INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

FRIDAY 9-16

MOUNT VERNON V DELTA                                        7:30PM

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL V EVANSVILLE HARRISON   7:00PM CST

COLUMBUS NORTH V BISHOP CHATARD                  7:00PM

TINDLEY V COVENANT CHRISTIAN                             7:00PM

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN V SCECINA                              7:00PM (@BEECH GROVE)

HCAC GAME OF THE WEEK

KALAMAZOO V DEFIANCE                                         1:30PM

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 5 CAPSULES:

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INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SCORES:

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INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SCORES:

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INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SCORES:
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 3

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16

FLORIDA STATE AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

AIR FORCE AT WYOMING | 8 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 17

WOFFORD AT VIRGINIA TECH | 11 A.M. | ACC NETWORK

NO. 1 GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

UCONN AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC

NO. 6 OKLAHOMA AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | FOX

TEXAS STATE AT NO. 17 BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FS1

YOUNGSTOWN STATE AT NO. 9 KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

ABILENE CHRISTIAN AT MISSOURI | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

VILLANOVA AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

PURDUE AT SYRACUSE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

CINCINNATI AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT INDIANA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

TOWSON AT WEST VIRGINIA | 1 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

BUFFALO AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

BUCKNELL AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN3

SOUTH ALABAMA AT UCLA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

OHIO AT IOWA STATE | 2 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

RUTGERS AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

OLD DOMINION AT VIRGINIA | 2 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

MURRAY STATE AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

CAL AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK

TULANE AT KANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

NEW MEXICO STATE AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

NO. 12 BYU AT NO. 25 OREGON | 3:30 P.M. | FOX

NO. 20 OLE MISS AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

NO. 22 PENN STATE AT AUBURN | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

VANDERBILT AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

COLORADO AT MINNESOTA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

STONY BROOK AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

TROY AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

UL MONROE AT NO. 2 ALABAMA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

KANSAS AT HOUSTON | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

UT MARTIN AT BOISE STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1

LIBERTY AT NO. 19 WAKE FOREST | 5 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

COLORADO STATE AT WASHINGTON STATE | 5 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

MARSHALL AT BOWLING GREEN | 5 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT LSU | 6 P.M. | ESPNU

NORTH CAROLINA A&T AT DUKE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX

CAMPBELL AT EAST CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

TOLEDO AT NO. 3 OHIO STATE | 7 P.M. | FOX

ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF AT NO. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE | 7 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

MISSOURI STATE AT NO. 10 ARKANSAS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

TEXAS TECH AT NO. 16 NC STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

AKRON AT NO. 15 TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT TULSA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

NORTHWESTERN STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN3

ARKANSAS STATE AT MEMPHIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

CHARLOTTE AT GEORGIA STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

TENNESSEE STATE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTH FLORIDA AT NO. 18 FLORIDA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NO. 11 MICHIGAN STATE AT WASHINGTON | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

NO. 23 PITT AT WESTERN NO. 4 MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NEVADA AT IOWA | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

SMU AT MARYLAND | 7:30 P.M. | FS1

MAINE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3

UCF AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN

LOUISIANA AT RICE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISIANA TECH AT NO. 5 CLEMSON | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

MONTANA STATE AT OREGON STATE | 8 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

UTEP AT NEW MEXICO | 8 P.M. | MWN

UTSA AT NO. 21 TEXAS | 8 P.M. | LONGHORN NETWORK

NO. 13 MIAMI (FLA.) AT NO. 24 TEXAS A&M | 9 P.M. | ESPN

SAN DIEGO STATE AT NO. 14 UTAH | 10 P.M. | ESPN2

FRESNO STATE AT NO.7  USC | 10:30 P.M. | FOX

NORTH DAKOTA STATE AT ARIZONA | 11 P.M. | FS1

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT ARIZONA STATE | 11 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

DUQUESNE AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

NFL WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

BALTIMORE 4 WASHINGTON 3

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 COLORADO 2

SAN DIEGO 2 SEATTLE 0

TAMPA BAY 4 TORONTO 2

CLEVELAND 3 LA ANGELS 1

HOUSTON 6 DETROIT 3

TORONTO 7 TAMPA BAY 2

NY YANKEES 7 BOSTON 6 (10)

MINNESOTA 6 KANSAS CITY 3

TEXAS 8 OAKLAND 7

PITTSBURGH 6 CINCINNATI 1

PITTSBURGH 1 CINCINNATI 0

PHILADELPHIA 2 MIAMI 1

CHICAGO CUBS 4 NY METS 1

MILWAUKEE 8 ST. LOUIS 4

LA DODGERS 4 ARIZONA 0

ATLANTA 5 SAN FRANCISCO 1

Minor league baseball

TOLEDO 9 INDIANAPOLIS 1

WNBA

LAS VEGAS 85 CONNECTICUT 71

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

MONTREAL 3 CHICAGO 2

MIAMI 2 COLUMBUS 1

MINNESOTA 1 LAFC 1

HOUSTON 3 NEW ENGLAND 1

KANSAS CITY 3 DC 0

TOP NATIOANL HEADLINES

Judge homers twice to reach 57, Yanks beat Sox 7-6 in 10

BOSTON (AP) It’s a rare thing for a Red Sox fan to cheer for a member of the New York Yankees.

Aaron Judge caused some of Boston’s faithful to make an exception on his latest visit to Fenway Park

Judge hit his major league-leading 56th and 57th home runs, Gleyber Torres had a go-ahead three-run double in the 10th inning and the Yankees held on to beat the Red Sox 7-6 on Tuesday night.

Playing in New York’s 142nd game, the Yankees slugger’s second drive of the night brought fans from both sides of the rivalry to their feet in applause as he moved four from tying the American League home run record Roger Maris set with the Yankees in 1961.

“(Red Sox fans) were wearing me out on deck, I don’t know if they were cheering or not,” Judge said. “They were wearing me out. But nah, it’s all of baseball fans. Just fans all over. Red Sox, Yankees – it doesn’t matter. They came here to see a good game and to see a show. Both teams I think put on a good show for them.”

After going homerless in five games, Judge had a pair of of tying solo homers, off Nick Pivetta in the sixth and Garrett Whitlock in the eighth.

“I’m out of adjectives,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Just really impressive what he did.”

Judge has 10 multi-homer games this season, one shy of the AL record Hank Greenberg set in 1938, and 26 in his career. Judge’s three hits raised his average to .310, and he leads the major leagues in home runs and with 123 RBIs. Judge has a 1.105 OPS this season and 32 RBIs in his last 38 games.

Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber is second in the major leagues with 37 homers, making this the first time a player finished a day with a 20-homer lead since the final day of the 1928 season, when Babe Ruth was 23 ahead of Jim Bottomley and Hack Wilson, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

New York, which came from behind three times, reopened a six-game AL East lead, its largest since Sept. 1.

Torres broke a 4-4 tie in the 10th against Jeurys Familia (2-3). He has eight RBIs in his last three games after getting just three in his previous 14.

“I was telling myself: `Just be simple. Hit the ball the other way because I know second base is in the shift,'” Torres said. “Don’t try to do too much, just put the ball in play.”

Clay Holmes (6-3) hit Reese McGuire with a pitch and got one out in the 10th, and Alex Verdugo had an RBI single that put runners at the corners.

Xander Bogaerts popped out to shallow left, and Peralta bounced a fastball for a run-scoring wild pitch. Wandy Peralta struck out Devers on the seventh pitch of the at-bat, his first slider of the night, for his fourth save.

“It’s been like that the whole season, you know? The guys are putting in effort, putting good at-bats but we haven’t been able to put them away,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.

Rookie Triston Casas, McGuire and Bogaerts homered for Boston, which has lost eight of 14 to the Yankees this season.

Marwin Gonzalez hit the first of three tying homers for New York, a two-run drive in the third.

Pivetta allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out five.

New York’s Gerrit Cole struck out 10 over six innings, but was tagged for all three of Boston’s home runs over six innings.

Casas hit his first home run at Fenway Park, and McGuire hit his first home run this season.

Cole called what everyone is getting to witness with Judge “special.”

“I feel very fortunate to be able to play on the same team with him,” Cole said. “It’s one of the most historic offensive seasons of all-time. … I’m humbled to be a part of it.”

BACK IN

Aaron Hicks pinch hit for Jose Trevino to open the 10th and drew a walk in Hicks’ first appearance since he was pulled midgame of the the Yankees loss Friday to Tampa Bay.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Anthony Rizzo (headaches from epidural injection) took some swings during batting practice and could return for New York’s next series at Milwaukee, or at home next week when the Yankees host Pittsburgh. . LHP Aroldis Chapman (infected wound) pitched an inning in a rehab appearance for Double-A Somerset, giving up a hit, with two strikeouts and a walk. CF Harrison Bader (planter fasciitis in right foot) went hitless in three at bats and struck out twice.

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) threw batting practice. He has been on the injured list since Aug. 19.

MAKING MOVES

Yankees IF/OF Tyler Wade was at Fenway on Tuesday as part of the taxi squad. . … OF Jasson Dominguez was promoted to Double-A Somerset and went 0 for 5. He hit .306 with six homers, 22 RBIs and 17 steals in 40 games at High-A Hudson Valley. The 19-year-old started the season at Class A Tampa.

UP NEXT

Yankees LHP Nestor Cortes (9-4, 7.73 ERA) will make his 25th start of the season. He is 4-3 with a 3.72 ERA over his last 14 starts. Red Sox rookie RHP Bryan Bello (1-5-5.79) will make his first career appearance against New York. He has a 3.55 ERA in his last six outings, including four starts.

Kershaw, Dodgers win another NL West title, blank D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) Clayton Kershaw pitched seven dominant innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West for the ninth time in 10 seasons, blanking the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 Tuesday night.

Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy and Joey Gallo homered as the Dodgers boosted the best record in the majors to 98-43. They lead second-place San Diego by a whopping 20 1/2 games.

Manager Dave Roberts’ team will have plenty of time to get set for its 10th straight year in the postseason. The Dodgers’ first playoff game is almost a month away, on Oct. 11.

The only season the Dodgers didn’t clinch the division in their recent run was last year – they won 106 times but still finished one game behind San Francisco. Los Angeles then beat the Giants in the NL Division Series before falling to eventual champion Atlanta in the NLCS.

A crowd of 21,143, mostly clad in Dodger blue, watched the clincher. It’s the Dodgers’ 20th NL West crown since the majors split into divisions in 1969.

Kershaw (8-3) was sharp throughout, allowing just two singles and one walk while striking out five. He threw just 82 pitches, 55 for strikes. He lowered his season ERA to 2.44.

Caleb Ferguson and Craig Kimbrel finished the combined three-hit shutout.

Gallo’s home run, his 17th, cleared the center-field wall and gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the second. The homer was measured at 438 feet. Muncy led off the inning with a single off Merrill Kelly – literally- as it bounced off the pitcher to the vacated left side of the infield.

Freeman led off the third inning with his 20th homer, a 442-foot drive to right-center into the swimming pool area.

Muncy’s homer, also his 20th, came against Taylor Widener in the seventh.

Kelly (12-6) lasted five innings, losing for the first time in 14 starts. He gave up five hits, walked five and struck out eight. He threw 96 pitches – 30 in the long second inning and 29 more in the third.

It was the second straight shutout by the Dodgers in Arizona. Tyler Anderson and two relievers handled the Diamondbacks 6-0 on Monday.

GOT THEIR NUMBER

After Tuesday’s win, the Dodgers are 27-5 against Arizona in the last two seasons.

WEB GEMS

Mookie Betts, back in his usual spot in right field, made a sliding catch in the corner after a long run to take an extra-base hit from Jake McCarthy in the seventh inning. Betts started at second base on Monday.

In the eighth, McCarthy returned the favor, grabbing Betts’ drive down the line in foul territory.

NOT TONIGHT

Diamondbacks 1B Christian Walker entered Tuesday with a .318 average against Kershaw with four home runs in 22 at-bats, but he struck out twice and grounded out against the All-Star lefty.

BACK IN TIME

The Dodgers activated RHP Tommy Kahnle from the 60-day injured list on Tuesday and designated RHP Heath Hembree for assignment.

Kahnle, 33, missed three months with forearm inflammation. He has pitched just four games for the Dodgers this season but has postseason experience with the New York Yankees in 2017 and ’19.

“To get a guy who’s pitched in high leverage, pitched in big games, to have him back is huge,” Roberts said. “The timing is good. He hasn’t pitched a whole lot this season, so having a few weeks to get him re-acclimated is a good thing.”

Roberts said 2B Gavin Lux (back), sidelined since Sept. 1, will have a simulated game Wednesday. Roberts said he’s close to returning.

NEXT

RHP Michael Grove (4.82) makes his third start of the season for the Dodgers against Arizona RHP Zach Davies (2-4, 4.09) Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series at Chase Field.

Trout’s HR streak ends at 7 games; Guardians win 5th in row

CLEVELAND (AP) Angels star Mike Trout’s streak of consecutive games hitting a home run ended at seven, one shy of the major league record, and the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians beat Los Angeles 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Trout went 0 for 3 with three routine flyballs and a walk. The three-time AL MVP was chasing the mark of eight straight games with a home run, set by Pittsburgh’s Dale Long in 1956 and matched by Don Mattingly of the Yankees in 1987 and Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993.

Trout admitted the streak had been on his mind.

“I’m not going to lie,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about it, for sure. Everybody’s been texting me. You guys are asking me a bunch of questions. It’s kind of hard not to.”

Trout said a home run was especially in his thoughts when he batted against hard-throwing James Karinchak in the eighth that resulted in a fly to right on a 2-1 pitch.

“It’s the nature of things, I guess,” he said. “When I think home run, not good as you saw. I chased some pitches and was amped up too much. Got to start a new streak, I guess.”

Guardians manager Terry Francona wished Trout well before the game, to a certain extent .

“If I was a fan, I’d be glued to my seat in the hopes he would hit eight,” Francona said. “Since I’m glued to my seat there (in the dugout), I hope he doesn’t. But he’s good for the game. He’s actually great for the game.”

Oscar Gonzalez’s two-run homer in the sixth broke a 1-all tie and gave Cleveland its fifth straight win. Jose Ramirez started the inning with a double and Gonzalez lined an 0-2 pitch from Jose Suarez (6-7) off the railing atop the wall in left field.

Gonzalez, one of several rookies who have made a major contribution in Cleveland’s surprising season, has eight home runs. Rookie Kirk McCarty (3-2) held Los Angeles to one hit in 3 2/3 innings for Cleveland, which has won seven of eight.

Emmanuel Clase gave up a two-out single in the ninth, but struck out Matt Duffy and converted his 35th save in 38 chances

Trout faced rookie Cody Morris in his first two at-bats. He flied out to center in the first and drew a four-pitch walk in the third with a runner on second.

Trout batted against McCarty, another rookie, in the fifth and flied out to center on a 3-2 pitch after the first three pitches were balls.

Trout was the first AL player with a seven-game home run streak since Kendrys Morales of Toronto in 2018. Cincinnati’s Joey Votto homered in seven straight last season from July 24-30.

Matt Thaiss hit a leadoff homer in the second off Morris. Luke Maile’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the fifth.

Angels third baseman Matt Duffy fielded Myles Straw’s grounder in the fifth, but couldn’t get the ball out of his glove after two attempts and the play went for a hit.

Steven Kwan followed with a slow roller that came to a stop halfway up the third base line for another infield hit. Plate umpire John Tumpane, bending over to get a closer look, gave the fair signal as Thaiss, whose only hope was for the ball to roll foul, looked on.

Angels infielder David Fletcher didn’t start for the third day in a row because of a bruised right hand. Fletcher batted for Andrew Velazquez and bunted for a hit in the fifth. He also bunted for an out in the seventh.

QUICK CHANGE

Umpire Ron Kulpa, who had to leave Monday night’s game with two outs in the ninth after being struck on the mask by a foul tip, wasn’t part of Tuesday’s crew. He was replaced by Alan Porter.

Kulpa ejected both managers in the seventh Monday. Francona asked for a review on whether Andres Gimenez was hit by a pitch. Francona was ejected after Kulpa said he didn’t see him signal for a review and play had already continued.

Francona spoke with league officials Tuesday, but gave few details about the conversation.

“I don’t know if it was meant to be public or not,” he said. “But they reached out to me, and they were very professional and very good. I’ll leave it at that.”

Angels manager Phil Nevin was ejected when Kulpa denied pitcher Ryan Tepera a chance to throw warmup pitches during the umpire’s argument with Francona.

STOPPING IN TOWN

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred met with Guardians players Wednesday afternoon to discuss the rules changes that will go into effect next season.

“That was a good move on his part,” Francona said. “I don’t know what was said, but I do think anytime they talk, it’s good.”

The changes include implementation of a pitch clock, banning defensive shifts and an increase in the size of bases.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: RHP Shohei Ohtani is on schedule to start Saturday against Seattle. He was removed because of a blister on his right index after five innings in his last start against Houston.

Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale (right forearm inflammation) could rejoin the rotation on Sept. 20. He’s expected to pitch on a rehab assignment late this week.

UP NEXT

LHP Patrick Sandoval (5-9, 2.98 ERA) will start the series finale for the Angels on Wednesday afternoon. RHP Cal Quantrill (12-5, 3.50 ERA) will start for the Guardians. Quantrill is 12-0 in 40 career games at Progressive Field and has gone 32 straight home starts without a loss.

Wright earns 18th win, Braves beat Giants 5-1, gain on Mets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves fully expect the division race to go down to the wire with the New York Mets.

Dansby Swanson believes the Braves still can be so much better with plenty of baseball left – controlling what they can control and not worrying about what New York does night after night.

Kyle Wright earned his major league-leading 18th victory, Swanson homered and drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Tuesday night to pull within a half-game of the first-place Mets in the NL East.

“I feel like we have so much more to grow as a team, I feel like we can really get into a good groove and rhythm 1 through 9,” Swanson said. “Starters, bullpen, I feel like we have a lot left in the tank and I think we’ll definitely continue to pursue that and show that for the rest of the year.”

Wright struck out four while pitching into the sixth. The right-hander won his fifth straight decision.

Swanson hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the third and Michael Harris II added an RBI single later that inning to support Wright (18-5). Robbie Grossman drove in a run on a groundout for Atlanta.

Swanson added an RBI single in the ninth.

Wright bounced back from a no-decision at Oakland last week in which he allowed a career-high eight runs while lasting only four innings. On Tuesday, he allowed one run on three hits and walked three over 5 1/3 innings.

“I was kind of lagging behind at first and once I ramped up the intensity I felt like the arm was back on time and where it needed to be,” Wright said.

Joc Pederson gave the Giants a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first off Wright.

Then the Braves’ big hitters started swinging as Atlanta snapped a season-long three-game skid as it wraps up a seven-game road trip out West on Wednesday. The Braves and Mets are the only clubs in baseball not to lose four in a row this year.

Swanson connected for his 20th homer off Giants starter Jakob Junis (4-6). Junis struck out five and didn’t walk a batter in five innings while facing the Braves for the first time.

Highly regarded Giants pitching prospect Cole Waites made his major league debut pitching the top of the seventh. He allowed a hit and walked a batter.

LITTELL DEMOTED

A day after Giants reliever Zack Littell showed up manager Gabe Kapler when pulled in the eighth inning, the right-hander was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas in what Kapler called a decision based on performance.

Littell had words for the manager when replaced for Scott Robertson and handed the ball to Kapler harder than usual in the Giants’ 3-2 win Monday night. The pitcher apologized after the game in Kapler’s office.

“I can understand why that would seem correlated from the outside but we’re making this move to get somebody on independent of the incident that we had,” said Kapler, who told Littell there would be an opportunity to return. “I’ll say this, good teammate behavior is part of performance as well, so I don’t want to say that there’s no part of makeup that we consider when we make decisions. That’s always going to be considered and we’re going to appreciate and respect the highest level of teammate behavior always.”

The Giants recalled LHP Thomas Szapucki from Sacramento.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: 2B Vaughn Grissom had a day off. He played Monday after colliding with Robbie Grossman a day earlier on a high pop into shallow right field and grabbing his right leg while on the ground. … 2B Ozzie Albies, rehabbing from a broken left foot that has kept him out since June 14, was set to play nine innings Tuesday and Wednesday to see how his body does. After Sunday was rained out and with an off day Monday, Braves manager Brian Snitker figured he was well rested and fresh to test himself. “He’s running around good, his foot is really good,” Snitker said.

Giants: LHP Alex Wood (impingement in his pitching shoulder) won’t be ready to start again in the next couple of days, Kapler said. … OF Austin Slater is still wearing a splint for his sprained left hand and not yet ready to start swinging a bat.

UP NEXT

RHP Charlie Morton (8-5, 4.08 ERA) looks to win his third straight start and fourth consecutive decision when he pitches the series finale for Atlanta opposite Giants LHP Carlos Rodon, whose 10 double-digit strikeout games this season are a franchise record.

Twins’ bid for combo no-hitter ends with 1 out in 9th vs KC

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota rookie Joe Ryan and reliever Jovani Moran combined to pitch no-hit ball until Bobby Witt Jr. doubled with one out in the ninth inning as the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Ryan was pulled after seven innings and 106 pitches, four shy of his big league high. There has never been a no-hitter at Target Field and the Royals hadn’t come close to getting one against him.

The crowd of 19,005 booed when Twins manager Rocco Baldelli sent Moran to the mound to start the eighth.

“I’m not worried about that,” Baldelli said . “I want what’s best for this team and I want to go to the playoffs and I want to win games in the playoffs, and that’s the priority for me right now.”

Ryan tried to plead his case.

“He said, `Listen, I’ve thrown like 156 pitches in a game,’ which is fantastical, but I think true,” Baldelli said. “But all that said, it doesn’t really affect what goes on here and the fact that we need him to go pitch against the Guardians later on this week.”

In fact, when he was a senior at Cal State Stanislaus, Ryan did throw 142 pitches in a game against Cal Poly Pomona in 2018.

Ryan said he understood Baldelli’s rationale.

“The pitch count obviously comes into play. We’re trying to win some games and I’m throwing in five days again, too,’ Ryan said.

Moran worked a perfect eighth. He struck out Drew Waters to begin the ninth before walking pinch-hitter Hunter Dozier and MJ Melendez.

The Royals hadn’t come close to a hit until Witt lined a 1-2 fastball for a clean drive to deep left for an RBI double, setting off more boos from the fans.

“I wanted to help and be part of that no-hitter, but that’s part of the game,” Moran said. “And of course I’m going to get mad because I wanted to do my best and get that out, but it happens.”

Sebastian Rivero followed with an infield hit that drove in another run and Vinnie Pasquantino had a sacrifice fly.

The Twins’ last no-hitter was by Francisco Liriano against the White Sox on May 3, 2011 in Chicago.

Carlos Correa, Jose Miranda and Gio Urshela hit home runs as the Twins snapped a three-game skid. They remained five games behind Cleveland in the AL Central.

Ryan (11-8) struck out nine, walked two and set down his last 12 batters. He has never gone past seven innings in his career and had lost three of his previous four decisions.

The 26-year-old righty had never gone past seven innings in his career. He has a big league high of 110 pitches, done Aug. 9 at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ryan was a member of last year’s U.S. Olympic team and was traded to Twins by Rays while he was in Japan.

The Royals avoided being no-hit for the first time since 2008 when Jon Lester shut them down in Boston.

“What’s going on in the dugout is frustration,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “Guys realizing that it’s embarrassing when you get no-hit. Going up there fighting through their at-bats, but it’s not something you want to have them finish off.”

“So it was good to put a couple runs on, get some positive things going, and hopefully it’ll translate into more offense tomorrow.”

Kris Bubic (2-12) allowed 10 hits and five runs with six strikeouts in five innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: RF Max Kepler (right leg) was not in Tuesday’s lineup but Baldelli was hopeful he’d be available off the bench. Meanwhile, Baldelli said OF-INF Jorge Polanco and RHP Bailey Ober could potentially return this week. The manager also said OF Byron Buxton is slightly behind Polanco.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Zack Greinke (4-8) makes his 23rd start of the season on Wednesday night. He is 0-3 against Minnesota this season with a 4.20 ERA in those outings. He’s 0-6 on the road this season.

Twins: RHP Sonny Gray (7-4) will look to go 3-0 against the Royals this season when he takes the mound on Wednesday night.

Pirates sweep doubleheader from punchless Reds 6-1 and 1-0

CINCINNATI (AP) Kevin Newman hit an RBI single in the seventh inning and four pitchers combined on a one-hitter that led the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 Tuesday for a day-night doubleheader sweep.

Bryan Reynolds homered for the second straight game and drove in two runs as Pittsburgh hit three home runs for the second game in a row and won the opener 6-1.

Cincinnati has lost five in a row and was held to one hit for the second time during the skid. The Reds got one run and six hits in the doubleheader.

“We pounded the zone,” Shelton said. “We went right after them and got the ball on the ground. We played well all day long. There were a lot of positives tonight.”

Pittsburgh is (54-88) assured of its fourth straight losing season and the Reds (56-85) of their seventh in nine years but first since 2019. The last-place Pirates have won three in a row for the first time since sweeping Milwaukee from Aug. 2-4.

Rodolfo Castro doubled with one out in the seventh off Raynel Espinal (0-1), who lost in his Reds debut and second big league appearance after an outing with Boston in August 2021. One out later against Ian Gibaut, Newman singled just off the glove of leaping shortstop Matt Reynolds.

“It’s just really awesome to come through in a scenario like that,” Newman said, “In a situation like that – low-scoring, one run wins it – to deliver is an excellent feeling.”

Luis Ortiz, a 26-year-old right-hander making his major league debut, allowed one hit in 5 2/3 innings with theee walks and five strikeouts.

“From the moment I woke up, my mindset was to focus on my plan,” Ortiz said through an interpreter. “I stayed with the plan, and I’m glad the results came through.”

“You have to give their pitcher credit,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He was outstanding – 100-101 with a tight slider and change up. We believe we’re going to score better than that, but it does start with the pretty impressive stuff that he had.”

Chase De Jong (5-2) allowed one walk over 1 1/3 innings, Yohan Ramirez pitched a perfect eighth and Duane Underwood Jr. worked around a walk in the ninth for his first professional save.

The opener drew 9,338, the Reds’ fourth-lowest at home this season. Three of Cincinnati’s six home crowds under 10,000 have been for games against the Pirates

Cincinnati’s Jake Fraley was hit on the head by Manny Banuelos’ 93.5 mph fastball in the eighth inning of the opener. Down for several minutes, Fraley got to his feet and was led off the field by an athletic trainer. He did not play in the second game.

“It’s part of the game,” Fraley said. “Any time you go to the plate, there is a chance that it could happen. … It could have been a lot worse. It hit me straight between the C-flap and the brim. It was straight off the helmet. Most of the time when it hits you that square, the manager doesn’t give you a choice. Being that late in the game, it is better to check and make sure everything is good.”

Cal Mitchell hit a two-run shot for his first homer since July 22 and Ke’Bryan Hayes added his first home run since Aug. 7,

Johan Oviedo (1-1) pitched hitless ball into the fifth and allowed one hit over five shutout innings for his first win since his Sept. 1 recall from Triple-A Indianapolis. He struck out four and walked two while lowering his earned-run average to 3.34 in the longest of his three Pittsburgh starts.

“He’s made some adjustments,” Shelton said. “He was more clean on the mound. His slider was really good and effective.”

“I got more work in the bullpen,” Oviedo said. “I was trying to get ahead. That’s my best five innings in a while. I was just trying to get through five. Next time, I hope to go deeper.”

Luis Cessa (3-3) gave up five runs and eight hits – including three homers – in his sixth start since being moved from the bullpen. He struck out five and walked one in 5 2/3 innings while slipping to 0-2 as a starter.

CROWDED CLUBHOUSE

Using Kyle Dowdy, promoted as Cincinnati’s 29th player for the doubleheader, and Espinal boosted the Reds’ players-used count to a major league-leading 65 this season. The team already had set a club record for players used in one season. The Pirates reached 64 in the nightcap with Ortiz and Zack Collins.

FAMILIAR FACES

The Reds and Pirates have played three doubleheaders in one season for the first time since 1965. They split the first two. The sweep was Pittsburgh’s first of a nine-inning doubleheader in Cincinnati since Sept. 17, 2016.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: Reds reliever Kyle Dowdy hit Tyler Heineman with his first pitch after relieving Cessa in the sixth. Heineman stayed in the game.

UP NEXT

Pirates RHP Roansy Contreras (5-4, 3.29) goes up against Reds rookie LHP Nick Lodolo (4-5, 3.78) in Wednesday’s series finale. Contreras allowed one run and four hits in six innings during win against Cincinnati on July 7. Lodolo has never faced the Pirates.

Mets come up empty for deGrom and lose to Cubs again, 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) Jacob deGrom and the first-place Mets were supposed to beat up on all these bad opponents this month.

Instead, the bottom feeders have been nothing but trouble.

New York’s ace was outpitched by journeyman Adrian Sampson, and the frustrated Mets mustered little offense again Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

“Finishing off a good season is really challenging,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “Because you see the finish line. You’re trying to get there and kind of sometimes get away from the things that got you there.”

Ian Happ homered deep into the second deck on a 99 mph fastball from deGrom (5-2), and No. 9 batter David Bote added his second home run of the season for the Cubs (60-82), who won the series opener 5-2 on Monday.

One night later, the scuffling Mets squandered another potential chance to increase their slim NL East lead over Atlanta, which played later in San Francisco. New York is 5-6 in a 16-game stretch against Washington, Pittsburgh, Miami and Chicago – all more than 20 games under .500 this season.

“Tonight’s on me. I needed to go out there and put up zeros and just wasn’t able to do it,” said deGrom, who struck out 10 in six innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winner gave up three runs and four hits without a walk.

Pete Alonso barely missed a two-run homer in the first when it hooked just foul, and the slugger slammed down his bat after drawing a walk.

That ticked off Sampson, and the two exchanged heated words before umpires spoke directly to each of them.

“I was just like, `Just don’t do that.’ It doesn’t look good. It’s not part of our game,” Sampson said. “It was a non-issue. I have a lot of respect for the guy. … There’s no hard feelings.”

Said Alonso: “I wasn’t upset that he didn’t throw the ball in the zone, I was upset that the wind blew it foul. … It’s just two guys that are in the heat of the moment, just competing. He’s obviously a highly competitive individual and so am I. There’s no bad blood or anything like that.”

Alonso launched his 34th homer in the ninth against Brandon Hughes, who got five outs to finish it. New York managed only four hits against three Cubs pitchers and was booed a bit by the Citi Field crowd of 26,435.

The Mets have dropped four consecutive home games for the first time since last September.

“We’re a really good team and I feel like we have all the pieces to overcome this adversity,” Alonso said.

Sampson (2-5) allowed two hits and four walks in six shutout innings. He struck out three and rose to the occasion against deGrom.

“I think it helps me because the outside factor is everyone expects him to win, so it’s not any pressure on me,” Sampson said. “I think he has more pressure on him to perform rather than me.”

The 30-year-old righty is pitching for his third major league team in five seasons, plus a shaky 2020 year in the Korean Baseball Organization. He had never thrown six scoreless innings in the majors before, though he’s fared well on the mound this month.

“Just didn’t keep pressure on him,” Showalter said.

Happ homered leading off the second. Aided by catcher James McCann’s throwing error, Chicago scored twice off deGrom in the fourth on Yan Gomes’ sacrifice fly and Patrick Wisdom’s safety squeeze.

Bote went deep against reliever Seth Lugo in the seventh to make it 4-0.

RECORD COMPANY

It was the first time deGrom gave up more than two earned runs at Citi Field since Aug. 29, 2019, against the Cubs. He went 24 straight home starts in between, a major league record. He has permitted three earned runs or fewer in 39 consecutive starts, matching Jim Scott (1913-14) for the longest streak in big league history.

SERIES-LY SPEAKING

After losing six straight series, the Cubs have won one for the first time since taking two of three games against Milwaukee from Aug. 19-21. They have consecutive wins for the first time since a five-game streak from Aug. 16-20.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: CF Rafael Ortega exited in the fourth after getting hit on the fingers by a pitch he bunted foul. … SS Nico Hoerner (triceps) was feeling better and planned to go through a little light baseball activity before the game to determine if he could be available off the bench. … RHP Keegan Thompson, on the 15-day injured list since Aug. 20 with lower back tightness, is expected to make a minor league rehab start Friday. … LHP Steven Brault (shoulder strain) threw a bullpen. … LHP Justin Steele (low back strain) threw a bullpen Monday that went as expected. He is eligible to come off the injured list Saturday.

Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (left oblique irritation) is scheduled to make a rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Syracuse. If all goes well, he’s expected to come off the injured list early next week in Milwaukee. … RHP Tylor Megill (right shoulder strain) and RHP Drew Smith (right lat strain) both pitched at Syracuse. After a lengthy delay at the start, Megill gave up five runs, three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. He threw only 15 of 29 pitches for strikes during his fourth rehab outing. Smith struck out two in a scoreless inning of work. Megill, normally a starter, is expected to fill a bullpen role when he returns, which could be soon. … All-Star RF Starling Marte has been sidelined since last week with a partial fracture of his right middle finger. “It’s going to be slow,” Showalter said. “It’s going to heal, and it’s going to heal before the season’s over. Depending on what season you’re talking about.”

UP NEXT

LHP Drew Smyly (6-8, 3.57 ERA) tries to pitch Chicago to a series sweep Wednesday night. LHP David Peterson (7-4, 3.47) goes for the Mets.

Suns owner Sarver suspended 1 year, fined $10M after probe

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has suspended Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver for one year, plus fined him $10 million, after an investigation found that he had engaged in what the league called “workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies.”

The findings of the league’s report, published Tuesday, came nearly a year after the NBA asked a law firm to investigate allegations that Sarver had a history of racist, misogynistic and hostile incidents over his nearly two-decade tenure overseeing the franchise.

Sarver said he will “accept the consequences of the league’s decision” and apologized for “words and actions that offended our employees,” though noted he disagreed with some of the report’s findings.

The report said Sarver “repeated or purported to repeat the N-word on at least five occasions spanning his tenure with the Suns,” though added that the investigation “makes no finding that Sarver used this racially insensitive language with the intent to demean or denigrate.”

The study also concluded that Sarver used demeaning language toward female employees, including telling a pregnant employee that she would not be able to do her job after becoming a mother; made off-color comments and jokes about sex and anatomy; and yelled and cursed at employees in ways that would be considered bullying “under workplace standards.”

The $10 million fine is the maximum allowed by NBA rule.

“I take full responsibility for what I have done,” Sarver said. “I am sorry for causing this pain, and these errors in judgment are not consistent with my personal philosophy or my values. … This moment is an opportunity for me to demonstrate a capacity to learn and grow as we continue to build a working culture where every employee feels comfortable and valued.”

Sarver, the league said, cannot be present at any NBA or WNBA team facility, including any office, arena, or practice facility; attend or participate in any NBA or WNBA event or activity, including games, practices or business partner activity; represent the Suns or Mercury in any public or private capacity; or have any involvement with the business or basketball operations of the Suns or Mercury.

The league said it would donate the $10 million “to organizations that are committed to addressing race and gender-based issues in and outside the workplace.”

“The statements and conduct described in the findings of the independent investigation are troubling and disappointing,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “We believe the outcome is the right one, taking into account all the facts, circumstances and context brought to light by the comprehensive investigation of this 18-year period and our commitment to upholding proper standards in NBA workplaces.”

It’s the second-largest penalty – in terms of total sanctions – ever levied by the NBA against a team owner, behind Donald Sterling being banned for life by Silver in 2014. Sterling was fined $2.5 million, the largest allowable figure at that time, and was forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the massive fallout that followed him making racist comments in a recorded conversation.

The allegations against Sarver were reported by ESPN last year, which said it talked to dozens of current and former team employees for its story, including some who detailed inappropriate behavior. He originally denied or disputed most of the allegations through his legal team.

On Tuesday, Sarver’s representatives said the investigation’s findings “confirmed that there was no evidence, whatsoever, to support several of the accusations in ESPN’s reporting from November 2021.”

“While it is difficult to identify with precision what motivated Sarver’s workplace behavior described in this report, certain patterns emerged from witness accounts: Sarver often acted aggressively in an apparent effort to provoke a reaction from his targets; Sarver’s sense of humor was sophomoric and inappropriate for the workplace; and Sarver behaved as though workplace norms and policies did not apply to him,” read the report from the New York-based investigating firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Sarver will have to complete a training program “focused on respect and appropriate conduct in the workplace” during his suspension, the league said.

Sarver, through his attorney, continued denying the allegations as recently as June in a letter to the league and insisted the claims against him were “demonstrably false.”

The attorney, Thomas Clare, wrote that Sarver’s record shows a “longstanding commitment to social and racial justice” and that it attests to his “commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

“Mr. Sarver is one of few NBA owners who continues to support and advance the development of women’s professional basketball,” Clare wrote, citing upgrades to the Mercury team facilities, how the Suns claim a league-best rate of 55% employment of minorities within its front office and how more than half of the Suns’ coaches and general managers in Sarver’s tenure – including current coach Monty Williams and current GM James Jones – are Black.

Among the league’s findings:

– That Sarver engaged in “crude, sexual and vulgar commentary and conduct in the workplace,” including references to sexual acts, condoms and the anatomy, referring to both his own and those of others.

– The investigation also found that Sarver sent a small number of male Suns employees “joking pornographic material and crude emails, including emails containing photos of a nude woman and a video of two people having sex.”

– Sarver, the investigation found, also exposed himself unnecessarily to a male Suns employee during a fitness check, caused another male employee to become uncomfortable by grabbing him and dancing “pelvis to pelvis” at a holiday party, and standing nude in front of a male employee following a shower.

– He also made comments about female employees, the investigation found, including the attractiveness of Suns dancers, and asked a female Suns employee if she had undergone breast augmentation.

The league also will require the Suns and Mercury to engage in a series of workplace improvements, including retaining outside firms that will “focus on fostering a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace.”

Employees of those organizations will be surveyed, anonymously and regularly, to ensure that proper workplace culture is in place. The NBA and WNBA will need to be told immediately of any instances, or even allegations, of significant misconduct by any employees.

All those conditions will be in place for three years.

The league said the results of the investigation were based on interviews with 320 individuals, including current and former employees who worked for the teams during Sarver’s 18 years with the Suns, and from the evaluation of more than 80,000 documents and other materials, including emails, text messages and videos.

Sarver and the Suns and Mercury “cooperated fully with the investigative process,” the league said.

“Regardless of position, power or intent, we all need to recognize the corrosive and hurtful impact of racially insensitive and demeaning language and behavior,” Silver said. “On behalf of the entire NBA, I apologize to all of those impacted by the misconduct outlined in the investigators’ report. We must do better.”

Cowboys won’t put Prescott on IR for possible earlier return

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys are not putting quarterback Dak Prescott on injured reserve after surgery on his right thumb, leaving open the possibility that he could return within the next four games.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on the team’s flagship radio station that the team wants Prescott “to be a consideration for playing within the next four games.” That is the minimum number of games a player has to miss if placed on injured reserve.

“We feel very good after surgery, after listening to the medical people, that Dak has a real chance to be back out there throwing the ball real quick,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan.

Prescott had surgery Monday, a day after he got hurt in the fourth quarter of a season-opening 19-3 loss at home to Tampa Bay. He was following through after releasing a pass when his right hand bent awkwardly after making hard contact with the raised hands of rushing linebacker Shaq Barrett.

“We think he can come in and play. So, we don’t want to not have him out there practicing. We want him getting prepared,” Jones said. “We’ll see how he handles this thing, how it heals, mainly his strength, how he can grip the ball, what his status is. That’s not being an optimist. The proof is we got a good surgery, got good technique, and feel better about it than we did the other night.”

Cooper Rush finished the game in Prescott’s place and is expected to start Sunday’s home game against defending AFC champion Cincinnati. Jones said it was “unlikely” that the Cowboys would add a veteran quarterback, and instead would stick with backup quarterbacks Rush and Will Grier.

“Those guys know the offense well. They’ve had a lot of reps in it and consequently give us our best shot,” Jones said. “It’s unlikely that you have a veteran quarterback that could get back in here and be ready to play as well as those guys can play, even if you thought you might have a talent advantage.”

Steelers star TJ Watt out at least 1 game with pec injury

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers star outside linebacker T.J. Watt will miss Sunday’s game against New England with a left pectoral injury, though coach Mike Tomlin is optimistic Watt’s prognosis isn’t as bad as initially feared.

Tomlin said Tuesday the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year won’t be available for Pittsburgh’s home opener, but refused to offer a potential timetable on how long Watt might be unavailable and hinted the worst-case situation – that Watt would be lost for the season – is no longer on the table.

“We’re encouraged and we’ll just continue to look at the situation and gain opinions and do what’s appropriate,” Tomlin said.

Watt sustained the injury late in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 overtime victory over Cincinnati while attempting to sack the Bengals’ Joe Burrow. Watt walked off the field with Steelers physician Dr. James Bradley and went straight to the locker room. He declined interview requests on Monday but appeared to be upbeat.

Tomlin declined to give specifics about the injury on Sunday and remained intentionally vague about the extent of the damage to Watt’s pectoral on Tuesday other than to say “we’re probably in a lot better place than we were after the game. And usually that’s the case.”

The three-time All-Pro had a sack and even snagged his fifth career interception in the opener, picking up right where he left off in 2021 when he tied an NFL record with 22 1/2 sacks.

The Steelers will turn to newcomers Malik Reed and Jamir Jones to fill in. Reed arrived in a trade with Denver on Aug. 31. The Steelers claimed Jones – who played with them briefly in 2021 before being cut – off waivers on Sept. 1.

Tomlin made it a point to take some of the pressure off Reed and Jones, who will fill in for Watt.

“Those guys are not going to be T.J. (and) it’s not realistic to think that they’re going to be T.J.,” Tomlin said. “But we expect them to be varsity.”

Reed and Jones played a combined 50 snaps against Cincinnati, combining for three tackles. Reed is more of a known quantity, getting 15 sacks in three seasons with Denver before being caught in a numbers crunch with the Broncos and being shipped to Pittsburgh.

“Man, Malik is a 700-plus snap defender the last two years,” Tomlin said. “His resume speaks for itself. That’s why we went out acquiring him. He’s a very, very credible NFL player.”

There’s still a chance Watt could be placed on injured reserve, which would force him to miss a minimum of four weeks. Tomlin said the team will take its time to determine whether to take that step, adding that Watt is in the process of getting second and third opinions on the injury.

While Watt is out, second-year running back Najee Harris could play after leaving late against Cincinnati with a left foot injury. Harris appeared to be in significant pain afterward and was seen with his left foot and lower left leg heavily wrapped.

“It’s good to be young, you know,” Tomlin said. “He appears to be in position (to play), but he’s going to have to practice and prove his readiness.”

Pittsburgh’s top backup is Jaylen Warren, an undrafted rookie free agent who ran three times for 7 yards against the Bengals and proved to be an adept and enthusiastic blocker in the passing game.

Asked about Warren’s performance, Tomlin smiled.

“He didn’t urinate down his leg and that’s a great place to begin, you know,” Tomlin said with a laugh.

Hackett flops in his head coaching debut for Denver Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Nathaniel Hackett started out his news conference Tuesday admitting his error in attempting a 64-yard field goal instead of keeping the ball in Russell Wilson’s hands in the closing seconds of the Denver Broncos’ 17-16 loss to Seattle. Then, he waffled and ended up defending the dubious decision more than lamenting it.

“Looking back at it, we definitely should have gone for it,” a haggard Hackett said after a day of taking flack across the country for his decision that turned his Denver debut into a dud and ruined Russell Wilson’s shot at getting the last laugh at all the boobirds in Seattle.

“One of those things, you look back at it and say, `Of course we should go for it. We missed the field goal,'” Hackett said. “But in that situation we had a plan. We knew 46 was the mark.”

Brandon McManus’ 64-yarder sailed wide left.

Two of the things that landed Hackett his first NFL head coaching job were his innovative play-calling and his affection for analytics, neither of which were on display Monday night.

“I think numbers are an amazing thing in this world,” Hackett said at his introductory news conference back in January, when he pledged to use data “to help us make great decisions.”

Hackett, however, went against the percentages when the Broncos faced fourth-and-5 from the Seattle 46 and the clock ticking under a minute.

Instead of trusting his quarterback that cost the Broncos three players, five draft picks and a whopping $165 million in guaranteed salary, Hackett called on kicker Brandon McManus to do something he’d never done: kick a 64-yard field goal, the second-longest in NFL history.

“I was surprised that they took Russ out there,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, whose fractured relationship with Wilson led to the quarterback’s stunning departure from Seattle six months ago.

Wilson was rendered a sideline spectator in the game’s most crucial moment in his Denver debut even though in his career he’s 22 of 29 with 20 first downs on fourth down and between 4 and 6 yards to go.

That’s a 69% conversion rate.

Across the league last year, teams were 22 of 45 on fourth-and-5 for a 49% success rate.

After narrowly missing wide left Monday night, McManus is now 1 of 8 on kicks of 60 yards or more, his only conversion a 61-yarder against the Chargers in the 2021 season finale.

Since 1960, NFL kickers are 2 for 42 on attempts of 64 yards or more for a conversion rate of 4.8%. The only two to make them are Matt Prater (64) in Denver’s thin air in 2013 and Justin Tucker (66) inside Detroit’s dome last year.

Moreover, Seattle is one of the toughest places to kick. The longest field goal ever made at Lumen Field was a 56-yarder by Dan Bailey in 2014.

Asked if he was aware of that, Hackett said, “When we looked at it, it’s about listening to the players, finding out where they are at and what they can do. That was something we all agreed on. The fact that it was fourth down and that was our one chance to decide that, that’s why we did that.”

Hackett added, “I wanted to give him that opportunity. I wanted to give him a chance to be able to win the game right there. He had the distance; it just went a little bit left. It’s just one of those things that’s unfortunate, but that was our plan going into it. ‘

“Obviously looking back at it, if you missed the field goal, you’re always going to wish you would have gone for it. If you would have gone for it and not gotten it, you wish you would have given him a chance. So that’s the crazy thing about this game.”

Asked if Wilson campaigned to go for it on fourth down, Hackett said, “No, we all had the plan.”

Percentages aside, Hackett lacked imagination on the two plays where his running backs fumbled at the goal line. He put Wilson in the shotgun, which eliminated the play-action option to freeze a linebacker and create a rushing lane.

Denver was disorganized all night, struggling to get set at the line, and that played a role in Javonte Williams’ fumble into the end zone after Melvin Gordon had done the same thing.

WHAT’S WORKNG

Bradley Chubb overcame a slow start to record a pair of second-half sacks. Those were his first quarterback takedowns since Nov. 29, 2020, as he missed all but seven games last year after surgeries on both ankles.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

The offense showed rust after Hackett held his starters out of the preseason, committing three false starts and two delays that negated Wilson’s big night (340 yards passing).

STOCK UP

Third-year WR Jerry Jeudy caught four passes for 102 yards and his 67-yard touchdown was the former first-rounder’s first score since the season finale his rookie year.

STOCK DOWN

Hackett, see above.

INJURIES

Denver lost RG Quin Meinerz to a pulled hamstring in the first half and CB K’Waun Williams to a hand injury in the fourth quarter.

KEY NUMBER

19-The number of carries by Williams (seven) and Gordon (12) to go with 42 passes from Wilson, who ran once for 2 yards.

NEXT STEPS

The Broncos have a short week to correct their sloppy play and coaching blunders to prepare for the Houston Texans, who tied the Indianapolis Colts 20-20 Sunday.

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Blankenship loses job with Colts after missed FG in Houston

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Rodrigo Blankenship’s three-year run with the Indianapolis Colts ended Tuesday when he was waived two days after slicing a 42-yard field goal to the right in overtime and sending two fourth-quarter kickoffs out of bounds.

The Colts wound up settling for a 20-20 tie at Houston – the franchise’s first in 40 years.

Blankenship will be replaced by either Chase McLaughlin or Lucas Havrisik on Sunday in Jacksonville The two kickers were signed to the practice squad and will spend this week fighting for the job Blankenship lost.

“I always tell our players and specialists it’s OK – everyone is expected to make a mistake,” special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone said Tuesday before the move was announced. “You’re going to have ups and downs in a game. It’s how fast can you respond and how fast can you self-correct it.”

The bespectacled Blankenship won’t get that chance – at least with the Colts.

He won the kicking job as an undrafted rookie out of Georgia in 2020, but after scoring 139 points in a strong rookie season, Blankenship struggled.

He hurt his hip before last year’s game at Baltimore and the ensuing kicking woes that day proved costly in an overtime loss. Blankenship never returned to the field afterward, missing three of 14 field-goal attempts and an extra point in five games before finishing the season on injured reserve.

Michael Badgley had the job for the rest of 2021, going 18 of 21 on field goals and making all 39 extra points. But Indy didn’t re-sign him in the offseason and Badgley instead wound up in Jacksonville. He was eventually cut and re-signed to the practice squad.

Blankenship then fended off a training camp challenge from undrafted rookie Jake Verity, who spent most of last season on Baltimore’s practice squad.

“To Rod’s credit, as we’ve brought the heat and brought competition, he’s kind of won those battles. That’s to his credit,” coach Frank Reich said Monday before meeting with general manager Chris Ballard. “Chris and I will sit down and have a long discussion about that and see where we’re at.”

Blankenship’s victory didn’t last long and now, for the third time in four seasons, Indy’s placekicking job has been in flux.

Longtime kicker Adam Vinatieri struggled mightily in 2019 before finishing a long, illustrious career on injured reserve.

Blankenship temporarily solidified matters in 2020. But his continued struggles, especially after he was handed kickoff duties following the loss of longtime punter, holder and kickoff specialist Rigoberto Sanchez in training camp led to a change. Sanchez tore his Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.

McLaughlin replaced Vinatieri at the end of 2019 and made five of six field goals and all 11 extra points in four games. Havrisik is an undrafted rookie out of Arizona, who tried out with the Colts during May’s rookie minicamp.

Indy also promoted cornerback Tony Brown from the practice squad to the active roster and added cornerback Darrell Baker Jr. and safety Henry Black to the practice squad. The Colts released guard Arlington Hambright, safety Will Redmond and cornerback Chris Wilcox from the practice squad.

INDIANS BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – Josh VanMeter ripped two doubles as the Indianapolis Indians were held to just five hits in their series-opening loss to the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday night, 9-1.

The Mud Hens (75-60) brought across a run in each of their first three plate appearrances and broke open the game with a four-run fifth to extend the lead to 7-0. Following a leadoff triple by Brendon Davis, in the top of the second, Ali Sanchez brought home the would-be winning run on a sacrifice fly.

Major league rehabber David Bednar (L, 0-1) opened for the Indians (70-65). After issuing a leadoff walk, he surrendered the contests first run on an RBI double by shortstop Zack Short. Bednar would go on to retire the next three batters, two of the outs came way of strikeout.

Toledo’s starting pitcher Daniel Ponce De Leon (W, 7-11) struck out seven in 6.0 one-run innings. After a VanMeter double and Carter Bins single to put runners on the corners for the Indians with one out in fifth, Ponce De Leon surrendered the Indians lone run when Jared Oliva grounded into a force out to score VanMeter.

The Indians and Mud Hens will continue their six-game set on Wednesday at Victory Field at 1:35 PM ET. RHP Osvaldo Bido (3-7, 4.53) will take the hill for the Indians and RHP Austin Bergner (1-3, 7.20) will counter for the Mud Hens.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The eighth-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team (2-1-1) will make the short trip to Indianapolis Wednesday (Sept. 14) to face No. 20 Butler (3-1-0) in the Sellick Bowl.

The match will be streamed live on the FloSports/Butler+ digital platform with kickoff set for 7 p.m. ET.

SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana comes into the match after shutting out its last two opponents. Last week, Indiana earned a 1-0 win over St. John’s on Tuesday (Sept. 6) before taking down No. 9 Akron, 2-0, on Friday (Sept. 9).
• IU begins a two-match road stretch that begins at Butler Wednesday. Then, on Sunday (Sept. 18), the Hoosiers will open conference play at Ohio State.
• Redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink has earned five points in four matches. He scored two goals in two matches to open the season before adding an assist versus Akron on Friday.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS
• Butler comes into the match with a 3-1-0 record. The Bulldogs suffered their first defeat Friday versus Ohio State, falling 2-0.
• In 2021, Butler had a 7-9-3 record with a 5-4-1 conference mark.
• The Bulldogs are led by 12th-year head coach Paul Snape. Snape has compiled a 95-80-31 record at Butler.

SERIES HISTORY
• Indiana has dominated the all-time series with Butler, owning a 24-5-4 record against the Bulldogs.
• IU and Butler met last season to the tune of a 1-0 IU victory. Joey Maher scored the lone goals, converting a loose ball after a flurry of shots inside the six-yard box.
• The two teams have met in 22 of the last 23 seasons and 24 of 26 going back to their first-ever matchup in 1991.

INDIANA WOOMEN’S SOCCER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (1-0-5) will close out their non-conference slate against Trine (3-1-0) on Sept. 14 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Kickoff is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. ET.

BTN+ will provide a stream of the match with Ben Haller (PxP) and Zach Browning (Analyst) and Anna Winterhalder (Sideline) on the call.

ABOUT THE PantherS

• Trine is led by Gary Boughton who is in his fourth season after leading the Thunder to a program best record of 15-5-2 in 2021.

• The Thunder have a current record of 3-1-0 this season with three shutout wins.

• Trine is on a two-game winning streak after a 2-0 victory against Hanover where they outshot the Panthers 21-6.

• Trine has saw seven different players get the ball in the back of the net this season.

• Sophomore midfielder Mia Augustino leads the Thunder’s offense in points (5), assists (1) and goals (2) in only four games.

• Trine’s sophomore goalkeeper Sophie Aschemeier has three saves on the year and a pair of shutout wins. She has a (1.000 save percentage) and has not allowed a goal in her three games played (0.00 goals against average).

Series History
• This will be the first matchup for the Hoosiers against the Division III school.
• Indiana is 1-2-0 all time against schools in a non-Division I conference.

LAST TIME out
• In the first half, junior forward Anna Bennett had a couple of chances outside the 18-yard box, in the 29th minute, but both were saved at bottom center of the goal line.
• Indiana’s best opportunities came late in the second half with a pair of back-to-back shots in the 81st minute.
• The first shot came from sophomore midfielder Sydney Masur as she bounced one off the near post just left of the net.
• Sophomore forward Jordyn Levy was there to clean it up with an open shot but couldn’t get it to go as the Tiger’s defense blocked it.
• Masur had a second opportunity in the 82nd minute, but once again the Memphis defense held a strong front against the Hoosiers.
• This is the first season since 2015 where the Hoosiers have had six draws in a single season.
• The Hoosiers have shutout six consecutive opponents, extending their scoreless streak to a total of 540 minutes this season.
• This is the second longest consecutive scoreless streak in IU history followed by the 1993 inaugural season where IU shutout eight opponents totaling 720 minutes.

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF

MADISON, Wis. – The Purdue men’s golf team surged in the final round of the rain-shortened Badger Invitational, jumping eight spots to finish fifth in its season-opening event.
 
The event was shortened to 36 holes as heavy rains saturated the course Sunday, wiping out the first round.
 
The Boilermakers knocked off 15 shots from the first to second round, posting the second-best score of Tuesday’s final round. Texas A&M won the event at 20-under par 556 and was followed by Wisconsin (567), Illinois State (569) and Nebraska (571). Purdue posted wins over national powers Ole Miss and South Carolina and South Florida.
 
Leading the Boilermakers was senior Nick Dentino, who finished tied for 16th at 2-under par 142 (74-68). He posted a 4-under par 68 on Tuesday with four birdies, 14 pars and no bogeys. The 68 was his lowest tournament round since Sept. 2019 (freshman year) and his 16th-place finish was his highest placing since finishing T-16th at the Gopher Invitational in Sept. 2019.
 
Nels Surtani posted his third career top-20 finish (in just five events) with a 1-under par 143 (72-71), good for a 20th-place tie. Surtani had three birdies and two bogeys on his round, recording his sixth career round of even-par or better.
 
Andrew Farraye had a strong day, moving up 16 spots to finish tied for 29th at even-par 144 (74-70). Farraye was 1-over par through 10 holes, but birdied three of his last eight holes for his final-round 70.
 
Luke Prall (78-70=148) and Peyton Snoeberger (74-74=148) finished tied for 53rd at 4-over par. Prall birdied his final two holes for a 2-under par round of 70.
 
Purdue will be in action next in the Inverness Intercollegiate held at the Inverness Club in Toledo on Sept. 26-27.

BUTLER MEN’S GOLF

The Bulldogs held their ground in Tuesday’s final round of the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational in West Virginia, finishing fifth among a strong field in the 54-hole event.

Freshman Will Horne made a move up the leaderboard Tuesday to post a Top-5 finish in the first tournament of his collegiate career.

LEADING THE WAY: In his Butler debut, Horne posted the best round of the day among the 95 competitors with a Tuesday 67. His four-under scorecard included seven birdies on the par-71, 6,523-yard Guyan Golf & Country Club in Barboursville. He climbed 15 positions on the leaderboard from the beginning of the day to the final hole.

Horne’s 67 Tuesday came after rounds of 73 and two-under 69 Monday. He finished the tournament at four-under 209 and in a tie for third. He played the event as an individual.

Tyler Jones of Marshall won the event at eight-under 205. He shot 69 (-2) in Tuesday’s final round. 

THE RUNDOWN: App State captured the team title at 845 (-7). They entered the final round with a 13-shot lead over host Marshall, but relinquished that advantage midway through the round. The Mountaineers then mounted a comeback to win by four shots over the Thundering Herd (849).

Belmont and Eastern Michigan tied for third at two-under 850, which was seven shots better than Butler. The Bulldogs’ 54-hole total of 857 (+5) landed them in fifth, three shots clear of Purdue Fort Wayne.

The Bulldogs were tied for third after an opening-round 277 (-7). Butler followed that with a score of 293 in the afternoon Monday before carding a 287 on Tuesday in the final round.

There were a total of 15 teams in the field.

THE SCORECARDS:

Damon Dickey tied for 13th at even-par 213. He opened with a five-under 66 Monday and then followed that with rounds of 73 and 74.

Henry Quinn and freshman Connor McNeely were part of a group that tied for 17th at 215 (+2). McNeely shot a one-under 70 Tuesday, a round that included four birdies.

Daniel Tanaka and freshman Derek Tabor finished at 218 (+5) and in a tie for 32nd. Tanaka shot a one-under 70 in the final round Tuesday, carding four birdies.

Raymond Sullivan, playing as an individual, finished in a tie for 40th at 219 (+6).

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs have a few weeks off from competition leading into the Zach Johnson Invitational, which is hosted by Drake and begins on Sept. 26.

BUTLER BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler head coach Blake Beemer has added eight talented student-athletes to the baseball team since taking over the program on June 21. This group includes four pitchers and four position players that will all be ready for the 2023 campaign.

“We’re very excited about this class,” Beemer explained. “This group addressed a lot of needs that we lost during the coaching transition and graduation.”

Cade Thune

RHP

6-4, 215

South Lyon, Mich. / ACS Egham International

Kalamazoo College

Thune made 20 appearances for the Kalamazoo Hornets in the spring of 2022. He went 2-0 on the mound with a 5.06 ERA and led the team with two saves. Thune also touched the rubber for Kalamazoo 20 times during the 2021 season. Over the past two years, Thune pitched 58.2 innings and struck out 72 batters.

Why Thune Chose Butler

“Coach Beemer is giving me an opportunity to come into a program and make an immediate impact.”

Shane Kilfoyle

RHP

6-2, 180

Hudson, Ohio / Hudson H.S.

Kilfoyle was a two-year starter for head coach Buddy Dice, but he was unable to play baseball during his senior season due to an injury. He played club baseball for the Midwest Stars.

Why Kilfoyle Chose Butler

“Coach Beemer gave me an opportunity to come to Butler very late in my senior summer. He believed in my ability, and I really liked what he is going to do for the program.”

Gabriel Pancratz

RHP

6-8, 215

Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Westlake H.S.

Pancratz was a team captain for head coach Wally Barnett at Westlake High School. He also played club ball for the So Cal A’s.

Why Pancratz Chose Butler

“I liked Coach Beemer and can’t wait to compete in the BIG EAST Conference.”

Aidan Hatcher

RHP

6-1, 170

Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville Community

Hatcher was a two-year starter at Zionsville that helped his team reach the semifinals of the state championships. He threw 36.1 innings his senior year, posting a 1.93 ERA. As a junior, Hatcher held onto a 2.84 ERA.

Why Hatcher Chose Butler

“Butler provides a great education and I wanted to stay close to home.”

“We added experienced depth on the mound in Cade Thune as well as exciting young arms in Shane Kilfoyle, Gabriel Pancratz, and Aidan Hatcher,” Beemer added.

Xavier Carter

OF/1B

6-4, 210

Sacramento, Calif. / Capital Christian

San Diego State

Carter played in 26 games for the Aztecs in the spring of 2022, making 16 starts.

Why Carter Chose Butler

“I found a great opportunity at Butler to play baseball and get a great education.”

Jake DeFries

INF

6-1, 183

Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point

Georgia Gwinnett College

DeFries won the 2021 NAIA National Championship at Georgia Gwinnett College. He is an all-conference caliber infielder who can hit and steal bases. While with the Grizzlies, DeFries scored 111 runs and stole 84 bases, highlighted by a school record 58 steals during the 2022 campaign. He registered 121 hits and legged out 24 doubles and three triples. He showed power by hitting eight home runs, which helped him record 82 RBI. As an Indiana Tech Warrior, DeFries was tabbed Newcomer of the Year by hitting .367. He had 14 doubles and three home runs to record 43 RBI.

Why DeFries Chose Butler

“Butler is an amazing school both academically and athletically with a rich history. Pursuing a graduate degree while playing baseball is exactly what I was looking for.”

Carter Dorighi

INF

6-0, 180

Cherry Hills Village, Colo. / Cherry Creek

Lafayette College

Dorighi started in 48 games for Lafayette and hit .282. He ended the year with 50 hits, including eight doubles and a home run. Additional stats include 27 runs scored, 15 RBI and four stolen bases.

Why Dorighi Chose Butler

“I chose Butler because of the competitive baseball along with the academic degree.”

Keegan Connors

C/OF

5-7, 165

Carpentersville, Ill. / Harry Jacobs

Connors was a four-year starter at Harry Jacobs High School and part of a 4A Regional Championship team. He was a team captain as a senior by hitting .407. After the season, Connors earned all-conference and all-area recognition.

Why Connors Chose Butler

“Butler has everything I dreamed of for my college choice. I wanted to attend a school in the BIG EAST and after I visited Butler’s campus, I knew I wanted to go there. Butler has awesome sports and academics and I’m excited to be a part of the business program.”

“Xavier Carter (SDSU), Jake DeFries (Georgia Gwinnett), and Carter Dorighi (Lafayette) have all had success at the collegiate level and should all push to be contributors right away,” Beemer said. “Keegan Connors is the final newcomer and he provides athleticism and the ability to receive which is typically the most important position on the field. Overall, we’re really excited to mold these signees with our early signs, and our returning roster to make a push for a BIG EAST Championship.”

IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER

CHICAGO – The IUPUI men’s soccer team put up a solid defensive performance, but just couldn’t find its rhythm against a stout Loyola Chicago squad on Tuesday night (Sept. 13), ultimately falling on the road, 2-0. IUPUI yielded a backbreaking goal just before halftime to go down a score and then yielded a second tally in the game’s 80th minute. 

Loyola (4-0-2), who remained undefeated at home this season, limited IUPUI (1-2-3) to just four shot attempts and without a corner kick on Tuesday. The Ramblers continually disrupted the IUPUI attack as the Jaguars were unable to solve the hosts lines of defense. 

“Result aside, I think it’s a huge positive. It was a massive learning opportunity for us. We told the guys at the beginning of the game, we started seven freshmen today and wanted to see if we can compete against a program that’s probably a little ahead – A10, good footballers, high intensity – and I think the guys did that,” head coach Sid van Druenen said. “We competed really well. We were really unlucky to have conceded a goal with 90 seconds to go in the first half.

“Then the second half, we add a forward and decided to chase the game to see if we can find a tying goal and unfortunately, we end up conceding a second (goal).”

The Jaguars knew it would be a tall task against a team that had only yielded two scores this season and was unbeaten in the season’s first five games. 

For much of the first half, IUPUI was largely content to allow Loyola to possess and maintain organization and shape against the Ramblers attack. As the half progressed, each side tried to find creases to attack with the Jaguars’ best look coming on a Lukas Hackaa crack in the 35th minute. The Jags got another positive build when Dominic Breidenbach played service from the left side towards a sprinting Gavin O’Shea, but the rookie attacker just missed a diving header attempt from the middle of the Loyola box. 

Loyola went ahead in the 44th minute when Oscar Dueso coolly redirected a Brody Phan cross just inside the post, just beyond goalkeeper Lucas Morefield, for the game’s first score. 

IUPUI upped its tempo to start the second half, thanks in large part to the play of freshman Ethan Vermillion. However, the increased pressure didn’t result in many additional opportunities as IUPUI had just one second half shot attempt – a Logan Finnegan try in the 87th minute. 

Loyola added insurance in the 80th minute when Jason Ybarra drilled a right-footed strike through traffic from the top of the 18 off a cross from the right side. 

Loyola outshot the Jaguars 10-4 and 4-1 on frame while earning seven corner kicks. Morefield was solid between the pipes, collecting a pair of saves in the defeat. Aside from Morefield and defender Caleb Hussain, the entire starting lineup consisted of newcomers as van Druenen rolled out seven freshmen and a pair of transfers in Hackaa and Medard Mikobi

IUPUI will continue non-conference play next Tuesday (Sept. 20) when the Jaguars host Belmont at 3:00 p.m. at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium. That contest will be broadcast on ESPN+ and admission is FREE. 

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL

MUNCIE, Ind. – – It was another five-set thriller in Worthen Arena Tuesday night, but unfortunately it was the Ball State women’s volleyball team came up a few points short in a 3-2 (17-25, 25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12) setback to Dayton.

After falling behind two sets to one in the match, the Cardinals (8-2) battled back from down 19-15 in the fourth to force a deciding fifth frame.

“We showed we are capable of playing at a high level when we are locked into doing so,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said after the match. “But we have to figure out how to play at that level for an entire match.  That’s got to be a leadership thing. We have to dig deeper and figure out how we can play consistently hard and at that level all the time, not just when it’s a pressure situation. That’s a learning curve we are still working through.”

This looked promising for the Cardinals early in the fifth after redshirt junior middle Cailyn Bolser scored three straight kills to give the hosts a 4-2 edge. However, the Flyers (6-4) battled back and eventually won the frame.

“Cailyn was a huge spark for us,” Phillips said. “She finished the match hitting .500 and was a big energy presence. She did exactly what we needed her to do in that situation; come in, give us a spark, and show that we are capable of scoring if we just go out there and hit confidently.”

Bolser finished the match with a career-high 11 kills and hit .500 (11-1-20), with all her offense coming in the final three sets.

“When you get the chance to go in, you know that’s what you’ve been put in for,” Bolser said. “You need to bring some energy, be a spark. I was just excited to get the chance to do it and even though the match did not go our way, hopefully I proved that I can do it anytime we need it.”

With the guests from Ohio focused on shutting down Ball State’s dynamic middle duo of senior Marie Plitt and junior Lauren Gilliland, the Cardinals had to shift gears and move to the outside early.

Leading the charge in the opening portion of the match for Ball State was senior opposite Natalie Mitchem who nine of her team-high 13 kills in the opening two sets. Senior outside Natalie Risi also started strong with six of her 10 kills in the opening two frames.

Overall, for Cardinals scored double figures kills in the contest, with junior outside Cait Snyder earning a season-high 12 to round out the group.

On the defensive end, the Cardinals also had four players collect double-figure digs, led by a Ball State career-high 24 from senior libero Havyn Gates. Risi and sophomore setter Megan Wielonski added 19 digs apiece, as each finished the match with double-doubles.

Rounding out the quartet was junior defensive specialist Kate Vinson at 13. Senior defensive specialist Maggie Huber led Ball State’s primary passers with a .947 (17-for-18).

In addition to her 19 digs, Wielonski dished out 49 assists and led the Ball State offense to a .196 (62-26-184) rate of success.

Despite being limited to seven kills, Plitt played a big role at the net with a team-high six total blocks, including a pair of solo stuffs.

On the other side of the net, Lexie Almodovar led the Dayton attack with 21 kills, while the Flyers connected for a .254 (69-22-185) rate of success as a team. Dayton also held a 90-to-89 edge in digs, a 12.0-to-10.0 advantage in blocks, and a 7-to-6 lead in service aces.

The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action Friday, with a 4 p.m. first serve versus Northern Kentucky as part of the Stacey Clark Classic hosted by Purdue. The Cardinals will face the 10th-ranked Boilermakers at 4 p.m. Saturday.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

PEORIA, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer fell to Bradley University on Tuesday, 1-0. The Braves scored in the second half through a Screaming Eagles defense that played an incredible 90 minutes. USI goes to 0-5-1 on the year while Bradley improves to 2-3-1.

The Eagles played a very strong first 45 minutes of the match, going into halftime with a 0-0 score line. Both teams went into the locker room tied 3-3 on shots and Bradley having to make two saves while USI goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) had to make just one.  Robert Schoenstein (Evansville, Indiana) had an incredible opportunity from a set piece just outside the box, but an incredible save had to be made by the Braves keeper to stop it from going in the top left corner.

Both teams continued to play pretty even to start the second half, but Bradley was able to get to advantage. At the 67:40 mark, Pepe Mellado slotted a pass from Jack Douglas into the bottom right corner past Meissner to give the Braves the 1-0 advantage.

The Eagles continued a strong final 22 minutes and had some incredible chances on the offensive end but just could not get that final equalizer. Schoenstein and Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri) led the team with two shots each. USI outshot Bradley 10-9 on the match and had a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal. Meissner made two saves on the night.

UP NEXT FOR THE EAGLES:

USI returns home to Strassweg Field for a three-match homestand starting on Friday, September 16th welcoming in former Great Lakes Valley Conference foe Lindenwood University with kickoff set for 7 pm. During the homestand the Eagles will also host Chicago State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

VALPO FOOTBALL

Valparaiso (1-1, 0-0 PFL)
at Dartmouth (0-0, 0-0 Ivy)

Game #3 Saturday, Sept. 17, 12:30 p.m. CT
Memorial Field (11,000) – Hanover, N.H.

This Week in Valpo Football: For the second consecutive week, the Valparaiso University football team will take on a team receiving votes nationally in the latest FCS polls. The program will make its first-ever trip to Hanover, N.H. to take on preseason Ivy League co-favorite Dartmouth in a matchup that will round out a challenging nonconference schedule for the Beacons.

Previously: Head coach Landon Fox isn’t willing to accept moral victories, but if you’re a supporter of the Valpo football program, how could you not be proud of what transpired last week at Hancock Stadium in Normal, Ill.? The team’s second straight one-score game was a 28-21 loss to host Illinois State, a program that has made eight FCS playoff appearances including one as recently as 2019. The Redbirds, a full-scholarship FCS program out of the nation’s top FCS conference – Missouri Valley Football Conference – entered the week receiving 17 votes in the FCS Top 25 poll. Valpo had the ball twice in the closing minutes with a chance to tie or take the lead, but couldn’t find pay dirt to pull off what would have been a stunning upset. Caleb Rao recovered a muffed punt for a touchdown and made an interception, while Ben Hines racked up 15 tackles. Quarterback Mason Kaplan put together a resilient and valiant effort that saw him pass for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-36 through the air.

Series Notes: This is just the second matchup between Valpo and Dartmouth after the Beacons gave the Big Green a scare in a 28-18 setback last season at Brown Field. Robert Washington ran for 117 yards on 24 carries in front of an electric Brown Field crowd of 3,856. After having not recorded a single safety since 2006, Valpo managed to turn the rare feat twice in the game against Dartmouth. In addition, Valpo recovered three fumbles in the contest, two by Austin Martins. The 10-point loss came to a Dartmouth team that entered the game 26-4 over its previous three seasons and went on to finish the season with a 9-1 record, ranked 20th nationally in the final Stats Perform FCS Top 25. Last season’s matchup was Valpo’s first game against a member of the Ivy League since 1999 vs. Yale. Valpo is 0-4 all-time against current Ivy League institutions.  

Following the Beacons: This week’s game will be available on ESPN+, while Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst) will have the hometown radio call on 95.1 FM Valparaiso and online with the listen-live link available on ValpoAthletics.com. Links to live video, audio and stats can all be found on ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter.  

U OF I MEN’S SOCCER

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team sits at No. 25 in the recent United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll, officials announced on Tuesday.
 
The Hounds (2-1-1) were ranked No. 5 in the previous poll and make the drop down after falling to unranked Maryville (MO) at home this past Sunday. Despite this, the Hounds remain as the only team in the poll from the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).
 
UIndy is set to return to action this Sunday as the team will battle McKendree at home beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.
 

RKSCHOOLPREVW-L-T
1California State University-Los Angeles15-0-0
2Palm Beach Atlantic University25-0-0
3Franklin Pierce University37-0-0
4Davis & Elkins College84-0-0
5Midwestern State University65-0-0
6Lenoir-Rhyne University74-0-1
7California State University-Dominguez Hills106-0-0
8Rollins College225-0-1
9Saginaw Valley State University135-0-1
10Colorado Mesa University184-1-0
11Cal Poly Pomona155-0-1
12Mercyhurst University45-0-1
13University of Charleston114-1-0
14Lee UniversityNR4-0-1
15Southern Connecticut State University163-0-2
16Northeastern State University232-1-1
17University of Wisconsin-Parkside245-1-0
18West Texas A&M University142-1-2
19Carson-Newman UniversityNR3-1-2
20Florida Tech173-0-2
21St. Mary’s University (Texas)NR1-0-2
22Walsh UniversityNR5-0-1
23Western Washington UniversityNR3-0-2
24Mercy CollegeRV4-1-1
25UIndy52-1-1

Records shown are through games of Sept. 11, 2022

Also receiving votes: Fort Hays State University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Post University, Rogers State University, North Greenville University, California State University-San Bernardino

MARIAN WOMEN’S TENNIS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s tennis team wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Crossroads League regular season Tuesday night, as the Knights defeated Grace 4-0 at the Marian Tennis Courts. Marian finishes their CL regular season with a 7-1 record.

Marian rolled through doubles to claim the first point of the match, as Josie Yarbrough and Emma Chrome claimed a 6-1 victory over Gretchen Adams and Hallie Mast at the No. 3 spot. The Knights soon clinched the match, with Dana Savarino and Betija Dusele scored a 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles against Anna Graves and Addy Jarvis. Katharina Bopst and Lisa Koerner went unfinished in their match at No. 1, in a tight 4-3 battle.

With the 1-0 lead in the match established, Marian went to work in singles and got a quick win from Koerner, as she was victorious in straight sets over Jarvis at No. 4 with scores of 6-1, 6-1. At No. 3 Chrome won her matchup against Kiersten Martin by 6-0, 6-1 scores, and clinching the match was Bopst at No. 2. Bopst won a three set fight against Lydia Ruegsegger, winning 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) to claim the victory. 

Dusele went unfinished at No. 1 leading 1-0 in her match, while Savarino was also leading 1-0 at No. 5 as the match concluded. 

Marian will host the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals next Tuesday afternoon. The match opponent and time will be announced following the conclusion of league play on Tuesday evening. 

INDIANA WESLEYAN WOMEN’S TENNIS

MARION, Ind. – For the 8th-consecutive season, No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan women’s tennis posted an undefeated conference regular season and captured their 30th Crossroads League Regular Season Championship on Tuesday. The Wildcats improve to 9-0 overall after earning two dominating match wins over Huntington and St. Francis (Ind.) at Sutter Tennis Center.

INDIANA WESLEYAN MEN’S TENNIS

MARION, Ind. – No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan men’s tennis closed out their Crossroads League regular season on Tuesday evening with a 2-5 loss to Huntington University and a 6-1 victory over St. Francis (Ind.). Isaac Steiner completed an undefeated conference regular season at No. 1 singles with an 8-0 record.

INDIANA WESLEYAN FOOTBALL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana Wesleyan football moved up one spot in the first regular season installment of the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll presented by FirstDown PlayBook.

IWU is narrowly dropped their season opener on Sept. 3 to NCAA FCS opponent Valparaiso, 17-20. After a weekend off, the Wildcats are ready to get back on the field this Saturday as they travel to Olivet Nazarene. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00PM.

Indiana Wesleyan’s first home game will be Sept. 24th at 1:00 p.m. against Trinity International.

EARLHAM VOLLEYBALL

RICHMOND – The Earlham College volleyball team narrowly missed out on a fifth-set comeback in Druley Performance Gym against the Big Red of Denison University on Tuesday evening. The Quakers took wins in sets one and three to fall 3-2 in the contest.

Earlham fell to 4-5 on the season while Denison improved to 3-5.

Junior hitter Maria Young lit up the court with 24 kills and a .209 hitting percentage. Young peppered the Big Red with a game-high 67 offensive attempts and only drew 10 errors. Jasmyn Meeker had a productive evening with 13 kills on 42 attempts, and Liv Kyrk posted an efficient .280 percentage with 10 kills.

Erin Wagner dished out 43 assists, which accounted for over 75% of kills for the Quakers. Akiko Tajima served as libero and matched Wagner for the team lead in digs with 24. Jen Shamel and Young recorded 18 and 16 digs respectively.

The Quakers took set one by staying clean and forcing mistakes from the Big Red. Earlham hit 14 kills as a team in the set compared to just seven from Denison, who also had eight errors.

Denison returned with a renewed offense in set two, and scored a 7-1 run early on to set the tone. Denison hit 12 kills in the second frame with just two errors, while Earlham recorded 15 kills with 10 errors.

As the teams switched sides on the court once more, so too did the performances as Denison hit a measly .027 in set three while Earlham ballooned to .225. The home squad strung together an 11-3 run to conclude the set.

The offensive output shifted again in set four with Earlham finding struggles. The Quakers failed to register double-digit kills for the first time on the evening and saw eight errors on offense, while Denison saw its highest kill total and hit percentage of the night.

Despite falling behind early in the deciding set, Earlham recovered and mounted a rally while down 13-5. The Quakers played stout defense and recorded two blocks during a 5-1 run.

Earlham will be back in action on Friday at the ONU Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern University. At the tournament, the Quakers will take on Ohio Athletic Conference competition in ONU, Muskingum, and Heidelberg.

EARLHAM WOMEN’S SOCCER

Wilmington, Ohio – The Earlham College Women’s Soccer team(1-1-1) traveled to Wilmington College(3-1) for their Quaker Bowl matchup. Kick-off was at 7 pm under the lights at Williams Stadium on Tuesday, September 13th.

The Earlham defense and goalkeeper Makayla Hurey were active in today’s contest facing 17 shots with 10 on goal.

Hurey recorded seven saves while only allowing one goal on the evening. Bring her GAA (Goals Against Average) to 0.33 as she allowed the first goal of the season. In addition to Hurey’s seven saves the Earlham defense recorded another two saves on the evening.

Wilmington’s lone goal of the evening came in the 24th minute from Alexis Wilson, who took six shots on the night, placing five on frame.

Earlham only took two shots in the contest placing both on frame. Senior Forward Eva Lyon took the first shot for Earlham in the 16th minute but was saved by Wilmington Goalkeeper Lauren Galloway. The Wilmington defense saved freshman Winger Mallory Smith’s shot in the 17th minute.

Despite the loss, the Quakers still put in a solid performance on the turf. Earlham will be back in action Saturday, September 17th at Berea College(0-4-1). Kickoff for the contest is at 3 pm, goearlham.com will have up-to-date information on live game coverage.

FRANKLIN VOLLEYBALL

WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Franklin College volleyball team was in search of their third straight win on Tuesday (Sept. 13) night, taking on the Wilmington Quakers in the second match of a six-game road trip.

The Grizzlies (4-3) made quick work of the Quakers (3-8); sweeping the in-region match and picking up their 11th straight win in the all-time series.

How it Happened

Game one saw the Griz race out to a 7-1 lead but the Quakers would bounce back to draw the game even at 15. Three straight Franklin points put the Grizzlies back in the diver’s seat, and they would use that quick run to claim the first game 25-19.

Another fast start sent Franklin on their way in game two, as they took five of the first six points before blowing game two open. The Grizzlies led set two by as many as 14 points en route to a 25-16 victory. Franklin closed out the third set strong, turning a tight game into a comfortable victory by out-scoring the Quakers 12-5 to close out the sweep.

Inside the Box Score

-Kaitlyn Lavy led the way for the Franklin offense with 13 kills, turning in a season-high .303 hitting percentage.

-Makalyn Miller put down eight kills and led Grizzly attackers with a .333 attacking percentage.

-Billie Jarrett topped the team with 27 assists.

-Campbell Clark had a game-high 17 digs from the libero spot and handed out a season-high seven assists.

-Chloe Holder’s four aces led all players on the night.

-Franklin continued a streak of consecutive sets won against Wilmington to 15 straight. The Grizzlies have no conceded a set to Wilmington since their 2016 meeting.

Up Next

Franklin hits the road on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 16-17) for the Manchester Volleyball Invitational. The Grizzlies will face Governor’s State and St. Mary’s to open the weekend, with first serve set for 6:00 p.m. on night one.

ANDERSON VOLLEYBALL

The Anderson University volleyball team fell to Albion College by a score of 19-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 on Tuesday in Albion, Mich.

Albion (8-0) entered Tuesday’s contest ranked No. 22 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA D-III poll.

The Britons compiled a .277 hitting percentage while the Ravens (7-2) put together a .144 hitting percentage.

COACH TAMI MILLER’S COMMENTS

[Tuesday’s] match was a true battle. The girls rose to the occasion of competing against No. 22 nationally-ranked Albion. They took the first set with step-up play from Ashlyn Transier and Kelsie Marker. Points were hard fought for the rest of the match and although it will be marked as a loss on our schedule, we did some great things and learned more about how good we can become.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

Ashlyn Transier – 9 Kills, .398 Attack Percentage

Kelsie Marker – 11 Kills, .364 Attack Percentage

Kate Todd – 5 Service Aces, 18 Assists

Erin Roach – 16 Digs

Carmen Soloria – 15 Assists

Jimena Montano – 7 Kills

Tess Perdue – 7 Kills

Sydney McClain – 5 Kills

Olivia Ricica – 3 Blocks

UP NEXT

The Ravens begin the Bishop Invitational by taking on Ohio Wesleyan University (1-7) on Friday at 7 p.m. in Delaware, Ohio.

TRINE VOLLEYBALL

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University women’s volleyball returned to their home court inside Hershey Hall on Tuesday night for a non-conference match against the Defiance College Yellow Jackets. The Thunder were able to top Defiance in the match three-sets-to-one.

Sophomore outside hitter Francesca Queary recorded 18 kills on 23 attempts Tuesday to hit .739 in the match, a new school record. The previous record was held by Melissa Blake in a match against Olivet College back in 2005. Her statline read 18 kills, two digs, four blocks (two solo) for 21 points on the night.

Trine advanced to 4-4 on the season and Defiance was sent to a 1-9 overall record.

In set one, the Thunder were dominant. Trine scored the first seven points, and server Kailee Cornell notched three aces in the run. The home team went on two separate four-point runs as well to claim a 15-6 advantage, ending on an ace by Kacie Van Kalker. The Yellow Jackets were forced to use their second timeout of the set after Trine went on another scoring spree to go up 22-7. Joslynn Battle and Catherine Dobies entered their names into the ace column as well, giving Trine six in the first set alone. Dobies also contributed four kills and three digs in the first.

Set number two would look the total opposite as 11 errors would derail the Thunder’s chances at a sweep. Defiance took the second set 25-23 after a 6-1 Yellow Jacket run put the team ahead 18-14 and the visitors remained in front from there. At this point, Trine had a diverse offensive attack. Queary and Madison Dominick each had six kills to lead the team, with Dobies, Olivia Jolliffe and Cassidy Victor close behind.

New names and faces got involved for the Thunder in set number three as Anna Loughrey, Meara Finnegan, Maya Toma and Aleena Keh supplemented the dominant performance up front by Queary. The team had 17 kills, a team-high for the match, seven of them coming from the sophomore in the third. Loughrey had four in the set, followed by Finnegan with three, Toma with two and Keh with one. The team scored 13 of the final 16 points in a 25-17 victory.

The fourth set also belonged to the Thunder by a score of 25-19. Trine took advantage of seven Yellow Jacket errors and were 65% on sideouts. Queary continued to be a menace near the net and tallied five more kills, including the match-winner. Loughrey added four to her total as well, giving her eight kills in the match.

Setters Cornell and Battle orchestrated the offense beautifully all evening as the team had 58 total kills, a season-high. Cornell had 26 assists and Battle credited with 19. Van Kalker dug up a team-high 23 opposing attacks. Jolliffe was in double figures as well with 12. The team finished with 13 aces, the most in a match this season.

Next up, Trine hits the road in the Ohio Wesleyan Tournament in Delaware, Ohio on September 16-17. The first match for the Thunder will be on Friday against Bethany College at 5 pm.

BETHEL MEN’S SOCCER

Mishawaka Ind.—Men’s soccer dominates Aquinas 5-1 to bring the Pilot’s record to 5-1-1. The Pilot’s kept the pressure up the entire game with a total of 23 shots. Aquinas tied the game early in the second half but that did not stop the Pilots from scoring four unanswered goals. Andre Sabino scores his fourth goal on the season. Andres Latorre scores his third goal. Luan Bressey is now tied third in the nation with eight goals on the season. Anu Alemanji scores his first of the season. Piero Sabroso gets his fourth goal on the season tonight.

SCORING SUMMARY

41’| Andre Sabino (BU) assisted by team

49’| Ricardo Rittersberge (AQ) assisted by Theo Maye

55’| Andres Latorre (BU) assisted by Tim Noeding

58’| Luan Bressey (BU) assisted by Eduardo Da Silva

74’| Anu Alemanji (BU) assisted by Gabriel Pacheco

83’| Peiro Sabroso (BU) assisted by Marcos Estabaranz

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

4-0 run in the second half from the Pilots

Bethel had 10 total corner kicks

18 shots on goal from the Pilots

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilot’s will be at Lindsey Wilson (KY) on September 16th at 6:00 PM.

HUNTINGTON WOMEN’S SOCCER

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Huntington women’s soccer team came up short, 3-0, against IU Kokomo Tuesday night under the lights at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. With this loss, the Foresters drop to 2-5 on the year.

The Cougars lurched ahead 2-0 by halftime and then added an insurance goal late in the game to shutout their hosts and improve to 3-1-2.

After being outshot 8-4 through the first 45 minutes, Lewis’ crew stepped up their intensity in the second frame to log nine shots to IUK’s eight but was never able to reap the benefit of it. Paige Weiss topped HU with six shots, half of which were on frame.

Savannah Grove and Tara Robinson split time in goal for the Foresters.

“I am proud that the team stayed within our style of play,” said Coach David Lewis. “The score may indicate a loss but we built another layer on a solid foundation. Freshmen keepers Tar and Savannah both did well sharing the net.”

Huntington is back on the road on Thursday to face IU East at 5:00 p.m.

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees8656.60650 – 2236 – 3439 – 2625 – 815 – 147 – 3W 3
Toronto8062.563640 – 3040 – 3232 – 2619 – 1517 – 157 – 3W 1
Tampa Bay7962.5606.547 – 2432 – 3837 – 3014 – 1516 – 95 – 5L 1
Baltimore7467.52511.541 – 3033 – 3729 – 3415 – 1519 – 104 – 6W 1
Boston6973.4861735 – 3534 – 3820 – 4116 – 1425 – 85 – 5L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland7565.53635 – 3040 – 3513 – 1636 – 2514 – 167 – 3W 5
Chi White Sox7369.514335 – 3638 – 3315 – 1731 – 2918 – 167 – 3W 1
Minnesota7070.500541 – 3229 – 3818 – 1632 – 2512 – 173 – 7W 1
Kansas City5785.4011934 – 4123 – 4412 – 2028 – 3410 – 184 – 6L 1
Detroit5488.3802230 – 4224 – 469 – 2025 – 399 – 203 – 7L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston9250.64847 – 2245 – 2810 – 1225 – 848 – 247 – 3W 3
Seattle7962.56012.538 – 3241 – 3016 – 1717 – 935 – 286 – 4L 1
Texas6280.4373030 – 4032 – 406 – 2017 – 1328 – 384 – 6W 1
LA Angels6181.4303131 – 4030 – 4111 – 2316 – 1227 – 334 – 6L 3
Oakland5191.3594123 – 4828 – 4313 – 2012 – 2122 – 372 – 8L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8954.62246 – 2543 – 2946 – 2217 – 819 – 144 – 6L 2
Atlanta8854.6200.547 – 2541 – 2935 – 2221 – 1219 – 137 – 3W 1
Philadelphia7962.560944 – 3135 – 3135 – 2820 – 1017 – 166 – 4W 4
Miami5884.40830.528 – 4230 – 4227 – 3611 – 1512 – 213 – 7L 1
Washington4993.34539.522 – 4827 – 4511 – 4615 – 1815 – 184 – 6L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis8359.58547 – 2536 – 3416 – 1840 – 2217 – 96 – 4L 1
Milwaukee7666.535739 – 2737 – 3911 – 1338 – 3114 – 186 – 4W 3
Chi Cubs6082.4232330 – 4230 – 4015 – 930 – 369 – 234 – 6W 2
Cincinnati5685.39726.529 – 4227 – 4312 – 2223 – 3410 – 224 – 6L 5
Pittsburgh5488.3802928 – 4326 – 459 – 2227 – 3514 – 175 – 5W 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-LA Dodgers9843.69549 – 1849 – 2519 – 1421 – 943 – 158 – 2W 4
San Diego7864.54920.538 – 3140 – 3319 – 1519 – 1033 – 305 – 5W 1
San Francisco6874.47930.538 – 3330 – 4118 – 1419 – 1421 – 364 – 6L 1
Arizona6675.4683237 – 3629 – 3916 – 1516 – 1623 – 373 – 7L 2
Colorado6181.43037.540 – 3421 – 4710 – 2414 – 1529 – 315 – 5L 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins1001.0000.02071-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Buffalo Bills1001.0000.031100-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
New York Jets010.0001.09240-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
New England Patriots010.0001.07200-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers1001.0000.024191-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs1001.0000.044210-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Denver Broncos010.0001.016170-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders010.0001.019240-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers1001.0000.023200-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Baltimore Ravens1001.0000.02490-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns1001.0000.026240-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals010.0001.020230-1-00-0-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Houston Texans001.5000.020200-0-10-0-00-0-10-0-11 T
Indianapolis Colts001.5000.020200-0-00-0-10-0-10-0-11 T
Tennessee Titans010.0000.520210-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars010.0000.522280-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1001.0000.038350-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Washington Commanders1001.0000.028221-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
New York Giants1001.0000.021200-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Dallas Cowboys010.0001.03190-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks1001.0000.017161-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Arizona Cardinals010.0001.021440-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams010.0001.010310-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
San Francisco 49ers010.0001.010190-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings1001.0000.02371-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Chicago Bears1001.0000.019101-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Detroit Lions010.0001.035380-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers010.0001.07230-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
New Orleans Saints1001.0000.027260-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1001.0000.01930-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers010.0001.024260-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Atlanta Falcons010.0001.026270-1-00-0-00-1-00-1-01 L
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1903       In an afternoon game called because of unusual darkness, Giants’ pitcher Red Ames, making his major league debut, tosses a five-inning no-hitter against the Cardinals. The right-hander, who will no-hit the Superbas in 1909 before yielding a single with the tenth, has his no-hit bids discounted when a change of rules in 1991 no longer give credit for no-hitters played in less than nine innings or contests where the first hit occurs in extra innings.

1913       Cubs right-hander Larry Cheney, giving up fourteen hits, earns his 20th victory, blanking the Giants at Chicago’s West Side Grounds, 7-0. The contest marks the first time a team collecting that many hits without scoring a run.

1923       Red Sox first baseman George Burns completes an unassisted triple play against the Indians as he gathers in Frank Brower’s line drive, tags Rube Lutzke coming from first, and beats Riggs Stephenson back to second.

1941       With his 6-5 victory over the Giants at Sportsman’s Park, Cardinals’ right-hander Howie Krist finishes the season with a perfect 10-0 record. Spud’s spotless season establishes a National League mark, recording the most wins in a season without a defeat.

1942       The Yankees clinch their 13th American League pennant, beating Cleveland at League Park, 8-3. The Bronx Bombers will finish the season 103-51, nine games ahead of Boston, but lose the World Series to the Cardinals in five games.

1951       Preacher Roe wins his 20th game when the Dodgers beat the Pirates at Forbes Field, 3-1. The 36-year-old southpaw from Viola (AK) will finish the season with a 22-3 record, throwing 19 complete games in his 33 starts.

1951       Browns’ left fielder Bob Nieman hits consecutive dingers off Mickey McDermott, becoming the first rookie to hit home runs in his first two major league at-bats. In his third trip to the plate, the 24-year-old freshman beats out a bunt for a base hit in the team’s 9-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

1954       In the Giants’ 1-0 victory over the Redbirds, Willie Mays strokes a first-inning double and scores the game’s lone run. The two-bagger is the Say Hey Kid’s 82nd extra-base hit of the season, breaking the team record established by Mel Ott.

1955       Herb Score whiffs nine batters in the Indians’ 3-2 loss to the Senators at Griffith Stadium to establish a new rookie record for strikeouts in a season, surpassing Grover Cleveland Alexander’s mark of 227 strikeouts set in 1911. The American League Rookie of the Year will finish the campaign with 245 punch outs, a total which will not be topped until 1985 when Mets’ right-hander Dwight Gooden strikes out 251 batters.

1968       In a nationally televised game, Denny McLain becomes a thirty-game winner when the Tigers rally for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Oakland 5-4. The Detroit right-hander, who will finish the season 31-6, is the first hurler to accomplish the feat since Dizzy Dean reached the milestone in 1934.

1969       With more than two weeks left in the season, the Orioles clinch the first-ever American League East title when they beat Cleveland at Memorial Stadium, 7-3. The heavily-favored Birds will sweep Minnesota, the AL West Champs, to capture a pennant but lose the World Series in five games to the Amazin’ Mets.

1974       The Nettles, for the second time in their careers, hit home runs in the same game when Graig goes yard in the first frame with Tiger southpaw Mickey Lolich on the mound, and his brother Jim takes Yankee right-hander Pat Dobson deep in the second inning of New York’s 10-7 victory in Detroit. In 1972, the siblings also hit round-trippers as opponents in the same contest but playing with different teams.

1975       Playing in his 242nd major league game as a teenager, Brewers shortstop Robin Yount breaks Mel Ott’s forty-seven-year-old record. The youthful infielder was 18 years, two months, and six days old when he debuted with Milwaukee in 1973.

1976       At Memorial Stadium, Dennis Martinez wins his major league debut, pitching 5.2 innings of shutout baseball in relief in the Orioles’ 9-7 victory over the Tigers. The Granada native, who will win 245 games, is the first person from Nicaragua to appear in a major league game.

1978       In the Braves’ 4-0 decision over the Giants, Jim Bouton, who will finish his career with a 62-63 record, notches his last major league win, limiting the opponents to three hits in six innings of work. The victory marks the first time since 1970 that the 39-year-old ‘Bulldog’ has won a game in the big leagues.

1986       At Royals Stadium, Kansas City rookie outfielder Bo Jackson hits his first major league home run. The 475-foot blast hit by the NFL running back is the longest homer ever hit in the ballpark.

1986       Bob Brenly, usually a catcher, ties a major league record by making four errors in one inning playing third base. The Giants infielder makes amends by hitting two homers, including the ninth inning game-winner that gives San Francisco a 7-6 walk-off victory over Atlanta at Candlestick Park.

1987       The Blue Jays blast a major league record of ten home runs in an 18-3 rout of the Orioles at Exhibition Stadium. Ernie Whitt goes deep three times, Rance Mulliniks and George Bell each hit a pair, and Lloyd Moseby, Rob Ducey, and Fred McGriff go deep once, with Baltimore’s Mike Hart adding one to tie the two-team major league mark of 11.

1987       In the seventh inning of an 18-3 rout of the Orioles at Exhibition Stadium, Kelly Gruber, appearing as a pinch-hitter, makes all three outs by hitting into a double play and then finishing the seven-run frame with a strikeout. In between his at-bats, there are five singles and two home runs.

1987       “What the hell — he couldn’t hit a twenty-run homer.” – CAL RIPKEN SR, the Orioles manager responding to why he ended his son’s consecutive-innings streak. In an 18-3 Toronto blowout, which features the visitors hitting a major league record ten home runs, Orioles’ manager Cal Ripken Sr. puts Ron Washington at shortstop, ending his son’s record streak at 8,243 consecutive innings, a span of 904 games.

1988       In his first start against his former club, Mike Boddicker beats the Orioles, 4-1, with Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell hitting for the cycle. Last month, Baltimore traded the popular right-hander, who had spent nine years with the club, to Boston for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling.

1990       Mariner Ken Griffey and his son, Junior, become the first father and son to hit homers in the same major league game. Angel hurler Kirk McCaskill gives up the back-to-back blasts.

1991       Baltimore’s Juan Bell’s tenth inning at-bat against Eric Bell is not a ringing success when he flies out to Albert Belle in left field. The Orioles drop the Memorial Stadium contest to the clangorous Cleveland club in 11 innings, 6-5.

1993       Mike Piazza sets the major league record for home runs by a rookie catcher when he hits his 29th round-tripper, a first-inning two-run shot off San Diego’s Doug Brocail over the center field fence at Jack Murphy Stadium. The National League’s eventual Rookie of the Year, who will finish the season with 35, breaks the mark set by Matt Nokes, a freshman backstop for the Tigers in 1987.

1994       Due to the strike, 26 of the 28 MLB team owners vote to cancel the remainder of the season, making baseball the first major professional sport to lose an entire postseason because of a labor dispute. The 232-day work stoppage will result in 948 canceled games, shortening both the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

1996       Todd Hundley, the son of former Cubs backstop Randy Hundley, passes Roy Campanella as the all-time leader in homers by a catcher. The 27-year-old All-Star 41st round-tripper of the season, which also establishes the single-season record for the Mets, helps the team come back from a five-run deficit and eventually beat the Braves, 6-5.

1996       Mark McGwire hits his 50th home run off Cleveland hurler Chad Ogea, becoming the 13th player in major league history to reach that plateau. The A’s first baseman gives the milestone ball to his eight-year-old son, Matthew.

1998       At Kauffman Stadium, the Royals become the fifth team in baseball history to score in every inning. The eight innings of consistency lead to a 16-6 win over the A’s.

1998       The Braves clinch their seventh straight division title, taking the NL East crown with a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia at Turner Field. Only seven professional sports franchises have finished first during the regular season at least seven times in a row.

1999       With a 12-2 pounding of the Phillies at the Astrodome, Houston establishes a club record with a twelve-game winning streak. The Astros’ victory also extends Philadelphia’s losing streak to 11 consecutive games.

2002       The Devil Rays, playing the 148th game on the schedule, suffer their 100th defeat, losing to the Blue Jays at the SkyDome, 8-4. Tampa Bay (48-100) becomes the first team to lose 100 games in consecutive seasons since Toronto accomplished the dubious mark for three straight years, starting in 1979.

2002       Barry Bonds ties Hank Aaron for the most 100-RBI seasons by a National League player when he drives in his 100th run of the 11th time. The major league record is 13, shared by Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth.

2002       🇹🇼 Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born player to appear in the major leagues as he walks and scores as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers against the Rockies. The 24-year-old first baseman-outfielder played for the 1990 Taiwan team, which won the Little League World Series.

2003       Vladimir Guerrero, homering in his final at-bat, hits for ‘Le Carrousel’ at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The Expos right fielder, facing the Mets southpaw Tom Glavine, doubled (2nd), singled (3rd), tripled (5th), and then completed the sixth cycle in team history by going deep off Dan Wheeler (7th).

2003       Dropping a 7-2 decision to Kansas City at Comerica Park, the Tigers become the first team in 34 years to lose 110 games in a season. The defeat sets a dubious franchise mark for losses in a year, surpassing the 1996 Detroit squad that finished the season with a 53-109 record.

2005       Braves’ center fielder Andruw Jones hits his 50th home run in the eighth inning of a 12-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Curacao native is the first major leaguer to reach the plateau since Alex Rodriguez hit 57 homers playing shortstop for the Rangers in 2002.

2005       On the day she passes away, Roger Clemens makes his start as a tribute to his mother. The ‘Rocket’ gets the win when the Astros beat the Marlins, 10-2, the score his Mom predicted when she told him she wanted him to start that night.

2005       On his way to home plate to score ahead of Tony Graffanino, who homered over the left-field wall, Gabe Kapler ruptures his Achilles tendon while rounding second, and he cannot continue around the bases. After a delay of five minutes, the Red Sox outfielder needs to be carried off the field and replaced in the basepaths by pinch-runner Alejandro Machado to finish the trip around the diamond in Boston’s 5-3 win over Toronto at the Skydome.

2007       Ten-year-old Bosox fan Griffin Whitman is disappointed when Yankees outfielder Shelley Duncan, when asked for an autograph, writes in the boy’s spiral-bound notebook, “RED SOX SUCK!” before signing his name. The 27-year-old flychaser, whose dad is the respected pitching coach of the Cardinals, is surprised by the family’s adverse reaction.

2008       In an Astros home game moved to Milwaukee’s Miller Park due to Hurricane Ike, Carlos Zambrano becomes the first Cub to throw a no-hitter since Milt Pappas threw a hitless game against the Padres in 1972. The Cub right-hander’s 5-0 gem, in which only a fourth-inning walk to Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence’s HBP in the fifth spoils a bid for a perfect game, becomes the first no-no tossed in a neutral-site.

2008       Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, with his eighth-inning thievery in a 7-4 loss to the Braves at Shea Stadium, becomes the first player to have four straight seasons of 50 or more stolen bases playing for a New York area team, which also includes the Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants. The accomplishment extends the infielder’s own record, as he is also the only Gotham major leaguer to achieve the feat for three consecutive years.

2011       With their 3-2 loss to St. Louis, the Pirates extend their record streak of consecutive losing seasons to 19 straight years, the longest in American professional sports history. The Bucs, who led the NL Central by a half-game on July 20, have lost 38 of 54 contests since then, leaving the team with a 67-82 won-loss record.

2011       Braves’ fireballer Brandon Beachy establishes the modern franchise record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie pitcher when he whiffs eight batters in 4.1 innings, bringing his total to 160. Irv Young struck out 156 in 1905 when the team played in Boston and were known as the Beaneaters.

2011       After missing fifty contests for a PED infraction in April 2008 while playing for the Giants, Eliezer Alfonzo becomes the first player to be suspended twice under the MLB drug program. The Colorado catcher will appeal the 100-game suspension, having the ban overturned for procedural reasons when the handling of his urine sample doesn’t follow the protocol outlined in baseball’s agreement with the players.

2014       With runners on first and second in the fourth frame of the Pirates’ 7-3 victory over the Cubs, the team turns a 5-4-3 triple play when Josh Harrison fields Matt Szczur’s grounder, steps on third, forcing Chris Valaika before firing the ball to second to Neil Walker to retire Mike Ott. The second baseman’s relay to first sacker Andrew Lambo completes the first triple killing in the 14-year history of PNC Park.

2014       Jonathan Papelbon grabs his crotch in response to the boos from the Citizens Bank Park crowd after he gives up four runs in the ninth inning of the Phillies’ 5-4 loss to Miami. After he insisted he wasn’t making a vulgar motion toward fans, Major League Baseball suspends the apologetic closer for seven games for the lewd gesture and bumping umpire Joe West, also suspended for pulling on the reliever’s jersey after throwing him out of the game.

2017       After Francisco Lindor ties the game with a two-out, two-strike double in the ninth, and the Indians win their 22nd consecutive game in the next inning when Jay Bruce hits a walk-off double, giving the team a 3-2 victory over the Royals at Progressive Field. The win will be the Tribe’s only walk-off during the longest major league winning streak since the 1916 Giants set the record with 26 straight without a loss.

2019       For the first time since 1908, when records are kept, a team wins a nine-inning game with just one baserunner when the Diamondbacks beat the Reds, 1-0. The lone run in the Chase Field contest scores when Jarrod Dyson’s sacrifice fly plates Nick Ahmed, who doubled and advanced to third on an error leading off the third inning.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1986

New York Mets (4) vs Boston Red Sox (3)

The Boston Red Sox finally returned to the Fall Classic after an eleven year hiatus determined to shake the “Curse of the Bambino” once and for all. Although the “Beantown Bombers” had appeared in nine previous World Series contests (winning five), their last championship title had come an agonizing sixty-eight years prior (in 1918) when Babe Ruth pitched the Sox to two victories over the Chicago Cubs. This time Roger Clemens was on the hill and the Rocket had just completed a spectacular season in which he had compiled a 24-4 record and set a Major League mark with twenty strikeouts in a single regulation game. The New York Mets were making their third World Series appearance (winning last in 1969) and totaled one-hundred eight regular season wins while finishing a whopping 21½ games ahead of their nearest competition. The Mets also boasted a standout pitcher in Dwight Gooden who had dominated the National League much like Clemens had against the American League. Several sportswriters had hyped-up the impending showdown on the mound, and many agreed that a “shootout” was on the horizon.

Game 1 opened with both teams going neck and neck down the stretch with Boston’s Bruce Hurst topping New York’s Ron Darling and Roger McDowell for the 1-0 victory.

Manager Dave Johnson went with the obvious choice of Gooden for Game 2, but the Red Sox managed to oust the ace and four of his peers (Rick Aguilera, Jesse Orosco, Sid Fernandez, and Doug Sisk) for a 9-3 victory that featured homers by Dave Henderson and Dwight Evans. Despite the win, Clemens had fared just as poor and lasted only 4 1/3 innings before being replaced by Steve Crawford.

New York lefty Bob Ojeda (acquired from the Sox in ’85) returned to Fenway Park for the third outing and pitched five hit ball over seven innings. Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd took the hill for the home team, but surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced in Lenny Dykstra. The opening blast was followed by three more runs (including two off designated hitter Danny Heep’s single) for a 4-0 lead in the first. Boyd managed to hold off the scoring for five more innings but stumbled again in the seventh as the Mets connected for three more, completing the thirteen-hit, 7-1 derby.

New York managed to tie up the Series in Game 4 thanks to Gary Carter’s two home runs and three runs batted in. Breaking a scoreless tie in the fourth, the All-Star catcher smacked a two run homer in the fourth (off Al Nipper) and a bases-empty shot in the eighth (off reliever Steve Crawford) while Dykstra added to his rapidly growing stats with an RBI blast of his own. Back on the hill, Darling managed to finish with a 6-2 decision despite walking six batters in seven innings.

Gooden returned for the fifth meeting determined to save face for his poor debut in Game 2 (in which the entire Mets’ rotation was unable to compete) but disappointed again as the opener’s winner, Bruce Hurst, overcame a twelve-hit debacle to put the Sox ahead with a middle-of-the-road, 4-2 effort.

Like his struggling counterpart, Clemens was also looking for his first win and left Game 6 with a 3-2 lead. However his teammates were unable to finish the job, leaving fourteen men on base and committing one of the most devastating errors in World Series history. After Henderson led off the top of the tenth with a home run against Rick Aguilera breaking the 3-3 tie, Boston increased its lead to 5-3 as Wade Boggs doubled and Marty Barrett singled him home. Sox reliever Calvin Schiraldi (who yielded the tying run in the eighth) retired the Mets’ first two batters in the tenth (Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez), moving Boston to within one out of the World Series title. Carter prolonged the anxious fans tension with a clutch single and Kevin Mitchell followed with another base hit. Schiraldi regained his composure and managed a no-ball, two-strike count on New York’s Ray Knight, but the third baseman made contact on his next offering, scoring Carter and moving Mitchell to third. Anticipating a disaster, Bob Stanley was called in and matched Mookie Wilson in a ten-pitch duel that left fans on both sides hanging on the edge of their seats. Wilson fouled off a 2-1 pitch, then sent two more out of bounds. As the pressure continued to build, Stanley’s seventh pitch went wild, and Mitchell raced home with the game-tying run with Knight advancing to second. With a full count of 3-2, Wilson finally connected fair on the tenth toss sending a short grounder along the baseline toward first baseman Bill Buckner. A collective sigh of relief fell over the Boston crowd in anticipation of a textbook out and a chance at redemption in the eleventh-inning. However their jubilation quickly turned to shock and disbelief as the ball somehow slipped under Buckner’s glove and continued to roll. As Knight bolted home for the 6-5 victory, the home crowd at Shea Stadium erupted in celebration. The Mets were still alive with or without, a little help from “The Babe”. For Buckner, the costly error became a defining moment and ultimately overshadowed the rest of his career.

While the Sox had found themselves in this predicament before (one strike away from elimination in the American League Series), many fans had already abandoned the team and Buckner was crucified in the papers for making the critical mistake. Luckily they would have twenty-four hours to regain their senses as Game 7 was postponed a day due to rain. Three time winner Bruce Hurst returned for the final outing and looked to make it right again with a little help from his friends. Dwight Evans and Rich Gedman both belted back-to-back homers and Boggs delivered an RBI single for a 3-0 lead going into the sixth. New York tied the game on Hernandez’s bases-loaded single that scored Lee Mazzilli and Wilson while Carter’s tee-shot to right brought Wally Backman home.

Schiraldi was sent in as relief in the seventh, but Knight tagged him again (as he had in Game 6) with a tie-breaking homer. Before it was over, Rafael Santana nailed a RBI single and Hernandez added a sac-fly for the 6-3 lead. Sid Fernandez had shut out Boston through the middle innings, but Roger McDowell replaced him and surrendered a two run double off Evans in the eighth. Jesse Orosco entered as the third reliever and managed to coax Gedman to line out, Henderson to strike out and Don Baylor to bounce out. As the Mets took their turn in the bottom of the eighth, Darryl Strawberry sent one into the seats for the 8-5 advantage and it was all over from there. Orosco returned in the ninth to finish the job and struck out the side (1-2-3) crowning the National League reps as World Champions.

The heartbreaking loss in Game 6 still remains as the second darkest day in Beantown sports history. The first of course was a “certain trade” that haunted the Boston faithful for over eight decades.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1994

The ’94 Midsummer Classic is considered by most die-hards as one of the best All-Star Games ever played. This extra-inning, nail-biter had everyone on the edge of their seats as the lead changed five times and included a game tying home run in the ninth inning and a surprising victory for the National League in the tenth.

The National League got to two of the American League’s finest pitchers, David Cone and Lee Smith. Cone, 12-4 at the break, gave up three runs in the third and threw forty pitches in two innings. Smith, who had twenty-nine saves at the break, was entrusted with a 7-5 lead in the ninth and gave up a game-tying homer in a twenty-eight pitch inning of work.

While much of the media’s pregame attentions were focused on the American League’s Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr., it was three Expos: Ken Hill, Marquis Grissom and Moises Alou who stole the show. Hill pitched two scoreless innings; Grissom staked the National League to a 5-4 lead with a sixth-inning homer; and Alou delivered the game-winning double it the tenth.

The National League had finally managed to break the American League’s winning streak after six years and regained some momentum that would last for the next two years.

FOOTBALL HISTORY

September 14, 1930 – The Portsmouth Spartans played their very first NFL game on this date. The Spartans defeated the Newark Tornadoes in their first game by the final score of 13-6. The Portsmouth eleven ended the 1930 season with a record of 5-6-3 but they had a core of players they could build upon and this became evident two years later. The 1932 season ended with the Spartans and the Chicago Bears finishing with identical records at 6-1-4, and previously (since 1920) the League’s champion was determined by the team with the best record.. The NFL decided that a final game to determine a Champ would be played in a special Chicago at Wrigley field on December 18, 1932. This first postseason game in NFL history had some huge twists and turns to make it quite a remarkable story, even besides the fact that a game was going to be played to determine an NFL Champion. The first odd occurrence was that Spartans star Earl “Dutch” Clark was unable to play in the game because he had to work. While that may sound crazy to us today but the fact was that professional players of that era did not make enough to make a living all year long. Most had to take off season jobs to make ends meet, even the super stars like Dutch Clark, who worked as the Head Basketball Coach at Colorado College and his hoops team had a game on that December 18 and Dutch couldn’t get off work to make the football game in Chicago. The second crazy thing that happened was that due to a freak late-fall blizzard in Chicago, the game had to be moved inside the Chicago Stadium because Wrigley was covered with deep snow and frozen with dangerous sub-zero temperatures. The playing field had to be modified to play inside, so the game was played on a field only 80 yards long, and some 30 yards narrower than the normal width the teams played on all season. The last item that took place surrounding the game happened on the contest’s only touchdown. Bronko Nagurski threw a scoring jump pass to Red Grange but the Spartans argued that Nagurski did not meet the requirement of legal forward passes in those days of being 5 yards or more behind the line. The play stood and the Bears ended up winning the NFL title by the score of 9-0. The Spartans franchise would become the Lions in 1933 when they moved from Portsmouth, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan after a Detroit radio businessman George A. Richards purchased the rights to the team for $8000. This was a hefty sum at the time but Portsmouth had after all just recently played for a somewhat impromptu first NFL Championship game against the Chicago Bears, shorthanded of their star player. The Motor City was a risky place to put the team at this point as three previous franchises had failed there but Richards knew the city needed a winner and took the chance. It was well worth his risk as the newly named Detroit Lions team won the NFL Title in 1935 and later in the 1952, 1953 and 1957 seasons. Richards took another chance with his football franchise in 1934 when he scheduled a game on Thanksgiving Day. Though it failed when other cities (save Dallas a few decades later) the Turkey Day game in the Motor City was a huge success. Unfortunately in 1940 Mr. Richards had to sell the franchise due to a declining health issue and a fine from the NFL for draft tampering but his $8000 initial investment turned into a $225,000 sale of the Lions to retail magnet Fred Mandel. The Lions eventually were purchased by the descendants of Henry Ford and are owned by the family to this day. So if you happen to talk to the Football History Dude, Arnie Chapman today, wish our friend a good one as this is the day his Lions technically started in the NFL. Speaking of Arnie check out is podcast on the first NFL playoff game for more detail on the subject by clicking here.

September 14, 1980 – Dwight Clark plays the game that started his streak of 105 straight with having a reception. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals that day by the score of 24-21 with the assistance of Clark’s 4 receptions for 49 yards. The passes in this game did not come from a quarterback named Montana though as Steve DeBerg was under center for the Niners.

September 14, 1986 – The very first CFL regular season overtime game is played as the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats play to a 21-21 draw..

September 14, 1991 – San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk rushes for an NCAA records 386 yards and scores 7 touchdowns in a 55-34 Aztec victory of Pacific University.

September 14, 2003 – Jamaal Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens rushes to an NFL record in a single game as he runs 30 times for 295 yards and 2 scores as his team defeated the Cleveland Browns 33-13.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S

September 14, 1916 – Waddy Young was a former end from the University of Oklahoma that played in the late 1930’s. He went professional and played in the NFL for the Brooklyn Dodgers football franchise and played in the National Football League’s very first televised game on October 22, 1939. This brave man left pro football on his own accord to become a pilot for the United States and flew one of America’s B-24 Liberator bomber planes in the skies over Europe. He logged over 9000 hours in the air fighting the Nazi’s. He later volunteered to go into the Pacific theatre to fly against Japanese pilots flying the B-29 Super Fortress. We lost this hero on January 9, 1945 as his plane crashed over the skies of Tokyo while he was assisting a fellow US pilot whose plane was in distress. The two planes ended up colliding, killing all on board. The National Football Foundation recognized Waddy Young as they placed him into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

September 14, 1934 – Dicky Moegel a former safety and halfback from Rice University is born. Dicky’s outstanding 1954 season at Rice earned him the honor of being a consensus All-American. In the 1954 Cotton Bowl Classic Moegel was part of one of the most famous plays in NCAA football history. With Rice up by one over Alabama, and the Owls backed up on their own 5 yard-line, Moegel took a pitch on a sweep play and broke loose down the sideline. Crimson Tide player Tommy Lewis came off of the sideline without a helmet and tackled Dicky. The officials, seeing the whole thing transpire, awarded Rice the 95 yard touchdown. Dicky Moegel ended the game with a Cotton Bowl record 265 yards rushing as his Rice team won 28-6. Ed Sullivan invited both Lewis and Moegel onto his program to discuss the play. He played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie in 1955, he was selected to the Pro Bowl after picking off 6 passes. Dicky Moegel was selected to enter into the College Football of Fame in 1979.

September 14, 1975 – Troy Davis was a former running back from Iowa State. Davis had the honors of being an All-American twice and was the first NCAA Division I-A running back to rush for over 2000 yards in consecutive seasons. Troy set multiple school records for the Iowa State Cyclones which were highlighted by in career rushing yards 4382, and touchdowns 36 among other records for the school. He played in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints and in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and the Toronto Argonauts. He helped the Eskimos win the coveted Grey Cup in 2005. He entered into the College Football of Fame in 2016.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

11 – 4 – 24 – 27 – 17 – 19 – 56 – 16 – 8 – 41 – 25 – 9 – 31

September 14, 1913 – Chicago Cubs Larry Cheney tossed a record 14-hit shutout against Giants (7-0)

September 14, 1916 – Christy Mathewson pitched and won his final MLB game

September 14, 1923 – Red Sox 1st baseman George Burns pulls off an unassisted triple play

September 14, 1924 – Walter Johnson selected as the American League MVP

September 14, 1930 – Detroit Lions (as Portsmouth Spartans) play 1st NFL game, win 13-6

September 14, 1936 – Pittsburgh Pirates’ future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Paul Waner (Number 11) tied Rogers Hornsby‘s (Number 4 that season) National League record of 200 hits for 7th season in a career.

September 14, 1954 – New York Giants’ Number 24Willie Mays reached his 82nd extra-base hit for the season, breaking famous Number 4 Mel Ott‘s record

September 14, 1955 – Herb Score, Number 27 set a rookie record of 235 strikeouts and added 10 more as the season wound down for a total of 245

September 14, 1968 – Detroit Tigers’ Denny McLain, Number 17 knotted his 30th victory of season

September 14, 1975 – Milwaukee Brewer Robin Yount, Number 19 broke another one of Mel Ott‘s record, playing in 242 MLB games as a teen

September 14, 1978 – Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Jim BoutonNumber 56 was 38 year old, beats Giants for his 1st win since 1970

September 14, 1986 – Kansas City’s Number 16, Bo Jackson blasted his first career home run which traveled 475-feet and longer than any other at Royal Stadium.

September 14, 1987 – Orioles’ Number 8 Cal Ripken Jr‘s streak of 8,243 consecutive innings (908 games) is broken

September 14, 1989 – Jeff Reardon, Number 41 was the first to record 30 saves in 5 consecutive seasons

September 14, 1996 – Oakland As’ Mark McGwire, Number 25 became just the 13th player to hit 50-HRs in a season

September 14, 1996 – New York Mets Todd Hundley, Number 9 established a record of 41 HRs by a catcher

September 14, 2003 – Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis, Number 31 set the NFL single-game rushing record when he runs for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries in the Ravens 33-13 victory over Cleveland.

SUPER BOWL 3

Jan. 12, 1969

At Miami—75,377

New York Jets    0    7    6    3    —    16

Baltimore    0    0    0    7    —    7

Despite the fact that the Colts were coming into the game as 17-point favorites, Jets quarterback Joe Namath “guaranteed” victory on the Thursday before the game. He then went out and led the AFL to its first Super Bowl victory over a Baltimore team that had lost only once in 16 games all season.

Namath, chosen the game’s most valuable player, completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards. The Jets had intercepted Colt quarterback Earl Morrall three times in the first half, each deep in New York territory.

The Jets finished the game with 337 total yards, including 121 on 30 carries by fullback Matt Snell.

TV WEDNESDAY

MLBTIME ETTV
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati12:35pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
Houston at Detroit1:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
ATTSN-SW
LA Angels at Cleveland1:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Colorado at Chi. White Sox2:10pmATTSN-RM
NBCS-CHI
Atlanta at San Francisco3:45pmMLBN
Bally Sports
NBCS-BAY
San Diego at Seattle4:10pmMLBN
Root Sports
Bally Sports
Philadelphia at Miami6:40pmBally Sports
ATTSN-SW
Baltimore at Washington7:05pmMASN/2
Tampa Bay at Toronto7:07pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Chi. Cubs at NY Mets7:10pmMARQ
SNY
NY Yankees at Boston7:10pmYES
NESN
Kansas City at Minnesota7:40pmBally Sports
Milwaukee at St. Louis7:45pmFS1
Bally Sports
Oakland at Texas8:05pmATTSN-RM
NBCS-CHI
LA Dodgers at Arizona9:40pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
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UEFA Champions League: Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic12:45pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Aldosivi vs Newell’s Old Boys1:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Chelsea vs Salzburg3:00pmParamount+
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UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid vs RB Leipzig3:00pmParamount+
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UEFA Champions League: Maccabi Haifa vs PSG3:00pmParamount+
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Engalnd Championship: Reading vs Sunderland3:00pmESPN+
Argentina Primera División: Colón vs San Lorenzo3:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: River Plate vs Banfield6:00pmParamount+
MLS: Orlando City SC vs Atlanta United6:00pmESPN+
NWSL: North Carolina Courage vs Angel City7:00pmParamount+
NWSL: Chicago Red Stars vs Kansas City Current8:00pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Lanús vs Boca Juniors8:30pmParamount+
MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy10:00pmESPN+
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Liga MX: América vs Santos Laguna10:05pmUnivision
Liga MX: Juárez vs Pachuca10:05pmFS2