INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 4 ON INDIANA SRN

NEW PALESTINE AT MT. VERNON

CATHEDRAL AT CHATARD

SB ADAMS AT SB ST. JOSEPH

EASTERN HANCOCK AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL

COVENANT CHRISTIAN AT NORTH PUTNAM (RADIO)

INDIANA SRN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RANKINGS

6A

  1. BROWNSBURG
  2. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  3. CATHEDRAL
  4. CENTER GROVE
  5. WARREN CENTRAL

5A

  1. WHITELAND
  2. MISHAWAKA
  3. MERRILLVILLE
  4. FRANKLIN
  5. VALPO

4A

  1. NEW PALESTINE
  2. RONCALLI
  3. MOORESVILLE
  4. KOKOMO
  5. NORTHWOOD

3A

  1. CHATARD
  2. WEST LAFAYETTE
  3. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  4. GUERIN CATHOLIC
  5. WESTERN BOONE

2A

  1. EVANSVILLE MATER-DEI
  2. EASTBROOK
  3. SCECINA
  4. ANDREAN
  5. LINTON-STOCKTON

1A

  1. INDY LUTERHAN
  2. SOTUH ADAMS
  3. ADAMS CENTRAL
  4. PARK TUDOR
  5. NORTH JUDSON

CONFERENCE STANDINGS

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WEEK 4 GAME CAPSULES

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INDIANA SRN WEEK 4 FOOTBALL POWER POLLS

6A

  1. BROWNSBURG
  2. BEN DAVIS
  3. CATHEDRAL
  4. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  5. FISHERS
  6. WESTFIELD
  7. CENTER GROVE
  8. ZIONSVILLE
  9. WARSAW
  10. LAWRENCE CENTRAL

5A

  1. FRANKLIN
  2. WHITELAND
  3. CASTLE
  4. FW SNIDER
  5. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  6. VALPO
  7. MERRILLVILLE
  8. MISHAWAKA
  9. TH SOUTH
  10. EVANSVILLE NORTH

4A

  1. NEW PALESTINE
  2. EAST CENTRAL
  3. RONCALLI
  4. MOORESVILLE
  5. NORTHWOOD
  6. MT. VERNON
  7. KOKOMO
  8. BREBEUF
  9. EVANSVILLE REITZ
  10. MARTINSVILLE

3A

  1. CHATARD
  2. OAK HILL
  3. HANOVER CENTRAL
  4. WEST LAFAYETTE
  5. GUERIN CATHOLIC
  6. NORWELL
  7. WESTERN BOONE
  8. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  9. SOUTHRIDGE
  10. VINCENNES LINCOLN

2A

  1. LAVILLE
  2. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
  3. SCECINA
  4. ANDREAN
  5. LINTON STOCKTON
  6. TRITON CENTRAL
  7. FT. WAYNE LUERS
  8. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
  9. EASTBROOK
  10. SOUTHMONT

1A

  1. INDY LUTHERAN
  2. NORTH DECATUR
  3. PARK TUDOR
  4. ADAMS CENTRAL
  5. SOUTH PUTNAM
  6. SHERIDAN
  7. MADISON GRANT
  8. NORTH JUDSON
  9. TRI
  10. SOUTH ADAMS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

#4 CLEMSON 41 GEORGIA TECH 10

WEEK 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, SEPT. 9

LOUISVILLE AT UCF | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

BOISE STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10

ALABAMA AT TEXAS | 12 P.M. | FOX

ARKANSAS STATE AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

SOUTHERN MISS AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

SOUTH CAROLINA AT ARKANSAS | 12 P.M. | ESPN

WAKE FOREST AT VANDERBILT | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

MISSOURI AT KANSAS STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

WESTERN ILLINOIS AT MINNESOTA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

DUKE AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | FS1

OHIO AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC

NORTH CAROLINA AT GEORGIA STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

UTSA AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT NC STATE | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3

SOUTH ALABAMA AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTHERN UTAH AT UTAH | 1:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

LAFAYETTE AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

MARSHALL AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC

FURMAN AT CLEMSON | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

APPALACHIAN STATE AT TEXAS A&M | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

TENNESSEE AT PITT | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

WASHINGTON STATE AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | FOX

KENNESAW STATE AT CINCINNATI | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

COLORADO AT AIR FORCE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

MEMPHIS AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

SAMFORD AT GEORGIA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

AKRON AT MICHIGAN STATE | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

HOUSTON AT TEXAS TECH | 4 P.M. | FS1

IOWA STATE AT IOWA | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

VIRGINIA AT ILLINOIS | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

INDIANA STATE AT PURDUE | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

WAGNER AT RUTGERS | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

EASTERN KENTUCKY AT BOWLING GREEN | 4 P.M. | ESPN3

NORFOLK STATE AT JAMES MADISON | 4 P.M. | ESPN3

ALABAMA STATE AT UCLA | 5 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

KANSAS AT WEST VIRGINIA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

OLD DOMINION AT EAST CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

HOLY CROSS AT BUFFALO | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

ROBERT MORRIS AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 6 P.M. | ESPN3

GARDNER-WEBB AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

SE LOUISIANA AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 6 P.M. | ESPN3

UAB AT LIBERTY | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

KENT STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

KENTUCKY AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN

CENTRAL ARKANSAS AT OLE MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SEC NETWORK+

SYRACUSE AT UCONN | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

WESTERN CAROLINA AT GEORGIA TECH | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX

UMASS AT TOLEDO | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

ALCORN STATE AT TULANE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

LAMAR AT SMU | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

HOWARD AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT TULSA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT LOUISIANA | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

ALABAMA A&M AT TROY | 7 P.M. | ESPN3

FIU AT TEXAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN AT LOUISIANA TECH | 7 P.M. | ESPN3

ARIZONA STATE AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

USC AT STANFORD | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

SAN JOSE STATE AT AUBURN | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

SOUTHERN AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT NEBRASKA | 7:30 P.M. | FS1

TEXAS SOUTHERN AT NORTH TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3

MCNEESE AT RICE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3

HAWAI’I AT MICHIGAN | 8 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

TARLETON AT TCU | 8 P.M. | ESPN+

IDAHO AT INDIANA | 8 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

BOSTON COLLEGE AT VIRGINIA TECH | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

NICHOLLS AT UL MONROE | 8 P.M. | ESPN3

EASTERN WASHINGTON AT OREGON | 8:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

NEW MEXICO STATE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | ESPN+

BAYLOR AT BYU | 10:15 P.M. | ESPN

OREGON STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ARIZONA | 11 P.M. | FS1

NFL WEEK ONE AND TWO SCHEDULES

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022

BUFFALO BILLS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (THU) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC

WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NY YANKEES 5 MINNESOTA 2

TORONTO 7 BALTIMORE 3

TORONTO 8 BALTIMORE 4

TAMPA BAY 4 BOSTON 3

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 SEATTLE 2

HOUSTON 1 TEXAS 0

CLEVELAND 6 KANSAS CITY 5 (10)

LA ANGELS 10 DETROIT 0

NY METS AT PITTSBURGH POSTPONED

MILWAUKEE 6 COLORADO 4

WASHINGTON 6 ST. LOUIS 0

ARIZONA 5 SAN DIEGO 0

SAN FRANCISCO 7 LA DODGERS 4

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

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STARTING 11 – NFL KICKS OFF 103RD SEASON THIS WEEK

**Every story has an end, but in life, every end is a new beginning.

The story last season was the endings. In 2021, 34 regular-season games were decided by a game-winning score on the final play, the most ever in a single year. The encore featured all four Divisional playoff games decided on the final play, and both conference championships as well as the Super Bowl each decided by three points.

This week marks the beginning of a new story. After an action-packed offseason, the path to State Farm Stadium and Super Bowl LVII in Arizona begins Thursday when the NFL kicks off its 103rd year of competition.

The starting 11 entering Week 1…

1. BILLS, RAMS TO CHRISTEN 2022 SEASON: Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN returns to his native state when the BUFFALO BILLS begin the season against the defending Super Bowl champion LOS ANGELES RAMS on Thursday (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Allen, who has guided the Bills to consecutive AFC East titles, is 3-1 against teams from the NFC West, including a win in California over the 49ers in 2020. Meanwhile, the Rams’ SEAN MCVAY has won each of his five season-opening games as a head coach (2017-21). The last head coach to win his first six season-openers was MIKE SHANAHAN (1988-89, 1995-98). Incidentally, Shanahan hired McVay, then 24, as an assistant tight ends coach in 2010 with Washington.  

2. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 25: Twelve teams are expected to open their seasons with a starting quarterback age 25 or younger. Two of the NFL’s three youngest quarterbacks expected to start in Week 1, the 49ers’ TREY LANCE, 22, and the Bears’ JUSTIN FIELDS, 23, meet at Soldier Field on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Meanwhile, when New England plays at Miami on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), MAC JONES, 23, meets TUA TAGOVAILOA, 24. Each of the last four Super Bowls have kicked off with a starting quarterback under 26.

3. MVP ROAD TOUR: All five active players with at least one Associated Press MVP open 2022 away from home.

  • TOM BRADY (Tampa Bay at Dallas, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) led the NFL in passing yards (5,316) and passing touchdowns (43) in 2021. He is expected to make his 20th career Week 1 start, surpassing DREW BREES (19) for the most by a quarterback all-time.
  • LAMAR JACKSON (Baltimore at N.Y. Jets, 1:00 PM ET, CBS) has nine touchdown passes with no interceptions and a 150.2 rating in three career starts on Kickoff Weekend. Since 2019, the Ravens have outscored opponents 124-49 (+75) in those three contests.
  • PATRICK MAHOMES (Kansas City at Arizona, 4:25 PM ET, CBS) is 4-0 as a starting quarterback on Kickoff Weekend with 13 touchdown passes, no interceptions and a 133.7 rating. He led the NFL with 22 touchdown passes on the road last season.
  • AARON RODGERS (Green Bay at Minnesota, 4:25 PM ET, FOX), the reigning back-to-back NFL MVP, led all qualified passers with a 109.7 rating on the road in 2021.
  • MATT RYAN (Indianapolis at Houston, 1:00 PM ET, CBS) makes his Colts debut and needs 265 passing yards to become the second-fastest player ever (223 games) to reach 60,000, trailing only DREW BREES (215 games).

4. SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: According to Next Gen Stats, Las Vegas defensive end MAXX CROSBY led the NFL with 82 quarterback pressures in 2021. On Sunday at SoFi Stadium (4:25 PM ET, CBS) he’ll line up across an offensive line featuring Chargers tackle RASHAWN SLATER, who earned Pro Bowl and second-team Associated Press All-Pro honors as a 2021 rookie. Slater’s quarterback, JUSTIN HERBERT, was pressured on only 4.2 percent of his dropbacks last season, fourth in the league behind TOM BRADY (2.9), JOSH ALLEN (3.6) and PATRICK MAHOMES (3.8). Herbert’s 9,350 passing yards and 69 touchdown passes are both the most ever by a player in his first two seasons.

5. SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUPTAMPA BAY at DALLAS on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC) is the first instance in NFL history in which the league’s top two scoring offenses from the prior season (Dallas 31.2 points per game in 2021, Tampa Bay 30.1) will meet in Week 1.

  • In 2021, the Buccaneers led the NFL in touchdown passes (43) while the Cowboys’ defense led the league in interceptions (26), including 11 by cornerback TREVON DIGGS, most by an NFL player since 1981.
  • The two clubs met in the annual kickoff game last season, with Tampa Bay defeating Dallas, 31-29. TOM BRADY (32 completions) and DAK PRESCOTT (42 completions, most ever in a Week 1 game) combined to complete 74 passes, the most in a single game in NFL history.

6. STREAK SPEAK: The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS have opened each of the past seven seasons (2015-21) with a victory, the NFL’s longest active Week 1 winning streak.

  • With a win on Sunday at Arizona (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Kansas City will tie Pittsburgh (eight, 2003-10) for the league’s fourth-longest season-opening winning streak since 1981, when the Cowboys established the NFL record of 17 consecutive Week 1 victories (1965-81).
  • ARIZONA, meanwhile, has won four consecutive home games against head coach ANDY REID (regular-season wins in 2005, 2012 and 2014 as well as the 2008 NFC Championship Game).
  • In Miami on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Dolphins head coach MIKE MCDANIEL makes his NFL debut at age 39, the same age as BILL BELICHICK at the time of his first game as an NFL head coach, in 1991. The Dolphins have three straight wins over New England and with a victory would have their longest winning streak against the Patriots since a five-game stretch from 1999-2001.

7. DID YOU KNOW?: Teams with quarterback TOM BRADY have won seven Super Bowls and in four of those seven seasons (New England in 2001, 2003 and 2014; Tampa Bay in 2020), Brady’s teams lost their Week 1 games.

8. UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: Houston quarterback DAVIS MILLS was in fourth grade at Mason Elementary School in Duluth, Ga., when MATT RYAN made his NFL debut for the Falcons in 2008. On Sunday, Mills and the Houston Texans will meet Ryan and his new team, the Indianapolis Colts (1:00 PM ET, CBS).

  • Last season, Mills ranked second among qualified rookie passers in rating (88.8), touchdown passes (16) and completion percentage (66.8) and third in passing yards (2,664). On Oct. 10 vs. New England, Mills became the first rookie quarterback to record at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 140-or-higher in a single game in NFL history.

9. TREND TIME: For the first time since 2014, when SHAUN HILLJOSH MCCOWN and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING opened that season under center, three quarterbacks are expected to start Week 1 games against former teams.

  • RUSSELL WILSON and the Denver Broncos conclude the Week 1 schedule when they meet the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN/ABC). A nine-time Pro Bowler for the Seahawks, Wilson posted a 104-53-1 record as a starter and led Seattle to a pair of Super Bowl appearances, including a Super Bowl XLVIII win over Denver to conclude the 2013 season.
  • BAKER MAYFIELD and the Carolina Panthers host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). The No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, Mayfield led the Browns to the 2020 playoffs.
  • JOE FLACCO is expected to start when the Jets host the Ravens on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Flacco played 11 years in Baltimore, including six playoff appearances and a Super Bowl XLVII title.

10. THIS WEEK IN NFL HISTORY: Sept. 12, 1982 (40 years ago) – Rookie running back MARCUS ALLEN, a future Pro Football Hall of Famer, recorded 180 scrimmage yards (116 rushing, 64 receiving) and ran for a touchdown in his NFL debut, leading the Los Angeles Raiders to a 23-17 win over the defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.

11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Cincinnati wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE, who like Pittsburgh general manager OMAR KHAN graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, La., begins his second NFL season on Sunday at home against the Steelers (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Chase trained with Pittsburgh running back NAJEE HARRIS prior to the players’ first-round selections in the 2021 NFL Draft and this week they square off for the fourth time in their combined college and NFL careers. Chase owns a 3-1 advantage in those games (1-1 with LSU against Alabama and 2-0 with the Bengals against the Steelers). Harris (1,667) and Chase (1,476) finished first and second, respectively, among rookies in scrimmage yards last season. 

KICKOFF WEEKEND NFL SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

Thursday, September 8Buffalo at Los Angeles RamsNBC8:20
Sunday, September 11New Orleans at AtlantaFOX1:00
Cleveland at CarolinaCBS1:00
San Francisco at ChicagoFOX1:00
Pittsburgh at CincinnatiCBS1:00
Philadelphia at DetroitFOX1:00
INDIANAPOLIS AT HOUSTONCBS1:00
New England at MiamiCBS1:00
Baltimore at New York JetsCBS1:00
Jacksonville at WashingtonFOX1:00
Kansas City at ArizonaCBS4:25
Las Vegas at Los Angeles ChargersCBS4:25
Green Bay at MinnesotaFOX4:25
New York Giants at TennesseeFOX4:25
Tampa Bay at DallasNBC8:20
Monday, September 12Denver at SeattleESPN/ABC8:15

**’America’s Game 2021 Los Angeles Rams’ and ‘We Not Me’ Premiere Wednesday, September 7 on NFL Network

The night before the 2022 NFL regular season kicks off, NFL Network celebrates the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams with a pair of documentary features.

On Wednesday, September 7, America’s Game: 2021 Los Angeles Rams premieres at 8:00 PM ET, followed by We Not Me: Sean McVay and the 2021 Los Angeles Rams at 9:00 PM ET.

America’s Game: 2021 Los Angeles Rams

At 8:00 PM ET, America’s Game: 2021 Los Angeles Rams premieres featuring in-depth interviews with defensive tackle Aaron Donald, quarterback Matthew Stafford and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth telling the story of the Super Bowl LVI champion Los Angeles Rams.

Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor and Los Angeles native Bryan Cranston, America’s Game delves deep into the Rams’ second Super Bowl title in franchise history. In the hour-long show, Donald, Stafford and Whitworth recount the season in their own words.

Among the topics discussed in America’s Game: 2021 Los Angeles Rams:

  • The trade for quarterback Matthew Stafford following the 2020 NFL season, and the relationship he built with wide receiver Cooper Kupp and head coach Sean McVay
  • Not winning a game during the month of November following a 7-1 start
     
  • The leadership of defensive tackle Aaron Donald and the lessons he learned from outside linebacker Von Miller following the win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round
     
  • Ending the team’s six-game losing streak to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game

This year’s edition of America’s Game is the 56th episode of the long-running special which celebrates the Super Bowl champions.

Provided below are select quotes from America’s Game: 2021 Los Angeles Rams:

– “The work that he puts in, it’s not by chance that he’s the best player in the NFL on defense. I had to play against it, now I get to see it up close and personal. It’s as impressive as any athlete I’ve ever been around.” – Matthew Stafford on Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald

– “I feel like I accomplished everything in the NFL that I wanted to accomplish as a defensive player. The only thing I was lacking was being a world champion.” – Aaron Donald on entering the 2021 NFL season

– “I think in some ways when you get to have the start we did and add the players that we did, there is a little bit of a mentality of ‘OK, it’s just going to happen for you’ and you lose a little bit of ‘No, we have to go out and win every game and play at the level we’re capable of regardless of who is on our football team.’ We needed a little bit of a reset.” – Andrew Whitworth on not winning a game in the month of November

– “It’s something I love. All I want is the ball in my hand.” – Matthew Stafford on pressure moments with the game on the line

– “He sat there and talked to me for 30 minutes. He was just saying for us to get to the Super Bowl, they’re going to have to hear your voice. I remember him saying ‘They’re going to have to hear you.'” – Aaron Donald on the advice Rams outside linebacker Von Miller gave him after defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round

– “When you’re as special as Aaron Donald and you set the tone each and every week with your play, guys are yearning to hear what you have to say.” – Andrew Whitworth on the leadership of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald

– “Being in that moment, there is nothing like it. The reality is so much better than the dream.” – Aaron Donald on winning the Super Bowl

– “At least for me, until you get to that point it’s hard to comprehend the level of sacrifice that it takes to get something like that done. We had so many guys on our team that were deserving of having a Lombardi Trophy attached to their careers. Being able to get that done for those guys was something that I’ll always love.” – Matthew Stafford on winning the Super Bowl

We Not Me: Sean McVay and the 2021 Los Angeles Rams

At 9:00 PM ET, We Not Me: Sean McVay and the 2021 Los Angeles Rams premieres on NFL Network, providing a detailed and close-up look at the Los Angeles Rams’ second Super Bowl title in franchise history from the coaches’ perspective.

Narrated by actor Morgan Spector, the hour-long show features interviews with Rams head coach Sean McVay, general manager Les Snead and the following Rams coaches:

  • Joe DeCamillis – Special Teams Coordinator
  • Eric Henderson – Defensive Line Coach
  • Raheem Morris – Defensive Coordinator
  • Kevin O’Connell – Offensive Coordinator (2021)
  • Chris Shula – Linebackers Coach (2021)
  • Eric Yarber – Wide Receivers Coach

Among the topics discussed in We Not Me:

  • The Los Angeles Rams’ team mentality of “We Not Me”
     
  • The trade for quarterback Matthew Stafford following the 2020 NFL season
     
  • Acquiring outside linebacker Von Miller and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during the course of the 2021 NFL season
     
  • Ending the team’s six-game losing streak to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game

  • Key moments during Super Bowl LVI such as Odell Beckham Jr.’s success on third down, the jet sweep on fourth down and game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Cooper Kupp, and the game-sealing pressure by defensive tackle Aaron Donald

Provided below are select quotes from We Not Me:

– “It’s been here before I got here in terms of what our organization believes in, what the players believe in and we’re in this thing together…I think when you bring in those players and they realize how special this place is, it’s an immediate buy-in.” – Eric Henderson on the Rams’ “We Not Me” mentality

– “He’s a football savant. But he’s also probably a savant at communicating, and I think those two things blended together leading a football team probably helped him fast-forward maybe his success more than others.” – Les Snead on Rams head coach Sean McVay

– “I think we just decided with Matthew Stafford as our quarterback we were going to try to not even really re-invent our offense but just re-tool it in a way that allowed him to play quarterback and really put the game in his hands.” – Kevin O’Connell on Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford

– “When we say ‘all in,’ it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re all in for 2021 only. We’re definitely all in to take advantage of the window we’re in and we’re well aware that we have a chance to be special in this window.” – Les Snead on acquiring Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr.

– “I think across the board, I think this team was built to pick each other up and it was another great display of what Sean McVay leadership did for all of us.” – Raheem Morris on the Rams overcoming a three-game losing streak during the season

– “We knew what a great challenge it was going to be and we knew that I think there was something gratifying about having to get through them to get to the championship.” – Sean McVay on defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game

– “Sometimes the best thing you can do as a coach when you have the right players is trust and give them some ownership and autonomy. They took some time individually to get it timed up and I could see they felt comfortable with it.” – Sean McVay on the jet sweep on fourth down in Super Bowl LVI

**NFL International Combine Returns To London

The National Football League International Combine heads to London for the second consecutive year. 

Mirrored after the annual NFL Combine staged in the United States, the invitational scouting showcase is designed to discover and evaluate potential NFL talent globally.  Forty-four athletes will be selected to participate in a series of tests in front of NFL evaluators at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 3-4.

“Hosting the International Combine in London for the second year provides tremendous exposure for our great game,” said Roman Oben, NFL Vice President of Football Development. “The Combine allows us to evaluate new talent globally, shine a spotlight on our sport and provide an opportunity for participants to compete at the highest level.”

Athletes representing as many as 13 countries will be evaluated for a potential position in the NFL’s International Player Pathway (IPP) program.

Instituted in 2017, the IPP program aims to provide elite international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster.

Following the International Combine, a select number of athletes who meet specific performance requirements and display the potential to play in the NFL, will be invited to train in the United States for three months. This group will be reduced yet again following the training phase in the US and a select number will be allocated to NFL clubs for the 2023 season.

The International Combine is the first step in the process towards participation in the IPP program that has helped players such as EFE OBADA (UK/Washington Commanders), JAKOB JOHNSON (Germany/Las Vegas Raiders) and JORDAN MAILATA (Australia/Philadelphia Eagles) earn an NFL roster spot.

This year MARCEL DABO (Germany/Indianapolis Colts), ADEDAYO ODELEYE (United Kingdom/Houston Texans) THOMAS ODUKOYA (Netherlands/Tennessee Titans) and AYO OYELOLA (United Kingdom/Jacksonville Jaguars) will join the practice squads of their AFC South teams.

The 2022 International Combine will be the fourth iteration, after one in Australia in 2018 and in Germany in 2019. The NFL conducted a Combine in Mexico in October of 2021 for athletes unable to make it to London due to travel restrictions. This is the second time the event will be hosted in London; the combine will be closed to the public.

Below are the players who received International Combine invitations:

NamePositionCountryTeam
Lachlan Amosa, TalitigaDLAustraliaBerlin Rebels
Oswin, BrendanOLAustraliaPotsdam Royals
Ogbevoen, LuckyLBAustriaSwarco Raiders
Rodlauer, TobiasOLAustriaBerlin Thunder
Fortes, KevinDBFranceHamburg Sea Devils
Kancel, LudovicOLFrance –
Saint Amand Daufour, AbelLBFranceCougars de Saint-Ouen-L’Aumone
Zeregbe, StanleyLBFranceBerlin Thunder
Jokiel, LucaOLGermanyHeidelburg Hunters
Levi Kruse, JohnTE/FBGermanyHamburg Sea Devils
Schroeter, LinoLBGermanyCologne Crocodiles
Simon, FlamurLB/DEGermanyCologne Centurions
Werthmann, MarlonOLGermanySchwabisch Hall Unicorns
Wiegand, LeanderOLGermanyCologne Centurions
Matsui, RikiWRJapanFujitsu Frontiers
Ibarra Rodriguez, ErnestoLB/DEMexico –
Zepeda, HectorOLMexicoTec De Monterrey
Kwofie, HarlanDBNetherlandsRhein Fire
Owusu-Bediako, TyreseDLNetherlandsRhein Fire
Gary Pumipi, Te AkauOLNew Zealand7T5 Sports Academy
Raymond Chan-Tung, JaylenOLNew Zealand –
Siaki Akiono, JackTENew Zealand7T5 Sports Academy
Vinny Lui, Etuale JuniorOL/DLNew Zealand –
Augustine Nwoye, IfeanyiLBNigeriaUprise Academy
Chijioke Okoye, Basil OLNigeriaUprise Academy
Chisom Omemgboji, ChibuikeOLNigeriaUprise Academy
David Agoha, EbukaLB/DENigeriaUprise Academy
Emmanuel Nzekwe, EbukaDBNigeriaUprise Academy
Godrick, JasonOLNigeriaUprise Academy
Laoye, AmosOLNigeriaNew Yorker Lions
Odumegwu, KennethDLNigeriaUprise Academy
Okwuchukwu Ezeani, JohnboscoDLNigeriaUprise Academy
Osuji, DesmondDLNigeriaUprise Academy
Paul Anine, IfeanyiDBNigeriaUprise Academy
Precious Uzuegbu, UdochukwuWRNigeriaUprise Academy
Humberto Jiron Bowles, JaimeDE/TEPanamaLinces UVM
Fernández Nieto, AlejandroLB/DESpainBarcelona Dragons
Rodriguez, GabrielOLSpainBarcelona Dragons
Haenni, TimDLSwitzerlandHamburg Sea Devils
Falola, EmmanuelLBUKBristol Aztecs
Jackson, JaiLB/DEUKLondon Blitz
Johnson-Fisher, TyreseRBUKLondon Warriors
Mbahin, ArthurLB/DEUKTamworth Phoenix
Owusu, Andy RBUKLondon Warriors

(JETS NEWS)

**NEW YORK (AP) There’s still a chance Zach Wilson will open the season for the New York Jets under center instead of on the sideline.

Coach Robert Saleh said during a Zoom call that Wilson did some throwing on the field Monday while testing out his surgically repaired right knee, which was injured in the preseason opener at Philadelphia on Aug. 12.

“He looked good, felt good,” Saleh said.

And Saleh left the door open for Wilson potentially starting Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, returning less than a month after surgery.

“Yeah, it’s possible,” Saleh said.

While it could be a little gamesmanship mixed with optimism, Saleh added the Jets will evaluate Wilson over the next two days and make a decision Wednesday on whether he or Joe Flacco will start. The coach added “it does nothing for us from game plan standpoint” to rush to name a starter for Week 1. He said Wilson, Flacco and Mike White are all capable of running Mike LaFleur’s offense at a high level, and the game plan would remain the same regardless of who’s under center.

It might still be wishful thinking to expect Wilson to be completely healthy in time for the game.

Wilson suffered a bone bruise and torn meniscus, which was repaired via arthroscopic surgery in Los Angeles on Aug. 16. He was initially expected to miss two to four weeks, but the Jets have insisted they won’t rush the second-year quarterback back to the field.

“Everyone heals differently, and we’ll see what happens (Tuesday),” Saleh said.

This is an important season for the 23-year-old Wilson, who struggled at the beginning of his rookie year, then missed four games with a sprained PCL in his right knee before returning and showing marked signs of improvement to finish. He threw no interceptions in his final five games and appeared to be quicker at making decisions and reading defenses.

Wilson was having a good training camp before the injury, putting together nearly two weeks of solid practices entering the preseason game at Philadelphia.

The challenge for Wilson, whenever he returns, will be to get back quickly into a similar groove on the field despite missing nearly a month.

Saleh said Wilson would not need a ramp-up period to play once he’s healthy. He would step into the starting QB spot again at that point.

“Eventually, he’s got to get back in there,” Saleh said. “Whether it’s this week, next week, the week after, it doesn’t matter. So, you just have to rip the Band-Aid off.

“When Zach’s ready to play and he’s healthy, like I’ve said from the beginning – when he’s healthy and he feels good, he’s going to play football.”

NOTES: Saleh announced that the players voted Wilson as the Jets’ offensive team captain. Linebacker C.J. Mosley was selected as the defensive captain and Justin Hardee for special teams. All three were captains last year. Saleh said the coaching staff will select one player every week to join the other three as game day captains. … CB D.J. Reed (knee) worked out on the field Monday and Saleh said the team will have a better idea of his chances to play by Wednesday.

(COWBOYS NEWS)

**FRISCO, Texas (AP) Four years ago, Jason Peters saw the Dallas Cowboys as arrogant.

Now that the two-time All-Pro with the Philadelphia Eagles has joined the Cowboys, Peters calls it “swagger.”

Hey, a guy can change, particularly with the ever-evolving rosters of the NFL.

“You can’t blame me,” Peters said Monday after signing a one-year contract with a club needing help at left tackle. “We were rivals.”

Dallas is hoping the 40-year-old Peters can help make up for the loss of eight-time Pro Bowler Tyron Smith, who is likely out until at least December with a torn hamstring. Peters is joining the team’s practice squad and probably won’t be ready for the opener Sunday night against Tampa Bay.

The Cowboys released defensive end Mika Tafua to make room for Peters.

Rookie Tyler Smith, who played left tackle at Tulsa, worked almost all of the offseason and training camp at left guard with the idea of getting the first-round pick in the lineup. After Tyron Smith’s hamstring tear that also fractured his left knee in practice two weeks ago, Smith moved back to his college position.

Tyler Smith said he was getting first-team reps at left tackle Monday, which means he should start against the Buccaneers, but Peters will get strong consideration for that spot once the 40-year-old Texas native is ready to play in a game.

“Just having him in the building was great for me,” Tyler Smith said. “We’re all geared toward one goal, and that’s winning. We’re competing against those other teams. We’re competing against each other every day, but it’s always good to have guys like that in the building.”

Peters didn’t say he expected to start once he was ready, which he said would take a “couple of weeks.”

“If Smith gets in there and starts rolling and they want to keep him. I am just going to help him,” said Peters, who has started 218 of 228 games in his career. “I ain’t no guy who is going to feel some way if I don’t start.”

Coach Mike McCarthy declined to address how the addition of Peters will affect the the makeup of the offensive line.

“This is about adding depth and bringing another excellent player into your program,” McCarthy said. “This is more about adding a future Hall of Fame player to your lineup – to your football team.”

Peters spent 11 of his first 16 seasons with Philadelphia before starting 15 games with Chicago last season. The nine-time Pro Bowler from Arkansas started his career as an undrafted free agent with Buffalo.

He was born, raised and still lives in East Texas, but Peters said he grew up a Bills fans, which is why he signed with them out of college. He wasn’t going to pretend it was different to put on Cowboys blue after a decade in Eagles green.

“Umm, yeah, a little bit,” Peters said when asked if it was weird. “Like I said, that was our rivalry. You know the Dallas and Eagle rivalry go deep, so it’s kinda weird. But I’m here in my home state and ready to roll.”

While five-time All-Pro right guard Zack Martin anchors the Dallas offensive line, none of the other four expected starters on opening day has played more than three years. Connor McGovern, who missed his entire rookie year win 2019 with an arm injury, is at left guard with third-year players at center (Tyler Biadasz) and right tackle (Terence Steele).

“What (Peters) brings to the table, what he brings to the offensive line room, all of that is part of his value,” McCarthy said. “That’s why this is just such a great fit for us and for him. So we do have a lot of young offensive linemen that will benefit.”

(STEELERS NEWS)

**PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Tomlin isn’t quite ready to publicly anoint Mitch Trubisky as the Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback.

Neither is Trubisky.

“The announcement will come out when it needs to come out,” Trubisky said Monday. “You’re not going to hear it from me.”

No need, not after Trubisky’s teammates effectively proclaimed it on Monday when they selected him as one of five co-captains.

“I just think he’s a guy who people rally around,” said defensive tackle Cam Heyward of Trubisky, who arrived in free agency in March. “He’s all about team. He’s very bought in. He understands and Coach T says it, he’s carrying our hopes and dreams on every single play.”

Trubisky has said all the right things and done all the right things seemingly from the moment he signed a two-year deal for the chance to replace the retired Ben Roethlisberger. He reached out individually to the returning players on offense and welcomed the skill position players to his home in South Florida during the spring in hopes of building chemistry.

Trubisky began the spring atop the depth chart and despite a push from Mason Rudolph and rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett – both of whom performed well throughout the offseason program and training camp – Trubisky never provided much reason for Tomlin to switch things up.

Though Tomlin has yet to make it officially official – that’s likely to come on Tuesday as the Steelers begin preparations for next Sunday’s season opener at Cincinnati – Trubisky has acted like the starter from the moment he put pen to paper in mid-March.

The way Trubisky figures it, being a leader sort of comes with the territory when you play one of the most important positions in sports.

“You just want to be that guy day in and day out that guys can look to like, `Hey, if I do it the way this guy does it, we’re going to be heading in the right direction,'” Trubisky said.

Heyward, reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt, special teams ace Miles Killebrew and second-year running back Najee Harris were also elected captains.

The 24-year-old Harris set a franchise rookie record by running for 1,200 yards in 2021. He quickly earned the respect of his teammates with his work ethic and discipline.

“You know, he’s a guy that leads by example, doesn’t say a lot,” Heyward said of Harris. “But I just think he was destined to be captain. He was a guy that when you looked at our roster, you know, he’s the bell cow. And so we’ve had bell cows that haven’t been captains, but it’s what he does off the field. He’s locked in.”

Trubisky found it telling that Harris flew to Pittsburgh on the day Trubisky officially signed. Harris gave Trubisky a rough sketch of the offense and the team’s goals for 2022 and beyond.

“He was there for me from day one,” Trubisky said. “And to me, those are the little things that people don’t see that leaders do on a day-to-day basis, having those relationships that go deeper and beyond (the surface) with your teammates. And that’s why he is who he is.”

NOTES: The Steelers signed S Andrew Adams, CB Josh Jackson and LB Delontae Scott to the practice squad on Monday. … Pro Bowl WR Diontae Johnson warmed up with his teammates on Monday, but did not participate in most portions of practice. Johnson injured his left shoulder in the preseason finale against Detroit on Aug. 28, though Tomlin said at the time that there’s a chance Johnson could have returned to the game if it was the regular season.

(COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS)

(CLEMSON VS. GEORGIA TECH)

ATLANTA (AP) After getting much of the blame for a disappointing season by Clemson standards, DJ Uiagalelei needed good things to happen in the season opener.

With one whirling dervish of a play, the quarterback showed why the Tigers still have plenty of faith in him.

Uiagalelei threw for one touchdown and ran for another, overcoming a sluggish start in the season opener as No. 4 Clemson pulled away for a 41-10 victory over Georgia Tech on Monday night.

Perhaps the biggest play of the game came in the third quarter, when Uiagalelei was cornered by two Georgia Tech defenders and appeared headed for a sack on third-and-4.

But he twisted around and managed to stay upright just long enough to flip a lateral to Shipley, who rumbled 10 yards to keep the Clemson offense on the field.

“I was trying to get out of the pocket, trying to buy some time to get the ball away,” Uiagalelei said. “As I was going to the ground I looked to my left and saw Shipley there. I just pitched it to him. He made a great run.”

For coach Dabo Swinney, that’s the kind of play the Tigers need to make to reclaim their place atop the Atlantic Coast Conference, as well as get back to the College Football Playoff.

“That was a play we didn’t make last year,” Swinney said. “That’s just his strength, his grit, where he’s at physically. Just find a way, man. He’s got some creativity to him.”

Sparked by that play, the Tigers drove 74 yards for a touchdown that finally buried the Yellow Jackets. Uiagalelei ran it in from 9 yards out to push Clemson’s lead to 24-10.

Uiagalelei completed 19 of 32 passes for 209 yards, including a 6-yard scoring play to Beaux Collins that gave the Tigers a two-touchdown lead in the first half.

Georgia Tech, looking to improve on three straight three-win seasons that have coach Geoff Collins on the hot seat, kept it closer than expected much of the way.

But the Yellow Jackets couldn’t overcome two blocked punts, both of which led to short touchdown runs by Will Shipley.

It was the first time since 2007 that Clemson has blocked two punts in a game.

“We’ve got to get that fixed. Those things cannot happen,” Collins said. “Very disappointing.”

Georgia Tech pulled to 14-10 with an impressive drive in the third quarter, culminating with Jeff Sims tossing a 13-yard TD pass to 6-foot-7 transfer E.J. Jenkins.

Both teams struggled offensively until Clemson got its first blocked punt.

Carson Donnelly broke through the line untouched and smothered the ball. Brannon Specter scooped up the ball at the Georgia Tech 18 and took it down the 5 before he was knocked out bounds, setting up Shipley’s 1-yard TD run on fourth-and-goal.

Sims threw an interception on Georgia Tech’s first play of the season, an ill-advised deep pass while under pressure that was picked off by Andrew Mukuba.

The Yellow Jackets’ third-year quarterback is considered a key to the team’s chances of a turnaround season, and he showed flashes both throwing and running

It wasn’t nearly enough to pull off the upset. Sims finished with 164 yards passing and led the team in rushing with 41 yards.

The second Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game of the Labor Day weekend was played before a crowd at 47,712 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the upper deck was closed off to prevent it from looking like a Clemson home game.

As it was, at least half the crowd appeared to be decked out in orange.

CADE’S DEBUT

Highly touted freshman Cade Klubnik got a big cheer from what was left of the Clemson crowd when he came in at quarterback with the victory secured.

Klubnik led the Tigers to their final touchdown on his only possession, completing 4 of 6 passes 49 yards including a 3-yard score to Will Taylor.

“That’s the most important position in football,” Swinney said. “You’ve got to have guys who can go in.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: Coming off a 10-3 season, this team still appears to be a work in progress.

For the first time in Swinney’s 14 full seasons as coach, Clemson is breaking in two new coordinators, so it might take a while to get everyone on the same page.

The Tigers certainly don’t appear to be at the same level as Southeastern Conference powerhouses Alabama and Georgia.

Georgia Tech: Collins appears to have done little to correct some familiar problems that plagued his first three years in Atlanta.

There were far too many penalties, including a host of false starts, an unnecessary pass interference penalty that extended a drive when the Yellow Jackets had momentum, and a targeting call that led to the ejection of Charlie Thomas.

And, of course, two blocked punts are inexcusable.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Clemson will probably stay about where it is in The Associated Press rankings after pulling away to make the final score in the expected range.

UP NEXT

Clemson: Takes on Furman, a member of the FCS Southern Conference, in its home opener Saturday. It’s a short trip for the Paladins, whose campus is about 35 miles from Death Valley.

Georgia Tech: Plays its campus opener Saturday when another Southern Conference team, Western Carolina, visits Bobby Dodd Stadium.

(MICHIGAN NEWS)

**ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh hopes players get a cut of the money generated by an expanded College Football Playoff.

“I do believe the players should receive a revenue share from the massive TV deals that have been worked out,” Harbaugh said Monday at his weekly news conference before the eighth-ranked Wolverines host Hawaii.

The plan to expand the CFP from four teams was approved Friday, and the new-look tournament will begin as soon as 2024 and as late as 2026.

“Great,” Harbaugh said. “All for it.”

An 11-game championship bracket could be worth as much as $2 billion in media rights to the conferences that play major college football, starting in 2026. If the new format begins before the current 12-year contract with ESPN expires, the conferences could make an additional $450 million over the final two years. The current deal that ends after the 2025 season pays about $470 million per year.

CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said ESPN would get the first bid on any new playoff inventory added in 2024 and 2025. After 2025, there is no TV contract for a playoff. The plan is to take the new format to the open market and possibly involve multiple TV partners instead of just ESPN.

In the new playoff format, six of the highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large, selection-committee selections will earn a spot. The top four seeds would be conference champions, receiving byes into the second round. First-round games would be played on campuses and the rest at bowl sites.

The CFP management committee, which includes conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, are scheduled to meet Thursday in Dallas. Dates of games, host sites, available television windows and the impact on the regular-season schedule are among the topics they are expected to discuss.

(TEXAS NEWS)

**AUSTIN, TEXAS: Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian isn’t putting much stock into his team’s marquee matchup Saturday against No. 1 Alabama.

“My goal is to be in Dallas on Dec. 3 (for the Big 12 championship game),” Sarkisian told reporters Monday, according to the Longhorn Network. “This game has no impact on that. We don’t impact them going to the SEC championship. But it’s an awesome opportunity. Great setting for college football.”

“We need to be enamored with us,” Sarkisian added. “Focused on us.”

The Week 2 matchup between the Longhorns and Crimson Tide marks the first time the schools have played each other since the 2009 BCS national championship game.

Sarkisian is one of several Texas coaches who once worked under head coach Nick Saban at Alabama. That list also includes offensive coordinator Kyle Flood and special teams and tight end coach Jeff Banks. The Longhorns hired Sarkisian after Alabama’s 2020 national title run.

While the clash between the two schools is a non-conference contest, Texas and Oklahoma will join the SEC by 2025.

The Longhorns’ 52-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe last Saturday drew praise from Alabama’s coach.

“Sark’s done a really good job there,” Saban said, per ON3’s Clint Lamb. “They’ve got some really good players on offense. … Played much better last week on defense than they did at points last year.”

(MLB NEWS)

(YANKEES VS TWINS)

**NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge kept up his bruising pace and hit his major league-leading 54th home run, connecting for the third straight day and sending the New York Yankees over the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Monday.

Judge has homered in five of his last seven games for the AL East leaders. He snapped a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning when he hit a 3-1 slider from Trevor Megill (3-2) into the second deck in left.

“It’s getting hard to put into words what he’s doing,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Just a special season he’s in the midst of.”

The All-Star slugger reached 54 homers in his 131st game. He is on pace to hit 65 homers, four more than Roger Maris’ AL record in 1961. Judge reached 54 homers in New York’s 135th game; Maris hit his 54th when he connected off Washington’s Tom Cheney in New York’s 139th game on Sept. 6, 1961.

“I’m paying close attention to it. How could you not?” Boone said, adding, “it’d be pretty amazing.”

Judge, who also doubled, has scored five of New York’s last eight runs. He hit solo homers in the final two games at Tampa Bay, scored on a sacrifice fly by rookie Oswaldo Cabrera on Sunday and scored on a single by Josh Donaldson in the first on Monday.

Judge’s latest drive came after Gary Sanchez hit a 473-foot, two-run homer into the left field bleachers off Jameson Taillon in the fifth that tied it at 2.

Sanchez tied the game by hitting a 1-0 sinker for his 14th homer since the Yankees traded him along with Gio Urshela to Minnesota for Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ben Rortvedt on March 13.

After connecting, Sanchez watched the ball soar into the stands, dropped his bat and ran around the bases as some of his teammates pounded on the dugout rail.

Marwin Gonzalez also homered for the Yankees, ending a 0-for-29 skid with his first hit since July 6. Kiner-Falefa added his second homer this year in the seventh.

Greg Weissert (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for his second career win. The Long Island native worked around an error in the sixth and was replaced by Wandy Peralta after walking two in the seventh.

Peralta quickly finished the seventh by getting Jose Miranda to hit into a double play, with Gonzalez making a nice scoop at first of Donaldson’s throw, and then fanned two in the eighth.

Clay Holmes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save.

Judge scored when he doubled and scored on Donaldson’s single off the base of the left field wall. Judge scored just before Donaldson was tagged out at second after appearing to think he had homered.

New York went up 2-0 when Gonzalez hit a slider into the right field seats in the third.

FOR STARTERS

Taillon allowed two runs and six hits in five innings. Three of those came in the fifth inning and he was aided by rookie RF Cabrera’s fourth career outfield assist when Miranda was thrown out trying to stretch his single in the fifth.

Minnesota’s Chris Archer allowed two runs and four hits in five innings and is winless in his last 10 starts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: RF Max Kepler (hip tightness) was a late scratch. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. .RHP Sonny Gray (right hamstring tightness) will throw his bullpen session Tuesday and his next start is being pushed back to Thursday’s series finale in New York

Yankees: DH Giancarlo Stanton was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth after fouling a ball off his left foot in the sixth. Stanton grimaced and was unable to put any weight on his left foot. Boone said he’s not sure whether Stanton will be available for Tuesday night’s game. . LF Andrew Benintendi will have surgery on Tuesday after breaking a bone in his right wrist during a swing Friday night. Boone said Benintendi, acquired from Kansas City in late July, could play again this season. “I think the possibility of him returning is still in play,” Boone said. . 1B Anthony Rizzo (lower back) is expected to resume baseball activities Wednesday. Rizzo was originally scheduled to resume baseball activities Monday but experienced headaches as a side effect from an epidural shot. . LHP Aroldis Chapman (leg infection) may throw a bullpen session this week. . OF Harrison Bader (right foot plantar fasciitis) hit in the cage and could begin a rehab stint next week.

UP NEXT

Minnesota RHP Joe Ryan (10-7, 3.88 ERA) opposes New York RHP Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.28) on Tuesday. Cole allowed a career-high five homers in 2 1/3 innings June 9 in Minnesota.

(BLUE JAYS VS. ORIOLES GAME 1)

**BALTIMORE (AP) Kevin Gausman made a triumphant return to Camden Yards and Teoscar Hernandez homered, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday in the opener of a doubleheader.

Gausman (11-9) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in his first start at Baltimore since he was acquired in a 2018 trade with the Orioles. The right-hander won consecutive starts for the first time since May.

Toronto won its fourth in a row and increased its lead over Baltimore for the American League’s third wild card to 3 1/2 games. The Blue Jays and Orioles play 10 times over the final 31 days of the regular season.

Anthony Santander homered from both sides of the plate for Baltimore, which has lost two in a row after a four-game win streak. Adley Rutschman had two hits and scored a run.

Hernandez hit his 20th homer in the eighth, a solo shot that lifted Toronto to a 4-2 lead. After Santander connected in the bottom half, the Blue Jays put it away with three runs in the ninth.

George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette hit consecutive RBI singles against rookie DL Hall.

The 31-year-old Gausman was back in a familiar environment for the first time in more than four years. Baltimore took the right-hander with the No. 4 pick in the 2012 draft, and he zipped through the team’s minor league system. Gausman debuted in 2013 and was 24-20 with a 3.70 ERA in 70 appearances at Camden Yards before he was dealt to Atlanta in July 2018.

His biggest obstacle Monday was arguably a fourth-inning balk call. Gausman stormed off the mound and started arguing with second base umpire Jeff Nelson before Bichette rushed in to hold him back.

Gausman is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in seven starts since Aug. 2.

Mike Baumann (1-3), who served as Baltimore’s 29th man for the doubleheader, yielded three runs in five innings in his first major league start. Baumann, who made 11 relief appearances with the Orioles in the last two seasons, struck out two.

Toronto tied it at 1 in the second when Matt Chapman doubled and Cavan Biggio singled him home. Alejandro Kirk’s grounder brought in a run in the third, and Bichette made it 3-1 with a run-scoring groundout in the fifth.

Santander also hit a solo drive in the first in his seventh career multihomer game. Ryan Mountcastle delivered an RBI double in the sixth.

The holiday doubleheader included a makeup of an Aug. 10 rainout during Toronto’s first visit to Baltimore this season.

TRANSACTIONS

Blue Jays: RHP Zach Pop was added as the team’s 29th man. Pop worked a scoreless ninth in the opener.

Orioles: In addition to adding Baumann, Baltimore recalled RHP Beau Sulser from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RHP Rico Garcia to Norfolk. Garcia had a 4.50 ERA in six games with the Orioles. … Baltimore claimed RHP Jake Reed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and placed INF Jonathan Arauz on the restricted list. RHP Phoenix Sanders cleared outright waivers and was assigned to Norfolk.

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Toronto right-hander Jose Berrios (9-5, 5.32 ERA) and Baltimore right-hander Jordan Lyles (10-9, 4.25 ERA start the second game.

(BLUE JAYS VS. ORIOLES GAME 2)

BALTIMORE (AP) Bo Bichette hit a career-high three home runs in the second game of a doubleheader, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Monday night to complete a sweep and widen their lead in the AL wild-card race.

Bichette hit a three-run homer off Nick Vespi in the third inning, then added solo drives in the sixth and seventh off Bruce Zimmermann. The shortstop had six hits and seven RBIs during the doubleheader, is hitting .400 (24 for 60) over his last 15 games and has 21 home runs this season.

“I think today was probably the most competitive we’ve been all year,” Bichette said. “It’s a good thing at this time of year, especially in this series.”

According to STATS, Bichette is the first American League shortstop to record six hits and three home runs on a single day.

“It’s just a really good hitter getting hot,” Toronto interim manager John Schneider said. “We’ve said this all along that Bo’s a huge part of our team and offense, and right now he’s locked in.”

Bichette lined to center in the ninth when he came up with a chance to tie the major league record of four home runs in a game. He matched a career high with five RBIs in the nightcap.

Toronto won the opener 7-3 behind Kevin Gausman, who allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in his first outing at Camden Yards since Baltimore traded him in July 2018.

Cavan Biggio also homered in the second game for the Blue Jays, who won their fifth in a row and extended their lead over Baltimore to 4 1/2 games for the AL’s third and final wild-card spot. The teams will meet 10 times in the final 31 days of the regular season, a stretch that began Monday.

Rougned Odor and Adley Rutschman homered in the second game for Baltimore. The Orioles have lost three in a row, their longest skid since a four-game slide from June 28-July 2.

Toronto starter Jose Berrios (10-5) allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. He struck out two.

Baltimore scratched scheduled starter Jordan Lyles between games of the doubleheader. Lyles went to warm up but was not feeling well and was replaced by Keegan Akin (3-2). Akin allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings, and both came around on Bichette’s blast that put Toronto ahead 3-1.

“It was right before the lineup (card) exchange,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “I had Akin sprint down and get ready as fast as possible. . That’s kind of the way it goes. We’re short and it didn’t turn out well.”

The Blue Jays broke it open in the sixth against Zimmermann. Bichette led off with a homer to secure his eighth career multi-homer game, and Biggio followed with a solo drive two batters later. After back-to-back singles, Jackie Bradley Jr. laced a two-run double.

Bichette homered again with one out in the seventh, becoming the first Blue Jays player with a three-homer game since Vladimir Guerrero Jr. did it April 13 against the New York Yankees. According to STATS, they are the second pair of American League teammates under age 25 to have three-homer games in the same season, joining Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri of the 1927 Yankees.

Teoscar Hernandez hit his 20th home run in the first game to support Gausman (11-9), selected by Baltimore as fourth overall in the 2012 draft. He zipped through the club’s minor league system and pitched for the Orioles from 2013-18.

His biggest obstacle in his return to Baltimore was arguably a fourth-inning balk call. Gausman stormed off the mound and started arguing with second base umpire Jeff Nelson before Bichette rushed in to hold him back.

“If you actually look at the replay, I did stop,” Gausman said. “I just felt like Jeff, for whatever reason, wanted to make that call and went into the game knowing that he was going to make that call. It’s unfortunate. Obviously, I was pretty heated and Bo kind of saved of me and did a good job of just reminding me that `Hey, we have two games today. It’s not just one game.'”

Baltimore’s Anthony Santander homered from both sides of the plate for his seventh career multi-homer game in the opener. Mike Baumann (1-3), added as the Orioles’ 29th man, allowed three runs in five innings in his first career start.

The holiday doubleheader included a makeup of an Aug. 10 rainout during Toronto’s first visit to Baltimore this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: Toronto activated RHP Julian Merryweather (abdominal strain) from the 60-day injured list before the second game. The Blue Jays optioned RHP Casey Lawrence to Triple-A Buffalo and designated C Zack Collins for assignment. . RHP Zach Pop was added as the team’s 29th man. Pop worked a scoreless ninth in the opener.

Orioles: In addition to adding Baumann, Baltimore recalled RHP Beau Sulser from Triple-A Norfolk for and optioned RHP Rico Garcia to Norfolk. Sulser was optioned back to Norfolk after pitching an inning in the opener. Baltimore recalled Zimmermann from Norfolk for the second game. . Baltimore claimed RHP Jake Reed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and placed INF Jonathan Arauz on the restricted list. RHP Phoenix Sanders cleared outright waivers and was assigned to Norfolk.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Mitch White (1-5, 4.67 ERA) is 0-2 with a 12.10 ERA in his last two outings. He faces Baltimore for the first time Tuesday.

Orioles: RHP Kyle Bradish (3-5, 5.17) has allowed four hits over 15 scoreless innings over his last two appearances to win consecutive starts after earning just one victory in his first 15 turns in the rotation. He is 0-1 with a 6.91 ERA in three outings against Toronto.

(SAN FRANCISCO VS. LA DODGERS)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lewis Brinson, J.D. Davis, Thairo Estrada and David Villar rocked Andrew Heaney for home runs in back-to-back innings, and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 on Monday night.

Brinson added a solo shot in the ninth and the Giants snapped an eight-game losing streak to their longtime rivals, who hold a commanding lead in the NL West. The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the division title is eight.

The Giants’ season-high five homers were the most given up by the Dodgers since yielding that many to the New York Yankees during a 10-2 loss in 2019.

Logan Webb (12-8) ended a three-game skid in his career-high 28th appearance. The right-hander allowed three runs – two earned – and seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked none.

Camilo Doval pitched the ninth to earn his 20th save.

Heaney (2-2) was unhittable over the first two innings, although he plunked Wilmer Flores for the Giants’ lone baserunner.

Everything changed in the third.

Brinson blasted a 423-foot shot that landed in the center field protective netting, tying it 2-all. He added a leadoff drive in the ninth. Those were his first RBIs with the Giants since being acquired last week from Houston for cash.

Davis went deep on a 412-foot shot also to straightaway center, putting the Giants ahead 3-2.

Estrada led off the fourth with a homer to the same location as Brinson and Davis. Villar added a two-run clout to right field for a 6-2 lead.

The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead on Freddie Freeman’s first homer in 19 games, a two-run shot in the first that scored Mookie Betts, who reached on an error by third baseman Evan Longoria.

Longoria atoned with a leaping grab of Freeman’s screaming line drive to end the fifth, stranding Betts at third base.

Heaney gave up six runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked one.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: OF Austin Slater (left hand sprain) went on the injured list retroactive to Sunday.

Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (forearm strain) played catch. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (elbow) and RHP Yency Almonte (elbow tightness) will be throwing from a mound soon. … INF/OF Gavin Lux won’t play this series as he continues dealing with neck pain.

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Giants: Didn’t announce a starter for Tuesday.

Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (13-3, 2.68 ERA) has tossed a team-high 147 2/3 innings with 114 strikeouts this season.

(WHITE SOX VS. MARINERS)

SEATTLE (AP) Even though Lance Lynn was overpowering, he had to give a little credit to his surroundings.

A sunny day and an unusual afternoon start time in Seattle played perfectly into Lynn’s hands.

“The shadows were ugly early, so that helped the pitchers for sure,” Lynn said. “I knew that they were going to have trouble seeing the ball so I just went and attacked, and it worked out well.”

Lynn mowed through Seattle striking out a season-high 11, Elvis Andrus hit a two-run home run, and the Chicago White Sox snapped the Mariners’ seven-game win streak with a 3-2 win on Monday.

Lynn retired the final 17 batters he faced in a dominant outing against a Seattle lineup that looked sleepy following a long Sunday in Cleveland and an early-morning arrival back in the Pacific Northwest.

The win kept the White Sox on the heels of Minnesota and Cleveland in a suddenly tight AL Central race, while Seattle lost ground to both Toronto and Tampa Bay in the chase for the top wild-card spot in the AL.

Chicago has won five of six.

“The first week when I was here it was tense – a lot of guys trying to make things happen,” said Andrus, who signed with the White Sox on Aug. 19. “Lately we’ve been able to just let our talent go out there and compete.”

Lynn (5-5) didn’t allow a base runner after Abraham Toro’s bloop RBI single in the second inning that right fielder Andrew Vaughn appeared to lose briefly in the sun. The 11 strikeouts were one off his career high, and he allowed just three hits.

Seattle’s only run was unearned thanks to a passed ball and Lynn has allowed three earned runs total in his past four starts.

“When you have shadows, you’re going to attack because and your cutter and sinker are going to work well. Anything that moves late,” Lynn said.

The consecutive batters retired streak reached 19 until Julio Rodriguez singled off Kendall Graveman with two outs in the eighth. Liam Hendriks allowed two singles and a walk in the ninth, including J.P. Crawford’s two-out single to score Mitch Haniger. But Hendriks struck out pinch-hitter Adam Frazier to finish off his 30th save.

“Our guys continue to compete, really every night. It’s fun to watch,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Down by one, two, three, four runs, whatever, we are going to put pressure on other teams and make it tough to close it out.”

Andrus’ home run was one of two blemishes in an otherwise strong outing by Seattle starter Marco Gonzales. And it was very nearly an out rather than a homer.

Haniger made a leaping attempt and had the ball in his glove but lost it as he made contact with the padded wall. It was Andrus’ 11th homer of the season and his fifth against Seattle having hit four earlier in the year with Oakland.

“I’ve been having really good at-bats here something that I haven’t done in my whole career in Seattle,” Andrus said. “So I think that’s kind of made up for my first eight years that I didn’t have good luck.”

A.J. Pollock also hit a solo home run for the White Sox but otherwise the Mariners got the start it needed from Gonzales after using every bullpen arm in Cleveland on Sunday.

Gonzales (10-13) threw seven innings for the just second time since late June, allowing four hits and striking out three.

ROSTER MOVES

The White Sox activated 3B Yoan Moncada from the 10-day IL and reinstated LHP Aaron Bummer from the 60-day IL. Moncada had been out with a strained left hamstring. He was hitting .197 with seven homers and 40 RBIs in 80 games prior to the injury. Moncada is expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday.

Bummer has been out since early June due to a left lat strain. He appeared in three rehab games with Triple-A Charlotte before being reinstated. He was 0-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 20 games with Chicago prior to the injury.

The White Sox optioned OFs Adam Haseley and Mark Payton to Charlotte and outrighted RHP Tobias Myers to Charlotte to clear the roster spots.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: Chicago’s starting pitcher for Wednesday is still listed as to be determined, but acting manager Miguel Cairo said there’s a chance it could be RHP Michael Kopech. Kopech has been out since Aug. 23 with a left knee strain.

Mariners: IF/OF Dylan Moore was expected to pick up some additional activity in his return from an oblique strain. Moore was expected to do some rotational exercises in the pool on Monday, but he still likely a couple weeks away from a possible return.

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White Sox: RHP Johnny Cueto (7-6, 2.93) has won three of his past four decisions. Cueto threw 5 1/3 innings allowing six hits and one run in his last start against Kansas City.

Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (11-5, 3.35) threw six shutout innings allowing only two hits and striking out nine in his last start against Detroit. Gilbert picked up his first win since July 3 in the outing.

(NATIONALS VS. CARDINALS)

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jack Flaherty pitched five effective innings for St. Louis in his first big league action since June, but the NL Central-leading Cardinals had their four-game winning streak stopped by Joey Meneses and the Washington Nationals 6-0 Monday.

“Jack was encouraging,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “I thought he did a nice job. It looked good. He was poised. I’m looking forward to him taking the bump again.”

Meneses got three hits and fellow rookie C.J. Abrams had four to back five shutout innings from Anibal Sanchez (2-5). Washington, which has the worst record in the majors, has won three in a row.

“We’re all swinging it pretty well. Felt good to get the win and keep it rolling,” Abrams said. “I’m swinging at strikes and putting good pitches into play. You know, see ball, hit ball.”

Flaherty (0-1) returned from the injured list after being sidelined by a right shoulder issue. In his first start since June 26, he allowed one run on six hits and a walk. He struck out six and hit a batter while throwing 91 pitches.

“Some good. Some bad,” Flahlerty said. “I made pitches when I needed to for the most part. I made some adjustments pitch to pitch. Mentally, I was a lot better.”

The 26-year-old Flaherty went 9-2 last season. He’s been out for most of this year, including a stint on the IL from April 7-June 14. He made five rehab starts in the minors.

“This time, I ran with it,” Flaherty said. “I take the emotion or the adrenaline and not play it down. I didn’t try to suppress it. I was comfortable with my stuff. It’s been fun watching but it’s more fun to be a part of it.”

Sanchez gave up just two hits. It was his first start at Busch Stadium since he threw 7 2/3 no-hit innings in the opener of the 2019 NL Championship Series.

“That game was spectacular,” Sanchez said about the 2019 start. “That’s the year we won the World Series. Today is way different. I tried to be aggressive today and not let them get comfortable at the plate.”

In his last four starts, Sanchez has allowed just two runs on eight hits in 21 1/3 innings. The Nationals have won all those starts.

“We’ve got a pretty good team,” Sanchez said. “I know it doesn’t show in the numbers.”

Meneses is 40 for 118 (.339) since making his MLB debut Aug. 2. Keibert Ruiz homered, Cesar Hernandez added two hits and Lane Thomas drove in two runs against his former team.

“We’re playing good baseball right now,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “If we catch the ball and throw strikes we’re going to be just fine. I love what I’m seeing right now. They’re starting to get it.”

St. Louis managed just three singles against three pitchers. Mason Thompson allowed one hit in three innings for his first big league save.

“That was awesome,” Thompson said. “It wasn’t something I woke up and expected to do today. I’m really happy with how I pitched.”

The Cardinals have won seven of their last nine games and 23 of 31.

Abrams, acquired from San Diego in the trade that moved Juan Soto from Washington, led off the third with a triple.

“Maybe I could have got four if I wasn’t fixing my helmet the whole time,” Abrams laughed.

Thomas followed with a double to go up 1-0.

“This is a special place,” said Thomas, who also drew two walks and was hit by a pitch. “I started my career here and I have a lot of good friends over there. For sure, I wanted to do well here.”

Washington added four runs in the sixth. St. Louis native Luke Voit drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly.

LABORING ON HOLIDAY

The loss left Cardinals are 0-3 on Labor Day against the Nationals. St. Louis lost 4-1 at RFK Stadium in 2006 and dropped a 4-3 contest in 10 innings at Nationals Park in 2018. That game also was started by Flaherty.

ROSTER MOVES

Cardinals: Activated Flaherty from the 60-Day injured list. … Optioned RHP Dakota Hudson to Triple-A Memphis. … Designated RHP Junior Fernandez for assignment. Fernandez appeared in 13 games in relief for the Cardinals this season with a 0-0 record and a 2.93 ERA.

MOLINA MILESTONES

Cardinals star Yadier Molina made his 2,098th career start at catcher, passing Carlton Fisk (1969-93) for second all-time in MLB history. Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez (2,346) is the only catcher with more starts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: DH Nelson Cruz (right knee contusion) is listed as day to day. Cruz has been out of the lineup since Sept. 3, the day after he made an early exit after fouling a ball off his right knee.

Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz (left MCL tear) will begin a minor league rehab stint Tuesday with Double-A Springfield. When he returns later this month, the Cardinals plan to use Matz out of the bullpen.

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Nationals: RHP Paolo Espino (0-6, 4.22) will make his second start against the Cardinals this season and his first ever at Busch Stadium. He allowed four runs on seven hits in a July 30 game that Washington ended winning 7-6.

Cardinals: LHP Jose Quintana (4-6, 3.47) will be making his third start of the season against the Nationals and his first as a member of the Cardinals. The Nationals are one of five teams that he has no career wins against.

(ASTROS VS. RANGERS)

HOUSTON (AP) Hunter Brown dazzled in his major league debut, scattering three hits across six impressive innings as the Houston Astros beat Texas 1-0 on Monday night to hand the Rangers their ninth straight defeat.

The Astros scored against hard-luck loser Martin Perez (10-6) with the help of an error in the second. But that one run was enough on a night when three relievers completed a three-hitter after Brown’s stellar start.

Brown (1-0), considered Houston’s top prospect, struck out five and walked one. The 24-year-old right-hander was called up after going 9-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 14 starts and nine relief appearances for Triple-A Sugar Land this season.

“I thought I had some pretty good stuff today. I had both breaking balls going at times, and my fastball was really good early,” Brown said. “So I was happy with it.”

Bryan Abreu pitched the seventh and Hector Neris worked the eighth before Rafael Montero got three outs for his 12th save.

Perez yielded six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings, but it wasn’t enough for the Rangers to end their longest skid of the season. The nine-game slide is the longest current losing streak in the majors and the team’s most consecutive losses since dropping 12 games in a row last July.

Texas interim manager Tony Beasley raved about Brown’s performance.

“You have to give him credit,” Beasley said. “He had a live fastball, a nice little breaking ball and he attacked. He forced us into contact.”

Brown retired the first eight batters he faced before Bubba Thompson singled with two outs in the third. He was caught stealing to end the inning.

Marcus Semien doubled to start the fourth, but Brown set down the next three batters to leave him stranded.

There were two outs in the fifth when Kole Calhoun walked before a single by Ezequiel Duran. After a short mound visit, Brown struck out Thompson to end the inning. Brown then pitched a 1-2-3 sixth and received a standing ovation as he walked off the field.

“He handled it great,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “It eases you some when you throw first-pitch strikes and then strike out the first two hitters. He was real good. He was very good.”

Brown credited catcher Martin Maldonado for aiding his success.

“He called a great game and obviously his leadership shows through,” Brown said. “I felt very comfortable the whole time and that’s just a compliment to him.”

Trey Mancini walked with two outs in the Houston second before a single by Chas McCormick. Maldonado then singled on a line drive to left field and an error by Thompson on the play allowed Mancini to score.

Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker hit consecutive singles with two outs in the third, but Perez retired Yuli Gurriel to end the threat. That was the first of 11 straight batters Perez set down before McCormick legged out an infield single in the seventh. Maldonado grounded into a double play to end the inning.

The Astros had a chance to add to the lead in the eighth when they had runners at first and third with no outs. Yordan Alvarez hit a pop fly in foul territory that first baseman Nathaniel Lowe caught. Jose Altuve, who was on third, dashed toward home.

Lowe got the ball to catcher Jonah Heim, and he applied the tag just before a sliding Altuve tapped the plate. The Astros challenged the call but it was upheld before Bregman struck out to end the threat.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: C Sam Huff was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock, and C Meibrys Viloria was optioned to Round Rock.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right calf) played catch. … Houston closer Ryan Pressly is expected to come off the injured list Tuesday. He was placed on the IL with neck spasms Aug. 25.

EVEN STEVEN

The win gave the Astros an all-time record of 4,812-4,812. It’s the first time they’ve had a franchise mark of .500 since they were 3,519-3,519 on May 14, 2006.

UP NEXT

Houston LHP Framber Valdez (14-4, 2.63 ERA) opposes RHP Glenn Otto (6-8, 4.82) when the series continues Tuesday night.

(MEN’S TENNIS)

NEW YORK (AP) Frances Tiafoe’s vision was blurry from the tears. He was thrilled – overwhelmed, even – when the last point was over and it hit him that, yes, he had ended Rafael Nadal’s 22-match Grand Slam winning streak Monday and reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time.

“I felt like the world stopped,” Tiafoe said. “I couldn’t hear anything for a minute.”

Then Tiafoe found himself “losing it in the locker room” when he saw that NBA superstar LeBron James gave him a Twitter shoutout.

“Bro,” Tiafoe said, “I was going crazy.”

What meant the most to Tiafoe about his 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over 22-time major champion Nadal in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows, though, was looking up in his Arthur Ashe Stadium guest box and knowing his parents, Constant and Alphina, were there.

“To see them experience me beat Rafa Nadal – they’ve seen me have big wins, but to beat those `Mount Rushmore’ guys? For them, I can’t imagine what was going through their heads,” said Tiafoe, a 24-year-old American seeded 22nd at the U.S. Open. “I mean, they’re going to remember today for the rest of their lives.”

His parents both emigrated to the United States from Sierra Leone in West Africa amid its civil war in the 1990s. They ended up in Maryland, where Constant helped construct a tennis training center for juniors, then became a maintenance man there; Alphina, Frances said, was “a nurse, working two jobs, working overtime through the nights.” Frances and his twin brother, Franklin, were born in 1998, and soon would be spending hour upon hour where Dad’s job was, rackets in hand.

Maybe one day, went the dream, a college scholarship would come of it.

“It wasn’t anything supposed to be like this,” Tiafoe said Monday evening, hours after by far his biggest victory.

He is the youngest American man to get this far at the U.S. Open since Andy Roddick in 2006, but this was not a case of a one-sided crowd backing one of its own. Nadal is about as popular as it gets in tennis and heard plenty of support as the volume raised after the retractable roof was shut in the fourth set.

“It’s something to tell the kids, the grandkids: `Yeah, I beat Rafa,'” Tiafoe said with a big smile.

He served better than No. 2 seed Nadal. More surprisingly, he returned better, too. And he kept his cool, remained in the moment and never let the stakes or the opponent get to him. Nadal, a 36-year-old from Spain, had won both of their previous matches, and every set they played, too.

“Well, the difference is easy: I played a bad match and he played a good match,” Nadal said. “At the end that’s it.”

This surprise came a day after Tiafoe followed along on TV as his pal Nick Kyrgios “put on a show” and eliminated No. 1 seed and defending champion Daniil Medvedev. That makes this the first U.S. Open without either of the top two seeded men reaching the quarterfinals since 2000, when No. 1 Andre Agassi exited in the second round and No. 2 Gustavo Kuerten in the first.

That was before Nadal, Novak Djokovic, who has 21 Grand Slam titles, and Roger Federer, who has 20, began dominating men’s tennis. Djokovic, 35, did not enter this U.S. Open because is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and was not allowed to enter the United States; Federer, 41, has undergone a series of operations on his right knee and last played at Wimbledon last year.

Now come the inevitable questions about whether their era of excellence is wrapping up.

“It signifies that the years go by,” Nadal said. “It’s the circle of life.”

Tiafoe now meets No. 9 Andrey Rublev, who beat No. 7 Cam Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 earlier Monday.

No. 11 Jannik Sinner rallied from two games down in the fifth set to beat Ilya Ivashka 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. The last match on Monday’s schedule was 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic against No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz.

The No. 1 woman, Iga Swiatek, moved into her first quarterfinal at Flushing Meadows by coming back to beat Jule Neiemeier 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.

“I’m just proud,” Swiatek said, “that I didn’t lose hope.”

The 21-year-old from Poland will face another first-time U.S. Open quarterfinalist: No. 8 Jessica Pegula, the highest-ranked American woman, who advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova.

Another women’s quarterfinal will be two-time major finalist Karolina Pliskova against No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka.

Nadal won the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June. Then he made it to the semifinals at Wimbledon in July before withdrawing from that tournament because of a torn abdominal muscle.

Nadal competed only once in the 1 1/2 months between leaving the All England Club and arriving in New York, where he has won four trophies.

He tweaked his service motion, tossing the ball lower than he normally does so as not to put as much strain on his midsection. There were plenty of signs Monday that his serve was not in tip-top shape: nine double-faults, a first-serve percentage hovering around 50%, five breaks by Tiafoe.

Earlier in the tournament, he lost the first set of his first-round match. Did the same in the second round, when he also accidentally cut the bridge of his nose and made himself dizzy when the edge of his racket frame bounced off the court and caught him in the face.

Still, on Monday, Nadal appeared on the verge of turning things around when he broke early in the fourth set and went ahead 3-1.

Tiafoe told himself: “Stay in it. Stay with him.”

That’s tied to two key areas Tiafoe credits with helping make him a stronger player of late: an improved in-match mindset and a commitment to fitness.

“Rafa is there every point. I’ve been known to have some dips in my game at times, where it’s like you’re watching (and thinking), `What’s that?!'” Tiafoe said. “That was my thing, match intensity.”

No concern now: He grabbed the last five games. The next-to-last break came for a 4-3 edge in the fourth set, when Nadal put a backhand into the net, and Tiafoe skipped backward toward the sideline for the ensuing changeover, his fist raised.

Fifteen minutes later, Tiafoe broke again, and it was over. This represents the latest significant step forward for Tiafoe, whose only previous trip to a Grand Slam quarterfinal came at the 2019 Australian Open – and ended with a loss to Nadal.

When one last backhand by Nadal found the net, Tiafoe chucked his racket and put his hands on his head. He glanced into the stands – Mom, Dad, brother, girlfriend, Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal, others – then sat in his sideline chair and buried his face in a towel.

“It was just wild. My heart is going a thousand miles an hour. I was so excited. I was like: Let me sit down,” Tiafoe said. “Yeah, I’ve never felt something like that in my life, honestly.”

(WOMEN’S TENNIS)

No. 1 seed Iga Swiatek survived a slow start to knock off unseeded Jule Niemeier 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open for the first time.

Swiatek, a two-time French Open champion, will play Jessica Pegula next. Pegula eliminated two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2 to get to her third major quarterfinal of 2022.

Swiatek came into the U.S. Open just 4-4 in her last eight matches after winning 37 straight, but she hadn’t lost a set at Flushing Meadows until Monday. Niemeier got the early jump – as she exhorted the crowd to get louder – and gamely tried for another Grand Slam upset. She knocked out No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit in Wimbledon.

Swiatek steadied herself in the second set and hit 10 winners, and she turned the third set into a rout. Swiatek became the first Polish woman to reach the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open and is trying to become the first top-seeded woman to win it since Serena Williams in 2014.

(BIG 10 VOLLEYBALL)

Co-Player of the Week
Hanna Lesiak, Northwestern
RS-Sr. – OH – Frankfort, Ill. – Lincoln-Way East – Major: Political Science
• Named MVP of the Golden Eagle Invitational in Cookeville, Tenn., after averaging 4.36 points, 3.45 kills, 2.18 digs and 0.73 service aces per set with a .412 hitting percentage last weekend in leading Northwestern to three wins
• Posted a double-double (12 kills, 11 digs) in NU’s Sept. 2 win over Evansville, helping propel the Wildcats to a 6-0 start this season, their best since 2012
• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2020, 2021)
• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor
• Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Maddie Slater (Sept. 28, 2015)
 
Co-Player of the Week
Emily Londot, Ohio State
Jr. – OPP – Utica, Ohio – Utica – Major: Sport Industry
• Registered 5.36 points, 4.86 kills and 2.14 digs per set with a .362 hitting percentage in two matches against No. 3 Louisville and No. 15 San Diego last weekend at the Louisville Cardinal Classic, earning a spot on the all-tournament team
• Tallied a double-double (15 kills, 12 digs, .344 hitting percentage) in Sunday’s four-set win at No. 3 Louisville, the Buckeyes’ first-ever top-three victory over a non-conference opponent
• Chosen as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree last year
• Captured her third career Player of the Week citation
• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Emily Londot (Oct. 11, 2021)
 
Defensive Player of the Week
Maddie Schermerhorn, Purdue
Sr. – L – Ligonier, Ind. – West Noble – Major: Kinesiology
• Averaged 4.92 digs per set with two 20-dig outings to help Purdue secure three wins in as many tries and the title at its Reamer Club Xtra Special tournament last weekend
• Had a career-high 26 digs in a Sept. 2 five-set win over Utah (which was the top team among other receiving votes in last week’s AVCA poll), recording the most digs by a Big Ten student-athlete this season
• Earned Academic All-Big Ten status following the Spring 2021 season
• Receives her first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
• Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Jena Otec (Nov. 22, 2021)
 
Setter of the Week
Seleisa Elisaia, Penn State
Grad. – South Jordan, Utah – Bingham – Graduate Program: Business Management Foundations
• Tallied 12.40 assists and 1.70 digs per set last weekend to spark Penn State to three wins at the LSU Tiger Challenge in Baton Rouge, La.
• Piloted PSU to a .286 team hitting percentage in those three matches, as the Nittany Lions continued their best start to a season (6-0) since 2017
• Secures her first career Setter of the Week selection
• Last Penn State Setter of the Week: Gabby Blossom (Nov. 15, 2021)
 
Freshman of the Week
Eva Hudson, Purdue
OH – Fort Wayne, Ind. – Bishop Dwenger – Major: Biomedical Health Sciences/Pre-Medicine
• Piled up 4.83 points, 4.08 kills and 0.83 blocks per set last weekend in Purdue’s three victories at its Reamer Club Xtra Special tournament, helping the Boilermakers to their best start (6-0) since 2018
• Recorded a season-high 21 kills on .395 hitting in a Sept. 3 win over Milwaukee, becoming just the fifth Purdue student-athlete (and first underclass player) in the past seven seasons to register a match of that efficiency
• Added 18 kills, six digs and five blocks on Sept. 2 in a five-set victory over Utah
• Garners her second career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Eva Hudson (Aug. 29, 2022)

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Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Anthony Grant, Nebraska
RB – Jr. – Buford, Ga. – Buford

  • Posted the highest rushing total for a Nebraska player since 2020 in the Huskers’ 38-17 win against North Dakota
  • Scored touchdowns on the opening drive of each half, rushing 19 yards for a score to open the game, and adding a 46-yard touchdown to open the third quarter scoring
  • Scored two touchdowns for the second straight game, the first Husker running back to do that since 2018, and became the first Nebraska player since 2010 to crack the century mark in each of his first two games as a Husker
  • Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Devine Ozigbo (Nov. 12, 2018)

Sean Clifford, Penn State
QB – Sr. – Cincinnati, Ohio – St. Xavier

  • Completed 20-of-37 passes for 282 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns in Penn State’s 35-31 victory against Purdue
  • With 282 passing yards, Clifford became the third Penn State quarterback to surpass the 8,000-career passing yard mark, joining Trace McSorley (9,899; 2015-18) and Christian Hackenberg (8,457; 2013-15)
  • Scored on a two-yard quarterback sneak in the second quarter for his 11th career rushing touchdown
  • The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his third career Offensive Player of the Week award and first of the season
  • Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Jahan Dotson (Nov. 8, 2021)

Defensive Player of the Week
Jacoby Windmon, Michigan State
DE/LB – Sr. – New Orleans, La. – John Ehret

  • Recorded four sacks, tying for the second most in school history, in his Spartan debut and Michigan State’s 35-13 victory against Western Michigan
  • Posted seven tackles, four sacks for a loss of 17 yards and one forced fumble, marking the most sacks by a Spartan since Matthias Askew in 2003
  • Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Antjuan Simmons (Nov. 30, 2020)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Tory Taylor, Iowa
P – Jr. – Melbourne, Australia – Haileybury College

  • Registered a career-high 10 punts for 479 yards, averaging 47.9 yards per attempt to pin the Jackrabbits deep in their own territory and secure the 7-3 victory for the Hawkeyes
  • The Australia native had seven of his 10 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, including punts downed at the 1-, 2-, 6-, 8- (twice) and 12-yard lines
  • Three of Taylor’s punts traveled 50 or more yards in the game, including a 57-yarder
  • Garners the second Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Caleb Shudak (Nov. 29, 2021)

 
Freshman of the Week
Roman Hemby, Maryland
RB – Edgewood, Md. – The John Carroll School

  • Rushed for 114 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns in his first career start in Maryland’s 31-10 season-opening win over Buffalo
  • Recorded touchdown runs of 33 and 70 yards for the first 100-yard rushing game of his career
  • His 70-yard touchdown run was the longest rush of his career and the longest rush by a Terrapin since Anthony McFarland’s 80-yard rush on Oct. 5, 2019
  • Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Rakim Jarrett (Nov. 9, 2020)

(MAC VOLLEYBALL)

MAC Announces Week 2 Volleyball Players of the Week

West Division Co-Offensive Player of the Week        
Lauren Gilliland, Ball State, Middle Blocker
Junior middle Lauren Gilliland was named to the LUV Invitational All-Tournament Team after leading the Ball State offense with 37 kills and a .440 (37-4-75) attack percentage over the three matches. She started the weekend with a career-high 17 kills and a .533 (17-1-30) attack percentage in the four-set win over Oklahoma, while adding 13 kills and a .393 (13-2-28) rate of success against Mississippi State. She also averaged 0.70 blocks per set during the tournament.
 
West Division Co-Offensive Player of the Week        
Julia Marr, Western Michigan, Outside Hitter
Marr hammered down 35 kills (5.00/set) and collected 30 digs (4.29/set) while being named to the Western Michigan All-Tournament Team … The sophomore hit .274 for the weekend and had double-digit digs twice … Marr’s weekend started with a double-double against Wright State which saw her post career highs in both kills (27) and digs (16).
 
West Division Defensive Player of the Week       
Maggie Huber, Ball State, Libero
Senior libero Maggie Huber led all MAC players with a 5.50 digs-per-set average during the week, collecting 55 total digs to help the Cardinals to a 2-1 record at the LUV Invitational. She stared the week with 20 digs in BSU’s four-set win over Oklahoma, added 16 in the sweep of Lipscomb, and 19 versus Mississippi State. She also served up a pair of aces and finished the weekend with a .944 reception percentage.
 
West Division Setter of the Week
Logan Case, Western Michigan, Setter
Case handed out 126 assists (12.60/set) to help fuel a Western Michigan offense which hit .263 while going 2-1 over the weekend … The Broncos hit over .300 as a team in their two victories, including a season-best .372 mark against North Dakota … Case added 24 digs (2.40/set) and posted a pair of double-doubles … The junior dished out a season-high 53 assists and has 12 digs against Wright State and 42 assists and 10 digs in the victory over Indiana State … She also served up seven aces (0.70/set), including a career-high five in the win over North Dakota.
 

East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Olivia Margolies, Ohio, Outside Hitter 
Senior Olivia Margolies had a strong performance this weekend at the Green Wave Classic. Earning All-Tournament Team honors, Margolies hit .366 with 51 kills off of 112 attacks. The outside hitter also collected eight service aces over the course of the tournament. Additionally, Margolies had a stellar defensive performance, tallying a .944 reception percentage with only four errors on 71 attempts.
 
East Division Defensive Player of the Week       
Jessica Andrews, Bowling Green, Middle Blocker
Bowling Green Freshman Jessica Andrews was a force at the net for the Falcons during the Hampton Inn Invitational. Andrews began the weekend with four block assists against both Northern Kentucky and No. 22 Western Kentucky. However, against DePaul Andrews nearly broke two block records. Against the Blue Demons, Andrews logged three solo blocks and nine block assists for 12 total blocks in a four set match. Andrews’ nine block assists as well as her 12 total blocks both came just two shy of tying the program record for blocks in a four-set match. Andrews was named All-Tournament Team for her performance.
 
East Division Setter of the Week
Alex Haffner, Kent State, Setter
Alex Haffner was named to the Kent State Invitational All-Tournament Team after displaying her versatility with three-match averages of 10.36 assists, 3.73 digs and 1.09 kills per set to go with a .440 hitting percentage. Haffner posted double-doubles and averaged at least 10 assists per set in all three contests. The Golden Flashes’ attack increased its efficiency throughout the weekend and finished with 61 kills and a .274 hitting percentage in a 3-1 victory over Oakland in the weekend finale.

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MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Kurtis Rourke, Ohio, Quarterback
R-Junior, Oakville, Ontario, Canada 
Rourke led the Bobcats to a 41-38 victory over the Florida Atlantic Owls, marking their first win of the 2022 season. Rourke also broke multiple personal records, setting two career highs. The redshirt junior hit 345 passing yards, surpassing his 308 yard record and threw four touchdown passes, beating his previous record of three. Overall, Rourke was 27-for-34 in the air. On the ground, he net 11 yards on 14 rushing attempts with one touchdown, putting him at five total.
 
MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Marcus Fuqua, Buffalo, Safety         
Junior, Southfield, MI (Southfield A&T)       
Marcus Fuqua had four tackles, an interception and a pass breakup in Buffalo’s game against Maryland. He was able to return his interception for 23 yards against the Terrapins.
 
MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Nathanial Vakos, Ohio, Kicker          
Freshman, Avon, Ohio          
Vakos made his collegiate debut in the Bobcats’ 41-38 victory over Florida Atlantic. The freshman kicker was 2-for-2 on field goals, putting Ohio on the board in the first quarter with a 29-yard kick. With 1:24 remaining in the second quarter, Vakos’ second field goal attempt hit its mark, this time from 36 yards. He was also 5-for-5 his PAT attempts
 
MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Daniel Richardson, Central Michigan, Quarterback
Sophomore, Miami, Fla. / Carol City
Richardson completed 36 of 49 pass attempts for 424 yards and four touchdowns. His completions, attempts and yards were career highs and he tied his career high in TD tosses. Richardson triggered an offense that produced 44 points against a defense that ranked fifth in the nation a year ago.
 
MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Eric Rogers, NIU, Cornerback
Sophomore, Burlington, NJ (Burlington Township HS)       
Cornerback Eric Rogers became the first Huskie to record two interceptions in a game since 2018 with a pair of picks in NIU’s win over Eastern Illinois. His first INT came at the EIU 35-yard line and set up a Huskie TD two plays later. His second INT came on the Panthers’ next drive with an interception at the NIU two-yard line to stop the Panthers. Rogers, who missed the last nine games of last season due to injury, is the first Huskie with two INTs in a game since Jalen McKie versus Akron on 11-1-18.
                                                                                                                                                           
MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Mitchell Tomasek, Eastern Michigan, Punter
Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne)     
Mitchell Tomasek made his collegiate debut with the Green and White against Eastern Kentucky Friday night, punting three times in the game for 126 total yards. Tomasek averaged 42 yards per boot while placing one kick inside the 20 as he angled his punt toward the sideline and out of bounds to pin the Colonels on their own three-yard line. Tomasek also logged a best of 51 yards to help flip the field for the Eagles.

River States Conference Player of the Week awards picked for Aug. 29-Sept. 4

The RSC Player of the Week awards are presented by Brown & Brown Insurance, the Official Student-Athlete Accident, Health, Property and Casualty Insurance Endorsed Broker for the River States Conference.

Harder snags RSC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Point Park
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University senior Philipp Harder picked up River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 29-Sept. 4.

Harder, from Kiel, Germany, had two goals and two assists in two games last week. His six-point week led the Pioneers to a 1-1 record. 

Harder capped off the week scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Lawrence Tech. He earlier had two assists in a loss to Shawnee State, although his helpers built a 2-1 lead. 

Rivera Paramino named RSC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for WVU Tech
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — WVU Tech goalkeeper Lucas Rivera Paramino earned River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 29-Sept. 4. 

A native of Zaragoza, Spain, he earned a shutout in a 1-0 win over Cardinal Stritch. Rivera Paramino made six saves in 90 minutes of action for the clean sheet. 

Rivera-Pacheco named RSC Volleyball Attacker of the Week from Point Park
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University senior Stephanie Rivera-Pacheco was named River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 29-Sept. 4.

The outside hitter from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, led Point Park to the team title at 3-0 at the Rio Grande Classic. She hit .382 with 50 kills in three matches for an average of 4.17 kills per set. 

Rivera-Pacheco also had 51 digs for an average of 4.25. A big match was 20 kills and 16 digs in a win over Rio Grande, one of three double-doubles on the weekend. 

Huntzinger claims RSC Volleyball Setter of the Week for Rio Grande
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) sophomore Avey Huntzinger was chosen as River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 29-Sept. 4.

Huntzinger averaged 10.50 assists per set in leading Rio Grande to a 2-2 home weekend. She amassed 189 assists and 46 digs on the week. That was for an average of 2.56 digs per set. 

Huntzinger posted three double-doubles of assists and digs, including 59 assists and 16 digs in a loss to WVU Tech. She also had 46 assists and 10 digs in a win over Shawnee State. 

Smith repeats as RSC Volleyball Defender of the Week from IU Kokomo
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Alyvia Smith from Indiana University Kokomo is the River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 29-Sept. 4. It is her second week in a row with the award. 

The junior from Muncie, Ind., paced the Cougar to a 3-1 weekend at Bethel. There she made 78 digs in four matches for an average of 4.88 per set. She also picked up six aces and 10 assists. 

Smith had two matches over 25 digs, including a high of 28. 

Coyle picked for RSC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week from SMWC
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College freshman Abigael Coyle picked up River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Aug. 29-Sept. 4 presented by Brown & Brown Insurance. 

Coyle placed second of 67 runners at the Titan Invitational hosted by Illinois Wesleyan. She did so with a time of 12:14 in the two-mile race. The Pomeroys were third of seven as a team.

Jenkins picks up RSC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Rio Grande
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) freshman Tyler Jenkins was chosen as River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 29-Sept. 4.

Jenkins, from Barnesville, Ohio, led the RedStorm at the Mike Baumer Classic hosted by Wright State University. 

In a meet mainly made up of NCAA Di runners, Jenkins placed 15th out of 178 competitors. He turned in the second-fastest 5K time in men’s program history of 15:26. 

Hoopingarner snags RSC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for IU Kokomo
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo forward Keely Hoopingarner has been chosen as the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Aug. 29-Sept. 4.

The senior from Noblesville, Ind., had two goals in a 4-0 win over Stephens. It was the only game of the week for the Cougars with Hoopingarner collecting four points and two goals for the second game in row. 

Bolinger selected RSC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week from IU Kokomo
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Erica Bolinger from Indiana University Kokomo has been selected as the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 29-Sept. 4.

Bolinger, from Dekalb, Ind., is a senior goalkeeper for the Cougars. She made six saves in a 4-0 shutout of Stephens. 

Bolinger played all 90 minutes, and it was the second shutout in a row for IU Kokomo.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

(INDIANA FOOTBALL)

RT Matthew Bedford tore his ACL in the first half against Illinois and will be out for the year. Bedford had appeared in 29 games, 28 of them starts.

“Tough blow for Matt,” IU coach Tom Allen said. “I feel for him and amazing young man. And — but has got an unbelievable attitude about it. And in talking with him, he’s going to have a great recovery and come back and play his final season a year from now. But reality is is that it’s part of this game, you know, and you hate it for him and for our team. But next man up, you know. And that’s what happens.”

 Parker Hanna will get the first shot at right tackle position down after he played his first five seasons at West Texas A&M, a Division II program. The 6-5, 302-pound Hanna started 33 games there over the previous three seasons.

“It’s his spot. He played 44 snaps (Friday),” Allen said. “I feel like he did a lot of positive things. He’s played a lot of football, though not at this level.”

(INDIANA MEN’S GOLF)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Indiana Hoosiers men’s golf team finished seventh against a loaded field at the Fighting Irish Classic at the Warren Golf Course on Monday. The Hoosiers compiled a team score of 838 (281-273-284; -2) over the two-day, 54-hole competition.

Ninth-ranked Florida shot an 819 (270-273-276; -21) to take the team crown, while No. 44 fired an 820 (277-275-268; -20) to take runner-up honors.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Fighting Irish Classic • South Bend, Ind.

Warren Golf Course

Par 70 • 7023 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 7th/15 – 838 (281-273-284; -2)

Top Indiana Player: Drew Salyers – 205 (67-71-67; -5)

CHIP-INS

• Indiana toppled three schools in the top-50 of the 2021-22 final GolfStat rankings, including No. 29 Kansas (t-8th), No. 46 Michigan State (t-8th) and No. 48 Utah (13th).

• Junior Drew Salyers turned in his second scorecard of 67 (-3) on the weekend with a team-high five birdie conversions. The Howard, Ohio, native finished tied for ninth overall after shooting a 205 (67-71-67; -5).

• The tournament marked the seventh of his career in which Salyers finished inside the top-10 in the individual ranks. He was also the highest finisher among Big Ten golfers in the event.

• Fifth-year senior Mitch Davis finished the tournament at 208 (71-66-71; -2) after book-ending his event with a 71 (+1). He placed t-17th overall after compiling three birdies in the final round.

• Senior Noah Gillard finished the weekend with a round of 74 (+4) with a pair of birdies. He tied for 32nd overall with a three-round score of 211 (71-66-74; +1).

• Graduate transfer Thomas Hursey shot a 219 (72-70-77; +9) to finish 62nd in his debut event with the Cream and Crimson.

• Senior Eric Berggren tapped in a pair of birdies on his final round of 72 (+2). He finished the tournament tied for 68th at 222 (72-78-72; +12).

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-9. Drew Salyers – 205 (67-71-67; -5)

t-17. Mitch Davis – 208 (71-66-71; -2)

t-32. Noah Gillard – 211 (71-66-74; +1)

62. Thomas Hursey – 219 (72-70-77; +9)

t-68. Eric Berggren – 222 (72-78-72; +12)

UP NEXT

Indiana will return to the course for the 16th annual Fighting Illini Invitational hosted by Illinois from Sept. 16-18 at the Olympia Fields Country Club.

(INDIANA FIELD HOCKEY)

DAVIS, Calif. ––– The Indiana Field Hockey team put together its most dominant performance of the season, closing out strong with a 2-0 win at UC Davis on Monday afternoon.

The win marks three wins in a row for the team, and a 3-0 weekend for their California trip with previous wins over Stanford and California in the days prior. The Hoosiers are now 3-2 on the season.

KEY MOMENTS

• The Hoosiers struck early with a goal at the eighth minute, off a penalty corner. Freshman Anna Mozeleski scored for the Hoosiers and was assisted by sophomore Sofia Arrebola Garcia and freshman Kylie Dawson.

• Sophomore Arabella Loveridge made a key save in goal at 25′ to prevent UC Davis from equalizing and keeping the Hoosiers with a 1-0 lead at the half.

• When UC Davis had another opportunity to tie the game, this time late in the third period, redshirt junior Sydney Keld was there for a defensive save and helped Indiana hold the lead.

• With just five minutes left in the fourth period, sophomore Kayla Kiwak put the game to rest with a goal to give Indiana some insurance, and a 2-0 lead. Junior Jemima Cookson assisted on the play.

NOTABLES

• Mozeleski scored her second goal in as many days as just the game prior, she scored the game winner at California on penalty stroke in overtime.

• Loveridge earned her first clean sheet of the season, she had six saves against the Aggies today.

• Kiwak scored her first goal of the season and her third of her career.

• Cookson’s assist was the latest showing of a really strong weekend of play. Cookson now has five points to her name in five games for 2022.

• Arrebola Garcia’s assist today marked her first point of the season.

• Dawson’s assist on the Mozeleski goal was her first recorded collegiate assist and point.

• Senior midfielder Kennedy Reardon made her 40th consecutive start, dating back to her sophomore season.

UP NEXT

• IU will head back to Bloomington for a pair of home games next weekend. The Hoosiers will host Ball State on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and a Sunday game vs. Bellarmine at 4:00 p.m.

(INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The 11th-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team (0-1-1) will welcome 2021 NCAA Tournament team St. John’s (1-2-0) Tuesday (Sept. 6) night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

The match will be streamed live on the Big Ten Plus digital platform with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET.

Tuesday night is International Night at Armstrong Stadium, as the IU men’s soccer program and the IU Office of International Services welcome international students to a pregame tailgate beginning at 7 p.m. Additionally, the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Hoosier Army t-shirt.

SETTING THE SCENE

• After Indiana’s Saturday night (Sept. 3) match versus Notre Dame was postponed, the Hoosiers return to action following a week away from competition. IU continues what is now a three-match homestand, with each contest coming against an opponent that reached the NCAA Tournament last season.

• IU owns a 345-69-50 record all-time at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are undefeated in 10 straight home matches, going 9-0-1 in that span.

• Redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink has scored two goals in two matches to start the season.

• Senior Nyk Sessock tallied two assists in IU’s previous match versus Portland.

ABOUT THE RED STORM

• St. John’s comes into the match with a 1-2-0 record. The Red Storm are fresh off a 5-0 win over Lehigh.

• In 2021, St. John’s owned an 11-6-3 record and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Red Storm beat Princeton, 1-0, in the opening round before their season ended at Oregon State via a 2-0 defeat.

• The Red Storm are led by 32nd-year head coach Dr. David Masur. Masur has compiled a 438-191-99 record at St. John’s.

SERIES HISTORY

• The all-time series record is split at 3-3-2 between Indiana and St. John’s. IU is undefeated in the last three matchups.

• The last three matches of the series have been defensive battles, with two ending in double overtime, scoreless draws. Their most recent meeting in 2015 ended as a 1-0 win for the Hoosiers.

• Indiana beat St. John’s in the 2003 NCAA College Cup final for its sixth national title. Longtime IU head coach Jerry Yeagley celebrated the title in his final season as the program’s leader.

(PURDUE VOLLEYBALL)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Two Boilermakers, Eva Hudson and Maddie Schermerhorn were chosen by the league office for the Big Ten volleyball weekly awards. Hudson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second straight week while Schermerhorn earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

The honors come after the Boilermakers improved to 6-0 and won the Reamer Club Xtra Special tournament. Wins included a sweep vs. Bradley, a five-set thriller vs. #RV Utah and a 4-1 victory vs. Milwaukee.

Hudson led the league with 49 kills in Week 2 in addition to leading all Big Ten underclassmen with 4.83 points per match. Moreover, Hudson recorded 21 kills vs. Milwaukee to close out the tournament, a career-best and ties as the most by a Big Ten player in a four-set match this season. Furthermore, she did so at a .395 hitting clip. In the past seven years, only All-Americans Sherridan Atkinson, Grace Cleveland, Danielle Cuttino and Faye Adelaja have registered as efficient of a match while posting 20 or more kills. Of those four Boilermakers, Hudson is the only one to accomplish the feat as an underclassman.

Schermerhorn anchored the back row as libero, averaging 4.92 digs per set and a Big Ten-leading 59 digs over Week 2. In the victory vs. Utah, the senior posted 26 digs, not only a career-best, but tie as the most by a Big Ten player this season. Schermerhorn, a Ligonier, Indiana, product saw 45 receptions over the three matches, going perfect in the final two matches after allowing just one reception error vs. Bradley. It is the first weekly award honor of Schermerhorn’s career.

In total, Purdue has taken home four weekly awards in the first two weeks of the season.

Purdue will be back in action this weekend at #3 Louisville for the Louisville Invitational. The Boilermakers will take on the Cardinals on Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m. ET on ACCNx before playing Lipscomb or Xavier on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on FloVolleyball.

(BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER)

Butler men’s soccer goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji has been selected as the Goalkeeper of the Week by the BIG EAST Conference for his performances this past week in wins over Marshall and Oakland.

Acting as a brick wall against then-No. 14 Marshall, Gjergji made seven saves in the shutout win over the now-11th-ranked Thundering Herd. Facing Marshall’s strong attack and inclement weather all night, he was up for every challenge, collecting his second shutout of the season and the 18th of his career. Sunday night, Gjergji once again played his part to lead the Bulldogs past Oakland, 2-1, and improve to 3-0 on the year. The fifth-year player made two saves in the contest, with the only goal conceded being a deflection off a Butler defender.

Senior defender Perrin Barnes earned a spot on the five-member BIG EAST weekly honor roll. He helped anchor a defense that thwarted the offense of Marshall. Of the 21 shots taken, 14 were forced off target, ultimately leading to the shutout victory. Against Oakland, Barnes scored the game-winning goal off a deflection. It was his first goal (and points) as a Bulldog.

The Bulldogs return to action Friday, September 9, when they travel to Ohio State for 7 pm kickoff. The following Wednesday, Butler hosts No. 21 Indiana at the Sellick Bowl.

(BUTLER FOOTBALL)

Butler quarterback Brett Bushka was named Offensive Player of the Week by the Pioneer Football League after leading Butler to a 31-26 victory over St. Thomas (Fla.) on Saturday afternoon at the Sellick Bowl. Bushka led the PFL with four passing touchdowns in the opening week and led Butler to its first season-opening victory since 2018. 

He completed 25-of-35 passes for 309 yards and had 13 carries for 60 yards to lead all PFL quarterbacks with 369 total offensive yards. With Butler trailing 14-3 at halftime, Bushka came alive in the third quarter completing all six of his pass attempts for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns to close the deficit to 20-17. Bushka wasn’t done and completed 9-of-11 passes for another 95 yards in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdowns that gave Butler the lead. His touchdown tosses went for 21, 63, 3, and 8 yards with three different receivers involved.

Bushak set a new career-high with four touchdowns throws against the Bobcats. It was just the third time in his BU career to have a game with 20+ completions and 300-plus passing yards.

(BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER)

Butler forward Katie Soderstrom has been selected for the second time this season as the BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week following her performances against Wright State and No. 22 Wisconsin.

Soderstrom led the RV Butler offense last week by scoring three goals and adding an assist to total seven points, and tallying 11 shots in two matches. She scored her three goals on five shots and had one assist against Wright State. The redshirt-senior forward also had five shots, two of which were on goal, against No. 22 Wisconsin. Soderstrom led the league in shots, points, and goals last week, becoming the first BIG EAST player to register a hat trick in 2022.

The Bulldogs return to action Thursday, hosting Dayton, and then travel to Northwestern on Sunday.

(BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL)

CLEVELAND – – A pair of Ball State women’s volleyball players earned Mid-American Conference weekly honors for their play at last weekend’s LUV Invitational hosted by Lipscomb.

Junior middle Lauren Gilliland was named the MAC West Division Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while senior libero Maggie Huber was named the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week.

Gilliland earned the honor for the first time in her career after leading the Ball State offense with 37 kills and a .440 (37-4-75) attack percentage on her way to earning LUV Invitational All-Tournament honors.

Gilliland started the tournament with a career-high 17 kills and a .533 (17-1-30) attack percentage in the four-set win over Oklahoma. She added a team-high 13 kills and a .393 (13-2-28) rate of success in the tournament finale versus Mississippi State, while also scoring seven kills in the sweep of Lipscomb. Gilliland also averaged 0.70 blocks per set during the tournament.

Huber earned defensive player of the week accolades for the third time in her career after leading all MAC players with a 5.50 digs-per-set average last week. She collected 55 total digs to help the Cardinals to a 2-1 record at the LUV Invitational.

Huber stared the week with 20 digs in BSU’s four-set win over Oklahoma, added 16 in the sweep of Lipscomb, and 19 versus Mississippi State. She also served up a pair of aces and finished the weekend with a .944 reception percentage.

After spending the first two weekends of the season on the road, the Cardinals open the home portion of the 2022 season this weekend with the Ball State Tournament. BSU will play both Arkansas State (10 a.m.) and Alabama (7 p.m.) Friday, before hosting Green Bay (6 p.m.) Saturday.

(NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame returns home to Alumni Stadium to welcome the Blue Demons of DePaul for a midweek matchup. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and will be streamed on ACCNX via WatchESPN.

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THE DEPAUL SERIES

• The Irish and Blue Devils will meet on the pitch for the 22nd time on Tuesday evening.

• The Irish hold a commanding lead in the all-time series, going 20-1-0 against DePaul.

• Notre Dame is a perfect 13-0-0 against the Blue Demons when playing at Notre Dame.

• The last meeting between the two sides came on Oct. 1, 2019, as the Irish pulled out a thrilling 1-0 victory over the Blue Demons at Alumni Stadium.

• Felicien Dumas scored a direct free kick with five seconds remaining in regulation to give the Irish the victory.

• The Irish have outscored DePaul 90-6 in the overall series.

LAST TIME OUT

• The Irish went on the road and defeated Michigan State by a final score of 3-2 in East Lansing.

• Notre Dame’s goals came from first-half headers from Paddy Burns and Sebastian Green and a second-half Michigan State own goal.

• The Irish outshot the hosts 22-15 and dominated large portions of play.

• Bryce Boneau picked up the first two assists of his career in the win.

• Saturday’s match at Indiana was postponed due to inclement weather.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

• Of the 12 Notre Dame players that have recorded starts through two matches this season, seven have been either freshmen or sophomores.

• Six Irish players made their collegiate debuts in the season opener against Seattle.

• Of the 16 players that have seen the pitch, 10 are either sophomores or freshmen.

• Two of Notre Dame’s four goals and four of their five assists have come from freshmen or sophomores.

BALANCED ATTACK

• Fourteen returning Irish players registered at least one point last season, as the team returns 86 points from last year.

• Ten players scored a goal through during the 2021 campaign, with six scoring multiple goals.

• Sophomore Matthew Roou is the top returning goal scorer on the 2022 squad after firing in seven goals during his debut season.

#3 RANKED FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE COUNTRY

• The Irish welcome a seven-man freshman class to South Bend which was ranked as the No. 3 class in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.

• The class features four players ranked in IMG’s top 200 rankings, each ranking in the top 100.

• The seven players come from a combined five states and one foreign country (Ghana).

• Kelvin Baffour (M), Daniel Boateng (M), Wyatt Borso (F), Owen Cornell (GK), Mitchell Ferguson (D), Sebastian Green (M) and Nicholas Legendre (F) make up the class.

• Notre Dame also welcomes Mo Williams to the team, a grad transfer defender from Seton Hall.

2021 REWIND

• The Irish are coming off one of their most successful seasons in program history.

• The 2021 squad advanced to the College Cup for the second time in history and captured the program’s first ACC Tournament title.

• Notre Dame finished the season on an eight-game unbeaten streak, going 5-0-3 during that span, all coming in postseason play.

• The Irish allowed just two goals over the final eight matches of the year.

• Notre Dame defeated Duke in the ACC Tournament final to capture the crown. The Irish didn’t allow a single goal over four matches of ACC Tournament play.

• The season came to an end in the College Cup semifinals, as the Irish fell to Clemson in penalties (5-3) in Cary, N.C.

(INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – On what was a rainy night which included a stoppage of play for weather, Indiana State women’s soccer had their first multi-goal output of the season on Sunday night in a 3-2 loss to Illinois at Demirjian Park in Champaign.

The Illini got on the board first with a Sarah Foley goal in the 25th minute as Illinois would take a 1-0 lead into halftime.

In the 53rd minute of the match, Kendra Pasquale found the back of the net to increase the Illini lead to 2-0.

Chloe Tesny ended the shutout bid in the 80th minute, scoring on a penalty kick to make it a 2-1 contest with her first goal of the season.

Illinois would add a third goal less than a minute later to go back up by two scores.

With less than five minutes to play, Katie Yankey scored on a header from an Ella Gorrie corner kick to make it a 3-2 game.

The Illini would hold on to win, moving to 4-2-0 on the season while Indiana State falls to 0-4-1.

The Sycamores finished the night with six shots while Illinois took 16 attempts.

Indiana State will return to action on Thursday with a road match at UT Martin set to begin at 5 p.m. ET.

(EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Looking to remain perfect at home, the University of Evansville volleyball team will face Tennessee State at 6 p.m. on Tuesday inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Facing crosstown squad USI in last week’s home opener, the Purple Aces finished with a 3-0 victory.  As a team, UE hit .409 with the defense holding the Screaming Eagles to .236.  Alondra Vazquez led the way with 13 kills while Giulia Cardona and Melanie Feliciano recorded 12 and 11, respectively.

Feliciano led the way with 10 digs while Kora Ruff finished with 38 assists and nine digs.

Over the weekend, UE competed in the Golden Eagle Invitational in Cookeville, Tenn.  Without the services of Vazquez, the Aces dropped their three matches in the event.  Evansville put up an impressive fight in Friday’s match against Big Ten foe Northwestern.  Six kills by Cardona helped UE earn a win in the first set before the Wildcats were able to fend off the challenge.

UE also picked up a set victory in Saturday’s match against Tennessee Tech.

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees8154.60046 – 2035 – 3436 – 2523 – 715 – 144 – 6W 2
Tampa Bay7558.564545 – 2430 – 3433 – 2614 – 1516 – 97 – 3W 1
Toronto7559.5605.538 – 2937 – 3029 – 2419 – 1515 – 147 – 3W 5
Baltimore7164.5261039 – 2732 – 3727 – 3115 – 1519 – 105 – 5L 3
Boston6769.49314.535 – 3432 – 3518 – 3716 – 1425 – 86 – 4L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6964.51933 – 3036 – 3413 – 1632 – 2412 – 163 – 7W 1
Minnesota6865.511140 – 2928 – 3617 – 1431 – 2212 – 176 – 4L 1
Chi White Sox6867.504234 – 3634 – 3115 – 1731 – 2914 – 145 – 5W 1
Kansas City5581.40415.532 – 3823 – 4312 – 2026 – 3010 – 184 – 6L 1
Detroit5184.3781930 – 4021 – 449 – 2023 – 388 – 173 – 7L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8748.64444 – 2043 – 2810 – 1223 – 845 – 227 – 3W 2
Seattle7659.5631135 – 2941 – 3016 – 1716 – 835 – 288 – 2L 1
LA Angels5976.4372830 – 3929 – 3711 – 2315 – 926 – 317 – 3W 1
Texas5876.43328.528 – 3830 – 385 – 1817 – 1326 – 371 – 9L 9
Oakland5085.3703722 – 4328 – 4213 – 2011 – 1822 – 364 – 6W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8550.63046 – 2339 – 2744 – 2115 – 519 – 146 – 4L 2
Atlanta8451.622147 – 2537 – 2635 – 2221 – 1218 – 127 – 3W 5
Philadelphia7361.54511.539 – 3034 – 3129 – 2720 – 1017 – 164 – 6L 3
Miami5578.4142926 – 3829 – 4025 – 3111 – 1512 – 211 – 9L 7
Washington4887.3563722 – 4726 – 4011 – 4314 – 1615 – 186 – 4W 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7956.58545 – 2334 – 3314 – 1738 – 2017 – 97 – 3L 1
Milwaukee7163.5307.535 – 2636 – 3711 – 1335 – 3012 – 166 – 4W 1
Chi Cubs5678.41822.528 – 3828 – 4013 – 929 – 348 – 212 – 8L 3
Cincinnati5379.40224.529 – 3924 – 4012 – 2220 – 2810 – 225 – 5W 1
Pittsburgh4984.3682926 – 3923 – 458 – 2023 – 3314 – 172 – 8L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers9242.68747 – 1845 – 2419 – 1421 – 937 – 145 – 5L 1
San Diego7462.5441935 – 2939 – 3319 – 1519 – 1030 – 286 – 4L 3
San Francisco6568.48926.537 – 3228 – 3617 – 1317 – 1121 – 344 – 6W 4
Arizona6569.4852737 – 3428 – 3516 – 1516 – 1622 – 318 – 2W 2
Colorado5779.4193636 – 3321 – 4610 – 2412 – 1527 – 303 – 7L 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1883       At Chicago’s Lakefront Park, the National League’s White Stockings send 23 batters to the plate, scoring 13 runs before the team makes an out. Tommy Burns and Ned Williamson score three times in the 18-run, 18-hit seventh inning, establishing a major league record today.

1905       In the biggest no-hit rout in major league history, Frank Smith no-hits the Tigers at Detroit’s Bennett Park, 15-0. The 26-year-old White Sox right-hander will toss another no-hitter in 1908, beating the A’s, 1-0, thanks to Freddy Parent’s ninth-inning shallow sac fly hit while being walked intentionally by Eddie Plank.

1912       In a game that purposely matches the superstars, Boston hurler Smokey Joe Wood bests Senators’ legend Walter Johnson, 1-0, for his 30th (14th consecutive) victory in a season he wins 34. The Red Sox’s only run results from back-to-back doubles by Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis; the first two-bagger should have been an easy fly out, but the ball lands into an area cordoned off by a rope to section off the overflow Fenway Park crowd.

1912       Jeff Tesreau, joining Christy Mathewson (Giants, 1901) and Nick Maddox (Pirates, 1907), becomes the third post-1900 rookie to throw a no-hitter. The 24-year-old right-hander holds the Phillies hitless in the Giants’ 3-0 victory in the first game of the Baker Bowl’s twin bill.

1924       In a game that features a total of only six hits, the Brooklyn Robins beat Boston, 1-0, behind the strong two-hit performance of right-hander Bill Doak. The Braves Field victory is the team’s 15th consecutive win, establishing the longest winning streak in franchise history.

1924       Browns’ right-hander Urban Shocker throws two complete games, beating the White Sox 6-2 in both Comiskey Park contests. The 1922 major league strikeout leader faces 77 batters in the twin bill, but fans only one opponent, getting Chicago’s first baseman Earl Sheely in the opener.

1943       At Shibe Park, Carl Scheib became the youngest player to appear in an American League game when he tosses two-thirds of an inning in the A’s 11-4 loss to New York, giving up two hits and an earned run in the ninth inning. The 16-year-old good-hitting right-hander will post a 45-65 win-loss record, along with a .250 batting average during his 11 seasons in the major leagues.

1948       After 2,592 plate appearances, Emil Verban hits his first and only major league home run, establishing the mark for the longest homerless streak to start a career. The Cubs’ second baseman hits the historic home run off Johnny Vander Meer in the seventh inning of the team’s 3-1 loss to Chicago at Crosley Field.

1952       The National League’s longest game of the season ends when Del Ennis hits a walk-off home run in the 17th inning, giving the Phillies a 7-6 victory over the Braves in the first game of the Shibe Park twin bill. Philadelphia starter Robin Roberts goes the distance, giving up 18 hits in the three-hour and fifty-minute contest.

1953       With Giants manager Leo Durocher yelling, “stick it in his ear,” Ruben Gomez hits Carl Furillo, the National League’s leading hitter, on the wrist by a pitch. After taking first base, the Dodgers right fielder bolts into the opposing dugout to choke ‘Leo the Lip,’ but in the melee, he factures the knuckle on his little finger, putting an end to his season.

1954       Cuban-born Carlos Paula integrates the Senators when he collects a single and a double, playing left field in the team’s 8-1 victory over Philadelphia at Griffith Stadium. Next year, the 27-year-old Havana native, in his only full season in the majors, leads all freshmen when he compiles a .299 batting average, playing 115 games for Washington.

1967       In Detroit, Tiger right-hander Earl Wilson throws a complete game to earn his 20th victory of the season, beating the A’s in the nightcap of a twin bill, 6-3. The 32-year-old Louisianian will compile a 22-11 record, along with an ERA of 3.27, helping to keep the second-place club in the pennant race until the season’s finale.

1972       Paying respect to the eleven Israeli Olympic athletes killed yesterday by terrorists in Munich, A’s southpaw Ken Holtzman and first baseman Mike Epstein don black armbands on their uniforms’ sleeves. The action taken by the Jewish players, affirming the importance of their faith, is well received by the club, with Reggie Jackson wearing an armband in solidarity, along with skipper Dick Williams being fully supportive of the symbolic gesture made by the Oakland teammates.

1973       The formerly first-place Pirates make a rash decision to replace their skipper Bill Virdon after the team drops three of four to St. Louis to fall three games back in the standings. The bespectacled manager, who led the club to a division title last year, will be replaced with Danny Murtaugh, the man he had replaced before the 1972 season.

1973       Two Alou brothers are released by the Yankees when Felipe is selected off waivers by the Expos and Matty is purchased by the Cardinals. Felipe and Matty will finish the season with their new teams, retiring the following season after brief stints with the Brewers and the Padres.

1974       Behind the complete-game pitching performances by Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar, the Orioles sweep a twin bill, blanking Cleveland twice, 2-0 and 1-0. The victories are the fourth and fifth consecutive shutouts thrown by the Birds, who establish an American League mark by hurling 54 straight scoreless frames.

1981       Fernando Valenzuela ties the National League’s rookie record for shutouts, blanking St. Louis, 5-0, for his seventh whitewash of the season. The Dodger lefty shares the mark with Irv Young (1905 Beaneaters), Grover Alexander (1911 Phillies), and Jerry Koosman (1968 Mets).

1981       “I told him to quit threatening me. If he wants me to go, make the move – don’t wait. I can’t take it any longer” – GENE MICHAEL, speaking to the press about his relationship with George Steinbrenner. Calling the decision the most the ”most agonizing” he has made running the club, Yankees’ owner, George Steinbrenner fires Gene Michael and replaces him with Bob Lemon. The former skipper’s demise was prompted by his comments to the press concerning his inability to no longer tolerate the Boss’s constant threats of dismissal and for his refusal to apologize for the August 28 remarks.

1982       The Pirates retire the number 8 worn by Willie Stargell, who was the team’s all-time leader in home runs, RBIs, and extra-base hits, after spending his entire 21-year career with the Bucs. In 1988, the Hall of Fame will induct “Pops,” a seven-time NL All-Star who won NLCS and World Series MVP honors in 1979, in his first year of eligibility.

1985       In a matchup of aces that lives up its advanced billing, Dwight Gooden and Fernando Valenzuela hook up in one of the best pitchers’ duels in recent memory. New York beats Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine, 2-0, thanks to Darryl Strawberry’s two-run double on a day that the 20-year-old Mets right-hander strikes out ten batters, throwing nine shutout innings, while the Dodger southpaw pitches 11 innings without allowing a run.

1995       Cal Ripken breaks Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record, playing in his 2,131st straight game. When the game becomes official in the middle of the fifth inning, the new ‘Iron Man’ takes a victory lap around Camden Yards during the 22-minute standing ovation from the sellout crowd, including President Bill Clinton.

1996       Paul Molitor reaches the 200-hit plateau for the fourth time in his career when he singles off Chuck Finley in the Twins’ 6-2 victory over California at the Metrodome. The Minnesota DH becomes the second major leaguer to reach the milestone as a 40-year-old, joining Sam Rice, who accomplished the feat while playing with the Senators in 1930.

1996       Thirty-nine-year-old center fielder Brett Butler returns to the Dodger lineup after having surgery in May to remove a tumor and receiving intensive treatment for squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsils. The premiere leadoff hitter, who will retire at the end of next season, steals a base and scores the decisive in the eighth inning of the team’s 2-1 victory over the Pirates at Chavez Ravine.

1996       Eddie Murray of the Orioles becomes the 15th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs when his seventh-inning solo shot goes deep, knotting the score at 3-3 off Tiger pitcher Felipe Lira at Camden Yards. The Los Angeles native joins Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the only players to reach this milestone and also have three thousand hits.

1996       After reaching a sponsorship deal with a local energy company, the Reds officially rename Riverfront Stadium to Cinergy Field. The ballpark, a multi-purpose, circular cookie-cutter stadium, which opened in 1970, will be imploded in 2002 after serving the team for 32 seasons to help make room for Cincinnati’s new home, the Great American Ball Park.

2000       After reaching an agreement with Mogan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Major League Baseball can now use the URL www.mlb.com. The law firm registered mlb.com in 1994 and had refused to release the domain name, making it necessary for the sport to use www.majorleaguebaseball.com.

2000       Scott Sheldon joins Bert Campaneris (A’s, 1965) and Cesar Tovar (Twins, 1968) to become the third player in baseball history to play all nine positions in a single game. With the White Sox ahead 10-0, the Ranger infielder comes into the game defensively in the bottom of the fourth inning, replacing backstop Bill Haselman, and will proceed to play in every spot on the field, including a third of an inning on the mound, where he strikes out the only batter he faces.

2001       Joining Babe Ruth (1927 Yankees), Roger Maris (1961 Yankees), Mark McGwire (1998 Cardinals), and Sammy Sosa (1998 Cubs), Barry Bonds becomes the fifth major leaguer to hit 60 home runs in a season. The 37-year-old Giant left fielder, the oldest to join this elite group, reaches the historic plateau the quickest, needing only 141 games to reach the milestone.

2002       For the first time in 11 years, the Homer Hanky makes its return to the Metrodome in hopes of halting Oakland’s record-setting 20-game winning streak. The Twins, 8-0 in World Series home games (1987 and 1991) with the fans waving their trademark towels, see the magic continue when they blank their opponents, 6-0.

2002       The Twins and Brad Radke, who throws a six-hitter, stop Oakland’s 20-game winning streak, blanking the visitors at the Metrodome, 6-0. Oakland falls one game short of equalling the second-longest modern winning streak in baseball history, established by the Cubs, who won 21 straight contests in 1935.

2005       At an afternoon press conference at PNC Park, Pirates General Manager Dave Littlefield announces the dismissal of manager Lloyd McClendon. The former skipper, who compiled a 336-446 record during his 3+ year tenure in the Bucs dugout, will be replaced by bench coach Pete Mackanin on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.

2005       As part of the National Roberto Clemente Day celebration, teams will collect donations from fans in support of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Also, in remembrance of those affected by the disaster, major league players will don helmets bearing the Red Cross logo on the right side, and the number to call to help those in need will appear on the sides of the bases.

2005       Mark Teixeira, with his 36th round-tripper this year, becomes the fifth player in major league history to collect 100 homers during his first three seasons, hitting a ninth-inning two-out three-run to give the Rangers a come-from-behind 10-7 victory over Minnesota at the Metrodome. The 25-year-old slugger, who will finish with 43 dingers, went yard 26 and 38 times, respectively, in his first two seasons with Texas.

2006       With the help of three defensive gems at Miami’s Dolphin Stadium, Anibal Sanchez no-hits the Diamondbacks, 2-0, when Eric Byrnes makes the last out of the game on a questionable, bang-bang play at first base. The 22-year-old Venezuelan hurler is the 18th rookie to throw a no-hitter, and he joins Al Leiter, Kevin Brown, and A.J. Burnett as the fourth Marlin to throw a no-hitter.

2009       With a leadoff first-inning double in the Mariners’ 5-2 loss in Oakland, 36-year-old Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 259th player and the second-quickest to collect 2000 major league hits. In 1933, Al Simmons, playing with the White Sox, reached the milestone in his 1,390th game, a dozen contests less than Seattle’s superstar.

2012       Cal Ripken becomes the fifth Oriole of the six O’s inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame to have a statue dedicated in Camden Yards’ Legends Park. The Iron Man joins Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, and Brooks Robinson, scheduled to be honored at the end of the month.

Cal Ripken, Jr., Statue

2013       Facing his former team, Yusmeiro Petit retires the first 26 Diamondbacks he faces in the Giants’ 3-0 victory at AT&T Park. Eric Chavez, who strokes a pinch-hit line-drive single to right field with two outs in the ninth inning, spoils the 28-year-old right-hander’s bid for perfection.

2017       The Diamondbacks win their 13th straight game when they defeat the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, 3-1. The victory establishes a franchise mark for consecutive wins, surpassing the team’s 12-game winning streak in 2003.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1978

New York Yankees (4) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (2)

As the World Series celebrated its 75th Anniversary, two teams that shared many chapters in its story met for a classic rematch of East vs. West. The defending champion New York Yankees had struggled for several years on the way to recapturing their twenty-first crown while the Los Angeles Dodgers were still stinging from the previous year’s defeat. Both teams boasted strong pitching staffs, top-notch sluggers and several All-Stars in their line-ups.

Many experts had predicted a close, seven game Series that would be decided in the closing minutes, but things did not appear that way in Game 1. LA’s Davey Lopes drove in five runs on two home runs and Dusty Baker added his own against twenty game winner Ed Figueroa and the entire New York bullpen. Tommy John got the first Series victory of his career after tossing shutout ball for six innings in the 11-5 opener. The only encouraging performance from the Yanks was the familiar play of “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson, who picked up right where he had left off in ’77 with a home run and two singles.

Little changed the following day as the Dodger Stadium crowd was treated to it’s second win in a row thanks to Ron Cey, who knocked in all of Los Angele’s runs with a single in the fourth and a three run homer in the sixth. Rookie pitcher Bob Welch saved the 4-3 game in the ninth after Jackson took the plate with two men on base. As the count went to 3-2, Reggie, who had fouled off three two-strike pitches, swung mightily at Welch’s fastball and missed. Now up two games-to-none, the National Leaguers were thinking sweep as the contest shifted to Yankee Stadium.

Game 3 promised to be a pitchers duel as both team’s brought out their “big guns”. Don Sutton (a fifteen game winner) started for the Dodgers against Ron Guidy (25-3, 1.74 ERA, nine shutouts) and both aces struggled despite their spectacular stats. Guidry allowed seven walks and eight hits while Sutton surrendered five runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. Roy White started the Yankees rolling with a first inning homer, but Graig Nettles was the star with outstanding play in the field. With two out and one man on base in the third, Nettles stopped the Dodgers by throwing out Reggie Smith after making a diving stop of his bullet down the third base line. In the fifth, with base runners on first and second with two out, he snagged another line-drive by Smith over the bag and held the power hitter to an infield single. On the next play, with the bases loaded, he nabbed a hard grounder by Steve Garvey and forced Smith out at second. Finally in the sixth, he finished them off with another brilliant stop on a two out, bases-loaded shot down the line while getting another force at second. In the end, Los Angeles couldn’t beat the infielder and his team walked away with a 5-1 triumph.

Game 4 featured another controversial call that was becoming the norm in modern baseball. Tommy John entered the sixth protecting a 3-0 lead (thanks to Smith’s fifth inning homer), but a series of events turned the tide of the game and inevitably the Series. After White led off with a single, Thurmon Munson walked and Jackson followed with a run-scoring base hit. Lou Piniella came up next and knocked a sinking liner toward Bill Russell. As the Dodgers shortstop went to play the ball it glanced off of his glove and fell to the ground. Munson, who had hesitated in case the ball had been caught, took off for third, but Russell went to second attempting to catch Jackson and complete a double-play at first. Sensing this, the Yankee stopped midway down the base path and, with Russell’s throw in flight, turned toward first baseman Steve Garvey colliding with the ball. Munson scored the Yank’s second run, but the Dodgers argued (to no avail) that Jackson had intentionally interfered.

New York went on to tie it up in the eighth, after Blair rounded the bases on a single, sacrifice and double by his fellow teammates. After Goose Gossage (twenty-seven saves, 2.01 ERA) retired Los Angeles (in order) in the top of the tenth, the Yankees struck for the game-winning run in the last half of the inning after Piniella scored White for the 4-3 victory. Bob Lemon, who had replaced Billy Martin in July, started Jim Beattie in Game 5 and the rookie benefited from the “Bronx Bombers” at their finest. Bucky Dent, Mickey Rivers and Brian Doyle all collected three hits and Munson drove in five runs for an eighteen hit, 12-2 romping that put the Yankees one game away from their twenty-second World Championship.

Hunter was given the call for Game 6 and, with two innings of relief help from Gossage, the two emerged 7-2 winners and World Champions. Dent and Doyle both repeated their three hit efforts with the shortstop’s three run homer proving the deciding factor while Jackson topped it off with a seventh inning homer off of Welch, who had fanned him in Game 2.

In addition to their first back-to-back championships since ’61-’62, the Yanks set another postseason record as the only title winner ever to trail before winning six straight.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1986

This year the American League launched a “Rocket” at the Nationals named Roger Clemens. With help from Ted Higuera, Charlie Hough, Dave Righetti and Don Aase, he shut down the National League and started his record setting All-Star Game career.

In the second, Lou Whitaker followed a Dave Winfield double with a homer off Dwight Gooden. In the seventh, Frank White popped the another off Mike Scott. The National League made it interesting in the bottom of the eighth by roughing up Hough for two runs. In the ninth, the National League had runners at first and third with one out when Aase got White to hit a check-swing grounder for a double play.

The American Leagues’ debut of Clemens wasn’t the only story of the day, Fernando Valenzuela struck out five consecutive batters and National League pitchers mowed down seven more. It was the third All-Star Game in a row to feature outstanding performances by the men on the hill.

FOOTBALL HISTORY

September 6, 1946 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium packs in 60,135 fans as the All American Football Conference has it’s very first regular season game played with the Cleveland Browns blanking the Miami Seahawks 44-0. The legendary Paul Brown coached the Brownies to victory while a 25 year old Otto Graham was under center.

September 6, 1980 – Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota ends college football’s longest losing streak ever, 50 games, as they find victory on this football day. The Division III Scots, started their long losing streak in 1974. The low point was probably in 1977 when they gave up an average 59.1 points per game, according to espn.com and in one of those contests they lost by the score of 97-6 as the Concordia Moorhead Cobbers set an NAIA record with 14 TDs in the game. The game that broke the streak on this day in 1980 was a very dramatic and emotional win. With 11 seconds remaining in the game against Mount Senario College with the game deadlocked at 14 a piece, Macalester Kicker Bob Kaye, nailed a 23-yard field goal to put an end to the losing streak.

September 6, 1987 – A CFL record field goal is reached as Saskatchewan kicker, Dave Ridgeway booted a 60 yard field goal at Taylor Field in Regina, Saskatchewan. The record would hold up for over 14 years, that is when on October 27, 2001 veteran kicker Paul McCallum kicked a 62 yard field goal to break the record on the same field while also playing for Saskatchewan.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S

September 6, 1890 – Earl William Bill Sprackling was Brown University’s quarterback during the 1909, 1910 and 1911 seasons. The 1910 season was special for Sprackling as not only he selected as an All-American but he also was rated as the best college football player in 1910. Walter Camp chose the smallish 155 lb Sprackling to three straight seasons as a member to the All-American team; 3rd team in 1909, 1st team in 1910 and 2nd team in 1911.

September 6, 1901 – George Wilson or Wildcat Wilson, was a halfback from the University of Washington. Wildcat showed his importance to the Huskies team in the 1926 Rose Bowl Game. Wilson’s dominant performance for much of the first half of the “Grand Daddy of them All” had opponent Alabama on their heels and down by a couple of scores. The Crimson Tide finally got a break late in the second quarter when George Wilson left the game due to injury. The Tide rolled led by Johnny Mack Brown with 20 unanswered points and were driving down the field to score again when the banged up Wildcat Wilson re-entered the contest and was significant in staling the ‘Bama drive at the Husky 12 yard line. Wilson then guided the Washington offense down the field and capped off the drive with Wilson throwing a 20 yard scoring strike to John Cole. It was not enough as the Tide held on to win the game 20-19. The stat line of the game showed that with Wilson on the field, the Washington Huskies gained 317 yards and put up 19 points, when he was out they mustered a mere 17 yards and were shut out while the Crimson Tide scored all 20 of their points in that 22 minute absence of Wilson from the contest. It really put Alabama football on the map as a prominent football power in the college football landscape. The 1926 Rose Bowl has gone down in history known as “The game that changed the South.” but it could have been a much different game had Wildcat Wilson played the whole game. Needless to say, the College Football Hall of Fame invited George Wilson into their exclusive club of legends in 1951.

HALL OF FAMERS

Sammy Baugh arrived on the pro football scene in 1937, the same year the Redskins moved to Washington from Boston. The Texas Christian star was the team’s first round pick that year. Over the next 16 seasons “Slingin’ Sammy” not only helped establish the pro game in the nation’s capital, he also was a major influence in the offensive revolution that occurred in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

When Baugh first started with the Redskins pro football was largely a grind-it-out ground game. The forward pass was something to be used with caution, and never inside your 30-yard line, except in desperate situations. By the time Baugh was through, the forward pass was a primary offensive weapon. Obviously, such a change could not be totally brought about by one individual. But Baugh was the catalyst that changed the game. No one had seen a passer who could throw with such accuracy.

Baugh started his pro career as a single wing tailback and didn’t make the switch to the T-formation until 1944. He won a record-setting six NFL passing titles and earned first-team All-NFL honors seven times in his career. Sammy also led the NFL in punting four straight years from 1940 through 1943. Extremely versatile, he led the NFL in passing, pass interceptions, and punting in 1943.

One of his best single performances came on “Sammy Baugh Day” in 1947 when he passed for 355 yards and 6 touchdowns against the Chicago Cardinals, that season’s eventual champions. Baugh, although highly competitive, was still comparatively easy-going and never lost his sense of humor. When the Chicago Bears defeated the Redskins, 73-0, in the famous 1940 NFL title battle, a Redskins end dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone. Reporters asked Baugh if the outcome would have been different had the pass been caught. “Yeah,” Baugh answered, “It would have made it 73-7.”

MORE ON SAMMY BAUGH: https://www.profootballhof.com/players/sammy-baugh/

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

12 – 39 – 26 -10 – 48 – 8 – 36 – 4 – 33

September 6, 1905 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Frank Smith no-hits Detroit Tigers, 15-0

September 6, 1945 – A’s catcher Greek George, Number 12 punches umpire Joe Rue gets suspended

September 6, 1953 – Roy Campanella, wearing Number 39 sets record for home runs by a catcher at 38

September 6, 1977 – Angels acquire Dave Kingman from Padres for cash, 9 days later Yankees buy Kingman (started with Mets) who plays in all 4 divisions in 1977. His jersey Numbers worn in that season were Number 26 (Mets and Padres), Number 10 (Angels) and Number 48 (Yankees)

September 6, 1982 – The Pittsburgh Pirates retired Willie Stargell’s Number 8

September 6, 1987 – Saskatchewan Rough Rider Dave Ridgway, Number 36 kicks a CFL-record 60-yard field goal

September 6, 1995 – Cal Ripken Jr (Number 8) broke Lou Gehrig’s (Number 4) record, plays in 2,131 straight games

September 6, 1996 – Baltimore Orioles’ (Number 33) Eddie Murray’s 500th career home run

TV TUESDAY

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NY Mets at Pittsburgh6:35pmSNY
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Boston at Tampa Bay6:40pmMLBN
NESN
Bally Sports
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Bally Sports
Minnesota at NY Yankees7:05pmTBS
Bally Sports
YES
Toronto at Baltimore7:05pmSportsnet
MASN/2
Cincinnati at Chi. Cubs7:40pmBally Sports
MARQ
Washington at St. Louis7:45pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
Texas at Houston8:10pmATTSN-SW
Bally Sports
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Milwaukee at Colorado8:40pmBally Sports
ATTSN-RM
Detroit at LA Angels9:38pmBally Sports
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Chi. White Sox at Seattle9:40pmMLBN
NBCS-CHI
Root Sports
San Francisco at LA Dodgers10:10pmMLBN
NBCS-BAY
Sportsnet
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UFIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying: Norway vs Albania12:30pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Dinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea12:45pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Borussia Dortmund vs København12:45pmParamount+
UFIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying: England vs Luxembourg2:30pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: PSG vs Juventus3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Sevilla vs Manchester City3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Celtic vs Real Madrid3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Salzburg vs Milan3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Benfica vs Maccabi Haifa3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: RB Leipzig vs Shakhtar Donetsk3:00pmParamount+
Women’s Friendly: USA vs Nigeria6:00pmESPN2
Liga MX: León vs Juárez8:00pmUniMas
Liga MX: Santos Laguna vs Necaxa8:05pmESPN+
Liga MX: Monterrey vs Cruz Azul10:05pmESPN+
Liga MX: América vs Atlético San Luis10:05pmESPN+
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US Open12:00pmESPN
US Open7:00pmESPN
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Chicago at Connecticut8:00pmESPN2
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