MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Kansas City 6 Milwaukee 3

Colorado 6 Seattle 3

New York Yankees 6 Philadelphia 5

Tampa Bay 5 Baltimore 4

Boston 7 Toronto 4

Detroit 4 Texas 2

Minnesota 7 Chicago White Sox 2

Cleveland 5 Houston 4

San Diego 3 Atlanta 2

San Diego 5 Atlanta 4 (suspended)

New York Mets 7 Cincinnati 0

Arizona 6 Pittsburgh 4

Miami 3 Washington 1 (10)

St. Louis 3 Chicago Cubs 2 (10)

San Francisco 4 Los Angeles Dodgers 2

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

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Toledo 11 Indianapolis 5

INDIANS BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/mud-hens-vs-indians/2021/07/21/649826#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=649826

Wisconsin 7 South Bend 2

Dayton 9 Fort Wayne 3

TOP HEADLINES

Hall of Famer Bobby Bowden has terminal medical condition

(AP) — Hall of Fame college football coach Bobby Bowden announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition.

“I’ve always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I am prepared for what is to come,” Bowden said in a statement released to news outlets, including The Associated Press. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing. I am at peace.”

The 91-year-old Bowden was hospitalized last October after he tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test came a few days after returning to his Tallahassee home from a lengthy hospital stay for an infection in his leg. He did not disclose his condition in his statement.

During his 34 years coaching Florida State, Bowden amassed a 315-98-4 record and built the Seminoles into a national power, winning 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships and national titles in 1993 and 1999. He won 357 games during his 40 years in college coaching and was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

“Coach Bowden built a football dynasty and raised the national profile of Florida State University, and he did it with dignity, class and a sense of humor,” Florida State president John Thrasher said in a statement. “Although his accomplishments on the field are unmatched, his legacy will go far beyond football. His faith and family have always come first, and he is an incredible role model for his players and fans alike. He is beloved by the FSU family.”

Bowden retired following the 2009 season with a Gator Bowl win over West Virginia in Florida State’s 28th straight postseason appearance.

Bowden had wanted to coach another season to continue this pursuit of 400 wins, but Florida State officials did not renew his contract. He was replaced by then-offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.

“Bobby Bowden has meant everything to Florida State athletics and so much to college football in general,” Florid State athletic director David Coburn said in a statement. “He is a part of the heart and soul of FSU, but it goes beyond even that – he is a big part of the history of the game.

“Anyone who has had the opportunity to be around Coach Bowden knows what it is like to know a person who has his priorities in the right order, who loves life and values integrity and honor.”

Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach, the architect of some of the most prolific offenses in the history of the game, said Bowden has been an example to every coach.

“He’s one of those guys that made us all want to coach when we were younger, made it exciting,” Leach said. “Coach Bowden threw the ball before most people were inclined to. When I was young, in high school, junior high, I used to watch his teams because they’re a team that was liable to upset teams ahead of them, and that’s as they started throwing the ball around, became more and more explosive.”

New ACC commissioner wants Notre Dame as football member

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) New Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Jim Phillips made it clear he wants Notre Dame to join the conference as a full-time football member after what he described as a “beautiful and beneficial relationship” during an unusual 2020 season.

Phillips knows that remains largely up to Notre Dame.

“The old kind of quip is, Notre Dame loves two things: one is being Catholic, second is independence. Sometimes those things get in reverse order. Sometimes they like independence even more than being Catholic,” joked Phillips, who has a son and daughter who attend Notre Dame.

Speaking at his first public forum at the ACC Kickoff media days, Phillips addressed the Notre Dame independence issue while Notre Dame’s logo was shown alongside the ACC’s 14 member schools on the backdrop behind the podium.

“They know the ACC’s interest,” Phillips said. “It’s been less than bashful. It’s been less than bashful since I’ve been here. But I also respect where they’re at. Our concentration right now is on our 14 schools. Who knows where the future’s going to go?”

Last season, Notre Dame played as a temporary member of the ACC due to COVID-19 rules and went undefeated during the regular season before losing to Clemson 34-10 in the ACC championship game.

“They had a chance to play a fantastic schedule,” Phillips said. “They had a chance to vie for a national championship and compete in the CFP. We have a real-life example of what that could look like.”

Notre Dame, an indepedent for years that nonetheless has five ACC teams on this year’s schedule, has given no indication it is interested in joining the ACC in football.

AP source: Texas, Oklahoma talk to SEC about joining league

(AP) — The last time Texas got a wandering eye for another conference it fueled a series of realignments in college sports that nearly killed the Big 12.

Texas is once again exploring free agency, stealing the headlines at the Southeastern Conference media days and cranking up speculation about another round of conference shuffling. And the Longhorns aren’t alone in looking around.

There have been discussions between Texas and Oklahoma and SEC officials about switching conferences, but no formal invitations have been extended, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were intended to be confidential, said officials from Texas initiated the discussion. The Houston Chronicle first reported the discussions.

Adding two members would give the powerhouse SEC 16 teams, the most in major college football. Losing two schools would be a devastating blow to the 10-member Big 12.

Questions about the report were greeted by a series of no comments from the primary parties involved, but no denials.

“I’m talking about the 2021 season,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said at SEC football media days.

Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork was adamant about not wanting the Longhorns, once the school’s greatest rival, in the SEC.

“We want to be the only SEC program in the state of Texas,” Bjork told reporters. “There’s a reason why Texas A&M left the Big 12, to be standalone, to have our own identity. And that’s our feeling.”

SEC bylaws require at least three-fourths (11) of the members to vote in favor of extending an invitation to join.

“The college athletics landscape is shifting constantly,” Oklahoma said in a statement. “We don’t address every anonymous rumor.”

A Texas statement offered a similar response: “Speculation always swirls around collegiate athletics. We will not address rumors or speculation.”

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby did not return messages from AP seeking comment. Just last week at Big 12 media days in Arlington, Texas, he talked about how conference realignment was no longer a top concern for the Big 12.

“Not to say it couldn’t happen, but it’s not one of the things that keeps me up at night,” he said.

Any move to leave the Big 12 would be complicated by an agreement its schools made after the last round of realignment to hand their media rights over to the league through their current television deals. The grant of rights lines up with the Big 12’s contracts with Fox and ESPN and runs through the 2024-25 school year.

Back in 2010, the then Pac-10 tried to woo Texas and five other Big 12 schools into the West Coast-based conference to form a Pac-16.

Texas stayed put and instead started its own television network. After another flirtation between Texas, Oklahoma and then-Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, Texas A&M bolted for the SEC in 2012 and Missouri followed.

The Big 12, which had already lost Nebraska to the Big Ten and Colorado to the Pac-12, managed to hang on by inviting TCU and West Virginia.

College sports was turned upside down for about three years as conferences jockeyed to fortify themselves and schools scrambled to not be left out. The Big East was poached right out of the major college football business before finally reconstituting as the American Athletic Conference.

Life without Texas and Oklahoma would be uncertain – at best – for the other schools in the Big 12.

Even an unconfirmed report, prompted an assertive response from Oklahoma State.

“If true, we would be gravely disappointed,” the Cowboys’ statement said. “While we place a premium on history, loyalty and trust, be assured, we will aggressively defend and advance what is best for Oklahoma State and our strong athletic program, which continues to excel in the Big 12 and nationally.”

The mere possibility of adding Texas and Oklahoma to the strongest football conference in the country is certain to draw the attention of the other Power Five conferences. Especially as the leaders of those leagues look to expand the College Football Playoff from four to 12 teams.

Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team to make the playoff, doing so four times. The road to the CFP would be tougher through the SEC but a bigger field could provide more paths.

The SEC recently signed a new television deal with ESPN that gives the cable TV sports giant all of its rights. It is unclear if adding Texas and Oklahoma would create an opportunity for the SEC to increase the value of those contracts for all its members and not just provide enough to cover additions at the current rate.

The SEC announced earlier this year it had distributed about $45.5 million each to its members. The Big 12 schools received about $10 million less from its conference.

When Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about Texas and Oklahoma being interested in the SEC during his session with the media in Hoover, he said: “I bet they would.'”‘

“Listen, we’ve got the greatest league in ball,” Fisher said. “That’s the choices they make or what they do, I don’t know, but I don’t know how I feel about it.”

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: CLEVELAND.COM BIG 10 PRE-SEASON POLLS

East: Ohio State 238 points (34 first-place votes), Penn State 192, Indiana 169, Michigan 134, Maryland 79, Rutgers 77.5, Michigan State 52.5.

West: Wisconsin 233 (29), Iowa 202 (5), Northwestern 160, Minnesota 146, Nebraska 91.5, Purdue 72.5, Illinois 47.

BIG TEN FOOTBALL’S TOP COACH

1. Ryan Day, Ohio State (16 first-place votes) 74

2. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern (17) 72

3. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (1) 16

4. Paul Christ, Wisconsin 15

5. Tom Allen, Indiana 14

6. James Franklin, Penn State 11

7 (tie). P.J. Fleck, Minnesota and Greg Schiano, Rutgers 1

PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State (11 first-place votes) 58 points

2. Michael Penix Jr., QB, Indiana (8) 44.5

3. Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Minnesota (4) 36

4. Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa (1) 13

5. Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State (1) 12

6. David Bell, WR, Purdue (1) 10

7 (tie). C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State (2) 6

7 (tie). Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State (1) 6

7 (tie). Graham Mertz, QB, Wisconsin (1) 6

10. Tyler Goodson, RB, Iowa (1) 5

11. Ty Fryfogle, WR, Indiana (1) 4

12. Tanner Morgan, QB, Minnesota (1) 3.5

PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Brandon Joseph, S, Northwestern (11 first-place votes) 49 points

2. George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue (8) 33

3. Haskell Garrett, DT, Ohio State (5) 30.5

4. Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana (6) 28

5. Olakunle Fatukasi, LB, Rutgers (3) 18

6. Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan 11

7 (tie). Jack Sanborn, LB, Wisconsin 7

7 (tie). Tiawan Mullen, CB, Indiana (1) 7

9. Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State 3.5

10 (tie). Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State 3

10 (tie). Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State 3

12 (tie). Boye Mafe, DE, Minnesota 2

12 (tie). Chris Bergin, LB, Northwestern 2

12 (tie). Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska 2

12 (tie). Jake Hansen, LB, Illinois 2

16 (tie). JoJo Domann, S/LB, Nebraska 1

16 (tie). Tyshon Fogg, LB, Rutgers 1

16 (tie). Owen Carney, LB, Illinois 1

AP Source: 49ers sign LB Fred Warner to $95M extension

(AP) — The San Francisco 49ers agreed on a five-year contract extension with Fred Warner that makes him the highest-paid off-ball linebacker in the NFL.

A person familiar with the deal said Wednesday that the extension that runs through 2026 is worth about $95 million with $40.5 million in guarantees. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the deal yet.

ESPN first reported the deal.

The deal tops the $18 million a year average for Seattle’s Bobby Wagner, which had been the top at the position.

Locking up Warner with a long-term deal was one of the key tasks for San Francisco before the start of training camp next week.

This contract comes on the heels of the $75 million, five-year contract extension that star tight end George Kittle got last summer as the Niners do their best to keep their young core players. They were unable to do that with defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, who was traded for a first-round pick to Indianapolis in 2020 instead.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said during the offseason program that he planned to have Warner around “forever” and this new deal helps achieve that goal.

The former third-round pick has developed into one of the top all-around linebackers in the league after being drafted in the third round in 2018.

Warner made an immediate impact, starting all 48 games since entering the league. He helped San Francisco make it to the Super Bowl in his second season and then earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2020.

Warner is a skilled all-around linebacker, thriving in coverage and against the run. The 54% completion rate he allowed last season when targeted as the nearest defender ranked the best in the NFL among the linebackers targeted at least 20 times, according to NFL NextGen stats.

In three seasons, Warner has 21 passes defensed, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 15 tackles for loss and four sacks.

Molina lifts Cards to 3-2 win over Cubs in 10 innings

ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals manager Mike Shildt had one thought when he saw Yadier Molina striding to home plate in the 10th inning: Game over.

Molina doubled home the winning run against All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to give St. Louis a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

“I think right there the game’s over,” Shildt said. “That’s the first thing that goes in my head. I’m sitting there and thinking it’s time to go home. He was locked in. He’s a tough player.”

Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings for the Cardinals. Harrison Bader and Dylan Carlson each hit an RBI double in the seventh to put St. Louis ahead 2-1.

Bader also robbed Willson Contreras of an early two-run homer.

“The defense behind me tonight was outstanding,” Wainwright said. “Those guys played a really good game. Their guy did a good job, too, so it was a good win. Last night was a tough loss. We just couldn’t lose this one. The clubhouse is rocking right now.”

Chicago tied it in the ninth on pinch-hitter Eric Sogard’s run-scoring double off Giovanny Gallegos.

Paul Goldschmidt started the bottom of the 10th as the automatic runner on second base. Nolan Arenado drew a walk from Kimbrel (1-3), who got the final out in the ninth for the Cubs. Molina then hit a drive to right field for a ground-rule double and his ninth career game-ending hit.

Anthony Rizzo began the top of the 10th on second and went to third on a single by Javier Baez that chased John Gant. But on a forceout at second, Rizzo stopped halfway down the line and was tagged out in a rundown for a double play.

“It looked like he just froze there,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “We left some guys on earlier in the game. We shouldn’t have even been in that situation, to be honest with you.”

Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa started the play.

“I was running through scenarios in my head before the play,” Sosa said through a translator. “What can I do if the ball gets hit to me? I saw that Rizzo wasn’t breaking immediately. I went over to second base by myself. I peeked again and saw he was a little bit further down the line and it was at the point of no return at that point. I had to go home so we could get Rizzo.”

T.J. McFarland (1-0) earned his first win with the Cardinals.

After the Cubs tied it in the ninth, Gant came in and hit two batters with pitches to load the bases before getting Rizzo to ground out.

St. Louis went ahead 2-1 in the seventh when the Cardinals chased starter Kyle Hendricks, who has won 10 straight decisions.

“Kyle was great tonight,” Ross said. “I thought it was another great performance from him. He’s been as good and as steady as anybody.”

Paul DeJong hit a slow roller in front of the plate and went to second on a throwing error by catcher Contreras. With one out, Bader hit a double to left that scored DeJong.

“I play with my heart,” Bader said. “It’s a matter of keeping things simple. I’m so happy to be out there playing baseball with my teammates. I think there’s a lot of good things ahead of us.”

Bader, who went 3 for 4, has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games while notching five multi-hit efforts in his last seven games.

“He understands what kind of player he needs to be,” Shildt said. “He’s a talented kid.”

Andrew Chafin entered and got a flyout before Carlson doubled in Bader.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third when Rafael Ortega tripled home Nico Hoerner with one out.

“We left 12 guys on base,” Hoerner said. “In a low-scoring game, that’s significant. I had a couple of at-bats with runners in scoring position. Each guy in the locker room feels we were one pitch from turning the game around.”

Stroman 1-hit ball for 8 innings, Smith slam, Mets beat Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Marcus Stroman pitched one-hit ball for eight innings, Dominic Smith launched a grand slam and the New York Mets cruised to a 7-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

Stroman (7-8) gave up a clean leadoff line drive single to left by Aristides Aquino in the third inning and little else. He struck out seven and walked one while giving New York’s beleaguered bullpen precious rest going into Thursday’s day off.

“To be honest, I have the same mentality and mindset in every game,” he said. “It doesn’t change. That’s my goal. That’s the standard. That’s the key for me of whoever was on the mound – to go deep. It’s a great feeling to hear the guys saying, `thank you, thank you, thank you.'”

The Mets used a combined 12 relievers over the first two games in Cincinnati.

“Highly important, right?” said manager Luis Rojas, back in the dugout after serving a two-game suspension for excessive arguing on Sunday.

“Stroman’s been outstanding this season. He’s kept us in a lot of games. His record doesn’t show how well he’s pitched. He gave us the eight innings. We needed it. We’re glad he gave that breather to the bullpen,” he said.

Stroman hit Jonathan India with his first pitch of the game, then quickly settled in after going 0-4 in his previous six starts. His only difficulty came when he was struck by Jesse Winker’s comebacker to start the seventh, and Stroman recovered to throw him out.

“We ran into a good one today,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Stroman was on top of his game. He shut us down.”

Jeurys Familia struck out three in a hitless ninth.

Luis Guillorme hit his first homer of the season and Jonathan Villar also connected for the NL East leaders.

The top of the Mets’ order loaded the bases with three singles to begin the third against Jeff Hoffman (3-5), prompting a mound visit from pitching coach Derek Johnson.

Smith lofted Hoffman’s next pitch for an opposite-field drive into the seats in left for his second career grand slam. Smith’s other slam came last Sept. 11 against Toronto. Smith knew Hoffman had to be around the plate.

“Especially in that situation,” he said. “There was nowhere to put me. With the bases loaded, you know he has to try to get ahead and throw his best pitches to get me out. He made a pretty good pitch, and I was able to put a good swing on it and hit it out.”

Villar homered to right in the third, a ball that umpires reviewed to make sure there was no fan interference. Guillermo added a two-run homer off Tony Santillan in the fifth.

Hoffman came off the 10-day injured list to make his first start since May 26 and lasted four innings, allowing seven hits and five runs with three walks. He had yielded just four home runs in 41 innings over 10 starts before Wednesday.

Kepler, Polanco power Twins past AL Central-leading Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) Max Kepler homered for a second straight game, Jorge Polanco also went deep, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Wednesday night.

The Twins beat the AL Central leaders for just the fourth time in 16 games. They bounced back after Chicago rallied late to win Tuesday’s game and came out on top after losing five of six.

“We added some runs and never really let it get close,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “That’s a good feeling. We don’t have to let the game get close. We can put the other team away and play a game like we did tonight. That was really, really nice.”

Kepler gave the Twins a 1-0 lead when he led off the third inning by sending a low curve from Chicago starter Dylan Cease (7-6) ringing off the right field foul pole.

“Maybe I just see the ball a little better off him than others,” Kepler said of Cease, whom he also singled off of in the first. “I stayed through that curveball, and I think it’s the first ball I’ve ever hit in my career, anywhere, off the foul pole. So that was special.”

Polanco singled and scored in a two-run fifth. He made it 6-1 in the sixth with a three-run homer into the right-field bullpen against Codi Heuer.

Michael Pineda (4-5) went five innings, allowing one run and four hits, in his first win since May 26. He was 0-3 in his previous four starts.

Cease gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. The 25-year-old right-hander is 0-3 in his last four starts.

“I wasn’t executing pitches very well early on,” Cease said. “I came out a little slow. I don’t feel like I really started executing very well until about the third. Swing and miss was alright. But it’s one of those, it was an unfortunate game.”

Adam Engel had an RBI single in the third. Andrew Vaughn doubled in a run in the eighth. But the White Sox lost after winning nine of 11.

Hernandez, Indians top Astros 1st time in 6 tries this year

HOUSTON (AP) One big swing from Cesar Hernandez kept the Cleveland Indians from a season sweep by the Houston Astros.

Rookie Ernie Clement had a season-high three RBIs and Hernandez hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning to lift the Indians to a 5-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday night for their first win in seven tries against Houston this year.

“We’re trying our (butts) off to compete and it’s hard against some of these teams, but I’m proud of these guys,” manager Terry Francona said. “We’re going to get on that plane feeling a little bit better than we did a couple of days ago.”

It was 4-all with one out in the seventh when Hernandez, who earlier hit an RBI double, sent a pitch from Austin Pruitt (0-1) into the seats in right field. It was his 16th homer this season, eclipsing the career-high 15 he hit in 2018 and matched last year.

“His batting average is lower than he’s accustomed to,” Francona said of Hernandez, who is hitting .226. “But he’s also sitting on 16 home runs and a lot of them have been big ones, so it’s certainly been helpful. He’s a good pro and shows up every day.”

Rookie starter Eli Morgan permitted three hits and three runs in five-plus innings. Bryan Shaw (3-3) allowed two hits and a run in the sixth and James Karinchak pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Jose Altuve and Kyle Tucker both homered for the Astros for the second straight game.

“This is about the eighth time we’ve had a chance to sweep and that final game gets away from us,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We’ve just got to come back and play better baseball.”

Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. gave up six hits and four runs while striking out eight in five-plus innings.

“It’s a frustrating loss for me,” he said. “I feel like I pitched pretty well. Just not much to show for it.”

Yu Chang singled to start the third and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Clement. Hernandez doubled with two outs to put Cleveland up 1-0.

The Astros tied it when Altuve connected off in the fourth. Tucker sent a changeup from Morgan over the low fence in right field to put Houston on top 2-1 in the fifth inning.

Oscar Mercado’s single in the sixth loaded the bases with no outs and chased McCullers. Bryan Abreu took over and struck out the next two batters before Clement doubled to center field to clear the bases and put the Indians up 4-2.

“I wanted to hunt out a slider and it seemed he had fallen in love with that pitch throughout the inning,” Clement said. “So I knew I was going to get one and I did my best not to miss it.”

The Astros tied it in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double from Altuve and a run-scoring single by Yuli Gurriel.

Red Sox hit 5 HRs, beat Blue Jays 7-4 in Buffalo finale

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) For the city of Buffalo, it was fun while it lasted.

After not hosting a Major League Baseball game since its days as a Federal League outpost in 1915, Buffalo made the most of its opportunity, hosting the Toronto Blue Jays over two seasons because of coronavirus concerns.

It all ended Wednesday night, as J.D. Martinez and Hunter Renfroe connected back-to-back to help the Boston Red Sox won a home run derby, beating Toronto 7-4 in the final MLB game to be played in the city for the foreseeable future.

In the middle of the third inning, Toronto players and coaches came out of the dugout to salute the fans at Sahlen Field.

In the end, there was no mistaking the finality of the Blue Jays’ tenure along Lake Erie as Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” played on the stadium’s sound system just after Boston finished its on-field celebration.

The Blue Jays will return to Toronto on July 30 after the Canadian government granted them an exemption to the U.S.-Canada travel ban. The Blue Jays haven’t played at Rogers Centre since 2019 because of coronavirus protocols.

“It’s been a good ride here,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “We’re never going to forget that this was the place where we clinched the playoffs last year. The crowds have been great. It was a great idea by our crew (to thank the fans).”

Kike Hernandez, Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis also connected for Boston, which went deep six times in Monday’s 13-4 win over Toronto. It was the first time the Red Sox hit at least five homers in consecutive games against one opponent since doing it to the Yankees in June 1977.

“We did an amazing job, coming here against a tough team,” said Boston manager Alex Cora, whose club scored just six runs in three games in New York against the Yankees before sweeping Toronto. “We ended up 3-2 on this road trip, so it was a positive one for how bad it supposedly looked over the weekend.”

Hernandez, who has nine homers in his last 25 games after being held without one in 23 previous games, can’t explain the turnaround.

“I don’t have a secret,” Hernandez said. “I’m just trying to get good at-bats, make good decisions at the pitches that I want to swing at. And it’s going well for me right now. I’m just going to try and do my job.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 32nd homer for Toronto. George Springer added a two-run shot in the sixth and Teoscar Hernandez followed with a homer for Toronto, which finished its residency in Buffalo with a 12-11 record this season.

Including games played at the home of their Triple-A team in 2020, the Blue Jays ended with a 29-20 mark in Buffalo. Their game against Boston on Tuesday night was rained out.

Before the game, Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro presented a check for $25,000 to the Buffalo Bisons Charitable Foundation in thanks for the support provided by Toronto’s top minor league affiliate.

Buffalo fans returned the favor, as crowds in excess of 10,000 turned out for six of Toronto’s last eight home games, with Wednesday’s attendance of 14,607 topping the ledger.

Flores’ homer off Jansen in 9th rallies Giants past Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Mike Yastrzemski homered early to help the Giants regain a two-game lead in the NL West over the defending World Series champions. San Francisco has won two of three in a four-game series between the longtime rivals that wraps up Thursday night.

The Giants had just four hits before Flores’ drive, which quieted the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium. Buster Posey delivered a pinch-hit single to start the ninth, and Flores followed with a two-run shot to left field that put San Francisco in front 3-2.

It was the 11th homer of the season for Flores. Jansen (1-3) fell to 21 for 25 in save opportunities.

Victor Gonzalez walked Curt Casali with the bases loaded, making it 4-2.

Tyler Rogers, who took the loss Tuesday after allowing a game-ending homer to pinch-hitter Will Smith, earned his 11th save by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Jose Alvarez (3-1) worked a scoreless inning for the win.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was ejected in the ninth.

Los Angeles starter Julio Urias pitched a gem, allowing just three hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Urias gave up Yastrzemski’s home run but otherwise silenced the Giants. He was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the majors.

Yastrzemski hit his 16th home run in the first inning and second in two days.

Chris Taylor responded with a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the first. Taylor is having a terrific July and has three home runs in his last two games. He’s hit safely in 14 of the last 17 games.

Cody Bellinger made a fantastic sliding catch in center field for the Dodgers to rob Austin Slater of a hit in the third.

AJ Pollock hit an RBI double to the right-field corner off Logan Webb in the fourth to score Bellinger and give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.

Webb allowed two runs and three hits in five innings.

LaMarre’s pinch-hit single lifts Yanks over Phils 6-5 in 10

NEW YORK (AP) Pinch-hitter Ryan LaMarre singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees recovered to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Wednesday night after blowing a late three-run lead.

Gleyber Torres homered and Rougned Odor had a two-run shot for the short-handed Yankees, who have won four straight and nine of 12 heading into a four-game series at AL East-leading Boston.

“It’s a big game tomorrow and we look forward to going and playing those guys,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Obviously it’s a challenge, but I think the guys are really enjoying playing the game right now.”

Gary Sanchez, the automatic runner at second base, was sacrificed to third in the 10th and LaMarre batted for Brett Gardner. The Phillies deployed a five-man infield and LaMarre sent a drive off Ranger Suarez (4-2) to the warning track in right field to win it.

The outfielder, just brought back from the minors Sunday, was swarmed by excited teammates on the field – and the buttons of his jersey were ripped open in the celebration.

“That was awesome,” designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton said. “All he needed was one swing and he did a good job of making sure he stayed inside the ball.”

LaMarre’s clutch hit came in his 11th at-bat with the Yankees. It was his second career game-ending hit and New York’s first game-ending pinch hit since Mike Ford homered to beat Oakland on Sept. 1, 2019.

“When I saw they brought the infielder in, I was just looking for something out over the plate,” LaMarre said.

Brooks Kriske (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th after the Yankees stranded runners at second and third in the ninth.

Philadelphia overcame a 5-2 deficit when it sent nine batters to the plate in the eighth against Zack Britton and Nick Nelson. Torres made an error at shortstop, and the Phillies drew four walks.

A base hit by Luke Williams off Nelson got the Phillies to 5-4. Philadelphia tied it when Ronald Torreyes scored on a wild pitch, but after walking Bryce Harper to load the bases again, Nelson retired Andrew McCutchen on a flyout to keep the score even.

Before squandering another late lead, the Yankees took a 5-2 lead in the seventh against struggling Hector Neris on Stanton’s single and Odor’s home run.

Jean Segura hit a leadoff homer and Harper had an RBI double, but the Phillies were 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and lost consecutive games for the first time since dropping four straight June 20-25. Philadelphia drew a season-high 11 walks.

“We didn’t swing it great tonight,” manager Joe Girardi said.

Torres homered and Greg Allen hit an RBI double in the fourth for New York.

Asher Wojciechowski became the 10th starting pitcher for the Yankees this season and allowed two runs on three hits in four innings. He struck out four, walked three and held the Phillies hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Spencer Howard permitted one hit in three scoreless innings for Philadelphia after being called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier in the day.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Mud Hens Score Early and Often in Indians Loss

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Toledo Mud Hens scored in each of the first five innings, capped off by a six-run fifth, to beat the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday afternoon, 11-5.

Toledo (37-29) plated one run in each of the first three innings and two in the fourth before erupting in the fifth. Back-to-back two-out home runs – a three-run shot by Renato Nunez and a solo dinger by Kody Clemens – capped off the frame with an 11-0 lead.

The Indians (33-33) were held to just one hit through the first six innings before the offense started rolling in the seventh. Hunter Owen launched his eighth home run of the season out to the deepest part of the ballpark to end the shutout bid. Two additional runs scored on a fielder’s choice and throwing error by shortstop Yariel Gonzalez.

A sacrifice fly to deep center field off the bat of Bligh Madris continued the Indians rally in the eighth inning. After an error allowed Owen to reach safely and moved Christian Bethancourt to third, a wild pitch scored the fifth and final Indians run.

Locke St. John (W, 3-0) earned the win with three hitless innings in relief of starter Angel De Jesus. For the Indians, Shelby Miller (L, 1-1) made his first start since May 21 and tossed one inning.

The Indians and Mud Hens return to the field on Thursday at 7:05 PM for the third of a six-game series. RHP Cody Ponce (0-3, 5.61) will get the start against former Indians hurler RHP Drew Hutchison (6-3, 3.84).

White Sox rookie catcher Mercedes says he’s leaving baseball

CHICAGO (AP) Yermin Mercedes, the surprising rookie who helped carry the Chicago White Sox with his booming bat early in the season and got sent to the minors following a prolonged slump, says he is stepping away from baseball.

Mercedes announced his decision on Instagram on Wednesday. He posted an image of the words “it’s over.”

“First of all, I want to thank God for giving me life to the fans that without them I’m nothing,” he wrote. “I walked away from baseball for a while. God bless you. It’s over.”

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa said he had just heard about Mercedes’ decision to step away and planned to reach out to him. He said Mercedes has a “big league future.”

“You’re at Triple-A, you’ve tasted the big leagues, you can get emotional,” La Russa said. “But I don’t know more than that.”

The 28-year-old Mercedes sparked Chicago’s offense through the opening months of the season, batting .415 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 22 games in April. In May, Mercedes angered La Russa by homering on a 3-0 pitch in the ninth inning of a game the White Sox led 15-4.

“As you probably know, if you’re paying attention, several times he’s said how close we were,” La Russa said. “He knows I’m a supporter of his. So I’ll reach out to him and see what’s going on. It could be he’s just a little frustrated.”

The catcher eventually cooled off, hitting .150 (16 for 107) over his final 31 games with Chicago before being demoted to Triple-A Charlotte on July 2.

“He’s a talented guy,” La Russa said. “He earned the spot on the roster. Then, he earned all those at-bats. And he ran into what happens often to rookies. There’s so much video and tape and they start making adjustments. You have to learn how to adjust back. I know the stroke that he showed early – his head’s on the ball and he’s not getting too big – he can make those adjustments and he can hit in the big leagues.”

The White Sox said in a statement that they were aware of Mercedes’ Instagram post and that he was currently on the active roster for their Triple-A team in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“At this point in time, the White Sox have not received any official notification from Yermin concerning his future plans,” the statement said.

Seattle Kraken sets first roster, will open season at Vegas

SEATTLE (AP) What the expansion draft of the Seattle Kraken lacked in drama it made up for with quirks, production and a giant party to celebrate one of the biggest steps in the launch of the NHL’s newest team.

“I envisioned this a lot of different ways and this is unbelievable,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “All the boats on the lake behind us, the scene on the other side of the stage. It’s awesome.”

Any unknowns about Seattle’s selections evaporated when all 30 names leaked hours before the team announced its selections on the shore of Lake Union. It was still a celebratory night to introduce the nucleus of a team that will make its debut at Vegas in a matchup of the league’s two newest teams in mid-October and play its first home game on Oct. 23 against rival Vancouver.

One pick was announced by an octopus from the Seattle Aquarium. Another came written on a fish thrown in the city’s legendary Pike Place Market. And there was an assembly line of Seattle sports celebrities taking part, from Sue Bird to Marshawn Lynch.

Fans on all types of aquatic devices – paddleboards, kayaks and all sizes of boats – created a flotilla traffic jam on Lake Union. There were giant inflatable octopuses, makeshift Stanley Cups and when Gary Bettman appeared next to the shore, he was soundly booed as all commissioners are.

“It proves you’re true hockey fans,” Bettman said to the group on the water, leading to chants of “Gary, Gary, Gary!”

It was clear that flexibility with the salary cap was one of Seattle’s biggest priorities in setting its first roster. Of the 30 players selected, Seattle committed only $54 million of a possible $81.5 million, not including a few restricted free agents who will push the number closer to $60 million should they stay.

The side deals and trades that Vegas fleeced the league with four years ago were absent this time around. Vegas announced 10 trades during its expansion draft; Seattle, zero.

“Last time around (with Vegas), teams were paying a price to stay away from guys. This time, they weren’t willing to do that because GMs learned,” Seattle general manager Ron Francis said. “What they were looking to do is get us to take bad money or bad contracts in order to leave somebody exposed and for us we think (cap space) was the most valuable thing asset we had right now, especially in potentially a flat cap environment for a year or two.”

Defense was clearly a priority for Seattle, whether to build its own depth or for the opportunity to flip players for other options. A few seem locks to stay, like Adam Larsson and Jamie Oleksiak, both unrestricted free agents who signed long-term deals with Seattle. Larsson got a $16 million, four-year deal and Oleksiak got $23 million over five years.

Veteran Mark Giordano from Calgary was thought to be a possible option for flipping, but seemed unlikely when he walked on stage and pulled on the Kraken home jersey.

Giordano, 37, has the biggest cap hit of any player taken but could soon wear the captain’s “C” when they open their inaugural season.

“It feels a little bit different today, but it’s been crazy last day or so,” Giordano said. “This is the first time in my career I’ve ever been drafted, so thank you to the Kraken and I’m happy to be here.”

As far as other players selected, the Kraken got their goaltender in late-blooming Chris Driedger, and veteran forwards Jordan Eberle and Jared McCann. Seattle took Tampa Bay forward Yanni Gourde but he will miss at least the first month of the season following shoulder surgery.

Seattle passed on big-money goaltender Carey Price, who was fresh off backstopping Montreal to the Stanley Cup Final, choosing instead to sign Driedger to a $10.5 million, three-year contract. The 33-yearold Price has a cap hit of $10.5 million – annually – and a questionable injury history.

“When I kind of came to terms, I had no clue who my goalie partner would be,” Driedger said. “I’m kind of just betting on myself in that situation. In the NHL there’s going to be competition wherever you go.”

Seattle also took goalies Vitek Vanecek from Washington and Joey Daccord from Ottawa. Driedger and Vanecek combine to cost less than half of Price.

Eberle, one of a handful of players at the event, called it a “new challenge.”

“You don’t get many opportunities to be part of a new franchise,” said Eberle, who came from the New York Islanders. “Any time you get that opportunity to bring the Cup to a city that’s never had it before, it’s pretty special.”

Seattle had the Stanley Cup once before, in 1917, when the city’s team was the Metropolitans.

It’s up to Francis and the Kraken to try to bring it back, and the expansion strategy seemed to mimic the Golden Knights in making some off-the-board picks rather than taking big stars.

“I have a tremendous amount of faith in Ron Francis’ ability to build a team,” Driedger said. “He knows what he’s doing.”

Boston defenseman Jeremy Lauzon will go down in the record books as Seattle’s first expansion draft selection. Kole Lind from Vancouver was the 30th.

“A great list of guys here,” Oleksiak said of the roster. “It’s a new team team and it offers a lot of opportunities for guys and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

TOKYO (AP) The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998.

Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said a day ahead of the opening ceremony that director Kentaro Kobayashi has been dismissed. He was accused of using a joke about the Holocaust in his comedy act, including the phrase “Let’s play Holocaust.”

“We found out that Mr. Kobayashi, in his own performance, has used a phrase ridiculing a historical tragedy,” Hashimoto said. “We deeply apologize for causing such a development the day before the opening ceremony and for causing troubles and concerns to many involved parties as well as the people in Tokyo and the rest of the country.”

Tokyo has been plagued with scandals since being awarded the Games in 2013. French investigators are looking into alleged bribes paid to International Olympic Committee members to influence the vote for Tokyo. The fallout forced the resignation two years ago of Tsunekazu Takeda, who headed the Japanese Olympic Committee and was an IOC member.

The opening ceremony of the pandemic-delayed Games is scheduled for Friday. The ceremony will be held without spectators as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections, although some officials, guests and media will attend.

“We are going to have the opening ceremony tomorrow and, yes, I am sure there are a lot of people who are not feeling easy about the opening of the Games,” Hashimoto said. “But we are going to open the Games tomorrow under this difficult situation.”

Earlier this week, composer Keigo Oyamada, whose music was to be used at the ceremony, was forced to resign because of past bullying of his classmates, which he boasted about in magazine interviews. The segment of his music will not be used.

Soon after a video clip and script of Kobayashi’s performance were revealed, criticism flooded social media.

“Any person, no matter how creative, does not have the right to mock the victims of the Nazi genocide,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and global social action director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Los Angeles-based human rights group.

He also noted that the Nazis gassed Germans with disabilities.

“Any association of this person to the Tokyo Olympics would insult the memory of 6 million Jews and make a cruel mockery of the Paralympics,” he said.

Kobayashi is a former member of a popular comedy duo Rahmens and known overseas for comedy series including “The Japanese Tradition.”

Japan is pushing ahead with the Olympics against the advice of most of its medical experts. This is partially due to pressure from the IOC, which is estimated to face losses of $3 billion to $4 billion in television rights income if the Games were not held.

“We have been preparing for the last year to send a positive message,” Hashimoto said. “Toward the very end now there are so many incidents that give a negative image toward Tokyo 2020.”

Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the Tokyo organizing committee, also acknowledged the reputational damage.

“Maybe these negative incidents will impact the positive message we wanted to deliver to the world,” he said.

The last-minute scandals come as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government faces criticism for prioritizing the Olympics despite public health concerns amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

Kobayashi’s Holocaust joke and Oyamada’s resignation were the latest to plague the Games. Yoshiro Mori resigned as organizing committee president over sexist remarks. Hiroshi Sasaki also stepped down as creative director for the opening and closing ceremonies after suggesting a Japanese actress should dress as a pig.

Also this week, the chiropractor for the American women’s wrestling team apologized after comparing Olympic COVID-19 protocols to Nazi Germany in a social media post. Rosie Gallegos-Main, the team’s chiropractor since 2009, will be allowed to finish her planned stay at USA Wrestling’s pre-Olympic camp in Nakatsugawa, Japan.

Osaka makes her return against Zheng at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) Naomi Osaka’s first match in nearly two months will come against 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China in the opening round of the Olympic tennis tournament.

The second-seeded Osaka, who represents host Japan and is one of the top names at the Games, is returning to competition after she withdrew from the French Open following the first round to take a mental health break.

Osaka holds a 2-1 career edge over Zheng.

The first seeded opponent that Osaka could face is No. 16 Kiki Bertens, who is playing the final tournament of her career. Iga Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, is a possible quarterfinal opponent for Osaka.

In the men’s draw, top-ranked Novak Djokovic will open against No. 139 Hugo Dellien of Bolivia.

Djokovic is attempting to become the first man to complete a Golden Slam by winning all four major tennis tournaments and an Olympic singles gold medal in the same year.

Djokovic recently won Wimbledon for his 20th career Grand Slam title, after opening the year by winning the Australian and French Opens.

Draws were held Thursday – two days before play opens on the hard courts at Ariake Tennis Park.

Two-time defending Olympic champion Andy Murray received a tough opener against 15th-ranked Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada, who is seeded ninth.

Another intriguing first-round match features Kei Nishikori of Japan against fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev of ROC.

Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev opens against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan and third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas meets Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

Half of the top 10 men’s players are not in Tokyo, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini and Denis Shapovalov all missing for various reasons.

Serena Williams and Simona Halep are also not playing.

Top-seeded Ash Barty – the freshly crowned Wimbledon champion – will make her Olympic debut for Australia against Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain.

Barty is also playing doubles with Storm Sanders.

Play begins on Saturday.

UCONN comes knocking for Ashlynn Shade

Noblesville guard Ashlynn Shade received a scholarship offer from Connecticut last week and now will have several schools across the country wanting her services. Shade also has offers from Indiana, Notre Dame, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA and Vanderbilt.

ESPN ranks Shade as a five – star recruit.

Connecticut has a commitment from Indiana’s top 2022 prospect, Ayanna Patterson, a 6-2 wing from Homestead.

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Carr a Doak Walker Award Candidate

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana graduate student running back Stephen Carr is a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Wednesday morning. The Forum annually presents the award to the nation’s top college running back.

Carr joined IU as a transfer from USC on May 20, 2021. He earned his degree in communications in May 2021.

The Gardena, Calif., native rushed for 1,329 yards on 264 carries (5.0 average) with 12 touchdowns in 35 games (6 starts) with the Trojans. Carr caught 57 passes for 421 yards (7.4) with one score, and he returned 15 kickoffs for 321 yards (21.4).

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 32 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. 

Indiana Football 2021 Preseason Watch Lists

Dodd Trophy – Tom Allen

Maxwell Award – Ty Fryfogle, Michael Penix Jr.

Bednarik Award – Micah McFadden, Tiawan Mullen

Davey O’Brien Award – Michael Penix Jr.

Doak Walker Award – Stephen Carr

Purdue Athletics Welcomes Ken Halpin as Deputy AD

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue vice president and athletics director Mike Bobinski announced the hiring of Winthrop University’s director of athletics, Dr. Ken Halpin, as deputy athletics director on Wednesday.
 
Halpin will serve as chief operating officer for the Boilermakers, with primary leadership and oversight responsibility for revenue producing activities, strategic communications, brand enhancement, marketing and fan experience, sports medicine and performance, event operations and facilities. He will also serve as the sport administrator for Purdue Men’s Basketball.
 
“Our department is thrilled to welcome Ken and his family to our Purdue Athletics team,” Bobinski said. “Ken is a dynamic and engaging leader who has fostered tremendous success within his previous organizations. His focus on providing a first-class student-athlete experience while prioritizing academic achievement, athletic excellence, community engagement and revenue generation are all principles that we value here at Purdue. We look forward to having Ken, his wife, Amber, and their three children, Kenny, Jonathan and Jill Marie, join us here in West Lafayette very soon.”
 
Halpin has served as vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics for Winthrop since May 2016, with the last four years showcasing the Eagles’ outstanding work in the classroom and in competition. Winthrop set new records for departmental cumulative grade point average (GPA) each year since 2016-17, including a record-high 3.35 mark by the student-athlete population for the 2020-21 academic year.
 
“Amber and I have always said it would take something very special to pull us away from Winthrop and Rock Hill,” Halpin said. “This opportunity to come to Purdue is that and more. We could not be more excited to join the West Lafayette community, and I’m deeply grateful to Mike Bobinski, President Daniels and the Purdue University Board of Trustees for allowing us to become Boilermakers. There is so much to look forward to in the future for Purdue, and we cannot wait to get started.”
 
Winthrop’s tradition-rich men’s basketball program claimed six championships during Halpin’s tenure in Rock Hill, South Carolina, winning the Big South Conference’s regular season and tournament championships in 2017, 2020 and 2021. 
 
Competitive success swept across Winthrop Athletics during the 2019-20, with volleyball adding a Big South championship to the trophy case, and the Eagles’ baseball, softball and lacrosse programs vying for titles prior to season cancellations due to the pandemic. Eagle Volleyball’s impressive run in 2019 included a pristine 14-0 conference record.
 
Halpin and his team guided the Eagles to an exceptional 214-percent increase in total athletics fundraising dollars upon his arrival. Additionally, Winthrop Eagle Club memberships more than doubled, corporate sponsorships increased by 190 percent and ticket sales increased 48 percent.
 
Prior to his arrival at Winthrop, Halpin served as deputy athletic director for Eastern Washington. During his time at EWU, Halpin oversaw all external operations, which included such notable achievements as a 122-percent increase in external revenue and 60-percent increase in annual scholarship fund membership.
 
Halpin received a Ph.D. in education from Washington State University in 2015 and a Master’s in sport administration from Gonzaga University in 2008, where he taught as an adjunct professor in the sport management program for seven years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in 2005, where he was an all-conference performer in both football and baseball.
 
Halpin is married to his wife, Amber, and the two have three children, Kenny, Jonathan and Jill Marie.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: Dakota Caton Suffers ACL Injury; Will Miss 2021 Season

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head football coach Curt Mallory announced Wednesday that wide receiver Dakota Caton has suffered an ACL tear and will miss the fall 2021 season.

“Dakota made significant strides in preparation for the fall and we’re heartbroken for him,” Mallory said. “He’s embodied everything that this program is built on and has represented himself, the program and the University in a first-class manner throughout. He still has a lot of football ahead of him and I know he will do everything in his power to come back next season healthy.”

2019 Synopsis

A Missouri Valley Football Conference First Team selection as a return specialist … Earned MVFC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award as well as MVFC Academic Honor Roll accolades … Saw action in nine games, including three starts … Led the MVFC in kick returns with a 25.5 average … Recorded returns of more than 25 yards in four games for the Sycamores … Had a long return of 67 yards in a win over Youngstown State … Ranked 20th nationally in return yard average … Third on the team with 662 all-purpose yards … Recorded 408 return yards to go with 221 receiving yards on 21 catches, including a pair of receiving touchdowns … Recorded a season high two receiving touchdowns in a win over Western Illinois (10/12).

IUPUI SOCCER: PROGRAM ADDS RACHEL FULKERSON AS ASSISTANT COACH

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INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and head women’s soccer coach Chris Johnson have announced the addition of Rachel Fulkerson as an assistant coach, effective immediately. Fulkerson, a Brownsburg, Ind.-native, spent the past year as an assistant at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn. She will assist in all facets of the program under Johnson’s leadership.

“I am excited to have Rachel joining the staff this fall. I think she will be a great addition to our program and continue our tradition of having really good character people on our staff,” Johnson said. “She has charted a solid upward trajectory in her coaching career so far and I believe she will help elevate our program with the experiences she brings to the table.”

“First of all, I would like to thank Coach Johnson and the rest of the IUPUI staff for this opportunity. IUPUI has a rich history of a winning culture and I am so excited to get started and continue growing with the team in that mindset,” Fulkerson said. “Coach Johnson has had great success while being at IUPUI and I look forward to joining this program and the pursuit of developing all-around successful student-athletes.”

In her lone season at TTU, she helped coach the Golden Eagles goalkeepers and did so in spectacular fashion. TTU yielded just seven goals in 10 games while notching three shutouts and Isabell Austin was named Ohio Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Year. The Golden Eagles didn’t allow more than two goals in any game during the season and Austin accounted for a .892 save percentage. Three Golden Eagles were named All-OVC and two were named to the league’s All-Newcomer Team.

Prior to her season in Cookeville, Fulkerson spent two years on staff at Indiana State. While with the Sycamores, she played a pivotal role in training the club’s goalkeeping unit for each of her two seasons. She was also instrumental in planning and leading training sessions, film analysis, organizing all aspects of team travel, recruiting and running all youth and prospective student-athlete camps. In her two seasons, ISU received six All-Missouri Valley Conference honors.

Fulkerson’s Indiana ties run deep as she also spent two years on staff at Rose-Hulman. During her stint with the Fightin’ Engineers, the club possessed one of the top defenses in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), highlighted by a combined 13 shutouts in her two years with the program.

Fulkerson played collegiately at Indiana Wesleyan where she was a four-year letterwinner and team captain as a senior. She was part of a squad that was ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation and competed in the NAIA National Tournament. She received her undergraduate degree in 2014 and completed her Masters in kinesiology and exercise science at Indiana State in 2018.

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: JAGUAR VOLLEYBALL ADDS TRANSFER BROOKE PHILLIPS

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INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI volleyball’s head coach Lindsey Froehlich has announced the addition of Brooke Phillips to the roster. Phillips joins the Jaguars as a transfer from Lipscomb.

“Brooke is an energetic and competitive player,” said Froehlich. “She brings valuable experience to the program having competed in an NCAA tournament and on a nationally ranked club team. I’m excited for her to join us this fall.”

Phillips redshirted her first year at Lipscomb. During her redshirt freshman year with the Bisons, Phillips played in 13 matches making five starts. Phillips finished second on the team with 178 assists, including two matches with 40 assists. Phillips was part of a squad that finished 17-3 on the season ad 11-1 in conference play, wining the Atlantic Sun championship and playing Georgia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Before Lipscomb, Phillips played at Franklin Community High School in Indianapolis and was a four-time All-District and three-time All-State selection. She was also named to PrepVolleyball.com’s Senior Aces list, which honors the top 150 senior players in the country.

RHIT Men’s Basketball – 2021-22 Schedule Release

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The 2021-22 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball regular season schedule features 11 home games and a challenging non-conference schedule for a team that finished 10-2 in the Covid-19 shortened season last winter.

Rose-Hulman opens the regular season on Wednesday Nov. 10 at home against Albion.  The Britons were 10-4 last season after finishing 21-5 during the 2019-20 campaign.

The Fightin’ Engineers then travel to Arlington, Virginia, for the Marymount Tournament on Nov. 20-21.  Rose-Hulman then renews in-state rivalries at home against DePauw on Sun. Nov. 28 and at Wabash on Wed. Dec. 1.

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule begins with four days in 12 days in December.  Rose-Hulman opens at Transylvania on Sat. Dec. 4, before hosting Earlham in the John Mutchner Cup Game on Wed. Dec. 8.  Home games with Mount St. Joseph on Dec. 11 and Hanover on Dec. 15 round out the conference slate in the 2021 calendar year.

The Fightin’ Engineers then complete the non-conference schedule with a trip to the Webster Holiday Invitational on Dec. 30-31.  Rose-Hulman faces Webster on Dec. 30, then faces Fontbonne in a Dec. 31 matchup that will also be held at Webster.

The HCAC schedule then continues with a 3-game road trip to Franklin, Bluffton and Manchester in early January.  Rose-Hulman will then enjoy a three-game homestand against Defiance (Jan. 15), Anderson (Jan. 19) and Transylvania (Jan. 22).

Other home games include Bluffton for Senior Day on Sat. Feb. 5; Manchester on Wed. Feb. 9; and Franklin on Fri. Feb. 18.

The 6-team HCAC Tournament features a new look this season.  Opening round games, featuring the No. 6 seed playing at the No. 3 seed and the No. 5 seed traveling to the No. 4 seed, will take place Sun. Feb. 20.  Semifinal action takes place Fri. Feb. 25, with the HCAC Tournament Championship Game scheduled for Sat. Feb. 26.  The weekend conference tournament games will be hosted by the HCAC regular season champion.

Rose-Hulman finished 10-2 last season and is projected to return three starters from last year’s team – leading scorer Dillon Duff (12.0 ppg), Samvit Ram (7.7 ppg) and Terry Hicks (6.2 ppg) under the direction of head coach Rusty Loyd.

The official in-person fan attendance policy for Rose-Hulman and HCAC basketball this season will be released at a later date.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S BASKETBALL: Hounds Unveil 2021-22 Schedule

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INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team announced its complete 28-game regular season schedule that includes seven non-conference games in Nicoson Hall.

The Hounds open their second season under Head Coach Paul Corsaro at home, hosting the Midwest Crossover.  UIndy will face Lake Erie on Friday, Nov. 12 followed by Grand Valley on Sunday, Nov. 14.

The UIndy Thanksgiving Classic will take place Nov. 23 and 24 with Ohio Valley and Northwood coming to Indianapolis.  GLVC foe Illinois Springfield rounds out the four-team round-robin play.

Seven of the eight non-conference games are at home this year.  However the lone road game will be a long one as UIndy travels to Marquette, MI to take on Northern Michigan in Midwest Region play.  That game will also mark their final game before the holiday break.

The GLVC slate remains at 20-games this season, split evenly with 10 home games and 10 road games.  The Hounds face GLVC Tournament Champion Lewis on Thursday, Dec. 2 on the road before hosting the Flyers on Thursday, Jan. 20.

UIndy takes on GLVC Regular Season Champion Truman on Saturday, Feb. 5 in Nicoson Hall.  The two teams last met in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament.  The eight-seeded Hounds mounted an upset over the top-seeded and nationally-ranked No. 2 Bulldogs, overcoming a 13-point second half deficit behind Cory Miller Jr.’s 27 points.

The exhibition schedule is still being finalized and will be announced upon completion.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Men Lead NAIA with Five Academic All-District Awards

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University men’s cross country and track and field programs earned five College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District II recognitions, with Daniel Gerber, Alex Helmuth, Josh Roth, Luke Rovenstine and Derek Van Prooyen helping the Trojans tie Cornerstone University for the most honors in the NAIA.

Taylor claimed half of the 10 spots on the NAIA Track and Field and Cross Country Academic All-District II Team, which was made up of student-athletes from the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Daniel Gerber collected his third-straight CoSIDA Academic All-District award with a 3.49 grade point average in biblical literature and finance. The senior from Danville, Indiana earned All-American honors with his 16th-place finish at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, finished as the Crossroads League runner-up at the CL Cross Country Championships and finished 10th place in the 3,000-meters at the Indoor Track and Field National Championships during the 2020-2021 year.

Alex Helmuth made the list for the second year in a row, posting a 3.89 grade-point average in biochemistry. The junior from Monticello, Illinois earned three All-American awards, including a fifth-place finish at cross country nationals, a seventh-place finish in the 5,000-meters at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships and a sixth-place finish in the 10,000-meters at the NAIA Outdoor Track Nationals. During the 2020-2021 seasons, Helmuth broke two school records, including the indoor track 5,000-meters and the outdoor track 10,000-meters, and recorded the third-fastest 8,000-meter time in Taylor cross country history. Helmuth also collected four All-Crossroads League honors during his junior season. Following his incredible junior-year campaign, Helmuth was named Taylor University’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Josh Roth claimed his third CoSIDA Academic All-District selection with a 3.51 GPA in mathematics. The senior capped off his collegiate career earning two NAIA All-American awards. Roth finished 13th place at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships and recorded the 10th-fastest time in Taylor history. The senior from Fishers, Indiana finished fifth place in the 5,000-meters at the Indoor Track and Field National Championships. Following his senior year, Roth was named Taylor University’s Gate-Howard Award winner.

Luke Rovenstine collected his first CoSIDA Academic All-District award, earning a 3.94 GPA in biology. Rovenstine claimed All-American honors after his 17th-place finish at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships and earned All-Crossroads League honors after placing fourth at the CL Cross Country Championships. The Overland Park, Kansas native finished 10th place in the 5,000-meters at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships and recorded the second-fastest 10,000-meter time in Taylor track and field history. 

Derek Van Prooyen also collected his first CoSIDA Academic All-District honor. The junior from Munster, Indiana posted a 3.76 GPA in exercise science. Van Prooyen earned All-American honors at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, earned All-Crossroads League honors in the indoor track and field 5,000-meters and finished ninth in the 5,000-meters at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. During his junior season, Van Prooyen recorded the fourth-fastest 5k time in Taylor track and field history.

The Taylor men’s cross country and track programs has now claimed 27 Academic All-District honors over the past seven years. The five awards this spring combined with four from the women’s program give Taylor 36 CoSIDA Academic All-District awards in 2020-2021 to lead all colleges in the NAIA.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District award is designed to recognize student-athletes for outstanding achievements in the classroom, as well as on the court or field of play. In order to be eligible for the honor, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30, must have reached sophomore status academically with at least one full year at their current institution and must have participated in over half of the team’s competitions as a key contributor during the current season.

Student-athletes are nominated for the award by their institution’s Sports Information Department and voted on by members of CoSIDA.

Gerber, Roth, Helmuth, Rovenstine and Van Prooyen will now advance to the national ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, which will be announced on August 9.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Women Collect Four CoSIDA All-District Honors

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University women’s cross country and track and field programs earned four College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District II recognitions recently, tying for the most of any institution in the NAIA.

Abbey Brennan, Sarah Harden, Livy Schroder and Brooke Studnicki claimed four-of-12 spots on the NAIA Track and Field and Cross Country Academic All-District II Team, which was made up of student-athletes from the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Brennan collected her second CoSIDA Academic All-District award. The junior from Fort Wayne, Indiana posted a 3.83 GPA in political science, philosophy and economics. During the 2021 track and field season, Brennan was honored as a two-time NAIA All-American, including helping the Trojans win the indoor 4×800 National Championship and place seventh in the 4×800-meter relay at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Nationals. Brennan earned four All-Crossroads League awards and set two TU program records, including the indoor 4×800-meter relay and the outdoor 800-meters.

Harden claimed her third CoSIDA Academic All-District award with a 3.81 GPA in exercise science. The senior earned two more All-American honors, tallying a total of 10 All-American awards in her four-year collegiate career. Harden finished 16th place at the NAIA Cross Country Nationals and fifth place in the 5,000-meters at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. In her final year at Taylor, Harden set four new records for the record books. The Arlington Heights, Illinois native broke TU’s cross country 5,000-meter record, the indoor track and field 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter records, and Taylor’s outdoor track 5,000-meter record. Following her senior year, Harden was named Taylor University’s Natalie Steele Award winner.

Schroder collected her first CoSIDA Academic All-District award, posting a 3.63 GPA in public relations. During her senior year, Schroder collected three All-American awards. The Caledonia, Michigan native placed 10th at the NAIA Cross Country Nationals, fourth in the 5,000-meters at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships and sixth in the 10,000-meters at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. Schroder earned three All-Crossroads League honors this season and ended her Taylor running career with a total of five All-American honors. 

Studnicki made the list in her first year of eligibility, posting a 3.97 grade-point average in psychology. The sophomore from Waukesha, Wisconsin earned two All-American awards, including an NAIA National Championship in the indoor 4×800-meter relay and a seventh-place finish in the 4×800-meter relay at the 2021 Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. Studnicki helped the indoor 4×8 squad break the TU program record and collected two All-Crossroads League honors.

The Taylor women’s cross country and track programs has now claimed 28 Academic All-District honors over the past seven years. The four awards this spring combined with five from the men’s cross country and track programs give Taylor 36 CoSIDA Academic All-District awards in 2020-2021 to lead all colleges in the NAIA.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District award is designed to recognize student-athletes for outstanding achievements in the classroom, as well as on the court or field of play. In order to be eligible for the honor, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30, must have reached sophomore status academically with at least one full year at their current institution and must have participated in over half of the team’s competitions as a key contributor during the current season.

Student-athletes are nominated for the award by their institution’s Sports Information Department and voted on by members of CoSIDA.

Brennan, Harden, Schroder and Studnicki will now advance to the national ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, which will be announced on August 9.

VINCENNES BASKETBALL: Trailblazers make strong additions to backcourt with guard signings

VINCENNES, Ind. – The 2021 Vincennes University men’s basketball recruiting class gained a pair of new additions early this week with signings of guards Grant Brown and Darrius Davis.

Grant Brown is a 6-foot-2 guard from Madison-Grant High School in Fairmount, Ind., where he helped lead the Argylls to their best season since 1997, finishing the 2021 season with a 19 and 4 record and a Central Indiana Conference (CIC) Title with a perfect 7 and 0 record.

Brown finished his high school career as a 1,000-point scorer for Madison-Grant and averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists in his senior season.

“Grant is a tough Indiana High School kid, he has good vision and probably his best attribute is his passing ability,” VU Hall of Fame coach Todd Franklin said. “Over the past year he’s gotten bigger and stronger. He’s a great student. He’s the type of guy we look to get as an in-state guy.”

“Grant comes in with impeccable recommendations from everybody he’s been associated with,” Franklin added. “We’ll see how he develops. We’ll put him in the mix and see how he develops over time.”

Darrius Davis comes to VU originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. but played last season at Potter’s House Academy in Jacksonville, Fla.

Davis is a 6-foot-3, left-handed guard who looks to be a strong wing guard that can guard four positions on the floor defensively.

Davis will definitely add toughness to the Trailblazer squad and looks to be a mid-major-plus type of player.

Davis received interest from schools like DePaul, Rhode Island and LaSalle during his time at Potter’s House and before at Moravian Prep in North Carolina.

“Darrius is a guy who has been known on the circuit for a while and before the transfer changes with the NCAA had some offers from high mid-major and low- high major schools,” Franklin said. “Darrius is a guy that would have been a Division I, mid-major and up signing, if the transfer rules had not changed. We benefited from that, we’ve been on him throughout and I think he gives us some toughness defensively.”

“Darrius is really good at going to the basket,” Franklin added. “Strong and physical to the basket. We have to work on his pull-up game, because I think that can be a strength of his. He’s a mid-major and up type of guy, so that’s a really good get for us to get him in July.”

These two signings add depth to the Vincennes backcourt next season as the 2021-22 Trailblazers team continues to take shape.

“It’s tough to find a traditional power forward now and I don’t know that we will. We’ve got some guys like Thow, Nigel and RJ who are more of a three-four type of player,” Franklin said. “Adding Darrius allows us to better matchup against teams that might play four guards around the perimeter.”

“We could always add another post, because you don’t want to be caught without. Right now, we’re looking at playing with one true post most of the time. We would like some length, size and some interchangeability with those other guys, that’s probably what we’re looking at now, someone who can fit into that.”

“If there was a 6-5, 6-6 guy out there that has some toughness, some strength and mobility, in a perfect world we would want to take one of those. But right now, we’re in the ‘what becomes available’ mentality,” Franklin said. “We had Darrius, who we have been watching for some time, finally decide it’s time to become available and I think we’re going to see more of that.”

“We’ve been very patient, we’ve built this roster slowly, with a lot of freshmen and that’s fine. We haven’t been big on bringing transfers in. We’ve had some successful guys, but they’ve mostly come in to play a role, like Jordan Lyons and Kevin Kangu on our National Title team.”

“If there’s a good transfer that comes out, that fits with what we’re doing, we’ll take him. But we’re staying very true with what we’ve done over the years and try to get guys that we’re going to raise in our system. If you look at our run the past 10 seasons, that’s what we’ve done. Our first Final Four team in 2013 was mostly home-grown guys.”

“After the COVID year, we’re just looking to get a good reset, so we’re kind of going back to what it was like at the start of this run in some ways,” Franklin said. “I really like our freshman group now. We’ll see what they do when they actually get here but when you look across, from point guards to fives, we’ve got a little bit of everything now. It’s a big class, I like all of them, but it will be about how well they develop and how fast they develop.”

The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Grant and Darrius to the 2021 recruiting class.

IU EAST WOMEN’S SOCCER: WOMEN’S SOCCER SIGNEE: SHELBY O’LEARY FROM FAIRFIELD, OHIO

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RICHMOND, Ind. – Shelby O’Leary, a Fairfield, Ohio, native who was part of the women’s soccer program at NCAA Division I Cleveland State University this past season, has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Indiana University East starting with the 2021-22 school year.

Red Wolves coach Shane Meridith announced the signing July 21.

“Shelby is a selfless player who adds energy to any locker room she enters and will do whatever it takes for the team to succeed,” wrote Hugh Seyfarth, who coached O’Leary’s in club soccer. “When I coached Shelby, she was a junior on a team full of seniors, and I still named her co-captain because she understands how a team works and what needs to be done to achieve success.”

O’Leary was a first-team all-city selection and two-time first-team all-conference honoree during her career at Fairfield (Ohio) High School. She is second on Fairfield’s all-time assists list and was selected to play in the Senior All-Star Game.

Shelby is the daughter of Nikki and Pat O’Leary. She plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy.

“I chose IU East because I loved the feel of the campus, and I felt at home,” O’Leary wrote. “I also feel that I’ll really enjoy playing soccer here at IU East, and felt this was the best fit for me. The coaches and players were super welcoming, and I can’t wait to be a part of this program!”

O’Leary is part of IU East’s 11-player women’s soccer recruiting class.

IU East is an NAIA program. The Red Wolves have won the last two River States Conference Championship tournaments and advanced to two consecutive NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championships.

OHIO STATE ATHLETICS: Track & Field Sends Five To 2020 Tokyo Olympics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five members of the Ohio State University men’s and women’s track and field program, including three current members of the team, will take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which kick off this Friday, July 23, with the opening ceremony at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium. The opening ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. local time in Japan, which is 7 a.m. EDT in the United States.

Ohio State Buckeyes in Tokyo

§  Adelaide Aquilla (Rocky River, Ohio) – U.S. Olympian; will compete in the shot put, with qualifying rounds July 30 (6-7:30 a.m.) and finals July 30 (8:10-9:45 p.m.); a senior at Ohio State who won NCAA championships in 2021 indoors and outdoors in the shot put and has won the last three Big Ten shot put titles; Ohio State’s 2021 female athlete of the year.

§  Anavia Battle (Inkster, Mich) – U.S. Olympian; seven-time Big Ten sprints champion and four-time Big Ten athlete of the meet or athlete of the year will compete in the 200 meters, with Rd. 1 set for Aug. 1 (8-10:50 p.m.), semifinals Aug. 2 (6:20-8:40 a.m.) and finals Aug. 3 (6:10-8:50 a.m.); Battle will graduate in August with her degree in human development and family sciences.

§  Maggie Barrie (Columbus, Ohio) – Sierra Leone Olympian; will compete in the 400 meters with Rd. 1 set for Aug. 2 (8-11:20 p.m.), the semifinals Aug. 4 (5:30-8:55 a.m.) and finals on Aug. 6 (7:25-9:50); Ohio State 400-meter record holder; competed at the Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships in the 400 meters; graduated in 2018 with a degree in computer science.

§  Christina Clemons [Manning] (Waldorf, Md.) – United States Olympian; will compete in the 100 hurdles beginning July 30 (6-7:30 a.m.), with semifinals and finals Aug. 1 (6:10-8:50 a.m. and 8-10:50 p.m., respectively); sprinter was an 11-time All-American at Ohio State and a 10-time Big Ten champion; won NCAA titles in the 60- and 100-meter hurdles as a senior in 2012; fifth at 2016 Olympic Trials in the 100-meter hurdles; a 2012 Ohio State graduate with a degree in criminology. 

§  Eric Harrison (Washington, D.C.) – Trinidad and Tobago Olympian; has dual citizenship (United States) and will compete for Trinidad and Tobago in the 4×100 relay, which begins Aug. 4 (8-11:45 p.m.) with finals set for Aug. 6 (7:25-9:50 a.m.); Harrison won a Big Ten outdoor championship in the 200 meters in 2021 and he graduated in May with his degree in communications technology.

Ohio State’s track and field contingent is part of an Ohio State-record representation of student-athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics 26 current, former or incoming student-athletes set to compete for their respective country’s Olympic Team. The previous high was 19 Olympians at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Three Olympians from the women’s program is a school record total for one Olympics.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1905       In the first game of a doubleheader, A’s pitcher Weldon Henley no-hits the Browns, 6-0. During his four-year big league career, the Georgia native will compile a 32-43 won-loss record.

1906       Without a single assist registered by his Cincinnati teammates, Bob Ewing beats the Phillies, 10-3. ‘Long Bob’ will post a stellar 2.38 ERA this season, but he will finish the season with a 13-14 record for the sixth-place Reds.

1909       Ty Cobb steals three bases in one inning when the first-place Tigers beat the Red Sox, 6-0 at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds. The 22 year-old Georgia Peach will lead the major leagues with 73 stolen bases this season.

1913       In a game against the Superbas (Dodgers), Slim Sallee becomes the first pitcher in Cardinal history to steal home. In the third inning, the Redbird southpaw scores the first run in St. Louis’s 3-1 victory over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field.

1923       At League Park, the Indians complete a 31-game homestand in which every American League team pays a visit. After a slow start, the Tribe finishes with a 16-15 record during their month at home.

1923      At Cleveland’s Dunn Field, Walter Johnson fans the Tribe’s Stan Coveleski to become the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 3,000 batters. The Senator legend’s milestone remains unmatched until Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson reaches the plateau in 1974.

1926       With the help of four triples, the Reds score 11 runs in the second inning en route to a 13-1 victory over the Braves. Curt Walker ties a National League record for most triples in an inning by hitting two in the frame.

1926       At Long Island’s Mitchell Field with the media well represented, Babe Ruth, wearing an Army uniform, catches the last of seven baseballs dropped from a plane piloted by Captain Harold McClelland traveling 100 mph at the height of about 250 to 300 feet above the ground. The publicity stunt was arranged by Major Benjamin Foulois to bring more attention to the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) and the Citizens Military Training Camp.

1935       The Red Sox end a game for the second consecutive day with Wes Ferrell hitting a walk-off home run. As a pinch-hitter yesterday, his round-tripper beat the Tigers, 7-6, and today, as a starter, his game-ending homer gives Boston a 2-1 victory against the Browns.

1941       Dick Wakefield becomes baseball’s first ‘bonus baby’ when he signs with the Tigers for $52,000 and a new car. The University of Michigan standout will get one hit in seven at-bats (.143) this season.

1945       In front of a sellout crowd at Fenway Park, Red Sox right-hander Dave Ferriss goes the distance, beating the Browns, 3-2. The 23 year-old rookie sensation known as Boo improves his record to 17-2 en route to finishing the season with a 21-10 (.677) mark along with a 2.96 ERA.

1954       In the ninth, Yankee skipper Casey Stengel shifts center fielder Mickey Mantle to shortstop to replace weak-hitting Willy Miranda, moving Irv Noren to center to take the Mick’s place with pinch-hitter Hank Bauer staying in the game in right. The move proves unnecessary when the ‘Commerce Comet’ hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth, giving the Bronx Bombers a 4-3 victory over the White Sox.

1962       Floyd Robinson goes 6-for-6, helping the White Sox defeat the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 7-3. All of the Chicago outfielder’s hits are singles.

1962       During a twin bill with the Reds at Crosley Field, the Mets manage to have four runners thrown out trying to score at home plate. The new National League expansion team from New York loses both games, 11-4 and 4-3, en route to a record-setting 120 defeats this season.

1966       The Mets left fielder learns he is a new dad when the Dodger Stadium scoreboard relays the message, “Congratulations, Ron Swoboda. Your new son is born tomorrow morning”. Cecilia Swoboda gave birth to Chipper, the couple’s first child, at 12:02 am eastern standard time, making it the next day on the West Coast.

1966       Clay Dalrymple breaks up Giants hurler Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter with an eighth inning single. It’s the second time the Phillies’ catcher has spoiled a no-hit bid in the eighth inning at Candlestick Park, as he collected the only hit in Juan Marichal’s debut in 1960.

1967       The Braves use five pitchers in the same inning, establishing a major league mark for the number of hurlers used in one frame. Ken Johnson, Ramon Hernandez, Claude Raymond, Dick Kelley, and Cecil Upshaw all face batters in the ninth inning of the team’s 5-4 defeat to St. Louis in 13 innings at Busch Stadium.

1968       After grounding out to first base unassisted in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ 7-6 loss to the Red Sox, Mickey Mantle’s lifetime batting average falls and stays below .300 (.29946). The future Hall of Fame slugger, who finishes his 18-year tenure in the major leagues with a .298 batting average, often laments in later years that his greatest regret in baseball was not ending his career with a .300 BA.

1969       The All-Star Game, for the first time since its inception in 1939, is rained out due to the soggy conditions at RFK Stadium caused by a torrential rainstorm that pelted the nation’s capital during the day. The postponement of the 40th Midsummer Classic, which will be played tomorrow at 12:45 pm, is a disappointment to President Nixon, scheduled throw the ceremonial first pitch, but will be leaving Washington to greet the returning Apollo 11 crew, scheduled to splash somewhere in the Pacific Ocean during the next twenty-four hours after their historic trip to the moon.

1973       Reds shortstop Dave Concepcion will miss the rest of the season after fracturing the fibula of his left leg, sliding into third base two days before the Midsummer Classic. The All-Star infielder hit .287 in the 89 games he played for the eventual National League Western Division winners.

1983       Angels’ outfielder Brian Downing’s American League record consecutive errorless streak ends at 244 games when he misplays Chet Lemon’s line drive in a 13-11 loss to the Tigers. The ‘Incredible Hulk’ will never win a Gold Glove during his 20 years in the major leagues.

1986       Due to a series of maneuvers by Mets’ manager Davey Johnson and the late-game ejections of Darryl Strawberry, Ray Knight, and Kevin Mitchell, the team runs out of position players. The shortage of regulars leads to some interesting juggling by the New York skipper when catcher Gary Carter plays third base, and right-handed reliever Roger McDowell plays left field when Jesse Orosco pitches to lefties and the southpaw hurler moving to right when McDowell comes in from the outfield to face right-handed batters, with Mookie Wilson moving from corner to corner as needed.

(Ed. Note: Ray Knight and Kevin Mitchell ejections resulted from a bench-clearing brawl precipitated by Knight when he decks pinch-runner Eric Davis at third base)

1987       At Comiskey Park, Harold Baines surpasses Bill Melton to become the White Sox’s all-time leading home run hitter when he goes deep off Mike Boddicker during the third inning of a 10-5 loss to Baltimore. The 28 year-old Chicago DH/OF has hit 155 home runs in his eight seasons with the Pale Hose.

1993       Giving up four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Three Rivers Stadium, the Braves lose to the Pirates, 8-7, to fall ten games behind the division-leading Giants. In a remarkable turn-around, Atlanta posts a 54-19 record after the All-Star break, finishing with 104 victories, and will win the National League West historic race on the last day of the season by a single game.

1995       On the day the Yankees celebrate Babe Ruth’s hundredth birthday as part of the team’s Old Timers’ Day, a frail Mickey Mantle bids the fans a farewell in a recorded message on the Bronx ballpark’s Jumbotron. The diminished former superstar, who will succumb to liver cancer in 22 days, tells the crowd, “I feel like Phil Rizzuto in Babe Ruth’s uniform.”

1999       Cleanup batter Manny Ramirez, listed as the designated hitter in the lineup posted by Indians’ manager Mike Hargrove, plays in the field in the top of the first inning, mistakenly taking Alex Ramirez’s position in right field. The blunder will result in the Tribe losing the use of a DH during their 4-3 loss to Toronto at Jacobs Field.

2000       The Ranger-Mariner game is delayed by rain due to Safeco Field’s retractable roof failing to close. The contest is continued after 54 minutes, giving the roof time to overcome its electrical problem and providing the groundskeepers an opportunity to dry the field.

2002       Although the Los Angeles Times has reported MLB players had tentatively set a strike date of September 16, union leader Donald Fehr, through a memo sent to players, denies the reported decision about a timeframe. The work stoppage would be baseball’s ninth since 1972.

2002       Over 20,000 Red Sox fans gather at Fenway for a tribute entitled, “Ted Williams: A Celebration of an American Hero,” for a two-hour salute of the man many considered to be the greatest hitter in baseball history, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and a generous supporter of the Jimmy Fund. In addition to moving music and video, the ceremony includes comments from present and former Red Sox players and broadcasters, historian Ken Burns, and former U.S. Senator John Glenn, the pilot Ted served as wingman on about half the missions he flew in Korea.

2005       Nationals outfielder Jose Guillen, armed with a measuring tape and the help of a few teammates, finds inaccuracies when he checks the distance from home plate to the fences at RFK Stadium. The club had brought in a surveyor earlier in the day due to the findings, moving the green pads with the “380” markings closer to the respective foul lines to be more accurate.

2005       Yhency Brazoban records his 18th save when he works a perfect ninth inning as the Dodgers beat the Mets, 6-5. The Los Angeles freshman, who is filling in for injured closer Eric Gagne, breaks Steve Howe’s club rookie record for saves established in 1980.

2007       Devil Rays’ right-hander Shawn Camp yields nine hits in his 1.1 innings of relief during the Yankees’ 21-4 rout. The 34 year-old Tampa Bay reliever allows three home runs to the 13 batters he faces at the Bronx ballpark.

2007       Tulsa Drillers’ first-base coach Mike Coolbaugh instantly dies when struck in the head by a line drive in the top of the ninth inning at Dickey-Stephens Field in North Little Rock, home of the minor league Arkansas Travelers. The 35 year-old dad, who leaves behind a pregnant wife and two small sons, becomes the second on-the-field fatality in professional baseball history.

(Ed. Note: In 1920, Indians shortstop Ray Chapman died after being struck in the head with a fastball thrown by Yankee right-hander Carl Mays.)

2008       After pitching two scoreless frames in relief in the A’s 8-1 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field, Brad Ziegler establishes an American League record when he extends his consecutive scoreless inning streak to start a major league career to 23. The 28 year-old breaks the Junior Circuit mark set in 1945 by Red Sox rookie right-handed starter Dave Ferriss.

2012       Ron Santo, who died at the end of 2010, disappointed about not being selected for Cooperstown, is inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame. In tribute to the team’s former third baseman and beloved broadcaster, the Cubs click their heels as they jumped over the third-base line to begin the bottom of the first inning during their game in St. Louis, invoking the memory of the infielder’s signature move after a victory.

2012       Barry Larkin, who spent his entire 19-year career with the Reds, is inducted into the Hall of Fame. The former 12-time All-Star shortstop, a lifetime a .295 hitter, won the Gold Glove Award three times and is a nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

2012       Ron Santo, who died at the end of 2010, disappointed about not being selected for Cooperstown, is inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame. In tribute to the team’s former third baseman and beloved broadcaster, the Cubs click their heels as they jumped over the third-base line to begin the bottom of the first inning during their game in St. Louis, invoking the memory of the infielder’s signature move after a victory.

2012       The A’s complete a sweep of New York with a walk-off victory in the 12th inning at The Coliseum, after tying the game with a run in the ninth. The 5-4 loss marks the first time in Yankees history that the Bronx Bombers have been swept in a four-game series while losing all four by one run.

2013       The Rangers trade three prospects, third baseman Mike Olt, pitchers C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, to the Cubs for Matt Garza, a player the team has attempted to land for the past two seasons. The deal also includes the Cubs receiving a player to be named later, most likely Neil Ramirez, if his shoulder is sound, or two other minor-leaguers if the right-hander is still injured.

2014       Chase Headley, obtained by the Yankees less than 12 hours ago, hits a single in the 14th inning, giving the Bombers a 2-1 walk-off victory over Texas in the Bronx. New York acquired their new third baseman earlier in the day, trading minor league pitching prospect Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte to the Padres, and receiving $1 million to pay part of the $4 million still owed to the infielder this season.

2015       In Anaheim, Huston Street becomes the 27th pitcher in the major league to record 300 saves when he tosses a scoreless ninth inning in the Angels’ 5-2 victory over the Twins. The 31 year-old right-handed closer is the second-youngest player, only behind Francisco Rodriguez, to reach the milestone.

2019       At Minute Maid Park, the Astros, wearing caps featuring the official emblem of the historic NASA mission, celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon. The festivities include fans having the opportunity to take a photo with a statue of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit, participate in interactive displays, and purchase an Orbit Moon-Landing bobblehead.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston5838.60428 – 1930 – 1924 – 1212 – 611 – 164 – 6W 2
Tampa Bay5739.594130 – 1827 – 2126 – 158 – 413 – 157 – 3W 2
NY Yankees5044.532727 – 2323 – 2119 – 2513 – 612 – 77 – 3W 4
Toronto4844.522822 – 2226 – 2221 – 244 – 610 – 125 – 5L 2
Baltimore3164.32626.513 – 3018 – 3412 – 266 – 1711 – 143 – 7L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox5838.60435 – 1723 – 2113 – 732 – 179 – 117 – 3L 1
Cleveland4845.5168.524 – 1924 – 267 – 1026 – 168 – 126 – 4W 1
Detroit4651.47412.527 – 2219 – 294 – 521 – 3016 – 116 – 4W 6
Minnesota4155.4271722 – 2519 – 306 – 722 – 289 – 165 – 5W 1
Kansas City3955.4151822 – 2417 – 319 – 1417 – 275 – 114 – 6W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5839.59831 – 2027 – 1916 – 1215 – 925 – 134 – 6L 1
Oakland5542.567330 – 2425 – 1813 – 1313 – 421 – 206 – 4W 2
Seattle5145.5316.529 – 2022 – 2513 – 812 – 1321 – 156 – 4L 1
LA Angels4648.48910.527 – 2219 – 2611 – 1113 – 716 – 264 – 6L 3
Texas3561.36522.522 – 2513 – 3611 – 138 – 1414 – 231 – 9L 8
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5043.53828 – 1422 – 2919 – 1812 – 1214 – 65 – 5W 1
Philadelphia4747.5003.527 – 1720 – 3023 – 2312 – 66 – 96 – 4L 2
Atlanta4648.4894.526 – 2520 – 2323 – 2316 – 94 – 45 – 5L 1
Washington4550.474627 – 2518 – 2519 – 179 – 109 – 193 – 7L 1
Miami4155.42710.522 – 2119 – 3419 – 226 – 1314 – 103 – 7W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5641.57727 – 2329 – 188 – 1127 – 1719 – 65 – 5L 2
Cincinnati4947.5106.524 – 2525 – 227 – 625 – 1610 – 204 – 6L 1
St. Louis4848.5007.527 – 2021 – 2814 – 1317 – 1915 – 116 – 4W 1
Chi Cubs4749.4908.528 – 1719 – 3211 – 1421 – 2312 – 85 – 5L 1
Pittsburgh3660.37519.521 – 2615 – 3410 – 1111 – 267 – 164 – 6L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco6035.63230 – 1330 – 2213 – 713 – 825 – 157 – 3W 1
LA Dodgers5938.608231 – 1628 – 2213 – 710 – 1027 – 156 – 4L 1
San Diego5642.5715.533 – 1923 – 239 – 1016 – 1423 – 175 – 5W 1
Colorado4254.43818.533 – 209 – 345 – 811 – 1618 – 265 – 5W 1
Arizona3068.30631.519 – 3011 – 388 – 1511 – 1511 – 315 – 5W 4

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England159332818105-0-14-3-230
Philadelphia14653181354-1-22-4-123
Nashville SC14581211475-5-00-3-123
Orlando City SC13643211383-2-13-2-222
CF Montreal14644191634-2-12-2-322
Columbus14563151234-3-01-3-321
New York City FC13625211564-1-22-1-320
New York13535181624-1-11-2-418
D.C.14527201824-0-21-2-517
Atlanta142841417-32-3-10-5-314
FC Cincinnati133461726-90-2-33-2-313
Chicago143381625-93-3-30-0-512
Toronto FC142481831-131-3-21-1-610
Inter Miami CF12228922-130-1-52-1-38
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle14851239145-3-03-2-129
Sporting KC14833251695-3-03-0-327
Los Angeles14815232215-0-23-1-325
Colorado13733211385-2-12-1-224
Los Angeles FC14635181534-2-12-1-421
Portland136161720-35-0-21-1-419
Minnesota135351316-34-1-21-2-318
Real Salt Lake13454211652-4-22-1-217
Houston143741619-33-3-00-4-416
Austin133461014-41-2-12-2-513
San Jose143471624-82-0-41-4-313
Vancouver143471423-93-1-30-3-413
FC Dallas142571423-92-5-00-0-711

WNBA STANDINGS

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