MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Chicago White Sox 7 Cincinnati 1

Baltimore 4 Boston 2

NY Yankees 7 Toronto 2

Minnesota 3 Detroit 2

Texas 5 Los Angeles Angels 2

Kansas City 6 Cleveland 4

Houston 4 Tampa Bay 3

Seattle 4 Oakland 2

New York Mets 5 Miami 2

New York Mets 2 Miami 1

St. Louis 6 Milwaukee 2

Colorado 3 Washington 1

San Francisco 6 Arizona 4

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 San Diego 1

Pittsburgh 8 Chicago Cubs 6

Atlanta 2 Philadelphia 1

WNBA PLAYOFFS

Chicago 101 Connecticut 95 2OT

Las Vegas 96 Phoenix 90

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Washington Township 12 Westville 0

Switzerland County 4 Southwestern 0

Covenant Christian 10 Hebron 0

Rossville 8 Delphi 1

Jay County 4 Blackford 0

Eastern 5 Tri-West 1

Hammond 1 Morgan Twp. 0

Heritage Hills 12 NE. Dubois 3

Mount Carmel 8 Vincennes Rivet 1

Knightstown 3, Morristown 0

Winamac 3 Twin Lakes 2

Greencastle 3 Owen Valley 1

Herron 1 International 1

Logansport 4 Carroll 4

Angola 4 Lakewood Park 3

Oldenburg Academy 2 Centerville 1

Trinity 2 South Bend Washington 2

Rochester 6 Culver 0

Evansville Mater Dei 3 Evansville Central 2

South Knox 7 North Knox 1

Rensselaer Central 3 Lafayette Jeff 1

Prairie Heights 5 Woodlan 2

Central Christian Academy 6 Anderson Prep 2

Greensburg 6 Franklin County 1

Bethesda Christian 1 Cascade 1

North Putnam 2 Covington 0

White River Valley 4 Shoals 3

NorthWood 2 Plymouth 0

Pike Central 8 Southridge 0

South Vermillion 3 Sullivan 0

Mount Vernon 6 S. Spencer 0

Silver Creek 4 Salem 0

Wood Memorial 2 Washington Catholic 1

Lebanon 2 Southmont 0

Illiana Christian 9 Hammond Noll 0

Fort Wayne Canterbury 6 Eastbrook 1

Mount Vernon 4 Muncie Burris 2

Shelbyville 1 Pendleton Heights 1

Yorktown, 11 Marion 2

Fort Wayne Concordia 1 Fort Wayne Snider 0

Northridge 8 Wawasee 0

Hamilton Heights 6 Liberty Christian 1

Culver 3 Lakeland Christian 0

Plainfield 4 Danville 1

New Castle 3 Anderson 0

McCutcheon 1 Northwestern 1

Evansville Memorial 8 Evansville Harrison 1

Providence 3 Madison 1

Whiteland 4 Greenwood 0

Avon 4 Westfield 2

Fort Wayne Northrup 4 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 1

Columbus East 4 Bloomington South 0

Zionsville 2 Brownsburg 1

Fishers 5 Greenfield Central 0

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Morgan Twp. 3 Marquette Catholic 2

Kankakee Valley 1 Munster 0

Boone Grove 7 Westville 0

Scecina 6 Monrovia 5

NorthWood 1 Plymouth 0

Culver 4 Lakeland Christian 1

Terre Haute South 1 Northview 1

Harrison 0 W. Lafayette 0

Franklin County 1 Connersville 0

Yorktown 4 Delta 3

Centerville 0 Wapahani 0

Fort Wayne Wayne 1 Fort Wayne South 0

Woodlan 3 Heritage 2

Greenecastle 5 S. Vermillion 1

South Dearborn 8 Greensburg 0

Greenwood Christian 6 Brown County 0

North Posey 0 Mount Vernon 0

Benton Central 5 Southmont 0

Jennings County 2 Trinity Lutheran 0

DeKalb 3 Westview 0

Muncie Burris 3 Indianapolis Shortridge 1

Rochester 5 Northwestern 2

Gibson Southern 5 South Knox 0

Switzerland County, 7 Southwestern 0

Silver Creek 3 Corydon Central 1

Bremen 6 New Prairie 0

Greenwood 9 Knightstown 0

North Miami 1 Wabash 0

North Harrison 8 Austin 0

Angola 2 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 1

Chesterton 8 Portage 0

Andrean 3 Lowell 1

Heritage Hills 3 Pike Central 0

Goshen 2 Concord 1

Highland 3 Hobart 0

South Bend St. Joseph 4 Mishawaka Marian 0

Zionsville 2 Brownsburg 1

Valparaiso 3 Lake Central 1

Fort Wayne Snider 0 Fort Wayne Concordia 0

Tri-West 2 Danville 1

Castle 4 Evansville North 1

Fort Wayne Carroll 0 Warsaw 0

Providence 3 New Albany 1

Columbus North 1 Batesville 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Richmond 3 Rushville 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Fort Wayne South 0

Indiana Deaf 3 International 0

Lake Central 3 Portage 0

New Prairie 3 Glenn 0

South Newton 3 Illiana Christian 2

Riverton Parke 3 W. Vigo 0

Griffith 3 Hobart 0

Martinsville 3 Perry Meridian 0

Calvary Christian 3 Heritage Hall 1

South Ripley 3 S. Dearborn 0

Tell City 3 Cannelton 0

Madison 3 Jennings County 0

North Daviess 3 N. Central 0

Salem 3 Clarksville 0

Northfield 3 Manchester 0

Trinity Lutheran 3 Greensburg 0

Yorktown 3 New Palestine 1

Pioneer 3 Triton 0

North White 3 W. Central 0

Scecina 3 Triton Central 0

Wes-Del 3 Eastbrook 0

Winchester 3 Daleville 0

Tippecanoe Valley 3 Marion 0

Covington 3 found Central 0

Hauser 3 N. Decatur 1

South Adams 3 Woodlan 0

Highlander 3 Lowell 1

Charlestown 3 Borden 1

Laporte 3 Michigan City 0

Wapahani 3 Union 0

Hagerstown 3 Blue River 1

Seeger 3 S. Vermillion 0

Wabash 3 Rochester 2

Paoli 3 Orleans 0

Rossville 3 Sheridan 0

Maconaquah 3 Whtiko 0

Tri-County 3. Fort Wayne Carroll 1

Hutsonville 2 Union Dugger 0

Southridge 3 Evansville Central 1

Jasper 3 Evansville Harrison 0

Covenant Christian 3 Kankakee Trinity 1

Mitchell 3 Perry Central 2

Andrean 3 Kankakee Valley 0

Homestead 3. Fort Wayne Northrup 0

Bellmont 3 Norwell 0

Carmel 3 Cathedral 1

Fort Wayne Luers 3 Fort Wayne North 0

Fishers 3 Mount Vernon 1

Harrison 3 Kokomo 0

Mishawaka Marian 3 South Bend Adams 0

Fort Wayne Falcons 3. Fort Wayne Canterbury 0

Castle 3 Evansville North 0

Seymour 3 Brownstown Central 0

Greencastle 3 Clay City 1

Western Boone 3 Crawfordsville 1

Brownsburg 3 Lebanon 0

South-Central 3 Kouts 0

Christian Academy 3 South-Central 0

McCutcheon 3 Avon 0

Bloomfield 3 North Knox 2

Elkhart Christy 3 Culver 0

Pendleton Heights 3 Shelbyville 0

Fort Wayne Carroll 3. Fort Wayne Blackhawk 0

Angola 3 Churubusco 0

Huntington North 3 New Haven 0

Mississinewa 3 Blackford 0

Penn 3 South Bend St. Joseph 0

Huntington North 3 New Haven 0

Eastern 3 Clinton Prairie 1

Jay County 3 Southern Wells 0

Providence 3 Oldham County 0

Lawrenceburg 3 Milan 0

Fairfield 3 Concord 0

ASSOCIATED PRESS INDIANA HS FOOTBALL POLLS

Class 6A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Center Grove              (13)   6-0  278  1

2. Westfield                   –     5-1  242  2

3. Merrillville              (1)    6-0  214  3

4. Carmel                      –     5-1  188  4

5. Warren Central              –     5-1  166  6

6. Hamilton Southeastern        –     5-1  126  7

7. Brownsburg                  –     4-2  122  5

8. Lawrence North              –     4-1  78   8

9. Carroll (Fort Wayne)         –     5-1  42   10

10. Chesterton                 –     5-1  36   NR

Others receiving votes: Warsaw 28. Ben Davis 8. Fishers 8. Franklin Central 4.

Class 5A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Cathedral           (14)   6-0  280  1

2. Valparaiso                  –     6-0  246  2

3. Bloomington South            –     6-0  218  3

4. Decatur Central              –     5-1  190  4

5. Lafayette Harrison           –     5-1  136  8

6. Ft. Wayne Snider             –     4-1  128  7

7. Bloomington North            –     5-1  88   10

8. Ft. Wayne Dwenger            –     4-2  66   9

9. Concord                     –     5-1  64   NR

10. Castle                     –     5-1  42   NR

Others receiving votes: Zionsville 40. Mishawaka 28. Kokomo 12. Michigan City 2.

Class 4A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Roncalli                       (13)   6-0  278  1

2. Leo                                (1)    6-0  238  2

3. Jasper                            –     6-0  208  3

4. Mooresville                 –     5-1  194  4

5. E. Central                    –     5-1  164  5

6. Mt. Vernon                  –     5-1  146  6

7. Ev. Memorial                –     5-1  94   8

8. Logansport                  –     5-0  70   10

9. Bishop Chatard              –     2-4  68   9

10. New Prairie                –     5-1  24   NR

Others receiving votes: Northview 20. NorthWood 12. E. Noble 10. Martinsville 8. Hobart 6.

Class 3A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. West Lafayette              (12)   6-0  276  2

2. Brebeuf Jesuit            (2)    5-1  218  1

(tie) Gibson Southern           –     5-1  218  3

4. Danville                    –     5-1  194  4

5. Mt. Vernon (Posey)           –     6-0  166  5

6. Lawrenceburg                –     5-1  136  6

7. Brownstown                  –     6-0  102  8

8. Tippecanoe Valley            –     6-0  74   9

9. Norwell                     –     5-1  60   NR

10. Tri-West                   –     4-2  36   7

Others receiving votes: Sullivan 16. Western Boone 14. Owen Valley 10. Calumet 10. Mishawaka Marian 4. Jimtown 4. Heritage Hills 2.

Class 2A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Ft. Wayne Luers            (14)   6-0  280  1

2. Eastbrook                   –     6-0  244  2

3. Heritage Christian           –     6-0  206  3

4. Tipton                      –     6-0  182  4

5. Eastside                    –     6-0  166  5

6. Linton                      –     6-0  128  6

7. Andrean                     –     4-2  122  7

8. Ev. Mater Dei               –     4-2  80   8

9. Speedway                    –     5-1  42   10

10. Monrovia                   –     5-1  22   NR

Others receiving votes: Centerville 16. Lafayette Catholic 14. Southmont 14. Lapel 12. Central Noble 4. N. Knox 4. N. Posey 2. LaVille 2.

Class A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Lutheran                      (11)   6-0  270  1

2. Monroe Central            (2)    6-0  246  2

3. Adams Central             (1)    5-1  236  3

4. Winamac                     –     4-0  200  4

5. S. Putnam                   –     5-1  154  7

6. Covenant Christian           –     4-2  104  6

7. S. Adams                    –     4-2  78   5

8. Parke Heritage              –     4-2  72   9

9. Springs Valley              –     4-1  56   10

10. Churubusco                 –     4-2  40   NR

Others receiving votes: N. Judson 34. Carroll (Flora) 30. Perry Central 16. Sheridan 2. Covington 2.


INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 7 SCHEDULE

Adams Central (5-1) at Southern Wells (0-6)

Anderson (1-4) at Indianapolis Tech (4-2)

Batesville (3-3) at Greensburg (1-3)

Bedford North Lawrence (3-3) at Floyd Central (1-5)

Beech Grove (2-4) at Indianapolis Ritter (0-6)

Bloomington South (6-0) at Columbus North (3-3)

Bluffton (2-4) at Heritage (2-4)

Boone Grove (0-4) at Griffith (2-4)

Boonville (0-5) at Princeton (2-4)

Bowman Academy (0-5) at Lake Station (1-3)

Brebeuf Jesuit (5-1) at Terre Haute South (0-6)

Cambridge City Lincoln (0-3) at Union City (4-2)

Carmel (5-1) at Ben Davis (2-4)

Cascade (2-4) at Speedway (5-1)

Castle (5-1) at Jasper (6-0)

Centerville (5-0) at Union County (3-2)

Charlestown (4-2) at Corydon Central (0-5)

Churubusco (4-2) at Central Noble (6-0)

Clinton Central (2-4) at Carroll (Flora) (5-1)

Clinton Prairie (2-3) at Taylor (0-2)

Columbus East (2-4) at Indianapolis Chatard (2-4)

Concord (5-1) at Plymouth (0-6)

Connersville (1-5) at East Central (5-1)

Cooper (Ky.) at Madison (3-3)

Covenant Christian (4-2) at Clarksville (1-5)

Covington (4-2) at Attica (0-3)

Crawfordsville (0-6) at Lebanon (3-3)

Culver (1-3) at Caston (2-4)

Culver Academy (4-2) at Woodlan (3-3)

Danville (5-1) at Frankfort (2-3)

Decatur Central (5-1) at Greenwood (2-4)

Delta (4-2) at Pendleton Heights (3-3)

East Chicago Central (1-4) at Gary West (3-2)

East Noble (3-2) at Columbia City (4-2)

Eastbrook (6-0) at Blackford (1-5)

Eastern (Greentown) (5-1) at Tri-Central (2-4)

Eastern (Pekin) (0-3) at Salem (3-1)

Eastern Greene (1-5) at Owen Valley (5-1)

Eastside (6-0) at Fremont (2-4)

Elwood (0-5) at Madison-Grant (2-4)

Evansville Harrison (1-5) at Evansville Central (1-5)

Evansville Mater Dei (4-2) at Evansville Bosse (2-4)

Evansville Memorial (5-1) at Evansville Reitz (2-4)

Fairfield (2-4) at Garrett (3-3)

Forest Park (2-4) at North Posey (5-1)

Fort Wayne Concordia (1-5) at Fort Wayne Wayne (1-5)

Fort Wayne Luers (6-0) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-2)

Fort Wayne North (1-5) at Fort Wayne South (1-4)

Fort Wayne Snider (4-1) at Fort Wayne Northrop (2-4)

Fountain Central (3-3) at South Vermillion (2-4)

Franklin (1-5) at Plainfield (3-3)

Franklin Central (4-2) at Fishers (4-2)

Franklin County (4-2) at South Dearborn (4-2)

Frontier (0-6) at Tri-County (0-5)

Gibson Southern (5-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (6-0)

Goshen (2-4) at Northridge (4-2)

Greencastle (4-2) at Cloverdale (0-5)

Greenfield-Central (3-3) at Yorktown (4-2)

Guerin Catholic (1-5) at Northview (4-1)

Hagerstown (1-4) at Winchester (2-4)

Hamilton Heights (4-2) at Tipton (6-0)

Hammond Central (1-5) at Hammond Morton (1-5)

Hammond Noll (1-3) at Wheeler (4-1)

Hanover Central (5-1) at Whiting (2-4)

Harrison (West Lafayette) (5-1) at McCutcheon (0-6)

Heritage Hills (4-2) at Washington (0-5)

Highland (3-3) at Lowell (3-3)

Homestead (4-2) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (5-1)

Indian Creek (2-4) at Brownstown Central (6-0)

Indianapolis Attucks (2-3) at Indianapolis Shortridge (2-2)

Indianapolis Cathedral (6-0) at Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio)

Indianapolis Lutheran (6-0) at Monrovia (5-1)

Indianapolis Roncalli (6-0) at Bloomington North (5-1)

Indianapolis Scecina (3-3) at Triton Central (4-2)

Indianapolis Tindley (2-3) at Wes-Del (0-5)

Jay County (3-3) at South Adams (4-2)

Jeffersonville (2-3) at New Albany (3-3)

Kankakee Valley (3-3) at Hobart (3-3)

Knox (1-5) at Pioneer (4-2)

Lafayette Central Catholic (3-3) at Twin Lakes (2-4)

Lafayette Jeff (3-3) at Richmond (1-5)

Lake Central (3-3) at Chesterton (5-1)

Lakeland (2-4) at West Noble (3-3)

Lapel (5-1) at Heritage Christian (6-0)

LaPorte (2-4) at Crown Point (3-3)

LaVille (4-1) at John Glenn (3-3)

Lawrence Central (2-4) at North Central (Indianapolis) (0-6)

Lawrenceburg (5-1) at Rushville (0-6)

Leo (6-0) at Huntington North (2-4)

Linton-Stockton (6-0) at North Knox (5-1)

Logansport (5-0) at Kokomo (5-1)

Manchester (2-3) at Whitko (1-5)

Martinsville (4-2) at Perry Meridian (2-4)

Merrillville (6-0) at Valparaiso (6-0)

Milan (2-4) at Providence (2-4)

Mishawaka Marian (3-3) at Angola (2-4)

Mississinewa (3-2) at Alexandria (3-2)

Mitchell (3-2) at Scottsburg (4-2)

Monroe Central (6-0) at Eastern Hancock (4-2)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (5-1) at New Castle (2-4)

Muncie Central (1-5) at Marion (2-3)

Munster (2-4) at Andrean (4-2)

New Haven (2-4) at Bellmont (0-6)

Noblesville (2-4) at Hamilton Southeastern (5-1)

North Daviess (4-2) at North Decatur (1-4)

North Judson (4-2) at Triton (3-3)

North Miami (0-6) at Wabash (0-5)

North Newton (3-3) at Delphi (4-2)

North Putnam (1-4) at West Vigo (1-3)

North White (2-2) at South Newton (3-3)

Northfield (4-2) at Rochester (3-1)

NorthWood (4-2) at Mishawaka (4-2)

Norwell (5-1) at DeKalb (1-5)

Oak Hill (4-2) at Frankton (2-4)

Oldenburg Academy (0-3) at Christel House Manual (1-4)

Paoli (3-1) at Crawford County (2-2)

Parke Heritage (4-2) at North Vermillion (3-3)

Phalen Academy (1-4) at Park Tudor (4-2)

Pike (0-6) at Center Grove (6-0)

Pike Central (1-3) at Tell City (3-3)

Portage (1-5) at Michigan City (3-3)

Prairie Heights (2-4) at Bremen (3-3)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-5) at Indianapolis Washington (1-4)

Rensselaer Central (3-3) at Benton Central (0-4)

River Forest (3-2) at South Central (Union Mills) (1-3)

Riverton Parke (2-3) at North Central (Farmersburg) (1-4)

Seymour (1-4) at Jennings County (1-5)

Shelbyville (1-2) at New Palestine (3-3)

Shenandoah (3-2) at Northeastern (3-3)

Sheridan (4-2) at Seeger (4-2)

Silver Creek (3-2) at North Harrison (2-4)

South Bend Clay (0-6) at Calumet (5-1)

South Bend Riley (1-3) at New Prairie (5-1)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-4) at Penn (2-4)

South Bend Washington (2-2) at Jimtown (4-2)

South Putnam (5-1) at Brown County (3-3)

Southridge (3-3) at South Spencer (3-3)

Southside HomeSchool at Rock Creek Academy (1-4)

Southwood (3-3) at Peru (3-2)

Sullivan (4-2) at Edgewood (1-4)

Switzerland County (1-4) at South Decatur (0-4)

Tecumseh (1-4) at Springs Valley (4-1)

Terre Haute North (2-4) at Southport (0-6)

Tippecanoe Valley (6-0) at Maconaquah (2-2)

Traders Point Christian (2-4) at Edinburgh (4-2)

Tri (4-2) at Knightstown (1-4)

Tri-West (4-2) at North Montgomery (2-2)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-5) at Evansville North (3-3)

Warren Central (5-1) at Lawrence North (4-1)

Wawasee (1-5) at Warsaw (5-1)

West Lafayette (6-0) at Lewis Cass (2-3)

West Washington (2-2) at Perry Central (5-1)

Western (4-2) at Northwestern (0-5)

Western Boone (4-2) at Southmont (5-1)

Westfield (5-1) at Avon (0-6)

Whiteland (2-3) at Mooresville (5-1)

Winamac (4-0) at West Central (1-5)

Zionsville (3-3) at Brownsburg (4-2)

INDIANA SRN FOOTBALL BROADCAST SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Lapel @ Heritage Christian WEBTV

Mt Vernon @ New Castle WEB TV

Traders Point @ Edinburgh SRN radio

Frontier @ Tri County SRN Radio

Covenant Christian @ Clarksville  SRN Radio

HEARTLAND COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE INDIANA SRN GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, October 1

Mount St. Joseph vs. Bluffton

Pregame 1:15pm

Kickoff 1:30pm

ALSO:

Manchester @ Franklin

Anderson @ Hanover

Defiance @ Rose Hulman

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEEK 5

Thursday, Sept. 30

Virginia at Miami | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Oct. 1

Houston at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 5 Iowa at Maryland | 8 p.m. | FS1

No. 13 BYU at Utah State | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 2

No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 8 Arkansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX

North Carolina vs. Duke | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Texas at TCU | 12 p.m. | ABC

Charlotte at Illinois | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Western Michigan at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Minnesota at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Memphis at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Pitt at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Toledo at UMass | 12 p.m. | FloSports/NESN

Tennessee at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisville at No. 24 Wake Forest | 12:30 p.m.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 12 Ole Miss | 1:30 p.m. | CBS

Appalachian State at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

USC at Colorado | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 16 Coastal Carolina vs. UL Monroe | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 9 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

No. 11 Ohio State at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Troy at South Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Ohio at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

FIU at FAU | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Tulane at East Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Bowling Green at Kent State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Central Michigan at Miami (Ohio) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UCF at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Texas Tech at West Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 3 Oregon at Stanford | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Nevada at Boise State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Syracuse at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network

South Florida at SMU | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Arkansas State at Georgia Southern | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Army at Ball State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington State at Cal | 5:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 10 Florida at Kentucky | 6 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana Tech at No. 23 NC State | 6 p.m. | ACC Network

UNLV at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Air Force at New Mexico | 6:30 p.m. | FS2

Southern Miss at Rice | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 15 Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN/SEC Network

Iowa State vs. Kansas | 7 p.m. | FS1

No. 21 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Marshall at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Liberty at UAB | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 4 Penn State vs. Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 25 Clemson vs. Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

UConn at Vanderbilt | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Western Kentucky at No. 17 Michigan State | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Northwestern at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 22 Auburn at LSU | 8 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington at Oregon State | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Old Dominion at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Arizona State at No. 20 UCLA | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

New Mexico State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m.

No. 18 Fresno State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

NFL WEEK 4 SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

Sunday, October 03, 2021
Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 04, 2021
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Robert, Lopez lift White Sox over eliminated Reds 7-1

CHICAGO (AP) Luis Robert homered twice, Reynaldo Lopez pitched two-hit ball over a season-high six innings and the Chicago White Sox beat Cincinnati 7-1 Tuesday night as the Reds were eliminated from postseason contention.

The Reds (82-76) had won four straight but were knocked out of the NL playoff hunt mid-game when the St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee to lock up the second wild card.

“Tip your cap to the Cardinals,” Reds manager David Bell said after St. Louis won its franchise-record 17th straight game. “It’s pretty amazing what they’re doing now.”

The White Sox (90-68), who clinched the AL Central last Thursday, have won three straight. They remain 2 1/2 games behind Houston for home-field advantage in the first round of the AL Division Series.

Robert paced a four-homer attack, marking the 12th time the White Sox have hit at least four home runs in a game and tying a franchise record set in 2006. They have hit at least four homers in a game 10 times since June 30.

Robert has hit 11 home runs in 39 games since returning from the injured list Aug. 9. He hit a solo shot in the first off Riley O’Brien (0-1), who was making his major league debut. Robert added a two-run shot in the eighth off Amir Garrett.

“He’s got his ego in check,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “It gives him a chance to be very good for a long time.”

Yoan Moncada and Gavin Sheets also homered for the White Sox. Sheets, who connected off Luis Cessa in the fourth, added an RBI single during a two-run sixth.

Lopez (4-3) didn’t walk a batter and hasn’t issued a walk over his last 11 1/3 innings. After allowing a single to Joey Votto to start the second, Lopez retired his next 10 batters.

This was Lopez’s longest outing since he pitched eight innings in a 7-1 win over Detroit in the first game of a doubleheader on Sept. 28, 2019.

Lopez believes he has pitched well enough to earn a spot on the playoff roster, which will be discussed Friday.

“That’s something that’s not in my hands,” Lopez said. “I’m doing all they’re asking me to do.”

Eugenio Suarez ended Lopez’s shutout bid with his 30th homer with one out in the fifth. Suarez joined teammates Votto and Nick Castellanos in the 30-homer club. This marked the fifth time in franchise history that a trio of Reds have hit at least 30 homers in a season.

O’Brien, who was 7-7 with a 4.55 ERA in 23 games at Triple-A Louisville, started in place of Luis Castillo, who is on the family medical emergency list.

“My mechanics weren’t too crisp and could have been better,” said O’Brien, who said he pitched in front of 40 family members and friends.

Pirates beat Cubs 8-6 as Chicago’s skid reaches seven games

PITTSBURGH (AP) Colin Moran hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates dealt the Cubs their seventh straight loss, rallying to beat Chicago 8-6 on Tuesday night.

Moran’s homer, his 10th of the season, to deep center field in the first inning opened the scoring. The Pirates scored four runs in the sixth to move ahead 7-6. Moran singled home an insurance run in the seventh.

Coming into the game, Moran was hitting just .186 in 22 games in September.

“He’s starting to swing at the right pitches,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “When he does that, a hitter of his caliber is going to get hits.”

Bryan Reynolds had three hits and scored three times for Pittsburgh, which won for the second time in six games. His single started the sixth-inning rally.

Moran had two hits and drew two walks, and Jacob Stallings also had two hits for the Pirates.

Moran hits cleanup behind Reynolds in the batting order, and the duo combined for five hits.

“Hitting behind him is fun. It’s fun to watch him work up there,” Moran said of Reynolds, who is hitting .296. “I get a good feel for how they are pitching him and hopefully him being on base leads to me getting some good pitches to hit.”

Chicago’s Nick Martini went 4 for 4 with two RBIs as he set a career high for hits. Frank Schwindel, Matt Duffy and Austin Romine had two hits apiece.

Down 6-3, the Pirates rallied in the sixth inning. Ben Gamel’s sacrifice fly made it a two-run game, and Hoy Park drove a tying two-run triple to center field. Pinch-hitter Michael Chavis singled in Park with the go-ahead run.

Enyel De Los Santos (2-1) pitched one scoreless inning for his first win since the Pirates claimed him off waivers from Philadelphia earlier this month. Adam Morgan (1-1) took the loss.

Chris Stratton worked a scoreless ninth inning for his seventh save, as the Pirates snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Cubs.

Both starting pitchers were roughed up. Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller was tagged for six runs in four innings, and Chicago’s Alec Mills gave up six runs in five innings.

“I got in some good counts then left some balls over the heart of the plate. You can’t leave it there,” Keller said. “The bullpen came in and put up zeroes and we kept adding on runs. The rest of the guys had my back.”

Mills is 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA in five September starts.

“To be honest, this is one of the worst stretches of pitching I’ve ever had,” Mills said. “It’s frustrating.”

The Cubs went ahead 6-3 with three runs off Keller in the fifth. Ian Happ hit an RBI single, Duffy doubled in a run and Martini lifted a sacrifice fly.

After Moran put the Pirates ahead 3-0, the Cubs tied it with a three-run third that included run-scoring singles by Schwindel, Duffy and Martini.

Cardinals win 17th straight, clinch 2nd NL wild card spot

ST. LOUIS (AP) Nolan Arenado came to the St. Louis Cardinals expecting to play into October.

After reaching the postseason twice during eight years with Colorado, Arenado will go to the playoffs in his first season with St. Louis.

Arenado, Dylan Carlson, and Jose Rondon homered to back Adam Wainwright, and the Cardinals extended their winning streak to 17 games and clinched an NL wild card berth with a 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

“To be able to go the playoffs is what it’s all about,” Arenado said. “This team is unbelievable. We carry each other. I’m happy to be a part of it. This is why I’m here – to get a chance to play in the playoffs and to be able to do in my first year here is a great feeling.”

St. Louis will play in the NL wild-card game on Oct. 6 at the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco, whichever does not win the NL West. The postseason trip will be the third in a row for the Cardinals.

“We feel dangerous,” Wainwright said. “There have been a couple times where to start the postseason I go, `This team could do it.’ We have a team that can do it.”

Milwaukee already was assured of the NL Central title.

St. Louis was 71-69 on Sept. 11 before the winning streak, the longest in team history and the longest in the major leagues since Cleveland took 22 in a row in 2017. The Cardinals are on the longest winning streak from Sept. 1 on since the 1935 Chicago Cubs won 21 in a row.

“I’ve never been a part of a group that just keeps coming,” Arenado said. “We’ve had lost some bad games this year and you would think that’s the end of it, but we just keep fighting.”

That’s what has impressed St. Louis manager Mike Shildt.

“People say, `How do you stay so optimistic about this team?’ Really it’s not blind optimism. I am an optimist by nature,” Shildt said. “I think they live longer. It’s an easier team to believe in and have that faith in when I have the privilege of being able to see behind the season the dedication that takes place every day and the intentionality this group has together for a common goal and that’s to celebrate the very last game of Major League Baseball.”

Wainwright (17-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, throwing 102 pitches and stranding seven runners. Wainwright has won six consecutive decisions for the Cardinals and 10 of his last 11. He is 4-0 in September and improved to 2-1 in four starts against the Brewers this season.

“If you had told me that four years ago I’d pitch the clincher at 40, I’d have laughed you out of the room,” Wainwright said. “It’s special. It’s a special time, special season for me. Now we’ve got to keep going.”

Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill each had two hits in an 11-hit attack.

With the score 2-2 in the fifth, Goldschmidt doubled off Jandel Gustave (1-1) and O’Neill singled followed with a single to right that gave him 22 RBIs in the last 20 games. The ball went under the glove of Avisail Garcia for a two-base error. Arenado’s sacrifice fly made it 4-2.

Rondon homered with two outs in the sixth – all three of his home runs this year have come as a pinch hitter. Arenado’s 34th home run, a two-out drive in the seventh, tied Scott Rolen (2004) and Fernando Tatis (1999) for most among Cardinals third baseman in a season.

Luis Urias hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Urias played in place of Willy Adames, who was a late scratch.

“I think that’s one of our strengths,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “We feel like our position player group is one where we can move guys in and out. That’s why we’re able to withstand things that happen in a 162-game season.”

Carlson homered leading off the bottom half, and Wainwright bunted home Harrison Bader.

“This is just awesome,” Carlson said. “It’s a lot of guys coming together at the right time. We just take it day by day and keep it as simple as that. Thinks have been going our way lately. It’s been a lot of fun. We play to win every day.”

Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff allowed two runs and seven hits in four innings.

“I just kind of ran into a little bit of a roadblock there in the fourth, Woodruff said. “I gave up a few soft singles there up the middle and they had some traffic and they did a good job. It is what is. Let’s move on and get ready for the next one.”

Stanton HRs as Yankees beat Jays 7-2, extend wild card lead

TORONTO (AP) Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run home run, Aaron Judge homered and drove in two runs and the New York Yankees extended their lead atop the AL wild card standings by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Tuesday night.

Gio Urshela added a solo homer and Anthony Rizzo had a pair of hits and drove in a run as New York (90-67) won its seventh straight and moved two games in front of Boston (88-69) in the wild card race with five games left. The Yankees took another injury hit when Jameson Taillon reinjured an ankle and left in the third inning.

Toronto (87-70) dropped three games behind the Yankees but remains a game behind Boston for the second wild card.

Stanton homered for the fourth straight game when he connected off right-hander Trevor Richards with two out in the seventh, driving the ball into the second deck in left. The homer was the 35th for Stanton, who leads the Yankees with 96 RBIs.

“We’re playing for keeps, we’re playing for a lot, and I think G is embodying that right now,” manager Aaron Boone said.

Stanton went 2 for 5 with a double. He’s batting .304 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI in 92 at bats this month.

Stanton became the first Yankees player with 13 or more RBIs in a four-game span in September since Paul O’Neill in 1999. It’s also the most RBIs in any four game span for Stanton in his 12-year career.

He became the seventh Yankees player with a pair of four-game homer streaks in a season after Babe Ruth (1930), Lou Gehrig (’31), Joe DiMaggio (’37), Yogi Berra (’56), Roger Maris (’61) and Alex Rodriguez (’07). Maris and A-Rod both did it three times.

“Like I say all the time, he’s a unicorn,” Boone said of Stanton. “We just kind of shake our heads sometimes.”

Stanton’s homer came on an 84 mph changeup that crossed the plate 1.26 feet off the ground. It’s the lowest pitch he’s homered on in his career.

“He threw me a couple that were in the vicinity,” Stanton said. “I just had to make sure I stayed inside of it and tried to scoop it. It was a bit in off the plate but, with that mentality, sometimes you’ll get to those.”

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said he found Stanton’s homer hard to believe even after watching a replay.

“I don’t know how you can hit a ball like that,” Montoyo said. “That ball was almost in the dirt, and he went and hit it out.”

Judge’s solo homer off left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (13-10) in the third gave the Yankees at least one home run in 19 consecutive games, extending their season-high streak. Judge’s homer was his 37th.

Urshela hit his 14th homer off Anthony Castro in the ninth.

Judge started in right field after dislocating his left pinky sliding into second base in Sunday night’s win at Boston. He went 2 for 2 with two walks and a sacrifice fly.

“I felt like it was going to be OK,” Boone said, “but to see him go out and have immediate success and hit the ball like he did, that was certainly encouraging.”

Activated off the injured list Monday after missing 19 games because of a right ankle injury, Taillon left one out into the third after aggravating the same injury. Taillon motioned for an athletic trainer to come out of the dugout, then walked off following a brief discussion. He was replaced by right-hander Michael King.

“I could tell right away that he had re-aggaravated it,” Boone said of Taillon. “It was a quick decision for me to get him out of there.”

Taillon allowed one run and one hit in 2 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.

King (1-4) gave up one run in 2 2/3 innings for the second victory of his three-year big league career.

Clay Holmes pitched around a pair of walks in the sixth, Chad Green and Luis Severino each worked one perfect inning and Wandy Perlata finished.

Ryu allowed three runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, leaving after Rizzo’s tying single.

“He gave us a chance,” Montoyo said. “He did what we want him to do.”

Adam Cimber came on and gave up Judge’s go-ahead sacrifice fly, making it 3-2.

Ryu was activated off the 10-day injured list before the game after being out since Sept. 17 because of a sore neck. He went 2-4 with an 8.10 ERA in the eight starts prior to his injury.

Bo Bichette hit an RBI single off Taillon in the first and scored on Corey Dickerson’s RBI double off King in the third, but Toronto couldn’t hold on. The Blue Jays have lost five of eight.

Bichette’s multi-hit game was his AL-leading 54th.

7 & 7

This is the third time the Yankees have had both a seven-game winning streak and a seven-game losing streak in the same month. They also did it in June 1953 and September 1985.

Braves survive scary ninth inning, hold off Phillies 2-1

ATLANTA (AP) A dominant late-September performance by Charlie Morton left the Atlanta Braves hoping it was a preview of October postseason starts to come.

Morton threw seven scoreless innings, Jorge Soler hit a two-run single and the Braves escaped a ninth-inning jam to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Tuesday night and move closer to their fourth consecutive NL East title.

“It’s exactly why we hired him, pretty much,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “The moment doesn’t get too big, I know that, for him.”

Atlanta reduced its magic number to three games in the division race and extended its lead to 3 1/2 games over the second-place Phillies, who no longer control their fate with five games left. The loss eliminated Philadelphia from contention for an NL wild card.

“We have to win out,” Phillies first baseman Brad Miller said. “I think it’s cut and dried.”

Even winning out may not be enough for Philadelphia, which still needs the New York Mets to beat the Braves in the final regular-season series.

“You’ve got to keep grinding,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “You’ve got to find a way to win tomorrow and then you go from there. … Tomorrow is not out of our hands, and that’s what we need to focus on.”

Will Smith survived a wild ninth inning, allowing an unearned run, for his 36th save in 42 chances.

Smith walked Bryce Harper leading off and Guillermo Heredia, inserted in the game for his defense in the inning, chased down J.T. Realmuto’s liner to center. Pinch-hitter Matt Vierling’s liner to left field glanced off the glove of Edwin Rosario for a two-base error, putting runners on second and third.

Andrew McCutchen loaded the bases with an intentional walk, Didi Gregorius had a sacrifice fly and, with runners at the corners, Smith fell behind Freddy Galvis 3-0. Smith evened the count, Galvis fouled off two pitches and then swung past a fastball.

“We almost pulled it out,” said Zack Wheeler (14-10) was almost as impressive as Morton, allowing two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings. “We just couldn’t come through in the clutch right here. We’re battling. We never stop. That’s all you can ask.”

Morton (14-6) gave up singles to his first two batters and gave up only one more hit. He allowed only three hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.

“The guys can taste it a little, knowing where we are,” said the 37-year-old Morton, who began his career with Atlanta before returning with a $15 million, one-year deal. He has signed a $20 million contract for 2022 with a club option for 2023.

“We’re in a really good spot,” Morton said. “We’re playing games that everybody wants to play down the stretch.”

Hector Neris stranded two runners in the eighth. Galvis misplayed Soler’s grounder at third base for an error before Neris walked Freddie Freeman, who was forced on Ozzie Albies’ grounder. Neris struck out Austin Riley to end the inning.

Astros walk twice with bases loaded in 9th, beat Rays 4-3

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros walked off to end a wild ninth-inning rally against the Tampa Bay Rays, moving closer to securing a postseason berth.

The party will have to wait one more day at least, with the Seattle Mariners stubbornly sticking around.

Rays reliever JT Chargois walked two Houston batters with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, propelling the Astros to a 4-3 win that snapped a four-game skid.

Houston turned its attention to Seattle, which finished off a 4-2 win over Oakland hours later, leaving the Astros’ magic number at one to clinch a fourth AL West title in five years. They can clinch Wednesday with a win over Tampa Bay or a loss by the Mariners.

Manager Dusty Baker said the team kept looking ahead and didn’t let the recent slump affect them.

“These guys, they believe that we can win and should win,” Baker said.

Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve hit solo homers for the Astros as they rallied for the victory.

“We needed this one,” Altuve said. “We needed to create some momentum … to put those games in the past and start winning.”

The Rays took a 3-2 lead when Randy Arozarena hit a solo homer off Phil Maton (5-0) with one out in the ninth.

Yordan Alvarez singled on a grounder off Josh Fleming (10-7) to start Houston’s ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Jose Siri. Carlos Correa then legged out a single on a hard-hit grounder to second baseman Brandon Lowe. He was initially called out, but the Astros challenged the play and it was overturned.

Kyle Tucker grounded out before the Rays intentionally walked Aledmys Diaz to load the bases. Chargois took over and walked Chas McCormick on his 10th pitch to tie it. He then walked pinch-hitter Jason Castro on eight pitches to give the Astros the unconventional walk-off victory.

“I threw some quality pitches … it didn’t work out and I gave it everything I had,” Chargois said. “Those guys did an unbelievable job.”

Castro said he knew a little bit about Chargois because he had caught him years ago when the two played for the Twins.

“That was a string of really big at-bats that set up the way it ended,” Castro said. “It was great to see that display of continual really good at-bats and approaches.”

It was the first time in franchise history that the Astros drew consecutive walks with the bases loaded to win a game. The last time it happened in the majors was on July 2, 2019 when the Los Angeles Dodgers did it in a victory over Arizona.

Yandy Diaz hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Rays an early lead.

The Astros didn’t get a hit until Bregman’s shot cut the lead to 1 with two outs in the sixth.

There was one out in the eighth when Altuve connected off David Robertson on his 31st homer this season to tie it at 2.

The loss ends a four-game winning streak for the AL East-champion Rays and leaves them a win or a loss by the Astros shy of clinching the best record in the American League.

Houston couldn’t get anything going early as Michael Wacha started the game and didn’t allow a hit through five innings.

Wacha, who pitched out of the bullpen his last time out, was lifted after 61 pitches. He walked Yuli Gurriel with two outs in the first and Correa to start the second before retiring his last 12 batters.

Andrew Kittredge, who was activated from the injured list before the game, took over for the sixth and sat down the first two batters he faced before Bregman sent the first pitch off the wall in left-center to cut the lead to 1.

Houston starter Jose Urquidy permitted four hits and two runs while striking out six in five innings.

Giants earn 103rd win to tie third-most wins in team history

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead, bases-loaded single in San Francisco’s four-run sixth inning, Brandon Crawford added an RBI hit two batters later and the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Tuesday night.

The NL West-leading Giants (103-54) maintained a two-game division lead over the rival Dodgers, who beat the Padres at home. Los Angeles (101-56) has won the last eight West crowns.

San Francisco matched the 1993, 1962 and 1912 clubs for third-most wins in team history, trailing only 1905 (105) and 1904 (106).

The Giants loaded the bases in the sixth against Sean Poppen (1-1), starting with Evan Longoria reaching on a throwing error by shortstop Josh Rojas. Buster Posey drew a bases-loaded walk in the inning and later scored on a wild pitch.

Mike Yastrzemski drew a bases-loaded walk in the first from Luke Weaver, and the D-backs tied it on a sacrifice fly by Rojas in the third.

Jake McCarthy homered in the seventh for the D-backs.

Jose Alvarez (5-2) pitched a 1-2-3 sixth for the win. Camilo Doval allowed a one-out double to pinch-hitter Geraldo Perdomo before finishing for his first career save.

Logan Webb struck out six and walked two, not allowing an earned run over five innings in a third straight no-decision and fourth in his last six starts. He remained unbeaten since a loss May 5 at Colorado. Arizona used an entirely left-handed lineup against Webb, with Ketel Marte the lone switch-hitter among the starters.

Webb, facing Arizona for the first time this season and only the third time ever, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth unscathed when he induced Josh VanMeter’s inning-ending double play.

The Giants found enough offense without first baseman and home run leader Brandon Belt, who broke his left thumb while squaring to bunt in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 6-2 win at Colorado.

The D-backs (50-107) need two wins over their final five games to avoid breaking the franchise record for losses of 111 set in 2004.

For CFP to expand by ’24, plans needs approval in 4 months

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) The college sports leaders who run the College Football Playoff have about four months to come to an agreement on a new format if expansion is to be implemented for the 2024 season.

If they can’t get it done by then, any change to the way major college football decides its national champion will have to wait until the current television contract with ESPN runs out after 2025.

“We have time,” CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said Tuesday after a four-hour meeting with the management committee. “Because if the event is going to change before the end of the term, into the 12 years, we have three or four months. If it’s going to change in year 13, then we have a couple of years. So, we have the luxury of time.”

The management committee, comprised of the 10 FBS conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director, gathered at a hotel outside Chicago for a meeting that had been on the caldendar for several months.

Hancock said they discussed lingering issues that need to be hammered out before a decision on whether to expand is made. Most importantly, how many teams?

A 12-team plan was unveiled in June, but an eight-team playoff is still on the table, along with simply staying at the current four, Hancock said.

The Board of Managers, comprised of 11 presidents and chancellors representing each conference and Notre Dame, were originally expected to attend in-person, but instead joined online for the final two hours of the meeting, Hancock said.

There was some hope that the management committee would be ready to recommend a new format to the board this week and put it up for a vote. But the commissioners were unable to come to a consensus last week.

“I never expected a rubber stamp on this,” Hancock said. “It’s too complex.”

Hancock said when and where to play extra playoff games was discussed, along with media rights.

ESPN would have the right to first refusal on any additions to the playoff format while the current 12-year contract is in place, though it would be possible for the CFP to offer the new games to other networks before the end of the deal.

The 12-team proposal made public in June was worked on for two years by four members of the management committee – Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson.

The plan was initially greeted with enthusiasm, and after it was presented to the university presidents and chancellors who make the final call on the playoff, the commissioners took it back to their campuses for feedback.

There were still plenty of details to work out and possible tweaks to be made. The CFP has contracts with six bowl games that host rotate hosting the semifinals through the 2025 season.

Still, back in the summer, it seemed as if this meeting in Chicago would be a finish line of sorts.

Then in July, it was reported that Texas and Oklahoma were planning to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC. Within a week, the SEC had invited the Big 12’s flagships to join the league in 2025.

The move shook college sports and caused leaders in the other conferences, several of whom had stepped into their jobs relatively recently, to have second thoughts about rushing into a new CFP format. Especially one that had been worked on by a conference commissioner who was also secretly planning to pull two important programs for another Power Five league.

The move toward playoff expansion has slowed, but Hancock insists it is going as expected.

“And I’ll tell you this is exactly how a process like this should work. Something this significant, for a sport as popular as college football, should be handled in a deliberate and thorough manner and that is exactly what’s happening,” he said.

Rags to riches: Boxing great Pacquiao announces retirement

MANILA, Philippines (AP) Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is officially hanging up his gloves.

The eight-division world champion and Philippines senator on Wednesday announced his retirement from the ring,

“As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people for supporting Manny Pacquiao. Goodbye boxing,” the 42-year old said in a 14-minute video posted on his Facebook page. “It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement.”

Pacquiao finished his 26-year, 72-fight career with 62 wins, eight losses and two draws. Of those 62 wins, 39 were by knockout and 23 by decision. He won 12 world titles and is the only fighter in history to win titles in eight different weight classes .

His retirement from boxing followed a disheartening defeat to Yordenis Ugas in Paradise, Nevada on Aug. 21. The younger Cuban boxer, who defected to the United States in 2010, beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision, retaining his WBA welterweight title. It was Pacquiao’s first fight in more than two years.

“Thank you for changing my life, when my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty,” Pacquiao said in the video. “Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you I have been given the courage to change more lives. I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life that I can’t imagine. I just heard the final bell. The boxing is over. “

Pacquaio had hinted at retirement recently. It also had been expected because he is setting his sights on a bigger political battlefield. Earlier this month, he accepted his political party’s nomination and declared that that he will run for Philippines president in the May 2022 elections.

He has accused the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, his former ally, of making corruption worse in the Philippines. He promised to fight poverty and warned corrupt politicians they will soon end in jail.

Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches life story and legendary career brought honor to his Southeast Asian nation, where he is known by his monikers Pacman, People’s Champ and National Fist.

He left his impoverished home in the southern Philippines as a teenager and stowed away on a ship bound for Manila. He made his professional boxing debut as a junior flyweight in 1995, at the age of 16, fighting his way out of abject poverty to become one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

Eddie Banaag, a 79-year-old retiree, said Pacquiao was his idol as a boxer and he watched almost all of his fights. But he believes the boxing icon should have retired earlier.

“He should have done that right after his victory over (Keith) Thurman,” Banaag said of Pacquiao’s win over Thurman on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao’s second-last fight. “It would have been better if he ended his boxing career with a win rather than a loss.”

BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

• Six Big Ten conference games are on the docket this weekend, including four divisional matchups. The action kicks off on Friday night as Iowa travels to Maryland (8 p.m. on FS1). The complete schedule appears to the right.

• Five Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State are all 4-0. 

• Five Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week. Penn State leads the conference at No. 4, followed by No. 5 Iowa, No. 11 Ohio State, No. 14 Michigan, and No. 17 Michigan State, while Maryland, Rutgers and Wisconsin all received votes. 

• Michigan currently ranks among the top 20 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines rank No. 4 nationally in scoring defense (11.8 points per game), while ranking 16th in scoring offense (40.2 ppg). Through Week 4, the Wolverines are the only team in the nation that has yet to turn the ball over in 2021. 

• Iowa improved to 4-0 on the season with a 24-14 win over Colorado State. The Hawkeyes have now won their last 10 games, including seven Big Ten wins, and have outscored their opponents, 329-117, during that stretch. Iowa currently ranks third in the country in scoring defense, surrendering just 11.0 points per game. According to Big Ten Network research, the Hawkeyes have gone 26 straight games in which they have allowed 24 points or fewer, which is the longest active streak in the FBS and is tied for the second-longest streak by an FBS team since 1990. 

• Ohio State ranks No. 2 in the country in total offense (559.2 ypg) and No. 7 in scoring offense (43.2 ppg). 

• The Big Ten boasts four top 10 FBS running backs in terms of rushing yards per game: Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (1st, 138.5), Northwestern’s Evan Hull (8th, 119.5), Michigan’s Blake Corum (9th, 118.8) and Minnesota’s Trey Potts (10th, 118.5). Corum leads the nation with 180.75 all-purpose yards per game. 

• Ohio State freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson recorded the most rushing yards by an FBS player in a single game this season in Week 3 vs. Tulsa (277), while Walker’s 264 rushing yards in Week 1 vs. Northwestern rank second in the FBS. 

• Five Big Ten teams rank in the top 10 in terms of scoring defense: Iowa (3rd, 11.0 ppg), Michigan (4th, 11.8 ppg), Rutgers (7th, 13.5 ppg), Maryland (t-8th, 14.2 ppg) and Purdue (t-8th, 14.2 ppg).

• Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after he returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter vs. Nebraska to tie the game at 20-20. Reed also returned a kick 41 yards to set up a field goal and hauled in a 32-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Reed has now scored multiple touchdowns in three straight games and is one of just two players in the country to log a rushing, receiving and punt return touchdown this season.

• Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 401 yards and four touchdowns in the Nittany Lions’ 38-17 win over Villanova. Clifford became just the second quarterback in Penn State history to throw for more than 400 yards in a game. Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass from Clifford on Penn State’s first play from scrimmage, marking the fifth straight game in which he has caught a touchdown. 

• After a 37-16 win over Kent State, Maryland is 4-0 for the first time since 2016. Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns in the win and is averaging 335 passing yards per game (8th in the country). According to Big Ten Network research, Tagovailoa’s 1,340 passing yards this season are the most by a Terrapin through four games since 1993. Wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr. hauled in four catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in the win. Demus has now recorded seven career 100-yard games and is tied for the second-most 100-yard receiving games in Maryland history with Torrey Smith, Derrick Fenner and Jo Jo Walker. 

• All six of the New Year’s Six bowl games have had a chance to host a semifinal game twice with the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl doing so three times. This year, the Cotton and Orange Bowls will serve as semifinal games. Last year, Alabama became the second-straight No. 1 seed to win the playoff. The No. 1 seed didn’t win a title in the first five years. The No. 2 seed has won it three times and the No. 4 seed has won it twice. The No. 3 seed has won just three playoff games in seven years with Ohio State winning one of those last season.

• The 2021 campaign features 120 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Iowa and Ohio State lead the West and East Divisions, respectively, each welcoming back 14 All-Big Ten honorees this season. The talent is split evenly as 60 of the returning all-conference players hail from both the East and West Divisions. Each team returns at least three All-Big Ten performers.  

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS AND HEADLINES

COLTS NEWS: MACK AND COLTS SEEKING TRADE

Running back Marlon Mack and the Indianapolis Colts have mutually agreed to seek a trade. Mack didn’t play against the Titans Sunday despite being healthy.

Mack rushed for nearly 2,000 yards over two season (2018-19) but has played only 13 snaps this season.

Mack may have seen the writing on the wall when the Colts drafted Johnathan Taylor in the second round last season.

ALSO: The Colts are waiting on an update on guard Quenton Nelson and his sprained right ankle. “We’ll evaluate this week, and we’ll keep you posted,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said. “Kind of like last week, I still need to get with the docs and see where we’re at, talk to Quenton more in-depth. I did have a brief conversation with him earlier today.”

Rookie defensive end Kwity Paye (hamstring), strong safety Khari Willis (groin) and cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (ankle) are all being evaluated.

The Colts likely will not get back wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Hilton was placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery on his neck before the season.

Rookie quarterback Sam Ehlinger (knee) and second-year wide receiver Dezmon Patmon (foot) are also eligible to come off of injured reserve.

INDIANA PACERS: Bells Ring as Pacers Open Training Camp

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The bell kept ringing at the first day of Pacers training camp on Tuesday. That’s a good thing.

As the media filed into the Ascension St. Vincent Center for the end of Tuesday’s practice, the players were taking part in shooting drills, a standard end to an NBA workout.

But as the players hoisted shots on the various baskets across the two practice courts, at one point Jeremy Lamb made his way to the northeast corner of the gym, ringing a bell that was recently installed on the wall. His teammates erupted in cheers.

Minutes later, rookie Chris Duarte, who was shooting on the basket closest to the bell, sprinted over and rang several times it enthusiastically.

Duarte was the first person to address the media on Tuesday, revealing the meaning behind the bell. Each player moves “around the world” taking five shots from five different spots behind the 3-point arc, a total of 25 shots. If a player makes 20 or more, they get to ring the bell. When Duarte was asked how many he made, he smiled.

“Twenty-two,” said the 13th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, who shot 42.4 percent from 3-point range last year as a senior at Oregon.

The bell rang several more times over the course of the afternoon, including as head coach Rick Carlisle was discussing the thought behind it.

“Our 3-point shooting is something that’s going to be an evolving aspect of our game,” Carlisle said. “We’ve got some guys that are working to get more and more comfortable with it. This is a great drill because, you know, getting the bell is a big deal. Whoop, there it is again.

“Getting the bell is a big deal. That means you’re shooting 80 percent on 25 threes, which is pretty darn good.”

Carlisle couldn’t remember the exact origin behind the drill, but implemented it in one of his first two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, whom he coached from 2008-21. He knew that other coaches also utilized it, including his former assistant Terry Stotts when he coached Portland from 2012-21.

“I like it,” Pacers center Myles Turner said. “It gets guys just to focus on shooting a little bit more. When you incentivize things, especially something little like that, it’s just kind of like a moral victory.”

Carlisle’s Mavericks teams featured a number of prolific shooters, including the likes of Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, and Dirk Nowitzki, who rank seventh, 11th, and 12th , respectively, in NBA history in career 3-pointers made.

“The bell was going off a lot back in those days,” Carlisle said. “And it’s been going off more and more here.”

LeVert Misses Opening Practice

Carlisle said on Media Day he expected to have 18 players available for the start of training camp, with T.J. Warren (left foot stress fracture) and Edmond Sumner (torn left Achilles tendon) out indefinitely.

But another key player was unable to practice on Tuesday, as starting guard Caris LeVert sat out with a lower back injury.

LeVert said he had been feeling “slight discomfort” in his back off and on over the past couple months, but had been unlimited prior to Monday, participating fully in workouts with his teammates last week.

But in consultation with the training staff, the team elected to do a CT scan, which revealed an issue that has been reported elsewhere. Carlisle said the team is gathering additional input on the injury before setting a firm timeline on how long LeVert might be sidelined.

LeVert was able to shoot some at the end of Tuesday’s practice and said he can also do conditioning work.

It was certainly disappointing news for LeVert, who averaged 20.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.9 assists over 35 games with the Pacers after being traded to Indiana midseason. But it is not nearly as severe as other prognoses LeVert has received throughout his career, especially last season, when a post-trade MRI revealed that he had renal cell carcinoma in his left kidney.

“This is pretty minor compared to all that I’ve been through,” LeVert said. “It’s something that isn’t too major, but it’s something that we need to pay attention to.”

While LeVert and fellow projected starter Warren remain sidelined, Carlisle is weighing his options as to who could fill their spots in the starting lineup.

On Tuesday, Lamb and Justin Holiday practiced with the starters, logical choices as the two longest-tenured NBA veterans on the roster. Lamb has started 136 games over his nine-year career, while eight-year veteran Holiday has 220 career starts, including 52 of 72 games last season.

But the Pacers have additional options on the wing, including Duarte and Torrey Craig, who signed with Indiana in free agency.

“I’m not married to any one particular lineup,” Carlisle said. “I think the ability to have lineup fluidity and (having) the players understand that starting lineups can be dictated by matchups is important. We talked a little bit about that last night.”

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Set For Midweek Matchup At No. 8 Ohio State

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (7-7, 1-1 Big Ten) takes its first Big Ten road trip of 2021 as they take on No. 8 Ohio State (10-2, 0-2 Big Ten) on Wednesday, September 29 inside the Covelli Center. The Big Ten matchup is set for 6 p.m. and will air live on Big Ten Network.

Indiana at No. 8 Ohio State

Columbus, Ohio | Covelli Center

Wednesday, September 29 • 6:00 p.m.

Live Stats | Video (BTN)

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The Opening Serve

• The Hoosiers opened conference play this past weekend by hosting Michigan State and No. 7 Purdue. Indiana was able to sweep the Spartans in Friday’s match before falling to the Boilermakers on Sunday in straight sets.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg leads the squad in kills and hitting percentage with 103 kills and a percentage of .414. Her hitting percentage is good for fifth in the conference.

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth checks in at No. 6 in the Big Ten in aces with 20.  She is averaging .43 a set.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame has tallied a team-leading 224 digs and ranks fifth in the Big Ten. She has an average of 4.23 per set.

• As a team, the Hoosiers have put up 162 bocks so far in 2021 which ranks No. 8 in the Big Ten.

All-Time Series

•  Ohio State owns the all-time series against the two teams 56-25. The last time the Hoosiers and Buckeyes meet was in the 2019 season where Indiana fell in 3-1 (21-25, 27-29, 21-25, 21-25). The last Hoosier win came in 2018 when they swept Ohio State, 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-22).

Checking Out the Competition

• OHIO STATE: Former Buckeye Jen Flynn Oldernberg is in her second season at the helm of the Ohio State squad. She has coached them to a 10-2 record overall and a No. 8 ranking in the nation. Ohio State opened Big Ten play with a pair of losses to No. 7 Purdue and No. 20 Penn State this past weekend. Junior outside hitter Gabby Gonzales leads the Buckeyes attack with 129 kills and a hitting percentage of .289. Junior Mac Podraza is their main setter who has a team-leading 451 assists. Freshman middle-blocker Arica Davis has put up a team-high 54 blocks and is averaging 1.38 blocks per set in 2021.

Last Time Out

• The Hoosiers opened Big Ten play this past weekend starting with Michigan State. At home against the Spartans, Indiana was able to get the sweep, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-19) and got the conference season off on the right foot. Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards had a team-high 13 kills and tallied one assist. Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg tallied seven kills and hit. 545. in the victory over the Spartans. Freshman setter Camryn Haworth led the Hoosiers in assists with 21 and digs with 11.

• Indiana welcomed in-state foe Purdue to close out the weekend. The Hoosiers saw glimpses of success but fell to the Boilermakers, 3-0 (17-25, 14-25, 20-25). Haworth led the attack with three kills and recorded three aces.

News and Notes

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards recorded her 1000th kill of her career in the match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10. Edwards leads the team in kills so far this season with 158.

• Graduate Student setter Brooke Westbeld has put up 344 assists which leads the team.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg has a team best hitting percentage of .414. She also has tallied 103 kills.

• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede has a team-leading 50 blocks.

• Senior outside hitter Kari Zumach returned to the court this weekend after missing six games due to injury. The Buffalo, Minnesota native tallied five kills and two blocks in the matches against Michigan State and Purdue.

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Indiana Takes 10th at Windon Memorial Classic

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GLENCOE, Ill. – The No. 21-ranked Indiana Hoosiers men’s golf team (856; +4) saved the best for last with a tournament-best 276 (-8) over the final 18 at the Windon Memorial Classic at the Lake Shore Country Club on Tuesday.

The Hoosiers finished 10th in the team standings. The No. 14-ranked Kansas Jayhawks claimed the team title at 834 (-18).

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Windon Memorial Classic • Glencoe, Ill.

Lake Shore Country Club

Par 71 • 7000 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 10th/14 – 856 (282-298-276; +4)

Top Indiana Player: Noah Gillard – 211 (71-74-66; +3) and Clay Merchent – 211 (67-76; +1)

CHIP-INS

• Junior Noah Gillard caught fire during the final round of play and converted seven birdies over the last 12 holes. He strung together three-straight birdies from No. 11-13 and tallied a 66 (-5), the lowest Hoosier score of the season.

• The round output is tied for the 24th best round ever for a Hoosier men’s golfer and the third-best round recorded by an IU golfer at the Windon Memorial. He trails only Brendan Doyle (65 in 2017) and Jorge Campillo (63 in 2008) for low Hoosier round at the Lake Shore Country Club.

• Sophomore Clay Merchent registered his second round in the 60s of the tournament with a 3-uncer 68 on Tuesday. He bagged his second eagle in as many days, this one on No. 7 to go along with four additional birdies.

• Gillard (71-74-66; -2) and Merchent (67-76-68; -2) each tied for 16th in the individual standings.

• Senior Mitch Davis shot a 1-under 70 during the final 18 to finish in a tie for 47th place at 218 (72-76-70; +5) overall. He carded an eagle on No. 13, the third Hoosier eagle of the tournament, to accompany a birdie on No. 6.

• For the weekend, Indiana holed out three of the 22 eagles carded at the tournament. 

• Fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd played his third-straight round to a 1-over 72 in Glencoe. He finished tied for 42nd overall at 216 (72-72-72; +3). He was able to close out his tournament with back-to-back birdie on No. 17 and No. 18.

• Sophomore Drew Salyers finished the tournament tied for 71st overall after shooting a 222 (73-76-73; +9). His final round consisted of birdies on consecutive holes on No. 11 and No. 12.

• Senior Harry Reynolds, competing as an individual, tied for 47th overall with a total score of 218 (71-77-70; +5). His final round of 70 marked his best effort of the season and was aided by four birdies on his first nine holes.

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-16th. Noah Gillard – 211 (71-74-66; +3)

t-16th. Clay Merchent – 211 (67-76; +1)

t-42nd. Ethan Shepherd – 216 (72-72-72; +3)

t-47th. Mitch Davis – 218 (72-76-70; +5)

t-47th. Harry Reynolds – 218 (71-77-70; +5)

t-71st. Drew Salyers – 222 (73-76-73; +9)

UP NEXT

Indiana will hit the links next at the Purdue Fall Invitational at the Kampen Golf Course from Oct. 11-12, the first of three tournaments played in October to close out the fall slate.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Tabbed No. 4 in AVCA Coaches Poll

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The historic season continues for the Purdue volleyball team (10-1) after defeats versus No. 3 Ohio State (3-2) and at Indiana (3-0) led to its No. 4 national ranking in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) coaches’ poll.

Purdue’s No. 4 nod is the highest in program history. The recognition comes after a program-best was set earlier this month, when the Boilermakers checked in at No. 6.

Not only do the Boilermakers lead the Big Ten standings, but are the highest ranked league team in the national polls. In total, Purdue is one of four Big Ten teams in the top 10 and one of eight that are ranked or receiving votes.

The Boilermakers have been ranked for 66 consecutive weeks, the longest active streak in Purdue Athletics. Additionally, Purdue has ranked among the top-10 for 12 straight weeks, dating back to March 8, 2021).

Purdue will be back in action this weekend with a pair of matches in the friendly confines of Holloway Gymnasium. First, No. 4 Purdue will take on Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m. ET followed by Rutgers on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Both matches can be streamed on B1G+.

PURDUE SOFTBALL: Softball Picks Up Transfer Alexa Pinarski

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Head coach Boo De Oliveira and the entire Purdue softball program welcomes Columbia pitcher transfer Alexa Pinarski to the Boilermaker family.

Pinarski, a junior righty, transfers to Purdue after spending two seasons with Columbia. Not only was she a First Team All-Ivy League in 2019, she compiled 13 wins in her rookie season (second-most by a rookie in program history) with three shutouts and 10 complete games.

“Lex was a successful pitcher at Columbia, and we truly believe she will have success here at Purdue too,” said De Oliveira. “She has great spin and movement, as well as experience in big games. She’s an Indiana native and knows what it means to be a Boilermaker.”

Pinarksi posted the most shutouts in the Ivy league during her inaugural season after attending Lake Central High School in Dyer, Indiana. While at Lake Central, she led the team to a combined 103-27-1 record  and two runner-up finishes at the Indiana State Championship Tournament (2015 and 2018). Named a finalist for the Indiana Miss Softball award and Softball Player of the Year by the Times of Northwest Indiana and Post-Tribune, she was a first team all-state and two-time first team all-conference selection.

“I was looking to continue my softball career and maintain the vigorous academics to which I was accustomed,” said Pinarski. “I had my eye on Purdue since multiple family members attended, and I have heard nothing but good things about the coaching staff and players.”

Pinarksi has already begun practice with the team and majors in Visual Communications Design.

The pitcher is the second to transfer to Purdue ahead of the 2022 season, after De Oliveira added Oklahoma State pitcher Gabby Sprang in July. 

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #9/#7 IRISH PREP FOR TOP-10 BATTLE WITH #7/#8 CINCINNATI

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IRISH VS. BEARCATS – BY THE NUMBERS
1Notre Dame is currently ranked tied for first nationally with nine interceptions to begin the 2021 season.
3The Irish have started the season 4-0 for the third time in the last four seasons. Under Kelly, the Irish have gone 4-0 to start the season six times during his 12 years at Notre Dame.
4Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 37-5 (.881). That rate ranks fourth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014. Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just four teams that have totaled five or fewer losses (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State) since the start of 2018.
4Notre Dame collected four interceptions in the win over Wisconsin, marking its most interceptions in a game since the Pinstripe Bowl in 2013 when they had four against Rutgers.
14Notre Dame has totaled 14 sacks over the first four games of the season. It is the most sacks to start a season since 2012, when the Irish also had 14 sacks through the first four games.
24The Irish have won 24-straight games when they have scored 40 or more points. Notre Dame is 38-2 all-time under Brian Kelly when they score at least 40 points.
42JD Bertrand has totaled 42 tackles through the first four games of the season. That ranks 11th nationally and is the most by an Irish player through the first four games of a season since Manti Te’o had 54 in the first four games of the 2010 season.
106^Head coach Brian Kelly surpassed Knute Rockne for most wins all-time at Notre Dame with 106 after the 41-13 win over #18/#15 Wisconsin.
1900The only time Notre Dame and Cincinnati previously met on the gridiron was Oct. 20, 1900 in South Bend. The Irish won the game 58-0 to improve to 4-0 in the season.
2005The last time Notre Dame had an offensive, defensive and special teams touchdown in the same game was 2005 against Tennessee. Brady Quinn threw for a touchdown and Tom Zbikowski returned a punt for a touchdown and had a pick six.

ˆ Includes 21 wins vacated under discretionary NCAA penalty.

MONSTERS OF THE MIDWAY

  • Notre Dame’s defense had shades of the 1985 Bears when they flexed their muscle in the 41-13 win over #18/#15 Wisconsin on Sept. 25.
  • The Irish allowed just 13 points for the second-consecutive game and the defense scored two touchdowns in the win.
  • Linebackers Jack Kiser and Drew White both returned interceptions for touchdowns late in the fourth quarter. It was the first time since 2002 against Stanford that the Irish had two interceptions returned for a touchdown in the same game.
  • The Irish also scored on special teams after a 96-yard kickoff return from Chris Tyree put Notre Dame up for good in the fourth quarter.
  • It was the first Irish kick return for a touchdown since CJ Sanders did it against Army during the 2016 season.
  • It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown Wisconsin had given up in its previous 122 games since Duane Bennett did it for Minnesota against the Badgers on Nov. 12, 2011.
  • The Irish finished the game with four interceptions and five takeaways total.
  • It was the first time since 2013 against Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl that the Irish had four interceptions in a game.
  • It was the first time since 2019 against Virginia that they had five takeways in a single game.
  • Notre Dame tallied an offensive, defensive and special teams touchdown in the same game for the first time since 2005 against Tennessee. Brady Quinn threw for a touchdown and Tom Zbikowski had a punt return and interception return for a touchdown.
  • Wide receiver Kevin Austin set career highs with six receptions and two touchdowns. It was the first multi-touchdown game of his career.
  • Quarterback Drew Pyne came on after the injury to Jack Coan and tossed his first career touchdown pass to Austin in the fourth quarter.
  • Pyne finished with six completions for 81 yards and a touchdown, which were all career-best numbers.
  • Punter Jay Bramblett boomed a 72-yard punt in the second quarter. It was the longest punt by an Irish player since Hunter Smith had a 79-yard punt against Arizona State in 1998.
  • The Irish scored 31 points in the final quarter, setting the modern record for most points scored in the fourth quarter. The all-time record for most points scored in the fourth quarter was 32 against St. Viator back in 1912.
  • The last time Notre Dame scored 31 points in a quarter was on Sept. 14, 2019 against New Mexico in the second quarter.

BALLIN’ BERTRAND

  • Linebacker JD Bertrand continues to be a force for the Irish on defense as he was a key contributor in the win over Wisconsin.
  • He led the Irish with seven tackles against the Badgers, the fourth straight game he has led the team in tackles to begin the season.
  • Bertrand has totaled 42 tackles through four games is the most to begin a season since Manti Te’o totaled 54 over the first four games of the 2010 season.
  • The 42 tackles rank 11th nationally and he is seventh in the nation in solo tackles with 27 for the season.
  • Bertrand tied a career high with 12 tackles in the win over Purdue Boilermakers after he tallied 11 against Toledo and 12 in the season-opener against Florida State.
  • The sophomore from Marietta, Ga. was the first Irish player to begin a season with three-straight double-digit tackles games since Courtney Watson back in 2001.
  • He is also the first Irish player to have three-consecutive games with double-digit tackles since Alohi Gilman in 2018-19. Gilman had 10 tackles against Southern Cal and then 18 against Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal in 2018 and followed it up with 10 tackles in the 2019 season opener against Louisville.
  • In the win over Toledo, Bertrand set a career high in sacks (1.0) and recovered his first career fumble to seal the game late in the fourth quarter.
  • Bertrand got his first career start in the opener against Florida State and his 12 tackles were the most by an Irish linebacker since Te’von Coney had 16 on Dec. 28, 2018 against Clemson.

CREATING HAVOC

  • Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Irish have totaled nine interceptions this year.
  • The nine interceptions is currently tied for the NCAA lead this season. It is also the most interceptions through the first four games of the season by an Irish team over the past 25 seasons.
  • Kyle Hamilton leads the team with three interceptions, a mark that ranks third in the country.
  • Cam Hart is tied for 13th nationally with two interceptions on the season.
  • Hamilton and Hart have both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman).
  • The Irish have had six different players record an interception this season.
  • In total, the Irish have 12 takeaways this season and that mark is second in the country behind Oregon with 13.
  • Notre Dame is ranked No. 3 in the nation with a turnover margin of +7 through the first four games.
  • The 14 sacks are the most in the first four games of a season since the 2012 campaign when the Irish also had 14 sacks in the first four games.
  • The depth of the defense has been on full display as 10 different players have recorded a tackle for loss so far this season.
  • The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for fourth nationally for defensive touchdowns this season.

SURPASSING A LEGEND

  • With the 41-13 win on Sept. 25 over Wisconsin, head coach Brian Kelly surpassed Knute Rockne for the most wins all-time in Notre Dame history with 106^.
  • With the win over Wisconsin, the Irish improved to 4-0 this season. It is the third time in the last four seasons that the Irish have started the season 4-0. It is also the sixth time under Kelly that they have achieved that feat.
  • Kelly stands alone as the only Irish coach in history to post six seasons with 10 wins or more (2012^, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).
  • Kelly is in his 12th year on the Irish sidelines and is just the second coach in Notre Dame history to coach 12 or more years in South Bend (Rockne – 13).
  • It is the third time in the past four seasons and six time in his 12 years that Notre Dame has started the season 4-0.

AMONG THE NATIONS BEST

  • Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 37-5 (.881). That rate ranks fourth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014.
  • Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just four teams that have totaled five or fewer losses since the beginning of 2018.
  • The Irish are one of five teams who have made playoff appearances in multiple seasons.
SchoolRecord Since 2018Win Pct.
Alabama42-3.933
Ohio State36-4.900
Clemson41-5.891
NOTRE DAME37-5.881
Oklahoma37-6.860
Georgia35-7.833
LSU33-9.788
Oregon29-9.763
Washington23-12.657
Michigan State20-17.541
Florida State14-24.368

IRISH IN THE POLLS

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    • The Irish moved inside the Top-10 in each poll this week as they are No. 9 in the AP Poll and No. 7 in the Coaches Poll. Notre Dame has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 67-consecutive weeks, the longest such streak for the Irish since the 1994 season (124 weeks).
Notre Dame – Consecutive Weeks Appearing in the AP PollSeasons
1241987-1994
971969-1975
751942-1950
672017-Current
461952-1956
411964-1967
  • The 67-week run currently ranks fourth among all FBS active streaks, which do not include teams who were not listed in the initial AP polls at the beginning of the 2020 season (Big Ten and Pac-12).
TeamWeeksSeasons
Alabama2182008-21
Clemson1072014-21
Georgia712017-21
NOTRE DAME672017-21
Florida502018-21
Cincinnati332019-21

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: IRISH ANNOUNCE 2022 SHAMROCK SERIES AGAINST BYU IN LAS VEGAS

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame football team will be heading to Las Vegas for the 2022 Shamrock Series game against BYU. The Irish and Cougars are set to face off on Oct. 8 at Allegiant Stadium with the game set to be aired on NBC.

2022 Shamrock Series Notes:

11th Shamrock Series game

First game took place in 2009

Eighth different venue

Allegiant Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, Yankee Stadium, FedEx Field, Fenway Park, Soldier Field, AT&T Stadium, Alamodome

First Notre Dame football game played in Nevada

The Irish are a perfect 10-0 in Shamrock Series games, with the most recent contest coming this past weekend at Soldier Field, a 41-13 win over No. 18/15 Wisconsin.

The game will be the ninth all-time meeting between Notre Dame and BYU. The Irish lead 6-2 in the series, with the most recent meeting occurring in 2013, a 23-13 Notre Dame win in South Bend.

NBC Sports Announces Ninth Season Of Notre Dame Hockey Coverage

STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 28, 2021 – NBC Sports will present the 2021-22 Notre Dame hockey 20-game home season schedule across NBCUniversal platforms, featuring live coverage of the opening 12 games exclusively across NBCSN, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app in 2021, with the remaining eight home games exclusively streaming on Peacock in 2022.

The ninth season of Notre Dame hockey coverage on NBC Sports will begin with the season opener on Saturday, Oct. 9, when the Fighting Irish host Long Island University at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. The matchup will also be presented in select markets on NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus and SNY.

All Notre Dame hockey coverage on NBCSN also streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app via “TV Everywhere”.

Peacock will present exclusive coverage of Notre Dame hockey for the first time this season, featuring the final eight home matchups of the regular season beginning on Saturday, Jan. 1.

Below is NBC Sports’ 2021-22 Notre Dame hockey schedule:

DATEGAMETIME (ET)NETWORK/PLATFORM
Sat., Oct. 9Long Island University at Notre Dame6 p.m.NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus, SNY
Thurs., Oct. 21RIT at Notre Dame7:30 p.m.NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Chicago Plus, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus, SNY
Fri., Oct. 22RIT at Notre Dame7:30 p.m.NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Chicago Plus, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus, SNY
Thurs., Nov. 4Holy Cross at Notre Dame7:30 p.m.NBCSN
Fri., Nov. 5Holy Cross at Notre Dame7:30 p.m.NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Chicago Plus, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus
Fri., Nov. 12Wisconsin at Notre Dame7:30 p.m.NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 13Wisconsin at Notre Dame6 p.m.NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Chicago
Fri., Nov. 26Boston College at Notre Dame5 p.m.NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Chicago Plus, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus
Fri., Dec. 3Ohio State at Notre Dame7:30 p.m.NBCSN
Sat., Dec. 4Ohio State at Notre Dame6 p.m.NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus
Fri., Dec. 10Michigan State at Notre Dame7:30 p.m.NBCSN
Sat., Dec. 11Michigan State at Notre Dame7 p.m.NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 1Niagara at Notre Dame6 p.m.Peacock
Sun., Jan. 2Niagara at Notre Dame5 p.m.Peacock
Fri., Jan. 28Minnesota at Notre Dame7:30 p.m.Peacock
Sat., Jan. 29Minnesota at Notre Dame6 p.m.Peacock
Fri., Feb. 4Penn State at Notre Dame7:30 p.m.Peacock
Sat., Feb. 5Penn State at Notre Dame6 p.m.Peacock
Fri., Feb. 25Michigan at Notre Dame7:30 p.m.Peacock
Sat., Feb. 26Michigan at Notre Dame6 p.m.Peacock

Note: NBC Sports Regional Networks may air additional matchups throughout the season

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Butler MSoccer Gearing Up for No. 5 Marshall

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Matchday Information – Butler at No. 5 Marshall

DATE:                         Wednesday, September 29 / 5 pm

LOCATION:                Huntington, W.V. / Hoops Family Field

LIVE STATS:              herdzone.com

LIVE VIDEO:               ESPN+

SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 2-1-0

LAST MEETING:         September 6, 2019 – Huntington, W.V. – Marshall 2, Butler 1

The Butler men’s soccer team travels to Huntington, W.V., on Wednesday, September 29, for a non-conference match against 2020-21 national champion, and currently fifth-ranked, Marshall. The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-0 loss to Villanova.

Team and Individual Statistics

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. ranks 24th nationally and 3rd in the BIG EAST with two game-winning goals.

Gabreil Gjergji ranks 44th nationally and 5th in the BIG EAST in Goals Against Average (.851).

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. (3g, 6p) and Jack Streberger (1g, 3a, 5p) lead the Bulldogs in offensive points.

Keeper Gabriel Gjergji (3-4-1) has made 19 saves (.731) and allowed 7 goals (.85 GAA) in eight matches. He has been credited with two shutouts.

Butler has scored six goals in eight matches while the defense has allowed seven.Four different Bulldogs have scored at least one goal in the eight matches played, while four have also recorded at least one assist.

Butler has earned 54 corner kicks compared to 38 for its opponents.

The Bulldogs have recorded 103 shots (29 on goal) while holding their opponents to 82 (26 on goal).

The Matchup

Butler and Marshall have met three times, with Butler holding a 2-1 edge.

Butler’s wins came in 2008 (3-2) and 2018 (4-3, OT), while Marshall won the most recent meeting (09/06/2019) by the score of 2-1.

Scouting No. 5 Marshall

Last match: #10 Kentucky T, 0-0

Seven of eight opponents that Marshall has faced have been ranked or receiving votes. Results against ranked opponents include: #4 West Virginia (T, 2-2), #10 Kentucky (T, 0-0), #15 Virginia Tech (L, 2-3), #20 Akron (W, 2-0), and #21 James Madison (W, 6-1)

The Herd has scored twenty goals and allowed ten goals.

Marshall won the spring 2020-21 NCAA Men’s College Cup, defeating Indiana for its first national championship.

Individual Statistics

Point leaders for Villanova are #8 Vinicius Fernandes (5g, 4a), #31 Vitor Dias (4g, 5a), and Pedro Dolabella (3g, 4a). Ten different players have scored at least one goal, and seven have two or more assists.

Oliver Semmie (3-1-3) has seen about 87% of the available minutes in goal, making 24 saves (.706) and giving up ten goals (1.33 GAA). He has recorded two shutouts.

BUTLER MRN’S GOLF: Final Round Climb Lands Butler Golf Men T-Ninth at Zach Johnson Invitational

The Bulldogs climbed into a tie for ninth to finish off the Zach Johnson Invitational Tuesday afternoon. Butler entered the final 18 in 12th place.

Butler’s final round 290 served as the Bulldogs’ best of the 54-hole tournament. The Bulldogs shot 302 and 293 in Monday’s two rounds. Butler finished at 885 (+33).

The score of 290 on Tuesday was sixth-best among the 15-team field. Butler finished in a tie for ninth with St. Thomas. The Bulldogs bettered BIG EAST rivals DePaul (890; 11th) and Creighton (898 12th).

Drake and North Dakota State tied for the team title at 853 (+1).

Raymond Sullivan was the Bulldogs’ top performer, carding an even-par 71 on the 6,898-yard Glen Oaks Club course in West Des Moines, Iowa. Sullivan’s 219 (+6) included a two-under 69 with five birdies in the second round. Sullivan tied for 23rd.

Daniel Tanaka moved from a tie for 59th into a tie for 35th with a one-under 70. He finished at 222 (+9).

Stephen Kocerha and Damon Dickey were part of a group that tied for 45th at 224 (+11).

Freshman Weston Guili finished in a tie for 54th at 226 (+13). Nick Williams, playing as an individual, shot 242 (+29) to finish 84th.

Matthis Besard of Southern Illinois won the event by five shots at 10-under 203 after rounds of 66, 68 and 69.

The Bulldogs return to action Oct. 4-5 at the Cleveland State Invitational.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Ball State-Western Michigan slated for 3:30 p.m. ET start on national television

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MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State-Western Michigan football game, set for Oct. 9, will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The game will air on ESPNU as well as 104.1 WLBC, online at BallStateSports.com and on the Varsity Network app.

Tickets are available online or by calling the Western Michigan ticket office at 888-496-8849.

The Broncos lead the all-time series, 26-21, but the Cardinals have won two of the last three overall, including last season’s 30-27 triumph that saw Ball State score 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to clinch the Mid-American West Division title.

INDIANA STATE WSOCCER: Sycamores Travel to Des Moines for Clash with Drake

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer will travel to Des Moines for a conference matchup against Drake on Wednesday. First touch is set for 8 p.m. ET at Drake Stadium.

Last Time Out

The Sycamores hosted Valparaiso last Friday at Memorial Stadium. The match went scoreless for 94 minutes until the Beacons won it 1-0 on a golden goal. Lindsey Dusatko scored her second goal of the season with Dana Fish and Nicole Norfolk both recording an assist on the play. The loss dropped the Sycamores record to 2-7-1 (0-2-0) on the season.

Indiana State junior midfielder CeCe Wahlberg added two shots on goal in the contest to bring her season total to 17 which is second in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Alexander made seven saves for the Sycamores which gives her 36 on the year.

Sycamore Stats and Notes

Freshman forward Mackenzie Kent leads the Sycamores with six points on the season (two goals, two assists). Junior midfielder CeCe Wahlberg leads the team with 24 shot attempts and 17 of those being on goal which is tied for second in the MVC. Sophomore forward Sasha Thompson is tied with Kent for the team lead with two assists.

This will be the eighth road contest for Indiana State this season. They have traveled over 3,000 miles to and from matches.

Matchup History

Indiana State heads to Des Moines to play Drake with the Bulldogs leading the all-time series 15-6-1. The Sycamores won the most recent matchup in the spring with a 1-0 win at Memorial Stadium on February 28. Katie Yankey scored her first career goal in the 73rd minute to put Indiana State in front.

The Sycamores are looking for their first win at Drake Stadium since 2013.

Scouting the Bulldogs

Drake enters Wednesday’s match with a 5-3-3 (0-0-1) record on the year. The Bulldogs were on the road last Saturday as they played Evansville to a 1-1 tie.

Senior midfielder Libby Helverson leads the Bulldogs with eight points (three goals, two assists) on the season. Sophomore forward Emma Nagel is second on the team with five points (two goals, one assist) and leads the team with 17 shot attempts. Fifth Year Goalkeeper Kelsie Stone ranks near the top of the MVC in almost every statistical category with her 65 saves, five shutouts and a 6.5 saves per game average which are all good for first in the conference. Stone’s .787 goals against average is second in the conference.

Lindsey Horner is in her 13th season as the head coach for the Bulldogs and owns a record of 109-100-33. She has led Drake to two MVC regular season titles during her tenure and has had 59 All-MVC Selections from her teams.

On September 12, Drake defeated No. 15 ranked Memphis 2-0 which was the highest ranked team the Bulldogs have defeated in program history.

Next Up

The Sycamores will play host to Evansville on Sunday at Memorial Stadium with the match set for a 1 p.m. ET kick off.

INDIANA STATE WGOLF: Branum under par, Green finishes third to cap the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate

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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – Madison Branum went under par for the first time in the 2021-22 season, while Lauren Green moved up two spots in the final individual standings to finish third overall as Indiana State wrapped up the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate on Tuesday afternoon.

Branum posted the second-lowest score in the field on Tuesday as the junior posted a trio of birdies over the front-nine of the course on her way to a final-round 70 (-2). The Lexington, S.C. recorded the Sycamores’ lowest round of the season by three strokes in her first action of the year.

Green (+4) continued her strong start to the fall season as the Merseyside, England native finished six strokes back of individual champion Kendall Maynard (Belmont). Green posted a final round 73 (+1) with birdies on the 12th and 18th holes to record her best finish of the season to date.

Indiana State (+50) improved its stroke total over each round with the Sycamores turning in a final-round 303 (+15) on the day. The Sycamores finished tied for fifth overall in the field for their best team finish to date after a three-round score 306-305-303.

“We definitely were much improved from the first tournament,” commented Head Golf Coach Greg Towne. “We had some good stuff on the course today. Madison (Branum) recorded her best-ever round and one of the lowest rounds of the day, while Lauren (Green) did her usual and finished in the top-three. I’m definitely proud of Kristen (Hobbs) as she broke through with a gutty performance today. We’re looking forward to Butler’s home event next week.”

Sophomore Kristen Hobbs (+10) moved up five positions over the final day with her lowest round of the weekend. The Anderson, Ind. native turned in a final round 74 (+2) with birdies on the 16th and the ninth holes to finish tied for 12th overall in the field.

Chelsea Morrow (+15) finished tied for 19th overall in the field following her final-round 77 (+5). The sophomore carded a birdie on the 12th hole to highlight her final round of the week.

Iyoun Chew (+21) was consistent through the three rounds of golf in the tournament as the freshman finished in a tie for 35th in the field. The Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia native birdied the 18th hole as she carded her third consecutive round-score of 79.

Molly Lee (+31) wrapped up the lineup Head Coach Greg Towne included on the course on Tuesday afternoon. The freshman went 82-81-84 with a birdie on the 12th hole in the final round to close out the tournament.

Individually, Branum (+15) made the largest jump of anyone in the field on Tuesday as the junior moved up 17 spots over the final 18 holes. The Lexington, S.C. native birdied the second, seventh, and eighth holes on the day to finish with the second-lowest round of the day behind tournament champion Kendall Maynard (69, -3).

Grace Welty (+30) also competed individually for the Sycamores over the two-day event. The freshman finished tied for 44th overall following her final-round 85 (+13).

News & Notes

Indiana State turned in the third-lowest team par-5 scoring average over the tournament with the Sycamores averaging 5.10 strokes and sitting +6 on the holes in the three rounds.

The Sycamores were also fifth overall in par-3 scoring (3.33 strokes) and posted a +20 score on the holes in the tournament.

Lauren Green tied for the second-lowest score par-3 scoring average in the tournament sitting even-par with a 3.00 stroke average.

Kristen Hobbs was the team leader in par-4 scoring with the sophomore averaging 4.17 strokes per hole with a +5 score over the 54 holes.

Green finished tied for second overall in par-5 scoring average at 4.75 strokes per hole and a -3 score in the tournament.

Up Next

The Sycamores continue the 2021 fall season at the Butler Invitational on October 4-5.

Valpo Welcomes Belmont to the Missouri Valley Conference

The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has extended a warm welcome to Belmont University, which will become the 11th Missouri Valley Conference member institution on July 1, 2022.

STATEMENT FROM VALPO DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS MARK LABARBERA

“We’re excited to welcome Belmont, a quality academic institution with a championship athletic tradition, to the Missouri Valley Conference. This addition clearly makes an already-robust conference even better. Anything that strengthens the conference and solidifies our reputation as a multi-bid basketball league benefits us as a member institution. We look forward to hosting the Bruins on our campus as well as our upcoming trips to Nashville.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – – Belmont University has accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference as its 11th member institution, President Dr. L. Gregory Jones announced Tuesday. Belmont University will begin competition in the Missouri Valley Conference in the fall of 2022.

“Joining the Missouri Valley Conference represents a natural step forward for our already high-achieving and well-respected programs,” Jones said. “Given the collective accomplishments of the conference and the prominence of its member institutions, we believe this is a great move for Belmont and sets us up for even greater success in the future.”

“On behalf of our coaches and athletic staff, we are thrilled to become the newest member of the Missouri Valley Conference,” said Belmont Vice President, Director of Athletics Scott Corley. “Joining the MVC will elevate our level of competition, enhance our recruiting, and increase our opportunities for national exposure. We look forward to competing for championships in The Valley against so many quality institutions.”

“I would like to thank Beth DeBauche, the OVC staff, and member schools for the past nine years,” Corley added. “The opportunity to join the Missouri Valley Conference aligns with our university and athletic department aspirations.”

“This is truly an exciting day for the Missouri Valley Conference,” said MVC Commissioner Jeff Jackson. “The MVC has long established itself as one of the premier leagues in the country — especially in the sport of basketball. I have no doubt that Belmont University will prove to be an outstanding partner and further enhance the brand and status of The Valley.”

Belmont University joins Bradley University, Drake University, the University of Evansville, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Loyola University Chicago, Missouri State University, the University of Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois University and Valparaiso University.

Over the past two decades, Belmont Athletics has amassed a distinguished profile; becoming one of the most respected athletic programs in NCAA Division I.  The Bruins have won 62 conference championships and earned 47 NCAA Tournament appearances (team and individual).   Belmont’s proud history includes 24 All-America selections, with several teams receiving national Top 25 poll votes; most notably the Bruins’ nationally-regarded men’s and women’s basketball programs.

Men’s basketball has won 20 conference championships since 2006 – third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only four college basketball programs to win 19 or more games 16 consecutive seasons (Gonzaga, Kansas, San Diego State).   Belmont is 130-24 in conference games over the past nine seasons.   The Bruins have defeated the likes of North Carolina, UCLA, Alabama, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Cincinnati, Marquette, Stanford, Temple and Boston College in recent years, and produced 2017 NBA Champion Ian Clark and 2019 NBA first-round draft choice Dylan Windler.   National College Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021 inductee Rick Byrd coached Belmont for 33 years (1986-2019).

Women’s basketball is coming off of a historic season which included a fifth conference tournament championship in six years and an NCAA Tournament victory over Gonzaga.   The Bruins, ranked No. 22 in 2018, have defeated Vanderbilt, Auburn, UCF and Florida Gulf Coast in recent years as head coach Bart Brooks became one of the fastest to 100 career victories in college basketball history.

Belmont has made multiple NCAA Tournament appearances in baseball, men’s tennis, women’s soccer and volleyball, among others, and boasts one of the strongest cross country programs in the South.

In the classroom, Belmont has claimed its conference academic achievement award 18 of the last 20 years.  For the 2021 spring semester, Belmont posted a departmental grade-point average of 3.55 which is the second-highest department GPA in the Division I era. It also marked the 47th consecutive semester that Belmont student-athletes have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

In fact, 12 Belmont teams have received annual honors for posting the highest cumulative team GPA in the nation.  Annually ranked among the top NCAA athletic programs in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Academic Progress Rate (APR), Belmont has 18 conference scholar-athlete of the year award recipients and 36 CoSIDA Academic All-America® selections.

Belmont Athletics has also established itself as a leader in community service and civic engagement.

The Bruins have taken sport evangelism mission trips to Kenya, Haiti, Brazil, Italy, Malta, Belize, South Africa, Venezuela, Ukraine and Poland, and have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Nashville Special Olympics through the annual Battle of the Bruins talent show.   Belmont community partners include Nashville Rescue Mission, GraceWorks Ministries, Preston Taylor Ministries, Rocketown, Best Buddies and the Edgehill Community Center.

Now in its 115th year of collegiate sports competition, the Missouri Valley Conference sponsors 17 sports: including men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s golf, women’s tennis, softball and baseball.

The MVC is based in St. Louis, which plays host to The State Farm MVC Men’s Basketball Championship – affectionately known as Arch Madness. The tournament will celebrate its 46th anniversary overall in 2022, and it will be the 32nd-straight season the event has been held in St. Louis. Only the Big East Conference (in New York City) has had a longer continuous run at a single site.

The Missouri Valley Conference brand remains very strong, both regionally and nationally, and the great athletic tradition of the Conference remains a compelling force in recruiting student-athletes and in marketing all the MVC programs.

The MVC had multiple bids in the NCAA Championship in men’s basketball (2), women’s basketball (2), softball (2), and baseball (2) last year; one of only eight conferences in America to do so.

In men’s basketball, the MVC has posted 20 wins in the NCAA Tournament in the past eight NCAA championships – including two trips to the Men’s Final Four – and has earned multiple bids 16 times since 1994.

The MVC has been rated as a Top 12 conference nationally 17 of the last 18 years by respected college basketball analytics expert Ken Pomeroy.  Legendary sporting figures such as Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, Jackie Stiles, Joe Carter and Holli Hyche have called the Missouri Valley Conference home.  In addition, the Missouri Valley Conference is a national fixture through media rights agreements with CBS and ESPN, among others, and its partnership with Learfield Sports.

Belmont University became an NCAA Division I member institution in 1996-97. After five years of transition and time as an independent, Belmont joined the Atlantic Sun Conference in the fall of 2001.  Belmont joined the Ohio Valley Conference in the fall of 2012.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Football Game Notes

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Marist (0-2, 0-0 PFL)
at Valparaiso (1-3, 1-0 PFL)

Game #5 Saturday, Oct. 2, Noon CT
Brown Field (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

This Week in Valpo Football: The annual fall celebration of Valparaiso University has arrived as homecoming weekend is set to get underway. And the centerpiece of an action-packed weekend on campus will take place on Saturday at high noon at Brown Field as the Valpo football program welcomes Marist in hopes of improving to 2-0 in Pioneer Football League action. With the team coming off a dramatic victory, the student body coming off a strong showing at the home opener and the alumni set to return to campus for the first homecoming game since 2019, Brown Field figures to be rocking on Saturday.

Previously: Where do we begin with this one? Grit and determination were key ingredients to Valpo’s success in last week’s 24-21 victory at Drake. The Beacons overcame a turnover margin of minus-five to stun the Bulldogs on a go-ahead 30-yard touchdown pass from Ben Nimz to Jordan Bingham on 4th-and-10 with 1:05 remaining in the game. That came moments after Nimz found Ollie Reese for 42 yards on 4th-and-17 from the Valpo 28. Austin Martins sealed the deal by blocking Drake’s game-tying field goal try with all zeros on the clock. Robert Washington accumulated 199 all-purpose yards and ran for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to help put Valpo in position for the late heroics.

Series Notes: Valpo is 1-9 all-time against Marist with the lone victory coming in a 49-15 blowout in 2017 at Brown Field. Valpo boasted its largest margin of victory in a league game since 1971 thanks in part to forcing six turnovers. That memorable game featured two long lightning delays totaling three hours, 36 minutes. The game kicked off at 1:04 p.m. and finished at 7:07 p.m. Since then, the Red Foxes prevailed 35-24 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. in 2018 and 26-14 at Brown Field in the 2019 season finale. A 90-yard interception return for a touchdown with 20 seconds remaining helped Marist seal the 2019 win.

Following the Beacons: All Valpo football home games will air on ESPN3, with Todd Ickow and former Valpo defensive back Jeffrey Vlk (1999-2003) on the call this week. In addition, Garrett Willis and Noah Godsell will handle the radio call on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app. For in-game social media updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (6-16) is in his third season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in Fall 2021. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. Valpo limited the opposition to 172.2 passing yards per game, the program’s best passing defense since 2008. In addition, the squad boasted its best rushing defense (111.2 yards per game) and scoring defense (18.7 points per game) since 1999. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.

Beating the Bulldogs: Prior to the 10-7 win at Drake on April 3, 2021, Valpo had lost 17 straight head-to-head meetings with the Bulldogs and was 0-14 all-time at Drake. After the 24-21 victory on Sept. 25, the Beacons have won back-to-back games in the head-to-head series and earned their first two wins in Des Moines in the same calendar year. This marks the first time ever that Valpo has recorded consecutive wins over Drake.

Starting in Style: The Beacons have won the Pioneer Football League opener in back-to-back seasons after going on the road to beat Butler in the spring and starting the fall PFL slate with a win at Drake. Prior to the Spring 2021 PFL-opening victory, Valpo’s last win to begin league play was 2016 vs. Davidson. Valpo has started the conference docket with a victory in consecutive years for the first time since 2005 and 2006. If the Beacons top Marist on Saturday, they will improve to 2-0 in PFL play for the first time since the PFL championship season of 2003.

Homecoming History: Valpo has dropped its last two homecoming games, falling 19-13 to Charleston in 2019 and 40-35 to Davidson in 2018. However, the program had won four of its previous five homecoming dates prior to 2018. A win on Saturday would be Valpo’s first homecoming triumph since beating Stetson 27-24 in 2017.

80-Yard Dash: Robert Washington’s 80-yard touchdown run in the Sept. 25 victory at Drake was Valpo’s longest play on the ground since Jarrett Morgan’s 86-yard pickup on Sept. 16, 2017 at Trinity International. It was Valpo’s longest rush against a Division-I opponent since at least 2001. The 80 yarder was just shy of the program record for longest scoring run from scrimmage, which is 86 yards by Joe Pahr on Oct. 8, 1949 vs. Saint Joseph’s. (Somehow, Morgan’s 86-yard run was not a touchdown.) Washington’s dash tied for the third longest from scrimmage in the FCS nation through the first four weeks of the season. Cole Mueller (Illinois State), Rogan Wells (Western Carolina) and Darran Butts (Hampton) are the other FCS players in the nation with a rush of 80 or more yards through Week 4.

All-Purpose Threat: Washington finished with 199 all-purpose yards in the Sept. 25 win at Drake. Only 16 players nationally have eclipsed 200 all-purpose yards in a game this season. Washington averaged 8.4 yards per carry en route to 143 rushing yards, which tied for the 23rd-most by any FCS player in a single game this season. His total represented the second-highest single-game rushing output by a Pioneer Football League player through the first four weeks of the season. He ran for two TDs in the game to up his career touchdown total to eight (seven rushing, one receiving). Washington was also a key piece in the passing game, accumulating 56 receiving yards on a team-high eight catches. He became the first Valpo player with eight or more receptions in a game since Ollie Reese on March 20, 2021 vs. Drake.

Mr. Clutch: Quarterback Ben Nimz entered the Sept. 25 game at Drake with 2:39 remaining as Valpo took over on its own 20-yard line trailing 21-17. He led a nine-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a game-winning, 30-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Bingham on 4th-and-10 with 1:05 remaining. Nimz had also connected with Ollie Reese for a 42-yard hookup on a 4th-and-17 from the Valpo 28. Dating back to last season, Valpo has won back-to-back PFL games with Nimz throwing game-winning touchdown passes in the final 1:05 in both instances. He found Braden Contreras from nine yards out for a go-ahead score with 25 seconds remaining in Valpo’s 20-19 victory vs. San Diego in the Spring 2021 season finale. Nimz was also inserted midgame on April 10, 2021 at Morehead State and nearly led Valpo’s biggest rally since 1995, but the Eagles prevailed 28-24. The Nimz-to-Reese 42 yarder was the longest pass completion by a Valpo player this season and longest since Nimz found Holden Hodge for 45 yards in the aforementioned Spring 2021 finale vs. San Diego. Nimz is expected to start on Saturday against Marist.

Winning the Tight Ones: Dating back to last season, Valpo has played five straight PFL games decided by four points or fewer, with Valpo moving to 3-1 in those contests. The Beacons are 3-0 in games decided by three points or fewer over the last two seasons after going 0-4 in games decided by six points or fewer in 2019. Dating back to 2019, Valpo’s last 12 PFL games have been decided by 12 points or fewer and 10 of those 12 have been dictated by 10 points or fewer.

Block Party: Valpo is one of 18 teams in the FCS nation with multiple blocked kicks so far this season. During the Spring 2021 campaign, Valpo finished as one of 17 teams nationally with three or more blocked kicks. In 2019, Valpo was tied for ninth nationally with five blocked kicks. In total, the team has blocked 10 kicks since Landon Fox took over prior to the 2019 season.

Weekly Awards: Valpo’s Austin Martins holds the rare distinction of having won weekly honors in different phases of the game in consecutive weeks. He was named the Week 3 College Sports Madness Defensive Player of the Week after securing two fourth-quarter fumble recoveries in Valpo’s game vs. Dartmouth. Following his blocked field goal in the closing seconds of the team’s 24-21 victory at Drake in Week 4, Martins was named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week. Martins’ pair of weekly awards come after Valpo totaled seven weekly honors from either the PFL or College Sports Madness during the six-week Spring 2021 PFL season.

VALPO: VanArragon Finishes as Runner-up, Men’s Golf Continues Strong Start

Junior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) polished off another top-two finish on Tuesday by closing out the Zach Johnson Invitational at five strokes under par over 54 holes. VanArragon’s efforts helped the Valparaiso University men’s golf team finish third in a 15-team field at the event, which was hosted by Drake at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.

How It Happened

  • VanArragon was a stroke over par on the par-71, 6898-yard course in the third and final round on Tuesday. That closed out a 54-hole score of 208 (68-67-72) to finish tied for second in the 84-player field. VanArragon tied with Drake’s Lucas Sherf for runner-up honors, while Southern Illinois’ Matthis Besard took medalist by five strokes at 203 (-10).
  • Freshman Anthony Delisanti (Saborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) had the team’s top Round-3 score with a 70 (-1) to finish the tournament at 214 (+1). He narrowly missed a top-10 finish, placing tied for 11th.
  • Sophomore Mason Bonn (Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood) carded even par on Tuesday to finish the 54 holes at 218 (+5), which put him at t-20 for the event.
  • As a team, Valpo replicated its Round-2 score with another 286 on Tuesday. The Beacons finished the week at 857 (+5), four strokes behind a first-place tie between Drake and North Dakota State.

Inside the Round

  • VanArragon’s 208 represented the best 54-hole tournament score in his collegiate career. He tied with Peter Webb for the third-best tournament score in program history and became just the third Valpo golfer in the program’s modern era to card 208 or better in a tournament, joining Webb (x2) and Nick Seitz. VanArragon’s performance this week was the best tournament score by a Valpo individual since April 2017.
  • By going five strokes under par for the event, VanArragon also tied for fourth in program history in 54-hole score in relation to par.
  • VanArragon finished as the tournament runner-up for the second consecutive event. This is the sixth time in his collegiate career that the Valpo junior finished as either the individual medalist or tournament runner-up.
  • Valpo’s 54-hole team score of 857 marked the third-best tournament team score in program history, and one of the two tournaments ahead of this one is last week’s Valpo Fall Invitational. Prior to last week, Valpo had gone under 858 just once in program history, and now the Beacons have done so in consecutive tournaments.
  • At five strokes over par for the event, Valpo also tied for fourth in program history in 54-hole tournament low in relation to par.
  • Valpo finished the tournament with a 3.05 average on par-3 holes while producing a 4.16 average on Par 4s. The Beacons ranked first and second in Par-3 and Par-4 scoring, respectively.
  • The team totaled 46 birdies, a dozen of which came courtesy of VanArragon.

Up Next

The team will compete in the Spirit Hollow Fall Shootout on Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Burlington, Iowa.

IUPUI CC: KOEPPEN TO STEP DOWN FOLLOWING CROSS COUNTRY SEASON

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INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI’s longtime head men’s cross country and track Chuck Koeppen has announced that he will step down from his head coaching post at the conclusion of IUPUI’s 2021 cross country season. Koeppen, who took over the program in December 2008, has taken the Jaguars to new heights in his 13-plus seasons with the program.

“It’s an honor to be able to coach at IUPUI and to be surrounded with some really great guys, great assistant coaches and some really great alumni that continue to support the program,” Koeppen said. “I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished here. We’ve had some really outstanding young men come through the program and we’ve won a lot of meets and had some guys win some really important races. The thing I’m most proud of is that we’ve done it the right way with some exceptional young men who have really represented IUPUI well.

“I’m grateful that Mike Moore gave me the opportunity to come to IUPUI and I’ve had some really good bosses and some really good support along the way. I’m certainly going to miss being around the guys, the practices, the workouts and the camaraderie and I’m going to continue to support the program and will always be a Jaguar.”

Koeppen has led IUPUI to four league titles (two Summit, two Horizon) and captured four league Coach of the Year Awards (2014, 2015, 2019, 2020). His squad also won the 2015 Indiana Intercollegiates title in Terre Haute, defeating both Indiana and Purdue that season. The Jaguars have become a fixture among the Great Lakes Regional rankings and earned top-10 finishes in both 2014 (ninth) and 2015 (tenth).

He’s coached two individual league cross country champions, an NCAA All-Great Lakes Region performer and last year his team boasted two USTFCCCA All-Academic Athletes for the first-time in program history. Five of his recruits have earned league Freshman or Newcomer of the Year honors, all since 2014. His teams have also earned academic awards from the USTFCCCA on an annual basis.

On the track, Koeppen has built the program from the ground up as the Jaguars began official team competition in 2012. Since then, he coached the program’s first-ever NCAA National Qualifier as Robert Murphy advanced to Eugene in the 3000m steeplechase in 2017. Last season, Eric Hoffman earned Horizon League Indoor Track Most Outstanding Performer and in 2016, Murphy was the Summit League Championship MVP during indoor season.

The Jaguars have captured four league distance medley relay titles, showcasing the top distance talent in the league. In outdoor track, IUPUI has sent four different runners to NCAA Regionals under Koeppen’s tutelage.

In-state recruiting has fueled the IUPUI program under Koeppen as his teams have routinely been built around Indiana high school talent. All of his regional performers, league champions and all-academic athletes have all been Indiana-natives. Koeppen had already established himself as one of the nation’s elite cross country coaches during his time at Carmel High School, collecting 23 IHSAA state titles for the Greyhounds – the most by any head coach in all sports in Indiana high school history. He was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in June 2013 and is also a member of the IATCCC, Ball State Athletics and Valparaiso High School Halls of Fame.

“I’ve had some of the best assistant coaches around me like Coach Roeder and Coach Fruits before him. Those guys have been a huge part of our success and really made this thing go. Those guys have made it fun to show up and come to work each day,” Koeppen said. “And I can’t thank my wife Cathie enough for all the support as well. There’s been times where I’ve been on the road and been away and she’s supported me through it all.”

Koeppen intends to serve in an assistant capacity during the upcoming track and field season and a national search will be conducted next spring.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE: Four ‘Dons Post Double-Doubles in Five-Set Loss at Oakland

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Despite four players recording double-doubles, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team dropped its third five-set match in five days. The Mastodons fell to Oakland 3-2 (27-25, 22-25, 16-25, 25-13, 15-13) on Tuesday (Sept. 28) in the Athletics Center O’Rena.

The Mastodons have played 19 sets of volleyball over the last five days, with just one of the four matches not going to a decisive fifth game.

Rachael Crucis notched her first double-double of the season with 18 digs and 11 assists. Madison Gates had 38 assists and a career-high 25 digs. Katie Crowe and Maggie Castleman both got double-doubles from the outside, with 18 kills and 19 digs for Crowe and 18 kills and 11 digs for Castleman.

Purdue Fort Wayne used a pair of 5-0 runs to build a small lead in the first set, then reached a set point opportunity after a kill from Crowe. The Mastodons had a 24-22 advantage, but Oakland scored five of the last six points and ultimately took the set. Crowe had seven of her 18 kills in the opening frame.

In the second set, the ‘Dons hit .313 to take advantage of the Golden Grizzlies, who hit .179.  Late in the set, Crowe slammed down a kill, then Madelyn Wurster and Leigha Baldwin combined for a block to force a Golden Grizzlies timeout. Alexandra Traciak dropped in a timely ace on set point to even the score at one set each.

After the break, the Purdue Fort Wayne offense continued, as the team hit . 353 while keeping Oakland at .070. The Mastodons were without a service error in the third set, with a pair of aces. Purdue Fort Wayne jumped out to a 7-0 lead under Baldwin’s service. This run started with two blocks from Ramei Jackson, one with Castleman and one with Wurster. Wurster got an ace to extend the lead to 10-1 and force OU to burn its second timeout of the set. This lead was enough to nurse for the rest of the set. Baldwin, in her first-career start, blocked a ball with Wurster, then forced an attack error to give the Mastodons a 2-1 edge.

Oakland dominated the fourth set, forcing the Mastodons to hit negative thanks to three blocks.

In the fifth, Oakland built up a 12-7 lead. The ‘Dons cut it to 12-11 after Jackson blocked an attack, but the Golden Grizzlies traded points the rest of the way and ended the match on a block.

All told, Oakland out-hit the Mastodons .162-.161, despite the ‘Dons hitting over .300 in two sets. The Mastodons finished the match with 95 digs, the most in a match since the 2018 season.

The Mastodons fall to 2-15, 0-4 while Oakland improves to Purdue Fort Wayne has another two matches this weekend, with the ‘Dons continuing its stretch of 9-of-10 on the road. The Mastodons will visit Robert Morris (Oct. 1) and Youngstown State (Oct. 2).

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Aces back home to face familiar foe SIUE

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EVANSVILLE – Showing well in its first two MVC matches, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team plays host to SIUE on Wednesday evening at 7 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

Last Match: Missouri State 2, Evansville 1

Coming back from two early goals, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team scored late in the first half, but could not find the equalizer in a 2-1 road loss at Missouri State on Saturday evening in Springfield, Mo.

“Winning on the road in The Valley is difficult. Missouri State is no exception,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “They’re a very good team who put us under pressure early. In matches like this we have to be switched on and execute our game plan for 90 minutes. We dug ourselves a hole but we were able to get back in the match and create chances after the first 20 minutes. We go into the next portion of Valley play after getting one point off the top two teams in the preseason poll. Now, we have to take care of those matches in front of us and continue to work towards the goals we have set as a team. “

Freshman Oliver Hald scored the first goal of his collegiate career, helping push Evansville closer in the 43rd minute, getting an assist from Francesco Brunetti. In goal for the Aces, redshirt junior Jacob Madden made six saves on the evening, facing 18 Missouri State shots.

Missouri State opened the match on the offensive, recording early shots and getting on the board first. The Bears scored in the ninth minute to open the scoring as Aadne Bruseth found the back of the net off an assist from Adrian Barosen. Madden made three more saves for the Aces before the home side added another goal, scoring in the 29th minute as Jack Denton doubled the Bears lead.

Evansville proved to be resilient, responding to the second Missouri State goal in the final minutes of the half. With less than three minutes remaining before the break, Francesco Brunetti sent a pass to Oliver Hald, who finished past the keeper to halve the Bears lead at the half.

After converting on its one shot in the first 45 minutes, Evansville generated three opportunities in the second half. Fifth-year senior Davis Peck was the first Ace in the second half to record a shot, put his attempt off the right post in the 52nd minute. In the 78th minute, Hald nearly doubled his collegiate goal total, aiming for the middle of goal, but his shot was saved by the Bears’ Michael Creek. The final shot of the match for Evansville came with just eight minute remaining as sophomore Pablo Guillen had a shot miss high as the Aces battled, but fell to Missouri State, 2-1.

Previewing the Matchup

Evansville and SIUE are meeting for the 23rd time in series history with the Cougars owning a 12-6-4 advantage in the all-time series.

Despite the Cougars leaving the MVC following the 2016 campaign, Evansville and SIUE have continued to play almost annually with the two sides last meeting on Feb. 21, 2021 in Edwardsville, Ill. as the Cougars captured a 3-0 win.

Entering Wednesday night’s match, SIUE has earned a win or draw in 10 of the last 11 meetings with the Aces capturing a victory on Oct. 17, 2012.

Evansville’s opening two matches of Missouri Valley Conference play paired the Aces with the top two teams in the preseason poll. The Aces came away with one point out of the first two contests after battling to a scoreless draw with Loyola before falling 2-1 on the road at Missouri State.

Two current members of the Aces have scored a goal against the Cougars, both coming in a 4-3 loss at SIUE on Sept. 6, 2019. Trailing 4-0 after 30 minutes, fifth-year senior Filip Johansson and senior Ryan Harris both scored against SIUE as Evansville stormed back to within a goal late with three-straight goals.

Scheduling the Best

The Aces have always scheduled some of the top opposition in the nation.

This season, Evansville’s strength of schedule of the matches it has played so far is 34th in the nation with opponents holding a .606 win percentage.

The next closest in The Valley is Missouri State, who is tied for 70th in strength of schedule.

Youth Movement

Evansville has been known to play its young players early in their careers and it is no different this season.

This season, the Aces have seen that early playing time pay off as four of the five goals scored by UE this season have been scored by underclassmen or players in their first season as an Ace.

Sophomore Pablo Guillen leads the team with two goals, while newcomer Carlos Barcia and freshman Oliver Hald have each scored their first goal for Evansville this season.

EVANSVILLE WSOCCER: Women’s Soccer closes homestand against Loyola Chicago

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EVANSVILLE – In its second leg of back-to-back home matches, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team welcomes in Loyola Chicago for a 4 PM match on Wednesday afternoon at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

Last Match: Evansville 1, Drake 1 (2OT)

Falling a goal behind in the second half, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team scored late and held strong defensively to earn a 1-1 draw with Drake on Saturday afternoon at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

Seniors Emily Wolak and Alex Eyler played crucial parts in Evansville’s comeback, scoring the goal and providing the assist on the equalizing goal in the 81st minute. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Michaela Till played strong between the posts, recording six saves in the draw.

Both teams had spells of possession in the opening 20 minutes of action with the Aces possessing the ball in their attacking third for much of the middle portion of the opening half. In the 24th minute, Evansville was given a great opportunity just at the top of the 18. The ensuing free kick found the back of the net, but a mistake nullified the free kick on a foul for Evansville. The opportunities continued for the Aces as a handball inside the box earned UE a penalty in the 27th minute. Senior Abby Phelps stepped to the spot and smashed the PK to the left of the keeper, but Drake’s Kelsie Stone dove and punched the ball away and out for a corner. The scoreless first 45 minutes saw nine total shots between the two teams with Evansville owning a slight 5-4 advantage.

Drake came out of the half on the attack, but the Aces defense did well to hold off the Bulldogs. In the 64th minute after a run of fresh substitutions, Drake opened the scoring in the match. The Bulldogs Olivia Bruce recorded a shot from inside the box that was saved by Till, but bounced to Rachel Panther who let another shot go, finding the back of the net. Evansville battled to equalize the match, but was out-shot 11-2 in the second 45 minutes. As has been true all season, the Aces capitalized on the opportunities they earned. In the 81st minute, Alex Eyler tip-toed her way along the touchline, sliding past two Bulldog defenders to find space in the attacking third. Eyler wasted little time and whipped-in a cross that entered the box. Wolak headed Eyler’s cross, flicking it to the far post and away from Stone to tie the match at one.

In overtime, both teams attempted to create chances, but both defenses shined, allowing just two shots on goal that Till saved as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The match represented the fifth time this season that Evansville has battled back from a deficit to earn either a win or draw.

Previewing the Matchup

The Aces and Ramblers meet for the 13th time in series history on Wednesday with Loyola Chicago owning a 7-2-3 advantage in the all-time series.

The two sides last met in the spring as the Aces captured a 1-0 win on the road at regular season champion Loyola on April 3, 2021.

Evansville’s last home win over the Ramblers came in the Aces inaugural season of competition with UE capturing a 4-0 win over Loyola on Oct. 29, 1993.

Loyola sits tied atop the MVC standings with Valparaiso, both holding 2-0 records in Conference matches, while Aces are just behind in third with a 1-0-1 mark in Valley play.

Evansville is looking to go three-straight matches unblemished to open MVC play, a feat the Aces have not completed since a 2-0-1 start to Conference play in 2013.

The Aces got a much-needed goal from senior Emily Wolak on Saturday to earn a draw with Drake. After scoring three goals in her first two seasons with the Aces, Wolak’s 81st minute goal against the Bulldogs snapped a 2,530 minute stretch of time spent on the pitch for Wolak without a goal.

Between the posts in 2021, Evansville has been one of the best teams in the nation in stopping opponent shots. Of the 62 shots Evansville’s opponents have put on-goal this season, the Aces have stopped 54, an 87.1 save-percentage, which puts UE 17th-best in the nation and second in the MVC to Drake (88.9%).

Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Michaela Till continues to put herself on a record-breaking track. Till currently has 328 career saves, just 30 off of Theresa Bagby’s program record of 358. Through eight matches this season, Till is averaging six saves per contest. With at least six games remaining in the season, Till is on pace to break the career record.

Opening MVC Play

This week, the Aces will be looking to make it three-straight matches with an unblemished record to begin MVC play.

A win or draw would earn Evansville its best start in MVC play since the 2013 season, which Evansville opened with a 2-0-1 record in The Valley.

Wolak Breaks a Streak

The Aces got a much-needed goal from senior Emily Wolak on Saturday to earn a draw with Drake.

After scoring three goals in her first two seasons with the Aces, Wolak’s 81st minute goal against the Bulldogs snapped a 2,530 minute stretch of time spent on the pitch for Wolak without a goal.

INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: Hounds Topped by #14 Lewis

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INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team stole the first set against nationally-ranked Lewis University on Tuesday night, but ultimately fell 3-1 in Great Lakes Valley Conference action.  Five Hounds notched double digits kills in their second GLVC loss of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Hounds took control of the first set with a quick 3-0 run to go up 18-12 with a kill from Emma Jones.  The Flyers pulled back within two but UIndy scored five of the final six points to take the first set 25-19.  Alex Equihua sealed set point with a service ace.

Trailing 17-11 in the second, the Hounds rattled off four straight points to pull within two.  The run included a kill from Grace Hegwood and back-to-back kills from Elizabeth Eads.  Lewis jumped out to a 23-18 lead before Lauren Cullison halted their momentum with a kill.  Emma Jones notched a kill of her own to pull back within three at 23-20, but the Flyers recorded a pair of kills to take the second set and even the match at one a piece.

UIndy hit a match-best .245 in the third set but fell 30-28 in a nail biter.  The Hounds utilized a 4-0 to tie the score at 20 before fighting off a pair of set points to force extras.  Back-to-back kills from Hegwood and Eads gave the Hounds a 28-27 advantage but the Flyers rallied for three straight points to edge the Hounds 30-28.  UIndy fought off a total of five set points in the third set.

Tied at ten in the fourth set, the Flyers scored four quick points to take a 14-10 lead.  The Hounds scored four of the next five points to trail by one but an 8-0 run from Lewis put them ahead 23-14.  UIndy tallied four kills to pull within 24-18, but a Flyers kill sealed the 25-18 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Eads paced the Hounds with 13 while boasting a .355 hitting percentage.

– Hegwood recorded 12 kills followed by Jones with 10.  Hannah Huppenbauer and Cullison each tallied 10.

– Huppenbauer led the defense with five blocks including four solo.

– Equihua dished out 49 assists on the night while MaKenna Barnhart recorded 33 digs.

UP NEXT

Tuesday marked the first match of a four-match home stand for the Hounds.  UIndy hosts a pair of GLVC matches this weekend facing Lindenwood on Friday and Quincy on Saturday.

INDIANAPOLIS WSOCCER: Women’s Soccer Continues Climb of Coaches Poll

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KANAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team moved up two spots in the United Soccer Coaches DII Poll this week, moving from No. 24 to No. 22 after a 2-1 win against McKendree.
 
The two-time GLVC Player of the Week, Kiki Sauceda, currently leading the Hounds in goals with seven, followed by Maria Herrero who has two. The Greyhounds are 5-1 overall on the season and 3-1 in the conference currently.
 
UIndy will face the Quincy Hawks on Friday in Quincy, Ill., at 6 p.m. E.T.
 

RkSchoolPrevW-L-T
1.Grand Valley State University28-0-0
2.Flagler College15-0-0
3.College Of Saint Rose36-0-0
4.Kutztown University46-0-0
5.University of Colorado-Colorado Springs67-1-0
6.Emporia State University57-0-1
7.Seattle Pacific University235-0-0
8.Columbus State University107-0-1
9.Lee University187-0-0
10.Western Washington University85-0-2
11.Ferris State University166-1-0
12.Dallas Baptist University176-1-0
13.Bemidji State University156-0-1
14.Southern New Hampshire University137-0-0
15.Sonoma State University145-1-0
16.Concord University207-0-0
17.Florida Tech73-1-2
18.University of Central Missouri196-1-1
19.Catawba CollegeNR6-0-1
20.West Chester University255-0-1
21.West Texas A&M UniversityNR5-2-0
22.University Of Indianapolis245-1-0
23.Point Loma Nazarene UniversityRV4-0-1
24.Molloy College216-1-0
25.California State University ChicoNR4-1-1

 
Also receiving votes: Palm Beach Atlantic University, Azusa Pacific University, Edinboro University, Westminster College (Utah), Colorado School Of Mines, Northwood University (Mich.), Angelo State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.)

INDIANAPOLIS MSOCCER: Men’s Soccer Holds Strong at #1 in United Soccer DII Coaches Poll

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second straight week, the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team remains at No. 1 in the most recent edition of the NCAA Division II United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll, officials announced on Tuesday.

The Greyhounds, who currently sit at 5-0-1 on the season, ride in front of other undefeated top-five competition in No. 2 Franklin Pierce (7-0), No. 3 West Texas A&M (6-0), and No. 4 Coker (7-0). UIndy is the only member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference to make an appearance in the poll.

The Hounds return to the field this Friday for a GLVC showdown on the road against Quincy.

RankSchoolPrevW-L-T
1University Of Indianapolis15-0-1
2Franklin Pierce University27-0-0
3West Texas A&M University56-0-0
4Coker University47-0-0
5Azusa Pacific University74-1-1
6Lynn University156-1-0
7Davis & Elkins College65-0-0
8University Of Charleston85-1-0
9Young Harris College127-0-0
10Wilmington University117-0-1
11University Of TampaRV6-1-0
12Midwestern State University106-1-0
13Humboldt State University136-0-0
14Ohio Dominican UniversityNR5-1-1
15Fort Hays State University184-2-1
16Seattle Pacific University176-1-0
17Limestone University205-1-0
18Lee UniversityNR6-1-0
19Colorado State University-PuebloNR7-1-0
20Nova Southeastern University94-1-1
21Gannon UniversityRV5-1-0
22American International CollegeRV6-0-1
23Walsh UniversityRV6-0-2
24Southern Nazarene UniversityRV5-3-0
25Cal Poly PomonaNR3-2-1

MARIAN FOOTBALL: GAMEDAY GUIDE: MARIAN OPENS BACK TO BACK ROAD TRIPS AT TAYLOR

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INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off a home shutout on Saturday over Missouri Baptist, the Marian football team is set for back to back road trips to Grant County as they start the heart of their MSFA Mideast schedule. Marian will travel to Taylor University on Saturday, with kickoff slated for 1 PM from Turner Stadium.

THE GAME AND SERIES

Marian has owned the series against Taylor, holding an all-time record of 13-1 against the Trojans. Marian has won 11 straight meetings, and in their previous two trips to Upland the Knights allowed a total of three points while out-scoring Taylor by 93 points. Former starting quarterback Ethan Darter threw for over 325 yards in both wins, and in the 2018 contest at Taylor Johnny William scored five touchdowns gaining over 150 all-purpose yards.

In the latest meeting in the series, the Knights won 37-14 on February 27 this spring, with a pick-six from both Logan Blake and TJ Comer icing the game in the final six minutes.

WATCH AND FOLLOW ALONG

Those fans unable to attend Saturday night’s game can watch live on the Taylor Trojans YouTube page. Click here to access the live video feed. Fans can also find live statistics here. Live updates of the game will be posted on the official Marian Athletics Twitter page @MUKnights.

TICKETS

Tickets for Saturday’s contest must be purchased online prior to the game, and tickets can be purchased here. General admission tickets cost $12, while student tickets for ages 5+ and senior tickets for fans age 65+ are $5. Gates for Saturday’s contest will open at 11:30 AM.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The Knights enter the game riding a three-game winning streak, and are looking to gain separation in the MSFA Mideast Standings as they play their second conference matchup of the season. A win would give Marian a 0.5 game lead over the winner of this week’s Indiana Wesleyan and Concordia victor, with the Knights facing off against both teams in two of their upcoming three games.

Johnny William is also tracking a Marian milestone, as the senior wide receiver needs 47 yards to pass Krishawn Hogan for third all-time in program history in all-purpose yards. William will have a chance to crack the No. 2 spot by the end of the season, which is currently held by Charles Salary. Jalen Jennings is on pace to end the week as the No. 2 kick returner in program history, and Zach Bundalo is on pace to end the week with the eighth most passing yards in program history.

INDIANA WESLEYAN WTENNIS: ITA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND DRAWS FOR WOMEN’S TENNIS

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MARION, Ind. – No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan women’s tennis begins the first round of the ITA Tournament September 29th at Marion High School.

DOUBLES MAIN DRAW

Maddie Bemisderfer / Lena Golz (IWU) v. Aristizabal / Padilla (OCU) 6:30pm

Emily Connolly / Breann Barger (IWU) v. Hinshaw / McCoy (GU) 7:30pm

Ashlee Fisk / Ellie Snider (IWU) v. Caballero / Fernanda (IUE) 7:30pm

Maria Way / Kayla Dubuque (IWU) v. Bolon / Rich (HU) 7:30pm

Thais Mendez / Melanie Dveksler (IWU) v. Kovalchuk / Mafuyeka (UNOH) 7:30pm

DOUBLES B DRAW

Abigail Moreno / Sage Christner (IWU) v. Bucher / Skouroukos (LU) 8:30pm

Alexzandria Jesse / Hannah Withers (IWU) v. Elpers / Leibacher (MU) 8:30pm

Alli Schellenberg / Lilianna Tubbergen (IWU) v. Provine / Oconitrillo (MU) 8:30pm

SINGLES MAIN DRAW

Maddie Bemisderfer (IWU) v. Carvalho (IT) 8:00am

Breann Barger (IWU) v. Radde (LT) 8:00am

Melanie Dveksler (IWU) v. Bolon (HU) 8:00am

Lena Golz (IWU) v. Padilla (OCU) 8:00am

Maria Way (IWU) v. Caballero (IUE) 9:00am

Alli Schellenberg (IWU) v. Schlatter (HU) 9:00am

Thais Mendez (IWU) v. Bopst (MU) 10:30am

Ellie Snider (IWU) v. Murcia (IT) 10:30am

Emily Connolly (IWU) v. Heckman (BU) 10:30am

Ashlee Fisk (IWU) v. Mann (LU) 11:30am

SINGLES B DRAW

Alexzandria Jesse (IWU) v. Weimer (IUSE) 7:00pm

Hannah Withers (IWU) v. Wilson (MVNU) 7:00pm

Lilianna Tubbergen (IWU) v. Logan (HU) 8:00pm

INDIANA WESLEYAN MTENNIS: ITA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND DRAWS FOR MEN’S TENNIS

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MARION, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan men’s tennis begins the first round of the ITA Tournament Wednesday, September 29th at Sutter Tennis Courts.

DOUBLES MAIN DRAW

Martin Carrizo / Leonardo Sprovieri (IWU) v. Turaba / Tapia (HU) 5:30pm

Isaac Steiner / Karl Wurth (IWU) v. Putschbach / Schneider (LT) 5:30pm

Mariano Jalif / Trey Thixton (IWU) v. Zlater / Baltazar (OCU) 6:30pm

Alex Serwatka / Justo Villanueva (IWU) v. Sylvester / Wittenbaum (MU) 6:30pm

Jeremias Rocco / Josh Turnquest (IWU) v. Griffin / Ilett (MU) 6:30pm

DOUBLES B DRAW

Caleb Tripp / Conner Murphy (IWU) BYE

Ethan Gray / Garrett Dalton (IWU) v. Bentley / Dobben (SAU) 8:30pm

Grant Wayner / Jack Fauser (IWU) v. Anderson / Scatolon (GC) 8:30pm

SINGLES MAIN DRAW

Martin Carrizo (IWU) v. Chan (IT) 8:00am

Karl Wurth (IWU) v. Zlatar (OCU) 8:00am

Isaac Steiner (IWU) v. Blasi (UNOH) 8:00am

Mariano Jalif (IWU) v. Avelianeda (IT) 9:30am

Trey Thixton (IWU) v. Reynolds (IUSE) 9:30am

Leonardo Sprovieri (IWU) v. Galvan (GU) 9:30am

Justo Villanueva (IWU) v. Ilett (MU) 9:30am

Alex Serwatka (IWU) v. Bagnera (HU) 11:00am

Jeremias Rocco (IWU) v. Hare (MVNU) 11:00am

SINGLES B DRAW

Caleb Tripp (IWU) v. Schneider (LT) 3:00pm

Ethan Gray (IWU) v. Mullany (USF) 4:15pm

Jack Fauser (IWU) v. Gomez (GC) 4:15pm

Grant Wayner (IWU) v. Inman (IUSE) 4:15pm

Garrett Dalton (IWU) v. Giles (MU) 5:30pm

IU EAST MGOLF: IU EAST AT RSC FALL PREVIEW – DAY 2 RECAP

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FLORENCE, Ind. – The Red Wolves roared back on Sept. 28.

The Indiana University East men’s golf team used a big second-round surge to finish second at the River States Conference Fall Preview.

IU East posted a Round 2 team score of 287 on the par-71, 6,742-yard layout at Belterra Resort to move up three spots in the final team standings at the 11-team event.

IU East finished with a 36-hole team score of 609. No. 34 Midway University won the team title with a 574.

Jake Miller shot a final-round 72 to finish fourth in the 62-player field. Miller had 16 pars and a birdie in his steady final round.

Kyle Cochran posted the low round of the day with a 68 to rocket 24 spots up the leaderboard to 10th place. Cochran played the last seven holes in seven-under-par, including an eagle on the par-5 No. 18 hole.

Moving up the leaderboard was the theme of the day for most of the Red Wolves. Rafael Beirana shot 73 and moved up 16 spots to finish 15th. Emiliano Tercero carded a 74 and moved up 11 spots to finish 23rd. Sam Roberts improved by seven shots and carded a 78. Playing as an individual, Mason Hahn climbed eight spots on the leaderboard in the final round.

The Red Wolves have now finished first or second in the last four RSC-sponsored events (fall previews and spring conference championships).

Results from the RSC Fall Preview are part of the selection process for the league’s all-conference team and player of the year.

The final event on the IU East fall schedule is the Earlham College Fall Invitational starting Oct. 9 The Red Wolves who did not compete in IU East’s recent out-of-state tournaments will make up the majority of the Red Wolf lineup for the Earlham event.

IU EAST MEN’S TENNIS: IU EAST AT ITA MIDWEST REGIONAL PREVIEW

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The Indiana University East tennis programs compete at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional Championships tournament this week.

The tournament runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 and is hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University. Play begins at 8 a.m. on the first two days of the event, at 9 a.m. on Oct. 1 and at 10 a.m. on Oct. 2.

This singles and doubles event is the biggest in terms of size and arguably the biggest in terms of importance on the IU East fall schedule. The singles and doubles champions from this regional event earn an automatic berth to the 2021 ITA Cup, which is scheduled for Oct. 14-17 in Rome, Ga. Results from this event also will be factored into individual singles and doubles regional rankings.

FOLLOW THE MATCHES

NAIA ITA Midwest Regional matches will be played at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion High School and Taylor University.

The GPS address for Indiana Wesleyan University is 4201 South Washington Street in Marion, Ind.

The GPS address for Marion High School is 750 West 26th Street in Marion, Ind., a few miles from the Indiana Wesleyan campus.

The GPS address for Taylor University is 236 West Reade Avenue, in Upland, Ind., about 12 miles from the Indiana Wesleyan campus.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East has six representatives in the women’s event. Camila Caballero is the No. 11 seed and Linda Marino is the No. 12 seed in the 64-player main draw. Caballero and Marino are the No. 7 seed in the women’s doubles main draw.

* Francisco Faundez and Moises Sosa will represent IU East in the men’s event.

Anderson Women’s Soccer Receives 2020-21 United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Excellence Award

The Anderson University women’s soccer team received the United Soccer Coaches (USC) Team Academic Award for the 2020-21 season, which was announced by the USC on Thursday.

Anderson earned the team academic award for the ninth year in a row. The USC recognized soccer teams that compiled at least a 3.0 team GPA for the 2020-21 season.

“We are proud of the team and appreciate the dedication and commitment both in the classroom and on the field,” Coach Jennifer Myhre said. “We talk about being a champion every day in every way and the classroom is as important as the field. The team has a tradition of academic excellence and it’s great to see them live this out and have their hard work be recognized.”

TRINE WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: No Change in the Women’s Cross Country Regional Rankings in Week 3

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Trine University women’s cross country team remains sixth in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Rankings after week three of competition.

The Thunder were idle this week, much like the rest of the Great Lakes region, resulting in no change for any of the region’s rankings.

There are two competitions on tap this weekend for the Trine cross country program: the Huntington University Invitational on Friday, October 1, and the Louisville Classic at Tom Sawyer Park on Saturday, October 2.

TRINE WSOCCER: Belles No Match for Thunder Offense

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ANGOLA, Ind. — The Trine University women’s soccer team opened the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) portion of their season with a convincing 4-0 victory over the visitors from Saint Mary’s College.

The Thunder struck quickly in the contest coming up with their first goal in just the fourth minute of play. Junior Veronica Ocampo (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Memorial) caused the turnover deep in the team’s offensive zone before circling back and firing a shot from the edge of the penalty box into the top of the net over the outstretched hands of the Belles’ keeper.

The team added their second goal in the waning moments of the half, when freshman Bell Mabry (Oregon, Ohio / Clay) received a pass from junior Andrea Wright (Plainfield, Ind. / Plainfield). Mabry would turn and fire a quick shot on goal that struck true and gave the team a 2-0 lead heading into intermission.

Trine would score again in the 86th minute of the contest. Sophomore Olivia Argentieri (East Amherst, N.Y. / Clarence) fired a shot on goal that the Saint Mary’s keeper turned aside. The rebound went uncleared and junior Grace Meara (St. Louis, Mo. / Linbergh) fired an uncontested shot into the goal.

Meara would score a second goal in the waning seconds of the contest, after collecting a loose ball in the offensive zone and giving the team their final 4-0 lead.

Junior Carmen Sweigard (South Lyon, Mich. / South Lyon) had a relatively quiet night in goal, but came away with two second half saves to keep the Belles off the board and ended the game with a shutout.

The team improves to 10-0-1 overall, extending their win streak to eight tying a program record set by last season’s squad. Trine will travel to face Olivet College on Saturday, Oct. 2 in their next contest. The match is set to start at noon.

TRINE MEN’S TENNIS: Men’s Tennis Defeats Bethel

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ANGOLA, Ind. — The Trine University men’s tennis team finish the fall season with an 8-1 victory over Bethel University.

The Thunder took all three doubles matches to lead 3-0 heading into the singles portion of the day. Junior Aaron Streit (New Paris, Ind. / Fairfield) and sophomore Ryan Smith (Peru, Ind. / Peru) took the No. 1 match 8-3. In the No. 2 match senior Jaxon Davis (Angola, Ind. / Angola) and freshman Caleb Morris (Terre Haute, Ind. / Terre Haute South Vigo) came up with an 8-5 win. Then in the No. 3 match junior Drew Dixon (Fishers, Ind. / Fishers) and freshman Cole Goodman (Eagle, Mich. / Grand Ledge) came up with an 8-3 win.

The team then took five of six matches in the singles portion of the match to win 8-1. Goodman took the No. 1 match 6-4, 6-1 with Streit taking the No. 2 match 6-1, 6-2. In the No. 4 match Smith needed a tiebreaker but came up with the victory 7-6, 5-7, 10-6. The same was true of the No. 5 match where Dixon came up with a 6-1, 4-6, 10-4 win. Morris finished off the victory with a 6-3, 6-1 win in the No. 6 match.

Trine improves to 3-2 following the victory. The dual is the final team event of the fall, but individuals will represent the Thunder at the 2021 ITA Central Regional Championships starting on Friday, Oct. 1.

BETHEL MEN’S SOCCER: Second Half Surge by Scots Tops Royals, 3-1

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – A second half surge of goals got the best of the Bethel University men’s soccer falling to Macalester on the road Tuesday evening, 3-1.

The stat sheet was even throughout the first half, most notably zeros in the scoring column through the first 45 minutes.

Macalester broke the scoreless tie in the 58th minute playing a ball up from the middle third and past the Bethel backline. A centering pass allowed the Scots to fire from point-blank range four yards out and past a diving Colin Hupert. 

The Scots made it 2-0 on a penalty kick opportunity in the 62nd minute.

Keegan Mellema put the Royals back in it with his second goal of the season in the 63rd minute. Braulio Tapia sailed it in from 25 yards towards the back post where Mellema headed it into the lower left part of the frame.

Macalester pushed the lead back to a pair scoring in the 84th minute on a shot just inside the box from the left side.

The Royals return to Ona Orth Athletic Complex Saturday at 12:30 p.m. hosting the College of St. Scholastica for the first time since 2004.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1907       Phillies’ freshman hurler George McQuillan begins his major league career with 25 shutout innings, establishing a rookie record. The 22 year-old right-hander’s mark will not be matched for 101 years until broken by A’s reliever Brad Ziegler, who will extend the record to 39 1/3 innings in 2008.

1908       Allowing only one walk, Ed Walsh wins both ends of a doubleheader to establish an American League record. The Meriden, Connecticut resident beats the Red Sox at Chicago’s South Side Park 5-1 and 2-0.

1908       At Exposition Park, Pittsburgh blanks the Cardinals, 7-0. The last-place Redbirds are shut out for a record 33rd time, averaging more than one whitewash every five games.

1911       Phillies right-hander Pete Alexander sets the modern record for wins for a rookie when he beats the Pirates at Forbes Field, 7-4, recording his 28th victory of the season with a complete-game effort. The 24 year-old freshman surpasses the previous mark established by Russ Ford, who won 26 games last season hurling for the Highlanders.

1913       Senators’ legend Walter Johnson beats the Philadelphia A’s, 1-0, to finish the season with 36 victories. The future Hall of Fame right-hander will toss a record 110 shutouts during his 21 seasons in the major leagues.

1915       The Phillies clinch their first National League pennant when Grover Cleveland Alexander tosses a one-hitter, blanking Boston at Braves Field, 5-0. It will take another 35 years before the franchise wins another flag.

1921       Allen Sothoron establishes a major league record by not yielding a home run during the 178 innings he throws this season. The 28 year-old right-hander, who started the season with the Browns before being sent to the Red Sox for a brief stint, will pitch most of his games with the Indians.

1928       At Navin Field, the Tigers establish a club record, collecting 27 hits in a 19-10 victory over the first-place Yankees. The mark will not be equaled until a 17-7 rout over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium in 2004.

1934       At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D. C., Yankees legend Babe Ruth hits his 659th and final home run wearing pinstripes. The ‘Bambino’ had 49 homers with the Red Sox before coming to New York and will add six additional round-trippers with the Braves before retiring next season.

1935       In his only major league game, Pirates rookie Aubrey Epps goes 3-for-4 in the Bucs’ season finale, a 9-6 loss to Cincinnati at Crosley Field. The 23 year-old catcher, known as Yo-Yo, will finish his one-game big league career with the same batting average (.750) and fielding percentage when he commits two errors in eight chances.

1935       Augie Galan, who makes a league-leading 748 plate appearances while playing the full 154-game schedule, ends the season without hitting into a double play. The Cubs center fielder did line into an eleventh-inning triple play in the team’s 3-2 loss to the Reds in April at Wrigley Field.

1943       Vern Stephens becomes the first player to hit two extra-inning home runs in the same game. The Browns shortstop puts St. Louis ahead with a solo shot in the 11th, and after the Red Sox tie the score in the bottom of the frame, he goes deep again in the 13th with the eventual winning run in the team’s 4-3 victory at Fenway Park.

1945       Paul Gillespie becomes the first of only two players, joined by John Miller in 1966, to hit a home run in their first and last big-league at-bats. The wartime Cubs reserve catcher went deep against the Giants at the Polo Grounds on September 11th, 1942, and ends his career with a two-run round-tripper off Pirate right-hander Rip Swell in the team’s 5-0 victory at Forbes Fields.

1946       On the last day of the campaign, by striking out opposing pitcher Hal Newhouser and four others, Bob Feller establishes a major league record by striking out 348 batters in one season. Future research, however, will show Rube Waddell had struck out 349 in 1904.

1951       Don Newcombe becomes the first black to win twenty games in a season. In a must-win contest for the Dodgers, the right-hander bests Robin Roberts, also a 20-game-winner, when he blanks the Phillies at Shibe Park, 5-0.

1954       Willie Mays gives the glove he used to make one of the most spectacular catches in baseball history, an amazing over-the-shoulder grab that robbed Vic Wertz of an extra-base hit in Game 1 of the World Series, to teammate Don Liddle’s 6-year son. When he gets older, Craig Liddle will use the immortal piece of leather in Little League games.

1954       In a game which will be best remembered for Willie Mays making a spectacular over-the-shoulder grab of a ball hit to deep to center field, robbing Vic Wertz of an extra-base hit, Dusty Rhodes becomes the second player in World Series history to end a game with a homer. The Giants pinch-hitters walk-off three-run home run off Bob Lemon beats the Indians 5-2 in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.

1958       Solly Hemus is traded to St. Louis by the Phillies in exchange for utility infielder Gene Freese. The 36 year-old former Redbird will become the Cardinals’ player-manager for the next three seasons, compiling a 190-192 record.

1959       At the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers capture the NL flag with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves, taking the first two games of the three-game playoff necessitated by the teams tied on the last day of the season. The deciding run comes in the bottom of the 12th inning after the first two batters make outs when Gil Hodges walks and scores on singles by Joe Pignatano and Carl Furillo.

1961       Johnny Blanchard’s ninth-inning single plates Roger Maris, giving the Yankees a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Red Sox. The super-sub, playing right field today, hit his 21st home run of the season in the fourth inning off Boston’s complete-game loser Bill Monbouquette, accounting for New York’s other run.

1961       Whitey Ford goes six innings for the victory in the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Red Sox to finish the season with a 25-4 record. ‘Slick’ hurls 283 innings during the campaign without allowing a stolen base.

1962       Branch Rickey, returning to the Cardinals for the second time in his long career, is given the title of senior consultant for player development. In this role, the ‘Mahatma’ will have the power to make deals but is asked by team owner Gussie Busch to confer with general manager Bing Devine on a regular basis.

1963       In his last game, Stan Musial helps the Cardinals beat the Reds, 3-2 at Busch Stadium, getting two hits in his final three at-bats. The ‘Man’ will retire with 3,630 hits, during his 22-year tenure with the Redbirds, collecting 1,815 in St. Louis, and the other 1,815 on the road.

1963       On the final day of the season, John Paciorek, brother of Tom and Jim, goes 3-for-3, driving in three runs and scoring four times in his big league debut as Houston routs the Mets at Colt Stadium, 13-4. The 18 year-old Colt .45’s right fielder, who also makes two outstanding defensive catches, will never again play in a big-league game due to severe back problems.

1964       Masanori Murakami becomes the first player born in Japan to win a major league game. At Candlestick Park, the 20-year-old southpaw one-hits the Colt .45’s over three innings, and the Otsuki native gets the victory when Matty Alou, who hasn’t homered in two years, goes deep to give the Giants a dramatic walk-off 5-4 win in the bottom of the 11th inning.

1964       At a press conference, the Mets announce Casey Stengel, the only skipper the franchise has ever known, will continue to manage next season. Although the expansion team has finished last in all three years of its existence, the ‘Old Perfessor’ receives a raise.

1968       Ahead of Matty Alou by a slim percentage point on the last day of the season, Reds right fielder Pete Rose wins the batting title, going 1-for-3, to keep his average at .335 while the Pirates outfielder is hitless in four trips to the plate, finishing the year with a BA of .332. Yesterday, the batting crown rivals collectively went 9-for-9 in their respective games.

1968       In a pregame ceremony with Harry Caray as the master of ceremonies, the Cardinals honor retiring outfielder Roger Maris. The former two-time MVP with the Yankees, who has never had his accomplishments recognized in the Bronx, thanks the friendly Busch Stadium crowd and the team, remarking that his two seasons in St. Louis were his “most enjoyable years in baseball.”

1968       After the A’s drop a 4-3 decision to Minnesota, Charlie Finley fires Oakland manager Bob Kennedy on the last day of the season. The A’s owner, who has dismissed eight skippers in eight years, rehires Hank Bauer, who guided the team to ninth-places finishes in 1961 and 1962 when the club played in Kansas City.

1968       Carl Yastrzemski captures his second consecutive batting crown. The 29 year-old Red Sox outfielder’s .301 mark is the lowest average ever posted in the American League to win the title.

1969       Going deep off Senator hurler Jim Shellenback, Rico Petrocelli becomes the first shortstop in American League history to hit 40 home runs in a season. The Red Sox infielder’s record will stand until 1998 when Alex Rodriguez blasts 42 bombs with the Mariners.

1971       Expos second baseman Ron Hunt is plunked by a pitch for the 50th time of the season, establishing a big-league record. By comparison, the runner-up in the league, teammate Rusty Staub, will be hit by a pitch only nine times.

1973       Hank Aaron takes Houston’s Jerry Reuss deep for his 40th home run of the season in the Braves’ 7-0 victory at Atlanta Stadium. ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ joins teammates Davey Johnson and Darrell Evans in reaching the milestone, making them the first trio to accomplish the feat for the same club.

1973       Steve Carlton, who won 27 games for the cellar-dwelling Phillies last year, suffers his 20th loss of the season when the Cardinals beat Philadelphia, 7-1. ‘Lefty’ will post a 13-20 record, along with a 3.90 ERA for the last-place team.

1976       Tommy Lasorda is named to succeed Walter Alston as the Dodger manager. ‘Smokey’ compiled a 2040-1613 record (.558) during his 23-year tenure with the club, winning seven pennants and four world championships.

1977       Win a 6-3 victory over the Angels at Royals Stadium, Kansas City reaches the 100-win mark for the first time in the franchise’s nine-year history. The eventual American League Western Division champions will finish the regular season with 102 victories.

1979       Manny Mota sets a major league record with his 146th career pinch-hit, a single to right field, in LA’s 6-2 victory over Chicago at Dodger Stadium. The Dominican Republic native surpasses the record set by Smoky Burgess, who collected his last hit as a pinch-hitter in 1967.

1983       In a game that lasts only two hours and twenty minutes, Mike Warren, in his last start of the season no-hits the White Sox, 3-0, in front of 9,058 fans at the Oakland Coliseum. The 22 year-old right-hander from California, who will win only four more games in his three-year career, is the 15th rookie to throw a no-hitter.

1986       In his first visit to a big-league ballpark, Jay Bell hits the first pitch he sees in the major leagues for a home run off Minnesota hurler Bert Blyleven, the player traded for him last season. The Twins right-hander’s gopher ball to the Indians rookie shortstop breaks Robin Roberts’s infamous record when he serves up his 47th gopher ball this season.

1986       Mike and Greg Maddux become the first siblings to start a game against one another. In the rookie match-up, Cubs’ righty Greg beats his older brother and the Phillies in the ‘City of Brotherly Love,’ 6-3.

1987       Don Mattingly sets a major league record by hitting his sixth grand slam of the season, surpassing the mark shared by Ernie Banks (1955 Cubs) and Jim Gentile (1961 Orioles). Remarkably, the Yankees’ first baseman will not hit any other round-trippers with the bases loaded during his entire 14-year career.

1993       George Brett plays his last game at Kauffman Stadium, and after the Royals’ 3-2 ninth-inning walk-off victory, a post-game ceremony pays tribute to the future Hall of Famer. After the ceremony, with fireworks lighting up the sky, the KC third baseman circles the stadium in a golf cart and then kneels and kisses home plate.

1996       Two weeks after the Rangers retire Nolan Ryan’s number, the Astros follow suit and honor the ‘Ryan Express’ by retiring his #34. The right-handed fireballer played nine seasons for Houston, striking out a total of 1,866 batters en route to winning 106 games that included his 5th no-hitter against L.A. in 1981.

1996       During a 4-1 loss at the SkyDome, Orioles’ center fielder Brady Anderson becomes the 14th player to hit 50 home runs in a season. The power surge comes as a surprise, given the Baltimore leadoff hitter’s previous season-high was only 21 round-trippers.

1996       Hitting his 40th homer, Rockies third baseman Vinny Castilla joins Andres Galarraga (47) and Ellis Burks (40) to become the first trio of teammates in 23 years to hit 40 homers for one team. Davey Johnson (43), Darrell Evans (41), and Hank Aaron (40) accomplished the feat for the Braves in 1973.

1996       Although he is four shy of the necessary 502 plate appearances requirement, Tony Gwynn, hitting .353, is given the National League’s batting crown using the Oh-fer Clause, which has been in the rule book for 30 years but never invoked. The addition of four mythical hitless at-bats would leave the Padres outfielder with a .349 average, still five points better than the runner-up Ellis Burks of the Rockies.

1998       At Jacobs Field, Pedro Martinez snaps Boston’s span of 13 consecutive postseason losses by beating the Indians, 11-3, in Game 1 of the ALDS. Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn contributes to the victory with two homers and ties an LDS record with seven RBIs, but the team will begin a new streak when they drop the series’s final three contests.

1999       Doug Glanville becomes the first Phillie player to collect 200 hits in a season since Pete Rose accomplished the feat twenty years ago. The center fielder reaches the milestone with a fourth-inning three-run home run off Micah Bowie in Philadelphia’s 5-0 victory over Chicago at Veterans Stadium.

2000       Gary Sheffield ties the Dodgers’ franchise single-season home run record when he goes deep off Woody Williams in the team’s 3-0 victory over San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium. With his career-best 43rd round-tripper, the left fielder now shares the team mark with Duke Snider, who established the record in 1956 when he played for Brooklyn.

2001       Astros’ starter Dave Mlicki gives up homers on three consecutive pitches to Fred McGriff, Rondell White, and Todd Hundley. The back-to-back-to-back homers, which come in the first inning with two outs, enable the Cubs to beat Houston at Wrigley Field, 6-2.

2001       Mariners’ outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 234th hit of the season, breaking ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson’s 1911 rookie record for the most in a season. The historic knock also ties the 1985 major league mark for singles in a season, established by Wade Boggs with 187, playing with the Red Sox.

2001       Miguel Tejada’s seventh-inning grand slam makes him the 15th player in A’s history to hit for the cycle. The slugging shortstop had tripled in the first inning, singled in the third, and doubled in the sixth.

2002       On the last day of the season, the Braves use 24 players, with the Mets using 21 to tie the major league record for the most players employed in a nine-inning game. The Expos and the Cubs also combined to use 45 players on September 5th, 1978.

2002       Barry Bonds sets a new season mark for on-base percentage with a .582 OBP. The 38 year-old Giant left fielder, who became the oldest first-time winner of a batting title, hitting .370, easily surpassed the 1941 mark established by Ted Williams with a .553 OBP.

2004       With the Braves beating the Mets 6-3, Bobby Cox becomes the ninth manager in baseball history to win 2,000 games. The other skippers who have reached this milestone are in the Hall of Fame, except for Tony La Russa, who is still actively managing the Cardinals.

2004       Major League Baseball announces Washington, D.C. will become the Montreal Expos’ new home in time for the 2005 season. The nation’s capital, chosen over finalists including Las Vegas and Northern Virginia, will have baseball for the first time in 33 years since the expansion Senators left in 1971 to become the Texas Rangers.

2004       Hours after MLB’s announcement of the franchise’s impending shift to Washington, D.C., the Expos played their final game in Montreal, a 9-1 loss to Florida before 31,395 enthusiastic fans at Olympic Stadium. As part of the ceremonies, the team commemorates their unfinished 1994 season by unfurling a banner that reads “1994 Meilleure quipe du Baseball/Best Team in Baseball,” a reference to the club’s 74-40 record before the work stoppage ended the season and the city’s hopes of playing in a World Series.

2005       Staving off what would have been one of the worst collapses in baseball history, the White Sox clinch their first American League Central title since 2000, beating the Tigers at Detroit’s Comerica Park, 4-2. The Pale Hose had watched their 15-game lead on August 1 shrink to only a game and a half over the rampaging Indians.

2005       Jhonny Peralta sets a new club record for home runs hit by an Indian shortstop. The 24 year-old’s third-inning blast against the Devil Rays gives the Dominican his 24th round-tripper of the season, one more than Woodie Held hit in 1961.

2007       During the sixth inning of a 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto, Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon pulls Delmon Young out of the lineup for showing “blatant disrespect” for the game and the team by not running hard to first base. The 21-year-old outfielder responds with a profanity-laced tirade, claiming he was unfairly singled out and says he will not play in tomorrow’s season finale, making it the only game in the 162-game season he will miss.

2007       One out away from clinching a playoff berth, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman gives up a game-tying pinch-hit triple to Tony Gwynn Jr, a former teammate’s son who he used to babysit. The Padres will lose the game as well as tomorrow’s season finale, resulting in a one-game playoff loss to Colorado that keeps the team out of the postseason.

2010       At the Ballpark in Arlington, with the Seattle-Texas game tied 5-5 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Nelson Cruz strikes out, apparently sending the game into extra innings. The third strike turns out to be a wild pitch, and when the catcher makes an errant throw to first base trying to complete the putout, Mitch Moreland, the baserunner already on first, scores the winning run, giving the Rangers a 6-5 victory on a walk-off strikeout.

2012       With a 6-4 win in St. Louis, the Nationals establish a franchise record with their 96th victory of the season. In 1979, playing as the Expos, representing Montreal, the team won 95 games, finishing the season two games behind Pittsburgh.

2013       With 13 combined K’s in the season finale, the Tigers pitchers end the season with 1,428 to establish the major league record for strikeouts by a team, surpassing a mark set by the 2003 Cubs. Detroit’s starting rotation features Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Anibal Sanchez, who all have struck out 200+ batters this season.

2013       The Rangers and Rays both win on the last day of the season to force a one-game tiebreaker for the second AL wild-card spot. Texas, who won its last seven games, will host Tampa Bay in the 163rd game of the season, with the winner playing the Indians in a third consecutive do-or-die game.

2019       In the season finale against the Royals, the Twins win the home run race en route to setting an all-time record with 307 long balls, one more the Yankees. Although Minnesota didn’t win the contest, round-trippers by C.J. Cron, Jake Cave, and Jason Castro overcome the Bronx Bombers’ total of 306, including today’s four-bagger hit by New York slugger Aaron Judge.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Tampa Bay9760.61852 – 2945 – 3149 – 2419 – 1314 – 186 – 4L 1
NY Yankees9067.573745 – 3345 – 3434 – 3722 – 1022 – 128 – 2W 7
Boston8869.561949 – 3239 – 3740 – 3420 – 1315 – 186 – 4L 4
Toronto8770.5541043 – 3244 – 3838 – 3319 – 1516 – 165 – 5L 1
Baltimore51106.3254626 – 5325 – 5319 – 5210 – 2415 – 174 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Chi White Sox9068.57050 – 2740 – 4119 – 1442 – 3116 – 176 – 4W 3
Cleveland7780.49012.540 – 4137 – 3913 – 2142 – 3213 – 164 – 6L 1
Detroit7582.47814.542 – 3933 – 4318 – 1428 – 4318 – 165 – 5L 3
Kansas City7285.45917.537 – 3935 – 4612 – 2134 – 3714 – 196 – 4W 1
Minnesota7087.44619.537 – 4233 – 4513 – 2034 – 3713 – 206 – 4W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston9265.58648 – 2844 – 3717 – 1219 – 1647 – 265 – 5W 1
Seattle8870.5574.544 – 3344 – 3719 – 1515 – 1745 – 279 – 1W 3
Oakland8573.5387.543 – 3842 – 3515 – 1823 – 1036 – 364 – 6L 2
LA Angels7483.4711840 – 4234 – 4116 – 1721 – 1226 – 452 – 8L 2
Texas5899.3693434 – 4224 – 5714 – 2010 – 1927 – 474 – 6W 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta8472.53838 – 3746 – 3541 – 3022 – 1215 – 168 – 2W 4
Philadelphia8176.5163.547 – 3434 – 4240 – 3120 – 1413 – 196 – 4L 2
NY Mets7582.4789.546 – 3329 – 4937 – 3413 – 2016 – 173 – 7W 2
Washington6593.4112035 – 4330 – 5030 – 4614 – 1811 – 225 – 5L 1
Miami6493.40820.540 – 3824 – 5532 – 3912 – 2017 – 172 – 8L 7
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Milwaukee9463.59945 – 3649 – 2717 – 1446 – 2823 – 94 – 6L 1
Y-St. Louis8869.561643 – 3345 – 3617 – 1640 – 3120 – 1310 – 0W 17
Cincinnati8276.51912.544 – 3738 – 3920 – 1342 – 3111 – 225 – 5L 1
Chi Cubs6790.4272739 – 4228 – 4813 – 2131 – 4017 – 151 – 9L 7
Pittsburgh5998.3763535 – 4124 – 5717 – 1721 – 5011 – 214 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco10354.65650 – 2653 – 2821 – 1120 – 1449 – 228 – 2W 4
Y-LA Dodgers10156.643253 – 2348 – 3324 – 917 – 1348 – 267 – 3W 2
San Diego7879.4972545 – 3633 – 4315 – 1816 – 1733 – 381 – 9L 4
Colorado7285.4593147 – 3325 – 5218 – 1314 – 1930 – 433 – 7W 1
Arizona50107.3185330 – 4820 – 5913 – 2113 – 1920 – 513 – 7L 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills210.6670.094441-1-01-0-01-1-01-0-02 W
Miami Dolphins120.3331.045820-1-01-1-01-2-01-1-02 L
New England Patriots120.3331.054510-2-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 L
New York Jets030.0002.020700-1-00-2-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders3001.0000.090722-0-01-0-03-0-00-0-03 W
Denver Broncos3001.0000.076261-0-02-0-02-0-00-0-03 W
Los Angeles Chargers210.6671.067600-1-02-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs120.3332.092951-1-00-1-01-2-00-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals210.6670.068541-0-01-1-01-0-01-0-01 W
Baltimore Ravens210.6670.082851-0-01-1-01-1-00-0-02 W
Cleveland Browns210.6670.086602-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers120.3331.050660-2-01-0-01-2-00-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans210.6670.071841-1-01-0-01-0-01-0-02 W
Houston Texans120.3331.067761-1-00-1-01-1-01-0-02 L
Indianapolis Colts030.0002.056800-2-00-1-00-1-00-1-03 L
Jacksonville Jaguars030.0002.053910-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys210.6670.090691-0-01-1-01-1-01-0-02 W
Washington Football Team120.3331.067921-1-00-1-01-0-01-0-01 L
Philadelphia Eagles120.3331.064640-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-02 L
New York Giants030.0002.056740-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Rams3001.0000.095622-0-01-0-02-0-00-0-03 W
Arizona Cardinals3001.0000.0103651-0-02-0-01-0-00-0-03 W
San Francisco 49ers210.6671.086740-1-02-0-02-1-00-0-01 L
Seattle Seahawks120.3332.075790-1-01-1-00-1-00-0-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers210.6670.068831-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears120.3331.040771-0-00-2-00-1-00-0-01 L
Minnesota Vikings120.3331.087781-0-00-2-01-1-00-0-01 W
Detroit Lions030.0002.067950-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Carolina Panthers3001.0000.069302-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-03 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers210.6671.0103882-0-00-1-02-1-01-0-01 L
New Orleans Saints210.6671.073421-0-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
Atlanta Falcons120.3332.048940-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 

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

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England28195453332011-2-18-3-362
Nashville SC26111234424208-6-03-6-345
New York City FC2611694430148-2-33-4-639
Philadelphia251087322578-3-32-5-438
Orlando City SC2610883738-17-4-23-4-638
D.C.2611411453879-0-32-4-837
CF Montreal261079373257-3-23-4-737
Atlanta26998353147-3-32-6-536
Columbus2797113236-47-3-32-4-834
Inter Miami CF2595112540-155-2-74-3-432
New York258611312925-4-33-2-830
Chicago2766152643-175-5-51-1-1024
FC Cincinnati2548132648-221-5-53-3-820
Toronto FC2647152851-232-5-42-2-1119
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2514653821176-4-38-2-248
Sporting KC2613764428167-5-26-2-446
Colorado2512943524116-6-16-3-345
Portland26124104243-18-2-34-2-740
Los Angeles26115103742-57-2-44-3-638
Minnesota251078292908-2-32-5-537
Real Salt Lake2610610424117-4-23-2-836
Los Angeles FC269611383806-5-23-1-933
Vancouver258983134-37-2-41-7-433
San Jose268993438-44-3-64-6-333
FC Dallas2769123844-64-6-22-3-1027
Houston27511113141-105-5-30-6-826
Austin2664162740-134-2-72-2-922

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference