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  1. Pendleton Heights (6)
    G1: Pendleton Heights vs. Greenfield-Central.
    G2: Richmond vs. Anderson.
    G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.
    G4: Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. Muncie Central.
    Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

  1. Lafayette Jefferson (5)
    G1: McCutcheon vs. Lafayette Jefferson.
    G2: Harrison (West Lafayette) vs. Logansport.
    G3: Kokomo vs. G1 winner.
    Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

  1. Ben Davis (8)
    G1: Indianapolis Cathedral vs. Indianapolis Crispus Attucks.
    G2: Pike vs. Indianapolis Arsenal Technical.
    G3: Lawrence Central vs. Ben Davis.
    G4: North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Lawrence North.
    G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.
    G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.
    Championship: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

  1. Bellmont (6)
    G1: Marion vs. Norwell.
    G2: Mississinewa vs. Heritage.
    G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.
    G4: Bellmont vs. Oak Hill.
    Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

  1. Yorktown (6)
    G1: Hamilton Heights vs. Delta.
    G2: Jay County vs. Guerin Catholic.
    G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.
    G4: New Castle vs. Yorktown.
    Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

  1. Lawrenceburg (7)
    G1: South Dearborn vs. Batesville.
    G2: Greensburg vs. Connersville.
    G3: Rushville Consolidated vs. Lawrenceburg.
    G4: Franklin County vs. G1 winner.
    G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.
    Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner

  1. Lapel (8)
    G1: Muncie Burris vs. Lapel.
    G2: Monroe Central vs. Frankton.
    G3: Alexandria Monroe vs. Winchester Community.
    G4: Wapahani vs. Elwood Community.
    G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.
    G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.
    Championship: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

  1. Centerville (5)
    G1: Union County vs. Centerville.
    G2: Shenandoah vs. Northeastern.
    G3: Hagerstown vs. G1 winner.
    Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

  1. Heritage Christian (5)
    G1: Triton Central vs. Indianapolis Scecina.
    G2: Eastern Hancock vs. Heritage Christian.
    G3: Knightstown vs. G1 winner.
    Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

  1. Seton Catholic (6)
    G1: Union City vs. Tri.
    G2: Seton Catholic vs. Randolph Southern.
    G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.
    G4: Blue River Valley vs. Cambridge City Lincoln.
    Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.


  1. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (6)
    G1: Pendleton Heights vs. Richmond.
    G2: Greenfield-Central vs. Anderson.
    G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.
    G4: Muncie Central vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville).
    Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

  1. Logansport (5)
    G1: Lafayette Jefferson vs. Kokomo.
    G2: Harrison (West Lafayette) vs. McCutcheon.
    G3: Logansport vs. G1 winner.
    Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

  1. Pike (6)
    G1: Lawrence North vs. Ben Davis.
    G2: Indianapolis Arsenal Technical vs. Pike.
    G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.
    G4: North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Lawrence Central.
    Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

  1. Norwell (5)
    G1: Norwell vs. Heritage.
    G2: Mississinewa vs. Bellmont.
    G3: Marion vs. G1 winner.
    Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

  1. Hamilton Heights (6)
    G1: Hamilton Heights vs. Delta.
    G2: Jay County vs. Yorktown.
    G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.
    G4: Guerin Catholic vs. New Castle.
    Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

  1. Connersville (7)
    G1: Franklin County vs. Lawrenceburg.
    G2: Connersville vs. South Dearborn.
    G3: Batesville vs. Rushville Consolidated.
    G4: Greensburg vs. G1 winner.
    G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.
    Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

  1. Frankton (7)
    G1: Winchester Community vs. Monroe Central.
    G2: Alexandria Monroe vs. Elwood Community.
    G3: Lapel vs. Wapahani.
    G4: Frankton vs. G1 winner.
    G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.
    Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

  1. Union County (5)
    G1: Shenandoah vs. Union County.
    G2: Northeastern vs. Centerville.
    G3: Hagerstown vs. G1 winner.
    Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

  1. Knightstown (5)
    G1: Knightstown vs. Eastern Hancock.
    G2: Heritage Christian vs. Indianapolis Scecina.
    G3: Triton Central vs. G1 winner.
    Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

  1. Cambridge City Lincoln (5)
    G1: Cambridge City Lincoln vs. Union City.
    G2: Blue River Valley vs. Randolph Southern.
    G3: Tri vs. G1 winner.
    Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.


Castellanos, Reds top Cubs 13-12 in 10 innings

CINCINNATI (AP) Nick Castellanos hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a wild 13-12 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Jesse Winker began the Cincinnati 10th on second and advanced on Willson Contreras’ passed ball. Castellanos then cleared a five-man infield when he poked a liner into center field against Craig Kimbrel (0-1).

“It is always great to win a game like that,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Even when you don’t know how it is going to turn out, it is fun to watch two good teams going at it. It is easy to feel that way when you win, but you have to enjoy a game like this.”

Castellanos finished with five hits and four RBIs against his former team, including two of the Reds’ five homers. Mike Moustakas, Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart also connected, and Ryan Hendrix (2-0) got the win – fanning pinch-hitting pitcher Jake Arrieta to end the Cubs’ 10th.

Cincinnati bounced back after losing 3-2 on Saturday, taking the rubber game of the weekend set.

“It was huge,” Castellanos said. “Each team takes one big swing after another. I was frustrated with the way the game ended yesterday. I was glad to have another chance.”

Chicago also went deep five times, but lost for the seventh time in nine games. Kris Bryant homered twice, and Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Ian Happ also went yard.

“It was just a great game,” Bryant said. “I know we didn’t win, but if you’re a fan going to a ballgame, that’s what you want to see – 10 home runs, lots of action, some great plays, lead changes. It was a great game. We didn’t win, but they’re out there to beat us, too. Overall, I think it’s a positive step going forward. It was fun for the fans to see that offense.”

The Cubs trailed 12-8 before scoring four times with two out in the eighth. Jake Marisnick singled in Jason Heyward before Happ belted a three-run drive off Tejay Antone.

Cincinnati right-hander Tyler Mahle allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings. Mahle allowed a total of five earned runs in 25 2/3 innings over his first five starts.

Cubs righty Trevor Williams permitted a season-high four walks in a season-low 2 2/3 innings. He was charged with six runs and six hits.

Chicago grabbed a 4-2 lead on solo homers by Bryant and Rizzo in the third. Cincinnati responded with four runs in the bottom half, showing off its power.

First, Castellanos connected for a tying two-run shot. After Joey Votto bounced to third for the second out, Moustakas and Suarez hit back-to-back homers.

Alonso, Mets top Phillies 8-7 after replay reversal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Pete Alonso capped New York’s six-run eighth inning with a three-run double, and the Mets used a defensive meltdown by Philadelphia and a replay reversal to beat the Phillies 8-7 on Sunday night.

Michael Conforto snapped a tie with a bases-loaded walk against Jose Alvarado, driving in Jose Peraza, and Alonso followed with a liner off David Hale that split the gap in right-center and went all the way to the wall for an 8-4 lead.

Philadelphia got a run back in the ninth on Roman Quinn’s RBI triple. After a Matt Joyce walk, Rhys Hoskins hit an opposite-field drive off Edwin Diaz that was initially ruled a tying three-run homer first base umpire Jose Navas.

A replay review showed the ball hit the top railing of the fence on the out-of-town scoreboard in right, never clearing the wall itself. Hoskins was placed at second with a two-run double.

Diaz then departed with an injury and Jeurys Familia struck out Bryce Harper on a high fastball, earning his first save.

Didi Gregorius and Andrew McCutchen homered for Philadelphia, and Hoskins had two hits and two RBIs. But Hoskins also had a memorable defensive miscue that led to a run for New York.

After Gregorius’ three-run shot lifted the Phillies to a 4-2 lead in the sixth, the Mets went ahead to stay in the eighth.

Kevin Pillar sparked the rally with a leadoff drive off Brandon Kintzler (1-1). Jonathan Villar then singled and James McCann flied out.

Peraza followed with a pinch-hit smash that trickled off Hoskins’ glove at first and into short right field. Villar pulled into third, and then accelerated home with the tying run when he saw Hoskins casually flipping the ball to second baseman Nick Maton in frustration.

It was one play in a series of defensive issues for Philadelphia on the night.

Manager Joe Girardi then summoned Alvarado, who is appealing a three-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball for a bench-clearing incident Friday night resulting in an exchange of words with Mets outfielder Domonic Smith.

Alvarado didn’t record an out, allowing a single to Jeff McNeil, a walk to Francisco Lindor and then the bases-loaded walk to Conforto.

With Philadelphia trailing 2-1 with one out in the sixth, Gregorius drove a changeup from Miguel Castro inside the right-field foul pole for his third homer of the season. Prior to that at-bat, Gregorius was mired in a 3-for-32 slump dating to April 18.

McCutchen’s 16th career leadoff homer to dead center off David Peterson put Philadelphia in front in the first. But Peterson settled in, striking out eight in five innings.

Conforto had three hits and two RBIs for New York, and McNeil finished with four hits and scored two runs. Jacob Barnes (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin scattered 10 hits over six innings. He permitted two runs, struck out seven and walked none.

Kluber gets 100th win, Yankees sweep Tigers to reach .500

NEW YORK (AP) Corey Kluber was so good, he even smiled.

The right-hander handcuffed Detroit batters Sunday to earn his 100th career win with his most dominant performance since 2018. The pitcher nicknamed Klubot for his robot-like demeanor grinned when congratulated in the dugout after his final inning.

“I’m not the most vocal or most emotional person in the clubhouse,” he explained after the Yankees’ 2-0 victory, “but I wouldn’t say that I don’t ever have a good time.”

A day after Jameson Taillon’s first win in exactly two years, Kluber combined on a two-hitter that helped New York (14-14) complete its first series sweep this season and get back to .500 for the first time since the Yankees were 5-5.

Before last month, Kluber had pitched one inning since May 1, 2019, due to a broken forearm when hit by a comebacker and a torn shoulder muscle. Kluber challenged himself “to kind of get back to maybe a level you expect of yourself.”

“I tried to be realistic about it, that it probably wasn’t going to be just flip a switch and feel like I like to feel out there, I’m accustomed to feeling out there,” he said.

Kluber (2-2) looked like the pitcher who won AL Cy Young Awards with Cleveland in 2014 and 2017.

He allowed two hits in eight innings, walked one and struck out 10 to reach double digits for the 47th time but first since Sept. 24, 2018. Kluber threw 74 of 103 pitches for strikes.

“When he’s in the zone, it’s kind of like – good luck,” said catcher Kyle Higashioka, who is gaining playing time from Gary Sanchez.

Kluiber’s fastball was “only” 91 mph but he induced 18 swinging strikes – 13 alone on 83-86 mph changeups that tamed a Tigers team that saw its season batting average dropped to a major league-worst .195.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone appreciates Kluber’s reserved demeanor.

“Obviously, he’s a little understated and quiet and methodical and workmanlike and very routine-oriented,” Boone said.

Kluber got 11 outs on grounders, two on infield popups and one on a lineout to second baseman Rougned Odor in short right field. Detroit’s only flyout was by Robbie Grossman leading off the ninth against Aroldis Chapman, who struck out his next two batters to remain perfect in six save chances.

Kluber retired his final eight batters, reaching the Yankees’ season high for innings, and lowered his ERA to 3.03 – down from 6.10 after his third start.

“We could tell pretty early on that they, especially the lefties, were looking to jump on stuff on the inner part of the plate, whether it be a cutter or fastball,” he said. “Once we got them sped up, the changeup was effective.”

New York won in 2 hours, 14 minutes, its shortest over nine innings since May 15, 2019.

“The first few weeks we didn’t start like we wanted,” outfielder Brett Gardner said, “but the last week, week and a half, we have played a little better and hopefully, obviously, that continues into May, and as the weather heats up we’ll heat up as a team.”

Detroit has lost five straight and 10 of 11, dropping to a major league-worst 8-21. The Tigers have been blanked in three of their last four games and six times overall, on pace for 33 shutouts this season.

Just one of the Tigers’ hitters started with a batting average higher than .226, Jeimer Candelario. Detroit batters struck out 12 times, increasing their total to 305 in 29 games.

“We have to keep fighting,” catcher Wilson Ramos said.

Jose Urena (1-4) was nearly as good as Kluber but was hurt by the smallest of margins.

Gio Urshela reached leading off the second on a dribbler that nicked third base for a single. Urena walked slumping Aaron Hicks, and Higashioka hit an RBI double that kicked up the chalk on the left-field foul line. Gardner followed with a sacrifice fly that Grossman caught with a leap on the right-field warning track.

Urena allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one, retiring his last 17 batters in yet another game this season in which pitchers excelled.

“Doesn’t make it worse or better or easier or harder,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “At the end of the day, you either won or you lost, and we’ve lost a lot.”

Semien, Jays sweep Braves; Springer exits with tired legs

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays are taking no chances with newcomer George Springer.

Marcus Semien homered and drove in four runs as Toronto finished off a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a 7-2 win Sunday after Springer exited early with leg fatigue.

Joe Panik pinch-hit for Springer in the sixth inning.

“Legs felt tired, that’s how he said it,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “It was hot today.”

Springer was the designated hitter for the fourth consecutive game since making his Toronto debut Wednesday. The World Series MVP when Houston won its first title in 2017 signed a team-record $150 million, six-year deal with the Blue Jays this offseason but missed time because of a strained oblique and later because of a right quadriceps strain.

“He didn’t do anything for a long time, so we have to be careful,” Montoyo said.

Springer hit his first two homers with Toronto on Saturday night.

Semien hit a two-run homer during a three-run eighth to help Toronto win for the seventh time in nine games.

Braves starter Ian Anderson (2-1) lasted just four innings, allowing four runs and six hits during an 89-pitch outing.

“It was a grind from the get-go,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “Just didn’t have a good feel for anything. Just one of those days.”

Anderson was coming off wins against the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs in which he allowed five hits in 13 2/3 scoreless innings. The right-hander limited the Cubs to one hit over seven innings on April 27.

Danny Jansen, hitless in his previous 35 at-bats, had an RBI single in the second and Semien’s two-run double in the third put Toronto up 3-1.

Jansen also singled in the fourth and scored to make it 4-1 on Bo Bichette’s double.

“It feels great man, man,” Jansen said. “A sigh of relief.”

Ronald Acuna Jr. got Atlanta with 4-2 in the fifth on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to the center-field warning track off Ross Stripling.

Ryan Borucki (3-1) replaced Stripling and prevented further damage by striking out Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna.

“What a job by Borucki,” Stripling said. “It was awesome.”

Stripling, coming back from a right forearm flexor strain, gave up two runs and five hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Rafael Dolis entered with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth and struck out Acuna to get his third save.

William Contreras, recalled from the alternate site after the Braves put catchers Travis d’Arnaud and Alex Jackson on the injured list, had an RBI single in the second.

Scherzer leads Nats over Miami, heads to join wife for birth

WASHINGTON (AP) Max Scherzer delivered in a hurry, tossing a five-hitter to lead the Washington Nationals over the Miami Marlins 3-1.

Then it was on to more important matters.

Scherzer hustled out of Nationals Park after a game that took only 2 hours, 37 minutes, hurrying to be with wife Erica for the birth of their third child on Sunday night.

“We knew going into it. That’s why we tried to make it a quick game,” catcher Yan Gomes kidded.

Scherzer (2-2) carried a shutout into the ninth inning before Isan Diaz led off with a home run.

The right-hander, who bounced back from a subpar outing against the Blue Jays, struck out nine without a walk and hit a batter while throwing 106 pitches.

“He had 23 of 31 first-pitch strikes,” said manager Dave Martinez before announcing Scherzer’s other news. “As a starting pitcher, that’s what you’ve got to do.”

It was the 12th career complete game for Scherzer, who got loud applause from the approximately 8,500 fans at Nationals Park when he came out to start the ninth, unaware how special a day it was for Scherzer.

Ryan Zimmerman backed Scherzer with a three-run homer.

“Typical of him to do something cool on obviously on an interesting day for him,” Zimmerman said. “For him to go complete game and pitch the way he did today and then go over and have a baby with his wife. Pretty cool day for him. We’re happy for him. He never ceases to amaze I guess is the best way to put it.”

Yan Gomes added two hits for Washington, which improved to .500 with its fourth straight win.

The Marlins finished 3-7 on their road trip after getting swept by Washington.

“It’s hard to say it was a good trip at all,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We had a chance to come in here and win a series and be even on the road and we didn’t do that.”

Miami rookie Trevor Rogers (3-2) hadn’t allowed a run in his past two games, spanning 13 innings. Against Washington, he gave up three runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batter in five innings while striking out six.

“He was a little out of sync today, but that shows you what he’s made of,” Mattingly said. “He hangs in there. Outside of that pitch to Zimmerman, he’s got a chance to put up zeros.”

With runners on first and second in the Washington third, Rogers caught Victor Robles trying to steal third. Trea Turner walked and then Zimmerman sent an 0-2 fastball over the 402-foot sign in center.

The 36-year-old Zimmerman, who opted to sit out the 2020 season, is hitting .319 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in limited action. He’s hit safely in eight of his 10 starts.

He struck out on a fastball against Rogers in the first inning.

“On the second at-bat I said I wasn’t going to get beat on the heater,” Zimmerman said. “He threw me two decent changeups to start and I was just ready for the heater. It’s kind of funny how on 0-2 sometimes you simplify and just try to hit the ball hard and sometimes those are your best swings.”

Ramirez, Hernandez homer as Indians blank White Sox 5-0

CHICAGO (AP) Jose Ramirez and Cesar Hernandez homered, Amed Rosario had three hits and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-0 on Sunday.

Zach Plesac and three relievers limited the White Sox to four hits as Cleveland took two of three in a series between AL Central foes that both made the playoffs last year. The Indians have won five of their last seven.

Andrew Vaughn had two hits for the White Sox, who had won seven of nine.

Ramirez hit a two-run shot – his eighth homer of the season – off Codi Heuer in a three-run seventh inning.

“He’s one of the best players in the game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s smart, he’s got the talent. He’s just a great player. I’m glad people are finally coming to realize that outside of Cleveland.”

Hernandez connected for a solo drive off Lucas Giolito to put the Indians ahead in the third. Giolito has allowed six homers in six starts.

Rosario tripled and scored on third baseman Yoan Moncada’s error when Moncada and shortstop Tim Anderson bumped into each other trying to field a popup in the fourth.

Plesac (2-3) allowed three hits and four walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. He fanned Jake Lamb with the bases loaded in the third after issuing back-to-back walks and hitting Jose Abreu with a pitch.

“He competed like crazy,” Francona said.

Plesac also escaped trouble in the fourth when he struck out Anderson with two on. In two previous starts against Chicago, the right-hander had allowed 12 runs over 5 2/3 innings.

“I wasn’t thinking about the last two starts,” Plesac said. “I was thinking about getting this team, put them in position to win this series. It was a big game for me, a big game for us.”

Gausman, Tauchman lead Giants past Padres 7-1 to avoid sweep

SAN DIEGO (AP) Kevin Gausman pitched six effective innings and scored twice, Mike Tauchman homered and drove in four runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 7-1 on Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep.

Tauchman hit a three-run shot in the third off Joe Musgrove to help the Giants remain atop the NL West.

“I knew I hit it good, but you never know. A situation like that you just try and put a good swing on the ball,” Tauchman said. “Gausman did a great job this afternoon throwing a lot of strikes and making hitters uncomfortable.”

Gausman (2-0) kept the Padres off balance, giving up six hits and striking out six. He also reached base on a single and an error to help the offense.

“You are always trying not to get swept. If you can stay away from those sweeps, especially against good teams, it can kind of kill some of their momentum,” Gausman said. “It is definitely good to get one out of here.”

Fernando Tatis Jr. homered in the first inning for San Diego.

Musgrove (2-3), who pitched the first no-hitter in Padres history for his hometown team April 9 at Texas, came into the game with a 1.24 ERA and .137 opponents’ batting average (both ranked second in the NL). But he was not sharp against the Giants.

“Tauchman had a great approach against Musgrove. I thought our entire group had a great approach against Musgrove. We were just going to be very selective and see if we could run up his pitch count,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “The big hit for us (Tauchman’s homer) was huge given the fact that we had gone a couple of days of not hitting with runners in scoring position.”

The right-handed Musgrove lasted five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) and four hits – including Tauchman’s drive to right field on a 90 mph cutter.

“A little bit of searching out there. I fell behind to a couple of hitters and a couple of walks hurt me,” Musgrove said. “I just didn’t have great stuff most of the day.”

Musgrove also made a costly fielding error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Gausman in the third that led to an unearned run in the Giants’ four-run outburst. Musgrove gave up two additional runs in the fifth.

“It wasn’t a very good bunt on my part, to be honest,” Gausman said. “I automatically thought, just don’t be on the back end of a double play.”

San Francisco tacked on a run in the ninth for a 7-1 lead as Padres reliever Aaron Northcraft walked four batters, including Tauchman with the bases loaded.

Tatis hit an opposite-field homer to right off Gausman to give San Diego a short-lived 1-0 lead.

There were two outstanding catches in the outfield, one by each team.

In the first inning, Tauchman hit a deep fly to right-center where Padres right fielder Jurickson Profar ranged far to his right and made a spectacular diving grab near the base of the wall.

In the fourth, Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson robbed Jake Cronenworth of a hit with a charging, diving catch.

“I tip my cap to our defense. They probably saved me two or three runs today,” Musgrove said.

Martínez goes 8, Bader 3-run HR as Cards sweep Pirates 3-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Carlos Martinez pitched eight marvelous innings, Harrison Bader hit an early three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

St. Louis has won seven straight against the Pirates and is 20-6 versus Pittsburgh since the start of the 2019 season. The sweep was the second in three series for the Cardinals, who have won eight of 10 overall.

Bader’s home run came with one out in the second inning. Paul DeJong walked, Tyler O’Neill singled and, after Andrew Knizner’s fielder’s choice, Bader drilled a 1-1 slider left up in the zone by rookie Wil Crowe (0-1).

It was Bader’s first home run of the season in his third game since returning from a forearm injury.

Martinez (2-4) was effective and efficient, allowing five hits and two walks. He struck out just three, but leaned on his cutter and got 10 groundouts and three double plays.

“This is my best stuff,” Martinez said. “When I want to throw hard, I’ve got the velocity. I’m feeling great.”

Alex Reyes retired the side in order in the ninth for his seventh save.

The Pirates went 0 for 8 with runners on base. No Pittsburgh player had more than one hit, and the Pirates did not get more than one hit in any inning.

Making his second major league start, Crowe dealt with traffic in every inning, partially thanks to four walks and a hit batter. He needed 97 pitches to get through five.

Crowe made the most of his first big league opportunity to hit, sending a single down the third-base line and drawing a walk in two trips to the plate.

Antetokounmpo scores 49 points as Bucks beat Nets 117-114

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo played how he wants to play, and it was enough to overcome a terrific effort by Kevin Durant.

Antetokounmpo scored 49 points and Khris Middleton had 26 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 117-114 victory over Durant and the Nets on Sunday.

Antetokounmpo also had eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. The two-time reigning NBA MVP went 21 for 36 from the field, including a 4-for-8 performance from 3-point range.

“I’ve been working on a jump shot my whole life,” Antetokounmpo said. “I know eventually one day it’s all going to click.

“Tonight that picture I created, that’s who I want to be moving forward. It doesn’t matter if I score 49 points. I don’t care about that. What I care about is how I slowed down, how I was able to find my teammates. How if I missed one, missed a second one, missed a third one and still be able to come down and shoot another one. This is what I believe I can be.”

The Bucks (40-24) won for the third time in four games to pull within 2 1/2 games of the Nets (43-22) in the three-way battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia is on top at 42-21 heading into its matchup with San Antonio on Sunday night.

Milwaukee hosts Brooklyn again on Tuesday night.

“Every day you wake up is about your craft,” Durant said. “We’ve just got to stay locked in mentally to what we’re trying to do as a group.”

Durant had 42 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, but he missed a difficult fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer. Kyrie Irving scored 20 points, and Landry Shamet finished with 17.

Durant was 7 of 13 from 3-point range and 16 of 33 overall while playing a game-high 40 minutes.

“You’ve got a guy who is pretty much the same size as Giannis, with unlimited range,” Middleton said. “KD is a guy who will just pull up in your face like you’re not there.”

Antetokounmpo finished three points shy of his career high, set against Philadelphia in March 2019.

A slick move by Antetokounmpo gave the Bucks a 117-112 lead, and Irving answered with a layup. But Durant and Middleton traded 3-point misses before the final attempt by Durant.

“I was not going back and forth with KD,” Antetokounmpo said. “There’s nobody in this world who can go back and forth with him. He’s one of the greatest players to ever play this game.

“You’ve got to be able to do it as a unit, to guard him and make it tough on him. I was just trying to do my job, get to my spot and execute and help my team win.”

Jrue Holiday had 18 points for Milwaukee, and Bryn Forbes finished with 12.

Lowry leads depleted Raptors past Lakers; LeBron exits early

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kyle Lowry had 37 points and 11 assists, Pascal Siakam had 39 points and 13 rebounds and the short-handed Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 121-114 on Sunday night.

LeBron James had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists before going back to the locker room with 6:42 to play. It was the second game back for James after missing 20 because of a sprained right ankle.

Toronto ended a three-game losing streak despite not having Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher or Gary Trent Jr. available because of injuries or to rest after losing at Utah on Saturday.

DeAndre’ Bembry had 14 points off the bench and the Raptors led by as many as 21 to hand the defending NBA champion Lakers another baffling defeat.

Kyle Kuzma had 24 points for Los Angeles, Anthony Davis chipped in with 12 and Andre Drummond had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

After trailing by as many as 12 points in the first quarter, the Raptors led 72-59 at the half after blitzing the Lakers for 40 points in the second. A rampaging Lowry had 13, including the final seven points for Toronto going into the locker room, and Bembry chipped in with 11.

The Lakers got back within 10 points early in the fourth quarter, but Lowry responded with a personal 8-2 run.

Lowry was 8 for 13 from 3-point range and 12 for 20 overall.

Kuzma hit a 3 with 58.8 seconds to play to cut Toronto’s lead to six before Bembry and Siakam hit free throws to seal it.

McCollum powers Trail Blazers past Celtics 129-119

BOSTON (AP) CJ McCollum scored 10 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and Portland held on for a 129-119 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night, extending the Trail Blazers’ winning streak to four.

Damian Lillard had 26 points and 13 assists for Portland. Carmelo Anthony finished with 13 points – including a 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining to help seal it after Boston pulled within two points.

The Trail Blazers improved to 4-0 on their six-game road trip. They entered the game in seventh in the Western Conference playoff standings and are trying to work their way out of the play-in round.

“I think we’re playing better basketball at the right time,” McCollum said. “Understanding the severity of each game – what we need to accomplish heading into the playoffs and what we need to accomplish to get into the playoffs is very important.”

Jayson Tatum scored 33 to lead Boston, which is trying to avoid falling into the play-in round in the final weeks of the season.

“We need to just take the mindset of whether we won or lost, you can’t change that,” Tatum said.

After rallying from 32 points behind to beat San Antonio in overtime Friday night, the Celtics couldn’t produce another comeback against the Blazers, who shot 52% (44 for 85). The Blazers also helped themselves by forcing 18 turnovers and committing only nine.

“I think the biggest thing is I thought we were very aggressive on the ball,” coach Terry Stotts said. “We created turnovers in a variety of ways. But I think the pressure on the ball, our hands and our alertness on the weak side all played a part in it.”

Norman Powell scored 23 points, Robert Covington had 10 and Jusuf Nurkic pulled down 11 rebounds for Portland, which will have six games remaining – including four at home – once the road trip ends after stops in Atlanta and Cleveland.

“Like I was saying before we left on the road trip, on the road trip, what are you willing to do to dig yourself out? How desperate are we willing to go out there and look and be and behave?” Lillard said. “We need to win these games. We need to get stops. We need to have a presence. We’ve got to take a challenge and tonight was pretty much the same thing. “

After the teams went into halftime tied at 71, Portland capitalized on six turnovers in the third quarter and led 103-98 entering the fourth quarter.

Tristan Thompson appeared to put the Celtics back up on a put-back dunk, but the basket was waved off because of offensive interference. The Blazers, who led 107-106 after the call that was widely disputed by the Celtics and their fans, got back-to-back 3-pointers from McCollum and Anthony for a 113-106 lead.

The Celtics stayed within a basket or two and had another chance after Tatum hit a pair of free throws to pull Boston within 121-119 with 1:21 left to play.

But Anthony answered for Portland with a 3-pointer, then sidestepped his way back on defense while waving his arms at Boston’s fans. After a miss by the Celtics, Powell took it the other way for a layup and Portland had a 126-119 lead.

Aaron Nesmith, who scored 16 for Boston, said the Celtics had some difficulties staying consistent on defense.

“In the second half we were able to pick it up, but we’ve got to be able to do it for 48 minutes,” Nesmith said.

Embiid, Sixers escape short-handed Spurs in OT, 113-111

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Joel Embiid had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the undermanned San Antonio Spurs 113-111 in overtime Sunday night.

Ben Simmons tipped in the game-winner off a miss from Embiid as time expired. Embiid had four points in overtime, all on free throws.

“I knew Joel was going to get a good look,” Simmons said. “We trust him with those shots. I was just there to clean it up.”

Seth Curry scored 22 points and Dwight Howard added 14 as Philadelphia won its fourth straight to remain atop the Eastern Conference. Simmons finished with five points, six rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes.

Lonnie Walker IV had 23 points to lead the Spurs, who lost their third straight. Keldon Johnson added 19 points, Rudy Gay had 18 and Gorgui Dieng 17.

San Antonio was without four starters as Dejounte Murray and Derrick White missed the game due to injuries and DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl sat out for rest.

“I am just really excited for how hard we are playing,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I just hope they continue to believe in themselves because they have had kind of a tough road.”

San Antonio tied the game at 102 on Gay’s 3-pointer with 2:37 remaining in regulation. The Sixers reclaimed the lead on the ensuing possession with a 3-pointer by Curry only to watch Johnson hit another game-tying 3.

Embiid and Johnson muscled their way into the lane to keep the game tied at 107 with 1:03 remaining. After Matisse Thybulle blocked Patty Mills’ 3-point attempt, Embiid missed a fade-away jumper from 15 feet to send the game to overtime.

“We haven’t been in this situation in a while as a full team,” Curry said. “So, it’s stuff we can look at. Coaches can look at the film and figure some stuff for us down the line.”

Both teams struggled offensively in overtime, combining to score just nine points on 3-for-11 shooting.

Simmons was 1 for 5 shooting before tipping in the game-winner. While he struggled offensively, Simmons drew a pair of charges against Johnson in overtime.

“I thought those two charges were the biggest plays of the game,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said.

Heat move into 6th place in East; beat Hornets 121-111

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The NBA playoffs are approaching and the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat are starting to play like it.

Bam Adebayo had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jimmy Butler added 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and the surging Heat easily defeated the Charlotte Hornets 121-111 on Sunday night to move into sole possession of sixth place in the conference.

Miami’s win combined with Boston’s 129-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers leaves the Heat (35-30) a full game ahead of the Celtics with seven games remaining.

That’s significant because the team that finishes in sixth automatically qualifies for the playoffs, while the teams that finish in seventh through 10th place must earn their way into the postseason via the play-in tournament.

“You want to be playing your best basketball at the right time and I’m praying, I’m hoping that right now is the right time for us to being playing our best basketball,” Butler said.

Kendrick Nunn added 19 points and Goran Dragic had 18 for the Heat, who’ve won four of their last five.

P.J. Washington had 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting for the Hornets (31-33), while rookie LaMelo Ball finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in his second game back from a broken wrist.

The Hornets were hoping to pull within 1 1/2 games of the Heat for seventh place in what Miles Bridges had called a statement game, but they never could get on track and failed to match Miami’s intensity.

“This team was in the Finals last year,” Bridges said of the Heat. “They know what it’s like to be in the playoffs. Mostly everybody on our team doesn’t know how to be in the playoffs. … So yeah, they played more physical than us and it showed.”

Adebayo dominated the paint early and Dragic sliced up Charlotte’s defense with surprising ease as the Heat avoided a series sweep by the Hornets.

Dragic said Sunday night felt like a playoff game.

“We definitely want to be in the top six and not play in the seeding game,” Dragic said. “We need to fight every game because it’s important. It is the playoffs. The preparation is just different.”

“They were able to get to the rim, they were physical in the paint,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “I thought our success against them a lot this season was the paint game. We’ve done a much better job protecting the paint, but we got exposed there tonight.”

The Heat led by as many as 12 in the first half, but Ball cut the lead to seven at the break with a rebound and a full-court baseball pass to a streaking Terry Rozier for the layup to beat the buzzer.

But Butler began to take over in the third quarter, getting past Bridges for a two-handed dunk for a three-point play to give the Heat a 93-78 lead. Dragic added a layup to push Miami’s lead to 20 entering the fourth quarter and it seemed to deflate the Hornets. Nunn’s 3-pointer gave Miami a 25-point lead early in the fourth quarter and a short while later, both coaches began emptying the benches.

It was the second straight night Miami’s starters got to watch the finish while relaxing on the bench.

“We threw different type of defenses at them throughout the entire game,” Butler said. “We were locked in. Being able to mix and match our defense can really help us grow.”

Booker scores 32 as Suns hold off Thunder 123-120

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Devin Booker scored 32 points, and the Phoenix Suns held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 123-120 on Sunday night.

Former Thunder guard Chris Paul had 18 points and 11 assists, and Torrey Craig added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who shot 54%. Phoenix entered the night one-half game behind Utah for the best record in the Western Conference.

Phoenix led 119-103 with 3:29 remaining before the Thunder closed the game on a 17-4 run. Oklahoma City was coming off a 152-95 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, the worst home loss in NBA history.

“It is what it is,” Paul said. “At this point in the season, you’re trying to pile up wins. It wasn’t our prettiest game, it wasn’t the prettiest finish. Them guys are probably just like us. They knew they was going to come out with a lot of pride after that game last night. We got the win and we’re going to move on.”

Darius Bazley had 19 points and nine rebounds and Theo Maledon added 18 points for the Thunder, who have lost 20 of 22.

“Sadly, it didn’t end up the way we wanted, but we really did a great job turning the page from last game and really competing all 48 minutes — something we really want to put in our DNA,” Maledon said. “I felt like that was something that, even though we didn’t get the win, that was very positive.”

Booker scored 16 points in the first half to help Phoenix take a 64-57 lead. Craig had 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting to help the Suns shoot 58% before the break.

Phoenix led 98-85 after three quarters. Booker scored 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field in the period.

Paul hit a contested 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key as the shot clock expired to give the Suns a 110-94 lead with just over 7 minutes to play.

Oklahoma City made a final surge. Isaiah Roby dunked and was fouled with just under a minute to play. He made the free throw to make it a 121-116 game.

Booker was called for an offensive foul, giving the Thunder the ball back. Booker was called for a technical for disagreeing with the call, and Maledon made the free throw to make it 121-117.

Oklahoma City’s Lu Dort was sent to the line after apparently being fouled while shooting a 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining. Phoenix challenged and it was successful, leading to a jump ball. Phoenix won the jump ball, and a scramble for the ball ran the clock down to six seconds before Mikal Bridges made two free throws to put the game out of reach.

“It certainly wasn’t the way we wanted to close out the game,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “It’s something we talked about at the end. All our players felt it. We could have executed a lot better down the stretch.”

Randle scores 31 points as Knicks rout Rockets 122-97

HOUSTON (AP) Julius Randle scored 31 points in three quarters to lead the New York Knicks to a 122-97 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.

Randle, who had seven rebounds and six assists, scored 15 points in the third quarter to pad the lead and spent the fourth quarter on the bench with the game out of reach.

“We turned it up I the second half,” Randle said. “Made good plays, defense tightened up and we busted the game open.”

It was the 11th victory in 12 games for the Knicks and the seventh loss in eight games for the Rockets, who have the NBA’s worst record at 16-49.

New York also beat Houston in the first meeting this season on Feb. 13 to win the season series for the first time since 2002-03. It’s just the second win for the Knicks in Houston in 16 trips, with the last one coming on Nov. 21, 2015.

Randle continued his recent stellar play by scoring at least 30 points for the fourth time in five games. It’s the 13th time this season that he’s finished with 30 points or more.

“He’s seen every type of defense all season long,” New York coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s gotten comfortable with the double team, he’s gotten comfortable with attacking zones. There’s great versatility to his game which puts a lot of pressure on the defense.”

The Rockets scored five straight points, punctuated with a dunk by Christian Wood, to cut the lead to 73-64 with about 5 minutes left in the third quarter.

But Randle made an off-balance layup a few seconds later before making consecutive 3-pointers to extend New York’s lead to 81-64 with 4 minutes left in the quarter.

After his second 3 in that span a small but vocal group of Knicks fans began chanting: `MVP, MVP.’

Jae’Sean Tate ended the run with a layup for the Rockets, but New York scored the next seven points, with 3s from Reggie Bullock and Derrick Rose to make it 88-66 with about 2 minutes left in the third.

The Knicks had a 20-point lead about a minute later when Randle got going again, scoring five quick points to push the lead to 93-68.

“The demoralizing feeling that you get especially with a young team and the emotions that go with it, that happened again tonight,” Houston coach Stephen Silas said.

Wood had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets who struggled from long-range, making just 8 of 35 3-pointers.

New York was up by 28 in the fourth quarter before using a 7-0 run to make it 117-82 with about 5 1/2 minutes remaining, and all the starters for the Knicks went to the bench soon after that.



Grade: A
Draft picks: Alabama CB Patrick Surtain II, North Carolina RB Javonte Williams, Wisconsin-Whitewater G Quinn Meinerz, Ohio State LB Baron Browning, Texas S Caden Stearns, Indiana S Jamar Johnson, Auburn WR Seth Williams, LSU CB Kary Vincent Jr., Ohio State EDGE Jonathon Cooper, Mississippi State DE Marquiss Spencer.
Notable undrafted free agents: None.
The lowdown: The Broncos addressed their three biggest needs (O-line, linebacker and edge) while bolstering the NFL’s best secondary.

Kansas City
Grade: B-
Draft picks: Missouri LB Nick Bolton, Oklahoma G/C Creed Humphrey, Florida State EDGE Joshua Kaindoh, Duke TE Noah Gray, Clemson WR Cornell Powell, Tennessee G Trey Smith.
Notable undrafted free agents: SMU QB Shane Buechele, South Alabama LB Riley Cole.
The lowdown: Adding Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. (he cost the Chiefs the No. 31 overall pick) to this group pushes it up a letter grade. Consider the offensive line officially reinforced.

L.A. Chargers
Grade: B+
Draft picks: Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater, Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr., Tennessee WR Josh Palmer, Georgia TE Tre’ McKitty, Duke EDGE Chris Rumph II, Nebraska OT Brenden Jaimes, Iowa ILB Nick Niemann, Missouri RB Larry Rountree III, Georgia S Mark Webb.
Notable undrafted free agents: San Diego State T Kyle Spalding.
The lowdown: The draft board broke perfectly for the Chargers to land Slater. Samuel Jr. and Rumph are two of my favorite players in this entire draft. I counted a half dozen receivers who were better values where they drafted Palmer (77th overall pick).

Las Vegas
Grade: B
Draft picks: Alabama OT Alex Leatherwood, TCU S Trevon Moehrig, Buffalo LB Malcolm Koonce, Virginia Tech S Divine Deablo, Missouri S Tyree Gillespie, Illinois CB Nate Hobbs, Pittsburgh C Jimmy Morrissey.
Notable undrafted free agents: West Virginia DT Darius Stills.
The lowdown: Thishaul “feels” better if you swap the rounds where Leatherwood and Moehrig were chosen. Most major needs were addressed, but Koonce was a significant reach in the third round.

Grade: B-
Draft picks: Miami EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Wake Forest EDGE Carlos Basham Jr., Northern Iowa OT Spencer Brown, Miami (Ohio) OT Tommy Doyle, Houston WR Marquez Stevenson, Pittsburgh S Damar Hamlin, Wisconsin CB Rachad Wildgoose, Texas Tech G Jack Anderson.
Notable undrafted free agents: San Diego State S Tariq Thompson, San Jose State WR Tre Walker, USC CB Olaijah Griffin.
The lowdown: The Bills added two really good pass rushers early and some decent depth for the offensive line, but they needed to take more advantage of a really deep cornerback class.

Grade: B+
Draft picks: Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle, Miami EDGE Jaelan Phillips, Oregon S Jevon Holland, Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg, Boston College TE Hunter Long, UMass OT Larnel Coelman, Cincinnati RB Gerrid Doaks.
Notable undrafted free agents: None.
The lowdown: Waddle adds an explosive element this offense was missing while Phillips and Holland make an already good defense even more dynamic. Running back remains a glaring need.

New England
Grade: B+
Draft picks: Alabama QB Mac Jones, Alabama DT Christian Barmore, Oklahoma EDGE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma RB Rhamondre Stevenson, Michigan LB Cameron McGrone, Missouri S Josuah Bledsoe, Colorado OT William Sherman, UCF WR Tre Nixon.
Notable undrafted free agents: None.
The lowdown: The Patriots landed their quarterback without moving an inch and added three possible impact players on defense — Barmore, Perkins and McGrone.

N.Y. Jets
Grade: A
Draft picks: BYU QB Zach Wilson, USC G Alijah Vera-Tucker, Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore, North Carolina RB Michael Carter, Auburn S Jamien Sherwood, Duke S Michael Carter II, Pittsburgh CB Michael Pinnock, Florida State S Hamsah Nasirildeen, Kentucky CB Brandon Echols, Arkansas DT Jonathan Marshall.
Notable undrafted free agents: Ole Miss TE Kenny Yeboah, Oregon State Edge Hamilcar Rashed Jr.
The lowdown: Only swing-and-miss was at cornerback, otherwise, GM Joe Douglas knocked it out of the park with multiple impact selections on both sides of the ball.

Grade: A-
Draft picks: Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman, Penn State EDGE Jayson Oweh, Georgia G Ben Cleveland, SMU CB Brandon Stephens, Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace, Ohio State CB Shaun Wade, Notre Dame EDGE Daelin Hayes, Michigan FB Ben Mason.
Notable undrafted free agents: TCU S Ar’Darius Washington, Virginia TE Tony Poljan.
The lowdown: High marks as usual for this organization. Signing Washington as a priority free agent was a coup.

Grade: A-
Draft picks: LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase, Clemson OT Jackson Carman, Texans DE Joseph Ossai, Tulane DE Cameron Sample, LSU DT Tyler Shelvin, East Carolina OT D’Ante Smith, Florida K Evan MacPherson, Georgia C Trey Hill, Michigan RB Chris Evans, Kansas State DE Wyatt Hubert.
Notable undrafted free agents: Kansas RB Pooka Williams Jr.
The lowdown: This is two straight great drafts for the Bengals — what has gotten into them? They addressed the offensive and defensive lines while adding the best receiver in this draft class.

Grade: A+
Draft picks: Northwestern CB Greg Newsome II, Notre Dame LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Auburn WR Anthony Schwartz, Cincinnati OT James Hudson, Ohio State DT Tommy Togiai, West Virginia ILB Tony Fields, Georgia S Richard LeCounte, UCLA RB/WR/KR Demetric Felton.
Notable undrafted free agents: Florida State DT Marvin Wilson.
The lowdown: Not a single misstep in this group by GM Andrew Berry. It’s usually a really good thing when you’re able to take a player in the second round most draftniks believed you’d have to take in the first round — Owusu-Koramoah is an absolute theft with the 52nd pick.

Grade: C+
Draft picks: Alabama RB Najee Harris, Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth, Illinois G/C Kendrick Green, Texas A&M OT Dan Moore Jr., Texas A&M ILB Buddy Johnson, Wisconsin DT Isiahh Loudermilk, Miami EDGE Quincy Roche, Oklahoma CB Tre Norwood, Georgia Tech P Pressley Harvin III.
Notable undrafted free agents: Michigan State CB Shakur Brown, Kentucky LB Jamar Watson.
The lowdown: I liked the Harris pick to start, but Freiermuth was a luxury GM Kevin Colbert couldn’t afford. He landed a good center, but whiffed on an offensive tackle while Roche and Norwood were great values on day three.

Grade: C-
Draft picks: Stanford QB Davis Mills, Michigan WR Nico Collins, Miami TE Brevin Jordan, TCU IL Garret Wallow, Arizona DT Roy Lopez.
Notable undrafted free agents: None.
The lowdown: GM Nick Caserio didn’t have much to work with here, but I really like his first three selections. Still, he failed to address a porous pass rush and secondary.

Grade: D
Draft picks: Michigan DE/DT Kwity Paye, Vanderbilt EDGE Dayo Odeyingbo, SMU TE Kylen Granson, Florida S Shawn Davis, Texas QB Sam Ehlinger, Charleston WR Michael Strachan, Penn State OT Will Fries.
Notable undrafted free agents: None.
The lowdown: Addressing the pass rush was expected, but GM Chris Ballard really needed to find a left tackle after Anthony Castonzo’s retirement. Sam Tevi is currently protecting Carson Wentz’s blindside, which puts the Colts playoff hopes at risk.

Grade: B
Draft picks: Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson RB Travis Etienne, Stanford OT Walker Little, Syracuse S Andre Cisco, USC DT Jay Tufele, UAB DE Jordan Smith, Ohio State TE Luke Farrell, Georgia Tech WR Jalen Camp.
Notable undrafted free agents: Alabama LB Dylan Moses.
The lowdown: I can’t give Urban Meyer lower than a “B” after the Jaguars won (lost?) the Lawrence sweepstakes, but there’s reason to criticize here. Etienne is a luxury pick for a rebuilding team who already has James Robinson. There’s a lot of talent in this group, but there is plenty of risk too if durability concerns pan out for Little and Cisco doesn’t bounce back from a significant knee injury.

Grade: C+
Draft picks: Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley, North Dakota State OT Dillon Radunz, Georgia LB Monty Rice, Washington CB Elijah Molden, Louisville WR Dez Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh EDGE Rashad Weaver, LSU WR Racey McMath, Oregon S Brady Breeze.
Notable undrafted free agents: LSU FB Tory Carter.
The lowdown: I like the addition of defensive reinforcements, but the Titans offense was gutted in free agency and GM Jon Robinson didn’t really respond here.

Grade: B
Draft picks: Tulsa LB Zaven Collins, Purdue WR Rondale Moore, Florida CB Marco Wilson, Duke EDGE Victor Dimukeje, UCF CB Tay Gowan, Cincinnati S James Wiggins, Penn State C/G Michel Menet.
Notable undrafted free agents: None.
The lowdown: GM Steve Keim needed to address cornerback earlier, but there’s a lot of talent here and I can’t wait to see what they do with Collins and Isaiah Simmons on the same field.

L.A. Rams
Grade: C+
Draft picks: Louisville WR Tutu Atwell, South Carolina LB Ernest Jones, Texas A&M DT Bobby Brown III, Central Arkansas CB Robert Rochell, UCF WR Jacob Harris, Northwestern DE Earnest Brown IV, Maryland RB Jake Funk, Notre Dame WR Ben Skowronek, Concorida-St. Paul OLB Chris Garrett.
Notable undrafted free agents: Iowa OT Alaric Jackson.
The lowdown: The Rams must have been distracted at their Malibu draft house because they didn’t draft a single offensive lineman.

San Francisco
Grade: A-
Draft picks: North Dakota State QB Trey Lance, Notre Dame G Aaron Banks, Ohio State RB Trey Sermon, Michigan CB/S Ambry Thomas, Western Michigan G Jaylon Moore, Oregon CB Deommodre Lenoir, USC S Talanoa Hufanga, Louisiana RB Elijah Mitchell.
Notable undrafted free agents: Ohio State LB Justin Hilliard, UAB WR Austin Watkins.
The lowdown: Lance was the right choice at three while GM John Lynch replenished the interior offensive line, running back and safety positions — all three vital to the 49ers success.

Grade: D-
Draft picks: Western Michigan WR D’Wayne Eskridge, Oklahoma CB Tre Brown, Florida OT Stone Forsythe.
Notable undrafted free agents: Florida State WR Tamorrion Terry, South Dakota State WR Cade Johnson.
The lowdown: The receivers here (including the priority free agents) are impressive, but GM John Schneider really deserves an incomplete here for having the fewest picks in this draft.

Grade: B
Draft picks: Penn State LB Micah Parsons, Kentucky CB Kelvin Joseph, UCLA DT Osa Odighizuwa, Iowa EDGE Chauncey Golston, Oregon State CB Nahshon Wright, LSU LB Jabril Cox, Marshall OT Josh Ball, Stanford WR Simi Fehoko, Kentucky DT Quinton Bohana, South Carolina CB Israel Mukuamu, Nebraska G Matt Farniok.
Notable undrafted free agents: Michigan TE Nick Eubanks.
The lowdown: The Cowboys needed to address a historically bad defense and they did — eight of 11 selections were on that side of the ball. Offensive line is a much bigger need then they are letting on.

N.Y. Giants
Grade: B+
Draft picks: Florida WR Kadarius Toney, Georgia EDGE Azeez Ojulari, UCF CB Aaron Robinson, Northern Iowa OLB Elerson Smith, Arizona RB Gary Brightwell, Oklahoma State CB Rodarius Wiliams.
Notable undrafted free agents: None.
The lowdown: Gettleman landed impact players with his first three picks, but will likely use the future draft assets from the Bears trade to upgrade the offensive line.

Grade: A-
Draft picks: Alabama WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama G/C Landon Dickerson, Louisiana Tech DT Milton Williams, Texas Tech CB Zech McPhearson, Memphis RB Kenneth Gainwell, DT Marlon Tuipulotu, Coastal Carolina DE Tarron Jackson, LSU S JaCoby Stevens, Tulane OLB Patrick Johnson.
Notable undrafted free agents: Georgia QB Jamie Newman, Florida WR Trevon Grimes.
The lowdown: If Dickerson stays healthy and Newman challenges Jalen Hurts than GM Howie Roseman will look back on this draft class fondly.

Grade: B+
Draft picks: Kentucky LB Jamin Davis, Texas OT Samuel Cosmi, Minnesota CB Benjamin St.-Juste, North Carolina WR Dyami Brown, Boise State TE John Bates, Cincinnati S Darrick Forest, Michigan LS Camaron Cheeseman, Baylor OLB William Bradley-King, Penn State DE Shaka Toney, BYU WR Dax Milne.
Notable undrafted free agents: Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson.
The lowdown: Ron Rivera and GM Martin Mayhew put together a very well-rounded group, but they were left standing during quarterback musical chairs.

Grade: A-
Draft picks: Ohio State QB Justin Fields, Oklahoma State OT Teven Jenkins, Missouri OT Larry Borom, Virginia Tech RB Khalil Herbert, North Carolina WR Dazz Newsome, Oregon CB Thomas Graham Jr., BYU DT Khyiris Tonga.
Notable undrafted free agents: None.
The lowdown: GM Ryan Pace likely saved his job with a shrewd move to trade up for Fields.

Grade: A-
Draft picks: Oregon OT Penei Sewell, Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike, NC State DT Alim McNeill, Syracuse CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, USC WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Purdue LB Derrick Barnes, Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson.
Notable undrafted free agents: Wake Forest WR Sage Surratt.
The lowdown: Rookie GM Brad Holmes upgraded the trenches in a major way with his first three picks. St. Brown was a great value in the fourth round at a true position of need.

Green Bay
Grade: C+
Draft picks: Georgia CB Eric Stokes, Ohio State C Josh Myers, WR Amari Rodgers, Ole Miss G Royce Newman, Florida DT Tedarrell Slaton, Appalachian State CB Shemar Jean-Charles, Wisconsin OT Cole Van Lanen, Boston College ILB Isaiah McDuffie, Mississippi State RB Kylin Hill.
Notable undrafted free agents: None.
The lowdown: GM Brian Gutekunst’s draft takes a nosedive on day three.

Grade: A+
Draft picks: Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw, Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond, North Carolina LB Chazz Surratt, Ohio State G Wyatt Davis, Pittsburgh DE Patrick Jones II, Iowa State RB Kene Nwangwu, California S Camryn Bynum, Florida State EDGE Janarius Robinson, Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Central Missouri TE Zach Davidson, Pittsburgh DT Jalen Twyman.
Notable undrafted free agents: Ohio State LB Tuf Borland, San Diego State LS Turner Bernard.
The lowdown: GM Rick Spielman found a new left side of the offensive line for the Vikings and a bunch of talent for Mike Zimmer’s floundering defense. Spielman might have also found Kirk Cousins heir apparent at quarterback in the third round with Mond.

Grade: B+
Draft picks: Florida TE Kyle Pitts, TCU S Richie Grant, Michigan OT/G Jalen Mayfield, San Diego State CB Darren Hall, Stanford C Drew Dalman, Texas DT Ta’Quon Graham, Notre Dame DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Boise State CB Avery Williams, Arizona State WR Frank Darby.
Notable undrafted free agents: Arkansas QB Feleipe Franks, Louisville RB Javian Hawkins, San Diego State S Dwayne Johnson Jr.
The lowdown: The addition of Pitts will ease the sting of potentially being forced to trade Julio Jones next month for salary cap relief. I like Hawkins as a priority free agent, but GM Terry Fontenot really should have used one of his first five picks on a running back.

Grade: A
Draft picks: South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn, LSU WR Terrace Marshall Jr., BYU OT/G Brady Christensen, Notre Dame TE Tommy Tremble, Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard, Iowa DT Daviyon Nixon, Washington CB Keith Taylor, Alabama G Deonte Brown, South Carolina WR Shi Smith, Alabama LS Thomas Fletcher, Kentucky DT Phil Hoskins.
Notable undrafted free agents: Northwestern LB Paddy Fisher, Grambling State OG David Moore.
The lowdown: Sam Darnold will not want for offensive weapons and this defense is on the march to becoming a top-five unit.

New Orleans
Grade: B-
Draft picks: Houston EDGE Payton Turner, Ohio State LB Pete Werner, Stanford CB Paulson Adebo, Notre Dame QB Ian Book, Kentucky OT Landon Young, South Alabama WR Kawaan Baker.
Notable undrafted free agents: Syracuse CB Trill Williams.
The lowdown: Turner was a mild reach in the first round, but a solid addition nonetheless. Adebo is a great value in the third round. Although, I like Book’s fit within Sean Payton’s system, I don’t understand the pick (especially in the fourth round) with Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston getting ready to rumble for the starting gig under center.

Tampa Bay
Grade: B
Draft picks: Washington EDGE Joe Tryon, Florida QB Kyle Trask, Notre Dame OT/G Robert Hainsey, North Texas WR Jaelon Darden, Auburn LB K.J. Britt, BYU CB Chris Wilcox, Houston OLB Grant Stuard.
Notable undrafted free agents: Miami K Jose Borregales, South Carolina OL Sadarius Hutcherson.
The lowdown: Solid effort by GM Jason Licht considering there will likely be no reason for any of these players to start a game this season, barring a rash of injuries for the champs. Trask is a forward-thinking selection. Just how forward will be determined by Father Time himself, Tom Brady.

Busch celebrates birthday with win at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Kyle Busch thought he had a third-place car Sunday. His crew chief, Ben Beshore, though it was good enough for second.

Both of them turned out to be wrong.

Instead, Busch was perfect on a pair of late restarts and won a two-lap sprint to the finish at Kansas Speedway, becoming the 10th different winner through the first 11 races of a topsy-turvy NASCAR Cup Series season.

On his 36th birthday, no less.

“We ran up front all day,” Busch said. “Just trying to make adjustments all day long to get it where we wanted. The final adjustments were a positive for us. Didn’t necessarily take us from a third-place car to a winning car but the restarts did.”

Busch had stalked Kyle Larson all afternoon before beating him on a late restart to take the lead. Then, after another caution in the closing laps, Busch followed up his Truck Series win Saturday night by earning another trip to victory lane.

“That’s a Kyle Busch win right there,” he said with a smile.

It’s his 17th straight season with a win, tying David Pearson for second on the all-time list and moving him within one of Richard Petty’s record streak. It also was his first with Beshore calling the shots from the pit box, and it gives Joe Gibbs Racing three drivers qualified for the playoffs along with Martin Truex Jr. and Christopher Bell.

“I felt like we were a second-place car to the 5 car all day, to be honest,” Beshore said. “Kyle just did an amazing job on the last couple of restarts there, taking the lead and then keeping it on the last couple.”

Kevin Harvick overcame a tire mishap on a late pit stop and took advantage of some chaos on the final restart to finish second. Brad Keselowski dominated the early laps before following his win at Talladega last week by finishing third, and Matt DiBenedetto and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.

Larson led a race-high 132 laps before his day ended in 19th place and bitter disappointment.

Even after he was beaten by Busch on that late restart, he had another chance when Bell got sideways in Turn 4 to bring out another caution. But on the restart with two laps to go, Larson got trapped behind Ryan Blaney and wound up getting him sideways while trying to give him a push, taking both of them out of contention.

“I planned on pushing Blaney as hard as I could,” Larson said, “and I guess I was pushing too hard.”

It was nearly a perfect finish for his team owner, Rick Hendrick, whose late son Ricky won his only Truck Series race at Kansas in 2001. Just as Larson did in winning at Las Vegas, he was driving the red, white and blue paint scheme that was nearly identical to the one Hendrick drove 20 years ago.

Ricky Hendrick died along with nine others in a plane crash on Oct. 24, 2004, near Martinsville, Virginia.

Denny Hamlin, also searching for his first win, had a similarly frustrating finish. He had taken the lead on a restart with 32 to go before Larson applied pressure from behind and Hamlin wound up slapping the wall to bring out a caution.

“He’s had a bunch of seconds, but this is a long, hard season,” said Coy Gibbs, the vice chairman and chief operating officer at Joe Gibbs Racing, who remains confident that the fourth car in his stable will reach victory lane soon.

“I think it’s important to get on a roll and carry that into the playoffs,” Gibbs said. “That’s kind of what we’re looking at.”

Sam Burns pulls away at Innisbrook, claims first PGA title

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Sam Burns figured all those close calls would eventually teach him how to win on the PGA Tour.

Twice this season, he had the 54-hole lead and failed to convert. Six other times, he was atop the leaderboard at the end of a round, just never the round that mattered – Sunday.

That changed, finally, at the Valspar Championship. And the lesson was not what he expected.

“I always felt that you had to play perfect golf to win,” Burns said after a 3-under 68 for a three-shot victory. “I always felt that you had to play your absolute best on a Sunday to win. And after those experiences I realized that it’s not the case. I was trying to do too much.”

He did just enough, and got some help from Keegan Bradley.

Tied for the lead with six holes to play, Bradley hit 8-iron short and into the water for a double bogey on the par-3 13th hole, and Burns put him away with two big birdies and a celebration he had reason to feel was a long time coming.

Burns was all smiles coming up the 18th hole with a four-shot lead, and he was fighting back tears when his wife, parents and other family spilled onto the green after he won.

“I’ve worked so hard for this moment,” Burns said. “They’ve all sacrificed so much.”

The victory moves him to No. 44 in the world and all assures the 24-year-old from Louisiana a spot in the U.S. Open, along with his first trip to the Masters next spring.

Bradley and Burns were tied through 36 holes and 54 holes, and they stayed that way through 12 holes on another blistering day at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook.

That changed with one swing.

Bradley came up well short on the par-3 13th and went into the water, leading to double bogey. Burns saved par with an 8-foot putt for a two-shot lead.

“I just hit a terrible shot,” Bradley said. “I hadn’t hit a really bad shot all week and you just can’t hit it there, obviously, but you can’t hit it right of the flag. And I just came out of it a little bit, it got gobbled up by the wind. If it goes another yard it might have been in that bunker, but it was a bummer.”

Burns was three shots ahead through 13 holes on Saturday and he struggled to retain a share of the lead, so he knew what was possible. This time, though, Bradley had no chance.

Bradley had to lay up from the rough on the par-5 14th, and Burns didn’t have time to contemplate his next shot. His caddie, Travis Perkins, decided for him.

“We’re walking over to the ball and Travis says, `Tree’s in your way, we’re laying up.’ And I’m like, `Well, what about this and that?’ And he’s like, `Nope, you got 180 to this number right there, it’s a perfect 7-iron, this is your line,'” Burns said.

He hit lob wedge to a foot for birdie and was on his way.

“He knows that I’m always trying to go pedal down and then in that situation, that just wasn’t the play,” Burns said. “A year ago, he would not have done that and today he did. And it’s one of the reasons that we were able to win today.”

He had reason to believe this moment could have come sooner. Burns wasted a good start at the season-opening Safeway Open. He closed with a 2-over 72 to tie for seventh in the Houston Open. He lost a two-shot lead at Riviera, coming up one shot short of a playoff.

“Those moments in the past, you really learn a lot,” Burns said.

He put Bradley away with an 18-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and a rare show of emotion, slamming his fist after it dropped. He had a four-shot lead with two holes to play, the water and worst of the hazards behind him.

No one else had much of a chance.

Max Homa briefly tied for the lead with a birdie on the par-5 opening hole. He didn’t make another birdie the rest of the day, missing several chances around the turn and ending his hopes with a double bogey on the par-3 15th without hitting into the water. He shot 74.

Cameron Tringale was lurking but never seriously challenged. He shot 68 and shared third with Viktor Hovland, whose had a 65 but started too far back at the start of the day.

Abraham Ancer (69) finished fifth.

Man United fans storm stadium, force game to be called off

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Anti-ownership protests by Manchester United fans forced the postponement of a Premier League game on Sunday against Liverpool after the stadium was stormed and thousands more supporters blocked access into Old Trafford as they demanded the Glazer family sell the club.

The unprecedented cancelation of a game in the world’s richest soccer league due to fan protests is the culmination of long-running anger against the American owners that began with a 2005 leveraged takeover that loaded debt onto the club. But the wrath of supporters has boiled over in the two weeks since the New York Stock Exchange listed club was part of the failed European Super League breakaway that collapsed amid a groundswell of condemnation.

Supporters gaining access to the pitch – before the two teams even traveled to Old Trafford – was even more startling given the strict coronavirus measures in place around the stadium that keep games closed to any spectators. One of the flares set off by fans was launched into the stands where the Sky Sports television team was already broadcasting more than two hours ahead of the scheduled kickoff.

Although the protest had been announced in advance, the stadium forecourt on Sir Matt Busby Way was still able to be accessed by thousands of fans – many chanting “We want Glazers out” as flares were set off.

The crowd was only dispersed after baton-wielding police and officers on horseback charged fans as clashes erupted under a shower of flying glass bottles about 20 minutes before the game was due to have started. Two police officers were injured and one required emergency treatment for a “significant slash wound to his face” after being attacked with a bottle, the Manchester force said.

United said the game was postponed “due to safety and security considerations around the protest” after discussions with police, authorities and the league.

“Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest,” United said in a statement. “However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger. We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations.”

The Premier League, which has yet to announce a new date for the match, expressed concern about the disorder. Protesters had also gathered outside the United team hotel in central Manchester.

“The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance,” the Premier League said in a statement. “We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches. Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.

“We sympathize with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.”

Supporters wore green-and-gold scarves and also set off flares in the colors of the club’s 1878 formation. It was a club without any debt until the Glazers arrived and the latest half-year accounts showed it had soared 16% year-on-year to 455.5 million pounds (around $630 million). Payments on interest, debt and dividends to the Glazers have cost United more than 1 billion pounds.

The Glazers, who also own the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have declined to engage with fans or media since buying United in 2005.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who was inside Old Trafford preparing to commentate on the game for Sky Sports, called on the Glazers to put the club up for sale.

“There’s huge discontent, not just across Manchester United fans, but I think for football fans up and down the country and I think they are just saying enough is enough,” Neville said. “The Glazer family have been resilient and stubborn for many, many years. I think they are struggling to meet the financial demands that this club needs and have done for some time.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: No. 2 Indiana Advances to Sweet 16 on Penalty Kicks


WILMINGTON, N.C. – The No. 2-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team (9-1-2) advanced by St. Francis Brooklyn (6-1-3) after securing a 3-1 advantage in PKs following a 1-1 (2OT) draw in the second round of the 2020 NCAA Tournament at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Sunday evening.
• Sophomore forward Herbert Endeley won a free kick in the 18th minute but sophomore forward Victor Bezerra’s cross into the box couldn’t find any IU players.
• Endeley had the first real chance on goal for the Hoosiers but his shot went over the net, never testing the St. Francis Brooklyn goalkeeper.
• Redshirt sophomore forward Ryan Wittenbrink cut into the 18-yard box on his right foot in the 23rd minute. His attempt to curl the ball into the top right of the net went wide.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Roman Celentano made a composed save in the 25th minute to keep the Terriers away from goal.
• Bezerra opened the scoring for IU on Sunday evening. Redshirt senior forward A.J. Palazzolo laid a ball to Bezerra who struck it into the net off a deflection to give IU a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute.
• Senior forward Thomas Warr went for the spectacular in the 37th minute but his bicycle-kick went just over the top of the net.
• Sessock had a run in on goal in the 68th minute but his shot soared over the top of the net.
• Celentano was quick to react on his line in the 71st minute. He made a kick save to keep IU in the lead late in the match.
• The Terriers equalized in the 78th minute.
• After 90 minutes, both teams were locked at a goal a piece.
• Early in the first overtime, Bezerra flicked a shot on goal but his effort was met by the goalkeeper.
• Celentano came off his line in the 105th minute to grab a shot that was heading for the top right corner of the net.
• In penalty kicks, Celentano saved three attempts from St. Francis. Wittenbrink’s penalty kick proved to be the winner for IU.
• IU has now made the Sweet 16 in six-straight seasons. It’s IU’s longest streak since making the NCAA Third Round every season from 1988-2004 (17-straight seasons).
• This was freshman defender Lawson Redmon’s first career start.
• Bezerra first-half goal means he has now scored or assisted in nine-straight games and 11 of 12 on the season. He also has the most goals (12) in a single season by an IU player since Eriq Zavaleta (18) in 2012.
• This was the first result in program history against a team currently in the North Eastern Conference (NEC).
• This was IU’s first advancement by penalties during the NCAA Tournament since IU moved past No. 7 Michigan State (1-1, 3-2) on Dec. 1, 2017.
GOALS: Victor Bezerra
ASSISTS: A.J. Palazzolo
With the win, Indiana advances to the third round of the 2020 NCAA Tournament. IU will play Marquette on Thursday, May 6 in Cary. The time, field, and streaming information for the match have yet to be determined.
The committees intend to provide some opportunity for family and friends to attend the championships. They will follow the NCAA Medical Advisory Group guidelines, and the maximum allowable capacity will be 25%.

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Hoosiers Finish Sixth at 2021 Big Ten Championship


CARMEL, Ind. – Indiana men’s golf moved up three spots on the final day of the 2021 Big Ten Championship, finishing in sixth place after Sunday’s final round at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Senior Ethan Shepherd finished in ninth place.

Big Ten Championship • Carmel, Ind.
Crooked Stick Golf Club
Par 72 • 7,516
Live Scoring via Golfstat
Team Standing: 6/14 Teams • 906
Top Individual: Ethan Shepherd • 9th • 223 (+7)

• Illinois edged out Iowa by one stroke to earn the title.

• Indiana started play on the No. 10 tee.

• As a team, Indiana put up its best round of the weekend and fourth best-round of the field in the three-day event, carding a 5-over 293. The sixth-place finish is the best for the Hoosiers in the event since 2013 when they tied for fourth.

• Shepherd carded a 1-over-par 73 on Sunday to maintain his ninth-place position. He was even at the turn, picking up a birdie on No. 15. On the front nine, he picked up a few bogeys but earned birdies on No. 1 and 3. On the weekend, he shot a 7-over-par 223 to earn his second top-10 finish of the season.

• Freshman Clay Merchent carded the best round of any Hoosier over the weekend, carding a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday. He moved up 17 spots to finish tied for 13th place and tied for the second-lowest round of the day. He came out hot, picking up a birdie on four of his first six holes before pars on the next 10. He double-bogeyed No. 8, but came back with a birdie on No. 9. It marked his sixth top-15 finish in seven stroke play events this year.

• Also playing in his first-ever Big Ten Championship, freshman Drew Salyers finished in 28th place after carding a 3-over 75 in the final round. He made the turn at 4-over after running into trouble on No. 18. However, he recovered nicely as he was 1-under on the front nine.

• Junior Mitch Davis moved up seven spots to finish tied for 42nd place, matching his first-round score of 75.  He was best on the front nine, where he was even with a birdie on No. 5.

• Junior Harry Reynolds, who rejoined the team lineup in place of sub Eric Berggren, shot an 80 on Sunday and his round was highlighted by a birdie on No. 9.


Pos.NameR1R2R3Totals (to par)
9Ethan Shepherd797173223 (+7)
T13Clay Merchent797670225 (+9)
28Drew Salyers787675229 (+13)
T42Mitch Davis758375233 (+17)
Harry Reynolds*8380

*Subbed out in second round, then returned for final round

The Hoosiers will await their NCAA Tournament fate as the field will be announced at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5. It will air as part of GOLF Channel’s College Central coverage.

INDIANA BASEBALL: Indiana Takes Series Over Iowa with 12-8 Win on Sunday


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University baseball team earned the series win over Iowa on Sunday with a 12 victory at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind.
With the win, the Hoosiers improve to 20-9 on the season overall and in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes fall to 19-13 on the year and in league action.
• The two teams exchanged runs in the first inning. Iowa scored in the top half to take the early advantage, only to see IU tie the contest on an Iowa throwing error in the bottom of the frame.
• The Hoosiers put on an impressive display of producing a run in the third to take the lead. INF Paul Toetz led off the frame with a hustle double on what should have been a standard single to right field. OF Grant Richardson followed, laying down a perfect bunt single down the right field line to put runners on the corners.
• INF Cole Barr then plated Toetz with a run-scoring single to left field to put the Hoosiers ahead, 2-1.
• Indiana broke the game open with a five-run rally, all with two outs, in the fifth inning. Toetz started the scoring with a two-run single and was plated when Richardson tripled to right-center field.
• Barr capped the outburst with a monster, two-run homer over the left-center field fence to put the Hoosier lead at 7-2. Barr’s blast was his team-leading sixth of the year.
•  Iowa chipped away at the IU lead, scoring two runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh to cut the advantage to 8-5.
• The Hoosiers responded with another two-out rally. Hopkins hit yet another double, his third of the game, to get in to scoring position for INF James Espalin, who plated him with a clutch, RBI single.
• DH Ethan Vecrumba put the exclamation point on the weekend for the Hoosiers, clubbing a three-run, no-doubt home run to right field to make the lead 12-5 headed to the ninth inning. The homer was the first in Vecrumba’s career.
• In the ninth, the Hawkeyes scored one run, but the rally ended there as the Hoosiers earned the victory.
• RHP Gabe Bierman (4-2) earned the win for the Hoosiers, pitching six innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits. The righty struck out nine Hawkeyes.
• Indiana has scored 10 or more runs in three of the team’s last four games.
• The 16 hits are the second-most this season, just one shy of the 17 against Minnesota on April 25.
• LHP Braden Scott retired both of the batters he faced in the seventh inning.
• Prior to the game, Indiana honored OF Drew Ashley, INF Cole Barr, INF Jordan Fucci, C Collin Hopkins, INF Jeremy Houston, INF/RHP Grant Macciocchi, RHP Connor Manous, LHP Tommy Sommer, RHP Braden Scott, DH Tyler Van Pelt, RHP Matt Litwicki, C Jacob Southern, manager Mitch Robinson, manager Noah Gastineau and assistant director of baseball operations Hanna Chait for Senior Day.
• The Indiana Hoosiers will head to Piscataway, N.J. to play two games each against Rutgers and Nebraska. The four-game weekend gets started on Friday, May 7 against the Scarlet Knights at 2:00 p.m. ET.

PURDUE BASEBALL: Boilermakers Go Back-to-Back Twice, Win Slugfest at OSU


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Purdue baseball hit back-to-back home runs twice and overcome deficits of 5-0 and 12-8 to win a Sunday slugfest at Ohio State 16-15.

Ben Nisle homered twice while contributing to both back-to-back jacks, teaming up with Miles Simington and Zac Fascia. The Boilermakers (11-20) homered on consecutive pitches both times. They hit back-to-back home runs twice in a game for the first time since a March 2003 win vs. Miami (Ohio) at Lambert Field.

Skyler Hunter recorded his 250th career hit as part of his second four-hit game as a Boilermaker. He’s just the fourth Purdue player to reach the 250 milestone. The switch-hitter recorded hits from both sides of the plate and delivered the game-tying double to make it 12-12 in the seventh inning.

Jackson Smeltz struck out the Buckeyes’ No. 2 hitter with the tying run at third base to close out the victory, earning his first collegiate save.

• The Boilermakers scored four runs in the third, fourth and seventh innings. They scored at least four times in consecutive innings and in three different frames in the same game for the first time since a May 2018 win vs. Purdue Fort Wayne. The final score that night at Alexander Field was 27-3, marking the program’s only other game with a combined 30 runs of the BBCOR bat era (2011-present).
• The last three Purdue-Ohio State series finales dating back to May 2018 have featured a combined 77 runs – 22 in 2018, 24 in 2019 and 31 this year.
• The 15 runs were the most surrendered in a victory since defeating Boston University 36-16 in March 1991. The 31 combined runs were the most in a game featuring Purdue since a 22-14 loss (36) at Missouri in March 2010.
• The Boilermakers hit four home runs in a game for the first time since a March 2017 win at Southeast Missouri State.
• Ben Nisle posted his second career multi-homer game and the first by a Boilermaker since Jacson McGowan in April 2018 at Maryland. Nisle has homered in five consecutive weekends.
• Miles Simington posted his third four-RBI game as a Boilermaker and joined Skyler Hunter as the only active Purdue players with a 20-game reached base safely streak during their careers.
• As of April 22, the Boilermakers had only one set of back-to-back home runs since the start of the 2011 season – McGowan and Nisle vs. Houston at an NCAA Regional in June 2018. Purdue has now done it three times in its last six games. Meanwhile, the 2021 team joined the 2003 and 2010 Boilermakers as the only teams since 2001 with three sets of back-to-back jacks in the same season.
• Nisle joined Daniel Underwood (4, 2000-03) and Ryne White (3, 2006-08) as the only Boilermakers since 2001 to be part of three sets of back-to-back home runs. Nisle is also the first Boilermaker with multiple multi-homer games in his career since Cameron Perkins had four from 2010 to 2012.

Purdue responded with eight unanswered runs after the Buckeyes had surged in front 12-8 with a five-run fifth inning. Nisle and Fascia tag teamed their consecutive solo shots in the top of the sixth to reinvigorate the offense. Hunter delivered his two-run double with the bases loaded in the seventh and later scored on an RBI single from Nisle.

It was the two insurance runs in the eighth inning that won Purdue the game. Mason Gavre connected for an RBI double down the left field line. He was later tagged out between third and home on a fielder’s choice to third base. But Gavre kept the rundown alive long enough for Evan Albrecht to make it to second base. Albrecht took third on a pitch in the dirt and scored what proved to be the decisive run on Mike Bolton’s Jr.’s two-out infield hit.

Down 5-0 early, Purdue roared to life via the home runs from Simington and Nisle in their second looks at OSU starter Jake Neely. Simington hit a three-run shot to center field and Nisle followed with an opposite-field blast to right. Cory Brooks posted a zero in the bottom half of the frame and the Boilermakers kept the momentum rolling with four two-out runs to open up their first lead at 8-5. Hunter beat out an infield hit to plate the tying run. Fascia’s two-run single was the big hit of the fourth-inning rally.

There were only seven zeros posted over the 18 half innings. Eric Hildebrand (6th) and Jett Jackson (7th) teamed up to provide two of those in consecutive frames to help Purdue score its eight unanswered runs. The score swung from 12-8 OSU to 16-12 Boilermakers during that stretch.

Hildebrand (2-1) registered Purdue’s lone true 1-2-3 inning in the sixth and Jackson also faced only three batters the following frame when an OSU base runner was picked off by Fascia between first and second. Fascia also threw out a base stealer at second to erase a two-out single in Brooks’ scoreless third inning.

Bolton reached base safely at least twice for his eighth consecutive start. Nisle and Fascia both finished with three hits and three RBI. Hunter and Albrecht both scored three times.

The Boilermakers return to action Friday when they host Northwestern at 6 p.m. ET.

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Weiler Finishes as Runner-Up at Big Ten Championships


CARMEL, Ind. – Joe Weiler posted Purdue’s best finish at the Big Ten Championships in 14 years, leading the Boilermakers to a seventh-place finish at Crooked Stick Golf Club.
As a team, Purdue finished seventh at 43-over 907 (313-299-295). Illinois won its sixth straight team title with a 19-over par 883, defeating Iowa by one shot in a thrilling finish.
Northwestern was third at 33-over par and was followed by Michigan State (+40), Ohio State (+41), Indiana (+42) and then Purdue (+43). The Boilermakers finished just three shots out of fourth place.
Conditions on Sunday morning were near perfect, before a strong southerly wind picked up late in the Boilermakers’ third round. However, with the near ideal conditions, Purdue couldn’t take advantage on the front nine.
The Boilermakers’ counting team played the front nine in a combined 6-over par, before righting the ship and playing the back nine in a combined 1-over par for a third-round score of 7-over par 295.
Purdue’s score over the final two rounds was fifth among the tournament field, but the Boilermakers were done in by an opening-round score of 25-over par 313.
The story of Purdue’s tournament was senior Joe Weiler. The Bloomington, Indiana, native rebounded from a tough first round with a second-round 68 to put himself in position for the individual title. He then started the final round with birdies on Nos. 1 and 6 to move into first before the leaders even teed off.
A double-bogey on No. 7 dropped him to even-par for his round but a birdie on No. 9 moved him back into the lead. He made clutch putts on the back nine on 15 and 17 to offset bogeys on 14 and 16 before finishing his round with an easy par on 18 and a 1-over par 73, and a 54-hole score of 2-over par 218 (77-68-73). He finished his round as Iowa and Illinois waged a team battle and was forced to wait about two-and-a-half hours to see where his final tally would rank.
As it finished, Iowa’s Mac McClear (-1; 215) made clutch shots down the stretch and was able to hold off Weiler’s score of 2-over par 218, sending Weiler to a runner-up finish, the Boilermakers highest individual finish since 2007 when Pariya Junhasavasdikul won the individual title. It marked Weiler’s best finish of the season and was his fifth career top-10 showing.
Cole Bradley finished tied for 20th after an even-par 72 in the final round for a 54-hole tally of 11-over par 227 (76-79-72). Herman Sekne also posted his best round of the event on Sunday with a 2-over par 74 for a total of 15-over par 231 (82-75-74) and a tie for 34th.
Peyton Snoeberger finished 57th at 22-over par 238 (84-78-76) and Nick Dentino was tied for 62nd at 25-over par 241 (78-78-85).
Purdue will await word on a possible NCAA Regional selection on Wednesday afternoon. However, the Boilermakers were outside of the bubble entering the Big Ten Championships and likely needed a top-3 finish to be selected. Joe Weiler and Cole Bradley could also be selected as individuals.

PURDUE SOFTBALL: Series Clinched with 4-2 Victory Over Buckeyes


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A 4-2 victory, led by Rachel Becker’s two runs, secured Purdue softball’s series win over Ohio State.

Purdue softball (13-23) continued its hot streak after sweeping yesterday’s doubleheader to close out the series with Ohio State (18-17), with three straight wins and a final series record of 3-1.

Pitcher Savanah Henley tossed 4.1 innings before Sydney Bates entered the circle in relief in the top of the fifth. Henley (4-7) notched a pair of strikeouts in the win.

Purdue wasted no time scoring, with its first run of the day coming in the first inning. Lead-off Rachel Becker made base on a hit-by pitch, then advanced to third with the next two batters up. Then, Brannstrom brought her home on an RBI to right field.

Two runs were added in the third inning for Purdue to take the 3-0 lead. First, Kiley Goff connected for an RBI single up the middle, advancing Ryleigh Scott to second and Becker rounded third before running home. Then, with the bases loaded and no outs, Alex Echazarreta’s sharp eye allowed her to walk to first and was awarded the RBI as Scott advanced home.

In the top of the fourth, Ohio State responded by loading the bases, but with two outs on the board, third baseman Kiley Goff made the throw to first just in time to shut down the Buckeyes’ scoring opportunity.

Ohio State tried again in the fifth, this time loading the bases with just one out. The Boilermakers were able to limit the damage to just two runs and leaving three runners stranded.

An insurance run was added in the bottom of the sixth on another walk with Boilermakers on first, second and third. Scott tallied the RBI as Becca Jones walked home.


  • Purdue has won four of its last six games
  • Becker has scored in six of the last seven games
  • The Boilermakers’ four walks ties as the second-most this season
  • Purdue has recorded seven or more hits in each of its last three games
  • No Boilermaker struck out, marking the first time this season the team has accomplished the feat (last: 2/16/20 vs. Central Michigan)
  • A Boilermaker has notched a home run every weekend for the past straight three weeks
  • Becker has reached base in nine consecutive games while Brannstrom is riding a seven game streak
  • With Goff’s RBI, she improves to a five-game hitting streak

Up Next
With two weeks left in the season, Purdue will close out its home slate with four against Northwestern on May 7-9. Next Sunday will serve as senior day for veterans Sydney Bates and Ryleigh Scott.

BUTLER BASEBALL: @Butler Baseball No-Hits Northern Kentucky to Split Sunday Doubleheader


INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and Northern Kentucky split a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon with the Norse winning game one 6-4, and Butler taking home a victory in game two 3-0. Connor Schultz and Nick Eaton combined for seven full innings of no-hit action in the nightcap.
Game one was scheduled for just seven innings, but the Norse charged back to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh and would go on to win the opener 6-4 after scoring two more runs in the eighth.
Andrew Bacon was responsible for the biggest hit of the game for NKU. He singled to center to score two runs with two outs and would knot the contest at 4-4.
Two costly BU errors would also impact the outcome. The first came in the second inning to give NKU the early 1-0 lead and the second was in the eighth allowing Northern Kentucky to take a 5-4 lead. Hedges would add insurance for NKU in the eighth as well with a RBI single that scored Odom.
Butler’s offense recorded four runs off nine hits. The scoring opened up in the third with Duncan Hewitt sending James Gargano home with an RBI single to center. BU would score in the fourth and fifth as well with RBI singles from AJ Poynter and Aaron Steinhart. The final Bulldog run crossed home plate in the sixth off an Andy Bennett sac fly.
Poynter went 2-for-4 from the dish and Dan Harwood was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. He also hit his first triple of the season.
The loss fell to John MacCauley (3-2) while the win went to Kyle Klingenbeck (3-5). Each starter had a nice outing, but would exit without a decision. Noah Richardson threw five innings and Jack Myers was responsible for six. The wildest stat of the day was that those two combined for just one strikeout.
Game two had quality pitching for each side as well, and with game one moving past the seventh inning tied up, this game would be moved to seven innings. Connor Schultz threw the first 3.2 innings of action and Nick Eaton was responsible for the final 3.1 innings to no-hit Northern Kentucky. Eaton was in the zone with six strikeouts and no walks during his time on the mound.
Offensively, BU scored three runs off five hits. Andy Bennett hit an RBI single in the second to score Harwood and Gargano would double the BU lead in the third with a solo home run. Butler’s final run of game two came unearned on a fielder’s choice from Poynter.
Butler will return to BIG EAST action this weekend when they host a four-game series vs. Creighton. Game one on Friday, May 7 will begin at 4 PM.

BUTLER SOFTBALL: DePaul Tops Butler Softball, 3-1, Sunday Afternoon


DePaul closed out a weekend series at Butler, taking a 3-1 decision Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.

The result gave the Blue Demons a three-game series sweep and improves the BIG EAST leaders to 13-1 in conference play and 22-9 overall. Butler is now 16-19-1 overall and 6-11-1 in BIG EAST games. The Bulldogs remain in contention for a BIG EAST Tournament berth entering the final weekend of the regular season. The conference’s top four teams qualify for the tournament.

DePaul scored single runs in the second, fourth and seventh innings, all on RBI singles.

Down 2-0, Butler was able to cut the lead in half in the fifth inning. With runners on first and third and two outs, Bri Avery purposely got caught in a rundown, which allowed Alyssa Garcia to steal home.

Natalie Halvorson and Krista Dalgarn combined to limit the Bulldogs to three hits. Halvorson went the first five innings and got the win (improving to 9-3). Dargarn pitched the final two frames, striking out four, to pick up the save.

For the Bulldogs, Karli Ricketts and Alyssa Graves split time in the circle. Ricketts allowed two runs in three innings; Graves allowed a single run over the final four innings.

DePaul had 11 hits on the afternoon.

The Bulldogs close the regular season with a three-game series against Creighton in Omaha. A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, followed by a single game Sunday.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: BG Edges Cards In Finale, BSU Wins Series


BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – After winning the first three games of the series, the Ball State baseball team dropped Sunday’s finale at Bowling Green 8-5. Ball State had won eight games in a row before falling on Sunday. 

The Cardinals trailed 1-0 when Ryan Peltier hit a 3-run homer in the top of the 5th inning to give BSU the lead. Moments later, Bowling Green (12-22, 10-14) scored six runs in the pivotal inning to take control of the game. The two teams traded runs late to provide the final margin.

BOMBS AWAY: Peltier’s blast, his third of the season, gave the Cardinals a brief lead. Decker Scheffler hit a solo home run late in the game, his second of the year.

PAIR OF EIGHTS: Sunday’s loss ended Ball State’s win streak at eight games. It was the team’s second streak of eight straight wins this year.

BIG PICTURE: Central Michigan and Ball State have emerged as the top two teams in the MAC. Central swept four games from Miami over the weekend and now have a game edge on the Cardinals with 16 games remaining in the season.

UP NEXT: That sets up a high-leverage series next weekend when Ball State travels to Central Michigan for four games. BSU is 19-5 in MAC play and CMU is 20-4. The series begins Friday, May 7 at 3 p.m. Start times for Saturday and Sunday are set for 1 p.m.



NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The sixth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team continued its hot streak at the plate as the Irish defeated North Carolina 19-5 to sweep the series Sunday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish picked up their second sweep of the season and the first home ACC sweep since 2017 against Georgia Tech.

“Our at-bats and pitch selection was great all day long,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “The guys really came out prepared, it was our best pregame routine we have ever had. The guys were on it and I can’t say enough about all phases of the entire weekend.”

The offense started hot from the opening inning when they scored five runs in the inning, thanks to three RBI doubles from Niko Kavadas, Jack Brannigan and David LaManna. After the Tar Heels (20-21, 14-16 ACC) tied it in the top of the third, the Irish got the lead back in the bottom of the inning. Carter Putz hit a solo home run to regain the lead for the Irish.

Then the Irish (24-8, 21-8 ACC) put the game out of reach in the fourth with a six-run inning. LaManna led the inning off with a solo home run, Brooks Coetzee hit a three-run homer and Kavadas and Putz also drove in runs during the inning. With the big inning, the Irish scored in double digits for the second straight game and the fourth time in their last eight games.

The Irish tallied another six-run inning in the eighth to put the final run tally at 19. It is the most runs scored ever in an ACC game for the Irish since joining the league in 2014.


Tar Heels jumped out to an early lead after plating two runs in the first. Dallas Tessar led the game off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly from Angel Zarate. Then Danny Serretti hit a solo home run to left for the second run of the inning.

Notre Dame responded with a big inning of their own in the bottom of the first. After back-to-back walks by Spencer Myers and Ryan Cole, Kavadas sent them home with a double down the right field line to tie the game. Later in the inning, Brannigan doubled to right center to score Kavadas and Carter Putz. LaManna tallied the third double in the inning to score Brannigan and give the Irish a 5-2 lead after the first frame.

The Tar Heels bounced back with one run in the second and two in the third to tie the game at 5-5.

Just like the first inning, Notre Dame came right back in the bottom half of the inning. On the first pitch of the inning, Putz turned on a fastball and easily cleared the wall in left center for a solo home run. His third home run of the season gave the Irish a 6-5 lead after three innings.

The Irish broke the game open in the fourth with their biggest inning of the afternoon. LaManna hit his first home run of the season to open the inning. Later in the inning, Putz drove in a pair of runs with a single through the left side. Coetzee broke the game open when he smashed a three-run home run to dead center to extend the lead. The Irish weren’t done in the inning as Kavadas singled to right with the bases loaded to drive in LaManna. Once the inning concluded, the Irish held a 13-5 lead.

The Irish bullpen was able to keep the Tar Heels off the scoreboard over the final six innings thanks to strong performances from Tanner Kohlhepp, Aidan Tyrell and Jack Sheehan. Kohlhepp picked up his team-high seventh win of the season and Tyrell set a career high with six strikeouts.

In the eighth, the Irish bats continued the strong day with another six-run inning. LaManna drove in two more runs with a single. Prajzner followed it up with a two-run home run, his fifth of the season. Kavadas and Putz drove in the final runs of the inning to seal the 19-5 win.


  • The Irish scored 19 runs in the win, the most runs ever in an ACC game.
  • It is the most runs scored in a game since May 15, 2018 in a 19-10 win over Northwestern.
  • The Irish racked up 21 hits, the most in a game since they had 21 against Virginia Tech on March 24, 2016 in a 16-4 win.
  • The Irish swept an ACC opponent at home for the first time since 2017.
  • Notre Dame hit four home runs in the game for the second time this season.


The Irish will be back in action next weekend for the final home series of the regular season. The Irish will welcome Florida State to South Bend for a three game series starting Friday night. The entire three game series will be aired nationally on the ACC Network with the opener beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, May 7.

Illinois Wins The 2020-21 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament

The Fighting Illini earn their third conference tournament crown

LINCOLN, Neb. – No. 2 seed Illinois defeated No. 1-seed Ohio State 4-3 for the 2021 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament title at the Sid and Hazel Dillion Tennis Center in Lincoln, Nebraska on Sunday. With the victory, Illinois (21-2, 15-1 Big Ten, 10-0 Big Ten East) secured its third Big Ten Tournament title and first since 2015.

Illinois Zeke Clark was named Tournament MVP after clinching the tournament trophy for the Illini in a marathon match on court four. Clark came back to claim the victory in a third-set tie breaker against Ohio State’s Kyle Seelig after dropping the first set (6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)).

The NCAA Selection Show will air live on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. ET.


1. John McNally (OSU) def. #118 Aleks Kovacevic (ILL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

2. Cannon Kingsley (OSU) def. #101 Siphosothando Montsi (ILL) 6-1, 6-2

3. James Trotter (OSU) def. Alex Brown (ILL) 6-3, 6-4

4. #83 Zeke Clark (ILL) def. Kyle Seelig (OSU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

5. Hunter Heck (ILL) def. JJ Tracy (OSU) 0-6, 6-3, 7-5

6. Noe Khlif (ILL) def. Robert Cash (OSU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5


1. #73 John McNally/Robert Cash (OSU) vs. #28 Alex Brown/Zeke Clark (ILL) 4-5, unfinished

2. Noe Khlif/Siphosothando Montsi (ILL) def. Cannon Kingsley/Kyle Seelig (OSU) 6-2

3. Hunter Heck/Aleks Kovacevic (ILL) def. JJ Tracy/Justin Boulais (OSU) 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,3,5,1,6,4)

Tournament MVP

Zeke Clark, ILL

All-Tournament Team

Zeke Clark, ILL

Aleks Kovacevic, ILL

Mattias Siimar, MICH

Dominik Stary, NU

Cannon Kingsley, OSU

John McNally, OSU

OHIO STATE MEN’S GOLF: Kvarnstrom, Moldovan Finish Top 15, Buckeyes Finish 5th at Big Tens
Freshman Adam Wallin fired the low round of the tournament for the Buckeyes with a 70 on Sunday

CARMEL, Ind. – Led by three Top 20 individual finishes, Ohio State took fifth on Sunday at the Big Ten Championships at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind. The Buckeyes carded their best round of the championship with a 294 to jump one spot in the final standings.

Individually, graduate Felix Kvarnstrom led the team with a 10th place finish at 8-over par. Kvarnstrom made three birdies and four bogeys in his final round of 1-over 73.

Freshman Maxwell Moldovan and Adam Wallin also had impressive showings in their first Big Ten Championships. Moldovan tied for 13th at 9-over while Wallin finished a shot back at 10-over and tied for 18th. Wallin had it rolling on Sunday. He made three consecutive birdies on holes two, three and four to start the round and then played even-par on the difficult back nine to post a final round 2-under 70. That was tied for the second-lowest round of the day and it was the low round of the tournament for the Buckeyes.

Elis Svard capped his Big Ten Tournament with a birdie on the tough 18th hole to post a final round 76. There were just 13 birdies all tournament on the 18th hole which played very difficult in the breezy conditions.

Jackson Chandler rounded out the scoring for the Buckeyes on Sunday with an 8-over 80. He finished the event in a tie for 48th.

The closing stretch of holes 17 and 18 gave players trouble all weekend and the Buckeyes were no different. Of the counting scores in the first two rounds, Ohio State was a combined 15-over par on the last two holes alone. But on Sunday, the counting scores were just 1-over par including Svard’s birdie on 18.

The Buckeyes will now wait to find out their NCAA Championship fate this week. The NCAA Selection will air live on the Golf Channel at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 5.

Ohio State      309-301-294    +41     5th
Kvarnstrom     77-74-73         +8       10th    
Moldovan       74-75-76         +9       13th
Wallin             80-76-70         +10     18th
Svard              79-77-76         +16     37th
Chandler         79-76-80         +19     48th

OHIO STATE MEN’S TENNIS: Buckeyes Fall 4-3 to Illinois in the Finals
The match came down to seniors Kyle Seelig and Zeke Clark who battled into a third-set tiebreaker

LINCOLN, Neb. – In as close of a match as one could get, Ohio State came up a couple of points short in a 4-3 loss to Illinois in the championship match of the Big Ten Tournament on Sunday in Lincoln.

It was a heck of a back-and-forth match between two great teams. The deciding singles match came down to Ohio State sixth-year senior Kyle Seelig and Illinois fifth-year senior Zeke Clark. The players split the first two sets and then battled into a third-set tiebreaker. Clark pulled away with three consecutive points at the end to win 7-4.

The loss snaps Ohio State’s 11-match win streak and the Buckeyes are now 20-3 on the season. Illinois improves to 21-2 overall.

Illinois got early breaks in all three doubles matches and held the advantage throughout. The Illini won 6-2 on court two and 6-3 on court three. They also led 5-4 on court one. The doubles point once again proved pivotal.

Any momentum the Illini gained with the doubles win was short-lived, however, as Ohio State jumped out quick. The Buckeyes won five of the six first sets and in the one they lost, McNally rebounded to win the second set.

Cannon Kingsley capped an impressive run through the Big Ten as he dominated #101 Siphosothando Montsi 6-1, 6-2 to even the team score at 1-1. Kingsley remains perfect on the season at 27-0.

James Trotter put the Buckeyes in front 2-1 with his 6-3, 6-4 win over Alex Brown. Trotter is now 13-1 on the year.

JJ Tracy breezed through the first set with Hunter Heck, winning 6-0, and he looked well on his way to his 25th consecutive win. But Heck bounced back to win the second set 6-3 and then took the third set as well 7-5. That was Tracy’s first loss in a dual singles match this season and he is now 24-3 on the year.

John McNally put the Buckeyes ahead again as he claimed an impressive 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over #118 Aleks Kovacevic. This was Kovacevic’s first loss this season. For McNally, he is 21-4 on the year and has six wins over ranked opponents.

Robert Cash won the first set against Noe Khlif but then dropped the next two 6-3, 7-5 and Illinois tied the match at 3-3.

Seelig and Clark were well behind the other matches in pace because their first set also went to a tiebreaker. Seelig won that first breaker 9-7 but Clark responded by winning the second set 6-3. In the third, Clark was up a break at 5-3 and was serving for the match but Seelig broke back to get back on serve. Both players then held serve into the breaker, which Clark eventually won.

The Buckeyes are 20-3 on the season and all three losses were to quality opponents. The first was a 4-2 setback to ACC Champion Virginia and the other two were 4-3 losses at Michigan and today to Illinois.

Ohio State will now wait to find out its NCAA Tournament fate. The NCAA men’s tennis selection show will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 3.

Illinois 4, Ohio State 3

1. John McNally (OSU) def. #118 Aleks Kovacevic (ILL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Cannon Kingsley (OSU) def. #101 Siphosothando Montsi (ILL) 6-1, 6-2
3. James Trotter (OSU) def. Alex Brown (ILL) 6-3, 6-4
4. #83 Zeke Clark (ILL) def. Kyle Seelig (OSU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Hunter Heck (ILL) def. JJ Tracy (OSU) 0-6, 6-3, 7-5
6. Noe Khlif (ILL) def. Robert Cash (OSU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

1. #73 John McNally/Robert Cash (OSU) vs. #28 Alex Brown/Zeke Clark (ILL) 4-5, unfinished
2. Noe Khlif/Siphosothando Montsi (ILL) def. Cannon Kingsley/Kyle Seelig (OSU) 6-2
3. Hunter Heck/Aleks Kovacevic (ILL) def. JJ Tracy/Justin Boulais (OSU) 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,3,5,1,6,4)


1936After being sidelined at the start of the season because of a foot injury, Joe DiMaggio makes his much anticipated major league debut. The 21 year-old rookie outfielder lives up to the hype, collecting three hits, including a triple, and scores three runs in the Yankees’ 14-5 victory over the Browns in New York.
1941In his first major league start, Cardinal rookie Henry Gornicki throws a one-hitter, beating Philadelphia at Shibe Park, 6-1. The 30 year-old right-hander, who will win only fifteen games in his career, gives up the lone hit to rookie outfielder Stanley Benjamin.
1947The Cardinals trade center fielder Harry Walker along with right-hander Freddy Schmidt to the Phillies for right fielder Ron Northey. ‘Harry the Hat’ will finish the season hitting .363, capturing the National League batting crown.
1947The Pirates trade five-foot, six-inch left-hand-hitting reserve outfielder Al Gionfriddo to the Dodgers for five players and a hundred thousand dollars in cash, which is personally delivered by the backup flycatcher when he arrives in Brooklyn. The Bucs received Hank Behrman, Dixie Howell, Gene Mauch, Cal McLish, and Kirby Higbe, a former 20-game winner from South Carolina, made expendable due to his comments about playing with his new teammate Jackie Robinson, the first black to play in the major leagues this century.
1950Although he beats the White Sox, 4-3, Vic Raschi balks four times during the contest. The Yankee pitcher is unable to adjust to the new rule, which requires a pitcher to come to a rest for a full second.
1951In a 17-3 rout over the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, Gil McDougald ties a major league record with six RBIs in one inning. The Yankee rookie hits his first career home run, a grand slam, and then adds a two-run triple as the Bronx Bombers break out for 11 runs in the ninth inning.
1952To fill the void in center field created by Joe DiMaggio’s retirement and Mickey Mantle’s recovery from last season’s knee surgery, the Yankees trade Jackie Jensen and right-hander Spec Shea to the Senators for veteran fly chaser Irv Noren. In 1958, Jensen will win the American League MVP playing for Boston.
1959At Briggs Stadium, Charlie Maxwell hits four straight home runs in a doubleheader, helping the 2-15 Tigers, under new manager Jimmy Dykes, sweep the Yankees 4-2 and 8-2. It was Dykes’ first day as skipper, and he put Charlie back in the lineup even though ‘Ole Paw Paw’ was hitting only .136 at the time.
1962In a deal with the Indians, the Senators trade light-hitting outfielder Willie Tasby for southpaws Don Rudolph and Steve Hamilton. At the start of next season, Washington will obtain Jim Coates from the Yankees in exchange for Hamilton, who will go on to post a 34-20 (.630) record during his eight-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers.
1963In his only at-bat with the Orioles, Buster Narum goes deep off Cleveland southpaw Don Mossi. Baltimore will option the 22 year-old rookie hurler to Triple-A Rochester in six days, will become the first pitcher to have more homers than wins in a season.
1966After previously blanking Boston and Kansas City, Indian right-hander Luis Tiant tosses his third consecutive shutout when he beats the Yankees in the Bronx, 1-0. The 25 year-old ‘El Tiante’ has yet to surrender a single run this season.
1975After taking the mound against the Rangers in the second inning at Arlington Stadium, Nolan Ryan finds a rubber snake and a large rubber crab when he reaches for the rosin bag. The Angels right-hander, who gets the victory when the Halos beat Texas, 4-2, suspects opposing manager Billy Martin for the shenanigans, calling the prank a “Little League stunt.”
1975The Reds beat the Braves at Riverfront Stadium, 6-1, making Gary Nolan a winner for the first time in nearly two and half seasons. The right-hander’s last win came on October 3rd, 1972, when he beat the Astros by an identical score in Cincinnati.
1979In a 6-1 defeat to the Brewers, Indian outfielder Bobby Bonds hits his 300th home run off Moose Haas to become only the second player in major league history to steal at least 300 bases (413) and hit 300 round-trippers. Willie Mays was the first to accomplish the feat. (July 4, 1961).
1980Willie McCovey homers for the final time, a solo shot off Scott Sanderson in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 3-2 loss to Montreal at Olympic Stadium. The 42 year-old future Hall of Fame first baseman, who hit the first of his 521 round-trippers in 1959, joins Red Sox legend Ted Williams as the only other major leaguer to homer in four different decades
1980Ferguson Jenkins becomes only the fifth major league hurler to win 100 games in each league when he defeats the Orioles, 3-2. The Ranger right-hander joins Al Orth, Cy Young, Jim Bunning, and Gaylord Perry in accomplishing the feat.
1982Facing the minimum 27 batters, Mike Flanagan and the Orioles beat Seattle, 6-0. The Baltimore southpaw gives up three hits and a walk, but two double plays, a pickoff, and a caught stealing attempt deprive the opposition of any men left on base.
1983After returning from a stint on the disabled list, Dave Wilhelmi of the Shreveport Captains throws a perfect game, beating the Arkansas Travelers in Little Rock, 7-0. It takes two spectacular ninth-inning catches in the outfield to complete the second perfecto in Texas League history.
1986In a 9-4 win over the Rangers in the Bronx, Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly becomes the sixth major leaguer to connect for three sacrifice flies in one game. The rare feat was last accomplished just two days ago by Cardinal outfielder Vince Coleman in a contest against the Padres.
1987Joe Cowley, pitching in relief, makes his final major league appearance, giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning in the Phillies’ 9-6 loss to Cincinnati. The 28 year-old right-hander becomes the only pitcher in major league history never to win another game after pitching a no-hitter, a feat he accomplished last season against the Angels as a starter with the White Sox.
1996Texas starter Ken Hill yields a one-out first-inning infield single to Bobby Higginson before going on to retire the next 26 batters in the team’s 11-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. Tomorrow, the Ranger right-hander’s effort will be matched by teammate Roger Pavlik’s gem against Detroit, making it the first time in 79 years in the American League that a team has thrown consecutive one-hitters.
1998Dan Wilson hits the first inside-the-park grand slam in the history of the Mariners. The backstop’s first-inning bases-full round-tripper proves to be the difference in the M’s 10-6 victory over Detroit at the Kingdome.
1999In the second game of a home-and-home series, the Cuban national team, facing major league competition in the United States for the first time, defeats the struggling Orioles at Camden Yards, 12-6. In March, Baltimore, after being greeted by Fidel Castro, prevailed at Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano, edging Cuba in 11 innings, 3-2.
1999In a 12-11, 10-inning loss to the A’s, Red Sox rookie Creighton Gubanich becomes only the fourth player to blast a grand slam for his first major league hit. The reserve catcher joins Bill Duggleby (1898 – Phillies), Bobby Bonds (1968 – Giants), and Orlando Mercado (1982 -Mariners) in accomplishing the feat.
2000The Rockies set a franchise record, collecting 24 hits in a 16-7 rout of Montreal. Colorado’s first baseman Todd Helton goes 5-for-5 in the Coors Field contest, with all nine starters getting at least one hit and driving in at least one run.
2001Johnny Oates, finishing with an overall managerial record for the Rangers of 506-476 (.515) during his 6+ seasons at the helm, resigns 28 games into the new campaign, being replaced by the team’s third-base coach Jerry Narron. A poor start of 11-17 due to a lack of pitching, and owner Tom Hicks’ high expectations after signing prized free agent Alex Rodriguez, led to the speculation of the imminent firing of the Texas skipper.
2001Michael Orschlin, the third fan to jump onto the field at Kauffman Stadium this season, is taken away on a stretcher as a result of a broken ankle suffered from his 12-foot leap over the guard rail onto ballpark’s hard rubber warning track during the ninth inning of a Royals’ 9-4 loss to the Indians. Trying to win a $400 wager from a friend, the 22 year-old, whose injury delays the game for 15 minutes, faces a $1,000 fine for trespassing.
2004Similar to last season, the aging outfielder Rickey Henderson re-signs with the Atlantic League’s Bears, hoping for a shot of returning to the big leagues. The 45 year-old future Hall of Famer batted .339, hit eight home runs, drove in 33 runs, scored 52 runs, and stole nine bases for the Newark team last season before joining the Dodgers in July.
2005With a 9-0 margin, a state legislative committee votes to approve a bill, which will require the Los Angeles Angels, formerly known as the Anaheim Angels, to disclose on all promotional material, including tickets, ads, and team publications that the team plays in Anaheim. Using the example of an orange juice company selling OJ that contains no oranges, California Assemblyman Tom Umberg, the bill’s sponsor, says he is trying to promote truth in sports advertising.
2005The White Sox, with the best record in the majors, establish a big-league record, having led in all 28 games played to this point in the season. The eventual World Champs will post a 99-63 record this season.
2006Major League Baseball will sell the Nationals to a group led by Theodore Lerner, a Maryland-based real estate developer, for $450 million. In 2002, the 29 other big-league owners collectively bought the Montreal Expos franchise for $120 million and then moved the failing franchise to Washington, D.C. last season.
2008With his three-run blast at Chase Field off Diamondbacks’ ace Brandon Webb, Carlos Delgado moves ahead of Juan Gonzalez as the home run leader for players born in Puerto Rico. The Mets’ first baseman’s 435th career home run places the Aguadilla native 36th on the all-time major league list.
2009Defeating San Diego 2-1 in 10 innings, the Dodgers tie a franchise record, winning their ninth consecutive decision at home from the start of the season. The 1946 club also reeled off nine straight victories at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field at the beginning of the post-war campaign.
2009In the eighth inning of the Rays’ 5-3 victory over Boston, Carl Crawford steals his sixth base of the game to become the fourth major leaguer to accomplish the feat. The 27 year-old perennial American League stolen base champ joins Eddie Collins (twice 1912 – A’s ), Otis Nixon (Braves – 1991), and Eric Young (Rockies – 1996) as the only players to pilfer a half dozen bags in a contest since 1900.
2011Francisco Liriano’s first complete game in his six-year major league career is a no-hitter, a 1-0 gem thrown against the White Sox at a chilly U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins’ 27 year-old southpaw entered the game with a 2-4 record along with a 9.13 ERA, fueling speculation that he was in danger of losing his spot in the Minnesota rotation.
2014The Mets set the record for the longest hitless streak by a major league pitching staff to start a season when Jenrry Mejia grounds out to second, making the New York hurlers, collectively, 0-for-46 since Opening Day. The dubious mark, previously established by the 1914 St. Louis Browns, will be extended to 64 at-bats before Jacob deGrom, in his first major league plate appearance, singles off Yankee right-hander Chase Whitley.
2015The Nationals blank the Mets at Citi Field, 1-0, on consecutive days, marking the first time in 19 years that a road opponent has recorded 1-0 victories against the same team on back-to-back days. The Cardinals last accomplished the feat in 1996 when they held the Phillies scoreless, scoring lone runs in the April 19 and 20th contests at Veterans Stadium.

MLB Standings 
American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston1712.5868 – 89 – 47 – 45 – 33 – 55 – 5L 2
Toronto1412.5381.57 – 47 – 87 – 41 – 32 – 47 – 3W 3
NY Yankees1414.5002.57 – 77 – 77 – 126 – 10 – 07 – 3W 3
Tampa Bay1415.48337 – 107 – 56 – 62 – 14 – 74 – 6W 1
Baltimore1315.4643.54 – 109 – 56 – 70 – 06 – 75 – 5L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Kansas City1610.6158 – 58 – 54 – 37 – 44 – 27 – 3L 1
Chi White Sox1512.5561.59 – 66 – 62 – 27 – 66 – 47 – 3L 1
Cleveland1313.50037 – 66 – 71 – 311 – 80 – 05 – 5W 1
Minnesota1016.38565 – 85 – 81 – 35 – 41 – 64 – 6W 1
Detroit821.2769.54 – 94 – 120 – 34 – 123 – 41 – 9L 5
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland1712.5869 – 88 – 45 – 57 – 02 – 55 – 5W 1
Seattle1613.55218 – 68 – 75 – 33 – 35 – 54 – 6W 1
Houston1513.5361.57 – 78 – 62 – 10 – 313 – 77 – 3L 1
LA Angels1313.5002.56 – 47 – 92 – 15 – 36 – 94 – 6L 1
Texas1316.44847 – 96 – 79 – 51 – 53 – 34 – 6W 2
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Washington1212.5008 – 54 – 75 – 44 – 22 – 57 – 3W 4
NY Mets1111.5006 – 45 – 79 – 50 – 32 – 14 – 6W 2
Philadelphia1315.46419 – 64 – 97 – 84 – 32 – 44 – 6L 2
Atlanta1216.42927 – 75 – 95 – 85 – 21 – 24 – 6L 4
Miami1116.4072.54 – 77 – 94 – 52 – 43 – 43 – 7L 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee1711.6078 – 89 – 31 – 29 – 66 – 16 – 4L 1
St. Louis1612.57117 – 69 – 68 – 88 – 40 – 08 – 2W 4
Cincinnati1314.4813.59 – 64 – 80 – 07 – 54 – 84 – 6W 1
Pittsburgh1215.4444.55 – 77 – 80 – 05 – 102 – 24 – 6L 4
Chi Cubs1216.42958 – 74 – 95 – 57 – 110 – 03 – 7L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco1711.60710 – 37 – 86 – 42 – 18 – 46 – 4W 1
LA Dodgers1712.5860.58 – 59 – 73 – 02 – 59 – 53 – 7W 1
San Diego1613.5521.57 – 99 – 40 – 02 – 511 – 86 – 4L 1
Arizona1513.53626 – 59 – 84 – 35 – 16 – 77 – 3W 1
Colorado1018.35778 – 72 – 113 – 30 – 05 – 154 – 6L 1

NBA Conference Standings
Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
1 x-Philadelphia4321.67225-718-1410-227-96-44 W
2 x-Brooklyn4322.6620.525-818-148-423-156-42 L
Milwaukee4024.6253.021-1019-1410-025-116-42 W
New York3628.5637.022-1114-173-823-179-12 W
Atlanta3530.5388.519-1116-196-321-175-51 W
Miami3530.5388.519-1416-166-620-177-33 W
Boston3431.5239.521-1313-184-719-175-51 L
Charlotte3133.48412.017-1414-197-318-194-61 L
Indiana3033.47612.511-1919-146-416-195-51 W
10 Washington2935.45314.016-1713-182-711-238-21 L
11 Toronto2738.41516.516-1611-224-817-226-41 W
12 Chicago2638.40617.012-1914-195-516-184-63 L
13 Cleveland2143.32822.012-199-244-715-231-96 L
14 Orlando2044.31323.011-239-214-612-233-71 W
15 Detroit1945.29724.012-177-281-1012-253-72 L
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
1 x-Phoenix4618.71925-921-97-327-107-34 W
2 x-Utah4618.71927-419-145-422-126-41 W
Denver4321.6723.024-1019-118-125-139-15 W
LA Clippers4322.6623.524-919-138-326-136-43 L
Dallas3628.56310.017-1519-136-420-196-41 L
Portland3628.56310.016-1620-124-618-185-54 W
LA Lakers3628.56310.017-1519-133-721-153-73 L
Memphis3231.50813.514-1718-144-614-225-51 L
Golden State3232.50014.019-1113-214-718-166-41 W
10 San Antonio3132.49214.513-2018-126-616-205-53 L
11 New Orleans2935.45317.017-1612-196-417-194-62 W
12 Sacramento2737.42219.014-1813-195-715-205-52 W
13 Oklahoma City2144.32325.59-2412-203-811-241-93 L
14 Minnesota2045.30826.512-208-255-614-256-41 L
15 Houston1649.24630.58-268-235-710-282-82 L

NHL Division Standings
x-Pittsburgh Penguins5234153713117814220-4-214-11-17-2-1
x-Washington Capitals5132145692917515215-7-317-7-26-3-1
x-New York Islanders5131155672714311420-3-311-12-25-4-1
Boston Bruins5030146662615012316-6-314-8-38-2-0
New York Rangers5226206582516713914-9-312-11-36-4-0
Philadelphia Flyers5122227511914418610-11-412-11-33-6-1
New Jersey Devils511727741171361786-17-311-10-43-6-1
Buffalo Sabres521332733101261856-16-47-16-33-7-0
x-Vegas Golden Knights5036122743516811019-4-217-8-09-1-0
x-Colorado Avalanche4933124703317112020-4-213-8-27-3-0
x-Minnesota Wild5032144683116213518-5-114-9-38-1-1
St. Louis Blues492319753211471549-11-414-8-36-3-1
Arizona Coyotes5222246501913916312-10-410-14-23-6-1
San Jose Sharks5120265451513817610-11-210-15-32-7-1
Los Angeles Kings491924644181301479-12-410-12-24-6-0
Anaheim Ducks521629739151161666-18-410-11-34-6-0
x-Toronto Maple Leafs5133135713217213316-7-317-6-25-3-2
Edmonton Oilers4930172623015813115-10-015-7-27-3-0
Winnipeg Jets5027203572715314311-11-216-9-13-7-0
Montreal Canadiens5023189552214514512-11-211-7-75-5-0
Calgary Flames5022253472113214412-11-110-14-26-4-0
Ottawa Senators5119275431714117711-10-48-17-16-3-1
Vancouver Canucks4519233411611914712-10-27-13-13-7-0
x-Carolina Hurricanes5134107753016612118-3-416-7-37-0-3
x-Tampa Bay Lightning5235143733417213120-6-015-8-37-2-1
x-Florida Panthers5334145733317514817-5-317-9-27-2-1
Nashville Predators5228222582314214616-10-012-12-26-3-1
Dallas Stars51211713551914013313-7-88-10-56-3-1
Chicago Blackhawks5122236502014616712-11-310-12-34-5-1
Detroit Red Wings5418279451611816412-11-56-16-43-4-3
Columbus Blue Jackets5216251143131231729-8-77-17-41-6-3

X – Clinched Playoff Spot