New Orleans 13 Seattle 10
NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 8
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (Thu) 5:20p (MT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 01, 2021
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Milwaukee 119 Indiana 109
Boston 140 Charlotte 129 OT
Atlanta 122 Detroit 104
Miami 107 Orlando 90
Brooklyn 104 Washington 90
Chicago 111 Toronto 108
New Orleans 107 Minnesota 98
Cleveland 99 Denver 87
LA Clippers 116 Portland 86
Buffalo 5 Tampa Bay 1
Washington 7 Ottawa 5
Calgary 5 NY Rangers 1
Florida 5 Arizona 3
Carolina 4 Toronto 1
Columbus 4 Dallas 1
St. Louis 3 Los Angeles 0
COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
Thursday, Oct. 28
Troy at No. 24 Coastal Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
South Florida at East Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Friday, Oct. 29
Navy at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
UNLV at Nevada | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Saturday, Oct. 30
No. 9 Iowa at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | ESPN
No. 2 Cincinnati at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 6 Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State | 12 p.m. | Fox
Miami at No. 17 Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Indiana at Maryland | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Bowling Green at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
UCF at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
UMass at Liberty | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Texas at No. 16 Baylor | 12 p.m. | ABC
Texas State at Louisiana | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Rutgers at Illinois | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
No. 22 Iowa State at West Virginia | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
North Texas at Rice | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Hawai’i at Utah State | 3 p.m. | Spectrum Sports
Washington State at Arizona State | 3 p.m. | FS1
Missouri at Vanderbilt | 3 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 1 Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville, Florida) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
FIU at Marshall | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
Louisiana Tech at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Texas Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Colorado at No. 7 Oregon | 3:30 p.m. | FOX
Florida State at Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
UL Monroe at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Boston College at Syracuse | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network
TCU at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Minnesota at Northwestern | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Purdue at Nebraska | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Duke at No. 13 Wake Forest | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Wyoming at San Jose State | 4 p.m. | FS2
Charlotte at Western Kentucky | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Arkansas State at South Alabama | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
UTEP at FAU | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Georgia State at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 10 Ole Miss at No. 18 Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Kansas at No. 15 Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | FS1
No. 19 SMU at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 12 Kentucky at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | SEC Network
Arizona at USC | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU
Oregon State at Cal | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Boise State at Colorado State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Louisville at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
North Carolina at No. 11 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC
UCLA at Utah | 10 p.m. | ESPN
Virginia at No. 25 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2
Fresno State at No. 21 San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Washington at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Oct. 26
• Braves at Astros, Game 1 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Wednesday, Oct. 27
• Braves at Astros, Game 2 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day
Friday, Oct. 29
• Astros at Braves, Game 3 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Oct. 30
• Astros at Braves, Game 4 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Sunday, Oct. 31
• Astros at Braves, Game 5* (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*
Tuesday, Nov. 2
• Braves at Astros, Game 6* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Wednesday, Nov. 3
• Braves at Astros, Game 7* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SECTIONAL SEMI-FINALS
Crown Point (5-4) at Merrillville (9-0)
Lafayette Jeff (6-3) at Lake Central (3-6)
Portage (2-7) at Chesterton (6-3)
Penn (4-5) at Elkhart (5-4)
Homestead (6-3) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (8-1)
Westfield (8-1) at Noblesville (2-7)
Fishers (6-3) at Hamilton Southeastern (7-2)
Carmel (8-1) at Avon (1-8)
Brownsburg (7-2) at Pike (1-8)
Southport (0-9) at Ben Davis (4-5)
Perry Meridian (2-7) at Indianapolis Tech (5-4)
North Central (Indianapolis) (1-8) at Lawrence North (5-3)
Warren Central (5-3) at Lawrence Central (3-6)
Center Grove (9-0) at Franklin Central (4-5)
Munster (2-7) at Hammond Central (2-7)
Hammond Morton (1-5) at Valparaiso (8-1)
Michigan City (6-3) at South Bend Adams (4-6)
Mishawaka (7-2) at Concord (9-1)
Fort Wayne Northrop (3-6) at Fort Wayne Snider (7-1)
Fort Wayne North (2-6) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (5-4)
Harrison (West Lafayette) (8-1) at Zionsville (5-5)
Anderson (2-4) at Kokomo (7-2)
Plainfield (4-5) at Indianapolis Cathedral (9-1)
Decatur Central (8-1) at Terre Haute South (1-8)
Columbus East (4-5) at Whiteland (5-3)
Franklin (3-6) at New Palestine (6-3)
Bloomington South (6-2) at Castle (7-2)
Evansville North (5-4) at Bloomington North (6-3)
New Albany (6-3) at Floyd Central (4-6)
Seymour (3-5) at Bedford North Lawrence (4-5)
Gary West (6-2) at Lowell (7-3)
East Chicago Central (2-6) at Hobart (7-3)
Kankakee Valley (4-6) at South Bend St. Joseph (3-7)
New Prairie (8-2) at Culver Academy (7-3)
DeKalb (2-8) at Leo (10-0)
Columbia City (5-5) at Northridge (6-4)
Fort Wayne Wayne (3-7) at Delta (5-5)
Mississinewa (7-2) at New Haven (5-5)
Connersville (2-8) at Richmond (2-8)
Mount Vernon (Fortville) (9-1) at Greenfield-Central (7-3)
Indianapolis Shortridge (3-4) at Indianapolis Chatard (6-4)
Lebanon (7-3) at Indianapolis Roncalli (10-0)
South Dearborn (7-3) at Martinsville (6-4)
East Central (8-2) at Mooresville (8-2)
Evansville Central (2-7) at Evansville Memorial (8-2)
Evansville Reitz (4-6) at Northview (8-1)
Benton Central (1-6) at Hanover Central (9-1)
River Forest (5-3) at Knox (4-6)
John Glenn (5-4) at Jimtown (8-2)
Mishawaka Marian (7-3) at Tippecanoe Valley (10-0)
Fort Wayne Concordia (2-7) at Norwell (9-1)
Peru (7-2) at Oak Hill (8-2)
Brebeuf Jesuit (8-2) at North Montgomery (4-4)
Guerin Catholic (3-7) at Western Boone (6-4)
Tri-West (8-2) at Indianapolis Ritter (1-9)
Danville (9-1) at Indian Creek (3-7)
Vincennes Lincoln (2-8) at Edgewood (2-7)
Owen Valley (8-1) at Brown County (5-5)
Brownstown Central (10-0) at Batesville (6-4)
Lawrenceburg (9-1) at Greensburg (4-4)
Heritage Hills (8-2) at Evansville Bosse (3-7)
Salem (6-2) at Gibson Southern (9-1)
Rensselaer Central (6-4) at Andrean (7-3)
Boone Grove (2-6) at Whiting (4-6)
Delphi (7-3) at Pioneer (8-2)
Bremen (7-3) at LaVille (7-2)
Eastside (10-0) at Central Noble (8-2)
Fort Wayne Luers (9-1) at Prairie Heights (4-6)
Tipton (9-1) at Alexandria (4-5)
Lafayette Central Catholic (6-4) at Southmont (6-4)
Monrovia (7-3) at Speedway (8-2)
Shenandoah (4-4) at Indianapolis Scecina (7-3)
Centerville (9-0) at Northeastern (6-4)
Paoli (6-2) at Providence (5-5)
Clarksville (3-7) at Triton Central (6-4)
North Knox (8-2) at North Posey (8-2)
Evansville Mater Dei (8-2) at Linton-Stockton (10-0)
South Central (Union Mills) (5-3) at Culver (3-5)
North Judson (6-3) at Winamac (8-0)
Tri-County (0-8) at Clinton Prairie (5-4)
Carroll (Flora) (7-3) at Traders Point Christian (5-5)
Monroe Central (10-0) at South Adams (8-2)
Taylor (1-5) at Union City (5-4)
Triton (3-6) at Northfield (7-3)
Southwood (5-5) at Adams Central (9-1)
South Putnam (8-2) at Parke Heritage (8-2)
Covington (8-2) at Riverton Parke (3-6)
Indianapolis Tindley (4-4) at Covenant Christian (6-4)
Indianapolis Lutheran (10-0) at Park Tudor (8-2)
Milan (4-6) at North Decatur (5-4)
Tri (8-2) at Knightstown (1-7)
West Washington (4-4) at Springs Valley (8-1)
Tecumseh (3-6) at North Central (Farmersburg) (4-5)
INDIANA BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER STATE FINALS
Friday, October 29, 2021
6 pm ET | Boys Class 2A | West Lafayette (18-1-2) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-2)
8 pm ET | Boys Class A | Westview (16-5) vs. Providence (15-3-3)
Saturday, October 30, 2021
11 am ET | Girls Class A | Andrean (15-3-3) vs. Heritage Christian (14-8)
1:30 pm ET | Girls Class 2A | Mishawaka Marian (20-3) vs. Evansville Memorial (19-3-1)
4 pm ET | Girls Class 3A | Homestead (20-0) vs. Carmel (18-2-2)
6:30 pm ET | Boys Class 3A | Noblesville (19-1-1) vs. Carmel (16-3-2)
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS
1. Huntington North
Class 2A | Andrean (30-5) vs. South Adams (28-8) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | West Lafayette (27-2) vs. Bellmont (29-5) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT
Class A | Kouts (27-7) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (25-9) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Penn (36-1) vs. McCutcheon (28-6) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT
3. Columbus East
Class A | Bloomfield (20-11) vs. Trinity Lutheran (29-4) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | Brebeuf Jesuit (30-3) vs. Silver Creek (23-11) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT
Class 2A | Western Boone (26-8) vs. North Posey (27-5) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Roncalli (28-5) vs. Castle (30-2) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT
STATE CROSS COUNTRY FINALS
Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN 47803.
NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES
Saints capitalize on Seahawks’ mistakes for 13-10 win
SEATTLE (AP) Alvin Kamara and Jameis Winston were the happy beneficiaries of the Seattle Seahawks’ many mistakes.
Then it was rookie Brian Johnson’s turn to make sure the New Orleans Saints got the win they needed to keep pace in the NFC South.
“In a game like this where things are close, things get a little a little ugly towards the end, it builds confidence to be able to come into a game like this and close it out the way we did,” Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said.
Johnson kicked a 33-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining in his NFL debut, and New Orleans outlasted Seattle 13-10 on Monday night.
Kamara carried the load for New Orleans and Winston made a handful of plays when needed, but the Saints (4-2) escaped Seattle thanks largely to a series of blunders by the home team, which is sorely missing injured quarterback Russell Wilson.
Two of the Seahawks’ biggest mistakes came on New Orleans’ deciding drive when Seattle was flagged for roughing the passer and jumping offside on a long field-goal attempt. Both penalties gave New Orleans first downs, and Johnson’s field goal coming out of the 2-minute warning put the Saints ahead.
Johnson, a rookie from Virginia Tech, made an extra point and both field-goal tries, connecting from 21 yards in the first half.
“It was tough trying to see what the wind was doing because it was changing constantly throughout pregame and the game itself,” Johnson said. “So just stick with my plan that I had coming into it and really focusing on just hitting my ball and hitting good contact that will cut through the wind.”
Geno Smith made his second start at QB for Seattle (2-5) since Wilson suffered a serious finger injury in a loss to the Rams. The backup hit DK Metcalf for an 84-yard touchdown in the first quarter but went nowhere when the Seahawks had a final chance to tie or win.
Smith was sacked on consecutive plays by Malcolm Jenkins and Demario Davis. On fourth-and-28, Smith was pressured again and his throw to Metcalf fell incomplete.
Smith went 12 of 22 for 167 yards – half coming on the TD toss to Metcalf – and was sacked five times as Davis, Cameron Jordan and others made his night uncomfortable.
Seattle has lost three straight for the first time since 2011 and fell to 0-3 at home for the first time since 1992. Although both defeats with Smith under center have been by three points, the Seahawks aren’t the same without Wilson, who’s out until at least mid-November.
“I’ve been here a long time and if we didn’t have Russell, I probably wouldn’t have been here a long time because of all the magic he has created over the years,” coach Pete Carroll said.
Kamara finished with 10 catches for 128 yards and a 13-yard TD reception late in the first half. It was his fifth career regular-season game with double-digit receptions. He rushed for 51 yards.
Winston was 19 of 35 for 222 yards and added 43 yards rushing. He also made enough plays – thanks to Seattle penalties – to get the Saints in range for the winning field goal.
Seattle appeared to get a stop, but Marquise Blair was called for roughing the passer on a third-down sack after hitting Winston with the crown of his helmet. Kamara then sprinted past a blitz for 12 yards on third-and-10 and the Saints were in field-goal range.
Al Woods jumped offside as Johnson lined up for a 43-yard attempt, allowing New Orleans to burn another 90 seconds off the clock before Johnson made the shorter try.
“We got to get right,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “We’ve got to really fix our mistakes, play smarter, make less penalties.”
Seattle’s Jason Myers missed a pair of field goal attempts from 44 and 53 yards – the second into the open end of the stadium after Smith took another costly sack. Myers made a 50-yarder.
Kamara had 21 touches on New Orleans’ 39 offensive plays in the first half. He was mostly ineffective on the ground, but Seattle couldn’t slow him down in the pass game. He already had 108 yards receiving by halftime.
Four of his receptions came on the final drive of the half when his 31-yard catch-and-run out of the backfield set up his 13-yard TD catch and a 10-7 halftime lead.
“Every game has a life of its own, so that was just the flavor of this week, ended up getting a lot of touches,” Kamara said.
Darnold’s struggles could spur interest in Watson trade
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Seven games into Sam Darnold’s tenure with the Carolina Panthers there are serious concerns about his ability to develop into the team’s quarterback of the future.
The slumping Darnold, who has thrown seven interceptions during the team’s four-game losing streak, was benched in the second half of Carolina’s 25-3 road loss to the New York Giants on Sunday raising speculation whether the Panthers might reconsider trading for Deshaun Watson.
The Panthers have viewed the potential asking price for Watson as too steep in the past, but Darnold’s lack of progression – and owner David Tepper’s desire for a proven quarterback to lead the franchise forward – could prompt Carolina to make a move before the Nov. 2 trade deadline.
Watson, who played college football a few hours away at Clemson, has not played this season for the Houston Texans after 22 women filed lawsuits alleging sexual assault or harassment. The NFL is investigating the matter and it’s possible Watson could be subject to league discipline, which complicates any potential trade.
Panthers coach Matt Rhule said last week the Panthers weren’t in the market for another quarterback.
When asked if Darnold’s poor performance Sunday changed that thinking, Rhule said, “No. Obviously, I want Sam to play better, but he’s the guy we’re focused on.”
Rhule went on to say of the impending trade deadline impacting that decision, “I can’t look to the future, but I don’t believe it will. Everyone’s disappointed right now. There are emotions flying around, all those things. At the end of the day, you saw the game, it wasn’t very good in any regards.”
Still, general manager Scott Fitterer has said in the past that he will be “in on every trade talk” so it won’t be a surprise if the team revisits the Watson situation.
Darnold looked decent in the team’s first three games, but he’s struggled as the team’s on-field leader since running back Christian McCaffrey went down with a hamstring injury in Week 3.
Rhule has been careful to deflect blame from Darnold for most of the season, but the second-year head coach expressed his deepest and most direct criticism of his quarterback on Sunday after benching him for P.J. Walker.
“Sam’s got to take care of the football,” Rhule said. “Sam’s got to throw on time and if it’s not there, find the check downs. We can’t be driving with a chance to go take the lead and throw interceptions. His sense of urgency this week, I expect to be heightened.”
That could impact Darnold’s seemingly decreasing confidence level moving forward.
There aren’t many bright spots following a lopsided loss, but wide receiver D.J. Moore had six catches for 73 yards against the Giants. Moore was coming off a week when he had three drops, and there was one pass he potentially could have caught in the first quarter, although it was a little off the mark. Moore has certainly been more effective than fellow wide receiver Robby Anderson, who was limited to fewer than 15 yards receiving for the second straight week. Anderson has had four drops in the past two weeks.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
Everything. The Panthers desperately need McCaffrey back on the field. They’re 0-4 without him in the starting lineup. Rhule vowed last week to recommit to the running game against the Giants, but Chuba Hubbard had just 28 yards on 12 carries. As a team the Panthers were held to 56 yards rushing.
“If you want to run the football, you have to stay on the field,” Rhule said of his team going 2 for 15 on third downs. “We made an emphasis on running the football this week. It didn’t show up.”
McCaffrey is out at least another week with a hamstring injury. The offensive line has been horrible the last four weeks and the defense has gotten worn down late in games, perhaps a result of the offense’s ineffectiveness.
Injury returners. The Panthers are hoping to get linebacker Shaq Thompson back from a foot injury, which would be a huge lift for the defense. Thompson is not only a team captain, but the defense’s emotional leader. He has missed the last three games. Safety Juston Burris and recently acquired cornerback Stephon Gilmore also could debut for the team this week against the Falcons.
Joe Brady. Carolina’s offensive coordinator was once perceived as a hot NFL head coaching candidate, but it’s hard to imagine anyone talking to Brady after this season given how poorly the offense has performed. Carolina has failed to protect Darnold and the offense hasn’t been very imaginative for a team that supposedly has an offensive guru calling plays. Brady came from LSU, where he helped the Tigers win a national championship. That head coaching job is currently vacant, so Brady could be a potential candidate there.
Guard John Miller left Sunday’s game with a foot injury and did not return. Carolina is hoping to get guard Pat Eflein back on the field next week, which could help. But the reality is outside of right tackle Taylor Moton, nobody has been very good on the offensive line.
173 – total yards for the Panthers’ offense on Sunday, the fewest in the Rhule era.
3 – points scored on Sunday, also the fewest in the Rhule era.
Frustration is running high in Carolina, but the good news is the Panthers will get some help this week on defense with some players potentially returning vs. Atlanta. The bad news is they’re still without McCaffrey for at least another week on offense, and this offensive line isn’t getting any better. Don’t rule out the Panthers making a trade for an offensive lineman before the deadline.
Garoppolo remains 49ers’ starting QB despite team struggles
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) With the San Francisco 49ers mired in a four-game losing streak and starter Jimmy Garoppolo coming off the worst game of his career, coach Kyle Shanahan still isn’t ready to make a change at quarterback – even if rookie Trey Lance is healthy.
Garoppolo turned the ball over three times and struggled to move the offense for most of Sunday night’s 30-18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts but will remain the starter when the Niners head to Chicago this week.
“We didn’t go into that game thinking that Jimmy was one bad game away from losing his job or anything like that,” Shanahan said Monday. “Jimmy didn’t play as good as he could. He knows that. I know that. I think it was some pretty hard circumstances for him, for both quarterbacks, considering some of the weather. I definitely thought he could have played better. But that was not a game where if Jimmy has one bad game he’s losing his job.”
Shanahan still called Lance the future for the Niners (2-4), but when the future arrives is unknown. San Francisco dealt three first-round picks to draft Lance third overall this spring, and he played a handful of snaps before taking over at halftime against Seattle on Oct. 3 when Garoppolo left with a calf injury.
Lance showed some positive signs in his only start the following week at Arizona but was inconsistent when throwing the ball and then sprained his left knee. He missed this past week but should return to practice at least on a limited basis Wednesday and could be used in a situational role.
Shanahan is starting to come under some heat as the Niners struggle in his fifth season. San Francisco has had one winning season since Shanahan arrived, going to the Super Bowl in 2019.
He had excuses early: a depleted roster when he arrived, and injuries in 2018 and 2020. This year was supposed to be different. Shanahan understands the current criticism.
“We’re sitting here at 2-4, we’ve lost four games in a row that I believe all four we were capable of winning, which is where you want to start,” he said. “You want to have a chance to win every game you’re in. … We have to find a way to win some of these close games that we’ve found a way to lose.”
Packers place Adams on COVID-19 list; Barry tests positive
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers likely will have to face the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals without 2020 All-Pro receiver Davante Adams and defensive coordinator Joe Barry.
General manager Brian Gutekunst announced Monday afternoon that the team has placed Adams on the reserve/COVID-19 list. That announcement came just over an hour after coach Matt LaFleur confirmed that Barry had tested positive.
LaFleur said that Barry is fully vaccinated and therefore possibly could join the Packers (6-1) for Thursday night’s game if he tested negative Tuesday and Wednesday.
“But I’m not going to hold my breath on that,” LaFleur said.
LaFleur spoke to reporters before the announcement regarding Adams, who is tied for second in the NFL in catches (73) and is third in yards receiving (744). He did say there were “potentially some other issues with staff.”
The reserve/COVID-19 list is for players who either test positive or have close contact with someone who’s infected.
LaFleur said the Packers are in advanced protocols and conducted all of Monday’s coaches meetings virtually. LaFleur said all team personnel have to wear masks while in the building, whether or not they’re vaccinated.
The Packers are working through which assistant will be responsible for calling defensive plays Thursday if Barry’s unavailable. One candidate could be defensive backs coach Jerry Gray, who has been a defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills (2001-05) and Tennessee Titans (2011-13).
“I think regardless of how we do it, it’ll be a collective effort with everybody involved and having an input,” LaFleur said. “But certainly you feel confident with a guy like Jerry, who’s called it before and has had a top-five defense in this league. So we definitely have people that we feel are capable of getting the job done.”
Mayfield not practicing; Browns begin preparing for Steelers
CLEVELAND (AP) Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield remains out with a left shoulder injury that could sideline him for this week’s game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mayfield was not on the practice field during the portion of Monday’s practice open to reporters. He didn’t play against Denver on Thursday night, when it was disclosed he also has a fracture in his non-throwing shoulder along with a completely torn labrum.
Coach Kevin Stefanski will speak to reporters after practice.
Case Keenum started for Mayfield and led Cleveland to a 17-14 win over the Broncos.
Mayfield initially injured his shoulder on Sept. 19. He was playing with a harness to stabilize his shoulder when he broke part of his humerus bone after being tripped during a game against Houston.
There wasn’t time for Mayfield to get the swelling out of his shoulder last week, and he could benefit from more rest. He had started 53 consecutive games before sitting out against the Broncos.
Mayfield was out on Monday along with receiver Jarvis Landry, safety John Johnson III, tight end David Njoku, defensive tackle Malik Jackson and center JC Tretter.
The Browns (4-3) did get some positive news as running back Nick Chubb practiced for the first time since missing his second straight game with a calf injury. Starting right tackle Jack Conklin also returned from a knee injury that kept him out of two games.
Also, star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is practicing today while dealing with a sprained right shoulder.
Bears coach Nagy says he has tested positive for COVID-19
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy says he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Nagy, who is vaccinated, announced the result during a Zoom call Monday minutes after his usual in-person session was switched.
“I feel pretty good,” he said from his car.
Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will run meetings that Nagy can’t conduct virtually.
League rules say vaccinated individuals who are asymptomatic can return to the practice facility once they have two consecutive negative PCR tests taken at least 24 hours apart. If they are symptomatic, they need two negative tests taken at least 24 hours apart and must be symptom-free for 48 hours.
The Bears had four players on the COVID-19 list as of Monday morning, including star linebacker Robert Quinn and veteran tight end Jimmy Graham. Linebacker Caleb Johnson and right tackle Elijah Wilkinson were added to it hours before Sunday’s blowout loss at Tampa Bay. Running back Damien Williams was removed from the list on Saturday.
AP source: MRI confirms sprained PCL for Jets’ Wilson
NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be sidelined at least two weeks, an MRI confirmed Monday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the diagnosis.
Wilson was injured in the second quarter of New York’s 54-13 loss to New England on Sunday when he was hit by Patriots linebacker Matt Judon, who fell on the back of the quarterback’s legs after he threw an incomplete pass.
Wilson and the team said after the game the initial diagnosis was a sprained PCL and that was confirmed by the MRI on Monday morning, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the results.
ESPN first reported the MRI results on the injury, which will keep Wilson sidelined for at least the Jets’ game next Sunday at home against Cincinnati and their Thursday night game at Indianapolis on Nov. 4. New York is then home against Buffalo on Nov. 14 and Miami on Nov. 21.
Wilson said he heard a “pop” in his right knee when he was hurt, and he said after the game “it just kind of feels like something is off as far as just being loose or a little bit unstable a little bit.” There was some initial concern the injury might have been more serious, but initial exams indicated it was likely a PCL injury and not a potentially season-ending situation.
“I’m hoping I can get in there and do what I can to come back as fast as possible, making sure everything’s good,” Wilson said after the game. “So, once we get these results, just hit the rehab and everything for long and just find out what I’m capable of doing and trying it back as fast as possible.”
Mike White made his NFL debut while replacing Wilson after the injury, going 20 of 32 for 202 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He is likely to fill in while Wilson is sidelined, with veteran Josh Johnson also on the practice squad.
White is in his fourth NFL season, but hadn’t thrown a pass in a regular-season game. He was drafted by Dallas in the fifth round in 2018 out of Western Kentucky. White was waived by the Cowboys during final cuts the following summer, and the Jets signed him to their practice squad.
New York opted to not sign a veteran in the offseason to back up Wilson, instead having White and James Morgan compete for the job. The 35-year-old Johnson was signed during training camp, but he hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2018 with Washington.
White won the backup job and Morgan was since signed to Carolina’s practice squad. And now it appears White’s in line to start at least the next couple of games for the Jets while Wilson recovers.
“I’m confident in myself,” White said Sunday. “I’m mostly confident in the guys we have in that locker room, the leaders we have. The coaching staff, too. Have to make the corrections necessary and keep going and being professionals and working our tails off and trying to get this thing going.”
The Jets are 1-5 under Robert Saleh and their offense is struggling mightily. New York has yet to score a point in the first quarter of any game this season, the first team to be held scoreless in the opening period over its first six games since the 2008 Detroit Lions, who went 0-16.
Wilson had an up-and-down first six games, throwing for just four touchdowns while tying Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes for the NFL lead with nine interceptions. He has completed just 58% of his passes, ranking second worst among quarterbacks with at least five starts with only Chicago’s Justin Fields – a fellow rookie – worse at 57.3%.
Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick, now will have to watch from the sideline as he heals.
Jets acquire Flacco from Eagles after injury to Wilson
The New York Jets are acquiring veteran quarterback Joe Flacco from the Philadelphia Eagles in wake of Zach Wilson’s injury, the Eagles announced Monday.
The Jets are parting with a conditional sixth-round pick for the veteran. It can turn into a fifth-rounder based on Flacco’s playing time, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Wilson is expected to miss two-to-four weeks after suffering a PCL injury Sunday against the New England Patriots, leaving the Jets in need of a stop-gap quarterback.
The trade will mark Flacco’s second stint with the Jets after he spent the 2020 campaign with the club. The veteran went 0-4 with six touchdowns to three interceptions in New York last year before signing with the Eagles this offseason, though he departs Philadelphia without logging a snap.
The 36-year-old will join Mike White as the only healthy quarterbacks on the Jets’ roster. A fifth-round pick in 2018, White made his first NFL appearance on Sunday in relief of Wilson. He threw for 202 yards and one touchdown to two interceptions in the 54-13 loss to New England.
Flacco was most notably named Super Bowl MVP in the Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 title win. He’s accumulated a 98-77 record as a starter in his career.
Report: Chubb expected to return vs. Steelers in Week 8
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb is expected to return from a calf injury in Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers barring a setback, a source told NFL insider Josina Anderson.
Chubb, who ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing yards, has missed two games with the injury. The 25-year-old ran for 523 yards and four touchdowns over his first five outings while averaging a whopping 5.8 yards per carry.
The Browns turned to Kareem Hunt in Chubb’s absence before Hunt went down with his own calf injury in Week 6. D’Ernest Johnson started in the backfield in Week 7, rushing for over 100 yards in his first career start.
Cleveland is 1-1 without Chubb and 4-3 overall following a Thursday Night Football victory over the Denver Broncos.
Injury-riddled Broncos get linebacker Kenny Young from Rams
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The injury-riddled Denver Broncos acquired inside linebacker Kenny Young from the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, four days after they were gouged by third-string Cleveland running back De’Ernest Johnson.
The teams also exchanged 2024 late-round draft picks with the Rams (6-1) receiving a sixth-round selection and the Broncos (3-4) getting back a seventh-rounder.
Young is in the final year of his rookie contract that’s paying him $2.183 million this year, and his departure means more playing time for third-round rookie Ernest Jones from South Carolina, who’s only played 45 defensive snaps so far.
Still, the Rams are getting a minimal return for a key defensive playmaker. Young has started all seven games, a career high, and ranked second on the Rams roster with 46 tackles, including a team-leading six tackles for loss in his breakthrough fourth NFL season.
The Broncos, losers of four straight, have been hit hard at inside linebacker with both starters, Josey Jewell and Alexander Johnson, done for the season with torn chest muscles.
Johnson’s replacement, Micah Kiser, went out in the first half at Cleveland on Thursday night with a groin injury, and his replacement, undrafted rookie and practice squad call-up Curtis Robinson is dealing with wrist and thumb injuries sustained in the Broncos’ 17-14 loss to the Browns. Kiser was placed on IR the next day.
The Rams deal is the second in three days for Broncos first-year general manager George Paton, who acquired pass rusher Stephen Weatherly in a trade Saturday with the Minnesota Vikings, his former employer.
The Rams acquired Young, a UCLA product, from Baltimore in October 2019 in the trade that sent Marcus Peters to the Ravens to clear space for Jalen Ramsey. Los Angeles general manager Les Snead also might be clearing cap space for a bigger move with the surprising trade with Denver.
In 53 career NFL games, Young has collected 157 total tackles, including 16 for loss, 13 QB hits, 5+ sacks, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception.
His 46 tackles this year are five shy of his career high set last year. His best game came last month against Tampa Bay in which he had 10 tackles, eight of them solo, three tackles for loss, a sack of Tom Brady, a forced fumble and an additional quarterback hit.
He was a fourth-round selection of the Ravens in 2018.
Texas Tech fires Matt Wells after demoralizing loss
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech fired coach Matt Wells on Monday, two days after the Red Raiders couldn’t hold a two-touchdown halftime lead in a loss at home to Kansas State.
Wells had a shot at his first winning record in his third season with the Red Raiders, but an inability to win Big 12 games plagued him just as it did predecessor Kliff Kingsbury, who also was fired.
The Red Raiders (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) didn’t win consecutive conference games under Wells, who came from Utah State to replace Kingsbury. Texas Tech was 13-17 overall and 7-16 in conference under Wells. Kingsbury was 19-35 in league play in six seasons.
Athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced the move and said offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie would serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Tech visits No. 4 Oklahoma on Saturday.
Hocutt is looking for a coach for the third time since 2013. Hocutt made the latest move after a 25-24 loss to his alma mater, Kansas State, when the Wildcats trailed 14-0 early and 24-10 at halftime before rallying.
Wells’ future was in question after a 4-6 finish in the pandemic-shortened season last year left the Red Raiders at 8-14 in his first two seasons. But Hocutt called a postseason news conference to say Wells would return.
The first sign of trouble for Wells this year was a 70-35 loss at rival Texas in the Big 12 opener, followed two weeks later by a 52-31 loss at home to TCU. That’s the only win in the past five games for the Horned Frogs.
Wells is 57-51 in eight-plus seasons, including a 44-34 mark at Utah State. He was hired at Texas Tech after a 10-2 season with the Aggies.
Kingsbury was hired as offensive coordinator at Southern California after leaving Texas Tech. He never coached for the Trojans, instead going to the NFL as Arizona’s coach. In his third season, the Cardinals are 7-0 for the first time since 1974.
Harsin declines to address vax status after Auburn mandate
(AP) — Auburn coach Bryan Harsin declined to address his vaccination status days after the university imposed a mandate requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
The university mandate, which went into effect last Friday, imposes a Dec. 8 deadline for employees to be vaccinated or they could face termination.
Harsin has declined to say whether he’s vaccinated since reporters first asked at Southeastern Conference media days in July.
“I’m aware of the new policy,” he said Monday. “I appreciate you have to ask the question and understand it, but it doesn’t change … I mean, the executive order, all those things, it doesn’t change the fact that I’m not going to discuss any individual’s decision or status on the vaccine or anyone else’s including my own, like I said before.
“So from the beginning, I think I’ve made it clear that that wasn’t something that I was going to talk about or discuss. I wasn’t going to go down that road and don’t feel like right now that’s any different.”
Washington State fired football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants on Oct. 18 for for refusing a state vaccination mandate for employees.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed an executive order Monday directing executive branch agencies – which includes agencies such as Medicaid, Mental Health and Human Resources – from requiring employees to get vaccinated or enforcing the mandate on businesses and vendors.
The mandate would not impact the University of Alabama and Auburn University because those institutions were created by the Alabama Constitution and are under the management and control of their board of trustees. The three campuses of the University of Alabama System and Auburn University announced Friday that they will require employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by Dec. 8.
It’s unclear if Harsin, who tested positive for COVID-19 in August, could run afoul of Auburn’s mandate. Employees can request exemptions for medical or religious reasons.
The 18th-ranked Tigers face No. 10 Mississippi Saturday night.
“That’s what I’ve got to stay focused on with our players and our staff and the people in this program,” Harsin said. “So we’ve had those conversations, but that doesn’t change what I said before.”
Auburn hadn’t reached the SEC’s recommended 85% vaccination status entering the season. A spokesman said Monday he did not immediately know if the team had met that threshold.
Harsin has said he’s not “anti-vaccine” but that he supports “getting reliable data-driven information in the hands of those who still have questions about the vaccine.”
Timme, Juzang, Cockburn headline AP preseason All-Americans
(AP) — Drew Timme could have left for the NBA after leading Gonzaga into last season’s national title game. He likely would have been drafted and gone on to have a solid career.
But Timme wanted more. Certainly, a chance to finish off a championship run, but also to work one more season with coach Mark Few.
There was an added benefit, too: Timme was the lone unanimous selection by a 63-person media panel on The Associated Press preseason All-America team released Monday. He was joined by Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn, UCLA guard Johnny Juzang, Villanova point guard Collin Gillespie and Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis.
“I love it here. It’s a great place. It’s where I want to be,” Timme said. “When I do something, I feel like I have to be the best version of myself and I felt like there are some things I needed to work on in order to accomplish that. Coach pushes me every day, we had some talks and I felt like it was the best move to me, the most logical move, especially with talking with coach and my family.”
Timme transformed from a freshman backup to one of the nation’s best big men last season, earning second-team All-America honors. He was a key cog in Gonzaga’s return to the NCAA title game, averaging 19 points and 7.0 rebounds while creating matchup problems for nearly every team the Zags faced.
The 6-foot-10 forward can shoot from the perimeter, post up smaller players, is an adept passer and has excellent footwork, attributes that had him projected to go late in the first round or early in the second of the NBA draft.
Timme’s return was a key to Gonzaga being voted No. 1 in the preseason AP Top 25 despite losing several key players.
“I think what will be new, unique, is how fast we’ll be able to learn and put together such a new group,” Timme said. “I don’t think there’s been a group that’s come through GU that’s been so young and lost so much.”
Cockburn faced a similar decision before opting to return to the Illini after weighing the NBA for a second straight year. The 7-foot center averaged 17.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season to earn a second-team spot on the AP All-America team.
He was projected to be taken in the late first round or early second round of the NBA draft, but returned to cement his legacy at Illinois.
“I feel like if I could weigh the value of leaving after my freshman year and playing in the NBA,” Cockburn said. “Now, I feel like this is definitely more valuable, just having a legacy and having a home and somewhere you’re going to be remembered forever.”
Juzang’s stock rose after UCLA’s improbable run to the Final Four last season.
The 6-foot-6 guard was one of the breakout stars in March Madness, shooting 51% while averaging 22.8 points. His 137 points were the second-highest NCAA tournament total in UCLA history.
“I’m just trying to get better across the board,” he said. “Keep growing as a leader and really all aspects of the game.”
Gillispie was honored on senior night at Villanova and seemed to be on his way to a professional career before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Big East Tournament. He was cleared for workouts in August and is raring to go after missing out on the NCAA Tournament.
“He’s almost like a freshman, itching to come back,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.
Jackson-Davis has been Indiana’s best player the past two seasons, leading the Hoosiers in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. After considering a jump to the NBA, the 6-9 junior opted to stay to round out his game and, hopefully, lead the Hoosiers to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.
“My freshman year I didn’t have a say in anything,” Jackson-Davis said. “I just kind of just held my tongue. I felt like last year I did it better, not to the best of my abilities, but I spoke up a lot more in the locker room. This year I think I’m taking the full pledge to try to lead guys on our team, especially the younger guys.”
Report: 76ers no longer fining Simmons for missed games, practices
The Philadelphia 76ers won’t fine Ben Simmons for his continued absence from games and practices because he’s now sidelined due to personal reasons, according to NBA insider Marc Stein.
Philadelphia previously docked Simmons $1.4 million for missing all four preseason games, as well as practices and team activities.
However, Simmons reportedly told the 76ers he’s not mentally ready to play to expectations yet following a lengthy holdout that began at the start of training camp.
The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement protects the salaries of players who don’t attend games, practices, and meetings “if such failure has been caused by the player’s mental disability,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sixers general manager Daryl Morey said he’ll continue to exercise patience in trade discussions surrounding Simmons in hopes of landing a “difference-maker” in return. Morey added that the situation could continue for the foreseeable future.
Simmons previously said he had no desire of suiting up for the 76ers again. Philadelphia is 2-1 thus far this season without its point guard.
Tatum scores 41 points as Celtics beat Hornets 140-129 in OT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jayson Tatum scored a season-high 41 points, Jaylen Brown added 30, including an emphatic dunk in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat Charlotte 140-129 on Monday night, handing the Hornets their first loss of the season.
Dennis Schroder had nine of his 23 points in overtime, and Robert Williams added 12 points and 16 rebounds in a game that featured 28 lead changes.
“It just showed that we have some fight in us, some toughness,” Tatum said of the Celtics, who battled back from 12 points down in the fourth quarter. “Whatever was going our way, wasn’t going our way, we had to figure it out.”
Miles Bridges had 25 points and 10 rebounds and LaMelo Ball added 25 points on seven 3-pointers for the Hornets before fouling out in overtime. Kelly Oubre added 19 points for Charlotte (3-1), which was denied its first 4-0 start in franchise history.
Both teams had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but had difficulty inbounding the ball resulting in neither team getting a shot off in the game’s final 15 seconds.
Charlotte fell behind by four in overtime before Ball canned a long 3 to give the Hornets with 3:25 left and then knocked down two free throws to push the lead to 3.
But it was all Celtics from there.
Schroder and Brown made back-to-back 3s and Brown added a powerful one-handed dunk over the athletic Bridges after receiving a pass on a fast break from Tatum.
Brown said he had to make up for a missed breakaway dunk in overtime against the New York Knicks last week that proved to be a turning point in the loss. He said he’d taken some teasing from teammates and wasn’t about to let it happen again.
“Miles is obviously one of the better athletes in the league so I knew if I tried to lay it up he was going to send it back to Boston,” Brown said. “So I went up with bad intentions.”
Tatum called it a “big time” dunk, and it appeared to suck the life out of the Hornets even though it was still a 5-point game with 1:21 left.
Schroder went 4 of 4 from the foul line down the stretch to help seal the win.
Both teams were playing on the second night of a back-to-back, and Hornets coach James Borrego felt his team was “gassed out” down the stretch.
“They are tough, physical and they do this to most teams in the half court,” Borrego said of the Celtics. “They are long, they are physical, they switch out. We will find ways to get better as we go. We are trying to do the right thing and this is another process in learning and will help us down the road.”
The Celtics erased a 12-point fourth quarter lead as Brown started to heat up.
Boston would battle back to cut the lead to one with 2:03 remaining as Tatum drove the lane and Mason Plumlee was called for goaltending. Boston purposely fouled Plumlee at the other end of the floor on the next possession the Hornets new center missed both free throws badly. Boston took the lead on a dunk by Williams with 1:47 left.
But Ball would answer with a 26-footer at the other end to give the Hornets back the lead. Tatum tied with two free throws with 1:11 left, setting up a frantic, although scoreless final minute of regulation.
“We don’t love these overtime games, but it builds toughness mentally as well as getting in shape and playing through these,” said Celtics coach Ime Udoka. “But we just kept chipping away. We jumped it up a little bit and did a few different things trapping wise and sped them up and the guys had to obviously make shots on the other end.”
Young, Collins power Hawks past Pistons 122-104
ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young had 32 points and nine assists, John Collins scored 22 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 122-104 on Monday night.
The Hawks have won 24 of their last 30 home games, including playoff games, dating to Feb. 21.
“It’s always great playing here, so we want to make this a tough place to play,” Young said. “We’ve got to win at home. We’re about to go on the road for a couple of games. Hopefully we bring that same energy we had tonight and carry it over.”
The Pistons’ Kelly Olynyk had 17 of his 21 points in the first half and Saddiq Bey scored 21 for Detroit, which is still winless. Olynyk and Josh Jackson were new additions to the Pistons’ starting lineup – Olynyk replacing the injured Jerami Grant and Jackson taking the spot of Frank Jackson.
“Hopefully we start knocking some shots down soon,” Josh Jackson said. “That’s one thing we talk about. We’re taking the right ones.”
Atlanta led 62-54 at halftime. And Young, who became the first player in NBA history to record 20 points and seven assists in his first 13 career playoff games, again looked in his prime facing the Pistons.
A dunk from Collins and a layup by Young pushed the Hawks’ lead back to double digits at 73-62 early in the third. Collins followed with an alley-oop layup on a pass from Kevin Huerter to make it 75-62.
Detroit coach Dwane Casey called a timeout. But Atlanta poured it on, with Collins hitting a runner on the next Hawks possession to push the lead to 77-62, the biggest of the game at the time.
Bey scored inside to pull the Pistons within seven at the 3:47 mark of the third, Hawks coach Nate McMillan took a timeout. Reddish, Lou Williams and Gorgui Dieng hit 3s, and Young’s layup pushed the lead to 93-77.
“We got up 13 in the first half and then they came back and made it a close game before halftime,” Young said. “We got it up to 13 again, and we wanted to make one more push and not let them back in the game. I think they made one more run, but at that point we kind of put our foot on their necks and made them a little more tired.
“They were missing some guys tonight, so it was good for us.”
Atlanta led 95-79 entering the fourth, and continued its offensive assault. Collins made a one-handed dunk over Olynyk on another alley-oop pass from Huerter in the closing minutes to make it 120-97. He and the starters left the game at that point.
“It feels like he has one every game now, so to us it’s nothing new,” Huerter said. “I said it after the game – it seems like every new one is better than the last one he had. That’s what we’ve come to expect out of him.”
Butler scores 36, Heat pull away to top Magic 107-90
MIAMI (AP) Jimmy Butler kept getting to the rim, and predictably, scoring suddenly became pretty easy.
Butler scored 36 points on 15-for-21 shooting, Bam Adebayo added 16 points and 13 rebounds and the Miami Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Orlando Magic 107-90 on Monday night.
“Jimmy is an elite scorer. He’s also an elite playmaker and he’s an elite defender,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He can do a lot of different things.”
Butler had 10 baskets from inside of 10 feet. He was 13 for 32 in the season’s first two games.
“I shot the same shots. They just happened to go in tonight,” Butler said. “Let my defense lead to my offense.
Markieff Morris had 16 points off the Miami bench, and Tyler Herro finished with 13 points, five rebounds and nine assists for the Heat.
Miami was 19 for 19 from the foul line, tying the second-most makes without a miss in team history. The Heat were 30 for 30 against Boston on March 24, 1993.
Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs led Orlando with 15 points, while Cole Anthony and R.J. Hampton each added 12 for the Magic. Mo Bamba and Robin Lopez had 11 apiece for Orlando.
“We’re a very young team,” Hampton said. “Going up against very experienced teams like New York, like Miami, like San Antonio, that’s going to benefit us.”
Butler also had five steals. He had 11 field goals – a career best for the opening two quarters of a game – by halftime, the majority of those dunks or layups, and the Heat led by as many as 19 in the early going before taking a 57-44 lead into the break.
Orlando, which rallied from a double-digit deficit to win in New York on Sunday night, tried to do it again in Miami. Anthony had five consecutive points midway through the third quarter to get Orlando within six, and another score from Anthony cut Miami’s lead to 86-77 early in the fourth.
That’s when the Heat pulled away for good.
A 12-2 run started with a basket by Herro, ended with him unintentionally banking in a 3-pointer with a big smile, and the lead was restored to 98-79 with 6:47 left.
“I don’t want to make excuses,” Magic coach Jamahl Mosley said. “We all laced them up, ready to get out there and play. I think we started a little bit slow, then we got our momentum … and we kept fighting.”
Durant scores 25, Nets hand Wizards 1st loss, 104-90
NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant scored 25 points and the Brooklyn Nets bounced back from a poor finish a day earlier with a blistering start that sent them to a 104-90 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night.
Patty Mills made five 3-pointers and added 21 points off the bench, while James Harden finished with 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
The Nets were dominated in the second half of a 111-95 loss to Charlotte on Sunday in their home opener, which featured protests by fans over the vaccine mandate that has kept Kyrie Irving from playing for Brooklyn. They overcame poor 3-point shooting nights from Harden (1 for 8) and Joe Harris (3 for 11) by holding Washington below 35% shooting.
“I think we came in on the second night of a back-to-back and imposed our will the whole game,” Durant said.
Washington’s Bradley Beal scored 19 points but shot 8 for 22 after missing a game with a bruised right hip. He took 13 3-pointers, making just three, and didn’t attempt a free throw.
“I liked the looks and I was definitely confident in them,” Beal said. “You guys know, I’ll be good, I’ll bounce back. But I definitely have to be better for my team in all aspects and I think me attacking the basket would have been a little bit better. I could have gotten to the line and put us in the bonus, create some opportunities for other teammates, too.”
The Wizards won their first two games but were already down by 18 in this one by the time the Nets honored Spencer Dinwiddie with a video tribute after the first quarter of his return to Barclays Center.
Dinwiddie shot 3 for 13 and finished with 10 points, six assists and five rebounds. He averaged 14.3 points in 274 games for Brooklyn from 2016-21 before partially tearing his ACL on Dec. 27 in the third game of the season and having surgery.
The Nets scored 38 points in the first quarter – one more than the entire second half Sunday – and led by 18 after shooting 59%.
“We came out ready,” Nets forward Bruce Brown said.
The lead grew to 47-22 on Harden’s layup with 7 1/2 minutes left in the second and it was 59-42 at the half when Durant pulled up from a few feet behind the 3-point line with 3.8 seconds left and two defenders in front of him, grinning widely as he jogged back down the court.
The smiles briefly went away for the Nets when they missed their first nine shots of the third quarter, allowing Washington to cut it to 61-52 on Daniel Gafford’s three-point play. But the Nets answered with a 9-0 spurt, with Harden’s four-point play and Mills’ 3-pointer pushing it back to 18.
DeRozan has 26, Bulls beat Raptors for 4th straight win
TORONTO (AP) DeMar DeRozan took control in the fourth quarter, something he’s done plenty of times in Toronto.
DeRozan scored 26 points against his former team, including 11 in the final period, Zach LaVine had 22 points and the Chicago Bulls opened a season with four straight wins for the first time since 1996-97, holding off the Toronto Raptors 111-108 on Monday night.
“DeMar obviously did a great job of closing the game out,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said.
DeRozan scored four of Chicago’s final five points as the Bulls survived a late Toronto challenge.
“You live for those moments, honestly,” DeRozan said. “I get up for those moments. I love them.”
Lonzo Ball said the Bulls have faith in DeRozan to deliver late in close games.
“He’s been our go-to in the closing moments of games and he hasn’t disappointed yet,” Ball said. “Tonight he put us on his back and carried the fourth quarter for us.”
Charlotte’s overtime loss against Boston left the Bulls as the East’s lone unbeaten team.
“It’s great, but we’ve got a lot more basketball to go,” DeRozan said. “We’ve got to move on to the next game. We can’t carry this record like it’s some kind of badge of honor.”
Nikola Vucevic scored 17 points and Ball had 15 as the Bulls won their fourth straight meeting with Toronto. Ball shot 5 for 9 from 3-point range.
“They’ve got some prolific shot makers and they were making a few,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said.
OG Anunoby scored 22 points and Gary Trent Jr. had 18 as the struggling Raptors lost for the third time in four games.
Toronto’s Fred VanVleet scored 15 points and set a career high with 17 assists. Precious Achiuwa had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, and rookie Scottie Barnes scored 13 points.
Chicago opened a 20-point lead less than three minutes into the second half and was up 97-86 with 7:57 left in the fourth, but Anunoby scored the final five points in a 9-0 Toronto run as the Raptors cut it to 97-95 with 4:49 to go.
DeRozan sandwiched jump shots around a pair of free throws from Alex Caruso as the Bulls answered with a 6-0 spurt to take a 103-95 lead with 3:27 to play.
Barnes scored off a Bulls turnover with 15 seconds left, cutting it to 110-108. Vucevic missed the first of two free throws, ending Chicago’s streak of 20 consecutive makes, but hit the second to put the Bulls up by three. VanVleet missed a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer.
Six different Raptors made a 3-pointer in the second quarter, but Ball made three of his own as Chicago outscored Toronto 37-27 to lead 61-51 at halftime.
LaVine scored 13 points in the third as the Bulls took a 92-80 lead to the final quarter.
Pelicans snap 3-game skid with 107-98 win over Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Brandon Ingram scored 27 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a season-opening three-game losing streak with a 107-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Devonte’ Graham added 21 points for New Orleans, which was again without injured star Zion Williamson. Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 17 points for the Pelicans, who had a 21-point lead trimmed to four points late in the third quarter.
“To finally get one win, it’s refreshing,” said New Orleans coach Willie Green, who earned his first win as an NBA head coach. “You understand really quick how hard it is to win in this league.”
Minnesota had its two-game win streak halted as its offense failed to find a rhythm until Anthony Edwards got the offense and the crowd going by scoring 21 of his 28 points in the third.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Patrick Beverly added 13 points off the bench.
“I felt like, for the most part, that our preparation, we kind of disrespected the game,” Beverly said. “That comes with time. You disrespect the game and the game will come back and get you, and it did tonight.”
A game after tying a franchise record with 30 turnovers, New Orleans was in sync early, using the extra pass to get its offense going. The Pelicans had eight assists as a team on their first nine baskets.
The Pelicans ended the first quarter on a 10-2 run to take control, and extended the run to 22-5 early in the second. The lead ballooned to 21 points before Edwards got involved.
“When you have 30 turnovers in a game, it’s going to be hard to beat anybody,” Graham said. “Take care of the ball. Seventeen (turnovers) is still a lot, but that’s a good defensive team. We just stuck with it.”
Much of New Orleans’ lead was built with Towns on the bench.
After fouling out in the first game between the teams on Saturday, Towns was called for an early technical foul. Shortly after, he was called for an illegal screen that sent him to the bench with two fouls. Coach Chris Finch picked up a technical foul in support of his center.
Even with Towns on the court, Minnesota’s offense was largely reduced to quick 3-pointers and one-and-done possessions with the Pelicans controlling the boards.
New Orleans outrebounded the Wolves 60-41.
Edwards, the electrifying second-year guard, was held to two points in the first half on two free throws. Edwards and D’Angelo Russell were a combined 1 for 14 in the half, while Minnesota shot 6 of 24 (25%) from long distance.
“I think we take a lot of possessions that didn’t need a shot, including myself,” Towns said. “Forced. It’s disappointing. We understand the magnitude of this game. We understood what the opponent was going to bring. But we just didn’t bring it.”
Ingram closed out the game with 18 points in the second half, including a big dunk in transition that helped halt Minnesota’s momentum.
Love, Allen guide Cavaliers to 99-87 win over Nuggets
DENVER (AP) The tempers briefly flared between feisty guards Ricky Rubio and Facundo Campazzo as both got in each other’s face late in the third quarter.
Nothing happened besides a stare down. All it did was help ignite Cleveland’s big win.
Kevin Love scored 22 points, Jarrett Allen recorded his second straight double-double and the Cavaliers fended off the Denver Nuggets 99-87 on Monday night.
“Everybody was showing their commitment to one another,” Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of his team’s intensity. “We didn’t back down at all.”
Especially Rubio, who appeared to take exception with Campazzo’s foul in the corner. He glared at Campazzo as teammates rushed in. Both were issued technicals.
“That would’ve been one of the worst fights I’ve seen in my life,” Love cracked.
Following the small fracas – and after Denver rallied to tie the game at 70 – Love hit a reverse layup to spark a 19-3 run that helped put the game away.
“Everybody wants the next guy to have success,” Love said. “That feeling here is infectious.”
Allen finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds to help the Cavaliers start a five-game trip on the right note. This was on the heels of a 11-point, 14-rebound performance in a win over Atlanta over the weekend.
“He always brings it every single game,” Love said. “You know what you’re going to get from him.”
The Cavaliers overcame a big night from NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, who scored 24 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. They held Denver to 9-of-38 shooting from 3-point land, and forced 22 turnovers.
“I don’t know in what we have to be better, but we have to be better in something because you’re going to lose a lot of games if you continue to play like this,” Jokic said. “It’s very much everything (wrong) when you have this kind of game. They didn’t score that many points. We had a lot of turnovers.”
Nuggets coach Michael Malone reiterated that thought.
“It’s almost like Keystone-copish out there, some of the turnovers,” Malone said. “Hopefully we can find a way to fix it in a hurry.”
Kennard has 23, Clippers rout Blazers 116-86 for 1st win
LOS ANGELES (AP) Luke Kennard scored 23 points, tying his career high with six 3-pointers, and Los Angeles ran away early to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-86 for the Clippers’ first win of the season on Monday night.
“If I make two or three in a row, I’m really looking to be aggressive the next shot or two,” Kennard said. “Guys were looking for me, especially in the transition. That’s where I try to sneak around the defense.”
Reggie Jackson added 18 points and Paul George had 16 points to help the Clippers avoid their first 0-3 start since 2010-11, when coach Vinny Del Negro was in his first season.
CJ McCollum scored 20 points for the Blazers in their first road game of the season. Damian Lillard’s slow start to the season continued. He was held to 12 points on 4 of 15 shooting and missed all eight of his 3-point attempts. Portland shot 38% from the floor and had 15 assists, both lows in the young season. The Clippers’ defense never let the Blazers get an extended run going in and forced 30 turnovers.
After losing their first two games by a combined eight points, the Clippers got the rout going early. They led by 14 after each of the first two quarters, shooting 49% from the floor in the half. Kennard had 17 points off the bench by halftime, hitting four 3-pointers and connecting on his career-tying sixth 3 to open the fourth.
“He got us going in the first half. Our players understand when he’s on the floor we’ve got to look for him,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We know we’re going to play through PG, but on any given night it can be anybody’s night.”
The Blazers’ only lead came on Nassir Little’s 3-pointer to start the game. Lillard had just eight points in the first half, when Robert Covington and Jusuf Nurkic were held scoreless and combined for nine rebounds.
The Clippers extended their lead to 30 points going into the fourth, allowing their starters to rest. The second unit easily maintained the momentum against Portland’s reserves in what amounted to a scrimmage that sent the fans to the exits in droves. Terance Mann hit a 3-pointer to push the Clippers into triple digits, 100-65, and finished with 13 points.
Zubac and Jackson combined for 13 points as LA outscored the Blazers 27-10 to open the third. Kennard sank his fifth 3-pointer in the spurt.
“We had 37 assists but we should have had 50,” Lue said. “We had 15 shots that were wide-open that we didn’t make.”
THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL
• Five Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by four of the top 10 teams in the country. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Michigan, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Iowa, and No. 20 Penn State.
• There are just nine undefeated teams remaining in the FBS, including two Big Ten teams: Michigan and Michigan State (7-0). The Spartans and Wolverines will face off this Saturday at Noon ET on FOX. Earlier today, FOX and ESPN both announced that Big Noon Kickoff and College GameDay will be live from Spartan Stadium in East Lansing for Saturday’s clash between the Big Ten’s two undefeated teams.
• No. 5 Ohio State improved to 6-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Big Ten with a 54-7 win over Indiana on Saturday. Ohio State has scored more than 50 points in its last four games and leads the nation in total offense (559.7 ypg), while ranking second in scoring offense (49.3 ppg). The Buckeyes are one of just four teams in the nation to average more than 45 points per game this season and lead the No. 2 scoring offense, Alabama (45.9), by 3.4 points per game. The Buckeyes are averaging 57.8 points in the last four games and are giving up just 11.0 in that span. The Buckeyes have outscored their last three opponents, 231-44.
• Defensively, Ohio State has only allowed six touchdowns in the last four games and has not allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 2 against No. 7 Oregon. In their last four wins, the Buckeyes are surrendering just 72.8 rushing yards per game.
• No. 6 Michigan defeated Northwestern 33-7 to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are now 7-0 for the first time since 2016, when the team started 9-0. The Wolverines rank second in the country in scoring defense and are allowing just 14.3 points per game. The Wolverines have allowed more than 17 points just once this season and have only trailed in one game in 2021.
• Offensively, Michigan ranks 15th in the country in scoring offense (37.7 points per game, No. 2 Big Ten). Michigan leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the nation in rushing offense (253.3 ypg), with a ground game powered by RBs Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins who have each scored 10 rushing touchdowns this season. Corum and Haskins are the only running back duo in the country that features two players with 10-plus rushing touchdowns. Additionally, Corum leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the country in all-purpose yards per game (160.0).
• Illinois defeated then-No. 7 Penn State 20-18 in a game that went to nine overtime periods, marking the longest game in college football history. In the ninth overtime period, senior QB Brandon Peters connected with sophomore WR Casey Washington in the end zone to win the game for the Fighting Illini. Sophomore RB Chase Brown was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 223 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries (6.67 avg.). Brown, who rushed for 257 yards vs. Charlotte earlier in the season, joins Howard Griffith and Rashard Mendenhall as the only players in program history to record multiple 200-plus yard rushing games in a single season. Freshman RB Josh McCray added 142 yards on the ground to help the Illini rush for 357 yards on the day. The win marked the 100th career victory for head coach Bret Bielema.
• No. 8 Michigan State is 7-0 for the first time since 2015. Overall, this is the eighth time the Spartans have started 7-0 to begin a season. Additionally, the Spartans are 4-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2017. The Spartans are just one of nine remaining unbeaten teams in the FBS. The Spartans rank 16th in the country in team passing efficiency (160.03) and rank in the top 20 in scoring defense (t-19th, 18.7 ppg). Junior RB Kenneth Walker III is a contender for this year’s Heisman Trophy and leads the FBS in rushing yards per game (142.4).
• Minnesota extended its winning streak to three games and improved to 3-1 in conference play with a 34-16 win against Maryland on Saturday. The Gophers have excelled in the rushing game on both sides of the ball this season, ranking fifth in the nation in rushing defense (85.7 yards allowed per game) and 24th in rushing offense (209.9 yards per game). Five different Gophers have rushed for 100 yards in a game this season, with freshmen Ky Thomas and Mar’Keise Irving becoming the latest in the victory against Maryland. Minnesota now has five running backs with rushing touchdowns this season. This is the first time the Gophers have had five running backs with a touchdown since 1985. The rushing game has been lead by an experienced Gophers offensive line that has more combined starts at the FBS level than any team in the country.
• Wisconsin defeated then-No. 25 Purdue, 30-13, to improve to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten. Badgers head coach Paul Chryst earned his 60th win at Wisconsin to become just the fourth coach in program history to win at least 60 games. Junior RB Chez Mellusi and freshman RB Braelon Allen led the running game with 149 rushing yards and 140 rushing yards, respectively. The Badgers outgained Purdue 290 yards to -13 yards on the ground. Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Leo Chenal led the Wisconsin defense with nine tackles and career highs in sacks (3.5) and tackles for loss (5.5). Chenal’s sack and tackles for loss totals marked the most in a single game by a Big Ten player this season. The Boilermakers -13 rushing yards tied for the second-fewest rushing yards that the Badgers have surrendered in program history. The only time that the Wisconsin defense has held an opponent to fewer rushing yards was in November 1951 when they held Iowa to -18 rushing yards.
• Iowa (6-1 overall) has three wins over ranked opponents this season (vs. #17 Indiana, 34-6; at #9 Iowa State, 27- 17; vs. #4 Penn State, 23-20) and has won six straight against ranked opponents overall. The Hawkeyes are tied for third in the nation in scoring defense this season, allowing just 14.6 points per game. Iowa’s defense continues to lead the nation in interceptions this season, recording 16 interceptions in just seven games for an average of 2.3 interceptions per game. Iowa has turned its conference-leading 20 turnovers into 78 points this season.
• Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season, while Minnesota and Penn State need just one more win to become eligible. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.
• The Big Ten boasts four teams who rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Michigan (2nd, 14.3 ppg), Iowa (t-3rd, 14.6), Penn State (6th, 14.7) and Purdue (9th, 16.3). The conference has three teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Penn State (3rd, 97.04), Iowa (4th, 101.70) and Purdue (7th, 104.02). Additionally, three Big Ten teams rank in the top 10 in the nation in run defense: Wisconsin (1st, 53.3 ypg), Minnesota (5th, 85.7) and Iowa (7th, 89.7).
• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa), Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (3rd, 264 at Northwestern) and Illinois’ Chase Brown (4th, 257 vs. Charlotte). The Big Ten has three additional 200-plus-yard rushing performances this season: Walker III’s 233 yards at Rutgers on Oct. 9, Brown’s 223 yards at Penn State on Oct. 23, and Northwestern’s Evan Hull’s 216 yards vs. Ohio on Sept. 25.
• Additional top-five single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (5th, 266.174 passing effciency; and 5th, 484 passing yards vs. Oregon), Purdue’s David Bell (2nd, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), and Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (4th, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State). Michigan State’s Jayden Reed recorded the sixth-most all-purpose yards in a single game this season with 285 vs. Western Kentucky on Oct. 2.
• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.
• Eight Big Ten standouts were named candidates for the 2021-22 Senior CLASS Award: Illinois’ Blake Hayes, Indiana’s Ty Fryfogle, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Andrew Vastardis, Minnesota’s Conner Olson, Nebraska’s Ben Stille, Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Penn State’s Sean Clifford. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior students in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during football bowl season in December.
• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive Player of the Week
Chase Brown, Illinois
RB – So. – London, Ontario – St. Stephens Episcopal (Fla.)
- Rushed for 223 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries (6.76 avg.) in Illinois’ 20-18 upset win at then-No. 7 Penn State. Marked the most rushing yards ever by a player in a game at Beaver Stadium
- Has now rushed for more than 200 yards in two games this season, having also eclipsed the 200-yard plateau vs. Charlotte on Oct. 2 (257 yards). Joined Howard Griffith (1990) and Rashard Mendenhall (2007) as the only players in program history with multiple 200-yard rushing performances in a single season
- Is one of just three FBS players to register multiple 200-yard rushing games this season along with Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III and Missouri’s Tyler Badie
- Earns the second Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career
- Last Illinois Offensive Player of the Week: Chase Brown (Oct. 4, 2021)
Defensive Player of the Week
Leo Chenal, Wisconsin
LB – Jr. – Grantsburg, Wis. – Grantsburg
- Registered nine tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks in Wisconsin’s 30-13 win at then-No. 25 Purdue. Also set a career high with 5.5 tackles for loss
- His 3.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss marked the highest single-game totals by a Big Ten player this season and are tied for the second-most by an FBS player in a game this year
- Helped the Badgers defense hold the Boilermakers to -13 yards rushing, which is tied for the second-best performance against the run by a Badgers defense in program history. The only time that the Wisconsin defense has held an opponent to fewer rushing yards was in November 1951 when they held Iowa to -18 rushing yards
- Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career
- Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Orr (Sept. 30, 2019)
Special Teams Player of the Week
Collin Larsh, Wisconsin
K – Sr. – Marshall, Wis. – Monona Grove (Wis.)
- Connected on all three of his field goal attempts in Wisconsin’s 30-13 win at then-No. 25 Purdue. Also made all three of his extra point attempts to register 12 points for the Badgers
- Made a pair of field goals in the second quarter (23 and 37 yards) to knot the game at 13-13 heading into halftime
- Tied his career long with a 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter
- Earns the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career
- Last Wisconsin Special Teams Player of the Week: Rafael Gaglianone (Sept. 5, 2016)
Freshman of the Week
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
QB – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
- Completed 21 of 28 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters of action during Ohio State’s 54-7 win at Indiana
- Threw three touchdown passes in the first half to help the Buckeyes build a 44-7 halftime lead
- Has now thrown 14 touchdown passes with zero interceptions in Ohio State’s last three games. Ranks second nationally in passer efficiency (192.8) and is tied for sixth in the country this season with 22 touchdown passes
- Earns the fifth Freshman of the Week honor of his career; was also named Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 11
- Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Oct. 11, 2021)
BIG 10 VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Player of the Week
Dana Rettke, Wisconsin
Grad. – MB – Riverside, Ill. – Riverside-Brookfield – Graduate Major: Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
• Averaged 4.44 kills and 1.11 blocks per set with a .536 hitting percentage, pacing No. 3 Wisconsin to victories over No. 6 Ohio State and No. 12 Penn State last weekend
• Tallied a season-high (and match-best) 24 kills on .512 hitting Oct. 23 vs. PSU, one day after posting 16 kills, seven blocks and a .577 hitting percentage against OSU
• A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2018, 2019, 2020)
• Earns her 11th career Player of the Week honor, the third-most in conference history, and her second award this season
• Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Julia Orzol (Oct. 4, 2021)
Defensive Player AND Freshman of the Week
Lexi Rodriguez, Nebraska
Fr. – L – Sterling, Ill. – Sterling – Major: Undeclared
• Recorded 5.86 digs per set to help No. 9 Nebraska to wins over Iowa and No. 7 Purdue last week
• Tied her season high with 24 digs in the Oct. 23 victory over Purdue, following a match-high 17 digs on Oct. 20 vs. Iowa
• Receives the first Defensive Player of the Week award of her career
• Last Nebraska Defensive Player of the Week: Kayla Caffey (Sept. 6, 2021)
• Garners her third career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Lexi Rodriguez (Oct. 11, 2021)
Co-Setter of the Week
Nicklin Hames, Nebraska
Sr. – S – Maryville, Tenn. – Webb School – Major: Child, Youth & Family Studies
• Registered 12.43 assists, 4.00 digs and 0.71 service aces per set with two double-doubles last week in Nebraska’s wins over Iowa and seventh-ranked Purdue
• Had 48 assists, a season high-tying 17 digs and three aces in the Oct. 23 victory over Purdue
• A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2019, 2020)
• Collects her second career Setter of the Week plaudit
• Last Nebraska Setter of the Week: Nicklin Hames (Oct. 11, 2021)
Co-Setter of the Week
Sydney Hilley, Wisconsin
Grad. – S – Brooklyn Park, Minn. – Champlin Park – Graduate Major: Applied Biotechnology
• Averaged 12.00 assists, 3.00 digs and 0.89 blocks per set with a double-double as the third-ranked Badgers picked up top-12 wins over No. 6 Ohio State and No. 12 Penn State last week
• Picked up her 41st career double-double on Oct. 23 vs. Penn State with 65 assists, a season-high 18 digs (one short of her career best) and four blocks
• A two-time first-team Academic All-America selection (2019, 2020)
• Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree each of the past three seasons (2018, 2019, 2020)
• Secures her 16th career Setter of the Week citation (tying for second-most in conference history with Penn State’s Micha Hancock from 2011-14), and fourth this year
• Last Wisconsin Setter of the Week: Sydney Hilley (Oct. 4, 2021)
BIG 10 WOMEN’S SOCCER: Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament Bracket Announced
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2021 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament bracket with Rutgers earning the tournament’s No. 1 seed after clinching the outright Big Ten Championship on Oct. 21.
Winners of their first Big Ten title with 30 points, the Scarlet Knights (15-2-0, 10-0-0 Big Ten) will play host to No. 8 seed Wisconsin (8-4-6, 3-3-4) in a conference tournament quarterfinal match at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Oct. 31 live on B1G+. Rutgers is the No. 1 seed for the first time in program history and is seeking its first Big Ten Tournament title after becoming the first Big Ten women’s soccer program to go undefeated and untied in conference play since 2005, when Penn State also went 10-0-0. Wisconsin has won three Big Ten Tournament titles and was last season’s runner-up. Rutgers and Wisconsin did not face one another during the 2021 regular season, with their most recent meeting coming in last spring’s Big Ten Tournament semifinals (won by the Badgers, 2-1).
Purdue (13-3-2, 8-2-0) matched the best Big Ten regular season finish in program history, finishing second in the Big Ten standings on 24 points to equal its placements in 2005 and 2007. The Boilermakers are the Big Ten Tournament’s No. 2 seed, having matched its highest-ever seed in the event with similar No. 2 positions in 2005 and 2007 (the latter resulting in Purdue’s lone Big Ten Tournament title). The Boilermakers will play host to seventh-seeded Ohio State (9-7-2, 4-4-2) in a tournament quarterfinal at 3 p.m. (ET) Oct. 31 live on Big Ten Network and the FOX Sports app. Purdue claimed the regular-season meeting against the Buckeyes, winning 1-0 in overtime on Oct. 14 in Columbus. Ohio State has won three Big Ten Tournament titles, most recently in 2012.
Michigan (12-3-3, 6-2-2) finished third in the Big Ten with 20 points and earned the No. 3 tournament seed. The Wolverines, who have won two Big Ten Tournament titles, will open quarterfinal play at home on Oct. 31 (kickoff time TBD), welcoming sixth-seeded Penn State (11-6-0, 5-5-0) to town for a matchup that will be streamed live on B1G+. The Wolverines and Nittany Lions met on Oct. 21 in Ann Arbor, with Michigan prevailing, 2-0. Penn State has won a conference-high eight Big Ten Tournament championships, most recently in 2019, when it defeated Michigan in the final, 2-1 in overtime.
Rounding out the field, No. 4 seed Michigan State (10-4-3, 5-4-1) will play host to fifth-seeded Iowa (11-5-2, 5-4-1) in a tournament quarterfinal at 1 p.m. (ET) Oct. 31 live on B1G+. The Spartans and Hawkeyes finished tied for fourth place in the Big Ten standings with 16 points, and MSU earned the higher seed (and the opportunity to host the quarterfinal) by virtue of its 2-1 win at Iowa on Oct. 3. Michigan State is making its first Big Ten Tournament appearance since 2011 (when it was seeded third) and is aiming for its first postseason title, with the Spartans’ fourth-place Big Ten finish their best since a third-place showing in that 2011 season. Meanwhile, Iowa is the defending Big Ten Tournament champion, having ousted Wisconsin in last spring’s title match, 1-0. The Hawkeyes’ fourth-place tie this season is their best in conference play since 1999, when they finished third.
Following the Oct. 31 quarterfinals, the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament will continue with the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. (ET) Nov. 4 and the championship match at 2 p.m. (ET) Nov. 7. The semifinals and championship match will be played on the campus of the highest remaining seed following the quarterfinal round, with both semifinals and the title contest televised by BTN and the FOX Sports app.
This year’s Big Ten Tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Follow all the Big Ten Tournament action at bigten.org/wsoc and on Twitter @B1GSoccer.
MAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Dustin Crum, Kent State, QB
Graduate, Grafton, Ohio (Midview)
Crum had a strong game for the Golden Flashes in their 34-27 win over Ohio. Crum completed over 80 percent of his passes for 257 yards and a score. He also made plays with his feet, rushing for 93 more yards and a score. Crum led an offense to 457 yards and no turnovers.
MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Manny Lawrence-Burke, Kent State, LB
5th, Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville
Lawrence-Burke was all over the field for Kent State, recording a season-high 14 tackles, including seven solo. He forced a key first-half fumble in the red zone and made a key goal-line tackle for loss to force a short field goal.
MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Alex McNulty, Buffalo, Kicker
Junior, Caledonia, NY (McQuaid Jesuit)
McNulty made his only field goal attempt, a 23-yarder, to open the scoring and was a perfect 6-for-6 on extra point attempts in Buffalo’s 45-10 win over Akron. In addition, 5 of his 8 kickoffs went for touchbacks
MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Rocky Lombardi, NIU, Quarterback
Junior (R), Clive, Iowa (Valley)
Lombardi led the NIU Huskies to a 39-38 Mid-American Conference road win over Central Michigan by throwing for a season-best 348 yards on 17-of-27 passing with three touchdowns. He threw a career-long 75-yard touchdown pass and also had touchdown throws of 21 and 15 yards. In addition to the 75-yard pass, he had completions of 46 and 50 yards as he averaged 20.5 yards per completion. Lombardi’s 348-yard total ranks 12th all-time at NIU and are the most by a Huskie QB since 2015. Lombardi directed the Huskie offense to an 18-point comeback victory and led a game-winning field goal drive in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Desjuan Johnson, Toledo, Defensive Tackle
Junior, Detroit, Mich. (East English Village Prep)
Johnson had six tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and a QB hurry vs. WMU. The fumble he forced was picked up by safety Zachary Ford and returned 35 yards for a touchdown, extending Toledo’s lead to 27-15 at a key point in the third quarter.
MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Kanon Woodill, NIU, Kicker
Freshman, Plainfield, Illinois (Plainfield North HS)
In his collegiate debut, true freshman Kanon Woodill connected on three field goals, including a 26-yard game-winning field goal with 00:54 to play that gave the Huskies a 39-38 win at Central Michigan. Woodill made threes of 26, 24 and 26 yards, all critical as NIU overcame deficits of 18 and 17 points in the game. Woodill, who found out on Thursday that he would be handling kicking duties, also made both of his PAT tries to total 11 points in the game and kicked off eight times for a 53.2 yard average.
MAC VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAC Volleyball East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Petra Indrova, Bowling Green, Opposite Hitter
Petra Indrova helped the Bowling Green Falcons remain undefeated in MAC play with three wins last week. In Wednesday’s sweep of Miami, Indrova tallied 11 kills and three total blocks, both tied for the team high. Her attack percentage of .455 was the highest on the team among players with ten or more attacks. On Friday, the Falcons defeated Eastern Michigan in four sets behind Indrova’s seventh double-double of the season. She led the team with 18 kills and registered 10 digs as well. The following night, BGSU beat EMU in four sets again, with Indrova earning another double-double. She matched her career-high with 22 kills and set a new season-best with 17 digs. The junior also added three aces as the Falcons secured their 12th consecutive victory.
MAC Volleyball East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Julia Walz, Bowling Green, Libero
Walz played a large role in another week of impressive BGSU defensive performances. The Falcons swept Miami on Wednesday, limiting the Redhawks to an attack percentage of just .010. BGSU was especially in the second set, holding Miami to a -.182 hitting percentage. Walz totaled 14 digs, as well as a season-best six assists. On Friday, the senior registered a team-best 17 digs in BGSU’s four-set win against Eastern Michigan. The Falcons held the Eagles to a sub-.100 hitting percentage in two of the four sets. The following night, Bowling Green notched another four-set victory over EMU. In the second set, BGSU limited EMU to an attack percentage of -.154. Walz tallied 33 digs, including 10 in the final set, to notch her second-best total of the season. With that number, she eclipses the career 1,500-dig mark.
MAC Volleyball East Division Setter of the Week
Hanna Laube, Bowling Green, Setter
Laube guided the Bowling Green Falcons to three wins this week, with several impressive offensive performances. Against Miami, the Falcons swung .621 in the opening set on their way to a sweep of the Redhawks. Laube tallied 24 assists and a career-best six kills. The senior collected 43 assists against Eastern Michigan as the Falcons swung .321 in their four-set victory. During this match, she eclipsed the 2,000-assist mark in her career. On Saturday, the Falcons won in four sets again, with Laube tallying 52 assists. This is the fourth time she has registered over 50 assists this season and it is her second-best total in MAC play.
MAC Volleyball West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Natalie Mitchem, Ball State, Right Side
Ball State junior Natalie Mitchem turned in a solid performance from the right side for the Cardinals last week, averaging 4.40 kills per set and hitting .421 (44-4-95) to guide the squad to three important MAC West Division wins. Mitchem started with a career-high tying 21 kills in Tuesday’s sweep over Toledo, while hitting .452 (21-2-42). She was also credited with four block assists in the win. In the weekend series at Western Michigan, Mitchem smashed 11 kills and hit .458 (11-0-24) Friday and followed with 12 kills and a .345 (12-2-29) attack percentage Saturday. Both matches were sweeps for the Cardinals. On defense, she added a dig and two solo blocks in Friday’s competition, while collecting a pair of digs Saturday. With the perfect 3-0 weekend, Mitchem helped Ball State extend its current winning streak to 10 matches and become the first team in the league to reach 20 wins at 20-3.
MAC Volleyball West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Francesca Bertucci, NIU, Libero
Bertucci averaged 5.29 digs per set this weekend as NIU split a two-match series against Toledo at Victor E. Court. The freshman had 26 digs in Friday night’s 3-1 win. It was her sixth match this season with at least 20 digs. She followed that up with 11 on Saturday.
MAC Volleyball West Division Setter of the Week
Megan Wielonski, Ball State, Setter
It was another solid all-around weekend for freshman setter Megan Wielonski who averaged 11.20 assists per set, 4.20 digs per set, 1.40 kills per set and led the offense to a combined .279 attack percentage in three important MAC West Division wins. Wielonski started with 43 assists and 17 digs in the four-set win over Toledo, as the Cardinals as a squad finished the match hitting .206. She also registered five kills in the win to go along with three more service aces and a block assists. In Friday’s sweep at Western Michigan, Wielonski handed out 30 assists and corralled 10 digs, helping the Ball State offense connect for a .336 attack percentage. She smashed five kills and added two more aces to her season totals. In Saturday’s sweep of the Broncos, Wielonski dished out 39 more assists and was credited with 15 more digs, while leading BSU to a .320 hitting mark. She also finished the match with four kills. With the perfect 3-0 weekend, Wielonski helped Ball State extend its current winning streak to 10 matches and become the first team in the league to reach 20 wins at 20-3.
MAC Announces Men’s Soccer Player of the Week
Jason Shokalook, Akron, Forward
Freshman, Erie, PA.
University of Akron freshman Jason Shokalook turned in an impressive week for the Zips registering a trio of goals to propel the team to a 1-0-1 mark in a pair of matches. He posted team-high marks in goals (3), points (6) and shots on goal (3), while ranking second in shots (4).
In Akron’s 5-1 victory over No. 14 Bowling Green, Shokalook entered the match in the 24th minute and went on to record his first career hat trick with tallies in the 42nd (41:27), 54th (53:22) and 80th (79:38) minutes, respectively. He became the first active Zip to register a hat trick since Diogo Pacheco netted three goals in a victory at VCU in 2018. His first two goals came off headers in the box before his tenacity in the box capped the hat trick.
Shokalook scored the first of his three goals on the night off an assist from freshman Malik Henry at the 41:27 mark to give the Zips a 3-0 lead at the intermission.
Henry and sophomore Ryan Kingsford combined to assist on Shokalook’s tally in the 54th minute (53:22) before he capped the night finding the back of the net at the 79:38 mark courtesy of an assist from freshman Wan Kuzri Wan Kamal.
Earlier in the week, he contributed 24 minutes of reserve minutes in a 0-0 double-overtime draw with Michigan.
On the season, Shokalook ranks second on the team in goals (4), third in points (10) and shots (25) and fourth in shots on goal (8).
Pepe Martinez, NIU, Midfielder
Redshirt Senior, Sant antoni de vilamajor, Spain (Kokomo, Ind. HS)
Pepe Martinez scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to help the NIU men’s soccer team to a victory over Georgia State (Oct. 23) as the Huskies extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games. Starting the game as a substitute, Martinez made an instant impact when coming off the bench, netting the opening goal in the 31st minute, just 61 seconds after entering the game. Martinez added his second goal of the game in the 94th minute to lift the Huskies to a 2-1 win as they improved to 11-1-2 overall, 3-0-2 in the conference.
Bjarne Thiesen, WVU, Defender
Redshirt Sophomore, Kiel, Germany
Bjarne Thiesen’s 56th-minute goal sparked WVU’s comeback in its 3-1 win over Elon on Saturday. Trailing, 1-0, the sophomore defender found the equalizer off a corner kick, before West Virginia scored twice more on PKs in the victory. Thiesen also was a part of a Mountaineer back line that allowed just three shots to the Phoenix. Earlier in the week, Thiesen led WVU with a pair of shots at No. 4 Kentucky and played all 105 minutes of the contest.
WORLD SERIES GAME ONE PREVIEW: Heavy-hitting Astros open Series vs. ex-teammate Charlie Morton
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The Houston Astros are regulars when it comes to recent appearances in the World Series, while the Atlanta Braves are back in the Fall Classic for the first time since 1999.
The Astros aim to get off on the right foot in the best-of-seven series on Tuesday when they host Game 1 against the Braves.
While Houston is making its third World Series appearance in five years, Astros manager Dusty Baker returns to the Fall Classic for the first time since his 2002 San Francisco Giants fell to the then-Anaheim Angels in seven games.
Nineteen years later, one would think that Baker can’t wait for the first pitch. Well, Baker dispelled that notion Monday.
“I don’t get too excited too quickly because that’s wasted emotion and energy at the time that you’re going to need for the game,” he said.
The Astros have shown plenty of emotion and energy after their high-powered offense propelled them past the Chicago White Sox in the American League Division and Boston Red Sox in the AL Championship Series.
Houston has erupted for 67 runs in its 10 postseason games.
Leading the charge is Yordan Alvarez, who landed ALCS Most Valuable Player honors after finishing 12-for-23 (.522) with a homer, six RBIs and seven runs. He was 9-for-13 with five extra-base hits over the last three games, during which the Astros outscored the Red Sox by a 23-3 margin.
Alvarez said he isn’t fazed by facing several of Atlanta’s quality left-handed relievers.
“It’s the same mentality,” Alvarez said Monday. “Just go out and try to take care of the job and do damage. Just go out and try to win every day. I think it’s the same mentality. We’re going to go out and try to do everything we can to win the championship.”
Houston left-hander Framber Valdez will take the ball on Tuesday, pitching on regular rest. He is 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA in three 2021 postseason starts.
Valdez, 27, would love to repeat his dominance from his last start. He allowed one run on three hits in eight innings to earn the win in a 9-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
“His curveball is very sharp, and he blends it in real well with the sinker,” Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said of Valdez. “I faced him last year in the summer camp, and the sinker is obviously his best pitch, the one he uses the most.
“When he starts throwing that curveball back foot, it breaks really late. So it’s really hard for hitters to tell the difference between the curveball and the sinker. That’s what makes him very special.”
Valdez would be wise to tread carefully around Eddie Rosario, the MVP of the National League Championship Series. He went 14-for-25 (.560) with three home runs and nine RBIs in Atlanta’s six-game win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Atlanta will counter Tuesday with right-hander Charlie Morton, who forever will be tied with Houston. After all, he picked up the win for the Astros in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Dodgers.
Morton, 37, is pitching in his fifth straight postseason and owns a 7-4 record with a 3.45 ERA in 16 playoff appearances, including 15 starts. He recently admitted the drive to reach the baseball’s second season is what fuels him.
“The most special moments that I’ve had in my career … those are the underlying similarities, just, like, man, ‘I did it,'” Morton said. “I didn’t let the guys down, the team down. I didn’t let the organization down. The fans. That’s just obviously on the field.
“But that’s what I’ll remember is probably that feeling of just kind of just some relief that I was able to do it.”
Morton is 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA in three postseason starts this year. He received a no-decision on Oct. 19 in Game 3 of the NLCS after allowing two runs on three hits with six walks in five innings.
The Astros announced Monday that right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. will be unable to pitch in the World Series due to a strained forearm muscle.
The availability of Houston center fielder Jake Meyers was not immediately known as he continues to work his way back from a left shoulder injury.
Atlanta Braves (88-73, first in the NL East) vs. Houston Astros (95-67, first in the AL West)
Houston; Tuesday, 8:09 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Charlie Morton (0-1, 3.59 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 216 strikeouts this postseason) Astros: Framber Valdez (1-0, 3.14 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 125 strikeouts this postseason)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -132, Braves +113; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Framber Valdez and Houston will play Atlanta in Game 1 of the World Series.
The Astros were 51-30 on their home turf in 2021. Houston has a team slugging percentage of .443 this postseason, Yordan Alvarez leads them with a mark of .794, including seven extra base hits and nine RBIs.
The Braves posted a record of 46-35 away from home in 2021. Atlanta has a team batting average of .250 this postseason, Eddie Rosario has led them with an average of .474, including five extra base hits and 11 RBIs.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kyle Tucker leads the Astros with 70 extra base hits and is slugging .558.
Freddie Freeman leads the Braves with 179 hits and is batting .298.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Astros: .281 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs
Braves: .250 batting average, 3.41 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs
INJURIES: Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Andre Scrubb: (shoulder), Rafael Montero: (shoulder), Tyler Ivey: (undisclosed), Kent Emanuel: (elbow), Pedro Baez: (shoulder), Jake Meyers: (shoulder), Freudis Nova: (knee), Taylor Jones: (covid-19).
Braves: Josh Tomlin: (neck), Mike Soroka: (achilles), Grant Dayton: (shoulder), Tucker Davidson: (forearm), Marcell Ozuna: (hand), Ronald Acuna Jr.: (knee).
Cardinals name Oliver Marmol as new manager
The St. Louis Cardinals announced Oliver Marmol as the team’s next manager on Monday.
“I’m pleased to announce that Oli Marmol will be the 51st manager,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said, according to Derrick S. Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“We believe (he) has strong managerial skills that will allow the Cardinals’ success to continue.”
The 35-year-old Marmol has served as St. Louis’ bench coach since the beginning of the 2019 season. The former middle infielder has been with the organization since being selected in the sixth round of the 2007 MLB Draft.
Marmol played in the minors until the end of the 2010 campaign. He then became a coach in the Cardinals’ system, eventually working his way up to first base duties with the major-league club in 2017.
Marmol’s hiring comes less than two weeks after St. Louis surprisingly fired Mike Shildt, citing “philosophical differences” between the organization and the 2019 NL Manager of the Year.
On Monday, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak clarified Shildt’s firing was because of “internal issues that could not be resolved,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Ben Frederickson.
Shildt was a rare skipper who had no playing experience at any professional level. The 53-year-old managed the club starting midway through the 2018 season, leading the Cardinals to three straight playoff appearances and boasting a 252-199 record.
Report: Yankees’ Cole, Gardner had altercation after clubhouse prank
New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole wasn’t pleased with a prank teammate Brett Gardner pulled earlier this season, causing the pair to get into an altercation.
Cole got in Gardner’s face after the veteran outfielder paraded around the Yankees’ locker room with pine tar on his hat, a source told NJ.com’s Bob Klapisch.
Gardner was apparently trying to get a laugh out of Cole after MLB prohibited the use of sticky substances in June. The Yankees pitcher had been accused of using substances to aid his pitching before and after the ban.
It took a full day for Cole to calm down and apologize, but the matter was dropped, according to Klapisch’s sources.
Along with the incident involving Cole and Gardner, Klapisch also reported on outfielder Joey Gallo’s pregame dressing routine.
Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. joins Mariners ownership group
SEATTLE (AP) Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is investing in the Seattle Mariners in a way he never has before.
He’ll be part of the ownership group going forward.
The Mariners announced Monday that their most famous former player has also become the first one to purchase a stake in the ballclub. The purchase had been years in the making.
“It was just a conversation and it just kept snowballing, and then finally I was able to do what I need to do,” Griffey said. “So it wasn’t like I woke up and said, `You know what, I think I want to do this now.’ Basic conversation. What’s next and I was able to pull the trigger this year. I had to wait my turn like everybody else.”
Mariners Chairman John Stanton said Griffey purchased shares from another minority owner who still retains a stake in the club.
While Griffey had to wait, the idea of being part of an ownership group stuck with him once his playing career ended in 2010. Griffey and his family became part of the Seattle Sounders ownership group a year ago and he said he had conversations with friends like Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter about further investment.
“I’ve known Michael for 30 years and you look at certain things that he’s created for everybody else, it’s almost like you look and say there’s the blueprint,” Griffey said. “You may not be able to match that, but you can look at it and have an idea of what he’s done over the years and how he’s grown an empire.”
Griffey was the No. 1 overall pick in the amateur draft by the Mariners in 1987. Less than two years later, he made his major league debut and quickly grew into one of the best players of his generation with that familiar “S” on his hat – whether it was turned forward or backward.
Griffey spent his first 11 seasons with the Mariners, helping them to a pair of AL West titles and was the 1997 AL MVP. He engineered a trade to Cincinnati following the 1999 season but made his way back to Seattle for the conclusion of his career in 2009 and part of the 2010 season before retiring at age 40.
The return to Seattle rekindled his relationship with the franchise. He’s become an ambassador for the team with an official title of special consultant to the franchise. He was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2013 and into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Griffey was also named a senior adviser to Commissioner Rob Manfred earlier this year.
“The strength of any partnership is based on the breadth of perspectives of the partners,” Stanton said. “All of our partners are passionate fans. But Ken brings a unique perspective to this partnership because he’s played the game at a Hall of Fame level, and he’s remained involved in the game.”
Griffey said he’s hoping to bring the player perspective into some of the conversations that may take place among the owners.
“It just gives a different viewpoint that maybe they haven’t thought of,” Griffey said. “But you do have some smart people in the room and you got some people who care.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed more of the unsettled lawsuits filed by men who say Ohio State University failed to stop sexual abuse decades ago by now-deceased team doctor Richard Strauss.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson’s latest rulings weren’t much of a surprise, given how he’d previously dismissed similar cases for the same reasons. Watson has said it’s clear Strauss abused hundreds of young men while Ohio State officials turned a blind eye, but he ruled the legal window for such claims has passed.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carl Madsen, who worked as an NFL on-field umpire and then as a replay official, died Sunday. He was 71.
The league confirmed Monday that Madsen, who had worked the Kansas City-Tennessee game, died on his way home.
Madsen, 71, was driving home to Weldon Spring, Missouri, when he had an apparent medical issue. Police were first called at 4:46 p.m. CT about an SUV stalled in a lane on Interstate 65 North with the driver unconscious.
Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said Monday that officers broke open a window, removed Madsen from the vehicle and performed chest compressions until the fire department arrived. Madsen was taken to St. Thomas Midtown Hospital where he died.
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PACERS BASKETBALL: Game Rewind: Pacers 109, Bucks 119
The Pacers showed some resilience on Monday night against a team that has had their number lately. Indiana rallied from an 18-point deficit against Milwaukee to climb within five midway through the fourth quarter.
But in the end, the defending champions withstood the test, as the Bucks (3-1) held on for a 119-109 win over the Pacers (1-3) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Milwaukee has won five straight and 10 of the last 12 meetings with Indiana.
Malcolm Brogdon scored a team-high 25 points and dished out seven assists in the loss. Domantas Sabonis added 21 points, 13 boards, and five assists, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bucks’ stars.
Giannis Antetokounmpo came up one assist shy of a triple-double, tallying a game-high 30 points, 10 boards, and nine assists while going 10-for-18 from the field and 10-for-13 from the free throw line. Khris Middleton added 27 points, five rebounds, and seven assists for the Bucks in the victory.
“We’ve just got to defend better,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “We’ve got to put ourselves in a position to make it crowded (in the paint). They’ve got an all-time great player with a bunch of 3-point snipers around him and we didn’t do a good job of showing a crowd and getting to the 3-point shooters. But he’s a unique player and he causes unique problems.”
As expected, Antetokounmpo carried the load for the Bucks early. The reigning Finals MVP attacked the rim in the opening minutes, scoring eight of Milwaukee’s first 12 points and drawing two quick fouls on Pacers center Myles Turner.
Once Antetokounmpo subbed out for the first time, however, the Blue & Gold mounted a charge. Brogdon, Oshae Brissett, and Jeremy Lamb all hit 3-pointers over an 11-4 Indiana run to take a 23-18 lead.
But Sabonis picked up his second foul at the 4:06 mark. With both of the Pacers’ starting bigs on the bench, third-year center Goga Bitadze saw his first action of the season. The 6-11 Georgian scored seven quick points and pulled down four rebounds in his first action of the season to help keep the Pacers afloat.
The two teams were tied at 30 entering the closing seconds, but Bitadze fouled Middleton on a corner three attempt. Middleton hit the shot and the subsequent free throw to complete the four-point play and give Milwaukee a 34-30 advantage entering the second quarter.
The Bucks built on that lead in the ensuing frame, pushing the margin as high as 11 before rookie guard Chris Duarte finally gave the home crowd some life.
Duarte hit a 3-pointer at 4:25. Grayson Allen knocked down a trey of his own on the other end, but Duarte came right back down, crossed up Antetokounmpo, and drilled a step-back jumper. Indiana then strung together some stops, as a Sabonis dunk, Brodgon jumper, and spinning Sabonis layup trimmed the deficit to 60-57 and forced a Bucks timeout with 2:19 left in the half.
But Milwaukee regrouped out of the timeout, scoring the final six points before halftime to push the lead back to nine.
The Bucks didn’t left off the gas in the third quarter, either. The visitors used an 11-2 run to extend the margin to 18 with 4:43 remaining in the half.
The Blue & Gold made one charge, as Justin Holiday, T.J. McConnell, and Lamb all hit threes during an 11-4 subsequent Pacers run. But the hosts couldn’t get within single digits the rest of the frame, as Milwaukee took a 101-86 lead into the fourth quarter.
Indiana once again came to life in the fourth quarter. Five straight points from Duarte helped spur a 9-0 Indiana run and made it a 105-97 game with just over seven minutes remaining. Holiday’s 3-pointer at 6:21 cut the deficit to five.
But the Bucks answered with five straight points — including a three from Pat Connaughton that bounced off the rim and in — to push the lead back to 10 with 4:54 remaining and the Pacers never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
“We are doing a lot of great things in every game,” Sabonis said after the loss. “We’ve just got to build on it. We’ve just got to be consistent throughout the whole game.
“Today I just feel like we didn’t bring the extra energy we needed. The defending champs are in here, there shouldn’t be no excuses for any kind of motivation.”
Duarte finished with 18 points and five rebounds in the loss, while Holiday added 12 points and three steals, going 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. Lamb chipped in 11 points off the bench.
Allen had 19 points for Milwaukee, going 4-for-9 from 3-point range, while Connaughton added 13 points and seven boards.
The Pacers will hit the road for their next two games, heading to Toronto on Wednesday and Brooklyn on Friday before returning to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to tip off a three-game homestand on Saturday against the Raptors.
Inside the Numbers
Duarte reached double figures for the fourth straight game to start his career. He has scored 15 or more points in every game this season.
Sabonis tallied his third double-double in four games to start the season.
Lamb reached double figures for the second straight game. After tallying just three points in the season opener in Charlotte, he’s averaged 10.7 points over the past three contests.
The Bucks outscored Indiana 24-6 in fastbreak points and 22-6 in points off turnovers.
Milwaukee got to the free throw line 14 more times and scored 11 more points at the charity stripe. The Bucks went 26-for-31, while the Pacers were 15-for-17 from the foul line.
You Can Quote Me On That
“You’ve got to always try to play from in front against better teams. We were able to do it against Miami (on Saturday) because we were able to get traction defensively and we were doing some good things on offense. But tonight, (there was) just not enough defensive consistency.” -Carlisle
“We weren’t as physical and as locked in to what we’re supposed to do…It’s the beginning of the season. We’re still trying to figure this out as a unit. We’ve shown that we can be a good defensive team and I think we will be.” -Holiday
“Good teams, teams that finish the season well, they stick through it. They understand that it’s a journey. It’s not a moment. It’s not one game, it’s not two games. You’ve got to see the big picture.” -Brogdon
“He’s a big part of their team and one of the main focuses. I feel like guarding him is a team effort. Everybody has to load, everybody has to have each other’s back. For the first three quarters, we just didn’t have that edge that we had against Miami or that we’re trying to build.” -Sabonis on matching up with Antetokounmpo
“Chris is a natural scorer. He’s going to be a high, high-level scorer in the NBA because he does that, he does it easily. But shots don’t fall every night, even for the Kobe Bryants of the world. You’ve got to figure out a way to still get your teammates involved and still be effective on the floor. That’s going to be his next step.” -Brogdon on his advice to Duarte
Stat of the Night
The Bucks outscored Indiana 58-34 in points in the paint en route to the win.
- Carlisle picked up a technical for arguing with the referees with 28 seconds left in the first quarter. Bitadze and Bucks guard George Hill were both assessed technicals after confronting each during a loose ball scrum with 5:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.
- The Pacers have now dropped their last two games against the Bucks at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. They have also lost six straight in Milwaukee.
- Among those in attendance at Monday’s game were Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox, 14-time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest champion Joey Chestnut, and San Diego Padres pitcher James Norwood.
The Pacers head to Toronto for the start of a two-game road trip. The Pacers and Raptors will tip off on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 PM ET.
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Jackson-Davis Selected to Preseason AP All-American Team
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has been named to the Associated Press preseason All-American team, the publication announced on Monday afternoon.
Jackson-Davis, the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten, has also been named first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by noted analyst Dick Vitale and ESPN.com, Preseason First Team All-American by Athlon’s and Second Team by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. The Center Grove standout was also selected to the Karl Malone Watch List.
He started all 27 games last season and was the only high major player to average at least 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds during last season. He was fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.1), second in rebounding (9.0), fifth in field goal percentage (51.7%) and blocked shots (1.4) and was third in minutes played (34.2). In league games only, he finished third in scoring (18.4), second in rebounding (9.2), fourth in field goal percentage (50.6%) and blocked shots (1.4) and third in minutes played (34.2). He is the first returning first, second, or third team All- American for the Hoosiers since Calbert Cheaney in 1993.
TJD is the first Hoosier to be named to the preseason AP All-American team since Cody Zeller was selected in 2012. Zeller would go onto be selected fourth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. The nine-year NBA veteran is now a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
2021 AP Preseason All-America Team
C – Kofi Cockburn, Jr., Illinois
F – Drew Timme*, Jr., Gonzaga
F – Trayce Jackson-Davis, So., Indiana
G – Johnny Juzang, Jr., UCLA
G – Collin Gillespie, Sr., Villanova
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Ali Patberg Named To 2022 Nancy Lieberman Award Preseason Watch List
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Graduate student guard Ali Patberg has been named to the 2022 Nancy Lieberman Award preseason watch list for the third-consecutive season on Monday afternoon, announced by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Patberg is a two-time Lieberman Award Top 10 finalist (2020 & 2021) and returns for her seventh and final season of college eligibility. Last season, the Columbus, Ind. native led the Hoosiers to a NCAA Elite Eight appearance where she averaged 14.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and held a +2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio. She was named an All-Big Ten second team honoree last season in addition to appearing on the Jersey Mikes Naismith Trophy top 50, Wade Trophy watchlist and Wooden Award watch list in 2021-22.
Now in its 23rd year, the award recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates. To be considered for this prestigious award, candidates exhibit the floor leadership, playmaking and ball-handling skills of Class of 1996 Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lieberman.
College basketball fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. In late January, the watch list of 20 players for the 2022 Nancy Liberman Point Guard of the Year Award will be narrowed to 10 and then in late February to just five. In March the five finalists will be presented to Ms. Lieberman and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee where a winner will be selected.
The winner of the 2022 Nancy Lieberman Award will be presented on a to be determined date, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award, the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, in addition to the Men’s Starting Five.
For more information on the 2022 Nancy Lieberman Award and the latest updates, log onto www.hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall and #LiebermanAward on Twitter and Instagram. Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, October 29.
2022 Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award Candidates*
|Hailey Van Lith||Louisville|
|Myah Taylor||Mississippi St.|
|Anastasia Hayes||Mississippi St.|
|Raina Perez||NC State|
|Diamond Johnson||NC State|
|Te-Hina Pao Pao||Oregon|
|Lauren Park-Lane||Seton Hall|
|Destanni Henderson||South Carolina|
*Players can play their way onto and off the list at any point in the 2021-22 season
BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Melody Davidson Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Graduate MB Melody Davidson was recognized as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week by the conference office Monday. This is her first Defensive Player of the Week honor of the year and second of her career following one on Oct. 8, 2019.
Davidson posted 19 blocks over the weekend (five solo, 14 assist), including a season-best 11 at St. John’s on Sunday afternoon. The defensive effort helped the Bulldogs post their first undefeated weekend of the year with wins over Seton Hall and St. John’s.
The 11 blocks set a new high for any BIG EAST player this season. Davidson now has three matches with at least eight blocks on the season after also posting eight against Nevada on Sept. 10.
Davidson’s 2.71 blocks/set led the conference for last week’s matches, while she also added 19 kills on a .356 hitting percentage over the weekend.
Butler returns to the court Friday night at Xavier before hosting UConn Sunday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Breitkreuz Earns BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Honor
Butler’s Quint Breitkreuz has been selected as the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Freshman of the Week for his performances against Marquette and DePaul.
Breitkreuz came up big for the Bulldogs in an unbeaten (1-0-1) week. The rookie midfielder had a goal and assist in Butler’s 2-1 home win over Marquette on Wednesday, assisting on Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.’s opening goal in the sixth minute before providing the 102nd-minute golden goal to clinch the win. Breitkreuz registered two shots in each contest last week, including two in a draw at DePaul on Saturday.
For Breitkreuz, the weekly honor is his first.
Senior goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji earned a spot on the five-member BIG EAST weekly honor roll after a 1-0-1 week in which he produced the top GAA (0.43) among his conference peers. In a pair of overtime contests (211+ minutes), he surrendered just one goal and notched a .889 save percentage.
The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday, hosting Seton Hall.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Ball State-Akron slated for 7 p.m. ET start on national television
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State-Akron football game, set for Nov. 2, will kick off at 7 p.m. ET at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio.
The game will air on CBS Sports Network as well as 104.1 WLBC, online at BallStateSports.com and on the Varsity Network app.
Tickets are available online or by calling the Akron ticket office at 888-89A-KRON.
The Zips lead the all-time series, 12-11-1, but the Cardinals have won five of the last seven, dating back to 2005. Akron holds a current two-game winning streak in the series after earning victories in 2016 and 2017.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #11 IRISH SET FOR BATTLE WITH NORTH CAROLINA
IRISH VS. TAR HEELS – BY THE NUMBERS
3 The Irish have wins over teams from three of the Power-5 leagues after the win over Southern Cal.
8.0 Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for third in the NCAA with 8.0 sacks on the season. It is the most sacks since Jerry Tillery and Julian Okwara had 8.0 during the 2018 season.
8 Eight different Irish players have recorded an interception this season after Bo Bauer tallied his first pick of the season against Southern Cal. It marks the most players with an interception since the Irish had nine players during the 2014 season.
9 The Irish have won nine-straight night games at home after the win over Southern Cal.
11 Notre Dame is currently tied for fifth nationally with 11 interceptions. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the season.
16 The Irish have totaled 16 takeaways this season, which ranks tied for eighth nationally.
22 22 of tight end Michael Mayer’s team-leading 37 receptions this season have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
23 Notre Dame is 23rd nationally for third down defense as it has held opponents to 35-for-104 (34%) on third down this season.
32 Notre Dame has won 32-straight games when allowing less than 20 points dating back to 2016.
37 With the win over Southern Cal, the Irish have won 37-consecutive games against unranked opponents dating back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active streak in the FBS.
38 Notre Dame has won 38-straight games when it has scored 30 or more points after the 31-16 win over Southern Cal. The Irish are 71-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score 30 or more points.
55 Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 55 career games, which continues to set the all-time program record. Following the Purdue game, he surpassed Daelin Hayes, Drue Tranquill, Romeo Okwara and Matthias Farley who held the previous record of 52 career games.
777 Combined career games coached by Brian Kelly and Mack Brown. They are the most experienced active head coaches in the FBS.
IRISH CONQUER TROJANS
- Notre Dame retained the Jeweled Shillelagh Trophy with its fourth-straight win against the Trojans after the 31-16 win on Oct. 23.
- The four-straight wins over Southern Cal is the longest-win streak for the Irish against the Trojans since 1983-93 when they won 11-straight games.
- With the win, the Irish continue to hold all five of their traveling rivalry trophies, a feat they have held since the 2018 season.
- Head coach Brian Kelly improved to 8-3 all-time against Southern Cal. He tied Frank Leahy for the second-most wins all-time against the Trojans.
- With the win, Notre Dame extended its winning streak to 37 over unranked opponents, a mark that is the longest active streak in the FBS.
- The Irish scored 31 points in the win, their 38th-straight win when they have scored 30 points or more. Notre Dame is 71-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score 30 points or more.
- Notre Dame also extended its win-streak to 32 games when allowing fewer than 20 points.
- The 16 points marked the fewest points Southern Cal has scored in a game since Sept. 28, 2019, when they were limited to 14 points against Washington.
- It was the ninth-straight home night win for the Irish, a streak that dates back to the 2017 season.
- Notre Dame had five drives of 70 yards or more in the win. The last time they had five 70-yard drives or more in a game was Oct. 10, 2020, in a win over Florida State
- The Irish improved to 10-2 all-time under Kelly coming off the bye week.
- Isaiah Foskey has been the most consistent member of the Irish defensive line this season as he leads the team in sacks and tackles-for-loss.
- He has 8.0 sacks on the year, a number that ranks third in the country.
- His 8.0 sacks are the most by an Irish player since Julian Okwara and Jerry Tillery had 8.0 during the 2018 season.
- Foskey also ranks in the top-five in the country in forced fumbles and fumbles recovered. He is tied for fourth with two fumble recoveries and tied for fifth with three forced fumbles.
- He has contributed on a team-high five turnovers this season (three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries).
- In the win over Southern Cal, Foskey set a career-high with two forced fumbles and tied a career high with 2.0 sacks.
- Foskey forced his first-career fumble against Cincinnati after recording his first-career fumble recovery in the win over Wisconsin.
- Foskey began the season with a career-high eight tackles, 2.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks in the road win over Florida State.
CAN’T CONTAIN KYREN
- Running back Kyren Williams broke out with season-best numbers across the board in the win over Southern Cal.
- He had a season-best 138 yards on the ground, which was the most by an Irish player this season.
- It was the most rushing yards in a game for Williams since he had 140 in a home win over Clemson last season.
- Williams finished the game with two rushing touchdowns for the first time this season and the sixth time in his career.
- His 180 all-purpose yards (138 rushing, 42 receiving) against the Trojans was also a season-high by an Irish player this year. It was his most all-purpose yards in a game since he had 196 in a home win over Florida State last season.
- The 180 all-purpose yards were the 10th most in the FBS during week 8 and he was just one of three players in the top-10 this week who faced a power 5 opponent.
- Williams leads the team with 805 all-purpose yards and 508 rushing yards and he is second on team in receptions with 25.
BE LIKE MIKE
- Tight end Michael Mayer is one of the best tight ends in the country, as he ranks in the top-five among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards per game.
- Mayer ranks third in receptions with 37 and fifth in receiving yards per game with 69.0.
- For the season, 22 of his 37 receptions have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
- He notched five receptions for 54 yards in the home win over Southern Cal. He has had at least five receptions in five of his six games this season.
- The performance against Southern Cal moved him into 10th all-time in program history for most receptions by a tight end in a single season (37).
- He led the Irish against Cincinnati with eight receptions and 93 yards on the afternoon.
- Mayer has led the team in receptions four times this season and it was the fourth time this year he has hauled in seven or more passes.
- Mayer had seven catches for 61 yards in the win over Wisconsin at Soldier Field.
- In the win over Toledo, Mayer finished the game with team-high marks in receptions with seven, yards with 81 and touchdowns with two.
- It was the first time in Mayer’s career that he tallied a multi-touchdown game.
- Dating back to last season, Mayer collected seven or more receptions in three-straight games (Alabama, Florida State and Toledo). The last Irish receiver to have three-consecutive games with seven or more receptions was Michael Floyd in 2011 (Maryland – 8; Boston College – 10 and Stanford – 8).
- Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Notre Dame has totaled 16 takeaways this season. The 16 takeaways are tied for eighth nationally.
- Of those 16 takeaways, the Irish have recorded 11 interceptions from eight different players.
- The eight players with an interception is the most since 2014 when they had nine different players for the whole season.
- The 11 interceptions is currently tied for fifth in the NCAA. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the entire season.
- The Irish are also stout defensively on third down, as they are 23rd in the country with a 33 percent (35-104) conversion rate.
- Kyle Hamilton leads the team with three interceptions, a mark that is tied for seventh nationally.
- Hamilton and Cam Hart both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman).
- The Irish have 19 sacks this season and rank 31st in the country with 2.71 sacks per game. Eight different players have a sack so far this season.
- The depth of the defense has been on full display as 14 different players have recorded a tackle for loss this season.
- The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for ninth nationally.
- The Irish entered the 2021 season with the same kicker and punter for the third straight season with the return of kicker Jonathan Doerer and punter Jay Bramblett.
- Doerer is currently tied for 36th nationally in field goals per game with 1.29.
- Bramblett has played in every game (32) for the Irish since he came to campus prior to the 2019 season.
- He sits eighth all-time in Notre Dame history with 142 punts in his career.
- He is ranked fourth all-time in Notre Dame history with a 41.9 career punting average.
- Bramblett launched a career-long 72-yard punt in the win over Wisconsin this season. It was the longest punt by an Irish player since Hunter Smith had a 79-yard punt against Arizona State in 1998.
- Linebacker JD Bertrand continues his streak of leading the Irish in tackles with a team-high seven in the win over Southern Cal.
- He has led or tied for the lead in tackles in each of the seven games this season for the Irish.
- Bertrand has 41 solo tackles on the season and is tied for ninth in the nation with 5.9 solo tackles per game.
- He has 65 tackles on the year and his 9.3 tackles per game ranks 20th in the country.
- He has totaled double digit tackles in four of the seven games this season after having 10 in the win over Virginia Tech.
- Bertrand tied a career high with 12 tackles in the win over Purdue after he tallied 11 against Toledo and also had 12 in the season-opener against Florida State.
- The sophomore from Marietta, Georgia was the first Irish player to begin a season with three-straight double-digit tackles games since Courtney Watson back in 2001.
- He is also the first Irish player to have three-consecutive games with double-digit tackles since Alohi Gilman in 2018-19. Gilman had 10 tackles against Southern Cal and then 18 against Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal in 2018 and followed it up with 10 tackles in the 2019 season opener against Louisville.
- In the win over Toledo, Bertrand set a career high in sacks (1.0) and recovered his first career fumble to seal the game late in the fourth quarter.
- Bertrand got his first career start in the opener against Florida State and his 12 tackles were the most by an Irish linebacker since Te’von Coney had 16 on Dec. 28, 2018 against Clemson.
AMONG THE NATIONS BEST
- Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 39-6 (.867). That rate ranks fifth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014.
- Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just five teams that have totaled six or fewer losses since the beginning of 2018.
- The Irish are one of five teams who have made playoff appearances in multiple seasons.
IRISH IN THE POLLS
- The Irish checked in this week at No. 11 in the AP and Coaches poll.
- Notre Dame has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 71-consecutive weeks, the longest such streak for the Irish since the 1994 season (124 weeks).
- The 71-week run currently ranks third among all FBS active streaks, which do not include teams who were not listed in the initial AP polls at the beginning of the 2020 season (Big Ten and Pac-12).
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Maddie Alexander Named MVC Defensive Player of the Week
ST. LOUIS– Sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Alexander was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday.
This is the fourth straight week that a Sycamore player has earned a weekly conference award.
Alexander made a career-high 10 saves in Friday’s 1-1 tie against Illinois State. She made three saves in the second overtime period to keep the match tied and help the Sycamores earn a crucial conference point.
It was the first double-digit save performance for Indiana State since 2014 when Brittany San Roman recorded 15 in a 1-1 tie against Belmont.
An All-MVC Honorable Mention selection in the spring, Alexander now has 71 saves on the season which ranks third in the conference. She ranks seventh all time in Indiana State history with 118 career saves.
Alexander and the Sycamores will finish their regular season on Thursday with a road match against Southern Illinois. First touch is set for 5 p.m. ET at the Lew Hartzog Complex.
EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: Cardona wins third consecutive MVC freshman award
ST. LOUIS – For the third time in as many weeks, University of Evansville’s Giulia Cardona has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week.
While the University of Evansville played just one match this week, Cardona continued to rack up some of the top numbers in the nation, accumulating a mind boggling 24.0 points in a 3-set win over Indiana State on Saturday. In the win over the Sycamores, Cardona recorded 17 kills, 7 service aces and 4 digs. Cardona’s 17 kills came in 32 attempts with her hitting .375 in the contest.
Her 7 aces was a career-high and marked the most in a match for Evansville since 2006. She was the first MVC player to have 7 aces in a match since 2019 (Carly Nicholson – Illinois State – vs. Little Rock – 9/6/19) and the first to do so versus an MVC opponent since 2009 (Chelsea Lauersdorf – Drake – vs. Indiana State – 10/23/09). Even more impressive – she was the first in the Valley to have 7 aces against a league foe in three sets since Nov. 3, 2007 (Jennifer Berwanger – SIU – at Drake). Cardona is 16th in the NCAA in aces and second among freshmen.
Cardona becomes the first to win three freshman awards in a row since Illinois State’s Stef Jankiewicz did so in 2017.
A huge 3-match home stretch is up next for Evansville starting on Friday with a 6 p.m. contest against Valparaiso. UE welcomes MVC leader Loyola on Saturday at 4 p.m. before hosting Southern Illinois at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 1.
VALPO VOLLEYBALL: James Claims MVC Player of the Week Honor
Valpo sophomore forward Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season after scoring both of the Beacons’ goals in their 2-1 win over Evansville on Saturday night.
The MVC’s leading goal scorer, James opened the scoring on Saturday by taking advantage of an unusual opportunity in the 17th minute. 35 yards upfield, Evansville goalkeeper Michaela Till hit a low line drive which hit a turning James, just over 15 yards away. James took a pair of touches and unleashed a strike with her right foot from 50 yards which carried over the head of Till and bounced home into the open net.
James completed her brace in the 26th minute, making a nice run into the box in perfect position for a cross from Peyton Flynn. James got up and got her head on the ball, nodding it inside the far post for the eventual match-winning goal.
It was the second brace of James’ season, paired with a two-goal performance earlier this year at Duquesne. She now owns nine goals and 21 points this season, both of which lead all MVC players and both of which are tied for seventh-best in a single season in program history.
This marks the fifth weekly honor of James’ career from the MVC office, as she was Player of the Week once earlier this season and a three-time Freshman of the Week last season. The weekly award is the ninth earned by a Valpo player this season.
VALPO VOLLEYBALL: McCarthy Named MVC Defensive Player of the Week
Following a weekend of action during which she made her mark on the Valpo volleyball record book in multiple ways, fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.
McCarthy opened the weekend by tying her season high with eight blocks in Valpo’s sweep of Missouri State. Her sixth block of the match was the 400th of her career, while eight blocks in a three-set match is tied for third-most in a sweep in the 25-point era.
McCarthy followed on Saturday with three more rejections as Valpo swept Southern Illinois, in the process moving past Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer Lauren Moulton for fifth place in program history in career blocks. McCarthy also stood out offensively in the sweep of the Salukis, tallying a match-best 10 kills on .421 hitting.
On the weekend, McCarthy averaged 1.83 blocks/set in the pair of wins by the Beacons. Her 0.94 blocks/set paces all Valpo players and is good for ninth in the Valley. This honor was the third weekly award of McCarthy’s career and her second this season — she is the only MVC player this year to earn both a Player of the Week and a Defensive Player of the Week award.
INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Clinton Garners GLVC Football Weekly Honor
INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis running back Toriano Clinton has been selected as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Offeensive Player of the Week in football, it was announced by the league office Monday. His record-breaking performance last Saturday cemented his third such honor this season.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Toriano Clinton, RB
Major: Sport Management
Team Results: 70-21 W at Quincy (10/23)
- Rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns, breaking UIndy single-season rushing record with 1,512 yards
- Averaged 9.8 yards per carry with a long of 66 while adding one catch for 10 yards
- Notched third consecutive 200-yard game and fifth game of at least 197 yards
- Leads Division II in rushing yards on the season
- Earns fourth career Offensive Player of the Week (10/25/21, 9/13/21, 9/16/19, 10/22/18)
- Last Greyhounds Offensive Player of the Week: Toriano Clinton (9/13/21)
MARIAN FOOTBALL: JOHNNY WILLIAM AND SIR’ZION DANCE NAMED MSFA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS – After helping Marian hand No. 5 Concordia their first loss of the season, both Johnny Williamand Sir’Zion Dance have been named MSFA Mideast League Players of the Week, as announced by the association on Monday afternoon. For William this marks his second Offensive Player of the Week award this season and sixth in his career, while Dance earned his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor. Marian has now picked up a player of the week award following seven of their eight games.
William led Marian in receiving yards and recorded his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season Saturday, ending the Concordia game with six receptions for 148 yards. William scored two touchdowns averaging 24.7 yards per catch, hauling scores of 29 and 48 yards.
Dance was all over the field for the Marian defense, totaling 10 tackles while causing three turnovers. Dance made one interception and forced a fumble, while deflecting a pass that led to a Jake Parisinterception. Two of Dance’s 10 tackles were for loss, and the junior linebacker also made two pass breakups.
Marian is idle in the coming week, and will go on the road for the final time in the regular season on November 6 traveling to Siena Heights.
HCAC SPORTS NOTEBOOKS
HCAC 2021 Football Notebook, Week 8
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Andrew Dion (San Diego, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Quarterback | Senior – Dion completed 15-of-21 passes for 292-yards and six touchdowns despite playing just one drive into the third quarter in a 57-14 win over Manchester. Dion also set new Rose-Hulman career school records for passing yards (8,568) and passing touchdowns (84) in the performance.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Maurice Brewer (Cordova, Tenn.) Defiance College | Defensive End | Senior – Brewer was a big part of the Yellow Jacket defense on Saturday. His outstanding play helped the defense to only give up 13 points in 14-13 win against Mount St. Joseph. He notched eight total tackles for Defiance with 3.5 tackles-for-loss for 20-yards. He also earned two sacks for 15-yards to help lead the defense.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Carmelo Gurley (Birmingham, Ala.) Manchester University | Returner | First-Year – Gurley returned a kickoff 85-yards for a touchdown against Rose-Hulman on Saturday. Totaled three returns for 128-yards, averaging 42.7 yards per return.
- Ted Lamson (Odon, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Back | Sophomore – Lamson blocked a 25-yard field-goal attempt against Franklin.
- Gashawn Moody (Philadelphia, Pa.) Defiance College | Running Back | Sophomore – Moody led the Yellow Jacket offense with 95 rushing yards on 14 carries and scored one touchdown on the ground in his first career start at running back. His touchdown in the third quarter ended up as the game-winner as Defiance defeated MSJ, 14-13 on Saturday.
- Cora Garrett (Lizton, Ind.) Franklin College | Running Back | First-Year – Garrett carried the ball 17 times for 109-yards and caught three passes for 73-yards with a touchdown in Franklin’s 17-0 win over Anderson on Saturday. He recorded his second career 100-yard game on the ground and set a career-long with a 63-yard scoring reception from Kai Ross in the second quarter to put Franklin in front for good.
- Aaron Black (Greensburg, Ind.) Franklin College | Linebacker | Junior – Black led the Grizzlies with 10 tackles while adding 1.5 tackles for loss and a pair of pass break-ups in Franklin’s 17-0 win over Anderson, their first shutout since the 2019 season.
- Dylan Boswell (Butlerville, Ind.) Franklin College | Punter | Junior – Bowell averaged 43.6 yards per punt over five attempts, dropping two kicks inside the opposing 20-yard line in last Saturday’s win over Anderson.
- Walt Ballinger (Beech Grove, Ind.) Hanover College | Running Back | Senior – Ballinger paced the Panther attack as they defeated Bluffton 41-10. The senior logged a game-high 146-yards rushing with a touchdown. His longest run of the afternoon came in at 80-yards, averaging 20.9 yards per carry. He also added a receiving TD with a combined 45-yards on three receptions.
- Jayleem Santos (Warner Robins, Ga.) Hanover College | Defensive Back | First-Year – Santos paced a Panther defense that held Bluffton to just 264 total yards of offense. The first-year tallied four total tackles, including three solo stops. He added 1.5 tackles for loss as well as a half sack.
- Tyler Smith (Spring, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Line | Junior – Smith returned an interception for a touchdown and also had five tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss in Rose-Hulman’s 57-14 win over Manchester. Smith returned a second half interception 22-yards for a touchdown for his first career score as part of the win.
HCAC 2021 Men’s Soccer Notebook, Week 8
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Mitchell Crispin (Cleveland, Tenn.) Transylvania University | Forward | Junior – Crispin was key for the Pioneers in their 2-0 week against Earlham and Manchester. Crispin netted two goals for the week, one in each match (a 3-1 win against Earlham and a 2-1 road win at Manchester) and was constantly causing issues for the defense. The forward also created many chances and fired eight shots with five of them being on goal.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Ian Rowe (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Rowe played a massive role in helping Franklin earn their first HCAC tournament berth since 2014, allowing zero goals and earning the decision in wins over Bluffton and Defiance. He entered Wednesday’s game with Bluffton with Franklin down by a pair of goals, stopping eight shots over nearly 55 minutes of action while the Grizzly offense pulled off a stunning 3-2 comeback win. He earned the start against Defiance on Saturday afternoon and stopped all five shots on target for his first solo clean sheet in a 2-0 Franklin win.
- Danny Moro-Medina (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Moro-Medina saved eight of the 11 shots he faced for a .727 save percentage as the Ravens went 1-1 last week. He posted a one-save shutout during Wednesday’s win against Manchester. Moro-Medina then saved seven of the 10 shots he faced against Hanover.
- Dalton Taynor (Troy, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Senior – Taynor continued his offensive fireworks with two goals for the week, one each in Bluffton’s losses to Franklin and Rose-Hulman. His 12 goals are second in the HCAC despite sitting out four matches. He leads the conference with 1.2 goals per contest.
- Samuel Thomas (Evansville, Ind.) Franklin College | Forward | Senior – Thomas netted the first points of his career last week in helping Franklin claim wins over Bluffton and Defiance to earn their first conference tournament bid since 2014. In Wednesday’s matchup with Bluffton, he scored the first goal of his career in the 76th minute to put Franklin ahead for good in a 3-2 comeback victory. He assisted on the game-winner late in the first half against Defiance on Saturday afternoon.
- Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Hughes helped guide the Blue and Red to a 1-1 week as they defeated Anderson 3-0. The senior tallied four total shots with three landing on frame. He also added one goal, which came on a PK. Hughes finished the week averaging 2.0 shots per game.
- Keegan Marx (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Defense | Junior – Marx continues to be a key part of the Panther defense as they posted a 1-1 overall week. The junior helped hold their opponents to just a combined nine shots, including just two on frame for Rose-Hulman. He also added one shot in the team’s convincing 3-0 victory over Anderson.
- Jacob Dirienzo (Frankfort, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Midfield | Sophomore – Dirienzo scored the most important goal of the HCAC season – the lone goal in Rose-Hulman’s 1-0 win over Hanover on Wednesday. With the victory and this weekend’s results, Rose-Hulman has clinched the No. 1 seed for the upcoming HCAC Tournament as a result of the win at Hanover.
- Evan Hofer (St. Louis, Mo.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Hofer finished 2-0 with a 0.50 goals against average in two wins last week. Hofer recorded a shutout with two saves in a 1-0 win at Hanover and played the complete game in a 5-1 victory over Bluffton.
- Cade Terry (Frankfort, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | First-Year – Terry shined for the Pioneers in their 2-0 week against Earlham and Manchester. Terry collected five saves in the two matches while only surrendering two goals. The first-year earned his first career wins in goal for the Pioneers with Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Earlham and Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Manchester. Terry did not allow a score by Manchester in the final 68 minutes of play on Saturday to help the Pioneers notch the one-goal victory.
HCAC 2021 Women’s Soccer Notebook, Week 8
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Lilly Haines (Lebanon, Ind.) Franklin College | Midfield | Junior – Haines netted three goals over two wins against Bluffton and Defiance last week, scoring the game-winner in each contest. She potted the opening goal just 36 seconds into Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Bluffton…scored a pair of first half goals on Saturday afternoon in a 5-0 win over Defiance.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Morgan Patton (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Senior – Patton was stellar in an unbeaten week for the Pioneers in matches at Earlham (a scoreless tie) and Manchester (a 3-0 road win). Patton earned two clean sheets last week with a nine-save performance to preserve the double-overtime draw at Earlham. Patton collected three more saves at Manchester in a 3-0 victory to bring her weekly total to 12.
- Taylor Fort (Pendleton, Ind.) Anderson University | Midfield | Junior – Fort scored two goals as the Ravens went 1-1 last week. She provided a goal, seven shots and two shots on goal during Wednesday’s win against Manchester. Fort also netted a goal from at least 30 yards against Hanover on Saturday. She finished the week with eight shots and three shots on goal.
- Emmalee Paarlberg (Franklin, Ohio) Anderson University | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Paarlberg saved 12 of the 16 shots she faced for a .750 save percentage as the Ravens went 1-1 last week. She saved both of the shots she faced in 79 minutes in goal during Wednesday’s win against Manchester. Paarlberg then saved 10 of the 14 shots she faced against Hanover.
- Becca Hancock (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) Earlham College | Goalkeeper | Junior – Hancock allowed just two goals while making 23 saves this week in goal for the Quakers. She made nine stops in a 0-0 draw with Transylvania on Wednesday that went through 110 minutes of play. Hancock then collected 14 saves in a 2-0 loss to Mount St. Joseph on Saturday. In her 200 minutes of action, she tallied a save percentage of .92 and a goals against average of .9.
- Madison Short (Avon, Ind.) Franklin College | Defense | Senior – Short played all 180 minutes at center back, playing a vital role in helping the Grizzlies shut out Bluffton and Defiance to earn their place in the HCAC Tournament. She worked with her teammates to allow just two shots on target over both matches.
- Bri Matis (Liberty Township, Ohio) Hanover College | Forward | Sophomore – The Panthers remained unbeaten as they were able to post a 1-0-1 week and sit in a tie among the top of the HCAC. Matis paced the attack as she netted two goals, including the game-tying strike against Rose-Hulman. The sophomore tallied four total shots, with three landing on frame.
- Maggie Hinegarder (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Hinegardner led the Panthers as they remained unbeaten with a 1-0-1 overall week. The sophomore goalkeeper charted six combined saves, including five in the team’s 1-1 draw with Rose-Hulman.
- McKenzie Schneeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Forward | First-Year – Schneeman led the Lions to another 2-0 week, she continues to carry the Lions offense scoring two goals on six shots, including a game winner.
- Madison Hart (Liberty Township, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Hart put together a pair of clean sheets over the week. Playing every minute in goal for the Lions. In conference play so far this season the Lions have allowed only a single goal against.
- Christina Rogers (Laurel, Md.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Senior – Rogers scored two goals on her Senior Day to help Rose-Hulman defeat Bluffton 4-0 on Saturday. She also had two shots in a hard fought 1-1 draw against Hanover earlier in the week.
- Natalie Dillon (Rochester, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Junior – Dillon allowed just one goal and had nine saves in two matches last week, finishing with a 1-0-1 record. Dillon had eight saves in a 1-1 draw against Hanover and played the first 68 minutes of Saturday’s 4-0 win over Bluffton.
- Abby Baker (Corbin, Ky.) Transylvania University | Midfield | Senior – Baker paced the offense for the Pioneers in an unbeaten week. Baker made her presence felt with a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over Manchester. The forward also was efficient in her chances with five of her eight shots being on goal for the week. For the week, Baker totaled two points.
HCAC 2021 Volleyball Notebook, Week 8
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Cate Scheper (Crestview Hills, Ky.) Transylvania University | Hitter | First-Year – Scheper had a complete week for the Pioneers, leading Transylvania to a 3-0 record overall and a 2-0 record in HCAC play with a hard-working four-set win over Hanover on Wednesday in which the Pioneers took the final three sets, and a three-set sweep of Manchester on Saturday. In Wednesday’s four-set win over Hanover, Scheper had 12 kills, 12 digs, three blocks, and two assists. She was the co-match leader in kills in Saturday’s sweep of Manchester with 11 kills in three sets, adding two digs and a block while turning in a .320 attacking percentage. She completed her week with a match-high 13 kills and a .391 attacking percentage in a three-set sweep of Asbury. Scheper added an extra punch with four digs and two blocks. For the week, Scheper tallied 36 kills in 10 sets, 18 digs, six blocks, two assists, and had a .250 attacking percentage.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Dunn posted a strong week as she helped lead the Panthers to a 2-1 overall record defeating both Centre and Anderson. The sophomore tallied 95 combined digs, including a season-best 45 in the team’s win over Centre. She added two service aces with only three errors on 49 total serves.
- Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | Middle Hitter | Senior – Bontrager recorded 22 kills in nine sets (2.44 kills per set) as well as a .372 attack percentage as the Ravens went 1-1 last week. She turned in nine kills and a .190 hitting percentage during Anderson’s four-set win against Rose-Hulman. Bontrager then powered to 13 kills and a .545 attack percentage as Anderson fell short to Hanover in five sets.
- Brooke Troyer (Elkhart, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Troyer scattered 50 digs in nine sets (5.56 digs per set) as the Ravens went 1-1 last week. She collected 29 digs in a four-set win against Rose-Hulman. Troyer then tallied 21 digs as Anderson fell short to Hanover in five sets.
- Maria Young (Bedford, Va.) Earlham College | Right Side Hitter | Sophomore – Young continued to lead the Earlham offense with 24 kills and a .339 attack percentage in two wins for the Quakers this week. She started off with a game-high 14 kills and a .448 percentage and only on error in a 3-0 win over Defiance on Wednesday. She then scored 10 kills and hit .233 against Franklin on Saturday in another 3-0 win. Young tallied just four errors and scored three aces on the week.
- Caroline Mulvihill (Monrovia, Calif.) Earlham College | Outside Hitter | Senior – Mulvihill collected 25 digs this week and put up four total blocks as the Quakers went 2-0 on the week. She tallied 14 digs in a 3-0 win over Defiance on Wednesday and added 11 digs and four blocks in a 3-0 win over Franklin on Saturday. Mulvihill also scored 17 kills and put up a .533 attack percentage.
- Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) Hanover College | Setter | Senior – Ketcham continues to be an all-around threat for the Panthers as she helped guide the team to the 2-1 overall week with wins over Centre and Anderson. The senior charted an impressive 108 combined assists, including a week best 39 at Transylvania. She added 13 kills for a .308 hitting percentage with six service aces. Ketcham tallied 50 digs and three blocks playing a full rotation for HC.
- Samantha Campbell (Brownsburg, Ind.) Manchester University | Middle Hitter | Senior – Campbell had another outstanding week for the Spartans. Campbell led Manchester with 31 kills over three matches. Swung a sterling .354 for the week. Had 11 kills against both Franklin and Transylvania, followed with nine kills against Asbury. Added five block assists in Manchester’s win at Franklin, had two block assists against Transylvania.
- Helaina Walters (Marion, Ind.) Manchester University | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Walters collected 43 digs across Manchester’s three matches last week. Averaged 3.91 digs per set. Tallied a week-high 19 digs against Asbury on Saturday. Currently, she has 308 digs on the season.
- Brooke Aselage (Tipp City, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Junior – Aselage led the Lions to a 2-0 week, in the two matches she registered 27 kills (3.86 kills per set), and a .250 hitting percentage. For good measure she added 23 digs (2.71 d/s).
- Jillian Gregg (Marshall, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Setter | First-Year – Gregg recorded 62 assists in seven sets played (8.8 assists per set) to lead Rose-Hulman’s offense in a 1-1 week. Gregg added seven kills, 12 digs and two service aces over the week.
- Kylie Rathbun (Tulsa, Okla.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Rathbun recorded 54 total digs in seven sets over two matches as Rose-Hulman finished 1-1 last week. Rathbun averaged 7.6 digs per set over the week and also had six service aces, including five in Sunday’s win over Bluffton.
- Ava Beltsos (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Beltsos was dynamite on the back line for the Pioneers, spurring Transylvania to a 3-0 overall week and a 2-0 week against HCAC opponents, leading all players in digs in all three matches. Her most impactful performance came in a four-set turnaround win against Hanover at home, leading all players with 26 digs. The sophomore led all players in digs again in Saturday’s three-set sweep of Manchester, tallying 14 of Transylvania’s 34 total digs. Beltsos paced all players for the third and final time with 11 digs in a three-set sweep against Asbury later on Saturday. For the week, Beltsos totaled 51 digs over 10 sets, adding 12 assists, four aces, and one block.
River States Conference Player of the Week winners released for Oct. 18-24
BOOTH GETS RSC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE WEEK FROM RIO GRANDE (OHIO)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) senior Cody Booth won a home meet to earn another River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week award. The latest honor is his second of the year and for Oct. 18-24.
Booth, from New Philadelphia, Ohio, won the RedStorm Classic with a time of 25 minutes, 26 seconds in the 8,000-meter race. That torched the field by more than two and a half minutes. The race was his second meet victory of the year.
Up next for Rio Grande is the RSC Championship Nov. 6 at IU East.
ALDERTON NAMED RSC WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE WEEK FROM BRESCIA (KY.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Brescia (Ky.) University junior Bree Alderton earned her third River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week honor with her performance Oct. 18-24.
The Owensboro, Ky., native won her fourth title in as many races this year with a first-place finish in the white race at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge. She had a time of 17 minutes, 55 seconds in the 5K, which knocked 23 off her previous career best time. There were 247 runners and 36 teams in the race.
Next up for Brescia is the RSC Championship Nov. 6 at IU East.
JONES NAMED RSC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK AGAIN FOR IU KOKOMO
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo senior Brandi Jones kept her blistering pace with another River States Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week for Oct. 18-24. It is her third award in as many weeks and the fourth one of the fall season.
Jones, from Peru, Ind., won her third tournament of the fall to gain her latest conference honor. That came at the Chariot Run Challenge. She led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole event.
She started out with a 2-under 70, the only round under par of the tournament. Jones fired 75 in round two and 74 on the final day to win by seven shots at 219. Jones led the field of 37 players with 10 birdies.
MASON PICKS UP ANOTHER RSC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK FOR NO. 25 MIDWAY (KY.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — NAIA No. 25-nationally ranked Midway (Ky.) University had freshman Hayes Mason get his second River States Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week honor for his play Oct. 18-24.
Mason, from Campbellsville, Ky., played five rounds on the week, and he carded a combined score of 1-over in those 90 holes. He capped off his weekend with his first collegiate victory at the Chariot Run Challenge. He fired rounds of 71-72-67 for the win. The 5-under score in the final round gave him a two-shot victory.
Earlier in the week, Mason shot 75-76 at the LTU Heritage Hill Fall Collegiate to place 18th of 53 golfers. That helped Midway to first place as a team out of 10 teams in attendance. The Eagles were fourth of nine in the second tournament of the week.
BURGOS CLAIMS RSC MEN’S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FROM BRESCIA (KY.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Brescia (Ky.) University goalkeeper Ruben Burgos earned two overtime results to claim River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 18-24.
Burgos, a senior from Madrid, Spain, was a part of a 2-1, overtime win over St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) and a 0-0, double-overtime tie versus WVU Tech. He made a combined four saves in the contests and played 201 minutes in goal. The win over SMWC included a save on a PK attempt.
The Bearcats earned the point versus WVU Tech to improve to 9-5-1 overall, 6-1-1 RSC and are in second place in the conference standings. Brescia plays first-place Rio Grande (Ohio) on Saturday.
WARELLA PICKED FOR RSC MEN’S SOCCER OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FROM POINT PARK (PA.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University forward Ivai Warella had five goals on the week to register River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 18-24.
The senior from Amsterdam, Netherlands, capped off his week with four unanswered goals in a 6-2 victory over Midway (Ky.). He broke a 2-2 tie with his scoring flurry during the critical matchup for playoff hopes.
Warella also had a goal in an earlier, 7-0 win at Ohio Christian on the week. He totaled 10 points in the two games and scored his five goals on five shots on goal and six shots overall.
Point Park (7-7-1, 3-4 RSC) will welcome IU East and St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) on Thursday and Saturday.
SNIDER NAMED RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR RIO GRANDE (OHIO)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) defender Ashton Snider was big in the back line to garner River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 18-24.
Snider, from Lancaster, Ohio, led the RedStorm defensively to a pair of RSC wins. There was a 2-1 win at IU Kokomo and a 3-1 win at St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.). That improved the RedStorm to 8-5-1 overall, 8-1 RSC.
Rio Grande will visit Oakland City (Ind.) and Brescia (Ky.) for its next games this Thursday and Saturday.
TRAPP COLLECTS RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR IU EAST
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East forward Kimberly Trapp had seven points in two games to get River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 18-24.
The freshman from Mt. Vernon, Ohio, had three goals and one assist on the week. That powered the Red Wolves to a 2-0 win at Oakland City (Ind.) and a 6-0 win at Ohio Christian. She needed only four shots on goal to collect her tallies.
Trapp has already broken the IU East record for career goals with 21 combined between last year and this year. IU East (9-6, 7-2 RSC) will be at Point Park on Thursday night.
ROZIER CLAIMS RSC VOLLEYBALL DEFENDER OF THE WEEK FOR POINT PARK (PA.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park University middle hitter Jazlyn Rozier had 14 blocks on the week to earn River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week Oct. 18-24.
The senior from Monroeville, Pa., put up six blocks in a 3-1 win over IU Southeast and then had seven more in a 3-0 loss to Midway (Ky.) the next day. She averaged 1.56 blocks per set when including the 3-0 win over Carlow to start the week.
Rozier also added 17 total kills on the week and a .244 attack percentage. She scored 25.5 points in all. Point Park improved to 13-9 overall, 8-5 RSC with its 2-1 record on the week. The Pioneers travel to Ohio Valley (W.Va.) on Tuesday.
LYONS GETS ANOTHER RSC VOLLEYBALL SETTER OF THE WEEK AWARD FROM IU KOKOMO
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo sophomore Kaley Lyons picked up her third conference, weekly honor as the River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week for Oct. 18-24.
Lyons, from Fort Wayne, Ind., collected 39 assists in two matches last week to get the honor again. She directed the Cougars to a 2-0 week in the conference with sweeps over WVU Tech and Rio Grande.
IU Kokomo is now 20-8, 12-1 RSC after Lyons averaged 6.50 assists per set. She had 18 assists in the first match and 21 in the other. Lyons also had four kills in five attempts and no errors and a couple of service aces.
The Cougars visit Brescia (Ky.) on Tuesday.
ADAM PULLS IN RSC VOLLEYBALL ATTACKER OF THE WEEK FOR IU KOKOMO
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo senior Erinn Adam hit .500 in two matches to pick up River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week for Oct. 18-24.
The middle hitter from Bloomington, Ind., had a combined 16 kills and just three errors in 26 attempts to lead the Cougars to a 2-0 week. IU Kokomo extended its win streak to nine in a row and reached the 20-win mark.
In a 3-0 win over WVU Tech, Adam had seven kills and no errors in eight swings. She then had nine kills on 18 attempts in a win over Rio Grande (Ohio). She averaged 3.20 kills per set and also totaled four blocks.
IU Kokomo is 12-1 RSC and will visit Brescia (Ky.) on Tuesday.
RHIT Football – Dion Earns 3rd HCAC Football Player of the Week Award
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 third time this season, in results released Monday by the league office.
Dion completed 15-of-21 passes for 292 yards and 6 touchdowns to key Rose-Hulman’s 57-14 win at Manchester University on Saturday. He also established new career school records for passing yards (8,568) and passing touchdowns (84) as part of the performance.
Dion has also been named HCAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in wins over Trine and Anderson this season. He has completed 135-of-215 passes (63%) for 1,989 yards and 22 touchdowns so far this season. His career includes 12 games with more than 300 passing yards.
Rose-Hulman stands 5-2 on the season and 4-0 in HCAC play. The Fightin’ Engineers have the outright lead in the conference standings with three games remaining, starting this Saturday at home against Bluffton University at 1:30 pm.
Anderson Men’s Basketball Welcomes Fans to Meet The Ravens Event
On Thursday, Anderson University’s student organization CAB and the student section ‘The Conspiracy’ are hosting a ‘Meet the Ravens’ event inside O.C. Lewis Gymnasium to kick off the winter sports season!
The following will take place starting at 7:30PM:
- Men’s Basketball Intrasquad Scrimmage
- Introduction of Winter Sports Teams (Men’s and Women’s basketball/Swimming and Diving)
- Half-Court Shooting Contest (2 Makes)
- 3-Point Shooting Contest (Students vs. Players)
- Dunk Contest (Players and Students)
During the event fans are encouraged to come out to support and meet your Anderson University Winter Athletes for the 2021-2022 season!
WABASH: Cross Country Ready To Compete At NCAC Championships
Wabash will compete in the 2021 North Coast Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships this Saturday. The 2021 men’s and women’s meets will be hosted by Wittenberg University and will take place at the Clark County Fairgrounds.
The Little Giants and the other conference teams are competing for the first time since Wabash hosted the Championships in 2019. The Little Giants placed second that year. Current Wabash senior Ethan Pine earned Honorable Mention All-NCAC honors after placing 21st overall with a time of 27:11.5 over the 8,000-meter course. He followed up the conference meet with a career-best time of 26:13.6 at the 2019 NCAA DIII Great Lakes Regional Meet two weeks later to finish 119th overall. Pine most recently led Wabash at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble, placing 66th out of 307 runners with a time of 27:13.6.
Fellow senior Clarke Criddell turned in a time of 28:03.04 at the Oberlin meet two weeks ago to place 120th overall. He also ran a career-best time at the 2019 NCAA Regional meet, finishing in 26:45.5. Ian Dickey, another senior member of the team, turned in a time of 28:13.3 at the Inter-Regional Rumble to finish 137th. He posted a career-best time earlier in the season with a 49th-place finish at the Calvin Knight Invitational with a time of 26:40.8.
Two freshmen, Brayden Curnutt and Will Neubauer, have also been strong competitors for the Little Giants this season. Curnutt finished in 69th place at Oberlin with a time of 27:19.1 two weeks after running 26:47.4 for his best time of the season at the Louisville Classic. Neubauer turned in his best time of the year at Calvin by completing the 8,000-meter race in 26:49.0 to finish 58th overall.
Wabash was picked to finish fifth by the conference coaches in the 2021 pre-meet coaches’ poll. DePauw was the top pick among the coaches. The Tigers received all nine first-place votes for a total of 81 points. Allegheny was picked to finish second with 71 points, followed by Denison (64 points) and Wittenberg. Wabash received 44 total points in the voting for fifth place, edging out Oberlin in sixth place with 43 points. Ohio Wesleyan (23 points), Wooster (22 points), and Kenyon (9 points) complete the coaches’ pre-meet polling.
The 2021 NCAC Men’s Championship race begins at 11 a.m.
WABASH SWIMMING: Dusza Named NCAC Men’s Swimming Athlete Of The Week
Wabash College senior Justin Dusza has been named the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week for his performance at Saturday’s Indiana DIII Championship Meet.
Dusza was responsible for 71 of Wabash’s points at the meet held Saturday at the Vigo County Aquatics Center in Terre Haute. Dusza won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.32. He added a second-place finish in the 200 backstroke by completing the race in 1:59.64. Dusza was part of the Little Giants’ second-place 200-yard medley relay team that finished in 1:37.58 to score 34 points at the meet. Wabash finished third out of six teams overall.
WABASH MEN’S GOLF: Wabash Tied For Ninth Entering Final Day of O’Brient Jensen Memorial
Wabash carded an opening round score of 311 Monday to tie for ninth place heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes of the O’Briant Jensen Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament is being played at The Cardinal by Pete Dye in Greensboro, North Carolina with 22 teams competing at the event.
The Little Giants matched the score of the 20th-ranked team from the University of Lynchburg and are a stroke ahead of 18th-ranked Hampden-Sydney College. Third-ranked Methodist University leads the tournament after shooting an opening round of 292.
Brayden Weiss finished the first day with a two-over 73 to tie for eighth place. Hyatt Hines is one stroke back with a 74 to tie for 17th place. Tim Neu is in a tie for 51st place after shooting a 79 in the first round. Matt Lesniak is tied for 97th place out of 119 golfers competing at the event. He scored an 85 on the first day. Mark Poole turned in an opening round of 89 and is tied for 112th place.
Tuesday’s final round begins at 9 a.m.
FRANKLIN WOMEN’S SOCCER: NEWS | Lilly Haines Named HCAC Offensive Player of the Week for Second Time in Career
CARMEL, Ind. – For the second time in her career, Franklin College junior midfielder Lilly Haines has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Offensive Player of the Week.
The Lebanon, Ind.-native was the pace-setter for Franklin’s offense last week, scoring three goals and both game-winners across victories over Bluffton and Defiance. On Wednesday (Oct. 20) night against Bluffton, Haines scored 36 seconds into the match on a night where Franklin controlled play in a 2-0 win.
Saturday (Oct. 23) afternoon against the Yellow Jackets, she added two more goals in the opening half in an absolutely dominant 5-0 win over Defiance. That win punched Franklin’s ticket to the HCAC Tournament, which is set to begin this coming weekend.
Monday’s award also marks the second time this calendar year that Haines has earned the league’s weekly honor, as she collected the award for the first time in her career back on Mar. 30. Haines currently leads the team with four goals and is tied with teammate Elaina Page for most points with eight.
Franklin closes out the regular season on Wednesday (Oct. 27) night, heading to Lexington, Ky. to take on the Transylvania Pioneers. First whistle is set for 7:00 p.m.
FRANKLIN MEN’S SOCCER: NEWS | Spotless Week in Goal Earns Ian Rowe HCAC Defensive Player of the Week Honors
CARMEL, Ind. – Coming off two impressive showings in goal that helped his team earn a long-overdue post-season berth, Franklin sophomore goalkeeper Ian Rowe has been named this week’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Defensive Player of the Week.
The Greenwood, Ind.-native did not allow a goal over two appearances, picking up the winning decisions against Bluffton on Wednesday and Defiance on Saturday and in the process, helping Franklin earn their first conference tournament berth since 2014.
His finest work came on Wednesday afternoon in Ohio, as Rowe entered the game late in the first half with Franklin trailing Bluffton by two goals. Over the next 54:31, Rowe kept the Beavers scoreless in turning away all eight shots on target and the FC offense picked him up with three straight goals to stun the Beavers in a comeback 3-2 win.
Rowe earned the start on Saturday afternoon at home against Defiance and turned in a spotless performance, handling all five Yellow Jacket shots on target to earn his second career solo clean sheet in a 2-0 FC win. He hasn’t allowed a goal in any of his last four appearances, and has stopped each of the last 26 shots on goal he has faced.
With a post-season spot locked up, the Grizzlies can secure a quarterfinal home match with a win or draw against Transylvania in the regular season finale on Wednesday (Oct. 27) night. Kick-off from Faught Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.
TRINE MEN’S SOCCER: Tyler Murphy Tabbed MIAA Athlete of the Week Following Seven-Point Week
FREELAND, Mich. – Trine University men’s soccer forward Tyler Murphy [Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central] has been named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Athlete of the Week as the men’s soccer offensive player.
Murphy tallied seven points this week with three goals and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Thunder. The wins helped Trine to clinch a home match in the MIAA First Round this postseason.
The sophomore scored the game-tying goal after falling behind to Adrian College 1-0 at home on Tuesday. He was assisted on the play by Will Burba [Cincinnati, Ohio / Cincinnati La Salle], who got a touch on a loose ball in front of the net. The Thunder would go on to score another goal just two minutes later and went on to win 3-1.
Murphy notched two goals and an assist against Albion College on Saturday to clinch a postseason home match. He scored his 12th and 13th goals of the 2021 season with one in the 16th minute and one in the 48th minute. He contributed to a third goal with an assist to Joey Donovan [Aurora, Ill. / Metea Valley] to seal the deal.
A win in the team’s regular season finale at Alma College on Wednesday, October 27 and a loss by Hope College would set up a tiebreaker for the number three spot in the league table.
TRINE FOOTBALL: Naif Named MIAA Athlete of the Week
FREELAND, Mich. — Trine University junior Kyle Naif (Riverview, Mich. / Riverview) has been named this week’s Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Football Special Teams Athlete of the Week.
This is the second time this season, and in his career, that Naif has received athlete of the week honors. Earlier this year he was named defensive athlete of the week. This is the fourth time this season that a Thunder football student-athlete has been recognized.
Naif made a splash on special teams in the opening quarter of the Thunder’s game against Kalamazoo College. With Trine leading 7-0, Naif burst through the line and blocked the Hornet’s punt attempt into their own endzone. The play ended with the Kalamazoo recovering the ball in the endzone for the Trine Safety giving the team a 9-0 lead and another possession.
In addition to his special team’s accomplishment, Naif finished the game with four tackles including a sack and two tackles for a loss.
Trine defeated the Hornets 47-13 to improve to 5-2 overall and 3-0 against MIAA competition. The team will travel to face Albion College on Saturday, October 30.
DEPAUW MEN’S GOLF: Loring Campos Selected NCAC Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week
Greencastle, Ind. – Manolo Loring Campos (Fr., Madrid, Spain/San Patricio, El Soto) has been selected as North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Wittenberg Fall Classic.
Loring Campos finished in a tie for second, one stroke behind Webster’s Will Hocker, after shooting a two-round 142 which included a 71 in each round.
The Tigers finished fourth as a team in the final event of the fall portion of the schedule.
Loring Campos is the first member of the men’s golf team to earn the distinction this year.
HANOVER VOLLEYBALL: Dunn captures HCAC weekly honors
CARMEL, Ind. – Sophomore Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Volleyball Athlete of the Week Monday afternoon by the league office.
Dunn posted a strong week as she helped lead the Panthers to a 2-1 overall record defeating both Centre and Anderson. The sophomore tallied 95 combined digs, including a season-best 45 in the team’s win over Centre. She added two service aces with only three errors on 49 total serves
Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 27 welcoming Franklin. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.
MANCHESTER FOOTBALL: Carmelo Gurley Named HCAC Special Teams Player of the Week
CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has named Manchester’s Carmelo Gurley as its Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday October 25.
Gurley (Birmingham, Ala./Gardendale) accounted for one of Manchester’s scores against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon. Gurley returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. He finished with 128 return yards, averaging 42.7 yards per return.
IU EAST MEN’S BB: SEASON PREVIEW
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR?
Record: 3-2 – team unable to resume season after Nov. 29
RED WOLVES IN THE RANKINGS
4th – IU East’s ranking in the River States Conference men’s basketball overall preseason poll.
3rd – IU East’s ranking in the River States Conference men’s basketball East Division preseason poll.
BY THE NUMBERS
3 – IU East won what turned out to be its last three games of the pandemic-abbreviated 2020-21 season.
4.25-to-1 – Garrett Silcott‘s assist-to-turnover ratio last season, the sixth-best in the NAIA.
8 – National tournament appearances for IU East since start of 2010-11 season
9 – Conference titles – River States Conference regular season and tournament – for IU East since the start of the 2014-15 season.
10 – 20-win seasons in the last 11 full seasons for IU East.
13.4 – Dionte Raines‘ scoring average last season, tops among IU East’s returning players. The Red Wolves return eight of their top nine scorers from last season.
.503 – IU East’s team field goal percentage in its five games last season, the 12th-best team field goal percentage in the nation
.888 – IU East’s home-court winning percentage – on a 56-7 record – since Lingle Court opened in 2016.
FIVE GAMES TO WATCH
Oct. 27 vs. Indiana University South Bend – IU East opens its season against a fellow IU regional campus program that advanced to the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship last season.
Nov. 16 at Indiana Wesleyan University – IU East gets an early-season test against a familiar opponent in a Wildcats program that finished the 2020-21 regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Dec. 18 vs. Huntington University – IU East will honor recent its All-American graduates – including Bishop Smith, the Red Wolf men’s basketball program’s NAIA career scoring leader – while seeking a quality home win.
Jan. 13 vs. Indiana University Kokomo – It’ll be the first meeting between the Red Wolves and the Cougars since the 2020 RSC Championship title game – IU East’s last game before the world of college athletes was shut down by the pandemic.
Feb. 5 vs. WVU Tech – IU East and WVU Tech have won all of the RSC East Division titles since the conference went to a two-division format starting with the 2014-15 season. The Golden Bears won the RSC Championship tournament last winter.
INDY FUEL: INDY FUEL PIT STOP: WEEK 1
Saturday, October 23 – Fuel 2 vs Cincinnati 3:
Opening the 2021-22 campaign at home, the Indy Fuel hosted the Cincinnati Cyclones on Saturday night. A late third-period goal by Mason Mitchell handed the Cyclones the win in game one of the 2021-22 season.
INDY FUEL WEEK 2 SCHEDULE:
Saturday, October 30 – Fuel at Cincinnati (7:35 p.m. ET, Heritage Bank Center)
GOING ON THE ROAD
After opening up the 2021-22 campaign at Indiana Farmers Coliseum, the Fuel will head to Cincinnati on Saturday night for their only game of the weekend. Indy played one preseason game at Heritage Bank Center and lost 4-1. After dropping their home opener 3-2, the Fuel will be looking to bounce back on Saturday night.
Falling to the Cyclones 3-2, Doug Christiansen has a full week of practice before facing Cincinnati again on Saturday. “I think we need to be in a little bit better shape,” said Christiansen. “But there’s only one game to get into game shape. That’s really hard. I think we can work a little bit on that and then at the same token clean up some of those mental mistakes because that was really what cost us the game (on Saturday).”
- Mike Lee picked up two assists in his first game on Saturday
- Lee is tied for third among ECHL defensemen in points
- After scoring a hat trick in Indy’s second preseason game, Brent Gates scored Indy’s lone power play goal on Saturday
- Cale Morris made his first start in a Fuel uniform
- Morris stopped 26 of 29 shots
- Four players played their first game in a Fuel uniform on Saturday night
- Kirill Chaika and Christopher Cameron played their first pro games on Saturday
- Indy went 1-for-5 on the power play over the weekend but went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill
- Three out of Indy’s first six games will be against Cincinnati
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1911 With a seven-run seventh inning in Game 6, the A’s win the World Series, coasting to an easy 13-2 victory over the Giants win the World Series. Outfielder Danny Murphy leads Philadelphia with four hits, and Chief Bender goes the distance to get the win.
1940 Tigers’ slugging left fielder Hank Greenberg (.340, 41, 150) is named the American League’s Most Valuable Player, with Indian hurler Bob Feller (27-11, 2.61) finishing second. Having won the award in 1935 as a first baseman, ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ becomes the first player to win another MVP playing a different position.
1946 Westbrook Pegler, a syndicated columnist, becomes the first to question in print the off-field association of Leo Durocher with actor George Raft and others allegedly tied to gamblers. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s expose of the Dodgers manager will start a series of events that will lead to the ‘Lip’s’ one-year suspension in 1947.
1949 The San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, infused with some major league players, complete an 11-game trip to American-occupied Japan, drawing more than half a million spectators to the games played at Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. Lefty O’Doul, the team’s 52-year-old skipper, personally asked by General Douglas McArthur to organize the first post-war peacetime cultural exchanges between the two nations due to his warm relationship with the Asian country, will be enthusiastically greeted by the Japanese fans, including Emperor Hirohito and Prince Akihito.
1950 The BBWAA selects Yankee shortstop Phil Rizzuto (.324, 7, 66) as the American League MVP. The ‘Scooter,’ who receives 16 of 23 first-place votes, easily outpoints runner-up Boston’s Billy Goodman, the first player without a regular position to receive consideration for the prestigious award.
1950 After asking him to leave the organization, Walter O’Malley succeeds Branch Rickey as president of the Dodgers. O’Malley, who had offered to buy Rickey’s stake to become the majority owner, pays more when ‘the Mahatma’, in an act of defiance, offers shares to a friend for a million dollars, a deal the new president believes, but can’t prove, to be as “fraudulent as a four-dollar bill.”
1960 After his family operated the team in Washington since his dad, Clark Griffith, took over as manager of the club in 1912, Calvin Griffith, president of the Senators, decides to move his club to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to become the Twins. Baseball awards the District of Columbia an expansion team that will begin play next season to fill the void, placating the lawmakers who spoke of examining baseball’s anti-trust exemption should the national pastime leave the nation’s capital.
1960 In a move designed to jump ahead of the National League in the expansion race, the American League grants franchises to Washington and Los Angeles and okays the Senators’ move to Minnesota. The decision to place a new team in Washington is partly political because the owners fear the nation’s lawmakers, upset about losing the American League’s oldest club, will threaten baseball’s anti-trust exemption.
1980 Former Yankee and Tiger skipper Ralph Houk comes out of his two-year retirement to manage the Red Sox. The ‘Major’ will compile a 312-282 (.525) won-loss record, but his team will not make a postseason appearance during his four-year tenure in Boston.
1982 The Phillies’ 37-year-old southpaw Steve Carlton (23-11, 3.10) wins the Cy Young Award for an unprecedented fourth time. In one of the worst trades in baseball history, Philadelphia swapped Rick Wise for “Lefty,” also the winner of the prestigious prize hurling for Philadelphia in 1972, 1977, and 1980.
1985 In Game 6 of the World Series, Don Denkinger’s controversial ninth-inning call at first base enables the Royals to beat the Cardinals, 2-1, allowing Dane Iorg to hit a two-run walk-off single. In the Jorge Orta is called safe but appears out when first baseman Jack Clark’s throw to Todd Worrell, covering the bag, clearly beats him and extends the Fall Classic to a decisive Game 7 that Kansas City will win to capture its first World Championship.
1995 Onboard the space shuttle Columbia, Commander Ken Bowersox, throws the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of the World Series. The ceremony, transmitted from space via satellite and shown to the Indians and Braves fans at Jacobs Field, continues with an animation sequence on the scoreboard that ends with a ball that appears to fly in and land in center field.
1996 After two stunning defeats at home, 12-1 and 4-0 losses, to start the series, the Yankees win the next four games to clinch their first World Series since 1978 with a 3-2 victory in the Bronx over the defending World Champs Braves. The Fall Classic victory will be the first title of four in five years for the Bronx Bombers.
1997 With two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7, Edgar Renteria singles home Craig Counsell, giving the Florida Marlins their first World Series title with a 3-2 win over the Indians. The five-year-old Marlins become the youngest expansion team to win the Fall Classic.
1998 Potential free-agent All-Star catcher Mike Piazza signs the most lucrative contract in major league history when he agrees to terms with the Mets. The seven-year deal is worth over $91 million and includes having a suite on road trips and a luxury box for Shea Stadium’s home games.
1999 Chad Curtis leads off the tenth inning with his second home run of the game, giving the Yankees a dramatic 6-5 walk-off victory over the Braves and a commanding 3-0 lead in the World Series. The outfielder becomes the 11th player to end a Fall Classic game with a round-tripper when he goes deep off Atlanta reliever Mike Remlinger.
2000 Derek Jeter becomes the first player to win the All-Star Game and the World Series MVP honors in the same season. The Yankee shortstop hit .409, and his nine hits included two doubles, a triple, and a pair of home runs, in the Bronx Bombers’ five-game victory over the Mets in the Fall Classic.
2000 In Game 5 at Shea Stadium, the Yankees win their third consecutive World Series, the fourth title in five years, and record 26th championship by defeating the Mets, 4-2. Luis Sojo’s ninth-inning two-out, tie-breaking single off starter Al Leiter is the decisive hit.
2000 Joe Torre becomes only the fifth skipper to win four World Series championships when the Bronx Bombers beat the Mets to win the Fall Classic. The future Hall of Fame skipper joins Joe McCarthy (7), Casey Stengel (7), Connie Mack (5), and Walter Alston (4), who are all enshrined in Cooperstown.
2002 When Russ Ortiz, who is tossing a 5-0 shutout, strikes out Garret Anderson to begin the seventh inning of Game 6, the Giants appeared destined to win their first World Series since 1954. The Angels, scoring a total of six times in the seventh and eighth innings, rally from the large deficit and stage the biggest comeback for a team facing elimination in the Fall Classic, beating the Giants, 6-5.
2003 Citing disagreements with team owner George Steinbrenner, Don Zimmer resigns as the Yankees’ bench coach. ‘Popeye,’ a close friend of skipper Joe Torre, will be named Senior Baseball Advisor for the Devil Rays before the 2004 season begins.
2004 Curt Schilling becomes the first starting pitcher to win a World Series for three different teams. In addition to his Game 2 Red Sox victory over the Cardinals, his 8-2 lifetime postseason record includes wins for the Phillies (1993) and Diamondbacks (2001).
2004 Before Game 3 of the World Series, Edgar Martinez receives the Roberto Clemente Award, an honor given to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and the individual’s contribution to his team. The Mariners designated hitter, a native of Puerto Rico like the award’s namesake, is involved in Parent Project/Muscular Dystrophy, Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
2005 Willie Harris scores the game’s only run in the eighth inning as Jermaine Dye, the series MVP, singles the pinch-hitter home, giving the White Sox a 1-0 victory over the Astros and the team its first World Championship since 1917. For the second consecutive year, an American League team sweeps its National League opponent.
2005 White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen becomes the first foreign-born manager to win a World Series as the ‘Wizards of Ozzie’ sweep the Astros in the Fall Classic. The 41-year-old Venezuelan is also the youngest pilot ever to win a World Championship.
2005 Bobby Valentine becomes the first foreign manager to win the Japan Series in the 70-year history of Japanese baseball. Former Rangers and Mets skipper leads the Chiba Lotte Marines to their first league championship in 31 years when they sweep the Hanshin Tigers.
2005 Tadahito Iguchi becomes the first Japanese native to win a World Series ring when the White Sox sweep the Astros to win their first Fall Classic in 88 years. In January, the 30-year-old Fukuoka Daiei Hawks’ second baseman signed with Chicago as a free agent.
2007 Dmitri Young is announced as the National League Comeback Player of the Year by the MLB Players Trust and Yahoo! Sports. The big first baseman, released by the Tigers early last season due to both on and off-the-field issues, joined the Nationals as a non-roster player and became an All-Star selection for Washington, finishing the season with a .320 batting average, the tenth best in the circuit.
2007 The MLB Players Trust and Yahoo! Sports announce the selection of Devil Rays’ first baseman Carlos Pena as the American League Comeback Player of the Year. After missing most of the past two seasons and being told he wouldn’t make the team this year, the first baseman went on to set Tampa Bay’s single-season records for homers, RBIs, and walks.
2008 The Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the top offensive player in each league, is presented to Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis (.312, 29, 115) and Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez (.289, 27, 111). The honor was established in 1999 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame outfielder surpassing Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record.
2008 In the Phillies’ 10-2 rout of the Rays in Game 4 at Citizen Bank Park, right-hander Joe Blanton hits a home run, marking only the 15th time in World Series history that a pitcher has homered. Ken Holtzman was the last hurler to accomplish the feat when he went deep off Andy Messersmith in 1974.
2009 Tony La Russa agrees to a one-year contract to return for his 15th season as manager of the Cardinals. The Redbirds have appeared in the postseason eight times under their 65-year-old skipper, including a World Championship in 2006.
2009 The Padres formally introduced 35 year-old Jed Hoyer as the team’s new general manager. The former assistant to Boston’s GM Theo Epstein replaces Kevin Towers, who held the position in San Diego for 14 seasons.
2009 Mark McGwire will join his former manager Tony La Russa on the Cardinals’ bench as the team’s hitting coach, replacing Hal McRae. The one-time single-season home run champ, who damaged his reputation by refusing to answer questions about steroids during a congressional hearing in 2005, had La Russa for his skipper in 15 of the 16 years he played in the major leagues, both in Oakland and St. Louis.
2010 The Nationals notify Jim Riggleman he will be returning as the team’s manager next year. Washington finished last in the National League East for the third consecutive season but improved by ten games in the win column, finishing with 69 victories.
2013 With runners on second and third with one out, Jon Jay’s grounder results in Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia easily throwing out Yadier Molina at the plate. After making the tag at home, Boston backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s errant throw to third base causes third baseman Will Middlebrooks to collide with Allen Craig, who had gone to third and appears out trying for to home, but an infielder’s interference call gives the Cardinals an unusual 5-4 walk-off victory in the first World Series game to ever end on an obstruction call.
2014 At AT&T Park, Madison Bumgarner hurls a complete game, blanking the Royals on four hits in Game 6 of the World Series, 5-0. The southpaw’s victory, giving the Giants a 3-2 edge, is the first shutout thrown by a starter in the Fall Classic since Josh Beckett accomplished the feat for the Marlins at Yankee Stadium in 2003, and the first for the franchise since 1962 when Jack Sanford whitewashed New York in 1962.
2014 Cardinal rookie Oscar Taveras, who participated in seven postseason games with St. Louis earlier in the month, dies in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. The 22-year-old outfielder, who batted .320 and slugged .516 as a minor leaguer, was considered by many to be a ‘can’t miss prospect.’
2018 Game 3 of the World Series finally ends with Max Muncy walk-off home run, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over Red Sox in the 18th inning. The seven-hour-and-twenty-minute Chavez Ravine contest history establishes a new longevity record for the length of a game, tied for the longest in terms of innings, and took longer to play than the entire 1939 World Series.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1920
Cleveland Indians (5) vs Brooklyn Robins (2)
As America was welcoming in a new and promising decade, baseball was longing for days gone by. The 1919 World Series had sparked a major controversy amid rumors of a gambling fix. Eight members of the participating Chicago White Sox were all charged with conspiring to throw the Fall Classic against the Cincinnati Reds. After a lengthy investigation and highly publicized trial (lasting until 1921), the Black Sox were acquitted despite their own confessions (which were recanted later). However, all of the players involved were later banned from baseball because of their undeniable link to gamblers.
Throughout the 1920 season, the league offices were constantly denying accusations from the press that professional baseball itself was in on the take and made every effort to assure the fans that the 1919 scandal was an isolated incident. In an effort to win back the fan’s approval, the commissioner decided on another best-of-nine series and went to great lengths to promote the integrity of baseball in the papers. Still, many wondered if the fan’s trust in baseball and more specifically, the World Series would ever fully recover. Only time would tell as the National League’s Brooklyn Robins (who would later become the Dodgers) returned for their second series appearance against the American’s Cleveland Indians.
In Game 1, Cleveland’s starting right-hander, Stan Coveleski, stifled Brooklyn’s line-up in a five hit, 3-1 opening winner, but the Robins answered back quickly in Game 2 with a fantastic performance by Burleigh Grimes, who tossed a seven hit, shutout that ended in a 3-0 series-tying victory.
Brooklyn maintained their momentum over the Indians in Game 3 on the arm of Series veteran Sherri Smith, who threw a 2-1, three hitter to take the early lead. Coveleski returned for Game 4 against Leon Cadore, who had gone the distance in one of the longest games in baseball history just five months earlier, a twenty-six inning 1-1 tie with Boston. Surprisingly, the Brooklyn workhorse only lasted one inning (in his only Series start) which ended in a 5-1 Cleveland decision.
With the Series tied at two games apiece, Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes, returned to rematch Cleveland’s Jim Bagby. This time, the Indians line-up came out swinging and promptly loaded the bases in the bottom of the first. Elmer Smith, a twenty-eight year-old outfielder, stepped up to the plate and into the record books by smashing the first grandslam in World Series history. The historic blast scored Charlie Jamieson, Bill Wambsganss, Tris Speaker (as well as Smith) sending the home team crowd into a deafening frenzy that set the tone for the rest of the game. The score remained 4-0 until the fourth when Bagby homered off of his rival with two men on base. Now with a 7-0 lead, the Indians looked to have the advantage, although their pitcher had already given up Series high eight hits in 4+ innings. Brooklyn had yet to score, but was headed in the right direction with Pete Kilduff and Otto Miller on base and in scoring position. Relief pitcher Clarence Mitchell, who had entered the game in the fourth, was Brooklyn’s next batter. The versatile Robin, who was used as a pinch-hitter, outfielder and utility infielder hit a sharp line drive to second baseman Bill Wambsganss who caught the ball, stepped on the bag and tagged out a returning Miller to complete the first triple play (completely unassisted) in World Series history. After managing to score a run in the ninth, Brooklyn fell to the Indians in an 8-1 loss.
Cleveland remained in control and went on to shutout the Robins in both Games 6 and 7. Brooklyn’s recently acquired Waiter Mails threw a superb three hit, 1-0 winner and Coveleski returned for his third five hitter of the Series in a 3-0 masterpiece. Amazingly, the Indian’s pitching staff had held the Robins to just two runs in the final forty-three innings of the Series on their way to their first World Championship.
The victory was bittersweet though as the team was still recovering from the loss of one of it’s own. Ray Chapman, a twenty-nine year-old shortstop known for excellent defense and leadership, died after being struck by a pitch on August 16 in New York. His teammates had persevered, gone the distance and went on to dedicate their win in his memory. For the second consecutive season, a “first-timer” had won the championship, but this time… it was legit.
The 1920 season will also be remembered as the year that witnessed the birth of one of sports greatest dynasties and the death of another. The New York Yankees, previously known as the laughable Highlanders, purchased an outfielder/pitcher named George Herman Ruth from the financially strapped Boston Red Sox. Ruth, who had hammered twenty-nine home runs (a Major League record for Boston in 1919), brought the game into a new era in 1920 by knocking out fifty-four. He also set attendance records at the Polo Grounds as he and the Yankees, playing their home games in the Giants’ park, outdrew John McGraw’s team by more than 350,000.
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