MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cleveland 9 Cincinnati 3

NY Yankees 8 Kansas City 6 (11)

Chicago White Sox 11 Minnesota 1

Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs PPD

San Diego 6 Miami 3

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

MLB LEADERS: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/index.asp

INDIANA SRN SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE(INDIANASRN.ORG)

Thur Aug 126pWeekly Sports ZoneSports Talk
Mon Aug 165:30pCovenant Christian @ MooresvilleSoccer
Thur Aug 196pWeekly Sports ZoneSports Talk
Thur Aug 197:30pMt Vernon @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Fri Aug 207pHeritage Christian @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Aug 207pNoblesville @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Aug 207pCovenant Christian @ SpeedwayFootball
Sat Aug 212pWhiting @ FrontierFootball
Tue Aug 247pHeritage Christian @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Tue Aug 247pScecina @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Wed Aug 257:30pSullivan @ GreencastleVolleyball
Thur Aug 266pBethesda @ Traders PtVolleyball
Thur Aug 267:30pCovenant Christian @ Heritage ChristianSoccer
Fri Aug 277pTraders Pt @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Aug 277pShenandoah @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Aug 277pFranklin @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Aug 277pNorth White @ FrontierFootball
Sat Aug 285pBrebeuf @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Sat Aug 287pBrebeuf @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Mon Aug 307pTri-West @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Tue Aug 317pHeritage Christian @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Thur Sep 27pRoncalli @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Fri Sep 37pGuerin Catholic @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 37pWest Vigo @ GreencastleFootball
Fri Sep 37pCrispus Attucks @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 37pSouth Newton @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Sep 37pFrontier @ Fountain CentralFootball
Fri Sep 37pMt Vernon @ Greenfield CentralFootball
Sat Sep 4NoonChatard @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Sat Sep 42pChatard @ Guerin CatholicGirls Soccer
Sat Sep 45pCovenant Christian @ RoncalliGirls Soccer
Sat Sep 47pCovenant Christian @ RoncalliSoccer
Tue Sep 76pPark Tudor @ Traders PtVolleyball
Tue Sep 76:30pMonrovia @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Tue Sep 77pCovenant Christian @ Tri-WestSoccer
Wed Sep 87:30pEdgewood @ GreencastleVolleyball
Thur Sep 97pBrownsburg @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Thur Sep 97:30pRitter @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 1 SCHEDULE

FRIDAY AUGUST 20

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Adams CentralatBellmont 7:00 pm
AndersonatYorktown 7:00 pm
AndreanatMerrillville 8:00 pm
AngolaatDeKalb 7:00 pm
AtticaatRiverton Parke 7:00 pm
Beech GroveatIndianapolis Lutheran 7:00 pm
Bell County (Ky.)atJeffersonville 7:00 pm
Ben Davisvs.Brownsburg 8:30 pmLucas Oil
Benton CentralatDelphi 7:00 pm
BlackfordatJay County 7:00 pm
BlufftonatNorthfield 7:00 pm
Boone GroveatJohn Glenn 8:00 pm
Bowman AcademyatCalumet 8:00 pm
Brebeuf JesuitatIndianapolis Chatard 7:30 pm
Brown CountyatOwen Valley 7:00 pm
Calumet ChristianatHammond Noll 8:00 pm
CarmelatLouisville Trinity (Ky.) 7:00 pm
Carroll (Flora)atTri-County 7:00 pm
Center GroveatWarren Central 7:00 pm
CentervilleatCambridge City Lincoln 7:00 pm
CharlestownatSilver Creek 7:00 pm
ChestertonatHobart 8:00 pm
ClarksvilleatScottsburg 7:00 pm
CloverdaleatSouth Putnam 7:00 pm
Columbia CityatChurubusco 7:00 pm
Columbus EastatWhiteland 7:00 pm
Columbus NorthatGibson Southern 7:30 pm
ConcordatElkhart 7:00 pm
ConnersvilleatRichmond 7:00 pm
Corydon CentralatBrownstown Central 7:00 pm
Covenant ChristianatSpeedway 7:00 pm
Crawford CountyatSwitzerland County 7:00 pm
Crown PointatLowell 8:00 pm
Culver AcademyatIndianapolis Attucks 7:30 pm
DanvilleatFranklin 7:00 pm
Dublin Coffman (Ohio)atWarsaw 7:30 pm
East CentralatLawrenceburg 7:00 pm
East Chicago CentralatHanover Central 8:00 pm
East NobleatPlymouth 7:30 pm
Eastern GreeneatSprings Valley 7:00 pm
Eastern HancockatAlexandria 7:00 pm
EastsideatHeritage 7:00 pm
Evansville BosseatVincennes Lincoln 7:30 pm
Evansville CentralatEvansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
Evansville NorthatCastle 8:00 pm
Evansville ReitzatEvansville Harrison 8:00 pm
Floyd CentralatLouisville Male (Ky.) 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne DwengeratFort Wayne Wayne 7:00 pm
Fort Wayne LuersatCarroll (Fort Wayne) 7:00 pm
Fort Wayne SnideratFort Wayne North 7:00 pm
Fort Wayne SouthatFort Wayne Concordia 7:00 pm
Fountain CentralatSouthmont 7:00 pm
FrankfortatClinton Central 7:00 pm
Franklin CentralatPerry Meridian 7:00 pm
Franklin CountyatNew Castle 7:00 pm
GarrettatNew Haven 7:00 pm
GoshenatFairfield 7:00 pm
GreencastleatCrawfordsville 7:00 pm
GreenwoodatBloomington North 7:00 pm
GriffithatHighland 8:00 pm
Guerin CatholicatMcCutcheon 7:00 pm
Hammond CentralatSouth Bend Washington 7:30 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette)atTerre Haute South 7:00 pm
Heritage ChristianatTraders Point Christian 7:00 pm
Heritage HillsatMount Vernon (Posey) 8:00 pm
HomesteadatFort Wayne Northrop 7:00 pm
Huntington NorthatEastbrook 7:30 pm
Indian CreekatBatesville 7:00 pm
Indiana DeafatPurdue Polytechnic 7:00 pm
Indianapolis CathedralatWestfield 7:00 pm
Indianapolis RitteratMonrovia 7:00 pm
Indianapolis ScecinaatShenandoah 7:00 pm
Indianapolis TechatIndianapolis Washington 7:00 pm
Indianapolis TindleyatEdinburgh 7:00 pm
JasperatEvansville Memorial 7:30 pm
Jennings CountyatNorwell 7:00 pm
JimtownatNorthWood 7:00 pm
Kankakee ValleyatRensselaer Central 8:00 pm
KnightstownatHagerstown 7:00 pm
Lafayette Central CatholicatTri-West 7:00 pm
Lafayette JeffatWest Lafayette 7:30 pm
Lake CentralatMunster 8:00 pm
Lake StationatCrossroads Christian (Ill.) 8:00 pm
LakelandatSouth Bend St. Joseph 7:00 pm
LaVilleatBremen 7:00 pm
Lawrence CentralatHamilton Southeastern 7:00 pm
Lawrence NorthatAvon 7:00 pm
Lebanonvs.Mooresville 6:00 pmLucas Oil
LeoatWoodlan 7:00 pm
Lewis CassatPioneer 7:00 pm
Louisville Waggener (Ky.)atPike Central 7:30 pm
MaconaquahatWabash 7:00 pm
Madison-GrantatTri-Central 7:00 pm
ManchesteratNorth Miami 7:00 pm
MishawakaatMishawaka Marian 7:00 pm
MississinewaatPendleton Heights 7:30 pm
MitchellatEdgewood 7:00 pm
Monroe CentralatHamilton Heights 7:00 pm
Muncie CentralatDelta 7:30 pm
New AlbanyatBloomington South 7:30 pm
New Bremen (Ohio)atMarion 7:00 pm
New PalestineatDecatur Central 7:00 pm
New PrairieatLaPorte 8:00 pm
NoblesvilleatMount Vernon (Fortville) 7:00 pm
Noblesville HomeSchoolatChristel House Manual 7:00 pm
North Central (Indianapolis)atFishers 7:00 pm
North DaviessatTecumseh 8:00 pm
North JudsonatCulver 7:00 pm
North KnoxatSullivan 7:00 pm
North NewtonatSouth Newton 8:00 pm
North PutnamatNorth Montgomery 7:00 pm
North VermillionatNorth Central (Farmersburg) 7:00 pm
NortheasternatUnion County 7:00 pm
NorthridgeatSouth Bend Adams 7:00 pm
NorthviewatTerre Haute North 7:00 pm
NorthwesternatTwin Lakes 7:00 pm
Oak HillatEastern (Greentown) 7:00 pm
Osceola GraceatSouth Bend Clay 7:00 pm
PaoliatBoonville 7:30 pm
Park TudoratIndianapolis Shortridge 7:00 pm
PennatValparaiso 8:00 pm
Perry CentralatTell City 8:00 pm
PeruatLogansport 7:00 pm
Phalen AcademyatGary West 8:00 pm
PikeatZionsville 7:00 pm
PlainfieldatGreenfield-Central 7:30 pm
PortageatHammond Morton 8:00 pm
PrincetonatForest Park 7:30 pm
ProvidenceatBethleham (Ky.) 7:30 pm
River ForestatWheeler 8:00 pm
RochesteratSouthwood 7:00 pm
Rock Creek AcademyatOldenburg Academy 7:00 pm
RushvilleatMilan 7:00 pm
SalematNorth Harrison 7:00 pm
SeegeratParke Heritage 7:00 pm
SeymouratSouth Dearborn 7:30 pm
ShelbyvilleatGreensburg 7:00 pm
SheridanatWestern Boone 7:00 pm
South AdamsatWinchester 7:00 pm
South Bend RileyatMichigan City 7:30 pm
South Central (Union Mills)atTriton 7:30 pm
South DecaturatNorth Decatur 7:00 pm
South SpenceratNorth Posey 8:00 pm
South VermillionatCovington 7:00 pm
Southern WellsatFremont 7:30 pm
SouthportatIndianapolis Roncalli 7:00 pm
SouthridgeatLinton-Stockton 7:30 pm
TayloratNorth White 7:00 pm
Tippecanoe ValleyatWawasee 7:00 pm
TiptonatFrankton 7:00 pm
TriatUnion City 7:00 pm
Triton CentralatCascade 7:00 pm
WashingtonatWest Vigo 7:00 pm
Wes-DelatClinton Prairie 7:00 pm
West CentralatCaston 7:00 pm
West NobleatCentral Noble 7:00 pm
West WashingtonatEastern (Pekin) 7:00 pm
WesternatKokomo 7:00 pm
WhitkoatPrairie Heights 7:00 pm
WinamacatKnox 7:30 pm

SATURDAY AUGUST 21

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Bedford North LawrenceatMartinsville 12:05 pm
MadisonatMercer County (Ky.) 8:00 pm
Southside HomeSchoolatDugger Union 2:00 pm
WhitingatFrontier 2:00 pm

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 1

Saturday, Aug. 28

Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Week 1

Wednesday, Sept. 1

UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Sept. 2

Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Friday, Sept. 3

North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 4

UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Monday, Sept. 6

Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN

NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

WEEK 1

Thursday, August 12           

Washington at New England, 7:30

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 13    

Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00

Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00

Dallas at Arizona, 10:00

Saturday, August 14

Miami at Chicago, 1:00

Denver at Minnesota, 4:00

New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00

Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00

New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Green Bay, 8:00

Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30

Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Sunday, August 15  

Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00

WEEK 2

Thursday, August 19           

New England at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 20

Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00

Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00

Saturday, August 21

Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00

New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25

Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00

Atlanta at Miami, 7:00

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30

Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Dallas, 8:00

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Denver at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 22  

New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30

Monday, August 23  

Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00

WEEK 3

Friday, August 27    

Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30

Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00

Saturday, August 28

Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00

Baltimore at Washington, 6:00

Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00

Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00

Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00

Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 29  

Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00

Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00

Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00

New England at New York Giants, 6:00

Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00

BORDER TO BORDER INDIANA SPORTS HEADLINES:

LEGENDARY INDYCAR, INDY 500 BROADCASTER JENKINS DIES AT 73

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Veteran radio and television broadcaster Bob Jenkins, a former “Voice of the 500” inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 2019, died Aug. 9 at age 73 after a valiant fight with cancer.

The voice of the Liberty, Indiana, native was heard globally over five decades on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, serving several positions, including chief announcer from 1990 through 1998. Jenkins was one of only four people to serve as television play-by-play announcer in ABC’s 54-year history of broadcasting the Indianapolis 500.

With an easygoing, friendly style that mirrored his personality, the beloved and respected Jenkins anchored NTT INDYCAR SERIES races on television and was a frequent contributor to the public address system at IMS. Jenkins also was a frequent master of ceremonies at “500”-related functions, including the Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration.

In one form or another, Jenkins was connected to IMS for more than 40 years, and his most familiar call was the thrilling finish of the 1992 race between Al Unser Jr. and Scott Goodyear.

“The checkered flag is out, Goodyear makes a move, Little Al wins by just a few tenths of a second, perhaps the closest finish in the history of the Indianapolis 500,” Jenkins said on radio, his baritone voice climbing a few octaves.

The victory margin of .043 of a second remains the closest finish in the race’s 105-year history.

Jenkins attended his first “500” in 1960 and said he had only missed two races since – in 1961 when he couldn’t get anyone to take him, and in 1965 when he was on a trip as a high school senior. He came to the track last May while fighting his illness to receive the Robin Miller Award, where he made a brief, poignant acceptance speech and was warmly received by a large group of friends and admirers from the racing community and media.

Indiana University graduate Jenkins turned his love of music into a job in radio, first as a news reporter at stations in Fort Wayne and Valparaiso and then at WIRE in Indianapolis as the co-anchor of a nationally syndicated farm news show “AgDay.”

Jenkins, who had attended Indiana dirt-track races with his father, landed his first position in motorsports in 1979 as the backstretch announcer on the IMS Radio Network. His friend Paul Page, a member of that broadcast team and an employee at rival WIBC, helped him land the job. Later, Page helped Jenkins start the USAC Radio Network.

Jenkins was one of the first on-air employees of ESPN when it launched in 1979. For more than 20 years, he was the lead voice of NASCAR races for ESPN and occasionally ABC, including the first seven Brickyard 400s at IMS. His pairing with former stock car drivers Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons became one of the popular trios in motorsports broadcasting history.

If there was a form of motorsports on U.S. television, Jenkins likely was involved with it at some point in his career.

Along with his NASCAR and IMS work, Jenkins anchored for the Indianapolis-based company that produced ESPN’s popular “Thunder” series broadcasts of USAC Sprint Car and Midget series races, and he was the host of “SpeedWeek” on ESPN.

Jenkins’ voice was used in several motorsports video games and films, including NASCAR-centric “Days of Thunder” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

Jenkins was a colon cancer survivor in the 1980s and retired from television in 2012 to care for his wife, Pam, who had her own cancer battle. She died that October. In February 2021, Jenkins revealed he had been diagnosed with two malignant tumors behind his right temple following a severe headache on Christmas night.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Jackson-Davis and the Hoosiers Set for Bahamas Challenge

(INDIANA RELEASE)

Can you blame him?

The Bahamas are calling, a pair of exhibition games against a pro Serbian team are looming and the 6-9 junior forward gets a chance — finally — to play in a new Indiana basketball era.

“Going to the Bahamas, being able to get away with my teammates, that’s going to be good because we’ve been going at it the last three months,” he says. “It’s been a long summer. Playing against a good team in Serbia. They’re going to bring a challenge for us. It’s really going to test ourselves to see where we are, what we need to work at, what we’re good at.

“It’s going to be good for us, so… I just can’t wait to get out there and play.”

Jackson-Davis is coming off an All-America season in which he averaged 19.1 points and 9.0 rebounds. But his shooting percentages dropped from his freshman to sophomore seasons (56.6 to 51.7 from the field, 68.5 to 65.5 from the line), and he has yet to take a college three-pointer.

That will likely change under coach Mike Woodson, whose first recruiting coup after getting the job was convincing Jackson-Davis to stay a Hoosier. Woodson says Jackson-Davis has excelled this summer, which is what you want from your best player.

“He’s one player that was always intriguing,” Woodson says. “When I took the job, I was desperately trying to get him to stay and we were able to get that done.

“From the time we started to where we are now, he’s made some improvement in terms of how he’s running and playing. He’s playing much more aggressive than he did in some of the tapes that I watched from last season. We’re going to need him to be that guy who plays aggressive. If he can average 20 points and double-digit rebounds, that’s a major bonus.”

It starts, Jackson-Davis says, with getting in better shape.

“The biggest thing I worked on this summer from last summer is my conditioning. Last summer I wasn’t in the best shape I could be like my freshman year. I thought my freshman year I was in shape for the most part. But this year I’ve gotten a lot better.”

Improved conditioning is critical to thrive in Woodson’s free-flowing offense that will feature four perimeter players and one inside. That does not mean four guards. Expect forward Race Thompson to play with Jackson-Davis along with guards such as Rob Phinisee, Khristian Lander, Xavier Johnson, Tre Galloway, Anthony Leal, Parker Stewart and Tamar Bates.

“It’s basically four-out, one-in, but at the same time it’s not,” Jackson-Davis says. “I can start on the block, set an up screen for Rob, play out on the perimeter. Race can do the same thing. Me and Race are interchangeable at the four and five. It means basically one through five are playing all places on the floor.”

Beyond that, Jackson-Davis adds, “There’s a lot of different types of cuts, dribble hand-off actions, back-cuts on the backside, the backdoor. It’s just really playing free-flowing basketball, just taking what the defense gives you.

“Being able to space the floor out a little bit more because our offense is going to be mostly position-less basketball. Just being able to just make plays for my teammates and be able to hit open shots is really big for me this coming season.”

As for Woodson’s impact on the Hoosier program, Jackson-Davis says, “From the moment he got here, he brought the family aspect. That’s the big thing with him, he’s a family guy. He’s a player’s coach.

“Him coming out the first day and telling us how things are going to be, how it’s going to be a family atmosphere, how you can go to him for anything, I think that was the biggest element for all of us.

“Then just being on the court with him for the last two, three months, he gives you confidence. He wants you to be the best player you can be. He has a vision for each and every one of us. He loves all of us. We break it down with family every day.

“I think he truly means that.”

Meaning now turns to this weekend’s Bahamas trip. IU will play on Friday and Sunday at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort against BC Mega.

This is the fourth such overseas trip the Hoosiers have made, following an 18-game, around-the-world adventure in 1985 under coach Bob Knight, then a three-game swing to the Bahamas in 2007 and a five-game trip to Canada in 2014.

Preparation includes 10 practices, critical when you’re building a new program, as Woodson is doing, when you’re blending a new staff with six new-to-the-roster players, and eight veterans you’ve never coached before.

Woodson needs to see what they can do. They need to see what he and his staff have devised.

Going against another team will provide insight practices can’t.

If it works, when it works, a return to program glory could be the reward.

That’s the future. For now, it’s the nuts and bolts of putting a team together, building chemistry, and devising offensive and defensive approaches that will thrive at the highest levels.

For players such as Jackson-Davis, it’s all about making the most of it.

“We have to make plays, and everyone is a play-maker on the floor,” he says. “That’s big for us, just being able to showcase that.”

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: OMAR AND QUINTON NAMED CAPTAINS FOR 2021 SEASON

(ND RELEASE)

OTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame’s McFarland Family Head Men’s Soccer Coach Chad Riley has named seniors Mohamed Omar and Philip Quinton captains heading into the 2021 campaign.

“I am thrilled to announce Mohamed Omar and Philip Quinton as our captains for the 2021 season,” said Riley. “They have gained a great deal of experience over the years and I know they will serve as excellent leaders of this year’s team.”

Despite missing the second half of last season with an injury, Omar has racked up 46 appearances for the Irish over the past three seasons as a defensive midfielder. The Toronto, Ontario native has scored two goals and added two assists in his career and has played an integral role in the team’s defense.

Quinton has been a mainstay in Notre Dame’s defense over the past three seasons, playing in 34 matches. The 6-foot-6 center back has anchored the Irish back line the last two seasons. Quinton has also managed to record two assists in his collegiate career.

The Irish get the regular season underway at the end of August, as they renew their rivalry with Indiana on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. ET at Alumni Stadium for the annual Berticelli Memorial Game.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: IRISH MEN’S SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2021 SCHEDULE

(ND RELEASE)

NOTRE DAME, Ind . – The University of Notre Dame men’s soccer program and McFarland Family Head Men’s Soccer Coach Chad Riley announced the 2022 schedule, a slate that features 16 regular season matches.

TEN-MATCH HOME SLATE

The Irish will host 10 regular season matches at Alumni Stadium this fall, including four conference matchups and two against Big Ten opponents. Five of the matches will be played on Friday or Saturday and the other five will be weekday fixtures.

RIVALRIES RENEWED

After COVID-19 altered Notre Dame’s schedule, several regional rivalries were put on hold during the 2020-21 season. Those matchups return to the 2021 fall slate, as the Irish open the season against intrastate rival Indiana at Alumni Field on August 27 in the annual Berticelli Memorial Game. Notre Dame will also once again face Michigan State (home on Sept. 14) and Michigan (away on Sept. 21).

ROAD WORK AHEAD

Notre Dame’s 2020 fall schedule features six road matches, but each will present a challenge, as four are against ACC opponents (Boston College 9/10, Virginia Tech 9/24, Clemson (10/9 & UNC 10/29). The other two are against Kentucky (9/3) and Michigan (9/21).

TOURNEY TIME

The ACC Championship will run from Nov. 3 through Nov. 14. The first, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will take place on college campuses with the final being held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

PRESEASON EXHIBITIONS

The Irish will play a total of two exhibitions in preparation for the regular season. Notre Dame will host both of the preseason matches, taking on Butler on August 19 and St. Thomas on August 23.

BUTLER CROSS COUNTRY: Roe Releases Butler XCTF 2021 Cross Country Schedules

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Butler’s cross country schedule includes several of the nation’s most prestigious meets in addition to four opportunities for the Bulldogs to run on the local Northview Church course in Carmel, Ind., as coach Matt Roe announced the 2021 slate.

“We have a strong schedule this fall that will position and prepare our program to compete at the highest level,” Roe stated. “Our squads are competing in arguably the two deepest regular season meets in the country. We are also hosting the BIG EAST Championships, and we have two regular season home meets as well.  We are excited about the opportunities ahead of us.”

The Bulldogs will take what have become almost annual trips to participate against some of the nation’s best teams at the Joe Piane Invitational (at Notre Dame Oct. 1) and the Nuttycombe Invitational (at Wisconsin Oct. 15).

The Bulldogs open the 2021 schedule on Friday, Sept. 3, hosting the Butler Twilight at the Northview Church Course. The course in Carmel, Ind., will be the site of two other meets leading up to the BIG EAST Championships Oct. 29. The course last hosted the conference meet in 2018.

IUPUI will host the Jaguar Invitational in Carmel on Sept. 10, while Butler will welcome a field for the Stan Lyons Bulldog Invitational one week prior (Oct. 22) to the BIG EAST Championships.

With an eye on preparing for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, the Bulldogs are slated to run in the Hoosier Invitational on the Indiana University campus Nov. 5. The Great Lakes Regional will be contested in Evansville one week later (Nov. 12).

Florida State will host the 2021 NCAA Championships in Tallahassee Nov. 20.

Butler’s men are coming off a BIG EAST title and a 13th-place finish at the most recent NCAA Championships, which were contested in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Five of the seven Bulldogs who ran in the NCAA Championships return for the 2021 campaign.

The Bulldog women were fourth at the BIG EAST Championships, one year after taking the team title (2019). All 10 Bulldogs who crossed the finish line at the BIG EAST Championships return for 2021.

IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER: JAGUARS TO OPEN EXHIBITION SLATE WITH EASTERN ILLINOIS

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INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team will open the preseason slate on Wednesday evening (Aug. 11) when the Jaguars host Eastern Illinois at 4:00 p.m. inside the on-campus Carroll Stadium. Admission will be FREE and open to the public.

Head coach Chris Johnson’s squad is coming off a 5-2-2 record in last spring’s abbreviated season. Thatsquad was elite defensively, yielding just six goals in nine games and registering six shutouts. Senior goalkeeper AP Woodall headlined the effort with a 0.70 goals against average and .861 save percentage in her seven starts. All total, IUPUI returns a collection of starters that includes senior Elizabeth Bueckers and juniors Maya Lacognato, Grace Moore, Maya Turner and Autumn Weeks. Bueckers was voted first team All-Horizon League from her attacking spot and ranked second on the team with 19 shot attempts, despite missing the final two games of the season.

Weeks tallied an early season game-winner and Moore ranked second on the team with 808 minutes played while transitioning to the defensive third. Sophomore Jessica Jacobs had a team-high four assists in eight appearances as a true freshman.

Johnson has been pleased with the preseason camp to date as the freshmen get their first taste of college soccer and the sophomores get their first normalized fall schedule. Sophomore Sam Slimak helps key the sophomore class after being voted to the Horizon League’s All-Freshman Team a season ago.

The true freshmen are headlined by midfielder Paige Waskom and defender Makenna Collins. Waskom was the most heralded member of the class, having earned back-to-back all-state and four straight all-conference awards while at Center Grove High School. Meanwhile, Collins, an athletic 5-foot-7 defender, comes to IUPUI from St. Charles North (Ill.) High School and is vying for a spot among the starting unit.

Eastern Illinois is coming off a 2-7-1 campaign and played an exhibition on Sunday (Aug. 8) at Illinois, falling to the Illini by a 1-0 outcome.

Patrons to Wednesday’s match are asked to adhere to university COVID-19 policies, which includes wearing a mask when indoors.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Preseason begins for Aces on Tuesday evening

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EVANSVILLE – Just one week into training, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team will test their early efforts when Murray State comes to town on Tuesday at 5 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

Previewing the Racers

Murray State is coming off a spring campaign in which the Racers amassed a 9-2 overall record and a 9-1 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.

Before falling in its first contest in the OVC Tournament, Murray State held a four-game winning streak.

The Racers return all eight of their goal-scorers from a season ago, who tallied 23 goals.

Defensive Success

Evansville heads into the fall campaign after a dominant defensive effort in the spring.

The Aces finished the spring third in the nation in goals-against average, allowing just .342 goals per game and allowing only three goals all season.

Three Evansville keepers saw time on the pitch with Michaela Till, Georgia Katsonouri, and Lauren Fischer each sharing time between the posts.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Valpo Football Announces Additions to Coaching Staff

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The Valparaiso University football program has announced four new members of its coaching staff for the Fall 2021 season.

Alex Bayer, Max James, Alex Land and Yoni Offit have joined head coach Landon Fox’s staff. In addition, RJ Ghilarducci has been promoted to a full-time role as defensive line coach.

Bayer, who was a member of the St. Louis Rams active roster from May 2014 to August 2015 and the San Diego Chargers practice squad from September 2015 to January 2016, will serve as the program’s tight ends coach and special teams coordinator.

“We’re excited to have Alex join our staff,” Fox said. “He will be instrumental in our special teams and will also coach our tight ends. He will be able to share significant knowledge after playing the position at the highest level and share his experiences from the NFL with our players. He also understands the academic piece and the importance of academics for our student-athletes.”

Bayer arrives at Valpo after serving as a special teams analyst at Wake Forest University, a role he had held since May 2019. He previously spent time as a tight ends coach at Otterbein University from July 2016 to April 2019.

“I am extremely grateful to be joining Coach Fox’s staff here at Valparaiso University,” Bayer said. “What Coach Fox and his staff have been able to accomplish in his first two seasons is nothing short of exceptional. I look forward to working alongside this staff and continuing to build upon their newfound success. One of the biggest pleasures of being a college coach is being able to mentor and develop student-athletes to their maximal potential and watch them transform into incredible young men, both on and off the field. My family and I are excited to start a new chapter at Valparaiso University.”

Bayer was ranked on ESPN.com’s list of the top 75 tight ends in the nation in 2009 on his way to earning a full scholarship to play at Bowling Green State University, where he was a four-year starter and shattered the school record for receptions by a tight end. He was ranked the third best tight end in the state of Ohio in 2009.

James has assumed the position of Valpo running backs coach after spending time on staff at the University of Tennessee from 2019-2021 as a graduate assistant who worked with quarterbacks and wide receivers.

“Max brings a deep offensive knowledge to our coaching staff,” Fox said. “He went to college at Xavier, which is a program that we want to emulate in a lot of ways. We want people on our staff who have been around winning programs, and Max fits that desire perfectly.”

James was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Cincinnati Christian University from 2017-2019 and served as an offensive coach at his alma mater, St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, from 2011-2017. He was on staff at St. Xavier for an Ohio Division I state championship in 2016.

“I’ve encountered Coach Fox while on the recruiting trail over the years and have always been impressed by his focus on the players as people and their individual potential and development,” James said. “He has an excitement for the game that is infectious, so when the running backs position opened up on his staff, I immediately applied. I’m grateful to be here and am ready to get to work.”

Land will instruct Valpo’s defensive tackles after previously serving as the offensive quality control coach at UC Davis this past spring.

“Alex comes from a successful program and will bring an offensive perspective to our defensive staff,” Fox said. “He understands what the other team is trying to do offensively and how that relates to what we need to accomplish with our defensive line. His playing and coaching background enticed us to add him to our staff, and he understands the priority that we place on academics.”

Prior to his time at UC Davis, Land served as the offensive line coach at Greensboro College (Fall 2020), the offensive line coach at Bonneville High School (August 2018 to June 2020) and a quality control coach on the Weber State University offensive staff (Fall 2015).

During his playing days, Land was the starting guard for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League in 2017. He also started on the offensive line for the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles of the Indoor Football League for six games in 2017 prior to signing with the Gladiators.

A four-year letter winner at Weber State, Land played in all 46 games from 2011-2014 and started every game from 2012-2014. He was one of five offensive linemen to be selected to the Weber State All-Decade Team.

“I am very excited to join a great staff here at Valpo,” Land said. “I was impressed by the improvements this team has made in a short period of time and hope to contribute to more success. I am glad to be a part of this competitive team in a competitive league. So far, the players have worked their tails off and have a great attitude. I’m looking forward to what the future holds for this program.”

Offit joins Fox’s staff to handle defensive quality control after graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in sports management in 2021.

“We’re very excited to have Yoni on staff,” Fox said. “He’s a go-getter. He wants to get things done and he’s going to try to do it to the best of his ability. He has a strong willingness to learn and has a passion for coaching and college football. He has a vision and knows exactly what he wants to do.”

Offit was an operations intern at Lafayette College in 2021 and held the position of recruiting intern at Syracuse from 2018-2021. He also served as a coaching assistant for the Massachusetts Pirates in 2019.

“I feel extremely blessed to be joining Coach Fox and his staff for the 2021 season,” Offit said. “I am very lucky to have found a home in Valparaiso to jumpstart my coaching career. I look forward to learning and growing alongside the Valpo staff in the coming season.”

After joining Fox’s staff in 2020-2021, Ghilarducci has been promoted to a full-time role as defensive line coach beginning with the Fall 2021 campaign.

“RJ spent the last year and a half proving that he deserves this opportunity,” Fox said. “He does a great job building player relationships. The players not only respect him, but enjoy being around him. That’s one of the most important aspects of our program. We want this to be a great experience, and he has the ability to push the players very hard and the ability to relate and have relationships with them. He understands recruiting in this conference and has a strong academic background.”

Ghilarducci joined the Valpo football staff as nickelbacks coach for the 2020-2021 season after previously spending three seasons at the University of San Diego, where he was part of three Pioneer Football League championship teams. He was part of the first nonscholarship program to win a playoff game in FCS history. Prior to San Diego, Ghilarducci worked as a defensive line coach and outside linebackers intern at the University of Oregon, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2015.

“I am extremely proud and honored to be elevated to defensive line coach,” Ghilarducci said. “Coach Fox has created a culture in this program that is unlike any I’ve been around. He allows players and coaches to truly be themselves and utilize their individual skills and personalities to be successful. The players are incredible young men who have bought in and are hungry to improve and win, but more importantly they truly care about each other on and off the field. We were able to have a historic season last year, but we are just getting started. I’ve never had more fun as a coach and I feel blessed every day to be a part of this team.”

Fox will instruct the team’s safeties, while defensive coordinator Brian Dougherty will also serve as the linebackers coach this season. Brad Bustle has added run game coordinator to his responsibilities as offensive line coach.

Valpo is coming off its best winning percentage since 2003 and will kick off the Fall 2021 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Indiana Wesleyan.

What They’re Saying About Coach Bayer

Dave Clawson, Wake Forest Head Coach: “Alex is one of the most talented tight ends I have ever coached. His development as a leader and selfless teammate who was willing to sacrifice for his teammates were his defining qualities as a player, leader, teammate and captain for us at Bowling Green. Due to his high character and football intelligence, I offered Alex a job on our staff at Wake Forest, where he continued to develop for us as a coach.”

Wayne Lineburg, Wake Forest Tight Ends Coach / Special Teams Coordinator: “Alex did an excellent job for us here at Wake Forest in his role as special teams analyst. He worked very hard for our program and was an important member of our staff. Having played tight end in college as well as in the NFL and having worked here as a special teams coach has prepared him well for his role at Valparaiso. He has a bright future ahead of him.”

What They’re Saying About Coach James

Joe Osovet, Former Tennessee Tight Ends Coach: “Max has an amazing ability to relate to today’s student-athletes. He has a high football IQ combined with a tireless work ethic on and off the football field. The Valpo football program just got better with the addition of Max James.”

Trevor Zeiders, Point University Defensive Coordinator: “Max is a very bright and up-and-coming coach. He is passionate about the game and wants to be the best. He is willing to work diligently to improve and make those under and around him better.”

What They’re Saying About Coach Offit

Mike McCarthy, M2 Quarterback Academy Founder: “Coach Offit is one of the hardest working and most passionate young coaches I have been around. His thirst for knowledge and ability to adapt to any and all situations is what makes him stand out. There is no doubt in my mind Yoni will be a great addition to the Valpo coaching staff.”

Kort Shankweiler, Lafayette College Quarterbacks Coach: “Yoni does a tremendous job and takes a lot of pride in getting the details right. No task was too big or too small and he consistently delivered on whatever was asked of him. Valpo got a bright young coach who will work to make a positive impact on coaches and players.” 

Valpo Football Coaches

Landon Fox – Head Coach / Defensive Backs

Chris Limbach – Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks

Brian Dougherty – Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers

Alex Bayer – Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends

Brad Bustle – Offensive Line / Run Game Coordinator

RJ Ghilarducci – Defensive Line

Fred Gladney – Wide Receivers

Max James – Running Backs

Alex Land – Defensive Tackles

Yoni Offit – Defensive Quality Control

Trent Smart – Sports Performance

Jake Puckett – Assistant Sports Performance 

IU East chosen first in RSC Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East is once again predicted as the favorite in the 2021 River States Conference Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll. The Red Wolves earned 117 total votes and eight of the 12 first-place votes to lead the polling conducted by the RSC women’s soccer head coaches. 

IU East won its second straight RSC Championship postseason tournament in a row this past spring. The postseason was moved to spring 2021 due to COVID-19. The Red Wolves engineered a record of 11-4-1, 8-2 RSC last year and defeated Asbury (Ky.) in the RSC finals to qualify for the NAIA national tournament.

Point Park (Pa.) University came in second in the preseason poll with 112 votes and three first-place votes. The Pioneers were the No. 1 seed in the RSC Championship in 2020-21 at 8-6 overall, 8-2 RSC and were among the last four teams left in the conference playoffs. 

University of Rio Grande (Ohio) took third in the poll with 100 votes. The RedStorm were 8-3-1 last year and joined Point Park and IU East at 8-2 RSC in the regular season.

WVU Tech was picked fourth with 84 votes followed by conference newcomer Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University (70) and Ohio Christian University (67) in fifth and sixth, respectively, as the final teams predicted as playoff qualifiers. Ohio Valley received the final first-place vote.

Indiana University Kokomo received 64 votes to lead the second group of six teams in the 12-team league. There are two new teams to the RSC this year with St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) coming in along with Ohio Valley. See below for the complete preseason poll.

2021 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER COACHES’ PRESEASON POLL (AUG. 9, 2021)
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

SchoolVotes
1. IU East (8)117
2. Point Park (Pa.) (3)112
3. Rio Grande (Ohio)100
4. WVU Tech84
5. Ohio Valley (W.Va.) (1)70
6. Ohio Christian67
7. IU Kokomo64
8. Carlow (Pa.)58
9. Midway (Ky.)49
10. Oakland City (Ind.)33
11. Brescia (Ky.)22
12. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)16

Rio Grande (Ohio) picked first in RSC Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) is predicted as the top team in the 2021 River States Conference Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll. The RedStorm came out on top of the voting of the league’s 11 soccer head coaches with 97 total votes and seven of the 11 first-place votes.

Rio Grande won the RSC Championship for the fifth time in the last seven years with its conference postseason tournament title in the spring of 2021. The championship was moved to the spring due to COVID-19. The RedStorm amassed a record of 14-5 overall, 7-1 RSC and defeated Oakland City (Ind.) University in the finals to qualify for the NAIA national tournament. Rio Grande finished the year ranked No. 24 in the NAIA Top 25.

WVU Tech was picked second in the RSC preseason poll after receiving 89 total votes and three first-place votes. The Golden Bears were the RSC regular-season champions last season at 12-3 overall, 7-1 RSC. The Golden Bears were “receiving votes” in the NAIA rankings at the end of 2020-21 and were ranked all year.

Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University is new to the RSC and the NAIA this year and was picked third in the poll with 79 points and the final first-place vote. The Fighting Scots were 11-0 last year and ended the year ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II as G-MAC champions.

Point Park (Pa.) University took fourth this preseason with 75 votes. The Pioneers are coming off a 7-7, 5-3 RSC campaign that included a trip to the RSC semifinals. Indiana University East garnered 62 votes for fifth place, and Oakland City got 59 votes for sixth place as the final team predicted as a playoff qualifier.

Brescia (Ky.) University was next in seventh followed by another newcomer, St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.), Midway (Ky.) University, Ohio Christian University and Carlow (Pa.) University.

2021 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER COACHES’ PRESEASON POLL (AUG. 9, 2021)
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

SchoolVotes
1. Rio Grande (Ohio) (7)97
2. WVU Tech (3)89
3. Ohio Valley (W.Va.) (1)79
4. Point Park (Pa.)75
5. IU East62
6. Oakland City (Ind.)59
7. Brescia (Ky.)49
8. St. Mary-of-the-Woods31
9. Midway (Ky.)29
10. Ohio Christian22
11. Carlow (Pa.)13

IU Kokomo picked as favorite in 2021 RSC Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Poll

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo is the unanimous favorite in the 2021 River States Conference Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Poll conducted by the league’s 13 head coaches. The Cougars got the maximum of 12 first-place votes in the poll and 144 overall votes.

IU Kokomo was 24-6 overall, 13-0 RSC last year enroute to its third straight RSC Volleyball Championship in the conference’s postseason tournament. The Cougars have won five of the past six conference titles and ended last year ranked No. 17 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll. That was after IU Kokomo won an NAIA National Championship Opening Round matchup and went 1-1 at the final site in Sioux City, Iowa.

Indiana University East was picked second in the RSC preseason poll with 133 points. The Red Wolves were the consensus runner-up in this preseason and the RSC East Division favorite after being in the same spots at the end of last year. IU East was 13-5 overall, 10-0 RSC and fell to IU Kokomo in the RSC finals to qualify for the NAIA national tournament.

Midway (Ky.) University came in third in the preseason poll with 118 votes. The Eagles are coming off a season of 17-7 overall, 11-5 RSC and second place in the RSC West Division behind IU Kokomo. IU Southeast was picked fourth with 110 votes to make it three teams from the division in the top four overall. The Grenadiers were 10-9, 9-5 RSC last year.

The next three teams in the poll were all from the RSC East with WVU Tech (94 votes) picked fifth overall, University of Rio Grande (Ohio) (92 votes) sixth and Point Park (Pa.) University (72 votes) seventh. With the top four teams in each division making the RSC postseason, Brescia (Ky.) University was predicted as the final playoff team and came in eighth overall with 64 votes.

See below for the complete poll of 13 schools this year. RSC volleyball welcomes two new teams this season with new conference members St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) and Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University joining the RSC West and East divisions, respectively. 

2021 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL COACHES’ PRESEASON POLL (AUG. 9, 2021)
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

SchoolVotes
1. IU Kokomo (12)144
2. IU East (1)133
3. Midway (Ky.)118
4. IU Southeast110
5. WVU Tech94
6. Rio Grande (Ohio)92
7. Point Park (Pa.)72
8. Brescia (Ky.)64
9. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)47
10. Ohio Christian41
11. Ohio Valley (W.Va.)40
12. Carlow (Pa.)33
13. Oakland City (Ind.)26

VUVB adds second Polish hitter in six-foot-three Malgorzata Banasiak to Fall 2021 roster

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Volleyball team closed out their 2021 recruiting class with the big addition of six-foot-three Polish outside hitter Malgorzata Banasiak.

Banasiak comes to Vincennes from Gdynia, Poland where she played for the SMS Police club team that took first place at the Polish Championships.

“We were looking for a very athletic right-side player that can hit and block, because when you are in the right-front position you usually face the power hitter of the other team,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “We were able to bring in a really solid athlete on that side in Malgorzata, who also has the ability to both serve and ball control as well.”

“When you look at Malgorzata, she’s so tall that you wouldn’t think she can move much, but she moves really well,” Sien added. “She has also played at a very high level of volleyball in Poland, where volleyball is one of their top sports.”

Banasiak is the daughter of Janek and Agnieszka Banasiak and plans to major in Kinesiology and Sports, with a Sports Management concentration at Vincennes University.

Banasiak finishes out an already stacked 2021 recruiting class for the VUVB program, which includes the addition of two IHSAA State Champions in Addison Ainscough and Hannah Graber from Barr-Reeve, as well as Kaley Roush from Shoals, Josephine Mulligan from Lake Central HS in Northwest Indiana and International additions in Lara Gomes de Castro from Sao Paulo, Brazil and fellow Polish hitter Jagoda Szybinska.

“If you look at everybody’s potential in this recruiting class I would say it’s very high,” Sien said. “If we reach our potential, as the saying goes, the sky’s the limit. On the front row we have attackers and potential blockers that can really take over the game at the net.”

“The thing I like is that we have a lot of depth,” Sien added. “Every person can play multiple positions, with some that can play all three positions on the front row and many of our back-row players are former hitters, so even they know how to take a swing if they need to. Because of everyone’s versatility, we can do a lot of different things here this year, which gives us a lot to work with.”

The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Malgorzata to the 2021 recruiting class and wishes all the VUVB athletes good luck as they begin their season with their first scrimmage on Wed. Aug. 18 against Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods at the P.E. Complex. The scrimmage is set to begin at 7 p.m. eastern.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Season Tickets Now Available Online for TU Home Events

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor Athletics Department is now offering a variety of season tickets for home athletic events. Those tickets will be available in digital format only, are available for purchase at TaylorTrojans.com/tickets and will remain available throughout the 2021 fall semester.

The 2020-2021 digital season tickets can only be purchased online and will be delivered via email. The digital tickets will include a QR code that can be printed or saved on a mobile device to be scanned at the ticket gate of each event.

The all-sport season ticket will allow for entrance into the over 65 scheduled home ticketed events slated for the upcoming year. The all-sport season ticket sells for $125 and will allow entrance into all home regular season basketball, football, volleyball, soccer, cross country and track contests, with the exception of Silent Night and any postseason games.

Sport-specific season tickets are also available for basketball, football, volleyball and soccer, with prices varying per sport based on the number of scheduled home events during the regular season.

Taylor Season Pass Options (Passes Do Not Include Postseason Events or Silent Night)
-$125 for all home regular season athletic events (excludes Silent Night)
-$100 for all home men’s and women’s regular season basketball games (excludes Silent Night)
-$50 for all home men’s and women’s regular season soccer games

-$40 for all home football regular season games
-$40 for all home volleyball regular season matches

Taylor Single Game Tickets (Ages 5-and-Under are Free)
-$10 for football
-$8 for basketball
-$5 for soccer
-$5 for volleyball

All Taylor students, faculty and staff will once again be eligible for free tickets through the online system.

IU EAST MBB: MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNEE: GABE MCNARY FROM WARREN CENTRAL

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RICHMOND, Ind. – Gabe McNary, a recent Warren Central High School (Ind.) graduate, is one of the newcomers on the 2021-22 Indiana University East men’s basketball roster.

McNary is a 6-8 forward who averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds per game last season to help Warren Central to a 19-7 record. He appeared on the Indiana Top 100 Seniors list.

“Gabe is a big guy who has all the tools to be a really good player,” said IU East coach Mark Hester. “Like all freshmen, he just needs to learn what it takes to succeed at the college level.”

Gabe is the son of Carmen Johnson and Leslie Johnson. He plans to major in biology.

“IU East felt like a brotherhood, and it felt like home,” McNary wrote of his college choice.

NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES:

Ramírez has homer, triple, 3 RBIs as Indians beat Reds 9-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer and an RBI triple, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Wilson Ramos also had a two-run homer, Amed Rosario was 4 for 5 with an RBI and Cleveland used five pitchers in a planned bullpen game to end Cincinnati’s five-game winning streak.

Justin Garza (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings. The right-hander was the Indians’ second pitcher and worked the third and fourth, striking out three.

Bradley Zimmer hit a 471-foot homer to center field leading off the seventh – the longest by an Indians player this season – and drove in two runs. The ball landed in a wooded area beyond the 400-foot sign on the wall.

“I was told that the only other person that’s hit a ball out there is Jim Thome, so I figured I’m in good company,” Zimmer said.

Thome hit the longest home run in the ballpark that opened in 1994, a 511-foot drive that also was to center field on July 3, 1999, against Kansas City.

“Sounds like I’ve got some work to do,” said Zimmer, who hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning of Sunday’s win against Detroit.

“There were some balls hit today that were at the warning track and they caught it and I’m like, I thought they hit it pretty well,” interim Indians manager DeMarlo Hale said. “Then when you see Zimmer’s ball, then it’s like OK, that was hit very, very well. You’re talking about over the trees.”

Luis Castillo (6-11) allowed eight runs – including two homers – in 3 1/3 innings. The right-hander lost for the first time since June 20, a span of nine starts.

“The location of the pitches wasn’t there and the batters were able to make you pay,” Castillo said through a translator. “It was a bad night for me.”

The game was the makeup of a rainout at Progressive Field on May 9, a series that began with Reds left-hander Wade Miley pitching a no-hitter. The teams split their six interleague games this season, so Cleveland retained the Ohio Cup for the seventh straight year.

The game was played in a steady rain for several innings.

After blowing 4 late leads, Yanks finally hold off KC in 11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) DJ LeMahieu led off the 11th inning with an RBI double and the New York Yankees, after blowing four late leads, finally held off the feisty Kansas City Royals 8-6 on Monday night.

Brett Gardner drove in three runs for the Yankees, two on a sharp infield single in the 11th that made it 8-5.

But the Royals, who tied the score in each of the previous four innings, refused to go down easily once again. They got a two-out RBI single from pinch-hitter Edward Olivares and brought the potential winning run to the plate before Carlos Santana grounded out to end a game that took 4 hours, 52 minutes.

Wandy Peralta earned his third major league save – the first two came with San Francisco this season.

Luke Voit, activated from the injured list Sunday, snapped a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh and hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth for New York. Aaron Judge had a run-scoring single in the eighth to make it 2-1.

Kansas City became the first team since 1900 to erase a deficit in the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings of a game, according to STATS.

The Yankees got single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth, but the Royals kept answering. Ryan O’Hearn’s sacrifice fly in the seventh, Andrew Benintendi’s single in the eighth and Nicky Lopez’s single in the ninth each tied the score.

New York got two in the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Higashioka and a single by Gardner. Kansas City evened it once again on a sac fly by Jarrod Dyson and a single by Hanser Alberto.

Clay Holmes (4-2) got the win. Greg Holland (2-5) took the loss.

Giancarlo Stanton’s 122 mph double-play grounder in the first inning matched his own mark for the fastest exit velocity of a ball put in play in the StatCast era.

Neither starter got a decision. Kansas City’s Carlos Hernandez allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three. Jameson Taillon gave up an unearned run and four hits in six-plus innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Play was delayed in the top of the fourth when plate umpire Brian Knight left the game. Pat Hoberg, who had been at third base, moved behind the plate. No reason was given for Knight’s departure.

Jiménez again hits 2 home runs, White Sox rout Twins 11-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Chicago White Sox already were enjoying quite a season despite missing two key players. Now with Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert back in the lineup, the AL Central leaders are looking even more formidable.

Jimenez hit two homers with five RBIs for the second straight game, Robert came off the 60-day injured list to deliver an RBI double and single, and the White Sox cruised past the Minnesota Twins 11-1 Monday night.

“Getting both those guys back is kind of a reminder of what they can do to help us,” manager Tony La Russa said.

Tim Anderson led off the game with a home run for the second day in a row and Lucas Giolito pitched two-hit ball for eight innings as the White Sox won their fourth in a row.

Jimenez became the first White Sox player with consecutive games of at least two homers and five RBIs, and the first in the majors since Bryce Harper for Washington in 2015.

Jimenez has five homers and 14 RBIs in 10 games since his return from the injured list after missing all of the season with a ruptured pectoral tendon sustained in spring training.

“Yes, I feel really good,” Jimenez said of having his timing down at the plate.

Giolito (9-8) faced the minimum over the first seven innings. The first hit he allowed came on a hard grounder from Luis Arraez to start the fifth inning that glanced off Giolito’s leg.

Miguel Sano homered off Giolito.

“It was a tough start for us and then when we would get in the batter’s box, Giolito was real sharp,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He has excellent stuff, real swing-and-miss stuff. Tonight was one of the nights where I think his command matched his stuff and he was just exceptionally difficult on us.”

Beau Burrows (0-1) allowed seven runs – six earned – over two innings in his first career start. He was claimed off waivers from Detroit on June 22 and was recalled from Triple-A on July 27. His ERA rose to 13.91 in six appearances this season.

Anderson lined the fifth pitch of the game into the left-field seats. He opened Sunday night’s game at Wrigley Field with a home run, sending the White Sox toward a three-game sweep over the Cubs.

Jimenez hit a towering homer off the facing of the second deck above the batter’s eye in center field for a two-run homer in the first inning. He connected for a three-run drive in the second.

Yoan Moncada homered in the ninth for Chicago.

“You can’t underestimate when you get a start like that,” La Russa said of the first-inning homers by Anderson and Jimenez. “They set a certain tempo for the game and our guys stayed hungry the whole time.”

Musgrove sharp, Hosmer homers, Padres beat Marlins 8-3

SAN DIEGO (AP) Joe Musgrove effectively displayed his heavy dose of breaking pitches, tossing six strong innings and striking out eight to lead the San Diego Padres over the Miami Marlins 8-3 Monday night.

Coming into the game, Musgrove (8-7) was the only major league pitcher with 20-plus starts this year to throw breaking balls on more than half of his deliveries. He kept the Marlins off-balance, surrendering only one run and five hits while lowering his ERA to 2.81.

“(The breaking pitch) was not as sharp as it has been in the past handful of starts. … I was still able to get it in the zone,” Musgrove said. “The slider was a lot sharper for me tonight.”

Eric Hosmer hit an early homer off Zach Thompson (2-5), then added an RBI single in a four-run eighth that broke open the game. Hosmer has hit over .400 (21 for 50) at Petco Park since the beginning of July.

“Hosmer has been spot on. He came out of the All-Star break and he is really putting it together. Great at-bats versus righties and lefties,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “Big at-bats tonight from Hosmer.”

Miami outfielder Lewis Brinson, who spoke before the game about an incident with racial overtones Sunday as the Marlins played at Coors Field in Denver, had two hits and scored twice.

Brinson hit a two-run homer high off the warehouse building in left field against Emilio Pagan in the eighth that narrowed San Diego’s lead to 4-3.

The Padres scored twice in the fourth on a single by Victor Caratini that drove in Hosmer and a sacrifice fly by Musgrove.

Trent Grisham hit a two-run triple in the eighth and Caratini added a sacrifice fly.

“We are playing pretty good baseball right now and we want to continue that,” Tingler said.

Doncic set to sign $207M extension in Slovenian celebration

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic is set to sign a $207 million supermax extension with the Dallas Mavericks, who sent an entourage to the Slovenian star’s home country to finish off the biggest contract in franchise history.

Agent Bill Duffy told ESPN and The Dallas Morning News on Monday that Doncic and the Mavericks had agreed to terms. The team said a virtual news conference was planned for Tuesday.

News of Doncic’s five-year deal, which will kick in for the 2022-23 season, came as the Mavericks re-signed his most reliable scoring partner in the backcourt, shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr., to a $75 million, four-year contract.

The virtual news conference in Slovenia will include Doncic, owner Mark Cuban and the new general manager-coach combination of Nico Harrison and Jason Kidd.

Dirk Nowitzki, who set an NBA record of 21 seasons with the same franchise while becoming the league’s No. 6 all-time scorer with the Mavericks, also made the trip to Slovenia. The 7-foot German is now a consultant for the team.

The 22-year-old Doncic was an All-Star in his second and third seasons after being named Rookie of the Year in 2018-19. He’s also been first-team All-NBA twice, which makes Doncic the first player eligible for a supermax extension off his rookie contract.

Doncic will sign the massive deal less than a week after leading Slovenia to its first Olympic berth and a fourth-place finish in Tokyo.

The NBA accomplishments are piling up fast for Doncic as well. Although he couldn’t get the Mavericks past the Los Angeles Clippers in the first playoff round each of the past two seasons, Doncic averaged 33.5 points with five 40-point games.

Doncic is getting one of his backcourt mates back as well.

Hardaway averaged 16.6 points per game in his eighth season. The past two seasons with Dallas have included his best shooting from 3-point range.

The 29-year-old Hardaway came to the Mavericks from New York in a 2019 trade headlined by Kristaps Porzingis, envisioned by Dallas as the European sidekick to Doncic.

While Porzingis became mostly a decoy in the playoff loss to the Clippers with the 7-foot-3 Latvian and Doncic together, Hardaway averaged 17 points per game in the series and shot 40% from deep.

Rockies say fan wasn’t yelling racial slur at Marlins player

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies said a fan suspected of repeatedly yelling a racial slur at Florida outfielder Lewis Brinson was actually hollering at “Dinger,” the club’s purple, polka-dotted dinosaur mascot.

“After a thorough investigation that included calls, emails and video clips from concerned fans, media and broadcast partners, the Colorado Rockies have concluded that the fan was indeed yelling for Rockies mascot Dinger in hopes of getting his attention for a photo, and there was never any racial slur that occurred,” the team said in a statement Monday.

“The Rockies remain dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for all fans, players and guests at Coors Field,” the team added, “and any fan using derogatory language of any kind will be ejected from Coors Field.”

The team said fans who were seated nearby contacted the club in defense of the fan after it put out a statement Sunday night saying it was disgusted by epithets hurled at Brinson when he was up in the ninth inning of Colorado’s 13-8 victory Sunday.

The club then contacted the fan, who explained it was just a big misunderstanding and that he was only trying to get the attention of Dinger, who was two sections over.

The Rockies did not identify the fan.

The man’s shouts were picked up by both teams’ broadcasts although the Bally Sports Florida broadcast was clearer than Colorado’s because Rockies broadcaster Drew Goodman was talking at the time.

Nobody on the field, including Brinson, reacted to the shouts.

After the game, Marlins spokesman Jason Latimer said the team was aware of the clip.

“Neither Lewis, nor any other Marlins on the field or in the dugout, heard what was shouted,” he said in a text message to The Associated Press. “We brought the matter to the attention of the Rockies. How the matter is being handled, I would have to defer to them.”

The Rockies condemned the suspected conduct in a statement released Sunday night.

“The Colorado Rockies are disgusted at the racial slur by a fan directed at the Marlins’ Lewis Brinson during the ninth inning of today’s game,” the team said in Sunday’s statement. “Although the subject was not identified prior to the end of the game, the Rockies are still investigating this incident.

Former batboy sues Omar Vizquel alleging sexual harassment

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) A former minor league batboy has filed a lawsuit accusing longtime major league shortstop Omar Vizquel of sexual harassment during Vizquel’s tenure as manager of the Birmingham Barons, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

The 25-year-old man filed suit in U.S. District Court in Alabama on Friday accusing the 11-time Gold Glove winner of exposing himself multiple times and forcing the man to wash his back in the shower in 2019.

The suit says the man is autistic and accuses the White Sox and Double-A Birmingham Barons of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The defendants had not filed a response to the lawsuit as of Monday and no attorney for them was listed in federal court records.

The Associated Press does not disclose the names of victims of alleged sexual abuse.

The 54-year-old Vizquel exposed himself to the man “for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification” at least five times while wearing a towel, according to the lawsuit.

On one occasion, a naked Vizquel stepped out of the shower and ordered him to “Wash my damn back,” the suit said. The man complied but did not return to work after that.

Vizquel’s wife, Blanca, accused him of domestic abuse in December 2020, describing two alleged acts of physical violence. Vizquel denied the allegations.

Major League Baseball said at the time it was investigating a 2016 incident when Vizquel was arrested but not charged, and an unspecified incident with the Barons.

He was fired on July 26 as manager of the Tijuana Bulls in the Mexican Baseball League.

The Alabama lawsuit said other coaches and the man’s supervisors laughed when informed of the alleged behavior toward the batboy.

The man is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, lost pay “and appropriate injunctive and equitable relief to remedy the harm he suffered.”

The suit says the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found in June that the man had been subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination and was constructively discharged, meaning he quit because of a hostile work environment.

Watson returns to practice with Texans after almost a week

HOUSTON (AP) Deshaun Watson returned to practice with the Houston Texans on Monday after not taking part in workouts for almost a week.

Watson reported to camp on time and was on the field for the team’s first five days of practice, participating in individual drills only. When the players wore pads for the first time this season last Tuesday, he did not participate and was not on the field.

He continued to be absent from practice until Monday when he trotted onto the field with the rest of the team. He only worked during individual drills and went into the indoor practice facility after the first five periods of work. He returned to the field near the end of the two-hour practice and watched as his teammates went through 11-on-11 work.

Coach David Culley refused to say why Watson stopped practicing with the team last week, and he wasn’t available to answer questions regarding his return Monday because he spoke before practice.

Watson’s future is uncertain after he asked for a trade in January before 22 women filed lawsuits alleging that he sexually assaulted or harassed them in March. Houston police and the NFL are investigating the allegations, but no charges have been filed.

Watson still wishes to be traded and reported to training camp solely to avoid being fined. He would have faced fines of $50,000 a day if he didn’t report.

Watson signed a four-year, $156 million contract extension with the Texans last offseason and led the NFL in yards passing last season. But he became unhappy with the direction of the team and requested a trade in January after the Texans, who won the AFC South in 2018 and ’19, sank to 4-12 last season.

General manager Nick Caserio signed veteran Tyrod Taylor to a one-year deal in March to give the team an insurance policy at quarterback if Watson can’t or won’t play this season. The Texans selected Stanford’s Davis Mills in the third round of this year’s draft, and he and Jeff Driskel, a recent free-agent signee, will likely compete to back up Taylor if Watson isn’t an option.

Giants take Barkley off physically unable to perform list

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) While he isn’t in football shape and is unlikely to play in a game anytime soon, star running back Saquon Barkley is back practicing with the New York Giants.

The Giants activated Barkley from the physically unable to perform list Monday and had him participate in some light drills as the team opened its third week of training camp.

The move came roughly 10 1/2 months after Barkley tore the ACL in his right knee in the second game of last season.

“It felt good to just be back out there playing football,” Barkley said after practice. “The most fun part I would say is being back out there with your teammates. Obviously, the next step in my rehab process and just thankful to be able to go back out there and play football with my teammates and be able to get to practice. It’s what I love.”

Neither Barkley not coach Joe Judge would put a timetable on when he will play in a game. Judge got a laugh saying Barkley would not play in the preseason opener against the Jets on Saturday.

Barkley said what he has repeated for months: When the doctors say he can play in a game, that’s when he will play.

The Penn State product smiled telling the media he lobbied to return to practice and laughed when asked if he took any grief from fellow players at the workout.

“That’s just the nature of being out and coming back,” he said. “Got some `Whoa, who’s that?’ and people shaking my hand, introducing themselves. That’s all fun-loving games, like I said, it’s fun to be back out there. Those are some of the things you miss.”

Some of the guys on defense even quipped about wanting to get their hands on him. Barkley admitted he threw some trash back.

The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2018 did not participate in offseason workouts, staying in the Giants’ facility to focus on his rehab. He started training camp on the PUP list, but has been on the field watching his teammates.

The Giants had a team blowup at practice last week, and Barkley said he was glad he watched it. He did take part in the team punishment drill after the scuffle, noting he was part of the team and that was a team activity.

Barkley has rushed for 2,344 yards and 17 touchdowns in his first three seasons. He has also caught 149 passes, including six for TDs.

Miami QB D’Eriq King scores sponsor deal with NHL’s Panthers

(AP) — The Florida Panthers have signed a quarterback.

Miami quarterback D’Eriq King has become the first college player to sign an endorsement deal with the Panthers, the NHL team announced Monday. King will appear at some Panthers games and events, plus engage with fans on social media and produce digital content.

The deal also calls for King to work with the Panthers to develop a merchandise collection, co-branded art and his own exclusive concession menu item to be available at all Panthers home games and events for the coming season.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

“D’Eriq is a superstar both on and off the field and we are excited to reach and engage South Florida sports fans in new ways through this collaborative partnership,” Panthers chief strategy officer Sam Doerr said.

The Panthers were the first U.S. major pro sports team to develop a plan in which college athletes could align with them as part of the recent rule allowing them to profit off their name, image and likeness. King has been among one of the most sought athletes in the country since players could begin signing such deals this month; the Panthers’ contract is at least the sixth known deal that King has entered into this summer.

“The whole NIL thing, I think it’s really good for college football,” King said last month at the Atlantic Coast Conference’s preseason football media days. “My thing was work with good companies. You can’t work with everybody. You want to work with companies that align with your core values. You don’t want to go out there and work with that company, that company, that company.”

It took the Panthers about three weeks between unveiling the program and signing King, and the team plans to sign more athletes quickly. The Panthers have said they value diversity and want female athletes and those from Olympic sports to be part of their program.

2012 champ Andy Murray in US Open draw; Wawrinka withdraws

(AP) — Andy Murray moved into the field for the U.S. Open on Monday when another past champion at Flushing Meadows, Stan Wawrinka, pulled out because he still is recovering from foot surgery.

Murray is a former No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam title winner, including in New York in 2012. His ranking slid out of the top 100 after he had two hip operations in recent years.

The 34-year-old from Scotland returned to the tour in June after a three-month absence because of a groin problem and reached the third round at Wimbledon, then withdrew from the singles competition at the Tokyo Olympics on July 25, citing a strained right quadriceps. He was the two-time reigning men’s singles gold medalist.

Murray did play doubles for Britain at the Summer Games in Japan, reaching the quarterfinals with Joe Salisbury.

The U.S. Tennis Association also announced Monday that Patricia Maria Tig of Romania will not be playing in the year’s last Grand Slam tournament. Tig has a continuing back injury and was replaced in the field by Claire Liu of the U.S.

Wawrinka won the title in Flushing Meadows in 2016 for the last of his three major singles championships.

The 36-year-old Wawrinka is 3-3 in 2021 and has not competed on tour since losing his opening match to Lloyd Harris at the Qatar Open in March.

Wawrinka had surgery on his left foot shortly after that, then needed another procedure on the same foot in June. He is ranked 31st and was in line to be seeded if he had been able to play in the U.S. Open, where main-draw action starts Aug. 30.

Murray, who is 105th in the ATP rankings, reached the second round at Flushing Meadows in each of his past two appearances, in 2018 and last year.

After his third-round loss to eventual semifinalist Denis Shapovalov at the All England Club last month, Murray wondered out loud about what the future might hold for him.

“There is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and, ultimately, didn’t play how I would want and expect. And it’s like: Is it worth it?” Murray said then.

“Is all of that training and everything that you’re doing in the gym – unless you’re able to, like, practice and improve your game and get matches and continue (to) get a run of tournaments – is it worth all of the work that you’re doing?”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1889       At the Seventh Street Park in Indianapolis, future 300 game-winner Mickey Welch becomes the first pinch-hitter in major league history. Although the Giants right-handed pitcher strikes out in his historic plate appearance, New York prevails, beating the Hoosiers, 9-6.

1901       At Cleveland’s League Park, the Blues (Indians) beat Chicago, 11-7. White Sox right-hander Frank Isbell strands eleven runners on the basepaths to set an American League record.

1929       At the Baker Bowl, 42 year-old right-hander Grover Cleveland Alexander earns his final career win, pitching the final four innings of the Cardinals’ 9-7 victory over the Phillies. ‘Old Pete’ will retire next season tied with fellow Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson for the most wins in the National League history with 373, including a league-leading ninety shutouts.

1944       At Crosley Field, Braves’ hurler Charles ‘Red’ Barrett throws only 58 pitches, beating the Reds, 2-0. The nine-inning night game takes only seventy-five minutes to play.

1946       Although Tiny Bonham gives up two hits in the first frame, he retires the side on four pitches in the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over the Red Sox. Wally Moses singles on the first pitch of the game but is out stealing on the first ball thrown to Johnny Pesky, who singles on the next offering, with Dom DiMaggio hitting into a double play on the right-hander’s fourth pitch ending the inning.

1957       Mickey Mantle becomes the first player to clear the center field-hedge at Memorial Stadium with his 460-foot homer in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the Orioles. Baltimore’s Boog Powell (1962) and Twins’ slugger Harmon Killebrew (1964) will also accomplish the feat.

1961       Dave Philley, with his twenty-first pinch hit of the season, breaks an American League record, set by Ed Coleman of the Browns in 1936. The 41 year-old Texan, coming off the bench to hit for Dick Williams in the eighth inning, sets the new pinch-hitting mark when he doubles to right field in the Orioles’ 8-0 win over Kansas City at Memorial Stadium.

1963       Boog Powell becomes the first Oriole to hit three home runs in the same game. The Baltimore first baseman’s offensive output accounts for half of the runs in the Birds’ 6-5 victory over Washington at D.C. Stadium.

1969       For the second time this season, Cesar Tovar, breaks up a no-hit bid by an Oriole pitcher when his ninth-inning single stops Mike Cuellar’s streak of 35 consecutive retired batters, spoiling the southpaw’s attempt for the no-no. In May, the Twins utility player broke up Dave McNally’s hitless game with a one-out single in the final frame.

1971       At Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, Harmon Killebrew becomes the tenth player to join the 500 home run club when he hits the historic homer in the first inning off Mike Cuellar. Later in the game, the 36 year-old first baseman connects for #501, but ‘Killer’s’ two round-trippers are to no avail when the Twins lose to the Orioles in 10 innings, 4-3.

1971       At San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal records his 50th career shutout when the Giants blank the Expos, 1-0. The Dominican hurler’s ninth inning double helps to build the winning run.

1974       Jorge Lebron, believed to be the youngest professional player ever, makes his debut for the Auburn Phillies, Philadelphia’s short season-A affiliate. The fourteen year-old shortstop plays three games before returning to Puerto Rico to finish junior high school.

1979       Dodger hurler Don Sutton sets a franchise record with his 50th shutout, blanking the Giants at Candlestick Park, 9-0. The 34 year-old right-hander has previously shared the mark with Don Drysdale.

1980       Steve McCatty goes the distance in the A’s extra-inning loss to Seattle. The Oakland right-hander joins Matt Keough, Mike Norris, and Rick Langford becomes the fourth hurler on the team this season to throw a 14-inning complete game, fueling the criticism that manager Billy Martin overworks his pitching staff.

1981       Attempting to break Stan Musial’s National League record for hits, Pete Rose hits a wicked infield grounder to Garry Templeton that the official scorer rules an error, rather than giving the Phillies first baseman his historic hit. Amidst the loud booing by the sizeable vocal crowd at Veterans’ Stadium, fireworks begin as an anxious stadium engineer ignites the planned celebration prematurely, thinking he heard Bill Giles said ‘go’ into the walkie-talkie when the Phillies president had said ‘no.’

1981       After tying the mark in June in the last game played before the two-month baseball strike, Pete Rose finally becomes the all-time National League hit leader when he singles to the opposite field off Cardinal hurler Mark Littell for his 3,631st hit. The Phillies’ first baseman is congratulated on the field by Stan Musial, who previously held the mark, in front of 60,561 enthusiastic fans at Veterans Stadium.

1986       “I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform, but I am the proudest.” – Billy Martin, on his day at Yankee Stadium. During Billy Martin Day at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers retire uniform #1 and dedicate a plaque in Monument Park which reads, ‘There has never been a greater competitor than Billy.’ The team’s former scrappy second baseman and four-time manager tells the sold-out crowd, “I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform, but I am the proudest.”

1989       After fifteen months of recovery from cancer surgery to his arm, Dave Dravecky pitches one-hit baseball for seven innings, blanking the Reds to get the victory. The Giant bullpen holds on for a 4-3 win at Candlestick Park.

1994       In his last appearance of the year, two-time Cy Young Award recipient Brett Saberhagen picks up his 14th and final victory of the campaign when the Mets beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 6-2. The 30 year-old right-hander, in his 24 starts, will finish the strike-shortened season with more wins than walks (13) and home runs allowed (13).

1994       The Expos win for the 20th time in their last 22 games when they blank Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium, 4-0. The victory puts the team 35 games over .500, a franchise record, but sadly it will be the last game Montreal will win due to the impending players’ strike that will eventually end the season.

1995       The first forfeit in the majors in sixteen years occurs when the fans for the third time during the night throw promotional souvenir baseballs onto the Dodger Stadium field. The umps’ decision to end the game comes with the home team trailing the Cardinals, 2-1 with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

1998       Joining Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth, Albert Belle becomes only the fourth player to drive in 100 runs and hit 30 homers for seven consecutive seasons. The White Sox left fielder, who played in every game for the White Sox this season, will continue the streak next year with the Orioles.

1998       At Qualcomm Stadium, Harry Wendelstedt and his son, Hunter, become the first father-son combination to umpire a major league baseball game together. Dad is behind the plate calling balls and strikes, and his son, who will remain on the same crew for the remainder of the season, makes the calls at third base when the last-place Marlins beat the first-place Padres, 3-2.

2000       Winning for the first time in 16 starts, David Cone ends the worst slump of his career as the Yankees beat the A’s, 12-6. Newly acquired Jose Canseco hits a three-run homer into the upper deck to help Cone stop the skid.

2001       🇵🇱 In Kotno, Poland, Khovrio of Moscow becomes the first Russian team to qualify for the Little League World Series. The squad, the first to be made of all native European youngsters, defeats the Tbilisi YMCA of Georgia, 12-2.

2002       Sammy Sosa hits three home runs in consecutive at-bats in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, tying a Cubs’ record with nine RBIs, established by Heinie Zimmerman in 1911. With his sixth career three-homer game performance, the Chicago right fielder also ties the major league record set by Johnny Mize and becomes only the fifth player in big league history to homer in three straight innings.

2002       Barry Bonds breaks another Giant slugger’s major league record when he receives his 46th intentional walk of the season, surpassing the mark established in 1969 by Willie McCovey. The third of the three free passes issued by the Pirates to the San Francisco left fielder proves to be costly when Benito Santiago follows with a grand slam, putting the home team ahead, 8-3.

2003       Rafael Furcal becomes the 12th player to turn an unassisted triple play in big league history. With Cardinals runners on first and second in the fifth inning, the Braves shortstop makes a leaping catch of pitcher Woody Williams’ liner and steps on second base to double up Matheny before tagging out Palmeiro attempting to get back to first base.

2004       At Great American Ball Park, Adam Dunn crushes a ball to dead center field that clears the wall by over 100 feet before bouncing into the Ohio River. The Reds first baseman’s Ruthian blast off LA’s Jose Lima, believed to have traveled 535 feet, is the longest home run ever hit in the Cincinnati ballyard.

2004       Taking a cab to Shea Stadium from nearby LaGuardia Airport, Mets starting pitcher Tom Glavine is injured as the taxi collides with an SUV. The 38 year-old two-time Cy Young Award winner loses his front two teeth and needs over 40 stitches to close facial lacerations.

2004       After signing the American League Rookie of the Year to a five-year, possible $16 million deal on May 6, the Royals send Angel Berroa to the Wichita Wranglers, their Double-A affiliate in the Texas League. The struggling shortstop is hitting only .249 with five homers and 30 ribbies, compared to last season’s award-winning performance, when the 26 year-old Dominican batted .287 with 17 homers and 73 RBIs in his first full season in the major leagues.

2005       For the second consecutive season, Mike Lowell employs the hidden ball trick on an unsuspecting baserunner. Representing the tying run in the eighth inning, Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Terrero is the Marlins third baseman’s latest victim.

2005       Jackie Robinson’s former Negro League roommate 103 year-old Ted Radcliffe, probably the oldest professional baseball player, dies after a long battle with cancer. The 1943 Negro American League Most Valuable player was dubbed ‘Double Duty’ by Damon Runyon after catching a shutout in the opener of a 1931 Negro League World Series Yankee Stadium doubleheader and then hurling one of his own in the nightcap.

2005       After being released from the hospital, an 18 year-old fan appears in court to face criminal charges of trespassing, reckless endangerment, and criminal mischief stemming from his 40-foot plunge last night from the upper deck of Yankee Stadium into the netting behind home plate. Team owner George Steinbrenner called the incident “… the only exciting thing that happened today,” after his struggling club loses to the first-place White Sox, 2-1.

2005       KNBR fires radio talk-show host Larry Krueger for making inappropriate racial remarks, that caused an uproar in the team’s clubhouse. During a postgame rant on the Giants’ flagship station, the controversial the on-air personality said the club had too many “brain-dead Caribbean hitters” and tells his listeners that manager Felipe Alou’s mind “has turned to Cream of Wheat.”

2006       In the finale of the three-game sweep by the Royals, Red Sox ace Curt Schilling surrenders ten extra-base hits, tying an American League record. The nine doubles and homer equal the dubious mark set by Dale Gear (1901 Senators) and Luis Tiant (1969 Indians).

2007       The Indians pay tribute to Larry Doby on his day at Jacobs Field by collectively wearing his number 14 on their uniforms. In 1947, the future Hall of Fame outfielder became the first black to play in the American League, making his debut in Detroit with Cleveland as a pinch-hitter.

2008       The first-place Rays, with their 11-3 rout over the Mariners at Safeco Field, improve their record to 71-46. The victory establishes a record for wins in the 11-year history of the franchise.

2009       Troy Tulowitzki collects five hits, completing the cycle with a three-bagger in the seventh inning of the Rockies’ 11-5 victory over the Cubs at Coors Field. The Colorado shortstop is the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, and the sixth major leaguer this season to have a single, double, triple, and a home run in the same game.

2010       In an ugly first-inning brawl at Great American Ball Park, Cardinals’ backstop Jason LaRue suffers a mild concussion and bruised ribs, with his batterymate Chris Carpenter also receiving bruises on his back during the seven-minute scrum. Reds’ starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, who will be suspended for seven games for kicking the Redbirds’ catcher and pitcher, draws the wrath of his opponents for lashing out with his spikes during the altercation.

2014       After rallying from a 5-0 deficit, the Blue Jays win the longest game in franchise history when Jose Bautista’s single in the bottom of the 19th inning drives in Munenori Kawasaki, giving Toronto a 6-5 walk-off victory over Detroit. Jose Reyes’s ninth-inning single with two outs off Joba Chamberlain sent the Rogers Centre contest into overtime.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay6844.60735 – 2233 – 2233 – 1711 – 514 – 178 – 2W 4
Boston6549.570433 – 2232 – 2730 – 2113 – 811 – 162 – 8L 1
NY Yankees6250.554632 – 2530 – 2524 – 3014 – 615 – 88 – 2W 1
Toronto6050.545731 – 2429 – 2626 – 2710 – 710 – 128 – 2W 1
Baltimore3872.3452917 – 3421 – 3813 – 318 – 1911 – 143 – 7L 5
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox6746.59338 – 2029 – 2613 – 737 – 239 – 117 – 3W 4
Cleveland5555.50010.529 – 2426 – 319 – 1629 – 198 – 125 – 5W 2
Detroit5460.47413.532 – 2522 – 358 – 824 – 3617 – 115 – 5L 1
Kansas City4863.4321828 – 2620 – 379 – 1825 – 295 – 113 – 7L 1
Minnesota4865.4251924 – 3124 – 346 – 723 – 3113 – 205 – 5L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6646.58935 – 2331 – 2316 – 1216 – 1230 – 144 – 6L 1
Oakland6448.571234 – 2530 – 2313 – 1313 – 428 – 248 – 2W 4
Seattle5954.5227.533 – 2326 – 3116 – 1212 – 1326 – 204 – 6W 1
LA Angels5656.5001030 – 2626 – 3011 – 1116 – 820 – 305 – 5L 2
Texas3973.3482726 – 3013 – 4311 – 138 – 1517 – 333 – 7L 6
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia5953.52734 – 2125 – 3234 – 2713 – 86 – 98 – 2W 8
Atlanta5755.509229 – 2828 – 2730 – 2820 – 114 – 47 – 3W 1
NY Mets5655.5052.533 – 2023 – 3522 – 2713 – 1414 – 62 – 8L 4
Washington5062.446929 – 3021 – 3222 – 2511 – 119 – 193 – 7L 1
Miami4766.41612.527 – 2720 – 3922 – 236 – 1316 – 163 – 7L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee6646.58932 – 2734 – 1910 – 1232 – 1820 – 86 – 4L 2
Cincinnati6152.5405.531 – 2730 – 259 – 734 – 1810 – 207 – 3L 1
St. Louis5556.49510.532 – 2523 – 3114 – 1619 – 2115 – 114 – 6L 1
Chi Cubs5261.46014.531 – 2421 – 3712 – 1622 – 2715 – 112 – 8L 4
Pittsburgh4171.3662523 – 3018 – 4112 – 1212 – 359 – 173 – 7L 5
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco7141.63435 – 1736 – 2413 – 716 – 1131 – 177 – 3W 2
LA Dodgers6745.598436 – 2031 – 2513 – 710 – 1032 – 206 – 4W 2
San Diego6549.570739 – 2326 – 2612 – 1216 – 1427 – 206 – 4W 3
Colorado5161.4552038 – 2113 – 408 – 813 – 1721 – 307 – 3W 4
Arizona3578.31036.521 – 3514 – 438 – 1512 – 1714 – 383 – 7L 2

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England1912433522137-1-15-3-240
Orlando City SC18864282355-3-13-3-330
New York City FC178453218146-1-22-3-328
Philadelphia19775251965-2-22-5-328
Nashville SC186102261796-5-00-5-228
D.C.18837272166-0-22-3-527
Columbus186662123-24-3-22-3-424
CF Montreal18657242404-3-12-2-623
New York175482122-14-2-21-2-619
Atlanta183962125-42-3-21-6-418
Chicago184592029-94-4-40-1-517
Inter Miami CF164481526-112-2-52-2-316
FC Cincinnati173771830-120-4-33-3-416
Toronto FC183692338-151-5-22-1-715
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC1810443320135-3-15-1-334
Seattle189632614125-4-24-2-133
Los Angeles181026292817-1-23-1-432
Colorado16844221665-3-13-1-328
Minnesota17755212106-1-21-4-326
Portland177282329-66-1-21-1-623
Los Angeles FC186572425-14-4-22-1-523
Real Salt Lake17566262063-4-22-2-421
FC Dallas185672325-24-5-01-1-721
San Jose185672127-63-1-42-5-321
Houston183961925-63-4-00-5-618
Austin174491320-72-2-32-2-616
Vancouver173771928-93-2-30-5-416

WNBA STANDINGS

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