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India’s two-run single caps comeback as Reds beat Yanks 4-3

NEW YORK (AP) Jonathan India drove in two runs with a go-ahead, bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Cincinnati Reds completed an unlikely comeback, rallying past the New York Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night.

The Yankees were 49-0 when leading after eight innings and the Reds were 0-48 when trailing after eight before New York closer Clay Holmes (4-1) failed to retire any of the five hitters he faced. Holmes loaded the bases by plunking Tyler Stephenson and allowed an RBI single to Tyler Naquin and heard boos after hitting Kyle Farmer with a pitch.

“I think this is just an outlier,” manager Aaron Boone said of Holmes, whose ERA climbed from 0.46 to 1.37. “We certainly pay attention to it, but I don’t think it was anything more than him being of whack tonight.”

It was the most runs Holmes allowed in a game since joining the Yankees. He had allowed two earned runs in his first 38 games.

“It can’t happen,” Holmes said. “I have to be a little better at making some in-game adjustments.”

Wandy Peralta got two outs and was one strike away when India lined a single into center field to score Farmer and Donovan Solano.

“To get down 0-2 right there in that situation, it takes a big at-bat to win the game and he came through,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He wants to be the guy in those situations.”

Aaron Judge struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth against Alexis Diaz, brother of Mets closer Edwin Diaz. The Reds reliever got a double play from Gleyber Torres to finish his third career save.

“It’s really emotional, especially the kind of ninth inning that we had today,” Diaz said through a translator.

The Reds won their season-high fifth straight game and pulled off their fifth win in the ninth inning since July 3. Cincinnati also overcame a three-run deficit in the eighth inning or later for the second time in three games.

Reiver Sanmartin (2-4) pitched a scoreless eighth to put the Reds in position for the comeback.

The Reds did little against Gerrit Cole, who allowed four hits and struck out 11 in seven innings.

The Yankees have lost three straight for the second time this year after blowing a pair of leads in their four-game series at Boston.

“For this season, it definitely feels a little unusual,” New York third baseman Josh Donaldson said. “I think that’s a good thing. Just tells you how well that we have played.”

Following a nearly 60-minute delay where it never rained and the tarp never covered the field, Cole became the ninth active pitcher to reach 1,800 strikeouts when he whiffed Tommy Pham to end the third with two on.

Cole ended his night by getting strikeouts during lengthy at-bats to Farmer and Mike Moustakas. Cole fanned Farmer on a 98.8 mph, full-count fastball that the shortstop thought was ball four and reached 100.5 mph when he struck out Moustakas.

It was Cole’s 52nd career double-digit strikeout game and fifth this year. His 113 pitches were one shy of his season-high set in the first game of a doubleheader May 8 against Texas.

Michael King tossed a scoreless eighth before Holmes blew his third save opportunity.

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run single in the first and Josh Donaldson added an RBI single in the third as the Yankees went ahead early against Cincinnati rookie Graham Ashcraft.

Torres doubled twice, had three hits, reached four times, and scored twice.

The Yankees lost Aaron Hicks to right shin contusion, although X-rays were negative. Hicks fouled a ball off his lower right leg in the third and was helped off the field by a trainer.

Ashcraft allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings.


Votto returned after missing seven straight games due to lower back tightness and was 1 for 4. He grounded out in his first at-bat, struck out in the fourth, popped up in the sixth before ending a 0-for-17 skid with a single in the ninth.

Before the game, Votto tweeted a picture of the Seinfeld clip where Jason Alexander’s character George Costanza gave former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams batting advice.


The Yankees are holding their 13th annual HOPE Week, an event when every player participates in events honoring people and groups who serve their communities. Blue Chips, a NYPD co-ed youth mentoring and sports program, was honored Tuesday, and Nestor Cortes was among the players to visit the organization at the NYPD Police Academy in College Point, Queens, a few miles northeast of Citi Field.

On Monday’s day off, 16-year-old Landis Sims, who was born without hands and lower legs, was honored. Sims took batting practice along with other baseball players from the Challenge Athletes Foundation and threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Yankees are 39-16 during HOPE Week, which began in 2009.


Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (strained right shoulder) threw in Cincinnati. Manager David Bell said Mahle is on target to start one of the first three games following the All-Star Break. … OF Albert Almora Jr. was placed on the injured list for an unspecified reason. … OF Stuart Fairchild was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

Yankees: RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (right shoulder inflammation) threw 23 pitches in a rehab game for Triple A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. … C Ben Rortvedt (strained right oblique) went 0 for 2 in his first rehab game for Class A Hudson Valley. … RHP Ron Marinaccio (right shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session.


New York RHP Luis Severino (5-3, 3.11 ERA) opposes Cincinnati LHP Mike Minor (1-6, 6.63) on Wednesday.

Urías stars as Orioles beat Cubs 4-2 for 9th straight win

CHICAGO (AP) Ramon Urias hit a two-run homer and made a big defensive play, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight victory.

Jorge Mateo also homered as Baltimore (44-44) reached .500 for the first time this season. It’s the longest win streak for the Orioles since the franchise won 13 straight in September 1999.

“The last couple of seasons didn’t go well; a lot of losses,” Urias said. “And, of course we’re enjoying this time.”

Baltimore right-hander Jordan Lyles (6-7) pitched seven innings of two-run ball in his second straight win. Jorge Lopez, the Orioles’ lone All-Star selection, worked the ninth for his 17th save in 21 chances.

“We’re playing baseball all around,” Lyles said. “Some games we’re throwing it lights out; some days we’re mashing it, getting extra-base hits one after the other. That’s the sign of a good team.”

All-Star Ian Happ homered for Chicago, which dropped its fifth in a row. Adrian Sampson (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Baltimore trailed 2-1 in the fourth before Urias almost cleared the left-field bleachers with a two-run drive for his seventh homer.

The Cubs trailed 3-2 in the sixth and had Seiya Suzuki at third with one out. But Urias gloved Nico Hoerner’s liner inches off the ground and trotted to third to complete the double play.

Mateo went deep in the seventh against Brandon Hughes. It was his seventh homer of the season.

“They’re probably the most aggressive team in baseball,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “They’re going to come out swinging and they did. A couple of early-count fastball homers was the difference in the game.”


The Orioles went 52-110 last season. According to STATS, they are the second big league team in history to lose 110-plus games one season and then have at least a nine-game win streak the following year. The Louisville Colonels went 27-111 in 1889 before posting win streaks of 12, 11 and 10 games in 1890.


Baltimore claimed right-hander Louis Head off waivers from Miami earlier in the day and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Left-hander Kirk McCarty was designated for assignment.


Cubs left-hander Justin Steele came off the paternity list a day after he and his wife welcomed a son. He is scheduled to start on Wednesday. Right-hander Anderson Espinoza was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.


Orioles: Austin Hays was back in right field after missing Sunday’s 9-5 win against the Angels with a sore right wrist. Manager Brandon Hyde said the injury hasn’t fully resolved itself but Hays will play through it.


RHP Spenser Watkins (2-1, 4.15 ERA) faces Steele (3-5, 4.13 ERA) in Wednesday’s finale of the two-game series.

Bieber pitches 3-hitter, Guardians beat White Sox 4-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Shane Bieber pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game this year and Jose Ramirez and Amed Rosario drove in two runs apiece, sending the Cleveland Guardians over the Chicago White Sox 4-1 in a doubleheader opener Tuesday.

Bieber (4-5) struck out seven and walked none in just the 17th complete game in the major leagues this season. He had been 0-2 in six starts since beating Baltimore on June 3, the longest winless streak of his career.

The 2020 American League Cy Young Award winner carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh en route to his first complete game since Aug. 4, 2019.

“Yeah, I enjoyed that,” Bieber said, smiling. “I was able to go out there and be efficient and get through nine. I feel really good right now, so I’ve just got to keep rolling and keep building off the last one.”

It was the fourth complete game of Bieber’s big league career and the first by a Cleveland pitcher since Aaron Civale’s five-hitter at Pittsburgh on Aug. 19, 2020. The 27-year-old right-hander only needed 95 pitches to wrap up the 2-hour, 9-minute ballgame.

“Shane had a good work week and was in control,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “When you look up at nine innings and under 100 pitches, it means a guy is really pitching.”

Rosario had a pair of RBI doubles off Davis Martin (1-3), driving in Austin Hedges in the third and Myles Straw in the fifth. The Guardians took a 3-0 lead in the third, when Ramirez’s two-run single scored Steven Kwan and Rosario.

Ramirez, selected for his fourth All-Star Game, leads the AL with 68 RBIs, three more than Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.

Eloy Jimenez singled home Andrew Vaughn in the seventh, cutting Chicago’s deficit to 4-1. The White Sox had two on with one out before Gavin Sheets bounced into an inning-ending double play.

“Bieber had excellent command the whole game, all nine innings,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “Give him credit.”

Martin worked a season-high six innings, giving up four runs while striking out three after being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. The 25-year-old right-hander made his big league debut May 17 at Kansas City.

“It was pretty cool going up against Bieber,” Martin said. “His arsenal is very similar to mine.”

Nolan Jones of the Guardians went 0 for 3, going hitless for the first time in the majors. Jones batted .538 with seven hits and eight RBIs over his first four games.

Cleveland designated hitter Franmil Reyes fouled a pitch off his right ear in the third but remained in the game. The ball ricocheted off the dirt and struck Reyes below his helmet.

“Franmil was OK right away,” Francona said. “He’s got a little cut on his ear, so we were just trying to stop the bleeding.”

The Guardians played their league-high eighth doubleheader, their seventh at Progressive Field. The White Sox, in their fourth doubleheader, were swept by Cleveland on April 20.


White Sox: C Yasmani Grandal (back spasms) has shifted his rehab assignment from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte. Grandal, who was placed on the injured list on June 13, had a .692 on-base percentage in three games with the Barons.

Guardians: OF Oscar Gonzalez (right abdominal strain) is performing light physical exercises, but has not been cleared for baseball activities. The rookie is eligible to be activated off the IL, but likely will remain there until after the All-Star break.


White Sox: RHP Dylan Cease (7-4, 2.45 ERA) has only lost once in seven road starts this season, allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings at Cleveland on April 21. Cease is 4-1 with a 1.77 ERA away from Guaranteed Rate Field.

Guardians: LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-1, 4.08 ERA) will become the first Cleveland pitcher to make three consecutive starts as part of doubleheaders since Neal Heaton in 1984. The rookie is in his seventh stint with the team.

Cease strikes out nine, White Sox split DH with Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) Dylan Cease struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings in his first start since being left off the AL All-Star team, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Guardians 7-0 on Tuesday night for a doubleheader split.

Jose Abreu, Luis Robert and Josh Harrison homered for Chicago, which had dropped four of six before its sorely needed victory in the nightcap. The White Sox won in Cleveland for the first time in five tries this season.

Cease (8-4) allowed five hits while continuing his bid to become an injury replacement for the July 19 Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander has not allowed more than one earned run in nine straight starts, posting a 0.53 ERA over his last 51 innings.

“Beating a Central division opponent is the biggest thing, but I definitely want to keep adding to what I’ve been doing,” Cease said, referring to his All-Star Game candidacy. “Every game is super important.”

In the opener, Shane Bieber tossed a three-hitter for his first complete game of the season, leading Cleveland to a 4-1 victory. Jose Ramirez and Amed Rosario each drove in two runs.

Abreu sparked Chicago in the second game with a two-run homer in the first against Konnor Pilkington (1-2). Harrison added a solo shot in the second.

Pilkington was charged with four runs, three earned, and six hits in five innings.

Robert curled a three-run drive off Bryan Shaw in the ninth just inside the foul pole in right.

“I knew I had made good contact, but personally, I thought it would be foul, so it was a good one,” said Robert, who had three hits.

Reynaldo Lopez, Kendall Graveman and Matt Foster followed Cease in the eight-hit shutout.

“It was a long day,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “The pressure was on us in the second game, so we’ll enjoy it.”

Bieber (4-5) struck out seven and walked none in just the 17th complete game in the major leagues in 2022. The righty was 0-2 in six starts since beating Baltimore on June 3, the longest winless streak of his career.

The 2020 American League Cy Young Award winner carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh en route to his first complete game since Aug. 4, 2019. Bieber only needed 95 pitches to wrap up the 2-hour, 9-minute ballgame.

“Yeah, I enjoyed that,” Bieber said, smiling. “I was able to go out there and be efficient and get through nine. I feel really good right now, so I’ve just got to keep rolling and keep building off the last one.”

It was the fourth complete game of Bieber’s big league career and the first by a Cleveland pitcher since Aaron Civale’s five-hitter at Pittsburgh on Aug. 19, 2020.

“Shane had a good work week and was in control,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “When you look up at nine innings and under 100 pitches, it means a guy is really pitching.”

Rosario delivered RBI doubles in the third and fifth off Davis Martin (1-3), while Ramirez had a two-run single in the third. Ramirez, selected for his fourth All-Star Game, leads the AL with 68 RBIs.

“It was pretty cool going up against Bieber,” said Martin, who worked a season-high six innings. “His arsenal is very similar to mine.”

The Guardians played their league-high eighth doubleheader, seven of them at Progressive Field. All four of Chicago’s doubleheaders have taken place on the road.


Guardians designated hitter Franmil Reyes fouled a pitch off his right ear in the opener, but played all 18 innings. The ball ricocheted off the dirt and struck Reyes below his helmet, giving him a small cut.

Martin was hit between his right shoulder and biceps by an Andres Gimenez liner, leaving the rookie with a baseball-shaped bruise that featured stitching marks on his pitching arm.

“Davis shook it right off, said `I’ve got this,’ and stayed in the game,” La Russa said. “He was amazing.”


White Sox: C Yasmani Grandal (back spasms) has shifted his rehab assignment from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte. Grandal, who was placed on the injured list on June 13, had a .692 on-base percentage in three games with the Barons.

Guardians: OF Oscar Gonzalez (right abdominal strain) is performing light physical exercises, but has not been cleared for baseball activities. The rookie is eligible to be activated off the IL, but likely will remain there until after the All-Star break.


White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (5-5, 5.05 ERA) makes his 12th career start against Cleveland in the four-game series finale.

Guardians: Civale (2-5, 6.28 ERA) seeks his first victory in his fifth start since returning from a left glute injury on June 21.

Sale works 5 scoreless in debut, Red Sox lose 3-2 to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Chris Sale worked five scoreless innings in his season debut, but the Boston bullpen couldn’t hold a two-run lead in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

Sale, out all season with a fracture in his right rib cage, allowed three hits with one walk and struck out five. The lefty reached 97 mph on his fastball during a 78-pitch, 53-strike outing.

“I felt better as it went on,” Sale said. “Feeling strong in the fourth and fifth inning, that’s nice. I’ll just keep building off of that.”

The Red Sox are hoping the 33-year-old Sale can boost their chances of making the playoffs. This was just his 10th start for Boston since 2019; he missed 2020 and most of 2021 following Tommy John surgery.

“Sale was tough,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “He looked really sharp for not having pitched all season long in the big leagues.”

Corey Kluber (5-5) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings to beat the Red Sox in consecutive starts. The right-hander went six shutout innings in a 7-1 victory at Boston last Wednesday.

The Rays went up 3-2 in the sixth when pinch-hitter Francisco Mejia had an RBI single off Matt Strahm (3-3). Two more runs scored when the Red Sox made two errors on the same play.

Brooks Raley worked the ninth for his fifth save in six chances.

Boston second baseman Trevor Story left the game when he was hit on the right hand by a pitch he swung at in the fifth inning. He was scheduled to undergo X-rays late Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay trailed 2-1 with two out in the sixth when Taylor Walls lined a single off Strahm’s left wrist. The left-hander then threw wildly to first base, allowing Isaac Paredes to score. First baseman Franchy Cordero then threw off the mark to the plate, and Mejia scored the go-ahead run.

Alex Verdugo got Boston’s first hit off Kluber when he flared a single to left with one out in the fifth. He went to third when Jeter Downs – Story’s replacement – had a soft single to center. Boston took a 2-0 lead on Cordero’s RBI sacrifice bunt and a run-scoring triple by Bobby Dalbec.

Verdugo was picked off at third in the seventh when Boston had runners on the corners with no outs.

Boston All-Star Rafael Devers, who sat out the previous three games with lower back pain, went 1 for 4 as the designated hitter. Regular DH J.D. Martinez, added to the AL All-Star team Tuesday, didn’t play because of a tight back.


Sale’s first pitch was briefly delayed when he dropped his Pitch Com device en route to the mound. He walked from the mound back toward the third-base line where he retrieved it.

“A rookie move,” Sale said with a smile. “It fell out of my hat. A nice little circus act before we get going.”


Red Sox: INF/OF Kike Hernandez (right hip flexor strain) had his rehab assignment ended and will be re-evaluated. “We had to back off and now see if there’s something else going on that we haven’t seen,” Cora said. … RHP Garrett Whitlock (right hip) worked two scoreless innings for Double-A Portland and could rejoin the Red Sox this weekend.

Rays: 2B Brandon Lowe, out since May 16 with a lower-back injury, went 3 for 4 for Triple-A Durham and could be back this weekend.


Red Sox: Sale was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and righty Brayan Bello was optioned to Triple-A Worcester.

Rays: RHP Luke Bard was optioned to Triple-A Durham and righties Ralph Garza Jr. and Tommy Romero were recalled.


Boston right-hander Josh Winckowski (3-3) and Rays All-Star left-hander Shane McClanahan (9-3) are Wednesday night’s starters in a matchup of southwest Florida high school products.

Astros blow 4-run lead, rally in 9th to beat Angels 6-5

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Even the mighty Houston Astros are not immune to occasional bouts of comprehensive ineptitude, as they demonstrated while blowing a four-run lead in the seventh inning Tuesday night with two errors, a hit batter with the bases loaded and a passed ball.

The Astros still had plenty of time to recover against an opponent that’s been largely inept for two full months now.

Kyle Tucker delivered a tiebreaking RBI double in the ninth inning, and the Astros rallied for a 6-5 victory over the spiraling Los Angeles Angels.

Although the Astros wasted a strong six-inning start by Luis Garcia with a mistake-filled seventh, the AL West leaders have still won four of five and 21 of 27 to move a season-high 28 games above .500 at 57-29.

“They say there’s no such thing as an ugly win, but that wasn’t very pretty,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “That was tough.”

Jose Altuve led off the ninth with a walk from Angels closer Raisel Iglesias (2-6), who had his second straight calamitous outing. Aledmys Diaz singled before the double to right by Tucker, a first-time All-Star selection last week.

Diaz hit an early two-run homer and Alex Bregman and Altuve had RBI singles. Hector Neris (2-3) pitched the eighth, and Ryan Pressly picked up his 19th save.

“I’m just grateful we were able to bounce back and get that run we needed against a very good closer,” said reliever Phil Maton, who got charged with four unearned runs in the seventh after committing one of the two errors. “We shouldn’t even have been in that situation.”

Pinch-hitter David MacKinnon had a two-RBI single during that four-run rally in the seventh, but the Angels had only two hits in their latest punchless performance at the plate.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a game where they get two hits and five runs without a homer,” said Baker, who made his major league debut in 1968. “But we came back. We were lucky to win the game.”

Mike Trout left with upper back spasms before the fifth inning on another disappointing night for the Halos, who have lost five straight and nine of 10 to drop a season-low 12 games below .500 at 38-50. Shohei Ohtani went 0 for 2 with two walks on the night before the All-Star returns to the mound and attempts to extend his streak of 28 2/3 scoreless innings.

Trout struck out in his first two at-bats against Garcia before leaving the game. He also struck out 16 times while batting .177 on the Angels’ road trip.

“It spasmed up on him,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said of Trout. “I didn’t like the way he was moving around in center field after that second at-bat. … These things can be tricky. It’s upper-back, so that’s the comforting thing. But everything checked out OK.”

Garcia struck out seven and retired his final 13 hitters over six innings of one-hit ball for the Astros. He left with a 5-1 lead, but failed to win his fifth consecutive start after Houston’s bullpen and defense collapsed.

Noah Syndergaard wasn’t sharp for the Angels, yielding three runs on three hits and a season-high four walks while lasting just four innings.

Houston was up 2-0 after two batters: Altuve drew a leadoff walk before Diaz drilled his sixth homer to center.

Los Angeles didn’t have a baserunner between Brandon Marsh’s second-inning single and Luis Rengifo’s 10-pitch walk in the seventh. After Houston’s back-to-back errors and MacKinnon’s big hit, Marsh scored the tying run on a passed ball.


Before he wrapped up the ninth, Iglesias had allowed eight consecutive batters to reach base, starting with four straight hits to end his horrific blown save last Friday in Baltimore. Iglesias’ velocity has declined in his last two appearances, and Nevin acknowledges it’s a concern.


Astros: RHP Lance McCullers threw a two-inning simulated game. He’ll throw another on Saturday. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since injuring his right flexor tendon in last season’s playoffs.

Angels: RHP Austin Warren returned from the injured list before the game and pitched a scoreless seventh. The reliever had been out since June 17 with a right triceps strain after missing time earlier in the season when he was hit in the face by a baseball during batting practice.


Ohtani (8-4, 2.44 ERA) faces Cristian Javier (6-4, 3.01). The Halos’ two-way superstar will make the 50th pitching start of his major league career. He hasn’t allowed an earned run since June 9.

All-Stars Rodón, Martinez, Cooper in; Hader, Harper out

NEW YORK (AP) San Francisco left-hander Carlos Rodon, Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez and Miami first baseman Garrett Cooper were added Tuesday for next week’s All-Star Game.

They replaced Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper and Houston’s Yordan Alvarez, who are hurt, and Milwaukee closer Josh Hader, who is skipping the July 19 game at Dodger Stadium because of family responsibilities.

Rodon made the All-Star team for the second straight season. He is 8-5 with a 2.70 ERA in 17 starts, striking out 124 and walking 32 in 100 innings.

Martinez, 34, is a five-time All-Star who is hitting .313 with nine homers, 38 RBIs and 29 doubles, tied for the American League lead. He earned a $100,000 bonus for his selection.

Cooper, 31, becomes the 31st first-time All-Star this year. He is batting .299 with seven homers and 40 RBIs.

Martinez and Cooper each were next in player voting. Rodon was selected by Major League Baseball.

Hader spent a week on the paternity list in June after his son, Lucas, was born. His wife, Maria, had complications with her pregnancy.

“A lot on his plate, for sure, these last six weeks,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said in Minneapolis before a two-game series against the Twins. “The All-Star Game’s a great honor, and it’s not an easy choice.”

Said Hader: “I think my duty is to be with my family, and I think just to be ready for the second half. My family needs me at this time, and that’s just kind of the decision that we made.”

Harper was elected as the National League’s designated hitter but broke his left thumb when hit by a pitch from San Diego’s Blake Snell on June 25. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Atlanta’s William Contreras.

Alvarez went on the injured list Sunday because of a ailing right hand that has gotten worse since he first got hurt June 18 against the Chicago White Sox.

Mayfield: ‘No animosity’ toward Browns, awaits fresh start

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Baker Mayfield said he was “shocked” to learn that he was not included in the Cleveland Browns’ future plans earlier this offseason.

But the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick in 2018 has had a few months now to digest the Browns’ decision to replace him with Deshaun Watson and is eager to take advantage of a fresh start with his new team, the Carolina Panthers.

“Shocked, I would say, is pretty much the only way to describe it,” Mayfield said Tuesday. “But you roll with the punches and you’ve got to move forward. This is a test of adversity and how I’m going to handle it and how I can move forward and be the best teammate possible.”

Mayfield said he has no animosity toward the Browns, although he admits Carolina’s home opener against Cleveland on Sept. 11 will be a “special” game.

Often viewed as fiery and outspoken, Mayfield was humble and introspective in his first interview since the Browns dealt him to Carolina for a 2024 conditional fifth-round draft pick.

To help facilitate the deal, Mayfield agreed to take a $3.5 million pay cut. He’ll still make a combined $15.5 million from the Browns and Panthers.

In taking the pay cut, Mayfield is essentially betting on himself with free agency lingering after this upcoming season.

But first he has to win the starting job.

Mayfield joins Sam Darnold in the quarterback room, giving the Panthers the top two QBs from the ’18 draft – but no clear starter heading into training camp.

Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer called it an “open competition” and predicts both will get equal reps in practice.

“The reason we have Baker here is to make the whole group better as a whole,” Fitterer said. “Our philosophy is that we want competition, not just in the quarterback room but at every position.”

But past success suggests Mayfield has a better chance of winning the job. He’s 29-30 as an NFL starter, while Darnold is 17-32. Mayfield has thrown 92 touchdown passes and 56 interceptions compared to Darnold’s 54 TD passes and 52 INTs.

Mayfield has also shown he can lead a team to the playoffs, helping the Browns go 11-5 in 2020.

Mayfield avoided questions on whether he expects to be the team’s starter, only saying he wants to be the best quarterback he can be and help the Panthers win games regardless of his role. He said he likes and respects Darnold, who called him shortly after the trade to Carolina was announced.

He doesn’t want a quarterback controversy disrupting the team.

“If there is drama within that room it’s going to permeate through the building and that’s not going to be the case,” Mayfield said. “We’re not going to let that happen.”

Fitterer said the Panthers did plenty of background checks on Mayfield before the trade.

He said he’s comfortable, and even excited, with Mayfield’s approach to the game.

“This is a fiery, competitive guy,” Fitterer said. “He wants to win, He wants to be great. I think as an organization we embrace that attitude. We like guys that are like that. This is a fresh start for him and it doesn’t matter what he’s done in the past.”

Just how long Mayfield – or Darnold – will be in Carolina remains to be seen.

Both QBs are in the final years of their rookie deals and Fitterer said the team is not looking to sign either to a contract extension until they see how they perform on the field.

“We’ll let it play out throughout the season and we will make decisions based on that later in the season, whether that is November or December,” Fitterer said.

And, it’s possible the team could part ways with both and hand over the reigns of the offense to rookie Matt Corral, the team’s third-round draft pick out of Mississippi.

As for the present, Mayfield said he’s hoping to apply the lessons he’s learned from his four years in Cleveland as he begins a new journey in Carolina.

“I’ve learned to control what I can,” Mayfield said. “This has been an offseason that has taught me a lot of patience, a lot about focusing on the priorities and realizing who is in your corner and how to prioritize your life and and just becoming the best version of myself. It’s not it any way how I drew it up, but I’m very thankful looking back on it.”

Judge says blood test results can be used in Ruggs’ DUI case

LAS VEGAS (AP) A judge ruled Tuesday that results of a blood-alcohol test taken from former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III can be used as evidence in his DUI crash case.

Authorities said the 23-year-old Ruggs allegedly was driving 156 mph just seconds before the fiery November 2021 crash that left a woman dead and Ruggs and his female passenger injured.

Prosecutors have said Ruggs’ blood alcohol level after the crash several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip was 0.16%, which is twice the legal limit for drivers in Nevada.

Ruggs’ lawyers argued Tuesday that police did not have probable cause to ask a judge for the warrant to obtain Ruggs’ blood after the crash.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Ann Zimmerman disagreed and denied the defense’s motion to exclude the blood test.

Prosecutors have said Ruggs could be sentenced to more than 50 years in prison if he’s convicted of all charges in the case.

He’s facing felony counts of DUI resulting in death, DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm and two counts of reckless driving resulting in death or substantial bodily harm.

Neither Ruggs nor his lawyers spoke to reporters after the brief court hearing.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 7.

House committee accepts Snyder’s offer to testify virtually

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform has accepted an offer for Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to testify virtually July 28.

Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney wrote a letter to attorney Karen Patton Seymour on Tuesday saying he would be allowed to testify via Zoom under the conditions set out by the committee’s initial subpoena “to ensure that Mr. Snyder’s testimony will be full and complete and will not be restricted in the way it would be if the deposition were conducted voluntarily.”

The committee is set to give Snyder access to exhibitions used in prior depositions and interview transcripts as well as descriptions of redacted information, which were among the elements requested by his representatives in a previous letter. July 28 was also one of their preferred dates after declining several previous invitations.

Snyder did not appear when first invited along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who testified virtually June 22, with prior obligations and international travel given among the reasons.

His camp has until Wednesday at noon EDT to confirm Snyder will appear before the committee, which launched an investigation into the team’s workplace culture last year after the league did not release a report of its independent review into the organization, which prompted a $10 million fine.

Congress has since looked into accusations of pervasive sexual harassments of women who worked for the team by Snyder and other executives. According to a document released by the committee, Snyder conducted a “shadow investigation” that sought to discredit former employees making accusations of workplace sexual harassment, hired private investigators to intimidate witnesses, and used an overseas lawsuit as a pretext to obtain phone records and emails.

Patton Seymour wrote to the committee last week offering Snyder would be willing to testify voluntarily July 28 or 29. A message sent to a firm representing Snyder was not immediately returned.

NBA stiffens take foul penalty, will keep play-in tournament

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NBA has completed the process of changing the transition take foul rule, ending years of discussion about what to do with the long-maligned tactic.

And, also as expected, the play-in tournament is going to be around for the foreseeable future.

The league’s board of governors finalized those two matters Tuesday, approving a plan to award one free throw when teams are disadvantaged by the take foul — as well as removing the “experimental” designation from the play-in element to the postseason.

“Generally, it was upbeat coming out of our meeting,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “People are thrilled that as we head into next season, it looks like we’ll be on our normal track in terms of when the season starts, in terms of our protocols around the game, particularly around the health and safety of our players.”

It wasn’t a surprise that the league changed the penalty on take fouls; Silver told The Associated Press in early June that it would change, though cautioned that the new rule might still be tweaked in future years.

The take foul — in which the defender does not make a play on the ball — is what the league classifies as one that occurs either “during a transition scoring opportunity or immediately following a change of possession and before the offensive team had the opportunity to advance the ball.” The exception is in the final 2 minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Plum scores 27, Wilson 23 as Aces beat Liberty 107-101

NEW YORK (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 27 points, A’ja Wilson added 23 points and 14 rebounds, and the Las Vegas Aces beat the New York Liberty 107-101 on Tuesday night.

The teams played last week before the All-Star break and combined for the highest-scoring regulation game in WNBA history, with New York winning 116-107. This game nearly matched it.

Plum, the MVP of the All-Star Game, and Las Vegas (16-7) jumped all over New York and led by 14 after one and 52-28 at the half. The Aces looked to be cruising in the third quarter before Sami Whitcomb got hot for New York (9-14). She hit five 3-pointers in the period to get the Liberty within 71-63 heading into the fourth quarter.

Sabrina Ionescu finished with 27 points and Natasha Howard added 20 for New York, which was 15 for 31 from behind the arc.

LYNX 118, MERCURY 107, 2 OTs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Aerial Powers had career highs of 35 points and 12 rebounds, Rachel Banham added season highs of 25 points and seven assists, and Minnesota beat Phoenix in two overtimes.

Kayla McBride was 9 of 9 from the free throw line and finished with 17 points for Minnesota (9-15). Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Jessica Shepard added 13 points, 12 rebounds and two steals.

McBride made two free throws to give the Lynx a 103-101 lead with 2.1 seconds left in the first overtime. After a timeout, Skylar Diggins-Smith made a driving layup to force a second OT.

Powers made a layup and Banham hit her sixth and final 3-pointer to make it 108-103 with 3:37 to play as Minnesota finally pulled away.

Sophie Cunningham scored 36 points, hit six 3-pointers and had five steals — all career highs — for Phoenix (10-15). Diggins-Smith added a season-high 32 points and 10 assists, and Diana Taurasi scored 17 points.


SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half and Ezi Magbegor had 13 points to help Seattle beat Dallas for its third straight win.

Magbegor also tallied eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals for Seattle (16-8), while Stephanie Talbot added 14 points, Jewell Loyd scored 13 and Tina Charles had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

Teaira McCowan led Dallas with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots. The rest of the team combined to shoot 32.8% (19 of 58) from the field.

SKY 90, DREAM 75

CHICAGO (AP) — Candace Parker had 31 points and 11 rebounds, Kahleah Copper scored 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting and Chicago pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Atlanta.

Emma Meesseman added 10 points, six rebounds and a season-high eight assists for Chicago (17-6).

Aari McDonald hit a 3-pointer that gave the Dream a 70-65 lead with 7:50 to play, but Chicago scored the next 15 points. Atlanta went scoreless for nearly five minutes and the Sky never trailed again. Meesseman either scored or assisted on 18 of Chicago’s 30 fourth-quarter points.

Cheyenne Parker led Atlanta (10-13) with 14 points. McDonald and Tiffany Hayes scored 12 apiece and Nia Coffey added 11.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elena Delle Donne tied her season high with 26 points, making four 3-pointers and shooting 10 for 14 overall, and Natasha Cloud added a season-best 21 points and nine assists to lead Washington over Los Angeles.

Cloud was 6 of 10 from the field, 3 of 4 from 3-point range and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 12 points and Ariel Atkins added 10 for Washington (15-10).

Katie Lou Samuelson and Brittney Sykes led Los Angeles (10-13) with 16 points apiece. Kristi Tolliver scored 12 points and Chiney Ogwumike finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Nneka Ogwumike (non-COVID illness) did not play for the Sparks.

Column: Tiger has big voice, just not as much visibility

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Tiger Woods has a voice that can be as a big as his golf game.

What he lacks is enough visibility.

Woods left little room for interpretation Tuesday when the 15-time major champion hammered away at Greg Norman’s new Saudi-funded LIV Golf series as not being in golf’s best interests. He said players who couldn’t resist the money – some received more than Woods has earned in his entire PGA Tour career – had “turned their back” on the very tour that made them famous.

None is as famous as Woods. He is not just the engine that drives the train. For the modern game, he’s the entire railroad.

“What these players are doing for guaranteed money, what is the incentive to practice? What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt?” Woods said. “You’re just getting paid a lot of money up front, and playing a few events and playing 54 holes.”

They were his strongest comments to date, one of the lengthiest and most passionate answers from Woods, who for so many years preferred that his clubs delivered the message.

What the PGA Tour wouldn’t give to have Woods at full strength, playing a full schedule, in the midst of one of the most disruptive moments in golf.

The British Open is only the third tournament Woods has played his year – four including the two-day charity pro-am in Ireland last week – and probably will be his last until he gets to the Bahamas at the end of the year for a holiday event he hosts.

While Norman was laying the ground work last fall and figuring out how to spend all that money from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, Woods was out of the public eye from February to the end of November recovering from his car crash outside Los Angeles.

He spoke for the first time in the Bahamas and said his allegiance was to the PGA Tour and “that’s where my legacy is.”

And then it was another four months before Woods played again at the Masters. And after that, six weeks until the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, where he distanced himself from Phil Mickelson – nothing new there – when it came to the LIV Golf.

Woods now is back in the public two months later. His words are getting stronger.

His most pointed comments were for players who seemingly had their careers in front of them, who had yet to even make it to the PGA Tour and chose to take money they otherwise would have had to earn through performance.

Woods spoke at his Hall of Fame induction in March of his parents taking out a second mortgage on their home to pay for his junior development. And when he turned pro and signed big endorsements deals with Nike and Titleist, the priority was to pay it off.

That was his road.

As he spoke Tuesday, the Official World Golf Ranking board had its annual meeting at St. Andrews. Still to be determined is whether LIV Golf gets world ranking points. Even if it goes through a one-year waiting period, most – if not all – of the players will be out of the top 50 by then. That makes it a long road back, especially if the majors – which seem to like LIV Golf as much as Woods – change their criteria.

“That is a possibility, that some players will never, ever get a chance to play in a major championship, never get a chance to experience this right here, walk down the fairways at Augusta National,” Woods said. “That to me, I just don’t understand it.”

LIV Golf still doesn’t have anyone from the top 15 in the world ranking, though it has some major champions with plenty of name recognition – Mickelson, a chief recruiter for Norman; Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.

There was a time not along ago when DeChambeau couldn’t spend enough time with Woods on the golf course (they played the same brand of golf ball). Whatever influence Woods has, DeChambeau sees him only a few times a year. That’s the extent of how much Woods can play on a right leg he described as being full of hardware from surgeries.

One famous story over the years was how Mickelson would engage in banter with a room full of players, and Mickelson would end any debate by asking, “How many majors have you won?” But first, he would look over his should to make sure Woods was not in the room.

Woods still owns the stage in golf. He always has. He just doesn’t get out as much.

Norman isn’t at St. Andrews for the gathering of British Open champions. It’s not clear whether he ever planned to attend, having skipped the last two times it was held at the home of golf. The R&A figured he would be a distraction amid the celebration of the 150th edition and asked him not to come this year.

Woods thought it was the right call.

“Greg has done some things that I don’t think is in the best interest of our game,” he said.

He later referenced Norman trying to start a World Golf Tour in the early 1990s that was quashed. The most powerful dissenting voice back then came from Arnold Palmer. The King was 20 years beyond his last PGA Tour win but still a consistent presence in golf.

That’s what the tour could use from Woods.

UK Olympic great Mo Farah says he was trafficked as a child

LONDON (AP) Olympic great Mo Farah — the winner of four gold medals and one of Britain’s greatest and best-loved athletes — has been carrying a secret burden all these years: He was illegally brought to the U.K. as a youth and forced to care for other children before he escaped a life of servitude through running.

In a new documentary, Farah says his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin and that he was from taken from the East African nation of Djibouti when he was about 8 or 9. He says a woman he didn’t know brought him to Britain using fake travel documents that included his picture alongside the name Mohammed Farah.

The revelations come as Britain struggles to deal with a surge of people fleeing conflict and hunger in Africa, the Middle East and Asia on flimsy boats organized by human traffickers who assist the desperate to cross the English Channel. Criminal gangs are also smuggling people into the country and forcing them into sex work, criminal activities and unpaid labor.

In the documentary, produced by the BBC and Red Bull Studios, Farah said he thought he was going to Europe to live with relatives and had piece of paper with the contact details.

“The lady took it off me and right in front of me ripped them up and put it in the bin,” Farah said in the film, to be broadcast Wednesday. “And at that moment I knew I was in trouble.”

The woman took him to an apartment in west London where he was forced to care for her children, Farah said. He wasn’t allowed to go to school until he was 12.

“I wasn’t treated as part of the family,” Farah said. “If I wanted food in my mouth, my job was to look after those kids – shower them, cook for them, clean for them.”

Farah was granted U.K. citizenship in 2000 and represented Britain at three straight Summer Olympics starting in 2008. He captured hearts in Britain and elsewhere with the look of joy and astonishment after his triumph in the 5,000 meters at the 2012 London Games after earlier winning the 10,000-meter title. He won the same races at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2017.

Farah previously said he had moved to Britain with his parents as a refugee from Somalia. But in the documentary, he says his parents never were in the U.K. His father was killed by gunfire during unrest in Somalia when Farah was 4, according to the film. His mother and two brothers live on the family farm in Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia that is not internationally recognized.

Farah says his fortunes changed when he was finally allowed to attend school. A teacher who was interviewed for the documentary recalled a 12-year-old boy who appeared “unkempt and uncared for,” was “emotionally and culturally alienated” and spoke little English.

But he began to blossom on the track and eventually told his story to a physical education instructor. The teacher contacted local officials, who arranged for a Somali family to take him in as a foster child.

“I still missed my real family, but from that moment everything got better,” Farah said. “I felt like a lot of stuff was lifted off my shoulders, and I felt like me.”

Farah said he had feared he would be deported if he spoke about his childhood experiences. He decided to tell his story to publicize and challenge people’s perceptions of human trafficking, he said.

“I had no idea there was so many people who are going through exactly the same thing that I did,” he said. “It just shows how lucky I was.”

In 2020, more than 10,000 people were referred to authorities in Britain as potential victims of modern slavery, up from 2,340 in 2014, according to the Home Office, the government agency responsible for border enforcement.

Immigration authorities are also under pressure as the number of people entering the country on small boats jumped to 28,526 last year from 299 in 2018, government statistics show.

The U.K. has struck a deal with Rwanda to send some asylum seekers on a one way voyage to the East African nation, where they would be able to apply for asylum. While Prime Minister Boris Johnson says this will break the business model of the criminal gangs who charge migrants thousands of pounds to cross the Channel, immigration rights groups say it is illegal and inhumane.

But modern slavery doesn’t only affect migrants. Nongovernmental organizations are at pains to insist that victims of modern slavery are forced into servitude bound by coercion and violence rather than shackles. Such organizations have often found it difficult to put a human face on the crime, fearing that exposure will inflict further trauma. That alone makes Farah’s case unique.

Justine Carter of Unseen, a charity that deals with victims of modern slavery, stresses that it takes courage to overcome such conditions. Farah’s revelation will let people around the world know that modern slavery can happen anywhere.

“I just have to take my hat off to somebody who has come through that trauma and has lived that experience, but has actually still succeeded in life, because I think there are far too many people that, for them the trauma is too much and unfortunately don’t have the right support mechanisms in place to kind of thrive and move on with their lives,” she said.

Besides raising awareness, Farah’s example could encourage others to seek help.

“There is always a way out, an alternative, a channel that you can go down. And I think Mo Farah has been living, breathing proof of that,” she said.

Britain’s Home Office said no action would be taken against Farah – and not just because he is a prominent athlete.

Home Office guidance makes clear that the agency assumes a child is not complicit in gaining citizenship by deception, stating: “If the person was a child at the time the fraud, false representation or concealment of material fact was perpetrated, the caseworker should assume that they were not complicit in any deception by their parent or guardian.”

Politicians, sports figures and celebrities rushed to offer Farah their support.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan praised his courage.

“Everything Sir Mo has survived proves he’s not only one of our greatest Olympians but a truly great Briton,” Khan tweeted. “(at)Mo Farah thank you for sharing your story & shining a spotlight on these awful crimes. We must build a future where these tragic events are never repeated.”

Usain Bolt, an eight-time Olympic champion sprinter from Jamaica, posted three emojis of folded hands – sometimes referred to as “prayer hands” – on Farah’s Instagram page. Andrew Butchart, Farah’s teammate in 2016 and sixth-place finisher in the 5,000 meters in Rio, posted “Much love” and “very proud” along with a heart emoji.

Scotty Bowman moves on from job as Blackhawks adviser

(AP) — Scotty Bowman has left the Chicago Blackhawks after what he called “a pretty uncomfortable year.”

Bowman announced Tuesday he no longer works for the organization as of July 1, saying he decided it was time to move on after 14 years as the Blackhawks’ senior hockey operations adviser.

Bowman’s son Stan stepped down as general manager in October after an independent investigation into the team’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations in 2010 revealed he knew about the situation.

“It was a pretty uncomfortable year because of Stan’s thing, getting let go, and I stayed on for the year and tried to keep going as much as I could, which I think I did,” Bowman told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “It’s been a good ride. I mean, you don’t get the chance to work with your son all the time. Naturally you have your differences of opinion, but I got to know the personnel on the team, and it was a good ride to be able to see this team develop and everything else.”

Bowman, who turns 89 in September, said he left the organization on good terms. He’s not closing the door on another job in the NHL but isn’t looking for work immediately. He plans to continue his routine of splitting time between his homes in suburban Buffalo, New York, and Sarasota, Florida, which allows him to make appearances in the press box at Tampa Bay Lightning games.

“You have to keep busy,” he said. “The game has changed so much, you know? It’s so fast. The line changes, the players change so quick now they probably change twice as fast as in my day, so it’s a different game, but it’s still in my blood.”

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame 31 years ago, Bowman won the Stanley Cup a record nine times as a coach, leading the Montreal Canadiens to the championship in 1973, ’76, ’77, ’78 and ’79, the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992 and the Detroit Red Wings in 1997, ’98 and 2002. Counting his four titles as a member of a front office, including three with Chicago in 2010, ’13 and ’15, his 14 are second-most in league history behind Habs great Jean Beliveau’s 17.

Another championship seems far away for the Blackhawks.

Kyle Davidson replaced Bowman on an interim basis in the fall and was given the full-time GM job after a lengthy search. Davidson is now in charge of a major teardown of the roster, which has already included trading young forwards Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach and letting Dylan Strome and Dominik Kubalik leave rather than tendering them qualifying offers to retain their rights.

The big question now concerns the future of franchise cornerstones Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, who have a year left on their respective contracts.

“It’s a discussion that we’re going to have to have,” Davidson said last week at the NHL draft. “We’re honest and told them what could happen. And we’re going to have to potentially make some changes. So there wasn’t any deception in that. But it’s real now. There’s a discussion that’s going to have to happen. They’re aware of what we expect of them and why we want them around.”

Former Red Wings coach Blashill joins Lightning as assistant

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Former Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is joining the Tampa Bay Lightning as an assistant.

Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois announced the move Tuesday, selecting Blashill to replace Derek Lalonde on coach Jon Cooper’s staff. Lalonde was hired to replace Blashill in Detroit.

Blashill, 48, coached the Red Wings the past seven seasons, compiling a 204-261-72 record. Detroit missed the playoffs in six of the seven seasons.

With the Lightning, Blashill joins a staff that includes assistant coaches Jeff Halpern and Rob Zettler, goaltender coach Frantz Jean and video coaches Nigel Kirwan and Brian Garlock.

The two-time defending champion Lightning were dethroned last month by the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final.

Flyers waive Lindblom, donate $100K to cancer organization

(AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers placed forward Oskar Lindblom on waivers Tuesday with the intent of buying out the final year of the 25-year-old cancer survivor’s contract.

General manager Chuck Fletcher called it a “very difficult decision” to free up salary cap space by cutting a player who recovered from being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. The Flyers will donate $100,000 in Lindblom’s name to a Philadelphia organization that supports families impacted by cancer.

“No one can question the desire, will and strength to overcome all that Oskar has been through off the ice in order to return to the game he loves,” Fletcher said in a statement released by the team. “Oskar’s commitment to his teammates and impact in our room has been immeasurable. He is truly an inspiration to us all and he will always remain a special part of the Philadelphia Flyers family. We wish him all the best as he continues his NHL career.”

Unless claimed, Lindblom will become an unrestricted free agent once the NHL’s signing period opens Wednesday. He was entering the final season of a three-year contract, which counted $3 million against Philadelphia’s salary cap.

Ottawa defenseman Michael Del Zotto, New Jersey forward Janne Kuokkanen and San Jose forward Rudolfs Balcers were also placed on waivers for the purpose to buy out the final year of their contracts.

Lindblom is from Sweden and was selected by the Flyers in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, and spent five seasons in Philadelphia. He was diagnosed with cancer in December 2019 and missed the remainder of the season before returning to play Games 6 and 7 in the Flyers’ second-round series loss to the New York Islanders in August, when the Eastern Conference playoffs were played in Toronto due to COVID-19.

Lindblom returned the following season, scoring eight goals and 14 points in 50 games and winning the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is presented to a player who best embodies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.

Overall, Lindblom has 50 goals and 97 points in 263 career games.


– The Buffalo Sabres re-signed pending unrestricted free agent forward Vinnie Hinostroza to a one-year contract worth $1.7 million. The seventh-year player returns for a second year in Buffalo after scoring 13 goals and 25 points in 62 games last season.

– Veteran defenseman Alexander Edler is staying put in Los Angeles after signing a one-year contract worth $750,000. The 36-year-old Edler had three goals and 19 points in 41 games in his first year with the Kings last season, while missing 36 games with a broken ankle.

Malkin re-ups with Pens; Evander Kane stays put in Edmonton

Evgeni Malkin decided to return to the Pittsburgh Penguins after all, Evander Kane chose to stay in Edmonton, and the goalie carousel kept spinning a day before the the NHL’s free agency period opened.

Malkin late Tuesday night signed a $24.4 million, four-year deal that counts $6.1 million against the salary cap through 2026. He had as recently as Monday told the team he was testing the market.

“Evgeni is a generational talent who will be remembered as one of the greatest players in NHL history,” general manager Ron Hextall said. “His hockey resume and individual accomplishments speak volumes about him as a player, and we are thrilled to watch him continue his remarkable legacy in Pittsburgh.”

Kane followed by announcing “I’m back,” in a post on his verified Twitter account in which he revealed agreeing to a $20.5 million, four-year contract with the Oilers.

He credited Edmonton for giving him an opportunity to continue his career in January after the San Jose Sharks terminated the remainder of Kane’s contract for violating COVID-19 protocols while in the American Hockey League. Kane is challenging the Sharks’ decision by filing a grievance through the NHL Players’ Association.


Bae’s Blast Leads Indy in Victory

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ji-Hwan Bae launched a two-run homer to take an early lead and the Indianapolis Indians never trailed in a series-opening victory over the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday night, 5-2.

Bae roped extra-base hits in each of his first two at-bats, with a one-out homer off the Huntington Park net in left-center field plating the first two runs of the game in the third inning. The lead was secure as starting pitcher Bryse Wilson (W, 5-0) earned his fifth win in six starts with just one run allowed in 5.0 innings.

A leadoff double by the Indians (41-42) newest major league rehabber, Greg Allen, led to the eventual game-winning run scoring in the fifth inning. With one out and two runners on, Cal Mitchell knocked in his first RBI of the game with a single. Another leadoff double, this time off the bat of Hoy Park, and two-out RBI single by Allen extended the lead to 4-1.

Wilson was followed by Mike Burrows, who in just the second relief outing of his career, spun 2.0 hitless innings with four strikeouts. After Mitchell drove in his second run of the night with a one-out double in the ninth, Columbus (47-38) scored on a solo homer by Gabriel Arias off Joe Jacques (S, 1) with one out remaining in the contest.

While surrendering three of Indy’s five runs, Clippers starter Logan Allen (L, 0-2) fanned nine over 4.2 innings. Thirteen total Indians batters struck out in the victory.

Mitchell led the Indians offense with three hits, and Bae followed closely with a pair of extra-base knocks. They combined to drive in four of Indy’s five total runs.

The Indians and Clippers continue their six-game series tomorrow night at 7:05 PM ET at Huntington Park. RHP Miguel Yajure (2-1, 6.10) will take the mound for Indianapolis against RHP Xzavion Curry (1-1, 4.91).


Ben Davis’ Zane Doughty commits to Valpo

6-9 Ben Davis Center Zane Doughty has decided to play college basketball at Valparaiso. Doughty chose Valpo over Miami of Ohio, New Orleans and Siena.

Doughty averaged 11.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots for 22-7 Ben Davis last season.

Allen, Patberg Named B1G Outstanding Sportsmanship Honorees

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana football linebacker Thomas Allen and women’s basketball guard Ali Patberg were tabbed by the Big Ten Conference as Indiana’s honorees for the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for the 2021-22 academic year.

Allen appeared in eight games during the 2021 season before suffering a season-ending injury. He was named the program’s Ted Verlihay “Mental Attitude” Award. Over his four seasons, he appeared in 32 games with 56 career tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. He made an immediate impact with 28 stops, 3.0 tackles for loss and one sack during his redshirt freshman season. He added an interception that season, as well.

The Tampa, Florida, native was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades during his junior season. He was the Hoosiers Sportsmanship Award honoree as a senior.

Patberg wrapped up her career at IU as a four-time All-Big Ten honoree in 2021-22 as she led Indiana to back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances and three NCAA Tournaments. She finished ninth in all-time scoring at IU with 1,752 points, third in assists (527) and a career average of 14.2 points per game which ranked eight. She was a two-time Nancy Lieberman Award finalist and WBCA All-American honorable mention. Patberg was drafted 33rd overall in the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever.

In her final season in 2021-22, Patberg native averaged 11.6 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and shot 42.6 percent from the floor. She was one of three players all-time to earn four All-Big Ten honors in her Indiana career and started in 123 career games.

The Columbus, Indiana, native also excelled in the classroom where she was a 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-American, four-time All-Big Ten selection and is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She holds a pair of degrees from Indiana, a bachelor’s degree in finance from IU’s Kelley School of Business in May 2022 and a master’s degree in recreational administration in May 2022.

Hornung, Martin Selected Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Recipients

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue volleyball’s Marissa Hornung and track & field’s Isaiah Martin were named Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2021-22 calendar year, announced by the conference office.

Hornung and Martin, both seniors, were first selected as Purdue’s sportsmanship honorees for their respective teams, then chosen by the department for the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award from among each team’s sportsmanship selections. The duo distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, they demonstrated good citizenship outside the sports-competition setting and remained in good academic standing.

One of the best defensive specialists in program history, Hornung not only cracked Purdue’s top-10 career digs list, but finished her collegiate career ranked No. 4 all-time with 1,414 career digs. As a consistent starter, Hornung saw action in 113 of the team’s 126 sets in 2021, switching between libero and defensive specialist positions during her senior campaign. As a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Hornung helped lead Purdue to its highest AVCA ranking in program history (No. 4) and to its second consecutive Regional Finals appearance last fall.

Martin is a five-time All-American and two-time school record holder. He concluded his Boilermaker career at the NCAA Championships in June, where he tied his school-record decathlon mark with 7,708 points to place ninth, his best NCAA finish. He earned USTFCCCA Second Team All-America accolades for his fifth career All-America honor, along with 2019 and 2021 outdoors in the decathlon and 2020 and 2021 indoors in the heptathlon, and placed in the top-10 nationally in each of his NCAA Championship appearances. In his illustrious career, Martin broke the school record in the decathlon (7,708) and heptathlon (5,631), toping 26- and 17-year old records in the process.

Both Boilermakers graduated from Purdue in May with Martin earning a degree in Psychological Sciences and Hornung receiving hers in Human Resource Development.

Hornung is just the second Boilermaker to receive back-to-back honors, joining Carrie McCambridge (swimming & diving), who was recognized in 2004 and 2005.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. –  Shawn Stiffler has been named the 22nd head coach of the University of Notre Dame baseball program. Stiffler turned the VCU baseball program into one of the most consistent programs in the country in his decade at the helm, as it is one of just seven programs nationally to earn 34 or more wins in each of the last eight full seasons.

“We are excited to welcome Shawn (Stiffler) and his family to our Notre Dame community,” University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said. “He’s a perfect fit to lead our nationally-respected program both on and off the field as his approach to coaching and culture mirrors that of our Institution.”

“I first want to thank Father Jenkins, Jack Swarbrick and Jody Sadler for the confidence to lead this outstanding program,” Stiffler said. “My family and I are extremely humbled and ready to get started.”

“Notre Dame is the finest university in the country.” Stiffler continued, “It challenges everyone to become the best version of themselves and I cannot wait to continue recruiting, developing and working with student-athletes with that type of mindset.”

In Stiffler’s 10-seasons at the helm of the VCU program, the Rams won Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championships in 2017, 2019 and 2021, and he led VCU to the NCAA Championship Tournament in 2015, 2021 and 2022. The 2015 NCAA Tournament appearance included an NCAA Dallas Regional Championship, defeating the host Dallas Baptist and Oregon State, qualifying for the program’s first-ever NCAA Super Regional, at Miami (Fla.). The 2017 A-10 Regular Season Championship was the first in program history at VCU.

Stiffler’s teams have shown a knack for getting hot late in the year, winning 17-straight contests from  May 7 through June 4, and knocking off the host Tar Heels in the 2022 Chapel Hill Regional. In 2021 the Rams 22-consecutive game winning streak was snapped in the second game of the NCAA Starkville Regional to eventual National Champion, Mississippi State.

During his time as the Rams’s skipper, he accrued a 340-198 overall record, and dominated the Atlantic 10 with a record of 146-71. The 2019 A-10 Coach of the Year, Stiffler guided four Rams to All-American honors, five Freshman All-Americans, 20 ABCA All-Region honorees and 48 All A-10 selections. 

Stiffler earned American Baseball Coaches’ Association (ABCA) East-Region Coach of the Year honors following the 2015 season in which he led VCU to the A-10 Championship and its first-ever Super Regional. The program finished the season ranked 17th in the country by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Stiffler took the reins of the Ram program in 2013 after serving as an assistant coach from 2007-2012. As an assistant, he helped the Rams earn a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship and 37 wins in his first season. Three seasons later, he helped the Rams earn their fifth CAA Championship.

Prior to his time in Richmond, Stiffler was an assistant coach at his alma mater, George Mason. He spent five years with the Patriots, continuing to improve the staff’s ERA year-by-year as the pitching coach. He helped the Patriots earn a trip to the NCAA Regionals in 2004.

Stiffler earned a B.A. degree in communications from George Mason in 2001, where he played under the legendary head coach Bill Brown. He was an honorable mention All-American out of Somerset high in ‘97 and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins. He and his wife Jennifer have three children, Wade, Scout and Penn.

The hiring will be effective at the conclusion of the University’s standard employment process.

Softball Adds Junior College Transfer

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball announced the addition of Taylor Dugger, a junior college transfer from Parkland College on Tuesday.

“We are excited to have Taylor join our program. Her experience at the junior college level will be a big help and her versatility will add depth to our team” said head coach Mike Perniciaro.

A native of Rockville, Indiana, Dugger joins the Sycamore roster after three seasons at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois.

The 5’8″ infielder was named to the Mid-West Athletic Conference First Team this spring after batting .310 with a .338 on-base percentage and a .386 slugging percentage in 60 games this season. The Parke Heritage High School alum ranked second on the team in runs (40), 3rd in hits (61) and 4th in RBIs (33) and doubles (12).

In 2021, she batted .392, collecting 56 hits while driving in 29 runs, scoring 35. Dugger also had a .955 fielding percentage in 133 chances. During the Covid-19 shortened season in 2020, Dugger was batting .440 through 10 games with a .516 on-base percentage before the remainder of the season was canceled.

Dugger joins the incoming freshman class of Morgan Goodrich, Raigan LaMar, Isabelle Saylor and Hannah Welch as the new additions heading into the 2023 season.


MARION, Ind. – Head Coach Emily Vermilya is thrilled to announced the 2022 IWU Women’s Swim class.  The nine signees hail from six different states as they make their way to Marion, Indiana this Fall.   Wildcats come off a season being ranked in the NAIA Top 5 on mulitple occasions and finishing No. 7 at NAIA Nationals. 



  • HOMETOWN: Rochester, Ind.
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Rochester Community High School
  • HEIGHT/EVENT: 5’4 | Distance Freestyle and IM
  • MAJOR/MINOR: Elementary Education
  • PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: RHS Girls Swim Team – MVP, High Point, Sectional Champion, State Qualifier, Conference Champion, All-Conference Academic, Record Holder

There were many factors that led me to attend IWU. The community and Christian-based campus was the most important factor to me when considering colleges. Alongside this, the swim team and coaches warmly welcomed me during my visit. I felt loved and appreciated by all the girls on the team. I loved how easy it was to make new friends within the close-knit community and the “home” feeling I had while visiting.



  • HOMETOWN: New Lenox, Ill.
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Lincoln-Way Central High School
  • HEIGHT/EVENT: 5’5 | Distance, Backstroke, Butterfly
  • MAJOR/MINOR: Exploratory Program
  • PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Swim Conference & Sectional Team 2019-2021, Swim Team Captain

Awesome swim program and community!



  • HOMETOWN: Forestville, Cali.
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Homeschool
  • HEIGHT/EVENT: 5’7 | Butterfly and distance freestyle
  • MAJOR/MINOR: Exercise science/Coaching
  • PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2017-2018 most improved swimmer 13-14 girls-Door County YMCA Swim team, 2018-2019 Most improved swimmer girls overall-Door County YMCA, 2020-2021 most improved swimmer girls 15-18- Door County YMCA Swim team

The welcoming Christian environment!



  • HOMETOWN: Shelby, Ohio
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Shelby Senior High School
  • HEIGHT/EVENT: 5’10 | Backstroke, IM
  • MAJOR/MINOR: Exploratory Program
  • PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All District Swim – 100 Backstroke 7th place, Sportsmanship Award (2018/19), “Top Dog” Award”, All District 100 Backstroke – 6th place, 400 Free relay 3rd place, 4 x 200 Free relay 4th place, All Ohio – 200 Free Relay (2019/’20), District Champion 200 IM, 100 backstroke, Top Dawg Award, Highest Point Award All Ohio – 200 freestyle relay (6th), 400 freestyle relay (11th), 100 backstroke (15th) (2020/’21), District Runner Up 100 Backstroke and 400 Free Relay 200 IM – 3rd place 200 Free Relay (4th place), 2nd Team All Ohio 200 Free Relay (13th) and 100 Backstroke (16th) (2021/’22).

I loved the atmosphere of IWU and the Christian community it created. I also loved the swim team and the coaches and how welcomed I felt when I met the team!



  • HOMETOWN: Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Concordia Lutheran High School
  • HEIGHT/EVENT: 5’6 | Free/Fly
  • MAJOR/MINOR: Nursing
  • PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All Conference 2019,2020,2021,2022 MVP 2021, 2022 Girls Team Captian 

I felt very confident in IWU’s Nursing program’s ability to give me the best education in my dream field. I also chose IWU because the swim team has a great standing in their conference and at nationals. The Swim team is so supportive and kind. I loved how Coach Emily values each one of her girls as a person and not just points for the team.



  • HOMETOWN: Lansing, Mich.
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Grand Ledge High School
  • HEIGHT/EVENT: 5’6 | Fly, Freestyle
  • MAJOR/MINOR: Undecided
  • PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 400 Free Relay Division 1 State (2018) setting a school record and the all-time Lansing Area record (3: 33.26), All -Area Second Team (2018), All Area Dream Team (2019, 2020, 2021), CAAC Blue Divion Co-Champions, Swimming, (2018 & 2019), CAAC Blue Division 50 Freestyle Conference Champion, Swimming, (2020)


I have a friend who goes there and she told me about IWU.I went on one visit there and just knew it was the place for me. Everyone was so on-fire for God and so kind and welcoming.



  • HOMETOWN: Oswego, Ill.
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Oswego High School
  • HEIGHT/EVENT: 5’4 | Sprint Back, Free, fly
  • MAJOR/MINOR: Pre/med/Biology
  • PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: IL Senior Championships 2019-2022, ISCA Senior Cup 2021/2022

 I loved the campus, swim coach and swim team!



  • HOMETOWN: Brandenburg, Ky
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Meade County High School
  • HEIGHT/EVENT: 5’7 | Freestyle and Breaststroke
  • MAJOR/MINOR: Nursing
  • PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All Region team (3x),Female All Area swimmer of the year (2x), Female all area Sophomore of the year, broke school record in 100 breaststroke (2019), Region 3 champion of 100 Freestyle (2022), Region 3 champion of 100 breaststroke (2021, 2020) 

 Wanting to not only further my athletic and academic careers, but also my spiritual walk.



  • HOMETOWN: Brandenburg, Ky
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Northwestern High School
  • HEIGHT/EVENT: 5’4 | Dive
  • MAJOR/MINOR: Elementary Education
  • PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All conference swim & dive freshman year of high school, two-time conference champ with Hooiser Conference, diving conference champ with Hoosier heartland

IWU felt like home!


1896       Phillies outfielder Ed Delahanty hits four home runs in one game in a 9-8 loss to the hometown Colts. All of the future Hall of Famer’s quartet of round-trippers at the West Side Grounds are the inside-the-park variety.

1922       Cardinal right-hander Bill Doak loses his no-hitter when he forgets to cover first base, turning Curt Walker’s seventh-inning grounder to first baseman Jack Fournier into an infield hit. The Redbirds’ star spitballer settles for a one-hitter, his second of the season, and a 1-0 victory over the Phillies at Sportsman’s Park.

1934       Babe Ruth, in the top of the third inning at Detroit’s Navin Field, wallops Tommy Bridges’ 3-2 pitch far over the right-field wall for his 700th career home run. The 4-2 victory over the Tigers puts the Yankees back into first place, but Lou Gehrig will be helped off the field in the first frame, suffering a severe bout of lumbago.

1940       In a twin bill against St. Louis, Joe DiMaggio hits three homers and drives in nine runs. The Yankee outfielder’s offensive outburst contributes to the Bronx Bombers’ sweep of the Browns in New York, 10-4 and 12-6.

1943       Thanks to a three-run home run by Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr, the American League defeats the National League in the first night All-Star Game, 5-3. In a game broadcast to GIs via shortwave radio, Pirates’ outfielder Vince DiMaggio shines for the Senior Circuit, hitting a single, triple, and home run.

1948       At Sportsman’s Park, the American League defeats the National League for the 11th time in 15 All-Star contests, 5-2. Vic Raschi pitches three scoreless innings to pick up the win and hits a two-run single as well.

1954       In front of 68,752 fans, the second-largest crowd in the history of Midsummer Classic, the NL and AL combine for an All-Star record six home runs in the Junior Circuit’s 11-9 victory at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. Indians’ third baseman Al Rosen, hitting with a broken finger, accounts for two round-trippers, helping the American League snap a four-game losing streak.

1954       At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, Senators hurler Dean Stone does not deliver a pitch but gets the win in the American League’s 11-9 All-Star victory. The Senators’ southpaw throws out Red Schoendienst trying to steal home in the eighth inning for the third out before facing his first batter in relief.

1956       At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks plays in his 394th consecutive contest to tie Al Simmons’ mark for straight games played after breaking in as a rookie. Mr. Cub’s single drives in the decisive run in the Cubs’ 7-6 victory over Pittsburgh.

1960       The Yankee Stadium hosts the All-Star Game, the second played in three days. The contest marks the return of Willie Mays to New York as the San Francisco Giants superstar goes 3-for-4, including a homer and a single off American League starter Whitey Ford, pacing the National League to a 6-0 victory.

1962       Tying a major league mark, Orioles catcher Charlie Lau hits four doubles in Baltimore’s 10-3 victory over the Indians at Memorial Stadium. The future hitting guru’s quartet of two-baggers also establishes a new team record.

1962       Rookie right-hander Cal Koonce one-hits the Reds, yielding only a fourth-inning single to Don Blasingame in the Cubs’ 1-0 victory at Wrigley Field. The hit by the Cincinnati second baseman marks the first of four times, one shy of the major league record shared by Cesar Tovar and Eddie Milner, that he will collect his team’s only hit in a game.

1963       At the age of 43, Early Wynn pitches the first five innings to record his 300th victory when the Indians down the Kansas City A’s, 7-4. The win will be the future Hall of Famer’s last in the major leagues, and he will finish his 23-year career with a 300-244 record.

1965       For the first time in All-Star history, the National League takes the lead in games won over the American League as the Senior Circuit edges the junior loop, 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota.

1966       After being released by Houston earlier in the month, 39-year-old Robin Roberts signs as a free agent with the Cubs. The right-hander will finish the season 2-3 for his new team, ending his 19 year Hall of Fame career with 286 victories.

1971       Frank Robinson, who hit a two-run home run in the Midsummer Classic, is named the MVP of the contest won by the American League at Tiger Stadium, 6-4. The Orioles’ right fielder joins teammate Brooks Robinson as the second player named the Most Valuable Player of a league (1961-NL, 1966-AL), a World Series (1966), and an All-Star Game.

1971       In a game featuring six home runs, including Reggie Jackson crushing a Dock Ellis pitch off the power generator located on the Tiger Stadium right-field roof 520 feet from home plate, the American League beats the NL, 6-4, the Junior Circuit’s only win from 1963 to 1982. All the players who homer, J. Bench, H. Aaron, R. Clemente, F. Robinson, H. Killebrew, and Reggie will become members of the Hall of Fame.

1972       The Cardinals waste no time in blanking the Braves, 2-0, behind the two-hit pitching performance of Reggie Cleveland at Busch Stadium. The contest, which lasts only 93 minutes, is the quickest nine-inning game in Redbird history.

1973       At Atlanta Stadium, Hal Breeden of the Expos becomes only the second major leaguer to pinch-hit home runs in both ends of a doubleheader. In 1943, Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin accomplished the feat in a twin bill against the Philadelphia A’s.

1973       Bobby Murcer hits three homers off Gene Garber that account for all RBIs in the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the Royals. The Friday the Thirteenth contest at Yankee Stadium takes only one hour and 51 minutes to play.

1976       The last segment of Connie Mack Stadium, formerly known as Shibe Park, is demolished when the corner tower and its domed cupola of the A’s and Phillies’ former home come down. In 1991, the Deliverance Evangelistic Church, an independent Pentecostal congregation, will construct a church building on the site.

1976       At Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, Tiger right-hander Mark Fidrych becomes only the second rookie pitcher to start an All-Star Game, joining freshman Senator Dave Stenhouse, the starter of the second ASG in 1962. George Foster, one of seven Reds position players on the team, is named the MVP of the 7-1 National League victory over the Junior Circuit, who have dropped 13 of the last 14 of the Midsummer Classics.

1977       In a game against the Cubs with New York third baseman Lenny Randle at the plate in the sixth inning, Shea Stadium goes dark when the Big Apple suddenly experiences a blackout that eventually suspends the contest. The Mets’ players drive their cars onto the field during the delay, amusing the crowd by performing various antics in front of the headlights. (My thanks to Anthony Ventarola for submitting this event).

1982       In the first All-Star Game played outside the United States, the National League cruises to its 11th straight win, beating the American League at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, 4-1. Dave Concepcion’s second-inning two-run homer off Red Sox starter Dennis Eckersley proves to be the turning point.

1984       The Yankees retire Roger Maris’s (#9) and Elston Howard’s (#32) uniform numbers. The team also erects plaques in their honor to pay tribute to their achievements as Bronx Bombers.

1988       After replacing John McNamara as the Red Sox manager, Joe Morgan makes an excellent first impression when the team wins nineteen of the first twenty games with him at the helm. Boston will finish the season with an 89-73 record, finishing first in the American League East before losing the ALCS to Oakland.

1990       Dave Johnson retires 27 of the last 29 batters he faces but loses his complete-game effort to Minnesota, 3-1. The Oriole starter’s undoing is a two-run home run hit by John Moses in the first, an inning that takes the right-hander 33 pitches to complete, in contrast to the 83 tosses he will make finishing the Memorial Stadium contest.

1991       At Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, four Oriole hurlers combined to throw a no-hitter, blanking the A’s, 2-0. Starting pitcher Bob Milacki holds the home team hitless for the first six innings, followed by Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson, who each throw one inning of no-hit ball.

1993       In a game best remembered for John Kruk’s non-at-bat against fireballer Randy Johnson, the AL All-Stars beat the NL rivals at Baltimore’s Camden Yards, 9-3. As the Phillies’ first baseman flails at the Big Unit’s fastballs comically, Kirby Puckett’s double and home run earn the Twins outfielder the Midsummer Classic’s MVP Award.

1997       In Cleveland’s 12-5 victory over the Twins, Casey Candaele flies out to left field in his last major league at-bat, ending his nine-year career, which included playing for the Expos, Astros, and the Indians with a .250 batting average. The utilityman’s mom, Helen Callaghan, a former star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, finished her big league career with a .257 lifetime average playing for the Minneapolis Millerettes and Fort Wayne Daisies.

1999       At Fenway Park, hometown favorite Pedro Martinez, with the two All-Star pitching squads combining for a record 22 strikeouts, whiffs five of the first six batters he faces in the 70th Midsummer Classic. Before the American League’s 4-1 victory over the Senior Circuit, the players pay an impromptu emotional on-field tribute to an aging Ted Williams.

2004       Having earned the All-Star MVP award as a 23-year-old for pitching three perfect innings at the Astrodome in 1986, the 41-year-old Roger Clemens gives up six runs during the first inning of the 75th Midsummer Classic. Before starting the fifth inning of the American League’s eventual 9-4 victory at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, the much chagrined ‘Rocket’ receives the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award from Bud Selig in recognition of his outstanding 21-year career.

2006       In an eight-player deal, the Nationals send pitchers Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, and Daryl Thompson, along with infielders Brendan Harris and Royce Clayton to the Reds in exchange for outfielder Austin Kearns, shortstop Felipe Lopez, and right-hander Ryan Wagner. Washington’s GM Jim Bowden, formerly with Cincinnati, is familiar with all his new acquisitions, having played a role in their presence with the Reds.

2009       On the day before the All-Star Game, acting GM Mike Rizzo, citing the team has underachieved, announces the Nationals have fired Manny Acta. Washington names bench coach and former major league manager Jim Riggleman as the interim skipper of the 26-61 club.

2009       At Busch Stadium, Prince Fielder outslugs Rangers’ outfielder Nelson Cruz in the final round, 6-5, to win the All-Star Home Run Derby. The Brewers’ first baseman’s power surge included a stunning shot estimated to have traveled over 500 feet.

2010       The National League wins its first All-Star Game since 1996, beating their AL rivals at Angel Stadium, 3-1. Braves catcher Brian McCann, the Midsummer Classic’s MVP, hits a three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning to break the Senior Circuit’s 14-year drought.

2012       Zack Greinke becomes the first pitcher to start three consecutive games in the same season since Red Faber turned the hat trick with the White Sox in 1917. The Brewer right-hander, the starting pitcher in the team’s final game before the All-Star break due to his ejection for arguing a call at first base after throwing just four pitches the day before, makes it three straight starts when he takes the mound to begin the second half of the season.

2013       Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum hurls the 15th no-hitter in franchise history, the seventh since the team shifted to San Francisco in 1958, when he blanks the Padres, 9-0, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd at Petco Park. The ‘Freak’ throws 148 pitches en route to his history-making performance, the second most ever needed to accomplish the task.

2014       Backstop Buster Posey and southpaw Madison Bumgarner become the first batterymates in major league history to hit grand slams in the same game, accounting for all the runs in the Giants’ 8-4 victory over the Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The left-hander’s grand salami marks only the second time that a hurler has hit two in a season, a feat also accomplished by Tony Cloninger, who hit both his four-baggers during the same game in 1966.

2017       The defending World Champion Cubs, presently 5.5 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central, acquire the White Sox No. 1 starter Jose Quintana for highly-rated prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease plus minor league infielders Bryant Flete and Matt Rose. The deal marks the first time the crosstown rivals had swapped players since 2006 when the White Sox sent Neal Cotts to the Cubs for David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez.


The defending American League champion Yankees entered the 1922 season still recovering from a devastating loss to the Giants and without two of their star players. Both Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel had been suspended for an unauthorized barnstorming tour after the 1921 Series. To make matters worse, Commissioner Landis handed Ruth additional suspensions after several run-ins with umpires and other indiscretions off the field. In fact, the Babe did not play until May 20th and had only made one-hundred ten appearances out of one-hundred fifty-four games at the end of the pennant race. His stats plummeted as a result, dropping him to third in homers (with thirty-five) and out of the top five for RBI’s (with ninety-nine). Still, the Yankees managed to hold onto their American League crown and prepared for a rematch against the defending World Champion New York Giants.

The Yankees had continued to pillage the Boston Red Sox acquiring Everett Scott and Joe Dugan as well as Whitey Witt from the Philadelphia Athletics. The Giants had made some great deals too in trading for third baseman Heinie Groh and pitcher Jack Scott. Once again, New York was host to its second consecutive Subway Series which had finally reverted back to a best-of-seven format.

Game 1 found the Giants in familiar territory as they rebounded from a 2-0 deficit in the eighth on their way to a 3-2 victory. Newly acquired Heinie Groh performed exceptionally well going three-for-three despite the best efforts of Joe Bush who had shut out his hometown rivals through seven innings. Things started differently in Game 2 as the Giants quickly set the pace with a three run homer off of Yankee veteran Bob Shawkey in the top of the first. Not to be outdone, the Yankees managed to tie it up with runs in the first, fourth and eighth innings. Both sides dug in for what promised to be a dramatic finish, but umpire George Hildebrand insisted on calling the game due to “darkness” after the tenth inning. With at least a ½ hour of sunlight left, the fans were outraged and demanded the official’s resignation. In an effort to make the best of a bad public relations situation, the league decided that the gate receipts would be donated to various New York charities.

Babe Ruth’s difficulties had continued to plague him well into the post-season and it wasn’t looking any better for Game 3. At this point in the Series, the Sultan of Swat had gone two-for-eight with one measly RBI and his teammates weren’t looking any better. Giant’s pitcher Jack Scott, who had compiled an impressive 8-2 record in only seventeen games, blanked the Yankees with a four hit, 3-0 triumph and set a momentum that would last for the rest of the Series. Hugh McQuillan took the mound for the Nationals in Game 4 and notched a complete 4-3 win backed up by the slugging of Dave Bancroft. Art Nehf returned for Game 5 and the clincher (as he had in the previous year) in a 5-3 triumph that netted the Giants their second consecutive title. Not only had the Giants pitching staff dominated the last three games for a back-to-back championship, they had done so while holding baseball greatest slugger to a miserable zero-for-nine record. The Bambino wound up with two hits in seventeen at-bats for a .118 average and his teammates hit only .203 as a team.


On October 8, 1956, at Yankee Stadium With the world series tied at two games apiece, between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees Don Larsen started Game 5 for the Yankees. Larsen’s opponent in the game was Sal Maglie. The Yankees scored two runs off Maglie, as Mickey Mantle hit a home run and Hank Bauer hit a single for a run batted in. Larsen retired all 27 batters he faced to complete the perfect game.

Larsen needed just 97 pitches to complete the game, and only one Dodger batter (Pee Wee Reese in the first inning) was able to get a 3-ball count. In 1998, Larsen recalled, “I had great control. I never had that kind of control in my life.” The closest the Dodgers came to a hit was in the second inning when Jackie Robinson hit a line drive off third baseman Andy Carey’s glove, the ball caroming to shortstop Gil McDougald, who threw Robinson out by a step, and in the fifth, when Mickey Mantle ran down Gil Hodges’ deep fly ball. Brooklyn’s Maglie gave up only two runs on five hits and was perfect himself until Mantle’s fourth-inning home run broke the scoreless tie. The Yankees added an insurance run in the sixth as Hank Bauer’s single scored Carey, who had opened the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Larsen. After Roy Campanella grounded out to Billy Martin for the second out of the 9th inning, Larsen faced pinch hitter Dale Mitchell, a .312 career hitter. Throwing fastballs, Larsen got ahead in the count at 1–2. On his 97th pitch, Larsen struck out Mitchell for the 27th consecutive and final out. Mitchell tried to check his swing on that last pitch, but home plate umpire Babe Pinelli, who would retire at the end of this World Series, called the last pitch a strike. Mitchell, who only struck out 119 times in 3,984 at-bats (or once every 34 at-bats) during his career, always maintained that the third strike he took was really a ball. Examination of footage of the final pitch appears to show Mitchell’s check-swing going past the halfway “plane” and nowadays would normally be called a swinging strike.

In one of the most iconic images in sports history, catcher Yogi Berra leaped into Larsen’s arms after the final out. With the death of Berra on September 22, 2015, Larsen was the last living player for either team who played in this game, until his death on January 1, 2020, at the age of 90.



The History of the 1933 Midsummer Classic

Baseball’s newest contribution to the romance of American sports, the All-Star Game, made its debut on July 6, 1933, at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. It was initiated at the insistence of Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, to coincide with the celebration of the city’s “Century of Progress” Exposition. By the 1930’s, baseball had already established itself as America’s favorite pastime and the national exposition provided the perfect stage to introduce baseball’s best to the rest of the country. Many did not believe that a contest of this magnitude could possibly live up to the fan’s expectations, especially for those who lived in the far western states and had never been to a major league baseball game.

The novel idea of a single game made up of the most exciting assemblage of ball-playing talent ever brought together on the diamond at one time, seemed too good to be true. In 1933 and 1934, All-Star teams were selected by the managers and the fans. The National League’s manager John McGraw and American League’s Connie Mack were chosen to lead a line-up of big hitters including Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and the one and only Babe Ruth. “We wanted to see the Babe,” said Bill Hallahan, the National League starter. “Sure, he was old and had a big waistline, but that didn’t make any difference. We were on the same field as Babe Ruth.”

With fellow All-Star, Charlie Gehringer on first in the bottom of the third, The Babe drove one into the right-field stands, the first homer in All-Star history. The crowd, according to one account, “roared in acclamation” and the first All-Star Game, won by the American League on the strength of Ruth’s homer, was a resounding success.

How Did Miami Win Super Bowl VII? By Losing Super Bowl VI?

A former running back for the 1972 Undefeated Miami Dolphins spoke to me recently about his team’s efforts to win Super Bowl VII back at the conclusion of the 1972 NFL season. As it turned out, it took losing the biggest game of the year to enable them to win the biggest game of the year.

Miami’s 24-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI was both humbling and embarrassing, at least for the players on the Dolphins roster. But it was also beneficial, although at the time, it certainly did not appear to be so.

The team’s debilitating defeat at the hands of the Cowboys also presented one of the Miami players with a bitter sense of anger. Mercury Morris spent most of Super Bowl VI sitting on the bench. His only real action in that game came when he returned several Dallas kickoffs.

After the game, Morris expressed his harsh disappointment in his lack of action to the reporters crowding into the team’s post-game locker room at old Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.

Mercury Morris on Super Bowl VI

 “This game (Super Bowl VI) was the game that allowed me to have the opportunity to play,” said Morris. “But not because of what went on during the game. It was because of what happened after the game.

I can remember everybody else getting dressed, and I’m just sitting there pissed off, because I didn’t play. Now I don’t care what you call it on my part…sour grapes or anything else…they (the Cowboys) had us down, and then they tried to kick sand in our face. I was 24 years old I think then. But I was upset, because the story was about me getting mad, afterwards, and being disgruntled about not playing, and we got our ass kicked. 

“And so one of the coaches went and told Don Shula that I was talking to the press. They told him that ‘…Morris is upset that he expected to play more than he did. As far as he was concerned, he didn’t play at all, because the only time that they put him on the field was when the Cowboys kicked off.’ And I said that

‘I expected to play, because he (Shula) said that we were going to try to get outside of them (the Dallas defense).’ I said that publicly. Well we tried, and it didn’t work. So he (Shula) didn’t give me an opportunity to play, and then I made this, well it wasn’t a fatal mistake, and it turned into actually what happened was one of the coaches told him that I was talking to the press. Now keep in mind, here’s a guy (Shula) who hasn’t won a big game yet.”

But Morris to his credit was able to see the whole picture.

He was actually wise beyond his years, because he instinctively somehow knew what it was going to take to get the team to obtain the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

“We understood that there were three seasons involved here: The regular season, the playoff season, and if you’re good enough, your season boils down to one game,” he explained. “And that’s the one game that you’ve got to win.

And we already knew what that was like the year before, when we played in that one game (Super Bowl VI) and got our asses kicked. So we were determined to come back and get ourselves in a position where we could go back to that game and redeem ourselves for that game (Super Bowl VI). So we won 16 games in order to play in that one game. We just happened to go unbeaten on our way towards redeeming ourselves.

Mercury Morris on Super Bowl VII

“Even when we played Washington (in Super Bowl VII). We go there, and now we’re the underdogs.

Because they said ‘Oh they can’t win 17 games.’ Guess what? We already won 16. We only have to win one. And the one game was the one that we came here for in the first place. We just happened to go unbeaten. Our goal was to get back (to the Super Bowl) and redeem ourselves in that one game.”

Immediately following Miami’s loss in Super Bowl VI, Shula and Morris had a verbal confrontation. Now Shula had to have been upset when his young tailback had the nerve to argue with him, face to face. That certainly took guts. But Morris intensely felt that if Coach Shula made him the starting tailback over Jim Kiick, the Dolphins – and Shula – would not have to experience another loss in a Super Bowl like the one that they just endured.

And that is exactly what happened. After some soul searching, Shula sucked up his pride, and made the change in his offensive backfield. He realized that he did not want a player on his roster that would just sit back on the bench and be content to sit on the bench. Shula wanted someone who wanted to play to step forth, and that’s exactly what Morris did. Shula wanted a guy who wanted to prove himself on the field, and that guy was Mercury Morris.

In the end, Miami defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, 14-7. Their historic victory in that game made them the only perfect team with an unblemished record in NFL annals. And it was achieved, in no small measure, to the disappointment that they felt from Super Bowl VI.


3 – 38 – 30 – 25

July 13, 1896 – Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ed Delahanty became just the second major league player to have ever hit 4 Homeruns in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts at the West Side Grounds, Chicago

July 13, 1919 – It was truly a frustrating day. Boston Red Sox pitcher Carl Mays walked off of the mound right after the second inning in a game against the Chicago White Sox where they lambasted the pitcher for four runs in the first inning blaming teammates for lack of support in field as they had two errors. The game ended with Chicago winning by the score of 14-9. Mays is always portrayed and pictured as sort of a hot head and a dark figure and perhaps he was in history. In a famous photo of him he is sort of hunched over, and turned away from the camera so that his back is showing, his face partially hidden from view with just his eyes peering towards the viewer. It is very sinister. Mays had a miserable childhood as his father died when he was 12 leaving his mother to raise and care for 7 children. Later when pitching for the Yankees Mays used his very unpredictable ‘submarine” pitch against Cleveland’s popular star player Ray Chapmanand the combo of the fast moving pitch along with Chapman crowding the plate the ball nailed the hitter in the head, eventually killing him. Mays insisted he didn’t mean to hit Chapman and even fellow ballplayers remarked at how Chapman would typically crowd the plate. However it forever shadows his career along with his nasty submarine pitch.

July 13, 1934 – New York Yankees Number 3, Babe Ruth hit his 700th career home run against the Detroit Tigers.

July 13, 1963 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn, Number 38 of the Cleveland Indians won his 300th and last MLB game at the age of 43.

July 13, 1979 – It is quite improbably to happen once but twice the same day…? California Angel’s pitcher Nolan Ryan (Number 30) and Boston Red Sox hurler Steve Renko (Number 25) each lost what would be up to that point no-hit decisions in the 9th inning.


The story told of how on July 13, 1972 owners from the LA Rams, Robert Irsay and the Baltimore Colts, Carroll Rosenbloom swapped franchises in a rare NFL owner’s trade. This $19 million deal had Irsay and partner Willard Keland of Racine, Wisconsin purchasing the Rams then they traded the franchise to Rosenbloom who had multiple financial interests in Southern California including stock in Warner Brothers. Rosenbloom in turn said he would keep Tommy Prothro as the head coach of his newly acquired LA squad stating that,” One of the reasons I wanted the Rams was because he’s tied up for five years.” It is interesting that just months later, Prothro was dismissed on January 24, 1973, in favor of Chuck Knox. Less than a year later Prothro became the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

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July 13, 1994 – Former NFL RB, O.J. Simpson gives hair samples to authorities as he was being investigated for murder.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for July 13

July 13, 1903 – Salem, Ohio – One of Carnegie Tech’s tackles from 1923 through the 1926 season, Lloyd Yoder claimed his date of birth. The National Football Foundation celebrates this great player with a nice biography sketch that includes that Carnegie Tech, now called Carnegie Mellon, was a big-time football power when Lloyd Yoder played. Carnegie Tech played juggernauts of the era such as Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Penn State, and West Virginia. “The Plaid Bull” as Yoder was called lettered four times on the gridiron at Carnegie and had a record of 21-11-2 in his time playing which included three victories in four starts against powerful cross-town rival Pittsburgh per the National Football Foundation. During the 1926 season Yoder and company pulled off one of the biggest college upsets in early football when they knocked off Notre Dame 19-0 helping to secure the Plaid Bull as an All-America selection that season! Lloyd Yoder’s collegiate football records are celebrated in the College Football Hall of Fame after his induction in 1982. Lloyd proudly served in World War II as a lieutenant commander in the Navy. Using his fine education and life lessons later in life, Yoder worked for NBC for 40 years, managing stations in San Francisco, Denver, Cleveland, and Chicago and holding the title of vice-president. This man had football in his blood as he later worked 25 years, from 1928 to 1952, as a football official.

July 13, 1922 – Istanbul, Turkey – Alex Sarkisian, a two way player from Northwestern at center and at linebacker during the football era of 1946 to 1948 was born. According to his bio on the, “Sorky’s” coach for the Wildcats Bob Voigts remembers Sarkisian’s great leadership with this story:” We were playing Minnesota and got behind 16-0. Alex called the players together and said, ‘We are going to win. Anyone who doesn’t think so can get off the field right now.’ We won 19-16.” The 1948 Northwestern team went to the Rose Bowl and beat California 20-14. In 1948 Mr Sarkisian was voted as a 1st Team All American at linebacker and 2nd Team All-American at center per the National Football Foundation. His fine play earned him a place in the College Football Hall of Fame in the 1998 induction class. After his playing eligibility was over Sarkisian stayed on at Northwestern as an assistant coach and then after getting his Masters Degree from the University he went on to teach and coach at the high school level.


1881 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: William Renshaw beats defending champion John Hartley 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 for first of his 7 Wimbledon singles titles

1885 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: 5 straight Wimbledon titles for William Renshaw; for second consecutive year he beats Herbert Lawford 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

1886 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: William Renshaw beats Herbert Lawford for the 3rd straight year 6-0, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 for his 6th consecutive Wimbledon championship

1895 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley beats Wilberforce Eaves 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 6-2, 6-3 for his third Wimbledon singles title

1896 Philadelphia outfielder Ed Delahanty becomes second major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts at the West Side Grounds, Chicago

1900 Phillies beat Pittsburgh 23-8

1919 Boston Red Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support in field

1924 Albin Stenroos wins Olympic marathon (2:41:22.6)

1934 Babe Ruth hits 700th career home run against Detroit

1941 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Vic Ghezzi wins his only major title over defending champion Byron Nelson in 38 holes

1941 Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of umpire Ray Snyder

1943 11th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia

1948 15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman’s Park, St Louis

1950 Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams’ elbow

1954 21st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland

1960 29th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Yankee Stadium, New York

1962 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Troon: Arnold Palmer wins his 2nd consecutive Open, 6 strokes clear of runner-up Kel Nagle of Australia

1963 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn, wins his 300th and last MLB game at 43

1963 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Bob Charles of New Zealand wins his only major championship in a 36-hole playoff, 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Phil Rodgers; becomes first left-hander to win a major title

1965 36th MLB All Star Game, Metropolitan Stadium, Minnesota: NL wins, 6-5; MVP: Juan Marichal, SF Giants, P

1968 British Open Men’s Golf, Carnoustie: South African Gary Player wins second of his 3 Open titles, 2 strokes clear of Bob Charles and Jack Nicklaus; 5th of Player’s 9 major titles

1971 42nd MLB All Star Game, Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI: AL beats NL, 6-4; MVP: Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles, OF

1972 LA Rams (Irsay) & Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners

1974 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: South African Gary Player wins his 3rd Open Championship, 4 strokes clear of runner-up Peter Oosterhuis of England

1976 47th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

1976 All star MVP: George Foster (Cincinnati Reds)

1976 Last day of Test Cricket for English all-rounder Brian Close, aged 45

1979 Calif’s Nolan Ryan and Boston’s Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th

1980 US Open Women’s Golf, Richland CC: Amy Alcott scores convincing 9 stroke win over runner-up Hollis Stacy

1982 53rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Montreal

1982 All star MVP: Dave Conception (Cincinnati Reds)

1984 Sergei Bubka of USSR pole vaults a record 5.89 m

1985 New York Yankees retire Roger Maris (9) and Elston Howard (32) uniforms

1988 Red Sox replace manager John McNamara with Joe Morgan

1991 Bob Milacki & 3 other Baltimore Oriole pitchers no-hit A’s 2-0

1993 64th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-3 at Camden Yards, Baltimore

1993 All star MVP: Kirby Puckett (Minnesota Twins)

1994 Tonya Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly sentenced to 2 years in prison for attack on American Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan

1997 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: Larry Gilbert wins his lone career major title by 3 strokes from Isao Aoki, Bob Dickson, Jack Kiefer and Dave Stockton

1997 US Open Women’s Golf, Pumpkin Ridge GC: Alison Nicholas of England wins her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez

1999 70th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Fenway Park, Boston

2003 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: Craig Stadler wins his first of 2 Champions Tour major titles by 3 strokes from Tom Kite, Jim Thorpe and Tom Watson

2004 75th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Minute Maid Park, Houston

2010 81st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Angel Stadium, Anaheim

2012 Financially troubled Scottish football club, Rangers, is voted into the third division

2014 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Oak Tree National: Scotsman Colin Montgomerie wins by 1 stroke after a 3-hole playoff with Gene Sauers

2014 British Open Women’s Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: American Mo Martin wins her first major title, 1 shot ahead of runners-up Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen

2018 Chelsea FC sacks high profile manager Antonio Conte despite winning 2016-17 EPL and 2018 FA Cup, replaced by ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri

2018 Kevin Anderson of South Africa beats American John Isner 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 26-24 in the longest (6 hours 36 mins) semi final in Wimbledon history

2019 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Simona Halep beats Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in just 55 minutes; first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles title

2019 After Atlantic League-MLB partnership rule changes, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs’ outfielder Tony Thomas becomes first player in professional baseball history to steal first base in 7-2 win v Lancaster Barnstormers

2021 91st MLB All Star Game, Coors Field, Denver, CO: AL beats NL, 5-2 for their eighth consecutive victory


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American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees6126.70134 – 1027 – 1628 – 1419 – 610 – 45 – 5L 3
Tampa Bay4740.5401427 – 1720 – 2319 – 166 – 912 – 96 – 4W 2
Boston4741.53414.523 – 2024 – 2111 – 2212 – 719 – 74 – 6L 2
Toronto4642.52315.526 – 1820 – 2416 – 1810 – 915 – 112 – 8W 1
Baltimore4444.50017.525 – 1719 – 2715 – 1911 – 1312 – 89 – 1W 9
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota4841.53925 – 1923 – 2213 – 1022 – 1610 – 95 – 5L 1
Cleveland4343.5003.522 – 1821 – 256 – 1020 – 189 – 83 – 7L 1
Chi White Sox4245.483519 – 2523 – 2014 – 1514 – 187 – 94 – 6W 1
Detroit3751.42010.523 – 2414 – 277 – 1419 – 203 – 106 – 4W 1
Kansas City3453.3911318 – 2716 – 264 – 917 – 209 – 165 – 5L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5729.66327 – 1230 – 176 – 816 – 427 – 138 – 2W 2
Seattle4542.51712.524 – 2021 – 2212 – 157 – 620 – 169 – 1W 8
Texas4045.47116.520 – 2220 – 235 – 1111 – 816 – 194 – 6L 1
LA Angels3850.4322021 – 2417 – 266 – 189 – 517 – 181 – 9L 5
Oakland3059.33728.511 – 3119 – 2810 – 169 – 159 – 234 – 6W 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5434.61428 – 1526 – 1927 – 129 – 413 – 106 – 4L 1
Atlanta5336.5961.531 – 1922 – 1719 – 1217 – 1013 – 117 – 3W 1
Philadelphia4642.523824 – 2122 – 2115 – 198 – 516 – 115 – 5L 3
Miami4145.4771220 – 1921 – 2624 – 163 – 89 – 145 – 5L 2
Washington3058.3412414 – 3116 – 277 – 339 – 89 – 111 – 9L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee4939.55721 – 1928 – 2011 – 1328 – 193 – 55 – 5W 1
St. Louis4842.533227 – 1821 – 2410 – 1422 – 1410 – 54 – 6W 3
Pittsburgh3850.4321120 – 2318 – 276 – 718 – 2712 – 96 – 4W 4
Chi Cubs3453.39114.517 – 2817 – 253 – 320 – 217 – 183 – 7L 5
Cincinnati3354.37915.518 – 2815 – 265 – 912 – 198 – 217 – 3W 5
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers5630.65130 – 1326 – 1711 – 915 – 621 – 118 – 2L 1
San Diego5039.5627.523 – 2027 – 1912 – 919 – 1018 – 174 – 6L 1
San Francisco4442.5121222 – 2122 – 2114 – 138 – 915 – 144 – 6W 1
Arizona3949.4431822 – 2617 – 2312 – 1010 – 1111 – 244 – 6L 1
Colorado3949.4431824 – 2215 – 278 – 196 – 419 – 185 – 5W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot