HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

LEWIS CASS 7 LOGANSPORT 5

CARMEL 4 HARRISON 2

CENTERVILLE 7 LAPEL 6….BULLDOGS: scored 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh for the win… Jacob Crowe 2-4 2RBI…Collin Clark 1-2 2RBI… Jamari Pamplin 3-3 RBI

WINCHESTER 14 MUNCIE BURRIS 1

WES-DEL 13 LINCOLN 3….WES-DEL scored 12 runs in the first 2 innings

NORTHEASTERN 5 UNION CITY 3….

MT. VERNON 5 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 2

EAST CENTRAL 14 GREENSBURG 1

CONNERSVILLE 6 SOUTH DEARBORN 3

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

HARRISON 3 BENTON CENTRAL 2

EASTERN HANCOCK 15 ANDERSON 3

McCUTCHEON 17 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0

LAFAYETTE JEFF 11 NORTH NEWTON 4

LOGANSPORT 6 NORTHWESTERN 4

HAGERSTOWN 12 NORTHEASTERN 4….TIGERS: Marissa Slagle 3-5 3R 3RBI… Kyley Farmer 2-3 3RBI…. Hayley Harris 3-3 3R…. Tori Kelley 2-5 RBI…. Meghan Dale RBI….Hannah Pyle RBI… Heather Eales 2-4 RBI….STARTING PITCHING: Hannah Pyle 5.1IP 3H 4R 3ER 8K

WINCHESTER 17 CENTERVILLE 16….BULLDOGS: Bri Shephard 2-4 3RBI…. Shaellyn Bennett 4-5 3R 3RBI….. Drew Tubesing 2-4 3RBI 2R…. Haylee Parker 2-5 2RBI…. Harmony Owens 2RBI…. Jocie Collins 2-5 RBI…. Graci Plyley 2-4 RBI

LINCOLN 5 CONNERSVILLE 4…GOLDEN EAGLES scored 5 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to overcome a 3-0 deficit

TRI 6 WES-DEL 1

EAST CENTRAL 9 LAWRENCEBURG 0

EAST CENTRAL 15 LAWRENCEBURG 2

MOUNT VERNON 8 CHATARD 0

YORKTOWN 3 GREENFIELD CENTRAL 2

SOUTH DEARBORN 9 FRANKLIN COUNTY 2

SHELBYVILLE 12 INDIAN CREEK 2

NEW PALESTINE 6 PENDLETON 0

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

RICHMOND 5 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 0

CENTERVILLE 4 NORTHEASTERN 1

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Interleague
Toronto8Final
Atlanta4
American League
Kansas City3Final
Detroit4
 
Minnesota2Final
Chi White Sox4
 
Oakland1Final
Boston8
 
NY Yankees1Final
Tampa Bay9
 
Texas3Final
11
Houston4
 
Cleveland4Final
Seattle2
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Philadelphia1Final
Washington5
 
St. Louis2Final
Milwaukee0
 
San Francisco3Final
Pittsburgh1
 
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Colorado13
 
Miami5Final
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Milwaukee142Final
Indiana133
 
LA Clippers113Final
Charlotte90
 
Orlando93Final
Atlanta116
 
Philadelphia94Final
Miami106
 
San Antonio98Final
New York102
 
Toronto102Final
Chicago114
 
Denver114Final
Minnesota103
 
Sacramento110Final
Memphis116
DESMOND BANE 7PTS 3REB  
 
Portland117Final
Phoenix118

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NHL

Minnesota3Final
St. Louis7
 
VancouverPostponed
Edmonton
 
Vancouver1Final
Calgary4
 
Los Angeles1Final
Colorado5

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Antetokounmpo, Bucks roll past short-handed Pacers, 142-133

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had so many powerful dunks on Thursday night, he tried to be mindful about not expending energy in celebrating too much.

At the end of a demanding NBA regular season, the two-time MVP concedes there’s fatigue, even after he dominated with 40 points, 15 rebounds and six assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 142-133 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

“I just feel so much adrenaline, and I’ve got to let it out,” Antetokounmpo said about his array of dunks. “(But) I’m trying to save as much energy as I can.”

He threw down six uncontested dunks against a Pacers squad missing four starters and then saw All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis exit with a quad injury in the third quarter. That freed up room for Antetokounmpo to make 14 of 18 shots from the field. And he continually got fouled, which led to hitting 11 of 16 free throws.

The Bucks opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run.

“I thought that start was the key to the game,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

Antetokounmpo had 11 points in the quarter, after which the visitors had a 13-point cushion. Coupled with center Brook Lopez scoring 21 inside, the Bucks had a 78-50 edge in points in the paint.

“He was trying to make a statement,” Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday said about Antetokounmpo. “I love the energy.”

The Bucks moved within a game of the Brooklyn Nets for the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 playoff seed.

Khris Middleton added 22 points and Holiday finished with 20 points and 14 assists.

The Pacers dressed just 10 players, then lost Sabonis after he took a knee to the quad. He had 10 points, 14 assists and six rebounds, and wanted to keep playing. But the team played it safe.

“It was a precautionary thing,” Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren said.

Indiana kept pace for a half with 3-pointers. Justin Holiday, Jrue’s older brother, hit six in the first quarter as the home team took a 39-38 lead into the break. He didn’t hit one in the second quarter, but the Pacers had 13 3s by halftime and trailed just 69-66.

“He had a good game, but I don’t think they had enough firepower,” Jrue Holiday said of Justin. “Even though they had more 3s, we had a lot more of everything else.”

Justin Holiday led the Pacers with 26 points. T.J. McConnell added 23, and Doug McDermott and Oshae Brissett each had 19.

Booker hits late free throws, Suns top Trail Blazers 118-117

PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker wasn’t at his best Thursday night. Regardless, there was no question he was getting the ball with the game on the line.

Booker received the inbounds pass, was fouled and made two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to give the Phoenix Suns a 118-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Booker scored 18 points on just 5-of-17 shooting, but coach Monty Williams put the game in his hands after Portland’s Robert Covington missed two free throws with 4.4 seconds left and the Trail Blazers up by one.

Booker got the ball off a screen and was fouled by Norman Powell. Two free throws later, the Suns had secured the win, which moved them within one game of the Utah Jazz for the No. 1 seed in the NBA and the Western Conference with two games remaining.

“It takes mental toughness, stamina, all the things we talk about to make a play in those moments after you haven’t shot it well,” Williams said. “It happens, but the great ones have a short memory. I think he knew I was going to come to him in that moment, either him or Chris Paul) and he produced.”

C.J. McCollum missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer for Portland.

Paul led Phoenix with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting and Mikal Bridges had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 41 points on 16-of-23 shooting for Portland, which had its five-game winning streak stopped. McCollum had 27 points. But Portland’s bench scored just 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Carmelo Anthony scored five points while shooting 1 of 7.

The Trail Blazers, who were playing the second of a back-to-back after beating Utah on Wednesday night, dropped into the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, a half-game back of Dallas with two games to play.

The Suns, who had lost three of four coming in, avoided their first three-game skid of the season.

Phoenix played without center Deandre Ayton, who missed his first game of the season with a sore left knee. Williams declined to provide any details about Ayton’s injury before the game, saying only that he “came in sore today.” The Suns started Dario Saric in Ayton’s place, yet Phoenix outrebounded Portland 42-33 and allowed the Trail Blazers to grab just one offensive rebound.

“It speaks to the toughness of our guys and ability to lock into a game plan,” Williams said. “It also speaks to how rebounding translates into winning when you don’t give a team extra possessions, especially how lethal this team is.”

The Suns turned what had been a tight game into an 85-77 lead heading into the fourth quarter, thanks to reserve forward Torrey Craig, who scored 10 points in the final 2:07 of the third quarter. Craig hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark the run.

Backup point guard Cam Payne scored 21 points for the Suns, including

11 in the third quarter, and also collected six rebounds and five assists.

“I was just being aggressive,” Payne said. “I knocked down some big-time shots. That just comes from being aggressive and having confidence every night.”

Heat stay No. 5 in the East, roll past 76ers 106-94

MIAMI (AP) Jimmy Butler likes Miami’s chances against anybody in a seven-game playoff series.

The Heat showed why Thursday night.

And they showed a little fight, too.

Butler scored 21 points, Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Heat held onto the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 106-94 on Thursday night.

“Nobody intimidates us,” Butler said.

Tyler Herro scored 18 points, Goran Dragic had 15 and Kendrick Nunn added 13. Miami captain Udonis Haslem got his first minutes of the season in the first half, scoring four points and getting ejected with two technical fouls in just under three minutes after going nose-to-nose with Dwight Howard.

“That’s my favorite moment of the season so far,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Just excessive passion, competitiveness and anger. Just love it. And that’s why we roll with UD. Everybody in that locker room just has great respect and love for him.”

Tobias Harris scored 21 points, Shake Milton added 12 and Danny Green had 11 for Philadelphia, which could have wrapped up the East’s No. 1 seed with a win. MVP candidate Joel Embiid, who was dealing with the flu earlier in the week, managed only six points on 3-for-9 shooting.

“I just didn’t think we were ready to play the game tonight,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “You could see it early. Everything hurt us; their man hurt us, their zone hurt us, our defense hurt us. … They got everything they wanted, moved faster, ran harder. South Beach is very tough.”

Philadelphia (47-23) goes home for its final two games of the season, both against Orlando, one Friday and one Sunday. Win either of those, and no matter what Brooklyn or Milwaukee do the rest of the way the 76ers will be the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time since 2001.

“Obviously, when you have an opportunity to clinch No. 1, it’s an added feel of `we’ve got to do it, we’ve got to do it’ and sometimes you lose sight of what really needs to get done,” Harris said. “For us, it’s just to lock in, play the game … and get that off our back.”

Miami is 39-31, a half-game behind No. 4 Atlanta (40-31) and tied with No. 6 New York. The Hawks hold a tiebreaker over the Heat; the Heat hold a tiebreaker over the Knicks, who kept pace with a win over San Antonio.

This one was never close. Miami led 38-22 in the first quarter, the last of those points coming on Haslem’s first basket of the season. He was ejected early in the second after exchanging words with Howard – not long after he tried to play peacemaker when Embiid and Miami’s Trevor Ariza got into a back-and-forth.

“A great memory,” Haslem said.

Ariza got rolled up on by a tumbling Embiid and hurt his ankle, briefly leaving the game. Ariza took exception to the play but was able to eventually return; they talked it out in a calmer fashion at halftime.

Miami led by 22 in the first half, didn’t let the lead fall below 17 in the third and stretched the margin to 26 early in the fourth.

George scores 20, Clippers roll past slumping Hornets 113-90

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Paul George had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Reggie Jackson added 19 points off the bench on five 3-pointers and the Los Angeles Clippers handed the slumping Charlotte Hornets their fourth loss in the last five games, 113-90 on Thursday night.

Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who are jockeying for playoff position in the Western Conference. The Clippers (47-23) remain in third place, one game ahead of the Denver Nuggets with two games remaining.

The NBA’s best 3-point shooting team this season lived up to expectations as the Clippers made 21 of 45 shots from beyond the arc.

“We have been shooting it great all year,” Leonard said. “I’m just happy guys are being aggressive and making the right play. (The Hornets) were packing the paint and we had a lot of double teams, so once we kicked it out, we were knocking down shots.”

The Hornets used several defenses to mix it up, including a zone. Nothing seemed to work in the second half.

“We tried a number of things to keep them off balance,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “But they have another gear they can get to and they did it that second half.”

LaMelo Ball had 18 points and seven assists for the Hornets (33-37) in their regular-season home finale. Charlotte never really had a chance with guards Terry Rozier and Devonte Graham combining to shoot 4 of 20 from the field and 2 of 13 from beyond the arc.

Despite the loss, the Hornets remained tied with the Indiana Pacers for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, but own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Indiana.

Former Hornets forward Nic Batum, who was booed relentlessly by fans during the game, gave the Clippers some breathing room with back-to-back 3-pointers to close out the third quarter and give the Clippers an 84-77 lead.

“I just let the game come to me,” Batum said. “I don’t care if I take six or eight shots. I’m just trying to take the correct shot.”

Los Angeles stayed hot in the fourth quarter, using drives and kickouts to knock down open 3s and build a 21-point lead, sending fans streaming to the exits with about 4 minutes remaining in the game. The Clippers outscored the Hornets 29-13 in the fourth quarter.

“We’re searching for answers,” Borrego said. “We’re looking for lineups, we’re looking for shot-making and we’ve gone dry in a lot of these fourth quarters.”

The Clippers’ bench outscored the Hornets 52-32.

Bogdanovich scores 27 points, Hawks breeze past Magic

ATLANTA (AP) Bogdan Bogdanovich scored 27 points, Trae Young added 18 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 116-93 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.

Clint Capela added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks a day after they clinched their first playoff berth since 2016-17. Atlanta has the NBA’s longest active home winning streak at 10 games and has won 18 of its last 20 at State Farm Arena.

Beginning the night fourth in the Eastern Conference with a game remaining, the Hawks improved to 26-11 overall since March 1 – when Nate McMillan took over as interim head coach – the highest victory total in the East over that span.

Atlanta led 81-55 on John Collins’ straightaway 3, and the Magic never got within 17 in the second half. The lead swelled to 30 on Bogdanovich’s free throws midway through the third and was trimmed to 22 entering the fourth.

The Hawks, winning for the sixth in the last seven games, rested their starters in the fourth quarter.

R.J. Hampton led the Magic with 15 points.

Bogdanovich was 9 for 12 from the field, 4 for 7 on 3s.

Burks scores 30, rallies Knicks past Spurs, 102-98

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks want to start their postseason in Madison Square Garden.

“We definitely want that fourth seed,” RJ Barrett said. “We want that home court.”

The San Antonio Spurs just want to get in, and they’ll have a chance.

Alec Burks scored a season-high 30 points in his return from a three-game absence and the Knicks kept up their chase of the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference by rallying to beat the Spurs 102-98 on Thursday night.

Julius Randle had 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Knicks, who are a half-game behind Atlanta as they battle the Hawks and Miami for the final home-court position in the East.

Both Atlanta and Miami won, and Randle said he was scoreboard watching.

“People who say they’re not watching are liars,” Randle said.

Barrett scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half for the Knicks, who clinched their first postseason berth since 2013 on Wednesday when Boston lost in Cleveland. The Knicks acknowledged the achievement on the overhead video board during a timeout in the first quarter, drawing a cheer from the crowd.

DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points for the Spurs, who despite losing for the second straight night clinched the final spot in the Western Conference play-in tournament when Sacramento lost to Memphis.

San Antonio missed the playoffs last year after an NBA record-tying streak of 22 straight appearances starting in 1998.

“You’re fighting for your life now. It’s really win or go home after these next two games,” DeRozan said.

San Antonio opened a 17-point lead in the third quarter, but struggled to contain Burks and Barrett.

Burks, converted a tiebreaking three-point play that made it 93-90 with 3:16 left. DeRozan made a basket, but Burks followed with a 3-pointer for a four-point lead, and he sank a pair of free throws with 7.7 seconds to go after the Spurs cut it to one.

Burks missed three games with a bruised left knee after previously being sidelined for coronavirus health and safety reasons. He said he tested positive but had no symptoms, having previously been vaccinated.

“It’s been crazy,” Burks said. “I’m just glad to be back playing with my teammates and I’m just ready to help any way I can in the playoffs.”

Fuentes, Gonzalez shine as Rockies hold off Reds 13-8

DENVER (AP) Josh Fuentes homered for the second straight game to back seven shutout innings from Chi Chi Gonzalez, and the Colorado Rockies held on for a 13-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.

Gonzalez (2-1) scattered four hits in his longest outing of the season. He struck out two, walked one and was pulled after 88 pitches.

“He threw some quality pitches early in the count, got some quick outs,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “The ball-strike ratio was great. He was around the plate. The best version of Chi Chi is what you saw tonight.”

Jonathan India and pinch-hitter Tyler Stephenson homered late for the Reds, who shaved a 10-0 deficit to 10-8 with eight runs in the eighth.

Fuentes hit a two-run shot in the first inning off Luis Castillo, then added an RBI single in Colorado’s five-run fourth and another in the sixth to set a career high with four RBIs. Connor Joe had two hits and three RBIs to help the Rockies open the four-game series with a win.

Castillo (1-5), the Reds’ opening day starter, allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is 0-4 in his last six starts.

“He’s really close. He’s throwing sinkers at 97 (mph) tonight, which is a major plus for him, a major plus for us as a ballclub,” Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “We’re all trying as hard as we possibly can to get him out of this and it’s going to come soon. Tonight’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

Cincinnati rallied in the eighth against Colorado’s bullpen. Stephenson hit a two-run homer, and five straight singles made it 10-5. India, who started the inning with a single, hit a three-run homer to pull the Reds within two.

“It was a good inning, made a great run and made a game of it,” manager David Bell said. “It could have been an incredible comeback if we would have won it, but it still was a great effort.”

Colorado scored three times in the bottom of the inning, the last on a solo homer by Garrett Hampson.

Plesac takes no-hitter into 8th as Indians top Mariners 4-2

SEATTLE (AP) Zach Plesac’s day started with a frantic search for a pair of cleats after learning he’d left his normal road spikes behind in Cleveland.

After a replacement pair was found, Plesac came within six outs of ending the longest no-hitter drought in the majors.

“I felt the energy of it happening,” Plesac said. “You could feel it in the air, really.”

Plesac took his no-hit bid into the eighth inning, nearly throwing Cleveland’s first no-no in 40 years, and the Indians held on for a 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

The anticipated debuts of Seattle prospects Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert were overshadowed by a masterful pitching performance from Plesac.

His attempt at Cleveland’s first no-hitter since 1981 ended when J.P. Crawford led off the eighth with a line-drive single that just cleared the glove of leaping shortstop Amed Rosario. It came on a changeup that had baffled Seattle’s hitters for most of the night.

This one stayed up in the zone and ended Plesac’s shot at history.

“I made a couple good pitches to J.P., and then my change, it was working for me all night so I felt comfortable throwing it,” Plesac said. “But I just kind of spun through instead of getting through and it kind of stayed over the plate, allowed him to get the bat on it.”

Plesac (3-3) lost the shutout moments later when Dylan Moore hit a two-run homer. That sent the Indians’ bullpen into a frenzy to get ready.

Moore’s homer was his fourth of the season and one of the few hard-hit balls all night against Plesac. While he wasn’t overpowering, the right-hander managed to induce weak contact for most of the first seven innings.

He escaped the eighth after a lineout from Evan White and Kelenic’s deep flyout to left-center. Plesac finished with two strikeouts and three walks on 96 pitches.

“For about seven innings he was about as good as you can be throwing all his pitches for strikes,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

Cleveland’s last no-hitter was Len Barker’s perfect game in 1981 against Toronto. The Indians have been no-hit twice already this season, by Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon on April 14 and Cincinnati lefty Wade Miley a week ago. Plesac started both those games.

Seattle’s slumping offense threatened in the ninth after Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase walked three straight batters with two outs to load the bases. Bryan Shaw struck out Luis Torrens for his first save since 2019 with Colorado.

Plesac got all the offense he needed on home runs from Frammil Reyes and Jose Ramirez. Reyes hit his ninth of the season in the second inning and Ramirez added his AL-leading 11th in the third, a two-run shot. Jake Bauers also had an RBI single.

For much of the night, it appeared Seattle would go down in infamy by getting no-hit in consecutive home games. Baltimore’s John Means stymied the Mariners on May 5, barely missing out on a perfect game against Seattle.

Hill strikes out 9, Rays beat COVID-19 impacted Yankees 9-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Rich Hill joined Cy Young and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to strike out nine against the Yankees at age 41 or older, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat coronavirus-impacted New York 9-0 Thursday night to avoid getting swept in a three-game series.

Yandy Diaz hit a two-run single in the first inning off Jameson Taillon, Austin Meadows doubled the lead with a two-run homer in the fourth and Randy Arozarena added a three-run homer in the sixth for the first runs off Michael King this season.

Hill held down the Yankees by changing speeds, with fastballs from 87-91 mph, sinkers and cutters from 83-87 mph and breaking balls from 67-75 mph.

“I’m throwing the ball well,” Hill said. “I have been the last month. So, I think that’s something to just continue to put in the work starting tomorrow again.”

Hill (2-1), who became the oldest player in the major leagues when the Los Angeles Angels cut Albert Pujols last week, allowed three hits and three walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

“He was outstanding.” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We’ve talked about the last three outings, and now four that he’s been on a really good run. He’s had good rhythm, you see him change his delivery a little bit at times. He’s got a good feel for what he’s doing.”

Hill extended his scoreless streak to 17 2/3 innings. It is the longest stretch by a starter 41 or older since Bartolo Colon’s 30 consecutive innings from Aug. 26-Sept. 10, 2015.

New York announced before the game that shortstop Gleyber Torres tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated and having previously contracted the coronavirus during the offseason.

Torres is among eight so-called breakthrough positives among the Yankees – people who tested positive despite being fully vaccinated. Also testing positive were pitching coach Matt Blake, third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits and four traveling staff.

“It was a crazy few days,” New York infielder DJ LeMahieu said.

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton said Torres’ positive test was “eye-opening.”

Hill (2-1) scattered three hits, walked three and struck out nine.

Taillon (1-3) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.40. He struck out nine and walked two. He was hurt when Diaz singled on a first-pitch hanging curve and Meadows homered on a changeup.

New York, which got a run-scoring double-play grounder from Clint Frazier in the ninth inning, scored five runs in the series but still managed two wins behind the strong starts of Jordan Montgomery and Gerrit Cole.

“Thankfully we had great pitching,” LeMahieu said. “We didn’t swing it great. We swung it just enough to win the series.”

The Rays scored one run in the first two games.

Arozarena was homerless with two RBIs in his previous 16 games,. Arozarena has four homers this season after hitting 10 homers in 20 playoff games last year for the AL champion Rays.

King entered with 12 1/3 scoreless innings.

Meadows added a two-run double in the eighth. New York finished with five hits, including two in the ninth off Hunter Strickland.

Bogaerts, Dalbec homer, Red Sox roll to 8-1 win over A’s

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox manager Alex Cora has been searching for contributions from the rest of his lineup with Boston’s biggest bats struggling to produce during a sudden scoring slump.

He got that and a lot more to finally slow down the red-hot Athletics.

Xander Bogaerts and Bobby Dalbec each hit a two-run home run, and Boston avoided a sweep with an 8-1 win over Oakland on Thursday night.

The Red Sox jumped on A’s left-hander Sean Manaea, pounding out 10 hits and seven runs in the first three innings on the way to snapping a three-game skid. Boston finished with 13 hits on the night.

“It was good to see them that on and give (starter Garrett Richards) margin for error,” Cora said. “We were able to do a lot of things today.”

Richards (3-2) took advantage of the early support and allowed no runs and five hits, striking out four over six innings. He’s won three of his last four starts. Garrett Whitlock gave up one run over three innings to get his first career save.

Richards credited pitching coach Dave Bush for helping him get back on track this season after struggling through a rash of injuries during multiple stops over the past five years.

“We’ve been able to sit down and kind of figure out what’s going to make me get back in the strike zone and make my stuff play in the zone,” Richards said. “We feel like I’m in a good place right now.”

Bogaerts had three hits after going 1 for 12 in his previous four games.

Boston’s offensive onslaught came after it totaled just three runs in the first two games of the series.

Manaea (3-2) took the loss after failing to get an out in the third inning and getting pulled.

“They were just aggressive early in the count, whether it was his fastball or not,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Probably just didn’t locate (his pitches) the way we’ve seen him locate here.”

Michael Chavis led off the game by hitting a sharp line drive into shallow center field. Ramon Laureano made a diving attempt to snare it, but it popped out of his glove. Chavis took advantage, hustling in for a double.

Alex Verdugo lined out, but J.D. Martinez brought Chavis in with a single to center. Bogaerts then cleared the bases, jumping on a first-pitch, 91 mph sinker from Manaea and roping a hard shot down the left-field line for his eighth homer of the season.

Dalbec increased the lead to 5-0 with his two-run blast to straightaway center the following inning.

“I think we actually set the tone on both ends today, which is a dangerous thing for a team to be able to do,” Chavis said.

Albert Pujols released by LA Angels, becomes free agent

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Albert Pujols was released by the Los Angeles Angels after clearing waivers on Thursday, one week after the 41-year-old star slugger was designated for assignment.

Pujols became a free agent and can sign with any team. The Angels remain responsible for his $30 million salary in the final season of a $240 million, 10-year contract. A team signing the first baseman and designated hitter would pay only a prorated share of the $570,500 major league minimum, which would be offset against what the Angels owe him.

Pujols is hitting .198 with a .622 OPS this season with five homers and 12 RBIs in 92 plate appearances.

He is fifth in major league history with 667 homers and 13th with 3,253 hits. A three-time NL MVP and two-time World Series champion with St. Louis, Pujols has a .298 career average and .921 OPS. He is a 10-time All-Star and had been the oldest active player in the major leagues.

Pujols was in a 7-for-43 slump at the time he was cut.

He batted .328 with a 1.037 OPS in St. Louis, but hit .256 with a .758 OPS in Anaheim along with 222 homers.

Jost scores twice, Avs clinch No. 1 seed with win over Kings

DENVER (AP) Tyson Jost was barely off the ice and already wearing a burgundy shirt commemorating the Colorado Avalanche winning the Presidents’ Trophy.

Guess they had an inkling.

Jost scored two of Colorado’s five second-period goals as the Avalanche clinched the West Division and the top overall seed in the NHL playoffs with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

One goal down. Now the real work begins.

“The playoffs are a different animal. Everybody knows that,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “No one’s going to look at us and say, `Yep, they won the Presidents’ Trophy. We’re going to roll over everyone.’ It’s not going to happen. It’s going to be a tough grind. It can put a target on your back, but we have to be comfortable with that.”

Colorado and Vegas both finished with 82 points, but the Avs earned the division crown and the Presidents’ Trophy – awarded to the team with the best regular-season mark – due to more regulation wins. This was the first time the Avalanche have captured the Presidents’ Trophy since 2000-01, when they went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.

“We achieved the first goal we had this year,” said Mikko Rantanen, who assisted on both of Jost’s scores to give him a team-best 66 points (30 goals, 36 assists). “Everybody knows what the next box is, so we have to start working on that.”

The journey begins Monday with a first-round series against St. Louis, which wound up with the fourth seed in the West.

“It’s a veteran team,” Jost said of the Blues. “We’re going to have to come out hard and be prepared.”

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Joonas Donskoi and Andre Burakovsky also scored in the pivotal second period. Backup Jonas Johansson made 21 saves to help the Avalanche finish 7-1 against the Kings this season.

The Avalanche have been playing at a high level at home, going 16-0-1 in their last 17 at Ball Arena. The 17 straight home games with at least a point ties the club record set in 2003.

Sean Walker scored for the Kings as they wrapped up their season on an 0-4-1 skid. Troy Grosenick stopped 38 shots.

Los Angeles finished 21-28-7 and 33 points.

“There was a point where we really believed we could be a team that was going to push for it and then it slipped away on us,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “The belief system slipped away.”

Down 1-0 heading into the second, Colorado quickly found its rhythm. Jost led the way by scoring twice within a 1:52 span to give the Avalanche a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The action got a little heated late in the second when Kings forward Brendan Lemieux collided with Avs defenseman Samuel Girard near mid-ice. Girard’s fellow defenseman, Ryan Graves, took exception and immediately dropped the gloves to square off against Lemieux.

Johansson stepped in for starter Philipp Grubauer, who shut out the Kings in a 6-0 win Wednesday. Bednar hasn’t played Grubauer in back-to-back games all season and didn’t want to start now, despite the importance.

Johansson rewarded his faith by improving to 5-1-1 with Colorado since being acquired in a deal with Buffalo on March 20.

Next up, the playoffs.

Flaherty’s 7th win lifts Cards as Burnes walks 1st batter

MILWAUKEE (AP) St. Louis Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty put his frustrating history at Milwaukee’s American Family Field behind him.

These days, Flaherty is finding a way to win just about anywhere.

Flaherty became the major leagues’ first seven-game winner this year with a 2-0 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday as the Brewers’ Corbin Burnes extended his streak to 58 consecutive strikeouts before his first walk.

Flaherty had been 0-3 with a 7.07 ERA at the ballpark.

“You’ve got to find a way to push that to the side and focus on staying present,” Flaherty said. “All those things happened in the past.”

Flaherty (7-0) allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two to help the Cardinals win a three-game series that featured dominant starting pitching. Nolan Arenado’s first-inning RBI single that put St. Louis ahead for good marked the only time in this series that either team scored before the sixth inning.

Heading into Thursday’s game, Flaherty had enjoyed the most run support of any big league pitcher.

“It’s two really, really good pitchers in this league going at each other,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “Jack’s not going to back down from anybody. He embraces the competition and went out and did his part and made some big pitches.”

In his first appearance since April 26, Burnes (2-3) struck out nine among his first 14 outs before walking Tommy Edman with two outs in the fifth.

After starting Edman with a curveball for a called strike, Burnes threw a changeup and three straight cutters, the last a 3-1 pitch that sailed high.

“To go that long without one is pretty special,” Burnes said. “Now I guess I’ve got to start over.”

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Burnes’ 58 strikeouts without a walk were the most by a major league pitcher within the same season since at least 1893, when the mound moved to its current distance from the plate of 60 feet, 6 inches.

Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees extended his active streak to 56 strikeouts without a walk on Wednesday at Tampa Bay. Cole has walked three this season.

Burnes allowed one run and five hits in five innings with nine strikeouts as he returned from the injured list after a positive test for coronavirus, which he said left him asymptomatic. He opted against getting vaccinated for what he said were personal reasons.

Although Burnes has a 1.57 ERA, the Brewers have gone 2-4 in his six starts – scoring a total of one run in the four losses.

Alex Reyes remained perfect in 11 save chances by striking out Tyrone Taylor to strand two runners. The Brewers went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

“We’re in a rut with it,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We’re just not getting it done in those spots right now.”

White Sox beat Twins 4-2, stretch winning streak to 6

CHICAGO (AP) Tim Anderson and Jake Lamb homered, Billy Hamilton made a leaping catch at the wall to end a bases-loaded threat and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Thursday for their sixth straight win.

Lance Lynn (4-1) struck out nine in five innings for Chicago, which has won seven of eight while sweeping two straight series. Liam Hendriks retired the last five Minnesota batters for his seventh save in nine chances.

“It feels good to be in a position to whoop on the other guys in the division and keep pushing,” Anderson said after the White Sox swept a series from the Twins for the first time since 2016. “This is a great confidence builder.

“Hopefully we remember what this feels like and keep going.”

Max Kepler homered for the Twins, who have lost four straight and eight of nine to fall 10 games behind the AL Central leaders. Michael Pineda (2-2) slowed down a White Sox offense that had scored at least nine runs in four straight games but lost after Minnesota failed to cash in on a pair of bases-loaded chances.

Anderson drove Pineda’s first pitch of the game into the left field stands and Lamb hit the top of the right-center field wall in the third. Andrew Vaughn and Yermin Mercedes added RBI singles in the sixth and eighth.

Trevor Larnach scored on Lynn’s fourth-inning throwing error and the Twins then loaded the bases but failed to take the lead after Hamilton leaped a foot from the left-center wall to grab Kyle Garlick’s drive.

“It was frustrating,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said of the missed opportunities. “We didn’t get hits with runners in scoring position.”

The fleet-footed Hamilton also ranged into deep left-center field for Luis Arraez’s line drive with two on and one out in the eighth.

Lynn loaded them again an inning later by walking Larnach but got himself out of the jam when Mitch Garver struck out looking at his 111th and final pitch. Lynn allowed two hits with three walks and won his third straight start.

“Any time you can get a sweep it’s huge,” he said. “When it’s them, it’s even bigger.

“We’re winning games in multiple ways and that’s what it’s all about.”

Pineda allowed four hits and three walks while striking out a season-high seven.

Kepler homered off Jose Ruiz in the eighth.

Tigers beat Royals 4-3, KC’s skid reaches 11 games

DETROIT (AP) Michael Fulmer shut down Kansas City’s ninth-inning rally for his second save, and the Detroit Tigers’ 4-3 win Thursday to extend the Royals’ losing streak to 11 games.

Detroit led 4-1 entering the ninth, but Kansas City scored twice of Gregory Soto on a groundout by Carlos Santana and an RBI single from Salvador Perez.

Fulmer relieved Soto and got a popout from Jorge Soler and struck out Andrew Benintendi swinging to end it.

“Just a ton of confidence. He’s been in big situations before,” catcher Eric Haase said about Fulmer. “It’s a little different role for him but his stuff is the same. He’s a big-time pitcher and for him to look like he does now after everything he’s been through, it’s fantastic.”

Fulmer was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2016 and an All-Star in 2017, both as a starter, before Tommy John and knee surgeries.

The Royals led the AL Central at the start of this skid but are now 16-20.

“It’s impossible to deny the way that you feel with the compounding losses,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said.

Spencer Turnbull (2-2) allowed a run and six hits over 6 1/3 innings for Detroit. He walked one, struck out seven and hit a batter as the Tigers rounded out a three-game sweep.

“From what I’ve seen, that was one of his better days as far as being able to locate his pitches. Even his misses were barely misses,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said about Turnbull. “He was doing what he wanted to do with the baseball.

“Maybe he misfired here and there but it was a really efficient, good day for him. And once we got the lead he was super aggressive, which I really like. And that put-away slider was really effective.”

Daniel Lynch (0-2) allowed four runs, three earned, in the second inning and was pulled with two outs in the third.

Turnbull departed after Nicky Lopez’s one-out single in the seventh. Alex Lange took over and got Whit Merrifield to bounce into a forceout. Lange then walked Santana to bring the tying run to the plate, but Salvador Perez bounced into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

The Royals once again brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the eighth, but Jose Cisnero fanned Hunter Dozier and Michael A. Taylor.

“Lots of chances,” Matheny said, adding “today we had chances for damage in the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth and couldn’t do it.”

Kansas City threatened with runners on first and third and one out in the sixth, but Turnbull struck out Ryan O’Hearn and got Dozier on a groundout.

The Tigers scored all of their runs in the second on RBI singles by Willi Castro, Jacoby Jones and Robbie Grossman and a sacrifice fly by Akil Baddoo.

The Royals made it 4-1 in the fifth on Merrifield’s double-play grounder.

Bo Bichette leads resilient Blue Jays past Braves again, 8-4

ATLANTA (AP) Bo Bichette and the Toronto Blue Jays are making comeback wins routine.

Bichette hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied yet again to beat Atlanta 8-4 on Thursday and sweep six games from the Braves this season.

Toronto trailed 2-0 and 4-3 before its 10th comeback win this season and third of the series completed a three-game sweep.

“I think regardless of how we’re playing we should feel like we have a chance,” Bichette said. “We can do special things on offense. I’ve never seen this team give up.”

The sweep left Toronto (20-16) a season-high four games over .500.

Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. left in the seventh inning after jamming his left ankle. X-rays were negative and he has not been ruled out of the Braves’ game at Milwaukee on Friday night.

Danny Jansen, hitting .095, led off the ninth with a single off Will Smith (0-3). Marcus Semien singled, and Bichette doubled to the gap in right-center for a 6-4 lead.

Bichette drove in three runs on two hits. Cavan Biggio knocked out Smith with his second double of the game to drive in another run.

Travis Bergen (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth. Jordan Romano struck out the side in the ninth after starter Ross Stripling allowed two runs in five innings and had nine strikeouts.

“It seems like if our pitching does the job we’re always going to have a chance, and it was true in every one of these three games,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

Acuna led off the game with his major league-high 12th homer, then got hurt while trying to beat out a grounder to third base.

Acuna initially was ruled safe by first base umpire Mike Estabrook before a video review overturned the call. Acuna hopped down the right-field line, then collapsed onto the outfield grass. He was able to walk back to the dugout with a slight limp.

“Those are scary moments for players, especially when they’ve got the torque and force he’s running with,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Smith gave up four runs and five hits in the ninth while recording only one out. The left-hander’s ERA climbed to 5.02.

“Sometimes it happens,” Smith said. “Balls find holes and the inning keeps rolling. It happens.”

Dansby Swanson’s two-run homer in the sixth had given Atlanta a 4-3 lead. The Blue Jays pulled even in the eighth when Biggio’s double drove in Teoscar Hernandez, who walked.

Acuna pulled Stripling’s first pitch, an inside fastball, 442 feet down the left-field foul line. The homer landed near the back of the second level.

Charlie Morton allowed three runs, seven hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Morton’s exit ended a streak of Braves starters pitching at least six innings in four consecutive games and six of eight.

Bell, Schwarber homer as Corbin pitches Nats past Phils 5-1

WASHINGTON (AP) Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber hit two-run homers in the first inning, Patrick Corbin continued his resurgence with seven solid innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Thursday to end a four-game slide.

Washington had dropped seven of eight to sink to a season-low six games under .500 before salvaging the finale of the three-game series.

Philadelphia missed a chance to move four games over .500 for the first time since it was 5-1.

Corbin (2-3) allowed one run in seven innings, giving up five hits while striking out a season-high nine. Since allowing 15 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings over his first two starts, Corbin is 2-1 with 3.00 ERA over five outings and has reduced his season ERA from 21.32 to 6.19.

“He was really good,” manager Dave Martinez said. “His slider was the best I’ve seen all year.”

The Phillies put multiple players on base just once after the first inning, when they opened the eighth with a double and a walk. Jean Segura flew out against Tanner Rainey before Daniel Hudson entered. The reliever struck out Bryce Harper to the delight of Washington fans who booed the former National and 2015 NL MVP throughout the series. Rhys Hoskins then grounded out to end the threat.

Harper, who signed a $330 million, 13-year contract with Philadelphia in 2019 after playing his first seven seasons with the Nationals, went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.

The Nationals scored a combined four runs in the first two games of the series, then matched the total in the first inning against Zach Eflin (2-2). Schwarber ripped a two-run blast into the left seats, and after Starlin Castro walked, struggling first baseman Josh Bell drilled Eflin’s pitch three rows deep into the second deck in right field.

Bell entered the day hitting .133 and was 2 for 22 over his last six games.

“That was by far the best swing of the year,” Bell said. “Most connected, most behind it. Best ball flight, for sure. Hopefully, more to come.”

Washington didn’t get another runner past first until the sixth, when Castro delivered an RBI double. Eflin allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings while striking out nine. He has pitched at least six innings in each of his eight starts this season.

“It’s one of the hard things to do as a starting pitcher is to give up a good amount of runs in the first inning and still put innings,” Eflin said. “As soon that happens, the mentality is just `Eat innings, eat innings.’ I was able to get up to six innings, but they did their damage in the first.'”

Castro extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Philadelphia scored its only run on Andrew McCutchen’s steal of home in the first. Corbin attempted to pick off Harper, but McCutchen broke for the plate and beat Bell’s high throw. It was the Phillies’ first steal of home since Roman Quinn did it June 21, 2019, against Miami.

Yankees’ Torres positive for COVID despite being vaccinated

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated and having previously contracted the coronavirus during the offseason.

Torres is among eight so-called breakthrough positives among the Yankees – people who tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.

“Certainly unexpected,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Torres. “Obviously everyone, Major League Baseball, that’s in charge of testing is looking into that. The variants that could be out there if that is the case.”

The Yankees said the team is undergoing additional testing and contact tracing, with the assistance of the baseball commissioner’s office and its medical experts. The New York State Department of Health is advising the team.

New York general manager Brian Cashman said MLB was in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday about the Yankees situation.

“With regard to the Yankees, we obviously need to learn more about that situation,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. “My understanding is that six of the seven reports, six of the seven infections, were indeed asymptomatic infections. And we will look to more data from that report to understand what happened there. All of the real world data we’ve seen that’s been in the published literature, large studies, in many different settings, have demonstrated that those vaccines are effective, have a high effectiveness against disease.”

Also testing positive were pitching coach Matt Blake, third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits and four traveling staff.

“We are maybe a case study to some degree,” Cashman said.

Torres played in Tuesday night’s game at Tampa Bay and then was out of the lineup Wednesday night.

“When you read the fine print, they tell you that you still could get the COVID and the vaccination is to protect you from the symptoms, either to eliminate them all together and protect you if not fully protection then the percentages,” Cashman said. “But the one thing I take from this I believe the vaccine is working. We’ve got eight positives, seven of the eight presented as without symptoms.”

Spieth shoots 63, shares lead at low-scoring hometown Nelson

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth had his longest stretch all day of mere pars – a whopping four holes – on the besieged new home course of the AT&T Byron Nelson when the local favorite stepped over a 55-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th.

Nothing but the bottom of the cup, and a share of the first-round lead with J.J. Spaun at 9-under 63 on a nearly wind-less Thursday.

Spieth, Spaun and plenty of others had little trouble with TPC Craig Ranch north of Dallas. There were 132 players in the field of 156 under par, with 94 of those in the 60s on the third venue in the past four Nelsons.

“It’s a good golf course, but it’s playing about as easy as it can play,” said 2018 Nelson winner Aaron Wise, who was among four one shot off the lead. “We got a ton of rain the last two days and then perfect weather today and looks like tomorrow and Saturday as well, so it’s set up for scoring.”

Hideki Matsuyama sputtered on the front nine in his first appearance since becoming the first Japanese player to win the Masters, then stalled again after three straight birdies to start the back nine. He finished at 68.

“I really felt like a Masters champion because every hole, every hole, there was just a warm applause and welcome,” Matsuyama said through an interpreter. “It was really good to play as Masters champion.”

Sung Kang, the defending champion as the 2019 winner, shot a 67 on his home course. The South Korean player put his 234-yard approach on the par-5 ninth to 8 feet and made the eagle putt. He had four birdies and a bogey.

After last year’s COVID-19 cancellation, the Nelson returned to the suburbs at McKinney’s Craig Ranch after two years at Trinity Forest, a treeless links course in Dallas. The Four Seasons resort in Irving was home for more than 30 years.

Craig Ranch was the site of two Korn Ferry Tour Championships, but was little match for its first test at the higher level. Soft greens from recent rain and the calm conditions made for favorable scoring right from the start.

Rafa Cabrera Bello was the first to post 64, soon joined by Wise, still looking for his second career PGA Tour victory three years after his first at the Nelson, and Doc Redman. Joseph Bramlett joined them from the afternoon pairings.

Sergio Garcia, who holed out from 52 yards for eagle on the par-4 sixth, was in a large group at 65.

Jon Rahm, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3 after top-ranked Dustin Johnson withdrew because of a knee issue, birdied three of his first five holes but cooled off and finished at 68.

Like Matsuyama, Spieth was playing for the first time since the Masters, but because of a positive COVID-19 test instead of a trip home to Japan, where Matsuyama celebrated with the green jacket in his golf-loving country.

Spieth’s first bogey-free round out of 34 at the Nelson included a birdie on the par-5 12th when his 247-yard second shot from a bad lie in the rough rolled through the green to a hill on the fringe before coming back and settling 10 feet away.

Spieth missed that eagle putt, but not the next one. From the lower tier of the wide green on 18, he rolled the putt up the hill and in with the pin still in the cup, prompting a huge roar from a gallery following three Dallas-area players.

“I’m just trying to get to tap-in and cap off a good day, and I kind of started leaning because I thought it was going to miss left and it just kind of fell in the left side of the hole,” said Spieth, who has never finished in the top 10 after contending on Sunday as a 16-year-old amateur in 2010. “The roar was pretty electric.”

Packers add QB depth with Bortles as Rodgers saga continues

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have signed Blake Bortles as they attempt to add quarterback depth while MVP Aaron Rodgers’ future with the team remains uncertain.

Rodgers, who has reportedly expressed his desire not to return to Green Bay, had been one of two quarterbacks on the roster along with 2020 first-round draft pick Jordan Love. General manager Brian Gutekunst said after the draft that “we’ll add a third arm and maybe a fourth arm as we go through.”

Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, will be reunited with Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

The 29-year-old Bortles started 73 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2014-18. Hackett was Jacksonville’s quarterbacks coach from 2015-16 and offensive coordinator from 2016-18.

The move gives the Packers three quarterbacks who were drafted in the first round. Rodgers was selected 24th overall in 2005. The Packers traded up four spots to take Love 26th last year.

How long Rodgers will remain with the Packers remains unclear.

After ESPN reported just before the draft that Rodgers doesn’t want to return to Green Bay, Packers CEO Mark Murphy posted a column on the team’s website in which he said “this is an issue that we’ve been working on for several months.” Murphy acknowledged that he, Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur had met with Rodgers “on a number of occasions” during the offseason.

Gutekunst has said the Packers have no plans to trade Rodgers, who has three years remaining on his contract. Murphy has indicated the Packers want to keep Rodgers in Green Bay in 2021 and beyond.

Bortles spent portions of the 2020 season with the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams but didn’t appear in a game for either team. He played three games in a reserve role for the Rams in 2019.

He has completed 59.3% of his pass attempts for 17,649 yards with 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions.

Bortles ranks second in Jaguars history in yards passing, touchdown passes, pass attempts (2,632) and completions (1,561). The Jaguars benched Bortles and fired Hackett late in the 2018 season after the Jaguars suffered a seventh straight loss while staggering to a 5-11 finish one year after reaching the AFC championship game.

Pac-12 picks MGM executive Kliavkoff as next commissioner

(AP) — The Pac-12 hired George Kliavkoff to be the conference’s next commissioner on Thursday, replacing Larry Scott with another college sports outsider and charging him with rebuilding the league’s football brand.

Kliavkoff has been the president of MGM Sports & Entertainment in Las Vegas since 2018.

Michael H. Schill, the University of Oregon president and chairman of the five-member search committee, called Kliavkoff “a highly experienced and pioneering sports, entertainment and digital media executive.”

Kliavkoff has previously worked with Major League Baseball Advance Media and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, and was also the chief digital officer with NBC Universal Cable.

“He is very much a new prototype for sports commissioner,” Schill said. “He is the sort of person we need for this decade and the decades beyond. Even without serving a day in the job, George has thoughtfully challenged us to envision what is possible for the Pac-12. What is possible for the coming era of new technologies and media.”

The Pac-12 university presidents conducted a secretive nearly four-month search with the executive search firm, TurnkeyZRG.

Some familiar names in college sports were among those speculated to be up for consideration by the Pac-12: former NCAA executive and NFL quarterback Oliver Luck, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Texas AD Chris Del Conte to name a few.

Instead, the Pac-12’s next commissioner – much like its last — comes to the conference with no previous experience as an administrator in college sports.

“With today’s announcement, I believe that I am transitioning from the best job in entertainment to the best job in sports,” Kliavkoff said in a video conference with reporters. “I made this jump because I’m passionate about the mission of the Pac-12 Conference, to drive financial results, to protect and expand scholarships and support the other educational goals of our member institutions.”

The Pac-12 has been building a foothold in Las Vegas as it becomes a hot spot for sports, with two relatively new professional teams (the Golden Knights of the NHL and Raiders of the NFL) and a brand new football stadium.

The Pac-12 has already been staging its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in Las Vegas, and its football championship is set to be held at Allegiant Stadium for the first time this season.

Kliavkoff said he has three priorities when he formally takes over as commissioner in July.

“First, we will protect and support our student-athletes. Second, we will make decisions to optimize revenue for our member institutions, including renegotiating our media distribution deals. And third, we will do everything we can at the conference level to make our teams more competitive in revenue-generating sports, especially football,” he said.

Kliavkoff said he supports expansion of the College Football Playoff and the implementation of consistent name, image and likeness guidelines across NCAA sports.

AP source: T-wolves sale to Lore, A-Rod up for NBA approval

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has reached agreement on his $1.5 billion sale of the club to e-commerce mogul Marc Lore and former baseball star Alex Rodriguez, a person with knowledge of the negotiation told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because league approval was still pending and neither side had publicly announced an agreement.

The deal, which Taylor previously said was contingent on Lore and Rodriguez keeping the team in Minnesota, was first reported by The Athletic. The two sides entered an exclusive negotiating window on April 10. Lore and Rodriguez are 50-50 partners. They tried to buy the New York Mets last year but were beaten out for the Major League Baseball club by hedge fund manager Steve Cohen.

Any sale of an NBA club must ultimately approved by the league’s Board of Governors, which could come later Thursday. The Timberwolves would then become the second NBA franchise sold this season. Gail Miller and her family struck an agreement in October to sell the Utah Jazz to Ryan Smith, a deal that was finalized after Board of Governors’ approval in December.

The 80-year-old Taylor, a lifelong Minnesotan who bought the Wolves in 1994 for $88 million to save them from moving to New Orleans, has said he will continue to run the club for two more seasons until a handover in 2023. The Minnesota Lynx WNBA team is included in the sale.

“They’ve asked that I would be there for any decisions that would need to be made. I would enjoy that. I love teaching people. These are a couple of very bright guys, and I think it could be helpful to the club and I think I could be helpful to them so that they feel confident once they take over 100%,” Taylor said an interview last month.

Lore became Walmart’s e-commerce chief in 2016, when the retail giant bought his Jet.com startup in an attempt to boost online business. Lore notified Walmart on Jan. 31 of his intent to leave the company. The 49-year-old Lore will continue to serve in a consulting role as a strategic adviser through September.

The 45-year-old Rodriguez hit 696 home runs over 22 major league seasons, with the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. His last season on the field was 2016, marking the end of marvelous career that was tainted by performance-enhancing drug use he later admitted to. Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season for violating MLB policy.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Mud Hens Mount Comeback for First Win of the Series

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By Anna Kayser

After hitting back-to-back home runs on consecutive pitches for the second straight game on Thursday night, the Indianapolis Indians lost in comeback fashion to the Toledo Mud Hens, 6-5.

The back-to-back homers marked the second time since 2005 that the Indians have hit two consecutive home runs in back-to-back games, the first occurring from July 4-5, 2007 vs. Louisville and Norfolk.

The Indians (4-4) batted around the order for the first time this season to kick things off in the second inning, posting five runs on five hits. With two runners on and no outs, Anthony Alford launched a pitch over the right-field wall for his first hit of the season to give Indy a 3-0 lead.

On the next pitch by Toledo starter Wily Peralta, Christian Bethancourt – making his first plate appearance with the Indians this season – followed Alford’s long ball with his own to left field to extend the Indianapolis lead.

Peralta exited the game without recording an out in the second frame (1.0ip, 4h, 5r, 5er, 2bb, 2k), and the Toledo bullpen proceeded to shut down the Indians lineup for the rest of the game. Miguel Del Pozo (W, 1-0) tossed two hitless innings. Following the offensive burst in the second, the Indians did not record a hit until the seventh inning.

Toledo (3-5) scored two runs of its own in the third on a home run by Victor Reyes. The center fielder led the Toledo offense with a double, home run, four RBI and a stolen base. One more run in the fourth inning and a three-run sixth lifted the Mud Hens to their first win of the series.

Matt Eckelman (L, 0-1)(BS, 1) entered in relief of Indians starter Cody Ponce in the seventh inning and surrendered three runs (one earned) on four hits.

Ian Krol (S, 1), surrendered two walks in the ninth inning but retired Bethancourt on a fielder’s choice to seal the win.

The Indians and Mud Hens meet for the fourth game of the six-game series on Friday night at Victory Field. RHP James Marvel (0-0, 3.60) faces off against RHP Logan Shore (0-1, 13.50). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM ET.

CENTER GROVE QB NAMED GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Center Grove senior Carson Steele was named the Gatorade Indiana Football Player of the Year. Steele helped Center Grove to the Class 6A state championship and rushed for 1,659 yards and 31 touchdowns.

Steele rushed for 5,907 yards and 82 touchdowns in his high school career and will play college football at Ball State.

INDIANA GETS TRANSFER DE FROM AUBURN

Jaren Handy, a former top-100 national prospect, has transferred from Auburn to Indiana the school announced Wednesday.

The 6-5, 270-pound defensive lineman played two years at Auburn and will be eligible immediately.

Hardy was also recruited out of high school by Alabama, LSU, Florida and Georgia.

Hardy played seven games as a freshman and seven as a sophomore at Auburn.

INDIANA’S JEROME HUNTER WILL NOT RETURN

Redshirt junior Jerome Hunter will not return to IU next season the team announced in a Thursday morning news release.

Hunter averaged 6.3 points and three rebounds per game last season, shooting 34.2% from behind the 3-point line.

“We appreciate everything that Jerome has done as a member of the program and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” IU coach Mike Woodson said in the release.

Hunter played in 55 career games and averaged 4.9 points per game, shooting 32.4% from behind the 3-point line. Hunter will have possibly three years of eligibility remaining, thanks to the NCAA’s blanket COVID waiver granting everyone an extra season.

Hunter was not in the transfer portal Thursday morning.

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL: 2021-22 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Conference Opponent Breakdown

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference revealed a breakdown of all 14 schools’ conference opponents for the 2021-22 Big Ten men’s basketball season on Thursday. Conference teams will compete in a 20-game conference schedule, playing seven teams both home and away and six teams once (three home and three away).

Below is the breakdown of each team’s conference opponents. Dates, times and television information will be announced at a later date. The season will conclude with the 25th annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament (March 9-13) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

2021-22 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Opponents

ILLINOIS

Home & Away – Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers

Home Only – Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

Away Only – Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska

INDIANA

Home & Away – Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Home Only – Illinois, Michigan, Rutgers

Away Only – Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern

IOWA

Home & Away – Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue

Home Only – Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern

Away Only – Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

MARYLAND

Home & Away – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers

Home Only – Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin

Away Only – Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue

MICHIGAN

Home & Away – Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers

Home Only – Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern

Away Only – Indiana, Penn State, Wisconsin

MICHIGAN STATE

Home & Away – Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home Only – Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue

Away Only – Iowa, Ohio State, Rutgers

MINNESOTA

Home & Away – Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home Only – Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers

Away Only – Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska

NEBRASKA

Home & Away – Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Home Only – Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota

Away Only – Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue

NORTHWESTERN

Home & Away – Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue

Home Only – Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Away Only – Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State

OHIO STATE

Home & Away – Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home Only – Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern

Away Only – Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers

PENN STATE

Home & Away – Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers

Home Only – Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue

Away Only – Illinois, Maryland, Wisconsin

PURDUE

Home & Away – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Home Only – Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State

Away Only – Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State

RUTGERS

Home & Away – Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Home Only – Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State

Away Only – Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern

WISCONSIN

Home & Away – Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers

Home Only – Iowa, Michigan, Penn State

Away Only – Illinois, Maryland, Northwestern

INDIANA BASEBALL: NOTES: No. 21 Indiana Heads North to Face Michigan

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SETTING THE SCENE

• The No. 21-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (23-10) head north to face the Michigan Wolverines (23-12) in a three-game, Big Ten series. These two teams last faced off in 2019, with the Hoosiers taking two-of-three from U-M in Ann Arbor.

• This past weekend, Indiana won three-of-four games against Nebraska and Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. IU won both of the team’s contests against Rutgers and split two games with the Cornhuskers to stay atop the Big Ten standings.

• Jeff Mercer is in his third season at the helm of the Indiana baseball program. He led the Hoosiers to a Big Ten regular season title in 2019, earning him Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.

INSIDE #IUBASE

• IU’s starting pitching was terrific in the four-game pod against Rutgers and Nebraska on May 7-9. LHP Tommy Sommer, RHP McCade Brown, RHP John Modugno and RHP Gabe Bierman combined to 26.2 IP, posting an ERA of 1.37. Sommer, Brown and Bierman all notched quality starts on the weekend, with Bierman tossing a complete game in the 4-2 win over Rutgers on May 8.

• Indiana is ranked No. 14 in the nation by Perfect Game, No. 21 by Baseball America and D1 Baseball, No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 27 in the NCBWA poll.

• Offensively, the Hoosiers have been led by OF Grant Richardson and INF Cole Barr. Richardson leads the team with a .323 batting average, 42 hits and 10 stolen bases, while Barr has a team-best eight home runs, 29 RBI and 34 runs scored.

• The Indiana pitching staff continues to post some of the best numbers in the nation. The Hoosiers rank second in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (6.36), third in ERA (2.83) and eighth in WHIP (1.17). IU leads the Big Ten in all three categories.

• Individually, RHP McCade Brown leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (14.74) and ranks second in the league in hits allowed per nine innings (4.98). RHP Gabe Bierman leads the Big Ten in ERA (2.26), ranks second in WHIP (0.97) and is third in hits allowed per nine innings (5.34).

• INF Paul Toetz leads the Big Ten in doubles (18) and ranks fourth in the country in doubles per game (0.48). His 18 two-baggers are already a school record for doubles in Big Ten games.

• Indiana has posted three shutouts on the season, allowed one run or less six times and surrendered two runs or less 12 times. The Hoosier pitching staff also posted five games this year allowing two hits or less.

• Since the start of the 2008 season, Indiana leads the Big Ten in wins (452) and conference wins (200). The Hoosiers have made seven NCAA Regionals over that span, the most out of any current Big Ten team.

• INF Cole Barr was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on May 4 after helping the Hoosiers to a series win over Iowa. The Yorktown, Ind. native batted 6-for-10 (.600) with a triple, two home runs, five RBI and six runs scored to help IU take two of three games from the Hawkeyes.

• RHP McCade Brown and RHP Braydon Tucker combined to throw a no-hitter against Illinois on April 10 – the first no-hitter for the Hoosiers in nearly 37 years. The no-hitter was the first for Indiana since April 25, 1984, when Mark Gramer and the Hoosiers blanked Rose-Hulman, 6-0.

• For his efforts, RHP Braydon Tucker was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on April 13. Out of the bullpen, Tucker pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn the save, striking out one, while issuing one walk.

• RHP McCade Brown was named the D1Baseball/AstroTurf Player of the Week, the Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week, Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after a school-record performance against Penn State on Mar. 13.

• The sophomore hurler matched the Indiana school record with a career-high 16 strikeouts in seven, no-hit innings. He also broke the IU record for most strikeouts in a Big Ten game, eclipsing the previous record of 13.

• LHP Tommy Sommer was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 9. Sommer was outstanding for the Hoosiers this past weekend, helping the team defeat Minnesota, 5-2, on Mar. 5. The Carmel, Ind. native tossed eight shutout innings to earn the win, allowing just two hits, while matching his career-high with 10 strikeouts.

• Indiana OF Grant Richardson was named a First-Team Preseason All-American by both Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball. He was also named Third-Team Preseason All-American by D1Baseball.

• Before the season, Indiana was tabbed to win the Big Ten in 2021 by Perfect Game. OF Grant Richardson was named the Player of the Year and to the Preseason All-Big Ten team. He was joined on the preseason All-Big Ten team by RHP Gabe Bierman and RHP Connor Manous.

• RHP Gabe Bierman, OF Grant Richardson and LHP Tommy Sommer were all named to the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch List. IU was picked to finish second in the Big Ten behind Michigan in a preseason poll conducted of the league’s coaches.

• After leading the Hoosiers to the 2019 Big Ten regular season championship, Jeff Mercer was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Mercer became the first Big Ten head coach since 1982 (John Anderson, Minnesota) to win a regular season conference title in his first season as the skipper.  He was just the second coach in IU history – in any sport, men’s or women’s – to win an outright Big Ten championship in his (or her) first year.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Helmer Wins Elite 90™ Award for NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer redshirt freshman midfielder Quinten Helmer was named the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

Helmer, an econ consulting major, currently carries a GPA of 3.971. He was presented the award following Thursday morning’s training session in Cary, N.C.

The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Helmer is the first Hoosier to earn the prestigious honor since Jack Griffith in 2017.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: No. 2 Indiana Men’s Soccer Match Notes

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 2-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (11-1-2) will face the No. 3-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers (16-3-0) in the 2020 NCAA College Cup national semifinal match at 8:30 p.m. ET on May 14 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The winner of the match will advance to the national title game. The match will be aired on ESPNU with Dalen Cuff (PxP) and Devon Kerr (Analyst) on the call.

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

• Indiana has won the NCAA championship eight times in the program’s storied history and have made an NCAA record 21 College Cup appearances.

• No program has more NCAA tourney victories (94) than the Hoosiers. UCLA (70) is second.

• The Hoosiers hold a record of 94-34-6 in the NCAA Tournament. The .723 winning percentage is the highest total of any program that has won more than 10 matches.

• IU last hosted the NCAA Championship trophy after defeating Georgetown by a score of 1-0 in 2012.

#IUMS POSTSEASON AWARDS

• Sophomore forward Victor Bezerra earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Tournament, sophomore goalie Roman Celentano claimed Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Tournament.

• Bezerra also earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors. He is the third Hoosier to garner the award as he joins Will Bruin (2010) and Eriq Zavaleta (2012). Celentano became the second IU keeper to be named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year (Trey Muse, 2018).

• The pair of second-year stars were joined by redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass on both the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region First Team and the All-Big Ten First Team.

• Sophomore midfielder Herbert Endeley and redshirt sophomore defender Daniel Munie were named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. Freshman defender Joey Maher was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.

• Todd Yeagley was named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time (2010, ’18, ’19). Yeagley joins his father, Jerry Yeagley, as the only coaches in Big Ten program history to earn the accolade in three-consecutive seasons. Jerry achieved the feat from 2001-03.

• Recently, Bezerra was named one of three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy. The winner of the prestigious award will be announced on May 27 at a banquet in St. Louis.

OTHER NOTES

• The Hoosiers have not suffered a loss in 11-straight matches, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and the program’s longest streak without a loss since the 2018 (Oct. 3-Nov. 30) campaign. The ’18 team went 11-0-1 before the season ended in NCAA College Cup.

• Head coach Todd Yeagley earned his 150th-career win on March 23.

• Under the direction of Yeagley, the Hoosiers have compiled an NCAA Tournament record of 18-9-2. IU captured the program’s eighth star in 2012 with a 1-0 triumph over Georgetown in Hoover, Ala.

• In the last 44 Big Ten regular season matches Indiana holds a record of 33-2-9. IU is 10-0-6 in the Big Ten Tournament since 2015.

• Redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass suffered a season-ending injury (tibia) against No. 11 Michigan.

• Indiana is playing in the program’s 21st College Cup, the most of any NCAA team.

LAST TIME OUT

• The third-seeded Hoosiers battled the elements to take down the six-seeded Seton Hall Pirates by a score of 2-0 to advance to the College Cup.

• Redshirt sophomore forward Ryan Wittenbrink opened the scoring with a right-footed strike in the 44th minute. The goal came just two minutes into the restart from a lengthy 40-minute weather delay.

• Senior forward Thomas Warr put the finishing touches on the match with a tidy finish off a wonderful cross from sophomore forward Maouloune Goumballe in the 58th minute.  

 • Celentano faced 14 shots in the match but was able to turn away all six shots on frame to secure his ninth shutout victory of the season.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS

• The Pitt Panthers, coached by ACC Coach of the Year Jay Vidovich, will be playing in their first College Cup after running through their first three opponents in the 2020 NCAA Tournament by a cumulative score of 13-1, including a 3-0 victory over No. 8 Washington in the Quarterfinal Round on Monday afternoon.

• The 3rd-ranked team in the country boasts a record of 16-3-0 and claimed runner-up honors in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Panthers are led by sophomore midfielder Valentin Noel. The ACC Offensive Player of the Year scored a team-best 14 goals and added two assists. Sophomore midfielder Veljko Petkovic led the Panthers with eight assists to go along with nine goals.

• Graduate keeper Nico Campuzano, an All-ACC First Team selection, surrendered 22 goals (1.13 GAA) while starting all 19 matches this season. He has 65 saves and (0.747 save percentage) to go along with six shutouts.

SERIES HISTORY

• The Hoosiers and Panthers have met just one prior time on the pitch, a 3-2 overtime Indiana victory to open the 2019 season in the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.

• Pitt scored the first two goals of the contest, both in the first half. Indiana rallied to find the equalizer after tallies from Joshua Penn (50th minute) and Ian Black (57th minute). Herbert Endeley scored the winner in the 103rd minute of the first overtime period.

INDIANA SOFTBALL: Hoosiers Travel to Maryland for Final Regular Season Series

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Softball (23-17, 23-17 Big Ten) winners of 15 of their last 20 games will go on the road to Maryland this week.

First Pitch

Indiana Softball (23-17, 23-17 Big Ten) will take on Maryland (17-23, 17-23) this week in College Park, Md. The teams will play a Friday game at 5:00 p.m., a Saturday doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. and a Sunday game at 1:00 p.m.

Checking Out The Competition

Maryland comes in with a 17-23 record on the season. Last time out the Terps won three of four games at Rutgers. Junior infielder Taylor Okada leads Maryland at the plate with a .336 batting average and 40 hits on the season. In the circle, Maryland has three pitchers with over 70 innings on the season. Courtney Wyche leads the way with an 2.31 era in 78.2 innings pitched. Trinity Schlotterbeck is 7-5 on the season with an 3.02 era in 85.2 innings.

Last Time Out

 Indiana swept their series with Penn State last time out. In game one Gabbi Jenkins hit her first career home run, a walk off in the eighth innings to lift Indiana to a 2-1 win. In the second game of the doubleheader the Hoosiers scored three in the sixth and four in the seventh to comeback from down 6-2 and win on another walk off. On Sunday the Hoosiers put an exclamation point on the series with a 17-0 win, their most runs in a game this season. Emily Goodin recorded a 0.47 era in 19 innings pitched for the Hoosiers. Bella Norton hit .583 for the series with seven hits and six RBI.

News and Notes

• Emily Goodin and Bella Norton earned Big Ten Weekly honors this week. Goodin was the Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week and Norton was the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week.

•  Gabbi Jenkins leads the Big Ten and NCAA in stolen bases in a single game with six. Jenkins    is second in the Big Ten with 23 stolen bases.

• Jenkins was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on April 20.

• Jenkins has 95 career stolen bases and broke the record of 90 set by Aimee Lonigro in 1996. She broke the program single game stolen base record already this year with six against Rutgers on Mar. 13.

•  As a team, the Hoosiers ranks eighth in the country in stolen bases at 2.28 per game. Indiana is +48 in stolen bases vs. their opponent this season.

• The Hoosiers have stolen 92 bases on the season.

• Grayson Radcliffe leads the Hoosiers in RBI with 25.

• Gabbi Jenkins is tied for the lead in the Big Ten in doubles with 17. With one more double, Jenkins will break the Indiana program record for doubles in a season.

• In the Hoosiers 17-0 win over Penn State, they recorded 19 hits, their second most hits in a game since the 2000 season.

• Emily Goodin leads the Big Ten in innings pitched for the season at 178. The next on the list is 140.

• Goodin is fourth in the conference in strikeouts with 157. Goodin is fourth in the Big Ten in ERA for the season at 1.64.

• Brittany Ford hit her first career grand slam in game one against Rutgers on Mar. 13.

• Katie Lacefield and Taylor Lambert had their first home runs of the season on Mar. 13 during game two against Rutgers.

• Aaliyah Andrews leads the Hoosiers in batting average at .333.

• Brooke Benson recorded the first walk off of her career when she hit a RBI double in the 11th inning to help the Hoosiers prevail and get the sweep against Rutgers. Benson hit her first career home run to help the Hoosiers to a 1-0 win against Illinois on April 25.

INDIANA TRACK AND FIELD: IUTF Contends at Big Ten Outdoor Championships This Weekend

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Track & Field will pave its postseason path beginning with the 2021 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Champaign, Ill. this weekend. The championships are scheduled to begin on Friday May 14 and conclude on Sunday May 16. Illinois will play host at their newly built Demirjian Park.

Meet Information

For one time only the championships will stream live for free on Big Network Plus. The Big Ten will provide separate streams for track events and field events all three days. Live results of the meet can also be found here.

Last Time Out: B1G Indiana Invite #4

The Hoosiers concluded the regular season at home April 30 and May 1. 15 Hoosiers set personal bests while nine won their respective events. Nathan Stone was welcomed to the 18′ club after clearing a height of 5.50m (18′ 0.5″). Sarah Schmitt crushed her previous personal best of 16:37.62 with a time of 16:13.39 in the 5000m. Kelly Mindak saw her first victory of the season in the 800m with a personal record time of 2:05.06.

Setting the Record Straight

Two Hoosiers have broken program records so far this outdoor season. Bailey Hertenstein set the school record in the 5000m on April 16 with her time of 15:38.01. Khayla Dawson heaved a distance of 18.91m (62′ 5″) in the shot put on May 1 to improve on her school record. The mark was the No. 2 mark in the US and No. 6 in the world so far this year. It is also the new Big Ten record all-time and No. 6 all time in the NCAA.

Dawson Honored

Khayla Dawson was tabbed for Big Ten Athlete of the Week on Wednesday, May 5 after her monstrous weekend at the Big Ten Indiana Invite #4/Billy Hayes Invite. Dawson heaved a put of 18.91m (62′ 5″) for the win with a Big Ten, facility and personal record.

Hoosiers in the NCAA Top-48

25 Indiana Track & Field student-athletes are currently qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

Men

Rikkoi Brathwaite (22nd) – 100m; 10.27

Jyles Etienne (23rd) – High Jump; 2.13m

Treyton Harris (9th) – Long Jump; 7.87m

Nick Lane (39th) – Hammer; 60.92m

Nolan Landis (46th) – Discus; 53.17m

Brock Mammoser (13th) – Pole Vault; 5.27m

Kyle Mau (23rd) – 5000m; 13:48.01

Parker Raymond (27th) – 800m; 1:49.07

Nathan Stone (3rd) – Pole Vault; 5.50m

Logan Targgart (24th) – Hammer; 63.84m

Shaton Vaughn (14th) – 400mH; 51.01

Ben Veatch (39th) – 5000m; 13:52.44

Women

Khayla Dawson (1st) – Shot Put; 18.91m

                       (19th) – Discus; 54.25m

Paola Fernandez-Sola (31st) – Long Jump; 6.24m

Kelsey Harris (15th) – 800m; 2:04.37

                  (20th) – 1500m; 4:16.13

Bailey Hertenstein (7th) – 5000m; 15:38.01

                             (14th) – 1500m; 4:14.73

Kelly Mindak (23rd) – 800m; 2:05.06

Leah Moran (8th) – Triple Jump; 13.25m

              (11th) – Long Jump; 6.41m

Maddy Pollard (4th) – Shot Put; 17.33m

                    (33rd) – Discus; 51.92m

Natalie Price (22nd) – 400m; 53.37

Hope Purcell (18th) – Heptathlon; 5,182 points

Alyssa Robinson (15th) – 200m; 23.09

                        (38th) – 400m; 54.11

                        (46th) – 100m; 11.56

Sarah Schmitt (32nd) – 10000m; 34:56.69

                    (48th) – 5000m; 16:13.39

Hannah Stoffel (33rd) – 1500m; 4:17.79

Anna Watson (5th) – Pole Vault; 4.31m

BUTLER BASEBALL: Final Home Games of the Season Up Next for @Butler Baseball

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INDIANAPOLIS – The final four home games of the 2021 season are on deck for the Butler baseball team. The Bulldogs will host a pair of doubleheaders this weekend against St. John’s. Friday’s action will get underway at 12 PM while Saturday’s first pitch has been moved to 1 PM.

Probable Starters

Friday: RHP Connor Schultz vs. LHP Nick Mondak

Friday: RHP Jack Myers vs. RHP Matt Semon

Saturday: LHP Nick Eaton vs. RHP Brian Hendry

Saturday: RHP John MacCauley vs. RHP Tyler Roche

BIG EAST Standings

Creighton 11-2, 19-9

Seton Hall 14-5, 21-17

UConn 7-3, 23-15

Xavier 10-8, 19-21

Villanova 6-9, 18-11

St. John’s 6-13, 15-18

Butler 4-9, 10-19

Georgetown 4-13, 4-17

BIG EAST Schedule (May 14 – May 16)

Creighton at Seton Hall

UConn at Villanova

Georgetown at Xavier

St. John’s at Butler

Bulldog Bits

– Andy Bennett has four hits over Butler’s last three games

– Nick Eaton has 29 strikeouts over his last five appearances; He had 9 K’s over his first six appearances

– James Gargano has scored a run in five-straight games

– Duncan Hewitt’s first multi-hit game this year came vs. Creighton

– John MacCauley threw a season-high 111 pitches in his last start vs. Villanova

– Robbie McCargar has seven hits this season; five home runs, one triple and one single

– Brody McGrath hit a double and recorded his first triple of the season in his last game

– Dan Harwood is the only Bulldog this season to post 5+ RBI in a single game. He had five vs. Creighton (5/8) and a season-high six at Xavier (4/17). He hit a grand slam in each game.

Scouting St. John’s

The Red Storm are 15-18 overall with a 6-13 record within the BIG EAST Conference. The Johnnies recently went 1-3 vs. UConn. They lost 4-3 in game one, but evened the series with a 4-3 win in game two. The Huskies shutout the Red Storm in game three, but would be pushed to extra innings in the final game (10) before claiming a 5-3 win.

Nick Mondak is the ace on the pitching staff. The left-hander is 3-3 on the mound with a 1.70 ERA. He has 57 strikeouts in 53 innings of action and has only walked 17 batters. Right handers Matt Semon, Brian Hendry and Tyler Roche are also expected to throw at Bulldog Park.

At the plate, Carson Bartels leads the Red Storm in multiple categories. A starter in 29 games, Bartles is batting .277 with nine doubles, one triple and two home runs to generate a team-best 20 RBI. Justin Folz is another player to keep an eye on. He holds a .250 average and leads the club with three home runs and 16 runs scored.

All-Time Series

St. John’s holds the upper hand in the series 15-3. The Johnnies swept BU in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Butler took one of three last year, in 2018 and in 2016.

Special Seniors

The Butler baseball program and head coach Dave Schrage recognized the 2021 Senior Class last weekend during the Creighton series. Butler’s graduation fell on Saturday, so the Bulldogs lined up the seniors on the team at the completion of the doubleheader. Andy Bennett, Derek Drees, James Gargano, Joe Graziano, Duncan Hewitt, Grant Hurn, John MacCauley, Jacob Margroff, Matt McElwain, Brody McGrath, Jack Myers, Nick Ortega, Jack Pilcher, Ryan Schmit, and Connor Schultz were all recognized. This group helped Butler record 78 wins over the last four years. Members of the 2021 Senior Class were also part of Butler’s first-ever BIG EAST Tournament appearance (2018).

A Full Four

The Bulldogs have not played a full, four-game series since mid-April when they traveled to Cincinnati to play a series at Xavier.

BIG EAST Rankings

– Jake Lazzaro leads the league in base on balls (28)

– Ethan Routzahn is tied for the conference lead with six saves

– Connor Schultz ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.64).

Power at the Plate

Butler has hit 10 home runs over their last 10 games, including four over their previous three contests. James Gargano went yard in game two of a Sunday doubleheader vs. Northern Kentucky and is also responsible for the last BU bomb that came against Creighton. Between those long balls, Dan Harwood and Robbie McCargar each went deep. Harwood recorded a grand slam in the sixth inning vs. CU and McCargar led off the seventh with a solo shot. Gargano, Harwood and McCargar are all tied for the team lead in home runs with five each.

Streaks

James Gargano has reached base safely in five-straight games for Butler. His five-game hitting streak is also the best on the team. Gargano will try to extend his streak to six games which would tie the longest hitting streak of the season for any Bulldog.

Multi-Hit Games

Brody McGrath has nine multi-hit games to lead the Bulldogs. A starter in 28 of Butler’s 29 games, McGrath holds onto a .283 batting average, the third-highest on the team. He has five doubles, one triple and one home run this season to rank sixth on the team with 11 RBI. Over 13 BIG EAST games, McGrath is hitting .375 with a team-best 15 hits.

Up Next

The 2021 regular season will come to a close at Georgetown next weekend for the Bulldogs. BU will travel to Washington, D.C. for a four-game series that runs from Thursday, May 20 to Saturday, May 22. Game one starts at 6 PM, Saturday’s doubleheader gets underway at 2 PM and the regular season finale on Saturday features a 1 PM start.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL: Softball Alumna Jennifer Gilbert To Represent Team Canada in Tokyo

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TORONTO – – Ball State softball alumna Jennifer Gilbert was one of 15 athletes selected by Softball Canada’s coaching staff to represent the country in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

A two-time All-American left fielder as a student-athlete for Ball State from 2011-2014, Gilbert helped guide the Cardinals to three MAC Regular Season Championships (2012, 2013 & 2014) over her playing career.
 
Gilbert, the only All-American in program history, became just the fourth two-time All-America selection in MAC history when she was named to the NFCA All-America Second Team in 2014 after earning third team status one year earlier. The only three-time MAC Player of the Year (2012, 2013 & 2014), Gilbert finished her career as one of only 11 players in NCAA Division I history to earn her respective conference player of the year award three times.
 
Gilbert also concluded her collegiate career as the MAC’s record holder in runs batted in (246), runs scored (215), home runs (75), doubles (62) and slugging percentage (.810). Her 75 home runs ranked eighth in NCAA Division I history at the conclusion of her career, and she became the NCAA career home run leader among Canadian-born players with her 66th blast versus North Dakota State (March 22, 2014). 
 
In addition, Gilbert ended her playing career tied for ninth in NCAA Division I history with 246 RBI, while her .810 slugging percentage was 10th.
 
Following her Ball State playing career, Gilbert also spent three seasons as a member of the Cardinals coaching staff, starting as a volunteer assistant in 2015. With her help, Ball State finished the 2015 campaign with a 34-25 (14-5 Mid-American Conference) record, won the MAC West Division title and claimed the league’s tournament championship to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals. 
 
The Cardinals went on to defeat 16th-seeded Notre Dame in the regional opener for the program’s first-ever regional victory. Gilbert was a full-time assistant for the Cardinals in 2016 and 2017. 

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: Hellickson And Petersen Named To U.S. Men’s National Team

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Former Fighting Irish hockey players Cal Petersen ’20 and Matt Hellickson ’21 have been named to the U.S. Men’s National Team for the upcoming World Championships, USA Hockey announced on Thursday (May 13).

The U.S. Men’s National Team will compete in the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship on May 21 – June 6 in Riga, Latvia.

Petersen was a member of Team USA’s roster in 2017 (Cologne, Germany), while Hellickson is poised to become the 16th former Fighting Irish player to take part in the prestigious event. Former Irish players Anders Bjork and Anders Lee also took part in 2017. All told with Petersen and Hellickson in 2021, Notre Dame will have had 16 former players combine for 21 U.S. National Team appearances.

Hellickson recently completed his senior season and signed professionally with the Binghamton Devils (AHL) and made his professional debut. He was originally selected by Binghamton’s NHL club, the New Jersey Devils, in the seventh round (214th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Hellickson, who served as an alternate captain this past season as a senior, skated in all 29 games in 2020-21 while scoring a goal and adding seven assists for eight points. In his four year career, Hellickson skated in 146-consecutive games for the Irish, totaling 13 goals and 39 assists for 52 points.

The Rogers, Minnesota native was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection following his junior season and also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors each of the last three seasons.

As a freshman, Hellickson helped Notre Dame claim the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships and an appearance in the 2018 NCAA Championship game. The Irish then reached the NCAA Tournament in two of his final three seasons and Notre Dame captured the 2019 Big Ten Tournament Championship during his sophomore campaign.

Petersen recently concluded his fourth professional season after playing for the Fighting Irish from 2014-17. Prior to the start of the NHL season, he completed his degree at the University of Notre Dame, having signed professionally after his junior season.

The 2020-21 season marked the goaltender’s first full NHL season and he played in 35 games for the Los Angeles Kings while posting a 9-18-5 record to go along with a .911 save percentage and a 2.89 goals against average. He is the first former Notre Dame goaltender to play in the NHL.

Petersen became the first goaltender to serve as team captain in Notre Dame hockey history in 2016-17 and the then junior led the Irish to their third Frozen Four appearance in program history. One of five finalists for the 2017 Mike Richter Award, Petersen was selected to the NCAA Northeast Regional All-Tournament team after posting wins over Minnesota and UMass Lowell. Petersen finished his junior season with a 23-12-5 record to go along with a 2.22 goals against average, a .926 save percentage and six shutouts. His six shutouts tied for the NCAA lead.

A 2017 First Team Hockey East All-Star, Petersen closed his Irish career by starting 90 consecutive games, which is the fourth-longest streak in NCAA history. In his three-year tenure at Notre Dame, he finished ranked first in career save percentage (.924), second in minutes played (6498:02), third in saves (3,042) and goals against average (2.30), tied for third in victories (55) as well as fourth in shutouts (11) and in games played (110). He made an NCAA record 87 saves during a five-overtime loss to the University of Massachusetts in the Hockey East playoffs as a freshman.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Host Southern Illinois in Final Homestand of 2021

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball will begin its final regular season homestand on Friday as the team opens a four-game series with Missouri Valley Conference foe Southern Illinois at Bob Warn Field. The Sycamores open the series Friday at 3 p.m. before playing a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. with game three following soon after. The teams will wrap up the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior Day ceremonies will begin at approximately 12:40 p.m. on Sunday.

All four games will be available on ESPN3 with Luke Martin and Tyler Ward calling the action. The series will also be available on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide with Brian Fritz on the radio call with Saturday and Sunday as well as on 97.9 FM // WIBQ 1230 AM in the Wabash Valley. Fans can also follow along on the go via the Indiana State Athletics March On App, live stats or at @IndStBaseball on Twitter.

FAN ATTENDANCE & TICKETING POLICY

Attendance will be limited to 500 (25% of 2000 seat capacity), with 140 on the ISU pass list and 60 on visiting team pass list. A total of 250 general admission tickets will be on sale for a price of $10. A total of 50 ISU students will be admitted for free (ISU student ID required) on a first come first serve basis once gates are open (30 minutes prior to first pitch).

The ticket window will open one hour prior to game time, 30 minutes before gates open. Fans will not be allowed along the first and third base lines to maintain social distancing from student-athletes.

For the health and safety of the Indiana State community, those in attendance will be required to follow campus policies such as wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, etc. The University will continue to monitor the conditions and evaluate the possibility of welcoming additional audiences.

THE SYCAMORE WEEKEND ROTATION

Game One – LHP Geremy Guerrero (8-1, 1.66 ERA, 70.1 IP, 80 K, 12 BB)                 

Game Two – LHP Tyler Grauer (2-1, 4.78 ERA, 26.1 IP, 27 K, 4 BB)

Game Three – LHP Tristan Weaver (3-3, 5.87 ERA, 38.1 IP, 37 K, 19 BB)­­

Game Four – TBA

NEWS & NOTEWORTHY

» The Sycamores come into play at 24-12 overall and 11-5 in Missouri Valley Conference play. ISU is hitting .273 as a squad led by Max Wright (.307, 7 2B, 10 HR, 26 RBI, .598 SLG) and Jordan Schaffer (.301, 7 2B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 32 R, .390 SLG) while four other ISU batters are hitting above .270 on the year. ISU’s Aaron Beck has jumped onto the scene with a .403 average with 29 hits in 26 games played (16 starts). Ellison Hanna II is also hitting .350 in 19 games (12 starts) with seven extra-base hits, including two home runs. Indiana State boasts the top team ERA in the MVC at 3.89. ISU’s .977 fielding percentage ranks 30th nationally and second in the MVC.

» Indiana State sits at No. 19 in the current RPI ranking, according to WarrenNolan.com. ISU has wins over Pittsburgh (#28), Tennessee (#8), Florida Gulf Coast (#62) as well as a sweep of FIU (#148). ISU also took two of three games at nationally ranked FAU (#73). Currently, Indiana State’s nonconference strength of schedule ranks 70th nationally while the Sycamores boast 10 wins over RPI quadrant 1 & 2 teams.

 » Southern Illinois leads the all-time series between the two programs, 98-89. The Sycamores have had success recently — winning 21 of the last 27 games — including seven of the last eight series since 2012.

» Last weekend, Indiana State claimed its first road series against Missouri State since 2007 after winning three games at Hammons Field over the weekend. Entering the series, ISU was just 8-16 at Hammons Field. The Sycamores outscored the Bears 28-10 over four games while also staying patient at the plate to draw 26 walks.

» Jordan Schaffer led Indiana State at the plate at Missouri State. Schaffer hit for a team high .438 average (7-for-16) while also accounting for a .526 on-base percentage as he was hit-by-pitch twice and drew a walk. The Wabash Valley slugged .688 over the series after connecting on his second home run of the season while also driving in six runs and scoring three times. Schaffer tallied a hit in every game, including three hits in during the third game of the series.

» Right-hander Javin Drake took a shutout into the ninth inning during the series finale at Missouri State. Drake faced the minimum and retired 13-straight Missouri State batters before issuing a walk in the fifth inning. Drake, a Wilton, Iowa native, tossed a season high 8.1 innings and struck out five. The Bears were able to spray just four hits on the hurler before he exited the game in the ninth.

» The Indiana State pitching staff has been strong this season, combining for a 3.89 team ERA which ranks 34th nationally and best in the MVC. As a team, ISU also ranks 14th in walks allowed per nine innings (2.99), 22nd in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.99) and 15th nationally in WHIP (1.23). Five Sycamores who have pitched at least an inning have ERA’s under 4.00 through 36 games.

» Geremy Guerrero has earned a pair of MVC Pitcher of the Week honors this season. He is 8-1 on the season with an ERA of 1.66 and leads the nation in WHIP (0.71). On the year, the southpaw has pitched 70.1 innings and struck out 80 while issuing only 12 walks while holding opponents to a .157 average against. Overall, Guerrero ranks first in the MVC and 16th nationally in ERA (1.66), complete games, strikeout-to-walk ratio, hits per nine, WHIP and walks per nine. He ranks third in the League in strikeouts.

 » Guerrero was named to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List by USA Baseball on April 14. Guerrero tied for second-most strikeouts in a single game during the series opener at FIU on March 5. The 15-strikeout performance was one shy of Dan Lazar’s 16-strikeout game in 1965 while tying Blaise Ilsley’s mark in 1984. The last Sycamores to be named to the watch list was left-hander Sean Manaea during the 2013 season.

» Guerrero enters this weekend leading the MVC with an ERA of 1.66. Only two other ISU pitchers have ever finished a season leading The Valley in ERA. In 1983, Paul Quinzer led the MVC with a 2.04 ERA and in 2013 current Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea paced the league with an ERA of 1.47.

INDIANA STATE TRACK AND FIELD: Sycamores Set Sights on MVC Outdoor Championship this Weekend

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CARBONDALE, Ill. – It’s championship weekend for Indiana State track and field as the Sycamores will travel to Carbondale, Ill., for the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend (May 14-16).

No spectators will be allowed entrance to the MVC Championships at Southern Illinois.

THE FAVORITES

The Indiana State men were tabbed to finish first at the MVC Championships this weekend, collecting five first-place votes while the women were picked to finish third. The Sycamore men currently hold 13 top-three positions in the conference rankings, including conference leaders JaVaughn Moore (100m dash), the 4X100-meter relay and 4X400-meter relay squads and Frankie Young III (long jump). The ISU women boast four athletes in the top-three of their events, led by Ryann Porter who leads the Valley in the triple jump.

Men’s Pre-Championship Poll

INS – 76 (5 first place votes)

UNI – 74 (3 first place votes)

ILS – 66 (1 first place vote)

DU – 49

SIU – 45

BU – 36

LUC – 32

VU – 14

UE – 13

Women’s Pre-Championship Poll

ILS – 100 (10 first place votes)

SIU – 88

INS – 73

MSU – 68

UNI – 66

LUC – 50

BU – 44

DU – 33

UE – 17

VU – 15

AT THE OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

After no competition due to COVID-19 during the 2020 outdoor season, the Sycamores will be attempting to bring home their 11th title on the men’s side and first since the 2014 season, a season the capped-off four-consecutive titles. The women will be seeking their eighth title as a program and first since the 2013 campaign.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Hurdlers Matthew Lewis-Banks and Zoe Sullivan swept the final MVC Track Athlete of the Week awards for their performances at the Pacesetter Sports Invitational. Lewis-Banks clocked a personal-best and 10th-best time in school history of 13.98 in the 110-meter hurdles to win the event and he now sits at second in the Valley and 34th in the East Region. He was also the lead-off leg of the school record 4X100-meter relay squad that erupted for a victory and time of 39.76. That time now leads the MVC and sits at 17th in the East.

Only a freshman, Sullivan had her best day in a Sycamore uniform at the Pacesetter Sports Invitational. Sullivan placed second in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, recording a time of 14.13. During the preliminary round she clocked a time of 14.10, the ninth-best time in ISU history and third-best time in the Valley.

ALSO IN THE RECORD BOOK

The Indiana State men’s 4X100-meter relay squad had a historic day on the track at the Pacesetter Sports Invite. Managing to dodge the rain, the team composed of Matthew Lewis-Banks, JaVaughn Moore, Jhivon Wilson and Noah Malone clocked the fastest time in school history of 39.76, taking down the old record of 40.35 that has stood since the 1997 season. They now lead the Missouri Valley Conference, sit at 17th in the NCAA East Region and 34th in the nation. In the field for Indiana State’s women, Ryann Porter was dominant. During Friday’s triple jump competition, the freshman unleashed the third-best leap in Indiana State history of 12.82m (42-00.75) to win the event, pushing her to first in the Missouri Valley Conference by nearly two feet. She now sits at 22nd in the East Region and 57th in the nation.

SOMETHING TO PROVE

Sycamore track and field was in the hunt for a championship through the very end at the 2021 MVC Indoor Championships. Indiana State’s men claimed the runner-up position as a team, falling narrowly to Northern Iowa, 167.5-165, by way of the 4X400-meter relay. The women took fourth as a team, falling to Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa.

VALLEY AWARDS

A duo of Sycamores was honored by the Missouri Valley Conference following the MVC Indoor Championships for their performances on the track and in the classroom. Mia Mackenzie earned the Elite 17 Award for being the female athlete with the best GPA in the meet. On the men’s side, Matthew Lewis-Banks was named the MVC Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete for holding the highest national ranking at the conclusion of the meet, ranking 28th in the NCAA in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.85.

WINNING ‘SHIPS

Five Sycamores earned individual championships at the 2021 MVC Indoor Championships, four of which came from the men’s side. Matthew Lewis-Banks earned his second-consecutive title in the 60-meter hurdle while JaVaughn Moore also earned back-to-back titles in the 60-meter dash. In the men’s high jump Nick Schultz claimed his first championship and Dearis Herron was victorious in the long jump. On the women’s side, Jocelyn Quiles put on a dominant performance to win the women’s 3000-meter run on day two.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL: Senior Day Set For Baseball This Saturday

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team (10-28, 7-21 Horizon) will close out the home portion of the 2021 season this weekend when UIC (21-16, 20-11 Horizon) comes to Mastodon Field.  

Who: UIC at Purdue Fort Wayne

Friday, May 14 – 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 15 – Noon (DH)

Sunday, May 16 – 1 p.m.

Video: None

Live Stats: Link

Fan policy: Home team pass list only.

Series History: UIC leads 12-1

Probable Starters:

Purdue Fort Wayne:

GM 1 – RHP Gerald Pintarich (8.27 ERA, 1-5)

GM 2 – LHP Jacob Myer (5.07 ERA, 3-5)

GM 3 – TBD

GM 4 – TBD

UIC:

GM 1 – RHP Jacob Key (2.11 ERA, 5-3)

GM 2 – RHP Chris Torres (2.86 ERA, 5-1)

GM 3 – RHP Ryan O’Reilly (5.56 ERA, 3-5)

GM 4 – TBD

Scouting the Flames

• The Flames were scheduled to play at Texas Tech last weekend in non-league play but the series was canceled.

• UIC has won 11 of their last 12 games with their only setback in that span being a 1-0 loss to Youngstown State in the series opener on April 30.

• Bryan Rosario leads the team in hitting at .391. He has knocked in 15 runs.

• Jacob Key owns a 2.11 ERA in 10 starts with five complete games.

Series History: UIC leads 12-1 with the one Mastodon victory coming in 2005 when the ‘Dons won 12-7 in Chicago. This will be the Flames’ first ever visit to Mastodon Field. The only game of the 13 not played in Chicago was a 2014 matchup played in Little Rock, Arkansas when the Flames won 14-6. 

Saturday… is Senior Day: The Purdue Fort Wayne baseball program will recognize Mastodons playing their final collegiate games on Saturday.

A Aaron:

• Aaron Chapman has a hit in 16 of the Mastodons’ last 20 games.

• He ranks 84th in the nation among players toughest to strikeout. He has fanned only 14 times this season in 128 at-bats.

• He had two hits in each of the four Youngstown State games last weekend. He went 8-for-14 in the series and scored three times.

Stone Cold Lock: Trenton Stoner had six hits in the Youngstown State series. He added a walk and a stolen base as well as scoring twice.

Justin Time: Justin Miller owns 23 strikeouts looking, third most in the league. His opposing batting average is .221, fifth best in the league.

Just One: Cameron Boyd has given up only one home run in 41.1 innings this season.

Hello 500: Head coach Doug Schreiber spent 18 seasons as the head coach at Purdue and is in his second season at Purdue Fort Wayne. He picked up his 500th career victory on May 8 at Youngstown State.

Oh Myer: Jacob Myer is 10th in the league in ERA (5.07).

Meep, Meep!: Jack Lang owns 12 stolen bases, tied for fifth in the league.

Put His Name in Pen: Jack Lang has started all 38 games at shortstop for the ‘Dons this season.

First Jack For Jack: Jack Lang hit his first career home run May 2 against Wright State.

Looking Ahead: The Mastodons travel to Oakland next weekend.

INDIANAPOLIS BASEBALL: Vaughn Hits Walkoff Bomb to Defeat Hawks

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Caleb Vaughn is a bad bad man.

The Greyhounds were down 4-0 at the top of the eighth, but to top off the end of the ninth the outfielder slammed a ball out of left field to score Brian Keeney and take the win over Rockhurst for the Hounds, 6-4 and advance them on in the 2021 Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament in St. Charles, Mo.

With the Rockhurst Hawks and The Hounds last meeting each other in the 2016 GLVC tournament – UIndy was looking to avenge the 2016 loss in 2021.

HOW IT HAPPENED

After a scoreless seven innings – the Hounds began to erupt at the plate. Starting with a RBI triple by Trey Smith, the Hounds went on to score three runs in the eighth.

Reid Werner started on the mound for the Greyhounds, striking out four and walking two in 7.2 innings pitched. Alec Burrnett (2-0) finished off the game in taking the win, striking out three and walking one in 1.1 inning pitched.

To kick off the ninth Brandon DeWitt singled up to middle, followed by Brian Keeney with an RBI single, finally topped off with Vaughn’s homer. Vaughn posted three hits on the day, including the out of parker, leading the Hounds.

Jack Eisenbarger (9-2) took the loss for the Hawks allowing five runs and eight hits in striking out seven in 8.1 innings pitched.

See what Head Coach Al Ready and Caleb Vaughn had to say about the win – here.

INS AND OUTS

-Both UIndy and Rockhurst tallied nine hits each, while RU had two errors and the Hounds had one.

-Rockhurst left eight ducks on the pond. The Greyhounds left four.

UP NEXT

The Hounds number two seeded Hounds will advance to play the winner of Lewis and Illinois Springfield on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

MIAMI SOFTBALL: Spaid Among Top 15 for Division I National Freshman of the Year

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Miami University softball freshman infielder Karli Spaid (Chicago, Ill./Lane Technical) is among a list of 15 student-athletes who remain in the running for the 2021 NFCA / Schutt Sports Division I National Freshman of the Year, the Association revealed on Thursday morning. The winner will be announced prior to the start of the 2021 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Spaid, who primarily plays second base for the RedHawks, has been a key part of a historic run for Miami Softball. She currently is tied for the program’s single-season home run record with 14 and runs scored record with 51, which both rank among all-time MAC single-season leaders. She owns a .410 batting average—which would rank third on Miami’s single-season list—a team-leading .893 slugging percentage, and has amassed 50 hits, including 11 doubles and three triples to go along with 39 RBI. She also leads the RedHawks in stolen bases with 18 on 19 attempts. Spaid was honored as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week in late March.

The RedHawks set a program record for wins, picking up their 42nd on Wednesday, May 12, and won the program’s second-consecutive Mid-American Conference regular-season crown, doing so with five games remaining on the regular-season slate. Miami (42-8; 32-2 MAC) will represent the MAC in the NCAA Tournament next weekend. As a team, the RedHawks have already broken MAC single-season records for runs (384), RBI (363) and doubles (101) and are closing in on the home run record with 78. The team’s current .342 batting average also would be a conference record.

The NFCA / Schutt Sports Division I National Freshman of the Year award was created in 2014 to honor outstanding athletic achievement among Division I freshmen softball student-athletes. To be eligible, student-athletes must be nominated by their member head coach. With the cancellation of last year’s season due to COVID-19, eligible candidates hail from the 2020 and 2021 freshman classes. Due to having two full freshman classes for the award, an additional five players have been added to the traditional top 10.

This year’s 15 finalists hail from 14 different universities and represent 11 NCAA Division I conferences from across the nation. No. 1 University of Oklahoma from the Big 12 Conference was the lone program with two honorees – Jayda Coleman and Tiare Jennings.

The Southeastern Conference led the way with three nods, while the Big 12 and Pac-12 had two representatives apiece. The Atlantic 10 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Mid-American Conference, Northeast Conference, Southland Conference, The Summit League and Western Athletic Conference all earned one recognition.

At the time of the release, five finalists have been named their conference’s freshmen of the year. Clemson’s Valerie Cagle was voted the first-ever Player and Freshman of the Year in the ACC. Stephen F. Austin’s Shaylon Govan captured Southland Hitter of the Year honors, while South Dakota State’s Tori Kniesche and Saint Francis’ (Pa.) Grace Vesco took home Pitcher of the Year accolades in the Summit and NEC, respectively.

On May 27, the three finalists will be released. The 2021 NFCA / Schutt Sports Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be presented on June 1.

In 2021, the NFCA will award National Freshman of the Year honors to a student-athlete from NCAA DI, NCAA DII, NCAA DIII and NAIA. For more information about all NFCA Awards, visit nfca.org.

2021 NFCA / Schutt Sports Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 15

*Denotes Second Year

Valerie Cagle, Clemson University *

Jayda Coleman, University of Oklahoma

Matalasi Faapito, New Mexico State University *

Shaylon Govan, Stephen F. Austin State University *

Alissa Humphrey, James Madison University

Tiare Jennings, University of Oklahoma

Tori Kniesche, South Dakota State University

Jenna Laird, University of Missouri, Columbia

Shelby Lowe, Auburn University

Janelle Meoño, University of Arizona *

Devon Miller, Fordham University *

Kiki Milloy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville *

Karli Spaid, Miami University

Alana Vawter, Stanford University *

Grace Vesco, Saint Francis University (Pa.) *

NFCA / Schutt Sports Division I National Freshman of the Year (previous winners)

2020 – Award was not presented due to COVID-19

2019 – Danielle Williams, Northwestern

2018 – Jocelyn Alo, Oklahoma

2017 – Rachel Garcia, UCLA

2016 – Amanda Lorenz, Florida

2015 – Paige Parker, Oklahoma

2014 – Annie Aldrete, Tennessee & Kasey Cooper, Auburn

DAYTON SOFTBALL: Softball Upsets GW, Advances To A-10 Semifinals Friday

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Dayton softball team entered the 2021 Atlantic 10 Championships as the No. 4 seed and upset the top-seed George Washington University in the first round on Thursday morning, 2-0.

The Flyers will now move on in the winners’ bracket and face the winner of No. 2 Saint Joseph’s and No. 3 Fordham at 12 p.m. Friday, May. 14.

Dayton improves its record to 20-24 on the year while GW moves to the losers’ bracket with a 33-9 record.

Final Score – Dayton 2, George Washington 0

• 2 – Megan Ward laced a two-run triple down the left-field line scoring Emily Daniel and Briley Sidor in what would be the decisive play of the game.

• 2 – This was only the second loss this season to an A-10 team by George Washington, having gone 23-1 during the regular season.

• 0 – It also marked the first time the Colonials were shutout by a conference opponent all season and the first scoreless game since March 11 against Villanova.

• 8 – Dayton stranded eight GW runners in the contest.

Winning Pitcher: Addy Bullis (12-6) – 5.1 IP, zero earned runs on four hits, two walks, one strikeout

Save: Sarah Bailitz (6) – 1.2 IP, zero runs allowed on zero hits, one walk and one strikeout

Losing Pitcher: Sierra Lange (17-8) – 7.0 IP, two earned runs on five hits, zero walks and six strikeouts

UP NEXT

Dayton will face the winner of hosts Saint Joseph’s and Fordham Friday at noon at the SJU Softball Field. The winner of that game moving on to the A-10 Championship game.

OHIO STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: RODRIGUEZ NAMED THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Senior Izzy Rodriguez, a defender from Canton, Mich., was named a 2021-21 Third Team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches Thursday.

Rodriguez, the 2021 Big Ten Defender of the Year, is a three-time OSU Scholar Athlete and two-time Big Ten Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She was named one of two Ohio State captains for the 2021 season in early March.

Rodriguez is a veteran of 69 games in an Ohio State uniform. She helped the Buckeyes to an 8-3-3 record this season and over her career to 36 total victories. Ohio State was selected to the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes defeated Stony Brook in the NCAA opener 5-1 and fell to Santa Clara in the NCAA Second Round, 4-1.

In addition to the All-America recognition, Rodriguez and junior teammate Kayla Fischer were named 2020-21 United Soccer Coaches First Team All-North Region. Sophomore Emma Sears was named to the second team All-North Regional squad.

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: BASE: Buckeyes Hosts Series With Michigan State This Weekend

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Buckeyes Hosts Series With Michigan State This Weekend

The two teams have not met at Bill Davis Stadium since 2015

Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Game 1

Date: May 14, 2021 | Time: 6:05 p.m. | Watch: BTN Plus+ | Scoring/Listen

Probable Starters:

Ohio State – Seth Lonsway (R-Jr. | LHP | 3-4 | 3.21 ERA | 53.1 IP | 80 K | 29 BB)

Michigan State – Mason Erla (Jr. | RHP | 3-5 | 3.71 ERA | 60.2 IP | 62 K | 22 BB)

Game 2

Date: May 15, 2021 | Time: 3:05 p.m. | Watch: BTN Plus+ | Scoring/Listen

Probable Starters:

Ohio State – Seth Lonsway (Sr. | LHP | 1-0 | 7.04 ERA | 15.1 IP | 14 K | 3 BB)

Michigan State – TBA

Game 3

Date: May 16, 2021 | Time: 1:05 p.m. | Watch: BTN Plus+ | Scoring/Listen

Probable Starters:

Ohio State – Garrett Burhenn (Jr. | RHP | 5-2 | 4.40 ERA | 59.1 IP | 61 K | 26 BB)

Michigan State – Sam Benschoter (R-Jr. | RHP | 2-4 | 6.79 ERA | 51.2 IP | 62 K | 26 B)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State won each of its last two series at home and following a road win on Tuesday, the Buckeyes are right back at Bill Davis Stadium to host Michigan State this weekend. Familiar start times of 6:05 p.m. for game one on Friday, 3:05 on Saturday and 1:05 on Sunday.

The teams met nine consecutive times in Columbus from 2013 to 2015 but this weekend will be the first meetings in Bill Davis Stadium since that stretch.  Ohio State and Michigan State have split the last 18 meetings back through 2013.

TICKETS

A limited number of general admission tickets are available for all remaining home games this season. For instructions on how to purchase, please visit the Ohio State Ticket Office online by CLICKING HERE. As a reminder, all guests must still wear a mask inside of Ohio State facilities.

The Opponent

Michigan State is 13-22 on the season and is coming off a 1-2 weekend vs. rival Michigan in East Lansing. The Spartans did win the finale last Sunday 10-2.

MSU is hitting .250 as a team and is fourth in the league in doubles and fifth in the league in triples. But the Spartans are last in the conference in home runs, hitting just nine on the season.

Defensively, the Spartans are second in the league in double plays turned and are fifth in fielding percentage.

On the mound, Sunday starter Sam Benschoter is eighth in the conference in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.80.

Ohio State Quick Hitters

Ohio State enters the weekend at 18-14 overall and is coming off a pair of series wins at home and a 5-1 victory on the road over Purdue last Tuesday night in West Lafayette.

The Buckeye pitching staff leads the Big Ten in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.0 which is also ninth nationally.

The OSU staff is third in the Big Ten in hits allowed by batter per nine innings (8.12) as well as third in opponent batting average (.240).

Seth Lonsway leads the conference in strikeouts with 80 and has allowed the fewest hits per nine innings at 4.56. That second number is also fifth in the country.

Garrett Burhenn has won each of his last four starts and is 5-2 on the season.

TJ Brock has seven saves on the year which is second in the Big Ten. He also leads the team with a 2.08 ERA in a team-high 14 appearances.

Freshman left-hander Isaiah Coupet has made seven appearances out of the pen and has a 2.92 ERA with 21 strikeouts and just four walks.

Freshman Kade Kern had a great first collegiate season and he currently leads the tea with a .367 batting average. That is also third in the Big Ten.

Kern has 13 multi-hit games and is currently reached base in a season-high nine consecutive games.

Brent Todys is currently riding a career-high 12-game hitting streak. He is hitting .362 with two home runs, four doubles and 13 runs batted in over those 12 games.

Conner Pohl has hit safely in 14 consecutive games which is a career-high.

Pohl has had a hit in 24 of the 32 games this season. He has reached base in all but two of the games this year and is riding a streak of 22 consecutive games of reaching base, which is also a career high.

Pohl leads the team with 10 home runs, marking his first season with double-digit bombs.

Zach Dezenzo is one of two Buckeyes hitting .300 on the season. He is batting .342 with four doubles, three home runs and 13 runs batted in over the last eight games.

Rare Midweek Road Win

With the cancellation of the weekend series in Minneapolis, Ohio State and Purdue connected for a midweek conference game in West Lafayette last Tuesday evening.

Nick Erwin had a three-run triple in the second inning and Garrett Burhenn turned in six strong innings to lead the Buckeyes to a 5-1 victory.

Burhenn allowed one run on five hits while striking out six.

Jack Neely made his first appearance out of the pen and struck out four over two innings. TJ Brock struck out the side in the ninth.

Brent Todys (12), Conner Pohl (14) and Nick Erwin (4) all had hits to extend their hitting streaks.

OHIO STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: BIG TEN OPPONENTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2021-22

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2021-22 men’s basketball conference opponent breakdown Thursday. Dates and times will be announced at a later date.

The regular-season league champion will again be determined following a 20-game schedule. The Big Ten went to a 20-game schedule for the first time in 2018-19.

Ohio State will play Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin both in Columbus and on the road (home-and-home) in 2021-22. The Buckeyes travel only to Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers. Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern will play Ohio State in Columbus only.

The Big Ten Conference champion was determined following a consistent 12-game league schedule from 1920 to 1950. The league schedule went to 14 games from 1951 to 1974 and then to 18 games from 1975 to 1997.

The conference dropped to a 16-game schedule from 1998 to 2007. The league champion was determined following an 18-game schedule from 2008 through 2018.

Ohio State has won 20 Big Ten Conference men’s basketball regular-season championships in its history. The first was in 1925 (11-1).

Ohio State’s Big Ten Championships by Length of Conference Season

12-game (1925, 1933, 1939. 1944, 1946, 1950)

14-game (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1971)

16-game (2006, 2007)

18 game (1991, 1992, 2010, 2011, 2012)

OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: OHIO STATE SET FOR REGULAR SEASON FINALE VS. MICHIGAN STATE

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team plays its final four regular season games this weekend when it welcomes in Michigan State Friday through Sunday at Buckeye Field. The series kicks off Friday with a single game at 6 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. The series finale is set for Sunday at noon on BTN.

The Basics

Friday: Michigan State at Ohio State // 6 p.m. // Buckeye Field // Columbus, Ohio

Saturday: Michigan State at Ohio State (Gm. 1) // 2 p.m. // Buckeye Field // Columbus, Ohio

Michigan State at Ohio State (Gm. 2) // 4:30 p.m. // Buckeye Field // Columbus, Ohio

Sunday: Michigan State at Ohio State // Noon // Buckeye Field // Columbus, Ohio

Briefly on the Buckeyes

Ohio State is 21-18 on the season after taking three of four games at Illinois last weekend.

The Buckeyes are fifth in the Big Ten in team batting average at .269 with four starters who are hitting .275 or better – Mariah Rodriguez (.353), Sam Hackenbracht (.322), Tegan Cortelletti (.287) and Niki Carver (.277).

Hackenbracht is tied for the lead in the Big Ten in home runs (11) and is tops in slugging percentage (.759). Her 24 RBIs are the second-most on the team.

In the circle, Payton Buresch and Allison Smith have each pitched the same number of innings this season: 119.1.

Buresch has the Buckeyes’ top ERA at 2.70 and is 9-6 on the season.

Smith, meanwhile, is 11-11 on the season with 120 strikeouts and a .237 batting average against.

Jessica Ross has been the most-used reliever and did pitch a complete game in a 9-1 win vs. Rutgers on April 23.

The Ohio State/Michigan State Series

The last time the Buckeyes and Spartans met in Columbus was April 20-22, 2018.

That weekend, Ohio State swept Michigan State with wins of 10-2, 6-2 and 6-5, respectively.

Overall, the Buckeyes have won eight straight against the Spartans dating back to the 2017 season.

Since 2013, Ohio State is 16-4 against Michigan State.

Scouting the Spartans

Michigan State improved to 13-23 on the season after a doubleheader split against Penn State on Tuesday.

MSU’s top pitcher is Ashley Miller, who comes into the weekend with a 1.93 earned run average in 101.1 innings of work. She has the most starts on the team with 16.

Next in line after Miller is Sarah Ladd, who is 4-8 on the season with a 3.35 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 75.1 innings.

Janae Wash leads the team from an offensive standpoint in RBI (16), home runs (three) and slugging percentage (.500). She hit a game-tying home run in the sixth inning of the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Senior Weekend

The Buckeyes will honor six seniors after Sunday’s game: Niki Carver, Payton Buresch, Skylar Hayward, Spencer Sansom, Carley Gaskill and Megan McMenemy.

Ohio State also had a senior manager who will be recognized: Alex Lazarony.

Two of this year’s seniors are currently enrolled in graduate school: Carley Gaskill and Spencer Sansom.

Gaskill and Sansom have been a part of 136 Ohio State wins over the last five seasons and three trips to NCAA Regionals.

Megan McMenemy graduated last Sunday with her degree in health and rehabilitation sciences.

Carver, a captain, is Ohio State’s active career leader in home runs (17), hits (110) and RBI (73). She has a .272 career batting average.

Gaskill is having the best statistical year of her career. She’s batting .274 with six doubles and two home runs.

Hayward pitched a combined no-hitter, along with Morgan Ray, vs. Army in 2019.

Sansom has played in 91 career games entering this weekend. She’s already earned her undergraduate degree in sport coaching, recreation, and physical education with a minor in human development and family sciences.

The Buckeye Bats

Ohio State currently ranks in the top five in the Big Ten in four major hitting categories.

It is No. 5 in the league in batting average (.269), tied for second in home runs (32), fifth in slugging percentage (.417) and fifth in total hits (279).

Mariah Rodriguez is fifth in the league in batting average at .353 and seventh in hits (42).

Sam Hackenbracht’s .759 slugging percentage is best in the league and 42 points higher than anyone else.

Allison Smith’s 11 wins are the seventh-most in the Big Ten and the most among freshmen pitchers.

She also leads all freshmen pitchers in innings (119.1) and strikeouts (120).

This and That

Carley Gaskill has reached base in 13 straight games entering the weekend, the longest such streak on the team this season.

Niki Carver has the next-longest streak, which she’s on currently, with 10 straight games.

Ashley Prange needs four hits this weekend to reach 100 in her career.

Friday will be the 100th games that Prange will have played in her career.

Hackenbrach’s .759 slugging percentage currently ranks as the program’s fifth-best in a single season since 2013. Lilli Piper has the top slugging percentage in 2018 at .887.

XAVIER BASEBALL: Baseball Closes Out Home Schedule with Five-Game Series Against Georgetown

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CINCINNATI  – Xavier baseball (19-21, 10-8 BIG EAST) closes out the home schedule this weekend with a five-game series against the Georgetown Hoyas at Hayden Field. The series opens up on Friday, May 14 at 12:00 p.m. with a doubleheader and continue on Saturday with a second doubleheader, also at noon. The series will wrap up on Sunday with one game scheduled to begin at noon, which will be considered a non-conference contest.

Both doubleheaders will feature a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning game. Xavier will also celebrate Senior Day prior to Saturday’s games.

The Musketeers currently sit in fourth place in the BIG EAST standings with a .556 winning percentage with two weeks of conference action remaining. The top four teams in the conference earn a bid to the BIG EAST Championship, running from Thursday, May 27 through Sunday, May 30 at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio.

Georgetown enters the game at 4-17 overall and 4-13 in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas began their season in early April and have picked up wins against St. John’s, taking 3-of-4 against the Red Storm, as well as a win over Creighton.

Nolan McCarthy has made six appearances, including four starts, for the Hoyas, leading GU with 31.2 innings pitched. McCarthy has an ERA of 3.13, allowing 11 earned runs on 28 hits, while holding opposing batters to a .246 average at the plate with a team-high 33 strikeouts.

Carter Bosch has also made four starts, and seven appearances total, going 22.0 innings with an ERA of 4.09, holding batters to an average of .155, best among Hoya pitchers who have made more than one appearance.

Angelo Tonas has made a team-high five starts, going 21.2 innings with an ERA of 5.82, allowing 14 earned runs on 23 hits, striking out 18 while walking just seven.

Conor Nolan is battling .359 in 39 at-bats, collecting 14 hits with five walks. Nolas also leads GU with five stolen bases on five attempts.

Andrew Ciufo leads the Hoyas with 11 RBI on 11 hits.

Eddie McCabe lead the Hoyas with 14 walks so far this season.

AJ Lotsis has a team-high 17 hits, and is batting .244 in 21 starts this season.

Georgetown tabbed Edwin Thompson to lead the Hoyas in September, replacing long-time coach Pete Wilk. Thompson spent the previous five seasons as head coach at Eastern Kentucky.

The Hoyas finished 2019 at 22-34 overall and 7-11 in BIG EAST play, finishing in fifth place in the league and not earning a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament.

Xavier is 12-6 all-time against the Hoyas after sweeping GU in a three-game series at Hayden Field in 2019.

Nick Zwack has made 11 starts, pitching a team-high 64.1 innings, with a 3.08 ERA, top-10 among regular pitchers in the BIG EAST. Zwack’s 54 strikeouts rank ninth in the conference. Zwack picked up his team-best fifth win against Villanova, tied for fourth most in the BIG EAST

Trevor Olson has made 12 appearances, including eight starts, and has a 3.18 ERA in 51.0 innings of work. Olson has limited opposing batters to a .223 average at the plate, and he’s collected 42 strikeouts.

Lane Flamm has made nine starts on the season, with a 4.81 ERA through 48.2 innings. Flamm leads the Musketeers with 56 strikeouts, eighth most in the BIG EAST.

Ethan Bosacker made his seventh start and ninth appearance against Seton Hall, with a 4.46 ERA in 42.1 innings of work. Bosacker has 36 strikeouts for the season.

Trey Schramm has made 10 relief appearances, with a 6.05 ERA through 19.1 innings of work. Schramm has three saves on the season, giving him 12 career saves at Xavier, rank sixth all time in Xavier’s record books. Schramm’s 96 career appearances rank third all-time in Xavier’s records, just two from second most in program history, and three appearances from tying for most appearances in Xavier history.

Dorsey Chatham has made 11 appearances with a 5.87 ERA through 17.2 innings of work, striking out 21 along the way.

Michael Dillon made his 10th appearance of the season against Seton Hall, bringing his season total to 14.1 innings of work with a 3.77 ERA.

Andrew Walker leads Xavier’s regular players with a .336 average at the plate, collecting 36 hits, 28 runs scored and 25 RBI for the season. Walker leads Xavier and ranks fourth in the BIG EAST with 13 stolen bases (13-13 SBA). His batting average, slugging percentage (.542) and on-base percentage (.419) and RBI (25) all rank in the top 10 in the BIG EAST.

Jack Housinger (.290/.420/.496) has 38 hits on the season, including a team-leading 12 doubles, ranked second in the BIG EAST, and five home runs. Housinger leads Xavier with 31 runs scored, sixth most in the conference, and 25 walks, second most in the BIG EAST.

Natale Monastra (.289/.406/.393) has a team-high 39 hits and 27 RBI, both ranked in the top 10 in the conference. Monastra has reached safely in the last six games.

Luke Stephenson added to his team-high with his sixth homer against UConn, seventh most in the BIG EAST.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1883       The Phillies, known as the Quakers at the time, win their first game in franchise history when they rout the White Stockings, later to be known as the Cubs, at Chicago’s Lake Front Park. Philadelphia had lost its first eight games of the season before today’s 12-0 victory and will finish the season in last place in the eight-team National League with a dismal 17-81 (.173) record.

1904       The Senators establish a major league record by starting the season 0-13 when the team drops a 6-3 decision to New York at Hilltop Park. Washington will be 11 games out of first place before the club wins its first contest this year.

1913       Walter Johnson’s streak of 55.2 scoreless innings ends when he gives up a run in the bottom of fourth in the Senators’ 10-5 victory against the Browns at Sportsman’s Park. The right-hander’s record will last until 1968 when Don Drysdale surpasses the mark, tossing 58.2 blank frames for the Dodgers.

1914       Jim Scott pitches nine innings of no-hit ball against the Senators but loses when he gives up two hits in the 10th inning. Howie Shanks’ bad-hop triple off the White Sox right-hander scores Chick Gandil, who singled leading off the final frame, giving Washington the walk-off 1-0 victory at Griffith Stadium.

1918       With the anticipation of crime rates decreasing in the city, officials in Washington D.C. lift the prohibition on playing baseball on Sunday in the nation’s capital. In five days, 17,000 enthusiastic fans, the largest crowd in the history of Griffith Stadium, will be treated to a dramatic, 1-0 extra-inning victory against Cleveland in the first contest played on a Sunday in the District.

1920       The Giants inform the Yankees, tenants since 1913, they are not renewing the Bronx team’s lease to play at the Polo Grounds at the end of the season. There is speculation the National League team, which later will decide to continue sharing their home until the completion of the American League club’s new stadium in 1923, may have been reacting to the team’s recent acquisition of Babe Ruth.

1920       Beating the Tigers in relief at Griffith Stadium 9-8, 32 year-old Senator right-hander Walter Johnson registers his 300th victory. Although the ‘Big Train’ hurled for mostly losing teams during his 21-year career, he will compile 417 victories, including winning 20-games or more for ten consecutive seasons (1910-1919).

1927       In the top of the seventh in the Phillies’ game against St. Louis, a section of the right-field stands of the Baker Bowl collapses, causing hundreds of fans to fall on the patrons below. Although there are many injuries, the only fatality is a victim of the stampeding crowd.

1939       During the Indians’ 9-4 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park, a woman, sitting in the stands near the visitor’s dugout, is injured when Marvin Owen’s foul ball strikes her just above the right eye. The Indians’ starting pitcher, her 20 year-old son Bob, threw the pitch that resulted in Mrs. Feller needing seven stitches on Mother’s Day.

1950       Johnny Hopp helps the Pirates crush the Cubs, 16-9, when he goes 6-for-6, including a pair of homers, in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep at Wrigley Field. The 33 year-old All-Star first baseman is called ‘Hippity’ by his teammates.

1956       The Orioles, taking a gamble, purchase sore-armed Billy Loes from the Dodgers for a reported $25,000. The 26 year-old right-hander will be selected for American League All-Star team next season and posts a 21-30 (.412) record during his four years with Baltimore.

1965       At Fenway Park, Carl Yastrzemski drives in five runs, hitting for the cycle with an additional home run. However, Yaz’s effort still falls short when the seventh-place Red Sox lose to Detroit, 12-8.

1967       Keeping a promise to his wife Merlyn, Mickey Mantle hit his 500th career home run on Mother’s Day, a shot into the lower deck into the right-field corner of the lower deck at Yankee Stadium. The ‘Commerce Comet’, now the sixth big leaguer to reach the milestone, hits the historic homer off Stu Miller, helping New York defeat the Orioles, 6-5.

1972       After twenty-one seasons with the Giants, 41 year-old Willie Mays makes a dramatic return to New York in his debut with the Mets when he hits a game-winning home run off Don Carrithers to defeat his former team, 5-4. The ‘Say Hey Kid’s’ 647th career homer in the fifth breaks a 4-4 deadlock.

1976       In an unusual promotion, visiting player Mike Schmidt makes many of the fans attending the game in Houston very happy. The promise of free beer for the Astrodome crowd if the Phillies’ third baseman strikes out happens when the slugger whiffs in the top of the fifth inning of the 5-1 team’s victory.

1977       Jim Colborn becomes the first Kansas City hurler to throw first no-hitter at Royals Stadium and second overall in that park, after California’s fireballer Nolan Ryan recorded the first hitless game in the ballpark during its inaugural season in 1973. The 31 year-old right-hander faces only 28 batters, issuing one free pass, in the 6-0 victory.

1977       In an 18-2 rout of the Indians, White Sox first baseman Jim Spencer collects a two-run single, a two-run homer, and his first major-league grand slam, driving in eight runs before being lifted in the fifth inning of the Comiskey Park contest. The 29 year-old infielder’s eight RBIs ties a franchise single-game record established by Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1920.

1978       In a contest best remembered for Tommy Lasorda’s postgame rant, Dave Kingman hits three home runs, accounting for eight RBIs against the Dodgers in the Cubs’ 10-7 victory at Chavez Ravine. The third-year manager takes exception to radio reporter Paul Olden asking his opinion about the Chicago slugger’s performance, responding with an obscenity-laced tirade that has become legendary.

1981       With a 3-2 win over Montreal in front of the largest Dodger Stadium crowd in seven years, rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela improves his record to 8-0. The 20 year-old southpaw, who has started the season with five shutouts and a minuscule ERA of 0.50, gets the victory when right fielder Pedro Guerrero hits a leadoff game-ending home run off Steve Ratzer in the bottom of the ninth inning at Chavez Ravine.

1986       Angel’s’ DH/outfielder Reggie Jackson homers off Red Sox hurler Roger Clemens to surpass Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list with 537. The future Hall of Famer will retire next season, finishing his 21-year career sixth on the all-time list with 563 round-trippers.

1988       Jose Oquendo becomes the first non-pitcher to get a major league decision, losing to the Braves in nineteen innings, 7-5. After pitching three scoreless innings in an extra-inning marathon against Atlanta, the Cardinals’ utility man gives up a two-run double to Ken Griffey in the nineteenth to suffer the loss at Busch Stadium.

1989       In his first at-bat as a Cub, Lloyd McClendon hits a three-run homer in a 4-0 victory over Atlanta at Wrigley Field. The 30 year-old utility player, obtained in an off-season trade from Cincinnati for Rolando Roomes, plays a vital role for the division champs, hitting .286 and 12 home runs in 259 at-bats.

1994       The Royals retire jersey #5 in tribute to George Brett, a .305 lifetime hitter who played his entire 21-year career with the franchise. The 13-time All-Star third baseman won the MVP award in 1980, batting .390 for the American League champs, and led the team to its first world championship in 1985.

1996       Dwight Gooden becomes the eighth Yankee to hurl a no-hitter when he throws 135 pitches, beating the Mariners at the ballpark in the Bronx, 2-0. The 31 year-old right-handed ‘Doc,’ who hadn’t won a game in nearly two years, was almost released last month after starting the season poorly.

2000       Although Sammy Sosa gets five hits, Henry Rodriguez drives in seven runs, and Eric Young steals five bases, the Cubs still manage to lose to the Expos, 16-15. Young’s accomplishment on the bases is the most by a Cubs player since 1881 when George Gore stole seven bases.

2002       At Latino-American Stadium, 77 year-old Jimmy Carter throws the ceremonial first pitch of the Cuban League All-Star game. One-time big-league pitching prospect Fidel Castro, the dictator of the island nation, coaches the former U.S. President before the toss.

2003       Kendall and Jake Burnham become the first husband-and-wife team to appear in a professional baseball game when the newly-weds play for the San Angelo Colts of the independent Central League. With her husband Jake starting at third base, the former fastpitch softball star, with two out in the bottom of the ninth, strikes out looking at three pitches in the 8-1 loss to Amarillo.

2004       Chone Figgins, going 5-for-6, collects a triple, a grand slam, and six RBIs in the Angels’ 10-9 victory over Baltimore at Camden Yards. The Anaheim third baseman/outfielder, who drives in the game’s winning run in the 10th inning with a single, joins Buck Rogers as one of the two players in franchise history to hit their first career round-tripper with the bases loaded.

2005       In upstate New York, 11-year-old Katie Brownell, the only girl enrolled in the local Little League, throws a perfect game in front of an astonished crowd of about 100 parents and friends. The shy sixth-grader strikes out every batter she faces, allowing only three foul balls in the six-inning contest at Oakfield Town Park.

2006       On Mother’s Day, with his mom in the stands, Bill Hall hits a walk-off home run to beat the Mets at Miller Park, 6-5. The Milwaukee center fielder, joining many other major league players, uses a pink bat in MLB’s effort to raise public awareness of breast cancer.

2008       After making an outstanding catch of Kevin Millar’s line drive near the Camden Yards warning track, Boston’s left fielder Manny Ramirez high-fives a fan before throwing the ball back to the infield to complete a 7-4-3 double play. Red Sox fan Randy Dunning, attending the Orioles game with his mom and dad before leaving for Officer Candidate School at Fort Meade, becomes the glad-hand recipient of ‘Manny being Manny.’

2008       Trailing 6-0 to the Reds at Great American Ball Park, the Marlins score six times in the top of the ninth to tie the game. Florida, however, loses the game in the tenth as Paul Janish, in his second major league at-bat in his first major league game, gets his first big league hit, a game-winning RBI single.

2009       The Mets collect a franchise-record seven stolen bases in their 7-4 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park. Ironically, the team sets the club mark without the help of a sidelined Jose Reyes, New York’s all-time career leader in thefts.

2010       Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones both collect five hits, including a home run for each, in the Pirates’ 10-6 victory over Chicago. The last time two Bucs enjoyed a five-hit game on the same day happened when Willie Stargell and Bob Robertson accomplished the feat against Atlanta in 1970.

2011       For the first time since 1914, the Dodgers are defeated after allowing just one hit, losing to the visiting Diamondbacks,1-0. Chad Billingsley, the hard-luck loser, gives up a leadoff double in the second to Stephen Drew, who scores the game’s only run when shortstop Jamey Carroll fails to cover the bag in an attempted pick-off play.

2011       Jorge Posada, claiming a stiff back and then the need for time to clear his head, asks not to play after learning he’s batting ninth in manager Joe Girardi’s lineup. The DH’s decision to sit out the game causes controversy when Yankee GM Brian Cashman refutes his player’s injury to the media during the nationally televised game against Boston.

2012       At the age of 19 years and 211 days, Nationals’ rookie Bryce Harper becomes the youngest player in franchise history to hit a home run, breaking the mark established by 20 years and 173 days old named Gary Carter as an Expo before the team left Montreal to play in Washington. Harmon Killebrew remains the youngest to homer for a Washington team, accomplishing the feat with the Senators in 1955 at the age of 19 years and 88 days old.

2020       Art Howe, best known as the skipper of Billy Beane’s ‘Moneyball’ A’s, confirms he has been dealing with the COVID-19 since first feeling symptoms at the beginning of the month, according to an interview given to KPRC-TV2. The former major league manager and infielder found out he was positive for the coronavirus two days after being tested, was transported to a Houston hospital by ambulance, after trying to recover at home, where he remains in an intensive care unit.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston2316.59011 – 1112 – 510 – 57 – 44 – 76 – 4W 1
Toronto2016.5561.57 – 413 – 127 – 41 – 35 – 86 – 4W 3
NY Yankees2017.541211 – 99 – 89 – 136 – 12 – 17 – 3L 1
Tampa Bay2019.51338 – 1212 – 77 – 82 – 19 – 96 – 4W 1
Baltimore1621.43265 – 1311 – 87 – 100 – 08 – 83 – 7L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox2213.62912 – 610 – 72 – 213 – 66 – 48 – 2W 6
Cleveland2114.600110 – 711 – 71 – 315 – 81 – 09 – 1W 4
Kansas City1620.4446.58 – 128 – 84 – 37 – 144 – 20 – 10L 11
Detroit1324.351108 – 105 – 141 – 58 – 133 – 45 – 5W 4
Minnesota1223.343106 – 116 – 121 – 36 – 82 – 93 – 7L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland2316.59013 – 1110 – 511 – 97 – 02 – 56 – 4L 1
Houston2117.5531.512 – 99 – 85 – 40 – 316 – 86 – 4W 3
Seattle1820.4744.59 – 99 – 116 – 53 – 46 – 73 – 7L 5
Texas1821.46259 – 109 – 119 – 54 – 65 – 55 – 5L 3
LA Angels1620.4445.58 – 98 – 112 – 55 – 37 – 113 – 7L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets1813.58111 – 47 – 99 – 52 – 55 – 18 – 2W 7
Philadelphia2018.5261.513 – 67 – 1210 – 118 – 32 – 47 – 3L 1
Atlanta1720.45949 – 118 – 910 – 95 – 21 – 25 – 5L 3
Miami1720.45948 – 99 – 114 – 53 – 68 – 66 – 4W 2
Washington1419.42459 – 105 – 96 – 94 – 22 – 53 – 7W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis2315.60512 – 811 – 710 – 1010 – 53 – 07 – 3W 1
Milwaukee2018.52639 – 1011 – 83 – 710 – 86 – 13 – 7L 1
Cincinnati1718.4864.510 – 77 – 110 – 09 – 64 – 95 – 5L 1
Chi Cubs1719.472513 – 84 – 115 – 59 – 123 – 06 – 4L 3
Pittsburgh1522.4057.56 – 109 – 120 – 07 – 143 – 53 – 7L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco2314.62214 – 49 – 106 – 43 – 111 – 77 – 3W 3
San Diego2117.5532.59 – 1012 – 70 – 04 – 614 – 115 – 5L 1
LA Dodgers2017.541310 – 510 – 123 – 02 – 89 – 54 – 6W 2
Arizona1721.4476.58 – 79 – 146 – 115 – 16 – 72 – 8L 2
Colorado1424.3689.512 – 102 – 143 – 31 – 38 – 184 – 6W 2

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
1 x-Philadelphia4723.67127-720-1610-229-118-22 L
2 x-Brooklyn4624.6571.026-820-168-424-166-43 W
3 xy-Milwaukee4525.6432.025-1020-1511-029-118-22 W
4 x-Atlanta4031.5637.524-1116-209-324-186-43 W
5 x-Miami3931.5578.021-1518-166-623-178-24 W
6 x-New York3931.5578.023-1116-203-823-176-41 W
Boston3535.50012.021-1514-204-720-213-74 L
Charlotte3337.47114.018-1815-198-320-203-73 L
Indiana3337.47114.013-2220-157-519-224-61 L
10 Washington3238.45715.017-1715-212-914-265-52 L
11 Chicago3040.42917.014-2116-196-520-205-51 W
12 Toronto2743.38620.016-1911-244-817-242-85 L
13 Cleveland2248.31425.013-239-254-816-241-91 W
14 Orlando2149.30026.011-2510-244-813-273-75 L
15 Detroit2050.28627.013-217-291-1112-292-83 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
1 xy-Utah5020.71431-519-156-526-146-42 L
2 x-Phoenix4921.7001.027-922-127-528-127-31 W
3 x-LA Clippers4723.6713.026-1021-139-327-136-42 W
4 x-Denver4624.6574.025-1121-139-226-157-32 W
Dallas4129.5869.020-1521-147-521-208-21 W
Portland4130.5779.519-1622-145-622-198-21 L
LA Lakers4030.57110.021-1519-154-824-175-53 W
Golden State3733.52913.023-1114-225-723-177-34 W
Memphis3733.52913.017-1820-156-618-226-44 W
10 San Antonio3337.47117.014-2019-176-617-232-82 L
11 New Orleans3139.44319.018-1713-226-618-225-52 L
12 Sacramento3139.44319.016-1915-205-718-227-31 L
13 Minnesota2248.31428.012-2210-265-714-276-41 L
14 Oklahoma City2149.30029.09-2512-243-811-291-98 L
15 Houston1654.22934.08-278-275-710-311-97 L
 

Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs. 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Conference

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
xy-Pittsburgh Penguins5637163773419615622-4-215-12-18-2-0
x-Washington Capitals5636155773319116317-8-319-7-27-2-1
x-Boston Bruins5633167732916813618-7-315-9-46-3-1
x-New York Islanders5632177712815612821-4-311-13-43-4-3
New York Rangers5627236602617715714-11-313-12-34-6-0
Philadelphia Flyers5625238582216320112-12-413-11-44-5-1
New Jersey Devils561930745191451947-18-312-12-45-4-1
Buffalo Sabres561534737111381998-16-47-18-33-7-0
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
xyz-Colorado Avalanche5639134823919713322-4-217-9-28-2-0
x-Vegas Golden Knights5640142823919112421-5-219-9-07-3-0
x-Minnesota Wild5635165753418116021-5-214-11-35-3-2
x-St. Louis Blues5627209632516917012-11-515-9-46-1-3
Arizona Coyotes5624266542115317612-12-412-14-24-5-1
Los Angeles Kings562128749201431709-14-512-14-23-6-1
San Jose Sharks5621287491615119911-13-410-15-33-5-2
Anaheim Ducks561730943151261796-18-411-12-53-5-2
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
xy-Toronto Maple Leafs5535137773418514418-7-317-6-47-1-2
x-Edmonton Oilers5535182723518215016-11-019-7-28-2-0
x-Winnipeg Jets5529233612916615212-13-217-10-12-8-0
x-Montreal Canadiens56242111592315916813-11-411-10-74-4-2
Calgary Flames5324263512314215014-12-110-14-25-5-0
Ottawa Senators5623285512115719014-10-49-18-17-2-1
Vancouver Canucks5221283451813617312-12-29-16-12-8-0
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
xy-Carolina Hurricanes5636128803217913620-3-516-9-35-2-3
x-Florida Panthers5637145793618915320-5-317-9-28-2-0
x-Tampa Bay Lightning5636173753518114721-7-015-10-36-3-1
x-Nashville Predators5631232642615615418-10-013-13-27-2-1
Dallas Stars56231914602115815413-7-810-12-64-4-2
Chicago Blackhawks5624257552216118613-11-411-14-33-5-2
Detroit Red Wings56192710481712717112-11-57-16-53-3-4
Columbus Blue Jackets56182612481513718711-9-87-17-43-4-3
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England32105322-0-00-1-07
New York City FC32018261-0-01-0-16
Orlando City SC31204131-1-00-1-05
CF Montreal31206421-1-00-1-05
Atlanta31114311-0-00-1-14
Inter Miami CF31114400-0-11-1-04
New York31025501-0-10-0-13
D.C.310236-31-0-00-0-23
Nashville SC30304400-3-00-0-03
Columbus20200000-1-00-1-02
Toronto FC201146-20-1-00-0-11
Philadelphia301214-30-0-20-1-01
Chicago301237-40-1-00-0-21
FC Cincinnati3012210-80-0-00-1-21
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle32108172-0-00-1-07
San Jose32018442-0-00-0-16
Real Salt Lake22005231-0-01-0-06
Austin32014310-0-02-0-16
Los Angeles320167-11-0-01-0-16
Los Angeles FC31204221-1-00-1-05
FC Dallas31115411-1-00-0-14
Houston31114401-1-00-0-14
Vancouver31113301-0-10-1-04
Sporting KC311145-10-1-01-0-14
Colorado311123-10-0-11-1-04
Portland310236-31-0-00-0-23
Minnesota300317-60-0-20-0-10