Minnesota 3 Chicago White Sox 2

Boston 13 Toronto 4

Detroit 14 Texas 0

Baltimore 6 Tampa Bay 1

Houston 4 Cleveland 3

Chicago White Sox 5 Minnesota 3

Oakland 4 LA Angels 1

San Diego at Atlanta postponed

Washington 18 Miami 1

NY Mets 15 Cincinnati 11 (11)

St. Louis 8 Chicago Cubs 3

Arizona 4 Pittsburgh 2

San Francisco 7 LA Dodgers 2



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Tuesday, July 20

Opening ceremonies, 11 a.m.

Pool A

Game 1: Jasper vs. Concord, 2 p.m.

Game 2: Lebanon vs. Highland, 5 p.m.

Pool B

Game 3: Broad Ripple vs. New Castle, 2 p.m.

Game 4: Wabash vs. Bedford, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 21

Pool A

Game 5: Brownsburg vs. Lebanon-Highland winner, 10 a.m.

Game 6: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m.

Pool B

Game 7: Silver Creek vs. Wabash-Bedford winner, 10 a.m.

Game 8: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.

Thursday, July 22

Pool A

Game 9: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 9, 10 a.m.

Game 10: Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 1 p.m.

Pool B

Game 11: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 7, 10 a.m.

Game 12: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 1 p.m.

Friday, July 23

Pool A

Game 13: Loser Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 1 p.m.

Pool B

Game 14: Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12, 10 a.m.

Saturday, July 24

Pool A championship, 10 a.m.

Pool B championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, July 25

Pool A champion vs. Pool B champion, Noon

Aiden Hartsell Southwestern 91
Jackson Mitchell Castle (Newburgh)80
Zach Pickens Rochester71
Selvin Pagoada Plymouth70
Teague Misner Westview (Topeka)69
Auner Ramirez North White (Monon)67
Spencer Moore Washington Township (Valparaiso)65
Zach Gentile South Ripley (Versailles)64
Henry Torres West Noble (Ligonier)64
Marco Cruz South Bend Washington (South Bend)64
Teddy Redinger Argos64
Michael Richard Argos58
Jose Rosas Plymouth57
Bryce Karnes Muncie Burris (Muncie)56
Ian Powers Batesville55
Grayson Newhart Greensburg53
Abrham Lucht Evansville North (Evansville)52
Jakob Lowe Woodlan (Woodburn)52
Palmer Ault Noblesville51
Ben Locasto Tri-West Hendricks (Lizton)50
Seth Kallem Greencastle50
Aiden Hartsell Southwestern (Shelbyville)35
Jackson Mitchell Castle (Newburgh)32
Zach Pickens Rochester32
Selvin Pagoada Plymouth31
Auner Ramirez North White (Monon)30
Teague Misner Westview (Topeka)29
Zach Gentile South Ripley (Versailles)29
Spencer Moore Washington Township (Valparaiso)28
Henry Torres West Noble (Ligonier)28
Teddy Redinger Argos27
Marco Cruz South Bend Washington (South Bend)25
Bryce Karnes Muncie Burris (Muncie)25
Jakob Lowe Woodlan (Woodburn)24
Grayson Newhart Greensburg23
Ian Powers Batesville23
Ben Miller South Ripley (Versailles)22
Fernando Lagunas Greenwood Christian Academy (Greenwood)18
Aiden Hartsell Southwestern (Shelbyville)21
Quinten Baldridge HomeSchool Resource Center (Monee)17
J.J. Moran Henryville16
Jackson Mitchell Castle (Newburgh)16
Jordan Weatherbe Woodlan (Woodburn)15
Jose Rosas Plymouth15
Marek Robinson – JrWashington Township (Valparaiso)15
Osvaldo NietoMooresville15
Mason Reel – FrMississinewa (Gas City)15
Evan Cooke – SoWest Lafayette15
Jake Romershausen – JrGibson Southern (Fort Branch)15

INDIANA FOOTBALL: McFadden, Mullen on Bednarik Award Watch List


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior linebacker Micah McFadden and junior cornerback Tiawan Mullen landed on the watch list for the 27th annual Chuck Bednarik Award powered by Mammoth Tech, presented annually to the outstanding defensive player in college football, the Maxwell Football Club announced on Monday morning. Mullen is on the list for the second time in as many years.

The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former standout at the University of Pennsylvania and with the Philadelphia Eagles. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of ’69 and the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of ’67.

The full watch list consists of 90 players, with Indiana one of 11 schools having two players represented.

McFadden collected second-team All-America honors from Phil Steele and third-team accolades from the Associated Press in 2020. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree (coaches, media), McFadden was named IU’s Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player along with quarterback Michael Penix Jr.

He led the team with 58 tackles, 44 solos, six sacks (31 yards), and 10.5 for loss (39 yards), while he shared second with three quarterback hurries, and finished fourth with two interceptions. McFadden topped the Big Ten in sacks, the first Hoosier to do so since Greg Middleton (2007), tied for second in solo stops, shared third in TFLs, and tied for eighth in INTs.

After the Hoosiers win at No. 16 Wisconsin, he carded Walter Camp National Player of the Week and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week laurels. A team captain, McFadden recorded a game-high nine tackles with a pair of sacks in the program’s first victory in Madison since 2001.

Mullen became the first cornerback in program history to earn first-team All-America honors (FWAA, Phil Steele) one year ago. He was just the second cornerback (Tim Wilbur, 1980 second-teamer) in school history to achieve All-America status and was the first Hoosier since offensive lineman Dan Feeney (2015, 2016) to claim first-team recognition.

Upon the conclusion of the regular season, Mullen became the program’s first cornerback to card first-team All-Big Ten honors since Tracy Porter (2007). He is the team’s active leader with eight career takeaways (3 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries).

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native was named IU’s 2020 Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year after he made 38 tackles, 27 solo, with 3.5 sacks (32 yards), 4.5 for loss (33 yards), three interceptions, one forced fumble, four pass breakups, and one quarterback hurry in eight games.

Mullen led all Big Ten defensive backs in sacks (T-12th overall) and TFLs, and shared sixth overall in INTs. He finished tied for first on the team in forced fumbles, second in sacks, third in solos stops, tackles for loss and picks, tied for third in PBUs, and fourth in total stops.

The Maxwell Football Club has once again partnered with Pro Football Focus (PFF), XOS ThunderCloud and Phil Steele Publications as selection committee partners. PFF provides detailed metrics and performance-based assessments to selection committee staff, and several senior PFF analysts are members of our selection committee. Phil Steele’s College Football Preview is generally recognized as the most complete preseason magazine. XOS ThunderCloud provides the Maxwell Club selection committee with access to game footage from all FBS colleges.

Semifinalists will be announced Nov. 1, while the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 22. The winner will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 9. The formal presentations of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 11, 2022.

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Fryfogle, Penix Selected to Maxwell Award Watch List


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior wide receiver Ty Fryfogle and redshirt junior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. earned spots on the watch list for the 85th Maxwell Award powered by Mammoth Tech, presented annually to the outstanding player in college football, the Maxwell Football Club announced on Monday morning. Penix is on the list for the second time in as many years.

The Maxwell Award has been presented to the College Player of the Year since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert “Tiny” Maxwell who was a former standout at the Swarthmore College and a renowned sports writer and football official.

The full watch list consists of 80 players, with Indiana one of 14 schools having two players represented.

Fryfogle became the first IU wideout since James Hardy (2007) to collect All-America status when he was honored as a 2020 third-teamer by the Associated Press.

The first Hoosier in program history to be named the Big Ten’s Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year, Fryfogle also collected first-team all-conference honors. One of 11 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, Fryfogle became the first receiver in B1G history to record back-to-back 200-yard games, the first Indiana wideout to reach 200 yards twice, and the first Hoosier since Nate Sudfeld (2015) to claim back-to-back Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors.

A native of Lucedale, Miss., Fryfogle led the team with 721 yards (4th in the Big Ten), 90.1 yards per game (5th, 29th nationally), seven touchdowns (T-3rd, T-30th), and 19.5 yards per reception (3rd, 23rd). He finished second with 37 catches (T-9th) and 4.6 grabs per game.

Fryfogle is the 21st Hoosier to reach 100 receptions (112) and 1,500 yards (1,719). He is 16th on the program’s career yardage list and 25th in career catches.

A 2020 team captain, Penix was one of 17 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, a second-team All-Big Ten honoree (coaches, media), and IU’s Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player alongside linebacker Micah McFadden.

The Tampa native completed 124-of-220 (56.4 percent) for 1,645 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he rushed for a pair of TDs. He averaged a Big Ten-leading 274.2 yards per game (18th nationally) and recorded a 136.54 pass-efficiency rating.

Penix started all six games in which he appeared before he suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the Maryland win (Nov. 28). Entering the Terrapins game, he led the league in passing yardage, passing yardage per game (312.2, 9th nationally), passing scores, completions, attempts, 60-yard passing plays (4, T-2nd), 50-yarders (6, T-7th), 40-yarders (tied 6, T-33rd), and 30-yarders (11, T-39th).

The southpaw owns a 10-2 record as a starter and is 255-of-414 (61.6, 2nd in program history) for 3,258 yards with 25 touchdowns, eight INTs, and a 143.8 pass-efficiency rating in 15 games. He has 189 yards on the ground on 47 attempts (4.0 average) with four TDs.

The Maxwell Football Club has once again partnered with Pro Football Focus (PFF), XOS ThunderCloud and Phil Steele Publications as selection committee partners. PFF provides detailed metrics and performance-based assessments to selection committee staff, and several senior PFF analysts are members of our selection committee. Phil Steele’s College Football Preview is generally recognized as the most complete preseason magazine. XOS ThunderCloud provides the Maxwell Club selection committee with access to game footage from all FBS colleges.

Semifinalists will be announced Nov. 1, while the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 22. The winner will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 9. The formal presentations of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 11, 2022.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Slated for 9 Non-Conference Matches


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Purdue volleyball’s hunt to return to the NCAA Regional Finals will feature four non-conference tournaments, including five home contests. Purdue’s first match will be Friday, August 27 versus Loyola Marymount at 6 p.m. ET.

In total, the Boilermakers will compete in nine non-conference outings between tournaments in West Lafayette, at UNLV and at Xavier. Over half of the matches—five—will be played in the friendly confines of Holloway Gymnasium, which will be back at full capacity this fall.

“Our veteran team will be challenged each time we step on the floor with this non-conference slate,” said Art and Connie Euler women’s volleyball head coach Dave Shondell. “Although I believe the Boilermaker team can be special, every opponent on our schedule feels the same way about their squad. This docket will prepare us well for Big Ten play and provide our resume with a strong RPI number, providing we compete hard and play with unique cohesion.”

Purdue’s opponents are LMU, Kansas, No. 18 Washington State, UNLV, No. 11 Louisville, Xavier/Lipscomb, Purdue Fort Wayne, Jacksonville State and Tennessee.

The loaded schedule includes three spring 2021 NCAA Tournament teams in Louisville, UNLV and Washington State. Louisville advanced to the Regional Semifinals while Washington State and UNLV advanced to Second Round. Purdue will face the trio in consecutive fashion, making it one of the toughest stretches in the lineup. The Boilermakers will begin with the Cougars and Raiders in Las Vegas on Sept. 2nd and 3rd, followed by Louisville the following week on Sept. 10 in Cincinnati.

The non-conference season will lead up to the Big Ten league matches, which will begin at home versus Ohio State on September 24. The complete Big Ten slate was announced in June.

Purdue closed out the Spring 2021 season with its highest final AVCA ranking in program history at No. 7. The Boilermakers return its entire roster, which holds a program-record four AVCA All-Americans, and adds four newcomers in Emily Rastovski, Sydney Yim, Under Armour All-American Raven Colvin and Under Armour All-American Ali Honung. Yim and Hornung were named Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year for their respective states of Connecticut and Indiana.

The Boilermakers concluded their season with an NCAA Regional Finals appearance against the eventual national champions, Kentucky. The Boilermakers had a record-setting postseason awards resume after receiving program-bests with four All-America nods (first team Grace Cleveland, third team Caitlyn Newton and honorable mentions Hayley Bush and Jena Otec), five All-Region honorees and five Big Ten postseason awards, including the program’s first Defensive Player of the Year distinction in Otec.

Dates and times of matches are subject to change, pending television selections.

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Anthrop, Bell and Karlaftis Headed to B1G Media Day


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Wide receivers Jackson Anthrop and David Bell, along with defensive end George Karlaftis, have been selected by head coach Jeff Brohm to represent Purdue at the 2021 Big Ten Media Day on July 23. With the annual conference event being hosted for the first time in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Boilermakers will bring a local flavor with all three players hailing from the host state.

Anthrop, who is entering his sixth season with the Boilermakers, heads into 2021 with 95 career receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns. Missing the first two games last year due to an injury suffered in training camp, Anthrop returned to action earlier than anticipated and played in four of the Boilermakers’ six games.

Bell, the 2019 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a 2020 first-team All-Big Ten selection, begins his junior season with 139 career receptions for 1,660 yards and 15 touchdowns. In merely 18 collegiate games, Bell is 19th in school history in receptions and tied for 12th in receiving scores. His 10 career 100-yard receiving games as a Boilermaker are tied for the fourth most at Purdue. Bell has led the Big Ten in receptions per game in each of the last two seasons and led all conference players with an average of 104.2 receiving yards per game in 2020.

Despite missing most of 2020 due to injury and COVID-19, the excitement continues to build around the promise of Karlaftis’ third Purdue season. In 15 collegiate games played, the hometown junior has tallied 19 career tackles for loss, including 9.5 sacks, among his 58 total stops (33 percent). A two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection, he, along with Bell, was feted as a Freshman All-American by the Associated Press following the 2018 season.

BUTLER FOOTBALL: Voris Adds Three to Complete @ButlerUFootball Coaching Staff


INDIANAPOLIS – Butler football head coach Jeff Voris added three talented coaches to the Bulldog staff this week. Jacob White, Kenny-Ray Augustus, and Austin Taylor will all be on the Bulldog sideline this fall when Butler opens the 2021 campaign.

“We are excited to complete our football staff for the upcoming 2021 season,” Voris explained. “We believe we have added three coaches that will seamlessly fit the “Butler Way”.”

Jacob White was a three-time team captain while playing inside linebacker at Ball State. In 2019, White was a First Team All Mid-American Conference selection that was also tabbed Ball State’s Defensive Player of the Year. He won the Ball State Dave McLain Leadership Award twice (’19, ’17) while on campus and was also an Academic All-MAC honoree.

“Jacob White joins our defensive staff as an assistant with the secondary after an impactful career at Ball State,” Voris stated. “His energy and passion along with his leadership will make an immediate impact on our program.”

Kenny-Ray Augustus will head back to Indianapolis after a stint at McKendree University serving as the program’s run-game coordinator and defensive line coach. Augustus joined the McKendree staff in 2018. Prior to that, he worked as the special team’s coordinator and defensive line coach at the University of Indianapolis for 12 seasons. While working at UIndy, the Greyhounds won five Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships and made four NCAA Division II playoff appearances. Augustus is also active in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program. He has worked with the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Chargers in multiple roles over the last decade.

“Kenny-Ray Augustus returns to Indianapolis to complete our defensive staff,” Voris added. “He will take over the defensive line with Derelle Hankins moving to coach our inside linebackers. Kenny-Ray brings a ton of coaching experience to our staff. He is an outstanding teacher of defensive line play. Our players will benefit from his coaching and our program will benefit from his tireless recruiting.”

Indiana native Austin Taylor will serve as the tight ends coach at Butler this upcoming season. Taylor most recently worked as the defensive line coach at DePauw University. Before joining the Tigers, Taylor was an assistant defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at both Zionsville and Hamilton Southeastern High School. He also coached the defensive line at Pike High School for two seasons. A standout student-athlete at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Taylor earned a degree at Ball State while working as a coaches assistant.

“Rounding out our offensive staff is Austin Taylor,” Voris said. “Austin joins us from DePauw and has a bright future in the coaching profession. He comes highly recommended as a really good teacher, coach and recruiter. We are extremely excited to have him coaching our tight ends.”

Butler will play five games at the Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl this fall with the home opener set for Saturday, Sept. 11 against DePauw. The season opener will be played the weekend before at Illinois State on Sept. 4.

“All three of these guys have been around some good programs and outstanding coaches,” Voris said. “We look forward to their contributions to our program and Butler University on and off the field.”



NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame junior safety Kyle Hamilton was named to the Bednarik Award watch list, and sophomore running back Kyren Williams earned selection to the Maxwell Award watch list Monday. The Bednarik Award recognizes the top defensive player in college football, and the Maxwell Award is presented to the nation’s top overall college player.

Hamilton is one of two returning Bednarik semifinalists on this season’s watch list. Former teammate Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was a finalist for the award in 2020.

Tabbed to the 2021 Walter Camp Preseason All-America First Team, Hamilton was recognized as a second-team Walter Camp All-America honoree in 2020, while garnering a FWAA first-team selection and adding second-team nods from the AFCA and Associated Press.

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. 

Hamilton had a career day in the ACC Championship game, pacing the Irish defense with 10 tackles (a career-high), one interception and an additional pass breakup. Hamilton totaled eight tackles in the first half alone.

Williams was 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.

Williams also added 35 receptions (ranking third on the Irish offense) for 313 yards and a touchdown. His 14 total touchdowns led all FBS freshmen.

Among all FBS players, Williams was tied for 10th in rushing TDs, tied for 11th in total TDs and ranked ninth in rushing yards. In the ACC, Williams ranked fourth in rushing yards per game (93.8), fourth in scoring – TDs (7.0 points/game) and fifth in all-purpose yards per game (119.83).

A semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, Williams earned an ACC weekly honor five times out of ten possible weeks in 2020, and was named All-ACC Second Team running back by the conference, also claiming honorable mention for the all-purpose slot. He was also selected to the Phil Steele All-America Third Team.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: This Week at Victory Field, July 20-25

Six-game series vs. Toledo features Friday Fireworks and Black Widow bobblehead giveaway

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians continue their 12-game homestand with another six-game

series beginning Tuesday, July 20 against the Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers).

Fireworks follow Friday’s game which leads into the weekend with two giveaways – a Black Widow

bobblehead giveaway to the first 2,500 fans through the gates on Saturday, July 24 and a Color Your

Own Drawstring Bag for the first 500 Knot Hole Kids Club members on Sunday, July 25. To purchase

tickets, visit or contact the Victory Field Box Office at (317) 269-3545 or

The Indians hosted the Mud Hens from May 11-16 during its first homestand of the 2021 season and won five of six games in the series.

Tuesday, July 20 at 7:05 PM

Tuesday Dollar Menu presented by Eisenberg and MHS

• Hot dogs, peanuts, potato chips, Cracker Jack and popcorn all available for $1 each.

• Gates open at 6 PM.

Wednesday, July 21 at 1:35 PM

Wednesday Day Game presented by Elements Financial

• Schedule that “off-site” meeting or enjoy a business lunch at The Vic with baseball under the sun.

• Gates open at 12:30 PM.

Thursday, July 22 at 7:05 PM

Thirsty Thursday presented by Sun King Brewery

• $2 Pepsi fountain drinks, $3 domestic drafts and $5 premium and craft drafts.

• Gates open at 6 PM.

Circle City Night

• The best alternate jersey in professional baseball will be on display as the Indians wear Circle

City jerseys during every Thursday home game to rep the 317.

Friday, July 23 at 7:05 PM

Friday Fireworks presented by Indiana Union Construction Industry

• Stick around and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show immediately following the game.

• Gates open at 6 PM.

Saturday, July 24 at 7:05 PM

MARVEL Super Hero Night and Jersey Auction presented by Elements Financial

• The Indians will wear specialty Black Widow jerseys which will be auctioned off during the game

to raise money for Indianapolis Indians Charities.

• Add to your collection and be one of the first 2,500 fans through the gates to receive a Black

Widow bobblehead.

• Gates open at 6 PM.

Four Irish Hockey Players Earn AHCA All-American Scholar Honors


NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Four Notre Dame hockey players including Pierce Crawford, Christian DiCesare, Charlie Raith and Alex Steeves were named 2020-21 American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Krampade All-American Scholars, the organization announced on Monday (July 19).

Due to the effects of Covid-19, the AHCA adopted revised criteria for this year’s honorees and to qualify, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.6 GPA for each semester, regardless of whether the school’s hockey team was able to play this season or not. 

Notre Dame Honorees
Pierce Crawford, Sr., Business Analytics; Park Ridge, Illinois
Christian DiCesare, So., Finance; Morristown, New Jersey
Charlie Raith, Jr., Accounting; Winnetka, Illinois
Alex Steeves, Jr., Accounting; Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Hockey Announces Incoming Freshman Class


NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame hockey head coach Jeff Jackson has announced the incoming freshman class for the 2021-22 season, which includes forwards Tyler Carpenter, Sasha Pastujov and Hunter Strand as well as defenseman Ryan Helliwell.

“Although we have a smaller freshmen class in number, they will each make an impact in their own way,” head coach Jeff Jackson said. “Each player brings different intangibles to our team that we need and that will help us win hockey games.”

Tyler Carpenter | Forward | Palatine, Illinois | Omaha (USHL) | 6-0 | 183

  • Played the last four seasons in the USHL, totaling 39 goals and 47 assists for 86 points in 223 games. 
  • Last season, played for Omaha and scored 10 goals and added 11 assists for 21 points and also had 34 penalty minutes in 50 games. 
  • It marked his third season with Omaha after playing for the Lancers in 2017-18 and 2018-19. 
  • Skated for Chicago in 2019-20, notching 27 points on 10 goals and 17 assists to go along with 80 penalty minutes.
  • Also played his first two full USHL seasons with Omaha, recording 13 points in 2017-18 (7-6-13) and 24 points in 2018-19 (11-13-24).
  • A product of the Chicago Mission program (2013-17).

“I wanted to come to Notre Dame because I knew it would be the best place to better myself as a player and as a person. Notre Dame has the best culture in the country.”

Sasha Pastujov | Forward | Bradenton, Florida | USNTDP | 6-0 | 188

  • A prospect in the upcoming 2021 NHL Entry Draft, he was 18th in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings (North America skaters). 
  • Played the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons with the USNTDP, finishing with 102 total points (37-65-102) to rank 23rd in program history.
  • In 2020-21, he skated in 34 games and totaled a team-high 52 points on 23 goals and 29 assists. 
  • Also set the USNTDP’s all-time record with a 21-game point streak.
  • Played in the 2021 BioSteel All-American Game and was named the Most Outstanding Player after scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist.
  • In 2019-20, tied for the team lead with 50 points on 14 goals and 36 assists.
  • With Team USA, took part in the 2020 U-17 Five Nations Tournament (second place), the 2019 U-17 Four Nations Tournament (first place) and the 2019 World U-17 Challenge (second place). 
  • Played U-14 and U-16 AAA with the Compuware program. 
  • Younger brother of Michigan players Michael (2017-pres.) and Nick (2016-20) Pastujov.

“I chose to come to Notre Dame because it checked all my boxes for what I was looking for in a school with prestigious athletics and academics. I felt it would be a great place for me to grow on and off the ice.”

Ryan Helliwell | Defenseman | Burnaby, British Columbia | Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) | 6-0 | 192

  • Played the past three seasons in the BCHL, including the 2020-21 season with the Trail Smoke Eaters and the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons with the Langley Rivermen.
  • Finished his BCHL career with 10 goals and 36 assists in 113 games. 
  • In 2020-21, played 18 games and scored three goals while adding eight assists for 11 points go go along with 30 penalty minutes in the COVID-19 pandemic shortened season.
  • Named the Top Defenseman in the Penticton Pod following the abbreviated season after his 11 points led his team’s defensemen in scoring. 
  • During his second BCHL season with Langley, had 23 points on seven goals and 16 assists in 48 games.
  • Helliwell added three goals in four playoff games for Langley in 2019-20. 
  • Played for the Canada Black team at the 2018-19 U-17 World Hockey Challenge, skating in five games. 
  • Skated for the Burnaby Winter Club from 2015-18 before joining Langley. 

“I chose Notre Dame not just for the hockey program but because of the culture and amazing atmosphere this place has.”

Hunter Strand | Forward | Anchorage, Alaska | Tri-City (USHL) | 5-11 | 187

  • A prospect in the upcoming 2021 NHL Entry Draft, he was 55th in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings (North America skaters). 
  • Played the 2020-21 season with the Tri-City Storm (USHL) after skating with the USNTDP from 2018-20. 
  • With the Storm, notched 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points to go along with a +10 rating. 
  • His 49 points and 29 assists were the top totals on the team, while his 20 goals also tied for the team lead. 
  • With the USNTDP, played 103 career games while scoring 18 goals and adding 11 assists for 29 points. 
  • With Team USA, skated in the 2018 Four Nations Tournament (second place) and the 2018 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. 
  • Played for the Alaska Oilers 16U AAA program and the South Anchorage 14U AA program prior to joining the USNTDP.

“I chose Notre Dame because of the atmosphere. Everyone here wants to help you achieve your goals and reach your full potential.”

ANDERSON VOLLEYBALL: Anderson Earns USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for 2020-21 Year


he Anderson University volleyball team earned the United States Marine Corps (USMC)/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) team academic award for the 2020-21 season, which was announced by the AVCA on Monday.

Anderson received the award for the second year in a row. The AVCA recognized volleyball teams with at least a 3.30 GPA for the 2020-21 academic year.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Mastodon Women’s Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its list for the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2020-21 academic year, and Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball was one of the 243 Division I teams earning the honor.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

This is the 11th time, and the eighth straight year, that Purdue Fort Wayne has earned the AVCA Team Academic Award.



INDIANAPOLIS – Three weeks ahead of report day, the Marian volleyball team has announced their 2021 incoming freshman class. Head coach Ashlee Pritchard brings in seven incoming freshman to Marian for the 2021 season, the largest signing class in her nine years as head coach. Below is a breakdown of the class along with awards and accolades. Players are listed alphabetically by last name.

2021 Class By State

Indiana: 4 … Kentucky: 2 … Washington: 1

2021 Class By Position

OH: 3 … RS: 1 … DS: 1 … MH: 1 … S:1

Madison Brooks | OH | 6’1 | Fort Wayne, Ind. | FW Northrop HS

Notable: First Team All-Conference … 1000 career kills … FW Northrop Scholar Athlete.

Serena Dodson | S | 5’7 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Lawrence North HS

Notable: All-MIC First Team … All-Marion County … 2019 and 2020 IHSAA Sectional Runner-ups

Alison Dreves | OH/RS | 5’11| Vancouver, Wash. | Columbia River HS

Notable: 2019 WIAA State Tournament seventh place … Four-year volleyball and tennis varsity starter … OSAA State Tournament 5th place tennis doubles 2018  … 2019 2A Greater Saint Helens League Honorable Mention … 2018 Three Rivers League Second Team … 2017 Three Rivers League Third Team

Gabby Fish | RS | 5’9 | Huntertown, Ind. | Carroll HS

Notable: Two-time team MVP … Two-time team captain … Four-time IHSAA sectional champions … 2019 Junior Leadership Award winner

Emma Hirchak | OH | 5’11 | Auburn, Ind. | Garrett HS

Notable: Eclipsed 1,000 kills and 1,000 assists during HS career … Class 3A IHSVCA Northeast All-District Team … First Team All-Conference

Sydney Schaffer | DS | 5’8 | Louisville, Ky. | Our Lady of Mercy Academy

Notable: Three-time KHSAA State Runner-Ups … 2018 Kentucky JV State Champions … 2020 6th Region All-Tournament Team … 2017 Bluegrass State Champions

Jaymison Summers | MH | 5’11 | Louisville, Ky. | Our Lady of Mercy Academy

Notable: Three-time KHSAA State Runner-Ups … AAU Nationals Third Place with KIVA Volleyball Club … Under Armour All-America watch list Your online source for Marian Athletics, tickets, multimedia, Knight merchandise, photos and more.

Ready or not: Short-handed US basketball roster off to Tokyo

(AP) — The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team has been together for two weeks. There have been six practices. The team played four exhibitions. A pair of roster changes have already been required and the Americans have no idea when three other players will join the team for the first time.

If that wasn’t enough, shortly before they were scheduled to fly on Monday, they found out Zach LaVine has entered the health and safety protocols and wouldn’t be accompanying them on the flight to Tokyo.

All that probably isn’t the formula for Olympic success, but ready or not, Tokyo awaits.

“It’s a little bit different,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said.

No, it’s a lot different. Unprecedented, really, just like almost everything else about these Tokyo Olympics that start on Friday. The U.S. – the three-time defending men’s basketball gold medalist – was leaving Las Vegas on Monday for the trip to Japan, where it’ll commence final preparations for the start of the Tokyo Games.

The plan is to have four more practices in Japan before opening Olympic play against France on July 25. The Americans have 12 names on the roster; only eight will be with the team for the trip to Japan because three – Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker – are still playing in the NBA Finals and LaVine is in the protocols. There is hope that LaVine will be able to join the team at some point in the not-too-distant future, but he wasn’t cleared for Monday’s flight.

“I think all of us are better for the adversity we go through, because you either handle it or you don’t,” Popovich said. “You figure it out. And these guys have had to do that. They’ve kept their heads up. There might be a disappointment here or there, or an event that takes place, but they move on. And that’s what life’s all about. So, this is no different.”

The adversity has come in bunches for the Americans. During their two-week stay in Las Vegas:

– Bradley Beal was forced to leave the team for virus-related reasons and Kevin Love backed out because of an injury.

– Jerami Grant was briefly in the health and safety protocols related to the virus and missed a few days.

– Keldon Johnson was promoted from the Select Team (the players brought to Las Vegas so they could practice against the Olympians) to replace Beal, and JaVale McGee was added to the roster to replace Love. McGee was with the team for Sunday’s exhibition finale against Spain but did not play, meaning his first action with this team will be during actual Olympic competition.

— Oh, and the Americans lost to Nigeria and Australia, had to cancel the rematch against the Australians, and for a brief while had only six of the 12 Olympic team members available in camp.

“We’re still won’t have those other three, but at this point that’s not going to change,” Popovich said. “We just have to persevere and find ways to keep them in shape even though we’re not going to be able to execute too much very well. So, we’re going to have to figure out common denominators for this exact group. Less is more, so to speak. Inventing the wheel would be the worst thing we can do for this group.”

Middleton, Holiday and Booker will play Tuesday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. If Milwaukee wins that game – the Bucks, with Middleton and Holiday, lead Booker and the Phoenix Suns 3-2 in that series – they would win the NBA title. That would also mean the trio could be in Japan by the weekend, giving time to join the Americans for at least one practice in advance of the game against France.

If Phoenix forces Game 7, it would be Thursday night, the day before the opening ceremony in Tokyo, three days before the U.S.-France game. A grueling playoff run is daunting enough on players; a grueling playoff run followed by a flight halfway around the world is not the recipe for fresh legs, so it’s anyone’s guess how effective Middleton, Holiday and Booker will be when they get to Japan.

Popovich doesn’t know what to expect.

“I have no idea. You know, I’m not trying to be glib. I’m just totally transparent,” Popovich said. “We’ve thought about, `Are they going to have jet lag? Is it going to be like two days later after they land and they’ll be OK?’ … In some ways, it might depend on if everybody else is healthy. If they’re not, they’ve got to play. So, we’ve gone over lots of scenarios. We haven’t figured it out yet, that’s for sure.”

And that’s a rarity, Popovich being at a loss for answers.

“He takes it very seriously,” said Johnson, who also plays for Popovich with the Spurs.

The five-time NBA champion as San Antonio’s coach has matched wits with 11 different members of the Basketball Hall of Fame in his career. The Spurs have won 60% of those games, a fancy way of saying that the best minds to ever coach the game lose three of every five times they face Popovich. He has a history of having the answers.

But as he heads to Tokyo, for an Olympics amid a pandemic, without fans and without one-quarter of his roster, even he’s still scratching his head. Plus, the U.S. opener in Tokyo is no cakewalk – France is the team that ousted the U.S. from medal contention at the 2019 Basketball World Cup in China, the tournament that was Popovich’s debut as the head coach of the American program.

And Popovich, who typically doesn’t reveal anything by accident, said Sunday night that the Americans have been preparing for France “for two years,” a clear nod to what happened in China.

“We still have a long way to go,” Popovich said. “And we’ve got another week before we play, so, although that’s not a long time … I think it’s wonderful because we need that time. So, hopefully we’ll continue to improve during the week, and be ready to play a very good French team.”

US Olympic gymnastics alternate tests positive for virus

TOKYO (AP) Kara Eaker, an alternate on the United States women’s gymnastics team, has tested positive for COVID-19 in an Olympic training camp in Japan.

Al Fong, the personal coach for both Eaker and fellow Olympic alternate Leanne Wong, confirmed the positive test in an email to The Associated Press on Monday. The coach said Eaker, 18, was vaccinated against the novel coronavirus two months ago.

Eaker and Wong have been placed in isolation.

USA Gymnastics did not identify Eaker or Wong but said in a statement the athlete who tested positive and another alternate would be subject to additional quarantine restrictions.

“The Olympic athletes moved to separate lodging accommodations and a separate training facility, as originally planned, and will continue their preparation for the Games,” the organization said in a statement. “The entire delegation continues to be vigilant and will maintain strict protocols while they are in Tokyo.”

The positive test was the latest in a growing line of daily reports of athletes and others testing positive at the pandemic-delayed Olympics. Eaker is the first American to test positive.

“In alignment with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine,” the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said in a statement, citing privacy in not identifying the individual.

The four alternates – Eaker, Wong, Kayla DiCello and Emma Malabuyo – traveled to Japan with the six-woman U.S. delegation of world and Olympic champion Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee, MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey.

The positive test came after Eaker received what was described as a “false positive” over the weekend. Eaker took a subsequent test that was negative before testing positive again multiple times.

“Kara is s doing very well with no symptoms,” Karla Grimes, who works at GAGE Center, the gym in the Kansas City, Missouri, suburbs where Eaker trains, said in an email to the AP. “She is incredibly strong and very brave. Although this is a very disappointing outcome for her, she wants everyone to know she is OK.”

Biles, who is also the world champion, and the rest of the regular team have been vaccinated. Skinner, who made the team in the “plus-one spot” – meaning she can compete as an individual in Tokyo – following Olympic Trials did battle both COVID-19 and pneumonia last winter.

Alternates have been rooming with other alternates since arriving in Japan, with the competitive team rooming with fellow competitors. All Olympic athletes and coaches have been moved to their own rooms since the positive test, with the Olympic athletes also moving to a new hotel, as was originally planned.

The Games open Friday with a state of emergency in force in Tokyo, which means almost all venues will be without any fans as new cases rise in the capital. The women’s gymnastics team begins competing Sunday.

The U.S. officials said the test took place when the team was training just outside Tokyo in Inzai City. Team members arrived last week for the camp to great fanfare at Narita airport.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Monday reported 727 new cases in the capital. It is the 30th straight day that cases were higher than the previous week. The cases last Monday were 502.

Mets smash 7 homers, shake off 4 errors in wild 15-11 win

CINCINNATI (AP) Jeff McNeil hit a tiebreaking single in the 11th inning, Kevin Pillar added a three-run homer and the New York Mets went deep seven times Monday night to pull out a wild 15-11 win over the slumping Cincinnati Reds.

Michael Conforto connected twice, including a solo shot that capped a five-run outburst in the 11th as the NL East leaders finally put this one away and handed Cincinnati its fourth straight loss to open the second half.

New York shook off a season-high four errors – all in the first two innings. Three were committed by shortstop Luis Guillorme, subbing for injured Francisco Lindor.

“No one flinched,” Pillar said “We didn’t play very good baseball early. We shot ourselves in the foot, but no one pointed fingers. We picked each other up. That’s what we’ve been doing all year. It was one of those crazy games that you kind of anticipate coming here.”

While manager Luis Rojas served the first game of his two-game suspension, McNeil, Home Run Derby champ Pete Alonso, Dominic Smith and pinch-hitter James McCann also homered for New York in a game that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes.

“You don’t even realize it’s a five-hour game because of all the action going on,” McCann said.

The seven home runs allowed by the Reds matched a franchise record.

“It doesn’t feel great losing four coming out of the break,” said second baseman Jonathan India, who reached base six times. “We swung the bat well. That’s a positive. I don’t play the game for personal goals. I’m just trying to do what I can to win.”

McCann came off the bench in the eighth and twice give the Mets leads that were coughed up by the bullpen.

Tyler Naquin drove in four runs for Cincinnati with a career-high five hits, including a tying single in the 10th.

“It was cool for sure, my first five-hit game,” Naquin said. “Both teams were swinging the bat. They just came out on top.”

All-Star outfielder Jesse Winker gave Cincinnati an 8-7 lead with a two-run double in the seventh before handing closer Edwin Diaz his third straight blown save and fourth this season with a tying double in the ninth.

Anthony Banda (1-0) was the winner in his Mets debut after getting called up from the minors earlier in the day. Trevor May got two outs for his third save, and second in two days.

Edgar Garcia (0-1) took the loss.

Alonso, who won his second consecutive Home Run Derby on July 12 at Coors Field, gave the Mets a quick 2-0 lead with his first homer of the second half two batters into the game.

Guillorme’s error on a possible double-play ball opened the door for the Reds to grab a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the first. Naquin drove in two runs with a soft double down the left field line – the second straight day the Mets have given up multiple runs on a soft first-inning hit.

A trio of Pirates scored Sunday when New York pitcher Taijuan Walker knocked a barely fair ball into foul territory and nobody went to retrieve it. Rojas’ vehement argument earned an ejection and, from Major League Baseball on Monday, a two-game suspension and a fine.

Bench coach Dave Jauss served as acting manager.

Wild games are becoming a Mets habit. They blew a six-run lead to lose Saturday in Pittsburgh before overcoming a 6-0 first-inning deficit to win on Sunday.

Cincinnati added four unearned runs in a second inning that included three more New York errors, two by Guillorme on one play. That helped shorten starter Jerad Eickhoff’s night. Only two of the seven runs he permitted were earned.

Vladimir Gutierrez gave up three home runs for the second time in his last four starts before leaving after four innings.

Carlson homers, drives in 4 runs as Cardinals beat Cubs 8-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Dylan Carlson homered and drove in four runs, Jake Woodford pitched 5 2/3 strong innings in his first start of the season, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Monday night.

Woodford (2-1), who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis prior to the game, struck out six and didn’t allow a walk. Woodford pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth by getting Ian Happ to ground into a double play, which scored Patrick Wisdom for the only run he allowed.

“He did exactly what we’ve asked the guys to do,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “Command the baseball, be in the zone, work with a good tempo, have a plan and execute it and he did a great job tonight.”

John Gant pitched the final 2 1/3 innings of relief as the Cardinals ran their winning streak to three games.

It was the second career start and first decision in that role for Woodford, who made his 30th career appearance. The 24-year-old right-hander, who had made 17 appearances in relief this season, was sent down to Memphis on June 28 to build up to be a starter.

“I was able to kind of get back in my routine at Memphis,” Woodford said. “It’s been a little bit since I started, but it kind of came back to me quick. It’s something that I’m familiar doing. I’ve started a lot in the minor leagues, so I had a pretty good idea of how to prepare and how to get ready.”

Three Cubs errors, including two straight by Javier Baez at shortstop, led to four runs for the Cardinals in the fourth. Alec Mills didn’t help his cause by walking Carlson with the bases loaded, and Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a bases-loaded infield single, giving St. Louis a 5-0 lead.

“I thought (Mills) made some really good pitches,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He pitched really well in that inning and it’s kind of a shame and then Javey makes the two errors. I hadn’t seen a game like that feels like in a while.”

Carlson and Goldschmidt hit home runs off Keegan Thompson in the sixth. It was the fourth time this season the Cardinals hit back-to-back homers, but first since April 19.

“So, good things happen when you have plate discipline and you swing the bat at strikes and with two strikes your battle your tail off,” Shildt said.

Carlson’s single scored Harrison Bader to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the third. Carlson’s four RBIs tied a career high set earlier this season, on April 7 against Miami.

“That’s the focus of my game, just controlling the strike zone and handling the pitches that are thrown to me,” Carlson said. “So, I just think staying in the strike zone helps me see the ball and leads to some better at bats.”

Only one of the five runs Mills (4-3) allowed was earned as the Cubs lost for the second straight game. He struck out six over four innings, but 28 of his 81 pitches came in the Cardinals’ four-run fourth.

Wisdom led off the seventh with a homer off Andrew Miller.

“It just it happens,” Mills said of the fourth. “I think it was just bad luck that it happened two or three times in the same inning, but it’s OK. We play 162, so we’ll come back tomorrow.”

Posey comes through in return as Giants defeat Dodgers 7-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Buster Posey and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, Thairo Estrada had a key double in the seventh and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in the opener of a pivotal four-game series between the NL West rivals.

Posey had two hits and drove in two runs in his first game back after he missed two weeks due to a bruised left thumb. Estrada – who is taking over at shortstop after All-Star Brandon Crawford was placed on the injured list due to a strained oblique – came through with a two-run double in the seventh inning as the Giants broke open a close game by scoring four times.

Max Muncy and Justin Turner homered for Los Angeles, which was held to four hits. San Francisco pitchers had retired 11 straight Dodgers until AJ Pollock led off the ninth with a single.

With the win, the Giants expanded their lead to two games over the defending World Series champion Dodgers. San Francisco has been in first place since May 31.

Jarlin Garcia (2-2), the third of six San Francisco pitchers, got the win by striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.

Posey didn’t waste any time making his presence felt. With one out in the first, he took advantage of a hanging slider from Tony Gonsolin (1-1) on a full count and ripped it into the stands in left field for a two-run shot and his 13th of the season. Posey drove in LaMonte Wade Jr., who led off the game with a double into the right-field corner.

Two pitches after Posey’s homer, Flores went deep to right to extend San Francisco’s lead to 3-0. Along with it being Flores’ 10th, it was the sixth time this season the Giants hit back-to-back home runs.

The Dodgers responded in the first with solo shots by Muncy and Turner. Muncy crushed Kevin Gausman’s fastball down the right-field line on the first pitch of the at-bat for his eighth homer against the Giants this season. Muncy is the sixth Dodgers player, and first since Ron Cey in 1978, to go deep at least eight times against the Giants in one year.

Turner then brought the Dodgers to 3-2 with a drive into the center-field seats. It was the second time this month and seventh time this season the Dodgers went back-to-back.

San Francisco got breathing room in the seventh. Jason Vosler drove in Posey on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to make it 4-2. Estrada followed with a two-run double to left and came home when Austin Slater laced a double down the right-field line.

Renfroe hits slam, Red Sox launch 6 HRs, rout Blue Jays 13-4

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam, Kike Hernandez drove in three runs with two homers and the Boston Red Sox snapped a two-game losing streak with a 13-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

Rookie Jarren Duran hit his first major league homer, Dylan Santana and Rafael Devers also went yard, and J.D. Martinez broke out of a slump with four hits as the Red Sox opened the three-game series by improving their AL-leading road record to 29-19.

Manager Alex Cora was pleased with how the Red Sox responded after he shook up the lineup coming off a 2-6 stretch.

“Where we are at right now, we are not going to surprise people,” Cora said. “We are in first place in the American League East. And we have to show up every single day. Every single day. And we’ve done a great job throughout the season. But there was an it-factor today.”

Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta (8-4) allowed four runs on 11 hits and two walks while recording four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Toronto used eight pitchers and had its five-game win streak halted. Blue Jays starters had not allowed a run in the last four games.

The Red Sox broke loose for eight runs in the first inning, more than the six they scored in a three-game weekend series against the rival New York Yankees. They matched their scoring output from consecutive losses to the Yankees when Duran homered to the opposite field following a leadoff double from Hernandez.

Not long after, Renfroe’s sixth career grand slam chased Blue Jays starter Ross Stripling, who gave up six runs on four hits and two walks while getting only one out in his first appearance this season that didn’t extend into at least the fourth inning.

The three home runs were the most the Red Sox have hit in a single inning this season, and it was the first time in history the team has homered three times in the first inning of a road game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

“It takes a lot of pressure off a pitcher in that situation,” Pivetta said. “It’s really positive stuff and it sets a tone for this series. Who we are and what we want to accomplish here.”

Hernandez, who was 1-for-17 over his last five games, homered off Anthony Kay for his second extra-base hit of the first inning. Devers led off the second with his 23rd home run. Santana hit a two-run double that made it 11-0 after two.

Santana slugged one to deep right-center in the fourth inning and the Red Sox got their sixth home run of the game when Hernandez recorded his sixth multi-homer game and 500th career hit in the sixth inning.

Cavan Biggio homered for the Blue Jays during a four-run rally in the fourth inning. Teoscar Hernandez, Randal Grichuk and Bo Bichette also drove in runs.

Mets manager Rojas suspended 2 games for outburst

CINCINNATI (AP) New York Mets manager Luis Rojas was suspended Monday for two games and fined for excessive arguing with umpires, an outburst that followed a bizarre play a day earlier at Pittsburgh.

Rojas was to begin serving his suspension Monday night at Cincinnati. He said he was not offered the chance to appeal. The amount of the fine was not revealed.

Bench coach Dave Jauss will take over managerial duties.

“I’m a little upset that I’m going to be missing the next two games,” Rojas said before going out to pitch batting practice. “I missed the team for 8 2/3 (innings) yesterday, not getting to watch from the dugout. But the league’s got to do what they gotta do. We know how sometimes things get heated up.”

Mets starter Taijuan Walker made a huge misplay in the first inning Sunday with the bases loaded and the Pirates leading 3-0. Kevin Newman hit a dribbler down the line and the ball started in foul territory but then began spinning back toward the line.

Walker swooped in and swatted at the ball, trying to make contact while it was still foul. But TV replays showed the ball was touching the chalk when Walker hit it, and plate umpire Jeremy Riggs called it a fair ball.

Walker turned to argue the call as the ball rolled toward the Pirates dugout. No Mets reacted to retrieve it and all three Pittsburgh runners came around to score.

Walker said he didn’t realize the ball was still in play. Rojas immediately ran out to argue the call and was ejected. He said he wanted the umpires to conference to make sure the call was correct, even though the play was not reviewable.

“I got hot because it was a bad call,” Rojas said Monday. “He made an embarrassing play. That’s what led me to escalate the way I did. It’s the heat of the moment, the play. Getting close and arguing. I wanted it to be checked with the other umpires and I was denied. I still firmly believe it was foul. I would love for a play like that to be reviewable.”

Rojas said he would watch Monday night’s game on television. He had to leave the clubhouse after the pregame workout.

“I’ll be rooting for the guys,” Rojas said.

Steelers shoring up defense with Melvin Ingram addition

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are signing edge rusher Melvin Ingram, he told NFL reporter Josina Anderson on Monday.

Ingram is signing a one-year contract, according to NFL Network.

The 32-year-old Ingram fills a major hole in the Steelers defense left by the free-agency departure of Bud Dupree to the Tennessee Titans.

“I met with Coach [Mike] Tomlin,” Ingram told Anderson. “You can tell he’s very involved and a players’ coach. That’s what stood out to me. He wants to win, and that is what I am on.

“My role is my role. He just told me to come in and be me. Everyone knows how I play.”

Ingram, who had interest from other NFL teams and visited the Steelers on Monday, will compete for the spot opposite T.J. Watt that is currently occupied by second-year outside linebacker Alex Highsmith.

With Dupree’s exit, the depth behind Watt and Highsmith was perilously thin. NFL journeyman Cassius Marsh and sixth-round draft pick Quincy Roche were projected to be the primary backups.

Ingram, a 2012 first-round pick, had spent his nine-year career with the Chargers, racking up 49 sacks — fourth in franchise history — en route to three consecutive Pro Bowl nods from 2017 to 2019.

He played in just seven games last season due to a nagging knee injury that landed him on injured reserve twice and failed to record a sack for the first time in his career. The Chargers opted not to re-sign him after his four-year, $64 million deal expired following the 2020 season.

Peyton Manning, Eli Manning to headline alternate Monday Night Football broadcast


Former NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning will take part in an alternate Monday Night Football broadcast over the next three seasons, ESPN announced Monday.

The Monday Night Football MegaCast will air on ESPN2 for 10 games in each of the next three seasons and will include current and former NFL players and celebrities joining the Manning brothers on the broadcast. A host has not been named.

“This partnership with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company reflects an ongoing, shared commitment to offering fans fun, innovative content,” Peyton Manning said in a statement. “ESPN+ has been a terrific partner for Omaha Productions [Manning’s production company] as we built out The Places franchise and we’re excited to co-create a new MegaCast format that will have something for everyone.”

The MegaCast will debut the first three weeks of the 2021 season, including the Sept. 13 Monday Night Football opener between the  Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders, with the remaining seven weeks to be announced.

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters and John Parry will remain on the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast for the second straight season in 2021.

“Offering multiple Monday Night Football viewing options for the next three seasons continues our innovation efforts and provides additional value for our fans,” Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN and sports content, said in a statement. “Peyton and Eli will bring a different approach, delving into conversation about broader, big-picture topics while also honing in on the game, much like fans do when watching with their family and friends.”

The Mannings each won two Super Bowls during their careers. Peyton Manning, who retired in 2016, is set for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month. Eli Manning retired in 2019 after 16 seasons with the New York Giants.

Peyton Manning’s working history with ESPN includes his Peyton’s Places series on ESPN+, which is in its third season. The franchise has expanded to include Places series involving Abby Wambach (soccer), Eli Manning (college football), David Ortiz (MLB), Ronda Rousey (combat sports) and Vince Carter (NBA). Wambach’s series premiered this month.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey says COVID-19 concerns won’t lead to rescheduled football games


HOOVER, Ala. — SEC media days kicked off on Monday with commissioner Greg Sankey announcing that six of the conference’s 14 football teams have reached an 80% mark for vaccinations.

“That number needs to grow and grow rapidly,” Sankey said. “We have learned how to manage through a COVID environment, but we do not yet have control of a COVID environment.”

One thing the conference can control is what it will do if a team is unable to play because of coronavirus issues. Sankey said games won’t be postponed and has recommended that the conference removes the 53-man roster minimum that was put in place last year.

The message to schools is “You’re expected to play as scheduled,” Sankey said.

“That means your team needs to be healthy to compete, and if not, that game won’t be rescheduled,” he said. “And thus, to dispose of the game, the ‘forfeit’ word comes up at this point.”

Florida coach Dan Mullen, who spoke to reporters shortly after Sankey, declined to say what percentage of his team has been vaccinated, but noted that it was a “pretty high number” and “we’re getting close to the threshold.” The Gators had two October games postponed but played both later in the season.

For a program to avoid regular COVID-19 testing and the requirement of wearing masks indoors, it must achieve an 85% vaccination threshold.

In his opening statement, Sankey strongly encouraged fans, coaches, players and staff to get vaccinated, saying they’re widely available and “highly effective.”

“And when people are fully vaccinated, we all have the ability to avoid serious health risks, reduce the virus’ spread, and maximize our chances of returning to a normal college football experience and to normal life,” he said. “With six weeks to go before kickoff, now is the time to seek that full vaccination.”

Sankey said the league must remain vigilant against the virus, pointing out how a number of Olympians have been removed from competition and how last week’s Yankees- Red Sox game was postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests.

“It’s not a political football,” Sankey said of vaccinations, “and we need to do our part to support a healthy society because, as we look back, the potential absence of college sports last year caused us to think about not losing sight of the lifelong experiences, the laboratory of learning that takes place, and the educational benefits that accrue to the people who participate on our teams.”

Sources: NHL to schedule a break for the 2022 Winter Olympics; player participation not yet guaranteed


The NHL’s 2021-22 regular-season schedule will include a break for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, sources with knowledge of the schedule confirmed on Monday.

The Olympic break is reportedly scheduled from Feb. 5-22, 2022. The schedule, which will be released on Thursday, is expected to include a caveat that NHL participation in the 2022 Winter Games isn’t yet guaranteed.

Opening ceremonies for the Beijing Games are scheduled for Feb. 4, 2022. Preliminary-round games in the men’s ice hockey tournament are scheduled to begin around Feb. 9.

The NHL has announced that the 2022 All-Star Weekend will be held in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena “during the traditional midway point of the regular season.” The NHL All-Star Game will be the last on-ice event before the Olympic break, but it’s unclear whether it’s considered part of that break.

After skipping the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, the NHL agreed to allow its players to return to the Olympics in 2022 and 2026 as part of the four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement it struck with the NHL Players’ Association last summer. But that agreement didn’t guarantee NHL players would represent their nations in the Winter Games. The league still needs to iron out issues with the International Olympic Committee that the NHL claims prevented the players from going in 2018.

“We negotiated in good faith with the Players’ Association last summer,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said last month. “We agreed that if the conditions were right and we could reach an agreement on all the material issues that we would commit and support going to the Olympics. That remains our position.”

Before the Stanley Cup Final, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said there were “real concerns about whether or not it’s sensible to have our players participating and us shutting down for an Olympic break.” Among those concerns: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how it might impact the Beijing Games.

“With the continued uncertainty with the virus, with the Games being halfway around the world, it’s not necessarily an ideal Games to go to,” Daly said.

Sources told ESPN last week that the agreement between the NHL and the IOC was “still be worked on,” but the anticipation is that a deal could be struck in late July.


1902       In front of a near-capacity crowd, John McGraw, the last-place team’s third skipper this season, begins his 30-year tenure as the Giants’ manager, playing shortstop in a 5-3 loss to the Phillies at the Polo Grounds. The fiery 29 year-old Mugsy left the fledgling American League Orioles midseason, bringing three key players from Baltimore, first baseman Dan McGann, catcher Roger Bresnahan, and right-hander Joe McGinnity, all who started in today’s game.

1909       In the Naps’ 6-1 win over Boston at Cleveland’s League Park, Neal Ball completes the major league’s first unassisted triple play and records nine putouts at shortstop, another big-league first. The diminutive infielder’s glove from that game will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

1909       During the top of the second inning of a 6-1 win over the Red Sox at Cleveland’s League Park, Neal Ball executes the first unassisted triple play in the post-1900 era of baseball. The Naps (Indians) shortstop catches an Ambrose McConnell line drive, steps on second to force out Heinie Wagner, and then tags Jake Stahl for the third out as he comes from first base.

1910       Cy Young wins his 500th game when the Naps (Indians) beat the Senators in 11 innings at American League Park, 5-4. During his 22-year major league career, from 1890-1911 pitching for five different teams, the 43 year-old right-hander will compile 511 victories, 94 more than Walter Johnson, who is second on the all-time list.

1911       Former circus acrobat Walter Carlisle completes an unassisted triple-play for Vernon (LA) of the Pacific Coast League when he catches a ball in shallow center field, flips and touches second base, and beats the runner back to first base.

1912       Future Hall of Famer Rube Marquard wins his 20th game when the Giants beat St. Louis at the Polo Grounds, 6-3. The 25 year-old right-hander, who will finish the season with a 26-11 record, reaches the coveted milestone quicker than any other hurler in history.

1915       The Washington Senators steal eight tainted bases in one inning off catcher Steve O’Neil in the team’s 11-4 victory over Indians over at League Park. The first inning thievery includes a balk considered a stolen base by the rules of the time and a series of odd plays scored differently today.

1920       Babe Ruth, with the first of his two homers in the nightcap of a twin bill against Chicago at the Polo Grounds, becomes the first player to hit 30 home runs in a season. The historic homer, a two-run, fourth-inning shot off Dickey Kerr, breaks his own season mark of 29, and the ‘Rajah of Rap’ will finish the season with a resounding 54 round-trippers.

1924       Cardinals hurler Hi Bell goes the distance in both games of a Sportsman’s Park doubleheader, beating the Braves, 6-1 and 2-1. The 27 year-old rookie right-hander from Kentucky will be the last National League pitcher to record two complete-game victories in one day.

1927       The Giants honor John McGraw, the team’s manager since 1902, with a Silver Jubilee celebration, showering ‘Mugsy’ with gifts that include a huge silver loving cup, a silver platter, and a silver cane for his 25 years of service to the club. During the pregame ceremony at the Polo Grounds, the rain doesn’t dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic crowd of 25,000 fans, which includes Mayor Jimmy Walker, many former players, Commissioner Landis, George M. Cohan, and Commander Richard E. Byrd.

1933       Red Sox catcher Rick Ferrell hits a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning off his brother after Wes had gone deep in the top of the frame in the Indians’ 9-8 victory at Fenway Park. The pair of round-trippers marks the third time brothers have homered in the same game, but the first time the feat has been accomplished by siblings on opposing teams.

1936       Seventeen-year-old Iowa farm boy Bob Feller makes his major league debut, pitching one inning of relief against the Senators in Washington, D.C. The hard-throwing ‘kid’ allows no hits and no runs, striking out none and walking two batters.

1946       During a contest between Chicago and the Red Sox, Red Jones ejects 14 members of the White Sox for their bench jockeying initiated when the ump warns Chisox hurler Joe Haynes after he knocks down Ted Williams with a pitch. Although reported for years that a ventriloquist sitting behind the visitors’ dugout raised the ire of the arbitrator, interviews with the participants more than sixty years later reveal many believe third-base coach Mule Haas precipitated the incident by making rude sounds and infuriating remarks.

1960       Pedro Ramos one-hits Detroit in the Senators’ 5-0 victory at Briggs Stadium. Rocky Colavito’s lead-off single to centerfield in the eighth inning spoils the Washington right-hander’s bid for a no-hitter.

1960       In his major league debut, Giants’ rookie righty Juan Marichal one-hits the Phillies at Candlestick Park, 2-0. Philadelphia’s lone hit is a two-out eighth-inning single by pinch-hitter Clay Dalrymple.

1964       In his major league debut, 23-year-old Indian rookie Luis Tiant throws a complete game, a four-hit shutout, to beat Whitey Ford and the Yankees in New York, 3-0. The popular Cuban right-hander will compile a 229-172 record (.571) pitching for six teams during his 19 years in the big leagues.

1966       In the first major league game to be played entirely on artificial turf, dubbed Astroturf, Houston beats the Phillies at the Astrodome, 8-2. Due to a limited supply of the material, only the resurfaced infield was ready before the Astros’ April home opener, with the installation of the outfield, covering painted dirt, occurring during an extended road trip and first used after the All-Star Break.

1966       In his final at-bat in the major leagues, Cardinals starter Tracy Stallard grounds out to short in the Redbirds’ 10-9 victory over Atlanta. During his seven-year tenure, the right-hander, best known for giving up Roger Maris’s 61st home run, sets a major league record by failing to get a base-on-balls in his 247 appearances at the plate.

1967       Tom Matchick’s two-run home run gives Detroit a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over Baltimore at Tiger Stadium. The rookie shortstop’s round-tripper, the first of only four he will hit in his six-year major league career, comes with two outs off Moe Drabowsky.

1969       Washington starter Joe Coleman throws his third consecutive shutout when he blanks the Bronx Bombers, 4-0. The 22 year-old right-hander, the Senators’ first-round pick (third overall) of the amateur draft in 1965, faces only 29 batters in his two-hit masterpiece in New York.

1972       At Three Rivers Stadium, Luke Walker singles off Cecil Upshaw to break an 0-for-39 drought at the plate. The Pirates’ southpaw pitches three innings of one-hit shutout baseball to pick up a save in the 8-3 victory over the Braves.

1973       To quell a controversy over deserving players not being selected for the All-Star Game, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn grants permission to both leagues to increase their roster size to 29 players for next week’s contest in Kansas City’s Royals Stadium. The National League selects fading superstar Willie Mays, and the Junior Circuit adds Nolan Ryan, not originally picked by American League manager Dick Williams, although the Angel right-hander was the first pitcher since Johnny Vander Meer, the starter in the 1938 Midsummer Classic, to have two no-hitters before the break.

1974       Dick Bosman no-hits the A’s at Cleveland Stadium. The 30-year-old right-hander misses a perfect game because of his fourth-inning throwing error, which gives Oakland their lone baserunner in the Indians’ 4-0 victory.

1975       At Candlestick Park, Doug Rader, batting eighth, plays the entire game without getting an official at-bat. The Cardinals walk the Giants catcher four times, three intentionally, to get to John Montefusco, San Francisco’s starter, who goes 0-for-4 at the plate but tosses a complete game to get the win in San Francisco’s 5-2 victory.

1977       With a four-run first inning, the National League coasts to a 7-5 All-Star win over the AL. The victory of the Mid-Summer Classic at the renovated Yankee Stadium marks the Senior Circuit’s sixth straight victory and their 14th in the last 15 games.

1980       Roy Lee Jackson retires the last 19 batters he faces en route to a complete-game victory in the Mets’ 13-3 rout of the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. The 26 year-old right-hander benefits from his teammates’ 20-hit barrage in the Cincinnati contest.

1982       In front of 29,000 enthusiastic fans at Washington’s RFK Stadium, the American League beats the NL in the first-ever Old-timer’s All-Star Classic, 7-2. Warren Spahn gives up a leadoff homer, over the shortened left-field fence, to 75 year-old Luke Appling, a Hall of Fame infielder who played his entire career with the White Sox.

1982       Tony Gwynn doubles off of southpaw Sid Monge for his first major league hit. The 22 year-old rookie outfielder, who will end his Hall of Fame career with 3,141 hits, goes 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly in the Padres’ 7-6 loss to Philadelphia at Jack Murphy Stadium.

1989       Joe Carter blasts a trio of homers in the Indians’ 10-1 rout of Minnesota, marking the second time he has gone deep three times in a game this season. The Cleveland outfielder’s fourth three-home run career contest ties Lou Gehrig for the American League record.

1995       The Devil Rays name Chuck LaMar as the franchise’s first general manager. Under the leadership of the former Braves assistant GM, the expansion team will compile a 518-777 (.400) record during the first eight years of its existence.

1998       Contributing to the Blue Jays’ 9-3 victory over the Yankees, Carlos Delgado becomes the first player to reach the SkyDome’s fifth deck with his Ruthian home run to right field. The massive blast, the Toronto’s first baseman’s 19th round-tripper of the season, snaps a 0-for-29 slump.

1999       In a 7-6 interleague victory over Cincinnati, Jeff Weaver becomes the first Tigers pitcher to hit a double in 27 years. The last Detroit hurler to accomplish the feat was Chuck Seelbach. who banged a two-bagger off Lloyd Allen of the Angels on August 20, 1972.

2000       The Blue Jays, hoping to strengthen their rotation during the pennant race with the first-place Yankees, trade minor league infielder Michael Young to Texas for Esteban Loaiza, who will post a disappointing 5-7 record down the stretch for the short-term contenders. The Rangers’ newest prospect will develop into a perennial All-Star shortstop, batting .301 during his 13 seasons with the Texan team.

2001       Arizona southpaw Randy Johnson sets a major league record for strikeouts by a reliever when he fans 16 batters, completing last night’s suspended game stopped in the top of the third inning. The ‘Big Unit’ gets the victory when the Diamondbacks beat the Padres, 3-0, in the Qualcomm Stadium contest.

2004       In Pacific Coast League action at Portland’s PGE Park, minor leaguer Tagg Bozied hits a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Tacoma Rainiers, 8-5. Upon his arrival at home plate, the Beavers’ first baseman, jumping for joy, ruptures the patella tendon to his left knee and needs to be taken to Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital by ambulance.

2005       Winning its second consecutive 1-0 contest, the Red Sox limit the Kansas City offense to four hits. The last time two straight 1-0 games occurred in Fenway Park was in 1916, when Babe Ruth and Ernie Shore blanked the Yankees and A’s, respectively, on June 22 and 23 for the eventual World Champs.

2009       Ian Kinsler becomes the fifth major league baseball player to hit both a leadoff and walk-off home run for his team in the same game. The Rangers’ second baseman led off the bottom of the first inning with a round-tripper off Francisco Liriano, ending the contest in the bottom of the 12th with a game-ending two-run blast off R.A. Dickey to give Texas a 6-4 victory over Minnesota.

2013       A surprise sixth contender participates in the Presidents Race when Sharknado, a character from the SyFy original movie about sharks being brought on land by a waterspout, ambushes George, Tom, Teddy, and Bill in the Nationals Park dash. Although Sharknado successfully blows past four of his competitors but does not pass Abe, who, thanks to the wind to his back, secures a first-place finish.

2013       Houston’s Brandon Barnes, who goes 5-for-5, scores three times and drives in two runs in the Astros’ 10-7 loss to Seattle at Minute Maid Park, and collects the eighth cycle in franchise history. The Astros center fielder joins Cesar Cedeno (1972, 1976), Bob Watson (1977), Andujar Cedeno (1992), Jeff Bagwell (2001), Craig Biggio (2002), and Luke Scott (2006) when his eighth-inning double completes the historic accomplishment.

2015       During the Reds’ 5-3 loss to the Indians at Great American Ball Park, Aroldis Chapman records his 500th career strikeout, setting a major-league record for the fewest innings needed to reach the milestone. The Reds closer accomplishes the feat in 292 frames to break Craig Kimbrel’s previous mark of 305 established by the Padres reliever earlier this season.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston5738.60028 – 1929 – 1923 – 1212 – 611 – 164 – 6W 1
Tampa Bay5539.5851.528 – 1827 – 2124 – 158 – 413 – 157 – 3L 1
Toronto4843.527722 – 2126 – 2221 – 234 – 610 – 125 – 5L 1
NY Yankees4844.5227.525 – 2323 – 2119 – 2513 – 612 – 77 – 3W 2
Baltimore3162.3332513 – 3018 – 3212 – 246 – 1711 – 144 – 6W 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox5737.60634 – 1623 – 2113 – 731 – 169 – 118 – 2W 1
Cleveland4744.5168.524 – 1923 – 257 – 1026 – 167 – 115 – 5L 1
Detroit4451.46313.525 – 2219 – 294 – 521 – 3014 – 115 – 5W 4
Minnesota4054.4261722 – 2518 – 296 – 721 – 279 – 165 – 5L 1
Kansas City3755.4021922 – 2415 – 319 – 1417 – 275 – 112 – 8L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5738.60030 – 1927 – 1916 – 1214 – 825 – 135 – 5W 1
Oakland5442.5633.529 – 2425 – 1813 – 1313 – 420 – 205 – 5W 1
Seattle5044.5326.529 – 2021 – 2413 – 812 – 1321 – 156 – 4W 1
LA Angels4647.4951027 – 2219 – 2511 – 1113 – 716 – 254 – 6L 2
Texas3559.37221.522 – 2513 – 3411 – 138 – 1214 – 232 – 8L 6
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4942.53828 – 1421 – 2819 – 1811 – 1114 – 65 – 5W 2
Philadelphia4745.5112.527 – 1720 – 2823 – 2312 – 66 – 97 – 3W 2
Atlanta4547.4894.525 – 2420 – 2323 – 2316 – 93 – 35 – 5L 1
Washington4449.473626 – 2418 – 2518 – 169 – 109 – 193 – 7W 2
Miami4054.42610.522 – 2118 – 3318 – 216 – 1314 – 103 – 7L 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5639.58927 – 2129 – 188 – 1127 – 1719 – 65 – 5W 3
Cincinnati4846.5117.523 – 2425 – 226 – 525 – 1610 – 204 – 6L 4
St. Louis4747.5008.526 – 1921 – 2814 – 1316 – 1815 – 116 – 4W 3
Chi Cubs4648.4899.528 – 1718 – 3111 – 1420 – 2212 – 84 – 6L 2
Pittsburgh3658.38319.521 – 2615 – 3210 – 1111 – 267 – 145 – 5L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco5934.63430 – 1329 – 2113 – 713 – 824 – 146 – 4W 1
LA Dodgers5837.611230 – 1528 – 2213 – 710 – 1026 – 145 – 5L 2
San Diego5541.5735.533 – 1922 – 228 – 916 – 1423 – 175 – 5L 1
Colorado4153.43618.532 – 199 – 345 – 811 – 1618 – 265 – 5W 1
Arizona2868.29232.517 – 3011 – 388 – 159 – 1511 – 315 – 5W 2


New England14833231855-0-13-3-227
Orlando City SC13643211383-2-13-2-222
CF Montreal13643191544-2-12-2-222
Nashville SC13571211475-5-00-2-122
New York City FC12525201553-1-22-1-317
New York12525171524-1-11-1-417
FC Cincinnati123361625-90-1-33-2-312
Toronto FC132381730-131-2-21-1-69
Inter Miami CF11227917-80-1-42-1-38
Sporting KC13823241595-2-03-0-326
Los Angeles13805212015-0-23-0-324
Los Angeles FC13634171344-2-12-1-321
Real Salt Lake12444191452-3-22-1-216
San Jose133371523-82-0-41-3-312
FC Dallas132561421-72-5-00-0-611


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