INDIANA HS FOOTBALL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
ADAMS CENTRAL (8-0) AT WOODLAN (4-4)
ALEXANDRIA (5-3) AT MADISON-GRANT (6-2)
AVON (1-7) AT NOBLESVILLE (2-6)
BEN DAVIS (5-3) AT NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-8)
BLACKFORD (1-7) AT FRANKTON (2-6)
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (6-1) AT SEYMOUR (6-2)
BREBEUF JESUIT (4-3) AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH (2-6)
BREMEN (4-4) AT SOUTH BEND CLAY (0-8)
BROWNSBURG (8-0) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (8-0)
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (0-7) AT SOUTH DECATUR (4-4)
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (8-0) AT FORT WAYNE WAYNE (2-6)
CASCADE (4-4) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (1-6)
CASTLE (5-3) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (5-3)
CASTON (0-8) AT KNOX (5-3)
CENTERVILLE (5-2) AT KNIGHTSTOWN (1-5)
CENTRAL NOBLE (2-6) AT GARRETT (1-7)
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (3-5) AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (5-3)
CLARKSVILLE (3-5) AT CRAWFORD COUNTY (0-8)
CLINTON CENTRAL (0-8) AT TRI-CENTRAL (2-6)
CLINTON PRAIRIE (5-3) AT EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (5-3)
COLUMBIA CITY (7-1) AT NORWELL (8-0)
COLUMBUS EAST (4-4) AT BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (4-4)
COLUMBUS NORTH (4-4) AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (5-3)
CONCORD (3-5) AT PLYMOUTH (0-8)
CONNERSVILLE (4-4) AT BATESVILLE (4-4)
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (5-3) AT PURDUE POLYTECHNIC (3-4)
CRAWFORDSVILLE (2-6) AT FRANKFORT (1-7)
CROWN POINT (8-0) AT MICHIGAN CITY (2-6)
CULVER ACADEMY (1-6) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (4-4)
DECATUR CENTRAL (3-5) AT FRANKLIN (6-2)
DEKALB (3-5) AT LEO (5-3)
DELPHI (4-4) AT TAYLOR (1-7)
DELTA (3-5) AT NEW PALESTINE (8-0)
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (2-6) AT HAMMOND MORTON (0-7)
EAST NOBLE (3-5) AT BELLMONT (0-8)
EASTBROOK (6-2) AT MISSISSINEWA (5-3)
EASTERN (PEKIN) (1-7) AT CHARLESTOWN (7-1)
EASTERN GREENE (1-7) AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (1-6)
EASTSIDE (6-2) AT ANGOLA (6-2)
EDGEWOOD (1-7) AT BROWN COUNTY (0-8)
EDINBURGH (4-3) AT PARK TUDOR (5-3)
ELKHART (7-1) AT NEW PRAIRIE (7-1)
EVANSVILLE BOSSE (1-7) AT EVANSVILLE HARRISON (2-6)
EVANSVILLE NORTH (4-4) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (0-8)
EVANSVILLE REITZ (8-0) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (6-2)
FAIRFIELD (5-3) AT CHURUBUSCO (6-2)
FISHERS (5-3) AT ZIONSVILLE (4-4)
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (3-5) AT FORT WAYNE NORTH (6-2)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (4-4) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (7-1)
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-7) AT FORT WAYNE DWENGER (5-3)
FRANKLIN CENTRAL (3-5) AT WESTFIELD (5-3)
FRANKLIN COUNTY (2-6) AT BEECH GROVE (4-4)
FREMONT (2-6) AT LAKE STATION (3-5)
GARY WEST (6-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (5-2)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (8-0) AT BOONVILLE (6-2)
GOSHEN (2-6) AT NORTHWOOD (8-0)
GREENCASTLE (4-4) AT NORTH PUTNAM (3-5)
GREENSBURG (2-6) AT RUSHVILLE (2-6)
GREENWOOD (1-7) AT WHITELAND (7-1)
HAMMOND NOLL (0-7) AT SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (1-7)
HANOVER CENTRAL (8-0) AT CALUMET (8-0)
HERITAGE HILLS (4-4) AT PRINCETON (0-8)
HOBART (5-3) AT MUNSTER (3-5)
HOMESTEAD (4-4) AT FORT WAYNE SOUTH (0-8)
INDIAN CREEK (6-2) AT NORTHVIEW (5-3)
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (6-1) AT CENTER GROVE (7-1)
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (5-3) AT CINCINNATI ELDER (OHIO)
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (7-1) AT EAST CENTRAL (7-1)
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (7-1) AT MONROVIA (2-6)
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (1-7) AT INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (1-7)
JAY COUNTY (2-6) AT HERITAGE (5-3)
JEFFERSONVILLE (1-6) AT JENNINGS COUNTY (2-6)
KANKAKEE VALLEY (4-4) AT HIGHLAND (2-6)
KOKOMO (8-0) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (6-2)
LAKELAND (3-5) AT BLUFFTON (4-4)
LAPEL (4-4) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (3-5)
LAPORTE (2-6) AT PORTAGE (1-7)
LAVILLE (8-0) AT CULVER (5-3)
LAWRENCE CENTRAL (4-4) AT CARMEL (5-3)
LAWRENCE NORTH (3-5) AT PIKE (1-7)
LAWRENCEBURG (7-1) AT SOUTH DEARBORN (7-1)
LINTON-STOCKTON (8-0) AT SOUTH PUTNAM (7-1)
LOGANSPORT (6-2) AT ANDERSON (3-5)
LOWELL (5-3) AT ANDREAN (6-2)
MANCHESTER (1-7) AT PERU (2-6)
MARION (0-8) AT MCCUTCHEON (2-6)
MERRILLVILLE (7-1) AT CHESTERTON (3-5)
MISHAWAKA (7-1) AT WAWASEE (1-7)
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (5-3) AT YORKTOWN (6-2)
MUNCIE CENTRAL (3-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS TECH (1-7)
NEW ALBANY (2-6) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (3-5)
NEW CASTLE (2-6) AT GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (5-3)
NEW HAVEN (4-4) AT HUNTINGTON NORTH (2-6)
NORTH DAVIESS (4-3) AT SPRINGS VALLEY (4-4)
NORTH MONTGOMERY (4-4) AT DANVILLE (3-5)
NORTH NEWTON (0-7) AT TRI-COUNTY (1-7)
NORTH VERMILLION (5-3) AT SEEGER (6-2)
NORTHEASTERN (6-1) AT HAGERSTOWN (5-2)
NORTHFIELD (4-4) AT NORTH MIAMI (3-5)
OAK HILL (8-0) AT ELWOOD (0-8)
PAOLI (6-2) AT NORTH KNOX (3-4)
PARKE HERITAGE (1-6) AT FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (2-6)
PENDLETON HEIGHTS (4-4) AT SHELBYVILLE (1-7)
PENN (6-2) AT SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-7)
PERRY CENTRAL (7-1) AT MITCHELL (1-7)
PERRY MERIDIAN (3-5) AT MOORESVILLE (6-2)
PIKE CENTRAL (1-7) AT NORTH POSEY (6-2)
PIONEER (2-6) AT NORTH JUDSON (7-1)
PLAINFIELD (3-5) AT MARTINSVILLE (6-2)
PROVIDENCE (6-1) AT NORTH HARRISON (6-2)
RICHMOND (0-8) AT HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (7-1)
RIVER FOREST (5-3) AT BOWMAN ACADEMY (3-3)
RIVERTON PARKE (5-2) AT COVINGTON (3-5)
ROCHESTER (7-1) AT MACONAQUAH (6-2)
SALEM (2-6) AT WEST WASHINGTON (5-2)
SCOTTSBURG (2-6) AT BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (5-3)
SHENANDOAH (4-4) AT MONROE CENTRAL (5-2)
SHERIDAN (7-1) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (8-0)
SILVER CREEK (3-5) AT CORYDON CENTRAL (3-5)
SOUTH ADAMS (6-2) AT SOUTHERN WELLS (0-8)
SOUTH BEND RILEY (5-3) AT JIMTOWN (6-2)
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (2-6) AT MISHAWAKA MARIAN (2-6)
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (1-6) AT JOHN GLENN (4-4)
SOUTH NEWTON (5-3) AT FRONTIER (4-4)
SOUTH VERMILLION (6-2) AT ATTICA (0-8)
SOUTHMONT (6-2) AT TRI-WEST (6-2)
SOUTHPORT (0-8) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (4-4)
SOUTHRIDGE (7-1) AT FOREST PARK (1-7)
SOUTHSIDE HOMESCHOOL AT INDIANA DEAF (6-1)
SPEEDWAY (5-3) AT TRITON CENTRAL (6-2)
SWITZERLAND COUNTY (4-4) AT MILAN (3-5)
TELL CITY (2-6) AT SOUTH SPENCER (4-4)
TIPPECANOE VALLEY (8-0) AT SOUTHWOOD (6-2)
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (4-4) AT INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (8-0)
TRI (6-1) AT UNION COUNTY (4-4)
UNION CITY (2-5) AT WINCHESTER (2-5)
VALPARAISO (5-3) AT LAKE CENTRAL (4-4)
VINCENNES LINCOLN (4-4) AT JASPER (5-3)
WARREN CENTRAL (4-4) AT CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (MO.)
WARSAW (6-2) AT NORTHRIDGE (5-3)
WASHINGTON (2-6) AT MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (4-4)
WES-DEL (1-7) AT NORTH DECATUR (8-0)
WEST CENTRAL (7-1) AT NORTH WHITE (5-2)
WEST NOBLE (6-2) AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (2-6)
WEST VIGO (3-5) AT SULLIVAN (4-4)
WESTERN BOONE (7-1) AT LEBANON (6-2)
WHEELER (3-5) AT GRIFFITH (3-5)
WHITING (3-4) AT BOONE GROVE (3-5)
WHITKO (0-8) AT WABASH (2-6)
WINAMAC (2-6) AT TRITON (5-3)
BENTON CENTRAL (3-5) AT TIPTON (3-5)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (6-2) AT HAMILTON HEIGHTS (6-2)
RENSSELAER CENTRAL (5-3) AT LEWIS CASS (5-3)
TWIN LAKES (1-7) AT NORTHWESTERN (1-7)
WEST LAFAYETTE (8-0) AT WESTERN (5-3)
OWEN VALLEY (8-0) AT CLOVERDALE (1-7)
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER REGIONAL BRACKETS
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER REGIONAL BRACKETS
INDIANA BOYS TENNIS TOURNEY BRACKET:
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY SEMI-STATE
1. NEW PRAIRIE | 10:30 AM CT; 11:15 AM CT | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: CROWN POINT, CULVER ACADEMIES, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE), CHESTERTON
2. NEW HAVEN @ HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: DELTA, ELKHART, MARION, WEST NOBLE
3. SHELBYVILLE @ BLUE RIVER PARK | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEN DAVIS, NOBLESVILLE, RUSHVILLE CONSOLIDATED, FRANKLIN COMMUNITY
4. BROWN COUNTY | 11:30 AM ET; 12:15 PM ET | TICKETS
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, COLUMBUS NORTH, CRAWFORD COUNTY, PIKE CENTRAL
WEEK 7 INDIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
ANDERSON VS. MT. ST. JOSEPH, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.
BALL STATE VS. UCONN, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN3)
BUTLER AT VALPARAISO, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN3)
FRANKLIN VS. DEFIANCE, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.
HANOVER AT MANCHESTER, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.
INDIANA VS. MARYLAND, OCTOBER 15 AT 3:30 P.M. (TV: ESPN2)
INDIANA STATE AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)
INDIANA WESLEYAN AT LAWRENCE TECH, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.
MARIAN AT ST. FRANCIS, OCTOBER 15 AT NOON
NOTRE DAME VS. STANFORD, OCTOBER 15 AT 7:30 P.M. (TV: NBC)
PURDUE VS. NEBRASKA, OCTOBER 15 AT 7:30 P.M. (TV: BIG TEN NETWORK)
ROSE-HULMAN AT BLUFFTON, OCTOBER 15 AT 1:30 P.M.
TAYLOR VS. CONCORDIA, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.
TRINE AT OLIVET, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.
UINDY AT SAGINAW VALLEY STATE, OCTOBER 15 AT 2 P.M.
WABASH VS. OHIO WESLEYAN, OCTOBER 15 AT 1 P.M.
WEEK 7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
LOUISIANA 23 MARSHALL 13
THURSDAY, OCT. 13
BAYLOR AT WEST VIRGINIA | 7 P.M. | FS1
TEMPLE AT UCF | 7 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, OCT. 14
NAVY AT SMU | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
UTSA AT FIU | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, OCT. 15
NO. 10 PENN STATE AT NO. 5 MICHIGAN | 12 P.M.
AUBURN AT NO. 9 OLE MISS | 12 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 19 KANSAS AT OKLAHOMA | 12 P.M.
IOWA STATE AT NO. 22 TEXAS | 12 P.M.
COLGATE AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
MINNESOTA AT NO. 24 ILLINOIS | 12 P.M.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
MIAMI (OHIO) AT BOWLING GREEN | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
OLD DOMINION AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
MIAMI (FLA.) AT VIRGINIA TECH | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
BUFFALO AT UMASS | 1 P.M. | ESPN3
UCONN AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
NO. 3 ALABAMA AT NO. 6 TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
VANDERBILT AT NO. 1 GEORGIA | 3:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NO. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE AT NO. 13 TCU | 3:30 P.M.
NO. 15 NC STATE AT NO. 18 SYRACUSE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
ARKANSAS AT BYU | 3:30 P.M.
GARDNER-WEBB AT LIBERTY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MARYLAND AT INDIANA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
KENT STATE AT TOLEDO | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
OHIO AT WESTERN MICHIGAN | 3:30 P.M.
TEXAS STATE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
CHARLOTTE AT UAB | 3:30 P.M.
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TULANE AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
NO. 25 JAMES MADISON AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA TECH AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
UL MONROE AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 5 P.M.
ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON | 5:30 P.M.
RICE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
LSU AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
UTAH STATE AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
ARKANSAS STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 4 CLEMSON AT FLORIDA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
NO. 16 MISSISSIPPI STATE AT NO. 22 KENTUCKY | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
STANFORD AT NOTRE DAME | 7:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK
MEMPHIS AT EAST CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
NO. 7 USC AT NO. 20 UTAH | 8 P.M.
NEW MEXICO AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 8 P.M.
NORTH CAROLINA AT DUKE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
AIR FORCE AT UNLV | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NEVADA AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
CAL AT COLORADO
WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON STATE
NEBRASKA AT PURDUE
WISCONSIN AT MICHIGAN STATE
SAN JOSE STATE AT FRESNO STATE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2022
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT CHICAGO BEARS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2022
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK JETS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
BUFFALO BILLS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS
DALLAS COWBOYS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2022
DENVER BRONCOS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12
ATLANTA 3 PHILADELPHIA 0
SAN DIEGO 5 LA DODGERS 3
THURSDAY, OCT. 13
ALDS GAME 2, SEA @ HOU 3:37 P.M. TBS
ALDS GAME 2, CLE @ NYY 7:37 P.M. TBS
FRIDAY, OCT. 14
NLDS GAME 3, LAD @ SD, FS1
NLDS GAME 3, ATL @ PHI, FS1
SATURDAY, OCT. 15
NLDS GAME 4, LAD @ SD, FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
NLDS GAME 4, ATL @ PHI, FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
ALDS GAME 3, HOU @ SEA, TBS
ALDS GAME 3, NYY @ CLE, TBS
SUNDAY, OCT. 16
ALDS GAME 4, HOU @ SEA, TBS (IF NECESSARY)
ALDS GAME 4, NYY @ CLE, TBS (IF NECESSARY)
NLDS GAME 5, SD @ LAD, FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
NLDS GAME 5, PHI @ ATL, FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
MONDAY, OCT. 17
ALDS GAME 5, SEA @ HOU, TBS (IF NECESSARY)
ALDS GAME 5, CLE @ NYY, TBS (IF NECESSARY)
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
TUESDAY, OCT. 18
NLCS GAME 1, FOX OR FS1
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19
NLCS GAME 2, FOX OR FS1
ALCS GAME 1, TBS
THURSDAY, OCT. 20
ALCS GAME 2, TBS
FRIDAY, OCT. 21
NLCS GAME 3, FS1
SATURDAY, OCT. 22
ALCS GAME 3, TBS
NLCS GAME 4, FOX OR FS1
SUNDAY, OCT. 23
NLCS GAME 5, FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
ALCS GAME 4, TBS
MONDAY, OCT. 24
ALCS GAME 5, TBS (IF NECESSARY)
NLCS GAME 6, FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
TUESDAY, OCT. 25
ALCS GAME 6, TBS (IF NECESSARY)
NLCS GAME 7, FOX AND FS1 (IF NECESSARY)
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26
ALCS GAME 7, TBS (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
GAME 1 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
GAME 2 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX
MONDAY, OCT. 31
GAME 3, FOX
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
GAME 4, FOX
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
GAME 5, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
GAME 6, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
GAME 7, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)
CLEVELAND 105 ATLANTA 99
INDIANA 109 NEW YORK 100
PHILADELPHIA 99 CHARLOTTE 94
MIAMI 120 NEW ORLEANS 103
BROOKLYN 107 MILWAUKEE 97
MINNESOTA 118 LA LAKERS 113
SACRAMENTO 105 PHOENIX 104
DENVER 126 LA CLIPPERS 115
MONTRÉAL 4 TORONTO 3
BOSTON 5 WASHINGTON 2
CAROLINA 4 COLUMBUS 1
COLORADO 5 CHICAGO 2
EDMONTON 5 VANCOUVER 3
ANAHEIM 5 SEATTLE 4
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Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa limited in return to practice
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took a small step Wednesday toward returning to football.
Tagovailoa, who has been in the concussion protocol since Sept. 29, returned to practice in a limited capacity, though he will not play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
“We just miss his personality. He’s a guy that we rely on,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said.
The coach said there is a “scenario” where Tagovailoa could be medically cleared this week, but the QB will take things slowly, working out and throwing individually.
“He hasn’t done a thing on the football field for literally two weeks,” McDaniel said. “That wouldn’t be fair to the player. That wouldn’t be fair to the team. I don’t feel comfortable putting him in that situation.”
During the media viewing portion of practice, Tagovailoa could be seen stretching, laughing with coaches and teammates and throwing the football next to rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson.
Thompson will start Sunday against the Vikings as Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater advance through the concussion protocol.
Tagovailoa suffered a concussion in the first half of a Thursday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals and had to be stretched off the field and taken to a hospital.
He had not practiced since and did not travel with the Dolphins for last Sunday’s game, a loss to the New York Jets.
Four days before the Cincinnati game, Tagovailoa took a hard hit against the Buffalo Bills and appeared disoriented when he got to his feet. He was taken to the locker room and evaluated for a concussion. After he was examined and no signs of head injury were found under the NFL’s protocol, Tagovailoa returned to start the third quarter, prompting an investigation by the NFL Players Association into the handling of his injury.
Last Saturday, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to make changes to the league’s concussion protocol, adding language addressing abnormality of balance and stability to its list of symptoms that would keep a player from returning to a game.
Bridgewater, who exited last week’s game against the Jets because of the league’s new concussion rules, worked individually with trainers Wednesday and could return to limited football activities Thursday.
If Bridgewater is cleared from the protocol this week, he will back up Thompson Sunday.
Thompson entered last week’s game against the Jets after Bridgewater took a hard hit on the Dolphins’ first offensive snap. Thompson completed 19 of 33 passes for 166 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
McDaniel said he will likely decide whether to activate quarterback Reid Sinnett from the practice squad as a third gameday option later this week.
NOTES: CB Xavien Howard, who is dealing with groin issues, was limited in practice Wednesday. Howard and LT Terron Armstead (toe) will need the whole week to prepare for Sunday’s game, McDaniel said. WR Tyreek Hill (foot) was a full participant Wednesday.
Raiders’ Davante Adams charged for shoving photographer
(AP) — Las Vegas Raiders receiver Davante Adams has been charged with misdemeanor assault for shoving a photographer to the ground as he left the field following a loss at Kansas City.
Kansas City, Missouri, police said Adams pushed Ryan Zebley to the ground while running off the field following the Raiders’ 30-29 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night. Police called it an “intentional, overt act” that caused whiplash, a headache and a possible minor concussion.
Charges were filed Wednesday morning in Municipal Court of Kansas City.
Adams apologized in his postgame comments to the media and later on Twitter.
“He jumped in front of me coming off the field. I kind of pushed him. He ended up on the ground,” Adams said after the game. “I want to apologize to him for that. That was just frustration mixed with him really just running in front of me.
“I shouldn’t have responded that way, but that’s the way I responded. I want to apologize to him for that.”
The NFL is also investigating Adams’ actions. A person familiar with the process told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Adams could face possible punishment, including a fine or suspension.
Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said Tuesday that he supports Adams and will cooperate in any investigation.
Adams had three catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the game. He has 29 catches for 414 yards and five TDs so far in his first season with the Raiders.
Cowboys preparing for another start from Rush against Eagles
FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys are preparing for another start from quarterback Cooper Rush in an NFC East showdown with undefeated Philadelphia as Dak Prescott’s recovery from a broken right thumb continues.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott was set to do some light throwing at the end of practice Wednesday after starting the workout in the rehab group.
The division lead will be on the line when the Cowboys (4-1) visit the Eagles (5-0) on Sunday night.
Rush has won four consecutive starts, including over last year’s Super Bowl teams in Cincinnati and the defending champion Los Angeles Rams.
Prescott fractured the thumb on his throwing hand in a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay.
McCarthy has said he wanted Prescott to get a full week of practice before playing, and he indicated Wednesday’s activity didn’t count toward that.
“I think we’re still in the medical rehab phase,” McCarthy said. “So once he clears this phase and he’s fully activated, then I think that’s when we have our conversation.”
The Eagles can take a two-game lead on the defending division champions with a victory. Prescott is 7-3 in his career against Philadelphia.
It would be the first start against the Eagles for Rush, who has won the first five starts of his career going back to a victory at Minnesota last season.
McCarthy said Rush’s winning streak wasn’t a factor in the decision on when Prescott would return.
“You’ve got to trust the medical process,” McCarthy said. “I know Dak didn’t want to hear it. You’ve got to make sure that he’s right for the long haul, too. Not that I’m saying we’re being conservative because that doesn’t really line up with him the way he approaches preparing to play.”
Prescott entertained reporters with left-handed throws during the open portion of practice. He threw routes on air to his receivers after practice. Prescott was officially listed as not practicing Wednesday.
“Whatever is best for the team,” Prescott said when asked about waiting at least another week.
“I understand the process,” he said. “The week can be frustrating. But game day, I’m excited for my brothers. Excited to watch them go and do my part and supporting.”
Owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday on his radio show that Prescott would have to “really spin the ball” to be ready for a game.
“Try to direct that ball without thumb strength if you really have a broken thumb. Can’t do it,” Jones said. “But if you have strength and can grip the ball, then you can spin the ball. Can he zip the ball out there and make the throw? We’ll start working on that Wednesday real hard.”
NOTES: LB Micah Parsons worked on the side with trainers during the open portion of practice and was officially listed as a non-participant. He had his third two-sack game of the season while playing through a groin issue in the 22-10 victory over the Rams. “There’s no question,” Parsons said when asked if he would play against the Eagles. … OL Jason Peters was limited in practice, but sounded optimistic about playing after missing the LA game with a chest/rib injury.
Rodgers doesn’t practice, still expects to play against Jets
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t practice Wednesday.
However the reigning MVP still expects to play Sunday after hurting his thumb on an unsuccessful desperation pass attempt that ended their loss to the New York Giants in London.
“The thumb’s all right,” Rodgers said. “It was nice to get a day off today, do a little rehab. But I’ll try and get back out there and practice tomorrow and see how it feels and be fine by Sunday, I’m sure.”
The Packers (3-2) host the New York Jets (3-2) on Sunday.
Green Bay had the ball on its 36-yard line on the final play against the Giants when Rodgers attempted to throw a deep pass into the end zone. Before Rodgers could make the throw, Oshane Ximines hit him to knock the ball loose and seal New York’s come-from-behind 27-22 victory.
“In the moment, you’ve still kind of got the adrenaline going,” Rodgers said. “Once the adrenaline wore off and got on the bus, got back to the airport, got on the plane, I knew it was banged up a little bit. But it’s gotten better every day.”
When he announced that Rodgers wouldn’t practice Wednesday, Packers coach Matt LaFleur said that “I don’t think we have much concern as far as game day.”
Rodgers said he’s been working on his grip all week to see how it’s progressing.
The four-time MVP says he’s gotten accustomed to these types of injuries and cited an example from his college career, when he broke his index finger in a 2003 game at Illinois.
“You don’t plan for it, but I was able to play through it and finish the season, and there’s always those things that can happen,” Rodgers said. “A guy goes up to bat a pass down, you might catch a finger here or there. But I’ve banged up most of my fingers on both hands, so I’m kind of used to it.”
Rodgers isn’t off to as fast a start as he enjoyed while earning MVP honors each of the past two seasons.
He has completed 67.9% of his passes for 1,157 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions while adjusting to life without two-time All-Pro wideout Davante Adams, who’s now with the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Packers are scoring 19.4 points per game to rank 22nd out of 32 teams. They had 26.5 points per game last season and a league-high 31.8 points per game in 2020.
Green Bay’s offense failed to score in the second half against the Giants, with the Packers’ only points coming when New York took an intentional safety in the closing seconds.
“I expect that typical stretch coming up at some point where we get really hot,” Rodgers said. “Hopefully it starts this week. But I think that’s right around the corner.”
NOTES: WR Christian Watson, who left the Giants game with a hamstring injury, didn’t practice Wednesday. … LB Tipa Galeai (hamstring) also didn’t practice. … OTs David Bakhtiari (knee) and Elgton Jenkins (knee) and DL Devonte Wyatt (quadriceps) were limited practice participants.
NFL PREVIEW: THE STARTING 11
Something has to give.
The Week 6 schedule features two games involving teams with four-or-more wins, and all four clubs in those games are fresh off impressive victories.
- BUFFALO (4-1) heads to KANSAS CITY (4-1) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS) in a rematch of their 2021 playoff game that many called the greatest in NFL history. In 2022, the Chiefs (31.8 points per game) and Bills (30.4) lead the league in scoring, while Buffalo’s defense (12.2) is tied for the fewest points allowed per game.
- Then, on Sunday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, NBC), DALLAS (4-1) visits PHILADELPHIA (5-0) in a battle for early season NFC East supremacy. The Eagles lead the NFL in turnover ratio (plus-nine) while the Cowboys (plus-five) are tied for second. Each club has just two giveaways, tied for fewest in the league.
This marks only the second time in the past 43 seasons (1980-2022) that multiple Week 6 games will pair teams with at least four wins. In Week 6 of the 2020 season, 4-1 Kansas City earned a 26-17 win at 4-1 Buffalo while 4-0 Pittsburgh recorded a 38-7 win over 4-1 Cleveland.
Also in focus on the Week 6 docket: One of the game’s most hallowed records, familiar faces in former places and surprise teams making significant strides. So butter that popcorn and tune in for a weekend with storylines aplenty.
The Starting 11 entering Week 6…
1. PAPA BEAR IN RANGE: The Patriots’ BILL BELICHICK, who served as the Browns’ head coach from 1991-95, has 323 combined regular-season and postseason wins. This week, he has an opportunity to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer GEORGE HALAS (324) for second on the league’s all-time wins list when NEW ENGLAND (2-3) travels to play CLEVELAND (2-3) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). In his 28th year as an NFL head coach, Belichick enters this week with a career 323-159 record (.670), including the postseason. Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (347) holds the all-time career wins record.
2. REUNION WEEKEND: JOE BURROW and JA’MARR CHASE return to Louisiana with the CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-3), who have a date with the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-3) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). The last time Burrow and Chase played at the Saints’ home stadium, Jan. 13, 2020, they led LSU to a College Football Playoff national title in a 42-25 win over Clemson. Burrow passed for 463 yards and five touchdowns, two to Chase, who registered nine receptions for 221 yards. … Chase went to high school 10 minutes from the Saints’ headquarters in Metairie, La., and also played in the dome as a sophomore in high school, when his Archbishop Rummel Raiders lost to CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE and the Catholic Bears from Baton Rouge in their classification’s 2015 state title game. … In addition to Belichick’s return to Cleveland and the Burrow-Chase game in New Orleans, Week 6 features three other notable returns.
- On Thursday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, Prime Video), Washington head coach RON RIVERA returns to Chicago, where he served as defensive coordinator (2004-06), played nine seasons (1984-92) and earned a Super Bowl XX ring with the 1985 Bears.
- San Francisco head coach KYLE SHANAHAN makes his first trip to Atlanta on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX) since he served as Falcons offensive coordinator from 2015-16.
- ROBERT SALEH and MATT LAFLEUR meet as head coaches for the first time on Sunday when the Jets (3-2) play the Packers (3-2) at Lambeau Field (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Groomsmen at each other’s weddings, they were also roommates while serving as assistants at Central Michigan from 2004-05. LaFleur’s younger brother, MIKE LAFLEUR, is the Jets’ offensive coordinator.
3. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 3: The number of seasons since the 1970 league merger in which every NFL team had at least one win entering Week 6: 1990, 2018 and 2022.
4. SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUPS: The NFL’s 2022 leaders in touchdown passes, PATRICK MAHOMES (15) and JOSH ALLEN (14), meet on Sunday at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium (4:25 PM ET, CBS). Buffalo’s JORDAN POYER (four) leads the NFL in interceptions.
- When MINNESOTA (4-1) has the ball at MIAMI (3-2) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), look for a chess match between coordinators involving wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON and cornerback XAVIEN HOWARD. Since the Vikings selected Jefferson in the first round (No. 22 overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft, he leads the NFL in receiving yards (3,563), including a league-leading 547 this season. Jefferson needs 601 more to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (4,163) for the most ever by a player over his first three NFL seasons. Also since Jefferson entered the league in 2020, Howard ranks tied for second in the NFL with 40 passes defensed and third with 15 interceptions.
5. SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: Strap in for BALTIMORE (3-2) at the NEW YORK GIANTS (4-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), an interconference showdown featuring two of the most electrifying players from the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Giants, off to their best start since opening 5-0 in 2009, have the league leader in scrimmage yards, SAQUON BARKLEY (676). The Ravens have the league leader in yards per rushing attempt, LAMAR JACKSON (7.6). … The Ravens are 2-0 in road games this year, and 19-7 (.731) overall in road games started by Jackson. The Giants are 4-1 in close games this season (each of New York’s five games this season have been decided by eight points or less).
6. STREAK SPEAK: The NEW YORK JETS (3-2) put their unblemished road record on the line at GREEN BAY (3-2) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). The Jets, who have 13- and 10-point comeback wins in the fourth quarters of their first two road games, aim to win each of their first three road games for the first time since 2010, their last playoff campaign. That year, the Jets won their first five road contests en route to the AFC Championship Game.
- MIKE MCCARTHY can become one of three head coaches in Cowboys history to win four straight games over PHILADELPHIA (5-0) when the Eagles host DALLAS (4-1) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Only JASON GARRETT and Pro Football Hall of Famer TOM LANDRY have won four-or-more games in consecutive fashion over Philadelphia on a Cowboys sideline.
7. DID YOU KNOW?: Seattle quarterback GENO SMITH leads the NFL in both passer rating (113.2) and completion percentage (75.2). Smith’s completion percentage is the fourth-best mark all-time for a player through his team’s first five games of a season (minimum 100 attempts). Only DREW BREES in 2018 (77.9 percent), ALEX SMITH in 2017 (76.6) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING in 2013 (75.8) had higher completion percentages. Earlier this month, the Seahawks’ signal-caller won his second career Offensive Player of the Week award, nine years after his first (in Week 5 of the 2013 season). Smith and SEATTLE (2-3) host ARIZONA (2-3) on Sunday at Lumen Field (4:05 PM ET, FOX).
8. UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: Five years ago this season, both KENNY PICKETT and TOM BRADY secured significant victories on the same field in Pittsburgh. As a true freshman, Pickett made his first collegiate start in Pitt’s season finale and led the Panthers to a 24-14 victory over the No. 2-ranked Miami Hurricanes. Three weeks later, on the path to a berth in Super Bowl LII, Brady guided New England to 11 points in the final four minutes, including a two-point conversion to ROB GRONKOWSKI, to give the Patriots a 27-24 win over the Steelers and clinch the AFC East. The two quarterbacks return to Acrisure Stadium when TAMPA BAY (3-2) meets PITTSBURGH (1-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).
9. TREND TIME: The last three Super Bowl champions – the 2019 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-0), 2020 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-0) and 2021 LOS ANGELES RAMS (5-2) – were a combined 14-2 (.875) over the balance of their seasons after their respective byes. Byes begin this week and run through Week 14. All 16 teams will be in action during Week 12, the week of Thanksgiving.
10. THIS MONTH IN NFL HISTORY: Oct. 5, 1992 (30 years ago) – The last time DALLAS and PHILADELPHIA met within the first six weeks of a season with each team having at least three wins. On that day, the Eagles’ defense records four sacks and three interceptions in a 31-7 win as Philadelphia improves to 4-0. After the loss, Dallas rebounds to win 13 of its next 15 games to secure a Super Bowl XXVII title.
11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: The NFC East boasts three teams at 4-1 or better. PHILADELPHIA (5-0) has the NFL’s only undefeated record, including a 3-0 mark on the road. DALLAS (4-1) has won four straight, including victories over each of the 2021 Super Bowl teams. And the NEW YORK GIANTS (4-1) own road wins over each of the No. 1 seeds in the 2021 playoffs, Tennessee and Green Bay.
- The NFC East is just the fourth division since the NFL realigned in 2002 with three teams earning at least four wins through a season’s first five weeks. It also happened in 2002 (AFC West), 2008 (NFC East) and 2020 (AFC North).
WEEK 6 NFL SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)
|Thursday, October 13||Washington at Chicago||Prime Video||8:15|
|Sunday, October 16||San Francisco at Atlanta||FOX||1:00|
|New England at Cleveland||CBS||1:00|
|New York Jets at Green Bay||FOX||1:00|
|Jacksonville at Indianapolis||CBS||1:00|
|Minnesota at Miami||FOX||1:00|
|Cincinnati at New Orleans||CBS||1:00|
|Baltimore at New York Giants||CBS||1:00|
|Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh||FOX||1:00|
|Carolina at Los Angeles Rams||FOX||4:05|
|Arizona at Seattle||FOX||4:05|
|Buffalo at Kansas City||CBS||4:25|
|Dallas at Philadelphia||NBC||8:20|
|Monday, October 17||Denver at Los Angeles Chargers||ESPN||8:15|
THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (1-4) AT CHICAGO BEARS (2-3)
Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, October 13 (8:15 PM ET, Prime Video) as the Washington Commanders (1-4) visit the Chicago Bears (2-3) in a matchup between two of the oldest franchises in the league. Washington leads the all-time regular-season series, 22-21-1, as the two teams meet for the first time since Week 3 of the 2019 season, a 31-15 Chicago victory. Prior to that game, Washington had won seven consecutive games in the series.
Washington quarterback CARSON WENTZ is coming off a Week 5 performance in which he set season-high marks in passing yards (359) and passer rating (102.9). It marked his third 300-yard passing game of the season, tied with JOSH ALLEN for the most in the league. In six career Thursday starts, Wentz is 6-0 with 16 touchdowns (15 passing, one rushing) against two interceptions for a 107.4 rating. He can become the fourth quarterback ever to win at least seven consecutive Thursday games, joining TOM BRADY (nine straight wins from 2002-15), RUSSELL WILSON (nine straight from 2013-20), and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (eight straight from 2004-13). In three career starts against the Bears, Wentz has five touchdown passes with no interceptions.
Running back ANTONIO GIBSON enters Thursday having scored a touchdown in five of his past six road games. In two career Thursday games, he has totaled 209 scrimmage yards (104.5 per game) and three rushing touchdowns. Running back J.D. MCKISSIC ranks fourth among all running backs this season with 24 receptions. Wide receiver TERRY MCLAURIN leads the team with 326 receiving yards in 2022 and has at least 75 receiving yards in three of his past four games. He recorded a touchdown reception in the teams’ last meeting. Wide receiver DYAMI BROWN totaled a career-high 105 receiving yards last week and recorded his first two career touchdown receptions.
Defensive end MONTEZ SWEAT registered a career-high three tackles for loss and his third-career game with at least two sacks in Week 5. Defensive tackle JONATHAN ALLEN has four sacks in four career Thursday games, while defensive end EFE OBADA has a sack in two of his past three games overall. Linebacker COLE HOLCOMB tied his career high with 15 tackles last week and has at least 10 tackles in five of his past six road games.
Chicago quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS completed 15 of 21 passes (71.4 percent – career-high as starter) last week and set season highs in passing yards (208) and passer rating (118.8). He aims for his third in a row with no interceptions. Fields ranks fifth among all quarterbacks with 194 rushing yards this season and aims for his fourth straight game with at least 45 rushing yards. Running back DAVID MONTGOMERY led the team with 82 scrimmage yards (season-high 62 receiving, 20 rushing) and had his first rushing touchdown of the season in Week 5. Running back KHALIL HERBERT aims for his third in a row at home with a rushing touchdown. Wide receiver DARNELL MOONEY aims for his third in a row with at least 50 receiving yards and has five-or-more catches in nine of his past 11 at home. Rookie wide receiver VELUS JONES recorded his first-career touchdown catch last week.
Linebacker ROQUAN SMITH ties for the NFL lead with 54 tackles this season and is one of three players (JORDYN BROOKS and ZAIRE FRANKLIN) with at least eight tackles in each of the first five weeks. He has totaled 106 tackles (10.6 per game) and 10 tackles for loss in his past 10 home games. Linebacker ROBERT QUINN is one of seven active players with at least 100 career sacks (102) and he aims for his fifth in a row in primetime with a sack. In his past five games against Washington, Quinn has four sacks and two forced fumbles. Defensive back EDDIE JACKSON recorded a fumble recovery in the 2019 meeting and aims for his third in a row at home with an interception. Defensive back KINDLE VILDOR recorded his first-career interception in Week 5 and has a pass defensed in two of his past three.
Prime Video will stream 15 Thursday Night Football games this season (Weeks 2-17, excluding Thanksgiving). The game will feature Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung on the call.
LAST WEEK L 21-17 vs. Tennessee
COACH VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 1-3
PTS. FOR 18.0
PASSING Carson Wentz: 132-210-1,390-10-6-86.0
RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 56-179-3.2-2
RECEIVING Curtis Samuel: 32-281-8.8-2
PTS. AGAINST 25.6
SACKS Jamin Davis: 3
INTs Darrick Forrest: 1
TAKE/GIVE -7 (1/8)
PUNTING (NET) Tress Way: 47.2 (44.0)
KICKING Joey Slye: 12 (6/7 PAT; 2/2 FG)
QB CARSON WENTZ completed 25 of 38 atts. (65.8 pct.) for season-high 359 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT with season-high 102.9 rating last week. Is 1 of 2 QBs (Josh Allen) with 300+ pass yards in 3 games this season. Is 6-0 with 16 TDs (15 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 107.4 rating in 6 career Thursday starts. Can join TOM BRADY, HOFer PEYTON MANNING & RUSSELL WILSON as only QBs ever to win 7 straight Thursday starts. Has 5 TD passes vs. 0 INTs & 96 rating 3 career starts vs. Chi. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON has TD in 5 of his past 6 on road. Has 209 scrimmage yards (104.5 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career Thursday games. • RB J.D. MCKISSIC has 5+ catches in 3 of past 4 & ranks 4th among RBs with 24 catches this season. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 5 catches for 76 yards last week. Has 75+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Had 6 catches for 70 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 7+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. • WR DYAMI BROWN had career=high 105 rec. yards & 1st 2 career TD catches last week. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. Has 4 sacks in 4 career Thurs. games. • DT DARON PAYNE aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had career-high 3 TFL & 3rd-career game with 2+ sacks in Week 5. Had sack in last meeting. • DE EFE OBADA had sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. • LB COLE HOLCOMB tied career high with 15 tackles & had TFL last week. Has 10+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 on road & has 5+ tackles in each of his past 18 on road.
LAST WEEK L 29-22 at Minnesota
COACH VS. OPP. Matt Eberflus: 0-0
PTS. FOR 17.2
PASSING Justin Fields: 49-88-679-3-4-73.1
RUSHING Khalil Herbert: 56-328-5.9-3
RECEIVING Darnell Mooney: 10-173-17.3-0
PTS. AGAINST 21.2
SACKS Trevis Gipson, Justin Jones: 2
INTs Eddie Jackson: 3
TAKE/GIVE 0 (8/8)
PUNTING (NET) Trenton Gill (R): 49.2 (43.5)
KICKING Cairo Santos: 26 (5/7 PAT; 7/7 FG)
QB JUSTIN FIELDS completed 15 of 21 atts. (71.4 pct. – career-high as starter) for season-high 208 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with season-high 118.8 rating & last week. Aims for 4th in row with 45+ rush yards & 3rd in row with 0 INTs. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY led team with 82 scrimmage yards (season-high 62 rec., 20 rush) & had 1st rush TD of season last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 16 of his past 17 at home. Aims for his 5th in row on Thursday with 50+ scrimmage yards. Had 81 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 14 rec.) in last meeting. • RB KHALIL HERBERT aims for his 3rd in row at home with rush TD. • WR DARNELL MOONEY aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 9 of his past 11 at home. • WR VELUS JONES (rookie) had 1st-career TD catch in Week 5. • LB ROQUAN SMITH had 8 tackles last week & ties for NFL lead with 54 tackles in 2022. Has 106 tackles (10.6 per game) & 10 TFL in his past 10 at home. Has 5 TFL in 6 career Thursday games. • LB ROBERT QUINN has sack, 2 TFL & FR in his past 3 on Thursday. Aims for his 5th in row in primetime with sack & TFL. Had sack in his last game vs. Was. (12/29/19 w/ Dal.) & has 4 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 5 vs. Was. Has 11.5 sacks, 12 TFL & 4 FFs in his past 10 at home. • DB EDDIE JACKSON aims for 5th in row with 8+ tackles. Had FR in last meeting. Has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 in primetime & aims for his 3rd in row in primetime with 9+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT. • DB KINDLE VILDOR had 1st-career INT in Week 5. Has PD in 2 of past 3.
Padres pull out 5-3 victory over Dodgers, tie NLDS 1-all
LOS ANGELES (AP) Not many tabbed the San Diego Padres to beat the Mets in New York in the wild-card round. Even fewer picked them against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have dominated the Padres in recent years and were baseball’s best team during the regular season.
But they’re all even now.
Manny Machado homered early and added an RBI double off Clayton Kershaw, and Jurickson Profar singled home the go-ahead run as San Diego defeated the Dodgers 5-3 on Wednesday to tie their NL Division Series at one game apiece.
“We’re going to compete,” Machado said. “We’re going to try to do everything possible to help our team win every single day. That’s what we started in New York, and we’re going to continue to do that until we’re not.”
The wild-card Padres beat the rival Dodgers for the first time in the postseason. San Diego was swept 3-0 by the Dodgers in a 2020 Division Series and lost Game 1 of this playoff Tuesday.
“It’s probably as back and forth a game as you are going to see,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “A lot of drama to it. Fun win.”
Dropped from first to seventh in the batting order for matchup purposes, Profar grounded a single to right field in the sixth inning off reliever Brusdar Graterol, who took the loss. Jake Cronenworth scored for a 4-3 lead.
Cronenworth homered off Blake Treinen in the eighth to give San Diego some insurance, and Josh Hader earned his first four-out save since August 2020 with Milwaukee.
“This team all year, we’ve been grinding,” Machado said.
Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy and Trea Turner went deep for the NL West champion Dodgers.
After an off day Thursday, the best-of-five series resumes with Game 3 on Friday in San Diego.
“Don’t take anybody lightly in the postseason,” Freeman said. “They’re here for a reason. They play good baseball, they played really good against the Mets, and they just came out on top today.”
The teams traded one-run leads on a night when two of baseball’s elite pitchers – Kershaw and Yu Darvish of the Padres – got knocked around a bit. In the middle innings, it became a battle of the bullpens for the second straight game.
Hader, who got the final out of the eighth, gave up a two-out double to Freeman off the right-center wall in the ninth. That brought up Will Smith as the potential tying run at the plate. But he flied out to right to end the game.
“Freeman hits an 0-2 pitch that’s up around his chin that I don’t know how he even gets to,” Melvin said, “and then all of a sudden you are one pitch away from being in trouble again.”
The Dodgers’ only lead was a 2-1 advantage in the second. Baseball’s highest-scoring team in the regular season struggled to hit in the clutch.
“There were a couple of opportunities, two innings back-to-back, that we had an opportunity situationally to push a run across to tie the game, let alone to potentially take the lead, and we couldn’t do that,” manager Dave Roberts said. “Defensively it just wasn’t clean, either.”
Machado’s double in the third tied it, and Cronenworth gave the Padres a 3-2 lead with an RBI groundout.
Turner’s homer in the bottom half evened it again.
Darvish, who got the win, allowed three runs and seven hits in five-plus innings and had at least one baserunner in every inning. The right-hander struck out seven and walked two.
“We’re in a playoff game, and I think bottom line is if we win the game, it’s all good,” Darvish said through a translator. “That’s what happened today. All in all, I think it was a good day for us.”
Kershaw gave up three runs and six hits in five innings. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out six and eventually settled down to retire his final nine batters.
“I definitely made some mistakes that they made me pay for,” Kershaw said, “but overall I would like to have a few pitches back, but it definitely could have been worse, for sure.”
In the sixth, the Dodgers made two nifty defensive plays, but couldn’t keep the Padres from taking the lead.
Trent Grisham bunted into a fielder’s choice to Graterol. He charged toward the third-base line, picked up the ball barehanded and threw sidearm to Smith, who made the tag on a headfirst-sliding Wil Myers to save a run. Graterol glanced toward his dugout and spread his hands as if to say, “How about that?”
Cody Bellinger ended the inning with a twisting, over-the-shoulder catch in deep center field.
The Dodgers had a great chance to tie the game in the sixth with runners on the corners.
Muncy hit a single to deep right that chased Darvish. A stunned Muncy stopped at first base, apparently thinking the ball would be caught by Juan Soto, but it went over his head near the bullpen gate. Smith, who reached on an infield single, advanced to third with no outs.
But the Dodgers were unable to cash in. Robert Suarez came in and struck out Justin Turner, and then Gavin Lux grounded into a double play to end the inning, leaving the sellout crowd of 53,122 stunned.
The Dodgers came up short again in the seventh.
With nervous fans on their feet chanting “Let’s go, Dodgers!,” they loaded the bases with two outs after an intentional walk to Freeman. But Smith flied out to center to end the threat.
GOOSE ON THE LOOSE
A large goose flew into the stadium and landed in shallow right-center with two outs in the eighth. It sat on the grass as Lux singled to right.
The grounds crew rushed out with a blue plastic trash bin, but the bird took off. It flew all the way to near the Dodgers’ on-deck circle, where Bellinger was standing. He edged away from it as the goose landed.
As the crew approached again, the goose flew to the infield near third base. A worker rushed over and put a towel over the goose and dropped it into the bin.
“That was pretty gnarly,” Machado said. “Just didn’t want to hurt him. I think he was hurt when he landed so I didn’t like seeing that, but I guess it was good luck for us.”
LHP Blake Snell will start Game 3 for the Padres in their first postseason game in front of fans at Petco Park in 16 years.
“Honestly, I have no idea what to expect – but I know it’s gonna be fun,” Machado said. “San Diego’s been waiting for this all year, they’ve been waiting for it for a long time, and we’re excited to go back home on Friday 1-1.”
The Dodgers are going with All-Star RHP Tony Gonsolin, who won 16 games in a career-best regular season.
Wright outduels Wheeler, Braves blank Phils 3-0 to even NLDS
ATLANTA (AP) This was a game the Atlanta Braves absolutely had to win.
They had the right guy on the mound.
Kyle Wright, baseball’s only 20-game winner, threw six brilliant innings to outduel Zack Wheeler as the Braves evened their NL Division Series at one game apiece, blanking the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Wednesday night.
After steady rain delayed the first pitch by nearly three hours, Wright surrendered just two hits and claimed the win when the Braves got to Wheeler for three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The reigning World Series champions were in a must-win situation after losing the opener of the best-of-five series 7-6.
The Braves turned to the right-hander with a big arm and snapping curveball who has finally cashed in on his enormous potential.
“I’ve worked on a lot of things this year,” Wright said. “Really, it just goes back to confidence. “
Wright, the fifth overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft, struggled to get past Triple-A and came into this season with a record of 2-8 in the majors. He totally turned that around, going 21-5 to collect three more wins than any other big league pitcher.
Wright kept it going in the playoffs. His only major threat came in the second, when Bryce Harper led off with a double, then tagged and moved to third on a flyout to deep center by Nick Castellanos.
Harper had to scramble back to third on Alec Bohm’s sharp grounder to first, and Brandon Marsh struck out swinging on a four-seamer that clocked in at 96 mph.
“As he’s out there and figures things out, he’s going to continue to develop and grow and gain confidence,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Wright. “With that arsenal he’s got, he can be a force for a long time.”
A.J. Minter, Raisel Iglesias and Kenley Jansen closed out the three-hitter with one inning apiece.
Jansen earned the save, the 20th of his postseason career but first with the Braves after spending the last dozen seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Game 3 is Friday in Philadelphia.
Dansby Swanson made a dazzling play to end the Phillies’ sixth.
Sprinting with his back to the infield, the shortstop reached out to snare a pop fly from J.T. Realmuto while tumbling to the outfield grass. Wright threw both arms in the air when he realized Swanson had pulled off the catch.
It turned out to be the final pitch of Wright’s 83-pitch gem, in which he struck out six with one walk.
Wright watched from the top step of the dugout as the Braves finally broke the scoreless tie in the bottom half, doing all the damage after Wheeler retired the first two hitters.
It started when Wheeler plunked Ronald Acuna Jr. near the right elbow on a 96 mph fastball that rode up and in on the slugger.
There was a delay of several minutes while Acuna, writhing in pain, was checked out by the training staff. In the Atlanta dugout, Gil Heredia prepared to go in. Wheeler, meanwhile, tossed a few pitches trying to stay loose.
The right-hander who grew up in metro Atlanta wasn’t the same after Acuna finally trotted down to first base.
Swanson walked and Matt Olson drove in the first run of the game, ripping a single past first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who meekly waved at a ball he could’ve at least knocked down.
“I think if you asked Rhys, he would say he should make that play,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said.
Olson was generously credited with an RBI single, but the Braves weren’t done. Austin Riley’s mighty swing produced a little dribbler down the third-base line for an infield hit that made it 2-0.
Then, it was Travis d’Arnaud grounding one up the middle for another run-scoring hit before Wheeler finally got the third out.
Far too late to keep the Braves from tying the series.
At least the wild-card Phillies are finally heading home.
Game 3 will be Philadelphia’s first game at Citizens Bank Park since a regular-season loss to the Braves on Sept. 25.
The Phillies have played 14 straight road games since then, including four playoff games in their first postseason appearance since 2011.
“To leave here with a split and go back home in front of a packed house of passionate people … I think will give our guys a little shot in the arm,” Thomson said.
Acuna is sure to be sore after getting hit by Wheeler’s pitch, but Snitker said there was no structural damage.
“Probably good we have a day off,” the manager said. “They can treat him up.”
Swanson’s catch wasn’t even the best defensive play of the night for the home team.
Riley made a similar back-to-the-field grab in foul territory in the eighth, only it was even tougher because the third baseman had to navigate the railing and the tarp stored in front of it.
He made the catch, slid along the tarp and managed to hang on while crashing to the dirt.
RHP Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA) gets the nod in Game 3 for the Phillies. The Braves had not yet announced their starter, which will either be RHP Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.34) or rookie RHP Spencer Strider (11-5, 2.67). Strider hasn’t pitched since Sept. 18 because of an oblique injury.
Pelicans’ Zion Williamson twists left ankle, says he’s fine
MIAMI (AP) Zion Williamson had a simple message after New Orleans’ preseason game in Miami on Wednesday night.
“I’m fine,” he said.
For those who saw the Pelicans’ power forward roll his left ankle in the second quarter of the game, Williamson was delivering excellent news.
Williamson – who didn’t play at all last season because of problems with his right foot – got hurt on a play where he grabbed a rebound, brought the ball downcourt, split multiple Heat defenders and got to the rim. His left ankle simply appeared to buckle as he planted, without making contact with any other player.
“I want to use the right term, but in the moment, it didn’t feel too good,” Williamson said. “It was one of those things that happened and I popped back up like, `Yeah, I’m straight.’ Played a few minutes after that, felt fine, then they sent me to the back just to double-check.”
He stayed in the game for about three more minutes after getting hurt, making two free throws, then assisting a 3-pointer by CJ McCollum, making a layup, then converting a three-point play before getting subbed out with 6:42 left in the half.
Williamson was evaluated by doctors, who assured him that he was only going to experience soreness. Pelicans coach Willie Green said he did not expect the ankle to create a long-term problem.
“He’s doing fine,” Green said. “Looks like, I think, he might have rolled his ankle a little bit. He’ll be day to day.”
Williamson was limited to 24 games in his rookie season, 2019-20, because of right knee problems. He played in 61 games the following year and hasn’t played in a real game for the Pelicans since.
New Orleans opens the regular season Oct. 19 at Brooklyn. Williamson finished with 11 points in 11 minutes for the Pelicans on Wednesday, and Miami won the exhibition game 120-103.
Memphis finalizes extension with coach Penny Hardaway
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis has finalized an extension keeping coach Penny Hardaway under contract through April 2028.
Wednesday’s announcement updates a memo of understanding agreed to in December 2020. The announcement comes two weeks after the NCAA put Memphis on three years of probation with a public reprimand and a fine but declined to punish Hardaway or give the Tigers an NCAA Tournament ban.
Athletic director Laird Veatch said in a statement the deal had been in the works for some time and that Memphis officials are excited to keep Hardaway with the Tigers for years to come.
“We could not have a better fit as our head men’s basketball coach at Memphis than Penny Hardaway, and we are very thankful for his dedication and leadership,” Veatch said.
Hardaway is 84-43 in his four seasons at his alma mater since being hired in March 2018. He has four straight 20-win seasons, won the 2021 National Invitation Tournament title and ended the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament drought at eight years with a berth last March. The Tigers went 22-11.
He ranks second among 14 first-time Division I head coaches hired before the 2018-19 season. Hardaway also ranks fourth among Memphis head coaches over their first four seasons. He has had three players picked in the first round of the NBA draft and four chosen overall.
Hardaway thanked Veatch and Memphis President Bill Hardgrave and the board of trustees for their support.
“As I have said many times, this is a dream position for me, and I do not take it for granted,” Hardaway said.
The former NBA All-Star will be paid $2.5 million this season with his compensation increasing $100,000 per year until he reaches $3 million for the 2027-28 season. His base salary is $200,000 with the rest coming from radio and television, public relations, public service and public speaking appearances.
Avs raise banner, beat Blackhawks 5-2 to start title defense
DENVER (AP) Mikko Rantanen and his teammates logged a lot of extra ice time in the opener.
Well worth it, of course, to take part in the emotion-stirring, banner-raising ceremony before the game that lasted 20 or so minutes.
Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin each scored two power-play goals, Rantanen had four assists and the fast-skating Colorado Avalanche began their Stanley Cup title defense with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
Shortly after raising their newest banner to the rafters, the Avalanche went to work. Andrew Cogliano scored Colorado’s first goal of the season, the only goal in the game that wasn’t on the power play. Nathan MacKinnon, fresh off a new lucrative contract, contributed two assists, while new goaltender Alexandar Georgiev stopped 15 shots.
“Our championship team is in the rafters forever,” said Rantanen, who turned in the 12th four-point night of his career. “You don’t think about it too much (now), but I think we will appreciate it later.”
Jonathan Toews and Max Domi had goals as Luke Richardson made his coaching debut for the Blackhawks. Petr Mrazek finished with 30 saves against an Avalanche team that won the title last season by dethroning Tampa Bay in six games.
“Obviously it’s special to see that banner go up there, to contribute to history,” Toews said. “But I think once the puck drops the attitude is it’s behind you and nobody really cares. You got to go out there and try to win the game.”
Colorado moved defending Stanley Cup champions to 60-26-16 in openers.
The crowd was revved up well before the puck even dropped.
The appetizer: A highlight video of Colorado’s run to the franchise’s third Stanley Cup title. Then, some music as Mark Hoppus of the Blink-182 led a sing-along of the band’s tune “All The Small Things,” which became an anthem for the Avalanche.
There also was captain Gabriel Landeskog hoisting the Cup and skating around with the trophy (he missed the game with a lower-body injury). Of course, there were plenty of on-ice pictures, including a memorable shot of the team with Blackhawks defenseman Jack Johnson joining in. Johnson was with Colorado last season.
Finally, the feature attraction – the banner raised to the rafters. As it climbed higher and higher, the cheers got louder and louder.
“I got pretty emotional actually when they’re doing the video beforehand,” said Johnson, who was wearing his championship ring in his postgame interview. “Some day I can bring my grandkids or my kids, if they don’t believe that dad played, and show them.”
Once the pregame celebration concluded, Colorado’s title defense got underway.
The Avalanche took a little bit of time to find their rhythm, but once they did they were flying around the ice. They scored four power-play goals, including two by Lehkonen in the second period, for a 4-1 lead.
“Pretty emotional, but I thought we came out really well,” Lehkonen said.
After a summer filled with parades, parties and celebrations with the Cup, the Avalanche embark on the difficult task of becoming a back-to-back champion. In the NHL’s salary cap era that began in 2005, only Tampa Bay (’20, `21) and Pittsburgh (’16, ’17) have accomplished the feat.
“Raising that banner, I only think it’s going to motivate us more to do it again,” said defenseman Cale Makar, who had two assists. “Knowing that we all accomplished that together and being on the ice together again, it’s only going to drive us forward.”
It’s got to be the tune. Or at least that’s the opinion of Hoppus, whose band’s song was belted out at Ball Arena all the way to the title.
“Because they played our song, they won the Stanley Cup,” Hoppus cracked before the game. “Every other team didn’t play our song. No Stanley Cup.”
The Avalanche held a private dinner and ring ceremony Monday night for their players, coaches and team members. Among those on hand was Johnson, who played in 13 playoff games for Colorado last season.
“Ideally, you’d love to have all your guys here. It’s not possible, obviously,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “To be able to have Jack here and have dinner with us the other night … and then obviously the banner, it’s pretty special.”
Blackhawks: At Vegas on Thursday night.
Avalanche: At Calgary on Thursday night to face former teammate Nazem Kadri, who signed a $49 million, seven-year contract with the Flames in August. “There’s no friends on the ice for me,” Makar said. “I love guys off the ice and I loved Naz when he was here. But he’s with Calgary now.”
Connor McDavid opens with hat trick, Oilers beat Canucks 5-3
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid had three goals and an assist and the Edmonton Oilers overcame an early 3-0 deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 on Wednesday night.
Leon Draisaitl added a goal and two assists and Darnell Nurse also scored for the Oilers in the opener for both teams. Jack Campbell made 33 saves.
Elias Pettersson, J.T. Miller and Andrei Kuzmenko – in his NHL debut – scored for the Canucks. Thatcher Demko stopped 20 shots.
Pettersson and Miller scored in an early 51-second span and Kuzmenko made it 3-0 39 seconds into the second on a power play. He’s the first player in Canucks history to score a power-play goal in his debut.
Edmonton got on the board 4:12 into the second when Draisaitl took a deflected pass at the side of the net and slammed it past Demko on a power play.
The Oilers pulled within a goal with another power-play goal with 5:59 left in the second on a three-way passing play from Zach Hyman to Draisaitl and then to McDavid.
Edmonton pulled even with 41 seconds left in the period on a 2-on-1 short-handed break as Draisaitl fed it across to Nurse, who beat Demko with a one-timer.
The Oilers took the lead with 4:59 left in the third period with McDavid orchestrating a give-and-go with Hyman before depositing his own rebound past Demko. It was McDavid’s 700th career point, making him the sixth-fastest player to hit the mark in 488 games.
McDavid completed the hat trick with 25 seconds left when Evander Kane dropped it back to him for an empty-net power-play goal.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
After being outmuscled by the Knicks in a 131-114 preseason loss on Friday night at Madison Square Garden, the Pacers were hoping to fare better in a rematch with New York in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
Though they trailed for much of the night, the Pacers remained within striking distance, then closed with a flourish.
Rookies Bennedict Mathurin and Andrew Nembhard led the Blue & Gold down the stretch as they erased a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit with a 24-6 run and pulled out a 109-100 preseason win.
Mathurin finished with a game-high 27 points, going 8-for-13 from the field and 11-for-12 from the free throw line. Fellow 2022 draft pick Nembhard added 15 points and nine assists, going 6-for-12 from the field and 2-for-4 from 3-point range.
“Our younger guys really experienced some growth opportunity tonight,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “…Nembhard was great. Cool under pressure, big shots, great feel. Mathurin gets the ball in the hole and does it in an efficient way.”
The Pacers held an early 12-10 lead on Wednesday before the Knicks mounted the first major charge of the night. Jalen Brunson scored eight points for New York during a 17-2 run to open up a double-digit lead.
Back-to-back baskets by Mathurin stopped the bleeding for Indiana. An and-one by Mathurin and a Nembhard jumper trimmed the deficit to seven points with 14.3 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. But Immanuel Quickley answered with a three on the other end to push the Knicks’ lead back to 33-23 after one.
The Blue & Gold managed to trim the lead to four on T.J. McConnell’s 3-pointer with 7:49 remaining in the second quarter. They got within four on two more occasions, but the Knicks eventually used a 9-2 run to push the lead back to 11.
The Pacers closed the half with a flurry, thanks to a Jalen Smith three, two Mathurin free throws, and a Chris Duarte trey with five seconds left in the half to make it 51-48.
But RJ Barrett raced to the other end and drew a foul with 0.6 seconds left. He made the first free throw and missed the second, but Mitchell Robinson tipped in the miss at the buzzer for an unconventional three-point play, giving New York a 54-48 lead at halftime.
The Pacers continued to hang around in the third quarter, eventually trimming the deficit to 64-62 with 6:46 remaining on Terry Taylor’s two-hand slam. But 12 points from Barrett in the quarter prevented Indiana from taking the lead.
Once again, the Pacers closed a quarter strong. Mathurin scored five straight points before Isaiah Jackson’s slam off a dish from Andrew Nembhard made it a 79-77 game with 47.8 seconds left in the third. After a stop, Mathurin had a look to tie the game, but couldn’t get a right-handed runner to fall and Indiana entered the fourth quarter down by two.
The Blue & Gold finally moved in front on Nembhard’s jumper with 9:16 remaining in the fourth quarter. That put the Pacers in front, 82-81, their first lead since the 6:23 mark in the first quarter.
That lead was short-lived, however, as Miles McBride scored on the other end 16 seconds later. Two Obi Toppin dunks then pushed the Knicks’ lead back to five. After two Oshae Brissett free throws, New York reeled off seven straight points and suddenly led 94-84 with 6:23 remaining.
Still, Mathurin and the Pacers refused to go down quietly. The rookie reeled off five straight points to keep Indiana within striking distance. Back-to-back threes by Nembhard and Goga Bitadze cut the deficit to one as the game hit the three-minute mark.
Then, after a McBride miss, Nembhard drained another three to give Indiana a 98-96 lead with 2:32 remaining.
“I think I just stayed aggressive,” Nembhard said of his strong finish. “I missed a couple shots going for it at the beginning of the game and then just kept staying aggressive. A lot of guys on the bench were telling me to keep hunting my shot.”
The rookie added another jumper at the 2:07 mark. Quickley answered with a three on the other end, only for Bitadze to match him with another trey.
Mathurin provided the exclamation mark on an impressive close by Indiana’s youngsters, stealing the ball from Cam Reddish and throwing down a windmill dunk in transition to stretch the lead to six with 41.4 seconds remaining.
“The fans were really hyped up,” Mathurin said. “It’s preseason, but it counts as a game for me. It was pretty amazing. First game in (Gainbridge Fieldhouse), it was a dub. I’m pretty excited for the next game.”
Duarte finished with 13 points and five rebounds, while Myles Turner added 10 points and seven boards for Indiana.
Barrett had a team-high 21 points for New York before sitting out the fourth quarter. Randle added 13 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
The Pacers won despite being without starting point guard Tyrese Haliburton, who sat out Wednesday’s exhibition with minor lower back soreness.
Indiana hosts Houston in their final preseason game on Friday before opening the regular season next Wednesday against Washington.
Inside the Numbers
Nembhard scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, going 5-for-7 from the field in the frame.
Bitadze did not play until the fourth quarter, but was very effective in eight minutes in the final frame, scoring eight points on 3-of-3 shooting (2-of-2 from beyond the arc) and blocking two shots.
Indiana outscored the Knicks 54-42 in points in the paint.
The Pacers’ bench outscored New York’s reserves, 65-39.
You Can Quote Me On That
“We’ve been working so hard and just come out there and play the game…That’s what we do. It don’t matter (if) it’s preseason game or what kind of game or a practice or scrimmage. We go at each other and then we go at the opposing team.” -Bitadze on the fourth-quarter rally
“I got to the line really often and that’s what got me going. Maybe that’s one thing I should be doing every single game, trying to get to the line.” -Mathurin on his big night
“He’s got a really great knack for a young player of finding the cracks in the defense and then being able to get in there, avoid charges, get contact, and in many cases, finish. It’s a craft that a lot of players it takes years (to develop).” -Carlisle on Mathurin
“He’s got a lot of potential, man. He’s just super aggressive coming in. He’s super strong, super athletic, so it makes it easy for him. I think he’s more athletic than 90 percent guys of the league at his position…and he loves to work.” -Bitadze on Mathurin
“He’s got a lot of potential, man. He’s just super aggressive coming in. He’s super strong, super athletic, so it makes him easy for him. I think he’s more athletic than 90 guys of the league at his position…and he loves to work.” -Bitadze on Mathurin
“We had a rough outing out there in New York and we came back and we fought and bounced back and adjusted nicely to them.” -Taylor on showing improvement from the last game
Stat of the Night
The Pacers outscored the Knicks 25-6 over the final 6:09 of Wednesday’s game. Indiana limited New York to just two field goals over that stretch and one over the final 4:05.
Pacers forward Jalen Smith was held out of the second half after injuring his pinkie finger late in the second quarter.
Trevelin Queen, who signed a two-way contract with Indiana on Tuesday evening, did not dress for Wednesday’s game.
The Pacers announced earlier on Wednesday that they picked up the third-year team options on Duarte and Jackson’s contracts and the fourth-year options on Haliburton and Aaron Nesmith’s contracts.
Indiana University men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson, who coached the Knicks from 2012-14, was in attendance at Wednesday’s game.
The Pacers host the Houston Rockets at Gainbridge Fieldhouse for their preseason finale on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 PM ET.
Bernhard Raimann felt like his first NFL start, which came last Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, was “rough.” But the rookie displayed a veteran mentality to some of his early struggles, which included three holding penalties and one false start flag in the first half.
“Obviously it’s extremely frustrating,” Raimann said. “But then you just got to put your own frustration (and) yourself in the back seat kind of because at the end of the day, it’s about the team. So getting frustrated during the game about your mistakes, it’s not going to help the team.
“Really at that point you just play for the team, then after it you can be frustrated about yourself and gonna look over those mistakes one more time and get better next week. But during the game, it’s all about the team.”
The Colts expected there to be growing pains with Raimann, the No. 77 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, starting in Week 5. An ankle injury held him out of the Colts’ Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and he was limited to four special teams snaps in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans.
But the upside the Colts see in Raimann, the opportunity for him to develop by starting and the mentality he possesses earned him the start in Denver, and will continue to earn him starts moving forward.
“We just think he has the makeup, he has the physical talent — we like what we’ve seen so far,” head coach Frank Reich said. “We understand, like a lot of our young players, it’s a process. It’s a process. So I think these guys — you look at Alec (Pierce) and you look at Jelani (Woods), they get better fast the more they play. So we’re going to put him in there and we’re gonna play. We feel like he’s going to play winning football.”
Raimann, though, isn’t interested in zooming out and taking a 10,000-foot view of his development as an NFL left tackle. He said he approaches every game like he’s a 10-year veteran, since being a rookie isn’t an excuse to getting beat in pass protection or not executing in the run game.
So while the Colts may accept those growing pains as a part the process, Raimann doesn’t view things that way.
“Perspective is tough,” Raimann said. “This job needs to be done.”
INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (2-5-6, 0-5-1) will travel to East Lansing on Oct. 13 for a match against No. 15 Michigan State (10-1-3, 5-0-1) under the lights at DeMartin Stadium at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The match will be broadcasted on BTN+ with Veronica Bolanos (PxP) and Miriam Bingham (Analyst) on the call with Marin Klein reporting from the sideline.
ABOUT THE SPARTANS
• Michigan State is coming off a 2-0 win over Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 9. Sophomore forward Jordyn Wickes scored the game-winner in the 40th minute while senior forward Lauren DeBeau netted another one in the 65th minute to secure the win.
• After the win over the Wolverines, the Spartans received their first national ranking since 2009 and secured their fifth consecutive conference win.
• MSU is led by head coach Jeff Hosler who is in his second season at the helm. In 2021, Hosler led the program to a 10-4-3 record, making the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2011.
• Lauren DeBeau leads the team’s offense with eight goals, two assists and 18 points featuring three game-winning goals.
• Goalkeeper Lauren Kozal has totaled 39 saves (.867 save percentage) and faced six goals (.46 goals against average). She is 10-1-3 on the season and has totaled seven shutouts.
• Michigan State leads the series 19-8-2.
• In the last matchup, the Hoosiers fell 1-0 against the Spartans at home on Sept. 19, 2021. Indiana could not clear the ball before MSU’s Camryn Evans found the back of the net in the 16th minute.
LAST TIME OUT
• After a scoreless first half and pressure from the Indiana defense, both teams were eager to take the lead.
• Indiana saw their first real dangerous opportunity after junior forward Anna Bennett sent a cross to an open area in the box, but it was hovered on by the goalkeeper before Jen Blitchok could make the contact.
• Rutgers jumped ahead in the 61st minute on a penalty kick that was awarded after Indiana committed a foul in the box.
• Redshirt-freshman midfielder Ava Akeel nearly found the equalizer in the 78th minute of the match on a downward header from sophomore forward Jordyn Levy. She sent it right in the center of the box at the foot of Akeel but couldn’t get it past the diving goalkeeper.
• The Hoosiers have shutout eight consecutive opponents, extending their scoreless streak to a total of 720 minutes this season, tying the program record for longest consecutive scoreless streak that was set in the 1993 inaugural season.
• Anna Bennett, Paige Webber, Jen Blitchok – vs. Indiana State on Sept. 1.
• Natasha Kim, Jordyn Levy (2), Ava Akeel (2) – vs. Trine on Sept. 14.
• Indiana has seven teams that are ranked second edition of the United Soccer Coaches rankings, highlighted by a couple of top-20 Big Ten opponents in No. 6 Northwestern, No. 10 Rutgers and No. 15 Michigan State, and No. 25 Penn State.
• In the non-conference slate, Indiana had a contest against No. 12 Notre Dame canceled and a 0-0 draw against No. 17 West Virginia. The Hoosiers also played No. 8 Penn State to a 0-0 draw in their conference opener.
• Since rankings were tracked during the 2001 season, Indiana has not played more than five ranked opponents in a single season. The Hoosiers took on five ranked foes in 2007, 2009 and 2015.
• The Hoosiers last toppled a ranked opponent on Sept. 8, 2017, with a 1-0 triumph over No. 23 SMU in Dallas, but did earn a result after a 0-0 draw against No. 7 Michigan on Oct. 3, 2021, and against No. 8 Penn State on Sept. 18, 2022.
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER
IOWA CITY, Iowa – A three-game roadtrip for the Purdue soccer team commences with a nationally-televised matchup at Iowa on Thursday, October 13, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET at the Iowa Soccer Complex.
The match will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and on the Fox Sports app, with Connor Onion and Lauren Link on the call. Live stats are available at Purdue.Statbroadcast.com. Updates from Iowa City also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
Thursday is the start of a three-game roadtrip for Purdue, and it also begins the second-to-last week of the regular season. It is the Boilermakers’ fifth of six games to air on national television in 2022.
Purdue is 3-9-1 and 0-5-1 in the Big Ten after a 2-1 loss to Illinois on Sunday. The Hawkeyes are 3-6-5 on the year and 0-3-3 in Big Ten play following a 1-0 loss at Minnesota on Sunday.
Statistically, junior midfielder Emily Mathews is fifth in the Big Ten with five assists and sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway is No. 10 in the league with five goals and No. 5 with a .500 shot accuracy. Dunaway leads the team with 12 points, 28 shots and 14 shots on goal. Freshman forward Kayla Budish is second on the team with six points, 24 shots and 10 shots on goal.
As a team, Purdue is second in the Big Ten with 4.92 saves per game. The Boilermakers have scored 14 goals and recorded 15 assists for 43 points. They have made 64 saves for a .711 save percentage with a 2.00 goals-against average.
SERIES HISTORY VS. IOWA
The Boilermakers own an 8-10-4 all-time record against Iowa and they are 3-7-2 in Iowa City. Purdue has won two of the last three matchups, including a thrilling 2-1 win in overtime in 2021 at Folk Field.
Last season’s 2-1 win on September 26 came in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion, as then-senior forward Sarah Griffith tied the match at 1-1 with 18.9 seconds left in regulation. In overtime, then-senior midfielder Teagan Jones won it in the 98th minute with her first goal of the season. Griffith and Jones’ heroics came after the Hawkeyes scored the game’s first goal in the 87th minute.
Both teams had 17 shots, while Purdue had a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal. Then-senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made two saves and the Boilermaker defense cleared another shot off the line. Three current Boilermakers earned assists on Purdue’s goals, with now-junior defender Nicole Kevdzija assisting on the game-tying goal and now-junior midfielder Emily Mathews and now-senior defender Lauren Holleran assisting with the game winner.
A complete recap can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa is 3-6-5 in 2022 with a 0-3-3 Big Ten mark and a 1-2-2 record at home. The Hawkeyes are unbeaten in their last six, with a 1-0 loss at Minnesota on October 9 that followed back-to-back draws, at Illinois, 2-2, and against Michigan, 1-1.
UI is No. 6 in the Big Ten with 3.79 saves per game and 6.14 shots on goal per game. The Hawkeyes have scored 17 goals with 11 assists for 45 points, while the goalkeepers have made 53 saves for a .791 save percentage with a 1.00 goals-against average. Individually, three players have scored a team-high-tying three goals, including Hailey Rydberg, who also paces the squad with four assists and 10 points.
LAST TIME OUT: EDGED BY ILLINI
On October 9, Purdue lost a 2-1 contest to Illinois at Folk Field. U of I took a 1-0 lead in the opening minute before senior forward Gabby Hollar scored the equalizer in the 14th. The visitors regained the advantage with a penalty kick goal in the 59th minute.
The Boilermakers held a 19-15 advantage in shots, while the Fighting Illini had an 8-4 edge in shots on goal. Illinois had seven corner kicks to Purdue’s six. Dunaway registered a match-high five shots and two shots on goal, and Hollar added four shots, two on target. In goal, senior Emma Tompkins earned the start and made six saves in the first appearance of her collegiate career.
Sunday was Senior Day, where Purdue’s seven seniors were recognized prior to their penultimate game at Folk Field. Fifth-year Sydney Duarte and seniors Hollar, Lauren Holleran, Hannah Lapeire, Leanna Rebimbas, Tompkins and Chloe Woodbeck were honored for their contributions to the Purdue Soccer program throughout their careers.
A complete recap can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
UP NEXT: PLAYING FOR THE GOLDEN BOOT
An in-state rivalry is on tap, as Purdue travels to Indiana to play for the Golden Boot Trophy on Sunday, October 16. Kickoff in Bloomington is at 2 p.m. ET, and the game will air live on the Big Ten Network. One more road game follows before the Boilermakers return to Folk Field for the final time in 2022 on Sunday, October 23, against Maryland at 2 p.m. ET. Admission is free for all fans to the contest.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After back-to-back road wins in conference play, Purdue Football returns home to host Nebraska in a battle between two teams atop the Big Ten West. The Boilermakers and Cornhuskers are set to play in front of a sellout crowd at Ross-Ade Stadium, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET on BTN.
Purdue is 4-2 for the second consecutive season. The last time the Boilermakers were 4-2 in back-to-back seasons was when Joe Tiller led the program to consecutive eight-win campaigns (2006-07).
The Boilermakers are coming off a 31-29 victory at Maryland, their third straight win. The last time Purdue won three games in-a-row came during the 2018 season, a four-game winning streak that included a 49-20 thumping over No. 2 Ohio State.
LAST TIME WE MET NEBRASKA
• Behind four interceptions from the defense, Purdue went on the road and defeated Nebraska 28-23 (Oct. 30, 2021) in the previous matchup between the two Big Ten West foes.
• Jalen Graham led the way with a pair of INTs, including a pick six that helped him earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.
• Cam Allen and Chris Jefferson hauled in picks as well.
• Aidan O’Connell completed 34-of-45 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns, while King Doerue added 74 yards on the ground to lead the Boilermakers offensively.
• The victory was Purdue’s third in the past four meetings with Nebraska.
• Purdue returns home riding a three-game winning streak for the first time the 2018 season.
• The Boilermakers won four straight games in 2018, which included the memorable 49-20 victory over No. 2 Ohio State.
• Purdue has won three games in-a-row only three times over the past 15 seasons, two of them being under Jeff Brohm. In the previous nine seasons prior to Brohm’s arrival, the only Boilermakers’ three-game winning streak occurred during the end of the 2012 season to earn bowl eligibility.
BIG WINS AWAY FROM HOME
• Playing on the road in Big Ten play hasn’t fazed Purdue lately. The Boilermakers have won six of their past seven conference games away from home, including the past two weeks against Minnesota (Oct. 1) and Maryland (Oct. 8).
• Two of those victories were over ranked teams. Purdue beat No. 2 Iowa 24-7 last season (Oct. 16, 2021), while knocking off No. 21 Minnesota this October.
• Last season, Purdue went 3-1 in B1G games away from home, which included a neutral site win over Northwestern at Wrigley Field. The Boilermakers ended the 2021 campaign with five victories away from Ross-Ade Stadium, their most since 1943.
• While Purdue is primarily known for its passing game, the Boilermakers have rushed for 11 touchdowns compared to 13 through the air.
• Just six games into the season, the 11 rushing TDs match the total from the previous two seasons combined (7 in 2021, 4 in 2020).
• The total is already the most in a season since Purdue rushed for 20 touchdowns in 2018.
• The Boilermakers have six rushing touchdowns over their three conference games, ranking second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State (8).
WELCOME BACK 6
• The Boilermaker defense welcomed back one of their leaders, Jalen Graham, in the 31-29 win over Maryland.
• Graham, who missed the previous four games due to injury, returned to record a team-high nine tackles to go along with one tackle-for-loss and one pass breakup.
• Despite playing in just two games this season, the senior ranks eighth on the team in total tackles (15); his 7.5 tackles per game pace Purdue.
AIDAN ADDING TO HIS LEGACY
• Beginning his career as a walk-on and eighth on the quarterback depth chart, Aidan O’Connell worked his way up to the starting role and didn’t stop there. The sixth-year QB has etched his name in the school record books, and he continued to rise up the career charts early this season.
• O’Connell already ranks in the program’s Top 10 in several career categories: completion percentage (1st – 68.0%), 500-yard games (T1st – 2), 400-yard games (2nd – 5), 300-yard games (4th – 11), touchdown passes (6th – 53), passing completions (7th – 649) and passing yards (8th – 7,288).
• Aidan O’Connell paces the Big Ten in passing yards and total offense. His 311.8 passing yards per game rank ninth nationally, while he stands 17th in total offense with 306.8 yards per game.
• O’Connell has kept up his game against conference opponents as the only Big Ten quarterback to average more than 300 yards passing in league play (308.0 ypg). His 297.33 yards of total offense in B1G action also lead the conference.
• Since 2000, O’Connell became one of just three Big Ten quarterbacks to throw for 1,000 yards over the first three games of a season (Christian Hackenberg – 1,008 yards, 2014; Richard Lagow – 1,002 yards, 2016).
• He torched the Syracuse defense with a season-high 424 passing yards and three touchdowns.
• O’Connell now has five 400-yard passing games; only Drew Brees has more (7).
RED ZONE, END ZONE
• The Boilermakers have been successful in the red zone this season, scoring 24 out of 25 times for a 96 percent rate and ranking No. 8 in the country.
• Even better, 21 of those 24 red zone scores have been touchdowns (88%).
• The Boilermakers are 12-for-12 (9 touchdowns, 3 field goals) in the red zone against B1G foes, one of three teams to be perfect in conference play.
• Purdue was a perfect 5-for-5 in the red zone against Maryland, punching in four touchdowns and adding one field goal.
YOU’LL GET NOTHING AND LIKE IT
• Purdue has produced one of the best red zone defenses in the country. With opponents scoring only 71 percent of the time in the area, the Boilermakers rank third in the Big Ten and 14th in the country.
• The defense also is efficient in getting off the field with a third down defense that ranks 23rd nationwide. Opponents are converting 30 percent of the time on third down.
• The Boilermakers have done a good job of limiting the run, surrendering less than 100 yards per game (96.7) to rank 17th nationally and only allowing 2.9 yards per rush.
• Purdue’s rush defense has been even better in conference games, limiting the opposition to 71.3 yards on the ground per contest (2.6 yards per carry).
• The Boilermakers are one of 19 teams to allow three or fewer rushing touchdowns this season, and only one of those touchdowns has been by a running back.
• In the win over No. 21 Minnesota, Purdue held the Golden Gophers to 44 rushing yards on 26 carries; Minnesota entered the contest with the nation’s No. 2 rushing attack with 294.5 yards per game.
• Tight end Payne Durham once again came through in the clutch, catching the go-ahead touchdown pass before rumbling 56 yards to set up another late Purdue touchdown to help the team beat Maryland.
• Against the Terps, Durham made seven catches for 109 yards, both team highs, to record the third 100-yard game of his career.
• Durham moved into a tie for 11th in program history with 16 receiving touchdowns.
• Durham is now third on the career list for touchdown receptions by a tight end, trailing Dave Young (27, 1977-80), Brycen Hopkins (2016-19) and Dustin Keller (16, 2004-07).
• The senior tight end sits second on the team this year with 28 receptions for 280 yards and three touchdowns.
• Durham’s progression in college from backup to all-conference caliber is made more impressive when you consider he played one year of high school football after playing lacrosse all his life.
• While Purdue is 4-2 on the season, the Boilermakers are 64 seconds away from being 6-0.
• Both losses came to teams that are currently ranked and unbeaten.
• No. 10 Penn State scored a go-ahead touchdown with 57 seconds to go to leave West Lafayette with a season-opening victory (Sept. 1)
• In the first road game of the season, the Boilermakers suffered a heartbreaking loss to now-No. 21 Syracuse after the Orange found the end zone with just seven seconds left in the ballgame.
• Four of Purdue’s six games have been decided by four points-or-less.
• Whether it’s the beginning of the game or coming out of the locker room, Purdue has gotten off to fast starts.
• The Boilermakers are outscoring the opposition 50-10 in the opening quarter.
• Purdue has scored a touchdown on three of its six opening drives.
• On the other side of the ball, Purdue’s defense has forced a fumble and four three-and-outs by the opposition to kick off games; only Maryland found success on the opening drive, scoring a touchdown.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men’s soccer team blanked Villanova on Wednesday, picking up its third conference victory of the season and fourth overall shutout. The (rv) Bulldogs (8-3-1, 3-1-1 BIG EAST) converted a penalty kick in the first half and added an insurance goal with 14 minutes on the clock. The Wildcats (5-5-2, 2-3-1 BIG EAST) outshot Butler, 16-12, and had two more shots on goal, but stout defense and superb goalkeeping from the Bulldogs kept the visitors completely out of the net.
32′ | Jack Haywood finds Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. at the top of the penalty area. On a give-and-go, Cabrera, Jr. chips it right back to Haywood, who is fouled. Joost de Schutter knocks in the ensuing penalty kick, and the Dawgs take a 1-0 lead.
53′ | Villanova steals a Butler pass on the Bulldogs defensive side of the field, and a quick pass finds Akinjide Awujo who breaks the defensive line. His one-on-one shot is deflected by the outstretched hand of Butler keeper Gabriel Gjergji. The ball goes high into the air and toward the goal, bounces, hits the far post, and is then gathered by Gjergji.
76′ | Jack Haywood switches field at the half line and finds Jack Streberger on the far side. Streberger carries down the left side of the pitch to the six, makes a move back up the field to create space, and sneaks the ball past the Villanova keeper and just inside the far post. The Bulldogs are now up two goals.
Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Joost de Schutter, Jack Streberger
Joost de Schutter’s converted penalty kick was the game-winner and his first goal as a Bulldog.
Jack Streberger’s goal was his third of the season and the fifth of his career.
Gabriel Gjergji made six saves in the match for his third solo shutout of the season. He also has a combined shutout this season and has accumulated 19.5 for his career.
BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER
The Butler women’s soccer team begins a critical stretch as it seeks to qualify for its eighth-consecutive BIG EAST Tournament. The squad is currently on a three-game winning streak as it prepares to host St. John’s on Thursday, Oct. 13, in an early, 2 p.m., start. The Bulldogs (6-6-1, 3-2-0 BIG EAST) currently sit in fifth in the league standings and are coming of a 2-1 road victory over DePaul. The Red Storm (6-4-4, 3-2-1 BIG EAST) is tied with Creighton in the third position and most recently defeated Providence, 1-0.
(through games 10/09/2022)
Katie Soderstrom sits atop the BIG EAST with 3.69 shots per game (28th nationally), 3 game-winning goals (34th), 1.77 shots on goal per game (35th), 16 total points, 6 goals, and 4 assists.
Talia Sommer is fifth in the BIG EAST (75th nationally) with a shot accuracy of .545.
Anna Pierce is fifth in the BIG EAST with 39 saves.
Abigail Isger was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 10 for her performances in wins over Villanova and DePaul that included a game-winning goal and an assist on another game-winning goal. Her goal came in the 67th minute of the Bulldogs’ match against DePaul, giving Butler the 2-1 victory on the road. The redshirt junior assisted on Caitlin O’Malley’s game-winning goal in the 86th minute in Butler’s home win against Villanova. Isger led the league in shots last week (9) along with finishing tied for second in points (3).
Caitlin O’Malley was listed on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after scoring the game-winning goal in Butler’s 1-0 win over Villanova (Thursday, 10/6).
Anna Schroeder’s goal was the first of her career.
Abigail Isger’s goal was her fourth of the season (her first game-winner) and the 13th of her career.
Sara Trandji’s assist was the first of her career.
Arianna Jalics’ assist was her second of the season and the third of her career.
SERIES RECORD: Tied, 4-4-2
LAST MEETING: Sept. 30, 2021 – Queens, N.Y. – Butler 1, St. John’s 1 (2OT)
Butler’s last victory was a 1-0 win in Indianapolis in 2019.
St. John’s last victory was a 2-1 win in Queens, N.Y. in 2018.
Since St. John’s won three straight from 2013-2015, neither side has won two matches in a row.
Scouting St. John’s
Previous match: Providence W, 1-0
St. John’s has additional wins over Navy (2-0), UConn (1-0), and Seton Hall (1-0), along with losses to No. 23 Georgetown (0-1) and Villanova (0-1). The Red Storm tied Creighton (1-1).
Offensive standouts for St. John’s include:
#12 Jessica Garziano (2g, 4a)
#20 Nicole Gordon (2g, 2a)
#18 Isabelle Aviza (2g, 1a)
#8 Ava Collins (2g, 1a)
Gina Muzi (6-4-2) has started all 16 matches in goal for the Red Storm. She has allowed 10 goals (.750 GAA) and has made 34 saves (.773), producing 6 shutouts.
IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team earned a critical, hard fought 2-1 home win over Northern Kentucky on Wednesday night (Oct. 12), getting a late penalty kick goal from Lukas Hackaa for the game-winner. Redshirt freshman Josemir Gomez tallied his team-high seventh goal in the game’s first half and junior Lucas Morefield matched his season-high of seven saves in goal to help snap IUPUI’s eight-game winless streak. Given the three points, the Jaguars climbed to a tie for No. 6 in the Horizon League standings heading into the final stretch of the season.
“It feels really good. We haven’t won here in awhile and it felt good to win after fighting (NKU) a lot. We worked together and it feels really good,” Hackaa said.
“It was a really tough game. NKU came with a really solid gameplan in the first half. They caused us a lot of problems,” assistant coach Lewis Dunne said. “(NKU) made us rethink how to approach the second half. They dominated the first half based on the tactical battle.
“We changed shape in the second half and were able to grab a foothold of the game. The guys adjusted really well – we simplified everything. I thought we deserved to go ahead in the second half. We created 2-v-1’s high and wide with our wing backs and making numerical advantages. Really good performance, really happy and the guys deserve it.”
Things began ominously as the Jaguars yielded a goal in the game’s 17th minute, but IUPUI (2-5-5, 1-1-3 HL) got level in the 28th minute. Medard Mikobi got Gomez free with a long lead pass between NKU’s two center backs. Gomez did the rest, splitting the pair and then rolling a shot past NKU goalkeeper Nic Lemen for his seventh score and second in Horizon League play. The score remained tied for the remainder of the first half.
The first half saw both side control possession for exactly 50 percent of the time, each side attempted eight shots and both teams put four on target.
However, IUPUI tipped the scales in the second half, largely behind the attacking play of Hackaa, Gomez and Logan Finnegan. However, the game was decided when Dominic Breidenbach earned a penalty kick when he was pulled down by NKU’s Craig Wellens on his way to goal in the 83rd minute. Hackaa took the ensuing penalty kick and blistered a shot past Lemen for his fourth tally of the season and second game-winner.
It marked the third time in the second half the Jaguars thought they had earned a penalty kick opportunity. Earlier, Hackaa was pulled down inside the 18-yard box and moments prior to the winner, Gomez was trampled by an NKU defender inside the left edge of the penalty box with no whistle.
IUPUI killed the clock down the stretch, dodging a dicey free kick in the closing 20 seconds before ultimately earning the celebration that came with a key victory.
The Jaguars closed with an 18-15 shot margin and 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. Gomez led the IUPUI attack with five shot attempts and Kade Tepe and Hackaa had four each.
IUPUI will continue the quick two-game homestand on Saturday (Oct. 15) when they host Green Bay at 2:00 p.m. at Carroll Stadium. The Jaguars will honor their nine member senior class prior to the game with Senior Day processions occurring at approximately 1:40 p.m.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team returns to the pitch on Thursday, Oct. 13, with a home contest against Akron, followed by a road matchup with Ohio on Sunday, Oct. 16. The Cardinals will play a Pink Game at home against Akron and fans and spectators are encouraged to wear pink.
Last Time Out
Ball State went 1-1 last week after the Cardinals dropped their first Mid-American Conference match of the season. BSU enters the week with an overall record of 5-4-4 and a 4-1-1 mark in MAC play. Avery Fenchel led the way with two goals in BSU’s 6-2 victory at Toledo. Delaney Caldwell, Lexi Fraley, Maria Broering, and Emily Roper each added a goal. Caldwell, Fraley, Jenna Dombrowski, and Lexy Smith each added an assist.
The Cardinals are led by Fenchel with 10 goals, which is second in the MAC and tied for 12th in the NCAA. Caldwell is second on the team with five goals, while Fraley has three goals. Roper has two goals, while Dombrowski, Tori Monaco, and Sammi Corcoran each have a goal. Abby Elgert paces the team with four assists. Smith is second on the team with three assists, while Fraley, Alex McPhee, and Maya Millis each have two assists. The Cardinals have six other players with one assist. Bethany Moser has been a key cog to the defense as the BSU keeper. Moser has made 49 saves in 13 matches and has posted three shutouts and two combined shutouts.
Series Outlook with Akron
The Cardinals are 14-2-5 all time against the Zips and are 2-0 under Head Coach Josh Rife. Ball State has won four of the last five meetings, including a 3-1 victory in Muncie last season. In the five-match stretch, the Cardinals and Zips have one draw. BSU is 9-0-2 in matches played in Muncie.
Scouting the Zips
Ella Hadley leads Akron with four goals. Emma King has a team-high two assists and is second on the squad with two assists. Caitlin Bruni, Laurie-Anne Renaud, Morgan Pentz, and Kristina Syragakis each have one goal. Penelope Cuirinier has spent the most time in goal for the Zips and has made four starts. Cuirinier has made 46 saves and has recorded one shutout.
How to Follow
Live Stats: ballstatesports.com
Series Outlook with the Bobcats
Ohio leads the overall series with Ball State 11-8-5. The Cardinals are 1-0-1 under Coach Rife against the Bobcats. In the last four meetings, BSU has won two matches, while the other two matches ended in a draw. Ball State is 2-9-2 on the road against Ohio.
Regan Berg paces the Bobcats with five goals. Abby Townsend leads the team with eight assists and is second on the team with four goals. Aubrey Rea and Shae Robertson each have three goals on the season. OU has four others with two goals. Haley Miller is second on the team with three assists. Sam Wexell has been the keeper in the most recent matches and has appeared in eight matches with four starts. She has 27 saves on the season. Celeste Sloma has made 10 appearances with nine starts. Sloma has made 28 saves on the year.
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL
UP THIS WEEK: The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to the road this weekend for a pair of matches at Northern Illinois … The Cardinals and Huskies will square off at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT Friday and 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT Saturday at Victor E. Court.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Both of this weekend’s matches will be streamed live on NIU All-Access ($6.95 for a 24-hour pass) … In addition, live stats will be available courtesy of the host Huskies … Live updates from the matches will also be provided on the team’s Twitter feed: @BallStateWVB.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Northern Illinois is the only team from the Mid-American Conference to hold an all-time series lead versus Ball State, with a 28-26 edge … The Cardinals won both matches played in the 2021 fall season, while the Huskies claimed wins in both 2021 spring meetings … All four of those matches were played inside Worthen Arena … The last time Ball State traveled to DeKalb was Nov. 9, 2019, with BSU earning a 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-22) victory … Overall, the last seven matches in the series have been won via sweep.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:
• In its 51st season of play, Ball State boasts a 983-630-2 (.609) all-time record in women’s volleyball … The Cardinals have captured 11 MAC West Division Championships, nine MAC Regular Season Championships, and eight MAC Tournament Championships … Ball State made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, earning a first-round victory over Michigan for the third NCAA Tournament win in program history … BSU has also earned one bid into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
• Ball State enters Friday’s match versus Northern Illinois as the winningest program in league play with a 422-214 (.664) all-time Mid-American Conference record … Western Michigan is second on the list, a one-and-a-half matches behind the Cardinals at 421-216 (.661) … Northern Illinois is fourth all-time based on winning percentage at 298-189 (.612).
• The Cardinals own an even better record when playing at home, boasting a 301-94 (.762) mark inside Worthen Arena … Factor in opponents from just the Mid-American Conference and Ball State is 220-57 (.794) when battling in “The Nest” … No MAC opponent owns a winning record inside Worthen Arena, as the Cardinals have at least a .632 winning percentage against all league schools on its current home floor.
• Ball State enters this weekend’s series at NIU with the longest active winning streak in the MAC at four matches … After opening league play with a pair of road losses at Central Michigan (Sept. 23-24), the Cardinals swept a home series versus Eastern Michigan (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1), and topped both Akron (Oct. 7) and Buffalo (Oct. 8) … Last week, it was the play of junior outside Cait Snyder which led the way, as she smashed career-high kill totals in each victory.
• Cait Snyder started last week with a then-career-high 15 kills in the win over Akron (Oct. 7) … She followed with a new career-best 18 kills versus Buffalo (Oct. 8) … During BSU’s current four-match winning streak, Snyder is leading the team with a 3.64 kills-per-set average, with double-digit kills in three of the four outings … She is also hitting .230 (51-19-139) over the span.
• Ball State’s backcourt enters the weekend as one of the nation’s best, ranking second in the MAC and seventh nationally with a 17.19 digs-per-set average … In addition, the Cardinals’ 1238 total digs are seventh nationally.
• Three Ball State student-athletes rank in the top 275 nationally in total digs, led by senior libero Maggie Huber in 114th at 262 … Sophomore setter Megan Wielonski is close behind in 167th at 238, while senior defensive specialist Havyn Gates is 263rd at 206 … Overall, Ball State has five regulars averaging at least 2.47 digs per set, led by Huber at 3.64.
• In addition to leading the team with a 3.64 digs-per-set average this season, Maggie Huber has started 13 of BSU’s 18 matches at libero … She has collected double-digit digs in 15 matches, including a season-high 24 in last Friday’s win over Akron … She collected 22 digs at South Florida (Aug. 26) and versus Eastern Michigan (Sept. 30) … Huber also leads Ball State’s primary passers with a .951 reception percentage, with just 15 reception errors in 304 total attempts.
• Havyn Gates served as BSU’s starting libero in the other five matches and own’s BSU’s three largest single-match dig totals so far this season … She collected a Ball State career-high 33 digs in the five-set thriller at Central Michigan (Sept. 24) and scored 24 digs in five-set matches versus Dayton (Sept. 13) and Northern Kentucky (Sept. 16) … Gates, who registered a career-high 42 digs as a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan in 2019, has 1,646 career digs including 522 at BSU and 1,124 at IWU.
• On offensive, senior middle Marie Plitt enters the weekend ranked third in the MAC and 36th nationally with a .386 (183-29-399) attack percentage … That mark includes a program record .833 (15-0-18) rate of success in Ball State’s sweep of Arkansas State (Sept. 9) … So far this season, Plitt has hit .300-or-better in 14 of BSU’s 18 matches, including a .467 (8-1-15) effort at No. 10 Purdue (Sept. 17) … Plitt also enters the weekend as the team leader with a 2.54 kills-per-set average, including double-digit kills in nine matches.
• Megan Wielonski is picking up right where she left off last season, dishing out 754 total assists so far this season … The total currently stands as the sixth-most in the nation … She also ranks 34th nationally with a 10.47 assists-per-set average … Last season, Wielonski finished the year ranked second nationally with 1,394 total assists … Over her career, Wielonski has helped the Cardinals hit .300-or-better as a team in 13 of her 52 matches as the program’s starting setter, included two of the top four single-match performances in program history.
• Megan Wielonski became just the 16th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career assists last season, while her 2,148 career assists currently rank 12th on BSU’s all-time list … In addition, she became just the third player in program history to record over 1,000 assists as a freshman, joining Brittany McGinnis (1,245 in 2008) and Emily Sallee (1,387 in 1997).
• In addition to being one of the nation’s top setters, Megan Wielonski enters the weekend ranked 32nd nationally with 31 service aces … Last season, she ranked eighth among all NCAA Division I players with 58 aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30) … Her 58 aces in 2021 tied as the sixth-most in a single season in Ball State history and were a single season record for a BSU setter, topping Amber Seaman’s total of 51 in 2018 … Overall, her 89 career aces are 10 shy of breaking into the top 20 in program history.
• Lauren Gilliland enters the weekend ranked eighth in the MAC with a .324 (147-27-370) attack percentage … She has hit .350-or-better seven times in 2022, including a .533 (17-1-30) mark versus Oklahoma (Sept. 2) … Gilliland’s 17 kills versus the Sooners were a career-high, and one of six times she has blasted double figure kills so far this season … Last season, Gilliland ranked first in the MAC and 49th nationally with a .366 hitting mark.
• Ball State continues to be one of the nation’s top offenses, ranking 14th nationally with 966 total kills … Five Cardinals have over 100 kills so far this season, led by 183 from Marie Plitt … In addition, six players are averaging at least 2.00 kills per set, while the team ranks 60th nationally with a .245 attack percentage.
INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer returns to the pitch on Thursday as they will travel to Springfield for a matchup with Valley leader Missouri State at Allison South Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET and the match will have live stats available while being broadcast on ESPN+.
The Sycamores enter Thursday’s tilt with the Bears at 2-2-2 during conference play, sitting at seventh in the league standings.
Ella Gorrie leads ISU with six points on the season, dishing out two assists and scoring twice including a game-winning goal against Evansville on September 22.
CeCe Wahlberg leads the team with 23 shot attempts, putting 13 of them on goal. Wahlberg is three shots on goal away from becoming ISU’s all-time leader after she put five shots on goal against Northern Iowa to give her 87 for her career. Lauren Podolski is the current leader with 89 for her career.
Adelaide Wolfe has logged the most minutes out of any Sycamore, playing in 1,021 minutes of action with Alexa Mackey and Josie Bakaitis behind her with 971 and 954 minutes, respectively.
In the net for ISU, Maddie Alexander and Tara Hoffman have each made 34 saves this season. Hoffman recorded a career-high nine saves on October 2 against UNI.
Missouri State leads the Missouri Valley with a 5-1-1 record in MVC play while sitting at 8-5-2 overall. First-year head coach Kirk Nelson’s squad is led by Grace O’Keefe who has recorded four goals and three assists this season.
Goalkeeper Camielle Day has made 43 saves in 13 starts while recording six shutouts. The Bears have eight shutouts overall in 2022 which ranks 41st in the nation.
The all-time series between Indiana State and Missouri State is led by MSU with a record of 13-7-2. The Bears hold a 5-4-1 record against the Sycamores in Springfield, with an 8-3-1 advantage in Terre Haute. ISU defeated the Bears 3-1 last fall at Memorial Stadium.
Indiana State will host Drake on Sunday, October 16 for their final regular season match at Memorial Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER
DETROIT – Detroit Mercy scored twice in the final 13 minutes to pick up a 2-1 decision over Purdue Fort Wayne on Wednesday (Oct. 12) evening in Horizon League men’s soccer action.
The ‘Dons took a 1-0 lead with a penalty kick goal by Seth Mahlmeister in the 50th minute. The Mastodons held on to the one-goal lead as the rain fell down in the Motor City until the 78th minute. That is when the Titans’ Tim Allos scored, assisted by Ryan Pierson and Samory Powder. Pierson scored in the 82nd minute to put the Titans up for good.
The Mastodons put together a pair of shots in the 87th minute, but never found the equalizer.
Detroit Mercy had 15 shots to the Mastodons’ 12. The Mastodons put five on goal. Adam Hunt made four saves for the ‘Dons.
Detroit Mercy improves 3-4-5 (2-1-3 Horizon). The ‘Dons fall to 1-8-3 (0-4-2 Horizon). Purdue Fort Wayne is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 22 in a 1 p.m. kick at the Hefner Soccer Complex.
PURDUE FT.WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – First-place Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer (7-2-5, 3-0-3 Horizon League) will travel to Youngstown State (4-6-3, 2-2-2) on Thursday (Oct. 13) and host Green Bay (3-7-2, 1-3-2) on Sunday (Oct. 16).
Game Day Information (Thursday)
Who: Youngstown State Penguins
When: Thursday, October 13 | 7 PM
Where: Youngstown, Ohio | Farmers National Bank Field
Live Stats: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne
Game Day Information (Sunday – Senior Day)
Who: Green Bay Phoenix
When: Sunday, October 16 | 1 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hefner Soccer Complex
Live Stats: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne
Know Your Foes
• Youngstown State is 4-6-3, 2-2-2 Horizon League. The Penguins are riding a three-game unbeaten streak, picking up wins at Northern Kentucky and vs. Green Bay. They tied Milwaukee and Oakland 1-1.
• Green Bay is 3-7-2, 1-3-2 with a win over Cleveland State and draws with Oakland Robert Morris. Zoey Pagels has a team-high three goals.
• Purdue Fort Wayne is 7-5 against Youngstown State, with the ‘Dons having won the last two. The Penguins have a 4-1 edge at home.
• The Mastodons and Phoenix have played just three times, with Green Bay having a 2-0-1 advantage. The first positive result for the ‘Dons came in a 1-1 tie in 2021.
Sunday… Is Senior Day
Purdue Fort Wayne will recognize 11 seniors who have dedicated their careers to the Mastodons: Melina Kozachik, Gabrielle Fanning, Madde Elliott, Olivia Hansen, Megan Sinnott, Mackenzie Evans, Isabelle Wissel, Kelsey Gallagher, Morgan Reitano, Abby Klimkowski and Samantha Castaneda. Tia Johnson, also a senior, will not participate in Senior Day since she was honored in 2021.
Home Sweet Hefner!
Purdue Fort Wayne is unbeaten at the Hefner Soccer Complex this season, sporting a 5-0-3 record at home. The Mastodons beat Chicago State (4-1), Ball State (1-0), Southern Indiana (1-0), Robert Morris (2-0) and Northern Kentucky (1-0) and tied Bellarmine (1-1), IUPUI (2-2) and Milwaukee (0-0) in front of their home crowd.
Eight Mastodons have started all 14 matches this season: Kelsey Gallagher, Zoe Greenhalge, Bella Reitano, Marisa Metzger, Lizzie Haub, Isabelle Wissel, Samantha Castaneda and Gabrielle Fanning.
These Are Good Things
The Mastodons are in the midst of their best season in program history. The team’s winning percentage of .679 is the best of any season through 14 games. The program has seen just two winning seasons: 2003 (9-7-3, .553) and 2012 (10-8-1, .553).
Top O’ The Morning
Purdue Fort Wayne is the only undefeated team in Horizon League play and currently occupies first place in the standings. The ‘Dons are 3-0-3 and are tied with Wright State and Detroit Mercy with 12 points each. The Raiders and Titans have both played one more game than the Mastodons.
Gabrielle Fanning has played in 78 games as a Mastodon with 75 starts, and has a chance to become the all-time career leader in both categories. The record for games played is 81, held by Kailyn Wade (2017-21). Jaclyn Puntillo (2001-05). Fanning became the all-time starts leader at Wright State on October 9.
Brick Wall Castaneda
Samantha Castaneda owns a 1.10 career goals against average, which is the best in program history among those that played at least 750 minutes in the net. This beats out the second-best of 1.68 from Sam Pavlika (2012-14). Her mark of 0.79 GAA this season is the best for a year-long average, topping Pavlika’s 1.07 in 2012. Castaneda’s 10 shutouts in her career is also a program-best.
Samantha Castaneda was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season on October 3. She led the Mastodons to a 0-0 tie against Milwaukee to earn the honor. She is the only player in the league to earn Defensive Player of the Week three times this season.
In The Horizon League Record Book
Samantha Castaneda’s four Defensive Player of the Week awards ties for the fourth-most of any Horizon League player in league history. Only Sam Hagen (15, Milwaukee, 2008-11), Erin Kane (6, Milwaukee, 2005-08) and Mallory Geurts (5, Milwaukee, 2016-17) are ahead of Castaneda.
Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne tied Wright State 1-1 on the road after the Raiders scored in the final two minutes.
Purdue Fort Wayne will travel to Detroit Mercy on Saturday (Oct. 22) for a 3 p.m. first kick.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s soccer team will look to get back into Missouri Valley Conference Tournament contention on Thursday night, as the Purple Aces will host the Drake Bulldogs at Arad McCutchan Stadium. Kick-off is set for 6:05 p.m.
Both Evansville and Drake enter Thursday night’s match on the outside looking in towards the MVC Tournament field, as only the league’s top eight will advance to the conference tournament this year. For both Drake and Evansville, a win on Thursday could catapult them back into the tournament field mix. Drake is just one point behind eighth-place UNI in the league standings, while UE sits five points behind UNI with three matches to play.
Evansville (1-8-4, 0-5-2 MVC) is trying to bounce back from Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Valparaiso in which the Beacons used two first-half goals to lead the way to victory. For UE, it was a rare first-half showing defensively, as it marked just the third time in three years in which the Purple Aces conceded multiple first-half goals. Offensively, UE is also trying to snap a two-match scoreless streak, as the Purple Aces have not scored since fifth-year forward Emily Ormson’s second-half goal against Southern Illinois in Evansville’s last home match. UE has scored six of its seven goals at home this year, with Ormson leading the team and tying for the Valley lead with four goals scored.
Drake, meanwhile, stands at 2-7-5 overall and 1-2-3 in conference play. The Bulldogs dropped a 2-0 decision to UIC at home on Sunday. Like Evansville, generating opportunities offensively has been the biggest issue this year for the Bulldogs, as Drake ranks 11th in the conference in both shots (7.86) and shots on goal per game (3.50) in the Valley. Unlike Evansville, Drake has had success offensively on the road this year, as nine of its 13 goals have been scored away from Des Moines, Iowa.
All-time, Drake leads the series over Evansville, 14-10-2, including a 4-0-2 mark over the last six meetings. It has been a closely contested series over the years, as 23 of the 26 all-time meetings have been decided by one goal or less. Thursday night’s contest can be seen live on ESPN+.
SOUTHERN INDIANA BASKETBALL
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced its slate of Conference basketball games across ESPN networks for the 2022-23 season on Wednesday.
This season the League will utilize a Wild Card selection process to determine the linear broadcasts, with selections determined and announced approximate two weeks before the competition date to ensure the best matchups.
The schedule includes nine total men’s basketball games (six regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) that will appear on one of the linear networks during the season. Four of the regular season matchups and the OVC Tournament semifinals will air on ESPNU, two games will air on ESPNews and the OVC Tournament championship game will air on ESPN2.
The schedule also includes a women’s basketball matchup on Thursday, February 23 on ESPNU. In addition, all seven games of the OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament, as well as the first round and quarterfinals of the men’s tournament (four total games), will air on ESPN+.
The 2023 OVC Championship Tournament is scheduled for March 1-4 at The Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.
Once again, over 200 regular season conference games and home regular season non-conference contests will be streamed on ESPN+.
ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service that offers fans in the U.S. thousands of live sports events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks and exclusive editorial content from dozens of ESPN writers and reporters. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown to more than 22.3 million subscribers.
Games aired on an ESPN network will also be available through the ESPN App, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. All events will be available for replay on the ESPN App.
This year marks the 75th year of competition in the OVC, which was founded in 1948.
2022-23 OVC ESPN Television Schedule
Thursday, January 5
Wild Card Matchup, 6:00 p.m. CT (ESPNews)
Thursday, January 12
Wild Card Matchup, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Thursday, January 26
Wild Card Matchup, 6:00 p.m. CT (ESPNews)
Thursday, February 9
Wild Card Matchup, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Thursday, February 16
Wild Card Matchup, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Thursday, February 23
Wild Card Matchup, 4 p.m. CT (ESPNU) (WOMEN’S GAME)
Wild Card Matchup, 8 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Friday, March 3
OVC Men’s Tournament Semifinal #1, TBD (ESPNU)
OVC Men’s Tournament Semifinal #2, TBD (ESPNU)
Saturday, March 4
OVC Men’s Tournament Championship, TBD (ESPN2)
Valparaiso (17-2, 5-2 MVC)
Friday, Oct. 14 – at Drake (14-6, 5-2 MVC) – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15 – at UNI (14-6, 7-0 MVC) – 7 p.m.
Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: A challenging road trip awaits the Valpo volleyball team this weekend as it hits the halfway mark of the MVC schedule. The weekend opens Friday evening at a Drake squad which the Beacons are tied for second place in the MVC standings with, and continues Saturday night at first-place UNI.
Previously: Valpo extended its winning streak to four consecutive matches with a pair of home wins last weekend, sweeping Murray State and besting Belmont in five sets. Freshman libero Emma Hickey was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week for her work in the wins.
Looking Ahead: A second straight long road trip awaits the Beacons next weekend, as they head out for the Missouri State/Southern Illinois road swing.
Following the Beacons: Friday night’s match will be broadcast live on ESPN3, while UNI will have a live audio broadcast of Saturday night’s contest. In addition, both matches will have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 21st season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 466 matches (466-219, .680) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made five postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 58 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 521-243 (.682) record overall as a head coach.
Series History: Drake – Valpo is 13-4 all-time against the Bulldogs, including an 12-3 mark under Avery and a 9-2 record since joining the Valley. Valpo has won six straight in the series, including a hard-fought five-set win at the ARC last month. Bella Ravotto posted 15 kills and 15 digs in that win, while Miranda Strongman hit .500 with 12 kills and five blocks.
UNI – The Panthers hold a 15-4 advantage all-time over Valpo and snapped the Beacons’ four-match winning streak in the series last month with a 3-2 win at the ARC. Valpo was up 2-1 and 20-13 in the fourth set and eventually had a match point later in that frame before falling to the Panthers. Maddy Boyer tallied a career-best 16 kills, while Rachel Speck tied her career high with eight blocks.
Scouting the Opposition: Drake – The Bulldogs enter the weekend tied with Valpo and UIC for second place in the Valley at 5-2 in MVC play and 14-6 overall after dropping a four-set match at UNI on Tuesday. Drake boasts two of the Valley’s top-five players in kills per set in Haley Bush (3.91, 3rd) and Mariana Rodrigues (3.58, 5th).
UNI – The Panthers enter the weekend atop the MVC standings, unscathed in conference play so far at 7-0 and 14-6 overall. Emily Holterhaus leads the team with 3.19 kills/set, while Inga Rotto hits a team-best .346, good for fifth in the Valley. Carly Spies ranks third in the MVC with a team-high 1.08 blocks/set and Sydney Petersen picks up 4.15 digs/set at libero, fifth-best in the conference.
Valpo Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll: The Beacons have been picked to finish in fifth place in the MVC standings in 2022 in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Valpo garnered 95 points in the polling, including one first-place vote, to rank fifth in a tight bunch in the middle of the pack. Valpo was just four points behind Bradley in fourth position, but on the other side, was just one point ahead of UNI in sixth place. Notably, Valpo has outperformed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley.
Illinois State received five first-place votes and totaled 134 points to lead the poll ahead of Evansville (121 points, two first-place votes). UIC (3) and UNI (1) also picked up at least one first-place nod.
Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed one of the top seasons in program history last year, finishing the campaign with a 26-10 record. The Beacons posted a 12-6 record in MVC action to finish tied for third place in the regular season standings – the program’s best record in conference play and best finish since joining the Valley. Valpo then earned a berth in the NIVC and swept each of its first four matches to advance to the tournament championship match. Haley Hart was a First Team All-MVC recipient, while Peyton McCarthy and Rylee Cookerly each earned Second Team All-MVC honors. Cookerly also became the first student-athlete in program history to be named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.
Winning Ways: As of the end of play Tuesday, Valpo’s 17 victories were tied for second-most among all Division I programs, trailing only Towson’s 18 and tied with WKU, Stephen F. Austin and UTRGV. With a 17-2 record, the Beacons have matched the program record for the best record through 19 matches, as the 2018 team also was 17-2 at this juncture of the season.
A Look at the RPI: The NCAA released its second weekly RPI of the season on Monday, and Valpo comes in at #67 in the rankings, just one spot behind UNI for the best in the Valley. In all, four MVC programs sit within the top-100 (UIC-74, Drake-88).
Another Winning Weekend: Much like the previous weekend, Valpo came away with a pair of wins last weekend in dramatically different fashion. Friday night saw the Beacons cruise to a sweep of Murray State, their first three-set win in MVC regular season action in the last 13 matches. Valpo put together a balanced attack in that win, with three players sharing team-high honors with seven kills apiece – the fewest kills by Valpo’s leader in a victory in at least the last five seasons. Then, Saturday brought a vintage Valpo volleyball battle, as the Beacons outlasted Belmont for a five-set win in a match which contained 34 ties and 16 lead changes. Kara Cooper stood out in that match, registering a match-high 20 kills as she set a career best in the category, while also smashing her previous career high for attacks with 56.
Just Keep Digging: If you’re a fan of long rallies and strong back-row defense, Saturday night’s match with Belmont was one for the ages. Valpo racked up 117 digs over Saturday’s five sets, fourth-most in program history in a five-set match in the 25-point era. The 117 digs are the most in a single match by an MVC team this season. Leading the way in that column individually was Emma Hickey, who delivered a season-best 37 digs in the win — second-most by a Valpo freshman in a single match all-time. She now ranks fifth in program history in the 25-point era in a five-set match, while she is tied for MVC-high honors this season. Elise Swistek stood out as well for her back-row defense in the victory, surpassing her career high as well as she racked up 31 digs, a career best by four. Hickey and Swistek became the first pair of Valpo players to each register 30+ digs in the same match in program history. Bella Ravotto made it three Beacons with 20+ digs as she notched 20 digs in the win, the seventh time in her career she has hit the 20-dig mark.
Five-Set Drama: If you want dramatic volleyball, just tune in to Valpo on Saturday evening. All three of Valpo’s Saturday matches in Valley play to date have gone the full five sets. In all, four of the Beacons’ first seven MVC matches have gone the distance after playing just two five-set affairs in MVC play all last season. Overall this year, Valpo owns a 5-1 record in five-set matches, including a 3-0 mark when winning the first two sets and then dropping sets three and four.
Consistency From Hickey: A big part of Valpo’s strength in the back row has been its run of standout liberos, and freshman Emma Hickey has slotted right into that role this season and maintained the prolificacy. Hickey had her highest weekly output of digs/set of the season last week, averaging 7.25 digs/set in Valpo’s pair of wins. She posted a match-high 21 digs in the sweep of Murray State, the second-highest total by an MVC player in a three-set match this year, trailing only her own 23 earlier this season at UTSA. Through seven weekends of action, Hickey ranks eighth nationally, averaging 5.47 digs/set ‑ the only freshman among the top-30 in the nation. It’s been a steady run of performances for the rookie so far, as Hickey has tallied double-figure digs in 17 of Valpo’s 19 matches, including 14 matches with at least 20 digs.
Players of the Week: For her performances last week, Hickey was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week – her third weekly award this season (2x Defensive, 1x Freshman). In all, Valpo players have earned five conference weekly accolades this season. Junior middle Mallory Januski was named MVC Player of the Week following her MVP weekend at the Roadrunner Classic, making her Valpo’s third weekly award winner in 2022, while senior outside Bella Ravotto was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 12 following her performance over Valpo’s three wins at the Akron Invitational. In its sixth season as an MVC school, Valpo has earned 26 weekly conference honors.
Standout Performances: Hickey and the Beacons’ dig totals from Saturday night were just the latest in a string of standout efforts this year which have cracked Valpo’s record book. Mallory Januski found her way into Valpo’s record book in the UIW match Sept. 16, posting a hitting percentage of .688 – the second-highest in a five-set match by a Valpo player in the 25-point era. It was a team performance which cracked the record book Sept. 9, as the Beacons posted 15.5 total team blocks in their win at Akron – fourth-most in a four-set match by a Valpo squad in the 25-point era and the most blocks Valpo has recorded in any length match since Nov. 15, 2019. On Sept. 3, senior Gretchen Kuckkan delivered 25 kills in Valpo’s four-set win over Northern Illinois – tied for fourth-most in a four-set match by a Valpo player in the 25-point era and making her one of just five Valpo players to tally 25+ kills in any length match in the 25-point era.
Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play last fall, finishing 15th nationally and leading the MVC with 17.13 digs/set. The program has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 11 seasons, highlighted by the 2017 campaign in which it led the nation with 20.03 digs/set. Other top finishes include third nationally in the spring 2021 season (20.37/set), a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. It’s been more of the same so far this year, as the Beacons are ranked third nationally and lead the MVC with 17.55 digs/set.
So Much Balance: It just goes to show how deep this year’s Valpo team is that, despite ranking in the top-60 nationally in kills/set, you have to scroll all the way down to 22th place within the Valley to find the Beacons’ top producer of kills so far this season – Kara Cooper, with 166 kills. There is just a spread of 33 kills between her and the fifth-highest Beacon in the category, as Cooper, Bella Ravotto, Mallory Januski, Maddy Boyer and Elise Swistek all have between 133 and 166 kills. The balance has been even more prevalent within MVC play, as six different players (the aforementioned five, plus Miranda Strongman) have between 48 and 65 kills through seven conference matches. In fact, Cooper’s team-best average of 2.17 kills/set within MVC-only action doesn’t even crack the top-30 in the conference.
Best Start: With the five-set win over UIW to open up the Roadrunner Classic, Valpo improved to 10-0 on the season, breaking a tie with the 2015 squad for the most consecutive wins to start a season in program history. The Beacons went on to start 12-0, the winningest start to a season by any current MVC program since Drake opened the 2010 campaign with 14 consecutive victories.
The Winning Streak: Of course, the 12-0 start meant that Valpo opened the season with 12 consecutive victories. This winning streak is one of six double-digit winning streaks in program history and stands alone as the fourth-longest all-time at Valpo. The 2004 team holds the program record with 14 consecutive wins, while the 2008 and 2014 squads both had streaks of 13 straight wins.
Winning Four Titles: Valpo’s win at the Roadrunner Classic gave this year’s team four in-season tournament titles this season, an unprecented accomplishment in the history of Valpo volleyball. Previously, Valpo had won three in-season tournaments on four occasions (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018). Valpo has now won 33 in-season tournament titles in head coach Carin Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm of the program, including its home tournament seven times (out of 11 opportunities). The team has won at least one tournament in 16 of her 21 seasons, and multiple tournaments 11 times. Those tournament titles have come in 14 different states, with the Roadrunner Classic the first in program history in Texas.
All-Tournament Honors: Setters Victoria Bulmahn and Addy Kois joined MVP Mallory Januski on the All-Tournament Team at the Roadrunner Classic for their work running the Valpo offense. Perhaps apropos given the balance of this year’s squad through the nonconference slate, nine different Beacons earned All-Tournament accolades at the three tournaments where an All-Tournament Team was named. Senior Gretchen Kuckkan was MVC of the Popcorn Classic and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fellow seniors Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper. On opening weekend at the Youngstown Invitational, sophomore Elise Swistek was awarded the MVP award, while senior Bella Ravotto and freshman Emma Hickey picked up All-Tournament accolades.
Leaving a Strong Legacy: Valpo graduated five seniors from last year’s squad, a group which was integral in the program’s transition into the Missouri Valley Conference and made a pair of postseason appearances. The group of Brittany Anderson, Rylee Cookerly, Gabby Daniels, Haley Hart and Peyton McCarthy combined for eight All-Conference honors and led the Beacons to the championship match of the NIVC in their final season at Valpo. They enjoyed numerous individual accolades as well, highlighted by Cookerly – the two-time MVC Libero of the Year finished her collegiate career as the Valpo and the MVC career record holder in digs and ranks second in NCAA D-I history. McCarthy ranks second all-time at Valpo in blocks and eighth in kills – the only player in the top-eight in both categories – while Anderson is third in program history in career assists and Hart sixth in career hitting percentage.
Who’s Back: Despite the loss of such a talented group, the Beacons do return plenty of experience, as 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad are back in 2022. One spot Valpo returns plenty of experience is on the pins. Outside hitters Bella Ravotto and Elise Swistek and right sides Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper were all starters throughout MVC play and in the NIVC last season. In addition, outside hitter Jillie Grant and Gretchen Kuckkan were starters during the non-conference portion of the schedule before suffering injuries right around the start of MVC action. While Valpo loses Cookerly out of the back row, the Beacons still enter 2022 with a strong back line. Ravotto averaged over three digs per set last year, is nearing 1,000 digs for her career and was MVC Defensive Player of the Week during the spring 2021 season when filling in for a weekend at libero. In addition, Swistek averaged over three digs per set as a rookie last season as well. Meanwhile, at setter, Victoria Bulmahn split time setting with Anderson in a 6-2 last season after earning MVC Freshman of the Year accolades for the spring 2021 season setting full time in a 5-1.
Who’s New: The roster is rounded out by seven newcomers to the active roster. Setter Addy Kois and hitter Sam Warren both redshirted last fall in their first season at Valpo. The Beacons welcome a pair of transfer middles to the squad – senior Miranda Strongman (LIU) and junior Olivia Blackketter (Winthrop). Three freshmen round out the newcomers, highlighted by Emma Hickey – the first AVCA High School All-American to sign with Valpo in program history. Outside Sophia Foster and middle Claire Campbell enter their first collegiate season as well.
Conference Honorees: While Victoria Bulmahn was named MVC Freshman of the Year during the spring 2021 campaign and transfer Miranda Strongman was a Second Team All-NEC choice that same season, this year’s roster features zero players who have earned First or Second Team All-Conference accolades in the Valpo uniform. The last time Valpo entered a season with no players who had been named First or Second Team All-Conference at Valpo was the 2006 season – that year’s team ended up featuring future Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer Angie Porché as a freshman.
Standards Maintained: Posting winning records and winning 20 matches in a season have been standards for the Valpo volleyball program under Coach Avery, and this year’s team is well on its way to maintaining those standards. The Beacons have already clinched their 19th winning season in Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm and are closing in on the 20-win mark for the 17th time under Avery. In addition, Valpo has finished in the top half of the MVC standings in each of its first five seasons in the conference – a feat only matched by Illinois State – and has posted top-half conference finishes in 28 of the last 29 years.
U OF I VOLLEYBALL
HAMMOND, Ind. – The UIndy volleyball team visits the Hammond Sportsplex for the second straight season, competing in the 14th annual Midwest Region Crossover on Oct. 14-15. The Greyhounds, the sixth-ranked team from the GLVC, will battle Ashland and Michigan Tech on Friday before a to-be-determined opponent on Saturday.
The crossover tournament features 36 Midwest volleyball programs that compete in NCAA Division II, including 13 from each of the GLVC and G-MAC, as well as 10 from the GLIAC. The largest volleyball tournament in the country, this weekend’s event guarantees three matches for each program with six courts being utilized simultaneously.
UIndy squares off with Ashland at the Crossover for the second time in the past four seasons, while the Greyhounds are set to face Ashland for the first time since 2017. The matchups for Saturday will be determined based on Friday’s results and announced as soon as possible.
U OF I FOOTBALL
INDIANAPOLIS—Coming off a monster performance last Saturday, UIndy’s Toriano Clinton was named the D2Football.com Offensive Player of the Week. The star running back racked up 317 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns in the Greyhounds’ 38-23 win at McKendree last weekend.
Clinton notched his seventh career 200-yard rushing game versus the Bearcats, racking up 272 yards on the ground. The Chicago native scored all five UIndy touchdowns in the win, including four rushing as well as a 35-yard TD reception.
The announcement marks Clinton’s third career national weekly honor from D2Football.com; he garnered national Offensive Player of the Week accolades last September and was named the Special Teams Player of the Week back in October of 2018.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian football team (4-1, 2-1 MSFA) enters their sixth game of the season coming off of a loss, aiming to jump back into the win column on Saturday as they travel to St. Francis (3-2, 1-1 MSFA) to take on their rivals. The annual Franciscan Bowl clash will kickoff at 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.
The Franciscan Bowl is back as Marian enters the rivalry game as winners of six of the last seven matchups, dating back to the 2015 NAIA FCS Semifinals. Marian has won each of the last four meetings, which includes their win last fall, as the Knights won the contest 56-10 for their largest victory in the series.
Marian’s last trip to USF came in the spring of 2021, in which the Knights won 41-34, helping springboard into the NAIA postseason. In last year’s contest, both Daylen Taylor and Baron Huebler ran for three touchdowns, while Ben Stevens hauled in a pair of scores in the lopsided victory. Eight of the 17 meetings in the series have been decided by two touchdowns or less.
Marian leads the all-time series 10-7, as the matchup with St. Francis is the most contested matchup in program history.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Marian has an impressive streak of rebounding after suffering a defeat, having not lost back to back games since early in the 2013 season. The Knights rebounded off of a loss twice last year, rebounding from a week one loss against Tiffin by routing Madonna, while coming off a loss to Indiana Welseyan by running through the St. Francis Cougars.
Marian is also aiming to stay in the race for an MSFA Mideast Championship, trailing Indiana Wesleyan by one game in the standings.
Anderson Men’s Swimming & Diving Welcomes Five Freshmen for 2022-23 Season
The Anderson University men’s swimming and diving program and head coach Emma Maubach welcome five freshmen for the 2022-23 season. Michael Collins, Andrew Crawford, Luken Edwards, Reid Haney and Noah Singleton will each represent the Anderson Class of 2026.
“With these five talented athletes joining our program this year for our seventh season, it will be the largest men’s team we’ve ever had,” Coach Emma Maubach said. “Each athlete is super different, but all are crazy smart. Adding these men to our program will make more than half of our men’s team Engineering majors. I have a crazy feeling great things will be happening for us this year thanks to these solid freshman men!”
Michael Collins Butterfly/Sprint Freestyle Evansville, Ind. (Harrison) Greater Evansville Aquatic Team
Harrison HS: Earned second place in 100 butterfly during Southern Indiana Athletic Conference (SIAC) meet … clocked 100 butterfly PR of 56.19 seconds … provided 50 freestyle PR of 23.08 seconds … turned in 100 freestyle PR of 53.91 seconds … earned Eagle Scout rank.
Major: Mechatronic Engineering
Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because it felt like the right place for me to go. Along with AU having a great campus, AU provides the amazing opportunity to study the major I want to study and get hands-on experience to prepare me for the future.
Coach Maubach’s Comments: Michael is a legit butterflyer that will make a huge difference to our butterfly squad. He will also help solidify our relay depth in meets.
Andrew Crawford Distance Freestyle/Backstroke Mooresville, Ind. (Mooresville) Mooresville Area Swim Team
Mooresville HS: Competed on school-record 200 freestyle relay during senior season … clocked 1-mile PR of 19:06 … provided 500 freestyle PR of 5:24 … contributed 200 freestyle PR of 1:58 … raced to 50 freestyle PR of 24.88 seconds … 10-year member of 4-H … received best of show in 2018 … earned reserve best of show in 2022 … joined Morgan County 4-H board in 2020.
Major: Cybersecurity/Computer Science
Why I Chose AU: Anderson University is ranked extremely high in the state for Cybersecurity/Computer Science programs. The school was recommended as a great school from learning from friends and family members. The small class sizes encourage a more interactive classroom. As the youngest of five siblings, I have recognized an importance of building a support system/community while away at school. Staying active is the best way that I know to do this. I have been a competition swimmer since seventh grade and Anderson University is giving me the ability to continue. I am looking forward to growing and competing with my new teammates.
Coach Maubach’s Comments: Andrew is a highly competitive distance swimmer bringing passion and drive to our team.
Luken Edwards Sprint Freestyle/Mid-Distance Freestyle Markleville, Ind. (Eastern Hancock) Surge
Eastern Hancock HS: Raced to a 50 freestyle PR of 22.89 seconds … turned in 100 freestyle PR of 50.33 seconds … posted 200 freestyle PR of 1:54 … competed in cross country for four years … charged to 5K PR of 18:50.2 as a junior … produced season-best 5K of 19:19.5 as a senior … contributed season-best 5K of 20:22.5 as a sophomore … put together season-best 5K of 21:35.0 as a freshman … competed in track and field as a junior … secured 3,200-meter PR of 11:16.84 … provided 800 PR 2:21.0.
Why I Chose AU: I chose AU so I could stay in the world of swimming and receive and good education.
Coach Maubach’s Comments: Luken is a solid sprinter that will be highly challenging for our competitors.
Reid Haney Distance Freestyle/Mid-Distance Freestyle Goshen, Ind. (Northridge) Northridge Area Swimming Association
Northridge HS: Qualified for Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) State Championships as a senior … two-time Indiana Senior State qualifier … team captured IHSAA sectional title during freshman season … clocked 1,650 freestyle PR of 17:00.86 as a senior … posted 500 freestyle PR of 4:53.85 as a senior … contributed 200 freestyle PR of 1:49.87 … participated in band … qualified for state in band as a sophomore.
Why I Chose AU: Anderson was a great fit for me due to the small class sizes, and personal attention. I also really like Coach Maubach and everybody on the team was really welcoming. I’m excited to compete with my new teammates. Go Ravens!
Coach Maubach’s Comments: Reid is an outrageously talented distance swimmer. He will bring great leadership and stamina to our distance team.
Noah Singleton Backstroke/Freestyle Knox, Ind. (Knox) Plymouth Aquatic Club
Knox HS: Clocked a 100 backstroke PR of 55.92 seconds … raced to a 100 freestyle PR of 49.38 seconds … posted a 200 freestyle PR of 1:49.77 … recorded a 50 freestyle PR of 22.79 seconds … secured a 200 backstroke PR of 2:05.60 … contributed a 100 breaststroke PR of 1:04.83 … put together a 200 individual medley PR of 2:05.52 … team captured Hoosier North Athletic Conference (HNAC) title during junior season … competed in cross country … qualified for Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) regionals as a sophomore and junior … raced to a 5K PR of 19:30.3 as a junior … turned in a season-best 5K of 20:36.3 as a freshman … provided a season-best 5K of 21:32.0 as a sophomore … competed in golf … qualified for IHSAA regionals as a junior.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Why I Chose AU: I chose Anderson University because of the program that they have for Engineering, for how nicely I was treated every time that I visited, and for the smaller campus. The first time that I visited, everyone was treating me like I was already in college and I like to know that they wanted me here to not only represent them with my academics but also give me the opportunity to be a student-athlete and swim for them.
Coach Maubach’s Comments: Noah is a powerful and crucial part of our backstroke duo.
Anderson University Prospective Student-Athletes comply with NCAA D-III rules regarding no athletic scholarships, no athletic financial aid adjustment and only signed the NCAA D-III Celebratory Form.
INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS:
DEFENDER STEVENS NETS FIRST CAREER GOAL AS NO. 10 WOMEN’S SOCCER WINS ON SENIOR DAY
MEN’S SOCCER UNABLE TO WITHSTAND OFFENSIVE SHOWDOWN WITH HUNTINGTON
DEFENSE LEADS WILDCATS OVER GOSHEN
Volleyball swept by Transy
Lyon scores at Bluffton
Beavers sneak past men’s soccer
RECAP | Late Goals Push Panthers Past Grizzlies in HCAC Battle
RECAP | Women’s Soccer Drops Wednesday Matchup with Hanover
RECAP | Wilson Powers Attack, Grizzlies Drop 15 Aces in Sweep of Rose-Hulman
Ashbrook Breaks Second Record in Two Matches; Thunder Win 1-0
Trine Takes #14 Hope College to Four Sets at Home Wednesday
Sabroso and Maza shine as Pilots thwart Taylor 5-1
Women’s Volleyball cruises to 8th straight with sweep of USF
Tigers Fall 1-0 to the Battling Bishops at Home
Second half rally lifts Men’s Soccer to victory
Volleyball drops straight set match at MSJ
PREVIEW: Hanover heads to Manchester for HCAC Battle
Hanover remains perfect in HCAC action with win over Franklin
Spartans Top Defiance in HCAC Play
Spartans Tripped Up by Rose-Hulman
Manchester Falls to Rose-Hulman
HUNTINGTON PICKS OFF #15 MARIAN IN THREE
OFFENSIVE-FUELED CONTEST FAVORS HU 5-4 OVER #RV IWU
STRONG SECOND HALF LIFTS #10 IWU PAST FORESTERS
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS:
Late Goal by Bryan Ramirez Sparks Cougars to 1-1 Tie Against Spring Arbor
Offense Struggles in Cougars’ 4-0 Loss to Spring Arbor
Cougars Swept as Bethel Pilots Prove too Strong
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS:
Women’s Basketball Picked to Finish in a Tie for Seventh in the River States Coaches’ Preseason Poll
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS:
IU South Bend defeats Roosevelt, winners in five of their last six games
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS:
Warriors Sprint Past Racers in Five
Lourdes Slips Past Tech 1-0
Warriors Draw 1-1 in Sylvania
Men’s Hockey Ranked #8 in Latest Poll
No. 10 Lancers continue unbeaten start
Lancers battle against No. 12 Taylor
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS:
SMWC hosts final homestand weekend in RSC
Pomeroys look to build off first conference win
Lang wraps one in late but #20 Lancers pull through
#10 Lancers yet to lose a game, eclipse Goshen 3-0
Leafs lose despite Land’s 16 digs
HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS:
SAINTS GET DOMINATE 5-1 VICTORY OVER ROOSEVELT
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Westgate Honored as Preseason First-Team All-Crossroads League
JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League released its 2022-2023 Women’s Basketball Preseason All-League Team on Wednesday, and for the second season in a row Trojan forward, Taylor Westgate, received Preseason First-Team All-Crossroads League honors.
Westgate’s most-recent recognition comes in the wake of a 2021-2022 campaign in which she led the league with 11.8 rebounds-per-game, which marked the highest season-average for a Taylor player in 25 years. Prior to Westgate’s sophomore season, the last Trojan women’s basketball player to average more than 11.0 rebounds-per-game was Natalie Steele, who averaged 14.1 rebounds-per-game in 1996-1997.
Meanwhile, Westgate also averaged the league’s 11th-best mark of 13.7 points-per-game, posting double-digit point performances in 19 of TU’s 28 games played, five of which included 20-plus point efforts.
The native of Marion, Indiana, posted 15 double-doubles throughout her sophomore season, the most for a TU player since Kendall Bradbury compiled 18 in the 2018-2019 season. Even more, throughout the month of January and into early February, Westgate posted seven-consecutive double-doubles, a stretch of play that included a pair of career-highs: a 21-rebound effort in TU’s 100-85 win over Bethel on January 5, and a 27-point performance in Taylor’s win over Mount Vernon Nazarene on February 1.
Westgate also shined on the defensive end of the game throughout last season, ranking among the league’s top defenders with 1.6 steals-per-game and 0.8 blocks-per-game.
For these reasons and more, Westgate was a recipient of Second-Team All-Crossroads League and Crossroads League All-Defensive honors in 2021-2022.
Westgate will look to do much of the same throughout her junior season, as she leads the Trojans into a 2022-2023 campaign set to begin on Thursday, October 27, when Taylor travels to take on Madonna at 5:30 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Snags Sole Possession of First After Sweeping Grace
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – After moving up one spot in the national ranks, No. 12 Taylor (21-5, 10-2 CL) took to the court against Grace (8-15, 3-9 CL) Wednesday evening and defeated the Lancers in three sets, meanwhile moving into sole possession of first place in the Crossroads League.
Taylor’s offense was fueled by the one-two punch of Arlanda Faulkner and Anna Frey, who combined for 21 of Taylor’s 37 kills while accumulating just two total errors. Faulkner led the way with 12 kills, struck at a clip of .550, while Frey followed close by with nine kills and a hitting percentage of .471.
Along the way to its 14th three-set sweep of the season, Taylor also capitalized on 14 Lancer service errors, six of which came in the first set.
Taylor went on to win the opening set by a score of 25-22, powered along the way by middle-hitter, Grace Ieremia, who posted four kills and three blocks in the first set alone.
TU found itself down 7-5 early in set two, before a 6-0 Trojan run flipped the script to an 11-7 Taylor lead. From there, Faulkner and Frey guided the Trojans to a 25-20 set win while recording four kills apiece, alongside five more Grace service errors.
A similar script, then, unfolded in set three, a period of play in which Taylor trailed by a score of 9-3 before a series of runs gave Taylor its advantage. After responding with a 4-1 run to crawl within three points of the Lancers, Taylor ripped off a 5-0 run followed by yet another 7-1 run to establish a 20-15 Trojan lead late in the game.
Sophomore middle-hitter, Jaylynn Dunsmore, soon after closed the book for Wednesday’s match, recording the final two kills of the evening and granting the Trojans a 25-21 third-set win.
Taylor has now swept Grace in each of its last four matchups with the Lancers, and now owns sole possession of first place in the Crossroads League after No. 15 Marian was swept in three sets by Huntington.
No. 12 Taylor (21-5, 10-2 CL) will look maintain its grasp on first place when the Trojans return to the court next Wednesday, October 19, at Mount Vernon Nazarene (22-5, 7-5 CL).
Women’s Soccer Defeats Manchester in Sloppy Rain Game
NORTH MANCHESTER, Indiana — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer team improved their unbeated streak to ten games with their 6-0 win over Manchester on Wednesday night. The Fightin’ Engineers improve to 7-2-3 on the season and 4-0-1 in the HCAC, and this shutout ties the school record for most consecutive shutouts at six. They also improve their shutout minutes streak to 596.
The rain was coming down hard from the first whistle to the last, but it didn’t stop the Fightin’ Engineers from starting the scoring early in the first half as Camille Clark buried the opening goal in just the fifth minute of action off of a pass from Kiana Martin.
Sarah Shoemaker would keep it going for Rose-Hulman with a goal in the 16th minute off of assists from Lane Lawrence and Jayden Gibson.
To close out the half, the Fightin’ Engineers would get a pair of goals in the final four minutes. Alicia Rodriguez would hit one right pass the goalie into the upper corner off of a pass from Alexis Willour in the 42nd minute.
Then, Lauren Marquardt would slide one home in the 43rd minute.
In the second half, the Fightin’ Engineers scored another pair with Kyra Hicks scoring just a minute into the half off of a pass from Marquardt.
Tracy Orgera would get the last one for Rose-Hulman off of a pass from Rodriguez.
Natalie Dillon and Lily Dore combined for the shutout as each goalie picked up one save.
The Fightin’ Engineers will return to the pitch on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Bluffton for a 1:00 kickoff.
RHIT Volleyball Falls at Franklin
FRANKLIN, Ind. — Franklin College relied on a strong hitting performance to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 25-18, 25-15, 25-20 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference volleyball action on Wednesday night.
Miranda Watson led Franklin with 19 kills. The Rose-Hulman offense featured Allie Fults with eight kills, and Megan Korte contributed six kills.
Sophia Harrison and Jillian Gregg had a team-high 12 assists. Fults recorded five blocks and Gregg had four to lead the front line defense.
Lily Ebright paced the Rose-Hulman back row defensive performance with 17 digs.
Franklin improved to 2-2 in HCAC play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 9-10 and 2-3 in league matches. The Fightin’ Engineers travel to Trine for a non-conference matchup on Saturday.
Men’s Soccer Rolls over Manchester with Fifth Straight Clean Sheet
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team returned home earned their third straight home win and ninth win of the season on Wednesday night as they took down Manchester 3-0. The Fightin’ Engineers improve to 9-1-2 on the season and 5-0-0 in the HCAC.
Rose-Hulman earned their fifth straight clean sheet which puts them tied for the second longest streak in team history for a single season. They have held their opponents scoreless for 455 minutes in a row which is 12th in school history.
The Fightin’ Engineers got the scoring started early in the game as Owen Trudt had an easy tap-in off of a great pass from Julius Salinas in the 10th minute of action.
Quickly after, Rose-Hulman struck again in the 23rd minute with a beautiful run of play goal. The Fightin’ Engineers made four quick passes before AJ Yilmaz slotted home the goal with his left foot. Takezo Kelly and Owen Trudt would have the assists on the play.
In the second half, the Fightin’ Engineers would score on an own goal by Manchester. Julius Salinas hit a great long ball over the top, and Caleb Urban attempted to run it down. Urban was a half second late getting to the ball, but the pressure forced the Manchester defender into a bad pass back to the keeper that went into the goal.
Overall, the Fightin’ Engineers would outshoot the Spartans 14-3 in the win.
Michael Trinh earned his first career clean sheet and made one save in the win.
The Fightin’ Engineers will return to the pitch on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Bluffton for a 3:30 PM kickoff.
Trailblazers overcome slow start to pick up Region 24 win over John A. Logan
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team extended their winning streak and their Region 24 winning streak Wednesday after defeating John A. Logan College in four sets 23-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-18.
The Trailblazers opened the match at home on a high note, jumping out to an early 10-4 lead, before the Volunteers used a pair of 5-0 scoring runs to rally back to take the lead.
Vincennes tried to recover on their home floor but were unable to recapture the lead as John A. Logan took set one over the Blazers 25-23.
VU again would grab an early lead in the second set, building a 13-5 lead and growing into a 20-10 advantage.
John A. Logan looked to answer back late in the set but were unable to close the margin as VU took set two 25-14 and evened the match at one set each.
Looking to complete the momentum swing in a pivotal third set, the Trailblazers were the first to build a lead after a quick 3-0 scoring run gave the Blazers a 16-12 advantage on the scoreboard.
VU would continue to add pressure late in the third set with a late 4-0 scoring run and come away with the set win 25-20 and take a 2-1 match lead.
The Volunteers entered the fourth set looking to force a fifth and quickly used a 6-0 scoring run to build a three-point lead.
John A. Logan would hold this lead until Vincennes rallied back with a 5-0 scoring run of their own to make the score 15-13.
John A. Logan would cut the deficit to one-point late in the set but the Trailblazers closed out the match in style on a 6-0 scoring run to take set four 25-18 and the match 3-1.
The win extends the Trailblazers overall winning streak to 11 matches, while also increasing their Region 24 winning streak to 21.
The win also clinches Vincennes the No. 1 seed in the Region 24 tournament Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, hosted at the P.E. Complex.
“We just had to stop making mistakes,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien. “Except for the second set, which I thought was pretty decisive from beginning to end, it seemed like we had a lot of leads, that we just gave right back to John A. Logan. In the first set, we had a big lead early on and we were rolling, then we just stopped doing certain things that we were doing really well.”
“John A. Logan is a much-improved team from the first time we saw them and we knew it,” Sien added. “Anytime you play somebody for the second or third time, you know going into it that they are going to be better. We got off to what is becoming our typical slow start in the first set. Even though we started out well, we just didn’t finish. So I guess there was some progress there because we started out pretty strong.”
“There were certain things that we wanted to do and then for the next three sets we did them,” Sien said. “It all comes back to serving strong, targeting players and blocking. There were times early on where we struggled to stop their middle attack. They have a pretty nice middle attack, typically Logan trains their middles well. But then we got them later on and they weren’t setting the middles as much.”
“We got a hand on a lot of shots at the net,” Sien added. “I thought we were close to getting another eight to 10 blocks tonight. Even if we had only gotten half of those, it could have possibly been a quicker match. It’s still always about us that we at times struggle with. We are still trying to figure it out. I do give a lot of credit to the team that they do know about our slow starts. They are very much aware of it and are working on getting a better, stronger mindset from the beginning of the match. The good news is that we know about it, the not so good news is that we still have a little ways to go still with that.”
The Trailblazers were led offensively by the freshman duo of Paige Parlanti (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Audrey Buis (Franklin, Ind.). Parlanti ended the night with her 18th double-double and third 20-20 match of the season with 21 kills, 23 digs, two aces, one set assist and a block.
Buis also reached double-digit kills, finishing with 15 kills on a .303 hitting percentage, five digs and a block.
Freshman Alexis Chrappa (Effingham, Ill.) had a very nice all-around match with eight kills, five digs and four blocks.
Sophomore Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) and freshman Nisa Salis (Ankara, Turkey) were next in the order with Banasiak finishing with six kills and a pair of blocks and Salis ending the night with four kills, two blocks and two digs.
Freshman Tuana Turhan (Ankara, Turkey) and sophomore Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) rounded out the VU offense, each recording two kills for the match. Turhan had a big night leading the Blazers with five blocks and four aces, while also adding six digs.
Graber led the Blazers from the setter position, setting up the offense to a team-high 25 set assists, along with seven digs and two aces.
Sophomore setter Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) also came away with a good day setting the ball, finishing with 21 set assists, seven digs and an ace.
Freshman libero Morgan Netcott (Montague, Mich.) and sophomore Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) controlled the VU backrow defense with Netcott leading the Blazers with 28 digs and two set assists, while Gomes de Castro added 13 digs and one ace.
“Our pins played really well tonight,” Sien said. “Audrey and Paige really carried the load for us out there tonight. Alexis had a really nice match too. It wasn’t just about her hitting and blocking for Alexis, I thought she played some good defense as well. When you are the off blocker, that is at times really tough to play.”
“Lara had a couple of major hustle plays, going way off the court to get a ball and then we won the rally,” Sien added. “When we are that scrappy and we go after every single ball, it’s kind of the other part of the game. You can play pass-set-hit, but it’s the other parts of the game, where you have to be very good defensively. When the ball is off the court or off of somebody’s hand going to get it. Playing scrappy and ready for anything out there. When we have that part, we are really hard to beat. I thought that, in the second set especially, we really won all of the hustle plays, which we weren’t doing in the first set.”
“I thought that Hannah also did a great job tonight,” Sien said. “She was all over the court and seemed like she was determined to set every single ball. Her footwork was textbook. Even when passes were way off the net, she got to it, squared up and got a good, hittable set. I know that, as a hitter, when your setter literally sacrifices themselves to get a set, you can’t help but say ‘I’m going to bury this ball because they just went through so much effort to get me this ball’. When your setter works that hard, I truly believe that inspires your hitters.”
The Trailblazers will be on the road this weekend when VU travels to Park Hills, Mo. to take part in the Cardinal Classic. Vincennes will face-off against No. 20-ranked host Mineral Area College Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. eastern and close out the weekend against No. 3-ranked Indian Hills and Barton C.C. Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. eastern respectively.
“This weekend we are playing a team that has already beaten us this season,” Sien said. “We don’t have that with the other four teams that have beaten us this year, so this is an opportunity for some redemption on our side. Plus, Mineral Area and Indian Hills could be possible District Tournament opponents for us.”
“We’ll see where we stack up against a couple of nationally ranked teams, including one in the top-five,” Sien added. “We haven’t played Indian Hills in a few years. The teams we play this weekend are going to be very athletic and very fast. The shots are going to be harder to pick up, the services are going to be coming in faster. I expect Indian Hills to have a bunch of jump-servers. At that level, with the players they have, it’s going to be like they are serving rockets over the net.”
“That’s just the level that they play at,” Sien said. “When you play against the top-ten, top-five teams in the NJCAA Division I, they are not that far off from NCAA Division I level. That’s why we really wanted to go this weekend, is to play at least a couple of teams that we might see in the District Tournament.”
RSC Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll & All-Conference Preseason Team
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2022-23 River States Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll & Preseason All-Conference Team have been unveiled at RiverStatesConference.com. The announcements kicked off RSC Women’s Basketball Media Day, which will be held throughout the day at the website.
Go to RiverStatesConference.com for RSC Women’s Basketball Media Day Videos as they become available throughout the day and on the RSC social media channels.
University of Rio Grande (Ohio) is picked as the clear favorite this year with 142 total votes and 10 of the 13 first-place votes in the overall polling of RSC head coaches. The RedStorm are also picked to win the RSC East Division.
Midway (Ky.) University is the favorite in the RSC West Division and came in second in the overall poll of the 13 schools in the league. The Eagles received two first-place votes toward the overall poll and 131 total votes.
Indiana University East (117 votes) came in third in the preseason polling followed by WVU Tech (107 votes) in fourth. The top six teams in the overall poll also feature Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College (98 votes) and Oakland City (Ind.) University (94 votes) before a gap in votes before the second half of the league ledger.
Rio Grande had an amazing record of 32-3 overall, 16-1 RSC last year. The RedStorm won the RSC Championship and advanced to the NAIA National Championship where it won a game to move on in the bracket. Midway was 26-8, 15-2 RSC last year and met Rio Grande in the conference finals. The Eagles also advanced in the national tournament with a victory as the conference was well-represented at nationals.
IU East was the third team from the RSC to make the national tournament last year. The Red Wolves were RSC semifinalists where they met Midway, and they ended the year at 25-8, 14-3 RSC. WVU Tech reached the conference semifinals and finished up at 16-16, 11-6 RSC. The Golden Bears received the final first-place vote toward the overall preseason poll.
After Alice Lloyd in fifth and Oakland City in sixth, IU Kokomo and IU Southeast tied for seventh in the poll with each getting 70 votes. Next up were Point Park (Pa.) University, Ohio Christian University, St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College, Brescia (Ky.) University and Carlow (Pa.) University.
New this year is IU East moving to the RSC West Division and Alice Lloyd moving to the RSC East. Another change is that the top five teams in each division will qualifying for the 10-team RSC Championship as opposed to four in past years.
The RSC Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team has the top 10 returning players in the league. Rio Grande senior Ella Skeens leads the team as the RSC Player of the Year and RSC Newcomer of the Year last season. Dezeree White from Midway is another top player from a top team in the conference. Rio Grande, IU East and IU Southeast lead the preseason team with two selections each.
For the complete RSC Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll and the RSC Preseason All-Conference Team, see below.
RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES PRESEASON POLL
(FirstPlace Votes in Parenthesis)
Rio Grande (Ohio) (10)
Midway (Ky.) (2)
WVU Tech (1)
Alice Lloyd (Ky.)
Oakland City (Ind.)
Point Park (Pa.)
St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)
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|MIAMI DOLPHINS||3||2||0||.600||1.0||115||131||2-0-0||1-2-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||2 L|
|NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||2||3||0||.400||2.0||103||98||1-1-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||4||1||0||.800||0.0||159||125||2-0-0||2-1-0||2-1-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||3||2||0||.600||1.0||122||136||1-1-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|DENVER BRONCOS||2||3||0||.400||2.0||75||80||2-1-0||0-2-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||2 L|
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|BALTIMORE RAVENS||3||2||0||.600||0.0||138||117||1-2-0||2-0-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||2||3||0||.400||1.0||133||125||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-2-0||1-0-0||2 L|
|CINCINNATI BENGALS||2||3||0||.400||1.0||108||89||1-1-0||1-2-0||2-2-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||1||4||0||.200||2.0||77||128||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
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|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||2||3||0||.400||1.0||111||80||1-1-0||1-2-0||2-1-0||1-1-0||2 L|
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|NEW YORK GIANTS||4||1||0||.800||1.0||103||93||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||2 W|
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|LOS ANGELES RAMS||2||3||0||.400||1.0||80||116||1-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||1-1-0||2 L|
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|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||2||3||0||.400||1.0||115||128||1-2-0||1-1-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||2||3||0||.400||1.0||118||122||1-1-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||1||4||0||.200||2.0||93||122||1-3-0||0-1-0||1-3-0||1-0-0||2 L|
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1862 In a game against the Unions of Morrisania, Jim Creighton of the Excelsiors hits a sixth-inning home run after doubling in each of his first four times to the plate. When he crosses home, the 21-year-old superstar complains of having broken his belt, which turns out to be a suspected fatal ruptured inguinal hernia caused by the torque created by his all upper-body hard swing with the bat.
1903 In Game 8 of the series, the Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox) defeat the Pirates, 3-0, to take baseball’s first-ever world championship, five games to 3. In the 95-minute contest, Bill Dinneen beats Pittsburgh’s Deacon Phillippe in front of a Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds crowd of 7,455 fans.
1914 Boston becomes the first team to complete a four-game World Series sweep as the Miracle Braves beat the American League’s heavily favored A’s behind the solid pitching of Dick Rudolph, who bests Philadelphia, 3-1. In mid-July, the Braves were in last place but won the National League pennant by ten and a half games.
1921 In the first all-New York World Series, the Giants beat the Yankees at the Polo Grounds (home for both NY teams), 1-0, to win the Fall Classic in eight games. Art Nehf, the loser in Games 2 and 5, throws a complete-game four-hitter to get the victory, with the lone run of the game tallied in the top of the first inning thanks to an error.
1960 At Forbes Field, Bill Mazeroski’s dramatic walk-off home run off Yankee hurler Ralph Terry breaks up a 9-9 tie, ending one of the most exciting seven-game World Series ever played. Maz’s round-tripper remains the only home run ever to win a World Series Game 7.
1968 Recent World Series foes Bob Gibson and Denny McLain meet again, on the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show. After Tiger ace McLain plays The Girl From Ipanema on the organ with his quartet, he is joined by future Cardinal Hall of Famer Gibson on the guitar performing a brief improvised piece together.
1970 In Game 3 of the Fall Classic played at Memorial Stadium, Dave McNally goes deep with the bases loaded off Reds’ right-hander Wayne Granger in the bottom of the sixth inning, becoming the first pitcher in World Series history to hit a grand slam. The Orioles’ hurler’s offensive output contributes to the Birds’ 9-3 victory over Cincinnati and gives Baltimore a commanding 3-0 game advantage in the seven-game series.
1971 In the first World Series night game ever played, the Pirates defeat the Orioles at Three Rivers Stadium, 4-3, overcoming the Birds’ three-run first inning thanks to the Bucs’ bullpen holding Baltimore scoreless for 8.2 innings. All Fall Classic contests will be evening tilts, beginning with Game 6 of the 1987 Series.
1972 The day after Oakland wins the ALCS, Bowie Kuhn announces that A’s shortstop Burt Campaneris, suspended for the rest of the division playoff for throwing his bat at Tiger hurler Lerrin LaGrow in Game 2, will be allowed to participate in the World Series. The Commissioner cites the precedent of Yankee shortstop Frank Crosetti, suspended for 30 days due to an incident with an ump, but was permitted to play in the Fall Classic by AL president Will Harridge, who delayed the penalty rather than diminish his circuit’s chance of winning a World Championship.
1973 “No, I don’t think my presence will cause an increase in black attendance at Cleveland. People come out to see the players. When do you see a manager anyway? When he’s out on the field arguing with the umpires, making a fool of himself and you know you can’t win, and when he brings out the line-up card.” – FRANK ROBINSON, commenting on his historical hiring. Frank Robinson, newly-hired Indians manager, appears on CBS’s long-running Sunday news program Face the Nation. Frank Robinson, newly-hired Indians manager, appears on CBS’s long-running Sunday news program Face the Nation. The first African-American manager in baseball history tells host George Herman that no baseball executive considered blacks for skipper jobs before his hiring.
1974 Herb Washington, representing the tying run in the top of the ninth, is picked off first base by Dodger closer Mike Marshall for the second out of Game 2, the only contest the A’s will lose in the Fall Classic. Oakland owner Charlie Finley selected the world-class sprinter, who will never have a plate appearance in his brief 105-game career, to become the team’s “designated runner,” a position that doesn’t exist with any other major league club.
1983 “I would like to thank Frank Cashen for being smart enough to hire me.” – DAVEY JOHNSON, speaking to the press about the Mets GM’s decision to name him as the team’s manager.
The Mets’ Triple-A Tidewater pilot, Davey Johnson, signs a two-year deal to become the 11th manager in franchise history, replacing Frank Howard, promptly hired as the team’s first-base coach. The 40-year-old Floridian will compile a 595-417 (.588) record during his six-plus seasons in the dugout, including capturing a World Championship in 1986.
1985 Vince Coleman becomes entangled in Busch Stadium’s automatic tarpaulin while stretching before the Cardinals’ 12-2 rout of LA in Game 4 of the NLCS. The freak accident, which traps his left leg for about thirty seconds, will end the season for the 23-year-old outfielder, who established the rookie record for stolen bases with 110.
1989 In a nationwide poll of sportswriters and broadcasters, Orioles’ skipper Frank Robinson is named the Associated Press Manager of the Year, easily outdistancing the runner-up, Don Zimmer of the Cubs. The Hall of Famer guided a young group of players in one of the greatest comeback seasons in the history of the game, finishing the campaign 32.5 games better than the club’s last-place finish the previous year.
1993 At Veterans Stadium, the Phillies win the National League pennant by beating the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS, 6-3. With Tommy Greene out-dueling Greg Maddux and the timely hitting of Darren Daulton, Dave Hollins, and Mickey Morandini, Philadelphia wins its third consecutive game to dethrone the defending champs.
2000 Mariano Rivera, extending his streak to 33.1 innings, breaks the 38-year-old record of Whitey Ford for consecutive scoreless frames in postseason play when the Yankees defeat the Mariners, 8-2, in Game 3 of the ALCS. The Yankees’ Hall of Fame lefty had established the record from 1960 to 1962 with 33 innings as a World Series starter.
2001 The Yankees, being down 2-0 in the best-of-five series, stave off elimination, beating the A’s and Barry Zito, 1-0, thanks to the shutout pitching by Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada’s fifth-inning home run. Shortstop Derek Jeter backing up an errant relay throw down the first baseline and flipping it home to cut down Jeremy Giambi as the potential tying run becomes one of the most memorable defensive plays in postseason history.
2002 Joining George Brett (Royals: 1978 ALCS Game 3), Reggie Jackson (Yankees: 1977 World Series Game 6), Bob Robertson (Pirates: 1971 NLCS Game 2), and Babe Ruth (Yankees: 1928 World Series Game 4 and 1926 World Series Game 4), light-hitting second baseman Adam Kennedy becomes the fifth player to hit three homers in a postseason game, helping the Angels to secure their first World Series berth in the team’s 42-year-old history. Anaheim uses a ten-run seventh inning to beat the Twins 13-5, capturing the ALCS in five games.
2003 A tearful 72-year-old Don Zimmer apologizes for his part in yesterday’s brawl during Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Red Sox. During the fourth-inning matinee melee at Fenway, the Yankees’ assistant to the manager is thrown to the ground by Pedro Martinez after charging the right-hander.
2006 Mark Kiger becomes the first player in history to make his big league debut during the postseason. The second baseman enters Game 3 as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the eighth inning for D’Angelo Jimenez, who has been filling in for the injured starter Mark Ellis.
2007 Four days after manager Charlie Manuel gets his contract extended, the Phillies re-signed their entire coaching staff for next season. After ending a 14-year postseason drought, the reigning National League East Champs ask Jimy Williams (bench coach), Rich Dubee (pitching coach), Milt Thompson (hitting coach), Davey Lopes (first-base coach), Steve Smith (third-base coach), Ramon Henderson (bullpen coach), and Mick Billmeyer (catching instructor) to return to Philadelphia in 2008.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-2014
San Francisco Giants (4) vs Kansas City Royals (3)
The 2014 World Series was the 110th edition of Major League Baseball’s championship series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League champion San Francisco Giants and the American League champion Kansas City Royals.
The Royals had home field advantage for the 2014 World Series as a result of the American League’s 5-3 victory in the 2014 All-Star Game. The Giants defeated the Royals, four games to three, to clinch their third World Series championship in a five-season span and their third overall since their move to San Francisco from New York (where they had five additional championships).
USA Today sports writer Bob Nightengale summed up the 2014 World Series, in our opinion, better than any writer in baseball. An excerpt of his analysis:
Go ahead, try to copy the San Francisco Giants’ blueprint to win World Series championships.
The Giants did it again Wednesday night, capturing their third World Series in the past five years with a 3-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals in a thrilling Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium.
The Giants’ cardpath to victory has been a little different each year, but this title was the most unconventional. How do you win a World Series with a one-man starting rotation who moonlights in middle relief in the biggest game of the season?
The Royals brought all of their World Series heroes from 1985 for support, but they were in awe as was everyone else, watching Madison Bumgarner win the title almost singlehandedly.
If this is a dynasty, Madison Bumgarner is the emperor.
Bumgarner, who has the lowest career ERA in World Series history at 0.25, again took the Giants on his back, carrying them to the title.
He won two of the four World Series games, saved one and threw more innings this postseason (includes innings pitched during the Division & League Championship Series) than any pitcher in history.
He won Game 1, pitched a shutout in Game 5 and tossed five scoreless innings in Game 7. He was so efficient on two days’ rest that he retired six of the first eight batters he faced on four or less pitches and retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced.
He lowered his ERA in this World Series to 0.43, the lowest since Sandy Koufax in 1965 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He threw 68 pitches just two days after throwing 117 pitches, and survived a scary ninth when Giants center fielder GregorBlanco committed a two-base error a two-out single by Alex Gordon.
The sellout crowd of 40,535 now roaring, Bumgarner stayed in the game and retired Salvador Perez on a foul pop-up to third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
Just like that, silence.
“It’s like the guy isn’t human,” says Giants DH Michael Morse, who drove in two of the Giants’ runs. “What can you say? He did everything.”
And then some.
Somehow naming Bumgarner the MVP of the series didn’t seem enough.
“He’s definitely the difference in this World Series,” Royals DH Billy Butler said. “If there’s one guy who separated himself, and carried his team, it’s Bumgarner.
“He dominated every time he was on the mound.”
There were more highlights than “Emperor Bumgarner” in the 2014 World Series, but twenty-five years from now Madison will be the iconic memory of this dynasty (the San Francisco joined the St. Louis Cardinals as the only National League teams to win three World Series championships in a five-season stretch).
October 13, 1996 – NY Jets Nick Lowrey breaks Jan Stenerud NFL field goal record at 374. If you refer to our October 6 History Headlines you see that Lowery tied Stenerud’s record on that day and had to wait one week to claim the crown.
October 13, 2007 – 17th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-14 in South Bend
October 13, 2019 – It was week six in the 2019 season and there were a handful of very interesting and close games played. The Seahawks and the Browns traded points all day with the Seahawks getting the better of the exchange in a 32-28 final as Chris Carson rushed for 124 yards for the Hawks while his Browns counterpart Nick Chubb put up 122 yards on the ground himself in the close game. The Washington Redskins overcame a late Dolphins charge by the score of 17-16. Adrian Peterson ran for 118 yards to help Washington seal the victory. The Atlanta Falcons put on a late charge but fell to the upstart Cardinals of Arizona 33-34. Matt Ryan was 30 of 36 passing and threw for 356 yards and 4 scores but the Cardinals young gun Kyler Murray was 27 of 37 in attempts himself tossing 340 yards and 3 TD passes and rushing for another 32 yards on the ground!
October 13, 1942 – Los Angeles, California – Jerral Wayne “Jerry” Jones is born. When Jerry was about three, the Jones family moved back to North Little Rock, Arkansas and opened up a couple of grocery stores called Pat’s Super Markets, aptly named for Jerry’s father J. W. Pat Jones. After Jerry’s graduation Pat moved the family to Springfield, Missouri as he took a position with the Modern Security Life Insurance Co. Meanwhile Jerry attended the University of Arkansas and played football for the Razorbacks. He was pretty good too as he was a co-captain of the 1964 National Championship team. Also on that top in the nation Razorback team was a man by the name of Jimmy Johnson. After college Jerry took a position with the Life Insurance company his father had basically taken over and was listed as the executive vice-president. Jerry soon took over full ownership of the insurance company and ended up selling it in the early 1970’s and took up a hobby of oil wildcatting, really making a name for himself and a boatload of money according to forbes.com. On February 25, 1989 Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys for 150 million dollars and according to a recent Forbes report, the Cowboys franchise is worth $5.5 billion while Jerry himself has a net worth of $8.6 billion. Jones’s first action was to release the only coach the Cowboys had ever known in Tom Landry and hired his college buddy Jimmy Johnson as well as firing long time GM Tex Schramm. The team struggled at first but then after the monster trade for Hershel Walker, noted in our October 12th post, the Cowboys enjoyed glory days in the 1990’s including 3 Super Bowl wins. Jerry has been outspoken, often criticized as he has held onto most of the player personnel decisions with the Dallas franchise, but no one can deny that he has kept the Cowboys in the news no matter what their record reflects in the standings. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Jerry Jones in 2017.
October 13, 1962 – Starkville, Mississippi. Jerry Rice was a wide receiver from Mississippi Valley State. An article on biography.com informs the reader that Jerry Rice earned All-America honors and set 18 Division I-AA records while at Mississippi Valley State. The profootballhof.com states that the San Francisco 49ers drafted Rice in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft. The website jerryricefootball.com claims that the prolific receiver holds 36 NFL records as he wears the rings of 3 Super Bowl Championships. You can read about one of those records in our September 29th post of the Football History Headlines. Jerry was not the fastest receiver on the field but his work on the practice field was seldom matched by anyone as well as his film study and those combined with his natural athletic abilities translated into a big problem for opposing defenses. One of his biggest attributes was his yards after catch statistics where he would often turn a short slant pattern catch into a long TD reception. Rice near the end of his career played with another Hall of Fame player in Tim Brown on the Oakland Raiders. Jerry Rice entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 & the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
October 13, 1973 – Brian Dawkins a safety out of Clemson University was born. The Philadelphia Eagles selected Dawkins as the 61st overall pick in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. In 16 NFL seasons he played 13 with the Philadelphia Eagles and made nine Pro Bowls including being an All-Pro 5 times. He played out the remaining years of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos according to the Pro Football Hall of Fames website bio on him. Dawkins served the Eagles as an executive of football operations for player development from 2016 to 2018 and was with the organization when they won Super Bowl LII. The Pro Football Hall of Fame invited Brian Dawkins into their exclusive Gold Jacket Club in 2018.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS
9 – 1 – 23 – 49 – 14 – 29
October 13, 1960 – Some still say it was the greatest game of baseball ever played. The World Series between the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates was epic. World Series action had a very memoable moment when Pirates second baseman Number 9, Bill Mazeroski’s bottom of 9th lead off homerun was walked off to dramatically defeat the NY Yankees, 10-9 at Forbes Field in series deciding Game 7. The Series MVP was somehow given to a player on the losing side, as Yankees 2B Bobby Richardson, Number 1 took home the award.
October 13, 1970 – Two future Basketball Hall of Famer players made their debuts. Guard Number 23, Calvin Murphy for San Diego Rockets in 111-96 loss in Chicago, Meanwhile in the Big Apple, forward Dave Cowens for Boston Celtics in 114-107 loss.
October 13, 1978 – While Yankees 3rd baseman Number 9, Graig Nettles was making many spectacular plays in Game 3 of the World Series to help Ron Guidry, Number 49 defeat the LA Dodgers, after trailing 2 games to 0 Yankees did end up winning the Series though with four straight victories.
October 13, 1984 – Chicago Blackhawk Number 14, Bill Gardner scored on 10th penalty shot against Islanders
October 13, 1985 – Horrible incident during NLCS, Cardinals Rookie of the Year Number 29, Vince Coleman was injured stretching before game as his left leg is caught in Busch Stadium’s automated tarpaulin
October 13, 2002 – Michael Schumacher won the season ending Japanese F1 Grand Prix for his record 11th victory of the year & 3rd straight World Drivers Championship; title margin: 67 points from Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello
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