AP INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

1 CENTER GROVE

2 BROWNSBURG

3 CATHEDRAL

4 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

5 WARREN CENTRAL

6 BEN DAVIS

7 CARMEL/WESTFIELD

9 FORT WAYNE CARROLL

10 PENN

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: ZIONSVILLE 44. WARSAW 40. FISHERS 36. ELKHART 22. CROWN POINT 10. NOBLESVILLE 10. LAWRENCE NORTH 6. HOMESTEAD 4.

5A

1 MERRILLVILLE

2 WHITELAND

3 MISHAWAKA

4 FORT WAYNE SNIDER

5 DECATUR CENTRAL

6 FRANKLIN

7 VALPARAISO

8 FORT WAYNE NORTH

9 CASTLE

10 FORT WAYNE DWENGER

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: LAFAYETTE HARRISON 56. CHESTERTON 20. COLUMBUS EAST 12. TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 6. MICHIGAN CITY 6. CONCORD 4. EV. NORTH 4. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 4. BLOOMINGTON NORTH 2.

4A

1 NEW  PALESTINE

2 RONCALLI

3 MOORESVILLE

4 EAST CENTRAL

5 NEW PRAIRIE

6 KOKOMO

7 NORTHWOOD

8 BREBEUF

9 MARTINSVILLE

10 MOUNT VERNON

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: JASPER 34. EV. REITZ 30. NORTHVIEW 30. GREENFIELD 26. LOGANSPORT 14. NORTHRIDGE 6. HOBART 2.

3A

1 CHATARD

2 WEST LAFAYETTE

3 GIBSON SOUTHERN

4 WESTERN BOONE

5 GUERIN CATHOLIC

6 NORWELL

7 HERITAGE HILLS

8 MISHAWAKA MARIAN

9 TRI WEST

10 DELTA

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: CHARLESTOWN 46. HANOVER CENTRAL 34. OAK HILL 28. LAWRENCEBURG 28. TIPPECANOE VALLEY 22. OWEN VALLEY 20. CENTERVILLE 10. HERITAGE 8. FAIRFIELD 6. GLENN 2.

2A

1 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI

2 EASTBROOK

3 LINTON

4 SCECINA

5 ANDREAN

6 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN

7 TRITON CENTRAL

8 FORT WAYNE LUERS

9 LAVILLE

10 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: N. POSEY 52. EASTSIDE 42. CASS 10. ALEXANDRIA 2. BROWNSTOWN 2.

1A

1 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN

2 ADAMS CENTRAL

3 SOUTH ADAMS

4 NORTH JUDSON

5 PARK TUDOR

6 MONROE CENTRAL

7 TRI

8 NORTH DECATUR

9 CARROLL FLORA/SPRINGS VALLEY

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: S. PUTNAM 20. COVENANT CHRISTIAN 20. SHERIDAN 16. PROVIDENCE 2. CLINTON PRAIRIE 2.

WEEK 3

INDIANASRN GAMES THIS WEEK:

GREENFIELD CENTRAL @ MOUNT VERNON

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL @ EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL

ADAMS CENTRAL V COVENANT CHRISTIAN @ TAYLOR UNIVERSITY

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN @ GUERIN CATHOLIC

BROWNSBURG @ FRANKLIN CENTRAL

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES FRIDAY

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INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SCORES:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/volleyball/scores/?date=8/30/2022

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER SCORES:

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INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER SCORES:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/girls/scores/?date=8/30/2022

COLLEGE FOOTBALL 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

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

TAMPA BAY 7 MIAMI 2

OAKLAND 10 WASHINGTON 6

TORONTO 5 CHICAGO CUBS 3

CLEVELAND 5 BALTIMORE 1

SEATTLE 9 DETROIT 3

MINNESOTA 10 BOSTON 5

HOUSTON 4 TEXAS 2

KANSAS CITY 9 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 7

NY YANKEES 7 LA ANGELS 4

CINCINNATI 5 ST. LOUIS 1

LA DODGERS 4 NY METS 3

COLORADO 3 ATLANTA 2

PITTSBURGH 4 MILWAUKEE 2

ARIZONA 12 PHILADELPHIA 3

SAN DIEGO 4 SAN FRANCISCO 3

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

MLB WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/wire.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

LOUISVILLE 7 INDIANAPOLIS 6 (10)

NFL TRANSACTIONS TUESDAY:

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NFL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/wire.asp

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Venus Williams, Raducanu, Osaka all out in US Open 1st round

NEW YORK (AP) The welcome and support for Venus Williams in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday afternoon were not the same as they were for her sister, Serena, a night earlier. Nor was the result.

Venus, who turned 42 in June, has not made any pronouncements about her future in tennis, unlike her younger sibling, and while she has been successful and influential, too – a seven-time Grand Slam champion; a Black woman in a predominantly white sport – the fanfare and attention are not the same.

Playing in front of thousands of empty blue seats in an arena quite silent at the start, although growing louder later, Venus bowed out in the first round of the U.S. Open for the second consecutive appearance, losing 6-1, 7-6 (5) to Alison Van Uytvanck.

“She means so much to female tennis. Tennis, in general,” Van Uytvanck said. “She’s a legend.”

This was the 23rd trip to Flushing Meadows for Venus, who made it to the final in 1997 as a teen then won the trophy in 2000 and 2001, and her record 91st time participating in a major tournament.

Venus had never lost in the opening round at the U.S. Open until 2020, then was absent last year.

Asked what keeps her motivated these days, she answered: “Three letters: W-I-N. That’s it. Very simple.”

At night, Emma Raducanu became only the third defending U.S. Open champion to lose in the first round, eliminated by Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-3. And yet another past champ bowed out in straight sets when Naomi Osaka, who won two of her four Grand Slam titles in New York, was eliminated by Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a match that ended after midnight.

Osaka, a former No. 1, also lost in the first round of the French Open this year and has slid to 44th in the rankings. She had been 3-0 head-to-head against Collins, but this fun-to-watch, hard-hitting matchup went the other way.

“When you lose to somebody three times,” said the 19th-seeded Collins, who has struggled with injuries this season, “you have nothing to lose, so I tried to go for it and hope for the best.”

Raducanu, who was 18 and ranked 150th when she won the title as a qualifier a year ago, was bothered by hand blisters – she took a medical timeout for treatment after the first set – and was outplayed by Cornet, a 32-year-old from France who also upset No. 1 Iga Swiatek at Wimbledon.

“Obviously really disappointing. Really sad to leave here. It’s probably my favorite tournament. But also, I mean, in a way, (I’m) happy, because it’s a clean slate,” Raducanu said. “I’m going to drop down the rankings. (Will) climb my way back up.”

Also playing under the lights was 22-time major champion Rafael Nadal, who returned to the U.S. Open for the first time since 2019 and beat 21-year-old Rinky Hijikata 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. Nadal did not show any serious lingering issues with the torn abdominal muscle that forced him out of Wimbledon in July.

Venus was off the tour in singles entirely from August 2021 until less than a month ago and is now 0-4 since her return. Her ranking – which 20 years ago was No. 1 – is 1,504th this week.

“It was definitely the longest time I have been away from tennis and been without a racket in my hand. So it was a completely new experience for me, getting a racket back in my hand and trying to acclimate as quick as possible to be ready for the U.S. Open, which was not easy,” she said. “Definitely playing lots of great points, but in the end, it’s just rust. There is nothing you can do about that except for, you know, not be rusty at some point.”

It was Serena who announced to the world on Aug. 9 that she was getting ready to step away from her playing career, leaving unclear exactly when the end would be, although she hinted it could come at the U.S. Open. So her first-round match Monday fell into the category of a must-see happening, drawing a record crowd of more than 29,000 to the tournament grounds, including more than 23,000 in Ashe – and the atmosphere was uproarious and electric from start to finish of her 6-3, 6-3 victory over Danka Kovinic.

Now Serena, who won six of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles in New York, will move on to a matchup against No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit in Ashe on Wednesday night.

And then she and Venus will join forces in doubles on Thursday, teaming up for the first time anywhere since 2018 this week.

When a reporter wanted to know whether retirement has been on Venus’ mind, she replied: “Right now, I’m just focused on the doubles.”

So how did that reunion of a pairing that has earned 14 Grand Slam titles in that event come about?

“It was Serena’s idea. She’s the boss, so I do whatever she tells me to do,” Venus said. “We have had some great wins. It would be nice to add some more.”

Van Uytvanck now meets Clara Burel, who eliminated Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 6-4, 6-4.

In other action on a humid and windy Day 2 at the hard-court tournament, women’s winners included 2017 champion Sloane Stephens, No. 1 Iga Swiatek, No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 8 Jessica Pegula, No. 9 Garbine Muguruza, No. 13 Belinda Bencic – whose opponent, Andrea Petkovic, said she is retiring from pro tennis – and No. 22 Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up in New York.

Men who advanced included 2014 champion Marin Cilic, No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz, No. 7 Cam Norrie, No. 8 Hubert Hurkacz, No. 9 Andrey Rublev, No. 11 Jannik Sinner, No. 15 Marin Cilic, No. 17 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 28 Holger Rune, who meets John Isner next.

Neither Williams attended the other’s first-round singles match; Venus said she watched Serena on TV but was not there in person because of her own early start the next day.

Their mother, Oracene, and sister, Isha, were in the guest box each time. On Tuesday, they saw Venus struggle from the outset, particularly with her used-to-be-feared serve and groundstrokes that were not calibrated correctly. So many into the net. So many landing long.

After some of her 25 unforced errors, Venus would wince or fiddle with her racket strings or tug on the brim of her visor.

Ten of those miscues came on backhands, far outnumbering her two winners on that side.

There were a half-dozen double-faults, just three aces. She faced 12 break points and dropped four of her 10 service games.

Just 20 minutes in, there was a 4-0 lead for Van Uytvanck, a 28-year-old from Belgium who is ranked 43rd and came into the day with a 1-8 career mark at the U.S. Open.

Venus did make a bit of a stand, breaking to open the second set and holding for 2-0. But that would be her only break of the match and soon enough, Van Uytvanck was putting away a volley winner to close out the win.

A night earlier, Serena was feted during a post-match ceremony that included a video tribute from Oprah Winfrey and a lengthy on-court interview. After this match, Venus simply slung her red equipment bag over her left shoulder, carried her racket in her right hand, and quickly walked off toward the locker room.

Judge hits 51st HR as Yankees snap skid, top Angels 7-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Aaron Judge is rolling toward September with Roger Maris firmly in sight.

Two impressive homers at Angel Stadium have moved the Yankees slugger two steps closer to baseball history.

Judge hit a three-run shot in the fourth inning for his 51st homer of the season, and New York snapped its three-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Judge connected for the second straight night at the Big A, driving a high fastball from Mike Mayers (1-1) into the elevated right-field stands. Judge has five homers in his last eight games, and leads the majors with 113 RBIs.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Yankees starter Jameson Taillon, who left after two innings when he was hit in the forearm by a line drive. “Feels like any time he’s out there, he’s got a chance to do something special. Doesn’t matter what scouting report you have, or whether you execute your pitch or not. He’s just so good that you can make a good pitch, and he can still hit it out and all over the park.”

Judge had three hits and scored two runs in front of an Orange County crowd packed with Yankees fans who gave several ovations to the California-born slugger attempting to chase down Maris’ AL home run record of 61 set in 1961.

He’s right on pace: Judge and Maris both had 51 homers through the Yankees’ first 130 games.

“Got a pitch out over the plate, a couple of guys on, and drove it out of the park,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “That’s what he does. He’s in a groove right now. You just see, watching his swing from the side, how on time everything is.”

Andrew Benintendi and Anthony Rizzo hit early solo homers for New York, which lost Taillon to a bruised right forearm when he was hit by Magneuris Sierra’s liner to end the second.

“It’s not bad,” Taillon said. “It’s gotten a lot better. I was a little worried there at first. Had some pretty quick swelling in there. I was in some pain, and then got X-rays, found out it was negative, and I’m already seeing some improvement.”

Six Yankees relievers finished, and 27-year-old rookie Greg Weissert (1-0) earned his first major league win. The Long Island-born Fordham product replaced Taillon and retired the next six Angels hitters in order.

“It feels great to put it behind me,” Weissert said while thinking of his rough major league debut, in which he gave up three runs while getting one out in Oakland last week. “It was definitely something to think about, but I knew I got called up for a reason.”

Max Stassi and Mike Ford homered for the Angels, whose four-game winning streak ended despite Touki Toussaint’s five innings of one-hit relief.

Shohei Ohtani doubled and singled in his third consecutive multi-hit game for Los Angeles, which hasn’t won five straight since April.

Mayers struggled in the converted reliever’s fifth career start, giving up eight hits and five earned runs in four innings.

“He probably just left a few too many balls in the middle,” Nevin said. “He’s not afraid. He’s going right after hitters.”

Benintendi homered in the first inning and Rizzo followed with his 30th homer of the season in the second, both left-handed batters connecting to right field.

Stassi ended his 1-for-40 slump in the second with his eighth homer, his first since Aug. 5.

But the Yankees loaded the bases with two outs in the third and scored two runs when Ford couldn’t field a bouncing throw from Luis Rengifo at first.

TAILLON TAGGED

Taillon yielded two hits and two runs in his abbreviated start, striking out two. He was hit in the head by a line drive in 2016 and again in 2019, but he feels optimistic after negative X-rays and decreased swelling. He’ll get treatment Wednesday, and hopes to make his next start.

“We caught a nice break, it seems, for once in my career,” Taillon said.

USED FORD

Continuing his hot start with the Angels, Ford homered for the second straight night against the organization that employed him from 2012 until last season, when he was traded to Tampa Bay. Ford belonged to a whopping seven different teams in the ensuing 14 months, but he hadn’t hit any homers since the Yankees traded him until these two shots for the Halos.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: OF Harrison Bader is hitting off a tee and running. He could begin playing in games next week. The trade-deadline acquisition has yet to play for New York due to a foot injury that has sidelined him since June.

Angels: RHP Michael Lorenzen will make one last rehab start before he returns, Nevin said. Lorenzen has been out since early July with discomfort in his pitching shoulder.

UP NEXT

The series concludes with two Orange County natives on the mound. Newport Beach’s Gerrit Cole (10-6, 3.31 ERA) returns to his boyhood stadium to face Mission Viejo’s Patrick Sandoval (4-9, 3.05), who will make his first career appearance against the Yankees after back-to-back excellent starts on the road.

Romine, Reds rough up Hudson, end Cards’ 3-game win streak

CINCINNATI (AP) Former St. Louis catcher Austin Romine hit a two-run homer as the Cincinnati Reds roughed up Dakota Hudson and beat the Cardinals 5-1 Tuesday night, ending their three-game winning streak.

Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols went 0 for 2 and was hit by pitch from Justin Dunn that caromed off his chest and caught his right forearm in the second inning. Pujols stayed in the game for the NL Central leaders and remained at 694 home runs, two behind Alex Rodriguez for fourth on the all-time list.

Hudson (7-7), who had been 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three career starts at Great American Ball Park, gave up five straight hits to start a four-run burst in the third. Romine’s go-ahead liner that reached the front row of the seats in deep right-center field made it 2-1.

“Hudson has a really good sinker and throws sliders away, so you have to really choose what side of the plate you need to own,” Romine said. I was trying to hang over the plate. He threw a good slider on the pitch before that I laid off. He threw a pitch over the plate, and I tried not to do too much with it and stay with a right center approach.”

Romine, who was with the Cardinals on their last visit to Cincinnati right after All-Star break, snapped a 0-for-12 slump. The Reds purchased his contract at the trade deadline.

Hudson went 4 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and five runs with one walk.

“I felt all right,” Hudson said. “I kept the ball on the ground. They just hit a lot of shift-beaters. I felt like I was in control for the most part. I was putting it where I wanted.”

“At the end of the day, their lineup was better,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “Overall, he threw strikes and got beat. At the end of the day, he executed pitches and got beat.”

MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt was hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts and a walk. He is 0 for 7 with five strikeouts in the series.

“He’s human,” Marmol said. “(Goldschmidt) will be fine.”

Dunn went four innings in his fifth start after missing the first half of the season with a right shoulder strain. He yielded just three hits and one run, which came on Tommy Edman’s leadoff homer in the third, and struck out four.

“Dunn is going to be fine,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He had a little shoulder tightness. It is something pitchers deal with. He is not injured. His velocity was down that last inning we just wanted to be safe. Our bullpen came in and was outstanding.”

Derek Law (1-1), promoted from Triple-A Louisville earlier Tuesday after signing a minor league contract with Cincinnati on Aug. 14, allowed one hit over two innings.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

The Reds plan to honor Pujols and C Yadier Molina in a pregame ceremony on Wednesday. The game will be the last in Cincinnati for both players, who’ve announced their plans to retire after the season.

BAD HOP OUT

Perennial Gold Glove 3B Nolan Arenado deftly handled a tricky hop on a grounder by Kyle Farmer that bounced off of third base and turned it into a forceout at second with a leaping throw in the first inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: OF Albert Almora Jr. (right shoulder contusion) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. Almora has been on the 10-day injured list since Aug. 20.

UP NEXT

Cardinals LHP Jose Quintana (4-6, 3.45) pitched seven shutout innings in his last start against Cincinnati, won by the Pirates 1-0 at Pittsburgh on May 15 despite being held hitless by Hunter Greene and Art Warren. Reds LHP Mike Minor (3-10, 6.10) has won back-to-back starts for the first time all season.

Dodgers quiet Timmy Trumpet for now, Lux helps top Mets 4-3

NEW YORK (AP) Gavin Lux and the Los Angeles Dodgers quieted Timmy Trumpet at least for now, edging the New York Mets 4-3 Tuesday night in a matchup of NL division leaders.

The Mets lost with Trumpet, who performs Edwin Diaz’s entrance song “Narco,” at Citi Field and ready to blare away if the closer got into the game. But Diaz didn’t get in and Trumpet instead played a more muted version of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” on his horn in front of the Dodgers’ dugout during the seventh-inning stretch.

“That’s pretty impressive,” said Dodgers outfielder Joey Gallo, who was watching from the dugout. “I know I can’t play an instrument like that. That’s pretty cool.”

Minutes after the Mets lost in the first major league game the Australian-born Trumpet had attended, he tweeted that he’ll be back at the ballpark Wednesday night, hoping for another chance to sound off.

“To be completely honest, I think everybody enjoys that entrance, watching it,” said grinning Dodgers reliever Jake Reed, who earned his first big league save with a scoreless ninth. “Obviously, we don’t want to see it while we’re here.”

Lux drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning. The hit drove in Freddie Freeman and came immediately after Joely Rodriguez (0-4) intentionally walked pinch-hitter Will Smith.

The Dodgers won despite stranding 12 runners, one shy of their season high, and leaving the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh.

“We pushed through,” manager Dave Roberts said of his Dodgers, who arrived in New York early Tuesday morning following a 10-inning win over the Miami Marlins. “If you’re here, you might as well try to win the game. Our guys had that mindset and we scored enough.”

Heath Hembree (3-0), making his Dodgers debut, earned the win by stranding a pair of runners in the sixth, when he whiffed James McCann for the final out.

Reed, Los Angeles’ fifth pitcher, notched the save in the ninth, when he allowed a leadoff single to Eduardo Escobar before getting Daniel Vogelbach to hit into a double play and retiring Brandon Nimmo on a comebacker.

Reed, who was claimed off waivers from the Mets in mid-July and recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier Tuesday, pumped his fists and shouted upon recording the final out.

“I’ve been up and down and all over the place, so I think any time I get to pitch in a big league game is an opportunity I don’t take for granted,” Reed said. “To do it in that situation, it was obviously a little more special.”

The Dodgers scored their first three runs on consecutive pitches in the third. Joey Gallo was plunked by Taijuan Walker with the bases loaded and Lux followed with a two-run single that drove in Mookie Betts – with his 100th run of the season – and Max Muncy.

“They’re not just trying to hit the home run,” Walker said. “They’ll take their hits when they can and that’s what makes them dangerous.”

Mark Canha hit his 100th big league homer and Starling Marte also connected for the Mets. Marte helped create a run in the first inning, when he bunted and Nimmo scored from first on pitcher Andrew Heaney’s two-base throwing error.

Francisco Lindor snapped an 0-for-20 streak with a fifth-inning single for the Mets.

Walker allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Heaney surrendered two earned runs in five innings.

GALLO’S RETURN

Gallo started at designated hitter, batted fifth and stuck out twice in three plate appearances in his first game in New York since the Dodgers acquired him from the Yankees Aug. 2.

Gallo acknowledged a change in scenery could benefit him after he hit .159 with 194 strikeouts and a .660 OPS in 421 at-bats with the Yankees following his trade from the Texas Rangers in July 2021. He is hitting .196 with three homers, seven RBIs and an .816 OPS in his first 18 games with the Dodgers.

“It’s a tough game and you know you’re going to fail a lot,” Gallo said. “Obviously, it’s different in New York. There’s going to be a lot more scrutiny and what-not – a lot more eyes and attention. Coming from Texas, not as much. I kind of do like that feeling. Our vibe here is laid-back and try to win games and try not to make it more than anything than just baseball and playing.”

Gallo grinned when asked if he’d like to see the Yankees in the World Series.

“Well, it’d be nice – I get a ring either way,” Gallo said. “My chances there go up a little bit.”

CANHA’S MILESTONE

Canha became the 974th player to hit at least 100 homers in the majors. Fans in left field gave him a warm ovation as Canha trotted to his position in the fifth. Canha nodded and gave a pair of appreciative gestures.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (lower back) felt good following a bullpen session Monday and will start Thursday’s series finale. It will be Kershaw’s first start since Aug. 4. . 3B Justin Turner and C Smith were out of the starting lineup following Monday’s 10-inning win over the Marlins.

Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (left oblique) threw 55 pitches in a simulated game Monday and could return to the rotation this weekend.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (13-2, 2.69 ERA) is in the midst of a season-long three-start winless streak despite posting a 2.45 ERA in that span.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.15 ERA) has struck out 46 and walked just two in 29 1/3 innings spanning his first five starts after missing 13 months with various injuries.

Hernández, Guerrero homer to back Gausman, Jays top Cubs 5-3

TORONTO (AP) Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Kevin Gausman pitched six solid innings to win his second straight decision as the Blue Jays won back-to-back games after losing their previous three. Toronto is in position for an AL wild card.

Guerrero finished with three hits and two RBIs.

Back in the lineup after sitting out Monday because of a sore left foot, Hernandez homered for the first time since Aug. 18 at New York.

“I’ve been battling for the last couple of weeks with injuries and all that stuff, not having a good time at the plate or on defense,” Hernandez said. “I tried to do the best that I can and I did it today and it feels great.”

Hernandez also contributed defensively, making an exceptional sliding catch on Franmil Reyes’ sinking liner to end the fourth inning.

“I didn’t think he had any chance but he made a heck of a play,” Gausman said.

Willson Contreras and Christopher Morel hit solo home runs for the Cubs, but Contreras left in the sixth inning after aggravating his sore left ankle. Contreras limped around the bases after his fourth-inning homer.

“He feels better after getting some work on it,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “We’ll see how it looks tomorrow.”

Gausman (10-9) allowed two runs and five hits, walked one and struck out nine, including five straight Ks in the second and third innings.

“I had a really good feel for my split pretty early in the game so we relied on that a lot,” Gausman said.

Gausman allowed two home runs for the second time in 25 starts this season. He’s given up nine homers on the year.

David Phelps got two outs in the seventh but left after issuing back-to-back walks. Anthony Bass came on and got Nick Madrigal to fly out.

Trevor Richards got two outs in the eighth and Jordan Romano wrapped it up for his 28th save in 32 chances.

Facing his former team for the first time, Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman allowed one run and three hits in five innings, leaving with a 2-1 lead.

“My sinker was good today,” Stroman said. “When my mechanics are on and my sinker is going, I feel like I can always roll against any lineup.”

Left-hander Brendon Little (0-1) made his big league debut when he replaced Stroman in the sixth but gave up the lead before recording an out. A replay review confirmed that leadoff batter Bo Bichette had been hit by a pitch and Matt Chapman reached on an infield single before Hernandez hammered a first-pitch homer to right, his 19th.

“Things got a little out of hand really fast,” Ross said.

Contreras opened the scoring with his 21st homer. Seiya Suzuki reached on a two-out single, but Hernandez robbed Reyes to end the threat.

Stroman escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first by retiring Hernandez on a fielder’s choice. That was the first of 10 consecutive outs, a streak that ended when Stroman hit Danny Jansen on the left arm in the fifth. Jansen advanced on a passed ball and tied it 1-1 when he scored on Guerrero’s two-out single.

Morel broke the tie with a leadoff homer in the sixth, his 13th, but Hernandez answered in the bottom half.

Morel cut it to 4-3 with an RBI double off Bass in the seventh. Guerrero connected off Michael Rucker to begin the bottom half, his 27th.

CENTURY CLUB

Hernandez’s home run was his 100th hit of the season. It gave the Blue Jays a major league-leading eight players with at least 100 hits. It’s the first time in team history Toronto has eight players with 100 or more hits before Sept. 1.

20-20 VISION

Contreras is the first catcher in Cubs history to hit 20 or more home runs in consecutive seasons.

WOE CANADA

The Cubs have lost five straight in Toronto, dating to 2014.

DROPPING IN

With the roof open at Rogers Centre, a brief rain shower fell before the start of the third inning, with some in the crowd of 33,759 seeking shelter on the concourses. The rain stopped by the end of the inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: George Springer was the DH.

ROSTER MOVES

Chicago added RHP Jeremiah Estrada from Triple-A Iowa as a substitute player. Estrada replaced LHP Justin Steele, who went on the restricted list Monday. Steele couldn’t be replaced until three days had passed since his most recent appearance of four or more innings. Steele pitched 5 1/3 innings against the Brewers last Friday.

UP NEXT

RHP Mitch White (1-4, 4.24 ERA) starts for Toronto in Wednesday’s series finale. The Cubs have not named a starter.

Pratto 2 HRs lead Royals; La Russa out, Chisox 5th L in row

CHICAGO (AP) Rookie Nick Pratto hit two home runs to highlight a career-high four-hit performance and the Kansas City Royals sent the Chicago White Sox to their fifth straight loss, 9-7 on Tuesday night.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa missed the game because of an unspecified medical issue. The team said the 77-year-old Hall of Famer was out on the recommendation of his doctors and would undergo further testing Wednesday.

La Russa’s absence was announced about one hour before the first pitch. He showed no signs of health trouble during his pregame session with reporters. Bench coach Miguel Cairo took over as Chicago fell for the 10th time in its last 12 games since moving to a season-high five games over .500 on Aug. 16.

“We’re going to find out (Wednesday) what is going on, and hopefully he’s going to be fine and he’s back (Wednesday) to do his duties,” Cairo said. “We are going to keep him in our thoughts and hopefully everything is fine.”

Gavin Sheets homered twice and drove in five runs for the White Sox.

“It was weird,” Sheets said of La Russa’s sudden departure. “We didn’t have much of a heads up. I don’t know all the details. We’re obviously praying for him, praying for a full recovery.”

Salvador Perez and Michael A. Taylor each homered and drove in three runs for the Royals. Pratto added a double and also had three RBIs.

Pratto hit solo home runs in each of his first two at-bats against Lucas Giolito (10-8), and his single off reliever Tanner Banks sparked a two-run sixth. Pratto hit a ground-rule double off Jake Diekman to score Ryan O’Hearn in the seventh.

Pratto is 8 for 17 with four doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs in his last four games. This marked the first multi-homer game of Pratto’s career.

“I’m just focusing more on what I want to go after and making better decisions in the box,” Pratto said. “That’s the essence of it. I’m definitely making fewer mistakes.”

Perez went 3 for 3 against Giolito, raising his career batting average against him to .419 (13 for 31) with three homers and 10 RBIs. Perez’s two-run, opposite-field drive to right extended the Royals’ lead to 3-0 in the third, and his RBI single in the fifth made it 5-0.

“We face (Giolito) a lot,” Perez said. “I’m not afraid to swing. If I hit a homer like that, I won’t be afraid to swing at that pitch. I’m super aggressive sometimes.”

Perez is batting .448 (13 for 29) with two homers and nine RBIs in his last seven games.

The White Sox chased starter Brady Singer with four runs in the fifth, capped by a three-run homer from Sheets. Singer had a 1.37 ERA in his last four starts prior to Tuesday.

Sheets hit a two-run homer in the ninth for his second career multi-homer game.

“We know there’s a sense of urgency,” Sheets said after the White Sox fell six games behind Cleveland in the AL Central. “This is the final sprint, 33 games left and we got to go.”

Jose Cuas (3-2) relieved Singer and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.

Eloy Jimenez, whose RBI single preceded Sheets’ homer, led off the seventh with a homer against Carlos Hernandez.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: INF Vinnie Pasquantino (right shoulder discomfort) increased the intensity of his work in the batting cage, manager Mike Matheny said. . OF Edward Olivares (left quad strain) started a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha, going 1 for 3 with an infield hit and two strikeouts in a game.

White Sox: OF Luis Robert (left wrist) missed his fourth consecutive start due to lingering discomfort. . 3B Yoan Moncada (left hamstring strain) fielded grounders before Tuesday’s game. Moncada is eligible to return from the 10-day injured list Sept. 5. . LHP Aaron Bummer (left lat strain) started a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. Bummer hasn’t pitched in a major league game since June 7 but plans to return next week. . LHP Garrett Crochet threw for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery April 5.

TRANSACTIONS

White Sox: C Yasmani Grandal (left knee hyperextension) likely will be activated before Wednesday’s game, La Russa said.

UP NEXT

Royals: Will start LHP Kris Bubic (2-9, 5.62) on Wednesday. Bubic allowed a season-high six earned runs in four innings in a 13-5 loss Friday to the Padres.

White Sox: Will start RHP Lance Lynn (3-5, 5.00), who will be activated from the bereavement list. Lynn allowed two runs in six innings of a 4-3 loss Thursday to the Orioles.

Astros ace Verlander placed on IL with calf injury

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander, a leading candidate for the AL Cy Young Award, has been placed on the injured list with a right calf injury.

The team announced the move Tuesday and said that an MRI done on the calf Monday revealed fascial disruption, but no muscle fiber disruption.

Verlander said he isn’t sure of a timetable for his return but doesn’t expect to be out too long.

“I feel like I really kind of dodged a bullet here where the muscle isn’t actually involved,” Verlander said. “It’s the fascia, which I feel pretty fortunate about because I didn’t realize how serious even a very minor muscle calf injury can be. If that were to happen, we’d be having a much different conversation.”

Verlander’s stint on the injured list is retroactive to Monday. He was injured in his start Sunday while going to cover first base during a rundown in the third inning against the Orioles.

General manager James Click said they should have a better idea of how long he’ll be out in the next couple of days.

“We’ll know a lot more about the return timeline once we get the body through the first 48 to 72 hours to heal,” Click said. “But our hope and our expectation is that this should be relatively short-term.”

Verlander said he was relieved when he learned that it wasn’t a major injury because he felt a pop as he took off to run on the play. But two days later he’s already feeling better.

“It got pretty sore,” he said. “It is still sore. I’m laying off of it for a few days. Based on what all of the doctors have said … that fascia heals pretty quickly. So I’m just trying to give it its time to heal before I push it.”

The right-hander lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.84 by throwing three scoreless innings before his exit Sunday.

The 39-year-old Verlander returned this season after missing almost two seasons following Tommy John surgery. Entering Sunday’s matchup with the Orioles, he was 8-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last 10 starts.

Verlander’s 16 wins are tied with Atlanta’s Kyle Wright and Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin for most in the majors.

The injury has caused Verlander to limp a bit as he moves around the house, something that his 3-year-old daughter Genevieve has noticed. Genevieve, whose mother is Verlander’s wife and supermodel Kate Upton, has been talking to dad about boo boos after scraping her knee while riding a bike recently.

“She asked me if I have a boo-boo,” Verlander said. “And the only thing she’s having a hard time understanding is that the boo-boo’s underneath my skin … so she’s like: `It’s like my boo-boo, but on the inside.’ It’s cute and fun trying to explain it to her.”

Also on Tuesday, Houston recalled right-hander Brandon Bielak from Triple-A Sugar Land and optioned outfielder Jake Meyers there. The Astros also recalled utility player J.J. Matijevic from Sugar Land and added right-hander Hunter Brown to the taxi squad from Sugar Land.

Kershaw set for return to Dodgers’ rotation Thursday vs Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw is set to come off the injured list and rejoin the rotation Thursday to face the New York Mets.

Kershaw hasn’t pitched since Aug. 4, when he exited a start against San Francisco because of lower back pain. The 34-year-old three-time NL Cy Young Award winner spent five weeks on the IL with a back injury earlier this season.

Kershaw felt good following a bullpen session Monday is ready to return in a game at Citi Field between NL division leaders.

Manager Dave Roberts said inserting Kershaw into the rotation Thursday will allow the Dodgers to give Dustin May an extra day of rest before his third start following Tommy John surgery. May, who underwent the procedure in May 2021, is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 11 innings.

Kershaw is 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA in 15 starts. He tossed seven perfect innings before being pulled against the Minnesota Twins in his season debut April 13 and carried a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels on July 15.

Roberts said the Dodgers, who had hoped to go to a six-man rotation before Tony Gonsolin went on the IL on Monday with a right forearm strain, would stick with a five-man rotation for now.

“But it wouldn’t surprise me if we reinstated someone at some point to give guys an extra day,” Roberts said.

The Dodgers have the best record in the majors.

Bills CB White to miss at least first 4 weeks of season

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills starting cornerback Tre’Davious White will get at least another month to rehab from a left knee injury after being placed on the reserve-physically unable to perform list on Tuesday.

The move was made as Buffalo met the NFL’s deadline in trimming its roster to a maximum 53 players. The designation means the sixth-year player will not be allowed to begin practicing or playing until the start of Week 5.

Minus White and following the offseason departure of Levi Wallace, the Bills have two starting cornerback spots to fill in preparing to open the season at the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 8.

One of the jobs will go to Dane Jackson, who closed last season starting in place of White. The other spot will be filled by either rookie first-round pick Kaiir Elam or sixth-rounder Christian Benford, who split training camp and three preseason games working with the starters.

White opened training camp on the PUP list, and has been out since blowing out his left knee while in coverage in a 31-6 win at New Orleans on Nov. 25. Though he worked out on his own on the sideline during training camp, White was still walking with a noticeable limp.

Last week general manager Brandon Beane said the team was going to wait until the last possible moment to determine White’s roster status.

“I know people want answers. Candidly, we don’t have the final answer,” Beane said, while noting the Bills also don’t intend on rushing White back on the field.

Safety Jordan Poyer, meanwhile is scheduled to be ready after missing much of the past month recovering from a hyperextended left elbow. Poyer resumed practicing with the team on Saturday and said he is eager to play.

Buffalo, meantime, has a hole to fill on its roster at punter after releasing rookie Matt Araiza on Saturday, two days after a civil lawsuit was filed, alleging he was involved with other San Diego State players in a gang rape of a teenager last fall.

Among the Bills most notable players cut were tight end O.J. Howard, a sixth-year player who signed with the team in free agency, and another offseason free-agent addition, running back Duke Johnson.

In another move, Buffalo reached an injury settlement and cut defensive tackle Eli Ankou.

Eagles acquire defensive back Gardner-Johnson from Saints

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints players used to laugh about the way defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson irritated opposing players to the point that some wanted to fight him.

The Saints could very well get a taste – perhaps a bitter one – of how Gardner-Johnson’s antics irk opponents later this season, when New Orleans visits the Philadelphia Eagles on New Year’s Day.

The Eagles acquired defensive back Gardner-Johnson in a trade Tuesday with New Orleans that removes a popular and productive playmaker from the Saints’ secondary.

The Saints appear to be deep at the defensive back position and apparently were making little progress on a contract extension for Gardner-Johnson, who is due to become a free agent after this season.

Saints coach Dennis Allen declined to discuss whether the trade, which also included an exchange of late-round draft picks, was tied to Gardner-Johnson’s contract situation.

“That was not an easy decision. I love Chauncey,” Allen said. “He’s been big part of what we’ve been able to do here.”

Allen added that the Saints wouldn’t have dealt Gardner-Johnson “if we didn’t feel extremely confident in the group (of defensive backs) we have.”

Gardner-Johnson has five interceptions, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his three NFL seasons since the Saints selected him out of Florida in the fourth round of the 2019 draft.

But Gardner-Johnson was more than a playmaker. He was also a relentless trash-talker. Saints fans loved him and opposing receivers couldn’t stand him.

During a playoff game against Chicago in January 2021, then-Bears receiver Anthony Miller was ejected for punching Gardner-Johnson after the whistle, apparently in response to the Saints defensive back’s trash-talking. That came one season after then-Bears receiver Javon Wims was ejected for twice punching Gardner-Johnson during a game in Chicago.

Last season, Gardner-Johnson memorably taunted Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady by standing in front of him with his arms folded and a wide smile on his face after the seven-time Super Bowl winning QB had thrown an interception in a Saints victory at Tampa Bay.

“I don’t like people,” Gardner-Johnson once said, drawing laughter from those around him, when asked about his on-field persona and the way it ruffles opponents. “I don’t like the other side. Let’s put it like that. When I go out there, I don’t like to start nothing. I just don’t like the other side immediately.

“When the talking starts, it’s football,” Johnson added. “If you go in your shell after that, I’m still pecking at the shell. It ain’t my fault. I’m just here. I’m here from the first quarter to the fourth quarter.”

In the trade, the Saints also sent Philadelphia a seventh-round draft pick in 2025 for a fifth-round pick in 2023 and the later of the Eagles’ two sixth-round picks in 2024.

“We had a chance to acquire some more assets, so that’s the decision that we made,” Allen said.

The Saints still have a trio of starting-caliber cornerbacks – Marshon Lattimore, Paulson Adebo and Bradley Roby. One of them, likely Roby, could step in at the nickel spot Gardner-Johnson played while the other two remain outside. Saints safeties include Tyrann Mathieu, Marcus Maye and P.J. Williams. Williams is a converted cornerback who has played the nickel position before. Mathieu is a versatile player capable of defending the slot as well.

Still, Saints linebacker and defensive captain Demario Davis called it a “tough day” in the Saints locker room, both because of the trade and also the fact that it was the deadline for teams to cut rosters to the regular-season maximum of 53 players.

Davis called Gardner-Johnson “a phenomenal player,” adding that “good players in this league are hard to come by.”

“Although it’s a business, there’s still relationships,” Davis said, noting that when a regular in the lineup leaves, “it changes the dynamic in the locker room.”

“Being a human being, we have emotions when somebody’s beside you, and then all of a sudden they’re not,” Davis said.

Mayfield’s comments add spark to Browns-Panthers Week 1 game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield has ignited what was already expected to be an emotionally charged Week 1 game against his former team, the Cleveland Browns.

According to Bills sideline reporter Cynthia Frelund, Mayfield had some choice words for the Browns following the Panthers’ 21-0 preseason win over Buffalo on Friday night.

“I’m going to (expletive) them up,” Mayfield said of the Browns, according to what Frelund said on a podcast.

Frelund, who works as a analytics analyst for the NFL Network, shared a story during the “Around the NFL” podcast with Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler and Gregg Rosenthal about a brief conversation she had with Mayfield at Bank of America Stadium.

“I walked up to him and said, `I’m so excited to see you, like, go kick some butt,’ I didn’t say that word,” Frelund said with a laugh. “… Go kick some butt, especially Week 1, I like cannot wait. And he uses some expletives and I was like, `I just hope you’re like ready.’ He was like, ‘I’m gonna bleep them up.”

When contacted on Tuesday about a request to speak with Mayfield, the Panthers public relations department referred all comments to the quarterback’s media availability later this week.

The Panthers were off Tuesday.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Frelund confirmed the exchange, but said she was trying to be supportive of Mayfield and shouldn’t have disclosed what she called a private conversation.

“I was trying to defend Baker,” Frelund said. “He’s in a good spot now and is primed for success. … I was showing effusive support for a person who had a really rough offseason.”

Mayfield has been known to make some inflammatory comments during his four seasons with the Browns, and it’s no secret the team’s decision to pursue and trade for Deshaun Watson didn’t sit well with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2018.

The Browns traded Mayfield to the Panthers on July 6 and agreed to pay $10.5 million of his contract.

Mayfield has been careful in choosing his words when talking about the Browns since his arrival in Carolina.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of attachment there,” Mayfield said last week after being selected as the Panthers’ Week 1 starter. “I’m not going to sit here and be a robot and say it doesn’t mean anything. It will.”

Mayfield wouldn’t say what he’ll do against the Browns, adding “I’m not going to premeditate anything. Once I step inside the lines, I’m a competitor.”

Browns All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett didn’t hear the comments directly from Mayfield, so he was reluctant to comment on “hearsay.”

However, Garrett said he’s not surprised Mayfield would say something to fire himself up.

“I know he has that swagger, that confidence that borders on arrogance in some people’s eyes,” Garrett said after practice. “But he’s always played with a chip on his shoulder, and I think we have as an organization as well. So however he feels or goes about it in his mind scape to prepare for the game to play us at the highest level for him, it’s whatever.

“Of course, we’ll use it. It will be motivation. It will be fuel. But at the end of the day a guy is going to do anything he can to try and get one thousandth of a percent better, and if it takes that to hype him up or us using it to hype us up, it’s all going to add to the fire for both teams.”

Panthers center Bradley Bozeman said Mayfield is a fiery competitor, but “someone you want to play for.”

Sabres reward Thompson with 7-year, $50 million contract

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres center Tage Thompson cashed in on a breakout season by agreeing to a seven-year, $50 million contract extension on Tuesday.

Thompson gets a hefty raise from his current three-year, $4.2 million contract, which runs out after this season. The new deal represents the faith the Sabres have in the 24-year-old, who’s coming off a team-leading 38-goal season.

Thompson had 68 points in 78 games last season as he nearly doubled his goal and point totals from his first four NHL seasons combined.

“His success last season is a testament to his unrelenting dedication to his craft and commitment to bettering the team both on and of the ice, which we believe will help us reach even greater heights moving forward,” general manager Kevyn Adams said in a statement.

Thompson’s emergence as a top-line forward coincided with Don Granato’s promotion to coach following Ralph Krueger being fired in March of 2021. Granato provided Thompson more playing time from the start, and Thompson shifted from wing to his more natural position, center, to open last season.

Thompson’s 38 goals ranked 19th in the league, and he finished tied for eighth with eight multi-goal games, including his first career hat trick on Feb. 19.

Granato had previous ties with Thompson, having coached him at USA Hockey’s national development program.

Before Granato, the 6-foot-7 Thompson was regarded as more of an afterthought as he bounced between the Sabres and the minors while also missing time with a shoulder injury.

“I feel like I’ve always known that my potential’s there and that I could eventually reach it,” Thompson said in November, crediting Granato’s influence. “He just, coming into the season, challenged me to go and reach it now.”

From Arizona, he was selected in the first round of the 2016 draft by St. Louis, and traded to Buffalo in a deal that sent Ryan O’Reilly to the Blues in July 2018.

Thompson represents a key piece of a Sabres team being rebuilt around youth. Buffalo showed signs of being competitive at the end of last season despite missing the playoffs for an NHL-record 11th consecutive year.

The team’s core of up-and-coming stars includes defensemen Rasmus Dahlin and Owen Power, both No. 1 draft picks, as well forwards Dylan Cozens, Alex Tuch and Peyton Krebs. Tuch and Krebs were acquired in a trade that sent former captain Jack Eichel to Vegas in November.

“This is a place I want to be at for a very long time,” Thompson said after the season. “I want to be a guy that helps this team win and make the playoffs and win a Stanley Cup, and obviously those are all just words and you’ve got to put that into action.”

Smith, Niemann among players to join Saudi-backed LIV Golf

(AP) — British Open champion Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann are among six players to leave the PGA Tour for Saudi-funded LIV Golf, which returns this week for a fourth tournament, this time outside of Boston.

The signing of Smith, who had been deflecting questions about his imminent departure since the day he won the claret jug, gives Greg Norman his first player from the top 10 in the world.

Smith, a 29-year-old from Australia, rose to No. 2 in the world ranking after winning at St. Andrews. He could have reached No. 1 with a victory at the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Now, that opportunity is gone. LIV Golf does not get ranking points, though it filed an application last month.

The PGA Tour is suspending members as soon as they put a ball in play at LIV Golf events.

Others to sign are Marc Leishman, a six-time PGA Tour winner from Australia who at age 38 has dropped out of the top 50 in the world, and three others who leave without ever having won on the PGA Tour – Americans Harold Varner III and Cameron Tringale and Anirban Lahiri of India.

Smith and Niemann, who is from Chile, were among the eight qualifiers for the International team at the Presidents Cup, which will be played in a month at Quail Hollow. Leishman and Lahiri previously have played in the matches.

Because the PGA Tour exclusively operates the Presidents Cup – unlike the Ryder Cup, which Europe operates on home soil – players who join LIV Golf are not eligible.

Niemann, 23, considered joining the rival league in February until Phil Mickelson’s disparaging comments about the Saudis and the PGA Tour stalled the launch of LIV Golf. Niemann then won the Genesis Invitational at Riviera and cited the competition and history as reasons he wanted to stay on the PGA Tour.

But all his best friends in golf have joined the rival series – Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Ancer of Mexico, Sergio Garcia of Spain – and they often shared a house and brought in their own chef for the week. His manager, Carlos Rodriguez of GSE Worldwide, said Niemann still had not signed a LIV Golf deal when he flew to Boston on Monday.

Along with winning the British Open for his first major, Smith won The Players Championship in March by one shot over Lahiri. Paul Casey was two shots behind, and now all three players have joined LIV Golf.

Along with big signing bonuses – The Daily Telegraph reported $150 million for Smith – players complete for $25 million in prize money at each of the LIV Golf Invitational events.

The Boston event is at The International, which about 45 minutes west of Boston. LIV Golf takes off next week because of the European tour flagship event at Wentworth in England, and then returns Sept. 16-18 to the Chicago suburbs.

River States Conference Player of the Week awards selected for Aug. 22-28, 2022

For Immediate Release (Aug. 30, 2022) at RiverStatesConference.com

The RSC Player of the Week awards are presented by Brown & Brown Insurance, the Official Student-Athlete Accident, Health, Property and Casualty Insurance Endorsed Broker for the River States Conference.

Kocis earns RSC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Midway

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University sophomore Jacob Kocis earned River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 22-28.

Kocis, from Island Pond, Vt., won first place individually at the Asbury Eagle Opener to begin the year. He did so with a time of 15 minutes, 52 seconds in the 5K race. There were 46 total runners in the race, and he won by 20 seconds.

Kocis led Midway to first place out of three teams in the standings. The Eagles had five runners in the top eight.

Smith gets RSC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week from Midway

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Trinity Smith from Midway (Ky.) University was chosen as the River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 22-28. 

A sophomore from Florence, Ky., Smith placed third overall at the Asbury Eagle Opener to begin the season. Smith had a time of 13 minutes, 24 seconds in the 2-mile race. There were 32 competitors in the meet. 

Smith’s effort led Midway to second place as a team.

Sierra Mullins named RSC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Sierra Mullins from St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College was named River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 22-28.

The freshman from Vincennes, Ind., scored eight points in her collegiate debut, a 5-3 win over Iowa Wesleyan. Mullins tallied three goals and two assists to factor in all the scoring for the Pomeroys. 

Mullins took eight shots in the game to keep the heat on. Seven of the shots went on goal. 

Gill picked for RSC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week from IU Kokomo

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Brooke Gill from Indiana University Kokomo is the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 22-28. 

Gill is a senior from Madera, Calif. She led the Cougars to an unbeaten record in three games. That included just three goals allowed with her defensive effort anchoring the back line.

The week closed out with a 6-0 win over IU South Bend, a contest that featured just one shot allowed. There was also a 1-1 draw versus Michigan-Dearborn and a 2-2 tie versus Holy Cross. 

Rio Grande’s Silva picked for RSC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande’s Gabriel Silva scored five goals in the first two games to earn River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for the week of Aug. 22-28. 

Silva had a hat trick of three goals in an 11-0 win over St. Xavier to open the season for the No. 13-ranked RedStorm. He added two more goals in a 4-1 win over Baker to propel Rio Grande to a sweep of the Rio Grande Classic. 

The five goals and 10 points for the weekend came on 11 shots, eight of which went on goal. 

Lamprou named RSC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for IU East

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East sophomore Peter Lamprou had a big game to earn River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 22-28. 

Lamprou, from Lagyna, Greece, posted 10 saves in a season-opening win over Rochester. It was a 4-0 shutout for him. The next game included six saves in a 3-0 loss to Holy Cross. 

Smith picked for RSC Volleyball Defender of the Week from IU Kokomo

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo junior Alyvia Smith was picked as River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 22-28.

Smith, from Muncie, Ind., totaled 67 digs in four matches playing back row for the Cougars. IU Kokomo went 3-1 in the opening weekend with Smith putting up 4.47 digs per set. 

She reached double figures in digs all four matches. There were 21 digs and seven assists n a win over St. Thomas to begin. Smith also had 20 digs and five assists in a close loss to No. 22 Taylor. 

Shirley selected RSC Volleyball Setter of the Week for IU East

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East junior Reece Shirley was selected River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Aug. 22-28.

The Michigan City, Ind., native racked up 10.15 assists per set in four matches over this past weekend. Three of those matches included over 30 assists, and the other one had 29 assists. Shirley also collected 32 digs on the week for an average of 2.46 per set. 

Shirley had a high of 37 assists and tied a high of nine digs in a sweep over Shawnee State. There were also 32 assists, eight digs and five kills despite a loss to Marian.

Price picked as RSC Volleyball Attacker of the Week from IU East

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Makayla Price from Indiana University East was selected as the River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for her play Aug. 22-28.

The sophomore pin hitter amassed 83 kills in the Red Wolves’ first eight matches. IU East has started off the year 6-2. The award this week is for all matches played to date this season. 

Price put up five matches of double-digit kills in that span with highs of 16 kills and a .583 percentage in a win over Indiana Northwest. Price has averaged 3.07 kills per set along with 1.33 digs. 

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Despite Five-Run First, Indians Fall in Series Opener in Louisville, 7-6

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Indianapolis Indians sent 10 hitters to the plate in a five-run top of the first inning, but ultimately fell in walk-off fashion to the Louisville Bats on Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field, 7-6 in 10 innings.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Bats third baseman Spencer Steer advanced placed runner Lorenzo Cedrola to third base with a ground out, which provided a chance for right fielder Stephen Piscotty to plate the winning run with a ball hit to the outfield. On a 2-0 pitch, Piscotty drilled a fastball from Indians closer Eric Hanhold (L, 3-3) that hit off the base of the wall in straight-away left field, allowing Cedrola to trot home to end the game. This came after Indianapolis center fielder Jared Oliva singled to lead off the top of the 10th inning to put runners at first and second, but catcher Jose Godoy’s sacrifice bunt attempt one-hopped its way to the pitcher’s mound, and Bats reliever Eddy Demurias (W, 4-1) promptly fired to third base to start a 1-5-3 double play to highlight a scoreless top of the inning.

From the start, the Indians (62-60) applied immediate pressure on Bats starter Ben Lively with three of the first four hitters in the Indianapolis lineup collecting singles. Shortstop Hoy Park led off the game with a ground ball up the middle, and first baseman Kevin Padlo plated him with a looped single out to right center field. After recently-optioned right fielder Bligh Madris drove in a run with an RBI groundout, designated hitter Mason Martin drove in a run on an infield single and Godoy plated two more with a ground ball through the vacated left side of the infield.

After Indians starter Jerad Eickhoff set down the first six hitters he saw, the Bats (52-72) loaded the bases with three walks before Steer cleared them with a three-run double to left center field in the bottom of the third.

Indians third baseman Diego Castillo tacked on an insurance run in the top of the fifth with a line drive home run that snuck just inside the left field foul pole, but Louisville struck for another three-run inning to tie the game in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run single from second baseman Leonardo Rivas that bounced through the right side of the infield.

Despite out-hitting the Bats 13-8, the Indians lost in walk-off fashion for the sixth time this season. With a 3-5 game including a double, left fielder Cal Mitchell extended his hitting streak to six games since Aug. 19. Tuesday’s performance also gave Mitchell his sixth multi-hit game in the month of August. Castillo, Martin, and Oliva added two hits apiece, including two walks for Castillo to put him on base four times in the loss.

The Indians and Bats continue their series on Wednesday night at Louisville Slugger Field, with first pitch again scheduled for 6:35 PM ET. RHP Raynel Espinal (5-6, 5.79) gets the ball for Louisville, while Indianapolis has yet to name a starting pitcher.

Colts Announce Initial 53-Man Roster For 2022 Season

The Colts on Tuesday made a flurry of roster moves and unveiled their initial 53-man roster for the 2022 season.

Here’s how the roster breaks down (players listed in alphabetical order):

Quarterbacks (3): Sam Ehlinger, Nick Foles, Matt Ryan

Snap reaction: Ehlinger’s fantastic preseason – in which he went 24 of 29 for 289 yards with five total touchdowns and a passer rating of 147.8 – helped earn him a spot on the 53-man roster. “It’s hard to imagine having a better preseason than he’s had,” head coach Frank Reich said. “Really excited about him and his continued development.”

Running backs (3): Nyheim Hines, Deon Jackson, Jonathan Taylor

Snap reaction: Jackson’s contributions on special teams – he played 81 snaps on it in 2021 and played on the Colts’ punt return, punt coverage, kick return and kick coverage units – are notable here. The Colts also got an extended look at him with the first-team offense in Saturday’s preseason finale, in which he rushed for a touchdown and picked up 26 yards on a screen pass from Matt Ryan.

Wide receivers (6): Parris Campbell, Ashton Dulin, Alec Pierce, Dezmon Patmon, Michael Pittman Jr., Mike Strachan

Snap reaction: The question of if Patmon or Strachan would make the roster turned out this answer: Both Patmon and Strachan made the cut.

Tight ends (3): Mo Alie-Cox, Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods

Snap reaction: Granson and Woods both stepped up after sixth-round pick Drew Ogletree suffered a season-ending knee injury during training camp. “A guy like (Granson), you want to get the ball in his hands because he’s deadly after the catch,” offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said.

Offensive linemen (8): Wesley French, Will Fries, Ryan Kelly, Quenton Nelson, Danny Pinter, Matt Pryor, Bernhard Raimann, Braden Smith

Snap reaction: Raimann is the backup tackle here, although Fries has experience playing tackle in college. And let’s not gloss over the French Fries combo here.

Defensive linemen (10): Ben Banogu, DeForest Buckner, Byron Cowart, Eric Johnson II, Tyquan Lewis, Yannick Ngakoue, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Dayo Odeyingbo, Kwity Paye, Grover Stewart

Snap reaction: The Colts are carrying five defensive ends (Banogu, Ngakoue, Odenigbo, Odeyingbo and Paye), four defensive tackles (Buckner, Cowart, Johnson, Stewart) and one Swiss Army knife (Lewis). Lewis’ versatility is key here, as the Colts believe the 2018 second-round pick has the ability to play well at every position on the defensive line.

Linebackers (6): JoJo Domann, Zaire Franklin, Shaquille Leonard, Bobby Okereke, E.J. Speed, Grant Stuard

Snap reaction: Leonard, the three-time first-team AP All-Pro, was removed from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list on Tuesday. The Colts acquired Stuard in a pick swap with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday.

Cornerbacks (6): Tony Brown, Brandon Facyson, Dallis Flowers, Stephon Gilmore, Kenny Moore II, Isaiah Rodgers Sr.

Snap reaction: Brown was the Colts’ highest-graded special teamer during the preseason, according to Pro Football Focus, and he notched an interception and tackle for a loss while playing both in the slot (47 snaps) and out wide (50 snaps) at cornerback. The speedy Flowers had a 53-yard kickoff return against the Buccaneers and flashed his athletic upside during training camp.

Safeties (5): Julian Blackmon, Nick Cross, Trevor Denbow, Rodney McLeod, Rodney Thomas II

Snap reaction: Denbow led the NFL with five special teams tackles during the 2022 preseason, and led the Colts with 53 special teams snaps, too. The athletic Thomas made a couple of strong open-field tackles in the Colts’ final preseason game and played the third-most special teams snaps on the team in August, too.

Specialists (3): Rodrigo Blankenship (K), Matt Haack (P), Luke Rhodes (LS)

Snap reaction: Blankenship earned the Colts’ kicking job with a strong showing during training camp and preseason games. “Rod has been really consistent throughout the preseason and in games and in training camp,” special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone said. “He’s done a good job. He really has. He’s done a good job. There hasn’t been a lot of variation on his kicks. He’s been consistent.” Haack, too, had four of his five punts downed inside the 20-yard line in his Colts preseason debut on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

IU, Portland Settle for Draw

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Battling through 29 drawn fouls, the Indiana men’s soccer team (0-1-1) settled for a 3-3 draw with Portland (0-0-2) Tuesday (Aug. 30) night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

The Hoosiers had the bulk of the opportunities with 20 shots, nine on goal, versus Portland’s five, but the Pilots took advantage of their chances to force a tie. Portland players and coaches were shown seven yellow cards versus IU’s one.

KEY MOMENTS

• 6′ – Indiana scored the opening goal in the sixth minute for a second straight match as senior defender Nyk Sessock’s long throw fell to redshirt senior midfielder Ben Yeagley, who took a touch and fired into the side netting.

• 8′ – Portland equalized two minutes later as senior forward Gurman Sangha found junior midfielder Brandon Cambridge for their first goal.

• 13′ – Senior forward Maouloune Goumballe drew a foul in the top of the box and earned a penalty for the Hoosiers. Sophomore forward Tommy Mihalic stepped to take and rocketed his shot past the outstretched keeper to give IU a 2-1 advantage.

• 28′ – Sessock’s second assist of the night gave IU a two-goal lead. His cross from the left wing found the head of redshirt senior forward Ryan Wittenbrink, who nudged it in while locking arms with a defender.

• 32′ – Portland got a goal back before the half thanks to a nice counter move. Dribbling through midfield and into the final third, Sangha found sophomore midfielder Sebastien Nava on the flank. Nava crossed and junior forward Jacob Babalai turned it in with a header.

• 57 – The Pilots scored the lone goal of the second half and equalized. Sangha beat his defender to the end line, crossed and Nava was there to chest it in over the goal line.

NOTABLES

• Indiana has gone 135 consecutive matches without back-to-back regular season losses. The streak spans 3,221 days in totals dating back to November 1, 2013.

• IU is undefeated in its last 10 home matches, owning a 9-0-1 record during that span.

• The Hoosiers record in home openers is now 31-10-9 (.710).

• Sessock tallied two assists on the night, a career high. In three seasons at IU, Sessock now has three assists.

• Wittenbrink has now scored in both of IU’s matches this season, bringing his career total to 11 goals.

• Ben Yeagley scored his first goal in over a year, his last coming as the match-winner in IU’s 2021 season opener (Aug. 27, 2021). Yeagley now has two goals in his career.

• Mihalic scored his first-career penalty goal Tuesday night. The sophomore has six goals in his young career.

UP NEXT

Indiana continues a four-match homestand Saturday (Sep. 3) night when it hosts No. 8 Notre Dame. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

IUXC: Season Preview

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The 2022 Cross Country season is officially upon us.

Over the course of the 2021 calendar year, distance runners ran in two Cross Country seasons and completed a Track and Field season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three months after the conclusion of the 2022 Track and Field season, IU’s distance runners will return to courses for the impending Cross Country competition schedule.

IU’s men were 4th at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships last October while the women followed closely in 5th.

The Hoosiers will be searching for a first Big Ten Cross Country Championship on the women’s side since 1990 while the men go for their first since the 2013 campaign.

This will be the final season with Ron Helmer as head coach as he gets set to retire following the 2022-2023 school year after more than 50 years coaching.

Returning Athletes:

On the women’s side, the Hoosiers return four of their top-five finishers from last year’s Big Ten Cross Country Championships.

Sarah Schmitt led IU with a 14th-place finish, crossing the line in 21:07.8 in University Park.

Mariah Wehrle, Mikaela Ramirez and Maddie Dalton were among the point scorers for the Hoosiers last season.

The men’s side sees the return of three-point scorers from the Big Ten Championships including Jake Gebhardt, Austin Haskett and Skylar Stidam.

All three of those returners were underclassmen last season.

Gebhardt finished 23rd in the Big Ten last season while Haskett followed close behind at 24th.

Among the returners on the men’s side include Gabriel Sanchez, the 2021 Cross Country Freshman of the Year.

Newcomers:

The women will be aided by the addition of Alyssa Shope on this year’s roster.

The Gahanna, Ohio native was the 2021 Ohio State Cross Country Champion. She owns a personal best in the 3200 meters of 10:32.42.

IU’s men welcome the additions of a group of talented freshmen. Abe Eckman, out of Jasper, Ind., was the IHSAA State runner-up across 3200 meters.

Eckman, alongside fellow freshman Cole Raymond, finished 5th and 6th respectively at last year’s IHSAA Cross Country State Championships.

Schedule:

The Hoosiers will race four times before the 2022 Big Ten Cross Country Championships in Ann Arbor.

Trips to Miami (OH) for the Redhawk Rumble and Lehigh for the Paul Short Invite supplement the Coaching Tree Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.) and Nuttycombe Invitational (Madison, Wisc.).

The Coaching Tree Invitational will feature schools coached by former assistants/athletes of IU coach Ron Helmer as he embarks as his final season in the industry.

Expected teams include powerhouse and reigning Men’s National Champions Northern Arizona as well as North Carolina and others.

Big Ten Breakdown:

Michigan will host the 2022 Big Ten Cross Country Championship.

Wisconsin won last year’s men’s title in convincing fashion with the Badgers’ Bob Liking taking the individual title.

Minnesota won the title on the women’s side by six points with the Golden Gophers’ Megan Hasz taking the individual crown.

Game 1 Prep: Purdue Set to Host Penn State Thursday Night for Season Opener

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue opens its 135th season of football with a Thursday night bout against Penn State in front of a packed Ross-Ade Stadium and a national audience on FOX. Kickoff is set for 8:05 p.m. ET.

Ross-Ade Stadium will be blacked out Thursday night. The Boilermakers will host their first Blackout game since 2018 when Purdue thumped No. 3 Ohio State.

BROHM AND THE BOILERMAKERS: YEAR 6

• Jeff Brohm enters his sixth year at the helm in West Lafayette.

• Brohm boasts a career record of 58-39, a .598 winning percentage, with nearly half of those wins coming at Purdue.

• A program with a combined nine wins in the four seasons prior to Brohm’s arrival, Purdue matched that output in one season – a memorable 2021 campaign.

• The Boilermakers have made three bowl appearances in five years under Brohm, joining Joe Tiller and Jim Young as the only Purdue coaches to accomplish that feat.

• Over Brohm’s five seasons at the helm, the Purdue offense has averaged 419.8 yards per game and 27.6 points per game.

• Purdue has had three All-Americans since Brohm’s arrival; the Boilermakers only had three All-Americans from 2004-17 (13 seasons).

• Boilermakers have won five individual Big Ten honors under Brohm’s guidance: Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Rondale Moore – 2018, David Bell – 2019), Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year (Moore – 2018, Bell – 2021), Big Ten Tight End of the Year (Brycen Hopkins – 2019).

COMMENCING WITH CONFERENCE

• The Boilermakers have a 78-50-6 record in season-opening games. Purdue has never faced Penn State to start the year.

• Purdue has opened the season with a conference game 17 times previously, the last coming in 2018 against Northwestern.

• Purdue is 7-10 when facing a conference opponent to start the year and 5-10 against Big Ten opponents – three of those losses were to the University of Chicago, which left the Big Ten in 1946.

THURSDAY NIGHT OPENER

• The Boilermakers are scheduled to open a season on a Thursday for the third time in program history and play just their third Thursday game since 1904.

• Purdue holds a 6-7-2 record when playing on Thursdays.

    (2-5-2 at home, 3-1 on the road, 1-1 at neutral sites)

• Eleven of Purdue’s 15 Thursday games have been played on Thanksgiving.

99th SEASON AT ROSS-ADE STADIUM

• The Boilermakers will call Ross-Ade Stadium home for the 99th season in 2022.

• A roughly two-year construction process for $237,500 ($3.76 million) with funds raised by Purdue alumni David E. Ross and George Ade helped replace Stuart Field, which had hosted Purdue Football since its inception.

• Ross-Ade Stadium had the perfect dedication and opening, a 26-7 drubbing of Indiana for homecoming on Nov. 22, 1924.

• Originally seating 13,500 with an additional 5,000 standing spots, Ross-Ade Stadium now can hold up to 61,320, including non-ticketed personnel.

• Purdue has an all-time record of 294-198 at Ross-Ade Stadium.

THE LAST BLACKOUT

• Purdue will hold its first Blackout game since 2018 when it faced then-No. 2 Ohio State.

• The Boilermakers rolled to a 49-20 victory over the Buckeyes.

• Quarterback David Blough threw for 378 yards and three scores, Rondale Moore caught two touchdowns to finish with 170 yards on 12 receptions, D.J. Knox rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns and the defense kept Ohio State out of the end zone until the fourth quarter.

• Tyler Trent served as an inspiration for the Boilermakers that night, and his legacy lives on in many ways within the program, including the Tyler Trent Student Gate on the northeast side of Ross-Ade Stadium.

2021: A HISTORIC SEASON

• Purdue finished the 2021 season with nine wins for the first time since 2003, when the Boilermakers also were 9-4.

• The nine wins were second-most in program history, as the Boilermakers record at least nine wins for the 12th time in the

team’s 134-year history.

• Two of those victories were over previously unbeaten No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16) and No. 3 Michigan State (Nov. 6), giving the Boilermakers two wins over Top 5 teams for the first time since 1960.

• Purdue finished with a record of 6-3 in Big Ten play, the most conference wins in a season since the 2003 team went 6-2.

• The Boilermakers tied for second in the Big Ten West, finishing in the division’s top three for the third time in five seasons under head coach Jeff Brohm (2017, 2018, 2021).

• Purdue won five games away from home for the first time since 1943, going 5-2 away from Ross-Ade Stadium.

• Purdue entered the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 19 on Nov. 9, the first-ever in the CFP era for the Boilermakers.

• The season was capped off with a thrilling 48-45 overtime victory over Tennessee in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl.

• The Boilermakers held four opponents to fewer than 10 points in 2021, the first time it has achieved the feat since 1978, when six opponents were held to single-digit point totals.

NATIONAL LEADERS IN 2021

• Completing 70.8 percent of passes, Purdue led the Big Ten and ranked second in the country.

• The Boilermakers limited making penalties, committing a conference-low 4.5 per game that was the 10th-fewest nationally.

• Purdue’s passing offense ranked fifth in the country and second in the Big Ten with 355.4 yards per game.

• Opponents were only been able to convert 8 of 22 fourth down attempts for a .364 conversion rate, putting the Boilermakers 11th nationally in defending fourth downs.

• Purdue’s red zone defense also ranked 23rd in the country.

REMEMBERING LEN DAWSON

• The Boilermakers bid farewell to one of the iconic greats and a pioneer of the Cradle of Quarterbacks in Len Dawson, who passed away Aug. 24 at the age of 87.

• A three-year starter at Purdue, Dawson was named All-Big Ten and led the conference in passing and total offense all three seasons. He set then-records at Purdue with 3,325 yards and 29 passing touchdowns.

• Over a 19-year career for Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Houston/Kansas City, Dawson threw for 28,711 yards and 239 touchdowns and netted numerous honors, including a win in Super Bowl IV, Super Bowl IV MVP honors, his No. 16 retired by the Kansas City Chiefs and induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

• Following his playing career, Dawson served several roles as a broadcaster around football, hosting HBO’s “Inside the NFL” for 25 years, landing him back in Canton for a second time as a broadcaster.

• Purdue will don a helmet decal to honor the late Purdue and Pro Football Hall of Famer.

NEW FACES ON STAFF

• The Boilermakers will have five new assistant coaches on the sidelines in 2022:

• David Elson (Linebackers) – a former head coach at Western Kentucky and a defensive coordinator at several stops, spent the 2021 campaign with Purdue as a defensive quality control coach.

• Garrick McGee (Wide Receivers) – joined the Boilermakers with 26 years of coaching experience, including time as the head coach at UAB, where Jeff Brohm was his offensive coordinator, and several stints as an offensive coordinator; he most recently coached quarterbacks at Florida in 2021.

• Ryan Wallace (Tight Ends) – has spent the past five seasons on Brohm’s staff, serving as an offensive and special teams assistant.

• Aston Youboty (Cornerbacks) – was an All-Big Ten cornerback at Ohio State and played five seasons in the NFL before making the transition into coaching; he coached cornerbacks at Youngstown State and was as a quality control coach at Wisconsin.

• Karl Maslowski (Special Teams/Linebackers) – joined Purdue after spending three seasons at Louisville. He was an All-American linebacker at Western Kentucky from 1999-03.

RECORD BREAKERS

• The Boilermakers produced several new school records during the 2021 campaign, courtesy of the passing game.

• Purdue broke the school record for passing yards in a season with 4,620 to top the previous record of 4,208 set in 1998.

• The Boilermakers broke the program record for passing yards per game with 355.3 to eclipse the previous mark of 341.8 set in 1985.

• Purdue totaled 221 passing first downs to best the original record of 204 set in 1998.

• Boilermaker quarterbacks recorded 407 completions to pass the previous record of 377 set in 1998.

• Purdue quarterbacks also completed 70.8 percent of their passes, including 70.2 percent by Aidan O’Connell; both percentages are new school records.

AIR IT OUT AIDAN

• Starting his career as a walk-on before taking over the starting duties, Aidan O’Connell put together a memorable 2021 campaign.

• O’Connell earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches and media, the first Purdue quarterback to be named to one of the first two All-Big Ten teams since Kyle Orton in 2004.

• O’Connell’s 71.8% completion percentage set a new school record and ranked fourth in the country.

• Despite splitting time at points of the season, O’Connell threw for 3,712 yards (11th) and 28 touchdowns (17th).

• In games against Top 5 competition (at No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, and at No. 4 Ohio State), O’Connell threw for 1,301 passing yards (433.7 avg.) and completed 110-of-146 pass attempts (.753). For those three games, O’Connell had a 9-0 TD-INT ratio.

SECOND SEASON WITH ENGLISH/HAGEN

• Purdue enters its second season with co-defensive coordinators Ron English and Mark Hagen. The duo, along with fellow co-defensive coordinator Brad Lambert who left for Wake Forest during the offseason, provided some much-needed stability to the defensive side of the ball.

• With Hagen’s focus on the defensive line and English handling the defensive backs, Purdue trimmed opponents’ passing yards per game down to 208.7 yards, which ranked fifth nationally and second in the Big Ten.

• The Boilermakers also posted their first shutout since 2011 with a 49-0 drubbing of UConn.

Butler MSoccer Upsets No. 14 Marshall with 1-0 Shutout

 INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men’s soccer team weathered a 40-minute stoppage in play and an early ending as it upended No. 14 Marshall late Monday night. The Bulldogs (2-0) scored late in the first half and stepped up their defensive play to deny the Thundering Herd (1-1) an equalizer. The match was officially called with 6:25 showing on the game clock.

Key Moments

26′ | Gabriel Gjergji uses his right foot to deflect a hard, low shot from a Marshall striker.

40′ | Rico Hollenkamp steals the ball at midfield and finds Palmer Ault forward and on the right side. Ault carries and passes to the middle to the feet of Jack Haywood. Haywood one-touches back to Ault who is sprinting toward the box. Ault one-times the ball low and to the far post, putting Butler up, 1-0.

41′ | The Thundering Herd hits three shots within a matter of seconds, with Gjergji stopping the first with his foot, the second shot being blocked, and the third careening off target.

   HALFTIME

54′ | A Marshall cross to the middle of Butler’s box sets up a hard strike directly at the Bulldogs’ goal. Gjergji reacts and denies the scoring opportunity with his right hand.

64′ | A weather delay of about 40 minutes sends both teams to the locker room.

84′ | A second period of lighting, with 6:25 on the clock, officially ends the match.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Palmer Ault

ASSISTS: Jack Haywood      

Bulldog Bits

Palmer Ault’s goal was his second game-winning goal of the season and of his career.

Jack Haywood’s assist was his first of the season and the 20th of his career. He has now moved into a tie for fourth on Butler’s all-time list for career assists.

Gabriel Gjergji made seven saves in the match. The shutout was his second of the season and the 18th of his career. He is now tied for third on Butler’s all-time list for shutouts.

Marshall outshot Butler, 21-9, and had seven shots on goal, compared to one for the Bulldogs.

Butler had three wins over ranked opponents last season that included No. 18 Lipscomb (3-1), No. 20 Providence (2-1), and No. 24 St. John’s (1-0 OT).

FB Preview | Indiana State opens 2022 season at home against North Alabama

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State opens the 2022 season with a Thursday night contest underneath the lights of Memorial Stadium as the Sycamores welcome visiting North Alabama to the field on September 1. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Lions is set for 6 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Game Day Information and Activities

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Tailgating and Clear Bag Policies

Indiana State Athletics announced updated tailgating and clear bag policies for the 2022-23 athletic year. The policies are consistent with other members in both the Missouri Valley Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference.

White Out

Indiana State football has announced that Thursday night’s season opener against North Alabama will be a White Out game. The Sycamores will be wearing their all-white uniforms and white helmets in honor of the three students who passed away following the tragic accident on August 21. Indiana State is grieving the loss of Jayden Musili, as well as freshman football players Christian Eubanks and Caleb VanHooser who died in a tragic one-car accident.

Indiana State football will also feature a new helmet sticker this season in honor of their former teammates. All fans and students are encouraged to wear their white in support of the Sycamores at the home opener.

105.5 The Legend – Live on Site

105.5 The Legend, home of Sycamore Athletics on the radio will be live on site outside Memorial Stadium from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Country radio broadcaster DJ hall of fame Inductee Barry Kent will be live and will be joined by various Indiana State athletic personnel leading up to the pregame show for the Sycamores home opener.

2022 Indiana State Football Season Tickets On Sale

For more information on Indiana State 2022 football tickets, fans can contact Assistant Manager of Athletic Ticketing Austin Bishop by phone at 812-237-8972 or via email at Austin.Bishop@indstate.edu. Fans can also call 877-ISU-TIXS or email ISU-Tickets@indstate.edu.

Fans have the opportunity to also buy or renew season tickets online by clicking HERE. Fans will also have the option to get their season tickets printed for an additional $5 charge.

Weekly Notes

Home Openers

Indiana State is 44-53-5 all-time in their season openers dating back to the 1898 season. The Sycamores have been at home on 41 separate occasions to start the year with ISU posting a 28-11-2 overall record. Five of ISU’s last six season openers have been at Memorial Stadium. The Sycamores won four of the five, including last year’s 26-21 win over Eastern Illinois.

About North Alabama

This will be North Alabama’s fifth season as a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, but will be the Lions’ first as a full Division I member after a four-year transition period. A charter member of the Gulf South Conference and the NCAA Division II, the Lions officially moved to Division I status on July 1, 2018, and began their transition in the Fall of 2018.

UNA produced one of the most successful football programs in the history of the GSC and Division II, advancing to the Division II Playoffs 12 times in its final 15 seasons in the division and making 21 total playoff appearances, winning 35 post-season games and three national championships. The 21 post-season trips and 35 playoff wins rank second in DII history. During the transition, UNA went 7-3 in 2018, 4-7 in 2019, 0-4 in COVID shortened 2020 season, and 3-8 last season for a 14-22 record.

North Alabama was selected sixth overall in the ASun preseason poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Series History

Thursday night’s kickoff marks the Sycamores’ first contest in program history against North Alabama. The Lions are one of two first-time opponents for Indiana State this season. The other is MVFC foe North Dakota (Nov. 5). Indiana State is 8-5 overall against the current Atlantic Sun membership. ISU has won their last three games against Atlantic Sun members with wins over Eastern Kentucky in 2014, 2019, and 2021.

This Date in Indiana State Football History

Indiana State has played eight games on September 1 in program history. The Sycamores are 3-5 all-time in games played on the date. This is the first time ISU and North Alabama have meet on the date.

1934 – vs. Valparaiso – L, 14-7

1945 – vs. Eastern Kentucky – L, 19-12

1979 – vs Drake – W, 19-12

1984 – vs. Wayne State – W, 42-6

1990 – vs. Central Missouri State – W, 37-16

2005 – vs. Eastern Illinois – L, 24-13

2007 – at Indiana – L, 55-7

2012 – at Indiana – L, 24-17

Honoring Their Teammates

Indiana State football will be honoring former student-athletes Christian Eubanks and Caleb VanHooser who passed away in a tragic car accident prior to the start of the 2022 season. The Sycamores will honor their teammates with a sticker on the back of their helmets this year in honor and remembrance of their former teammates and the legacy they left at Indiana State.

Quarterback No. 1

The Sycamores came into the 2022 Fall Camp looking at a quarterback battle and the competition remained fierce throughout the entirety of the preseason. On Monday, Head Coach Curt Mallory announced that redshirt sophomore transfer Gavin Screws, topped the competition to claim the starting role in Week 1. Screws joined the Sycamores in the spring coming by way of Butler Community College after a standout 2021 campaign that featured him going for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns with the Grizzlies.

We Roll Deep

The Indiana State running back room is one of the deepest in terms of experience on the Sycamores roster heading into the 2022 season. Six of the seven running backs have collegiate experience and have lined up in at least one game, while the seventh (Plez Lawrence) is a true freshman that racked up 1,400 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior season at Kokomo High School.

Justin Dinka and Tee Hodge are likely to get the starting nods throughout the 2022 season. Dinka is the most experienced of the bunch and returns as the Sycamores’ leading rusher averaging 5.9 yards per carry with a season-high 42 yards coming against Southern Illinois. Hodge made his collegiate debut at Tennessee last season, while Dixon made a trio of appearances on the field last season. Dawson Basinger and Korbin Allen also saw time on the field in the 2021 season and will be in the mix throughout the year.

Hendrix Breakout Season

Glad to have you back Dante Hendrix! The Sycamores wide receiver is back for his sixth year in the Indiana State Blue & White after an injury-shortened campaign in the 2021 fall. The Florence, Ky. native battled through a midseason injury on his way to finishing with a team-best 42 catches for 447 yards, while adding three touchdowns over six games. Hendrix would have finished the 2021 season among the MVFC leaders in receiving yards per game (74.5), while his 10.6 yards per reception would have also put him among the Valley’s best. Hendrix was a 2019 First Team All-MVFC receiver in his last full season finishing among the league leaders in yards (653) and receptions (51). He leads a strong receiving corps and has posted an Indiana State record of posting at least one catch in 26 consecutive games. He will likely be targeted early and often throughout the 2022 season as the Sycamores run out a new primary quarterback at the helm for the eighth consecutive season.

The Tight End Battle

Gone is do-everything tight end Zach Larkin. The former Sycamore finished among the team leaders in receptions (29) and receiving yards (312), while finishing tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. The 6-5 athlete leaves a big gap in the middle of the field in the Sycamore passing game, but Indiana State does return multiple players with experience this year including Henry Woodcock, Tyce Ferrell, and Lance Rees. The entirety of the tight end group brings size to the field which will be key in Missouri Valley Football play. All five active players listed among the position group stand at least 6-3 and average 238-lbs as the Sycamores will utilize sets that could feature multiple tight ends this year.

Eyes on the Captain

Indiana State redshirt junior Jose Vazquez IV was named a 2022 team captain as voted on by the Sycamores coaching staff and players. The Carol Stream, Ill. native looks forward to making an impact and bringing his leadership style to the offensive line in the 2022 season. Vazquez started all 11 games at right guard for the Sycamores in the 2021 season on his way to earning Phil Steele MVFC preseason honors. He helped pave the way for Indiana State to average 111.6 rushing yards and 291.2 yards of total offense per game in his redshirt sophomore campaign and added Phil Steele All-MVFC Third Team postseason recognition.

Purdue Fort Wayne Hosts Ball State, Travels to Southern Illinois

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer will host Ball State (Thursday, Sept. 1) and travel to Southern Illinois (Sunday, Sept. 4) this week.

Game Day Information

Who: Ball State

When: Thursday, September 1 | 7 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hefner Soccer Complex

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne

Game Day Information

Who: Southern Illinois

When: Sunday, September 4 | 2 PM ET

Where: Carbondale, Ill. | Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex

Live Stats: Link

Watch: None

Know Your Foes

• Ball State is 0-2-2 this season with losses to Kentucky and Xavier and draws with Queens and Indiana. The Cardinals have two goals this year, both coming against Xavier. Avery Fenchel and Lexi Fraley are the Cardinals’ goal scorers. Bethany Moser has played 356 of the 360 available minutes in goal.

• Southern Illinois is 0-2 this season with losses to Lindenwood and Missouri. The Salukis played 33 minutes at Bellarmine before having that match postponed due to weather. Alyssa Fallon is the only Saluki that has scored a goal, which came at Missouri. Chantelle Symes and Maddy Alaluf have both played 90 minutes in goal.

Series Histories

• The Mastodons are 1-15-1 against Ball State, with the series dating back to 2001. The ‘Dons’ only win came in 2013 and their tie was in 2002. Purdue Fort Wayne and Ball State have played in 10 of the last 11 seasons.

• Purdue Fort Wayne and Southern Illinois have played just once. The Mastodons and Salukis tied 1-1 in 2019. The ‘Dons got a goal from Kailyn Wade.

Familiar Faces

Purdue Fort Wayne has used the same starting XI in all four regular season contests this year.

Brick Wall Castaneda

Samantha Castaneda owns a 1.30 career goals against average, which is the best in program history among those that played at least 750 minutes in the net. Her mark of 1.35 GAA in 2021 was the second-best for a season-long average to Sam Pavlika’s 1.07 in 2012.

Mack to the Max!

Mackenzie Evans is the leading goal-scorer for the Mastodons this season with three goals. She had a pair of goals and an assist against Chicago State in the season opener and her third against Bellarmine.

She’s Been Around

Gabrielle Fanning is in her sixth year of college soccer, playing her first season in 2017. With a redshirt campaign in 2018 and the extra year due to the blanket COVID-19 waiver, Fanning is the only student-athlete at Purdue Fort Wayne of any sport to be playing her sixth year with the Mastodons. She is also the only current student-athlete to play under the “Fort Wayne” athletics branding, thus the only to play in blue and white uniforms. She has played in 68 games as a Mastodon, with 65 starts, and has a chance to become the all-time career leader in both categories.

Be Aware!

In the newest rule changes from the NCAA, overtime will no longer be played in the regular season. Overtime will only be played in postseason games, and will no longer be golden goal, meaning both 10-minute overtime periods will be played to completion.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne tied Bellarmine 1-1 thanks to a goal from Mackenzie Evans in the 77th minute. It was the Mastodons’ second draw of the young season.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will hit the road for a game at Southern Illinois on Sunday, September 4. The two teams have met just once before in 2019, which was a 1-1 tie.

UE opens home slate with 3-0 sweep

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Squaring off for the first time as Division I opponents, the University of Evansville volleyball team took down the University of Southern Indiana by a 3-0 final on Tuesday night inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

It was a complete team performance with the Purple Aces hitting .409 while holding the Screaming Eagles to .236.  One day after being named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career, Alondra Vazquez led all players with 13 kills.  Giulia Cardona picked up 12 while Melanie Feliciano had 11.  Kora Ruff had 38 assists and two kills while picking up nine digs.  Feliciano led both squads with 10 digs.

Set 1 – UE 25, USI 23

It was a big start for the Aces, who jumped out to a 4-0 lead with Alondra Vazquez recording a pair of kills.  UE continued to hold the lead, going up 12-7 on another Vazquez kill.  At that point, the Screaming Eagles made a run, scoring seven in a row to take their first lead of the night at 14-12.  USI extended the lead to 18-15 before Evansville rallied back.

Kills from Madisyn Steele and Melanie Feliciano knotted the score at 18-18 before Vazquez put the Aces on top at 22-21.  The Screaming Eagles continued to fight back, tying it back up at 23-23 before Kate Tsironis and Feliciano picked up the final two kills to give UE a 1-0 match lead.

Set 2 – UE 25, USI 18

Both teams held early advantages in game two before Evansville turned a 5-5 tie into an 8-5 lead.  The run was completed by the second kill of the set from Kora Ruff.  It was Ruff coming through later, adding a service ace that padded the lead at 13-7.

From that point on, UE kept the pressure on and did not let the Screaming Eagles within four points as the Aces finished the set with a 25-18 decision.  Laura Ruiz recorded a late service ace before Feliciano finished the set with a kill.

Set 3 – UE 25, USI 16

Using the momentum from the opening two frames, the Purple Aces put it all together to clinch the sweep.  It was the Screaming Eagles who had the early success, taking a 5-3 edge.  Feliciano came through with a service ace to give UE its first lead of the set at 8-7.  USI refused to go away quietly as they knotted it up at 10-10.

That is when reigning MVC Freshman of the Year Giulia Cardona took over.  Picking up three quick kills, Cardona helped UE score six in a row.  From there, the Aces put it in cruise control, coasting to the 25-16 win with Hannah Watkins picking up the clinching point to give UE its second-consecutive 3-0 sweep.

This weekend, the Aces are back on the road, heading to the Golden Eagle Invitational.  Hosted by Tennessee Tech, the Aces will also face Northwestern and Western Carolina.

Eagles swept by Aces

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (0-3, 0-0 OVC) could not stop the dominant University of Evansville (2-2, 0-0 MVC) attackers as the Screaming Eagles fall 3-0 (23-25, 18-25, 16-25) Tuesday night at Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Despite going on a valiant 7-0 run, USI watched frame one slip away, falling 25-23. The Eagles started the set down 4-0 before turning around and going on a 7-0 surge to give themselves the 14-12 advantage. However, the Aces proved to be too powerful, throwing down 19 kills and tabbing a .371 attacking percentage to notch the opening set win. Sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) tallied five of USI’s 11 kills.

Similar woes continued for the Eagles in set two, allowing the Aces to take the 25-18 second set victory and a 2-0 match lead. USI led 3-2 before Evansville went on an 8-2 run to eventually gain a 13-7 advantage. Kills from freshman middle blocker Bianca Anderson (Chicago Heights, Illinois) and junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) cut the deficit but it was not enough to catch up to the high-flying Aces, who finished the set with 14 kills and a .348.

The Eagles could not get things put together in the third frame to fall 25-16 and lose its third straight match of the season. Evansville put together a dominate frame, tabbing 18 kills along with a .486 attacking percentage. Sophomore outside/right side hitter Evie Duncan (Evansville, Indiana) was able to produce a pair of kills for the Eagles.

Weber led the attack and defense for USI by accumulating 10 kills and seven digs. Junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch (Belleville, Illinois) finished the match with a team-high 16 assists and two blocks. Anderson and outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) shared the service ace title with one apiece.

Offensively, USI finished with 28 kills and just 11 attack errors along with a .236 attacking percentage. The Eagles also dished out 26 assists and recorded 23 digs. Evansville’s attackers threw down 51 kills with a .409. The Aces tallied 48 assists and seven service aces.

NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:

The Eagles travel to Kent, Ohio for the Kent State Invitational where USI will face off against Oakland University and Kent State University Friday September 2 before battling Cornell University Saturday September 3.

Soccer Hosts Chicago State, Travels to Ball State

Valparaiso (1-1-2, 0-0-0 MVC)

Friday, Sept. 2 – Chicago State (0-4-0) – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 4 – at Ball State (0-2-2) – noon CT

Next Up in Valpo Soccer: Halfway through the non-conference slate, the Valpo soccer team makes a stop back at Brown Field for a home match Friday evening against Chicago State before a quick road trip to Muncie for a Sunday afternoon showdown against Ball State.

Previously: The Beacons posted a 0-1-1 record on their Colorado road trip last weekend, falling 3-0 at #25 Colorado before drawing 1-1 with Northern Colorado thanks to a goal from Dana Fish.

Looking Ahead: The non-conference schedule comes to an end next weekend with a pair of matches on Brown Field, as Valpo welcomes Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday night and Bowling Green on Sunday afternoon. The latter match will serve as the program’s Senior Day match.

Following the Beacons: The Chicago State match will be broadcast live on ESPN3. All nine of Valpo’s home matches are slated for broadcast on The Valley on ESPN (ESPN+ or ESPN3), while select road matches will be broadcast as well.

Head Coach John Marovich: In his 15th season at the helm of the Valpo program, John Marovich holds a 114-106-40 (.515) record both overall and at Valpo as a head coach. The 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Marovich holds Valpo’s all-time records for both victories and winning percentage.

Series Notes: Chicago State – Valpo has won all three meetings in the series history against the Cougars. Last season, Valpo claimed a 3-0 win in Bridgeview, Ill., as Cassidy Eckstein, Dana Fish and Cierra Welch found the back of the net and Georgia Henkel posted a clean sheet.

Ball State – Valpo owns a 4-2-0 advantage all-time over the Cardinals, but it was BSU which came out victors at Brown Field last season in the first meeting since 2009, 3-1. The Cardinals took advantage of a pair of penalty kicks in that fixture. Kelsie James was responsible for the Beacons’ goal.

Scouting the Opposition: Chicago State – The Cougars enter Friday’s match at 0-4-0 on the season, most recently falling in a neutral-site match on Monday to North Dakota State, 4-1. CSU interim head coach Aulani Fernandez spent this past spring on staff at Valpo as a volunteer assistant.

Ball State – The Cardinals enter this week at 0-2-2, with a pair of scoreless draws against Queens and Indiana on their resume. Ball State was picked to finish in a tie for seventh place in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll.

Valpo Picked Atop Preseason Poll: The Beacons will be the hunted rather than the hunter this season, as Valpo was chosen atop the MVC preseason poll. Valpo gathered eight out of 11 potential first-place votes and totaled 116 out of 121 potential points, 22 points clear of second-placed Indiana State in the poll. Notably, the program has matched or surpassed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley.

Quartet of Preseason Honorees: Plenty of individual standouts have helped Valpo get to the point where it is the preseason Valley favorite, and four of them were honored with preseason All-MVC accolades. Seniors Kiley Dugan and Nicole Norfolk were joined by juniors Nikki Coryell and Kelsie James as preseason honorees. Valpo topped all MVC schools with four members of the preseason All-Conference squad.

Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo put together its best season since joining the Valley last fall, finishing the year with a 10-6-2 overall record and a 6-1-1 mark in Valley play to finish in second place in the standings. The Beacons went unbeaten in their first seven MVC fixtures, part of a nine-match unbeaten streak – the second-longest such streak in program history. Eight players earned postseason awards from the MVC, highlighted by the selection of Nikki Coryell as MVC Goalkeeper of the Year for a second straight season. Kelsie James joined Coryell on the All-MVC First Team, while James and Kiley Dugan were both Second Team All-Region selections.

What’s Back and What’s New: Valpo returns 20 letterwinners from last season’s MVC runner-up squad, including nine starters. Joining the fold this year are six newcomers – five freshmen and one transfer.

Finding the Scoresheet Again: Sophomore Dana Fish tied for second on the team as a rookie last season with a trio of goals over 12 appearances as a reserve, and picked up right where she left off this past Sunday in her second match off the bench this season. Fish entered the match at Northern Colorado in the 28th minute and headed home a corner kick from Allie Anderson 13 minutes later. Last year, Fish’s first goal started a stretch where she picked up three goals and an assist over a four-match span. Fish’s four career goals have come in just 374 total minutes of action, as she averages a goal every 93.5 minutes.

Helping Out: Senior Allie Anderson delivered the assist on Fish’s goal at Northern Colorado with a well-taken corner kick. It was the third assist in Anderson’s two seasons at Valpo and the second which has come off of a set piece.

New Season, Same Weekly Honors: It’s become a habit for Valpo to pick up weekly awards from the MVC over the last few seasons, and that continued after opening weekend as goalkeeper Nikki Coryell was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week after posting a pair of clean sheets. Coryell, whose four saves included a diving effort in the final seconds to preserve the 0-0 draw at EIU Aug. 18, is now tied for fourth in program history with 14 career shutouts and is just one clean sheet away from becoming the 18th player in MVC history with 15 or more clean sheets.

Coryell has now been named MVC Defensive Player of the Week five times, tying her with Kelsie James (two Offensive, three Freshman) for the second-most prolific weekly award winner in program history, trailing only Lori Moore (1999-2002), who was a six-time Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week. Valpo has had at least one MVC weekly award winner in seven of the last nine weeks of regular season play dating back to last year and has 16 weekly award recipients since the start of the spring 2021 campaign.

Dugan and James Team Up: The pair of Kiley Dugan and Kelsie James teamed up for Valpo’s match-winner Aug. 21 against Youngstown State. Dugan finished off the move with the goal in the 74th minute ‑ her third career tally, first since March 19, 2021 and her first career match-winner. Meanwhile, James picked up the assist – the seventh of her career, five of which have come on match-winning goals.

The First Time: Freshman Molly O’Rear was the lone Beacon to make her debut in a Valpo uniform in the season opener at EIU, as she started and played all 90 minutes. Against YSU, sophomore Sam Gountounas made her first career start, while freshman Sarah Epstein came off the bench for her collegiate debut and transfer Andrea Garcia saw her first regular season action at Valpo. Last weekend, sophomore Emma Morrison made the first start of her collegiate career at Colorado.

National Recognition: Senior Kiley Dugan and junior Kelsie James both earned preseason recognition on a national level as well, as both were named preseason Players to Watch by United Soccer Coaches. The preseason Players to Watch lists are being released for the first time this season by the Division I All-America Committees to promote college soccer leading up to the official start date for the regular season. The lists include United Soccer Coaches All-Americans and first or second team All-Region players from 2021 who are scheduled to return for the 2022 season.

Coryell Between the Pipes: The two-time reigning MVC Goalkeeper of the Year, junior goalkeeper Nikki Coryell is back for her third season in net for the Beacons. Coryell posted an 8-6-2 record with a 1.15 GAA and an .819 save percentage a season ago and registered five solo shutouts, all of which came within MVC play. Coryell led the conference in MVC-only play in save percentage (.865), tied for the top spot in MVC-only action in shutouts and ranked third against conference foes in GAA (0.85). Also a two-time First Team All-MVC selection and a Third Team All-Region honoree last season, she already is tied for second in program history in career GAA (0.85) and ranks fifth in shutouts (12).

Dugan Gets It Done: A consistent presence up front for the Beacons, senior Kiley Dugan returns at forward. A Second Team All-MVC and Second Team All-Region choice last season, Dugan started all 18 matches and played the most minutes of any Valpo forward. She registered a pair of assists on the year, including a helper on the match-winning goal in the regular-season win over Evansville.

James Leads the Attack: Junior Kelsie James has cemented herself not only as one of the top attackers in the MVC, but as one of the top forwards in the Midwest. A First Team All-MVC choice and Second Team All-Region selection last season, James led the Valley last season with nine goals – becoming the first player in program history to lead the conference in goals. She also tied for the MVC best with 22 points, ranking sixth in a single season in program history in points and seventh in goals. James stepped up her game in conference-only action, pacing all MVC players in both goals (5) and match-winning goals (3).

Norfolk Anchors the Back Line: Senior Nicole Norfolk has been a rock in the center of Valpo’s back line ever since stepping on campus. A Second Team All-MVC selection last season, Norfolk set a program record for a field player by playing 3,591 consecutive matches to start her career before being subbed out late in a September win over St. Bonaventure. Norfolk went the distance in 16 of Valpo’s 18 matches last season and was part of a defensive unit which recorded eight clean sheets, five of which came in MVC play.

DuSatko Runs Up Top: Junior Lindsey DuSatko picked up Second Team All-MVC recognition a season ago despite missing three of Valpo’s eight conference fixtures. She ranked second on the team in both goals (3) and points (8). Two of DuSatko’s three goals came in conference play — the match-winner in extra time at Indiana State and the opening goal in Valpo’s win at Missouri State.

More on Last Year’s Awards: Coryell and James were the only two underclassmen to earn First Team All-MVC honors, while Valpo led the conference with five honorees between the first team and the second team. The last time Valpo had five players earn first or second team honors in the same season came back in 2005 in the Mid-Con.

Wait, There’s Even More!: In all, eight players earned postseason accolades from the Valley last year. Senior Natalie Graf was an Honorable Mention All-MVC choice, as she showcased her versatility, playing the third-most minutes among Valpo field players and seeing action at both defensive midfielder and center back. Dana Fish and Abby White represented the Beacons on the All-Freshman Team – Fish scored three goals, including match-winners against Illinois State and Southern Illinois, while White slotted in at left back from the season’s onset and played the second-most minutes among field players.

Always in the XI: Three players started all 18 matches for Valpo a season ago: Kiley Dugan, Nicole Norfolk and Abby White. All three have started each of this season’s first four matches as well. In their fourth season in the Valpo uniform, Dugan and Norfolk have both started all 54 matches since stepping on campus.

Football Season to Kick Off on Saturday Night at Brown Field

Indiana Wesleyan (0-0, 0-0 MSFA)

at Valparaiso (0-0, 0-0 PFL)

Game #1 Saturday, Sept. 3, 6 p.m. CT

Brown Field (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

This Week in Valpo Football: The lights will be on as the 2022 Valparaiso University football season kicks off as instate foe Indiana Wesleyan comes to town for the season opener at Brown Field. This will mark the debut of an enhanced gameday experience at Valpo football home games as the department has announced the addition of a Community Tailgate Lot featuring food trucks and children’s games, premium seating in an end zone tent and more. Coming off back-to-back seasons with a record of .500 or better for the first time in over 20 years, head coach Landon Fox’s program will look to sustain its recent success as the season kicks off this week.

Series Notes: This will mark the second matchup between these two teams after they faced off in last season’s lid-lifter in Marion. The host Wildcats prevailed 28-10 in a game where the first quarter proved pivotal. Valpo outscored Indiana Wesleyan 10-7 over the final three quarters, but the Wildcats had raced out to a 21-0 advantage in the opening period that proved too large to overcome. Austin Chilton made his first career interception, Chuck Maxwell scored his first career offensive touchdown and Keyon Turner recorded a career-high nine tackles, second on the team in that game behind Jaxon Peifer’s 14 stops.

Following the Beacons: This week’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Tom Byrne (analyst) describing the action. The radio call will be available on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app. For in-game social media updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Under the Lights: Home night games have been a rarity for the Valpo football program. This will mark the first such game in eight years as the last home night game was on Sept. 6, 2014 vs. Saint Joseph’s College, the first home game of the Dave Cecchini Era, which preceded the Landon Fox regime. Valpo also played a home night game in 2012 vs. Saint Joseph’s, 2011 vs. Franklin and 2010 vs. Saint Joseph’s. This will mark the fifth home night game in program history. Early-arriving fans on Saturday will receive glow-in-the-dark gear as part of a “glow night” theme.

Opening at Home: For the first time in a decade, Valpo will kick off the season at home. The last time the Beacons started the docket with a home contest was Aug. 30, 2012 vs. Saint Joseph’s. The last nine seasons have all started away from Brown Field. Valpo is just 1-12 in season openers over the last 13 years, in most cases taking on a scholarship opponent to lift the lid on the season. The one season-opening victory in that stretch came at Butler to begin the Spring 2021 slate. Valpo will also look for its first win in a home opener since 2016 as the program hopes to snap a skid of five straight setbacks in Brown Field lidlifters.

Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (9-20) is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in 2022. In his third season leading the program in Fall 2021, Valpo finished with a Pioneer Football League record of .500 or better for a second consecutive year. This marked the first time Valpo had achieved that feat since the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. The Beacons won four Pioneer Football League games in the same season for just the third time ever (2017 and Spring 2021) and four league games in any conference for just the third time since 1968. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.

A Look Back at Fall 2021

The program finished with a Pioneer Football League record of .500 or better for a second consecutive season for the first time since 1999 and 2000.

Valpo won four PFL games in the same season for just the third time ever (2017 & Spring 2021) and four league game in any conference for just the third time since 1968.

The 44-point margin of victory on Nov. 13 at Butler (W 47-3) set a program record for margin of victory against a Division-I opponent. It also was the largest margin of victory in league play in program history and the most lopsided win over Butler in the longstanding rivalry.

The game at Butler also marked the first time Valpo went on the road and held an opponent to three points or fewer since 2006.

Valpo had 112 points in a two-game span vs. Presbyterian and at Butler, tying with the 2017 squad (vs. Marist, vs. Morehead State) for the program’s most points over two games since 1985.

The team’s 65 points in a Nov. 6 win over Presbyterian marked its highest single-game scoring output since 1996 and the fifth-highest single-game scoring output in program history.

Valpo’s 45 points in an Oct. 23 victory over Dayton were the team’s most in all of the 30 all-time matchups with the Flyers. The 17-point margin of victory in the 45-28 win represented Valpo’s largest margin of victory in the all-time series.

Valpo picked up a 24-21 win at Drake on Sept. 25, the team’s second straight victory over the Bulldogs after a 17-game head-to-head losing streak. Prior to the calendar year of 2021, Valpo was 0-14 all-time at Drake, and the program has now won two straight in Des Moines.

Valpo beat both Drake and Dayton in the same season for the first time since 2003.

The program has advanced to a place where every league game is competitive. Three of the team’s four PFL losses were decided by seven points or fewer and none were decided by more than 13 points. Prior to 2021, Valpo had not had a season with no league losses of 14 points or more since 2003.

Valpo led the nation with nine blocked kicks, the second-most in program history and most since 1991. Valpo was the only team in all of Division-I college football (both FCS and FBS) to block nine kicks during the season.

The team notched 32 sacks, the program’s most since 2000 and the fifth-most in a single season in program history. Valpo ranked 15th nationally in FCS and led the PFL in sacks per game at 2.91.

Valpo was also among the national leaders in tackles for loss per game at 7.3, ranking 15th in FCS. The team’s 80 TFLs were its most since 1984 and the second most in program history.

Valpo tied for fifth in program history in made field goals with 12, its most since 2003.

The team also scored 298 points, the fifth-most in program history.

As a team, Valpo rushed for 23 touchdowns, the third-most rushing TDs in program history and most since 1971.

Valpo had 18 tackles for loss in a single game vs. Presbyterian, tied for the most in the Division-I nation (FCS and FBS) during the Fall 2021 season. The team’s 10 sacks vs. the Blue Hose were tied for the fifth most in FCS. Valpo had its highest single-game TFL total since at least 2004 and the program’s first double-figure sack total in over 20 years.

On Oct. 30 at San Diego, Valpo tied a PFL record for blocked kicks in a single game with three.

Valpo’s eight rushing TDs vs. Presbyterian shattered a single-game program record. In addition, Valpo finished the season as the only team in FCS and one of four teams in all of Division-1 college football (joining Army West Point, Oklahoma State and Michigan) with eight rushing TDs in a single game.

Inside the Staff: Head coach Landon Fox has welcomed six newcomers to his coaching staff, joining four returning assistant coaches.

Will Fleming is in his first season as the team’s offensive coordinator after serving on the Boston College coaching staff for the past two seasons. Prior to his stint at BC, Fleming held the positions of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Rhode Island from 2014-2019. Under his watch, the Rams produced a trio of student-athletes who went on to compete in the National Football League.

The new-look offensive staff under Fleming features offensive line coach Pat Denecke, wide receivers coach Tim Smith, running backs coach Will Johnson and tight ends coach Spencer Duncan. Denecke was on staff at the University of Maine from 2016-2021, where his team earned a pair of FBS wins and produced an All-American. Johnson, who played in the NFL from 2012-2016 with the Pittsburg Steelers and New York Giants, came to Valpo after a stint on the coaching staff with the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League. After winning two national championships as a walk-on tight end at Alabama, Duncan began a coaching career that most recently featured a stint at UNLV. Smith’s playing career reached the professional ranks with the Edmonton Eskimos (Canadian Football League, 2016), Hamilton Tiger Cats (CFL, 2015), Cleveland Browns (training camp, NFL, 2014) and Seattle Seahawks (NFL, rookie mini-camp, 2014).

Valpo’s longest tenured assistant coach is defensive coordinator Brian Dougherty, whose arrival coincided with Landon Fox’s appointment as Valpo head coach prior to the 2019 campaign. Defensive line coach RJ Ghilarducci (third season), linebackers coach Andrew Lutgens (second season) and quality control coach Yoni Offit (second season) are all back on the defensive staff, while Vernell Price has joined the fold as defensive tackles coach. Price previously coached in the PFL at San Diego and also gained experience as a teacher and coach in China for several years.

Gabe Miller has assumed the role of Associate Director of Sports Performance, leading the program’s strength & conditioning efforts.

Returner Report: The Beacons return five starters on offense and six on defense. In addition, kicker Brian Bartholomew is back. Defensive back is an area of experience, as all four starters return for the Beacons. However, Valpo returns just one starting linebacker and one starter on the defensive line. Three starting offensive linemen return along with a pair of starting wide receivers, but Valpo will feature first-year starters at quarterback, running back and tight end.

Transfer Tracker: When former Valpo running back Robert Washington received an NFL Rookie Minicamp Invite from the Philadelphia Eagles this past May after wrapping up his two-year tenure with the Brown & Gold, it tied a bow on a successful career that helped show that transfers can flourish in Valpo’s program. Washington is one of numerous transfers who have had strong success in Fox’s young tenure. This season, in addition to the freshman class, the program has welcomed a new crop of transfers. Linebacker Ben Hines (Washington), defensive back Tyler Days (Boston College), linebacker Hunter Nabers (Fresno State), defensive back Ousmane Dabo (Eastern Kentucky), punter Evan Matthes (West Virginia), running back Aaron Dawson (Central Connecticut State), tight end Jalen Jones (Lincoln), tight end Dawson Pierson (East Tennessee State) and wide receiver Michael Byrd Jr. (TCU / Colorado) have transferred into the program. In total, the roster features 14 players who started their collegiate careers at different institutions.

Roster Rundown: The program has continued to bring in talent from all over the United States. This year’s roster features athletes from over half of the 50 states as 26 states are represented. Illinois is the state most represented on Valpo’s roster as 23 players hail from the Land of Lincoln. Other states in double figures are Ohio (14), Michigan (13) and California (10) followed closely by Indiana (eight).

Scouting the Opponent: Indiana Wesleyan was projected to finish third in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast preseason poll. They enter the season nationally ranked in NAIA at No. 9 in the College Football America NAIA Preseason Top 30 and No. 14 in the NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25. They finished last season with a 7-3 record, but two of the three losses were games they actually won that were later deemed forfeits due to the inadvertent use of an ineligible player.

Television Time: Every Valpo football home game will be broadcast on ESPN3 once again this season. Road games at Illinois State, Dartmouth, Presbyterian and Morehead State will all air on ESPN+, while the trips to Dayton and Marist will feature games on Facebook Live and the Red Fox Network, respectively. In addition to airing on ESPN+, the Sept. 10 game at Illinois State will air on linear television in the Chicago market on the Marquee Sports Network, the first time Valpo football has appeared on Marquee.

Up Next: Valpo will face a challenging nonconference schedule yet again this season. After opening against an Indiana Wesleyan team that is nationally ranked in NAIA, Valpo will make its way to Illinois State to face off with the Redbirds, a full-scholarship FCS program in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The nonleague slate concludes with a visit to Dartmouth, a program that went 9-1 last season. The two-time defending Ivy League champions were picked to win the league in this year’s preseason poll, tied atop the projections with Princeton.

Football Trio Crashes Elite 100 Watch List

INDIANAPOLIS—UIndy football standouts Kiave’ Guerrier, Benjamin Hunnius and Toriano Clinton earned preseason accolades Wednesday, earning inclusion on the D2Football.com Elite 100 Watch List. With input from coaches, scouts, media, and sports information directors, the D2Football.com staff selected Clinton as one of just two running backs on the first team, while linebackers Guerrier and Hunnius garnered honorable mention.

The trio is set to lead UIndy in the season opener this weekend when the Greyhounds host Saint Xavier this Saturday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.

D2 WATCH LIST: https://www.d2football.com/2022-elite-100-watch-list/

Information for 2022 Raven/Quaker Classic

The Anderson University and Earlham College men’s soccer teams will host Asbury University and Berea College for the 2022 Raven/Quaker Classic.

Anderson is in its 27th year of hosting the classic, dating back to when the tournament began in 1995. Earlham joined Anderson as a partner in 2006 and is co-hosting its 14th classic in 17 years.  Each of the four schools are scheduled for a match on Thursday and Friday. Anderson and Earlham will not be charging admission during the classic.

The winner of the classic will be determined by the team with the best record with tiebreakers being determined through head-to-head matchup, goal differential and result of penalty-kick shootout, in that order.

Each match that is tied after double overtime will count statistically as a tie, but will be followed by a penalty-kick shootout for tournament tiebreaker purposes.

Following the tournament, the head coaches will determine an 11-player all-tournament team along with an Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP.

Matches at Fridley Field (Anderson, Ind.)

Thursday, Sept. 1 – Anderson vs. Berea – 5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 2 – Anderson vs. Asbury – 5 p.m.

Matches at Matlack-Messer Stadium (Richmond, Ind.)

Thursday, Sept. 1 – Earlham vs. Asbury – 5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 2 – Earlham vs. Berea – 5 p.m.

Local Leena Thomas helps Women’s Soccer to first win of the season

Chicago, Ill. — Local South Bend freshman Leena Thomas scores her first career collegiate goal to give the Lady Pilots their first win of the season.

The first half was a stalemate, with the Cougars outshooting the Pilots 4-3.

Bethel increased their pressure in the second half, outshooting Saint Xavier 10-5.

Thomas’ first career goal came in the 69th minute, giving the Pilots a lead they would hold until the finish.

SCORING SUMMARY

69′ | Leena Thomas (BU)

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Jael Schubert saved four of the six shots on goal

BU outshot the Cougars 13-8

Thomas’s goal was from 25 yards straight out

NEXT TIME OUT

The Lady Pilots start their home campaign against Great Lakes Christian (Mich.) on September 7, after postponing the scheduled home opener versus Governor’s State.

For the latest information on each of Bethel University’s 31 intercollegiate athletic teams, visit BUPilots.com or follow the Pilots on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BUPilots or on YouTube at /BethelSportsNetwork.

IU NORTHWEST TOPS HUNTINGTON IN FOUR

GARY, Ind. – The IU Northwest volleyball team is off to a hot start with their latest victim the Foresters of Huntington Tuesday evening at the Savannah Center Gymnasium. The RedHawks disposed of HU in four (25-13, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19) to improve to 5-2 on the season while their visitors drop to 1-6.

It’s just the fifth time these two programs have met up with tonight’s outcome the first to favor IUNW.  

IU Northwest put up a wall defensively to limit what Huntington was able to do offensively. The hosts finished with 12.5 blocks to HU’s six and as such also had an offensive efficiency that proved superior.

Huntington was paced by Haley Kruse’s 11 kills. Kortney Grimm chipped in ten kills while Maisyn Robrock finished with seven. Morgan Robrock directed traffic by handing out 29 assists. Olivia Krahn picked up 12 digs while Layla Meyer tallied four aces.

“Tonight we had a post-match conversation regarding the necessity of displaying confidence, vocal energy and grit each time we stop on the floor – whether that’s for a match, practice or extra reps,” said Coach Kelsey Herber. “The entire team is on the same page and understands that this is the last time we are going to talk about it. All that’s left is to put it into action.

“Olivia played a great match for us with both her passing and defense. I’m proud of the way she stepped up and kept many plays alive.”

The Foresters’ next matchup will be against UNOH on Friday at 4:00 p.m. as part of the Racer Tournament.

USF Hires Kelsey Passaglia as Inaugural Senior Women’s Administrator

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis athletic department is excited to announce the recent hiring of Kelsey Passaglia as the inaugural Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Leader at USF.

“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Kelsey Passaglia to USF to serve in this historic role within our athletic department.  Her experience as a high-level athlete, coach and administrator will serve our student-athletes and coaches extremely well,” said USF Athletic Director Mike McCaffrey.  “During the interview process, her passion for student-athlete success and desire to grow in the administrative side of college athletics was very evident and we look forward to bringing her into our family of Cougars.”

While at USF, Passaglia’s duties will entail leading the USF Student-Athlete Leadership Team, working closely with the offices of student success and advising, working closely with Athletic Director Mike McCaffrey on all strategic initiatives, while projecting a visible presence of a female role model for student-athletes and staff.

“I am grateful to Athletic Director, Mike McCaffrey and Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Pastoor for their support and vision with this role,” Passaglia said of her hiring. “It is a very exciting opportunity to pave the way for this newly created position in USF Athletics. I am looking forward to working closely with Mike, the coaches, staff, student athletes, and the campus community to provide a positive influence and resources for continued success at the University of Saint Francis.”

Passaglia comes to Saint Francis after spending three years at Division I Purdue Fort Wayne. In her most recent stint at Purdue Fort Wayne, she was promoted to Assistant Director of the Mastodon Academic Performance (MAP) Center.

While working in the MAP Center, Passaglia was responsible for over half of the student-athletes’ academic eligibility and compliance with the NCAA, University, and Horizon League rules and values. She mentored freshmen and at-risk student-athletes in addition to teaching a freshman seminar course assisting in the transition to collegiate athletics. Serving as the advisor for the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT), she worked closely with athletes to promote campus involvement, diversity and inclusion, and service to the community.

Prior to her time in the Mastodon Academic Performance Center, Passaglia was a women’s soccer assistant coach at three Division I universities: Central Michigan (2018), Purdue Fort Wayne (2014-18), and Western Illinois (2012-14). She was responsible for assisting in all aspects of the programs, including internal operations, and working with other individuals and subsectors of the athletic department.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Trio Sweeps MSFA Weekly Awards

UPLAND, Ind. – Following its 27-12 win at Lawrence Tech in Saturday night’s season and MSFA opener, Taylor swept the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Player-of-the-Week awards, with Brendan Lamb, Aven Jones and Zane Shilts each being recognized.

Lamb was heralded as the MSFA Mideast League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career after rushing for 161 yards on 17 carries. Lamb averaged 9.5 yards a pop against last year’s No. 14-ranked rush defense in the NAIA and set up multiple Taylor scores with long runs of 64 and 48 yards.

Jones earned his first MSFA Mideast League Defensive Player-of-the-Week award, and TU’s first such-honor since Adam Sauder in 2015, after leading a Trojan defense that limited Lawrence Tech to negative-17 yards on the ground. Jones ended the night with eight tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

Shilts collected the second MSFA Mideast League Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honor of his career after posting eight points without a miss in the victory. Shilts split the uprights on Taylor’s final first-half drive and first second-half drive to draw TU even at 6-6 and then added two successful point-after tries as the Trojans pulled away.

The weekly sweep of MSFA Mideast League Player-of-the-Week awards is the first for the Taylor football program in over a decade and gives Taylor Athletics a total of six weekly awards already for the 2022-2023 year.

Lamb, Jones, Shilts and the rest of the Trojans (1-0, 1-0 MSFA) will return to action on Saturday, September 3, when they host Judson (0-0) in a 6:00 pm start inside Turner Stadium.

Preview: Volleyball to Play in Bethel University’s Liz Hossler Labor Day Classic This Weekend

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team will return to play this weekend with four matches at the Liz Hossler Labor Day Classic hosted by Bethel University (Ind.). The Cougars, who are 3-1 so far this season, will play a pair of matches both Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Liz Hossler Labor Day Classic Matches

Friday, September 2 • Mishawaka, Indiana • Wiekamp Athletic Center

IU Kokomo vs Campbellsville University (Ky.) • 3:00 P.M.

Friday, September 2 • Mishawaka, Indiana • Wiekamp Athletic Center

IU Kokomo at Bethel University (Ind.) • 5:00 P.M. • Watch Live

Saturday, September 3 • Mishawaka, Indiana • Wiekamp Athletic Center

IU Kokomo vs Grace College • 1:00 P.M.

Saturday, September 3 • Mishawaka, Indiana • Wiekamp Athletic Center

IU Kokomo vs Cumberland University (Tenn.) • 3:00 P.M.

The Cougars enter play this weekend with a record of 3-1 after an impressive opening weekend. IU Kokomo avenged last year’s loss to St. Thomas (Fla.) with a 3-1 win to open the season last Friday, before following that up with a straight-set sweep of Clarke University. IUK’s lone loss came in five sets to nationally ranked Taylor University. The Cougs finished their opening weekend strong with another sweep, this time taking down Concordia University (Mich.).

Campbellsville University (Ky.) comes into this weekend having played just one match, as they beat IU Southeast in straight sets. The Cougars and Tigers have played once before, but that match came back in 2015 and saw IUK sweep 3-0.

The Pilots of Bethel University, who received 38 votes in the 2022 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll, are set to host the Liz Hossler Labor Day Classic after finishing opening weekend with a record of 3-1. Bethel’s lone loss came against Madonna University (Mich.). The Cougars and Pilots met for the first time last season, with the Pilots taking the straight-sets win.

Grace College (Ind.) enters Bethel’s Labor Day Classic with a record of 4-3. The Lancers opened the season at the USF Invite, and finished with a 3-1 record. Grace dropped two of their three matches in this past weekend’s Lourdes Classic. IU Kokomo leads the all-time series with Grace College, 3-0, with the last match coming in 2019.

Cumberland University (Tenn.) comes into this weekend of play with a record of 3-1, after playing in the Chick-Fil-A Classic in West Palm Beach, Florida this past weekend. The Phoenix’s lone loss came to Hastings College, but they did take down Doane University, who received three votes in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

Schwomeyer places top-10 as Trailblazer Golf begins Fall season at Heartland Invitational

NORMAL, Ill. – Vincennes University sophomore Paxton Schwomeyer (Oakland City, Ind.) came away with a top-10 finish Monday afternoon as the Trailblazers began their Fall 2022 Golf season at the Heartland Invitational at Weibring Golf Course in Normal, Ill.

Schwomeyer ended his day with a first round 78 and a final round 74 in the one-day 36-hole tournament, which left him in a tie for ninth place on the leaderboard.

Sophomore Luke VanDeventer (Columbus, Ind.) was the next lowest VU scorer, shooting a first round 79 and a final round 80 for a tie for 23rd.

Freshman Nate Olsen (Greenwood, Ind.) had the largest improvement on the day for the Blazers, beginning his collegiate career with a first round 83 before ending his day with a final round 78 to jump up five spots on the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 29th.

Freshman Preston Broce (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Sam Stewart (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) finished even on the leaderboard, with Broce shooting 84 in the first round and an 82 in the second and Stewart finishing with an 81 opening round and an 85 to close the day.

Freshman Aaron Brink (Nashville, Ill.) rounded out the VU golfers Monday shooting an 85 in the first round of the day, before following up with an 83.

VU as a team did improve on their first round score, but still dropped on the leaderboard, with the Trailblazers posting a first round 327 and a final round 323, good for sixth place.

“One positive from the tournament was Paxton finishing in the top ten,” VU Hall of Fame Golf Coach Dennis Chattin said. “He battled and improved four shots from the first to the second round.”

“The field improved from the first to the second round in my opinion, not only from seeing the course and getting more comfortable on it, but also the wind died down considerably for the second round,” Chattin added. “Paxton shot a two under 33 on the back side in the second round, which is great.”

“However, as a team, I was pretty disappointed in our play,” Chattin said. “This was the worst round we had as a team since school started in the fall. We may have had some freshman jitters with three of the top five being freshmen, but that’s not much of an excuse. These guys have played a lot of tournament golf by the time they get here, so it shouldn’t have been that much different. I just know we are a much better team than we displayed.”

The Trailblazers will look to improve their next time out when VU travels to Rend Lake Golf Course Tuesday, Sept. 6 to take part in the Rend Lake Fall Preview in Ina, Ill.

TEAM RESULTS

Heartland CC – 296, 291 – 587

Parkland – 292, 296 – 588

Rend Lake – 322, 305 – 627

Mineral Area – 313, 318 – 631

Danville Area – 329, 310 – 639

VINCENNES – 327, 323 – 650

Lincoln Trail – 327, 328 – 655

Lincoln Trail (B) – 364, 341 – 705

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Paxton Schwomeyer (T9) – 78, 74 – 152

Luke VanDeventer (T23) – 79, 80 – 159

Nate Olsen (T29) – 83, 78 – 161

Preston Bruce (T37) – 84, 82 – 166

Sam Stewart (T37) – 81, 85 – 166

Aaron Brink (T45) – 85, 83 – 168

Conci named NAIA Defensive Player of the Week

WINONA LAKE, Ind. Grace’s men’s soccer goalkeeper, Mateo Conci, swept the defensive player of the week honors.

The junior keeper was named Crossroads League, NCCAA and NAIA Defensive Player of the Week.

Conci is the first men’s soccer player to be named NAIA Player of the Week since Robbie Barnhill earned the distinction in 2015.

Conci was recognized for the trio of awards following back-to-back shutout wins over Cumberlands and Southeastern, both programs are currently receiving votes in the top 25 poll.

He made 11 saves in the two games and currently holds a season record of 3-0.

The Lancers will be back in action on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when they host No. 7 Indiana Tech at 1st Source Bank Field.

Pomeroys’ Mullins named RSC Offensive Player of the Week

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods freshman Sierra Mullins was named River States Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Mullins led the Pomeroys to victory in their season opener Saturday at Iowa Wesleyan, scoring three goals and contributing two assists in a 5-3 victory.

“She had a great first game at the collegiate level,” SMWC coach Ron Kiernicki said. “It’s going to be exciting to see her grow and develop game to game.”

The Pomeroys return to action Thursday at home against Anderson University.

Goshen drops match to Holy Cross College

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After three ties to start the season, the Saints from Holy Cross College secured their first win of the season in a 2-0 home win over Goshen. The Maple Leafs had six corner kicks and a few late opportunities but could not connect.

This is the second straight contest that the Saints haven’t allowed their opponent to score. Holy Cross scored their first goal nineteen minutes in as Mia Garatoni secured a high ball, which caught the Goshen defense off guard. The second goal came in the 66th minute as Solena Cruz sent a ball over a Goshen defender and Hailey Sanders scored.

Goshen had three corner kicks in the final 13 minutes. The second corner resulted in shots by Emma Batten and Yvonne Friedmann, but Saints goalkeeper Taylor Primack blocked both. Izabel Love sent Goshen’s next corner in the box, but Lexy Adamczyk’s header hit the crossbar. Goshen had ten shots on the day, whereas Holy Cross had eight. Klara Ebert put two shots on goal and Brynja Hjartardottir added another.

Now at 1-2, the Leafs have two opportunities for home wins this holiday weekend. Goshen hosts Point Park (Pa.) on Saturday, September 3, at 7:00 pm. Then the team is back at the GC Soccer Complex again on Labor Day to take on West Virginia Tech on Monday, September 5, at 3:00 pm.

SAINTS GET THE CLEAN 2-0 VICTORY

Notre Dame, Ind. The Holy Cross College women’s soccer team hosted Goshen College this afternoon in a non-conference matchup at Saints Field. The Saints got on the board first, coming in the 19th minute, with a goal scored by Mia Garatoni. That goal would remain for the first 45 minutes of action as Holy Cross would take a 1-0 entering halftime. Midway through the second half, the Saints tacked on another goal by Hailey Sanders in the 66th minute. Holy Cross would then go into a defensive mindset and control the ball for most of the remaining minutes to come away with the 2-0 victory. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 1-0-3 while Goshen moves to 1-2.

MATCH DETAILS

Score: Holy Cross defeated Goshen 2-0

Records: Holy Cross (1-0-3) | GC (1-2)

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

SCORING SUMMARY

19′ | Mia Garatoni (HC) unassisted

66′ | Hailey Sanders (HC) assisted by Solena Cruz

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Taylor Primack got the start in goal and recorded three saves

Mia Garatoni and Hailey Sanders each recorded a goal

HC was outshot by Goshen 10-8 in win

NEXT TIME OUT

The Saints will return to non-conference action on Wednesday, September 7 when they travel to Lourdes University. Kickoff set for 7:00 pm EST.

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7951.60845 – 2034 – 3135 – 2322 – 715 – 136 – 4W 1
Tampa Bay7157.555742 – 2329 – 3430 – 2514 – 1516 – 98 – 2W 2
Toronto7058.547838 – 2832 – 3027 – 2419 – 1515 – 146 – 4W 2
Baltimore6761.5231137 – 2430 – 3727 – 2913 – 1517 – 96 – 4L 2
Boston6268.4771731 – 3431 – 3418 – 3615 – 1421 – 83 – 7L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6859.53533 – 2535 – 3413 – 1431 – 2412 – 136 – 4W 1
Minnesota6761.5231.540 – 2827 – 3317 – 1230 – 2012 – 175 – 5W 5
Chi White Sox6366.488630 – 3533 – 3115 – 1727 – 2813 – 142 – 8L 5
Kansas City5377.40816.532 – 3721 – 4012 – 2024 – 2610 – 185 – 5W 2
Detroit5079.3881929 – 3621 – 439 – 2022 – 368 – 145 – 5L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8347.63843 – 2040 – 2710 – 1223 – 841 – 216 – 4W 2
Seattle7158.55011.535 – 2836 – 3016 – 1711 – 735 – 286 – 4W 2
Texas5870.4532428 – 3730 – 335 – 1417 – 1326 – 355 – 5L 3
LA Angels5674.4312727 – 3729 – 3710 – 2314 – 925 – 294 – 6L 1
Oakland4981.3773422 – 4327 – 3812 – 1811 – 1822 – 366 – 4W 3
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8248.63143 – 2139 – 2743 – 1915 – 517 – 145 – 5L 2
Atlanta7951.608342 – 2537 – 2632 – 2221 – 1216 – 126 – 4L 3
Philadelphia7258.5541039 – 3033 – 2829 – 2720 – 1016 – 136 – 4L 3
Miami5574.42626.526 – 3729 – 3725 – 2811 – 1512 – 213 – 7L 3
Washington4386.33338.520 – 4723 – 399 – 4213 – 1615 – 184 – 6L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7555.57742 – 2233 – 3314 – 1634 – 2017 – 96 – 4L 1
Milwaukee6860.531634 – 2634 – 3411 – 1334 – 3010 – 135 – 5L 1
Chi Cubs5575.4232028 – 3827 – 3713 – 929 – 318 – 213 – 7L 4
Cincinnati5177.3982327 – 3724 – 4012 – 2220 – 278 – 214 – 6W 1
Pittsburgh4980.38025.526 – 3623 – 448 – 2023 – 3214 – 172 – 8W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers9038.70345 – 1645 – 2219 – 1221 – 935 – 128 – 2W 3
San Diego7259.55019.535 – 2837 – 3119 – 1519 – 1028 – 256 – 4W 2
Arizona6167.4772934 – 3227 – 3516 – 1413 – 1521 – 316 – 4W 5
San Francisco6167.4772934 – 3127 – 3614 – 1317 – 1120 – 332 – 8L 6
Colorado5674.4313536 – 3220 – 4210 – 2211 – 1227 – 305 – 5W 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1915       In the first game of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Cubs’ right-hander Jimmy Lavender no-hits the hometown Giants, 2-0. Next season, the 31-year-old knuckleballer will stymie New York once again, tossing a one-hitter, allowing only an infield safety to Benny Kauff.

1935       In addition to stroking a three-run triple, 28-year-old White Sox Vern Kennedy becomes the sixth rookie to throw a no-hitter. The right-hander’s 5-0 gem against the Indians is the first hitless game thrown in Comiskey Park.

1937       Rudy York belts his 17th and 18th homers of the month, establishing a major league record that lasts until 1998 when Sammy Sosa hits 19 in June. The rookie catcher’s round-trippers help the Tigers maul the Senators at Navin Field, 12-3.

1946       With two singles in the Red Sox’ 4-2 victory over Philadelphia, Johnny Pesky collects a total of 53 hits in August, the highest monthly total in franchise history. In 1950, Dom DiMaggio, a close friend of the shortstop, ties the mark, also accomplishing the feat in August.

1950       In front of 14,226 fans, Gil Hodges becomes the fourth major leaguer in the century to hit four home runs in one game, en route to tying the major league record of 17 total bases. The Dodger first baseman’s quartet of round-trippers, hit off different Boston pitchers and with Carl Furillo aboard each time, contributes to Brooklyn’s 19-3 rout of the Braves at Ebbets Field.

1954       Closing in on the professional home run record of 69, established by Joe Hauser (Minneapolis-1938) and equaled by Bob Crues (Amarillo-1948), Joe Bauman blasts four home runs in the Roswell Rockets’ 15-9 victory over the Wichita Falls/Sweetwater Spudders to bring his total to 68. The 32-year-old slugging first baseman finishes the season with 72 homers, a record which will last until Barry Bonds surpasses the mark by one round-tripper in 2001.

1957       Gus Triandos, considered one of the slowest baserunners in baseball history, hits an inside-the-park home run in the Orioles’ 4-1 victory against Boston at Memorial Stadium. The Baltimore backstop circles the bases when his vicious line drive off the outfield wall caroms 100 feet past left fielder Ted Williams, allowing the 27-year-old catcher to complete his improbable round-tripper standing up.

1957       Oriole minor league fireballer Steve Dalkowski strikes out 24 Bluefield players but issues 18 walks, hits four batters, and uncorks six wild pitches. The New Britain, Connecticut native’s wildness costs him the game when Kingsport loses in an Appalachian League contest, 9-8.

1959       Sandy Koufax fans 18 batters to establish a new National League record for a nine-inning game in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over San Francisco at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The left-hander’s performance equals the major league mark established in 1938 by Indians fireballer Bob Feller during a 4-1 loss to Detroit.

1963       In the bottom of the ninth with two outs at Wrigley Field, Ellis Burton hits an ultimate grand slam (a walk-off bases-loaded homer when a team is down three runs) off Houston hurler Hal Woodeshick, giving the Cubs a dramatic 6-5 victory. Chicago had been trailing 5-2 before the switch-hitting center fielder hit his Sayonara Slam, the most memorable of his 17 career round-trippers.

1965       Boston’s backstop Russ Nixon ties a major league mark when he hits three run-scoring sacrifice flies. The catcher’s three fly-ball outs prove to be the difference in the Red Sox’s 8-5 victory over the Senators at D.C. Stadium.

1968       Elroy Face ties Senators’ Walter Johnson’s mark for appearances with one team when he enters a game for the 802nd time for the Pirates, replacing Steve Blass, who remains in the game in left field and returns to mound after the reliever retires one batter to equal the record. Before the final out in Pittsburgh’s 8-0 victory over the Braves, an announcement informs the crowd that Detroit has bought the Bucs’ veteran right-handed record-breaker.

1969       Morganna, a well-endowed fan dressed in a mini dress, jumps onto the Atlanta Stadium field and kisses Clete Boyer on the cheek as he is batting. The Braves’ third baseman then promptly ends a 1-for-17 slump with an RBI single and goes on an 8-for-15 tear.

1974       In a Class A minor league contest, Mavericks’ manager Frank Peters rotates his starting nine allowing each player to take a different position on the field for every inning. The innovative strategy works as Portland posts an 8-7 victory over the Tri-Cities Ports, their Northwest League opponents.

1984       The Rangers, trailing by five runs in the bottom of the ninth, score six times to beat the Brewers, 7-6. With two runs in and two out, Milwaukee shortstop Robin Yount’s error on Gary Ward’s ground ball loads the bases, setting the stage for Buddy Bell’s ‘sayonara slam’ over the left-field wall off Pete Ladd.

1990       Mariano Rivera, usually used in relief, is allowed to start a game of a doubleheader on the final day of the season for the Gulf Coast Yankees, allowing him to throw enough innings to qualify for GCL’s ERA title, an accomplishment that carries a contractual bonus. The Sandman responds by hurling a seven-inning no-hitter against Bradenton to finish the season with a 0.17 ERA, 0.46 WHIP, 58 strikeouts in 52 innings, and $500 richer.

1990       Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become the first father and son to appear in the same major league lineup. The 40-year-old left fielder and his 20-year-old offspring score a run in the Mariners’ 5-2 victory over the Royals at the Kingdome.

1990       Refusing to part with Triple-A third baseman Scott Cooper to get Larry Andersen from the Astros for the stretch run, Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman trades the Eastern League’s MVP Jeff Bagwell for the right-handed relief pitcher. The University of Hartford standout will win the National League Rookie of the Year Award (1991), becoming the league’s MVP the same year Andersen, who hurled only 21 innings in 15 games during his time in Boston, retires from the Phillies (1994).

1992       The A’s trade Jose Canseco to the Rangers for Ruben Sierra, Bobby Witt, and Jeff Russell and an undisclosed amount of money. Baseball’s bad boy will hit 45 home runs and bat .269 during his three-year tenure in Texas.

1997       Braves’ outfielder Andruw Jones hits the club’s tenth grand slam this year, breaking the National League mark for four-run round-trippers in a single season. Ironically, the team sets the record in an American League park when Atlanta defeats the Red Sox at Fenway, 7-3.

1997       In front of a crowd of 55,707, the Yankees add Don Mattingly’s uniform number 23 to the list of retired numbers on the wall at Monument Park. The former Bronx Bomber first baseman, who served as captain of the team from 1991 to 1995, is the first Yankee to have his uniform number retired without playing in a World Series.

2000       The Red Sox trade two minor league pitchers, prospect John Curtice and their 1996 first-round pick (34th overall) Chris Reitsma, to the Reds for Dante Bichette. The 36-year-old veteran outfielder will be Boston’s designated hitter, batting .287 for his new team before retiring at the end of next season.

2001       Upon learning Danny Almonte, star pitcher of the LLWS, is 14 years old, not 12 as required by the organization’s rules, the Little League strips the Rolando Paulino All-Stars of all its wins. The team, which had captured the heart of the community, finished third in Williamsport and was given a parade in New York and honored in a pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

2001       Former major league catcher Crash Davis, 82, whose name was the inspiration for the main character of the 1988 hit movie Bull Durham, dies after a yearlong bout with cancer. In the film, which was ranked #1 as the greatest sports film of all time by Sports Illustrated, Kevin Costner portrays “Crash” as the veteran backstop of the Durham Bulls brought in to help a rookie pitcher reach the big leagues by sharing his experiences on and off the field.

2002       Losing their 13th consecutive game at Shea Stadium, the Mets complete the worst month at home in National League history. With the 1-0 loss to Randy Wolf and the Phillies, the Amazins’ join the Seattle Pilots (August-1969) and the Tigers (September-1996) as teams that have not won a home game in a calendar month with at least ten games.

2004       Omar Vizquel becomes the first player in the 81-year history of Yankee Stadium to collect six hits in a game. The Indians shortstop’s 6-for-7 performance, four singles and two doubles, helps pace the Tribe’s 22-0 dismantling of the Bronx Bombers.

2004       Equaling the largest shutout margin of victory in baseball history, the Indians rout the Yankees, 22-0. The biggest defeat in the Bronx Bombers’ 101-year history matches the 1975 Pirates’ record-setting performance against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

2005       On the third pitch he sees in the bigs, Jeremy Hermida becomes only the second player to hit a grand slam in his first major-league at-bat. The Marlin rookie pinch-hitter joins Phillies hurler Bill Duggleby, who accomplished the same feat in 1898.

2006       With his major league-leading 49th home run, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard establishes a new club record for home runs in a single season. Last year’s Rookie of the Year’s fourth-inning long ball at RFK Stadium puts him ahead of Hall Famer Michael Schmidt, who hit 48 dingers in 1980.

2006       A.J. Pierzynski’s sixth-inning blast makes the White Sox the first club in major league history to hit at least 200 home runs for seven consecutive seasons. The catcher’s two-run homer isn’t enough as Chicago loses to the Devil Rays at Comiskey Park, 5-3.

2007       Tony La Russa becomes the winningest manager in franchise history when the Cardinals defeat Cincinnati at Busch Stadium, 8-5. The Redbird skipper surpasses Red Schoendienst, who compiled a 1,041-955 managerial record with St. Louis.

2007       After walking the leadoff hitter John Buck in the ninth to spoil his perfect game, Scott Baker gets an out, then yields a single to pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney two outs shy of a no-hitter. The Twins’ 25-year-old right-hander from Shreveport settles for a one-hitter, blanking the Royals at the Metrodome, 5-0.

2008       Greg Dobbs breaks the Phillies’ 95-year-old club record for pinch hits in a season. The Californian’s seventh-inning pinch-hit game-tying double, his 21st hit off the bench breaks the mark established by Doc Miller in 1913.

2008       David Eckstein is traded by the Blue Jays to the Diamondbacks for minor league pitching prospect Chad Beck. The 33-year-old infielder, who played a pivotal role for the 2002 World Champions Angels and was named the 2006 World Series MVP playing for the Cardinals, is obtained by Arizona to provide postseason leadership and experience.

2010       Jeff Francoeur is traded to the Rangers by the Mets in exchange for infielder Joaquin Arias. The rifle-armed right fielder will be a right-handed bat off the bench and defensive replacement for the playoff-bound Texas team.

2010       Aroldis Chapman makes his much-anticipated major league debut, tossing a perfect inning in the Reds’ 8-4 victory over Milwaukee. The 22-year-old Cuban defector lives up to the hype, throwing four pitches at 100 mph or better.

2010       The Dodgers swap a player to be named (infielder Tony Abreu) to the Diamondbacks for starter Jon Garland. The 31-year-old right-hander will post a 3-2 record with a 2.72 ERA in his six late-season starts with the team before signing as a free agent with San Diego.

2011       Craig Kimbrel sets a rookie record with his 41st save when he retires the side in order in the Braves’ 3-1 victory over Washington at Turner Field. The 23-year-old Atlanta closer, who will finish the season with 46, surpasses Neftali Feliz’s saves record established last season with the Rangers.

2011       In a stretch-run trade with Pittsburgh, the Braves acquired Matt Diaz for a player to be named and cash considerations. The 33-year-old outfielder, who played with Atlanta for five years, left the organization after the 2010 season when he inked a two-year, $4.25 million free-agent deal with the Pirates.

2011       The Diamondbacks set a team record with their 12th consecutive victory at home when they beat Colorado at Chase Field, 4-2. The streak surpasses the mark established by the 2000 and 2003 clubs.

2012       Bob Uecker, known for his humor on and off the diamond, is honored by the Brewers in a light-hearted dedication ceremony outside Miller Park that unveils a seven-foot bronze statue of the team’s popular broadcaster. The sculpture, depicting the smiling “Mr. Baseball” with his hands in his pockets, joins the likenesses of Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in front of the ballpark.

2014       In the Japanese National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament semifinals, Chukyo finally breaks the scoreless tie that had captured a nation’s attention, tallying three runs in the 50th inning to beat Sotoku High School. Both starting pitchers, Chukyo’s Taiga Matsui and Jukiya Ishioka of Sotoku, go the distance, throwing 709 and 689 pitches in the contest that takes four days to complete and avoiding the winner being decided with a random drawing if the tie remained after 54 innings.

2014       At the waiver deadline, the White Sox trade Adam Dunn to the A’s for 23-year-old minor-league pitcher Nolan Sanburn, who is 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 71.1 innings hurling for Class A Stockton. Oakland hopes their new slugger, a 34-year-old two-time All-Star with 460 career homers, can provide some offensive punch for the contending team, which recently has been slumping.

2019      The Rangers retire seven-time All-Star infielder Michael Young’s uniform #10. During his 12 years in the Texas lineup, the second baseman turned shortstop becomes the franchise’s career leader in runs, hits, doubles, triples, and total bases.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1972

Oakland Athletics (4) vs Cincinnati Reds (3)

One of baseball’s original dynasties, the Athletics returned to the World Series after an unwanted forty-one year sabbatical. By now the franchise (like several others) had settled into sunny California and boasted a “homegrown” line-up of standout players that included Reggie Jackson (who was christened Mr. October because of his play in future Fall Classics) as well as a dominant pitching rotation that featured Jim “Catfish” Hunter (twenty-one wins), John “Blue Moon” Odom and a talented left-hander named Ken Holtzman (nineteen wins). The A’s had traveled a not-so-long and winding road to the top of the American League after moving to the west coast in 1968. The change of scenery did wonders for the ball club as they managed their first winning record since their Philadelphia days of 1952. The following year they finished second in the American League West (thanks in part to Jackson’s forty-seven home runs) and eventually won one-hundred one games and their division in 1971.

Their National League opponents, the Reds, were no strangers to postseason play either. After losing the first Series of the decade, Cincinnati evolved into a powerhouse that would grow to become “The Big Red Machine”. Things looked in the National League’s favor even before the first pitch was thrown due to the absence of Jackson who had gone down with an injury in the final game of the American League playoffs.

Game 1 showcased the hidden talents of an unlikely hero named Gene Tenace who had hit a total of five home runs during the regular season. The harmless utility infielder stepped in for the injured Jackson and hammered two surprise homers in his first two at-bats (a Series record) for all of Oakland’s runs.

The result was a shocking 3-2 opener that erased any doubts about the A’s depth. Joe Rudi followed suite in Game 2 and contributed on both sides of the plate. After hammering a bases-empty home run in the third, the outfielder came up big again with a spectacular game-clinching catch in the ninth. After entering the inning with a 2-0 lead, Oakland stumbled and allowed the Reds to reach base. Denis Menke knocked a long ball to the left-field fence, but Rudi made a wild, backhanded catch to prevent the tie. After getting last-out relief by Rollie Fingers (following an RBI to Hal McRae), Catfish Hunter emerged as the 2-1 victor.

Cincinnati’s rotation made their presence known as Jack Billingham and Clay Carroll combined to shut out Oakland, 1-0 in Game 3. However, the scales would tip back in the Athletics favor the following day with a last-minute comeback in the bottom of the ninth. After entering their final opportunity down 2-1, the A’s Gonzalo Marquez, Tenace, pinch-hitter Don Mincher and Angel Mangual all laced consecutive singles for the 3-2 victory.

Game 5 spotlighted Pete Rose, who led-off the outing with a home run and then broke through the 4-4 tie in the ninth with a timely single. Menke also put one out of the park in their must-win 5-4 victory that kept the Reds from elimination. Still riding on the momentum of their crucial comeback, Cincinnati took command in Game 6 and ended the one run decision streak that had been the signature for the Series. After Bobby Tolan and Cesar Geronimo ignited a five run, seventh, the Reds went on to flatten the A’s with an 8-1 triumph.

A few days later, Oakland returned to the hostile ground of Riverfront Stadium for Game 7 and used every tool in the bag to shut down “the machine” (including a rotation that shifted between Hunter, Holtzman and Fingers in relief of Odom).

In the end, it was strength in numbers as the A’s captured a 3-2 win and their first Series championship title since 1930.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1980

As baseball ushered in the 80’s the National League was riding a three decade winning streak much like the American League had from the 30’s-50’s. Surprisingly, most of their wins came after late-inning comebacks and extra-innings.

The American League knew that great pitching would be the key to victory as many of the new players who were replacing the retiring All-Star journeymen were major threats at the plate. They got their wish as starter Steve Stone pitched three perfect innings (becoming the first to do so since Denny McLain in 1966). Tommy John did the same for another 1 2/3 innings. By then, the American League even had a 2-0 lead.

The American League pitchers kept the National League in check by throwing a perfect game into the fifth. Then as expected, the National League made a spectacular comeback that had become their signature at the midsummer classic. Ken Griffey started the rally off with a homerun. With one out, singles by Ray Knight, Phil Garner and George Hendrick tied it. Ed Farmer replaced John and Dave Winfield blistered a ground ball that Willie Randolph couldn’t handle. Garner scored the go-ahead run and the American League went down to their ninth straight loss. Much like 1960 and 1970, it was the start of a new decade, but the same old All-Star Game.

TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

August 31, 1934 – The very first Chicago Charities College All-Star Game is played in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Over 79,000 fans watched on as the Chicago Bears and the All-Stars tied in a scoreless game! This would set a tradition of an annual game that would last for over four decades!

August 31, 1938 – The College All-Stars win over the Washington Redskins in the 5th Annual Chicago Charities All-Star Game by the score of 28-16 with a paid attendance of 74,250 looking on. Cecil Isbell the runningback from Purdue becomes the very first crowned MVP of the exhibition series for the collegians.

August 31, 1997 – The NFL’s Oilers play their very first game in Tennessee after leaving the city of Houston. The teams running back Eddie George rushed for 216 yards and a TD as the Oilers overcame the Oakland Raiders in overtime 24-21 at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.

FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS

August 31, 1906 – Bill Spears was a former Vanderbilt University Commodore quarterback that played from 1925 through 1927. His nickname was “Bounding Bill Spears”. The speedster threw very few interceptions and was said that he would have been a shoe-in to win the Heisman Trophy had the award been given back in 1927. Spears was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1962.

August 31, 1918 – Kenny Washington was a tailback hailing from UCLA. Washington has the distinction of being the first African American player to sign a contract in the NFL in the common era (after World War II) with the L.A. Rams after playing in the Pacific Coast League with the Hollywood Bears. As a collegian Kenny Washington rushed for 9,975 yards which was a Bruin record for over 56 years! He was also UCLA’s very first ever consensus All-American in 1939. Mr. Washington was enshrined in the College Football hall of Fame in 1956.

August 31, 1927 – Jim Finks was a former defensive back and quarterback that played for the University of Tulsa. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 12th round of the 1949 NFL Draft. He played in Pittsburgh until 1955 when he retired. His big contribution to football came as an executive. He served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame and then moved into the CFL as the Calgary Stampeders General Manager where he helped turn the team around into winning ways. In 1964 he returned to the NFL as the GM of the Minnesota Vikings and helped ignite the franchise to appear in 4 Super Bowls in 14 seasons as he put together the “Purple People Eaters”. He later spent time with the Bears and Saints front offices. The Pro Football Hall of Fame recognized his talents and placed him in their museum of legends in Canton.

August 31, 1946 – Dennis Byrd was a former defensive tackle at North Carolina State. Byrd was a consensus 1st team All-American in 1967. He was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010’s class of entries. Dennis Byrd was drafted by the Boston Patriots in 1968 but due to an injury in his senior year at NC State he only was able to play one year in the league.

August 31, 1952 – Gary Johnson was a former defensive tackle from Grambling State University. The College Football Hall of Fame selected him to enter the confines of collegiate gridiron legneds in 2010’s class if entrants. In the 1975 NFL Draft the San Diego Chargers drafted him 8th overall and he played with the for most of his career. He was able to play on the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XIX winning team and gave Miami QB Dan Marino fits all game which prompted Sports Illustrated to dub him the ‘unofficial defensive MVP” of the game.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

24 – 14 – 18 – 32 – 17 – 22 – 43 – 30 – 7 – 23 – 27

August 31, 1894 – Philadelphia’s Billy Hamilton stole 7 bases in a signle game

August 31, 1900 – Brooklyn Dodgers’ pitcher, Brickyard Kennedy walked 6 straight Phillies

August 31, 1903 – New York Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Joe McGinnity won his 3rd doubleheader of month, beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-1 and 9-2 at the Polo Grounds

August 31, 1909 – A. J. Reach Co. patented a cork-centered baseball

August 31, 1915 – Chicago White Sox hurler Jimmy Lavender threw a masterpiece no-hitter versus the NY Giants line-up, aiding in a 2-0 victory

August 31, 1935 – Chicago White Sox veteran pitcher Vern Kennedy, who wore Number 24 that season, tossed a whale of a game as he no-hit the Cleveland Indians, resulting in a 5-0 win for the Chisox.

August 31, 1950 – Brooklyn Dodger Gil Hodges, Number 14 smacked 4 home runs and then added a single in a game vs the Braves

August 31, 1954 – Cincinnati Reds 1st baseman Number 18, Ted Kluszewski hit two home runs in a 9-3 loss v Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia; 1st Redleg to ever hit 40 MLB HRs, en route to season total 49

August 31, 1959 – Sandy Koufax (Number 32) of the Los Angeles Dodgers broke Dizzy Dean’s (Number 17 with the Cardinals and Number 22 of the Cubs) National League mark of 18 strikeouts in a game.

August 31, 1990 – Dennis Eckersley, Number 43 saved his 40th game of the season

August 31, 1990 – Like father, like son. Baseball outfielders Ken Griffey (Number 30) and Ken Griffey Jr. (Number 24) became the first father and son to play on same team (Seattle Mariners) in the same game. The pair hit back-to-back singles in the first inning and both scored in an impressive MLB family reunion.

August 31, 1991 – University of Houston Quarterback, David Klingler wearing Number 7, set an NCAA record with 6 touchdown passes in the 2nd quarter as the Cougars clobbered Louisiana Tech 73-3

August 31, 1997 – Don Mattingly’s Number 23 was retired by New York Yankees

August 31, 1997 – Number 27, Eddie George rushed for 216 yards on 35 carries and scores a touchdown as the Oilers, playing their first NFL game in Tennessee, beat Oakland 24-21 in overtime at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis

TV WEDNESDAY

MLBTIME ETTV
Houston at Texas2:05pmMLBN
Bally Sports
ATTSN-SW
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee2:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
ATTSN-PIT
San Diego at San Francisco3:45pmNBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
Baltimore at Cleveland6:10pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
St. Louis at Cincinnati6:40pmBally Sports
Tampa Bay at Miami6:40pmBally Sports
Oakland at Washington7:05pmNBCS-CA
MASN/2
Chi. Cubs at Toronto7:07pmMLBN
MARQ
Sportsnet
LA Dodgers at NY Mets7:10pmMLBN
Sportsnet
SNY
Seattle at Detroit7:10pmRoot Sports
Bally Sports
Colorado at Atlanta7:20pmATTSN-RM
Bally Sports
Boston at Minnesota7:40pmNESN
Bally Sports
Kansas City at Chi. White Sox8:10pmBally Sports
NBCS-CHI
NY Yankees at LA Angels9:38pmYES
Bally Sports
Philadelphia at Arizona9:40pmBally Sports
NBCS-PHI
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Serie A: Sampdoria vs Lazio12:30pmCBSSN
Serie A: Udinese vs Fiorentina12:30pmParamount+
Serie A: Empoli vs Hellas Verona12:30pmParamount+
Eredivisie: PSV vs Volendam12:45pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Olympique Lyonnais vs Auxerre1:00pmbeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Strasbourg vs Nantes1:00pmbeIN Sports
EPL: Arsenal vs Aston Villa2:30pmPeacock
EPL: AFC Bournemouth vs Wolverhampton Wanderers2:30pmPeacock
EPL: Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest2:30pmPeacock
Serie A: Juventus vs Spezia2:45pmParamount+
EPL: West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur2:45pmPeacock
Serie A: Napoli vs Lecce2:45pmParamount+
DFB Pokal: Viktoria Köln vs Bayern München2:45pmESPN+
EPL: Liverpool vs Newcastle United3:00pmUSA
Ligue 1: Lille vs Nice3:00pmbeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Toulouse vs PSG3:00pmbeIN Sports
MLS: Philadelphia Union vs Atlanta United7:00pmFS1
MLS: New England vs Chicago Fire7:30pmESPN+
MLS: CF Montréal vs New York RB7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Columbus Crew vs Inter Miami7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Toronto FC vs LA Galaxy7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Orlando City SC vs Seattle Sounders FC7:30pmESPN+
MLS: New York City vs DC United8:00pmESPN+
MLS: Houston Dynamo vs Los Angeles FC8:30pmESPN+
MLS: Nashville SC vs Colorado Rapids8:30pmESPN+
MLS: Austin vs Portland Timbers9:00pmESPN+
Friendly: Mexico vs Paraguay9:00pmUnivision
MLS: Real Salt Lake vs Minnesota United9:30pmESPN+
TENNISTIME ETTV
US Open12:00pmESPN
US Open7:00pmESPN
WNBATIME ETTV
Connecticut at Chicago8:00pmESPN2
Seattle at Las Vegas10:00pmESPN2

TV THURSDAY

COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
North Alabama at Indiana St.6:00pmESPN+
Saint Francis U. at Akron6:00pmESPN3
West Virginia at Pitt7:00pmESPN
North Greenville at Furman7:00pmFlo
Bryant at FIU7:00pmESPN3
SC St. at UCF7:00pmESPN+
Central Michigan at Oklahoma St.7:00pmFS1
Monmouth at New Hampshire7:00pmFlo
Rhode Island at Stony Brook7:00pmFlo
Ball St. at Tennessee7:00pmSECN
Kennesaw St. at Samford7:00pmESPN+
LIU at Toledo7:00pmESPN3
VMI at Wake Forest7:30pmACCN
Western Illinois at UT Martin7:30pmESPN+
MVSU at Tarleton St.8:00pmESPN+
Missouri St. at Central Arkansas8:00pmESPN+
Lincoln (CA) at Texas A&M-Commerce8:00pm
Alabama A&M at UAB8:00pmCBSSN
St. Thomas at Southern Utah8:00pmESPN+
Penn St. at Purdue8:00pmFOX
Lamar at Abilene Christian8:00pmESPN+
Western Oregon at Weber St.8:00pmESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Missouri8:00pmESPNU
Eastern Illinois at NIU8:00pmESPN+
New Mexico St. at Minnesota9:00pmBTN
Northern Arizona at Arizona St.10:00pmPAC12N
Cal Poly at Fresno St.10:30pmFS1
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World: Made in Denmark7:00amGOLF
LPGA: Dana Open1:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
Seattle at Detroit1:10pmMLBN
Root Sports
Bally Sports
Kansas City at Chi. White Sox2:10pmBally Sports
NBCS-CHI
Oakland at Washington4:05pmMLBN
NBCS-CA
MASN/2
LA Dodgers at NY Mets4:10pmMLBN
Sportsnet
SNY
Baltimore at Cleveland6:10pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
Texas at Boston7:20pmMLBN
NESN
Bally Sports
Colorado at Atlanta7:20pmMLBN
ATTSN-RM
Bally Sports
Milwaukee at Arizona9:40pmMLBN
Bally Sports
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Serie A: Atalanta vs Torino2:45pmParamount+
Serie A: Bologna vs Salernitana2:45pmParamount+
EPL: Leicester City vs Manchester United3:00pmUSA
Argentina Primera División: Huracán vs Central Córdoba SdE7:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: Atlético San Luis vs Tijuana8:00pmTUDN
TENNISTIME ETTV
US Open12:00pmESPN
US Open7:00pmESPN2