INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SEMI-STATE

NORTH

1. LAPORTE (SCHREIBER FIELD)
CLASS 1A | LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (25-6) VS. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (21-9) | 12 PM ET / 11 AM CT
CLASS 4A | ZIONSVILLE (22-12) VS. PENN (24-6) | TO FOLLOW

2. KOKOMO (MUNICIPAL STADIUM)
CLASS 2A | WAPAHANI (24-4) VS. ILLIANA CHRISTIAN (20-7) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 3A | NEW CASTLE (18-5-1) VS. ANDREAN (29-4) | TO FOLLOW

SOUTH

3. MOORESVILLE (PIONEER FIELD)
CLASS 2A | LINTON-STOCKTON (15-9-1) VS. CENTERVILLE (20-5) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 4A | COLUMBUS EAST (15-16-1) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (17-10-2) | TO FOLLOW

4. JASPER (RUXER FIELD)
CLASS 1A | TECUMSEH (18-12) VS. SHAKAMAK (16-13) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 3A | SILVER CREEK (29-6) VS. BREBEUF JESUIT (25-4) | TO FOLLOW

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL STATE FINALS

FRIDAY, JUNE 10
CLASS 1A | TECUMSEH (28-5) VS. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (23-6) | 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
CLASS 3A | TRI-WEST HENDRICKS (29-2) VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (27-3) | 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT  

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
CLASS 2A | NORTH POSEY (24-1) VS. EASTSIDE (28-1) | 4:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM CT
CLASS 4A | RONCALLI (32-0) VS. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (28-1) | 7 PM ET / 6 PM CT

INDIANA BOYS GOLF SECTIONAL FINALS

1. VALPARAISO (9) | FOREST PARK GOLF COURSE | FRI, 9 AM CT | RESULTS 
BOONE GROVE, CHESTERTON, HAMMOND BISHOP NOLL, HAMMOND MORTON, HOBART, MORGAN TOWNSHIP, PORTAGE, VALPARAISO, WHEELER

2. LAKE CENTRAL (12) | PALMIRA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB | FRI, 8 AM CT | RESULTS 
ANDREAN, CALUMET, CROWN POINT, GRIFFITH, HANOVER CENTRAL, HIGHLAND, ILLIANA CHRISTIAN, LAKE CENTRAL, LOWELL, MERRILLVILLE, MUNSTER, WHITING

3. LAPORTE (10) | BEECHWOOD GOLF COURSE | FRI, 8 AM CT | RESULTS 
KNOX, LACROSSE, LAPORTE, MICHIGAN CITY, NEW PRAIRIE, NORTH JUDSON-SAN PIERRE, OREGON-DAVIS, RIVER FOREST, SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS), WESTVILLE

4. LOGANSPORT (13) | DYKEMAN PARK GOLF COURSE | FRI, 9:30 AM ET | RESULTS 
CASTON, COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE), KANKAKEE VALLEY, LOGANSPORT, NORTH NEWTON, PIONEER, RENSSELAER CENTRAL, ROCHESTER COMMUNITY, SOUTH NEWTON, TRI-COUNTY, TWIN LAKES, WEST CENTRAL, WINAMAC COMMUNITY

5. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (13) | COYOTE CROSSING GOLF COURSE | FRI, 9 AM ET | RESULTS 
BENTON CENTRAL, CARROLL (FLORA), CLINTON CENTRAL, CLINTON PRAIRIE, DELPHI COMMUNITY, FAITH CHRISTIAN, FRONTIER, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE), LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC, LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON, MCCUTCHEON, ROSSVILLE, WEST LAFAYETTE

6. WESTFIELD (10) | ULEN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB | MON, 8:45 AM ET | RESULTS 
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN, CARMEL, FRANKFORT, GUERIN CATHOLIC, LEBANON, SHERIDAN, UNIVERSITY, WESTERN BOONE, WESTFIELD, ZIONSVILLE

7. SOUTH BEND RILEY (13) | ERSKINE GOLF COURSE | MON, 9 AM ET | RESULTS 
ELKHART, ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, GLENN, LAVILLE, MISHAWAKA, MISHAWAKA MARIAN, PENN, SOUTH BEND ADAMS, SOUTH BEND CLAY, SOUTH BEND RILEY, SOUTH BEND SAINT JOSEPH, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON, TRINITY SCHOOL AT GREENLAWN

8. NORTHRIDGE (12) | MEADOW VALLEY GOLF CLUB | FRI, 8 AM ET | RESULTS 
BETHANY CHRISTIAN, BREMEN, CONCORD, FAIRFIELD, GOSHEN, JIMTOWN, LAKELAND, NORTHRIDGE, NORTHWOOD, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS, WEST NOBLE, WESTVIEW

9. EAST NOBLE (12) | NOBLE HAWK GOLF LINKS – KENDALLVILLE | FRI, 9 AM ET | RESULTS 
ANGOLA, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE), CENTRAL NOBLE, CHURUBUSCO, DEKALB, EAST NOBLE, EASTSIDE, FORT WAYNE NORTHROP, FREMONT, GARRETT, HAMILTON, LEO

10. WARSAW (12) | ROZELLA FORD GOLF CLUB | FRI, 8 AM ET | RESULTS 
COLUMBIA CITY, CULVER ACADEMIES, CULVER COMMUNITY, HUNTINGTON NORTH, MANCHESTER, NORTHFIELD, PLYMOUTH, TIPPECANOE VALLEY, TRITON, WARSAW COMMUNITY, WAWASEE, WHITKO

11. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (13) | CHESTNUT HILLS GOLF CLUB | FRI, 8:30 AM ET | RESULTS 
FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER, FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS, FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN, FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN, FORT WAYNE NORTH SIDE, FORT WAYNE SNIDER, FORT WAYNE SOUTH SIDE, FORT WAYNE WAYNE, HERITAGE, HOMESTEAD, NEW HAVEN, WOODLAN

12. PERU (12) | ROCK HOLLOW GOLF CLUB | MON, 9 AM ET | RESULTS 
EASTERN (GREENTOWN), KOKOMO, LEWIS CASS, MACONAQUAH, NORTH MIAMI, NORTHWESTERN, PERU, SOUTHWOOD, TAYLOR, TRI-CENTRAL, WABASH, WESTERN

13. NORWELL (12) | TIMBER RIDGE GOLF CLUB | FRI, 9 AM ET | RESULTS 
ADAMS CENTRAL, BELLMONT, BLACKFORD, BLUFFTON, EASTBROOK, MADISON-GRANT, MARION, MISSISSINEWA, NORWELL, OAK HILL, SOUTH ADAMS, SOUTHERN WELLS

14. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (11) | MAPLE CREEK GOLF CLUB | FRI, 8:30 AM ET | RESULTS 
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN, INDIANAPOLIS ARSENAL TECHNICAL, INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD, INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL, INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA MEMORIAL, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF INDIANA, LAWRENCE CENTRAL, LAWRENCE NORTH, NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS), PARK TUDOR, WARREN CENTRAL

15. NOBLESVILLE (12) | HARBOUR TREES GOLF CLUB | MON, 8 AM ET | RESULTS 
ALEXANDRIA MONROE, ANDERSON, DALEVILLE, ELWOOD COMMUNITY, FISHERS, FRANKTON, HAMILTON HEIGHTS, HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN, LAPEL, NOBLESVILLE, PENDLETON HEIGHTS, TIPTON

16. MONROE CENTRAL (12) | HICKORY HILLS GOLF COURSE | MON, 9 AM ET | RESULTS 
COWAN, DELTA, JAY COUNTY, MONROE CENTRAL, MUNCIE BURRIS, MUNCIE CENTRAL, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN, UNION CITY, WAPAHANI, WES-DEL, WINCHESTER COMMUNITY, YORKTOWN

17. GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (13) | HAWK’S TAIL OF GREENFIELD | MON, 9 AM ET | RESULTS 
BLUE RIVER VALLEY, EASTERN HANCOCK, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL, KNIGHTSTOWN, MORRISTOWN, MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE), NEW CASTLE, NEW PALESTINE, SHELBYVILLE, SHENANDOAH, SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE), TRITON CENTRAL, WALDRON

18. UNION COUNTY (11) | LIBERTY COUNTRY CLUB | MON, 9 AM ET | RESULTS 
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN, CENTERVILLE, CONNERSVILLE, FRANKLIN COUNTY, HAGERSTOWN, NORTHEASTERN, RICHMOND, RUSHVILLE CONSOLIDATED, TRI, UNION (MODOC), UNION COUNTY

19. ATTICA (11) | HARRISON HILLS COUNTRY CLUB | FRI, 8:30 AM ET | RESULTS 
ATTICA, COVINGTON, CRAWFORDSVILLE, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL, GREENCASTLE, NORTH MONTGOMERY, NORTH PUTNAM, PARKE HERITAGE, SEEGER, SOUTH VERMILLION, SOUTHMONT

20. INDIANAPOLIS CRISPUS ATTUCKS (11) | SOUTH GROVE GOLF COURSE | MON, 9 AM ET 
BEECH GROVE, BEN DAVIS, BREBEUF JESUIT PREPARATORY, COVENANT CHRISTIAN (INDPLS), DECATUR CENTRAL, INDIANAPOLIS CARDINAL RITTER, INDIANAPOLIS CRISPUS ATTUCKS, INDIANAPOLIS GEORGE WASHINGTON COMMUNITY, INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE, PIKE, RIVERSIDE, SPEEDWAY

21. MARTINSVILLE (12) | FOXCLIFF GOLF COURSE | MON, 9:30 AM ET | RESULTS 
AVON, BROWNSBURG, CASCADE, CLOVERDALE, DANVILLE COMMUNITY, MARTINSVILLE, MONROVIA, MOORESVILLE, OWEN VALLEY, PLAINFIELD, SOUTH PUTNAM, TRI-WEST HENDRICKS

22. LINTON-STOCKTON (12) | PHIL HARRIS GOLF COURSE | MON, 9 AM ET | RESULTS 
BLOOMFIELD, CLAY CITY, EASTERN GREENE, LINTON-STOCKTON, NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG), NORTHVIEW, SHAKAMAK, SULLIVAN, TERRE HAUTE NORTH VIGO, TERRE HAUTE SOUTH VIGO, WEST VIGO, WHITE RIVER VALLEY

23. VINCENNES LINCOLN (13) | CYPRESS HILLS GOLF CLUB OF VINCENNES | FRI, 9 AM ET | RESULTS 
BARR-REEVE, GIBSON SOUTHERN, NORTH DAVIESS, NORTH KNOX, PIKE CENTRAL, PRINCETON COMMUNITY, SOUTH KNOX, TECUMSEH, VINCENNES LINCOLN, VINCENNES RIVET, WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON CATHOLIC, WOOD MEMORIAL

24. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (12) | HELFRICH HILLS GOLF COURSE | THURS, 7 AM ET | RESULTS 
BOONVILLE, CASTLE, EVANSVILLE BOSSE, EVANSVILLE CENTRAL, EVANSVILLE DAY, EVANSVILLE F.J. REITZ, EVANSVILLE HARRISON, EVANSVILLE MATER DEI, EVANSVILLE NORTH, EVANSVILLE REITZ MEMORIAL, MT. VERNON, NORTH POSEY

25. FRANKLIN COMMUNITY (12) | THE LEGENDS GOLF CLUB | MON, 8 AM ET | RESULTS 
CENTER GROVE, EDINBURGH, FRANKLIN CENTRAL, FRANKLIN COMMUNITY, GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, GREENWOOD COMMUNITY, INDIAN CREEK, INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN, PERRY MERIDIAN, RONCALLI, SOUTHPORT, WHITELAND COMMUNITY

26. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (12) | CASCADES GOLF COURSE | MON, 8 AM ET | RESULTS 
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, BLOOMINGTON NORTH, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH, BROWN COUNTY, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL, CROTHERSVILLE, EDGEWOOD, MITCHELL, SALEM, SEYMOUR, TRINITY LUTHERAN, WEST WASHINGTON

27. GREENSBURG (12) | GREENSBURG COUNTRY CLUB | FRI, 8:30 AM ET | RESULTS 
BATESVILLE, COLUMBUS EAST, COLUMBUS NORTH, EAST CENTRAL, GREENSBURG, HAUSER, JAC-CEN-DEL, LAWRENCEBURG, MILAN, NORTH DECATUR, OLDENBURG ACADEMY, SOUTH DEARBORN,

28. MADISON CONSOLIDATED (11) | SUNRISE GOLF COURSE | MON, 11 AM ET | RESULTS 
AUSTIN, CHARLESTOWN, HENRYVILLE, JENNINGS COUNTY, MADISON CONSOLIDATED, NEW WASHINGTON, RISING SUN, SCOTTSBURG, SHAWE MEMORIAL, SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER), SWITZERLAND COUNTY

29. JASPER (12) | SULTAN’S RUN GOLF CLUB | FRI, 11:30 AM ET | RESULTS 
CRAWFORD COUNTY, FOREST PARK, HERITAGE HILLS, JASPER, LOOGOOTEE, ORLEANS, PAOLI, PERRY CENTRAL, SOUTH SPENCER, SOUTHRIDGE, SPRINGS VALLEY, TELL CITY

30. PROVIDENCE (12) | COVERED BRIDGE GOLF CLUB | MON, 8 AM ET | RESULTS 
BORDEN, CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF INDIANA, CLARKSVILLE, CORYDON CENTRAL, FLOYD CENTRAL, JEFFERSONVILLE, LANESVILLE, NEW ALBANY, NORTH HARRISON, PROVIDENCE, SILVER CREEK, SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)

REGIONAL SITES

1. LAKE CENTRAL | SANDY PINES GC | THURS, 8 AM CT 
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 1-6)

2. PLYMOUTH | SWAN LAKE GC | THURS, 8 AM ET 
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 7-12)

3. MUNCIE CENTRAL | THE PLAYERS CLUB | THURS, 8 AM ET 
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 13-18)

4. WASHINGTON | COUNTRY OAKS GC | THURS, 8:30 AM ET 
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 19-24)

5. PROVIDENCE | CHAMPIONS POINTE GC | THURS, 8 AM ET 
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 25-30)

NHL PLAYOFFS

COLORADO 6 EDMONTON 5 OT (COLORADO WIN SERIES 4 – 0)

BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022060606&home=06&vis=17&final=true

EDMONTON OILERS V. COLORADO AVALANCHE (COL WINS SERIES 4-0)

GAME 1 – AVALANCHE 8, OILERS 6

GAME 2 – AVALANCHE 4, OILERS 0

GAME 3 – AVALANCHE 4, OILERS 2

GAME 4 – AVALANCHE 6, OILERS 5 (OT)

NEW YORK RANGERS V. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (NYR LEADS 2-1)

GAME 1 – RANGERS 6, LIGHTNING 2

GAME 2 – RANGERS 3, LIGHTNING 2

GAME 3 – LIGHTNING 3, RANGERS 2

GAME 4 – JUNE 7: RANGERS AT LIGHTNING, 8 P.M. ET (ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS)

GAME 5 – JUNE 9: LIGHTNING AT RANGERS, 8 P.M. ET, (ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS)

*GAME 6 – JUNE 11: RANGERS AT LIGHTNING, 8 P.M. ET, (ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS)

*GAME 7 – JUNE 14: LIGHTNING AT RANGERS, 8 P.M. ET, (ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS)

NHL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022060606&home=06&vis=17&final=true

NBA FINALS

• GAME 1: CELTICS 120, WARRIORS 108

• GAME 2: WARRIORS 107, CELTICS 88

• GAME 3: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8: GOLDEN STATE VS. BOSTON, 9 ET, ABC

• GAME 4: FRIDAY, JUNE 10: GOLDEN STATE VS. BOSTON, 9 ET, ABC

• GAME 5: MONDAY, JUNE 13: BOSTON VS. GOLDEN STATE, 9 ET, ABC

• GAME 6: THURSDAY, JUNE 16: GOLDEN STATE VS. BOSTON, 9 ET, ABC (IF NECESSARY)

• GAME 7: SUNDAY, JUNE 19: BOSTON VS. GOLDEN STATE, 8 ET, ABC (IF NECESSARY)

* SERIES TIED AT 1-1

NBA WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/wire.asp

MLB SCOREBOARD

TEXAS TECH CLEVELAND POSTPONED

TORONTO 8 KANSAS CITY 0

SEATTLE 7 HOUSTON 4

BOSTON 1 LA ANGELS 0

CINCINNATI 7 ARIZONA 0

NY METS 11 SAN DIEGO 5

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

MLB WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/wire.asp

NFL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/wire.asp

COLLEGE BASEBALL REGIONALS

LOUISVILLE 11 MICHIGAN 9

EASTERN CAROLINA 13 COASTAL CAROLINA 4

OKLAHOMA 5 FLORIDA 4

AUBURN 11 UCLA 4

OREGON STATE 7 VANDERBILT 6

SOUTHERN MISS 8 LSU 7

OLE MISS 22 ARIZONA 6

NORTH CAROLINA 7 VCU 3

ARKANSAS 7 OKLAHOMA STATE 3

CONNECTICUT 11 MARYLAND 8

STANFORD 4 TEXAS STATE 3

COLLEGE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES

UCLA 7 OKLAHOMA 3

OKLAHOMA 15 UCLA 0

TEXAS 5 OKLAHOMA STATE 0

TEXAS 6 OKLAHOMA STATE 5

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

AVALANCHE SWEEP OILERS, ADVANCE TO STANLEY CUP FINAL

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Artturi Lehkonen is sending a team to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season.

Lehkonen scored 1:19 into overtime, and Colorado rallied to beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 Monday night, completing a four-game sweep in the Western Conference final and propelling the Avalanche into the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2001.

Colorado will take on the winner of the Eastern Conference final between the New York Rangers and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The Rangers lead that best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is Tuesday at Tampa Bay.

Lehkonen repeated his feat of last season, when he scored in OT in Game 6 to send the Montreal Canadiens to the final against eventual repeat champion Tampa Bay.

“Cale (Makar) took the shot,” Lehkonen said. “I got a tip on it. It landed straight on my blade. I basically had an empty netter in front of me, so tap it in.”

Lehkonen becomes the second player in NHL history, and first in 83 years, to score an overtime goal to send his club into the championship series more than once in his career. Toronto’s Gordie Drillon accomplished the feat in 1938-39.

“Everybody knows how good he is, how resilient he is,” Mikko Rantanen said of fellow Finn Lehkonen, acquired by Colorado at the trade deadline. “He checks, he defends hard, he kills penalties, plays on the power play, he scores big goals, goes to the hard areas. What else can you ask for from a player – a trade acquisition. It’s fun to watch, and I’m really happy that we got him, and he’s shown why we gave quite a bit for him.”

Cale Makar, Devon Toews Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Rantanen also scored for Colorado. Pavel Francouz stopped 30 of 35 shots.

“Our main thing is just trying to be resilient, making sure that every single night we bring that same game,” Makar said. “Sometimes it might not be pretty, but at the end of the day we’re just going to try to get the job done.”

Zach Hyman scored twice for the Oilers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian also scored for Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl had four assists and goalie Mike Smith finished with 36 saves.

“I don’t think anyone necessarily expected us to be here,” Draisaitl said. “With that being said, we expected to be here, we want to be here and we want to be even further. I’m proud of the group, but obviously we’re disappointed.”

McDavid sees the Oilers’ playoff run as move in the right direction.

“It feels like it’s steps,” McDavid said. ” Every team goes through it. You become a playoff team, then you get there most years and they go on a little bit of a run. They learn that lesson and then it’s their time to win. You look at a Colorado team that has been in that situation many, many times and obviously they are knocking on the door right now. This is a step in the right direction.”

The teams combined for six goals in the third period – four by Colorado, which rallied from a 4-2 deficit despite being outshot 15-13.

“It was a great comeback win, for sure,” Lehkonen said. “We were talking in the second intermission that we just got to find our game and we can pull through this.”

Rantanen appeared to complete Colorado’s comeback, scoring a power-play goal with just over five minutes remaining to give the Avalanche a 5-4 edge.

But the Oilers stormed back and forced overtime when Kassian scored at 16:38 and tied it at 5-all. Lehkonen scored 1:19 into overtime, a goal that stood up after review for a high stick.

The Avalanche improved to 11-2 in the playoffs, including a perfect 7-0 on the road. Only six other teams in NHL history have strung together at least seven consecutive road victories in a post-season.

“I’ve waited a long time to have an opportunity to have a chance to play for a Cup,” veteran defenseman Erik Johnson said. “I saw the puck in, I was just so happy that it went in and we advanced and now we get a chance to go for the Cup.”

Colorado opened the scoring at 3:46 on a power play when Lehkonen stole the puck from Hyman and fed Makar before firing a shot through traffic and in off Smith’s left post for his fifth goal of the playoffs.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Oilers got going at 7:39 of the second when Hyman took a pass from Draisaitl off the rush and beat Francouz with a backhand past the glove for his 10th goal of the playoffs.

Nugent-Hopkins gave Edmonton its first lead at 16:57 when Toews and MacKinnon got their signals crossed. The Oilers center jumped on the turnover and beat Francouz on another backhand move – this time to the blocker side – with his sixth as Draisaitl, playing with an injured leg, was getting treatment after hobbling to the bench.

Colorado rookie Alex Newhook was whistled for delay of game for shooting the puck over the glass late in the period, and Edmonton made the visitors pay when McDavid scored his 10th goal of the postseason, and 31st point, beating Francouz off another Draisaitl feed for a 3-1 lead with 1:06 left in the period.

McDavid and Draisaitl are the eighth pair of teammates in NHL history to each record 30 points in a playoff.

Colorado got one back 31 seconds into the third when Toews’ shot hit Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci in front as he was battling with MacKinnon. It was Toews’ fifth.

Hyman scored his second of the night and 11th overall on a 4-on-2 rush, sending a knuckling shot off a Draisaitl set-up past Francouz at 3:55 for a 4-2 lead.

Landeskog got Colorado back within one at 8:58 on a mad scramble in front after Smith turned the puck over.

Edmonton got a power play with under nine minutes to go looking to go back up by two, but Draisaitl’s shot off the side of Francouz’s goal was as close as the Oilers would get.

MacKinnon tied it with his 11th on a high shot Smith with 6:30 left in regulation, setting the stage for Rantanen’s go-ahead goal, his fifth of the playoffs.

But Kassian scored his second, firing home a puck in the crease after Draisaitl’s initial shot with 3:22 left.

Colorado got past the Oilers in four straight despite losing No. 1 goalie Darcy Kuemper and winger Andre Burakovsky to injury in Game 1, before Kadri went down Saturday. Kuemper returned to serve as the Francouz’s backup Monday.

“We’re playing hockey on June 6th. In order to accomplish that, you’ve done some good things and I don’t think we can lose sight of that, but there’s a lot more required in order to find a way to get the Stanley Cup Final,” Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said.

NOTES: The Colorado Avalanche were without the injured Nazem Kadri. Kadri was hurt on an illegal hit by Edmonton’s Evander Kane in Game 3. Kadri didn’t return after Kane sent him crashing left arm-first into the boards 1:06 in, a hit that was reviewed and called a major penalty. Kane was suspended for Game 4 by the NHL. The Avalanche have not revealed what Kadri’s injury is or announced how long he’d be out. … The Oilers were also minus second-line winger Kailer Yamamoto for a third straight contest after he took a hit from Gabriel Landeskog in Game 2. … The Oilers were looking to become just the fifth team in league history to win a series after falling behind 3-0.

REPORT: KADRI LIKELY OUT FOR PLAYOFFS AFTER THUMB SURGERY

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri is unlikely to return during the playoffs after undergoing surgery on his thumb, though he isn’t being officially ruled out, TSN’s Darren Dreger reports.

Kadri was injured in the early stages of Game 3 on Saturday after being boarded by Evander Kane. The hit from behind earned the Edmonton Oilers forward a one-game suspension.

Kadri had a career year in 2021-22, registering 87 points in 71 games. His production carried into the postseason with six goals and eight assists in 13 contests this spring.

The 31-year-old is bound for unrestricted free agency this offseason.

BRUINS FIRE COACH BRUCE CASSIDY AFTER 1ST-ROUND PLAYOFF EXIT

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins have fired coach Bruce Cassidy, who led them to the Stanley Cup Final in 2019, the best record in the league the next year and at least 100 points in each of his four full non-pandemic seasons behind the bench.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced the move Monday night, three weeks after the team’s first-round playoff loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

“This was an extremely difficult decision,” Sweeney said in a statement. “His head coaching record for the Bruins is impressive, and we are appreciative of Bruce both professionally and personally.”

The Bruins made the playoffs in each of Cassidy’s six seasons since he took over for Claude Julien in February 2017. He coached them within one victory of the Stanley Cup in 2019 against the St. Louis Blues.

But the team hasn’t gotten out of the second round since then, including a Game 7 loss to Carolina this spring. Afterward, team president Cam Neely said: “We have to look at making some changes as far as how we play and the way we do some of the things.”

“I think Bruce is a fantastic coach,” Neely said at his end-of-season media availability. “He’s brought a lot of success to this organization. I like him as a coach. So, we’ll see where it goes. But I do think we need to make some changes.”

On Monday, Neely delivered the verdict.

“Bruce has been a fantastic coach and has helped this team win many games and achieve success over his tenure behind the bench,” he said in a statement. “I have the utmost confidence in Don to conduct a thorough search to identify the best candidate that is going to help our team reach its full potential.”

The Jack Adams Award winner as the NHL’s top coach in 2020, Cassidy becomes a top candidate for vacancies in Philadelphia, Chicago, Winnipeg, Vegas and Detroit. Others may open because of his availability.

After struggling for two seasons with Washington in his first NHL head-coaching job, from 2002-04, Cassidy worked his way back to the NHL with the Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate in Providence.

Cassidy, 57, took over in Boston from Julien, who led the team to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship and back to the final two years later. With the core of Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask, Cassidy brought the team to the cusp of another title in 2019 before losing to St. Louis in seven games.

During the pandemic-interrupted 2019-20 season the Bruins amassed 100 points in 70 games and claimed the Presidents Trophy for the league’s best record. But after Rask left the postseason bubble to tend to a family emergency, the team lost in the second round.

After another second-round exit last year, the Bruins qualified for this year’s postseason with a wild-card berth and did not make it out of the first round.

The team has since announced that Marchand, the top scorer, and Charlie McAvoy, the No. 1 defenseman, will miss the first two months of next season while recovering from surgery. Bergeron, who won his record fifth Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward, is unsigned and has not committed to playing another season; he is also recovering from surgery.

In all, Cassidy was 245-108-46 in Boston and is 292-155-9-7 in his NHL coaching career.

GREENE RETIRES 20 STRAIGHT IN RAIN-SHORTENED WIN FOR REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) Hunter Greene allowed a bunt single to begin the game and then faced the minimum through seven innings, retiring his final 20 batters as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-0 in a rain-shortened game Monday night.

“That may be the best I’ve seen him pitch,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It was just a great mix of pitches. It makes for an uncomfortable at-bat when he locates his pitches. He got a lot of fly balls. He just set up his pitches really well.”

Brandon Drury hit his 10th homer of the season. Kyle Farmer and Tyler Stephenson each had a two-run double.

The start was delayed 13 minutes due to showers, then a larger line of storms moved in and halted play with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. After another 46-minute delay, the game was called.

The second overall pick in the 2017 draft, Greene (3-7) yielded a bunt single down the third base line by Daulton Varsho to begin the game. Varsho was caught stealing to complete a double play after Josh Varsho struck out.

The 22-year-old Greene never permitted another baserunner.

Greene pitched 7 1/3 hitless innings on May 15 but was removed after 103 pitches and the Reds lost 1-0. This time, he needed only 87 pitches to get through seven innings.

“I kept it real simple,” Greene said. “Some of my past starts, I tried to do a little too much on a pitch. Tonight I just said, `Here it is.’ The pitches seemed to be where they needed to be. I throw too hard for them to have a comfortable at-bat.”

The touted rookie finished with eight strikeouts and no walks in the first one-hit complete game for the Reds since Luis Castillo pitched one at St. Louis on Sept. 11, 2020.

“He was at the top of the zone and we got into a little bit of a wrestling match up there,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “You have to cheat to catch that velocity. He made good adjustments and was burying some breaking balls down in the zone. You have to tip your cap.”

The last complete-game shutout of fewer than nine innings for a Reds pitcher was by Trevor Bauer in a scheduled seven-inning game on Aug. 19, 2020, at Kansas City.

Bronson Arroyo had the last rain-shortened complete game for Cincinnati on July 1, 2013, against the Giants in a game called after six innings.

Drury hit a solo home run in the first. He had a team-leading five homers in May.

Madison Bumgarner (2-5) threw 30 pitches in the first inning, but the Reds managed just one run and left the bases loaded. The veteran left-hander needed 108 pitches to get through five.

Despite throwing 53 pitches, Bumgarner allowed only two runs through the first two innings – one on Nick Senzel’s RBI single. Bumgarner gave up four runs and eight hits in all.

“I didn’t feel like I done good giving up only the two runs,” Bumgarner said. “In this particular case, I felt like I was giving up runs I shouldn’t have given up.”

Bumgarner had words with plate umpire Dan Merzel on a few occasions during his outing.

“It’s frustrating when you throw balls that are all over the plate, they don’t call ’em. Then you throw one that’s two inches off the plate, and they do call ’em,” Bumgarner said. “It’s not that hard.”

The Reds added three runs off Taylor Widener in the seventh before the game was called. Albert Almora Jr. had an RBI single after Stephenson’s two-run double.

Joey Votto’s double in the first was his 800th career extra-base hit.

TARP ON, TARP OFF

The rain came down so heavy and quick in the seventh that it pooled on the tarp, preventing the grounds crew from pulling it over the baselines and the third base portion of the infield, which became saturated before auxiliary tarps could be brought in.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: C Carson Kelly (left oblique strain) had the day off but is expected to continue his rehab stint at Triple-A Reno on Tuesday. … OF David Peralta left in the fourth with back spasms after making a diving catch. Cooper Hummel replaced him in left field.

Reds: INF Mike Moustakas was placed on the injured list with an unspecified ailment. … 2B Jonathan India will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. … RHP Vladimir Gutierrez had an MRI and was diagnosed with a UCL strain. He will not throw for two weeks.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: LHP Tyler Gilbert makes his fourth appearance and third start of the season Tuesday.

Reds: Rookie RHP Graham Ashcraft makes his fourth major league start. He won two of the first three, including a stretch of 13 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings.

BICHETTE HOMERS AND BLUE JAYS TOP ROYALS 8-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Bo Bichette hit one of three Toronto home runs and five Blue Jays pitchers combined on a two-hitter in an 8-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Ross Stripling (2-1) earned the win as he allowed just one hit over five innings, matching his season high. He struck out two and didn’t walk a batter. Stripling pitched more than four innings for just the second time this season. Stripling, who made his sixth start, has been used out of the bullpen eight times.

“You have no idea how happy I am that Strip (Stripling) went five innings,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “That way we could save our (bullpen) arms. We also swung the bats, but he threw (less than) 60 balls and get through five. He was lights out.”

Stripling was pleased with the result as well.

“Going into it I thought I was going to have four innings,” he said. “I knew I would be in the 50- to 60-pitch range. I hadn’t gone more than 35 in the last couple of weeks. I was able to go five innings. That was the priority: stay efficient and try not to put too much on the bullpen.

Bichette’s home run was the first Toronto hit of the night after the game was delayed 2:05 because of weather.

Daniel Lynch (2-5) took the loss. He allowed six runs on six hits, with two walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Both managers were impressed with Stripling’s effort.

“He set everything up for us,” Montoyo said. “He was fun to watch tonight. He’s done a great job wherever we needed him.”

Kansas City manager Mike Matheny was impressed as well.

“We could never get in hitters’ counts,” he said. “He was in control from the top.”

Both starting pitchers were efficient at the start of the game. Michael A. Taylor’s one-out single in the bottom of the third inning was the first baserunner. Taylor had both of Kansas City’s hits.

George Springer walked leading off the fourth for Toronto’s first baserunner and he came around to score on Bichette’s line drive home run to right center.

The Blue Jays got another run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Danny Jansen.

Vlad Guerrero Jr. lined the first pitch he saw in the sixth 423 feet over the fence in right center. After Alejandro Kirk singled, Santiago Espinal hit the Blue Jays’ third home run of the night, giving the Jays a 6-0 lead and ending Lynch’s night.

The Blue Jays added an unearned run in the seventh on an RBI single by Teoscar Hernandez. They got their eighth run on a wild pitch in the eighth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals OF Andrew Benintendi was held out of the lineup Monday after fouling a ball off his right calf in Sunday’s loss to Houston. Manager Mike Matheny said, “He’s good. It kind of stung. It began to cramp up. It’s happened to him a couple of other times, but it was more off the top of his foot or the chin. This time is was off the muscle, which was really grabbing and wasn’t allowing him to run full speed.”

UP NEXT

The Blue Jays and Royals will play the second game of a three-game series. The Blue Jays will start RHP Alek Manoah (6-1, 1.98 ERA) against RHP Brad Keller (1-6, 4.15 ERA) of the Royals.

BENCHES CLEAR IN 9TH, SERVAIS TOSSED AS MARINERS BEAT ASTROS

HOUSTON (AP) Astros reliever Hector Neris whizzed a pitch at Mariners slugger Ty France, and Seattle manager Scott Servais led his team toward a melee at home plate. Both sides shoved and shouted – except for cool-headed 21-year-old Julio Rodriguez, who wrapped up Neris in his arms and pulled him safely away from the scuffle.

The Mariners star rookie wasn’t as protective when stepped in the batters’ box moments later.

Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning moments after Servais was ejected for his role in a benches-clearing fracas, Cal Raleigh added a career-high four RBIs and the Mariners beat Houston 7-4 Monday night.

Rodriguez kept it calm during the tense ninth inning, when Neris drilled Ty France with a pitch, then he let out his emotions with a vicious yell near first base after connecting.

“After that whole situation and to be able to deliver for a team like that … I definitely was fired up,” he said. “I never really talk or yell during my homers like that. But given the situation I felt I needed to do it and kind of let all my emotions go out.”

The trouble began when with two outs in the ninth, when Neris plunked France in the back. Players and coaches on both sides began chirping at each other, and Servais led the way as Seattle’s bench emptied to confront the Astros near home plate.

“All I know is our best hitters is in there, it’s two out in the ninth and you throw the first pitch behind him,” Servais said. “It’s pretty obvious.”

Rodriguez pulled Neris away from the scrum, while Servais and Houston manager Dusty Baker were at the center of the pushing and shoving, with Servais pointing and shouting repeatedly at Astros first base coach Omar Lopez.

Servais and Lopez were ejected, and both benches were given warnings.

Rodriguez homered and J.P. Crawford walked before Neris was ejected after throwing a pitch behind Eugenio Suarez’s head. Baker was also automatically ejected because of the warning.

Baker denied that Neris intentionally threw at either player.

“The pitch behind France, in a one-run game you’re not going to put anybody on, nobody is throwing at him,” Baker said. “We don’t do that anyway. It was a series of bad events and I don’t want to talk about it too much more because I’m already kind of (upset).”

Neris also denied that his errant pitches were on purpose and even France didn’t believe the one that hit him was intentional.

“The timing wasn’t right for it to be intentional,” France said. “So I don’t know if it was not, but I don’t think it was.”

Servais raved about the poise Rodriguez showed to give the Mariners some insurance with his homer.

“Some guys step up in those moments,” he said. “You get the emotion and you get a little edge to you. It’s a good thing.”

Raleigh’s three-run homer gave Seattle a 4-1 lead in the second inning, but the Astros scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to tie it.

The game was still tied in the fourth when Adam Frazier doubled with no outs. The Mariners went on top 5-4 when Frazier scored on a two-out single by Raleigh.

Mariners starter Robbie Ray (5-6) allowed eight hits and four runs – three earned – while walking three in five innings. Diego Castillo pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Houston starter Cristian Javier (3-3) struggled, allowing six hits and five runs in 3 2/3 innings after entering the game 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in six career games, with three starts against the Mariners.

Jose Altuve, Kyle Tucker and Chas McCormick each hit a solo homer for the Astros, but they couldn’t do much else on offense, going 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

The Mariners led early after an RBI double by Crawford in the first inning.

Houston tied it when Altuve sent Ray’s third pitch of the game into the seats in left field. It was his sixth leadoff homer this season, which ranks second in the majors behind Toronto’s George Springer, who has seven. It gives him 175 career homers, which moves him past Springer into sole possession of fifth place on Houston’s all-time list.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Erik Swanson (right elbow inflammation) is scheduled to make one more rehabilitation appearance with High-A Everett before coming off the injured list to join the team sometime during their next homestand, which begins Friday.

HONORED

On the day that Houston’s Yordan Alvarez and the Astros finalized a $115 million, six-year contract extension, the slugger was named the AL Player of the Week.

Alvarez led the majors in hits (13), average (.565), slugging (1.217) and OPS (1.847) last week to win the award for the first time in his career. He hit four home runs and had eight RBIs.

UP NEXT

Houston’s Justin Verlander (6-2, 2.23 ERA) opposes Chris Flexen (2-6, 4.55) when the series continues Tuesday night.

WACHA THROWS SHUTOUT, RED SOX WIN 1-0 AS ANGELS’ SKID AT 12

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) When the last out of his first shutout in five years was secured, Michael Wacha pumped his fist and sought out catcher Christian Vazquez for a congratulatory embrace.

Wacha pitched a three-hitter and the streaking Boston Red Sox beat Los Angeles 1-0 on Monday night to hand the Angels their 12th straight defeat.

“Wins like this, yeah, Michael was the star, he was amazing for us,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “But this was a total team effort. A 1-0 game, nine innings, nowadays you don’t see that. I’m just glad that I’m part of it.”

Vazquez hit an RBI single in the second as the Red Sox won their fifth in a row.

The Angels matched their longest slide in a single season, last done to end the 1988 schedule.

Los Angeles star Mike Trout had a first-inning single off Wacha to end an 0-for-26 drought, the longest hitless run of his career.

Wacha, who hadn’t worked into the eighth inning since 2018, threw 105 pitches for his second career complete game in 190 starts and first since a three-hit shutout for St. Louis at the New York Mets on July 18, 2017.

It was the first complete-game shutout by a Boston pitcher in three years. The veteran right-hander outdueled Noah Syndergaard, who went six strong innings for Los Angeles, and lowered his ERA to 1.99 in his first season with the Red Sox.

“You’ve got to have confidence in this game to get it done,” Wacha said. “I feel like with what my pitches are doing right now, and how it’s playing against certain hitters, I felt like if we can get early outs and get the strikeout whenever we need it, things like this can happen.”

The gem came in Wacha’s fourth start since returning from a stint on the injured list because of soreness in his left side.

“My last start, things were coming out how I was used to it and just continue to build off those previous starts after coming off the IL,” Wacha said. “That is what I was more satisfied with. Now continue to build off this one and take some stuff from here and work on it.”

Trout snapped his slump his first time up, but the Los Angeles offense mustered little else in the opener of a seven-game homestand.

“He’s arguably one of the best players, top three, and maybe the best by the end of time,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said about Trout. “And today he was taking (batting practice) at 12:30 against guys we had to bring in to throw to him. That tells you about the motivation.”

Wacha (4-1) issued one walk and had six strikeouts in his second scoreless outing against the Angels this season. The former Cardinals standout went 5 2/3 shutout innings against Los Angeles at home on May 3.

Syndergaard (4-4) gave up five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. The former New York Mets star also matched up against Wacha on May 3, giving up three runs on eight hits over seven innings while taking the loss.

The Angels appeared to be in business in the first inning, getting consecutive one-out singles from Shohei Ohtani and Trout. But then Ohtani was doubled off second base to end the threat after Jared Walsh lined out to first baseman Franchy Cordero.

“I obviously think we’re playing hard. We’re not winning games right now,” Maddon said. “But I’m not going to denigrate the effort by the guys.”

The Red Sox used Alex Verdugo’s speed to score in the second. Verdugo singled leading off the inning and was attempting to steal second with two outs when Vazquez singled toward the gap in left-center. Trout cut off the ball but Verdugo scored anyway ahead of the throw home.

Wacha threw a pair of 96 mph fastballs while striking out Ohtani in the sixth inning and a 94 mph fastball while striking out Jo Adell to end the eighth.

“Anytime (Ohtani) steps in the box, you’re on full awareness out there on the mound and you have to make really, really quality pitches to him,” Wacha said.

He completed the outing by getting Ohtani on a grounder to second base before greeting Vazquez near the first-base line.

“That was fun. It was awesome tonight,” Vazquez said. “A complete-game shutout is very special for everybody. That helps the team and the bullpen guys a lot more. We started the right way this series.”

HIDDEN FIGURES

Wacha tossed just the 10th complete game in the majors this season, fifth that was a shutout. Boston has three complete games, most for the Red Sox since throwing five in 2017. Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta pitched one apiece this season.

It was Boston’s first complete-game shutout since Chris Sale’s three-hitter at Kansas City on June 5, 2019. Wacha’s 105 pitches were his most since throwing 113 for the Cardinals against Colorado on Aug 25, 2019.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: Sale remains on schedule to throw a bullpen Tuesday in Florida before facing hitters in batting practice Friday. . LHP James Paxton played catch after throwing from 120 feet over the weekend and is in line to throw off a mound by next week, according to Cora.

Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon (wrist), eligible to come off the injured list, fielded grounders before batting practice but there is no timetable for his return.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Garrett Whitlock (2-1, 3.02 ERA), who had a career-best nine strikeouts against the Angels on May 4, will start Tuesday in Anaheim.

Angels: Had not yet announced a starter for Tuesday.

ESCOBAR HITS FOR CYCLE, HAS 6 RBIS AS METS BEAT PADRES 11-5

SAN DIEGO (AP) Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run triple with two outs in the ninth inning to complete his first cycle, giving him six RBIs in boosting Carlos Carrasco and the New York Mets to an 11-5 win Monday night against the San Diego Padres.

Escobar tripled off Tim Hill over the head of right fielder Nomar Mazara in a four-run ninth. The switch-hitter pulled into third base and pumped his fist as teammates cheered in the dugout nearby.

The third baseman hit a two-run moonshot homer that sailed well over the party deck atop the right field wall off Craig Stammen with no outs in the eighth. It was his fifth.

Escobar also hit a two-run single in the first and a double in the fourth.

It was the 11th cycle in Mets history and the first since Scott Hairston on April 27, 2012.

It was also the first cycle at Petco Park, which opened in 2004.

The Mets, who are an NL-best 38-19, won their third straight game and for the ninth time in 11 games. The Padres, who have the NL’s third-best record at 33-22, had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Carrasco (7-1) won his fourth straight start by holding the Padres to two runs and five hits in seven innings while striking out a season-high 10 and walking none. He limited the damage to two innings. Jorge Alfaro hit a leadoff double down the right field line leading off the third and scored on Jurickson Profar’s one-out RBI single. Kim Ha-seong singled with two outs in the seventh and scored on Mazara’s double.

The Mets tagged Blake Snell (0-3) with three runs in a plodding first inning that took 27 minutes while the left-hander threw 43 pitches. He allowed Starling Marte’s one-out single, struck out Francisco Lindor and then issued three straight walks to force in a run. Escobar followed with a two-run single.

The Padres had Nabil Crismatt warming in the bullpen before Snell retired Jeff McNeil.

Escobar doubled leading off the fourth and scored on Brandon Nimmo’s two-out single. J.D. Davis hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Luke Voit hit a three-run homer for San Diego off Drew Smith with two outs in the eighth, his fifth. The ball bounced off the top off the wall in left-center and back onto the filed, and Voit paused at second. After an umpire review, it was ruled a homer.

STAR POWER

Former Michigan and San Diego State basketball coach Steve Fisher threw out the ceremonial first pitch on behalf of the ALS Association. His son, Mark, was diagnosed with ALS several years ago and continues to work as an assistant hoops coach at SDSU. … Tennis great “Rocket” Rod Laver and Fred Lynn, the 1975 AL MVP and Rookie of the Year, chatted up Padres manager Bob Melvin before the game and then shared a laugh with Fisher. Laver, Lynn and Fisher all live in northern San Diego County.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. is due to have another bone scan later this week on his surgically repaired left wrist, Melvin said. The Padres want to see enough improvement in the wrist before letting Tatis swing a bat. He has been running, taking grounders and throwing. He broke his wrist in the offseason, reportedly in a motorcycle accident in his native Dominican Republic.

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Taijuan Walker (3-1, 2.88 ERA) and Padres RHP Yu Darvish (4-3, 4.03) are scheduled to start Tuesday night in the middle game of the series. Walker has a 1.97 ERA in six career starts against San Diego.

ÁLVAREZ, ASTROS FINALIZE $115M, 6-YEAR DEAL THROUGH 2028

HOUSTON (AP) Yordan Alvarez already has brought so much to the Houston Astros.

On the day he and the team finalized a $115 million, six-year contract, general manager James Click spoke about how much more they expect the slugger to do for this franchise.

“A cornerstone player,” Click said. “It allows us to build the roster around him, build a lineup around him. And that sort of security, both for him and for us as we continue to try to compete for World Series championships is huge, knowing that we’re going to have a player of that caliber anchoring our lineup for the foreseeable future.”

The contract covers 2023-28. The 24-year-old has a one-year deal for 2022 calling for $764,600 while in the major leagues and $304,500 should he be assigned to the minors.

“There’s a lot of hard work that’s gone into it and seeing the fruits of the labor really means a lot,” Alvarez said in Spanish through a translator.

His deal announced Monday calls for a $5 million signing bonus payable within 30 days of the contract’s approval by Major League Baseball and salaries of $7 million next year, $10 million in 2024 and $15 million in 2025, covering his three years of arbitration eligibility.

Alvarez, who won AL Rookie of the Year in 2019 and was the MVP of last year’s AL Championship Series, receives $26 million annually from 2026-28, when he would have been eligible for free agency.

He said he thought about waiting until free agency to test the market, but in the end he and his agent decided “it was the right decision to be here.”

His salary can escalate from 2024-27 based on finish in MVP voting $1.5 million for first, $750,000 for second and $750,000 for third. The increase would apply to all subsequent seasons.

For 2027 and ’28, Alvarez gets a limited no-trade provision allowing him to list 10 teams he cannot be dealt to without his consent.

After seeing star pitcher Gerrit Cole and shortstop Carlos Correa leave as free agents, veteran second baseman Jose Altuve is relieved to know Alvarez is staying.

“He’s one of the best players I’ve ever played with,” Altuve said. “And just the fact that he’s going to be here, that most time means that the team is trying to win for six years. And obviously with a guy like him in your lineup, you’re going to win many games.”

Alvarez hit .277 last year and set career highs with 33 homers and 104 RBIs. He entered Monday’s series opener against Seattle with a .295 average, 16 homers and 34 RBIs, all team highs.

While he’s already proven to be one of the best young hitters in the game, Alvarez is sure he can do much more.

“I think there’s always something to get better at,” he said. “Obviously this is a game of adjustments, so we’re always making adjustments just to continue to get progressively better.”

Manager Dusty Baker agreed and said that Alvarez is only “scratching the surface” of how good he can be. Alvarez has played just one full major league season after being called up in June 2019 and missing all but two games of the 2020 season after surgery on both knees.

“That’s why you sign a guy to multiyears, because you realize the fact that he is only going to get better,” Baker said. “And all he has to do now is to stay healthy and the sky’s the limit.”

Alvarez has served primarily as a designated hitter since making his debut in 2019. But he has appeared in left field 71 times, including 20 this year, and Click believes his role in the field could be expanded in the future.

“Early in his career, many talked about him as a designated hitter,” Click said. “But through his hard work and dedication, he has turned himself into a quality player in left fielder, combined with his hitting. This makes him quite simply, one of the best players in the game right now.”

As Alvarez discussed his contract Monday, seven teammates including Altuve and fellow Cubans Yuli Gurriel and Aledmys Diaz watched from the back row of the news conference.

Alvarez, who defected from Cuba in 2016, is thankful to have had Gurriel and Diaz on the team as he made the transition to the majors.

“A lot of people don’t understand a lot of struggles that Cuban players, Hispanic players in general, go through to come here, a lot of the risks that we take just to get to the United States to be able to play baseball,” he said. “From the day that I arrived here at the Astros I was lucky enough to have guys like Yuli and Aledmys – guys that I could look up to, and players that were Cuban who also went through some of the things that I went through.”

TOP-RANKED OKLAHOMA SOONERS BOUNCE BACK, ELIMINATE UCLA IN WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — It doesn’t happen often, but Oklahoma has shown that it knows how to bounce back from defeat.

Each time the top-ranked Sooners have lost this season — only three times in all — they’ve gone on to defeat their next opponent so thoroughly that the game has ended early via the NCAA run rule.

Such was the case Monday during the semifinal round of the Women’s College World Series after Oklahoma suffered only its third loss of the season — a 7-3 defeat to UCLA that set up an elimination game later in the afternoon.

Less than three hours later, Jocelyn Alo slugged a pair of home runs, Hope Trautwein delivered a masterful performance in the pitching circle and the Sooners demolished the Bruins 15-0 in five innings to advance to the finals.

It was the largest win by a team in WCWS history.

Oklahoma, which improved to 57-3, will face the winner of Oklahoma State-Texas on Wednesday.

The Cowgirls and Longhorns were the only two teams to beat the Sooners this season prior to Monday.

In April, Oklahoma followed up its first loss of the season to Texas with a 10-0 win over North Texas.

Last month, during the NCAA regionals, the Sooners bounced back from a loss to Oklahoma State by pummeling Prairie View A&M 14-0.

Alo, who set the career home run record earlier this season, clubbed two more homers against UCLA, including a bases-loaded shot in the fifth inning. Her seven RBIs match a single-game WCWS record.

Alo helped drive in an eighth run when she singled and Jayda Coleman scored on a fielding error.

Trautwein didn’t need nearly as much run support as she got. The former North Texas transfer gave up only two hits and struck out six during the complete-game performance.

REPORT: D’ANTONI TO MEET WITH JORDAN ABOUT HORNETS’ HEAD COACHING JOB

Mike D’Antoni is set to meet with Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan later this week to discuss the team’s vacant head coaching position, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

D’Antoni has already met with management twice about the role, as has current Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson, who is scheduled to chat with Jordan on Tuesday. Last week, it was reported that Atkinson was the front-runner to land the job. Both D’Antoni and Atkinson are considered finalists for the position.

The Hornets are expected to make an offer to either D’Antoni or Atkinson after meetings with Jordan conclude this week, Wojnarowski notes.

D’Antoni, a two-time Coach of the Year winner, has coached 1,199 career games spanning 16 seasons split between the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Houston Rockets. He also served as Philadelphia 76ers associate head coach during the 2015-16 campaign and most recently was an assistant on Steve Nash’s coaching staff with the Brooklyn Nets in 2020-21.

The 71-year-old enjoyed the bulk of his success in Phoenix and Houston where he reached a combined three conference finals while winning 50 or more regular-season games in seven of those nine seasons. He’s been lauded as an offensive mastermind throughout his career and would be tasked with building a system around dynamic young talent LaMelo Ball if he’s ultimately hired.

D’Antoni owns a career head coaching record of 672-527 (.560 winning percentage). His 672 career wins rank 21st all time.

Charlotte is coming off a 43-39 season in which the team qualified for the Eastern Conference play-in tournament. The team parted ways with former head coach James Borrego in April.

2022 NBA MOCK DRAFT

1. ORLANDO MAGIC: JABARI SMITH, PF, AUBURN, FR.

THE LONGER THE SEASON GOES ON, THE MORE WE HEAR THAT SMITH IS THE CONSENSUS NUMBER ONE PICK IN THE EYES OF NBA SCOUTS. DESPITE SOME OTHER INTRIGUING OPTIONS, IT’S HARD TO ARGUE WITH THIS ASSESSMENT. THE 6’10 FRESHMAN IS AN ABSOLUTE PERFECT FIT IN TODAY’S NBA WITH HIS PURE SHOOTING STROKE AND ABILITY TO DEFEND THE PERIMETER. ADDING TO THE INTRIGUE IS THAT SMITH WON’T TURN 19 UNTIL MAY AND HAS NBA BLOODLINES WITH HIS FATHER JABARI SENIOR HAVING PLAYED PROFESSIONALLY FOR 10 YEARS.

2. DETROIT PISTONS: JADEN IVEY, PG/SG, PURDUE, SO.

THE TOP THREE HAS CENTERED AROUND FORWARDS AND BIG MEN FOR THE ENTIRE BUILDUP TO THIS DRAFT, BUT IVEY HAS HIJACKED THE DISCUSSION WITH HIS RECENT PERFORMANCES. HIS BUZZER-BEATER TO BEAT OHIO STATE WAS THE LATEST IN A LONG LINE OF REMARKABLE PERFORMANCES FROM THE SOPHOMORE GUARD WHO IS THE MOST TALENTED GUARD IN THE NATION AND IN THIS CLASS BY A DECENT MARGIN. IN THE END IT MAY BE IVEY THAT GIVES SMITH THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE TO BE THE TOP PICK.

3. HOUSTON ROCKETS: CHET HOLMGREN, PF/C, GONZAGA, FR.

HOLMGREN IS BLOSSOMING INTO EVERYTHING YOU LOOK FOR IN A MODERN BIG MAN, BUT HE ALSO HAS SPECIAL ABILITIES. HE IS UP TO 45% FROM BEYOND THE ARC ON THE SEASON AND STILL SITS AT OVER THREE BLOCKS PER GAME. HIS COMBINATION OF STATS WITH REGARD TO THOSE SKILLS HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE. HE IS A PERFECT FIT FOR TODAY’S NBA AND HIS POTENTIAL IS UNMATCHED IN THIS YEAR’S DRAFT. IF HE CAN ADD SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT AND MAINTAIN HIS MOBILITY, A BIG IF, IT TAKES HIM FROM GREAT TO GENERATIONAL AS A DRAFT PROSPECT. CONCERNS ABOUT HIS STRENGTH AND DURABILITY WILL LIKELY MAKE IT TOUGH TO TAKE HIM FIRST, BUT HE WILL CERTAINLY CREATE HEADACHES FOR TEAMS DECIDING WHETHER TO DRAFT OR PASS ON THE NORTHWEST UNICORN WHEN DRAFT NIGHT ROLLS AROUND.

4. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER: PAOLO BANCHERO, PF, DUKE, FR.

THE DUKE SUPERSTAR MIGHT BE DROPPING IN OUR MOCK DRAFT, BUT IT IS MORE OF AN INDICATION OF OTHER PLAYERS EXCELLENCE, THAN HIS STRUGGLES. HE IS SHINING FOR THE BLUE DEVILS, BUT THE UPSIDE OF THE THREE PLAYERS ABOVE ARE SIMPLY MORE INTRIGUING THAN BANCHERO’S. BANCHERO FIGURES TO BE AN EXTREMELY SOLID NBA PLAYER, WITH ONE OF THE CLEAREST FLOORS, BUT MAY LACK THE “FRANCHISE TALENT” POTENTIAL OF THE THREE ABOVE HIM.

5. SACRAMENTO KINGS: BENNEDICT MATHURIN, SG/SF, ARIZONA, SO.

AFTER THE TOP FOUR, THERE IS A SLIGHT DROP OFF, HOWEVER MATHURIN HAS A TIER OF HIS OWN AS THE NEXT GROUP OF PLAYERS ARE CLEARLY BELOW HIM FROM A TALENT AND UPSIDE STANDPOINT. MATHURIN HAS AN INTRIGUING SET OF SKILLS AS ONE OF THE BEST SHOOTERS IN THE CLASS, AND HE CAN ALSO GET TO THE HOOP AND FINISH IN THE LANE WITH AN EFFECTIVE FLOATER. WITH GOOD SIZE, STRENGTH AND SCORING SKILLS, MATHURIN SHOULD BE ONE OF THE FASTEST CONTRIBUTORS AMONG ROOKIES IN THIS CLASS.

6. INDIANA PACERS: JOHNNY DAVIS, SG, WISCONSIN, SO.

THE BREAKOUT STAR IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL IS STARTING TO SLOW DOWN, BUT HE IS STILL FINDING WAYS OUTSIDE OF SCORING TO HELP HIS TEAM WIN. DAVIS CAN SCORE AT ALL THREE LEVELS AND HAS A VARIETY OF POST SCORING MOVES THAT REALLY COMPLEMENT HIS BLOW-BY ABILITY. DON’T EXPECT ANY SORT OF DROP OUTSIDE OF THE TOP-10 BECAUSE THE 6’5 SOPHOMORE IS PROVING HIS HOT START TO THE SEASON WAS NO FLUKE.

7. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS: BLAKE WESLEY, SG, NOTRE DAME, FR.

FROM VIRTUAL UNKNOWN TO PROJECTED LOTTERY PICK, IT’S BEEN QUITE A RIDE FOR THE SOUTH BEND NATIVE. WESLEY CONTINUES TO CLIMB DRAFT BOARDS AS HE’S TAKEN THE REIGNS AS NOTRE DAME’S PRIMARY BALL HANDLER AND NOT LOOKED BACK. HE USES HIS SPEED AND LONG STRIDES A LOT LIKE JADEN IVEY TO GET BY DEFENDERS. THE ATHLETIC FRESHMAN IS CARRYING THE IRISH BACK TO RELEVANCE AND ASSERTING HIMSELF AS A POTENTIAL LOTTERY SELECTION THIS SUMMER.

8. SAN ANTONIO SPURS: TYTY WASHINGTON, PG, KENTUCKY, FR.

WHEN WASHINGTON WENT DOWN AGAINST AUBURN WITH AN APPARENT ANKLE INJURY, BIG BLUE NATION HELD THEIR BREATH. THANKFULLY, THEIR STUD FRESHMAN ONLY MISSED ONE GAME AND CAME BACK IN TIME TO HELP THE CATS KNOCK OFF KANSAS IN BLOWOUT FASHION. WASHINGTON IS FAR AND AWAY THE BEST POINT GUARD IN THIS CLASS AND KNOWS HOW TO RACK UP ASSISTS WITHOUT TURNING THE BALL OVER. HE IS SIMPLY THE PERFECT PLAYER TO RUN AN OFFENSE WITH HIS POISE AND CONFIDENCE WITH THE BALL IN HIS HANDS.

9. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS: AJ GRIFFIN, SF, DUKE, FR.

IT WASN’T TOO LONG AGO WHEN GRIFFIN WAS IN OUR 2023 MOCK DRAFT BECAUSE HE DIDN’T SEEM READY TO CONTRIBUTE IN COLLEGE OR THE PROS. NOW HE HAS BEEN GIVEN MORE RESPONSIBILITY, AND IS ONE OF THE BEST FRESHMEN IN THE NATION WITH ELITE SIZE, STRENGTH AND SHOOTING AS A 6’6 WING. HIS INPUT INTO THE STARTING LINEUP IS DOING WONDERS FOR THE BLUE DEVILS AND A TEAM THAT PREVIOUSLY STRUGGLED WITH PERIMETER SHOOTING NOW HAS A WING SHOOTING 50% IN AJ GRIFFIN.

10. NEW YORK KNICKS: MAX CHRISTIE, SG, MICHIGAN STATE, FR.

ANOTHER FRESHMAN WHO STRUGGLED WITH HIS SHOT IN THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF THE SEASON, BUT IT WAS APPARENT THAT THE TALENT AND SHOOTING STROKE WAS THERE. CHRISTIE COULDN’T SEEM TO BUY A SHOT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE SEASON. NOW HE IS STARTING TO FIND HIS GROOVE, SHOOTING 16/30 FROM THE PERIMETER OVER HIS LAST EIGHT GAMES AND MAKING A STRONG PUSH AS A ONE AND DONE LOTTO POSSIBILITY.

11. WASHINGTON WIZARDS: JADEN HARDY, SG, G-LEAGUE IGNITE, 2002

THE STEP FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO THE G-LEAGUES HASN’T BEEN AS SMOOTH AS HARDY ANTICIPATED. THE FORMER TOP PROSPECT IS SHOOTING JUST 35% FROM THE FIELD AND 27% FROM THE PERIMETER IN HIS 12 GAMES FOR THE IGNITE. THE TALENT IS ABSOLUTELY THERE WITH HARDY, BUT THE RESULTS HAVE NOT BEEN EFFICENT. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CONCERNS ABOUT HIS DEDICATION AND ABILITY TO STAY FOCUSED AND SOME PROSPECTS HAVE LEAPED OVER HIM BECAUSE OF IT.

12. ATLANTA HAWKS: KEEGAN MURRAY, SF/PF, IOWA, SO.

WHEN YOU HAVE A PLAYER AVERAGING OVER 22 POINTS IN THE BIG TEN AS A FIRST-YEAR STARTER, IT SEEMS OBVIOUS THAT OFFENSE IS THE BEST PART OF HIS GAME. THAT IS CERTAINLY POSSIBLE, BUT SCOUTS LOVE THE LENGTH AND DEFENSIVE VERSATILITY THAT MURRAY BRINGS MORE THAN THE OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION. HE CAN SWITCH 1-5 AND KNOWS HOW TO DISRUPT OPPOSING OFFENSES WITH 3.5 “STOCKS” PER GAME.

13. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (VIA LAL): OCHAI AGBAJI, SG, KANSAS, SR.

THE NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE HAD THE BEST GAME OF HIS CAREER WITH 37 POINTS AGAINST TEXAS TECH ON MONDAY. HE HAS ALSO SHOWN AN INNATE ABILITY TO COME UP WITH BIG SHOTS WHENEVER HE IS CALLED UPON. THE SENIOR GUARD SLASHES AND SHOOTS AS WELL AS ANYONE IN THE COUNTRY. SIMILAR TO CHRIS DUARTE THE SWEET SHOOTING SENIOR IS NOW PROJECTED IN THE LATE LOTTERY HALFWAY THROUGH THE SEASON.

14. BOSTON CELTICS: SHAEDON SHARPE, SG, KENTUCKY, FR.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT SHARPE IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE 2022 DRAFT APPEARED TO BE BIGGER NEWS IN THE NATIONAL MEDIA THAN IT WAS AROUND THE KENTUCKY PROGRAM. EVERYONE IN SHARPE’S CAMP AND INVOLVED WITH THE KENTUCKY PROGRAM CONTINUES TO CONTEND THAT HE WILL BE BACK IN LEXINGTON NEXT SEASON, BUT WHEN THE TIME COMES, IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO TURN DOWN A LIKELY MID FIRST ROUND SELECTION AND THE MONEY THAT COMES WITH IT.

15. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: BRYCE MCGOWENS, SG, NEBRASKA, FR

DON’T GIVE UP ON MCGOWENS JUST YET. HIS FRESHMAN SEASON IS GOING A LOT DIFFERENT THAN MANY ANTICIPATED, BUT HE IS STARTING TO TURN IT ON FOR THE CORNHUSKERS OVER THE LAST THREE GAMES. HIS 29-POINT OUTBURST AGAINST RUTGERS WAS THE THIRD STRAIGHT 20-POINT GAME FOR THE STAR FRESHMAN AND HE IS 7-18 FROM THE PERIMETER IN THAT STRETCH.

16. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (VIA LAC): PATRICK BALDWIN JR., SF/PF, WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE, FR.

MANY EXPECTED BALDWIN TO TEAR UP THE HORIZON LEAGUE WHEN HE DECIDED TO GO PLAY FOR HIS DAD AT WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE. THIS HASN’T BEEN THE CASE. BALDWIN DOESN’T LEAD HIS TEAM IN SCORING AND IS ONLY SHOOTING 37% FROM THE FIELD AND 32% FROM THE PERIMETER. HE’S ONLY PLAYED ONCE IN JANUARY WITH A CALF INJURY AND AN ANKLE INJURY ENDED HIS SENIOR SEASON AFTER JUST TWO GAMES IN HIGH SCHOOL. INJURIES AND EFFICIENCY ARE MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR THE FORMER TOP RECRUIT, BUT A TEAM LIKE THE THUNDER LOOKING FOR DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH COULD TAKE A CHANCE IN THEIR REBUILDING PROCESS.

17. TORONTO RAPTORS: JALEN DUREN, PF/C, MEMPHIS, FR.

ONE OF THE TOP PROSPECTS COMING INTO THE SEASON IS STRUGGLING TO MAKE THE IMPACT THAT MANY OF THE FRESHMEN ABOVE HIM HAVE MADE. HE IS STILL ON THE YOUNGER SIDE, BORN IN LATE 2003, BUT THE LACK OF A PERIMETER JUMPER IS DETRIMENTAL TO HIS STOCK. HE IS EFFECTIVE AS A SCREENER AND ROLLER, AND EVEN SHOWS GOOD VISION IN SHORT ROLLS, BUT HIS OFFENSIVE IMPACT SEEMINGLY STOPS THERE. HIS STATUS AS A MID-FIRST ROUND SHOULDN’T FLUCTUATE TOO MUCH, BUT IT’S CONCERNING TO SEE HIM UNDERACHIEVE AND NOT PLAY TO HIS ABILITY.

18. CHARLOTTE HORNETS: MARJON BEAUCHAMP, SG/SF, G-LEAGUE IGNITE, 2000

THIS MIGHT COME AS A SURPRISE TO SOME, BUT BEAUCHAMP HAS A LEGITIMATE SHOT TO BE THE FIRST IGNITE PLAYER DRAFTED THIS SUMMER. JADEN HARDY’S STRUGGLES ARE EVIDENT, BUT THAT IS OPENING THE DOOR FOR OTHERS LIKE BEAUCHAMP TO SHINE. HE IS A FEW YEARS OLDER THAN HARDY AND THAT EXPLAINS WHY HIS TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL HAS BEEN A LOT SMOOTHER. STILL, BEAUCHAMP IS SHOOTING 57% FROM THE FLOOR AND FIGURES TO GO IN THE TOP 20 OR SO PICKS.

19. DENVER NUGGETS: WALKER KESSLER, C, AUBURN, SO.

IF ANYONE RIVALS CHET HOLMGREN AS A SHOT-BLOCKER, IT IS WALKER KESSLER. THE NORTH CAROLINA TRANSFER IS AVERAGING FOUR BLOCKS PER GAME AND IS ONE OF THE BEST RIM RUNNERS IN THE NATION. HE ISN’T THE MOST MODERN BIG, BUT HE PROTECTS THE PAINT AS WELL AS ANY PLAYER IN THIS DRAFT AND HAS THE CONFIDENCE TO LET IT FLY FROM THE PERIMETER OCCASIONALLY. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SHOT COULD TURN KESSLER INTO A MID-FIRST ROUNDER IN A FLASH.

20. DALLAS MAVERICKS: NIKOLA JOVIC, SF/PF, SERBIA, 2003

JOVIC IS CONSIDERED THE TOP INTERNATIONAL PROSPECT, IN A WEAK CROP, FOR THE 2022 DRAFT. HE HAS A HIGH SKILL LEVEL AND DECENT VERATILITY AT HIS SIZE. HE ISN’T GREAT DEFENSIVELY ON THE PERIMETER OR ON THE INTERIOR, BUT HE IS SOLID ENOUGH AT BOTH TO NOT BE A LIABILITY ON THE DEFENSIVE END.

21. HOUSTON ROCKETS (VIA BKN): ORLANDO ROBINSON, PF/C, FRESNO STATE, JR.

ROBINSON IS THE MOST SKILLED BIGMAN POTENTIALLY AVAILABLE THIS YEAR. HE SHOWS THE ABILITY TO CREATE OFFENSE FOR HIMSELF BOTH ON THE BLOCK AND ON THE PERIMETER, AND IS UP TO 37% FROM THREE. WHILE NOT THE FLEETEST OF FOOT, HIS SKILLET AND IQ HELPS OFFSET HIS SPEED LIMITATIONS. THE 7’0 JUNIOR HAS STARTED ALL 74 GAMES HE’S PLAYED IN FOR THE BULLDOGS AND SHOULD CONTRIBUTE IMMEDIATELY AT THE NEXT LEVEL.

22. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (VIA UTAH): JULIAN STRAWTHER, SF, GONZAGA, SO.

CHET HOLMGREN IS THE STAR PROSPECT ON THE BULLDOGS ROSTER, BUT STRAWTHER IS ALSO INTRIGUING PROVING TO BE WORTHY OF A FIRST-ROUND SELECTION AS WELL. HE HAS BEAUTIFUL SHOOTING MECHANICS, BUT ALSO FINISHES EFFICIENTLY AT THE RIM. THE 6’7 WING HAS GOOD LENGTH AND ATHLETICISM AND PROJECTS NICELY AS AN OFFENSIVE THREAT AND COULD BECOME A PREMIER SHOOTER IN THE NBA WITH HIS SIZE AND IMPROVED CONSISTENCY.

23. MILWAUKEE BUCKS: WENDELL MOORE, SG/SF, DUKE, JR.

THE DRASTIC IMPROVEMENT FROM HIS FIRST TWO SEASONS AS A PERIMETER PLAYER PUTS MOORE TOWARDS THE END OF THE FIRST ROUND IN OUR LATEST PROJECTION. HE IS A PLAYMAKING WING WHO GETS TO THE BASKET WITH SPEED AND POWER, BUT THIS DEVELOPMENT AS A SHOOTER IS DOING WONDERS FOR HIS DRAFT STOCK AND FOR THE BLUE DEVILS IN THEIR BOUNCE BACK SEASON.

24. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS: MARK WILLIAMS, C, DUKE, SO.

WILLIAMS IS THE FOURTH AND FINAL BLUE DEVIL PROJECTED TO GO IN THE FIRST ROUND, WHICH SEEMS LIKE A FITTING SENDOFF FOR, COACH K IN HIS FINAL SEASON AS A COACH AND NBA PLAYER DEVELOPER. THE SEVEN-FOOTER IS AN ATHLETIC, PHYSICAL BIG MAN WHO DOES MOST OF HIS DAMAGE AROUND THE RIM WITH DUNKS, BLOCKS AND REBOUNDS, WHICH WILL ALWAYS BE VALUABLE TRAITS IN THE NBA.HIS DEVELOPMENT IN KEY AREAS; OUTSIDE SHOOTING AND DEFENDING ON SWITCHES HOLDS THE KEY TO HIS LONG TERM SUCCESS.

25. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS: KENDALL BROWN, SF, BAYLOR, FR.

SCOTT DREW CONTINUES TO RELOAD INSTEAD OF REBUILD AND HIS FRESHMAN FORWARD IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE. BROWN IS A FREAK ATHLETE WHO CAN JUMP OUT OF THE BUILDING AND DEFEND ANYONE ON THE FLOOR WITH A TERRIFIC BLEND OF STRENGTH AND QUICKNESS. IF HE CAN CONSIDERABLY IMPROVE HIS SHOOTING, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.  BROWN HAS BEEN OVERRATED BY SOME EARLY IN THE PROCESS AND FIGURES TO FALL SOMEWHERE IN THE LATE FIRST TO EARLY SECOND IF HE ELECTS TO DECLARE FOR THE DRAFT.

26. CHICAGO BULLS: JAMAREE BOUYEA, PG, SAN FRANCISCO, SR.

THE DONS MIGHT BE GOING THROUGH A ROUGH STRETCH, BUT JAMAREE BOUYEA IS PLAYING SOME OF HIS BEST BASKETBALL. THE SENIOR POINT GUARD IS SHOOTING OVER 50% FROM THE FLOOR AND POSSESSES RANGE THAT RIVALS JIMMER FREDETTE IN HIS PRIME. HE MIGHT NOT PLAY THE BEST COMPETITION REGULARLY, BUT HE HAS PROVEN TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE HIGH LEVEL COMPETITION LIKE HIS PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR IN SPOKANE.

27. MIAMI HEAT: AMINU MOHAMMED, SG, GEORGETOWN, FR.

ULTIMATELY MOHAMMED’S DRAFT STOCK WILL COME DOWN TO HOW MUCH SCOUTS TRUST HIS PERIMETER JUMPER. HE IS A LONG, PHYSICAL, TWO-WAY PLAYER WHO CAN GET TO THE BASKET AND SWITCH 1-4, BUT 13 MADE THREES IN 18 GAMES IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE. STILL, HE IS ONE OF THE MORE TALENTED FRESHMEN IN THE NATION WITH THE FRAME AND TOOLS TO MAKE A SMOOTH LEAP TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

28. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES: JOHNNY JUZANG, SF, UCLA, JR.

THE KENTUCKY TRANSFER IS DEVELOPING INTO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A SHOOTER FOR MICK CRONIN AND THE BRUINS. THAT’S ALL HE WAS USED AS IN LEXINGTON, BUT NOW HE IS A GREAT BALL-HANDLER WHO CAN SCORE AT ALL THREE LEVELS AND POSSESSES ONE OF THE SMOOTHEST MID-RANGE JUMPERS OUTSIDE THE NBA. ANY TEAM LOOKING FOR A SCORER WILL BE INTRIGUED TO ADD HIM IN THIS YEAR’S DRAFT.

29. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: ISMAEL KAMAGATE, C, FRANCE, 2001

NOBODY IS FLYING UP DRAFT BOARDS FASTER THAN THE FRENCH CENTER WHO IS CURRENTLY PLAYING FOR PARIS BASKETBALL. HIS ABILITY TO PLAY ON THE INSIDE AND CREATE FOR OTHERS IN THE HIGH POST AND SHORT ROLLS MAKE HIM AN APPEALING BIG MAN WHO SHOULD MAKE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT AT THE NEXT LEVEL. HE REMINDS OF FORMER KANSAS PLAYER CHEICK DIALLO WITH HIS LENGTH (7-5 WINGSPAN) AND ENERGY.

30. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (VIA PHX): MATTEO SPAGNOLO, PG, ITALY, 2003

ANOTHER FOREIGN PROSPECT SNEAKING INTO OUR FIRST ROUND IS SPAGNOLO, A TALENTED ITALIAN POINT GUARD WHO HAS GREAT SIZE AND PLENTY OF TIME TO DEVELOP SINCE HE JUST TURNED 19. IN HIS FIRST SEASON PLAYING IN SERIE A, SPAGNOLO IS SHOOTING 50/48/82 SPLITS AND AVERAGING 10 POINTS PER GAME. IT IS TOUGH TO CONTRIBUTE THIS MUCH AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE IN A PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE.

ROUND 2

31. ORLANDO MAGIC: TARI EASON, PF, LSU, SO.

ONE OF THE BEST SIXTH MEN IN THE COUNTRY WHO PLAYS PHYSICAL, VERSATILE DEFENSE WITH GREAT LENGTH AND STRENGTH AT 6’8, 216 POUNDS. HE ALSO HAS OFFENSIVE UPSIDE, AVERAGING 16 POINTS ON 53/30/78 SPLITS SUGGESTING A POTENTIAL STRETCH-BIG ROLE WITH A YEAR OR TWO TO DEVELOP.

32. SAN ANTONIO SPURS (VIA DET): JABARI WALKER, SF/PF, COLORADO, SO.

AN ATHLETIC WING WITH A HIGH FLOOR AND PLENTY OF UPSIDE ON BOTH ENDS OF THE FLOOR. HE FLOURISHED MORE AS A ROLE PLAYER A SEASON AGO, BUT HAS SHOWN FLASHES OF BEING READY TO BE THE STAR IN BOULDER AS A SOPHOMORE.

33. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (VIA HOU): TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS, PF/C, INDIANA, JR.

POTENTIALLY THE MOST ATHLETIC BIG MAN IN THIS CLASS OUTSIDE OF THE LOTTERY. JACKSON-DAVIS IS ONLY 6’9 BUT HE PLAYS LIKE A SEVEN-FOOTER WITH HIS LENGTH AND VERTICAL THAT ALLOWS HIM TO BLOCK NEARLY THREE SHOTS PER GAME AND ALTER EVEN MORE.

34. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER: DYSON DANIELS, SG/PG, G-LEAGUE IGNITE, 2003

AN ATHLETIC PLAYMAKING GUARD WITH GREAT SIZE AND A HIGH CEILING WHO MIGHT STRUGGLE EARLY IN HIS CAREER, BUT PATIENCE SHOULD BENEFIT WHOEVER DRAFTS HIM IN A FEW YEARS.

35: ORLANDO MAGIC (VIA IND): KENNEDY CHANDLER, PG, TENNESSEE, FR.

THE FIVE-STAR POINT GUARD WAS RATED BY SOME AS A LOTTERY PROSPECT, BUT HE CONTINUES TO SHOW WRINKLES THAT HAVE SCOUTS CONCERNED ABOUT HIS TRANSLATION TO THE NBA. WHILE HE IS ONE OF THE MORE POLISHED FRESHMAN, HIS SHOOTING HAS TRAILED OFF CONSIDERABLY, AND HE LACKS THE DYNAMIC ATHLETICISM AND SIZE OF A PROTOTYPICAL NBA STARTING POINT GUARD.

36. SACRAMENTO KINGS: CALEB LOVE, PG/SG, NORTH CAROLINA, SO.

AN IMPROVED THREE-POINT SHOT TURNED LOVE INTO AN ELITE GUARD IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL, BUT TURNOVERS AND SHOOTING EFFICIENCY REMAIN MAJOR FLAWS IN HIS GAME, WHICH DROPS HIM BACK INTO THE SECOND ROUND IN THIS LATEST PROJECTION.

37. CHARLOTTE HORNETS (VIA NO): TAEVION KINSEY, SG, MARSHALL, SR.

A PREMIER MID-MAJOR SCORER WHO HAS BEEN ON DRAFT RADARS FOR YEARS AND SHOULD FINALLY GET A SHOT IN THE PROS THIS SEASON. AVERAGING OVER 20 POINTS DESPITE 3-POINT STRUGGLES, BUT AN IMPROVEMENT ON THE PERIMETER WOULD MAKE HIM A STEAL IN THE SECOND ROUND.

38. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (VIA SAS): TERRENCE SHANNON, SG, TEXAS TECH, JR.

A PHYSICAL, ATHLETIC DEFENDER WHO IS STARTING TO IMPROVE OFFENSIVELY, ELEVATING HIS DRAFT STOCK AND PUTTING HIM IN FIRST-ROUND DISCUSSION. HIS DECISION TO RETURN FOR ANOTHER YEAR IS STARTING TO PAY OFF NOW THAT HE IS HEALTHY AGAIN.

39. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS: IBOU DIANKO BADJI, C, SENEGAL, 2002

ANOTHER HIGH POTENTIAL PLAYER WITH EXTREME LENGTH &-FOOT-8 WINGSPAN) AND AN UNDERRATED SHOOTING ABILITY. HE CAN EXTEND TO THE FREE-THROW LINE AND MOVE WELL ENOUGH TO DEFEND ADEQUATELY ON THE PERIMETER AND SOLIDLY IN THE POST.

40. NEW YORK KNICKS: EJ LIDDELL, PF/C, OHIO STATE, JR.

A PROLIFIC SCORER IN THE MID-RANGE WHO IS IMPROVING HIS OUTSIDE JUMPER IN HIS JUNIOR SEASON. DEFENSIVE VERSATILITY IS HIS GREATEST TRAIT, BUT HIS OFFENSIVE DEVELOPMENT MAKES HIM AN INTRIGUING SMALL BALL 5 PROSPECT.

41. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (VIA WAS): JAHVON QUINERLY, PG, ALABAMA, JR.

A HUGE DIP IN 3-POINT SHOOTING IS NOT ONLY HURTING THE CRIMSON TIDE, BUT ALSO HIMSELF WHEN IT COMES TO DRAFT DISCUSSIONS. STILL, HIS PLAYMAKING AND SPEED ARE VALUABLE ASSETS FOR A BACKUP POINT GUARD WITH AS MUCH POTENTIAL AS ANY SECOND-ROUND POINT GUARD.

42. ATLANTA HAWKS: IVERSON MOLINAR, PG, MISSISSIPPI STATE, JR.

HIS SPEED, SLASHING AND FLEXIBILITY AROUND THE RIM WAS ON FULL DISPLAY IN A CAREER EFFORT AGAINST KENTUCKY THIS WEEK AND IT ALLOWED HIM TO JUMP INTO THE MID-SECOND ROUND HERE IN OUR LATEST PROJECTION.

43. SAN ANTONIO SPURS (VIA LAL): IZAIAH BROCKINGTON, SG, IOWA STATE, SR.

MID-RANGE MAESTRO WHO KNOWS HOW TO ELEVATE ON HIS JUMPER AND FINISH WITH POWER AT THE RIM. COULD BE A SPARK PLUG OFF THE BENCH WITH THE RELENTLESS ENERGY AND EFFORT HE PLAYS WITH ON BOTH ENDS OF THE FLOOR.

44. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: MICHAEL FOSTER, PF, G-LEAGUE IGNITE, 2003

SHOOT WELL FROM THE PERIMETER, MAKING HIM AN INTRIGUING STRETCH FOUR WHO COULD BOOM EARLY IN HIS CAREER WITH PHYSICAL REBOUNDING AND A MODERN STYLE OF PLAY.

45. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS: MICHAEL DEVOE, PG/SG, GEORGIA TECH, SR.

THE DEPARTURE OF JOSE ALVARADO AND MOSES WRIGHT ALLOWED DEVOE TO STEP UP INTO A STAR ROLE THIS SEASON AND HE ISN’T LOOKING BACK. THE SENIOR GUARD IS AVERAGING 19 PER GAME AND IS DOING SO WITH DECENT EFFICIENCY. DESPITE GREAT SPEED, HIS 3 POINT RANGE AND PRODUCTIVITY COULD CARVE OUT A ROLE AT THE NEXT LEVEL OFF THE BENCH.

46. BOSTON CELTICS: DEREON SEABRON, SG/SF, NC STATE, SO.

A LENGTHY SLASHER AT 6’7 WHO USES LONG STRIDES AND A QUICK FIRST STEP TO GET TO THE BASKET. THE LACK OF A RELIABLE SHOT ALLOWS DEFENDERS TO PLAY OFF HIM, WHICH HAS DIMINISHED HIS IMPACT AND LOWERED HIS DRAFT STOCK.

47. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (VIA TOR): GABRIELE PROCIDA, SG, ITALY, 2002

ANOTHER SKILLED ITALIAN PROSPECT WHO HAS DECENT SIZE AT 6’7 AND FLOURISHES OFF THE BALL AS A SHOOTER AND CUTTER.

48. FORFEITED PICK

49. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (VIA DEN): OSCAR TSHIEBWE, PF/C, KENTUCKY, JR.

ONE OF THE BEST REBOUNDERS IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL HISTORY WHO IS RELENTLESS ON THE GLASS AND DISRUPTIVE ON THE DEFENSIVE END AVERAGING 3.2 STEALS AND BLOCKS PER GAME.

50. DALLAS MAVERICKS: JEAN MONTERO, PG/SG, OVERTIME ELITE, 2003

MONTERO HAS A LOT OF HYPE SURROUNDING HIM,  BUT THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION IN THE OVERTIME ELITE PROGRAM IS QUESTIONABLE AT BEST. HE IS CERTAINLY AN INTRIGUING, ATHLETIC SCORER AND CREATOR, BUT THE YOUNG POINT GUARD IS A COMPLETE WILD CARD AND STILL HAS A WAYS TO GO WITH HIS SKILL LEVEL AND EFFICIENCY.

51. DETROIT PISTONS (VIA BKN): YANNICK NZOSA, C, CONGO, 2003

A YOUNG, SKILLED RIM PROTECTOR WHO NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS OFFENSIVE POLISH IF HE WANTS TO RECAPTURE SOME OF THE EARLY HYPE.

52. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (VIA UTAH): HUGO BESSON, PG/SG, FRANCE, 2001

A FRENCH GUARD WHO HAS THRIVED PLAYING IN THE AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE SHOWING A LOT OF SCORING ABILITY, BUT ONE OF THE  PLAYERS WITH LOWER CEILINGS AMONG SECOND-ROUND GUARDS.

53. FORFEITED PICK

54. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (VIA CLE): JAIME JAQUEZ, SF, UCLA, JR.

A CRAFTY, HIGH IQ PLAYER WHO CAN CREATE FOR OTHERS AND ALSO DO ALL OF THE LITTLE THINGS TO HELP HIS TEAM WIN. POTENTIAL ROLE PLAYER WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE RIGHT AWAY.

55. MIAMI HEAT: KEON ELLIS, SG, ALABAMA, SR.

AN ATHLETIC GUARD WITH GOOD SIZE AND SPEED WHO CAN SPEED UP OPPOSING DEFENSES AND CLAMP DOWN ON THE DEFENSIVE END WITH ELITE LATERAL QUICKNESS AND DISRUPTIVE HANDS.

56. SACRAMENTO KINGS (VIA CHI): TRISTAN VUKCEVIC, PF/C, SERBIA, 2003

NOT THE GREATEST ATHLETE, BUT A SOLID INTERIOR FINISHER WITH GOOD SIZE AND POTENTIAL AS A STASH GUY AT JUST 18 YEARS OF AGE. VUKCEVIC JUST SIGNED MULTI YEAR DEAL TO LEAVE BARCELONA AND PLAY FOR PARTIZAN IN SERBIA.

57. INDIANA PACERS (VIA MIA): CARLOS ALOCEN, PG, SPAIN, 2000

ALOCEN HAS STRUGGLED TO PLAY TO HIS ABILITY AND IT HAS HURT HIS DRAFT STOCK. AN EFFICIENT GUARD WHO HAS FLIRTED WITH THE DRAFT PROCESS FOR YEARS, BUT IS FINALLY READY TO MAKE THAT STEP AND CONTRIBUTE AS A SOLID, SAFE PLAYMAKING GUARD OFF THE BENCH IN HIS ROOKIE SEASON.

58. UTAH JAZZ (VIA MEM): ALONDES WILLIAMS, SG, WAKE FOREST, SR.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPROVED PLAYERS IN THE COUNTRY WHO KNOWS HOW TO SCORE AND SHOOT, BUT HIS EXCELLENT COURT VISION AND FLASHY, ACCURATE PASSING IS PERHAPS HIS GREATEST ATTRIBUTE.

59. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: JULIAN CHAMPAGNIE, SF, ST. JOHN’S, JR.

TWIN BROTHER OF RAPTORS FORWARD JUSTIN CHAMPAGNIE, BUT DECIDED TO STAY ANOTHER SEASON AFTER DECLARING FOR THE 2021 DRAFT. THREE-LEVEL SCORER BUY LACKS IDEAL ATHLETICISM AND SIZE.

60. PHOENIX SUNS: BRADY MANEK, C, NORTH CAROLINA, SR.

A MODERN STRETCH-BIG WHO PLAYS WITH GREAT ENERGY AND OPENS UP THE FLOOR FOR THE GUARDS AROUND HIM TO GET TO THE HOOP.

FLORIDA STATE PICKS UP TOP INTERNATIONAL RECRUIT MILLER

Baba Miller, one of the top international prospects in the 2022 recruiting class, will play at Florida State next season, he told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

Miller chose the Seminoles over Gonzaga after visiting both schools last week.

“I could see an actual family at Florida State,” Miller said. “I saw a very close relationship between everyone. That was a big part of my decision.”

The 18-year-old Spaniard has played for powerhouse European club Real Madrid’s junior teams since he was 12, even suiting up for the senior team during a contest in December.

At 6-foot-11, Miller has the size and athletic ability to play forward while also being regarded as a high-level shooter. His desire to play positionless basketball was a draw to Florida State after having fellow skilled wings Scottie Barnes, Patrick Williams, and Devin Vassell drafted in recent seasons.

“The style of play matches mine with my abilities and the freedom that they gave their players to make plays at any position,” Miller said.

Coach Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles had a down season in 2021-22, finishing with just a 17-14 record and missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.

DENVER BRONCOS SALE COULD COME AS EARLY AS THIS MONTH

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos could have a new owner as soon as this month in what’s expected to be the most expensive deal in sports history at around $4.5 billion.

A second round of bids for the franchise was due Monday from prospective buyers.

The Pat Bowlen Trust will have to accept the winning bid, and NFL owners will need to approve the sale, likely in July, of the team that’s been in the Bowlen family for nearly four decades.

The Broncos’ price tag is expected to surpass the $3.1 billion sale last month of Chelsea F.C., one of European soccer’s blue ribbon teams, to an American-led consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly.

Boehly reportedly was among the investors with one of the five finalists who were invited to make bids for the Broncos by Monday’s deadline. Another is Walmart heir Rob Walton, who is considered the odds-on favorite because of his estimated $60 billion in personal wealth.

First-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett demurred when asked Monday during offseason workouts if he’s kept up with the sale process that could conclude by month’s end.

“My job is to get the team ready and teach systems and teach them to come together as a team and get them better at football,” Hackett said. “I know that’s obviously a huge, huge deal. But for us it’s about winning no matter who is going to own the team, so I’m excited.”

After a first round of bids, finalists were invited to tour the team’s facilities and take a deeper dive into the franchise’s finances. Hackett said he met with most of the billionaire bidders.

“After talking with everybody, I think they all have an amazing passion and want to be part of this league, and they want to be part of a team – and I think that’s something that’s really beautiful,” Hackett said.

“They want to come to win, and they want to do something great here. And so wherever it is, I think we’re going to be very grateful.”

The Pat Bowlen Trust has run the franchise for several years and last year put the club up for sale after Hall of Famer Pat Bowlen’s children couldn’t concur on a successor to their father.

Bowlen died in 2019 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, a month shy of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

JEUDY INJURED

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy might have to miss Denver’s mandatory minicamp next week after suffering an apparent groin injury during individual drills early in Monday’s workout.

Jeudy watched the rest of the workout in sweats from the sidelines.

“We’re just trying to be precautionary,” Hackett said. “He had a little tweak, so we’re just going to make sure he’s good for minicamp.”

The Broncos’ mandatory minicamp is June 13-15, after which they’ll break until training camp in late July.

Jeudy, a first-round draft pick in 2020, figures to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of quarterback Russell Wilson’s arrival, if he can stay healthy.

Jeudy, who also missed time last month with a back injury, is entering a make-or-break third year in the NFL after going without a touchdown catch last season, when a high ankle sprain sidelined him for two months.

ALL-PRO AARON DONALD RETURNING TO LA RAMS WITH A BIG RAISE

LOS ANGELES (AP) All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald is getting a big raise to stay with the Los Angeles Rams under a reworked contract through 2024.

The Super Bowl champion Rams announced Donald’s return Monday. The team didn’t disclose terms of the new deal, but the NFL Network reported Donald is getting a $40 million raise that will make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.

Donald was already under contract for the next three seasons, but he openly contemplated retirement after he won his first ring with the Rams in February. Instead, the seven-time All-Pro will be back to torment offenses at the heart of Los Angeles’ defense.

Donald is widely considered the most dominant defensive player in the sport, and he demonstrated his power yet again last season. He capped four excellent postseason games by making the final defensive play to stop the final drive by the Rams’ opponents in both the NFC title game and the Super Bowl.

BROWNS’ WATSON NAMED IN 24TH LAWSUIT BY MASSAGE THERAPISTS

HOUSTON (AP) A 24th woman filed a civil lawsuit Monday alleging sexual misconduct by Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is also awaiting possible discipline from the NFL.

The latest lawsuit was filed in Houston by attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing all 24 women.

“Lost in the media frenzy surrounding Deshaun Watson is that these are twenty-four strong, courageous women who, despite ridicule, legal shenanigans, and intense media scrutiny, continue to stand firm for what is right,” Buzbee said in a statement.

Watson has been accused by massage therapists of harassing, assaulting or touching them during appointments when he was with the Houston Texans.

The latest lawsuit makes similar allegations as the woman, a massage therapist, accuses Watson of assaulting and harassing her during an August 2020 session in her apartment. The woman alleges that during the massage session, Watson exposed himself and masturbated and “offered no apology or explanation for his conduct.”

The woman has quit being a massage therapist because of what happened to her and now suffers from depression and anxiety, according to the lawsuit.

Rusty Hardin, Watson’s lead attorney, did not immediately reply to a request Monday seeking comment on the latest lawsuit.

During an interview Friday on SportsRadio 610 in Houston, Hardin again said Watson has done nothing wrong.

Hardin said Watson had consensual sexual activity with three of the women and did not force any of his accusers to have sexual contact.

The first 22 lawsuits were filed in March and April of 2021, with the latest two being filed since two of the women detailed encounters with Watson while being interviewed on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

As the 24th lawsuit was being formally announced, Watson took part in the Browns’ charity golf outing in Rocky River, Ohio. Watson did not speak to the media.

Before Watson arrived at Westwood Country Club, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was asked if the latest lawsuit causes the organization to revisit with the quarterback about his legal situation.

“With that, we’re trying to just be respectful of the process and let that take care of it,” Stefanski said.

Two separate Texas grand juries in March declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints stemming from the allegations.

But Watson could still be suspended if the NFL determines he violated the league’s personal conduct policy. The three-time Pro Bowler has been interviewed by league investigators, who will present their findings to disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson. Commissioner Roger Goodell said last month the investigation was nearing a conclusion.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy said there was no update on the investigation or any timeline.

“We will decline comment as the matter remains under review,” he said in an email to The Associated Press.

Watson has maintained his innocence, saying any sexual activity was consensual.

At his introductory news conference with the Browns in March, Watson denied any wrongdoing. “I’ve never assaulted or disrespected or harassed any woman in my life,” Watson said. “I’ve never done these things people are alleging.”

Stefanski said Monday the team is prepared to handle whatever the league decides.

“I think all along we’re just going to take those things day-by-day and when we have information, then we’ll act on said information,” he said.

Watson was traded from the Texans to Cleveland in March and then signed a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract with his new team despite his ongoing legal problems.

Cleveland signed veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett to back up Watson. Baker Mayfield remains on the team, but the Browns are looking to trade the No. 1 overall pick in 2018.

Watson has been participating in the Browns’ offseason team activities, which will continue this week. The team has a mandatory minicamp scheduled from June 14-16.

REPORT: 49ERS EXCUSING GAROPPOLO FROM MANDATORY MINICAMP

The San Francisco 49ers are excusing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the team’s upcoming mandatory minicamp, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports, citing league sources.

Garoppolo has been rehabbing away from team facilities after undergoing shoulder surgery following the 2021 season. The NFC West club continues to explore trade options for the veteran passer ahead of training camp.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan said he expects the Niners will still deal Garoppolo this offseason but explained it’s “not a guarantee.” The club has expressed that it’s unlikely to release Garoppolo.

Garoppolo was expected to be dealt over the course of the offseason but has seen his market dry up after undergoing surgery. The Niners would save $25.5 million in cap space if they were to move on from Garoppolo before their 2022 campaign, per Over the Cap.

If Garoppolo remains with the club, he would count for $26.9 million against the salary cap.

The veteran signal-caller led San Francisco to a 9-6 record last season. He threw for 3,810 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions with a 68.3% completion rate.

Garoppolo isn’t expected to be cleared to resume throwing at full strength until near the beginning of training camp.

Second-year passer Trey Lance is expected to assume the starting role for San Francisco next season.

REPORT: SCHULTZ SKIPPING REMAINDER OF COWBOYS’ OTAS

Tight end Dalton Schultz informed the Dallas Cowboys he won’t attend the rest of the club’s voluntary OTA sessions due to frustration over contract extension negotiations, sources told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Schultz in March. He signed his franchise tender, which will guarantee his salary of $10.9 million for the 2022 season if he doesn’t land a long-term deal with Dallas.

Schultz has become a reliable option in the Cowboys’ passing attack after racking up 63 catches for 613 yards and four touchdowns in 2020. He posted career bests of 78 receptions for 808 yards and eight touchdowns as he emerged as Dallas’ No. 1 TE last season.

Schultz was among three tight ends to receive the franchise tag this offseason, joining the Cleveland Browns’ David Njoku and Mike Gesicki of the Miami Dolphins. Njoku recently signed a new four-year, $56.75-million deal.

It’s currently unclear if Schultz plans to participate in the Cowboys’ mandatory minicamp from June 14-16. The pass-catcher would be subject to a fine if he chose to skip the three-day session.

AFTER NEARLY 40 SEASONS COACHING IN THE NFL, ROMEO CRENNEL, 74, ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

HOUSTON — Longtime NFL coach Romeo Crennel announced his retirement on Monday after 50 years of coaching.

Crennel, 74, coached 39 seasons in the NFL, including as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and  Kansas City Chiefs. He also served as the Houston Texans’ interim head coach in 2020.

That season, at 73 Crennel became the oldest person in NFL history to serve as a head coach in a game, a record previously held by former Chicago Bears head coach/owner and NFL co-founder George Halas. Crennel finished his career with a 32-63 record as a head coach.

“Football has been my entire life and it’s been a dream come true to coach for 50 years,” Crennel said in a statement. “…I’ll miss everything about coaching and teaching, but the thing I’ll miss the most is being around the guys every day. My goal was to put every player and coach in the best position to succeed, and I consider every guy I coached or worked with a part of my family.”

Among his former players, J.J. Watt, who played seven seasons for Crennel in Houston, took to Twitter to express high praise for the coach.

TIM TEBOW AMONG FIRST-TIMERS ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL HOF BALLOT

(AP) — Tim Tebow, who led Florida to two national championships and won the 2007 Heisman Trophy, is among the former players making a first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

The National Football Foundation announced on Monday the players and coaches eligible for election into the Hall of Fame, and 11 of the 80 FBS players are debuting on the ballot.

Hall of Fame ballots go to more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers. The votes are considered by the NFF’s Honors Courts, which then deliberates and selects a class of about a dozen players and two or three coaches.

College Football Hall of Famer and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin from Ohio State is the chairman of the Honors Court, which includes athletic administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media from all over the country.

Some of the other former players on the ballot for the first time are quarterback Alex Smith of Utah, wide receiver Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State, running back Ki-Jana Carter of Penn State, linebacker Luke Kuechly of Boston College and defensive lineman Dewey Selmon of Oklahoma.

Tebow was the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, and he was a three-time SEC offensive player of the year who set 28 school records during his career from 2006-09.

Chris Leak beat out Tebow for Florida’s starting quarterback job in 2006, but coach Urban Meyer inserted Tebow in goal-line situations where he could use his 6-foot-3, 245-pound frame as a runner. Tebow’s role expanded, and he threw for a touchdown and rushed for another in the BCS title game against Ohio State.

During his 2007 Heisman season, he became the first FBS quarterback to throw for 20 touchdowns and run for 20 TDs in the same season, and his 55 combined TDs were most in SEC history.

The Gators won the 2008 title with Tebow leading them past Oklahoma in the championship game, and he guided Florida to a second straight 13-1 record in 2009.

Tebow has been outspoken about his Christian beliefs. His propensity to take a knee in prayer on the field became widely known as “Tebowing.” He often wore eye black that referenced Bible verses.

Pro football analysts debated how Tebow would transition into the NFL. The Denver Broncos drafted him in the first round in 2010 but he was mostly a backup in three seasons, his last with the New York Jets. He later played minor-league baseball in the New York Mets organization.

Among coaches on the ballot for the first time are Mark Richt, Larry Coker and Frank Solich.

Richt was at Georgia from 2001-15 and at Miami from 2016-18. He won 74% of his games at Georgia and he led the Bulldogs to five SEC title games.

Coker was 60-15 with a national championship at Miami from 2001-06, including 35-3 his first three years. He finished his career at UTSA from 2011-15.

Solich succeeded Tom Osborne in 1998 and led the Cornhuskers to the 2001 national title game. He was fired in 2003 despite going 58-19. He became the winningest coach in Mid-American Conference history at Ohio before retiring last summer.

MICKELSON THE LAST TO SIGN UP FOR SAUDI-FUNDED GOLF LEAGUE

(AP) — Phil Mickelson, a chief recruiter for a Saudi-funded rival league to the PGA Tour, is ending his four-month hiatus by adding his name to the 48-man field for the LIV Golf Invitational that starts Friday outside London.

Mickelson will be joining Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and three other former major champions in a 54-hole tournament at Centurion Golf Club with $25 million in prize money and $4 million going to the individual winner.

“I am ready to come back to play the game I love but after 32 years this new path is a fresh start, one that is exciting for me at this stage of my career,” Mickelson said in a statement posted on social media.

Mickelson also said he would be playing the last two majors, starting June 16 in the U.S. Open at The Country Club outside Boston.

He said the “transformative” new league would allow him to focus on a healthier approach to life on and off the course. Mickelson did not mention the signing fee, which is likely to be every bit of the $125 million or more reportedly paid to Johnson.

It will be Mickelson’s first time playing since Feb. 6 at the Saudi International, where he first began to draw attention to how he was leaning when he accused the PGA Tour of “obnoxious greed” in an interview with Golf Digest.

Two weeks later, Alan Shipnuck published excerpts from his unauthorized biography on Mickelson in which the six-time major champion acknowledged Saudi Arabia’s human rights atrocities, including the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, but said it was worth getting involved if it meant gaining leverage to make changes on the PGA Tour.

Mickelson also said he and three other top players paid attorneys to write the operating agreement of the new league. He later apologized for what he said were reckless comments, without mentioning the PGA Tour.

But then he was out of view for four months, skipping the Masters and the PGA Championship, which he had won the year before at age 50 to become the oldest major champion in history.

Mickelson apologized again in Monday’s statement, adding that he “empathizes” with those who disagree with his decision to leave the PGA Tour for a league funded primarily by the Public Investment Fund in Saudi Arabia.

“His contributions to the sport and connection to fans around the globe cannot be overstated and we are grateful to have him,” said Greg Norman, the CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf Investments. “He strengthens an exciting field for London where we’re proud to launch a new era for golf.”

The PGA Tour did not grant releases for any of its 14 members who have signed up for the rival series, a list that also includes Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer and Charl Schwartzel.

Five other players from the Asian Tour were added as exemptions.

Even as Mickelson was the leader in trying to get players to join, his name was left off the original field list that was released on Tuesday. The Daily Telegraph reported Johnson, at No. 15 the highest-ranked player in the world, received upward of $125 million to join.

The decision likely means the end of Mickelson’s career on the PGA Tour because players who defect are likely to face suspensions for violating tour regulations by playing overseas without a release.

Mickelson has 45 career PGA Tour victories and has amassed nearly $100 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions. He won his first tour event in 1991 when he was an amateur at Arizona State and his most recent title last year at the PGA.

The LIV Golf Invitational is the first of eight such tournaments, with five of them scheduled for the United States, two of them on courses owned by former President Donald Trump.

At least six players in the field already have resigned their PGA Tour memberships. Kevin Na announced his decision on social media. The manager for Garcia, Oosthuizen, Schwartzel and Branden Grace said they have resigned, too.

As much as he was promoting a new concept, Mickelson appeared to be the one who caused the Saudi league to lose momentum with his interviews in February that disparaged the Saudis (“scary mother-(expletives)”) and the PGA Tour (“A dictatorship. They divide and conquer.”)

All the top players – including Johnson – initially pledged their support for the PGA Tour. Johnson later changed his mind.

JACK NICKLAUS TO BECOME HONORARY CITIZEN OF ST. ANDREWS

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Jack Nicklaus is returning to St. Andrews to become an honorary citizen.

Nicklaus won two of his three British Open titles at St. Andrews, and he chose the Old Course in 2005 to play his final major championship.

He already has received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of St Andrews, and now he joins truly exclusive company. The only other Americans to be awarded honorary citizenship in St. Andrews are Bobby Jones in 1958 and Benjamin Franklin in 1759.

The honor for Nicklaus was conferred by the Royal Burgh of St. Andrews Community Council, which is the equivalent of the “Freedom of the City” honor given to Jones.

Nicklaus retired from competitive golf with that final appearance at St. Andrews, his 164th major. He won a record 18 of them, including three at golf’s oldest championship. He missed the cut but finished with a birdie as thousands crammed into balconies and peered through windows from hotels overlooking the Old Course.

Nicklaus said he left with great memories in 2005 and had no plans to return.

“And then they wrote and asked me if I would accept being an honorary citizen,” Nicklaus said at the Memorial. “I couldn’t turn that down. There’s no way in the world I could turn that down, not with Bobby Jones and Benjamin Franklin the only other two Americans who have done it. So, I’m going back.”

The ceremony will be on Tuesday, July 12. Nicklaus said he would not be taking part in the “Champions Challenge” on Monday of Open week, which brings together past champions for a four-hole exhibition on the first, second, 17th and 18th holes of the Old Course.

“I’m not going to play any golf,” Nicklaus said. “I’m not even going to take my clubs.”

St Andrews also will confer honorary doctorate degrees to golf greats Lee Trevino, Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Olazabal, Bob Charles and Catriona Matthew.

PHELPS, VONN AMONG THOSE HEADING TO US OLYMPIC & PARA HALL

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Lindsey Vonn, Michelle Kwan, Mia Hamm, Billie Jean King and the late Pat Summitt are among the nine individual women who will be inducted into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame this summer, along with Michael Phelps and hurdling great Roger Kingdom.

Others voted onto the 2022 class on a crowded ballot were Natalie Coughlin (swimming), Muffy Davis (Para Alpine skiing and cycling), David Kiley (Para Alpine skiing, track and field and wheelchair basketball), Trischa Zorn-Hudson (Para swimming) and Gretchen Fraser (skiing).

The 1976 women’s 4×100 freestyle relay swimming team, anchored by Shirley Babashoff in its stunning upset over the East Germans, and the 2002 men’s Paralympic sled hockey team also were voted into the hall by a mix of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, media and administrators and fans.

The induction ceremony is set for June 24 at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum.

This is the first hall class since 2019; before that, there hadn’t been a class since 2012. The gaps have led to a large list of worthy candidates. Among those who did not make the cut this year are Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso, Dawn Staley and two-time Olympic gold-medal wrestler John Smith.

Led by a record-setting 28 medals and 23 golds won by Phelps, this year’s class has captured a total of 129 medals, including 86 gold.

DARVIN HAM INTRODUCED AS LOS ANGELES LAKERS COACH ON ‘AN INCREDIBLY BRIGHT AND PROMISING DAY’ FOR PROUD FRANCHISE

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Darvin Ham was introduced as the Los Angeles Lakers’ new coach Monday, with point guard Russell Westbrook standing off to the side in a public show of support for the hiring.

And Ham reciprocated that support right back to Westbrook, after a tumultuous first season in Los Angeles for the former league MVP.

“Don’t get it messed up, Russell Westbrook is one of the best players our league has ever seen and there’s still a ton left in the tank,” Ham said. “I don’t know why people tend to try to write him off.”

After trading for Westbrook on the day of the 2021 NBA draft, Los Angeles experienced one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. The Lakers went from being a preseason favorite to win the championship based on Las Vegas betting odds to missing the playoffs completely, finishing No. 11 in the Western Conference with a 33-49 record.

Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka joined Ham for the occasion and expressed optimism in the 48-year-old Ham becoming the 28th head coach in the team’s existence.

“This is an incredibly bright and promising day in Laker history,” Pelinka said.

After an eight-year NBA playing career and a stint coaching and working in the front office in the NBA’s developmental league, Ham got his NBA coaching start in Los Angeles as an assistant on Mike Brown’s staff in 2012-13.

“The fact that I got my start as a coach here, this place will always be special for me,” Ham said. “It’s like a homecoming for me, in all seriousness.”

After Los Angeles, Ham spent nearly a decade on Mike Budenholzer’s staff with the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, winning a championship in 2021.

“As sad as it is for me to be leaving Coach Bud, sometimes you got to walk that walk on your own,” Ham said, getting choked up as he spoke about his former boss. “We went from colleagues, to friends, to brothers while all the while making history.”

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NICK WILLHAM EARNS ALL-AMERICA STATUS AT U23 WORLD TEAM TRIALS

GENEVA, Ohio –––– Indiana University wrestler Nick Willham had a standout weekend at the 2022 U23 USA Wrestling World Team Trials at the Spire Institute.

The senior wrestled in the U23 age group as part of the Freestyle Division where he earned sixth place in the 92 kg weight class. The top-eight finish earned him All-America honors.

Willham went through a difficult slew of competition to finish an All-American. In his four wins, he beat four opponents who had a 43-33 combined record in the 2021-2022 NCAA Wrestling season.

The senior grappler cruised through his first two matches. He beat Mason McCready of Bucknell and Nikolas Miller of Hofstra without surrendering a point, while scoring 16 of his own.

He defeated Christian Knop of North Carolina State, who held a 10-2 record this past college season, in a close 3-1 decision in the round of 16. To make the semi-finals, Willham took care of Michigan’s Robert Striggow via a 7-1 win.

Full Willham Match Results:

Round of 64:

Nick Willham (Indiana RTC) def. Mason McCready (Buffalo Valley RTC) 6-0

Round of 32:

Nick Willham (Indiana RTC) def. Nikolas Miller (Blue & Gold WC) 10-0, 4:07

Round of 16:

Nick Willham (Indiana RTC) def. Christian Knop (Wolfpack WC) 3-1

Quarterfinals:

Nick Willham (Indiana RTC) def. Robert Striggow (Cliff Keen WC) 7-1

Semi-Finals:

Jacob Cardenas (Spartan Combat RTC) def. Nick Willham (Indiana RTC) 5-1

Consolation:

Jack Davis (Lehigh Valley WC) def. Nick Willham (Indiana RTC) 2-0

5th Place Match:

Austin Cooley (Mountaineer WC) def. Nick Willham (Indiana RTC) 6-2

Indiana had nine other wrestlers compete in the U23 Freestyle Division over the weekend.

65 kg: Nico Bolivar (3-2)

65 kg: Cayden Rooks (3-2)

65 kg: Luke Baughman (0-2)

70 kg: Graham Rooks (3-2)

74 kg: Derek Gilcher (2-2)

79 kg: Nick South (2-2)

79 kg: Drayton Harris (1-2)

79 kg: Isiah Levitz (0-2)

92 kg: Nick Willham: 6th place (4-3)

125 kg: Jacob Bullock (3-2)

RANDLE EL, DUNBAR NAMED TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME BALLOT

IRVING, Texas – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced on Monday (June 6) the names for the 2023 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, which includes a pair of Indiana All-Americans in running back Vaughn Dunbar (1990-91) and quarterback Antwaan Randle El (1998-01).

Dunbar was a unanimous first-team All-American in 1991 when he led the nation in rushing (1,805) and finished sixth in Heisman voting. The running back was a first-team All-Big Ten selection that season when he led the conference with 150.4 yards per game. He posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and finished his career No. 3 on the career rushing charts at IU with 3,029 yards, a total that currently sits No. 7 all-time in program history.

Dunbar led the Hoosiers to a pair of bowl appearances and rushed for a total of 197 yards in the 1990 Peach Bowl and 1991 Copper Bowl. In a 24-0 victory over Baylor Copper Bowl, Dunbar totaled 106 rushing yards and one touchdown to earn MVP honors at Arizona Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

One of the most dynamic offensive performers in college football history, Randle El was the first quarterback to ever claim the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year honors in a career, earning the top rookie award in 1998 and player of the year accolades in 2001. A 2001 first-team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of American, he finished 6th in Heisman Trophy balloting in 2001, after finishing 13th in 2000.

Randle El was the first player in NCAA history to score 40 touchdowns (45) and throw for 40 touchdowns (42) in a career, first to record over 2,500 yards of total offense in four seasons, first to pass for over 6,000 yards and rush for over 3,000 yards in a career. He remains the IU career total offense leader (11,364), more than 3,000 yards ahead of second place, and continues to rank No. 2 on the career passing yardage (7,469), rushing yardage (3,895) and touchdowns (45) charts.

The Thompson-Randle El Award, given to the Big Ten’s best freshman football student-athlete, is named in his honor. A tremendous all-around athlete, while at Indiana Randle El also played on the men’s basketball and baseball teams. He played in the NFL for 10 years with Pittsburgh and Washington and was a member of the winning Super Bowl team in Pittsburgh in 2005.

Indiana already has six members of the program enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, with Anthony Thompson the most recent selection in 2007. Alvin “Bo” McMillin (elected 1951), Pete Philos (1966), Zora Clevenger (1968), George Taliaferro (1981) and John Tavener (1990) are also among the less than two one-hundredths of a percent (.02%) of those who have played the game during the past 152 years to earn the distinction.

The announcement of the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be made in early 2023, with specific details to be announced in the future.

The 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted during the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 2023, and permanently immortalized at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. They will also be honored at their respective schools with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2023 season.

The criteria for Hall of Fame consideration include:

• First and foremost, a player must have received first-team All-America recognition by a selector that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise its consensus All-America teams.

• A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s Honors Courts 10 full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football played.

• While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post-football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether the candidate earned a college degree.

• Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years.* Players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.

• A coach becomes eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head football coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.

• Nominations may only be submitted by the current athletics director, head coach or sports information director (SID) of a potential candidate’s collegiate institution. Nominations may also be submitted by the president/executive director of a dues-paying chapter of the National Football Foundation.

*Players who do not comply with the 50-year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Veterans Committees. Veterans Committee candidates must still meet First Team All-America requirement.

Once nominated for consideration, all FBS player candidates are submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their school’s geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame but received significant votes in the final selection, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee may make recommendations to the Honors Court for exceptions that allow for the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago. The Honors Court annually reviews the Hall of Fame criteria to ensure a fair and streamlined process.

Of the 5.54 million individuals who have played college football since Princeton first battled Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869, only 1,056 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, or less than two one-hundredths of a percent (.02%) of those who have played the game during the past 152 years. From the coaching ranks, 226 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.

OWEN DAVIS COMMITS TO PURDUE

Linebacker Owen Davis from North Union in Ohio, announced his commitment to Purdue Monday on social media.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Davis is the third commitment in the program’s 2023 recruiting class.

Davis had scholarship offers from Akron, Army, Ball State, Central Michigan, Duke, Kent State, Marshall, Ohio, South Dakota, Western Michigan and Youngstown State.

BROUSE LEAVES LASTING IMPACT ON COLLEGE GOLF AFTER 45 YEARS AS HEAD COACH

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Devon Brouse spent 45 years as a head coach, spanning six decades (1978-2022). His career landed him in both the Golf Coaches Association of America’s Hall of Fame (2009) and the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2012), making him the only coach in history to earn both honors. In his 25th and final season guiding Purdue Women’s Golf, he went out with a bang by leading the Boilermakers to a 12th-place finish at the 2022 NCAA Championships. While he may be retiring as a head coach, Brouse left a legacy that will remain in the college golf world for decades to come.

“It has been a true pleasure and honor to lead the golf programs at my alma mater, Purdue, after a 20-year stint coaching North Carolina,” said Brouse. “Being around great champions and leaders in my 45 years of coaching has been a learning experience for me and has allowed me to share my experience with our students. I can’t imagine a career that could have been as rewarding as mine.”

Over his career, beginning with 20 seasons at North Carolina before returning to Purdue for another 25 years, Brouse was an eight-time conference coach of the year while leading his programs to 12 league titles. He coached 110 all-conference selections, including 66 All-Americans. Brouse’s teams captured 113 tournament titles, while advancing to the NCAA Championships 40 times. Honored as the country’s best coach, Brouse was tabbed the national coach of the year by the NGCA and Golfweek in both 2006 and 2010.

“Devon Brouse achieved an extraordinary level of excellence in leading men’s and women’s golf programs during his more than 40 years as a head coach,” said Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Mike Bobinski. “He has long been recognized nationally in the golf community as one of its most knowledgeable and influential voices. Purdue Athletics, countless student-athletes and the Lafayette golf community have all benefited from Coach Brouse’s leadership and commitment to success in every aspect of his career. Fittingly, the Boilermakers added one more achievement to his outstanding legacy with this season’s trip to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. We wish Devon and Kathy the very best in this next chapter of their lives and look forward to welcoming them back home to campus in the years ahead.”

A 1971 graduate of Purdue, Brouse led his alma mater to national prominence. He coached both the men’s and women’s programs for 15 years before focusing on the women’s team for the past decade. On the women’s side, the Boilermakers earned a spot in the NCAA Championships 18 times throughout program history. All appearances have been under Brouse, making Purdue one of only seven programs to advance to the final stage at least 18 times since the start of the 21st century. In 2009, Brouse coached Maria Hernandez to the NCAA individual championship, a first for Purdue and for the Big Ten. One year later, the 2010 Boilermakers captured the national championship with the second-lowest four-round team score in NCAA Championships history to win the first national championship by a northern-based school. Purdue became one of 11 school to have won both team and individual titles.

“It’s difficult to convey the tremendous impact Coach Devon Brouse has had on Purdue’s golf programs and golf complex,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator, Nancy Cross. “When we enticed him and his wife Kathy to return to their alma mater, it was because of his prodigious vision of success – and he delivered. In the past 25 years, without question, Devon is Purdue’s most successful coach with a national championship, three top-four finishes, and a dozen top 12-finishes, in addition to a graduation rate of nearly 100 percent.  While our mission is to win at the highest level and graduate, Devon’s hallmark was his commitment to forcing each one of his student-athletes to grow, to push him or herself beyond what each believed capable, to be self-reliant, and most of all to be resilient. I am so grateful to Devon and Kathy for their commitment to our Boilermaker student-athletes and for putting Purdue golf on the map. I wish them both the best in this next chapter, because we all know there is no ‘retirement’ in Devon.”

In terms of individual national recognition, several of Brouse’s golfers received national accolades. Hernandez won the Honda Sports Award and PING/NCAA National Player of the Year after her national title in 2009. Hernandez, Maude Aimee LeBlanc, Paula Reto and August Kim all earned First Team All-America honors. Overall, Brouse’s players earned 66 All-America awards.

Brouse was instrumental in the development of several individual players who achieved great success at both the collegiate and professional levels. Under his tutelage, Brouse mentored two NCAA individual champions (Maria Hernandez and John Inman), a Fred Haskins Award Winner (John Inman), a Ben Hogan Award Winner (Mark Wilson), two Palmer Cup participants (Max Harris and Lee Williamson), two Walker Cup selections (Frank Fuhrer and Tom Scherrer) and a Solheim Cup selection (Christel Boeljon). Two of his former golfers won LET tournaments (Boeljon and Hernandez), four of his pupils (Davis Love III, John Inman, Tom Scherrer and Mark Wilson) won titles on the PGA Tour and Patrick Moore was the leading money winner on the 2002 Buy.com Tour. In addition, Brouse coached 10 World Amateur selections (John Inman, Shiv Kapur, Maximo Kopp, Santiago Russi, Christel Boeljon, Myrte Eikenaar, Stefani Endstrasser, Maria Hernandez, Thea Hoffmeister and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc).

Brouse’s golfers set the pace for the Big Ten Conference. Under his guidance, Purdue had seven Big Ten Players of the Year, seven Big Ten Freshmen of the Year and 35 first team All-Big Ten selections. The Boilermakers took home the first seven Mary Fossum Awards in Big Ten history, awarded for low-stroke season stroke average in the conference. Reto closed the streak in 2013, averaging 72.83 strokes per round through the Big Ten Championships and becoming the sixth straight Boilermaker to claim medalist honors. In 2012, Laura Gonzalez-Escallon was the recipient of the Mary Fossum Award after winning her second Big Ten medal. In 2008, Hernandez turned in the best 72-hole score in conference history, firing a 281 at the Big Ten Championships to earn medalist honors. In 2016, Kim set the Big Ten 54-hole record at The Fort Golf Resort in Indianapolis, firing a nine-under, 207, and Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri continued the championship tradition in 2019, tying for medalist honors at TPC River’s Bend to become the ninth conference champion in program history.

In addition to their accolades on the course, the Boilermaker golfers brought home a wealth of honors in the classroom as well. Purdue earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) among the top 10 percent of their sports, marking the program’s first such honor. In Brouse’s tenure, the Boilermakers collected 29 WGCA All-American Scholar awards, 77 Academic All-Big Ten honors and eight Big Ten Distinguished Scholar certificates.

Brouse leaves a lasting impact on the future of Purdue Golf thanks to his commitment to having one of the best college golf facilities in the country. In addition to his coaching duties for both the men’s and women’s golf teams at Purdue, Brouse was responsible for overseeing operations for the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. With the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex giving Purdue two of the top courses in the state of Indiana as well as all of college golf, Brouse recognized the need for an indoor facility to keep the Boilermakers on top of their games. This led to the Tom Spurgeon Golf Training Center, an 11,400-square-foot center that includes an indoor putting green, a swing-analysis video computer system and multiple heated hitting bays, as well as team locker rooms, a golfer lounge, and coaches’ offices. Continuing to keep Purdue’s golf facilities at the top, Brouse has been instrumental in the development and concept of the future Pete Dye Clubhouse. The new clubhouse, scheduled to begin construction later this year, has been made possible thanks to a generous $20 million gift from golf alumnus Sam Allen and his wife, Purdue alumna Marsha Allen.

While Brouse decided that now is the time for a well-deserved retirement, his legendary career will not be forgotten. He built a successful career that spanned two decades before returning home to West Lafayette and taking Purdue Golf to another level, piling up accolades along the way. Brouse made a difference for Purdue and its student-athletes on and off the course. His hard work and dedication to Purdue lived up to what it truly means to be a Boilermaker.

Coaching Highlights

2010 NCAA Champions (Purdue women)

2011 NCAA runners up (Purdue women)

2013 NCAA third-place finish (Purdue women)

2009 NCAA Individual Champion (Maria Hernandez)

GCAA Hall of Fame – Class of 2009

WGCA Hall of Fame – Class of 2012

University of North Carolina Golf Order of Merit – Class of 2013

2006 and 2010 NGCA National Women’s Coach of the Year

2006 and 2010 Golfweek National Women’s Coach of the Year

2006 Labron Harris Award Winner

Five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2000, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)

Three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year (1981, 1991, 1995)

1991 and 1995 District III North Coach of the Year

2002, 2006, 2009, 2010 Region Coach of the Year

40 NCAA Championship appearances

Six Big Ten Titles (2000, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)

Six ACC Titles (1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1995, 1996)

10 Big Ten individual champions

Six ACC individual champions

2001 NCAA Central regional champions (Purdue men)

2002 NCAA Central regional champions (Purdue men)

2006 NCAA Western regional champions (Purdue women)

66 All-American selections

110 All-Conference selections

113 Individual tournament titles

133 Team tournament titles

1984 NCAA individual champion (John Inman)

LARRY BURTON AND TAYLOR STUBBLEFIELD LAND ON 2023 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME BALLOT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A pair of Purdue Football legends landed on the 2023 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Larry Burton and Taylor Stubblefield, two of the best wide receivers in program history, were on the list released by the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Football Hall of Fame Monday (June 6).

The Boilermakers were two of 80 players on the Football Bowl Subdivision ballot. The announcement of the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be made in early 2023. The 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted during the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 2023, and permanently immortalized at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. They will also be honored at their respective schools with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2023 season.

Before becoming a football standout at Purdue, Burton showcased his speed on the track. He tied the world record in the 60-meter dash, while also setting a world best in the 200-meter dash. Burton also finished fourth in the 200-meter dash at the 1972 Olympics.

In his two seasons as a Boilermaker, Burton led Purdue in receiving yards during both the 1973 and 1974 campaigns. The 1974 team MVP and team captain was a First Team All-American and Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1974, while also collecting First Team All-Big Ten honors.

Following his career at Purdue, Burton was selected by the New Orleans Saints as the seventh overall pick in the 1975 NFL Draft. He went on to have a six-year career in the NFL.

Stubblefield was a 2004 consensus First Team All-American who set the NCAA record for career receptions (316). From 2001 to 2004, the two-time All-Big Ten selection amassed 325 receptions. Because the NCAA did not include bowl games in its statistics until 2002, Stubblefield’s national-record total stands at 316. Only two other players had as many as 300 lifetime catches entering the 2005 season following Stubblefield’s graduation.

Consistency was Stubblefield’s trademark. He caught 89 passes as a senior – the third-most in school history – after having 86 as a junior, 77 as a sophomore (when he missed three games with an injury) and 73 as a freshman. He caught at least one pass in all 47 games he played at Purdue. Stubblefield’s 3,629 career receiving yards rank second on both the Purdue and Big Ten lists – to teammate John Standeford’s 3,788 yards from 2000 to 2003. Stubblefield had 11 100-yard receiving games, the fourth-most in school annals, and 21 receiving touchdowns to rank tied for fifth.

Stubblefield set a school record with 16 receiving touchdowns his senior season, the second-most in the nation that year and the third-most ever in the Big Ten. His 1,095 receiving yards rank ninth on the Purdue season list. Stubblefield was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation’s outstanding receiver. He became the first Purdue receiver to be recognized as a consensus All-American since Bernie Flowers in 1952.

Throughout history, Purdue has had 11 former players and five former coaches enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Rod Woodson (1983-86) was the latest Boilermaker to be inducted, back in 2016.

BUTLER WSOCCER ADDS SIX NEWCOMERS TO 2022 ROSTER

Co-head coaches Tari St. John and Rob Alman have announced the anticipated arrival of a talented freshmen class as six standouts will join the program for the upcoming fall season.

Incoming Bulldogs

Amelie Darey, Epsom, Surrey, England

Sydney Longo, Macomb, Michigan

Addie Marshall, Franklin Indiana

Daphne Murray, Chicago, Illinois

Emily O’Malley, Chesterfield, Michigan

Talia Sommer, Tel Aviv, Israel

Coaches St. John and Alman on the newest members of the squad:

“We can’t wait to have these six ladies begin with us this Fall. This class is loaded with technical ability and quality on the ball, bravery in possession, game intelligence and fierce competitive spirit. These traits have made Butler Women’s Soccer what it is today and our newest Dawgs will be ready to compete for championships immediately.”

 “Off the field, we believe that once again we have hit the jackpot! All six ladies are outstanding students with incredible academic pedigree, and are high class characters that believe in and are fully aligned with our team principles. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome them in to our culture and our community and we know they will represent Butler University to an exemplary standard in the years ahead.”

The newcomers join a Butler side that finished the 2021 season with an overall record of 15-5-1, advanced to the semi-final of the BIG EAST Tournament, and secured an at-large bid for the program’s third appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Amelie Darey

Epsom, Surrey, England/Blenheim, 5-7, MF / D

Darey played her club soccer for Chelsea FC in addition to serving as captain for seven years with her school team. During this time, Darey helped lead her team through an unbeaten streak of 53 games, winning two national championships (2018, 2019) and a Surrey Cup Championship (2019) along the way. In 2022, the side again qualified for the ongoing National Cup and Surrey Cup finals. Darey has also participated in multiple England Youth National Team Camps.

On choosing Butler: “I felt it was the university that could help me achieve both my football and academic goals with an excellent pathway for both.”

Darey plans to major in Business – Marketing.

Sydney Longo

Macomb, Mich./L’anse Cruese North, 5-4, MF

Longo played for Michigan Nationals which was the 2021 Girls Academy National Champion.

At L’anse Cruese North High School she was named valedictorian, served on the Student Council Executive Board, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Longo did not play High School soccer due to her club soccer commitments with Nationals GA.

On choosing Butler: “I chose Butler University because I know it is the perfect environment for me, both athletically and academically. I know I will be challenged but also will always feel supported and at home.”

Longo plans to major in Biology.

Addie Marshall

Franklin, Ind./Franklin, 6-0, GK

Marshall played for FC Pride ECNL, reaching the 2019 ECNL Final Four and the 2021 ECNL Champions League National Finals.

At Franklin Community High School, the two-year captain received First Team All-District, All-Mid-State Conference, and All-Johnson County honors, as well as team MVP recognition. She was Academic All-State for two years and was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and the Athletic Leadership Council. She was also a S.A.G.E. Award winner.

On choosing Butler: “I chose Butler University for its high academic reputation, unique internship opportunities, and top-tier soccer program. The coaching staff has built a championship-winning program and develops their players on and off the field.”

Marshall plans to major in International Business.

Daphne Murray

Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young Magnet, 5-6,  F / WM

Murray played for Eclipse Select Soccer Club, helping to lead her team to the ECNL Champions League National Playoffs and the USL Super Y National Finals.

At Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, she played one year of soccer and also competed on the track and cross-country teams, winning both city and regional championships. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was a National Student Leadership Conference nominee, earning recognition on the Academic Honor Roll and as a Principal Scholar.

On choosing Butler: “I chose Butler because of the combination of high-level soccer and great academics. I fell in love with the school and players/coaches on my visit and couldn’t imagine going anywhere else!”

Murray plans to major in Psychology/Sociology.

Emily O’Malley

Chesterfield, Mich./L’anse Cruese North, 5-9, M / F

O’Malley played for Michigan Nationals which was the 2021 Girls Academy National Champion. She also won the USYSA National Championship three times (2015, 2016, 2017) prior to the GA League forming.

At L’anse Cruese North High School, she was named valedictorian and was a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council, receiving honor roll recognition multiple times. She did not play high school soccer due to club commitments with Nationals GA. O’Malley is the younger sister of current Butler Soccer standout, Caitlin O’Malley.

On choosing Butler: “I chose Butler because of the elite academic and athletic opportunities. I love that the classes are small and that the professor will know me by name. The coaching staff’s bond with the players made it feel more like a family than just a team.”

O’Malley plans to major in Engineering.

Talia Sommer

Tel Aviv, Israel/Hebrew Gymnasium Herzelia, 5-7, M

Sommer played for ASA Tel Aviv where she helped her team win the Israeli Women’s Premier League Championship and the National Cup. She has six caps with Israel National Team with three starts during World Cup qualification matches.  She was also recognized as Rookie of the Year in Israel’s Premier League (2018-2019).

At The Hebrew Gymnasium Herzelia, she led her team to the Israeli High School Cup while, in the classroom, finishing all semesters with the highest honors.

On choosing Butler: “As an international, finding a university is more than just that. When you move across the world, it needs to be to a place that feels like home. During my official visit, and throughout my entire communication with the coaching staff, Butler gave me this feeling. Home is a place to feel like yourself and grow. I believe this outstanding program will allow me to meet the best people and become the best version of myself, academically and athletically. “

Sommer plans to major in Physics and Neuroscience.

SALLEE HIRES JAUWAN SCAIFE AS NEWEST ASSISTANT COACH

MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State 11th-year head women’s basketball coach Brady Sallee has brought back another former Ball State basketball player – this time from the men’s basketball program – as he has announced the hiring of former Cardinal standout guard Jauwan Scaife as his new assistant women’s basketball coach.

Scaife replaces former women’s basketball assistant coach Bri Kulas who will be getting married this summer and is stepping away from the profession.

A native of Muncie, Scaife returns to his alma mater after spending two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Utah State women’s basketball team. 

“I’m ecstatic to be able to bring Jauwan back to Ball State,” Sallee said. “He brings the perfect combination of character, work ethic and experience that I was looking for in this hire. Jauwan was eager to get back to Ball State where he enjoyed so much success as a player, and I look forward to watching him find that same level of success as a part of our coaching staff.”

In his lone season at Utah State, Scaife helped lead the Aggies to an 11-19 overall record, including a 5-13 mark in Mountain West play, in the 2021-22 season, nearly tripling the previous season’s win total. Utah State finished the season ranked third in offensive rebounds per game (12.43) and fourth in assists per game (14.20).

Prior to Utah State, Scaife had a similar role at Murray State from 2018 to 2020, where he had key roles in player development, recruiting, offensive schemes and game plans and assisted with in-game adjustments. During the 2018-19 season, Scaife helped the Racers to nine conference victories, the most by Murray State since the 2008-09 season. Scaife also helped Evelyn Adebayo and Macey Turley earn All-Ohio Valley Conference honors. Adebayo went on to play as a graduate transfer for Connecticut.

Before his time at Murray State, Scaife spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Evansville, where he worked primarily with perimeter players. Scaife helped Kerri Gasper earn honorable mention All-Missouri Valley Conference accolades.

Scaife was also an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri for two seasons under former Ball State associate head women’s basketball coach Rekha Patterson. He joined Patterson after he completed his master’s degree in physical education from Ball State in 2013 while also holding the role of graduate assistant for two years with the Cardinals.

At Southeast Missouri State, he helped the Redhawks advance to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time in seven seasons during the 2015-16 campaign. One of his players, Brianna Mitchell, was named to the All-OVC team during his time at Southeast Missouri. 

Scaife is no stranger to Muncie or Ball State University. Scaife was a four-year letterwinner from 2009-2013 for the Cardinals, where he was a Second-Team All-MAC selection as a senior in 2012-13 and a MAC All-Freshman Team choice in 2009-10. 

Scaife finished his career 14th in program history with 1,326 career points and became the 26th 1,000-point scorer in Ball State history. He finished with 203 career 3-pointers, breaking the school record in the final game of his career. Scaife also broke the school record with 579 career 3-point attempts. He ended his career ranked seventh in program history in career minutes played (3,368), tied for seventh in games played (120) and ninth in games started (93). Scaife also wrapped up his career ranked 11th in career free throws made (317), 13th in free throw percentage (.783) and 15th in free throw attempts (405).

Prior to Ball State, Scaife was a three-year letterwinner at Muncie Central High School. Scaife is also the cousin of former Ball State and NBA standout Bonzi Wells.

Scaife will now be the third former Ball State basketball player on Sallee’s staff, joining former Cardinal standouts Audrey Spencer (associate head coach) and Moriah Monaco (assistant coach). 

JOHNNY MONTELLO JOINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACHING STAFF

INDIANAPOLIS – Head coach Kate Bruce and the IUPUI Athletics Department announced Johnny Montello as the women’s basketball top assistant coach and recruting coordinator. Bruce and Montello coached together for five seasons at Walsh University.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the IUPUI community and so grateful for the opportunity to be here!” said Montello. “I love what I do and getting to do it at a place like IUPUI is a dream come true. I look forward to making a lasting impact on our student-athletes, our campus, and to the challenge of continuing the outstanding success of the Women’s Basketball Program!”

Montello joins the Jaguars staff to begin his seventh year as a college basketball coach. He previously served as the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Walsh University (OH). Montello assisted the Cavaliers in reaching their first ever NCAA DII Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2021-2022 season, with an overall record of 28-5. In addition, the Cavaliers beat the #2 team in the country twice in the 21-22 campaign.

“I am so thrilled to have Johnny join me at IUPUI,” said head coach Kate Bruce. “He is a tireless worker with tremendous knowledge and passion for the game of basketball. Johnny was a critical part of our recruiting success at Walsh, and he will bring that same energy to recruiting future Jaguars.”

Montello began his career at Walsh University as a graduate assistant for two seasons beginning in the 2016-2017 season, followed by a third year as a full-time assistant coach. In his third year, the Cavaliers went on to be both GMAC Regular Season and GMAC Tournament Champions for the first time in school history. They also made their first NCAA tournament appearance.

The following year, Montello went to coach on the Men’s side at Division II Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. At Eckerd, Montello served as an assistant coach and brought in a recruiting class of nine players ranging from all-state high school players, prep school, JUCO, and Division I transfers. Montello focused on player development, game-plan, scouting reports and recruiting material for social media and visits.

Montello returned to the Cavaliers for the 2020-2021 season. That year, the Cavaliers’ accomplished new school records for consecutive wins (26), points in a game (112), and rebounds in a game (63). In addition, the Cavaliers’ qualified for the NCAA DII National Tournament where they were a fifth seed in the Atlantic Region. They went on to get their first ever NCAA DII National Tournament win to advance to the Round of 32.

Prior to his collegiate coaching career, Montello played collegiately at John Carroll University and Hiram College as a guard and is a native of Aurora, Ohio. In addition, Montello served as a JV Boys Head Coach and Varsity Assistant at Aurora High School (2014-2016), and founded a successful Boys AAU program in the greater Cleveland area that went on to compete at the National level and AAU Circuit. Montello led his AAU program to the NTBA National Championship Final 4 (2017) and Sweet 16 (2016).

JAGUARS ROUND OUT SIGNING CLASS WITH LOCAL SWINGMAN

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and head basketball coach Matt Crenshaw announced the signing of Indianapolis-native Vincent Brady II to financial aid papers as he’ll join the Jaguars for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. Brady, a 6-foot-4 swingman, starred at Indianapolis Cathedral High School before spending last season at Air Force Prep in Colorado. Brady originally committed to Air Force, but instead will become IUPUI’s tenth addition for the upcoming season.

“Vincent is the kind of kid we want to continue to build this program around. He’s an Indiana kid who knows how to play the game and play the right way,” Crenshaw said. “He’s super talented and super versatile. He’s ony about 6-4, but he can realistically play and defend three different positions. He plays with a really high motor and really high basketball IQ.

“Offensively, he likes to slash and get to the rim, but he’s got a great midrange game and his range extends our beyond the three-point line. Like the rest of these guys, we’re excited to get him in the mix and start putting things together.”

Brady averaged 17.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game for a strong Cathedral team in 2019-20. He shot 42.3 percent from three-point range and helped the Irish to an 18-3 record and a No. 5 ranking in Class 4A before falling in the first round of sectionals to eventual state runner-up Lawrence North. He helped Cathedral to the City Tournament Championship, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team. 

He was one of just eight players from the state of Indiana to be nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game in 2021. He averaged 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a junior after not being declared eligible until January after an earlier transfer, helping that Cathedral squad to an 18-6 mark.

Brady played AAU with George Hill All Indy and his older sister, Trinity, plays collegiately at Nebraska.

JAGUARS INK GRADUATE TRANSFER FOR 2022-2023 SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and head basketball coach Matt Crenshaw announced the addition of graduate transfer Chris Osten (pronounced Austin) for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. Osten, a 6-foot-9 forward, played at Northern Illinois last season and will use his final season of eligibility with the Jaguars, beginning this fall. Osten made 13 appearances and three starts in his lone season at NIU a year ago. Prior to that, Osten has made stops at Arizona State, Lee College (Texas) and LSU-Alexandria.

“Chris addresses an immediate need for us with his size and strength. He’s 6-9, 6-10 and really strong and is going to give us some rim protection and rebounding up front,” Crenshaw said. “He’s a mature young man and brings that experience and some toughness and athleticism to our roster. I think he fits in well with the guys we have coming back and the guys we have coming in. I know as a staff, we’re excited to get him to campus, get him acclimated and get he and the other new guys working out together.”

Osten, a Louisiana-native, began his collegiate career at NAIA LSU-Alexandria, redshirting his initial campaign. He then played at Lee College, averaging 11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in junior college. From there, he committed to Arizona State and appeared in 24 games for the Sun Devils, making six starts. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game at ASU, including a 12-point effort at Oregon State on Jan. 16. He grabbed a season-high eight boards against Washington on Feb. 23. Last season, had a season-high six points at Toledo on Jan. 8 and grabbed a season-high five boards at Mizzou on Nov. 18. 

Osten becomes IUPUI’s ninth addition for the 2022-2023 campaign.

VELOZ BONILLA TURNS IN PR, THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT PUERTO RICO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Not only did Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (San Juan, P.R. / American Military Academy) represent Valparaiso University in his native San Juan this weekend, but he did so with a career-best performance.

Veloz Bonilla finished in third place in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:52.7, besting his previous PR of 3:55.7.   

“I’m going to be honest, before the race started, I was nervous,” Veloz Bonilla said. “Not because I didn’t feel ready, but because I had high expectations for myself that I wanted to achieve. Once the gun went off and the race was underway, those nerves vanished and as a good friend told me, I decided to relax, settle in the pack and trust the training Coach Walker has given me for the past month. So, I settled in the lead pack throughout the race, answering every move they made. I was honestly feeling really good, and my confidence kept increasing with each stride as we were approaching the final lap. Once the bell lap came, I moved into first place in the first curve unconsciously. I say unconsciously because I wasn’t really thinking about it, it just happened. I was feeling good and put on a surge and dragged the pack with me. It wasn’t on the race plan, I wanted to wait to make that move until the last 200mts and use my kick at the end, but it was one of those things I couldn’t control at the moment. I felt good and decided to risk it. Which I don’t know, maybe it cost me, or maybe it didn’t, as I got passed with 150mts left, but the risk I took propelled me to a big PR and a third-place finish.”

Veloz Bonilla hopes to build on his experience competing in San Juan as he returns for his fifth and final year in Valpo’s distance program beginning this fall.

“I am more than happy with those results, as I know now that next year I can achieve some big things,” Veloz Bonilla said. “Coach Walker has been of huge help to me since he got to Valpo, and we have made a really good coach/athlete connection, and I think that next year a lot of good times and races are going to come out of his training. I’m really excited for what’s to come, and grateful to Valpo for the constant support. It was truly amazing to receive so many texts from my classmates and teammates wishing me good luck, as they’ve all become my second family. Now, the plan is to take a week off, and then get back at it as I start my training for cross country in the fall.”

Head cross country coach Vince Walker made the trip to San Juan to coach and support Veloz Bonilla during the event.  

“Ignacio really put on a show for the home crowd,” Walker said. “It’s always exciting to race well in front of family and friends back home. I was really proud to see him race with more confidence and be able to trust himself to make the moves he needed to stay in the race. Not only did Ignacio excel at representing his country, he’s also bringing some hardware back to Valpo. Seeing him finish his season with third at the Puerto Rico National Championships is icing on the cake. We both know there is a lot more in the tank and I am excited to see what next year has to bring. He has some big goals for his last year and I believe he can shatter his own expectations. With 400m to go, he made a big move to go for the win and just fell short in the final straightaway. As a coach I would much rather see an athlete make a big move and give themselves a chance to win and have the wheels fall off in the final straightaway then have them run nervously and finish wishing they went for it. Overall, it was a great day. We learned a lot from the race and know what we need to work on for next season.” 

ROOSEVELT JONES NAMED DIRECTOR OF MBB OPERATIONS AT UE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Roosevelt Jones – a former star at Butler University and most recently an assistant coach at the University of Indianapolis – has joined the University of Evansville men’s basketball program as the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations.

Purple Aces head coach David Ragland crossed paths with Jones throughout his career, most recently over the course of the last year.

“I have gotten an opportunity to get to know Roosevelt very well during my time at Butler. He is known as being the ultimate teammate and an extremely hard worker,” Ragland explained. “During his coaching career he has earned the respect as an aggressive recruiter, a motivating skill developer and detailed in his scouts. I look forward to working with Rose as he continues to grow as a coach and mentor!”

Jones worked at UIndy as an assistant over the last two seasons and made history in 2021-22, helping the program advance to its first-ever appearance in the GLVC Tournament Championship Game.  The Greyhounds were 19-11 overall and 10-8 in conference action.  In his first year with the Hounds, the team won 11 of their final 16 games to advance to the postseason.

“I’m so thankful for this opportunity to get started in Evansville,” Jones said.  “I love the vision that Coach Rags and the staff have for future of the team. Big things are ahead for UE!”

His first coaching opportunity a came at IU-Kokomo where he worked for two seasons.  The Cougars were 53-15 during his tenure and recorded two NAIA National Tournament appearance.  They were ranked as high as 10th nationally.

Prior to his coaching days, Jones enjoyed a storied playing career.  The legend at Butler University completed a record-breaking career with the Bulldogs that saw him rank at or near the top in starts (1st), assists (4th), rebounds (5th), steals (8th) and points (11th).  The 2-time All-Big East Second Team player earned NABC All-District accolades in 2015-16.

Jones went on to play professionally for two years with the Canton Charge, the G- League affiliate of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, while additionally training players during the offseason in his hometown of O’Fallon, Ill.

COLEMAN, EATON NAMED ARTHUR ASHE JR. SPORTS SCHOLARS

Recent Wabash College graduates Kenny Coleman and Jeremiah Eaton were named 2022 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.

Coleman was a first-team selection in track and field and a fourth-team selection in football. Eaton garnered first-team accolades in lacrosse. They are the third and fourth Wabash student-athletes to be named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar since 2018.

Coleman, a native of Muncie, Indiana, was a four-year member of the Wabash football and track and field teams and a served as a captain on the gridiron. He helped the Wabash football team to a 7-3 record in 2021, playing in a career-high eight games for the Little Giants as a defensive lineman. He totaled 4.0 tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack. He also registered one quarterback hurry.

In track and field, he posted career bests in the shot put (12.83 m/42-1.25), hammer throw (45.55 m/149-5), and discus (37.29 m/122-4) in 2022. In 2021, he finished fifth with a season-best mark of 14.88 meters (48-10) in the weight throw at the 2020 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. He ranks 10th on Wabash all-time performers list in the hammer throw.

In his four-year career, Coleman helped his squads win seven NCAC championships. The football team posted a 23-8 (.742) mark during his collegiate career.

A rhetoric major, Coleman is a member of the Malcolm X Institute for Black Studies (MXIBS), where he has serves as chairman and secretary. He also helped restore the Bethel AME Church in Crawfordsville, and served as a resident advisor on campus.

“Kenny is a phenomenal young man and leader,” said, Clyde Morgan, Wabash director of track and field and cross country. “He leads effectively on the track and field team, on the campus, and in his community. He is the epitome of our MOWNBU motto (Men of Wabash Nothing Breaks Us), and I would gladly take ten of that young man.”

He’s a four-time Dean’s List honoree, and was the 2021 recipient of the Lewis Salter Memorial Award, which is given to the member of the junior class who best exemplifies the characteristics of scholarship, character, leadership, and service, the Nicholas McCarty Harrison Essay Award, the Wedgeworth Lilly Library Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Award, and the MXIBS Service Award. Coleman earned an Orr Fellowship from the State of Indiana and will receive executive mentorship and participate in a curriculum designed to develop understanding and skills vital to entrepreneurship and business leadership.

Eaton, a native of Munster, Indiana, played in 42 games in his collegiate career as a midfielder and served as a team captain. He collected career highs of five assists and seven points on 33 shots as a senior, while notching a career-best four goals as a junior.

He was actively involved on campus as a Peer Career Adviser for Wabash College Career Services and as a Wabash Ambassador in the Office of Enrollment Management. He founded the Wabash Think Tank, a student organization that works to host open discussions on a wide variety of topics to encourage discussion outside of the classroom, served as a Latin tutor, and was a member of the Wabash COVID Action Response and Education (CARE) Team, where he worked with a group of peers to ensure COVID-19 rules from the college were enforced and campus health is maintained.

Eaton, a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major, was a Dean’s List honoree, was named to the North Coast Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll, and graduated magna cum laude.

“Jeremiah is involved in everything,” said Chris Burke, Wabash head lacrosse coach. “He’s driven, has a good head on his shoulders, and understands the value of priority, sacrifice, and teamwork. He is a leader who pushes everyone to be better and is passionate in all that he does.”

Since 1992, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars have demonstrated stellar athletic ability and academic performance (3.5 cumulative GPA or higher), in addition to a commitment to community service and student leadership. The award is Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.’s dedication to education as well as his love for the game of tennis.

MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2022 SCHEDULE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s soccer team has announced their 2022 schedule, as publically released by head coach Justin Sullivan on Friday afternoon. Coming off of a 17-5-1 season in which the Knights reached the NAIA National Tournament Quarterfinals, Marian has built another tough schedule that will feature nine opponents that were either ranked or receiving votes in the final NAIA Coaches’ Poll of 2021.

Marian will begin their season on August 12, with the Knights hosting the first of two preseason friendlies against No. 23 Campbellsville. Following a friendly against Thomas More on Monday August 15, Marian will begin their 17-game regular season slate on August 20 hosting Saint Ambrose. Marian will follow with a matinee game against No. 10 University of the Cumberlands on August 23, and will close the opening week of the semester at home against Olivet Nazarene on the 27th as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team.

In the month of September the Knights will go on the road for the first time in 2022, playing No. 3 Central Methodist and Missouri Baptist over Labor Day weekend in St. Louis. Marian will finish their non-conference slate with two of three games at home, hosting Saint Francis (Ill.) on September 7 and No. 9 Aquinas on September 10, both games serving as doubleheaders. The final non-league matchup will be on September 14 as Marian travels to Northwestern Ohio.

Crossroads League play begins with back to back top-25 foes, as the Knights will host No. 24 Grace in the league opener on September 24 while traveling to No. 5 Spring Arbor on September 28. The month of October begins with senior day as Marian hosts Bethel at 7:30 p.m. to wrap up homecoming weekend. Following the October 1 match, the Knights will stay at home for their next two hosting St. Francis (Ind.) on October 8 and Mount Vernon Nazarene on October 12.

Marian will be on the road for three of their final four Crossroads League matches, traveling to Huntington on October 15 for a first team and developmental team doubleheader. Marian’s final home game will be played on October 22 against Goshen College, and in the final week of the regular season Marian will travel to Taylor and No. 12 Indiana Wesleyan.

The Crossroads League Tournament is scheduled to begin on November 5, with the championship match to played one week later. The NAIA Opening Rounds are slotted for November 17 and 19 at campus sites, and the NAIA National Championship Final Site will be held from November 29 through December 5.

To view the full Marian women’s soccer schedule and to check the times for each match, click here. The Knights will report for their 2022 season on August 8, four days before their first exhibition of the season.

HEAD MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH SHIGLEY STEPPING AWAY FROM COACHING

MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s and women’s tennis will have a new coach next season, as Head Coach Eddy Shigley has announced he is stepping down. Coach Shigley has led the women’s team since 2014 and the men’s team since 2017, seeing incredible success with multiple NAIA National Championship appearances. He tallied 11 Crossroads League Coach of the Year awards during his time and coached 31 NAIA All-Americans and 29 ITA All-Americans.  Shigley was named the ITA National Coach of the Year in 2021.

“What our tennis teams have achieved is absolutely incredible!  Eddy led teams to success at every level on the court, but more importantly he has impacted lives off the court in a manner that will last forever” said Athletic Director Deane Webb.  “We are all thankful for his many years of service, and moving forward we are thankful for the opportunity he will have to spend more time with his family and the Kern program here at IWU.” 

Since 2014, the women’s program has lost one match in conference play and boasts an incredible 66-1 record under Shigley. Overall the women have posted a 257-50 record, with the most wins in a season coming this past season with 39. IWU women’s tennis has claimed every Crossroads League Tournament title and had National tournament appearances in all of Shigley’s eight years. During the 2020-21 season, the Wildcats made their deepest run in the national tournament reaching the NAIA semifinals and earning the highest NAIA ranking of No. 3 in program history. In the eight seasons, IWU collected 86 NAIA Top-25 wins.

Shigley took over the men’s program in 2017 and hasn’t lost a match in League play since the takeover. IWU finished first in the league the past five years and made program history this past season with an appearance in the NAIA National Championships Fab Four. His men were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country during his time and recorded 53 Top-25 wins in five years.

The most wins for any college tennis team in a given season was the 1980 Indiana University Women’s Tennis team with 39 wins. The 2021-22 IWU Men’s team won 41 matches to beat the record, and the women’s team won 39 matches this year to tie the record.

“It has been an absolute joy and privilege to coach the IWU Women’s Tennis Team the past 8 years and the IWU Men’s Tennis Team the past 5 years,” said Shigley. “I can’t imagine coaching anywhere else. My desire as a coach has always been to mentor tennis players in their sport and in their relationship with Jesus! I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best young adults in the world. With the Lord’s help, we have seen both programs go places nobody thought possible. I love all of our past and current players; they are incredible men and women of God. My coaching staff is the absolute best in the nation. They are not only great at what they do, but they also love Jesus and our players so well. I love the mentoring culture in IWU Athletics. Being a coach is not possible without an amazing spouse and family who support the journey. My wife, Esther has been a true champion and my kids have been incredibly supportive. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and reinvesting time into the Kingdom of God in a different way. Last, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the opportunity to coach at IWU, and for sustaining me through the incredible victories and the disappointments that all coaches feel from time to time.”

NEWS | HENSELL WELCOMES THREE FORMER GRIZZLIES, FOUR COACHES IN TOTAL TO STAFF

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin College head football coach Alan Hensell has announced the addition of four coaches to his staff, with three Grizzly alumni now part of the staff.

Former offensive lineman Blaine Kowalkowski ’16 re-joins the Grizzlies as its new Offensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. A pair of former standouts on the defensive line at FC will be back on the sideline this year, with Dante Darden ’22 taking on the role of Safeties Coach and Dominique Boyd ’14 assuming the role of Director of Player Development. New to the Franklin staff is Ethan Lape, who joins as the Grizzlies’ new Tight Ends Coach.

“I’m excited to welcome the newest members of our coaching staff, which includes three former all-conferece players here at Franklin,” Hensell said. “Each brings a wealth of experience to our coaching staff and will be an asset to our program not only on the field but more importantly, they will be great mentors to our student-athletes off the field.”

Kowalkowski comes back to Franklin after spending the 2021 season as part of the staff at Presentation College in Aderbeed, S.D., where he oversaw the team’s offensive line. Prior to joining Presentation, he had stints with the University of Minnesota Morris (2019-21), Missouri Valley College (2018-19) and North Carolina Wesleyan (2017-18). The Mrytle Beach, S.C.-native got his start in coaching at his alma mater, overseeing tight ends and fullbacks at Franklin during the 2016 season.

On the field, Kowalkowski was a four-time letter winner from 2012-15 and was a 2015 First Team All-HCAC selection on the offensive line. He earned his degree in exercise science with minors in fitness and coaching from Franklin in the spring of 2016.

Fresh off a four-year tenure at defensive end, Darden will trade in his pads and cleats for a headset this fall. A veteran of 34 career games, Darden was a two-time First Team All-HCAC performer, earning the honor in both the spring and fall of 2021. The Logansport, Ind.-native accumulated 101 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 27 tackles for loss and recovered three fumbles during his career. He graduated this past spring with a degree in political science.

Lape joins the Grizzlies following a playing career at fellow Division III member Wartburg, where he competed in both football and wrestling. A veteran of 28 games on the offensive line, Lape was named First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region by D3football.com as a senior. Additionally, the West Union, Iowa-native was a 2019 Second Team All-ARC selection and he was a member of the Knights’ 2018 Division III national championship wrestling team.

Boyd appeared in 42 games for Franklin from 2010-13, recording 138 career tackles, 16 career sacks, 30.5 tackles for loss and recovered three fumbles. A four-year letter winner for the Grizzlies, Boyd was named First Team All-HCAC in 2012 and 2013 and helped Franklin claim three NCAA playoff wins during his tenure with the program. The Louisville, Ky.-native earned his degree in health sciences from Franklin in 2014.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1892       Jack Doyle becomes the first player to collect a pinch-hit when he singles, coming off the bench to bat for Cleveland hurler George Davies in the Spiders’ 2-1 loss to the Grooms at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The 22-year-old utilityman will finish his 17-year career going 3-for-5 (.600) as a pinch-hitter.

1906       Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity give up 11 first-inning runs, allowing the Cubs to rout the Giants, 19-0. Matty, who is probably still suffering the effects of diphtheria contracted in the spring, retires only one batter while issuing six bases-on-balls in the West Side Grounds contest.

1911       After a two-year absence, having little success as a performer in vaudeville and the movies, Turkey Mike Donlin returns to the Giants. The disagreeable outfielder, traded to Boston after just a dozen games with New York, will compile a .316 average during his comeback season.

1921       The cancellation of the scheduled Class D Appalachian League game against the Knoxville Pioneers becomes necessary after discovering a girl’s body at the Base Ball Grounds in Tennessee, the home of the Kingsport Indians. The police do not want the bloodhounds getting confused during the investigation of the foul play at the ballpark.

1931       The A’s trounced the Tigers, 12-2, in their one-day road trip to Detroit made necessary by the Sunday prohibition of baseball in Philadelphia, The ‘Mackmen’ strand 18 baserunners during the Navin Field contest.

1936       The Bronx Bombers beat Oral Hildebrand and the Indians in a 16-inning game, 5-4. Both hurlers go the distance, with New York starter Red Ruffing facing 63 batters without recording a strikeout.

1938       In a game against the Red Sox, Indians’ pitcher Johnny Allen storms off the mound and doesn’t return when ump Bill McGowan orders him to cut off his distracting dangling sweatshirt sleeve. The shirt winds up in the Hall of Fame, but the Lenoir (NC) native, doesn’t.

1944       Tiger southpaw Hal Newhouser walks nine in six innings, contributing to the 3-1 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park. ‘Prince Hal,’ a future Hall of Famer, will average nearly 4.5 bases-on-balls per nine innings during the season.

1950       The Red Sox compile 42 total bases in their 20-4 bashing of the Browns. The Fenway fireworks will continue tomorrow when Boston adds insult to injury, beating St. Louis, 29-4.

1954       Dodger catcher Roy Campanella steals home in the top of the 12th inning in a 7-5 victory over St. Louis at Sportsman’s Park. Campy had added an insurance run with an eighth-inning round-tripper, but the Redbirds scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score.

1957       Howard University awards honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recently retired Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson. In the coming years, the former baseball great and the Baptist minister will often appear together at Civil Rights rallies, fundraising events, and demonstrations.

1960       In the Cardinals’ 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, Bob Gibson ties a major league record when he strikes out four batters in one inning, the additional whiff coming from a wild pitch. The fourth-inning strikeout victims include Jerry Lynch, Jim Pagliaroni, Bill Mazeroski, and Don Cardwell.

1966       The A’s select future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson in the first round (2nd pick) of the amateur draft. The Mets, with the first overall pick, choose Steve Chilcott, a high school catcher who will never play a day in the major league.

1967       The Reds play their major-league record 11th consecutive one-run game, losing to San Francisco at Crosley Field, 4-3. Cincinnati’s 19-year-old fireballer Gary Nolan, en route to striking out 15, including fanning Willie Mays four times, takes the loss after Willie McCovey blasts a three-run eighth-inning round-tripper, with reliever Bob Lee allowing the decisive run to score in the frame.

1969       The Expos lose their twentieth consecutive game, dropping a 9-5 decision to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Montreal’s streak of futility falls three defeats shy of the modern major league record established by the Phillies, who lost 23 straight contests in 1961.

1969       Washington’s D.C. Stadium is officially renamed Robert F. Kennedy Stadium during a memorial service at the ballpark for the slain U.S. senator. In attendance for the ceremony are former NFLer Roosevelt Grier and Olympian Rafer Johnson, who each helped to apprehend RFK’s assassin, Sirhan B. Sirhan, at the Ambassador Hotel.

1970       Vic Davalillo gets two hits during the seventh inning of the Cardinals’ 10-7 comeback victory over San Diego at Busch Stadium. The first of the Venezuelan outfielder’s two singles comes when he leads off the frame as a pinch-hitter for Bob Gibson.

1972       In the nightcap of a twin bill, the Pirates edge the Padres in 18 innings at Jack Murphy Stadium, 1-0. The winning run crosses the plate due to Gene Alley forcing in a run with a base-on-balls, following Bill Mazeroski receiving an intentional walk to load the bases.

1975       Royals’ scout Rosey Gilhousen signs University of La Verne standout Dan Quisenberry as an undrafted free agent. During his ten-year tenure with Kansas City, the right-handed reliever saves 238 games, leading the American League for five seasons.

1982       Joining Lou Gehrig, Everett Scott, Billy Williams, and Joe Sewell, Dodger infielder Steve Garvey becomes the fifth player in major league history to play in 1,000 consecutive games. The first baseman will appear in 1,207 straight games, establishing a National League record, before the streak ends next season when he breaks his thumb in a collision at home plate, playing for the Padres.

1983       Steve Carlton of the Phillies strikes out Cardinals’ outfielder Lonnie Smith for his 3,522nd career strikeout to pass Nolan Ryan as the all-time strikeout leader. On the same night, Ryan strikes out three San Francisco batters to finish one shy of Lefty’s total but will finish his career with 5,714, far ahead of the Philadelphia left-hander’s mark of 4,136.

1986       Amos Otis, who was named the team’s Player of the Year three times during his 14 seasons with Kansas City, and Steve Busby, who averaged more than 18 wins a season before a rotator cuff injury shorten his career, are honored at Kauffman Stadium. During the pregame ceremony, the pair is inducted into the newly created Royals Hall of Fame, becoming the first players to be so honored by the team.

1989       For the first time in major league history, the same game is played partly outdoors and partly indoors when the Blue Jays beat the Brewers, 4-2, in a contest that features the closing of the SkyDome’s retractable roof in the fifth inning due to inclement weather.

1992       On his 26th birthday, Trevor Wilson finishes his complete-game gem by striking out the side in ninth on nine pitches in the Giants’ 3-0 victory over the Astros at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco southpaw accomplishes his immaculate inning by fanning Jeff Bagwell (swinging), Eric Anthony (swinging), and Rafael Ramirez (swinging), with the third out being recorded with the catcher throwing the dropped third strike to first base to end the game.

1998       Dave Burba becomes the first Indians’ pitcher to homer in 26 years when he goes deep in a 6-1 interleague victory over the Reds at Cinergy Field. Ironically, the right-hander was scheduled to be the Opening Day pitcher for Cincinnati but was traded to Cleveland for Sean Casey the day before the season started.

1998       After going 6-0 against Atlanta and Florida, the Cubs complete their third consecutive three-game sweep by beating the White Sox, 13-7. The last time Chicago put together a similar streak occurred in 1918.

2001       The Crespos both hit home runs, making it the 28th time in major league history brothers have gone deep in the same game. In the seventh inning for the Padres, Cesar homers, and his younger sibling, Felipe, blasts round-trippers in the second and the sixth for the Giants in San Diego’s 10-7 victory at Pacific Bell Park.

2006       The Rockies, who recorded just ten sacrifice flies during their first 58 games, tie a major league with five sac flies during the 16-9 Coors Field victory over Pittsburgh. The Mariners established the mark against Oakland in 1988.

2007       With the Yankees’ 10-3 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Joe Torre wins his 2,000th game as a manager. The former Braves (257), Mets (286), and Cardinals (351) skipper becomes the first person in big-league history to have reached the milestone and also have at least 2,000 hits as a player.

2007       With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Network Associates Coliseum, Shannon Stewart lines a single to right field to break up Curt Schilling’s no-hitter. Thanks to a first-inning home run by David Ortiz, the Red Sox beat the A’s, 1-0.

2008       Johnny Damon goes 6-for-6, including a walk-off single, which gives New York a wild 12-11 comeback victory over the Royals. The outfielder becomes the first Bronx Bomber and only the second player to collect six hits at Yankee Stadium.

2012       Starlin Castro becomes the 28th player to collect 500 hits before the age of 23 when he singles off A.J. Burnett with two outs in the fifth inning in the Cubs’ 12-2 victory over the Bucs at PNC Park. The 22-year, 167-day old Chicago shortstop reaches the milestone in his 421st major league game.

2014       As part of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary, the Cubs honor 97-year-old Lennie Merullo, who receives a rousing ovation when he tosses the ceremonial first pitch prior to the team’s 5-2 victory over the Marlins. The former infielder, who went 0-for-2 when he played in three games for Chicago in the 1945 Fall Classic, is the last living person to play in a World Series game for the franchise.

TV TUESDAY

MLBTIME ETTV
ARIZONA AT CINCINNATI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT MIAMI6:40PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
CHI. CUBS AT BALTIMORE7:05PMMASN/2
MARQ
DETROIT AT PITTSBURGH7:05PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT TAMPA BAY7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
TEXAS AT CLEVELAND7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
OAKLAND AT ATLANTA7:20PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
NY YANKEES AT MINNESOTA7:40PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT CHI. WHITE SOX8:10PMTBS
SPORTSNET
NBCS-CHI
PHILADELPHIA AT MILWAUKEE8:10PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT HOUSTON8:10PMATTSN-SW
ROOT SPORTS
TORONTO AT KANSAS CITY8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
BOSTON AT LA ANGELS9:38PMMLBN
NESN
BALLY SPORTS
NY METS AT SAN DIEGO9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
SNY
COLORADO AT SAN FRNACISCO9:45PMMLBN
ATTSN-RM
NBCS-BAY
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST FINALS GAME 4: NY RANGERS AT TAMPA BAY8:00PMESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE: FINLAND VS MONTENEGRO12:00PMFS2
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE: ITALY VS HUNGARY/TD>2:45PMFS1
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: GUYANA VS BERMUDA4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: HAITI VS MONTSERRAT5:00PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: GRENADA VS EL SALVADOR7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: JAMAICA VS SURINAME9:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL: ANGEL CITY VS HOUSTON DASH10:00PMPARAMOUNT+
WNBATIME ETTV
MINNESOTA AT NEW YORK8:00PMCBSSN
ATLANTA AT SEATTLE10:00PMCBSSN

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES3915.72223 – 716 – 819 – 1015 – 45 – 18 – 2W 6
TORONTO3222.593718 – 1014 – 129 – 106 – 514 – 58 – 2W 1
TAMPA BAY3123.574818 – 1313 – 1010 – 65 – 712 – 95 – 5L 2
BOSTON2827.50911.513 – 1415 – 137 – 146 – 713 – 47 – 3W 5
BALTIMORE2333.4111714 – 159 – 1811 – 165 – 84 – 64 – 6L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA3224.57117 – 1115 – 138 – 617 – 107 – 64 – 6W 1
CLEVELAND2425.4904.511 – 813 – 175 – 512 – 84 – 66 – 4W 1
CHI WHITE SOX2527.481511 – 1314 – 1411 – 117 – 124 – 34 – 6W 2
DETROIT2133.3891015 – 156 – 186 – 911 – 111 – 85 – 5L 3
KANSAS CITY1736.32113.59 – 188 – 181 – 611 – 172 – 72 – 8L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON3520.63614 – 721 – 133 – 611 – 218 – 106 – 4L 1
LA ANGELS2729.4828.515 – 1412 – 155 – 126 – 212 – 110 – 10L 12
TEXAS2528.472913 – 1612 – 125 – 82 – 114 – 165 – 5L 1
SEATTLE2530.4551012 – 1013 – 205 – 126 – 410 – 97 – 3W 2
OAKLAND2036.35715.57 – 2313 – 137 – 105 – 96 – 141 – 9L 6
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS3819.66719 – 819 – 1119 – 75 – 213 – 88 – 2W 3
ATLANTA2827.509914 – 1414 – 1310 – 107 – 69 – 87 – 3W 5
PHILADELPHIA2529.46311.515 – 1510 – 146 – 141 – 211 – 95 – 5W 4
MIAMI2230.42313.512 – 1410 – 1612 – 72 – 46 – 144 – 6L 1
WASHINGTON2135.37516.59 – 1812 – 175 – 145 – 69 – 115 – 5W 3
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE3323.58915 – 918 – 149 – 619 – 113 – 54 – 6L 3
ST. LOUIS3223.5820.516 – 1116 – 124 – 614 – 89 – 57 – 3W 2
PITTSBURGH2428.462713 – 1511 – 133 – 19 – 1911 – 77 – 3W 2
CHI CUBS2332.4189.511 – 2012 – 121 – 213 – 157 – 104 – 6L 2
CINCINNATI1935.3521311 – 158 – 203 – 59 – 113 – 145 – 5W 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS3519.64817 – 1018 – 99 – 88 – 514 – 55 – 5L 2
SAN DIEGO3322.6002.513 – 1120 – 119 – 615 – 108 – 54 – 6L 1
SAN FRANCISCO2924.5475.513 – 1116 – 1313 – 105 – 67 – 75 – 5W 1
ARIZONA2630.4641014 – 1612 – 1411 – 87 – 85 – 133 – 7L 3
COLORADO2331.4261216 – 167 – 158 – 166 – 44 – 83 – 7L 4

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