MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

Boston 12 Houston 3 (Boston leads series 2-1)

Tuesday, Oct. 19
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 3 (TBS, 5 p.m. ET)
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 4 (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, Oct. 20
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 5 (FS1, 5 p.m. ET)
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 4 (TBS, 8 p.m. ET)

Thursday, Oct. 21
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 5* (TBS, 8 p.m. ET)

Friday, Oct. 22
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 6* (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 23
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 6* (TBS, 5 p.m. ET)
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 7* (FOX/FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Start time of NLCS Game 6 will move to 8 p.m. ET if the ALCS has concluded

Sunday, Oct. 24
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 7* (TBS, 7:30 p.m. ET)

WORLD SERIES
Best-of-seven

Tuesday, Oct. 26
• World Series Game 1 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Oct. 27
• World Series Game 2 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

Friday, Oct. 29
• World Series Game 3 (FOX)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• World Series Game 4 (FOX)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• World Series Game 5* (FOX)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• World Series Game 6* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• World Series Game 7* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE WEEK 1

South Bend Adams (3-6) at Goshen (4-5)

LaPorte (2-7) at Concord (8-1)

McCutcheon (1-7) at Zionsville (4-5)

Terre Haute North (3-6) at Indianapolis Cathedral (8-1)

Jeffersonville (3-5) at Floyd Central (3-6)

Lowell (6-3) at Highland (4-5)

Griffith (4-5) at Hobart (6-3)

South Bend Riley (1-5) at Kankakee Valley (3-6)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-7) at Logansport (5-2)

Plymouth (0-9) at New Prairie (7-2)

Culver Academy (6-3) at South Bend Clay (0-8)

DeKalb (1-8) at Wawasee (1-8)

Leo (9-0) at East Noble (6-2)

Northridge (5-4) at NorthWood (5-4)

Angola (2-7) at Columbia City (4-5)

Marion (4-4) at Fort Wayne Wayne (2-7)

Fort Wayne South (1-7) at Delta (4-5)

Jay County (3-6) at Mississinewa (6-2)

New Haven (4-5) at Huntington North (2-7)

Richmond (1-8) at Shelbyville (1-5)

Muncie Central (1-8) at Connersville (1-8)

Pendleton Heights (5-4) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (8-1)

Greenfield-Central (6-3) at New Castle (2-7)

Indianapolis Chatard (5-4) at Frankfort (2-6)

Indianapolis Attucks (3-5) at Indianapolis Shortridge (2-4)

Beech Grove (3-6) at Lebanon (6-3)

Indianapolis Roncalli (9-0) at Western (6-3)

South Dearborn (6-3) at Madison (3-6)

Martinsville (5-4) at Silver Creek (5-3)

Mooresville (7-2) at Jennings County (1-8)

Greenwood (2-7) at East Central (7-2)

Evansville Memorial (7-2) at Evansville Harrison (2-7)

Evansville Reitz (3-6) at Boonville (2-6)

Northview (7-1) at Jasper (9-0)

Twin Lakes (2-7) at Hanover Central (8-1)

Calumet (6-3) at Knox (3-6)

Lakeland (3-6) at John Glenn (4-4)

West Noble (4-5) at Jimtown (7-2)

Mishawaka Marian (6-3) at South Bend Washington (3-4)

Tippecanoe Valley (9-0) at Garrett (4-5)

Norwell (8-1) at Maconaquah (2-5)

Northwestern (0-8) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-7)

Oak Hill (7-2) at Bellmont (1-8)

Heritage (4-5) at Peru (6-2)

West Lafayette (9-0) at Brebeuf Jesuit (7-2)

Yorktown (5-4) at North Montgomery (3-4)

Hamilton Heights (6-3) at Guerin Catholic (2-7)

Crawfordsville (1-8) at Western Boone (5-4)

Indianapolis Ritter (0-9) at Christel House Manual (2-5)

West Vigo (3-4) at Tri-West (7-2)

Greencastle (6-3) at Danville (8-1)

Indian Creek (2-7) at Indianapolis Washington (3-5)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-8) at Princeton (2-7)

Edgewood (1-7) at Washington (0-8)

Brown County (4-5) at Pike Central (1-6)

Sullivan (7-2) at Owen Valley (7-1)

Scottsburg (6-3) at Brownstown Central (9-0)

Rushville (0-9) at Batesville (5-4)

Greensburg (3-4) at Charlestown (7-2)

Franklin County (6-3) at Lawrenceburg (8-1)

North Harrison (4-5) at Heritage Hills (7-2)

Corydon Central (0-8) at Evansville Bosse (2-7)

Salem (5-2) at Southridge (5-4)

Gibson Southern (8-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (8-1)

North Newton (6-3) at Rensselaer Central (5-4)

Wheeler (6-2) at Andrean (6-3)

Hammond Noll (1-6) at Boone Grove (1-6)

Whiting (3-6) at Bowman Academy (0-8)

Lewis Cass (3-5) at Delphi (6-3)

Wabash (2-6) at Pioneer (7-2)

Bremen (6-3) at Manchester (4-4)

LaVille (6-2) at Rochester (5-2)

Bluffton (4-5) at Eastside (9-0)

Whitko (1-8) at Central Noble (7-2)

Fairfield (4-5) at Fort Wayne Luers (8-1)

Prairie Heights (3-6) at Woodlan (3-6)

Eastern (Greentown) (7-2) at Eastbrook (8-0)

Lapel (7-2) at Frankton (3-6)

Blackford (1-7) at Tipton (8-1)

Alexandria (3-5) at Elwood (0-8)

South Vermillion (4-5) at Lafayette Central Catholic (5-4)

Southmont (5-4) at Cascade (3-6)

Monrovia (6-3) at North Putnam (2-6)

Speedway (7-2) at Seeger (5-4)

Heritage Christian (8-0) at Indianapolis Scecina (6-3)

Centerville (8-0) at Eastern Hancock (5-4)

Northeastern (5-4) at Winchester (5-4)

Providence (4-5) at Switzerland County (2-6)

Union County (4-4) at Paoli (5-2)

Triton Central (5-4) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-6)

Mitchell (3-5) at Clarksville (2-7)

North Posey (7-2) at Crawford County (2-5)

South Spencer (4-5) at North Knox (7-2)

Linton-Stockton (9-0) at Tell City (5-4)

Forest Park (3-6) at Evansville Mater Dei (7-2)

Caston (2-7) at South Central (Union Mills) (4-3)

South Newton (5-4) at Culver (2-5)

Winamac (7-0) at West Central (2-7)

Lake Station (2-5) at North Judson (6-3)

Clinton Prairie (4-4) at Clinton Central (2-7)

Traders Point Christian (4-5) at North White (4-3)

Frontier (1-8) at Carroll (Flora) (6-3)

Monroe Central (9-0) at Wes-Del (0-7)

South Adams (7-2) at Madison-Grant (4-5)

Southern Wells (0-9) at Taylor (0-5)

Union City (4-4) at Tri-Central (4-5)

Northfield (6-3) at Fremont (3-6)

North Miami (0-9) at Southwood (4-5)

Adams Central (8-1) at Churubusco (7-2)

Parke Heritage (7-2) at Attica (0-6)

North Vermillion (5-4) at South Putnam (7-2)

Fountain Central (3-6) at Covington (7-2)

Riverton Parke (2-6) at Cloverdale (0-7)

Indiana Deaf (5-3) at Covenant Christian (5-4)

Park Tudor (7-2) at Sheridan (7-2)

Edinburgh (5-4) at Indianapolis Lutheran (9-0)

North Decatur (4-4) at South Decatur (2-5)

Hagerstown (1-7) at Tri (7-2)

Knightstown (1-7) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-5)

Springs Valley (7-1) at North Daviess (4-5)

Rock Creek Academy (1-7) at West Washington (3-4)

Eastern Greene (1-8) at Tecumseh (2-6)

Perry Central (7-2) at North Central (Farmersburg) (3-5)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Wednesday, Oct. 20

No. 14 Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Thursday, Oct. 21

FAU at Charlotte | 7:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Tulane at No. 21 SMU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana at Arkansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

San Jose State at UNLV | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

Friday, Oct. 22

Middle Tennessee at UConn | 6 p.m. | CBSSN

Columbia at Dartmouth | 6 p.m. | ESPNU

Memphis at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Colorado State at Utah State | 9:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Washington at Arizona | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Saturday, Oct. 23

Illinois at No. 7 Penn State | 12 p.m. | ABC

Northwestern at No. 6 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX

No. 3 Oklahoma at Kansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 2 Cincinnati at Navy | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 16 Wake Forest at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

UMass at Florida State | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Kansas State at Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | FS1

Northern Illinois at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Pennsylvania at Yale | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Morehead State at Marist | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Duquesne at Sacred Heart | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Syracuse at Virginia Tech | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Kent State at Ohio | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Brown at Cornell | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

North Carolina Central at Morgan State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Youngstown State at Indiana State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgetown at Bucknell | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

San Diego at Presbyterian | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Lehigh at Fordham | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Harvard at Princeton | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Dayton at Valparaiso | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Norfolk State at Howard | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Chattanooga at Samford | 1 p.m.  | ESPN3

Incarnate Word at McNeese | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Stetson at Drake | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Robert Morris at Gardner-Webb | 1:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas State at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

North Carolina A&T at Hampton | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Illinois State at South Dakota | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Carolina at The Citadel | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

East Tennessee State at Furman | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Bethune-Cookman at Jackson State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

South Carolina State at Delaware State | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Virginia Lynchburg at Tennessee Tech | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Wisconsin at No. 25 Purdue | 3 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Jacksonville State at Sam Houston | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Idaho State at Montana State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Illinois at South Dakota | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Southeast Missouri State at UT Martin | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Iowa at South Dakota State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Charleston Southern at North Alabama | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Austin Peay at Murray State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

LSU at No. 12 Ole Miss | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Clemson at No. 23 Pitt | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Maryland at Minnesota | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 8 Oklahoma State at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

No. 10 Oregon at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

BYU at Washington State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Colorado at Cal | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Western Michigan at Toledo | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Rice at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Miami (Ohio) at Ball State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Buffalo at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

New Mexico at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m.

Missouri State at North Dakota State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Mississippi State at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Boston College at Louisville | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

East Carolina at Houston | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Liberty at North Texas | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Weber State at Eastern Washington | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Kennesaw State at Campbell | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Colgate at Holy Cross | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Wofford at Mercer | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Tennessee at No. 4 Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN

South Alabama at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 22 San Diego State at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Nevada at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | FS2

Western Kentucky at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Temple at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 24 UTSA at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m.

Central Arkansas at Lamar | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Midwestern State at Tarleton | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Nicholls at Houston Baptist | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Prairie View A&M at Southern | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

USC at No. 13 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

No. 5 Ohio State at Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

West Virginia at TCU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

South Carolina at No. 17 Texas A&M | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 18 NC State at Miami | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Georgia Tech at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Utah at Oregon State | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Montana at Idaho | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UC Davis at Cal Poly | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Colorado at Southern Utah | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Stephen F. Austin at Dixie State | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Arizona at Sacramento State | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

New Mexico State at Hawai’i | 11:59 p.m.

NFL SCOREBOARD

Tennessee 34 Buffalo 31

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 7

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 25, 2021

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

Class A (at Kokomo) — Park Tudor (15-3-1) vs. Westview (15-5), 1 p.m.

Class A (at Evansville North) — Providence (14-3-3) vs. Cascade (13-5-1), 6 p.m.

Class 2A (at Kokomo) — FW Bishop Dwenger (13-4-2) vs. West Lafayette (17-1-2), 3 p.m.

Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.

Class 3A (at Kokomo) — Noblesville (18-1-1) vs. Chesterton (18-1-1), 5 p.m.

Class 3A (at Seymour) — Castle (20-1) vs. Carmel (15-3-2), 3 p.m.

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

Class A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Andrean (14-3-3) vs. Tipton (10-4), 11 a.m.

Class A (at Providence) — Providence (13-5-1) vs. Heritage Christian (13-8), 1 p.m.

Class 2A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Leo (19-0-2) vs. Mishawaka Marian (19-3), 1 p.m.

Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.

Class 3A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Homestead (20-0) vs. South Bend St. Joseph (17-2-1), 3 p.m.

Class 3A (at Seymour) — Bloomington South (20-0-1) vs. Carmel (17-2-2), 5 p.m.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL MATCH-UPS

4A

at LaPorte

Penn vs. LaPorte

Crown Point vs. Munster

At Noblesville

Fort Wayne Carroll vs. Fishers

McCutcheon vs. Homestead

At Greenfield Central

Yorktown vs. Cathedral

Brownsburg vs. Roncalli

At Bloomington North

Floyd Central vs. Castle

Center Grove vs. Columbus East

3A

at Kankakee Valley

Culver Academies vs. West Lafayette

New Prairie vs. Hanover Central

At Norwell

Bellmont vs. Angola

Northwestern vs. NorthWood

At Danville

Ritter vs. Tri-West Hendricks

Brebeuf vs. Brownstown Central

At Charlestown

Greensburg vs. Evansville Memorial

Silver Creek vs. Barr Reeve

2A

at Bremen

Fairfield vs. Andrean

North Judson vs. South Central

at Elwood

Madison Grant vs. Alexandria Monroe

South Adams vs. Rossville

At Cascade

Union County vs. Covenant Christian

South Putnam vs. Western Boone

at Mitchell

North Posey vs. Mitchell

Linton Stockton vs. South Ripley

1A

at Culver

Southwood vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk

Kouts vs. Triton

At Wes-Del

Seton Catholic vs. Lafayette Central Catholic

Daleville vs. South Newton

At Morristown

Bloomfield vs. Waldron

Indiana Deaf vs. Indianapolis Lutheran

At Loogootee

Lanesville vs. Springs Valley

Trinity Lutheran vs. Loogootee

PRE-SEASON AP COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1. Gonzaga (31-1)

2. UCLA (22-10)

3. Villanova (18-7)

4. Michigan (23-5)

5. Texas (19-8)

6. Kansas (21-9)

7. Purdue (18-10)

8. Baylor (28-2)

9. Illinois (24-7)

10. Ohio State (21-10)

11. St. Bonaventure (16-5)

12. Arkansas (25-7)

13. Tennessee (18-9)

14. Oregon (21-7)

15. Duke (13-11)

16. North Carolina (18-11)

17. Maryland (17-14)

18. Alabama (26-7)

19. Houston (28-4)

20. Florida State (18-7)

21. Virginia (18-7)

22. Michigan State (15-13)

23. Richmond (14-9)

24. St. John’s (16-11)

25. Colorado State (20-8)

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY Rangers 2 Toronto 1

Philadelphia 6 Seattle 1

Anaheim 3 Calgary 2

St. Louis 7 Arizona 4

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS

Schwarber, Red Sox slam Astros 12-3, lead ALCS 2-1

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez walked off the mound with a six-run lead and a message for Carlos Correa and the rest of the Houston Astros:

Now it’s Boston’s time.

Tapping his wrist to mimic Correa’s Game 1 celebration, Rodriguez rode four more Boston homers – including Kyle Schwarber’s record-setting grand slam – to a 12-3 victory Monday night as the Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.

The taunt drew a rebuke from Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who reminded his pitcher that they still need two more wins to advance to the World Series for the fifth time since 2004. Games 4 and 5 are at Fenway Park on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

“It’s not that I’m mad at him,” said Cora, who was celebrating his 46th birthday. “We don’t act that way. We just show up, we play, and we move on.”

One game after J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers each hit an early grand slam in Houston, Schwarber launched a second-inning 3-0 pitch 430 feet into the right field grandstand at Fenway.

Boston is the first team with three slams in a postseason series.

“Electrifying. It’s unbelievable,” outfielder Alex Verdugo said. “You can have a big swing and get four runs in on just that one play – it’s huge.

“It’s one of the best plays in baseball, man. You give up a grand slam, it takes a lot out of you,” he added. “And just to kind of keep stepping on their neck and adding the pressure, it’s huge.”

Martinez and Devers each homered again, Christian Arroyo also hit one, and Kike Hernandez had two more hits for Boston, which opened 9-0 leads and coasted to victory in back-to-back games. Right fielder Hunter Renfroe ended it with a diving catch of Correa’s sinking line drive.

“They count as one (loss),” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “We come back and win tomorrow and the series is even. You don’t like it tonight, but you come back in the morning.”

Rodriguez gave up five hits, including Kyle Tucker’s three-run homer, and struck out seven. He retired Correa to end the sixth and let the Astros shortstop know that his gesture in Game 1 was not appreciated.

Cora chastised Rodriguez before giving him a hug when he reached the dugout.

“He just told me, `Don’t do that,'” said Rodriguez, who said he would apologize to Correa if he sees him. “It was something that was part of the moment. But (Cora) just told me, `We don’t do that here. Stay humble. Just go out there and play hard every time.'”

“Besides that,” Cora said, “he was outstanding.”

Correa said he “loved every single bit of it.”

“It’s just the way baseball should trend, moving forward,” he added. “You need to let the players have fun.”

Boston matched a franchise record with its seventh straight postseason win at home. The Red Sox had 11 hits in all, becoming the first team in major league history to reach double digits six straight times in a single postseason.

Hernandez, who has 18 hits during the playoffs and is batting .500 – both leading the majors – left the game after six innings.

Asked why, Cora said with a smile: “He has been running the bases a lot in the last few days, or weeks, or whatever.”

The Red Sox capitalized on two Astros errors and the struggles of Houston starter Jose Urquidy, who gave up six runs, five earned, on five hits and two walks, striking out one in 1 2/3 innings.

Rodriguez, who missed last season with COVID-19-related heart problems, retired the first six batters before running into trouble in the third, when Tucker made it 9-3.

The left-hander’s outing enabled Cora to keep Nick Pivetta fresh for a Game 4 start.

Darnell Coles plans to put his ‘stamp’ on Nationals’ hitters

WASHINGTON (AP) Darnell Coles was hired by the Washington Nationals as their hitting coach on Monday, returning him to an organization he worked for in the minor leagues and reuniting him with manager Dave Martinez, a former teammate.

Coles was most recently the hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who fired him in June during his third season there.

He replaces Kevin Long, who left the Nationals to become the hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.

In 2021, two years after their World Series championship under Martinez, the Nationals finished last in the NL East with a 65-97 record. Their batters struck out the fewest times in the NL last season and led the 15-team league with a .258 average, but the club ranked ninth in runs scored.

Martinez and Coles played together on the 1992 Cincinnati Reds. That was part of a 14-season, eight-team career in the majors for Coles, primarily a third baseman and outfielder who was a first-round draft pick and finished with a .245 batting average, 75 homers, 368 RBIs and a .689 OPS.

“He’s going to allow me to put my `stamp,’ so to speak, on the offense and make the adjustments that are necessary,” he said about Martinez during a video conference with reporters from Coles’ home in Tampa, Florida. “But he also is going to be involved.”

Asked to define that “stamp,” Coles said: “Let’s dominate the strike zone. And how do we do that? We’re controlling the strike zone so we make good decisions. That’s game-planning; understanding what the pitcher’s trying to do, so now you can make your adjustments in-game or pregame. … Sharing information. And then lastly, being situationally aware. Understanding that the scoreboard is going to tell you everything you need to know.”

Before his job with the Diamondbacks, Coles was the hitting coach with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2015-18. He was an assistant hitting coach with the Detroit Tigers in 2014.

He worked in the Nationals’ minor league system from 2006-09.

In Washington, he takes over a team with one established superstar in the lineup, Juan Soto, plus a power hitter in Josh Bell. But otherwise, there are a lot of questions marks heading into the offseason after general manager Mike Rizzo turned over the roster at the trade deadline.

“Nobody, under any circumstances, is to mess with his swing,” Coles said about Soto. “He’s the epitome of what a great major league hitter is: He understands the strike zone. He pays attention to detail. He understands what they’re trying to do. He does his homework. He doesn’t let the moment get too big for him. He stays to the middle of the field. His best quality is that he can basically get a hit whenever he wants to, to the opposite field, which is tough to do.”

Giants plan to exercise Posey’s $22M option if he will play

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants plan to exercise Buster Posey’s $22 million club option for the 2022 season as long as the veteran catcher wants to keep playing after a stellar year.

Posey, whose contract includes a $3 million buyout, helped lead the Giants to a franchise-record 107 wins and their first NL West title since 2012 by playing regularly down the stretch this year as he demonstrated his health and durability during his 12th major league season. The 34-year-old Posey opted out of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 campaign to care for prematurely born adopted twin girls.

“He is in our estimation the best catcher in baseball this year,” Farhan Zaidi, Giants president of baseball operations, said Monday. “… Obviously want to have conversations with Buster and continue to have internal conversations about that but having him on this team next year is a high priority.”

Posey caught five of the final six regular-season games and 10 of the last 13 as San Francisco clinched the division on the final day. He batted .304 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs, showing his surgically repaired right hip had finally regained full strength three years post-op.

Zaidi, manager Gabe Kapler and San Francisco are still dealing with the sting of a 2-1 loss to the rival Dodgers in the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night.

The Giants certainly missed first baseman Brandon Belt, who fractured his left thumb Sept. 26 at Colorado after being hit on the hand with a pitch while squaring to bunt. The 33-year-old Belt batted .274 with a career-high 29 homers and 59 RBIs.

He is someone else Zaidi is committed to keeping – while starting pitching also will be a top priority this offseason. A one-year qualifying offer to Belt might be considered as he wraps up a $72.8 million, five-year contract that took him from 2017 to 2021.

“You can talk about his value both in how he played down the stretch and how much we missed him when he went down. Really, really important part of this team,” Zaidi said. “The qualifying offer decision we’ll have to think more about and I’m sure we’ll have some conversations with his representation as we did during the year. He’s happy here, I think he feels really appreciated. And we appreciate him. He’s been one of the best hitters in baseball over the last couple of years. He’s a big part of this team and we’ll certainly hope that those are productive dialogues.”

Zaidi realizes retaining Kris Bryant might be a tough task after the Giants acquired him from the Cubs at the July trade deadline. Bryant gave Kapler so many options with his ability to play all three outfield spots and the infield.

“We recognize that he’s superstar talent and it’s going to be a really competitive market for his services,” Zaidi said. “I’m sure we’ll have conversations there but he’s going to have a long line of suitors so we’ll just have to see how that develops.”

Titans stop Allen on 4th down, hang on to beat Bills 34-31

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Derrick Henry showed once again how important he is to the Tennessee Titans.

This time, he had help from the Tennessee defense.

Henry scored his third touchdown with 3:05 left, and the Titans stopped Josh Allen on a fourth-down quarterback sneak in the final seconds to beat Buffalo 34-31 on Monday night, snapping the Bills’ four-game winning streak.

The AFC East-leading Bills drove to the Titans 3 on their final possession and could have sent the game to overtime with a field goal, but instead went for the win – and didn’t execute.

First, Allen was marked shy of the first-down marker on a scramble. On fourth down, the rugged quarterback moved from the shotgun to take the snap under center. Tennessee’s defensive line surged forward to meet Allen, whose legs went out from under him before Titans tackle Jeffery Simmons smothered the quarterback.

The Titans (4-2) took over with 12 seconds left to start a much-needed celebration for the battered defending AFC South champs.

“We got some dogs over there,” Henry said of Tennessee’s defense. “They fight to the end. They showed it right there.”

Henry came in as the NFL’s rushing leader even with most teams in the league having played six games, and he finished with 143 yards, topping 100 for the fifth consecutive game. It’s the longest streak in the NFL since DeMarco Murray had eight straight in 2014 for Dallas.

The 2020 AP Offensive Player of the Year also had a 76-yard TD run and a 3-yarder. His long TD – the first of seven lead changes in the game – came with the Titans trailing 6-0 early in the second thanks to the defense holding the Bills to a pair of early field goals.

“We continue to jump on Derrick’s back, and he’s willing and able to carry us,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “And it’s just something that you know you have in your back pocket, front pocket. We pull it out and we use it. It just gave us a big shot of life there.”

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill added another TD run against a Buffalo defense that came in ranked third against the run.

Harold Landry had two of the Titans’ three sacks, and Kevin Byard intercepted a pass.

The Bills (4-2) wanted to go for the win instead of playing for OT, and the fourth down caught Buffalo slightly off guard. Bills coach Sean McDermott said officials initially signaled Allen got the first down on his third-down scramble. McDermott said he talked after the game with referee Clete Blakeman, who told him an official radioed down from the box that Allen had come up short.

“We didn’t get it done,” McDermott said.

Allen, who had converted an NFL-best 24 quarterback sneaks for first downs since 2018, said he didn’t have great footing.

“I was just trying to find a window to get in there, and quarterback sneaks aren’t the funnest play by any means,” Allen said.

The Bills extended their NFL record of leading at halftime to 15 straight games. But their defense, which came in allowing a league-best 12.8 points a game, gave up a season high in points.

Allen finished with 353 yards and three TDs. His third was a 1-yarder to Tommy Sweeney in the final minute of the third quarter, and Allen caught a pass from tight end Dawson Knox for the 2-point conversion and a 31-24 lead. Buffalo didn’t score again.

With his 29-yard TD pass to a wide-open Cole Beasley just before halftime, Allen passed Aaron Rogers with 108 combined TDs in his 49th start. Rogers had 107 TDs for what had been the most by a quarterback in his first 50 starts since the NFL merger.

Browns RB Hunt out “weeks” with calf injury, Mayfield TBD

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns will be without one of their best offensive players for quite a while.

He might have company on the sideline.

Punishing running back Kareem Hunt is expected to miss at least one month because of a “significant” calf injury sustained against Arizona on Sunday, one of several key injuries to a Cleveland team with little time to heal.

The Browns are also awaiting further tests on quarterback Baker Mayfield’s injured left shoulder, and they aren’t sure yet if he – or other starters, including running back Nick Chubb and receiver Odell Beckham Jr. – will be able to play Thursday night when Cleveland hosts the Denver Broncos.

“I’ll have a better sense tomorrow with a lot of these guys. I don’t know is the truth. I have to see how Baker and all these guys respond over the next 24 hours,” Stefanski said on a Zoom call.

Hunt, who has rushed for 361 yards and five touchdowns this season, got hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 37-14 loss to the Cardinals.

Stefanski said that Hunt, who along with Chubb gives Cleveland one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks, will likely go on injured reserve, which means missing at least three games.

Stefanksi said Hunt’s injury is more in the “ballpark” of four to six weeks.

The Browns (3-3) were already missing Chubb due to a calf injury, along with starting offensive tackles Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills Jr., before Hunt went down without any contact on a passing play as Cleveland tried to rally.

Hunt had to be helped from the field and the sight of the hard-charging 26-year-old being carted to the locker room left a few teammates shaken.

“Him and Nick and some of the guys we play with, they just put everything they have on the line every time they touch the ball,” said left guard Joel Bitonio. “Sometimes this guy falls, he’s hurdling over guys at the line of scrimmage and stuff, and he just wants to win so bad.

“I really do feel like he represents how the Cleveland Browns want to play football.”

The Browns are badly banged up.

Mayfield, who has been playing with a partially torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, had his shoulder twice pop out of the socket while committing three turnovers in the lopsided home loss.

Mayfield twice went into the sideline medical tent for treatment left FirstEnergy Stadium with his arm in a sling. During his postgame news conference, Mayfield said “absolutely” when asked if he would come back on a short week to face the Broncos.

Stefanski didn’t seem quite as confident.

“We’ll make sure to work through all that in the next couple days and obviously take what the medical staff says, what Baker says, and we do that for all of our players,” Stefanski said. “That’s making sure we make prudent decisions with all these guys.”

Case Keenum, who has 62 career starts, is Mayfield’s backup.

Mayfield has been dealing with the partial tear since injuring his shoulder in Week 3 against the Houston Texans when he tried to make a tackle after throwing an interception. He’s worn a harness the past four weeks.

Mayfield led the NFL in completion percentage through two games, but he hasn’t been the same since getting hurt. He had two fumbles and an interception, and was sacked three times by the Cardinals.

Beckham finally connected more with Mayfield and had a team-high five catches for 79 yards. However, he took a hard shot to his right shoulder in the first half and had to go to the locker room for evaluation and treatment.

Also, Browns rookie starting linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah will likely join Hunt on injured reserve after suffering a high ankle sprain in Cleveland’s second straight loss.

The second-round draft pick had been playing well.

Injuries have been a major issue for the Browns, but they’re hardly alone as numerous teams have been hit hard. Stefanski can’t dwell on them with a game in three days.

“We are still devising that game plan, and that is what we have to do,” he said. “We have to be fluid in what we do. The truth is we may not know who is available to us for another 24-48 hours.

“That is what we have to do. That is no different than everybody in the NFL right now. You have guys who may make it to the game and may not, and that is just life in the big city.”

Prescott says calf injury not an issue as Cowboys enter bye

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott promised not to miss any time after straining his right calf on the touchdown pass in overtime that gave the Dallas Cowboys their first win at New England since 1987.

The star quarterback believes he can deliver on that vow because the team is going into its open week. Even with the break, recent history with his teammates suggests Prescott’s view is optimistic.

Receiver Michael Gallup hasn’t played since the opener because of a calf strain. Four-time All-Pro Zack Martin missed the final five games last year after playing through one. He was injured in practice and aggravated the strain 10 days later, in the second game since the injury.

Prescott needed help getting to the locker room after the dramatic 35-29 win over the Patriots and wore a walking boot to the postgame meeting with reporters. An MRI was planned Monday.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in myself and the medical team, and as I said I feel good,” Prescott said. “This (the boot) is a precaution. Didn’t hurt as bad obviously when you score and win the game.”

The injury is in the same lower leg that needed two surgeries after Prescott’s season-ending compound fracture of his right ankle in Week 5 last year. Prescott said he didn’t know if that was any more reason for concern.

Prescott had 445 yards passing, the most the Patriots have allowed under coach Bill Belichick, playoffs included. The Cowboys also had the most total yards against New England in the Belichick era with 567.

If there were any lingering questions about whether the Cowboys (5-1) have one of the best offenses in the NFL, there aren’t now.

They were playing the same way but had a losing record when Prescott got hurt last year. The difference for the NFC East leaders, who have five straight victories, is an opportunistic defense that’s second in the league with 14 takeaways.

“We know we’re for real,” said Prescott, the first Dallas quarterback with at least three TD passes in four consecutive games. “I don’t think we’re out here trying to send a message to anybody, more so than we’re showing it to ourselves.”

WHAT’S WORKING

The passing game was even more impressive than the opener, when Prescott threw for 403 yards in a last-second loss to Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay. Prescott was 36 of 51 as the Cowboys overcame an inefficient first half when three trips inside the 20 resulted in just three points. Prescott threw an interception in the end zone on the first one.

WR CeeDee Lamb had career highs of nine catches for 149 yards. His second touchdown was the 35-yarder to win it in overtime. Prescott showed patience with season highs of seven completions for 50 yards to RB Ezekiel Elliott. TE Dalton Schultz had another big game (five catches, 79 cards). Dallas doesn’t win if WR Cedrick Wilson doesn’t make a leaping 13-yard grab on fourth-and-4 late in regulation.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Penalties and game management continue to be problems. Dallas came out of Sunday with the second-most penalties in the NFL (48) for the fourth-most yards (404) after getting 12 for 115. The Cowboys had 76 penalty yards at halftime, which is why they trailed 14-10 after dominating most of the first half.

Coach Mike McCarthy lost an ill-advised challenge early when there wasn’t clear evidence Elliott got the ball past the first-down line on a fourth-and-1 run. He needlessly gave the Patriots 20 seconds at the end of regulation by using a puzzling timeout with 24 seconds remaining when the tying kick should have been the final play.

STOCK UP

Just when it appeared CB Trevon Diggs’ stock couldn’t go any higher, he returned an interception 42 yards for a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Diggs has interceptions in all six games, tying an NFL record at the start of a season, with seven overall and two TDs. The risk that sometimes goes with such production showed up on the play after the pick-six when he let Kendrick Bourne run by him on a 75-yard touchdown pass that immediately put the Patriots back in front. Safety Damontae Kazee also misplayed the pass.

STOCK DOWN

LG Connor Williams made his third holding penalty of the game worse with an unsportsmanlike conduct call that almost cost the Cowboys the game in the final minute of regulation. Because the unsportsmanlike penalty was after the play, the Cowboys faced third-and-25 outside of field-goal range. Prescott’s 24-yard pass to Lamb set up Greg Zuerlein’s tying 49-yard field goal.

INJURIES

LT Tyron Smith added a left ankle injury to the neck issue that limited him in practice during the week. Smith went to the locker room but returned to the game.

KEY NUMBER

9 – The number of 400-yard passing games for Prescott. It matches the combined total of all his predecessors, a list that includes two Hall of Famers in Roger Staubach (he didn’t have any in a different era) and Troy Aikman. Club career passing leader Tony Romo had five and Don Meredith two. Aikman had one, as did current Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

NEXT STEPS

The Cowboys already have a three-game lead in the division. After the open week, Dallas plays at Minnesota on Halloween night. It will be a return to the scene of the best win for McCarthy in a difficult first season, when the Cowboys finished 6-10.

Cam Newton says he’s vaccinated and ready for NFL return

(AP) — Cam Newton says he has been vaccinated against contracting COVID-19 and is ready to return to the NFL.

The quarterback who was cut by New England just before the season began published a video on his YouTube channel saying it’s time to get back into pro football. He is a free agent.

“Hell yeah, I still want to play football,” Newton said in the video. “I still get that urge to go out and perform and do something that I’ve been doing since I was 7 years old.”

The 2015 NFL MVP was the Patriots’ starter for most of 2020, when they went 7-9 during a pandemic-impacted season. But New England went with first-round draft choice Mac Jones this year and released the 32-year-old Newton.

There were COVID-19 related issues for Newton last season, and he was absent for three preseason practices this summer in what the team termed a misunderstanding about protocols.

Newton was not vaccinated when he was released, but says he now is. He added that “side effects weren’t beneficial to me” for not getting the vaccine, but was not specific about those side effects.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW: DENVER BRONCOS (3-3) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-3)

Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, October 21 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) as the Denver Broncos (3-3) travel to take on the Cleveland Browns (3-3) at FirstEnergy Stadium in a meeting of two top-five defenses. Denver leads the all-time series 21-6, including winning 12 of the last 13 meetings. In their last matchup, Week 9 of the 2019 season, wide receiver COURTLAND SUTTON and tight end NOAH FANT each recorded touchdown receptions for the Broncos in their 24-19 win.

Denver quarterback TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for a season-high 334 yards and three touchdowns in Week 6. In three road games this season, Bridgewater has six touchdown passes against only one interception, with a 110.9 rating. Fant was Bridgewater’s top target last week, recording a career-high nine catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. His 115 receiving yards in the last meeting are a career high and he has a touchdown reception in three of four career games against the AFC North. Sutton enters Thursday aiming for his third in a row with at least seven catches, 90 receiving yards and a touchdown catch. He has recorded at least five catches in each of the past two meetings between the clubs. Running back MELVIN GORDON totaled 150 scrimmage yards (132 rushing, 18 receiving) with three rushing touchdowns in his last game against Cleveland (Week 6 of the 2018 season with the Chargers). He aims for his third in a row against the Browns with at least 100 scrimmage yards. In three career games on Thursday Night Football, Gordon has 345 scrimmage yards (115 per game) and three rushing touchdowns. Running back JAVONTE WILLIAMS enters Week 7 ranking second among all rookies with 300 rushing yards.

Linebacker VON MILLER leads the team with 4.5 sacks this season and his 110.5 career sacks are the most among all active players. Safety KAREEM JACKSON led the team with six tackles last week and recorded his first sack of the season. Safety JUSTIN SIMMONS has 17 interceptions since entering the league in 2016, tied for the second-most among all safeties. Cornerback PAT SURTAIN II, the No. 9 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, ranks tied for third among rookies with four passes defensed.

Cleveland quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for a 102.4 rating last week, his second-consecutive game with a passer rating of 100-or-higher. In three career games on Thursday Night Football, including his NFL debut in Week 3 of the 2018 season, Mayfield has five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) against one interception for a 100 rating. The Browns enter Week 7 with the league’s top rushing attack (168.5 rushing yards per game). Running back NICK CHUBB, who missed Week 6, ranks second in the league with 523 rushing yards and aims for his third in a row against Denver with at least 90 scrimmage yards.

Wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY had a touchdown catch in the 2019 meeting and has at least five receptions in three of his four career games against Denver. Wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM JR. had five catches for a season-high 79 yards in Week 6. In the last meeting, Beckham totaled 87 receiving yards. Wide receiver DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES had four catches for a career-high 101 yards and two touchdowns last week. He aims for his third in a row with at least 70 receiving yards. Cleveland enters Thursday with the second-ranked defense in the league (307.7 yards allowed per game), led by defensive end MYLES GARRETT, who has a league-high eight sacks. Heaims for his third in a row with a sack and has three sacks in three career games on Thursday Night Football. Defensive end JADEVEON CLOWNEY recorded a sack last week and has a sack in two of the past three games. He has a tackle for loss in each of his five games in 2021.

FOX will broadcast 10 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 5-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) and is slated to be simulcast via NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes and streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the call for FOX. The Amazon broadcast features Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm, and the Amazon Scout’s feed is called by Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah and Joy Taylor.

Washington State coach Rolovich fired for refusing vaccine

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Washington State fired football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants on Monday for refusing a state mandate that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, making him the first major college coach to lose his job over vaccination status.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, had set a deadline of Monday for thousands of state employees, including the Cougars’ coach, to be vaccinated. Rolovich applied for a religious exemption, which was denied Monday, Washington State athletic director Pat Chun said.

Defensive coordinator Jake Dickert will be elevated to acting coach and his first game in charge will be Saturday at home against BYU.

“This is a tough day for Washington State football,” Chun said at a news conference. “Nobody wants to be here.”

Also fired for refusing vaccination were assistant coaches Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig Stutzmann and Mark Weber. Chun said there may be no precedent for a team losing its head coach and so many assistants in the middle of a season.

“Our student-athletes are the biggest losers in this,” he said.

Rolovich was not immediately available for comment.

The 42-year-old Rolovich was the highest-paid state employee with an annual salary of more than $3 million in a contract that runs through 2025. He had said he wouldn’t get vaccinated but wouldn’t specify his reasons. He was the only unvaccinated head coach in the Pac-12 and had worn a mask during games.

Rolovich was fired for cause, which means the university does not have to honor the rest of his contract, although lawsuits over the decision are likely. The Washington State athletic department is currently facing a shortfall of more than $30 million.

Around the country, many college football coaches have publicly advocated for vaccination, including Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Alabama’s Nick Saban. Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin said not getting vaccinated would be irresponsible and bragged about his team being 100% vaccinated.

Many coaches have talked about their teams’ high vaccination rates, though schools are not under any obligation to share those numbers.

Unlike last season, when COVID-19 cases swept through major college football, postponing and canceling games weekly, no games have needed to be rescheduled because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Rolovich was hired from Hawaii two years ago, after Mike Leach left for Mississippi State, and led Washington State to a 1-3 record in the Pac-12 in a 2020 season cut short because of the pandemic. Washington State has won its past three games and is 4-3 this season, including a 34-31 win over Stanford last Saturday. He finishes with a 5-6 record at the Pullman campus in southeastern Washington.

Rolovich revealed in July that he would not get vaccinated and couldn’t attend Pac-12 media day in person because of it.

He said in mid-August that he intended to follow the new mandate requiring vaccinations for every state employee but repeatedly declined to say how.

After refusing for weeks to reveal his plans, Rolovich on Oct. 9 confirmed he was seeking a religious exemption to the mandate. He has not specified his religious beliefs.

Chun said he met with Rolovich over a period of several months, but could not change the coach’s mind.

“He was resolute in his stance,” Chun said.

Rolovich needed to prove a sincerely held religious belief that prevented him from getting vaccinated in his exemption application. The application was put before a committee that reviewed the requests without knowing names of the applicants.

To continue coaching, Rolovich needed to receive the religious exemption and also to have Chun determine that Rolovich could do his job while keeping the public safe. In addition to his work as a coach, Rolovich oversaw a youth football program and participated in promotional and fundraising events.

Dickert is in his second season as Washington State’s defensive coordinator and came to Pullman after three seasons at Wyoming. He has not previously been a head coach.

Chun said the school is looking to hire assistants immediately to fill the vacancies on the staff.

Washington State President Kirk Schulz said nearly 90% of WSU employees and 97% of students had been vaccinated. Fewer than 50 of some 10,000 employees have sought exemptions, Schulz said.

The vaccine issue has percolated all season, dividing Washington State fans and providing a continual distraction.

“There was a lot of frustration with such a prominent employee choosing to be unvaccinated,” Schulz said.

Players stood up for their coach as the season progressed. Quarterback Jayden de Laura told a sideline reporter after Saturday’s win: “Stop hating on Rolo. We love him.”

Wide receiver Travell Harris commended Rolovich after the game for being a “players’ coach.”

“He’s a coach we all love to play for,” Harris said.

NBA preview: Silver says he hopes Irving gets vaccinated

(AP) — Adam Silver, the basketball fan, would prefer to see Kyrie Irving on the court again with the Brooklyn Nets as soon as possible.

Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, would prefer to see Irving vaccinated.

Silver said Monday he hopes Irving – one of the few players in the league who has not yet chosen to be vaccinated – changes his mind before long and clears a path to get back on the floor with the Nets.

“I would like to see our players vaccinated, because I think it’s a public service of sorts, particularly to young people who might not see the value of getting vaccinated,” Silver said on the eve of the league’s 75th anniversary season, the third to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,

Irving cannot play for the Nets in large part because of rules unique to New York and San Francisco requiring vaccinations as a prerequisite for working. The Nets said last week that Irving would not be involved in team activities “until he is eligible to be a full participant.”

And at this time, that means vaccinated. Silver would not disclose if he has spoken with Irving directly, but made his stance clear.

“There’s nothing fair about this virus,” Silver said. “It’s indiscriminate in terms of who it impacts. And I think it’s perfectly appropriate that New York and other cities have passed laws that require people who both work and visit arenas to be vaccinated. That seems to be a responsible public-health decision.”

About 96% of NBA players have been vaccinated, Silver said. That means that about 20, or less than one per team on average, are not. Anyone working games in proximity to players this season, from referees to stat-crew employees, must be vaccinated by league mandate.

“I hope that Kyrie, despite how strongly he feels about the vaccination, ultimately decides to get vaccinated because I’d love to see him play basketball this season,” Silver said.

In other matters Silver discussed Monday:

– Silver said the league’s $10 billion revenue projection for 2021-22 is based on having full arenas all season. He said the league missed revenue projections by about 35% last season, largely because arenas were not filled for much of the year.

– There still are no resolutions to league investigations into the sign-and-trade deals that sent Lonzo Ball to Chicago and Kyle Lowry to Miami this summer. The investigations are trying to determine if the Bulls or Heat broke league rules by making contact with the players before the NBA’s negotiating window opened.

– Adding an in-season tournament, something Silver has sought for some time and models in part after what exists in European soccer, remains a viable possibility going forward. “I think we’re still in the process of formulating what would be the best proposal for all concerned,” Silver said.

– Expansion will be a serious topic again, “at some point,” Silver said. Seattle is a city the league is eyeing, but the league won’t look at growing past the current 30 teams until it is “fully through the pandemic and know that we’re back operating on all cylinders.”

Some other storylines entering the 2021-22 season:

GIANNIS’ GOALS

The last time there was an NBA contest that mattered, Giannis Antetokounmpo picked the perfect time to have the game of his life.

His numbers: 50 points, 14 rebounds. Only the third such game with that many points and rebounds in NBA Finals history. The Milwaukee Bucks were crowned world champions for the first time in 50 years, Antetokounmpo – who played through a knee injury in the series – was the easy choice as NBA Finals MVP.

And if that wasn’t enough, the story might have gotten even happier for Bucks fans two months later when Antetokounmpo announced that he’s just getting started.

“I don’t care about trophies. I don’t care about the MVP’s. I don’t care about defensive player of the years. All those things, I don’t care,”Antetokounmpo said. “I care about getting better because I know if I do that, there’s more things coming.”

The Bucks will try to become the first Eastern Conference team to win back-to-back NBA titles since Miami in 2012 and 2013.

INTERNATIONAL MATTERS

This season is only the third in NBA history that will begin with the reigning MVP and NBA Finals MVP both hailing from outside the U.S. Antetokounmpo, who is Greek, won the finals award and Denver’s Nikola Jokic, from Serbia, was the overwhelming pick for the regular-season honor.

Nigeria’s Hakeem Olajuwon won both awards in the 1993-94 season, and in 2006-07, San Antonio’s Tony Parker (France) won Finals MVP while Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) won the regular-season MVP award.

BACK TO NORMAL

If all goes to plan, this will be the first season since 2018-19 where all teams play an 82-game schedule.

Teams played somewhere between 64 and 75 games in the 2019-20 season because of the interruption caused by the pandemic, and the schedule called for 72 games apiece last season – shortened by the pandemic.

NEW BALL

The league has a new ball this season, going back to a ball made by Wilson – which provided the game ball for the first 37 NBA seasons. The league had been using Spalding since, before introducing the new ball over the summer.

“There is a difference,” said Miami guard Duncan Robinson, one of the league’s top 3-point shooters. “They tried to say it’s the same material, which it might be. … But the reality is, the feel is very similar and it’s just a matter of getting totally comfortable with it. At this point, it basically feels normal.”

In terms of specifications and the leather, the Wilson and Spalding balls are believed to be as close to identical as possible. The leather comes from the same manufacturer. But there is one subtle change, in that the Wilson ball is a slightly different shade of orange.

CHASING MICHAEL

Golden State’s Stephen Curry won the league’s scoring title last season, averaging 32.0 points per game in a season where he turned 33.

Only one player was an older NBA scoring champion: Michael Jordan turned 35 during the 1997-98 season, when he led the NBA in scoring for the final time.

Hawks agree to 4-year, $65M extension with Kevin Huerter

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks agreed Monday to a four-year, $65 million contract extension with guard Kevin Huerter, locking up another important player from the team that made a surprising run to the Eastern Conference final.

Huerter was the last piece in the Hawks’ offseason list of priorities, working out the rookie-scale extension shortly before Monday’s 6 p.m. deadline. The season begins Tuesday. ESPN first reported the deal, which begins with the 2022-23 season, and Hawks confirmed it in an evening news release.

“It was important to our group to secure Kevin as a part of our team moving forward,” general manager Travis Schlenk said. “He’s developed into a versatile, two-way player who can fit any lineup and can play minutes all over the perimeter. We are excited his future is in Atlanta.”

The 23-year-old Huerter was the No. 19 overall pick in the 2018 draft that also brought Trae Young to Atlanta.

Huerter’s role has steadily grown over his three years in the league. Last season, the 6-foot-7 player averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and a team-leading 1.2 steals while starting 49 of 69 games.

He saved his best performance for the playoffs, scoring 27 points in a Game 7 victory over the top-seeded 76ers in Philadelphia to cap a stunning upset in the conference semifinals.

Huerter’s signing follows the Hawks agreeing to a maximum five-year, $207 million rookie contract extension with Young. They also locked up another key player when restricted free agent forward John Collins returned to the team with a new five-year, $125 million contract.

In addition, the Hawks exercised fourth-year contract options on former first-round picks De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish, as well as the third-year option on Onyeka Okongwu, the No. 6 pick in 2020.

Atlanta opens a season of high expectations on Thursday night, hosting Dallas.

NHL suspends Evander Kane 21 games for COVID violations

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The NHL has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

The league on Monday announced the suspension without pay and said Kane will not be eligible to play until Nov. 30 at New Jersey. Kane will forfeit about $1.68 million of his $7 million salary for this season with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The league also announced that a concurrent investigation into allegations of sexual and physical abuse made against Kane by his estranged wife, Anna, could not be substantiated.

“I would like to apologize to my teammates, the San Jose Sharks organization, and all Sharks fans for violating the NHL COVID protocols,” Kane said in a statement. “I made a mistake, one I sincerely regret and take responsibility for. During my suspension, I will continue to participate in counseling to help me make better decisions in the future. When my suspension is over, I plan to return to the ice with great effort, determination, and love for the game of hockey.”

The Sharks have not said what Kane’s status will be after the investigations. Kane had not been around the team since the start of training camp while these investigations were ongoing in an agreement between him and the team.

“While we are encouraged by Evander’s commitment to moving forward, we are extremely disappointed by his disregard for the health and safety protocols put in place by the NHL and the NHLPA,” the team said in a statement. “We will not be commenting further on Evander’s status prior to the conclusion of the NHL’s mandated suspension.”

Kane had previously been cleared by the NHL in an investigation into allegations made by Anna Kane that he bet on hockey games, including some against the Sharks.

But the league did determine that Kane violated the COVID-19 protocols. A person familiar with the investigation said earlier this month that the league was looking into allegations that Kane submitted a fake vaccination card. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details weren’t made public.

Using a fake vaccination card is illegal in both the United States and Canada, as well as against NHL rules.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week that only four players on active rosters hadn’t been vaccinated.

Kane, 30, is three seasons into a $49 million, seven-year contract. He’s with his third organization after being drafted by and debuting with Atlanta/Winnipeg and a stint in Buffalo.

Last season, he had 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 games.

Lightning’s Kucherov out indefinitely with lower-body injury

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov will be out indefinitely with a lower-body injury he suffered late in the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions’ overtime win over the Washington Capitals last weekend.

“It’s definitely not a day-to-day thing, so we’ll wait until we get an official word, but he’s definitely out,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after practice Monday. “He’s going to be out for a while here. We’re not going to put a timetable on it until we get an official word. In the short term here he’s definitely out.”

Kucherov missed all of the 2020-21 regular season after undergoing hip surgery in the offseason. He returned in the playoffs to have eight goals and 24 assists to help the Lightning win their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

The 2019 Hart Trophy winner appeared to suffer an abdominal or groin injury chasing a puck during the third period of a 2-1 overtime victory at Washington last Saturday night.

“I’m more frustrated for him because I just know the work it took for him to get back,” Cooper said. “He was rewarded in the end with hoisting the Stanley Cup again, but I know he was looking forward to having a big year.”

Gonzaga is No. 1 in preseason AP Top 25; UCLA, Kansas next

(AP) — Gonzaga carried a No. 1 ranking all last season before falling a win short of becoming college basketball’s first unbeaten national champion in 45 years.

Mark Few’s Bulldogs start this season in the same position, hoping to complete that final step this time around.

The Zags were the runaway top choice in The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball preseason poll released Monday. They earned 55 of 63 first-place votes to easily outdistance No. 2 UCLA, which earned the other eight. Kansas, Villanova and Texas rounded out the top five, while reigning national champion Baylor checked in at No. 8.

The Zags have accomplished just about every milestone possible in 23 years under Few other than cutting down the nets on the final Monday night of the season. They came close to completing the first unbeaten run since 1976 last year with a wire-to-wire No. 1 team, only to fall to the Bears in a one-sided final in Indianapolis.

Now they’ll try again.

“It is quite an honor to be selected preseason No. 1 for the second consecutive year,” Few said in a statement to the AP. “Our returning players realize the challenge of playing up to that level all year and look forward to it.”

Gonzaga lost AP All-Americans Corey Kispert and Jalen Suggs to the NBA, but second-team selection Drew Timme (19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds) and starting guard Andrew Nembhard return. The Zags also bring in a top recruiting class featuring the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in 7-footer Chet Holmgren and a five-star guard in Hunter Sallis.

Going back to the 2019-20 season, the Zags have now been ranked in the top three for 32 straight polls, with 22 of those at No. 1.

THE TOP TIER

Second-year coach Mick Cronin has UCLA on a fast climb.

Leading scorer Johnny Juzang (16.0 ppg) headlines a Bruins roster that returns nearly intact after last year’s run from the First Four to the Final Four, where they lost to Gonzaga on a halfcourt shot in an overtime classic.

They are starting with their first top-10 preseason ranking since 2009 and their first top-10 ranking in any AP poll since spending 13 weeks there during the 2016-17 season.

“If we taught anybody anything last year,,” Cronin said this month, “your seed or your ranking does not matter come tournament time.”

Kansas has the program’s 10th straight preseason top-10 ranking, followed by the Wildcats and Longhorns, who open their first season under Chris Beard with the program’s highest preseason ranking since 2010.

THE CHAMPS

Baylor has a second straight top-10 preseason ranking despite losing four starters from last year’s title winner, including AP All-Americans Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell. The Bears will try to join Duke (1991-92) and Florida (2006-07) as the only schools to win consecutive titles since UCLA’s run of seven straight from 1967-73.

“As we’ve talked with our team,,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said, “we have a unique opportunity.”

BLUEBLOODS BACK?

Duke and Kentucky are starting with their typically high rankings after seasons unlike many in their tradition-rich histories.

The ninth-ranked Blue Devils are playing the final season under retiring Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski. They’re coming off a 13-11 season that included missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.

The 10th-ranked Wildcats are right behind them after a 9-16 season, the program’s first losing record since 1988-89.

Then there’s North Carolina, which made the NCAA Tournament but was inconsistent all season and out of the Top 25 before Christmas. The Tar Heels open at No. 19 in their first season under Hubert Davis, promoted after the retirement of Hall of Famer Roy Williams in April.

WELCOME BACK

St. Bonaventure is ranked for the first time in more than five decades. The Bonnies from the Atlantic 10 are No. 23, marking the first time they have been ranked since January 1971. That season was also the last time the program was ranked in the preseason (No. 20).

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big Ten and Southeastern conferences have a national-best five ranked teams each.

The Big Ten has No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Purdue, No. 11 Illinois, No. 17 Ohio State and No. 21 Maryland. The SEC has No. 14 Alabama, No. 16 Arkansas, No. 18 Tennessee and No. 22 Auburn joining Kentucky.

The ACC is next up with four, with No. 20 Florida State and No. 25 Virginia joining Duke and UNC. The Big 12 has its Kansas-Texas-Baylor trio, while the Pac-12 (UCLA and No. 13 Oregon), Big East (Villanova and No. 24 Connecticut) and American Athletic Conference (No. 12 Memphis and No. 15 Houston) are the others with multiple Top 25 teams.

WATCH LIST

The top unranked teams are all from power conferences, headlined by Michigan State as the leading vote-getter. Next up is Indiana under first-year coach Mike Woodson, Southern California and Arizona under new coach Tommy Lloyd.

Gonzaga’s Drew Timme named The Athletic’s men’s preseason Player of the Year

(THE ATHLETIC)

Three juniors — led by Gonzaga forward Drew Timme — one senior and one freshman form The Athletic’s men’s basketball preseason All-America first team, which was announced on Monday. Timme, who led the Bulldogs in scoring as they went 31-1 in 2020-21 and lost in the national championship game, is The Athletic’s preseason Player of the Year.

He’s joined by UCLA junior Johnny Juzang, Illinois junior Kofi Cockburn, Duke freshman Paolo Banchero and Oral Roberts senior Max Abmas. Juzang led UCLA to the Final Four last season, while Abmas was the leading scorer in Division I and helped ORU to the Sweet 16.

Banchero is The Athletic’s preseason choice for Freshman of the Year.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL: Purdue, Michigan State and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Football Honors

Offensive Player of the Week
David Bell, Purdue
WR – Jr. – Indianapolis, Ind. – Warren Central (Ind.)

  • Hauled in 11 receptions for a career-high 240 yards (21.8 avg.) and a touchdown in Purdue’s 24-7 road win over then-No. 2 Iowa
  • His 240 receiving yards marked the second-highest single-game total in team history behind only Chris Daniels’ 301 yards vs. Michigan State in 1999. Additionally, the 240 receiving yards are the second most by a FBS player in a single game this season, trailing only Texas’ Xavier Worthy (261 vs. Oklahoma on Oct. 9)
  • Eclipsed the 200-yard mark for the first time in his career and has registered at least 100 receiving yards in 14 of his 23 career games. Moved into fifth place all-time in Purdue history in career receiving yards (2,339), eighth in career receiving touchdowns (19) and ninth in career receptions (177)
  • Earns the second Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career; was also named Freshman of the Week four times in 2019
  • Last Purdue Offensive Player of the Week: David Bell (Oct. 26, 2020)

 
Defensive Player of the Week
Cam Allen, Purdue
S – Jr. – Bluefield, Va. – Graham (Va.)

  • Snagged two interceptions in the fourth quarter to help seal a 24-7 road win over then-No. 2 Iowa. Also added four tackles (two solo) in the win
  • Became the first Boilermaker to register two interceptions in a game since Cory Trice on Oct. 12, 2019. Is just the 11th Purdue defender to record a multi-interception game since 2000
  • Led a secondary that limited the Hawkeyes to 195 yards passing on 32 attempts (6.1 yards per attempt) and just 271 yards of total offense. The Boilermakers defense held Iowa to just 1-for-5 in the red zone
  • Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Markus Bailey (Oct. 22, 2018)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Matt Coghlin, Michigan State
K – Gr. – Cincinnati, Ohio – Archbishop Moeller (Ohio)

  • Made both of his field goal attempts in Michigan State’s 20-15 win at Indiana, connecting on kicks from 51 and 49 yards
  • His 51-yard field goal in the third quarter tied a career long
  • Has now made 74 field goals in his career and ranks second all-time in Big Ten history, trailing only Penn State’s Kevin Kelly (78, 2005-08)
  • Earns the fourth Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Michigan State Special Teams Player of the Week: Jayden Reed (Sept. 27, 2021)

 
Freshman of the Week
Braelon Allen, Wisconsin
RB – Fond du Lac, Wis. – Fond du Lac

  • Rushed 16 times for 108 yards (6.75 avg.) and a touchdown in Wisconsin’s 20-14 win vs. Army
  • Registered 100 yards rushing for the second consecutive game (131 at Illinois on Oct. 9) to become the first Wisconsin true freshman to accomplish the feat since Jonathan Taylor had four straight 100-yard rushing performances in 2017
  • Gave the Badgers a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when he broke free for a 33-yard score
  • Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Graham Mertz (Oct. 26, 2020)

MAC FOOTBALL: MAC Announces Week 7 Players of the Week

MAC Football East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Dylan McDuffie, Buffalo, Running Back 
Junio, Buffalo, NY (Sweet Home)             
Dylan McDuffie rushed for a career-high 143 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo’s win over Ohio. Making his first career start, the junior running back had 23 carries for a 6.2 yards per carry average. He scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to help the Bulls rally from a 21-0 deficit. His day included a career-long 58-yard run.
 
MAC Football East Division Defensive Player of the Week
James Patterson, Buffalo, Linebacker    
Senior, Glendale, MD (Saint Vincent Pallotti)     
James Patterson had a career-high 15 tackles in Buffalo’s 27-26 win over Ohio. He added a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry and was instrumental in the Bulls’ comeback victory over the Bobcats. 
 
MAC Football East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Nate Needham, Bowling Green, PK        
Senior, Chesterton, Ind. (Chesterton)    
Recorded a career-high four field goals and a career-high 14 points scored in a narrow loss at NIU. Connected on field goals of 23, 49, 42, 42 on a day when winds were whipping between 17 and 30 MPH. Made a 49-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the second quarter to make it a one-possession game.  He is one of 13 FBS players who is perfect on the year, but his 13 made field goals ranks No. 1 in the nation among those who are perfect. A perfect 9-of-9, he leads the nation with nine field goals from 40+ yards. His 13 made field goals in a row ranks No. 6 in the nation among active streaks.
 
MAC Football West Division Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Kaleb Eleby, Western Michigan, Quarterback    
R-So., Maryland Heights, Mo. (Pattonville)         
Completed 15-of-22 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns, and added 33 rushing yards and a touchdown as the Western Michigan offense put up 64 points in a Homecoming victory over Kent State…The Broncos finished with a season-high 642 yards of offense.
 
Jay Ducker, NIU, Running Back 
Freshman, Bellevue, Nebraska (Bellevue)            
Freshman Jay Ducker stepped in for starter Antario Brown in the first quarter and went on to gain a career and NIU team season high 210 yards on 33 carries to power the Huskies’ rushing attack in a 34-26 win over Bowling Green. Ducker surpassed the 100-yard mark in the first half to record his first career 100-yard game and finished with, the most yards by a Huskie since Jordan Lynch ran for 321 yards versus Western Michigan in 2013 (11-26).Ducker’s 210 yards are the most by a MAC player this season and the 17th highest total in the FBS, while his 33 carries are tied for the third most in the FBS in a game this year.  Ducker’s longest run went for 34 yards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
MAC Football West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Bryce Cosby, Ball State, S            
5th, Louisville, Ky. (duPont Manual)        
Fifth-year S Bryce Cosby registered a game-high 11 tackles and had 1.0 sack. It was his ninth career double-digit tackles performance and his third of the season. Cosby is the only player in the country to log multiple games of at least 10 tackles, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble on the year, and he’s done it in back-to-back games.
                                                                                                                                                                               
MAC Football West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Marshall Meeder, Central Michigan, Kicker        
Freshman, Eaton Rapids, Mich. / Eaton Rapids  
Meeder scored the final 12 points with four field goals for CMU including the game-winner in overtime as CMU defeated Toledo, 26-23. Meeder was 4-4 on field goals, making kicks of 46 yards, 51 yards, 44 yards and 38 yards. He was also 2-2 on PATs. He is the first CMU student-athlete with four field goals in a game since 2012.

SEC fines Tennessee $250K after trash-throwing incident vs. Ole Miss

The Southeastern Conference announced Monday it has fined the University of Tennessee $250,000 after fans threw trash on the field and hit members of Ole Miss’ football team late in the Volunteers’ 31-26 home loss at Neyland Stadium.

“The disruption of Saturday night’s game is unacceptable and cannot be repeated on any SEC campus,” conference commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement.

The funds will be deducted from Tennessee’s share of SEC revenue distribution.

Tennessee must also meet several other requirements set forth by the SEC, including reviewing game footage to identify individuals who threw objects onto the field and banning them from attending games for the rest of the season.

The incident – which saw a golf ball thrown at Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin – delayed the game 20 minutes.

Grizzlies’ Jackson agrees to 4-year, $105M rookie extension

The Memphis Grizzlies and Jaren Jackson Jr. agreed to a four-year, $105-million rookie extension, the player’s agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jackson, 22, is coming off a 2020-21 campaign ravaged by injury after suffering a torn meniscus in August 2020 while playing in the bubble. Jackson made just 11 appearances during the tail end of the regular season before starting all five of the team’s outings in the first-round playoff defeat to the Utah Jazz.

The Michigan State product was selected with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 draft and has quickly formed a budding on-court relationship with Grizzlies franchise cornerstone Ja Morant.

The deadline for rookie extensions for players from the class of 2018 is at 6 p.m. ET Monday. Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns), Collin Sexton (Cleveland Cavaliers), and Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets) are among those who have yet to agree to an extension with their respective organizations.

HCAC SPORTS NOTEBOOKS

Football Notebook, Week 7 

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Andrew Dion (San Diego, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Quarterback | Senior – Dion finished 13-of-14 for 178-yards and four touchdowns in less than one half of play against Anderson. Dion stands No. 2 in Rose-Hulman history with 8,276 passing yards and 78 career passing touchdowns after the 62-7 win over Anderson.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Decklan Brophy (Knoxville, Tenn.) Mount St. Joseph University | Defensive End | Sophomore – Brophy led a dominant defensive effort by the Lions on Saturday vs. Manchester. As a team the Lions allowed only 100 yards of total offense, registered seven sacks and forced four Spartan turnovers. Brophy registered 10 tackles from his defensive end position, 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Montez Archer Jr. (Detroit, Mich.) Bluffton University | Returner | Sophomore – Archer broke up the shutout with his second kickoff return for a touchdown in two weeks in Bluffton’s loss at Franklin on Saturday. Archer Jr. returned three kickoffs for 106 yards, including the 75-yarder for a TD.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Cora Garrett (Lizton, Ind.) Franklin College | Running Back | First-Year – Garrett set the tone for the Franklin offense with 99-yards on the ground, a team-leading 144 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in a 45-6 win over Bluffton. He averaged 8.3 yards per carry while rushing for two scores and recorded a career-long 38 yard reception that went for six points.
  • Tanner Swindle (Sheridan, Ind.) Franklin College | Defensive Tackle | Senior – Swindle tied for the team lead with four tackles on Saturday against Bluffton, recording one sack, two tackles for a loss and recovering the first fumble of his career in a 45-6 win. He became the first Grizzly since 2019 to take a fumble to the house, recovering a strip-sack and racing 53-yards to the end zone for his first career score.
  • Carter Brown (New Castle, Ind.) Franklin College | Kicker | Senior – Brown went a perfect 6-for-6 in extra point attempts in a 45-6 win over Bluffton. He has made all 23 of his kicks this season and has converted 29 straight PATs dating back to the spring season.
  • Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Running Back | Senior – Coane helped lead the Panthers to a 51-0 win over Defiance on Saturday afternoon. The senior tied a school-record 85-yard rush as he turned in 138 total yards on the ground. He also added a rushing TD.
  • Caleb Brewster (Hiram, Ga.) Hanover College | Defensive Back | Sophomore – Brewster helped lead a defense that pitched a 51-0 shutout of Defiance. The sophomore tallied seven total tackles, including three solo. He was a part of a defense that help the Yellow Jackets to just 179 total yards of offense.
  • Andrew Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla.) Manchester University | Punter/Kicker | Senior – Kibler punted 12 times against MSJ for 474-yards, averaging 39.5 yards per punt. Had two punts go for 50+ yards – including a 53-yard punt. Placed four punts inside the 20-yard line and had two punts go for touchbacks.
  • Austin Brock (Gainesville, Ga.) Mount St. Joseph University | Wide Receiver | Senior – Brock had a big day for the Lions at wide receiver with five catches for 88-yards, including a 64-yard touchdown catch to get the Lions on the board early.
  • Devon Donawerth (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Safety | First-Year – Donawerth was crucial on special teams for the Lions as a gunner. He registered a pair of special teams tackles and scooped up a muffed punt in the fourth quarter. Racing 10-yards for the scoop and score touchdown.
  • Tyce Miller (Bargersville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Tyce returned an interception 35-yards for a touchdown to help Rose-Hulman set a school record with a 48-point first quarter in the team’s 62-7 win over Anderson.
  • Diego Cruz (Pflugerville, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Line | First-Year – Diego blocked a punt that Rose-Hulman returned for a touchdown as part of a school record 48-point first quarter in a 62-7 win over Anderson. Cruz blocked a punt that started on the 25-yard line and was recovered on the one-yard line and returned for a touchdown by Rashad Brown.

Men’s Soccer Notebook

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Midfield | Senior – Eppler led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they remain perfect in HCAC action. The senior finished the week with two goals including the game-winner against Defiance.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Danny Moro-Medina (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Moro-Medina saved seven of the eight shots on the week for an .875 save percentage as Anderson went 2-0 on the week. Moro-Medina saw four shots and came up with three saves during Anderson’s 2-1 double-overtime win against Defiance. Moro-Medina then posted a four-save shutout against Bluffton.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Sam Rowlison (Fishersin, Ind.) Anderson University | Midfield | Senior – Rowlison delivered the game-winner of a 2-1 double-overtime win against Defiance as Rowlison found the back of the net in the 104th minute. Anderson went 2-0 on the week after also claiming a 2-0 win against Bluffton.
  • Eddy Yousak (New Castle, Ind.) Franklin College | Midfield | Sophomore – Yousak extended his goal streak to three games with a tally in matchups against Hanover and Mount St. Joseph. He netted a 27th minute goal against Hanover on Wednesday night and potted his first career game-winner early on Saturday night against MSJ, moving him into third place on the Grizzlies in total goals.
  • Ian Rowe (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Rowe made his second start of the year on Saturday night against MSJ, earning his first career solo shutout and first career victory with six stops in a 2-0 Franklin win.
  • Luciano Salemi (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Salemi paced the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they remained perfect in HCAC action defeating Franklin and Defiance. The goalkeeper tallied a clean sheet in the win over Defiance, while surrendering just one goal at Franklin.
  • Julian Keough (Indianapolis, Ind.) Manchester University | Midfield | Sophomore – Keough scored a goal and assisted on two other scores as Manchester blew past Earlham 5-0 on Saturday October 16. He finished the week with four points as the Spartans went 1-1 in league play.
  • Sean Julian (Greenfield, Ind.) Manchester University | Defense | Senior – Julian anchored a defense that allowed just one goal this week. The Spartans narrowly dropped a 1-0 decision to Rose-Hulman on Wednesday before shutting out Earlham 5-0 on Saturday. Earlham would only place two shots on goal on Saturday afternoon. MU went 1-1 in league play this week.
  • Mafa Tatenda (St. Catharine’s, Ontario) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Sophomore – Tatenda scored one goal in each of Rose-Hulman’s two wins last week – helping the Fightin’ Engineers defeat Manchester 1-0 and Transylvania 3-1. Tatenda has three goals and two game-winning efforts this year, including the lone goal in the Manchester win.
  • Evan Hofer (St. Louis, Mo.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Hofer finished 2-0 with a 0.50 goals against average last week. Hofer had four saves in a 1-0 win at Manchester and added one save in a 3-1 victory over Transylvania.
  • Henry Roetker (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Midfield | Sophomore – Roetker enjoyed a career night against Mount St. Joseph in a 1-1 week for the Pioneers. Roetker totaled two goals on three shots in the match against the Lions to produce a new season-high. The midfielder was efficient in his strikes as both of his shots on goal resulted in goals.
  • Cade Terry (Frankfort, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | First-Year – Terry showed grit in goal for the Pioneers in their 1-1 week. Terry totaled six saves on the week and was crucial in keeping the Pioneers close in Saturday’s Rose-Hulman match. His week was highlighted by a pair of close-range saves in the second half of Saturday’s match against the Fightin’ Engineers. 

Women’s Soccer Notebook

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Lizzy Wilson (Decatur, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Junior – Wilson notched four goals as Anderson went 2-0 on the week. She delivered a goal during Anderson’s 6-0 win against Defiance. Wilson then produced a hat trick to lead Anderson past Bluffton with a 5-2 victory. Wilson’s hat trick is the program’s first hat trick since 2018.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Becca Hancock (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) Earlham College | Goalkeeper | Junior – Hancock recorded a pair of wins in goal this week for the Quakers. She made seven saves and allowed one goal in a 2-1 win over Bluffton, she then added two more saves in a 2-0 shutout of Manchester. Hancock faced 10 shots this week with a save percentage of .900.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Nadia Bentley (Cincinnati, Ohio) Anderson University | Defense | Senior – The Ravens went 2-0 on the week following a 6-0 win against Defiance and a 5-2 victory against Bluffton. Anderson did not allow a shot against Defiance. Bentley made two key plays against Bluffton. Bentley came in for tackle to block a shot on a 1-v-2 situation for Bluffton in the 17th minute. Bentley also recorded an intercept that directly resulted in a goal. She earned an assist on the same play.
  • Eva Lyon (Dayton, Ohio) Earlham College | Forward | Junior – Lyon scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over Manchester on Saturday. The junior from Dayton took five shots this week and put two of them on frame for her four points this week.
  • Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Boothby helped the Panthers a 2-0 overall week as they keep their unbeaten streak alive. The senior finished the impressive week with three goals on 10 shots.
  • Maggie Hinegardner (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Hinegardner tallied two clean sheets last week as the Panthers defeated Franklin 7-0 and Defiance 5-0. She added one save as the Hanover defense allowed just two shots on the week.
  • McKenzie Schneeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Forward | First-Year – In both of the Lions wins, it was first-year Schneeman who provided all of the offense the Lions needed.
  • Madison Hart (Liberty Township, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Hart had another outstanding match in goal for the Lions, who have only allowed a single goal over the last six games. Against a tough Transy team she posted another clean sheet in 101:28 minutes with five saves.
  • Lane Lawrence (Ringgold, Ga.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Lawrence scored two goals and had three assists in a 2-0 week for Rose-Hulman. She scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Transylvania and had one goal and three assists in a 5-0 victory at Manchester. Lawrence leads Rose-Hulman with seven goals, seven assists and 21 points this season.
  • Natalie Dillon (Rochester, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Junior – Dillon helped Rose-Hulman record two shutouts and three total saves to lead Rose-Hulman to a perfect 2-0 record last week. Dillon played 45 minutes in a 5-0 win over Manchester and played all 90 minutes with three saves in a 1-0 victory at Transylvania.
  • Morgan Patton (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Senior – Patton shined in goal for the Pioneers in their two contests. Patton stood strong and kept the Pioneers in striking distance in their double-overtime affair against Mount St. Joseph. She totaled eight saves against Rose-Hulman including a spectacular double-save from point-blank range early in the match.

Volleyball Notebook

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Maria Young (Bedford, Va.) Earlham College | Right Side Hitter | Sophomore – Young led the Quakers offensively in both matches this week. She tallied 16 kills and attacked at a .333 clip in a 3-0 win over Transylvania on Wednesday. She then hit a .440 percentage on 13 kills in a 3-0 win over Anderson on Saturday. Young tallied just six errors in her two matches played.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Caroline Mulvihill (Monrovia, Calif.) Earlham College | Outside Hitter | Senior – Mulvihill collected 17 digs and four blocks in a 3-0 win against Transylvania on Wednesday. She added seven more digs and two blocks in a 3-0 win at Anderson on Saturday.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | Middle Hitter | Senior – Bontrager put together a .356 attack percentage and 20 kills (2.86 kills per set) as Anderson went 1-1 on the week. Bontrager powered to a stellar performance in a four-set win against Bluffton, finishing the match with 13 kills and zero attack errors on 22 attempts for a .591 hitting percentage for the match. She then contributed seven kills and a .130 hitting percentage as Earlham swept Anderson. Bontrager also closed the week with four assists and a service ace.
  • Lauren Dungan (Alexandria, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Specialist | First-Year – Dungan scattered 21 digs in five sets for an average of 4.2 digs per set. She collected 12 digs in three sets as Anderson topped Bluffton 3-1. Dungan then tallied nine digs in two sets as Anderson fell to Earlham 3-0.
  • Brooke Kleman (Glandorf, Ohio) Bluffton University | Libero | Senior – Kleman cleaned up with 52 digs in a pair of Bluffton losses to Anderson and Hanover during the week. She picked up a whopping 7.43 digs per set for the Beavers.
  • Mackenzie Benham (Marshall, Mich.) Defiance College | Outside Hitter | Senior – Benham led Defiance with 42 kills in three games last week and helped lead the Yellow Jackets with a game-high 22 kills in a 3-1 win against Adrian (Mich.) on Saturday. She averaged 3.1 kills per game and added 18 digs.
  • Tre’Ana King (Toledo, Ohio) Defiance College | Defensive Specialist | Senior – King led Defiance with 64 digs in three games and averaged 6.4 digs per set in those three games. She helped lead the Yellow Jackets with a game-high 35 digs in a 3-1 win at home against Adrian (Mich.) on Saturday.
  • Billie Jarrett (Speedway, Ind.) Franklin College | Setter | Junior – Jarrett handed out 48 assists while recording a pair of kills and two aces for Franklin across matchups with Rose-Hulman and MSJ. She added 26 digs across those two matches, giving her a team-high 15 double-doubles for the year.
  • Allison Thompson (Louisville, Ky.) Franklin College | Libero | Senior – Thompson recorded 27 digs over two matchups last week while adding six aces as the Grizzlies split contests with Mount St. Joseph and Rose-Hulman.
  • Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) Hanover College | Setter | Senior – Ketcham led the Panthers to a 1-1 week as they defeat Bluffton in straight sets but fell to MSJ. The senior finished the week with 65 assists, including a week best 36 v. Bluffton.
  • Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Dunn helped lead the Panthers to a 1-1 week as they defeated Bluffton in straight sets but fell to MSJ. The sophomore recorded 64 digs, including a week best 33 against Bluffton.
  • Halle Planck (Gas City, Ind.) Manchester University | Right Side Hitter | Junior – Planck had an outstanding week for Manchester. Planck powered the Spartans to a pair of conference victories. In Wednesday’s straight-set sweep of Defiance, Planck finished with nine kills on the strength of a .421 swinging percentage. She also added seven digs and two block assists against the Yellow Jackets. In Saturday’s straight-set sweep of Rose-Hulman, Planck had six kills, nine digs, and five solo blocks. Halle would round out her strong week with 11 kills, one solo block, and two block assists against St. Mary’s. For the week, Planck finished with a .237 hitting percentage and 26 kills. Manchester topped Rose-Hulman for the first time since 2015.
  • Helaina Walters (Marion, Ind.) Manchester University | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Walters helped Manchester to a pair of HCAC wins this week. Walters had 16 digs in MU’s straight-set sweep of Defiance on Wednesday while adding eight more digs in Saturday’s straight-set sweep of Rose-Hulman. Walters would also add 15 digs in the Spartans’ non-conference matchup against St. Mary’s. Manchester went 2-1 this week and topped Rose-Hulman for the first time since 2015.
  • Grace Young (Harrison, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Middle Hitter | Sophomore – Young led the Lions to a 2-0 HCAC record this week, in the four total matches this week she had 36 kills and a .256 hitting percentage. It was during Sunday’s match with Franklin though that she had her best performance of the season. In the Lions three-set win she had 12 kills on only 19 attempts and an unbelievable .526 hitting percentage.
  • Sophia Koop (Lawrenceville, Ga.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Koop recorded 38 kills in 12 sets (3.2 kills/set) to lead the Rose-Hulman offense in a 1-2 week.
  • Kylie Rathbun (Tulsa, Okla.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Rathbun recorded 79 digs in 12 sets (4.9 digs/set) to help Rose-Hulman finish 1-2 overall. Rathbun had a career-high 41 digs in a five-set win over St. Mary’s College and had 20 digs in a four-set loss to Franklin.
  • Cate Scheper (Crestview Hills, Ky.) Transylvania University | Hitter | First-Year – Scheper led the Pioneers in total kills in two of three matches played this week, including a match-high 12 kills to go with a match-high three blocks in a Saturday sweep of Defiance. Scheper totaled a match-high 13 kills in Saturday’s sweep of Adrian following the Defiance sweep. For the week, Scheper totaled 30 kills over three matches and nine sets, six digs, and four blocks.
  • Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – The libero had 70 digs over three matches (nine sets total) as the Pioneers furnished a 2-1 overall week of gameplay. Miller was once again the digs leader in all three of their matches this week, including a career-high 28 digs in a Wednesday loss at Earlham. Miller had a match-high 24 digs in a Saturday sweep of Defiance as well as a match-high 18 digs in a three-set victory against Adrian. For the week, Miller totaled 70 digs, six assists, four kills and two errors for the Pioneers. 

River States Conference Player of the Week winners awarded for Oct. 11-17

IU KOKOMO’S GERIG TAKES HOME RSC VOLLEYBALL ATTACKER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo middle hitter Sidney Gerig had a huge week to claim River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week Oct. 11-17.

Gerig, from Auburn, Ind., collected 24 kills in just seven sets and hit .467 in two matches. She averaged 3.43 kills per set as the Cougars went 2-0 RSC. Gerig needed just 45 attempts to amass her kills and had just three errors on the week. 

In the big match of the week, Gerig had 14 kills and hit .440 in a 3-1 victory over IU East, a matchup of RSC divisional leaders. She had only three errors in 25 attempts during the pivotal win. In an earlier victory over St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.), she hit .500 with 10 kills and zero errors in 20 swings. 

IU Kokomo is 18-8, 10-1 RSC and visits WVU Tech and Rio Grande this weekend. 

MIDWAY’S RODRIGUEZ GOES BACK TO BACK ON RSC VOLLEYBALL DEFENDER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University libero Mariana Rodriguez backed up her honor last week with a second consecutive River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week award for Oct. 11-17.

Rodriguez, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, picked up 55 digs in a 3-0 week for the Eagles. She averaged 6.88 digs per set with Midway earning RSC sweeps over IU Southeast, Ohio Valley and Ohio Christian. She recorded a season-high 28 digs in the Eagles’ first win at IU Southeast and also had a highlight of 19 digs versus Ohio Christian. 

The victories put Midway at 15-2 overall and 9-2 RSC. The Eagles go to Carlow (Pa.) and Point Park (Pa.) this weekend. 

RAMOS SELECTED RSC VOLLEYBALL SETTER OF THE WEEK FROM MIDWAY (KY.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University junior Valerie Ramos was selected as the River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week for her play Oct. 11-17.

Ramos, a junior from San Juan, Puerto Rico, led the Eagles to a 3-0 week in conference averaging 6.25 assists per set and putting up 50 assists in eight sets overall. She also tallied 19 digs and nine service aces on the week. 

A highlight of the week was tying a season high with 27 assists in a sweep of Ohio Christian, a game that also included a double-double with 10 assists and nearly a triple-double with eight aces. Midway also swept IU Southeast and Ohio Valley earlier in the week and is now 15-2, 9-2 RSC. 

JONES REPEATS AS RSC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK FOR IU KOKOMO

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo senior Brandi Jones remained on fire and claimed another River States Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week honor for Oct. 11-17. It was her second weekly award in a row and her third one this fall season.

Jones earned her latest honor for placing second at the Battle at Stonehenge hosted by Grace (Ind.) College. She shot rounds of 75 and 76 to play the 36 holes at 7-over 151 for the tournament. That was just two strokes off the lead. Jones has placed in the top three of a tournament for the fourth time this fall, which included a win at the RSC Fall Preview two weeks ago. 

The Cougars finish out the fall season Oct. 22-23 at the Huntington Chariot Run Challenge. 

JAUREGUI SNAGS RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR OHIO VALLEY (W.VA.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University freshman Ximena Jauregui was a part of two shutouts to claim River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 11-17.

A midfielder from Cancun, Mexico, she keyed wins of 1-0 over IU East and 3-0 over St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) to keep the Fighting Scots undefeated and first place in the RSC. The win over IU East was in double overtime. Jauregui also provided the eventual game-winning goal over SMWC. 

Ohio Valley is 8-1-1 overall and 8-0 RSC and will be at Brescia (Ky.) and Oakland City (Ind.) this weekend. 

MELGAR GETS RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR OAKLAND CITY (IND.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Oakland City (Ind.) University freshman Claudia Melgar had a hat trick to get River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 11-17.

The midfielder from Mexico City, Mexico, racked up three goals in the only game of the week for the Mighty Oaks, a 4-0 win over Midway (Ky.). Melgar also had an assist on the other goal for a total of seven points on the day. She registered 11 shots with eight on goal. 

Oakland City is 6-6-1, 2-4-1 RSC after the weekend matchup and Monday’s contest versus IU East. 

MERINO GETS ANOTHER RSC MEN’S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR NO. 16 RIO GRANDE

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — No. 16-ranked University of Rio Grande (Ohio) had goalkeeper Daniel Merino pick up two more wins and thus earn his third River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. The latest award is for Oct. 11-17. 

Merino, a freshman from Madrid, Spain, was a part of two shutouts on the week. There was a 30-0 win over Carlow (Pa.) and a 5-1 victory over Point Park (Pa.). Merino was asked to make one save as the RedStorm stayed unbeaten at 6-0 RSC. The lone goal versus Point Park snapped a streak of 682 minutes without allowing a score. 

Rio Grande (11-2-1) will be at St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) on Oct. 23. 

SILVA SCORES RSC MEN’S SOCCER OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR NO. 16 RIO GRANDE (OHIO)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — No. 16-ranked University of Rio Grande (Ohio) had freshman forward Gabriel Silva put up 13 points in two games to win River States Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week Oct. 11-17.

Silva, from Sao Luis, Brazil, scored six goals and also added an assist in the RedStorm’s 2-0 week. He had five goals and an assist in a 30-0 win over Carlow (Pa.). That contributed to an NAIA team single-game record for goals and assists in a game. He also added a goal in a 5-1 win over Point Park (Pa.).

Rio Grande (11-2-1, 6-0 RSC) will be at St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) on Oct. 23. 

IU KOKOMO’S JACKSON RACES TO RSC WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo senior Lexi Jackson brought home a victory at the Jenna Strong Classic to register River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Oct. 11-17.

Jackson, from Walton, Ind., ran the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 21 seconds, which was 30 seconds faster than the closest competitor. There were 35 schools and 258 runners represented at the meet hosted by Wilmington (Ohio) College. 

IU Kokomo will be traveling to the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge Oct. 23. 

IU EAST’S KLIPSTINE PICKS UP RSC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East junior Chance Klipstine led the Red Wolves at the Jenna Strong Fall Classic to claim River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week Oct. 11-17.

The Ansonia, Ohio, native ran the 8,000-meter race at Wilmington (Ohio) College in a time of 28 minutes, 5 seconds. That was for a team-best 79th place out of 325 runners in the big meet. There were a total of 33 teams in the standings. 

The Red Wolves will be at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge Oct. 23. 

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS: PRESS RELEASES

Brogdon seals 2-year, $45M extension with Pacers

The Indiana Pacers and Malcolm Brogdon agreed on a two-year, $45-million extension, the guard’s agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Brogdon is now guaranteed $89.3 million over the next four seasons. The Pacers can’t trade him at any point during the next six months following the extension, per the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Brogdon and Indiana teammate Caris LeVert were previously mentioned as potential pieces in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons.

The 28-year-old Brogdon was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2017 while with the Milwaukee Bucks. The guard has become a cornerstone for the Pacers since joining Indiana in a sign-and-trade in June 2019.

Brogdon posted career bests last campaign in points (21.2), assists (5.3), and minutes per game (34.5) across 56 regular-season appearances.

Hoosiers Finish Ninth at Quail Valley Collegiate

VERO BEACH, Fla. – The Indiana Hoosiers men’s golf team finished the penultimate tournament of the fall slate in ninth (850; -14) after 54 holes at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational hosted by Michigan State.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational • Vero Beach, Fla.

Quail Valley Golf Club

Par 72 • 7350 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 9th/16 – 850 (283-285-282; -14)

Top Indiana Player: Mitch Davis – 209 (70-72-67; -7)

CHIP-INS

• Senior Mitch Davis was dialed in for the third and final round of the tournament and led the Hoosiers with a 5-under 67. He knocked in five birdie attempts and an eagle on No. 14. He finished t-12th at 209 (70-72-67; -7), his eighth top-20 finish of his collegiate career. Davis finished tied for second among Big Ten Conference competitors in the tournament.

• The Hoosiers have played at least one round in the 60s in 11 of 15 rounds played this season.

• Sophomore Drew Salyers played even par in the third round to tie for 28th after shooting a 213 (74-67-72; -3) for the tournament. His third round saw three birdies.

• Sophomore Clay Merchent shot a 1-under 71 during the third round to finish the weekend tied for 39th at 215 (70-74-71; -1). He tallied birdies on five holes during the final round, including four of his final nine holes played.

• Junior Noah Gillard finished the tournament in a tie for 51st place after shooting a 218 (72-74-72; +2). His final round of 72 consisted of four birdies in total including two in a three-hole stretch on the front nine.

• Fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd tied for 62nd with a three-round score of 220 (71-72-77; +4). His lone birdie during Monday’s action came on the seventh green.

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-12th. Mitch Davis – 209 (70-72-67; -7)

t-28th. Drew Salyers – 213 (74-67-72; -3)

t-39th. Clay Merchent – 215 (70-74-71; -1)

t-51st. Noah Gillard – 218 (72-74-72; +2)

t-62nd. Ethan Shepherd – 220 (71-72-77; +4)

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The Hoosiers will wrap up the fall slate at The Williams Cup (Oct. 25-26) played at the Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C.

IU at Maryland Set for Noon Kick on BTN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program will take on Maryland at noon on the Big Ten Network on Saturday, Oct. 30, the conference office announced on Monday. The Hoosiers and Terrapins will kick off from Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.
 
Indiana (2-4, 0-3 B1G) and Maryland (4-2, 1-2 B1G) will meet for the 10th time in program history. The Hoosiers own a 7-2 overall record in the series, which started with games in 1934 and 1935, and resumed when Maryland joined the Big Ten in 2014.

Boilermakers Ranked No. 7 in Preseason AP Top 25 Poll

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s basketball team is ranked No. 7 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll released earlier today. 

The ranking marks the sixth time in the last seven years that Purdue has been ranked in the AP preseason poll (2015 – 23rd; 2016 – 15th; 2017 – 20th; 2018 – 24th; 2019 – 23rd; 2020 – UR). The Boilermakers have exceeded those rankings in the final poll of four of the five previous years they were ranked with the 2020-21 season being the lone exception.

In addition, the ranking is Purdue’s highest in the preseason since also being ranked No. 7 to start the 2009-10 season. It marks the second preseason top-10 ranking of the Painter era, joining that 2009-10 team.

The Boilermakers garnered 1,213 points to easily outdistance Baylor (992 points) in the eighth spot. Gonzaga was ranked No. 1, and was followed by UCLA, Kansas, Villanova, Texas and Michigan. Purdue was seventh and Baylor, Duke and Kentucky rounded out the top 10.

In addition to Michigan and Purdue, Illinois is 11th, Ohio State is 17th and Maryland was ranked 21st. Michigan State and Indiana were the first two teams in “others receiving votes” and Rutgers also garnered 11 points to rank 35th overall.

Purdue will also face No. 20 Florida State, No. 19 North Carolina and either No. 18 Tennessee or No. 4 Villanova in the non-conference portion of the schedule.

 
Purdue is one of eight teams nationally to be ranked in at least six of the last seven AP preseason polls, joining North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Gonzaga, Villanova and Michigan State.
 
The Boilermakers open the regular season Nov. 9, when Bellarmine visits Mackey Arena. Single-game tickets and mini-plan packages are available by calling the Purdue Athletics Ticket Office at 800.49SPORT or online at PurdueSports.com.

Purdue will also host UIndy in an exhibition game on Nov. 4, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, in Mackey Arena. Tickets remain available for the exhibition contest as well.

Otec Selected Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Following a pair of 25-plus dig performances, fifth year Jena Otec was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Otec anchored the Boilermakers as libero with 52 total digs (5.78 per set) following Purdue’s five set victory over then-No. 15 Penn State (25-23, 15-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11) and 3-1 loss at then-No. 7 Ohio State (23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 21-25).

Not only did the libero lead the league in digs and digs per set, but set the Big Ten season-high with her 27 digs vs. No. 15 Penn State. Meanwhile, at Ohio State, the Boilermaker recorded 25 digs, the most by a Big Ten player in a four set match this season.

Moreover, Otec became just the sixth Boilermaker since before 2000 to produce at least 25 digs in back-to-back matches (last: Brooke Peters, 2018).

The weekly award honor marks the second of her career (first: March 29, 2021). Meanwhile, she is the third Boilermaker this season to be recognized.
 
Purdue in the Big Ten Weekly Awards:
Sept. 6    Hayley Bush, Setter of the Week
Sept. 27 Jael Johnson, Co-Defensive Player of the Week
Oct, 18 Jena Otec, Defensive Player of the Week

Ivey Named Preseason Second-Team All-American by The Athletic

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue guard Jaden Ivey has been named a preseason second-team All-American by The Athletic, the outlet announced this morning.
 
Ivey is one of four Big Ten players named to the organization’s two teams, joining Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn (first team) and Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis and Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson on the second team.
 
Ivey, a 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore from South Bend, Indiana, was tabbed to the second team after an outstanding freshman campaign. He was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. However, over the last six contests a year ago, Ivey averaged 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 37-of-79 (.468) from the field in that span. He scored 26 points against North Texas, the second-most ever by a Big Ten freshman in an NCAA Tournament debut.
 
Ivey then excelled this past summer on the international scene, being named to the FIBA U19 World Cup All-Star 5 Team after leading Team USA to the Gold Medal and averaging 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in just 16.5 minutes per game. Ivey played a major role in the Gold Medal game against France, sparking an American comeback in the second half.
 
Ivey has been named to almost every preseason All-Big Ten and All-American list.
 
The Boilermakers will open their season with an exhibition game Nov. 4, against Indianapolis. The regular-season opener comes five days later against Bellarmine in Mackey Arena.

Butler WSoccer’s Martin Earns BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week Honor

Butler goalkeeper Emma Martin has been selected as the BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week for her performances against Providence and DePaul.

Martin scored back-to-back shutout victories last week, making three stops in each contest. The rookie netminder had three stops in Thursday’s 1-0 overtime win over Providence, before making three stops in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over DePaul. Over seven BIG EAST appearances, Martin shows a 0.41 goals against average and .850 save percentage.

For Martin, the weekly honor is her first as goalkeeper. She has twice previously received recognition as Freshman of the Week.

Redshirt-Senior Amanda Kowalski earned a spot on the five-member BIG EAST weekly honor roll after helping the Bulldogs defense secure back-to-back shutout wins. She also scored the game-winning goal and added an additional assist against DePaul on Sunday.

The Bulldogs return to action Thursday, traveling to BIG EAST leader, Xavier.

Cosby named MAC West Player of the Week for second straight week

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ball State safety Bryce Cosby was tabbed as the Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Cosby picked up recognition for the second consecutive week after leading the Cardinals to a 38-31 victory at Eastern Michigan. He also earned the honor following a 45-20 at Western Michigan on Oct. 11.

Against the Eagles, the Louisville, Ky. Native registered a game-high 11 tackles and had 1.0 sack with a forced fumble. It was his ninth career double-digit tackles performance and his third of the season.

Cosby is the only player in the country to log multiple games of at least 10 tackles, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble on the year, and he’s done it in back-to-back games.

Cosby is the fourth different player to garner weekly recognition from the league office this season, joining Justin Hall (Oct. 4), Drew Plitt (Oct. 11) and Nathan Snyder (Sept. 20).

Ball State returns to action Saturday, Oct. 23 when it hosts Miami for its annual Homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET inside Scheumann Stadium.

Cardinals Set to Host Open Practice

MUNCIE, Ind. – Head coach James Whitford and Ball State men’s basketball team have announced an open scrimmage set to take place Saturday, Oct. 23 inside Worthen Arena. The scrimmage, which is open to the public, is set to begin at noon. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m.
 
Saturday will be the first chance for fans to see the 2021-22 men’s basketball team. Admission and parking for the scrimmage will be free. The team will be split into two squads and will take the court for two 10-minutes halves.
 
In addition, fans will have the opportunity to get autographs and a team poster at the conclusion of the scrimmage.
 
Masks are required inside Worthen Arena.
 
Fans are encouraged to stop by Worthen Arena prior to attending Ball State football’s Homecoming matchup with Miami. The football game is slated to kick off at 3:30 p.m.
 
For more information about Ball State’s Homecoming week visit bsu.edu/homecoming.
 
From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford
“We are excited to host an open scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 23. We look forward to welcoming fans back to Worthen Arena, and this will be a great opportunity to see the hard work our team is putting in to prepare for the season. We hope that fans will make this event part of their game day experience prior to the homecoming football game against Miami.”

CeCe Wahlberg named MVC Offensive Player of the Week

St. Louis – Junior forward CeCe Wahlberg was named the MVC Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday.

A sycamore player has won an MVC weekly award in three consecutive weeks.

Wahlberg scored the opening goal in Indiana State’s 3-1 win over Missouri State on Sunday. She added an assist later in the match.

Her five goals on the season are tied for the team lead and rank tied for third in the conference. She ranks third in the MVC with 43 shots this season to go along with 26 shots on goal which ranks second. Nationally, she ranks 38th in shot accuracy with a .605 shooting percentage.

She continues to climb the Indiana State career record books, currently ranking third in both total shots and shots on goal.

Wahlberg and the Sycamores will host Illinois State on Friday night at Memorial Stadium for their final regular season home match. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

VanArragon Owns Individual Lead, Valpo in Team-Title Mix

The Valparaiso University men’s golf team finds itself very much in team title contention entering the final day of the TVA Community CU Invitational, being hosted by North Alabama this week at the par-72, 7133-yard Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club in Killen, Ala. Junior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) has an opportunity to close out a strong fall season with his best finish yet, as he holds the top spot in a tight battle for medalist honors in a 66-player field.

How It Happened

  • Despite a strong opening-round performance of 291 (+3), the second-place Beacons found themselves facing a 10-stroke deficit on host North Alabama through the first 18 holes on Monday. However, Valpo made up seven strokes in Round 2 by carding a 290 to North Alabama’s 297, putting head coach Dave Gring’s team just three strokes behind the Lions for the top spot in an 11-team tournament. Valpo finished Day 1 of the two-day, 54-hole extravaganza at 581 (+5).
  • VanArragon would love to close out a stellar fall by bringing some hardware back to Northwest Indiana with him. His 139 (-5) on Day 1 represented the best score in the field, but six competitors are within three strokes of VanArragon. He holds a two-stroke edge on Tate Chumley (UT Martin), Tom Roed Karlsen (North Alabama) and Braden Hoisington (Southern Illinois), who sit at t-2.
  • VanArragon’s day started with a 69 (-3) in Round 1, which put him one stroke out of the tournament lead. He continued a steady day by going two strokes under par with a 70 (-2) in the afternoon to take over the top spot.
  • Freshman Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) is hoping to close out a top-10 finish on Tuesday. He went 71-72 on Monday to complete the day at 143 (-1), putting him in eighth on the player leaderboard.
  • Senior Garrett Willis (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) and freshman Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) both bettered their Round-1 scores with a 74 in Round 2. Willis trimmed two strokes off his opening-round 76 and closed the day at 150, while Booth made a four-stroke improvement from his morning performance.

Inside the Rounds

  • VanArragon’s Round-1 showing was his fifth sub-70 performance this fall.
  • Delisanti is hoping to close out his second top-10 finish of the fall and first since the Valpo Fall Invitational.
  • VanArragon is hoping for his fifth-straight top-5 finish and would like to finish in the top two for the fourth time in his last five events.
  • Valpo will attempt to close out its 10th consecutive top-5 team finish on Tuesday, a streak that dates back to last season.
  • The Beacons own the best par-5 scoring average in the field at 4.75. They are second in par-3 scoring at 3.23 and fourth on Par 4s at 4.18.
  • Valpo leads the event with 120 pars and ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of birdie production with 23.
  • VanArragon is the top individual in par-4 scoring average at 3.80 and ranks behind only his teammate Delisanti on par-5 holes with the rookie at 4.50 and the junior at 4.63.
  • VanArragon’s 27 even-par holes are the second-most in the field, while VanArragon and Delisanti share the team lead with seven birdies apiece.

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring

“The team showed a lot of consistency and poise during the 36 holes today. We did a terrific job of avoiding the double bogeys and poor shot decisions, playing to our strengths practically all day. We played the Par 5s decently, but we still left scoring opportunities out there. We are going to need to play the Par 3s better tomorrow, making better decisions off the tee and simply executing better.”

“I’m not surprised that we led the field today in the number of par holes. I thought the guys read the greens very well, and if our speed was slightly different on a lot of the birdie opportunities, we would have made a lot more putts. The greens were rolling very well, and there was certainly a premium for being on the right side of the hole to make putts.”

“The ball-striking was excellent by all five players all day. Sam and Garrett played better in the second round and we needed that to pick up some ground on North Alabama. Anthony and Caleb both had four birdies in the first round and three birdies in the second round. Their birdie production led our team scoring. We know that we are in a good position for tomorrow’s final round, and we will stay focused on our strengths and executing well.”

Up Next

Valpo will close out the fall slate on Tuesday at the TVA Credit Union Invitational, held at Turtle Point Golf & Yacht Club in Killen, Ala. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on ValpoAthletics.com. 

Women’s Golf Vying for Top-Half Finish at Dayton

The Valparaiso University women’s golf team is well-positioned to close out the fall season in style with one round remaining at the Dayton Fall Invitational, hosted at NCR Country Club’s par-70, 5937-yard north course in Kettering, Ohio. The Beacons are in line for a top-half finish after a strong round on Monday.

How It Happened

  • The Beacons finished the first 18 holes of the 36-hole event with a team score of 312 (+32), which ranks tied for sixth in a 12-team field. Valpo is ahead of Detroit Mercy, Northern Kentucky, Youngstown State, Ohio and Eastern Illinois and tied with Bellarmine. The Beacons are only one stroke behind the host Flyers, two in back of Cleveland State and three behind Purdue Fort Wayne for a top-three finish. The University of Indianapolis holds the team lead at 291.
  • On the individual leaderboard, junior Cailey Rooker (St. Joseph, Mich. / St. Joseph) is contending for a top-10 finish in the 77-player field. Half way through the tournament, she is tied for sixth after carding a 73 (+3) on Monday. Ohio State’s Alexis Phadungmartvorakul owns the top spot with a 67 (-3).
  • Senior Payton Hodson (Middleton, Wis. / Middleton) also put together a solid round, carding a 76 (+6). She is currently in the top 20 at t-18 and ranks second on the squad.  
  • Freshman Madison Keil (LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland) turned in an 80 and sits at t-40 entering Tuesday.

Inside the Round

  • By posting a 73 on Monday, Rooker cracked the program record book for 18-hole round low in terms of overall score. Her performance is tied for seventh in program history. This marks the second time this season she’s cracked the record book in that area, as the 73 equals her season and career low established on Sept. 5 in the first round of the Redbird Invitational.
  • The 76 tied a season low for Hodson, who previously achieved that score in the second round of the Butler Fall Invitational on Oct. 4. Her career low is 74.
  • If the Beacons can match or better their Round-1 team score in Tuesday’s second round, they will crack the top five in program history in 36-hole tournament low.
  • Valpo boasted the fourth-best par-3 scoring average in the field at 3.45. Rooker thrived on par-4 holes as her 4.08 average was tied for second in the field.
  • The Beacons were one of six teams to produce six birdies or more with Rooker and Keil chipping in two apiece.

Thoughts from Head Coach Jill McCoy

“Cailey played great today. We’re hoping the rest of the team can get behind her tomorrow and finish the fall season on a high note.”

Up Next

The final day of the fall docket will be on Tuesday as Valpo closes out the Dayton Fall Invitational, which is being held at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on ValpoAthletics.com. 

Mastodons Improve in Second Round of Dayton Flyer Invitational

KETTERING, Ohio – After 36 holes of play at the Dayton Flyer Invitational, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team sits in eighth of the 10-team field with a score of 312-296-608.


Purdue Fort Wayne’s second round moved the Mastodons up two spots. Kasey Lilly’s even 71 in the afternoon paced the Mastodons in their move up the standings. Lilly had a morning round of 77, finishing with 148 for 18th. He birdied the second hole in his first go-around. He parred 12 of the his first 14 holes. In round two, he birdied holes one, seven and eight to shoot 2-under on the front. He had eight pars on the back to go with five on the front.

Tyler Green also had an opening round of 77. He carded a 75 in round two to total 152 to tie for 41st. He got a birdie on the 530-yard par-5 sixth hole in his first time through the course, then birdied 11 and 13 in round two.

After an opening round of 81, Brett Seward rebounded with a 73 for 154. He had nine pars in the first round and 10 in the second. In the afternoon, he birdied five, 10 and 18, the first two of which were par-5s.

With nothing worse than a bogey all day, Burke Pitz shot 79-77-156 to tie for 51st. He birdied the 548-yard par-5 10th in both of his rounds.

Reece Compton had his first round of 79 taken for the team score. He finished with a 157 after a second round of 78. He turned in 22 pars, 11 in each round. Hunter Mefford played as an individual, turning in 77-81-158 for 56th place.

The ‘Dons are seven shots back of Ohio, which is in seventh place. Wright State leads the tournament at 571. Dayton’s Blake Soloman is leading the race for medalist honors with 140 in two rounds.

The third and final round of the Dayton Flyer Invitational will have a shotgun start on Tuesday morning (Oct. 19).

Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s Golf in Third at Dayton Flyer Invitational

KETTERING, Ohio – Thanks to an opening round of 308, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team is in third place at the Dayton Flyer Invitational with one round to play.

The Mastodons’ 308 is seven shots behind second-placed Butler. Indianapolis is leading the tournament with an opening round score of 291. Ohio State’s Alexis Phadungmartvorakul is leading the tournament, shooting 67 as an individual. 

The ‘Dons are ahead of all four other Horizon League teams in the field: Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, Northern Kentucky and Youngstown State.

Playing from the No. 2 spot, Laura Caetano led the Mastodons with an opening round of 74. She had just three holes over par, finishing with 15 pars. Caetano is tied for 11th place. Emma Schroeder was close behind Caetano, shooting a 75. Schroeder carded a 2-under 33 on the front, with birdies on the third, fourth and ninth holes. This led her to 15th place.

Kennedy Brooker fired off a 79, turning in a birdie on hole seven. She had nine pars, leading her to 36th place. Anna Olafsdottir turned in an 80 to round out the team score. She finished day one in 40th place thanks to 10 pars.

Taylor Norman also competed for the team score, shooting an 83. She had eight pars to finish in 53rd.

The second and final round of the Dayton Flyer Invitational will commence on Tuesday (Oct. 19) with a shotgun start in the morning.

No. 17 Bowling Green Visits Mastodon MSOC on Tuesday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Following a win at UIC on Saturday, Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer steps out of league play to host No. 17 Bowling Green on Tuesday (Oct. 19) evening at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

Game Day Information
Who: 
No. 17 Bowling Green (9-2-2, 2-0-1 MAC) at Purdue Fort Wayne (4-8-1, 2-5-0 Horizon)
When: Tuesday, October 19 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Weather: High of 72, clear

KNOW YOUR FOE:

• Bowling Green has lost to only Marshall (1-0) and Ohio State (2-1, 2 OT) this season.

• Against Horizon League opponents, the Falcons have 3-0 wins over Wright State and Cleveland State while finishing in a 0-0 tie with IUPUI.

• The Falcons own a 26-8 goals advantage on the season. Jacob Erlandson leads the team with five goals.

• The Falcons have yet to have a penalty kick attempted against them this season.

ABOUT THE MASTODONS:

• The Mastodons’ last time out was a 2-0 win at UIC on Saturday. Alejandro Lopez and Nathaniel Edwards had goals in the contest.

• Goalkeeper Danny Salazar started his first career match in the 2-0 win over UIC on Saturday. He had three saves in the contest. He has played 170 minutes this season.

• The ‘Dons close Horizon League play with a road match at Green Bay, a home contest with IUPUI and then a road game at Milwaukee.



RANKED FOE MATCHES:
• The ‘Dons are 0-11-1 against ranked opponents.
• The ‘Dons are 0-3-0 at home against ranked opponents.
• Oct. 5, 2018 at No. 5 Denver (L, 2-0)
• Sept. 30, 2017 at No. 23 Omaha (T, 1-1)
• Sept. 24, 2016 at No. 8 Denver (L, 4-3)
• Nov. 7, 2015 vs. No. 7 Denver (L, 1-0)
• Sept. 20, 2013 vs. No. 25 Wisconsin (L, 5-1) (Played at UIC)
• Sept. 18, 2012 vs. No. 23 Xavier (L, 2-0)
• Sept. 13, 2011 at No. 24 Xavier (L, 5-0)
• Sept. 6, 2011 at No. 15 Kentucky (L, 4-2)
• Sept. 17, 2006 at No. 10 Akron (L, 3-0)
• Sept. 17, 2005 vs. No. 11 Missouri State (L, 6-0) (Played at Bradley)
• Sept. 23, 2005 at No. 7 Akron (L, 4-0)
• Oct. 17, 2004 vs. No. 16 Akron (L, 1-0)

AGAINST THE MAC THIS YEAR:
The ‘Dons tied Western Michigan 1-1 and lost to Northern Illinois 1-0 earlier this season. Northern Illinois is ranked No. 22 in the nation with a 10-1-1 record. Bowling Green tied NIU in a match of the two MAC leaders on Saturday 1-1.

SERIES HISTORY:
• Bowling Green leads the all-time series 10-7-2.
• The two teams met in 1982 but didn’t meet again until 2002 when both teams were NCAA Division I members. They have played every season since 2002 with the exception of the pandemic-influenced 2020 campaign. 
• The ‘Dons are 4-4-0 all-time in Fort Wayne against Bowling Green.
• Bowling Green won 4-0 on Oct. 22, 2019, snapping a three-game winning streak for the ‘Dons.

UP NEXT:
The ‘Dons head to Green Bay on Saturday (Oct. 23) for a Horizon League game at Green Bay.

Mastodon Men’s Soccer Match With Bowling Green Canceled

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer match with Bowling Green scheduled for Tuesday (Oct. 19) has been canceled.

The Mastodons will return to play on Saturday (Oct. 23) at Green Bay. The Horizon League match will start at 2 p.m. ET. The ‘Dons will be looking for their second straight Horizon League victory. 

Cardona accomplishes rare feat MVC feat

ST. LOUIS – University of Evansville volleyball player Giulia Cardona has accomplished a feat that has not been seen in the Missouri Valley Conference since 2014 as she was named the league’s Player and Freshman of the Week on Monday.
 
Cardona becomes the first MVC player to earn both awards since Oct. 27, 2014 when Abbie Lehman of Wichita State earned both accolades.  This is the second consecutive Freshman of the Week honor for Cardona and she becomes Evansville’s third player this season to be recognized as the Player of the Week.  Alondra Vazquez won the award following the opening weekend of play before Melanie Feliciano took the honor last week. 
 
Prior to this season, Evansville had just nine student-athletes named the Player of the Week in volleyball.  This fall also marks the first time UE has had more than one player recognized as the Player of the Week in a single season.
 
Continuing to be a presence for the Aces in every way possible, Cardona recorded 4.75 kills and 1.92 digs per set in leading the Aces to wins over Missouri State, UNI and Drake.  The freshman recorded 57 kills while hitting .301.  She had a total of 23 digs and four block assists. 
 
The week started with an impressive 3-0 home win over Missouri State where Cardona recorded 17 kills, 5 digs and 2 block assists.  She hit .486 in the contest while adding an assist.  Her top contribution came at the end of the second set, picking up three kills in the final six points to help UE take a 2-0 lead over the Bears.  Cardona opened the weekend with a 19-kill effort while hitting .250 in Evansville’s first-ever road win over Northern Iowa.  She added seven digs and a block assist.  With UE trailing by an 11-8 score in the third set, Cardona made the difference, registering three consecutive kills to erase the deficit.  With the score knotted at 17-17, she had a kill that gave Evansville the lead for good. 
 
In Saturday’s come-from-behind win over Drake, Cardona fell just one short of her career mark with 21 kills.  She added 11 digs on the way to her fifth double-double of the season.  The win over the Bulldogs marked the fifth MVC triumph in a row for UE, the first such streak for the program since joining the league in 1994.

Coryell Earns Second MVC Weekly Award of the Season

For the second time this season, Valpo soccer sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, this time after backstopping the Beacons to a pair of clean sheets last week.

Coryell opened the week with a five-save performance in a mid-week 1-0 victory at Drake. She followed with nine saves on Sunday in a scoreless draw with UNI, a result which secured a top-two placement in the MVC standings and the corresponding bye to the MVC Tournament semifinals. Her nine saves against the Panthers were a season high within conference play.

Coryell has surrendered just one goal through six conference matches while making 35 saves, posting five shutouts in that stretch. She now owns nine clean sheets in 14 career MVC fixtures and has recorded 12 total clean sheets for her career.

The weekly award is the eighth honor bestowed upon a Valpo soccer player this season, but Coryell becomes the first player to be honored multiple times, as she was previously Defensive Player of the Week back on Oct. 4. She has now been chosen as MVC Defensive Player of the Week four times in her career.

WOODALL NAMED #HLWSOC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI senior goalkeeper AP Woodall has been named the #HLWSOC Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday (Oct. 18). Woodall delivered back-to-back shutouts last week, playing 220 clean minutes in net for the Jaguars. 

Woodall opened the week with a shutout in the 0-0 double overtime draw with Green Bay on Thursday (Oct. 14). She followed up with a clean sheet at Robert Morris on Sunday (Oct. 17), facing 23 total shots and recording 11 saves. It marked her fifth game this season with at least 10-or-more saves. 

In doing so, she lowered her goals against average to 1.57 on the year while upping her save percentage to .811. She now owns 10 shutouts in her collegiate career and is riding three straight shutouts and 344 consecutive minutes without allowing a score.

JAI-LYN NORWOOD NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE ATTACKER OF THE WEEK

Jackson, Mich. – Coming off a dominating week both hitting and blocking, Marian volleyball junior middle hitter Jai-Lyn Norwoodhas been named the Crossroads League Attacker of the Week, as voted on by the league’s sports information directors on Monday morning. The honor is the first in the career for Norwood as a volleyball, and her fourth weekly honor from the league to go with three outdoor track awards. 

Norwood hit .587 over three wins by No. 7 Marian, posting 30 kills and just three miscues in 46 attempts. In addition to averaging 3.3 kills per set, Norwood added 1.1 blocks per game and hit over .700 in two of the three outings. Norwood hit double-digit kills twice, starting her week with a 12-kill performance at Mount Vernon Nazarene. 

Marian will have a chance to win the Crossroads League Regular Season Championship on Wednesday night, as they travel to Huntington for a 7 PM match. 

ERIN OLEKSAK NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jackson, Mich. – For the third time this season, Marian women’s soccer junior striker Erin Oleksakhas been named the Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Week, as voted on by the conference’s 10 sports information directors. The honor is Oleksak’s eighth in her career, and Marian’s fifth this season.

Oleksak had a day against Huntington, tallying four goals in a 10-1 victory over the Foresters for No. 6 Marian. The four-goal game was the first for Oleksak, who now leads the Crossroads League with 18 goals scores this season, which ranks sixth in the NAIA. In total Oleksak has six multi-goal games this season, and has had three games with three or more goals. 

Marian will be on the road for their lone match of the week, as they travel to Goshen on Saturday night for a 7 PM match.

OLIVIA ZAWADZKI NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE SETTER OF THE WEEK

MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan Athletics Department is proud to announce Olivia Zawadzki (Hilliard, OH) as Crossroads League Setter of the Week for the second time this season. Zawadzki led the Wildcats to three conference wins this past week leading the team to a 17-3 start thus far this season. She posted another 115 assists for the week and 34 digs. She now has 624 assists this season. 

Quaker trio earns weekly honors

CARMEL — On Monday the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced winners of the weekly Player of the Week awards for games played 10/11 through 10/17. Three Earlham College Quakers were honored with the award selections for this week. Becca Hancock of women’s soccer, and Maria Young and Caroline Mulvihill of volleyball. 

Hancock played all 180 minutes in goal this week and recorded her first shutout between the pipes. She allowed just one goal and collected seven saves in a 2-1 victory over Bluffton on Wednesday. She then added two more saves in a complete game shutout over Manchester on Saturday. 

Mulvihill collected 24 digs in two matches this week to earn volleyball defensive honors. The senior also tallied a total of six blocks on the week, with four coming in EC’s 3-0 sweep of Transy on Wednesday. Mulvihill also scored eight kills in her six sets played this week. 

Young led the Quakers offensively in both matches this week with a combined 29 kills. She attacked at a .377 clip, including a .440 attack percentage at Anderson on Saturday. The sophomore recorded one serving ace on the week as well as 16 digs and she was credited with three blocks. 

Hancock will be back in action with the rest of the women’s soccer team this Wednesday as the Pioneers of Transylvania University come to Matlack-Messer Stadium for HCAC competition at 3:30 p.m.

Mulvihill and Young will travel to Defiance on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. HCAC contest and will hit the road again on Saturday to travel to Franklin College for the final away contest for the 2021 regular season. 

VOLLEYBALL SIGNEE: EMILY BAKER FROM PIQUA, OHIO

RICHMOND, Ind. – Emily Baker, a 5-10 senior at Piqua (Ohio) High School, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Indiana University East starting with the 2022-23 school year.

Red Wolves coach Kim McConaha announced the signing Oct. 18.

“We are so excited to get Emily in our gym!” said IU East assistant coach Justin Kean. “Emily will make an immediate impact on our gym culture. She brings enthusiasm for the game and is eager to be coached.”

Baker already is a two-time all-district and honorable mention all-state honoree and a three-time all-conference selection. She has amassed more than 1,000 kills, more than 500 digs, more than 50 blocks and more than 70 aces in her high school career.

Emily is the daughter of Adam and Molli Baker. She plans to major in elementary education. She is a dual-enrollment Dean’s List student and a member of National Honor Society.

“I chose IU East because of the small community feel and how welcoming and encouraging everyone was when I walked on campus and practiced with the girls,” Baker wrote. “I knew it was my future home for the next few years.”

Baker is part of the first wave of signees in the IU East volleyball recruiting Class of 2022.

IU East is an NAIA program. The Red Wolves qualified for the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship for the seventh time in 2020-21.

Bultemeyer Claims MIAA Athlete of the Week Award for Second Time in 2021

FREELAND, Mich. – Evie Bultemeyer [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] of the Trine University women’s cross country team has been named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Athlete of the Week.

It is the eighth time in her career, and second time in the 2021 season, that Bultemeyer has been honored with the conference award.

Bultemeyer had her season-best 6K race at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday morning with a time of 21:14.5. She ran away with the event and won as an individual by more than 30 seconds. The team brought home a fifth-place finish in Oberlin.

Bultemeyer looks to be a favorite to win the MIAA Cross Country Championship on Friday, October 29 at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Kirstin Cotter Named MIAC Offensive Player of the Week

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. –  Junior opposite Kirstin Cotter was named the MIAC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week after pacing Bethel to a five-set victory over St. Olaf and a three-set win at St. Catherine this past weekend. Cotter earns her first career MIAC weekly award averaging five kills per set while hitting .419 with five digs and four blocks.

Cotter sparked the weekend with a career-high 26 kills on a .444 hitting percentage against the Oles making it the second time this season with 20-plus kills. She then put down another 14 kills against the Wildcats helping BU improve to 6-1 in MIAC play moving them into a tie for first place with Hamline and Gustavus Adolphus. Cotter has put down double-digit kill numbers in three straight matches and has tallied 10-plus kills in 16 of the Bethel’s 21 matches.

 In conference-only matches, she currently leads the MIAC with 4.22 kills per set and his second in hitting percentage at .359.

The 23rd-ranked Royals, now 17-4 overall on the year, continue a four-match road stand Friday at Augsburg before traveling to Saint Mary’s Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

Wabash Ties For Sixth At Wittenberg Invitational

The Wabash golf team trimmed 29 strokes off its first-round score to finish in a tie for sixth place at the 2021 Wittenberg Fall Classic Monday afternoon.

The Little Giants fired a final round 304 after shooting 333 in the opening round of play on Sunday. Wabash tied with Ohio Northern for sixth place with a total score of 637. Wittenberg won the team competition with a score of 581, followed by Webster in second place with a total of 591 strokes.

Brayden Weiss finished in eighth place overall with a two-round total of 149 strokes after shooting a two-under-par 68 on Monday to finish the tournament at nine-over par. Hyatt Hines carded a two-round total of 155 strokes to tie for 21st-place out of 53 golfers competing at the tournament. He shot a 75 on Monday after scoring an 80 on Sunday.

Mark Poole tied for 23rd place with a score of 156 with rounds of 80 on Sunday and 76 on Monday. Matthew Lesniak completed the team scoring for Wabash by scoring a 177 (92-85) for the tournament.

Wabash will complete the fall portion of its schedule next week by competing at the Guilford College Invitational in North Carolina scheduled for October 25-26

Men’s Golf wraps up action as part of the Wittenberg Classic

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The Hanover men’s golf team competed as part of the two day Wittenberg Classic hosted at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ohio. The Panthers finished ninth overall in the 10 team field.
 
Hanover was paced by junior Dawson Long (Paoli, Ind.), finishing tied for 12th with a two round total of 153 strokes. Long’s final round saw him chart two birdies for a 77.
 
Teammate freshman Cole Ruttinger (Simpsonville, Ky.) finished tied for 31st as he carded a score of 159 strokes, including his best round of 77 on the final day of the Classic.
 
Rounding out the top 40 for Hanover was senior Luke Van Leeuwen (Kettering, Ohio) who landed tied for 36th with a combined score of 164 strokes (84-80).
 
Junior Griffen Reynolds (Lanesville, Ind.) finished the two day tournament with a 167 strokes, shooting his best round of 81 on the final round. Reynolds finished tied for 44th overall.
 
Rounding out the field for Hanover was freshman Bing Wilson (Muncie, Ind.) turning in 180 strokes for a 52nd place mark.

Eppler named the HCAC Offensive Player of the Week

CARMEL, Ind. -The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced the Men’s Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week with senior Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.) receiving the honor.
 
The senior helped propel the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they defeated Franklin 3-1 and Defiance 1-0.
 
Eppler added two goals, including the game-winner against Defiance, on six combined shots.
 
Hanover currently sits among the top of the HCAC with a 6-0-0 conference mark, tied with conference rival Rose-Hulman.
 
The Blue and Red return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 20 when they welcome Rose-Hulman to the Soccer Complex. Game time is set for 3:30 PM.

Men’s Soccer: Moro-Medina Tabbed HCAC Defensive Player of the Week

Anderson University men’s soccer junior Danny Moro-Medina (Goshen, Ind. / Goshen) has been tabbed the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Defensive Player of the Week, which was announced by the conference on Monday.

Moro-Medina received the program’s first HCAC Defensive Player of the Week, since the conference began offering defensive players of the week in 2017.

Anderson (7-6-2, 4-0-2) went 2-0 in HCAC action last week. The Ravens captured a 2-1 victory against Defiance College (7-10) on Wednesday in Defiance, Ohio, behind a double-overtime game-winning goal from Sam Rowlison (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern). Anderson then pulled away from Bluffton University (7-5, 3-3) with a 2-0 victory on Sunday in Bluffton, Ohio. The Ravens have put together its first four-match winning streak since 2016 and its first four-match conference winning streak since Anderson compiled an eight-match winning streak that carried into the 2014 season.

Moro-Medina closed out the week with seven saves on eight shots faced for an .875 save percentage. He saved three of the four shots he faced against Defiance. Moro-Medina then posted a four-save shutout against Bluffton.

The Ravens clash with Manchester University (6-7-1, 3-3) on Wednesday on Senior Day at 3 p.m. at Fridley Field.

Women’s Soccer: Anderson’s Wilson Garners HCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Week Selection

Anderson University women’s soccer junior Izzy Wilson (Decatur, Ind. / Bellmont) garnered the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Offensive Player-of-the-Week selection, which was announced by the conference on Monday.

Wilson earned the program’s first HCAC Offensive Player of the Week since Emily Buchman received the honor in 2017.

Anderson (6-5-2, 5-0-1) went 2-0 in HCAC action last week. The Ravens routed Defiance College (2-10, 0-6) by a score of 6-0 on Wednesday at Fridley Field. Anderson then rolled past Bluffton University (4-9, 1-5) with a 5-2 victory on Sunday in Bluffton, Ohio.

Wilson netted four goals on the week. She provided a goal against the Yellow Jackets. Wilson then produced a hat trick against Bluffton, which marked the program’s first hat trick since Buchman put together a hat trick against Bluffton in 2018.

On the week, Wilson tallied nine shots and eight shots on goal. Wilson put each of her three shots on frame against Defiance. She then notched six shots and five shots on goal against Bluffton.

The Ravens battle Manchester University (2-10, 1-5) in HCAC action on Wednesday in North Manchester.

Men’s Soccer: Moro-Medina Tabbed HCAC Defensive Player of the Week

Anderson University men’s soccer junior Danny Moro-Medina (Goshen, Ind. / Goshen) has been tabbed the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Defensive Player of the Week, which was announced by the conference on Monday.

Moro-Medina received the program’s first HCAC Defensive Player of the Week, since the conference began offering defensive players of the week in 2017.

Anderson (7-6-2, 4-0-2) went 2-0 in HCAC action last week. The Ravens captured a 2-1 victory against Defiance College (7-10) on Wednesday in Defiance, Ohio, behind a double-overtime game-winning goal from Sam Rowlison (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern). Anderson then pulled away from Bluffton University (7-5, 3-3) with a 2-0 victory on Sunday in Bluffton, Ohio. The Ravens have put together its first four-match winning streak since 2016 and its first four-match conference winning streak since Anderson compiled an eight-match winning streak that carried into the 2014 season.

Moro-Medina closed out the week with seven saves on eight shots faced for an .875 save percentage. He saved three of the four shots he faced against Defiance. Moro-Medina then posted a four-save shutout against Bluffton.

The Ravens clash with Manchester University (6-7-1, 3-3) on Wednesday on Senior Day at 3 p.m. at Fridley Field.

RHIT Football – Andrew Dion Named HCAC Football Offensive Player of the Week

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior quarterback Andrew Dion has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, in results released by the league office on Monday.

Dion finished 13-of-14 through the air for 178 yards and 4 touchdown passes in less than two quarters of action in the team’s 62-7 win over Anderson.  His efforts helped Rose-Hulman set a school record and finish one point shy of an NCAA record with 48 points in the first quarter.

Dion ranks No. 2 in career passing yards (8,276), No. 2 in career touchdown passes (78), and No. 2 in pass completions (614) in Rose-Hulman’s career record book.  The civil engineering major needs 18 passing yards and 4 touchdown passes to become the career leader at Rose-Hulman in both categories.

The Fightin’ Engineer offense outgained Anderson 422-139 in terms of total yardage for the game due in large part to Dion’s efforts.

Rose-Hulman improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in HCAC play entering Saturday’s 1:30 pm matchup at Manchester University.

Vincennes Cross Country places second at Evansville Invitational

NEWBURGH, Ind. – The Vincennes University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams closed out their 2021 regular seasons at the University of Evansville Invitational at Angel Mounds in Newburgh Saturday morning.

The Trailblazer Men’s team came away with a second-place finish and three Top-15 finishes, while the VU Women’s team was again unable to post a team score for the second event in a row, but did manage to come away with one Top-15 finisher as an individual.

“The women’s team wasn’t able to finish as a team, but we are hoping to be able to by the Region Meet in two weeks,” VU Assistant Cross Country coach Tyler Steigenga said. “It was a different experience for the women, as they ran a 6k, which none of them have done before.”

The Trailblazer women’s team was led by sophomore Kyra Young, who led VU with a time of 24:28.7 and came away with a 12th-place finish.

Freshmen Brittany Page and Hope Laughlin were slated in the Top-25 finishers with Page ending at 21st, with a time of 26:41.9 and Laughlin ending at 25th and 28:29.5.

Sophomore Kyra Davis rounded out the VU runners, ending with a time of 32:24.3, good for a 28th-place finish.

“Kyra Young led the way with a solid race, running faster through 5K then she did at Louisville two weeks ago,” Steigenga added. “All the women did a great job of fighting through the extra 1k they are not normally used to racing.”

The Vincennes men’s team was led by sophomore Manamanya Opiew, who ended with a ninth-place finish and a time of 27:26.0.

Freshmen Reed Lawless and Ernest Momodu also placed in the Top-15, with Lawless finishing 12th, with a time of 27:55.6 and Momodu ending at 13th at 28:00.8.

The VU scorers were rounded out by sophomore Ian Boit and freshman Trey Browne. The duo finished 16th and 17th respectively, with Boit posting a time of 28:33.8 and Browne coming in at 28:37.9.

Vincennes also sent runners Walter Tanui, Tate Hall, Austin Nigh, Ethan Goebel, Kyle Baugh and Austin Fadina, who finished outside of the scoring for the Trailblazers.

Vincennes as a team finished in second, behind only Purdue-Fort Wayne and ahead of NCAA Division I teams Morehead State and University of Evansville.

“It was a good day on the men’s side, with four of the top seven setting new personal bests,” Steigenga said. “Manamanya and Reed each set personal bests, leading the way with great finishing speed. They ran the last mile in 5:11 and 5:12 respectively.”

“Trey Browne finished the race by setting a new personal best by 55 seconds and Tate Hall PRed by over a minute.”

The VU Cross Country teams must now get prepared for their postseason run, beginning Friday, Oct. 29 with the NJCAA Cross Country Regional Meet at Eastern Illinois University. Start time for the first race is still to be announced.

“Overall, it was a good meet for the team, especially during their hardest training block of the year,” Steigenga added. “The men displayed their best depth of the year and the women ran a solid first 6K.”

“We have two more weeks of tough training before we start the Championship portion of the season at the Regional Meet.”

INDY FUEL: ICEHOGS ASSIGN GOALTENDER MORRIS TO THE FUEL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rockford IceHogs, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, announced Monday that goaltender Cale Morris has been assigned to the Indy Fuel.

Morris, 25, joins the Fuel ahead of the 2021-22 season after spending the 2020-21 campaign with Rockford. Appearing in seven games for the IceHogs last year, Morris registered a 2.52 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.  

Prior to turning pro, Morris played four seasons at the University of Notre Dame where he skated in 106 games earning a 2.18 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. During his time at Notre Dame, Morris helped the team to back-to-back Big Ten Championships as well as earned the 2017-18 award for best goaltender. 

Opening Night of the 2021-22 Indy Fuel season arrives on October 23, and Ticket Plans are now on sale! Lock up your seat for every second of the action with a Fuel Ticket Plan.  Grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2021-22 season.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills420.6670.0203982-1-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
New England Patriots240.3332.01251270-4-02-0-02-1-01-1-01 L
New York Jets140.2002.5671211-1-00-3-01-2-00-1-01 L
Miami Dolphins150.1673.0991770-2-01-3-01-4-01-1-05 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers420.6670.01481502-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders420.6670.01471442-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-01 W
Denver Broncos330.5001.01261101-2-02-1-02-3-00-1-03 L
Kansas City Chiefs330.5001.01851761-2-02-1-01-3-00-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens510.8330.01701233-0-02-1-04-1-00-0-05 W
Cincinnati Bengals420.6671.01481112-1-02-1-02-0-01-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns330.5002.01561512-1-01-2-01-2-00-0-02 L
Pittsburgh Steelers330.5002.01171322-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans420.6670.01661612-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-02 W
Indianapolis Colts240.3332.01391311-2-01-2-02-2-01-1-01 W
Houston Texans150.1673.0921721-2-00-3-01-4-01-1-05 L
Jacksonville Jaguars150.1673.01161721-3-00-2-01-4-00-2-01 W
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys510.8330.02051463-0-02-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Washington Football Team240.3333.01361861-3-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 L
Philadelphia Eagles240.3333.01371520-3-02-1-02-3-00-1-01 L
New York Giants150.1674.01141770-3-01-2-01-4-00-2-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals6001.0000.01941092-0-04-0-03-0-02-0-06 W
Los Angeles Rams510.8331.01791272-1-03-0-04-1-01-1-02 W
San Francisco 49ers230.4003.51171190-2-02-1-02-3-00-2-03 L
Seattle Seahawks240.3334.01401490-2-02-2-01-2-01-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers510.8330.01441362-0-03-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Minnesota Vikings330.5002.01471372-1-01-2-03-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears330.5002.0981242-1-01-2-01-2-01-1-01 L
Detroit Lions060.0005.01091720-3-00-3-00-4-00-3-06 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers510.8330.01951443-0-02-1-03-1-01-0-03 W
New Orleans Saints320.6001.5127911-1-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
Carolina Panthers330.5002.01431212-2-01-1-01-3-01-0-03 L
Atlanta Falcons230.4002.51051481-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 W

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Pittsburgh Penguins3201521591-0-01-0-12-0-1
Toronto Maple Leafs421152872-0-10-1-02-1-1
New York Rangers4211528100-0-12-1-02-1-1
Carolina Hurricanes220042951-0-01-0-02-0-0
Ottawa Senators321042772-0-00-1-02-1-0
Florida Panthers2200421052-0-02-0-0
Columbus Blue Jackets2200421032-0-02-0-0
Buffalo Sabres220041722-0-02-0-0
Tampa Bay Lightning32104211130-1-02-0-02-1-0
10 Philadelphia Flyers2101311061-0-11-0-1
11 Washington Capitals210131631-0-11-0-1
12 Detroit Red Wings210131981-0-11-0-1
13 Boston Bruins110021311-0-01-0-0
14 New Jersey Devils110021431-0-01-0-0
15 New York Islanders2020004110-2-00-2-0
16 Montreal Canadiens3030003100-1-00-2-00-3-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
St. Louis Blues2200421272-0-02-0-0
Edmonton Oilers220041842-0-02-0-0
Minnesota Wild220042532-0-02-0-0
Anaheim Ducks321042851-1-01-0-02-1-0
Seattle Kraken4121319151-2-11-2-1
Colorado Avalanche211021771-1-01-1-0
Vancouver Canucks3111308101-1-11-1-1
San Jose Sharks110021431-0-01-0-0
Los Angeles Kings211021851-1-01-1-0
10 Vegas Golden Knights211021691-0-00-1-01-1-0
11 Dallas Stars312021681-2-01-2-0
12 Calgary Flames201110480-0-10-1-00-1-1
13 Chicago Blackhawks3021107130-2-10-2-1
14 Arizona Coyotes3021107170-1-00-1-10-2-1
15 Nashville Predators202000570-2-00-2-0
16 Winnipeg Jets202000480-2-00-2-0

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England30206459362311-3-19-3-366
Nashville SC29111534626208-7-03-8-348
Philadelphia29121074029119-3-33-7-446
Orlando City SC291298424118-4-24-5-645
Atlanta291199393368-3-33-6-642
D.C.29125124941810-1-32-4-941
CF Montreal2911810423938-4-33-4-741
New York City FC29117114433118-3-33-4-840
New York2911711353057-5-34-2-840
Columbus29107123639-38-3-32-4-937
Inter Miami CF2995152547-225-2-74-3-832
Chicago3077163148-176-5-51-2-1128
Toronto FC2967163456-224-5-52-2-1125
FC Cincinnati2948172955-261-5-83-3-920
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2917664925248-4-39-2-357
Sporting KC2915775233198-5-27-2-552
Colorado2914964231117-6-17-3-551
Portland2914411464609-2-35-2-846
Real Salt Lake2912611484539-4-23-2-942
Los Angeles29126114146-58-3-44-3-742
Minnesota29118103235-38-2-43-6-641
Vancouver29101093739-29-2-41-8-540
Los Angeles FC2910712434217-5-33-2-937
San Jose2989123647-114-3-74-6-533
Houston30612123546-116-6-30-6-930
FC Dallas29610133947-84-7-32-3-1028
Austin2974182945-165-2-82-2-1025