NEW YORK (AP) Jalen Brunson took the blame when the Knicks dropped the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals and insisted he needed to be better in Game 2.

Halfway through, it appeared he wasn’t.

Struggling again with his shot and this time a sore right ankle as well, Brunson told himself he needed to fight through it.

“Just kind of had to find a way to be mentally tough,” he said. “Go out there and do it.”

He did, getting New York back to even in the series.

Brunson scored 30 points Tuesday night and keyed the run the Knicks needed just in time for a 111-105 victory over a Miami Heat team playing without Jimmy Butler.

Julius Randle returned from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him in Game 1 with 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and RJ Barrett scored 16 of his 24 points in the first quarter for the No. 5-seeded Knicks. Josh Hart finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

“I thought Julius gutted it out, played tough. I thought Jalen was fantastic,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “RJ big, big start to the game for us, so we had a number of guys step up to get it done.”

But it was Brunson, who was 0 for 7 from 3-point range in the opener, who made the biggest plays after going just 1 for 6 for seven points in the first half.

“It’s who he is,” Thibodeau said. “Great leader, great toughness. He never disappoints you. Sometimes you can fall short, but there’s no quit in him.”

Caleb Martin scored 22 points in place of Butler for the Heat, who host Game 3 on Saturday afternoon. They will hope to have Butler, the leading scorer in the playoffs who sat out after spraining his right ankle late in their 108-101 victory in the opener.

They almost didn’t need him.

Miami had a six-point lead midway through the fourth quarter thanks to undrafted players Martin and Gabe Vincent before Brunson, who had been listed as questionable after feeling ankle pain at the end of Game 1, took over.

He made a 3-pointer that became a four-point play when Isaiah Hartenstein was fouled on the play, and the point guard then scored to knot it at 93.

The Heat went back up 96-93 on Vincent’s three free throws, but Hart tied it with a 3 before Brunson hit a 3 and scored again to make it 101-96 with 2:48 remaining.

Brunson went 6 of 10 behind the arc.

Butler is averaging 35.5 points in the postseason, finishing off the top-seeded Bucks in the first round with 56 and 42 points in the the last two games. He had 25 points and 11 points in the opener of this series and almost watched his teammates pull this one out without him.

“Obviously we feel a certain way right now that we weren’t able to find a way to get this win, but we’ll get over it and we’ll get ready for Saturday,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Randle was originally hurt against the Heat in a victory March 29 after starting the first 77 games. He returned for the start of the playoffs but wasn’t sharp for much of the series against Cleveland before reinjuring the ankle in the Game 5 clincher.

He was much better Tuesday for a Knicks team trying to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2000, when they got there after beating Miami in seven games.

“Whatever it takes to win the game,” Randle said.

Randle had assists on two of the Knicks’ first three baskets, with the Heat paying extra attention to him and leaving shooters open on the perimeter. But the No. 8-seeded Heat stayed right with them by making six 3-pointers and the Knicks led just 31-29 after one.

Like in the opener, the Heat dug in defensively from there. They limited the Knicks to just two baskets in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the second, building their lead to 46-38, and were ahead 54-51 at the break after Kevin Love’s 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds remaining.

The Knicks finally went back into the lead when Brunson hit a couple 3s and then another basket, but Vincent’s basket sent Miami to the fourth with a 77-76 edge.


Heat: Vincent scored 21 points. … Max Strus finished with 17 points but missed part of the second half after going to the locker room with a bruised lower back. … Bam Adebayo had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Knicks: Starting center Mitchell Robinson committed two fouls in the first 2:31 and sat the remainder of the first quarter. … The crowd included comedians Chris Rock and Mike Myers, retired tennis star Roger Federer, former Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony and actress Jessica Alba.


DALLAS (AP) Yanni Gourde scored 12:17 into overtime with a quick shot after regathering a loose puck and the Seattle Kraken beat Dallas 5-4 in Game 1 of their second-round series Tuesday night, even as Joe Pavelski scored all four Stars goals in his return to their lineup.

Gourde was on the edge of the circle to the left of the Dallas net when he appeared to try to send a pass to a teammate on the blue line to reset. The puck instead ricocheted off Evgenii Dadonov, and Gourde quickly whipped around for a shot that went into a small gap to the left of goalie Jake Oettinger for the game-winner.

“Got a retrieval, stayed on the puck, and then I was just fortunate,” Gourde said. “I turned around and I found the back of the net.”

Pavelski, at 38 years and 295 days old, became the oldest player ever with a four-goal game in the NHL playoffs. It came in in his 170th postseason game – he is one of only five players with that many without winning a Stanley Cup – and after he had missed the last five games in the first round while in concussion protocol.

“Epic. Epic. Ashamed we wasted it and didn’t win,” Stars coach Pete DeBoer said. “That’s on our group because, you know, he more than do his part. He tried to drag us to a win.”

The second-year Kraken got goals from five different players after 15 different players scored in their seven-game series win over defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado.

Jaden Schwartz, Justin Schultz, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jordan Eberle also had goals for Seattle, all in the first period.

“Every win, especially right now, you need everyone going, everyone chipping in and everyone elevating their game,” Schwartz said. “We rely on everybody. We need to and we like our depth and we’ve done a good job.”

Pavelski scored twice in the first period. His first goal was a 25-foot wrister only 2 1/2 minutes into the game to put the Stars ahead 1-0. He scored on his first shot, on a pass from Mason Marchment. Max Domi got the secondary assist.

About 10 minutes later, after Seattle had gotten even, Pavelski scored again from about the same distance with a redirect of Thomas Harley’s shot. The Kraken then scored three goals in a 68-second span to take a 4-2 lead.

But Oettinger then stopped 33 consecutive shots before Gourde got the game-winner right around midnight local time.

Seattle has now won three consecutive road games in the playoffs. The Stars, just like in the first round against Minnesota, lost the series opener – they lost that one 3-2 in double overtime before going on to beat the Wild in six games.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night.

Pavelski’s fourth goal of the night with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third period tied the game at 4, when he swatted a puck in the net out of mid-air after Jani Hakanpaa’s shot ricocheted off the stick of Adam Larsson into the air toward the crease. He had notched his second career postseason hat trick midway through the third period when he knocked in a rebound after captain Jamie Benn’s shot.

“As soon as they got the third goal, the momentum swings, and they came in waves, the building’s rocking,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “But to be able to get through to the overtime, the intermission, settled down a little bit and just get back to our game. We didn’t do anything spectacular out of the ordinary in overtime.”

Philipp Grubauer had 31 saves for the Kraken, one into his chest with 22 seconds left in regulation on a shot by rookie Wyatt Johnston, who also was wide of the net with another in final minute. It was Grubauer’s fifth game this postseason with at least 30 saves.

Seattle didn’t score first like they did in every game against the Avalanche. Instead, it was Pavelski who got the opening goal at home after a rousing ovation when introduced before the game.

Bjorkstrand, who scored the Kraken’s only goals in their 2-1 win over the Avalanche in the clinching Game 7 two nights earlier, scored the second of their three quick goals in the first period to put them up 3-2.

That came only 11 seconds after Schultz had tied the game, and the Kraken got control of the ensuing faceoff.

Seattle’s first goal by Schwartz, which was sandwiched by Pavelski’s first two goals, was on a shot through Oettinger’s legs.



TORONTO (AP) Florida coach Paul Maurice says the Panthers play their best hockey when faced with the most difficulty.

That was true Tuesday night, as the Panthers had less than 48 hours to recover from their first-round series win over Boston and opened the second round in Toronto.

“If we’re a little fatigued because that (Bruins) series was heavy, it’s kind of our normal day,” Maurice said. “When you look at our schedule at the end of January, it was brutal. And that’s when we started to play our best hockey.

“So being in the mud, as we would say, we’re kind of used to it.”

Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves, Matthew Tkachuk had three assists and the Panthers survived a squandered two-goal lead to defeat the Maple Leafs 4-2 in opening game of their second-round playoff series.

“He was unbelievable, he’s been great in every game that he’s come in,” Sam Bennett said of the netminder. “It has been awesome to see. That’s what we need out of him and he’s stepped up.”

Bennett had a goal and an assist and Carter Verhaeghe and Nick Cousins also scored for Florida. Aleksander Barkov had two assists.

Matthew Knies had his first NHL goal and Michael Bunting also scored for Toronto. Ilya Samsonov stopped 24 shots.

“They force you to make mistakes,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “But I thought we made some mistakes that we didn’t necessarily make in the last series.”

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday.

The Panthers had roared back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the record-setting Boston Bruins with three straight victories and take that first-round series in seven games.

The Maple Leafs ended a generation of misery Saturday when John Tavares scored in overtime of Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning as Toronto advance in the postseason for the first time since 2004.

“They played well,” Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn said. “But a lot of the goals that were scored were self-inflicted. We still have a lot more to give.”

Tied at 2 late in the second period with the Maple Leafs pushing, the Panthers silenced the towel-waving crowd at Scotiabank Arena.

Verhaeghe, who scored the dramatic winner in Game 7 against Boston on Sunday, took a pass from Anthony Duclair and gave Florida the lead for good when he beat Samsonov on a breakaway at 17:47 for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

“Instead of going in (to intermission) tied, you go up a goal, so it’s huge,” Verhaeghe said. “It kind of settled us down after the period. You take a deep breath. It was a good goal.”

Toronto had a couple opportunities to tie it in the third, but never really threatened Bobrovsky before Montour blasted a one-timer on a delayed penalty at 12:24.

Bobrovsky then denied William Nylander on a terrific toe stop with just over a minute left in regulation on Toronto’s best chance to close within one.

“As the hockey goes on we’ve come together to support each other and help each other,” Bobrovsky said. “We’ve become like a family every day (since) the playoffs started.”

The Maple Leafs are in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since Jeremy Roenick scored in overtime of Game 6 for the Philadelphia Flyers to eliminate Toronto on May 4, 2004 – a stretch of 18 years, 11 months and 28 days.

After Toronto had a number of terrific looks on two power plays, the Panthers struck when Cousins scored his first on a rebound at 9:25 of the opening period.

Helped when a shot clanged off the post earlier in the period, Samsonov made big stops on Anton Lundell and Barkov.

Bobrovsky made a couple huge saves off Auston Matthews on a Maple Leafs power play in the second before Florida went up 2-0 at 7:58, when Bennett tipped a point shot past Samsonov that initially hit the stick of Knies.

The Toronto rookie made amends 11 seconds later when he scored his first professional goal on a highlight-reel effort between his skates with his back to Florida’s goal after Bobrovsky made the initial save.

“Surreal feeling,” the 20-year-old Knies said. “Especially in the playoffs in the home arena.”

Schenn then rocked Tkachuk with a big hit in the neutral zone before Bunting, who was suspended three games in the first round and made a healthy scratch for another, scored his first of the postseason at 14:51 following a perfect pass from Calle Jarnkrok.

Duclair sprung Verhaeghe later in the shift and he put the Panthers up 3-2.


Apart from scoring the overtime goal that gave the Maple Leafs their first series win in 19 years, the Toronto captain and his wife recently welcome their third child, a daughter named Rae.

“An absolute whirlwind for him,” Toronto center Ryan O’Reilly said before the game.


Panthers head coach Paul Maurice was behind the bench when the Carolina Hurricanes topped the Maple Leafs in the 2002 Eastern Conference final.

“I don’t think we gave up a five-on-five goal in that series,” he said. “That was back in when you could get away with clutching and grabbing.

“We were really good at it.”

Gourde Gets OT Goal, Kraken Beat Stars Despite Pavs’ 4 Goals

DALLAS (AP) Yanni Gourde scored 12:17 into overtime with a quick shot after regathering a loose puck and the Seattle Kraken beat Dallas 5-4 in Game 1 of their second-round series Tuesday night, even as Joe Pavelski scored all four Stars goals in his return to their lineup.

Gourde was on the edge of the circle to the left of the Dallas net when he appeared to try to send a pass to a teammate on the blue line to reset. The puck instead ricocheted off Evgenii Dadonov, and Gourde quickly whipped around for a shot that went into a small gap to the left of goalie Jake Oettinger for the game-winner.

“Got a retrieval, stayed on the puck, and then I was just fortunate,” Gourde said. “I turned around and I found the back of the net.”

Pavelski, at 38 years and 295 days old, became the oldest player ever with a four-goal game in the NHL playoffs. It came in in his 170th postseason game – he is one of only five players with that many without winning a Stanley Cup – and after he had missed the last five games in the first round while in concussion protocol.

“Epic. Epic. Ashamed we wasted it and didn’t win,” Stars coach Pete DeBoer said. “That’s on our group because, you know, he more than do his part. He tried to drag us to a win.”

The second-year Kraken got goals from five different players after 15 different players scored in their seven-game series win over defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado.

Jaden Schwartz, Justin Schultz, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jordan Eberle also had goals for Seattle, all in the first period.

“Every win, especially right now, you need everyone going, everyone chipping in and everyone elevating their game,” Schwartz said. “We rely on everybody. We need to and we like our depth and we’ve done a good job.”

Pavelski scored twice in the first period. His first goal was a 25-foot wrister only 2 1/2 minutes into the game to put the Stars ahead 1-0. He scored on his first shot, on a pass from Mason Marchment. Max Domi got the secondary assist.

About 10 minutes later, after Seattle had gotten even, Pavelski scored again from about the same distance with a redirect of Thomas Harley’s shot. The Kraken then scored three goals in a 68-second span to take a 4-2 lead.

But Oettinger then stopped 33 consecutive shots before Gourde got the game-winner right around midnight local time.

Seattle has now won three consecutive road games in the playoffs. The Stars, just like in the first round against Minnesota, lost the series opener – they lost that one 3-2 in double overtime before going on to beat the Wild in six games.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Thursday night.

Pavelski’s fourth goal of the night with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third period tied the game at 4, when he swatted a puck in the net out of mid-air after Jani Hakanpaa’s shot ricocheted off the stick of Adam Larsson into the air toward the crease. He had notched his second career postseason hat trick midway through the third period when he knocked in a rebound after captain Jamie Benn’s shot.

“As soon as they got the third goal, the momentum swings, and they came in waves, the building’s rocking,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said. “But to be able to get through to the overtime, the intermission, settled down a little bit and just get back to our game. We didn’t do anything spectacular out of the ordinary in overtime.”

Philipp Grubauer had 31 saves for the Kraken, one into his chest with 22 seconds left in regulation on a shot by rookie Wyatt Johnston, who also was wide of the net with another in final minute. It was Grubauer’s fifth game this postseason with at least 30 saves.

Seattle didn’t score first like they did in every game against the Avalanche. Instead, it was Pavelski who got the opening goal at home after a rousing ovation when introduced before the game.

Bjorkstrand, who scored the Kraken’s only goals in their 2-1 win over the Avalanche in the clinching Game 7 two nights earlier, scored the second of their three quick goals in the first period to put them up 3-2.

That came only 11 seconds after Schultz had tied the game, and the Kraken got control of the ensuing faceoff.

Seattle’s first goal by Schwartz, which was sandwiched by Pavelski’s first two goals, was on a shot through Oettinger’s legs.



AJ Pollock homered to break up a no-hit bid in the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners defeated the host Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Pollock lined a solo shot to left field off A’s reliever Richard Lovelady (0-1) with one out in the eighth, and Jose Caballero followed with a double to left. Jarred Kelenic later doubled home the go-ahead run later in the inning off Jeurys Familia.

Five Mariners pitchers combined on a three-hitter with 16 strikeouts. Reliever Gabe Speier (1-0) earned his first major league victory and Paul Sewald worked the ninth for his eighth save of the season.

The game featured a pitching duel between a pair of rookie right-handers. A’s starter Mason Miller left after seven no-hit innings. Mariners starter Bryce Miller, in his major league debut, gave up a run on two hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts.

Reds 2, Padres 1 (10 innings)

Jonathan India singled home automatic runner Matt Reynolds from second base leading off the top of the 10th inning to give visiting Cincinnati a win over San Diego.

The Reds snapped a run of seven straight losses to the Padres and a streak of nine straight losses in San Diego.

Derek Law (1-4) pitched a scoreless ninth to win his first game of the season. Alexis Diaz earned his fifth save. Luis Garcia (1-3) took the loss.

Rangers 6, Diamondbacks 4

Ezequiel Duran belted a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, three relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings and Texas held on to beat Arizona in Arlington, Texas.

Duran finished 3-for-4 and Marcus Semien had two hits for Texas, which has won four games in a row. Jon Gray allowed four runs on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.

The Diamondbacks took their second loss in a row despite a homer and two hits apiece from Ketel Marte and Christian Walker. Arizona starter Zac Gallen saw his four-game winning streak and 28-inning scoreless-innings streak end. The right-hander lasted five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 6

Connor Wong went 4-for-4 with two home runs and a double as Boston edged past visiting Toronto.

After Toronto took the lead in a six-run fifth inning, Wong broke a 6-6 tie with a leadoff solo homer into the Green Monster seats off Jays reliever Erik Swanson (0-1) in the eighth. Christian Arroyo and Masataka Yoshida also homered while Alex Verdugo hit two doubles for Boston, which banged out 14 hits and won its second straight to begin the four-game series.

Daulton Varsho hit a three-run homer during Toronto’s big inning. Varsho, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Kevin Kiermaier all finished 2-for-4.

Rays 4, Pirates 1

Harold Ramirez drove in two runs with a home run and a single as Tampa Bay downed visiting Pittsburgh in a clash of the top two teams in the major leagues in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Wander Franco added an RBI single and Jose Siri stole home for the Rays, who have won four of five. Javy Guerra pitched two-thirds of an inning as the opener. Josh Fleming gave up one run and two hits before he left in the fifth after taking a comebacker off his left foot. Colin Poche (3-0) pitched one scoreless inning. Jason Adam pitched the ninth for his first save.

Carlos Santana’s sacrifice fly produced the only run for the Pirates, who had won 11 of 13 entering the series. Roansy Contreras (3-2) gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Braves 6, Marlins 0

Bryce Elder pitched seven scoreless innings in his longest and best start of the season, leading Atlanta past host Miami and reigning Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara.

Elder (3-0) lowered his ERA to 1.75. He allowed just three hits — all singles — and picked up six strikeouts without issuing a walk. The Marlins did not advance a runner past second base against Elder or relievers Kirby Yates and Joe Jimenez.

The Braves got a solo home run from Ozzie Albies, who has gone deep three times in five games against the Marlins this year. He has eight homers overall this season. Alcantara (1-3) took the loss after allowing six hits, three walks and three runs in five innings. His ERA sits at 5.09, which is more than double last year’s 2.28 mark.

Giants 2, Astros 0

Anthony DeSclafani logged eight shutout innings and San Francisco snapped a four-game skid by shutting out host Houston.

In his longest outing of the year, DeSclafani (3-1) tossed a season-high 109 pitches. He tallied only three strikeouts but kept the Astros off-balance with an effective three-pitch mix to generate weak contact.

DeSclafani was sharp from the start, retiring the first seven batters he faced and 19 of the first 20. The Giants didn’t provide much run support, but it proved sufficient. Joc Pederson flipped an opposite-field single to left with one out in the top of the first that drove home Thairo Estrada, who singled and stole second base off Astros rookie right-hander Hunter Brown (3-1).

Yankees 4, Guardians 2

Willie Calhoun’s first home run as a member of New York snapped a seventh-inning tie and lifted the slumping Yankees to a win over visiting Cleveland.

Rookie Anthony Volpe homered with one out in the sixth to begin the comeback from a 2-0 deficit, as the Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak. Anthony Rizzo had an RBI single later in the sixth before Calhoun, playing his 14th game with the Yankees after signing with the team this past winter, homered with one out in the seventh off James Karinchak (0-4).

Josh Naylor (double) and Andres Gimenez (groundout) each had RBIs in the third for the Guardians, who have lost seven of 11. Jose Ramirez finished with two hits. Wandy Peralta (2-0), the third of four Yankees pitchers, allowed one hit while recording two outs spanning the seventh and eighth before Michael King struck out three over 1 2/3 hitless innings to earn his second save.

Nationals 4, Cubs 1

Trevor Williams pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings and Washington’s bullpen did its job in shutting down the visiting Cubs for the Nationals’ second win in their last six games.

CJ Abrams went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs Alex Call had the game’s big hit — a two-run double in a three-run seventh inning for Washington. Patrick Wisdom homered for Chicago’s lone run.

Hunter Harvey (1-0) got the win with 1 1/3 shutout innings as five Nationals pitchers combined to surrender eight hits. Chicago starter Hayden Wesneski worked six innings, giving up one run. Keegan Thompson (1-2) was charged with three runs on four hits in one-third of an inning to take the loss.

White Sox 3, Twins 2 (10 innings)

Andrew Benintendi delivered a walk-off single with two outs in the 10th inning to Chicago past visiting Minnesota, the White Sox’s second straight walk-off win after a 10-game losing streak.

The White Sox’s Elvis Andrus sacrificed automatic runner Hanser Alberto to third base to start the inning before Tim Anderson grounded out to shortstop. That set the stage for Benintendi, who won the battle against Caleb Thielbar (0-1).

Jimmy Lambert (2-1) earned the victory, striking out two in a perfect 10th inning. White Sox pitching limited Minnesota to three hits.

Orioles 11, Royals 7

Ryan Mountcastle homered twice and drove in five to lead Baltimore to a come-from-behind win over host Kansas City.

After the Royals jumped on Tyler Wells (2-1) for three first-inning runs, the Orioles sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, scoring five runs. In the fifth, Mountcastle followed with another two-run home run, his eighth, expanding the Orioles’ lead to 7-3. It was Mountcastle’s eighth career multi-homer game and second of the season.

Bobby Witt Jr. broke an 0-for-13 slump with his fifth homer to left center leading off the Royals’ first. One out later, MJ Melendez followed with a two-run shot to right center, his third, making it 3-0 Royals. Yarbrough surrendered five runs on five hits and three walks — all in the fourth inning — while striking out five in 3 2/3 innings.

Angels 5, Cardinals 1

Taylor Ward hit a three-run homer to power visiting Los Angeles past St. Louis, the Angels’ fifth win in seven games and the Cardinals’ fourth straight loss.

Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval (3-1) allowed one run on three hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked three. Chris Devenski pitched two innings of scoreless relief for Los Angeles. Matt Moore and Carlos Estevez closed out the game with an inning each.

Starting pitcher Steven Matz (0-4) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in five innings for the Cardinals, who have also lost seven of their last eight.

Rockies 3, Brewers 2

Elias Diaz homered and drove in two runs, Ezequiel Tovar also went deep and Colorado beat Milwaukee in Denver, ending a seven-game losing streak at Coors Field.

Justin Lawrence (1-1) pitched one inning for the win and Pierce Johnson got the final three outs for his fourth save for Colorado. Jesse Winker, Rowdy Tellez and Brice Turang had two hits each for Milwaukee.

With the game tied at 2-2, C.J. Cron led off the bottom of the eighth with a double off reliever Peter Strzelecki (2-1). Diaz followed with a single to drive in Yonathan Daza, who was pinch-running for Cron.

Dodgers 13, Phillies 1

Julio Urias rebounded from a pair of subpar road starts to give up one hit over seven innings and Los Angeles rolled to a victory over visiting Philadelphia to extend its winning streak to a season-best five games.

Mookie Betts drove in three runs with three hits, rookie Miguel Vargas had three doubles among his four hits, and Freddie Freeman hit a home run as the Dodgers moved one victory away from a perfect 6-0 homestand. Urias (4-3) had a season-best 10 strikeouts and just one walk.

Bryce Harper made his season debut for the Phillies 160 days after undergoing Tommy John surgery and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as the designated hitter. Former Dodger Trea Turner hit a home run for the only Phillies hit against Urias.



LAS VEGAS (AP) Ex-Las Vegas Raiders player Henry Ruggs told a judge Tuesday he will admit that he drove drunk at speeds up to 156 mph, causing a fiery crash that killed a woman. His plea deal is expected to send the 24-year-old first-round NFL draft pick to state prison for three to 10 years.

Ruggs waived a long-delayed preliminary hearing with the agreement to admit that he drove under the influence of alcohol causing death, a felony, his lawyers said. A six-month sentence for a guilty plea to misdemeanor manslaughter will be folded in with the total.

Ruggs spoke only to acknowledge for Justice of the Peace Harmony Letizia that he understands the terms of the agreement. The judge scheduled his plea for May 10. Prosecutor Eric Bauman told the judge the Clark County District Attorney’s office endorsed the deal.

“This is the first step toward a fair resolution to this matter and we look forward to closure for all parties involved,” Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, said in a statement handed to reporters. They and their client and several people with them declined additional comment in the court hallway.

Ruggs’ lawyers lost a bid to prevent prosecutors from presenting evidence that Ruggs had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16% – twice the legal limit in Nevada – after the predawn rear-end wreck that killed 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her pet dog, Max.

The speed limit where the crash happened was 45 mph (72 kph), a fraction of what police said Ruggs was driving. Investigators found air bag computer records showing his 2020 Chevrolet Corvette decelerated from 156 mph (251 kph) to 127 mph (204 kph) seconds before slamming into Tintor’s Toyota Rav 4.

An attorney who has represented Tintor’s family members at earlier court appearances did not respond to email and telephone messages to him and his media representative about Ruggs’ plea.

Ruggs’ sentencing will follow on another date in state court in Las Vegas. Other charges will be dismissed, including felony reckless driving, driving under the influence causing substantial injury to Ruggs’ girlfriend, Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, and a misdemeanor gun charge. Police said they found a loaded handgun in Ruggs’ demolished Corvette after the crash.

Ruggs was released by the Raiders shortly after the Nov. 2, 2021, crash. He could have faced more than 50 years in prison if convicted of all the charges at trial, District Attorney Steve Wolfson had said.

Wolfson declined to comment Tuesday, ahead of Ruggs’ scheduled plea. The district attorney said following the crash that investigators learned that Ruggs spent several hours at a sports entertainment golfing venue in Las Vegas the evening before the predawn crash and may have been at a friend’s home for several more hours before he and Kilgo-Washington headed home.

Ruggs posted $150,000 bail to be freed from jail after leaving the hospital and has remained on house arrest for 18 months with strict conditions including alcohol checks.

Bauman said outside court that Ruggs would remain on house arrest pending sentencing, and his minimum three-year sentence cannot be reduced by converting that to time already served.

Kilgo-Washington and Ruggs have a daughter together, and Kilgo-Washington was not cooperative with prosecutors as a victim in the substantial injury charge. Her attorney, Peter Christiansen, lost a bid to block prosecutors from getting Kilgo-Washington’s medical records on privacy grounds.

Prosecutors said Ruggs suffered a leg injury and Kilgo-Washington underwent surgery for an arm injury.

Ruggs had been emerging as a star wide receiver for the Raiders before the crash, and records showed he owned a $1.1 million home not far from the crash scene. He had signed a four-year rookie contract reported to be worth more than $16 million.


(AP) — The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Jordan Love have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension that makes his deal run through 2024, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the extension hasn’t been announced.

Although the person didn’t reveal terms, ESPN and NFL Network reported that the extension included $13.5 million in guaranteed money and could be worth up to $22.5 million.

The extension comes as Love prepares for his first season as the Packers’ starting quarterback following last week’s trade of four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets.

Tuesday marked the deadline day for teams to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year options on contracts for their 2020 first-round draft picks. The fifth-year option on Love’s deal would have been worth about $20.3 million.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst had been asked Saturday after the draft about the option and that coming deadline.

“It’s a lot of money for a guy who hasn’t played, but at the same time, obviously we’re moving forward with him,” Gutekunst said at the time. “So we’ll figure that out by Tuesday.”

The two sides instead agreed on this extension.

Love has made one career start while backing up Rodgers over the past three seasons. He has completed 60.2% of his passes (50 of 83) for 606 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. The Packers traded up four spots in the first round to select Love out of Utah State with the 26th overall draft pick in 2020.

Love will head a Packers quarterback room that also includes rookie fifth-round pick Sean Clifford from Penn State and 28-year-old Danny Etling, who has never appeared in an NFL game.

“I like that room right now and all those guys need reps, so I think we’ll probably see how these guys do before we think about bringing in a veteran right away,” Gutekunst said Saturday. —


Amani Bledsoe, a free agent defensive end who last played in the NFL in 2021, was suspended Thursday for the first 17 weeks of the 2023 season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Bledsoe was also suspended for the first six games of the 2022 campaign for a PED violation, which was his first ban in the NFL. He will be eligible to return in Week 18, the final week of the regular season.

He also lost a year of eligibility in college at Oklahoma for failing a drug test, though he claimed he accidentally ingested a banned substance via tainted protein powder.

Bledsoe, 25, went undrafted and played 14 games (four starts) for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020. He saw action in five games (two starts) for the Tennessee Titans in 2021. He has 18 career tackles and three pass breakups with no sacks.

Bledsoe had been signed to a futures contract by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2022 season, but he was waived in April.


Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert expects to resume throwing this month as part of the next phase of his recovery from left shoulder surgery in January.

Herbert, who had a torn labrum, continues to actively participate in voluntary workouts, primarily on rehabilitation and mobility exercises with trainers. He hasn’t thrown the ball — or participated in his beloved disc golf — since last season ended in a dramatic loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the wild card playoff round.

“It’s a pretty long process. Kind of expecting to be a five or six-month recovery and being on the lead [throwing] shoulder, it’s kind of tough throwing, golfing and doing all those things that are kind of explosive movements,” Herbert said, estimating his progress to full health at 75 percent. “I’ve done everything I can to rehab to get good movement back in it, strengthen it back up. But I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy journey back. Just doing everything I can to be back.”

Herbert plans to attempt light throwing in the “next couple of weeks,” he said.

General manager Tom Telesco said last week the Chargers are working with Herbert’s reps on a long-term extension, but there are no signs of urgency. Los Angeles picked up Herbert’s fully guaranteed fifth-year option for the 2024 season before Tuesday’s deadline, which buys the franchise more time to plot for the future.

“I think that’s probably a better question for my agent and the front office,” Herbert said of extension talks. “I’m kind of left out of those negotiations and I think my job now, my focus, is to be the best quarterback that I could be and to rehab my shoulder. Make sure that I could be back for these OTAs (Organized Team Activities) and do everything I can in the building,” Herbert added. “As far as (contracts are) concerned, I wish I could give you a better answer.”

The NFL might be looking for a better answer from Telesco and head coach Brandon Staley regarding Herbert’s shoulder injury that led to surgery but didn’t receive mention on the injury report for the wild-card game. He was listed on the Week 18 injury report with a shoulder injury.

Herbert, who turned 25 in March, had 25 touchdown passes in 2022 while setting career-bests for completions (477), attempts (699) and completion percentage (68.2). Herbert said he’s working with new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore to be ready when he’s fully cleared to be on the field.

“I think you get as much as you can in the classroom, the walkthroughs, all of the different components to that thing,” Moore said. “Obviously, there will be some field work that Justin may not be able to be a part of — as much as he would want to, we would all want to, but we’ll catch up with it. We have plenty of time through the training camp and all of that.”



INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will travel to Evansville on Wednesday to face the Purple Aces at Charles Braun Stadium. The 6 PM start will be available on ESPN+.

Probable Pitchers

RHP Cade Thune vs. LHP Tyler Denu


Wednesday, May 3

6 PM First Pitch on ESPN+

German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium

Scouting Evansville

The Purple Aces went 1-2 vs. #14 Indiana State over the weekend to move their record to 25-18. UE lost five-straight at the start of the 2023 campaign, but then added quality wins over SEMO, #7 Vanderbilt, and Purdue. Their most recent win vs a ranked opponent was a 2-1 decision at home vs. the Sycamores. Evansville is also 3-1 in midweek matchups over the month of April. Head Coach Wes Carroll is in his 15th season with the Aces. Carroll played for Evansville and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s All-Centennial Team. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies after graduation and spent five seasons in the minor leagues. His 2023 roster is highlighted by Chase Hug, Eric Roberts and Kip Fougerousse. Hug is the hits leader in the clubhouse (57) and Roberts is the home run king (16). Fougerousse is another power hitter with nine home runs on the season. The Aces will start Tyler Denu on Wednesday. The left-hander is 3-3 over nine starts with a 4.72 ERA. He has struck out 36 batters over 40.0 innings.

Recent History vs. the Purple Aces

Butler hosted Evansville last year and were defeated 11-1 in just seven innings. The Aces hosted a three-game series against the Bulldogs in 2021 and 2020. Butler won game two of the series in 2021 (12-8), but were swept in the 2020 series.

BIG EAST Standings

Creighton 9-3, 22-15

UConn 8-3, 32-11

Xavier 8-4, 27-17

Seton Hall 7-5, 24-19

Georgetown 7-7, 25-20

Villanova 5-9, 11-30

St. John’s 3-8, 20-21

Butler 2-10, 9-34

Upcoming BIG EAST Schedule

Butler at Georgetown

Villanova at St. John’s

Xavier at Creighton

Seton Hall at UConn

Last Week

Jake DeFries led Butler from the plate last week with a .429 batting average. Carter Dorighi, Keegan Connors and Garret Gray also batted over .300 for BU during the four-game stretch. Eight different Bulldogs had at least one RBI, but no player had more than two (Urban). Scott Jones and Xavier Carter hit solo home runs while Dorighi and Ryan O’Halloran each came up with a triple. On the mound, Shane Kilfoyle led BU in strikeouts (5) and Cory Bosecker led the team in innings pitched (6.0).

Bulldog Bits

– Butler leads the BIG EAST and ranks 10th in the NCAA in triples (18)

– The Bulldogs have scored three runs in three-straight games

– BU is 2-9 this year when scoring 3-5 runs

– The Bulldogs had 10 hits in two of three games vs. Creighton

– Butler has hit a double in 10-straight games

– Butler’s lone win in a night game came April 21st at Seton Hall

– BU is 3-8 this year vs. left-handed starters

– Butler hit seven home runs in the Xavier series and had four triples vs. Villanova

– The Bulldogs only walked one batter on April 29

– Joey Urban (49) and Carter Dorighi (48) are battling for the team lead in hits

– Xavier Carter leads the club in on-base percentage (.379)

– Jake DeFries has reached base safely in seven-straight games

– Joey Urban leads the team with eight multi-RBI games

– Urban is the team leader in multi-hit games with 14

– Kyle Van Liere and Evan Parks are on three-game hitting streaks

– Dawson Taylor has appeared in 16 games for the Bulldogs

– Cory Bosecker leads the club in strikeouts (55) and innings pitched (57.2)

– BU took 41 at-bats vs. Creighton, their third-highest total this season

– BU has won three games on ESPN+

Up Next

Butler will play Georgetown this weekend in Washington D.C. Single games are set Friday, Saturday and Sunday with game times at 6:30, 5:00, and 1:00 PM. All three games will be played at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy.


The Butler softball team hits the road this week, beginning with a single non-conference game against Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday, May 3. The Bulldogs (17-30) are coming off a 2-1 series win over Georgetown, while the Flames (6-41) most recently won one of three games in a series with Bradley.

Bulldog Bits                                                                      

        (as of 4/23/23)

Kieli Ryan has thrown out 12 runners attempting to steal. She sits atop the BIG EAST and is 25th nationally in that category. She is the only player in the conference who has picked off three baserunners.

Monique Hoosen leads the BIG EAST (38th nationally) with 13 home runs.  Her slugging percentage (.639) ranks sixth in the conference.

Paige Dorsett ranks fifth in the BIG EAST with a .641 slugging percentage.

Cate Lehner ranks third in the BIG EAST as toughest to strike out. (1 per 16.5 at bats).

Ella White has 28 walks this season, ranking seventh in the conference in walks per game.

With 13 home runs this season, Monique Hoosen is tied for first on Butler’s all-time single-season list. With 26 in her career, she is second on Butler’s all-time list for career home runs.

The current Butler squad ranks in the top ten on three of Butler’s single-season lists: 3rd-drawn walks (148), T4th-home runs (33), and T5th-conference wins (11).

(vs. Georgetown)

Four Bulldogs, Monique Hoosen, Paige Dorsett, Ella White, and Olivia Moxley, hit a home run in last weekend’s series with Georgetown.

Teagan O’Rilley led Butler at the plate in the three-game series. She was 4-for-7 (.571), with two doubles and three RBI. She received Weekly Honor Roll recognition from the BIG EAST.

SCOUTING ILLINOIS-CHICAGO (6-41, 5-19 Missouri Valley)

Series: UIC leads, 46-18

In 2022, Butler won, 3-2, in Indianapolis, while UIC took two games in 2019, one in Indianapolis and one in Carbondale, Ill.

Butler has won six of the last ten, dating back to 2012.

notable wins: Bradley, Valparaiso, Evansville, Loyola

notable losses: #1 Oklahoma, #4 Clemson, #5 Tennessee, #16 Kentucky, #24 Northwestern, Michigan State, Dayton, Indiana State, Loyola

UIC vs. (opponents)                                            Butler

runs:       86-292                                                         175

hits:         236-377                                                       305

RBI:         74-251                                                           161

SB:           36-72                                                            35

ERA:       5.18-1.46                                                       5.47

Batting Leaders:

#8 Alannah Cran (.292) 26-H, 2-2B, 2-3B

#12 Hailey Cowling (.233) 6-2B, 3-HR, 13-RBI

#9 Anna Walker (.221) 4-2B, 2-HR, 11-RBI

Pitching Leaders:

#14 Christina Toniolo (5-20) 4.11-ERA, 85-K

#15 Miranda Gomez (1-7) 5.05-ERA, 39-K

#11 Julia Parker (3-10) 5.05 ERA, 67 K


INDIANAPOLIS – Kayla Freiberg earned Horizon League Softball Player of the Week for her efforts in the Jaguars’ sweep over Detroit Mercy this past weekend. This marks her first career #HLSB title.

The juniors from Kenosha, Wisconsin recorded a .500 batting average (6-for-12) in the three-game series sweep with two home runs. Freiberg went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs, a double and her third home run of the season in the Jags’ 8-0 win over the Titans. She then hit her second home run of the series in game two to score two runs and lead the Jags to a 9-3 win. Freiberg finished out the series going 2-for-4 with one RBI in IUPUI’s 7-1 win.

Freiberg has been a key part on the Jaguars’ team starting 38 games behind the plate at catcher. She holds a season batting average of .269 with four home runs and a team-high 11 doubles.

The IUPUI softball team finished out the regular season this past weekend with the Detroit Mercy series and now wait to see where they are seeded for the Horizon League tournament.


ATHENS, Al. – The Ball State men’s golf team finished the MAC Championships in second place after a hard-fought battle between Ball State and Northern Illinois for the first-place spot throughout round three. Northern Illinois won by just four strokes over Ball State. The Cardinals battled back-and-forth throughout day three, starting off especially strong on the front nine.

“First off, it’s been an absolute honor and privilege to coach Joey Ranieri the past five years. I told him when I recruited him that we would compete for MAC Championships and we did just that this week. I’m so darn proud of the fight all our guys showed this week. I challenged them to be big after day one and they responded, we moved up the leaderboard and competed our tails off to the very end,” said head coach Mike Fleck. “Kash and Carter finished on the All-Tournament team and every single player contributed this week. No doubt this will fuel us to get back here next year and contend again. Now we wait to see if we are chosen to participate in a newly created post season event, The National Golf Invitational (NGI).”

Kash Bellar are Carter Smith were named to the MAC Men’s Golf Championship All-Tournament team after their solid performances and top-five finishes. Bellar finished in fourth place overall and Smith finished tied for fifth place.

Leading the Cardinals again today was Kash Bellar. Bellar continued his momentum after his incredible round two performance, finishing day three at 1-under (76-68-71—215).  He recorded an eagle on the par-5, 566-yard hole no.2 to start off round three. He tallied five birdies to help keep the Cardinals in the running for the top-two spot.

Carter Smith finished today at 2-under (76-70-70—216). He notched five birdies during round three to finish in a top-five spot individually.

Joey Ranieri finished round three at 2-over (74-74-74-222), giving consistent efforts throughout all three rounds. He scored a huge eagle in the front nine on the par-4, 372-yard hole no.6 to gain some momentum during round three. Ranieri finished tied for 16th place individually.

Griffin Hare finished at 6-over today (73-73-78—224) and tied for 22nd place overall. Ali Khan finished round three at 5-over (80-71-77—228), placing tied for 31st overall.

The Cardinals will now wait for the newly founded National Golf Invitational (NGI) participants to be announced to see if they will continue their 2023 Spring season. The Cardinals were one of the two MAC schools which qualified for a potential bid after ending the regular season with a win percentage above .500 against Division I teams.

Team Results in the MAC Championship

1. Northern Illinois 295  279  295       869  +5

2. Ball State 299  282  292       873  +9

3. Toledo 302  286  287       875  +11

4. Kent State 294  290  293       877  +13

5. Miami University(OH) 293  291  298       882  +18

6. Central Michigan 291  296  303       890  +26

7. Eastern Michigan 298  292  304       894  +30

8. Ohio 294  305  301       900  +36

9. Bowling Green  291  303  310       904  +40


CLEVELAND – – For her part in helping softball secure a berth in the 2023 Mid-American Conference Tournament, redshirt freshman McKenna Mulholland has been named the MAC Softball Player of the Week.

Mulholland led the Cardinals with a .529 batting average over the team’s six games last week, including a career-best 4-for-4 day in the series finale at Akron. She also led the Ball State offense with six RBI, including three in Sunday’s 5-4 victory over the Zips.

She helped the Cardinals establish a new program record for home runs in a game, blasting a solo shot to left field in the series opener at Akron for the fourth of six Ball State solo home runs in the contest. Mulholland also added a sac fly to drive in the final run of Ball State’s 10-0 (5) run rule victory over Miami, marking the most runs the RedHawks have given up in a league game this season.

In addition to her .529 batting average, she finished the week with a .824 slugging percentage, with two doubles and a home run, along with a .526 on base percentage.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame softball team welcomes in its final midweek opponent of the season Wednesday night as the Fighting Irish will host the Central Michigan Chippewas at 5 p.m. at Melissa Cook Stadium. The game will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.

The Irish enter the weekend on a bit of a cold stretch, falling in a three-game series to No. 3 Florida State during senior weekend. Overall, the Irish went 10-7 in April, while hitting for a .327 team average. Overall on the season, Notre Dame hits for a .320 average while owning a 3.32 staff ERA.

Joley Mitchell leads the offense, hitting at a .384 average with 18 extra-base hits. She’s third on the team with 39 RBI and leads the Irish with 15 stolen bases. Macie Eck and Carlli Kloss add a .359 average each. Kloss is tied for the team-lead with 20 extra-base hits, driving in 23 and scoring a team-best 41 runs. Karina Gaskins and Lexi Orozco have each tallied 14 home runs on the season. Orozco leads the squad with 44 RBI, while Gaskins has 40 RBI of her own, and matched her career-best with 40 walks drawn this season. Gaskins is one away from tying the school record, and two from setting a new benchmark in Notre Dame softball history.

The pitching staff is led by Payton Tidd. The graduate student has appeared in 28 games, making 23 starts. Shannon Becker adds 27 appearances while Micaela Kastor has 26 appearances of her own. Tidd has thrown 145.0 innings, striking out 102 hitters. Kastor owns a 2.64 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 74.1 innings. Becker adds 60 punch outs in 75.2 innings of work.

The Chippewas enter the weekend at 27-22 overall, 17-9 in the Mid-American Conference. Last time out, CMU dropped all three games against the conference-leading Miami (Ohio) Redhawks. Prior to the sweep, Central Michigan had won 12-straight, and 16 of its last 18 games.

Michaleigh Valimont leads the Chippewa offense with a .385 average. In her 143 at bats, she’s totaled 55 hits, 11 doubles, a triple and six home runs. Kelsey Alexander leads the team with 20 extra-base hits, recording nine doubles, a triple and a team-best nine home runs. She also adds 33 RBI to lead the offense. Abbey Tolmie adds a .384 average with 10 doubles, 17 RBI and 31 runs scored.

Kaitlyn Bean and Grace Lehto led the pitching staff. Lehto has thrown in a team-best 29 appearances, making 26 starts. In 162.1 innings, she’s thrown 18 complete games and earned 13 wins. Opponents hit .222 against her as she’s struck out 171 hitters while in the circle. Bean owns a 3.79 ERA, starting all 20 games she’s appeared in. In her 107.0 innings, she’s struck out 85 hitters, and walked just 33.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Miguel Rivera made his return to the diamond in epic fashion on Tuesday night as the redshirt senior first baseman launched the walk-off home run to the left of the scoreboard in right center field to secure No. 15 Indiana State’s 5-4, 13-inning win over Illinois on Bob Warn Field.

Rivera led off the bottom of the 13th and capped off his first game back on the diamond after an injury suffered on April 23 against Southern Illinois by driving the 1-0 offering from Illinois (19-22) right-hander Jack Crowder (2-2) over the wall. As he rounded the bases, the Sycamore (29-13) dugout gathered around the plate waited for him to touch them all before setting off the celebration.

Rivera played a key in both of Indiana State’s scoring opportunities in extra innings. The Miami, Fla. native entered the game as a pinch-hitter with two on, one out and the Sycamores trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning. He battled through a 1-2 count before dropping a single into shallow left center and loading the bases for Seth Gergely. The Sycamores would go on to tie the game as an Illinois throwing error on Gergely’s fielder’s choice brought home Josue Urdaneta and Parker Stinson to tie the game up at 4-4 and send the teams into the 11th.

Zach Davidson (3-1) put on one of the most dominant pitching displays all-time in a Sycamore uniform as the junior left-hander struck out eight hitters over 3.1-innings of work, including an immaculate 11th frame where he struck out Jacob Schroeder, Danny Doligale, and Cal Hejza on nine pitches.

Davidson’s dominance on the mound was nearly matched by Crowder as the duo put up zeroes on the scoreboard until Rivera’s walk-off blast in the bottom of the 13th.

The game was a defensive battle through regulation. ISU limited Illinois to just five hits over the first nine innings, while the Illini defense turned four double plays to limit the Sycamore chances to break the game open.

ISU’s pitching staff put on a clinic on Tuesday night as the Sycamores struck out what is believed to be a school record 23 Illinois hitters in the contest. Brennyn Cutts went the first 4.2 innings in the start and posted six strikeouts, while Cameron Holycross (5), Jared Spencer (4), and Davidson (8) all shined in the game. Simon Gregersen added an appearance getting a key groundout in the 10th inning to limit the Illinois offense in the win.

Luis Hernandez, Henry Brown, and Rivera all posted multi-hit games as ISU connected on nine hits as a team in the win. Brown added an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning, while Seth Gergely and Parker Stinson were both hit by pitches.

Ryan Moerman, Cam McDonald, and Branden Comia all homered for Illinois in the loss.

Illinois starter Julius Sanchez turned in a quality start with a 7.0-inning performance allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out four in the no-decision.

How They Scored

Indiana State was on the board first in the bottom of the second as Luis Hernandez scored on a double play to put the Sycamores ahead of the Illini, 1-0.

Illinois evened the game in the top of the fourth as Cam McDonald connected on a solo home run over the trees in center field to tie the game at 1-1.

Henry Brown put Indiana State back in the lead with an RBI double to left center in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring Grant Magill from first base to put the Sycamores ahead 2-1.

Illinois’ Ryan Moerman sent the game into extra innings with a leadoff home run in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game at 2-2.

Illinois took their first lead of the game in the top of the 10th inning as Branden Comia homered and Drake Wescott singled home Camden Janik to put the visitors ahead 4-2.

The Sycamores responded in the bottom of the 10th to tie it back up as Josue Urdaneta and Parker Stinson both scored on an Illinois throwing error on Seth Gergely’s fielder’s choice to even the game at 4-4.

Miguel Rivera secured the Indiana State win leading off the bottom of the 13th inning with a walk-off solo home run to right center to provide the final 5-4 win.

News & Notes                                                                                                                                   

Indiana State ran its winning streak at Bob Warn Field to 12 consecutive games as the Sycamores improved to 12-2 at home in 2023.

The 12-game winning streak in Terre Haute is currently the NCAA Division I’s longest home winning streak ahead of Kent State (11), Delaware (10), and Wake Forest (10).

ISU’s 13-inning win over Illinois ended the longest ballgame the Sycamores have played since 2016 when ISU topped Butler at home on April 1 in 14 innings with the 13-9 victory.

Miguel Rivera’s walk-off home run secured Indiana State’s third walk-off win of 2023.

The Rivera home run was ISU’s first walk-off home run since Keegan Watson hit the game-winning home run in the Sycamores’ 7-6 victory over Evansville in the 10th inning back on April 22, 2022.

The Sycamores’ three extra-inning walk-off wins this year have come against Illinois State (4-3 (10), April 8), Southern Illinois (6-5 (10), April 22), and tonight against Illinois.

Indiana State improved to 4-2 in extra-inning games in 2023.

Both of ISU’s wins over Illinois this season have come in extra innings. The Sycamores topped the Illini 7-3 in 10 innings back on March 15 in Urbana-Champaign.

According to current records on hand, the Indiana State pitching staff set a new school record with 23 strikeouts on Tuesday night. Brennyn Cutts (6), Cameron Holycross (5), Jared Spencer (4) and Zach Davidson (8) shut down the Illini in the win.

ISU’s 23 strikeouts on Tuesday night tied for the second most in the NCAA Division I this season trailing Vanderbilt’s 24 strikeouts over Evansville in a 17-inning contest back on March 8.

The Sycamores’ 23 strikeouts are the most in a single game in the Missouri Valley this season and most in the MVC since Illinois State struck out 23 Murray State hitters last season on March 10, 2022.

Zach Davidson struck out eight Illinois batters over 3.1-innings in relief surpassing the previous high by an ISU reliever this season set by Jared Spencer with seven on March 19 against Michigan State.

Davidson’s eight strikeouts in relief were the most by a Sycamore reliever since Jack Parisi struck out eight over a 5.2-inning relief stint last season on May 7, 2022, at Bradley.

Davidson also pitched an immaculate inning on Tuesday night as the junior left-hander struck out the side in the 11th inning on nine pitches.

Adam Pottinger ran his on-base streak to a season-best 18 consecutive games but saw his hitting streak end at 13 contests on Tuesday night. Pottinger drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the ninth to extend his streak.

Seth Gergely and Josue Urdaneta both extended their on-base streaks to 10 games on Tuesday night.

Gergely’s 10-game streak is his third double-digit streak in 2023 and the redshirt senior has reached base safely in 40 of the 42 games played this season.

Gergely and Parker Stinson were both hit by pitches in the contest running ISU’s Missouri Valley leading total to 74 through 42 games. At least one Sycamore has been hit by a pitch in each of the last 10 games.

Up Next

Indiana State is back on the road in Missouri Valley play this weekend as the Sycamores travel to Peoria, Ill. for a three-game series with the Bradley Braves over the May 5-7 weekend. All three games are set to start at Noon ET/11 a.m. CT. The games are not scheduled to be televised, but all three games will be streamed live on 105.5 The Legend.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The May stretch run will begin for the University of Evansville baseball team on Wednesday night, as the Purple Aces will wrap up a five-game homestand against in-state rival Butler at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.  First-pitch is set for 6 p.m. and Wednesday’s game can be seen live on ESPN+ and heard live on 107.1 FM-WJPS and the Old National Bank/Purple Aces Sports Network from Learfield.

Evansville will bring a 25-18 overall record into Wednesday night’s game.  The Purple Aces are 2-2 on the current homestand, which began with a 9-3 win over Lipscomb last Tuesday and a 2-1 win over nationally-ranked Indiana State, before the Sycamores were able to rally to win the weekend series.  Sophomore designated hitter/catcher Evan Waggoner led UE offensively over the four games, hitting .385 last week.  Waggoner will enter this week’s action on a streak where he has hit safely in each of his last eight starts, posting a .448 batting average (13-for-29) during those eight games.  Junior second baseman Kip Fougerousse was not far behind last week, hitting .357 in the four contests, and he has hit safely in 11 of UE’s last 12 games overall with a .415 average (17-for-41), two doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI.

Butler will bring a 9-34 overall record into Wednesday’s game, after getting swept in a Big East series at Creighton over the weekend.  The Bulldogs are under the direction of first-year head coach Blake Beemer.  Freshman infielder Joey Urban leads the Butler offense this year with a .290 average, six home runs, 12 doubles and 29 RBI.

All-time, Evansville has dominated the series over Butler, holding a 50-17 edge in the series.  The Bulldogs were the first-ever team which head coach Wes Carroll got a win against, as UE beat Butler, 10-1, on February 27, 2009.  Former Aces Cody Fick and Peter Tountas had four-hit days to help Carroll earn his first victory as head coach that day at Braun Stadium.  Carroll has gone on to win 377 games in 15 seasons at UE, and ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories.

Senior LHP Tyler Denu (2-3, 4.73 ERA) will get the start on Wednesday night for UE.  He is expected to be opposed by Butler RHP Cade Thune (1-1, 9.88 ERA).


Valparaiso (8-37, 4-20 MVC)

May 5 – Indiana State (26-24, 14-10 MVC) – 3 p.m. | May 6 – Indiana State – 2 p.m. | May 7 – Indiana State – noon

Next Up in Valpo Softball: The Valpo softball team closes out the regular season this weekend as the Beacons welcome Indiana State to the Valpo Softball Complex for a three-game series starting on Friday afternoon. Prior to Saturday’s game, Valpo will hold its Senior Day ceremony, honoring the four members of this year’s senior class.

Previously: After rallying with four runs in the top of the seventh to extend the game, Valpo lost in walk-off fashion at UIC last Tuesday, 7-6. The Beacons then dropped a three-game series at MVC regular season champion UNI over the weekend.

Looking Ahead: The 2023 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament will be held in Carbondale, Ill., starting on Wednesday, May 10. This weekend’s results will determine Valpo’s seed, first-round opponent and game time.

Following Valpo Softball: This weekend’s games will not be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN. All three games will have live stats available, however.

Head Coach Meaggan Pettipiece: Meaggan Pettipiece was hired in September 2022 as head coach of the Valpo softball program. Pettipiece brings over a decade of experience as a collegiate head coach, most recently the last three seasons at the Division I level at Akron. Prior to her time at Akron, Pettipiece spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Kent State and was head coach at Northwood for 10 years. Pettipiece, who owns 258 career coaching victories, was an All-American on the diamond and helped California University of Pennsylvania to a D-II national title in 1998 collegiately before playing internationally for Team Canada, including at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Series Notes: Valpo is just 6-19 all-time against Indiana State and is 4-11 against the Sycamores since joining the Valley. Indiana State is the program’s most common MVC opponent since joining the conference in 2018, as the two teams have met three times in MVC Tournament action in addition to full three-game series each of the four seasons. Last season, Indiana State took two of three in Terre Haute, winning 10-0 and 9-0 before Valpo closed the series with a 1-0 win. The programs met in the opening round of the MVC Tournament as well, with the Sycamores earning a 9-5 win in that matchup.

Scouting the Opposition: Indiana State enters the final weekend of the regular season with a 26-24 overall record and is 14-10 in MVC play, most recently winning two out of three last weekend against Missouri State. The Sycamores currently sit in fifth place in the Valley standings, two games back of fourth-place Murray State and one game ahead of Southern Illinois in sixth position. Indiana State’s offense is led by one of the Valley’s top hitters in Isabella Henning, who hits .392 with 12 doubles, seven homers, 24 walks, 37 runs scored and 31 RBIs. Five different pitchers have seen action this year, with Lexi Benko serving as the staff ace (12-8, 2.50 ERA, 123 IP, 88 K).

A Look at the Standings: Valpo enters the final weekend of the regular season at 4-20 in MVC play, sitting in 12th place in the Valley standings – putting the Beacons in position to face the five seed in first-round MVC Tournament action next Wednesday at 1 p.m. Valpo would have to win one more game this weekend than UIC (which faces Drake) to move up to the 11th seed and a matchup with the six seed on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Beacons could potentially move up to the 10th seed, if they were to sweep Indiana State and Bradley went 0-3 against Belmont.

Honoring the Seniors: The four members of Valpo’s senior class will be honored prior to Saturday’s game. In her fifth year, Taylor Herschbach has 132 career hits (including 24 doubles, seven triples and two homers), 71 runs scored and 51 RBIs in 193 appearances at Valpo. Lauren Kehlenbrink has 73 career hits (19 doubles, one triple, nine homers), 26 runs scored and 49 RBIs in 132 appearances. Easton Seib ranks 10th in program history with 96 career pitching appearances and has 18 victories – including six shutouts – and 186 strikeouts. Ryan Milkowski, who has served as a team manager this year due to medical issues, tallied 47 hits (12 doubles, one triple, five homers), 31 runs scored and 30 RBIs in her three seasons of action.

Hecker Continues to Hit: Junior outfielder Regi Hecker continued her strong recent performance at the plate last week in Valpo’s four games, going 6-for-12 with four RBIs and picking up at least one hit in all four contests. Over the last two weeks, Hecker is now hitting .440 (11-for-25) and has at least one hit in eight of nine games, including three multi-hit games. Her season batting average has gone up 40 points to .296 over the last two weeks.

A Single, A Double, A Triple…: Fifth-year infielder Taylor Herschbach picked up three-quarters of the cycle last Tuesday in the season series finale at UIC, as she doubled in the first inning, tripled in the fifth inning and singled in the seventh inning. It is the second straight season that Valpo has had a player tally a single, a double and a triple in the same game, as Addi Weaver did so on April 20, 2022 against Loyola. However, Herschbach became just the seventh Valpo player in the last 25 seasons to pick up a single, a double and a triple in the same game.

Tripling Into the Record Book: Herschbach’s triple against UIC was her fourth of the season, the most by a Valpo player since 2018 and moving her into a tie for sixth place in a single season in program history. With one more triple, Herschbach would move into a tie for second on the program’s single-season chart. Another triple would also move Herschbach into the top-10 in program history for career triples.

Extending the Game: Valpo entered the top of the seventh inning last Tuesday at UIC trailing 6-2, but sent the game to the bottom of the seventh with a four-run frame. While the Flames eventually won the game, it was still the first time Valpo had overcome a deficit of four runs or more to extend the game in the seventh inning since it erased a 4-0 Wright State lead with a four-run seventh to send the game to extra inning on its way to a walk-off win to win the 2016 Horizon League Tournament.

The Pitching Roundup: 4/11 at Northern Illinois – Easton Seib one-hitter (first of her career, sixth inning infield single)

4/14 at Bradley – Seib one-hitter (second of her career, third inning infield single)

– First pitcher in program history to throw one-hitters or better in back-to-back starts

– First Valpo pitcher since Emily Richardson in 2018 to throw multiple one-hitters or better in the same season

4/15 at Bradley – Caitlyn Kowalski no-hitter (First of her career)

– 12th no-hitter in program history

– First no-hitter by a Valpo pitcher since March 2019; first seven inning no-hitter since Feb. 2018

– First no-hitter in program history in a 1-0 game

4/19 vs. UIC – Seib and Kowalski combine on 4-0 shutout

– Largest shutout win over UIC in program history

– Just the program’s third shutout of UIC since 1990

More Pitching Beacon Bits: – First time since 2018 Valpo has had at least three one-hitters or better in the same season

– Shortest span between three such games in program history (previous shortest span was 28 days in 2007)

– Second time in program history team threw a one-hitter and no-hitter in consecutive games (March 2002 vs. Philadelphia and St. Thomas Aquinas)

– First time throwing four shutouts in a six-game stretch since Feb. 24-March 5, 2019

– First time throwing three shutouts in a stretch of four conference games since April 5-6, 2014


INDIANAPOLIS – After a record-breaking career for the Crimson and Grey, former University of Indianapolis football All-American Toriano Clinton will get a shot at fulfilling his biggest dream: playing in the NFL. The school’s all-time leading rusher was one of a select few undrafted free agents to receive an invitation to the Colts rookie minicamp, set for either May 5-8 or May 12-15.

Clinton finished his college career last fall with 4,538 rushing yards, most ever by a Greyhound. He also set career program records for yards per rushing attempt (7.7), rushing touchdowns (48), total touchdowns (55) and kickoff return average (30.9). He’s a four-time All-GLVC honoree, two-time All-American, and a two-time Academic All-American.

UIndy football head coach Chris Keevers knows as much as anyone about what Clinton has to offer. The veteran coach, who will enter his fifth season as the UIndy head man this fall and 30th overall, has been with the Greyhounds since Clinton first stepped onto campus back in 2018.

“Toriano had a great career at UIndy,” said Keevers. “He worked very and improved every year. He earned this opportunity with the Colts. We are very excited for him.” 


INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 10-ranked University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team saw their season end at the hands of the Drury Panthers on Tuesday afternoon by a score of 4-2. The match, originally scheduled to be played outdoors at Center Grove High School, was moved inside to the UIndy Tennis Center. The Hounds end the season 17-6 with their fourth-straight GLVC Championship and their 13th NCAA tournament appearance. This season marks their eighth-straight year making the NCAA tournament. 


The Panthers got going early, taking the doubles points with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Anna Novikova and Sofia Sharonova, the No. 16-ranked pairing, found the Hounds only doubles victory at the top slot.

Singles saw the Hounds quickly even the score with a victory by Novikova out of the No. 1 slot. Playing the GLVC Player of the Year in Nastasia Jedrychowski, Novikova handed her a 6-2, 6-1 loss. Drury fought back, retaking the lead with wins at No. 2 and No. 6 singles. Diane Flament attempted to bring the Hounds back into the match, winning 6-1, 6-1. However, the Panthers shut the door on a comeback, winning at No. 3 singles in straight sets to secure the 4-2 victory.


The Greyhounds send off a trio of seniors in Novikova, Sharonova and Arina Amaning. Novikova leaves as one of the most accomplished Greyhounds, ending her final campaign with a 19-7 record in singles and a 16-9 mark in doubles, playing alongside Sharonova and Lea Cakarevic. She ends her career as a two-time ITA All-American, three-time All-GLVC, as well as being the 2021-22 GLVC Player of the Year and DII Senior Player of the Year.

Sharonova leaves her senior season having a 9-4 singles record with a 15-9 doubles mark, being a part of the ITA Midwest Regional Champions pairing of her and Novikova. She earned the 2021 GLVC Distinguished Scholar Award as well as 2021 ITA Rookie of the Year and Freshman of the Year during her tenure.

Amaning, a transfer from Southern Mississippi, spent only two years with the Hounds, seeing no action due to injury her final season as Greyhound. Her previous season, she went 13-4, mainly playing in the four and five spot for the Hounds on route to a NCAA semifinal appearance.


INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis Interim Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Greg Shaheen announced Tuesday that Kelli Beheler has been named Interim Head Coach for the women’s soccer program through the 2023-24 season.

Beheler served as an assistant coach for the program since the 2022 campaign, before assuming broader responsibilities following the regular season, such as planning and managing the program through the winter and spring periods. She was instrumental last fall in guiding Maria Herrero and Kiki Sauceda to All-GLVC Second Team honors, with the former also earned Academic All-District recognition by College Sports Communicators.

“Kelli has shown genuine leadership in assuming responsibility for the program earlier in the calendar year,” said Shaheen. “The response from our student-athletes and staff has been excellent. We’re thrilled Kelli has agreed to continue with his opportunity over the next season.”

“I thank the university athletics staff and administration for the support as I transition into the new role,” said Beheler. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to lead a great group of women and excited for continued growth as part of the Greyhound family.”

Beheler joined the UIndy women’s soccer staff prior to the 2022 campaign after previously serving as an assistant coach at IUPUI for two seasons and as a graduate assistant at Albany State in 2019.

Prior to coaching, Beheler was a standout player at Illinois State where she earned All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team honors in 2016 and 2017. She earned MVC Freshman of the Year distinction in 2014 as a Redbird.

Beheler finished her career with 83 appearances and 72 starts, while totaling 17 goals and 17 assists and finishing eighth on ISU’s all-time list with 51 points.

She later signed to play professionally with Domsjö IF in Sweden.


Laconia, Ind. – After putting up a fight against Taylor through the opening two rounds of the Crossroads League Championship on Monday, the Marian men’s golf team delivered the final blow against the sixth-ranked Trojans on Tuesday, over-coming an 11-stroke deficit to win the Crossroads League title for the first time since 2015. Marian’s win snaps an eight-year drought and records the program’s 15th CL title, the most by any program in Marian history. In Marian’s championship run, Brandon Heffner shined brightest, moving back into the lead on Tuesday to win the individual medalist honor.

The Knights entered day two trailing Taylor by one stroke, and despite a pair of high numbers on Marian first few holes of the day, were able to keep the pace of Taylor. Midway through the final round of the tournament, Taylor began to pull away from Marian, at one point opening an 11-shot lead against the Knights. Marian was able to get back into range as they began knocking down birdies and pars, taking advantage of multiple bogeys fired by the Trojans.

After the turn, Marian got back into the game and began to overtake Taylor, pushing in front by as many as nine strokes with four holes remaining for each golfer. Marian continued to hold their lead, and despite some late bogeys from the Marian men, the Knights were able to pull off the upset, clinching an automatic bid into the NAIA National Championship as they won the Crossroads League Championship by two strokes.

On the final day Marian finished with a team score of 309, edging out Taylor by three as they came in with a 312 score. Marian’s final score for the three rounds finished at 908 (299+300+309), two better than Taylor’s (298+300+312) score of 910. St. Francis finished the day in third as they gained two spots on the team leaderboard, passing over fourth place Indiana Wesleyan and fifth place Spring Arbor. Bethel finished sixth, followed by Huntington, Grace, and Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

Individually, Brandon Heffner played near flawless in his final round, shooting a 71 on Tuesday for his second round under-par in the tournament. The -1 performance from Heffner helped him overtake Noah Ross for the individual lead, as Ross shot a 77 on the final day, allowing Heffner to hit a walk-in par for the win by four strokes on the 18th hole. Heffner’s winning performance prevailed him to the individual medalist title, giving Marian their 11th honor in program history, with the Knights repeating following Jay Williams championship last season. Heffner is the eighth different Knight to win the individual medalist honor, and the youngest to win since Trey Pfund’s first title in 2010. The final score for the sophomore finished with a 219 (70+78+71).

Weston Ogden joined Heffner on the All-Tournament Team, finishing fifth overall. Ogden shot a 78 in his final round to finish with a three-round score of 228. Luke Beetz got off to a rough start with a quintuple bogey on the opening hole, but rebounded strong to finish with a 76 in the third round of the tournament, ending the 54-hole event with a total score of 229. Beetz finished sixth in the league championship, gaining four spots on the final day.

Sam Slaughter finished 13th overall, carding an 85 in the final round after a string of late bogeys knocked the sophomore out of the top-five. Slaughter finished with a final score of 234. Patrick Guymon cracked the top-20 in his final appearance in the Crossroads League Championships as he tied for 19th, firing an 84 in the last round to end with a two-day score of 239.

With Marian’s win, the clinched an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championships, held May 15-18 in Mesa, Arizona. More information about the NAIA National Championships will be released at a later date.


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American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay246.80015 – 29 – 45 – 29 – 14 – 27 – 3W 1
Baltimore209.6903.59 – 411 – 54 – 59 – 25 – 28 – 2W 3
Toronto1812.60069 – 39 – 94 – 48 – 25 – 46 – 4L 3
Boston1714.5487.511 – 76 – 75 – 77 – 23 – 16 – 4W 4
NY Yankees1615.5168.510 – 86 – 73 – 36 – 63 – 43 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota1713.56710 – 67 – 75 – 58 – 32 – 16 – 4L 1
Cleveland1416.46734 – 810 – 83 – 51 – 26 – 44 – 6L 1
Detroit1017.3705.55 – 75 – 102 – 142 – 12 – 13 – 7L 2
Chi White Sox921.30085 – 94 – 122 – 112 – 22 – 22 – 8W 2
Kansas City723.233101 – 136 – 101 – 41 – 62 – 73 – 7L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Texas1811.62112 – 56 – 64 – 35 – 14 – 26 – 4W 4
Houston1614.5332.58 – 108 – 44 – 24 – 61 – 26 – 4L 1
LA Angels1614.5332.58 – 58 – 93 – 72 – 17 – 36 – 4W 2
Seattle1316.44857 – 96 – 71 – 23 – 42 – 25 – 5W 2
Oakland624.20012.53 – 133 – 111 – 61 – 23 – 82 – 8L 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta2010.6677 – 713 – 38 – 36 – 03 – 46 – 4W 1
NY Mets1613.5523.56 – 610 – 77 – 60 – 36 – 44 – 6W 1
Miami1614.533410 – 76 – 75 – 103 – 04 – 25 – 5L 1
Philadelphia1516.4845.58 – 57 – 111 – 24 – 33 – 36 – 4L 3
Washington1118.3798.54 – 127 – 63 – 32 – 32 – 25 – 5W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Pittsburgh2010.6679 – 411 – 62 – 17 – 45 – 17 – 3L 2
Milwaukee1811.6211.59 – 69 – 53 – 04 – 24 – 44 – 6L 2
Chi Cubs1514.5174.58 – 87 – 61 – 42 – 35 – 53 – 7L 1
Cincinnati1317.43379 – 64 – 113 – 73 – 61 – 16 – 4W 1
St. Louis1020.333105 – 95 – 110 – 33 – 44 – 92 – 8L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers1813.58111 – 67 – 73 – 28 – 57 – 68 – 2W 5
Arizona1614.5331.58 – 68 – 81 – 24 – 29 – 85 – 5L 2
San Diego1615.51628 – 98 – 65 – 53 – 68 – 46 – 4L 1
San Francisco1217.41457 – 75 – 103 – 43 – 11 – 46 – 4W 1
Colorado1020.3337.55 – 95 – 113 – 52 – 53 – 64 – 6W 2


1936      After being sidelined at the start of the season because of a foot injury, Joe DiMaggio makes his much anticipated major league debut. The 21-year-old rookie outfielder lives up to the hype, collecting three hits, including a triple, and scores three runs in the Yankees’ 14-5 victory over the Browns in New York.

1941      In his first major league start, Cardinal rookie Henry Gornicki throws a one-hitter, beating Philadelphia at Shibe Park, 6-1. The 30-year-old right-hander, who will win only fifteen games in his career, gives up the lone hit to rookie outfielder Stanley Benjamin.

1947      The Cardinals trade center fielder Harry Walker and right-hander Freddy Schmidt to the Phillies for right fielder Ron Northey. ‘Harry the Hat’ will finish the season .363 batting average, tops in the National League.

1947      The Pirates deal five-foot, six-inch reserve outfielder Al Gionfriddo to the Dodgers for five players and a hundred thousand dollars in cash, delivered by the diminutive flycatcher when he arrives in Brooklyn. The Bucs received Hank Behrman, Dixie Howell, Gene Mauch, Cal McLish, and Kirby Higbe, a former 20-game winner from South Carolina, made expendable due to his comments about playing with his new teammate Jackie Robinson, the first black to play in the major leagues this century.

1950      Although he beats the White Sox, 4-3, Vic Raschi balks four times during the contest. The Yankee pitcher cannot adjust to the new rule, which requires a pitcher to come to a rest for a full second.

1951      In a 17-3 rout over the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, Gil McDougald ties a major league record with six RBIs in one inning. The Yankee rookie hits his first career home run, a grand slam, and then adds a two-run triple as the Bronx Bombers break out for 11 runs in the ninth inning.

1952      The Yankees trade Jackie Jensen and right-hander Spec Shea to the Senators for veteran fly chaser Irv Noren to fill the void in center field created by Joe DiMaggio’s retirement and Mickey Mantle’s recovery from last season’s knee surgery. In 1958, Jensen will win the American League MVP playing for Boston.

1959      At Briggs Stadium, Charlie Maxwell hits four straight home runs in a doubleheader, helping the 2-15 Tigers, under new manager Jimmy Dykes, sweep the Yankees 4-2 and 8-2. It was Dykes’ first day as skipper, and he put Charlie back in the lineup even though ‘Ole Paw Paw’ was hitting only .136 at the time.

1962      In a deal with the Indians, the Senators trade light-hitting outfielder Willie Tasby for southpaws Don Rudolph and Steve Hamilton. At the start of next season, Washington will obtain Jim Coates from the Yankees in exchange for Hamilton, who will post a 34-20 (.630) record during his eight-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers.

1963      Buster Narum goes deep off Cleveland southpaw Don Mossi in his only at-bat with the Orioles. Baltimore will option the 22-year-old rookie hurler to Triple-A Rochester in six days, making the right-hander the first pitcher to have more homers than wins in a season.

1966      After previously blanking Boston and Kansas City, Indian right-hander Luis Tiant tosses his third consecutive shutout when he beats the Yankees in the Bronx, 1-0. The 25-year-old ‘El Tiante’ has yet to surrender a single run this season.

1975      After taking the mound against the Rangers in the second inning at Arlington Stadium, Nolan Ryan finds a rubber snake and a giant rubber crab when he reaches for the rosin bag. The Angels right-hander, who gets the victory when the Halos beat Texas, 4-2, suspects opposing manager Billy Martin for the shenanigans, calling the prank a “Little League stunt.”

1975      The Reds beat the Braves at Riverfront Stadium, 6-1, making Gary Nolan, who missed most of 1973 and the entire 1974 season due to arm problems, a winner for the first time in nearly two and half seasons. The right-hander’s last win came on October 3, 1972, when he beat the Astros by an identical score in Cincinnati.

1979      In a 6-1 defeat to the Brewers, Indian outfielder Bobby Bonds hits his 300th home run off Moose Haas to become only the second player in major league history to steal at least 300 bases (413) and hit 300 round-trippers. Willie Mays was the first to accomplish the feat. (July 4, 1961).

1980      Willie McCovey homers for the final time, a solo shot off Scott Sanderson in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 3-2 loss to Montreal at Olympic Stadium. The 42-year-old future Hall of Fame first baseman, who hit the first of his 521 round-trippers in 1959, joins Red Sox legend Ted Williams as the only other major leaguer to homer in four different decades.

1980      Ferguson Jenkins becomes only the fifth major league hurler to win 100 games in each league when he defeats the Orioles, 3-2. The Ranger right-hander joins Al Orth, Cy Young, Jim Bunning, and Gaylord Perry in accomplishing the feat.

1982      Facing the minimum 27 batters, Mike Flanagan and the Orioles beat Seattle, 6-0. The Baltimore southpaw gives up three hits and a walk, but two double plays, a pickoff, and a caught stealing attempt deprive the opposition of any men left on base.

1983      After returning from a stint on the disabled list, Dave Wilhelmi of the Shreveport Captains throws a perfect game, beating the Arkansas Travelers in Little Rock, 7-0. It takes two spectacular ninth-inning catches in the outfield to complete the second perfecto in Texas League history.

1986      In a 9-4 win over the Rangers in the Bronx, Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly becomes the sixth major leaguer to connect for three sacrifice flies in one game. The rare feat was last accomplished just two days ago by Cardinal outfielder Vince Coleman in a contest against the Padres.

1987      Joe Cowley, pitching in relief, makes his final major league appearance, giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning in the Phillies’ 9-6 loss to Cincinnati. The 28-year-old right-hander becomes the only pitcher in major league history never to win another game after pitching a no-hitter, which he accomplished last season against the Angels as a starter with the White Sox.

1996      Texas starter Ken Hill yields a one-out first-inning infield single to Bobby Higginson before retiring the next 26 batters in the team’s 11-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. Tomorrow, the Ranger right-hander’s effort will be matched by teammate Roger Pavlik’s gem against Detroit, making it the first time in 79 years in the American League that a team has thrown consecutive one-hitters.

1998      Dan Wilson hits the first inside-the-park grand slam in the history of the Mariners. The backstop’s first-inning bases-full round-tripper proves to be the difference in the M’s 10-6 victory over Detroit at the Kingdome.

1999      In the second game of a home-and-home series, the Cuban national team, facing major league competition in the United States for the first time, defeats the struggling Orioles at Camden Yards, 12-6. In March, Baltimore prevailed at Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano, edging Cuba in 11 innings, 3-2, after being greeted by Fidel Castro.

1999      In a 12-11, 10-inning loss to the A’s, Red Sox rookie Creighton Gubanich becomes only the fourth player to blast a grand slam for his first big-league hit. The reserve catcher, who will play only 15 more games in the major leagues, joins Bill Duggleby (1898 – Phillies), Bobby Bonds (1968 – Giants), and Orlando Mercado (1982 -Mariners) in accomplishing the feat.

2000      The Rockies set a franchise record, collecting 24 hits in a 16-7 rout of Montreal. Colorado’s first baseman Todd Helton goes 5-for-5 in the Coors Field contest, with all nine starters getting at least one hit and driving in at least one run.

2001      Johnny Oates, finishing with an overall managerial record for the Rangers of 506-476 (.515) during his 6+ seasons at the helm, resigns 28 games into the new campaign, being replaced by the team’s third-base coach Jerry Narron. A poor start of 11-17 due to a lack of pitching and owner Tom Hicks’ high expectations after signing prized free agent Alex Rodriguez led to the speculation of the imminent firing of the Texas skipper.

2001      Michael Orschlin, the third fan to jump onto the field at Kauffman Stadium this season, is taken away on a stretcher as a result of a broken ankle suffered from his 12-foot leap over the guard rail onto the ballpark’s hard rubber warning track during the ninth inning of a Royals’ 9-4 loss to the Indians. Trying to win a $400 wager from a friend, the 22-year-old, whose injury delays the game for 15 minutes, faces a $1,000 fine for trespassing.

(Ed. note – The trio of the leapers have all jumped in the ninth inning of the home team’s loss. – LP)

2004      Similar to last season, the aging outfielder Rickey Henderson re-signs with the Atlantic League’s Bears, hoping for a shot of returning to the big leagues. The 45-year-old future Hall of Famer batted .339, hit eight home runs, drove in 33 runs, scored 52 runs, and stole nine bases for the Newark team last season before joining the Dodgers in July.

2005      A state legislative committee votes 9-0 to approve a bill that will require the Los Angeles Angels, formerly known as the Anaheim Angels, to disclose on all promotional material, including tickets, ads, and publications that the team plays in Anaheim. Using the example of an orange juice company selling OJ that contains no oranges, California Assemblyman Tom Umberg, the bill’s sponsor, says he is trying to promote truth in sports advertising.

2005      With the best record in the majors, the White Sox establish a big-league mark, having led in all 28 games this season. The eventual World Champs will post a 99-63 record this season.

2006      Major League Baseball will sell the Nationals to a group led by Theodore Lerner, a Maryland-based real estate developer, for $450 million. In 2002, the 29 other big-league owners collectively bought the Montreal Expos franchise for $120 million and then moved the failing franchise to Washington, D.C. last season.

2008      With his three-run blast at Chase Field off Diamondbacks’ ace Brandon Webb, Carlos Delgado moves ahead of Juan Gonzalez as the home run leader for players born in Puerto Rico. The Mets’ first baseman’s 435th career home run places the Aguadilla native 36th on the all-time major league list.

2009      Defeating San Diego 2-1 in 10 innings, the Dodgers tie a franchise record, winning their ninth consecutive decision at home from the start of the season. The 1946 club also reeled off nine straight victories at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field at the beginning of the post-war campaign.

2009      In the eighth inning of the Rays’ 5-3 victory over Boston Tropicana Field, Carl Crawford, who enjoys a 4-for-4 night at the plate, steals his sixth base, tying a modern major league record shared by three players. The 27-year-old perennial American League stolen base champ joins Eddie Collins (A’s – twice 1912), Otis Nixon (Braves – 1991), and Eric Young (Rockies – 1996) as the only players to swipe a half dozen bags in a contest since 1900.

2011      Francisco Liriano’s first complete game in his six-year major league career is a no-hitter, a 1-0 gem thrown against the White Sox at a chilly U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins’ 27-year-old southpaw entered the game with a 2-4 record and a 9.13 ERA, fueling speculation that he was in danger of losing his spot in the Minnesota rotation.

2014      The Mets set the record for the longest hitless streak by a major league pitching staff to start a season when Jenrry Mejia grounds out to second, making the New York hurlers, collectively, 0-for-46 since Opening Day. The dubious mark, previously established by the 1914 St. Louis Browns, will be extended to 64 at-bats before Jacob deGrom singles off Yankee right-hander Chase Whitley in his first major league plate appearance.

2015      The Nationals blank the Mets at Citi Field, 1-0, on consecutive days, marking the first time in 19 years that a road opponent has recorded 1-0 victories against the same team on back-to-back days. The Cardinals last accomplished the feat in 1996 when they held the Phillies scoreless, scoring lone runs in the April 19 and 20th contests at Veterans Stadium.


May 3, 1910 – Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States is renamed the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) according to the US Library of Congress.The Organization was founded March 31, 1906 as football reform was called for by many including, President Theodore Roosevelt and was initially named the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS). At the organization’s fifth annual conference, IAAUS is renamed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) due to its increased growth and influence. Rules in other intercollegiate sports such as baseball, track athletics, and basketball are also subject to discussion and reform. 

May 3, 1977 –  “ Long Waiting Period Comes to End for Prize USC Back”  that was the headline in the Longview News Journal in Longview Texas the day after the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft took place.

Ricky Bell from USC first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The career of Bell lasted through the 1982 season however it has not been placed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame but the second overall selection was. Tony Dorsett from the University of Pittsburgh was picked by the Dallas Cowboys who accomplished quite a bit of maneuvering to get into the position of being able to select the outstanding halfback. So far according to the Pro Football Reference, Dorsett is the only player from the 1977 Draft Class that has been enshrined in Canton. 

May 3, 1979 – The 1979 NFL Draft: Tom Cousineau from Ohio State first pick by Buffalo Bills. The linebacker played in the League through 1987 enjoying a nice career but so far has not received a Gold Jacket. The player from this 1979 NFL Draft that are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame are Dan Hampton the defensive end from Arkansas taken with the fourth pick by the Chicago Bears, the San Diego Chargers selection at number 13 of tight end Kellen Winslow, and the steal of the Draft at overall selection number 82 by the San Francisco 49ers of Notre Dame QB Joe Montana according to PFR. 

May 3, 1992 – The Ohio Glory team wins their first WLAF game after 6 losses.  They defeated the Frankfurt Galaxy 20-17. Unfortunately that was the Columbus, Ohio based franchise’s only victory as they disbanded months after the season ended per the Fun While it Lasted website.

May 3, 2018 – Payday! High Water Mark Set! Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan becomes NFL’s first $30 million per season player after agreeing to $150m contract extension for five years. The Falcons signal caller according to an article in the Chicago Tribune became the highest paid player in League history, for at least a little while. At that time Ryan had been in four Pro Bowls and had tossed for over 41000 yards and 260 TDs.


Here are the bios on some birthday boys that are either in the College Football Hall of Fame or the Pro Football Hall of Fame that were born on this day. There is plenty more about them to read by either clicking their high-lighted name or at the top of this page clicking the “On This Day in Football History” and going to May 3 Football History.

May 3, 1927 – Columbus, Georgia – Bobby Davis the Georgia Tech tackle from 1944 to 1947 was born. Bobby Davis was honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1978 after the National Football Foundation tabulated the votes.

May 3, 1941 – Mount Holly, New Jersey – Penn State’s brilliant end from 1960 to 1962, Dave Robinson arrived into the world. The legend received the great honor of being selected for inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.  Dave Robinson was selected for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.


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May 3, 1936 – A big event in New York Yankee history occurred. Number 9, Joe DiMaggio made his debut in the big leagues. In this iaugural game for Jumpin Joe, he had 3 hits in the game! What a way to make an entrance. In 1937 DiMaggio’s uniform would read Number 5 for the balance of his career.

May 3, 1951 – Speaking about NY Yankee rookies making a splash, well how about Number 12, Gil McDougald? McDougald tied a major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning and ended up winning the Rookie of the Year Award for the 1951 season.

May 3, 1961 – Veteran Milwaukee Braves pitcher, Warren Spahn, Number 21 pitched a 2 hitter after pitching a no hitter. Performances like this earned Spahn the Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player accolades. The Braves defeated the Dodgers 4-1.


May 3, 1974 – “Pistol” Pete Maravich, Number 44 was obtained by the expansion New Orleans Jazz from Atlanta in exchange for first-round draft picks in 1974 and 1975, second-round picks in 1975 and 1976, and the Jazz’ second and third selections in the expansion draft.

May 3, 1987 – Milwaukee beat Philadelphia 102-89 in the deciding Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series, the last game of Number 6, Julius Erving’s illustrious 16-year professional basketball career in the NBA and ABA. Dr. J led the Sixers with 24 points.