HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SCORES
VINCENNES LINCOLN 3 PIKE CENTRAL 0
LAPORTE 3 PLYMOUTH 0
MUNSTER 3 CHESTERTON 1
PARK TUDOR 3 INTERNATIONAL 0
HAGERSTOWN 3 FRANKLIN COUNTY 0
LAFAYETTE JEFF 3 FRONTIER 0
BATESVILLE 3 MADISON 2
DELTA 3 WAPAHANI 1
MANCHESTER 3 PERU 0
HUNTINGTON NORTH 3 BLUFFTON 0
EDGEWOOD 3 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 1
BETHANY CHRISTIAN 3 JIMTOWN 1
EASTERN 3 SOUTHWOOD 2
CASTON 3 CARROLL 0
ELKHART CHRISTIAN 3 LAVILLE 2
EASTBROOK 3 SOUTHERN WELLS 0
JENNINGS COUNTY 3 HAUSER 1
NORTHFIELD 3 MARIAN 0
LAKE CENTRAL 3 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 0
SOUTH BEND CLAY 3 SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 0
BREBEUF 3 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 0
NORTHWOOD 3 PENN 0
WES DEL 3 DALEVILLE 0
TRI-COUNTY 3 SEEGER 0
SHERIDAN 3 CLINTON CENTRAL 1
SHOALS 3 NORTH DAVIESS 1
PIONEER 3 ROCHESTER 0
CHRISTEL HOUSE 3 EMINENCE 2
LAPEL 3 ELWOOD 0
WESTVILLE 3 MICHIGAN CITY 1
FAITH CHRISTIAN 3 DELPHI 0
COVINGTON 3 NORTH MONTGOMERY 0
MUNCIE CENTRAL 3 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 1
SPEEDWAY 3 LEBANON 0
WHITELAND 3 TRITON CENTRAL 1
RENSSELAER CENTRAL 3 HEBRON 0
SOUTH NEWTON 3 KANKAKEE VALLEY 2
CRISPUS ATTUCKS 3 HORIZON CHRISTIAN 2
WESTERN BOONE 3 MONROVIA 1
PERRY MERIDIAN 3 DECATUR CENTRAL 0
RONCALLI 3 LAWRENCE NORTH 0
MORGAN TWP. 3 RIVER FOREST 0
CENTRAL NOBLE 3 LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 0
NORTHRIDGE 3 LAKELAND 1
BELLMONT 3 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 0
SEYMOUR 3 COLUMBUS NORTH 0
OAK HILL 3 MACONAQUAH 0
LAWRENCEBURG 3 CONNERSVILLE 1
HAMILTON HEIGHTS 3 GUERIN CATHOLIC 0
COLUMBIA CITY 3 FORT WAYNE NORTH 0
NORWELL 3 FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 0
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 3 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 0
FRANKLIN 3 GREENWOOD 0
GARRETT 3 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0
WEST LAFAYETTE 3 ATTICA 0
SOUTH BEND ADAMS 3 SOUTH BEND CLAY 1
WOODLAN 3 NEW HAVEN 0
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3 HENRYVILLE 0
BROWNSBURG 3 BEN DAVIS 0
CLAY CITY 3 W. VIGO 1
CENTER GROVE 3 AVON 1
GOSHEN HOMESCHOOL 3 ARGOS 0
BENTON CENTRAL 3 HARRISON 0
FAIRFIELD 3 FREMONT 1
JAY COUNTY 3 MADISON GRANT 0
BLOOMINGTON NORTH 3 COLUMBUS EAST 0
OLDHAM COUNTY 3 JEFFERSONVILLE 1
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER
VICTORY CHRISTIAN 4 MORGAN TWP. 1
TWIN LAKES 7 BENTON CENTRAL 0
MUNCIE CENTRAL 5 JAY COUNTY 2
DELTA 9 DALEVILLE 0
JAC CEN DEL 7 MILAN 2
OLDENBURG ACADEMY 4 LAWRENCEBURG 1
VINCENNES RIVET 1 SULLIVAN 1
TELL CITY 2 PIKE CENTRAL 2
BATESVILLE 2 UNION COUNTY 0
GARRETT 1 E. NOBLE 0
COVENANT CHRISTIAN 3 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 0
BARR REEVE 7 EASTERN GREENE 1
ELKHART CHRISTIAN 3 LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 0
SOUTHMONT 2 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2
NORTH WHITE 5 ROCHESTER 0
WASHINGTON CATHOLIC 3 SHOALS 1
SHAWE MEMORIAL 1 HENRYVILLE 0
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 4 S. VERMILLION 1
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 1 EVANSVILLE REITZ 0
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 8 WASHINGTON 1
BETHANY CHRISTIAN 7 LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 0
CARROLL 2 WESTERN 0
OAK HILL 3 TIPTON 0
CONNERSVILLE 2 NEW CASTLE 0
MISSISSINEWA 6 PERU 0
HOMESTEAD 5 NEW HAVEN 0
MARTINSVILLE 9 EDGEWOOD 0
CHARLESTOWN 9 LANESVILLE 0
HOMESTEAD 5 NEW HAVEN 0
AVON 6 TRI-WEST 0
CASCADE 10 W. VIGO 0
FAIRFIELD 9 MIDDLETOWN CHRISTIAN 1
PRINCETON 8 S. SPENCER 0
MADISON 2 GREENSBURG 0
EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 2 S. KNOX 1
CARROLL 1 W. NOBLE 0
SCECINA 3 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 2
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 1 GIBSON SOUTHERN 0
CONCORD 2 NORTHWOOD 0
HAMILTON HEIGHTS 3 YORKTOWN 2
NORTH-CENTRAL 8 WARREN CENTRAL 2
DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN 2 IS CHICAGO CENTRAL 1
NEW PALESTINE 4 MOORESVILLE 0
WARSAW 7 ARGOS 0
RITTER 7 TRITON CENTRAL 0
HERRON 3 DECATUR CENTRAL 1
MOUNT VERNON 2 RICHMOND 1
FORT WAYNE LUERS 2 BELLMONT 0
NORTHRIDGE 2 PENN 1
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 2 CATHEDRAL 1
FISHERS 3 WESTFIELD 1
FORT WAYNE NORTH 2 LEO 2
GUERIN CATHOLIC 3 PARK TUDOR 0
ANDERSON 7 LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 0
HERITAGE HILLS 4 BOONVILLE 0
FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 9 DEKALB 0
SPEEDWAY 3 WHITELAND 1
FORT WAYNE SNIDER 2 HUNTINGTON NORTH 0
LOGANSPORT 3 FRANKFORT 0
GOSHEN 3 SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 1
CENTER GROVE 2 BREBEUF 1
WEST LAFAYETTE 3 NORTHWESTERN 1
NOBLESVILLE 4 PERRY MERIDIAN 0
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
BENTON CENTRAL 10 TWIN LAKES 0
KOUTS 6 E. CHICAGO CENTRAL 0
WAPAHANI 9 ELWOOD 0
HERITAGE HILLS 9 BOONVILLE 0
YORKTOWN 5 BLACKFORD 0
WOODLAN 0 FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 0
NORTHWOOD 3 BETHANY CHRISTIAN 2
GOSHEN 9 MISHAWAKA 0
NORTH POSEY 1 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 1
TRINITY 7 ARGOS 1
BEN DAVIS 6 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 2
RUSHVILLE 5 CENTERVILLE 4
WEST VIGO 4 COVINGTON 2
FAITH CHRISTIAN 5 CRAWFORDSVILLE 2
LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 5 ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3
FRANKFORT 2 LOGANSPORT 1
RISING SUN 3 GREENSBURG 0
WESTVIEW 3 PLYMOUTH 0
MISSISSINEWA 2 MACONAQUAH 1
JENNINGS COUNTY 8 SALEM 0
LAWRENCEBURG 8 OLDENBURG ACADEMY 0
VICTORY CHRISTIAN 7 ROCHESTER 0
BREMEN 10 SOUTH BEND RILEY 0
OAK HILL 1 EASTBROOK 0
LAKE CENTRAL 9 MERRILLVILLE 0
HANOVER CENTRAL 2 LOWELL 1
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 4 WASHINGTON 0
HIGHLAND 1 ANDREAN 0
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 4 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 2
MUNSTER 4 HOBART 1
CHESTERTON 9 LAPORTE 0
CROWN POINT 10 MICHIGAN CITY 0
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 3 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 1
VINCENNES RIVET 2 SULLIVAN 0
CARMEL 3 SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 1
FORT WAYNE SNIDER 3 HUNTINGTON NORTH 1
BATESVILLE 11 UNION COUNTY 0
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 1 EVANSVILLE REITZ 0
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
CLEVELAND 3 CINCINNATI 0
HOUSTON 6 MIAMI 5
BOSTON 5 WASHINGTON 4
TORONTO 2 PHILADELPHIA 1
ATLANTA 5 NY YANKEES 0
ST. LOUIS 6 OAKLAND 2
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 5 CHICAGO CUBS 3
SAN DIEGO 10 BALTIMORE 3
SAN FRANCISCO 7 TAMPA BAY 0
MINNESOTA 5 DETROIT 3
TEXAS 7 LA ANGELS 3
SEATTLE 10 KANSAS CITY 8 (10)
PITTSBURGH 7 NY METS 4
ARIZONA 8 COLORADO 5
LA DODGERS 6 MILWAUKEE 2
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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
INDIANAPOLIS 8 ST. PAUL 5
DAYTON 6 FORT WAYNE 4
WEST MICHIGAN 3 SOUTH BEND 1
NEW YORK 82 LAS VEGAS 63
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
MIAMI 4 PHILADELPHIA 1
Major League Baseball
MINNESOTA TWINS — Reinstated INF Royce Lewis from the 10-day IL. Placed INF/OF Willi Castro on the 10-day IL, retroactive to August 12.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Reinstated RHP Jordan Romano from the 15-day IL. Optioned RHP Nate Pearson to Buffalo (IL).
ATLANTA BRAVES — Placed 2B Ozzie Albies on the 10-day IL, retroactive to August 14. Recalled SS Vaughn Grissom from Gwinnett (IL).
CINCINNATI REDS — Sent LHP Nick Lodolo to Chattanooga (SL) on a rehab assignment.
MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Sent LF Jesse Winker to Wisconsin (ML) on a rehab assignment.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Selected the contract of RHP Casey Lawrence from Memphis (IL).
WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with RHP Anthony Arguelles on a minor league contract.
National Football League
ARIZONA CARDINALS — Activated TE Zach Ertz from the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Signed S Sean Chandler.
BUFFALO BILLS — Activated LB Tyler Matakevich from the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
DENVER BRONCOS — Waived K Elliott Fry with an injury designation.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Placed TE Jody Fortson on injured reserve. Signed CB Duron Lowe and LB Olakunle Fatukasi. Waived CB Anthony Witherstone.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Signed LB Raekwon McMillan to a one-year contract extension.
NEW YORK JETS — Activated RB Bryce Hall from the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Signed RB Xazavian Valladay. Waived RB John Lovett.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Activated LB Jordy Brooks from the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Canadian Football League
EDMONTON ELKS — Announced they have mutually parted ways with President and CEO Victor Cui.
National Hockey League
DETROIT RED WINGS — Acquired D Jeff Petry from Montreal in exchange for D Gustav Lindstrom and a 2025 conditional 4th-round draft pick.
Minor League Hockey
American Hockey League
BRIDGEPORT ISLANDERS — Signed Ds Trevor Cosgrove and Ashton Calder.
Major League Soccer
LA GALAXY —Signed F Billy Sharp through the remainder of the season, pending receipt of his international transfer certificate (ITC) and P-1 visa.
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 1
|BOYLE COUNTY (KY.)||AT||GIBSON SOUTHERN||6:00 PM|
|CENTER GROVE||VS.||ST. EDWARD (OHIO)||12:05 AM|
|SOUTHSIDE HOMESCHOOL||AT||PHALEN ACADEMY||5:00 PM|
BIG 10 WEEKLY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
MINNESOTA VS. NEBRASKA
THURSDAY, AUG. 31
WISCONSIN VS. BUFFALO
MICHIGAN STATE VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN VS. EAST CAROLINA
PURDUE VS. FRESNO STATE
RUTGERS VS. NORTHWESTERN
INDIANA VS. OHIO STATE
ILLINOIS VS. TOLEDO
MARYLAND VS. TOWSON
IOWA VS. UTAH STATE
PENN STATE VS. WEST VIRGINIA
MARYLAND VS. CHARLOTTE
PENN STATE VS. DELAWARE
MINNESOTA VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN
ILLINOIS AT KANSAS
INDIANA VS. INDIANA STATE
IOWA AT IOWA STATE
NEBRASKA AT COLORADO
PURDUE AT VIRGINIA TECH
MICHIGAN STATE VS. RICHMOND
RUTGERS VS. TEMPLE
MICHIGAN VS. UNLV
NORTHWESTERN VS. UTEP
WISCONSIN AT WASHINGTON STATE
OHIO STATE VS. YOUNGSTOWN STATE
MICHIGAN VS. BOWLING GREEN
WISCONSIN VS. GEORGIA SOUTHERN
INDIANA VS. LOUISVILLE (IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN)
MINNESOTA AT NORTH CAROLINA
NEBRASKA VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
NORTHWESTERN AT DUKE
ILLINOIS VS. PENN STATE
PURDUE VS. SYRACUSE
MARYLAND VS. VIRGINIA
RUTGERS VS. VIRGINIA TECH
MICHIGAN STATE VS. WASHINGTON
IOWA VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN
OHIO STATE VS. WESTERN KENTUCKY
INDIANA VS. AKRON
ILLINOIS VS. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
PENN STATE VS. IOWA
NEBRASKA VS. LOUISIANA TECH
MICHIGAN STATE VS. MARYLAND
NORTHWESTERN VS. MINNESOTA
OHIO STATE AT NOTRE DAME
MICHIGAN VS. RUTGERS
PURDUE VS. WISCONSIN
PURDUE VS. ILLINOIS
MARYLAND VS. INDIANA
MINNESOTA VS. LOUISIANA
NEBRASKA VS. MICHIGAN
IOWA VS. MICHIGAN STATE
NORTHWESTERN VS. PENN STATE
RUTGERS VS. WAGNER
NORTHWESTERN VS. HOWARD
OHIO STATE VS. MARYLAND
MINNESOTA VS. MICHIGAN
ILLINOIS VS. NEBRASKA
IOWA VS. PURDUE
WISCONSIN VS. RUTGERS
MARYLAND VS. ILLINOIS
MICHIGAN VS. INDIANA
WISCONSIN VS. IOWA
RUTGERS VS. MICHIGAN STATE
PURDUE VS. OHIO STATE
PENN STATE VS. UMASS
MICHIGAN STATE VS. MICHIGAN
IOWA VS. MINNESOTA
NEBRASKA VS. NORTHWESTERN
OHIO STATE VS. PENN STATE
INDIANA VS. RUTGERS
ILLINOIS VS. WISCONSIN
PENN STATE VS. INDIANA
NORTHWESTERN VS. MARYLAND
MINNESOTA VS. MICHIGAN STATE
WISCONSIN VS. OHIO STATE
NEBRASKA VS. PURDUE
MINNESOTA VS. ILLINOIS
NORTHWESTERN VS. IOWA (IN CHICAGO, IL)
MICHIGAN STATE VS. NEBRASKA
RUTGERS VS. OHIO STATE
MARYLAND VS. PENN STATE
MICHIGAN VS. PURDUE
INDIANA VS. WISCONSIN
ILLINOIS VS. INDIANA
NEBRASKA VS. MARYLAND
PENN STATE VS. MICHIGAN
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE
PURDUE VS. MINNESOTA
WISCONSIN VS. NORTHWESTERN
IOWA VS. RUTGERS
IOWA VS. ILLINOIS
MARYLAND VS. MICHIGAN
INDIANA VS. MICHIGAN STATE
OHIO STATE VS. MINNESOTA
WISCONSIN VS. NEBRASKA
NORTHWESTERN VS. PURDUE
PENN STATE VS. RUTGERS
NEBRASKA VS. IOWA
FRIDAY, NOV. 24
PURDUE VS. INDIANA
RUTGERS VS. MARYLAND
ILLINOIS VS. NORTHWESTERN
MICHIGAN VS. OHIO STATE
MICHIGAN STATE VS. PENN STATE
MINNESOTA VS. WISCONSIN
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, AUG. 26
NOTRE DAME VS. NAVY (DUBLIN, IRELAND) | 2:30 P.M. | NBC
MERCER VS. NORTH ALABAMA (MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
JACKSONVILLE STATE VS. UTEP | 5:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NEW MEXICO STATE VS. UMASS | 7 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE VS. OHIO | 7 P.M. | FS1
VANDERBILT VS. HAWAI’I | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
JACKSON STATE VS. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (ATLANTA, GEORGIA) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
USC VS. SAN JOSE STATE | 8 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
LOUISIANA TECH VS. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL | 9 P.M. | CBSSN
THURSDAY, AUG. 31
WAKE FOREST VS. ELON | 7 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UCF VS. KENT STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1
GEORGIA STATE VS. RHODE ISLAND | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN MICHIGAN VS. ST. FRANCIS (PA) | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
UCONN VS. NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MINNESOTA VS. NEBRASKA | 8 P.M. | FOX
MISSOURI VS. SOUTH DAKOTA | 8 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
UTAH VS. FLORIDA | 8 P.M. | ESPN
TULSA VS. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
UAB VS. NORTH CAROLINA A&T | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ARIZONA STATE VS. SOUTHERN UTAH | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
FRIDAY, SEPT. 1
EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. HOWARD | 6:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MICHIGAN STATE VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | FS1
MIAMI (FLA.) VS. MIAMI (OHIO) | 7 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
GEORGIA TECH VS. LOUISVILLE (MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM IN ATLANTA) | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
KANSAS VS. MISSOURI STATE | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
HAWAI’I VS. STANFORD | 11 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, SEPT. 2
IOWA VS. UTAH STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1
KENTUCKY VS. BALL STATE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
LIBERTY VS. BOWLING GREEN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
MICHIGAN VS. EAST CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | PEACOCK
PURDUE VS. FRESNO STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
SMU VS. LOUISIANA TECH | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
TENNESSEE VS. VIRGINIA (NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE) | 12 P.M. | ABC
TCU VS. COLORADO | 12 P.M. | FOX
BOSTON COLLEGE VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
OKLAHOMA VS. ARKANSAS STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN
OLE MISS VS. MERCER | 2 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
IOWA STATE VS. UNI | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
TEMPLE VS. AKRON | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
OHIO VS. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
AIR FORCE VS. ROBERT MORRIS | 2 P.M. | ALTITUDE SPORTS
OREGON VS. PORTLAND STATE | 3 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
INDIANA VS. OHIO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
AUBURN VS. UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
MARYLAND VS. TOWSON | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
WISCONSIN VS. BUFFALO | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
WESTERN KENTUCKY VS. SOUTH FLORIDA | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
WASHINGTON VS. BOISE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
NOTRE DAME VS. TENNESSEE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | NBC
PITT VS. WOFFORD | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
CINCINNATI VS. EASTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS VS. RICE | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
APPALACHIAN STATE VS. GARDNER-WEBB | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS VS. WESTERN CAROLINA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
MISSISSIPPI STATE VS. SE LOUISIANA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NORTH TEXAS VS. CAL | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
SYRACUSE VS. COLGATE | 4 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX
GEORGIA VS. UT MARTIN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
CHARLOTTE VS. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA ATLANTIC VS. MONMOUTH | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA SOUTHERN VS. THE CITADEL | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
JAMES MADISON VS. BUCKNELL | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MARSHALL VS. ALBANY | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL VS. MAINE | 6:30 P.M. | ESPN+
USC VS. NEVADA | 6:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
TEXAS A&M VS. NEW MEXICO | 7 P.M. | ESPN
UL MONROE VS. ARMY | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
VANDERBILT VS. ALABAMA A&M | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
COLORADO STATE VS. WASHINGTON STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
BAYLOR VS. TEXAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
HOUSTON VS. UTSA | 7 P.M. | FS1
KANSAS STATE VS. SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
OKLAHOMA STATE VS. CENTRAL ARKANSAS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
MEMPHIS VS. BETHUNE-COOKMAN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN MISS VS. ALCORN STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
TROY VS. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA VS. MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
ILLINOIS VS. TOLEDO | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
SOUTH CAROLINA VS. NORTH CAROLINA (CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
PENN STATE VS. WEST VIRGINIA | 7:30 P.M. | NBC
WYOMING VS. TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | CBS
LOUISIANA VS. NORTHWESTERN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+
VIRGINIA TECH VS. OLD DOMINION | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TULANE VS. SOUTH ALABAMA | 8 P.M. | ESPNU
NEW MEXICO STATE VS. WESTERN ILLINOIS | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
UTEP VS. UIW | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
ARIZONA VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
BYU VS. SAM HOUSTON | 10:15 P.M. | FS1
UCLA VS. COASTAL CAROLINA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE VS. IDAHO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
SUNDAY, SEPT. 3
RUTGERS VS. NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | CBS
SAN JOSE STATE VS. OREGON STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
FLORIDA STATE VS. LSU (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
MONDAY, SEPT. 4
DUKE VS. CLEMSON | 8 P.M. | ESPN
NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17
CLEVELAND AT PHILADELPHIA, 7:30
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
CAROLINA AT N.Y. GIANTS, 7:00
CINCINNATI AT ATLANTA, 7:30
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
JACKSONVILLE AT DETROIT, 1:00
MIAMI AT HOUSTON, 4:00
BUFFALO AT PITTSBURGH, 6:30
CHICAGO AT INDIANAPOLIS, 7:00
TAMPA BAY AT N.Y. JETS, 7:30
KANSAS CITY AT ARIZONA, 8:00
NEW ENGLAND AT GREEN BAY, 8:00
TENNESSEE AT MINNESOTA, 8:00
DENVER AT SAN FRANCISCO, 8:30
LAS VEGAS AT L.A. RAMS, 9:00
DALLAS AT SEATTLE, 10:00
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
NEW ORLEANS AT L.A. CHARGERS, 7:05
MONDAY, AUGUST 21
BALTIMORE AT WASHINGTON (ESPN), 8:00
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
PITTSBURGH AT ATLANTA, 7:30
INDIANAPOLIS AT PHILADELPHIA (PRIME VIDEO), 8:00
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
DETROIT AT CAROLINA (CBS), 8:00
NEW ENGLAND AT TENNESSEE, 8:15
L.A. CHARGERS AT SAN FRANCISCO, 10:00
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
BUFFALO AT CHICAGO, 1:00
SEATTLE AT GREEN BAY, 1:00
CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY, 1:00
ARIZONA AT MINNESOTA, 1:00
N.Y. JETS AT N.Y. GIANTS, 6:00
CINCINNATI AT WASHINGTON, 6:05
MIAMI AT JACKSONVILLE, 7:00
BALTIMORE AT TAMPA BAY, 7:00
LAS VEGAS AT DALLAS, 8:00
L.A. RAMS AT DENVER, 9:00
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
HOUSTON AT NEW ORLEANS (FOX), 8:00
WEEK 1 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
DETROIT LIONS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
HOUSTON TEXANS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC
BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN/ABC
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MLB ROUNDUP: BRYCE ELDER, BRAVES BLANK YANKS
Bryce Elder allowed only one hit over seven scoreless innings and Marcell Ozuna and Ronald Acuna Jr. homered to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 5-0 win over the visiting New York Yankees on Tuesday.
Atlanta has taken the first two games of the three-game set and has won five of its past six games. New York has lost four straight and seven of its past nine.
Elder (9-4) gave up New York’s only hit of the night, a sharp single to center field by DJ LeMahieu in the second inning.
The losing pitcher was Luis Severino (2-8), who worked four innings and allowed all five runs (three earned) on five hits.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 5
Christian Walker homered and Arizona rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to beat Colorado in Denver. The Diamondbacks have won three of four since a nine-game losing streak.
Tommy Pham, Geraldo Perdomo, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Nick Ahmed had two hits each for the Diamondbacks. Kevin Ginkel (6-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the win. Paul Sewald worked into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 24th save.
Brenton Doyle homered and Nolan Jones and Elehuris Montero had three hits each for Colorado, who took their sixth loss in seven games.
Mariners 10, Royals 8 (10 innings)
Ty France hit a two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the 10th inning as Seattle defeated host Kansas City.
Teoscar Hernandez went 5-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBIs for the Mariners, who snapped a three-game losing streak. France, Eugenio Suarez and Josh Rojas also homered for Seattle.
Bobby Witt Jr. hit a grand slam as part of a five-run fifth for the Royals.
Dodgers 6, Brewers 2
J.D. Martinez hit a go-ahead RBI double in a five-run sixth inning, Enrique Hernandez added a two-run single and Los Angeles extended its season-best winning streak to nine games with a victory over visiting Milwaukee.
Rookie Bobby Miller gave up one run on one hit over six innings and recorded 18 consecutive outs to close his outing as the National League West-leading Dodgers won for the 13th time in 14 games.
Carlos Santana hit a home run for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who saw their four-game winning streak end. Adrian Houser gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Pirates 7, Mets 4
Pinch hitter Jack Suwinski drew a tiebreaking walk in the seventh inning as visiting Pittsburgh beat New York.
The Pirates blew open the game with six runs in the seventh on their way to winning for the third time in eight games. The Mets had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Conner Joe and Ke’Bryan Hayes each reached base four times for the Pirates. Brandon Nimmo had two hits, including a home run, for the Mets.
Giants 7, Rays 0
Jakob Junis and Sean Manaea combined to strike out 12 in 7 1/3 innings, Thairo Estrada and Wilmer Flores hit sixth-inning home runs and San Francisco pulled away late to beat visiting Tampa Bay.
Junis, Manaea, Tyler Rogers and Luke Jackson tag-teamed in a bullpen game on a three-hitter, allowing the Giants to win for just the second time in their past seven games.
Zack Littell (2-4), a former Giants reliever, worked the first 5 2/3 innings for the Rays, yielding two runs on three hits.
Blue Jays 2, Phillies 1
Cavan Biggio was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to break a tie in the eighth inning, lifting Toronto over visiting Philadelphia.
Seranthony Dominguez (2-3) hit Biggio with a first-pitch slider with two outs to give the Blue Jays the first game of a two-game set.
Toronto starter Yusei Kikuchi allowed one run and four hits in six innings. Philadelphia starter Zack Wheeler allowed one run on three hits in seven innings.
Astros 6, Marlins 5
Kyle Tucker blasted a tiebreaking, 422-foot homer in the seventh inning, leading Houston over host Miami.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was removed from the game in the first inning due to a contusion on his left knee, where he fouled off a pitch.
Prior to the dinger, Tucker had been 0-for-7 in his career against Miami reliever A.J. Puk (5-5). Chas McCormick and Yainer Diaz also homered for Houston, which overcame a 3-0 deficit to end a two-game skid.
Red Sox 5, Nationals 4
Alex Verdugo opened the game with a homer, Triston Casas had two hits and two RBIs and Boston defeated host Washington.
Five Red Sox relievers tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings to end the game. John Schreiber (2-1) pitched one inning for the win, and Kenley Jansen worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 28th save.
Keibert Ruiz and Stone Garrett had two-run doubles for the Nationals, who had won three straight games. Washington starter Josiah Gray (7-10) was charged with five runs on five hits over three-plus innings, his shortest start of the season.
Cardinals 6, Athletics 2
Nolan Arenado went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer as St. Louis defeated visiting Oakland.
Jordan Walker and Tommy Edman also hit homers for the Cardinals, who won for the third game in a row. Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson (4-0) allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings while winning his third straight start.
Lawrence Butler hit his first career homer, a two-run blast, as Oakland dropped its fifth straight game. Spenser Watkins (0-1) lost in his A’s debut, allowing five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Guardians 3, Reds 0
Rookie Logan Allen tossed six shutout innings while three relievers combined for three scoreless frames as visiting Cleveland blanked Cincinnati.
Jose Ramirez had two hits in his return from a two-game suspension for punching Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox.
Allen (6-5) was effective for a third straight start, holding the Reds to four singles while striking out seven. The lefty has allowed just three runs and 12 hits over 17 innings in his three August starts.
Twins 5, Tigers 3
Matt Wallner hit a grand slam to highlight a five-run sixth inning and lead Minnesota over Detroit in the opener of a two-game series in Minneapolis.
It was the third straight win for the Twins. Dylan Floro (4-5) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief, and Jhoan Duran earned his 22nd save.
Miguel Cabrera and Spencer Torkelson each homered and Matt Vierling doubled and singled for the Tigers.
Rangers 7, Angels 3
Corey Seager homered twice and drove in five runs to lead Texas over Los Angeles in the second game of a three-game set in Arlington, Texas.
Seager went 3-for-5 while Nathaniel Lowe and Ezequiel Duran contributed two hits each for the Rangers, who have won two in a row and 12 of 14.
Rangers starter Jordan Montgomery (8-10) allowed one run and six hits in six innings. He struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter, improving to 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts since he was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on July 30.
White Sox 5, Cubs 3
Luis Robert Jr. hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and the visiting Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs to snap a three-game skid.
White Sox relievers Tanner Banks, Lane Ramsey (1-0), Aaron Bummer and Gregory Santos (fourth save) combined for five shutout innings. Ramsey posted his first career win in his fourth major league appearance. Elvis Andrus had two hits and two RBIs for the White Sox.
Ian Happ and Seiya Suzuki homered for the Cubs. Julian Merryweather (4-1) served up Robert’s decisive homer.
Padres 10, Orioles 3
Gary Sanchez capped a five-run first inning with San Diego’s first grand slam of the season as the Padres routed visiting Baltimore.
Padres starter Michael Wacha (9-2) worked five scoreless innings in his first outing since July 1. The right-hander, who was activated pregame after recovering from shoulder inflammation, allowed three hits and a walk while striking out five.
Orioles starter Jack Flaherty (8-8), formerly Wacha’s teammate with the Cardinals, gave up seven runs in three innings. Austin Hays homered for Baltimore.
MANAGER SAYS AARON JUDGE WON’T REQUIRE TOE SURGERY
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge will not need offseason toe surgery, manager Aaron Boone told the “Talkin’ Yanks” podcast on Tuesday.
Judge missed 42 games this season with a torn ligament in his right big toe, an injury suffered when the right fielder crashed into the wall at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on June 3.
The reigning American League MVP, who returned from the injured list on July 28, is batting .284 with 22 home runs and 45 RBIs in 65 games this season.
The five-time All-Star broke the AL single-season record with 62 home runs last season.
Judge, 31, is a career .284/.396/.586 hitter with 242 home runs and 542 RBIs in 794 games since making his debut with the Yankees in 2016.
THE TWINS ARE BRINGING BACK ROYCE LEWIS AFTER AN OBLIQUE STRAIN COST HIM 36 GAMES
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins returned third baseman Royce Lewis from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the injured list on Tuesday, following a 36-game absence because of a strained left oblique muscle.
The Twins placed infielder Willi Castro on the injured list before their game against Detroit with what they called a mild left oblique strain to make room for Lewis, whose promising start to his major league career was waylaid by an injury for the second straight year.
Last season, Lewis posted an .867 OPS in 12 games before tearing the ACL in his right knee. Called up on the one-year anniversary of that injury, the first overall pick in the 2017 draft picked right up where he left off by hitting .326 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 26 games until hurting his oblique on July 1.
RAYS LHP SHANE MCCLANAHAN TO HAVE TOMMY JOHN SURGERY
Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan will undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said on Tuesday.
McClanahan is expected to miss the entire 2024 season.
Dr. Keith Meister, an orthopedic surgeon at TMI Sports Medicine in Arlington, Texas, evaluated McClanahan on Tuesday. The Rays then determined Tommy John surgery was the best option for the southpaw.
After going 11-1 with a 2.53 ERA through his first 17 starts this season, McClanahan was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 1 because of mid-back tightness. He returned on July 17 to face the Texas Rangers before making three more starts, most recently an Aug. 2 outing against the New York Yankees.
McClanahan experienced left forearm tightness during the final inning of his outing against New York and was put back on the 15-day IL the next day. He was then evaluated by two doctors, and Cash stated that it was “highly unlikely” that McClanahan would return in 2023.
McClanahan was transferred to the 60-day IL on Saturday and will now prepare for his second Tommy John surgery. He also underwent the procedure prior to his freshman season at the University of South Florida, returning to the Bulls in 2017.
“Tough loss, no doubt,” Cash said.
McClanahan, 26, went 11-2 with a 3.29 ERA in 21 starts this season. He selected as an All-Star for the second year in a row.
In three major league seasons, all with Tampa Bay, McClanahan has gone 33-16 with a 3.02 ERA in 74 starts. He has 456 strikeouts in 404 2/3 innings.
RAVENS, COMMANDERS SCUFFLE A BIT BUT GIVE EACH OTHER HIGH MARKS AFTER A JOINT PRACTICE
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Washington cornerback Emmanuel Forbes Jr. had a busy day during his team’s joint practice with Baltimore.
The rookie was beat badly by fellow first-round draft pick Zay Flowers in a one-on-one drill. Later, Forbes made a nice play to break up a deep pass from Lamar Jackson to Odell Beckham Jr.
Eventually, the intensity boiled over a bit when Forbes and Tylan Wallace started swinging at each other, starting the first of two skirmishes between the Commanders and Ravens within a few minutes of each other Tuesday.
“Joint practices are a challenge — always,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “You’ve got two teams out here, and there is a lot of pride. I thought it was a really good practice. We had a couple dust-ups, which you don’t want to see, but it’s not really unexpected. I thought they got handled pretty quickly.”
It wasn’t a huge surprise to see tempers flare. The purpose of joint practices is to create a competitive but controlled environment. They’re also a good chance for star players — who might not play in any preseason games — to get some work in against another team.
“To me, this is actually almost better than preseason,” Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. “It’s much harder to tackle without going to the ground, and then you’re covering elite guys every single play.”
Harbaugh said avoiding tackling is tricky, and it’s sometimes unclear how much physicality is too much. Forbes appeared to be trying to knock the ball away from Wallace at the end of a play when the two swung at each other.
“Tempers flare and I’m just competing,” Forbes said.
Shortly after that fight, another one broke out, with Ravens tight end Mark Andrews involved. After that, players gathered in the middle of the field in an attempt to calm things down.
“(Harbaugh) addressed their guys, I addressed our guys and they got back to it,” Washington coach Ron Rivera said. “What we’re trying not to have is a big melee that we can’t get stopped. That would not make sense, and that would be inexcusable. We’re trying to temper it.”
Practicing against Jackson should benefit the Commanders, who had the NFL’s third-ranked defense last year and similar expectations going into this season.
“Just being able to see him in the pocket and have awareness of him and just know that the D-line, we’ve got to rush as one, as a unit, and contain him and not be on our own mission,” defensive tackle Daron Payne said. “We’ve got to all be together.”
Washington’s starting defense was not all together on the field, with edge rusher Chase Young not taking part in team drills after leaving the preseason opener Friday at Cleveland four snaps in because of a stinger. The Ohio State product was in full uniform and is expected to continue working through individual drills.
“Right now, we’re just being smart with it,” Rivera said.
The team also is trying to be smart with veteran, injury-prone tight end Logan Thomas, who continued to sit out because of a calf strain. Thomas has done some work on side fields, and Rivera said the 32-year-old also is doing some running on an underwater treadmill.
Even without Thomas, Washington’s starting offense led by quarterback Sam Howell got some valuable snaps against Baltimore’s top defenders. It was the first joint practice of receiver Terry McLaurin’s career and something he found useful and enjoyable.
“It’s fun going against a different team,” McLaurin said. “You go against each other for so long, you kind of get familiar with your teammates. They get familiar with what you do. When you come out here against another team, it’s good to have a measuring stick of how you’ve made it up until this point in camp.”
These teams will be seeing plenty of each other. There’s another joint practice Wednesday, and the Commanders host an exhibition game against the Ravens on Monday night.
Despite his own involvement in a scuffle Tuesday, Andrews expressed admiration for the Commanders.
“This has been fun. This is really, really fun,” Andrews said. “A lot of respect for this organization that we’re going against. And today, just being focused, being determined, playing hard.”
10 NFL PLAYOFF TEAMS ARE INTEGRATING NEW PLAY-CALLERS, EITHER OUT OF NEED OR TO ADD A SPARK FOR 2023
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — When Steve Wilks was handed the reins of the NFL’s stingiest defense in San Francisco, the priority for the new coordinator was learning what made the 49ers so good rather than installing his own system.
Wilks stepped into what was both an easy job with a star-studded defense that led the NFL in points and yards allowed under DeMeco Ryans last season and a difficult one knowing he would get the blame if there is any regression.
Coach Kyle Shanahan’s main goal when looking for a new coordinator after Ryans left for the head coaching job in Houston was finding someone who would keep the structure intact.
Wilks is putting his own spin on a successful scheme, utilizing more blitzes and spending more time working on technique with the defensive backs in hopes of limiting big plays. But the defense is still using the same basic structure.
“I think the key thing is having an open mind to learn,” Wilks said. “I’ve been around quite a bit. I’ve done a lot of different things, but it’s not my way, it’s the 49ers way.”
The 49ers are one of 10 playoff teams from last season that are working in at least one new offensive or defensive coordinator in 2023. The NFC champion Eagles hired Brian Johnson and Sean Desai to replace OC Shane Steichen and DC Jonathan Gannon, who each got head coaching jobs.
While San Francisco and Philadelphia made the changes out of necessity, other contenders believed they needed a spark on one side of the ball or the other.
The Ravens and Chargers wanted to overhaul offenses that had grown stagnant at times. Baltimore brought in Todd Monken and his diverse passing game to replace Greg Roman, who built a running offense around Lamar Jackson. Los Angeles hired Kellen Moore away from Dallas in hopes of unleashing Justin Herbert’s big arm, which wasn’t always used enough under Joe Lombardi.
The big changes on defense came in Miami, where the Dolphins hired Vic Fangio to overhaul a unit that allowed the ninth-most points in the NFL last season under Josh Boyer, and in Minnesota, where the Vikings brought in Brian Flores and his aggressive scheme to replace the more passive Ed Donatell.
But Flores knows change takes time.
“You don’t do it all on day one,” he said. “You can’t. Those teams are always fundamentally sound. To me, that’s standard operating procedure. You’ve got to be fundamentally sound, footwork, hand placement, communication, things of that nature. You do all those things, you give yourself a chance.”
Two teams gave play-calling duties to their head coach, with Dallas’ Mike McCarthy taking over the offense after Moore left and Buffalo’s Sean McDermott taking over from Leslie Frazier.
“I see he’s got to take two hats to practice,” said Bills general manager Brandon Beane, who worked in Carolina when McDermott was defensive coordinator for the Panthers. “He’s got one without the headset and one with the headset. He’s going to have to have his own hat guy for game day. I think Sean is excited. It’s how he got the job here. He was such a good play-caller for us in Carolina and was a big part of our success and had a lot of defensive success there and so I’m excited to see his energy.”
The other new coordinators this season are Kansas City OC Matt Nagy, who was promoted when Eric Bieniemy got the same job in Washington, and Tampa Bay OC Dave Canales, who was hired to replace the fired Byron Leftwich.
The only playoff teams that didn’t make changes were Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Seattle and the New York Giants.
The most consequential changes might be on the offenses for the Chargers and Ravens with the hope being that new play-callers can lift already accomplished quarterbacks to new heights.
Herbert has thrown for the third most yards in the NFL since entering the league as a rookie in 2020 but didn’t stretch the field much the last two seasons under Lombardi.
Herbert averaged the third fewest air yards per attempt last season — nearly 2 yards fewer per pass than Dak Prescott did under Moore in Dallas. The hope in Los Angeles is that more deep strikes will lead to more success.
“Certainly, it’s something that we’ve talked about with the availability of the receivers and what we have on offense,” Moore said. “We’re really excited about exploring that.”
There’s even a bigger philosophical change in Baltimore, where the Ravens are shifting from a run-based offense under Roman to a heavier passing attack with Monken.
Tampa Bay ranked in the top five in yards passing when Monken was coordinator there in 2017-18 and the Ravens added receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie Zay Flowers this offseason in hopes of opening things up for Jackson.
“Coach Monken being here, he’s letting the guys just freelance and let them do them,” Jackson said. “That’s what it’s about. Like I said, just letting them get the ball and letting them do them. We should see magic happen. … The sky’s the limit with this offense. We’re going to see.”
CHIEFS SIGN LB OLAKUNLE FATUKASI, CB DURON LOWE
The Kansas City Chiefs signed linebacker Olakunle Fatukasi and cornerback Duron Lowe on Tuesday.
Fatukasi, 24, played in 13 games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2022 and recorded six tackles.
The undrafted free agent from Rutgers was waived last week by the New England Patriots.
Lowe, 25, has spent time with the Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams but has not played in a regular season game.
Lowe was not drafted in 2022 after playing two seasons at UTEP and one at Liberty.
49ERS QB BROCK PURDY PROGRESSES TO ELIMINATE OFF DAYS
49ers quarterback Brock Purdy progressed in his recovery from offseason elbow surgery to eliminate mandated off days between throwing sessions.
Purdy began training camp on a strict pitch count and said he’s feeling no ill effects of ulnar collateral ligament surgery required following an injured right elbow in the NFC Championship game.
“In terms of my arm and everything, yeah, my arm feels great,” Purdy said. “Just still building back-to-back days and trying to gain all the strength that I can back from the rehab process of things and I feel really confident.”
Head coach Kyle Shanahan also moved to clear up any doubt that Purdy would begin the season atop the San Francisco depth chart.
“He would have to melt in practice to lose it,” Shanahan told Sports Illustrated. “And Brock’s too good of a player to melt in practice — and so are the other guys.”
Purdy is the pick to lead the 49ers when they open the regular season on Sept. 10 at Pittsburgh. Backup Trey Lance is returning from a severe right ankle injury that required multiple surgeries. Sam Darnold is new to the Bay Area after stops with the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers.
Purdy, 23, the last player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, went 5-0 as a rookie starter during the regular season and passed for 1,374 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions.
RODGERS: COMING TO JETS HAS BEEN BETTER THAN I EXPECTED
Being a member of the New York Jets has surpassed all of Aaron Rodgers’ expectations ahead of his 19th NFL season.
“This has been better than I was even daydreaming about sitting in that hole in the ground thinking about what my life could be,” Rodgers recently said on “Boomer and Gio.” “Because I contemplated retirement, I contemplated coming back, and the Jets was always the team that was the most interesting to me because of (coach) Robert (Saleh), because of (offensive coordinator) Nathaniel (Hackett), because of the way they worked their ass last year.”
The 10-time Pro Bowler added: “It’s really been better than I could have expected. It feels like sometimes that I woke up inside of a dream and that this is my life playing out. I pinch myself at various times throughout the week every single week that I’ve been here.”
Rodgers spent his first 18 NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers, who drafted him 24th overall in 2005. In Green Bay, the 39-year-old built a decorated career that included 223 starts, 475 touchdown passes, four NFL MVP awards, and a Super Bowl title.
The Packers traded Rodgers to the Jets in April.
“It’s not a shot against Green Bay,” Rodgers said about how happy he is in New York ahead of the 2023 season. “I have a lot of love and gratitude for that time. But that chapter is over.”
The Jets boasted a top-five defense in 2022 but missed the playoffs after struggling offensively, particularly at the quarterback position. New York beat Rodgers and Green Bay at Lambeau Field last year in a game in which the star signal-caller was sacked four times.
After working with his new teammates for several months, Rodgers says the Jets’ roster is “definitely better” than he expected following their Week 6 matchup last season.
The 2022 Jets featured four Pro Bowlers and three players who earned All-Pro nods. New York also rosters the NFL’s reigning top offensive and defensive rookies in wide receiver Garrett Wilson and cornerback Sauce Gardner, respectively.
REPORT: PATS TE MIKE GESICKI OUT WITH DISLOCATED SHOULDER
New England Patriots tight end Mike Gesicki suffered a “mild” dislocated shoulder in Monday’s practice, NFL Network reported Tuesday.
The team is hopeful that the 27-year-old veteran can return for its Week 1 game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 10, per the report.
The Patriots signed the former division rival to a one-year deal in March worth up to a $9 million, pairing him with tight end Hunter Henry in a revamped offense under new coordinator Bill O’Brien.
Gesicki caught 32 passes for 362 yards and five touchdowns in 17 games with the Miami Dolphins in 2022. The 2018 second-round pick had 231 receptions for 2,617 yards and 18 TDs in 81 games (31 starts) for Miami.
Behind Hunter and Gesicki on the New England depth chart are Anthony Firkser, rookie Johnny Lumpkin, Matt Sokol and Scotty Washington.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
NO. 1 GEORGIA GOES FOR A HISTORIC THREE-PEAT AFTER A TRAGIC OFFSEASON
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia isn’t ready to talk about a historic three-peat.
Not just yet, anyway.
The Bulldogs showed no signs of complacency while capturing their second straight national title, and maintaining that edge will be essential to becoming the first school in the poll era to make it three in a row.
“You can’t set a goal that far ahead,” receiver Arian Smith said at the start of camp. “We can’t win a national championship right now.”
Coming off a perfect season capped by a 65-7 demolition of TCU in the national championship game, Georgia goes into the new season as the country’s most dominant program.
Not surprisingly, the Bulldogs were a near-unanimous choice as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press preseason poll.
“So many people make an assumption off of last year’s team and their accomplishments,” coach Kirby Smart said. “I asked this team … ‘What have you done to deserve anything you have gotten?’ They have done nothing.”
Georgia’s bid for a third straight title could come down to the play of Stetson Bennett’s successor.
Carson Beck, Bennett’s backup last season, came out of spring practice holding an edge for the No. 1 quarterback job over Brock Vandagriff and Gunner Stockton.
But Smart held off on naming a starter, and the competition could extend into the first few weeks of the regular season.
“I want to see them manage the offense, understand the offense, get people lined up and execute,” Smart said. “The guy that does that best in critical situations will be the guy that becomes the quarterback.”
Whoever wins the job will have huge shoes to fill.
Bennett was offensive MVP of both national championship game victories and a Heisman Trophy finalist last year.
BACK TO BOBO
The new starting quarterback will be working under a new offensive coordinator.
He’s a familiar face, though.
Former Georgia QB Mike Bobo, who served as Mark Richt’s longtime play-caller, is returning to that role after Todd Monken left for the NFL.
“Each year, you try and figure out your identity as an offense,” Bobo said. “Whether I was going to be the coordinator or if Coach Monken comes back, you’ve got to figure out what pieces of the puzzle fits to what things that we did well last year and what we’re going to have to change.”
Hours after a parade celebrating their national championship, offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy were killed in a high-speed wreck.
The investigation showed LeCroy was legally drunk while driving a university-rented SUV and racing a vehicle driven by another Georgia player, Jalen Carter, who had already announced he was entering the NFL draft.
The wreck led to revelations of numerous Georgia players operating vehicles at high speeds and questions about Smart’s control of the program.
“What concerns me most is the safety of our players, and when you drive at high speeds it’s unsafe,” Smart said. “We’re going to do all we can to take that out and make sure that’s eradicated.”
Seven Georgia defensive players have been picked in the first round of the NFL draft the last two seasons, including Carter at No. 9 by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Not to worry, Bulldogs fans.
Georgia is loaded again on that side of the line.
Six of the 11 selections to the All-Southeastern Conference preseason first team wear the red and black: linemen Mykel William and Nazir Stackhouse, linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson and defensive backs Malaki Starks, Kamari Lassiter and Javon Bullard.
“That doesn’t matter,” Dumas-Johnson said of the accolades. “I’m worried about our team. Team success brings individual success.”
RINSE AND REPEAT
Georgia’s title marked the 12th time a school has gone back to back since The Associated Press poll was launched in 1936.
Three teams finished second in the AP rankings while going for a three-peat: Army in 1946, Notre Dame in 1948 and Southern Cal in 2005.
The Trojans were voted AP champion for the 2003 season, even though they failed to qualify for the Bowl Championship Game, and were a consensus champ in ’04.
USC played for a third straight crown against Texas in the Rose Bowl, only to come up 19 seconds short in one of college football’s greatest games. Vince Young ran for a TD in the final minute that gave the Longhorns a 41-38 victory.
The Bulldogs were supposed to travel to Oklahoma this season for the first in a home-and-home series, but the SEC ordered the Bulldogs to cancel those games after accepting the Sooners as a new conference member.
Ball State was hastily lined up as a replacement, joining FCS opponent Tennessee-Martin (the opener on Sept. 2), UAB and in-state rival Georgia Tech on the nonconference slate.
Not many style points to be gained against those teams.
“All we can do is go out and try to schedule the best we can, and when we scheduled the game with Oklahoma, we were trying to do that,” Smart said. “We lost out on that because of a realignment, adding teams to the conference, and that just is what it is.”
REALITY CHECK: THE TRUTH HURTS AND TRUTH IS A BUNCH OF RANKED TEAMS WILL BREAK HEARTS IN 2023
The first Reality Check of the college football season, following the release of the preseason AP Top 25, can be a real bummer.
The truth hurts and the truth is a bunch of ranked teams won’t be as good as the voters think. Several will break their fans’ hearts and maybe even get their coach fired.
Reality Check is here to remind fans of that. Sorry, not sorry.
The past two seasons have been particularly volatile, each setting a record for most preseason ranked teams to fall out of the Top 25 by the end of the season. In 2021, that number was 14. Last season, it ticked up to 15 and included three preseason top-10 teams (Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Baylor) that failed to even post a winning record.
The Aggies have been a special kind of disappointing the last two seasons, starting both at No. 6 in the country and ending both unranked.
Reality Check continues its tradition of rolling through the preseason AP Top 25 and asking: How does this go wrong?
No. 1 Georgia
Opener: vs. UT Martin, Sept. 2
Reality check: To go along with the deepest and most-talented roster in the country, the Bulldogs have about as manageable a schedule as an SEC team can have. There is a new starting quarterback, most likely Carson Beck. Maybe that’s an issue? The case against Georgia reaching a third straight College Football Playoff is, essentially, stuff happens.
No. 2 Michigan
Opener: vs. East Carolina, Sept. 2.
Reality check: After two straight CFP one-and-dones, this feels like national championship-or-bust despite what coach Jim Harbaugh says. Harbaugh’s potential suspension for the first four games would be a red flag — until you look at who they’re playing. Still, if QB J.J. McCarthy doesn’t continue to improve, Michigan could finish third in the last edition of the Big Ten East.
No. 3 Ohio State
Opener: at Indiana, Sept. 2
Reality check: The Buckeyes are breaking in a new quarterback, but worrying about that with coach Ryan Day’s track record and WR Marvin Harrison Jr. on the roster is a waste of energy. The road to a disappointing Ohio State season runs through the defense, where players such as DE J.T. Tuimoloau and CB Denzel Burke need to play like the first-round draft picks they are projected to be.
No. 4 Alabama
Opener: vs. Middle Tennessee, Sept. 2.
Reality check: This is was what a season of an uncertainty looks like at Alabama: Top-five preseason ranking and three or four projected first-round draft picks. The Tide will be OK, but bringing in Notre Dame’s backup quarterback, Tyler Buchner, after spring practice to compete for the starting job suggests another multiple-loss regular season is a very real possibility.
No. 5 LSU
Opener: vs. No. 8 Florida State in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 3.
Reality check: Beating Alabama in Year 1 reset the Tigers’ timetable under coach Brian Kelly. LSU is being treated as a national championship contender. Too much too soon? LSU is still building high-end depth, patching significant holes with the portal and banking on QB Jayden Daniels to be a Heisman Trophy contender.
No. 6 USC
Opener: vs. San Jose State, Aug. 26.
Reality check: Heisman winner Caleb Williams and the turnover fairy (plus-21!) helped the Trojans survive a horrendous defense most of last season. The portal brings hope for an upgrade with DTs Anthony Lucas and Bear Alexander, LB Mason Cobb and CB Christian Roland-Wallace, but there is plenty of room for overall regression.
No. 7 Penn State
Opener: vs. West Virginia, Sept. 2.
Reality check: The pressure is on QB Drew Allar as he moves into the starting role, but it’s a group of mostly unproven receivers that could determine whether the former-five star recruit and the Nittany Lions can meet high expectations. Kent State transfer WR Dante Cephas could be key.
No. 8 Florida State
Opener: vs. No. 5 LSU in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 3.
Reality check: FSU was probably even better than its 10-3 record last year, and return stars QB Jordan Travis and DE Jared Verse. The ‘Noles are back! Well, progress isn’t always linear and there is a lot of hype around a program that hasn’t beaten Wake Forest since 2018.
No. 9 Clemson
Opener: at Duke, Sept. 4.
Reality check: Coach Dabo Swinney made a big splash with the hiring of offensive coordinator Garrett Riley, but his reluctance to use the transfer portal even a little — the way other elite recruiting programs do — means he is making a big bet on the new system unlocking the potential of several unproven playmakers.
No. 10 Washington
Opener: vs. Boise State, Sept. 2.
Reality check: The Pac-12 is stacked with excellent quarterbacks, explosive offenses and questionable defenses. If the Huskies can’t fix their secondary, QB Michael Penix Jr. might not be able to save them from a step back after last season’s vault forward.
No. 11 Texas
Opener: vs. Rice, Sept. 2
Reality check: The Longhorns’ return to prominence has experienced numerous false starts over the previous decade, and their last season in the Big 12 has them tabbed as favorites. We could detail a bunch of reasons why Texas could disappoint, but at this point does anybody need to be convinced?
No. 12 Tennessee
Opener: vs. Virginia at Nashville, Sept. 2.
Reality check: The most oversimplified football analysis boils it all down to the quarterback, but here we go: The Volunteers’ follow-up to their 2022 breakout is largely dependent on whether QB Joe Milton’s sixth college season is the one where it clicks.
No. 13 Notre Dame
Opener: vs. Navy at Dublin, Ireland, Aug. 26.
Reality check: Marcus Freeman salvaged his first season as coach after a rough start so the vibes are generally still good for the Fighting Irish, who now welcome former Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman. Freeman needs to prove he can avoid the bad losses that sunk 2022.
No. 14 Utah
Opener: vs. Florida, Aug. 31.
Reality check: Odd to say that the two-time defending Pac-12 champion needs to regain its identity, but last year Utah wasn’t quite the bully it has been under coach Kyle Whittingham. Another off-brand season in a tough conference could be problem.
No. 15 Oregon
Opener: vs. Portland State, Sept. 2.
Reality check: Yet another Pac-12 team with a star quarterback (Bo Nix) leading a potent offense and a defense that needs to improve. If the defense is once again less than the sum of its parts, Year 2 under Dan Lanning could be worse than Year 1.
No. 16 Kansas State
Opener: vs. Southeast Missouri, Sept. 2.
Reality check: The Wildcats need some new game-changers to emerge after the departure of RB Deuce Vaughn and DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah. If not, recent history suggests a defending conference champion can become a six-win team fast in the Big 12.
No. 17 TCU
Opener: vs. Colorado, Sept. 2.
Reality check: The Horned Frogs had close game magic on the way to the national championship game, something that is traditionally hard to recreate. Everybody is expecting substantial regression. No Power Five team to reach the playoff has ever been ranked this low the next season. There is a chance even this ranking is too optimistic.
No. 18 Oregon State
Opener: at San Jose State, Sept. 3.
Reality check: Have we considered the possibility that Clemson transfer QB DJ Uiagalelei is not an upgrade at the position for the Beavers?
No. 19 Wisconsin
Opener: vs. Buffalo, Sept. 2.
Reality check: The program with maybe the most consistently reliable offensive identity in the Big Ten for the last three decades is going through an extensive makeover under coach Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator Phil Longo. A lot of prognosticators, including a fair amount of AP voters, believe that will go smoothly. Seems presumptuous.
No. 20 Oklahoma
Opener: vs. Arkansas State, Sept. 2.
Reality check: Pollsters are banking on Year 1 under Brent Venables being an anomaly for the Sooners, who have undergone a massive roster overhaul. Counterpoint: What if it’s not?
No. 21 North Carolina
Opener: vs. South Carolina in Charlote, North Carolina, Sept. 2.
Reality check: The Tar Heels rode the brilliance of QB Drake Maye to an ACC title game last year. This year? OK, Drake, now do it again.
No. 22 Mississippi
Opener: vs. Mercer, Sept. 2.
Reality check: Narratives change fast in the SEC. Rebels coach Lane Kiffin had not even signed that $8.5 million per year extension and Ole Miss fans were fighting buyer’s remorse as they stumbled to a 1-5 finish last season. And now Georgia’s on the schedule, too.
No. 23 Texas A&M
Opener: vs. New Mexico, Sept. 2.
Reality check: Voters just can’t quit the Aggies, but what if we told you that coach Jimbo Fisher’s team is more likely to overachieve in 2023 than underachieve?
No. 24 Tulane
Opener: vs. South Alabama, Sept. 2.
Reality check: The Green Wave held on to coach Willie Fritz and kept talented QB Michael Pratt out of the transfer portal following last season’s historic season. It was cause for more celebration, but even a modest follow-up could be a lot to ask. The last time Tulane finished ranked in back-to-back seasons was 1939 when it was in the SEC.
No. 25 Iowa
Opener: vs. Utah State, Sept. 2.
Reality check: The drive for 325 (points) is the top storyline for the Hawkeyes, who need to hit that mediocre mark for offensive coordinator and son-of-the-head-coach Brian Ferentz to retain his gig. An infusion of Big Ten transfers (QB Cade McNamara, TE Erick All, WR Kaleb Brown) should help a lot. Your skepticism is well earned.
RED WINGS ACQUIRE DEFENSEMAN JEFF PETRY IN A TRADE WITH THE CANADIENS
The Detroit Red Wings acquired defenseman Jeff Petry from the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, a trade that gives them another veteran player late in a busy offseason of additions.
Detroit got Petry at less than half his salary, just over $2.3 million for each of the next two seasons, in exchange for a conditional 2025 fourth-round pick and 24-year-old defenseman Gustav Lindstrom.
The Canadiens just acquired Petry from Pittsburgh earlier this month in the trade that sent three-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson from the Sharks to the Penguins. Petry had previously spent seven-plus seasons with the Canadiens before being dealt to Pittsburgh last year and did not figure to be in their plans.
Montreal retained 50% of Petry’s remaining salary. Pittsburgh is taking care of just over $1.5 million.
Petry, 35, joins a remade blue line for Detroit, which also added Justin Holl and Shayne Gostisbehere in free agency. Eager to get the Red Wings back in contention and end a seven-year playoff drought, general manager Steve Yzerman also traded for scoring winger Alex DeBrincat and signed forwards Daniel Sprong and J.T. Compher, among other moves.
Lindstrom had eight points and averaged just over 14 minutes of ice time in 36 games with Detroit last season. The condition of the 2025 draft pick is the later of Detroit’s or Boston’s — one of the selections the Red Wings got from Boston for Tyler Bertuzzi at the trade deadline.
HURRICANES EXTEND THEIR ARENA LEASE IN RALEIGH THROUGH 2044 AS PART OF A MAJOR RENOVATION PROJECT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have extended the lease at their arena in Raleigh for 20 years through the 2043-44 NHL season.
The extension announced Tuesday comes with major renovations to the building and development of the land around it into a dining and entertainment district with multifamily homes, a hotel and a separate music venue.
The agreement was made in conjunction with North Carolina State because the school plays its home men’s basketball games in the arena and football across the parking lot. Setting aside 5 acres of the land for dedicated tailgate space is part of the deal.
“This development will transform PNC Arena into a year-round destination for residents, while also improving the event day experience for Hurricanes fans, N.C. State fans and concertgoers alike,” Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon said. “North Carolina is the home of the Hurricanes, and I am proud to say that the Hurricanes will continue to call PNC Arena home.”
Philip Isley, chair of the board for the Centennial Authority that owns the arena, called it “one of the biggest economic development projects in the history of the region.”
The deal includes a $300 million investment from the City of Raleigh and Wake County, $200 million from the team within five years, $400 million within 10 years and $800 million within 20 years, along with 100% of private renovations to the arena the Hurricanes have called home since 1999.
“Our goal is to transform PNC Arena into one of the most comfortable, versatile and fan-friendly experiences in the country,” president and general manager Don Waddell said. “This project will completely revitalize PNC Arena to make it a state-of-the-art facility at a fraction of the cost of a new arena.”
NBA UNVEILS THE SCHEDULE FOR ITS IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT. ITS REGULAR-SEASON SLATE IS COMING THURSDAY
NEW YORK (AP) The first basket of the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament likely will be made in Indianapolis.
The league unveiled the 60-game schedule for group play of the new event on Tuesday – with the first game set to be Cleveland visiting Indiana on Nov. 3, the opener of what is scheduled to be seven games on that first night of matchups.
Each team will play four games in the group stage, with the winners of the six groups and two wild-card teams moving on to the single-elimination quarterfinals.
At stake: about $18 million in prize money. The tournament payouts for players on standard contracts will be $500,000 apiece for those on the winning team, $200,000 apiece for those on the runner-up, $100,000 apiece for those on the teams that lose semifinal games and $50,000 for those on the teams that lose in the quarterfinals.
Teams were assigned last month to a five-team group. They’ll play one game against each other as part of the tournament.
West Group A – Memphis, Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers, Utah and Portland.
West Group B – Denver, the Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans, Dallas and Houston.
West Group C – Sacramento, Golden State, Minnesota, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.
East Group A – Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Indiana and Detroit.
East Group B – Milwaukee, New York, Miami, Washington and Charlotte.
East Group C – Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto, Chicago and Orlando.
All games on Tuesdays and Fridays in November will be designated as tournament-game days. (That doesn’t include Nov. 7, when the league will not hold any games in observance of Election Day.)
There are 14 teams that will begin play on Nov. 3, and 13 teams will get their first tournament games in on Nov. 10.
Orlando and Atlanta won’t start their tournament schedules until Nov. 14, and Toronto doesn’t make its tournament debut until Nov. 17.
Another highlight: 10 games on the schedule for Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving and traditionally one of the busiest holiday shopping days. That day’s slate starts with Boston visiting Orlando at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Quarterfinals will be played on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. The semifinals are in Las Vegas on Dec. 7, and the championship game is there on Dec. 9.
Every tournament game will count as a regular-season game in the standings – except for the championship game.
Teams will get their regular-season schedules and national broadcast schedules on Thursday.
Those lists will have only 80 games. The two games missing from each team’s schedule will be played in December – either as part of the tournament, or for the 22 teams that don’t qualify for the knockout round, as added regular-season games that will be scheduled for Dec. 6 and Dec. 8.
Nov. 3 – Cleveland at Indiana, New York at Milwaukee, Dallas at Denver, Washington at Miami, Brooklyn at Chicago, Golden State at Oklahoma City, Memphis at Portland.
Nov. 7 – No games, Election Day.
Nov. 10 – Brooklyn at Boston, LA Lakers at Phoenix, Philadelphia at Detroit, Charlotte at Washington, New Orleans at Houston, Utah at Memphis, Minnesota at San Antonio, LA Clippers at Dallas, Oklahoma City at Sacramento.
Nov. 14 – San Antonio at Oklahoma City, LA Clippers at Denver, Miami at Charlotte, Atlanta at Detroit, Indiana at Philadelphia, Orlando at Brooklyn, Dallas at New Orleans, Portland at Utah, Minnesota at Golden State, Memphis at LA Lakers.
Nov. 17 – Sacramento at San Antonio, Phoenix at Utah, Milwaukee at Charlotte, New York at Washington, Philadelphia at Atlanta, Detroit at Cleveland, Boston at Toronto, Orlando at Chicago, Denver at New Orleans, LA Lakers at Portland, Houston at LA Clippers.
Nov. 21 – Cleveland at Philadelphia, Utah at LA Lakers, Toronto at Orlando, Indiana at Atlanta, Portland at Phoenix.
Nov. 24 – Boston at Orlando, Phoenix at Memphis, Miami at New York, San Antonio at Golden State, Chicago at Toronto, Detroit at Indiana, Denver at Houston, Washington at Milwaukee, Sacramento at Minnesota, New Orleans at LA Clippers.
Nov. 28 – Milwaukee at Miami, Golden State at Sacramento, Chicago at Boston, Toronto at Brooklyn, Atlanta at Cleveland, Charlotte at New York, Oklahoma City at Minnesota, Houston at Dallas.
Dec. 4 and 5 – Quarterfinals at team sites.
Dec. 6 – Regular-season games TBA.
Dec. 7 – Semifinals in Las Vegas.
Dec. 8 – Regular-season games TBA.
Dec. 9 – Championship in Las Vegas.
LIBERTY OVERPOWER ACES IN COMMISSIONER’S CUP FINAL
Marine Johannes came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points Tuesday night, lifting the New York Liberty to an 82-63 win over the host Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup final.
Johannes made 5 of 7 attempts from the 3-point arc as New York pulled away in the second half for its first Cup championship. Jonquel Jones added 16 points and 15 rebounds to earn Most Valuable Player honors, while Breanna Stewart hit for 13 points.
Sabrina Ionescu chipped in 12 points for the Liberty, and Courtney Vandersloot stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. New York canned 15 of 35 3-point tries (42.9 percent) and dominated the boards 49-28.
Jackie Young scored 16 points for the defending Cup champion Aces, while Kelsey Plum and Chelsea Gray each added 15. A’ja Wilson was limited to nine points on 2-of-10 shooting, making her 4 of 24 in her last two games against New York.
The victory was worth $30,000 for each Liberty player, and Jones pocketed an extra $5,000 for winning MVP. Las Vegas players settled for $10,000 apiece.
The league’s two best teams looked like its two worst teams to start the game. They combined to go scoreless on 14 consecutive possessions before Wilson hit two free throws with 6:29 left in the first quarter.
Then New York started finding the range with Johannes supplying a spark late in the period. She canned two 3-pointers to help the Liberty take a 17-8 lead, then made two more for a 28-17 advantage with 7:43 left in the first half.
Las Vegas owned the half’s remainder, ripping off a 17-4 run that included 11 unanswered points to end the half. Young’s driving layup with 29.2 seconds remaining put the Aces ahead 34-32 at intermission.
Young nailed a floater for a 39-32 cushion just over a minute into the third quarter before New York surged. Johannes was involved again with her fifth 3-pointer as the Liberty grabbed a 56-48 lead going to the fourth.
The game didn’t count in the league standings.
GOLF GLANCE: FEDEX CUP RACE HEATS UP IN CHICAGO
LAST TOURNAMENT: FedEx St. Jude Championship (Lucas Glover)
THIS WEEK: BMW Championship, Olympia Fields, Ill., Aug. 17-20
Course: Olympia Fields Country Club (Par 70, 7,366 yards)
Purse: $20M (Winner: $3.6M)
Defending Champion: Patrick Cantlay
FedEx Cup leader: Jon Rahm
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 12-2 p.m. (GC), 2-6 p.m. (CBS)
Streaming (ESPN+): Thursday-Sunday, 9:15 a.m.-6 p.m.
NOTES: The top 50 players in the FedEx Cup standings after last week’s playoff opener qualified for the BMW. At the conclusion of the tournament, the top 30 players in points will make it to the season-ending Tour Championship. … Glover’s second win in as many weeks catapulted him to fourth in the standings, behind only Rahm, Scheffler and McIlroy. Cantlay, who fell to the 43-year-old Glover in a playoff, moved up to fifth. … Cantlay is the two-time defending champion of the BMW, albeit at two different courses: Caves Valley in 2021 and Wilmington Country Club in 2022. … The BMW returns to Olympia Fields for the first time since 2020, when Rahm drained a 65-foot putt to beat Dustin Johnson in a playoff. Johnson had made a 45-footer to force the playoff. … Sam Burns enters the week in the No. 30 spot, while Sahith Theegala is first man out at No. 31. Notable names around the bubble include Tyrrell Hatton (No. 26), Jordan Spieth (No. 27), Sungjae Im (No. 28) and Justin Rose (No. 32). Matt Fitzpatrick (No. 40) and Hideki Matsuyama (No. 47) will need strong finishes to jump into the top 30.
BEST BETS: McIlroy (+700 at BetMGM) used a final-round 65 last week to finish tied for third, one off the pace of Glover and Cantlay. That extended his streak of eight top-10 finishes, starting way back at the PGA Championship. … Scheffler (+700) is the co-favorite with McIlroy despite the end of his own streak of dominance. He had finished in the top 12 of 18 straight official events, and seven straight in the top five, before tying for 23rd at The Open Championship and tying for 31st last week. … Rahm (+1000) not only won the last time the tour came to Olympia Fields, he had a bogey-free, 6-under 64 in the final round. He tied for 37th last week but has a win and two second-place finishes since April. … Cantlay (+1000) will be a popular pick to three-peat after his narrow miss at the St. Jude. Three of his past four wins on tour have come at playoff events. … Viktor Hovland (+1600) hasn’t cracked the top 10 of an event since winning the Memorial Tournament in June, but he tied for 13th last week after finishing with rounds of 64, 65 and 69. … Tommy Fleetwood (+2200) may have never won on North American soil, but starting with his sudden-death playoff loss at the Canadian Open, he has five top-10s and four top-six finishes in six starts, including T3 last week. … Tony Finau (+4000) may be coming off a 64th-place finish at the St. Jude, but the last time the BMW was played at Olympia Fields he placed fifth. He’s won a playoff event once before, the 2021 Northern Trust.
NEXT WEEK: Tour Championship, Atlanta, Aug. 24-27
LAST TOURNAMENT: AIG Women’s Open (Lilia Vu)
THIS WEEK: ISPS Handa World Invitational, Antrim, Northern Ireland, Aug. 17-20
Course: Galgorm Castle Golf Club (Par 72, 6,402 yards) and Castlerock Golf Club (Par 73, 6,546 yards)
Purse: $1.5M (Winner: $225,000)
Defending Champion: Maja Stark
Race to the CME Globe leader: Celine Boutier
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (GC); Sunday, 6 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (GC)
Streaming (Peacock): Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. ET; Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Sunday (6-11:30 a.m.)
NOTES: This event, now in its third year, is co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour and Ladies European Tour, with 144 men and 144 women playing in concurrent competitions for equal prize money. … The women will play each course once over the first two days before the rest of the tournament is played at Galgorm Castle. There are two cuts — after the second and third rounds — leaving just the top 35 players plus ties to play the final 18 holes on Sunday. … Stark shot a 10-under 63 in her final round to win last year. … Irishwoman Leona Maguire, No. 14 in the Rolex Rankings, is the highest-ranked player in the field. … Among those taking the week off is Lilia Vu. The new World No. 1 won the AIG Women’s Open to become the first American woman since Juli Inkster (1999) to win two majors in a calendar year.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: CPKC Women’s Open, Vancouver, Aug. 24-27
PGA Tour Champions
LAST TOURNAMENT: Boeing Classic (Stephen Ames)
THIS WEEK: Shaw Charity Classic, Calgary, Alberta, Aug. 18-20
Course: Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club (Par 70, 7,086 yards)
Purse: $2.4M (Winner: $360,00)
Defending Champion: Jerry Kelly
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steve Stricker
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV/Streaming: Friday, 4-6 p.m. ET (Peacock), 9-11 p.m. (Golf Channel — Tape delay); Saturday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m. (GC)
NOTES: Ames is the top Canadian in the field of Canada’s only Champions Tour stop. He is coming off his fourth win of 2023 last week and has moved to third in the Schwab Cup race. … Kelly defeated John Huston in a playoff to win last year. … Stricker is taking another week off. With five victories this year, Stricker has won $3,593,060 — more than double Bernhard Langer, who is second on the Schwab Cup money list. … After this week, six tournaments remain before the Schwab Cup playoffs begin.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: The Ally Challenge, Grand Blanc, Mich., Aug. 25-27
LIV Golf League
LAST TOURNAMENT: LIV Golf Bedminster (Individual: Cameron Smith; Team: Ripper GC)
THIS WEEK: OFF.
Season Leaders: Individual, Smith; Team, 4Aces GC
NEXT TOURNAMENT: LIV Golf Chicago, Rich Harvest Farms, Ill., Sept. 22-24
HCAC 2023 MSOC PRESEASON POLL RELEASE
CARMEL, Ind. – In a vote amongst league coaches, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team was picked to finish first in the 2023 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season.
The Fightin’ Engineers finished the 2022 regular season in first place, running the tables with an 8-0-1 mark in league play for the season. Hanover College was voted to finish second and picked up two first-place votes. Transylvania University snagged the third-place spot just one point behind Hanover. In fourth place, there was a tie between the Anderson University Ravens and the Manchester University Spartans.
Listed below is the 2023 HCAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll and the 2023 HCAC Athletes to Watch.
For more information on HCAC Men’s Soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
2023 HCAC MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
|1.||Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (7)||78|
|2.||Hanover College (2)||71|
|3.||Transylvania University (1)||70|
|10.||Mount St. Joseph University||17|
2023 HCAC Men’s Soccer Athletes to Watch:
|Jordan Bossman||JR||Columbus, Ohio||F|
|Drew Vaughn||SR||Beavercreek, Ohio||D|
|Usman Kamara||JR||Franklin, Ind.||F|
|Stephen Fite||SR||Cincinati, Ohio||M|
|Angel Velasco-Urbina||JR||Lexington, Ky.||GK|
|Elijah Zimmerman||SR||Archbold, Ohio||F|
|Jackson Clark||JR||Mount Blanchard, Ohio||M|
|Drew Ireland||JR||Coshocton, Ohio||M|
|Riley Hensley||SR||Swanton, Ohio||D|
|Noah Svanberg||SR||Otsego, Ohio||F|
|Orry Killam||SR||Napoleon, Ohio||GK|
|Josha Maurer||SR||Springfield, Ohio||M|
|Quentin Berry||SR||Zionsville, Ind.||M|
|Devin Fitzgibbon||JR||Cincinnati, Ohio||M|
|Braden Guinn||JR||Yorktown, Ind.||F|
|Andre Moriel||SO||Murfreesboro, Tenn.||M|
|Luciano Salemi||SR||Indianapolis, Ind.||GK|
|Clayton Anderson||SR||La Grange, Ky.||D|
|Xavier Ochsner||SR||Floyds Knobs, Ind.||M|
|Omar Dizdar||SO||Bardstown, Ky.||F|
|Noah Black||SR||Swayzee, Ind.||D|
|Aaron Ketchmark||SO||Kouts, Ind.||GK|
|Julian Keough||SR||Indianapolis, Ind.||M|
|Cory Mitchell||SR||Maitland, Fla.||F|
Mount St. Joseph
|Micael Abel||SR||Cincinnati, Ohio||F|
|Luiz Martinez-Velez||SR||San Juan, Puerto Rico||M|
|Willis Johnson||JR||Cincinnati, Ohio||M|
|Gunnar Gramann||SR||Cincinnati, Ohio||D|
|Caleb Urban||GR||Martinsville, Ind.||M|
|Kai Moore||SR||Pendelton, Ind.||M|
|Jackson Seida||SR||Frankfort, Ill.||F|
|Julius Salinas||SR||Bakersfield, Calif.||M|
|Henry Roetker||JR||Cincinnati, Ohio||M|
|Eric Hicks||SO||Benton, Ky.||D|
|Dylan Barnes||SO||Elizabethtown, Ky.||M|
|Jeremy Mason||SR||Louisville, Ky.||M|
HCAC 2023 WSOC PRESEASON POLL RELEASE
CARMEL, Ind. – In a vote amongst league coaches, the Hanover College women’s soccer team was picked to finish first in the 2023 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season.
The Panthers finished the 2022 regular season in first place, with a 7-0-2 mark in league play. Rose-Hulman, who won the HCAC Women’s Soccer Title, was voted to finish second and picked up two first-place votes. Transylvania University snagged the third-place spot, narrowly beating out Anderson University and Mount St. Joseph University who finished just two-points behind in a tie for fourth place.
Listed below is the 2023 HCAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll and the 2022 HCAC Athletes to Watch.
For more information on HCAC Women’s Soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
2023 HCAC WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
|1.||Hanover College (8)||80|
|2.||Rose-Hulman Insititute of Technology (2)||72|
|4.||Mount St. Jospeh University||58|
Returning 2022 All-Conference First and Second Team Women’s Soccer Athletes to Watch in 2023:
|Anderson||Kylie Roberts (2nd Team)||JR||Nobelsville, Ind.||D|
|Earlham||Mallory Smith (2nd Team)||SO||Oxford, Ohio||F|
|Hanover||Kate Bettner (1st Team)||JR||Noblesville, Ind.||D|
|Beth Cook (1st Team)||JR||Goshen, Ohio||F|
|Maggie Hinegardner (1st Team)||SR||Fort Thomas, Ky.||GK|
|Nora Ludwig (1st Team)||JR||Cincinnati, Ohio||F|
|MSJ||Vivian Willis (1st Team)||JR||Cinicinnati, Ohio||D|
|McKenzie Schneeman (2nd Team)||JR||Cincinnati, Ohio||F|
|Rose-Hulman||Megan Foder (1st Team)||SR||The Woodlands, TX||D|
|Lauren Marquardt (1st Team)||SO||Savage, Minn.||MF|
|Kyra Hicks (2nd Team)||SR||Lynnwood, Wash.||F|
|Kiana Martin (2nd Team)||SR||Portage, Mich.||M|
|Camille Clark (2nd Team)||SO||Plainfield, Ind.||F|
|Transylvania||Meron Roach (1st Team)||SR||Lexington, Ky.||F|
|Erin Heil (2nd Team)||SR||Lexington, Ky.||M|
|Isabella White (2nd Team)||SO||Lexington, Ky.||F|
2023 HCAC Women’s Soccer Other Athletes to Watch:
|Mandy Williams||SR||Grand Ledge, Mich.||M|
|Hannah Gates||SR||Brownsburg, Ind.||D|
|Lauren Brown||JR||Fort Wayne, Ind.||F|
|Nina McGinn||GR||Mario, Ohio||F|
|Kelsie Gladiuex||SO||Northwood, Ohio||M|
|Evie Masters||JR||Arcadia. Ohio||D|
|Brielle Collier||JR||Anna, Ohio||GK|
|Sarah O’Shea||SR||Cincinnat, Ohio||GK|
|Sloane Livinginston||SR||Las Vegas, Nev.||D|
|Christa Phillips||SO||Columbus, Ohio||D|
|Haley Hughes||FR||Muamee, Ohio||M|
|Makayla Hurey||JR||Sydney, Ohio||GK|
|Quinn Doden||JR||Fort Wayne, Ind.||M|
|Noelle Hooper||SO||Fishers, Ind.||D|
|Dianna Rollag||SR||Fishers, Ind.||D|
|Kinsey Price||SR||Rising Sun, Ind.||D|
|Kaitlyn Hewitt||SR||Westfield, Ind.||D|
|Makenna Mundy||JR||Noblesville, Ind.||GK|
|Grace Papazoglou||SO||Commack, N.Y.||M|
|Peyton Horn||SR||Crown Point, Ind.||D|
|Layla Huneck||SO||Fort Wayne, Ind.||M|
|Lily DeTray||FR||Oak Harbor, Ohio||F|
Mount St. Joseph
|Vivian Willis||JR||Cinicinnati, Ohio||D|
|McKenzie Schneeman||JR||Cincinnati, Ohio||F|
|Molly Sheridan||JR||Cincinnati, Ohio||D|
|Kerigan Pollard||JR||Greenfield, Ohio||F|
|Audrey Rawls||SR||Lexington, Ky.||M|
TOP INDIANA NEWS/RELEASES FROM ORGANIZATIONS
ANTHONY RICHARDSON NAMED COLTS’ STARTING QB FOR OPENER AGAINST JAGUARS
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Anthony Richardson’s first NFL start convinced the Indianapolis Colts that he’s ready to keep the job.
On Tuesday, three days after the fourth overall draft pick made his pro debut at Buffalo, coach Shane Steichen ended the suspense by naming Richardson the Colts’ opening day starter.
Richardson’s regular-season debut, on Sept. 10 against Jacksonville, will mark the seventh straight year Indy has had a different Week 1 starter. It began when Scott Tolzien replaced the injured Andrew Luck in 2017. The Colts are hoping Richardson’s ascent to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart ends the revolving door.
“I just started working my tail off every day,” Richardson said. “I didn’t want to come here and make it seem like everything was handed to me because it definitely shouldn’t be.”
When the Colts reported to training camp on July 25, general manager Chris Ballard insisted the team wouldn’t rush Richardson onto the field. Instead, Indy wanted to make sure the rookie was ready to play.
Richardson opened camp splitting first-team snaps with veteran Gardner Minshew but worked most of last week with the starters. Minshew signed with Indy as a free agent during the offseason.
On Thursday, Steichen told reporters Richardson would start the preseason opener as the competition continued. But after reviewing Saturday’s footage, Steichen informed Richardson and Minshew of his decision Monday night.
Richardson was 7 of 12 with 67 yards and one interception — on his third pass attempt — against the Bills, who didn’t play many starters. The 6-foot-4, 244-pound former Florida star also had two carries for seven yards, though his longest run of the day was called back on a holding call.
Minshew was understandably disappointed by Steichen’s decision.
“You’re hurt, obviously, you put so much time into something,” Minshew said. “But I’m really excited for Anthony, man, I think he’s going to be really special. He’s got a great opportunity here, and we’re going to try to figure out what’s next.”
Richardson was considered one of the draft’s most intriguing prospects.
He dazzled scouts with a strong arm at the NFL’s annual scouting combine and some described Richardson’s overall performance as the most athletic they’d ever seen by a quarterback.
The Colts weren’t surprised. On draft weekend, Ballard recalled a phone conversation he had with a scout while the scout watched Richardson working out with the Gators before last season.
Still, some questioned his readiness to play immediately after he completed just 54.7% of his throws while going 6-7 as the Gators’ starter. And once Richardson returned to Indy, he needed to learn the playbook and earn the respect of coaches and teammates.
“He’s a good leader. I think he’s getting comfortable and getting to know him, he’s a humble dude,” safety Julian Blackmon said. “I’m just excited to see what he can do — he can do everything — it’s just in terms of what plays he makes.”
Now the progression must continue against bigger, stronger and more challenging NFL defenses and at a faster speed. There’s no time to waste.
The Colts close camp this week at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, about a 30-minute drive from team headquarters, with joint practices against the Chicago Bears on Wednesday and Thursday. They play again Saturday, when Richardson appears at Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time since the combine.
Steichen hasn’t said if or how much Richardson will play this weekend and it may depend, at least in part, on what the Colts do during this week’s workouts. So far, though, they like the results.
“He had the early interception (Saturday), but he bounced back and made some really good plays, some really good throws,” Steichen said. “And then the way he uses his legs, it definitely helps us.”
And while Jonathan Taylor’s return to action remains clouded after he rejoined the team in Grand Park on Tuesday, one thing is clear: Richardson will be Indy’s starter for the foreseeable future.
“He’s a big-time playmaker and it’s been showcased throughout camp,” Steichen said. “He, obviously, did some good things in that preseason game and I think he brings us that playmaking ability.”
ANDÚJAR, GONZALES AND SMITH-NJIGBA COMBINE FOR SEVEN RIBBIES IN INDIANS’ 8-5 WIN
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Miguel Andújar hit a tiebreaking two-run single as part of a three-RBI performance, and Nick Gonzales and Canaan Smith-Njigba notched two RBI apiece as the Indianapolis Indians held off the St. Paul Saints, 8-5, on Tuesday night at CHS Field.
The Indians (53-60, 20-19) scored seven of their eight runs through the first four innings. After Ji Hwan Bae and Gonzales opened the game with consecutive doubles to give Indy a brief 1-0 lead, Andújar lined a bases-loaded single up the middle in the second to spark a four-run frame. A throwing error on a would-be double play then allowed Gonzalez to score and Malcom Nuñez to reach second base ahead of a Smith-Njigba run-scoring knock. Two innings later, Andújar and Smith-Njigba tacked on RBI singles, and Gonzales earned a two-out walk with the bases loaded in the seventh for his second RBI.
The Saints (66-48, 23-17) mustered just one hit off Roansy Contreras – a two-out, game-tying double by Kyle Garlick in the first that plated Andrew Stevenson, who drew a leadoff walk and stole second base. Contreras struck out five and walked two in 4.0 innings pitched.
Trevor Larnach and Brooks Lee recorded sacrifice flies in the sixth and eighth inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Austin Martin belted a two-run home run off Travis MacGregor, who walked the next two batters before inducing a groundout off the bat of Brooks Lee on the eighth pitch of the sequence. Southpaw Rob Zastryzny (S, 1) entered to face the left-handed Larnach and recorded a strikeout on a payoff pitch.
Yerry De Los Santos (W, 1-5) tallied two strikeouts and yielded one earned run over 2.0 innings in relief. Randy Dobnak (L, 4-6) surrendered seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits and three walks in 4.0 innings.
Twelve of Indy’s 15 hits were singles, and the team went 7-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Bae, Gonzales and Smith-Njigba each had three hits while Andújar and Mason Martin both registered two. Andújar increased his RBI total to 83, second in the International League.
The Indians and Saints continue their series on Wednesday at 8:07 PM ET. Indianapolis will send RHP Jared Jones (2-2, 5.44) to the bump against RHP Louie Varland (7-0, 4.03).
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL
PICK SIX: NOTRE DAME QB SAM HARTMAN HEADS LIST OF TRANSFERS WHO COULD MAKE IMPACT THIS SEASON
Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman won’t get a chance to add to his Atlantic Coast Conference record for career touchdown passes in his final season.
But the former Wake Forest star’s new stop will allow him to face plenty of familiar foes.
Hartman opted to use his final season of college eligibility at Notre Dame after five productive seasons at Wake Forest, where he threw an ACC record 110 touchdown passes. His 12,967 career yards passing at Wake Forest rank second in ACC history.
He hopes that showing he can succeed with two separate programs will catch the eye of NFL teams when he enters the draft next year.
“This is what you have to do when you go into the league, is come into a new place where there’s not a lot of familiar faces,” Hartman said after making the move.
Notre Dame’s schedule includes a meeting with Hartman’s former team, as the 13th-ranked Fighting Irish host Wake Forest on Nov. 18. Hartman’s other matchups with ACC teams include home dates Oct. 28 with Pitt and Nov. 4 with Clemson plus trips to North Carolina State on Sept. 9, Duke on Sept. 30 and Louisville on Oct. 7.
Hartman gained some attention by leading Wake Forest to an ACC championship game appearance in 2021 and throwing six touchdown passes in a memorable 51-45 double-overtime loss to Clemson last year. But he understands he’s going to be under much more scrutiny now because of Notre Dame’s national profile.
“It’s different,” Hartman said. “It’s special here. There’s a lot of eyes (on you), which is pretty obvious at this point. I think you never really know until you’re out of it what it means to be in this position. Just as much as I can, I’m trying to soak it in. It’s a high-pressure, pivotal season for myself and more than myself – this team and this university.”
Some other transfers to watch, with their former schools mentioned in parentheses.
FLORIDA STATE CB FENTRELL CYPRESS II (Virginia)
Cypress is perhaps the most notable of No. 8 Florida State’s 15 transfer additions. He led the ACC with 14 total pass breakups last season and was named second-team all-conference by The Associated Press. Cypress played nine games last year, and his 1.6 pass breakups per game led all Football Bowl Subdivision players.
COLORADO CB TRAVIS HUNTER (Jackson State)
Hunter was the nation’s consensus No. 1 recruit in his class back in December 2021 when he made headlines by backing out of a verbal commitment to Florida State and instead choosing to play for Deion Sanders at Jackson State. He followed Sanders from Jackson State to Colorado. Hunter played both wide receiver and cornerback at Jackson State last year and was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award given annually to the top Football Championship Subdivision freshman.
KENTUCKY QB DEVIN LEARY (North Carolina State)
Leary played just six games last year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, but he has 6,807 career yards passing and owns a 17-9 record as a starter. His best season came in 2021, when he threw for 3,433 yards with 35 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
OKLAHOMA LB DASAN McCULLOUGH (Indiana)
McCullough appeared on numerous freshman All-America teams last year, as he collected 6 ½ tackles for loss and four sacks his lone season at Indiana. That performance backed up the reputation that accompanied him to Indiana, as McCullough was rated as the nation’s No. 75 overall prospect in his class according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. He now joins his younger brother, defensive back Daeh McCullough, at Oklahoma.
TEXAS WR ADONAI MITCHELL (Georgia)
Mitchell missed nine games due to an ankle injury last season but returned in time to catch a touchdown pass in each of Georgia’s two College Football Playoff games, helping the Bulldogs win their second straight national title. Mitchell had 29 receptions for 426 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman in 2021. He should team up with 2022 AP second-team all-Big 12 selection Xavier Worthy to give Texas a talented receiver tandem.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WR DORIAN SINGER (Arizona)
USC certainly knows how much Singer can bother a defense. He caught seven passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-37 loss to USC last season. Now he joins the sixth-ranked Trojans after earning AP first-team all-Pac-12 honors for Arizona last season. Singer had 66 catches for 1,105 yards and six touchdowns a year ago.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER
AULT SELECTED BIG EAST PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR; BULLDOGS PICKED SECOND IN MIDWEST DIVISION
NEW YORK – The Butler men’s soccer team was tabbed to finish second in the Midwest Division in the 2023 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday, August 15. Sophomore Palmer Ault was selected as the 2023 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and also represents the Bulldogs on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
A member of the 2022 All-BIG EAST First Team and United Soccer Coaches All-East Region First Team, the unanimous BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Ault will once again look to lead the Bulldogs offensive attack in 2023. Starting all 19 matches as a freshman, Ault led the Bulldogs with 26 points, 10 goals and six assists in his first season in Indianapolis. The sophomore forward ranked among the top-10 in multiple BIG EAST categories in 2022, including game-winning goals (1st), goals (2nd), points (3rd), assists (6th), shot accuracy (8th) and shots per game (10th). In the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal against Providence, Ault advanced the Bulldogs to the semifinals with a two-goal performance.
In addition to Ault’s honor, Georgetown’s Kenny Nielsen garnered the preseason Defensive Player of the Year award and Georgetown’s Ryan Schewe earned the preseason accolade of Goalkeeper of the Year. A total of 11 student-athletes were named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, including Ault, Nielsen and Schewe. Georgetown leads the way with four individuals on the list, followed by Creighton and Providence with two each. Ault was unanimously voted to the team.
After adding Akron as an affiliate BIG EAST member in November, men’s soccer expands the league to 12 teams divided into two divisions. In addition, the league’s conference tournament will expand to eight teams for the first time since realignment. This season, No. 8 Creighton was selected by the league’s men’s soccer coaches to finish as the top team in the Midwest Division, while No. 17 Georgetown was unanimously selected to win the East Division.
In the Midwest Division, 2022 BIG EAST Champion Creighton led the way with 63 points and eight first-place votes. Just two points apart and both receiving two-first place votes, Butler (50 points) edged Akron (48 points) to rank second in the poll. Following Creighton, Butler and Akron, Xavier checks in at fourth with 39 points. Rounding out the rankings, Marquette has been picked fifth with 29 points, while DePaul ranks sixth with 17 points.
All-BIG EAST honors and preseason polls were decided by a vote of the league’s head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own team or players. The 2023 season gets underway on Thursday, Aug. 24. Conference action begins Friday, Sept. 15.
BIG EAST Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll
1. Georgetown (11) 66
2. Providence (1) 56
3. St. John’s 40
4. Seton Hall 36
5. Connecticut 24
5. Villanova 24
1. Creighton (8) 63
2. Butler (2) 50
3. Akron (2) 48
4. DePaul 39
5. Seton Hall 29
6. DePaul 17
Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Palmer Ault, So., F, Butler
Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Kenny Nielsen, Sr., D, Georgetown
Preseason BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Ryan Schewe, Sr., GK, Georgetown
Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Ryan Schewe, Sr., GK, Georgetown
Kenny Nielsen, Sr., D, Georgetown
Kieran Sargeant, Jr., D, Georgetown
Makel Rasheed, Sr., D, Xavier
Jackson Castro, Jr., M, Creighton
Giorgio Probo, Jr., M, Creighton
Luis Garcia, Grad., M, Providence
Dyson Clapier, So., F, Akron
Palmer Ault, So., F, Butler *
Marlon Tabora, Sr., F, Georgetown
Gevork Diarbian, Sr., F, Providence
IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER
GOMEZ NAMED AMONG UNITED SOCCER COACHES PLAYERS TO WATCH
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Soccer Coaches announced its fourth and final watch list for the upcoming 2023 season on Wednesday (Aug. 15), with IUPUI sophomore Josemir Gomez being included as one of 32 Division I Men’s forwards to watch.
The lists are being released by the Division I All-America Committees to promote college soccer leading up to the official start date for the regular season later this month. The lists include United Soccer Coaches All-Americans and first or second team All-Region players from 2022, who are scheduled to return for the 2023 season.
Gomez, who is entering his second season as a Jag, is one of five sophomores named on the watch list after being voted to the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region second team a year ago. He was also voted the Horizon League Freshman of the Year and First Team All-League after leading the team in goals (9) and second on the team in points (21) in 2022.
Gomez and the Jags wrap up the preseason with two exhibition matches at Carroll Stadium this week before opening the regular season against Southern Indiana on Thursday, Aug. 24.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER
BALL STATE VOTED TO FINISH THIRD IN MAC PRESEASON POLL
CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced its annual preseason coaches poll on Tuesday. The Ball State soccer team was voted to finish the regular season in third place.
Last season, the Cardinals reached the MAC Tournament Championship after being voted to finish tied for seventh in the conference. Ball State received the second-most votes to win the MAC Tournament in 2023 with two votes.
“The goal for every season remains the same, win the MAC conference tournament,” said Head Coach Josh Rife. “We have a great group returning and the new additions to the roster have been doing well adjusting to our team. Looking ahead to conference play, the MAC looks to be as competitive as ever and we hope our non-conference schedule will prepare us for the journey.”
BSU brings back its top points scorers from last season, led by Avery Fenchel with 22 points, Delaney Caldwell with 15, and Lexi Fraley with 12. All three combined for 23 of the squads 34 goals from last year.
The Cardinals open the 2023 campaign on Thursday, August 17, against Mercyhurst. First touch is slated for 4 p.m. from the Briner Sports Complex.
2023 MAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
(First Places Votes)
Buffalo (7)- 112 points
Western Michigan (3)- 104 points
Ball State (1)- 100 points
Bowling Green- 98 points
Miami (1)- 86 points
Kent State- 67 points
Ohio- 65 points
NIU- 42 points
EMU- 35 points
CMU- 31 points
Toledo- 27 points
Akron- 26 points
INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball will play a Blue-White Intrasquad Scrimmage Saturday afternoon. The scrimmage is slated for 3 p.m. inside ISU Arena and is free and open to the public.
Saturday’s scrimmage will be the first chance to see the 2023 Indiana State Volleyball program in action, as preparations are underway for the season opener. The Sycamores opened preseason practice on August 8 and will culminate preseason camp with Saturday’s scrimmage.
Indiana State returns all six starters from its 2022 team, including each of the five Sycamores who recorded more than 100 kills. The Trees also return their top two blocks leaders, four of their top six digs leaders, their leader in assists and three of their top five in service aces from last season, as they look to build off a 2022 season that saw them among the conference leaders in digs and blocks.
Kaitlyn Hamilton, Mallory Keller, Karinna Gall, Storm Suhre, Jamie Brown and Emma Kaelin are all back after being mainstays in the starting lineup in 2022, while Cadence Gilley appeared in all 93 sets last year and Asia Povlin returns after appearing in 12 matches last season. The eight returning Sycamores are joined by eight newcomers. Freshman Avery Hales and transfers Hannah Baudin and Madisen Perry joined the program prior to the spring semester, while incoming freshmen Ella Scott, Jadyn Smith, Macy Lengacher, Kira Holland and Ava Rundle joined the program prior to preseason camp.
Head coach Ashlee Pritchard enters her second season on the sidelines in Terre Haute and looks to build off her debut campaign with Indiana State, which saw the Sycamores among the MVC leaders in blocks and digs. Justin Kean returns for his second season as an assistant coach, while Indiana State all-time digs leader Melina Tedrow enters first season on the sidelines as an assistant coach after graduating in December.
Following Saturday’s scrimmage, Indiana State begins its 2023 season August 25 in Cincinnati, Ohio, against Xavier. The Sycamores will play 10 home matches at ISU Arena this season, starting with a September 15 clash against IUPUI. Matchday promotions for the 2023 home schedule will be announced at a later date.
INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER
WOLFE NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MVC HONORABLE MENTION; SYCAMORES SELECTED 10TH IN PRESEASON POLL
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State’s Adelaide Wolfe was named to the 2023 Missouri Valley Preseason All-Conference honorable mention team, while the Sycamores were selected 10th as the conference office announced its preseason poll and awards on Tuesday morning.
Wolfe was ISU’s lone representative on the preseason All-Conference squad as the rising sophomore defender earned the nod following an All-Freshman season in 2022. The Sycamores received 31 total points in the poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Wolfe played in all 16 matches, earning 15 starts in 2022 as a true freshman. The Bettendorf, Iowa native was named the MVC Defender of the Week back on September 20 and was a key piece of the Sycamores’ backline.
She played a team-high 1,381 minutes in 2022 attempting five shots with three on target.
The Sycamores are set to open the 2023 season under first-year head coach Paul Lawrence on Thursday night in Louisville, Ky. against the University of Louisville. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Cardinals at Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER
PURDUE FORT WAYNE TRAVELS TO MICHIGAN, TRINE VISITS ON SATURDAY IN EXHIBITION ACTION
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne travels to Ann Arbor to face their second straight Big 10 opponent on Wednesday (August 16) before hosting Trine in their final exhibition match on Saturday (August 19). Both matches will start at 2 p.m.
Game Day Information
Who: Michigan Wolverines
When: Wednesday, August 16 | 2 PM
Where: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Live Stats: None
Who: Trine Thunder
When: Saturday, August 19 | 2 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hefner Soccer Complex
Live Stats: None
Know Your Foes
The Wolverines were 4-10-3 (1-6-1 Big Ten) last season. They went 3-4-3 at home but went 1-6 on the road. Sophomore Nolan Miller is the team’s leading returning goal scorer after scoring three times in 2022.
The Thunder went 9-7-3 (3-2-2 MIAA) in 2022. They topped Olivet 6-1 in the first round of the conference tournament before falling to Hope in the semifinals. Tyler Murphy led the Thunder last year with 12 goals and after his third season at Trine, he boasts 35 goals and 79 points which is second in both categories in school history.
Eight Mastodons hailing from the state of Michigan will make their homecoming on Wednesday. TJ Vreeman, Aidan Antcliff, Abe Arellano, Ali Nasser, Luke Morrell, Michael Teller, Nathan Bessinger and Ameer Shetiah return to their home state to face UM.
The Mastodons boast seven international players on the 2023 roster. Romario Simpson, Daniel Tareke, and Joel Opoku are all from Ontario, Canada, while Alex Frank and Max Collingwood are both from New Zealand. Additionally, Marc Rodriguez is from Spain and Soshi Fujioka is from Japan.
While both matches are exhibitions, the ‘Dons faced Michigan six times between 1975 and 1980. The two sides played to a 0-0 draw in their first match before the Wolverines took the next five matches.
The ‘Dons and Thunder have met 11 times in their respective histories. The two fought to a 2-2 draw in their first meeting in 1972 before Trine took the next five matches. The Mastodons won three matches in a row between 1981 and 1986.
The ‘Dons open the regular season on Aug. 24 at Wisconsin.
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INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/
EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/
WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/
FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/
ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/
DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/
HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/
MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/
OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/
IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/
PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx
GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/
GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/
HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php
TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/
VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index
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|Toronto||67||54||.554||7.5||32 – 26||35 – 28||11 – 23||18 – 8||14 – 11||6 – 4||W 2|
|Boston||63||56||.529||10.5||35 – 28||28 – 28||16 – 14||16 – 10||12 – 10||6 – 4||W 2|
|NY Yankees||60||60||.500||14||35 – 28||25 – 32||15 – 21||12 – 10||16 – 13||3 – 7||L 4|
|Minnesota||63||58||.521||–||34 – 24||29 – 34||12 – 17||23 – 18||11 – 8||6 – 4||W 3|
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|Chi White Sox||48||72||.400||14.5||25 – 33||23 – 39||8 – 17||19 – 17||9 – 17||5 – 5||W 1|
|Kansas City||39||82||.322||24||23 – 38||16 – 44||6 – 18||13 – 27||5 – 12||3 – 7||L 1|
|Texas||72||48||.600||–||42 – 20||30 – 28||14 – 11||17 – 5||21 – 14||8 – 2||W 2|
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|Seattle||64||55||.538||7.5||34 – 28||30 – 27||12 – 15||13 – 12||19 – 11||7 – 3||W 1|
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|Philadelphia||65||55||.542||12.5||34 – 24||31 – 31||15 – 17||11 – 8||14 – 13||6 – 4||L 3|
|Miami||63||58||.521||15||37 – 26||26 – 32||14 – 19||13 – 10||10 – 12||5 – 5||L 1|
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|Washington||53||67||.442||24.5||25 – 35||28 – 32||11 – 22||12 – 14||14 – 14||6 – 4||L 1|
|Milwaukee||65||55||.542||–||33 – 27||32 – 28||10 – 9||24 – 12||10 – 17||6 – 4||L 1|
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|Cincinnati||62||59||.512||3.5||29 – 32||33 – 27||13 – 16||16 – 23||16 – 9||3 – 7||L 1|
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1890 Bill Phillips becomes the first pitcher to allow two grand slams in the same inning when Tom Burns and Malachi Kittridge take the Alleghenys’ right-hander deep in the same frame of an 18-5 loss to the Chicago Colts. In 1999, Chan Ho Park will match the dubious feat, having the distinction of giving up both bases-full homers to the same batter, Fernando Tatis of the Cardinals.
1909 Red Murray’s spectacular grab of Dots Miller’s long drive becomes an electrifying catch on a gloomy, overcast day at the newly-opened Forbes Field. Just as the Giants’ outfielder snags the ball on a full run in deep right-center field, lightning illuminates the play, creating an eerie but unforgettable split-second image.
1920 On a dreary afternoon at the Polo Grounds in New York, popular Indians shortstop Ray Chapman suffers a fractured skull when hit in the head by a fastball thrown by Yankee right-handed submariner Carl Mays. The 29-year-old newlywed will die before daybreak tomorrow, becoming the first on-field player fatality in major league history.
1927 Babe Ruth, teeing off on a Tommy Thomas fastball, becomes the first player to hit a homer out of Comiskey Park. The Bambino’s 37th homer traveled over the new double-deck roof in right field, powering the Bronx Bombers past the Pale Hose at the Chicago Southside ballpark, 8-1.
1947 At Forbes Field, the Pirates beat the Cardinals 12-7 thanks to Ralph Kiner’s three home runs, solo shots in the third and eighth, and a three-run blast in the fourth inning. The future Hall of Famer is the first Pirate player to accomplish this feat in the 65-year history of the franchise.
1948 With his wife Claire and his two adopted daughters at his side, Babe Ruth, 53, dies of throat cancer at Memorial Hospital in New York City. The Bambino made his final public appearance at the premiere of The Babe Ruth Story three weeks ago in New York.
1950 At the Polo Grounds, Hank Thompson’s two inside-the-park home runs off Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine contribute to the Giants’ 16-7 drubbing of the Dodgers. The 24-year-old third baseman will hit 129 round-trippers in his 9-year career, three of which will be of the IPHR variety.
1954 The first issue of Sports Illustrated is available at the newsstands. The inaugural cover of the innovative new magazine features a Mark Kauffman photo of Braves slugger Eddie Mathews at-bat, Giants catcher Wes Westrum behind the plate, and umpire Augie Donatelli calling balls and strikes in Milwaukee County Stadium.
1961 Roger Maris hits two home runs off White Sox hurler Billy Pierce, giving the slugger 48 in his quest to break Babe Ruth’s single-season mark. The Yankee outfielder has gone deep in six consecutive games, tying an American League record.
1964 St. Louis outfielder Curt Flood collects eight consecutive hits during a doubleheader against Dodgers pitching. The Cardinals split the twin bill in Los Angeles, losing the opener to Sandy Koufax, 3-0, but take the nightcap when Curt Simmons tosses a six-hitter to give the Redbirds a 4-0 victory.
1966 In the Giants’ 3-1 win over the Cardinals, Willie Mays hits his 534th career home run. The Say Hey Kid’s third-inning round-tripper ties him with Jimmie Foxx for most career home runs hit by a right-handed batter in major league history.
1967 After retiring the first 19 Pirates he faces, Reds’ starter Jim Maloney needs to leave the game when he hurts his ankle stepping in a hole in the Forbes Field turf. Billy McCool finishes the contest, giving up two hits in Cincinnati’s 4-0 victory over the Pirates.
1968 Denny McLain, who compiles a 31-6 record at the end of the season, improves his undefeated decisions on the road to 16-0 when he blanks the Red Sox 4-0 at Fenway Park. The Detroit right-hander will finish 17-2 and an ERA of 1.44 in the 21 games he pitches away from Tiger Stadium.
1969 The Phillies post their fourth consecutive shutout, blanking the Astros at Connie Mack Stadium, 7-0. Rick Wise’s four-hitter follows the complete-game performances by teammates Jerry Johnson, Woodie Fryman, and Grant Jackson.
1970 In late June, Milt Mason vowed not to leave his team-sponsored trailer on top of the County Stadium scoreboard until the Brewers drew a home crowd of 40,000, ending his 40-day boycott, descending from a 30-foot rope when 44,387 fans show up for Bat Day. As a tribute before he died in 1973, the team recognized the retired aviation engineer as the original Bernie Brewer. Milwaukee introduced a costumed character with the same name as the team’s official mascot the same year.
1973 At the major league’s annual summer meetings in Milwaukee, American League owners vote “yes,” and National League owners vote “no” on introducing interleague play next season. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, favoring a limited number of interleague contests, does not cast a vote that could have broken the impasse, citing the possibility of doing so when the legality of his ballot, presently challenged by the Senior Circuit, is resolved.
1975 After a frustrating 9-1 loss in Minnesota, Indians manager Frank Robinson chews out his 52-65 team. The fiery skipper appears to have gotten the players’ attention when the Tribe wins 27 of the remaining 42 contests, finishing the season just one game under .500.
1996 Due to a conflict with the Republican National Convention in San Diego, the first major league game ever played outside of the United States or Canada takes place in Monterrey, Mexico, with the ‘home team’ Padres out-slugging the Mets at Estadio de Beisbol, 15-10. Fernando Valenzuela, a native of the Mexican city of Navojoa, opens the three-game series and goes six innings to get the victory for the first-place Friars.
2000 The Astros, who clout six homers for the second time in four days in their 11-10 victory over Pittsburgh, set a National League record by hitting 18 home runs in four consecutive games. Enron Field will become known as ‘Ten-Run’ due to Houston’s new ballpark’s hitter-friendly dimensions, especially in left field.
2001 Despite numerous injuries to key players, the Red Sox dismisses Jimy Williams after he pilots the team 13 games above .500 . The club’s well-respected pitching coach, Joe Kerrigan, replaces the ousted skipper, who finishes the season with a 17-26 record for the second-place club.
2001 Barry Bonds’ second home run of the game and 53rd of the season breaks the franchise record established by his godfather, Willie Mays. With his first homer, the left fielder eclipses the National League record for home runs by a left-handed batter, established in 1947 by another Giant, Johnny Mize.
2002 Curt Schilling wins his 20th game of the season, striking out 12 Cubs in the Diamondbacks’ 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field. The 35-year-old right-hander, who will finish the season with a 23-5 record, reaches the milestone for the second consecutive year, which teammate Randy Johnson will also accomplish next month.
2002 After four days of delaying the decision, the Major League Players’ Association executive board votes 57-0 to set an August 30 strike date. All eight previous negotiations since 1972 have resulted in work stoppages in the national pastime.
2002 At the opening ceremonies of the Little League Baseball World Series at Volunteer Stadium, the 1955 Little League team from Charleston (SC) is honored when fourteen players from the Cannon Street YMCA Little League, 47 years after being banned from their own state’s postseason tournament due to the color of their skin, are invited to Williamsport to be recognized. At the time of their banishment, Little League officials informed the other 61 all-white South Carolina leagues that the winner of their state finals would not be permitted to participate in the tournament because they refused to play against a duly franchised team.
2005 As skipper of the Fort Worth Cats of the Central League, Bobby Bragan becomes the oldest person to manage a professional baseball game. The 87-year-old’s one day of employment, shortened by being ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes, finds him eight days older than Connie Mack, who managed his last game for the 1950 Philadelphia A’s.
2006 Before the Red Sox and Tigers game, the Red Sox honored Bruce Froemming during an on-field ceremony at Fenway Park. The 66-year-old home plate umpire works the 5,000th major league game of his 36-year career, behind only Bill Klem, who arbitrated 5,374 games from 1905-40.
2007 Jose Reyes becomes the first infielder and tenth player overall in the modern era (post-1898) to steal sixty bases in three consecutive seasons. The Mets shortstop, who will swipe 78 sacks this season, steals second base in the second inning for the second time in a 10-7 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.
2007 With nine minutes left to the signing deadline, the Orioles and their top draft choice, fifth overall, come to terms when Georgia Tech standout Matt Wieters agrees to a minor league contract, including a $6 million signing bonus. The switch-hitting catcher’s deal ranks second behind Justin Upton, who received $6.1 million in 2005 to play with the Diamondbacks.
2008 Francisco Rodriguez ties his own team record when he picks up his 47th save in the Angels’ 4-3 win over Cleveland. After yielding a single to Johnny Peralta, the right-handed closer records three quick outs, two with strikeouts, matching the mark he established in 2006.
2009 With his 3-for-4 performance in the Yankees’ 10-3 loss in Seattle, Derek Jeter passes Luis Aparicio for the most hits ever compiled by a major league shortstop. The New York infielder, collecting career hits #2,673 and #2,674 in his first two at-bats, surpasses the Hall of Famer’s total, who spent his 18-year career, ending in 1973, with the White Sox, Orioles, and Red Sox.
2011 Rangers president Nolan Ryan announces a bronze artwork depicting Shannon Stone and his six-year-old son attending a game that will most likely reside outside the home plate entrance to the Arlington ballpark at the start of next season. The 39-year-old firefighter died after falling more than 20 feet while attempting to catch a ball tossed by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton during a game in July.
2012 Clay Buchholz strikes out Adam Jones (looking), Matt Wieters (looking), and Chris Davis (swinging) on nine pitches in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Red Sox’s 6-3 victory over Baltimore at Camden Yards. The immaculate inning thrown by the Red Sox right-hander marks the 47th occurrence of the feat in major league history and the first for a Boston hurler since Pedro Martinez turned the trick in 2002.
2012 With a unanimous vote, the Major League owners approve the transfer of the San Diego Padres from John Moores, who had owned the team for 18 years, to a group headed by longtime local businessman Ron Fowler. The new ownership group, the fifth in franchise history, also includes pro golfer Phil Mickelson, a San Diego native.
2013 The Phillies name Ryne Sandberg as the team’s interim manager, replacing Charlie Manuel, the winner of more games than any other skipper in franchise history. During his nine seasons in the Philadelphia dugout, the 69-year-old, never selected as the NL Manager of the Year, led the club to five consecutive division titles and a world championship in 2008.
2020 Keibert Ruiz becomes the seventh player in the 131-year history of the Dodgers to homer in his first major league at-bat and the first since Garey Ingram accomplished the feat in 1994. On his first swing, the 22-year-old Venezuelan catcher deposits Julio Teheran’s 1-1 fastball over the right-field fence in the team’s 8-3 victory at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
2020 In a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals at Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox hit four consecutive home runs against Roel Ramirez, a 25-year-old right-hander making his major league debut. The quartet of round-trippers, with Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Jose Abreu, and Eloy Jimenez all going deep in the six-run fifth inning, marks the tenth time in a team homers in four straight at-bats, including the Southsiders accomplishing the feat for the first time in 2008.
2020 After striking out his first hitter, Cardinals’ right-hander Roel Ramirez, making his major-league debut, gives up a single, another single, and a walk to the next three White Sox batters before allowing four consecutive home runs. The 25-year-old Redbird rookie reliever becomes the ninth pitcher since at least 1901 to allow four or more round-trippers in his first visit to a big-league mound, but the only one of those to allow the homers consecutively.
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
“I wish I had nine players named Al Simmons.” – Connie Mack
Born Aloysius Szymanski in 1902 to Polish immigrants living in Milwaukee, Al Simmons was a slugging left fielder for Connie Mack’s fearsome Philadelphia Athletics squads of the late 1920s and early ’30s.
During his first nine years, from 1924 through 1932, all with Philadelphia, Simmons led all major league batters with 1,796 hits and 343 doubles, while ranking second with 1,157 RBI and fourth behind Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Hack Wilson with 208 home runs. In that time, Simmons batted .358 and slugged .590 across 5,019 at-bats while finishing as high as second in MVP voting and among the Top 10 four other times.
A favorite of Mack and a driving force behind the Athletics’ three-time American League pennant winners from 1929 through 1931, Simmons won AL batting titles in 1930 (.381) and ’31 (.390.) He holds the single-season record for hits by a right-handed batter with 253 in 1925.
During a 20-year career, Simmons compiled a .334 batting average, 2,927 hits, 1,828 RBI and 307 home runs, all with an unconventional batting stance that earned him the nickname “Bucketfoot Al” because his stride took him toward third base.
Mack sold Simmons to the Chicago White Sox following the 1932 season in a deal that also sent Jimmie Dykes and Mule Haas to Chicago in exchange for $100,000. Simmons hit .337 and made a pair of all-star teams during his first two years in Chicago, and on April 26, 1934, he collected career hit No. 2,000 in his 1,393rd game, making him the fastest player to that point to reach that milestone.
He turned 33 during the 1935 season, and from that point to the end of his career, Simmons played for seven teams in nine seasons – including two more stints with the A’s – batting .287 with 67 homers in 2,577 at-bats.
Simmons was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953. He passed away on May 26, 1956.
August 16, 1965 – The Miami Dolphins franchise forms and becomes the AFL’s first expansion franchise. About 8 seasons later the team would become the first and at the time of this writing only undefeated NFL Champion in the Super Bowl Era. Wow a lot can happen in 8 years! George Wilson was the Dolphins fist head coach, and he was there for four seasons until the legendary Don Shula took over and stayed as the side line boss for the next 26 seasons.
August 16, 1976 – Tokyo, Japan – In the first NFL game outside of North America, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Diego Chargers 20-10 in a preseason game per the NFL.com. Nearly 38,000 fans were in attendance at the stadium.
August 16, 2010 – The New Meadowlands Stadium, which is now MetLife Stadium, hosted in inaugural football game as the Giants defeated the Jets, 31-16, in a 2010 preseason game per NFL.com.
Hall of Fame Birthdays
- August 16, 1862, in West Orange New Jersey, was College Football Hall of Fame Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. Stagg was a great innovator of many items we know in football such as the huddle, man in motion, and more. Most of his career was as the head man for the University of Chicago Maroons.
- August 16, 1913 – Bobby Wilson was a former halfback at SMU. He is found in the College Football Hall of Fame from the entry class of 1973. The Mustang rusher earned All-American honors for his play after the 1935 season when he was a senior. He was drafted 40th overall in the 1936 NFL Draft by the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- August 16, 1921 – Dick Wildung was a tackle from Minnesota that is also found in the College Football Hall of Fame inducted in 1957. The Golden Gopher lineman earned consensus All-American honors for his play in the 1941 and 1942 seasons. After college he went on to play for the Green Bay Packers after serving for his country a few years during World War II in the United States Navy. He played 6 seasons all together for the Packers earning Pro Bowl honors after the 1951 season.
- August 16, 1926 – Art Weiner was a University of North Carolina end who was selected into the College Hall of Fame in 1992. He also played professional ball for the NFL’s New York Yanks. In 1949 the Tar Heel receiver tied the then NCAA record when he caught 49 passes in the season, quite a lot for the running style of play of the era.
- August 16, 1930 – Frank Gifford was a halfback from the University of Southern California. He has been immortalized in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Gifford had a great 11 year NFL career as a back and a flanker for the NY Giants. He won the 1956 NFL Most Valuable player Award and helped his team win the NFL Championship that same year. After hanging up his cleats he spent 27 years broadcasting ABC’s Monday Night Football many of them alongside Howard Cosell and Dandy Don Meridith.
- August 16, 1935 – Bill Glass the former guard from Baylor University and is an enshrined player in the College Football Hall of Fame. Glass’ professional career actually started north of the border with a season in Saskatchewan with the Rough Riders. He also played 11 seasons in the NFL both for the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns. As a member of the Browns he helped the team to win the NFL Championship in 1964 and the Eastern Title in 1965.
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Place of Birth: Forkland, AL
Date of Birth: Aug 03, 1938
Jersey Number: 55
High School: Bessemer, AL (Bessemer HS)
Maxie Callaway Baughan, Jr. grew up in Alabama and played football for Georgia Tech. In 1959 he was Georgia Tech center and captain, consensus All-America, Southeastern Conference Lineman of the Year, and Most Valuable Player in the Gator Bowl. He set a Georgia Tech one-season record with 124 tackles. The next 23 years were busy for Maxie; 1960-1971, linebacker with Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Washington and three times all-pro; 1972-1973, assistant coach at Georgia Tech; 1974, player-coach for the Washington Redskins; 1975-1982, defensive coordinator for Baltimore and Detroit. He became head football coach at Cornell in 1984, and his 1988 team was co-champion of the Ivy League. It was Cornell’s first championship since 1971. He likened Cornell to Georgia Tech: “A fine academic institution. I can remember at Georgia Tech going to classes six days a week. Getting out of a lab at 11 a.m. on a Saturday and suiting up for a game at 1 p.m.” He graduated in Industrial Engineering. Georgia Tech has named him to its all-time football team.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
4 – 21 – 7
August 16, 1927 – Yankees slugger Babe Ruth blasts a Tommy Thomas pitch in the 5th inning to hit first homerun hit out of Comiskey Park, Chicago. The New York club used it to defeat the White Sox, 8-1 spoiling their debut in the new confines.
August 16, 1947 – I hope they brought enough balls to the ballpark! Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ralph Kiner, Number 4 hit 3 successive home runs for host Pittsburgh Pirates in a 12-7 win over St. Louis Cardinals. Combined both clubs crushed a then MLB record 10 homers in the contest.
August 16, 1964 – A “Flood” of hits. St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Curt Flood, Number 21 had 8 straight hits in a doubleheader split against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium
August 16, 1965 – American Football League’s 9th franchise is officially awarded to Joe Robbie and television star Danny Thomas. They were called the Miami Dolphins and the franchise started play as a member of the AFL’s Eastern Division in 1966.
August 16, 2003 – Number 7, Cristiano Ronaldo (18 years of age) made his debut for Manchester United and the Premier League in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers
FS2 — Saratoga Live: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
ESPN — Little League World Series: Europe-Africa vs. Panama, International Bracket, Williamsport, Pa.
ESPN — Little League World Series: Mountain vs. Metro, United States Bracket, Williamsport, Pa.
ESPN — Little League World Series: Japan vs. Cuba, International Bracket, Williamsport, Pa.
ESPN — Little League World Series: Southwest vs. Mid-Atlantic, United States Bracket, Williamsport, Pa.
MLBN — Regional Coverage: Pittsburgh at NY Mets OR Detroit at Minnesota
MLBN — Regional Coverage: Tampa Bay at San Francisco OR Arizona at Colorado (Joined in Progress)
MLBN — Regional Coverage: NY Yankees at Atlanta OR Philadelphia at Toronto
MLBN — Regional Coverage: Milwaukee at LA Dodgers OR Baltimore at San Diego (Joined in Progress)
5:30 a.m. (Thursday)
FS2 — NRL: Cronulla-Sutherland at North Queensland
CBSSN — UEFA Super Cup: Manchester City vs. Sevilla, Final, Piraeus, Greece
ESPN2 — USL Championship: Rio Grande Valley at San Antonio FC
FOX — FIFA World Cup: Australia vs. England, Semifinal, Sydney
11 a.m.TENNIS — Cincinnati-ATP/WTA Early Rounds