Chicago Cubs 6 Cincinnati 5

LA Angels 6 Colorado 2

Boston 5 Toronto 4

Kansas City 4 Chicago White Sox 3

Minnesota 6 Detroit 5 (10)

Seattle 11 Houston 8

Atlanta 2 NY Mets 0

NY Mets 1 Atlanta 0

Philadelphia 6 Washington 5




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COLTS: 2021 Colts Training Camp Schedule

7/28 | Camp Kickoff – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

7/29 | Youth Sports Day – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

7/30 | Out Of Office Day – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:45 AM

7/31 | Kid’s Day, presented by Riley Children’s Health – Colts City: 12:00 – 4:00 PM | Practice: 1:00 – 2:30 PM

8/2 | Back to School Day – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

8/3 | Sunrise Fitness, presented by Planet Fitness – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:45 AM

8/4 | Community Day – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:45 AM

8/6 | Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

8/7 | Hall of Fame Day, powered by Kerauno – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

8/8 | Bike to Camp Day, presented by Meijer – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:45 AM

8/10 | Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:45 AM

8/11 | Armed Forces Day – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:20 AM

8/12 | Thirsty Thursday, presented by Bud Light – Colts City: 3:00 – 7:00 PM | Practice: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

8/13 | Fan Appreciation Day, presented by CenterPoint Energy – Colts City: 3:00 – 7:00 PM | Practice: 4:00 – 6:00 PM

8/17 | Frontline Worker Day – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

8/18 | Grandparents Day – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

8/19 | Mom and Tots Day Out – Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

8/23 | Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

8/24 | Colts City: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice: 10:00 – 11:45 AM



Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX)

WEEK 1 (AUGUST 12-16)

Dallas at Arizona

Tennessee at Atlanta

New Orleans at Baltimore

Miami at Chicago

Buffalo at Detroit

Houston at Green Bay

Carolina at Indianapolis

Cleveland at Jacksonville

Seattle at Las Vegas

L.A. Chargers at L.A. Rams

Denver at Minnesota

Washington at New England

N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

Kansas City at San Francisco

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay

WEEK 2 (AUGUST 19-23)

Kansas City at Arizona (8/20, ESPN)

Baltimore at Carolina

Buffalo at Chicago

N.Y. Giants at Cleveland

Houston at Dallas

N.Y. Jets at Green Bay

San Francisco at L.A. Chargers

Las Vegas at L.A. Rams

Atlanta at Miami

Indianapolis at Minnesota

Jacksonville at New Orleans (8/23, ESPN)

New England at Philadelphia

Detroit at Pittsburgh

Denver at Seattle

Tennessee at Tampa Bay

Cincinnati at Washington

WEEK 3 (AUGUST 26-30)

Cleveland at Atlanta (8/29, NBC)

Green Bay at Buffalo

Pittsburgh at Carolina

Miami at Cincinnati (8/29, CBS)

Jacksonville at Dallas

L.A. Rams at Denver

Indianapolis at Detroit

Tampa Bay at Houston

Minnesota at Kansas City

Arizona at New Orleans

New England at N.Y. Giants

Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets

Las Vegas at San Francisco

L.A. Chargers at Seattle

Chicago at Tennessee

Baltimore at Washington


  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Ohio St.
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Georgia
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Notre Dame***
  8. Florida
  9. Iowa St.
  10. Oregon
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Miami (FL)
  13. LSU
  14. Iowa
  15. Cincinnati
  16. North Carolina
  17. USC
  18. Indiana***
  19. Washington
  20. Utah
  21. Penn St.
  22. Texas
  23. Michigan
  24. Oklahoma St.
  25. Boise St.
  26. Auburn
  27. West Virginia
  28. Kentucky
  29. Missouri
  30. TCU


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


  • 1920 – Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in 14th running of America’s Cup.
  • 1924 – Games of the VIII Olympiad closes in Paris, France.
  • 1946 – Boston Red Sox player Rudy York hits two grand slams in one game.
  • 1972 – NHL star Maurice “Rocket” Richard signs with WHL Quebec Nordiques.
  • 1973 – Walter Blum becomes 6th jockey to ride 4,000 winners.
  • 1984 – Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb as the Major Baseball League all-time single base hit leader as he collects his 3,053rd.
  • 1986 – Greg LeMond wins the Tour de France.
  • 1989 – Atlanta Braves’ player Dale Murphy is 10th to get six RBIs in an inning (6th).
  • 1996 – The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta kills one and injures 111.
  • 2008 – Carlos Sastre wins the Tour de France bicycle race in France.
  • 2008 – Rafael Nadal wins his second Rogers Cup tennis championship in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with a 6-3, 6-2 win over German Nicolas Kiefer in the final. In the men’s doubles final, Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and partner Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia defeat the American pairing of Bob and Mike Bryan 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.
  • 2008 – Relief pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage and former manager Dick Williams are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
  • 2012 – (to August 12) The 2012 Summer Olympics are held in London, England, United Kingdom.


With eye on SEC, Oklahoma, Texas move toward leaving Big 12

(AP) — Oklahoma and Texas took the first formal step Monday toward moving to the Southeastern Conference and leaving the Big 12 behind.

The only schools to win college football national championships during the Big 12’s 27-year history notified the conference they would not be renewing an agreement that binds its members through 2025.

In a joint statement, the schools made no mention of the SEC and said “the universities intend to honor their existing grant of rights agreements.”

“However, both universities will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving collegiate athletics landscape as they consider how best to position their athletics programs in the future,” the schools said.

Texas and Oklahoma have been in discussions with the SEC about joining the league, though neither school nor the powerhouse conference has acknowledged that publicly.

The “grant of rights” gives the conference control of the school’s media rights and runs concurrent with the Big 12’s television contracts with ESPN and Fox, which expire in 2025.

“Although our eight members are disappointed with the decisions of these two institutions, we recognize that intercollegiate athletics is experiencing rapid change and will most likely look much different in 2025 than it does currently,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement.

The remaining eight Big 12 schools – Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech and West Virginia — had been hoping to persuade the conference’s flagship schools to stay put.

Bowlsby, who was part of a video conference this weekend with the university presidents of Oklahoma and Texas, acknowledged the future of the league will not include the Longhorns and Sooners.

“Like many others, we will use the next four years to fully assess what the landscape will look like in 2025 and beyond,” he said. “The remaining eight institutions will work together in a collaborative manner to thoughtfully and strategically position the Big 12 Conference for continued success, both athletically and academically, long into the future.”

Oklahoma State President Kayse Shrum wasn’t as diplomatic as Bowlsby in a series of tweets about the pending departures. She said actions of Texas and Oklahoma come after months of planning with the SEC.

“We believe these conversations, which developed over a long period of time, are in clear breach of the bylaws of the Big 12 Conference and broke a bond of trust between our universities in existence for decades,” Shrum said, and then took aim at Oklahoma State’s Bedlam rivals.

“It is difficult to understand how an Oklahoma institution of higher education would follow the University of Texas to the detriment of the State of Oklahoma,” she added.

The next step for Oklahoma and Texas would be applying for SEC membership in a conference that has produced 12 national champions in football since 2003 and is positioned to distribute as much as $70 million annually to its members in the coming years.

Big 12 distributed $345 million to its 10 members this year ($34.5 million apiece), down from the previous year because of the pandemic. Most of that revenue comes from the Big 12’s TV deals.

The SEC announced an average payout to each of its members of $44.6 million in January. The conference signed a new deal with ESPN last year worth $300 million annually that would add another $20 million per year to that figure when it goes into effect in 2024.

But before Texas and Oklahoma can relocate, they’ll need to extricate themselves from the Big 12’s grant of rights or wait until it expires following the 2024-25 school year.

Joining another conference with the grant of rights still in effect is a nonstarter. Texas and Oklahoma would bring no media rights value to their new conference and it would cost the schools tens of millions of dollars per year.

Without Texas and Oklahoma, the Big 12 is in danger of falling apart. Even if it were to stay together by adding other schools, the value of the league would likely be severely diminished when it goes looking for its next television contract.

Five years ago, the Big 12 went through the process – fairly publicly – of evaluating other schools as candidates for a possible expansion of the conference.

The Big 12 received plenty of interest from schools throughout FBS. If the eight remaining Big 12 schools can stick together, they would likely go back to many of the same candidates – many of which compete in the American Athletic Conference (Cincinnati, UCF, Houston, SMU, Memphis, USF) and Mountain West, home to Boise State.

Those conferences are not planning to sit back and wait to be poached.

Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said in a statement the conference has already begun gathering information and its athletic directors and university presidents and chancellors had met Monday to discuss next steps.

“Our intent is to actively appraise various scenarios, identify potential opportunities and take actions which can positively impact the trajectory of the conference and our member institutions,” Thompson said.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 2021 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List

Tycen Anderson, Toledo, Sr.
Sevyn Banks, Ohio State, Sr.
Jordan Battle, Alabama, Jr.
Bubba Bolden, Miami (FL), Jr.
Andrew Booth, Jr., Clemson, Jr.
Jaquan Brisker, Penn State, Sr.
Coby Bryant, Cincinnati, Sr.
Derrick Canteen, Georgia Southern, So.
Jalen Catalon, Arkansas, So.
Kei’Trel Clark, Louisville, So.
Bryce Cosby, Ball State, Sr.
Cortez Davis, Hawaii, Sr.
Greg Eisworth II, Iowa State, Sr.
Kaiir Elam, Florida, Jr.
Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati, Jr.
Steven Gilmore, Marshall, Jr.
Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame, Jr.
Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State, Sr.
Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, Texas Christian University, Jr.
Josh Jobe, Alabama, Sr.
Quindell Johnson, Memphis, So.
Shaun Jolly, Appalachian State, Sr.
Marcus Jones, Houston, Jr.
Brandon Joseph, Northwestern, So.
Kekaula Kaniho, Boise State, Sr.
Chase Lucas, Arizona State, Sr.
Trent McDuffie, Washington, Jr.
Smoke Monday, Auburn, Sr.
Tiawan Mullen, Indiana, So.
Jerrick Reed II, New Mexico, Sr.
Eli Ricks, Louisiana State University, So.
Berdale Robins, Nevada, Sr.
Chris Steele, University of Southern California, Jr.
Derek Stingley, Jr., Louisiana State University, Jr.
D’Jordan Strong, Coastal Carolina, Sr.
Nolan Turner, Clemson, Sr.
BeeJay Williamson, Louisiana Tech, So.
Rashad Wisdom, University of Texas at San Antonio, Jr.
Samuel Womack, Toledo, Sr.
Mykael Wright, Oregon, So.


Cincinnati La Salle running back Gi’Bran Payne has given Indiana a verbal commitment (Payne announced his commitment via social media), making the Hoosiers 2022 recruiting class a top-20 class in the nation.

Payne chose Indiana over schools such as  Alabama, Florida, Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Northwestern, Iowa, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Payne is the #246 recruit in his class and the #24 running back, per the 247sports Composite.

Positive COVID test keeps Colts coach out for start of camp

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) Indianapolis Colts fans eagerly anticipated seeing coach Frank Reich and new starting quarterback Carson Wentz reunite Wednesday.

Turns out, they’ll may need to wait a few more days.

General manager Chris Ballard announced Monday that Reich is expected to miss the start of training camp after testing positive for COVID-19 late last week. Ballard believes Reich could return to the field early next week and said the fourth-year coach will participate in video calls with players and staff while out.

“I’m excited for training camp, however, I’m disappointed I won’t be there with the team as we start,” Reich said in a statement. “I’m fortunate to be fully vaccinated, and I’m asymptomatic. I’m feeling well, and I’m looking forward to returning as soon as I’m medically cleared.”

NFL rules allow vaccinated people to return to the field after two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

Reich’s initial test results came back late last week.

Instead of appointing an interim coach, the Colts plan to split duties between new offensive coordinator Marcus Brady, defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone, with Ventrone expected to take on a greater workload because of the time commitments for other coaches.

Colts players are scheduled to report to camp in suburban Indianapolis on Tuesday. The first of 19 practices is scheduled to be held Wednesday – in front of fans for the first time since 2019 – and most likely without Reich.

“I don’t want this to turn out to be a negative in terms of people running away from getting vaccinated, because it’s still critical,” Ballard said. “I think with Frank testing positive and getting COVID, and having no symptoms, it shows it (the vaccine) works.”

The announcement comes less than a week after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed teams canceled games may not be rescheduled this season, and if games are called off because of outbreaks among unvaccinated players, they could result in forfeits.

Indianapolis has reportedly had one of the lower vaccination rates among players, though Ballard said the numbers have increased recently and more than 60% of Colts players now have received at least one vaccination shot. Unvaccinated players, he said, will be required to socially distance and wear masks and could face disciplinary action if they do not comply.

“We’ve got to protect the team, we’ve got to keep them safe,” Ballard said. “We have a tremendous group and they want to win, so I know they’ll follow the protocols. They did an incredible job following the protocols last year.”

Wentz is Indy’s biggest offseason addition. He spent his first two seasons working with Reich in Philadelphia, but Wentz’s once-promising career was derailed by the worst season of his career last year. He was benched for the final four games and was eventually traded in March.

Indy believes the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft can revive his career in a new city, with a stronger supporting cast and working with a familiar coach.

But Reich won’t be the only missing piece when workouts kick off in suburban Indianapolis.

Two-time All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard will be held out after having ankle surgery in early June. Ballard said Leonard should be ready for the Sept. 12 season opener against Seattle.

Left tackle Eric Fisher, a two-time Pro Bowler and the projected replacement for Anthony Castonzo, went on the physically unable to perform list Sunday, and defensive lineman Dayo Odeyingbo, Indy’s second-round draft pick in April, was placed on the non-football injury list. Both are recovering from Achilles tendon injuries sustained in January and aren’t expected to be available for games until October.

Second-year defensive tackle Rob Windsor also recently had season-ending hip surgery and went on injured reserve.

Ballard doesn’t expect injuries or Reich’s absence to change the training camp game plan.

“We’re going to get after it, we have to get after it,” he said. “We’re young and I think sometimes people forget that. I’d almost bet that when we get to the 53-man cutdown we’ll be one of the younger teams in the league. So we have to get after it.”


Linebacker Darius Leonard will miss the start of training camp recovering from ankle surgery. The surgery was done in June.

Colts GM Chris Ballard:  “You won’t see Darius early,” Ballard said. “He had a little procedure on his ankle, but nothing major. We’ll monitor him here early, just to make sure to take care of him.”

“He’s a vet going into his fourth year,” Ballard said. “He knows how to play. He’ll be ready. Darius works, he’s in great shape right now.”

COLTS NEWS: Fisher, Odeyingbo on track… Green lights for Campbell, Mack, Turay


The Colts on Sunday placed left tackle Eric Fisher on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list and defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo on the Active/Non-Football Injury list, but those moves hardly pointed to anything sinister with their respective Achilles’ injury rehab processes.

(The difference in designation: Fisher was placed on PUP because his injury happened during an NFL game; Odeyingbo went on NFI because he suffered his injury outside of an NFL game/practice — it happened while he was training for the NFL Draft in January.)

“Both doing well, both rehabbing really well,” Ballard said. “No timeline on either one of them. We’re encouraged about where they’re at and where they’re going. They’re working really hard. We’ll let it play out as it goes.”

Ballard added on Fisher that “physically he’s doing well.”

There will be no restrictions on three notable players entering training camp: Wide receiver Parris Campbell, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 2 of the 2020 season; running back Marlon Mack, who suffered a season-ending Achilles’ injury in Week 1; and defensive end Kemoko Turay, who underwent a procedure on his ankle this offseason.

“We’ll monitor them during camp but they’re good to go,” Ballard said.

Meanwhile, linebacker Darius Leonard underwent a procedure on his ankle and will be held back early in camp. Ballard said the procedure was “nothing major” and added he’s not concerned about the All-Pro linebacker’s readiness for the season.

“He’s a vet going into his fourth year, he knows how to play, he’ll be ready,” Ballard said. “Darius works, he’s in great shape right now but we’ll monitor him as we go forward.”

Defensive tackle Rob Windsor, who was placed on injured reserve Sunday, will miss the 2021 season due to a hip injury, Ballard said.

COLTS NEWS: Colts Announce Changes To Football Operations Staff


Westfield, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts have announced the following changes to its football operations staff.

Kevin Rogers has been elevated to the team’s director of player personnel. He is entering his 21st season with the Colts and most recently served as director of pro personnel for from 2014-19. Rogers was promoted to that position after spending four years (2010-13) as the team’s associate director of pro personnel. He initially joined the Colts as an operations intern during the team’s 2001 training camp. Rogers was a scouting assistant from 2001-05 and a pro scout from 2006-09. He was part of two Super Bowl teams as a pro scout, including the Colts’ Super Bowl XLI championship. Rogers graduated from Villanova University in 2001 and was a quarterback on the Wildcats football team.

Brian Decker was named the Colts’ director of team development. He enters his fifth season with the team and previously served as the director of player development from 2018-19. Decker joined the Colts as a player personnel strategist in 2017. He got his start in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. Decker has consulted in all major professional sports on the selection and development of athletes. A military veteran who retired after 22 years of service and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Special Forces, his last assignment was commander of special forces assessment and selection. Decker oversaw the development and execution of the talent acquisition strategy to select future Green Berets. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky and then earned his master’s degree in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School.

John Park has been elevated to director of football research. He enters his sixth season with the team and previously served as the team’s manager of football research and strategy for four seasons (2017-20) and football research/analytics (2016). He continues to be responsible for identifying, developing and deploying resources to support and inform all of football operations. Prior to Indianapolis, Park worked in the NFL Player Engagement department and for the Rutgers football team in both player development and recruiting roles. He also served as a consultant for Alvarez & Marsal and PricewaterhouseCoopers and was a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA) and an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA). Park earned his bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in African & Asian Languages Literature from Duke University and also earned his master’s degree in Actuarial Science from Columbia University.

Jon Shaw has been elevated to director of pro scouting after serving as the Colts’ assistant director of pro scouting from 2018-19. He is entering his 16th season with the team and previously served as the Colts’ pro scout/special projects (2011-17) and scouting assistant (2006-2011). In 2011, Shaw also worked as a defensive assistant along with his scouting responsibilities. He earned his start with the team in 2006 as the football operations intern. Shaw was a four-year starter at defensive back for St. Lawrence University and also lettered in lacrosse.

Anthony Coughlan was named an area scout. He served as the team’s college scouting coordinator from 2018-19. Coughlan joined Indianapolis in 2017 as a player personnel assistant following his role as a recruiting assistant at Ohio State in 2016. In 2015, he served as a public relations intern for the Kansas City Chiefs after graduating from Ohio State with a degree in strategic communication. As an undergrad student, Coughlan worked as a student manager for Ohio State’s football program for one season and as a cornerbacks and special teams intern for two seasons. 

Mitch Chester was named the Colts’ college scouting coordinator/travel coordinator. He served as the team’s football operations assistant from 2018-19, where he assisted in organizing and executing all team and football operations travel and helped with training camp logistics. Chester previously worked with the Colts as a football operations intern during the 2017 offseason and as a remote game charter for the Cleveland Browns from 2015-17. He previously served as defensive line coach at St. Norbert College (2016-18) and was a defensive graduate assistant at Carroll University (2015-16). Chester served as a student assistant coach (defense) in 2014 for his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, after a four-year (2010-13) playing career as a defensive end for the Pointers.

Andrew Hoyle enters his fourth season with the Colts and his second as a scouting assistant. In 2019, he interned with the team’s sports science department after serving as an operations assistant during the offseason. Hoyle got his start with the Colts as an equipment intern in 2018. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State. Hoyle served as an athletics business office assistant (2018) and student equipment manager (2016-18) at Florida State while working towards his degrees.

Kasia Omilian enters her second season with the Colts and her first as a scouting assistant. In 2020, she interned with the team’s football operations department assisting with team travel and coordinating player travel. Omilian got her start with the Colts in 2019 as a football operations intern supporting the team’s offseason program. Prior to Indianapolis, she served as a football recruiting assistant for four seasons (2016-20) while attending the University of Washington. She also worked as a summer football operations intern for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017 and 2018. Omilian earned a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in law, societies and justice.

Kyle Davis has been elevated to the Colts’ associate athletic trainer. He previously served as the team’s assistant athletic trainer for 10 seasons (2010-20). Davis got his start with the team as a seasonal intern during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from East Central University in 2006 and a master’s degree in education from ECU in 2008. 

Thomas Byrd is the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellow. He has nine years of coaching experience, including eight seasons at the collegiate level with Pacific University (2020), Contra Costa College (2012, 2019), Concordia University (2017), New Mexico Highlands University (2015-16), Boise State (2014) and Arkansas State (2013). In 2018, Byrd served on the coaching staff of the Arkansas Twisters of the National Gridiron League. He played at Boise State from 2007-2011 and earned three letters. Byrd earned First Team All-Conference honors in 2010. Colts Offensive Line Coach Chris Strausser served on Boise State’s coaching staff during Byrd’s entire tenure with the Broncos and was his position coach for two seasons (2010-11).

Andrew Dees has been named Colts Coaching Fellow. He has 23 years of coaching experience, including six seasons in the NFL. Dees spent the last two years in the NFL’s league office assisting with player safety and officiating. He previously served on the coaching staffs of the Buffalo Bills (2012, 2017-18) and San Diego Chargers (2013-15). Dees coached collegiately at the University of Massachusetts (2011), Temple (2006-2010), the University of Buffalo (2001-05), Stony Brook (1998-2000) and Wagner College (1997). He began his coaching career at St. John the Baptist (N.Y.) High School in 1996. As a player, Dees spent time with the Seattle Seahawks (1993) and Cincinnati Bengals (1992). He played tight end and offensive tackle at Syracuse.

Ty McKenzie will be Colts Coaching Fellow. He most recently served as the linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions in 2020. McKenzie previously spent time on the coaching staffs of the Tennessee Titans (2018-19) and Los Angeles Rams (2017). He coached collegiately at Stanford (2016) and Colorado (2015) after starting his coaching career at the high school level at Berkeley Preparatory (Fla.) School (2013-14). Originally selected by the New England Patriots in the third round (97th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, McKenzie played five years in the NFL with the Patriots (2009), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010) and Minnesota Vikings (2011-13). He was selected as a Pro Bowl special teams player in 2012. A graduate of South Florida, McKenzie was the active tackle leader in the NCAA at the time of his graduation.

Packers’ CEO ‘hopeful’ about sorting things out with Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy remains hopeful quarterback Aaron Rodgers the three-time MVP will play for them this season, but says he doesn’t know whether Rodgers will arrive for the start of training camp.

“We’ve been in constant communication,” Murphy said Monday after the NFL’s only publicly owned team held its annual shareholders meeting. “It’s been obviously months. I’m hopeful that we can have it all resolved.”

Murphy’s comments followed an NFL Network report that Rodgers has indicated to people close to him he does plan to play for the Packers this season. ESPN later reported that Rodgers and the Packers were close to an agreement that would include voiding the 2023 season from his contract.

Rodgers’ agent, David Dunn, didn’t respond to a message seeking comment.

The Packers hold their first training camp workout Wednesday. Murphy said there’s no scenario under which the Packers would trade Rodgers.

Rodgers didn’t participate in organized team activities this spring – a change from his usual offseason routine – and skipped the Packers’ mandatory minicamp. Under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, Rodgers would be subject to a $50,000 fine for each day he holds out during training camp.

Rodgers’ future with the Packers has been arguably the NFL’s biggest offseason story since ESPN reported i n the hours leading up to the draft that the reigning MVP didn’t want to return to Green Bay.

“We want him back,” Murphy told the 3,900 shareholders who gathered at Lambeau Field. “We’re committed to him for 2021 and beyond. He’s our leader. We’re looking forward to winning another Super Bowl with him.”

General manager Brian Gutekunst spoke at the shareholders meeting and mentioned Rodgers’ name first while referring to the offense’s “strong returning nucleus.”

“We have been working tirelessly with Aaron and his representation to resolve the issues he has raised this offseason and are hopeful for a positive resolution,” Gutekunst said.

At one point during the meeting, after Murphy praised Gutekunst, nearly all the shareholders applauded, but one fan yelled, “I’ve never seen him throw a touchdown.” But that comment was a rare exception in a peaceful two-hour meeting.

Murphy said he was pleasantly surprised at the reception and added that he did hear one person say, “Put your ego aside, Murphy.”

He said that he understood fans’ frustrations over the standoff.

“I think it’s kind of a pox on both houses, us and Aaron,” Murphy said.

The speculation about Rodgers’ long-term future with the Packers began after they traded up four spots in last year’s draft to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick. Gutekunst didn’t notify Rodgers about the move beforehand and has since acknowledged he could have done a better job communicating.

Rodgers said last summer the decision to draft Love complicated his hopes of spending his entire career in Green Bay. Even as he was putting together a stellar 2020 season, Rodgers referred to his future as a “beautiful mystery.”

Ever since ESPN initially reported his disenchantment with the Packers, Rodgers hasn’t spoken much about his situation. His longest comments came in an ESPN interview in late May.

“With my situation, look it’s never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan,” Rodgers said at the time. “I love Jordan. He’s a great kid, a lot of fun to work together. Love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay. An incredible 16 years.

“It’s just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go. It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about doing things the right way.”

Rodgers did make a cryptic social media post recently. He and Packers All-Pro receiver Davante Adams, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the upcoming season, each posted on Instagram last weekend a picture of former Chicago Bulls stars Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The 2020 ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” focused on how Jordan and Pippen won the 1997-98 NBA title in their last season with the Bulls.

Murphy was asked after the shareholders meeting what he thought of those Instagram posts.

“I think they’re just having fun,” Murphy said. “I hope Aaron can win as many rings as Michael. That would be a heck of an end to his career.”

Washington signing Jonathan Allen to $72M, 4-year extension

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Any worries about Jonathan Allen going into the final year of his contract without a long-term deal have evaporated on the eve of Washington training camp.

Allen and the team agreed to terms on a $72 million, four-year contract extension with a $30 million signing bonus, according to his agency. Team IFA and agent Blake Baratz announced the terms of the deal in a Twitter post Monday.

Players are set to report to camp Tuesday with the first practice session set for Wednesday. There are still plenty of questions surrounding Ron Rivera’s team, but now Allen’s future is not one of them.

Allen had one year left on his contract at just over $10 million. There was some concern he’d be franchise-tagged next summer if no long-term agreement could be reached, similar to All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff’s contract situation.

Scherff is playing a second consecutive season on the franchise tag with a split or an extension coming next year. Allen likely will be part of Washington’s defense for the foreseeable future.

Washington drafted Allen 17th in 2017 after he slipped because of shoulder injury concerns. After a rookie year derailed by a foot injury, he has been the picture of health and grown into the cornerstone of the defense and a team leader.

The 26-year-old Alabama product was a key reason Washington had the NFL’s second-ranked defense in 2020. He was fourth on the team with 63 tackles, had two sacks and played an important role in mentoring AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young.

Allen has also been consistent throughout Washington’s many front office and coaching changes. He has 190 tackles and 17 sacks in 52 pro games and anchors a defensive line that also includes 2018 first-round pick Daron Payne and Tim Settle.

Report: Texans open to offers for Watson

The Houston Texans are willing to listen to trade offers for quarterback Deshaun Watson, sources told Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Watson reported to training camp but reiterated his desire to be traded, which he officially requested in January, Pelissero adds. The Texans consistently said they wouldn’t entertain offers for the quarterback since then.

The team’s asking price could reportedly be at least three first-round picks. Two NFL executives told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that Watson could fetch five high draft picks and starting-caliber players.

The 25-year-old remains under police and NFL investigation after 22 lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior were filed against him this offseason. Watson has denied any wrongdoing.

By reporting to camp, Watson avoids a $50,000 fine for each day missed at practice. The signal-caller stayed away from the team during the voluntary offseason program.

Watson demanded a trade after his relationship with team ownership deteriorated amid the process that led to general manager Nick Caserio’s hiring in January.

The Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, and Washington Football Team are rumored to be among the teams interested in the quarterback.

Watson set career highs with 4,823 passing yards and 33 touchdowns this past season. He signed a four-year, $156-million extension in September that contains a no-trade clause.

Doncic debuts with 48 points, Slovenia wins Olympic opener

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) Luka Doncic is only a 22-year-old Olympic rookie, a player who might still be a few years away from his best basketball.

Sergio Hernandez doesn’t need to wait.

“For me, I said this two years ago: He is the best player in the world, including the NBA,” Argentina’s coach said. “And if there was any doubt in my mind, there is no doubt anymore. He is the best player in the world.”

Hard to argue after Doncic’s performance Monday at the Saitama Super Arena.

Doncic made a spectacular Olympic debut with 48 points, tied for the second-highest total in men’s basketball history, to lead Slovenia to a 118-100 victory.

In Slovenia’s first Olympic game ever, Doncic scored 31 points in the first half, putting him on pace to break the Games’ scoring record of 55 points by Brazilian Hall of Famer Oscar Schmidt in 1988.

Though he didn’t have to do as much in the second half with Slovenia’s huge lead, the superstar guard for the Dallas Mavericks stayed on the floor well into the fourth quarter and ended up tied with Eddie Palubinskas, who had 48 for Australia in the 1976 Games in Montreal.

There was still enough time left to break the record when Doncic checked out with a few minutes left, but he wasn’t interested in pursuing more points.

“I don’t care about records,” he said. “We got a win and that’s what we came here for.”

His teammates wanted both.

“Everybody was telling him on the bench, `OK, let’s get the record,'” veteran Zoran Dragic said.

“But that’s not the case. The case is to win the game. He knows that, and it’s crazy that he’s only 22 years old.”

Slovenia didn’t even have a spot in the Olympics until earlier this month but is a medal threat thanks to Doncic, who had a historic first postseason in the NBA and might just do the same in the Olympics.

Luis Scola scored 23 points for Argentina. Facando Campazzo of the Denver Nuggets added 21.

The opening day of play in Group C started with Luka against Luis, the phenom against the 41-year-old veteran who was beginning his record-tying fifth Olympics in men’s basketball.

But it was quickly clear Doncic would be the star of this show with 15 points before the game was five minutes old.

“He was too good obviously,” Scola said. “I mean, he was unbelievable.”

Casually launching his step-back 3-pointers from well behind the international 3-point arc – one came from just inside the TOKYO 2020 logo at center court – Doncic shot from places where Argentina just couldn’t come out to defend.

When they tried, he just took his game inside, getting consecutive baskets on follow shots in the second quarter on his way to 11 rebounds.

That came during a 23-8 finish to the half for Slovenia, extending a 39-34 lead to 62-42 at the break.

Manu Ginobili was impressed, the Argentine idol tweeting at halftime that Doncic was “a beast” and praising his “tremendous mastery of the game.”

Doncic had already shown he had that playing in Europe even before going on to win Rookie of the Year honors in the NBA. In his second season, he became the first NBA player to average 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in his first postseason series.

His first Olympics might be even better than that.

Slovenia has been a country on the rise, winning the EuroBasket title in 2017 and then qualifying for Tokyo by winning one of the Olympic qualifying touraments earlier this month. The Slovenians knocked off host Lithuania in the final after Doncic went right to playing for his country after the Mavericks were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round.

Argentina, the 2004 Olympic champions, were thought to be past their years of challenging for titles when Ginobili and some other stars from that era called it a career.

But Scola is still here and the Argentines showed they’re not done just yet when they made a surprise run to the gold-medal game two years ago in the Basketball World Cup, losing to Spain but not until after clinching their spot in the Olympics.

Spain is also in Group C along with host Japan, but even those games shouldn’t be any tougher than playing against Doncic.

“We tried everything that we would have tried against a normal player,” Hernandez said, “but he’s not a normal player.”

Report: Grizzlies to trade Valanciunas to Pelicans for package, No. 10 pick

The Memphis Grizzlies are finalizing a deal to send Jonas Valuncianas and the No. 17 and No. 51 pick in the 2021 draft to the New Orleans Pelicans for Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, and the No. 10 and No. 40 pick, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Memphis also reportedly receives a protected 2022 first-round pick via the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bledsoe could be on the move yet again, as he’s not expected to remain in Memphis following the trade, sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

For the Grizzlies, the pending transaction offers an opportunity to vault into the top 10 of a draft stacked with first-round talent, while the Pelicans are set to clear cap space and rid themselves of a pair of weighty contracts.

Adams, 28, was set to earn $17 million this coming season with the Pelicans, while Bledsoe, 31, was due to receive $18.1 million. Valanciunas, who turned 29 in May, is set to pocket $14 million this season.

The Pelicans can now match an offer sheet on Lonzo Ball or seek a veteran point guard like Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry with the cap space they’ve created, adds Wojnarowski.

The 2021 NBA Draft goes Thursday evening at the Barclays Center in New York City.

Report: Pistons considering Cunningham, Green, Mobley for No. 1 pick

Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham might not be a lock for the No. 1 pick after all.

The Detroit Pistons are deliberating whether to select Cunningham, Jalen Green, or Evan Mobley with the first overall pick of Thursday’s NBA draft, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Detroit’s reported uncertainty represents a shock after Cunningham was widely labeled the top talent in his class following a standout freshman season with Oklahoma State.

The 19-year-old averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.6 steals in 27 outings for the Cowboys this past season, earning Big 12 Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-American honors. A 6-foot-8 playmaker with a deft scoring touch, Cunningham is viewed as a franchise-altering player capable of playing as a point guard or on the wing.

Cunningham participated in a light workout with the Pistons last week and isn’t planning to visit with other teams, according to Wojnarowski.

G-League Ignite prodigy Green, USC big man Mobley, and Gonzaga talisman Jalen Suggs are widely expected to round out the top four picks.

The Houston Rockets, who own the second selection, are reportedly keen on trading up for the No. 1 pick in hopes of landing Cunningham. Barring any trades, the Cleveland Cavaliers will pick third, followed by the Toronto Raptors at No. 4.

Ex-coach/player wants meeting with Goodell over Asian remark

(AP) — Former NFL player and coach Eugene Chung is still waiting to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding an anti-Asian comment he says a team made about him during a job interview this year.

Chung said on a conference call Monday the league never told him why a requested meeting with Goodell was not arranged nor how the NFL’s investigation was conducted.

Chung, who spent time with five teams as a player and coached with the Eagles and Chiefs, has not identified the coach who he says told him that Asian Americans were “not the right minority” in the NFL.

The NFL reviewed the matter and said this month that after “multiple discussions”, including Chung and his representative, the league was “unable to confirm the precise statement that was made, or by whom and under what circumstances any such statement was made.”

But Chung wants more information about the investigation.

“I know people I have talked to, head coaches and people high up in the executive offices, who knew nothing about it,” he said.

“I’m not interested in outing anybody, it’s irrelevant. The mere fact that statement was made to me raised a lot of questions on my behalf.

“My goal is to find out whether Asians are considered a minority (by the NFL). There is legitimate confusion and when the statement was made it was shocking. I want to get clarity and clarification on whether Asians are considered a minority when it comes to the hiring process. I want to get that out there and answered.”

Chung believes a meeting with Goodell would provide clarity.

“NFL security spoke to my representatives and requested a sit-down with Mr. Goodell so we could have a conversation about what I have been talking about,” Chung added. “The request was denied. I don’t know why he won’t have a sit-down with me or a meeting to talk about these issues at hand.”

The NFL said Monday it is eager to meet with Chung.

“We embrace the opportunity to work with Eugene to hear his ideas on how we can better advance employment opportunities throughout the league, both for Asian Americans and for all underrepresented groups,” the league said in a statement. “As we have made him aware, we welcome meeting with him, and have at no time, turned down requests to discuss these important issues with our staff, including the commissioner.”

The NFL added that Asians/Pacific Islanders are a minority under the league’s diversity policy.

Chung, 52, is eager to return to coaching and wants to shed light on any lack of perceived diversity in his sport.

“I am trying to get back into coaching in the NFL and not letting this comment define who I am as a person or coach,” he said. “I just want to make sure no one else has to go through this or experience what I have been going through.

“The matter at hand is fixing those words and what they mean. Are Asians considered a minority in the hiring process?

“When this came out, I was sharing my experience with other people, and growing up in this country as Asian American … as an Asian American player and coach in the league. I want to do this in a positive way and help other people. “

A first-round draft pick by New England in 1992, he also played for Jacksonville and Indianapolis for a total of 55 games. Chung also was with Kansas City and Philadelphia, but never suited up in a game for them.

He was an assistant offensive line coach with the Eagles from 2010-12, moved to the Chiefs from 2013-15. Chung was back with Philadelphia from 2016-19, and was part of the team’s Super Bowl victory over New England in February 2018.

Báez hits bases-loaded single in 9th as Cubs top Reds 6-5

CHICAGO (AP) Pinch-hitter Javier Baez hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Anthony Rizzo homered in his second straight game for the Cubs, who opened what could be the final homestand for some of their stars. Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Craig Kimbrel and/or Baez could be on the move by Friday’s trade deadline.

Joey Votto homered for the third time in three games and drove in three runs for Cincinnati, which dropped its second straight and lost for the seventh time in 10 games. Kyle Farmer added a homer as the Reds’ winning streak against Chicago ended at four.

Patrick Wilson walked after a nine-pitch at-bat to start the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Ian Happ drew a pass an out later and Nico Hoerner loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch by Heath Hembree (2-5).

“Incredibly fun to watch,” Hoerner said. “(Baez) is a special player.”

Amir Garrett came on and allowed the game-winning hit.

“That was the last piece we had left and it lined up pretty nicely,” Cubs manager David Ross said after calling on Baez despite a minor injury. “Really nice job by the group to continue to fight back.”

Baez and Garrett appeared to be jawing at each other immediately after the final hit and Baez made several strides toward first before tossing his bat aside. He did not speak to reporters after the game, and Reds manager David Bell did not seem overly concerned.

“Just two highly, highly competitive guys,” he said. “There’s a lot of emotions in this game. It’s just two guys who want to do well so much.”

Kimbrel (2-3) struck out three straight to end the top of the inning after putting two men on.

“It’s disappointing we lost a close game,” Votto said after the Reds ended the game 1 for 13 with men in scoring position. “It felt like our game to win.”

The Reds led 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth before Willson Contreras hit a booming home run to center off reliever Josh Osich.

Rizzo drove the first pitch he saw from starter Wade Miley into the right-center bleachers to score Bryant in the first inning. Votto answered in the top of the second with a first-pitch shot to nearly the same spot. He tied the game an inning later with a sacrifice fly.

Farmer homered in the fourth and Votto gave the Reds their first lead an inning later when he drew a bases-loaded walk from starter Kyle Hendricks.

Hendricks, who’d gone at least six innings in 13 straight starts, lasted only 4 1/3 and surrendered the first five runs and nine hits while walking two and striking out four.

Miley lasted just as long, giving up seven hits, three earned runs and five walks.

Ohtani goes 7, hits RBI single as Angels top Rockies 6-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani pitched seven strong innings and hit an early RBI single as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Monday night.

In his 15th pitching start of the season and second since the All-Star break, Ohtani (5-1) gave up one run and five hits with five strikeouts. He has allowed a combined one run in two pitching appearances since participating in the Home Run Derby and starting on the mound in the All-Star Game at Colorado this month.

Jack Mayfield added a two-run homer for the Angels, his fourth of the season and third in his last five games. Raisel Iglesias worked a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save in 26 chances.

Rockies starter German Marquez, also an All-Star, kept his team close until Mayfield’s seventh-inning homer. Dom Nunez and Brendan Rodgers went deep for Colorado.

Ohtani gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead two Angels batters into the game when he rolled a broken-bat single through the infield and into right-center to score David Fletcher from second base.

Ohtani then stole second and scored on Jared Walsh’s one-out single for a 2-0 advantage.

After giving up three hits in the first inning, Marquez (8-8) settled down until running into trouble in the seventh. He permitted four runs (three earned) on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Ohtani cruised into the fourth before hitting Trevor Story with a pitch. Story yelled as a 97 mph fastball hit him in the back of the left hand. After being tended to by team medical personnel, he remained in the game.

In the fifth, Nunez got to Ohtani with a full-count home run to right field, his sixth of the season.

Facing Nunez again in the seventh, Ohtani struck out the left-handed hitter on a 100 mph fastball for his last out of the game. The right-hander did not issue a walk, and his seven innings matched a season high.

Mayfield, taking advantage of his playing time with third baseman Anthony Rendon on the injured list, followed Adam Eaton’s infield single leading off the seventh with his home run just inside the left-field foul pole for a 4-1 lead.

Rodgers got the Rockies to 4-2 in the eighth with a home run off left-hander Jose Quintana, his sixth. Colorado then put runners on second and third before Sam Hillard flied out to the wall in center field against Steve Cishek to end the threat.

The Angels added two runs in the eighth on Max Stassi’s single and Eaton’s sacrifice fly.

Red Sox rally late for 2nd straight game, beat Blue Jays 5-4

BOSTON (AP) Alex Verdugo hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox rallied late for the second straight game, beating Toronto 5-4 on Monday night in the opener of an important series for the Blue Jays.

Boston star Rafael Devers added a solo homer on the four-year anniversary of his first major-league shot. It was the AL All-Star third baseman’s first ever homer with a natural-colored barreled bat. Each of the previous 100 in his career were with a dark-colored barrel.

Devers belted one for his first big-league hit in his second career game in a victory at Seattle on July 26, 2017.

Bo Bichette hit a two-run homer for fourth-place Toronto, which fell to 10 1/2 games behind in the East.

A day after being no-hit for seven innings by New York’s Domingo German before putting up five runs in the eighth to erase a four-run deficit and beat the rival Yankees, Boston’s bats were held down until Verdugo belted his drive over the Red Sox bullpen off Trevor Richards (1-1).

It was Boston’s major-league leading 33rd come-from-behind victory.

“It’s hard to get 27 outs against us. We know that,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “It’s a tough place to play. You can feel the energy. In the eighth inning, they were a little bit louder, expecting something big.”

Verdugo took his time rounding the bases, enjoying the moment. On Sunday, he broke up the no-hitter with a deep double to right.

“Just rounding the bases, part of it was the moment, putting us up,” he said.

Adam Ottavino (3-3) worked a scoreless inning for the win. Matt Barnes got the final three outs for his 22nd save.

Bichette hit his drive over the Green Monster off Nick Pivetta, a shot that hit a wall behind the first row and bounced back onto the field to make it 4-3.

Devers’ shot into the right-field seats made it 3-2.

Toronto starter Thomas Hatch made just his second big-league start after being sidelined with a shoulder impingement since spring training. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up three runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

“My body felt good, my arm felt good, felt like the stuff was coming out pretty good,” he said. “For the most part, I felt like my stuff was arriving where I wanted it to. I felt like they made some good swings on some pretty good pitches.”

Pivetta gave up four runs on six hits before being pulled after Bichette’s homer.

“It was a definite grind for me. The energy wasn’t really there,” Pivetta said. “The team did an incredible job for me. It’s incredible how they come back like this.”

Soler hits 2 HRs, again, as Royals beat White Sox 4-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jorge Soler hit two home runs for the second straight game and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Mike Minor (8-8) gave the Royals their fifth quality start in the last six games. He allowed two runs on three hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Minor’s victory in Milwaukee on July 20 started the Royals’ current winning streak.

“I had a really good idea (how I wanted to pitch them) going into it,” Minor said. “For the most part, we know what to throw them. It’s more about executing pitches. I threw some really good pitches.”

Scott Barlow worked the final two innings and picked up his sixth save.

Dallas Keuchel (7-4) took the loss after surrendering three solo home runs. He allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out three.

“Dallas made a lot of good pitches, but he made some mistakes and paid for it,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “He has the ability to make pitches. But tonight, when he got the ball in places he didn’t want to, the damage was done.”

Soler hit the first Keuchel pitch of the second inning for his 12th home run, and his fifth in the last six games. Soler’s blast went 449 feet to dead center.

“He has the capability to do some things that most people who play this game don’t have,” manager Mike Matheny said. “When he gets it figured out, he’s a game-changer.”

In his next at-bat, Soler hit another home run, this one 413 feet to left. It was the ninth time in his career – and the second time in as many games – that Soler has hit multiple home runs in a game.

“I have a lot of confidence right now,” Soler said through an interpreter. “I’m identifying pitches well. The biggest difference (from earlier in the season) is loading earlier.”

The Royals missed an opportunity to pile on in the fifth. Michael A. Taylor stroked a one-out single, but was caught stealing. Jarrod Dyson then hit a ground-rule double. Whit Merrifield scored Dyson with a double to right.

The White Sox got two runs in the sixth. Minor walked the lead-off batter, Seby Zavala. Zavala advanced to third on Tim Anderson’s double to the wall in left. Both runners scored when Andrew Vaughn singled down the right-field line.

Andrew Benintendi helped the Royals extend the lead to two runs with a home run to the opposite field. He snapped an 0-for-13 skid with the homer.

“When the ball jumps for Benny to that part of the field just amazes me,” Matheny said. “To be able to hit it out of `The K’ to the opposite gap like that – that’s when his swing is right.”

The White Sox got a run in the ninth when Adam Engel singled in Yoan Moncada.

Kepler’s RBI single gives Twins 6-5 win vs Tigers in 10

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Max Kepler’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning against All-Star closer Gregory Soto gave the Minnesota Twins a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Soto walked the bases loaded in the ninth before striking out Willians Astudillo on three pitches, finishing him with a 100 mph fastball and a hard pump of his arm. Soto had two outs in the 10th, but then came a walk and Kepler’s ninth career game-ending hit.

“I don’t know if I was totally expecting to catch 10 in this heat like I did,” Minnesota backstop Mitch Garver said. “I’m proud of the guys. That was a good performance there.”

Detroit manager A.J. Hinch didn’t flinch about sending out Soto again. The last time the left-hander pitched more than one inning was on July 7.

“The emotions of finishing the inning was really good, and Gregory can go as long as we need him to go,” Hinch said.

The line drive to center field was plenty deep to score pitcher Kenta Maeda, the scheduled starter for Tuesday who began the inning as the automatic runner at second. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli decided to forfeit the designated hitter with some earlier lineup shuffling.

“We don’t want to put any starting pitchers or any pitchers in that position, but we are teammates and we enjoy seeing Kenta Maeda running. We’re so happy,” Twins starter Michael Pineda said.

Robbie Grossman’s pinch-hit, two-run homer tied the game for the Tigers with one out in the ninth after Twins All-Star closer Taylor Rogers exited with a sprained left middle finger. Alex Colome completed the walk to Jeimer Candelario, and Grossman hit the first pitch he saw for a high fly to left that landed just beyond the limestone facade.

Pineda pitched six smooth innings for the Twins in his final turn before the trade deadline. He held the Tigers scoreless until a two-out, two-run shot by Miguel Cabrera, career homer No. 495 for the two-time AL MVP.

Pineda had six strikeouts, with five hits and no walks allowed. The burly right-hander is one of several veterans on expiring contracts being shopped around this week, with the two-time defending AL Central champions Twins in last place.

“I’m not thinking about trades or whatever. This is my house. I want to stay here,” Pineda said.

Brent Rooker and Josh Donaldson homered and Garver doubled twice against Tigers starter Matt Manning, scoring on a single by Miguel Sano in the fourth. Rooker took Manning deep to start the sixth and snap a 2-all tie, reaching the third deck above left field for the second straight game. The homer was projected at 460 feet.

Manning was pulled after walking Jorge Polanco, and then Donaldson crushed an 0-1 slider from Jose Cisnero – watching it sail into the second deck behind center field for his 16th homer.

Eric Haase also homered for the Tigers, who have lost eight road games in a row. They won their first seven games out of the All-Star break, but they’ve started 0-4 on this six-game trip.

“We keep giving ourselves opportunities to win. I think getting over that initial hump, buckling down middle to end of games, I need to do a better job of navigating that bullpen through,” said Haase, the team’s catcher.

Moore slam completes 7-run comeback as Mariners stun Astros

SEATTLE (AP) Dylan Moore hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to an 11-8 comeback win against the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Houston scored six runs in the first and led 7-0 in the fourth before Seattle started to rally. The seven-run deficit is the most the Mariners have overcome this season, and the largest cushion the AL West-leading Astros have lost.

In the eighth, the Mariners loaded the bases with two outs down 8-7. Moore launched reliever Brooks Raley’s 1-1 pitch into the left field second deck for his fourth homer of the season to complete the comeback.

“It’s hard to describe. It boils down to the best baseball moment of my career so far,” Moore said.

After giving up Moore’s slam, Raley hit J.P. Crawford in the back with a 3-1 pitch and was ejected. Crawford had three hits and scored twice.

Kendall Graveman (4-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Paul Sewald earned his fourth save with a perfect ninth.

“It’s tough when you get down like that, and certainly against a team that’s leading the division with one of the best records in baseball,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “You’re in a situation where we’re at in the standings fighting for something against the first-place team, so this one’s pretty darn special.”

Ryne Stanek (1-2) took the loss.

Six straight Houston batters scored in the opening inning against rookie Darren McCaughan, making his first career start. Martin Maldonado added a solo homer in the fourth.

The Mariners made it a game with a three-run double by Cal Raleigh in the fourth and a three-run homer from Kyle Seager in the fifth.

“This hurts a lot. We made some mistakes, we walked some hitters,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “We couldn’t put the horse back in the barn and we didn’t score anymore. We know their bullpen has been pitching great lately.”

Houston starter Luis Garcia allowed career highs of six runs, five earned. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out nine.

The start for McCaughan came after he pitched five no-hit innings in his major league debut against the Rockies last Wednesday.

McCaughan got leadoff hitter Jose Altuve for his first career strikeout but gave up his first hit to the next batter when Michael Brantley’s comebacker deflected off his glove. The Astros just kept hitting, with six runs scoring before McCaughan got a second out. Kyle Tucker’s three-run homer was the biggest blow, followed by a solo shot from Abraham Toro.

McCaughan regrouped, pitching four innings and giving up seven runs overall. With the Mariners’ bullpen depleted after a tough previous series against the Athletics, getting a few extra innings after the rough start was crucial for Seattle.

“We don’t have anybody else available tonight. He had to go four innings for us in this game to have any chance,” Servais said. “Literally after the first inning and how it was going, you’re starting to think, do I need to throw a position player at the end of this thing? We were that short on the pitching side.”

Muller tosses 5 scoreless, Braves beat Mets 2-0 in 1st of 2

NEW YORK (AP) Kyle Muller threw five scoreless innings to earn his second big league win, helping the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 2-0 on Monday afternoon in the opener of a doubleheader with seven-inning games.

Muller (2-3) allowed the Mets to advance just two runners as far as second base as he lowered his ERA to 2.55 in five games and six appearances.

“The thing I’ve noticed about him is he’s got a lot of confidence,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I don’t feel that he gets caught up in the moment there a little bit. I think he keeps breathing and trusts his stuff.”

The 23-year-old rookie gave up four hits and walked two while striking out three. He struck out Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto to strand a pair of runners in the third.

“I was really, really excited about that,” Muller said. “That was a big moment in the game right there.”

Muller got help defensively from Austin Riley in the fifth, when the third baseman leaped to snare Alonso’s high chopper to begin an inning-ending double play.

“I had some great defensive plays all day,” Muller said. “It was awesome. I’m going to be honest, I was pretty proud of myself. The fans were rocking, and being able to stay composed and stay over the rubber and executive some big pitches right there, that was pretty cool.”

Tyler Matzek threw a perfect sixth and Will Smith earned his 20th save in the seventh, when he allowed a one-out single to Tomas Nido before getting James McCann to hit a sizzling grounder to short, where Dansby Swanson began the game-ending double play.

Muller also helped build the Braves’ first run by singling off Marcus Stroman (7-9) in the third for his first big league hit. Joc Pederson followed with an RBI double.

An unusual double by Dansby Swanson leading off the fourth began the Braves’ second run-scoring rally. Swanson’s shot high off the centerfield wall was initially ruled a homer by second base umpire Jose Navas, but Kevin Pillar threw the ball into the infield and Swanson was tagged by shortstop Jonathan Villar as crew chief Doug Eddings overruled Navas and awarded Swanson second base.

Stephen Vogt followed with a single and Swanson scored when Orlando Arcia beat out the back end of a potential double play grounder.

Freddie Freeman and Guillermo Heredia each had two hits for the Braves.

Villar reached base in all three plate appearances via a single and two walks.

“I’m proud of some of the hard hits we had in the game,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “They stopped the momentum there (in the fifth) in turning the double play.”

Stroman allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts over five innings.

McNeil lifts Mets over Braves 1-0 for doubleheader split

NEW YORK (AP) Jeff McNeil laced his second go-ahead hit in two days Monday night, when his RBI double in the fifth inning sent the New York Mets to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves and a doubleheader split.

Kyle Muller threw five sharp innings to earn his second big league victory in the opener, a 2-0 win for the Braves.

Under pandemic rules, each game was shortened to seven innings.

The Mets split a doubleheader in which they scored one run for the third time in franchise history and first since July 21, 1968, when New York lost the opener to the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 and won the nightcap 1-0.

“Scored one run in two games and we won one,” manager Luis Rojas said. “Fundamentals executed.”

The Mets have split nine of their 11 doubleheaders this season and swept the other two. The loss in the nightcap prevented the third-place Braves (49-51), who have yet to be above .500 this year, from reaching the break-even mark for the seventh time. They are five games behind the NL East-leading Mets.

“Two well-pitched games,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “They got a big hit and we couldn’t.”

New York squandered a first-and-third, none-out opportunity in the fourth before scoring its lone run of the day in the fifth. Brandon Nimmo led off with an infield single against Luke Jackson (1-2) and scored one out later on a double to deep center field by McNeil, who was making his first start since Wednesday.

“Hit it about as far as I could,” McNeil said with a grin. “Tough ballpark to hit in, so I was just happy it got over his head and we got the run in.”

McNeil missed games Friday and Saturday against Toronto with left leg fatigue before delivering a pinch-hit, two-run double that broke a tie in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 5-4 win. Despite the sporadic playing time, he has a career-high 13-game hitting streak dating to July 7.

Trevor May (3-2), the fourth of six Mets pitchers, threw a perfect fifth.

The Braves mounted their biggest threat in the sixth against Seth Lugo, who gave up a single to Joc Pederson and walked Ozzie Albies before Freddie Freeman flied out to the wall in left field. Austin Riley then hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the seventh for his 22nd save.

Mets opener Aaron Loup threw a perfect first inning.

“It’s just a big win, especially after losing the first one (and) knowing that we didn’t have a starter, that it was going to be a collective effort for everybody to get in there and shut down a good team on the other side,” Loup said.

Braves starter Bryse Wilson allowed four hits in three-plus innings.

In the first game, the 23-year-old Muller (2-3) gave up four hits and walked two while striking out three. He allowed the Mets to advance just two runners as far as second base as he lowered his ERA to 2.55 in six games (five starts).

“The thing I’ve noticed about him is he’s got a lot of confidence,” Snitker said. “I don’t feel that he gets caught up in the moment there a little bit. I think he keeps breathing and trusts his stuff.”

Tyler Matzek tossed a perfect sixth and Will Smith earned his 20th save.

Muller also helped build the Braves’ first run by singling off Marcus Stroman (7-9) in the third for his first major league hit. Pederson followed with an RBI double.

An unusual double by Dansby Swanson leading off the fourth began the Braves’ second run-scoring rally. Swanson’s shot high off the center-field wall was initially ruled a homer by second base umpire Jose Navas, but Kevin Pillar threw the ball into the infield and Swanson was tagged by shortstop Jonathan Villar as crew chief Doug Eddings overruled Navas and awarded Swanson second base.

Stephen Vogt followed with a single and Swanson scored when Orlando Arcia beat out a potential double-play grounder.

Stroman allowed two runs and eight hits with four strikeouts in five innings.

McCutchen’s 3-run HR in 9th gives Phillies 6-5 win over Nats

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 victory over the sinking Washington Nationals on Monday night.

Rhys Hoskins also had a three-run homer for the second-place Phillies, who are 3 1/2 games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.

“That’s a big moment for us,” manager Joe Girardi said.

Jean Segura led off the ninth against Brad Hand (5-5) with a double. After J.T. Realmuto struck out, Bryce Harper walked. McCutchen drove the next pitch, a 92 mph sinker, to the opposite field and over the wall in right.

“Being able to come through was definitely gratifying for me,” McCutchen said. “We’re a resilient club here. We know what we’re capable of doing.”

It was the second straight blown save for Hand.

“The pitch he threw to McCutchen was up and out over the plate; that’s where Andrew likes the ball,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “We’ve got to get him down in the zone again.”

Archie Bradley (5-1) allowed a run in the top of the ninth but got the win.

Josh Bell tripled and drove in two runs for the Nationals, who have lost five straight and 11 of 14.

“We’re battling, we’re playing hard, they’re not giving up, I’ll tell you that,” Martinez said. “We’re going to keep battling.”

Joe Ross pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits with four strikeouts and two walks, in his return to the Washington rotation after being sidelined since July 4 due to right elbow inflammation.

Spencer Howard breezed through three scoreless innings of one-hit ball before running into trouble in the fourth. Bell atoned for his first-inning blunder, when his lackadaisical play loping to the bag at first base allowed Realmuto to reach on an infield single, by tripling home the first run.

Josh Harrison followed with a run-scoring triple of his own, and Gerardo Parra’s RBI single made it 3-0 and ended Howard’s night. Another RBI single by Victor Robles gave the Nationals a four-run lead and completed the line for the 24-year-old rookie Howard, who gave up four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Howard left with a blister on his right middle finger.

The Phillies pulled to 4-3 in the sixth against lefty reliever Austin Voth. Harper led off with a single, McCutchen doubled and Hoskins hit a drive to left on a 1-2 changeup for his 22nd home run.

Philadelphia had a good opportunity to score in the eighth, with runners on first and second with two outs, but Daniel Hudson struck out pinch-hitter Alec Bohm to keep the Nationals up a run.

Washington tacked on a run in the ninth on Bell’s grounder.

“We never felt like we were out of it,” McCutchen said.

Yankees star Aaron Judge takes BP, nearing return from COVID

TAMPA. Fla. (AP) New York Yankees All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge and catcher Kyle Higashioka took another step in returning from the COVID-19 injured list by taking batting practice Monday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

First baseman Luke Voit, on the IL with left knee inflammation, also took part in the workout at the Yankees’ spring training complex.

With manager Aaron Boone present, Judge also did defensive drills in right field.

New York was off Monday before opening a key series Tuesday night in nearby St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Rays. Judge and Higashioka, placed on the IL July 16, are expected back during the three-game set.

The Yankees (51-47) started Monday nine games behind AL East-leading Boston and eight back of the second-place Rays.

New York is facing some important decisions with Friday’s trade deadline looming and owner Hal Steinbrenner, who lives in the Tampa area, likely will be in attendance at Tropicana Field.

Right-hander Clarke Schmidt, out since spring training with an elbow strain, allowed one hit and struck out five over three innings for the rookie-level Florida Complex League Yankees against the FCL Tigers West. He threw 24 of 30 pitches for strikes during his first rehab start.

The Yankees acquired right-hander Clay Holmes from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league infielders Diego Castillo and INF Hoy Park.

Holmes is 3-2 with a 4.93 ERA in 44 relief appearances with the Pirates this year. Over four seasons with Pittsburgh, he is 5-7 with a 5.57 ERA over 91 games, including four starts.

Park appeared in one game with the Yankees, on July 16 against Boston. He had a .307 batting average, along with 11 homers and 32 RBIs between Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Castillo hit .277 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs with Somerset.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees returned catcher Rob Brantly to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Report: Scherzer open to being traded by Friday’s deadline

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is open to being moved by Friday’s trade deadline, sources told Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post.

Scherzer holds 10-and-5 rights that he could exercise to help influence his potential destination if multiple trade offers are on the board, according to Dougherty. It was initially reported that the right-hander wasn’t planning on using his 10-and-5 rights to veto a deal to stay in Washington.

A player receives 10-and-5 rights after accruing 10 years of service time while spending the past five seasons with one team. This allows the player to veto any trade proposal.

Scherzer, 36, is in his 14th MLB season and his seventh with the Nationals.

Scott Boras, the eight-time All-Star’s agent, previously said Scherzer wouldn’t accept a trade without a contract extension in place, as he’s a free agent at season’s end. That may no longer be the case.

The three-time Cy Young winner missed time with a groin injury earlier in the season and hasn’t pitched since the All-Star break due to triceps discomfort.

However, Scherzer has lived up to his sterling reputation when healthy. He’s 7-4 with a 2.83 ERA and 0.89 WHIP with 142 strikeouts over 105 innings this season.

Northern lights: Alaska teen shocks with Olympic swim gold

TOKYO (AP) Alaska is renowned for its majestic natural beauty. The snowy peaks. The glistening glaciers. The sparkling fjords.

An Arctic paradise, for sure.


That’s never been much of a thing in the 49th U.S. state. Until now.

Seventeen-year-old Lydia Jacoby pulled off a stunning victory in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke on Tuesday, upsetting American teammate and defending champion Lilly King.

Alaska – of all places – has a champion at the pool.

“I was definitely racing for a medal. I knew I had it in me,” said Jacoby, who hails from Seward (population: 2,733). “I wasn’t really expecting a gold medal, so when I looked up and saw the scoreboard it was insane.”

Only a handful of Alaska swimmers had even qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials. Jacoby was the first to ever make the team.

When she touched the wall first, it set off a giddy celebration back home.

“A lot of big-name swimmers come from big, powerhouse clubs,” Jacoby said. “Me coming from a small club, in a state with such a small population, really shows everyone that you can do it no matter where you’re from.”

Jacoby’s winning time was 1 minute, 4.95 seconds. Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa claimed the silver in 1:05.22, while King gave the Americans another medal by taking the bronze in 1:05.54.

Jacoby’s shocking win salvaged what had been a bit of a disappointing morning for the Americans.

Britain went 1-2 in the men’s 200 freestyle. Russia did the same in the men’s 100 backstroke. And the Australian women claimed their second gold of the Tokyo Games.

Through the first three finals, the U.S. had only managed a pair of bronze medals, losing a men’s backstroke race at the Olympics for the first time since 1992.

Then the high schooler came through.

Jacoby was third at the turn, trailing Schoenmaker and King. But, with her head bobbing furiously out of the water, the teenager surged past King and glided to the wall just ahead of the South African.

Looking at the scoreboard with a bit of disbelief, Schoenmaker reached across the lane rope for a hug when the enormity of her accomplishment finally hit. Then it was King bounding over from two lanes away to congratulate America’s new breaststroke queen.

“I’m so excited for Lydia,” King said. “I love to see the future of American breaststroke coming up like this and to have somebody to go at it head-to-head in the country. I definitely knew she was a threat and saw a lot of myself in her effort.”

Jacoby’s unique journey has also added a bit of intrigue to a swimmer who is heading into her senior year of high school in one of her country’s most remote outposts.

“She practically swims in iced-over lakes in Alaska,” teammate Gunnar Bentz said.

That’s a bit of a stretch, of course, but Jacoby did had to deal with her local pool closing during the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing her to train about 2 1/2 hours away in the state’s biggest city, Anchorage.

Jacoby never let the hardships get her down.

“She’s so sweet. She’s just a ray of sunshine,” American backstroker Regan Smith said. “I had a ton of confidence in her, absolutely.”

The U.S. men have always had plenty of confidence in the backstroke, but one of the sport’s longest streaks finally ended Tuesday.

Russian swimmers swept the top two spots in the 100-meter back, with Evgeny Rylov claiming the gold medal in 51.98 and teammate Kliment Kolesnikov taking the silver in 52.00.

Defending Olympic champion Ryan Murphy settled for the bronze in 52.19.

Amazingly, it was the first backstroke defeat for the U.S. men at the Olympics since the 1992 Barcelona Games.

They won 12 straight golds over the last six Olympics, including Murphy’s sweep of the 100 and 200 back at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

“Winning an Olympic gold medal means you’re the best in the world,” Murphy said. “Being third in the world is no slouch.”

World record-holder Kaylee McKeown gave the Aussie women another gold medal with a victory in the women’s 100 backstroke, setting an Olympic record.

Her winning time of 57.47 was just off the world mark she set this year of 57.45. The silver went to Canadian Kylie Masse in 57.72, while former world record-holder Smith was relegated to bronze at 58.05.

Coming into these Olympics, Australia had not won an individual women’s title since 2008. They’ve already got two in Tokyo – plus a relay gold – with McKeown’s victory coming after Ariarne Titmus’ triumph Monday in the 400 freestyle.

“My legs were definitely hurting with the last 20 to go,” McKeown said. “But you know I’ve trained for that and I knew I had a really strong backend and a really good chance to be on the podium.”

Britain’s sweep in the 200 free was led by Tom Dean capturing the gold in 1 minute, 44.22 seconds, while teammate Duncan Scott picked up the silver at 1:44.26. The bronze went to Brazilian Fernando Scheffer in 1:44.66.

Dean’s victory was even more remarkable considering he has twice had COVID-19 during the buildup to the Games.

“It was quite tough,” he said. “It was tough having a lot of time out the water. And obviously it requires a slow buildup because of the nature of the disease. So it’s tough and it was a very bumpy ride this season.”

He didn’t have to worry about defending champion Sun Yang, who was banned from the Tokyo Olympics for a doping violation.

Titmus and Katie Ledecky both advanced to Wednesday’s final of the 200 freestyle, setting up another showdown after their thrilling race in the 400 where the Terminator rallied for the victory with a blazing final lap.

Titmus was the top qualifier in the semis at 1:54.82, while Ledecky – the defending Olympic champion – cruised to the third-best time of 1:55.34.

Ledecky had a relatively easy day compared with Monday, when she raced three times for a total of 2,100 meters.

She’ll have another big morning Wednesday, when she competes in the finals of the 200 free and the 1,500 free – her shortest and longest events – about a hour apart.

“It’ll be a good challenge,” Ledecky said. “It’s been fun to train for both of them.”

Naomi Osaka eliminated from Tokyo Olympics tennis tournament

TOKYO (AP) The host country’s superstar is out of the Tokyo Olympics.

Naomi Osaka lost to former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 in the third round of the Tokyo tennis tournament on Tuesday.

The second-ranked Osaka, who was born in Japan and grew up in the United States, struggled with her usually reliable groundstrokes while the 42nd-ranked Vondrousova produced a series of drop-shot winners and other crafty shots that drew her opponent out of her comfort zone.

Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron in Friday’s opening ceremony, won her opening two matches in straight sets following a two-month mental-health break. But conditions were different Tuesday with the roof closed because it was raining outside.

Shortly after the match was over, organizers said that Osaka had left the venue and would not be talking to the media.

Vondrousova came out with her entire game clicking from the start and quickly ran out to a 4-0 lead in the first set as Osaka hardly had time to gather herself.

Osaka then broke Vondrousova’s serve in the opening game of the second set but almost immediately handed the break back when she double-faulted to make it 2-2.

After Osaka lost her serve again to end the match by hitting a cross-court backhand wide, she shook hands with Vondrousova at the net, walked to her chair, zipped her racket up in her bag and followed Vondrousova off the court.

While both players produced 22 winners, Osaka hit 32 unforced errors to Vondrousova’s 10. But it wasn’t simply an off day for Osaka; it was also an outstanding performance from Vondrousova.

Osaka got a decent 64% of her first serves in play but won only 49% of the points off her first serve.

During one point midway through the second set, Vondrousova hit an underspin, scooped forehand approach shot that landed right on the line – prompting Osaka to stare at the line for a few seconds in apparent disbelief.

Osaka had break points to take a 4-3 lead in the second but Vondrousova hit consecutive drop-shot winners to get back in the game and then held.

About 10 minutes later, the match was over.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Butler WBB to Host Indiana in 2021-22 Season Opener


INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s basketball team will face Indiana in the 2021-22 regular season opener. This marks the fourth-straight season for the two programs to meet up during the non-conference slate. The Hoosiers will visit Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The Bulldogs have won three of their last four season openers under the direction of head coach Kurt Godlevske.

“To open our season against a nationally prominent program like Indiana, and to host the game inside Hinkle Fieldhouse is exciting on many fronts,” Godlevske explained. “We feel it’s a great way to prepare for the BIG EAST, it’s great for women’s basketball in the state of Indiana, and it’s a chance to give our players a measuring stick of what we can be.”

The first chance for Bulldog fans to see the 2021-22 roster in action will be on Thursday, Nov. 4 when Butler hosts Trine in exhibition action. Game times for each contest will be announced at a later date.

The Bulldogs return eight letter-winners from last year’s team and have added eight newcomers. Season tickets are available now and offered in two price-levels, courtside and 100 level reserved. Single game tickets will also be available in the 200 and 300 levels. Tickets may be ordered online at, over the phone or in person at the Hinkle ticket office weekdays 10 AM – 4 PM.



NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame junior safety Kyle Hamilton has earned selection to the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Preseason watch list, an award which recognizes the nation’s top defensive back. Hamilton is one of 40 players to be named to the list in 2021. 

Tabbed to the 2021 Walter Camp Preseason All-America First Team and the Bednarik Award watch list, Hamilton 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. 

Hamilton had a career day in the 2020 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.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Bryce Cosby Named To Preseason Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List


MUNCIE, Ind. – Bryce Cosby (Louisville, Ky.,/duPont Manual) of the Ball State football team becomes the second player on the Cardinals’ roster to be recognized on a national level as the fifth year senior safety has been named to the preseason 2021 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List.

This list includes 40 of the nation’s best defensive backs, representing 10 conferences and one independent. The preseason watch list is selected by a screening committee whose members compile a list of up to 50 players. This list is not final and players who have outstanding seasons may be added as the season progresses.

Cosby enters the 2021 season with 43 career starts which are the most of any active Ball State player. His eight career interceptions entering this season are the most among active BSU players, while his 282 career tackles are the second-most of any active MAC player behind only teammate Jaylin Thomas (289).

An All-MAC First Team selection, Cosby started all eight games at safety in 2020. He tied for the team lead with two interceptions while picking off passes at Toledo (11/28/20) and in the Arizona Bowl (12/31/20) victory over No. 19 San Jose State. Cosby registered a team-high nine tackles in the bowl win on his way to Defensive Player of the Game honors and a spot on the AP All-Bowl Team.

Cosby finished the 2020 football season ranked third on the team in total tackles (62), including a season-high 14 in the win over Northern Illinois (11/18/20). He managed 11 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in the MAC West championship-clinching victory over Western Michigan (12/12/21). Cosby also made nine stops in the MAC Championship Game victory over No. 23 Buffalo (12/18/20). He finished the year with 4.5 tackles for loss and recorded his first career sack in the win at Central Michigan (12/5/20).

Cosby not only was successful on the field but also off the field as he wrapped the year earning 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.

Cosby helped Ball State to one of its most memorable seasons in program history, as the Cardinals finished 2020 with a 7-1 (5-1 MAC) record. BSU won its last seven games, claiming the MAC Championship over No. 23 Buffalo and the Arizona Bowl over No. 19 San Jose State on its way to a year-end national ranking of No. 23 in both the AP and coaches polls.

The Cardinals are looking to “run it back” as the favorite to win the MAC West Division and the Rocket Mortgage MAC Football Championship Game again in 2021 in the league’s annual preseason media poll.

The 2021 Ball State football season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 2, with a 7 p.m. kickoff versus Western Illinois at Scheumann Stadium. Season tickets, six-ticket flex plans, and single-game tickets are available now. Season ticket and flex plan holders enjoy the best available prices on Cardinals tickets along with additional benefits, including primary access to away games and postseason events. Fans can also purchase tickets via phone at 888.BSU.TICKET.


Tycen Anderson, Toledo, Sr.

Sevyn Banks, Ohio State, Sr.

Jordan Battle, Alabama, Jr.

Bubba Bolden, Miami (FL), Jr.

Andrew Booth, Jr., Clemson, Jr.

Jaquan Brisker, Penn State, Sr.

Coby Bryant, Cincinnati, Sr.

Derrick Canteen, Georgia Southern, So.

Jalen Catalon, Arkansas, So.

Kei’Trel Clark, Louisville, So.

Bryce Cosby, Ball State, Sr.

Cortez Davis, Hawaii, Sr.

Greg Eisworth II, Iowa State, Sr.

Kaiir Elam, Florida, Jr.

Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati, Jr.

Steven Gilmore, Marshall, Jr.

Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame, Jr.

Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State, Sr.

Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, Texas Christian University, Jr.

Josh Jobe, Alabama, Sr.

Quindell Johnson, Memphis, So.

Shaun Jolly, Appalachian State, Sr.

Marcus Jones, Houston, Jr.

Brandon Joseph, Northwestern, So.

Kekaula Kaniho, Boise State, Sr.

Chase Lucas, Arizona State, Sr.

Trent McDuffie, Washington, Jr.

Smoke Monday, Auburn, Sr.

Tiawan Mullen, Indiana, So.

Jerrick Reed II, New Mexico, Sr.

Eli Ricks, Louisiana State University, So.

Berdale Robins, Nevada, Sr.

Chris Steele, University of Southern California, Jr.

Derek Stingley, Jr., Louisiana State University, Jr.

D’Jordan Strong, Coastal Carolina, Sr.

Nolan Turner, Clemson, Sr.

BeeJay Williamson, Louisiana Tech, So.

Rashad Wisdom, University of Texas at San Antonio, Jr.

Samuel Womack, Toledo, Sr.

Mykael Wright, Oregon, So.



INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and head golf coach Jamie Broce announced the fall tournament schedules as both the men’s and women’s teams will play five events each.

Broce’s women’s team will open the fall at the Redbird Invitational at Weibring Golf Course on Sept. 5-6, followed by the Ball State Invitational on Sept. 20-21. The Jags will then compete in the Briar Ridge Invitational on Sept. 26-27, followed by the Butler Fall Invitational at Highland Country Club on Oct. 4-5. The women’s team’s fall schedule will conclude at the Charles Braun Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Evansville on Oct. 18-19.

The men’s team will open the season at the IU Fall Invitational on Sept. 5-6, followed by the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, hosted by Ball State on Sept. 17-18. The men will then travel to the Zach Johnson Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 27-28, followed by the Tom Tontimonia Invitational on Oct. 4-5. The fall slate will conclude at the Musketeer Classic on Oct. 18-19.

Broce’s women’s team earned a runner-up finish at the Horizon League Championships last spring and returns its entire championship lineup. Fifth-year senior Amelie Svejda ranks among the best in program history with a 76.41 career scoring average while sophomore Shelby Busker is the reigning Horizon League Freshman of the Year after recording a 76.31 stroke average last season. Other returners include senior Kara Blair (76.69 stroke average) and sophomores Annaliese Fox (77.60) and Madeleine Pape (78.85). Broce inked international standout Nerea Lancho for the upcoming season. Lancho ranked among the top 40 U18 players in Spain prior to her signing with the Jaguars .

The men’s team gained a much needed year of experience after rolling out a primarily freshman lineup a season ago. Sophomores Taylor Gardner (74.79) and Brock Aten (76.43) are the team’s top returners, alongside veteran Matthew Baxter (76.57) and Preston Nanthavong (79.60). In addition, sophomores Kevin Tillery and Josh Yoder also return to challenge for spots in the IUPUI lineup. The group of newcomers will include redshirt freshman Morgan Tournemire and true freshman Sam McWilliams, who will join the program from nearby Mt. Vernon High School. 



INDIANAPOLIS – WIth the start of a new football season right around the corner, the Marian University football team was included on an early preseason poll. The 2021 College Footabll America Yearbook NAIA Preseason Top 30 was released late Saturday, with the Knights coming in at No. 6 as the second highest ranked team in the MSFA. Marian is one of six MSFA Mideast or Midwest members to be ranked in the preseason poll

Joining the Knights from the MSFA Mideast division are rivals Concordia (5th) and St. Francis (Ind.) (13th). A trio of teams from the MSFA Midwest division also earned rankings, with Olivet Nazarene (11th) headlining both Roosevelt (21st) and St. Ambrose (29th). The 2020 NAIA Runner-Up Northwestern is ranked No. 1, with Morningside (2nd), Lindsey Wilson (3rd), and Grand View (4th) rounding out the top-four.

Marian will open their season on September 4 when the Knights host Tiffin University, an NCAA Division II school who came in at No. 25 in the CFAY DII Preseason Poll. Head coach Mark Henninger returns eight full-time starters on offense and six full-time starters on defense, bringing back a wealth of young experience on a team that went 5-2 in the shortened 2020-21 spring schedule.

2021 College Football America NAIA Preseason Top 30

1. Northwestern (Iowa)

2. Morningside

3. Lindsey Wilson

4. Grand View

5. Concordia (Mich.)

6. Marian

7. Keiser

8. Baker

9. Reinhardt

10. Dickinson State

11. Olivet Nazarene

12. Arizona Christian

13. Saint Francis (Ind.)

14. College of Idaho

15. Dordt

16. Carroll (Mont.)

17. Bethel (Kan.)

18. Georgetown (Ky.)

19. Avila

20. Benedictine (Kan.)

21. Roosevelt

22. Southwestern (Kan.)   

23. Eastern Oregon

24. Kansas Wesleyan

25. Ottawa (Ariz.)

26. Valley City State

27. Southeastern

28. Faulkner

29. St. Ambrose

30. Kentucky Christian


1. West Florida

2. Minnesota State

3. Slippery Rock

4. Ferris State

5. Notre Dame (OH)

6. Northwest Missouri State

7. Lenoir-Rhyne

8. Texas A&M-Commerce

9. Valdosta State

10. Kutztown

11. Central Missouri

12. Ouachita Baptist

13. Indiana (PA)

14. Carson-Newman

15. CSU-Pueblo

16. Shepherd

17. Colorado Mines

18. Bowie State

19. Wingate

20. Indianapolis

21. Lindenwood

22. Harding

23. West Chester

24. Miles

25. Tiffin

26. Sioux Falls

27. Augustana (SD)

28. Henderson State

29. Truman State

30. Ohio Dominican


1. Sam Houston State

2. South Dakota State

3. North Dakota State

4. James Madison

5. Southern Illinois

6. Delaware

7. Montana

8. Eastern Washington

9. North Dakota

10. Southeastern Louisiana

11. Jacksonville State

12. Weber State

13. Monmouth (NJ)

14. Nicholls State

15. ETSU

16. Austin Peay

17. Villanova

18. Central Arkansas

19. Chattanooga

20. Kennesaw State

21. Missouri State

22. North Carolina A&T

23. VMI

24. Montana State

25. Illinois State

26. Holy Cross

27. Mercer

28. Murray State

29. San Diego

30. Stephen F. Austin



RICHMOND, Ind. – Denise Davalos, a recent Batesville (Ind.). High School graduate, has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Indiana University East starting with the 2021-22 school year.

Red Wolves coach Shane Meridith announced the signing July 26.

“Proud of Denise on her new adventure,” wrote Kenrick Ramirez, who coached Davalos in club soccer. “When you are hard-working like Denise, coupled with good technical ability, good things come to you. And there is no better coach she can work with to help her be even better than Coach Shane.”

Davalos was a third-team all-state selection by the ICGSA and earned all-conference honors during her senior season at Batesville.

Davalos plans to major in Spanish and secondary education.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE: Billy King Named Women’s Golf Interim Head Coach


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne Director of Athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton has announced that Billy King will serve as the interim head coach for the women’s golf program.

“We are extremely grateful that Coach King will be stepping in to take over the responsibilities of the women’s golf program,” Hartley Hutton said. “He is the perfect person to lead the team in this transition.”

King, the head coach of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team, led his squad to a fourth place-finish at the 2021 Horizon League Championship in the Mastodons’ first year in the league. He coached Kasey Lilly to a runner-up spot at the Championship with a 216 (E). Lilly was the first Mastodon in program history to be named to an All-League First Team. In 2020-21, the men’s and women’s golf teams at Purdue Fort Wayne won the Horizon League’s Raise Your Sights Awards, honoring the highest team GPAs at each institution. The men’s team had the highest GPA among men’s teams in the league, with a 3.73 GPA. The women’s team had a 3.69, which was the highest among Purdue Fort Wayne teams.

“I am honored to be taking over this program that Coach Zedrick has built,” King said. “He did an amazing job developing this team and I’m excited to help in this transition.”

The Fort Wayne native has been with the Mastodons since the spring of 2009, when he was named the men’s golf head coach. He led Zach Schroeder to a Summit League Championship in 2018, as he became the first Mastodon to qualify for the NCAA Championship. The ‘Dons finished fourth in the Summit League four times under King’s leadership.

King will be taking over the women’s golf program that had its best scoring average in program history in 2020-21 with a 311.85 four-player mark. Holly Anderson was selected as an All-Horizon League Second Team and Academic All-League honoree.

Under King’s direction, the Mastodon women’s golf program will kick off the 2021-22 season at the A-Ga-Ming Kickoff on September 5.


1918       After giving up hits to four consecutive batters in the Robins’ 22-7 loss to the Cardinals in his major league debut, Brooklyn starter Harry Heitman, is pulled from the Ebbets Field contest. The 21 year-old Brooklyn rookie right-hander will never hurl again in the big leagues, ending his career with an ERA of infinity.

1919       With a hit in his 50th straight Western League contest, Wichita Jobbers’ outfielder Joe Wilhoit, en route to a 69-game streak, surpasses Jack Ness for the longest consecutive-game hitting streak in the history of professional baseball. Ness’s mark, established four years earlier playing first base for the Oakland Oaks, will remain the Pacific Coast League record until Joe DiMaggio hits in 61 straight for the San Francisco Seals in 1933.

1930       Ken Ash, throwing just one pitch in relief of Larry Benton, is credited with a full inning of work when he induces Charlie Grimm to hit into a triple play in the Reds’ 6-5 victory over the Cubs at Redland Field. The 28 year-old West Virginian right-hander, removed in the bottom of the frame for a pinch-hitter, will also be awarded the win as the result of Cincinnati taking the lead for good in that frame.

1938       Hank Greenberg hits a pair of home runs, a feat the Tiger first baseman will accomplish a record-setting eleven times during the season. The Detroit slugger’s first and second inning round-trippers drive in 5 runs, contributing to the team’s 9-4 victory over the Senators at Briggs Stadium.

1943       Without informing his current skipper, Philadelphia owner William D. Cox, announces at a New York press conference that Freddie Fitzsimmons will be taking over the managerial reigns of the team, never mentioning Bucky Harris, the man he is replacing. The Phillies players threatened to go on strike in protest, but, at the urging of their former field boss, decide to drop the plan after the owner threatens legal action.

1946       In a 13-6 beating of the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, Rudy York becomes the third major leaguer and the second Red Sox player to hit two grand slams in the same game. The Boston first baseman joins Tony Lazzeri (1936, Yankees) and Jim Tabor (1939, Red Sox) in accomplishing the feat.

1947       Jake Jones hits a 60-foot triple in Boston’s 4-3 victory over the Browns at Fenway Park. Umpire Cal Hubbard awards the Red Sox first baseman three bases when St. Louis hurler Fred Sanford, fearing the grounder might roll fair, throws his glove at the ball to keep it foul.

1948       Al Rosen clouts his fifth consecutive homer over two days for the Kansas City Blues, the Tigers’ Triple-A team in the American Association. The 24 year-old freshman, who will be named the American League MVP in 1953, will finish the minor league season batting .327, earning the circuit’s Rookie of the Year honors.

1959       The Continental League is formally announced, with franchises located in Denver, Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, and Toronto. The new major league is the brainchild of William Shea, an attorney who proposed the idea a year after the Giants and Dodgers left New York City to move to the West Coast.

1963       John Bateman’s eighth-inning homer at Colt Stadium will be the only run scored in the Mets’ 21st consecutive defeat on the road. The 1-0 complete-game decision to Houston is Roger Craig’s 16th straight loss, tying Craig Anderson’s dubious club record established in the franchise’s inaugural season last year.

1964       In the first clash of tenth-place teams in major league history, the Senators prevail, beating the Mets in the Hall of Fame exhibition game, 6-4. The Cooperstown combatants will collectively lose 209 games this season, but Washington will climb out of the cellar to finish ahead of Kansas City.

1964       The Hall of Fame inducts seven new members, swelling the ranks of the 25 year-old institution to 101. The recent inductees include Luke Appling, voted in by the BBWAA, along with spitballers Burleigh Grimes and Urban Faber, pre-1900 era players Tim Keefe and John Montgomery, lifetime .330 hitter Heinie Manush, and skipper Miller Huggins, who were all selected by the 12-man Veterans’ Committee in February.

1965       League officials increase the number of foreigners allowed on each Japanese professional team from 2 to 3. The Yomiuri Giants, however, announce their team will have not any foreigners on their roster (this policy lasts ten years until the team signs Davey Johnson.)

1966       Six weeks after the team plays their first game in the Peach State, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules a lower court decision of Wisconsin v. The Milwaukee Braves by a narrow vote of 4-3, rules that the state doesn’t have the jurisdiction to keep the team from moving to Atlanta. Due to the close vote, the state of Wisconsin decides to appeal the majority’s decision to the United States Supreme Court.

1966       Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 Phillies, and Jim Bunning whiffs 12 Dodgers in the first 11 innings of a pitching duel between future Hall of Famers at Chavez Ravine. With both starters out of the game, Los Angeles beats Philadelphia, 2-1, thanks to an unearned run scored in the bottom of the twelfth inning.

1968       Denny McLain, en route to posting a 31-6 record, earns his 20th victory of the season when he blanks Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 9-0. The Tiger right-hander is the third pitcher in history to reach the milestone this quickly, with only Rube Marquard (Giants, July 19, 1912) and Lefty Grove (A’s, July 25, 1931) accomplishing the feat earlier in a season.

1972       In his managerial debut, Cubs skipper Whitey Lockman watches Fergie Jenkins throw a one-hitter to blank the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 4-0. Willie Montanez’s fourth-inning double spoils the Canadian right-hander’s bid for a no-hitter.

1975       The Mets release Cleon Jones after suspending him nine days ago for insubordination following an altercation with manager Yogi Berra. The outfielder from Alabama will not play again this year but will briefly join the White Sox next season, playing thirteen games with the club before ending his 13-year career with .281 batting average.

1978       Light-hitting Indians’ second baseman Duane Kuiper becomes one of only three modern major leaguers to hit two bases-loaded triples in one game. The pair of three-baggers helps the Tribe beat the Yankees, 17-5.

1978       Mike Cubbage completes the cycle when he connects for a two-run seventh-inning triple in the Twins’ 6 – 3 win over the Blue Jays at Metropolitan Stadium. The Minnesota third baseman’s rare event becomes possible when he is thrown out (9-4-5) at third base, trying to stretch a double into a triple in his first at-bat.

1979       On his first day back in a home uniform, eight years after leaving the Expos, Rusty Staub receives the most prolonged standing ovation in franchise history when he pinch-hits for Elias Sosa in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh. The first-place Montreal club re-acquired ‘Le Grand Orange’ from the Tigers to come off the bench as an experienced pinch-hitter and to fill in at first base.

1984       Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb as the all-time single leader when he collects his 3,053rd off Steve Carlton in a 6-1 Expo victory over the Phillies. The Montreal switch-hitter, who will also pass the ‘Georgia Peach’ to become the all-time hit leader, ends his 24-year career with 3,215 one-base hits.

1988       Tommy John becomes the first pitcher to commit three errors on one play when he (1) bobbles Jeffrey Leonard’s grounder, and then, to recover, (2) throws the ball down the right-field line that Dave Winfield retrieves and fires home, where the Yankee left-hander cuts it off, (3) relaying the throw wildly to the plate, allowing two runs to score. The 45 year-old southpaw’s fourth-inning miscues don’t stop him from getting the victory in the Bombers’ 16-3 rout of the Brewers in the Bronx.

1989       In the team’s 10-1 rout of San Francisco, Dale Murphy becomes the 10th major leaguer to collect six RBIs in the same inning when he connects for two three-run round-trippers in the Braves’ ten-run sixth at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The 33 year-old right fielder also becomes the second player in franchise history to go deep twice in the same frame, joining Robert Lowe, who accomplished the unusual feat in 1884.

1998       Wade Boggs’ eighth-inning single in the Devil Rays’ 11-5 win over Oakland moves him past Babe Ruth and into 33rd place on the career hits list with 2,874. The future Hall of Fame third baseman will end his 18-year career with 3,010 hits, finishing with a .328 lifetime batting average.

1998       Pirates’ second baseman Tony Womack of the Pirates establishes a new major league mark by not grounding out into a double play in 888 consecutive at-bats. Dodger outfielder Pete Reiser previously set the record in 1946.

1998       Sammy Sosa hits his first grand slam, establishing the mark for most career homers before hitting a grand slam (246). Tomorrow, ‘Slamming Sammy’ will hit another, becoming the 18th major leaguer to hit a grand slam on consecutive days.

1998       With a three-run blast in the sixth inning, minor leaguer Tyrone Horne completes the first and only home run cycle in a professional baseball game. The Arkansas Travelers’ outfielder also slugged a two-run homer in the first inning, a grand slam in the second, and a solo shot in the fifth during the 13-4 victory over San Antonio.

2000       Jim Fregosi wins his 1,000th game as a big-league skipper when the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 7-2. The former major league infielder has also managed the Angels, White Sox, and Phillies.

2000       The Rockies and Red Sox complete a seven-player trade. The Red Sox receive pitchers Rolando Arrojo and Rick Croushore, infielder Mike Lansing, and an undisclosed amount of cash for second baseman Jeff Frye and pitchers Brian Rose and John Wasdin, as well as minor league pitcher Jeff Taglienti.

2005       Ryan Freel becomes the first player in the Reds’ 136-year history to steal five bases in a game, including two in the ninth that moves him to third base, where he scores the eventual winning run on Felipe Lopez’s sacrifice fly. The Cincinnati second baseman’s thievery contributes to the team’s 7-6 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.

2008       Brad Ziegler sets a major league record by pitching 27 innings without allowing a run from the start of his career. The A’s 28 year-old rookie right-hander hurls a scoreless seventh and eighth in Oakland’s 6-5 victory over the Rangers to surpass the previous mark of 25 frames established in 1907 by Phillies’ moundsman George McQuillan.

2009       Josh Willingham becomes just the 13th major leaguer to hit two grand slams in the same game. The 30 year-old outfielder’s fifth and sixth-inning bases-loaded home runs set the pace in the Nationals’ 14-6 victory over Milwaukee at Miller Park.

2011       With a 9-2 victory at Yankee Stadium, the Mariners post their first win since July 5 to end their 17-game losing streak, a franchise record. Seattle’s recent futility surpassed the team’s previous longest winless drought, which consisted of 14 consecutive defeats in 1992.

2011       For the second straight season, the Cardinals trade a starting outfielder near the trading for more pitching when they deal Colby Rasmus, along with relievers Trever Miller and Brian Tallet, to the Blue Jays in exchange for Edwin Jackson (acquired from the White Sox a few hours earlier) and relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski. Last year, the Redbirds dealt right fielder Ryan Ludwick to San Diego in a three-team deal that brought Indian starter Jake Westbrook to St. Louis.

2011       Ervin Santana, facing only two hitters over the minimum, no-hits against the hometown Indians at Progressive Field, 3-1. The Tribe’s only run against the Angels’ right-hander is the result of a first-inning wild pitch run following an error by shortstop Erick Aybar.

2011       The Mariners snap their franchise-record 17-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory against New York at Yankee Stadium. The team’s first win in three weeks comes as a result of Seattle’s strong offensive output and Felix Hernandez’s seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

2011       “While we cannot begin to understand how umpire Jerry Meals did not see the tag made by Michael McKenry three feet in front of home plate, we do not question the integrity of Mr. Meals. Instead, we know that Mr. Meals’ intention was to get the call right. Jerry Meals has been umpiring Major League games for 14 years and has always done so with integrity and professionalism. He got this one wrong.” – FRANK COONELLY, president of the Pirates. Pirates file a formal complaint with the Commissioner’s Office expressing their extreme disappointment by how its 19-inning game against the Braves ended earlier this morning. The statement shares the organization’s dismay of umpire Jerry Meals not seeing the tag made by Michael McKenry three feet in front of home plate that resulted in Atlanta’s 4-3 victory at Turner Field.

2014       In front of an enthusiastic Cooperstown crowd of nearly 50,000, the Hall of Fame inducts White Sox slugger Frank Thomas, left-hander Tom Glavine, right-hander Greg Maddux, managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Tony La Russa. Thomas becomes the first player to be enshrined, having spent more than half of his time as a designated hitter, and Torre is the only Hall of Famer to collect more than 2,000 hits as a player and win more than 2,000 games as a skipper.

2017       The top of the Nationals lineup hit four consecutive home runs in one inning when Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman go deep in the bottom of the third inning in the team’s 15-2 rout of the Brewers. Milwaukee right-hander Michael Blazek becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to allow five home runs in an inning when Anthony Rendon adds another round-tripper later in the frame.

2019       Albert Pujols becomes the 12th player in major league history to homer at least 100 times in two ballparks with his sixth-inning solo round-tripper in the Halos’ 8-7 loss to the Orioles at Angel Stadium, having reached the mark at Busch Stadium while playing for the Cardinals. The Halos’ slugger joins Mark McGwire (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Busch Stadium) and Frank Robinson (Crosley Field, Memorial Stadium) as only the third player to accomplish the feat in both National League and an American League parks.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston6239.61432 – 2030 – 1928 – 1312 – 611 – 167 – 3W 2
Tampa Bay6040.6001.530 – 1830 – 2226 – 1511 – 513 – 157 – 3L 1
NY Yankees5147.5209.527 – 2324 – 2420 – 2813 – 612 – 75 – 5L 1
Toronto4947.51010.522 – 2227 – 2521 – 254 – 610 – 125 – 5L 2
Baltimore3464.34726.516 – 3018 – 3412 – 266 – 1711 – 146 – 4W 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox5941.59035 – 1724 – 2413 – 732 – 189 – 115 – 5L 1
Cleveland4948.5058.525 – 2224 – 268 – 1326 – 168 – 124 – 6W 1
Detroit4755.4611328 – 2219 – 334 – 521 – 3417 – 116 – 4L 4
Kansas City4355.4391526 – 2417 – 319 – 1421 – 275 – 117 – 3W 6
Minnesota4358.42616.524 – 2819 – 306 – 723 – 2810 – 194 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6140.60434 – 2027 – 2016 – 1215 – 928 – 146 – 4L 1
Oakland5645.554530 – 2426 – 2113 – 1313 – 422 – 235 – 5L 3
Seattle5546.545633 – 2122 – 2513 – 812 – 1325 – 167 – 3W 4
LA Angels5049.5051028 – 2222 – 2711 – 1116 – 816 – 265 – 5W 3
Texas3565.35025.522 – 2513 – 4011 – 138 – 1514 – 260 – 10L 12
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5345.54131 – 1622 – 2920 – 1912 – 1214 – 66 – 4W 1
Philadelphia5049.5053.530 – 1920 – 3026 – 2512 – 66 – 95 – 5W 2
Atlanta4951.490526 – 2523 – 2626 – 2616 – 94 – 45 – 5L 1
Washington4554.4558.527 – 2518 – 2919 – 189 – 109 – 193 – 7L 5
Miami4357.4301124 – 2319 – 3419 – 226 – 1316 – 124 – 6W 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5842.58029 – 2429 – 188 – 1127 – 1719 – 65 – 5L 1
Cincinnati5149.510726 – 2625 – 237 – 627 – 1810 – 203 – 7L 2
St. Louis5050.500828 – 2022 – 3014 – 1319 – 2115 – 116 – 4W 1
Chi Cubs5051.4958.531 – 1819 – 3311 – 1422 – 2414 – 95 – 5W 2
Pittsburgh3861.38419.521 – 2617 – 3510 – 1111 – 269 – 175 – 5L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco6237.62631 – 1531 – 2213 – 714 – 1026 – 155 – 5W 1
LA Dodgers6140.604233 – 1828 – 2213 – 710 – 1029 – 175 – 5W 2
San Diego5844.5695.533 – 1925 – 2511 – 1216 – 1423 – 175 – 5L 2
Colorado4357.43019.533 – 2010 – 375 – 811 – 1619 – 284 – 6L 3
Arizona3170.3073219 – 3012 – 408 – 1512 – 1711 – 315 – 5L 1


New England1610333019116-0-14-3-233
Nashville SC156812414106-5-00-3-126
Orlando City SC15744231944-2-13-2-325
New York City FC147252615115-1-22-1-323
CF Montreal15645201824-2-12-2-422
New York14536181714-1-11-2-518
Toronto FC153482032-121-3-22-1-613
FC Cincinnati143471729-120-2-33-2-413
Inter Miami CF132381023-130-2-52-1-39
Sporting KC159332817115-3-04-0-330
Los Angeles158162326-35-0-23-1-425
Los Angeles FC15645201734-3-12-1-422
Real Salt Lake14554241683-4-22-1-220
FC Dallas153571823-53-5-00-0-714
San Jose153571725-82-1-41-4-314


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