his time at Michigan, Sear served as the director of athlete enrichment at Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, beginning February 2017. Sports Academy is an all-inclusive sports and fitness facility dedicated to creating full-circle athletes of all ages and skill levels. Sear was directly responsible for the Personal Development Year program.

Prior to his stint at Sports Academy, he was the Director of 3d Lacrosse, LLC., a club team organization in Los Angeles, California, for three years (2014-17). He was responsible for the Los Angeles and Orange County markets and coached boys and girls ages 6-18.

Prior to his stop at Michigan, Sear was last involved in collegiate coaching as a men’s assistant coach at Stevenson University (Owings Mills, Maryland) for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He helped lead Stevenson to the Division III national championship in 2013. He got his start in coaching at Ferrum College (Division III) in Ferrum, Virginia, spending two seasons as a men’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Panthers.

As a player, Sear competed for the University of Maryland for four years, helping lead the Terrapins to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Following his senior season, he was selected to play in the USILA North-South All-Star Game. 

In addition to his collegiate career, Sear has also represented his home country of Australia at the highest level, competing in the 2010 World Championships. A native of Perth, Australia, he helped lead Australia to a bronze medal.

Sear graduated from Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in family science in 2010, and went on to earn a master’s degree in business management and information technology from Stevenson in 2014.

Sycamores reach new fundraising heights with over $4.4 million raised in 2021-22 Fiscal Year

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State University’s Athletic Department raised a record $4.4 million during the 2021-22 fiscal year, with about 1,200 donors providing resources for student-athletes to excel in competition, in the classroom, and in the community.

“We’re grateful to the individual and corporate donors who provide tremendous support for Sycamore student-athletes,” ISU President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis said. “Our student-athletes strive for excellence, on and off the field. Their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments make us all proud.”

The Athletic Department beat the previous year’s fundraising mark of $2.04 million. The Sycamore Athletic Fund raised $2.4 million in 2021-22, with the Hulman-George family making an additional $2 million donation for new video boards at the multi-use Hulman Center, home of Sycamore basketball. The fundraising increases included cash gifts, pledged commitments, and gifts in kind.

“When you start off, you must plant the seeds,” ISU Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales said. “We’re very fortunate to be reaping the benefits of hard work done over the last few years during COVID. People are buying into the athletic department’s vision, and they are starting to see impact in competition and facilities.”

Generous contributions from both Mike and Mary Blackwell and Jack and Joyce Rentschler improved facilities throughout the athletic department.

Golf outings in men’s basketball, football, baseball, track & field/cross country, women’s golf and the annual Ladies Tee raised a total of more than $150,000. The establishment of the Carpenter/Ilkin Endowment and the inaugural Tried and True Gala in 2021 were also major factors leading to new revenue.

“Thanks to the tremendous generosity of so many supporters, we had a great year,” said Danny Plasencia, Assistant Athletic Director for the Sycamore Athletic Fund. “I look forward to working with our donors, coaches, and staff in continuing to build something special here at Indiana State.”

Sycamore Athletics raised a record-breaking $574,865 during Indiana State’s fourth annual Give to Blue Day in March. That was a 43 percent increase from 2020-21. Total university fundraising for the day was a record $1,334,614.

ISU Athletics also had a $200,000 increase in sponsorships in 2021-22 compared to the COVID-shortened 2020-21 year. Sycamore Athletics had more than 40 local and national sponsors.

“We truly believe in the immense potential of Indiana State Athletics, and we’ve articulated that to our supporters,” said Logan Kidd, Assistant Athletic Director for Sponsorships. “Thank you to all our loyal and generous Sycamore alumni, season ticket holders, Varsity Club members and sponsors who helped us reach this fundraising mark. It is truly an exciting time to be a Sycamore!”

USI to host Kent State in #CureFA Game

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — University of Southern Indiana Baseball will host Kent State University for the third  Westside Nutclub #CureFA exhibition game October 22 at the USI Baseball Field. The 2 p.m. exhibition game will benefit the fight against Friedreich’s’s Ataxia (FA), a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder that affects one in 50,000 people in the United States.

Most individuals have onset of symptoms of FA between the ages of 5 and 18 years, but can occur anytime during adulthood. The Friedreich’s’s Ataxia Research Alliance is supporting research that will improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with FA and will lead to treatments that eliminate its symptoms. More information about FA can be found at CureFA.org.

Tickets for the exhibition game go on sale September 12 are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the following locations: USI Athletics and all Banterra Bank Evansville/Newburgh locations. Fans also can purchase tickets on-line at curefa.org/USIBaseball.

The game will preview the 2023 USI Screaming Eagles, who will be concluding their fall workouts after a 21-28 mark in 2022. USI is in the process of transitioning to the NCAA Division I after dominating Division II the last 16 year with two national championships and five NCAA II Midwest Regional titles under the direction of Head Coach Tracy Archuleta. Archuleta is in his 17th season at the helm and has a 527-313 (.635) and directed the Eagles to both of their national championships.

Kent State, who is under the direction of new Head Coach Jeff Duncan, was 24-29 before ending the season in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Moore Steps Away from Coaching, Walker Named Interim Director of Valpo Track & Field and Cross Country

Ryan Moore has announced that he will step down as the head coach of the Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track & field programs to accept a position outside of coaching, effective on Friday, July 22.

Valpo Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Small has named head cross country coach Vincent Walker the program’s interim Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, effective upon Moore’s departure.

Moore, who completed his 16th season as head coach in 2022, spent three years as an assistant coach working with the throwers before being promoted to the helm prior to the 2007 season. He cited the opportunity to spend more time with his family as the primary reason for his decision to step away from coaching and continue his professional career outside of collegiate athletics.

“It’s been a privilege to serve the University, Athletic Department and student-athletes for the last 19 years,” Moore said. “The time that I’ve gotten to spend with everyone at Valpo and especially the student-athletes is invaluable to me. Those are memories that I will take with me for the rest of my life. While I’m stepping down and retiring from coaching, that doesn’t mean I won’t remain a huge fan of this place. I plan on following and keeping in touch with as many people as possible because they’ve impacted my life immensely.”

During the 10 years Moore oversaw the program in the Horizon League, Valpo boasted 77 all-league honorees, including 41 event champions. On 16 occasions, Valpo student-athletes were named Most Outstanding Performers at the league championship meets while Valpo earned Horizon League Athlete of the Week honors 43 times. In addition, the program has been successful in the classroom, as 109 student-athletes earned academic All-Horizon League honors under Moore’s watch.

“I would like to thank Coach Moore for his dedication to Valpo student-athletes for the last 19 years,” Small said. “He has led our program through two conference transitions including the recent move to the Missouri Valley Conference, a highly-regarded track & field league. He has instructed All-Americans, national qualifiers and numerous all-conference selections. We are proud of our Valpo student-athletes’ commitment to flourishing and reaching their fullest potential.”

Moore led the program during its transition to the Missouri Valley Conference, a powerhouse league in track & field. Five of his student-athletes garnered all-MVC honors, 16 were named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team, one was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and one earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. Most recently, Ignacio Veloz Bonilla represented the program with a third-place finish in the 1,500-meter run at the Puerto Rico National Championships.

Moore coached Laura Rolf, who became the second athlete in the history of the Valpo women’s program to earn NCAA All-American honors. She did so in the indoor one-mile run in 2007, qualifying for NCAA Nationals. Steve Bartholomew was a national qualifier in the indoor weight throw in 2008, and later in Moore’s time, Jacob Smutz reached U.S. Indoor Nationals in 2016 in the weight throw. During Moore’s head coaching tenure, Valpo boasted 11 NCAA Regional Qualifiers.

Walker was hired as the head coach of the Valpo men’s and women’s cross country programs and the distance coach for the track & field programs in April 2022. He made an immediate impact on the distance group during the 2022 track & field season. Walker’s first spring with the team culminated with Ignacio Veloz Bonilla placing third in the 1,500-meter run at the Puerto Rico National Championships.

“We’re excited to have Coach Walker expand his role as Interim Director of Track & Field and Cross Country,” Small said. “He has developed strong relationships with our student-athletes since joining the program this spring and will provide continuity and familiarity, creating a smooth transition. I am looking forward to Vincent executing his strategic vision of helping Valpo student-athletes excel in the Missouri Valley Conference while promoting holistic development.”  

Prior to his arrival at Valpo, Walker gained experience in the Big Ten Conference at the University of Minnesota, where he had served as an assistant cross country and track & field coach since 2018. He began his coaching career in the Missouri Valley Conference, where he was part of the cross country and track & field staffs at his alma mater, Southern Illinois University, from 2016-2018.

“I am very excited about continuing to work with our distance athletes while having the opportunity to have a role in the other event groups and engage the rest of the team,” Walker said. “I’m excited to be an advocate for our student-athletes to compete at a high level within the Missouri Valley Conference. My experience at the University so far has been amazing. Everyone in the athletic department has been extremely welcoming as I adjusted to head cross country coach. We have a great support system that has helped me with the transition. It’s been a pleasure being here so far, and I’m excited to keep going and see what else we can accomplish with our track & field and cross country programs.”


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team has finalized their schedule for the upcoming 2022 season, as released by head coach Scott Heady on Wednesday morning. Marian will come into their 2022-2023 season restocked and refocused, coming off a 26-6 overall record and a program record fifth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Tournament one season ago.

The Knights upcoming 2022-2023 season features a full 28-game regular season, including an exhibition matchup against the Indiana Hoosiers. The season will kick off on October 27, as the Knights host St. Xavier for a 7 p.m. tip-off, and two days later Marian will make the trip to Bloomington to for their exhibition with Mike Woodson’s Hoosiers. The time for the October 29 matchup against IU will be announced at a later date, as Marian takes on the Hoosiers for the second time under Heady.

Marian shifts gears into a busy November with nine games in the month, six of which to be played away from campus. The month begins with back to back games at home against Governors State and Cardinal Stritch on November 3 and 8. The weekend of November 11 and 12 the Knights will travel to Portsmouth, Ohio, taking part in Shawnee State’s Crossroads League/Mid-South Challenge. The Knights will face both Shawnee State and Cumberland University on the two-day trip to Ohio. The month will conclude with four consecutive road games, opening Crossroads League play on the road with games at Taylor and Spring Arbor prior to Thanksgiving, while Marian will travel to Kingsport, Tennessee, to play Ave Maria and Bluefield over the holiday weekend.

Marian’s final game in November will be a home matchup with Bethel, leading into a weekend home match with rival Indiana Wesleyan on December 3. Marian will play two games prior to winter break in the following week, hosting Saint Mary of the Woods College on December 5 in their first ever matchup, while traveling to Huntington on December 10. The month of December finishes with the final pair of non-conference games, as Marian hosts East-West on the December 28, while two days later the Knights will head east to Rio Grande.

The Knights will begin the new year with a January 4 game at Grace College, and will host Goshen College on January 7. The final week of the first half of league play concludes with a home matchup against St. Francis and road trip to Mount Vernon, while the second half of league plays begins with the same pair of Cougars in the following week. Marian’s January 21 game against Mount Vernon will be Alumni Day, with the Saturday home doubleheader to air on ISC Sports Network.

Other key matchups in the second half of the league schedule include the home rematch of the 2022 Crossroads League Tournament Championship on January 25, as the Knights welcome Grace College to Indianapolis. Marian will host Huntington in their final Saturday home doubleheader on February 4, and the following Saturday will travel to Indiana Wesleyan. The regular season will end on February 18, with Marian hosting Taylor on Senior Day.

The postseason starts on February 22 with the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals, and the Semifinal round will be played on February 25. The CL Championship game will be played on February 28. The NAIA Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 7 and 8, with the NAIA Opening Rounds to be played at campus sites. The NAIA Tournament Round of 16 will be played over March 13 and 14, kicking off the final stage of the NAIA Championship in Kansas City, Missouri. The NAIA Championship Game is to be played on March 18.



In a matchup of 300 game-winners at the Philadelphia Baseball Grounds, Phillies’ submariner Tim Keefe sinks Jim “Pud” Galvin and the Browns, 2-0. The next time two National League pitchers with 300 or more victories will face each other will occur in 2005, when Greg Maddux of the Cubs beats Astros ace Roger Clemens at Minute Maid Park, 3-2.

1921       The Indians and the Yankees hit 16 doubles collectively to establish a new American League record. The Tribe, with nine of the two-baggers, beat the Bronx Bombers in Cleveland’s League Park, 17-8.

1930       Harvey Henrick’s ninth-inning three-run round-tripper off the bench gives the Dodgers a dramatic 9-8 come-from-behind victory over the Redbirds in the first game of a twin bill at Ebbets Field. Redbirds George Puccinelli and Jim Bottomley and Brooklyn’s Hal Lee all homer, appearing as pinch-hitters in the game.

1936       Joe Medwick collects his tenth consecutive hit to tie a National League record shared by Ed Konetchy, Kiki Cuyler, and Chick Hafey when he singles off Carl Hubbell in the sixth inning of the Cardinals’ 2-1 loss to the Giants at the Polo Grounds. The 24-year-old Cardinals slugger, called Ducky by his teammates, had seven hits in his last seven times at-bat in the Boston Bees’ doubleheader sweep at Sportsman’s Park before yesterday’s off-day.

1945       At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, the A’s and Tigers play the second-longest game in major league history. The 24-inning contest ends in a 1-1 tie, with Detroit right-hander Les Mueller pitching 19.2 innings in the four-hour and 48-minute marathon, the longest outing since 1921 when George Uhle tossed twenty innings to earn victory against losing pitcher, Ted Lyons, who goes the distance, in the Indians’ 6-5 win over the White Sox in the 21-innings contest.

1946       Lew Flick sets a professional baseball record when he collects nine consecutive hits in a single game before grounding out in his final at-bat in the 19-inning opener against Memphis. The Little Rock Travelers outfielder will get three more knocks off the Chicks’ pitching staff in the nightcap, finishing the day 12-for-13 in the Southern Association (AA) doubleheader.

1947       Frankie Frisch (.316) becomes the first switch-hitter inducted into the Hall of Fame. Carl Hubbell, Mickey Cochrane, and Lefty Grove join the ‘Fordham Flash’ as the newest members enshrined at Cooperstown.

1956       In a 13-6 defeat to the Cubs, Dodgers’ shortstop Pee Wee Reese becomes one of five active players to collect 2000 hits, and teammate Junior Gilliam sets a major league record by handling 12 assists at second base.

1956       With the Reds’ 4-3 loss to the Pirates at Crosley Field, Brooks Lawrence’s 13-game winning streak comes to an end. Roberto Clemente’s three-run homer in the ninth inning proves to be the decisive hit.

1959       Under intense public pressure and the Massachusetts Committee Against Discrimination investigation, the Red Sox become the last club to integrate. Fourteen years after Boston passes on Jackie Robinson despite a successful tryout in 1945, Elijah ‘Pumpsie’ Green pinch runs and plays shortstop to become the first black to play for the team.

1960       Phillies starter Robin Roberts pitches the third one-hitter of his career, and Candlestick Park’s third one-hitter this season, when he goes the distance, beating the Giants in their new home, 3-0. Felipe Alou spoils Roberts’ bid for a no-hitter, a feat the right-hander will not accomplish during his 19-year Hall of Fame career, with a fifth-inning infield hit, a hit third baseman Joe Morgan fields, but cannot throw the ball when he falls making the play.

1961       With back-to-back homers in the top of the first at Fenway Park, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris continue their assault on Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. However, the game’s decisive hit is a pinch-hit grand slam by Johnny Blanchard with two outs in the ninth inning, which propels the Bronx Bombers past the Red Sox, 11-8.

1962       After Marv Throneberry’s fifth-inning error, which would have ended the frame, Vada Pinson hits a two-out, two-run homer, wasting Craig Anderson’s complete-game effort against Cincinnati. The eventual 5-3 defeat at Crosley Field makes the right-hander the third consecutive Mets’ starter, following losing efforts by Jay Hook and Roger Craig, to pitch a complete game and not get a victory.

1963       Pirates outfielder Jerry Lynch pinch hits a three-run home run off Chicago’s Lindy McDaniel in the ninth inning to tie the Forbes Field contest at five, a game the Bucs will eventually win in 14 innings, 6-5. The heroic homer is the left-handed hitter’s 14th career round-tripper off the bench, tying a major league mark established by former Cincinnati teammate George Crowe.

1963       The usually mild-mannered Dodger manager Walter Alston is thrown out of both games of a doubleheader when the Braves sweep a twin bill from Los Angeles for the first and only time in Milwaukee, 7-2 and 13-7. To make matters worse, the manager has beer thrown in his face by a hometown fan as he leaves the second game.

1970       Ignoring Clay Kirby’s bid for the Padres’ first no-hitter in the 259th game of their existence, skipper Preston Gomez, with his club trailing the Mets, 1-0, in the eighth inning, decides to pinch hit for his starting pitcher. Reliever Jack Baldschun fails to keep New York hitless, yielding a leadoff hit to Bud Harrelson, and San Diego eventually loses the Jack Murphy Stadium contest, 3-0.

1973       Braves slugger Hank Aaron becomes the second major leaguer to hit 700 career home runs when he goes deep off Phillies southpaw Ken Brett in the third inning of the team’s 8-4 loss at Atlanta Stadium. Bronx Bomber Babe Ruth reached the milestone in 1934, homering off Detroit’s Tommy Bridges at Briggs Stadium.

1975       In the Mets’ 6-4 loss to the Astros at Shea Stadium, Joe Torre becomes the first player in National League history to hit into four straight double plays. Felix Millan, enjoying a 4-for-4 day, singles in four consecutive at-bats, making the third baseman’s dubious mark possible.

1982       The Reds, 24 games below .500, fire manager John McNamara and ask third base coach Russ Nixon to manage the team. The new skipper will win only 27 games of the 70 left in the campaign, and Cincinnati replaces him after another last-place finish at the end of next season.

1988       The Red Sox suspend Jim Rice for three days for shoving manager Joe Morgan. The Boston outfielder became upset when the skipper pinch-hit for him, using the light-hitting shortstop Spike Owen.

1988       The Yankees trade Jay Buhner, minor league prospect Rich Balabon, and a player to be named later (Troy Evers) to the Mariners in exchange for 33-year-old Ken Phelps. The one-sided deal will be immortalized on Seinfeld by Frank Costanza, George’s dad, when he laments the Bronx Bombers’ poor judgment, “How could you have traded Buhner for Ken Phelps?”

1990       In his first major league start, Ben McDonald, the Orioles’ top pick in last year’s June draft, blanks Chicago on four hits, 2-0. The 22-year-old right-hander from Louisiana State, the first American League pitcher to make his debut with a shutout in 15 years, retires the final 16 White Sox batters he faces after allowing Ron Kittle’s fourth-inning single.

1993       Jose Uribe walks on a 3-2 count thanks to home umpire Harry Wendelstedt losing track of the pitches. The fifth-inning base-on-balls leads to a run when the Astros shortstop scores on Steve Finley’s double in Houston’s 5-3 victory over the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.

2000       The Orioles halt their 20-game Canadian losing streak, defeating the Blue Jays at the SkyDome, 9-5. Future Hall of Farmer Harold Blaine collects four hits in Baltimore’s first victory north of the border since June 13, 1998.

2001       At Camden Yards, Troy Glaus becomes the fastest Angel player to reach the 100 career home run mark. The 24-year-old Halos’ third baseman hits a pair of home runs in the team’s 6-5 ten-inning victory over Baltimore.

2001       The Dodgers rout the Rockies, 22–7, scoring the most runs by the team since July 10th, 1943, when the wartime Brooklyn club beat the Pirates at Ebbets Field, 23-6. The franchise mark for tallies in a contest is 25, first accomplished on May 20th, 1896, then matched in 1901 on September 23rd.

2003       At Dodger Stadium, Vladimir Guerrero hit his 226th career home run, breaking Andre Dawson’s club record. The Expos’ right fielder hits his milestone round-tripper off Odalis Perez, a 454-foot blast over the left-field wall.

2004       Thanks to an unusual play in the outfield, David Newhan hits a rare inside-the-park homer at Fenway. Inexplicably, Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, from left field, cuts off the relay throw from center fielder Johnny Damon, allowing two Orioles to score in Baltimore’s 10-5 victory.

2004       Mark Buehrle faces the minimum 27 batters as the White Sox rout the Indians, 14-0. The 25-year-old southpaw, throwing just ninety pitches, allows only two hits, with both runners erased as a result of a double play.

2004       The third piece of concrete, which fell from the park’s upper deck, is discovered at Wrigley Field by a club employee. Two other chunks have also fallen recently in different sections in the 90 year-old stadium, prompting Mayor Richard Daley to say he would not hesitate to close parts, or all, of the facility to protect fans from potential harm.

2005       Hideki Matsui plays in his 395th consecutive game to start his career, breaking Al Simmons’s 1926 American League record. The Japanese outfielder will also surpass Ernie Banks’ NL mark of 424 en route to establishing the new major league record of 518 consecutive contests.

2006       Going deep in the third inning, 30-year-old Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez collects his 2,000th career hit and, at the same time, becomes the youngest player to reach the 450 home run plateau. Later in the day, Padres catcher Mike Piazza also becomes a member of the 2000-hit club with a second-inning double to left field at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

2006       After the All-Star break, as part of the scheduled “grand re-opening” of the ballpark, the Nationals stage the first live Presidents Race at the RFK Stadium, with George Washington taking first place in the inaugural competition among the Chief Executives. Although mascots Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln chalk up wins in the next two days, Teddy Roosevelt will not, thus beginning his infamous streak over more than 500 attempts before finally crossing the finish line first on the final day of the 2012 season.

2007       Willie Harris goes 6-for-6 with two triples, a steal, and six RBI to help the Braves top the Cardinals, 14 – 6. The outfielder from Cairo (GA) joins Felix Millan, who accomplished the feat 27 years earlier, as the second Atlanta player to get six hits in a game.

2007       The Pirates retire uniform number 11, once worn by Paul Waner, a right fielder who hit .340 during his 15-year tenure (1926-1940) in Pittsburgh. Big Poison’s digits are the tenth to be retired in franchise history and the first in a decade.

2008       Diamondback left-hander Randy Johnson becomes the first major leaguer to collect 2,000 strikeouts for two different teams. The Arizona southpaw, who fanned 2,162 batters pitching for the Mariners from 1989-98, whiffs Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez to earn the distinction.

2008       Jose Reyes’ fourth-inning three-bagger in the Mets’ 7-5 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park makes him the franchise leader in triples. The speedy shortstop’s 11th three-base hit this season, the sixty-third of his career, all as a Met, puts the 25-year-old infielder one ahead of Mookie Wilson.

2008       Coming out of the bullpen in the eighth, Jimmy Gobble allows ten runs in two-thirds of an inning, setting a franchise record for the most runs allowed by a Royals reliever in a game. The 26-year-old southpaw, who will be placed on the 15-day disabled list the next day with a stiff lower back, gives up seven hits and walks four batters, facing 13 Tigers.

2010       In a Middle East/Africa Regional contest played in Poland, Uganda becomes the first team to execute a triple play in a Little League tournament. The 1-2-3-5 triple killing ends the game, giving the team a 9-3 victory over heavily-favored Saudi Arabia.

2012       At Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field, the Hall of Fame honors Fox analyst Tim McCarver and Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott for their longtime contributions in covering baseball. The pair, respectively, receive the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for sports writing.

2013       In an on-field ceremony, former first baseman Carlos Delgado becomes the 10th member inducted on the Level of Excellence, an award bestowed by the Blue Jays to recognize an individual player’s accomplishments for the team. Previous recipients of the prestigious award include Dave Stieb, George Bell, Joe Carter, Cito Gaston, Tony Fernandez, Pat Gillick, Tom Cheek, Roberto Alomar, and Paul Beeston.

2015       The lengthy investigation and prosecution of Barry Bonds for obstruction of justice come to an end when the Department of Justice reveals it will not challenge his felony conviction’s reversal to the US Supreme Court. Baseball’s career home run leader was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2011 for giving convoluted answers to a federal grand jury when probed about PED injections.


Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs St. Louis Cardinals (2)

As America welcomed in their third decade of professional baseball, the Philadelphia Athletics had clearly re-established themselves as one of Major League baseball’s elite. Connie Mack’s franchise had taken longer than expected to rebuild itself into the dynasty of the early 1900’s, but it was certainly worth the wait. They had almost upset the up-and-coming New York Yankees in the 1928 pennant race, dominated the American League for the title in 1929 and won it comfortably in 1930 to return for another World Series appearance.

The 1930 post-season provided Mack with an opportunity to win his fifth championship title and his second in a row. Their opponents, the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals were more than worthy of the challenge while batting .314 with an all .300-hitting line-up. 1930 had been dubbed “The Year of the Hitter” as six National League clubs had above .300 averages, with the New York Giants setting a modern record with a .319 figure and the Philadelphia Phillies hitting .315. The American League was not far behind with a .288 average.

Despite their regular season rallies at the plate, the Athletics’ bats struggled in Game 1 and only managed five hits to the Cardinals’ nine. However, all five went for extra bases and each figured in the defending champions’ scoring, which came on single runs in the second, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Two of the A’s hits were homers by Al Simmons and Mickey Cochrane, and helped Lefty Grove to beat veteran Burleigh Grimes, 5-2.

Despite the win, Philadelphia was determined to make amends for the “one-hit-an-inning” performance in the Series opener. Cochrane, Simmons and Foxx came out swinging and beat Cardinals’ starter Flint Rehm in a 6-1 victory putting their team ahead two games to none.

As the Series shifted to St. Louis, the home team once again, found themselves in familiar territory. Come-from-behind situations were nothing new to the 1930 Cardinals who were tied for fourth in August and trailed the then National League leading Brooklyn Robins by eleven games. Their tenacity had allowed them to rebound to the top of their league and nothing had changed in Game 3.

Veteran ace, “Wild Bill” Hallahan shut out the returning World Champions for a 5-0 triumph and Series veteran, Jesse Haines, beat out Lefty Grove in a Game 4, 3-1 duel that tied the contest at two games apiece.

Game 5 represented the Series leading win and both teams were determined to turn the tournament in their favor. Burleigh Grimes and George Earnshaw went at it for a nine-inning pitcher’s masterpiece as neither team could manage any offense at the plate. Grimes blinked first as Cochrane managed a walk in the top of the ninth. Two batters later, Jimmie Foxx, who had hit thirty-seven home runs during the regular season, added number thirty-eight for the 2-0 Athletics’ victory. Philadelphia had the advantage and was one game away from back-to-back championships.

Connie Mack’s confidence in Earnshaw warranted the thirty-year old right-handers return for Game 6 despite having only one days rest while the Cardinals skipper, Gabby Street chose Game 3 winner, “Wild Bill” Hallahan to even the score. The questionable decision to start Earnshaw would prove meaningless as the Athletics’ line-up would tag both Hallahan and reliever Syl Johnson for two run scoring doubles in the first, a homer in the third and a two-run blast in the fourth. Once again, the A’s had made each hit worth extra-bases and their poorly rested pitcher backed them up with a solid outing for a five-hit, 7-1 victory. The win made the Philadelphia Athletics the first team in Series history to win back-to-back championships twice.

How ironic, that in “The Year of the Hitter”, batting would be nothing more than a mediocre statistic in the World Series. Philadelphia managed to hit a meager .197 and St. Louis tallied an unimpressive .200 average. In this contest, “quality” apparently meant more than “quantity” as the A’s had eighteen of their thirty-five going for extra-bases. The lack of offense was a testament to the solid pitching on both sides. Earnshaw was a standout, going 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA for twenty-five innings of work and Grove was not far behind with a 2-1 record with a 1.42 ERA in nineteen innings.


The 1941 All-Star Game yielded what is considered to be one of the most electrifying homers in All-Star history. It was launched by one of the most popular and charismatic hitters of the day, Ted Williams. Playing in his second All-Star Game, he was on his way to a .406 season batting average and at the All-Star break, he was hitting .405.

One of the higher scoring All-Star games to date, this game showcased great pitching, strong hitting and a momentous conclusion. The American League was trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth and Claude Passeau pitching. Passeau retired the first batter. Then Ken Keltner came in as a pinch hitter and bounced a single off shortstop Eddie Miller’s glove. Joe Gordon singled and Cecil Travis drew a walk, loading the bases for Joe DiMaggio with Ted Williams on deck. DiMaggio hit a certain double-play ball sharply to Miller, who threw to second baseman Billy Herman. Herman’s throw to first was wide, enabling DiMaggio to reach first on a forceout and Keltner to score. Williams batted next and sent a fastball into the upper right-field stands and turned a 5-4 National League lead into a 7-5 American League win.


The Chicago Charities College All Star games also known as the College All Star Football Classic was a preseason exhibition game that pitted the previous years season’s NFL champion against a roster of All Star college players from the year prior. The lone exception of having the NFL champ play took place in its inaugral 1934 game when the NFL runner up Chicago Bears played in the contest. The game was played from 1934 until 1976, skipping only in 1974 due to the NFL strike. At its on set the proceeds of the game benefitted the charities of the Chicago area and was almost always played at Soldier Field in the Windy City, with the exception of 1943 and 1944 when it was hosted by Northwestern University at Dyche Field.

A Newspapers.com supplied July 24, 1934 edition of the Austin American gives us an in depth look at how the team that would play the Bears in that inagural charity game to be played on August 31, 1934. The article says that as of July 24 the vote for college players and a coach to lead them were still in the works. Early ticket sales indicated that nearly 100,000 people were expected for attendance according to the United Press. That figure may have been inflated to draw attention for the event as with the benefit of hindsite the attendance was listed at 79,432 that witnessed the 0-0 tie between the Bears and the All-Stars.

This brilliant concept of exhibition was the product of Arch Ward, the editor of the Chicago Tribune and creator of the MLB All star Game. Speaking of Arch Ward, what an intersting figure in sports history this guy was! Ward according to Brittanica.com initiated the Major Legue Baseball All-Star game in 1933, this football All-Star game in 1934, the Golden Gloves Boxing competition in 1926. Arch is also received credit as one of the orchestrators of the All American Football Conference that started in 1946 and eventually had three teams; the Browns, 49ers and Colts, merge into the NFL.

In the 42 games played the College All Stars in fact won 9 of them and the game ended with tied score twice with 31 victories going to the favored NFL champs.

2020 Preseason Games

July 22, 2020 – In a precautionary measure to prevent players, coaches and other personnel from the spread of COVID-19, the NFL cancelled all Preseason contests for the 2020 season.

Hall of Fame Birthday for July 21

July 21, 1912 – El Campo, Texas – Bill Wallace was a halfback from Rice University from the seasons of 1932, 1934 and 1935 was born. According to the National Football Foundation the modern fans can’t possibly imagine the incredible talents of Wallace. This man in track and field was an highly talented and regarded sprinter and hurdler, on the gridiron, he was an elusive ballcarrier as well as an extremely accurate passer, a precision punter and a talented safety. In the 1934 Texas game without using his rushing skills he showed everyone that they could be used as a deterrant to unleash the rest of his skillful arsenal. Bill pinpointed punts three dead just short of the goal line, one even from 70 yards out. On two others in that game he punted out of bounds inside the ten-yard line pinning the Longhorns deep. Time after time he circled to the left drawing the Texas secondary out of position to leave their coverage and rush towards the line of scrimmage to stop him. Then, with only three minutes to go and Texas in the lead he circled left again, but instead of advancing, he promptly stopped and fired a long left-handed pass far across the field. End Ray Smith, with no defender even close to him, hauled in the pass and crossed the goal line, putting Rice ahead. After an interception, Rice scored again as the game ended in victory, but Wallace wasn’t through yet with the Rice cause. A fan tried to make off with the ball from the point-after kick after that final score. Wallace flew after him, busting through the interference of 20 or 30 spectators. Bill sent them all reeling and returned to the field with the game ball to celebrate the victory. Wallace was also Rice’s initial first team All-America selection.The collegiate career story of Bill Wallace was entered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1978.


46 – 12 – 43 – 27 – 9

July 21, 1956 – Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence, Number 46 suffered a loss after 13 straight victories on the mound.

July 21, 1959 – The last of the MLB teams have movement toward racial integration. The Boston Red Sox signed Pumpsie Green, Number 12 to their roster and played him in a game.

July 21, 1970 – San Diego’s Number 43, Clay Kirby had a whale of day on the mound. The Padre hurler had a no-hitter going for 8 innings, but sadly was sent to the bench for a pinch hitter to fill his spot to try and manufacture some runs. Reliever Jack Baldschun, wearing Number 27, entered in the 9th in relief however he gave up 3 hits and the Padres lost the contest by the score of, 3-0.

July 21, 1973 – The Atlanta Braves Hammerin’ Hank Aaron, wearing his famous Number 44 jersey drives a Philadelphia Phillies Ken Brett’s fastball out of the Atlanta ball park for his 700th career homerun.

July 21, 1975 – It was a game of fours. New York Mets hitter, veteran 2nd baseman, Félix Millán, Number 17 had 4 singles in the contest however these were balanced out by erased by Joe Torre’s (Number 9) 4 double plays that he hit into against the Houston Astros in a game where Houston triuphed 6-2. Torres quote in the Tampa Bay Times aftre the game, “When I retire I’m gonna buy a shortstop and put him in my den. At night, when I’m lonely, I’m gonna go down there and hit grounders to him.” Millán happened to be the man on base in each of those double plays.

July 21, 1991 – Great honor was bestowed upon some baseball legends. Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Rod Carew, Tony Lazzeri, & Bill Veeck were all elected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY


1896 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Defending champion Charlotte Cooper beats Alice Simpson Pickering 6-2, 6-3

1921 Indians (9) & Yankees (7) hit a record 16 doubles

1923 Phillies score 12 in 6th and beat Cubs 17-4

1945 Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A’s play 24 inning 1-1 tie

1956 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins

1957 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)

1957 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Miami Valley GC: Lionel Hebert wins 2 & 1 from Dow Finsterwald; last time event played under match-play format

1959 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)

1963 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Dallas Athletic Club: Jack Nicklaus wins first of 5 PGA C’ships by 2 shots from fellow American Dave Ragan

1968 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Pecan Valley GC: Julius Boros (48) becomes oldest winner of a major; wins by 1 from Bob Charles & Arnold Palmer

1968 55th Tour de France won by Jan Janssen of Netherlands

1970 Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 inn, but is lifted for a pinch hitter, Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 3 hits & Padres lose, 3-0

1972 Los Angeles Dodgers release and end career of knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm

1973 Braves Hank Aaron hits Philadelphia Phillies Ken Brett’s fastball for his 700th HR, in Atlanta

1974 US Open Women’s Golf, La Grange CC: Sandra Haynie wins by 1 shot from Beth Stone and Carol Mann

1974 61st Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins 5th Tour that he enters; equals Jacques Anquetil record for Tour victories

1975 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager

1975 NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays

1979 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins by 3 from Jack Nicklaus & Ben Crenshaw; Nicklaus runner-up for record 7th time

1985 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St George’s GC: Scotsman Sandy Lyle wins his only Open title by 1 stroke from runner-up Payne Stewart; last time event features double cut (after 36 and 54 holes), introduced in 1968

1989 Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight boxing title

1991 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Australian 1-2 with Ian Baker-Finch winning his only major championship, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Harwood

1991 Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Rod Carew, Tony Lazzeri, & Bill Veeck are elected into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

1993 Angela Kennedy swims world record 50 m butterfly stroke (26.93)

1995 KC Royals set club-record of 22 singles in 15 innings

1996 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: American Tom Lehman wins his only major championship by 2 strokes from Mark McCumber and Ernie Els; first American to win at Lytham since Bobby Jones 70 years earlier

1996 Wayne Gretzky signs a 2 year deal with NY Rangers

1996 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark

1997 NY Yank Mike Whiton held in Milwaukee on charges of sexual assault

2002 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Ernie Els of South Africa wins first of 2 Open titles in a playoff from Australians Stuart Appleby & Steve Elkington, and Frenchman Thomas Levet

2002 With a record 6 races remaining, German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher clinches his 5th F1 World Drivers Championship with victory in the French Grand Prix at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours; 3rd straight title win

2013 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Phil Mickelson wins his 5th major, by 3 strokes from Henrik Stenson of Sweden

2013 100th Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain


Tour de France8:00amUSA
LPGA Tour: Evian Championship5:00amGOLF
Senior British Open7:00amGOLF
LPGA Tour: Evian Championship9:30amGOLF
Senior British Open11:30amGOLF
PGA Tour: 3M Open2:00pmGOLF
NY Yankees at Houston1:10pmMLBN
Texas at Miami1:10pmESPN+
Bally Sports
Detroit at Oakland3:37pmMLBN
Bally Sports
NY Yankees at Houston6:40pmYES
Detroit at Oakland7:07pmNBCS-CA
Bally Sports
San Francisco at LA Dodgers10:00pmESPN
UEFA Women’s Euro Quartefinals: Germany vs Austria3:00pmESPN2
Copa América Femenina: Brazil vs Peru8:00pmFS1
Copa América Femenina: Venezuela vs Argentina8:00pmFS2
World Championships8:00pmUSA
New York at Washington11:30amNBATV
Atlanta at Los Angeles3:30pmNBATV
Indiana at Las Vegas10:00pmNBATV


Winnipeg at Edmonton9:00pmESPN2
Tour de France8:00amUSA
LPGA Tour: Evian Championship5:00amGOLF
Senior British Open7:00amGOLF
LPGA Tour: Evian Championship9:30amGOLF
Senior British Open11:30amGOLF
PGA Tour: 3M Open2:00pmGOLF
St. Louis at Cincinnati6:40pmBally Sports
Chi. Cubs at Philadelphia7:05pmMARQ
Miami at Pittsburgh7:05pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
NY Yankees at Baltimore7:05pmYES
San Diego at NY Mets7:10pmSNY
Bally Sports
Toronto at Boston7:10pmNESN
LA Angels at Atlanta7:20pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Chi. White Sox8:10pmBally Sports
Colorado at Milwaukee8:10pmBally Sports
Tampa Bay at Kansas City8:10pmBally Sports
Texas at Oakland9:40pmBally Sports
Washington at Arizona9:40pmBally Sports
Houston at Seattle10:10pmMLBN
Root Sports
San Francisco at LA Dodgers10:10pmMLBN
First Division A: Standard Liège vs Gent2:45pmESPN+
UEFA Women’s Euro Quartefinals: Sweden vs Belgium3:00pmESPN2
Canadian Premier League: Pacific vs Cavalry10:00pmFS2
World Championships8:30pmUSA
Connecticut at Minnesota8:00pmNBATV
Dallas at Chicago8:00pmCBSSN
Seattle at Phoenix10:00pmNBATV


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees6428.69637 – 1227 – 1630 – 1519 – 610 – 45 – 5W 2
Tampa Bay5141.5541331 – 1820 – 2323 – 176 – 912 – 96 – 4W 1
Toronto5043.53814.530 – 1920 – 2416 – 1813 – 1015 – 115 – 5W 3
Boston4845.51616.523 – 2025 – 2512 – 2612 – 719 – 73 – 7L 2
Baltimore4646.5001825 – 1721 – 2916 – 2111 – 1312 – 88 – 2L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota5044.53227 – 2223 – 2213 – 1023 – 1910 – 93 – 7L 1
Cleveland4644.511225 – 1921 – 256 – 1023 – 199 – 86 – 4W 3
Chi White Sox4646.500319 – 2527 – 2114 – 1518 – 197 – 97 – 3W 1
Detroit3755.4021223 – 2414 – 317 – 1419 – 243 – 102 – 8L 4
Kansas City3656.3911319 – 2717 – 295 – 1218 – 209 – 165 – 5L 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5932.64828 – 1431 – 186 – 816 – 429 – 166 – 4L 1
Seattle5142.548924 – 2027 – 2212 – 157 – 624 – 1610 – 0W 14
Texas4149.45617.521 – 2620 – 235 – 1111 – 817 – 234 – 6L 4
LA Angels3953.42420.522 – 2717 – 266 – 189 – 518 – 192 – 8L 3
Oakland3261.3442811 – 3121 – 3010 – 169 – 1511 – 254 – 6W 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5835.62428 – 1530 – 2028 – 1212 – 513 – 106 – 4L 1
Atlanta5638.5962.531 – 2025 – 1822 – 1417 – 1013 – 117 – 3L 1
Philadelphia4943.5338.524 – 2125 – 2218 – 198 – 516 – 116 – 4W 3
Miami4348.4731422 – 2221 – 2624 – 195 – 89 – 144 – 6L 3
Washington3163.33027.515 – 3616 – 278 – 369 – 89 – 111 – 9W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5043.53821 – 1929 – 2411 – 1328 – 194 – 83 – 7L 3
St. Louis5044.5320.529 – 2021 – 2410 – 1424 – 1410 – 76 – 4W 2
Pittsburgh3954.4191120 – 2319 – 316 – 918 – 2713 – 115 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs3557.38014.518 – 3217 – 254 – 620 – 217 – 181 – 9W 1
Cincinnati3457.3741518 – 2816 – 295 – 912 – 218 – 216 – 4L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers6030.66730 – 1330 – 1711 – 917 – 621 – 119 – 1W 4
San Diego5242.5531025 – 2127 – 2112 – 919 – 1020 – 204 – 6L 1
San Francisco4843.52712.526 – 2222 – 2114 – 1311 – 1016 – 147 – 3W 3
Colorado4350.46218.528 – 2315 – 278 – 198 – 521 – 187 – 3L 1
Arizona4052.4352122 – 2618 – 2612 – 1010 – 1112 – 273 – 7W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot