MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
NY Yankees 5 Atlanta 1
Toronto 2 Chicago White Sox 1
Kansas City 7 Houston 1
Seattle 5 Oakland 3
Pittsburgh 6 Arizona 5
Chicago Cubs 6 Colorado 4
New Orleans 23 Jacksonville 21
INDIANA FOOTBALL COACHES POLLS-WEEK 2
1 Center Grove (10) 1-0 100
2 Carmel 1-0 89
3 Brownsburg 1-0 79
4 Westfield 0-1 57
5 Merrillville 1-0 48
6 Warren Central 0-1 43
7 Ben Davis 0-1 28
8 Hamilton SE 1-0 27
9 Elkhart 1-0 24
Homestead 1-0 24
Others receiving votes:
Lawrence North 1-0 (15), Warsaw 1-0 (10), Avon 0-1 (3), Chesterton 1-0 (2),
Carroll (Allen) 0-1 (1)
1 Indpls Cathedral (10) 1-0 100
2 Zionsville 1-0 90
3 FW Dwenger 1-0 69
4 Valparaiso 1-0 63
5 Whiteland 1-0 51
6 FW Snider 1-0 48
7 Decatur Central 1-0 42
8 Bloomington South 1-0 33
9 Mishawaka 1-0 16
New Palestine 0-1 16
Others receiving votes:
Castle 1-0 (7), Evansville North 0-1 (6), FW North 0-1 (5), Columbus East 0-1 (3),
Michigan City 1-0 (1)
1 Indpls Roncalli (9) 1-0 91
2 Mooresville 1-0 80
3 East Central 1-0 55
East Noble 1-0 55
5 Leo 1-0 41
6 Jasper (1) 1-0 38
7 Indpls Chatard 0-1 34
8 Delta 1-0 25
9 Evansville Central 0-1 21
New Prairie 1-0 21
Others receiving votes:
Pendleton Heights 1-0 (17), Columbia City 1-0 (13), Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 0-1 (12),
Hobart 0-1 (11), Martinsville 1-0 (11), Indpls Attucks 0-1 (8), Northridge 1-0 (7),
Ev. Memorial 0-1 (4), Northview 1-0 (4), Greenfield Central 0-1 (1), Logansport 1-0 (1)
1 Danville (7) 1-0 96
2 West Lafayette 1-0 80
3 Gibson Southern (2) 1-0 74
Indpls Brebeuf (1) 1-0 74
5 Western Boone 1-0 50
6 Guerin Catholic 1-0 47
7 Lawrenceburg 0-1 37
8 FW Concordia 1-0 33
9 Mishawaka Marian 0-1 16
10 Sullivan 1-0 11
Tri-West 1-0 11
Others receiving votes:
Southridge 0-1 (5), Hanover Central 1-0 (2), Norwell 1-0 (2),
Calumet 1-0 (1), Mt. Vernon (Posey) 1-0 (1)
1 FW Luers (10) 1-0 100
2 Eastbrook 1-0 83
3 Andrean 0-1 79
4 Evansville Mater Dei 1-0 73
5 Tipton 1-0 51
6 Heritage Christian 1-0 42
7 Eastside 1-0 26
Indpls Scecina 1-0 26
Triton Central 1-0 26
10 Rensselaer Central 1-0 21
Others receiving votes:
Lafayette CC 0-1 (7), Pioneer 0-1 (7), Linton-Stockton 1-0 (5), Centerville 1-0 (2),
Lapel 1-0 (1)
1 Indpls Lutheran (6) 1-0 95
2 South Adams (4) 1-0 92
3 Adams Central 1-0 78
4 Parke Heritage 1-0 56
5 Southwood 1-0 55
6 Monroe Central 1-0 51
7 Covenant Christian 0-1 36
8 Winamac 1-0 30
9 South Putnam 1-0 29
10 North Judson 1-0 13
Others receiving votes:
Churubusco 0-1 (7), West Washington 1-0 (6), Covington 1-0 (1), Milan 1-0 (1)
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER POLLS
3. Hamilton Southeastern
5. North Central
6. Bloomington South
7. Columbus North
8. Saint Joseph
11. Evansville Reitz
14. Center Grove
16. Mt Vernon
17. Crown Point
19. Guerin Catholic
1 Evansville Memorial
2 Mater Dei
5. Brebeuf Jesuit
6. Park Tudor
7. Mishawaka Marian
8. Hamilton Heights
9. Heritage Hills
11. Silver Creek
12. Tri West
13. Culver Academy
16. Lafayette Central Catholic
19. South Dearborn
20. West Lafayette
1 Heritage Christian
2 Forrest Park
3 Evansville Christian
6 FW Blackhawk
9 FW Canterbury
11 Faith Christian
12 Covenant Christian Demotte
14 Boone Grove
15 Washington Catholic
18 Bethany Christian
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER POLLS
3A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (8/23/21)
- Hamilton Southeastern
- Ev. Memorial
- North Central
- Crown Point
- Ft. Wayne Carroll
- Center Grove
- Lake Central
- Ev. North
2A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (8/23/21)
- Guerin Catholic
- Mishawaka Marian
- Concordia Lutheran
- West Lafayette
- Gibson Southern
- Heritage Hills
- SB St. Joseph
- Bishop Dwenger
- Culver Academies
- Washington Community
- Bishop Chatard
- Ev. Mater Dei
- Oak Hill
1A ISCA High School Boys Soccer Poll (8/23/21)
- Park Tudor
- Heritage Christian (Indpls)
- Lakewood Park Christian
- South Knox
- North White
- Lutheran (Indpls)
- Covenant Christian (Indpls)
- Southwestern (Shelbyville)
- Scecina Memorial
- Liberty Christian
- Central Christian Academy
- Forest Park
- Northeast Dubois
- Oldenburg Academy
- North Putnam
Iowa State, Notre Dame highlight AP preseason All-Americans
Quarterback – Spencer Rattler, sophomore, Oklahoma.
Running backs — Breece Hall, junior, Iowa State; Bijan Robinson, sophomore, Texas.
Tackles – Evan Neal, junior, Alabama; Kenyon Green, junior, Texas A&M.
Guards – Cain Madden, senior, Notre Dame; Zion Johnson, senior, Boston College.
Center – Tyler Linderbaum, junior, Iowa.
Tight end – Charlie Kolar, senior, Iowa State.
Wide receivers – Chris Olave, senior, Ohio State; Justyn Ross, junior, Clemson.
All-purpose player – Kyren Williams, sophomore, Notre Dame.
Kicker – Cade York, junior, LSU.
Ends – Kayvon Thibodeaux, junior, Oregon; DeMarvin Leal, junior, Texas A&M.
Tackles — Haskell Garrett, super senior, Ohio State; Bryan Bresee, sophomore, Clemson.
Linebackers – Will Anderson Jr., sophomore, Alabama; Nik Bonitto, junior, Oklahoma; Mike Rose, senior, Iowa State.
Cornerbacks – Derek Stingley, Jr., junior, LSU; Ahmad Gardner, junior, Cincinnati.
Safeties – Kyle Hamilton, junior, Notre Dame; Brandon Joseph, sophomore, Northwestern.
Punter – Jake Camarda, senior, Georgia.
Quarterback – Sam Howell, junior, North Carolina.
Running backs – Mohamed Ibrahim, senior, Minnesota; Isaiah Spiller, junior, Texas A&M.
Tackles – Thayer Munford, senior, Ohio State; Darian Kinnard, senior, Kentucky.
Guards – Jamaree Salyer, senior, Georgia; Emil Ekiyor, junior, Alabama.
Center – Jarrett Patterson, junior, Notre Dame.
Tight end – Jalen Wydermyer, junior, Texas A&M.
Wide receivers – Garrett Wilson, junior, Ohio State; John Metchie III, junior, Alabama.
All-purpose player – Jerrion Ealy, junior, Mississippi.
Kicker – Anders Carlson, senior, Auburn.
Ends – Aidan Hutchinson, senior, Michigan; George Karlaftis, junior, Purdue.
Tackles – Jordan Davis, senior, Georgia; Dante Stills, senior, West Virginia.
Linebackers – Devin Lloyd, super senior Utah; Christian Harris, junior, Alabama; Micah McFadden, senior, Indiana.
Cornerbacks – Kaiir Elam, junior, Florida; Tiawan Mullen, junior, Indiana.
Safeties – Jalen Catalon, redshirt sophomore, Arkansas; Jaquan Brisker, super senior, Penn State.
Punter – Lou Hedley, senior, Miami.
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
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
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
COLTS RELEASE THREE PLAYERS
The Colts waived LB Skai Moore, TE Andrew Vollert and DT Joey Ivie Monday. Now they must make two more cuts to be down to 80 players by Tuesday.
All NFL teams must be down to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Aug. 31.
Moore made the team as an undrafted free agent back in 2018 and played 27 snaps in the season opener.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
• The 126th season of Big Ten football will commence this weekend as Illinois welcomes Nebraska at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.
• Minnesota, Ohio State and Rutgers will make their debut on Thursday, Sept. 2, with the Scarlet Knights playing host to Temple at 6:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network and the Golden Gophers opening at home against the Buckeyes at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. The remaining 11 schools will begin the 2021 campaign on Friday and Saturday, highlighted by a trio of conference matchups. The complete opening weekend schedule appears to the right.
• The conference announced its 11th annual football preseason honors list, a group which featured 10 returning All-Big Ten selections. A media panel selected the 10-member preseason list, with five representatives each from the East and West Divisions. The full list of honorees can be found on page 3.
• The 2021 campaign will feature 120 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Iowa and Ohio State lead the West and East Divisions, respectively, each welcoming back 14 All-Big Ten honorees this season. The talent is split evenly as 60 of the returning all-conference players hail from both the East and West Divisions. Each team returns at least three All-Big Ten performers.
• The National College Football Awards Association announced the 2021 watch lists July 19-30, with 77 different Big Ten players featured for expected on-field performance. All 14 schools are represented with Penn State leading the way with 11 honorees, followed by Indiana with nine and Ohio State with eight. The full list of Big Ten standouts featured on the 2021 NCFAA watch lists can be found on page 2.
• The Big Ten welcomes a new head coach to the sidelines for the 2021 campaign in Illinois’ Bret Bielema. Bielema was named the 26th Illinois Head Football Coach on Dec. 19. A native of Prophetstown, Illinois, Bielema has 24 years of collegiate coaching experience and compiled a 12-year record of 97-58 (.626) as head coach at Wisconsin and Arkansas. From 2006-12, Bielema was the head coach at Wisconsin, where he led the Badgers to three Big Ten championships (2010-12), six consecutive bowl games and a 68-24 record (.739). Bielema then spent five seasons as head coach at Arkansas from 2013-17. After inheriting a depleted roster and enduring a difficult first season, he led the Razorbacks to three consecutive bowl games, including victories against Texas in 2014 and Kansas State in 2015.
• The Big Ten finished last season with four teams ranked in the AP Top 25, tying for the most of any conference. Two teams finished in the Top 10 and all four finished in the Top 16. The 2021 AP Preseason Poll also featured five Big Ten teams in No. 4 Ohio State, No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 17 Indiana, No. 18 Iowa, and No. 19 Penn State, while Michigan and Northwestern are both receiving votes.
• Ohio State was crowned 2020 Big Ten Champion after its 22-10 win against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game presented by Discover on Dec. 19 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was the Buckeyes’ 39th Big Ten title and fourth in as many years.
• Northwestern and Ohio State will look to repeat as division champions this season, as the Buckeyes finished 5-0 to win the East Division and the Wildcats finished atop the West Division standings at 6-1 in conference play.
INDIANA FOOTBALL COACH TOM ALLEN
TA: Good afternoon. I appreciate everyone joining us in person and on Zoom. I just wanted to give an update: we had our second and final scrimmage [over the weekend]. With the new legislation for practices, we are allowed to have two full-contact scrimmages, so that was our second one [on Saturday]. Defense won the day, which was [opposite of] the first scrimmage where the offense won that one. That is what you want, both sides of the football showing the ability to respond and play at a high level. Obviously, when you are going against yourself, one side has to have the upper hand and one side has to not on every given play. Wholistically, I was really encouraged by the performance of our defense.
I also wanted to say this, and I shared this with our team this yesterday, you go through fall camp, and it is about two-and-one-half weeks. Every time we go live, and there are only certain segments during a normal practice when you are in full pads that you go live, you don’t do it the whole practice, and then you have your two scrimmages, which are pretty much all live. [This camp] There were six freshmen that stuck out to me, and I had these guys stand up yesterday in our team meeting: Maurice Freeman, Jordan Grier and Matt Hohlt on defense and Donaven McCulley, David Holloman and Malachi Holt-Bennett on offense. Not that other guys didn’t, but when you take the whole body of work, I felt like those guys – and this wasn’t something we did as a staff – it was something that I thought ‘you know what, we always challenge our players that if you want to have an opportunity to play, you get your coaches attention and make plays when it is live, because live football to me is live tackling, live blocking, everything is live, and you are just going to play to the whistle and that is when you really see who is out there making plays,’ and those six guys stuck out to me throughout the course of fall camp. Other guys flashed at times, but those [six] guys were most consistent, so I want to recognize those guys.
Also, I know it was mentioned last week with our women’s excellence initiative from IU, but I really appreciate [Indiana director of intercollegiate athletics] Scott Dolson’s leadership and [Indiana deputy director for athletics/senior woman administrator] Mattie White, who do a tremendous job. I fully support this and encourage others to do the same as we continue to advance our athletic programs here at Indiana. Excited about the direction of this athletic program and ready to take questions.
On the format of the live periods and scrimmages…
TA: We have done [ones on ones and twos on twos]. We don’t always do it that way, but we go ones versus ones and twos versus twos and right down the line. We are able to see what you have in those moments and make it as game-like as possible.
On veterans that stood out during the first two weeks of fall camp…
TA: I would say the guys that stuck out this Saturday were the guys on defense. I thought our secondary played extremely well, not giving up a lot of things and making things really difficult. There were a lot of contested balls and a lot of good pressure up front. We do a lot of [different things defensively], and we are not trying to scheme against each other, and the offense made some plays too. I thought Ty [Fryfogle], as good as we know he is, the thing that really stuck out to me is that you get young men at certain points in their careers, and he made the decision to come back when he could have gone on and been playing in the NFL right now. He had his reasons and we agreed with him. I just really appreciate his approach. You never want to see him get laid out, but he got hit on Saturday in the scrummage and just popped back up. You are trying to avoid some of those things obviously, for guys like him, but it is tackle football. It happens. He just doesn’t complain. Some guys when you get to that point [in their careers], they can kind of worry about this or worry about that. He just goes all out. He is tough, he doesn’t say anything, he just plays football. I appreciate his attitude and his leadership. For a guy that has been here a long time, he came back for the additional year, and he has elevated himself. He has his body in great condition and he has worked his tail off in the weight room and I just love his mindset. He stuck out to me [on Saturday]. He catches a lot of balls and he and Mike [Penix Jr.] have a great chemistry. I thought our tight ends played really well and continue to play really well. Linebackers played well and took control of the team and ran the defense. I thought that was the best they had done with all of those things. Another guy is Stephen Carr, he continues to pop to me. It was a good day for our program, because it allowed you to work on things and is that one last chance to get into that. Now, you get into a little more into Iowa mode here this week. It was a really good day for our players to be able to get stretched, like 125 snaps [in the scrimmage], so a lot of snaps, a little pressure, the heat, some long drives and trying to get your body mentally and physically ready to play.
On if the conditioning level has differed from last season to this season…
TA: I think are getting a good rhythm with that. You bring up a good point, because everything was so [off-tilt last season] and to try and get back to what does that normal flow look like or feel like [has been important this year]. You think about our current sophomores and current freshmen, you have half of your team, or two classes, that have never been through this flow before because last year was so different. I think that is kind of our goal this week to get into that rhythm. We have changed our pattern from the past [couple of years]: Sunday was our off day in the past and now it is going to be Monday. So, today is off and just getting in that flow. We did some things yesterday on the field because it was a day that we lifted, watched film and had team meetings, special teams meetings and positional meetings, and then we went out on the field last night and did a jog through. That will be a traditional Sunday now. Today [Monday] is the first day of classes, so they have to get in that rhythm with class and then how are they going to come in on their own and foam roll or take care of their bodies and use this as a recovery day for them, physically, and then on their own watching film. We are trying to get them ready for that. Then, we will have a full padded day on Tuesday, shells on Wednesday and spiders on Thursday, then walk through on Friday. We are trying to get them in that rhythm, because as we go through [the season], everything we do we look back to what we did in 2019, not what we did in 2020, because it was so different. We are trying to get back into that. I feel good about where we are with that, but this week will be a good precursor. We will have a mock game on Saturday, not a scrimmage, it is a mock game. We will be in spiders, and it is all situational things. Again, just continuing in that rhythm and follow with a normal Sunday and a normal Monday and then flow through a normal game prep week.
On how he feels about the team’s identity entering the week…
TA: I feel better about [where we are at] in regard to that. We have to continue to have the edge that you want in all areas, all three of them. By no means are we [a finished product], we had a good solid scrimmage, but you can see we still have a lot of things to work on … Every team is different, every group of guys you work with, even though we have a lot of guys back and we haven’t made massive changes schematically, it is all pretty similar, but everyone has to make adjustments [from year to year]. You want to make sure you feel good about those and feel like they are giving you what you want. You won’t know for sure until you play some games, but at the same time you are getting a good feel for where we can hang our hat with this team. I am not going to give too much away for obvious reasons, but at the same time I feel like both sides of the ball have had a chance to elevate themselves and show in those game-like situations who they are. Then during the week when we do live go’s, it has been back and forth. One period is dominated by the offense and the very next period is dominated by the defense. Or it could come down to the final play [of a practice period]. We do a lot of competitions with our guys, and we will do that again tomorrow. To me, it is just a toughness that you have to develop and that is part of our identity … I feel like we are getting closer for sure, but we are not in game-week prep yet. Tomorrow’s practice is going to be important to build some of these things. I think the depth chart is becoming a little more clear and the things you feel good about [are showing themselves]. Obviously, as you get close to kickoff you have to do the things that you do well and find creative ways to get the ball to the guys on offense that can help you win games. Then, get your guys in position to make plays on defense when they have to make them.
COLLEGE MEN’S SOCCER: Indiana Tops 2021 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Indiana is the unanimous preseason choice to win the 2021 Big Ten Conference men’s soccer championship, according to a poll of the Big Ten coaches released Monday.
The three-time defending Big Ten regular season and tournament champion Hoosiers, who have won 16 conference titles, were selected first in the 2021 Big Ten preseason poll by the conference’s nine head coaches. Penn State, last season’s Big Ten runner-up, finished second in this year’s preseason poll, while Michigan was chosen third. Rounding out the top five in the team balloting were Maryland and Michigan State.
Also on Monday, the conference unveiled the 2021 Big Ten Players to Watch List, as selected by the conference coaches. Highlighting the list are 15 individuals who earned conference recognition in 2020-21, including seven first-team All-Big Ten selections in Indiana’s Victor Bezerra, Roman Celentano and Spencer Glass; Michigan’s Marc Ybarra; Ohio State’s Laurence Wootton; and Penn State’s Danny Bloyou and Pierre Reedy.
Bezerra was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2020-21, while Celentano was the Goalkeeper of the Year, Ybarra received Midfielder of the Year accolades and Wootton was tabbed the Freshman of the Year. Bezerra and Celentano were also named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Big Ten Tournament, respectively.
The 2021 Big Ten men’s soccer season kicks off this weekend, with seven teams opening play on Thursday and the remaining two making their 2021 debut on Friday.
The complete 2021 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll and Players to Watch List can be found below:
2021 BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
2. Penn State
5. Michigan State
7. Ohio State
Unanimous selection listed in ALL CAPS
2021 BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST
Victor Bezerra, Jr., F, Indiana
Roman Celentano, Jr., GK, Indiana
Spencer Glass, Sr., D, Indiana
Ben Bender, So., M, Maryland
Malcolm Johnston, Jr., M, Maryland
Brett St. Martin, Sr., D, Maryland
Bryce Blevins, So., M, Michigan
Quin Rogers, So., M, Michigan
Marc Ybarra, Sr., M, Michigan
Michael Miller, Sr., M, Michigan State
Hunter Morse, Sr., GK, Michigan State
Farai Mutatu, Sr., F, Michigan State
Richard Bennett, Sr., M, Northwestern
Vincente Castro, Jr., M, Northwestern
Jose Del Valle, Jr., F, Northwestern
Xavier Green, Sr., M, Ohio State
Deylen Vellios, So., D, Ohio State
Laurence Wootton, So., M, Ohio State
Danny Bloyou, Sr., F, Penn State
Peter Mangione, So., F, Penn State
Pierre Reedy, Sr., M, Penn State
Oren Asher, Jr., GK, Rutgers
Pablo Ávila, Sr., M, Rutgers
Ritchie Barry, Sr., F, Rutgers
Andrew Akindele, Sr., F, Wisconsin
Tim Bielic, So., M, Wisconsin
Moritz Kappelsberger, Sr., D, Wisconsin
BIG 10 VOLLEYBALL: Wisconsin Unanimous Choice Atop 2021 Big Ten Preseason Volleyball Poll
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Two-time defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin is the unanimous favorite to earn a third consecutive Big Ten title, according to the 2021 Big Ten preseason volleyball poll and all-conference team announced Monday. All 14 Big Ten coaches took part in the balloting and were permitted to vote for their own teams and players.
The Badgers, who are coming off their second consecutive trip to the NCAA national semifinals, are seeking to become the first Big Ten program to earn three straight conference titles since Penn State captured eight in a row from 2003-10. Wisconsin also was ranked No. 2 in the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll released last week, leading a group of six Big Ten schools among the top 12 in the national Top 25 balloting, tying for the most from any conference in the country.
Nebraska was second in Monday’s Big Ten preseason poll, with the Huskers aiming to build off last season’s run to the NCAA quarterfinals. Penn State was third in the conference coaches’ survey, with Minnesota and Purdue (which also advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals) rounding out the top five.
Nebraska was No. 5 in the preseason AVCA poll, with Minnesota seventh, Purdue eighth and Penn State 11th. Ohio State, which was sixth in the Big Ten preseason poll, was No. 10 in the preseason AVCA balloting, while Illinois and Michigan were seventh and eighth in the conference poll and received votes in the AVCA poll.
Penn State and Wisconsin each had three players named to the 14-person Big Ten preseason all-conference team. The Nittany Lions were represented by senior middle blocker Kaitlyn Hord, senior right side Jonni Parker and graduate outside hitter Erika Pritchard. Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s honorees included a pair of unanimous selections in graduate setter Sydney Hilley and graduate middle blocker Dana Rettke, along with sophomore middle blocker/right side Devyn Robinson.
Among the Big Ten’s other unanimous preseason all-conference honorees were the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, Minnesota senior opposite Stephanie Samedy, and last season’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Ohio State opposite Emily Londot, along with Purdue senior outside hitter Grace Cleveland.
Among the 14 Big Ten preseason all-conference team members are 12 returning AVCA All-Americans from the 2020 season — first-team selections Cleveland, Hilley, Rettke and Samedy, second-team choices Londot and Nebraska senior setter Nicklin Hames, third-team picks Hord, Robinson and Nebraska graduate outside hitter Lexi Sun, and honorable mention AVCA All-Americans Parker, Minnesota sophomore outside Taylor Landfair and Purdue senior setter Hayley Bush.
Completing the preseason all-conference team are two of last season’s first-team All-Big Ten selections in Pritchard (who previously attended Maryland) and Northwestern junior outside hitter Temi Thomas-Ailara, who is the first Wildcat to earn preseason All-Big Ten honors since 2013 (Stephanie Holthus).
Big Ten teams will open the 2021 season on Friday, highlighted by a handful of matches as part of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Minnesota’s opening-night Challenge matchup with No. 10 Baylor in Madison, Wis., will air on ESPNU (9:30 p.m. ET), while Big Ten Network will televise a tripleheader of Big Ten volleyball action on Saturday, with Nebraska hosting Kansas State (5 p.m. ET), Wisconsin entertaining Baylor in another top-10 clash (7 p.m. ET) and Minnesota tangling with TCU in Madison (9:30 p.m. ET).
Those broadcasts kick off a record-setting 53 matches that will be televised nationally this season on the Big Ten Network, ESPN2 and ESPNU. All Big Ten Network matches can also be seen through its digital extension, the FOX Sports app, delivering live events and on-demand programming to Big Ten Network customers via the web, smartphones and tablets. All matches on ESPN networks will also be available to stream on the ESPN App via connected devices.
All non-televised Big Ten matches are scheduled to appear on Big Ten Network+, a subscription service for non-televised live events. In the coming weeks, additional matches are expected to be assigned to both Big Ten Network and Big Ten Network+, with the latter also offering sport-specific packages for fans only interested in viewing volleyball events. Details and subscription information can be found at btnplus.com.
Back for a second season is At The Net, the Big Ten Network’s multiplatform, behind-the-scenes look at the elite volleyball players and programs across the conference. Fans can also find the latest updates by following the Big Ten’s volleyball Twitter feed (@B1GVolleyball) and the Big Ten Network’s volleyball-focused Instagram account (@B1GVolleyball). Throughout the season, both accounts will be home to original videos, highlights and custom content featuring some of the most competitive and exciting volleyball in the nation.
The full Big Ten preseason poll and all-conference team is as follows:
2021 BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON POLL
3. Penn State
6. Ohio State
10. Michigan State
13. (tie) Indiana
2021 BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Name School Yr. Position Hometown
Taylor Landfair Minnesota So. Outside Hitter Plainfield, Ill.
STEPHANIE SAMEDY Minnesota Sr. Opposite Clermont, Fla.
Nicklin Hames Nebraska Sr. Setter Maryville, Tenn.
Lexi Sun Nebraska Grad. Outside Hitter Encinitas, Calif.
Temi Thomas-Ailara Northwestern Jr. Outside Hitter Glenwood, Ill.
EMILY LONDOT Ohio State So. Opposite Utica, Ohio
Kaitlyn Hord Penn State Sr. Middle Blocker Lexington, Ky.
Jonni Parker Penn State Sr. Right Side/Setter Casstown, Ohio
Erika Pritchard Penn State Grad. Outside Hitter Middletown, Md.
Hayley Bush Purdue Sr. Setter Union, Ky.
GRACE CLEVELAND Purdue Sr. Outside Hitter Bloomington, Ill.
SYDNEY HILLEY Wisconsin Grad. Setter Brooklyn Park, Minn.
DANA RETTKE Wisconsin Grad. Middle Blocker Riverside, Ill.
Devyn Robinson Wisconsin So. Middle Blocker/Right Side Ankeny, Iowa
Unanimous selections listed in ALL CAPS
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: TRIO OF IRISH GARNER FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Associated Press released its Preseason All-American list Monday afternoon and the Irish were well represented. Offensive lineman Cain Madden, running back Kyren Williams (honored as an all-purpose player) and safety Kyle Hamilton were named to the First Team, while Jarrett Patterson earned second-team honors.
Hamilton, who has been tabbed to the 2021 Walter Camp Preseason All-America First Team, Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award watch list, Thorpe Award watch list and 2021 Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list, was recognized as a FWAA first-team All-American in 2020, as well as a second-team Walter Camp, AFCA and Associated Press honoree in 2020.
Also named to the 2021 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, Hamilton enters his true junior season known as one of the top safeties on the college gridiron. The 2020 Bednarik Award semifinalist and first-team All-ACC selection led the Irish in tackles last season with 63 in just 11 games, adding an interception, six pass breakups and 4.5 TFL.
Williams has already been named to the 2021 Maxwell Award Watch List, 2021 Hornung Award Watch List, 2021 Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list and a candidate for the 2021 Doak Walker Award. He comes off a redshirt freshman season being selected to the 2020 FWAA Freshman All-America Team, and was one of three finalists for the Shaun Alexander/FWAA Freshman Player of the Year Award.
The ACC Rookie and Offensive Rookie of the Year, Williams made a definitive mark on Notre Dame’s offense, and created a challenging matchup for defenses from across the FBS, in 2020. He was the only freshman to surpass 1,000 rushing yards on the year, totaling 1,125 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, the most rushing TDs among any freshman player. Williams reached the 100-yard rushing mark in six games in 2020.
Madden, who has been named to the 2021 Walter Camp Preseason All-America First Team, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award watch lists, is a graduate transfer after spending the last four seasons with Marshall. He was a Walter Camp Second Team All-American and an AP Second Team All-American after he started 9-of-10 games for the Thundering Herd in 2020. Madden and the offensive line paved the way for Marshall to outrush their opponents in 7-of-10 games and outpass opponents in six. The Herd also won time of possession in six games in 2020. In addition to his 2020 All-America honors, Madden was named first-team All-Conference USA.
Patterson, a member of the 2021 Outland Trophy, Rimington Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award watch lists, earned an honorable mention All-America nod from Phil Steele in 2020 after only being able to play in eight games last season due to an injury. Patterson’s performance in those eight games was impressive, and he finished 2020 with 21-career starts under his belt, while being named to the Associated Press All-Conference Second Team and by the conference to the All-ACC Third Team.
He was a member of the 2020 offensive line that was a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, honoring the best offensive line unit in college football. The line paved the way in 2020 for Williams’ 1000+ rushing yard season, and helped the Irish win the time of possession battle in 11-of-12 games in 2020
The Irish will open the 2021 campaign on Sunday, Sept 5 at Florida State.
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: IRISH ADD VANDERGLAS TO BASEBALL STAFF
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Head coach Link Jarrett is excited to announce Brad Vanderglas as the program’s new volunteer assistant coach for the upcoming 2022 season. Vanderglas replaces Scott Wingo, as he took a position at his alma mater at South Carolina.
“Brad comes from a fantastic Indiana State program with a culture rich with winning baseball,” said Jarrett. “Mitch Hannahs runs a first class operation and has helped guide their teams into NCAA postseason play. Brad’s attention to detail on the field with instruction, opponent scouting reports, and integration of technology will be awesome for our team. His overall approach to the development of our clinics and camps will be an asset to the regional community and Notre Dame Baseball.”
Vanderglas comes to the Irish after spending the previous five seasons at Indiana State. During his time with the Sycamores, he worked primarily with outfielders and catchers while organizing camps, creating practice schedules and scouting opponents. He also coordinated travel that included hotels, buses and meals.
“Brad has been a great asset to our program at Indiana State,” said Indiana State head coach Mitch Hannahs. “He was instrumental in our 2019 and 2021 NCAA regional appearances. Notre Dame has hired one of the bright young coaching stars in our profession.”
Vanderglas played a key role in the Sycamores’ regional appearances in 2021 and in 2019. This past season, Indiana State earned the No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional after making it to the Missouri Valley Championship Game. The Sycamores won one game in Nashville before getting eliminated by the No. 2 seed Georgia Tech.
In the 2019 campaign, the Sycamores finished the season 43-18, including a 15-2 mark at home and claimed the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship. ISU won two games in the Nashville Regional, hosted by the No. 2 overall seed and eventual National Champion Vanderbilt.
“Brad will coach our Notre Dame outfielders, help with the infield group, and will assist with all phases of our team/individual offense,” said Jarrett. “Chuck (Ristano) and Rich (Wallace) do such a great job in compiling and presenting our scouting reports, Brad will add to this effort. His recruiting experience will undoubtedly help our national approach. We are excited to have Brad in our organization.”
Prior to his time in Terre Haute, Vanderglas spent three years at Lincoln Trail College in Illinois as Associate Head Coach and the Team’s Recruiting Coordinator.
At Lincoln Trail, Vanderglas picked up commitments from several high-profile student-athletes including Jordan Brewer who went on to earn 2019 Big-10 Player of the Year honors and was drafted in the third round of the MLB Draft. Raul Hernandez who was the GRAC Player of the Year in 2017 as well as Eli Boggess who finished second in Division I in batting average in 2017 at Morehead State.
Prior to coaching, Vanderglas played four seasons at Northern Kentucky. He made 148 starts for the Norse over his career and graduated in 2013.
BUTLER BASEBALL: Hewitt Signs Deal with the Utica Unicorns
INDIANAPOLIS – Former Butler catcher Duncan Hewitt has signed a professional contract with the Utica Unicorns of the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL). Hewitt played in 123 games while at Butler. He ended his collegiate career with 78 hits and was great behind the plate with a .995 career fielding percentage.
Hewitt is now one of three catchers on the Utica roster. He joins a Unicorn team that sits on top of the 2021 standings with a 21-12 overall record. Other teams in the league include the Eastside Diamond Hoppers, Westside Woolly Mammoths and the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers. Utica’s next game is set for Aug. 26 at 7 PM against the Eastside Diamond Hoppers.
The USPBL was designed as an innovative developmental finishing school for players seeking to make it to the Majors. The USPBL teams are comprised of top level college baseball players from around the country. The finishing school consists of state of the art coaching, the very best in musculoskeletal training and strength and conditioning programs, the latest advances in sabermetrics and video analysis, as well as a focus on personal development off the field.
Hewitt spent five years at Butler, joining the program in 2017. He hit three home runs his freshman year, started in 30 games behind the plate as a sophomore and improved his batting average to .333 as a junior. Both the 2019 and 2020 seasons were shortened due to Covid-19, but Hewitt was able to cap off his collegiate career by making 19 starts for Butler in 2021.
Kent Named MVC Freshman of the Week
ST. LOUIS – Indiana State forward Mackenzie Kent was named Freshman of the Week by the Missouri Valley Conference on Monday, August 23, for her performances against Eastern Illinois and Northern Illinois last week.
Kent totaled four shots with three on goal over the two matches including a game-tying goal in the 90th minute against Northern Illinois. Katie Yankey found Kent open and she beat the keeper with a shot at the top of the net to ultimately send the game into overtime. That was the first goal of her college career.
In Thursday’s season opener against Eastern Illinois, Kent logged 50 minutes in her first career start. She started again Sunday at Northern Illinois, playing 78 minutes.
The Sycamores will travel to Columbia, Mo. on Thursday for a match against Missouri at 7 p.m. ET before returning home to face UT Martin in their home opener on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium.
Valpo Athletics Announces 2021-22 Broadcast Teams
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has announced its broadcast teams for The Valley on ESPN broadcasts airing on ESPN3 and ESPN+ during the 2021-2022 fall and winter seasons.
After contributing to select women’s basketball games and volleyball matches in recent seasons, Jamie (Gutowski) Stangel has been named the primary color analyst for home Valpo men’s basketball games on The Valley on ESPN. A standout on the Valpo women’s basketball team from 2002-2006, Stangel’s name appears in numerous locations in the program’s record book. She ranks second in program history in single-season 3-point percentage (.465), ninth in career 3-pointers made (151), eighth in career 3-point percentage (.360) and holds Valpo’s NCAA Tournament record for single-game scoring with a 20-point performance against Kansas State on March 21, 2004.
A professor in Valpo’s Kinesiology Department, Stangel has been teaching courses on Valpo’s campus since 2013. She teaches numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in Valpo’s sports management and sports administration programs. She completed her undergraduate degree in sports communications at Valpo in 2006 and went on to earn her master’s in sports administration in 2007 while serving as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball program. She earned her Ph.D in sport leadership and administration from Concordia University Chicago in 2018. The Northwest Indiana native and Andrean High School product currently resides in Valparaiso with her husband Brad and their three daughters. Stangel replaces Dave Huseman, who had served as the primary color analyst for Valpo men’s basketball home games since 2013.
A 2018 inductee into the Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame, former Valpo football standout Tom Byrne has been named the primary color analyst for home Valpo football games on The Valley on ESPN. Byrne anchored Valpo’s offensive line from 1999-2002, setting a school record by starting all 44 games over his four-year career. He started all 11 games on the 2000 team that won the Pioneer Football League championship. Byrne earned first-team All-PFL accolades as a junior in 2001 and as a senior in 2002. He was honored as the recipient of the program’s Joe Sever Trophy, which is presented to a lineman who exemplifies work ethic and high-quality performance.
Byrne will serve as the color analyst for four of the team’s five home games this season, replacing Huseman, who had served as the primary color analyst for Valpo football home games since 2013. Jeffrey Vlk will handle color commentary for the Oct. 2 Homecoming game vs. Marist. Vlk was a defensive back at Valpo from 1999-2003 and graduated with a degree in English/language arts teacher education. He coaches with USA Football and is the head football coach at Buffalo Grove High School, where he also coaches track & field.
Stangel and Byrne will both team up with play-by-play broadcaster Todd Ickow, who will continue his long run as the Voice of Valpo for men’s basketball and football. Ickow is set to begin his 31st year calling Valpo Athletics and his 30th year as the soundtrack of Valpo Basketball. In addition to continuing his Valley on ESPN play-by-play responsibilities for men’s basketball and football, Ickow will serve as the primary play-by-play broadcaster for women’s soccer this season. He will also call select volleyball matches.
Longtime Northwest Indiana sportscaster Brian Jennings will take over as the primary play-by-play broadcaster for women’s basketball after splitting those duties with Huseman in recent years. Jennings has also called high school state championship events on Fox Sports Indiana, high school athletics for Indiana Sports Channel, high school athletics on AM 1230 WJOB and served as a fill-in football and basketball broadcaster for numerous NCAA Division-I institutions. Jennings will also serve as a fill-in broadcaster for Valpo football and men’s basketball and will call select women’s soccer contests.
In addition to taking over as the primary play-by-play voice of Valpo women’s basketball, Jennings will continue his duties as the lead voice of the Valpo volleyball program. For both women’s basketball and volleyball, Jennings will be paired with longtime analyst and Northwest Indiana basketball legend Renee’ Turpa, who was recently inducted into the National High School Basketball Coaches Association’s Court of Honor. A member of the NHSBCA board, Turpa has served on the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association board since 2009 and is currently an assistant director. She was the head girls basketball coach at Portage and Valparaiso high schools and currently serves as an assistant coach at Marquette Catholic. Turpa also works as an athletics marketing assistant and group sales coordinator for Valpo Athletics.
Danny Jeftich has joined the Valpo broadcast team as a soccer analyst. He will be paired with Ickow for the majority of the team’s women’s soccer broadcasts and will work with Jennings on several occasions when Ickow is unavailable. Jeftich served as the head coach of the Valparaiso University men’s soccer program from 1983-1990. A 2013 inductee into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame, Jeftich was the head coach of the Valparaiso High School boys soccer program from 1992-2019, leading the team to 10 sectional titles, five regional championships, three semistate crowns and the 2004 state championship.
Ron Blatz will continue his role as Broadcast & Streaming Manager, providing oversight for all of Valpo’s Valley on ESPN broadcasts.
In addition to his Valley on ESPN duties for Valpo home events, Ickow will continue as the radio play-by-play voice for road men’s basketball and football games. He will once again be paired with Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations Brandon Vickrey, who will add color commentary for road football and men’s basketball broadcasts. When home men’s basketball games are selected for linear television or conference-selected on-air talent, Ickow will move to the radio call. WVUR student broadcasters will call the action for the remaining home men’s basketball games, home football games and all women’s basketball games. WVUR talent will include Garrett Willis, Zach Collins and Noah Godsell.
2021-22 Valpo Athletics Fall & Winter Broadcast Teams – The Valley on ESPN
Football – Todd Ickow and Tom Byrne
Men’s Basketball – Todd Ickow and Jamie Stangel
Volleyball – Brian Jennings and Renee’ Turpa
Women’s Basketball – Brian Jennings and Renee’ Turpa
Soccer – Todd Ickow and Danny Jeftich
Niesner Named to FCS Punter of the Year Preseason Watch List
Valparaiso University football punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) has been named to the Fall 2021 FCS Punter of the Year Preseason Watch List by the Augusta Sports Council.
Niesner is one of 20 punters nationally in Division-I FCS to earn a spot on the preseason watch list. He was also named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-Conference First Team and to the Preseason All-Pioneer Football League squad.
Niesner shared PFL Special Teams Player of the Year accolades during the Spring 2021 season, becoming the first player in program history to receive that honor. In addition, he was tabbed an FCS National Punter of the Year Semifinalist.
Niesner tied Greg Wood’s program record for single-season punting average at 43.6. When taken to the next decimal point, Niesner’s 43.58 is narrowly behind Wood’s 43.64, which is also the Pioneer Football League record. Niesner’s mark is the second-best in PFL history. He ranked eighth nationally in punting average in Division-I FCS in Spring 2021.
Niesner booted seven punts for 50+ yards during the spring season including a career-long 72 in the season finale vs. San Diego. He pinned the opposition inside the 20 on nine occasions while totaling 1,351 yards over his 31 boots. Niesner earned a pair of PFL Special Teams Player of the Week accolades this past spring.
2021 Preseason Watchlist
Andrew Foster Morehead State
Aubrey Grace Alabama State
Austin Dunlap Southeastern Louisiana
Ben Niesner Valparaiso
Brady Schutt South Dakota
Chris Faddoul Florida A&M
D.J. Arnson Northern Arizona
Daniel Whelan UC Davis
Harry O’Kelly James Madison
Joe Gurley North Alabama
Jon Sot Harvard
JT Bohlken Illinois State
Kaleb Mosley Tennessee State
Matthew Campbell The Citadel
Matt McRobert Sam Houston
Nathan Fondacaro Villanova
Noah Gettman Sacred Heart
Patrick Haughney Holy Cross
Ryan Richter Norfolk State
Zach Haynes Southeast Missouri
EVANSVILLE BASKETBALL: UE men finalize 2021-22 non-conference slate
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – An exciting non-conference schedule awaits the University of Evansville men’s basketball team with the season approaching in less than three months.
A balanced lineup features high-profile home opponents, challenging road contests and a trip to Fort Myers, Florida for the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Purple Aces head coach Todd Lickliter is excited about the schedule and the challenges that will help his team heading into Missouri Valley Conference play.
“We are excited about the many opportunities our non-conference schedule presents,” he said. “Our goal was to challenge ourselves as we continue to build. We believe this schedule will prepare us to play well in the MVC as well as at Arch Madness.”
Preseason action includes a pair of home exhibition contests which begins on Saturday, October 30 against Mount. St. Joseph. Five days later (11/4), the Aces will face Kentucky Wesleyan in their final tune-up before the start of the regular season.
For the first time since 1990, UE will take on the University of Cincinnati. The regular season opener is set for Tuesday, November 9 in Cincinnati. The 2019 American Athletic Conference Champions won 20 games in 2019-20 before going 12-11 a season ago. Evansville has won two of the last three matchups versus the Bearcats while UC took the last game in December of 1990 by a final of 58-48 at Roberts Stadium.
IUPUI will mark the home opener on Nov. 11. This will mark the fifth meeting between the program with the Aces taking the first four contests. The squads last met in 2019 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with UE earning a 70-64 road win. On Nov. 13, UE will be back on the road for a contest at Belmont. The Bruins are coming off a stellar 26-4 campaign, which ended with a hard-fought loss to Morehead State in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game. In four previous meetings, each team has picked up a pair of wins. In the lone meeting in Nashville, the Aces grabbed a 65-62 win in 2014.
Two home games follow with Evansville welcoming DePauw to the Ford Center on Nov. 16. The Tigers from Greencastle, Ind. won 12 of their 13 games a year ago. The University of Central Florida heads to Evansville for its first-ever contest against the Aces on Saturday, Nov. 20. UCF won 11 games in 2020-21 including triumphs over #15 Florida State and Auburn. The Knights reeled off a 24-9 campaign in 2018-19 and gave Duke all it could handle in the NCAA Tournament before falling by a 77-76 final.
Next up is the Gulf Coast Showcase. The Aces make the trek to Fort Myers for three contests between Nov. 22 and 24. Tournament play opens against Rice. The Owls were 15-13 last year, their first season finishing above .500 since going 23-12 during the 2016-17 campaign. In the lone meeting between the programs, the Owls defeated the Aces by a score of 59-54 in the 1997 San Juan Shootout. Game two in Florida will take place against either Vermont or Oakland. One of the most consistent mid-major programs in the nation, the Catamounts recorded a 10-5 mark in 2021 and won at least 20 games each season between 2007 and 2020. Oakland is coming off of a 12-18 record. UE has not faced either program in its history. The finale in the tournament will pit the Aces against one of the following: Akron, Appalachian State, Delaware or Fordham.
Evansville remains away from home on Sunday, Nov. 28 with a short trip to Charleston, Illinois to face Eastern Illinois. In a Dec. 9 contest last season, UE put a halt to a 22-game winless streak with a 68-65 win over the Panthers. Three of the next four outings will be held at the Ford Center, starting on December 1 with the Missouri Valley Conference opener. The opponent will be announced with the remainder of the league slate.
Next up on Dec. 4 is a matchup versus Tennessee Tech, marking the first of three OVC opponents in a row. The teams split a home-and-home series in 2011 and 2012 with the road team winning each time. Evansville wrapped up the series with a 62-50 decision in Cookeville and holds an 11-3 edge in the all-time series. A trip to Cape Girardeau, Missouri will pit the Aces against Southeast Missouri State on the 8th before UT Martin heads to the Ford Center for a game on Dec. 18.
Non-conference action wraps up on Dec. 21 with a road game at SMU. In the lone meeting between the squads, the Mustangs came out on the winning end of a 59-57 defensive battle at the Ford Center in 2019.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Adams Earns First CL Weekly Award of Season
JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its first batch of weekly honors for volleyball on Monday, with TU’s Amanda Adams being named the CL Attacker of the Week for her performance at the Keiser Invitational.
Adams opened her fifth year with the Trojans in style, piling up 47 kills, 28 digs and eight service aces over four matches, and boosting that production to 14.0 kills and 4.2 digs per match over Taylor’s three victories at the event.
The Heath, Ohio, native was on-point throughout the tournament, hitting .300 over 110 swings and highlighted her strong showing with a 23-kill, 11-dig double-double in Taylor’s four-set win against Southeastern.
Adams currently ranks No. 32 among all NAIA players with 3.6 kills per set and sits No. 49 with in hitting percentage.
The Crossroads League Attacker-of-the-Week award is the fifth CL weekly honor that Adams has earned in her time with the Purple and Gold, and is the first such award for a Taylor student-athlete to start the 2021-2022 year.
Adams and TU (3-1) will return to action on August 27 and 28 to host the Amber McClure Fayerweather Memorial Tournament. Taylor is set to take on Concordia and Saint Francis on Friday at noon and 5:00 pm, before closing the weekend against Bluefield on Saturday at 5:00 pm inside Odle Arena.
RHIT Football – Welshans Earns 3rd Preseason All-American Honor
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior running back Shane Welshans has been named a D3football.com Third-Team Preseason All-American in results released by the national website on Monday.
Welshans has now been named to three Preseason All-America Teams this season, earning first-team honors from the College Football America Yearbook; second-team honors from Lindy’s Sports College Football Preview Magazine; and third-team honors from D3football.com.
Welshans was previously joined by linebacker Michael Stevens on the first-team College Football America and second-team Lindy’s Sports Preseason All-America Teams. Last season, Welshans was named a second-team All-American for the 2020-21 season by D3football.com.
The senior running back earned first-team all-HCAC honors after rushing for 681 yards and six touchdowns during the five-game spring season. He gained a career-high 236 yards for the second-highest total in Rose-Hulman history in a win over Bluffton. His season included three 100-yard rushing games in wins over Bluffton (236), Franklin (159) and Mount St. Joseph (139). Welshans also scored one receiving touchdown in each game last spring.
The Fightin’ Engineers finished 4-1 last season and open the 2021 season at home against Wabash College on Saturday Sept. 4 at 7 pm.
RHIT Women’s Golf Picked as Unanimous HCAC Favorites
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been unanimously selected as the preseason favorite to defend its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s golf championship, in a preseason poll of league coaches released on Monday.
Rose-Hulman received all nine first place votes to outdistance Transylvania and Hanover in the top three poll positions. Mount St. Joseph, Franklin, Bluffton, Manchester, Earlham, Defiance and Anderson round out the poll.
Rose-Hulman won the HCAC championship by 86 strokes last season and returns all five players that competed at the event to the team in 2021-22. The Fightin’ Engineers return 10 total letter winners and also feature four newcomers on this season’s roster.
After winning the HCAC championship last spring, the Fightin’ Engineers placed 14th at the NCAA Division III National Championships and finished the 2020-21 season ranked 22nd nationally by GolfStat. The 14th place national finish marked the highest national finish in the history of any women’s sport at Rose-Hulman.
Precious Saelee and Neha Vinesh recorded top-50 national finishes to lead the full-team effort, with Saelee coming home 24th in the event (84-81-76-78) and Vinesh placing 49th (78-80-86-85).
Rose-Hulman completed a women’s golf season ranked in the national top 25 for the first time in program history, as the team placed No. 22 in the final GolfStat rankings. The team effort was propelled by top-75 NCAA Division III championship finishes from Wynne Aldrich (58th), Lauren Conley (73rd) and a school record single round performance during the season by Svarnika Bommakanti (70).
Saelee finished the season with two additional recognitions. She became the first player in Rose-Hulman women’s golf history to be ranked in the national top 50 at the end of the season, standing No. 48 in the GolfStat rankings. Saelee also became the first Rose-Hulman golfer to earn a Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following her Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference individual championship and NCAA Division III national championship top-25 finish this year.
Other significant accomplishments in 2020-21 included Rose-Hulman sweeping the top five individual finishing positions at the HCAC championships, and the team completing the rare double of winning two events with split team rosters on the same weekend (Millikin and Rose-Hulman Invitationals).
IU EAST WOMEN’S SOCCER: SEASON PREVIEW
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR?
Record: 11-4-1 during the 2020-21 season. It was the third straight double-digit win season in the four-year history of the program. During the three-year run, the Red Wolves are 36-12-8.
Conference: 8-2. IU East won its second River States Conference Championship with a 3-0 tournament final victory over Asbury University to qualify for the national tournament. The Red Wolves also shared the regular season title for the first time with the University of Rio Grande and Point Park University.
NAIA National Tournament: The Red Wolves fell 6-0 at Marian University as they made their second straight appearance in the national tourney. Marian made it to the national semifinals last season.
RED WOLVES IN THE RANKINGS
1st – IU East was picked at the top of the list out of a dozen squads in the RSC women’s soccer preseason poll. The Red Wolves had eight votes for first, while Point Park had three votes for the top position to finish second in the poll. Rio Grande was third. Ohio Valley University, which was fifth, had the other vote for first place.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 – IU East will face two new RSC opponents for the first time as St. Mary-of-the-Woods College (Sept. 23) and Ohio Valley College (Oct. 14) have joined the conference.
4 – The number of returning all-conference performers from last season. Goalkeeper Gabby Mitchum was an All-RSC First Team choice, while Kayla Amidon, Tori Martino and Ellie Guenther were second-team selections.
8 – Mitchum had eight shutouts for the Red Wolves on her way to a 10-4 overall record in goal.
10 – Kimberly Trapp is back after finding the net 10 times, along with an assist, in her first season to lead the Red Wolves in scoring with 21 points.
MATCHES TO WATCH
Aug. 28 vs. Holy Cross College – The home opener for the Red Wolves. IU East won 3-2 in the only match between the two schools back in 2019.
Sept. 25 vs. Rio Grande – The Red Wolves face one of the regular season co-champs from last season at home. IU East has won the last three contests in the all-time series with the RedStorm after falling in the first two matches in 2017 and 2018.
Oct. 28 at Point Park – IU East travels to Pittsburgh during the final week of the regular season to meet the Pioneers, which were also RSC co-champs last season. The all-time series between the two teams is tied at 2-2-1.
Big Ten teams forfeit if unable to play because of COVID-19
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) The Big Ten is the latest Power Five conference to announce that a team must forfeit if it doesn’t have enough players available for a league game because of COVID-19.
The Big Ten said Monday the team that forfeits will be assessed a loss in the conference standings and its opponent will be credited with a win. If both teams are unable to compete on the date of a scheduled conference game because of COVID-19, and the game can’t be rescheduled, it will be considered a “no contest.”
The Power Five conferences appear headed toward having similar forfeit policies, except the Atlantic Coast Conference is charging both teams with a forfeit if neither can play because of the virus.
Big 12 teams unable to play because of COVID-19, or any other reason, will have to forfeit and be given a loss in the conference standings. A no contest would be declared only if both teams are unable to compete, and there are no plans to make up any games not played as scheduled.
Pac-12 teams that can’t play will forfeit, but the conference did not directly address what happens if both teams are unable to play.
The Southeastern Conference has not released its policy, but Commissioner Greg Sankey has warned that teams that can’t play will forfeit and that games will not be rescheduled.
In the ACC, teams forfeiting games will be assigned a loss in the standings, and the team that was prepared to play will be awarded a victory. If both teams are unable to play because of the player shortages, both will be forced to forfeit.
Wentz leads key trio of Colts back onto practice field
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) Carson Wentz got back to work with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday – and looked sharp.
Three-time All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson and center Ryan Kelly joined him at practice for the first time since late July.
Yes, all three starters returned from injuries, finally giving the Colts a glimpse of what they might look like at full strength. Wentz and Nelson hadn’t worked out since having surgery in early August to remove bone fragments from their feet. Kelly had been out with a hyperextended left elbow. All three are expected to do limited work this week.
“It was a lot of fun, honestly,” said Wentz, the new starting quarterback acquired from Philadelphia in a March trade. “I don’t like watching practice, I’d much rather be doing it and it was fun. It was fun to get out there today and to not think about it a lot and just play ball. I came out of it very confident.”
Colts coach Frank Reich and receiver Zach Pascal liked what they saw from Wentz, too, acknowledging he appeared to be in sync with his teammates despite missing three weeks.
It’s a promising sign after watching second-year quarterback Jacob Eason and rookie Sam Ehlinger, a sixth-round pick, split most of the first-team snaps in Wentz’s absence. While both showed promise, each also has struggled at times – perhaps something to be expected given neither had thrown against an opposing NFL defense until Aug. 12. Veteran quarterback Brett Hundley has been third on the depth chart.
But Wentz’s return three weeks after surgery and a week sooner than Reich anticipated might be the most promising indication Indy’s offense could have the entire trio ready for the Sept. 12 season opener against Seattle.
More hurdles remain.
All three spent last week rehabbing behind the scenes but now must demonstrate they can complete practices on successive days. Each, Reich said, also will be monitored closely between workouts. Nelson has never missed a start in his first three seasons and has told teammates and coaches he doesn’t intend to start now.
The bigger question is Wentz, who has a long injury history and has been told by team officials not to rush the recovery.
Still, having the trio back at practice was a welcome sight for Reich, who missed the first week of training camp after testing positive for COVID-19.
Reich’s team has been dealing with injuries ever since.
On his first day back, he announced Wentz would miss five to 12 weeks with surgery. The next day he announced Nelson had the same prognosis with the same injury. All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard also missed the first two weeks of camp while recovering from ankle surgery in June.
So Monday was the first time Indy was near full strength since reporting to Westfield, Indiana, on July 27. Camp wraps up Wednesday before the final preseason game Friday at Detroit.
“We were in stretch and I see these guys in stretch and a couple other guys healthy and I’m like, `It looks like we have a squad out here. I think we’re going to be all right,'” Reich said.
Wentz thinks he will be, too.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been here before with limited reps and had to go play,” he said. “It wasn’t one of those injuries where you go rehab and you’re away for a while. I’ve been involved in all the meetings and everything except for really one day. I still feel confident with that timeline and everything.”
Newton to miss time after traveling to medical appointment
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Patriots quarterback Cam Newton will miss at least three days of practice this week after traveling to a team-approved, out of town medical appointment over the weekend, possibly opening the door for rookie Mac Jones to gain ground in their competition to be the Week 1 starter.
The team said in a statement Monday that Newton went to the appointment Saturday and tested negative each day for COVID-19.
But due to a “misunderstanding about tests conducted away from NFL facilities” that is required by NFL and NFLPA protocols, he has been subjected to a five-day, re-entry cadence before he can return to the Patriots’ team facilities. The earliest he is eligible to return is Thursday.
The statement said Newton will continue participating in team activities virtually while he is being held out of practices. How it will affect his availability for the Patriots’ exhibition finale against the Giants on Sunday will be determined. The Giants will be in Foxborough for joint practices Wednesday and Thursday before hosting New England for the game.
According to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols that were most recently updated on July 27, only unvaccinated players are subject to the five-day re-entry cadence that requires daily testing. Fully vaccinated players are required to test once every 14 days.
Asked earlier this month whether he has been vaccinated for COVID-19, Newton declined to answer.
“I think it’s too personal for each and every person to kind of discuss it, and I’ll just keep it at that,” he said.
Newton missed a game early last season after a COVID-19 diagnosis.
Monday marked the first practice absence this preseason for Newton, who is in his second season in New England after being signed prior to last season following Tom Brady’s departure to Tampa Bay.
Newton struggled in limited action in the Patriots’ first preseason game, but shined in their second exhibition matchup at Philadelphia last week, passing for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 35-0 win. He is trying to keep his starting job this season after New England used its first-round pick on Jones.
In Newton’s absence, Jones received all the practice snaps with the projected first-team offense on Monday.
Patriots veteran safety Devin McCourty has been an advocate for vaccination and along with teammate Matt Slater participated in a video promoting COVID-19 vaccine importance back in April.
But McCourty, who has acknowledged his own initial vaccine hesitancy, has also repeatedly said and reiterated Monday that the decision of whether to get vaccinated should be a personal one.
He said any effect those decisions have on the overall team must be taken in stride.
“At the end of the day, it is what it is. You have to abide by whatever it is that we’re being asked to do, or however you want to see the rules, or whatever. We just go from there,” McCourty said.
“And I think that’s what each guy is going to do in the locker room. Take care of what they can control and however it kind of turns out for us will be what it is.”
Fiesta Bowl, Caesars announce sports betting partnership
PHOENIX (AP) The Fiesta Bowl Organization announced a multi-year partnership with Caesars Entertainment on Monday, pairing one of the biggest postseason college football games with legal sports gambling in Arizona.
It’s the first partnership between a college bowl game and a company that specializes in sports betting. Caesars will host fan lounges at the Fiesta Bowl in suburban Glendale and at the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, which is played at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.
Sports betting is set to become legal in Arizona on Sept. 9.
Fans will be allowed to make bets at a sportsbook and bar on the plaza adjacent to Chase Field – which is also home to MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, who also have a partnership with Caesars – once the building is ready and goes through the required regulatory approvals. They can also use the Caesars Sportsbook app.
The partnership is another sign of just how accepted and widespread legal sports gambling has become in much of the United States. A partnership of this kind was once almost unthinkable in college sports.
“Five years ago this was probably taboo or you didn’t even speak of it,” Fiesta Bowl Chief Marketing Officer Jose Moreno said. “But this is the evolution of sports as a whole and we’re excited for it.”
Caesars will also be the title partner of the Fiesta Bowl’s pregame parties and be the presenting partner of the game’s kickoff luncheon. Dan Shapiro, the chief development officer of Caesars Digital, said the partnership helps position the company to be a market leader in sports betting.
“When this opportunity presented itself to be a part of the Fiesta Bowl and Guaranteed Rate Bowl, we really jumped on it,” Shapiro said. “We thought it was a perfect fit for everything we’re doing in Arizona.”
Shapiro said that once professional sports embraced sports gambling, it was bound to trickle down to the college level.
Slumping Padres fire pitching coach Larry Rothschild
(AP) — The slumping San Diego Padres fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild on Monday as the franchise tries to stop its freefall in the National League playoff race.
The 67-year-old Rothschild has been with the Padres for the past two seasons. San Diego has lost nine of its past 11 games and has fallen to third place in the NL West, 13 games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants.
The Padres fell one game behind the Cincinnati Reds for the second and final NL Wild Card after losing on Sunday.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler said he’s discussed the struggles of the pitching staff – particularly the starting rotation – for a few weeks with general manager A.J. Preller and other front office staff.
But Tingler was adamant that the move to fire Rothschild was “100%” his decision.
“Instead of waiting and seeing what’s going to happen and staying stagnant, I thought the best thing to do for this team moving forward is to bring in a different voice, different message, different perspective right now,” Tingler said.
Ben Fritz – the team’s bullpen coach – will be the interim pitching coach for the rest of the season.
“He’s done a great job with our bullpen,” Tingler said. “He’s one of the reasons our bullpen has performed very well this year. With his experience, knowing the system, knowing the guys, being able to provide his perspective, ultimately I think is going to give us our best chance to pitch to our capabilities down the stretch.”
After a good start to the season, San Diego’s pitching staff has regressed, especially in recent weeks. The group has a 4.82 ERA in August.
Three of the Padres’ main starting pitchers – Yu Darvish, Chris Paddack and Dinelson Lamet – are currently on the injured list. So is Drew Pomeranz, one of the team’s top relievers.
Tingler praised Rothschild, saying he was the right hire for a young pitching staff in 2020. Rothschild has had a long career as a pitching coach with teams like the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees. He was also the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays from 1998 to 2001.
“We’ve certainly had some injuries, there’s no doubt about that,” Tingler said. “But we’ve had some inconsistency on the mound. I just think at the end of the day, we haven’t reached our level of production consistently on the mound. With 36 games to go, we’re trying to give a different message.”
San Diego hopes improved pitching can complement one of the most powerful lineups in the big leagues, featuring Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth.
The Padres start a three-game home series against the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
Jimmy Hayes, 31, Boston College star who played in NHL, dies
MILTON, Mass. (AP) Jimmy Hayes, who won a national hockey championship at Boston College and played seven seasons in the NHL, has died. He was 31.
A law enforcement official said medics on Monday were called to the Hayes home in the Boston suburbs, where he was pronounced dead. No other details were disclosed.
Hayes, a 6-foot-5 right wing, was drafted in the second round (60th overall) in 2008 by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two years later, he helped Boston College to its second straight national title, totaling 13 goals and 22 assists in 42 games as a sophomore. He made his NHL debut in December 2011 after a trade to the Chicago Blackhawks.
“His warm personality made an immediate impact in the locker room and with our fans,” the Blackhawks said in a statement. “We’re proud of the memories he made in Chicago.”
Boston College said on Twitter it is “heartbroken” over the death.
Younger brother Kevin Hayes is a center for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Jimmy Hayes played 334 games in the NHL and had 54 goals and 55 assists. He also played for the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils.
He last played professionally in 2019 and had been a cohost of a podcast called “Missin Curfew.”
Hayes was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. In addition to his wife and children, Hayes is survived by four siblings and his parents, Shelagh and Kevin Hayes Sr.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1905 At Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, Ed Reulbach goes the distance when the Cubs defeat the Phillies in 20 innings, 2-1. The 22-year-old right-handed rookie will finish the season with an 18-14 record (.563), along with an ERA of 1.42.
1910 Billy Sullivan snags three baseballs dropped by batterymate Ed Walsh from atop the 555-foot Washington Monument. The White Sox catcher, feeling the 200-to-300 pound-force the objects gain in their vertical descent, nixes the idea of trying to catch a ball tossed from a plane.
1919 In his first start as a member of the Indians since being traded from the Red Sox, right-hander Ray Caldwell is knocked unconscious after being struck by lightning with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. The 31-year-old free-wheeling spitballer, unconscious for about five minutes, refuses to leave the game, needing just one more out for the complete-game victory records the final out for the 2-1 victory over Philadelphia at Cleveland’s League Park.
1940 In Detroit’s 12-1 blowout of the team, Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams pitches the last two innings of the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. The ‘Splendid Splinter,’ who strikes out Rudy York on three pitches, allows only one run on three hits.
1941 During a doubleheader against the Cardinals, a ragtag group of five ‘musicians’, dubbed the Dodger SymPhony by announcer Red Barber, makes their Ebbets Field’s debut. This band, in which none of the members can read music, performs their zany antics at all evening and weekend games.
1945 After signing a contract with the Indians yesterday for approximately $40,000, WW II veteran Bob Feller throws a 4-2 complete-game victory over the Tigers in his first appearance since serving 44 months in the Navy. ‘Rapid Robert,’ wearing his familiar uniform number 19, which had not been given to another Tribe player in his nearly four-year absence, faces 37 batters, striking out 12 while giving up 4 hits, in the two-hour-and-17 minute Cleveland Stadium contest.
1951 A thousand fans behind the Browns dugout, using yes and no signs, vote on decisions made by the coaching staff. Owner Bill Veeck’s idea appears to work as St. Louis beats the A’s, 5-3. Ned Garver picks up the win.
1951 After being demoted to the minor leagues six weeks ago, Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup, going 1-for-4 with a first-inning single off Early Wynn, in the team’s 2-0 victory in Cleveland. The game will mark the first time the future Hall of Fame outfielder will wear the iconic #7 on the back of his uniform jersey; his original #6 was given away during his absence to infielder Bobby Brown, who had worn the numeral in previous seasons.
1955 A telegram sent to Brooklyn president Walter O’Malley by the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce offers the team “thirty acres or more of dry flat land in open country in the heart of Long Island’s densest Dodger fan concentration.” The village’s attempt to attract the fleeing franchise to the south shore of Suffolk County will not materialize, with the club, after exploring many different venues as an alternative to Ebbets Field, will leave the East Coast in 1958 to play in Los Angeles.
1956 Johnny Kucks needs only 73 pitches to blank the Pale Hose, 2-0, on four hits in a two-hour contest played at Yankee Stadium. The 24 year-old All-Star right-hander, who improves his record to 17-7, has become the team’s #2 starter, behind Whitey Ford, for the eventual world champs.
1957 The Dodgers, in a 13-3 loss to Milwaukee at Ebbets Field, use eight pitchers in one game, tying a major league record. Johnny Podres gives up three home runs in the fourth frame when Nippy Jones, Hank Aaron, and Andy Pafko all go deep off the Brooklyn starter.
1960 During a dull game, Vin Scully, the play-by-play voice of the Dodgers, knowing that many fans in the stands follow the game on transistor radios, asks his listeners to help him surprise third base umpire Frank Secory. His ballpark audience responds when the veteran broadcaster tells them, “Let’s have some fun. As soon as the inning is over, I’ll count to three, and on three, everybody yell, ‘Happy birthday, Frank!'”.
1963 The Little League World Series is televised for the first time. With ABC’s Wide World of Sports providing coverage of the championship game, Grenada Hills (CA) beats Stratford (CT), 2-1.
1969 The Pilots trade Jim Bouton to the Astros for Roric Harrison and Dooley Womack. The reinvented knuckleball pitcher, who posted a 2-1 record along with an ERA of 3.91 in his 57 games with the Northwest expansion team, will continue to chronicle the 1969 season for his controversial book, Ball Four.
1971 At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks hits the final home run of his career in the Cubs’ 5-4 loss to Cincinnati. Mr. Cub’s 512th round-tripper, tying him for seventh place on the all-time list with Eddie Mathews, comes in the fourth frame off right-hander Jim McGlothlin, a two-out solo shot to left field that ties the score at 3-3.
1973 Sitting in the top row of the bleachers at Cleveland Stadium, John Adams begins a tradition that continues to this day, when he bangs on his drum to cheer on the Tribe. In 2011, the team paid tribute to the fan-favorite, in a pregame ceremony commemorating his 3000th game that included Adams taking a ceremonial swing with his drum at a pitch thrown by Joe Charboneau.
1974 Davey Lopes steals fives bases, tying a National League record established in 1904 by Giants first baseman Dan McGann. The Dodger second baseman’s quintet of stolen bags adds to the team’s franchise mark of eight stolen bases in their 3-0 victory over the Redbirds at Chavez Ravine.
1975 Ed Halicki, in the second game of a doubleheader sweep, no-hits the Mets, 6-0. The Candlestick Park masterpiece includes ten strikeouts by the Giants right-hander, who will never have a winning season in San Francisco and will post a 55-66 record during his seven-year career.
1975 Dave Lopes steals his major league record 38th consecutive base, but the streak will be stopped by Montreal backstop Gary Carter when he attempts to swipe another bag in the Dodger Stadium contest. The second baseman streak ends in the 12th inning of the team’s 5-3 loss in fourteenth frames.
1976 At Tiger Stadium, Bill Freehan hits his 200th and final home run in a 12-7 loss to the White Sox. The Detroit catcher will finish his career with 100 homers hit at home, with the other 100 dingers hit on the road.
1979 The Phillies retire the uniform No. 1 in honor of Hall of Fame outfielder Richie Ashburn, considered one of the best leadoff hitters and defensive players in the game during his 12 years with the Phillies. After brief stints with the Cubs and the expansion Mets, ‘Whitey’ returned to Philadelphia, becoming a beloved broadcaster for the team until he died in 1997.
1980 Gene Mauch resigns as the Twins manager, leaving a team with a 54-71 record that is 26 games out of first place. The ‘Little General’ will be replaced by third base coach John Goryl, who will be given with a one-year contract, after he guides the club to 23 victories, including a 12-game winning streak, in the final 36 games of the season.
1982 John Wathan breaks Ray Schalk’s 1916 record for stolen bases in a season by a catcher with his 31st stolen bag. The Royals’ backstop accomplishes the feat when he swipes third base in the seventh inning of Kansas City’s 5-3 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium.
1983 Orioles’ southpaw Tippy Martinez picks off three runners in the tenth inning when the Blue Jays baserunners take long leads, trying to take advantage of his new batterymate, Len Sakata, an infielder pressed into service behind the plate. The converted catcher gets revenge when his three-run homer in the bottom of the frame wins the game, 7-4.
1985 Don Baylor ties an American League record when he is hit by a pitch thrown by Mariner southpaw Mark Langston in the first inning of the Yankees’ 4-3 victory at the Kingdome. The New York DH gets plunked for the 189th time in his career, tying him with Minnie Minoso, who established the mark in 1963 while with the White Sox.
1989 “In the absence of a hearing and therefore in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I am confronted by the factual record of the Dowd report, and on the basis of that, yes, I have concluded that he bet on baseball.” – A. BARTLETT GIAMATTI, commissioner commenting on Pete Rose’s lifetime banishment. “Regardless of what the commissioner said today, I did not bet on baseball.” – PETE ROSE, defending himself at Riverfront Stadium news conference.
Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, stating he believed that Pete Rose had bet on games, including those of the team he managed, announces an agreement that bans Mr. Rose permanently from baseball. The five-page agreement, signed by the commissioner and the Reds manager, does not indicate the suspension is specifically for betting on baseball games and does not include language that Rose wagered bets on specific contests.
1993 Kevin Reimer, joining Johnny Briggs, who accomplished the feat twenty years ago, becomes the second Brewer to go 6-for-6 in a game, collecting two doubles and four singles. After singling in the final frame, the Milwaukee DH/right fielder scores the winning run in the team’s 7-6 walk-off victory over the A’s in 13 innings at County Stadium when Dave Nilsson ends the contest with a two-out hit to left field.
1999 Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. joins Babe Ruth, Ralph Kiner, Duke Snider, Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, and Mark McGwire as the only players to hit 40 homers in four consecutive seasons.
2000 In his fifth rehabilitation start in the minors, Devil Rays’ 26 year-old pitcher Tony Saunders’ left arm breaks again while uncorking a wild pitch. The Devil Ray southpaw first broke his left humerus on May 26th, 1999, on a 3-2 count in a game against the Rangers at Tropicana Field.
2001 The wives of the three ironworkers who died in 1999 when a crane collapsed during the construction of Miller Park unveil Teamwork, a three-figured, 12-foot high bronze statuary honoring their husbands, Jeffery Wischer, William De Grave, and Jerome Starr. The $250,000 sculpture, depicting a trio of construction workers wearing hardhats and carrying the tools of their trade, was commissioned by Milwaukee’s Habush, Habush and Rottier Charitable Foundation.
2004 Bud Selig, citing how disruptive a delay in the schedule would be on pennant races, says it is unlikely that major league players will ever be able to participate in the Olympics. The baseball commissioner hopes a World Cup, which begins in 2006, will serve as a substitute for the Summer Games.
2005 After fouling off three Jose Valverde full-count fastballs, Mike Jacobs goes deep at BOB to become the only player to hit four home runs during the first four games of a major league career. The Mets rookie, who hits two round-trippers in the 18-4 rout of the Diamondbacks, has homered four times, including his first big-league at-bat, in his first 13 plate appearances.
2006 Sean Casey probably becomes the first player in baseball history to ground out to left field. The unique 5-7-3 play is the result of the batter starting to head back to the dugout, believing he was robbed of a hit, when the ball actually glanced off White Sox third baseman Joe Crede’s glove, reaching left fielder Pablo Ozuna, whose throw to first base just beats the runner to the bag.
2007 A day after protests concerning the sale of the gang-related items occur in East Harlem, New Era, MLB’s official cap manufacturer, announces it will remove the offending headwear, which bears the colors and symbols of the Bloods, the Crips, and the Latin Kings. Unknown to the Yankees, white team caps wrapped with red and blue bandannas appeared to represent the Bloods and Crips, with a black hat, bearing the iconic interlocking NY, had been available embroidered with a crown symbolic of the Latin Kings.
2007 After waiting four hours and one minute to start the contest because of rain, the Yankees and Tigers begin an 11-inning marathon, which takes four hours and 24 minutes to complete. The last pitch, resulting in a three-run walk-off round-tripper by Detroit’s shortstop Carlos Guillen, is thrown at 3:30 am, sending the several thousands of fans at Comerica Park home listening to Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’ as they exit the ballpark.
2007 Padres starter Greg Maddux becomes the first pitcher to win ten games in twenty consecutive seasons when he tosses seven solid innings in the team’s 14-3 rout of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. During the streak, the right-hander compiled a 339-196 record, with 196 of those victories earned while hurling for the Braves.
2008 Scoring at least one run in every inning, Hawaii wins the Little League World Series, beating Mexico, 12-3. To advance to the championship game, Waipahu scored six runs in the last frame (sixth) to overcome a four-run deficit, to beat Lake Charles (LA) in the semi-finals, 7-5.
2008 After striking out, Denard Span is tossed from the game by plate umpire Brian Gorman for throwing his bat and helmet. The ejection comes after the game has ended as the rookie’s called third strike is the final pitch of the Twins’ 5-3 loss to the Angels.
2009 Ryan Spilborghs becomes the first Rockie to hit a walk-off grand slam in team history, a 14th-inning opposite-field blast that beats the Giants at Coors Field, 6-4. The Colorado outfielder sprints around the bases, competing his “Spilly Slam” in a speedy 16.37 seconds.
2010 Bud Selig, former Brewers owner and baseball’s current commissioner, is honored with the unveiling of a bronze, seven-foot statue at Miller Park. Brian Maughan’s piece of art, which portrays Selig with his right arm extended with his hand holding a baseball, joins the sculptures of Robin Yount and Hank Aaron in front of the Milwaukee ballpark.
2013 For the first time, the All-Star Game starters face each other in the same regular season when Mets’ right-hander Matt Harvey and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are opposing pitchers in Detroit’s 3-0 victory at Citi Field, the site of this year’s Midsummer Classic. The historic matchup ends with the New York starter, who gives up 13 hits in 6.2 innings, going on the DL for season-ending surgery, and his opponent becoming just the third pitcher to start a season with a 19-1 record, joining Rube Marquard (1912 Giants) and Roger Clemens (2001 Yankees).
2013 After the teams combine for 137 at-bats, 35 hits, 32 strikeouts, and 28 walks, the Diamondbacks beat the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 12-7. The 18-inning contest takes seven hours and six minutes to complete, making it the longest game in history, in terms of time, for both franchises.
2014 Joc Pederson becomes the fourth player in the Pacific Coast League’s history to have a 30-30 season, and the first to accomplish the feat in 80 years when he steals his 30th base for the Isotopes. The 22 year-old Albuquerque slugger, who has 32 home runs and a .432 slugging percentage in 116 games this season, will join the Dodgers when rosters expand next week.
2015 In a 15-7 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the Mets set franchise marks with eight home runs and 14 extra-base hits, including David Wright’s second-inning blast in his first plate appearance since April due to a bad back. Wilmer Flores (2), Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy, and Michael Cuddyer also contribute to the team’s new round-tripper record.
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|NY Yankees||73||52||.584||4||39 – 25||34 – 27||27 – 30||20 – 8||16 – 8||10 – 0||W 10|
|Boston||71||55||.563||6.5||39 – 25||32 – 30||34 – 26||13 – 8||13 – 17||5 – 5||W 1|
|Toronto||65||58||.528||11||33 – 26||32 – 32||26 – 27||12 – 9||13 – 16||3 – 7||W 1|
|Baltimore||38||85||.309||38||17 – 40||21 – 45||13 – 38||8 – 22||11 – 14||0 – 10||L 18|
|Chi White Sox||72||54||.571||–||42 – 23||30 – 31||15 – 12||37 – 25||12 – 12||4 – 6||L 3|
|Cleveland||61||61||.500||9||32 – 27||29 – 34||9 – 16||32 – 22||11 – 15||6 – 4||W 3|
|Detroit||60||66||.476||12||33 – 30||27 – 36||13 – 9||25 – 38||17 – 14||4 – 6||W 1|
|Kansas City||56||68||.452||15||32 – 31||24 – 37||10 – 19||25 – 29||9 – 12||7 – 3||W 4|
|Minnesota||54||70||.435||17||30 – 33||24 – 37||8 – 11||27 – 32||13 – 20||5 – 5||L 3|
|Houston||73||52||.584||–||39 – 25||34 – 27||16 – 12||17 – 16||34 – 16||4 – 6||L 2|
|Oakland||70||56||.556||3.5||35 – 28||35 – 28||13 – 13||17 – 7||29 – 27||3 – 7||L 3|
|Seattle||68||58||.540||5.5||37 – 25||31 – 33||18 – 13||12 – 13||33 – 23||7 – 3||W 2|
|LA Angels||62||64||.492||11.5||33 – 30||29 – 34||13 – 14||19 – 11||21 – 32||4 – 6||L 3|
|Texas||43||81||.347||29.5||28 – 34||15 – 47||12 – 15||8 – 15||20 – 39||3 – 7||L 1|
|Atlanta||68||57||.544||–||31 – 30||37 – 27||36 – 28||22 – 12||4 – 4||9 – 1||L 1|
|Philadelphia||63||61||.508||4.5||36 – 25||27 – 36||34 – 27||14 – 10||9 – 15||4 – 6||W 1|
|NY Mets||61||63||.492||6.5||36 – 23||25 – 40||25 – 27||13 – 14||16 – 14||2 – 8||W 1|
|Washington||53||70||.431||14||31 – 33||22 – 37||22 – 31||12 – 13||9 – 19||3 – 7||L 2|
|Miami||51||74||.408||17||30 – 30||21 – 44||22 – 26||9 – 17||17 – 17||3 – 7||L 7|
|Milwaukee||76||49||.608||–||34 – 28||42 – 21||12 – 13||40 – 20||20 – 8||7 – 3||W 2|
|Cincinnati||69||57||.548||7.5||36 – 29||33 – 28||16 – 10||35 – 20||10 – 20||7 – 3||W 4|
|St. Louis||63||60||.512||12||34 – 29||29 – 31||14 – 16||24 – 25||15 – 11||6 – 4||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||55||72||.433||22||32 – 31||23 – 41||12 – 19||24 – 32||16 – 11||3 – 7||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||45||80||.360||31||25 – 35||20 – 45||12 – 12||15 – 41||10 – 20||4 – 6||W 1|
|San Francisco||80||44||.645||–||42 – 19||38 – 25||15 – 8||16 – 11||36 – 18||7 – 3||W 2|
|LA Dodgers||78||47||.624||2.5||42 – 21||36 – 26||21 – 9||13 – 10||32 – 20||9 – 1||L 1|
|San Diego||68||58||.540||13||41 – 26||27 – 32||14 – 15||16 – 14||28 – 26||2 – 8||L 1|
|Colorado||57||68||.456||23.5||43 – 22||14 – 46||8 – 8||13 – 18||27 – 34||6 – 4||L 2|
|Arizona||42||84||.333||39||27 – 36||15 – 48||11 – 15||12 – 18||18 – 43||6 – 4||L 1|
|Orlando City SC||20||9||7||4||30||24||6||6-3-1||3-4-3||34|
|New York City FC||19||9||4||6||34||19||15||7-1-2||2-3-4||31|
|Inter Miami CF||19||6||4||9||21||31||-10||4-2-5||2-2-4||22|
|Real Salt Lake||20||7||6||7||30||23||7||5-4-2||2-2-5||27|
|Los Angeles FC||20||6||5||9||25||28||-3||4-4-2||2-1-7||23|
|Connecticut Sun||17||6||.739||—||10-1||7-5||9-3||9-1||5 W|
|Chicago Sky||11||12||.478||6.0||4-8||7-4||8-4||5-5||2 L|
|New York Liberty||11||14||.440||7.0||6-7||5-7||5-8||4-6||2 L|
|Washington Mystics||8||14||.364||8.5||5-5||3-9||5-6||2-8||4 L|
|Atlanta Dream||6||17||.261||11.0||3-8||3-9||5-6||1-9||8 L|
|Indiana Fever||5||18||.217||12.0||3-8||2-10||4-9||4-6||1 W|