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Serena beats No. 2 seed Kontaveit at US Open to reach 3rd Rd

NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams can call it “evolving” or “retiring” or whatever she wants. And she can be coy about whether or not this U.S. Open will actually mark the end of her playing days. Those 23 Grand Slam titles earned that right.

If she keeps playing like this, who knows how long this farewell will last?

No matter what happens once her trip to Flushing Meadows is over, here is what is important to know after Wednesday night: The 40-year-old Williams is still around, she’s still capable of terrific tennis, she’s still winning – and, like the adoring spectators whose roars filled Arthur Ashe Stadium again – she’s ready for more.

Williams eliminated No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2 in the U.S. Open’s second round to ensure that she will play at least one more singles match at what she’s hinted will be the last tournament of her illustrious career.

“There’s still a little left in me,” Williams said with a smile during her on-court interview, then acknowledged during her post-match news conference: “These moments are clearly fleeting.”

After beating 80th-ranked Danka Kovinic in straight sets Monday, then collecting her 23rd victory in her past 25 matches against someone ranked Nos. 1 or 2 against Kontaveit on Wednesday, the six-time champion at Flushing Meadows will play Friday for a spot in the fourth round.

Her opponent will be Ajla Tomljanovic, a 29-year-old Australian who is ranked 46th. They’ve never met, but Tomljanovic, who said she considers herself a Williams fan, figures she knows what to anticipate from the American – and from those in the seats.

“I was playing on Court 7 both of my matches so far at the same time as her, and I could hear the crowd. I’m like, `Court 7 isn’t that close.’ I kept thinking, `Oh, my God, that’s annoying me and I’m not even playing against her,'” Tomljanovic said. “I don’t know how I’m going to do it.”

Making Williams’ potential path possibly simpler if she can get past Tomljanovic: 2021 U.S. Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez and 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova both lost.

On Wednesday, Williams hit serves at up to 119 mph, stayed with Kontaveit during lengthy exchanges of big swings from the baselines and conjured up some of her trademark brilliance when it was needed most.

After pulling out a tight first set, then faltering in the second, Williams headed to the locker room for a bathroom break before the third.

Something had to give, someone had to blink.

When they resumed, it was Williams who lifted her level and emerged as the better player.

Just as she’s done so many times, on so many stages, with so much at stake.

“I’m just Serena. After I lost the second set, I thought, `Oh, my goodness, I better give my best effort because this could be it,'” Williams said, surely echoing the thoughts of everyone paying any attention.

“I never get to play like this – since ’98, really,” she said. “Literally, I’ve had an `X’ on my back since ’99,” the year she claimed her first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open at age 17.

Whatever rust accumulated when Williams missed about a year of action before returning to the tour in late June appears to have vanished. She was 1-3 in 2022 entering the U.S. Open.

“Now it’s kind of coming together,” Williams said. “I mean, it had to come together today.”

Williams has doubles to play, too. She and her sister, Venus, have won 14 major championships as a team and will begin that event Thursday night.

Kontaveit, a 26-year-old from Estonia, is a powerful hitter in her own right, the sort that spread across women’s tennis over the past two decades after a pair of siblings from Compton, California, changed the game.

But there’s a caveat attached to Kontaveit’s ranking: She has never won so much as one quarterfinal match at any Grand Slam tournament in 30 career appearances.

So maybe that’s why, much like with Kovinic 48 hours earlier, Williams’ opponent was introduced just by her name, and Kontaveit walked out to a smattering of applause. Williams, in contrast, got the full treatment: highlight video, a listing of her many accolades and a loud greeting from folks part of the largest U.S. Open attendance ever at a night session, 29,959, eclipsing the record set Monday.

“It was her moment,” said Kontaveit, who began crying during the Estonian portion of her news conference and cut it short. “Of course, this is totally about her.”

As strident a competitor as tennis, or any sport, has seen, as rightly self-confident in her abilities as any athlete, Williams was not about to think of this whole exercise as merely a celebration of her career.

She came to New York wanting to win, of course.

Wearing the same glittery crystal-encrusted top and diamond-accented sneakers – replete with solid gold shoelace tags and the word “Queen” on the right one, “Mama” on the left – that she sported Monday, Williams was ready for prime time.

The match began with Kontaveit grabbing the first five points, Williams the next five. And on they went, back and forth. Kontaveit’s mistakes were cheered – even faults, drawing an admonishment for the crowd from chair umpire Alison Hughes about making noise between serves.

Early in the third set, Kontaveit hit a cross-court forehand that caught the outermost edge of a sideline. A video on the stadium screens showed just how close it was, confirming that the ball did, indeed, land in. That brought out boos from the stands. Williams raised her arm and wagged a finger, telling her backers not to cause a fuss.

If anything, Kontaveit received more acknowledgment from the player trying to defeat her than anyone else, as Williams would respond to great shots with a nod or a racket clap.

“They were not rooting against me. They just wanted Serena to win so bad,” Kontaveit said, calling the treatment she received “fair,” even if it was “something I never experienced before.”

Williams broke for a 5-4 edge when Kontaveit pushed a backhand long, spurring yelling spectators to rise to their feet – and Williams’ husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, jumped right in, too, waving his arms in her direction, in front of where Venus and Tiger Woods were two seats apart.

Eventually they went to a tiebreaker, and at 3-3, a chant of “Let’s go, Serena!” broke out, accompanied by rhythmic clapping. Soon, Williams delivered a 101 mph service winner and a 91 mph ace to seal that set.

To Kontaveit’s credit, she raced to a 3-0 edge in the second with 10 winners and zero unforced errors.

In the third, after a swinging forehand volley winner put Williams a game from victory, she raised both arms, then clenched her left fist.

One game, and five minutes later, it was over – and her stay at the U.S. Open could proceed.

Asked whether she’s a title contender, Williams answered: “I can not think that far. I’m having fun and I’m enjoying it.”

AP sources: Presidents meeting to discuss CFP expansion

(AP) — The university presidents who oversee the College Football Playoff are scheduled to meet Friday to discuss expanding the four-team format, re-opening the possibility that a new model for crowning a champion could be implemented as soon as the 2024 season.

Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that CFP’s Board of Managers, led by Mississippi State President Mark Keenum, is set to convene by video conference.

There is no guarantee the presidents will take any official action or vote to approve an expansion model, but another person familiar with the situation told AP they would like to accelerate a process that had ground to a halt six months ago.

All the people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the board’s plans were not being made public.

The CFP management committee, comprised of 10 FBS conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director, is scheduled to meet next week in Dallas.

The management committee is responsible for hashing out a format for the CFP, but the presidents have the final say on what happens with the playoff.

Back in February, CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock announced expansion talks among the commissioners had failed to produce the needed unanimous consensus in time for the format to change before the end of the current contract with ESPN. That deal runs through the 2025.

The CFP recently announced the sites of the championship games for the final two seasons of the current 12-year deal.

Hancock said back in February that expansion talks would resume later in the year with a focus on what the playoff would be starting in 2026.

Since then, the commissioners who opposed the proposed 12-team format have seemingly softened their stances. The commissioners left a June meeting with renewed optimism their differences could be worked out, one of the people said.

Last year, the relatively new commissioners of the Pac-12, Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference pushed back against an expanded playoff plan that was unveiled in the summer 2021.

The 12-team model, that included six conference champions and six at-large teams, had been worked on for more than two years by a group of four commissioners, including Greg Sankey of the Southeastern Conference.

Concerns about automatic access for certain conferences, how the Rose Bowl would fit into an expanded format and the health and safety of players competing in as many as 17 games were cited as reasons against the 12-team plan.

Failure to get agreement on expansion left Sankey and others frustrated. Expanding the playoff before the end of the current television deal has been estimated to be worth an additional $450 million in media rights to the conferences.

At the SEC meetings in late May, Keenum said the presidents wanted the commissioners to provide a plan for the next CFP format no later than June 2023.

Keenum also said then that the presidents planned to take a more active role in expansion talks and that he wanted them to meet again before the end of the summer to “continue the dialogue.”

Pujols delivers as Cardinals outlast Reds in 13 innings, 5-3

CINCINNATI (AP) Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the 13th inning, Lars Nootbaar added a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals twice used five-man infields to stop the Cincinnati Reds and pull out a 5-3 win on Wednesday night.

In his final game in Cincinnati, Pujols shook off going hitless in five at-bats to deliver against Chase Anderson (0-2), driving in automatic runner Paul Goldschmidt with one out. Nootbaar went deep two batters later.

“I know he enjoyed it,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said of Pujols, who plans to retire after the season. “His last at-bat – he’s done a lot of damage in this ballpark. I enjoyed it.”

The NL Central-leading Cardinals first used an extra infielder in the 11th with Colin Moran on third and nobody out. Moran held up on Jose Barrero’s groundout and Jake Fraley grounded to shortstop Tommy Edman, who threw Moran out at the plate – a call that survived a replay review.

The Cardinals went to five infielders again with one out in the 12th and Edman threw out Austin Romine trying to score on Alejo Lopez’s grounder, helping Andre Pallante (6-4) get the win. Pallante worked the final three innings, allowing Fraley’s RBI single in the 13th.

“That was a cool situation,” Edman said. “It’s kind of a unique shift. It was fun to see it pay off. Pallante’s a big ground pitcher. It helped that both runners are sort of slow. I just try to put in a position where they can get the tag.”

“You’ve got to win a lot of different ways,” Marmol said. “It felt like a National League game tonight. That was fun.”

Pujols remains at 694 home runs, two behind Alex Rodriguez for fourth all-time.

The Reds honored Pujols and Yadier Molina, who’s also playing his final season, during a pregame ceremony. Joey Votto narrated a highlight video before he and Reds manager David Bell presented engraved bats to Pujols and Adam Wainwright, who represented Molina while the catcher was warming up starting pitcher Jose Quintana in the bullpen.

The Cardinals have won four of their last five games.

The Reds grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third on back-to-back RBI singles by Jonathan India and Nick Senzel.

Nolan Arenado tied the game with a two-run homer off the left field foul pole in the fourth.

Reds left-hander Mike Minor was denied in his bid to win a third straight start for the first time since 2019 for Texas. Minor lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs with two walks and one strikeout. He also hit a batter.

Quintana also went 4 2/3 innings. The Reds reached him for seven hits and two runs with a walk and a strikeout.

Buck Farmer, Cincinnati’s third of five relievers, came in with one out in the seventh to strike out Corey Dickerson and get Goldschmidt to ground out with runners on second and third.

“It was unbelievable,” Bell said. “The Cardinals are a great team, and I’m just so proud of how our team battled and did every thing we could to win that game. I feel that our team deserved to win that game. Of course, the Cardinals did as well. It was a tough game but a great game to be a part of. It is a reminder of what a great game it is.”


India extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games (18-for-54), the best on the Reds this season and the longest active streak in the majors.


Cardinals: Minor hit Edman on his left elbow pad with two outs in the third inning.

Reds: First baseman Donovan Solano and second baseman Alejo Lopez survived a collision that sent both tumbling to the ground while Lopez was making a lunging catch of Arenado’s popup to end the first inning.


Cardinals: LHP Jordan Montgomery (7-3, 3.28 ERA), Friday’s scheduled starter against the Cubs, pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout in his last start against Chicago on Aug. 22 at Wrigley Field.

Reds: RHP Luis Cessa (3-2, 5.36) is scheduled to make his fourth start since being moved from the bullpen when Cincinnati opens a series against Colorado on Friday.

Reyes, Hoerner help Cubs beat Blue Jays 7-5, avoid sweep

TORONTO (AP) Franmil Reyes homered, Nico Hoerner drove in a pair of runs and the Chicago Cubs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Ian Happ and Zach McKinstry each had two hits as the Cubs snapped a five-game losing streak north of the border. Chicago went 15-15 in August, its first non-losing month since going 19-8 in May 2021.

“It’s a good month,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Try to build on that going into September.”

Cavan Biggio hit a two-run home run and Alejandro Kirk added a three-run blast for the Blue Jays, who are in position for the third AL wild-card spot but went 13-14 in August, their first losing month of the season.

Toronto has a two-game lead in the playoff race over division rival Baltimore. The Blue Jays have 33 games remaining, 10 against the Orioles.

“The group of guys that are in (the clubhouse) are embracing the fact that every game is going to be important,” interim manager John Schneider said.

Reyes homered off Toronto right-hander Mitch White in the fifth inning, his 13th. He has 24 hits and four home runs in 22 games since joining the Cubs on Aug. 9 after being cut by Cleveland.

“Honestly, it feels very good,” Reyes said. “Not everyone has a second chance. I have to take advantage of this second opportunity.”

White (1-5) allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, his third loss in five starts with Toronto.

Cubs right-hander Luke Farrell made his second start and third appearance of the season, giving up two runs and two hits in two-plus innings. Farrell retired the first six batters in order but Teoscar Hernandez singled to begin the third and Biggio followed with a drive into the second deck, his fourth.

Farrell is the son of former Blue Jays and Red Sox manager John Farrell. His older brother, Shane, is Toronto’s amateur scouting director.

Manuel Rodriguez (1-0) replaced Farrell and retired all six batters he faced.

“That was huge from him,” Ross said.

Mark Leiter Jr. pitched one inning, Erich Uelmen got two outs, Michael Rucker got three and Brandon Hughes worked 1 1/3 innings before Rowan Wick, the seventh Chicago pitcher, worked the ninth for his ninth save in 13 chances.

Happ opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first and Cubs catcher Yan Gomes made it 2-0 in the second, scoring from third when Alfonso Rivas attempted a two-out steal of second. Rivas was thrown out.

Hoerner hit a two-run double in the third and scored on Rafael Ortega’s bloop single to left.

Kirk cut it to 6-5 when he connected off Uelmen in the sixth, his 13th. McKinstry pushed the lead back to two runs with an RBI single off right-hander David Phelps in the seventh.


Cubs: C Willson Contreras (left ankle) was held out of the starting lineup. Contreras left Tuesday’s game in the sixth inning.


Wick, from North Vancouver, British Columbia, became the third Canadian-born pitcher to save a game at Rogers Centre. The others are former Blue Jays reliever Paul Quantrill and current Toronto closer Jordan Romano.


In a swap of minor league players, Toronto acquired C Karl Ellison from Philadelphia for RHP Vinny Nittoli. In a separate transaction, Toronto acquired minor league C Edward Duran from Miami to complete an Aug. 2 trade.


The Cubs won at Toronto for the first time since a 7-4 victory on June 15, 2008.


Cubs: RHP Adrian Sampson (1-4, 3.97 ERA) will be activated off the restricted list to start at St. Louis Friday. LHP Jordan Montgomery (7-3, 3.28) goes for the Cardinals.

Blue Jays: Toronto has not named a starter for Friday’s game at Pittsburgh, but RHP Alek Manoah (12-7, 2.60) is next in line. The Pirates have not named a starter.

White Sox end 5-game skid behind Lynn, beat Royals 4-2

CHICAGO (AP) Lance Lynn pitched four-hit ball through seven innings, Elvis Andrus hit a tiebreaking home run in the fifth and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Wednesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Lynn (4-5), who was reinstated from the bereavement list before the game, didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight for the fifth time this season. The Royals had scored 24 runs in their previous two games.

Chicago (64-66) won for the first time under bench coach Miguel Cairo, who served his second game as acting manager while Tony La Russa is on indefinite leave while he undergoes tests performed by his personal doctors in Arizona to address an unspecified health issue.

“After the last out, he always says, ‘twenty-seven outs,’ ” Cairo said. ” `And until that last out, you cannot feel comfortable until they get that last out.’

“That’s the feeling. Big deep breath, and let it go and do it again (Thursday).”

The Royals (53-78) lost for the third time in five games. Rookie Bobby Witt hit his 19th home run off Lynn in the fourth, a shot to center that traveled an estimated 441 feet.

Witt’s homer was the 58th hit by a Royals rookie this season, extending the franchise record of 56 set in their inaugural season in 1969.

The Royals didn’t score again until two out in the ninth on a triple by Michael A. Taylor and a single by Michael Massey. Chicago’s Liam Hendriks struck out Hunter Dozier to earn his 29th save.

“Obviously everybody is a little down when you lose your manager,” Lynn said. “You hope that everything is good and everything checks out good. He has some stuff he has to take care of, and we have to do our part to stay in this race.”

Lynn retired the first 10 batters before Witt’s homer, and he immediately loaded the bases before coaxing Dozier to ground into an inning-ending double play.

That turned out to be the break the Sox needed, as AJ Pollock led off the bottom of the fourth by poking a low, outside pitch over the right field fence to tie the game.

Lynn is 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his last four starts.

Royals left-hander Kris Bubic (2-10) threw 26 pitches in the first and loaded the bases before getting Pollock to pop to first and Yasmani Grandal to line out to right. Grandal returned from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte and was reinstated from the 10-day injured list before the game.

Bubic walked three of the first seven batters he faced, but was undone by the homers. Andrus hit his home run two pitches after missing a pitch on a hit-and-run play that resulted in Romy Gonzalez getting thrown out at second.

Bubic has allowed four homers in his last two starts after pitching 24 consecutive innings without allowing a homer. He is 0-4 lifetime against the Sox, despite posting a 2.76 ERA in nine games.

“He made good pitches when he had to get us out of trouble,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “He was in a mess from the top, but made the pitches, and guys made the plays behind him.”

The Sox added two insurance runs in the seventh on a grounder by Andrus and a two-out single by Jose Abreu.

Andrus became the 13th Sox player to bat leadoff, tying a franchise record set in 1976.

“It was a good game for us to go out there and compete and do it for (La Russa), knowing that every time we play good, he’s going to feel a lot better,” Andrus said.


Royals: C Salvador Perez (back tightness) was scratched from the lineup and is listed as day to day. “The longer he sat around after his pregame routine, it tightened up,” Matheny said.

White Sox: CF Luis Robert (left wrist soreness) missed his fifth consecutive start and remains day to day, Cairo said. Robert entered in the ninth as a defensive replacement.


White Sox: To make room for Lynn and Grandal, LHP Tanner Banks and C Carlos Perez were optioned to Charlotte.


Royals: Will start RHP Daniel Mengden (0-0, 2.08) to face Chicago in Thursday’s series finale. Mengden will be promoted from Triple-A Omaha, where he is 6-5 with a 4.55 ERA in 21 appearances.

White Sox: Will start RHP Johnny Cueto (6-6, 2.98). Cueto allowed a season-high seven runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

Toro’s two-run HR carries Mariners past Tigers, 5-3

DETROIT (AP) Abraham Toro hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Wednesday night for their fifth win in six games.

Toro, recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, had two hits and Eugenio Suarez also hit a two-run homer for the Mariners.

“I just like those moments,” Toro said. “Tight situations and you just want to drive that run in. … You want to get the ball in the air and I was able to do that.”

Seattle manager Scott Servais feels Toro’s .187 batting average is deceiving.

“He goes up there in an aggressive mode,” Servais said. “He’s gotten a lot of big hits. People look at his batting average and inconsistencies but the home runs he’s hit late in games and the big hits he’s had late in games have won us quite a few games.”

Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (10-12) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. Paul Sewald worked around two walks in the ninth to get his 17th save.

Gonzales didn’t give up a run in his last four innings after making a uniform change.

“I came in and changed my jersey,” he said. “I just needed to change it up. I didn’t feel like myself. I felt kind of shaky, a little off. I came in and changed my jersey and we rolled from there.”

Jeimer Candelario drove in two runs for Detroit. Starting pitcher Tyler Alexander allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings, while Alex Lange (4-4) took the loss.

Suarez’s 25th homer of the season came on a 3-0 pitch from Alexander in the first inning.

Detroit evened the score with two second-inning runs on Candelario’s RBI single and Willi Castro’s fielder’s choice grounder. Candelario’s second run-scoring single of the game gave Detroit a 3-2 edge in the sixth.

The Tigers had some bad luck, as three innings ended with line drives with runners on base.

“A foot either way and you’re talking about breaking the game open,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “In a close game, it feels like you have to be perfect. They’ve been very good in close games and I think we saw why tonight.”

Seattle regained the advantage when Toro followed Adam Frazier’s triple with a one-out blast off Lange in the seventh. Ty France drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to give the Mariners a two-run lead.


Scott Servais managed his 1,000th game for the Mariners on Wednesday. Servais has managed the second-most games in Mariners history, trailing only Lou Piniella (1,551 games).


Mariners: LHP Matthew Boyd and OF Taylor Trammell will be activated when the rosters expand to 28 players on Thursday. Boyd made 143 starts for Detroit from 2015-21 and signed with San Francisco as a free agent during the offseason while recovering from left flexor tendon surgery. Boyd, who was traded to Seattle in early August but has yet to make his season debut, will be used out of the bullpen. Trammell has appeared in 32 games with the Mariners this season, batting .235 with three homers.

Tigers: 1B Spencer Torkelson and INF Ryan Kreidler will be activated when rosters expand on Thursday. Torkelson batted just .197 in 83 games with Detroit before getting demoted to Triple-A Toledo, where he hit .228 with five homers in 34 games. Kreidler batted .213 with eight homers in 56 games with the Mud Hens. … RHP Michael Pineda (right tricep tightness) will also be activated from the 15-day injured list. Pineda’s last major-league appearance was July 23.


Mariners; SS J.P. Crawford (strained pectoral muscle) didn’t start the game but entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth.


Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (10-5, 3.49 ERA) will look to end a nine-game winless drought in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. Gilbert’s last victory came on July 5.

Tigers: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-3, 3.60 ERA) has won both of his starts since coming off the restricted list. Rodriguez has a 4-3 record and 3.46 ERA in nine career outings against Seattle.

Timmy Trumpet plays horn, Nimmo saves Mets in 2-1 win vs LAD

NEW YORK (AP) Brandon Nimmo made an amazing grab, Timmy Trumpet blew his horn and Edwin Diaz shut the door.

Starting with another stingy performance by Jacob deGrom, the New York Mets hit every note Wednesday night in a scintillating show at pulsing Citi Field.

Nimmo saved the Mets with a breathtaking catch atop the center-field fence, and Diaz entered to Trumpet’s live tune before closing out the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 2-1 victory.

“It was awesome,” deGrom said. “That was a great atmosphere out there. The fans were in it the whole time.”

Starling Marte hit a two-run homer off All-Star lefty Tyler Anderson (13-3) as the Mets evened a three-game showdown between the top two teams in the National League.

Mookie Betts connected off deGrom (4-1) for his 32nd home run, but it wasn’t enough for the Dodgers in a tight pitching duel with a playoff feel that took only 2 hours, 19 minutes.

“That was fun,” New York manager Buck Showalter said.

Making his sixth start of the season after returning from injury, deGrom hit 102 mph on the radar gun and struck out nine in seven innings. He allowed three hits and walked one.

“Maybe the best to ever pitch,” Betts said. “So, he’s a tough task.”

The two-time Cy Young Award winner was nursing a 2-1 lead when ex-Met Justin Turner sent a drive to deep center in the seventh.

Knowing it might tie the game, deGrom turned around and went into a worried crouch on the mound. Nimmo, however, raced back and plucked the ball right off the top of the wall to rob Turner of a home run with a sensational leaping grab.

“Jumped up, the ball hit my glove and I knew it didn’t bounce out once it got in there. And then all the emotions spilled out,” Nimmo said. “I’m still really ecstatic about it. It was one of the best plays I’ve ever made.”

A fired-up Nimmo landed on his feet, pumped his fist hard and screamed in excitement as deGrom held both arms high and then tipped his cap.

“What a play,” Showalter said. “I don’t have much to compare it to.

“I think the toughest part of it is it didn’t hang up there. He had to totally commit to it. And it was a huge play.”

The outfielder received two standing ovations and a warm greeting from deGrom and other teammates as he approached the dugout after the inning.

“Great play by Nimmo,” Turner said. “Not a whole lot you can do about it.”

When the game moved to the ninth, Trumpet and Diaz took center stage.

The Australian-born musician was at the ballpark with trumpet in hand for the second consecutive night to accompany Diaz’s appearance with a live version of his song “Narco,” which has become wildly popular as the reliever’s entrance tune during a dominant season.

Diaz didn’t get into Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss, so Trumpet was relegated to a more muted version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch as fans sang along.

But he came back Wednesday and this time, the buzzing crowd of 41,799 got what it was waiting for.

As fans rose from their seats in anticipation, Trumpet emerged from under the stands on the third base side wearing Diaz’s No. 39 on a black Mets shirt and blared the familiar “Narco” notes to roars from the crowd as the All-Star closer jogged in from the bullpen.

“I tried to look up a little bit when I was running to see what was the reaction of the fans,” Diaz said. “It was pretty fun. I can feel the vibe from the fans. It was really exciting. … Everybody was getting into it.”

New York mascots Mr. and Mrs. Met danced and played along with their toy trumpets, too, before Diaz made quick work of the 2-3-4 hitters in the Dodgers’ powerful lineup for his 29th save in 32 chances.

“The pressure to deliver in that part of the order with all that coming on is remarkable,” Showalter said. “Been doing it all year for us.”

Nimmo singled with two outs in the third and Marte followed with his 16th homer, a drive that cleared the 380-foot sign on the right-center fence.

Betts went deep in the sixth, tying his career high for homers set during his AL MVP season in 2018 with Boston. The reigning NL player of the week has five homers, three doubles and eight RBIs in his last five games.


A contingent of Dodgers players and coaches, including manager Dave Roberts, spent about 90 minutes Wednesday visiting the Jackie Robinson Museum in lower Manhattan that opens to the public Monday.

“We got kind of the VIP tour. It was fantastic,” Roberts said. “Pretty inspiring.”


Dodgers: RHP Blake Treinen, sidelined since mid-April with a shoulder injury, is expected back Friday. … LHP David Price is nursing a sore arm.

Mets: Rookie 3B Brett Baty has a torn ligament in his right thumb that will likely sideline him for the rest of the regular season. He is scheduled for surgery Thursday. … RHP Tylor Megill (shoulder strain) makes his first rehab start Thursday at Double-A Binghamton. Megill, a regular in the rotation early this season, could return in a bullpen role. … RHP Drew Smith (right lat strain) is not far behind Megill in his recovery, Showalter said. … INF Luis Guillorme (left groin strain) was set to run the bases. If all goes well, the plan is for him to play a minor league rehab game Sunday.


Dodgers: Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (7-3, 2.64 ERA) comes off the injured list in the finale of the three-game series Thursday afternoon to make his first start since Aug. 4. The left-hander, sidelined by lower back pain, will probably be limited to four or five innings, Roberts said.

Mets: RHP Chris Bassitt (11-7, 3.34) tries to win his fifth straight decision. He’s lost both career starts against the Dodgers, including June 3 in Los Angeles, where he gave up three earned runs over six innings.

Henderson homers in debut; Orioles beat Guardians 4-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Baltimore Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Gunnar Henderson might need a chinstrap or some Velcro to keep his helmet in place.

Judging by Henderson’s major league debut, that might be a good idea.

Henderson lost his batting helmet after connecting on a drive that traveled an estimated 429 feet, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Guardians 4-0 on Wednesday night.

Henderson, called up from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day, homered to lead off the fourth inning against Triston McKenzie. The game’s No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America drove a 2-2 pitch to right-center field for his first big league hit. He singled in the ninth and went 2-for-4.

“That ball was hit,” Hyde said. “It was loud. A no-doubter off the bat. Our dugout exploded. The helmet didn’t get out of the batter’s box.”

Henderson’s helmet fell off after as he attempted to leave the box. He looked to the sky after crossing the plate and was greeted by teammates as he headed for the dugout.

Henderson said losing his helmet is a common occurrence.

“Every time I swing it comes off,” he said. “We tried them all. That was the closest one. I guess I got too much hair going.”

Baltimore is hoping for a boost from the 21-year-old Henderson as it chases an AL wild-card spot. The Orioles moved within two games of division rival Toronto in the playoff race.

Ramon Urias hit a two-run homer in the eighth and had three RBIs while Jordan Lyles (10-9) held the Guardians to four hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Catcher Adley Rutschman, another rookie who has helped vault the Orioles into contention, hugged Henderson on the top step of the dugout and placed the Orioles’ home run chain around Henderson’s neck.

“He just looked at me,” Henderson said. “It was kind of a surreal moment. I’ve been able to come up through the minor leagues with him and watch his career. To be able to do that up here with him was pretty awesome.”

Henderson’s parents, girlfriend and other relatives exchanged hugs and high-fives as he rounded the bases.

Henderson was told of his promotion following Norfolk’s game on Tuesday night, which led to day of travel and adjusting to his new surroundings.

“I didn’t feel any nerves today,” he said. “It could have been I got about 45 minutes’ sleep last night.”

McKenzie (9-11) allowed two runs in five innings, but threw 97 pitches – and was angry about the one he threw to the rookie.

“That’s been something that’s kind of been a reoccurring case in some of my most recent starts and I think it just kind of ticked me off a little bit,” he said.

Henderson primarily played shortstop in the minors, but the he was moved around the infield at Norfolk to increase his versatility. He played third base and batted sixth Wednesday.

Cleveland had a 1 1/2-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central going into Wednesday.

Lyles and two Orioles relievers combined on a five-hitter. Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, but Luke Maile bounced into a fielder’s choice.

The Orioles forced McKenzie to throw 31 pitches in the third. Anthony Santander checked his swing on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases with two outs. McKenzie walked Urias on four pitches to force in a run.


A year after losing 110 games, the Orioles have been ahead of schedule in their rebuild. Rutschman, the top pick in the 2019 draft, arrived in the majors earlier this season. Henderson was a second-round draft pick that same year. Henderson hit 11 home runs in 65 games at Triple-A Norfolk.

“It’s fun to see these guys graduate to the big leagues, and what a great experience for them to be playing in their first year in these kinds of environments,” Hyde said.

Rutschman made his major league debut on May 21.

“We saw Rutschman the first time there, he wasn’t doing real well,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “Now you look at him, if you throw that fastball where you’re not supposed to, he’s ready to hit it. He’s hitting second in the lineup and he’s a rookie catcher. That speaks volumes about him.”


The Orioles optioned INF Tyler Nevin to Triple-A Norfolk and designated RHP Denyi Reyes for assignment. 1B Jesus Aguilar and LHP DL Hall will be added Thursday when rosters can be expanded to 28 players.

The Guardians will call up RHP Cody Morris from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.


The teams play the final game of the series Thursday night. Orioles starter Kyle Bradish (2-5, 5.63 ERA) pitched a career-high eight scoreless innings in a win over Houston in his last start. RHP Shane Bieber (8-7, 3.10) held Seattle to one earned run over seven innings in his last start.

Phillies pound 22 hits, cruise to 18-2 win over Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies pounded 22 hits, scored 18 runs and did basically anything they wanted offensively in an 18-2 drubbing of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

Yet surprisingly, the story was about the pitching.

Left-hander Bailey Falter threw a career-high 6 1/3 innings, giving up just one run, giving the Phillies another rotation option during the stretch run. He walked none and struck out six, carving through the D-backs lineup with ease.

“We needed a `W’ today and that’s what we did,” Falter said. “The bats were fantastic, I went out and did my job and gave us a chance to win.”

Falter (3-3) has spent much of this season bouncing between Philadelphia and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, not necessarily because he wasn’t effective in the big leagues, but because of a roster crunch that often left the 25-year-old as the odd man out.

He’s making it harder to demote him to the minors these days. The Phillies are 4-0 in his last four starts.

The only blemish in Falter’s night was in the seventh inning, when he left the game with right groin tightness. But interim manager Rob Thompson called the move precautionary and said he didn’t believe it would cause the lefty to miss any time.

“He’s done a great job,” Thompson said. “His confidence has risen, he’s comfortable, his breaking ball is getting better each start and he’s throwing strikes.”

All nine starters in Philadelphia’s lineup had at least two hits, including Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, J.T. Realmuto, Alec Bohm, Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura, Matt Vierling, Brandon Marsh and Edmundo Sosa. Marsh had three hits, including a two-run triple and finished with three RBIs.

Philadelphia sent 15 batters to the plate in a seven-run eighth inning. It was a nice bounce-back performance for the Phillies, who had given up 25 runs in the first two games of the series and blew a 7-0 lead in Monday’s opener.

Arizona had its season high five-game winning streak snapped. Catcher Carson Kelly pitched the final 1 1/3 innings.

Arizona rookie left-hander Tommy Henry (3-3) lasted just four innings, giving up seven runs and seven hits. He walked four and struck out four.

Jake McCarthy hit a solo homer for the D-backs in the fourth. Christian Walker and Stone Garrett both had two hits.

“This was a terrible day, right?” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “Brutal all the way around. You lose a game 18-2, there’s not a lot of positives. … We don’t need to go over it. You guys saw it. It wasn’t pretty.”


D-backs shortstop Geraldo Perdomo was charged with two errors on one play in the first inning.

Perdomo bobbled a grounder to his backhand, which allowed Alec Bohm to reach first. Perdomo also had a wild throw to first, allowing Rhys Hoskins advance from second to third.


Lee Thomas, who was the Phillies GM from 1988 to 1997, died on Wednesday in St. Louis. He was 86.

Thomas was credited with building a Philadelphia team that won the NL pennant in 1993, acquiring players like John Kruk, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling, Lenny Dysktra, Milt Thompson and Danny Jackson.

Thomas also played eight seasons in the big leagues, highlighted by an All-Star season with the Los Angeles Angels in 1962.


Phillies: Have a day off on Thursday before starting a three-game series at San Francisco. The Phillies will start RHP Kyle Gibson (9-5, 4.08 ERA) against San Francisco RHP Alex Cobb (4-6, 3.81)

Diamondbacks: Host a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers beginning Thursday. Arizona RHP Merrill Kelly (11-5, 2.97) will start the opener against Milwaukee RHP Brandon Woodruff (9-3, 3.31).

Ohtani’s 30th HR rallies Angels to 3-2 victory over Yankees

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) In a matchup of the top two contenders for the AL Most Valuable Player, Shohei Ohtani came up with the biggest hit of the night.

The reigning AL MVP became the first player in major league history to hit 30 home runs and record 10 pitching wins in the same season as the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

“In a game like this ,with these fans and the way the stadium was, one of the stars was going to rise right there and Shohei got a good one,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said.

Ohtani’s three-run shot to center off a 97.9 mph fastball by Gerrit Cole (10-7) in the sixth put the Angels on top after they had been held to two hits the first five innings. It was the third time in the past four games he went deep.

The Japanese two-way phenom went 5 for 12 with two homers and five RBIs in the three-game series against the Yankees and AL MVP favorite Aaron Judge.

“It definitely leads to motivation for me to do better. I mean trying to go for that hardware,” Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara of the matchup against Judge. “It’s something that I think about for the most part but I try to take it game by game and then count it all up.”

Judge was hitless in two at-bats but drew two walks after going 4 for 7 with two homers and four RBIs the first two games.

Ohtani nearly connected for a two-run shot in the first inning before center fielder Aaron Hicks jumped up at the wall to snag it. After David Fletcher’s infield single in the sixth and Mike Trout getting aboard when Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa booted a grounder, Ohtani got all Cole’s pitch on a 2-0 count to clear the bases.

“Probably the worst fastball of the night. Terrible spot,” said Cole, who went seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits with four strikeouts. “I was trying to go away. I wasn’t trying to give in there either. Just a bad miss.”

Ohtani, who is also the first Japanese-born player to hit at least 30 home runs in consecutive seasons, pumped his fist while rounding first base.

“I just missed it on my first at-bat. I wanted that next opportunity,” said Ohtani, “Luckily Trout got on with that error and I was happy to be able to come through.”

The Yankees were held to three hits, and had none after the fifth inning but still had a chance in the ninth. Jimmy Herget walked Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to lead off the ninth, but struck out Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres before Oswaldo Cabrera grounded out to shortstop Andrew Velazquez to end the game. Herget got his fifth save for the Angels, who have won five of their last six.

Patrick Sandoval (5-9) struck out seven and allowed two runs in seven innings to win for the second time in his last three starts.

Cole, who grew up in nearby Newport Beach, had a seven-game winning streak against his boyhood team snapped and lost for the first time in six career starts at Angel Stadium.

“Tough one. It was a pitchers duel and a mistake costs us,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

The Yankees had only one hit the first four innings before breaking through in the fifth. Donaldson led off with a double down the left-field line, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Gleyber Torres lined a double into the right-field gap.

Hicks’ sky high sacrifice fly deep to left field brought in Torres to make it 2-0.


The Yankees entered August with the AL’s best record and an 11 1/2 game lead in the AL East, but went 10-18 during the month with minus-12 run differential. New York has a six-game lead over Tampa Bay going into a three-game series with the Rays starting Friday.

It is the Yankees’ worst month since they went 9-19 in September 1991.

“We have got to play better than we have. Simple as that. We’ve got to start racking up some wins,” Boone said. “The unfortunate part of the last several weeks for us has been we’ve been losing these close games and that’s what we got to find a way to punch through.”


Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon suffered a left forearm contusion after X-rays were negative for a fracture. Taillon was hit on a line drive by Magneuris Sierra during the second inning of Tuesday’s game. … LHP Nestor Cortes (groin) threw a bullpen session before Wednesday’s game and will throw another one Saturday.

Angels: RHP Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder strain) will make a rehab start for Class A Inland Empire on Friday.


Yankees: RHP Domingo German (2-2, 3.19 ERA), who goes in Friday’s opener against the Rays, has allowed three runs or fewer in seven straight starts.

Angels: Continue their homestand with three games against Houston starting Friday. LHP Reid Detmers (5-4, 3.47 ERA) is 3-1 since the All-Star break.

WSox manager La Russa out indefinitely with health issue

CHICAGO (AP) White Sox manager Tony La Russa is out indefinitely because of an unspecified health issue.

The 77-year-old La Russa missed Tuesday night’s 9-7 loss to Kansas City on the recommendation of his doctors. The team said he is scheduled to undergo additional testing in Arizona with his personal physicians “over the coming days.”

Bench coach Miguel Cairo will continue to serve as acting manager while La Russa is out.

“It’s unbelievably tough,” outfielder Andrew Vaughn said. “We really don’t have much information on what’s going on.”

La Russa’s absence on Tuesday was announced about one hour before the first pitch. The Hall of Famer showed no signs of health issues during his pregame session with reporters and while talking to general manager Rick Hahn and former Oakland Athletics pitching great Dave Stewart before the game.

Right fielder Gavin Sheets spent Tuesday with La Russa and said he was “blindsided” when he learned of his manager’s absence after batting practice.

“I found out on Twitter,” Vaughn said. “I saw that the White Sox posted something, and I was like `Oh my goodness. This is crazy.’ And then we had to just go play.”

Cairo said he spoke with La Russa and exchanged text messages Wednesday regarding the lineup and potential in-game matchups before he departed for Arizona.

“I’m going to be calling him whenever I can,” Cairo said. “I’m going to text or call and see how he’s doing. But he will be back.”

La Russa is in the second season of his second managerial stint with Chicago. The team began the year with championship aspirations, but it has been one of baseball’s biggest disappointments.

Heading into the second game of their series against the Royals, the White Sox had dropped five in a row to fall to 63-66. Chants of “Fire Tony! Fire Tony!” have been heard at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“I understand that we want to compete and win and prepare and do the best that we can, and that’s what we get paid to do,” reliever Kendall Graveman said. “But at the end of the day, there’s stuff that I feel is vital and way more important than playing the game of baseball.

“He needs to go be with his family and take care of himself in the moment. I am uncertain what’s going on with the details, but hopefully we’ll hear more in the future and it’s all good news going for him.”

La Russa, who is close friends with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, was a surprise hire in October 2020, and he directed to the team to the AL Central title last year.

He started his managing career with the White Sox during the 1979 season. He won the World Series with Oakland in 1989 and St. Louis in 2006 and 2011.

La Russa and Sparky Anderson are the only managers to win the World Series in the American and National leagues.

La Russa was enshrined in Cooperstown in 2014. He got his first major league managing job at age 34 when the White Sox promoted him from Triple-A to replace the fired Don Kessinger. He took over that August and led them to a 522-510 record over parts of eight seasons.

“I can’t be Tony La Russa,” said Cairo, who played for La Russa with the Cardinals. “He’s a Hall of Famer. He’s got a lot of wins. But I’ve learned so much from him.”

Chicago also made four moves before Wednesday night’s matchup with Kansas City. Right-hander Lance Lynn was reinstated from the bereavement list, and catcher Yasmani Grandal was activated from the 10-day injured list. Left-hander Tanner Banks and catcher Carlos Perez were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.

Grandal, 33, had been sidelined by a left knee strain. The switch hitter is batting .203 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 74 games this season.

2022 NFL Kickoff Guide

The NFL returns for the 2022 season as Kickoff Weekend signals the start of a 272-game journey, one that promises hope for each of the league’s 32 teams as they set their sights on Super Bowl LVII, which will be played on Sunday, February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Arizona.

2021 was one of the most competitive seasons in league annals and was the first year of an enhanced season structure which featured each team playing 17 regular-season games. The 2022 season will be filled with memorable moments, as young players emerge, familiar faces continue their climb up the record books and teams vie to make their mark in the postseason. Every team enters the season with hope and a trip to Arizona for Super Bowl LVII in mind. Below are a few reasons why:

Eighteen teams remained in Super Bowl contention on the final day of the 2021 regular season, tied for the most such teams since 2006 (20).

Four teams clinched a division title after not winning their division last year (Cincinnati, Dallas, the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay) and at least two teams have won their divisions the season aftermissing the playoffs in 18 of the past 19 years.

Cincinnati clinched the AFC North after finishing in last place in the division in 2020 and in 17 of the past 19 seasons, at least one team finished in first place in their division the season after finishing in last or tied for last.

Seven teams clinched playoff berths after missing the postseason in 2020 (Arizona, Cincinnati, Dallas, Las Vegas, New England, Philadelphia and San Francisco) and since 1990 – a streak of 32 consecutive seasons – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

There were 21 overtime games last season, including three in Week 18 which featured teams winning in overtime to qualify for the postseason (Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and San Francisco), marking the first time since 1993 that multiple playoff teams won in overtime in the final week of the season.

The competitiveness of the 2021 regular season fed into one of the most exciting and dramatic postseasons to date.

The Los Angeles Rams won Super Bowl LVI and for a 17th consecutive season, the NFL has a new Super Bowl champion, extending the longest streak without a repeat winner in league history. Only eight teams have repeated as champions since the first Super Bowl in 1967, with the 2004 Patriots (Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX) being the last team to accomplish the feat. It also marked the second-consecutive season in which a team won the Super Bowl in their home stadium, after Tampa Bay also did so in Super Bowl LV.

From the Divisional Playoffs through Super Bowl LVI, six of the seven games were decided by exactly three points. The only game that wasn’t was Kansas City and Buffalo in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, which was decided by an overtime touchdown.

The total margin of victory across the final seven playoff games (Super Bowl LVI, Conference Championship and Divisional Playoffs) was 24 points (3.4 points per game).

Among the many notable accomplishments players and coaches can achieve during the 2022 season …

Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY (84,520 passing yards and 624 touchdown passes) enters the 2022 season as the league’s all-time regular-season leader in both categories and can become the first player in NFL history with 100,000 career passing yards, including the postseason.

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS, who ranks fifth all-time in touchdown passes (449) and 10th in passing yards (55,360), can become the first player ever to win three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards.

Indianapolis quarterback MATT RYAN (59,735 passing yards and 367 touchdown passes) can become the eighth quarterback ever with 60,000 passing yards and ninth quarterback all-time with 400 touchdown passes.

Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY needs 10 rushing touchdowns to become the fifth running back all-time with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in five consecutive seasons.

Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS needs 1,000 receiving yards to become the first player with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first nine seasons in NFL history.

Kansas City tight end TRAVIS KELCE (704 receptions and 9,006 receiving yards) can become the fifth tight end all-time with 800 receptions and fifth tight end ever with 10,000 receiving yards.

Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman AARON DONALD (98 sacks) needs 12 sacks to become the fourth player since 1982 with at least 110 sacks in his first nine seasons.

New Orleans defensive end CAMERON JORDAN needs seven sacks to become the sixth player since 1982 to record at least seven sacks in 11 consecutive seasons.

Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT can become the first player to lead the league in sacks in three different seasons since 1982.

New England head coach BILL BELICHICK ranks third all-time with 321 total victories (regular-season and playoffs combined) and needs four wins to surpass George Halas (324 combined wins) for the second-most total victories by a head coach in NFL history.

Green Bay head coach MATT LAFLEUR can become the first coach since 1970 to win at least 13 games in each of his first four seasons as an NFL head coach.

Kansas City head coach ANDY REID needs 10 wins to become the third coach in NFL history to record at least 10 wins in eight consecutive seasons.

Vikings get ’20 1st-round pick Reagor in trade with Eagles

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) Wide receiver Jalen Reagor was acquired by Minnesota in a trade with Philadelphia on Wednesday, sending two draft picks to the Eagles for the player who was selected immediately in front of Vikings star Justin Jefferson two years ago.

The Vikings dealt a seventh-round 2023 pick and a conditional fourth-round 2024 pick to the Eagles, whose choice of Reagor out of TCU at No. 21 overall in 2020 delighted Vikings officials and allowed them to take Jefferson next out of LSU.

Jefferson has the most receiving yards (3,016) in NFL history over a player’s first two seasons. Reagor has 64 receptions for 695 yards and three touchdowns over two years.

With Jefferson, Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn entrenched as the top three wide receivers, Reagor will bring more value as a punt returner. He returned one punt for a 73-yard touchdown as a rookie and averaged 7.3 yards per punt return in 2021 on 31 attempts.

That’s the role the Vikings were targeting for wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who was waived to make room on the 53-man roster for Reagor. Smith-Marsette, a fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa last year, had an uneven training camp. As a rookie, he had four kickoff returns for an average of 20.8 yards and took two of his five receptions for touchdowns.

The Eagles have DeVonta Smith, A.J. Brown and Quez Watkins slotted as their top three wide receivers, but team officials raved about Reagor as recently as Tuesday after the roster cutdown.

“There was no doubt in our mind that he deserved a role on this team,” general manager Howie Roseman said.

Steelers’ TJ Watt practices, says knee is OK after cut block

PITTSBURGH (AP) T.J. Watt isn’t a fan of cut blocks, however the Pittsburgh Steelers star linebacker isn’t ready to weigh in on whether they should be legal or not, even after a scare in last Sunday’s preseason finale against Detroit.

The NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year narrowly avoided serious injury to his left knee when Lions tight end TJ Hockenson went low – legally – early in Pittsburgh’s 19-9 victory. Hockenson came across the field and dove into Watt’s legs on a running play. The contact created what Watt described as “discomfort” in his knee, and he was taken out of the game shortly thereafter as a precaution.

Watt, who practiced on Wednesday and should be fine for Pittsburgh’s season opener in Cincinnati on Sept. 11, said Hockenson apologized immediately after the play.

“(He said) like, `Sorry I had to do that,’ something like that,” Watt said. “And I just didn’t really have any words to say back to him. More frustration than anything.”

Watt called the blocks “tough to deal with” but declined to pick a side when asked if they should be allowed. The blocks have become a hot topic of sorts after the New York Giants lost rookie defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux for a month after he was injured on a similar play against Cincinnati earlier in the preseason. Watt said he was aware of Thibodeaux’s injury, but hadn’t watched a replay.

“I don’t really want to get in the weeds and either what should or shouldn’t be legal in football,” said Watt, who tied an NFL record by getting 22 1/2 sacks last season. “But like I said, I’d have to find a way to be better in that situation to protect myself.”

Watt knew the block was coming. He and Hockenson maintained eye contact as Hockenson closed in. When Hockenson went low, Watt essentially had nowhere to go.

“It obviously is being taught because it’s a legal move,” Watt said. “So I don’t really have any grudge against it. I just have to figure out how to handle it.”

Watt said he didn’t consider simply stepping out of the way in order to protect himself even if the play happened in essentially a meaningless game for a player whose roster spot has never been in doubt since being drafted in the first round in 2017.

“I’ll never shortchange the game, whether it’s a preseason or a regular-season game, and that’s why when the switch is flipped on, I don’t really care if it’s the preseason or not, you’re just playing football.”

NOTES: LB Malik Reed and OL Jesse Davis were on the practice field on Wednesday less than 24 hours after being acquired in trades. Reed will play a reserve role on the outside behind Watt and Alex Highsmith while Davis provides depth and versatility for a line that struggled at times during training camp.

Bears claim former 1st-rounder Leatherwood off waivers

The Chicago Bears claimed former Las Vegas Raiders offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood off waivers, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

The Raiders parted ways with Leatherwood on Tuesday after reportedly failing to find a trade partner. The 17th overall pick in the 2021 draft failed to impress as a rookie guard and struggled massively at right tackle – his natural position – during the 2022 preseason.

Chicago will take on the remaining three years and fully guaranteed $5.9 million of Leatherwood’s contract, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Bears also gain the right to the lineman’s fifth-year option.

Riley Reiff is tabbed as Chicago’s starting right tackle while Teven Jenkins appears to be penciled in as the starting right guard. Jenkins was the subject of trade rumors earlier this offseason.

The Bears’ offensive line allowed 58 sacks last season, with Justin Fields on the receiving end of 36 of them.

In addition to Leatherwood, the Bears also claimed defensive tackle Armon Watts, defensive back Josh Blackwell, defensive end Kingsley Jonathan, linebacker Sterling Weatherford, and tight end Trevon Wesco off waivers. Chicago’s six claims were the most of any team, per Yates.

Panthers’ Mayfield denies using malicious words vs. Browns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Baker Mayfield went to his denial play call.

Carolina’s starting quarterback said that he never said anything malicious about the Cleveland Browns, who traded him to the Panthers this summer.

“First, I didn’t say that,” Mayfield said following Wednesday’s practice. “Everybody is going to write what they want (because) there is history there the last four years.”

NFL Network analytics analyst Cynthia Frelund, who was working as a Buffalo Bills sideline reporter for Friday night’s preseason game against Carolina, said on a podcast that Mayfield had some choice words for his former team following the game.

Frelund said Mayfield said “I’m going to (expletive) them up, ” when talking about Panthers’ Sept. 11 season opener against the Browns while a guest on the “Around the NFL” podcast with Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler and Gregg Rosenthal.

“I walked up to him and said, `I’m so excited to see you, like, go kick some butt,’ I didn’t say that word,” Frelund said with a laugh in the podcast. “… Go kick some butt, especially Week 1, I like cannot wait. And he uses some expletives and I was like, `I just hope you’re like ready.’ He was like, ‘I’m gonna bleep them up.”

Mayfield said he was shocked to hear about the report on Tuesday.

“If I wasn’t wanting to win then there would be a really big issue of me being the quarterback here,” Mayfield said. “I want to win at everything I do and that will never change. That is not how I phrased it, that is not even what I said, so we will leave it at that.”

Mayfield said he did have a conversation after the game with Frelund, but said “All I did was agree – I hope we win. It’s pretty plain and simple. … I don’t think it should be harped on.”

Mayfield said it has become a big story because “I haven’t given the media what they wanted me to give them this offseason, so this is what they think that I’ve said, and it’s not.”

Frelund told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she should not have disclosed what was a private conversation on a podcast.

She said she was trying to be supportive of Mayfield and defend him.

The Browns traded Mayfield to the Panthers on July 6 after acquiring Deshaun Watson in a deal with the Houston Texans,

Cleveland agreed to pay $10.5 million of Mayfield’s scheduled $18.8 million contract. The Panthers will pay him $4.8 million this year, while Mayfield took a pay cut for the remaining portion of the contract to help facilitate the trade and get out of Cleveland.

Since being traded to Carolina, Mayfield has been careful in choosing his words in news conference settings when talking about the Browns.

He has said the game will mean a little extra to him, but nothing inflammatory.

“I have taken this approach this offseason to go about my business and let people say what they want and just control what I can,” Mayfield said. “I have always had fun playing football and that’s never going to change. I’m passionate about it and nobody can take that away from me. But off the field I have learned to keep it to the minimum and keep it within house and just talk to our guys and our people – that’s what matters.”

Cleveland’s All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett said Tuesday the Browns will use the comments as “motivation” and “fuel” for the game.

Garrett said he’s not surprised that his former teammate would say something to fire himself up.

“I know he has that swagger, that confidence that borders on arrogance in some people’s eyes,” Garrett said. “But he’s always played with a chip on his shoulder, and I think we have as an organization as well. So however he feels or goes about it in his mind scape to prepare for the game to play us at the highest level for him, it’s whatever.”

After spending one season with Mayfield, Browns cornerback Greg Newsome II is fully aware of the QB’s trash-talking abilities.

And like Garrett, Newsome said the Browns will use Mayfield’s comments for motivation.

“You try to find anything that can give you an edge,” Newsome said. “So something like that being said, whether he phrased it like that or not, we can just use that for our benefit and go out there and just try and get a win Week 1.”

Gruden ‘ashamed’ about emails that cost him his job

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden says he is “ashamed” about his old offensive emails that cost him his job and hopes to get another chance in football.

Gruden spoke publicly about the affair at the Little Rock Touchdown Club for the first time since he resigned as coach of the Raiders last October. The resignation followed the publication by The New York Times and Wall Street Journal of emails he had sent from 2011-18 that contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.

“I’m ashamed about what has come about in these emails, and I’ll make no excuses for it,” he said. “It’s shameful. But I am a good person. I believe that. I go to church. I’ve been married for 31 years. I’ve got three great boys. I still love football. I’ve made some mistakes. But I don’t think anybody in here hasn’t. And I just ask for forgiveness, and hopefully, I get another shot.”

Gruden resigned as Raiders coach with more than six years remaining on his 10-year, $100 million contract. Raiders owner Mark Davis said last year that the team reached a settlement with Gruden over the final six-plus years of his contract. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Gruden has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming a “malicious and orchestrated campaign” was used by the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell to destroy Gruden’s career by leaking the old emails.

The league has denied leaking the emails.

A Nevada judge ruled in favor of Gruden in May, denying the NFL’s motion to compel arbitration in the case. The NFL is appearing that ruling.

Parker scores 22, Sky beat Sun 85-77 to even the series

CHICAGO (AP) Candace Parker can appreciate that the Chicago Sky seem to dial up their best basketball whenever their backs are against the wall.

That certainly was the case as Parker scored 22 points and the Sky evened the semifinal series with an 85-77 win over the Connecticut Sun in Game 2 of the WNBA playoffs on Wednesday night.

But what the two-time WNBA champion really wants to see the Sky is begin to play better when coming off wins instead of defeats.

“I think after a win is when we need to be even more focused,” Parker said. “Come ready to play, come focused and come with the right mentality. I don’t think we had the right mentality in Game 1.”

Chicago coach James Wade said pregame that Chicago was “going to make shots” Wednesday after a lackluster 35.3% shooting performance in Game 1. The Sky responded by hitting six of 10 shots to open the game, and finished the night 32 of 63 (50.8%). All five starters scored in double figures for Chicago.

Game 3 is in Connecticut on Sunday.

Jonquel Jones scored a team-high 23 points for the Sun on 10 of 17 shooting, adding seven rebounds and two blocks.

The Sun never led after Jones hit a 3 on the first possession of the game.

Wade praised Parker for her consistency since joining Chicago ahead of last season and said she is particularly motivated by the belief that the Sky are capable of repeating as WNBA champions.

“She wants to do everything in her power to get another championship,” Wade said. “And so that’s where I think you see, I wouldn’t say desperation, but urgency.”

Forward Emma Meesseman found her rhythm with back-to-back baskets in the opening minutes after a 4 of 11 shooting performance in Game 1. The 6-foot-4 forward finished with 14 points on an efficient 6 of 8 shooting clip to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals.

Jones and Odyssey Sims keyed a 6-0 Connecticut run early in the second quarter, but Chicago responded and pushed the lead to 10 on Courtney Vandersloot’s layup. The Sky carried a 47-32 lead into the half after hitting 19 of 31 shots.

Sun point guard Natisha Hiedeman added 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting with most coming in the second half.

“They were getting everything that they wanted,” Hiedeman said. “We didn’t come out with the same energy it felt like.”

DeWanna Bonner went 0 for 6 from the field and finished with two points after leading the Sun with 15 points in Game 1.

“You could feel some of the frustration that we were missing wide open shots against their aggressiveness and rotation,” Connecticut coach Curt Miller said.

Parker capped her scoring contributions with a turnaround jumper near the baseline and a 3 at the 6:17 mark which gave Chicago a 76-56 cushion.

She said limiting the Sun to six second-chance points on seven total offensive rebounds was crucial in the winning effort.

“It’s making those shots hard, and I think also, it’s finishing the play with a rebound,” Parker said. “Today we did that. We were able to do that and we have to continue to do that because (the Sun) are a great team.”


It might not have shown on the court, but Parker made sure at halftime to check in on how another iconic athlete, Serena Williams, was faring in her second round match in the U.S. Open. Williams extended her legendary tennis career with an upset win over No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit in three sets.

“I was keeping up at halftime,” Parker said. “When I saw she won the first set, I was hyped.”

The 36-year-old sees plenty of similarities between she and Williams as they continue to dominate so deep into their respective careers.

“I know you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but we can better our tricks a little bit,” Parker said. “I think the game slows down and I think Serena, her serve, you don’t have to be mobile to serve (like she does). You’re not returning her serves. I think it’s just working on the things you’re really good at and playing more of that mental game.”


Parker passed Briann January on Wednesday for fifth all time in playoff assists with 239. . Jones made a pair of blocks to tie Taj McWilliams-Franklin for second all-time in Sun history with 26 career playoff blocks. . Quigley hit the 64th playoff 3 of her career to move into a tie with Crystal Robinson and Nicole Powell for 13th in playoff history. . Connecticut outscored Chicago 9-0 in the fourth after entering the final period down by 17.


The series shifts to Connecticut on Sunday afternoon for Game 3.

Wilson helps Aces even WNBA playoff series with Storm

LAS VEGAS (AP) A’ja Wilson didn’t like the feeling after a Game 1 loss of the semifinals in the WNBA playoffs, scoring just eight points.

She responded with a career playoff-high 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Las Vegas Aces beat the Seattle Storm 78-73 in Game 2 on Wednesday night and even the series.

“When I saw the game getting down to the wire I was like, `well, we’re not going to let this happen again,’ I learned my lesson,” Wilson said. “So I don’t necessarily know if it’s possessed, but I just really was locked in for my team. I needed to be the anchor that I was before and being consistent into what got us here.”

Chelsea Gray finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists for the Aces, while Kelsey Plum added 18 points.

Game 3 is Sunday in Seattle.

“At end of the day we knew what we had to do. We had to take care of home,” Wilson said. “We should have lost by more in Game 1. We went back to film room and got into the lab.”

Seattle battled back behind Breanna Stewart, who led the Storm with 32 points and seven rebounds. The Storm got within 75-73 on Sue Bird’s runner in the lane that she banked in with 19.9 seconds left.

Wilson hit two free throws 2 seconds later and Seattle didn’t threaten after that.

“I was just locked in. Had to be locked in for my team,” Wilson said. “Can’t be like who I was before.”

Wilson took over in the second half of Game 2. With the game tied heading into the third quarter, she scored 13 points in the period to help the Aces take a 60-52 lead.

“I don’t even remember the third quarter because I was just that locked in because I need to be that for my team,” Wilson said.

Though the Storm were a perfect 11 for 11 from the free-throw line, coach Noelle Quinn expressed disappointment her players didn’t get as many calls as the Aces, who hit 18 of 23 free-throw attempts.

“I thought that our posts were doing an excellent job of getting into the paint,” she said. “I thought they were doing everything right, except for getting to the free-throw line and getting the calls.”

The Aces came out of the chute an entirely different team than the one that looked stagnant in the first quarter of Game 1, taking a 14-11 lead midway through. But after making 7 of 13 to start the game, the Aces missed their last five shots in the quarter. The Storm, however, used a 10-0 run to close the period and took a 23-16 lead into the second.

The second quarter quickly turned into a battle of MVP candidates, as Stewart scored Seattle’s first six points of the second quarter, while Wilson scored eight of Las Vegas’ first 13. The Aces used an 11-2 run to tie the game at 31. The teams went into halftime knotted at 36.

“We had a lot of a lot of opportunities to kind of get the game back on our side and take momentum,” Stewart said. “We knew that they were going to come out guns blazing. They had to, they don’t want to go down 0-2. But we’re going to continue to learn from this game. We’re going home and look forward to really playing back in front of our fans.”


The Aces missed five free throws, marking just the second time in nine games they missed three or more from the free-throw line. … Wilson’s tally marked the first time she hit the 30-point plateau since June 11 in Los Angeles. … After averaging 14 points against Washington in the opening round, Sue Bird is averaging a mere 4.0 points per game vs. the Aces. Bird is also averaging 9.0 assists per game in the series, and 7.5 for the playoffs. … Seattle had won the last 13 playoff games that Stewart played in before the loss Wednesday night. … It was the third time in WNBA playoff history that two players scored 30 or more points in a game.


WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert was on hand for the game and presented three trophies before the opening tip. Aces coach Becky Hammon was honored as Coach of the Year, Wilson was given her Defensive Player of the Year award, and Jackie Young received her Most Improved Player trophy.


Colts Sign T Dennis Kelly, Place S Trevor Denbow On Injured Reserve, Sign CB Tony Brown To Practice Squad

Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tackle Dennis Kelly and placed safety Trevor Denbow on the Injured Reserve list. The team also signed cornerback Tony Brown to the practice squad.

Kelly, 6-8, 321 pounds, re-joins the Colts after originally signing with the team as a free agent on May 10, 2022. He has played in 114 career games (51 starts) in his time with the Green Bay Packers (2021), Tennessee Titans (2016-20) and Philadelphia Eagles (2012-15). Kelly has also appeared in seven postseason contests (two starts). He was originally selected by the Eagles in the fifth round (153rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Denbow, 5-10, 208 pounds, was signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2022. Collegiately, he played in 47 games (42 starts) at SMU (2018-21) and compiled 181 tackles (120 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 11 passes defensed, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and one blocked kick. Denbow also totaled 45 punts for 1,745 yards (38.8 avg.). He was an American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team choice in 2019. Prior to SMU, Denbow spent one season (2017) at Navarro College and registered 36 tackles, 2.0 sacks and four interceptions in 10 games.

Brown, 6-0, 199 pounds, re-joins the Colts after originally signing with the team as a free agent on March 8, 2022. He has played in 33 career games (four starts) in his time with the Las Vegas Raiders (2021), Cincinnati Bengals (2020-21), Green Bay Packers (2018-19) and Los Angeles Chargers (2018) and has totaled 50 tackles (39 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles and eight special teams stops.

Colts Sign 13 Players To Practice Squad

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts today signed the following 13 players to the practice squad:

DT Curtis Brooks

DE Kameron Cline

WR Keke Coutee

S Marcel Dabo

WR Ethan Fernea

TE Nikola Kalinic

T Jordan Murray

RB D’Vonte Price

CB Will Redmond

LB Forrest Rhyne

TE Jared Scott

CB Chris Wilcox

DT Chris Williams

Mitchell and Bins Power Indians Past Bats

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Cal Mitchell and Carter Bins cranked two-run home runs and three Indians relievers – John O’Reilly, Joe Jacques and Hunter Stratton – combined for seven scoreless innings to lift Indianapolis to a 6-2 comeback win over the Louisville Bats on Wednesday night.

Trailing 2-0 through three innings, the Indians (63-60) tied the game on Mitchell’s ninth homer in Triple-A, a line drive to the right field bleachers that extended his hitting streak to nine games. The score remained 2-2 until the top of the seventh, when Bins clubbed his two-run shot over the wall in left-center to give Indy its first lead of the night.

The Indians laced four singles in the ninth to add a pair of insurance runs. Diego Castillo started the frame with a single and reached third base on a knock by Blake Sabol, who was making his Triple-A debut. Following a four-pitch walk to Hoy Park that loaded the bases, Ji-Hwan Bae slashed a two-run single to left. Mitchell then reached on an infield single, but Park was thrown out at the plate attempting to score from second base.

Fresh off a walk-off win in the series opener, Louisville (52-73) wasted little time in grabbing an early advantage against Indians starter Zach Matson. Spencer Steer drilled a one-out, ground-rule double to right and circled the bases on a two-run homer by Stephen Piscotty to straightaway center.

Matson tossed a scoreless second inning, and the relief trio of O’Reilly (3.0ip, 3h, 2k), Jacques (2.0ip, 1h, 3k) and Stratton (2.0ip, 1h, 2k) slammed the door to help Indy even the series at one game apiece. O’Reilly finished August with just one earned run allowed in 13.2 innings (0.66 ERA). Jacques (W, 4-1) earned the win while Stratton (S, 2) secured his second save in four opportunities.

Mason Martin smacked two doubles and scored on Bins’ ninth Triple-A blast and career-high 10th long ball of the season. Martin leads Indy with 44 extra-base hits, a total that also ranks in the top 10 of International League leaders.

Indianapolis finished the month of August with a 17-10 record, its best month this season.

The Indians and Bats continue their series Thursday at Louisville Slugger Field, with first pitch again scheduled for 6:35 PM ET. RHP Randy Wynne (5-11, 5.01) will start for the Bats. Indy has not yet named its starter.




• Indiana kicks off its 138th season of football when it hosts Illinois to open the 2022 season on Friday, Sept. 2. Kickoff is set for 8

p.m. inside Memorial Stadium (55,250; Field Turf) on FS1.

• With the season opening falling on a Friday night, it will mark the first time IU has played under the Friday night lights of

Memorial Stadium since at least 1995. The Hoosiers have played just two prior Friday contests in that span.

• Indiana has won 15-of-18 season openers, including seven straight from 2004-10 and five straight from 2012-16.

• IU will open with a Big Ten foe for the fourth time in Tom Allen’s six campaigns and third straight season. Allen has faced No. 2

Ohio State (2017), No. 8 Penn State (2020) and No. 17 Iowa (2021) to open seasons with the Hoosiers.

• Indiana will kick off a campaign against Illinois for the for the fifth time in program history and the first time since 1974.

• Illinois has won three of the four season openers with IU’s lone win coming in a 20-0 blanking of the Illini on August 26, 1959.

The 1960, 1973 and 1974 meetings went the way of Illinois, with the ’73 contest played in Bloomington, as well.

• Indiana and Illinois are meeting for the first time since 2017 and the first time in Bloomington since 2013.

• Since 2002, Indiana has opened the season at home in 13 of the 20 seasons. The Hoosiers own a 12-1 record in those games,

with the lone loss to No. 2 Ohio State (2017).


• Head coach Tom Allen enters 2022 on pace to join a select group of coaches in Indiana history, as he is on pace to reach the

30-win mark at the school.

• Indiana returns the bulk of its defensive snaps from the 2021 season for new defensive coordinator Chad Wilt, while first-year

offensive coordinator Walt Bell will begin his first season in Bloomington with a more fresh-faced crew.

• Senior Jaylin Williams enters his final season with the Cream and Crimson on pace to join the top-10 list for career

interceptions. The Memphis, Tennessee, native owns six picks in his career entering the campaign.

• Don Fischer, the Voice of the Hoosiers, will begin his 50th season on the call in 2022 and will be honored by the National

Football Foundation in 2022, while color analyst and IU alum, Rhett Lewis begins his first season on the broadcast crew.

SIX EARN PRESEASON ALL-B1G The national Preseason All-Big Ten lists included eight different Hoosiers entering 2022, as Phil Steele and Pro Football Focus each released their lists in the offseason. Defensively, linebacker Cam Jones, defensive back Devon Matthews, defensive back Tiawan Mullen and defensive back Jaylin Williams were among the four-team list released by Phil Steele. Specialists Place kicker Charles Campbell and long snapper Sean Wracher were also among Steele’s list. Campbell, Matthews, Mullen and Williams joined offensive lineman Luke Haggard and return specialist D.J. Matthews Jr. on the Pro Football Focus Preseason All-B1G squad.


Indiana added a handful of transfer student-athletes in the offseason, as head coach Tom Allen brought in 13 student-athletes with prior NCAA gridiron experience.

That list includes six on the offensive side of the ball and seven defensive players.

Connor Bazelak, QB – Missouri

Jared Casey, LB – Kentucky

Andison Coby, WR – Tennessee

LeDarrius Cox, DL – Ole Miss

Parker Hanna, OL – West Texas A&M

Josh Henderson, RB – North Carolina

Myles Jackson, OLB – UCLA

Bradley Jennings Jr., LB – Miami (Fla.)

Brylan Lanier, DB – Alabama

Patrick Lucas Jr., DL – Ole Miss

Shaun Shivers, RB – Auburn

Emery Simmons, WR – North Carolina

JH Tevis, DL – Cal


Illini Win in Week 0 • Illinois beat Wyoming, 38-6, last week for a Week 0 win in its second straight season. Last season, Illinois beat Nebraska, 30-22, in Week 0. • The Illini opened the game with a bang with a two-play touchdown drive and never trailed. Chase Brown took his first carry of the season 38 yards up the right sideline before senior Tommy DeVito connected with Brown for a 14-yard TD pass one play later on his first pass attempt as an Illini. • Illinois allowed just 30 passing yards against Wyoming, its fewest passing yards allowed since Sept. 15, 2012 when the Illini held Charleston Southern to 29 passing yards. • Illinois has held opponents to 20 points or less in five of its last six games, dating back to Oct. 23, 2021. • Illinois held the Cowboys to 1-for-12 on third down. Wyoming started the game by going 0-for-11 on third down before picking up a third down in the fourth quarter against the Illini backups. • Illinois’ 477 yards of total offense were the Illini’s most under Bret Bielema (most since 490 at Nebraska 11/21/2020). Defensive Improvement • Illinois announced a contract extension for defensive coordinator Ryan Walters on Nov. 14, 2021, after Walters helped Illinois have one of the best defensive turnarounds in college football. • Illinois’ defense made a 13.0-point improvement from 2020 to 2021 (34.9 ppg to 21.9 ppg). The 13.0 ppg improvement is the program’s third-best improvement since 1950. • Illinois’ scoring defense (31st from 97th), total defense (32nd from 89th), and third-down defense (51st from 114th) all improved 50 or more spots in the national rankings. • Illinois allowed only 18.9 points in Big Ten games, the fourth-best in the conference. In 2020, Illinois allowed 34.9 points per Big Ten game, ranking last in the conference. • Illinois’ Big Ten defensive ranks in conference play improved 7+ spots in points per game (4th from 14th), touchdowns allowed (t-3rd from 14th), yards per play (4th from 13th), yards per game (5th from 14th), rush yards per carry (7th from 14th), pass yards per throw (4th from 14th), and pass yards per game (1st from 10th). • Illinois held nine of its 12 opponents under their season scoring average in 2021. • Illinois’ total defense improved by 101.0 yards per game from 2020 to 2021 (467.3 to 366.3). The 101.0 ypg improvement is the program’s fourth-best improvement since 1950. • Illinois’ defense allowed only 48 points (12.0) in regulation of its four Big Ten road games in 2021, including only four TDs by opposing offenses in Big Ten road games. • Illinois allowed only one passing touchdown over its final six games of the season and none in the final 19 quarters (4 games + final 3 quarters at Penn State). • Illinois allowed only 2.5 yards per carry in Big Ten road games in 2021 (142 carries, 361 yards) and only 1.7 yards per carry in the fourth quarter of those games (31 carries, 52 yards). • Illinois had a streak of holding opponents to 24 points or fewer in seven straight games from September 17 to November 6, 2021.

Big Wins in the Bielema’s Year One • Bret Bielema became the first first-year head coach in Illinois history to win two top 25 games. The Illini had marquee wins at #7 (AP) Penn State, in the longest game in college football history, and at #20 (CFP) Minnesota, in Illinois’ first ever College Football Playoff ranked win. • The Illini were one of four teams to win two AP/CFP ranked games on the road in 2021, along with Boise State, Fresno State, and Mississippi State. • Illinois had as many AP/CFP ranked wins in 2021 (2) as the previous 12 years combined. • Illinois tied for its most Big Ten wins (4) since the 2007 team went 6-2 en route to the Rose Bowl (tied with the 2010, 2013, 2019, which also had four Big Ten wins). • Illinois dominated Northwestern, 47-14, in the season finale for the Illini’s first win in the Land of Lincoln Trophy rivalry game since 2015, snapping a six-game losing streak. • According to ESPN’s SP+ metric, Illinois had its best season since 2011 and 8th-best season in the last 25 years.

Chase Brown Chases History • Chase Brown surpassed 2,000 career yards in the season opener against Wyoming when he rushed for 151 yards and scored three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving). • Brown tied for the national lead in touchdowns during Week 0 with three TDs (Malachi Corley, Western Kentucky and Aidan Robbins, UNLV) and ranked fourth in rushing yards with 151. • Brown became the 14th 1,000-yard rusher in program history when he broke the 1,000-yard mark in the season finale against Northwestern last year. He finished the season with 1,005 rushing yards on 170 carries (5.9 per carry) and five touchdowns. • Brown is looking to join an elite group of running backs if he can reach 1,000 yards again in 2022. Only Jim Grabowski and Robert Holcombe have reached 1,000 yards rushing in two seasons for the Fighting Illini. • Brown was the 14th 1,000-yard rusher coached by Bielema in his 13-year head coaching career. • Brown’s 223-yard rushing game at Penn State marked his second game of 2021 with 200+ yards (257 vs. Charlotte). He joined Howard Griffith (1990) and Rashard Mendenhall (2007) as the only players in Illinois history with multiple 200-yard rushing games in a single season. • Brown’s 223 rushing yards at Penn State were the most ever by an opponent at Beaver Stadium and the fourth-most ever against Penn State. • Brown’s 147 rushing yards at Minnesota were the most by an opponent at Minnesota since 2017. • Brown was the first Illini in history to run for 220+ yards twice in a career. He did it in the span of three games during the 2021 season (vs. Charlotte, at Penn State). • Brown led the nation in yards after contact in 2021’s Week 8 with 145 at Penn State, according to PFF. He led the nation in yards after contact twice in a four-week span in October 2021 and he was the only running back to lead the nation in yards after contact twice during the 2021 season. • Brown had 71 carries last season while facing at least eight defenders in the box, and averaged 5.96 yards per carry with 4.97 of those yards coming after contact. • Brown was 23rd in the nation and third in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game (100.5). • Brown has 1,714 rushing yards for his career at Illinois, No. 23 on Illinois’ all-time career rushing list. Brown also tallied 352 yards as a freshman at Western Michigan for 2,066 for his career.

Ground Game • Illinois lined up with seven offensive linemen for 24 snaps at Penn State in 2021, leading to the most ever rushing yards by an opposing team at Beaver Stadium in a Big Ten game (357 rushing yards). The “barge” package produced 129 yards (5.4 yards/carry) and nine first downs. • Illinois was 4-0 when it ran the ball 46+ times in 2021 with wins vs. Nebraska, vs. Charlotte, at #7 Penn State, and at #20 Minnesota. • Brown had two of the nation’s top 17 rushing games of the season. He and Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III were the only running backs with two of the top 17 highest rushing games. • Brown rushed for a career-high 257 yards against Charlotte, the fourth-most in a game in Illinois history, and 223 yards at Penn State, the seventh-most in a game in Illinois history. • Brown’s 257 yards are the seventh-most by a running back in college football this season. • Brown’s 257 yards were the most by a RB coached by Bret Bielema in his 13 years as a head coach. • Brown led the nation in yards after contact in Week 8 with 145 at Penn State, according to PFF. He led the nation in yards after contact twice in a four-week span in October and he was the only running back to lead the nation in yards after contact twice in 2021. • Brown had 200 yards after contact against Charlotte according to PFF, the most yards after contact in all of college football in Week 5 and tied for the fifth-most yards after contact in a game during the 2021 season. • Josh McCray ran for a career-best 156 yards on 24 carries against Purdue 9/25/21. It was the fourth-most rushing yards by a true freshman in program history. • McCray had 144 yards after contact at Purdue according to PFF, the second-most yards after contact in Week 4. He had another 100 yards after contact at Penn State. • McCray’s 156 rushing yards at Purdue were the fifth-most by a true freshman in 2021. • McCray’s 156 rushing yards at Purdue were the most by a true freshman in a road game in 2021.

2021 All-Big Ten • Illinois returns six All-Big Ten selections from last year (bolded below)… » DB Kerby Joseph » First Team (media), Second Team (coaches) » C Doug Kramer » Second Team (coaches), Honorable Mention (media) » RB Chase Brown » Third Team (coaches and media) » K James McCourt » Third Team (coaches), Honorable Mention (media) » P Blake Hayes » Third Team (coaches), Honorable Mention (media) » DB Sydney Brown » Honorable Mention (coaches and media) » OLB Owen Carney Jr. » Honorable Mention (coaches and media) » OL Vederian Lowe » Honorable Mention (coaches and media) » OL Alex Palczewski » Honorable Mention (coaches and media) » DL Jer’Zhan Newton » Honorable Mention (media) » DL Keith Randolph Jr. » Honorable Mention (media) » DB Devon Witherspoon » Honorable Mention (media) Incoming Transfers • Like most teams in college football, Illinois will rely on the help of transfers. Here’s a list of the 12 transfers to join the team for 2022, including their years of eligibility remaining. » OL Isaiah Adams, Garden City CC (2 years) — starting right guard vs. Wyoming » WR Kody Case, South Dakota (1 year grad transfer) » OL Zy Crisler, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (3 years) — starting left guard vs. Wyoming » OL Dylan Davis, Furman (3 years) » QB Tommy DeVito, Syracuse (1 year grad transfer) — starting quarterback vs. Wyoming » DL TeRah Edwards, Northwestern (4 years) — 11 defensive snaps vs. Wyoming » DB Terrell Jennings, Minnesota State (1 year grad transfer) — 23 defensive snaps vs. Wyoming » QB Kirkland Michaux, Blinn JC (4 years) » WR Jonah Morris, Northern Colorado (1 year grad transfer) — 2 receptions vs. Wyoming » K/P Fabrizio Pinton, Air Force (4 years) » DB Solo Turner, Hawaii (3 years) » DL Raashaan Wilkins, Vanderbilt (2 years)

Three Women’s Golfers Named to Big Ten Watch List

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior Dominika Burdová, senior Valerie Clancy and redshirt senior Alexis Florio of the Indiana women’s golf team were named Big Ten Players to Watch, the league announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Dominika Burdová

Burdová, a transfer from Gardner Webb, posted a head-to-head winning percentage of nearly 70% in two seasons with the Runnin’ Bulldogs. She was a member of the 2021 Big South Championships runner-up squad and posted a career stroke average of 75.4 will at Gardner Webb.

Valerie Clancy

The Mitchelstown, Ireland, native leads all returning Hoosiers in rounds played (53), career strokes average (77.42) and top-20 finishes (2). She has twice been named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad and was selected as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar following her junior campaign.

Alexis Florio

Florio, a graduate transfer from Columbia, left the Lions among the program’s leaders in career scoring average, career scoring average vs. par, par or better rounds, rounds played, birdies, par-3 scoring, and par-4 scoring during her prolific run in the Ivy League. She posted Columbia’s lowest scoring average each of her final two seasons on campus.

Indiana opens the season on Sept. 18-20 at the Badger Invitational at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis.

Hoosier Trio Named to Big Ten Watch List

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Fifth-year senior Mitch Davis, junior Clay Merchent and junior Drew Salyers of the Indiana men’s golf team were named Big Ten Players to Watch, the league announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Mitch Davis

The Valparaiso native has played 102 rounds for the Hoosiers across four seasons with a stroke average of 73.28. During the 2021-22 campaign, Davis snagged seven top-20 finishes and was twice inside the top-5 of the individual ranks. He was named the Big Ten Men’s Golfer of the Week on Feb. 10 after sinking a putt to defeat Ashton McCulloch (Michigan State) to secure Indiana’s second-straight team victory at the Big Ten Match Play Championships.

Clay Merchent

Merchent has played 58 rounds through two collegiate seasons for the Cream and Crimson with a stroke average of 73.47. Following his debut season in Bloomington, the Noblesville native was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, All-Big Ten First Team and PING Division I All-Region. He posted three top-10 finishes a season ago.

Drew Salyers

The two-time Big Ten Men’s Golfer of the Week has carded 60 rounds of golf while at Indiana with a stroke average of 73.60. Salyers earned four top-10 honors during his sophomore season, including the individual medal at the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational to open the season.

All three players rank inside the top 10 on the all-time career strokes average for players with a minimum of 50 rounds played.

The Hoosiers open the 2022-23 season in South Bend for the Fighting Irish Classic on Sept. 4-5 at the Warren Golf Course.

Indiana Wrestling to Compete in 2022 Garden State Grapple

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Wrestling head coach Angel Escobedo has announced the team will compete in the second annual Garden State Grapple, presented by Spartan Combat, as part of the non-conference schedule in the 2022-23 season.

“Our team is excited and grateful for the opportunity to compete in the Garden State Grapple,” Escobedo said. “We are thankful for all the hard work being put into organizing this event and we look forward to competing against some great teams.”

The marquee non-conference event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The 2022 Garden State Grapple features matchups pitting teams from the Big Ten Conference against the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA).

Indiana’s opponents in the event include Drexel and Binghamton. This will be the Hoosiers’ first appearance in the event.

The Garden State Grapple features 45 returning NCAA Championships qualifiers and 15 All-Americans.

Full Schedule:

Approximately 2:00 p.m. – Dual Meet Round #1

Mat 1 – Indiana vs. Drexel

Mat 2 – Rutgers vs. Penn

Mat 3 – Wisconsin vs. Princeton

Mat 4 – Michigan State vs. Binghamton

Approximately 4:00 p.m. – Dual Meet Round #2

Mat 1 – Indiana vs. Binghamton

Mat 2 – Rutgers vs. Drexel

Hoosiers, Sycamores Ready for Thursday Night Clash

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (0-0-3) will look for its first victory of the program’s 30th season with an in-state matchup against Indiana State (0-2-1) on Sept. 1 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Jerry Yeagley Field in Bloomington. First kick between the Hoosiers and Sycamores is slated for 8 p.m. ET. The match will serve as senior night and the program will honor Bethany Kopel, Karlee Luker and Megan Wampler.

BTN+ will provide a stream of the match with Samantha Condra (PxP) and Max Parker (Analyst) on the call. Live stats of the match can be tracked on IUHoosiers.com.


• The Indiana State Sycamores, led by head coach Julie Hanley, enter the matchup off a scoreless opening weekend. ISU fell to the SIU Edwardsville (2-1) to open the season before tragedy struck the Sycamore campus. Three students were involved in a fatal one-car accident that led to the postponement of its second match.

• The Sycamores returned to the pitch for a 0-0 draw against Eastern Illinois before falling to Toledo by a final score of 3-0.

• Sophomore forward Mackenzie Kent scored the lone Sycamore of the season in the 2-1 loss to SIU Edwardsville. She has started all three matches and leads the team in shots (6) and shots on goal (2).

• Junior forward Audrey Stephens and senior midfielder CeCe Wahlberg joined Kent as goal scorers in the exhibition matches for ISU. Wahlberg led the Sycamores in scoring 2021 with six goals.

• The Sycamores have split time in goal with junior Maddie Alexander and senior Tara Hoffman, both tallying 135 minutes in net. Hoffman has made 11 saves in two starts (0.846 save percentage), while Alexander has carded seven saves (0.700 save percentage).


• Indiana has earned victories in each of the four matchups against Indiana State in program history. The two sides last met in a 2-0 shutout victory on Aug. 22, 2014.

• The Hoosiers opened the series with a 3-0 result on Oct. 28, 2001 before topping the Sycamores by a score of 2-1 on Oct. 27, 2002. IU also recorded a 2-1 triumph on Sept. 12, 2012.

• IU holds a record of 14-1-2 all time against teams currently in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC).  The winning percentage (0.882) is the second best against any conference with at least 10 matches played. Indiana is 14-1-0 (0.933) against the Horizon league.


• Indiana posted a 0-0 draw for the third-straight match to open the 2022 season in the program’s home opener against Ball State on Aug. 25.

• This marks the fifth season in program history in which the Hoosiers have held their opponent scoreless in three-straight matches to open the season.

• IU held statistical advantages in shots (12-6), shots on goal (2-1) and corners taken (11-5).

• The match marked the first career start for freshman defender Natasha Kim, while sophomore midfielder Sydney Masur and sophomore forward Jordyn Levy each made their 20th career appearances.


• Indiana is slated to play six teams that are ranked second edition of the United Soccer Coaches rankings, highlighted by a couple of top-10 Big Ten opponents in No. 8 Penn State and No. 9 Rutgers.

• Wisconsin (No. 22) and Michigan (No. 24) each found enough votes to reach top-25 status, while Ohio State is received votes and is sitting just outside the final rankings.

• In the non-conference slate, Indiana will host No. 16 Notre Dame and No. 23 Memphis at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers also played No. 21 West Virginia to a 0-0 draw to open the season.

• 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.



Purdue opens its 135th season of football with a Thursday night bout against Penn State in front of a packed RossAde Stadium and a national audience on FOX. Kickoff is set for 8:05 p.m. • The game will also be aired nationally on Westwood One with JP Shadrick, Ryan Harris and Jon Stashower on the call. • Ross-Ade Stadium will be blacked out Thursday night. The Boilermakers will host their first Blackout game since 2018 when Purdue thumped No. 3 Ohio State. • Head coach Jeff Brohm enters his sixth season at the helm in West Lafayette. Holding a 28-29 record at Purdue, the Boilermakers have won the last two season openers under Brohm. • Purdue saw its rebuilding efforts pay off with an historic 2021 campaign that finished with a 9-4 record, two wins over AP top-5 teams, two All-America honorees and a bowl victory. • Purdue will don a helmet decal to honor the late Purdue and Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson, who passed away on August 24. • Quarterback Aidan O’Connell returns behind center after one of the most prolific passing seasons in program history. Last year, O’Connell threw for 3,712 yards and 28 touchdowns with a Purdue record 71.8% completion clip over 12 games and nine starts. • Purdue and Penn State will meet for the 20th time and the first in West Lafayette since 2016. The Boilermakers have not defeated the Nittany Lions since 2004, a nine game skid. • The Boilermakers have won 22 of their last 24 home openers. • Purdue’s honorary captain against Penn State is 1980 Big Ten MVP and College Football Hall of Fame inductee quarterback Mark Herrmann.

BROHM QUICK FACTS • Three fundamental concepts fuel Purdue under head coach Jeff Brohm – playing harder, tougher and smarter than the opposition. • Brohm has led a trio of Boilermakers to All-America honors in Rondale Moore (2018 First Team), David Bell (2021) and George Karlaftis (2021). • Of the 10 Purdue coaches who have spent at least five seasons in West Lafayette, Brohm has the best winning percentage (.692) and the most total wins (9) by a coach during his fifth year. • Purdue has averaged over 300 yards passing per game each of the last four years under Brohm, a first in program history. • During the Brohm era, eight Boilermakers have gone on to be selected in the NFL Draft, including three in the 2022 NFL Draft (George Karlaftis – 1st Round, Kansas City Chiefs; David Bell – 3rd Round, Cleveland Browns; Zander Horvath – 7th Round, Los Angeles Chargers). • A standout at Louisville, Brohm still ranks among the Cardinals’ career leaders in touchdown passes (tied for seventh, 38), total offense (eighth, 5,410), completion percentage (ninth, .562), passing yards (ninth, 5,451), passing efficiency (ninth, 129.97), passing attempts (10th, 715) and completions (10th, 402). • After getting drafted in the fourth round of the 1990 MLB Draft, Brohm played two summers of Minor League Baseball.

BROHM AND THE BOILERMAKERS: YEAR 6 • Jeff Brohm enters his sixth year at the helm in West Lafayette. • Brohm boasts a career record of 58-39, a .598 winning percentage, with nearly half of those wins coming at Purdue. • A program with a combined nine wins in the four seasons prior to Brohm’s arrival, Purdue matched that output in one season – a memorable 2021 campaign. • The Boilermakers have made three bowl appearances in five years under Brohm, joining Joe Tiller and Jim Young as the only Purdue coaches to accomplish that feat. • Over Brohm’s five seasons at the helm, the Purdue offense has averaged 419.8 yards per game and 27.6 points per game. • Purdue has had three All-Americans since Brohm’s arrival; the Boilermakers only had three All-Americans from 2004-17 (13 seasons). • Boilermakers have won five individual Big Ten honors under Brohm’s guidance: Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Rondale Moore – 2018, David Bell – 2019), Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year (Moore – 2018, Bell – 2021), Big Ten Tight End of the Year (Brycen Hopkins – 2019).


• OPENING KICK: Penn State visits Purdue in Ross-Ade Stadium on Thursday night for a Big Ten matchup to begin the 2022 season. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on FOX. • BIG TEN SEASON OPENERS: On Thursday night, Penn State will compete in its fifth season opener against a Big Ten opponent. The first was against Minnesota, a 38-20 win, on September 4, 1993 in Beaver Stadium in Penn State’s first game as a Big Ten conference member. The following year, the Nittany Lions began the season with a 56-3 win at Minnesota. The 2020 shortened season started with a matchup at Indiana, a 36-35 overtime setback. The Nittany Lions came out on top, 16-10, against No. 12/15 Wisconsin last season in Madison. • ROAD WARRIORS: Penn State will open Big Ten action on the road for the seventh-straight season and 12th time in the last 13 years. Since 2016, Penn State has begun conference play at Michigan (2016), at Iowa (2017), at Illinois (2018), at Maryland (2019), at Indiana (2020) and at Wisconsin (2021). In 30 seasons as a Big Ten member, Penn State has opened on the road 21 times in conference. • SERIES HISTORY: The Nittany Lions hold a series lead of 15-3-1 against Purdue. The Nittany Lions will face the Boilermakers for the first time since 2019 and just the third time since 2013. The blue and white have won the last eight contests between the two schools, dating back to 2004. In the last matchup on Oct. 5, 2019, a fast start on offense, and a voracious pass rush that totaled 10 sacks, led Penn State to a 35-7 win over Purdue in Beaver Stadium. For the game, the Nittany Lions held the Boilers to 104 total yards and minus-19 rushing yards. • STARTING OFF RIGHT: Penn State has won 17 of its last 20 season-opening contests and five of its last six. The Nittany Lions are 111-22-2 all-time in season openers. • THE OPPOSITION: Purdue went 9-4 overall in 2021 with a 6-3 record in Big Ten action. The Boilermakers earned a pair of victories over top-three opponents last season, including at No. 2 Iowa on Oct. 16 (24-7) and at home against No. 3 Michigan State on Nov. 6 (40-29), while also closing the year strong with a 48-45 win over Tennessee in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl. Purdue was dominant in the passing game, ranking second nationally in completion percentage (70.8) and fifth in passing offense (355.4).

SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS • The 2021 Purdue season featured a 9-4 record, the second-most wins in a season in program history. • The Boilermakers tied for second in the Big Ten West, helped by a pair of Top 5 victories over No. 2 Iowa and No. 3 Michigan State, handing both teams their first loss of their 2021 campaigns. • The season was capped off with a 48-45 overtime victory over Tennessee at the TransPerfect Music City Bowl in Nashville. • Led by second team All-Big Ten quarterback Aidan O’Connell, the 2021 Boilermakers ranked fifth nationally in passing offense at 355.4 yards per game. • Mackey Award watch list member Payne Durham caught 45 passes for 467 yards and six touchdowns in 2021. • King Doerue returns at running back after posting 533 yards and two touchdowns. • On the defensive side, Purdue boasted an improved defense that ranked 23rd in the red zone. • LB/S Jalen Graham tallied 64 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions and seven pass breakups in 2021. • S Cam Allen led the Boilers with four interceptions a year ago. • Charlie Jones, a dangerous returner, transferred from Iowa after being named the Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year and ranking second in the nation with 1,251 all-purpose yards.

LAST MEETING: A fast start on offense and a voracious pass rush that totaled 10 sacks led Penn State to a 35-7 victory over Purdue. In the game’s first 16 minutes, Penn State built a 28-0 lead as Sean Clifford was responsible for four touchdowns, rushing for one and throwing three, while the defense held Purdue to just 1 yard. For the game, the Nittany Lions held the Boilers to 104 total yards and minus-19 rushing yards. Clifford finished 20-for-29 with 264 passing yards and three touchdowns. Noah Cain paced the Nittany Lions’ run game with 105 rushing yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. Penn State sacked Purdue quarterback Jack Plummer 10 times, led by the defensive end duo of Shaka Toney with three and Yetur Gross-Matos adding two, and also limited him to 13-of-27 passing for 119 yards. Additionally, safety Lamont Wade finished with a career-high 11 tackles, including a sack and a pass breakup. A Toney sack secured a Purdue three-and-out to start the game, and the Nittany Lion offense responded with a six-play, 56-yard touchdown drive that concluded a 23-yard touchdown reception by KJ Hamler. Toney forced another three-and-out on Purdue’s next possession with a third down sack. Clifford rushed across the goal line from the 3-yard line. Penn State forced its third-straight three-and-out and then needed just two plays to score again. Jahan Dotson scored on a 72-yard reception, catching the pass at midfield and weaving through the Boiler defense. The Nittany Lions’ next offensive drive was keyed by a 48-yard reception by Nick Bowers to the Purdue 9. Clifford connected with Pat Freiermuth on a 7-yard touchdown reception. Plummer connected with Amad Anderson for a 15-yard touchdown catch to get Purdue on the board. The third quarter was scoreless, as was the fourth quarter, until Cain’s rushing touchdown up the middle from 2 yards out with 5:41 remaining.

Purdue Trio Named Big Ten Golfers to Watch

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s golfers Herman Sekne, Andrew Farraye and Peyton Snoeberger have been named by the Big Ten Conference as 2022-23 men’s golfers to watch for the upcoming season.

The Boilermakers open their season Sept. 11, at the Badger Invite in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sekne, a junior from Oslo, Norway, is one of the top golfers in the Big Ten. A year ago, he had one of the top-statistical seasons in Purdue history, ranking second (behind Williamson) in stroke average (71.17) and his nine rounds in the 60s were the fourth most in school history. He won back-to-back events at the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate and Purdue Fall Invitational and was selected as the Big Ten Golfer of the Week four times – the second most honors in Big Ten history. Sekne had three tournaments last year of 205 or lower, the most in school history, and had five top-10 finishes in 10 events.

For his career, he ranks first in stroke average (72.25) by over half-a-stroke in front of Austin Eoff (72.82). Sekne was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Sekne finished the 2022 season ranked 64th nationally by Golfstat and is currently ranked No. 145 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Farraye, a grad student from St. Augustine, Florida, had a strong season a year ago, posting a 73.41 stroke average with two top-10 showings, including a T-9 performance at the Big Ten Championships. He also finished T-19 at the Calusa Cup and T-11 at the Boilermaker Invitational. Farraye owns a 73.79 career stroke average, good for 13th in school history

Snoeberger, a senior from Williamsport, Indiana, was named thanks to the strong summer that he just wrapped up. He advanced to the round of 32 match play at the U.S. Amateur and finished second at the Indiana Open. A year ago, he finished T-11 and T-14 at Purdue’s two home events.

Three Boilermakers Named B1G Preseason Honorees

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A trio of Boilermakers were named Big Ten Preseason Women’s Golf Honorees, the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 31). Kan BunnabodeeDanielle du Toit and Ashley Kozlowski received the recognition ahead of the 2022-23 season.
Bunnabodee is no stranger to conference accolades. The Chonburi, Thailand, native earned First Team All-Big Ten honors a season ago, become the first Boilermaker to land on the league’s first team since 2018. Bunnabodee was ranked in the top 100 of Golfstat’s national rankings throughout the season, producing a 73.69 stroke average and leading Purdue in four different tournaments. She carded three rounds in the 60s, a team best. Her seventh-place finish at the Samuel P. Golden Invitational included a career-low 66 to go along with a three-round total of 207 (-9), the third lowest 54-hole score in school history. Putting in work in the classroom, Bunnabodee collected Academic All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the season.
Du Toit enters her final season at Purdue after cracking the lineup for 10 tournaments a season ago. The veteran Boilermaker got better as the season progressed, playing her best golf in late spring. She tied for seventh at the Indiana Invitational, the final event prior to the conference tournament. Du Toit got Purdue off to a solid start at the Big Ten Championship, firing a season-low 69 (-2) in the opening round. Leading the team with a 2-over 215 (71-73-71) at the NCAA Stanford Regional, du Toit helped Purdue advance to the NCAA Championships, where she held the lead early in the opening round.
As a sophomore, Kozlowski played in a team-high 12 tournaments during the 2021-22 campaign. The Littleton, Colorado, native led the Boilermakers in birdies (86) and pars (379) throughout the season, while pacing Purdue in three different events. In the fall, Kozlowski tied for sixth at the Illini Invitational with a career-low 211 that featured a 4-under 68 in the final round, her best round as a Boilermaker. She placed sixth at the Indiana Invitational in the spring to lead Purdue to a third-place finish as a team. Balancing golf and school as an aeronautical and astronautical engineering major, Kozlowski earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
Purdue Women’s Golf beings the 2022-23 season at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in Knoxville, Tennessee (Sept. 19-20). In the first year under head coach Zack Byrd, the Boilermakers are set to travel the country by playing in 10 different states throughout the season.

Butler XCTF Debuts in the National Polls and on the Course This Week

Butler’s cross country programs will begin the 2022 season in a similar fashion to how they ended 2021 – among the nation’s elite.

In the USTFCCCA preseason poll, Butler’s men are ranked 22nd, while Butler’s women are receiving votes and just outside the Top 30 nationally-ranked teams.

A season ago, the Butler men captured their second consecutive BIG EAST title, while the women finished second at the conference meet. Both programs earned NCAA Championship berths.

Coach Matt Roe’s men will once again be led by All-American Barry Keane, who highlighted his 2021 cross country season with a second-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships and a third-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. His 2022 track season included finishing ninth in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and 11th in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Jesse Hamlin, who owns Butler records in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters, will take a spot near the top of the line-up. The Bulldogs also return Evan Byrne, Jack McMahon and Will Minnette, each bringing experience from running in last season’s NCAA Championships. Ryan Adkins and Nate Lantz were members of the line-up as the Bulldogs claimed the BIG EAST title. Edouard Morin-Luzuy redshirted the 2021 cross country season, but will be called upon heavily in 2022.

The Bulldogs’ depth will allow several of the team’s talented newcomers to redshirt during the 2022 season and enhance their training.

On the women’s side, Butler will be without four of its top five finishers from the 2021 BIG EAST Championships. Mia Beckham is the Bulldogs’ top returner after earning All-BIG EAST honors at that event.

Upperclassmen Morgan Werner, Katherine Olsen and Abby Olson each had meaningful performances during the 2021 season and will look to build on that. As true freshmen, both Quinn Shanahan and Ashlyn Minton also gained valuable experience.

Several redshirt freshmen are expected to move into the line-up in their second seasons: Lexi Affolter, Laure Bertrand, Ashley Learn, and Elsa Rusthoven.

The 2022 season kicks off Thursday in Terre Haute with the Rose-Hulman Twilight. The meet will take place on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course, which is also the site of the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in November.

The season opener includes Butler along with host Rose-Hulman, DePauw and Earlham.

Both the men and women will utilize a 5k course with the men starting at 6:45 p.m., followed by the women’s race at 7:30 p.m.

On the men’s side, Butler’s entries currently include Liam Dennis, Michael Dunagan, Andrew Kendrick, Max Lauerman, Sean Robertson, Carter Schorr, and Andrew Taylor. Dunagan arrives at Butler as a transfer from Morehead State. Thursday’s meet will be his Butler debut and will be in his hometown of Terre Haute. Schorr, who graduated high school in Illinois, spent a portion of his childhood in Brazil, Ind., just a few miles from Terre Haute.

For the Butler women, Affolter, Abby Fostveit, Learn, Minton, Olson, Rusthoven, Renate Toldo, Morgan Walsh, and Werner are expected to toe the line Thursday night.

Live results of Thursday’s meet will be available with a link on ButlerSports.com.

Butler WSoccer Hosts Improved Wright State Side

Matchday Information – Butler vs. Wright State

DATE:                          Thursday, September 1 / 7 PM

LOCATION:                 Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl

LIVE VIDEO:                FloSports/ButlerPlus

LIVE STATS:               butlersports.com

The Butler women’s soccer team is looking to get back into the win column when Wright State comes to the Sellick Bowl on Thursday, September 1, for a 7 pm kickoff. The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-0 loss to Illinois, while the Raiders most recently defeated Central Michigan, 3-0.

Bulldog Bits

Fifth Year Katie Soderstrom was chosen the 2022 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Joining her on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team is senior defender Aliya Diagne.

Butler’s 2022 schedule includes four teams who received recognition in the United Soccer Coaches 2022 Pre-Season poll (#9 Michigan, #19 Georgetown, #24 Xavier, and RV Wisconsin).

Butler is receiving votes in this week’s United Soccer Coaches national poll. The previous week’s No. 17 ranking was the highest ranking in program history. Prior to this season, the Bulldogs were most recently ranked No. 23 in the September 11, 2018, poll, and the previous all-time high was No. 20 in the October 31, 2017, poll.

Butler’s Aug. 21 win over No. 9 Michigan was the program’s second win over a top-10 team in program history. The Bulldogs’ only previous top-10 win was a 2-0 victory over No. 10 Texas A&M in 2017. Butler’s most recent win over a ranked team was a 4-1 result over No. 20 Notre Dame in 2018.

Katie Soderstrom notched the game-winning goal in both of Butler’s victories in the young season.

Five Bulldogs scored a goal in Butler’s opening-season victory over Western Michigan.

Freshman Talia Sommer, who started in Butler’s first three matches this season, is currently on a call-back to Israel to compete with the Israel women’s national football team during qualification matches for the 2023 World Cup. She has previously notched seven caps, including three starts.

The Matchup

SERIES RECORD: Butler leads, 17-9-2

LAST MEETING: September 9, 2021 – Dayton, Ohio – Butler 3, Wright St. 1

Butler has won the previous six matches.

Wright State’s last win was Oct. 10, 2008, in Indianapolis. (1-0)

Scouting Wright State

Previous match: Central Michigan W, 3-1

The Raiders also have wins over Bellermine (2-1) and Miami (OH) (1-0) and lost to Dayton (0-2).

    Individual Statistics

Offensive standouts for Wright State include:

        #22 Kaylin Helinski (1g, 1a)

        #10 Michelle Rings (1g, 1a)

        #16 Lauren Borchert (1g)

        #17 Olga Massombo (1g)

        #3 Maddie Mitchell (1g)

        #2 Annika Samborski (1g)

Jessika Seward (3-1-0) is the primary goalkeeper for the Raiders. In four matches, she has allowed three goals (.86 GAA) and made 16 saves (.842), producing two shutouts.

Butler Football Preview Series: Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs head into the 2022 regular season with 20 pass catchers on the roster. 14 wide receivers and six tight ends will help the offense move the ball down the field this fall. Ray Holmes coaches the wide receivers and Matt Alderfer oversees the tight end position group.

“The wide receiver room has put a lot of hard work in over the summer,” Holmes stated. “Each individual has continued to get better day in and day out.”

“The tight end group has excelled over the last seven months,” Alderfer added. “I’ve been very impressed with their ability on and off the field, and seeing more and more leadership from our older guys is great to see. They’re eager to show our younger guys the ropes and make sure we become the best position group we can be this coming season.”


Tyler Adams (6-0, 190)

Jack Boyd (5-11, 200)

JD Hollis (5-11, 185)

Johnny O’Shea (6-3, 210)

Alec Rowan (6-3, 225)

Two graduate transfers are included in this senior group. Adams became a Bulldog this off-season after playing wide receiver at Harvard from 2017-21. Rowan was a Demon Deacon tight end at Wake Forest before making the move to Indianapolis. The top returning senior is O’Shea and he is joined by teammates Boyd and Hollis. O’Shea has caught 80 passes in a Bulldog helmet, covering 1,057 yards. He has five touchdowns in his career and has averaged 13.2 yards per catch.


Jeremy Johnson (6-0, 185)

Jared Suchevits (6-3, 242)

Johnson will look for a larger role with the Bulldogs this season at wide receiver and after moving his name up the depth chart, tight end Suchevits will aim to take his game to another level in 2022. Johnson got on the field in eight games for BU a year ago, catching three balls for 17 yards. Suchevits appeared in nine games and scored two touchdowns for Butler in 2021.


Colin Kelly (5-10, 190)

Luka Popovic (6-1, 180)

Popovic and Kelly have each earned playing time at wide receiver over their young BU careers. Popovic caught three passes last year for 40 yards. His first season displayed similar numbers with two grabs for 45 yards and a TD. Kelly caught two passes for 40 yards in the ’21 spring season and followed that with two more receptions for 19 yards in the fall.


Maddox Altamirano (5-11, 170)

*Joey Audia (5-8, 175)

*Thomas Brown (6-2, 185)

Owen Butler (6-3, 210)

Archie Cox (6-0, 182)

Cameron Heald (6-1, 215)

Ethan Loss (6-0, 180)

Ethan Malafa (6-6, 230)

Jack Molloy (5-11, 175)

*TJ Winston (6-4, 220)

*Luke Wooten (5-10, 192)

* – Redshirt Freshmen

Butler has a large group of young student-athletes that will compete in practice, looking for more playing time in 2022. Four redshirt-freshman highlight this unit. Audia made a difference for Butler last year as a return man. He ended the year with 263 all-purpose yards while averaging 19.2 yards per kick-off return. Brown made his BU debut at the Sellick Bowl against Davidson. He played in four games with his first catch coming in the finale at Marist. Wooten and Cox are two other players to keep an eye on. Wooten is from nearby Danville, Ind. and he will make his BU debut this season. Cox is a true freshman from Palatine, Ill. that set school records at Fremd for most catches in a single-season and most career receptions.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced its #HLXC Preseason Polls on Wednesday (Aug. 31) with the IUPUI men’s squad collecting the top spot and the women’s program being pegged sixth. Head coach Justin Roeder’s men’s team collected nine of 10 first-place votes to earn first place honors while head coach Antonio McDaniel’s women’s squad earned a first place vote and was picked sixth.

Roeder’s men’s team was also picked tenth in the first USTFCCA Great Lakes Regional polls on Tuesday.

The Jaguars bring back four all-league performers, including Nick Perkins, Nate Kaiser and Mitchell Gits, who all earned first team accolades. In addition, Grant Moon collected second team honors and was the league’s Freshman of the Year. Other key returners from last season include Mitchell Rans, Eric Petersen, Justin Amburgy and Wilson Whicker, all of whom competed in the Jaguars’ lineup at the Horizon League Championships.

McDaniel’s squad was ravaged by injuries a season ago, but returns a strong core of Ellie Cates, Madison Fry, Sophie Reichard, Hannah Sale and Sophia Taylor. Sale was an all-league performer as a true freshman in 2020, earning a tenth-place finish at the Horizon League Championships. Other returners from last year’s championship lineup include Kara Krol and Laci Provenzano.

Both programs will open their season on Friday when the Jaguars participate in the Mastodon Opener in Fort Wayne.

2022 #HLXC Women’s Preseason Poll

Pl.   Team – Pts. (First-place votes)

1. Oakland – 126 (6)

T2. Milwaukee – 117 (2)

T2. Youngstown State – 117 (2)

4. Purdue Fort Wayne – 82

5. Wright State – 75

6. IUPUI – 74 (1)

7. Detroit Mercy – 72

8. Northern Kentucky – 70

9. Green Bay – 43

10. Cleveland State – 39

11. RMU – 32

2022 #HLXC Men’s Preseason Poll

Pl.   Team – Pts. (First-place votes)

1. IUPUI – 119 (9)

2. Youngstown State – 108 (1)

3. Oakland – 91

4. Milwaukee – 90

5. Wright State – 83

6. Purdue Fort Wayne – 72

7. Northern Kentucky – 59

8. Detroit Mercy – 47

9. Green Bay – 45

10. RMU – 36


MUNCIE, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s golf team will kickoff its 2022-2023 campaign this weekend when the Jaguars participate in the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, hosted by Ball State at Delaware Country Club. The two-day, 54-hole tournament will run from Friday (Sept. 2) through Saturday (Sept. 3). Head coach Jamie Broce returns the majority of last year’s squad, but added a pair of talented rookies to an already deep group.

At the top of the lineup, junior Taylor Gardner and sophomore Sam McWilliams return. Gardner owns a 74.95 career scoring average in 41 career rounds and has continued to build onto his game each season. McWilliams, last year’s Horizon League Freshman of the Year, notched a 74.96 scoring average last season in 28 rounds. Juniors Kevin Tillery and Josh Yoder qualified in the Jaguars’ Nos. 3 and 4 spots for the season opener as both showed strong over the summer. Tillery has a 76.54 career average in his first two seasons while Yoder has an 80.23 mark to date.

Freshman Noah Kirsch earned the No. 5 spot in the lineup through preseason qualifying and will make his collegiate debut in Muncie. He and Harry Ward represent the two new faces on Broce’s roster this season.

QUOTABLE: “We’re excited to start off the season and get things going,” Broce said. “I think our guys are hungry to go out and compete. We had some guys play really well and shoot some really good scores over the summer. The team chemistry is really, really good right now and I think that’ll help us go out and want to compete for one another. I think we have two guys in Taylor and Sam who can go out and compete to win every tournament they play in. That’s their goal. And, we have some really good guys behind them that can give us some scores and make us really good as a team.”

FORMAT: The tournament will be a 5-count-4 format with two rounds of continuously play on Friday (Sept. 2) and a final round on Saturday (Sept. 3).

THE COURSE: Delaware Country Club provides manicured championship layout with rolling land, gentle streams, woods and elevation changes unique to the Muncie area.

RANKINGS: IUPUI closed last season ranked No. 260 nationally by Golfstat and No. 266 nationally by Golfweek. 


    No. 1 – Taylor Gardner (74.95 average / 41 career rounds)

    No. 2 – Sam McWilliams (74.96 average / 28 career rounds)

    No. 3 – Kevin Tillery (76.54 average / 13 career rounds)

    No. 4 – Josh Yoder (80.23 average / 13 career rounds)

    No. 5 – Noah Kirsch (collegiate debut)

LAST TIME OUT: IUPUI closed the 2022 spring with a seventh-place finish at the Horizon League Championships, carding a 54-hole 903 (300-309-294) at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Gardner just missed All-Tournament Team honors, tying for sixth overall with an even par 216 (70-74-72). McWilliams tied for 15th overall at 5-over 221 (72-78-71).

UP NEXT: IUPUI will participate in the Valpo Fall Invitational in Chesterton, Ind., on Sept. 19-20.


Eastern Illinois (Sept. 2 – 7pm): Live Stats I Game Notes (.pdf)
Western Illinois (Sept. 4 – 4pm): Live Stats I Game Notes (.pdf)

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team will kickoff a two-game homestand this weekend when the Jaguars host Eastern Illinois on Friday night (Sept. 2), followed by a meeting with Western Illinois on Sunday (Sept. 4). Both contests will be free of charge.

The schedule setup is a partnership among EIU, WIU, Purdue Fort Wayne and IUPUI as the two sides will swap opponents between Friday and Sunday. 

Head coach Sid van Druenen‘s squad is seeking a first win of the year after opening with a 2-2 draw with Marian, followed by a 3-1 road loss at Evansville. Offensively, Logan Finnegan is tops in the Horizon League with eight shot attempts and has one of the team’s three goals this season. In addition, junior midfielder Lukas Hackaa and freshman Caleb McComas both have scores – their first in an IUPUI uniform. Hackaa scored 10 times in his first two collegiate seasons at Notre Dame (Ohio) College while McComas’ score came in his collegiate debut. 

Defensively, Lucas Morefield has played all 180 minutes in goal with a 2.50 goals against average and seven saves.

van Druenen has been incredibly reliant on new faces to start the season as more than 60 percent of the team’s minutes played this season have come from new faces. Only Finnegan, Morefield and freshman defender Edgar Correia have played all 180 minutes in the season’s first two games. Correia owns one of the team’s three assists, as Josemir Gomez and Medard Mikobi each have assists also. 

“It was a moment of pride for me and my family. I’m glad I could score my first goal for my team. As a group, we simply just need to commit to the high intensity that Coach van Druenen is emphasizing. This is a team that is learning what it means to be a competitive Division I team,” McComas said of his first score at Evansville. 

EIU enters this week with a 0-1-1 mark, having lost at Green Bay and earning a 1-1 draw on the road at Xavier. Sam Eccles and Delphy Sabu have the Panthers’ goals while William Bruce has the team’s lone assist. In goal, Chad Smith has played all 180 minutes, registering a 1.50 goals against average and 10 saves. EIU has been outshot 38-9 overall and 15-5 on frame in the season’s opening two games. 

WIU enters this week at 0-1 to start the year, having lost to Central Methodist by a 1-0 score. Alex Flowers played the full 90 in goal for the Leathernecks, yielding the one score and making six saves. WIU was outshot 16-5 in the defeat. 

SERIES HISTORY: Eastern Illinois I Western Illinois
IUPUI is 6-6-6 all-time against Eastern Illinois and 5-2-3 in the 10 meetings in Indianapolis. EIU has won the last two meetings between the two sides, including a 1-0 outcome in Indianapolis last season. 

IUPUI is 11-11-3 all-time against Western Illinois and 8-1-2 in 11 meetings in Indy. The two sides squared off 19 times as league opponents with IUPUI going 9-8-2 in those contests. IUPUI won last year’s contest in Macomb by a 1-0 score on a Finnegan penalty kick in the 78th minute. 

IUPUI will open Horizon League play when the Jaguars face Wright State on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Dayton in a match broadcast on ESPN+. 



SERIES HISTORY Ohio State leads the all-time series 4-2-0. Notre Dame won the first two meetings in the series, including what was touted as the original college football ‘Game of the Century’ in 1935 when Bill Shakespeare connected with Wayne Millner for a 19-yard game-winning touchdown pass for the Irish with 32 seconds remaining.

STORYLINES • Notre Dame’s Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Marcus Freeman, the 30th head coach in schooll history, begins his first full season with the Irish by taking on his alma mater, Ohio State. Freeman was a linebacker for the Buckeyes (2004-08) and has coached against his alma mater in Ohio Stadium previously – in 2019 as the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati. • Tyler Buchner will make his first career start at quarterback for the Irish in Ohio Stadium. The sophomore signal caller appeared in 10 games in 2021, finishing with six total touchdowns (three rushing, three passing), 298 passing yards and 368 rushing yards (7.0 ypc). • The 2022 season opener marks the first time Notre Dame is kicking off the season in a top five matchup since 1990, when the top-ranked Irish defeated No. 4 Michigan 28-24 in Notre Dame Stadium. NOTRE DAME VS. NUMBER 2 • All-time: 8-9-2 • On Opponent’s Field: 4-2-2 • Last win vs. No. 2: October 20, 1990 – No. 10 Notre Dame 29, Miami 20 • Last game vs. No. 2: December 29, 2018 – No. 3 Notre Dame 3, No. 2 Clemson 30 NOTRE DAME SEASON OPENERS • All-time: 109-17-5 (.851) • On Opponent’s Field: 26-5-2 (.818) • Notre Dame has won its last five season openers. • In the 109 seasons Notre Dame has won its opener, the Irish have gone on to post a winning record 93.5 percent of those campaigns (102). • In 10 of the last 12 seasons, the Irish have scored the first points in the season’s opening game. Since 1958, Notre Dame is 38-4 (.904) in the season opener when scoring first, while they are 14-6 when the opponent registers the first score. • Notre Dame began the 2021 season on the road as well, marking the 2022 season as the first time the Irish have started on the road in back-to-back years since 2005 and 2006 (wins at Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech, respectively).


.53 Sack average per game for junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey. Of all the Notre Dame players who have recorded 15 or more sacks in a career, Foskey ranks

fourth in sacks-per game behind Justin Tuck, Kory Minor and Stephon Tuitt (see

page 5 for more details).

2 All-America seasons at Northwestern for junior safety Brandon Joseph before transferring to Notre Dame during his past offseason. Joseph boasts 129

career tackles, nine interceptions and has been named to the Thorpe, Nagurski

and Bednarik Award watch lists.

3 Notre Dame has only played three times in its history on September 3 and are

2-1 on the date, which includes Charlie Weis’ first game for the Irish on the road

at No. 23 Pittsburgh (a 42-21 Notre Dame victory).

7 Notre Dame and Ohio State, who rank 1-2 in all-time college football winning

percentage (.7339* for ND, .7314 for OSU), will be meeting for just the seventh

time on Saturday night.

8 Over the past two seasons with Tommy Rees as the offensive coordinator,

Notre Dame is one of only eight FBS schools to pass for over 6,500 yards and rush

for over 4,000 yards (North Carolina, Ole Miss, BYU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio

State, Florida and Clemson).

11 Sacks last season by Isaiah Foskey. A Nagurski and Bednarik Award Watch

List selection, Foskey is just outside of the top-10 on the Irish career sack charts

with 15.5 in his career. The school record is 24.5 by Justin Tuck from 2002-04.

41.0 Notre Dame tied the school record for sacks in a season last year with 41, matching the total from the 1996 season. Of those 41 sacks, only 6.5 were recorded

by players who graduated and left the program at the end of the 2021 season.

42 Since Paul Hornung started his first career game against SMU in the 1955

season opener in Notre Dame Stadium, Irish quarterbacks are 42-16 (.724) in

their first career starts.

71 Receptions last season for junior tight end Michael Mayer, the most in a single season for a Notre Dame tight end. At 113 career receptions, Mayer has his

eyes set on the school career receptions record by a tight end (140, Tyler Eifert,


101 Team-leading tackle total last season for junior linebacker JD Bertrand and

it marked the first time since 2018 an Irish player had reached double digits in

tackles during a season.

213 Since 1980, Notre Dame is 213-24 (.899) when it scores 30 or more points.

A NOTEWORTHY SEASON OPENER Notre Dame will open the season at Ohio State ranked fifth in the Associated Press poll, while the Buckeyes are the second-ranked team entering the season. Some historical comparison notes on the season-opening matchup: • It is the first season-opening top-five matchup for Notre Dame since September 15 1990, when the top-ranked Irish defeated No. 4 Michigan in Notre Dame Stadium. • It will be the first time the Irish have opened the season on the road against at top-five opponent since September 8, 2001, when No. 5 Nebraska defeated No. 23 Notre Dame 27-10 in Memorial Stadium. • It is the first time a top-five ranked Notre Dame team has opened the season on the road against any opponent since September 2, 2006, when the second-ranked Irish defeated unranked Georgia Tech 14-10. • The last time the Irish opened the season in a ranked matchup, regardless of top-25 positioning or venue? A 24-17 victory by the 12th-ranked Irish over No. 14 Michigan on September 1, 2018. • The last time Notre Dame defeated a top-10 team on the road – in its first true road game of the season – was 2012 when No. 20 Notre Dame defeated No. 10 Michigan State 20-3 in Spartan Stadium. The Irish did begin the season on the road that year in a neutral site game in Dublin, Ireland, against Navy. • Notre Dame’s last road victory over a top-five ranked team occurred in 2005, when No. 20 Notre Dame defeated No. 3 Michigan 17-10 on September 10 in Michigan Stadium. • The most recent road victory against a top-10 ranked team was October 27, 2012, when the fifth-ranked Irish defeated No. 8 Oklahoma 30-13 in Memorial Stadium.


FIRST AND TEN  Ohio State kicks off its 133rd season of football Saturday at Ohio Stadium with a primetime game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  This delightful matchup of college football powers is a national, Top 5 contest as Ohio State enters nationally ranked at No. 2 in both the Associated Press and AFCA polls while Notre Dame is No. 5 in both polls.  Ohio State (942 wins) and Notre Dame (929) rank in a tie for second and fifth, respectively, in all-time wins while the teams’ respective winning percentages of .731 and .730 are No. 1 and No. 3 all-time.  At No. 5, Notre Dame is tied with Penn State (1978) and Alabama (1986) as the highest ranked season-opening opponent for Ohio State.  This is the fourth consecutive meeting between the two programs where both teams are in the Top 10 of the national rankings, including the 2016 (Ohio State – 7; ND 8), 2006 (Ohio State – 4; ND 5) and 1996 (Ohio State – 4; ND 5) games. Ohio State’s Ryan Day is in his sixth year with the program and his fourth as head coach. He is 34-4 overall and his teams are 18-1 at home and 13-4 vs. Top 25-ranked teams.


10: Ohio State is opening a season ranked nationally in the Top 10 for a 10th consecutive year. Ohio State is 105-13 since 2013 with one CFP national championship, four CFP appearances and five Big Ten titles.

.800: Over the last 10 seasons, Ohio State has a 36-9 record vs. ranked opponents for a .800 winning percentage. Ohio State is 14-3 (.824) vs. ranked opponents at home during this decade.

2002: Ohio State’s 2002 national championship squad, coached by Jim Tressel and featuring QB Craig Krenzel and captains Michael Doss and Donnie Nickey, will be honored Saturday for its 20th anniversary

6: Ohio State’s 2022 team captains are WR Kam Babb, LB Tommy Eichenberg, DE Tyler Friday, TE Cade Stover, QB C.J. Stroud and SAF Kourt Williams. Babb is now a two-time captain.

Ohio State will face a top-five ranked opponent in its season opener for just the third time in program history on Saturday.  The other two times were in 1978 – vs. No. 5 Penn State – and 1986 – vs. No. 5 Alabama. Only nine other times has Ohio State opened its season against a ranked opponent, with the last time coming 19 years ago (Aug. 30, 2003 vs. No. 17 Washington). Never before have the Buckeyes opened a season in a game when both teams are ranked in the top five. Saturday night will be just the seventh all-time meeting between Ohio State and Notre Dame and the first in the regular season in 26 years.  The only other two times Notre Dame has played at Ohio State was 1935 (an 18-13 Irish win) and 1995 (a 45-26 Ohio State win).  The Buckeyes have taken each of the last four games in the series, winning in 1995 and 1996 and then adding Fiesta Bowl wins following the 2005 and 2015 seasons. Ohio State has won 22 consecutive season opening games dating back to a 23-12 loss to No. 12 Miami in the 1999 Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.  Overall, the Buckeyes have won 42 of their last 45 season openers.  The 2022 football season will represent the 133rd season of football for the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Ohio State and Notre Dame complete this home-and home series with a game Sept. 23 next year at Notre Dame Stadium.



Ball State is set to square off with Tennessee for the first time in series history to kick off its 98th season in 2022. The Cardinals have faced teams from the currently constructed Southeastern Conference 10 times and are aiming to pick up their first win against teams in the league. Fresh off its second consecutive season with a bowl appearance, Ball State begins its season aiming to accomplish something that has never been done in program history: make it to a bowl game in three straight seasons. The Cardinals have appeared in two straight seasons three times: 2007-08, 2012-13 and 2020-21, and have won 13 games over the past two campaigns, which is the most in the Mid-American Conference.  Out of the 112 players on the roster, 83 are classified as underclassmen. The 83 underclassmen total ranks as the 18th-highest in college football. In addition, Ball State’s roster makeup of 74.1 percent underclassmen ranks as the seventh-highest in the FBS.  With an expected high attendance number, Ball State could play in front of the fourth highest crowd in program history. The Cardinals have played in games that featured attendances of 109,359 at Michigan (2006), 105,323 at Penn State (2021) and 104,213 at Texas A&M . Those three games are the only times the Cardinals have played in front of at least 100,000 fans. Ball State had strong representation in Phil Steele College Football Preview’s 2022 preseason All-Mid-American Conference teams as nine players earned a spot. Wide receiver Jayshon Jackson and offensive lineman Corey Stewart earned a spot on the second team, while the third team had the biggest contingent of Cardinals: linebacker Clayton Coll, safety Malcolm Lee, long snapper Dylan Seiler, running back Carson Steele and cornerback Amechi Uzodinma II were placed on the third team. Rounding out the list, wideout Yo’Heinz Tyler was tabbed to the fourth team.  In addition, Athlon Sports published its annual preseason magazine and featured a multitude of Ball State players. Uzodinma was chosen for the second team, while offensive lineman Ethan Crowe, defensive lineman Tavion Woodard, Coll, Jackson and Steele picked up nods on the third team. Offensive lineman Jaylen Turner and Tyler were selected to the fourth team.

SEASON OPENERS: Ball State is 3-3 under head coach Mike Neu in season openers, which includes last season’s 31-21 victory over Western Illinois.


SEASON NO. 126: The 126th season of Tennessee football kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday as Ball State visits Neyland Stadium, Shields-Watkins Field. The first-ever meeting between the two teams will be televised by SEC Network. It marks the second straight season that the Volunteers will open vs. a MAC team. UT topped Bowling Green, 38-6, to start the Josh Heupel era last season. The Vols will face MAC teams in two of their first three games. Akron comes to town for a Week 3 matchup on Sept. 17. Thursday will see two new areas of Neyland Stadium (now capacity 101,915) debut with the North End Social Deck below a new videoboard and the lower-west club. Neyland Stadium, Shields Watkins Field is in its 101st year. Tennessee, which is receiving votes in both national polls, was picked to finish third in the SEC East in the annual SEC media poll. • HEUPEL ERA: After a record-setting debut, Josh Heupel enters his second season as head coach of the Vols. Of the eight first-year Power Five head coaches hired in 2021, no coach won more regular season games than Heupel (7). He also produced the most 2022 NFL Draft picks among coaches making their debut with a new team (5). The 27th head coach in Vol football history, Heupel’s 35 victories since the start of the 2018 season rank tied for ninth among active FBS head coaches. Heupel joined Lane Kiffin (7 in 2009), Phillip Fulmer (10 in 1993), Bill Battle (10 in 1970) and John Barnhill (8 in 1941) as the only UT coaches in the last 80 years (since 1941) to win seven or more games in his first season. • THURSDAY OPENERS: Tennessee is opening a season on a Thursday night for the second consecutive season and the fourth time in its existence. The Vols are 3-0 in those previous matchups. UT beat Bowling Green last season, 38-6, and in 2016, the Vols held on for a 20-13 overtime victory over Appalachian State. The other win came by a 28-11 fashion at Louisville to open the 1991 campaign. UT owns a 27-21-7 record all-time in Thursday games. Its last Thursday contest (all games) was the last game it played, a 48-45 overtime loss to Purdue in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30. The Vols are 16-5-2 all-time in Thursday games played in Neyland Stadium. UT returns to a traditional Saturday opener next season as it will begin the 2023 campaign at Nissan Stadium in Nashville vs. Virginia on Sept. 2. • SEASON OPENERS: Tennessee owns a 93-26-6 record all-time in season openers. The Vols are 75-14-4 (.826) in season openers played in Knoxville. UT is 55-12-3 (.804) in season openers played in Neyland Stadium, Shields-Watkins Field (since 1921). Josh Heupel is 4-0 in season openers as a head coach, outscoring opponents 205-44. Heupel’s UCF squads defeated UConn (56-17 in 2018), Florida A&M (62-0 in 2019) and Georgia Tech (49-21 in 2020). • RECAPPING 2021: Picked to finish fifth in the SEC East, Josh Heupel guided Tennessee to a 7-6 firstyear campaign and a 4-4 mark in SEC play to take third place in the division. The Vols beat six teams by at least 24 points en route to a Music City Bowl appearance. They dropped a 48-45 thriller to Purdue, racking up a school-bowl record 666 yards of total offense, including a career-high 378 yards passing and five touchdowns from QB Hendon Hooker. Tennessee jumped 99 spots in scoring offense, going from 108th in the country in 2020 to seventh in 2021, while averaging 39.3 ppg, a mark that ranked second in modern school history. The Vols shattered eight team single-season records in 2021, including points (511), total offensive yards (6,174), touchdowns (67), point after touchdowns made (67), total first downs (316), rushing first downs (164), fewest interceptions thrown (3) and passing efficiency (167.10).

NOTING THE TENNESSEE-BALL STATE SERIES • Tennessee and Ball State are meeting for the first time in football. • A total of 354 miles separate the two campuses from Muncie, Indiana, to Knoxville. • The Vols own a 8-0 record against current Mid-American Conference (MAC) teams: Akron (2-0), Bowling Green (2-0), Buffalo (1-0), Ohio (2-0) and Northern Illinois (1-0). UT has never faced Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. • This marks the second straight season and third time all-time that UT will open a season against a MAC school. The Vols topped Bowling Green, 38-6, to open the Josh Heupel era last season. They defeated the Falcons, 59-30, to open the 2015 campaign as well in Nashville. • Akron visits Neyland Stadium for a Week 3 matchup on Sept. 17. • Three members of the UT on-field coaching staff have spent time in the MAC. Defensive coordinator Tim Banks was a graduate assistant at Bowling Green and then served as the Falcons’ running backs coach (1999) and defensive backs coach (2000). He was also the defensive coordinator at his alma mater of Central Michigan (2007-09). Offensive coordinator Alex Golesh was a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois (2006-07) and the tight ends coach/ recruiting coordinator at Toledo (2009-11). Secondary coach Willie Martinez coached the same position at Central Michigan (1994, 1998-2000) and Eastern Michigan (1997).

Cardinals Take on Mastodons, Beacons

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team will be back in action for two games this week. The Cardinals begin the week on Thursday with a road trip to Purdue Fort Wayne, followed by a home contest against Valparaiso on Sunday. BSU will recognize its lone senior, Tiffani Torres, for Senior Day prior to Sunday’s match.

The Cardinals are coming off an 0-1-1 week that saw BSU notch its first goals of the season. Ball State is 0-2-2 on the season. Avery Fenchel scored the first goal of the season and Lexi Fraley added a goal on a penalty kick. Fenchel and Fraley are tied for the team lead with four shots on goal, while Maria Broering, Delaney Caldwell, and Jenna Dombrowski are tied with two shots on goal each. Bethany Moser has started all four matches in goal for the Cardinals and has 16 saves on the season, which is fourth in the Mid-American Conference.

The Cardinals and Mastodons are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start time on Thursday, Sept. 1. This will be the 18th meeting between the two squads. Ball State holds a 15-1-1 mark against Purdue Fort Wayne. BSU has won seven-straight matchups, including a 3-1 victory last season. The Cardinals are 5-1-1 in matches played in Fort Wayne. The Mastodons’ lone victory in the series came at home on Aug. 30, 2013.

Purdue Fort Wayne has started the same 11 for all four matches and enters Thursday with an overall record of 1-1-2. Mackenzie Evans paces the team with three goals, while Kelsey Gallagher, Marisa Metzger, and Gigi Ricciardi have each scored one goal. Rylee Vruggink leads the team with two assists. Samantha Castaneda has started all four matches in goal for the Mastodons and has tallied 18 saves and surrendered five goals.

Valparaiso and Ball State have met six times, with the Beacons holding a 4-2-0 edge. The series is tied 1-1-0 in contests played in Muncie. The Cardinals won the last meeting 3-1 last season. Sunday’s contest is slated for a 1 p.m. first touch.

Valparaiso has a 1-1-2 overall record. Kiley Dugan and Dana Fish lead the Beacons with one goal each. Kelsie James and Allie Anderson have provided one assist each. Nikki Coryell has started all four matches in net for Valparaiso and has made 14 saves with two shutouts.

Home Game With Maryland Highlights Mastodon WBB Non-League Schedule

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball head coach Maria Marchesano has announced the non-league schedule for her program. The Mastodons will play two Big Ten teams this season, Michigan State and Maryland, with the Terrapins visiting the Gates Sports Center.

Purdue Fort Wayne senior Shayla Sellers will play against her sister, Shyanne, who was the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year for Maryland in 2022. The Terps will come to the Gates Sports Center on December 21. This will be the second all-time meeting between the Mastodons and Terrapins and the first time that Maryland has come to Fort Wayne. Maryland ranked as high as No. 2 in the AP Top 25 in 2021-22.

Purdue Fort Wayne will open the season on November 7 against NAIA Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) at 11 a.m. That game will be the Mastodons’ annual Fitness Day for Fort Wayne Community Schools. After their home opener, the Mastodons will head to Michigan State on November 10. The last time the Mastodons played in East Lansing, the ‘Dons knocked off the No. 21 Spartans 81-76.

The Mastodons will return home for a pair of games against Bellarmine (Nov. 13) and Chicago State (Nov. 17) before traveling to Savannah, Georgia for a mutli-team event. The ‘Dons will play Norfolk State (Nov. 21), Marshall (Nov. 22) and UT Martin (Nov. 23).

After playing Detroit Mercy and Oakland in Horizon League action, the Mastodons travel to Summit League foe St. Thomas for a game on December 8. The ‘Dons will have their last road non-league game at Indiana State on December 18.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s last non-league game of 2022-23 is the Mastodons’ home game against Maryland on December 21, which will tip at noon. This is the first time that the Mastodons will play two Big Ten teams in one season since 2017-18.

A majority of Purdue Fort Wayne’s Horizon League games have also had start times announced.

Mastodon Women’s Volleyball Heads to Xavier Tournament This Weekend

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will head to Cincinnati, Ohio to play Eastern Michigan, Virginia and Xavier this weekend.

Tournament Information
Eastern Michigan | Virginia | Xavier
When: Friday, September 2 – Saturday, September 3
Where: Cincinnati, Ohio | Cintas Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: FloSports
    Match 1 | Match 2 | Match 3
Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne

Tournament Schedule
Friday, September 2
    3 PM: Eastern Michigan vs. Purdue Fort Wayne
Saturday, September 3
    10 AM: Virginia vs. Purdue Fort Wayne
    6:30 PM: Purdue Fort Wayne at Xavier

Know Your Foes
• Eastern Michigan is 0-3 after opening the season at Michigan State’s tournament. The Eagles fell to Louisiana, Fairfield and MSU. Samantha Basham and Sabrina Gremm are the Eagles’ top two offensive options.
• Virginia is 2-1 with wins over East Tennessee State and North Florida, and a 3-0 loss at Florida. UVA has four attackers averaging between 2.0 and 3.0 kills per set: Jayna Francis, Abby Tadder, Chloe Wilson and Grace Turner.
• The host Musketeers are 3-0 with three five-set wins at Buffalo’s tournament. Xavier got wins over UAB, Horizon League foe Cleveland State, and Buffalo. Brooklyn Cink is one of Xavier’s top threats, averaging 3.33 kills per set this season. Xavier assistant coach Andre Foster was a graduate assistant coach for the Mastodons last year.

Series Histories
• Purdue Fort Wayne and Eastern Michigan have played 21 times dating back to 1979. All but one of those matches came since the Mastodons moved Division I in 2001. Purdue Fort Wayne has won 11 matches, but EMU took the last match in 2019. Sidney Schiller had three kills and Rachael Crucis had 13 digs.
• Purdue Fort Wayne has never played Virginia.
• Xavier has a 4-3 record against the Mastodons. Three of the matches came in 1982-83. Purdue Fort Wayne has one win over Xavier since becoming Division I, a 3-1 win in 2008. The two teams have not played since 2010.

Let’s Dig!
Purdue Fort Wayne had five players with 10+ digs against Western Illinois on August 27. This was the first time that the Mastodons had five players in double-figures in a match since 2018.

Happy Hundred!
Steve Florio picked up the 100th win of his career on Saturday, August 27 with a 3-0 win over Lindenwood. 

Sidney Schiller was named the Most Valuable Player of the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational in the opening week of the season. The senior outside hitter averaged 4.00 kills per set on a .180 hitting clip. She had a pair of double-doubles against Canisius (15 kills, 11 digs) and Western Illinois (19 kills, 15 digs). Her 19 kills against Western Illinois were a career-high.

Tournament Champs
Purdue Fort Wayne won the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational on August 27 thanks to two wins over Lindenwood and Western Illinois. Sidney Schiller (MVP), Molly Mirabelli and Iris Riegel were named to the All-Tournament Team. It was the first tournament win for the Mastodons since SIUE’s Cougar Classic in 2019. 

Heavy Hitter
Ramei Jackson is in the top-10 in program history in career hitting percentage.
8. Hailie Ripley (.281, 2011-14)
9. Natalie Seiler (.275, 2014-17)
10. Ramei Jackson (.274, 2020-present)
11. Chrissy Miller (.266, 2001)
12. Julie Hefty (.259, 1984-87)

Diggin’ Up Everything
Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and top-15 in career digs.
Digs Per Set
1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)
3. Rachael Crucis (4.28, 2019-present)
4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)
5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)

7. Fabiana Souza (2002-05)
8. Emily Spencer (1,403, 2011-14)
9. Olivia Hahn (1,398, 2013-16)
10. Jen Milligan (1,354, 2010-13)
11. Rachael Crucis (1,357, 2019-present)

Coming Up
Purdue Fort Wayne will head south to Eastern Kentucky’s tournament, the Geri Polvino Invitational. The ‘Dons will play Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and Saint Francis (Pa.).

Men’s Golf Returns! The Earl Yestingmeier Invitational is on Friday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team will take the course for the first time in the 2022-23 season on Friday (Sept. 2) at the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational.

Event: Earl Yestingmeier Invitational
Host: Ball State
When: September 2-3 | 36 holes on Friday, 18 holes on Saturday
Where: Muncie, Indiana
Course: Delaware Country Club
Par: 70
Yardage: 6,501
Format: Play five, take four
Live Results: Link

Competing Teams
Ball State, Ohio, Central Michigan, Dayton, Marshall, Eastern Kentucky, Butler, Purdue Fort Wayne, Wright State, Cleveland State, IUPUI, Loyola Chicago, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Evansville.

Delaware Country Club
A place to meet your friends or relax with your family, Delaware Country Club is your resort in your backyard. We offer fine dining, exquisite banquet rooms and services, a championship golf course, large practice facility, top-rated pro shop, private locker rooms and lounges, and a sparkling pool. With many club events, there is always something for everyone. Just minutes from it all, Delaware Country Club is the area’s premier club for you. A welcoming place for family and friends. An excellent place to do business. A special place for your special events.

Mastodon Lineup
Kasey Lilly, Burke Pitz, Jadden Ousley, Nick Holder and Reece Compton will compete for the Mastodons’ team score.

A Litany of Lilly
Kasey Lilly holds all of the primary records in Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf history. In his career, he also has 11 top-10’s, seven top-5’s, and has won two tournaments: the Tom Tontimonia Invitational and the Benbow Invitational.
Career Scoring Average: 72.71 (2019-22)
Career Winning Percentage: .795 (2019-22)
Season Scoring Average: 71.9 (2021-22)
Season Winning Percentage: .858 (2020-21)
18-Hole Record: 64 – Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational (9/14/21)
36-Hole Record: 135 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/17/21)
54-Hole Record: 204 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/18/21)

Benbow Blessings
The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s squad won the Benbow Invitational on March 8, 2022, getting an individual win from Kasey Lilly as well. Lilly shot a 72-68-140, leading the team to a 293-282-575. It was the seventh individual trophy that a Mastodon has won in program history, and the Mastodons’ fourth team championship.

Last Time Out
The Mastodons took fifth at the Horizon League Championship in the spring, capping off the best season in Mastodon history. The team had a 294.2 scoring average, which beat the next-best season-long mark by 3.9 strokes per round.

Coming Up
Purdue Fort Wayne will play in the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on September 12-13 in Huntington, West Virginia.

Women Fourth and Men Sixth in 2022 Horizon League Cross Country Poll

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2022 Horizon League Cross Country Preseason Polls were released on Thursday (Aug. 31) with the women’s squad earning a fourth-place spot.

The Mastodons were picked to finish fourth with 82 points, behind only Oakland, Milwaukee and Youngstown State. The Mastodon women return Madison King in 2022. King finished fifth at the Horizon League Championships last season after an eighth-place finish during the shortened 2020 campaign. King also took home a league runner of the week honor last season, as well. The women’s squad features nine freshmen.

The Mastodon men were picked for sixth in the preseason poll with 72 points. Andrew Whitinger is back in 2022. He took seventh at the Horizon League Championships last season, the best ever finish by a men’s student-athlete at a league cross country meet. The 2022 team has six freshmen.

The Mastodons open the 2022 season on Friday (Sept. 2) with a home meet at 6 p.m. The Mastodon Opener will be a 5K event for both genders.

Women’s Soccer Travels To SIUE Thursday

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Fresh off its first win of the 2022 season, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team will now play its first road contest of the year on Thursday night, as the Purple Aces will travel to Edwardsville, Illinois to take on the Cougars of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  Kick-off is set for 7:05 p.m. and Thursday’s match can be seen live on ESPN+.

Evansville at SIU-Edwardsville
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Evansville will enter Thursday’s contest at 1-1-1 overall after picking up a 2-1 victory over Morehead State on Sunday at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.  Fifth-year forward Emily Ormson (Folsom, Calif./Vista del Lago) paced the UE attack with four shots, including three on goal, and netted her second goal of the season on her way to earning Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday.  Overall, Ormson leads UE with two goals and seven shots, including six shots on goal, and she ranks in the MVC’s top 10 in all three categories.

Senior Sophia Rodil (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) added the match-winner on Sunday against Morehead State for her first goal since her freshman year.  Rodil has missed the past two seasons while recovering from an ACL injury suffered at the end of her freshman campaign at UE, but she headed home a cross from freshman Chrysta Vasquez (Las Vegas, Nev./Coronado) in the 68th minute to give Evansville the 2-1 victory. 

“I thought that we came out a little flat in the first half on Sunday against Morehead State, but after they scored, we showed the type of team that we can be and I thought we really played well,” said UE head coach Chris Pfau.  “Hopefully, we can build on the momentum from the last 30 minutes of Sunday’s match on Thursday night.”

SIUE will enter Thursday’s contest at 1-3-0 overall after dropping a 2-0 decision to Loyola of Chicago on Sunday.  The Cougars are the preseason favorite to win the Ohio Valley Conference, and have played in each of the last two NCAA Tournaments.  Reigning all-OVC forward Lily Schnieders leads the SIUE attack with eight shots this year, and she is one of four Cougars with a goal on the season.  Schnieders scored a goal last year in SIUE’s 2-0 victory over UE in Evansville, as the Cougars handed Evansville its first loss of the 2021 season.  All-time, the series is tied 1-1.

Eagles set to run into new era

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Cross Country begins a new era Friday when it competes at the Appalachian State University Covered Bridge Open in Boone, North Carolina. The women’s five-kilometer race begins at 4 p.m. (CDT), while the men’s 8k is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. at the Don Kennedy Trails at App State Farm Field.
After capturing a combined 41 Great Lakes Valley Conference team titles and 24 individual championships throughout the course of the previous 43 years of NCAA Division II competition, the Screaming Eagles are bolting into NCAA Division I competition and the Ohio Valley Conference in 2022.
Under the direction of Head Coach Mike Hillyard, who enters his 26th year at the helm of the Eagles’ cross country/track & field programs, USI turns its attention to establishing the same tradition it has carried for more than four decades: winning conference titles.
USI’s men return two of their top seven runners from last year’s run to the NCAA II Championships and five of its top nine competitors from last year’s GLVC Championships.
That list includes senior All-American Noah Hufnagel (Santa Claus, Indiana), who was USI’s top competitor on the grass last fall. Hufnagel earned All-America honors by placing 17th at the NCAA II Championships in 2021. He also garnered All-Midwest Region honors following a fourth-place showing at the NCAA II Midwest Region Championships and All-GLVC accolades following a second-place finish at the league meet.
Hufnagel is no stranger to NCAA Division I competition after racing in 11 meets throughout his first two seasons of collegiate cross country as a member of Indiana State University. He was the Sycamore’s top finisher at the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Championships, finishing 23rd overall.
USI’s women begin the season with some early-season injuries, but bringing back five of its top seven competitors from a team that finished second in the ultra-competitive NCAA II Midwest Region and first in the GLVC is enough to bring a smile to Hillyard’s face.
Despite losing GLVC and NCAA II Midwest Region champion Jennifer Comastri to graduation, USI returns sophomore All-American Cameron Hough (Olney, Illinois), as well as junior All-Midwest Region honoree Hadley Fisher (North).
Hough was USI’s top finisher at the NCAA II Championships in 2021, finishing 33rd to collect All-America honors, after claiming GLVC Freshman of the Year honors with a fifth-place showing at the GLVC Championships. Fisher collected All-Midwest Region honors with a 23rd-place showing at the NCAA II Midwest Region Championships after placing 11th at the GLVC Championships two weeks earlier.
In addition to USI’s season-opening meet at the Appalachian State Covered Bridge Open, the Eagles compete at the North Alabama Showcase in Huntsville, Alabama, September 16. USI continues its first season of Division I competition with the Live in Lou Classic in Louisville, Kentucky, October 1 before competing at the Bradley Pink Classic October 14 in Peoria, Illinois.
The Eagles’ season on the grass culminates with the OVC Championships October 29 in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Eagles hit the road for Kent State Invitational

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (0-3, 0-0 OVC) will be on the road for the first tournament this season as the Screaming Eagles are set to face three opponents in the Kent State Invitational in Kent, Ohio this weekend. USI faces Oakland University (1-2) Friday at 9 a.m. before dueling with host school, Kent State University (2-1), Friday at 6 p.m. The Eagles end the weekend with a battle against Cornell University (0-0) Saturday at 3 p.m.
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Screaming Eagles Headlines:
Battle of Evansville. University of Southern Indiana and University of Evansville debuted the new NCAA Division I cross-town rivalry after the Eagles transitioned from NCAA Division II in early 2022. The Purple Aces got the best of the Screaming Eagles, winning the match, 3-0. This was the first regular season matchup between the two programs since October 1992.

Opening Weekend. USI kicked off the 2022 campaign against Murray State last weekend. The Eagles lost 3-2 in Friday’s opening matchup before falling in Saturday’s match, 3-1. USI was 2-0 in the opening frame, but a combined 1-6 in sets two through five.

Offensive Struggles. The Eagles’ offense has not produced the past two matches, nabbing 34 versus Murray State on Saturday and 28 kills against Evansville on Tuesday. In comparison, USI tallied 59 kills against Murray State on Friday. On a brighter note, USI finished with a season-high .236 hitting percentage off 72 attempts against Evansville.

Season Leaders. The Eagles are led offensively by junior outside hitter Leah Anderson who has 36 kills and 40.5 points while junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch leads with 81 assists. Defensively, freshman libero/defensive specialist Keira Moore is atop with 42 digs with a .966 reception percentage after 12 sets.

Abby Duo. USI sophomore combination Abby Bednar and Abby Weber have been producing key numbers for the Eagles. Bednar tallied 10 kills versus Murray State on Friday while Weber recorded 14 kills and another 10 on Tuesday against Evansville. The Abby duo are the only Eagles to touch double-digit kills this season.

Guarding the Front Lines. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren O’Neill has stood tall at the net for USI, earning a team-high 14 blocks in three matches. As a team, the Eagles have out blocked its opponents, 27-21, while earning 52 blocking assists, one solo, and over two blocks per set.

Minimizing Errors. Despite the slow start, the Eagles have been limiting its mistakes on offense. USI has just 62 attack errors compared to its opponents’ 71 and have recorded 28 service errors in comparison to its opponents’ 40.

About Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies have started the season 1-2, receiving losses from Butler and Eastern Illinois before defeating Akron in the Top Dawg Challenge. As a team, Oakland has produced 129 kills with a .141 attacking percentage and just 67 errors. The Grizzlies also have dished out 117 assists and received 213 digs.

Leading the Grizzlies. Redshirt-sophomore Patti Cesarini leads the team with 40 kills and 3.08 kills per set. Senior Madison Ross has recorded a team-high 47 assists while sophomore Emily Wichmann has secured 65 digs with 5.00 digs per set.

About Kent State. The Golden Flashes look to add onto its 2-1 season after defeating UAlbany and Robert Morris in the JMU Invitational. Kent State’s offense has been stellar, racking up 162 kills with a .233 hitting percentage. The Flashes also have dished out 153 assists and 33 service aces. Defensively, Kent State has 176 digs with 29 blocks, 54 assists and 2 solos.

Leading the Flashes. Four players have 20 or more kills to start the season including senior Savannah Matthews who has a team-high 38 and 2.92 kills per set. Graduate student Alex Haffner has already reached the 100-assist plateau after accumulating 113 in 13 sets. Three Flashes have recorded 10 or more blocks, featuring fifth-year senior Lana Strejcek who has 16.

About Cornell. The Big Red look to compete in its first match of the season. Cornell will face Oakland and Kent State before meeting USI on Saturday. Last season, the Big Red finished 7-15, 3-11 in the Ivy League.

Leading the Big Red. Cornell lost its top three attackers from last season, meaning senior Joanna Chang will step up after accumulating 149 kills in 2021. Senior Emma Worthington finished with a team-high 562 assists last fall while sophomore Jackie Baker recorded 242 digs. Junior Sydney Moore will take over as the lead middle blocker this season after tallying 48 blocks last year.

Record Book Watch. The Eagles have one player climbing up the USI Volleyball Record Book:
Leah Anderson is seventh in service aces (140) and 18th in kills (913) all-time.

More Information. For more information about USI Volleyball and Athletics, go to USIScreamingEagles.com or follow USI Athletics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

USI heads to North Alabama Thursday

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer concludes a two-match road swing Thursday with a matchup against the University of North Alabama at 7 p.m. The Screaming Eagles will look to extend their active unbeaten streak to four.

USI (2-1-1) tied 1-1 last time out on the road against Northern Illinois University last Sunday. The lone goal for the Screaming Eagles in Sunday’s matchup with the Huskies came off the foot of senior forward Taylor Hall (Grayson, Kentucky), her first of the season. The assist went to freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana), who now has four goals, one assist, and nine points this season.

Murphy was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Besides her assist in Sunday’s match, the freshman midfielder achieved her first career hat trick with three goals last Thursday against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Murphy is first in the OVC in goals and points. In the two matches last week, Murphy placed four of five shots on goal. She has now put a shot on target in three straight contests, the team’s second-best active streak. Her shooting numbers are top five in the OVC.

Also, up for consideration as an OVC Defensive Player of the Week nominee was graduate student defender Mia Rose Daly (Haiku, Hawaii). Daly helped USI shut out Rose-Hulman last week 4-0, holding the Fightin’ Engineers to only four shots and two on goal. In the 1-1 draw at Northern Illinois, Daly led USI’s defense to hold the Huskies to only three shots on goal in 11 attempts. In her first few matches with USI, Daly has been a big impact player on the backline, winning over 90% of her one-on-one defensive battles. Plus, her distribution rate out of the back has had a success clip of over 80%.

Senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) heads into the matchup with North Alabama approaching a career milestone, needing four saves to hit 250 for her career and move into the top-five all-time in USI history for saves. Etienne already claims the program’s all-time shutout record with 31. Etienne and the USI defense have been strong, as Etienne is averaging only seven shots faced per game, allowing only two total goals, and averaging 2.5 saves per game through four matches.

North Alabama is out of the ASUN in NCAA Division I. North Alabama is 2-0-2 so far in the 2022 season, winning 2-0 in each of their first two matches against Jackson State and Belmont and tying 1-1 and 0-0 against South Alabama and Troy, respectively. Junior forward Alice Bussey and senior defender Izzi Gurney lead the Lions with two goals scored. Bussey is also the team’s leader with 10 shots and six shots on goal. Between the posts, junior goalkeeper Payton Yates has started three of the team’s four matches. Yates has allowed a single goal for a 0.33 goals against average with 10 saves. She also has two shutouts this season. In 2021, North Alabama was 2-13-3 and 1-7-1 in the ASUN. Bussey was the Lions’ leading scorer with three goals a season ago, while also pacing the team with 28 shots and 16 on goal.

Southern Indiana and North Alabama are meeting up for the fifth time, as USI leads the all-time series 2-1-1. This will be the first meeting where both programs are NCAA Division I status with the previous four matchups being at the Division II level. The Lions won the last matchup against the Screaming Eagles 3-0 on September 14, 2011. USI’s last win in the series was a 1-0 victory on September 26, 2008.

Thursday’s road match will be available for live video coverage with an ESPN+ subscription.

USI fans can stay up-to-date with the latest at usiscreamingeagles.com or follow USI Athletics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


MARION, Ind. – After an impressive opening weekend, Indiana Wesleyan volleyball jumped five spots to No. 11 in the latest installment of the NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

The team went 3-1 at the Columbia College Tournament, highlighted by an upset over No. 3 ranked Bellevue University. The Wildcats will be back in action this Friday and Saturday as they travel to Joliet, Ill. to play four matches in the Big Dogs Classic.

Be sure to mark your calendars for IWU’s home opener on September 7. Individuals looking to attend can purchase tickets at IWUWildcats.com/Tickets.

For the full NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, click HERE.

Little Giants Open 2022 Soccer Season Thursday

Wabash begins its quest to earn a berth in the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament for the sixth consecutive year. The Little Giants start that drive on Thursday with a season-opening contest at home versus Franklin College.

Wabash was picked as one of the favorites to pick up a conference tournament berth by finishing fourth in the voting in the preseason coaches poll. The Little Giants will focus not only on playing in the tournament by picking up the first NCAC tourney win in program history.

The Little Giants averaged 2.05 goals per game to finish 11-6-2 for the year. The top-four scorers return, led by all-conference and all-region forward Coledon Johnson. The senior forward scored a conference-best 12 goals and gave out five assists while starting in all 19 games for Wabash. Alexis Delgado picked up Second Team All-NCAC honors after scoring five goals with three assists. Austin Hughes scored four goals and four assists while missing three games due to injury.

Bruno Zamora gave out a team-high five assists in 2021 as a freshman and will set the offense from the midfield this season. Jerry Little II earned honorable mention all-conference honors after scoring a goal and giving out three assists in 18 games.

Seniors Quinn Leous, Jakob Faber, and Delgado anchor a defense that looks to replace All-American Cristian Aleman, who graduated after playing in 55 games in four seasons.

A group of five goalkeepers battle for the starting position in 2022. Senior Michael Bertram brings the most collegiate experience. He played in 15 games last season and recorded 57 saves for a 1.74 goals-against-average. Andrew Dever played in six games and posted three wins and a 0.66 goals-against average as a freshman. Henry Giesel saw action in two contests as a freshman. Sophomore transfer Fernando Ramos and freshman Soren Russell will also look for time in front of the net for the Little Giants.

Wabash plays its first six games at home, starting with Thursday’s season debut versus Franklin. The Little Giants face Olivet College Saturday at 3 p.m., followed by a Sunday outing against Mount St. Joseph University at 2 p.m.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Climb to No. 18 in National Rankings

KANSAS CITY – The National Athletic Intercollegiate Association released its first Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top-25 Poll of the 2022 regular season on Wednesday, in which the undefeated Taylor Trojans (6-0) climbed to the No. 18 spot in the land.

The Trojans rose four spots in the national rankings after winning all four of their matches in the second-annual Amber McClure Fayerweather Memorial Tournament, hosted inside Odle Arena on the campus of Taylor University last weekend.

Taylor is one of four Crossroads League teams to crack the top-25 in the NAIA’s latest poll, joining No. 3 Marian (4-0), No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan (4-0), and No. 25 Mount Vernon Nazarene (6-0), while RV Bethel (3-1) continues to reside on the cusp of the national rankings.

When Taylor has been at its best on the court, a killer combination of a sharp hitting percentage on offense and a demoralizing blocking average on defense has been the key to success. As a team, the Trojans hold the second-best hitting percentage in the league with a mark of .237, in addition to comfortably leading the league with a block-per-set average of 2.67, a mark that ranks eighth in the entire nation.

Right-side hitter, Ryan Czerniak, has led the way on offense for the Trojans, having maintained a .455 hitting percentage while averaging 3.8 kills-per-set throughout Taylor’s first six matches. Senior setter, Kacy Bragg, and outside hitter, Arlanda Faulkner, have also posted a .270-or-better hitting percentage thus far into the 2022 campaign.

On the defensive end, middle hitters, Grace Ieremia and Jaylynn Dunsmore, have continually embodied a fierce presence, Ieremia leading the Crossroads League and ranking third in the NAIA with a season-average of 1.53 blocks-per-set. Meanwhile, Dunsmore has contributed an additional 0.83 blocks-per-set, alongside outside hitter, Anna Frey, who has added 0.79 more.

No. 18 Taylor (6-0) is slated to play four top-25 or RV teams this upcoming weekend at the Labor Day Classic in Bellevue, Nebraska, commencing with a match against No. 15 Central Methodist (2-1) on Friday, September 2, at 4:00 pm ET.


MARION, Ind. – Mallory Krueger pushed two goals across Wednesday night, lifting No. 13 Indiana Wesleyan women’s soccer over No. 15 Columbia (Mo.) by a score of 3-0 for IWU’s first Top-25 victory of the season. It was just the junior’s third multi-goal performance.

Just three minutes into the match, Krueger sailed a beautiful ball upper-90 past the keeper for the game-winning goal.

Abby Drahnak collected her third goal of the season with five minutes left in the first half, giving IWU a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break.

Krueger would slam the door shut three minutes into the second half, netting her second goal of the match and IWU a 3-0 lead.

7 – how many more corners IWU attempted compared to CU

15 – how many fouls IWU tallied

881 – attendance for tonight’s match

3 – how many shots the Cougars landed on frame

IWU heads to Judson on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match.

Indiana Wesleyan returns home on Saturday, September 10th when they host The Masters University (Calif.) at 12 p.m.


MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s soccer welcomed No. 4 ranked Columbia College (Mo.) to Wildcat Soccer field on Wednesday night and proved they can battle with the best teams in the NAIA. The Wildcats created plenty of chances throughout the match, but the final whistle sounded with the score, 0-0.

IWU held the advantage in the opening 45 minutes with 5 shots compared to just 1 for the Cougars.

Both defenses held strong all with Senior Aaron Carr tallying 3 saves for the Wildcats.

The match increased in physicality in the second half with 14 total fouls draw compared to only 5 in the first half.

Columbia earned 7 corners in the match while IWU produced 5.

The Wildcats continue their challenging non-conference schedule on Saturday as they travel to No. 7 ranked Indiana Tech.

Men’s Soccer Opens Season at Home Thursday at 7 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team opens the 2022 season at home against Greenville University on Thursday at 7 pm.


* Rose-Hulman finished 12-5-1 and a perfect 9-0 in HCAC regular season play last fall.

* The Fightin’ Engineers were upset in the HCAC Tournament after earning their 3rd straight HCAC regular season title and their 9th since 2008.

* Rose-Hulman has been as the HCAC preseason favorites to win the 2022 league regular season title, in a preseason coaches poll released earlier this month.

* Men’s Soccer Athletes to Watch according to the HCAC preseason release include Zach Buvalic; Takezo Kelly; Kai Moore; Caleb Urban; and AJ Yilmaz.


* Greenville leads 13-11-3 overall.

* Greenville picked up a 2-1 overtime win last season.

Women’s Soccer Opens 2022 Season at Webster on Thursday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer team opens the 2022 season at Webster University on Wednesday at 5:30 pm Central Time.


* Rose-Hulman finished 12-3-2 and 7-1-1 in HCAC play last season.

* The Fightin’ Engineers advanced to the HCAC Tournament Semifinal Round in 2021.

* Rose-Hulman has been picked to finish 3rd in the HCAC this season, in a preseason coaches poll released earlier this month.

* Women’s Soccer Athletes to Watch according to the HCAC preseason release include Megan Foder; Kyra Hicks; Grace Hobson; Lane Lawrence and Sarah Shoemaker.


* Rose-Hulman leads 6-5 overall.

* The Fightin’ Engineers won the most recent meeting 2-0 last season.

Women’s Cross Country Opens 2022 Home Season on Thursday at 7:30 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s cross country team will open the 2022 season at home with the Rose-Hulman Opener on Thursday.


* 5K race

* Terre Haute, Ind.

* LaVern Gibson Championship Course

* 7:30 pm start time


* Rose-Hulman has been picked to narrowly finish 2nd in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s cross country standings, in a preseason poll of league coaches.

* The Fightin’ Engineers seek to return to their winning ways under first-year head coach Derick Lawrence this fall.  Rose-Hulman won the HCAC women’s cross country championship in 2017 and earned league runner-up honors in 2020 and 2021.

* Women’s cross country Athletes to Watch according to the HCAC preseason release include Naomi Knudtson, Abigail Kurfman, Madison Lindfelt, Audrey Pangerc and Libby Smith.

* After Thursday’s meet, the Fightin’ Engineers return to action in the Indiana State John McNichols Invitational, also at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course, on Saturday Sept. 17 at 9 am.

Men’s Cross Country Opens Season at Home on Thursday at 6:30 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s cross country team will open the 2022 season at home with the Rose-Hulman Opener on Thursday.


* 5K race

* Terre Haute, Ind.

* LaVern Gibson Championship Course

* 6:45 pm start time


* Rose-Hulman has been picked to finish 3rd in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s cross country standings, in a preseason poll of league coaches.

* The Fightin’ Engineers seek to return to their conference championship winning ways under first-year head coach Derick Lawrence this fall.  Rose-Hulman won the HCAC men’s cross country championship in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2020.

* Men’s cross country Athletes to Watch according to the HCAC preseason release include Daniel Gaull, Ethan Jones, Hammond Law, Ethan Miller and John Sluys.

* After Thursday’s meet, the Fightin’ Engineers return to action in the Indiana State John McNichols Invitational, also at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course, on Saturday Sept. 17 at 9 am.


HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU women’s soccer team (1-2) logged their first shutout of the season in convincing fashion with an 8-0 win over IU South Bend (0-4) Wednesday afternoon at King Stadium. The W is the program’s largest margin of victory since September of 2017 when the Foresters topped Bluffton by the same score.

The hosts, who beat IUSB 6-0 last year, sent a clear message within the first two minutes that they were taking control when Katie Hooley found back netting for a quick lead. She was at it again five minutes later for her second goal of the match to up the lead to 2-0. The rookie forward was one of five freshmen to score in the first half to catapult Huntington in front 7-0.

Paige Weiss took her turn next at the 13:41 mark for the second goal of her young career after which Ella Theard and Hannah Johnson each found the back of the net for the first time in Forester green. Janae Good then put the finishing touches on the frame by striking for a pair of goals to send Lewis’ squad into intermission with a hefty advantage.

The Foresters were content to spend the final 45 minutes possessing the ball in the middle of the park except when Kalaina Stephens, after dribbling through multiple defenders, fired a shot upper 90 far post 12 minutes into the second half to make for the 8-0 final. For the junior defender it was her first collegiate score.

When all was said and done, HU went off for 38 shots, 25 on frame, while limiting the Titans to a mere two shots.

“We wanted to begin today’s match stronger than we did in our first two games and they played good soccer and got the result,” said Coach David Lewis. “Seven of our goals were scored by freshmen which is encouraging. We hope to build on this momentum.”

Next up for Lewis and crew is another home match on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against St. Francis (Ill.).


DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – The Huntington men’s soccer team remained perfect against the University of Michigan-Dearborn Wednesday night by downing the Wolverines 1-0 at Star International Academy. HU is 4-0 against UMD since the two programs started playing each other in 2018.

Tonight’s win is HU’s second on the road with the game-winner coming just minutes into the second half. Garrett Klefeker set the stage by playing a ball into Pablo Garcia who found Joao Ratinho. The rest, as they say, was history as the sophomore transfer beat the keeper to put it away for his second goal as a Forester.

“This was a hard fought battle,” said Coach Russ Lawson. “The first 65 minutes we enjoyed the majority of possession. We were calm and composed and moved the ball well with our breakthrough coming in the 48th minute when Joao scored the only goal of the game.

“Defensively we were stout. I’m proud of the guys for getting the clean sheet. We have more to give and new heights to reach with this team. It’s exciting to see us moving in the right direction.”

Shots were at a premium with each team logging four apiece. Pedro Moreira, with one save, earned the shutout in goal.

The Foresters’ home opener is Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Lourdes.


GARY, Ind. – The IU Northwest volleyball team is off to a hot start with their latest victim the Foresters of Huntington Tuesday evening at the Savannah Center Gymnasium. The RedHawks disposed of HU in four (25-13, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19) to improve to 5-2 on the season while their visitors drop to 1-6.

It’s just the fifth time these two programs have met up with tonight’s outcome the first to favor IUNW.  

IU Northwest put up a wall defensively to limit what Huntington was able to do offensively. The hosts finished with 12.5 blocks to HU’s six and as such also had an offensive efficiency that proved superior.

Huntington was paced by Haley Kruse’s 11 kills. Kortney Grimm chipped in ten kills while Maisyn Robrock finished with seven. Morgan Robrock directed traffic by handing out 29 assists. Olivia Krahn picked up 12 digs while Layla Meyer tallied four aces.

“Tonight we had a post-match conversation regarding the necessity of displaying confidence, vocal energy and grit each time we stop on the floor – whether that’s for a match, practice or extra reps,” said Coach Kelsey Herber. “The entire team is on the same page and understands that this is the last time we are going to talk about it. All that’s left is to put it into action.

“Olivia played a great match for us with both her passing and defense. I’m proud of the way she stepped up and kept many plays alive.”

The Foresters’ next matchup will be against UNOH on Friday at 4:00 p.m. as part of the Racer Tournament.

Late Hat Trick by Daniel Eleuterio Makes USF History & Ignites Cougars Past Crimson Wave

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Wednesday evening the University of Saint Francis Cougars (2-0-1) played host to the Calumet College of Saint Joseph Crimson Wave (0-1) at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium and won 5-0 behind three late goals by junior midfielder Daniel Eleuterio.

As the game got going, the Cougars came out strong on offense. They strung together several scoring opportunities in the opening minutes, but the Crimson Wave stepped up on defense to keep the game scoreless.

Then in the 30th minute, the Cougars’ persistence paid off.

A corner kick by junior midfielder Mateo Abella found the right place as sophomore defender Dominic Borucki headed it in for the first goal of the game to give the Cougars the lead.

With the Crimson Wave now starting to gain some momentum with offense, the Cougars had to step up themselves and freshman goalkeeper Joe Deitering and the Cougar defenders kept the ball out of the net.

As the first half started to wind down, the Cougars were looking for some insurance, and they got it. In the 43rd minute, freshman midfielder Dalton Blankenbaker got the ball about 20 yards out and hammered in his first goal of the game and the season as Saint Francis doubled the lead at 2-0 and it stayed that way through halftime.

Heading into the second half, the Cougars and Crimson Wave battled each other back and forth with neither team able to find the net. A couple golden opportunities at the net fell short for Saint Francis as the score stayed a two-goal game.

A free kick by the Crimson Wave with five minutes remaining was stopped by a brilliant save by Deitering. Then in the 88th minute, the Cougars put the game away as junior midfielder Daniel Eleuterio got the ball from sophomore midfielder Simon Hemler and knocked it past the Crimson Wave’s goalkeeper to make it 3-0.

Just 30 seconds later, Eleuterio added his second goal of the game as his two late goals solidified the victory for Saint Francis in their home opener. But he wasn’t done there, he ran the ball down the field and scored his third goal of the game while making USF program history.

Eleuterio’s feat was the first time in program history that three goals were scored in under two minutes all by the same player.

“I think Daniel always gives a good effort,” Head Coach Jake Essig said of his midfielder, “He puts his head down in a positive way, and really deserved to score at least one if not two, but he then got the third and it’s a very exciting time for him and the team.”

The Cougars resume play on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to face the Carlow University Celtics beginning at 2:00 pm.

Seven Cougars Goals Pave the Way to 7-0 Victory Over Calumet

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Wednesday evening, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (2-1) played host to the Calumet College of Saint Joseph Crimson Wave (0-1) at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium and prevailed 7-0 as six different players scored.

As the game got underway the Cougars started strong on offense and continuously applied the pressure on the Crimson Wave defense. After a couple shots at the net, senior forward Aubrey Vince got the ball on a breakaway and knocked it past Crimson Wave’s goalkeeper to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.

Throughout the remainder of the first half, the Cougars dominated the play, totaling five corner kicks and produced one offensive drive after another.

Then in the 22nd minute, the Cougars added to their lead. They drove the ball down the field again and after a shot by freshman midfielder Haley Roberson was deflected, senior defender Mikayla Smith got the ball and passed it across to sophomore midfielder Carlee Biddle, who knocked it in to make it 2-0.

Just five minutes later, it was freshman forward Courtney Tobin who got in on the fun. Biddle popped the ball up to the freshman phenom who after a hat trick in her first collegiate game last week, got her fourth goal of the season and third of the game for Saint Francis.

A fourth goal came in the 31st minute from freshman forward MaKenzie Wert on an assist by Courtney Tobin.

Four goals by four different players gave Saint Francis all the momentum heading to halftime leading 4-0.

Heading into the second half, the Cougars picked up right where they left off. Less than 90 seconds into the frame, Haley Roberson got the ball from Courtney Tobin for a fifth goal for the Cougars. Then just a few minutes later, sophomore defender Mackenzie Christle got a corner kick and knocked it in for the sixth goal of the game.

The first six goals of the game from the Cougars came from six different players.

Then it was MaKenzie Wert in the 57th minute who got her second goal of the game on a corner kick assist from freshman forward Raylinn Kappes. Saint Francis now led 7-0 with under 20 minutes to play.

Throughout the match MaKenzie Wert led the team with two goals while Courtney Tobin led the way in assists with two.

The Cougars resume play on Saturday evening when they host the Saint Xavier University Cougars (0-2-1) at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium beginning at 7:00 pm.

Preview: Women’s Tennis Set to Open 2022 Fall Season This Friday

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s tennis team will open the 2022 regular season by welcoming Spring Arbor University (Mich.) to town for a non-conference matchup Friday afternoon.

2022 Season Opening Match
Friday, September 2 • Kokomo, IN • Taylor High School Tennis Courts
IU Kokomo vs Spring Arbor • 3:00 P.M.

The Cougars of IU Kokomo, under seventh-year head coach Kristine Miller, enter the 2022 season looking to build upon a 2021 campaign that saw them set the program record for wins with 14. Coach Miller’s squad earned the number three seed in the River States Conference Championship with a regular season RSC mark of 5-2., falling to Oakland City in the semifinals of the RSC Championship.

The Spring Arbor University Cougars are also set to open regular season play Friday afternoon, and they come into the 2022 season on the backs of a 13-9 2021 record. SAU finished with a Crossroads League record of 6-2 but fell in the tournament semifinals to Marian University (Ind.).

IU Kokomo and Spring Arbor share some history, as the two programs have met four times since 2019. All four contests have gone the way of Spring Arbor.

For the latest news, updates, and information on the IU Kokomo Cougars, fans can visit IUKCougars.com. Fans can also stay up to date on the latest Cougar news by following @IUKAthletics on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Titans fall to Huntington

HUNTINGTON, Ind.- Kaitlin Paul made 14 saves in Wednesday’s contest against the Huntington Foresters, but the Titans were shutout on the road, losing by a final score 8-0.

The Huntington Foresters offense tallied eight goals, seven of them coming in the first half. Katie Hooley and Janae Good both scored a pair of goals for Huntington. Four other Foresters found the back of the net, including Junior defenseman Kalaina Stephens scoring in her only shot on goal.

The IU South Bend Titans had multiple chances to score in the first half of action. The best chance coming via shot on goal by Freshman midfielder Maya Diceanu which just missed putting the Titans on the board, hitting the top crossbar.

IU South Bend returns to action on Saturday, September 3rd, as the Titans travel out of state to take on the Wolverines of Michigan-Dearborn at 1:00 P.M.

Purdue Northwest and Quincy tie

The Pride played the Quincy Hawks to a 1-1 tie at Dowling Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Coach Ryan Hayes Quote – “Another solid performance with 14 shots and 9 on goal for the Pride.  Quincy had 4 shots with 2 on goal.  This is a good indication of how the game went.  We need to continue to work on our decision making in our attacking third and choosing the right option but overall we are making some very positive strides.”

Pride Player Highlights – Christian Booth (Mississauga, Ontario) scored his first goal of the season and Thomas Bauer (Bavaria, Germany) was very good in the midfield.

Next Game – The Pride go on the road to take on the Oilers of Findlay University.  The game will be played Saturday, September 3rd at 12:00 p.m.

Pride to Open Season at Flyer Early Bird

The Purdue University Northwest Women’s and Men’s Cross Country teams will travel to Romeoville, Ill. for the Flyer Early Bird Meet Friday, September 2nd to start the season.

The men’s 6k race will begin at 6 P.M. CT, with the women’s 4k race following at 6:30 P.M. CT.

Women’s Season Preview The Women’s Cross Country team features four returners from last season. Senior Christina Shaginaw (Hobart, Ind./Hobart HS) (Hobart HS / Hobart, IN) will lead the Pride and hopes to beat her 6k personal best of 22:27.2. She will be joined by fellow seniors Holly Shaginaw (Hobart, Ind./Hobart HS) (Hobart HS / Hobart, IN), Megan Teitge (Kouts, Ind./Morgan Township HS) (Valparaiso HS / Valparaiso, IN), and Morgan Bartlett (East Troy, Wis./East Troy HS) (East Troy HS / East Troy, WI) all with hopes to continue to progress throughout this upcoming season.

Purdue Northwest also welcomes five new runners to the program: Carina Alanis (Frankfort, Ind./Frankfort HS) (Frankfort HS / Frankfort, IN), Abby Artherhults (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso HS) (Valparaiso HS / Valparaiso, IN), Caitlyn Derwinski (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) (Crown Point HS / Crown Point, IN), Landry Koski (Rock, Mich./Mid Peninsula HS) (Mid Peninsula HS / Rock, MI), and Annika Peterson (Schoolcraft, Mich./Schoolcraft HS) (Schoolcraft HS / Schoolcraft, MI).

“The PNW women’s team looks great coming into season. The Pride are hungry and work well together already, which is what we want and need from them to continue to improve,” stated Coach Whittaker.

Men’s Season Preview The Men’s Cross Country team return five individuals to this years team with four of their top seven runners from last season. Returning for the Pride will be senior Eric Alegre (Highland, Ind./Highland High School) (Highland HS / Highland, IN), juniors Adam Glaub (Metamora, Ill./Metamora Township HS) (Metamora Township HS / Metamora, IL) and Carter Leak (North Vernon, Ind./Jennings County HS) (Jennings County HS / North Vernon, IN), and sophomores Quinton Bock (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) (Crown Point HS / Crown Point, IN) and Bruce Leipart (Hobart, Ind./Hobart HS) (Hobart HS / Demotte, IN), who all look to improve from last year.

Newcomers to the Pride this season include: Hayden Podlin (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central HS) (Lake Central HS / Dyer, IN), Sharmarke Ali (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln HS) (Lincoln HS / Gahanna, OH), Brandan Bagnara (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest HS) (Oak Forest HS / Oak Forest, IL), Jackson Bakker (Lowell, Ind./Lowell HS) (Lowell HS / Lowell, IN), Kolten Becker (Hanna, Ind./South Central Jr./Sr. HS) (South Central Jr/Sr HS / Hanna, IN), Joe Meagher (Hobart, Ind./Hobart HS) (Hobart HS / Hobart, IN). Avery Ramos (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central HS) (Lake Central HS / Dyer, IN). Ethan Walden (Rolling Prairie, Ind./New Prairie HS) (New Prairie HS / Rolling Prairie, IN). and Brendan Wiegand (Romeo, Mich./Romeo HS) (Romeo HS / Romeo, MI).

“We are excited to see what the PNW men’s team bring to the table this year. With a very young squad, we are eager to see who steps up and rises to the challenge,” stated Coach Whittaker.

Tech Fights off Grace Attack in 0-0 Draw

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Indiana Tech completed its first road game of the season with a 0-0 Draw against the Lancers of Grace College Wednesday night. The first half was an even contest, with Grace out-shooting Tech 4-3. Tech goalkeeper, Jaume Salvado, picked up his second shutout of the season, tallying five saves, while the lancer keeper, Diego Campos, had two.

Grace took more control of the game in the second half, firing seven shots while only allowing Tech to take one. A through ball placed in the path of Ryan Steele during the 73rd minute resulted in Tech’s only attempt in the second half.  The weighted ball brought Campos off his line, forcing a quick reflex save.

The Warriors look for their first win of the season this Saturday, September 3, when they take on Indiana Wesleyan University at home. Indiana Tech is 0-3 in the matchup with the Wildcats, looking for their first win. This will be their first matchup since 2019.

Grace holds No. 7 Indiana Tech to scoreless draw

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – On Wednesday night, Grace’s men’s soccer team fought No. 7 Indiana Tech to a 0-0 draw at 1st Source Bank Field.

Despite the no decision, the Lancers seemed to be the aggressors throughout the match out-shooting the highly ranked Warriors 11-4.

Grace was also without the defending NAIA Defensive Player of the Week, Matteo Conci. Diego Campos made the start in his stead.

From the opening kickoff Grace did not appear to be intimidated by their top 10 foe. The Lancers gained possession of the ball early and had a trio of corner kick opportunities.

Indiana Tech was able to mount a credible counter-attack and had a chance at a set-piece just outside the box.

The ensuing kick found its way through the swarm of bodies in the box and was just inches from crossing the goal line when Nelu Calcai alertly cleared the ball and ended the Warriors’ threat.

The game divulged into a attack, counter-attack style in the middle portions of the half, with neither team able to grasp the upper hand.

Martim Sequeira subbed into the game with 24 minutes left before the period break and immediately made his presence felt.

The senior made a pair of signature runs on goal which resulted in two shots that narrowly missed the goal-mouth.

In the waning seconds of the half, Juan Camilo Garcia tried a long shot on goal that seemed to tie the Indiana Tech keeper up, but he was able to corral the ball as time expired, sending the game to break at zero all.

Grace entered the 2nd half seemingly energized by the boisterous crowd that packed 1st Source bank Field.

The Lancers dominated the time of possession during the opening minutes as a curling shot from Diogo Lopes forced a diving save from the Warriors’ keeper.

Sequeira had another dangerous attempt on goal in the 2nd half, but he was just beaten to a loose ball in front of the goal line by Indiana Tech’s goalie.

Grace continued to pressure with intensity and consistency as the Warriors were put on their heels by the Lancers.

Daniel Santos Rosa made a pair of fantastic runs on the Warriors’ goal as he dribbled through numerous defenders, but could not find the attempt that would push Grace ahead.

Indiana Tech’s final legitimate chance on goal came with 17 minutes left. A seemingly harmless crossing pass bounced around the penalty dot, before a sprawling Campos smothered the ball.

Grace maintained possession for the remainder of the game but was unable to find the game-winner as the game closed at a 0-0 draw.

Sequeira led all players with five shots, and Campos saved both shots he faced in his Lancer debut.

Grace will return to action this weekend for a pair of contests in Baldwin City, Kansas. The Lancers will play Baker at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and then No. 5 Oklahoma Wesleyan at 12 p.m. on Monday.

2022 PREVIEW: Cross Country hungry to build on success

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s cross country team enters the 2022 campaign with high hopes and tremendous talent.

The men’s and women’s squads have made their mark at the national level in recent years under fourth-year head coach Jake Poyner. The two teams swept the NCCAA national championships last year and went on to excel at the NAIA race.

As a result, the women’s team begins the year ranked No. 9 in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. It is the highest NAIA ranking in program history.

The men’s side is ranked No. 16 in the preseason poll, continuing their trend of being ranked nationally.

The teams are loaded with talent, including a pair of NAIA All-Americans from a year ago. Bryan Hernandez-Rios was an All-American last year by finishing in 16th place, and Kylie Sauder became the first women’s NAIA All-American when she placed 24th in her freshman campaign.

The women’s team also returns multiple All-Crossroads League performers, including Mallory Hiatt and Heather Plastow, and Dimitri Margaritidis was on the verge of All-League last year for the men.

The Lancers are hoping to build on their recent success and aim even higher this fall. While Grace has celebrated the hard work and dedication of the past few seasons, Poyner maintained that his runners are hungry for more.

“I see a lot of growth on both teams. Our upperclassmen know how quick four years of collegiate cross country flies by, so they are ready to lead our teams with class and integrity,” Poyner said. “I could not be more proud of where this team has been and where we are headed.”

Poyner has brought in a loaded freshman class, including arguably the most talented women’s class in program history. Addison Grady (Cedar Falls, Iowa), Esther Cameron (Rio Rancho, N.M.) and Morgan Welch (Ashland, Ohio) were multiple All-State performers who will push for top-six spots immediately.

On the men’s side, graduate students Korry Hamlin and Phillip Selmer join Grace cross country for the first time. Additionally, freshman Cole Johnson was a multiple Indiana All-State prospect from Goshen High School. The trio bolster a deep men’s squad who has been consistently ranked in the NAIA.

Poyner said his team was not shy about being ambitious. The team wants to win their first conference championship and to defend their NCCAA national crowns.

“We want to finish high at the NAIA championship as well. But more than that, we want to see a group of young men and women who grow deeply in their relationships, character, vocations and, most importantly, their faith,” Poyner said. “I am very excited to work with both of their teams on their pursuits this fall.”

The Lancers will begin their season this Friday with the Mastodon Opener, followed by the Wildcat Invitational on Sept. 9.

Tickets, tailgate packages on sale for SMWC sprint football home games

Football has arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College as coach Blaine Powell’s inaugural sprint football team is in its second week of preparations for the season opener Sept. 17 and the home opener Sept. 24.

Tickets, at a cost of just $5 per game, can be purchased in advance, and SMWC Athletics will be offering special tailgate meals for the three home games – Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and Oct. 22 – that can be purchased in advance as well. A taco tailgate is offered for Sept. 24. The homecoming offering Oct. 1 will include BBQ pork and BBQ chicken. On Oct. 22, fans can enjoy a bowl of beef or vegan chili or chili dogs.

The three home games will be played at West Vigo High School’s Jay Barrett Field during the 2022 season. SMWC is part of the newly-formed Midwest Sprint Football League, which joins the east-coast based Collegiate Sprint Football League as the only two in existence. Sprint football plays by traditional collegiate football rules but just has a player weight limit of 178 pounds.

SMWC Associate VP of Athletics Ron Prettyman is excited to bring football to SMWC as

“Come and join us for this historic Sprint Football Season,” Prettyman said. “It will be fast. It will be fun. It will be a time to gather as we celebrate Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods-College, Pomeroy Athletics, and the outstanding young women and men that are a part of our campus community.”

T-shirts and commemorative coins are also available here.

Current SMWC students and staff receive free admission with ID. Children 10-and-under are free.

Saints double up on Leafs

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – It was a fast-paced affair when the Maple Leafs men’s soccer team played the Holy Cross College Saints on Wednesday afternoon. Goshen goalkeeper Matias da Fonseca made 14 saves, but the Saints had 18 shots on goal and won 4-2.

The game’s first goal came after an offsides call against Holy Cross, but the Saints’ David Ross created a takeaway and had open space in front of him as he found an opening on the left side of the goal. About eight minutes later, in the 16th minute, da Fonseca made a tremendous save that resulted in a corner kick for HCC. The laser of a kick was stopped by Gabe Nyenka and put through the net by Tristan Alfaro.

Goshen got on the board when Wendo Kisila found Luiz Matteus Pontes for an easy goal after Isaias Rubio was out of the net. The score was 2-1 in favor of the home team going into halftime.

The goal-scoring pattern was the same in the second half as the first – with two home team goals before one by the Leafs. Off of a corner kick, Erick Zelaya turned and shot the Saints’ third goal, and less than five minutes later, Jeffrey Harper maneuvered past da Fonseca to tap in the fourth Holy Cross goal.

In the 78th minute, first-year Eli Simones scored on a header that was tipped by the keeper but went off the post and in. Lucas Bontreger earned the assist on the cross. This is the first collegiate goal for Simones. He also had an assist in Goshen’s last game against Michigan-Dearborn.

Despite allowing four goals, da Fonseca made 14 saves on 18 shots on goal from the Saints. The Saints also shot accurately, as 18 of their 25 shots were on target. Goshen took 17 shots and landed five on goal.

Now at 0-2-1, Goshen returns home on Saturday, September 3, to take on St. Francis (Ill.) at 5:00 pm.


Notre Dame, Ind. The Holy Cross College men’s soccer hosted Goshen College this afternoon in a non-conference matchup. David Ross scored an unassisted goal early in the match to give Holy Cross a quick 1-0 lead. Tristan Alfaro tacked on another goal in the 16th minute to extend the lead to 2-0. Goshen was able to score a goal late in the first half to cut the deficit to 2-1 entering halftime. Erick Zelaya and Jeffrey Harper each added goals, coming in the 64th minute and 69th minute, to give the Saints a 4-1 lead. Goshen try to come back late with a goal of their own, but Holy Cross would go on to defeat the Maple Leafs 4-2. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 2-1 while Goshen stands at 0-2-1.


Score: Holy Cross defeated Goshen 4-2

Records: Holy Cross (2-1) | Goshen (0-2-1)

Location: Saints Field | Holy Cross College | Notre Dame, Ind.


  8′ | David Ross (HC) unassisted

16′ | Tristan Alfaro (HC) assisted by Gabe Nyenka

23′ | Luiz Pontes (GC) assisted by Wendo Kisila

64′ | Erick Zelaya (HC) assisted by Gabe Nyenka

69′ | Jeffrey Harper (HC) unassisted

77′ | Eli Simones (HC) assisted by Lucas Bontreger


Isaias Rubio got the start in goal and recorded two saves

Gabe Nyenka recorded two assists

HC outshot Goshen 25-17 in the win


The Saints will return to non-conference action on Wednesday, September 7 when they travel to Lourdes University. Kickoff set for 4:00pm EST.

VU’s Region 24 winning streak continues as Trailblazers pick up sweep at Wabash Valley

MT. CARMEL, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team improved their winning streak over Region 24 opponents to 16 after Vincennes came away with a 25-18, 25-14, 25-21 sweep at Wabash Valley Wednesday night.

The Trailblazers had to battle early on against the Warriors, holding a narrow 14-11 lead midway through the opening set.

Vincennes would grow their lead and pick up the set one win 25-18.

The VU momentum continued in the second set, with the Blazers opening a 10-point lead at 15-5.

Wabash Valley traded points with Vincennes to close out the set as the Trailblazers came away with set two 25-14.

The Warriors looked to avoid the sweep in set three, jumping out to an early 7-3 lead, before VU would rally back with a pair of 4-0 scoring runs to take a 17-11 lead.

Wabash Valley cut the deficit to two points late in the third set, but the Blazers held on to pick up set three and complete the sweep 25-21.

“We went into this game knowing there was going to be a very active crowd,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien said. “We wanted to come out and play well, just so we could take the crowd out of it, so they are not a factor. There were a few times where Wabash Valley went on runs where the crowd got back into it.”

“Credit our team for playing very consistently,” Sien added. “That way the crowd was never really that big of a factor.”

Vincennes was led offensively by freshman Paige Parlanti (Las Vegas, Nev.) who recorded her third career double-double, finishing with 16 kills and 11 digs, while also adding two aces and a block assist.

Freshman Audrey Buis (Franklin, Ind.) ended her night with nine kills and a block assist.

Freshman Alexis Chrappa (Effingham, Ill.) just missed a double-double of her own with seven kills and nine digs.

Freshmen Kennedy Sowell (Effingham, Ill.) and Tuana Turhan (Ankara, Turkey) each finished with five kills, with Sowell also adding two block assists and Turhan adding one.

Sophomores Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland rounded out the VU hitting with four kills each.

Graber added 17 set assists and five digs to her totals and Banasiak finished with a block assist and a dig.

Freshman Maecy Johnson (Chrisman, Ill.) led the Blazers from the setter position with 19 set assists, with one dig and one ace.

Freshman Morgan Netcott (Montague, Mich.) led the Blazers with 17 digs defensively and one set assist and sophomore Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) finished with five digs and one ace.

“We had a couple of rotations with six freshmen on the floor tonight,” Sien said. “But much like the Chicago White Sox back in the day, ‘The kids can play’.”

“We have full confidence in Maecy,” Sien added about his freshman setter. “She played a great game. It was her first college start and she comes away with 19 set assists. She ran a really nice offense and made some good choices. It’s tough being the backup setter. She is playing behind two sophomore setters, but she listened. Anybody else in that situation could have just gone through the motions, but she kept at it and listened when we were coaching the other setters and she didn’t miss a beat tonight.”

Vincennes will be on the road again this weekend as the Blazers travel to Perrysburg, Ohio to take part in the Owens CC Tournament Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3.

VU will take on Richard Bland College at 3:30 p.m. eastern and Muskegon CC at 5 p.m. eastern to begin the tournament on Friday.

The tournament will conclude on Saturday with VU facing the College of Lake County at 10 a.m. eastern and Glen Oaks Community College at 2:30 p.m. eastern.

“Tonight’s match begins a long stretch of away games in September,” Sien said. “We only play at home three times in the entire month of September, so we just have to get used to it.”

“The nice thing about this weekend is that we are going to a very large tournament,” Sien added. “There will be five different courts going at once, with schools from all around the country. It’s really one of the largest NJCAA volleyball tournaments in the nation. I think it’s a really nice place to showcase our players and allow them to display their talents in another part of the country. We schedule tournaments like this one to get experience playing different teams and continue to get the word out about us.”



American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7952.60345 – 2034 – 3235 – 2322 – 715 – 146 – 4L 1
Tampa Bay7257.558642 – 2330 – 3430 – 2514 – 1516 – 98 – 2W 3
Toronto7059.543838 – 2932 – 3027 – 2419 – 1515 – 145 – 5L 1
Baltimore6861.5271037 – 2431 – 3727 – 2914 – 1517 – 96 – 4W 1
Boston6368.4811631 – 3432 – 3418 – 3616 – 1421 – 83 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6860.53133 – 2635 – 3413 – 1531 – 2412 – 135 – 5L 1
Minnesota6762.5191.540 – 2927 – 3317 – 1330 – 2012 – 175 – 5L 1
Chi White Sox6466.492531 – 3533 – 3115 – 1728 – 2813 – 143 – 7W 1
Kansas City5378.40516.532 – 3721 – 4112 – 2024 – 2710 – 184 – 6L 1
Detroit5080.3851929 – 3721 – 439 – 2022 – 368 – 155 – 5L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8447.64143 – 2041 – 2710 – 1223 – 842 – 217 – 3W 3
Seattle7258.55411.535 – 2837 – 3016 – 1712 – 735 – 286 – 4W 3
Texas5871.4502528 – 3830 – 335 – 1417 – 1326 – 365 – 5L 4
LA Angels5774.4352728 – 3729 – 3711 – 2314 – 925 – 295 – 5W 1
Oakland4982.3743522 – 4327 – 3912 – 1811 – 1822 – 365 – 5L 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8348.63444 – 2139 – 2743 – 1915 – 518 – 145 – 5W 1
Atlanta8051.611343 – 2537 – 2632 – 2221 – 1217 – 126 – 4W 1
Philadelphia7358.5571039 – 3034 – 2829 – 2720 – 1017 – 137 – 3W 1
Miami5575.42327.526 – 3829 – 3725 – 2811 – 1512 – 213 – 7L 4
Washington4486.33838.521 – 4723 – 399 – 4213 – 1615 – 184 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7655.58042 – 2234 – 3314 – 1635 – 2017 – 96 – 4W 1
Milwaukee6960.535635 – 2634 – 3411 – 1335 – 3010 – 136 – 4W 1
Chi Cubs5675.4272028 – 3828 – 3713 – 929 – 318 – 214 – 6W 1
Cincinnati5178.3952427 – 3824 – 4012 – 2220 – 288 – 213 – 7L 1
Pittsburgh4981.37726.526 – 3623 – 458 – 2023 – 3314 – 172 – 8L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers9039.69845 – 1645 – 2319 – 1321 – 935 – 127 – 3L 1
San Diego7359.55318.535 – 2838 – 3119 – 1519 – 1029 – 257 – 3W 3
Arizona6168.4732934 – 3327 – 3516 – 1513 – 1521 – 316 – 4L 1
San Francisco6168.4732934 – 3227 – 3614 – 1317 – 1120 – 342 – 8L 7
Colorado5675.4273536 – 3220 – 4310 – 2311 – 1227 – 304 – 6L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1890       On Labor Day at Brooklyn’s Washington Park, the Bridegrooms, later known as the Dodgers, win all three games against Pittsburgh in the first tripleheader ever played. The home team sweeps the visiting Alleghenys, who will become the Pirates next season, 10-9, 3-2, and 8-4.

1906       In the longest game in American League history, Philadelphia beats the Red Sox in 24 innings, 4-1. Each starter goes the distance when A’s hurler Jack Coombs, who fans 18 batters, bests Boston’s Joe Harris in the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds contest.

1909       Bill O’Hara, inserted as a pinch-runner, becomes the first major leaguer to steal two bags in the same inning when he swipes second and third base in the Giants’ 9-6 victory over St. Louis at the Polo Grounds. The 28-year-old New York outfielder will end the season with 31 stolen bases and duplicates the feat tomorrow against the same opponents.

1918       The major league regular season, scheduled to end today due to World War I, is extended when the owners decide to play through Labor Day. The Browns want the Indians fined and believe Cleveland should forfeit the two games for refusing to play the additional contests.

1931       Lou Gehrig, for the third time in four days, hits a grand slam. The Bronx Bomber first baseman’s third-inning base-loaded home run off Ed Morris proves to be the difference in New York’s 5-1 victory over Boston at Yankee Stadium.

1945       Philadelphia outfielder Vince DiMaggio’s bases-loaded home run paces the Phillies to an 8-3 victory over Boston at Braves Field. Joe and Dom’s older brother ties a major league mark with his fourth grand slam of the season.

1947       The Giants surpass the 1936 Yankees’ mark for the most home runs hit in a season by a team. The three Polo Grounds homers in today’s twin bill sweep over Boston raise the record total to 185, and the New York National League club will finish the season with 221 round-trippers.

1950       Philadelphia’s GM Bob Carpenter, to save the Phillies a 24-hour train trip from to play the Braves, charters his team’s first plane flight. The TWA Lockheed Constellation, delayed because of mechanical problems, makes a precarious landing during a severe thunderstorm on a rainy, foggy day in Boston, resulting in the anxious players loudly cheering the pilot for their safe arrival.

1953       The Cardinals tie a major league mark, hitting five homers in a 12-5 loss to Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. The solo shots hit by Stan Musial, Harry Elliot, Rip Repulski, and Steve Bilko (2), all off starter Preacher Roe, aren’t enough to offset the Dodgers’ 17-hit attack, which includes six doubles but no round-trippers.

1958       Cardinal southpaw Vinegar Bend Mizell beats Joe Nuxhull and the Reds, 1-0, thanks to an unearned run in the second inning at Busch Stadium. The future U.S. Congressman, born in Leakesville, Mississippi, on the other side of the Alabama state line near neighboring Vinegar Bend, establishes a National League record by walking nine batters without giving up a run.

1961       In his first major league at-bat, Cuno Barragan hits his only big-league home run, taking Dick LeMay deep over the left-field fence at Wrigley Field in the second inning of the Cubs’ 4-3 loss to San Francisco. The 29-year-old catcher will play in 69 games for Chicago over three seasons.

1963       Cardinal starter Curt Simmons becomes one of few pitchers ever to steal home with his second-inning dash to the plate in the team’s 7-3 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The 34-year-old Redbird southpaw, who had tripled, scores on an aborted squeeze play when Chris Short uncorks a pitch that Julian Javier cannot bunt.

1964       🇯🇵 Masanori Murakami becomes the first native-born Japanese player to appear in the U.S. major leagues when he throws a scoreless eighth inning in the Giants’ 4-1 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium. The 20-year-old southpaw, scheduled to play only minor league ball until June as an ‘exchange player,’ will be allowed to stay and play in one full season with San Francisco before returning to the Nankai Hawks, ending his brief American stint with a 5-1 record and an ERA of 3.75.

1966       Tim McCarver’s third-inning triple, his 13th and final one of the season, plates Orlando Cepeda in the Cardinals’ 7-4 victory over Atlanta at Busch Stadium. The 22-year-old Memphis (TN) native will become the first backstop ever to lead the National or American League in three-baggers.

1967       Amid his franchise record-setting of pitching 40 consecutive innings without allowing a run, Gaylord Perry extends his scoreless streak when he hurls 16 innings of shutout ball in the Giants’ 1-0 victory over the Reds. Frank Linzy keeps Cincinnati scoreless for the final five frames, getting the victory for San Francisco in the 21-inning Crosley Field contest.

1967       After 20 scoreless innings, which equals the major league mark, Dick Groat draws a bases-loaded walk, giving the Giants a 1-0 victory over the Reds. In 1918, the Braves and Pirates also matched zeros for twenty frames until the Bucs scored two runs in the top of the 21st for an eventual 2-0 victory in the Boston ballpark.

1969       At Dodger Stadium, Willie Davis ties the franchise record by hitting in 29 consecutive games with his second-inning single in LA’s 10-6 victory over New York. Zack Wheat established the mark in 1916.

1971       In a 10-7 victory against the Phillies at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, the Pirates become the first major league team to start an all-black squad. The lineup includes infielders Al Oliver (1b), Rennie Stennett (2b), Jackie Hernandez (ss), Dave Cash (third base), and outfielders Willie Stargell (lf), Gene Clines (cf), Roberto Clemente (right field), with Dock Ellis (p) and Manny Sanguillen (c) making up the battery.

1975       Tom Seaver, when he whiffs Pirate Manny Sanguillen in the top of the seventh inning, becomes the first pitcher to strike out at least 200 batters in eight consecutive seasons. The 3-0 victory is also ‘Tom Terrific’s’ 20th of the season, making it the fourth time the right-hander has reached that plateau in his career.

1979       Carney Lansford hits three consecutive home runs in California’s 7-4 victory over the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium. The Angels’ third baseman’s trio of round-trippers comes in the first, third, and fifth innings, each with the bases empty.

1980       PawSox infielder Wade Boggs loses the International League batting title on the final day of the season when he grounds out to first base in his last plate appearance. The Mud Hens, ahead 6-0, issue a two-out intentional walk to light-hitting Ray Boyer, who goes around the bases unchallenged and scores on a deliberate error, forcing Boggs to bat, and after making an out, puts him .007 of a percentage point behind Dave Engle, an outfielder for the opponents.

1980       Ed Farmer, who had been accosted on the mound in June by Al Cowens, agrees to drop the assault charges brought against the Tiger center fielder by the Illinois authorities in exchange for a handshake and an apology from his attacker. Before the Comiskey Park contest, the two former combatants bring out the lineup cards, smile, and shake hands. The White Sox fans continue to boo the Detroit player, and a “Coward Cowens” banner will express the Southsiders’ sentiments.

1983       Entering the game with 286 strikeouts, Lynchburg right-hander Dwight Gooden strikes out a dozen batters in the first six frames of a scheduled seven-inning against Hagerstown, needing two more in the last frame to record 300 for the season. After the leadoff batter grounds out, the 18-year-old phenom whiffs the next two Suns hitters to secure the 1-0 victory, reaching the lofty plateau in 191 innings.

1984       At the age of 42 and 110 days, Tony Perez becomes the oldest player to hit a walk-off pinch-hit home run when he goes deep off Don Robinson in the Reds’ 7-5 victory over the Pirates at Riverfront Stadium. Jason Giambi will accomplish the feat twice for the Indians in 2013, setting the mark when he was 159 days older than the Cincinnati veteran.

1987       During the fourth inning of the Astros’ 3-2 loss to Chicago at home, Billy Hatcher has an apparent infield hit taken away and is immediately ejected from the game after his shattered bat reveals cork. The Houston left fielder, suspended for ten days, claims he mistakenly picked up Dave Smith’s bat, which the pitcher used during batting practice before the game.

1992       At Tiger Stadium, Rick Aguilera pitches a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 35th save of the season in the Twins’ 5-4 victory over Detroit. The save is the closer’s 109th, making the right-handed reliever the franchise’s all-time saves leader.

1998       Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire, in a 7-1 victory over Florida, homers twice to break Hack Wilson’s National League single-season home run record of 56. Big Mac’s seventh-inning shot ties the 1930 mark set by the Hall of Fame Cubs’ outfielder, and he establishes a new record in the ninth, hitting a Don Pall pitch 472 feet over the center-field wall at Miami’s Pro Player Stadium.

1999       The Boones become the twelfth pair of siblings to homer in the same game when Aaron, the Reds third baseman, goes deep in the bottom of the eighth inning of the team’s 8-7 loss to the Braves. Earlier in the Cinergy Field contest, brother Bret hit a third-inning two-run round-tripper off Cincinnati southpaw Ron Villon.

1999       Due to the union chief Richie Phillips’ ill-advised ploy to use mass resignations to force the owners into a new collective bargaining agreement, twenty-two of baseball’s regular 68 umpires find themselves unemployed. In an understanding mediated by U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner, the Umpires Association agrees to a deal, costing those members their jobs, but allows for an arbitration proceeding that could permit some of the displaced umps back into the game at some point.

2000       In an unusual play, the Orioles turn a triple play as shortstop Melvin Mora purposely lets a short fly drop in left field with runners at first and second. The runner at second (Travis Fryman) is tagged out, and the runner at first (Wil Cordero) is forced at second, with the batter (Sandy Alomar), thinking of the infield-fly rule, does not go to first and is called automatically out for going back to the dugout.

2000       Darin Erstad breaks the Angels’ club record for total hits in a season when he doubles in the second inning of the team’s 9-8 loss to the White Sox at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The 26-year-old Halo outfielder will finish the season with 240 hits, far surpassing Alex Johnson’s mark of 202, established in 1970.

2001       Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa hits the longest home run in Turner Field history when his two-run shot, the outfielder’s 53rd of the season, travels 471 feet to straightaway center field. The historic homer comes in the first inning off four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux in the team’s 5-3 victory in Atlanta.

2002       Thanks to Miguel Tejada’s three-run ninth-inning walk-off home run, the A’s beat the Twins, 7-5, extending their winning streak to 18. The dramatic victory marks the longest stretch in franchise history, established by the Philadelphia A’s with 17 consecutive wins in 1931.

2005       The Pacific Coast League announces the total attendance saw over seven million fans turn the turnstiles this season. The PCL had set a new single-season record in minor league history when the 16-team circuit passed the 6.8 million mark earlier in the month.

2005       The first busload of Hurricane Katrina refugees, formerly housed at the SuperDome in New Orleans, arrive early this morning at the Houston Astrodome. The Astros’ former home will afford the displaced an opportunity to escape the horrendous unhealthy conditions of their former shelter by supplying air conditioning, cots, food, and showers for eventually 25,000 people to arrive from Louisiana.

2006       The Pirates extend their franchise-record consecutive losing-season streak to 14 when the club drops their 82nd game to Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals, 3-1. The 1933-1948 Phillies own the big league mark, finishing with a losing record for 16 straight campaigns.

2007       In only his second major league start, Clay Buchholz, using an assortment of fastballs, curves, and changeups becomes the 20th rookie to throw a no-hitter, beating the Orioles in front of a very supportive Fenway crowd, 10-0. The 23-year-old right-hander, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make the start, becomes the youngest of the seventeen players to have accomplished the feat in Red Sox history.

2008       In his complete-game effort against the Pirates, CC Sabathia gives up only a questionable infield hit to Andy LaRoche in the fifth inning of the Brewers’ 7-0 victory at PNC Park. The club plans to forward a DVD of the play to Major League Baseball, hoping somehow official scorer Bob Webb, the only person allowed to reverse his decision according to the rules, can be convinced to change the scoring of the grounder to the mound to an error.

2008       Cliff Lee shuts out the White Sox, 5-0, to become the Indians’ 56th twenty-game winner in franchise history, but the first to accomplish the feat in 34 years. The last Tribe’s moundsman to win as many games was Gaylord Perry, who posted a 21-13 record in 1974.

2008       In Arizona’s 8-6 comeback victory over the Cardinals, Stephen Drew singles in the first, triples in the third, homers in the fifth, and doubles in the seventh to complete the cycle. The Diamondbacks’ shortstop becomes the third player in franchise history and the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat at Chase Field, formerly known as the Bank One Ballpark.

2008       Adrian Beltre triples in the eighth inning off Rangers’ right-hander Josh Rupe to become the fourth player in franchise history, joining Jay Buhner (1993), Alex Rodriguez (1997), and John Olerud (2001) to hit for the cycle. The rare event occurs twice today when Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew also collects a single, double, triple, and home run against the Cardinals at Chase Field.

2009       In his first game back from the DL after suffering a torn right testicle when a bad-hop grounder hit him in the groin last month, Adrian Beltre hearsThe Nutcracker Suite when he steps into the batter’s box. Mariner teammate Ken Griffey Jr. arranged to have the Safeco Field PA system play the waltz to have some fun with the third baseman, who decided not to wear a protective cup until today’s game.

2010       “This is the major leagues. This is not college any more. You’re not on scholarship. You’re being paid to do the job and guys depend on you, and I think it’s unfortunate that the Nationals and the team are in a situation here where this kid now, he feels any kind of arm pain, he’s gonna call you out?… You give these guys (today’s players) $15 million bucks, please. Get your butt out there and play every fifth day.” – ROB DIBBLE, comments as a Sirius XM Radio show host. *The Nationals announce Rob Dibble will no longer be employed as a TV analyst for the team’s games on MASN, which telecasts the Washington games. As a host on a Sirius XM Radio show, the former major league reliever severely chastises Stephen Strasburg for not pitching through pain before the rookie phenom’s diagnosis of a torn elbow ligament.

2014       The Phillies become the eleventh team in baseball history to throw a combined no-hitter when four of their hurlers do not yield a hit in their 7-0 victory over the Braves. Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels goes the first six innings in the Turner Field contest, with relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon, each tossing a perfect inning to accomplish the rare feat.

2019       Justin Verlander throws his third career no-hitter, blanking the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, 2-0. Astros rookie Abraham Toro hit a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning of the scoreless contest to allow the Houston right-hander to complete the no-no in the bottom of the frame, including his fielding of a ground out for the final out of the game.

2019       Texas snaps the Yankees’ run (pun intended) of not being shut out at 220 consecutive games, making the streak second only to the 1931-33 Bronx Bombers who scored in 308 straight games. Mike Minor and a pair of Rangers relievers held New York to six hits in the team’s 7-0 victory at the Bronx ballpark.

2021       In his first year of playing the position, Marcus Semien ties the major league record for the most homers by a second baseman in a single season. At Target Field, the Blue Jay infielder hits a sixth-inning solo shot in the team’s 6-1 victory over the Twins for his 43rd dinger, equaling the mark set in 1973 set by Braves’ second sacker Davey Johnson.


The “Amazin’ Mets” defied all odds in 1973 and climbed to the top of the National League despite finishing just over the .500 mark. With a less-than-stellar record of 82-79, New York managed to defeat a superior Cincinnati Reds team in a tight, five game championship series to earn their second ticket to the Fall Classic since their introduction in 1962. The defending world champion Oakland A’s had also defeated “The Big Red Machine” in the previous year’s Series and boasted the American League’s top line-up with Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando, Gene Tenace and Deron Johnson. Jim “Catfish” Hunter had just finished another twenty win season with Ken Holtzman and Vida Blue in support.

Mets Manager Yogi Berra continued to test fate by starting Jon Matlack (14-16) for Game 1. It was only the fourth time in World Series history that a losing pitcher had started an opener and many fans questioned the former Yankee’s judgment. Although the decision first appeared to be brilliant (as Matlack allowed only two unearned runs and three hits in six innings) reality finally set in and Holtzman cruised to a 2-1 opening victory. The pitcher had even added a third inning double which was made even more impressive by the fact that American League pitchers didn’t bat during the ’73 regular season because of the introduction of the new designated-hitter rule.

Game 2 evolved from a mere baseball game into a marathon of mental and physical endurance as the contest set a record for the longest post-season game in history. Clocking in at four hours and thirteen minutes, the twelve inning nail-biter witnessed the last hit of Willie Mays’ twenty-two year Major League career, which was finishing up where it started, in New York. After the A’s came back from a 6-4 deficit with two out in the ninth, New York regained the 7-6 lead in the twelfth thanks to May’s encore, but after A’s Mike Andrews let John Milner’s grounder skip through his legs for a two run error, the Mets charged forward for the 10-7 victory. The error proved very costly as the second baseman was deactivated by Charles Finley the following day. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn was irritated by the unjust measure and ordered the Oakland owner to reinstate Andrews much to the delight of his teammates. As the political tension between the A’s clubhouse and front office subsided, the Series moved to the Big Apple. Oakland regained the Series lead with a 3-2 win thanks to Bert Campaneris’ eleventh-inning single. Tom Seaver was outstanding on the mound as well and retired twelve A’s batters in eight innings.

Right-fielder Rusty Staub stole the spotlight in Game 4 by going four-for-four with five runs batted in and a three run homer in the first. Matlack also made amends for his opening day loss while allowing three hits in eight innings. The result was a 6-1, Series squaring victory that was sweetened by the return of the ousted Andrews. Unfortunately his career would end in the eighth after grounding out in his last Major League at-bat. Jerry Koosman pulled his team ahead in Game 5 after pitching a 6 1/3 innings shutout for the 2-0 victory. Now one game away from their second World Championship title, the Mets returned to Oakland determined to finish the job. Seaver and Hunter were chosen to go head-to-head in Game 6 as the “Catfish” held on to a narrow 2-0 lead after seven innings. Reggie Jackson (who had missed the previous Series due to an injury) showed why he would become Mr. October and scored the A’s final run in the eighth for the 3-1 win.

A rejuvenated Oakland team came out swinging in Game 7 as the A’s got two run shots from both Campaneris and Jackson in the third-inning. Series workhorse Ken Holtzman supported the home team’s efforts with help from Rollie Fingers and Darold Knowles. In the end, it was a 5-2 victory and a second consecutive championship crown for the defending American Leaguers. Despite the back-to-back triumph, Dick Williams remained bitter about his administration’s interference (in regards to Andrews) and resigned as the A’s manager shortly after the season concluded.


This year the American League almost got a reprieve because of a players’ strike that ran from June 12 to July 31 (with teams resuming play August 10). The original All-Star Game on July 14 was canceled. Instead, the game reset as a prelude to resuming play. It was the second All-Star Game played in August.

Many fans were still upset about the strike and most baseball purists feel that it has never fully recovered from this labor dispute. Despite the disgruntled fans, this game surprisingly had the largest crowd ever in attendance.

Once again the American League led the majority of the game and held the National League in check. That was until the eighth inning when Rollie Fingers walked Ozzie Smith. Then with Mike Easler at bat, Smith stole second and, when the throw went into center field, Smith took out for third. He was caught in a rundown and tagged out. The American League seemed to still be in control, but then Easler walked. In classic National League fashion, Mike Schmidt stepped up to the plate and pounded the ball, hitting the two-run game-winner.


September 1, 1937 – The 4th annual Chicago Charities College All-Star Game is played in the Windy City as the Green Bay Packers were defeated by the College players in a 6-0 nail biter with over 84,000 fans watching at Soldier Field. The only score of the game came on a 47-yard touchdown pass from future Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh to Gaynell Tinsley.

September 1, 1954 -Junction, Texas the legendary head coach of the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide, Paul “Bear” Bryant, opens up his ten day football camp for his players inspiring both the book and its subsequent TV movie titled “The Junction Boys.”

September 1, 1984 – In NCAA College Football Willie Totten of Mississippi State University passed for over 536 yards and 9 touchdowns setting a record for Division I-AA college football. The leading receiver in the game catching Totten’s passes was none other than the legendary Jerry Rice who dragged in 17 of them for a total of 294 yards and 5 trips to the end zone.

September 1, 1996 – The Baltimore Raven’s quarterback Vinnie Testeverde leads the Ravens over the Oakland Raiders 17-14 for the first win by the franchise in their new city with their new colors and nickname. The franchise was formerly the old Cleveland Browns.

September 1, 1996 – Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina opens as the Carolina Panthers outlast the Atlanta Falcons 29-6.

September 1, 2006 – A new era in NFL management begins as Roger Goodell takes over the reigns as NFL Commissioner from retiring Paul Tagliabue.

September 1, 2007 – Appalachian State pulls of what many believe may be the largest upset in NCAA football history when they knocked off the University of Michigan 34-32. State’s Corey Lynch blocked a 37 yard FG attempt by Michigan kicker Jason Gingell at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan to preserve the win.


September 1, 1903 – Ray Flaherty was a player and head coach in the early NFL and he spent a total of 18 years in pro football. Flaherty played football at Washington State before transferring to Gonzaga. After school in 1926 he joined the original AFL’s LA Wildcats team before playing end with Red Grange’s New York Yankees in 1927 and 1928. After this Yankees franchise folded, Ray played in the NFL for the New York Football Giants. After his playing days were over he took the job of coaching the Boston Redskins in 1936 and in his 7 seasons at the helm, his Redskin teams won two NFL Championships and four division titles. We have to keep in perspective George Halas and his Chicago Bears were the dominant force in the NFL during this era. Despite the powerful Bears Flaherty’s squads defeated the Chicago teams in 2 out of 3 NFL championship games where they opposed each other. Coach Flaherty was also an innovator as he introduced a couple of significant items to football, the screen pass behind the line of scrimmage and the two platoon system where one group specialized in passing and the other in the run game. Mr. Flaherty left the Redskins after the 1942 NFL Championship win to serve his country during World War II. After the war Flaherty returned to coach the New York Yankees in the brand new All American Football Conference and quickly guided the Yanks to two straight AAFC titles. He coached his final season in 1949 with the AAFC’s Chicago Hornets and closed the brilliant coaching career with a record of 80-37-5 and an awesome .676 winning percentage! The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined this great coach in the entry class of 1976 as a coach

September 1, 1904 – Johnny Mack Brown was a former University of Alabama halfback that later became a Hollywood actor. Legendary opposing coach Pop Warner described Brown as one of the fastest football players he had ever seen. In 1925 Johnny Mack Brown helped the Crimson Tide win the National Championship according to the National Football Foundation. He was recognized as alegend in 1957 when the College Football Hall of Fame enshrined him. As for his screen career , Brown had the starring role in the 1930 film, ‘Billy the Kid.”

September 1, 1916 – Ed Bock was a two-way guard from Iowa State that entered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970 according to the National Football Foundation. In 1938 he became Iowa State’s first ever unanimous first team All-American selection.

September 1, 1951 – Brian Kelley hailed from California Lutheran University as a heralded linebacker. As a junior, his Cal. Lutheran team won the NAIA National Championship in 1971. In 2010 the selection committee of the College Football hall of Fame announced his enshrinement according to the National Football Foundation. He played a solid 11 year pro career with the NFL’s New York Giants from 1973 through the 1983 seasons. He alongside Harry Carson, Lawrence Taylor and Brad Van Pelt made up the feared Giants “Crunch Bunch” which was one of the most productive linebacker corps ever.

September 1, 1973 – Zach Thomas was a former linebacker at Texas Tech University. He entered the College Football hall of Fame in 2015 according to the National Football Foundation. He played a long successful 13 year NFL career with the Miami Dolphins then playing his final season with the Dallas Cowboys. According to ProFootballReference.com, Thomas averaged a whopping 9.7 tackles per game in his 168 games played for the Dolphins. The legendary linebacker was selected to play in 8 Pro Bowls and was voted as an All-Pro 5 times in his brilliant career. In January 2020 the Pro Football Hall of Fame selected Zach Thomas have his bust cast in bronze.

September 1, 1974 – Jason Taylor was a disruptive defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Washington Redskins. As a collegian at the University of Akron, Taylor dropped quarterbacks in the backfield at a steady pace. Miami drafted him with the 73rd overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and they were not disappointed. Taylor went on to put up 139.5 sacks in his 15 season NFL career. He was the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was a 3 time First Team ALL-Pro, and was named to the NFL’s All Decade team for the 2000’s. Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Jason in their 2017 enshrinement class.


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September 1, 1906 – The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1 in 24 innings in Boston. It is the longest game in AL baseball history. Both starting pitchers went the duration as A’s hurler Jack Coombs overcame Boston’s Joe Harris

September 1, 1931 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig, Number 4 hit his 3rd grand slam in 4 days & 6th homer in consecutive games in NY Yankees’ 5-1 win v Boston Red Sox

September 1, 1945 – Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Vince DiMaggio, Number 7 smashed his 4th grand slam of season, tying NL record, in an 8-3 win against the Boston Braves. Vince was the oldest of the three DiMaggio brothers. Of course the other two were Dom and Joe.

September 1, 1947 – Infielder Jack Lohrke, Number 16 hit the New York Giants’ 183rd homer of season in 2-1 win v Boston Braves. The blast broke the New York Yankees MLB mark of 182 set in 1936.

September 1, 1958 – St Louis Cardinals pitcher Number 17, Vinegar Bend Mizell walked a NL record 9 batters in a 1-0 shutout of Cincinnati Reds

September 1, 1964 – San Francisco Giants reliever Masanori Murakami wearing Number 10, became the first Japanese-born player to appear in US MLB; on debut. The native of Osuki threw a scoreless inning in a 4-1 loss versus the New York Mets

September 1, 1967 – Cincinnati Reds reliever Bob Lee (Number 39) walked Dick Groat (Number 24)with the bases loaded in 21st inning to give SF Giants a 1-0 win at Crosley Field. The contests previously 20 scoreless innings ties MLB mark, Pirates v Braves 1918

September 1, 1971 – The Pittsburgh Pirates started a game with what is believed to be first all-black line-up (including several Latinos) in MLB history‚ in 10-7 win v Philadelphia Phillies; includes future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Number 21 and Willie Stargell, Number 8.

September 1, 1975 – New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (Number 41) shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0. With this victory he was the first to reach 200 strikeouts for a MLB-record 8th straight season

September 1, 1978 – Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sammy Stewart, wearing Number 53, sat down 7 consecutive batters in his MLB debut, en route to 9-3 win v Chicago White Sox

September 1, 1984 – The quarterback of Mississippi Valley State, Willie Totten, Number 10 passed for a Division I-AA record 536 yards and 9 TDs in 86-0 win v Kentucky State. His main receiver was none other than Jerry Rice, Number 88 who caught 17 passes for 294 yards and 5 TDs. Rice ended up breaking his own Division I-AA record for total yardage in pass receptions. The school retired the jersey numbers of both players.

September 1, 2007 – Clay Buchholz, Number 61 became the first Boston Red Sox rookie to pitch a no-hitter. In just his second MLB appearance; beats Baltimore Orioles 10-0 at Fenway Park

September 1, 2019 – Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander, Number 35 struck out 14 as he throws his third career no-hitter in a 2-0 decision against the Toronto Blue Jays


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Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim2:30pmESPN+
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Argentina Primera División: Patronato vs Unión Santa Fe6:00pmParamount+
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US Open12:00pmESPN
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