The Florida Panthers defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in Game 7 on Monday to claim the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Sam Reinhart netted the eventual game-winner in the second period. Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves.

Oilers superstar Connor McDavid won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

The Panthers took the first three contests of the Cup Final. Edmonton battled back to force Game 7, becoming the third team in NHL history to do so in the Cup Final after facing a 3-0 deficit.

“Kind of your worst nightmare when you lose Game 6,” Aaron Ekblad told Sportsnet’s Kyle Bukauskas. “You kind of mourn it for a night, and then you gotta get back on the horse. We got some great leadership in that room that turned it around and found a way to get it done tonight.”

Matthew Tkachuk’s acquisition in 2022 transformed the Panthers. The former Calgary Flame gave his Alberta fans a nod in victory.

“Shoutout to my fans in Calgary. You know I couldn’t let Edmonton win,” Tkachuk told Bukauskas.

Aleksander Barkov is the first Finnish captain to win the Stanley Cup.

“It’s incredible to see how hard everyone worked for this moment,” Barkov told Bukauskas. “And now, there is no more games tomorrow.”

Panthers head coach Paul Maurice moves to 5-0 in Game 7s in his coaching career. It’s the first Stanley Cup for the veteran bench boss, who’s coached almost 2,000 NHL games in the regular season and playoffs.

“It’s not what I thought it would be. It’s so much better,” Maurice told Bukauskas. “But it’s the hugs, man. I saw Sam Bennett smile today, first time in two years. It’s brilliant.”

Among those in the Panthers’ front office to win the Cup is Hall of Fame goaltender Roberto Luongo, who didn’t win the trophy as a player.

“It doesn’t feel real right now,” Luongo said, according to Sportsnet’s Brendan Batchelor. “Put in a lot of work, whether it was on the ice or off the ice the last few years. We finally got it.”

Before the win, Florida was 0-2 in the Cup Final in franchise history, having lost to the Vegas Golden Knights last year and the Colorado Avalanche in 1996.



CLEVELAND (AP) — Just days ahead of the NBA draft, the Cavaliers picked their coach.

Kenny Atkinson, an assistant with Golden State who helped Brooklyn rebuild before a puzzling departure, will be Cleveland’s new coach, a person familiar with decision told The Associated Press on Monday.

The Cavs have been looking for a new leader for their young team since firing J.B. Bickerstaff last month despite two straight playoff appearances and continued progress.

The sides have agreed on a deal and are working through details of Atkinson’s contract, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not discussing its search publicly.

ESPN.com was first to report Atkinson is heading to Cleveland.

Atkinson spent the past three seasons as Steven Kerr’s top assistant with the Warriors. In 2022, Atkinson accepted Charlotte’s coaching job but backed out a week after agreeing to a four-year contract.

Atkinson’s hiring ends an expansive search by the Cavs’ front office. Atkinson was one of at least six known candidates to interview with the team since Bickerstaff’s firing on May 23 — a week after Cleveland was eliminated from the playoffs in five games by the eventual champion Boston Celtics.

The 57-year-old Atkinson checked all the boxes in what the Cavs were looking for: head coaching experience, offensive-minded and a strong reputation for player development.

He emerged as the choice by Cleveland vice president of basketball operations Koby Altman and general manager Mike Gansey last week. Atkinson then met with team chairman Dan Gilbert, who signed off on the Cavs’ first coaching hire in five years.

Atkinson went 118-190 in his three-plus seasons with the Nets, overseeing their rise from the lower tier of the Eastern Conference to a playoff berth in 2019. It appeared he might be with Brooklyn for an extended period following the additions of superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but had a surprising split from the franchise in 2020.

Atkinson’s parting was a major surprise given the team’s growth under his guidance. After leaving, he spent one season on the Los Angeles Clippers’ staff before going to Golden State.

With the Warriors, Atkinson got to see one of the league’s best offensive players in Stephen Curry and immersed himself in a dynamic offense system he’s certain to borrow from with Cleveland.

One of the knocks on Bickerstaff was his inability to improve Cleveland’s offense. Still, he went 170-159 in the regular season while guiding the Cavs back to relevance through a rebuild that began in 2018 when LeBron James left as a free agent.

Bickerstaff, who replaced John Beilein midway through the 2019-20 season, kept Cleveland among the top teams in the East this season despite a slew of injuries and Cleveland advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs without James on its roster for the first time since 1994.

Atkinson, who got his NBA coaching start as an assistant on Mike D’Antoni’s staff with the New York Knicks in 2008, has some connections on the Cavs after working with center Jarrett Allen and forward Caris LeVert while in Brooklyn.

Hiring a new coach was the first priority in a pivotal summer for the Cavs. Next is getting All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell to accept a long-term contract extension, this week’s draft (Cleveland has the No. 20 overall pick) and perhaps retooling the roster with trades and in free agency.

After the Cavs were knocked out of the playoffs, Altman said the team needed a coach who could bring new ideas and a fresh approach to get the most from the team’s core of players — Mitchell, Allen, guard Darius Garland and forward Evan Mobley.

Atkinson will get the next shot.


Toronto Raptors All-Star forward Scottie Barnes intends to sign a five-year maximum rookie extension that could be worth up to $270 million, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Barnes’ reported deal would keep him in Toronto through the 2029-30 season and make him the highest-paid player in Raptors history. He’ll sign the pact on July 6 when the NBA’s free-agency moratorium ends.

The 22-year-old will make a minimum of $224.9 million over the deal, according to Keith Smith of Spotrac. Barnes’ contract also reportedly increases from 25% of the Raptors’ cap to 30% if he makes All-NBA or ALL-Defensive teams or wins MVP.

Barnes is coming off his first career All-Star appearance. He averaged 19.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.3 steals over 60 games in 2023-24, his third NBA campaign.

A hand fracture in March forced Barnes to the sidelines for the final 22 games of the regular season. The Raptors finished the campaign with a 25-57 record, missing the playoffs for the second straight year.

Toronto drafted Barnes fourth overall in 2021 from Florida State. He won Rookie of the Year after averaging 15.3 points in his debut campaign, helping lead the club to a postseason appearance.

The Raptors still have several notable free agents, including starting point guard Immanuel Quickley and wing Gary Trent Jr.


This year’s NBA draft features potential starters and valuable role players more so than no-doubt future stars. That becomes evident when looking at the headlining prospects among big men.

French teenager Alexandre Sarr from France could go No. 1 overall with his length and defensive potential, key reasons why he has thrice topped the AP’s NBA mock draft. Meanwhile, Donovan Clingan from two-time reigning national champion UConn also will likely be a high pick as a rim-protecting force.

It’s just unclear how quickly any will be ready for a leading role in the league, particularly offensively.

Here’s a look at some of the top players in the position:

Alexandre Sarr, France

STRENGTHS: The athleticism, mobility and length offer significant upside at both ends of the court for the 7-footer, whether as a rim protector and versatile defender or as a rim-runner off pick-and-rolls for lobs on offense. Sarr, 19, spent two seasons with the Overtime Elite developmental program for top prospects in the United States, then last season with Perth in the Australian-based National Basketball League as part of its “Next Stars” program. He ranked tied for second there by averaging 1.5 blocks despite averaging just 17.3 minutes.

He finished strong by averaging 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.3 assists in his last six games with Perth. He also ranked among the best at the combine with a wingspan of better than 7-4.

CONCERNS: He’ll need time to add bulk to a lean 224-pound frame and handle the rigors of an NBA season. Developing more consistent 3-point range (he shot 29% in the NBL last season) will be key to fully realizing his defense-stretching potential.

Donovan Clingan, UConn

STRENGTHS: He is big, strong and surprisingly nimble for his imposing 7-2, 282-pound frame, which made him an interior shot-blocking force in the Huskies’ run to college basketball’s first repeat men’s title in 17 years. He ranked eighth in Division I by averaging 2.5 blocks per game despite playing just 22.6 minutes, then had some massive games in the NCAA Tournament. That included eight blocks and 14 rebounds in the second-round win against Northwestern, followed by 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a regional final against Illinois (the Illini were 0 for 19 on Clingan-challenged shots ) and four more swats against Alabama in the Final Four.

The 20-year-old sophomore runs the floor well despite his bulk and is a strong finisher. He also was tied for first at the combine in standing reach (9-7) and was second in wingspan (nearly 7-7).

CONCERNS: It’s unclear how well he might handle switches to defend outside the paint in space. While he shot nearly 64% to rank among the national leaders, he has rarely had to produce much outside of the paint. He also shot just 55.8% from the line in two seasons.

Kel’el Ware, Indiana

STRENGTHS: The 20-year-old sophomore has flashed intriguing two-way potential to make himself a first-round prospect, first in a season at Oregon and then last year at Indiana. He averaged 15.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks last season as a starter for the Hoosiers. He made 17 of 40 3-pointers (.425), indicating the potential for growth in terms of pulling defenders outside.

The 7-footer has a nearly 7-5 wingspan and tested well at the NBA combine by ranking second among bigs in the lane agility test (second at 10.97 seconds) and shuttle run (second, 2.91).

CONCERNS: He’ll need to add strength to his 230-pound frame and improve at the line, where he shot just 63.4% last year.

Kyle Filipowski, Duke

STRENGTHS: The 6-11, 230-pound sophomore could play either forward or center as a first-round prospect. He was a steady producer by averaging 15.8 points and 8.6 rebounds with the Blue Devils. He also more than doubled his shot-blocking totals last year (54, up from 26 as a freshman) when having to work as Duke’s interior anchor after Dereck Lively II’s departure for the NBA. He has shown improved mobility and footwork after surgery on his hips before last season, and he has improved as an outside shooter (34.8% from 3 last year, up from 28.2% in 2022-23).

CONCERNS: Filipowski isn’t an elite athlete, so he could be vulnerable defensively in space as well as struggle against physical play. He slipped at the foul line last year, shooting just 67.1% after checking in at 76.5% as a freshman.

Others of Note

—ZACH EDEY: The 7-4, 299-pound Purdue center is a two-time Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year who led the Boilermakers to last year’s NCAA title game as the national scoring leader (25.2) and Division I’s No. 2 rebounder (12.2). He closed his career with 37 points in the title-game loss to UConn. He has a ridiculous wingspan of nearly 7-11 to go with the ability to shoot over any defender. There is uncertainty whether the first-round prospect is athletic enough to handle defensive switches or guarding in space.

—DARON HOLMES II: The 6-9, 236-pound junior from Dayton spent the past two seasons putting up big numbers, averaging 19.3 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 56.7%. He also hit 38.6% of his 3s last year and averaged 2.1 blocks for his college career. The Atlantic 10 co-player of the year and league defensive player of the year could go in the back half of the first round, though he is a bit undersized among bigs.

—YVES MISSI: The 6-11, 229-pound center from Baylor came on as the season went on as a one-and-done prospect with bouncy athleticism, helping him finish at the rim (61.4% shooting) and block shots (1.5). That could make him a pick-and-roll or lob threat in the pros, though the 20-year-old from Cameroon will have to expand his offense beyond those crowd-charging dunks and improve at the line (61.6%).


Minnesota Timberwolves coach Chris Finch has signed an extension, the club announced Monday.

ESPN reported the agreement is for four seasons and runs through the 2027-28 season.

The extension comes after Finch guided the Timberwolves to the Western Conference finals for just the second time in franchise history. Minnesota lost to the Dallas Mavericks in five games.

“I’m proud of the way we’ve been able to establish a great culture here with the Timberwolves and I look forward to continuing to lead this organization and make our fans proud,” Finch said in a news release.

Minnesota went 56-26 this season for the second-highest win total in franchise history and Finch placed third in Coach of the Year balloting. The Timberwolves were the No. 3 seed in the West and swept the Phoenix Suns in the first round for their first playoff series advancement since 2004.

Then the Timberwolves took out the defending champion Denver Nuggets in the second round. Minnesota pulled off the biggest Game 7 road comeback in NBA history, overcoming a 20-point deficit en route to a 98-90 win over the Nuggets.

“Chris is a wonderful coach, and an even better person,” president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said in a statement. “We are thrilled that he is being rewarded with a well-earned extension. Under his guidance the team has improved every year, he’s the perfect leader for our organization.”

Finch, 54, sustained a ruptured right patellar tendon in his knee in Game 4 of the series against Phoenix when point guard Mike Conley accidentally ran into him on the sideline. He had surgery and had to sit on the bench, back away from the sideline, to protect the knee for the rests of the playoffs.

Assistant Micah Nori stood on the sidelines in Finch’s place and handled some of the other coaching responsibilities.

Finch has a 160-127 record in 3 1/2 seasons as Minnesota’s head coach, his first time leading an NBA squad.


The Golden State Warriors fully guaranteed center Kevon Looney’s $8 million contract for next season, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Before Monday’s action, only $3 million was guaranteed for 2024-25 for the three-time NBA champion.

Looney, 28, averaged 4.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 16.1 minutes in 74 games (36 starts) in 2023-24.

He has averaged 5.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 523 games (256 starts) over nine seasons with Golden State.

The Warriors drafted Looney in the first round (30th overall) in 2015 and he has developed into a leader in their locker room.


JJ Redick took the reins of the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday claiming to know the stakes of stepping into a pressure cooker as a first-time head coach with championship expectations.

General manager Rob Pelinka said Redick was always in the franchise’s “Plan A pool” of candidates. He declined to elaborate on the coaching search that involved UConn’s Dan Hurley, beyond stating the Lakers were transparent with their new coach. Redick first met the Lakers’ brass in Chicago in mid-May, and he said he heard directly from Pelinka when news of Hurley’s candidacy broke.

Hurley turned down the Lakers’ offer to remain at Connecticut, where the Huskies will be attempting to win their third consecutive NCAA championship.

“He’s a two-time national champion. I understood,” Redick said of being a purported Plan B to Hurley’s Plan A.

Redick said stepping away from the media world and into coaching became his plan after interviewing with the Toronto Raptors last summer. He has kept a journal about coaching, which was first raised as a possibility by Rick Carlisle when Redick played for him in Dallas in 2021.

The Lakers fired Darvin Ham after two seasons and enter an offseason with multiple major question marks left to answer.

“We want to come in every day thinking about competition,” Redick said Monday. “I know what the expectations are. It’s my job. It’s Rob’s job. It’s all of our jobs to deliver a championship-caliber team. That’s what I signed up for.”

Redick, who turned 40 on Monday, said he’ll need “buy-in” from players to help his vision become reality. He’s already touched base in detail with Anthony Davis with the idea of him being a “hub” of the team to maximize his abilities.

Pelinka said the Lakers will honor LeBron James’ process and the looming June 29 deadline to opt into his contract. Redick, who shared a podcast with James last season, shed some light on his vision for James in the final stages of his career.

“With LeBron, you have to certainly get buy-in and talk to him about how he wants to play,” Redick said. “We’ve joked about this. He shot over 40 percent from 3 this year. We want him shooting 3s.”


Denver Nuggets guard Reggie Jackson is picking up his $5.25 million player option to return for the 2024-25 season, ESPN reported Monday.

Jackson, 34, played all 82 games (23 starts) in 2023-24 and averaged 10.2 points, 3.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds.

He signed a two-year, $10.25 million extension with Denver in July 2023 after helping the Nuggets win the franchise’s first NBA championship in 2022-23.

Jackson has career averages of 12.6 points, 4.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 853 games (529 starts) with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Nuggets.

The Thunder drafted him in the first round (24th overall) in 2011 out of Boston College.


Will Riley, a five-star recruit in the Class of 2025, signed his letter of intent Sunday to play for Illinois and will reclassify to 2024.

Riley became the highest-ranked recruit the Fighting Illini signed in “the internet era,” according to Illinois in a news release. Riley was the No. 9 overall prospect and the No. 2 small forward according to 247Sports, and No. 12 overall in that service’s composite rankings.

Riley, a 6-foot-8 Canadian prospect, was playing at The Phelps School, a prep school in Pennsylvania. He is averaging 21.9 points per game on the Nike EYBL circuit this year.

He chose Illinois over Arizona, Alabama and Kentucky.

“It’s exciting to add a supremely talented player in Will Riley to our program. He is the consummate positionless basketball player who has all the tools offensively,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said in a statement. “… Will has the ability to score it at all three levels, and he gives us another action player who can make plays for others and himself based on matchups. He is skilled, has a great midrange and float game, and extremely high basketball IQ.”

By reclassifying to 2024, Riley joins a roster that loaded up on transfers, namely guards Kylan Boswell (Arizona) and Tre White (Louisville) and forwards Ben Humrichous (Evansville), Carey Booth (Notre Dame) and Jake Davis (Mercer). Underwood also brought in Tomsilav Ivisic, a center who has played for the Croatian national team, and Kasparas Jakucionis, a guard from FC Barcelona.



OMAHA, Neb. – The 2024 Tennessee baseball team made history Monday night in Omaha – winning the program’s first national title with a 6-5 game three victory over No. 3 Texas A&M at the Men’s College World Series at Charles Schwab Field.

The top-ranked Vols won 60 games en route to the program’s MCWS crown – the first SEC team in history to reach 60 victories in a single season and just the fourth conference team to win the SEC regular season title, SEC Tournament title and the MCWS in the same season.

Tennessee also made history as it became the second No. 1 overall seed to win a national title since the tournament switched to its current format in 1999 – joining Miami who did so in 1999.

With the Vols’ first baseball national title, Tennessee claimed its 24th team national championship (all sports) and its first since 2009.

Holding a two-run lead in the seventh inning, MCWS MVP Dylan Dreiling hit a two-run bomb that sparked a three-run half-inning – giving Tennessee the insurance it needed to win college baseball’s final game of the season.

Dreiling – a Hays, Kansas, native – was named the series MVP after going 7-for-12 with four runs scored and seven RBIs in the championship series. The sophomore homered in each game of the MCWS finals – the first player to ever do so.

Redshirt sophomore Kavares Tears smoked a double off the wall in center to score Hunter Ensley who deftly juked the Aggies’ catcher on a play at the plate to tag home plate for UT’s third run in the seventh and sixth of the game.

Texas A&M made a late charge in the eighth as it scored a pair of runs off two singles and a double. Kirby Connell came on to pitch in relief of Dylan Loy and promptly shut down the rally – ending the inning with a pair of strikeouts.

In the ninth, A&M scratched across two more runs before Aaron Combs struck out Ted Burton to end the game and send Tennessee into a dogpile.

Christian Moore – Tennessee’s all-time home runs leader – opened game three with a leadoff home run. He is the second player to hit a leadoff home run in the championship game, joining Danny Higgins (LSU 1997).

The Aggies tied the ballgame with an RBI single from Gavin Grahovac in the top third before Tennessee retook the lead in the home half of the frame thanks to a Dreiling sacrifice fly and a Dean Curley single to left.

Zander Sechrist took the bump as Tennessee’s game-three starter, tossing 5.1 innings with seven strikeouts, one walk and one run allowed. Sechrist picked up the win – his sixth of the year – in his final outing as a Tennessee Volunteer.

Nate Snead came on in relief in the sixth and pitched 1.2 frames – allowing one run on two hits with a strikeout and a walk. Dylan Loy relieved Snead in the eighth, getting one out before Connell took over and picked up the final two outs in the inning.

Combs closed out the night and earned his sixth save of the year as he pitched the ninth inning.

Texas A&M started Justin Lamkin on the hill who threw 2.2 innings. The lefty gave up three runs on five hits before giving way to Josh Stewart in the third. Lamkin took the loss to finish 3-3 on the year.

Stewart lasted 2.1 frames and held UT off the board – allowing just two hits. Evan Aschenbeck finished out the night for the Aggies, tossing the final 3.0 innings. Tennessee got to Aschenbeck, scoring three runs on six hits off the right-hander.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas parted ways with baseball coach David Pierce on Monday after eight seasons in which the Longhorns won the Big 12 three times but made only three appearances in the College World Series.

The Longhorns’ best season under Pierce was in 2021, when they finished third at the CWS. Pierce was 295-162 with the Longhorns and 494-271 overall at Texas, Tulane and Sam Houston State.

He was hired at Texas in 2017 as just the sixth coach to lead the Longhorns since 1911. Texas has won six national championships but none since 2005. Pierce had two years left on a contract that paid him $1.2 million annually.

In statements put out by the school, Pierce and athletic director Chris Del Conte said they met after the season ended and agreed it was time to make a change.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to lead this program for the last eight years,” Pierce said. “It certainly is a time I will always cherish as a coach.”

Pierce had dismissed the team’s pitching coach after last season and took over those duties himself. The Longhorns’ team ERA ballooned from 4.18 to 4.91, its worst mark since 1999. Team ace Lebarron Johnson struggled as the Longhorns finished in the third place in the Big 12, were swept out of the conference tournament and failed to advance to a super regional for the first time since 2019.

Texas leaves the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference on July 1. The SEC is college baseball’s powerhouse conference. SEC teams have won four consecutive national championships and will add a fifth in a row when Tennessee and Texas A&M play in the CWS final Monday night.

“Coach Pierce and I had some time to visit about the year, the future of our program, where we are, and where we’re headed,” Del Conte said. “It was a difficult decision for us both, but we have mutually agreed that we should make a change.”


The Phillies pulled off the first triple play in the majors this season, Bryce Harper drove in five runs and Philadelphia cruised past the host Detroit Tigers, 8-1, on Monday night.

The third-inning triple play was also the first by the Phillies since 2017 and the first 1-3-5 triple play in the majors since 1929.

Harper extended his hitting streak to nine games and his extra-base hitting streak to five games. He had a three-run homer and two doubles on Monday. Philadelphia’s Alec Bohm supplied four hits, including a homer and a double, and drove in three runs.

Phillies starter Aaron Nola (9-3), who started the triple play, gave up one run and six hits in seven innings. With runners on the corners, Matt Vierling hit a soft, broken-bat liner that Nola caught. Carson Kelly was doubled off first as Zach McKinstry inexplicably kept running toward home. A throw to third easily completed the triple play.

Detroit starter Casey Mize (1-6) allowed four runs (three earned) and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings while recording 10 strikeouts and no walks. McKinstry hit a two-out double and scored on a single by Kelly in the fifth.

Guardians 3, Orioles 2

Jose Ramirez hit a go-ahead home run to lead off the sixth inning and Cleveland held on to defeat host Baltimore in the opener of a three-game series.

Guardians starter Tanner Bibee (6-2) worked six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) and five hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Ramirez went 2-for-4 and had an RBI single in the first inning before his 20th homer of the season.

Orioles starter Cade Povich (0-2) was charged with three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He issued one walk and fanned five. Heston Kjerstad, playing in his first game in the majors in more than a month, had two of Baltimore’s five hits.

Rays 4, Mariners 3

Yandy Diaz’s two-run single capped a three-run eighth inning as Tampa Bay rallied for a win over Seattle to open a three-game series in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Pete Fairbanks fanned two in a perfect ninth for his 12th save, after Phil Maton (1-2) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Diaz went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Richie Palacios and Siri had two-hit nights as the Rays won for the fifth time in six games. Tampa Bay starting pitcher Taj Bradley fired 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out eight and walking four.

Seattle’s Cal Raleigh slugged his 13th home run and Mitch Garver hit his ninth, but the Mariners fell to 2-5 on their nine-game road trip. Seattle starting pitcher Bryan Woo tossed three-plus innings before leaving with an apparent right leg injury. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits while fanning three with no walks.

Giants 5, Cubs 4

Wilmer Flores drew a walk-off walk from Drew Smyly to cap a three-run rally in the ninth inning as San Francisco overtook visiting Chicago on a night devoted to the late Willie Mays.

All of San Francisco’s players wore No. 24 in honor of Mays, the Hall of Famer who died last week. Matt Chapman and Nick Ahmed homered for the Giants, but they nonetheless trailed 4-2 entering the last of the ninth. A bloop double by Chapman and bunt single by Thairo Estrada set the stage for the uprising, which included sacrifice flies by Michael Conforto and Austin Slater, the latter drawing the Giants even at 4-4 with two outs. Spencer Howard (1-1), who pitched 4 2/3 shutout innings in relief, was credited with the win.

Smyly (2-4) took the loss. Cubs starter Justin Steele, who was winless in 10 starts this season, limited the Giants to just four hits, other than the solo home runs by Chapman, his ninth, and Ahmed, his first, in his 7 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out a season-high nine.

Padres 7, Nationals 6 (10 innings)

Jurickson Profar ripped a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, capping a four-run rally that lifted San Diego over visiting Washington.

Earlier in the inning, Jackson Merrill lined a two-run single to center off Hunter Harvey (2-3) to bring San Diego within a run. Washington took a 6-3 lead in the top of the 10th via Keibert Ruiz’s two-out double that scored Jesse Winker, and Nick Senzel’s two-run homer.

Wandy Peralta (2-1) got the last out of the top of the 10th to pick up the win for the Padres. Starter Matt Waldron lasted six innings, permitting five hits and two runs while walking two and striking out eight.

Cardinals 4, Braves 3

Lance Lynn allowed one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings, his longest outing since mid-April, as St. Louis edged visiting Atlanta.

Lynn (3-3) struck out five and walked none. Ryan Helsley survived Atlanta’s ninth-inning comeback bid. He yielded two runs but still converted his 27th consecutive save, extending his team record. The Cardinals have won four straight games and nine of their past 12.

Austin Riley homered for the Braves, who took just their third loss in the past 11 games. Braves starter Spencer Schwellenbach (1-3) allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings. He struck out six and didn’t issue a walk.

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 6

Jarren Duran hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth as host Boston struck for five runs over the final two innings to defeat Toronto to open the three-game series.

The Red Sox scored four runs in the eighth, including two on a David Hamilton homer. Romy Gonzalez later hit a game-tying two-run single against reliever Zach Pop (0-2). Duran and Rafael Devers each had three hits, while Masataka Yoshida finished with two for Boston. Kenley Jansen (3-1) earned the win in relief, working a scoreless ninth.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s three-run home run highlighted a five-run seventh that gave Toronto a 6-2 lead, but the Blue Jays ultimately lost their seventh game in a row. Guerrero went 3-for-4.

Reds 11, Pirates 5

Elly De La Cruz had three hits, including a titanic two-run homer that capped a four-run, sixth-inning outburst, as Cincinnati rolled to a win over visiting Pittsburgh in the opener of a three-game series.

De La Cruz and Spencer Steer finished with three RBIs apiece for the Reds, who won for just the third time in their past nine games. Carson Spiers (1-1) earned his first big-league win after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings.

Oneil Cruz homered and had three RBIs for the Pirates, who have lost seven of their past 12.

Dodgers 3, White Sox 0

James Paxton and four relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as visiting Los Angeles opened a three-game series against Chicago with a victory.

Daniel Hudson (4-1) pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the win. Yohan Ramirez and Evan Phillips each followed with a scoreless inning, and Alex Vesia retired the White Sox in order in the ninth for his fourth save.

Freddie Freeman and Miguel Rojas had two hits apiece for the Dodgers, who have won six of their past eight games. Luis Robert Jr. doubled and walked twice for Chicago, which lost for the fifth time in its past six games.

Brewers 6, Rangers 3

Rhys Hoskins hit a grand slam for his first homer in three weeks, leading Milwaukee to a victory over visiting Texas in the opener of a three-game series.

Jacob Latz (2-2) took over on the mound with no outs in the sixth and walked Christian Yelich and Willy Adames to load the bases. Hoskins then sent the first pitch he saw 399 feet to left for his 11th homer of the season to put Milwaukee up 5-3.

Adolis Garcia put Texas up 3-1, opening the top of the sixth with his 14th home run. The blast came off reliever Elvis Peguero (5-2), who got the win.

Royals 4, Marlins 1

Cole Ragans allowed one run over six innings and struck out 11 to help Kansas City top visiting Miami.

Vinnie Pasquantino, Salvador Perez and Hunter Renfroe homered for the Royals, who had lost three in a row and gone 25 straight innings without a run before Pasquantino went deep to start the fourth. James McArthur pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

Otto Lopez had two of the four hits for the Marlins, who had won four of their past five. Miami rookie Roddery Munoz (1-3) allowed four runs in six innings.

Angels 5, Athletics 1

Griffin Canning had his best start of the season, Taylor Ward homered and Los Angeles beat Oakland in Anaheim, Calif.

Canning (3-8) was winless in his previous six starts, with his latest victory coming on May 15 against the St. Louis Cardinals. He went a season-high seven innings on Monday, giving up one run on five hits.

Tyler Nevin had a solo shot for the A’s. Oakland


NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets closer Edwin Díaz was suspended 10 games on Monday by Major League Baseball after his ejection from a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs for having a foreign substance on his hand.

Díaz became the eighth pitcher suspended for sticky stuff since MLB cracked down on pitchers attempting to use foreign substances to improve their grip and spin rates in 2021. Three of them have been Mets, including Max Scherzer and Drew Smith last year.

Houston’s Ronel Blanco was suspended on May 15.

Díaz’s suspension, issued by MLB senior vice president of on-field operations Michael Hill, will start with Tuesday’s Subway Series opener against the New York Yankees at Citi Field unless the pitcher appeals to MLB special assistant John McHale Jr. If Díaz appeals, the penalty would be held in abeyance until the disciplinary process is complete.

After the two-game series, the Mets host three games against Houston. They would have to player short a man during a suspension.

The 30-year-old Díaz came on in the ninth to try to seal the victory for the Mets on Sunday night but was tossed by third-base umpire Vic Carapazza before throwing a pitch after an inspection of his glove and throwing hand.

Both Díaz and manager Carlos Mendoza said the umpire said he thought the pitcher had too much of a combination of rosin, sweat and dirt on his throwing hand.

“The rules are the rules and they made the decision to throw him out,” Mendoza said.

Carapazza, the crew chief, said in a pool report after the game it “definitely wasn’t rosin and sweat” on Díaz’s hand.

“We’ve checked thousands of these,” Carapazza said. “I know what that feeling is. This was very sticky.”

Díaz said he was “really surprised” by the ejection.

“I use the same thing always,” Díaz said. “I rub rosin and sweat and put my hand in the dirt a little bit to get a grip on the ball.”

Smith got two outs in place of Díaz. Jake Diekman then came in and struck out pinch-hitter Patrick Wisdom for his third save for the Mets, who have won four straight series.

Díaz missed all of 2023 following knee surgery and struggled early this season. He had four blown saves and a 5.40 ERA before going on the injured list with a right shoulder impingement in May. He’d been much sharper since returning, with three scoreless outings of an inning each.

New York has won 10 of 13 and is 13-6 in June and might need to find a temporary closer for the next two weeks.

“Look, we’ve been through a lot this year,” Mendoza said. “We’ll find a way to get through it, you know? We’ll continue to piece it together and, yeah, guys are going to have to step up. And I’m pretty confident that we’ll get guys here that are going to be able to get us to the finish line when he’s out.”

Seattle’s Héctor Santiago and Arizona’s Caleb Smith were suspended for 10 games each in 2021. The New York Yankees’ Domingo Germán and San Diego’s Robert Suárez were suspended last year.


As he works back from surgery on his throwing shoulder, Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw has been shut down for a week due to lingering soreness.

The left-handed ace reported soreness after a rehab start with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga last week, leading the Dodgers to have him undergo an MRI. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said the MRI didn’t reveal new “incidents,” making this a “blip” on the radar.

“You go through surgery. You go through rehab. You start throwing. You ramp up velocity, workload, and there is bound to be some soreness, and that’s where we’re at,” Roberts told reporters on Monday in Chicago before the Dodgers faced the White Sox.

“So then you do the scan to see if there’s a new incident, which there wasn’t, so that’s why we feel very comfortable and confident that this is just a blip.”

Kershaw, 36, will resume ramping up after taking a week off from throwing.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner (2011, 2013, 2014) underwent surgery on his left shoulder in November. He re-signed with the Dodgers in February on a one-year deal that includes a player option for 2025.

In 16 major league seasons, all spent with the Dodgers, Kershaw has gone 210-92 with a 2.48 ERA in 425 games (422 starts). He has struck out 2,944 batters in 2,712 2/3 innings, and his 15 career complete-game shutouts are the most among any active player.


The San Diego Padres placed star outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. on the 10-day injured list on Monday due to a right femoral stress reaction.

Padres manager Mike Shildt said Tatis could have continued to play through his quad discomfort, but the injury wasn’t going to heal without rest.

Tatis has not played since Friday, when he was hit by a pitch near his left elbow during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was removed two innings later.

“The last two days, he was available to take an at-bat, like he’s been available for the last several months,” Shildt said. “He could actually still continue to play. The reality, though, is he was starting to get to a point where he was going at a high-percentage clip and starting to see a little bit of more compromised of … how he’s able to perform.”

Shildt would not commit to a timeline for Tatis’ return.

In 80 games this season, the former All-Star has batted .279 with a team-high 14 home runs and 36 RBIs. He is a career .280 hitter with 120 homers and 309 RBIs in 494 games for the Padres, with a Gold Glove and two Silver Slugger awards to his name since entering the majors in 2019.

Shildt also announced that Yu Darvish will miss his scheduled start on Tuesday due to elbow inflammation.

Darvish most recently made a rehab start at High-A Fort Wayne on Wednesday as he attempts to return from an IL stint due to a groin strain.

In corresponding roster moves made Monday, San Diego recalled rookie Adam Mazur from Triple-A El Paso to start Tuesday’s game against the Washington Nationals, and it recalled infielder Eguy Rosario and selected outfielder Bryce Johnson from Triple-A.

San Diego also optioned right-hander Jhony Brito and outfielder Jose Azocar to Triple-A. Shildt said the Padres are sending Brito to El Paso to stretch him out to become a starter.


The Cincinnati Reds placed outfielder TJ Friedl on the 10-day injured list Monday with a left hamstring strain.

Manager David Bell said Friedl aggravated the injury in Sunday’s 7-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox and will miss 2-3 weeks.

Friedl, 28, is batting .208 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 26 games this season. It’s his third trip to the IL this season after breaking his wrist on a diving catch in spring training and fracturing a finger when he was hit by a pitch on May 12 against the San Francisco Giants.

When healthy, Friedl batted .279 with 18 homers, 66 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 138 games last season.

The Reds called up infielder/outfielder Levi Jordan from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move. Jordan, 28, was set to make his major league debut on Monday night against visiting Pittsburgh, starting in right field and batting eighth.

Jordan, originally a 29th-round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2018, is batting .302 with five homers and 24 RBIs in 54 games this season at Louisville.



Five-star defensive end Isaiah Gibson committed to Georgia on Monday less than a week after the touted recruit withdrew his original pledge to USC.

The Warner Robins, Ga., native is the No. 17 overall recruit and the top-rated edge rusher in 247Sports’ class of 2025 rankings. He committed to USC in March before pulling away last Tuesday.

Gibson recently visited Ohio State, Tennessee and Auburn and also had offers from Texas and Alabama.

The Bulldogs remained keen on the 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect even after he committed to USC.

Gibson told Dawgs247 that Georgia head coach Kirby Smart texted him “one minute” after he pledged to USC, while other Bulldogs coaches reached out to him, as well.

“Everybody was like they’re going to be there until the end,” Gibson said.

Gibson is Georgia’s third five-star commit from the class of 2025, joining linebacker Zayden Walker (No. 10 recruit) and tight end Elyiss Williams (No. 21).

The Bulldogs’ newest defensive end tallied 17 sacks as a junior at Warner Robins High School last fall.


The New York Jets released cornerback Tae Hayes on Monday following his weekend arrest for marijuana possession.

Hayes, 26, was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor early Sunday morning in Morgan County, Alabama.

He appeared in one game for the Jets in 2023, tallying two tackles in a Week 6 win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hayes has 18 tackles in 14 games (no starts) with six teams since going undrafted out of Appalachian State in 2019.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The jury in the class-action lawsuit filed by “Sunday Ticket” subscribers against the NFL is expected to begin deliberations on Wednesday after both sides wrapped up their cases on Monday.

U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez will have a conference with attorneys for both sides Tuesday morning to determine final jury instructions. Gutierrez could also hear a motion from the NFL on Tuesday afternoon to grant judgment as a matter of law to the league because the plaintiffs did not provide enough evidence.

Gutierrez will then give final instructions to the jury of five men and three women Wednesday morning before final arguments begin. Each side will get 1 hour, 10 minutes to make their statements with the plaintiffs getting an additional 20 minutes for rebuttal.

The NFL’s final witness was Stanford economics professor B. Douglas Bernheim, whose testimony began last Thursday and wrapped up Monday morning.

Bernheim reiterated the league’s position that selling out-of-market Sunday afternoon games on Fox and CBS to DirecTV from 1994 to 2022 and now Google YouTube TV benefits the fan and creates level competition on the playing field.

Harvard professor Einer Elhauge, a rebuttal witness for the plaintiffs, contended there were no links between the restraints the league put in to make “Sunday Ticket” a premium package and creating competitive balance.

Elhauge also testified that the approximately $62.5 million each team gets per year from “Sunday Ticket” would not cause massive ramifications to the league’s salary cap or a team’s operating budget.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones testified last week that if he was able to sell his out-of-market rights, he would not be in favor of a salary cap.

The class action, which covers 2.4 million residential subscribers and 48,000 businesses who paid for the package of out-of-market games from the 2011 through 2022 seasons, claims the league broke antitrust laws by selling its package of Sunday games aired on CBS and Fox at an inflated price. The subscribers also say the league restricted competition by offering “Sunday Ticket” only on a satellite provider.

The league maintains it has the right to sell “Sunday Ticket” under its antitrust exemption for broadcasting. The plaintiffs say that only covers over-the-air broadcasts and not pay TV.

If the NFL is found liable, a jury could award $7 billion in damages, but that number could balloon to $21 billion because antitrust cases can triple damages.

The lawsuit was originally filed in 2015 by the Mucky Duck sports bar in San Francisco, but was dismissed in 2017. Two years later, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over California and eight other states, reinstated the case. Gutierrez ruled last year the case could proceed as a class action.

Whatever the decision ends up being, the losing side is expected to appeal to the 9th Circuit and then possibly the Supreme Court.



Reigning Olympic women’s 800-meter champion Athing Mu won’t get the chance to defend her gold medal in Paris after tripping during the event finals at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials on Monday in Eugene, Ore.

Mu got up and completed the race, but she finished last among the eight competitors. Nia Akins (1 minute, 57.36 seconds), Allie Wilson (1:58.32) and Juliette Whittaker (1:58.45) snagged the top three spots and berths at the Olympics.

One of the day’s other big storylines involved another competitor who failed to race his way to Paris. Quincy Wilson, a 16-year-old from Maryland, wound up in sixth place in the men’s 400-meter final.

Three days earlier, Wilson set a world record for men under 18 in the event at 44.66 seconds, but he ran a 44.94 on Monday.

Wilson wasn’t too upset about his placement.

“Three consecutive sub-44s is just amazing,” he said, according to USA Today. “All I know is I gave it everything I had, and I can’t be disappointed. At the end of the day, I’m 16 running grown-man times.”

Quincy Hall (44.17), Michael Norman (44.41) and Chris Bailey (44.42) wound up first, second and third in the event.

Meet records fell in the women’s 5,000 meters and the men’s 1,500 meters.

In the women’s 5,000, Elle St. Pierre, a 29-year-old from Vermont, won in 14:40.34. The old meet record of 14:45.35 was established by Regina Jacobs in 2000.

St. Pierre, who held her 1-year-old son after the victory, said on NBC, “The 5k always hurts, and I just dug a little deeper at the end there. … It’s just so emotional to have Ivan here, and I’m really proud to be his mom.”

Elise Cranny came in second place in 14:40.36, and Karissa Schweizer took third place in 14:45.12.

Cole Hocker ran a 3:30.59 in the men’s 1,500 meters, edging Yared Nuguse (3:30.86), with Hobbs Kessler coming in third at 3:31.53.

Jeremiah Davis prevailed in the men’s long jump finals at 8.20 meters (26 feet, 11 inches), a distance he reached on his third attempt. Malcolm Clemons and Jarrion Lawson tied for second at 8.18 meters (26-10).

Charity Hufnagel won the women’s high jump at 1.94 meters (6-4 1/4 inches). Rachel Glenn cleared the same height but came in second as she needed more attempts. Vashti Cunningham finished third at 1.91 meters (6-3 1/4 inches).




WWE and Indiana Sports Corp. are teaming up to bring the sports entertainment company’s three largest stadium events, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and WrestleMania, to Indianapolis.

The companies announced on Monday that the partnership, the first of its kind, will see the Royal Rumble held on Feb. 1, 2025 at Lucas Oil Stadium. A two-night SummerSlam and two-night WrestleMania will also be held at the stadium in future years.

WWE, which is part of TKO Group Holdings, says that WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Royal Rumble have a combined economic impact of more than $300 million.

The agreement also includes WWE television shows, Raw, Smackdown and NXT, as well as WWE live events taking place at arenas in locations including Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Evansville throughout the partnership.

“For over four decades, our city’s sports strategy has brought in millions of visitors and priceless hours of international brand-building media coverage,” Patrick Talty, president of Indiana Sports Corp., said in a statement. “This partnership with WWE continues to push that strategy forward in new and exciting ways.”

Indiana Sports Corp., which was founded in 1979, has hosted more than 500 national and international sporting events, including Super Bowl XLVI, the College Football Playoff National Championship, Men’s & Women’s NCAA Final Fours and 11 Big Ten football championship games. These events have led to more than $4 billion in direct spending in the community in total, according to the company.


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Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN)

JonAnthony Hall WR 6-1 170

Fishers (Fishers, IN)

Mark Zackery IV  CB 5-11 164

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Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, IN)…PURDUE

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Davion Chandler WR 6-0 170

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Lebron Hill WR 6-4 180

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R Nelson Snider (Fort Wayne, IN)

Jimmy Sullivan QB 6-2 180

Carroll (Fort Wayne, IN)…IOWA

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Mishawaka (Mishawaka, IN)

Adrian Holley DE  6-6 225

Michigan City (Michigan City, IN)…KANSAS

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Lawrence North (Indianapolis, IN)….MIAMI, OH

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Noblesville (Noblesville, IN)…BOSTON COLLEGE

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NEW YORK (AP) — Caitlin Clark joined her idol Maya Moore as a two-time winner of the Honda Cup, earning the prestigious award for the second straight year Monday night.

The former Iowa star, who finished her career as the all-time Division I scoring leader, joined Moore (2010, 2011), Tracy Caulkins (1982, 1984) and Rachel Garcia (2019, 2021) as the only people to accomplish that.

“It’s hard to wrap your head around. To be in the same air as her is pretty incredible,” Clark told the AP in a phone interview. “She’s someone I grew up idolizing since I was 10 years old and wanted to do everything like her.”

Clark couldn’t make the awards show because she’s in the middle of her first WNBA season starring with the Indiana Fever. She missed the chance to spend time with the other Honda Cup finalists.

“It stinks,” Clark said of missing the show. “Getting to meet people outside your sport is what makes this event so fun. Getting to hear about their lives and what they do.”

The Honda Cup honors the nation’s top NCAA women’s athletes for not only what they do athletically, but also their leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. The ceremony was moved to New York this year after spending the previous 12 years in Los Angeles.

“It’s cool that they are doing it here this year,” said Northwestern lacrosse player Izzy Scane, who also was honored as the top in her sport last year. “It’s great to get to see New York.”

This year there was a tie in voting for the top three finalists resulting in four outstanding honorees. In addition to Clark, the others were Texas volleyball player Madisen Skinner, LSU gymnast Haleigh Bryant and Stanford softball player NiJaree Canady.

Clark, who is a two-time Associated Press Player of the Year, is the 18th basketball player to win the award.

“In our 48-year history, only a handful of athletes have won the Honda Cup twice,” said Chris Voelz, executive director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards. “Just as she achieved numerous historical firsts in her senior year, Caitlin Clark makes history with us as the fourth two-time Cup winner and only the second to win it back-to-back. With an exceptional class, we are thrilled to welcome her to the sisterhood of all-time greats in college athletics and eagerly anticipate the continued impact of her influence on our culture and the nation’s sports community.”

Fellow basketball player Aaliyah Gayles of USC was honored as the Honda Inspiration Award winner. She has been an inspiration since the night in April 2022 when she survived being shot numerous times at a house party in North Las Vegas. She signed her national letter of intent to play at USC from her hospital bed. She’s been a reserve for the Trojans, who won the Pac-12 Tournament this past year.

“It’s inspiring to know people look up to me, reading my story they think I’m a superhero,” Gayles said. “Lot of people listen to me and recognize me for who I am and love my story.”

Gretchen Walsh of Virginia couldn’t make the awards ceremony as she was at the U.S. swimming trials for the Olympics. Walsh qualified. Parker Valby of Florida also missed the ceremony as she was trying to qualify for the Paris Games in track and field.

Two of the finalists who were in attendance have hopes of competing in the Paris Olympics next month. Florida State’s Joe Echegini hopes to play with the Nigerian soccer team and Division II Honda Athlete of the Year, Denisha Cartwright of Minnesota State is going to the Bahamas Olympic trials in the 100 hurdles.




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BUCARAMANGA, Colombia – Indiana head coach Teri Moren captured her third gold medal with USA Basketball as she led the U18 National Team to an 80-69 win over Canada in the championship game at the FIBA U18 Women’s AmeriCup on Sunday night.

The squad breezed through group play with convincing victories over Brazil (97-51), Puerto Rico (102-22) and Mexico (116-20). They also secured a semifinal win versus Dominican Republic (125-27) and in the quarterfinals against Argentina (109-32). USA went 6-0 in competition at the event and also qualified for the FIBA U19 World Cup during action.

Moren made her head coaching debut with USA Basketball after capturing gold as an assistant coach at the 2023 FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup and 2022 FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship. She is in her 10th season as the head coach of the Hoosiers. The Indiana native is the program’s all-time winningest coach while leading them to five NCAA Tournament appearances, two Sweet 16’s and an Elite Eight appearance along with nine consecutive 20-win seasons. In 2023, she guided the program to its first regular season Big Ten championship in 40 years and took Big Ten Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her career.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Former Purdue star Zach Edey is expected to hear his name called in next week’s NBA Draft, held in Brooklyn, N.Y., next week.

For the first time, the NBA Draft will be held on two nights, starting with Wednesday’s first round at 8 p.m. ET, and concluding with the second round on Thursday. The NBA Draft will be televised by ESPN from the Barclays Center, the home of the Brooklyn Nets.


Purdue has had 51 players selected in the NBA / ABA Draft, most recently in 2022 when Jaden Ivey was selected No. 5 by the Detroit Pistons.

There have been nine Boilermakers drafted under head coach Matt Painter as Carl Landry (2007; 31), JaJuan Johnson 2011; 27), E’Twaun Moore (2011; 55), Robbie Hummel (2012; 58), A.J. Hammons (2016; 46), Caleb Swanigan (2017; 26), Vince Edwards (2018; 52), Carsen Edwards (2019; 33) and Jaden Ivey (2022; 5) have all been selected.

Zach Edey is expected to go in the first round. Should Edey be selected in the first round, he would be the second Boilermaker in the last three years marking the first time since 1982 (Keith Edmonson) and 1983 (Russell Cross) that Purdue has had at least two first-round selections in a three-year span.

The NBA Draft Lottery started in 1985, and since then, Purdue has had two selections (1 – Glenn Robinson, 1994; 5 – Jaden Ivey, 2022). The Lottery consists of the first 14 selections of this year’s Draft.

The Boilermakers have had seven top-10 selections all time (5 – Jaden Ivey, 2022; 1 – Glenn Robinson, 1994; 6 – Russell Cross, 1983; 10 – Keith Edmonson, 1982; 1 – Joe Barry Carroll, 1980; 8 – Herm Gilliam, 1969; 8 – Terry Dischinger, 1962).

Since 1977, Purdue is the only Big Ten team and one of eight schools nationally with multiple No. 1 NBA Draft picks (Duke – 4; Kentucky – 3; Purdue, LSU, North Carolina, Georgetown, Kansas, UNLV).

Since the 2016 NBA Draft, Purdue has had four players drafted that ranked No. 75 or lower in the 247Sports high school recruit rankings (A.J. Hammons, Vince Edwards, Carsen Edwards, Jaden Ivey). Zach Edey was ranked as the No. 436 player in the high school recruiting rankings.

Purdue’s recruiting class of 2020 featured three players in Jaden Ivey, Ethan Morton and Zach Edey. The class will likely produce two first-round NBA Draft picks in Ivey (5th, 2022) and Edey. The duo would be the first pair from the same recruiting class to be selected since the Class of 2007 when JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore were selected in the 2011 Draft and Robbie Hummel was picked in 2012. It would be the first pair from the same recruiting class to be selected in the first round.

Should Edey be selected in the first round, he would mark the third first-round selection in the last five picks for the Boilermakers (26 – Caleb Swanigan, 2017; 5 – Jaden Ivey, 2022). Carsen Edwards narrowly missed being a first-round pick in 2019, being selected No. 33 by the Philadelphia 76ers and traded to Boston.

It would mark Purdue’s third first-round pick in the last eight NBA Drafts. Prior to the current stretch, Purdue went a span of 28 years for its last three first-round picks (1983 – Russell Cross; 1994 – Glenn Robinson; 2011 – JaJuan Johnson).

Zach Edey is the two-time National Player of the Year. Below is where the past multiple-time NPOY winners have been drafted (players that have won at least one NPOY award in multiple years).

2021 – Luka Garza, Iowa (52nd)

2002 – Jay Williams, Duke (2nd)

1984 – Michael Jordan, North Carolina (3rd)

1983 – Ralph Sampson, Virginia (1st)

1981 – Mark Aguirre, DePaul (1st)

1975 – David Thompson, North Carolina State (1st)

1974 – Bill Walton, UCLA (1st)

1970 – Pete Maravich, LSU (3rd)

1969 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA (1st)

1965 – Bill Bradley, Princeton (1st)

1962 – Jerry Lucas, Ohio State (2nd)

1960 – Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati (1st)

Since 2016, Purdue has had five NBA Draft picks. Entering this year’s Draft, that number ranks fourth in the Big Ten.

Michigan – 11

Maryland – 7

Michigan State – 7

Purdue – 5

Indiana – 5

Iowa – 4

Ohio State – 4

Nebraska – 3

Penn State – 3

Illinois – 1

Minnesota – 1

Wisconsin – 1

Northwestern – 0

Rutgers – 0

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Purdue divers Brandon Loschiavo and Daryn Wright both finished as the runner-up on 10-meter at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and will await word from World Aquatics whether the reallocated diving quota spots for the Olympic Games includes a second bid in the event for Team USA.

With another strong showing at a marquee event, the Boilermakers accounted for two of the top three finishers in women’s 10-meter and three of the top five in men’s 10-meter at the Olympic Trials. The men also had four of the top nine on 10-meter.

Sophie McAfee (3rd), Tyler Wills (4th), Jordan Rzepka (5th) and Kaden Springfield (9th) were Purdue’s other top-10 finishers on the tower.

Tuesday, alumnus Greg Duncan teamed with Tyler Downs to earn Team USA’s Olympic bid in synchronized 3-meter. Individually on 3-meter, Downs finished fifth and Duncan eighth making their two-point victory together their ticket to Paris.

Carson Tyler (two-list total of 965.45) and Delaney Schnell (two-list total of 638) were decisive winners in the 10-meter events to earn Olympic bids. Tyler was victorious by 73 points and Schnell by 41. Tyler also finished as the runner-up on 3-meter Sunday to become the first American since 2000 to qualify for the Olympics individually on both 3-meter and 10-meter in the same year. Tyler was the NCAA champion in both events this season as well.

USA Diving did earn a pair of Olympic quota spots in men’s and women’s 3-meter based on results at the World Aquatics Championships. Loschiavo accounted for the U.S. men’s 10-meter Olympic quota spot when he placed eighth at the World Championships in February.

Wright and McAfee were separated by 3.45 points entering the fifth and final round Sunday. Wright enjoyed a scoring edge of 11.2 in the final round to widen the margin. Both Boilermakers went over 300 points Sunday while improving on their list scores in the semifinal by at least 20 points.

Schnell is an Olympian for the second time and will also compete in two events in Paris after winning the 10-meter synchro competition with Jessica Parratto on Tuesday. Schnell entered Sunday’s final with a 14.1-point lead on Wright. The door was opened slightly when Schnell missed her armstand in round 2. Wright pulled within six points, but Schnell responded with her top two dives of the night and the scores of 77.55 and 81 put her out of reach even as Wright outscored her by 20 points in the final round.

Wills, Loschiavo and Rzepka were 2-3-4 entering the men’s 10-meter final Saturday. Tyler held a 47-point lead on Wills and ended up extending his winning margin even while Loschiavo improved on his prelim score by 42 points.

Loschiavo’s strong showing Saturday was significant after Joshua Hedberg, the champion on 10-meter at the 2023 USA Diving Winter Nationals, surged up the leaderboard and trailed Loschiavo by just 2.75 points entering the fifth round. Loschiavo ripped his final two dives, posting scores of 86.7 and 88.8 to seal the runner-up finish and keep the 2024 Olympic dream alive into the quota reallocation.

Loschiavo was a finalist for Team USA on 10-meter at the Tokyo Olympics three years ago.

Purdue’s Maycey Vieta has also qualified for the 2024 Olympic Games on 10-meter for Puerto Rico.

Wright, McAfee, Wills, Rzepka and Springfield are all slated to be active divers for the Boilermakers during the 2024-25 NCAA season, which begins in October.


Women’s 10-Meter

Daryn Wright, 596.35 (287.25 Semifinal, 309.10 Final) – Finished 2nd; Potential 2024 Olympic Qualifier

Sophie McAfee, 581.70 (275.10 Semifinal, 306.60 Final) – Finished 3rd

Men’s 10-Meter

Brandon Loschiavo, 892.30 (424.75 Semifinal, 467.55 Final) – Finished 2nd; Potential 2024 Olympic Qualifier

Tyler Wills, 850.30 (429.90 Semifinal, 420.40 Final) – Finished 4th

Jordan Rzepka, 839.60 (414.65 Semifinal, 424.95 Final) – Finished 5th

Kaden Springfield, 741.30 (379.45 Semifinal, 361.85 Final) – Finished 9th

Men’s 3-Meter

Greg Duncan, 731.70 (377.70 Semifinal, 354.00 Final) – Finished 8th

Zach Welsh, 341.05 – Finished 14th in Semifinal

Holden Higbie, 306.30 – Finished 28th in Prelim

Max Miller, 289.05 – Finished 32nd in Prelim

Women’s 3-Meter

Avery Worobel, 243.90 – Finished 14th in Semifinal



INDIANAPOLIS — Notre Dame swimming has wrapped up a week to remember, as the Irish put the swimming world on notice with numerous notable performances at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Rising senior Chris Guiliano provided several highlights, becoming the first male Irish varsity swimmer to make Team USA. He is guaranteed to swim five events in Paris — 50, 100 and 200 freestyle plus the 4×100 and 4×200 freestyle relays — and there may be a few more depending on how the meet lineup shakes out.

With his performance, Guiliano becomes just the second American to swim the triple crown of sprint freestyle events at the Olympic Games. He is the first since 1988.

After winning an ACC title in the 200 backstroke in February, Tommy Janton took fourth in the event last week (1:57.12). His semifinal time of 1:56.87 is an Irish program record, as was his 100 backstroke semifinal time of 53.61. Janton went 53.87 in the final of the event, notching fifth place.

Tanner Filion was Notre Dame’s other swimmer to advance beyond the meet’s prelims, notching a 15th place finish in the 100 backstroke (54.56).

Swimming at the 2024 Olympic Games will take place at the Paris La Defense Arena, located in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. Indoor swimming will take place during the first week of the Games, July 27-August 4. During the 2020 Olympic Games, Team USA swimmers earned 30 total medals, the most of any country (11 golds, 10 silvers and nine bronzes).



SOUTH BEND, IN – A pioneer in the world of amateur hockey and a mainstay behind the Irish bench for nearly two decades, the University of Notre Dame’s Catalino Family Head Hockey Coach Jeff Jackson has announced his plans to step down at the conclusion of the 2024-25 season. During his tenure leading the Irish, Jackson made the Irish a perennial powerhouse and will enter next season as the winningest active coach in Division I men’s ice hockey.

“I have decided that this coming season, my 20th at Notre Dame, will be my last,” Jackson stated Monday. “I plan to celebrate my final year at Notre Dame by doing what I love. I get to fully embrace coaching this great game at this incredible university, surrounded by a fantastic staff and good friends, for one more season. Most importantly, I feel privileged to work with some incredible student-athletes pursuing their dreams.”

“I’ve been honored to be able to work with and get to know Jeff (Jackson) during my first year at Notre Dame,” said University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Pete Bevacqua. “His knowledge of the game and love of Notre Dame have taken our hockey program to unprecedented heights over the past two decades. I look forward to supporting Jeff and the entire hockey program as they work to bring great success to South Bend next season.”

Current Notre Dame Associate Head Coach and former Golden Domer, Brock Sheahan ‘08 will succeed Jackson as the next head coach of the Irish upon completion of the 2024-25 season, becoming the fifth coach in program history.

The 2024-25 season will mark year 20 behind the Irish bench for Jackson, who elevated Notre Dame hockey to the national stage including four trips to the Frozen Four, two national championship game appearances and eight conference titles. During his time as the head coach of the Irish, his teams have made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances while competing in three different conferences and earning over 400 wins. Since taking over the program in 2005-06, nine individuals have been named All-American while 28 alumni have made their NHL debuts.

A two-time Spencer Penrose Award winner during his career at Notre Dame, presented annually to the top Division I men’s ice hockey coach, Jackson was also named CCHA Coach of the Year twice with the Irish to add to his 1990-91 honor while the head coach at Lake Superior State.

Prior to Jackson’s arrival on campus in 2005, the Irish had managed just one NCAA Tournament appearance in program history (2004). Since then, the Irish have become synonymous with success on the ice and have made two national championship game appearances, four trips to the Frozen Four, and landed 12 NCAA Tournament berths. At Notre Dame Jackson has coached nine All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans, three Hobey Baker Finalists, two Mike Richter Finalists, two Senior CLASS award winners and five finalists, two Hockey Humanitarian Finalists and the Hockey Commissioners’ Association Rookie of the Year in 2010-11. On the conference level, he has seen two Player of the Year Award recipients, four Goaltenders of the Year and numerous all-conference selections.

In 19 seasons behind an Irish bench, Jackson has amassed a record of 407-264-73 and is the only head coach in program history to surpass 400 wins with the team. His tenure includes 12 trips to the NCAA postseason, five conference tournament championships and various national and conference awards. Most recently he reached his milestone 400th win with the Irish, coming in a 6-1 win over storied rival Michigan on home ice. Throughout his tenure, Jackson has brought the Irish to new heights including a record 12 NCAA Tournaments and its first-ever Frozen Four in just his third season behind the bench. Raising the CCHA Tournament Championship trophy in year two with the Irish, he has gone on to lead the Irish to eight conference championships and was twice named the Spencer Penrose Award winner, presented annually to the National Coach of the Year (2006-07 and 2017-18).

With an all-time Division I record of 589-316-98 at the end of last season, Jackson ranked as the winningest coach among all active coaches at the DI men’s ice hockey level. This past season he eclipsed 1,000 Division I games coached as the Irish rolled to a convincing 6-1 victory over Minnesota to mark the occasion.

Jackson began his coaching career in St. Clair, Michigan, where he served as head coach of the St. Clair Falcons of the North American Hockey League, a junior league focused on developing players for the collegiate and professional levels. He spent two years in St. Clair before moving to the state’s Upper Peninsula as an assistant coach at Lake Superior State University under then-head coach Frank Anzalone. Jackson spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Lakers before being elevated to head coach for the 1990-91 season. In six seasons behind the bench in Sault Ste. Marie, Jackson’s teams won two NCAA titles in 1992 and 1994 while advancing to the finals in 1993, two CCHA regular season championships and four CCHA Mason Cup trophies as conference tournament champions.

After 10 years with the Lakers between assistant and head coach roles, and three national titles in that span, Jackson left college hockey to start a youth development program for USA Hockey. In 1996 Jackson was named the national coach and senior director of the junior national team and went on to found the U.S. National Team Development Program. In his first year putting the program in place, he served as the head coach for the United States Junior National Team that captured a silver medal at the 1997 World Junior Championships. The following year he served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Jackson served as the director and coach of the NTDP for four seasons before entering the professional hockey realm.

In 2000 he left the U.S. program and took over as head coach of the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League where he quickly turned the program around with a pair of winning records. In just over two full seasons with the Storm, Jackson posted an 87-67-24-4 record before accepting the role of assistant coach of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League prior to returning to the collegiate ranks as the head coach at Notre Dame in 2005.

Sheahan was a member of Jackson’s original Irish team and helped lead the team to its first ever berth in the Frozen Four championship game as a senior defenseman in 2007-08. As a student-athlete at Notre Dame, Sheahan graduated with a degree in finance and served as alternate captain during his final season with the Blue and Gold.

“I could not be more excited to have Brock step in as our Catalino Family Head Hockey Coach,” Bevacqua said. “Brock has shown at every stop in his hockey journey, including his time here as a student-athlete, to be an innovative tactician who is always one step ahead of the curve. This next year will be a great opportunity for him to continue learning from Jeff (Jackson), while preparing to take the helm full time in 2025.”

Sheahan returned to the Irish as Associate Head Coach prior to the 2023-24 season and was instrumental in the development of the young roster. His emphasis on player development in his first season in a full-time coaching capacity at Notre Dame led five graduates to sign professional deals, including a pair of NHL signees in Landon Slaggert (Chicago) and Drew Bavaro (Boston).

“The opportunity to lead the Notre Dame Hockey program is a dream come true for me and my family,” Sheahan said. “I will be forever grateful to Father Bob Dowd, John Veihmeyer, Jack Brennan, Pete Bevacqua, and the University of Notre Dame for this responsibility.

“I am motivated to lead the program forward, with the intention of winning conference and national championships, while developing our student-athletes to the highest level, as both people and hockey players. The mentorship, influence, and friendship from Jeff Jackson, Paul Pooley, and Andy Slaggert has made me into the person and coach I am today. I am especially thankful for the support of Coach Jackson and all the guidance he has provided me over the years. He has made Notre Dame hockey what it is today and I am excited to work with him this season to achieve our goal of bringing Notre Dame Hockey its first national championship.”

His return to the Irish program a season ago came after a stint as the head coach of the Chicago Wolves (American Hockey League). In one season with the Wolves he led his team to a 35-29-5 regular season record.

Prior to his time with the Wolves, he spent four years with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, a junior level program developing the next generation of hockey talent. There, he was a key component in the development of 28 NHL Draftees, including four first-round selections and collegiate hockey stars.

During his tenure with the Steel, Sheahan’s teams won two Anderson Cups, awarded to the league’s regular season champions as well as capturing the 2021 Clark Cup championship. After assuming the role of head coach partway through the 2019-20 season, Sheahan posted a 100-27-12-3 regular season record in the USHL and added an 8-3 record in the Clark Cup Playoffs.

Sheahan returned to the collegiate ranks last season, having previously served four seasons as an assistant/associate head coach at Holy Cross following a year as a volunteer assistant coach with the Irish in 2013-14. 

A defenseman for the Irish from 2004-08, Sheahan skated three seasons under Jackson. Throughout his collegiate career he appeared in 161 games and tallied 33 points. He served as alternate captain his senior year and was named the team’s top defenseman in 2007-08 after helping his team to their first ever NCAA championship appearance.

Sheahan and his wife Ashley have two children, Beau and Evelyn.

“I am excited about the present and the future of Notre Dame Hockey,” Jackson added. “Brock is a true Notre Dame man and a fantastic coach. He will do incredible things here. For now, the focus is on preparing for a great 2024-25 season.”



The 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field include a trio of Bulldogs.

Butler’s William Cuthbertson, who just completed his outdoor season for the Bulldogs earlier this month, will be joined in Eugene, Ore., by a pair of Butler alums in Angelina Ellis and Olivia Pratt. All three hold Butler program records in their respective events.

Ellis will be the first of the trio to compete, toeing the line Monday night in the first round of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Ellis is one of 30 athletes competing in the event at the Trials.

There are two heats scheduled for Monday night; the top five finishers in each heat in addition to the next four fastest times will advance to the final on Thursday evening.

Ellis has the 10th-fastest time among the field entering the event (9:25.25). In addition to owning the Butler school record (9:44.57 in 2023), Ellis won the BIG EAST title in the event and went on to All-America honors at the NCAA Championships.

Cuthbertson will be one of 36 entries in the 800 meters. His personal-best time of 1:46.51 came just a few weeks ago at the NCAA East First Round meet in Lexington, Ky. Cuthbertson’s time ranks him 27th of the 36 athletes entering the Trials.

Hayward Field was also the site of Cuthbertson’s most recent competition as he was part of the field at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships earlier this month.

The first round of the men’s 800 meters is scheduled for Thursday. The semifinals will be Friday with the finals set for the last day of the Trials in Eugene, Sunday.

Pratt will run in the 10,000-meter final on Saturday night in Eugene. She will join 25 other runners in the event. Pratt enters with a mark of 32:11.65, which ranks 20th. Earning All-American honors during her time in a Butler uniform, Pratt was also a BIG EAST champion. She set the school mark of 33:08.31 in 2016.

NBC, including USA and the Peacock app, will air a majority of the 2024 Trials.



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head women’s basketball coach Marc Mitchell announced the addition of Mia Simpson to the program Monday afternoon.

Simpson, a 5-8 guard from Waukegan, Illinois, joins the Sycamores with two years of eligibility after transferring from Morton College. She signed with Pitt for the 2023-24 season but did not appear in a game before leaving the program.

“Mia is another explosive guard,” Mitchell said. “She can get to the rim with the best of them. Mia is masterful in the midrange, which is a lost art. She really gets after it on the defensive side of the ball. Indiana State fans are in for a pleasant surprise. I believe Mia can be one of the best two-way players in The Valley. #ASONE”

Simpson was one of the best junior college players in the nation during her time at Morton, where she helped lead the Panthers to a 64-4 record with a pair of conference titles in her two seasons. She scored more than 1,000 points in her two seasons, becoming just the third player in program history to hit the 1,000-point mark, while also leading the nation in field goal percentage in both of her seasons at Morton.

The 2023-24 season was one to remember for Simpson, who ranked in the top 10 nationally in field goal percentage (first, 71.2), steals (second, 141) total rebounds (third, 404) and points (eighth, 608). She was the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Most Valuable Player and the Region IV Tournament Most Valuable Player. Simpson helped lead Morton to a 34-1 record, a conference championship and a fifth-place finish at the NJCAA Tournament. She also earned Second Team All-Skyway Collegiate Conference honors as a freshman after helping lead Morton to a 30-3 record and a national runner-up finish in the 2021-22 season.

Simpson averaged a double-double as a sophomore at Morton with 17.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.0 steals per game in the 2022-23 campaign. She led Morton in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, while finishing second on the team in points. Simpson also led the nation in field goal percentage, connecting on 71.2 percent of her attempts from the field. She scored in double-figures in 32 games, including each of the last 15, while scoring 20-plus points 11 times with a season-best 38 against Rock Valley. Simpson also shot 75 percent or better from the field in 21 games and had five games with 10 or more field goals.

In addition to her ability to score the ball, Simpson was also a strong rebounder, pulling down double-digit boards in 26 games with a pair of 20-rebound games against Elgin and Moraine Valley. She also had 15 games with five or more assists and 25 games with three or more steals. Simpson finished her sophomore season with 26 double-doubles, scoring at least 10 points in every game in which she had double-digit rebounds.

As a freshman, Simpson averaged 12.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 64.2 percent from the floor. She scored in double-figures in 25 games, including a season-high 20 against Bryant and Stratton. Simpson was efficient as a scorer, shooting 75 percent or better from the field in 10 games. She also grabbed five or more rebounds in 16 games, including four games with double-digit rebounds and a season-high12 boards against Miami Dade. Simpson had 17 games with three or more assists and 10 games with three or more steals.

Simpson joins Semie Brar, Zalissa Finley, Denyha Jacobs, Queen Ruffin and Davina Smith as signees in Indiana State’s 2024 class, all of which were previously announced in June.



EUGENE, Ore. – Former Indiana State All-American Erin Reese made her time at the 2024 US Olympic Trials memorable, placing third in the hammer throw Sunday evening at Hayward Field.

Reese put together her best throw of finals when it mattered most, as her last attempt went 71.21m (233-07) to vault her into the top three and earn bronze. She finished higher than four athletes ranked in the top 25 in the world in the event, including two of the top three ranked hammer throwers in the world.

One of just two athletes in the field to record a mark on all six of her attempts, Reese had each of her throws traveling at least 67 meters. Reese’s marks in finals were 68.06m (223-03), 68.76m (225-07), 69.26m (227-03), 68.90m (226-00), 67.27m (220-08) and 71.21m (233-07).

Reese qualified for finals via a Friday qualifying session, in which she was sixth out of 24 competitors with a mark of 70.82 (232-04). Her other mark in qualifying came in at 68.62m (225-01), with both of her recorded marks being good enough to advance to Sunday’s final.

Sunday’s performance continued a trend for Reese, who has seen her best performances of the season come in her most recent meets. Her top three marks of the 2023-24 season have come in her last three meets, recording marks of 71.46m (234-05) at the Sycamore Open in April, 71.42m (234-04) at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington in May and 71.21m (233-07) Sunday at the US Olympic Trials.

Reese does not currently have the Olympic standard for auto-qualification in the event, which is 74.00m. However, there is still a possibility that Indiana State’s discus and hammer throw record holder will make Team USA for the 2024 Olympics. Reese can qualify through the world rankings, which will be finalized following the Olympic qualifying season.

Should she qualify through the world rankings, Reese would be the second former Sycamore All-American thrower to earn an Olympic spot, joining Mary Theisen-Lappen. Theisen-Lappen represent Team USA in weightlifting in Paris, having already qualified in the sport. 



EVANSVILLE, IND. – The University of Evansville men’s soccer team announces its upcoming class for the fall 2024 season.

Head Coach Robbe Tarver’s 2024 class includes 10 new Purple Ace student-athletes. The new class comprises seven incoming freshmen and three transfers. 

“We are excited about the group coming in!” says Tarver. “We have a mix of guys that will impact the field immediately. And we have guys that can push our starters and then develop into key players. We think these individuals can enhance our program on and off the field and help us compete in the Missouri Valley Conference.”

Hugo Amo · GK · Burgos, Spain · Casper CC

Amo joins Evansville after two years of playing at the junior college level. In goal, Amo led Casper CC to the 2023 NJCAA Division I National Tournament, after winning the conference and district championships. Along with leading Casper to the national tournament, Amo was named First Team All-Region for his efforts. Amo spent his youth career playing for Burgos FC as part of their youth club.

“Hugo brings experience competing at a high JUCO level and winning games while being a leader at Casper,” says Tarver. “We are looking forward to seeing him compete this fall.”

Amo is the son of Oscar Amo & Ana Marta Riaño and has two brothers. Amo chose UE because of his ability to combine soccer while also getting a degree. He will be majoring in business during his time at Evansville.

Håkon Smedsrud Edstrøm · Midfielder · Baerum, Norway · NTG

 Edstrøm comes to UE from Norway after a youth career with Asker. After a successful youth career, Edstrøm moved up to Asker’s first team, where he has appeared in 27 matches for the first team in the Second Division and Third Divisions in Norway.

“Håkon has many attributes that translate to college soccer,” says Tarver. “He’s good in the air, able to be physical in the tackle, and shows a good range of passing.”

Son of Brit and Finn Ole … 3 siblings … chose UE because of high level soccer and good academics that align with career ambitions … Majoring in Business Undecided.

Nacho Garcia · Defender · Zaragoza, Spain · UNIR

Garcia comes to the River City from Zaragoza, Spain, after a youth career with Villareal. Garcia most recently competed with Huesca II, the same club fellow Ace, Jose Vivas, played for from 2019 to 2021.

“Nacho is mature and experienced coming to Evansville,” says Tarver. “His versatility will help us utilize him in multiple ways, while he will bring presence and maturity to our backline.”

Sean Hendrie · Midfielder · Summit, NJ · Summit HS
 Hendrie joins the Purple Aces after spending a gap year in Valencia, Spain with the Eture Gap Year Program. Originally from New Jersey, Sean was 2x First Team All-State, Northeast All-Region, and Union County Player of the Year en route to the Group III 2021 state title with Summit HS.
“Sean is a feisty attacking player who has a knack for creating scoring opportunities,” says Tarver. “We like his background as a winner and what that experience will bring to our program.”
Hendrie is the son of Karen & Frank and has 3 siblings. Hendrie chose UE as he can continue his academic and soccer journey at the highest level.

Conner Johnson · GK · Owensboro, KY · Daviess County HS
 Johnson comes from across the Ohio River to Evansville after spending his youth career with Bowling Green FC and Daviess County HS. Johnson was named the Owensboro Sports Co-Player of the Year and 2nd team All-State for Daviess County in 2023 as the Panthers made a run to the KHSAA Quarterfinals. In his final season, Johnson was also named to the All-Tournament team, the Owensboro Sports All-County team. With Bowling Green FC, Johnson was a 3x state champion including most recently in June of 2024.
“Conner possesses many traits of a high-level goalkeeper,” says Tarver. “He has also been a leader for both successful high school and club teams. We are excited to see him develop as a Purple Ace.”
Johnson is the son of Angela & Jeremiah Johnson and has a sister. Johnson chose UE because of the connection he has to both the team and the coaching staff.

Michal Mroz · GK · Elk Grove, IL · Elk Grove HS
 Mroz comes to Evansville from FC United in MLS Next, a youth team well known for producing quality goalkeeping talent. While with FC United, Mroz played under former Aces assistant, Toney Anderson, as well as GK guru and Toney’s father, Stan Anderson. Mroz helped FC United reach the MLS Next Flex tournament and the playoffs in 2024.
“Michal is mature beyond his years in goal,” says Tarver. “He has a knack for making big saves in 1v1 situations. We are excited to see him come in and compete with our older GKs.”
Mroz is the son of Magdalena & Krzysztof and has three brothers – Krystztof, Patryk, & Jakub. He chose to attend UE because of the smaller class sizes and the program’s mutual interest in him as a player. While at UE Mroz will be majoring in Business.

Sami Owusu · Attacker · Denver, CO · University of Dayton
 Owusu comes to Evansville as a grad transfer after time at Dayton, Cal State Fullerton, and Salt Lake CC. At Salt Lake CC, Owusu was a teammate of current Ace, Kai Phillip, where together they won the 2020 NJCAA Division I title. During the 2020 run, Owusu was also named a First Team All-American & the NJCAA Region Player of the Year. At Fullerton and Dayton, Owusu appeared in 32 games with 13 starts, scoring 6 goals and providing 1 assist. He also helped Dayton to an A10 Championship and a NCAA Appearance in 2023.
“Sami has attacking qualities that you cannot teach and a history of scoring big goals,” says Tarver of the grad transfer. “We hope to unlock more of his potential here in the 2024 season.”
Owusu is the son of Victor Owusu & Mary Appiah. He chose UE because the staff made him feel comfortable and his relationships with current players on the team like Kai Phillip. Owusu will be earning his Graduate Degree in Leadership while at Evansville.

Brady Seaton · GK · Evansville, IN · Evansville North HS
 After spending time with Indiana Fire South and North HS, Seaton stays in his hometown of Evansville and joins the Purple Aces. During his time at North HS, Seaton was named to 2nd Team All-State, Academic All-State, and Defensive Player of the Year in Class 5A. Along with his state accolades, Seaton earned the most wins (26) and clean sheets (19) in North HS history.
“Brady is a Purple Ace,” says Tarver. “He’s shown up in big moments both for North and the Fire. We are excited to add his passion for UE to our program this fall.”
Seaton is the son of Christopher Seaton & Misty Murty and has two siblings. Seaton chose UE because of the great PT program, and growing up an Aces fan as his mom is a UE grad. Seaton will be majoring in Exercise Science (Pre-PT) at Evansville.

Peyton Williams · Attacker · Dallas, TX · DeSoto HS
 Williams joins UE after time in the ECNL with DKSC in Dallas. Willaims also played in the MLS Next Development League with the Dallas Hornets. With DKSC, Williams led the team to the ECNL Playoffs and to the Dallas Cup final. With the Hornets, Williams was part of a bid to MLS Next Flex. With DeSoto HS, Williams was named the District Player of the Year and All-Region as only a sophomore.
“Peyton can create for himself and for his teammates. Shows an eye for the final pass but also the grit to defend and compete up top.”
Son of Damien & LaStassia … has 2 brothers & 2 sisters … chose Evansville because of the family atmosphere with the staff and players … Majoring in Business.

Martin Wurschmidt · Defender · Fram, Norway · Thor Heyerdahl VGS
 Wurschmidt comes to the River City from Fram, Norway, where he played for Fram Larvik in the Norwegian Third Division. He has represented Fram Lavrik through the youth ranks and most recently played with the Senior Team in Post-Nord League. Wurschmidt made 14 appearances with 1 goal on the Senior Team. In 2022, Wurschmidt helped the team gain a promotion to the second Division in Norway and in 2023 he was named the Division’s Young Player of the Year.
“Martin has fantastic ability in the air and can cover the ground defensively,” says Tarver. “We like his maturity and his ability to play out of the back.”
Wurschmidt is the son of Øyvind & Lene and has a brother and sister. He chose UE because of both the academic and soccer opportunities at the University.



Valparaiso University men’s golf standout Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) added yet another impressive line to his ever-growing resume this weekend, winning the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I. on Saturday.

Delisanti made one of his patented late runs to win the tournament, which is ranked No. 4 in the world for amateur golf tournaments and is part of the Elite Series. His win gives him further consideration for the Walker Cup and U.S. Amateur Team competitions. 

The rising senior won the 62nd edition of the historic tournament by defeating Bryan Lee with a birdie on the fifth playoff hole. He posted a 72-hole score of 265 (-11) including a glowing 62 (-7) in the final round. His Round-4 score was one shot off the course record, set by Luke Guthrie in 2011. The tournament was played in unfavorable weather conditions as play was suspended twice on Friday and Saturday. Delisanti posted a round-by-round line of 64-68-71-62, rallying in the final round thanks in part to birdies on five of his first seven holes.

Delisanti’s next stop is at the North & South Amateur in Pinehurst, N.C. this week.


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June 25, 1903 – Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt became only 20th-century pitcher to lose 2 complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 & 5-3. Wiley entered the MLB on fire in 1898, as he had just one year of minor-league ball under his, but still he tossed over 600 innings the next two seasons and won 47 games while orchestrating 64 complete games. None of those heroics earned him a lasting nickname but that would come later. The name came on this day, at the tail end of his career, he pitched complete games in both ends this doubleheader for the Boston Beaneaters. Fans quickly dubbed him “Iron Man.”

June 25, 1934 – Talk about iron man , well how about old Number 4, of the New York Yankees, Lou Gehrig hit for the cycle beating White Sox 11-2. During the contest an odd event occurred when NY pitcher John Broaca ties record by striking out 5 times in the contest.

June 25, 1968 – Bobby Bonds, wearing his famous Number 25 jersey hit a grand slam in his first major league game for the San Francisco Giants. The Giants had won their 6th straight game with the 9-0 victory over their old rivals from New York, the LA Dodgers.

June 25, 1978 – In the FIFA World Cup Soccer Final, El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Striker Mario Kempes in his Number 10 jersey scored 2 goals as Argentina beats the Netherlands, 3-1 after extra time

June 25, 1988 – Baltimore Orioles player Cal Ripken Jr. played in his 1,000th consecutive game. Little did we know at the time, but this wasn’t even the halfway point of the streak. He went on a tear, through the wear and tear to play in 2632 games without a day off! On May 30, 1982, the Baltimore shortstop began “the streak” which ended up being the longest stretch of consecutive games played by anyone in baseball history, and in the process earned the moniker “Iron Man.” Ripken Jr. was a throwback. He played hard, he played to win, and he played in every game. Truly an amazing record by an amazing player!


Godfrey in Color Television Debut

Yes on June 25, 1951 the first Color Television broadcast took place from New York City by CBS to 4 other cities of the Arthur Godfrey Show. CBS sold commercial airtime at $1000 per minute, an almost laughable price now but at the time it was expensive! Yet seven sponsors paid the price and advertised their wares to the audience estimated at over 40,000. Color TV’s would not be available for months for the public to buy but there were about 1000 home-built of home-converted sets in New York City alone. Columbia Broadcasting system of color television became the accepted one after CBS won in a court dispute over RCA-Victor.  Where would we be without color TV for football games?

June 25, 2000 – The Rhein Fire of NFL Europe won their 2nd World Bowl Championship in three years. The League’s first season was in 1991 and it lasted through the 2007 season when the NFL dissolved it.

June 25, 2020 – The NFL announced that the 2020 Hall of Fame game which would match the Steelers and the Cowboys in a pre-season would be postponed unto 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns. Likewise the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony would also be postponed until the summer of 2021.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for June 25

June 25, 1928 – Grambling, Louisiana –  The stork visited the Younger home on this day as Paul “Tank” Younger the great Grambling fullback/linebacker from 1945 to 1948 arrived on the scene. The National Football Foundation has a great bio on Paul where they say this legend started out as a tackle but the wise old coach Eddie Robinson recognized that this player’s athleticism would best be suited as a playmaker. Younger earned the nickname “Tank” by running over everything that got in front of him. Tank was the Tiger’s leader on offense and defense. As a freshman, he led the nation in scoring with 25 touchdowns, scoring many times on end-around plays. In his junior year, he rushed for 1,207 yards and scored 18 touchdowns. Younger also completed 43 of 73 pass attempts, 11 for touchdowns. His career totals show 60 touchdowns, which at the time was a collegiate record. After his senior season, he was named black college football’s Player of the Year.  Paul Younger’s collegiate football records are celebrated in the College Football Hall of Fame after his induction in 2000. The talent of this great player did not stop when he finished college. Tank played in the NFL for the LA Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers earning a trip to the Pro Bowl five different seasons during his pro career. When he hung up his cleats he became the National Football League’s first African-American Assistant General Manager. 

June 25, 1964 – Norristown, Pennsylvania – Boston College’s defensive tackle from 1982 to 1985, Mike Ruth was born. The NFF informs us that Ruth was an Outland Trophy winner in 1985 and he also was a consensus First Team All-American as a senior. Mike led the Eagles to three bowl games, including a win in the 1985 Cotton Bowl against Houston. Boston College would finish the 1984 season in stellar fashion as they were ranked fifth nationally in the polls. Ruth amassed 344 career tackles, 29 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his remarkable career. In 1986, he received Boston College’s highest athletic honor when he was named Eagle of the Year. Mike Ruth was honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017 after the National Football Foundation tabulated up their votes. The big defensive tackle was drafted in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots and spent two seasons with the franchise. He also spent two seasons with the Barcelona Dragons in the World League of American Football.


June 25

1934 — Pitcher John Broaca tied a major league record by striking out five consecutive times but pitched the Yankees to an 11-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Lou Gehrig had better luck at the plate, hitting for the cycle.

1937 — Augie Galan of Chicago became the first National League switch-hitter to homer from both sides of the plate in the Cubs’ 11-2 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1950 — Chicago’s Hank Sauer hit two home runs and two doubles to send the Cubs past the Philadelphia Phillies 11-8.

1961 — Baltimore and California used a major league record 16 pitchers, eight by each side, as the Orioles edged the Angels 9-8 on Ron Hansen’s 14th-inning homer.

1968 — Bobby Bonds, in his first major league game, hit a grand slam off John Purdin to help San Francisco to a 9-0 win over Los Angeles.

1988 — Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 1,000th consecutive game.

1998 — Sammy Sosa broke the major league record for homers in a month, hitting his 19th of June leading off the seventh inning of the Cubs’ 6-4 loss to Detroit. Sosa passed the mark set by Detroit’s Rudy York in August 1937.

1999 — Jose Jimenez, a rookie right-hander having one of the worst seasons than any other NL pitcher, threw St. Louis’ first no-hitter in 16 seasons, outdueling Randy Johnson in a 1-0 victory over Arizona.

2002 — Luis Pujols of the Detroit Tigers and Tony Pena of the Kansas City Royals became the first Dominican-born managers to oppose each other in a major league game.

2007 — A fan charged at Bob Howry during the Cubs’ 10-9 win over Colorado after the reliever helped blow an 8-3 lead in the ninth inning. Howry gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe and a three-run homer to Troy Tulowitzki. The fan then jumped onto the field from the roof of the Rockies’ dugout and made it a few feet from the mound before security guards tackled him. Howry earned the victory when Alfonso Soriano hit a game-ending two-run single in the bottom of the inning.

2010 — Arizona’s Edwin Jackson pitched a 1-0 no-hitter against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

2010 — The Cubs suspend pitcher Carlos Zambrano indefinitely after he throws a tantrum in the dugout after giving up 4 runs in the 1st inning of a 6 – 0 loss to the White Sox. “Big Z” blames first baseman Derrek Lee for letting a Juan Pierreground ball past him for a double that starts the rally, although the hard-hit ball was hardly catchable. Tom Gorzelanny replaces Zambrano who is removed from the game by manager Lou Piniella.

2011 — Cleveland’s Tony Sipp balked home the only run with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of a 1-0 loss to San Francisco. Sipp slightly flinched his left arm before throwing a pitch to Emmanuel Burriss, allowing Miguel Tejada to score and sending San Francisco to its fourth straight win. There also were two errors in the inning by second baseman Cord Phelps that spoiled a strong start by Justin Masterson.

2013 — Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs, Nick Vander Tuig limited Mississippi State to five hits in eight innings, and UCLA won 8-0 for its first national baseball championship.

2014 — Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.

2015 — The San Francisco Giants hit four triples in a game for the first time in 55 years, including a pair by Brandon Belt in a 13-8 win over the San Diego Padres. Brandon Crawford and Matt Duffy also tripled for San Francisco, which had not tripled four times in a game since Sept. 15, 1960, when Willie Mays hit three and Eddie Bressoud one at Philadelphia.

2018 — The St. Louis Cardinals record the 10,000th win in team history with a 4-0 defeat of the Cleveland Indians.. They are the sixth major league team to do so.

2019 — The New York Yankees set a new major league record by homering in their 28th consecutive game.

2021 — Philadelphia Philles pitcher Aaron Nola ties Tom Seaver’s 51-Year old MLB record of ten consecutive strike outs in a 2-1 loss to the Mew York Mets.

2022 — Three Astros pitchers combine to no-hit the Yankees, 3 – 0.

2023 — George Springer leads off the bottom of the 1st for the Blue Jays against the Athletics with a homer off Luis Medina. The 55th leadoff home run of his career gives him sole possession of second place on the all-time list, behind only Rickey Henderson. The Blue Jays win handily, 12 – 1.


June 26

1916 — The Cleveland Indians wore numbers on their sleeves in a game against the Chicago White Sox. It marked the first time players were identified by numbers corresponding to the scorecard.

1924 — New York right-hander Virgil Barnes faced his older sibling, Jesse, marking the first time brothers started against one another in major league history. Jesse got the loss when the Giants beat the Boston Braves 11-7.

1938 — Lonny Frey of the Cincinnati Reds had eight hits in a doubleheader split with the Philadelphia Phillies. Frey had three hits in a 10-3 opening-game loss and collected five in the nightcap, which the Reds won 8-5.

1944 — In an effort to raise funds for war bonds, the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees played each other in a six-inning game at the Polo Grounds. More than 50,000 fans turned out. Each team played successive innings against the other two teams then would sit out an inning. The final score was Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.

1962 — Earl Wilson of the Boston Red Sox pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Wilson, the Red Sox’s first black pitcher, also homered in the game.

1968 — St. Louis’ Bob Gibson pitched his fifth consecutive shutout as he blanked Pittsburgh, 3-0, in the first game of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium.

1970 — Frank Robinson hit two grand slams to power the Baltimore Orioles to a 12-2 victory over the Washington Senators.

1976 — Shortstop Toby Harrah played an entire doubleheader for the Texas Rangers without handling a batted ball by the Chicago White Sox.

1983 — New York’s Rusty Staub tied a season record with his eighth consecutive pinch hit. Staub equaled the 1958 mark established by Dave Philley of the Phillies when he singled in the ninth inning off reliever Ron Reed in the Mets’ 8-4 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium.

2000 — Minor league sensation Alex Cabrera hit a two-run homer in his first major league at-bat for Arizona as the Diamondbacks beat the Houston Astros 6-1.

2003 — Edgar Martinez, who already holds the Mariners’ all-time records for games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, total bases, extra-base hits, walks and runs scored, passes Ken Griffey Jr.’s mark for team career RBIs. His two-run homer in the Mariners’ 10 – 6 victory over the Angels gives the All-Star designated hitter 1,153 RBIs – one more than Junior.

2006 — Oregon State beats North Carolina 3-2 for its first College World Series title.

2015 — Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg resigns in his third season with his team in last place.

2019 — Vanderbilt University defeats Michigan 8-2 to win the College World Series.

2021— The Arizona Diamondbacks end their record streak of consecutive road losses by defeating the San Diego Padres 10-1.

2023 — Louisiana State University wins the 2023 College World Series with an 18 – 4 win over the University of Florida in the final game, one day after losing 24 – 4 to the Gators. Paul Skenes is named the recipient of the College World Series Most Outstanding Player award. It is the Tigers’ seventh title overall, and first since 2009.


June 27

1917 — Catcher Hank Gowdy of the Braves became the first major league player to enter military service in World War I.

1939 — The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves played a 23-inning, 2-2 tie. Whit Wyatt pitched the first 16 innings for the Dodgers. Both clubs played a 26-inning tie in 1920 at the same Braves Field.

1958 — Billy Pierce of the Chicago White Sox retired 26 straight Washington batters before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald hit a double just inside the right-field line for the only hit. Pierce then struck out Albie Pearson on three pitches and beat the Senators 3-0.

1973 — David Clyde, a $125,000, 18-year-old bonus baby with the Rangers, pitched five innings, struck out eight and allowed one hit in his first major league start. Texas beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 before 35,698 fans — the Rangers’ first home sellout at Arlington Stadium.

1980 — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jerry Reuss pitched a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants in an 8-0 victory at Candlestick Park. The only player to reach base was Jack Clark in the first inning on a throwing error by shortstop Bill Russell.

1986 — San Francisco rookie Robby Thompson set a major league record when he was caught stealing four times in the Giants’ 7-6, 12-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Catcher Bo Diaz threw out Thompson in the fourth, sixth, ninth and 11th innings.

1993 — Anthony Young of the New York Mets set a major league record by losing his 24th straight decision, 5-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

1999 — Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 27th homer and robbed Juan Gonzalez of a three-run shot with a spectacular over-the-fence catch as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in the final game at the Kingdome.

2003 — Boston set a major league record by scoring 10 runs before the first out. The 50-minute, 91-pitch first inning came during a 25-8 victory over Florida. The Red Sox also tied an AL record with 14 runs in the first inning. Johnny Damon matched a major league mark with three hits in an inning.

2007 — Ryan Howard hits his 100th career home run in a 9 – 6 loss to the Reds. The shot against Aaron Harang makes him the fastest player in major league history to hit 100 homers, doing so in his 325th game.

2008 — Carlos Delgado of the New York Mets homered twice, including a grand slam, and set a franchise record with nine RBIs in a 15-6 rout of the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the opener of the teams’ two-ballpark doubleheader. The Yankees beat the Mets 9-0 at Shea Stadium in the night game.

2009 — Tim Wakefield makes his 382nd start for the Boston Red Sox, tying Roger Clemens for most in franchise history. The 42-year-old knuckleballer earns his tenth win of the year with six scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves. Boston prevails, 1 – 0, with Mark Kotsay driving in the game’s only run.

2010 — Jamie Moyer surrendered his record-breaking 506th home run but was sharp otherwise, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of Toronto’s troubles to beat the Blue Jays 11-2. Moyer only mistake was a two-run homer by Vernon Wells in the third inning. Moyer passed former Phillies Hall of Famer Robin Roberts for the most homers allowed in a career.

2016 — Kris Bryant became the first major leaguer to hit three homers and two doubles in a game, and Jake Arrieta added a solo shot, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

2016 — The Texas Rangers wrapped up a weird win at 2:44 a.m., rallying after a rain delay of more than 3 1/2 hours in the ninth inning to beat the New York Yankees 9-6 with maybe 100 fans left in the stands. Umpire crew chief Paul Nauert signaled for the tarp at 10:40 p.m. The game resumed at 2:15 a.m. Texas trailed 6-5 when Kirby Yates replaced closer Aroldis Chapman after the delay with a runner on first and no outs. Yates (2-1) hit three batters, and Beltre and Elvis Andrus each hit a two-run singles.

2017 — The University of Florida wins the first College World Series Title in school history by defeating Louisiana State University 6-1.

2019 — The starters for the 2019 All-Star Game are named, at the conclusion of the fans’ vote. For the first time, this voting is two-tiered, with today’s winners the victors of a second round of strictly on-line voting among the three top finishers at each position, after the more traditional ballots have been counted. The results are well-balanced, with only one team managing as many as three players elected – the Astros with 3B Alex Bregman and OFs George Springer and Michael Brantley – and are generally representative of who have been the best players so far this year.

2021 — A little over a week after MLB has begun to systematically examine pitchers for foreign substances to improve grip, a first victim is caught: Hector Santiago of the Mariners is ejected after umpires discover an unknown sticky substances on his glove. The glove is impounded and sent for further analysis, while Santiago protests his innocence, claiming that he was only using rosin to prevent perspiration from dripping unto his hands. He will be issued a ten-game suspension.


June 25

1921 — Jock Hutchinson is the first American to win the British Open, a nine-stroke victory over Roger Wethered in a playoff.

1926 — Bobby Jones becomes the first amateur in 29 years to win the British Open. Jones finishes with a 291 total for a two-stroke over Al Watrous at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, England.

1932 — Gene Sarazen wins the U.S. Open by shooting a 286, the lowest in 20 years.

1935 — Future world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis moves to 20-0 with 6th round KO of former champion Primo Carnera of Italy at Yankee Stadium, NYC.

1948 — Joe Louis knocks out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 11th round in New York to defend his world heavyweight title. Louis announces his retirement after the fight.

1952 — Jim Turnesa wins the PGA Championship with a 1-up victory over Chick Harbert in the final round.

1966 — Buckpasser sets a world record in the 1-mile Arlington Classic in 1:32 3-5 and becomes the first 3-year-old to win more than $1 million.

1969 — Pancho Gonzalez, 41, wins the longest tennis match in Wimbledon history by beating Charles Pasarell in a 112-game match, 22-24, 1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9. The match is played over two days and lasts 5 hours, 12 minutes.

1978 — In Buenos Aires, Argentina wins the World Cup beating Netherlands 3-1 after extra time.

1981 — Sugar Ray Leonard wins the WBA junior middleweight title with a ninth-round knockout of Ayub Kalule in Houston.

1988 — MLB player Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 1,000th consecutive game.

1988 — UEFA European Championship Final, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany: Ruud Gullet & Marco van Basten score as the Netherlands beats Soviet Union, 2-0.

1991 — Nine-time champion Martina Navratilova survives a first-round scare from Elna Reinach to win her record 100th singles match at Wimbledon.

1994 — FIFA World Cup: 1,500th goal in Cup’d history scored by Caceres of Argentina.

1997 — NBA Draft: Wake Forest power forward Tim Duncan first pick by San Antonio Spurs.

1997 — NHL approves franchises in Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, and Minnesota-St Paul.

1999 — San Antonio wins its first NBA championship, defeating the New York Knicks 78-77 in Game 5 of the Finals. The Spurs, keyed by finals MVP Tim Duncan’s 31 points, becomes the first former ABA team to win the championship.

2006 — Asafa Powell matches Wallace Spearmon’s world best in the 200 meters, winning the Jamaican national championships in 19.90 seconds.

2006 — Bernard Lagat becomes the first runner in the history of the U.S. track and field championships to sweep the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, after winning the shorter race.

2008 — NBA Draft: Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin first pick by Los Angeles Clippers.

2013 — UCLA wins its first national championship in baseball with an 8-0 win over Mississippi State.

2014 — John Norwood’s home run in the top of the eighth inning gives Vanderbilt the lead, and the Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 for their first national championship.

2015 — NBA Draft: Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns first pick by Minnesota Timberwolves.

2017 — Jordan Spieth needs an extra hole and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the Travelers Championship. The two-time major champion holes out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with Daniel Berger at TPC River Highlands. The 23-year-old Texan joins Tiger Woods as the only PGA Tour players with 10 victories in the era since World War II.

2019 — NHL Draft: Barrie Colts (OHL) defenseman Aaron Ekblad first pick by Florida Panthers.

2020 — Liverpool FC clinches first EPL soccer title in 30 years with 7 games to spare as Chelsea beats second-placed Manchester City, 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

2021 — Philadelphia Philles pitcher Aaron Nola ties Tom Seaver’s 51-Year old MLB record of ten consecutive strike outs in a 2-1 loss to the Mew York Mets.


June 26

1910 — For the second consecutive year, Hazel Hotchkiss wins the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships. Hotchkiss beats Louise Hammond 6-4, 6-2 for the singles title.

1925 — Jim Barnes wins the British Open with a one-stroke win over Ted Ray and Archie Compston at Prestwick Golf Club in South Ayrshire, Scotland.

1959 — Ingemar Johansson knocks out Floyd Patterson in the third round at Yankee Stadium to win the world heavyweight title.

1976 — Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki fights American boxer Muhammad Ali, at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.

1990 — Jennifer Capriati, 14, defeats Helen Kelesi 6-3, 6-1 in the first round to become the youngest winner of a match in Wimbledon history.

1991 — NBA Draft: UNLV power forward Larry Johnson first pick by Charlotte Hornets.

1992 — UEFA European Championship Final, Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden: In a huge upset Denmark beats Germany, 2-0.

1993 — NHL Draft: Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) center Alexandre Daigle first pick by Ottawa Senators.

1995 — The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a random drug-testing program in Vernonia, Ore. The 6-to-3 decision allows public high school officials to require student-athletes to submit to random urinalysis as a condition of being allowed to play interscholastic sports.

1996 — NBA Draft: Georgetown guard Allen Iverson first pick by Philadelphia 76ers.

1999 — NHL Draft: Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL) center Patrik Stefan first pick by Atlanta Thrashers.

1998 — Jamaica becomes the first Caribbean nation to win a World Cup soccer match since Cuba beat Romania in 1938. Theodore Whitmore scores in the 40th and 54th minutes as the Jamaicans beat Japan 2-1.

2002 — In one of the most extraordinary days at the All England Club, seven-time champion Pete Sampras, 1992 winner Andre Agassi and No. 2-seeded Marat Safin all lose — throwing the Wimbledon tournament wide open. For the first time in the Open era, five of the top-eight seeded men’s players are eliminated before the third round.

2002 — NBA Draft: Shanghai Sharks (China) center Yao Ming first pick by Houston Rockets.

2003 — NBA Draft: St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (Akron, Ohio) small forward LeBron James first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers.

2005 — Justin Gatlin cements his status as America’s fastest human by winning the 200 meters, becoming the first man in 20 years to sweep the sprints at the U.S. track and field championships. A day after winning the 100, Gatlin wins the 200 in 20.04 seconds. The last man to win both races at the U.S. meet was Kirk Baptiste in 1985.

2008 — Two stunning second-round upsets happen at Wimbledon as former champion Maria Sharapova and two-time runner-up Andy Roddick are ousted.

2008 — NBA Draft: Memphis point guard Derrick Rose first pick by Chicago Bulls.

2011 — Top-ranked Yani Tseng wins the LPGA Championship by 10 strokes and, at 22, becomes the youngest player to win four LPGA Tour majors.

2012 — Major college football finally gets a playoff. A committee of university presidents approve the BCS commissioners’ plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season.

2013 — Seven-time champion Roger Federer is stunned by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round of Wimbledon, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.

2014 — The United States reaches the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time. Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeats Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously.

2014 — NBA Draft: Kansas small forward Andrew Wiggins first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers.

2015 — NHL Draft: Erie Otters (OHL) center Connor McDavid #1 pick by the Edmonton Oilers.

2017 — Helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand wins the America’s Cup with a resounding romp against software tycoon Larry Ellison’s two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA. They win Race 9 to clinch the 35th America’s Cup match at 7-1. Burling, at 26, is the youngest helmsman to win sailing’s greatest prize in a competition that dates to 1851.

2021 — Tour de France: The largest pile up in Tour history is caused by a spectator with a sign during Stage 1. The spectator is apprehended and arrested.

2012 — Stanley Cup Final, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Colorado Avalanche beats two-time defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1 for a 4-2 series win; Avs 3rd championship in franchise history.


June 27

1890 — Canadian boxer George Dixon becomes first black world champion when he stops English bantamweight champion Edwin “Nunc” Wallace in 18 rounds in London, England.

1903 — Willie Anderson captures the U.S. Open with a two-stroke victory over David Brown in a playoff.

1914 — Jack Johnson wins a 20-round referee’s decision over Frank Moran at the Velodrome d’Hiver in Paris.

1924 — Walter Hagen wins his second British Open. Hagen finishes with a 301 to edge Ernest Whitcombe by one stroke at Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake, England. Hagen, who won in 1922, was the Open’s first winner born in the United States.

1936 — Alf Padgham beats Jimmy Adams by one stroke to win the British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

1950 — Chandler Harper wins the PGA championship by beating Henry Williams Jr., 4 and 3 in the final round.

1959 — Mickey Wright beats Louise Suggs by two strokes for her second straight U.S. Women’s Open title.

1971 — JoAnne Carner wins the U.S. Women’s Open with a seven-stroke victory over Kathy Whitworth.

1979 — Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn’t).

1984 — UEFA European Championship Final, Parc des Princes, Paris, France: Michel Platini & Bruno Bellone score as France beats Spain, 2-0.

1988 — Mike Tyson KOs Michael Spink in 91 seconds, in Atlantic City.

1990 — NBA Draft: Syracuse power forward Derrick Coleman first pick by New Jersey Nets.

1992 — Top-seeded Jim Courier, the Australian and French Open champion, loses 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to qualifier Andrei Olhovskiy of Russia at Wimbledon. It’s the first time in Wimbledon history that a qualifier beat the top seed.

1998 — NHL Draft: Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) center Vincent Lecavalier first pick by Tampa Bay Lightning.

1999 — Juli Inkster shoots a 6-under 65 to win the LPGA Championship, becoming the second woman to win the modern career Grand Slam. Pat Bradley won her Grand Slam 13 years earlier.

2001 — NBA Draft: Glynn Academy center Kwame Brown first pick by Washington Wizards.

2006 — Roger Federer wins his record 42nd straight grass-court match, beating Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to open his bid for a fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship. Federer breaks the record he shared with Bjorn Borg, the five-time Wimbledon champion who won 41 straight matches on grass from 1976-1981.

2008 — Zheng Jie completes the biggest victory of her career at Wimbledon, beating new No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-4 in the third round. The 133rd-ranked Zheng’s victory, her first against a top-10 player, is the earliest exit by a top-ranked woman at Wimbledon since Martina Hingis lost in the first round in 2001.

2010 — Cristie Kerr cruises to a 12-stroke victory in the LPGA Championship in one of the most lopsided wins at a major. Kerr leads wire-to-wire, closing with a 6-under 66 for a 19-under 269 total. Kerr breaks the tournament record for victory margin of 11 set by Betsy King in 1992 and matches the second-biggest victory in a major.

2013 — NBA Draft: UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett first pick Cleveland Cavaliers.

2017 — Florida scores four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their Southeastern Conference rival 6-1 to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball. LSU loses for the first time in seven appearances in a championship game.

2021 — Nelly Korda beats Lizette Salas by 3 strokes to win the Women’s PGA Championship. The win is Korda’s first major title.


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