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Tiger Woods plans to play the Masters and thinks he can win

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Two words can go a long way when Tiger Woods is behind them.

No one would have been surprised if Woods never played golf again after a car crash in Los Angeles that damaged his right leg so badly he said doctors raised the prospect of amputation. Out of the public eye for nine months, Woods sent hopes soaring last November with a video of him swinging the club with a simple message, “Making progress.”

And here he is at Augusta National, making a Monday practice round feel like Sunday at a major because of the gallery, walking the steep slopes, swinging well and making it clear he has every intention of playing in the Masters.

Does he think he can win?

Woods offered the shortest answer of his press conference: “I do.”

He said Tuesday he is planning to play and thinks he can win. Never mind that it will be 508 days from the last time he played a tournament where he had to walk, or that he returns to this Masters with screws and rods still holding the bones in place in his right leg.

Woods also is 46. He would be the oldest Masters champion by three weeks over Jack Nicklaus.

The biggest question is how he holds up over 18 holes for four straight days. Woods walked 18 holes last week – his first big test – during a scouting trip with 13-year-old son Charlie (including a stop at the Par 3 course).

He played the back nine on Sunday, the front nine on Monday.

Woods plans nine more for Wednesday and then it’s “game time.” He is to tee off at 10:34 a.m. Thursday with Louis Oosthuizen and Joaquin Niemann.

“I can hit it just fine. I don’t have any qualms about what I can do physically from a golf standpoint,” Woods said. “Walking is the hard part. This is normally not an easy walk to begin with. Now given the conditions that my leg is in, it gets even more difficult.

“Seventy-two holes is a long road and it’s going to be a tough challenge,” he said. “And a challenge that I’m up for.”

That might be the biggest reason Woods is even at Augusta National for more than the sushi and miso-glazed cod and Wagyu beef that defending champion Hideki Matsuyama put on the menu for the champions-only dinner Tuesday night.

If he never plays – if he never wins – Woods said he is satisfied with what he has achieved.

“I think 82 is a pretty good number,” Woods said. “And 15 is not too bad, either.”

His 15 majors are second only to Jack Nicklaus and his 18, the gold standard in golf. He is tied with Sam Snead for the PGA Tour career record with 82 wins.

So why keep coming back? What else is there to prove?

“I love competing,” Woods said. “And I feel like if I can still compete at the highest level, I’m going to. And if I feel like I can still win, I’m going to play.”

“I don’t show up to an event unless I think I can win it. So that’s the attitude I’ve had,” he said. “There will be a day when it won’t happen, and I’ll know when that is.”

Shortly after he spoke, the starting times were released. Woods is helped by being part of the early-late rotation, meaning he will have some 22 hours between rounds.

Otherwise, Tuesday was mostly a wash. Woods wasn’t planning on anything more than working on the range, anyway, and even that worked in his favor. Heavy storms moved over Augusta about the time he finished his work, and the course was closed the rest of the day.

As long as Woods has been part of Masters lore – Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer once predicted he would win more green jackets than both of them combined (10) – the reality is rust from no serious competition and a body that has endured at least 10 surgeries to both legs and his back.

But he’s planning to play, and that feels like enough. For now.

“I think that the fact that I was able to get myself here to this point is a success,” Woods said. “And now that I am playing, now everything is focused on, `How do I get myself into the position where I’m on that back nine on Sunday with a chance?’ Just like I did a few years ago.”

That was 2019, his fifth Masters title that followed four surgeries the previous five years on his lower back.

“How many comebacks has he had?” Jordan Spieth asked in wonderment.

There was the return from reconstructive knee surgery after his 2008 U.S. Open victory. He won seven times worldwide the following year. There was a return to No. 1 following the implosion in his personal life, and before the back surgeries.

Nothing compares with this one, mainly because of the walking involved on a leg so badly damaged that Woods spent three months in a hospital bed before advancing to a wheel chair, crutches, a compression sleeve and still the occasional limp.

“It’s amazing if you think about where he was at a year ago to now,” Spieth said. “I don’t know how many people – if anybody – could be out here. And this is not an easy walk. So to be out here and not to throw his age in the mix, but I don’t think that helps much for that recovery.

“But is anybody surprised?”

Sign of times: MLB gives OK to electronic pitch calling

NEW YORK (AP) In a move that ends a tradition dating more than 150 years, Major League Baseball approved the use of an electronic device for catchers to signal pitches in an effort to eliminate sign stealing and speed games.

Since the beginning of baseball in the 19th century, catchers had used their fingers to signal the type of pitch and its intended location.

As video at balllparks increased in the 21st century, so did sign stealing – and worries about how teams were trying to swipe signals. The Houston Astros were penalized for using a camera and banging a trash can to alert their batters to pitch types during their run to the 2017 World Series title.

“It basically eliminates all need to create a sign system, for a catcher giving signs,” MLB chief operations and strategy officer Chris Marinak said Tuesday. “You literally just press a button and it delivers the pitch call to the pitcher. And what we’ve seen so far, it really improves pace of game.”

Some teams tried the system in spring training, with manager Tony La Russa of the Chicago White Sox and Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees among those saying they liked what they saw.

Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka used it a couple times this spring training, including Tuesday with pitcher Michael King against Detroit in New York’s final exhibition game.

“There’s still some stuff we’ve got to work through, but I mean the fail safe is always just give signs. So, that’s always there when we need it. We’re just working out all the kinks right now. If we run into stumbling blocks in-game, we can always give signs. I’m not too worried about it being confusing,” he said.

“I like it. At first today I gave signs to King because I didn’t have a chance to talk to him about it, so I started getting all messed up with it. So I just decided to give signs, and that worked fine,” he said.

MLB is providing each team with three transmitters, 10 receivers and a charging case for the PitchCom Pitcher Catcher Communication Device. It is available in English and Spanish.

“A maximum of five receivers and one transmitter may be in any use at any given time,” MLB wrote in a five-page memorandum Tuesday to general managers, assistant GMs, managers and equipment managers, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.

A catcher has nine choices on his wristband device: “four seam high inside, curve hi middle, slider hi outside, change mid inside, sinker middle, cutter mid out, splitter low inside, knuckle lo middle, two seam low outside.”

A thin band tucked inside a cap allows the audio to be heard at an adjustable level, envisioned to be used by pitchers, second baseman, shortstops and center fielders.

“When changing pitchers, the manager shall provide a receiver to the replacement pitcher,” the memo said.

Receivers and transmitters can be used only on the field and may not be operated during games in clubhouses, dugouts or bullpens.

“Signals communicated via PitchCom may only be given by the catcher in the game. Signals may not be sent from the dugout, bullpen, a different player in the field, or anywhere else,” the memo said. “Clubs are responsible for their PitchCom devices. Any club that loses a transmitter or receiver will be charged a replacement fee of $5,000 per unit.”

Marinak said about half of the 30 MLB clubs had expressed interest.

“I’m not sure that every team will use it,” Marinak said during MLB’s third annual innovation and fan engagement showcase. “I think this is a kind of a personal preference kind of thing.”

Union head Tony Clark pointed out the devices are not mandatory.

“It was important to ensure the flexibility for players to use – or not use – the technology at their own discretion,” the former All-Star first baseman said in a statement. “The guys on the field are in the best position to make decisions as individuals about whether it’s right for them.”

Players may not longer watch in-game video replays on clubhouse televisions but may review video only on iPads controlled by the MLB office. The video will be updated only at the end of each half-inning and players can go back and replay, but may not see content during a half-inning in progress.

“Players don’t have access to any technology that’s above and beyond what we’re offering in terms of in-game video,” Marinak said. “We also monitor all the transmission of traffic so that we understand what content is being delivered to the iPad.”

The new system of umpires having microphones to explain video reviews to fans began with an exhibition game at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. MLB also is now taking in video from 104 of 120 minor league ballparks

The automated ball/strike system of computer plate umpires will be used at 10 Triple-A West parks, Charlotte in Triple-A East and Low-A Southeast. MLB intends to illustrate the calls on stadium scoreboards.

Pitch clocks will be used at all minor league stadiums, likely a prelude to their installation at big league ballparks for 2023.

MLB showed off its new 1,400-square foot replay operations center in midtown Manhattan, which opened just as COVID-19 struck in 2020 and replaced a 900-square foot facility in SoHo that had been used since 2014.

There are 90 46-inch professional monitors and 60 24-inch touchscreen monitors in the 31 x 29-foot room, with three desks with six screens behind them for supervisors and administrators, then two more rows with technicians.

MLB takes in 18 cameras from each ballpark showing 60 frames per second plus up to four high-speed cameras as fast as 360-480 frames per second, according to Chris Zagorski, vice president of replay operations and technology.

There is a backup replay center in San Francisco, in case of a power outage in New York. For special event games such as in Dyersville, Iowa, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and London, a replay room is set up on site.

Marinak said that fans using the MLB Ballpark app to enter stadiums with electronic tickets rose from 3% in 2017 to 19% in 2019 to 56% in 2021.

MLB also said the earliest helmet advertisements would begin appearing would be during the 2022 postseason. Players agreed last month to uniform and helmet ads, and the jersey ads will not start until 2023 at the earliest.

Brewers’ Severino suspended 80 games for fertility drug

NEW YORK (AP) Milwaukee catcher Pedro Severino was suspended for 80 games on Tuesday following a positive drug test, the fourth major leaguer penalized in two days.

Severino tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Clomiphene, the commissioner’s office said. The women’s fertility drug has been used by some athletes to counter side effects of steroids use.

Severino will lose about half his $1.9 million salary. He apologized to the Brewers, teammates and fans.

“Since late 2020, my wife and I had been trying to start a family unsuccessfully,” Severino said in a statement issued by the players’ association. “When we returned to the Dominican Republic after the 2021 season, we sought medical assistance to determine why we had not succeeded. One of the doctors I consulted with prescribed me with a medication to treat infertility issues. Unfortunately, I now know that the medication contained Clomiphene. I accept responsibility for this mistake and have decided not to challenge my suspension.”

A seven-year major league veteran, the 28-year-old is in his first season with the Brewers after playing for Washington and Baltimore. He hit .248 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs last season for the Orioles, leaving him with a .235 career average with 33 homers and 133 RBIs.

“I have been tested more than 100 times in my career and I had never had an issue,” Severino said.

Severino batted .435 with two homers and nine RBIs in eight spring training games. He was expected to serve as the main backup to 2021 All-Star Omar Narvaez, filling a void that was created when the Atlanta Braves signed Manny Pina away from Milwaukee.

Other catchers on the Brewers’ 40-man roster are Mario Feliciano and Brett Sullivan. Feliciano has one game of MLB experience and Sullivan has never played in the majors.

President of baseball operations David Stearns said the Brewers are looking at possible catching options from outside the organization.

“This time of year, this timeframe of a couple of days before opening day, is not ideal to be looking for a specific team need, but we’re already actively engaged in conversations,” Stearns said. “We’ll see if anything comes of that in the next 24-48 hours, and if not, we have confidence in what we have internally.”

Three free agents were suspended Monday following positive tests for Boldenone: outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodriguez and infielder Jose Rondon. Those were the first suspensions since the major league drug testing program resumed March 11 following a 99-day suspension during the lockout.

All the positive tests resulted from urine samples taken before the lockout started Dec. 2, but MLB concluded it could not announce discipline during the lockout, a person familiar with the testing program told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because that detail was not announced.

Big 12 commish Bowlsby stepping away from role this year

IRVING, Texas (AP) Bob Bowlsby said Tuesday that he will step away from his role as Big 12 commissioner later this year after a decade in that job.

Bowlsby will remain as the Big 12’s leader until a new commissioner is appointed. The expectation then is that Bowlsby, whose contract goes into 2025, will transition into a new interim role with the league.

“After more than 40 years of serving in leadership roles in intercollegiate athletics, including the last 10 with the Big 12, and given the major issues that college sports in general and the Big 12 specifically will address in the next several years, I have reached a natural transition point in my tenure as commissioner, as well as in my career,” Bowlsby said in a statement.

The 70-year-old Bowlsby has been the Big 12 commissioner since 2012. He came to the league from Stanford, where he was the athletic director for six years. Before Stanford, Bowlsby had been AD at Iowa since 1991, overseeing the athletic program where growing up he sold soda at football games.

Peacock stars Banks, Lee and Edert enter transfer portal

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) Three of the stars of Saint Peter’s remarkable run to the Elite Eight have put their names in the transfer portal following coach Shaheen Holloway’s departure for Seton Hall.

Starting guards Daryl Banks III and Matthew Lee and backup Doug Edert tweeted about their moves Wednesday. All thanked the little Jesuit university in Jersey City, New Jersey, for the past three years. They said they wanted to see what opportunities awaited them in basketball.

Players who enter the portal are letting other schools know they are considering a transfer. Peacocks big man and three-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference defensive player of the year KC Ndefo entered the portal last year but returned to Saint Peter’s.

Holloway, who led the Peacocks to the MAAC Tournament title and wins over No. 2 seed Kentucky, No. 7 seed Murray State and No. 3 seed Purdue in becoming the Cinderellas of this year’s NCAA Tournament, was hired by Seton Hall, his alma mater, on March 28. It happened a day after national runner-up North Carolina routed Saint Peter’s for a berth in the Final Four.

Saint Peter’s is still searching for a new coach. The players’ decision to enter the portal might be seen as keeping their options open if they have concerns about who gets the job.

Banks led Saint Peter’s (22-12) in scoring, averaging 11.3 points. He had a team-high 54 3-pointers.

Lee averaged 6.8 points and had a team-high 87 assists. Edert averaged 9.5 points coming off the bench most of the time.

Auburn’s Smith, a projected Top-5 pick, enters NBA draft

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn freshman Jabari Smith, who led the Tigers to their first No. 1 ranking, is entering the NBA draft.

Smith, who is projected as a potential No. 1 overall pick, lived up to his billing as the highest-rated recruit in program history. He announced his decision in a video posted Tuesday on social media.

“Auburn will forever be my home and will be a place that is going to be a part of me forever,” Smith said in the video. “The long hours in the gym and the weight room have given me this opportunity and the chance to chase my dream of playing in the NBA. But none of this would have ever been possible without the love and the sacrifices that were made by my dad and my mom.

“They molded me into the man and person I am today, and I’ll never be able to thank them enough.”

Smith led the Tigers in scoring, averaging 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. The 6-foot-10, 220-pounder was also Auburn’s top 3-point shooter after making 79 of 188 attempts (43%).

A consensus All-American, Smith was named the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year. The Fayetteville, Georgia native was rated as the nation’s No. 5 recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Smith and 7-foot-1 center Walker Kessler comprised one of the nation’s top frontcourts. Kessler, a North Carolina transfer, had already announced his plans to enter the draft.

“I came into this season wanting to make history and give this school the recognition it deserves in basketball, and Auburn did that,” Smith said. “I also want to give a special thanks to the best coaching staff and support staff in the country. You all have made this year one I will never forget.”

Auburn won the Southeastern Conference regular-season title and spent three weeks atop the AP rankings before falling to Miami in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed.

Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe wins John R. Wooden Award

LOS ANGELES (AP) Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky won the John R. Wooden Award as the men’s college basketball player of the year.

Tuesday’s announcement from the Los Angeles Athletic Club was made on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

Tshiebwe led the nation with 515 total rebounds and 15.1 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-9 center had the most rebounds in a season since 1973 and the highest per game average since 1980. Kentucky was beat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by St. Peter’s.

Tshiebwe, who is from Congo, is the second Kentucky player to win the award, joining Anthony Davis in 2012. Tshiebwe also collected player of the year honors from The Associated Press, Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, The Sporting News and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

The other finalists were Ochai Agbaji of national champion Kansas, Johnny Davis of Wisconsin, Iowa’s Keegan Murray and Drew Timme of Gonzaga.

Aliyah Boston with national champion South Carolina won the women’s Wooden Award on Monday. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 16.8 points and had a Southeastern Conference record of 27 straight double-doubles.

Tshiebwe and Boston have been invited to Los Angeles for Friday’s 46th annual presentation.

Voting took place from March 14-21 during the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament by a national panel of voters who cover the sport and former winners.

Report: Bulls shutting down Lonzo for rest of season

The Chicago Bulls are expected to shut down guard Lonzo Ball for the remainder of the season due to lingering knee discomfort stemming from meniscus surgery in January, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Bulls initially projected Ball to return in six-to-eight weeks following an arthroscopic procedure. However, he’s been on the sidelines for about 11 weeks already. He last appeared in a game on Jan. 14 against the Golden State Warriors, recording 42 points in the loss.

Head coach Billy Donovan revealed in late March that the team would pause Ball’s running program in his rehab for 10 days, according to Jamal Collier of ESPN. Donovan said Tuesday that the second overall pick again experienced discomfort in his knee when the club ramped up his rehab, per Collier.

Ball is averaging 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.8 steals while shooting 42.3% from distance in his first season in Chicago. He penned an $85-miillion, four-year contract with the Bulls as part of a sign-and-trade with the New Orleans Pelicans in August.

Patriots complete trade with Dolphins for DeVante Parker

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Patriots looked within their division to find some help at receiver, completing a trade with the Dolphins on Tuesday to acquire veteran DeVante Parker.

New England sent a 2023 third-round draft pick to Miami for Parker and a 2022 fifth-round pick.

Parker, a 2015 first-round pick, arrives in New England with 338 receptions for 4,727 yards and 24 touchdowns. His most productive season was in 2019 when he finished fifth in the NFL with 1,202 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

But he has struggled with injuries throughout his seven seasons, appearing in only 24 games over the past two seasons.

The Patriots are hoping Parker can add to a group of Patriots receivers that already includes Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor.

Both Bourne (55 catches, 800 yards, 5 TDs) and Meyers (83 catches, 866 yards, 2 TDs) are coming off good seasons, but finding dependable playmakers for quarterback Mac Jones is a priority as he prepares for his second season.

Court: Browns QB Watson must address history with therapists

HOUSTON (AP) Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson must say whether he had sex with 18 massage therapists who supported him last year following criminal complaints, a judge in Texas ruled Tuesday.

USA Today reported that Watson has 30 days to comply. He previously would not address his past with the therapists. Watson also has to provide other information about his massage history since 2019, including any language in his contract with the Texans about massages.

One of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, Watson was traded last month from Houston to Cleveland.

He has been accused by 22 women of sexual misconduct during therapy sessions, many of which he arranged by contacting the therapists on social media in 2020 and 2021.

To this point, two grand juries have declined to indict Watson on 10 criminal complaints filed to Houston police. He still faces the civil suits and has been giving depositions on those for several weeks.

As part of those civil lawsuits, the women’s attorneys want Watson to answer written “requests for admission” about whether he had sex with the 18 therapists who backed him after the first lawsuits against him were filed in March 2021.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys say the answers would demonstrate a pattern and motives for setting up the massages.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Harris County District Court Judge Rabeea Sultan Collier ruled in the plaintiff’s favor, USA Today said. Watson’s attorney asked for the reasoning but Collier didn’t explain.

“The objection is overruled,” the judge said in response. “Thank you.”

Watson, a three-time Pro Bowler, did not play last season after asking the Texans to trade him. When the first grand jury chose not to indict Watson, it triggered a bidding war by the Browns and several NFL teams.

Watson initially turned down the Browns before changing his mind, waiving his no-trade clause and signing a record five-year, $230 million fully guaranteed contract with Cleveland.

Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said they initially struggled with the decision to pursue Watson, knowing it would not be popular with many fans. However, they said they became more comfortable with signing him after meeting with Watson and learning more about him.

When introduced by Cleveland late last month, Watson told the media: “I’ve never assaulted or disrespected or harassed any woman in my life. I’ve never done these things people are alleging.” It was the first time he had answered direct questions about the allegations.

Watson still faces likely discipline by the NFL.

Last week, Commissioner Roger Goodell said there was no timetable on the league’s investigation into Watson’s off-field behavior. An independent arbitrator will determine whether Watson violated the league’s personal-conduct policy before Goodell issues any penalty.

Gronk ‘not ready to commit’ to football yet

It looks like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t know anytime soon whether they’ll have Rob Gronkowski in 2022.

“I knew if I started catching some passes that my head would have started turning like, ‘Oh crap, I got to get back out on the field,'” the star tight end said, according to TMZ Sports. “And right now, I’m not ready to get back out on that field. I’m not ready to commit to the game of football right now.”

Gronkowski, 32, said in January that he needed time to decide whether to return for his 12th NFL season, suggesting he’d retire for a second time if forced to make a quick decision about his future.

The Bucs, who saw quarterback Tom Brady come out of his brief retirement this offseason, reportedly also hope they can bring back Gronkowski. The tight end has played every season of his career with Brady.

The Buffalo Bills reportedly are also interested in signing Gronkowski.

Gronkowski racked up 802 yards and six touchdowns on 55 receptions through 12 games in his second season with the Bucs last year. The five-time Pro Bowler previously retired for the first time in 2019 after nine seasons with the New England Patriots.

Booker scores 32, Suns eliminate Lakers from playoff race

PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker scored 32 points and the Phoenix Suns won their franchise-record 63rd game of the season Tuesday night, beating a Lakers team minus LeBron James 121-110 to eliminate Los Angeles from the playoff race.

It was a tight game during the first half but Phoenix used a 29-9 run in the third quarter to create separation. The rest of the game was essentially a celebration for the Suns, who danced and dunked their way past the forlorn Lakers.

Los Angeles – playing without James for a second straight game because of a sprained ankle – has lost seven straight. Russell Westbrook scored 28 points while Anthony Davis added 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Deandre Ayton had 22 points for Phoenix (63-16), which avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season.

Even without James, the Lakers led for a big chunk of the first half. But the Suns started to take control late in the second quarter, and two straight alley-oops from Chris Paul to Ayton put Phoenix up 56-50.

The Suns took a 63-58 into halftime. Booker scored 16 points and Ayton added 14. Westbrook had 18 points for the Lakers before the break.

Phoenix pulled away in the third quarter, jumping to an 84-65 advantage in the first six minutes. Booker scored 16 points in the third and finished 12 of 22 from the field, including 6 for 9 from 3-point range.

Once the Suns built their big lead, the Lakers didn’t seem particularly interested in mounting a comeback. Los Angeles finished with 16 turnovers, plagued by the same poor decisions that have hurt the Lakers much of the season.

Irving scores 42, Nets beat Rockets 118-105 to move to 8th

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving scored 42 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Houston Rockets 118-105 on Tuesday night to improve their position in the race for play-in seeding.

Irving had 17 points in the fourth quarter to help the Nets pull away again after their 21-point lead dwindled to six.

“When the game starts to get a little out of hand or we have a big lead and let it go, then it’s time to put the foot back on the gas pedal and I have to lead by example,” Irving said.

Kevin Durant added 18 points, Bruce Brown had 15 and Cam Thomas 13 for the Nets. Andre Drummond finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

With Cleveland, Atlanta and Charlotte all losing, the Nets climbed into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, just 1 1/2 games behind the Cavaliers. The No. 7 seed hosts a game to open the tournament.

Kevin Porter Jr scored a season-high 36 points and Jalen Green added 30 for the Rockets.

The Nets led 90-69 late in the third quarter, but a 15-0 Houston run brought the Rockets within 90-84. Irving scored the game’s next eight points and Brooklyn held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

“Kyrie was huge for us tonight. If we didn’t have him I don’t think we win this game,” Brown said. “He did everything for us. He brought energy. Everything he did for us was huge.

The Nets led by nine early, but a 12-2 Houston run capped by Alperen Sengun’s breakaway dunk gave the Rockets their only lead of the game, 18-17.

Brooklyn scored the next eight points and led 30-25 after the first quarter.

After the Rockets tied the game at 32, the Nets went on a 10-0 run. They increased their lead to 51-37 on Kessler Edwards’ short jumper with 5:14 left in the half and went into halftime up 64-47 following Irving’s 3-pointer with 44 seconds remaining.

Porter’s 3-pointer cut it to 77-65 midway through the third quarter but the Nets scored the next seven points and took the 90-69 lead on Thomas’ short jumper with 1:21 remaining in the quarter.

But those were the last points Brooklyn scored until Irving’s jumper with 8:33 left in the game snapped that 15-0 Houston run.

“It wasn’t a great performance. I don’t think anyone in the locker room thought it was a great performance,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “But we found a way. We got it done. We weathered some tricky patches.”

Sengun added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets, who have lost five straight games and have the worst record in the NBA.

“We just didn’t make enough 3s. That was basically the game,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said. “The 3s and the free throws to me was the game. Making 11 3s out of 43 and 14 for 25 on the line, that is not going to beat a good team and they are a good team.”

Avalanche beat Penguins for win No. 50, clinch playoff spot

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Colorado Avalanche clinched a playoff spot with the help of two goals from Nathan MacKinnon in a 6-4 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

It’s the fifth straight playoff berth for the Avs, who also became the first NHL team to 50 wins this season and have ripped off nine wins in 11 games.

MacKinnon scored his 23rd and 24th of the season, while J.T. Compher got his his 14th of the year. Darren Helm, Josh Manson and Artturi Lehkonen also scored. Darcy Kuemper won his 33rd game and stopped 41 shots.

Bryan Rust, Evan Rodrigues, Jake Guentzel and Mike Matheson all scored for the Penguins, but they lost for the second time in as many games against Colorado. The Avalanche beat Pittsburgh 3-2 in Denver on Saturday. Tristan Jarry made 26 saves for Pittsburgh, which has lost five of its last seven games.

Pittsburgh and Colorado exchanged goals in the first 5:30 of the game. MacKinnon’s centering pass hit Rust’s stick and went past Jarry. Mikko Rantanen continued a six-game point streak with an assist in his 400th NHL game (he has 400 career points).

Rust responded for Pittsburgh, and established a new career-high in points, when he converted a rebound behind Kuemper to tie the game.

Colorado opened a 3-1 lead with a pair of second-period goals scored 2:07 apart. Compher scored on a rebound in the slot and MacKinnon netted his second of the game with a harmless looking wrist shot from the left point.

Rodrigues scored his first goal in 11 games at 17:43 of the second, as Pittsburgh trailed 3-2 entering the third.

Colorado regained its multigoal lead for good just 1:01 into the third when Manson’s point shot beat Jarry. Manson’s goal was the 57th by a Colorado defenseman, the most by an NHL blueline since the 2007-2008 Chicago Blackhawks scored 59 goals.

Ducks’ Getzlaf retiring at end of season

Ryan Getzlaf is hanging ’em up.

The longtime Anaheim Ducks captain will retire at the end of the 2021-22 campaign, he announced Tuesday.

“It’s been an honor to play in the NHL and spend my entire professional career with one organization,” Getzlaf said. “None of this would have been possible without my family, who offered unwavering love and support each step of the way. Thank you to our owners, Henry and Susan Samueli, for leading an organization committed to success on the ice, but more importantly, to making a positive impact in our community and to those in need.

“A special thanks to the general managers, coaches, support staff, teammates, and of course, our fans. Playing for the Ducks and living in Orange County is a dream for an athlete, and much of that is because of you. Thank you all.”

Getzlaf is Anaheim’s franchise leader in games played (1,150), assists (731), and points (1,013). He’s spent his entire 17-year NHL career with the Ducks – 12 of them as captain.

The 36-year-old is one of the most decorated players of his era. In addition to winning a Stanley Cup in 2007, he’s been highly successful on the international stage. Representing Canada, he’s won two Olympic gold medals, a world junior gold medal, a U18 gold medal, and a World Cup.

He never took home any major individual hardware, but he was named a Hart Trophy runner-up and a second-team All-Star in 2013-14 when he recorded 31 goals and 87 points – four shy of his career high of 91 in 2008-09. Since entering the league as a rookie in 2005-06, Getzlaf ranks seventh in points and fifth in assists among all NHL skaters.

Getzlaf also showed up when it mattered most, recording 120 points in 125 career postseason contests. He led the Ducks with 17 points in 21 games during Anaheim’s Cup run in 2007, and his career points-per-game rate in the playoffs (0.96) is better than his regular-season mark of 0.88.

The Regina, Saskatchewan, native has produced at an adequate rate during his final season. He’s only scored three goals, but his 28 helpers are tied for second on the team behind rookie phenom Trevor Zegras.

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PACERS BASKETBALL

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The Pacers hosted the Philadelphia 76ers for their final home game of the season at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Although the Sixers arrived as advertised, this scrappy Blue & Gold squad gave it their all on Fan Appreciation Night. After falling behind by as many as 27, Indiana battled back to come within four points of the lead. However, Joel Embiid and company stopped the comeback short, and the visitors came away with a 131-122 win.

The Sixers (49-30) scored 82 first-half points – 49 in the second quarter – and shot 57.5 percent (23-of-40) from beyond the arc to keep Indiana at bay. Tyrese Maxey (30 points, seven assists) tallied a career-high eight triples, including seven in the first half. But, it was Embiid who appeared the most unstoppable. The MVP candidate dropped 45 points on 18-of-30 shooting and hauled in 13 rebounds to help seal the win.

Meanwhile, seven Pacers (25-55) finished in double figures, with the former Sacramento duo leading the way again. Buddy Hield finished with a double-double, recording a team-high 25 points and 11 boards, and Tyrese Haliburton added 21 points, eight boards, and five assists. Jalen Smith led the bench with 19 points, and Isaiah Jackson posted 16 points and four blocks in a starting role. Additionally, T.J. McConnell finally made his long-awaited return after being sidelined since December with a wrist injury.

“Other than the second quarter, we had a lot of good things happening,” Rick Carlisle said. “Quarters one, three, and four were pretty solid and more aligned with what we wanted to do to these guys.”

For the first time in a while, the Pacers earned the upper hand early in the first quarter. Hield scored five of a 7-0 Indiana run that grabbed a 9-3 lead in the first two minutes of action.

Over the next few minutes, the Pacers continued to play tough. When the Sixers knotted the score at nine, Terry Taylor, Haliburton, and Smith fearlessly attacked the paint to keep Indiana on top. Smith then broke another tie at the 6:44 mark with a long jumper from the left side.

The game continued to be a back-and-forth affair as time ticked down. The Sixers used Embiid to create a 24-20 advantage. But, Indiana swiftly earned back the edge with seven straight. Hield supplied a 26-foot triple at the 3:20 mark to force a Philadelphia timeout.

With 5.2 seconds left, Haliburton pushed the Pacers ahead 31-30 with a driving layup. Unfortunately, Embiid responded with a lucky last-second three that banked in off the backboard.

Haliburton started the second hot, scoring five quick points to tie the game at 36. But, a pair of Shake Milton treys and an alley-oop to DeAndre Jordan gave the Sixers a 44-36 edge with 9:05 remaining.

The Blue & Gold cut the deficit to three with 7:12 remaining. But, Philadelphia responded with an 11-0 spree – eight from Embiid – to stretch its lead to double digits (60-46) with 4:46 to play.

Although Lance Stephenson provided a few buckets for the fans, the Sixers found answers beyond the arc. Maxey knocked in three triples in a 1:16 span to help Philadelphia capture a 71-53 advantage with 3:15 left. Soon after, the second-year guard knocked down his seventh trey at the 2:35 mark to give the Sixers a 74-55 edge. Philadelphia led 82-59 at halftime.

Embiid came out firing early in the third quarter, adding five to help the Sixers earn a 27-point advantage. However, Indiana made a dent in the deficit soon after.

Trailing 90-63, the Blue & Gold mounted a 10-2 run – six from Hield – to cut the gap to 92-73 with 7:20 remaining. The spree forced Sixers coach Doc Rivers to stop play with a timeout.

Despite the break, the Pacers continued their surge. Trailing 97-76, Indiana rattled off eight unanswered points – five from Haliburton – to trim the deficit to 14 with 5:22 left. Rivers had to call a second timeout to slow Indiana’s momentum.

Indiana shaved one more point off its deficit over the next few minutes. However, Philadelphia appeared to find its footing. Embiid, Maxey, and Georges Niang all contributed to pushing the Sixers’ advantage to 107-90 with 1:52 remaining.

Yet, the Pacers kept charging. The hosts blanked Philadelphia for the rest of the frame and scored nine unanswered to trim the margin to 107-99 heading into the final frame. Indiana outscored Philadelphia 40-25 in the frame.

Threes from Duane Washington Jr. and Smith helped Indiana cut Philadelphia’s lead down to 111-105 with 9:40 left. From there, Washington stayed hot. After a Flagrant-2 foul sent Jordan to the locker room, Washington tacked on a pair of free throws to cut the gap to five. When Milton responded, the sharpshooter added a baseline trey to give the game a 113-109 score with 8:53 remaining.

However, Philadelphia abruptly halted the comeback with eight unanswered – four from Embiid – to regain a 121-109 edge with 6:54 left. After Rick Carlisle called a timeout, Maxey hit his eighth triple to make it an 11-0 run.

Indiana tried one more time to pull off the upset. The squad responded with six straight, including an easy alley-oop to Jackson, to trim the deficit to 124-115 with 3:31 to play. They came within nine one more time. But unfortunately, it was too little, too late. Philadelphia closed out the game without much of a problem from there.

COLTS FOOTBALL

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Colts Sign Safety Armani Watts

Indianapolis –The Indianapolis Colts today signed unrestricted free agent safety Armani Watts.

Watts, 5-11, 205 pounds, played in 53 career games (one start) in four seasons (2018-21) with the Kansas City Chiefs and totaled 32 tackles (23 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery and 26 special teams stops. He also appeared in nine postseason contests, including Super Bowls LIV and LV, and compiled seven tackles (four solo) and four special teams stops. Watts was originally selected by the Chiefs in the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

In 2021, Watts saw action in 16 games and finished with nine tackles (five solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, one fumble recovery and 10 special teams stops. He played in three postseason contests and tallied seven tackles (four solo) and two special teams stops.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL

MITCHELL HOMERS IN INDIANS’ OPENING DAY LOSS

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A solo home run by outfield prospect Cal Mitchell – his first career Triple-A dinger – scored the Indianapolis Indians’ lone run as they fell to the Omaha Storm Chasers on Tuesday’s Opening Night at Victory Field, 4-1.

The long ball to right-center field in the sixth inning was Indianapolis’ first of the 2022 campaign, and Mitchell’s first in eight Triple-A games dating back to the end of 2021.

Omaha (1-0) broke a scoreless tie through four innings with back-to-back two-run frames in the fifth and sixth. Already with an insurmountable 2-0 lead coming off Osvaldo Bido (L, 0-1), a two-run home run by center fielder JaCoby Jones extended the lead. Marcelo Martinez (W, 1-0) earned the win for the Storm Chasers.

The Indians (0-1) are now 6-7 in season openers at Victory Field dating back to the 1997 season. Their last season-opening win at home came in 2017 when they defeated the Toledo Mud Hens, 7-4.

Tomorrow afternoon, the Indians and Storm Chasers will face off again with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 PM ET. RHP Adonis Medina (0-0, -.–) is set to make his Indians debut against LHP Austin Cox (0-0, -.–).

Baseball Falls at Evansville, 8-4

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  In a game that seemed to have every unique situation imaginable, the Indiana baseball program dropped an 8-4 decision to Evansville at German American Bank Field on Tuesday (April 5).

The scoring got started in the second inning when Evansville (14-14) plated one run, before a 30-minute delay to fix the turf on the pitcher’s mound. The Purple Aces then added one more in the second, before Indiana (11-16) struck with one in the third. Evansville added two in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the eighth, before IU clawed back with three in the ninth.

The Hoosiers out-hit the Purple Aces, 10-6, and the IU pitching staff struck out 14 batters, but two errors, nine walks, four hit batters and four wild pitches aided UE.

Redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen hit his second home run of the season, while senior Phillip Glasser posted a pair of hits and drove in two RBIs. Redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis collected three hits on the night and drove in one run.

For Evansville, Simon Scherry went 2-for-4 with one walk, two runs scored and three RBIs. Brent Widder added three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs in the game. Shane Harris (2-2) got the win with five innings of one-run work. He allowed five hits and struck out three batters.

Scoring Recap

Bottom Second

Brent Widder singled to start the inning and moved to third on a Evan Berkey base hit. A fielder’s choice pushed the first run across, before Danny Borgstrom eventually came in on a wild pitch.

Evansville 2, Indiana 0

Top Third

Bobby Whalen hit a solo home run with two outs.

Evansville 2, Indiana 1

Bottom Fifth

A one out single by Simon Scherry came across on a two-run home run from Widder.

Evansville 4, Indiana 1

Bottom Sixth

After two strikeouts started the inning, a walk and an error put two runners on base. Scherry homered to clear the bases.

Evansville 7, Indiana 1

Bottom Eighth

A hit-by-pitch started the inning and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch.

Evansville 8, Indiana 1

Top Ninth

Evan Goforth and Ethan Vecrumba walked with one out and advanced a base on a wild pitch. With two outs, Phillip Glasser singled through the left side to plate both runs. After another wild pitch, Matthew Ellis’ base hit scored Glasser.

Evansville 8, Indiana 4

Up Next

Indiana will travel to Purdue for its second Big Ten weekend of the season. The series will begin on Friday, April 8 at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Helmer Announces Plans to Retire After 2022-23 Season

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  –  Four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Ron Helmer announced today that he will retire from his role as the Director of Indiana Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country at the conclusion of his contract, which runs through the 2022-23 season.

IU Athletics will soon begin formulating a succession plan to fill the position in advance of the 2023-24 season.

Helmer’s retirement will bring an end to a coaching career that has spanned more than 50 years and is littered with national champions, Olympic gold medalists, and enormous team accomplishments.

“I’ve known for quite some time this day was on the horizon but that doesn’t make the end of my career any easier to contemplate.  For fifty-two years I’ve gone to work every day trying to figure out how to help someone get better, run faster, jump or throw higher or farther and that is coming to an end,” said Helmer.  “To see athletes totally invest in the process and ultimately accomplish things they only dreamed about or perhaps never contemplated has been the thrill that motivated me to continue totally investing myself in that process as well.”

“The curse that goes with coaching to win is enough is never enough.  While I’ve been fortunate to enjoy many successes at all levels, it is what I didn’t do, goals I didn’t accomplish, wins that narrowly escaped us, that will haunt me for some time.  I’m incredibly thankful that I was wired in a way that allowed for this “never be satisfied” mindset because it is that which I found necessary to create the ability to move beyond the difficult times, always in search of the next win, the next great experience and there were many.  I’ve learned so much about life, people and myself at every stop along the way and I’m truly grateful for the confidence shown me by some incredible individuals at each stop as well.  This includes, but is not limited to, Scott Dolson and Fred Glass, athletic directors at Indiana University and Joe Lang who served in the same capacity at Georgetown University.  They allowed me to be me and supported and appreciated the efforts I put into the successes of our athletes.”

“I owe most to the athletes who accepted the coaching, accepted the challenges and made me look really good by lining up and competing with passion and determination equal to or greater than that which I invested in them.  Finally, my family’s support and willingness to allow me to try to do this at the highest level was and is the catalyst for fifty-two years of satisfying work.  That is as true today as it was five decades ago and not to be taken for granted.  Successful coaching careers don’t happen without the entire family’s buy in and personal investment and I have been the recipient of outstanding love and support from all.   I look forward to fifteen more outstanding months on the job and the successes this time will bring.”

Helmer is in the middle of his 15th season at Indiana University, where he has added significantly to the successes that legendary predecessors such as E.C. ‘Billy’ Hayes and Sam Bell enjoyed before Helmer’s arrival. Since taking over the Indiana program in 2007, Helmer has mentored 52 individual Big Ten champions in cross country and track and field, his student-athletes have won six NCAA individual titles, and he’s had 10 Big Ten Athlete of the Year honorees. He’s also coached five teams that captured Big Ten Championships and another 11 that finished second in the conference.

Helmer has been recognized frequently by his peers for his coaching successes. In addition to his Big Ten Coach of the Year accolades, he’s a six-time USTFCCA Regional Coach of the Year.

“Ron Helmer has left an indelible mark on our track and field and cross country programs, and he’s had an enormous impact on the hundreds of student-athletes that he’s mentored during the last 15 years,” said IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Dolson. “He leaves some very big shoes to fill.  I appreciate everything that Ron and the Helmer family have given to Indiana University, and I’m happy for our student-athletes who still have 1 ½ years to learn from him.”

Helmer’s Hoosier products have not only succeeded on the Big Ten level, but the NCAA and Olympic levels as well. Among his proteges is five-time NCAA High Jump champion Derek Drouin. In addition to his successes for IU, Drouin also competed in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics for Canada, earning gold in 2016 and a bronze in 2012. Other Hoosier track and field Olympians who were mentored by Helmer include Kelsie Ahbe (pole vault – 2012) and Olu Olamigoke (triple jump – 2012).

Among Helmer’s other all-time greats is 2012 NCAA Outdoor 1,500-meter champion Andy Bayer, whose 10 All-America honors ranks second in IU Track and Field history to Jim Spivey’s 12. In all, Helmer’s Hoosier student-athletes placed in the top three in individual events at NCAA Championships 22 times, in the top five 40 times, and captured 221 All-America honors.­­

Before coming Indiana, Helmer served as the director and head coach of track and field and cross country at Georgetown University for eight years. Before being promoted to director in July 1999, Helmer served as associate head coach with the Hoyas for seven seasons and assistant coach the five years prior.

During his time with the Hoyas, 120 of his student-athletes earned a total of 342 All-America recognitions and 219 student-athletes captured BIG EAST individual titles. At the NCAA Championships, he guided 27 athletes or relay teams to a top-three finish, highlighted by four national champions – Joline Staeheli (mile, 1996), Miesha Marzell (1500m, 1996) and two distance medley relay champions (1997, 1999).

He saw his Georgetown teams earn 22 top-10 finishes in NCAA Championship action, including a streak of 15 straight at the cross-country championships. Among the top-10 finishes were seven top-four trophy finishes, including a third at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships and a fourth-place finish at the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championships. He was part of 37 BIG EAST Championship teams as well.

Helmer was inducted into Georgetown’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.

A 1970 graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., Helmer was a captain of his college track and field and cross country teams six times and helped the team capture four conference championships. After graduation, Helmer immediately got involved in the coaching profession, starting at the prep level. From 1970-86 he coached high school teams in Wellington, Kan.; Arkansas City, Kan.; Bristol, Va.; and Woodbridge, Va. Those high school teams combined to win 10 state championships and earn seven state runner-up team finishes. That level of success caught Georgetown’s attention, and Helmer has spent the last 36 years coaching at the Division I level.

Helmer plans to enjoy retirement with his wife, Becky and his family. Helmer’s family includes his children and grandchildren from his 38 year marriage to his late wife Mary as well as his three stepsons. They include daughter Tori Arther and her husband Jay (who works with the IU Track and Field program) and their children Rylee, Sydney and Brody; son Justin (Track and field and girl’s cross country coach at Bloomington High School North), his wife Shannon and their daughter Hazel; and daughter Kari who is an IU graduate. His stepsons are Charlie Browning, married to Allie; and Bobby and Teddy Browning who ran for Helmer at Indiana.

Boilermakers Score a Season-High 17 to Win Slugfest

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Capitalizing on six extra-base hits and 13 walks, Purdue baseball posted a season-high run total to hold on for victory in a midweek slugfest, defeating Northern Illinois 17-14 Tuesday at Alexander Field.

The 31 combined runs were the most ever in a game at Alexander Field. For the second year in a row, the Boilermakers (19-5) won a game that featured a combined 30 runs. They scored their most runs since racking up 20 in an April 2021 win at Illinois. The 14 runs allowed were Purdue’s third most in a victory since 1991.

The Boilermakers scored five times in the third inning and six unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth. The eighth-inning rally was key because NIU (6-21) sent 10 men to the plate in a five-run rally of its own in the top of the ninth.

Purdue’s 13 walks represented the program’s second-highest total since 2001. The 2018 team drew 15 walks in a May midweek game in which it scored 27 runs vs. Purdue Fort Wayne. Mike Bolton Jr. walked in each of his first four plate appearances, becoming the first Boilermaker with four walks in a game since Kyle Johnson in April 2015.

Evan Albrecht singled three times for his team-leading eighth three-hit game, improving his Big Ten-leading batting average to .432. Albrecht also scored three times while batting second in the lineup for the first time this season. He has reached base safely in 16 consecutive games and hit safely in nine straight.

CJ Valdez cleared the bases with a three-run double in the second inning, extending his on-base streak to 21 consecutive games. He finished with a season-high four RBI.

Cam Thompson and Troy Viola both doubled twice. Thompson registered three RBI to increase his Big Ten-leading total to 37. He’s reached base safely in 24 straight games.

Pablo Lanzarote went deep to left field in the sixth inning, hitting his first home run at Alexander Field.

Landon Weins (3-2) surrendered an RBI double to allow an inherited runner to score but was otherwise Purdue’s most effective pitcher, working two innings of one-hit ball. He needed only six pitches to complete a 1-2-3 inning vs. the top of the NIU lineup in the top of the eighth. The Boilermakers then blew the game open with their six-run rally in the bottom half of the frame.

Purdue trailed 5-1 early before scoring eight unanswered runs over the second and third innings. The Boilermakers drew all 13 of their walks over the first four frames.

Curtis Washington Jr.’s two-out, two-run single capped the scoring in Purdue’s five-run second inning. It also extended his on-base streak to 12 consecutive games.

The Boilermakers are back in action Wednesday when they host Indiana State at 4 p.m. ET.

Purdue to Return to Maui During Thanksgiving Week in 2023

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Maui Jim Maui Invitational has announced that the Purdue men’s basketball team will be part of its 2023 field during Thanksgiving week – the 40th annual edition of one of college basketball’s elite tournaments.

The tournament will be played Nov. 20 to 22, 2023, at the historic Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii. The 2023 field will be one of the elite fields that the tournament has ever seen as the Boilermakers will be joined by Gonzaga, Kansas, Marquette, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA and the host school, Chaminade.

“The Maui Invitational is one of the premier college basketball events every year and we are excited to be going back for the 2023 tournament,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “The 2023 field is one of the strongest fields they have ever had and we are honored to be a part of it. Every year we have been there our fans have shown up and we hope that will continue next year.”

“The Maui Jim Maui Invitational strives to bring the best college basketball teams and talent to the island of Maui and set the precedent for the rest of the season,” Tournament Chairman Dave Odom said. “The 2023 field is no exception, and we could not be more excited to return to our home at the Lahaina Civic Center and show these teams the magic of Maui.”

Coupled with the Phil Knight Legacy that Purdue is playing in during Thanksgiving week in 2022 (Duke, Gonzaga, Florida, Oregon State, Portland State, West Virginia, Xavier), Purdue is competing in the two-most prestigious Thanksgiving-week tournaments in each of the next two seasons. The Boilermakers also played in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic this past November – a tournament that many considered the best of this past year’s events (Purdue, North Carolina, Villanova, Tennessee).

The 2023 appearance marks Purdue’s fourth appearance in the event, posting a 6-3 overall record. Purdue lost in the 1999 title game to North Carolina, then went 2-1 in both the 2006 and 2014 events, placing fifth in both tournaments. The Boilermakers lost their first game in both tournaments, but rebounded to win their last two games both times.

The complete 2022 schedule will be announced in the upcoming months.

JOHNSON TRANSFERS TO PURDUE

Kent State OL Daniel Johnson announced Tuesday he is transferring to Purdue. Johnson played at Kent State the last three seasons. The 6-foot-5, 307-pound Johnson redshirted during the 2018 season.

Johnson projects to play tackle at Purdue. Johnson is the second OL transfer to join Purdue. Sione Finau, came to Purdue from Florida International.

Other transfers who have joined the program and are looking to make an impact this season include cornerbacks Reese Taylor (Indiana), Bryce Hampton (Adams College) and Tee Denson (Kansas State); receivers Tyrone Tracy (Iowa) and Elijah Cannon (Auburn), running back Sampson James (Indiana) and defensive end Scotty Humpich (Murray State).

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL TO HOST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY IN 2023

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame football program is set to host Tennessee State University (TSU) on Sept. 2, 2023 at Notre Dame Stadium and the game will be broadcast nationally on NBC, it was announced today.

“We’re excited to bring a pair of great academic institutions that are steeped in tradition together in 2023,” said University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “None of this would be possible without Dr. (Mikki) Allen and Coach (Eddie) George’s vision for what this game can represent to our Universities. I’m thrilled we’re able to bring the Tigers and the Irish together for a weekend that will feature programs with over 20 combined national titles, the Aristocrat of Bands and the Band of the Fighting Irish.”

It will mark the first time in program history the Irish will face a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) when the Tigers make their trip to South Bend for the Irish’s 2023 home opener.

“TSU and Notre Dame are two iconic programs that have helped shape today’s college athletics landscape,” said Dr. Mikki Allen, TSU Director of Athletics.

“We are setting the foundation for long-term success under Coach George’s leadership. The goal is that TSU will be a destination program for the next generation of student-athletes to come.”

Prior to hosting TSU, Notre Dame will kick off its 2023 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 26, when it travels to Dublin, Ireland, to host Navy at Aviva Stadium.

TIDD TWIRLS A GEM AS IRISH DEFEAT NO. 6 NORTHWESTERN

Senior pitcher Payton Tidd threw a complete game as the University of Notre Dame defeated the No. 6 Northwestern Wildcats Tuesday evening at Melissa Cook Stadium. It’s the highest-ranked opponent Notre Dame has defeated this year, and the third team ranked in the top 10 nationally that the Fighting Irish have defeated. The 24th-ranked Irish improve to 28-7 on the season.

Tidd worked the full 7.0 innings in the circle, her seventh complete game of the season. She allowed just five hits, two earned runs and struck out five in the win. Tidd has appeared in all three games that have been against top 10 nationally ranked opponents, throwing complete games in two of the three.

The Irish offense was led by lead-off hitter Leea Hanks. Hanks finished 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI and a double. Emma Clark, Abby Sweet, Karina Gaskins, Jane Kronenberger Miranda Johnson and Tidd all finished with a base knock. Kronenberger had an RBI double, and Brooke Marquez drove in the tying run in the sixth.

After two scoreless innings, the Irish got on the board in the bottom of the third inning. A one out single and a hit by pitch put two on. Kronenberger turned on a pitch high in the zone and sent a line drive double down the left field line. Sweet scored on the hit and Notre Dame took the 1-0 lead.

Northwestern responded by taking the lead in the top of the fourth with a two-run home run off the bat of Angela Zedak.

After a scoreless fifth, the Irish regained the lead in the sixth. A lead-off single and a walk put two on. A sacrifice bunt by Tidd moved the pair into scoring position for Marquez who chopped a ball back towards the shortstop . Northwestern misplayed the in-between hop allowing Johnson to score. Hanks followed with a double over the head of the Northwestern center fielder to score the game-winning run.

Tidd finished strong, striking out a pair in the final inning to hold off one of the top teams in the country.

Up Next

The Irish are on the road this weekend as the head to New York for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series with the Syracuse Orange beginning Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.

IRISH DOMINATE IN 27-2 WIN OVER DETROIT MERCY

The #18 Fighting Irish hosted Detroit Mercy on Tuesday afternoon. The Irish had a commanding presence when they took a 27-2 win over the Titans.

The Notre Dame offense was powered by the 16 different goal scorers and six different Irish who dished out assists.

Madison Ahern led the offense with four goals and Maddie Howe led the team in assists with four.

Bridget Deehan registered one save before Lilly Callahan entered the game to tally six saves. Callahan established a new career-high in saves. Isabel Pithie also entered the game tallying one save.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish put up 12 goals just in the first quarter. The first Irish goal came within the first two minutes of play. Madison Ahern made it her 35th goal of the season. A minute later Mary Kelly Doherty would score for the Irish and a minute after that, Madison Mote would continue to add to the tally. The first five minutes of play had the Irish up 4-0 with the fourth Irish goal coming from Ahern.

Kasey Choma converted on a free position attempt with ten minutes remaining in the first quarter for a five goal advantage. Detroit Mercy would respond at the eight minute mark with a goal from Elise Harder making it 6-1. Kelly Denes, Ahern, Choma, and Jackie Wolak would all score late in the quarter to make the Irish advantage 10-1. Jane McAvoy and Maddie Howe wrapped up the scoring to end the quarter with a 12-1 lead.

The second quarter was dominated by the Irish scoring all of the goals of the quarter. Ahern, Wolak, Choma, Mote, Dorney, and Kristynik all added to the Irish lead throughout the quarter. At the end of the quarter, Howe tallied four assists to lead the Irish. Going into halftime the Irish had a 18-1 lead.

Coming out of halftime, Ciara Mazzone scored, making her first collegiate career goal to give the Irish a 19-1 advantage. Kristynik would score after a save from Callahan and a successful clear to make it twenty goals for the Irish. Cailin Field, Kristen Shanahan, and Mollie Carr entered the game and immediately added to the Irish goal tally for a 23-1 advantage. The fourth quarter gave Mazzone her second goal of the season and career with other goals coming from Alison Harbaugh, Abby Maichin and Mollie Carr for an eventual 27-2 win over the Titans.

The Irish travel to Boston College to take on the Eagles on Saturday April 9 at 2:00 pm. There will be live stats available and the game will be streamed live on the ACCN Extra.

#6 IRISH PUSH PAST BUTLER, 5-2

The sixth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (17-5) grinded out a 5-2 win over Butler (14-15) Tuesday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. Playing in just their fourth home game of the season, the Irish used a three-run sixth to propel them to their fifth-straight win.

The bullpen carried the Irish against the Bulldogs as Ryan McLinskey, Jack Findlay, Jackson Dennies and Austin Temple combined to pitch 8.1 innings of relief. The bullpen did not allow a hit for Butler from the second inning until there were two outs to go in the eighth. Findlay earned his third win of the season while Temple tallied his second save on the year.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Butler jumped out to an early lead as they tallied two runs off of three hits in the top of the first.

The Irish started to battle back in the bottom half of the inning as Jack Brannigan hit a solo home run to left. His fourth home run of the season cut the deficit in half and the Irish trailed 2-1 after the first inning.

Notre Dame tied things up in the bottom of the second and it started with a leadoff double by Ryan Cole. He advanced to third with a stolen base and then came home on the RBI single from Nick Juaire. After two full innings, the score was tied at 2-2.

The Irish took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on second and third and just one away, Zack Prajzner hit a chopper to third that scored Cole. An errant throw from the third baseman allowed Juaire to score from second and advance Prajzner one base to second. Prajzner scored later in the inning on a sacrifice bunt from Spencer Myers. After the sixth, the Irish led 5-2.

The three-run lead was more than enough as Dennies and Temple combined to secure the final nine outs of the game. The win marked Notre Dame’s fourth mid-week win this season and improved to 9-0 in mid-week games under head coach Link Jarrett.

UP NEXT

The Irish continue the homestand this weekend as they welcome Clemson to Frank Eck Stadium. The Tigers will be making their first trip to Eck since 2018 as the three game series gets underway Friday afternoon. The series opener is set for a 5 p.m. ET first pitch and will be aired on the ACC Network Extra. Admission is free for all fans this season at Frank Eck Stadium.

JOHN MICHAEL BERTRAND NAMED TO GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD MIDSEASON WATCH LIST

The awards and recognition keep coming in for left-hander John Michael Bertrand as he was named to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, USA Baseball announced on Tuesday.

It is the second straight season the Irish have had a member on the midseason watch list as Niko Kavadas was selected in 2021. Bertrand is the fourth Irish player all-time to make the watch list as Eric Jagielo and Dan Slania both made the list during the 2013 season.

Bertrand leads the Irish pitching staff in a number of categories this season including innings pitched (44.2), wins (4), strikeouts (51) and ERA among qualified pitchers (1.81). Bertrand ranks second in the ACC in ERA and innings pitched and fifth in strikeouts.

He was named ACC Pitcher of the Week following his start in the 2-0 win in 12 innings over No. 5 Florida State Friday night. He tossed a season-high 7.2 innings and set a career high with 12 strikeouts. He allowed just four hits in the outing and did not allow a run to score. It was the most strikeouts in a single game by an Irish pitcher since 2019. It was also the first time in Florida State program history that the Seminoles were shut out in an extra inning game.

On Tuesday, May 24, USA Baseball will announce the semifinalists for the 2022 Golden Spikes Award. The list of semifinalists will then be sent to a voting body consisting of baseball media members, select  professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the previous winners of the award,  representing a group of more than 150 voters. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to  choose three players from the list of semifinalists. On June 8, USA Baseball will announce the finalists,  and voting for the winner will begin that same day.

Softball Opens NIU Series With 13-3 (5) Win

DEKALB, Ill. – – The Ball State softball offense was firing on all cylinders Tuesday afternoon, scoring early and often in a 13-3 (5) victory to open a three-game midweek Mid-American Conference series at Northern Illinois.

Not only was the scoring outburst a season-high for the Cardinals (11-18; 4-2 MAC), but it was also the third consecutive game at the Huskies’ (8-16; 2-7 MAC) Mary M. Bell Field that BSU has posted 13 runs in a run-rule victory.

Ball State wasted little time breaking onto the scoreboard Tuesday, batting around in a four-run opening inning. Reigning MAC Player of the Week Faith Hensley got the ball rolling with a single to right-center field. After a walk to junior third baseman Haley Wynn, redshirt freshman first baseman McKayla Timmons opened the scoring with an RBI single to center.

Senior second baseman Amaia Daniel followed with her first of four RBI in the game on a fielder’s choice, while a fielder’s choice by sophomore right fielder Kaitlyn Mathews and a walk to senior catcher Delanie Johnson capped the scoring in the frame.

Reigning MAC Pitcher of the Week Angelina Russo went to work in the bottom of the inning, holding the Huskies off the board despite a leadoff double. Russo would go on to earn the complete game victory, holding NIU to six hits and three runs, only one of which was earned, over her 5.0 innings of work.

The Cardinals made NIU’s pitching staff pay for a pair of hit batters (Wynn and Timmons) to open the second inning, as Daniel followed with a two-run triple to center after a Huskies call to the pen. Two batters later, Mathews brought Daniel home with a sac fly.

While NIU would cut the lead to 7-1 in the bottom of the second, Ball State started the third with a bang and a crash, as Hensley smashed her 12th home run of the season off the side of the Ball State bus parked well beyond the fence in right field. Wynn followed with her second hit of the game and went on to score three batters later thanks to a bases-loaded sac fly from Mathews for her third RBI of the contest.

Ball State’s offense stayed hot in the fourth, starting with a single from freshman right fielder Emma Richards. Walks to Hensley and sophomore third baseman Samantha-Jo Mata followed, loading the bases. Two batters later Daniel walked home the first of two runs in the inning, for her fourth and final RBI of the contest, while a sac fly from sophomore shortstop Kayla Lissy made it an 11-1 ball game.

While NIU would score single runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, the Cardinals would tally two more in the fifth, helping give the game its final score of 13-2.

The top of the fifth started with a single up the middle from sophomore center fielder Hannah Dukeman. After a wild pitch moved Dukeman to second, Johnson picked up her second RBI of the game with a single to left-center field.

Johnson, who moved to second on the throw to home, also advanced to third on a wild pitch to set up a Richards sac fly for the final BSU run of the game.

The Cardinals and Huskies will play two more games at Mary M. Bell Field Wednesday, with first pitch of the doubleheader scheduled for 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT.

Baseball Drops Doubleheader at Milwaukee

The Valparaiso University baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to host Milwaukee at Franklin Field in Franklin, Wis. on Tuesday. The Panthers edged the Beacons 3-2 in the opener before earning an 8-3 victory in the nightcap. This marked Valpo’s final day of baseball prior to the start of the Missouri Valley Conference slate.

How It Happened – Game 1

Each team threatened in a lengthy first inning, but it was the Panthers who cashed in on their scoring chance. Valpo stranded the maximum in the top of the first, while a bloop, two-out double drove in a pair of Milwaukee runs in the bottom of the inning to put the hosts out to a 2-0 lead.

Valpo got on the board in the top of the third, producing a two-out run on a groundball single by Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic). That sliced the lead in half and made it 2-1.

The Panthers got that run back in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer.

Valpo’s Angel DiFederico (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven) started the top of the fourth with a double, then scampered home on a sacrifice fly by Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) to make it 3-2.

That was the extent of the game’s scoring as the Panthers held on for the one-run win in the seven-inning affair.

Inside the Game – Game 1

Brauch ripped a pair of hits, his sixth multi-hit game of the year. He accounted for half of Valpo’s hits.

A DiFederico double represented Valpo’s lone extra-base knock.

This marked Valpo’s third one-run game of the year as the Beacons dropped to 1-2 in such contests. It was the team’s eighth game decided by two runs or fewer (4-4).

Valpo starter Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) took a tough-luck loss, allowing three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three in four innings. Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) pitched the final two innings and did not yield a run while walking none and permitting just two hits.

Thurston saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end.

How It Happened – Game 2

Milwaukee batted first in Game 2 since the game was a makeup that was originally scheduled for Emory G. Bauer Field. The Panthers jumped in front by scoring twice in the top of the first.

The Panthers doubled the lead in the second inning, which featured a pair of triples.

The Beacons loaded the bases with nobody out in the second, but settled for a single run. Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) led off the inning with a walk and eventually came around to score the first Valpo run of the day.

Valpo turned to the bullpen and Grand Jablonski (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka) in the third, and he put a zero on the board as Milwaukee stranded a runner at third. That kept the Panther edge at 4-1.

Milwaukee produced two runs in the top of the fourth, a frame that started with two outs and nobody on base. The inning was extended by a dropped third strike.

Valpo climbed back into the game in the bottom of the fourth and Thurston came through with a two-out single that plated two. Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) followed with a base hit of his own, but Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) was cut down at the plate on a close play where Milwaukee’s catcher was ruled to have applied the tag on the sliding Ryan. That ended the inning and kept the Milwaukee lead at 6-3.

The Panthers added an unearned run against Christian Hack (Oak Forest, Ill. / Tinley Park) in the fifth to expand the gap to four.

Ryan Mintz (Lombard, Ill. / Willowbrook) entered the game in the top of the sixth and sent down the side in order.

Milwaukee tallied a run in the top of the seventh to boost the lead to 8-3. The Beacons limited the damage to one as Hannahs corralled a line drive that was scorched to third and doubled off the runner at second to end the inning. Valpo didn’t score in the bottom of the ninth and 8-3 stood as the final.

Inside the Game – Game 2

Thurston posted two hits, his eighth multi-hit effort of the season, the third-most on the team. He reached base three times, also drawing a walk.

Valpo was outhit 13-6, but did draw seven walks while permitting just one base on balls.

Up Next

Valpo will open Missouri Valley Conference play with a three-game home series against Indiana State at Emory G. Bauer Field. All three games will air on ESPN3. The series is slated to commence at 3 p.m. on Friday. As always, stay tuned to ValpoAthletics.com and @ValpoBaseball on Twitter for potential weather-related schedule updates.

MINNIX’S GRAND SLAM SEALS MARIAN SWEEP AT GRACE

Winona Lake, Ind. – The Marian softball team scored their first Crossroads League sweep in over two weeks on Tuesday afternoon, taking a pair of games from the Grace Lancers. Marian took game one 4-1, while coming from behind to win game two 6-3. The Knights are now 20-5 overall and 10-4 in league play.

Game 1 | Marian 4-1 Grace

Marian’s bats stayed hot after their 12-run outing against Huntington, coming out aggressive in the first as they hung a four-spot on Grace. Savannah Harweger and Jenna Minnix kicked off the game with back to back singles, and after swiping a base each runner scored on a double from Shelbie Stotts. Two batters later Hayley Greene crushed a triple into center field to score Stotts, and Caroline Roop finished the big inning with an RBI single, capping the 4-0 inning.

Grace would threaten in the bottom of the first as game one starter Olivia Stunkel allowed a lead-off walk and single, but a pop up and back to back strikeouts got the freshman out of a jam. Stunkel then grooved through the second and third innings, striking out a pair in the second while forcing three groundouts to the right side in the third. The rookie pitcher allowed a single in the fourth, but kept her shutout going registerring a strikeout to close the frame. Marian led 4-0 after four complete.

Defense continued to dominate for Marian as the bats went dormant after the first inning, stranding a runner in each inning after the hot start. Marian’s top chance to add to their lead came in the second inning as they loaded the bags, but a strikeout and groundout ruined the threat. A pair of doubles also went by the wayside, as Marian failed to knock in the two-base hits from Grace Meyer in the third and Roop in the fifth.

Stunkel did her part to close the win, scattering a single in the fifth and a lead-off double in the sixth, getting a pair of flyouts to strand the Lancers at second. Grace put together a last-ditch comeback attempt in the bottom of the seventh opening the frame with a lead-off single, using a groundout to advance the lead runner to third. A sacrifice fly put the Lancers on the board one batter later, but Stunkel shook it off getting a grounder back to the circle to complete the 4-1 win.

Stunkel (9-1) earned the win following her complete game, allowing seven hits to match her seven strikeouts. The Knights offense recorded eight hits, and were led by Roop and Harweger who each had two base hits. Stotts, Meyer, Roop, and Greene each had an extra base hit in the win.

Game 2 | Marian 6-3 Grace

In game two Marian looked to replicate their game one forumla of striking early, as Harweger drew a lead-off walk. Stotts later reached base on an error, but the Knights came up empty as Grace retired the side. The Lancers rolled into the bottom of the first inning and attacked Jaylah Guilliam as Jeri Ellis ripped a lead-off single, moving runners into scoring position after a Marian error and a sacrifice bunt. The Lancers scored the opening run after the bunt on a groundout, taking a 1-0 lead.

Grace again stranded a pair of Knights in the second inning, returning in the home half of the inning tagging a pair of doubles off Guilliam to drive in their second run. Marian stopped the bleeding and put a run on the board in the top of the third as Shelbie Stotts bombed a solo home run, but the Lancers matched the run in the bottom of the frame as Cassandra Hayes hit a solo home run of her own. Sydney Wilson was called on out of the bullpen to get the final out of the third, tossing a strikeout to close the frame.

The Lancers changed pitchers in the fourth inning, starting the end of their lead as Grace Meyer and Lauren Landes drew back to back walks. The bases were loaded two batters later as Harweger earned first base on balls, forcing the home team to revert back to starter Kierstin Fickas. Jenna Minnix made the swap hurt, loading up on a 1-1 pitch and delivering a shot off the scoreboard in left field, recording her first career grand slam to put Marian on top 5-3.

Wilson threw strong after the slam, tossing a perfect fourth inning and scattering a single in the fifth. Wilson’s run was tested in the bottom of the sixth inning as she allowed a lead-off double and a one-out single, but the senior got out of the inning stranding two picking up a strikeout and groundout to short. Abbi Wirey added an insurance run with an RBI double in the top of the seventh, which was enough for Wilson as the southpaw stranded a runner at third base to close the 6-3 win.

Marian picked up seven hits in the game two win, with Stotts and Meyer recording two each. Minnix went 1-4 in the win with four RBI, as her first career home run lifted the Knights to victory. Guilliam did not factor into the decision going 2.2 innings allowing four hits and two earned runs, while Wilson was the winning pitcher tossing 4.1 innings coming out of the bullpen.

Marian is scheduled to travel to Goshen College on Saturday afternoon, with first pitch of the doubleheader slotted for 1 p.m.

WILDCATS TAKE GAME ONE, GAME TWO HALTED DUE TO WEATHER

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – As the story continues for spring weather in Indiana, Wildcats are able to sneak in one complete game before needing to halt the second game due to weather. Wildcats took game one 11-5 and have a 13-6 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning before the rain came in. Game two will be finished at a later date.

Wildcats scored the first eight runs in two innings of play. Becca Wyatt’s sac fly and a Trinity Medina single ran in the first two runs in the first inning.

Chloe Tragesser was ready at the plate in the second inning posting a single that drove in three runs.

Wildcats collected 17 hits to Cougars four while driving in nine RBIs on 11 runs.

Miranda Wehlre added another homer for her season total 11 home runs.

Emma Etter-Cox and Reagen Radke split time on the mound striking out nine.

Wildcats continue road conference action heading to Grace College on Friday, April 8. Doubleheader is scheduled to start at 3pm in Winona Lake, Indiana.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1970       President Richard Nixon, delayed at the White House until his Supreme Court nominee Harold Carswell wins a test vote in the Senate, is unable to throw the ceremonial first pitch in the Senators’ home opener at RFK Stadium. David Eisenhower, Ike’s grandson, substitutes for his father-in-law tossing the traditional pitch before Washington’s 5-0 loss to the Tigers.

1971       Giants’ center fielder Willie Mays, a month shy of his fortieth birthday, homers on Opening Day and will hit home runs in the next three games to tie a major league record. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ will hit 15 round-trippers before the All-Star break, collecting only three more to finish the year thanks to receiving an abundance of base-on-balls, 30 more walks this season than he had at any time in his career.

1973       Richard Nixon becomes the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day in a contest held outside of Washington, D.C. The Commander in Chief does the honors before Nolan Ryan and the Angels beat the Royals at Anaheim Stadium, 3-2.

1973       Orlando Cepeda, who was specifically signed to fill the newly created position of the designated hitter, goes 0-for-6 when the Red Sox pound out 20 hits in a 15-5 rout of the Yankees at Fenway Park on Opening Day. The future Hall of Famer misses out on a place in baseball history when the first inning is extended by a misjudged bloop hit and two walks, giving Ron Blomberg, batting sixth for the Bronx Bombers, the opportunity to be the first player to come to the plate as the DH.

1973       The Yankees become the last American League team to abandon their flannel uniforms in favor of polyester. The team’s new look on the road features white piping around the words New York on the front and around the numbers on the back.

1973       On Opening Day at Three Rivers Stadium in front of a record crowd of 51,695, the Pirates retire Roberto Clemente’s uniform number 21 posthumously. The Pittsburgh right fielder died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve, attempting to bring relief aid to earthquake-stricken Managua, Nicaragua.

1973       At Fenway Park, Ron Blomberg of the Yankees becomes the first designated hitter in major league history. In the historic plate appearance, Boomer draws a first-inning bases-loaded walk on a 3-1 pitch off Luis Tiant and will become the first DH to get a hit when he singles in the third frame of the 15-5 Red Sox rout of the Bronx Bombers.

1973       At the Oakland Coliseum, Tony Oliva becomes the first designated hitter ever to homer. The Twins DH’s first-inning two-run round-tripper off future Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter helps the team defeat the A’s, 8-3.

1974       The Bronx Bombers begin their two-year stint at Shea Stadium, where the team will compile a 172-150 (.534) record during the renovations to the Stadium, with a 6-1 victory over Cleveland. The ‘other’ NY fans cheer loudly when the scoreboard posts the Mets’ 5-4 loss in Philadelphia.

Amazon When Shea Was Home: The Story of the 1975 Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets

1974       At Veterans Stadium, Phillies’ third baseman Mike Schmidt hits a ninth-inning two-run home run off Tug McGraw to beat the Mets on Opening Day, 5-4. The walk-off homer is the first of the league-leading 36 dingers the third baseman will hit this season.

1977       For the second time in nine years, a new franchise makes its major league debut in Seattle. Frank Tanana and the Angels blank the Mariners, 7-0, in the first regular-season game at the Kingdome.

1982       A freak massive spring snowstorm brings subfreezing temperatures, high winds, and foot or more precipitation across the northeast. The blizzard-like conditions cause the postponement of home openers for the Yankees, Tigers, White Sox, Brewers, Indians, Phillies, and Pirates.

1984       After committing a two-out error in the bottom of the eighth inning to allow the eventual winning run to score in the Yankees’ 7-6 loss to the Rangers at Arlington Stadium, shortstop Bobby Meacham is sent to the minors after the fourth game of the season on the orders of owner George Steinbrenner. The move, which stuns manager Yogi Berra, will prove to be a precursor to the ‘Boss’ firing him next season after the team drops ten of its first sixteen decisions.

1988       The Blue Jays’ reluctant designated hitter, George Bell, follows up his three home run Opening Day performance by going 5-for-5 (three singles and two doubles), leading Toronto over the Royals, 11-4. Considered a defensive liability, last year’s American League MVP will return to left field full time.

1988       Pat Borders becomes the first player in American League history to drive in five runs in his major league debut when he collects two singles and a triple in the Blue Jays’ 11-4 victory over Kansas City at Royals Stadium. The 24-year-old rookie catcher joins Walter Mueller (1922 Pirates) and Joe Cunningham (1954 Cardinals), who both accomplished the feat in the Senior Circuit.

1992       On Opening Day in front of a packed house at Seattle’s Kingdome, the Rangers score nine runs in the top of the eighth inning and hold on to beat the Mariners, 12-10. Texas had been trailing 8-3 before the late-inning barrage.

1993       Blue Jay right-hander Jack Morris sets a major league record when he makes his 14th consecutive Opening Day start, taking the loss when the Mariners beat the team, 8-1, at the Kingdome. During the span, started in 1980 with the Tigers (10 seasons) and continued with the Twins (1 season), the 37-year-old right-hander has compiled an 8-6 record in his first day assignments.

1997       The Cardinals, after a 3-2 loss to Houston at the Astrodome, remain winless after the first six games of the season. The losing streak marks the Redbirds’ worst start in the 106-year history of the franchise.

2001       In the home opener at Veterans Stadium, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning’s number 14 jersey is retired. Kentucky’s Republican U.S. senator, who compiled a 224-184 record in his 17-year career pitching for the Tigers, Phillies, Pirates, and Dodgers, joins Richie Ashburn (1), Robin Roberts (36), Steve Carlton (32), and Mike Schmidt (20) as the fifth player to have his number retired by the Phillies.

2001      The Phillies placed the letter “P” on their Wall of Fame in tribute to Pete Alexander, who averaged 27 wins during his first seven seasons with the Phillies. The Hall of Fame right-hander won 28 games as a freshman in 1911, which remains the modern rookie record.

2001       After winning on Opening Day, the Devils Rays lose their third consecutive game, giving up precisely 11 runs in each of the defeats. Following the 11-8 and 11-0 losses to the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay drops an 11-4 decision on the road at Fenway Park to the Red Sox.

2001       After President George W. Bush threw the ceremonial first pitch at Miller Park, the Brewers open their new home with a 5-4 win over the Reds, thanks to Richie Sexson’s eighth-inning solo homer and David Weathers tossing a perfect ninth for the save. The move from County Stadium, initially scheduled for last season, was delayed following a construction accident that claimed the lives of three ironworkers, Jeffrey Wischer, William DeGrave, and Jerome Starr.

2004       Nearly 8,000 fans, participating in an online poll, select “Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie” as the title of a documentary about the 2003 season. Other choices offered by the team and Boston Globe websites included “This Is the Year,” “The Ecstasy and the Agony,” and “Always the Bridesmaid,” in addition to a fan’s wry suggestion of “I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Wish I Didn’t Know What You Did Last Fall.”

2004       Adrian Beltre becomes the 36th player in baseball history to hit 100 home runs before the age of 25. The Dodger third baseman joins Cal Ripken Jr. and Lou Gehrig to have precisely 100 homers on their 25th birthday.

2004       On Opening Day at Bank One Ballpark, Diamondbacks’ outfielder Luis Gonzalez and Rockies’ second baseman Luis Gonzalez each homered, making it only the second time in major league history players with the same first and last names homered in the same game. The first occurrence happened when Ken Griffey Jr., and his dad, Ken Griffey, playing for the Mariners, hit back-to-back homers off Angels’ hurler Kirk McCaskill in 1990.

2004       David Aardsma surpasses Hank Aaron in an unlikely category. ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ will no longer be the first player named alphabetically in baseball history books when the Giants hurler makes his major-league debut against the Astros.

2005       At Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, the Nationals beat the Phillies, 7-3, winning their first game representing Washington, D.C. The historic victory features the team’s center fielder Brad Wilkerson completing the cycle for the second time in his career.

2006       In a 10-6 loss to the Tigers at Ameriquest Field, Texas knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, in his only appearance of the season, ties a post-1900 major-league record shared by five other major leaguers when he allows six home runs, five of which are solo shots. St. Louis Maroons’ right-hander Charlie Sweeney is the only hurler to allow more round-trippers in a game, giving up seven gopher balls in an 1886 contest against the Detroit Wolverines.

2009       In front of a sold-out crowd at the Metrodome, Ken Griffey, Jr. hits a record-tying eighth Opening Day home run in his first game back with the Mariners since being traded before the start of the 2000 season. The “Kid’s” historic home run, a sixth-inning blast off Francisco Liriano, ties him with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who established the mark playing for the Indians in 1975 during his first at-bat as major league baseball’s first black manager.

2009       In Florida’s 12-6 victory over the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium, Emilio Bonifacio hits an inside-the-park home run, the first on Opening Day since Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat in 1968. The round-tripper, one of four hits for the Marlins’ third baseman, is the first big league homer of his career.

2009       Arizona switch-hitter Felipe Lopez becomes the first player to homer from both sides of the plate on Opening Day when he goes deep in the top of the fourth inning off Glendon Rusch, after connecting off Colorado starter Aaron Cook to lead off the game. An inning later, the Diamondback second baseman’s unique feat is matched by Tony Clark, making the pair the first set of teammates to homer from both sides of the plate on the first day of the season.

2012       Adam Dunn ties a major league record, hitting his eighth Opening Day home run, a leadoff sixth-inning shot off Texas starter Colby Lewis in Chicago’s 3-2 loss in Arlington. The White Sox’ DH, who hit two homers in the first game of the season twice while with Cincinnati in 2005 and 2007, equals the mark established by Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. as the only other players with eight round-trippers in openers.

2015       On Opening Day, the Rays retire number No. 66 in honor of their late senior baseball adviser Don Zimmer, who passed away in June at the age of 83. ‘Popeye,’ who was a player, coach, and manager with a dozen different teams, wore the number in his final season with the organization to represent the number of years he worked in professional baseball.

2015       The Mets start 41-year-old Bartolo Colon on Opening Day, much to the chagrin of many fans who hoped one of their young guns, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, would get the coveted assignment. The oldest pitcher ever to get the nod on Opening Day in franchise history doesn’t disappoint when he gives up one run on three hits, besting Washington’s $210 million ace Max Scherzer in the team’s 3-1 victory at Nationals Park.

2016       Trevor Story becomes the first major leaguer to hit a home run in each of his first three major league games when he goes deep in the first inning of the Rockies’ 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Park. The 23-year-old shortstop is also the first rookie to have the round-trippers account for each of his first big league four hits.

2016       The Padres, with their 7-0 loss at Petco Park, become the first team to be shut out in the first three games of the regular season, surpassing the dubious mark set by the Browns, who opened the 1943 campaign with 26 straight scoreless innings. San Diego also dropped their first two decisions of the three-game series against the Dodgers, 15-0 and 3-0.

2019       In Minnesota’s 10-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Jorge Polanco hits for the franchise’s 15th cycle, including the four before moving in 1961 from Washington, DC. The Twins’ shortstop completes the feat with a seventh-inning double, the fourth of the five hits he collects.

2021       Oakland’s begins the season 0-6 when the team drops a 5-1 decision to Dodgers, matching the 1916 Philadelphia A’s, who posted a 36-117 mark that season for the worse record in franchise history. The club has been outscored 50-13 in their first half dozen games, losing all six at least four runs and four times by at least seven runs.

TV WEDNESDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
LIBERTY AT VIRGINIA7:00PMACCN
KANSAS AT MISSOURI8:00PMSECN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
ST. FRANCIS (PA.) AT PITTSBURGH5:00PMACCN
KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE7:00PMESPNU
GOLFTIME ETTV
MASTERS PAR 3 CONTEST3:00PMESPN
MLB SPRING TRAININGTIME ETTV
PHILADELPHIA AT TAMPA BAY12:30PMMLBN
NBATIME ETTV
DALLAS AT DETROIT7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
BROOKLYN AT NEW YORK7:30PMESPN
MSG
YES
BOSTON AT CHICAGO8:00PMNBCS-CHI
NBCS-BOS
WASHINGTON AT ATLANTA8:00PMNBCS-WSH
BALLY SPORTS
OKLAHOMA CITY AT UTAH9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
PHOENIX AT LA CLIPPERS10:00PMESPN
BALLY SPORTS
NHLTIME ETTV
TAMPA BAY AT WASHINGTON7:30PMTNT
DETROIT AT WINNIPEG7:30PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT ST. LOUIS8:00PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
CALGARY AT ANAHEIM10:00PMTNT
VANCOUVER AT VEGAS10:00PMATTSN-RM
SPORTSNET

TV THURSDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
ARKANSAS AT FLORIDA7:00PMSECN
KENTUCKY AT TEXAS A&M8:00PMESPNU
GOLFTIME ETTV
MASTERS3:00PMESPN
MLBTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT NY YANKEES1:05PMNESN
YES
MILWAUKEE AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
NY METS AT WASHINGTON4:05PMESPN+
SNY
MASN/2
SEATTLE AT MINNESOTA4:10PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT ST. LOUIS4:15PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
CINCINNATI AT ATLANTA7:20PMESPN2
BALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT LA ANGELS9:38PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
SAN DIEGO AT ARIZONA9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
NASCAR TRUCK: BLUE-EMU MAXIMUM PAIN RELIEF 2008:00PMFS1
NBATIME ETTV
ORLANDO AT CHARLOTTE7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT TORONTO7:30PMNBCS-PHI
SPORTSNET
BOSTON AT MILWAUKEE7:30PMTNT
SAN ANTONIO AT MINNESOTA8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
PORTLAND AT NEW ORLEANS8:00PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
MEMPHIS AT DENVER9:00PMALT
BALLY SPORTS
LA LAKERS AT GOLDEN STATE10:00PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
PITTSBURGH AT NY RANGERS7:00PMESPN+
HULU
NASHVILLE AT OTTAWA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
MONTREAL AT NEW JERSEY7:00PMSPORTSNET
MSG+
PHILADELPHIA AT COLUMBUS7:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
BUFFALO AT CAROLINA7:30PMESPN+
HULU
SEATTLE AT CHICAGO8:30PMROOT SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
TORONTO AT DALLAS8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
VANCOUVER AT ARIZONA10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
CALGARY AT SAN JOSE10:30PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-CA
EDMONTON AT LOS ANGELES10:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XY-MIAMI5228.65028-1224-1612-234-166-45 W
2 X-BOSTON4930.6202.528-1321-179-732-188-22 W
3 XY-MILWAUKEE4930.6202.526-1423-1611-331-186-41 W
4 X-PHILADELPHIA4930.6202.522-1727-136-930-196-43 W
5 X-TORONTO4633.5825.522-1724-169-529-217-31 W
6 X-CHICAGO4534.5706.527-1218-2210-629-214-62 L
CLEVELAND4337.5389.024-1619-219-626-243-72 L
BROOKLYN4138.51910.518-2123-179-628-215-51 W
ATLANTA4138.51910.526-1415-248-625-257-31 L
10 CHARLOTTE4039.50611.520-1920-206-824-256-42 L
11 WASHINGTON3544.44316.521-1914-257-724-256-41 W
12 NEW YORK3544.44316.516-2319-214-1020-296-41 W
13 INDIANA2555.31327.016-259-302-1411-392-88 L
14 DETROIT2356.29128.513-2610-306-918-325-53 W
15 ORLANDO2159.26331.011-2910-302-1211-393-71 W
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XYZ-PHOENIX6316.79732-831-810-438-118-21 W
2 XY-MEMPHIS5524.6968.029-1026-1410-535-158-21 L
3 X-GOLDEN STATE5029.63313.030-1020-1911-430-193-72 W
4 X-DALLAS4930.62014.027-1222-1813-234-166-41 W
5 X-UTAH4732.59516.028-1119-2113-131-184-61 W
DENVER4733.58816.522-1725-166-1028-225-51 L
MINNESOTA4535.56318.525-1420-2112-431-205-51 L
LA CLIPPERS3940.49424.022-1617-247-723-264-62 W
NEW ORLEANS3544.44328.018-2117-236-924-257-31 W
10 SAN ANTONIO3445.43029.016-2418-216-924-258-23 W
11 LA LAKERS3148.39232.020-2011-283-1216-332-87 L
12 SACRAMENTO2951.36334.516-2513-265-919-314-62 L
13 PORTLAND2752.34236.017-2310-291-1411-381-98 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2455.30439.012-2912-266-917-324-62 W
15 HOUSTON2060.25043.511-299-313-1311-413-75 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-FLORIDA PANTHERS70491561044629421029-6-020-9-68-2-0
CAROLINA HURRICANES7045178984423216825-6-420-11-44-3-3
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS7045196964327021625-7-220-12-47-2-1
NEW YORK RANGERS7145206964121718622-7-423-13-27-2-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING6943197934123019821-7-522-12-25-4-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS71412010923823719419-11-522-9-55-4-1
BOSTON BRUINS7044215934222319022-11-222-10-37-3-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS69372210843222620216-15-521-7-56-4-0
NEW YORK ISLANDERS6932289733119218918-13-414-15-56-4-0
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7133326722922926518-14-415-18-22-5-3
11 DETROIT RED WINGS7027349632420227118-13-69-21-33-5-2
12 BUFFALO SABRES71263411632319725014-17-612-17-56-1-3
13 OTTAWA SENATORS6926376582518722413-19-313-18-35-4-1
14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS70223711552118125013-17-69-20-53-7-0
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7024406542121426116-16-48-24-22-7-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS70194011491618126810-20-49-20-73-4-3
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-COLORADO AVALANCHE70501461064726819328-4-322-10-38-1-1
CALGARY FLAMES6941199913924117321-8-720-11-25-3-2
MINNESOTA WILD6943215913825421524-7-219-14-38-1-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES69392010883725020222-9-417-11-65-3-2
EDMONTON OILERS7141255873725122623-12-018-13-57-2-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS72382410863420720518-15-420-9-65-3-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS6940254843823020122-11-018-14-46-4-0
DALLAS STARS6940263833620420622-9-118-17-27-3-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7139284823522721020-13-319-15-17-3-0
10 WINNIPEG JETS70332710763121721919-14-214-13-86-4-0
11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS70322810742919820214-14-618-14-43-4-3
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS71283112682419923016-16-512-15-71-7-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS6929319672718222016-15-513-16-43-6-1
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS70243511592018824711-17-613-18-52-5-3
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN6922416502018224212-20-310-21-35-4-1
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7022435492117725410-23-112-20-42-7-1
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE