Atlanta 9 Boston 7 (11)

Milwaukee 5 Tampa Bay 3

LA Dodgers 10 Minnesota 3

Kansas City 4 Chicago White Sox 2

Chicago White Sox 3 Kansas City 2

Baltimore 6 Toronto 5

Cleveland 5 Detroit 2

Houston 7 Texas 5

LA Angels 5 Oakland 1

Seattle 1 NY Yankees 0 (13)

Philadelphia 4 Miami 1

NY Mets 6 Cincinnati 2

Washington 6 Chicago Cubs 5

Colorado 16 St. Louis 5

San Diego 7 San Francisco 4

Arizona 6 Pittsburgh 4



Memphis 5 Indianapolis 1

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Seattle 111 Chicago 100

Las Vegas 97 Atlanta 90

Connecticut 97 Los Angeles 71


North Central (Farmersburg), Parke Heritage, Riverton Parke at Cascade (four-team jamboree), 7 p.m.

Tech vs. Crispus Attucks (at Northwest Middle School), 7 p.m.

Homeschool Crimson Knights at Edinburgh, 7 p.m.

Eastern Hancock at Shenandoah, 7 p.m.

Hagerstown at Lapel, 7 p.m.

Brown County at Monrovia, 7 p.m.

Tindley at Traders Point Christian, 7 p.m.

Milan at Triton Central, 6 p.m.

Sheridan at Crawfordsville, 7 p.m.

Tri-West at Plainfield, 6 p.m.

Eastbrook at Hamilton Heights, 7 p.m.

Southport at Decatur Central, 7 p.m.

Muncie Central at Greenfield-Central, 7 p.m.

Franklin at Roncalli, 7 p.m.

Greenwood at Columbus North, 7 p.m.

Danville at West Lafayette, 7 p.m.

Brebeuf Jesuit at Lebanon, 7 p.m.

Covenant Christian and Guerin Catholic at Cardinal Ritter (three-team jamboree), 7 p.m.

Jeffersonville at Whiteland, 7 p.m.

North Putnam at Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Shelbyville and Salem at Madison (three-team jamboree), 6:30 p.m.

North Central at Noblesville, 7 p.m.

Zionsville at Kokomo, 7 p.m.

Bloomington South at Lawrence Central, 7:30 p.m.

Mooresville at Pendleton Heights, 7 p.m.

Warren Central at Avon, 7 p.m.

Fishers at Lawrence North, 7 p.m.

Scecina at New Palestine, 7 p.m.

Martinsville at Columbus East, 7 p.m.

Speedway at Western Boone, 7 p.m.

Indian Creek at Beech Grove, 7 p.m.

Heritage Christian at Park Tudor, 7 p.m.

Pike at Lafayette Jeff, 7 p.m.

Cathedral at Franklin Central, 7 p.m.

Hamilton Southeastern at Bishop Chatard, 7 p.m.

Mt. Vernon at Perry Meridian, 7 p.m.

Center Grove at Brownsburg, 6:30 p.m.

Westfield and Carmel at Ben Davis (three-team jamboree), 7 p.m.



  1. Westfield
  2. Brownsburg
  3. Center Grove
  4. Whiteland
  5. Ben Davis


  1. Lafayette Harrison
  2. Zionsville
  3. Valparaiso
  4. Hamilton Southeastern
  5. Fishers


  1. Mount Vernon
  2. Roncalli
  3. Evansville Memorial
  4. Mooresville
  5. Tri-West


  1. Chatard
  2. Danville
  3. Gibson Southern
  4. Owen Valley
  5. Brebeuf


  1. Evansville Mater Dei
  2. Eastbrook
  3. Heritage Christian
  4. Scecina
  5. Lafayette Central Catholic


  1. Monroe Central
  2. Indianapolis Lutheran
  3. Adams Central
  4. Covenant Christian
  5. Parke Heritage


  7. TEXAS A&M
  8. UTAH
  10. BAYLOR
  12. OREGON
  15. USC
  17. MIAMI
  18. TEXAS
  24. OLE MISS

Also Receiving Votes: Iowa 248; Penn State 246; Tennessee 163; BYU 152; LSU 143; Auburn 98; UCF 55; North Carolina 34; San Diego State 25; Fresno State 21; Mississippi State 19; Florida 17; Utah State 12; Air Force 12; UCLA 10; Boise State 10; Appalachian State 10; Minnesota 6; South Carolina 5; Kansas State 4; Iowa State 3; Army 3; Louisiana 2; SMU 2; Purdue 2; Oregon State 2; Coastal Carolina 2; UTSA 1; Louisville 1; Florida State 1.
















Serena Williams says ‘countdown has begun’ to retirement

(AP) — Saying “the countdown has begun,” 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams announced Tuesday she is ready to step away from tennis so she can turn her focus to having another child and her business interests, presaging the end of a career that transcended sports.

In an essay released Tuesday by Vogue magazine, and a post on Instagram – the sorts of direct-to-fans communication favored these days by celebrities, a category she most definitely fits – Williams was not completely clear on the timeline for her last match, but she made it sound as if that could be at the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 29 in New York.

“There comes a time in life when we have to decide to move in a different direction. That time is always hard when you love something so much. My goodness do I enjoy tennis. But now, the countdown has begun,” Williams, who turns 41 next month, wrote on Instagram. “I have to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals and finally discovering a different, but just (as) exciting Serena. I’m gonna relish these next few weeks.”

Williams, one of the greatest and most accomplished athletes in the history of her – or any other – sport, wrote in the essay that she does not like the word “retirement” and prefers to think of this stage of her life as “evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.”

“I feel a great deal of pain. It’s the hardest thing that I could ever imagine. I hate it. I hate that I have to be at this crossroads,” she wrote. “I keep saying to myself, I wish it could be easy for me, but it’s not. I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”

That she would be publicly contemplating the end of her playing days is not all that surprising to anyone, given her age – her 10 Grand Slam titles after turning 30 are unsurpassed – her history of injuries and her recent record: one victory in a singles match in the past 12 months (that win arrived Monday in Toronto; she is scheduled to play again on Wednesday).

Her status as an athlete, and a groundbreaker, is obvious to everyone.

“Serena Williams is a generational, if not multi-generational, talent who had a profound impact on the game of tennis, but an even greater influence on women in sports, business and society. At a time when our nation and the world have wrestled with essential issues of identity, Serena has stood as a singular exemplar of the best of humanity after breaking through countless barriers to her participation and ultimate success,” U.S. Open tournament director Stacey Allaster said. “She leaves an indelible legacy of grace and grit that will inspire athletes, female and male, for many generations to come. We can’t thank her enough for all she has done for our sport.”

U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said the organization would “will be operating under the assumption that this will be Serena Williams’ last U.S. Open.”

It is the year’s final Grand Slam event and one she has won six times, most recently in 2014, to go along with seven titles apiece at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, plus three at the French Open, across a career remarkable for its peaks and its longevity.

She also owns 14 Grand Slam doubles championships, all won with her older sister, Venus, part of a remarkable tale of two siblings from Compton, California, who grew up to both be ranked No. 1, win dozens of trophies and dominate tennis for stretches – a story told in the Oscar-winning film “King Richard.”

Venus, who is 42 and still competing, was the first in the family to break through, reaching her first Grand Slam final at the 1997 U.S. Open. But it was Serena who soon surpassed her sister, winning the 1999 U.S. Open at age 17 and then going on to add 22 more such triumphs (Venus won seven major singles titles), eventually establishing herself as a one-of-a-kind superstar, known for far more than her talent with a racket in hand.

The younger Williams was armed with as effective a serve as there’s ever been, powerful forehands and backhands, instincts and speed that allowed her to cover every inch of a court and switch from defense to offense in a blink, and an enviable will to win. That unflinching desire to be the best helped make her the best – and also sometimes got her into trouble with chair umpires during matches, most infamously during the 2018 U.S. Open final she lost to Naomi Osaka, a woman more than a decade younger who grew up idolizing Williams, as have so many of today’s players.

The official Twitter feed for Wimbledon posted this message Tuesday above a photo of Williams: “Some play the game. Others change it.”

“I don’t particularly like to think about my legacy. I get asked about it a lot, and I never know exactly what to say. But I’d like to think that thanks to opportunities afforded to me, women athletes feel that they can be themselves on the court,” Williams wrote. “They can play with aggression and pump their fists. They can be strong yet beautiful. They can wear what they want and say what they want and kick butt and be proud of it all.”

The American has won more Grand Slam singles titles in the professional era than any other woman or man. Only one player, Margaret Court, collected more, 24, although the Australian won a portion of hers in the amateur era.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want that record. Obviously I do. But day to day, I’m really not thinking about her. If I’m in a Grand Slam final, then yes, I am thinking about that record,” Williams said. “Maybe I thought about it too much, and that didn’t help. The way I see it, I should have had 30-plus Grand Slams.”

But, Williams went on to write, “These days, if I have to choose between building my tennis resume and building my family, I choose the latter.”

She and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, have a daughter, Olympia, who turns 5 on Sept. 1.

“Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair,” said Williams, who was pregnant when she won the 2017 Australian Open for her last Grand Slam trophy. “If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family.”

Williams said she and Ohanian want to have a second baby, and wrote: “I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out.”

She was off the tour for about a year after getting injured during her first-round match at Wimbledon in 2021. She returned to singles competition at the All England Club this June and lost in the first round.

“Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to win Wimbledon this year. And I don’t know if I will be ready to win New York,” Williams wrote in her essay. “But I’m going to try.”

Williams hints in the Vogue essay that the U.S. Open will be her last tournament but does not say so explicitly.

“I’m not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment,” Williams wrote. “I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst.”

Goodell: NFL appeal of Watson suspension ‘right thing to do’

BEREA, Ohio (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he feels the league needed to keep pushing for a year-long suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson because of his “egregious” and “predatory behavior” toward women.

Speaking at the owners’ meetings Tuesday in Bloomington, Minnesota, Goodell addressed the league’s decision to appeal a six-game suspension given to Watson by Sue L. Robinson, a former federal judge appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association as an independent league disciplinary officer.

Robinson found Watson violated the league’s conduct policy after he was accused by two dozen women of sexual assault or harassment while he played for Houston. Watson has settled 23 of the 24 lawsuits filed by the women, though he has denied any wrongdoing.

The league has been seeking an indefinite suspension and fine for Watson, and felt Robinson’s six-game ban wasn’t enough. Goodell cited the collective bargaining agreement for empowering the league to seek further discipline.

“Either party could certainly challenge and appeal that and that was something that we felt was our right to do as well as NFLPA,” Goodell said. “So we decided it was the right thing to do.”

Watson’s fate now rests with Peter C. Harvey, a former New Jersey attorney general handpicked by Goodell to handle the appeal. Harvey has previously worked as an arbiter in league cases.

Goodell said the league is pushing for a full-year penalty for Watson because of the evidence against the 26-year-old, who was accused of being sexually inappropriate with the women during massage therapy sessions while with the Texans in 2020 and 2021.

In her 16-page ruling, Robinson concluded Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy with his behavior, using both “egregious” and “predatory” to describe his actions

Goodell was asked why the league is seeking a harsher punishment.

“Because we’ve seen the evidence,” he said. “She (Robinson) was very clear about the evidence. She reinforced the evidence, that there was multiple violations here and they were egregious, and that it was predatory behavior.

“Those were always things we felt was really important for us to address and in a way that’s responsible.”

Goodell doesn’t have a sense of when Harvey will issue a decision. There’s no specific deadline for Harvey, but the appeal policy requires that it be “expedited.”

There also remains the possibility the sides could reach a settlement.

While attending the meetings in Minnesota, Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam had little to say about the ongoing appeal.

“We’ll respect and honor the process,” he told reporters

Meanwhile, Watson’s playing status for the Browns’ exhibition opener is unknown.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t reveal whether Watson will play in Friday’s game in Jacksonville. Stefanski said the team has a plan but he won’t make it public until he tells his players.

“We have a framework for how we are going to handle this preseason,” he said. “As you know, you always reserve the right to change your mind based on how practice goes and those type of things, but we are pretty confident in the plan we have.”

Stefanski said Watson will make the trip to Florida. The three-time Pro Bowler has not played since 2020. He sat out last season after demanding a trade and before the allegations came to light.

Cleveland’s plan has been to start Jacoby Brissett while Watson serves his suspension. But now that it’s possible that it will encompass most, if not all of the season, there’s a chance the team could look outside for another quarterback.

Josh Rosen and Josh Dobbs are also on Cleveland’s roster and are expected to get the bulk of the playing time during the exhibition season.

Sean McVay reveals he has contract extension with LA Rams

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) Coach Sean McVay says he has finalized his contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams.

McVay and the Rams didn’t reveal the terms of the long-expected deal, but the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl reaffirmed his long-term commitment to Los Angeles after practice Tuesday in training camp at UC Irvine.

“I feel good,” McVay said. “It was always kind of really good dialogue that existed. These things, they take time, but I think it’s important.”

McVay didn’t specify when he finalized the deal, but it apparently happened before training camp. The 36-year-old coach is beginning his sixth season in charge of the Rams, and he has been the youngest coach in the NFL throughout his tenure.

McVay said two weeks ago that the sides were still working on a new deal, but he also said the Rams intended to announce the contract extensions for him and general manager Les Snead at the same time. On Friday, McVay said that’s why he had hoped to wait to confirm his deal, until it was mentioned in a lengthy profile of the coach posted Tuesday on

“Les and I have always been a pair,” McVay said. “We wanted to announce that when both of us had gotten done. Mine is done. Les is in the process of that, but in respect of wanting to show the partnership for us … that was how I had addressed it. It is something that we’ve been taking care of.”

McVay’s new deal is a reward for an incredibly successful half-decade in charge of the Rams, who have had five winning seasons, four playoff berths, three NFC West titles, two Super Bowl appearances and one championship during his tenure.

McVay is 55-26 in the regular season and 7-3 in the postseason with the Rams, who won nine of their final 10 games last season to earn their first title since returning home to Los Angeles. The Rams beat Cincinnati 23-20 in the Super Bowl at their home SoFi Stadium.

McVay has frequently acknowledged the burnout he feels during and after NFL seasons, and he openly discussed the idea of moving into the broadcast booth in the near future during the Rams’ Super Bowl run.

Although Amazon reportedly was among the broadcasters interested in McVay, the coach quickly decided he isn’t interested in changing professions quite yet – particularly not with another loaded Rams team coming back this fall. Los Angeles is committed to keeping its Super Bowl window open for the near future, and McVay is a centerpiece of the plan.

Along with the new deal for McVay and the pending contract for Snead, the team has re-signed seven-time All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald – making him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history – along with quarterback Matthew Stafford and Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp, who are both locked in through 2026.

The Rams also re-signed starting offensive linemen Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen in the offseason and acquired free agent receiver Allen Robinson and linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Snead has been in charge of the Rams since February 2012, presiding over their final years in St. Louis before McVay’s hiring kicked off a superb half-decade. Snead’s partnership with McVay has only strengthened in recent years, with Snead’s aggressive personnel moves providing fuel for McVay’s innovative coaching style.

Since arriving in Los Angeles and immediately trading up to draft Jared Goff at No. 1 overall in 2016, Snead has built a vaunted reputation as a bold executive. The Alabama native has repeatedly given away his highest draft picks while swinging trades to acquire established stars from Jalen Ramsey and Stafford to Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr., establishing the Rams as a prime destination for NFL veterans who want to contend for titles.

Although they joined the Rams five years apart, McVay repeatedly has said that he and Snead are linked.

“I think we’re all on the same page,” McVay said. “There’s just the natural semantics that need to take place. It’s something that I know everybody has the anticipation and expectation that it will get done, but these are things that sometimes take time. But it is important because of the partnership that Les and I share.”

NOTES: McVay wasn’t pleased with his offense’s performance in team drills against the Rams’ defense on Tuesday. “Not nearly good enough offensively,” he said. “Going back and looking at the film will be good. We’ve got a long, long way to go. We’re not anywhere close to where we need to be. Nobody needs to press the panic button, but we’ve got to start having a little bit more sense of urgency overall, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.” … LB Chris Garrett missed practice with a groin injury, and McVay isn’t sure how long he’ll be out. Fellow edge rushers Leonard Floyd, who has a nagging ankle injury, and Terrell Lewis also got rest days.

Marshawn Lynch, ex-NFL, booked on suspicion of DUI in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) Former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas on suspicion of driving impaired, according to police.

Officers stopped the vehicle that Lynch, 36, was driving at about 7:30 a.m., concluded that he was impaired and detained him, police said in a statement.

Lynch was booked into the Las Vegas City Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, the statement said.

Authorities did not disclose whether Lynch was tested for driving impaired and did not immediately respond to an email message seeking additional details.

It was unclear if Lynch had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf. Jail records did not show one listed for him.

Lynch played 12 season the NFL, mostly with the Seattle Seahawks.

He was a five-time Pro Bowler and had 10,413 career rushing yards and 85 rushing touchdowns from 2007-19 with the Seahawks, the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders.

Browns’ Jakeem Grant suffers Achilles injury in practice

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Jakeem Grant Sr.’s first season with the Cleveland Browns changed in an instant. It might be over.

The speedy wide receiver and return specialist likely tore his left Achilles tendon on Tuesday, a tough personal blow and another setback for Cleveland’s return game which he was going to help turn around.

Grant was carted off the field after getting hurt while battling cornerback A.J. Green during a one-on-one passing drill. Grant didn’t land awkwardly, but it quickly became obvious he was badly hurt.

Grant pounded his hand into the grass and writhed in pain on the ground as two trainers came to assist him. He was then placed on a cart and driven into the team’s facility as practice continued.

The 29-year-old is scheduled to undergo further testing.

“I really feel awful for Jakeem,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “We’ve witnessed how hard the young man has worked since he got to our team. We all realize injuries are a part of our game, but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept especially for someone that works as hard and carries himself like Jakeem.”

Grant made the Pro Bowl last season with the Chicago Bears. The 5-foot-6 speedster averaged 13.9 yards on punt returns and 23.4 yards returning kickoffs. He played the previous five seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

The Browns signed him to a three-year contract worth up to $13.8 million in March.

Cleveland’s return game didn’t produce much last season and Grant was viewed as a major upgrade to the unit. He going to return punts and kickoffs.

The next options for returners are running back D’Ernest Johnson and wide receivers Anthony Schwartz, Demetric Felton and Donovan Peoples-Jones.

On Sunday, Grant said he wanted to be known as more than an elite returner.

“Absolutely. I always preach that I’m a receiver first before a returner,” he said. “I’m going to continue to preach that message. I’m going to continue to work on that until I get that opportunity to have that breakout season.”

Grant’s injury is the latest in what has been a tough camp for the Browns’ wide receivers.

Rookie David Bell (foot), Schwartz (knee) and Javon Wims (illness) all missed a week of practice. Rookie Michael Woods II (hamstring) remains out while Isaiah Weston (knee) was placed on injured reserve.

Commanders’ Rivera fires defensive line coach Sam Mills III

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera has fired defensive line coach Sam Mills III and promoted Jeff Zgonina from his role as defensive line assistant.

Rivera announced the change Tuesday. He hired Mills in January 2020 shortly after taking over in Washington, after Mills served on Rivera’s staff throughout his nine-year tenure as the Carolina Panthers coach.

Mills’ father, longtime Saints and Panthers linebacker Sam Mills, was enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, last weekend.

“Very difficult,” Rivera said of the decision. “I’ve known Sam a long time, and he’s a very good football coach, and I really appreciate everything he’s done. He helped us win a division our first year, and just some things got tough last year. But there’s some things that I felt I wanted to change.”

Washington had 47 sacks (sixth in the NFL) and 78 tackles for loss (seventh) in 2020, Mills’ first season as defensive line coach.

Both numbers decreased substantially into 2021, and a defense that was viewed as a strength coming into the year finished eighth worst in the NFL with 434 points against and fourth worst with 4,333 passing yards allowed.

Rivera did not directly link his decision to last year’s performance.

“I just felt it was a change that I needed to make,” Rivera said. “Feeling there was a little bit of difference in the philosophy.”

Rivera also said Mills’ dismissal was not related to the presence of Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp or recently retired Washington defensive end Ryan Kerrigan at recent practices.

“This has been planned,” Rivera said of Sapp’s presence. “I know Warren came to OTAs and minicamp, and they had planned for him to come this week and continue to help work with our guys and share some of his knowledge.”

Kerrigan, a four-time Pro Bowler and Washington’s career sacks leader, announced his retirement last month.

“Ryan came out here to kind of see what this was like,” Rivera said. “He’s truly interested in coaching. But for the most part he’ll continue to do the shadowing that he’s been doing.”

Zgonina will take charge of a defensive line for the second time in his career after previously doing so in San Francisco in 2017 and 2018.

Defensive backs assistant Brent Vieselmeyer will also help with Zgonina’s defensive ends, Rivera said.

“I’m not changing anything,” Zgonina said. “I am who I am. What you’ve seen the last few weeks, the last couple years, that’s what you’re going to see.”

Bears star LB Smith requests trade after breakdown in talks

AP) — Chicago Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith is requesting a trade, saying the team has not negotiated in good faith for a contract extension.

Smith, who does not have an agent, wrote Tuesday in a statement to that he has “officially” asked to be dealt and that it was “deeply painful.” He said he has been trying to negotiate an extension since April and accused the team of trying to take advantage of him.

“Unfortunately, the new front office regime doesn’t value me here,” he wrote. “They’ve refused to negotiate in good faith. Every step of this journey has been `take it or leave it.’ The deal sent to me is one that would be bad for myself, and for the entire LB market if I signed it.”

Smith, the No. 8 overall draft pick in 2018, was second-team All-Pro in 2020 and 2021. He is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.

The Bears made big changes after going 6-11 last season and missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. They fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy and replaced them with Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus.

Smith participated in voluntary and mandatory offseason workouts. He reported to training camp on time and was placed on the physically unable to perform list.

“I wanted to be a Bear for my entire career, help this team bring a Super Bowl back to our city,” Smith wrote. “However, they have left me no choice than to request a trade that allows me to play for an organization that truly values what I bring to the table.”

Smith said he hasn’t talked to team ownership. He left the door ajar for the McCaskey family to “salvage this.”

“But as of right now, I don’t see a path back to the organization I truly love,” he wrote.

Jets’ Saleh: Becton’s season likely over after knee injury

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets right tackle Mekhi Becton will “more than likely” miss the entire season because of another injury to his surgically repaired right knee, coach Robert Saleh announced Tuesday.

Becton was having a second evaluation after suffering a chip fracture to his kneecap, Saleh confirmed, during the second play of 11-on-11 team drills Monday. The initial prognosis was optimistic, but an MRI later in the day revealed more damage to the knee than first expected.

“It’s probably the inevitable,” Saleh said of the severity of the injury. “I’m just sick for Mekhi.”

When asked to clarify if Becton’s season appears over, Saleh said: “Yeah, it’s more than likely.”

The 6-foot-7 Becton, entering his third NFL season, injured the same knee last year in the opening game at Carolina and missed the rest of the season. The latest injury is new and not related to the one last year when he suffered a dislocated right kneecap and cartilage damage.

“Everything happens for a reason,” Becton wrote on his Instagram page. “I know God and my Grandma got me up there I JUST KNOW IT! TRUST!(hash)IMSTILLHIM.”

Becton was run-blocking at right tackle Monday when he went down on the grass and immediately grabbed at his knee. The 2020 first-round draft pick was down a few moments before trying to get up, but needed assistance from trainers to walk off the field.

He took off his pads and eventually walked very gingerly on his own to the locker room with a noticeable limp.

“It just sucks, man,” quarterback Zach Wilson said.

It’s another major setback for Becton, who was adjusting to moving to right tackle this season after previously playing on the left side.

Naming rights deal takes Paul Brown name off Cincy stadium

CINCINNATI (AP) The home of the Cincinnati Bengals will no longer carry the name of team founder and NFL pioneer Paul Brown.

Paycor, a Cincinnati-based provider of human resources software, has bought the naming rights to the stadium in a deal announced Tuesday. The venue will be known as Paycor Stadium.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the development wasn’t a surprise. Team owner Mike Brown – the 86-year-old son of Paul Brown – told reporters last month that selling the naming rights was necessary for the Bengals to be able to compete as a small-market team.

“This is a move that I do think (Paul Brown) would have agreed to,” Mike Brown said. “He was always for what’s best for the football team. It’s a time now where we need a revenue stream that will help us as do such things as build the indoor (practice) facility. It’ll help us perhaps handle the cap a little bit easier. We’re a small-market team. We need the revenue streams that we can obtain.”

A Paycor spokesman, Jennifer Budres, said in an email that even though Paul Brown’s name will no longer be on the stadium, his “legacy is being honored in various ways throughout the stadium.”

Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, and Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, are now the two remaining NFL stadiums that don’t carry the name of a paid sponsor.

The Bengals’ stadium beside the Ohio River has been known as Paul Brown Stadium since it replaced Riverfront Stadium as the Bengals’ home in 2000.

Paul Brown was a legendary figure in Ohio and beyond. He coached at Massillon High School in northeastern Ohio and Ohio State briefly before World War II, then led the Cleveland Browns from 1946 to 1963.

Brown became part of the ownership group as a well as the general manager and coach of the expansion Bengals, initially an AFL team that began play in 1968. Brown retired in 1975 after 45 years of coaching but stayed on as team president until his death in 1991.

Saints’ Winston day-to-day with foot sprain

The New Orleans Saints have avoided a scare after quarterback Jameis Winston went down with a foot injury in practice Monday.

Winston sprained his right foot and is considered “day-to-day,” head coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday, per ESPN’s Mike Triplett. The team doesn’t feel that the injury is significant.

“He’s doing well and feels fine,” a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “So nothing to really worry about.”

Winston felt discomfort in his foot while participating in seven-on-seven drills before exiting to the training room.

The Saints signal-caller is expected to miss a few days of practice and won’t play in the team’s preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Saturday, according to Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune.

The former Pro Bowler is working his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee that cost him all but seven games last season. Winston has gradually increased his workload as he continues to rehab.

The 2015 first overall pick signed a two-year, $28-million extension in March and is projected to be New Orleans’ starting signal-caller to begin the 2022 campaign.

Winston led the Saints to a 5-2 record as a starter last season. He tallied 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns, and three interceptions. He’s a few years removed from passing for a league-leading 5,109 to go along with 33 scores in his final year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019.

If Winston were to miss some time, the Saints could turn to veterans Andy Dalton or Ian Book.

AP sources: ESPN out of Big Ten TV rights negotiations

(AP) — As the Big Ten prepares to become a 16-team, coast-to-coast super conference with the additions of USC and UCLA in 2024, it is ending a 40-year relationship with ESPN and moving toward partnerships with two new networks.

Two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Big Ten was looking for a seven-year deal worth $380 million per year to broadcast its football and basketball games from ESPN, and the network declined.

Both spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the negotiations were not being made public.

The deal would not have given ESPN first choice of Big Ten football games in a given week at any point and would have reduced the number of Big Ten games the network could broadcast from the current 27 to about half that number, one of the people familiar with the talks said.

ESPN has held television rights for Big Ten football since 1982. The network shares Big Ten football and basketball rights with Fox in the current contract, which expires in 2023.

Fox, which owns 61% of the Big Ten Network, will remain the conference’s primary rights holder, with CBS and NBC set to join as partners, one of the people told The AP.

CBS’ long-term deal with the Southeastern Conference is set to expire after the 2023 season. That deal gave CBS the rights to the SEC’s football game of the week, usually slotted in the 3:30 p.m. Eastern time window on fall Saturdays.

ESPN secured that SEC package to go with the rights it already owned from the powerhouse conference for $300 million per year. Starting in 2024, ESPN will be the exclusive network home of the SEC.

It appears CBS will replace SEC football with the Big Ten on Saturday afternoons, though the network is not likely to have the exclusive first choice of games the way it did with the SEC.

The Big Ten said Tuesday in a statement its new television contracts are still being finalized.

“The conference continues to have productive meetings with both linear and direct-to-consumer media partners,” the conference said.

An announcement on a new set of deals that is expected to be worth more than $1 billion annually to the Big Ten is expected soon.

Sports Business Journal first reported ESPN was out of the Big Ten negotiations and CBS and NBC were each positioned to land a piece of the conference’s rights for upward of $300 million per year.

In June, the Big Ten announced it was expanding West with the additions of the Pac-12’s two flagship Los Angeles-based schools: Southern California and UCLA.

The move came a little less than a year after it was revealed Texas and Oklahoma would be leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC in 2025, when the Big 12’s TV contract runs out.

The Pac-12 is next up to the negotiating table among the Power Five conferences, with deals set to expire after the 2023-24 season. The Big 12’s current deals run out after the 2024-25 academic year.

While neither conference is expected to come anywhere close to landing deals that rival in value the Big Ten’s and SEC’s, not having the Big Ten creates more space for ESPN to fill on its family of networks.

Lindor, McNeil back Carrasco as streaking Mets beat Reds 6-2

NEW YORK (AP) Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil both homered and drove in two runs, leading Carlos Carrasco and the streaking New York Mets past the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Carrasco (13-4) pitched into the seventh inning and struck out nine to win his fifth straight decision and tie for the National League lead in wins. New York’s rotation has a 2.78 ERA in eight starts since Jacob deGrom returned – a stretch that includes Taijuan Walker giving up eight runs in one-plus inning last Friday.

“I think every time one of those guys pitches, the next guy, they just want to do the same,” Carrasco said. “Like (Chris) Bassitt, last night he went eight innings. I just want to do the same.”

Lindor became the first Mets shortstop with multiple 20-homer seasons when he opened the scoring with a two-run shot in the third. He has scored at least one run in 12 straight games, the longest streak of his career and tied with Mookie Betts for the longest in the majors this season.

McNeil led off the fourth with a homer against Mike Minor – his first off a left-hander since taking Washington’s Roenis Elias deep on Sept. 3, 2019. McNeil added an RBI single in the sixth and has a 12-game hitting streak.

“Kind of shows that I’m swinging the bat well and that gives me some confidence,” McNeil said.

Darin Ruf laced a two-run single in the seventh for the Mets, who have won 14 of 16 to move seven games ahead of second-place Atlanta in the NL East.

“We’ve been clicking all year,” McNeil said. “Everyone in this lineup is hot right now. We’re a dangerous team. We’re a good team. We know that.”

The first pitch was delayed 51 minutes due to torrential rain. The temperature at game time was 86 degrees, down about 10 degrees from earlier in the day.

Carrasco allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk. He carried a three-hit shutout into the seventh, when Jake Fraley hit a two-run homer and Austin Romine and Jonathan India chased the 35-year-old right-hander with consecutive two-out singles.

The 13 wins are three more than Carrasco had from 2019-21, when he was limited to 47 games (36 starts) due to a battle with lymphoma in 2019, the pandemic in 2020 and hamstring and elbow injuries last season.

“Carlos has been a good major league pitcher for a long time,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “He hasn’t been this healthy in a while. It was one of those things we hoped (could) happen this year. We knew it could be a shot in the arm.”

Mychal Givens struck out Nick Senzel to end the seventh. Trevor May wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before Seth Lugo threw a perfect ninth.

“We had a couple of opportunities – not enough, though,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Carrasco was really good.”

Mike Minor (1-9) lost his sixth consecutive decision after allowing four runs on five hits with three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He threw 110 pitches, his most since 126 for Texas on Sept. 26, 2019.

Cincinnati is assured of losing a series for the first time since the All-Star break.


Mets closer Edwin Diaz and his younger brother, Cincinnati Reds rookie reliever Alexis Diaz, exchanged the lineup cards at home plate before the game.

With several family members watching and wearing split Mets/Reds shirts picturing both brothers for the second straight night, Edwin and Alexis shook hands with the umpires and posed for a photo before hugging one another.

“It’s unbelievable,” their father, Edwin, said during the second inning. “Kids started playing at 5 years old, 6 years old. Their dream came true.”

It was the second time this season the Diaz brothers exchanged lineup cards at home plate. They also did it before the series opener between the teams in Cincinnati on July 4.


Plate umpire Pat Hoberg was hit near his throat by the shard of Kyle Farmer’s broken bat on an eighth-inning single. Hoberg completed the game following a brief visit from a Mets trainer.


Reds: INF/DH Mike Moustakas (left calf strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list after he got hurt legging out a single Monday night. It’s the fifth IL stint of the year for Moustakas, who was sidelined with a right biceps injury in April and was on the COVID-19 injured list three times thereafter. In a corresponding transaction, the Reds recalled Alejo Lopez from the minors. . India returned after exiting Monday’s game due to a right hamstring injury. . Farmer batted third and started at third base after being a late scratch from Monday’s lineup because of a stiff neck.

Mets: 1B/DH Dominic Smith (right ankle) went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game for Triple-A Syracuse. . RHP Tylor Megill (right shoulder) has increased his throwing program. The Mets plan for Megill, who isn’t eligible to return until Aug. 17, to be utilized out of the bullpen down the stretch. . RHP Tommy Hunter (lower back) is nearing a rehab assignment.


Reds: RHP T.J. Zeuch will be promoted from the taxi squad to make his season debut Wednesday afternoon. He was 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Louisville.

Mets: Walker (9-3, 3.45 ERA) got just three outs last Friday while allowing eight runs against the Braves – two fewer runs than he permitted in five July starts.

Meneses hits 2-run HR in 8th as Nationals beat Cubs 6-5

CHICAGO (AP) Joey Meneses hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, Keibert Ruiz went deep twice and the Washington Nationals regrouped after blowing a three-run lead, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-5 Tuesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.

The Nationals were rolling along with a 4-1 lead, thanks to Ruiz’s solo drive in the second and three-run shot in the fourth against Marcus Stroman. It was the first career multi-homer game for the 24-year-old Venezuelan.

Chicago got four RBI singles in a four-run seventh, with newcomer Franmil Reyes tying it and newcomer Nico Hoerner the go-ahead hit against Kyle Finnegan. But the Nationals regrouped.

Meneses came through against Mark Leiter Jr. (2-5) in the eighth, after Maikel Franco singled with one out and Yadiel Hernandez struck out. The 30-year-old rookie launched a drive to the left-field basket for his third homer in six major league games and second in as many nights, putting Washington back on top, 6-5.

“When I think about the minor leagues, all those years I spent down there,” Meneses said through an interpreter. “Being in this moment, just keep working and take advantage of this opportunity that I was given.”

The Cubs had a runner on second with two out in the bottom half when Carl Edwards Jr. came into the game and struck out Willson Contreras. He then worked the ninth for his first save this season and fourth since he debuted for Chicago in 2015.

Edwards, a member of the Cubs’ 2016 World Series championship team, gave up a one-out single to Seiya Suzuki, who was was caught stealing. Nelson Velazquez then walked before Nico Hoerner struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch.

“It felt great just being back out here at Wrigley, where they took me in under their wings and let me become who I am,” Edwards said following his first appearance against the Cubs.

Paolo Espino went five innings for Washington, allowing one run and six hits. Finnegan (3-2) got the win.

Suzuki homered leading off the second against Espino. He had three hits and scored two runs.

Rafael Ortega and Willson Contreras had RBI singles in the seventh. Ortega was also thrown out in the inning trying to score on Ian Happ’s line drive by center fielder Lane Thomas, who fired a one-hop strike to the plate.

Stroman labored through five innings, allowing four runs and five hits. The right-hander threw 90 pitches, struck out six and walked two following a string of strong starts. Stroman posted a 1.67 ERA in his previous five outings after missing a month because of inflammation in his right shoulder.


Reyes went 1 for 4 in his Chicago debut, a day after he was claimed off waivers from Cleveland.

Reyes said he was “a little bit surprised” the Guardians released him last week after optioning him to Triple-A. He was also “very thankful” for the opportunity they gave him following a trade from the Padres during the 2019 season.


The Nationals claimed veteran reliever Jake McGee off outright waivers from Milwaukee and designated outfielder Donovan Casey for assignment.

McGee signed with the Brewers on July 23, after he was released by San Francisco and posted a 6.35 ERA in six appearances. The left-hander was 32-27 with 79 saves and a 3.67 ERA over 13 seasons with Tampa Bay, Colorado, the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco and Milwaukee.


Nationals: DH Nelson Cruz exited after his second at-bat because of soreness in the back of his right shoulder.

Cubs: The Cubs remain unsure if RHP Kyle Hendricks (strained right shoulder) will pitch again this season. Though an MRI showed improvement, manager David Ross said there is still inflammation. Hendricks has not been throwing and will be reassessed in about a week. “I think my main thing is to get him back on the bump, throwing bullpens, and see how he feels,” Ross said. “I don’t think getting him back in games is a top priority for everyone. But if he is able to get to that space, I think that’s a win for everyone.”


The three-game series wraps up with Cubs LHP Justin Steele (4-7, 3.67 ERA) opposing Nationals RHP Josiah Gray (7-8, 4.92). Steele matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in just 4 2/3 innings in Chicago’s 2-1 win over Miami last week. Gray is 0-3 with an 8.53 in his past four starts.

Minus All-Star SS Anderson, White Sox split twinbill with KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Lenyn Sosa hit his first major league home run and Yoan Moncada also connected as the Chicago White Sox, minus injured All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson, beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Tuesday night to split a doubleheader.

The Royals won the first game 4-2. Vinnie Pasquantino homered in both games for Kansas City.

Anderson is expected to miss six weeks with a tear in the middle finger of his left hand. He was put on the 10-day injured list between games of the twinbill.

Anderson was injured on a check swing during his last at-bat on Saturday night at Texas. He will have surgery on Thursday in Chicago.

The 29-year-old Anderson is hitting .301 for the playoff-contending White Sox. He missed the opener while finishing up a two-game suspension for making contact with an umpire.

“The way it was described to me, we expect to have him play before the season is over,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “It’s up to us to keep winning games so when he gets back we’re contending.”

“When anybody gets hurt (it’s tough), but the kind of player he is and what he means to the club, it’ a really tough break,” he said.

Davis Martin (2-3) picked up the victory in the nightcap after being called up as the 27th man for the doubleheader. He allowed one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings.

“The rookies both won the awards,” La Russa said. “Davis got it for pitching and Sosa for offensively. Davis had a real good mix, real good command. He showed different guys different things. Very impressive.”

Liam Hendriks earned his 23rd save in 26 opportunities.

Jonathan Heasley (1-7), who was called up as the 27th man for the Royals, allowed two solo home runs in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Sosa, who made his big league debut in June, gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the third when he hit a curveball into the water fountains in left center.

“I was expecting a fastball,” Sosa said through an interpreter. “When I saw that pitch, I was able to react and hit the ball hard. It was a curveball.”

Pasquantino became the 13th different Royals player to homer in both games of a doubleheader when he connected in the fourth.

Moncada homered in the sixth for a 2-1 lead.

Gavin Sheets had an RBI double in the Chicago eighth. The Royals got within a run on Nick Pratto’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Eloy Jimenez had three hits and a walk for the White Sox.

The Royals got a solid performance from Brady Singer (5-4) in the first game. He allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings.

Pratto homered, doubled and singled in the win.

“Brady was very good,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. “I thought that was maybe his best sinker of the year. You see that many good hitters take called strikes that they’re questioning, it had movement they’re not accustomed to. Then he played off of that with the slider.”

Lance Lynn (2-5) allowed homers to Pratto and Pasquantino. Lynn gave up four runs on seven hits across six innings.

“I gave up two home runs that cost me four runs,” Lynn said.


The White Sox and Royals will continue their four-game series Wednesday night. RHP Johnny Cueto (4-5, 2.91 ERA) will start for Chicago. LHP Kris Bubic (2-6, 5.27 ERA) will get the start for the Royals.

Dodgers roll past Twins to boost win streak to nine

LOS ANGELES (AP) Max Muncy continued to rebound from a slow start to the season with a home run and Julio Urias pitched seven strong innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak to a season-best nine games with a 10-3 victory Tuesday night over the Minnesota Twins.

The defeat knocked the Twins into a first-place tie in the AL Central with the Cleveland Guardians, the first time they have not held sole possession of the top spot in the division since June 24.

Trea Turner had two doubles and drove in three runs, while Cody Bellinger had a two-run double, as Los Angeles improved to a major league best 76-33, while going 31-5 since June 29. The Dodgers matched a season high with eight doubles.

In his first game back from the injured list because of an abdominal strain, the Dodgers’ Justin Turner had two hits and an RBI.

Byron Buxton hit a home run for Minnesota, while starter Joe Ryan (8-5) gave up a run in each of the first four innings and was tagged for six runs on nine hits over five innings. Minnesota fell to 1-5 over its last three road series, all against National League clubs.

The Dodgers got their offense going early when Freddie Freeman walked with two outs in the first inning and scored on a double by Will Smith when Twins center fielder Gilberto Celestino failed to field the ball cleanly.

The Twins got the run back in the second inning on Celestino’s slow roller out in front of the plate to score Gio Urshela, who tripled to center.

The Dodgers took the lead for good in their half of the second inning when Gavin Lux singled and Joey Gallo doubled with one out, with both runners scoring on Bellinger’s double. A Trea Turner double scored Bellinger for a 4-1 advantage.

The Dodgers made it 5-1 in the third inning on Muncy’s 12th home run of the season and his third since Aug. 1. Muncy was slowed at the start of the season by a left elbow injury that occurred on the final regular-season game last season.

Trea Turner added his second RBI in the fourth inning when his comebacker scored Mookie Betts. Muncy added an RBI double in the seventh and Justin Turner followed with a run-scoring grounder. Trea Turner had another RBI double in the eighth and scored on a Smith single.

Buxton’s home run, his 27th on the season, came in the eighth inning against Dodgers right-hander Phil Bickford.

Urias (12-6) gave up one run on five hits over seven innings with no walks and eight strikeouts, while winning his ninth-consecutive decision. Urias has not absorbed a loss since June 12.

The Dodgers improved to 12-4 in interleague play, with a game remaining against the Twins on Wednesday, followed by a weekend three-game series at Kansas City.

The Twins fell to 5-11 in interleague play and lost their ninth-consecutive game against the Dodgers, going back to the 2014 season. Minnesota is 1-6 all time at Dodger Stadium.


Twins: RHP Bailey Ober (groin) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session at the team’s complex in Florida as he progresses toward a possible return in September. . OF Alex Krilloff, who is out of for the season, had surgery in Los Angeles to shorten his ulna bone in order to combat wrist issues.

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (abdomen) returned from the injured list and batted out of the designated hitter spot, while INF/OF Miguel Vargas was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. . RHPs Blake Treinen (shoulder) and Brusdar Graterol (shoulder) participated in a simulated game Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, with Treinen hitting 98 mph with his fastball and Graterol reaching as high as 100 mph. Both are expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment at Oklahoma City on Friday. . RHP Dustin May (Tommy John surgery) went five innings and threw 68 pitches in a rehab start at Oklahoma City.


Twins: RHP Sonny Gray (6-3, 3.19) takes the mound off his third start this season of at least five scoreless innings.

Dodgers: RHP Ryan Pepiot (1-0, 2.76) is expected to be called up from the taxi squad to make the start.

Sale out for year after breaking wrist in bike accident

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale broke his right wrist in a bike accident over the weekend and will miss the rest of the season, the team said Tuesday, the latest setback during an injury-plagued three years for the Boston ace.

Sale had surgery Monday and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training next year.

“You couldn’t make this up,” Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said Tuesday. “It stinks. It’s really unfortunate. We’re relieved this wasn’t worse, obviously. Very glad this wasn’t worse. But it’s been such a run of bad luck for him and obviously for us.”

Sale’s latest injury raises questions about his future with the team once he’s healthy. The 33-year-old appeared in just two games this season, throwing 5 2/3 innings. He suffered a broken left pinkie finger when he was hit by a line drive against the New York Yankees on July 17 and had surgery the next day. The start of his season was delayed after he broke a rib while working out on his own during the lockout.

“We need to dispatch some people to go find whoever has the Chris Sale voodoo doll and recover it,” Bloom said.

Bloom said Sale rode his bike home from a throwing session on Saturday at Boston College near his home. He took his bike out again to get lunch and hit something as he was going down a hill, throwing him from the bike and causing what Bloom called “a pretty rough spill.”

Sale’s still-healing left pinkie wasn’t harmed in the crash, Bloom said.

Sale has thrown only 48 1/3 innings in the regular season and nine in the postseason since the end of 2019. He missed the pandemic-shortened 2020 season because of Tommy John surgery and went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in nine starts last year. He’s logged only 14 starts, including three in the playoffs, over the past three seasons.

He is in the third year of a five-year, $145 million deal.

The Red Sox came within two wins of the World Series in 2021 but are last in the AL East thanks in part to injuries that have diminished both their starting rotation and regular lineup. Boston entered Tuesday at 54-56, 4 1/2 games out of the final AL wild-card spot.

Bloom said he had expected Sale to pitch again this season after recovering from the broken pinkie.

He’s spoken with Sale over the past few days and said he remains encouraged despite “an incredibly bizarre run of events.”

Bloom said the team will develop a plan for Sale’s 2023 season in light of all the missed time.

“We’re obviously gonna have to do that and be smart with it,” Bloom said. “If we want to play 162-plus, we have to build our team to have a lot of starting pitching depth. That’s been a huge organizational focus the last few years. Obviously, it’s been tested this year.

“It just shows the importance of that pipeline and continuing to build that depth and we plan on going into next year with a lot of starting pitching options,” Bloom continued. “Knowing that whether it’s Chris or someone else, things do happen and we’re gonna need people to step up over the course of the season if we want to play in the postseason.”

Federal judge denies LIV golfers bid for PGA Tour postseason

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) A federal judge in California ruled Tuesday that three golfers who joined Saudi-backed LIV Golf will not be able to compete in the PGA Tour’s postseason.

U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman made her decision in San Jose after attorneys for the sides each spoke for about an hour. Freeman said she didn’t consider the golfers faced irreparable harm because of the big money they were guaranteed by joining LIV, a key issue in the case.

“There simply is no irreparable harm in this case,” PGA Tour attorney Elliot Peters said.

The three suspended golfers were seeking a temporary restraining order, which Freeman denied. Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford claimed they should be able to play where they want to, each saying in letters last month to the PGA Tour, “I am a free agent and independent contractor.” They are among 10 players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour last week – including Phil Mickelson.

Robert Walters, an antitrust litigator representing the golfers, noted this would be their opportunity on a big playoff stage, “effectively the Super Bowl of golf” because of its “significant income opportunities.” Freeman responded that the LIV Tour earnings potential was also great and asked whether players might have been able to wait until the conclusion of the PGA Tour season to depart for the new tour.

Walters argued there were only 48 spots and they would have filled up according to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, to which Freeman said she agreed with that stance but that the golfers stood to gain far more financially joining LIV than the money they might have earned on the PGA Tour.

“This is an extraordinarily attractive financial opportunity but it’s much more than that,” Walters said, saying the harm done is that “players lose intangible benefits” such as qualifications for the major tournaments as well as other marquee invitationals.

“This is the holy grail because everybody wants to compete in and prevail in major championships, but it’s not just the majors,” Walters said. He noted that the PGA Tour inferred these golfers would put a “taint” or “stench” on the tour’s image by playing, perhaps even wearing LIV Tour gear in PGA Tour tournaments.

“We’re disappointed that Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones won’t be allowed to play golf. No one gains by banning golfers from playing,” LIV Golf said in a statement.

The first of three FedEx Cup playoff events begin Thursday. Two tournaments offer $15 million prize funds, and the player who wins the FedEx Cup at East Lake in Atlanta gets $18 million – thus the urgency for Freeman to rule. This case could go to trial next year, with the possibility of an injunction hearing in late September or early October, according to Peters.

Peters said lifting the suspensions of the golfers and allowing them to play would “change the status quo” for the PGA Tour and “give them a fabulous platform” to promote the LIV tour while competing in a PGA event.

“I think it’s a huge problem,” he said. “… The Commissioner needs the ability to protect the Tour. This is a very dire situation for the Tour.”

Gooch (No. 20), Jones (No. 65) and Swafford (No. 67) are among nine players who have joined LIV Golf and finished the regular season among the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings. The other six who joined LIV Golf are not asking to play in the tour’s postseason.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan issued a memo to members that included: “With today’s news, our players, fans and partners can now focus on what really matters over the next three weeks: the best players in the world competing in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, capping off an incredibly compelling season with the crowning of the FedEx Cup champion at the Tour Championship.”

AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson contributed to this report.

Column: Monahan underestimated only the loyalty of players

On different occasions in golf’s summer of discontent, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy delivered key messages that illustrate what PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan got wrong.

McIlroy was asked at the U.S. Open if he had lost respect for players in their prime years who were taking guaranteed cash from Saudi-funded LIV Golf, with its 54-hole events and 48-man fields, no cut and not much of an audience.

“I don’t understand for the guys that are a similar age to me going because I would like to believe that my best days are still ahead of me, and I think theirs are, too,” McIlroy said. “So that’s where it feels like you’re taking the easy way out.”

At the British Open a month later, Woods left little doubt where he stood on players who had defected to the rival league run by Greg Norman.

“I disagree with it,” Woods said. “I think what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.”

Monahan didn’t underestimate the threat of Saudi money or the damage it could inflict on a tour that hasn’t been challenged for 50 years. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have bothered with an 898-word memo in January 2020 warning players they would have to pick one league or the other, even contemplating changes to the PGA Tour’s regulations if necessary.

What he underestimated was the loyalty of his players.

Too many are willing to take the easy way out.

Too many are turning their backs on the very tour that made them worth watching, all because of financial offers that turned their heads.

Deane Beman said as much in an interview with Golfweek magazine. He was the commissioner from 1974 to 1994 and largely responsible for the model that led to the PGA Tour becoming the ultimate destination in golf.

“You don’t build loyalty and appreciation into a model like we built for the tour,” Beman said. “That’s up to the integrity of the individual and the appreciation of what’s been done for them.”

Monahan leaned on the phrase “legacy, not leverage,” a clever play on words after Phil Mickelson had been exposed in a series of published comments in February that his main interest in the Saudi-backed league was to get leverage for changes on the PGA Tour he felt were long overdue.

But it’s not about legacy, either. It’s not about history.

And it’s not about the bluster of playing less for more. Why else would 10 players – Carlos Ortiz has asked that his name be removed from the lawsuit, according to his manager – take the money and run to federal court in California to file an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour?

Nothing motivates like money, and golf wasn’t immune. Players who say they were attracted to the team concept of LIV Golf either never played in a Ryder Cup or realized they had played for the last time.

Players made choices and those should be respected. And they were, until the inevitable lawsuit filed last week that demands the right to eat fruit from every tree in the garden.

Norman speaks of finally bringing free agency to golf, leaving out the part about players signing contracts with LIV Golf that require them to play certain events.

The Saudi threat under any name was real and there wasn’t much Monahan could have done to stop it, not with that much money from the Public Investment Fund at Norman’s disposal.

Imagine if Monahan had listened and struck a deal years ago, before Norman got involved and turned this into a vendetta. Would the PGA Tour not have risked the wrath of a large chunk of its fan base that now criticizes every player for taking Saudi money controlled by a repressive regime with an abominable record on human rights?

Monahan should no longer be surprised by anyone who pledges support one week and leaves the next week.

That was the case with Brooks Koepka in June. He was at a Rolex function on Monday of the U.S. Open, rallying the troops to speak loudly and clearly for the PGA Tour. Then he had an offer he couldn’t ignore and was gone a week later.

That was the case with Bryson DeChambeau when he wrote in February, “I want to make it very clear that as long as the best players in the world are playing the PGA Tour, so will I.” It would be interesting to know his definition of “best” since LIV Golf has only one player – Dustin Johnson – from the top 20 in the world ranking.

The PGA Tour’s postseason starts this week, but not before a federal judge decides whether to allow three defectors to compete in the FedEx Cup playoffs. The fall portion of the new season will include two events in California – one a tournament in Napa, another the initial case management conference for the antitrust lawsuit.

Beman was asked by Golfweek if he could see anything positive coming from this disruption.

“Not that I see,” he said. “Maybe demasking the integrity of some individuals. Their real stripes are showing. Some of the people who have benefited enormously from what the tour has put together are fully disclosing their integrity.”

More players are likely to follow after the FedEx Cup. Rumors are flying, and those can’t be trusted, either. Words have never been more hollow.

Monahan should know by now that a game built on integrity only applies inside the ropes.




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» LT: Matt Pryor, Bernhard Raimann, Jordan Murray

» LG: Quenton Nelson, Jason Spriggs, Brandon Kemp

» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French, Alex Mollette

» RG: Danny Pinter, Will Fries, Josh Seltzner

» RT: Braden Smith, Ryan Van Demark, Dennis Kelly

» TE: Mo Alie-Cox, Drew Ogletree, Nikola Kalinic

» TE: Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods, Michael Jacobson

» WR: Parris Campbell, Keke Coutee, DeMichael Harris, Michael Young Jr.

» WR: Michael Pittman Jr., Ashton Dulin, Ethan Fernea, D.J. Montgomery

» QB: Matt Ryan, Nick Foles, Sam Ehlinger, Jack Coan

» RB: Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, Phillip Lindsay, Ty’Son Williams, Deon Jackson, D’Vonte Price, CJ Verdell


» DE: Kwity Paye, Tyquan Lewis, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Kameron Cline

» DT: DeForest Buckner, R.J. McIntosh, Curtis Brooks, Byron Cowart

» NT: Grover Stewart, Eric Johnson II, Caeveon Patton, Chris Williams

» DE: Yannick Ngakoue, Ben Banogu, Dayo Odeyingbo

» WLB: Bobby Okereke, E.J. Speed, Sterling Weatherford, Brandon King

» MLB: Shaquille Leonard, Forrest Rhyne, James Skalski

» SAM: Zaire Franklin, JoJo Domann

» CB: Brandon Facyson, Marvell Tell III, Chris Wilcox, Alex Myres

» FS: Julian Blackmon, Rodney Thomas II, Will Redmond, Marcel Dabo

» SS: Nick Cross, Rodney McLeod, Armani Watts, Trevor Denbow

» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown

» CB: Stephon Gilmore, Isaiah Rodgers, Anthony Chesley, Dallis Flowers


» P: Rigoberto Sanchez

» PK: Rodrigo Blankenship, Jake Verity

» H: Rigoberto Sanchez

» LS: Luke Rhodes

» KR: Isaiah Rodgers, Ashton Dulin

» PR: Nyheim Hines, Keke Coutee

Indy Drops Series Opener Against Memphis, 5-1

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Indianapolis Indians were held to just three hits on Tuesday night in their series-opening loss to the Memphis Redbirds, 5-1.

After a 1 hour and five-minute rain delay prior to first pitch, the Redbirds (56-49) broke open a lead with a four-run outpour in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out and runners on second and third, Delvin Perez grounded a ball up-the-middle to score both runners. Kramer Robertson would cap the inning with a two-run homer off starting pitcher Miguel Yajure (L, 2-3) to make it a 4-0 Redbirds advantage.

Memphis RHP Thomas Parsons (W, 7-3) did not allow a hit through 5.1 innings, before a Jared Oliva bloop single broke up the no-hit bid. Parsons held the Indians (51-53) scoreless in his 6.0 innings of work.

A one-out walk drawn by Jack Suwinski set the table for Indians’ lone run of the contest. Brendt Citta singled down the right-field line to put runners on the corners, and Mason Martin grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Suwinski and make it a 4-1 deficit. Memphis would get a run back in their following at bat.

The Indians and Redbirds will continue their six-game series Wednesday at AutoZone Park at 8:05 PM ET. RHP Osvaldo Bido (1-6, 5.35) will take the mound for the Indians, and the Redbirds will counter with major league rehabber, RHP Jack Flaherty (0-1, 2.25).

Quoted: Fall Camp Edition – August 9 Update

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Head coach Tom Allen and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Walt Bell met with the media on Tuesday (Aug. 9) inside Memorial Stadium.

Below is a partial transcript of the press conference, while video of the full media session can be found on the right sidebar at

Tom Allen | Head Coach

On the quarterback competition between Connor Bazelak and Jack Tuttle…

TA: I’d say continuing to compete, that hasn’t changed and that will continue. We have our first scrimmage coming up on Friday and I think that will be pretty telling for us to get the feedback were trying to get. On a daily basis, we’re trying to install our system on both sides and so that process continues.

You just see flashes from both guys to be able to run the offense with a commanding mindset, to be able to make all the throws you need to make. Then you think about Jack [Tuttle], just so competitive and such a great preparer and is just really doing a good job of just learning; where to get his eyes, where to make the throws, running the system from the wholistic perspective is where I’m seeing growth there, which is what you want. Being able to move the football down the field as we move through camp we get more and more, what we call move the ball periods which is just playing real football, it’s not scripted. The situations are basically you start a certain point, whether it’s from the minus 30, minus 40, 2 minute, plus 25, if you’re going in to do red zone focus, to just be able to move the football and run the offense.

And with Connor [Bazelak], just the quick release ability. You’re seeing the growth in the mastery of the system because he hasn’t been here as long as Jack, but bottom line is throwing catchable balls. One thing that sticks out to me about Connor is that he can throw a catchable ball and that is really the key. The completions are what you’re looking for. We are charting everything: completion percentage, accuracy, whether it’s dropped, all to get a fair assessment of where guys are at.

When you have a competition like this, you don’t have one guy that is always addressing the team, they’re both doing that in their settings and when practice is over and that’s a good balance there. Guys are looking to see to those guys to be those leaders in those situations. I see progress without question but am really anxious to see the first scrimmage. That is to me really where you’ll get the most reps of just pure playing football. You’ll have the officials here. We had the miniature version of that yesterday, [but it was] very controlled. Only did that for one period but went full bore live yesterday during that one period and continue to build off those reps and that’s kind of where we’re at right now.

On keeping spring ball and fall camp quite…

TA: I think there’s multiple reasons and the most obvious is who our first opponent is. That goes all the way back to the spring and that whole evaluation process. I know the process we go through as a staff and what we’re looking for and what we can use to try to find information out. It’s multiple reasons but that is the number one and that I just know as a defensive minded person when there’s those questions marks there it creates multiple options you have to prepare for which detracts from the focus you really want it to have.

There’s just a lot of unknows. Obviously, it works both directions. We have unknowns as well without playing a game against anybody before that first opportunity and before we have a chance to play. It’s very driven by that and people may not like it, but it doesn’t really matter to me it’s what we’re going to do. The whole goal is what we feel is best for our team and we feel that’s the best for our team and we’re going to stick with it.

On Donavan McCulley’s move to wide receiver…

TA: It wasn’t like ‘nah I’m done’ kind of thing. He did come to me, that’s very accurate. No, it’s not like a guy comes to me and says, ‘hey I want this spot.’ I had another kid come to me, other positions within the last few months about switching and we usually sit down as we do we have a conversation with the staff about it, that are affected by that position and in this circumstance, you contact family and talk to them, and I just think that it’s a major shifting in a lot of ways.

I will say this, I understood and had the feelings [to move positions] and with such a talented player that you see has an opportunity to really get on the field sooner and in a different role, you have to have a big picture view of things. You have to go in and evaluate that but there’s no doubt that it wasn’t done quickly or just a matter of he came to me, and he wanted to do it so it’s automatically a given.

I think there was a lot of discussions that went into it. It was a very gradual process for us to go through and just kind of see how things played out from that perspective. Even talking to others, his high school coaches, and just different things. For me, it wasn’t a quick decision by any means. [We are] just trying to find the best way to help him and help our football team maximize our roster. To me, that’s what I see from him, and I feel like that’s going to be a great opportunity for him.

I didn’t necessarily disagree with some of the things he was saying and there’s no question you have a position like that it takes a lot of time and takes a lot of reps, so I just think that trying to make the best decision for all involved and obviously for him and for our team, that’s what we felt it was.

On Shaun Shivers physical running style…

TA: I love it. He’s different. He’s very compact, very strong and very powerful, but I love his mindset. You take a young man like that has obviously probably never been considered tall [in his life]. Some guys grow really fast and never grow anymore. We’ve all seen those guys who are the same height in sixth grade as they are when they become a junior in high school, but I can’t imagine that being the case. He’s probably always been short and undersized and that creates a toughness to him.

We’ve got a couple guys like that. As a matter of fact, it came up in practice the other day. We have several guys on our team that we’d put in that category, they’ve got a special edge about them because of their size, and they’ve been small their whole lives and they’ve had to learn to fight, to be tough, physical and they have to be mean and nasty in their mindset in order to be able to compete against bigger guys when they were younger.

That’s never left him. It’s made him who he is. He has a tremendous edge about him, very physical, very tough kid. I think he’s already infected our whole offense with that mindset and to me that’s a really big deal to have a guy like that and the ability to have a positive impact on his entire team. That’s a toughness that you have to have and that mindset to try to run somebody over regardless.

The other thing about him, which is awesome as a coach, is he also has the ability to make you miss and that’s what he can do really well. He’s not looking for the sideline, he’s looking for somebody to physically run over and you saw it on film, that’s what he did and did it in some really big games against some really high-caliber opponents. When I actually talked to some other coaches from down that way, that was the first thing they commented on was his power and how much of an explosive and physical runner that he is. He brings that with his mindset as we always say your mindset drives your expectations and beliefs and that’s case with Shaun Shivers for sure.

Walt Bell | Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

On his evaluation of the offense and the quarterbacks to this point…

WB: Overall evaluation, I think our kids have done a phenomenal job through the summer. I think that’s the first thing. From where we left in the spring to where we are now, there’s a big, noticeable difference. Kudos to those guys for how they’ve prepared this summer because we’re in a much better place than we were when we exited the spring. So, they’ve done a lot of really good work.

Really proud of our offensive line, Coach [Tom] Allen, they do a great job putting camp together and making things difficult on us. I think our o-line has done a really nice job in the run game and in a pass protection standpoint. We’ve taken care of the ball relatively well, which is obviously the most important thing you do. Turnovers and explosive plays are going to make the difference in who wins and loses the game, so there’s ball security every day. That’s a huge part of what we do. We’re taking care of the ball pretty well

Then other than that I think our kids from just a mentality standpoint, I think they’re really, really, really hungry to learn, they’re hungry to improve, they’re hungry to be better than we were a year ago, almost to the point of they’re starving. Really enjoy the mentality of this group right now, they’re a joy and blessing to work with every day.

On how much contact has been involved in practice…

WB: We’ve I believe two days in shoulder pads, one day in full pads. It’s been really physical. We’ve had some really physical inside segments. We had short yardage goal line yesterday, so we have been really physical. [We have had some] good perimeter periods between the wideouts and perimeter players and defensive backs that we call little inside drill, so it’s been plenty physical.

Blocking and tackling, those things never change. If you can block and tackle well, you’ve got a chance to win football games. For blocking, tackling, and great eye discipline you know every team if you can do those three things really well you’ve got a chance. Coach Allen has done a great job putting our camp together where we’re able to do those things in a physical way, but also keep our guys healthy.

On what he has seen out of the quarterbacks…

WB: From an overall system knowledge, we’re so much further along. As elementary as this sounds, you kind of talk about the A, B, Cs of certain concepts, and then eventually through repetition you start to learn some D, E, Fs. To be able to start with the D, E, Fs, as we’re on our way to the X, Y, Zs is a nice thing.

They both have done a really nice job, they’re both handling this competition incredibly well. They both help each other, they’re always good teammates because they’re both good human beings on top of being really good football players. The other guy that’s done an incredible job is Dexter Williams II. Dexter is going to be a really good player someday. I’m really impressed with the improvement that Dexter has made between spring and now. So excited about him, but all three of those kids, great teammates, good people, they’re doing everything they possibly can to go win and compete for the job.

On the tight end group and how they’re progressing…

WB: AJ [Barner] is a really good player, another guy who’s improved just in terms of overall system knowledge between the spring and now. James Bomba has done a great job of stepping up and kind of becoming a more physical, in-line grinder who’s also got really soft hands. [Aaron Steinfeldt] has done a really nice job and Brody Foley is a young tight end that’s going to be a really good player. He was an early enrollee that wasn’t healthy in the spring so now he’s back. Sam Daugstrup’s done a nice job. [Ryan Barnes] has done a nice job.

We’ve got some good serviceable depth. The one guy that has really grown and really has started to improve is Trey Walker, who was a walk-on here. He’s a big, long guy, that gives us some value at the point of attack, runs better than a lot of people think he does and has caught the ball really well up to this point in this camp.

So, really excited about the position group even though it’s a young group. Everybody in there is young. Coach Wright is doing a great job with those guys, and so we’re excited about the fact that not only they’re going to add production and value to the offense, but they all have a little bit of a different skillset. We’ve got a really diversified position [at tight end], so excited about that group.

PURDUE Wrestling Releases 2022-23 Non-Conference Schedule

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue head coach Tony Ersland unveiled his team’s 2022-23 non-conference schedule on Tuesday, announcing a trio of home dates to finish 2022 and three team tournament appearances. The season will kick off Sunday, November 6 as the Boilermakers will take the bulk of the team to the 2022 Clarion Open.

This year will mark Purdue’s first trip as a team to the Clarion Open, as Ersland hopes to venture out of the Midwest to see some new opponents. “We see so many of the same people, year in and year out, and so to stick to the same schedule every year doesn’t make much sense to me,” said Ersland. “Being in the Big Ten, we rarely have any issues with strength of schedule, and with the importance of RPI in the NCAA Tournament, I want our guys to get a chance to see a variety of opponents.”

With the new NCAA rules changes regarding freshmen competition and eligibility, expect to see Ersland bring the bulk of the Boilermakers’ roster to Clarion. In addition to the varsity debut of redshirts Dustin Norris (133), Stoney Buell (165), Ben Vanadia (184), Hayden Copass (285), Tristan Ruhlman (285) and more, fans should also expect to see Purdue’s collection of first-year athletes on the mat in the Old Gold & Black as well.

The Boilermakers open their home schedule Sunday, November 13, hosting Rider University for a dual in Holloway Gymnasium. Purdue visited the Broncs to start the 2021-22 campaign, posting a 33-3 victory over Rider in a raucous Alumni Gymnasium, improving to 2-1 all-time in the series.

Purdue remains home the following Sunday, welcoming Northern Illinois, Cleveland State and Chattanooga to Holloway Gymnasium for the Boilermaker Duals. The Huskies have been a regular at Purdue’s annual home quad, while Cleveland State comes to West Lafayette after the Boilermakers went to Cleveland in 2021. Purdue topped Northern Illinois 28-10 last season, while dealing the Vikings a 39-7 defeat on the road. The quad will mark the first meeting between Purdue and Chattanooga since the 2014 season, as the Boilermakers aim to improve upon their 6-0 all-time record against the Mocs.

The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational is set for December 2-3, as the Boilermakers return to Sin City for seventh straight season. Purdue has turned in three straight top-10 team performances at the annual event, including a fifth-place effort in 2019 and a sixth-place finish last season. The Boilermakers put a program-record seven individuals on the podium in 2021, including returners Matt Ramos, Parker Filius, Kendall Coleman and Thomas Penola, in addition to eclipsing 80 team points for the fourth time in program history and second straight season in Vegas.

Purdue’s final home event for 2022 will be another quad, welcoming Campbell, Drexel and Utah Valley to Holloway Gymnasium on Tuesday, December 20. The day will mark the first-ever meeting between Purdue and Campbell, making the Camels the 154th all-time opponent in program history. The Boilermakers host Drexel after traveling the Philadelphia in 2021, when they earned a 29-18 victory over the Dragons to open the season. Utah Valley comes to Purdue for the first time ever, facing the Boilermakers for the third time in program history. The two sides have split the first two meetings with Utah Valley taking a 28-11 win in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2018, and Purdue avenging that result with a 30-12 victory at Journeymen Duals in New York in 2019.

The Boilermakers will ring in the new year in a new fashion, heading to the Southern Scuffle for the first time in program history. Chattanooga hosts the annual holiday tournament on January 1-2, welcoming several of the nation’s top programs to McKenzie Arena for the two-day event.

The Big Ten schedule is typically released in September, and will unveil the dates, times and location for Purdue’s eight conference opponents. Seven of the eight matchups are already known for the Boilermakers, comprised of the other six Big Ten West schools and intrastate rival Indiana, while Purdue’s eighth and final opponent is still to be announced.

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Schenk, Duncan Advanced to FedEx Cup Playoffs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Former Purdue golfers Tyler Duncan and Adam Schenk have both advanced to the FedEx Cup Playoffs, opening play this week at the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee.

Schenk has advanced to the FedEx Cup for the fourth straight year, while Duncan reached the playoffs for the third time (2018, 2020, 2022). Duncan advanced to the BMW Championship in 2020, finishing in the top 70 of the FedEx Cup standings.

The top 125 players in the regular season rankings advance to the three-tournament, season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs. Following this weekend’s event in Nashville, the field is whittled down to 70 players for the BMW Championships in Delaware on Aug. 18 to 21, then the final 30 will play in the TOUR Championship at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Aug. 25 to 28.

Schenk will tee off Thursday at 1:17 p.m. ET, off hole 10 and be paired with Stephan Jaeger and C.T. Pan. Duncan tees off at 1:39 p.m. ET, off hole 1 and paired with Matthias Schwab and Patton Kizzire.

Schenk enters the FedEx Cup playoffs ranked No. 93 in the standings, having amassed $1,260,637 on the money list this year. He placed T-41 and T-24 at the PGA Championships and U.S. Open respectively, and has five top-25 finishes this season, including three top-10 placings.

Duncan is 118th in the FedEx Cup standings, securing $811,993 on the money list. He has posted five top-25 showings, including four top-15 performances, this season.

Schenk and Duncan are two of five Big Ten representatives competing in the FedEx Cup playoffs this season.

BUTLER MEN’S BB: Bates and Harris Lead Butler MBB to 86-76 Win in Third Game of European Tour

Butler’s Manny Bates posted a double-double and Chuck Harris led the team with 21 points as the Bulldogs used a strong second half to pull away for an 86-76 win over a team comprised of professional players from leagues in Greece and Spain.

The game was played Tuesday afternoon at the Eurohoops Dome in Athens, Greece.

Butler led, 32-31, at the half and relinquished the lead in the third quarter (47-46 with 4:05 remaining) before responding with a 9-0 run to take a 55-47 advantage. Butler never trailed again.

Bates went 8-for-9 from the field for his 16 points, while pulling down 10 rebounds. Half of his boards came on the offensive end. Harris went 7-for-13 from the field to net his 21 points.

The Bulldogs opened the trip with a pair of commanding wins in Rome against several members of the Stellazzurra Basketball Team, who were joined by additional professional players from the area.

Tuesday’s opponent was both older and more physical, providing the Bulldogs with the team’s strongest challenge of the team’s foreign tour. Butler shot 52 percent from the field, and went 7-for-20 from behind the arc. Jayden Taylor was the third Bulldog in double figures with 14 points.

Harris’s line included seven rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Nikos Persidis led five home players in double figures with 17 points.

The game was played under FIBA rules, which included four 10-minute quarters. Simas Lukosius and Ali Ali have missed the games of the tour due to injury. Neither injury is expected to impact their preseason work once the team returns to Indianapolis.

Butler arrived in Athens Monday night after spending the weekend in Sorrento. The team will attend tonight’s game between the Greek National Team and Spanish National Team in Athens. Over the coming days, the team will visit the Temple of Poseidon, the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Panatheniac Stadium. 

The team closes its foreign tour Thursday in Athens with the Bulldogs’ fourth game, which will come against the same team they played Tuesday.


By John Brice

Special Contributor

The text messages are sent at all hours of the day, and, yes, sometimes that means one of the recipients might be in class.

Still, augmenting the constant time they spend around one another with additional digital dissections, Notre Dame’s linebackers are in their own collective right a proven commodity on a team featuring staunch offensive and defensive lines.

After all, Bo Bauer, JD Bertrand, Jack Kiser and Marist Liufau possess 120 games’ experience and more than 300 career tackles among the quartet.

Communication is the bedrock.

“These are great guys, we work together. It’s like, ‘All right, hey, if we don’t understand this, we should get together,’” says Bauer, the long-haired, free-spirited middle linebacker with a panache for special teams. “We can text because people are separated or doing class, but I have a question and people can get back to you in the group chat.

“It’s just this constant flow of communication to set that. And it’s spending time outside. With these guys, I’ve been with them so long, it’s some of my best friends. It’s like a connection you can’t really replicate in any other way.”

No player focuses solely on his singular studies, nor does he focus simply on a lone spot on the field.

As defensive coordinator Al Golden brings with him the knowledge of a pair of head-coaching stints at both Temple and Miami (Fla.), as well as lengthy NFL service, the Irish are training in all directions.


Golden’s charge, at the behest of head coach Marcus Freeman, is to deploy Notre Dame’s linebackers with an eye for versatility – be that running east to west or up and down the depth chart.

“That’s exactly what we’re trying to do,” says Golden, a cornerstone hire on Freeman’s inaugural staff. “We talk about not just vertical depth, but horizontal depth. Guys being able to play different positions horizontally but also vertically; having a 3 go with the 2s. Having a 2 challenge with the 1s one day, taking a 1 and putting him with the 2s so that they’re communicating with other groups or combinations, if you will. That’s going to make us stronger.

“That’s Coach Freeman’s baby; he has us challenging those guys by different periods. And they just don’t know when it’s going to be their turn. You could be a 3, but you know what, you’re going with the 2s today. And here we go, that’s your shot.”

Irish players are embracing that challenge both on and off the field in preseason camp. Golden intends Monday night’s work to feature more rolls of the depth-chart dice.

“It’s great for morale,” Golden says. “It breeds energy and excitement to the practice and obviously everybody’s got to be on call.

“That’s the design. We’ll be back here (Monday night) for our walk-through, and we’ll mix up the groups. A 2 D-end might be a 1 D-end, the 1s might be with the 2s, there might be a 3 D-tackle that’s with the 2s. Whatever the case may be, try to build our depth and really grow this team.”

It helps that the group not only is anchored by those four veterans but also is being infused with considerable young talent as well, from rising sophomore Prince Kollie to heralded 2022 signees Jaylen Sneed and Junior Tuihalamaka.

“I think it’s very unique,” says Liufau, returning from a season-ending broken leg suffered last August, of the linebacker corps’ diverse skill-sets. “I think it adds a lot of value to our defense, for sure.

“It adds a lot of value to the guys, I mean just being able to do more things is so valuable nowadays as linebackers, especially. I think that’s great for the room.”

It’s an element that likewise marries with the camp’s other top-down theme: urgency. The Irish are just 26 days from their season-opening tilt at Ohio State.

“Coach Freeman talked about urgency; we just don’t have a lot of time,” says Golden. “I said to the staff (Monday) morning on defense, I’m so excited about the way they’re executing the installations because we can’t afford to have a bad installation day.

“Because that’s it, once we’re done with these installations, we’re moving on.”

East, west, north, south. The Irish are covering all directions.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Class Previews: Freshmen

Leading up to the regular season, we will take a deeper look into each class on the Sycamore roster. Indiana State women’s soccer welcomes a class of seven freshmen into the fold for the 2022 season which includes players from four different states.

Adelaide Wolfe – Defender

Wolfe joins the Sycamores from Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa where she was a four-year letterwinner under head coach Ed Knupp. She was a four-time Academic All-State nominee and helped lead the team to a 17-3 record in 2021. She played for Sporting Iowa East under coach Paul Dayrell where she won the State Club Cup in 2020.

Leah McDonald – Defender/Midfielder

Coming from Glendale High School in Springfield, Missouri, McDonald was a four-year starter under head coach Jeff Rogers. She was named Second Team All-State in 2021. She played club soccer for former ISU head coach Vernon Croft for Sporting Springfield SC. McDonald was also a starter on the varsity volleyball team.

Madeline Lotspeich – Goalkeeper

A four-year letterwinner at Fort Zumwalt West High School in O’Fallon, Missouri under head coach Sean Baldwin. Lotspeich won two Missouri State Cup Championships while playing club soccer. She was a three-time Academic All-Conference team selection and also played two years of high school basketball.

Corynn DeGroote – Midfielder/Forward

DeGroote didn’t have to travel far, coming from West Vigo High School in West Terre Haute. She was a four-year All Conference selection under head coach Alicia Lanham. DeGroote scored 121 career goals including an eight-goal game. Received First Team All-District in her senior season. She also ran track in high school, finishing 16th in the state in the 400m dash in 2021.

Ella Roesch – Midfielder

Hailing from Parkway West High School in St. Louis, Missouri, Roesch was a four-year letterwinner under Annie Wayland. An All-Region selection, she helped lead her team to the district championship. Roesch played club soccer for the Sporting St. Louis Rangers under Mike Preusser where she helped the team win a pair of Midwest Regional Championships.

Katie Koger – Midfielder/Forward

Koger was a four-year starter at Guerin Catholic High School under head coach Sean Yau. She was a three-time All-County selection while scoring 35 goals and recording 17 assists. Koger helped lead team to state runner-up finish in her junior season A four-time Academic All-State selection, she played club soccer for Indiana Fire ECNL under coach Paul Dolinsky. Koger was also a four-year starter for varsity basketball team making All-Conference and All-County teams.

Ella Gorrie – Defender/Midfielder

A four-year letterwinner at Glenwood High School under coach Jay Lipe. Gorrie was named the SJR Female Soccer Player of the Year in 2021. She was also named to the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region Team in 2022. Gorrie played club soccer for SLSG ECNL and Eclipse ECNL RL.

Following Thursday’s exhibition at Bellarmine, the Sycamores will open their regular season on the road on Thursday, August 18 at SIUE with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET.

Anderson Announces 2022 Volleyball Schedule

The Anderson University athletics department announced its 2022 volleyball schedule on Tuesday.

Anderson is slated for 24 varsity matches, including three tournaments. The Ravens are also competing in three JV matches.

Anderson battles in four matches during the Illinois College Tournament on Sept. 2-3 in Jacksonville, Ill. The Ravens host Olivet College for their home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. Anderson’s two other tournaments consist of the Blue Angel Bash (hosted by Mount Mary University) on Sept. 9-10 in Milwaukee and the Bishop Invitational (hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University) on Sept. 16-17 in Delaware, Ohio.

The Ravens kick off the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season with a road match at Franklin College on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. in Franklin. Anderson battles Defiance College in the HCAC home opener on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

The Ravens take on Mount St. Joseph University in HCAC action on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. Anderson hosts Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in HCAC action during the Dig for the Cure on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. The Ravens clash with Hanover College on Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Anderson then takes on Transylvania University in the HCAC home finale on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. The Ravens close out the season by clashing with Manchester University in HCAC action on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in North Manchester.


Friday, Sept. 2vs. Westminster (Mo.) (Illinois College Tournament)5 PM ETJacksonville, Ill.
Friday, Sept. 2vs. Monmouth (Ill.) (Illinois College Tournament)9 PM ETJacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, Sept. 3at Illinois College (Illinois College Tournament)11:30 AM ETJacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, Sept. 3vs. Principia (Illinois College Tournament)1:30 PM ETJacksonville, Ill.
Wednesday, Sept. 7vs. Olivet7 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Friday, Sept. 9vs. Alverno (Blue Angel Bash)6:15 PM ETMilwaukee, Wis.
Friday, Sept. 9vs. Lawrence (Blue Angel Bash)8:30 PM ETMilwaukee, Wis.
Saturday, Sept. 10at Mount Mary (Blue Angel Bash)11 AM ETMilwaukee, Wis.
Saturday, Sept. 10vs. Finlandia (Blue Angel Bash)1:15 PM ETMilwaukee, Wis.
Tuesday, Sept. 13at Albion6:30 PMAlbion, Mich.
Friday, Sept. 16at Ohio Wesleyan (Bishop Invitational)7 PMDelaware, Ohio
Saturday, Sept. 17vs. Bethany (W.Va.) (Bishop Invitational)11 AMDelaware, Ohio
Saturday, Sept. 17vs. Trine (Bishop Invitational)2 PMDelaware, Ohio
Saturday, Sept. 24vs. Asbury3 PMRichmond, Ind.
Wednesday, Sept. 28at Wilmington (Ohio)7 PMWilmington, Ohio
Saturday, Oct. 1at Franklin*1 PMFranklin, Ind.
Wednesday, Oct. 5vs. Defiance*7 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Oct. 8vs. Mount St. Joseph*1 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Oct. 12at Bluffton*7 PMBluffton, Ohio
Saturday, Oct. 15at Earlham*7 PMRichmond, Ind.
Wednesday, Oct. 19vs. Rose-Hulman (Dig for the Cure)*7 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Oct. 22vs. Hanover (Senior Day)*2 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Sunday, Oct. 23vs. Transylvania*1 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Oct. 26at Manchester*7 PMNorth Manchester, Ind.

*indicates HCAC contest

Anderson Baseball Tabs Screeton as Hitting-Infield Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

The Anderson University baseball program and head coach Mathew Bair have tabbed Cameron Screeton as the hitting-infield coach/recruiting coordinator on Tuesday.

“We are fortunate and blessed to have Coach Cameron Screeton join our staff,” Mathew Bair said. “His enthusiasm is infectious and he is a true student of the game. Coach Screeton brings seasoned collegiate experience to the AU staff; his players and teams have been able to reach their ceilings in both player development and team success.”

Screeton has spent the last three years as the hitting and infield coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Following Screeton’s first year in which the postseason was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pioneers proceeded to qualify for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Tournament in each of the next two years. This included an appearance in the NAIA World Series for MidAmerican Nazarene. During Screeton’s three years, the Pioneers posted an overall record of 95-40.

In 2021, MidAmerica Nazarene ranked in the top 10 in NAIA in several offensive categories including batting average, doubles per game, slugging percentage, hits per game, runs scored per game and RBI’s per game. Screeton also contributed in putting together scouting reports for the Pioneers. In two years, the Pioneers totaled 15 all-Heart of America Athletic Conference selections on offense, including seven first-team all-conference selections. Screeton helped mentor NAIA first-team all-American Joshuan Sandoval and NAIA second-team all-American Daunte Freeman.

Prior to arriving at MidAmerica Nazarene, Screeton served as the Grace College head coach for two years. Screeton oversaw all baseball operations during his time at Grace. The Lancers tallied six All-Crossroads League selections during Screeton’s tenure.

Screeton competed in baseball as a shortstop at Indiana Wesleyan University and started in 125 games in three years.

“I am extremely excited to join the Anderson University baseball program,” Cameron Screeton said. “I’ve been blessed over the last couple of years to have some great experiences in my coaching career and it opened the door for this great opportunity at Anderson. I am excited to get to work with the student-athletes, assistant coaches and Coach Bair to help give continued success to an already very storied and successful program.”

Screeton graduated from Indiana Wesleyan in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. He then earned his Master of Science in Management from MidAmerica Nazarene in 2020.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7140.64041 – 1530 – 2532 – 1622 – 712 – 93 – 7L 1
Toronto6050.54510.534 – 2126 – 2920 – 2118 – 1315 – 115 – 5L 2
Tampa Bay5851.5321233 – 2125 – 3025 – 2111 – 1412 – 95 – 5L 1
Baltimore5852.52712.533 – 2125 – 3122 – 2411 – 1315 – 87 – 3W 2
Boston5457.4861726 – 2828 – 2912 – 2915 – 1221 – 84 – 6L 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland5752.52329 – 2228 – 3010 – 1326 – 2111 – 106 – 4W 3
Minnesota5752.52331 – 2526 – 2715 – 1227 – 2010 – 95 – 5L 2
Chi White Sox5654.5091.525 – 2931 – 2514 – 1523 – 2311 – 126 – 4W 1
Kansas City4566.4051326 – 3219 – 3411 – 1720 – 2310 – 186 – 4L 1
Detroit4368.3871526 – 3117 – 379 – 2020 – 294 – 112 – 8L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7140.64035 – 1736 – 239 – 1018 – 636 – 205 – 5W 1
Seattle6052.53611.530 – 2630 – 2615 – 177 – 630 – 245 – 5W 1
Texas4861.4402223 – 3125 – 305 – 1413 – 1021 – 303 – 7L 2
LA Angels4863.4322324 – 3224 – 316 – 1811 – 624 – 265 – 5W 2
Oakland4170.3693017 – 3724 – 3310 – 1611 – 1818 – 293 – 7L 4
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets7239.64937 – 1835 – 2137 – 1414 – 514 – 128 – 2W 5
Atlanta6546.586737 – 2228 – 2425 – 2117 – 1016 – 115 – 5W 1
Philadelphia6148.5601031 – 2530 – 2326 – 2112 – 816 – 119 – 1W 6
Miami4960.4502223 – 2826 – 3224 – 2311 – 159 – 142 – 8L 1
Washington3775.33035.517 – 4020 – 359 – 4211 – 1112 – 142 – 8W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis6049.55035 – 2025 – 2912 – 1528 – 1610 – 88 – 2L 1
Milwaukee5950.541128 – 2231 – 2811 – 1329 – 247 – 94 – 6W 1
Chi Cubs4465.4041623 – 3421 – 3110 – 822 – 248 – 213 – 7L 1
Cincinnati4465.4041624 – 3220 – 339 – 1416 – 238 – 216 – 4L 2
Pittsburgh4466.40016.524 – 2920 – 377 – 1521 – 2913 – 134 – 6L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers7633.69739 – 1537 – 1812 – 1117 – 635 – 129 – 1W 9
San Diego6251.5491632 – 2430 – 2714 – 1019 – 1025 – 255 – 5W 1
San Francisco5456.49122.529 – 2725 – 2914 – 1314 – 1117 – 265 – 5L 1
Arizona5059.4592631 – 2819 – 3114 – 1412 – 1117 – 285 – 5W 3
Colorado4963.43828.531 – 2718 – 368 – 1910 – 824 – 273 – 7W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1889       At the Seventh Street Park in Indianapolis, future 300 game-winner Mickey Welch becomes the first pinch-hitter in major league history. Although the Giants right-handed pitcher strikes out in his historic plate appearance, New York prevails, beating the Hoosiers, 9-6.

1901       At Cleveland’s League Park, the Blues (Indians) beat Chicago, 11-7. White Sox right-hander Frank Isbell strands eleven runners on the basepaths to set an American League record.

1929       At the Baker Bowl, 42-year-old right-hander Grover Cleveland Alexander earns his final career win, pitching the final four innings of the Cardinals’ 9-7 victory over the Phillies. ‘Old Pete’ will retire next season tied with fellow Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson for the most wins in the National League history with 373, including a league-leading ninety shutouts.

1944       At Crosley Field, Braves’ hurler Charles ‘Red’ Barrett throws only 58 pitches, beating the Reds, 2-0. The nine-inning night game takes only seventy-five minutes to play.

1946       Although Tiny Bonham gives up two hits in the first frame, he retires the side on four pitches in the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over the Red Sox. On the first pitch of the game, Wally Moses singles and is out stealing on the first ball thrown to Johnny Pesky, who singles on the next offering, with Dom DiMaggio hitting into a double play on the right-hander’s fourth pitch ending the inning.

1957       Mickey Mantle becomes the first player to clear the center field-hedge at Memorial Stadium with his 460-foot homer in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the Orioles. Baltimore’s Boog Powell (1962) and Twins’ slugger Harmon Killebrew (1964) will also accomplish the feat.

1961       With his twenty-first pinch hit of the season, Dave Philley breaks an American League record established by Ed Coleman of the Browns in 1936. The 41-year-old Texan, coming off the bench to hit for Dick Williams in the eighth inning, sets the new pinch-hitting mark when he doubles to right field in the Orioles’ 8-0 win over Kansas City at Memorial Stadium.

1963       Boog Powell becomes the first Oriole to hit three home runs in the same game. The Baltimore first baseman’s offensive output accounts for half of the runs in the Birds’ 6-5 victory over Washington at D.C. Stadium.

1969       For the second time this season, Cesar Tovar breaks up a no-hit bid by an Oriole pitcher when his ninth-inning single stops Mike Cuellar’s streak of 35 consecutive retired batters, spoiling the southpaw’s attempt for the no-no. In May, the Twins utility player broke up Dave McNally’s hitless game with a one-out single in the final frame.

1971       At Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, Harmon Killebrew becomes the tenth player to join the 500 home run club when he hits the historic homer in the first inning off Mike Cuellar. Later in the game, the 36-year-old first baseman connects for #501, but Killer’s two round-trippers are to no avail when the Twins lose to the Orioles in 10 innings, 4-3.

1971       Juan Marichal records his 50th career shutout when the Giants blank the Expos at Candlestick Park, 1-0. The Dominican hurler’s ninth-inning double helps to build the winning run.

1974       At Falcon Park in front of an overflow crowd, Jorge Lebron, an infielder from Pattillas, becomes the youngest professional player ever, debuting for the Auburn Phillies, Philadelphia’s short season-A affiliate. The 5-foot-10, 132 pounds 14-year-old shortstop plays three games before returning to Puerto Rico to finish junior high school.

1979       Dodger hurler Don Sutton sets a franchise record with his 50th shutout, blanking the Giants at Candlestick Park, 9-0. The 34-year-old right-hander has previously shared the mark with Don Drysdale.

1980       Steve McCatty goes the distance in the A’s extra-inning loss to Seattle. The Oakland right-hander joins Matt Keough, Mike Norris, and Rick Langford becomes the fourth hurler on the team this season to throw a 14-inning complete game, fueling the criticism that manager Billy Martin overworks his pitching staff.

1981       Attempting to break Stan Musial’s National League record for hits, Pete Rose hits a wicked infield grounder to Garry Templeton that the official scorer rules an error, rather than giving the Phillies first baseman his historic hit. Amidst the loud booing by the sizeable vocal crowd at Veterans’ Stadium, fireworks begin as an anxious stadium engineer ignites the planned celebration prematurely, thinking he heard Bill Giles said ‘go’ into the walkie-talkie when the Phillies president had said ‘no.’

1981       After tying the mark in June in the last game played before the two-month baseball strike, Pete Rose finally becomes the all-time National League hit leader when he singles off Cardinal hurler Mark Littell for his 3,631st hit. The Phillies’ first baseman is congratulated on the field by Stan Musial, who previously held the mark, in front of 60,561 enthusiastic fans at Veterans Stadium.

1986       “I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform, but I am the proudest.” – Billy Martin, on his day at Yankee Stadium. During Billy Martin Day at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers retire uniform #1 and dedicate a plaque in Monument Park which reads, ‘There has never been a greater competitor than Billy.’ The team’s former scrappy second baseman and four-time manager tells the sold-out crowd, “I may not have been the greatest Yankee to put on the uniform, but I am the proudest.”

1989       After fifteen months of recovery from cancer surgery to his arm, Dave Dravecky pitches one-hit baseball for seven innings, blanking the Reds to get the victory. The Giant bullpen holds on for a 4-3 win at Candlestick Park.

1994       In his last appearance of the year, two-time Cy Young Award recipient Brett Saberhagen picks up his 14th and final victory of the campaign when the Mets beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 6-2. The 30-year-old right-hander, in his 24 starts, will finish the strike-shortened season with more wins than walks (13) and home runs allowed (13).

1994       The Expos win for the 20th time in their last 22 games when they blank Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium, 4-0. The victory puts the team 35 games over .500, a franchise record, but sadly it will be the last game Montreal will win due to the impending players’ strike that will eventually end the season.

1995       For the third time during the night, the fans throw promotional souvenir baseballs onto the Dodger Stadium field, resulting in the first forfeit of a major game in sixteen years. The umps’ decision to end the game comes with the home team trailing the Cardinals, 2-1, with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

1998       Joining Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth, Albert Belle becomes only the fourth player to drive in 100 runs and hit 30 homers for seven consecutive seasons. The White Sox left fielder, who played in every game for the White Sox this season, will continue the streak next year with the Orioles.

1998       At Qualcomm Stadium, Harry Wendelstedt and his son, Hunter, become the first father-son combination to umpire a major league baseball game together. Dad is behind the plate calling balls and strikes, and his son, who will remain on the same crew for the remainder of the season, makes the calls at third base when the last-place Marlins beat the first-place Padres, 3-2.

2000       Winning for the first time in 16 starts, David Cone ends the worst slump of his career as the Yankees beat the A’s, 12-6. Newly acquired Jose Canseco hits a three-run homer into the upper deck to help Cone stop the skid.

2001       🇵🇱 In Kotno, Poland, Khovrio of Moscow becomes the first Russian team to qualify for the Little League World Series. The squad, the first to be made of all native European youngsters, defeats the Tbilisi YMCA of Georgia, 12-2.

2002       Sammy Sosa hits three home runs in consecutive at-bats in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, tying a Cubs’ record with nine RBIs, established by Heinie Zimmerman in 1911. With his sixth career three-homer game performance, the Chicago right fielder also ties the major league record set by Johnny Mize and becomes only the fifth player in big league history to homer in three straight innings.

2002       Barry Bonds breaks another Giant slugger’s major league record when he receives his 46th intentional walk of the season, surpassing the mark established in 1969 by Willie McCovey. The third of the three free passes issued by the Pirates to the San Francisco left fielder proves to be costly when Benito Santiago follows with a grand slam, putting the home team ahead, 8-3.

2003       Rafael Furcal becomes the 12th player to turn an unassisted triple play in big league history. With Cardinals runners on first and second in the fifth inning, the Braves shortstop makes a leaping catch of pitcher Woody Williams’ liner and steps on second base to double up Matheny before tagging out Palmeiro attempting to get back to first base.

2004       Adam Dunn crushes a ball to dead center field that clears the wall by over 100 feet before bouncing into the Ohio River. The Reds’ first baseman’s Ruthian blast off LA’s Jose Lima, believed to have traveled 535 feet, is the longest home run ever hit in the Cincinnati ballyard.

2004       Taking a cab to Shea Stadium from nearby LaGuardia Airport, Mets starting pitcher Tom Glavine is injured as the taxi collides with an SUV. The 38-year-old two-time Cy Young Award winner loses his front two teeth and needs over 40 stitches to close facial lacerations.

2004       After signing the American League Rookie of the Year to a five-year, possible $16 million deal on May 6, the Royals send Angel Berroa to the Wichita Wranglers, their Double-A affiliate in the Texas League. Compared to last season’s award-winning performance, when the 26-year-old Dominican batted .287 with 17 homers and 73 RBIs in his first full season in the major leagues, the struggling shortstop is hitting only .249 with five homers and 30 ribbies.

2005       For the second consecutive season, Mike Lowell employs the hidden ball trick on an unsuspecting baserunner. Representing the tying run in the eighth inning, Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Terrero is the Marlins’ third baseman’s latest victim.

2005       Jackie Robinson’s former Negro League roommate, 103-year-old Ted Radcliffe, dies after a long battle with cancer. The 1943 Negro American League MVP was dubbed ‘Double Duty’ by Damon Runyon after catching a shutout in the opener of a 1931 Negro League World Series doubleheader at Yankee Stadium and then hurling one of his own in the nightcap.

2005       After being released from the hospital, an 18-year-old fan appears in court to face criminal charges of trespassing, reckless endangerment, and criminal mischief stemming from his 40-foot plunge last night from the upper deck of Yankee Stadium into the netting behind home plate. Team owner George Steinbrenner called the incident “… the only exciting thing that happened today,” after his struggling club loses to the first-place White Sox, 2-1.

2005       KNBR fires radio talk-show host Larry Krueger for making inappropriate racial remarks that caused an uproar in the team’s clubhouse. During a postgame rant on the Giants’ flagship station, the controversial on-air personality said the club had too many “brain-dead Caribbean hitters” and tells his listeners that manager Felipe Alou’s mind “has turned to Cream of Wheat.”

2006       In the finale of the three-game sweep by the Royals, Red Sox ace Curt Schilling surrenders ten extra-base hits, tying an American League record. The nine doubles and homer equal the dubious mark shared by Dale Gear (1901 Senators) and Luis Tiant (1969 Indians).

2007       The Indians pay tribute to Larry Doby on his day at Jacobs Field by collectively wearing his number 14 on their uniforms. In 1947, the future Hall of Fame outfielder became the first black to play in the American League, making his debut in Detroit with Cleveland as a pinch-hitter.

2008       The first-place Rays, with their 11-3 rout over the Mariners at Safeco Field, improve their record to 71-46. The victory establishes a record for wins in the 11-year history of the franchise.

2009       The White Sox claimed former Blue Jay right fielder Alex Ríos off waivers. In June, the 28-year-old outfielder, on the day he struck out in all five of his plate appearances, walked past a young seeking an autograph while leaving a fundraising gala for the Jays Care Foundation, cursing a heckler who called him out for his behavior.

2009       Troy Tulowitzki collects five hits, completing the cycle with a three-bagger in the seventh inning of the Rockies’ 11-5 victory over the Cubs at Coors Field. The Colorado shortstop is the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat and the sixth major leaguer this season to have a single, double, triple, and a homer in the same game.

2010       In an ugly first-inning brawl at Great American Ball Park, Cardinals’ backstop Jason LaRue suffers a mild concussion and bruised ribs, with Chris Carpenter, his batterymate, also receiving bruises on his back during the seven-minute scrum. Baseball suspends Reds’ starting pitcher Johnny Cueto for seven games for kicking the Redbirds’ catcher and pitcher, drawing his opponents’ wrath for lashing out with his spikes during the altercation.

2014       After rallying from a 5-0 deficit, the Blue Jays win the longest game in franchise history when Jose Bautista’s single in the bottom of the 19th inning drives in Munenori Kawasaki, giving Toronto a 6-5 walk-off victory over Detroit. Jose Reyes’s ninth-inning single with two outs off Joba Chamberlain sent the Rogers Centre contest into overtime.


The Philadelphia Phillies climbed to the top of the National League thanks to a clutch performance down the home stretch by twenty-game winner, Robin Roberts. Roberts pitched three times in the last five days of the regular season and although he managed to nail down the National League pennant, the marathon had left him unavailable for a Game 1 start. Manager Eddie Sawyer was left with a limited rotation due to the late-season loss of Curt Simmons (seventeen victories) to the Army and recurring injuries to rookie pitchers Bob Miller and Bubba Church. The Philly skipper shocked everyone after nominating a thirty-three-year-old right-hander named Jim Konstanty, who had not made a single start during the 1950 regular season. He did however appear in seventy-four games and the standout reliever was 16-7 with a 2.66 earned run average. Konstanty was confident and certainly up to the challenge (and what a challenge it would be).

His opponent was none other than the defending World Champion New York Yankees who had swept six previous World Series (Pirates, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds) in twenty-four years and captured twelve World Series titles to date. Many felt that another sweep was a foregone conclusion, but Philadelphiaa was determined to prove their critics wrong. Konstanty rose to the occasion and pitched a superb outing against the American League champions while allowing only one run and four hits in eight-innings. Unfortunately for the Phillies, New York’s Vic Raschi spun a two-hit, 1-0 shutout for the opening lead.

By now, Roberts was well rested and more-than-ready for Game 2. The Philadelphia ace went up against New York right-hander, Allie Reynolds and neither blinked through a 1-1, nine-inning standoff. So far, through two regulation games, there had been a total of three runs scored as the pitchers clearly dominated the contest (much to the dismay of the crowds). Joe DiMaggio added a fourth to the total after launching a leadoff homer in the tenth for a 2-1 triumph. Now down two games to none, the Phillies were desperate for an advantage on the mound and called upon an unlikely hero named Ken Heintzelman (a seventeen-game winner for the Phillies in 1949 but a lowly, 3-9 pitcher in 1950). Despite his regular season stats, the lefthander started beautifully in Game 3 against Eddie Lopat and carried a 2-1 lead going into the eighth. After retiring the first two Yankees, Heintzelman stuttered and walked three consecutive batters in the inning. Sawyer saw that it was time to make a change and called for Konstanty who induced Bobby Brown to ground to Granny Hamner. Unable to get a break, the Phillies’ winced as their shortstop fumbled the ball, and the tying run scored. The Yankees continued their momentum in the ninth as Jerry Coleman stepped up to the plate and sealed the 3-2 victory.

Despite being on the verge of another Yankees sweep, the Phillies had kept pace with the perennial champs and only lost by three consecutive one-run decisions (the closest of any contender in any previous New York rally). Their efforts however, would be in vain, as Casey Stengel introduced a young up-and-coming talent in Game 4. His name was Ed “Whitey” Ford and the rookie went 9-1 during the regular season after being called up from Kansas City of the American Association. After teammate Yogi Berra led-off the Yankees’ attack with a run-scoring single and a bases-empty homerun, Ford breezed into the ninth inning with a 5-0 lead. A shutout seemed inevitable for Ford as he forced Andy Seminick to hit a textbook fly to leftfield. However, Gene Woodling dropped the ball and both Phillies runners scored. Reynolds came in to get the last out, making the New York Yankees 5-2 winners and repeat champions.

Woodling, who tied Granny Hamner for the World Series batting lead with a .429 average, was distraught over his failure to protect the shutout. Ford was less concerned and happy with the win (which would be the first of many in the Fall Classic). In fact, the Yankees newest ace would go on to set several World Series records. “The Chairman of the Board” as he would later be called still holds the World Series records for most wins (ten) and most strikeouts (ninety-four).


Still confident that the new doubleheader format was a winner, the league scheduled the 1960 All-Star games nearly back-to-back on July 11 and 13.

The National League set the pace by leading 3-0 in the first inning. Willie Mays lead with a triple off of Bill Monbouquette, then scored on a Bob Skinner single. Ernie Banks stepped up and maintained the National League’s momentum with a home run. They added single runs in the second and third and tried to hold on.

The American League came back swinging by scoring one in the sixth and two in the eighth to cut the lead to 5-3. The American League had two men on with one out and looked to make a comeback, but Verne Law retired Brooks Robinson and Harvey Kuenn to seal the National League win. Ernie Banks, with a double and homer, and Willie Mays, with a single, double and triple, were the stars as the doubleheader headed east for Game 2.

For many local New York fans, the second All-Star Game was special as it marked the return of superstar Willie Mays. Against his favorite pitcher, Whitey Ford, he led off the game with a single, then homered in the third. He also singled later, giving him his second three-for-four All-Star Game. In the second inning, Eddie Mathews hit a two-run homer and in the seventh, pinch-hitter Stan Musial hit his sixth All-Star homer against Gerry Staley.

It was not a good outing for the American League’s elite pitching staff. It was the National League who pitched a shutout and won both games. It also marked the eighteenth and final All-Star appearance of Ted Williams, who left the competition with a .304 average, four home runs, twelve runs batted in and ten runs scored.


August 10, 1948 – The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) debuts on the airwaves in New York. ABC gave Americans a whole new way to watch the NFL with their spin on Monday Night Football in 1970 that is still carried out since 2006 on sister network ESPN. Their ties started off strong though as the network aired the 1948 & the 1950 NFL Championship Games and many regular season games during the early 1950’s.

August 10, 1956 – The 23rd annual Chicago College All-Stars games takes place at Soldier Field with the NFL Champion Cleveland Browns blanking the All-Stars 26-0 before 75,000 in attendance. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be Bob Pellegrini the linebacker from Maryland.

August 10, 1991- NFL broadcaster Paul McGuire suffers and survives a heart attack at the age of 53. Before his TV days McGuire played in 6 of the AFL’s 10 Championship games as a punter for the San Diego Chargers and the Buffalo Bills.

August 10, 2002 – Seattle Seahawks Stadium opens with a preseason match up of the Seahawks hosting the Indy Colts.


August 10, 1961 – Fayetteville, Arkansas – Linebacker and defensive end Billy Ray Smith Jr. from the University of Arkansas arrived in to the world. Smith was selected fifth overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 1983 NFL Draft. Smith Jr. was a second-team All-Pro in 1989 and a member of the Chargers 50th Anniversary Team. His father, Billy Ray Smith Sr., played 13 seasons in the NFL per Both father and son were named to the Arkansas All-Century Team. Billy Ray Smith was enshrined in to the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2000 class per the He was a consensus All- American twice in college and was later drafted in the first round by the NFL’s San Diego Chargers where he played for 10 seasons.

August 10, 1970 – Gino Toreretta was a quarterback from the University of Miami who is forever remembered in the College Football Hall of Fame from the induction class of 2009. Mr. Torretta won the 1992 Heisman Trophy and lead his Hurricane teams of 1989 and 1991 to the National Championships. He experienced a 5 year career in the NFL where he served as a backup QB for several different teams.

Other Famous Football Birthdays

August 10, 1942 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Cornerback and kick returner extraordinaire, Speedy Duncan was born. The Jackson State alum played for the Tigers from 1960 through the 1962 season. Duncan according to a bio, signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 1963 and later played for Washington. Speedy recorded 24 career interceptions, four fumbles recovered, four defensive touchdowns; 202 punt returns for 2,201 yards and four touchdowns, 180 kick returns for 4,539 yards. Duncan was a three-time AFL Star and a Pro Bowl selection in 1971.

August 10, 1976 – Miami, Florida – Florida State Cornerback Samari Rolle was born. Rolle was the 46th overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Oilers and finished career in the Ravens organization. This great athlete registered 31 interceptions, 81 passes defended, and 31.5 sacks during his career. Rolle was a Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro in 2000. He played in Super Bowl XXXIV, a Titans loss to the St. Louis Rams.

August 10, 1984 – Mayfield Heights, Ohio – Placekicker Matt Prater, the 2005 through 2006 Central Florida product celebrates his date of birth. Prater signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and also spent some NFL time with the Broncos and the Lions.


3 – 19 – 14 – 1 – 31

August 10, 1888 – New York Giants pitcher Tim Keefe registered a monumental feat when he scratched out a win and continued on a 19 game winning streak record

August 10, 1901 – Chicago White Sox Frank Isbell strands record 11 teammate base runners

August 10, 1904 – New York Highlanders pitcher Jack Chesbro ends string of 30 consecutive complete games in a 5-1 loss to Chicago White Sox at South Side Park, Chicago

August 10, 1934 – Number 3, Babe Ruth announces this is his final season as full time player

August 10, 1944 – Boston Braves starting pitcher Red Barrett, Number 19 threw only 58 pitches to shut out his former team, the Cincinnati Reds in a 2-0 Braves victory

August 10, 1971 – 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research

August 10, 1971 – Minnesota Twins’ Harmon Killebrew, Number 3 became the tenth MLB hitter to reach the 500 home run plateau on a slow curve ball. Just for good measure he added his 501st as well off of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Cuellar. The Twins dropped the game in extra innings 5-4 in 10.

August 10, 1977 – Phillies & Expos play a doubleheader that ends at 3:23 AM. The second game started just before midnight and was halted due to rain at 12:13AM before resuming. The Phils won both games of the day by identical 6-1 scores.

August 10, 1981 – Pete Rose, Number 14 had his 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial’s NL hit record

August 10, 1986 – Billy Martin Day, his uniform Number 1 retired by the Yankees.

August 10, 1986 – Pitcher Bob Forsch, Number 31 crushes a grand slam home run to lead the St Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, in St. Louis.

August 10, 1997 – Atlanta Braves signed Greg Maddux, Number 31 to then record 5 year, $57.5 million deal


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Baltimore at Boston7:10pmMASN/2
Chi. Cubs at Cincinnati7:15pmFOX
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NY Giants vs New England7:00pmNFLN
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Ghana vs USA1:00pmFS2
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Japan vs Netherlands4:00pmTelemundo
Argentina Primera División: Godoy Cruz vs Aldosivi6:00pmParamount+
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: France vs Nigeria7:00pmFS1
Copa Libertadores: Estudiantes vs Athletico-PR8:30pmbeIN Sports
Argentina Primera División: Colón vs Arsenal8:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Atlético Tucumán vs Central Córdoba SdE8:30pmParamount+
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Canada vs Korea Republic10:00pmFS1
Chicago at Las Vegas10:00pmNBATV