INDIANA BASEBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS
CLASS 4A AT LAPORTE (SCHREIBER FIELD)
G1: HOMESTEAD VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN, 11:30 A.M.
G2: PENN VS. LAKE CENTRAL, 2 P.M.
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER, 8 P.M.
CLASS 3A AT OAK HILL
G1: HERITAGE VS. FRANKFORT, 11 A.M.
G2: ANDREAN VS. NORWELL, 2 P.M.
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER, 8 P.M.
CLASS 2A AT KOKOMO (MUNICIPAL STADIUM)
G1: WESTVIEW VS. ILLIANA CHRISTIAN, 11 A.M.
G2: WINCHESTER VS. DELPHI, 2 P.M.
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER | 8 PM ET
CLASS A AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (LOEB STADIUM)
G1: FW BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN VS. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC, 11 A.M.
G2: WES-DEL VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC, 2 P.M.
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER, 8 P.M.
CLASS 4A AT PLAINFIELD
G1: NEW PALESTINE VS. CASTLE, 11 A.M.
G2: CENTER GROVE VS. BROWNSBURG, 2 P.M.
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER, 8 P.M.
CLASS 3A AT SOUTHRIDGE (LEAGUE STADIUM)
G1: BISHOP CHATARD VS. TRI-WEST, 11 A.M.
G2: SILVER CREEK VS. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL, 2 P.M.
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER, 8 P.M.
CLASS 2A AT MOORESVILLE (PIONEER FIELD)
G1: COVENANT CHRISTIAN VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL, 11 A.M.
G2: MITCHELL VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN, 2 P.M.
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER, 8 P.M
CLASS A AT JASPER (RUXER FIELD)
SHAKAMAK VS. RISING SUN, 11 A.M.
BARR-REEVE VS. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN, 2 P.M.
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER, 8 P.M.
INDIANA SOFTBALL STATE FINALS
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP | 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
ANDREAN (29-7) VS. NORTH POSEY (28-0)
CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP | 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT
NEW PRAIRIE (30-5) VS. TRI-WEST HENDRICKS (27-5)
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP | 4:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM CT
CASTON (22-4) VS. TECUMSEH (24-9)
CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP | 7 PM ET / 6 PM CT
PENN (27-4-1) VS. RONCALLI (31-3-1)
INDIANA BOYS GOLF
REGIONALS JUNE 8-9
1. LAKE CENTRAL | SANDY PINES GC | THURS, 8 AM CT
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 1-5)
2. WARSAW COMMUNITY | STONEHENGE GC | THURS, 8 AM ET
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 6-10)
3. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) | COYOTE CROSSING GC | FRI, 9 AM ET
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 11-15)
4. MUNCIE CENTRAL | THE PLAYERS CLUB | THURS, 8 AM ET
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONAL 16-20)
5. WASHINGTON | COUNTRY OAKS GC | THURS, 8:30 AM ET
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 21-25)
6. PROVIDENCE | CHAMPIONS POINTE GC | THURS, 8 AM ET
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 26-30)
COLLEGE BASEBALL SUPER REGIONAL MATCH-UPS
- NO. 1 WAKE FOREST VS. NO. 16 ALABAMA
- NO. 2 FLORIDA VS. NO. 15 SOUTH CAROLINA
- TCU VS. NO. 14 INDIANA STATE
- TENNESSEE VS. SOUTHERN MISS
- NO. 5 LSU VS. NO. 12 KENTUCKY
- OREGON VS. ORAL ROBERTS
- NO. 7 VIRGINIA VS. DUKE
- NO. 8 STANFORD VS. TEXAS
GAME 1: WEDNESDAY, 8 P.M.
GAME 2: THURSDAY, 7:30 P.M.
GAME 3: FRIDAY (IF NECESSARY), 8 P.M.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
PHILADELPHIA 1 DETROIT 0
MIAMI 6 KANSAS CITY 1
OAKLAND 11 PITTSBURGH 2
MILWAUKEE 4 BALTIMORE 3 (10)
TEXAS 6 ST. LOUIS 4
LA ANGELS 7 CHICAGO CUBS 4
SEATTLE 4 SAN DIEGO 1
TAMPA BAY 7 MINNESOTA 0
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 NY YANKEES 2
TORONTO 5 HOUSTON 1
BOSTON 5 CLEVELAND 4
ARIZONA 10 WASHINGTON 5
CINCINNATI 9 LA DODGERS 8
ATLANTA 6 NY METS 4
SAN FRANCISCO 10 COLORADO 4
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
OMAHA 4 INDIANAPOLIS 2
LANSING 13 SOUTH BEND 9
FT. WAYNE 6 QUAD CITIES 3
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
PGA TOUR AND EUROPEAN TOUR AGREE TO MERGE WITH SAUDIS AND END LIV GOLF FEUD
The PGA Tour abruptly dropped its expensive fight with Saudi Arabia’s LIV Golf venture on Tuesday and instead announced a stunning merger that creates a global operation featuring the world’s top players backed by the Saudis’ massive wealth.
As part of the deal merging the PGA Tour and European tour with Saudi Arabia’s golf interests, the sides immediately are dropping all lawsuits involving LIV Golf.
From the golf side, still to be determined is how players like Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson can rejoin the PGA Tour after defecting last year for signing bonuses reported to be in the $150 million range.
From the commercial side, the governor of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund joins the PGA Tour board of directors and leads the new business venture as chairman, though the PGA Tour will have a majority stake.
News of the deal came as a surprise to many watchers of the lawsuits and Saudi Arabia’s inroads into U.S. politics, sports and culture.
“This is a huge development and obviously upends a world of golf, which has been perhaps more tradition-bound in the past,” said Kristian Ulrichsen, a Middle East fellow at Houston’s Baker Institute.
Under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has made a point of seeking out investments, like LIV, where it could shake up existing industries, Ulrichsen said.
“That’s sort of one of their mantras, is to try to be disruptive and to take on the status quo,” he said. “And in this case, they seem to have succeeded.”
The announcement comes a year after LIV Golf began. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan was at the Canadian Open that week and said pointedly about any player who joined LIV or was thinking about it: “Have you ever had to apologize for being a member of the PGA Tour?”
Now they are partners, giving Saudi Arabia a commercial voice in golf’s premier organization.
“I recognize everything I’ve said in the past. I recognize people will call me a hypocrite,” Monahan said in a conference call Tuesday evening. “Any time I’ve said anything, I’ve said it with the information I had, and I said it with someone trying to compete with our tour and our players.”
Most PGA Tour players were bewildered by the shocking turnaround. It didn’t help that a news outlet broke the embargoed announcement before Monahan could send a memo to the players. Most learned of the development on social media.
“I love finding out about morning news on Twitter,” two-time major champion Collin Morikawa tweeted.
Many were not happy. Wesley Bryan tweeted, “I feel betrayed, and will not … be able to trust anyone within the corporate structure of the PGA Tour for a very long time.”
Byeong Hun An added on Twitter: “I’m guessing the liv teams were struggling to get sponsors and pga tour couldn’t turn down the money. Win-win for both tours but it’s a big lose for who defended the tour for last two years.”
“They were going down their path, we were going down ours, and after a lot of introspection you realize all this tension in the game is not a good thing,” Monahan said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
“We have a responsibility to our tour and to the game, and we felt like the time was right to have that conversation.”
Monahan held a player meeting at the Canadian Open, though most top players are not there. He described the meeting as “intense, certainly heated.”
And while this likely will only lead to greater riches in golf, there still was explaining to do on why the tour would merge with a group that tried to take away some of the PGA Tour’s best players and was seen as the latest example of “sportswashing.”
The deal was in the works for the last seven weeks, when Monahan first met with Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of the Public Investment Fund. Players typically approve changes to the schedule and other competition matters. On this one, they were left out.
“No one had word of this,” Monahan said. “Our players expect us to operate in the best interests of the tour.”
Instead, he cited guidance from corporate members of the PGA Tour board.
Still, Monahan has his toughest work ahead of him.
He sought loyalty from his players against a league accused of taking part in sportswashing, an attempt by Saudi Arabia to shift focus away from its human rights abuses, such as the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Now the very group that posed such a threat is the commercial partner of the PGA Tour and European tour.
“The divisiveness is now over, and two years of disruption and distractions … is over and now we can concentrate on building our respective tours,” said Keith Pelley, CEO of the European tour. “And we are building it with PIF, who is clearly committed to the game.”
Along the way, PGA Tour players also got rich. The tour raised prize money at elite events to $20 million, the same purse for LIV’s individual competition. The 2024 schedule has been reshaped for roughly 16 tournaments like that.
“In the short term, I expect a lot of questions and criticism,” Monahan said. “In the long run, players who stayed with the PGA Tour will see they benefited in many ways.”
The agreement combines the Public Investment Fund’s golf-related commercial businesses and rights — including LIV Golf — with those of the PGA and European tours. The new entity has not been named.
Al-Rumayyan will join the board of the PGA Tour, which continues to operates its tournaments. The PIF will invest in the commercial venture.
“From the very beginning, the whole initiative was how to grow the game of golf,” Al-Rumayyan said. “And I think what was achieved today was exactly that.”
Augusta National and the Royal & Ancient welcomed the news because it ends a bitter feud. Augusta National said the deal “represents a positive development in bringing harmony to men’s professional golf.” R&A CEO Martin Slumbers said it would help golf “move forward in a collaborative, constructive and innovative fashion.”
As for the new role of Greg Norman, Al-Rumayyan said only that Norman is LIV Golf’s commissioner and details of his future role would be announced in the coming weeks.
Monahan’s memo to players indicated a strong Saudi Arabian presence. He said PIF would make a financial investment to become a “premier corporate sponsor” of the PGA Tour, the European tour and other international tours.
The PIF initially will be the exclusive investor in the new entity and will have the exclusive right to further invest, including a right of first refusal on any capital that may be invested.
Al-Rumayyan has been spotted wearing a “MAGA” hat during LIV events at courses owned by former President Donald Trump.
Trump predicted last July that a merger was inevitable and said anyone not signing with the Saudi league would be losing out. He weighed in Tuesday and called it a “glamorous deal for the wonderful world of golf.”
Monahan said the merger came together the last seven weeks, with PGA Tour board member Jimmy Dunne responsible for bringing together Monahan and Al-Rumayyan. Dunne and Ed Herlihy, chairman of the PGA Tour’s board, will serve on the board of the commercial venture.
Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau were among 11 players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour last August. LIV joined as plaintiffs, and the PGA Tour countersued.
The concern for PIF was whether its leaders could be deposed, which Saudi Arabia wanted to avoid. Being open to depositions would leave the kingdom’s leaders more vulnerable to legal action, including lawsuits demanding they reveal business deals in the United States.
A federal judge had ruled the PIF could not claim immunity from the Foreign Service Immunity Act because of its commercial work with LIV Golf in the U.S.
The PIF appealed the ruling to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which was likely to extend the lawsuit deep into 2024 if not longer.
LIV GOLF-PGA TOUR MERGER REIGNITES NOT-SO-CLEAN DEBATE OVER SPORTSWASHING
There have been other recent headlines out of Saudi Arabia that had nothing to do with golf. That they caused little uproar is a sign of how intertwined and unremarkable Saudi business interests in sports, and in America, have become over the decades.
The announcement Tuesday that LIV Golf, a Saudi-backed organization implicated by its critics for the sin of sportswashing, had made a deal with the PGA Tour certainly outstripped news that the same backers are trying to lure top soccer players to Saudi Arabia’s domestic league.
And it definitely got more clicks than word of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to the kingdom to discuss “strategic cooperation on regional and global issues”
The announcement also reignited debate over LIV’s role as the world’s top purveyor of sportswashing — an effort to rebrand a nation’s troubling public image that has been going on for decades in the Olympics and other sports across the globe but one that isn’t the clear-cut choice between good and evil that some make it out to be.
“The word ‘sportswashing’ gives this very simple impression that there’s one reason for everything they’re doing, and that’s not the case,” said Danyel Reiche, a professor at Georgetown University-Qatar who studies the intersection of sports and politics in the Middle East.
The sportswashing angle with LIV Golf gained steam last year when its first big-name signing, Phil Mickelson, was quoted as calling the Saudis “scary (expletives)” as he discussed what the CIA concluded was the Saudi-backed killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Family members of Sept. 11 victims who blame Saudi Arabia for the 2001 terror attacks have also been vocal critics of Mickelson and others who have accepted multiple millions from LIV Golf.
“The PGA and (commissioner Jay) Monahan appear to have become just more paid Saudi shills,” 9/11 Families United Chair Terry Strada said in a statement Tuesday.
Monahan was among the critics who denounced LIV’s weaponization of virtually unlimited cash provided by the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund bankrolled by the Saudi government. His decision to go into business with that group angered some of the players who had forcefully defended the tour.
“Tell me why Jay Monahan basically got a promotion to CEO of all golf in the world by going back on everything he said the past 2 years. The hypocrisy,” PGA Tour player Dylan Wu tweeted.
Still, Monahan’s decision fits into a rich history of sports doing business in countries with bad records on human rights, the environment and worse.
The Olympics, for instance, were held in Nazi Germany in 1936 and in China twice in the past 15 years. Currently, the Olympic world is struggling with what role Russia should play in next year’s Olympics as its war in Ukraine rages on.
Just last year, Qatar was on the front line of the sportswashing debate. A country with no soccer pedigree spent an estimated $220 billion to host the World Cup. Some viewed it as a simple way to scrub a history of human-rights abuses. Others wonder if the effort, and others like it, are effective at all.
“I would respectfully suggest that for every American who thinks more positively of Qatar because they view the World Cup as a success, there are probably three to four Americans who had never heard of Qatar, who couldn’t pick Qatar’s continent, who now know about Qatar and their human rights violations,” said Stephen Ross, the executive director of the Penn State Center for the Study of Sports in Society.
The deal between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour certainly stands to give the Saudis a toehold on a legitimate and popular sporting enterprise in the United States. The deal also terminated litigation between the parties, thus sparing the Saudis from having to publicly disclose details of business dealings in the U.S.
Former President Donald Trump went to social media to declare the deal “a big, beautiful and glamorous deal for the wonderful world of golf.”
While Trump has a financial stake in LIV — his golf courses host three of that tour’s events — he is hardly the only American leader who has promoted business with the Saudis.
Blinken, the current secretary of state, was, coincidentally, in Saudi Arabia on the day the deal was announced. The U.S. signed a $3 billion arms deal with the Saudis last year, and America imports 12% of its petroleum from Persian Gulf states.
“How Saudi Arabia is trying to spin it is one thing, but also how the U.S. government is going about it is something else that needs to be presented and counterbalanced as well,” NBC golf analyst Mike Tirico pointed out on The Golf Channel.
Back in the world of sports, Middle East countries are taking a greater stake globally, especially in soccer.
Last year, Cristiano Ronaldo joined a Saudi team backed by the same investment fund that supports LIV in a deal worth a reported $200 million a year. There have been reports of offers from the league to two of the sport’s biggest names, Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema.
The same Saudi wealth fund owns the Premier League’s Newcastle club, while defending English champion Manchester City was bought by the Abu Dhabi royal family in 2008. Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) of Ligue 1 is owned by the emir of Qatar.
Ross, the Penn State professor, says it’s certainly fair for critics to point out objections about all the major players in sports. But he used some recently signed laws in Florida — six-week abortion ban, ban on transgender-affirming care — as an example of where some of those sportswashing debates can lead.
“Why do you not like it when the PGA deals with the Saudis but you don’t even think about it when the PGA holds three of its biggest events in Florida?’” Ross said. “So, the question is, ‘Where do you draw the line?’ And the other question is ‘What’s the difference?’ And I’m not saying you can’t draw a difference. But nobody is articulating that difference.”
PGA TOUR PLAYERS CALL FOR JAY MONAHAN’S RESIGNATION AFTER MERGER
Some PGA Tour players confronted commissioner Jay Monahan and called for his resignation during an afternoon meeting Tuesday at the RBC Canadian Open in Toronto.
PGA Tour winner Johnson Wagner told Golf Channel that there was plenty of anger in the room after Monahan came to a merger agreement with LIV Golf and the Saudi Public Investment Fund without consulting with the players.
“It was contentious,” Wagner said. “There were many moments where certain players were calling for new leadership of the PGA Tour and even got a couple standing ovations.
“I think the most powerful moment was when a player quoted Commissioner Monahan from the 3M (Open) in Minnesota last year when he said, ‘As long as I’m commissioner of the PGA Tour, no player that took LIV money will ever play the PGA Tour again.’ It just seems like a lot of backtracking.”
PGA Tour veteran and major champion Geoff Ogilvy of Australia told reporters the meeting was not informative, saying he got the sense that the tour rushed the announcement sooner than it wanted to make it.
“(Monahan) just sort of explained the structure, how it’s going to look going forward,” Ogilvy said. “Didn’t really talk specifics. It was a tough meeting for both sides, I think for Jay and all the players, because nobody really knows what this is going to look like in the end.”
Monahan, 53, is the fourth commissioner in PGA Tour history and has held the position since January 2017. Whether or not he resigns, he won’t hold that title for much longer.
With the Saudi Public Investment Fund making a capital investment in the new entity formed by the merger of the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf, PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan will be its chairman and Monahan is set to be the CEO.
“I don’t know that this is necessarily the correct term, but if it’s possible I gained even more respect for Jay because he was taking it from every single angle,” Wagner said. “Players were mad, players were calling for (his) resignation, and Jay sat there and took it like a champ, he really did. Now, he didn’t specifically answer a lot of questions of what the path would be like for LIV players coming in the season of ‘24. He kind of left it up to it’s his discretion … so a lot of players didn’t like that.”
Monahan, who appeared on CNBC with Al-Rumayyan for an interview Tuesday morning, held a call with select reporters after meeting with the players in Canada.
“I recognize that people are going to call me a hypocrite,” Monahan said. “Anytime I said anything, I said it with the information that I had at that moment, and I said it based on someone that’s trying to compete for the PGA Tour and our players. I accept those criticisms. But circumstances do change. I think that in looking at the big picture and looking at it this way, that’s what got us to this point.”
The deal reportedly was negotiated over the course of the last seven weeks, and key players like Tiger Woods and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy — who stood by Monahan and the PGA Tour while sharply criticizing LIV Golf — were not let in on Monahan’s decision until the last minute.
“Obviously Tiger and Rory’s perspective is one that I understand very well, and it was part of my thinking throughout these conversations, and it will be a part of my thinking going forward,” Monahan said. “Now that we’re in a framework agreement, I look forward to talking to all of our players, including the two of them, to make certain that this comes off the right way.”
Monahan said the agreement is only a framework and that he hasn’t studied everything about the LIV Golf model.
Woods and McIlroy have yet to publicly comment. McIlroy, the defending champion of the Canadian Open, is scheduled to speak to the press Wednesday.
GAME 3 AWAITS IN THE NBA FINALS, WITH HEAT LOOSE AND NUGGETS FACING ADVERSITY
MIAMI (AP) — Erik Spoelstra has preached about the value of adversity for months, not shying away from saying that it helped the Miami Heat get to these NBA Finals.
And now Denver is dealing with a little taste of it as well.
Game 3 of the NBA Finals is Wednesday night in Miami, the series between the eighth-seeded Heat and top-seeded Nuggets knotted at a game apiece. It got that way after Miami rallied to win Game 2 in Denver 111-108 on Sunday night, an outcome that prompted Nuggets coach Michael Malone to openly share frustrations — primarily over a lack of discipline on a lot of possessions.
“We had a really good film session this morning,” Malone said Tuesday. “I gave an opportunity for everybody on our team to speak and talk about what they saw on the film. It was a very honest conversation. Guys owned what they needed to own. We have to learn from Game 2 to use it to our advantage.”
In other words, Denver needs to do what Miami did coming out of Game 1.
The Heat faced significant deficits in both games in Denver — 24 points in Game 1 and 15 points in Game 2. And while there was a comeback try in the opener, getting within nine late, the Heat managed to erase the whole deficit and then some in Game 2.
“You’re in the finals,” said Spoelstra, seeking his third championship as coach of the Heat. “You’re going to be dealing with great players, great teams. You have to find a way to overcome it and make it difficult and do a lot of things that are tough.”
Wednesday’s winner obviously gets the upper hand with a 2-1 series lead, and history will tip in that team’s favor as well. When a finals is tied 1-1, the Game 3 winner has gone on to eventually claim the title 80% of the time (32 times in 40 past instances). And 2-1 series leaders, regardless of whether they won Game 3 or not, have taken the title 79% of the time (49 times in 62 past instances).
The Heat are in the finals for the second time in four seasons, but are playing their first finals game actually at home since 2014 — the 2020 appearance was in the bubble, with no fans in the buildings for most of that experience and only a few family members for the finals.
“No matter what, they are going to be behind you,” Heat guard Kyle Lowry said. “They are going to give you energy. You know, if the other team is on the run, they are going to give you a little boost. If you’re on a run, there’s going to be a crazy boost. The overall energy for your team and your group, it will give you a little bit of a lift — but it won’t win you the game, because you’ve still got to go out there and hoop.”
Hooping at the end of games hasn’t been an issue for Miami in this series. The Heat are outscoring Denver 66-45 in fourth quarters in this series, shooting 64% to the Nuggets’ 44% in the final period and holding a 33-9 edge in points off 3-pointers.
But the first three quarters, they’ve trended big-time toward Denver. The Nuggets have outscored Miami 167-138 in those periods, outshooting the Heat 53% to 39%. Miami has outscored Denver 57-48 on 3s in those quarters, but that’s nothing like the unmanageable margin the Nuggets have dealt with in final quarters.
“Just don’t get them wide-open looks,” said Denver’s Nikola Jokic, who is averaging 34 points, 10.5 rebounds and nine assists in his first two finals games. “Yes, we know they’re going to score. Yes, we know they have talented players. But we cannot give them open looks, and that was the main key.”
There wasn’t a lot of worry coming from either side Tuesday, when the teams had to go through the obligatory public workouts as part of the NBA media off-day slate. The Nuggets were loose, smiling a lot. The Heat were doing much of the same.
Moods will change by the end of Wednesday night. One of the teams — either the big pre-finals favorite Nuggets, or the eighth-seeded, nothing-to-lose Heat — is going to be two wins away from a title.
“When we’re working we still like to have fun and keep it loose,” Heat forward Kevin Love said. “It keeps us loose out there on the court starting the game and throughout 48 minutes. But it’s not without intention and the willingness to do whatever it takes.”
JACOB DEGROM, OFT-INJURED RANGERS ACE, TO HAVE SEASON-ENDING RIGHT ELBOW SURGERY
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers signed Jacob deGrom to a $185 million, five-year deal in free agency last winter hoping the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner could help them get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and make a push toward winning a World Series.
They also knew the risks, with the pitcher coming off two injury-plagued seasons with the New York Mets.
Even with deGrom sidelined since late April, the AL West-leading Rangers are off to the best start in franchise history — but now will be without their prized acquisition until at least next year. The team said Tuesday that deGrom will have season-ending surgery next week to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
“We’ve got a special group here and to not be able to be out there and help them win, that stinks,” deGrom said, pausing several times with tears in his eyes. “Wanting to be out there and helping the team, it’s a disappointment.”
General manager Chris Young said Tuesday the decision on surgery came after an MRI on deGrom’s ailing right elbow, but the extent of what is required might not be determined until the operation is performed next week.
Tommy John surgery, in which the damaged ligament is replaced, is often needed to fix a torn UCL, but Young and the Rangers didn’t go as far as saying the pitcher would have that particular procedure. After being drafted by the New York Mets in 2010, deGrom made six starts in the minors that summer before needing Tommy John surgery and missing all of 2011, three years before his big league debut.
DeGrom last pitched April 28 against the New York Yankees, when he exited early because of injury concerns for the second time in a span of three starts. The announcement about surgery came a day after deGrom was transferred to the 60-day injured list.
Young said the latest MRI showed more inflammation and significant structural damage in the ligament that wasn’t there on the scan after deGrom left the game against the Yankees.
“The results of that MRI show that we have not made progress. And in fact, we’ve identified some damage to the ligament,” Young said. “It’s obviously a tough blow for Jacob, for certainly the Rangers. But we do feel this is what is right for Jacob in his career. We’re confident he’ll make a full recovery.”
Young and deGrom, who turns 35 later this month, said the goal is for the pitcher to return near the end of next season. Both said they were glad to have clarity on what was wrong with the elbow.
Texas won all six games started by deGrom (2-0), but the right-hander threw only 30 1/3 innings. He has a 2.67 ERA with 45 strikeouts and four walks. He threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees in his last start before leaving because of discomfort in his arm.
The Rangers went into Tuesday night’s game against St. Louis with a 39-20 record, the first time they were 19 games over .500 since the end of 2016, their last winning season.
Before going home to Florida over the weekend for the birth of his third child, deGrom threw his fifth bullpen last Wednesday in Detroit.
“I’d have days where I’d feel really good, days where I didn’t feel great. So I was kind of riding a roller coaster there for a little bit,” deGrom said. “They said originally there, we just saw some inflammation. … Getting an MRI right after you pitch, I feel like anybody would have inflammation. So, you know, I was hoping that that would get out of there and I would be fine. But it just didn’t work out that way.”
DeGrom spent his first nine big league seasons with the Mets, but was limited by injuries to 156 1/3 innings over 26 starts during his last two years in New York.
He had a career-low 1.08 ERA over 92 innings in 2021 before missing the final three months of the season with right forearm tightness and a sprained elbow.
The four-time All-Star didn’t make his first big league start last year until Aug. 2 after being shut down late in spring training because of a stress reaction in his right scapula.
His latest injury almost surely will trigger Texas’ conditional option on deGrom’s contract for 2028.
The option takes effect if deGrom has Tommy John surgery on his right elbow from 2023-26 or has any right elbow or shoulder injury that causes him to be on the IL for any period of 130 consecutive days during any season or 186 days in a row during any service period.
The conditional option would be for $20 million, $30 million or $37 million, depending on deGrom’s performance during the contract and health following the 2027 season.
“I feel bad for Jake. If I know Jake, he’ll have the surgery and come back and finish his career strong,” second-year Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “I know how much it means to him. He enjoys pitching. It’s certainly sad news for all of us.”
YANKEES STAR AARON JUDGE HEADED TO INJURED LIST FOR 2ND TIME THIS SEASON
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge is headed to the injured list for the second time this season after the New York Yankees star hurt his right toe making a spectacular catch at Dodger Stadium.
The reigning AL MVP missed his second consecutive game Tuesday night. He met with team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and underwent testing that showed a bruise and a sprained ligament, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said following his team’s 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Boone said Judge will be placed on the IL but did not give a timeline for his return. The slugger received a platelet-rich plasma injection.
“The biggest thing now is trying to get the swelling out of there,” Boone said. “Had some improvements today, but now just see where we are in the coming weeks, or days and then a week.”
Boone said Judge’s toe is not fractured.
“I think it definitely could have been worse,” the manager said. “Hopefully it’s on the shorter side of things.”
Judge banged his right toe while making a running catch and crashing into the outfield fence during the eighth inning of Saturday’s 6-3 win over the Dodgers. He sat out Sunday’s 4-1 victory.
The right fielder knocked open the door of the visitors’ bullpen while making the grab on J.D. Martinez’s liner into the corner with Max Muncy on first base and nobody out.
Judge, who set an AL record with 62 home runs last year, is headed to the injured list for the eighth time since making his major league debut on Aug. 13, 2016. The 31-year-old missed 10 games this season with a strained right hip after getting injured on a headfirst slide attempting to steal third at Minnesota on April 26.
The Yankees went 4-6 while Judge was on the IL. Since returning from the hip injury, he is batting .326 with 13 of his AL-best 19 homers.
“You can’t replace that guy,” New York third baseman Josh Donaldson said. “From a leadership standpoint, from a playing standpoint. We’re just really going to have to come together as a team and grind out at-bats, play good defense, throw the ball well and hopefully keep winning ballgames until he’s back.”
New York is 30-19 with Judge in the lineup, averaging five runs per game. The Yankees are 6-7 without him, averaging 3.5 runs. He was appointed team captain after staying with the Yankees last offseason and signing a $360 million, nine-year contract as a free agent.
“I don’t like when he’s not in the lineup and it’s hurting him enough for him not to be in there,” Boone said before Tuesday’s game. “It seems like he’s progressed here over the last 24 hours from a swelling standpoint, which I think is an important factor of it all is getting that swelling out of there and kind of having a better idea of what you have. So we’ll see.”
Judge did not go on the IL in either of the past two seasons. He appeared in 155 games in 2022 when he broke Roger Maris’ AL record of 61 homers set in 1961. He played 148 games in 2021.
The Yankees also said Tuesday they will place left-hander Nestor Cortes on the injured list with a shoulder strain. Cortes is expected to miss at least two starts. Rookie right-hander Randy Vásquez will pitch in his place Wednesday.
“Just shoulder strain is what I got,” Cortes said. “I talked to the doctors today, I got the shot. It was 15 days no throw. Hopefully it’s a little sooner, but we’re counting out 15 days.”
Cortes said the shoulder has been bothering him between starts and more so after he pitched five innings May 30 in Seattle.
“I took two days off and when I got to LA and threw that first day, I didn’t feel right. But it was first day coming back from pitching so I knew it was going to be nagging a little bit,” Cortes said. “So I waited a little bit.
“That second day in LA was when I said something because it felt like I had pitched yesterday. So I wasn’t recovering in time. I didn’t want to come in today at 3 o’clock and tell them I was hurting. I think it was the right move for me and the team.”
Cortes is 5-2 with a 5.16 ERA in 11 starts and has particularly struggled later in outings. Opponents are hitting .447 when facing him for the third time in a game.
Last year, Cortes was an All-Star and went 12-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 28 starts.
The Yankees also said reliever Ryan Weber has a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and is deciding whether to get surgery. The right-hander was injured Friday when he pitched two innings in Los Angeles. He is 1-0 with a 3.14 ERA in eight appearances this year.
MLB ROUNDUP: LUIS ARRAEZ BREAKS .400 AS MARLINS BEAT ROYALS
Luis Arraez went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .401, leading the host Miami Marlins to their fifth straight win, a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Arraez, who won an American League batting title last year for the Minnesota Twins, scored two runs and drove in one. He leads the majors in batting average. Miami also got a three-run double from Bryan De La Cruz and a solo home run from Jesus Sanchez.
Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo (5-4) tossed seven innings and allowed one run on two hits with eight strikeouts. Royals starter Zack Greinke (1-6) gave up four hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Miami broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning. Kansas City got on the board with one run in the sixth as Nick Pratto hit a leadoff double, advanced on a Matt Duffy groundout and scored on a Luzardo wild pitch.
Brewers 4, Orioles 3 (10 innings)
Rookie Joey Wiemer delivered a walk-off single with two outs in the 10th inning to give Milwaukee a win over visiting Baltimore in the opener of a three-game series.
Luis Urias drew a one-out walk in the 10th off Austin Voth (1-2). After Brice Turang struck out, Wiemer lined a 1-2 pitch to left to score Andruw Monasterio, who was placed on second to start the inning. Peter Strzelecki (3-4) pitched a scoreless 10th for the victory as Milwaukee improved to 4-0 in extra-inning games.
Aaron Hicks, signed May 30 after being released by the Yankees, hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, and Ryan O’Hearn also homered.
Phillies 1, Tigers 0
Kyle Schwarber hit a solo home run to lead off the first, Taijuan Walker tossed seven shutout innings and host Philadelphia defeated Detroit.
Walker (5-3) allowed two hits with eight strikeouts and three walks to help the Phillies win their fourth straight game. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth inning for his ninth save in nine chances. It was the 403rd career save for Kimbrel.
Reliever Tyler Alexander opened the game for the Tigers and lasted three innings. Schwarber’s homer was the only hit Alexander (1-1) allowed. He struck out three and walked none. The Tigers, who managed only three hits, have now dropped five in a row.
Rays 7, Twins 0
Luke Raley hit a two-run homer and also tripled and Zach Eflin picked up his eighth win of the season to lead Tampa Bay past Minnesota in the opener of a three-game series in St. Petersburg. Fla.
Eflin (8-1) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out nine in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 7-0 at home. Jose Siri also homered and Randy Arozarena had two RBIs for Tampa Bay, which won its fourth straight game.
Carlos Correa and Michael A. Taylor each had a double for Minnesota, which finished with just four hits while losing its third straight game. Louie Varland (3-2) took the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits and four walks over six-plus innings. He struck out five.
White Sox 3, Yankees 2
Lucas Giolito pitched six hitless innings and visiting Chicago won at New York to extend its winning streak to a season-high four games.
Seby Zavala homered in consecutive at-bats off Clarke Schmidt (2-6) as the White Sox also won for the fifth time in six games. Isiah Kiner-Falefa ended Chicago’s no-hit bid with a two-out RBI double in the seventh against Joe Kelly.
Coming off two of his shortest starts of the season, Giolito (5-4) struck out seven and walked three while pitching under a hazy sky due to remnants of wildfires in Canada reaching the New York area.
Diamondbacks 10, Nationals 5
Pavin Smith homered, singled and drove in three runs and visiting Arizona rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat Washington in the opener of a three-game series.
Josh Rojas, Gabriel Moreno and Emmanuel Rivera also had two hits apiece for the Diamondbacks, who have won six of their last eight. Jose Ruiz (2-1) earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Stone Garrett hit a grand slam against his former team and Lane Thomas added a solo homer and a single for Washington, which has lost three straight.
Nationals pitchers issued eight walks, hit two batters and committed a throwing error. Starter Jake Irvin allowed four runs in four innings. Erasmo Ramirez (2-3) gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss.
Athletics 11, Pirates 2
Jace Peterson homered twice in a five-hit, five-RBI night, and Shea Langeliers and Brent Rooker also went deep as visiting Oakland smacked Pittsburgh to snap a five-game losing skid.
A’s starter James Kaprielian (1-6) went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and four hits with one strikeout and five walks as his club avoided its 16th straight road loss, which would have been an Oakland-era franchise record. The Pirates had won six games in a row.
Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller (7-2) gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, with one strikeout and four walks. The Athletics grabbed the lead for good with a three-run sixth.
Blue Jays 5, Astros 1
Kevin Gausman struck out 13 in seven sharp innings, George Springer hit a two-run home run and Toronto defeated visiting Houston.
Gausman (5-2) allowed one run on four hits and no walks while matching his career-high strikeout total. Daulton Varsho and Bo Bichette added solo homers for the Blue Jays, who earned a fifth victory in six games.
Mauricio Dubon homered for Houston, which had won four of its previous five games. Astros starter Hunter Brown (5-3) gave up three runs, three hits and two walks while striking out five in six innings.
Red Sox 5, Guardians 4
James Paxton tossed seven strong innings and Boston rallied with four runs in the eighth inning to beat host Cleveland.
Paxton (2-1) allowed two runs on six hits. Kenley Jansen tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 13th save. Masataka Yoshida had three hits and Enrique Hernandez drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Will Brennan had three hits for the Guardians, while Josh Naylor had two hits and two runs. Enyel De Los Santos (2-1) gave up four runs without retiring a batter.
Reds 9, Dodgers 8
Rookie Matt McLain singled home the winning run to cap a three-run, ninth-inning rally and lead Cincinnati past visiting Los Angeles on the night of heralded rookie Elly De La Cruz’s major league debut.
McLain’s hit to the deep left-center-field gap with one out came against reliever Shelby Miller, who had just entered the game. The previous batter, Jake Fraley, was hit by a Caleb Ferguson pitch with the bases loaded to tie the score 8-8.
De La Cruz, a 21-year-old third baseman who batted cleanup, went 1-for-3 with a double and walked twice. Eduardo Salazar (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first major league win. Ferguson (3-1) walked three and allowed three runs while recording just one out in the ninth. Los Angeles’ Freddie Freeman hit his fifth career grand slam in the fourth inning.
Braves 6, Mets 4
Orlando Arcia’s go-ahead single capped a four-run sixth inning as host Atlanta beat New York in the opener of a three-game series.
Ozzie Albies homered for the Braves, who won their third straight, and Austin Riley and Arcia had two hits apiece.
Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso hit two-run homers against Bryce Elder in the third inning to give the Mets a 4-1 lead, but New York got just one hit the rest of the way as it lost its fourth straight to fall under .500 at 30-31.
Rangers 6, Cardinals 4
Marcus Semien extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a two-run double, Nathaniel Lowe and Adolis Garcia belted solo home runs and Texas defeated St. Louis in Arlington, Texas.
Garcia finished 4-for-4 and Ezequiel Duran added three hits for the Rangers, who earned their fifth consecutive win. Dane Dunning (5-1) gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings, and Will Smith posted his 11th save with a perfect ninth.
Nolan Arenado, Willson Contreras and Jordan Walker homered for the Cardinals, who have lost five straight. Matthew Liberatore (1-2) yielded five runs (four earned) in four innings.
Giants 10, Rockies 4
Patrick Bailey, LaMonte Wade Jr. and Thairo Estrada had three hits apiece, and San Francisco beat Colorado in Denver.
Wade scored three times and drove in two runs for San Francisco, which had eight doubles and nine extra-base hits in its ninth straight win over the Rockies. J.D. Davis tallied three RBIs.
Jurickson Profar had four hits and two RBIs and Ryan McMahon added two hits for Colorado.
Angels 7, Cubs 4
Home runs by Shohei Ohtani and Taylor Ward and four scoreless innings from the bullpen were pivotal as Los Angeles rallied from a four-run deficit on its way to a victory over Chicago in Anaheim, Calif.
A five-run fifth inning turned the game around for Los Angeles, with Mike Trout and Matt Thaiss each coming through with a two-run single in an inning that turned a 4-1 deficit into a 6-4 lead. Los Angeles’ lead was in jeopardy in the seventh inning when the Cubs loaded the bases with one out. But Chris Devenski entered the game and needed one pitch to end the threat, getting Yan Gomes to line into a double play.
The Cubs scored four runs against Angels starter Tyler Anderson (3-1) in the second inning, getting four hits and a walk.
Mariners 4, Padres 1
Logan Gilbert surrendered one run on three hits in seven innings and Teoscar Hernandez and Julio Rodriguez homered as visiting Seattle beat San Diego to snap a three-game losing streak.
Hernandez’s solo homer off Brent Honeywell (2-3) with two outs in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie. Paul Sewald picked up his 12th save after pitching around a single and a walk in the ninth.
The Padres managed just four hits, three of them doubles. Joe Musgrove gave up a run on four hits in five innings.
KOBAYASHI TO MAKE NASCAR DEBUT AS 1ST JAPANESE DRIVER TO RACE WITH TOYOTA IN CUP SERIES
LE MANS, France (AP) — Kamui Kobayashi, one of the best sports car drivers in the world, will make his NASCAR debut on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with Toyota in August.
Kobayashi will drive for 23XI Racing, the team owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan that opened this season by fielding a Toyota for action sports star Travis Pastrana in the Daytona 500.
The announcement made Wednesday at the 24 Hours of Le Mans makes Kobayashi only the second Japanese driver to race in NASCAR’s top Cup Series and only the fifth to race in one of NASCAR’s top three national series. Kobayashi will be the first Japanese driver to race in the Cup Series in a Toyota, which entered NASCAR’s top series in 2007.
“It’s my dream, actually,” Kobayashi told The Associated Press. “It’s such a big sport in the United States and racing in Europe, I never had the chance or opportunity to race NASCAR. I think the opportunity will be challenging for myself because it is such a different category.
“But if I have success, I think it will make more opportunities for Japanese drivers. Toyota has been in NASCAR a long time, but there has never been any Japanese drivers for Toyota. That’s also why I say I appreciate this opportunity for myself.”
Kobayashi will drive the No. 67 Toyota in the race on Aug. 13.
“It’s truly an honor to have Kamui want to participate in our NASCAR Cup Series program, and we’re thrilled that we could work with our partners at 23XI Racing to give him a competitive Camry TRD for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course event,” said David Wilson, president of TRD, U.S.A.
“Kamui shares the passion for motorsports that all of us at Toyota and TRD, U.S.A. live every day, so it will be exciting to show him our NASCAR program with him behind the wheel of one of our TRD Camrys.”
Kobayashi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Toyota in 2021 and hasn’t finished lower than third since 2018. He has six podium finishes in eight appearances in the iconic endurance race and his two-car Toyota Gazoo team has won the overall race title the last five years.
Toyota trails only Bentley, Jaguar, Ferrari, Audi and Porsche for most wins at Le Mans. Porsche holds the record with 19 victories.
Kobayashi in 2021, after winning Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship title driving for Toyota Gazoo, was named team principal. Toyota Gazoo has two cars entered in the race that begins Saturday as Kobayashi oversees the team’s attempt to win a sixth consecutive title.
Kobayashi started his racing career karting in Japan but was discovered by Toyota while racing in Europe. He was named one of Toyota’s reserve Formula One drivers and made his debut during the 2009 season at the Brazilian Grand Prix. He raced in F1 through 2014 with one podium finish in 75 career starts.
Following his F1 career, Kobayashi returned to Japan and switched to the Supra Formula Series, a class he still actively competes in. He’s since won the Rolex 24 at Daytona twice and was the anchor on an IMSA endurance sports car team in the United States for two seasons that was formed by seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.
Kobayashi loves racing in the United States, but IMSA’s adoption of new regulations to make its top class eligible to compete at Le Mans created a conflict of interest between Kobayashi’s Toyota responsibilities and continuing to race in IMSA, where Toyota is not represented in the top class. Toyota does field a Lexus in a lower IMSA division and Kobayashi raced for Vasser Sullivan Racing last June in Canada to get a feel for the GT car.
Many consider NASCAR’s Next Gen car to be very similar to the GT Lexus sports car that Kobayashi drove in IMSA last year, and that’s his closest experience to driving a stock car. He’ll be permitted to test with 23XI at a small track in Virginia ahead of the race at Indianapolis, and expects some time on the simulator.
Either way, he isn’t worried about seat time.
“I think I’m a guy who doesn’t need much practice, to be honest,” the 36-year-old Kobayashi told the AP. “I think once we jump in the car, we will be OK in a couple of laps. So I’m not really concerned about form.”
BROWNS DEFENSIVE PLAYERS ROBBED OF JEWELRY, VEHICLE BY MASKED MEN IN DOWNTOWN STICKUP
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski expressed relief that two of his defensive players were not physically harmed while being robbed at gunpoint by six masked men outside a downtown nightclub.
According to Cleveland Police, the players had jewelry and a truck taken during the early morning stickup.
Police redacted the names of the players in a field case report. However, a person familiar with the situation identified the players as cornerback Greg Newsome II and tackle Perrion Winfrey. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.
The Browns opened mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. After the workout, Stefanski said he has spoken to Chief Wayne Drummond.
“I’m glad our guys are OK,” he said. “I want all of our community to be safe. The Cleveland Police have been outstanding. We want everybody to be safe and we want to get violent people off of our streets.”
Stefanski did not reveal the players’ names.
According to the report, one of the players was returning to his truck in a parking lot at 3:30 a.m. Monday when the masked suspects jumped out of a car and robbed him of jewelry before fleeing in his vehicle. The player told police he was not injured.
Newsome, a starting cornerback drafted by the Browns in the first round in 2021 from Northwestern, posted Monday night, “It’s a cruel world we live in” on Twitter.
All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett said he spoke to both Newsome and Winfrey, offering his support.
“I’m just glad to see they’re all right,” he said. “Just making sure they’re in the right head space, they feel like they’re surrounded by family and letting them know that anything that they need, we’re the perfect resource for them and we have their back with whatever happens.
“We’re just going to try to make sure that none of our guys are ever in that situation again and how we can help, we’re going to do that. But I’m just glad to see them safe and sound with us and still walking around. Still blessed to this day no matter what happens, still able to wake up in the morning and just glad to that we still have them here.”
Newsome was on the field as the Browns opened their three-day minicamp, while there was no sign of Winfrey, a former Oklahoma defensive tackle arrested in April on a misdemeanor assault charge in Texas.
In a separate incident, Browns running back Demetric Felton had his vehicle stolen from a downtown parking garage on Sunday.
Garrett has been outspoken about his fondness for Cleveland and said the incidents have not changed his feelings about the city.
“It shows that me, my team, all of us here at the Browns have more work to do in the community,” he said. “There’s more that we can do here. There’s still more lessons that we need to give each other, because it’s not just one side or another side. Things like this happen because of so many different actions that led up to that.”
NOTES: WR Amari Cooper understands why QB Deshaun Watson was campaigning for the Browns to sign free agent DeAndre Hopkins, recently released by Arizona. Watson and Hopkins were together for three seasons in Houston. “Who wouldn’t?” Cooper said. “DeAndre has been a very great player in this league. Obviously, they have a lot of great chemistry. If I was him, I’d want the same thing.” Cooper knows if the Browns sign Hopkins, his production will be impacted. “As long as it’s helping us win, I wouldn’t have a problem with it,” Cooper said. … Stefanski said WR Anthony Schwartz is dealing with an unspecified injury. … Watson made several nice throws in the red zone for touchdowns during 7-on-7 drills. … Garrett said legendary running back Jim Brown’s recent death has impacted many of the players. ”Jim Brown was everything here,” Garrett said. “He’s been the blueprint. He’s been the role model for a lot of us players and as men. We look up to him.”
49ERS COACH: QB BROCK PURDY ‘AHEAD OF SCHEDULE’ IN REHAB
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy’s availability for the 2023 regular-season opener is looking more promising.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that Purdy is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from ulnar collateral ligament surgery on his right (throwing) elbow. The procedure took place March 10, and Purdy began a throwing program in late May, before the scheduled 12-week mark after surgery on June 2.
“Brock’s been great on his rehab,” Shanahan said. “He’s been as obsessed about it as you can be. That’s why he’s ahead of schedule.”
Purdy was injured during the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Shanahan had said before the NFL draft that Purdy could miss the first four weeks of the regular season.
Purdy did not throw after surgery until late May. With the team in a two-day mandatory minicamp, Shanahan was asked if the quarterback could have limited participation in training camp before he is fully cleared to play.
“I don’t watch him, to tell you the truth,” Shanahan said. “He’s right on pace. He throws three times a week. I do not sit and watch those. It’s part of his process of getting back. He’s continuing right on the track he’s always been on. No setbacks. It’s been very good so far.”
The coach said the team was taking steps “very slowly.” Purdy was seen in the weightlifting room on Tuesday and did some conditioning on a side field.
“It’s not like you just jump out and push stuff,” Shanahan said. “You’re only supposed to throw on this date, at this percentage, this many yards. And you do a certain (amount) a couple of days later. And if you stay on track, it should heal the right way. And right now, everything is right on track.
“So we don’t go any — I don’t ask three weeks ahead. You just keep trying to stay on that trajectory.”
San Francisco opens the season on Sept. 10 against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
The 49ers have options at the position with Trey Lance returning from a severe right ankle injury that required multiple surgeries, and free agent Sam Darnold joining the QB room after stops with the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers.
RAIDERS RB JOSH JACOBS SKIPS DAY 1 OF MINICAMP
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs skipped Day 1 of mandatory minicamp Tuesday, prolonging his standoff with the team over his contract.
Jacobs is not under contract; the Raiders slapped the franchise tag on Jacobs in March and he has yet to sign the $10.09 million tender.
Jacobs, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has said that he would prefer to sign a long-term contract with the Raiders. The two sides have until July 17 to negotiate a contract.
“I respect everything about that process,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said Tuesday. “This is not the first time that’s happened in terms of me being a part of that. Like I said, I stand by what I said before — love the kid, love the player, love the person. Look forward to when I see him.”
Last offseason, Las Vegas declined to pick up Jacobs’ fifth-year option of $8.03 million for the 2023 season. He had a base salary of $2.1 million in 2022.
Jacobs proceeded to lead the NFL with 1,653 rushing yards and 2,053 all-purpose yards in 2022 in his fourth NFL season, all with the Raiders. Jacobs is the third Raiders running back to win the rushing title, joining legendary Marcus Allen (1985) and Clem Daniels (1963, AFL).
Jacobs, 25, has rushed for 4,740 yards and 40 touchdowns in 60 games over four NFL seasons. He also has 160 receptions for 1,152 yards.
JETS CANCEL NEXT WEEK’S MINICAMP
The New York Jets canceled their mandatory minicamp scheduled for next week, citing their earlier-than-usual report time for training camp.
The Jets will meet the Cleveland Browns in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 3. With that in mind, New York will have an early start to training camp so they will wrap up their offseason program with this week’s organized team activities.
The Jets’ minicamp had been scheduled for June 13-15.
“With the Hall of Fame Game, we’re reporting a week earlier than everybody else,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said Tuesday. “Guys need to get away. They’ve put in a really good offseason. … You need a week off and you gotta rev back up to get ready for the season.”
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
INDIANA HS BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Indiana All-Star boys and girls basketball squads will take on the junior all-stars without a couple of its key players.
Cathedral senior and Michigan State recruit Xavier Booker will not be with the team this week and Linton-Stockton senior Joey Hart is unable to play due to turf toe.
According to reports Booker didn’t want to play and will not take part in any of the all-star games.
Indiana All-Stars vs. Junior All-Stars
Where: Cathedral High School
Time: Girls, 6 p.m. and boys to follow
2023 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars
Luke Almodovar, Noblesville, 6-3, G, 17.5, Saint Francis (Ind.)
Markus Burton, Penn, 6-1, G, 30.2, Notre Dame
Myles Colvin, Heritage Christian, 6-7, F, 19.5, Purdue
Zane Doughty, Ben Davis, 6-9, F, 13.5, Ball State
Joey Hart, Linton-Stockton, 6-6, G, 23.7, undecided
Logan Imes, Zionsville, 6-4, G, 16.9, Notre Dame
Mason Jones, Valparaiso, 6-7, F, 19.7, Ball State
A.J. Lux, Crown Point, 6-5, G, 21.5, Bellarmine
Sam Orme, Carmel, 6-9, F, 18.0, Belmont
Ian Raasch, NorthWood, 6-6, G, 15.0, Grace (Ind.)
JaQualon Roberts, Bloomington North, 6-8, F, 19.6, Vanderbilt
Sheridan Sharp, Ben Davis, 6-3, G, 9.8, Southern Illinois
Head coach: Don Carlisle, Ben Davis
2023 IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars
Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer, 5-7, G, 23.8 ppg, Ball State
Olivia Brown, Hamilton Southeastern, 5-7, G, 6.9 ppg, Akron
Cristen Carter, Ben Davis, 6-3, C, 18.6 ppg, Butler
Asia Donald, Hobart, 5-9, G, 26.7 ppg, Indiana State
Layla Gold, Cathedral, 6-0, G, 21.9 ppg, Valparaiso
Laila Hull, Zionsville, 6-1, F, 23.2 ppg, North Carolina
RaShunda Jones, South Bend Washington, 5-8, G, 19.8 ppg, Purdue
McKenna Layden, Northwestern, 6-2, F, 21.6 ppg, Purdue
Riley Makalusky, Hamilton Southeastern, 6-2, F, 19.9 ppg, Butler
Karsyn Norman, Bedford North Lawrence, 5-6, G, 15.5 ppg, Butler
Amiyah Reynolds, South Bend Washington, 6-0, G, 15.2 ppg, Maryland
Saige Stahl, Columbus East, 6-1, F, 26.0 ppg, Indiana State
Amber Tretter, Forest Park, 6-1, F, 15.8 ppg, Miami (Ohio)
INDIANA HS FOOTBALL
Hamilton Southeastern High School offensive lineman Styles Prescod announced his commitment Tuesday to Notre Dame.
The 6-6, 280-pound Prescod is ranked as a four-star prospect and the fourth-ranked recruit in the state by 247sports in the 2024 class.
He received several big-time offers from Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
INDIANAPOLIS – Cam Alldred tossed a career-high 5.0 innings while yielding just one earned run for Indianapolis, but the Indians went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left the bases loaded three times – including a ninth-inning threat – in a 4-2 loss to the Omaha Storm Chasers on Tuesday night at Victory Field.
With the game tied 2-2 through eight innings, Omaha (24-32) rallied for two runs off Yerry De Los Santos (L, 0-5) in its final at bat. Johan Camargo greeted the Indians’ right-hander with a solo home run to right, and a Logan Porter one-out double preceded a two-out single by Clay Dungan that gave the Storm Chasers insurance.
The Indians (28-29) made some noise in the bottom half against Brooks Kriske (SV, 2), loading the bases with two outs on a Nick Gonzales single and walks to Endy Rodríguez and Canaan Smith-Njigba, but Miguel Andújar swung and missed at three consecutive sliders to snap Indy’s three-game winning streak.
Indianapolis and Omaha traded single runs in the first inning, with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch against Cal Mitchell forcing home the tying run. The Indians then grabbed the lead in the fourth on a Gonzales bases-loaded walk.
The Storm Chasers played small ball in the eighth to tie the game. The frame started with a single and walk before a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly brought home their second run against Hunter Stratton (BS, 1). Collin Snider (W, 3-1) pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth before Omaha’s final rally.
The Indians made two spectacular defensive plays, the first being a diving stop by Rodríguez at first base in the fifth and the second coming on a leaping catch by Smith-Njigba in the seventh that carried him into the left-field foul territory netting.
Henry Davis went 0-for-2 with a walk and sacrifice bunt in his Triple-A debut. He also cut down Dairon Blanco – the International League’s current leader in stolen bases – trying to steal second base.
Indy is 0-4 against Omaha after getting swept in the season-opening series at Victory Field.
The Indians and Storm Chasers continue their series on Wednesday at 1:35 PM ET. RHP Quinn Priester (6-3, 4.38), who has earned wins in five of his last six starts, gets the nod for Indianapolis against RHP Jonathan Heasley (1-5, 7.76).
INDY ELEVEN WOMEN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, June 6, 2023) – Maisie Whitsett scored a pair of goals to lead Indy Eleven to a 2-0 victory over rival Racing Louisville FC on the road Tuesday night.
With the win, Indy takes sole possession of the top spot in the USL W League Valley Division with a 4-0-1 record and 13 points. With the loss, Louisville falls to 3-1-1.
Whitsett opened the scoring in the 12th minute off an assist from Ella Rogers in a play that developed down the left side from Lizzie Sexton. Rogers got a touch on Sexton’s cross and deflected it down to Whitsett, who hit a one-time ball into the net inside the six-yard box.
Whitsett picked up her second of the day in the 55th minute as Addie Chester fought through a tackle and laid it off to Whitsett for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Nona Reason earned the shutout for the Eleven, her second of the season.
The Girls in Blue are back in action Friday when they host Lexington SC for the second time this season. Indy defeated Lexington, 3-0, on the road May 21. Kick is slated for 7 p.m. ET.
USL W League
Racing Louisville FC 0:2 Indy Eleven
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Lynn Family Sports Vision & Training Center – Louisville, Ky.
Racing Louisville FC: 3-1-1, 10 pts
Indy Eleven: 4-0-1, 13 pts
IND – Maisie Whitsett (Rogers) 12’
IND – Maisie Whitsett (Chester) 55’
LOU – Betsy Huckaby (Caution) 30’
Indy Eleven lineup: Nona Reason, Rafferty Kugler, Lizzie Sexton (Kanna Matsuhisa 65’), Trinity Watson (Merel Houweling 84’), Grace Bahr, Addie Chester (Maddy Williams 65’), Hal Hershfelt, Greta Kraszula (Maria Vanegas 84’), Ella Rogers, Katie Soderstrom (Jenna Chatterton 65’), Maisie Whitsett (Abby Isger 65’)
IND substitutes: Emily Edwards
INDIANA MEN’S GOLF
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana junior Drew Salyers was named to the 2023 Division I PING All-America Honorable Mention Team, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced on Tuesday morning.
Salyers is the first Hoosier men’s golfer to claim All-America honors since 2021 Olympian Jorge Campillo was selected to the First Team in 2009. The Howard, Ohio, native is the 16th player (26th occurrence) in program history to be tabbed an All-American.
The NCAA Finals qualifier paced the Indiana team with a round average of 71.55 during his third season with the Cream and Crimson. His stroke average is the fourth lowest in program history behind only two Jeff Overton seasons and Campillo’s All-American 2009 campaign. He earned six top-10 finishes in 13 total events played with three top-5 results and a pair of victories. He played 17-of-38 rounds at or below par for the season.
In addition to the All-America selection, Salyers was also selected as an NCAA Division I PING All-Midwest honoree.
Fifth-year senior Mitch Davis was also named an All-Midwest golfer this season. Davis secured a round average score of 72.51, good for second on the team (minimum 10 rounds played) and 14th on the all-time Indiana list. He claimed three top-10 finishes and played 12 rounds at or under par in 12 total events this season.
Division I PING All-America Teams
Ludvig Åberg, Texas Tech
Fred Biondi, Florida
Adrien Dumont de Chassart, Illinois
David Ford, North Carolina
Ben James, Virginia
Tommy Kuhl, Illinois
Christo Lamprecht, Georgia Tech
Gordon Sargent, Vanderbilt
Preston Summerhays, Arizona State
Caleb Surratt, Tennessee
Michael Thorbjornsen, Stanford
Nick Dunlap, Alabama
Nick Gabrelcik, North Florida
Ian Gilligan, Long Beach State
Derek Hitchner, Pepperdine
Yuxin Lin, Florida
Christiaan Maas, Texas
Maxwell Moldovan, Ohio State
Brett Roberts, Florida State
Ross Steelman, Georgia Tech
Sampson Zheng, California
Cole Anderson, Florida State
Owen Avrit, Oregon
Ryan Burnett, North Carolina
Sam Choi, Pepperdine
Canon Claycomb, Alabama
Austin Greaser, North Carolina
Dylan Menante, North Carolina
William Moll, Vanderbilt
William Mouw, Pepperdine
Herman Sekne, Purdue
Matthew Anderson, San Francisco
Josele Ballester, Arizona State
Jonas Baumgartner, Oklahoma State
Barclay Brown, Stanford
Jackson Buchanan, Illinois
J.M. Butler, Auburn
Ricky Castillo, Florida
Luke Clanton, Florida State
Santiago de la Fuente, Houston
John Dubois, Florida
Mats Ege, East Tennessee State
Garrett Endicott, Mississippi State
Luke Gifford, Pepperdine
Drew Goodman, Oklahoma
Nathan Han, Columbia
Connor Howe, Georgia Tech
Max Kennedy, Louisville
Frederik Kjettrup, Florida State
Marcus Lim, Sacred Heart
Ben Lorenz, Oklahoma
Brian Ma, Harvard
Phichaksn Maichon, Texas A&M
Dylan McDermott, Colorado
Michael Mjaaseth, Arizona State
Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen, Oklahoma State
Matthew Riedel, Vanderbilt
Daniel Rodrigues, Texas A&M
Drew Salyers, Indiana
Cole Sherwood, Vanderbilt
Neal Shipley, Ohio State
Brendan Valdes, Auburn
Ben Van Wyk, Georgia
Karl Vilips, Stanford
Patrick Welch, Oklahoma
NCAA Outdoor Championships Q&A
The Indiana track and field team will head to Austin, Texas for the 2023 NCAA Outdoor Championships from June 7-10. Five entries across four events will make up the IU contingent this weekend.
The Hoosiers will compete in the men’s pole vault (Wednesday), women’s long jump (Thursday), women’s shot put (Thursday) and men’s discus (Friday) this weekend as the NCAA track and field season comes to a close.
Returning All-Americans Jayden Ulrich, Paola Fernandez-Sola and Nathan Stone join debutants Tyler Carrel and Noah Koch. Heading into the national meet, we caught up with the IU entries to talk about closing the season in style.
What does it mean to get back to the NCAA Outdoor Championships?
Stone: “It means a lot especially since last year I no heighted (at the regional meet) and I knew I was good enough to make it that year. It kind of felt like I had something to prove and I went out there and did it. I’ve still got more to prove this week.”
Fernandez-Sola: “I think it demonstrates the consistency and hard work that coach and I have been putting in. We’ve isolated some of the mistakes and now I’m approaching 21 feet at almost every meet. That’s something I’ve never done before.”
How do you feel after qualifying for the first time to the national meet?
Carrel: “Qualifying meant a lot to me. Last year I had a really slow start to my freshman season last year. To come out this year and jump as well as I did, I was a little nervous I wasn’t going to continue showing what I was capable of. So, qualifying helped solidify in myself that it wasn’t a one-off thing. I am good enough to be among this strong group of individuals.”
To have two athletes qualify in the pole vault, what does that mean to you?
Stone: “I’ve never been to nationals before with anyone on the pole vault side. In the regional meet, he actually made it through first. At that point we were both locked in and comfortable enough to know we were going. It means a lot. It’ll be a lot more fun and hopefully a little less stressful. I’m really excited for it.”
Carrel: “It was very reassuring. I didn’t want to go alone. I really wanted someone who had been to this kind of meet before who knew what was going on and could help show me the ropes of everything. Having Nathan [Stone] go with me is a huge relief.
Having already competed once in Austin this year, how much more comfortable are you with the facility and the track?
Fernandez-Sola: “I did want to get familiarized with the place. It was super windy that day in Austin so it won’t get much worse than that. I’m very relaxed.”
Stone: “I’m more used to the location and the conditions now. That’s why I really wanted to go before. It’s a different track down there. We’re ready for whatever comes at us.”
How are you feeling heading into the week?
Carrel: “The exciting part about where we’re going is that we’re going to be amongst the best pole vaulters in college at the same time. Being in that environment, you’re going to be pushed to your greatest limits.”
Stone: “There’s a lot of energy. I remember my previous years you can just feel it through the air. Everyone is competing the best they can. You can’t expect anyone to come up short especially the experienced guys. You know you’ve got to bring some big poles because that high energy will bring fast speed and more strength. You’ve got to come out and bring high energy.”
Fernandez-Sola: “I think this year is easier in terms of managing expectations and pressure. Now that I know I’m earning my spot, it’s less pressure. I know what I’m being asked to do. I feel like I’m at the same level as the other athletes.”
2023 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Schedule:
Wednesday, June 7th:
– Men’s Pole Vault (Stone, Carrel), 6:30 PM CT
Thursday, June 8th:
– Women’s Long Jump (Fernandez-Sola), 9:00 PM CT
– Women’s Shot Put (Ulrich), 9:30 PM CT
IRVING, Texas – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced on Monday (June 5) the names for the 2023 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, which includes a pair of Indiana All-Americans in running back Vaughn Dunbar (1990-91) and quarterback Antwaan Randle El (1998-01).
Dunbar was a unanimous first-team All-American in 1991 when he led the nation in rushing (1,805) and finished sixth in Heisman voting. The running back was a first-team All-Big Ten selection that season when he led the conference with 150.4 yards per game. He posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and finished his career No. 3 on the career rushing charts at IU with 3,029 yards, a total that currently sits No. 7 all-time in program history.
Dunbar led the Hoosiers to a pair of bowl appearances and rushed for a total of 197 yards in the 1990 Peach Bowl and 1991 Copper Bowl. In a 24-0 victory over Baylor Copper Bowl, Dunbar totaled 106 rushing yards and one touchdown to earn MVP honors at Arizona Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
One of the most dynamic offensive performers in college football history, Randle El was the first quarterback to ever claim the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year honors in a career, earning the top rookie award in 1998 and player of the year accolades in 2001. A 2001 first-team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of American, he finished 6th in Heisman Trophy balloting in 2001, after finishing 13th in 2000.
Randle El was the first player in NCAA history to score 40 touchdowns (45) and throw for 40 touchdowns (42) in a career, first to record over 2,500 yards of total offense in four seasons, first to pass for over 6,000 yards and rush for over 3,000 yards in a career. He remains the IU career total offense leader (11,364), more than 3,000 yards ahead of second place, and continues to rank No. 2 on the career passing yardage (7,469), rushing yardage (3,895) and touchdowns (45) charts.
The Thompson-Randle El Award, given to the Big Ten’s best freshman football student-athlete, is named in his honor. A tremendous all-around athlete, while at Indiana Randle El also played on the men’s basketball and baseball teams. He played in the NFL for 10 years with Pittsburgh and Washington and was a member of the winning Super Bowl team in Pittsburgh in 2005.
Indiana already has six members of the program enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, with Anthony Thompson the most recent selection in 2007. Alvin “Bo” McMillin (elected 1951), Pete Pihos (1966), Zora Clevenger (1968), George Taliaferro (1981) and John Tavener (1990) are also among the less than two one-hundredths of a percent (.02%) of those who have played the game during the past 152 years to earn the distinction.
The announcement of the 2024 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be made in early 2024, with specific details to be announced in the future.
The 2024 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted during the 66th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 10, 2024, and permanently immortalized at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. They will also be honored at their respective schools with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2024 season.
The criteria for Hall of Fame consideration include:
· First and foremost, a player must have received First-Team All-America recognition by a selector that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise its consensus All-America teams.
· A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s Honors Courts 10 full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football played.
· While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post-football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether the candidate earned a college degree.
· Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years.* For example, to be eligible for the 2024 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1974 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.
· A coach becomes eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head football coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.
· Nominations may only be submitted by the current athletics director, head coach or sports information director (SID) of a candidate’s collegiate institution. Nominations may also be submitted by the president/executive director of a dues-paying chapter of the National Football Foundation.
*Players who do not comply with the 50-year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Veterans Committees. Veterans Committee candidates must still meet First Team All-America requirement.
Once nominated for consideration, all FBS player candidates are submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their school’s geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame but received significant votes in the final selection, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee may make recommendations to the Honors Court for exceptions that allow for the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago. The Honors Court annually reviews the Hall of Fame criteria to ensure a fair and streamlined process.
Of the 5.62 million individuals who have played college football since Princeton first battled Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869, only 1,074 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, or less than two one-hundredths of a percent (.02%) of those who have played the game during the past 153 seasons. From the coaching ranks, 230 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.
AUSTIN, Texas – The Purdue track & field team will conclude the season, and the 2022-23 Purdue Athletics year, this week at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas, from June 7-10.
The Boilermakers are represented by athletes in three events, sophomore Praise Aniamaka in the triple jump, the men’s 4×100 relay and the women’s 4×400 relay. Eleven athletes have made the trip to Texas’ Mike A. Myers Track & Soccer Stadium for the national championship meet, where they qualified as one of 24 entries in their events.
The championships begin on Wednesday, June 7, with Purdue’s first event, the 4×100 semifinal, at 7:32 p.m. ET / 6:32 p.m. CT. The 4×400 semifinal is set for Thursday, June 8, at 11:48 p.m. ET / 10:48 p.m. CT. On Friday, June 9, the 4×100 final is at 9:02 p.m. ET / 8:02 p.m. CT before Aniamaka competes in the triple jump final at 9:10 p.m. ET / 8:10 p.m. CT. The 4×400 final will conclude the four-day meet on Saturday, June 10, at 11:21 p.m. ET / 10:21 p.m. CT.
Fans unable to cheer on the Boilermakers in person can follow along with live results, and watch all of the action live on ESPN2 and ESPN+. Coverage on ESPN2 begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and at 9 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday. Non-running events will feature a dedicated live stream on ESPN+. Additional championships information, including tickets and the complete schedule, is available at TexasSports.com and NCAA.com. Updates from Austin can be found by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Direct links to follow along also are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.
The NCAA Championships feature 24 entries in each event, 12 who qualified from the NCAA East Prelims and 12 from the west. Aniamaka, the 4×100 and the 4×400 all earned national championships berths in Jacksonville, Florida, from May 24-27.
PRAISE ANIAMAKA: TRIPLE JUMP
The Big Ten champion in the triple jump, Aniamaka qualified for his first NCAA Championships with a jump of 15.80 meters on May 26 in Jacksonville. It was his third-best mark of the season and came on the first of three attempts. Aniamaka was 10th overall in the east and will be seeded No. 16 on Friday night in Austin.
Aniamaka’s postseason began with a jump of 16.03m on May 14 to win his first Big Ten championship and third career medal, indoors or outdoors. The jump is No. 7 in school history as the Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, native won Purdue’s fourth consecutive Big Ten title in the outdoor triple jump.
MEN’S 4×100 RELAY
The 4×100 relay finished in 39.88 seconds on May 26 in Jacksonville to earn the second of three non-automatic-qualifying spots by 0.10 seconds. Junior Jahn Riley, fifth-year Justin Becker and freshmen Connor Czajkowski and Eric Young II ran the foursome’s second-fastest time this season and will be seeded No. 22 on Wednesday night. They finished 10th overall at the East Prelims after entering the meet as the No. 18 seed.
At the Big Ten Championships on May 14, Purdue won bronze in 39.87 seconds. Becker will race at the NCAA championships in the 4×100 for the fourth time in as many years as a Boilermaker while Czajkowski, Riley and Young II all will make their nationals debut. Last year, Becker and the Boilermakers were 21st at the NCAA Championships.
WOMEN’S 4×400 RELAY
The 4×400 relay qualified for nationals when they finished in 3:35.33 to place 11th overall on May 27 in Jacksonville. Junior K’Ja Talley, senior Saran Kouyeth, junior Cierra Williams and freshman Jaylie Lohmeyer picked up the second of three non-automatic-qualifying spots after coming to the meet seeded 17th. The relay squad is seeded No. 23 overall this week in Austin.
The Big Ten bronze medalists, Purdue’s season-best time of 3:33.41 was run on April 1 at the Texas Relays. It is the fifth-fastest time in school history and the fastest by a Boilermaker 4×400 relay since 2018. Last season, the Boilermakers were 17th at the NCAA Championships in the 4×400 thanks to a team that included Talley, Kouyeth and Williams.
PURDUE MEN’S GOLF
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue rising senior Herman Sekne has earned PING 3rd-team All-American, announced today by the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America).
Sekne becomes Purdue’s first All-American since 2002 (Lee Williamson) and was named first-team All-Big Ten for the second straight season earlier this month. He was selected as the Big Ten Golfer of the Week three times while owning seven top-10 finishes in 10 events. His seven career Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors are the fourth most in Big Ten history.
He finished tied for ninth at the Big Ten Championships, but set the tournament record, a school record and a Galloway National course record with a 9-under par 62 in the second round.
The Oslo, Norway, native became just the fifth player in school history with at least three victories when he earned co-medalist honors three weeks ago at the Boilermaker Invitational, leading the Boilermakers to a stunning, come-from-behind victory over No. 11-ranked Oklahoma by one shot.
Sekne totaled a 54-hole tally of 11-under par 202 (69-69-64) to earn the victory. He birdied his final two holes to rally for the medalist share and his 202 score is the fourth-best tournament score in school history, while his 64 in the final tied for the third-lowest round in Purdue history.
He posted a school-record 14 rounds in the 60s, while his seven top-10 finishes are second in school history, coming in just 10 events played. He owned a 70.41 stroke average, ranking first in school history – almost a half-stroke better than Williamson in second place (70.78).
Sekne’s career stroke average of 71.66 is tops in school history, more than a stroke better than second place (Austin Eoff – 72.82). He has set the career record for most rounds in the 60s (25) and ranks tied for seventh in career top-10 finishes with 13, coming in just 27 events played.
Sekne finished the year 28th in the final Golfstat national rankings, 27th in the Golfweek / Sagarin ratings and sits 57th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).
This week, Sekne will compete for the International Team in the prestigious Arnold Palmer Cup at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, starting June Thursday. In its 27th year, the Arnold Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university/college golfers matching the United States against a team of International players. The Palmer Cup is the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.
Three Bulldogs are ready to toe the line in Austin, Texas at the 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The event begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday.
The championships have the potential to feature Butler student-athletes in all four days of competition. Each event will have 24 student-athletes (with half qualifying from the East First Round in Jacksonville, Fla., and 12 coming from the West First Round in Sacramento) competing at the Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field in Austin. The men will run on Wednesday and Friday, while the women will compete Thursday and Saturday.
ESPN+ will stream a majority of the action from Austin with links available on ButlerSports.com. The competition will also be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.
Barry Keane is set to make his return to the championships for the 10,000 meters. The four-time BIG EAST champion in the 10K advanced to the finals after securing second in the NCAA Division I East Regional at 28:57.59.
Last season, Keane earned second-team All-American honors by finishing ninth at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Keane will build on last year’s performance on Wednesday night at 10:08 p.m. ET.
Angelina Ellis will look to cap off her stellar season in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Despite not earning one of the nine automatic qualifying bids at the NCAA East First Round in Jacksonville, Ellis’s mark of 9:59.53 was the next fastest time, allowing her to advance to the national meet.
The BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Women’s Athlete of the Year will make her second appearance at the national meet after reaching the championships at Eugene, Ore. in 2021.
Ellis is scheduled to start in the first of two semifinal heats Thursday at 9:02 p.m. ET. The top five runners in each heat will automatically advance along with the next two fastest times to the finals on Saturday night beginning at 9:24 p.m. ET.
Simon Bedard will compete in the NCAA Championships for the first time in his collegiate career. The French native earned an automatic qualifying bid in the 5,000 meters at the East First Round after placing fifth in his heat at 13:54.07. Bedard will run Friday night at 10:55 p.m. ET.
Men’s 10,000 Meters Finals — 10:08 p.m. ET
Barry Keane (28:57.59, 14th)
Women’s 3,000-meter Steeplechase Semifinal — 9:02 p.m. ET
Angelina Ellis (9:59.53, 17th)
Men’s 5,000 Meters Finals — 10:55 p.m. ET
Simon Bedard (13:54.07, 17th)
Women’s 3,000-meter Steeplechase Finals — 9:24 p.m. ET
Pending Thursday’s Semifinal
IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
INDIANAPOLIS – Head coach Kate Bruce and the IUPUI women’s basketball team signed Camron Blank and Jaela Johnson to the 2023-24 roster. Blank joins the Jags after two seasons with Rock Valley College while Johnson spent two seasons with Bellarmine.
“We are excited to add Camron and Jaela to our Jaguar family,” said Bruce. “They will bring a lot of college playing experience to our team and we believe they can make an immediate impact. They are both very talented on the court and in the classroom. Camron and Jaela are high character people and we are thrilled to have them as a part of our program.”
Blank is a transfer from Rock Valley College, where she was spent the last two seasons. The 5’9″ guard from Rockford, Illinois averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game during her sophomore season. Blank was named to the All-Region IV first team and was a NJCAA DII All-America nominee.
Johnson spent the last two seasons at Bellarmine where she led the team in scoring (12.8), total points (333) field goals made (110), free throws made (68) and minutes per game (30:40) during her junior season. The 5’5″ guard from Louisville, Kentucky also averaged 2.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds. Before Bellarmine, Johnson played for three seasons at Toledo.
Blank and Johnson will bring their collegiate experience to the Jaguars when they join the IUPUI women’s basketball team this fall.
NOTRE DAME TRACK
AUSTIN, Texas — After nearly 10 months of competition in the 2022-23 athletic year, the season will close with the 2023 Outdoor Track & Field NCAA Championships in Austin starting on Wednesday. In total, 11 Irish athletes will make the trip south to compete on the country’s greatest collegiate stage.
Part of the group — four men and five women — punched their respective tickets by placing the top 12 at NCAA Regionals a few weeks ago. An additional two heptathlon women — Alaina Brady and Jadin O’Brien — qualified for the event with their scores from the regular season. O’Brien was the national champion in the pentathlon at NCAA Indoor Championships in March and helped lead Notre Dame to a No. 7 finish (tie). She will look to earn another medal in Austin.
On the men’s side, graduate student John Keenan boasts the highest seed for the Irish; he enters the meet at No. 9 in the Javelin (71.94M). Keenan set the school record in May.
Wednesday, June 7
Javelin (Final) — John Keenan
3,000M Steeplechase (Semifinal) — Tom Seitzer
Shot Put (Final) — Michael Shoaf
Thursday, June 8
3,000M Steeplechase (Semifinal) — Olivia Markezich & Katie Thronson
10,000M (Final) — Erin Strzelecki
Friday, June 9
100M Hurdles (Heptathlon) — Alaina Brady & Jadin O’Brien
High Jump (Heptathlon) — Alaina Brady & Jadin O’Brien
Shot Put (Heptathlon) — Alaina Brady & Jadin O’Brien
3,000M Steeplechase (Final) — TBA
200M (Heptathlon) — Alaina Brady & Jadin O’Brien
5,000M (Final) — Carter Solomon
Saturday, June 10
Long Jump (Heptathlon) — Alaina Brady & Jadin O’Brien
Javelin (Heptathlon) — Alaina Brady & Jadin O’Brien
High Jump (Final) — Madison Schmidt
3,000M Steeplechase (Final) — TBA
800M (Heptathlon) — Alaina Brady & Jadin O’Brien
5,000M (Final) — Siona Chisholm
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State track and field athletes William Staggs and Ryann Porter are set to compete against the nation’s best, with the Sycamore duo set to take part in the 2023 NCAA Outdoor National Championships.
Staggs competes in the pole vault Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., with Porter taking to the triple jump runway Saturday at 9:10 p.m. ESPN2 will air coverage from all four days of competition, while dedicated streams for individual events will be available on ESPN+.
The pole vault will consist of 24 athletes competing on a single pit. The opening height will be 5.00m (16-04.75).
The triple jump will consist of 24 athletes, separated into two flights that will compete simultaneously on two pits. Each athlete will have three attempts, and the top nine after tiebreakers will advance to finals.
Trees in the Pole Vault
William Staggs is the second Sycamore to reach an NCAA National Championship in the men’s pole vault, and the first to qualify for an NCAA Outdoor National Championship in the event. Tony Mescall is the lone Sycamore men’s pole vaulter in program history to previously compete for a national championship, placing fifth and earning All-America honors at the 1996 NCAA Indoor National Championships.
Indiana State has had pole vault success on the national stage, mainly on the women’s side. Kylie Hutson won a pair of indoor national championships (2009, 2010) and a pair of outdoor national championships (2009, 2010) in the event, earning five All-America honors in her decorated career. Nicole Hope earned All-America pole vault honors both indoors (2012) and outdoors (2013), while Kimyanna Rudolph was an All-American in the event at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor National Championships.
Trees in the Triple Jump
Ryann Porter is one of two Sycamore women’s triple jumpers to compete in multiple NCAA National Championships in the event, alongside Indiana State Athletics Hall of Famer Lauren Martin. Porter is the first Sycamore to compete in three NCAA Outdoor National Championships (2021-23) since David Timlin (2015-17).
Already a two-time Honorable Mention All-American, Porter looks to add another honor to her decorated resume. Martin was a two-time Second Team All-American (2009-10) outdoors, with those two being the only Sycamore women’s horizontal jumpers to earn All-America honors in the program’s Division I history.
How They Got Here
Staggs was 11th at the NCAA East First Round in the pole vault, clearing an outdoor career-best 5.30m (17-04.50) to punch his ticket to Austin. The sophomore has been a model of consistency throughout the season, clearing 5.00m (16-04.75) or above in each of his last seven meets. Staggs also set the indoor program record this season at the MVC Indoor Championships, clearing 5.41m (17-09.00).
Porter has had the propensity to save her best outings for the meets that matter most, and this year was no different. Her mark of 13.46m (44-02.00) placed her sixth at the NCAA East First Round, and she also recorded her wind-legal season-best mark of 13.00 (42-08.00) at the meet. Porter swept the MVC Indoor and Outdoor triple jump titles, while also earning runner-up honors in the 60m hurdles (indoors) and 100m hurdles (outdoors).
Athletes finishing in the top eight of their respective events will earn First Team All-America honors. Those finishing ninth through 16th will earn Second Team All-America honors, while athletes finishing 17th through 24th will earn Honorable Mention All-America honors.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – No. 14 seed Indiana State will be traveling to Fort Worth, Texas and TCU for the Fort Worth Super Regional hosted over the June 9-11 weekend. The best two-of-three series is slated to get underway Friday, June 9 at 5 p.m. ET Game 2 of the series is set for 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. The games will be televised on ESPNU.
The Sycamores (45-15) are heading to the first Super Regional in program history after sweeping their way through the Terre Haute Regional this past weekend at Bob Warn Field. ISU topped Wright State and Iowa (twice) on their way to continuing their historic season on the field that included winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament, as well as the second regional win in program history.
Indiana State continues to remain one of the hottest teams in the nation winning 37 of their last 41 games dating back to late March. ISU has not lost a non-conference competition dating back to March 21 including taking all three games in the regional this past weekend.
The Sycamores rallied back against Wright State in the opener and used a five-run eighth-inning to top Iowa in the winner’s bracket championship. In Sunday’s regional finale, Keegan Watson connected on the game-clinching three-run home run, while Simon Gregersen surrendered just one hit over the final 3.1 innings to close out the ISU 11-8 victory over the Hawkeyes.
TCU (40-22) advanced to the Super Regional after winning the Fayetteville Regional defeating Arizona (12-4) and the No. 3 National Arkansas twice (20-5 and 12-4). The Horned Frogs head into the Super Regional riding a nine-game winning streak and are winners of 17 of their last 19 games.
All-session tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday morning. Cost is set at $60 for reserved and $45 for general admission seats. Single game tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. each day.
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PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Abby Stratford (Columbus, Ohio / Bishop Watterson / Miami (Ohio)) has joined the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball program, head coach Steve Florio announced on Thursday (June 1).
Stratford (6’3″, middle hitter/right side) comes to Purdue Fort Wayne with three seasons of experience for the Redhawks. She played in 59 matches with 310 kills and 103.0 total blocks for Miami. Stratford averaged a career-best 2.03 kills per set in 2022. Stratford will join the ‘Dons with two seasons of eligibility. She played for Bishop Watterson High School after moving to the state of Ohio in 2019. Prior to that, Stratford lived in Orlando, Florida and played volleyball for Bishop Moore Catholic. She helped lead Bishop Moore to the Florida State Championship match as a sophomore. She set a school record at Bishop Watterson for blocks with 143 in 2019. Stratford played club volleyball for Top Select Volleyball and Elite Volleyball. Stratford’s brother played volleyball at CSUN.
“Abby is a fantastic fit for our program,” Florio said. “She’ll have an immediate impact for us on the court because of her three years of NCAA Division I experience. At 6’3″, she’ll strengthen our block and add another offensive arm. I also believe she’ll add to and help continue our outstanding team culture. Abby has a high level of maturity thanks to her age and experience, and she has a strong understanding of what makes a good teammate. She has a fun and good natured way of communicating, and I expect she’ll provide leadership and perspective to our younger players and build good relationships with all of our athletes. We are thrilled to welcome Abby to our team.”
The ‘Dons will open the 2023 campaign in August.
SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball announced the addition of six-foot-nine forward Yarin Hasson (Gan Yavne, Israel) to the roster for the 2023-24 season. Hasson is the fifth new player to join the Screaming Eagles and Head Coach Stan Gouard this spring.
“We are very thrilled to add Yarin to our program,” said Gouard. “He has challenged himself, both academically and athletically, and is well prepared to thrive at USI.
“Yarin plays the game with a lot of enthusiasm and passion,” continued Gouard. “Our fans will absolutely love watching him compete in a Screaming Eagles uniform.
“He has the size and athleticism to be efficient around the rim, while combining that with the necessary ball skills to make him a very unique and talented player on the perimeter,” concluded Gouard.
Hasson transfers to USI from the University of Connecticut where he was a member of the Huskies 2023 NCAA National Championship team. He appeared in 11 games as a freshman playing in 11 minutes.
Prior to joining the UConn program, Hasson played high school basketball for Gimnasia Realit in Rishon Le-Zion, Israel, and is a member of the U18 Israeli National Team. He also has played for Maccabi rishon le Zion, a club team, and is considered one of the top rising young players in Israel.
In addition to Hasson, the Eagles have added 6-foot-10 center Nolan Causwell (Duluth, Georgia), 6-foot-5 guard Xavier McCord (Cheyenne, Wyoming), 6-foot-1 guard Luther Smith, Jr. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), and 6-foot-2 guard Jordan Tillmon (Pine Bluff, Arkansas) for the 2023-24 season.
VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program and head coach Roger Powell Jr. have announced the addition of Lual Manyang, a transfer from Hofstra who arrives at Valpo as a redshirt freshman for the 2023-24 season.
The 6-foot-10 center is a native of South Sudan, Africa and graduated high school from Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.
“I like the coaches at Valpo and believe they are building something special,” Manyang said. “I like to be a part of a team that values family. The coaches value family and that’s what I’m interested in. They are believers; they have faith and I do as well.”
Manyang suffered a season-ending injury prior to the start of the 2022-23 season at Hofstra and received a medical redshirt.
“Lual is an exceptional young man with an awesome story,” Powell said. “He reminds me of the days of Vashil Fernandez. He’s excited to work and he’s going to have an awesome career at Valparaiso University on and off the court.”
Manyang was listed by 247Sports as the 17th-best center and the 142nd best overall player in the class of 2022. He was a three-star recruit by ESPN100 in addition to being the eighth-best recruit in New Jersey and the 49th-best center in the nation.
Manyang, who started playing basketball at the age of 16, moved to the United States in 2018 and spent a year at a boarding school in Long Island, N.Y. before making his way to Blair Academy.
“I am a shot blocker; I can dunk and I like to play fast,” Manyang said. “I play well in transition. The coaches said all of the players will be given a lot of opportunity and freedom, and that’s what I like the most. They said what you do with that freedom is what matters; you have to value the freedom.”
Away from the court, Manyang is pursuing a degree in business. His hobbies include NBA 2K video games, working out and exercising. When asked about his goal for this season, Manyang’s response was simple – win games.
“I envision a team that will value ‘team first,’” Manyang said. “I hope that we will all have the same goal and all of the players will put the team before themselves. Hopefully we can get better and learn from each other.”
U OF I BASEBALL
ST. LOUIS – The legendary season by the University of Indianapolis’ second baseman Drew Donaldson continues to grow. with the junior of out Hilliard, Ohio, becoming a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) First Team All-American, as was announce earlier this week. Donaldson now becomes a undeniable first-teamer, earning the first team spot in the D2CCA, ABCA and now the NCBWA.
With him earning the “triple crown” of All-American awards, he becomes the first Greyhound to accomplish that feat. Making history has been a habit for Donaldson this season, breaking both the single season runs and total bases records, while landing in the top ten on numerous different categories in the Greyhound’s record book.
He batted for an outstanding .410 batting average with a 1.192 OPS, accruing 38 extra base hits this season with 63 RBIs.
U OF I SOFTBALL
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Upping its program record to 46 consecutive weeks in the top 25, the UIndy softball settled at No. 10 in the year’s final National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Poll, released Tuesday. The Greyhounds notched their fourth-ever 50-win season in 2023, earned a GLVC regular season title and an NCAA DII Super Regional appearance along the way.
Tuesday announcement marks the Hounds’ ninth appearance in the season’s final coaches poll since 2012. UIndy spent the majority of this spring ranked in the top 10, including a seventh-week stint at No. 6.
FINAL NFCA DII COACHES POLL
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|1.||North Georgia (16)||400||64-7||1|
|2.||Grand Valley State||384||47-8||8|
|7.||Cal State San Marcos||300||33-21||NR|
|11.||West Texas A&M||247||50-8||9|
Others receiving votes: West Alabama (21), Northwest Nazarene (8), Sonoma State (8), Oklahoma Baptist (6), Lenoir-Rhyne (5), Shippensburg (2), Lubbock Christian (1).
AUSTIN, Texas—UIndy softball standouts Megan Nichols and Kenzee Smith were both named to the 2023 Academic All-America® Team Tuesday, as selected by the College Sports Communicators (CSC). The annual list recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Both student-athletes picked up there first Academic All-America® nod, with Nichols earning second-team accolades and Smith garnering third-team recognition. The duo helped UIndy to one of its most successful seasons ever in 2023, as the Greyhounds earned a GLVC regular season title and an NCAA DII Super Regional appearance on the way to their fourth-ever 50-win season.
Owner of a 3.89 cumulative GPA as a Nursing student, Nichols topped the GLVC in both hits and runs scored. The Carmel, Ind., native and Greyhound centerfielder set a school record with 49 consecutive successful stolen base attempts while not committing a defensive error the entire season. She was voted to the first team on both the All-GLVC and All-Midwest Region squads.
Smith is also a Nursing major, sporting a 3.59 GPA. The hometown product and Decatur Central High School grad ranked highly in Division II in a number of statistical categories, including wins (2nd), shutouts (4th), strikeouts (7th) and hits allowed per game (9th). The GLVC Pitcher of the Year and now three-time All-American, Smith tossed two no-hitters in the regular season and later threw all 45 innings of the Greyhounds’ five-game NCAA Tournament run.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Thirty-six student-athletes from 20 different schools have been voted to one of two 2023 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NAIA All-America teams, the Association revealed on Tuesday afternoon.
All 10 of the teams who advanced to the NAIA World Series at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Ga., had players earn All-America status, including Midland and Cumberlands, who tied for the most of any institution with four selections each. Fellow World Series participants Central Methodist, Georgia Gwinnett and national runner-up Oregon Institute of Technology all had three players chosen. National champion Southern Oregon and World Series teams Marian and Our Lady of the Lake, plus Northwestern College, scored two spots apiece. Eleven other schools had one player chosen.
Earning recognition from the Marian softball team was senior Savannah Harweger, and junior Sierra Norman. Harweger’s honor is the first of her career, while Norman is one of five players on the team to earn her second career honor.
Savannah Harweger continues to accumulate awards as the postseason honors flood in, as the senior shortstop was named to the NFCA NAIA All-American First Team. Harweger earned an at-large bid on the first team, following her honor last week by earning NFCA Region VI First Team honors. Harweger was the 2023 Crossroads League Player of the Year and was named to the All-Crossroads League Gold Glove team, leading Marian with a .484 batting average, the third-best mark in the 2023 NAIA season. The fourth-year player led Marian in hits with 106 which set a new single season record, while in the field she recorded 128 assists to her 84 putouts, breaking the Marian single season assists record. Harweger had hitting streaks of 27 and 17 games during the season, and ended the year with an active 19-game on-base streak. The shortstop totaled 11 doubles, three triples, and six home runs at the plate leading to 38 RBI, while also stealing a new single season record 32 bases. The All-American ends her season on pace to break the career records for runs, hits, at bats, and assists as she returns to Marian for a fifth season in 2024.
Sierra Norman followed a dominant 2022 season with an equally impressive 2023 campaign, earning her second career NFCA NAIA All-American honor. Norman was named to the NFCA Second Team at her first base position, with the honor coming one week after being named to the NAIA NFCA Region VI Second Team. Norman started every game for Marian at first base for the third consecutive season, setting a record of her own as she broke the single season putouts mark with 399. Norman posted a batting average of .347 this season and led the Knights in RBI and home runs with 57 and 12, respectively. Norman carried an on-base percentage of .426 in her 223 plate appearances, and posted a slugging percentage of .611 on the season.
Marian finished their historic 2023 season on May 30, finishing fourth at the NAIA Softball World Series with a final record of 52-9.
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TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
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MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/
OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx
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IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/
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|Toronto||34||28||.548||9.5||16 – 11||18 – 17||6 – 15||10 – 3||6 – 5||7 – 3||W 1|
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|Philadelphia||29||32||.475||7.5||16 – 10||13 – 22||5 – 8||6 – 4||6 – 10||5 – 5||W 4|
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1892 Jack Doyle becomes the first player to collect a pinch-hit when he singles, coming off the bench to bat for Cleveland hurler George Davies in the Spiders’ 2-1 loss to the Grooms at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The 22-year-old utilityman will finish his 17-year career going 3-for-5 (.600) as a pinch-hitter.
1906 Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity give up 11 first-inning runs, allowing the Cubs to rout the Giants, 19-0. Matty, who is probably still suffering the effects of diphtheria contracted in the spring, retires only one batter while issuing six bases-on-balls in the West Side Grounds contest.
1911 After a two-year absence, having little success as a performer in vaudeville and the movies, Turkey Mike Donlin returns to the Giants. The disagreeable outfielder, traded to Boston after just a dozen games with New York, will compile a .316 average during his comeback season.
1921 The cancellation of the scheduled Class D Appalachian League game against the Knoxville Pioneers becomes necessary after discovering a girl’s body at the Base Ball Grounds in Tennessee, the home of the Kingsport Indians. The police do not want the bloodhounds getting confused during the investigation of the foul play at the ballpark.
1931 The A’s trounced the Tigers, 12-2, in their one-day road trip to Detroit made necessary by the Sunday prohibition of baseball in Philadelphia, The ‘Mackmen’ strand 18 baserunners during the Navin Field contest.
1936 The Bronx Bombers beat Oral Hildebrand and the Indians in a 16-inning game, 5-4. Both hurlers go the distance, with New York starter Red Ruffing facing 63 batters without recording a strikeout.
1938 In a game against the Red Sox, Indians’ pitcher Johnny Allen storms off the mound and doesn’t return when ump Bill McGowan orders him to cut off his distracting dangling sweatshirt sleeve. The shirt winds up in the Hall of Fame, but the Lenoir (NC) native, doesn’t.
1944 Tiger southpaw Hal Newhouser walks nine in six innings, contributing to the 3-1 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park. ‘Prince Hal,’ a future Hall of Famer, will average nearly 4.5 bases-on-balls per nine innings during the season.
1950 The Red Sox compile 42 total bases in their 20-4 bashing of the Browns. The Fenway fireworks will continue tomorrow when Boston adds insult to injury, beating St. Louis, 29-4.
1954 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella steals home in the top of the 12th inning in a 7-5 victory over St. Louis at Sportsman’s Park. Campy had added an insurance run with an eighth-inning round-tripper, but the Redbirds scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score.
1957 Howard University awards honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recently retired Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson. In the coming years, the former baseball great and the Baptist minister will often appear together at Civil Rights rallies, fundraising events, and demonstrations.
1960 In the Cardinals’ 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, Bob Gibson ties a major league record when he strikes out four batters in one inning, the additional whiff coming from a wild pitch. The fourth-inning strikeout victims include Jerry Lynch, Jim Pagliaroni, Bill Mazeroski, and Don Cardwell.
1966 The A’s select future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson in the first round (2nd pick) of the amateur draft. The Mets, with the first overall pick, choose Steve Chilcott, a high school catcher who will never play a day in the major league.
1967 The Reds play their major-league record 11th consecutive one-run game, losing to San Francisco at Crosley Field, 4-3. Cincinnati’s 19-year-old fireballer Gary Nolan, en route to striking out 15, including fanning Willie Mays four times, takes the loss after Willie McCovey blasts a three-run eighth-inning round-tripper, with reliever Bob Lee allowing the decisive run to score in the frame.
1969 The Expos lose their twentieth consecutive game, dropping a 9-5 decision to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Montreal’s streak of futility falls three defeats shy of the modern major league record established by the Phillies, who lost 23 straight contests in 1961.
1969 Washington’s D.C. Stadium is officially renamed Robert F. Kennedy Stadium during a memorial service at the ballpark for the slain U.S. senator. In attendance for the ceremony are former NFLer Roosevelt Grier and Olympian Rafer Johnson, who each helped to apprehend RFK’s assassin, Sirhan B. Sirhan, at the Ambassador Hotel.
1970 Vic Davalillo gets two hits during the seventh inning of the Cardinals’ 10-7 comeback victory over San Diego at Busch Stadium. The first of the Venezuelan outfielder’s two singles comes when he leads off the frame as a pinch-hitter for Bob Gibson.
1972 In the nightcap of a twin bill, the Pirates edge the Padres in 18 innings at Jack Murphy Stadium, 1-0. The winning run crosses the plate due to Gene Alley forcing in a run with a base-on-balls, following Bill Mazeroski receiving an intentional walk to load the bases.
1975 Royals’ scout Rosey Gilhousen signs University of La Verne standout Dan Quisenberry as an undrafted free agent. During his ten-year tenure with Kansas City, the right-handed reliever saves 238 games, leading the American League for five seasons.
1982 Joining Lou Gehrig, Everett Scott, Billy Williams, and Joe Sewell, Dodger infielder Steve Garvey becomes the fifth player in major league history to play in 1,000 consecutive games. The first baseman will appear in 1,207 straight games, establishing a National League record, before the streak ends next season when he breaks his thumb in a collision at home plate, playing for the Padres.
1983 Steve Carlton of the Phillies strikes out Cardinals’ outfielder Lonnie Smith for his 3,522nd career strikeout to pass Nolan Ryan as the all-time strikeout leader. On the same night, Ryan strikes out three San Francisco batters to finish one shy of Lefty’s total but will finish his career with 5,714, far ahead of the Philadelphia left-hander’s mark of 4,136.
1986 Amos Otis, who was named the team’s Player of the Year three times during his 14 seasons with Kansas City, and Steve Busby, who averaged more than 18 wins a season before a rotator cuff injury shorten his career, are honored at Kauffman Stadium. During the pregame ceremony, the pair is inducted into the newly created Royals Hall of Fame, becoming the first players to be so honored by the team.
1989 For the first time in major league history, the same game is played partly outdoors and partly indoors when the Blue Jays beat the Brewers, 4-2, in a contest that features the closing of the SkyDome’s retractable roof in the fifth inning due to inclement weather.
1992 On his 26th birthday, Trevor Wilson finishes his complete-game gem by striking out the side in ninth on nine pitches in the Giants’ 3-0 victory over the Astros at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco southpaw accomplishes his immaculate inning by fanning Jeff Bagwell (swinging), Eric Anthony (swinging), and Rafael Ramirez (swinging), with the third out being recorded with the catcher throwing the dropped third strike to first base to end the game.
1998 Dave Burba becomes the first Indians’ pitcher to homer in 26 years when he goes deep in a 6-1 interleague victory over the Reds at Cinergy Field. Ironically, the right-hander was scheduled to be the Opening Day pitcher for Cincinnati but was traded to Cleveland for Sean Casey the day before the season started.
1998 After going 6-0 against Atlanta and Florida, the Cubs complete their third consecutive three-game sweep by beating the White Sox, 13-7. The last time Chicago put together a similar streak occurred in 1918.
2001 The Crespos both hit home runs, making it the 28th time in major league history brothers have gone deep in the same game. In the seventh inning for the Padres, Cesar homers, and his younger sibling, Felipe, blasts round-trippers in the second and the sixth for the Giants in San Diego’s 10-7 victory at Pacific Bell Park.
2006 The Rockies, who recorded just ten sacrifice flies during their first 58 games, tie a major league with five sac flies during the 16-9 Coors Field victory over Pittsburgh. The Mariners established the mark against Oakland in 1988.
2007 With the Yankees’ 10-3 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Joe Torre wins his 2,000th game as a manager. The former Braves (257), Mets (286), and Cardinals (351) skipper becomes the first person in big-league history to have reached the milestone and also have at least 2,000 hits as a player.
2007 With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Network Associates Coliseum, Shannon Stewart lines a single to right field to break up Curt Schilling’s no-hitter. Thanks to a first-inning home run by David Ortiz, the Red Sox beat the A’s, 1-0.
2008 Johnny Damon goes 6-for-6, including a walk-off single, which gives New York a wild 12-11 comeback victory over the Royals. The outfielder becomes the first Bronx Bomber and only the second player to collect six hits at Yankee Stadium.
2012 Starlin Castro becomes the 28th player to collect 500 hits before the age of 23 when he singles off A.J. Burnett with two outs in the fifth inning in the Cubs’ 12-2 victory over the Bucs at PNC Park. The 22-year, 167-day old Chicago shortstop reaches the milestone in his 421st major league game.
2014 As part of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary, the Cubs honor 97-year-old Lennie Merullo, who receives a rousing ovation when he tosses the ceremonial first pitch prior to the team’s 5-2 victory over the Marlins. The former infielder, who went 0-for-2 when he played in three games for Chicago in the 1945 Fall Classic, is the last living person to play in a World Series game for the franchise.
June 7, 2016 – The National Football Foundation recognized the U.S. Naval Academy’s Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk with the NFF John L. Toner Award. The group’s FootballFoundation.org tells us that the award is presented annually by the NFF, to recognize an athletics director who has demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football.
Since being introduced as the Academy’s 28th Director of Athletics on Sept. 4, 2001, Gladchuk has led the Navy Athletics program to phenomenal success. Navy has finished either first or second during each of the past 10 years in the race for the President’s Cup, claimed by the conference member with the highest cumulative sports point total based on championships and final standings in all sports. During the 2015-16 season, the Midshipmen claimed seven conference championships, and they have dominated the entire Patriot League during the last five seasons, winning 36 conference titles or twice as many championships as any other school during the period.
June 7, 1971 – Pascagoula, Mississippi – Terrell Buckley the Florida State Seminole defensive back from 1989 to 1991 was born. This guy made life miserable for opposing QB’s on game day as his speed, athleticism and football smarts earned his selection as unanimous First Team All-American in 1991 as well as the recipient of the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the nation. Terrell’s 501 career interception return yards remain an NCAA record while his 21 career interceptions remain atop the Florida State record books. According to the National Football Foundation, Buckley is tied for many other Florida State records, including career punt returns for a touchdown (three), career interceptions returned for a touchdown (four) and consecutive games with an interception (five in 1991). He played for College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden and alongside Hall of Famers Derrick Brooks and Charlie Ward during his remarkable career in Tallahassee. A member of the Florida State Hall of Fame, Buckley’s No. 27 jersey was retired by the Seminoles in 2011.The NFF voters selected Terrell Buckley’s great career to be entered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
22 – 14
June 7, 1892 – The first pinch hitter in baseball history? John J. Doyle of Cleveland Spiders claimed he was the 1st to pinch hit in a baseball game. According to SABR.org, Doyle was called upon by his manager, Patsy Tebeau in the ninth inning of a game at Brooklyn to bat in place of pitcher George Davies. He responded by hitting a single, which Doyle would later claim won the game. However the records prove that it didn’t. Brooklyn won the contest, 2-1. Nonetheless, for many years this was indeed thought to be the first instance of a pinch-hitter being used in a major league game. Doyle surely thought so, as he often recanted all the details of his accomplishment. Years after Doyle passed away, however, researchers verified a pinch-hitting appearance for Charlie Reilly of Philadelphia (NL) on April 29, 1892, and have found others still that may have reached the accomplishment earlier.
June 7, 1932 – You are never too old…. At the ripe old age of 47 years, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Jack Quinn, Number 22 became the oldest player in MLB history to have ever recorded an extra-base hit when he smacked a doublein a conest where the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs, 9-2,
June 7, 1972 – Pittsburgh Pirate’s batter Gene Alley, Number 14 had plenty of patience as he earned a bases-loaded walk, allowing the Bucs to beat the Padres 1-0 in 18th inning.
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