MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Cincinnati 8 Chicago Cubs 2
Cleveland 7 St. Louis 2
Oakland 10 San Diego 4
Baltimore 8 Miami 7
Arizona 3 Texas 2
LA Angels 8 Colorado 7
Detroit 17 Minnesota 14
Toronto 4 Boston 1
Houston 11 Seattle 4
NY Yankees 3 Tampa Bay 1 (10)
Boston 4 Toronto 1
Kansas City 3 Chicago White Sox 2 (10)
Washington at Philadelphia postponed
Milwaukee 7 Pittsburgh 3
NY Mets 2 Atlanta 1
LA Dodgers 8 San Francisco 0
WEDNESDAYS BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
St. Paul 10 Indianapolis 5
Fort Wayne 15 Lansing 5
South Bend 11 Quad Cities 4
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Los Angeles FC 2 Minnesota 2
WEDNESDAYS BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mls/boxscore.asp?gamecode=202107280099&season=2021-1
NBA DRAFT 2021 FIRST ROUND
6. Oklahoma City
7. Golden State (from Minnesota)
8. Orlando (from Chicago)
10. New Orleans
12. San Antonio
14. Golden State
16. Oklahoma City (from Boston)
18. Oklahoma City (from Miami via the LA Clippers, Philadelphia, and Phoenix)
19. New York
21. New York (from Dallas)
22. Los Angeles Lakers
23. Houston (from Portland)
24. Houston (from Milwaukee)
25. LA Clippers
2021 SECOND ROUND
31. Milwaukee (from Houston)
32. New York (from Detroit via the LA Clippers and Philadelphia)
34. Oklahoma City
35. New Orleans (from Cleveland via Atlanta)
36. Oklahoma City (from Minnesota via Golden State)
37. Detroit (from Toronto via Brooklyn)
38. Chicago (from New Orleans)**
40. New Orleans (from Chicago)**
41. San Antonio
42. Detroit (from Charlotte via New York)
43. New Orleans (from Washington via Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Utah)
44. Brooklyn (from Indiana)
46. Toronto (from Memphis via Sacramento)
47. Toronto (from Golden State via Utah and New Orleans)
48. Atlanta (from Miami via Sacramento and Portland)
49. Brooklyn (from Atlanta)
50. Philadelphia (from New York)
51. Memphis (from Portland via Dallas, Detroit, and Cleveland)
52. Detroit (from Los Angeles Lakers via Sacramento, Houston, and Detroit)
53. New Orleans (from Dallas)
54. Indiana (from Milwaukee via Houston and Cleveland)
55. Oklahoma City (from Denver via Golden State and Philadelphia)
56. Charlotte (from LA Clippers)
57. Charlotte (from Brooklyn)
58. New York (from Philadelphia)
59. Brooklyn (from Phoenix)
60. Indiana (from Utah)
** Order assumes that Chicago exercises its right to swap the #40 pick for the #38 pick.
INDIANA SRN PRE-SEASON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WATCH LIST
OL Ethan Sparks Covenant Christian 6-5 285
OL Brennan Benson North Judson 6-3 302
OL Jacob Ricci Sheridan 6-1 215
OL Logan Schultz Winamac 6-4 265
OL Justin Schroeder Frontier 6-2 235
OL Zach Thompson Centerville 5-11 215
OL George Buday Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 6-0 260
OL Kipper Barnett Tipton 6-4 210
OL Isaac Rans Rans Eastbrook 6-3 235
OL Marshall Fishback Rochester 6-2 281
OL Cooper Crum Harrison (West Lafayette) 6-5 250
OL Cooper Koers Indianapolis Cathedral 6-6 280
OL Tayton Schakel Whiteland 6-1 231
OL Foster Wertz Decatur Central 6-3 330
OL Owen Wood Cathedral 6-5 330
OL Keylen Davis Ben Davis 6-4 290
OL Makhi Watts North Central 6-3 285
OL Zach Williams Westfield 6-4 265
OL Tyson Miller Lafayette Jefferson 6-6 275
OL Jack Greer Hamilton Southeastern 6-4 280
OL Ryan Hildeman Hanover Central 6-2 285
OL Wade Melanson Tippecanoe Valley 6-2 364
OL Zach Christianson Norwell 5-10 260
OL Ashton Craig Lawrenceburg 6-5 265
OL Kijaunta Goodwin Charlestown 6-8 305
OL Jackson Goodall South Dearborn 6-4 280
OL Hunter Whitenack New Prairie 6-8 335
OL Grant Ray Roncalli 6-2 295
OL Chris Hood East Noble 6-7 320
OL Max Williams, Lebanon 6-6 295
TE Gavin Smithson -Burciaga Monroe Central 6-3 225
TE Gavin Wallace Eastside 6-2 210
TE Tyler Dostin Danville 11 6-4 225
TE Connor Foley Jasper 6-5 200
TE Maxwell Sullivan Whiteland 6-6 231
TE Drew Page Noblesville 6-4 225
WR Dominic Norman Evansville Reitz 6-2 175
WR Ashden Gentry Mount Vernon Fortville 5-8 160
WR Luke Jones Monroe Central 5-11 175
WR Noble Johnson Parke Heritage 6-2 180
WR Jordan Turner Fort Wayne North Side 5-11 180
WR Cael Vanderbush Plainfield 6-6 200
WR Krashaun Menson Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 5-8 160
WR Brody Glenn Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 6-1 185
WR Dahya Patel Lawrenceburg 11 6-1 185
WR Rory Heltsley Gibson Southern 11 6-3 185
WR Nathan Anderson Homestead 11 6-0 170
WR Jeffrey Simmons Fishers 11 6-6 215
QB Gehrig Slunaker Mount Vernon Fortville 6-2 185
QB Christian Johnson Parke Heritage 6-0 185
QB Carson Clark Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 6-1 180
QB Tyler Knoy Harrison (West Lafayette) 6-0 170
QB Reece Lozano Bloomington North 6-0 180
QB Maximus Webster Westfield 6-3 225
QB Nicholas Patterson, Mooresville 6-1 215
QB Tayven Jackson Center Grove 6-5 208
QB Carter St. John Chatard 5-11 175
QB Jeffrey Becker FW Carroll 6-0 185
QB Clark Barrett Lafayette Central Catholic 6-5 209
QB Jackson Ullom Monroe Central 5-11 175
QB Aidan Leffler Roncalli 6-2 215
QB Kale Payne Danville 6-3 190
QB Houston Swan Eastern Hancock 6-1 205
QB J’uan Swanson Ben Davis 6-0 185
QB Carter St John Indianapolis Chatard 5-11 178
QB Prince Powell Warren Central 6-0 185
QB Zach Osborne Carmel 6-2 205
QB Akim Abdur-Rahim Pike 6-0 178
QB Tyler Adkins Martinsville 6-0 180
QB Elliott Young Western Boone 5-8 145
QB Riley Palmeter Edinburgh 5-11 180
QB Danny O’Neil Cathedral 6-0 173
QB Brennan Stow Lapel 6-3 205
RB Keagan Labelle Mount Vernon Fortville 5-8 165
RB Joey Heuer Lowell 5-7 170
RB Blake Heyerly Adams Central 6-1 205
RB Luke Switzer South Putnam 6-0 190
RB Lavarion Logan Merrillville 5-10 210
RB Colby Bullock Chesterton 6-0 185
RB Colin Price Zionsville 6-0 185
RB Peyton Guerzini Castle 5-10 177
RB Dylan Kidd Rensselaer 5-9 190
RB Colton Brown Heritage Christian 5-10 175
RB Jamasyn Virgil Tippecanoe Valley 6-1 170
RB Garrett Yoon Lawrenceburg 5-11 185
DL Trevor Hapner Fort Wayne South 6-2 205
DL Drew Terrill Lebanon 6-4 245
DL Vlad Carreras-Lantigua Frankfurt 6-1 200
DL Aiden Farmer Evansville Reitz 6-1 175
DL Hunter Bianski Churubusco 6-0 243
DL Christian Pulliam Indianapolis Lutheran 6-3 285
DL Dejuan Echoles Warren Central 6-2 225
DL Kenneth Grant Merrillville 6-4 350
DL Danny Norocea Avon 6-3 270
DL Neal Likens Columbus North 6-3 245
DL Beau Brown Mishawaka 6-2 235
DL Keelan Dyson Decatur Central 6-0 205
DL Dilyn Fuller Anderson 6-3 230
DL Jack Tippmann Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 6-4 215
DL Alex Wenger Milan 6-3 182
DL Carson Parmer North Decatur 6-3 205
DL James Ralph Evansville Mater Dei 6-0 265
DL Derek LeGrand Pioneer 6-4 210
DL Caleb Moya Forest Park 5-9 275
DL Jason Massaro Fairfield 6-4 275
DL Dennis Hurn River Forest 6-0 263
DL Brody Bolyn Norwell 6-3 250
DL Jayden Childers Indianapolis Brebeuf 6-2 225
DL Mariere Omonode West Lafayette 6-1 248
LB Tyson Garrett Roncalli 6-2 200
LB Spencer Barta Lowell 6-3 210
LB Ryan Flores Hobart 5-10 195
LB Ethan Evers NorthWood 6-0 187
LB Keoke Toomer Indianapolis Ben Davis 6-1 190
LB Gage DeMarco Chesterton 5-10 205
LB Romaro Warren JR Lawrence North 6-1 225
LB Daniel Harrell Warren Central 5-11 185
LB Shane Shuman Culver 5-11 210
LB Matthew Goodpaster South Putnam 6-1 220
LB Cornell Branch Michigan City 6-0 210
LB Zaven Koltookian Concord 6-4 215
LB Roman Schrock Goshen 5-11 180
LB Jeff Utzinger Cathedral 6-3 210
LB Jacob Snyder Northfield 6-0 180
LB Tyler Rayl Clinton Central 6-3 235
LB Drayk Bowen Andrean 6-3 205
LB Jason Hale Eastbrook 5-10 225
LB Gabe Eslinger Linton-Stockton 6-0 185
LB Drew Servies Tipton 6-0 180
LB Setefano Sete Mishawaka Marian 5-11 230
LB Jeremiah Jackson Indianapolis Brebeuf 5-11 181
LB J.T. Downey West Lafayette 6-3 190
LB Jacob Taylor John Glen 6-3 201
DB Rowan Zolman East Noble 6-5 210
DB Connor Agler Evansville Reitz 5-10 175
DB Hayden Sheppard Western 6-1 165
DB Milan Burris Mishawaka 5-10 175
DB Brock Robertson Harrison (West Lafayette) 6-0 180
DB Ta’Shy Stewart Kokomo 6-0 175
DB Keenon Tucker Michigan City 5-9 175
DB Kalen Carroll Brownsburg 6-2 175
DB Joe Jefferson Indianapolis Pike 6-1 180
DB Zion Woods North Central 6-0 175
DB Dillon Thieneman Westfield 6-0 183
DB Trey Schoen Silver Creek 6-0 175
DB Alex Currie Adams Central 5-10 160
DB Aiden Wanner South Adams 6-3 170
DB Jake Pasch Indianapolis Lutheran 6-0 160
DB Russell Compton Winamac 6-1 180
DB Isaiah Thacker Triton Central 10 6-0 170
DB Isaiah Dalton Eastbrook 6-0 170
DB Lane Burns Eastside 5-9 165
DB Bryce Humphrey Evansville Mater Dei 5-10 165
K Holtman Doades North Knox 6-0 160
K Cooper Wolka Brownstown Central 6-1 215
K Benjamin Fronk New Prairie 6-2 170
P Jayden Miller Linton-Stockton 5-10 165
P Westyn Pemberton Martinsville 6-0 200
PTR Dontrez Fuller Anderson 5-9 160
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE WEEK 1
Saturday, Aug. 28
Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Wednesday, Sept. 1
UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 2
Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Friday, Sept. 3
North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Sept. 4
UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Monday, Sept. 6
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN
NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 5
Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX), 8:00
Thursday, August 12
Washington at New England, 7:30
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 13
Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00
Dallas at Arizona, 10:00
Saturday, August 14
Miami at Chicago, 1:00
Denver at Minnesota, 4:00
New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00
New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Green Bay, 8:00
Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30
Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Sunday, August 15
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00
Thursday, August 19
New England at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 20
Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00
Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00
Saturday, August 21
Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00
New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25
Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00
Atlanta at Miami, 7:00
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Dallas, 8:00
Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Denver at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 22
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30
Monday, August 23
Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00
Friday, August 27
Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00
Saturday, August 28
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00
Baltimore at Washington, 6:00
Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00
Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 29
Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00
Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00
New England at New York Giants, 6:00
Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES:
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 19:11:34 EST Sean Payton frustrated with timing of Michael Thomas’ surgery
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 21:43:09 EST Cowboys QB Dak Prescott could miss 2 weeks with shoulder injury
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 15:39:21 EST Titans QB Ryan Tannehill: NFL ‘forced my hand’ with vaccine protocol
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 15:19:04 EST Packers WR Davante Adams won’t take less to play with Aaron Rodgers
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 11:44:31 EST No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance signs contract with 49ers
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 21:51:59 EST Packers make deal to bring back WR Randall Cobb
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:33:51 EST Colts sign OT Braden Smith to $72.4M extension
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 12:06:51 EST Ravens QB Lamar tests positive, out for opening of training camp
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 22:03:38 EST Texans place 3 on COVID list, release WR Donte Moncrief
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 21:11:20 EST Cardinals place S Shawn Williams on non-football injury list
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 04:28:03 EST Starling Marte set for A’s debut vs. Angels
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 04:05:31 EST Battle of lefties as Blue Jays, Red Sox close out series
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 03:49:30 EST Padres start inviting stretch with opener vs. Rockies
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 04:05:59 EST Tigers’ Casey Mize gets call in opener vs. Orioles
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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 21:52:15 EST Raptors give qualifying offers to Gary Trent Jr., Nando de Colo
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Wed, 28 Jul 2021 23:43:32 EST Hurricanes sign oft-troubled D Tony DeAngelo
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 22:08:51 EST Avalanche acquire G Darcy Kuemper from Coyotes
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 20:59:16 EST Ducks retain C Ryan Getzlaf on one-year deal
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Colts lock up RT Braden Smith with 4-year extension
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) Indianapolis Colts right tackle Braden Smith signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday, a deal that will make him one of the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman.
A person with knowledge of the deal said Smith would earn $72.4 million with $42 million guaranteed. The person requested anonymity because terms of the deal were not released publicly.
The Colts made the announcement less than an hour before they held their first training camp practice. The move will keep Smith off the free agency market in March.
“It’s kind of a little bit of a relief, knowing where you’re going to be the next few years,” Smith said after practice. “Indy is home. They paid me and now I want to pay them back.”
Smith wasn’t even expected to play tackle when the Colts selected him in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft, No. 37 overall. He was projected as a guard.
But as injuries ravaged the offensive line in training camp, they moved the rookie to tackle. He won the starting job and has been a mainstay on one of the league’s best offensive lines. He’s started 43 of 45 career games in his first three seasons and teammates lobbied publicly for him to make the Pro Bowl last season.
“I hear Braden Smith is pretty good around here and I just heard the news we locked him up,” new quarterback Carson Wentz said. “It’s a great day, a great first day.”
Smith’s extension could be the first of several for the Colts.
Linebacker Darius Leonard, a two-time All-Pro and the 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year, also could become a free agent if he doesn’t sign an extension. Other key players from that draft class include defensive linemen Tyquan Lewis and Kemoko Turay, running backs Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins.
Indy selected Smith with a draft pick acquired from the New York Jets, who moved up three spots to choose quarterback Sam Darnold at No. 3 overall.
Colts add DE Damontre Moore
The Colts signed free agent defensive end Damontre Moore on Wednesday.
Moore played 10 games with the Seattle Seahawks in 202, recording nine tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. He registered seven quarterback hits. Moore was suspended for six games by the NFL season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Moore played in 66 games over eight years in seasons with Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas, Miami and the New York Giants.
49ers QB Trey Lance, 3rd overall draftee, signs rookie deal
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance signed his rookie contract Wednesday morning ahead of the team’s first practice of training camp.
Lance’s agency CAA made the announcement on Twitter.
Selected No. 3 overall in the draft, Lance will receive a fully guaranteed four-year, $34.1 million deal. The Niners have the option to add a fifth year, as teams do with all first-rounders.
Lance, 21, led North Dakota State to the 2019 FCS national title, throwing for 28 touchdowns and rushing for 14 more without a single interception. He earned the Walter Payton Award as the FCS’s top offensive player in ’19.
San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that Lance would enter training camp as the team’s No. 2 quarterback behind Jimmy Garoppolo.
“There’s no open competition right now in terms of getting equal reps with the same group,” Shanahan said. “Jimmy is coming in as the (No.) 1 and Trey is coming in as the 2.”
The coach did leave open the possibility of using the dual-threat Lance in specific situations, however.
“When you do have a quarterback who has the threat to run and who can make throws, that’s something that I would love to use,” Shanahan said.
Lance’s deal leaves New York Jets QB Zach Wilson, selected No. 2 overall, as the only remaining unsigned first-round draft pick.
Cowboys’ Prescott leaves camp practice with shoulder strain
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is day-to-day because of a right shoulder strain after leaving training camp practice early Wednesday with a sore throwing arm.
Prescott had an MRI that revealed the muscle strain but said he “didn’t see this as any kind of serious setback.”
The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is coming back from a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle that ended his 2020 season in Week 5. Prescott signed a $160 million, four-year contract in March.
“I felt some soreness when making certain throws today, and I really just decided not to push things too far,” said Prescott, who was examined on the sideline by head athletic trainer Jim Maurer during practice before going into the locker room. “Better to be cautious and smart about it.”
As long as Prescott is out, Garrett Gilbert is likely to get most of the first-team snaps. Gilbert made his first career start after the Cowboys signed him following Prescott’s injury last year. The eighth-year pro was solid in a 24-19 loss to Pittsburgh.
“It’s part of being a backup quarterback, right?” Garrett said after practice Wednesday. “You’ve always got to be ready, ready to step in at any point. So that’s all it was today, just an opportunity to step in there and get some reps in there with the ones.”
The Cowboys have resisted signing another veteran free agent since Prescott’s return. Cooper Rush and Ben DiNucci are next in line, although Rush has missed time with a back issue in camp.
Dallas lost the first four games without Prescott last year. Andy Dalton, his primary backup, signed with Chicago as a free agent and is expected to start for the Bears.
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson tests positive for COVID-19
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The coronavirus pandemic is still affecting the Baltimore Ravens. Star quarterback Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the team’s first practice of training camp.
Coach John Harbaugh announced Jackson’s positive test after practice Wednesday and said running back Gus Edwards also tested positive. He would not go into much more detail about either case or say how long Jackson or Edwards would be out.
“It’s just part of the deal. It’s just the way the world is right now,” Harbaugh said. “We have 90% vaccinated, and I think we’re going to go above that, too, real soon here. So we’re in really great shape with the vaccinations.”
Jackson missed one game last season, in Week 12, when he also tested positive for the novel coronavirus. That game at Pittsburgh – originally scheduled for Thanksgiving – was postponed three times before it was finally played on a Wednesday in December. The Ravens didn’t practice for over a week, and their number of players on the reserve/COVID-19 list grew to more than 20. They lost that game to the Steelers, then won five in a row to end the regular season.
“You can obviously get COVID and then get it again,” Harbaugh said. “That’s kind of been demonstrated.”
Harbaugh said Jackson tested negative until Tuesday.
Jackson, who won MVP honors in 2019, is entering his fourth season with Baltimore. He threw for 2,757 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season. He’s also rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons.
Baltimore won a playoff game with Jackson for the first time last season, but the Ravens were then eliminated at Buffalo.
Edwards signed a contract extension through 2023 this offseason. He ran for 723 yards last season, helping the Ravens rank first in the NFL in rushing for a second consecutive year.
There’s been talk this offseason that Jackson, along with fellow 2018 draftees Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen, could be due for a big new contract. Jackson isn’t due to become an unrestricted free agent until 2023, however. So there may not be an urgency to finish an extension.
A more pressing concern is the time he could miss at a crucial training camp. For all of Jackson’s ability, the Ravens finished dead last in 2020 in yards passing per game. Baltimore added more receiving talent in the offseason, acquiring Sammy Watkins and drafting Rashod Bateman in the first round.
Now the Ravens are without a couple key offensive players.
“I trust every man in the building to take care of one another, so when hiccups like this happen, all we can do is rally around that guy,” receiver Marquise Brown said. “Send our prayers, send our support, and hopefully he’ll be back very soon.”
Tyler Huntley and Trace McSorley combined to throw 15 passes last season for the Ravens.
“It’s only going to bolster those two guys and make those guys stronger than they would have been otherwise,” Harbaugh said. “That helps our team.”
There were fans in attendance Wednesday, and Harbaugh’s post-practice session with reporters took place in person next to the field. That itself was a sign that 2021 is different from last season, when video conferences were the norm throughout sports.
“We had a tough year. It’s so awesome to be through that – to a pretty good degree,” Harbaugh said. “Not completely, but here we are at least. We’re standing on the patio and we’re talking about training camp practice.”
As long as his starting quarterback remains out, however, it’s a reminder that COVID-19 can loom over a team’s prospects for the upcoming season.
Rodgers runs down issues with Packers, seeks more influence
Aaron Rodgers spoke candidly about his issues with the Green Bay Packers for the first time Wednesday, pointing to the treatment of outgoing veterans, his exclusion from major decisions, and his contract status.
“This started with a conversation in February as the season ended,” the quarterback said. “I just expressed my desire to be more involved in conversations directly affecting my job.”
Rodgers reported for training camp after skipping all team activities throughout the offseason. The Packers avoided a camp holdout by agreeing to various concessions with him.
The three-time MVP named 12 former Packers – including Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, and Randall Cobb – who were once part of the fabric of the team but later weren’t “offered a contract at all, or were extremely lowballed, or were, in my opinion, not given the respect on the way out that guys of their status and stature and high character deserved.”
The Packers are finalizing a trade to reacquire Cobb from the Houston Texans in a move believed to serve as a sign of good faith from the organization.
The 37-year-old became further disgruntled when the Packers kept him out of conversations pertaining to free agency, continuing a trend he fought hard to reverse.
“I wanted to offer my services as a recruiter,” he said. “I think we can all understand Green Bay isn’t a huge vacation destination, people are coming here to play with me, to play with our team, and knowing that they can win a championship here. The fact that I haven’t been used in those discussions was one I wanted to change moving forward. I feel like based on my years, the way I can still play, that that should be a natural part of the conversation.”
Rodgers said “nothing really changed” as the market opened in March. At the same time, the Packers failed to approach him about an extension, which would have given Rodgers security beyond 2021 – he has no guaranteed money on his contract after this year – and lowered his exorbitant cap hit, thereby helping the team.
“If you can’t commit to me past 2021 and I’m not a part of the recruiting process in free agency – if I’m not a part of the future, then instead of letting me be a lame-duck quarterback, if you want to make a change and move forward then go ahead and do it,” he said.
The reigning MVP said “there wasn’t a conversation” about his contract until May, when the Packers tried “throwing some money” at him to appease him.
Rodgers also revealed that he didn’t speak to head coach Matt LaFleur until a deal was already in place to hire him in 2019.
“I wasn’t part of that conversation, let’s make that completely clear,” Rodgers said. “I do love Matt, and we’ve had a blast together, and I’m glad he’s here. But it’s decisions like that that have happened over and over and over again that make me realize that the organization looks at me and my job like it’s just to play. In my opinion, based on what I’ve accomplished in this league, the way I care about my teammates, the way I show up in the locker room, the way I lead, the way I conduct myself in the community, it should tie myself to a little bit more input.
“The rules are the same for most people but every now and then there’s some outliers – guys who have been in organizations for 17 years and won a few MVPs where they can be in conversations at a different, higher level. I’m not asking for anything that other great quarterbacks across the last few decades have not gotten.”
He then admitted he wished the franchise informed him Jake Kumerow was being cut in training camp in 2020. Green Bay made the move shortly after Rodgers raved about his performance on the practice field.
“If you’re going to cut a guy who was our second-best wide receiver in training camp last year, maybe run it by me,” he said.
Rodgers confirmed he contemplated retiring to avoid another season with the Packers, but knows there’s a “big competitive hole in my body that I need to fill.”
As he’s done since the Packers drafted his apparent replacement Jordan Love, Rodgers left his future in Titletown open-ended.
Beasley maintains vaccination stance, requests ‘transparency’ from NFL
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Wide receiver Cole Beasley continued his crusade against vaccinations and the NFL’s COVID-19 policies as the Buffalo Bills opened training camp, though he attempted to sidestep questions about his stance.
Beasley opened his news conference Wednesday by reading from a prepared statement for 2 minutes, 30 seconds, then asked reporters to stick to football questions. Shortly afterward he released a new rap song in which he says there “ain’t a vaccination” for him.
The song called into question the sincerity of Beasley’s statement, adding more fuel to the fire in what’s been a tumultuous few months for Beasley and the Bills regarding COVID-19 vaccines.
“I’m not anti- or pro-vax. I’m pro choice,” Beasley said in his statement. “With that being said, the issue at hand is information being withheld from players in order for a player to be swayed in a direction he may not be comfortable with. When dealing with a player’s health and safety, there should be complete transparency regarding information that is vital in the decision-making process.”
In his statement, Beasley repeatedly referred to a lack of transparency and information — while the Bills have said that they have done everything they can to educate their players about vaccinations. Coach Sean McDermott has spoken at length about his desire to see his players vaccinated.
General manager Brandon Beane said that just over 80% of Bills players have received at least one vaccine dose.
“We’ve had an uptick of guys that have at least got one shot. So we’ll continue to educate,” Beane said. “At the end of the day, we’re not going to force it on any of our players or any of our staff. That’s a personal decision. And that’s how the organization will handle it going forward.”
The NFL Players Association has supported league COVID-19 protocols. Meanwhile, vaccinations have been a hot-button topic for the Bills, with players changing messages and speaking out publicly on social media as developments happen.
Earlier this offseason, Beasley threatened to retire after the NFL and NFLPA announced new rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated players. Recently Beasley and defensive end Jerry Hughes had an exchange on Twitter about their differing vaccine views, which came after players repeatedly voiced their preference to keep things “in house” when faced with vaccine questions during news conferences.
Beasley and quarterback Josh Allen downplayed the exchange with Hughes, saying it was a typical locker-room discussion between teammates.
“I think it was a little blown out of proportion,” Allen said. “Jerry and Cole, they spend so much time around each other … honestly you can’t really take emotions from tweets or texts on a screen. I think it was more of a friendly conversation and people kind of took it and ran with it.”
“Me and Jerry are brothers,” Beasley said. “We had a conversation on the phone immediately after, we talked it through, and we weren’t mad at each other, we’re just talking to each other. A lot of things can be taken out of context and in the wrong way in social media because people are going to do what they do with it. Jerry’s one of the guys that I’ll run through a wall for.”
Beasley has been a key member of a Bills offense that soared to new heights in 2020, making it to the AFC championship game. He’s considered one of the best slot receivers in the league and is coming off a year with career highs in receptions (82) and yards (967).
Allen, who finished second in MVP voting last year to Aaron Rodgers, said he does not believe the issue will divide the team or affect the players on the field.
“Guys have different opinions, they have different thoughts, ideas,” Allen said. “Again, everyone’s entitled to that. If guys want to get it, great. If guys don’t want to get it, great. Nobody looks at the guys who aren’t getting it as a distraction or not wanting to help this team win. Everybody’s in the same boat here. We’re all going with one heartbeat, and that’s helping the Buffalo Bills win football games and ultimately try to win a championship.”
“At the end of the day we’re professionals. We’re going to do what our job entails and follow the rules and guidelines on both sides.”
NOTES: Two Bills players, left tackle Dion Dawkins and guard Ike Boettger, missed the start of camp after testing positive for the coronavirus. … Hughes opened camp on the non-football injury list after suffering a calf strain in training. He’s not expected to miss much time.
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AP source: Yanks reach deal to get slugger Gallo from Texas
(AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo is headed to the Bronx to give the New York Yankees some much-needed punch from the left side.
The Yankees have reached a deal to get Gallo from the Texas Rangers, a person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the move had not yet been announced and was subject to approval of medical records of the players involved.
“Wow, a guy that can hit it out of any ball park. I don’t think he gets enough credit for the type of defense that he plays,” Aaron Judge said after the Yankees won 3-1 in 10 innings at Tampa Bay.
“Also, just talking with Rougy and a couple guys that have played with him, man, what a guy that you want in you clubhouse, a guy that shows up everyday ready to play. He’s going to fight until the very end. If that’s true and it comes true that we get him, I think it’s going to be something special for our team,” he said.
Gallo, 27, should provide a powerful boost for the heavily right-handed Yankees. With switch-hitting center fielder Aaron Hicks hurt, second baseman Rougned Odor and outfielder Brett Gardner have been the only left-handed hitters to see substantial playing time.
“That’s going to be huge, just to give the pitchers a different look,” Judge said. “When we go up there with all right-handed guys, pitchers kind kind of get into grooves and kind of get into rhythms, but if you kind of mix it up a little bit and throw some lefties in there and a lefty that kind of bolt you on any pitch, it’s going to be big for this lineup and for this team.”
Gallo is hitting .223 with 25 homers, 55 RBIs and a major league-leading 74 walks. The 6-foot-5 slugger has also been a Gold Glove right fielder for Texas, but presumably would play left for the Yankees, who have Judge as their regular right fielder.
“He’s a great player and I have heard nothing but good things about him, so if it happens, I’ll be really excited,” infielder DJ LeMahieu said. “If do we get a guy like that, like wow, that would be a pretty good guy to add to the lineup.”
Yankees reliever Chad Green said players first heard about the trade from a fan sitting behind the dugout during the game at Tropicana Field.
Gallo had repeatedly expressed his desire to stay with the rebuilding Rangers, who took him with the 39th overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft. But he was scratched from the starting lineup only moments before the start of Wednesday night’s home game against Arizona, with the team saying the move was for non-medical reasons.
Starling Marte traded by Marlins to A’s for LHP Luzardo
MIAMI (AP) The Oakland Athletics are in playoff contention, and Starling Marte is their midseason reward.
Oakland obtained the versatile but well-traveled outfielder Wednesday from the Miami Marlins for left-hander Jesus Luzardo.
“We felt like Starling was frankly the best position player that was out there on the market,” A’s general manager David Forst said before the team’s game in San Diego. “We’ve always said when the team performs and puts itself in a playoff position, it’s on us to do whatever we can to try and help them.”
The A’s, who began the day six games behind AL West leader Houston, also acquired left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin this week from the Chicago Cubs.
“We’ve added two really solid pieces to help this team over the next send two months,” Forst said.
Marte, 32, is batting .306 with an .859 OPS and 22 stolen bases in 25 attempts. The Marlins will cover nearly all of his remaining contract for 2021, and he becomes a free agent after this season.
It’s the third time in 18 months that Marte has been traded. He joins an outfield that also includes Ramon Laureano and Mark Canha.
The Marlins made the deal after they were unable to reach an agreement with Marte on a contract extension. They’re last in the NL East and expected to make more moves before the trade deadline Friday.
Luzardo is 2-4 with a 6.87 ERA in 13 games, including six starts. He was sidelined for four weeks in May after he broke the pinkie on his pitching hand when he thumped a table while playing a video game.
Brewers add All-Star 3B Escobar in trade with Diamondbacks
PHOENIX (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers acquired All-Star third baseman Eduardo Escobar from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday for two prospects.
The 32-year-old Escobar made his first All-Star game this season and is batting .246 with 22 homers. The switch-hitter should be a valuable and versatile piece for the first-place Brewers, who are trying to lock down the NL Central.
“We’re talking about a very accomplished switch-hitter,” said David Stearns, Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. “He’s got tremendous positional versatility, can play all over the field, infield and outfield.
“He gives us a lot of options, and one of the things that we are trying to accomplish prior to the (trade deadline) is preparing ourselves for the unknown of what could happen over the next two months.”
Milwaukee could use some extra pop in the lineup, especially in the coming weeks. Star outfielder Christian Yelich recently went on the COVID-19 injured list and is expected to miss at least another week.
Escobar said it was tough to leave Arizona, where he had career highs with 35 homers and 118 RBIs in 2019, but it was exciting to have an opportunity to be in the postseason hunt.
“I love this team. I have really good people here, really good friends,” Escobar said of the Diamondbacks. “But at the end of the day, it’s a new opportunity for me. I’m so happy that the organization in Milwaukee is giving me an opportunity to help this team win. You saw me every day here playing really hard. I’ll do the same thing over there.”
Escobar has played third, second and shortstop for the Diamondbacks this season and has played the outfield earlier in his career. He was one of the few bright spots for Arizona this season, which had MLB’s worst record at 31-71 going into Wednesday.
The Diamondbacks received outfielder Cooper Hummel and infielder Alberto Ciprian from the Brewers. The 26-year-old Hummel is hitting .254 with six homers in Triple-A. The 18-year-old Ciprian was playing in rookie ball this year.
“We’re happy with the two players we got from the Brewers,” Arizona general manager Mike Hazen said. “I think anytime we’re trading someone like Eduardo off our team it’s certainly bittersweet. But given the position we’re in right now, it made sense for us to do so.”
Escobar is in the final year of a $21 million, three-year contract. The Diamondbacks had been expected to move him for weeks.
The trade is among a handful the Diamondbacks have already made this season in an effort to rebuild their roster. They also dealt outfielder Tim Locastro to the Yankees and catcher Stephen Vogt to Atlanta. More deals are expected before Friday’s 4 p.m. EDT trade deadline.
“Where we stand right now, over the next two months, this is about acquiring as much talent as we can to continue to build forward from this point,” Hazen said.
Votto extends power surge, Reds roll past Cubs 8-2
CHICAGO (AP) Joey Votto homered twice for the second consecutive day, going deep in his fifth straight game to match a Cincinnati record as the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Wednesday night.
Tyler Mahle tossed six scoreless innings for the Reds, who beefed up their bullpen again by acquiring right-hander Mychal Givens from Colorado before the game. Tyler Stephenson and Shogo Akiyama each had two RBIs, and Jesse Winker doubled twice and drove in a run.
The 37-year-old Votto is the ninth hitter in Reds history, dating to 1900, to homer in five straight games. It was his 15th career multi-homer game.
“Homer-wise, this is the best stretch I’ve been on in a short period of time,” said Votto, a six-time All-Star who noted he’s been through hot hitting streaks before. “I’ve never done it with the home run, so it’s a little bit of a new experience.”
The 2010 NL MVP launched a 1-1 curveball from Zach Davies deep into the left-field bleachers leading off the second. Votto tagged Cory Abbott for a two-run shot to center on a 3-1 fastball in the ninth, giving him 19 homers this season and seven during his five-game surge.
It’s coming at a perfect time for the Reds, who need to get on a roll to close ground on NL Central-leading Milwaukee or a wild-card spot.
“He just continues to be fun to watch and contribute in a big way to our wins,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s really a pleasure and a joy to watch him at the plate right now.”
Mahle (8-3) scattered five hits and walked one in his first win since June 16. The right-hander battled through some deep counts and was helped by sharp defense, including a couple of nifty catches by right fielder Aristides Aquino.
“That was probably the grindiest game I’ve been a part of,” Mahle said. “To end up going six innings, let alone no runs, was incredible.”
Newly acquired relievers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson followed with a scoreless inning each in their Reds debuts before Ryan Hendrix allowed two runs in the ninth, on RBI singles by David Bote and Ian Happ.
Nico Hoerner and Patrick Wisdom each had two hits for fading Chicago. The Cubs have dropped two straight and seven of 11.
Davies (6-7) was tagged for four runs and seven hits. The wiry right-hander struck out eight but walked four.
Votto’s opposite-field shot put the Reds ahead 1-0 in the second.
Cubs manager David Ross has noticed some differences in the left-handed-batting Cincinnati slugger.
“He’s changed his stance, taller and hitting for more power to all fields,” Ross said. “A breaking ball from Davies there, he takes it to left.
“Right now he’s just locked in and hitting for power as much as I’ve seen him. I’ve been watching him for a long time and he’s in a pretty good place.”
Winker lined a double to the center-field wall in the third to drive in Cincinnati’s second run.
Stephenson’s long single to the left-field wall in the fifth plated two runs to make it 4-0. Kris Bryant threw out Stephenson at second.
Dillon Maples hit Akiyama with a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth to force in a run before the Reds scored three in the ninth to pull away.
Reyes 2 HRs, drive almost hits bicyclist, Indians top Cards
CLEVELAND (AP) Some batters hit for the cycle. Indians slugger Franmil Reyes nearly hit the cyclist.
Reyes homered twice, the first a second-inning blast that bounced out of Progressive Field and almost dinged a bicyclist pedaling on a street next to the park, and Cleveland beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Wednesday.
Reyes’ leadoff homer in the second glanced off the pedestrian bridge in left field and landed on the plaza area between the ballpark and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The ball traveled an estimated 446 feet.
The homer got the attention of his teammates who marveled over the distance of the blast while watching from the dugout.
“It’s ridiculous,” Indians starter Zach Plesac said. “He sent that ball out of the stadium. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. That’s incredible.”
Reyes said he hasn’t hit a ball out of the park during batting practice and was unaware the home run almost hit someone riding a bike. He does take note of the response he sees from his teammates as he rounds the bases after a long home run.
“After each homer I like to go to the iPad and look at their reaction and some of them were putting their hands right here (behind their heads),” he said. “It was pretty awesome.”
Reyes wasn’t done. He finished off Cleveland’s three-homer inning in the third with his 19th of the season, a 421-foot drive to center.
Cesar Hernandez and Jose Ramirez also homered in the inning for Cleveland, which avoided dropping under .500 for the first time since May 1. Hernandez’s two-run homer gave Cleveland a 3-2 lead. He had a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Kwang Hyun Kim (6-6) gave up all four homers and lost for the first time since June 20, breaking a stretch of wins in five straight starts. Reyes’ second homer ended the day for Kim, who allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Plesac (6-3) gave up two runs in five innings. He made his fourth start since coming off the injured list July 8 after missing six weeks with a broken right thumb.
St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado was hit on the right forearm by a pitch from Pleasc in the fifth. The All-Star third baseman walked around the home plate area and slowly went to first despite being in obvious pain while talking with manager Mike Shildt and a trainer.
Arenado took the field for defense in the bottom of the inning but was removed. The Cardinals announced he had a bruised forearm and is day to day.
Shildt said Arenado is optimistic that he’ll play Friday when the Cardinals open a three-game series against Minnesota as the pitch appeared to strike him on the back of his arm.
“Thankfully, it looks like it got mostly meat,” Shildt said. “The off-day tomorrow will help. He’ll get treatment. It got him pretty good.”
Dylan Carlson led off the third with his 11th homer. Yadier Molina’s two-out single gave St. Louis a first-inning lead, but Kim’s short outing was costly.
“He wasn’t able to get the ball on the ground,” Shildt said. “His velocity was down a tick. He lived up top too much and in the air a lot.”
Lions-Vikings? Naw, Tigers top Twins by NFL-like 17-14 final
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Playing to a score befitting an NFL matchup, the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins also were counterpunching like the best of boxers.
Detroit finally had enough for a knockout blow.
Jeimer Candelario and Eric Haase each drove in three runs and the Tigers, despite giving up seven homers and not hitting any, outlasted the Twins 17-14 Wednesday.
“Credit to them for continuing to fight when they’re down by 10 and then both teams decided to throw haymakers the rest of the day,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said.
The Tigers led 10-0 in the fourth in an MLB game with a score more likely suited for a game between the Lions and Vikings.
After Detroit scored eight times in the top of the fourth, Minnesota got six runs in the bottom half, highlighted by Ryan Jeffers’ grand slam. Down 13-6, the Twins scored six more in the eighth on Miguel Sano’s second homer of the game and drives by Max Kepler, Brent Rooker and Jeffers.
Minnesota became the fourth team since 1901 to hit seven homers in a nine-inning game and lose, and the first since the Chicago White Sox on June 25, 2016, against Toronto.
“It felt like a movie out there,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We play a ton of baseball games, and it didn’t feel like, really, any of them that I’ve seen throughout the years, and we’ve seen some crazy ones. I’m not surprised that there’s some odd facts popping out from that effort, from what we just saw.”
Haase’s three-run double in the ninth gave the Tigers another cushion. Jorge Polanco hit a two-run homer in the Twins ninth.
The Tigers posted their highest run total of the season and won their second straight game, assuring themselves of at least a .500 finish for the month of July. Since going 8-19 in April, Detroit is nearing its third straight winning month.
“To put up 17 with no home runs, you got to pass the baton to the next guy and do your job at the plate,” Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner said. “It’s a great all-around team effort to get the win and get the series win.”
Derek Holland (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
J.A. Happ (5-6) was tagged for nine runs on 10 hits and four walks in three innings. Since posting a 1.91 ERA through his first five starts, Happ has given up 68 earned runs in 70 innings (8.74 ERA).
A scheduling quirk has led to the teams playing 12 games against each other in the past 21 days, an occurrence lamented by both managers recently.
“We’re tired of the Twins and they’re probably tired of us,” Hinch said. “I am glad the way we responded to end the second couple of series. We saw them at home and then hard-fought, come-from-behind series win at their place. We’ve seen enough of them until they come to our place for the makeup game.”
The rematch is a makeup game scheduled in Detroit on Aug. 30 before one final three-game series in Minnesota at the end of September.
Royals beat White Sox 3-2 on Taylor’s 2-out single in 10th
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Michael A. Taylor’s two-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning drove Hunter Dozier home from second base as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday night.
The Royals had tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth when Salvador Perez hit his 24th homer, a solo shot to left-center off AL saves leader Liam Hendriks.
“I was just trying to do my job, hit the ball hard,” Perez said of his home run.
Scott Barlow (3-3), who took over in the 10th as the fifth Royals pitcher, struck out two and walked one. Ryan Burr (2-1) pitched the final inning for Chicago.
Kansas City opened the 10th when Hanser Alberto’s sacrifice bunt sent Andrew Benintendi to third. Dozier reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to second after shortstop Tim Anderson threw home to get out Benintendi. Taylor then singled to center for his fourth career game-ending RBI.
“I was just looking for a good pitch to hit,” Taylor said. “With two strikes, I’m not even sure what I hit right there.”
White Sox starter Lucas Giolito allowed one run on four hits in six-plus innings, walking one and striking out seven. Giolito is 5-1 all-time in Kauffman Stadium with a 2.74 ERA (19 earned runs in 62 1/3 innings). He has had 10 quality starts in his 10 starts in Kansas City, allowing no more than three runs in any of them.
“Sometimes there’s no justice in this game,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.
“I felt pretty good. I felt like my stuff was playing well, especially my slider,” Giolito said. “It was one of the best slider nights I’ve had this year. I want to build off that.”
Royals manager Mike Matheny was impressed with Giolito’s outing.
“We were getting no-hit,” he said. “We were having trouble making anything happen and he had it all working.”
Kris Bubic allowed two runs on five hits in six-plus innings for Kansas City. He walked one and struck out three.
The White Sox scored twice in the fifth. Bubic gave up singles to Andrew Vaughn, Leury Garcia and Danny Mendick on a hit up the middle that scored Vaughn. Center fielder Taylor’s throw home was off line, but catcher Perez threw to second. Garcia scored when Whit Merrifield chased Mendick back to first.
The Royals finally scored when Giolito allowed back-to-back doubles to Perez and Jorge Soler to start the seventh.
Judge hits tiebreaking single in 10th, Yankees beat Rays 3-1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Aaron Judge went from being a late scratch to hitting a tiebreaking single in a two-run 10th inning as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays for the second straight day, 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Judge was taken out of the lineup about 30 minutes before the first pitch, and initially no announcement was made about why. The All-Star right fielder struck out in the fifth pinch-hitting for Estevan Florial.
Judge returned to the team Tuesday after going on the COVID-19 injured list July 16. After the game Wednesday night, Yankees manager Aaron Boone explained why Judge was scratched, saying he had doctor appointments related to his return from the IL and didn’t arrive at the ballpark until less than an hour before the start.
“Better late than never,” Judge said.
Judge said he had mild virus symptoms, including headaches and sniffles, but was able to work out during his IL stint.
“I’m feeling great,” he said. “The most important thing is your health and making sure you’re 100%.”
Judge declined to say if he has been vaccinated for COVID-19.
“I’m not going to get into that,” he said. “It’s something I’d like to keep with, talking to my doctor about.”
New York also had a big night off the field. The Yankees reached a deal to get All-Star slugger Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers, a person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move had not yet been announced and was subject to approval of medical records of the players involved.
The Yankees are 8 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East and trail Tampa Bay, Oakland and Seattle in the race for two wild cards.
Greg Allen was hit by a pitch from Pete Fairbanks (3-4) leading off the 10th, putting runners on first and second. Judge then grounded an RBI single to center field that just got by shortstop Wander Franco.
Fairbanks left with a shoulder issue and was replaced by Andrew Kittredge, who threw a wild pitch that allowed another run to score as the Yankees went up 3-1.
“It was a grind all game.” Boone said. “Really good winning at-bats there in the end,”
Chad Green (4-5) pitched a perfect inning before Aroldis Chapman worked the 10th to get his 20th save in 24 chances. Four relievers combined for five hitless innings to complete a three-hitter for the Yankees.
Randy Arozarena drew a one-out walk from Chapman. Pinch-hitter Nelson Cruz struck out after Yandy Diaz and Arozarena both advanced on a wild pitch.
“We always feel good anytime Nelson’s got a bat in his hand and there’s guys on base,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “You’re going against one of the game’s best in Chapman. That’s how it goes sometimes.”
The game ended when first baseman DJ LeMahieu made a stumbling grab on Francisco Mejia’s infield popup.
“Adventure. That’s probably a good word for it,” LeMahieu said.
Franco had a leadoff infield single in the fourth and scored to put the Rays up 1-0 on Brandon Lowe’s two-out double off Nestor Cortes.
LeMahieu tied it with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly against Michael Wacha.
Cortes and Wacha both allowed one run and three hits in five innings. Wacha struck out nine, while Cortes whiffed five.
Buehler, Dodgers dominate 1st-place Giants 8-0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Walker Buehler pitched three-hit ball over seven dominant innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers to extend his mastery of the San Francisco Giants in an 8-0 victory Wednesday night.
The Dodgers had lost three straight against their division rivals and were three games behind the first-place Giants in the NL West before Buehler’s gem on his 27th birthday.
The All-Star right-hander baffled the Giants with an effective mix of his four-seam fastball, sharp cutter and knuckle curve. Buehler (11-1) had eight strikeouts – three looking – and walked two.
Buehler, whose only loss this season came against the Cubs on June 24 when the Dodgers were shut out, improved to 7-0 lifetime against the Giants. In five starts versus San Francisco this season, he is 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA.
The pitcher also drove in a run with a fielder’s choice grounder in the seventh.
Mitch White retired six batters to complete the five-hitter.
Cody Bellinger homered for the defending World Series champions. Max Muncy and AJ Pollock had three hits apiece.
The Giants managed five singles and had only two runners reach second base – one when Buehler bounced a full-count pitch past catcher Will Smith in the sixth.
The Dodgers batted around and chased starter Anthony DeSclafani (10-5) in the third. Justin Turner had an RBI single and Smith tripled to drive in two more. Pollock bounced a two-out single up the middle to make it 4-0.
DeSclafani fell to 1-8 in his career against the Dodgers after retiring just eight batters. He allowed six hits and four runs.
Bellinger homered off John Brebbia in the eighth.
Ohtani hits 37th homer as Angels rally to defeat Rockies 8-7
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani continued his power display Wednesday, crushing a three-run home run, and Phil Gosselin had a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning for the Los Angeles Angels, who rallied for an 8-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
The Angels trailed early but used a five-run fourth inning to jump ahead 6-3 and added another run in the fifth for a 7-3 advantage. The Rockies rallied with three runs in the seventh and another in the eighth to tie the game at 7-all, but Gosselin’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth scored David Fletcher to set the final margin.
Angels closer Raisel Iglesias (7-4) blew a save opportunity for the fifth time when he gave up a game-tying RBI single to Brendan Rodgers in the top of the eighth. He still earned the victory by recording five outs.
Ohtani’s line-drive blast to right field off Rockies reliever Jesus Tenoco was his MLB-leading 37th of the season and his third in the last four games, including consecutive contests against the Rockies. It gave the Angels a 4-3 lead in the fourth.
Justin Upton and Max Stassi also hit home runs for the Angels, who have won consecutive series and five of their last seven games. Los Angeles starter Andrew Heaney gave up three runs on four hits over six innings with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Trailing 7-3, the Rockies rallied with three runs in the seventh inning on a two-run double from Ramiel Tapia, while Tapia scored on a Fletcher throwing error when the Angels failed to turn a double play.
Tapia had three hits for Colorado, while Trevor Story had a two-run home run in the first inning. Playing amid constant rumors as the trade deadline approaches, Story hit his 13th home run of the season, two days after he was hit on the back of the left-hand by a 97-mph fastball from Ohtani.
Tinoco gave up five runs on five hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings of work as the Rockies were forced into a bullpen game after scheduled starter Chi Chi Gonzalez was placed on the COVID-19 injured list earlier in the day. Carlos Estevez (2-3) gave up the Angels’ run in the ninth.
Bush won’t have Heisman Trophy returned following NCAA decision
Former USC star Reggie Bush won’t have the 2005 Heisman Trophy returned to him after the NCAA announced it will not reverse penalties or restore vacated records from past years based on recent changes to name, image, and likeness.
“Although college athletes can now receive benefits from their names, images, and likenesses through activities like endorsements and appearances, NCAA rules still do not permit pay-for-play type arrangements,” an NCAA spokesperson said, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura.
“The NCAA infractions process exists to promote fairness in college sports. The rules that govern fair play are voted on, agreed to, and expected to be upheld by all NCAA member schools.”
The decision comes weeks after the Heisman Trust announced it would welcome Bush back into the exclusive club if the NCAA reinstated the collegiate star’s status for the 2005 season.
Bush returned the Heisman Trophy after an NCAA investigation found that he and his family received cash, paid travel expenses, and a home in the San Diego area during his collegiate career. The Trojans vacated 14 victories – including the 2004 BCS National Championship – and 30 scholarships following the investigation; they also served a two-year postseason ban.
The announcement also thwarts the efforts of six former Ohio State players who wanted wins from their 2010 season reinstated after selling personal memorabilia and receiving improper benefits.
Bowlsby says ESPN helping other conferences poach Big 12 schools
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby sent a cease-and-desist letter to ESPN on Wednesday, saying the network has talked with at least one other conference about poaching Big 12 programs, according to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated.
The letter comes after Texas and Oklahoma – two conference powerhouses – left the Big 12.
“The Big 12 conference demands that ESPN immediately cease and desist all actions that may harm the conference and its members, and that it not communicate with the Big 12 Conference’s existing members or any NCAA conference regarding the Big 12 conference’s members, possible conference realignment, or potential financial incentive or outcomes related to possible conference realignment,” Bowlsby said.
The conference reportedly gathered evidence that ESPN executives orchestrated the recent shakeup of the Big 12 with the intention of destroying it by communicating with multiple schools beyond Texas and Oklahoma, sources told Ryan Black of The Mercury.
“I have absolute certainty (ESPN) has been involved in manipulating other conferences to go after our members,” Bowlsby said Wednesday, according to Ralph D. Russo of The Associated Press.
“This whole thing has been a complete articulation of deception,” he added.
ESPN released a statement responding to the Big 12, saying, “The claims in the letter have no merit.”
The Longhorns and Sooners informed the Big 12 this week they won’t renew their grants of media rights after it expires in 2025. The two schools have also formally submitted requests to join the SEC. They now need at least 11 approval votes from the 14 SEC presidents to expand the conference.
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Olympic champ Biles withdraws from all-around competition
TOKYO (AP) Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic title.
The American gymnastics superstar withdrew from Thursday’s all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being.
USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Wednesday that the 24-year-old is opting to not compete. The decision comes a day after Biles removed herself from the team final following one rotation because she felt she wasn’t mentally ready.
Jade Carey, who finished ninth in qualifying, will take Biles’ place in the all-around. Carey initially did not qualify because she was the third-ranking American behind Biles and Sunisa Lee. International Gymnastics Federation rules limit countries to two athletes per event in the finals.
The organization said Biles will be evaluated daily before deciding if she will participate in next week’s individual events. Biles qualified for the finals on all four apparatuses, something she didn’t even do during her five-medal haul in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Biles spent a portion of Wednesday evening watching American teammates Sam Mikulak and Brody Malone compete in the men’s all-around finals. Mikulak, a three-time Olympian, praised Biles’ decision.
“We’ve had some conversations (and) she seems like she’s doing what’s best for her,” Mikulak said. “It’s awesome to see that she’s gotten to go against the pressure of society and do what’s best for herself.”
The 24-year-old came to Tokyo as possibly the face of the Games following the retirement of swimmer Michael Phelps and sprinter Usain Bolt. She topped qualifying on Sunday despite piling up mandatory deductions on vault, floor and beam following shaky dismounts.
She posted on social media on Monday that she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders. The weight became too heavy after vaulting during team finals. She lost herself in mid-air and completed 1 1/2 twists instead of 2 1/2. She consulted with U.S. team doctor Marcia Faustin before walking off the field of play.
When she returned, she took off her bar grips, hugged teammates Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles and turned into the team’s head cheerleader as the U.S. claimed silver behind the Russian Olympic Committee.
“Once I came out here (to compete), I was like, `No mental is, not there so I just need to let the girls do it and focus on myself,'” Biles said following the medal ceremony.
The decision opens the door wide open for the all-around, a title that was long considered a foregone conclusion. Rebeca Andrade of Brazil finished second to Biles during qualifying, followed by Lee and Russians Angelina Melnikova and Vladislava Urazova. The four were separated by three-tenths of a point on Sunday.
Carey now finds herself in the final, capping a remarkable journey for the 21-year-old from Phoenix. She spent two years traveling the globe in an effort to pile up enough points on the World Cup circuit to earn an individual nominative spot, meaning she would be in the Olympics but technically not be part of the four-woman U.S. team.
Carey posted the second-best score on vault and the third-best on floor during qualifying, earning trips to the event finals in the process. Now she finds herself competing for an all-around medal while replacing the athlete considered the greatest of all-time in the sport.
Dougie Hamilton joins Devils on $63 million, 7-year deal
(AP) — Dougie Hamilton is joining the New Jersey Devils after getting the biggest contract handed out on the first day of NHL free agency.
Hamilton and the Devils agreed to terms Wednesday on a $63 million, seven-year deal that gives the rebuilding organization one of hockey’s most prolific defensemen to add pieces around on the blue line.
“Our entire staff is excited for what Dougie will provide us on the ice,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “He is an elite offensive talent who runs a power play, accompanied by strong defensive play on the back end. At 6-6, his skating, skill, mobility, and ability to stabilize the game in all situations will be key for our team.”
Hamilton, 28, will count $9 million against the salary cap through 2027-28. Only three players at his position have higher cap numbers next season.
Production and analytic numbers got Hamilton this deal. He had 10 goals and 32 assists in 55 games last season and has 341 points in the regular season during his NHL career with Boston, Calgary and Carolina.
Advanced statistics also show Hamilton is an elite offensive defenseman, even if he struggles in his own end and has a penchant for taking bad penalties. What he does to drive play and help put the puck in the net more than outweighs the bad in his game.
“As a player and person, he has consistently shown a commitment to excellence and will play a leading role in our franchise’s return to an elite level in the league,” Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald said. “We believe that the magnitude of his contributions on the ice will be equal to his impact on our culture as we continue to position ourselves for long-term success.”
Hamilton spent the past three seasons with the Hurricanes, and his camp had extensive conversations about him re-signing. But Carolina GM Don Waddell said he made an eight-year offer but couldn’t get to the salary number Hamilton wanted and didn’t begrudge the Toronto native for testing the free agent market.
“We want to be a good team for a long time,” Waddell said. “He earned the right to be a free agent. These guys get this opportunity to be a UFA and he wanted to seek what the market was and obviously he (got) his contract.”
New Jersey also traded defenseman Will Butcher and a fifth-round pick to Buffalo to free up money and signed goaltender Jonathan Bernier to a two-year contract worth $8.25 million. Bernier will play in tandem with Devils starter Mackenzie Blackwood and could play a role in mentoring him.
“Being in Jersey, I think they have a really good young team,” Bernier said. “(Signing) Dougie – that’s a big piece for the team, and especially for a goalie having a guy like that in front of you. Yeah, I just think they’re really headed in the right direction.”
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INDIANA SWIMMING AND DIVING: King, Lazor Make Breaststroke Final
TOKYO – Two with Hoosier ties have advanced to finals in the pool after the ninth and 10th sessions of swimming on Wednesday at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Both Annie Lazor and Lilly King will be competing in the women’s 200m Breaststroke final after advancing through the preliminary and semifinal heats.
Through five days in the pool, the Hoosiers have collected six total medals (2G, 3S, 1B). As a University, IU athletes have produced 110 total medals – 57 gold, 20 silver, and 33 bronze.
WOMEN’S 200M BREASTSTROKE
Annie Lazor used a strong back half of the women’s 200m Breaststroke to earn a spot in her first career Olympic. She finished third in her heat and third overall out of the semfinals with a time of 2:21.94, besting her preliminary time of 2:22.76.
Lilly King, already with a bronze medal in the meet, will swim for gold in the event after finishing second in the first semifinal heat and fifth overall with a time of 2:22.27. The final is her third career individual Olympic final and her first in the 200m Breaststroke.
MEN’S 200M IM
In his first swim of these Olympics, three-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships Vini Lanza finished 25th in the preliminary heats of the men’s 200m IM with a time of 1:58.92.
WOMEN’S 200M BREASTSTROKE
3. Annie Lazor – 2:21.94*
5. Lilly King – 2:22.27*
MEN’S 200M IM
25. Vini Lanza – 1:58.92
*Advanced to Finals
Lanza and Tomer Frankel will be back in action tomorrow morning in heats of the men’s 100m Butterfly. The action will begin at 6:50 a.m. ET. Both King and Lazor will swim for gold in the women’s 200m Breaststroke at 9:45 p.m. ET.
Hoosiers To Face National Champion Stanford, Miami (FL) at Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Women’s Basketball has announced it will take part in the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship in Nassau, Bahamas at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Hyatt resort on November 25th and 27th. It will play two contests against the reigning national champion Stanford and Miami (FL).
The Hoosiers will face the Cardinal on Thanksgiving Day and the Hurricanes on Saturday. Both game times will be determined at a later date and will be streamed live through FloHoops.com.
Coming off one of its most historic seasons in school history, the Hoosiers return all five starters from a team that went 21-6 overall and made the NCAA Elite Eight in 2020-21. All-Americans junior forward Mackenzie Holmes (17.8 ppg. 7.6 rpg. 60.7 FG %) and senior guard Grace Berger (15.4 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 4.6 apg.). Graduate student guard Ali Patberg will return for her seventh and final season of collegiate eligibility as she also added double figures last season (14.0 ppg., 3.9 rpg., 3.6 apg.) while landing on the All-Big Ten second team. Head coach Teri Moren enters her eighth season leading the Hoosiers.
This will be the third meeting between Indiana and Stanford, coached by IU alum Tara Vanderveer who enters her 43rd season as a collegiate coach. The Cardinal went on to win the 2021 NCAA Championship last season over Arizona. They return four of its five leading scorers from last season highlighted by All-American junior guard Haley Jones (13.2 ppg., 7.4 rpg.) and senior guard Lexie Hull (11.6 ppg., 5.1 rpg.). Stanford went 31-2 overall last season and 19-2 in Pac 12 play to earn the league’s regular season and tournament title.
IU will meet Miami for the second time in three seasons in a series that’s tied at 2-2 overall. The two teams last met in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in a battle of two ranked teams in Coral Gables, Fla. Indiana was victorious in the meeting between the two then ranked teams, 58-45, on Dec. 4, 2019. They went 11-11 overall in 2020-21 and 8-10 in ACC action. Returning for the Hurricanes in 2021-22 are leading scorer graduate student guard Kelsey Marshall (13.2 ppg.) and senior forward Destiny Harden (10.7 ppg., 5.4 rpg.).
Pink Flamingo Championship
On schedule the same days as the Bahamas Championship, college basketball’s top women’s programs take the floor in the “Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship” starting on Thursday, Nov. 25 with six of the seven participating teams having played in last season’s NCAA Tournament. The majority of the teams will play two games each on Thursday/Saturday but defending NCAA champ Stanford will play three straight days, Thursday-Saturday. All seven games of the Pink Flamingo Championship will be broadcast on FloHoops.
The slate of games in the Pink Flamingo Championship will likely feature multiple top-10 clashes with Stanford, Maryland, NC State and Indiana all being projected to be elite programs next season. A Final Four-worthy doubleheader tips off the action with NC State facing Maryland and Indiana battling Stanford in the first two games of women’s action on Thursday. On Saturday, Stanford plays Maryland which could be a preview of the 2022 NCAA Championship game as the two programs are the highest rated teams in the field and in the top-five nationally.
“In most early season events, you are lucky if you see one top-10 match-up; we may have three such games in Nassau,” said Women’s Tournament Director and ESPN analyst Debbie Antonelli. “In all my years in the game, I don’t know if I have ever seen so many quality teams in one field. Every game will have an NCAA Tournament level of play and several of these games will be on par with the Final Four. Fans are in for a treat with not only Baha Mar but the play on the court.”
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: BRAMBLETT NAMED TO RAY GUY AWARD WATCH LIST
NOTRE DAME, Ind — Notre Dame junior punter Jay Bramblett has been named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List for the second-consecutive year. The award honors the nation’s top collegiate punter.
In 2020, Bramblett bombed 43 punts for 1,839 yards (42.8 average), with a 59-yard long in the 2020 ACC Championship game. He forced 15 fair catches, dropped 12 punts inside the 20-yard line and posted 10 punts of 50 yards or more.
In the season-opener vs. Duke, Bramblett had a career day, sending six punts, including punts of 53, 52 and 45 yards. His play of the day came in the second quarter on a fake punt play, when he rushed for 14 yards, cutting to get the Irish the first down and keeping Notre Dame’s drive alive, which eventually resulted in a touchdown.
Bramblett also served as the holder for Notre Dame’s extra points and field goals, assisting kicker Jonathan Doerer to a 2020 season in which he scored 93 total points, making 48-of-48 extra points and adding 15 field goals.
Five Valpo Players Named to Preseason All-PFL Team
The Valparaiso University football team boasted five members of the Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team, which was announced by the league office on Wednesday.
Running back Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston), linebacker Jaxon Peifer (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community), defensive back Keyon Turner (Chicago, Ill. / Marist), kicker Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) and punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) were recognized as part of the Preseason All-PFL Team. All five were members of the Spring 2021 All-PFL First Team.
Washington was one of seven unanimous All-PFL selections, while Turner was the lone freshman on the all-league first team. Washington was named the first PFL Offensive Player of the Year in program history last spring, while Niesner shared PFL Special Teams Player of the Year accolades. In addition, Niesner was tabbed an FCS National Punter of the Year Semifinalist. Turner was named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award (FCS National Freshman of the Year) and earned HERO Sports Freshman All-American honors.
Peifer finished with a team-high 42 tackles including 22 solos during the six-game spring season. He accounted for 3.0 tackles for loss totaling 15 yards, made a pair of sacks, broke up two passes, forced two fumbles and was credited with a QB hurry. Peifer helped Valpo rank third in the league in scoring defense thanks to his 7.0 tackles per game, which ranked seventh among all PFL players. He was one of four players in the league with multiple forced fumbles.
Peifer had a season-high nine tackles on two occasions, the March 27 home victory over rival Butler and the April 10 game at Morehead State. He had five or more stops in all six games and had six solos in each of the two games against Butler.
Bartholomew boasted the league’s best field-goal percentage at 87.5 percent, converting seven of his eight attempts. He had the most point-after attempts without a miss in the league, going a perfect 13-for-13 on PATs. The redshirt sophomore ranked sixth in the PFL in scoring at 5.7 points per game.
Bartholomew’s season-long 49-yard field goal came at a crucial time as it represented the first points of an eventual 10-7 win over Drake, the program’s first win over the Bulldogs since 2003 and its first-ever win in Des Moines, Iowa. Bartholomew also averaged 51.6 yards per kick on 25 kickoffs, booting a pair of touchbacks. He posted Valpo’s best single-season field-goal percentage since at least 2005.
Turner finished his rookie season as the FCS nation’s true leader in takeaways with six. He recovered fumbles in Week 1 and Week 6 sandwiched around a four-game stretch of contests with an interception in Weeks 2-5. The rookie was named the co-PFL Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3.
Turner’s four picks helped him become one of only five Valpo players with four or more interceptions in a single season over the last 12 years despite the fact that the Spring 2021 slate was shortened to six games. He ranked in the top 10 nationally in interceptions per game, led the nation in interceptions per game among freshmen, became the first Valpo player with interceptions in four straight games in over two decades and became the first Valpo freshman with four interceptions in a season in over 20 years.
Washington ranked eighth nationally in FCS in rushing yards per game at 108.8. He accrued 100 or more rushing yards on four occasions including a season-high 199 on 39 carries in the March 13 season opener at Butler, the highest single-game rushing output by a Valpo player since 2012. His 199-yard performance marked the ninth-highest single-game rushing number in the nation this season, and he was one of three players nationally with multiple games of 180+ rushing yards.
Washington, who totaled 653 yards and five touchdowns on 140 carries over six games, had the most rushing yards in a season by any Valpo player since Brandon Hall’s 855 in 2014 despite this year’s slate being shortened to six games. Washington was named the PFL Offensive Player of the Week once and earned a pair of College Sports Madness PFL Offensive Player of the Week nods. In addition, the Valpo running back ranked 11th nationally in total rushing yards and 12th in all-purpose yards per game (129.33).
Niesner tied Greg Wood’s program record for single-season punting average at 43.6. When taken to the next decimal point, Niesner’s 43.58 is narrowly behind Wood’s 43.64, which is also the Pioneer Football League record. Niesner’s mark is the second-best in PFL history. He ranked eighth nationally in punting average in Division-I FCS in Spring 2021.
Niesner booted seven punts for 50+ yards this season including a career-long 72 in the season finale vs. San Diego. He pinned the opposition inside the 20 on nine occasions while totaling 1,351 yards over his 31 boots. Niesner earned a pair of PFL Special Teams Player of the Week accolades this past spring.
After finishing with the program’s highest winning percentage since 2003 in Spring 2021, head coach Landon Fox’s team will embark on the fall slate on Sept. 4 at Indiana Wesleyan before PFL play gets underway on Sept. 25 at Drake. The home opener is slated for Sept. 18 vs. Dartmouth.
2021 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League First Team
Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
WR BJ Byrd (1) Morehead State 6-2 190 Sr. Richmond, Calif.
WR Michael Carner (1) San Diego 6-1 190 RSo. Westlake Village, Calif.
WR Yogi Flager (2) Butler 5-10 165 RFr. Fairview Heights, Ill.
QB Mark Pappas (1) Morehead State 6-2 213 Jr. Avon Lake, Ohio
QB Jack Cook (1) Dayton 6-0 207 Sr. Cranberry Township, Pa.
TE Derek Kline (1) San Diego 6-5 230 RSo. Phoenix, Ariz.
RB Jake Chisholm Dayton 5-9 182 Jr. Union, Ky.
RB Dylan Sparks (1) Davidson 6-0 201 Jr. Centreville, Va.
RB Robert Washington (1, PotY) Valparaiso 5-11 215 Sr. Huntersville, N.C.
FB Coy Williams (1) Davidson 5-11 202 Sr. Lumberton, Texas
A-P BJ Byrd (2) Morehead State 6-2 190 Sr. Richmond, Calif.
OL Billy Corte (1) Stetson 6-5 285 RSr. Cleveland, Ohio
OL Antonio Derry (1) Stetson 6-4 308 RSr. Baltimore, Md.
OL Cam Marriott (1) Morehead State 6-3 300 Jr. Redlands, Calif.
OL Khalil Miller (1) Davidson 6-3 299 Sr. Lithonia, Ga.
OL DJ Wright (1) San Diego 6-4 275 RJr. Pittsburg, Calif.
DL Jonathan Hammond (2, FRotY) Davidson 6-2 218 So. Dunwoody, Ga.
DL Jake Hoper (2) Drake 6-4 269 Sr. South Beloit, Ill.
DL Vaughn Taylor Jr. (1) Morehead State 6-2 252 Sr. Washington, D.C.
DL Fermon Reid (1) Stetson 6-0 254 Gr. Naples, Fla.
DL Aaron Acosta (H) Marist 6-0 285 RJr. Mount Laurel, N.J.
LB Jake Alexander (1) Davidson 6-0 189 Sr. Belmont, N.C.
LB Kyle Bilchik (1) San Diego 5-10 210 Sr. Simi Valley, Calif.
LB Kama Kamaka (1) San Diego 6-1 210 Sr. Kailua, Hawaii
LB Jaxon Peifer (1) Valparaiso 6-1 235 Sr. Normal, Ill.
LB Zach Rumpke (H) Dayton 6-0 196 RSo. Cincinnati, Ohio
LB Vincent Winey (1) Morehead State 6-1 230 Sr. Lindenhurst, N.Y.
DB Brandon Easterling (1) Dayton 6-0 203 Sr. Fairborn, Ohio
DB Kyle Fleitman (2) Marist 6-0 178 Gr. Islip Terrace, N.Y.
DB Michael Hawkins (1) San Diego 6-1 200 Sr. San Diego, Calif.
DB Danny Morales (2) Drake 5-11 180 Sr. Temecula, Calif.
DB Hunter Nichols (1) San Diego 6-0 185 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif.
DB Keyon Turner (1) Valparaiso 5-9 160 So. Chicago, Ill.
PK Brian Bartholomew (1) Valparaiso 5-11 160 RJr. Sugar Grove, Ill.
PK Sam Webster (2) Dayton 5-10 215 So. Richfield, Ohio
P Ben Niesner (1, PotYhamm) Valparaiso 6-0 190 RSr. Black Diamond, Wash.
RS Jaylon Johnson (1) Stetson 5-10 156 RSo. Olive Branch, Miss.
LS Ryan Kriceri (1) Drake 6-2 235 5th Aurora, Ill.
Notes in parentheses: 1-was a first-team selection; 2-was a second-team selection; H-was an honorable mention selection in previous year of
competition. (Dayton and Marist student-athletes from 2019 all others from 2020 All-PFL Teams). PotY-2020-21 Player of the Year (Offensive, Defensive
or Special Teams), FRotY- 2020-21 Freshman of the Year (Offensive or Defensive).
BUTLER FOOTBALL: Flager Represents Butler Football on 2021 Preseason All-PFL Team
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Butler wide receiver Yogi Flager earned a spot on the 2021 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team today after an announcement from the league office. Flager led Butler with 387 receiving yards during his first season on campus. He caught 24 passes over six games that were played during the spring season.
38 total players earned the preseason honor with 28 of those student-athletes returning after First Team All-PFL honors last year. Flager was a Second Team All-PFL performer after the 2021 spring season. He was also voted on by his peers as Butler’s Newcomer of the Year.
Returning players named to the league’s 2020-21 All-PFL Teams were placed automatically on the 2021 Preseason All-PFL team in order of head coaches voting. In addition, the 2021 preseason team includes student-athletes from the University of Dayton and Marist College who would have appeared on the 2020 Preseason All-PFL Team.
A HERO Sports’ Freshman All-American, Flager played in all six games this spring, starting the final three. The 5-10 target averaged 16.1 yards per catch and was responsible for 64.5 yards per game.
Flager caught two passes for 46 yards in his Bulldog debut and then erupted with a four-catch performance at San Diego that covered 103 yards. He ended the year in style at Morehead State with 10 catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.
Flager was one of three wide receivers to be selected to the Preseason All-PFL Team. BJ Byrd of Morehead State and Michael Carner of San Diego rounded out the position group.
Preseason favorite and defending champion Davidson has five preseason selections. San Diego, picked to finish second in Tuesday’s PFL Preseason Coaches Poll, saw seven of its student-athletes earn preseason recognition. Drake, picked third in the coaches’ poll, placed three on the preseason team while Dayton, picked fourth, returns five preseason picks. Morehead State, which was picked seventh, had six preseason selections, second-most among the league’s 11 members.
Purdue Fort Wayne MBB’s Kpedi and Havey Honored by the NABC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two members of the 2020-21 Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court which recognizes student-athletes for their work in the classroom. The NABC honored Ra Kpedi and Matt Havey for the award.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be an undergraduate for at least one of the two semesters and meet the following criteria:
1. Academically a junior or senior, and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I institution with a NABC member coach.
The Mastodons were one of only three teams in the Horizon League with multiple selections on the list.
Kpedi earned a degree in economics and returns to the Mastodons this season. Havey graduated with a degree in finance. The duo helped the Mastodons to a win in the opening round of the Horizon League Championship last season.
Leigha Baldwin Signs With Mastodon WVB
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball head coach Steve Florio has announced that Leigha Baldwin has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Mastodons.
Baldwin is a 6-foot middle blocker from Perrysburg, Ohio. She played for the Yellow Jackets of Perrysburg High School under head coach Laura Davidson. Baldwin was an All-District Honorable Mention in 2019 and 2020, and earned Second Team All-Northern Lakes League in 2019 and Third Team honors in 2020. She played for the Premier Volleyball Academy for five years.
“I’m very happy to have Leigha join our program,” Florio said. “She adds much needed depth to a shallow position and is a well-trained middle that will be ready to go from day one. Further, she has worked really hard to make this a reality for her, and as such, I expect her to make the most of this opportunity.”
Baldwin will join fellow freshmen Jen Springer, Claire Pape and Nicole Jones, along with the rest of the Mastodons in their second season in the Horizon League. The ‘Dons will be in action for the first time on August 21 in exhibition action at Ball State. The regular season opens on August 27 with the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational.
Valpo Basketball to Participate in Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program will participate in the Nassau Championship, a Baha Mar Hoops event hosted in Nassau, The Bahamas beginning on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021.
The eight-team field also includes Toledo, Charlotte, Drexel, Tulane, Abilene Christian, Jacksonville State and Coastal Carolina. Valpo will tip off the event against Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. Central Time on Monday, Nov. 22.
The winner of the Valpo vs. Coastal Carolina game will take on the winner of Abilene Christian vs. Jacksonville State on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. The championship game will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. CT. The multi-team event also features consolation games. All 12 games of the Nassau Championship will be broadcast on FloHoops.
This will mark Valpo’s first meeting with Coastal Carolina, a member of the Sun Belt Conference coming off an 18-8 season. The team qualified for postseason play and won a pair of games in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
Toledo is coming off a 21-9 record and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. Abilene Christian won the Southland Conference title last season and upset third-seeded Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Drexel is the defending Colonial Athletic Association champion and reached the NCAA Tournament last season. Jacksonville State finished 2020-21 with an 18-9 overall record and a 13-6 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.
Under the direction of head coach Matt Lottich, Valpo improved its Arch Madness seeding for the fourth straight year in 2020-21 as the program continued to make positive strides in each season as a Missouri Valley Conference member. The team earned a first-round bye in the State Farm MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the prestigious league and earned a regular-season victory over No. 25 Drake, the fourth time in program history and second in Lottich’s tenure that Valpo knocked off a nationally-ranked program.
UNIVERSITY OF INDY FOOTBALL: Bengals sign former UIndy All-American Reece Horn
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CINCINNATI, Ohio – UIndy alumnus and free agent Reece Horn was singed this week by the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. The former Greyhound All-American will join the team’s training camp in hopes of eventually earning a spot on the regular season roster.
“Horn (6-3, 215), a first-year player out of the University of Indianapolis, originally was a college free agent signee of the Tennessee Titans in 2016. He later spent time playing professionally in Europe, as well as in the AAF (Memphis Express) and XFL (Tampa Bay Vipers). He also spent the 2019 offseason with the Miami Dolphins, but he has not yet seen regular-season game action in the NFL.”
Horn, a product of local Carmel, Ind., and Cathedral High School, compiled one of the most-decorated resumes in UIndy football history. The school’s all-time leader in career receptions and receiving yards, he was named the GLVC Offensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2014 and the GLVC Special Teams Player of the Year a year later. Horn capped his collegiate career with multiple All-America First Team honors and was named a Harlon Hill award candidate.
EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: Leigha Baldwin Signs With Mastodon WVB
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Just five months following a unique spring season, the University of Evansville volleyball team will be back on the floor in August to embark on what should be a more traditional fall campaign.
Evansville now offers digital, mobile ticketing that allows fans to buy tickets ahead of time. Single game tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for youth and seniors and can be purchased here. Fans can also purchase season passes for volleyball for $55, available here.
“We are very excited about this year’s schedule and going back to a full season. Our student-athletes have been working hard all summer to be ready for next season,” UE head volleyball coach Fernando Morales exclaimed. “We were able to book a very competitive pre-conference schedule to get us ready for the MVC games. As we all know, our conference is a very tough volleyball league and we want to get our players ready when we start playing the Valley opponents.”
Four non-conference tournaments will see the Purple Aces challenged early and often. Each of UE’s first four opponents are coming off of spring seasons that saw them go .500 or better. A trip north to the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational commences the season on August 27. SIU Edwardsville will be the first opponent. The Cougars went 10-4 in a shortened spring. Opening day wraps up with an afternoon match versus Kent State, who is coming off of a 12-9 showing. On the 28th, Evansville wraps up the tournament against Purdue Fort Wayne, who was 10-7 in 2021 and has posted three consecutive seasons over the .500 mark.
In one of its toughest matchups of not just preseason play, but the entire year, the Aces face Morehead State in the opening tilt of the Eagle Challenge in Morehead, Ky. on September 3. The reigning Ohio Valley Conference champions were 172 in the spring and defeated Creighton in five sets for their first NCAA Tournament win. UE finishes the day against Radford before facing Cleveland State, who was 9-7 earlier this year, in the third and final match of the weekend.
Evansville is back on the road on Sept. 10-11 at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational where the team faces Northern Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State and Miami. NKU has recorded a winning record in each of the last three years, including a 9-5 mark in the spring. Day two opens against the Blue Raiders before the Aces take on the RedHawks. Miami has reeled off seven consecutive seasons with a winning mark while earning two Mid-American Conference crowns and three NCAA Tournament berths along the way.
Following a road match at Tennessee State on the 14th, the Aces open the home slate with the Dunn Hospitality Tournament on Sept. 17-18. Day one will feature a 1 p.m. contest versus Liberty and a 7 p.m. match with Cleveland State. In a 3 p.m. game on Saturday, the Aces welcome Murray State, who has been on a roll since 2014. Prior to a 5-11 mark in the spring, MSU won three OVC championships between 2014 and 2018 and went 27-3 in 2015.
Missouri Valley Conference action comprises the remainder of the schedule. As was the case in January of 2021, UE opens conference action with a trip to Terre Haute to face Indiana State on Sept. 24. The teams split their matches in the spring. That will be followed by a road swing to Loyola and Valparaiso to open the month of October.
Evansville will host three home matches in a span of five days with Bradley and Illinois State playing on Oct. 8-9 before Missouri State heads to Evansville for a midweek matchup on the 12th. Later that week, the Aces trek to Iowa to face UNI and Drake before returning home for their next four matches. During that span, the Aces face Indiana State (10/23), Valparaiso (10/29), Loyola (10/30) and Southern Illinois (11/1).
Four of the final six games are on the road, starting with a swing through Illinois to face the Redbirds (11/5) and Braves (11/6). Home play comes to an end on the weekend of Nov. 12 when the Aces face Drake and UNI before traveling to Southern Illinois and Missouri State to complete the regular season.
Bessick, DuBois Named to NABC Honors Court
Anderson University men’s basketball players Phil Bessick and Dalton DuBois were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, which was announced on Tuesday.
Bessick has earned NABC Honors Court recognition in both years he has been eligible. DuBois was selected to the NABC Honors Court in his first year of eligibility.
The NABC recognizes men’s basketball players who are at least a junior in academic standing, have completed at least two semesters at their current institution and hold at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
Johnson Promoted on Anderson Men’s Basketball Staff
The Anderson University men’s basketball program and head coach Owen Handy have announced the promotion of assistant coach Jalen Johnson on the Anderson men’s basketball staff.
Johnson will be entering his second year as an Anderson assistant coach. He competed for the Ravens from 2018-20 and spent the 2017-18 season at Presentation College. Johnson graduated from Anderson in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport & Recreational Leadership.
“I’m pleased to promote Jalen on our coaching staff,” Coach Owen Handy said. “He was a savvy and knowledgeable player, and has shown a quick aptitude for communicating what he knows. I’m excited to see him keep continuing to grow as a coach.”
Four Ravens Selected to IWLCA Academic Honor Roll for 2020-21 Year
Anderson University women’s lacrosse players Emily Albert, Mallory Housman, Samantha Huber and Kaitlyn Lawson were each selected to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Academic Honor Roll for the 2020-21 year, which was announced on Tuesday.
Albert, Housman, Huber and Lawson were each named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll in their first year of eligibility. The IWLCA recognizes women’s lacrosse players that are at least a junior in academic standing, have completed at least two semesters at their current institution and hold at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA as members of the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll.
Anderson’s women’s lacrosse team was also named an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad. The IWLCA recognizes teams with at least a 3.2 team GPA as an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad.
RHIT Baseball Earns 6th Straight ABCA Academic Team Excellence Award
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team earned the American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award for its efforts in the classroom during the 2021 season.
ABCA Academic Team Excellence Award winners must carry a combined team grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year. Rose-Hulman is one of 19 colleges and universities in NCAA Division III to earn ABCA Team Academic Award honors during all six years of the program’s existence. A total of 146 NCAA Division III teams earned the award for the 2021 season, including six members of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Rose-Hulman and Trine University are the only NCAA Division III institutions in Indiana to earn the ABCA Team Academic Award during all six years of the program’s existence.
Rose-Hulman is scheduled to open the 2022 competition season in late February, with practices, team workouts and other events scheduled for this fall.
Goshen College named NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for 19th straight year
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Goshen College was one of 157 NAIA member institutions to earn the designation of Champions of Character Five-Star Institution when the national office released the list of winners Wednesday.
The NAIA’s Champions of Character initiative awards points to schools for character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Schools also earn points based on exceptional student-athlete grade-point averages and by having minimal ejections during competition throughout the course of an academic year. A score of at least 60 points out of a possible 100 is required to earn the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution badge.
Goshen checked in among the Silver tier, the middle of the three groups in which the honor is awarded. The Crossroads League had four schools in the Silver tier and two in the Bronze section. 2020-21 marks the Maple Leafs’ second straight season in the Silver classification.
Goshen continues to be among eight schools that have been recognized as Champions of Character Institutions (2002-09) and Champions of Character Five Star Institutions (2010-21) every year since the inception of the award. Taylor University is the only other Crossroads League institution who has met the criteria in all 19 years since the program began. The Crossroads League is also the only conference with more than one 19-time winner.
In addition, the Crossroads League was named a Champions of Character Five-Star Conference based on the results of its 10 member institutions. To be recognized, a conference must have established a Champions of Character conference committee and a conduct in competition oversight committee consisting of at least three members. In addition, at least half of the league’s schools must receive the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution award.
Goshen College is a renowned college in Indiana with award-winning programs that educate the head and heart, creating global citizens who lead with courage and compassion. Rooted in the way of Jesus, GC seeks inclusive community and transformative justice in all that we do.
The Maple Leafs compete in 14 varsity sports in the NAIA’s highly competitive Crossroads League and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, continuing a tradition of intercollegiate athletics that dates to 1956 and included women’s competition nearly a decade before Title IX. For more information on GC athletics, visit www.GoLeafs.net and follow the Maple Leafs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @GCMapleLeafs.
Nineteen-Time Champions of Character Institutions
Blue Mountain College (Mississippi) – Southern States Athletic Conference
Briar Cliff University (Iowa) – Great Plains Athletic Conference
Goshen College – Crossroads League
Indiana Tech – Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
John Brown University (Arkansas) – Sooner Athletic Conference
MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kansas) – Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Olivet Nazarene University (Illinois) – Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Taylor University (Indiana) – Crossroads League
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1908 Rube Waddell fans sixteen of his former teammates when the Browns defeat the A’s at Sportsman’s Park, 5-4. During the off-season, a frustrated Connie Mack, Philadelphia’s owner and manager, traded his talented but free-spirit hurler to St. Louis.
1911 In the first game of a twin bill at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, Red Sox right-hander Joe Wood whiffs twelve Browns en route to a 5-0 no-hitter. ‘Smokey,’ a nickname coined due to his blazing fastball, throws the fifth hitless game in franchise history, and last to be accomplished in the Boston ballpark.
1911 The Giants establish a franchise mark with nine stolen bases in the team’s 8-0 rout of the Redbirds at Robison Field in St. Louis. Eight different New York players contribute to the record, with seven of the nine bags pilfered off Cardinals backstop Jack Bliss.
1915 Pirates third baseman Honus Wagner reaches Robins hurler Jeff Pfeffer for a grand slam in the eighth inning, helping Pittsburgh beat Brooklyn at Forbes Field, 8-2. The inside-the-park round-tripper makes the 41 year-old infielder the oldest player ever to hit a home run with the bases full, a record which will last until 1985.
1919 At Navin Field, Dutch Leonard decides to pitch around Bob Roth with two outs in the ninth inning to face Babe Ruth. Although the Boston slugger, who has already reached the Detroit southpaw with two doubles, responds by tying an American League record with his ninth homer of the month and sixteenth of the season, the Tigers prevail, 10-8.
1928 The Indians follow-up their eight-run first inning with nine more tallies in the next frame in their 24-6 rout of the Yankees at Dunn Field. The Tribe’s third baseman Johnny Hodapp collects two singles in both the second and sixth frames.
1938 On the WGN’s White Sox pregame radio show, Yankee outfielder Jake Powel, in response to a Bob Elson question concerning his offseason employment as a Dayton, Ohio policeman, quips “I crack n*****s on the head.” Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis downplays the incident, describing the ballplayer’s comments as acting not “intentionally, but carelessly,” and will suspend the reserve flychaser for ten days.
1944 Annabelle Lee, the aunt of future major leaguer Bill Lee, pitches the first of five perfect games in the 12-year history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The Minneapolis Millerettes southpaw knuckleballer, who will toss a no-hitter for the Fort Wayne Daisies precisely one year from this date, doesn’t allow any batters to reach first base in the 18-0 rout of the Kenosha (WI) Comets.
1955 Smoky Burgess hits three home runs and drives in nine runs in the Reds’ 16-5 rout of Pittsburgh at Crosley Field. In addition to his grand slam and pair of two-run round-trippers, the Cincinnati catcher also collects a run-scoring single.
1968 At Connie Mack Stadium, Reds right-hander George Culver, facing 34 batters, throws a no-hitter, beating the Phillies, 6-1. Philadelphia tallies an unearned run in the second inning when Dick Allen reaches base on a throwing error by the third baseman, goes to second on another miscue on the same play, gets to third base on a groundout, and then scores on a sacrifice fly.
1969 Major League Baseball proclaims Joe DiMaggio as its greatest living player, a title the Yankee Clipper will proudly embrace until he died in 1999. Sportswriters made the determination in a poll conducted to coincide with the centennial of professional baseball.
1978 The Yankee Stadium crowd is pleasantly surprised as recently resigned manager Billy Martin returns to join in on the Old Timers’ Day festivities. Much to their delight, the fans respond with a seven-minute standing ovation when informed ‘Billy the Kid’ will return as the team’s skipper in 1980.
1983 Due to a dislocated thumb suffered in a collision at home plate in an attempt to score in the first game of the Padres’ doubleheader against Atlanta, first baseman Steve Garvey’s consecutive game streak ends in the nightcap at 1,207. At the time, the span is the third-longest in major league history without missing a game.
1986 Sparky Anderson, the first skipper to win the World Series in each league, also becomes the first manager to win 600 games in both the National and American Leagues when the Tigers beat the Brewers, 9-5.
1988 The Orioles trade pitcher Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox in return for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling. Boddicker will have two successful years with Boston, and Anderson will become a productive leadoff hitter for Baltimore, with Schilling becoming one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers of his era.
1988 After home plate umpire Mike Reilly doesn’t grant his request for a time-out, Bo Jackson recovers in time to hit a home run despite not being set in the batter box when the pitch is delivered. The Royals left fielder’s fourth-inning three-run poke off Jeff Ballard contributes to Kansas City’s 6-3 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium.
1989 The White Sox trade Harold Baines, their all-time home run leader, and left-fielder Fred Manrique to the Rangers for outfielders Scott Fletcher and Sammy Sosa, along with southpaw Wilson Alvarez. Three seasons later, the Pale Hose will send Slammin’ Sammy to the Cubs, where the Dominican slugger will hit 545 home runs during his 13-year stay with their crosstown rivals.
1989 Rickey Henderson steals five bases and scores four runs without getting an official time at-bat. The improbable offensive output occurs when the A’s leadoff hitter is issued four bases-on-balls by Randy Johnson, the winner in the M’s 14-6 victory at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
1996 After a mild heart attack last month, Tommy Lasorda, 68 year-old Dodger manager of twenty years, announces his retirement due to his health. The future Hall of Fame skipper, named the National League Manager of the Year in 1983 and ’88, led Los Angeles to four pennants and two World Series championships during his 21 seasons at the helm.
1996 Chris Sabo will be suspended for seven games, losing approximately $70,000 in salary, and the Reds will be fined $25,000 as the result of his use of a doctored bat in today’s 2-1 loss to Houston at Cinergy Field. The Cincinnati third baseman will claim the bat, which was hollowed out and filled with pieces of rubber balls, wasn’t his, but one of three offered to him by the batboy after he had broken his bat during a plate appearance in the second inning.
1996 The Mets deal Jeff Kent along with Jose Vizcaino to the Indians for Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinoza. The trade, one of the worst in franchise history, will be a bust when Baerga hits only .267 in three non-productive seasons in the Big Apple, and Kent goes on to win an MVP award and posts Hall of Fame numbers for a second baseman during his 17-year tenure in the major leagues.
1998 Jon Garland, the Cubs’ first-round draft pick last season, is traded in a deadline deal for White Sox reliever Matt Karchner, who will struggle with a 5.14 ERA in 29 appearances for the crosstown rivals. The Pale Hose’s rookie right-hander will spend the first eight seasons of his career with the South Siders, compiling a 92-81 (.532) record and an ERA of 4.41 for his new team.
2000 The Brewers hold Bob Wickman All-Star Poster Night a day after the team trades their reliable reliever along with Jason Bere and Steve Woodard to the Indians for a player to be named later (Marco Scutaro), Kane Davis, Paul Rigdon, and Richie Sexson. The Brew Crew gives away 30,000 pictures of their former closer, who played for the team for the past five seasons, on a night they are routed by the Rockies, 10-2, with Rigdon, one of the players in the trade, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings in his Milwaukee debut.
2000 Recently acquired from Baltimore, the new Mets make a good first impressions. Mike Bordick, goes 2-for-3, including a home run on the first pitch he sees with the team, Rick White pitches a scoreless inning to get the win, and the other newcomer, Bubba Trammell, will homer in his first at-bat in his Met debut tomorrow.
2000 The White Sox trade catcher Brook Fordyce and three minor league pitchers to the Orioles for catcher Charles Johnson and designated hitter Harold Baines. The deal brings Baines, who will retire after playing a very part-time role with the team for two seasons, back to Chicago, where he played a dozen of the most productive years of his 22-year tenure in the major leagues.
2000 With two outs in the ninth inning at Olympic Stadium, Eddie Taubensee knots the score at 3-3 with his game-tying home run off Expos starting pitcher Javier Vazquez. The Reds catcher then homers again in the 11th off Julio Santana for the game-winner in Cincinnati’s 4-3 win over Montreal.
2001 Texas rookie Craig Monroe homers in his first major league game, going deep in his second at-bat off Joe Kennedy. The 24 year-old right fielder’s fifth-inning blast contributes to the Rangers’ 2-0 victory over the Devil Rays at The Ballpark in Arlington.
2002 “To protect the game we all love and have given so much to, we suggest you agree to a qualified mediator that will allow you to find the common ground necessary to avoid a work stoppage.” – TEXT FROM 40 HALL OF FAMERS, sent to Bud Selig and Donald Fehr.
The text of the letter signed by 40 Hall of Famers and sent to baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union head Donald Fehr urges all sides ‘to protect the game we all love and have given so much to, we suggest you agree to a qualified mediator that will allow you to find the common ground necessary to avoid a work stoppage” is released. The former outstanding players, which include Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays, and Warren Spahn, believe another work stoppage in baseball would be a terrible mistake.
2002 After playing the annual Hall of Fame exhibition game in Cooperstown, the White Sox and Rockies announce a trade that sends veteran catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. to Colorado, with right-hander class A minor-league pitcher Enemencio Pacheco going to Chicago.
2002 The Phillies trade 27 year-old third baseman, Scott Rolen, along with minor league reliever Doug Nickle, to the Cardinals in exchange for infielder Placido Polanco, southpaw Bud Smith, and reliever Mike Timlin. Reportedly, the former Philadelphia third sacker rejected a ten-year pact estimated to be worth $140 million, due to his feud with manager Larry Bowa.
2003 Bill Mueller becomes the first switch-hitter, batting both left and right-handed, to blast two grand slams in the same game. Not known for his power, the Red Sox third baseman, batting eighth in the Boston lineup, also goes deep in the third inning, collecting 9 RBIs in the team’s 14-7 victory the Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington.
2004 In a 10-1 victory over the Expos, Eric Valent becomes the eighth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. After singling in the second, doubling in the third, and homering in the fifth, the Mets’ utility player triples in the seventh to join Phillies David Bell, Pirates Daryle Ward, and Chad Moeller of the Brewers to accomplish the feat this season.
2006 With a 19-6 rout of the Yankees at the Stadium, the Devil Rays tie a franchise record for runs. Batting last, Tampa Bay third baseman Tomas Perez adds to the barrage with four doubles, equaling the major league mark for two-baggers hit in one game.
2006 Julio Franco becomes the oldest player to pinch run when he takes Carlos Delgado’s place on the basepaths after a pitch hits the Mets’ infielder in the fourth inning. The 47 year-old pinch-runner, who will stay in the game to play first, steals second base and will advance to third on the catcher’s error in the Mets’ 11-4 win over Atlanta at Turner Field.
2008 With a tip of his helmet for the ovation from the Rangers fans, Ichiro Suzuki acknowledges his achievement of reaching 3,000 hits in professional baseball. The 34 year-old Mariners outfielder had collected 1,278 hits with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan’s Pacific League, and his first-inning single off Texas right-hander Luis Mendoza was his 1,722nd hit with Seattle during eight seasons with the team.
2008 In a 4-1 win over the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium, Mets third baseman David Wright scores in his 13th consecutive game, establishing a new franchise record. Teammate Carlos Beltran had set the previous team mark in 2006.
2008 In a surprising pre-deadline trade, the banged-up Braves, and the first-place Angels exchange first basemen, with switch-hitting slugger Mark Teixeira sent to Los Angeles with Casey Kotchman and minor league pitching prospect Steve Marek going to Atlanta. Teixeira, acquired from Texas last July in a seven-player deal, including Jarrod Saltalamacchia, is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
2009 In an attempt to upgrade their starting rotation, the first-place Phillies obtain Cliff Lee from the Indians. The defending World champs also get outfielder Ben Francisco in the deal, trade pitching prospects Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp, infielder Jason Donald, and catcher Lou Marson to get last season’s AL Cy Young Award Winner.
2009 The Pirates spend a busy day on the trading block, sending 2006 batting champ Freddy Sanchez to the Giants for 20 year-old former first-round draft pick Tim Alderson, a right-hander with excellent control. The Bucs also deal shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell to the Mariners for shortstop Ronny Cedeno and four minor leaguers, including triple-A catcher-first baseman Jeff Clement.
2009 The Royals play an entire game without registering a single defensive assist for the first time in franchise history in their 7-3 loss to Baltimore at Camden Yards. During Kansas City’s eight innings in the field, the team records 24 outs via nine strikeouts, 13 fly outs, and two unassisted groundouts handled by first baseman Billy Butler.
2010 After Roy Oswalt gives his approval to a trade from the Astros to the Phillies, Philadelphia sends J.A. Happ, outfielder Anthony Gose, and shortstop Jonathan Villar to Houston for the three-time All-Star hurler and a considerable amount of cash. The 32 year-old right-hander compiled a respectable 3.24 ERA, but posted only a 6-12 record, due to a severe lack of run support.
2010 The front-running Padres trade Double-A right-hander Wynn Pelzer to the Orioles to obtain veteran infielder Miguel Tejada. San Diego is hoping the 36 year-old former American League Most Valuable Player can help the potential playoff team, both in the field and at the plate, with his 14 years of experience in the major leagues.
2010 The Orioles hire 54 year-old Buck Showalter to become the club’s 19th skipper. The two-time American League Manager of the Year (1994 Yankees and 2004 Rangers) takes over a team with the worst record in the major leagues at 31-70 but guides Baltimore to play 11 games over .500 in the remaining 57 games of the season, after taking the reins on August 2nd.
2010 The Twins acquire Matt Capps (3-3, 2.74 ERA, 26/30 saves) and $500,000 from the Nationals for highly touted catching prospect Wilson Ramos and southpaw minor leaguer Joe Testa. Minnesota will use Washington’s only All-Star as its closer, filling a void created during spring training when Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery.
2011 The Phillies acquire Hunter Pence from the last-place Astros for a trio of highly-touted minor leaguers, Jarred Cosart, Jon Singleton, and Josh Zeid. The 28 year-old right-fielder joins Philadelphia with a .309 average, 11 homers, and 62 RBIs.
2013 Jason Giambi (42 years, six months, 22 days) becomes the oldest major leaguer to stroke a walk-off homer, pinch-hitting a two-run blast off Ramon Troncoso in the Indians’ 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the White Sox at Progressive Field. Hank Aaron (42 years, five months, seven days) previously held the distinction with his game-winning round-tripper against Texas on July 11th, 1976.
2014 In the longest game (by time) in Cubs’ history, John Baker becomes the first position player to earn a victory since Oriole first baseman Chris Davis accomplished the feat in 2012. In the six-hour and 27-minute marathon played at Wrigley Field, the backup catcher tosses a scoreless 16th inning and then scores the winning run in the bottom of the frame, giving Chicago a 4-3 victory over Colorado.
2016 The Nationals accomplish the first 3-3-5 triple play in major league history when, with the bases loaded, Giants cleanup hitter Brandon Crawford lines out to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who steps on the bag for the second out before throwing to third baseman Anthony Rendon to catch Denard Span for the third out. Washington’s eighth-inning triple killing, the team’s first since moving from Montreal twelve years ago, contributes to the first-place club’s 4-2 victory over San Francisco at AT&T Park.