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- 1904 – Camille Jenatzy sets world auto speed record at 65.79 MPH.
- 1921 – Cleveland Indians (9) and New York Yankees (7) hit a record 16 doubles.
- 1923 – Philadelphia Phillies score 12 in 6th inning and beat Chicago Cubs 17-4.
- 1945 – Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics play 24 innings 1-1 tie.
- 1956 – Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins.
- 1973 – Hank Aaron becomes second major league player to hit 700 home runs.
- 1975 – Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers’ manager.
- 1975 – New York Mets’ Felix Milan hits four singles; erased by Joe Torres’ four double plays.
- 1984 – Marita Koch of German Democratic Republic sets world women’s mark for 200-metre, 21.71s.
- 1989 – Greg LeMond (US) wins Tour de France in fastest time.
- 1989 – Mike Tyson TKOs Carl “the Truth” Williams in 1:33 of first round.
- 1990 – Goodwill Games opens in Seattle, Washington.
- 2006 – New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez records his 2000th career hit, and at the same time becomes the youngest player to bat 450 home runs. Later in the day, San Diego Padres catcher Mike Piazza also makes his 2000th hit.
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Bucks’ 50-year wait ends with a title behind 50 from Giannis
MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had the Larry O’Brien Trophy in one arm, the NBA Finals MVP trophy in the other and there was a cigar on the table in front of him.
All the work it took to lift the Milwaukee Bucks from a team that won 15 games when he was a rookie to one with 16 wins this postseason was finally finished.
“This is time to celebrate,” Antetokounmpo said.
Milwaukee waited 50 years for that.
Antetokounmpo ended one of the greatest NBA Finals ever with 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday night to win an entertaining series 4-2 and cap off a joyous return to a fan-filled postseason after last year’s NBA bubble.
It was the third game this series with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds for Antetokounmpo, a dominant debut finals performance that takes its place among some of the game’s greatest. Antetokounmpo finished with 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while shooting 61.8%, the first player in finals history to reach those numbers.
He shot 16 for 25 from the field and made an unbelievable 17-of-19 free throws – a spectacular showing for any shooter, let alone one who was hitting just 55.6% in the postseason and was ridiculed for it at times.
“People told me I can’t make free throws and I made them tonight. And I’m a freaking champion,” Antetokounmpo said.
He hopped around the court waving his arms with 20 seconds remaining to encourage fans to cheer, but there was no need. Their voices had been booming inside and outside for hours by then, having waited 50 years to celebrate a winner after Lew Alcindor – before becoming Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – and Oscar Robertson led the Bucks to their first championship in 1971.
“For the city, I’m sure it means everything,” said Khris Middleton, the other player left from that 15-67 team in 2013-14. “They’ve seen the work that we put in over the years for them to get to this point.”
In a season played played largely without fans, the Bucks had 65,000 of them packed into the Deer District outside, a wild party that figured to last deep into the Midwestern night. The party wasn’t bad inside, either: Confetti rained down inside as fans chanted “Bucks in 6! Bucks in 6!” – a hopeful boast by former player that turned out to be a prophetic rallying cry.
“I hope they enjoyed it just like we are now,” Middleton added.
The Bucks became the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after trailing 2-0 and the first to do it by winning the next four games since Miami against Dallas in 2006.
Chris Paul scored 26 points to end his first NBA Finals appearance in his 16th season. Devin Booker added 19 points but shot just 8 for 22 and missed all seven 3-pointers after scoring 40 points in each of the last two games.
“There’s just a pain that goes with your season being over,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “But I’ve never dealt with this and so I’m grateful, like I said, but I know this is going to hurt for a while.”
The teams that came into the NBA together as expansion clubs in 1968 delivered a fine finals, with the last three games all in the balance deep into the fourth quarter.
The Bucks won them largely because of Antetokounmpo, a two-time MVP in the regular season who raised his game even higher in the finals and was voted the unanimous NBA Finals MVP.
He was the star of these finals in every way, from his powerful play on the court to his humble thoughts in interviews to taking time after Tuesday night’s win to find children to high-five amid the celebrations. He teared up afterward talking about the sacrifices his family endured while he grew up in Greece.
He did all this after missing the final two games of the Eastern Conference finals with a hyperextended left knee, an injury he feared could be serious enough to end his season.
Just think what people would have missed.
What started as a gradual rise for Antetokounmpo and the Bucks sped up in the last few years and they thought they might be here the last two seasons. They had the NBA’s best record in 2018-19 but blew a 2-0 lead against Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals.
They came back with the best record again last season but never regained their momentum after the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic in March. They were eliminated in the second round by Miami in the bubble.
The Bucks traded for Jrue Holiday before this season and even though they weren’t quite as strong in the regular season, they were finally NBA Finals ready.
And Milwaukee was ready for the moment.
Middleton scored 17 points and Bobby Portis came off the bench with 16. Holiday had 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to go along with his usual sturdy defense that helped finally cool off Booker.
“I think it’s just a credit to the players,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We’ve been pushing. We’ve been trying to get better. The players embrace everything. They’re amazingly coachable. They take it, soak it in and make the best of it.”
Fans began filling the streets and restaurants in the afternoon on what felt like a holiday in Milwaukee. The Brewers moved up the start time of their home game against Kansas City to be played in the afternoon to accommodate Milwaukee fans – and Brewers star Christian Yelich, who was part of the crowd inside Fiserv Forum.
The game was tied at 77 after three quarters but Antetokoumpo had 13 points in the fourth to make sure Milwaukee wouldn’t have to go back to Phoenix for Game 7 on Thursday.
The Suns returned to the postseason for the first time since 2010 but remain without a title and have never won more than two games in their three appearances in the NBA Finals.
“Nobody probably expected us to be where we are except for us,” Paul said. “But it is what it is. Like I said all season long with our team, ain’t no moral victories.”
Votto, Aquino go back-to-back as Reds edge Mets 4-3
CINCINNATI (AP) Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino homered on consecutive pitches, Wade Miley worked effectively into the seventh inning and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a four-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 4-3 win over the New York Mets.
Jonathan India hit his first leadoff homer, a no-doubt shot to center field that glanced off the batter’s eye. Pinch-hitter Tyler Stephenson delivered a key sacrifice fly in the seventh as the Reds kept New York from its first three-game winning streak since June 14-16 against the Cubs.
Pete Alonso went deep in the first inning for the second consecutive game, one night after he and the Mets hit seven homers in the series opener for a wild 15-11 victory in 11 innings. But the NL East leaders lost yet another pitcher to injury – spot starter Robert Stock exited after one inning – and this time fell short in their comeback bid.
Miley (8-4) faced runners in every inning except one, but allowed just one past second base after Alonso connected. The left-hander finished with a season-high eight strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He gave up seven hits, two runs – one earned – and two walks while improving to 4-0 over his last nine starts.
“I wanted to right the ship a little bit and compete my tail off,” Miley said. “I wanted to put us in position to win. I didn’t go as deep as I wanted to, but the Mets did a good job seeing a lot of pitches.”
Miley got help from running catches by right fielder Aquino and NL All-Star left fielder Jesse Winker, both frustrating Michael Conforto. Winker punctuated his catch by lightly chest-bumping the wall.
“Miley was the perfect pitcher to have after the start we’ve had,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He’s been pitching so well and he’s fun to play behind. He’s such a competitor.”
Brad Brach and Heath Hembree bridged the gap to Amir Garrett, who got Jeff McNeil to pop up with a runner on for his seventh save. Garrett pointed for a second at the Mets’ dugout before celebrating with his teammates.
“It was important that we get a win like that,” Garrett said. “We were going through a rough patch. It was a good team win. It feels awesome to get a win like that. My teammates are awesome.”
Stephen Nogosek (0-1), called on in the second inning for emergency relief after Stock left while warming up due to right hamstring tightness, allowed three hits and two runs with five strikeouts in a career-high three innings. The right-hander was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday and made his first major league appearance since 2019.
“It’s one of those funky situations,” Nogosek said. “You can’t prepare for it. I knew I was the long guy today, so when I saw the trainer go out there, I tried to stretch and get it going. I tried to get hot. It was nice to not be able to think – just get out and pitch in my first outing of the year.”
Stock was recalled before the game from Syracuse to make his second 2021 start.
Bench coach Dave Jauss managed the Mets again while Luis Rojas served the second game of his two-game suspension.
Votto and Aquino teamed up in the third. Votto’s shot sailed deep into the right-center seats, and Aquino’s liner on Nogosek’s next pitch skipped off the top of the left-center field wall and clanged off the roof of Cincinnati’s bullpen.
“I told Votto that he looked like The Punisher out there,” Aquino said through a translator, referring to his own nickname. “We high-fived each other. After I hit mine, we talked about that.”
Jonathan Villar scored New York’s second run in the seventh on Votto’s error at first base on a low throw from Brach, who bounced back against McNeil to start an inning-ending double play.
Cubs rally with six runs in ninth inning, beat Cardinals 7-6
ST. LOUIS (AP) Ian Happ said he was being “selectively aggressive” with the game on the line.
The Chicago outfielder triggered a six-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 in a matchup of NL Central rivals.
Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak by rallying against St. Louis closer Alex Reyes, who converted his first 22 saves opportunities this season.
Javier Baez added a two-run hit in the middle of the rally.
Chicago sent 10 batters to the plate in the ninth and capitalized on three walks, an error and a missed third strike.
Baez trimmed the deficit to 6-5 with a two-run single off Reyes, Happ followed with a two-run double to put his team up 7-6.
“I’m just trying to have fun, play this game and enjoy it,” Happ said. “For me personally, that was a really enjoyable moment. It was just fun to be able to come through in that situation.”
Chicago manager David Ross was pleased with the resiliency his team showed down the stretch.
“They don’t stop competing, there’s no give up,” Ross said. “When things haven’t been going their way, it would be easy to kind of cash in, especially in a game like that. The fact that the guys hustled, and got down the line, pressured the defense, there were a lot of little things that make you happy.”
Nolan Arenado, Jose Rondon and Tommy Edman homered for St. Louis, which had won three in a row.
Craig Kimbrel picked up his 22nd save in 24 opportunities. He set the side down in order in the ninth and fanned Paul Goldschmidt to end the game.
Dillon Maples (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning.
Reyes (5-4) gave up three runs on two hits.
The Cubs entered the ninth inning with just three hits. Patrick Wisdom reached safely on a wild-pitch third strike to kick-start the comeback. Sergio Alcantara and Anthony Rizzo drew bases-loaded walks to trim the deficit to 6-3 and set the stage for Happ’s heroics.
“I’ve grinded a lot this year,” Happ said. “And haven’t really had a lot of moments like that.”
St. Louis starter Johan Oviedo was looking for his first win in 17 career starts. He allowed one run on three hits over five-plus innings. The Cuban-born right-hander struck out five and walked one. He was removed after giving up a leadoff single to Baez to begin the sixth
“He earned (a win),” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “He was really good. “
Arenado put St. Louis in front 2-1 with his team-leading 18th homer of the season in the fourth off Trevor Williams, who surrendered four runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked one in his first start since May 26 after battling appendicitis issues.
St. Louis scored three times in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Harrison Bader doubled in Yadier Molina and Oviedo followed with a run-scoring single up the middle.
Edman and Rondon homered in sixth off reliever Rex Brothers.
Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the seventh. It is the longest streak by a St. Louis player since Molina hit safely in 16 games from April 9-29, 2019.
Chicago outfielder Kris Bryant was removed in the fifth inning with a right hamstring issue. He made a diving catch of a liner by Paul DeJong in the third.
The injury is not believed to be serious.
“He feels great, he feels fine,” Ross said.
Abreu homer, triple, double, White Sox rally past Twins 9-5
CHICAGO (AP) Jose Abreu doubled and tripled early, then homered to cap a five-run rally in the eighth inning that vaulted the Chicago White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 9-5 Tuesday night.
Abreu hit his 18th homer, a three-run drive that sent the AL Central-leading White Sox to their fourth win in five games.
“(The game) had so many twists, so many guys that came through for us,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.
Abreu connected off Hansel Robles (3-5) shortly after the Twins seized their first lead in the top half on a two-run homer by Jorge Polanco off reliever Ryan Burr. Minnesota has lost five of six.
“(The Sox) look like they believe they’re in every game,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.
Liam Hendriks pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 24th save in 28 chances and secure the win for Burr (2-0).
The White Sox were held to one hit from the fourth until rookie Andrew Vaughn had a pinch-hit single in the eighth off reliever Jorge Alcala that made it 5-all. Billy Hamilton, who entered in the seventh as a pinch-runner, singled home the go-ahead run before Abreu homered.
“It was a great feeling,” Hamilton said. “Guys got a chance to do their thing.”
Yoan Moncada also homered for Chicago, his third in the last four games after going homerless in his previous 26 games.
Abreu hit an RBI double in the first inning. His triple skipped past diving left fielder Luis Arraez in the third preceded Moncada’s homer off rookie Bailey Ober.
“This probably wasn’t (Ober’s) absolute best outing,” Baldelli said. “But he kind of went out and dug down and got some outs when he needed to and gave us what was it, five good innings.”
“We’ll take that outing from him and we were able to handle it off to the rest of our guys at that point. That’s what we’re looking for. I was happy for his outing,” he said.
Abreu has driven in 21 runs in the month of July.
White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel, making his first start since July 9, pitched five innings of four-hit ball.
Michael Kopech relieved Keuchel but surrendered a home run to Josh Donaldson, his 15th, to start the sixth to pull Minnesota within 4-3. Kopech was bailed out of a jam in the seventh when left fielder Brian Goodwin made a diving catch to rob Nelson Cruz of a hit with the tying and go-ahead runners on base.
Max Kepler homered off Keuchel in the second to snap an 0-for-16 slump.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson went hitless in five at-bats, ending his hitting streak at 16 games.
Grossman homers, Tigers top punchless Rangers for 5 in row
DETROIT (AP) Robbie Grossman and Eric Haase homered as the Detroit Tigers extended their winning streak to five games with a rain-delayed 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
The Rangers have lost seven straight and been outscored 43-3 in five games since the All-Star break. They were shut out in the previous three before Tuesday.
“I was really upset yesterday, but I was a lot happier today,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “We had better at-bats and better swings. We just got beat.”
Tarik Skubal (6-8) got the win, giving up one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
“The Rangers are really aggressive, so I knew if I could throw a sinker early in the count, I could probably get a groundball,” Skubal said. “When I can do that, I don’t worry about the strikeouts.”
Three relievers finished for the Tigers. Gregory Soto struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save.
“Skubal has really good stuff, and those three guys at the end were just filthy,” Woodward said. “It’s going to be tough to beat that team at the end of games.”
Dane Dunning (3-7) allowed three runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings before being removed as the Rangers try to limit his workload.
“I felt pretty good out there. I just made two mistakes and they hit them out,” Dunning said. “I understand why they are keeping my pitches down, but I really wanted to get that last out in the fifth.”
The game started 2 hours, 10 minutes late due to thunderstorms in the area.
“I think it says a lot about our team that, even with a last-minute rain delay that went two hours, we came out hungry and ready to go,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.
The Rangers appeared likely to end their scoring drought in the first inning, putting runners on first and third with one. But then Joey Gallo popped out and the Tigers foiled a double-steal attempt when first baseman Jonathan Schoop’s throw got Eli White at the plate.
“That’s just a mistake,” Woodward said. “The runners have to realize they aren’t going to throw to second on that play. That’s something we can fix.”
Instead, Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the first on Grossman’s homer over the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center field.
“I thought you could really sense the shift in momentum after the first inning,” Hinch said. “We made a nice defensive play to get out of the top of the inning and Robbie goes up there with a plan to attack one and hits it out. That’s huge.”
The Rangers tied it in the fifth on Andy Ibanez’s RBI double, ending their scoreless streak at 27 innings – their longest since a 28-inning drought in July 1972.
Haase made it 2-1 in the bottom of the inning, hitting his 14th homer. Schoop added an RBI single off Jay Sborz, and Harold Castro gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead with a run-scoring single in the sixth.
Chapman gets 1st save in over a month as Yanks beat Phillies
NEW YORK (AP) Aroldis Chapman allowed a run in the ninth inning before recording his first save in over a month, and the New York Yankees hit four homers to power past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Tuesday night.
Brett Gardner hit a go-ahead homer in the fifth inning before Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton and Estevan Florial also connected in the final three innings for the Yankees, who moved within seven games of AL East-leading Boston.
The struggling Chapman, who entered with a 10.80 ERA in his last 15 appearances, struck out Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and Didi Gregorius – while also giving up a solo homer to Andrew McCutchen – to convert his 17th save in 21 opportunities. It was Chapman’s first save since getting a game-ending triple play against Oakland on June 20.
“Another really good step forward,” manager Aaron Boone said.
It was also his first save opportunity since allowing three runs without getting an out in the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader against the Mets on July 4. He had made three scoreless appearances in low-leverage situations.
“I’m seeing the sharpness,” Sanchez said through a translator. “The past couple of outings, I see it. I see the quality of his pitches.”
Chapman fell behind Harper by throwing three straight fastballs out of the strike zone, but then used his slider to get the first out. McCutchen then hit a 1-0 100-mph fastball into the left field seats to make it 6-4.
Chapman threw three straight pitches over 100 mph to Hoskins and got his second strikeout on a 103-mph pitch. He ended the game by getting Gregorius to look at a 102-mph fastball.
“To fall behind 3-0 to Harper and just make some really good pitches against him was huge,” Boone said. “Then (after the McCutchen homer) it was right back to, I thought, really got locked in with his delivery, pounded the zone.
“You saw the velocity up, overpowered Hoskins and then the same with Didi. I think he just got in a really good place with his delivery, was on line and the stuff was there. So, encouraging again.”
Hoskins homered, Ronald Torreyes hit an RBI double and Jean Segura hit an RBI single for the Phillies, who lost for the fifth time in 15 games.
Aaron Nola returned from the COVID-19 list and allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings in his first start since July 6.
“He gave us an opportunity to win this game,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “We struggled swinging the bats early.”
Playing without All-Star slugger Aaron Judge and five of his teammates who also tested positive for COVID-19 recently, the Yankees won their third straight and for the eighth time in 11 games since Chapman’s meltdown against the Mets.
The Yankees also scratched DJ LeMahieu with a stomach virus about 45 minutes before first pitch. The Yankees announced LeMahieu had a COVID-19 rapid test that came back negative but his absence resulted in Gardner leading off for the third time this season and Rob Brantly playing first base for the first, time in his career.
Gardner gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the fifth when he connected shortly after Greg Allen scored his second run on a throwing error by Gregorius at shortstop.
Before scoring his second run, Allen hit a triple in the third over right fielder Harper’s head scored on Florial’s grounder.
Sanchez’s 436-foot blast gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead in the sixth. Stanton’s homer in the seventh made it 5-2, and Florial’s first career homer made it 6-3.
New York starter Domingo German allowed two runs and three hits in four innings in his first start since June 30 against the Los Angeles Angels. Luis Cessa (3-1) followed German and was awarded the win.
Chad Green whiffed Hoskins and Gregorius to escape a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Zack Britton allowed three straight one-hits, but got a double play to end the eighth.
Altuve homers twice in milestone game as Astros down Indians
HOUSTON (AP) On a night dedicated to Jose Altuve’s accomplishments, the Houston Astros’ star added to his already stellar resume with another huge game.
Altuve celebrated the 10th anniversary of his major league debut with a leadoff homer, and made the milestone twice as nice with a second shot on his next at-bat, leading the Astros to a 9-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
“The last three or four days have been a lot of emotions going through my body,” he said. “It’s not easy to get to 10 years. This is very special to me. It means a lot, (and) with the team I have and the teammates I have, this is even more special.”
Altuve went 1 for 5 with a single in his debut for the Astros in a 3-2 victory over Washington on July 20, 2011, as a baby-faced 21 year old.
On Tuesday night, the now married father of two daughters outshined that inauspicious start in his first at-bat when he connected off rookie Triston McKenzie (1-4) for his seventh leadoff homer this season to put Houston up early.
Altuve’s second homer sailed down the left field line, and he stood at home plate for several seconds watching to see if it would stay fair before beginning his trot to first base as the ball clanged off the foul pole.
“That was pretty awesome,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Evidently he was energized by the fact that it was his 10th year. That was truly a way to celebrate your 10th year in the big leagues.”
Kyle Tucker added a two-run homer as Houston broke the game open with a six-run fifth inning that made it 8-0, and the Astros sailed to their third straight win.
Luis Garcia (7-5) continued his strong season, scattering three hits over six scoreless innings and tying a career high with eight strikeouts for the win.
In between his homers, Altuve, who leads the Astros with 22 home runs, wowed on defense. Ernie Clement hit a liner to start the third, and Altuve made a leaping behind-the-back catch to rob him of a hit.
“Great catch,” Garcia said. “I was super happy for him and for me, too because that was a hit.”
Altuve, who at 5-foot-6 was repeatedly told he was too small to play in the majors before signing with the Astros, reflected on how far he’s come before the game.
“It’s one thing to dream as a kid to play in the big leagues and another thing is actually making that dream come true,” he said. “This is way better than what you dream.”
Altuve was honored with a pregame video highlighting some of the many highlights he’s had in building a career as one of the greatest Astros. The 2017 MVP and three-time batting champion tipped his cap to the crowd during a rousing ovation at its conclusion.
“I would have been happy just clapping for him acknowledging his 10 years,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “He didn’t need to do that. He’s been a really good player for a long time. I don’t like to see him beat us like that, but he’s good for the game.”
McKenzie struggled on Tuesday after allowing just one hit in seven scoreless innings in his last start. He permitted a career-high eight hits with five runs in four-plus innings.
“I was sticking to the plan, attacking the zone,” McKenzie said. “I felt like it backfired against me a little bit with a lot of balls in play.”
Amed Rosario hit an RBI double and Cesar Hernandez drove in two runs with a double as the Indians scored three runs in the eighth.
Smith’s pinch 3-run HR in 9th rallies Dodgers past Giants
LOS ANGELES (AP) Pinch-hitter Will Smith connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied from five runs down to defeat the San Francisco Giants 8-6 on Tuesday night in the second game of a pivotal series between NL West rivals.
Chris Taylor and Matt Beaty drew walks from Tyler Rogers (1-1) before Smith hit an 0-1 slider into the stands in left-center for the third walk-off homer of his career. Los Angeles evened the four-game set at one apiece and moved within one game of the first-place Giants.
In a game that featured seven home runs, Los Angeles trailed 6-1 in the fifth before coming back. Taylor powered the rally with the third multi-homer game of his career. He hit a solo shot off Alex Wood in the fifth and a two-run drive against John Brebbia during a three-run sixth.
Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski each hit a two-run homer for San Francisco. LaMonte Wade Jr. and Thairo Estrada added solo shots for the Giants, who lead the majors in home runs (142) and percentage of runs scored via the long ball (52.9%).
Jimmie Sherfy (2-0) got the win.
The Dodgers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single up the middle by Max Muncy with the infield drawn in.
The Giants quickly responded in the second. After Wilmer Flores started the inning with a double off the center-field wall, Dickerson lofted a changeup from Darien Nunez into the right-field seats for a 2-1 lead.
San Francisco’s other three homers came off Josiah Gray, who was making his major league debut. Wade, the second batter Gray faced, greeted him with a solo drive to right in the third inning on the eighth pitch of his big league career.
Estrada – taking the place of injured All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford – led off the fifth with a homer to center on the first pitch. Yastrzemski then extended the Giants’ lead to 6-1 with a two-run drive to right.
Oakland OKs terms for $12B ballpark but A’s aren’t happy
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland City Council on Tuesday approved preliminary terms for a new $12 billion waterfront ballpark project for the Oakland Athletics, but it’s unclear if the vote will be enough to keep the baseball team at the negotiating table instead of leaving the San Francisco Bay Area city.
The 6-1 vote backed the proposal that requires the development to include affordable housing, tenant protections and environmental measures, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Mayor Libby Schaaf and council leaders said the vote marks a milestone in negotiations, despite city officials being able to reach a deal with the team in last-minute negotiations.
“This is the path to keeping the A’s rooted in Oakland in a way that protects our port and taxpayers and will produce the benefits our community demands and deserves,” the city leaders said in a statement.
But A’s President Dave Kaval said the financial terms do not work for the team.
“To vote on something we have not been privy to and not had time to digest is a difficult thing for us. It’s hard to understand how that is a path forward,” Kaval said at the meeting.
The A’s are the last professional franchise remaining in Oakland after the NBA’s Golden State Warriors relocated to San Francisco and the NFL’s Raiders to Las Vegas. The defections weigh heavily on the Bay Area city of roughly 400,000 people, some of whom pleaded with the council Tuesday to work harder to keep the team and accompanying coliseum jobs.
Others, like Emily Wheeler, said good riddance: “The A’s are like an abusive boyfriend and you need to stand up to them.”
The A’s project includes a $1 billion privately financed 35,000-seat waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal, 3,000 residential units, office and retail space, hotel rooms and an indoor performance center.
The team’s lease at the aging RingCentral Coliseum runs through 2024. The league has said rebuilding at the current location is not a viable option. In May, Major League Baseball instructed Oakland’s brass to explore relocation options if no ballpark agreement could be reached.
Her story: 1st time all-female broadcast crew calls MLB game
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) There was history – and her story, too – in the broadcast booth at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night.
For the first time in Major League Baseball history, an all-female announcing crew called a game as the Tampa Bay Rays played the Baltimore Orioles.
The YouTube broadcast featured Melanie Newman on play-by-play with Sarah Langs as the analyst. Alanna Rizzo was the on-field reporter, and Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner hosted the pregame and postgame coverage.
“This was so much FUN!” Langs tweeted after the Rays’ 9-3 win.
“Honored to be part of a historic moment, but more than anything, just so overjoyed to get to work alongside” her colleagues, she said, praising them as “Strong, smart & inspiring WOMEN and PEOPLE!”
Newman is the Orioles’ play-by-play radio announcer, Langs writes for MLB.com and Rizzo, Watney and Gardner are on air for MLB Network.
“It’s not a novelty, it’s about normalcy,” MLB Network tweeted.
“Trailblazers” posted the official MLB Twitter account.
Tennis champion and social justice advocate Billie Jean King celebrated the broadcast by posting on Twitter: “It’s a history-making night for (hash)MLB.”
Nats GM doesn’t plan on having Castro back this season
WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo says he doesn’t plan on having infielder Starlin Castro back with the team this season.
Castro was placed on administrative leave July 16 by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.
Rizzo, speaking with a group of reporters about a variety of issues prior to the Nationals’ game against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, didn’t say if his statement on Castro was based on the whether the process will play out in time or not.
“The process is the process,” he said. “You asked the question, `Do I plan on having Starlin Castro back’ and I said I do not plan on having him back.”
The leave was imposed under the policy adopted by MLB and the players’ union in 2015 and can be the initial step leading to a longer suspension. The administrative leave – during which a player is paid but cannot play for up to seven days – has been extended for players under the policy in the past while MLB investigates an allegation.
Rizzo said he learned about the situation the night before Castro was placed on leave. He said he has not spoken with Castro.
“I was surprised,” Rizzo said. “I was angered by it. … it’s something that cannot happen and should not happen. It will not happen with the Washington Nationals otherwise we will fix it, and that was my thoughts at the time.”
Castro was accused of sexual assault in connection with a 2011 incident in Chicago but was not charged. Rizzo said Castro was vetted before the Nationals signed him to a two-year contract in January 2020.
“I was very disappointed when I found out the news. You know we do (vet potential acquisitions). We pride ourselves on – you’ve heard me say it a million times – you read about our guys in the sports section and not the other sections,” Rizzo said. “And this time we failed and I’m responsible for the players I put on the roster and on the field.”
“We did a lot of due diligence specifically with this player because of his past and because we had a lot of inside information on him because he played for some of our coaches, so going into it . when we signed him, I felt comfortable,” he said.
Rizzo said he spoke to the team following the Castro announcement.
“We’ve got to do better. We’ve got to do better at this. The whole world has to do better at this,” Rizzo said he told the team. “And it’s unacceptable and it’s zero tolerance here and I don’t care how good of a player you are, it’s zero tolerance and we’re just not going to put up with it.”
Castro, 31, was placed on the restricted list June 16 due to what manager Dave Martinez at the time said were “family matters.” Castro was reinstated two days later and pinch-hit in a game that night against the New York Mets.
“(That) had nothing to do with this issue at all,” Rizzo said.
Castro is hitting .283 with three home runs and 38 RBIs in 87 games this season. He is in his second year with the Nationals after stints with the Cubs, Yankees and Marlins.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Run Parade Ends in Indians Favor, 12-11
INDIANAPOLIS – In a high-scoring battle that featured 23 total runs, 29 hits – 15 for extra bases – and 10 innings, the Indianapolis Indians narrowly edged the Toledo Mud Hens, 12-11.
The Indians 12 runs and 15 hits each tied highs for the 2021 season. It was the second consecutive game Indy put up 12 runs after beating Omaha on Sunday, 12-5.
With the bases loaded and an out yet to be recorded in the bottom of the 10th inning, Joe Hudson singled to left field on the first pitch thrown to him to drive in the winning Indianapolis run. It was the Indians sixth one-run game in their last seven contests since the beginning of the homestand that started July 13.
Facing an early 3-0 lead following three extra-base hits off James Marvel in the top of the first inning, it didn’t take long for the Indians (33-32) to rally. They sent all nine batters to the plate and put up five runs on six hits – four doubles – to take a lead in the bottom of the first.
Indianapolis held that momentum through the next two frames. Anthony Alford, Bligh Madris and Dee-Strange Gordon each homered to score three runs in the second and one in the third, extending the Indians lead to 9-3.
Following three consecutive scoring innings for the Indians, the Mud Hens (36-29) flipped the script with three of their own. They put up two runs in the fourth and four in the fifth inning to tie the game at 9-9, capped off by a two-out, three-run home run off the bat of Christin Stewart. They took back the lead with two more runs in the sixth.
Following back-to-back two-out walks in the bottom of the eighth inning, Alford notched his third extra-base hit of the night to score Hudson and Strange-Gordon. Strange-Gordon stretched his legs on the play, blowing past the stop sign held up by coach Gustavo Omana at third base to score the game-tying run.
Joe Jacques and Blake Weiman (W, 2-0) combined to allow just one baserunner in the final two innings. Jason Foley (L, 0-1) faced three batters in the bottom of the 10th inning and didn’t record an out before the Indians walked off for a sixth time this season.
The contest was the Indians’ seventh extra-inning game in their last 17 home games. They are now 5-2 in those games dating back to June 17 vs. Memphis.
The Indians and Mud Hens will turn around and play a 1:35 PM ET game at Victory Field on Wednesday. RHP Shelby Miller (1-0, 4.20) will make his first start since joining the Indians roster, and Toledo has yet to name a starter.
Colson Montgomery signs contract with the White Sox
Colson Montgomery, the Southridge High School graduate, inked a deal with Chicago worth a reported signing bonus of just over $3 million. It was first reported by Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline.
The White Sox took Montgomery, a 6-foot-4 shortstop, in the first round. His contract represents full value for his spot as the 22nd pick.
Montgomery batted .333 this season with a team-high seven home runs, 17 extra-base hits and 42 runs.
Osterman strikes out 9, US tops Italy 2-0 in softball opener
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) Cat Osterman dominated as the United States began its quest to regain the Olympic softball gold medal, 13 years after she lost the championship game, pitching one-hit ball over six innings and striking out nine to beat Italy 2-0 Wednesday.
Michelle Moultrie singled in a run in the fourth inning for the top-ranked U.S., which lost the title to Japan 3-1 at the 2008 Beijing Games. Janie Reed, the wife of Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Jake Reed, added a sacrifice fly.
Osterman, a 38-year-old left-hander, walked none on a humid afternoon with a 94-degree temperature that was even more steamy on the artificial turf. The last remaining player from the 2004 gold medalists, she improved to 6-1 in Olympic play with 66 strikeouts in 38 innings.
In the second game played in a virtually empty stadium, Andrea Filler had Italy’s only hit, singling to left leading off the fourth.
Monica Abbott, a 35-year-old lefty who is the other U.S. veteran from 2008, struck out the side in the seventh for the save.
Loser Greta Cecchetti, a pitcher for Texas A&M Corpus Christi, allowed two runs and four hits in four-plus innings.
Valerie Arioto led off the fourth with an infield hit up the middle, beating the throw from second baseman Andrea Filler. Ali Aguilar sacrificed, and Moultrie grounded a single on the hard artificial turf and past Filler and into right field, sending Arioto sliding across the plate.
Alexia Lacatena, an 18-year-old from Stanhope, New Jersey, who will pitch for the University of Kentucky next spring, relieved and allowed a sacrifice fly to Reed, whose husband made his debut on July 6 and had six appearances before he was optioned Tuesday to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
INDIANA FOOTBALL: Penix Named to Davey O’Brien Award Watch List
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana redshirt junior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced on Tuesday morning. Penix, who was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List on Monday, is one of 30 quarterbacks on the list.
Compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, this year’s list was selected based on career player performance and expectations heading into the 2021 college football season. All nominees are required to have previously started at least one game at an NCAA Division I institution.
Twelve of the watch list members are previous Davey O’Brien Award semifinalists, including Penix (2020) and a trio of two-time semifinalists in Miami’s D’Eriq King (2018, 2020), Florida State’s McKenzie Milton (2017, 2018), and Iowa State’s Brock Purdy (2019, 2020). The other previous semifinalists are Utah’s Charlie Brewer (2019), Matt Corral of Ole Miss (2020), UCF’s Dillon Gabriel (2020), Sam Howell of North Carolina (2020), Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall (2020), Tanner Morgan of Minnesota (2019), Spencer Rattler of Oklahoma (2020), and Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder (2020).
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. Appearing on the preseason watch list is not a requirement for a player to win the award.
A 2020 team captain, Penix was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree (coaches, media) and IU’s Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player alongside linebacker Micah McFadden.
The Tampa native completed 124-of-220 (56.4 percent) for 1,645 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he rushed for a pair of TDs. He averaged a Big Ten-leading 274.2 yards per game (18th nationally) and recorded a 136.54 pass-efficiency rating.
Penix started all six games in which he appeared before he suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the Maryland win (Nov. 28). Entering the Terrapins game, he led the league in passing yardage, passing yardage per game (312.2, 9th nationally), passing scores, completions, attempts, 60-yard passing plays (4, T-2nd), 50-yarders (6, T-7th), 40-yarders (tied 6, T-33rd), and 30-yarders (11, T-39th).
The southpaw owns a 10-2 record as a starter and is 255-of-414 (61.6, 2nd in program history) for 3,258 yards with 25 touchdowns, eight INTs, and a 143.8 pass-efficiency rating in 15 games. He has 189 yards on the ground on 47 attempts (4.0 average) with four TDs.
For the second straight year, players honored as weekly Davey O’Brien Great 8 recipients, as well as any additional quarterbacks approved by the selection subcommittee, will be added to form the official Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2021, which will be announced on Monday, Oct. 25.
Sixteen semifinalists selected from the QB Class of 2021 list will be named on Monday, Nov. 8. The Foundation will announce the three finalists two weeks later (Monday, Nov. 22). The 2021 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be unveiled live on ESPN on Thursday, Dec. 9, during The Home Depot College Football Awards. Fan voting on social media will again play a role in the semifinalist, finalist and winner voting totals when combined with the national selection committee’s ballots.
The 45th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Swinney: There aren’t 12 teams good enough for CFP expansion
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is against the proposed expansion of the College Football Playoff from four to 12 teams.
“Our team wasn’t for it,” Swinney said, according to The Athletic. “They don’t want to play more games, and to be honest with you, I don’t think there’s 12 teams good enough.
“So you’ve got to play more games just to play more games, and I think the more you expand it, the less important the season becomes.”
The current College Football Playoff field includes only the nation’s four highest-ranked teams, but a sub-group of the management committee recently proposed a 12-team format that would include the six highest-ranked conference champions and six remaining highest-ranked programs determined by the committee.
No conference would be granted automatic qualification under the new proposal, which also includes no limitation on the number of teams that can qualify from one conference. The changes could take effect as early as 2023.
Clemson isn’t the only ACC school against the idea. North Carolina head coach Mack Brown recently said his players would prefer a playoff model featuring six to eight teams instead.
Swinney added he was also against the four-team playoff format when it was introduced in 2014.
“I love the college game and I loved it when it was a big deal to be top 25, top 15, top 10, go win the bowl game,” he said.
Clemson has earned a playoff berth in six straight seasons after missing it during the four-team format’s inaugural year. The Tigers have appeared in the national championship game four times since the 2015 season and won two titles.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Football Picked To Run It Back In MAC Preseason Media Poll
DETROIT – – Last season, the Ball State football team was fueled by its role as underdog, banding together to prove the pundits wrong by winning the Mid-American Conference Championship Game and earning the first bowl victory in program history.
In 2021, the Cardinals will enter the season with the target squarely on its back, as the team was selected the preseason favorite to run it back and win both the MAC West Division and the Rocket Mortgage MAC Football Championship Game in the league’s annual preseason media poll.
“While it’s an honor to be selected the preseason favorite to win the MAC West Division and MAC Championship Game, we know it’s going to take our best effort every time we step on the field to be in a position to defend our titles,” head coach Mike Neu said. “The MAC is a highly competitive conference, and it’s going to take every member of our program performing at an elite level for us to achieve our goal of making it back to Ford Field in December.”
Ball State received 11 first-place votes and 114 total points to retain its crown as West Division champions, while also garnering seven of the 22 votes to win a second consecutive MAC Championship Game. Toledo was second in both the division poll (104 points/7 first-place votes) and championship game voting (7 votes). Rounding out the MAC West were Western Michigan (103/4), Central Michigan (68), Eastern Michigan (44) and Northern Illinois (29).
Kent State is the preseason favorite in the East Division with 112 points and 11 first-place votes. Ohio (96/2), Miami (94/5), Buffalo (93/4), Akron (39) and Bowling Green (28) round out the MAC East. Other teams receiving votes to win the MAC title game were Kent State (4), WMU (3), Buffalo (2) and Miami (1).
Ball State is coming off one of the most memorable seasons in program history, finishing 2020 with a 7-1 (5-1 MAC) record. BSU won its last seven games to claim the MAC West Division title, a MAC Championship Game victory, and a win over No. 19 San Jose State in the Arizona Bowl.
Led by sixth-year head coach Mike Neu, the Cardinals return 20 starters (10 offensive, 10 defensive) and three key specialists from the team which finished the year ranked at No. 23 in both the AP Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll. Among Ball State’s returning players are 16 “super seniors” who will take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted to student-athletes by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, BSU welcomes back 10 of 12 All-MAC honorees from a year ago, highlighted by First-Team All-MAC selection and Co-Defensive Player of the Year Brandon Martin (ILB). Also looking to help Ball Sate run it back are first team members Justin Hall (WR), Anthony Ekpe (OLB), and Bryce Cosby (S), second team selections Drew Plitt (QB), Curtis Blackwell (OL), Christian Albright (OLB), and Nathan Snyder (P), and third team honorees Yo’Heinz Tyler (WR), Jaylin Thomas (ILB).
The 2021 Ball State football season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 2, with a 7 p.m. kickoff versus Western Illinois at Scheumann Stadium. Season tickets, six-ticket flex plans, and single-game tickets are available now. Season ticket and flex plan holders enjoy the best available prices on Cardinals tickets along with additional benefits, including primary access to away games and postseason events. Fans can also purchase tickets via phone at 888.BSU.TICKET.
2021 MAC Football Preseason Media Poll
22 member media panel (First place votes in parentheses)
1. Kent State (11) – 112 points
2. Ohio (2) – 96 points
3. Miami (5) – 94 points
4. Buffalo (4) – 93 points
5. Akron – 39 points
6. Bowling Green – 28 points
1. Ball State (11) – 114 points
2. Toledo (7) – 104 points
3. Western Michigan (4) – 103 points
4. Central Michigan – 68 points
5. Eastern Michigan – 44 points
6. Northern Illinois – 29 points
Rocket Mortgage MAC Football Championship Game Winner: Ball State (7), Toledo (5), Kent State (4), Western Michigan (3), Buffalo (2), Miami (1)
BUTLER ATHLETICS: Ralph Reiff Named to USA Football High Performance Committee
(Release courtesy of USA Football)
INDIANAPOLIS – USA Football announced today members of its High Performance Committee and Athlete & Coach Advisory Subcommittee, adding leadership to further advance its high performance programming and U.S. Flag National Team Program.
As a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), the sport’s national governing body and the country’s exclusive member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), USA Football organizes and manages U.S. National Teams for international competition.
“Both of these groups of leaders are helping us build an elite and inclusive high performance player development pathway in conjunction with our U.S. Flag National Team Program,” USA Football CEO & Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “We aim to identify our nation’s top talent for international competition through our exclusive development pathway, and by extension, grow the burgeoning interest in flag football via high-level domestic and international competitions from youth to adults. The committees’ insight helps us to achieve both these objectives.”
Members of the High Performance Committee will aid USA Football in its efforts to create and execute a high performance program and pathway in flag football, advising on the development of high performance programs, resources and events focused on the identification, evaluation and selection of prospective U.S. Flag National Team athletes and coaches. The committee also will provide insight on aligning high performance offerings with the Football Development Model (FDM) to further advance flag football’s inclusion in future international, multi-sport events.
“Together, this committee shares a commitment to creating premier sport experiences, and it’s a privilege to collaborate with these amazing experts to establish something that will impact the sport of football for years to come,” said CHRIS SNYDER, USA Football High Performance Committee chair and i9 Sports® Vice President of Operations. Snyder, a member of USA Football’s Football Development Model Council, also helped guide the national governing body in the formation of the first national application of a long-term athlete development model for football. “Knowing the vast experience of this committee – from players and coaches to sports medicine experts and sport administrators – I’m excited about contributing to USA Football’s athlete-centric mission that is focused on development for a tremendous team sport.”
USA Football’s Athlete & Coach Advisory Subcommittee will assist in the process and avenues of U.S. Flag National Team athlete evaluation and selection, with final roster decisions for officially recognized IFAF or International Olympic Committee (IOC) competition being made solely by USA Football staff and coaches. Currently, U.S. Flag National Teams compete globally against the world’s best competition across the sport in premier events such as the biannual IFAF Flag World Championships and The World Games 2022, which marks the first time that flag football will be featured on a multi-sport, global stage.
High Performance Committee
• Toby Bourguet, Head Coach, Tucson (Ariz.) Turf Flag Football
• Kirk Campbell, Physician, Sports Orthopedic Surgery, NYU Langone Health
• Vanita Krouch, 2021 U.S. Women’s Flag National Team Athlete
• Kandice Pritchett Mitchell, Assistant Director of Athletics, Atlanta Public Schools; U.S. National Team Alumna
• Ralph Reiff, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health, Performance and Well-Being, Butler University
• Michelle Roque-Paskow, 2021 U.S. Women’s Flag National Team Athlete
• Manny Sanabia, 2021 U.S. Men’s Flag National Team Athlete
• Chris Snyder (Chair), Vice President of Operations, i9 Sports
• Liz Sowers, Women’s Flag Football Head Coach, Ottawa (Kan.) University; 2021 U.S. Women’s Flag National Team Athlete
Athlete and Coach Advisory Subcommittee
• Bryan Garcia, Director of Officiating, Flag Football World Championship Tour (FFWCT); 2021 U.S. Men’s Flag National Team Head Coach
• Angellica Grayson, Women’s Flag Football Head Coach, University of Saint Mary (Kan.); U.S. National Team Alumna
• Eric Holliday, 2021 U.S. Men’s Flag National Team Athlete
• Jason Klam, Head Coach, Texas Fury Flag Football
• Liz Sowers, Women’s Flag Football Head Coach, Ottawa (Kan.) University; 2021 U.S. Women’s Flag National Team Athlete
• Jason Tenner (Chair), Head Football Coach, Roseville (Calif.) West Park High School; U.S. National Team Regional Director
Report: Rodgers declined lucrative 2-year extension
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers declined a two-year contract extension this offseason that would have made him the highest-paid player in football, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The extension would have kept the reigning NFL MVP in Green Bay for the next five seasons.
The strained relationship between Rodgers and the Packers front office continues to dominate headlines this offseason.
Rodgers said earlier this month he would determine his plans for the 2021 season “in a couple weeks,” and the star passer hasn’t yet disclosed whether he’ll be with the team when it opens training camp on July 28.
The 37-year-old is set to earn $21.5 million in 2021 after signing a four-year, $134-million extension with the Packers in 2018.
Rodgers has spent 16 seasons with the Packers. He’s won three league MVP awards and a Super Bowl title.
Rams RB Cam Akers tears Achilles tendon, out indefinitely
LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers is out indefinitely after tearing his Achilles tendon in an offseason training session.
The Rams confirmed the injury Tuesday, one week before veterans report to training camp.
Akers was expected to be the Rams’ starter in the backfield after coming on late in his outstanding rookie season. Akers had 272 yards from scrimmage in the Rams’ two playoff games, capping his rookie year with some of his best play.
The injury is a blow to Rams coach Sean McVay’s plans to build an elite NFL offense around quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade with Detroit for Jared Goff early in the offseason.
Akers intended to play a primary role as an every-down back for the Rams after sharing carries as a rookie last year with Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown in the team’s first season following Todd Gurley’s departure.
Akers got 14 carries in his NFL debut, but didn’t get that many touches again until December. The Florida State product took over the primary ball-carrying role for four of Los Angeles’ final five regular season games, averaging 3.95 yards on 86 carries – including a career-high 171 yards against New England.
Akers’ athleticism and explosiveness made him the clear top choice heading into the playoffs, where he rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown in the Rams’ victory at Seattle. He added 91 yards and a touchdown in Los Angeles’ season-ending loss at Green Bay.
Henderson is still with the Rams, while Brown left for Miami. Los Angeles also has Raymond Calais and Xavier Jones, who both have limited NFL experience, along with rookie seventh-round pick Jake Funk.
The Rams’ veterans will report to UC Irvine on Tuesday, July 27, with their first practice the next day.
The NFL Network first reported Akers’ injury.
Jets assistant in hospital after ‘horrific’ bike accident
NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in California in a “horrific” crash over the weekend.
Knapp was struck Saturday in the city of San Ramon, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 58-year-old longtime NFL assistant was hospitalized and was in critical condition Tuesday, Lt. Tami Williams of the San Ramon Police Department said.
The accident happened at close to 3 p.m. and the driver involved is cooperating with the investigation, Williams said in a statement.
A preliminary investigation showed drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, she added.
The nature of Knapp’s injuries was not immediately known, and Williams said in an email she couldn’t release any other details.
Knapp, who lives in the neighboring city of Danville, was hired by the Jets in January as part of new coach Robert Saleh’s staff, serving as the pass game specialist. Among Knapp’s primary roles is to help develop quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall draft pick.
“Greg is such an amazing individual, it is hard to imagine the challenge facing him and his family,” Saleh said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. “Greg’s fun nature, kind disposition and wealth of knowledge has allowed him to make genuine connections with all of our coaches, players and staff since he has been here.
“I ask that you keep him in your prayers as we all pull for him to recover from this horrific accident.”
Knapp’s family also released a statement Tuesday through the Jets.
“Greg is an amazing father and husband whose passion for life can be felt in all his interactions with people,” the family said. “He is our rock and biggest supporter, pushing us to all strive to better ourselves each day with constant love and inspiration.
“While many know him for his achievements as a coach, his impact as a father and husband are far greater. We are so fortunate to have him in our lives. We are sincerely thankful to all those who have continued to reach out and provide support – it has meant the world to us.”
Knapp is well-liked and respected in NFL circles and has established himself as one of the league’s top offensive-minded coaches. After a nine-year stint as an assistant at Sacramento State, where he also played quarterback, Knapp got his first NFL job with San Francisco in 1997 as an offensive quality control coach under Steve Mariucci. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach two years later and became the 49ers’ offensive coordinator in 2001.
Knapp joined Jim Mora’s staff in Atlanta as the offensive coordinator in 2004, and served in the same capacity for Oakland (2007-08 and 2012) and Seattle (2009). He has also had stints as the quarterbacks coach for Houston (2010-11), Denver (2013-16) – where he helped Peyton Manning set single-season passing records in 2013 – and most recently the Falcons (2018-20).
Knapp is expected to have a key role in helping offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese teach and develop Wilson as the 21-year-old QB adjusts to NFL life as the likely starter for the Jets this season. Knapp called Wilson a “fast study” and was looking forward to helping him progress.
“He’s done a good job of minimizing mistakes,” Knapp said of Wilson last month. “You’ve got to expect mistakes from anyone who’s starting for the the first time – in any profession, for that matter. And I’m seeing very minimal same mistakes twice. So he learns quickly from his mistakes and that’s impressive to see from a young guy. He’s a big-time student of the game.”
Jets rookies reported to the team facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, on Tuesday, with the rest of the team scheduled to report for training camp July 27. The first camp practice is the next day.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1892 In a matchup of 300 game-winners at the Philadelphia Baseball Grounds, Phillies’ submariner Tim Keefe sinks Jim “Pud” Galvin and the Browns, 2-0. The next time two National League pitchers with 300 or more victories will face each other will occur in 2005, when Greg Maddux of the Cubs beats Astros ace Roger Clemens at Minute Maid Park, 3-2.
1921 The Indians and the Yankees hit 16 doubles collectively to establish a new American League record. The Tribe, with nine of the two-baggers, beat the Bronx Bombers in Cleveland’s League Park, 17-8.
1930 Harvey Henrick’s ninth-inning three-run round-tripper off the bench gives the Dodgers a dramatic 9-8 come-from-behind victory over the Redbirds in the first game of a twin bill at Ebbets Field. Redbirds George Puccinelli and Jim Bottomley and Brooklyn’s Hal Lee also homer appearing as pinch-hitters in the game.
1936 Joe Medwick collects his tenth consecutive hit to tie a National League record shared by Ed Konetchy, Kiki Cuyler, and Chick Hafey when he singles off Carl Hubbell in the sixth inning of the Cardinals’ 2-1 loss to the Giants at the Polo Grounds. The 24-year-old Cardinals slugger, called Ducky by his teammates, had seven hits in his last seven times at-bat in the Boston Bees’ doubleheader sweep at Sportsman’s Park before yesterday’s off-day.
1945 At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, the A’s and Tigers play the second-longest game in major league history. The 24 inning contest ends in a 1-1 tie, with Detroit right-hander Les Mueller setting a modern major league by pitching 19.2 innings in the four-hour and 48-minute marathon.
1946 Lew Flick sets a professional baseball record when he collects nine consecutive hits in a single game, before grounding out in his final at-bat in the 19-inning opener against Memphis. The Little Rock Travelers outfielder will get three more knocks off the Chicks’ pitching staff in the nightcap, finishing the day 12-for-13 in the Southern Association (AA) doubleheader.
1947 Frankie Frisch (.316) becomes the first switch-hitter inducted into the Hall of Fame. Carl Hubbell, Mickey Cochrane, and Lefty Grove join the ‘Fordham Flash’ as the newest members enshrined at Cooperstown.
1956 In a 13-6 defeat to the Cubs, Dodgers’ shortstop Pee Wee Reese becomes one of five active players to collect 2000 hits, and teammate Junior Gilliam sets a major league record by handling 12 assists at second base.
1956 With the Reds’ 4-3 loss to the Pirates at Crosley Field, Brooks Lawrence’s 13-game winning streak comes to an end. Roberto Clemente’s three-run homer in the ninth inning proves to be the decisive hit.
1959 Under intense public pressure and the Massachusetts Committee Against Discrimination investigation, the Red Sox become the last club to integrate. Fourteen years after Boston passes on Jackie Robinson despite a successful tryout in 1945, Elijah ‘Pumpsie’ Green pinch runs and plays shortstop to become the first black to play for the team.
1960 Phillies starter Robin Roberts pitches the third one-hitter of his career, and Candlestick Park’s third one-hitter this season, when he goes the distance, beating the Giants in their new home, 3-0. Felipe Alou spoils Roberts’ bid for a no-hitter, a feat the right-hander will not accomplish during his 19-year Hall of Fame career, with a fifth-inning infield hit, a hit third baseman Joe Morgan fields, but cannot throw the ball when he falls making the play.
1961 With back-to-back homers in the top of the first at Fenway Park, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris continue their assault on Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. However, the game’s decisive hit is a pinch-hit grand slam by Johnny Blanchard with two-out in the ninth-inning, which propels the Bronx Bombers past the Red Sox 11-8.
1962 Marv Throneberry’s error that would have ended the fifth inning, allowing Vada Pinson to hit a two-out, two-run homer wastes Craig Anderson’s complete-game effort against Cincinnati. The eventual 5-3 defeat at Crosley Field makes the right-hander the third consecutive Mets’ starter, following losing efforts by Jay Hook and Roger Craig, to pitch a complete game and not get a victory.
1963 Pirates outfielder Jerry Lynch pinch hits a three-run home run off Chicago’s Lindy McDaniel in the ninth inning to tie the Forbes Field contest at five, a game the Bucs will eventually win in 14 innings, 6-5. The heroic homer is the left-handed hitter’s 14th career round-tripper off the bench, tying a major league mark established by former Cincinnati teammate George Crowe.
1963 The usually mild-mannered Dodger manager Walter Alston is thrown out of both games of a doubleheader when the Braves sweep a twin bill from Los Angeles for the first and only time in Milwaukee, 7-2 and 13-7. To make matters worse, the manager has a beer thrown in his face by a hometown fan as he leaves the second game.
1970 Ignoring Clay Kirby’s bid for the Padres’ first no-hitter in the 259th of their existence, San Diego skipper Preston Gomez, with his club trailing the Mets, 1-0, in the eighth inning, decides to pinch hit for his starting pitcher. Reliever Jack Baldschun fails to keep New York hitless, yielding a leadoff hit to Bud Harrelson, and San Diego eventually loses the Jack Murphy Stadium contest, 3-0.
1973 Braves slugger Hank Aaron becomes the second major leaguer to hit 700 career home runs when he goes deep off Phillies southpaw Ken Brett in the third inning of the team’s 8-4 loss at Atlanta Stadium. Bronx Bomber Babe Ruth reached the milestone in 1934, homering off Detroit’s Tommy Bridges at Briggs Stadium.
1975 In the Mets’ 6-4 loss to the Astros at Shea Stadium, Joe Torre becomes the first player in National League history to hit into four straight double plays. Felix Millan, enjoying a 4-for-4 day, singles in four consecutive at-bats, making the third baseman’s dubious mark possible.
1982 The Reds, 24 games below .500, fire manager John McNamara and ask third base coach Russ Nixon to manage the team. The new skipper will win only 27 games of the 70 left in the campaign, and Cincinnati replaces him after another last-place finish at the end of next season.
1988 The Red Sox suspend Jim Rice for three days for shoving manager Joe Morgan. The Boston outfielder became upset when the skipper pinch-hit for him, using the light-hitting shortstop Spike Owen.
1988 The Yankees trade Jay Buhner, minor league prospect Rich Balabon, and a player to be named later (Troy Evers) to the Mariners in exchange for 33 year-old Ken Phelps. The one-sided deal will be immortalized on Seinfeld by Frank Costanza, George’s dad, when he laments the Bronx Bombers’ poor judgment, “How could you have traded Buhner for Ken Phelps?”
1990 In his first major league start, Ben McDonald, the Orioles’ top pick in last year’s June draft, blanks Chicago on four hits, 2-0. The 22 year-old right-hander from Louisiana State, the first American League pitcher to make his debut with a shutout in 15 years, retires the final 16 White Sox batters he faces, after allowing Ron Kittle’s fourth-inning single.
1993 Jose Uribe walks on a 3-2 count thanks to home umpire Harry Wendelstedt losing track of the pitches. The fifth-inning base-on-balls leads to a run when the Astros shortstop scores on Steve Finley’s double in Houston’s 5-3 victory over the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.
2000 The Orioles halt their 20-game Canadian losing streak, defeating the Blue Jays at the SkyDome, 9-5. Future Hall of Farmer Harold Blaine collects four hits in Baltimore’s first victory north of the border since June 13, 1998.
2001 At Camden Yards, Troy Glaus becomes the fastest Angel player to reach the 100 career home run mark. The 24 year-old Halos’ third baseman hits a pair of home runs in the team’s 6-5 ten-inning victory over Baltimore.
2001 The Dodgers rout the Rockies, 22–7, scoring the most runs by the team since July 10th, 1943, when the wartime Brooklyn club beat the Pirates at Ebbets Field, 23-6. The franchise mark for tallies in a contest is 25, first accomplished on May 20th, 1896, then matched in 1901 on September 23rd.
2003 At Dodger Stadium, Vladimir Guerrero hit his 226th career home run, breaking Andre Dawson’s club record. The Expos’ right fielder hits his milestone round-tripper off Odalis Perez, a 454-foot blast over the left-field wall.
2004 Thanks to an unusual play in the outfield, David Newhan hits a rare inside-the-park homer at Fenway. Inexplicably, Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, from left field, cuts off the relay throw from center fielder Johnny Damon, allowing two Orioles to score in Baltimore’s 10-5 victory.
2004 Mark Buehrle faces the minimum 27 batters as the White Sox rout the Indians, 14-0. The 25 year-old southpaw, throwing just ninety pitches, allows only two hits, with both runners erased as a result of a double play.
2004 The third piece of concrete, which fell from the park’s upper deck, is discovered at Wrigley Field by a club employee. Two other chunks have also fallen recently in different sections in the 90 year-old stadium, prompting Mayor Richard Daley to say he would not hesitate to close parts, or all, of the facility to protect fans from potential harm.
2005 Hideki Matsui plays in his 395th consecutive game to start his career, breaking Al Simmons’s 1926 American League record. The Japanese outfielder will also surpass Ernie Banks’ NL mark of 424 en route to establishing the new major league record of 518 consecutive contests.
2006 Going deep in the third inning, 30 year-old Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez collects his 2,000th career hit and, at the same time, becomes the youngest player to reach the 450 home run plateau. Later in the day, Padres catcher Mike Piazza also becomes a member of the 2000-hit club with a second-inning double to left field at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
2006 After the All-Star break, as part of the scheduled “grand re-opening” of the ballpark, the Nationals stage the first live Presidents Race at the RFK Stadium, with George Washington taking first place in the inaugural competition among the Chief Executives. Although mascots Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln chalk up wins in the next two days, Teddy Roosevelt’s will not, thus beginning his infamous streak over more than 500 attempts before finally crossing the finish line first on the final day of the 2012 season.
2007 Willie Harris goes 6-for-6 with two triples, a steal, and six RBI to help the Braves top the Cardinals, 14 – 6. The outfielder from Cairo (GA) joins Felix Millan, who accomplished the feat 27 years earlier, as the second Atlanta player to get six hits in a game.
2007 The Pirates retire uniform number 11, once worn by Paul Waner, a right fielder who hit .340 during his 15-year tenure (1926-1940) in Pittsburgh. Big Poison’s digits are the tenth to be retired in franchise history and the first in a decade.
2007 The Pirates retire uniform number 11, once worn by Paul Waner, a right fielder who hit .340 during his 15-year tenure (1926-1940) in Pittsburgh. Big Poison’s digits are the tenth to be retired in franchise history and the first in a decade.
2008 Diamondback left-hander Randy Johnson becomes the first major leaguer to collect 2,000 strikeouts for two different teams. The Arizona southpaw, who fanned 2,162 batters pitching for the Mariners from 1989-98, whiffs Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez to earn the distinction.
2008 Jose Reyes’ fourth-inning three-bagger in the Mets’ 7-5 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park makes him the franchise leader in triples. The speedy shortstop’s 11th three-base hit this season, the sixty-third of his career, all as a Met, puts the 25 year-old infielder one ahead Mookie Wilson.
2008 Coming out of the bullpen in the eighth, Jimmy Gobble allows ten runs in two-thirds of an inning, setting a franchise record for the most runs allowed by a Royals reliever in a game. The 26 year-old southpaw, who will be placed on the 15-day disabled list the next day with a stiff lower back, gives up seven hits and walks four batters, facing 13 Tigers.
2012 At Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field, the Hall of Fame honors Fox analyst Tim McCarver and Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott for their longtime contributions in covering baseball. The pair, respectively, receive the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for sports writing.
2013 In an on-field ceremony, former first baseman Carlos Delgado becomes the 10th member inducted on the Level of Excellence, an award bestowed by the Blue Jays in recognition of an individual player’s accomplishments for the team. Previous recipients of the prestigious award include Dave Stieb, George Bell, Joe Carter, Cito Gaston, Tony Fernandez, Pat Gillick, Tom Cheek, Roberto Alomar, and Paul Beeston.
2015 The lengthy investigation and prosecution of Barry Bonds for obstruction of justice come to an end when the Department of Justice reveals it will not challenge his felony conviction’s reversal to the US Supreme Court. Baseball’s career home run leader was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2011 for giving convoluted answers to a federal grand jury when probed about PED injections.
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|New York Liberty||10||11||.476||4.5||5-5||5-6||5-8||4-6||2 L|
|Washington Mystics||8||10||.444||5.0||5-4||3-6||5-6||5-5||1 W|
|Atlanta Dream||6||13||.316||7.5||3-7||3-6||5-6||2-8||4 L|
|Indiana Fever||4||16||.200||10.0||3-8||1-8||4-9||3-7||3 W|