INDIANA AP HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. Center Grove (17)        1-0          376         1

2. Indpls Cathedral (2)   1-0          342         2

3. Brownsburg  –              1-0          286         5

4. Carmel            –              0-1          204         3

5. Hamilton Southeastern 1-0    194         8

6. Warren Central            0-1          108         6

7. Lawrence North           1-0          106         9

8. Westfield       –              0-1          84           4

9. Indpls Ben Davis          0-1          82           7

10. Carroll (Fort Wayne) 1-0        78           10

Others receiving votes: Warsaw 68. Zionsville 48. Fishers 46. Penn 28. Elkhart 20. Crown Point 14. Noblesville 4. Avon 2.

5A

Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. Merrillville    (16)        1-0          356         1

2. Decatur Central (1)    1-0          320         2

3. Whiteland     –              1-0          236         6

4. Ft. Wayne Snider        1-0          216         5

5. Mishawaka    (1)          1-0          204         8

6. Ft. Wayne Dwenger   1-0          174         7

7. Castle              –              1-0          104         10

8. Michigan City               0-1          100         3

9. Chesterton    –              1-0          92           NR

10. Bloomington South 1-0          88           NR

Others receiving votes: Valparaiso 50. Lafayette Harrison 18. Franklin 8. Ft. Wayne North 6. Ev. North 6. Plainfield 2.

4A

Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. New Palestine             (3)          1-0          328         3

2. Indpls Roncalli             (14)        1-0          316         2

3. Mooresville  –              1-0          236         5

4. E. Central       –              1-0          216         6

5. Jasper              (1)          1-0          194         8

6. Mt. Vernon (Hancock) 0-1       182         1

7. New Prairie   –              1-0          120         NR

8. Indpls Brebeuf             0-1          118         4

9. Kokomo          –              1-0          86           NR

10. NorthWood –              1-0          62           NR

Others receiving votes: Northridge 54. Ev. Memorial 22. E. Noble 18. Hobart 8. Northview 8. Martinsville 6. Logansport 2. Ev. Reitz 2. S. Bend St. Joseph’s 2.

3A

Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. Indpls Chatard              (17)        1-0          358         1

2. W. Lafayette (1)          1-0          322         2

3. Gibson Southern         1-0          280         3

4. Tri-West         –              1-0          246         5

5. Western Boone           1-0          152         8

6. Norwell          –              1-0          132         9

7. Guerin Catholic           1-0          104         10

8. Heritage Hills               –              1-0          72           NR

9. Mishawaka Marian    0-1          56           4

10. Delta              –              1-0          44           NR

Others receiving votes: Hanover Central 40. Lawrenceburg 40. Tippecanoe Valley 38. Owen Valley 26. Danville 16. Speedway 14. Charlestown 10. Rensselaer 10. Oak Hill 10. Centerville 8. Glenn 2.

2A

Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. Ev. Mater Dei               (14)        1-0          334         2

2. Eastbrook       (1)          1-0          286         3

3. Andrean         (3)          0-1          258         1

4. Linton              –              1-0          242         5

5. Lafayette Catholic      1-0          204         6

6. Eastside          –              1-0          178         7

7. Indpls Scecina              1-0          136         8

8. Heritage Christian      1-0          118         9

9. Triton Central               1-0          68           10

10. Ft. Wayne Luers        0-1          66           4

Others receiving votes: Brownstown 64. LaVille 16. N. Posey 6. Eastern Hancock 4.

1A

Rank-School       FPV        Rcd         TP           Pvs

1. Indpls Lutheran           (13)        1-0          314         1

2. Adams Central             (3)          1-0          288         2

3. S. Adams        –              1-0          248         3

4. N. Judson       –              1-0          196         5

5. Monroe Central           1-0          172         6

6. Indpls Park Tudor       1-0          150         7

7. S. Putnam      –              1-0          132         8

8. Tri      –                              1-0          74           T9

9. N. Decatur     –              1-0          60           T9

10. Springs Valley            1-0          36           NR

Others receiving votes: Covenant Christian (Indpls) 28. Triton 26. Carroll (Flora) 22. Sheridan 14.

INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

FRIDAY:

FOOTBALL: COVENANT CHRISTIAN AT TRADERS POINT 7:00

FOOTBALL: EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL AT EVANSVILLE NORTH 7:00

FOOTBALL: INDIANAPOLIS TECH AT INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD 7:00

FOOTBALL: SPEEDWAY AT SCECINA (AT BEACH GROVE) 7:00

SATURDAY:

FOOTBALL: PHALEN ACADEMY VS. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2:00

INDY AREA WEEK TWO FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

ANDERSON AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS

BEECH GROVE AT CASCADE

BEN DAVIS AT AVON

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH AT MARTINSVILLE

BREBEUF JESUIT AT TRI-WEST

CARDINAL RITTER AT LUTHERAN

CATHEDRAL AT BROWNSBURG

CLOVERDALE AT EDINBURGH

COVENANT CHRISTIAN AT TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN

CRISPUS ATTUCKS AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH

DANVILLE AT MOORESVILLE

DECATUR CENTRAL AT NEW PALESTINE

DETROIT KING (MICH.) AT WARREN CENTRAL

EASTERN HANCOCK AT NORTH DECATUR

FRANKLIN CENTRAL AT RONCALLI

HAMILTON HEIGHTS AT NORTH MONTGOMERY

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN AT SHENANDOAH

INDIAN CREEK AT GREENWOOD

LAPEL AT FRANKTON

LAWRENCE CENTRAL AT WESTFIELD

LAWRENCE NORTH AT WHITELAND

LEBANON AT ZIONSVILLE

MONROVIA AT EDGEWOOD

MT. VERNON AT FRANKLIN

NOBLESVILLE AT BENET ACADEMY (ILL.)

NORTH CENTRAL AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

PHALEN ACADEMY AT GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN

PIKE AT FISHERS

PLAINFIELD AT HARRISON (W.L.)

PURDUE POLY AT CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL

SHELBYVILLE AT RUSHVILLE

SHERIDAN AT CLINTON CENTRAL

SOUTH DECATUR AT INDIANA DEAF

SOUTHPORT AT PERRY MERIDIAN

SPEEDWAY AT SCECINA

TECH AT BISHOP CHATARD

TINDLEY AT PARK TUDOR

TRITON CENTRAL AT NEW CASTLE

WASHINGTON AT SHORTRIDGE

WESTERN AT WESTERN BOONE

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsFri.htm#loaded

http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsSat.htm#loaded

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SAGARIN RATINGS:

http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/classrate.htm#loaded

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STAT LEADERS:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/football/stat-leaders/

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SCOREBOARD: https://www.maxpreps.com/in/volleyball/scores/?date=8/23/2022

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SCOREBOARD:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/scores/?date=8/23/2022

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SCOREBOARD:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/girls/scores/?date=8/23/2022

NFL PRE-SEASON WEEK 3

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8:15 P.M. ET (PRIME VIDEO)

BUFFALO BILLS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 7 P.M. ET

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8:15 P.M. ET

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 3 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 6 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

CHICAGO BEARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT MIAMI DOLPHINS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7:30 P.M. ET

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 9 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 4:30 P.M. ET (CBS)

NFL WEEK ONE AND TWO SCHEDULES

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

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

WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

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

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE: GAME TIMES, TV CHANNELS

WEEK 0

SATURDAY, AUG. 27

AUSTIN PEAY AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
NEBRASKA VS. NORTHWESTERN (DUBLIN, IRELAND) | 12:30 P.M. | FOX
IDAHO STATE AT UNLV | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN VS. JACKSONVILLE STATE (MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
UCONN AT UTAH STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1
WYOMING AT ILLINOIS | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
DUQUESNE AT FLORIDA STATE | 5 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
CHARLOTTE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
HOWARD VS. ALABAMA STATE (ATLANTA) | 7 P.M. | ESPN
FLORIDA A&M AT NORTH CAROLINA | 8:15 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORTH TEXAS AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | STADIUM
VANDERBILT AT HAWAI’I | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1

ST. FRANCIS (PA) AT AKRON | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
BALL STATE AT TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
WEST VIRGINIA AT NO. 17 PITT | 7 P.M. | ESPN
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT UCF | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT NO. 12 OKLAHOMA STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1
BRYANT AT FIU | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY AT TOLEDO | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
VMI AT NO. 22 WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
PENN STATE AT PURDUE | 8 P.M. | FOX
EASTERN ILLINOIS AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA A&M AT UAB | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
LOUISIANA TECH AT MISSOURI | 8 P.M. | ESPNU
NEW MEXICO STATE AT MINNESOTA | 9 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NORTHERN ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
CAL POLY AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2

EASTERN KENTUCKY AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT NO. 15 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
VIRGINIA TECH AT OLD DOMINION | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
WILLIAM & MARY AT CHARLOTTE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
TEMPLE AT DUKE | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TENNESSEE TECH AT KANSAS | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS AT INDIANA | 8 P.M. | FS1
TCU AT COLORADO | 10 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 3

SAM HOUSTON AT NO. 6 TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT IOWA | 12 P.M. | FS1
BUFFALO AT MARYLAND | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
COLORADO STATE AT NO. 8 MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC
RUTGERS AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORTH CAROLINA AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
NO. 13 NC STATE AT EAST CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
DELAWARE AT NAVY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
RICHMOND AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
SE MISSOURI STATE AT IOWA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
BOWLING GREEN AT UCLA | 2:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
NO. 23 CINCINNATI AT NO. 19 ARKANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 11 OREGON VS. NO. 3 GEORGIA (ATLANTA, GEORGIA) | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
ARIZONA AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NORTH DAKOTA AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
BETHUNE-COOKMAN AT NO. 16 MIAMI (FLA.) | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORFOLK STATE AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TULSA AT WYOMING | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
UTEP AT NO. 9 OKLAHOMA | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
NO. 24 HOUSTON AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
TROY AT NO. 21 OLE MISS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NO. 25 BYU AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
NICHOLLS AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 5 P.M. | ESPN3
MORGAN STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT OHIO | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT JAMES MADISON | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
RICE AT NO. 14 USC | 6 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
MERCER AT AUBURN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 7 UTAH AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
MIAMI (OHIO) AT NO. 20 KENTUCKY | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ELON AT VANDERBILT | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA AT KANSAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ARMY AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
LIBERTY AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS STATE AT NO. 18 WISCONSIN | 7 P.M. | FS1
UMASS AT TULANE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SE LOUISIANA AT LOUISIANA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ALBANY AT NO. 10 BAYLOR | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
GRAMBLING AT ARKANSAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
UTAH STATE AT NO. 1 ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
MEMPHIS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
GEORGIA STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 5 NOTRE DAME AT NO. 2 OHIO STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
SMU AT NORTH TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MURRAY STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
UL MONROE AT TEXAS | 8 P.M. | LONGHORN NETWORK
LOUISVILLE AT SYRACUSE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
IDAHO AT WASHINGTON STATE | 9:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
BOISE STATE AT OREGON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
KENT STATE AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NY YANKEES 4 NY METS 2

SAN FRANCISCO 3 DETROIT 1

ARIZONA 7 KANSAS CITY 3

COLORADO 7 TEXAS 6

MIAMI 5 OAKLAND 3

CLEVELAND 3 SAN DIEGO 1

SEATTLE 4 WASHINGTON 2

BALTIMORE 5 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3

TORONTO 9 BOSTON 3

TAMPA BAY 11 LA ANGELS 1

HOUSTON 4 MINNESOTA 2

CHICAGO CUBS 2 ST. LOUIS 0

ST. LOUIS 13 CHICAGO CUBS 3

PHILADELPHIA 7 CINCINNATI 6

ATLANTA 6 PITTSBURGH 1

LA DODGERS 10 MILWAUKEE 1

BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/MLB/SCOREBOARD.ASP

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS 3 ROCHESTER 2

BOX SCORE: HTTPS://WWW.MILB.COM/GAMEDAY/RED-WINGS-VS-INDIANS/2022/08/23/665932#GAME_STATE=FINAL,LOCK_STATE=FINAL,GAME_TAB=BOX,GAME=665932

WNBA PLAYOFFS

CHICAGO 90 NEW YORK 72

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

(MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL)

Maton’s walk-off single gives Phillies 7-6 win over Reds

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Maton’s pinch-hit single with one out in the bottom of the ninth gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Matt Vierling homered and J.T. Realmuto had a two-run triple for the Phillies, who have won the first two of their four-game series to help their NL wild-card chances. Philadelphia began play in second place in the wild-card race.

“It was a roller-coaster of a game, and it feels good to come out on top,” Maton said.

TJ Friedl hit a two-run triple and Donovan Solano had two hits, including an RBI double, for the Reds.

“It was a great game,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s hard to say that when you lose. It would’ve been a great game to win. It didn’t end up our way, and that’s very disappointing for our team.”

After the Phillies had given up two runs in the ninth to fall behind 6-5, Jean Segura led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk off Alexis Diaz (4-2). Pinch-hitter Bryson Stott followed with a drive to right-center that hit the top of the wall. Center fielder Nick Senzel overthrew two cutoff men, allowing Segura to score on Stott’s double.

Diaz then struck out Vierling swinging before Maton, hitting for Edmundo Sosa, lined a 2-2 pitch to right field to score Stott.

“He’s always ready to hit,” Stott said. “To come through for us is awesome.”

Maton was mobbed by his giddy teammates in short right field after a wild turn of events.

“We all believe in each other,” Stott said. “If you don’t do it, you have another great guy behind you who is very capable of doing it as well. We never feel like we’re out of the game. With the hitters in this lineup, you know you’re never out of it.”

The Phillies might be getting their best hitter back real soon.

About 70 miles north of Philadelphia on Tuesday night, Bryce Harper hit a solo homer in his first at-bat and connected on a three-run shot in the eighth in his first rehab game at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 2021 NL MVP has been out since suffering a broken left thumb on June 25. Harper is eligible to return from the injured list on Thursday, but the Phillies said on Monday that he would likely remain in Lehigh Valley until Saturday and possibly rejoin the Phillies when they begin a three-game series at Arizona on Monday.

Harper’s return will help an already confident group.

“Right now, I feel like we can beat any team in the game,” Segura said.

Brad Hand (3-1) got the victory despite surrendering two unearned runs in the ninth.

After an out to start the top of the ninth, Senzel reached on shortstop Sosa’s throwing error. Kyle Farmer’s infield single to deep short put runners on first and second. After Alejo Lopez flied out, Friedl lined a two-run triple that just eluded diving center fielder Bradley Zimmer in deep right-center to put the Reds ahead 6-5.

DAZZLING DEBUT

Michael Plassmeyer pitched 1 ? scoreless innings of relief in a crucial spot in his big league debut for the Phillies. Plassmeyer, called up from Lehigh Valley prior to the game to help with the Phillies’ injury-depleted bullpen, relieved starter Ranger Suarez with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and fanned Austin Romine on three pitches. He needed just six pitches to send the Reds down 1-2-3 in the seventh, finishing with eight strikes on nine pitches.

The 25-year-old Plassmeyer was selected in the fourth round by the Seattle Mariners in 2018. The Phillies acquired him in June in a trade with the San Francisco Giants, and the lefty was 4-2 with a 2.83 in 11 games – all starts – at Triple-A.

“Just tried to stay true to who I am as a pitcher,” he said. “Just tried to focus on breathing and calm it down a little bit.”

FOR STARTERS

Reds starter Nick Lodolo didn’t allow a hit through five innings but left after getting just one out in the sixth. He allowed three hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Suarez gave up three runs on six hits in 5 2/3.

STILL STREAKING

Nick Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 13 games with the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth, and he is batting .364 during the stretch.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: Mike Moustakas was removed from the game with a left calf injury after running the bases in the eighth after reaching third base. Bell predicted after the game that Moustakas wouldn’t play on Wednesday but doesn’t think the injury is serious. . INF Matt Reynolds (left hip pain) was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to Monday. Reynolds left in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 9-5 win at Pittsburgh due to hip soreness. . RHP Graham Ashcraft (right biceps soreness) was played on the 15-day IL retroactive to Saturday.

Phillies: Kyle Schwarber was back in left field for the first time since straining his right calf on Aug. 11. Schwarber had returned to the lineup as the DH on Friday. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

UP NEXT

Reds RHP T.J. Zeuch (0-2, 13.50) will start for the injured Ashcraft in the the third contest of the four-game series against Philadelphia LHP Cristopher Sanchez (1-1, 3.80) on Wednesday night.

Arenado, O’Neill, Edman homer, Cards thump Cubs for DH split

CHICAGO (AP) Nolan Arenado and Tyler O’Neill homered in a five-run fourth inning, Corey Dickerson had four hits and the St. Louis Cardinals pounded the Chicago Cubs 13-3 on Tuesday night to split a doubleheader.

The Cubs blanked the Cardinals 2-0 in the opener, ending St. Louis’ season-best eight-game winning streak. Javier Assad pitched four scoreless innings in his major league debut and combined with four relievers on a five-hitter.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals got back on track in the nightcap with 16 hits. Tommy Edman had a solo homer, a double and three RBIs.

“Guys bounced back, responded well,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “Offense was there. A lot of quality at-bats, some damage.”

Dylan Carlson had a two-run triple as the Cardinals pulled away with six runs in the ninth. Chicago designated hitter Franmil Reyes came on for his first pitching appearance and hit pinch-hitter Albert Pujols with a 70 mph delivery, then got Paul Goldschmidt to hit into a double play and struck out Paul DeJong.

Jake Woodford (3-0) allowed one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings in his first start this season.

“When the offense is rolling like that, you want to throw strikes, get quick outs and get them back in the dugout,” Woodford said. “When this lineup’s rolling, they’re a force to be reckoned with.”

Hitless in the opener, Arenado went 3-for-4 in the nightcap. The seven-time All-Star is 11 for his last 25.

Dickerson doubled twice and had an RBI. Brendan Donovan drove in two runs.

“There’s a lot of good talent on this team, up and down the roster,” Dickerson said. “Whoever gets to play that day is going to try to drive the bus and try to carry the team.”

Chicago’s Rafael Ortega and Reyes each had RBI doubles, and Nick Madrigal had two hits. The Cubs have dropped three of four following a five-game winning streak.

Arenado launched his 26th homer to Wrigley Field’s left-center bleachers on the first pitch he saw in the fourth from Cubs starter Adrian Sampson (1-4) to end a 10-game longball drought.

O’Neill turned on a 1-0 slider and lined a two-run shot over the ivy in left for his eighth homer and second in 17 games.

O’Neill hit .286 with 34 homers in 2021, but has been hampered this season by left hamstring and right hand injuries. The outfielder is hitting .230 in 74 games.

“To see Tyler come in and contribute the way he did, that’s going to be needed,” Marmol said. “To see him step up today, that homer was big. He took some really good swings today.”

In the opener, relievers Michael Rucker (3-1), Sean Newcomb, Erich Uelmen and Brandon Hughes allowed one hit over the final five innings. Hughes picked up his third save.

Nico Hoerner and Seiya Suzuki drove in runs off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright (9-9) in the third. Rookie Christopher Morel had two hits for the Cubs.

Chicago kept the 42-year-old Pujols in the ballpark in the opener. He went 1-for-4 with a double after batting .548 (17-for-33) with seven homers in his previous 10 games.

The 25-year-old Assad was selected from Triple-A Iowa before the game. The right-hander allowed four hits, walked four and struck out three.

“Really nice debut for him,” Chicago manager David Ross said. “He looked to be calm out there, pounding the strike zone.”

Rucker relieved Assad with two on and none out in the fifth and Chicago ahead 2-0. He retired Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and Nolan Gorman to end the threat, then pitched a 1-2-3 sixth.

Wainwright yielded two runs on five hits in six innings. Lars Nootbaar doubled twice but was thrown out at the plate in the first.

PUJOLS IN A PINCH

The Cardinals were already up 12-3 in the ninth of the nightcap when Reyes replaced Steven Brault on the mound. Then Pujols batted for Donovan.

“I think the fans wanted it,” Marmol said. “He wanted it. He gets it.”

LONG ROAD

Assad, a native of Tijuana, Mexico, joined the Cubs organization as an 18-year-old in 2016. His wife and parents were in the stands.

Assad’s first strikeout: Getting Pujols looking the second inning.

“I was 3 years old when he debuted,” Assad said through a translator. “So I never imagined that I would have been facing him, let alone getting that strikeout.”

BATTERY BUDS

Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina, both 40, started their 321st game as batterymates in the opener. That’s second only to Detroit’s Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan, who worked 324 together. Andrew Knizner was behind the plate in Game 2.

ROSTER MOVES

Chicago optioned RHP Kervin Castro to Triple-A Iowa and selected RHP Nicholas Padilla from the farm club as the 27th man for the doubleheader. Padilla made his major league debut in relief of Sampson in the nightcap. … St. Louis added LHP Matthew Liberatore from Triple-A Memphis as its 27th man. The 22-year-old, rated as the Cardinals’ top pitching prospect, allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings in the nightcap.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: Marmol said RHP Ryan Helsley will not return Wednesday. Helsley was placed on the paternity list on Friday, then moved to the restricted list on Monday.

Cubs: INF Patrick Wisdom (finger) returned to the lineup at first base in the nightcap. … OF Jason Heyward (right knee inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. The five-time Gold Glove winner hasn’t played since June 24.

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (10-9, 3.32) is slated to start on Wednesday night. Chicago will counter with RHP Luke Farrell, who will be recalled from Iowa.

Gonzalez, Giménez homer off Clevinger, Guardians top Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Offense was hard to come by at Petco Park on Tuesday night and the Cleveland Guardians got just enough against former teammate Mike Clevinger.

Rookie Oscar Gonzalez and Andres Gimenez homered off Clevinger and the AL Central-leading Guardians beat the Padres 3-1.

Gonzalez hit a line shot to left field with two outs in the second, his fourth. Gimenez drove a ball deep into the seats down the right field line leading off the fifth, his 15th.

“That’s not normally the way we score, a couple solos, but we’ll take it,” manager Terry Francona said.

The homers were the only hits and runs Clevinger allowed in six innings, while striking out four and walking one.

The Indians had only four hits total.

“He’s got a real quick arm,” Francona said. “I don’t know if he made mistakes but we got a couple home runs because that was all we had. Clev can pitch, man. We’ve been around him long enough to know he’ll compete like crazy, too.”

Clevinger (4-5) was facing the Guardians for the second time since they traded him to San Diego in a nine-player deal during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. The right-hander made his season debut against in the opener of a doubleheader at Cleveland on May 4 and got a no-decision in San Diego’s 5-4 victory.

The Padres hoped Clevinger would help them make a deep playoff run in 2020. Instead, he injured his elbow during his final regular-season start, missed the first-round series against St. Louis and was forced out of the Division Series opener against the Dodgers in the second inning. He had Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2021.

San Diego, which came in leading Milwaukee by 1 1/2 games for the NL’s third wild card spot, lost for the sixth time in 10 games.

Earlier in the day, Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. privately apologized to his teammates for the 80-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball after a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance, then publicly expressed remorse.

Nick Sandlin (5-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Emmanuel Clase pitched the ninth for his 29th save.

The Padres pulled to 2-1 in the fifth when Austin Nola hit a leadoff double, advanced on Jurickson Profar’s groundout and and scored on Jake Cronenworth’s single.

Jose Ramirez hit a two-out RBI single in the eighth to give Cleveland a 3-1 lead.

Cleveland starter Aaron Civale was pulled one batter after allowing Cronenworth’s RBI single. He gave up one run and four hits, struck out four and walked two.

“I don’t think I had the best command tonight, as the ball and strike ratio would show, but I acknowledged that early and made the most of what I had,” Civale said. “I just tried to keep them off balance by mixing it up as best I can.”

EJECTION

Plate umpire Stu Scheurwater called Brandon Drury out on on a low pitch in the fourth. Drury turned and said something to the ump and was ejected. It was Drury’s first career ejection.

GUARDIANS ROSTER MOVES

The Guardians recalled OF Richie Palacios from Triple-A Columbus and optioned OF Nolan Jones to Columbus. This is Palacios’ fourth big league stint this year. He came in hitting .250 with 10 RBIs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: RF Juan Soto was a late scratch with left mid-back tightness. … RHP Yu Darvish, who had been scheduled to start Wednesday, was placed on the paternity list and LHP Jose Castillo was recalled from Triple-A El Paso. Castillo is on the active roster for the first time since 2019.

UP NEXT

Guardians RHP Cal Quantrill (9-5, 3.77), who was sent to Cleveland in the Clevinger trade, and Padres LHP Blake Snell (5-6, 3.76) are scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday.

Mountcastle homers off Cease, Orioles hold off White Sox 5-3

BALTIMORE (AP) At times, this felt tense enough to be a playoff game – and it was another chance for the Baltimore Orioles to show how different this year really is.

They broke through early against Dylan Cease and held on late with Felix Bautista. Their starting pitcher made it to the middle innings with a lead. Their new wall in left field kept a couple 400-foot Chicago drives in the park.

Ryan Mountcastle hit a three-run homer off Cease in the first inning, and Bautista pitched out of an eighth-inning jam to help the Orioles hold on for a 5-3 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night.

Cease (12-6) allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, his second straight start allowing at least three earned runs after he went 14 in a row yielding no more than one. The right-hander settled in after a rough first inning, but Austin Voth (4-1) pitched through trouble enough times to keep the Orioles ahead.

“I felt like I didn’t have good command of my fastball, I was searching for my curveball,” Voth said. “Had runners on every inning, so just to be able to get out of some of those jams was huge.”

The White Sox, who have lost five of six, left 13 men on base.

Voth allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Bautista was the last of five relievers for the Orioles. He came on with one out in the eighth and men on first and third, trying to protect a two-run lead. After striking out Luis Robert, he hit Eloy Jimenez with a 102 mph fastball, loading the bases. Jose Abreu struck out on a full count to end the threat.

Jimenez, who hit a two-run in the first inning, exited after being hit around the left elbow. The White Sox said X-rays were negative.

“That’s such a great middle of the order, with Robert and Eloy and Abreu, that I just wanted to put my best guy out there,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.

Bautista then pitched a clean ninth for his ninth save.

Baltimore managed only three hits off Cease, but he also walked three with four strikeouts. The first two Baltimore hitters reached base in the first, and then Mountcastle sent a one-out drive to center for his 18th homer of the year.

After that, Cease retired 13 of the next 14 hitters, but Cedric Mullins walked to lead off the Baltimore sixth and went to second when Cease threw wildly on a pickoff attempt for an error. Anthony Santander’s one-out single brought Mullins home and chased Cease.

The Orioles remained 2 1/2 games behind the final wild card in the American League. The White Sox are five games back of that wild card and four behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central.

Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a three-hit night. He doubled twice, including once on a drive that hit high off the wall in left field at Camden Yards, which was pushed back before the season from its previous distance.

His 402-foot drive surely would have been a homer last year, but Robert scored anyway in that seventh inning on a pinch-hit single by Andrew Vaughn that made it 4-3. Jorge Mateo hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to put Baltimore back up by two.

Seby Zavala was also denied a home run by the new wall in the eighth, settling for a 405-foot double. The White Sox didn’t score that inning.

FLIPPING THE SCRIPT

Baltimore is 4-1 against the White Sox this year after going 0-7 in 2021.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: Chicago put RHP Michael Kopech (left knee strain) on the 15-day injured list and recalled LHP Tanner Banks from Triple-A Charlotte.

Orioles: Baltimore reinstated INF Jonathan Arauz from the 10-day IL and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

UP NEXT

Spenser Watkins (4-3) starts for the Orioles against Lucas Giolito (9-7) on Wednesday night. Giolito lasted just three innings in a loss to Houston on Thursday.

Verlander 6 no-hit innings, 16th W; Astros top Correa, Twins

HOUSTON (AP) Justin Verlander was totally fine leaving with a no-hitter intact after six innings against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

“I like to go deep in games in the regular season, but I’d rather do it in the postseason or at least be fresh and strong for that,” the Houston ace said.

Verlander posted his major league-leading 16th win and the Astros beat the Minnesota Tuesday night in Carlos Correa’s return to Houston.

Verlander (16-3) allowed just one runner to reach base – Nick Gordon struck out in the second inning on a wild pitch to get aboard. Verlander fanned 10 and lowered his MLB-best ERA to 1.87 in his spectacular return after missing almost two seasons after Tommy John surgery.

Manager Dusty Baker said Verlander was on a pitch limit of 90 Tuesday as the Astros transition from a six to five-man rotation. But he still asked Verlander if he wanted to keep going since he hadn’t allowed a hit.

“After six innings at … 91 pitches, you know it’s not going to be one of those nights,” Verlander said. “Maybe 15 years ago, 10 years ago when I loved throwing 130-something. But not now and specifically not after Tommy John in my first season back.”

The 39-year-old Verlander was pulled after 91 pitches. He is the only active player to have thrown three no-hitters – in May, he lost a no-hit try against the Twins in the eighth inning at Target Field.

Ryne Stanek relieved to begin the seventh and Correa led off with Minnesota’s first hit.

“I didn’t want to get no-hit on the first game back, so I had to drop that one in there,” Correa said.

Alex Bregman’s homer helped the AL West-leading Astros build a 4-0 lead. The Twins scored twice in the ninth and had the bases loaded before Bryan Abreu struck out Jake Cave to end it.

The Twins lost their fourth straight in a night of struggles at the plate that came after they placed All-Star outfielder Byron Buxton on the injured list with a hip strain. Until their late rally, the most noise Minnesota made came when manager Rocco Baldelli was ejected during an animated argument.

Correa, making his first visit to Houston after leaving the Astros to sign with the Twins this offseason, received a huge ovation when honored during a pregame ceremony where he was presented with his AL Championship ring. The crowd reaction was also huge in his first at-bat in the first inning and the star shortstop tipped his batting helmet to the adoring fans before stepping in the box.

The reaction wasn’t nearly as warm when he broke up the Astros’ combined no-hit bid with a liner to center field that a diving Mauricio Dubon couldn’t corral. That was the only hit for Correa, who was selected first overall by the Astros in 2012 and spent his first seven seasons in Houston.

Jose Miranda hit an RBI single with one out in the Twins ninth. There were two outs when Max Kepler’s run-scoring single cut the lead to 4-2 and chased Hector Neris. He was replaced by Abreu, who walked Gio Urshela to load the bases but fanned Cave for his second save.

Dubon gave Houston the lead with an RBI single in the second inning and Trey Mancini made it 2-0 with his run-scoring double in the fourth. Bregman’s 18th homer this season was a two-run shot in the seventh.

Yordan Alvarez added a single for the Astros on a night his family from Cuba got to see him play professionally for the first time. Father Agustin Eduardo Alvarez Salazar, mother Mailyn Cadogan Reyes and brother Yonder Alvarez Cadogan – each decked out in his jersey – gazed wide-eyed at the field as they watched him step to the plate.

“This is one of my biggest moments in my entire life,” his father told The Associated Press in Spanish through a translator. “And I could be able to say so many words, but the truth is that there are no words to express what I’m feeling right now.”

Alvarez was moved to know how special it was for his parents to finally see him play after being away from them for so long.

“It means everything,” he said in Spanish through a translator. “Obviously, when I came into the United States it was not easy. And when I arrived here, I arrived by myself. I knew I had their support, but obviously they weren’t here.”

Things got testy in the fifth when Twins starter Aaron Sanchez (0-1) plunked Jose Altuve on the left thigh. There was some jawing between Altuve and Sanchez and benches cleared, but there wasn’t any pushing or shoving.

Order was soon restored, but after Yuli Gurriel walked on four pitches, Baldelli came out of the dugout yelling at the umpires. He was soon ejected by first base umpire Todd Tichenor, but that didn’t stop him from screaming and gesturing wildly for a couple more minutes before leaving the field.

Baldelli said he was upset because believes he was charged with a visit to the mound when he went to try and calm down Sanchez and wasn’t properly informed of it.

“At the bare minimum I think there’s probably it’s necessary for someone to come over and let us know that a visit was given,” he said. “So that’s it. I disagreed and I disagreed on multiple levels.”

Tichenor said Baldelli should have known that he had been charged with a visit.

“The mound visit constitutes the manager going on top of the mound and talking to the pitcher, that’s a visit. Or a coach,” Tichenor said. “That’s a visit.”

Sanchez, who was the starter in a combined no-hitter for the Astros in 2019 against Seattle, yielded six hits and two runs in four-plus innings after being called up from Triple-A Tuesday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: OF Kyle Garlick (bruised rib cage) is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A St. Paul Wednesday. He is set to be the team’s designated hitter Wednesday before playing in the outfield Thursday.

MOVING UP

Verlander’s big night moved him past Pedro Martinez (3,154) and Max Scherzer (3,157) and into 13th place on the all-time strikeout list with 3,161.

UVALDE STRONG

Mayah Zamora, who spent 66 days in the hospital as a victim of the Uvalde elementary school shooting, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Zamora got to meet Correa before the game, and his foundation along with several other charities worked together to find alternative lodging for her family while they build them a new home.

The foundation began work to get Zamora a new home after she learned that the shooter, who wounded her and killed 19 students and two teachers, lived just blocks from her home where she was too upset to return to after leaving the hospital.

UP NEXT

Houston’s Framber Valdez (12-4, 2.72) opposes Dylan Bundy (7-5, 4.60) when the series continues Wednesday night.

Judge 48th HR, Yanks beat Mets 4-2 to sweep Subway Series

NEW YORK (AP) If this is what the regular season Subway Series was like, imagine the Yankees and Mets meeting in October for baseball’s biggest prize.

“You’d like to think ahead a little bit, because of the pace they’re on and where we’re at, too,” Aaron Judge said, “but we got to get there first.”

Judge hit a 453-foot drive halfway up the bleachers for his major league-leading 48th home run and added an RBI single during a seventh-inning rally, boosting the New York Yankees past the Mets on Tuesday night for their second straight 4-2 win and a two-game sweep.

The Yankees turned a pair of sparkling 6-4-3 double plays, Andrew Benintendi came through with another big hit and rookie right fielder Oswaldo Cabrera made three key contributions. The go-ahead rally was boosted by a fluky popup that dropped for a single, and fans stood for nearly 20 minutes in the ninth inning anticipating the final out.

Francisco Lindor lofted Wandy Peralta’s changeup for a routine fly to center, stranding the bases loaded and ending as scintillating a regular-season game as you’ll see.

“We hope that we do the things it takes to get a chance to hopefully come back to this place,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said.

In a game full of crazy plays that included a pair of retro sacrifice bunts and a run-scoring mental gaffe by Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres, both teams fed off a boisterous crowd of 49,217, the most at Yankee Stadium in the regular season since the 2013 opener.

“The environment felt so alive and electric, even by Subway Series standards,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

The Yankees (76-48), seeking their first title since 2009, lead the AL East by eight games. The Mets (79-46) are two games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East. Their only World Series meeting was the Bronx Bombers’ five-game win in 2000.

Following their summer slide, the Yankees have won three straight games for the only the second time since the All-Star break.

“I think the swagger has always been there. I think it just took a little reminder of who we are and what type of baseball we play,” Judge said. “We got it back.”

Benintendi had his third straight big day at the plate, singling in the go-ahead run for a 3-2 lead in the seventh against Joely Rodriguez (0-3). The hit came after pinch-hitter Jose Trevino’s twisting popup fell just fair next to Pete Alonso down the right-field line.

“It’s a tough long run and also couldn’t get there,” Alonso said.

Judge followed with a two-out run-scoring single against Adam Ottavino for his big league-best 105th RBI.

Frankie Montas had the best of his four starts since the Yankees acquired him from Oakland, allowing two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Clarke Schmidt (5-2) pitched three shutout innings of three-hit relief in his first big league appearance since July 30 before the Mets loaded the bases with two outs on a pair of walks around Brandon Nimmo’s infield hit.

Peralta threw five straight strikes for his second save.

“Joy,” Peralta recalled feeling. “Happy and excited.”

Judge homered for his fourth straight game against Taijuan Walker and his 10th time in 21 games against the Mets.

Cabrera took a 3-2 splitter for a bases-loaded walk in the two-run fourth for his first big league RBI, then preserved the lead in the fifth when his one-hop throw caught Brett Baty trying to score from second on Starling Marte’s RBI single. Cabrera also singled to start the seventh-inning rally.

Torres sprinted in a vain attempt to catch the trailing runner as Alonso scored the tying run unchallenged in the sixth on Jeff McNeil’s double. Torres also combined with shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa for double plays against Tomas Nido in the second and Daniel Vogelbach in the eighth. IKF started the first with a glove flip.

“It was kind of just an instinctive play,” Kiner-Falefa said as the Yankees relaxed ahead of their charter to California. “That was a huge step in the right direction for us.”

BROKEN BAT

Alonso snapped a bat over his left leg after striking out in the fourth. “Just really frustrated at chasing at that pitch,” he said.

BIG INTEREST

Monday’s game drew nearly 1.1 million viewers on television. The game was seen by 617,000 on YES, the second-most for a Subway Series and highest for any Yankees game on the network since Derek Jeter’s finale drew 1.2 million in 2014; 458,000 saw for the Mets’ broadcast on over-the-air WPIX.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: INF Eduardo Escobar (left oblique strain) took batting practice and is near a return. … RHP Carlos Carrasco (also left oblique strain) is on track to return during the first week of September.

Yankees: OF Giancarlo Stanton (left Achilles tendinitis) hit against RHP Luis Severino in a simulated game will be activated before Thursday’s opener at Oakland. OF Estevan Florial was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … Severino threw 24 pitches, reaching 95-96 mph. … LHP Zack Britton is to start a minor league rehab assignment with Class A Tampa on Wednesday, another step in his return from Tommy John surgery last Sept. 8. Britton likely will face three batters and throw up to 15 pitches, Boone said. … RHP Domingo German was able to run, a day after taking a 104 mph comebacker off his left calf.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (2-1, 2.31) is to start Thursday’s homestand opener against Colorado on six days’ rest.

Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillion (11-4, 4.00) is lined up to start Thursday.

Gonsolin, Dodgers rebound from shutout, bully Brewers, 10-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Tony Gonsolin combined with four pitchers on a four-hitter in his major league-tying 16th victory, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 10-1 on Tuesday night.

Trayce Thompson blasted a three-run homer in the second and drove in another run as part of a 2 for 3 performance. Freddie Freeman went 3 for 5 with four RBI in helping the Dodgers bounce back after being shut out at home for the first time this season in a 4-0 loss in the series opener Monday.

Gonsolin (16-1) tied Houston’s Justin Verlander, who earned his 16th win earlier Tuesday.

Gonsolin, the majors’ ERA leader at 2.10, outdueled current NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes in a first-time matchup of former Saint Mary’s College teammates.

Gonsolin allowed one run and three hits, struck out three and walked two. Evan Phillips, David Price, Chris Martin and infielder Hanser Alberto combined to allow only one hit over the final four innings.

Burnes (9-6) got tagged for seven runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings, equaling his shortest outing of the season. The right-hander struck out a season-low three and walked three.

Burnes walked Joey Gallo and Cody Bellinger to set up Thompson’s 423-foot shot to the left-field pavilion with two outs, extending the lead to 4-0.

The Dodgers struck again with two outs in the fourth when they sent eight batters to the plate and tacked on three runs. Thompson and Trea Turner had RBI singles to chase Burnes. He was replaced by Brent Suter, who gave up Freeman’s RBI single that made it 7-0.

Freeman’s RBI single gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the first.

Milwaukee’s only run came on Jonathan Davis’ RBI single in the fifth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: INF Mike Brosseau placed on IL with right oblique strain.

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler underwent Tommy John surgery and had his flexor tendon repaired. He’s likely to miss next season while rehabilitating.

CHECK YOUR SCORECARD

The Brewers had backup catcher Victor Caratini pitch the eighth. He averaged in the mid-60s when he wasn’t walking Thompson and hitting Mookie Betts, who arrived at first base smiling. Trea Turner and Freeman had RBI doubles that made it 10-1.

The Dodgers went with Alberto in the ninth. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth and doubled. On the mound, he retired the side on flyouts.

DEFENSIVE GEMS

Right fielder Betts made a stellar catch on a drive hit by Luis Urias before bouncing off the wall to end the second. Cody Bellinger robbed Rowdy Tellez at the center-field wall in a 1-2-3 sixth. Milwaukee’s Andrew McCutchen made a diving catch on Cody Bellinger to end the seventh.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (4-8, 4.72 ERA) returns to the rotation after being sidelined with a strained forearm flexor since early June.

Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (1-1, 1.77) makes his ninth start of the season in the series finale. He is coming off a loss at Milwaukee last week.

Dodgers All-Star Buehler has 2nd career Tommy John surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers All-Star pitcher Walker Buehler underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career on Tuesday, leaving Los Angeles to head into the postseason and likely next year without a key member of the rotation.

“There’s no sugarcoating it,” said Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations. “It was a tough blow but we’ll get him back. I know he’s already itching.”

The team disclosed earlier this month that the 28-year-old right-hander would be having season-ending elbow surgery. At that time, the team did not say Buehler would have the Tommy John surgery. The typical recovery time for the ligament-replacement procedure is 12 to 18 months.

“It was kind of the worse-case scenario in our mind,” Friedman said.

Buehler was 6-3 with a 4.02 ERA this season. He had 58 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched over 12 starts.

He was shut down in June because of a flexor strain and also had a bone spur removed. The prognosis called for him to recover in 10 to 12 weeks, and the Dodgers were hopeful he would be back for the postseason.

Last week manager Dave Roberts said Buehler had soreness while playing catch, forcing him to be shut down.

“I don’t know when the time of return is,” Roberts said. “I think there’s a sense of relief for Walker and a sense of at least we have a course of action.”

In addition to having the ulnar collateral ligament replaced, Buehler had his flexor tendon repaired.

“The most important bit of information from today is that it went as well as it possibly could have,” said Friedman, who texted with Buehler in the morning.

“His maturity and kind of how he was internalizing all of this was extremely impressive,” Friedman said. “It’s easy to be frustrated, it’s easy to be mad, but that wasn’t his state of mind at all. It was much more kind of pragmatic and matter of fact, and whatever came out of it, he was going to attack it and do everything he could to get back as soon as possible.”

Buehler had his first Tommy John surgery shortly after being drafted by the Dodgers in the first round in June 2015. He made his professional baseball debut the following August.

He was a key contributor to the Dodgers’ 2020 World Series championship, their first since 1988. He has been considered the team’s heir apparent to veteran ace Clayton Kershaw.

Buehler has a career 3.02 ERA.

Angels owner Arte Moreno explores selling franchise

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno said Tuesday he is exploring the possibility of selling the franchise, a move that surprised superstar slugger Mike Trout and was welcomed by Hall of Famer Rod Carew.

Moreno purchased the team for $184 million in 2003, a year after it won its first World Series championship. The club was then known as the Anaheim Angels, a name that Moreno changed in a move that drew ire in the Orange County city.

The Angels haven’t made the postseason since 2014 and they haven’t had a winning season since 2015, even with the likes of Trout and Shohei Ohtani.

“I’m still trying to process it,” Trout said before the Angels played at Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. “Looking back, I’ve been here my whole career. Had some great times with Arte. He took care of me, my family. I appreciate all he has done for me. I guess he’s moving on.”

Moreno, a 76-year-old Mexican-American born in Arizona, is the only non-white controlling owner in Major League Baseball. The Angels are the second MLB team currently for sale, joining the Washington Nationals.

Longtime Angels fans were on board with Moreno early in his tenure as the team won five division championships. But the current state of the moribund franchise has hurt attendance and turned off many supporters, who at times have been vocal about wanting Moreno out as owner.

No less than Carew, an 18-time All-Star infielder, expressed pleasure about a possible sale. He starred with the then-California Angels from 1979-1985. He later worked as the team’s hitting coach and is credited with helping develop such Angels stars as Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds and Tim Salmon.

“Well this is happy news,” Carew posted on Twitter. “I have renewed hope that my relationship with the (at)Angels organization can be fully restored.”

Moreno spent aggressively on aging free agent stars like Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but the club hasn’t been back to the Fall Classic since he became owner.

Los Angeles is set to miss the postseason for the eighth straight year despite featuring AL MVPs Trout and Ohtani. The Angels were 52-70 going into Tuesday night.

“It has been a great honor and privilege to own the Angels for 20 seasons,” Moreno said in a statement. “Although this difficult decision was entirely our choice and deserved a great deal of thoughtful consideration, my family and I have ultimately come to the conclusion that now is the time.”

Moreno’s announcement comes at a critical juncture for the franchise, with Ohtani set to be a free agent after the 2024 season. Ohtani, a two-way sensation who left Japan and joined the Angels in 2018, has made it clear he wants to play for a contending team. If the franchise can’t sign Ohtani to a long-term deal, it may decide to trade him before he has a chance to leave as a free agent.

Trout, a three-time MVP, is signed through the 2030 season on a $426.5 million, 12-year deal. He’s appeared in just three postseason games with the Angels, all in 2014, despite having been the best player in baseball for most of the last decade.

Anthony Rendon, a high-priced free agent signed after helping Washington win the 2019 World Series, had been injured most of his time with the Angels.

Phil Nevin, who took over as interim manager after Joe Maddon was fired in June, praised Moreno.

“He’s been great to me. I’ve known him for longer than I’ve been with the Angels, but he’s been a great owner for this organization and still is. Six division titles in the 20 years,” he said.

“He’s been really good to the community, he really has. Done a lot of great things for this organization. I know this is a tough day for him, a sad day. To be honest, I’m really focused on the game today. It doesn’t change anything we do here. Arte is a great man, and it has been a pleasure to work for him,” he said.

The team has retained Galatioto Sports Partners as financial adviser for the process and said it will not have any additional comment.

Tatis apologizes to Padres, fans for 80-game drug suspension

SAN DIEGO (AP) Fernando Tatis Jr. apologized privately to his San Diego Padres teammates for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, then publicly expressed remorse for the 80-game suspension that will keep him off the field well into next season.

“There’s no other one to blame than myself,” Tatis admitted Tuesday.

“I’m really sorry for my mistakes,” he said. “My dreams have turned into my worst nightmares.”

The star shortstop helped make baseball fun again in San Diego with a youthful swagger and flashy talent in his first three big league seasons. But his suspension just as he was about to return from a broken wrist has been a damper as the Padres scrap to hold onto a wild-card playoff spot, and has even led to some fans turning against him.

“It’s going to be a very long process to gain everybody’s trust again, to gain that love back that I have stabbed straight to the heart,” he said.

Looking and sounding downcast, Tatis spoke in the Padres’ dugout while sitting next to general manager A.J. Preller.

“Sorry fans, good baseball fans, and I’m learning. I’m maturing,” he said.

“I’m going to remember how this feels and I’m going to make myself never be in this position ever again,” said the 23-year-old Tatis, who was dressed in a red polo shirt and jeans.

Tatis also announced that he will have surgery as soon as possible on his troublesome left shoulder. He resisted getting the surgery in the offseason and then broke his left wrist in a motorcycle accident in his native Dominican Republic in December.

Tatis was suspended 80 games on Aug. 12 after MLB said he tested positive for Clostebol, an anabolic steroid. Tatis originally said he accidentally took a medication to treat ringworm that contained the banned substance.

Asked about the ringworm story, Tatis offered a clarification, saying he had been dealing with a skin infection for some time, took some medication and tested positive soon after.

“There’s no excuses. I need to do a way better job knowing what is going inside my body,” he said.

“I haven’t made the right decisions in these past two weeks, month, even the start of the year. I made a mistake and I regret every single step I have taken,” he said.

The son of a former major leaguer, Tatis said he has “let so many people down, mentioning owner Peter Seidler and Preller by name. “I have failed every fan, I have failed my country, I have failed my family, my parents.”

Some fans have taped over the “Tatis Jr.” on the back of jerseys they wear to games. The Padres have removed some large banners at Petco Park bearing Tatis’ image, edited him out of a hype video celebrating their City Connect alternate uniforms and scuttled a Tatis bobblehead night on Sept. 7 in favor of a Juan Soto T-shirt giveaway.

Tatis was getting close to making his season debut after rehabbing following surgery on his fractured left wrist in mid-March.

Tatis addressed his teammates in the clubhouse earlier Tuesday.

“He was sad,” said left fielder Jurickson Profar, who worked out with Tatis in the Dominican in the offseason.

“It’s not easy. You make a mistake and then you have to talk in front of your teammates because you let them down,” Profar said. “It’s not an easy situation but he stayed strong with it.”

Profar said Tatis “has a long way in front of him. For him, it’s going to take forever. He wants to play baseball again. I heard he’s going to do the surgery, too. It’s a long road back. … I know he’s going to work hard and come back and show people he can play great baseball.”

Profar said the Padres players “forgive him. He’s our teammate, he’s our brother, and we’re going to be behind him.”

Manny Machado, who has carried the Padres offensively all season, said Tatis said what his teammates wanted to hear.

“It’s a hard conversation you’ve got to have,” Machado said. “He came up here and spoke in front of a big group, which is not easy in the circumstances that it is. It was a first step. I’m glad he did it and now we can put this behind us, everyone in here as well, and continue to play baseball. He’s going to be cheering for us, rooting for us always, and we’re going to be here for him for whatever he needs.

“We’re all family here, we all back each other up,” Machado said. “He’s a generational talent and he’s going to have to learn from his mistakes. We’ve all made them. We all get forgiven and we move forward and we grow from it.”

(NFL NEWS)

Chase Young to miss Commanders’ first four games this season

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Chase Young will miss the Washington Commanders’ first four games of the season after landing on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

The team put Young and backup center Tyler Larsen on the list Tuesday, also releasing receiver Kelvin Harmon and offensive tackle Rashod Hill and placing linebacker Nathan Gerry on injured reserve.

Young, the 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year, is working back from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. That surgery involved grafting part of his left patellar tendon to fix the tear.

“As we go through this, it’s hard to predict on recovery time,” coach Ron Rivera said. “This injury is a little bit more severe than the average one is, and because of that, the timeline is a little bit longer. What is that timeline? I can’t tell you.”

Rivera had already ruled out Washington’s top pass-rusher for the season opener against Jacksonville and indicated Young could start the season on the PUP list. The first game Young is eligible to play is Oct. 9 against Tennessee, though there’s no guarantee he’s ready by then.

The team and Young have refused to set a timeframe on his return from what Rivera has repeatedly called a significant injury. Young injured the knee Nov. 14 against Tampa Bay, opening the door for young linemen such as Casey Toohill and Shaka Toney to take on bigger responsibilities.

“It was just dialing in my focus: doing the same thing I’d been doing but just now more of an opportunity, more plays,” Toohill said. “I think it’s the same now, just keeping that same focus as I had before and getting things going.”

Young is still sporting a brace on his right knee while out at practice. Despite not taking part, the 23-year-old is vocal during team drills and has helped teammates in quieter ways.

“He sees things very well in terms of the game of football,” Toohill said. “He’s out here and he’s coaching us. He’s not sulking. He’s not just saying things to say things. He is being very helpful with technique, he’s being very detailed with all of us and he coaches everybody.”

JURGENSEN TO BE HONORED

The Commanders will retire Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Sonny Jurgensen’s No. 9 in their regular-season finale against the rival Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 7 or 8. Jurgensen played 11 of his 18 NFL seasons for Washington and spent 38 more as a radio broadcaster, giving him a total of 55 years with the organization.

“No member of the Washington franchise will ever wear the No. 9 again, which is truly a nod to Sonny’s incredible accomplishments on and off the field,” co-owner Tanya Snyder said in a statement. “Dan and I are thankful for the 55 years Sonny dedicated to the franchise. People will remember him as one of the greatest quarterbacks in franchise history and the radio voice of the team for our three Super Bowl victories. He represents true excellence and professionalism and serves as a role model for future Washington players.”

The team announced the honor on Jurgensen’s 88th birthday.

“I am very humbled by this recognition,” he said. “It is an honor of a lifetime to have my jersey retired with a franchise I spent 55 years of my life with.”

Chargers’ J.C. Jackson could miss games after ankle surgery

Los Angeles Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson underwent ankle surgery Tuesday, putting his availability for the first two games of the season in doubt.

Jackson will miss two to four weeks, the team said in a statement. The procedure was performed at the New York Hospital of Special Surgery. The team did not specify which ankle.

Jackson was the standout free agent addition for the Chargers when they overhauled their defense this offseason, signing a five-year contract worth $82.5 million, including $40 million guaranteed.

He played his first four seasons with the New England Patriots, intercepting 25 passes in 62 games.

Originally an undrafted free agent out of Maryland, Jackson emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the NFL over the past two seasons. He had a league-leading 23 passes defended last season, while his eight interceptions ranked second.

The Patriots chose not to use the franchise tag on the 26-year-old.

Jackson bolsters a Chargers secondary that allowed 27 points per game and ranked last in third-down conversion percentage (49.54).

The Chargers host the Las Vegas Raiders to open the season on Sept. 11 in a rematch of the thrilling Week 18 35-32 overtime loss that cost Los Angeles a playoff berth. The Chargers will then play at the Kansas City Chiefs the following Thursday.

Michael Davis and second-year cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. would likely start if Jackson cannot play in one or both of those games, with former Denver Broncos defender Bryce Callahan expected to work out of the slot.

“I think that it gives us a lot of different lanes to go to,” defensive coordinator Renaldo Hill said Tuesday. “That’s what we wanted. We wanted depth in this group. Like I said, the reps and the competition, as these guys have developed, I think that has really helped us.”

Bates reports to Bengals camp, signs franchise tag tender

CINCINNATI (AP) Safety Jessie Bates III reported to Cincinnati Bengals training camp Tuesday and signed a one-year tender under the franchise tag.

The four-year veteran was frustrated with efforts to reach a long-term contract agreement with the Bengals. The organization put the franchise tag on him in March, meaning he was bound to the Bengals for the 2022 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Bates skipped organized team workouts and most of training camp, showing up a day before Cincinnati is scheduled to begin two days of practices against the Los Angeles Rams and with the final preseason game on Saturday.

A second-round draft pick in 2018, he has started all of the 63 games he played in four seasons in Cincinnati and became a respected team leader.

Team owner Mike Brown acknowledged before the season that a hinderance in contract talks with Bates was the team’s restructuring its finances to be able to re-sign quarterback Joe Burrow and receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins when their rookie contracts expire in the next few years.

Also Tuesday, the Bengals waived quarterback Drew Plitt. The undrafted rookie from Ball State was signed when Burrow was sidelined after an appendectomy. Plitt played in two preseason games.

RB Gus Edwards to miss at least first 4 games for Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens put running back Gus Edwards on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday, meaning he’ll miss at least the first four games of the regular season.

Edwards was out all of last season with a knee injury. The Ravens lost him, running back J.K. Dobbins and cornerback Marcus Peters to knee injuries around the same time. None of them returned last season, but Dobbins and Peters have been able to practice during training camp.

Edwards ran for more than 700 yards in each of his first three seasons with Baltimore before last year’s injury.

The Ravens also waived receivers Jaylon Moore, Bailey Gaither and Slade Bolden, linebacker Diego Fagot and tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith. Baltimore signed receiver Demarcus Robinson.

(COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS)

Alabama gives Saban new 8-year, $93.6 million deal

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban is getting a new eight-year contract worth at least $93.6 million, eclipsing the recent megadeal of Southeastern Conference rival Kirby Smart.

The University of Alabama trustees compensation committee on Tuesday approved a one-year extension through Feb. 28, 2030 for the 70-year old Saban, who has led the Crimson Tide to six national titles. Saban’s deal averages out to $11.7 million per year, topping Smart’s $11.25 million pay at defending national champion Georgia.

The announcement comes a month after Smart agreed to a 10-year deal worth more than $110 million. The Bulldogs beat Alabama in the national championship game in January.

The two join Ohio State’s Ryan Day, LSU’s Brian Kelly, Michigan State’s Mel Tucker and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher as college football coaches who will make at least $9 million in 2022.

Saban’s deal includes a salary and talent fee of $9.9 million this year with $400,000 annual raises. Saban can receive an $800,000 completion bonus at the end of February in each of the next four years, plus other bonuses.

“(Wife) Terry and I are very appreciative of the unmatched commitment the university has shown to this football program and our family over the last 15-plus years,” Saban said in a statement. “This is our home, and we look forward to finishing our career at Alabama.”

His contract ensures his pay will remain at or near the top of the heap among college football coaches.

Saban would get a boost if his deal is less than the average total pay of the three highest paid Southeastern Conference coaches or the average of what the five paid coaches in college football are making. He’d receive the higher of the two averages.

Saban agreed to a three-year extension in June 2021 for $84.8 million over eight years.

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne is receiving a three-year extension through June 30, 2029 with a 5 percent raise. He’ll make $1.49 million this year with raises pushing his salary to $1.91 million for 2028-29.

Byrne also secured a coach seeking his eighth national title – including one at LSU.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have the best football coach in the nation and one of the greatest coaches of all time, regardless of sport, here at Alabama in coach Saban,” Byrne said. “Not only have his teams been successful on the field, but they have also achieved greatly in the classroom and community.

“Beyond that, the impact he and Ms. Terry have had on The University, Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama cannot be overlooked.”

The financial terms of the contracts become official upon the formal approval by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.

(NBA NEWS)

Durant, Nets plan to move forward together instead of trade

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets are staying together.

A trade request that jolted the franchise and dominated NBA headlines has been removed. The Nets will return next season with their All-Star forward in uniform – and with their championship hopes intact.

The Nets said Tuesday that the team’s leadership met a day earlier with Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles and “agreed to move forward with our partnership,” general manager Sean Marks said in a statement.

Marks attended the meeting along with coach Steve Nash and owners Joe and Clara Wu Tsai.

“We are focusing on basketball, with one collective goal in mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn,” Marks added.

That is certainly more likely by keeping Durant, who remains one of the best scorers in the NBA. He is set to begin a four-year extension he signed last summer, and the possibility of him being traded had been the biggest story in the NBA this summer.

It’s unknown exactly why he sought a trade, which came at the end of a turbulent year in Brooklyn. A championship favorite before last season began, the Nets barely made the playoffs and then were bounced by Boston in four games in the first round.

The Nets then refused to give a contract extension to Kyrie Irving, Durant’s close friend, forcing him to pick up his option for next season, the final year of his deal.

The uncertainty around Durant’s future in Brooklyn likely contributed to the Nets being left off the five-game Christmas lineup and being scheduled to appear only eight times on ABC and ESPN.

But with Durant, the Nets can still be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. He averaged a franchise-record 29.9 points last season, and the Nets were bidding for the top spot in the East before he suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for 21 games.

With Durant, Irving and Ben Simmons, who is expected to return after not playing for the Nets last season following his trade from Philadelphia, the Nets will have a top trio. Joe Harris also will be back after the two-time NBA leader in 3-point percentage was limited to just 14 games because of left ankle surgery.

It would have been hard for Durant to find many better situations, and the Nets likely had little interest in trying to land him one. Few teams could have offered the type of trade package the Nets would have sought and still been able to remain a championship contender.

The Nets believed they had built one in the 2020-21 season after acquiring James Harden to play with Durant and Irving. But they dealt with injuries throughout that season and were eliminated by eventual champion Milwaukee in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals, despite Durant scoring 48 points in the final game, the most ever in a Game 7.

Durant was brilliant again last season but couldn’t save a season that was marred by Irving missing most of Brooklyn’s home games because he refused to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Harden then asked to be traded and was swapped in the deal for Simmons in February.

All of that likely frustrated Durant, who left Golden State in 2019 after two championships in three seasons to come with Irving to Brooklyn.

And now, that’s where he’ll stay.

(WNBA NEWS)

Parker, Chicago advance to WNBA semis, beat New York 90-72

NEW YORK (AP) Candace Parker had 14 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Chicago Sky over the New York Liberty 90-72 Tuesday night in the deciding Game 3 to advance to the WNBA semifinals.

The defending champion Sky await the winner of the Connecticut-Dallas playoff series that will have its deciding Game 3 on Wednesday.

Allie Quigley and Kahleah Copper each added 15 points while Courtney Vandersloot had 14 points and 10 assists for the second-seeded Sky. Chicago has now won four consecutive elimination contests dating to back-to-back single-elimination games last year en route to the franchise’s first WNBA championship.

The seventh-seed Liberty shocked the Sky by taking Game 1. Chicago routed New York by a WNBA playoffs record 38 points in the second game, racing out to a 31-10 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looking back.

“We knew what we had to do. They were all on a mission and you could tell it was a collective mission,” Chicago coach James Wade said. “We decided it was go time and show what we were made of and responded in Game 2 and built on it after that.”

This one was a lot more competitive. Chicago led 25-20 after one and extended the advantage to 54-42 at the half as Parker had seven points, six assists and seven rebounds in the opening 20 minutes.

New York scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter, including a five-point possession by Sabrina Ionescu to get within 68-65 that brought the sold out lower bowl of Barclays Center to its feet.

This was New York’s first home playoff game since 2017 when the Liberty lost in the second round to Washington. New York hadn’t made the semifinals since 2015.

That euphoria didn’t last long though as Chicago scored the next 16 points, including consecutive 3-pointers by Quigley to end the run and put the game away with just over 4 minutes left.

Betnijah Laney scored 15 points and Ionescu and Natasha Howard each had 14 for the Liberty.

“(Chicago) is a really good team, see the chemistry the have,” New York coach Sandy Brondello said. “They have poise and they made plays and we couldn’t. We rushed a few shots when they made some plays. Proud of these girls, proud of this team. The more experienced team won tonight.”

STAT STUFFERS

Parker fell just short of the fourth triple-double in WNBA playoff history. She was looking to join Vandersloot, Lisa Leslie and Margo Dydek.

BEING RECOGNIZED

Chicago Sky coach and general manager James Wade was chosen as the WNBA Executive of the Year on Monday. The voting panel is made up of one basketball executive from each WNBA team, with each representative submitting top three choices. Wade won by being named on the most ballots (11).

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS FOOTBALL:

Colts Punter Rigoberto Sanchez suffered an Achilles injury while running sprints Tuesday. Sanchez undergo testing today and he could  miss the upcoming season.

ALSO: The Colts released journeyman wide receiver D.J. Montgomery and three undrafted free agents: running back C.J. Verdell, center/guard Alex Mollette and defensive tackle Caeveon Patton.

Indianapolis must cut down from 81 to 53 by 5 p.m. next Tuesday, three days after the Colts’ preseason finale against Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Bido Spins Quality Start in Indy’s Fourth-Straight Win

INDIANAPOLIS – Behind Osvaldo Bido’s first Triple-A quality start and a tie-breaking, eighth-inning solo blast by Cal Mitchell, the Indianapolis Indians bested the Rochester Red Wings for their fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday night, 3-2.

The lone blemish on Bido’s season-high 6.0-inning line came via a solo home run off the bat of Nick Banks in the second inning to give Rochester (53-65) an early lead. He struck out four of his next five batters and, following a one-out double by former Indian John Nogowski in the fourth, caught Daniel Johnson looking to end the frame. He finished with seven strikeouts, one shy of his season-high, and it was his first quality start since spinning 7.0 two-hit, shutout innings on Aug. 26, 2021 with Double-A Altoona vs. Richmond.

The Indians (59-57) backed their starting pitcher with a pair of runs in the sixth. After Drew Maggi led off the inning with a single, he reached second on a fielders’ choice put into play by Hoy Park and raced off to third safely as Rochester left the bag open. With the bases juiced, Mitchell lined a single into right field to score one, and a bases-loaded walk to Diego Castillo put Indy ahead, 2-1.

With Bido out of the game, the Red Wins knotted the game at 2-2 with a two-out, solo home run off the bat of Taylor Gushue in the seventh. Mitchell then launched his eighth home run with Indianapolis this season one inning later off Curtis Taylor (L, 1-1) to score the game-winning run.

Austin Brice (W, 3-3) and Eric Hanhold (S, 9) combined to hold Rochester without a hit in the final two innings of the game. Hanhold’s ninth save in 10 opportunities marks a career high for the right-hander.

Indianapolis’ four-game winning streak is its longest since the team won a season-high five consecutive games from April 8-13.

The Indians and Red Wings continue their six-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 PM ET at Victory Field. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (5-5, 4.45) will take the mound for Indianapolis against RHP Logan Verrett (6-7, 3.98).

(LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL)

Indiana’s representative to the Little League World Series was eliminated Tuesday as Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to run-rule Hagerstown in a 10-0 win. Hagerstown committed several rrors, throwing wild pitches and making mental mistakes.

(INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana sophomore Jamie Gerstenberg was selected as the Big Ten Co-Goalkeeper of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Gerstenberg opened the season with a shutout at West Virginia in which she made four saves. Three days later, she shutout Virginia Tech with a career-high eight saves.

In her career, Gerstenberg has made 18 starts with 11 cleansheets. She holds a goals against average of 0.45 and has allowed one or fewer goals in 17 starts. She is tied for sixth in program history (Shaunna Daugherty) in career shutouts.

The honor marks the first from the Big Ten since Gerstenberg was named Freshman of the Week on Sept. 14, 2021. Senior forward Paige Webber was named Offensive Player of the Week on the same day. IU last had a Goalkeeper of the Week (Bethany Kopel) on March 2, 2021.

The Hoosiers will be back on the pitch for the team’s home opener against Ball State at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

(INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A fixture in the Indiana men’s soccer starting eleven for over two seasons, redshirt senior defender Daniel Munie was named Top Drawer Soccer first-team Preseason Best XI on Tuesday (Aug. 23).

The Maryland Heights, Missouri, native earned the publication’s top preseason honor after earning a second-team best XI selection after his outstanding 2021 season. Munie was also an All-American and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year last season.

Named IU’s captain at the beginning of preseason, Munie has also been named to the Big Ten preseason watch list as well as a United Soccer Coaches Defender to Watch.

Last season, Munie led IU to an NCAA-best 13 clean sheets in 2021 including a streak of seven straight in October. Munie also contributed to the scoresheet, tallying three goals and three assists. 

In his career, Munie is a two-time All-Big Ten performer and, in 2020, was a Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection. Munie has started 38 consecutive matches for IU, covering the entirety of the last two seasons. 

(PURDUE VOLLEYBALL)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After scoring a memorable game-winning goal for the Purdue soccer team on opening night, freshman forward Naomi Splittorff has been recognized as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference announced.

In her first collegiate game, Splittorff scored the game-winning goal to help the Boilermakers beat No. 15 USC on August 18. The 3-0 upset win to open the 2022 season came in front of a team-record 3,296 fans at Folk Field.

An Evansville, Indiana, native, Splittorff is the first Boilermaker to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolades since now-junior Nicole Kevdzija was honored twice during the 2020 season.

In the opening weekend of the season, Splittorff played in both games and totaled 66 minutes. She had four shots, all on target, and is the only Big Ten player with a perfect shot accuracy of 1.000. Against USC, Splittorff had a game-high three shots in 33 minutes, highlighted by her game-winning goal in the 44th minute.

Up next, Splittorff and Purdue (1-1-0) take to the road for the first time in the regular season on Thursday, August 25 at Kentucky. The Boilermakers and Wildcats square off for the second consecutive season, this time in Lexington, with kickoff set for 5 p.m. ET. Following the midweek matchup, Purdue returns home to host Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, August 28, at 1 p.m. ET. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game at Folk Field in 2022.

(PURDUE BASEBALL)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With classes underway for the new semester and school year, Purdue baseball is excited to welcome a group of 19 newcomers into the program in preparation for the 2023 season in the spring.

The Boilermakers are slated to begin their fall practice calendar in September. A full schedule of open scrimmages, exhibition games and the annual Black & Gold Series will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We’re thrilled to have our newest class of Boilermakers join us at Alexander as the new school year begins,” head coach Greg Goff said. “As our recruiting coordinator, Terry Rooney led the way in identifying players that can have an impact for us and succeeded in attracting them from all across the county. He’s worked tirelessly in that lead role since joining the program last summer. Together Chris Marx, Terry and our staff brought this class to campus and we’re excited about how these Boilermakers can be a driving force in propelling our team to new heights. I’m ready to get back on the field this fall and take the next step in building off our program-record 15-0 start and other successes from the spring.”

RECRUITING CLASS BREAKDOWN

• 19 Total Newcomers

• 6 Freshmen

• 13 Transfers (3 Four-Year, 10 Junior College)

• Players from 9 U.S. States plus 2 Canadians, 1 Australian

• By Position: 10 Pitchers (7 RHP, 3 LHP), 4 Infielders, 3 Outfielders, 2 Catchers

“Coming off a year being ranked as high as No. 16 in the nation, we feel this is a class that will allow us to continue to elevate the program into a yearly top-25 team,” Rooney said. “Through a combination of high school recruits plus junior college and four-year transfers, this is without question one of the most talented and deepest recruiting classes in the country.”

(BUTLER FOOTBALL)

INDIANAPOLIS – Defensive Coordinator Jeff Knowles will coach the second level of the Butler defense in 2022. The linebacker unit breaks down with two seniors, a junior, three sophomores and 11 freshmen.

“The linebacker group has worked hard this fall to improve takeaways, tackling, and playing with great effort,” Knowles explained. They have attacked every challenge we have thrown at them.”

Seniors

Mac Menard (6-1, 195)

Michael Wellman (6-2, 218)

Wellman played in all 11 games last season and started at linebacker for BU in seven of the final eight games of the year. He ranked sixth on the team with 38 tackles (23 solo). Wellman made 2.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and recorded a sack at Dayton. Menard also saw the playing field in all 11 games for the Bulldogs in 2021. He finished ninth on the team with 30 tackles and recovered a fumble at Marist. Menard was a tackling machine against Davidson with 11 stops against the Wildcats. Wellman’s top individual performance included nine tackles against San Diego.

Junior

Mike Wymer (6-0, 215)

Wymer is the lone junior in the linebacker room this season for the Bulldogs. He played in nine games last fall and came up with 17 tackles. Wymer recovered a fumble in the season opener at Illinois State and posted a season-high five tackles in the contest at Morehead State.

Sophomores

Charlie Bless (6-1, 225)

Gabe Hicks (6-0, 235)

Isaac Kolosik (6-1, 220)

Hicks impacted the program during his freshman campaign by playing in all 11 games. He recorded 24 tackles, including three stops behind the line of scrimmage. He and Kolosik each broke onto the scene during the 2021 spring season. Kolosik earned the team’s Defensive Top Dog Award (Most Valuable Defensive Player) that season, but was limited to just three games in the fall. Over those three contests, Kolosik made eight tackles. Bless will add depth to this group after seeing playing time in two games as a freshman.

Freshmen

*Andrew Chime (6-0, 200)

Deklan Dougherty (6-2, 210)

Tyson Garrett (6-0, 217)

Jeremiah Jackson (5-9, 185)

James McCabe (6-2, 205)

*Evan Niemi (6-3, 230)

*Danny Orgler (6-2, 220)

Carter Scearce (5-9, 220)

Sam Scullion (5-11, 190)

*Brayton Spetter (6-0, 200)

*Adam Sturtz (6-2, 210)

* – Redshirt Freshmen

Five redshirt-freshmen linebackers will mesh with six true newcomers this season at the Sellick Bowl. Sturtz highlights this group after appearing in 10 games during the ’21 season. He made eight tackles, carving out a role on special teams. Chime, Niemi, Orgler, and Spetter will all hang onto freshman eligibility after seeing limited playing time last fall. The true freshmen hail from North Carolina, Florida, Illinois (2) and Indiana (2). Roncalli graduate Tyson Garrett helped the Royals win the 2020 State Championship. He was a two-time All-State selection that topped 100 tackles as a junior and senior. Jeremiah Jackson is also an Indiana native that played at nearby Brefeuf Jesuit Prep. He was part of a of a Braves team that finished State Runner-Up in 2021.

(IUPUI WOME’S TENNIS)

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics department has announced the hiring of Pawel Gajdzik as the new head women’s tennis coach. Gajdzik joins IUPUI from Purdue University where he spent the last 13 years as the men’s tennis head coach.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the IUPUI women’s tennis program and be a part of the Jaguar family,” said coach Gajdzik. “I want to thank Dr. Roderick Perry, Laura Hue, and the hiring committee for entrusting me with this opportunity.”

Gajdzik’s coaching career has been highlighted by being named the 2017 ITA Ohio Valley Region Coach of the Year, 2017 Finalist for ITA Wilson National Coach of the Year and 2016 ITA Ohio Valley Head Coach of the Year. He coached Purdue’s first NCAA Singles Championship qualifier since 2001 in Gergly Madarasz in 2016.

Throughout his time at Purdue his teams have produced 30 Academic All-Big Ten honorees, 30 ITA Scholar-Athletes, 12 All-Big Ten selections, 13 nationally ranked singles players, nine nationally ranked doubles teams, three Big Ten Athlete of the Week selections and four ITA Ohio Valley Region Rookie Players of the Year.

Before his 13-year stint with Purdue, Gajdzik spent the 2008-09 season as the head men’s tennis coach at Northern Illinois. He led NIU to a 9-10 overall record and 3-2 in the Mid-American Conference.

Prior to NIU, he spent six seasons on the coaching staff at Baylor where he also spent his undergrad as a member of the men’s tennis team. He won the 1998 Big 12 singles and doubles titles and was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year.

The Szczecin, Poland native was a member of his country’s national team from 1989 to 1997. Gajdzik is married to Elizabeth Soloman and has two children, a daughter, Natalia and a son, Lukas.

“My family and I are thrilled to join the Indianapolis community and I’m looking forward to elevating the program to new and exciting heights in a new era for Jaguar Athletics,” said Gajdzik.

(NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Glenn and Stacey Murphy Notre Dame men’s basketball head coach Mike Brey was pleased to announce the addition of Hamlet Tibbs to the staff, joining as an assistant coach. A 2007 graduate from West Virginia University, Tibbs brings over 13 years of coaching experience to the Irish with successful stints at the University of Albany, University of Vermont and The Albany Academy along with the AAU Albany Rocks program.

“Thrilled to have Hamlet Tibbs joining us,” Coach Mike Brey said. “Tibbs is one of the true bright ones in our business who has paid his dues and proven himself.”

Tibbs had a stellar seven-year run as an assistant coach at Vermont, as the Catamounts posted a 166-61 overall record during that time. More impressively, Vermont went 92-18 in the America East, winning the regular season title four times, while claiming the conference tournament championship three times.

Notable highlights include the 2019-20 squad, who earned a record-setting eighth America East Championship, breaking a tie with Northeastern for the most in league history. UVM ranked in the top five nationally in scoring defense (59.5 ppg allowed) and field-goal percentage defense (38.0%) that year. In addition, the 2016-17 squad made history, as Vermont set a program and America East record with 29 wins, which included a perfect 16-0 mark in league play.

In all, Tibbs coached four America East Players of the Year, one Rookie of the Year, two Defensive Players of the Year and a total of 20 all-conference selections.

“I am thrilled to be joining Coach Brey and the rest of his coaching staff. The University of Notre Dame is a global brand that has excellent tradition in succeeding both on and off the court. I’m looking forward to working with all of the players and becoming a part of the community. This is truly an honor for my wife and I. We are excited to call South Bend our new home. I’m ready to work. Go Irish,” Tibbs said.

Tibbs’ coaching journey began at West Virginia, where he was drawn by the major of athletic coaching education while also working as a student manager with the men’s basketball program. The Mountaineers went to the Elite Eight in 2005 and Sweet 16 in 2006.

Prior to Vermont, Tibbs spent five seasons at both The Albany Academy and Albany City Rocks program. Fast forward to last season and Tibbs made the jump back home to be an assistant coach at the University of Albany, staying in the America East.

(INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The U.S. Lawns Fall Football Preseason continues as Indiana State football prepares for the upcoming September 1 kickoff against North Alabama.

The Sycamores will be breaking down the team throughout the fall camp toward the opener in Terre Haute with position-by-position group previews, as well as opponent previews. In today’s edition, we take a look at the linebackers.

From the Coordinator

“The centerpiece and glue of the defense. You want players that are going to do things the right way, lead the right way, be great communicators with big picture vision and can read and react. There’s a physicality that comes with the position and they are involved in everything we do.” – Defensive Coordinator Brad Wilson on the linebackers.

Positional Breakdown

Returners: Geoffrey Brown, Jarin Johnson, Ethan Cain, John Moore, Johnny May, Blake Surface

Additions/Newcomers: Michael Lufile, Garret Ollendieck, DJ Griffith, Dallas Westhoff, Braxton Sampson, Sam Steinhofer

Things to Watch

Leader On and Off the Field

The captain and leader of the Indiana State defense hits the field for his second season in the Blue & White as Geoffrey Brown is back in the middle linebacker spot in 2022. The Fishers, Ind. native was a 2021 Phil Steele Third Team Freshman All-American and MVFC All-Newcomer Team honoree following a standout first year on the field. He was honored as one of ISU’s four captains as announced following the conclusion of preseason camp.

Brown started off his freshman campaign slow with a pair of two-tackle games against Eastern Illinois and Northwestern, while adding 2.0 tackles-for-loss and one sack. He picked up the starting gig in the middle of the ISU defense with seven tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss in the Sycamore win over Eastern Kentucky. The now-sophomore finished the season with a season-best 12 tackles against Illinois State. Brown returns as the most experienced linebacker and will be expected to carry on the recent legacy of Sycamore greats on the defense including former All-American and current NFL star Jonas Griffith.

Starting Role

Expected to join Brown in the Sycamore starting defense is returning redshirt junior Johnny May. The Fishers, Ind. native started to make his mark late in 2021 with standout performances over the final month of the season. May highlighted his sophomore season with a six-tackle, 0.5 tackle-for-loss contest against Southern Illinois.

This season, May has continued to develop as one of the leaders of a new linebacker room. His abilities and strong play late in the year carried over through the spring and he is slated for a starting role opportunity on the outside for the Sycamores heading into 2022. He posted at least three tackles in each of his last three games in the 2021 season and added a fumble recovery against Western Illinois and 1.0 tackles-for-loss against Youngstown State.

Newcomers All Over

The Sycamores defense has a new look in the 2022 season with all three position groups featuring more newcomers than returners. This is apparent in the linebacker room with seven newcomers expected to be in the mix for playing time over the upcoming season. Several names to watch throughout the upcoming year include transfers Michael Lufile and Garret Ollendieck, while five true freshmen could be in the mix for playing time both on defense and on special teams this year.

Lufile and Ollendieck, in particular, are names that Sycamore fans should get to know in the upcoming year. Lufile joined the Sycamores by way of Monroe College where picked up 32 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, and two sacks in his sophomore season. He added a season-high 10 tackles against Nassau Community College and is expected to be in the mix for playing time immediately. Ollendieck was a JuCo All-American at Iowa Central Community College and has impressed the coaching staff with his ability to soak in the Sycamore defense and make adjustments on the field.

Numbers Watch

61 – Geoffrey Brown led the Indiana State defense with 61 total tackles in the 2021 season, including a season-best 12 in the finale against Illinois State.

42 – Turnovers are the name of the game, and the Sycamores are one year off sitting 42nd in the FCS in turnovers gained in 2021. Indiana State recorded 18 turnovers last season and posted a +0.36 turnover margin last year and are expected to be among the top teams in the nation once again this year.

177.3 – Indiana State’s defense allowed just 177.5 rushing yards per game in the 2021 season and finished among the conference leaders on the year in the category.

(EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER)

EVANSVILLE – After a productive preseason, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team sets its sights on the regular season with the opener at Bellarmine at 6 PM on Thursday evening in Louisville, Ky.

Beginning the second-straight campaign against the Bellarmine Knights, Evansville will look to avenge a 2-1 loss to BU in last season’s opener. The Knights concluded the 2021 campaign with a 7-8-2 overall record before advancing to the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament. Back for Bellarmine are two of its top four goal-scorers from a season ago with one name that might sound familiar to Aces fans. Redshirt junior forward Nolan McGrath returns after scoring three times in 2021 and is plenty familiar with the men’s soccer program at UE after watching his brother, Ian McGrath, score 27 goals across four seasons with Evansville. McGrath has also faced the Aces a handful of times in the past, previously playing for Loyola.

Evansville saw an impressive performance out of its squad this past Sunday in its final preseason fixture, earning a 4-0 win over Hanover. Senior Nkosi Graham and freshmen Marc Vila, Tancredi Fadda, and Patrick Szankowski all scored in the exhibition victory. In the exhibition, the Aces displayed three goalkeepers with graduate Alex Vidizzoni, redshirt freshman Logan Amick, and junior Aidan Montoure each playing 30 minutes in the combined shutout.

The season gets underway for the Aces at 6 PM (CT) on Thursday evening in Louisville with the game broadcast on ESPN+.

(SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer make their 2022 regular season home debut from Strassweg Field Thursday against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at 6 p.m. Admission to the match is free thanks to The Women’s Hospital.

USI (1-1-0) split their season-opening road trip last week with a pair of 1-0 contests against North Dakota and Winona State. The Screaming Eagles lost at North Dakota before capturing a win at Winona State, the Eagles’ first win as an NCAA Division I program.

Freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) has been an impact player early in her USI career, and she continued her strong start to the season by scoring the first goal for USI at the NCAA Division I status on Saturday. Besides the game-winning goal, she also placed all four of her shots on target.

Saturday’s road win also included the 30th career shutout for senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan), extending her all-time mark in the USI record books. Etienne has played all 180 minutes between the posts for USI in two matches, making a total of six saves.

Southern Indiana’s offense has picked up right where it left off in 2021, proving to be a high-volume shooting team. In 2021, the Screaming Eagles were third in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 282 shots, averaging 14.1 shots per game. Through two matches in 2022, USI is at the top among Ohio Valley Conference teams with 31 shots, averaging 15.5 per game. SIU Edwardsville is second with 24 shots. After two matches, USI is outshooting their opponents 31 to 13 and 17 to 7 in shots on goal.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is out of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III. Rose-Hulman went 12-3-2 with a 7-1-1 conference record in the 2021 season. They went as far as the HCAC Tournament semifinals before falling 2-1 against Hanover College. The Fightin’ Engineers return three of their top-four scorers from last year, including Lane Lawrence and Kyra Hicks who each scored seven goals last year. Sarah Shoemaker had six goals in 2021. Overall, in 2021, Rose-Hulman had the second-best scoring offense in the HCAC with 49 goals, while having the top defenses in the conference with only nine goals allowed. Much of that credit goes to senior goalkeeper Natalie Dillon. In her junior season, Dillon made 17 starts with 43 saves and 0.57 goals against average. She also had six solo shutouts. Head coach Amy Helliwell is a 1996 graduate from the University of Southern Indiana and played her prep career at Evansville Reitz Memorial High School.

(SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer kicks off the 2022 regular season this week with a pair of road games as they head to Belmont University on Thursday and Northern Kentucky University on Sunday. The clash with the Bruins is set for 6:30 p.m. while the matchup with the Norse is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CDT).

When the Eagles take on the Bruins it will be their first match back at the Division I level since they spent three seasons there from 1992-94. During that time USI went a combined 29-27-4 (0.517). The Eagles leave Division II with an overall record of 346-334-50 (0.508) and three NCAA Tournament Appearances.

USI was projected to finish ninth in the Summit League announced in their 2022 preseason poll. Denver and Oral Roberts sit at the top of the rankings as the only two teams to receive first-place votes. Omaha, Kansas City, Western Illinois, St. Thomas, Eastern Illinois, and Lindenwood round out the rest of the rankings. The Eagles also named senior defender Colten Walsh (St. Louis, Missouri) and junior forward Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri) to their preseason players to watch list.

The Eagles finished below .500 for the first time since 2014 last fall after six straight winning seasons. USI finished last season 5-9-2, their lowest win total since that 2014 season when they finished 5-9-3. Since Head Coach Mat Santoro took over in 2009, Southern Indiana has had just four losing seasons under his reign.

USI comes into the 2022 season after losing four players from the 2021 roster to graduation. Goalkeeper Justin Faas, midfielder/defender Eli Quivey, forward Graham Miller, and defender Justin Brooks. Faas exits the men’s soccer program ranked third all-time in shutouts, 16, fifth all-time in goals against average, 1.33, and second all-time in saves, 247. Faas appeared in 65 games over his five year career saving 247 out of 342 shots faced (0.746). Quivey appeared in 38 games over his three year career at USI, scoring two goals and assisting four goals. Miller leaves the Eagles after appearing in 75 games over his five year career, scoring 11 goals and assisting six goals. Brooks appeared in 73 games for USI over his five year career (missing the 2019 season due to injury), scoring six goals and recording 13 assists.

The Eagles return a wide range of key players including top goal scorers and assist leaders. Barton and sophomore Robert Schoenstein (Evansville, Indiana) return to the USI lineup after leading the team with six goals apiece. Barton currently sits 10th in the USI record books with 20 career goals. Junior Brian Winkler (Philpot, Kentucky) also returns to the lineup after leading the program with 10 assists last season. Winkler is tied for 10th in program history with 15 career assists. In his four year career, Walsh has started in all 66 of his games played, scoring 10 goals and assisting nine.

With the departure of Justin Faas, the Eagles and Head Coach Mat Santoro will be looking for a new man between the posts. USI currently has four keepers listed on the active roster, but only one has any experience under Santoro. Junior Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) was the lone other goalkeeper to make an appearance for the Eagles last season, playing in three games and starting one. Meissner allowed one goal off 19 shots faced, saving 10. Sophomore Braden Matthews (Princeton, Indiana) was on last year’s roster but has not had an appearance in his two years. USI brings in two freshmen goalkeepers this season, Giancarlo Varano (Woodbridge, Canada) and Chase Tilashalski (Hoover, Alabama).

USI welcomes in nine new players to the roster this season, including two transfers and seven freshmen. Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri) is a grad transfer midfielder from St. Louis University where, in his only season with the Billikens, appeared in two matches as they went on to an undefeated season and an A-10 regular season and tournament title. Damian McGregor-Wickham (Toronto, Canada) is a sophomore transfer defender from Casper College in Casper, Wyoming where he started 12 matches and had two assists. Bleon Jahiri (Mason, Michigan) is a freshman defender from Mason High School where he was named All-State in 2021. Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana) is a freshman midfielder who played for both the Indy Fire and Indy Eleven academies. Jackson Mitchell (Newburgh, Indiana) is a freshman forward who was named a High School All-American, two-time Evansville Courier and Press Player of the Year, and two-time first-team All-State. Diego Rodriguez (Edwardsburg, Michigan) is a freshman defender who also played for both the Indy Fire and Indy Eleven academies. Ednilson Voiles (Plainfield, Indiana) is a freshman midfielder from Avon High School and was a member of the Indiana Fire Developmental Academy. The Eagles also added goalkeepers Varano and Tilashalski.

During the 2022 season, every loss that has handed to USI came from the result of the Eagles scoring one or less goals in that match. In their five wins and two draws they scored two or more in each one with the exception coming with the last game of the season in a draw with Lindenwood University (1-1).

USI vs Belmont

When USI takes on Belmont on Thursday, this will be the first meeting between the two programs. The Bruins finished last season with a 13-5-1 record and finished third in the Southern Conference. Belmont enters this season as their first apart of the Missouri Valley Conference after leaving the Ohio Valley Conference over the summer. In three exhibition matches this fall, the Bruins are 1-2-0 with a win against Trevecca Nazarene University, 4-0, and losses against the University of Memphis, 0-1, and the University of Alabama Birmingham, 0-3. Belmont returns their top goal scorer from the fall 2021 campaign in Liam O’Brien who finished the season with 11 goals and was also the leader in points with 23. The Bruins will have a new look in goal this season after the loss of Drew Romig who played and started in all 19 games last season, after allowing just 18 goals facing 238 shots and saving 80.

USI vs Northern Kentucky

On Sunday the Eagles will be taking on a familiar foe in former Great Lakes Valley Conference rival Northern Kentucky. The last time these two met was in 2011 where the Norse were victorious for the eighth time in a row, 2-3. The all-time series between the two schools is even at 14-14-2 while current Head Coach Mat Santoro is 0-3 against Northern Kentucky in his time. Northern Kentucky finished last season with a 6-11 record and finished eighth in the Horizon League. The Norse lost their leading goal scorer from last season in Jesse Randall. Randall was also the team’s leader in assists. Out of returning players, their leading goal scorers were Ben Hegge and Brodie Sallows who both scored three goals last season. Northern Kentucky do however return their main man between the posts in Daniel Bermingham. Bermingham stared in 16 games for the Norse, allowing 27 goals on 267 shots faced, saving 73. Northern Kentucky opens their season on Thursday as they travel to take on Bradley University, who USI will travel to in September.

Both games are available to stream on ESPN+.

(SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer is projected to finish ninth in The Summit League in a vote submitted by the league officials Tuesday. The Screaming Eagles head into their first season as a member of The Summit League and first season as a NCAA Division I program since 1994.

The nine team Summit League will feature a schedule with each team playing each other once for an eight-match conference schedule. The conference season will conclude with The Summit League Championships at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium in Denver, Colorado, November 10-12. Due to Summit League rules, USI will not be eligible for the 2022 Summit League Championship Tournament.

The University of Denver was picked to top the league, after winning last season’s conference tournament and tying for last season’s regular season title, with 62 points and six first-place points. Oral Roberts University sits right behind the Pioneers with 59 points and three first-place points after tying with Denver to win last season’s regular season title.

Following the Pioneers and Golden Eagles is the University of Nebraska Omaha, the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Western Illinois University, the University of St. Thomas, Eastern Illinois University and Lindenwood University both tied for seventh, and finally USI finishing in ninth.

Each team from the Summit League named two players to watch for the season. Senior defender Colten Walsh (St. Louis, Missouri) and junior forward Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri) were both named for the Eagles. In his four years Walsh has started in all 66 of his games played, scoring 10 goals and assisting nine. Barton comes into this season after co-leading the team in goals last fall with six. He has played in 46 games over his three year career, scoring 20 goals and assisting six. His 20 goals has him sitting 10th all-time in program history for career goals.

The 2022 USI squad features 31 players – 22 returning and 9 newcomers. The Eagles begin their 14th season under the direction of Head Coach Mat Santoro, who had an all-time record of 109-96-24 at the Division II level, leading USI to two NCAA II Tournaments and a Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament and regular season title in 2018.

The Eagles will be looking for a new man between the posts this season after the graduation of goalkeeper Justin Faas, who leaves after serving four seasons as the main man in goal for Santoro. Faas left USI ranking second all-time in program history in saves (247), third all-time in shutouts (16), and fifth all-time in goals against average (1.33). Santoro will have four options in goal this season with two returners from last season and two freshmen on the squad. Junior Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) is the only one who has seen play time with the Eagles, playing in six matches while starting one and allowing two goals in two seasons. Sophomore Braden Matthews (Princeton, Indiana) was with the team last season but did not play. The Eagles welcome in freshmen Giancarlo Varano (Canada) and Chase Tilashalski (Hoover, Alabama).

USI also returns last season’s top goal scorers and assist leader. Barton and sophomore forward Robert Schoenstein (Evansville, Indiana) both led the team with six goals last season. Junior midfielder Brian Winkler (Philpot, Kentucky) led the team with 10 assists. Winkler sits 10th all-time in career assists with 15.

The Eagles begin the season on the road as they travel to take on Belmont University on Thursday August 25th in Nashville, Tennessee at 6:30 pm. USI then heads to Highland Heights, Kentucky to face former Great Lakes Valley Conference foe Northern Kentucky University on Sunday, August 28th at 3 pm (CDT). The Eagles will return to Strassweg Field on Thursday September 1st for a noon contest against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

(SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (0-0, 0-0 OVC) begins NCAA Division I play as the Screaming Eagles host Murray State University (0-0, 0-0 MVC) Friday August 26 at 6 p.m. and Saturday August 27 at 2 p.m. After the home opener, the Eagles head across town to the University of Evansville (0-0, 0-0 MVC) to face the Aces Tuesday August 30 at 6 p.m. These will be the first regular season Division I matches the Eagles play since joining the Ohio Valley Conference in early 2022.

Game Coverage

Information about USI Volleyball, including live stats, video, and audio broadcasts, is available on USIScreamingEagles.com.

Tickets

Tickets for USI Volleyball home matches can be purchased at the ticket window on game day or online. Adults (ages 18 and over) are $8, while non-USI students (ages 12-17) are $5. All USI students, faculty, and staff with a valid ID are admitted free. Children 11-and-under also are admitted free.

Tickets for the USI, Evansville match at Meeks Family Fieldhouse can be purchased through the Aces athletic website. Adults are $8 while seniors and youth are $6.

Screaming Eagles Headlines:

Welcome to Division I. USI Board of Trustees voted unanimously in January 2022 to transition to NCAA Division I athletics beginning in the fall of 2022. The Eagles will be a full-time member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

A First for Everything. USI will face NCAA Division I opponents during the regular season for the first time in program history. The Eagles spent 42 seasons in NCAA Division II.

Schedule Breakdown. USI will host 11 matches this fall while traveling for 18 matches, including three non-conference tournaments. The Eagles face OVC opponents 18 times while battling non-conference foes 11 times.

Pre-Season Poll and Honors. The OVC predicted that USI would finish eighth in the conference standings after gaining 48 votes, just above Lindenwood and Tennessee State. Junior outside hitter Leah Anderson was voted to the Preseason All-OVC Team as the lone Eagle to make the team.

Familiar Faces. USI returns nine players from last year’s roster including Anderson, who ranks seventh all-time at USI with 139 career service aces and 18th with 884 kills. Also returning is sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar, who led USI with 2.80 kills per set in 2021.

No Place Like Home. The Eagles finished 2021 with an 11-2 home record. Since the opening of Screaming Eagles Arena in 2019, USI has a combined 27-6 home record.

History in the Making. Anderson is within striking distance of becoming the 15th player in program history to reach the 1,000-kill plateau and 13th player to reach the 1,000-dig plateau. If successful in both endeavors, Anderson would become the fifth player in program history to reach both milestones.

Killer Offense. USI’s offensive attack was stellar in 2021, nabbing 1,509 kills compared to its opponent’s 1,427. The Eagles also tallied 1,364 assists and 186 service aces, both more than its opponents.

Block It Like It’s Hot. The Eagles’ front lines stood tall last fall, recording 244 total blocks with a little over two blocks per set.

Young Core. USI has 10 underclassmen coming into 2021, which includes seven sophomores and three freshmen. The Eagles also are playing with just three upperclassmen, all three being juniors.

About Murray State. The Racers ended last season with an 18-12 record, finishing 11-7 in its final season in the Ohio Valley Conference. Murray State is predicted to finish 10th in the Missouri Valley Conference this season after receiving 43 votes, just behind Belmont and Southern Illinois.

Leading the Racers. Murray State returns six players to the 2022 roster from last season, adding eight newcomers and transfers. Junior Jayla Holcombe put up promising numbers for the Racers last fall, tallying 211 kills and 32 total blocks. Sophomore Bailey DeMier made the 1,000-assists club after recording a conference-most 1,270 assists in 2021.

About Evansville. The Purple Aces finished with a 21-12 record in 2021, finishing 9-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Evansville is predicted to finish second in the MVC after receiving two top votes. It was the highest preseason ranking in program history. The Aces will compete in the Marshall Invitational prior to facing USI on Tuesday.

Leading the Aces. Fifth year senior Alondra Vazquez returns for the Aces after tallying a team-high 494 kills and 58 service aces last season. Vazquez also led the team with 327 digs and was named to the Preseason All-MVC Team, along with senior teammate, Melanie Feliciano. Evansville also returns sophomore Madisyn Steele, who led the Aces on the front lines with 79 total blocks.

Cross-Town Rivalry. USI faces Evansville for the 25th time in program history. The Eagles are 6-18 versus the Aces after losing the first 11 matches from 1980-84. The last time the two clubs collided was an exhibition match in 2019 USI came up victorious, 3-2, at Screaming Eagles Arena.

(VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL)

Valpo women’s basketball head coach Mary Evans announced today that Dominique Doseck has been promoted to assistant coach heading into the 2022-23 season. Doseck is entering her fourth season on staff with the Valpo program.

“I am really excited for Dom to have the opportunity to be an assistant coach within our program” Evans said. “She has been working inside our program over the last three years and has a great understanding of how our program runs on a day-to-day basis. She has a tremendous knowledge of our basketball system, both offensively and defensively, after playing in it throughout her college career. She understands what our current student-athletes are going through and will be a valuable resource for them as they navigate balancing being a student-athlete and a successful student. I am excited to watch her grow as a basketball coach and know she has a tremendous future in our game.”

Doseck came to Valpo prior to the 2019-20 season as a graduate assistant. After two seasons in that role, she moved up to the program’s director of basketball operations for the 2021-22 campaign. In her first season on campus, Valpo boasted its best overall record since the 2006-07 season, while the Beacons have posted their best record in conference play since the 2008-09 season twice in the last three seasons.

“I am super excited to take this next step in my career and even more excited to do it here at Valpo,” Doseck said. “I couldn’t be more grateful for Coach Evans trusting and believing in me for this new role. I truly believe that the staff and players here are building something special and I am really thrilled to be a part of it.”

Doseck was a four-year letterwinner at Ohio and was part of a squad which won 30 games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT as a senior in 2018-19. That season, Doseck started all 36 games, averaged 10.0 points/game and ranked second in the MAC and 50th nationally in 3-point percentage. A three-time Academic All-MAC honoree, Doseck played in 136 games over her four-year career and started all 31 games her junior year as well. Evans was an assistant coach for the Bobcats for the first three years of Doseck’s playing career.

Doseck graduated from Ohio University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and business analytics. She earned a master’s in sports administration from Valparaiso University in 2021.

(VALPO FOOTBALL)

Valparaiso University head football coach Landon Fox has finalized his 2022 coaching staff by welcoming Will Johnson as running backs coach and Spencer Duncan as tight ends coach.

Johnson, who played in the NFL from 2012-2016 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants, comes to Valpo after a stint as the running backs and special teams coach for the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League. He also gained coaching experience at his alma mater, West Virginia University, where he began as a graduate assistant coach for strength and conditioning in 2018 before being elevated to Director of Player and NFL Relations.

“It was an easy decision to hire Will to join our coaching staff,” Fox said. “The story of him going from being an undrafted free agent to becoming a six-year NFL veteran will inspire our players. He has experience at the college level and knows how to coach not only football players, but students and people. I’m excited about bringing him onto our staff fresh off a year in the USFL.”

A native of Centerville, Ohio, Johnson was named to the 2012 midseason all-rookie team as a member of the Steelers and scored his first career touchdown in a 27-12 win over Washington. That came after he finished his undergraduate degree from West Virginia in multidisciplinary studies in 2011. During his college career, he transitioned from wide receiver to halfback and received numerous honors and accolades. Despite being undrafted, he eventually appeared in 63 games in the NFL and made 20 starts. He scored three NFL touchdowns, two receiving and one rushing.

“I’m excited to join and work with such a tremendous staff under the direction and leadership of Coach Fox,” Johnson said. “I believe this program is trending in the right direction, and I’m happy to be in a position to lead and develop the running backs both on and off the field.”

Duncan comes to Valpo after serving as a graduate assistant coach at the UNLV, where he had worked with the defense since February 2020. He also owns experience as an offensive quality control coach at the University of Pennsylvania, the wide receivers coach at Golden West College and a member of the recruiting department at the University of Alabama. He charted game film for the Cleveland Browns in December 2015 and February 2016 after previously working as a strength & conditioning intern at the University of Alabama from January 2013 to April 2015.

“We always enjoy having staff members who come from successful programs,” Fox said. “They can bring new thoughts and new ideas into the program, and have seen it done at a high level. He also has experience at the prep school and junior college levels, so he owns a variety of past experiences as he joins our staff to coach the tight ends.”

Duncan was a walk-on tight end at Alabama in 2011 and 2012 and was part of two national championship teams. He graduated from Alabama with an undergraduate degree in communications in December 2015.

“Coming to Valparaiso University was an unbelievable opportunity,” Duncan said. “I’m excited for the chance to compete for championships as well as mentor great student-athletes on and off the field. I knew this was where I was supposed to be, and I am honored to be a part of this program. I’m looking forward to being a part of the success we have here at Valpo going forward.”

What They’re Saying About Coach Johnson

Ben McAdoo, Carolina Panthers Offensive Coordinator, Former New York Giants Head Coach: “Hiring Will Johnson as running backs coach is a home run hire for Valparaiso University. His work ethic, character and knowledge of the game in all three phases will be a blessing to the program. I can’t think of a better man to help mentor and develop the players.”

Kirby Wilson, Pittsburgh Maulers (USFL) Head Coach, Former NFL Assistant Coach: “Will Johnson played and coached for me. He is an excellent addition to the Valpo football staff. Valpo is getting an up-and-coming star in the profession. He is a former NFL starting fullback and special teams standout who was an extremely hard worker both as a player and as a running backs coach in the USFL. Accountability, attention to details and preparation are just a few of his strengths. Valpo got a good one.”

What They’re Saying About Coach Duncan

Marcus Arroyo, UNLV Head Football Coach: “Spencer has a wide range of experience in college football at the FBS, FCS and junior college levels. He has coaching experience on both sides of the ball, and showed his commitment and work ethic for us the last two seasons. He has a bright future.”

Peter Hanson, Denver Broncos Linebackers Coach, Former UNLV Defensive Coordinator: “Spencer dove head first into an unfamiliar job with us at UNLV and made it his own. We asked an offensive guy to help us on defense, and he did a great job. I hope that experience helps his future as a coach. I’m very excited for him to earn this opportunity at Valparaiso.”

(VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER)

It might be a new season, but it’s the same Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) in goal for the Valpo soccer team. The two-time reigning Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Year was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after posting a pair of clean sheets to open the 2022 campaign.

Coryell needed to make just two saves for the season-opening shutout of Eastern Illinois last Thursday, but the second was a lunging, outstretched effort diving to her left to parry a shot away in the waning seconds to preserve the 0-0 draw. She then followed up with two saves on Sunday in Valpo’s 1-0 win over Youngstown State.

With the pair of clean sheets to start off the season, Coryell now owns 14 career shutouts — tied for fourth in program history with Sydney Galvez-Daley and one away from becoming just the 18th goalkeeper in MVC history with 15 or more clean sheets. She has posted a shutout in nearly half of her 32 career starts in goal.

Coryell and the rest of the Beacons return to action Friday evening with a trip to Colorado.

(INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) has released its 2022 men’s soccer preseason poll, and the University of Indianapolis is tied for first place after earning 132 points and two first-place votes.

The Greyhounds, who won both the GLVC regular season and tournament championships a season ago, tie with Maryville in the poll after the Saints also earned 132 points alongside seven of the 13 first-place votes. Behind UIndy in third sits 2021 GLVC tournament runner-up Illinois Springfield with 127 points and three first-place votes.

Looking to ride the momentum of the 2021 season, the Hounds will open the season on the road in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday against No. 15 Lake Erie. UIndy will begin conference play on September 11th at Key Stadium against Maryville.

(INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S SOCCER)

INDIANAPOLIS – It is time for University of Indianapolis women’s soccer once again as the Greyhounds find themselves ranked third in the GLVC Preseason Coaches Poll to kick off the 2022 campaign. The poll, released Wednesday and voted on by the league’s head coaches, saw the Hounds tally 127 points and one first-place vote.

The 2021 season marked the third consecutive winning campaign for Head Coach Holly Cox’s squad. The Hounds managed a 11-4-3 overall record with a 8-2-3 record in GLVC play. The team appeared in the GLVC quarterfinal and eventually made it to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Now in her eighth season at the helm sporting a career record of 66-44-13, Cox will have yet another strong group to work with this season. The headliner being returning fifth-year senior and 2021 All-GLVC honoree Kiki Sauceda. The native of San Bernadino, Calif., lit up the stat sheet last season, notching 15 goals to land her in first in the scoring category in the GLVC. Alongside Sauceda, Maria Herrero returns to the midfield with veteran leadership in tow after collecting All-GLVC Second Team accolades last season.

The poll was led by Drury, receiving 133 points, and seconded by McKendree, one behind with 132. Just henind the Hounds is Truman in fourth with 98 points and Missouri St. Louis rounding out the top five with 91 points.

(MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER)

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 7-ranked Marian women’s soccer team put up a hard-fought match with the No. 10-ranked University of the Cumberlands, ending the match in a 0-0 draw.

The Patriots were the first to strike in the match, with a shot and a save by Noelle Rolfsen coming two minutes into the game. Rolfsen made three saves in the opening 27 minutes, while Isabelle Stanfield came up big making the defensive save right after.

Cumberlands were not the only firing off shots, as Marian put together a solid first half, firing off five of their own. Erin Oleksak got things started for the Knights, firing off a shot at the 6:40 mark that made its way past the goalie, before being saved by the Patriots defender. Not long after, Naomi Walters made the next attempt for the Knights, but came up empty in her search for a goal. The Knights continued their offensive attack, with Jacelyn Smith, Marian Corro Celma and Stanfield all making attempts. However, the Patriots defense stood tall and held off the attack made by the Knights.

Marian continued with their aggressive approach in the second half with Oleksak leading the way yet again, ripping two more shots in about 20 minutes of play, both of which being be saved by the goalie. At the 57:13 mark, Delaney Taylor got in on the action by booting one that came up just short, hitting the crossbar. Late into the half, Walters had another great look at goal, but was unable to capitalize as her shot would go wide.

The Knights put together an offensive pursuit in the final eight minutes of play, firing off three shots. Gretchen Mallin was the first to strike, but once again the Patriots goalie would come up big making the save. Oleksak had her final look at goal at the 88:35 mark, but her shot was blocked by a Cumberlands defender. With two final efforts by the Knights, Allie Schlom fired off an attempt before a last second corner kick by Taylor left the score tied, 0-0.

Both team’s defenses proved to be an offensive stopper, with Rolfsen making five total saves on 10 shots attempted, and six shots on goal for the Knights.

Marian will take on Olivet Nazarene Saturday, August 27 at home for a 3:30 PM matchup.

(INDIANA WESLEYAN MEN’S SOCCER)

MARION, IND. – Men’s Soccer got the 2022 season underway on Tuesday night at Wildcat Field. Six different players scored in an 8-1 victory over Anderson University.

Anderson got off to a quick start with a goal off a penalty kick just 2 minutes into the match.

IWU responded with an equalizer from freshman Jose Pizarro shortly after.

Winter Casseus and Cole Little netted 2 goals each.

Jonas Becari added 2 assists to go along with a goal of his own.

Eight goals are the most scored in a match in the Reeb era. 

19 – how many shots recorded for IWU.

3 – how many yellow cards issued to Anderson

22 – how many IWU players saw action

IWU will play home again on Saturday, Aug. 27th at 1:00 PM against Grace Christian University. 

(INDIANA WESLEYAN WOMEN’S SOCCER)

DEERFIELD, Illi.- No. 13 Women’s Soccer continued their scoring frenzy Tuesday, netting seven goals in a 7-0 win over Trinity International. Six different Wildcats pushed one past the keeper with Kenzie Millar the only multi-goal scorer for IWU.

IWU doubled their corner kick total from their first outing, taking eight against TIU. Riley Spoltman scored the game winner 19 minutes into the match, off IWU’s first corner of the match.

IWU tied a program record with 15 goals to start the season, a record set in 2007.

Sydney Stott netted her first carrer goal while Kelsey Beggs claimed IWU’s first yellow of the year in the 83rd minute.

IWU returns home Saturday hosting Roosevelt (Illi.) at 1 p.m.

(WABASH ATHLETICS)

Wabash College Director of Athletics and Campus Wellness Matt Tanney has been selected to serve on the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA)  board of directors beginning with the 2022-23 academic year.

Tanney is one of three at-large members voted to the board of directors by the NADIIIAA membership, joining Crystal Gibson, director of athletics and recreation at St. Mary’s College, and Dana Harmon, director of physical education, recreation, and athletics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Tanney previously served as a member of the NADIIIAA sponsorships committee prior to his selection to the board of directors.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Board,” Tanney said. “NADIIIAA is a diverse membership with many strengths. We’re committed to a holistic academic and athletic environment for Wabash students, and I look forward to broadening that conversation with colleagues from around the country to amplify the Division III experience.”

NADIIIAA is comprised of athletics administrators from over 350 institutions and conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level. The Association encourages the continued development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational principles and the Division III philosophy.

Tanney, a 2005 Wabash College graduate, returned to his alma mater as director of athletics and campus wellness in 2018 after a three-year stint as director of athletics at Western Illinois University. He oversaw the construction of the new Little Giant Stadium at Wabash that opened in 2021. Tanney also teaches sports law, including the Sports and the Law tutorial course at Wabash. He previously served in the athletics departments at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Dayton, and The Ohio State University.

(FRANKLIN MEN’S TENNIS)

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Long-time assistant coach Ryan Hammer ’15 has been named the new head coach of the Franklin men’s tennis program, with the announcement coming on Tuesday (Aug. 23) afternoon.

Hammer has assisted with both the men’s and women’s programs since 2015, following the completion of a successful playing career where he was a staple at the top of the Grizzly lineup.

“I would like to thank Coach Hendricks for this opportunity, I am incredibly grateful and honored to be the next men’s tennis coach at Franklin College,” Hammer said. “I would also like to thank Coach Hughes and Coach Moran for everything they have done to prepare me for this role. Lastly, I would like to thank my wife, Chelsea, for being supporting and understanding what this program has meant to me. I have been a part of the Griz tennis program for 11 years now and it has been instrumental in my growth as a person, an athlete and a coach.”

“Having been one of the best tennis players ever to come through Franklin College, Coach Hammer has remained closely connected to the men’s and women’s programs over the years,” Director of Athletics Andrew Hendricks added. “His commitment to his alma mater and passion for the game of tennis are ingredients for great success.  We have been blessed with the leadership and passion of Coach Hughes and Coach Moran in recent years and excited to see what Coach Hammer serves up this season. Ryan is genuinely one of the nicest people you will meet, and while he is a consummate professional, his competitiveness on the tennis court will take the energy of the team to another level.”

During his time as a player, Hammer was named First Team All-HCAC in all four years and helped guide Franklin to the conference tournament each season from 2011-15. Hammer racked up 25 singles wins and 33 doubles victories, helping Franklin finish at .500 or better in each of his seasons in the blue and gold.

Since wrapping up his playing career, he has stayed involved with both tennis programs at FC, assisting current women’s head coach Rusty Hughes and former men’s head coach Justin Moran ’11. He is excited to continue his work with the men’s team, which is coming off their first winning season since 2014-15.

“I look forward to continuing our tradition of coaching our young men to be great students, athletes, leaders and most importantly, human beings,” Hammer continued. The program has a very solid foundation and great support, so it is primed and ready to take the next steps both on and off the court.”

(FRANKLIN WOMEN’S TENNIS)

CARMEL, Ind. – In a vote conducted by the league’s coaches, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) announced the 2022 women’s tennis pre-season rankings on Tuesday (Aug. 23) morning.

The Grizzly women have been selected to finish sixth by the league’s coaches, picking up 15 points in the rankings. Transylvania University was chosen as the league’s pre-season favorite with 35 points and five first-place votes. Franklin finished 4-7 during the 2021-22 season, qualifying for the HCAC Tournament last fall where they

Three Grizzly veterans were among the league’s Players to Watch for the upcoming year. Senior Kinley Harmon is joined by juniors Claire Cherry and Maecee Terhune on the list, with each having seen significant time in the Franklin lineup over the last few seasons.

Franklin gets the 2022 fall season underway on Sept. 11, when they travel to Transylvania for the first league match of the season.

(ROSE-HULMAN WOMEN’S TENNIS)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has been picked to finish fourth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s tennis standings this fall, in the coaches preseason poll released by the league office on Tuesday.

Transylvania University was picked to repeat as conference champions with five first-place votes and 35 poll points.  Anderson was picked second at 26 points, followed by Hanover in third at 25 points.

Rose-Hulman came home fourth in the poll, followed by Earlham, Franklin and Manchester.

The Fightin’ Engineers reached the HCAC Tournament semifinals last season and picked up two wins over Franklin and one over Manchester during the 2021-22 campaign.

Rose-Hulman Players to Watch according to the preseason release are Ella Dorfmueller; Taylor Goldman; Ruby Kauffman; Julia McGuire; and Breanna Rogers.

Rose-Hulman opens the 2022-23 women’s tennis season at home against Earlham on Saturday Sept. 10.

(TRINE MEN’S SOCCER)

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. – The Trine University men’s soccer team was selected to finish fourth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) according to the 2022 preseason coaches poll.

Calvin University swept the top spot in the poll for the 16th straight season, with seven points and seven first-place votes. Kalamazoo College laid claim to the last remaining first-place vote and tallied 16 points. Slightly behind them were Hope College and Trine with 20 and 21 points, respectively.

The point totals are determined by votes cast by the association’s coaches, who cannot vote for their own team, with low point total receiving the top spot.

The Thunder and head coach David Jacobs are the defending MIAA Tournament champions after defeating Albion, Calvin and Kalamazoo on their way to a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. In 2022, they look to lay claim to their first MIAA regular season title as well.

Last season, Trine had a record of 12-8-1 overall and were 4-2-1 in league play. They were led on offense by Tyler Murphy with 17 goals, a value good for second in the MIAA. The junior Murphy enters the 2022 campaign just four goals away from tying Nooh Aljabaly for most career goals in the NCAA DIII era.

The Thunder also return five student-athletes that totaled three or more goals one season ago: Alhusain Yahya, Joey Donovan, Francesco Mazzei, Colin Nicoski and Alhasan Yahya. In all, 86 of their 102 points from 2021 are on the 2022 roster.

Defenders Ethan Pendry, Jared Cromwell and Will Burba each started 10 or more games last season and look to keep opponents off the scoreboard again in 2022.

Seniors Nicoski, Pendry, Cromwell, Kyle Russell and Luis Rodriguez will lead a group of nine juniors, five sophomores and fourteen freshmen on the pitch.

The home opener for Trine men’s soccer is on Saturday, September 3 and is a rematch of the 2021 NCAA Tournament match. Otterbein University travels to Angola to take on the Thunder at 1:30 pm.

(BETHEL MEN’S SOCCER)

Mishawaka, Ind. — The Crossroads League has announced the first Players of the Week for the 2022-23 season with Junior Luan Bressy of Men’s Soccer earning the honor.

Bressy scored two goals and one assist in the 6-1 victory over the Holy Cross Saints on Thursday.

The two goals were scored in the 53rd and the 66th minute to seal the victory over the Saints to make the Pilots 1-0 on the season going into their next game against the Southeastern Fire Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Bressy was tied for the second leading scorer on the team at six goals and shot 65% on goal in his sophomore season in 2021-22.

(HANOVER WOMEN’S TENNIS)

CARMEL, IND. – In a vote amongst league coaches, the Hanover College Panther women’s tennis team was picked third in the 2022 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference preseason poll.

The Panthers finished with 26 points and one first place vote, while Transylvania claimed the top spot with 35 points and five first place votes and Anderson second with 28 points.

The Blue and Red finished the 2021-22 campaign at 5-5 overall including a 3-2 mark in HCAC action. The Panthers saw their post season run come to a halt at the hands of the Anderson Ravens who defeated Hanover 5-4.

Hanover also landed three on the preseason athletes to watch list in graduate student Leila Leist-Alton (Corona, Calif.), junior Isabella Roberts (Brownsburg, Ind.), and junior Melinia Tippery (Loogootee, Ind.).

The Panthers are set to serve up the 2022 season on Saturday, Sept. 10 with HCAC foe Manchester.

(HUNTINGTON WOMEN’S SOCCER)

HOWELL, Mich. – The HU women’s soccer team came up short in its season opener Tuesday afternoon by way of a 2-1 loss to Cleary at Lake Trust Stadium.

After giving up two goals in the first half, the Foresters took control in the second frame with their pay-off coming in the 63rd minute on Paige Weiss’ header off a corner kick by Ellie Cirrincione. The Foresters generated a few more shot opportunities but couldn’t get anything to stick before time expired much to the chagrin of Coach David Lewis and his crew.

“We didn’t get the desired result today. It’s a young team and we played tentative soccer in the first half.

“We stepped things up in the second half and had our chances but fell short. Paige and Ellie combined a nice goal to get us close. It’s a great group to coach and we’ll work to get back on track for Saturday’s home opener.”

Huntington doubled up their hosts in shots taken, 14-7, and enjoyed six corner kicks to the Cougars’ four. Aerni Ireland took the loss in goal. The sophomore keeper finished with three saves during her 90 minutes in frame.

HU (0-1) hosts IU Northwest on Saturday at noon.

(HUNTINGTON VOLLEYBALL)

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – In their own tri-match on Tuesday, the Huntington volleyball team dropped a pair of five-set heartbreakers to Concordia (25-17, 26-24, 20-25, 17-25, 16-14) and Trinity International (17-25, 25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 17-15) with the decisive set of each match only a two-point difference.

It was HU’s first home games of the season and while the outcomes weren’t as Herber and crew had hoped, there were plenty of positives on the day.

“Losing in a fifth set by two points is the hardest way to lose,” said Coach Kelsey Herber. “The last thing I want for my team is to walk away from today feeling defeated because failure is not final.

“Rather, I believe if we look at the big picture, what we experienced today can catapult us forward, transforming us into the team that I am confident we will be. We played some great volleyball today, and I am proud of my team for their competitive spirit.”

After a slow start against CU that saw the Foresters lose the first set and fall behind 8-1 early in the second, the hosts dialed up the intensity to get back in it. Despite being denied a heroic come-from-behind second set win, HU’s grit and persistence paid off as they would go on to win the next two to force the rubber match.

When all was said and done, nearly every stat favored Huntington, but the Cardinals still found a way to eke out the win (25-17, 26-24, 20-25, 17-25, 16-14).

Freshman Haley Kruse paced her team with a match-tying 14 kills. Senior Tya Bynum was a force on both sides of the net by notching nine kills and four blocks, three of which were of the solo variety. Sophomore Kortney Grimm added eight kills while rookie Leah Carter put down seven.

Junior Morgan Robrock and Kendyll Gebert handed out 28 and 17 assists respectively. Freshman Layla Meyer spearheaded the defense with 21 digs while freshman Olivia Krahn collected 12 and Robrock finished with ten.

It was a fast start for Huntington a few hours later against Trinity International as they enjoyed a seven-point set one win before dropping the next two. A resilient Forester crew bounced back with a nine-point set four victory before the battle for the overall win ensued.

Kruse again led the Foresters offensively by racking up 15 kills. Grimm and Bynum also logged double-digit kills with 14 and 11 respectively. Robrock directed traffic most of the afternoon by dishing out 38 assists while Meyer covered the backline by tracking down 27 digs.

Overall, Herber was encouraged by the play of her squad. “We will become more consistent as we continue to build connections on the floor as a young team. I have been impressed by our freshmen who have embraced important roles on the floor so early in their career!”

Next up for the Foresters (1-5) is a trip to IU Northwest on August 30.

(HUNTINGTON BASEBALL)

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Huntington University athletic director Lori Culler has announced the hiring of Thad Frame as the new head coach of the Forester baseball program. Frame is the 12th head baseball coach and succeeds his father Coach Mike Frame.

“First off, I’d like to thank President Emberton, Dr. Russ Degitz and Lori Culler for entrusting me with the baseball program,” said Coach Thad Frame. “With their help we have made some major increases to help us compete at the national level and stay there.

“Obviously it is a tremendous honor to take over the program that my father has built over the past 38 years. I will work tirelessly to hold onto the reputation that he has created for the program and take it to the next level. I tell people all the time, I was born and raised a Forester. This University and the baseball program have helped shaped me into the man I am today, so it is an honor to lead this program.”

Frame is approaching nearly two decades of connection with HU having spent four years as the Foresters’ starting shortstop followed by 13 years as the program’s top assistant which includes serving as the associate head coach most recently.

“Coach Thad Frame is one of the best leaders that I have ever been around,” said HU baseball senior Jarret Gray. “He is somebody who leads by example and pushes me and the team to be better on and off the field even when we don’t want to be pushed.

“I have learned many things from him that I apply to all aspects of my life.”

In addition to his experience at Huntington, Frame was an assistant at Miami University and for Carolina Chaos in the Southern League, a Minor League Baseball league. He also claims three years of experience working with hitters for two different teams in the highly competitive Northwood Summer Collegiate League.

“We are thrilled to have Thad follow in his father’s footsteps by taking the reins of our baseball program,” said Culler. “He has played a major role in the success of the program from his playing days as a Forester to the last 13 years as an assistant coach.

“He has been well-trained and is prepared to take this next step in his career. We’re excited and anxious to see where his leadership will take the program.”

During his playing days at Huntington, Frame earned two All-Conference badges and was named a preseason NAIA All-American in 2007. Frame graduated from HU in 2009 with a BS in Sport Management.

(IU SOUTHEAST BASEBALL)

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Kyle Hawkins rejoins the IU Southeast Athletic Department as Athletics Operations Coordinator and Assistant Baseball Coach.

Hawkins was the athletics operations assistant from December 2021-June 2022.

This summer, he joined IUPUC as their Sports Information Director/Compliance Officer. He handled NAIA Eligibility and was an academic liaison for the student-athletes on top of building processes for the school and athletic department as IUPUC begins intercollegiate athletics for the first time this fall.

“It is great to welcome Kyle back to the IU Southeast athletic department,” Interim Director of Athletics Amanda Dailey-Weaver said. “Kyle’s passion for IU Southeast, work ethic and knowledge of the department make him a great asset for us. We are thrilled to have him back on campus.”

Kyle played baseball at IU Southeast, where he was a first team all-conference selection, NAIA Scholar Athlete and was a River States Conference Scholar-Athlete. In his time at IU Southeast, he also worked with the administrative staff assisting with game operations and learning the innerworkings of the department, with a focus on eligibility. He graduated with a degree in Business with distinction in 2019.

(IU KOKOMO WOMEN’S SOCCER)

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s soccer team will hit the road for a matchup with Holy Cross College on Wednesday before returning home to host IU South Bend Saturday afternoon. The Cougars are 0-0-1 after a 1-1 draw against Michigan-Dearborn in Saturday’s season-opening matchup.

Week of August 22

Wednesday, August 24 • Notre Dame, Indiana • Saints Field

IU Kokomo at Holy Cross College • 5:30 P.M.

Watch Live

Saturday, August 27 • Kokomo, Indiana • Kokomo Municipal Stadium

IU South Bend at IU Kokomo • 1:00 P.M.

Watch Live • Live Stats

The Cougars will look to build upon their season opening performance that saw Keely Hoopingarner score the Cougars lone goal in the draw against Michigan-Dearborn. Head coach Sohaila Akhavein’s squad controlled play for a majority of the match but the Wolverines found the back of the net early in the second half to even the score.

Holy Cross comes into this week’s matchup with the Cougars with a record of 0-0-1 after a season opening 3-3 draw against Bethel University. Two of Holy Cross’s three goals came from the foot of Nicole Cook. The Saints defeated the Cougars 2-0 last season.

The Titans of IU South Bend will open their season on Saturday as they pay a visit to Kokomo Municipal Stadium to take on the Cougars. The Titans turned in a record of 1-15 last season.

(PURDUE NORTHWEST VOLLEYBALL)

The GLIAC pre-season polls were released and the PNW women’s volleyball team was projected to finish in 10th place. Despite the ranking, there is growing optimism in the Pride gym as new coaches Sean and Mallory Douglas have brought in 13 new faces to go along with 7 returners to revitalize the program. Aly Dees and Claudia Ayerite (Fresno, Texas/Fort Bend Hightower (Fort Scott CC)) come from strong junior college programs to add more experience to join 5th year senior Bryanna Moonen (Franklin, Wis./Franklin HS) and last years starting middle blocker moved to opposite hitter Lauren Sanders (Indianapolis, Ind./Avon HS). The Pride also returns All-GLIAC Honorable Mention middle blocker Erica Brohm (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley HS) and last years starting setter Olivia Brooke (Logansport, Ind./Pioneer HS) who started as a freshman in every match last year. Junior Summer Clark (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian HS) has had a really strong offseason and looks to improve even more this fall.

Along with the junior college transfers, the ten new freshmen bring a lot of talent and will be the cornerstone of this program for years to come. The recruiting pool was found nationally with four student athletes from the West Coast, two from Iowa and the rest from Illinois and locally in Indiana. “What I’m most impressed with from our freshman class is their ability to learn new things, stay focused during practice, but then immediately apply what they’re learning into game like situations.” said coach Sean Douglas. “As we build a new chapter for Purdue Northwest volleyball, this freshman class will bring some names talked about for years to come with their talent and competitiveness.” 

Player Highlights: 

Erica Brohm (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley HS) started all 25 matches a year ago, finishing second on the team with 186 points and 157 kills. Olivia Brooke (Logansport, Ind./Pioneer HS), who was also in the starting line-up for every match in 2021, led the Pride with 602 assists.

(PURDUE NORTHWEST MEN’S SOCCER)

Opponent:  Purdue University Northwest men’s soccer will start the season at Lewis University on Thursday, August 25th at 5:00 pm.

Coach Hayes Quote: “With the exception of the COVID interrupted season, this is the 5th season in a row that we have opened our non-conference slate against the Lewis University Flyers. Coach Fiffles has been at Lewis for more than 30 seasons and we always expect a tough opponent. The Flyers are coming off a season where they qualified for the NCAA tournament and we are excited for the challenge to kick off the season.”

Pride Player Highlights: The Pride are excited to have six All GLIAC award recipients returning for the 2022-23 season. Harrison Hooper (Noosa, Queensland, Australia/Saint Andrew’s Anglican College), Martin Murillo (Addison, Ill./Addison Trail), Lucas Bravo, Ryan Moran (Attadale, Australia), Christian Booth (Mississauga, Ontario) and Sebastian Contreras (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield Central) were all honored with post season awards last year.  Will Maurice (Minooka, Ill.) will be playing against his former school, Lewis University. Will transferred to the PNW Pride at the start of this season.

Next Game:  The Pride return home on Sunday, August 28th to take on Northwood University at 4:00 pm.

(INDIANA TECH WOMEN’S SOCCER)

WINONA LAKE, Ind. — The Indiana Tech women’s soccer team opened the Andrea Gorton era with a narrow 2-0 loss at No. 24 Grace College. The hosts nabbed a goal in each half, the first coming in the 13th minute on an unassisted strike from JJ Albue. GC closed out the result in the 86th, with Danae Moriarity setting up Janni Bettin for the game’s final tally.

The Warriors (0-1) registered two shots on the night, one each from Danielle Dunn and Jordan Brown-Mundey. Michaela Bitle went the distance in goal, stopping nine of Grace’s 11 shots on goal.

Tech will enjoy a nine-day layoff before traveling to University Park, Ill., for a match with Governor’s State on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The Warriors won the only previous meeting in the series, a 3-0 shutout on August 23, 2019.

(GRACE COLLEGE WOMEN’S GOLF)

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College’s women’s golf team brings back a wealth of experience as it prepares to tee off the 2022-23 season.

“I’m always excited for the beginning of the year, but this year especially so,” said Grace head coach Denny Duncan. “Last year was a difficult one because of injuries, so staying healthy and playing to our potential is foremost on our mind as we begin the new season. We have a veteran roster filled with excellent players and amazing people, and they are a blessing to be around.”

The Lady Lancers return nine golfers from last year’s squad, which finished as runner-up in the 2021 NCCAA national tournament.

Of Grace’s returners, four of them saw significant playing time in the Lady Lancers’ top five. “Returning four starters is exciting in and of itself,” added Duncan. “To return four players who have all won tournaments is especially exciting.”

Headlining the returning class is Carolyn Pacocha and Lucy Young, who have been steady stalwarts since their freshman seasons. The duo have helped propel Grace to three consecutive podium finishes at the NCCAA national tournament, including the team’s first national title in 2019.

“Carolyn is our most consistent player and acts like assistant coach, and Lucy has been our number one player since her first year.” Duncan commented on the two seniors.

After transferring to Grace last season, Summer Stillson had a breakout year for the Lady Lancers. She won three tournaments in her first year with Grace. “Stillson was one of our best players last spring. She’s had a terrific summer, and we are looking forward to tremendous things from her this fall.”

The final of the returning four starters is Grace May. May will be back for her second season of collegiate action after a stellar first year. “May is a natural leader and has the potential to become one of the premier players in our conference,” said Duncan.

One of the special focuses for Duncan this fall will be seeing who helps fill the void left by the two graduating seniors from last year’s class.

“We need someone to step into the fifth spot and make an impact,” Duncan noted. “Our veteran players will need to take advantage of this opportunity and consistently play to their potential.”

Sydney Cesare, Abby Slabaugh, Abigail Fishel, Brittney Klotz and Hannah Godfrey all have experience playing in high pressure situations and will rely on their experience to help push for the No. 5 spot.

Brette Hanavan is a new face to the Lady Lancers this season, and Duncan sees her potentially pushing for a starting spot. Grace also brings in Raigan King as a part of the 2022 recruiting class.

“Our goals for the season will focus on improvement and consistency. The NCCAA tournament is always a special focus for us as well as the Crossroads League Championship. Playing in the NAIA national championship remains our ultimate challenge,” said Duncan.

The Lady Lancers will tee off their season on Friday at Trine. 

(GRACE VOLLEYBALL)

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Morgan Syoen picked up Grace’s first player of the week award of the season.

Syoen was named the Crossroads League Setter of the Week for Grace’s volleyball team.

She helped the Lady Lancers to a 3-1 showing over the opening weekend in Fort Wayne, dishing out over 35 assists in each of Grace’s three victories.

She collected a pair of double-doubles, including 46 assists and 14 digs against Siena Heights and 36 assists and 11 digs against Oakland City.

The Lady Lancers are back in tournament play this weekend, playing at Lourdes (Ohio) on Friday and Saturday.

(GRACE WOMEN’S SOCCER)

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s soccer team began the 2022 campaign by collecting their first win of the year.

The NAIA No. 24-ranked Lady Lancers took down Indiana Tech 2-0 in a complete performance in front of a packed stadium at 1st Source Bank Field.

Grace possessed the ball calmly and confidently in the opening minutes, setting the tone for the rest of the match. The hosts created a few chances and two corner kicks in the early going.

JJ Aalbue opened the season’s scoring a little over 10 minutes into the match. The senior roamed down the left side of the field, cut across a defender and lashed a hard shot that Tech’s goalkeeper could not handle.

The Lady Lancers continued to threaten Tech’s side of the field, peppering the goal with 17 shot attempts.

Aalbue had a few more chances in the half, including a low slice that hit the goalpost. Madison Tuma, Danae Moriarty and Lea Moessinger also had multiple tries at the Warriors’ goal in the half.

Grace had a 17-1 advantage in shot attempts, and the Lady Lancers led 1-0 at halftime.

The story was much the same to begin the second half. Grace kept the ball for the majority of the time and had a myriad of goal-scoring chances.

The Lady Lancers did not struggle to create offensive moments in the second half; Grace had 10 shots after halftime to go along with five corner kicks.

Shannon Farnsworth had a shot that hit the goalpost with 16 minutes remaining in the match, and she also had a pass that nearly set up another goal to Moriarty.

The final goal came in the final minutes of the match. Grace built up its possession through the middle of the field.

Aalbue advanced the ball with a pass to Moessinger, who quickly redirected a ball wide to Moriarty. Moriarty’s cross into the penalty box came to Janni Bettin, and Bettin beat the goalkeeper with her shot into the net in the 85th minute.

The Warriors were limited to one shot in each half, and the visitors did not have a corner kick.

Libby Stratton picked up the shutout in goal with one save in 90 minutes. She was protected well by the backline of Amber Meade, Lucy Schmitt, Luna Gianotti, Kimberly Aalbue and Erin Crew.

The Lady Lancers remain home on Saturday, hosting Ohio Christian at 7 p.m. at 1st Source Bank Field.

(GOSHEN WOMEN’S SOCCER)

JOLIET, Ill. – Each team had 15 shots and the game was tied for all but six minutes and three seconds. But the St. Francis Saints (Ill.) scored in the final two minutes to beat the Goshen women’s soccer team 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Goshen was the first to connect when a throw-in from Izabel Love bounced between two defenders and in front of Anita Tavares. Tavares struck the ball to the top of the net  and the Leafs had a 1-0 lead.

But less than five minutes later, Allison Schaar put the Saints on the scoreboard from a corner kick by Andrea Aguirre that first reached Ixchel Pelayo.

Rhiannon Holmes provided much of the offensive attack for Goshen. The transfer had five shots with two on goal. Madalyne Swallow and Brynja Hjartardottir also had multiple shot attempts.

The Saints scored the game-winner with just 1:48 to go when Mia Ocana crossed the ball from the right corner and Aguirre’s header made the score 2-1. Shortly after, the Saints left with a win in their first game of the season.

Goshen had a slight advantage in the shots on goal category with a 7-6 edge. Krystal Rodriguez had six saves for St. Francis.

Now with two regular season games under their belt, the Maple Leafs will take on Trine in an exhibition game on Saturday, August 27, at 5:00 pm. That game will be at the GC Soccer Complex and will not be live streamed.

(HOLY CROSS WOMEN’S SOCCER)

Notre Dame, Ind. The Holy Cross College women’s soccer team kicked off their Fall season with a non-conference matchup at home vs cross-town rival Bethel University. Bethel managed to score two goals, off penalty kick, in the first half to take the 2-0 lead after the first 45 minutes of action. The Pilots would score another goal early in the second half, but Holy Cross would respond with an offensive attack of their own. Nicole Cook got the Saints on the board with a goal scored in the 53rd minute. Shortly after that, Lauren Cernak cut the lead to 3-2 with a goal of her own. Cook would score her second goal in the 75th minute, and that would be the knotting goal as the game would finish in a 3-3 draw. With the tie, both teams begin the season with an 0-0-1.

Coach Omar Gallo’s thoughts on the match:

“This was one of those games that you need in your season. I’m extremely proud of the commitment level and the perseverance our ladies showed today. We had some key players out today and asked some girls to step up for us and they did. Going into half down 2-0 is never easy but we made a few adjustments and the game started to turn. We got unlucky being down 3-0 but that sparked a moment for the team. Coming back to finish with a tie speaks highly of our depth we have this year. In the end, our depth really paid off and the positive vibes from the bench sparked our energy. Olivia came off the bench and gave us that spark, while Nicole and Lauren stepped up and sealed the tie for us. Overall, it was a great team performance and something encouraging we can build off.”

MATCH DETAILS

Score: Holy Cross 3 Bethel 3

Records: Holy Cross (0-0-1) | BU (0-0-1)

Location: Saints Field | Holy Cross College | Notre Dame, Ind.

SCORING SUMMARY

30′ | Audrey Lerch (BU) on PK

44′ | Audrey Lerch (BU) on PK

48′ | Audrey Lerch (BU) assisted by Marah Franke

53′ | Nicole Cook (HC) assisted by Lauren Cernak

65′ | Lauren Cernak (HC) unassisted

75′ | Nicole Cook (HC) unassisted

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Taylor Primack got the start in goal and recorded five saves

Nicole Cook registered two goals in the match

Lauren Cernak recorded one goal and one assist

HC was outshot 12-10 in the tie

NEXT TIME OUT

The Saints will return to non-conference action on Wednesday, August 24 when they host Indiana University Kokomo. Kickoff set for 5:30pm EST.

(VINCENNES VOLLEYBALL)

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team continued their hot start to the 2022 season Tuesday night when the Blazers picked up the three-set sweep over Lincoln Trail College 25-22, 25-13, 25-17.

The match did not get off to the best of starts for Vincennes, dropping the first four points of the opening set and nine of the first 11 points to begin the match.

VU would rally back to even the score but did not see their first lead until 20-19.

Once the Blazers grabbed the lead, they closed out the match strong, taking the opening set 25-22 over the Lady Statesmen.

Set two again got off to a shaky start for the Trailblazers, with Lincoln Trail holding a narrow 8-7 lead before VU used a 7-0 scoring run to take control of the match.

Vincennes would use a 6-0 scoring run late in the set to take a commanding 22-12 lead, before closing out the second set 25-13 and taking the 2-0 match lead.

Lincoln Trail grabbed the early lead again in the third set, with Vincennes unable to get the lead back until a 3-0 run gave VU a 16-15 advantage.

After the Lady Statesmen took the lead back, Vincennes would finish off the match in style with a 9-0 scoring run to give the Blazers the 25-17 set three win and the 3-0 match sweep.

“We talked about at the beginning of the match that Lincoln Trail was setting the ball all the way to the antennas, so we knew we needed to block the line,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien said. “A lot of teams don’t do that; they usually give about two or more feet between the blockers and the antenna and that’s just too much space. Once we were able to get out blockers all the way out to the antennas, we were really able to control their hitters.”

“We didn’t really make an adjustment, because we normally like to take away the line first and then adjust to the cross,” Sien added. “It took us way too long to get that today but credit the team for making that adjustment and taking away their hitters from there. Our blocking not only changed the momentum of that first set, but really the entire match tonight.”

Sophomore Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) and freshmen Tuana Turhan (Ankara, Turkey) and Kennedy Sowell (Effingham, Ill.) each finished the match with over six blocks, with Banasiak leading the pack with seven.

Turhan finished with six kills and an ace, with Banasiak adding four kills to her line as well.

VU was led offensively by freshman Paige Parlanti (Las Vegas, Nev.) who picked up her first collegiate double-double, ending with a team-high 10 kills and 16 digs on the night. Parlanti also had a team-high three aces and a block assist to go along with an impressive .348 hitting percentage.

Freshmen Audrey Buis (Franklin, Ind.) and Alexis Chrappa (Effingham, Ill.) added some help at the net with Buis coming away with five kills, three block assists and a pair of digs and Chrappa ending with three kills, one block assist and four digs on the night.

Sophomore setters Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) ran the Trailblazer offense well all night, with Graber finishing the night with 11 set assists, five kills and three digs and Mulligan ending with 10 set assists, one dig and one ace.

Freshman libero Morgan Netcott (Montague, Mich.) patrolled the back row defensively on her way to a team-high 16 digs on the night and one set assist, along with sophomore Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) who ended her night with nine digs and an ace.

Sophomore Kaley Roush (Shoals, Ind.) entered the game in the second set and really provided a spark, for the Trailblazers, ending her night with one kill, one block assist and one dig, all coming a big moments in the match.

“I thought our blockers did a really good job, I thought Audrey did a nice job on the ride side as well,” Sien said. “She may not have had the numbers, but she really affected their shots. We didn’t have the big scoring runs like we did Sunday, but we had some. I thought we made some errors, but I thought we were serving tougher. I think we were able to serve in tough, crucial situations against what is probably the best out of the three teams that we’ve faced so far this season.”

“Paige, so far, is as advertised,” Sien added. “We knew we really needed to go after her recruiting this summer because we can never have too many hitters, especially of that caliber. With her experience level playing club in Los Angeles, any player who plays there is going to be a top-level player. She is a type of player that should be averaging a double-double, because we just leave her in there to hit and block on the front row and serve receive and play defense on the back row.”

“The nice thing about Paige is that she reached out to us because VU has her Fire Science major,” Sien said. “But after watching about two minutes of her film, I knew we needed to do everything we could to get her. She was an All-State player and probably one of the top players coming out of Nevada last year.”

The Trailblazers will hit the road for the first time during the 2022 season, heading to Ullin, Illinois Thursday, Aug. 25 for a Region 24 matchup against Shawnee Community College.

This game has been moved to Century High School in Ullin and the match is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. eastern.

Vincennes will return home to close out their opening week when VU hosts Region 24 opponent Lake Land College and Bethel University JV for a weekend tri-match Saturday, Aug. 27. VU will take on Lake Land at 10 a.m. eastern and Bethel JV at 2 p.m. eastern.

“Shawnee playing in a high school gym is not a home court advantage for them,” Sien said. “We want to come in Thursday and make it a home court advantage for us. I expect a tougher game than Sunday. From what I’ve seen so far, this is probably one of their better teams since they restarted their volleyball program.”

“Plus, this is a really long trip for us Thursday,” Sien added. “We really need to be on task because if we are not, it could be a really late night for us. We did a really nice job Sunday against Shawnee of not allowing them to get on scoring runs. The opportunities were there, but we shut them down before they did. There is a little bit more maturity with this group than you might think, having so much youth on the floor.”

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7648.61345 – 2031 – 2835 – 2322 – 712 – 104 – 6W 3
Tampa Bay6755.549840 – 2327 – 3229 – 2314 – 1514 – 98 – 2W 4
Toronto6655.5458.536 – 2530 – 3025 – 2419 – 1515 – 116 – 4W 1
Baltimore6458.5251136 – 2328 – 3527 – 2912 – 1315 – 85 – 5W 2
Boston6063.48815.529 – 3131 – 3216 – 3315 – 1221 – 85 – 5L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6556.53732 – 2533 – 3112 – 1431 – 2411 – 106 – 4W 1
Minnesota6259.512335 – 2827 – 3115 – 1230 – 2012 – 154 – 6L 4
Chi White Sox6261.504430 – 3132 – 3014 – 1627 – 2713 – 145 – 5L 2
Kansas City5075.4001730 – 3520 – 4012 – 2023 – 2610 – 183 – 7L 1
Detroit4777.37919.528 – 3519 – 429 – 2022 – 366 – 124 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7945.63740 – 1839 – 279 – 1021 – 840 – 216 – 4W 2
Seattle6756.54511.532 – 2635 – 3016 – 177 – 635 – 286 – 4W 1
Texas5667.45522.527 – 3429 – 335 – 1416 – 1126 – 346 – 4L 1
LA Angels5271.42326.526 – 3626 – 356 – 2014 – 925 – 293 – 7L 4
Oakland4579.3633419 – 4126 – 3810 – 1611 – 1822 – 364 – 6L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets7946.63240 – 1939 – 2743 – 1915 – 514 – 124 – 6L 2
Atlanta7748.616242 – 2435 – 2432 – 2219 – 1016 – 118 – 2W 2
Philadelphia6855.5531035 – 2933 – 2629 – 2716 – 916 – 115 – 5W 2
Miami5469.4392425 – 3329 – 3625 – 2811 – 1511 – 184 – 6W 2
Washington4183.33137.519 – 4422 – 399 – 4212 – 1415 – 184 – 6L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7152.57740 – 2131 – 3112 – 1532 – 1817 – 99 – 1W 1
Milwaukee6557.5335.531 – 2434 – 3311 – 1331 – 2810 – 124 – 6L 1
Chi Cubs5370.4311827 – 3726 – 3313 – 927 – 288 – 216 – 4L 1
Cincinnati4873.3972226 – 3622 – 3710 – 1919 – 268 – 214 – 6L 2
Pittsburgh4776.3822426 – 3521 – 417 – 1722 – 3114 – 172 – 8L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8537.69744 – 1641 – 2115 – 1120 – 935 – 126 – 4W 1
San Diego6857.54418.535 – 2733 – 3019 – 1519 – 1026 – 254 – 6L 1
San Francisco6161.5002434 – 2927 – 3214 – 1317 – 1120 – 316 – 4W 2
Arizona5666.4592932 – 3224 – 3414 – 1413 – 1521 – 315 – 5W 1
Colorado5470.4353236 – 3118 – 398 – 1911 – 1227 – 304 – 6W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1905       At Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, Ed Reulbach goes the distance when the Cubs defeat the Phillies in 20 innings, 2-1. The 22-year-old right-handed rookie will finish the season with an 18-14 record (.563) and an ERA of 1.42.

1910       Billy Sullivan snags three baseballs dropped by batterymate Ed Walsh from atop the 555-foot Washington Monument. The White Sox catcher, feeling the 200-to-300 pounds of force the objects gain in their vertical descent, nixes the idea of trying to catch a ball tossed from a plane.

1919       In his first start as a member of the Indians since being traded from the Red Sox, right-hander Ray Caldwell is knocked unconscious after being struck by lightning with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. The 31-year-old free-wheeling spitballer, out for about five minutes, refuses to leave the game, needing just one more out for the complete-game victory records the final out for the 2-1 win over Philadelphia at Cleveland’s League Park.

1928       The A’s close within three games to the Yankees when Rube Walberg blanks the Indians, 1-0, completing a four-game sweep of their opponents at Shibe Park. Philadelphia’s 32-year-old southpaw tallies the contest’s only run, scoring on Mickey Cochrane’s third-inning single.

1940       In Detroit’s 12-1 blowout of the team, Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams pitches the last two innings of the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. The ‘Splendid Splinter,’ who strikes out Rudy York on three pitches, allows only one run on three hits.

1941       During a doubleheader against the Cardinals, a ragtag group of five musicians, dubbed the Dodger SymPhony by announcer Red Barber, makes their Ebbets Field debut. None of the members can read music, but the band performs their zany antics at evening and weekend games.

1945       After signing a contract with the Indians yesterday for approximately $40,000, WW II veteran Bob Feller throws a 4-2 complete-game victory over the Tigers in his first appearance since serving 44 months in the Navy. ‘Rapid Robert,’ wearing his familiar uniform number 19, not worn by another Tribe player in his nearly four-year absence, faces 37 batters, striking out 12 while giving up four hits in the two-hour-and-17 minute Cleveland Stadium contest.

1951       A thousand fans, sitting behind the Browns dugout, using yes and no signs, vote on decisions made by the coaching staff. Owner Bill Veeck’s idea appears to work as St. Louis beats the A’s, 5-3. Ned Garver picks up the win.

1951       After being demoted to the minor leagues six weeks ago, Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup, going 1-for-4 with a first-inning single off Early Wynn in the team’s 2-0 victory in Cleveland. The game marks the first time the future Hall of Famer wears the iconic #7 after the team gives his original #6 to infielder Bobby Brown, who had worn the numeral in previous seasons.

1955       A telegram sent to Brooklyn president Walter O’Malley by the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce offers the team “thirty acres or more of dry flat land in open country in the heart of Long Island’s densest Dodger fan concentration.” The village’s attempt to attract the fleeing franchise to the south shore of Suffolk County will not materialize, with the club, after exploring many different venues as an alternative to Ebbets Field, will leave the East Coast in 1958 to play in Los Angeles.

1956       Johnny Kucks needs only 73 pitches to blank the Pale Hose, 2-0, on four hits in a two-hour contest played at Yankee Stadium. The 24-year-old All-Star right-hander, who improves his record to 17-7, has become the team’s #2 starter, behind Whitey Ford, for the eventual world champs.

1957       In a 13-3 loss to Milwaukee at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers use eight pitchers in one game, tying a major league record. Johnny Podres gives up three home runs in the fourth frame when Nippy Jones, Hank Aaron, and Andy Pafko go deep off the Brooklyn starter.

1960       During a dull game, Vin Scully, the play-by-play voice of the Dodgers, knowing that many fans in the stands follow the game on transistor radios, asks his listeners to help him surprise third base umpire Frank Secory. His ballpark audience responds when the veteran broadcaster tells them, “Let’s have some fun. As soon as the inning is over, I’ll count to three, and on three, everybody yell, ‘Happy birthday, Frank!'”.

1963       ABC’s Wide World of Sports airs the first telecast of the Little League World Series. The network provides ‘the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat’ when Grenada Hills (CA) beats Stratford (CT) in the championship game, 2-1.

1969       The Pilots trade Jim Bouton to the Astros for Roric Harrison and Dooley Womack. The reinvented knuckleball pitcher, who posted a 2-1 record along with an ERA of 3.91 in his 57 games with the Northwest expansion team, will continue to chronicle the 1969 season for his controversial book, Ball Four.

1971       At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks hits the final home run of his career in the Cubs’ 5-4 loss to Cincinnati. Mr. Cub’s 512th round-tripper, tying him for seventh place on the all-time list with Eddie Mathews, comes in the fourth frame off right-hander Jim McGlothlin, a two-out solo shot to left field that ties the score at 3-3.

1973       Sitting in the top row of the bleachers at Cleveland Stadium, John Adams begins a tradition that continues to this day when he bangs on his drum to cheer on the Tribe. In 2011, the team paid tribute to the fan-favorite in a pregame ceremony commemorating his 3000th game, including Adams taking a ceremonial swing with his drum at a pitch thrown by Joe Charboneau.

1974       Davey Lopes steals fives bases, tying a National League record established in 1904 by Giants first baseman Dan McGann. The Dodger second baseman’s quintet of stolen bags adds to the team’s franchise mark of eight stolen bases in their 3-0 victory over the Redbirds at Chavez Ravine.

1975       Ed Halicki, in the second game of a doubleheader sweep, no-hits the Mets, 6-0. The Candlestick Park masterpiece includes ten strikeouts by the Giants right-hander, who will never have a winning season in San Francisco and will post a 55-66 record during his seven-year career.

1975       Dave Lopes steals his major league record 38th consecutive base, but the streak will be stopped by Montreal backstop Gary Carter when he attempts to swipe another bag in the Dodger Stadium contest. The second baseman streak ends in the 12th inning of the team’s 5-3 loss in fourteen frames.

1976       At Tiger Stadium, Bill Freehan hits his 200th and final home run in a 12-7 loss to the White Sox. The Detroit catcher will finish his career with 100 homers hit at home, with the other 100 dingers hit on the road.

1979       The Phillies retire the uniform No. 1 in honor of Hall of Fame outfielder Richie Ashburn, considered one of the best leadoff hitters and defensive players in the game during his 12 years with the Phillies. After brief stints with the Cubs and the expansion Mets, ‘Whitey’ returned to Philadelphia, becoming a beloved broadcaster for the team until he died in 1997.

1980       Gene Mauch resigns as the Twins manager, leaving a team with a 54-71 record and 26 games out of first place. The ‘Little General’ will be replaced by third base coach John Goryl, given a one-year contract after he guides the club to 23 victories, including a 12-game winning streak, in the final 36 games of the season.

1982       John Wathan breaks Ray Schalk’s 1916 record for stolen bases in a season by a catcher with his 31st stolen bag. The Royals backstop accomplishes the feat when he swipes third base in the seventh inning of Kansas City’s 5-3 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium.

1983       Orioles’ southpaw Tippy Martinez picks off three runners in the tenth inning when the Blue Jays baserunners take long leads, trying to take advantage of his new batterymate, Len Sakata, an infielder pressed into service behind the plate. The converted catcher gets revenge when his three-run homer in the bottom of the frame wins the game, 7-4.

1985       Don Baylor ties an American League record after being hit by a pitch thrown by Mariner southpaw Mark Langston in the first inning of the Yankees’ 4-3 victory at the Kingdome. The New York DH gets plunked for the 189th time in his career, tying him with Minnie Minoso, who established the mark in 1963 with the White Sox.

1989       “In the absence of a hearing and therefore in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I am confronted by the factual record of the Dowd report, and on the basis of that, yes, I have concluded that he bet on baseball.” – A. BARTLETT GIAMATTI, commissioner commenting on Pete Rose’s lifetime banishment. “Regardless of what the commissioner said today, I did not bet on baseball.” – PETE ROSE, defending himself at Riverfront Stadium news conference. Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, stating he believed that Pete Rose had bet on games, including those of the team he managed, announces an agreement that bans Mr. Rose permanently from baseball. The five-page agreement, signed by the commissioner and the Reds manager, does not indicate the suspension is specifically for betting on baseball games and does not include language that Rose wagered bets on specific contests.

1993       Kevin Reimer, joining Johnny Briggs, who accomplished the feat twenty years ago, becomes the second Brewer to go 6-for-6 in a game, collecting two doubles and four singles. After singling in the final frame, the Milwaukee DH/right fielder scores the winning run in the team’s 7-6 walk-off victory over the A’s in 13 innings at County Stadium when Dave Nilsson ends the contest with a two-out hit to left field.

1999       Ken Griffey Jr. joins Babe Ruth, Ralph Kiner, Duke Snider, Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, and Mark McGwire as the only players to hit 40 homers in four consecutive seasons. The Mariner outfielder goes deep in the team’s 5-0 victory over the Tigers at Safeco Field.

2000       In his fifth rehabilitation start in the minors, Devil Rays’ 26-year-old pitcher Tony Saunders’ left arm breaks again while uncorking a wild pitch. The Devil Ray southpaw first broke his left humerus on May 26th, 1999, on a 3-2 count in a game against the Rangers at Tropicana Field.

2001       The wives of the three ironworkers who died in 1999 when a crane collapsed during the construction of Miller Park unveil Teamwork, a three-figured, 12-foot high bronze statue honoring their husbands, Jeffery Wischer, William De Grave, and Jerome Starr. The $250,000 sculpture, depicting a trio of construction workers wearing hardhats and carrying the tools of their trade, was commissioned by Milwaukee’s Habush, Habush, and Rottier Charitable Foundation.

2004       Bud Selig, citing how disruptive a delay in the schedule would be on pennant races, says it is unlikely that major league players will ever be able to participate in the Olympics. The baseball commissioner hopes a World Cup, which begins in 2006, will be a substitute for the Summer Games.

2005       After fouling off three Jose Valverde full-count fastballs, Mike Jacobs goes deep at BOB to become the only player to hit four home runs during the first four games of a major league career. The Mets rookie, who hits two round-trippers in the 18-4 rout of the Diamondbacks, has homered four times, including his first big-league at-bat, in his first 13 plate appearances.

2006       Sean Casey probably becomes the first player in baseball history to ground out to left field. The unique 5-7-3 play is the result of the batter starting to head back to the dugout, thinking his liner is caught on the fly, when the ball glanced off White Sox third baseman Joe Crede’s glove, reaching left fielder Pablo Ozuna, whose throw to first base barely beats the runner to the bag.

2007       A day after protests concerning the sale of gang-related items occur in East Harlem, MLB’s official cap manufacturer, New Era, announces the removal of the offending headwear, which bears the colors and symbols of the Bloods, the Crips, and the Latin Kings. Unknown to the Yankees, white team caps, wrapped with red and blue bandannas, appeared to represent the Bloods and Crips, with a black hat bearing the iconic interlocking NY, embroidered with a crown symbolic of the Latin Kings, also being available.

2007       After waiting four hours and one minute to start the contest because of rain, the Yankees and Tigers begin an 11-inning marathon, which takes four-hour and 24 minutes to complete. The last pitch, resulting in a three-run walk-off round-tripper by Detroit’s shortstop Carlos Guillen, is thrown at 3:30 am, sending the several thousands of fans at Comerica Park home listening to Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’ as they exit the ballpark.

2007       Padres starter Greg Maddux becomes the first pitcher to win ten games in twenty consecutive seasons when he tosses seven solid innings in the team’s 14-3 rout of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. The right-hander compiled a 339-196 record during the streak, with 196 victories earned while hurling for the Braves.

2008       Scoring at least one run in every inning, Hawaii wins the Little League World Series, beating Mexico, 12-3. To advance to the championship game, Waipahu scored six runs in the last frame (sixth) to overcome a four-run deficit to beat Lake Charles (LA) in the semi-finals, 7-5.

2008       Home plate umpire Brian Gorman tosses Denard Span for throwing his bat and helmet. The ejection comes after the contest ended, with the rookie’s called third strike being the final pitch of the Twins’ 5-3 loss to the Angels.

2009       Ryan Spilborghs becomes the first Rockie to hit a walk-off grand slam in team history, a 14th-inning opposite-field blast that beats the Giants at Coors Field, 6-4. The Colorado outfielder sprints around the bases, competing his “Spilly Slam” in a speedy 16.37 seconds.

2010       Former Brewer owner and baseball’s current commissioner, Bud Selig, is honored with a seven-foot bronze statue at Miller Park. Brian Maughan’s piece of art, which portrays Selig with his right arm extended with his hand holding a baseball, joins the sculptures of Robin Yount and Hank Aaron in front of the Milwaukee ballpark.

2013       For the first time, the All-Star Game starters face each other in the same regular season when Mets’ right-hander Matt Harvey and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are opposing pitchers in Detroit’s 3-0 victory at Citi Field, the site of this year’s Midsummer Classic. The historic matchup ends with the New York starter, who gives up 13 hits in 6.2 innings, going on the DL for season-ending surgery, and his opponent becoming just the third pitcher to start a season with a 19-1 record, joining Rube Marquard (1912 Giants) and Roger Clemens (2001 Yankees).

2013       After the teams combine for 137 at-bats, 35 hits, 32 strikeouts, and 28 walks, the Diamondbacks beat the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 12-7. The 18-inning contest takes seven hours and six minutes to complete, making it the longest game in history, in terms of time, for both franchises.

2014       Joc Pederson becomes the fourth player in the Pacific Coast League’s history to have a 30-30 season and the first to accomplish the feat in 80 years when he steals his 30th base for the Isotopes. The 22-year-old Albuquerque slugger, who has 32 home runs and a .432 slugging percentage in 116 games this season, will join the Dodgers when rosters expand next week.

2015       In a 15-7 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the Mets set franchise marks with eight home runs and 14 extra-base hits, including David Wright’s second-inning blast in his first plate appearance since April due to a bad back. Wilmer Flores (2), Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy, and Michael Cuddyer also contribute to the team’s new round-tripper record.

2016       David Ortiz becomes the oldest player to hit 30 home runs in a season when he blasts a first-inning two-run homer in the Red Sox’s eventual 4-3 loss to the Rays in 11 innings at Tropicana Field. The DH’s round-tripper off Matt Andriese accounts for his 100th RBI and marks the tenth time the 40-year-old has collected 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, setting a franchise record.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1965

After a short, one year absence, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned to the Fall Classic on the arm of ’63 Series winner Sandy Koufax. The postseason-proven lefty had just finished the regular season with a 26-8 record, a 2.04 ERA and a perfect game to boot (his fourth no-hitter in four seasons). Their American League rivals, the Minnesota Twins, were making their World Series debut and many felt that the National Leaguers would have their work cut out for them thanks to the hitting of Harmon Killebrew and Zoilo Versalles. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Game 1 fell on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur rendering Koufax ineligible for the opening start due to religious obligations. Don Drysdale was selected in his place and underestimated the inexperienced Twins. The Los Angeles ace only lasted for 2 2/3 innings at Metropolitan Stadium as he surrendered a base-empty homer off of Don Mincher in the second and a three run homer in Minnesota’s three run, third. Relief would not matter either as the devastating inning lasted so long, some players in the line-up batted twice. Frank Quilici for instance, rounded the bases after he singled and doubled before giving the Dodgers their next at-bat. Minnesota went on to win the 8-2 opening shocker behind Mudcat Grant.

A frustrated Koufax returned to the mound the next day determined to put his Dodgers back in stride. Jim Kaat drew the Twins start and matched the lefty sensation pitch-for-pitch through the fifth-inning. Then, after an early error by the Dodgers third baseman Jim Gilliam, Minnesota pulled ahead in the sixth on Tony Oliva’s run-scoring double and Killebrew’s RBI single. As a desperate measure, Koufax was pulled, but the Twins continued to rough up reliever Ron Perranoski for three runs in the next two innings for a 5-1 final. Not only had the “rookie” Twins beaten the “veteran” Dodgers in their first two outings, they had done so by beating their best two pitchers. Having shown that they could beat the best that Los Angeles had to offer, the American League champs took their two-games-to-none lead to Dodger Stadium. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t beat the Dodgers “third-best” as Claude Osteen (fifteen wins, 2.79 ERA) got payback with a five hit, 4-0 triumph. Johnny Roseboro backed the lefthander up with a two run single in the fourth off Twins starter Camilo Pascual, who had labored long and hard for his Washington Senators-turned-Minnesota Twins franchise since 1954.

Drysdale returned for redemption in Game 4 and found it after striking out eleven Twins on the way to a 7-2, Series tying victory. Ron Fairly who contributed three RBIs and Wes Parker and Lou Johnson (who both added home runs of their own) backed up the “rejuvenated-righty” at the plate. The next day, Koufax followed his counterpart’s lead and got his own payback after yielding only four hits (all singles) and striking out ten batters in Game 5. The rest of the Dodgers had stepped up as well with an eleven single, three double, four stolen base effort on the bases and a errorless, three double-play effort in the field. It all added up to a 7-0 victory, in which Maury Wills totaled four hits and Willie Davis snatched three bags. As the contest returned to Metropolitan Stadium, Manager Sam Mele sent twenty-one game winner Grant back to the mound after only two days of rest. The veteran pitcher seemed no worse for wear and maintained a 2-0 lead going into the fifth. Then he put all doubt aside with a three run blast of his own off of Howie Reed, who was working in relief of Osteen. The Twins held on for the 5-1, Game 6 triumph (that tied the Series up at three games apiece), but now were faced with the riddle of beating one of the Dodgers’ two pitching greats for a second time.

In a surprise move by manager Walter Alston, Koufax was selected for the final outing (over Drysdale) despite having only two days of rest. Once again Kaat, who had eighteen wins during the regular season, would be his opponent for the third time in the tournament. The Dodger ace showed no signs of fatigue as he tossed a three hit shutout and struck-out ten Twins. His rival did not fare as well and was removed in the fourth after giving up a leadoff home run to Lou Johnson, a double to Ron Fairly and a run-scoring single to Wes Parker. While Minnesota relievers Al Worthington, Johnny Klippstein, Jim Merritt and Jim Ferry shut down Los Angeles the rest of the way, the Twins could not break through and went down to a 2-0 defeat. Despite being outnumbered 5-1 on the mound, Sandy Koufax had done it again and his Dodgers found themselves baseball’s World Champions for the second time in three years.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1974

The ’74 game was a combination of the usual and the unusual in more ways than one. First, National League manager Yogi Berra stunned everyone by starting five pitchers who had absolutely no All-Star Game experience. They included Andy Messersmith, Ken Brett, Jon Matlack, Lynn McGlothen and Mike Marshall.

Berra also added two future All-Star perennials, Steve Garvey and Mike Schmidt to the mix. Garvey, who was not listed on the All-Star ballot, made the starting lineup by a write-in vote. He went two-for-four with a RBI, scored a run and was given the Most Valuable Player Award for his debut appearance.

Even with the lack of experience and controversial line-up, the National League had an easy time of it, beating the American League 7-2. When questioned about his unusual All-Star coaching that had resulted in the usual All-Star outcome, Yogi summed it up in his classic style: “How did we win? We had the better team.”

TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

August 24, 1912 – A ticker tape parade is held in New York City as Jim Thorpe and the rest of the U.S. Olympians return home from the games held in Stockholm.

August 24, 1979 – 60,916 NFL fans vote to choose the old New England Patriots logo over the new one.

August 24, 1992 – The Cleveland Browns suffer their most lopsided preseason loss ever when handed a 56-3 thumping by the Minnesota Vikings.

August 24, 2002 – Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas opens for the first time to fans in a preseason game where the Texans hosted the Dolphins.

August 24, 2006 – Jerry Rice signed a one day contract with his former team the San Francisco 49ers, so that he could officially retire from the NFL as a Niner.

August 24, 2019 – With just two weeks before the season was about to start, the Indianapolis Colts franchise received devastating news when their young star Quarterback Andrew Luck retired due to health reasons.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY FOR AUGUST 24

August 24, 1887 – Albert Benbrook was a guard from the University of Michigan who played with the Wolverines from 1908 through 1910. Benbrook was chosen by Walter Camp to be an All-American in both the 1909 and 1910 seasons. He was voted into the College Hall of Fame in the 1971 class.

August 24, 1893 – Paul Des Jardien played center for the University of Chicago and was selected as an All-American for the 1913 and 1914 seasons at the position. He entered the confines of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. After school he played for both the Cleveland Indians Baseball team and the Cleveland Indians football team in 1916. In later years he played professionally for the Hammond Pros, Chicago Tigers and the Minneapolis Marines.

August 24, 1940 – Jim Holder was a former halfback from Oklahoma’s Panhandle A&M College football team. He was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Mr. Holder was an ROTC member while at Panhandle ( now known as Oklahoma Panhandle State University) and after college he served in the U.S. Army. The brave Holder died while serving his country in Vietnam.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

9 – 19 – 8 – 4 – 28 – 12 -14 – 80

August 24, 1906 – Cincinnati Red John Weimer no-hits Dodgers, 1-0 in 7 inning game

August 24, 1919 – Having pitched into the 9th inning Cleveland’s Ray Caldwell was flattened by a bolt of lightning; goes on to record final out for Indians’ 2-1 win over Philadelphia A’s

August 24, 1922 – The very first Phillie to hit for cycle occurred this day when Cy Williams rached the milestone

August 24, 1940 – Is there anything in baseball that Boston’s Number 9, Ted Williams could not do? The Red Sox left fielder Williams, wearing Number pitched the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run

August 24, 1945 – A War hero remains in top form. Cleveland Indians ace Bob Feller, Number 19 returned home from his stint in the Navy to strike out 12

August 24, 1957 – At age 17 future England soccer striker Jimmy Greaves, Number 8 scored on his First Division debut for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur in a 1–1 draw at White Hart Lane

August 24, 1972 – Skating legends Gordie Howe, Number 9 and Number 4, Jean Béliveau inducted into the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame

August 24, 1975 – San Francisco Giant Ed Halicki, Number 28 no-hit the New York Mets, in a 6-0 shut out victory

August 24, 1982 – Kansas City Royals’ John Wathan, Number 12 stole his season’s 31st base en route to 36 total bases for the season for catcher’s record

August 24, 1983 – The End of a great streak. Cincinnati Red Pete Rose, Number 14 ends consecutive games played streak at 745

August 24, 1906 – After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Number 80 Jerry Rice officially retired from the NFL.

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