HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCCA/AREA
Western 5 Kokomo 1
Southport 6 Lafayette Jeff 1
McCutcheon 3 Decatur Central 1
University 8 Seton Catholic 1
Knightstown 7 Northeastern 4… PANTHERS: Carson Smith 3 – 3…. Ben Newby 2 – 3 2 RBI… PITCHING: Mason Muncy 7K’s
Union City 12 Blue River 2… INDIANS: Zach Fulk 2 – 3 2R… Camden LaFuze 1 – 3 2 RBI…. Hunter Reagan 1 – 3 2 RBI… PITCHING: Fulk 9K’s 1BB
Oldenburg Academy 10 Union County 2… PATRIOTS: John Ridenhour 3 – 4 2 RBI
Logansport 12 Peru 7
Connersville 5 Anderson 2
Pendleton Heights 9 Shelbyville 6
Pendleton Heights 16 Shelbyville 11
Delta 13 Cowan 3
Mount Vernon 8 New Palestine 6
Greenfield Central 4 Yorktown 3
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA
Greenfield Central 27 Richmond 6 (5)…Cougars scored 12 runs in the first inning and 10 runs in the third
Harrison 12 Twin Lakes 0
Lafayette Jeff 6 Frontier 0
McCutcheon 20 Western Boone 1
Wes-Del 6 Lincoln 3…: GOLDEN EAGLES: Kaleigh Lamb RBI…Jaela Patton RBI
New Castle 9 Wapahani 5
Shenandoah 20 Randolph Southern 3
Yorktown 12 Delta 1
Shelbyville 11 Columbus East 5
Shelbyville 22 Columbus East 1
Avon 2 Pendleton Heights 0
Knightstown 11 Indian Creek 7
New Palestine 9 Zionsville 3
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Minnesota 2 Pittsburgh 0
Oakland 3 Baltimore 1
Boston 6 Seattle 5
NY Yankees 5 Cleveland 3
Kansas City 6 Detroit 2
Toronto 5 Tampa Bay 3
Chicago White Sox 9 Texas 7
Houston 5 LA Angels 4 (10)
Chicago Cubs 15 Milwaukee 2
NY Mets 6 Washington 0
Atlanta 5 Cincinnati 4
Colorado 5 Philadelphia 4
San Francisco 5 Miami 3
San Diego 6 LA Dodgers 1
Atlanta 118 Miami 103
Brooklyn 109 Boston 104
LA Clippers 109 Houston 104
Washington 129 Oklahoma City 109
Charlotte 108 Cleveland 102
Golden State 118 Denver 97
Memphis 130 Portland 128…DESMOND BANE 0PTS..4ASST
Buffalo 6 Boston 4
NY Rangers 4 Philadelphia 1
Nashville 3 Chicago 1
Toronto at Winnipeg postponed
Vegas at San Jose postponed
Calgary 4 Montréal 2
Vegas at Anaheim postponed
Minnesota 4 Los Angeles 2
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Sporting KC 1 Orlando City SC 1
Indiana 7 Minnesota 1
Indiana 9 Minnesota 3
Illinois 6 Purdue 5
Central Michigan 13 Akron 1
Ball State 3 Northern Illinois 1
Ball State 6 Northern Illinois 2
Boston College 10 Notre Dame 0.
Butler 10 Villanova 5
Cincinnati 12 Wichita State 2
Cincinnati 6 Wichita State 0
Iowa 6 Maryland 2
Kent State 3 Miami Ohio 2 (8)
Miami Ohio 1 Kent State 0
Michigan 6 Rutgers 4
Nebraska 4 Michigan State 0 (10)
Wright State 12 Northern Kentucky 1
Wright State 8 Northern Kentucky 6
Ohio State 11 Penn State 6
Valparaiso 7 Southern Illinois 6
The Indiana Pacers add to their depleted roster
The Pacers continue to add players to their roster by adding G-League center Aminda Brimah to a two-way deal Friday.
Brimah has spent pre-season time with both the Pacers and the Spurs but hasn’t played a regular season game in the league yet.
Brimah most recently played with the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants averaging 8 ppg, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.
The 6’10” center out of UConn blocked 367 shots in his college career and shot .664%, which ranked #1 in school history.
He has made the G League all-defensive team twice.
Nets back atop East after beating Celtics 109-104
NEW YORK (AP) After Kyrie Irving piled up the points in two previous games against Boston, his shot wasn’t there Friday night.
He made up for it with every other aspect of his game.
Irving just missed a triple-double despite an awful shooting night, Joe Harris scored 20 points and the Brooklyn Nets regained first place in the Eastern Conference with a 109-104 victory over the Celtics on Friday night.
“We know that we’re not going to have it right away some games, so we’ve just got to battle through,” Irving said.
He had torched his former team for 77 points in 67 minutes in a pair of victories this season, but this time shot just 4 for 19 and missed all six of his 3-pointers.
But he scored 15 points, including the finishing free throws with 1.6 seconds left, and added 11 assists, nine rebounds and four steals as the Nets finished a season sweep of the Celtics, just the third in their franchise history.
“He didn’t have his typical scoring night, but it’s few and far between that he doesn’t score the ball at a prolific rate,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “He didn’t, but he definitely disrupted the basketball defensively and overall he draws a lot of attention, so I thought he was great in a lot of different ways than we’re accustomed to.”
Jayson Tatum had 38 points and 10 rebounds but was doing it mostly alone in the first half, when he had 25 of the Celtics’ 51 points.
Payton Pritchard (22 points) and Marcus Smart (19) got it going after halftime, but the Celtics couldn’t overcome 19 turnovers that gave Brooklyn a whopping 32-0 advantage in fast-break points.
“Any time you turn the ball over a lot and you give a team like Brooklyn opportunities to get out in transition, get easy shots and stuff like that, it’s going to be tough to win games,” Pritchard said.
Both teams were without two of their three best players. Kevin Durant missed a third straight game with a bruised left thigh, remaining sidelined along with James Harden (right hamstring).
Jaylen Brown missed his second straight game with left shoulder bursitis, while Kemba Walker rested his left knee on the second night of Boston’s back-to-back after beating Phoenix on Thursday.
Boston cut Brooklyn’s 17-point lead to 98-95 with about 3 1/2 minutes left after consecutive 3-pointers by Pritchard and Tatum. But Harris answered with a 3-pointer and Irving passed ahead to Jeff Green for a dunk to quickly push the lead back to eight.
Green had 19 points for Brooklyn, which won for only the third time in six games. But that’s good enough to move back ahead of idle Philadelphia, which has dropped three in a row.
Westbrook’s triple-double lifts Wizards to 7th straight win
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had another triple-double in his return to Oklahoma City, and the Washington Wizards beat the Thunder 129-109 on Friday night for their seventh straight win.
Westbrook finished with 37 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists – his fourth straight triple-double and his 14th in 16 games.
It was just the kind of night he routinely had during his 11 seasons with the Thunder. He was league MVP in 2017 and was a two-time scoring champion and perennial All-Star in Oklahoma City before the team traded him two seasons ago.
It was a strange night for him though. When he visited as a Houston Rocket last season, the Oklahoma City crowd cheered him loudly before and after the game. The Thunder aren’t allowing fans this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That was definitely different,” Westbrook said. “That was different, especially for me. Coming here, being so silent … I’m pretty sure it’s probably different for those guys too.”
Westbrook still found a way to interact – he gave his shoes to a Thunder employee after the game.
Bradley Beal added 33 points for the Wizards. He entered the night just behind Golden State’s Stephen Curry for the league scoring lead.
Beal said his chemistry with Westbrook has improved throughout the season.
“It’s been fantastic since day one,” Beal said. “We’ve both accepted each other. We both respect each other’s game. And I feel like he just makes us a better team. He continues to uplift his teammates and he challenges himself.”
Westbrook now has 174 triple-doubles in his career and is closing in on Oscar Robertson’s career record of 181. He has 28 triple-doubles this season.
Darius Bazley and Theo Maledon each scored 20 points and Isaiah Roby and Lu Dort each added 18 for Oklahoma City, which lost its 13th straight – one short of the Thunder record.
Washington led 70-68 at halftime behind Westbrook’s 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds. He made 8 of 12 shots before the break.
The Wizards opened the second half on a 10-2 run. Westbrook collected his 10th assist on a pass to Beal for a 3-pointer that put the Wizards up 85-71.
Oklahoma City rallied late in the third quarter and trailed 96-90. But Davis Bertans made a 3-pointer and Dort was called for a technical. Bertans made the free throw to give the Wizards a 10-point lead at the end of the quarter.
Bazley made a 3-pointer to cut Washington’s lead to eight before Washington pulled away. Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a rebound in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
The Wizards want to stay consistent down the stretch.
“We’ve got to keep our head down and keep focused,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We haven’t done anything yet. All we’ve done is won the games – seven in a row. It’s a great feat, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do. We’re not where we want to be. We want to get involved (in the playoff race) and stay involved, and who knows? We might be able to keep moving up.”
Stephen Curry, Warriors welcome back fans and beat Nuggets
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry’s pregame warmup had a little added flair with so many more people watching again. He loved seeing all the familiar ushers as he drove up to the arena three hours early. He thanked the fans before tipoff for being patient and persistent through a pandemic.
Curry scored 32 points, Draymond Green added 19 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors welcomed back fans for the first time since the pandemic began by beating the Denver Nuggets 118-97 on Friday night.
“Just a little bit different of a buzz inside and outside the arena,” Curry said. “I know you got to take it slow and obviously keep everybody safe but ramp up how many people can get in the building and slowly but surely get back to a full, packed house where that energy is second to none. Us on the floor, we live off of that. You try to bring it when it’s an empty arena, you do your best but it makes such a difference with fans.”
Nikola Jokic scored 19 points for Denver in a matchup of MVP candidates with Curry, who received a rare technical with 33.7 seconds left in the third when he wanted a foul call. Michael Porter Jr. led the Nuggets with 26 points, hitting seven 3-pointers.
Denver forward Will Barton went down 59 seconds into the game with a strained right hamstring and didn’t return. He hit the floor awkwardly on the baseline beneath the Nuggets basket.
“Our guys regrouped,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Will went down. He went down early and then we had to find other guys to step in and play. But I think all of you guys are fishing for we lost this game because of Will’s injury. Don’t make that excuse for us. Will Barton went down, he’s hurt and we feel for him. But we all get paid on the first and 15th, do your job. We didn’t do our job tonight – I didn’t, the players didn’t, and it’s unacceptable.”
Fans chanted “M-V-P! M-V-P!” for Curry, who shot 11 for 18 with four 3s and also grabbed eight rebounds in his 12th 30-point performance over the past 13 games and 29th of the season.
“I’m not surprised. I think it’s a no-brainer,” Mychal Mulder said.
Jordan Poole knocked down a corner 3-pointer to beat the buzzer ending the third as Golden State got another big boost from its bench to win a third straight home game. Poole finished with 15 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. 23 in his new reserve role.
“It’s a new role for Kelly but you can see how he’s embraced it, how he’s handled it,” coach Steve Kerr said.
The Warriors began a stretch with nine of their final 13 games at home – where they hadn’t played with fans in the building for 409 days. Attendance was 1,935, with the team having hoped for about 2,000 people.
Fans were greeted with a special video board message – welcome home – limited number of player family members and guests had been the only ones in attendance.
The depleted Warriors welcomed back Juan Toscano-Anderson from the concussion protocol after he took a dangerous fall and cut his head at Boston last week. He entered at the 6:08 mark of the first quarter to loud cheers and contributed nine points and eight rebounds.
“Having fans is always fun, especially after playing in empty gyms,” Toscano-Anderson said. “I appreciate all the fans. Shoutout to all the essential workers who have made this possible.”
Golden State shot 53.6% and had 39 assists.
“You have to find a way to get stops and we were just unwilling to do that tonight,” said a disgusted Malone, whose Denver team shot 38.6%.
Molina HR, double before exit with sore foot, Cards top Reds
ST. LOUIS (AP) Yadier Molina homered and doubled before leaving because of a sore foot, and the St. Louis Cardinals sent the Cincinnati Reds to their fifth straight loss, 5-4 Friday night.
Molina raised his batting average to .339 in helping St. Louis build a 5-0 lead. But the star catcher exited after batting in the fifth inning because of soreness in his right foot.
Manager Mike Shildt didn’t have a report on the severity of the injury postgame.
“We noticed it looked like he favored something after his swing, and then he came in and we got him treatment and made the decision to get him out of there and get him looked at,” Shildt said.
Kwang-Hyun Kim (1-0) allowed one run and five hits with a career-high eight strikeouts. Three of Kim’s four major league wins have come against Cincinnati.
Sonny Gray (0-1) gave up five runs and six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings in his second start after opening the season on the 10-day injured list with a strained back muscle. The Reds have lost five straight games for the first time since Sept. 22-27, 2019.
“It was one inning for me and I couldn’t get out of that one inning,” Gray said. “I put us in a pretty big hole there in the third inning of a game on the road.”
Cincinnati scored three times in the ninth before Alex Reyes got the final two outs for his fourth save.
Jonathan India lofted a triple off Jordan Hicks that fell between center fielder Dylan Carlson and right fielder Justin Williams, cutting the St. Louis lead to 5-2. Pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart walked, prompting Shildt to turn to Reyes.
Reyes walked Tyler Naquin to load the bases and then walked Jesse Winker to score another run. Castellanos struck out, but a wild pitch on strike three allowed Barnhart to score.
Eugenio Suarez worked a 3-2 count against Reyes before he struck out looking to end the game.
Molina hit his fifth home run of the season in the second to put St. Louis up 1-0.
The Cardinals broke the game open with a four-run, one-out rally in the third. Paul Goldschmidt doubled in two runs, Nolan Arenado singled to drive in Goldschmidt and Molina doubled to right-center.
“I have had guys on and haven’t done a great job driving them in,” Goldschmidt said. “To be able to come through there and open up that lead was good.”
Nick Castellanos homered to left to open the Reds sixth. It was his seventh homer of the season and his 1,000th career hit.
Castellanos was serenaded with boos in his first game back from serving a two-game suspension for precipitating a benches-clearing incident against the Cardinals on April 3.
“It was definitely a pretty cool moment being in St. Louis and especially hearing all the boos and stuff,” Castellanos said. “Being able to do it, it was a pretty cool moment.”
Marisnick stars as Cubs pound Brewers for 4th straight win
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Marisnick homered and matched a career high with five RBIs, and the Chicago Cubs pounded the Milwaukee Brewers 15-2 on Friday for their fourth straight victory.
Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez and Willson Contreras also connected for Chicago, which was coming off a three-game sweep of the New York Mets. Nico Hoerner had three hits in his first start of the season.
Marisnick, a reserve outfielder known mostly for his defensive prowess, had two hits and scored three times in his third straight start.
“I just stay ready,” he said. “I’m going to try to find a way to impact the game one way or another.”
Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (1-2) pitched six innings of two-run ball in his first win of the season. He struck out six and walked one, bouncing back nicely after a rough start against Atlanta.
“I made better pitches overall,” he said. “I just need to continue down that road.”
Milwaukee had won three in a row. Kolten Wong and Billy McKinney hit consecutive homers in the sixth, but that was it for the Brewers’ offense.
Wong finished with three hits in his first game since April 8. He had been sidelined by an oblique injury.
Brewers left-hander Brett Anderson (2-2) departed with right knee discomfort after throwing just 11 pitches. He said after the game that he will undergo an MRI to determine the source of pain that came from his lower hamstring.
Stanton homers twice, powering Yankees past Indians 5-3
CLEVELAND (AP) The sounds echoed through Progressive Field like cannon shots.
There was no fireworks show on Friday night, just Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton busted out of his slump with two rocketed home runs – one with a 118 mph exit velocity, the highest in the majors this season – and the New York Yankees connected four times in a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Stanton hit a 429-foot solo shot in the third inning off Logan Allen (1-3) and added another in the fifth for his first multi-homer game since Sept. 27, 2018. Stanton’s homers sent a rumble through the ballpark and New York’s dugout.
“It’s weird. It’s just different,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said when asked to describe Stanton’s homers. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Stanton, who has been struggling at the plate, downplayed his big night.
“It was nice to catch up to some fastballs and put the barrel on the ball,” he said.
New York has won two straight and the Yankees, who overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit for the second game in a row, are beginning to find their stride after a horrendous start.
Rougned Odor added a two-run homer and Aaron Hicks also went deep for New York.
Like many of his teammates, Stanton came staggering into the series with a .158 batting average and in a 3-for-34 slump. Boone gave him Thursday off, and the rest seemed to help one of baseball’s most feared sluggers – when he’s locked in.
After the Yankees rallied to tie it 3-all with a three-run second on the homers by Hicks and Odor, Stanton put them ahead for good in the third with his laser into the left-field bleachers, a 118 mph screamer. Earlier this season, Stanton hit a single that registered 120 mph, the hardest-hit ball of 2021.
In the fifth off reliever Trevor Stephan, Stanton made it 5-3 with a 418-foot shot that crashed safely into a protective net in the center-field bullpen.
Boone was awed by the home runs.
‘It’s tubular right now’: A’s win 12th in a row, top O’s 3-1
BALTIMORE (AP) Leave it to a guy from SoCal to describe what’s happening with his team from NoCal.
“It’s tubular right now,” A’s pitcher Cole Irvin said.
The Oakland Athletics earned their 12th consecutive victory — the club’s longest winning streak in almost two decades – defeating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Friday night.
Irvin, from Anaheim, California, took a shutout into the sixth inning to keep the A’s rolling.
Oakland’s string is its longest since it won a franchise-record 20 in a row in 2002. It is the Athletics’ third-longest winning streak since moving to Oakland in 1968, and is the longest in the majors since Houston’s 12-game run from June 6-18, 2018.
Ramon Laureano homered and Irvin won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly two years as the A’s improved to 13-1 since dropping their first six games.
“We are absolutely in this thing and we’re having a lot of fun,” Irvin said. “Even when we went on that little six-game skid, there was no panic in the locker room. In years past, I’ve seen it definitely encompass a room. The guys were more together during those six games.
“Right now, the vibes are really now. They’re high. We’re enjoying riding the wave right now,” he said.
Baltimore has lost seven of its eight home games.
Irvin (2-2) had won back-to-back starts just once before, his first two career starts for Philadelphia in May 2019. Coming off six shutout innings against Detroit on Saturday, he stymied the Orioles for five innings. But Baltimore stitched together four singles in the sixth, capped by Pedro Severino’s RBI single, to end Irvin’s night.
Reliever Yusmeiro Petit then retired the next two hitters to strand the bases loaded. Petit has allowed just one run over 10 innings in his last nine appearances.
“Key to the game, again,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve seen him do it I don’t know how many times. It’s not an easy thing to do, especially when you’re not throwing 98 miles an hour, you don’t have a wipeout, strikeout pitch. He’s just very aware of what hitters like and don’t like and puts it just out of reach.”
Irvin allowed eight hits and a run in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six.
Like father, like son: Tatís hits 2 HRs, Padres beat LA 6-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two homers at Dodger Stadium on the 22nd anniversary of his father hitting two grand slams in one inning at the same park, and the San Diego Padres earned their third straight victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-1 on Friday night.
Tatis hit solo homers in the third and fifth off Clayton Kershaw (3-2), and Yu Darvish (2-1) pitched seven strong innings in the Padres’ second consecutive win at Chavez Ravine to open this four-game series. San Diego also won the finale of the clubs’ first series last weekend at Petco Park.
Fernando Tatis Sr. famously hit two grand slams for St. Louis off the Dodgers’ Chan Ho Park in the third inning on April 23, 1999 – a feat that had never been done before, and hasn’t been done since.
His son was 3 1/2 months old at the time, and the now-22-year-old Tatis’ night wasn’t quite as unique as his dad’s achievement – but his fourth career multi-homer game included the two hardest-hit homers of his ascendant career at 113.4 mph and 115.9 mph, according to Statcast. Tatis also drove in a third run with a ninth-inning single.
Wil Myers’ solo homer in the second ended Kershaw’s streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings. Tommy Pham and pinch-hitter Jurickson Profar also drove in runs in the ninth.
Mookie Betts doubled and scored on Max Muncy’s single in the first inning for the major league-leading Dodgers, who have lost four of five amidst a major offensive slump. With four regular hitters now unavailable due to injuries, Los Angeles has scored only 11 runs in its last six games.
Darvish yielded four hits and a run with nine strikeouts in his second straight outstanding start against his former team and Kershaw. Darvish held the Dodgers to one hit over seven innings last weekend, but took a narrow loss when Kershaw threw six shutout innings.
Kershaw pitched seven innings of five-hit ball with seven strikeouts in the rematch, but took his first loss since opening day while allowing his first three homers of the season.
Tatis connected for a 431-foot shot in the third, and followed it with a 419-footer two innings later.
Mercedes gets 4 more hits, White Sox beat Rangers 9-7
CHICAGO (AP) Rookie sensation Yermin Mercedes added to his scorching start with four hits, including a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-7 on Friday night despite blowing a five-run lead.
Yoan Moncada had three hits and a home run. Liam Hendriks got the final five outs and the White Sox (10-9) moved above .500 for the first time this season. They won for the fourth time in five games even though Texas’ Adolis Garcia hit two more homers.
Chicago was rolling along with a 5-0 lead after chasing Dane Dunning in a five-run third, but the game turned quickly.
Luis Robert singled leading off the seventh against Kyle Cody (0-2), and Mercedes broke a 6-all tie one out later when he lined a double to center field. He moved up on Andrew Vaughn’s single and scored on Nick Madrigal’s sharp groundout to make it 8-6.
Mercedes raised his batting average to .429 and was serenaded with “MVP! MVP!” chants from the crowd, to his delight. With Eloy Jimenez expected to miss most of the season because of a ruptured left pectoral tendon, the White Sox are sure glad to have his contributions.
“I’m so excited,” Mercedes said. “I don’t know what more I need to do for my fans. But I just want to (make) my fans happy. When they call me MVP, I’m so excited.”
Moncada added a solo homer in the eighth.
Codi Heuer (2-1) worked 1 1/3 innings for the win. Hendriks came on with one out in the eighth and runners on first and second and struck out Willie Calhoun and Isiah Kiner-Falefa to end that threat. The closer gave up a solo drive to Garcia in the ninth before striking out Nick Solak for his fourth save in five chances.
“His guts, his character, his toughness – they match his talent,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “That’s a really good combination for us.”
Chiefs get Ravens star OT Orlando Brown for draft picks
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Just about everyone knew the Kansas City Chiefs were going to address their offensive line through the NFL draft.
Nobody quite expected them to do it a week before it even started.
The Chiefs plugged the biggest hole remaining on their AFC champion roster Friday when they acquired two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Brown from the Ravens for a package of draft picks, including the No. 31 overall selection this year.
The Ravens announced the trade, which is pending a physical. ESPN.com was first to report the terms.
The Ravens will get the No. 31 overall pick Thursday night, along with third- and fourth-round picks this year and a fifth-round pick next year. The Chiefs will get the Ravens’ second-round pick next week and a sixth-rounder in 2022.
“Teams continually tweak and update and revise that board, knowing where they can attack it,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said during a zoom call earlier Friday. “I think that mid-two-to-early-three area is going to be a hot zone.”
Turns out that depth later in the draft was one of the reasons he was willing to let go of the No. 31 pick.
“There’s been dialogue with various teams, we have a couple things on our radar, but nothing right now that were ready to move on,” Veach said with his best poker face about four hours before the trade was completed.
The Chiefs have spent the offseason rebuilding an offensive line that was decimated by opt-outs and injuries by the end of last season, when they were dominated up front by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Super Bowl rout. But most of the work in free agency had been along the interior of the line, leaving both offensive tackle jobs up for grabs.
The Chiefs released left tackle Eric Fisher and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, both of whom had surgery for season-ending injuries, to save space under the salary cap. And that left many to assume they would draft an offensive tackle at No. 31.
Despite a draft deep at the position, the Chiefs decided to trade that selection among others for a sure thing.
The 24-year-old Brown, a third-round pick of the Ravens in 2018, has started 42 games and appeared in all 16 each of the past three seasons. He played on the right side his first two seasons but moved to the left following an injury to Ronnie Stanley midway through last season, and did not allow a sack in about 700 snaps at that position.
Browns exercise QB Mayfield, CB Ward’s contract options
CLEVELAND (AP) For all their drafting mistakes and missteps over the past two decades, the Browns got it right in 2018.
On Friday, the team exercised the fifth-year contract options on quarterback Baker Mayfield and cornerback Denzel Ward, the respective Nos. 1 and 4 overall picks three years ago who have become integral to Cleveland’s newfound success.
Mayfield bounced back from a shaky 2019 season to threw 30 touchdown passes last season while leading the Browns to an 11-5 regular-season record, their first playoff appearance since the 2002 season and their first postseason win since 1994 – a wild-card victory over rival Pittsburgh.
The 25-year-old is the franchise QB the Browns have longed for, and now the club will consider signing him to a long-term extension. In the meantime, Mayfield is under contract for the next two seasons, with his 2022 salary guaranteed for $18.8 million.
The Browns had until May 3 to exercise the options on Mayfield and Ward, who will make $13.3 million in his final year.
“Both of those players have just done a really nice job for us over the first three years,” general manager Andrew Berry said in a pre-NFL draft conference call. “Both had very strong seasons for us in 2020 and we view both of those guys as young players who are continuing ascending and they’re going to be a big part of what we do as we move forward.”
Berry wouldn’t address if the club has had any preliminary talks with Mayfield or his agents about a long-term deal.
“I think you know me well enough that I’m not going to talk on that in this setting; I just don’t think it’s appropriate,” he said. “But obviously you know both of those players are extension eligible.”
Berry said the club will not be swayed by anything Baltimore or Buffalo does with quarterbacks Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen, who were drafted in the same class as Mayfield and are likely to get long-term extensions from their teams.
“Across all player markets, certainly external factors may impact to some degree what you do with players on your roster,” Berry said when asked about Jackson and Allen. “But by and large, we’ll make those decisions independent of what other teams do. We won’t feel any pressure either way in that regard.”
Mayfield has shown growth on and off the field during his three seasons with Cleveland, easing concerns last year about whether he was their long-term solution at QB.
CFP management committee discusses future format expansion
IRVING, Texas (AP) The College Football Playoff management committee discussed dozens of possible changes to the four-team format during meetings this week while voicing support for the current format, executive director Bill Hancock said Friday.
In a news release, Hancock said the full committee of conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director heard from four of its members who have been analyzing expansions options.
Hancock said more than 60 possible formats were reviewed, including those with six, eight, 10, 12 and 16 teams.
The working group expects to make a full report on future formats at an upcoming meeting.
“Since January 2019, when the presidents charged us with taking a careful look at all aspects of CFP, including the format, this group has diligently evaluated options for the future,” Hancock said in a statement. “Its efforts were delayed as a result of the pandemic, but it met again this week in Dallas, and we look forward to hearing more when its work is complete.”
The current College Football Playoff contract with ESPN is entering the eighth season of a 12-year deal that runs through the 2025 season.
13 players, 5 from Alabama, to attend NFL draft in Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) Thirteen prospects will attend next week’s NFL draft in person.
One year after the entire draft was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league is attempting to return to some normalcy. Most of the 13 players coming to Cleveland are expected to be selected in the first round.
Five members of national champion Alabama will attend: quarterback Mac Jones, defensive lineman Christian Barmore, cornerback Patrick Surtain II, and receivers Jaylen Waddle and Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith.
Also accepting invitations were BYU quarterback Zach Wilson and North Dakota State QB Trey Lance; LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase; Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau; Northwestern tackle Rashawn Slater; Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons; and Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.
An additional 45 prospects, including likely No. 1 overall selection quarterback Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, will participate virtually, the NFL announced Friday. The draft’s first round is Thursday, with the second and third rounds next Friday and the final four rounds on May 1.
In total, 90 players will participate in the draft, including 32 current players, and several former NFL stars – seven of them members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Orlando Pace, Joe DeLamielleure, John Randle, Anthony Munoz, Drew Pearson (induction in August), Franco Harris and Will Shields.
Chicago Bears great Steve McMichael says he has ALS
CHICAGO (AP) Steve McMichael, a star defensive tackle on the Chicago Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl championship team, says he has been diagnosed with ALS.
The 63-year-old McMichael told the Chicago Tribune in an article published Friday that he is battling the condition known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control.
“I promise you, this epitaph that I’m going to have on me now? This ain’t ever how I envisioned this was going to end,” McMichael told the Tribune.
McMichael had been experiencing tingling in his arms for some time that he figured was a neck or spine issue stemming from his playing days or his work as a professional wrestler. A neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic suggested in September he had ALS. McMichael sought other opinions, and in January, doctors in Chicago confirmed the diagnosis.
He said he decided to go public with his condition because he wanted people to know why he will no longer make appearances or provide analysis of the Bears on Chicago’s WMVP-AM.
With his booming voice and larger-than-life personality, McMichael has been a fixture for decades in Chicago. Drafted out of Texas by New England in the third round in 1980, he was cut by the Patriots a year later. He signed with the Bears and spent 13 seasons with them.
McMichael was an All-Pro in 1985 and 1987. He played in a franchise-record 191 consecutive games from 1981 to 1993 and ranks second to Richard Dent on the Bears’ all-time sacks list with 92 1/2. His final season was with Green Bay in 1994.
Carolina Panthers ‘very open’ to moving back from No. 8 spot in NFL draft
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers have talked to “at least five teams” about trading back from the No. 8 pick in Thursday’s NFL draft.
“We’re very open to moving back,” general manager Scott Fitterer said Friday in a pre-draft Zoom call with coach Matt Rhule. “It just depends on how the first seven picks go.”
Fitterer has been consistent since arriving at Carolina in January after 20 seasons with Seattle in saying that there’s usually a drop-off in the level of talent after the top 15 to 19 picks. He says it’s no different this year, adding that he has 16 players with first-round grades on them.
Fitterer also has talked consistently about the value in building a championship team as Seattle did by trading back to pick up additional picks.
The best-case scenario for Carolina trading back would be if one or more of the top five quarterbacks falls to No. 8 because then there would be more value for that pick.
For example, if Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields fell that far, there might be a handful of teams such as Denver at No. 9, Philadelphia (No. 12) and New England (No. 15) willing to give up multiple picks, possibly a first-rounder next year, to move into that slot.
The teams with the top three picks — Jacksonville, the New York Jets and San Francisco — are expected to take quarterbacks. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence has been projected as the consensus top pick, with BYU’s Zach Wilson going second and Alabama’s Mac Jones or possibly Fields going third.
North Dakota State’s Trey Lance is the fifth quarterback with a first-round grade.
“We’ll have to take a look at the players that are available when we pick and how many of those players can help us that we’ve identified, how far we can trade back and still get one of those players without trading out of the [top] level,” Fitterer said. “We don’t want to trade out of a certain level where the talent dips.
“We know exactly where that is in this draft. We’ll see what the options are. We’re more than willing to listen to other teams, and if they want to offer picks and we can go back and get one of the players we want and get multiple picks to help build this team, that’s what we’ll do.”
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Justin Layne arrested, faces felony gun charge
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Layne was arrested Friday morning.
Layne was arrested on suspicion of felony transportation of a firearm inside of a vehicle, according to jail records in Lake County, Ohio. He was also charged with two misdemeanors — driving with a suspended license and exceeding speed limits. Layne was booked just after 3 a.m. Friday.
Police said they initially stopped Layne for going 89 mph in a 60 mph zone.
“We are aware of the incident but still gathering information,” the Steelers said in a statement. “We will have no further comment at this time.”
Pittsburgh drafted Layne in the third round of the 2019 draft out of Michigan State. The 23-year-old appeared in 16 games last season and had 22 total tackles. Layne’s arrest occurred less than 20 miles northeast of Cleveland, where he went to high school.
Layne was granted release on a personal bond. His next court date is scheduled for May 5, according to court records.
Denver Broncos GM George Paton confident in Drew Lock but looking to add another QB
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos general manager George Paton said he wants to add “competition” at quarterback for Drew Lock, but he also said he still believes in exercising patience.
In his pre-draft remarks Thursday, Paton again said he likes Lock’s potential as a quarterback but wouldn’t commit to him being the team’s Week 1 starter. Paton said he is still actively looking to add a quarterback, whether it be with a first-round pick or via free agency or a trade.
That includes using the team’s No. 9 pick in next week’s draft or trading up in the first round. Asked specifically whether not adding a quarterback to the depth chart during free agency meant he was confident Lock would be the Week 1 starter, Paton said, “I don’t know about Week 1. We’re really high on Drew. I like seeing Drew here every morning when I come in. He’s working hard. He’s trending in the right direction.
“As you know, he has a lot of talent. I think he’s becoming a better pro, but we’re still going to look at the quarterback position. I’ve said since I got here, we want to bring in competition; that’s the goal, and we plan on doing that.”
Paton said the team would consider trading up in the first round for “the right guy” on draft day, depending on who was available after the opening picks are made.
Paton said that he has received calls from other teams about moving down in the first round but that he had not yet made calls to move up.
“We do like Drew Lock,” Paton said. “What we don’t want to do is force it and bring a guy in, overpay a guy to come in and maybe he’s not as good as the guy we have, you know, maybe he’s not good enough to compete. We want to get the right guy, and we still have time.”
2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE: QB TREY LANCE (NORTH DAKOTA STATE)
As a redshirt freshman in 2019, Lance won the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision, the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the FCS and the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year award. He led the team to 16 straight wins, culminating in an FCS title. He ranked second in the FCS in yards per pass attempt (9.7 per, 2,786 total yards) and fifth in completion percentage (66.9%). He did not throw an interception the entire campaign while also ranking 10th in the FCS in rushing yards per carry (169-1,100-6.5, 14 TDs). North Dakota State postponed its 2020 football season until the spring amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but played one fall contest (versus Central Arkansas on Oct. 3). Lance led the Bison to victory, completing 15 of 30 passes for 149 yards, two TDs and one INT. He also ran 15 times for 143 yards (9.5 per carry) and two TDs. Lance announced he was moving on to the NFL a few days later. Lance was an all-state pick at Marshall High School in Minnesota, but he told NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread that Golden Gophers coach P.J. Fleck wanted to move him to safety when he was being recruited. He signed with the Bison to prove himself at quarterback.
One-year starter who dazzled in 2019. Lance is mature for his age, but will be just 20 years old at the time of the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s a rare dual-threat quarterback in that he’s tasked with setting his own protections and reading the full field. Coaches rave about his football IQ and film work. They believe he will come into the league more football savvy than most of the quarterbacks in this draft. Tape shows very average arm strength but velocity should improve with better lower-body drive. While his recognition of coverage danger is a plus, he’s currently more of a “yellow light” quarterback who needs to find a “green light” risk-taking mentality to become a playmaking talent in the NFL. An offensive coordinator willing to blend his run/pass talent with a play-action attack could get the most out of Lance, who should become a good NFL starter.
- Film junkie with high football IQ and an NFL frame.
- Makes calls to set his own protections.
- Bouncy feet for accelerated pocket setups.
- Play-fake aficionado from under center, causing defenders to consistently bite.
- Passing scheme encourages full-field reads.
- Processes progressions very quickly and can work to his fourth read when protected.
- Able to mentally recalibrate his attack when play comes off schedule.
- Taking care of the football is a priority for him.
- Rarely takes bait against zone defenders and safeties looking to pounce.
- Compact, twitchy release partially mitigates his windup.
- Makes attempt to throw targets away from coverage.
- Adequate anticipation on timing routes.
- Makes quality touch throws into sideline buckets and over linebackers.
- Knows his way around pocket and can make sudden escapes.
- Above-average speed, athleticism and power when he’s on the move as a runner.
- Able to move the chains in a variety of ways.
- Highly inexperienced with just 318 pass attempts under his belt.
- Will be 20 years old at the time of the 2021 draft.
- Gets a little lackadaisical with his feet in quick game.
- Needs to trust his pocket.
- Has a tendency to void pocket rather than sliding and surveilling.
- Pressure pulls his attention from deliverable throws.
- Needs to become more decisive and trust his eyes.
- Leaves lower half behind, diminishing his drive velocity.
- Occasionally leaves explosive plays on the field by not getting it out on time.
- Leaves too many deep balls short, allowing defenders to challenge.
- Can be overly cautious.
- Needs to get his slide game up and minimize collisions as a runner.
2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE-CB JAYCEE HORN (SOUTH CAROLINA)
Horn stepped in to start 10 of 11 games played as a true freshman for the Gamecocks, racking up 45 tackles, four for loss, with two sacks and eight pass breakups. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and shared South Carolina’s Most Productive Defensive Player Award with linebacker T.J. Brunson for his efforts. The son of former NFL receiver Joe Horn excelled in 2019, as well, receiving the nod as the team’s best defender during spring practices and then starting all 12 games (40 tackles, two for loss, with one sack, nine pass breakups, two forced fumbles). He started the Gamecocks’ first seven games of 2020 (16 tackles, one for loss, two interceptions, six pass breakups) before deciding to opt out after head coach Will Muschamp was fired. SEC coaches voted him second-team all-conference after the regular season.
Three-year starter with tantalizing combination of size and length that is clearly effective when matched in tight man coverage. Horn can line up in any cover scheme and often traveled with the opponent’s most talented target. He plays with desired eye discipline from zone and the talent to impede release from press. He does an above-average job of closing, crowding and eliminating comfortable windows for quarterbacks to throw into, but his route anticipation is average. Horn can play with solid technique, but he became too reliant on the college game’s tendency to allow mauling beyond five yards and that must be cleaned up moving forward. He needs more consistent effort in run support, but the traits and upside are extremely appealing despite a lack of high-end ball production. Horn offers immediate starting help with a high upside.
- Comes from NFL bloodline.
- Steps on the field with prototypical dimensions.
- Plays to his size with physical man coverage.
- Experienced moving coverage from outside to slot.
- Capable of playing in a variety of coverage schemes.
- Press punch is well-timed and executed on balanced platform.
- Confident and patient squaring up release.
- Slides and mirrors in impeding the route beyond the release.
- Balances attention between route and quarterback.
- Bodies up down the field before finding the football.
- Able to track down receiver after allowing early separation.
- Long-limbed attacker at the catch point.
- Underrated blitzer with ability to slip blocks and get after quarterbacks.
- Very modest ball production for his level of traits and talent.
- Hips get sticky in transition, causing minor delays to accelerate.
- Too much blatant grabbing and holding during the route.
- Flags will fly if he doesn’t learn to trust his feet and technique.
- Average directional change when shadowing route.
- Tunnel vision caused issues for him in coverage near goal line in 2020.
- Too content to let others do dirty work in run support.
- Needs more consistent approach and technique as tackler.
Tiger Woods posts photo of himself smiling, on crutches in Florida
Tiger Woods posted a photo of himself on crutches and with a small cast covering his right foot and ankle while at his backyard practice area in Jupiter, Florida.
The photo, which Woods posted on Instagram on Friday afternoon, is the first of Woods since he was involved in a serious one-vehicle crash on Feb. 23 in Southern California.
Woods suffered multiple injuries to his right leg and foot in the crash, which occurred while he was on his way to a corporate event for a company he represents.
The 15-time major champion was hospitalized for nearly a month before returning home from Los Angeles in mid-March. It is the first update Woods has given since March 16, when he announced that he had returned to South Florida.
In the photo caption, Woods, standing alongside his dog, Bugs, said that the work being done on his three-hole practice course was coming along faster than his recovery.
According to a police report released two weeks ago, Woods was traveling at nearly twice the posted speed limit on a dangerous stretch of road. He was believed to be going more than 80 mph and clipped a tree at 75 mph.
The SUV he was driving rolled several times, and the report said Woods failed to brake. He was not cited in the crash.
Top prep forward Michael Foster chooses G League Ignite over Florida State, Georgia
Phoenix Hillcrest Prep senior forward Michael Foster told The Undefeated on Instagram Live on Friday that he will be joining the G League Ignite next season.
Foster is currently the seventh-ranked high school player in the 2021 ESPN 100. The 6-foot-8, 215-pounder chose joining the G League Ignite over his final two college choices in Florida State and Georgia or going to play professionally overseas.
The G League Ignite took part in their inaugural season during the 2021 G League Bubble with top prospects who turned down playing in college for negotiated six-figure salaries. Foster averaged 32.2 points, 18.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists for Hillcrest Prep as a senior during the 2020-21 season. With the Milwaukee native leading the way, Hillcrest earned a 37-1 record.
Foster was listed as the 32nd-best prospect for the 2022 NBA draft by ESPN.com’s Jonathan Givony in a mock draft released Monday. Foster is expected to receive a salary from the Ignite in the $300,000 range, a source told The Undefeated.
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Mike to Ignite,” G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim said in a statement. “He is not only a talented basketball player with a really bright future as a professional, but he’s a great young man with a strong work ethic.”
The Ignite’s roster last season included heralded Class of 2020 prep stars Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix and Isaiah Todd. Green and Kuminga are projected as potential top-five selections in the 2021 NBA draft.
Harrison Burton, 20, set for NASCAR Cup Series debut at Dega
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Burton the former NASCAR driver sees some benefits to his son making his Cup Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.
Jeff Burton the father is more anxious about it.
“As mom and dad, it’s going to be a little nerve-racking,” Jeff Burton said. “Obviously Talladega is a nerve-racking place.”
Harrison Burton, all of 20 years old, will make his debut on NASCAR’s top circuit Sunday, barrelling onto a track that can prove harrowing even for the most veteran drivers. It’s not always easy on the parents either, even one who won 21 Cup races, though none of the victories came on the 2.66-mile oval known for its wrecks.
The elder Burton, now a commentator for NBC Sports, said he even got nervous walking in on Harrison’s film session from old Talladega races. Harrison, the reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie of the year, will drive the No. 96 Toyota for Gaunt Brothers Racing this weekend.
He is set to become the first driver born in the 21st century to run a Cup Series race. This will be his eighth stock car start on a superspeedway and fourth at Talladega. He was 23rd in ’Dega last October, his best finish at the massive track.
Burton said he definitely doesn’t feel comfortable about Talladega racing, but feels “comfort with the discomfort.” He is familiar with the track and the intensity of stock car racing’s top drivers from growing up in a racing family.
“Those Cup guys are aggressive, man,” Harrison said. “Those guys are all about wrecks every lap. And being prepared for that and understanding that there’s going to be discomfort and trying to find a way to handle that adversity is something I’m excited about.
“It would probably be a little bit more simple to go to a short track and just kind of run where you’re going to run and do all that,” he said. “But gosh, it’s a crazy opportunity. I’m excited for it.”
Harrison Burton is scheduled to start 39th on Sunday, a day after making start No. 50 in the Xfinity Series. Starting in the back of the pack and taking some time to get acclimated to the car isn’t such a bad position for a youngster, especially with the absence of practice time these days.
“It’s a race track where he really doesn’t have to just take off and have all the pressure of staying on the lead lap and all those kind of things,” Jeff Burton said. “He can kind of work up to understanding the car.”
Burton will be behind the wheel for the part-time team’s fourth Cup race this season. Veteran Ty Dillon ran the previous three races.
Burton won four Xfinity Series races last season with 15 finishes in the top five. His best finishes through the first seven races of this year entering Saturday were third at Daytona and Atlanta.
Ryan Blaney, who won at Talladega in each of the past two years, said he was struck by how quickly everything happens in his first go at the Cup level.
PGA : Finau-Champ, Hovland-Ventura share 2nd-round lead at Zurich
AVONDALE, La. (AP) Tony Finau and Cameron Champ shot a 4-under 68 in alternate-shot play Friday for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with the Norwegian duo of Viktor Hovland and Kris Ventura.
“I know we’re having a good time with this format up to this point,” Finau said about the lone team event on the PGA Tour. “We’ve both played some really solid golf, and we find ourselves at the top of the leaderboard.
“We’ll do what we’ve been doing the last couple days, which is enjoy each other’s company and not add any bonus pressure when it comes to teammate golf.”
Hovland and Ventura had a 69 to match Finau and Champ at 13-under 131. The teams will play best ball Saturday, and close with an alternate-shot round Sunday.
“Just having fun, and obviously we don’t get to do this very often,” Ventura said. “We’re playing some good golf, and the course we both like, so it’s just one of those things where we’re comfortable playing out here.”
It was an eventful day in windy conditions at the TPC Louisiana, highlighted by two aces.
Nick Watney, the Zurich winner in 2007 when it was a traditional individual event, made a hole-in-one on the 14th hole from 224 yards.
Later, Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell aced the 217-yard 17th, eliciting a roar from what is normally one of the rowdiest spectator areas on the course. McDowell then sent a cooler loaded with cans of beer and wine to the media center.
McDowell and Matt Wallace bogeyed four holes and shot 70, good enough to make the cut at 8 under.
Watney and Charley Hoffman shot 74 to make the cut at 6 under.
Hovland and Ventura, also tied for the lead after the first round, birdied five holes. But they were left to rue a double bogey on 16, when Hovland hit their approach shot from a fairway bunker into the water short and left of the green.
“It was my fault,” Ventura said with a laugh. “We tried to hit the fairway with an iron (off of the tee) and I hit it in that bunker. I wasn’t the best teammate.”
Finau and Champ briefly surged to a two-shot lead after birdies on the par-4 10th and the par-5 11th. But they bogeyed the par-4 12th when Finau’s approach fell short of the right side of the green.
But Finau made up for it with a birdie putt of nearly 6 feet on 18.
“We knew today with the wind and just the format in general it was going to be a grind, and that’s what we did, especially coming down the last nine holes,” Finau said. “We just kind of grinded it out.”
While attendance was not immediately released, galleries following the leaders looked considerable. Festive fans seemed delighted to be back at an event canceled last year by the coronavirus pandemic. Many did not wear masks, despite signs around the course asking them to do so.
Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose birdied seven holes, including the par-3 17th with a 12-foot putt by Rose. But they also bogeyed three holes to shoot a four-under 68 that put them at 11 under and tied for third with Bubba Watson and Scottie Scheffler.
Jessica Korda keeps lead on day of big swings at LA Open
LOS ANGELES (AP) Jessica Korda rode out a series of big momentum shifts Friday at historic Wilshire Country Club to hold onto the lead in the HUGEL Air Premia LA Open.
Six strokes ahead after three holes, tied with top-ranked Jin Young Ko at the turn and two shots back with three to play, Korda birdied the final two holes to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.
“I’m just trying to be patient,” Korda said. “It’s tough. It’s tough to win out here. Still have 18 holes left and I just want to give myself an opportunity to win.”
Korda shot a 3-under 68 to break the tournament 54-hole record at 16 under. She matched the event course record with a 64 on Wednesday and shot a bogey-free 65 on Thursday to break the 36-hole scoring record at 13 under.
“Honestly, it’s just hitting it in the right spots,” Korda said. “Pins were definitely tougher today than they have been the last two days, more tucked, so it was hard to be aggressive on a lot of them.”
Ko shot a 66, making a 30-foot bogey putt on the par-3 18th after driving over the green and watching her second bang into the bank and roll back to her feet.
“Lie wasn’t good. Really, like no grass, and just like it was a cart path, so it was hard,” Ko said. “But I had good putt, so I’m happy.”
Korda matched Ko with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th, then hit to 3 feet for a birdie on the par-4 17th and to 2 feet on 18.
“I knew that she was going to come out and play great,” Korda said about Ko. “That’s what she does being world No. 1. You wouldn’t expect anything less. I was just trying to play my own game, and that’s exactly what I’m going to try to do tomorrow.”
She won the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January for her sixth LPGA Tour title.
Korda birdied the first three holes to open the six-stroke lead, hitting to a foot on Nos. 2 and 3. She parred the next five and bogeyed the par-4 ninth to fall into a tie with Ko. Korda also bogeyed Nos. 11 and 13 before rallying late.
“It was tough,” Korda said. “Once we hit that mark of no movement for about 20 minutes, it was just really, really slow and it was hard for he to gain my momentum back. I was still hitting really good shots. I just didn’t have any opportunities. I was kind of always above the hole, and trying to nestle something down close to the hole is tough when you’re trying to make birdies.”
Ko had six birdies and a bogey in a front-nine 30. She bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11 and birdied Nos. 13-15. The seven-time LPGA Tour winner is coming off a two-week break after finishing seventh in the major ANA Inspiration.
“Tomorrow, I don’t care about my scores or whatever, just trying to my game on the course and have fun,” Ko said.
Brooke Henderson got a spot alongside Korda and Ko in the final group Saturday, shooting a 67 to get to 12 under. The Canadian birdied Nos. 15-17, then had a 7-foot birdie try slide left on 18. She rebounded from a double bogey on No. 6.
“I think when you have bad holes like that it’s really important to just stay patient and keep doing what you’re doing,” Henderson said. “I didn’t really do anything wrong. Just kind of one shot got away from us and ended up making a big number. So just tried to stay in the moment and continue to hit good shots.”
Angela Stanford was 11 under after a 68, and So Yeon Ryu and Hannah Green each shot 69 to get to 9 under. Morgan Pressel had a 66 to match Tiffany Chan (70) at 8 under.
INDIANA BASEBALL: Indiana Takes Down Minnesota in Game One of Friday Doubleheader
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University baseball team defeated Minnesota, 9-3, in game one of a doubleheader at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. on Friday, April 23, 2021.
With the victory, the Hoosiers improve to 15-8 on the season overall and in Big Ten play. The Golden Gophers fall to 4-21 on the year and in league action.
• The Hoosiers jumped out to an early lead with a three-run bottom of the second inning. After an RBI single from OF Drew Ashley, OF Grant Richardson plated two more with a two-run double to right-center field to give IU a 3-0 advantage.
• After Minnesota responded with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, IU answered right back. With two outs and runners on second and third base in the bottom of the frame, OF Morgan Colopy lined a two-run single to left field.
• Indiana would add another run after an error and a wild pitch, pushing the lead to 6-2 after four full.
• Ashley did more damage in the fifth, missing a three-run homer by inches as he doubled home two more with a shot off the wall in center field. After five innings, IU led the Golden Gophers, 8-2.
• LHP Tommy Sommer (5-1) was outstanding for the Hoosiers, tossing 6.2 innings while allowing three runs to earn the win. The lefty struck out 11 batters and surrendered just five hits.
• In his first pitching appearance for the Hoosiers, RHP Grant Macciochi tossed 2.1 shutout innings. He didn’t allow a hit while striking out three.
• Richardson’s three stolen bases are the most for a Hoosier since Matt Gorski swiped three at Illinois on May 5, 2019.
• Every Hoosier batter reached base safely at least once in the game.
• Indiana drew a season-high 12 walks.
• DH Tyler Van Pelt drew four walks, the most for a Hoosiers since Jordan Fucci drew four against San Diego on March 8, 2020.
• The Indiana Hoosiers will play game two of the team’s doubleheader with Minnesota on Friday, April 23 at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind.
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: IMG Academy’s Tamar Bates To Join IU’s Men’s Basketball Program
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson has announced that Tamar Bates, a 6-5, 180-lb., guard from Kansas City, Kan., has signed a Big Ten Tender and will attend IU and play for the Hoosiers beginning next season. Bates played his senior year at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) under coach Sean McAloon and averaged 11.4 points and shot 40.0% from long distance.
“Tamar is a tremendous young man who will bring so much to our program,” said Woodson. “I think the first thing that stands out to me is that he is a winner. He brings a high level of energy on the court and is regarded as an unselfish teammate. He is an outstanding defender who makes 3-pointers at a high percentage, can attack the rim, has great vision and the awareness to make plays for others.”
Bates, is ranked as the No. 23 prospect in the nation by ESPN.com.
A two-time All-State honoree at Piper High School in Kansas City Kansas under Coach David Birch, Bates averaged 22.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a junior while leading them to a 21-1 mark and a spot in the Class 4A state semifinals. The tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He converted 58.0% from the floor, including a 44.1% mark from 3-point range, and 88.0 % from the free throw line that season.
He was named the Kansas All-Classes Player of the Year in 2020 and also was the winner of the prestigious DiRenna Award, which is presented to the top high school male and female basketball player in the Kansas City metro area.
As a sophomore, he led the Pirates to their first state hoops championship in Kansas Class 4A last year and scored 20 points in the team’s championship game win over Augusta. He averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds as a sophomore.
He also played for the KC Run GMC AAU program and Coach L.J. Goolsby.
Born on February 21, 2003, he is the son of Dr. Tyrone and Lajasima Bates. His brother, Trey, plays basketball at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He also has one older sister, La’Shana and two younger sisters, Trinity and Tamia.
He joins Cincinnati Moeller center Logan Duncomb as incoming freshmen in the Hoosiers 2021 recruiting class.
PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Terry Transfers to Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp announced the newest addition for the 2021-22 roster in transfer Jeanae Terry. The two-year Illinois standout is the third transfer to join the Boilermakers this offseason.
“We got another big piece for next season with Jeanae,” Versyp said. “She is an all-around player with the ability score, pass, rebound and guard any position on the floor. She plays with a physical presence that enables her to drive, and her court vision lets her find open teammates. We’re excited to bring in a player with elite level experience who knows what it takes to play in the Big Ten.”
Terry will make her way to West Lafayette after 53 games and 34 starts at Illinois. She averaged 8.2 points, 3.6 assists, 5.5 rebounds per game with a 34.1% clip from the field. Her numbers ticked up during Big Ten play with 8.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists over 36 league contests.
The Detroit, Mich., native’s production took a serious jump for her sophomore campaign with 10.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists at nearly 40% shooting, starting all 23 games. Terry posted six double-doubles and three games with 20 or more points. She set a career high with 28 points against Wisconsin this season and was just the 24th player since the 1999-00 season to total 21 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists in a game, coming against Penn State on Jan. 28.
Terry ranked eighth in the Big Ten in assists, 11th in rebounds and ninth in total steals. She was one of five players in the nation this season to average 10 points, 7.5 rebounds and four assists per game.
She played in 30 games with 11 starts as a rookie in 2019-20, averaging 6.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and three assists per game. Her 1.82 assist-to-turnover ratio was seventh among all freshmen nationally with at least 90 helpers.
Terry emerged on the collegiate level after a standout career at Wayne Memorial in the suburbs of Detroit. She was a two-time Class A All-State selection and guided the Zebras to a Class A Final Four appearance. Terry was tabbed the No. 18 guard in the Class of 2019 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Terry will join Mide Oriyomi and Abbey Ellis as experienced new additions for next summer.
BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: BULLDOGS ADD TRANSFER TY GROCE
6’8” Forward Ty Groce from Ypsilanti, Michigan has transferred to Butler. Groce made the announcement via social media Thursday.
Groce played at Eastern Michigan and as a senior averaged 15.2 ppg, 6.9 rebounds and shot 53% from the field.
Groce had five double-doubles this season and scored a high of 28 points Jan. 26 at Akron.
BUTLER WOMEN’S GOLF: Edwards Stands T5 After Opening Round of the 2021 BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship
The Bulldogs stand in fifth after the opening 18 holes of the BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP.
Butler junior Claire Edwards is one of six players tied for fifth after Friday’s play.
Play will continue Saturday and Sunday with 18 holes scheduled each day at the Club at Gateway in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Edwards shot a three-over 75 on the 6,072-yard Club at Gateway course. Her first round included four birdies, including one on the closing 18th hole, a 491-yard par 5. Edwards is four shots off the individual lead.
Creighton’s Katie Allen has the opening round lead after shooting a one-under 71. She is one shot ahead of Xavier’s Morgan Tinsley.
Allen led Creighton to the team lead as the Bluejays shot a seven-over 295 Friday. Xavier (300; +12) and Seton Hall (301; +13) round out the top three. Butler is fifth at 316 (+28), which is three shots behind St. John’s (313; +25). Georgetown is sixth (321; +33).
Graduate student Rayna Oosterhuis was the No. 2 finisher for the Bulldogs on Friday. She shot a seven-over 79 and is tied for 19th.
Katelyn Le was one shot behind Oosterhuis after carding an 80 (+8). She is tied for 23rd. Ally Ross (82; +10) and Megan Skoog (87; +15) round out the Butler five in 27th and a tie for 28th, respectively.
The BIG EAST competition is scheduled to begin each day at 8 a.m. ET. Live scoring for all rounds will be available via GolfStat.
Team Standings – Day 1
Creighton – 295 (+7)
Xavier – 300 (+35)
Seton Hall – 301 (+13)
St. John’s – 313 (+25)
Butler – 316 (+28)
Georgetown – 321 (+33)
Individual Leaders – Day 1
Katie Allen, Creighton – 71
Morgan Tinsley, Xavier – 72
Gabby Tremblay, Creighton – 73
Lizzie Win, Seton Hall – 74
Claire Edwards, Butler – 75
Claire Orcutt, Creighton – 75
Maddie Sager, Seton Hall – 75
Andie Shukow, Xavier – 75
Mia Kness, Seton Hall – 75
Linda Wang, St. John’s – 75
BUTLER WOMEN’S TENNIS: Butler WTennis Falls to DePaul in BIG EAST Quarterfinals
The Butler women’s tennis season came to a close in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals, falling to DePaul 4-0 on Friday morning.
The Blue Demons jumped ahead with the doubles point, winning bot the No. 2 and No. 3 pair matches 6-1. Natalie Boesing/Lauren Marx were down 3-4 in the No. 1 doubles.
DePaul went on to pick up singles wins in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6 flights to seal the match.
Delaney Schurhamer at No. 3 was the only Bulldog to pick up a first set win. She was also up 2-1 in the second set when DePaul clinched the match. No. 4 Sara Linn was fighting for a third set, down 4-5 in the second and No. 6 Hallie Leblebijian was in the middle of set two.
DePaul 4, Butler 0
Antonijevic/Kuzmenkova (DPU) led Boesing/Marx (BU), 4-3
Jovicic/Kizelbasheva (DPU) def. Schurhamer/Linn (BU), 6-1
Avgeri/Yergler (DPU) def. Padgett/Bruetting (BU), 6-1
Avergi (DPU) def. Boesing (BU), 6-0, 6-4
Kuzmenkova (DPU) def. Padgett (BU), 6-0, 6-0
Schurhamer (BU) led Atonijevic (DPU), 7-5, 2-1 – unfinished
Kizelbasheva (DPU) led Linn (BU), 6-3, 5-4 – unfinished
Jovicic (DPU) led Leblebijian (BU), 6-0, 4-1 – unfinished
Yergler (DPU) def. Marx (BU), 6-3, 6-3
BALL STATE WOMEN’S TENNIS: Ball State Clinches Share of MAC Women’s Tennis Title
OXFORD, Ohio – The Ball State women’s tennis team clinched a share of the 2021 Mid-American Conference women’s tennis title Friday afternoon with its 4-3 win at Miami. With the victory, the Cardinals extended their win streak to 20 (20-2) while remaining undefeated in conference play with an 11-0 ledger.
In eight seasons, head coach Max Norris has led the Ball State women’s tennis program to accomplishments it had never achieved. Norris now has three MAC regular season titles under his belt along with winning the Cardinals first-ever MAC Tournament championship and berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
Ball State opened today’s contest by taking the doubles point over one of its longest MAC rivals, as the RedHawks suffered losses to the Cardinals on courts two and three.
Victoria Sec and Livia Lukacs earned a 6-4 decision over Melati Devi and her partner Makenzie Myers at the No. 2 spot to clinch the doubles point for the Ball State while Jessica Braun and Mariya Polishchuk also helped put BSU on the board first with the twosome’s 6-3 win against Miami’s No. 3 duo of Lena Babunski and Milana Lysova.
In singles, Livia Lukacs and Polishchuk pushed the Cardinals lead to 3-0 over the RedHawks winning on courts six and three, respectively.
As four courts remained and Ball State needing just one more point, Kaplan tallied a straight set victory (6-3, 7-5) on court four against Lysova for the game-winner.
The Ball State women’s tennis team will have the opportunity to claim the Mid-American Conference title outright on Sunday when it hosts Western Michigan at 2 p.m. ET at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center, weather permitting.
BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Cardinals Sign Transfer Tyler Cochran
MUNCIE – The Ball State men’s basketball team has added a proven in-conference transfer this week in Tyler Cochran, who signed to play with the Cardinals beginning in 2021-22.
“I am thrilled to add Tyler Cochran to our program. Tyler plays with an incredible motor and passion, and has a legendary work ethic. He can impact the game in so many different ways,” head coach James Whitford said. “He scores the ball, defends well and is one the best rebounders in the country for his size. He was one of a handful nationwide to lead his team statistically in points, rebounds and steals.”
“Tyler will make an immediate impact on our program, on and off the court. I can’t wait for him to get here so we can start working together.”
Cochran, who will have three years of eligibility, comes to BSU from after spending two seasons at Northern Illinois. He averaged 15.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game this past season (all team highs), which was abbreviated by injury and COVID-19 protocols. He was one of only four players in the MAC to average 15 ppg and 7 rpg. He played in 12 games in 2020-21 and scored in double figures 11 times, including a 26-point effort vs. Buffalo and a 20-point, 13-rebound effort vs. Akron.
The 6-2, 220-lb. Cochran played 18 minutes per game as a true freshman in 2019-20, averaging 5.5 points and 4.2 rebounds and he was among the league leaders in offensive rebounding.
Prior to enrolling at NIU, Cochran played high school ball under coach Rob Brost at Bolingbrook High School outside of Chicago, a program with rich basketball tradition. He graduated from Bolingbrook as the winningest player in Bolingbrook High School history. He also played AAU for the Hoopers Basketball Club under Quintin Garrison.
ND BASEBALL: No. 6 Irish Drop Series Opener to Eagles
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — The sixth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team could not get it going at the plate and dropped the series opener to Boston College 10-0 Friday night at Harrington Athletics Village.
Boston College (16-19, 6-16 ACC) scored in each of the first three innings to build an early 5-0 lead. That was all the offense they needed as the Irish (18-8, 16-8 ACC) were shut out for just the second time this season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Boston College jumped out to the early lead in the bottom of the first. The Eagles loaded the bases with no outs but only mustered one run as Will Mercer did not allow a hit the rest of the inning. Mercer got a strikeout, flyout to right and a ground out to end the inning and limit the damage to just one run.
The Eagles added a run in the second inning as Daniel Baruch took a Mercer fastball the other way for a solo home run. The Eagles used the long ball in the third inning courtesy of Ramon Jimenez with a three-run shot. After three innings of play, Boston College held a 5-0 lead.
Boston College put the game out of reach in the fifth inning when they had their biggest inning of the game with four runs scored.
The Irish will look to even the series Saturday afternoon when the two teams hit the field again. Due to impending rain in the forecast on Sunday, the Irish and Eagles will play a doubleheader to conclude the series. The first game will start at 2 p.m. ET with the second game to follow directly after the first game concludes. The Irish will throw lefty John Michael Bertrand in the first game in hopes of evening the series.
BASE: Buckeyes Score Early and Often in 11-6 Win over Penn State
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State scored in seven of the eight innings and slugged three home runs in Friday night’s 11-6 series opening victory over Penn State.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Buckeyes who are now 14-12 on the season. Penn State falls for the fifth-consecutive game and is now 8-17 on the year.
Eight of the nine Buckeye batters recorded a hit in the game and four players had multi-hit games. Zach Dezenzo, Kade Kern and Sam Wilson all hit solo home runs on the night and each collected a pair of hits. Nick Erwin broke out of an 0-for-19 skid with two hits and two runs batted in.
For Dezenzo, he has now reached base in each of the last 13 games, which is the longest streak of his career. Conner Pohl had a ringing double in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Catcher Brent Todys collected a hit and an RBI in the eighth inning to extend his career-long hitting streak to six games.
Garrett Burhenn started and picked-up his third win of the season. He went seven innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out seven and only walking one. Griffan Smith worked a scoreless eighth inning and TJ Brock finished the game with a scoreless ninth.
Ohio State played long ball early as Dezenzo homered on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the first and then Wilson hit a no-doubter to left center in the second. Those bombs staked the Buckeyes to a 2-0 lead.
Penn State loaded the bases with no outs in the third on a single and two hit batters. Burhenn got a strikeout and then a pop-out but Johnny Piacentino followed with a two-out grand slam to center. The Buckeyes answered right back with another solo shot in the third, this one off the bat of Kern, and Ohio State trailed 4-3 after three.
Ohio State kept the scoring going in the fourth as Wilson walked and later scored on a two-out single by Erwin. Each team scored in the fifth as Penn State got a leadoff home run and the Buckeyes got a run across on a wild pitch that scored Pohl.
The Buckeyes then took the lead for good lead thanks to a pair of bases loaded walks in the sixth by Pohl and Todys. Penn State got a run back in the seventh with a triple and a sacrifice fly but the Buckeyes would put the game away with a four-run eighth. They had three hits in the inning but also took advantage of an error and three walks.
The teams will play game two of the series Saturday afternoon. First pitch was moved up to 12:05 p.m. because of the threat of inclement weather later in the afternoon.
IUPUI SOFTBALL: JAGS SCORE 11 RUNS IN WIN DURING DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT AT NKU
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – IUPUI softball had big days from some freshmen as the Jags split a doubleheader against Northern Kentucky on Friday (April 23). The Jags took the first game 11-1 in five innings before falling 2-1 in game two.
IUPUI 11 – Northern Kentucky 1 F/5
IUPUI scored a season-high 11 runs and pounded out 12 hits as the Jags took care of game one against Northern Kentucky in five innings. Tori Sivert tallied career-highs with three hits and two RBI and Kasie Keyes also had career-highs with two hits and four RBI. Jennah Speth had three hits while driving in two and Morgan Gilbert also drove in a run.
The Jags opened up the scoring in the second in after the first three batters of the frame reached base. Rachael Gregory drove home Ryleigh Marsh on a sac fly and after walk, Gilbert hit a sac fly to make the score 2-0.
In the third, Jennah Speth and Hailey Pop singled to start the inning and two batters later, Keyes doubled down the left field line to bring home both runs. Sivert singled up the middle to score Keyes to make it 5-0 in the next at bat. After a single by Gregory and a fly out, Gilbert singled to right to score Sivert.
The Jags picked up another run in the fourth after Sivert singled home Hailey Pop, who had walked earlier in the inning.
Up 7-1 going in to the fifth, Jaida Speth doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a groundout. After a walk and stolen base, Jenna Speth doubled to bring home both runs and make the score 9-1. With two outs, Keyes delivered another big hit with a single to left, bringing home Pop and Lauren Youngblood.
Northern Kentucky got two runners on in the fifth but could not bring anyone across as IUPUI ended the game early.
Lexi Lucas got the win with three innings in relief, allowing just two hits and not giving up a run. Bailey Johnson got the start, going two innings with one earned run on four hits.
Northern Kentucky 2 – IUPUI 1
Morgan Gilbert and Rachael Gregory each had two hits and IUPUI finished with eight hits but the Jags managed just one run, leaving seven runners on base, in a 2-1 loss in game two.
IUPUI had runners on second and third with only one out in the first but back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat.
Northern Kentucky scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the inning, scoring on an error after a walk and single. Jennah Speth got out of the jam with three-straight strikeouts to end the inning.
The Jags tied the game in the second as Sivert, Gregory and Jaida Speth all singled to load the bases. Lauren Younblood hit a sac fly to score Sivert but Gregory was thrown out at third to end the inning.
A groundout in the third scored NKU’s second run of the game, which turned out to be the winning run.
IUPUI and Northern Kentucky will finish up its four-game series with a doubleheader on Sunday (April 25).
INDIANAPOLIS BASEBALL: Hounds Split on Day One of McKendree Series
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INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis baseball team split on their first day of the conference weekend series against the McKendree Bearcats. The Bearcats took the first game 10-1, and the Hounds answered in game two with 8-1.
Isaac Bair had his first homer of the season and the lone homerun of the day for the Greyhounds in the third inning of game two.
GAME ONE – MCKENDREE 10 HOUNDS 1
The McKendree Bearcats proved their worth at the plate starting early in game one. Scoring three runs by the end of the second inning. After Trey Smith’s lone run in the first, the Bearcats went on to score nine unanswered runs.
The Hounds were out hit 14 to five, with Brandon DeWitt leading the Hounds with two hits, including a double. While first baseman John Carpinelli had the lone RBI of the game.
Ryan Hutchinson (4-1) led McKendree with three hits and three RBI. Hutchinson was one among three MKU players to hit one out of the park. Jared Timmerman pitched the full game for the Bearcats, striking out six Hounds and walking none in his 9.0 innings.
Myc Witty (0-3) took the loss for the Hounds, giving up seven runs and striking out two in 5.0 inning pitched.
GAME TWO – HOUNDS 8 MCKENDREE 1
Caleb Vaughn led the Greyhounds with three RBI off two hits, while Brandon DeWitt had two hits and two RBI.
Bair led the Hounds defensively with four put outs and one assist.
The Hounds outhit the Bearcats 10 to four. The Bearcats left seven stranded on base throughout the match, while the Hounds left only three.
Xavier Rivas (3-0) took the win for the Greyhounds, striking out two and walking three in 4.0 inning pitched. Alec Burnett finished the game off on the mound for the Hounds, striking out three in 3.0 inning pitched.
While Andrew Yanick (2-6) took the loss for the Bearcats giving up eight hits in 2.0 inning pitched.
The Greyhounds will wrap up the McKendree series with a doubleheader on Sunday at Greyhound Park kicking off at 12 p.m. ET
INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S GOLF: Hounds Lead GLVC Championships After Day 1
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ISHERS, Ind. – The UIndy women’s golf team opened play at the 2021 GLVC Championships Friday, topping the team leaderboard with a first-round 304 – 15 strokes ahead of second-place Maryville. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being held at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in nearby Fishers, Ind., through Sunday.
Competing in her final GLVC Championships, reigning conference medalist Pilar Echeverria shot -1 over the final seven holes Friday to enter the clubhouse in a tie for third at +3.
Right there with her is sophomore Hunter Nugent, who conversely is playing in her first conference tournament. After COVID canceled the 2020 event, Nugent made her GLVC debut Friday with a three-over 75, tying Echeverria in third to sit two back of leader Emma Thorngren of Missouri-St. Louis.
All five of the Hounds would end up in the top 10 through 18 holes. Junior Elyse Stasil shot even par on the back nine to sit in sixth at +4, junior Cailyn Henderson is tied for seventh at +6, while senior Anna Kramer finds herself in a four-way tie for ninth at +7.
Play continues tomorrow from The Hawthorns with second-round action. Tee times from both holes 1 and 10 will start at 8 a.m. ET, with the Hounds’ first tee time at 9:30 a.m. (weather permitting).
INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S GOLF: Men’s Golf Earns NCAA Regional Berth
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INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s golf team will make its 16th consecutive postseason appearance after earning a berth in 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship, announced Friday. The Greyhounds earned the top seed in the Midwest and will be one of 16 teams competing in the Central/Midwest Regional at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo., May 6-8.
The Hounds are one of three GLVC teams to make the cut, joining GLVC-champion and fourth-seeded Maryville and No. 6-seed Missouri-St. Louis. Conference champs Ferris State (GLIAC) and Trevecca Nazarene (G-MAC) will also made the trip, as well as perennial-contenders Grand Valley State and Findlay.
The top four teams from each super regional and the top individual not with a team from each super regional will advance to the finals May 17-21 at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
1. University of Indianapolis
2. Grand Valley State University
3. University of Findlay
4. Maryville University of Saint Louis [Great Lakes Valley Conference]
5. Hillsdale College
6. University of Missouri – St. Louis
7. Trevecca Nazarene University [Great Midwest Athletic Conference]
8. Ferris State University [Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference]
1. Carl Miltun, Missouri University of Science and Technology
2. Grant Haefner, Wayne State University (Michigan)
3. Pha Vichitcharoenpai, McKendree University
1. University of Central Missouri [Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association]
2. Arkansas Tech University [Great American Conference]
3. Henderson State University
4. Washburn University
5. Missouri Western State University
6. Southwest Oklahoma State University
7. University of Sioux Falls
8. Winona State University [Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference]
1. Luke Palmowski, Rogers State University
2. Kade Johnson, Southern Arkansas University
3. Roman Timmerman, Southern Arkansas University
VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Morrison, White to Return For 2021-22 Season
The Valpo women’s basketball program will have some more experience on its side when it takes the court for the 2021-22 season, as it announced Friday that seniors Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) and Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) will utilize the additional season of eligibility granted by the NCAA to winter sport student-athletes due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020-21 season.
“I am really excited to have both Caitlin and Grace returning to the program next season,” head coach Mary Evans said. “They both bring a wealth of experience within our program and will be tremendous leaders for our younger players. They both finally had the opportunity to go through a postseason with our staff, and I know they will both return better and more confident players for the 2021-22 season. I am really excited about this group of returning players and am looking forward to incorporating our three new players this summer and getting to work.”
For Morrison and for White, they took different paths to reach the decision to return and utilize the additional season of eligibility after the NCAA made its announcement in October. White’s decision was made in fairly short order.
“Of course, there were things to think about, but I knew that another year of education and playing basketball would be beneficial for my future career,” White said. “I had discussed with my coach and family if we would be given another year, and we were all up for it.”
Meanwhile, for Morrison, it was a slower process. Already in her fifth season at Valpo, Morrison opted to focus on the season at hand and leave the decision whether or not to return for the end of the year.
“I told Coach that it wasn’t off the table and it was something I would consider, but I didn’t get serious about it until the end of the season,” Morrison said. “Throughout the process, Coach Evans was very understanding and supportive, giving me as much time as I needed to make a decision. I had a lot of long talks with my family, coaches and mentors, and one thing that really stuck out to me was everyone saying ‘you will work for the next 40 years’ — that really swayed me towards using the extra season of eligibility. It seems like a great opportunity with no downside.”
Morrison also reflected back on the fact she’s been afforded a chance to play more basketball, an opportunity that others didn’t have.
“I am very thankful to be given this opportunity to continue to play the sport I love,” Morrison said. “It has been hard to see how some of my teammates have had basketball taken away from them, either due to career-ending injuries or due to COVID ending our season early in 2020 before we got the chance to play in the postseason.”
Both White and Morrison noted the growth — both in the team as a whole and in the individuals within the program — in their time under Coach Evans and her staff at Valpo, and both players look forward to contributing to the program’s continued upwards trajectory.
“We have been working extremely hard this offseason and I am excited for the returners and newcomers to do what has to be done next year,” White said. “I am excited to play ball with the group of girls we have and I think we will be a successful team next year. Our team has taken major steps towards getting to where we need to be, and next season, we have to walk the walk. We have to close the games that we would be winning in the third and early fourth quarter. We learned that we can beat any team in our conference and now we have to get the job done.”
“I really am looking forward to seeing us take that next step, to accomplish more than we did in previous seasons and to just see that continuous growth and improvement,” Morrison said. “As a team, I hope to make it to a postseason tournament and finish in the top half of the conference.”
Morrison has played in 112 games in the Brown and Gold since stepping on campus prior to the 2016-17 campaign. After redshirting in 2018-19 due to injury, she has enjoyed a pair of strong seasons playing under Coach Evans. Last season, Morrison started all 25 games and averaged 9.3 points/game. She ranked fifth in the MVC in blocked shots (26) and eighth in 3-pointers made (43). For her career to date, Morrison has totaled 692 points and 422 rebounds and ranks fourth in Valpo history with 107 career blocked shots.
Morrison already graduated from Valparaiso University with her bachelor’s degree in finance. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in international economics and finance, and will utilize the extra year to complete her work towards that degree.
White has seen action in 45 games in her two seasons since transferring to Valpo, starting all 22 of her appearances this past season. She averaged 11.1 points/game during the 2020-21 campaign, highlighted by a 17-point effort in the win at Illinois and a game-high 20 points in the victory at Purdue. White led Valpo in rebounding this past year, averaging 5.9 rebounds/game, and was also second on the team in assists (61), steals (46) and blocked shots (21). She ranked in the top-15 among MVC players in all five categories, including ranking fourth in the steals department.
White will graduate from Valparaiso University with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May. She plans to use the extra year of education to begin her MBA.
MIAMI SOFTBALL: Softball Takes Two Versus Rockets
TOLEDO, Ohio — The Miami University softball team outscored the University of Toledo Rockets 17-0 and out-hit UT 25-1 on Friday afternoon, taking both games by scores of 9-0 and 8-0 at Scott Field. Miami improves to 29-7 overall and 19-1 in Mid-American Conference play, while the Rockets drop to 19-14, 9-8 MAC.
How it Happened (Game One):
Courtney Vierstra continued her magical season, throwing yet another no-hitter. The senior recorded 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched.
Maclai Branson singled to left to plate two RedHawks and Mackenzie Moore tested the right side to add two RBI as Miami claimed a commanding 4-0 lead after one inning of play.
Moore’s solo shot in the third put Miami up 5-0 and Branson picked up her third RBI of the contest with a single in the top of the fourth to hand Miami a 6-0 advantage.
Miami scored three more in the sixth to run-rule the Rockets. Branson, Moore and Lily Wilmot had back-to-back-to-back doubles to pick up RBI.
How it Happened (Game Two):
Miami kept the offense humming in game two, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Allie Cummins, Maclai Branson and Mackenzie Moore all picked up RBI.
Cummins’ grand slam in the second inning put Miami up 7-0.
Karlee Juarez hit a solo shot in the fourth and Brianna Pratt did the rest. The junior threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just one hit in 5.0 innings pitched, while recording seven strikeouts.
These same two teams are back at it tomorrow for a single game. Opening pitch is slated for noon.
WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Bats lead Raiders to Friday doubleheader sweep over NKU
Playing its first Horizon League games in just shy of a month, the Wright State baseball team took down Northern Kentucky in a series-opening doubleheader on Friday afternoon, winning game one 12-1 before an 8-6 victory in the second game.
The Raiders 16-10 (15-3 HL) tallied 22 combined hits in the wins over the Norse (13-19, 11-14 HL), their first League foe since playing at Youngstown State in a four-game weekend series March 26-28.
The teams played a doubleheader on Friday ahead of anticipated bad weather on Saturday. The series will conclude with another doubleheader on Sunday afternoon beginning at noon, with the series finale to follow. Both games are slated to be streamed on ESPN3.
In the opener, Alec Sayre tallied three hits and drove in three RBI to pace the offense, which also saw two-hit games from Jay Luikart and Konner Piotto. Sayre and Piotto each had a double in the win, while Luikart tallied a triple. Alex Alders connected on a two-run homer as part of a five-run third inning, while Quincy Hamilton’s solo shot in the sixth was the final run of the afternoon.
Jake Schrand struck out seven NKU batters over five innings to record his third win of the season, allowing just one run and one walk while spreading six Norse hits around his afternoon. Brock Nartker and Riley Perlich combined to strike out three of the six batters they faced over the final two frames.
Northern Kentucky found the scoreboard first in the opener via a first inning RBI double, but it was all Raiders from there. The visitors posted three runs in the second, all unearned, before the five-run third inning that saw a three-run double by Sayre and Alders’ two-run homer. A double steal in the fourth from Hamilton and Damon Dues, coupled with an errant NKU throw, brought home another run before Tyler Black’s RBI single later in the fourth. Piotto drove home Luikart with a single in the fifth before Hamilton’s solo homer in the sixth gave the game it’s final score.
Billy Marion was the only NKU batter with multiple hits in the game one loss, while Noah Richardson took the loss after allowing 11 runs (eight earned) and six hits over five innings.
Wright State got off to a fast start in the second game as well, plating three runs in the first inning. Sammy Sass delivered an RBI single, Sayre reached on a fielders’ choice that plated a run and Cameron Rountree plated the third run of the frame on his RBI groundout. Sayre factored into the scoring again in the third, this time when he belted a two-run homer to left-center to extend the lead to five before Hamilton connected on his second solo homer of the day in the seventh to psuh the lead to 6-0.
Northern Kentucky cut the Raider lead in half with three runs in the seventh thanks to a pair of RBI doubles and a balk before Wright State pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the ninth on Rountree’s single back up the middle. The Norse made one final push with a three-run homer from Sam Hedges with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth to make things interesting, but Mitch Gremling induced a lineout and groundout before a strikeout ended the afternoon.
Hamilton finished with three hits in game two, including a triple and the homer, while Rountree also had three hits and Black tallied two hits of his own. Sayre (3) and Rountree (2) drove home five of the Raiders’ seven RBI in the win.
Bradley Brehmer struck out 11 Norse batters over 6.2 innings to pick up his fifth win of the season. Brehmner allowed six hits and three walks to go with the three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Julian Greenwell struck out two of his four batters faced before Gremling finished up the ninth.
NKU had four batters with two hits each in the second game, while starter Ben Gerl took the loss after allowing 10 Raider hits and six runs over seven innings of work.
OHIO STATE MEN’S LACROSSE: OHIO STATE, PENN STATE MEET IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2021 Ohio State men’s lacrosse regular season has reached its final weekend. And the Buckeyes will have the chance to finish it on a high note when they host Penn State on Saturday at 4 p.m. inside Ohio Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Jay Alter and Myles Jones on the call.
Penn State at No. 15 Ohio State // Saturday, April 24 // Ohio Stadium // 4 p.m.
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The Creator’s Trophy
A win on Saturday would secure the Creator’s Trophy for Ohio State and bring it home to Columbus.
The trophy was established in 2012 between Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan – the three Big Ten schools that sponsored lacrosse at the time.
The coaches from Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State came together and fundraised for the Creator’s trophy prior to the formation of the Big Ten conference for lacrosse.
The trophy’s design includes three pillars to represent the three institutions: Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan
The team with the best head to head record amongst the three teams takes ownership of the trophy each year.
Briefly on the Buckeyes
Ohio State enters the final weekend of the regular season with a 4-5 overall record. It is ranked No. 15 in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and No. 16 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
The Buckeyes have clinched no worse than a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten standings and will host a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game the weekend of May 1-2.
Ohio State’s top three scorers all come from the attack unit: junior Jack Myers (27-10-37), graduate student Tre Leclaire (21-4-25) and senior Jackson Reid (10-9-19).
The Buckeyes’ starting attack has accounted for 55 percent of the team’s total goal production.
Graduate student Ryan Terefenko continues to do it all in the midfield. He has four goals, one assist, 20 ground balls and has taken 11 face-offs.
Jeff Henrick, a captain and graduate student like Terefenko and Leclaire, leads the team with 10 caused turnovers. He’s tops amongst non-faceoff specialists with 31 ground balls.
Justin Inacio’s .566 winning percentage at the X is tops in the Big Ten. He’s won 11 or more face-offs in every game that he’s played in season.
Alec Van de Bovenkamp has started each of the last six games in goal. He has a 12.12 goals-against average, .435 save percentage and 57 total stops.
Senior Day 2021
Prior to Saturday’s game, Ohio State will honor 12 seniors. The group has been a part of 41 wins, two Big Ten Tournament appearances and the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Final Four and National Championship Game.
They have totaled more than 60 academic honors and counting and have volunteered more than 300 hours in the community.
The seniors who will be honored are: Omari DeBerry, Dayton Fisher, Jeff Henrick, Griffin Hughes, Justin Inacio, Tre Leclaire, Jackson Reid, Evan Riss, Colby Smith, Ryan Terefenko, Alec Van de Bovenkamp and Eric Wenz.
Ohio State/Penn State Storylines
Saturday’s game features the top two face-off specialists in the Big Ten.
Justin Inacio ranks first at .566 (124-of-219) which Penn State’s Gerard Aeceri is second (106-of-188, .564).
Ohio State head coach Nick Myers and Penn State associate head coach Peter Toner were teammates together at Springfield College in 2000 and 2001.
Myers (head coach) and Toner (assistant coach) were on the staff that won a gold medal at the 2016 Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championship
Graduate student and captain Jeff Henrick has played in every game during his Ohio State career – 64 to be exact.
He is five games away from tying J.T. Blubaugh for the program record for games played with 69.
Teammate and fellow graduate student Tre Leclaire has played in 63 of 64 games over his career.
XAVIER WOMEN’S TENNIS: Tennis Advances to BIG EAST Semifinal with 4-0 Win over Marquette
CAYCE, S.C. – Xavier women’s tennis opened up BIG EAST Championship play by picking up a 4-0 win over Marquette in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals, moving to 15-3 on the season with a sixth-straight win. Xavier advances to the Semifinals on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and will face the winner of the Quarterfinals match between No. 4 seeded St. John’s and No. 5 UConn, set for 1:00 p.m. on Friday.
Xavier went ahead 1-0 after picking up the doubles point for the 14th time this season. Anna Roggenburk and Imani Graham took a 6-3 win in the No. 2 spot, their ninth double win as a team this season. Ahmeir Kyle and Emily Thomas combined for their eighth win in doubles, taking the No. 1 spot, 6-4, to secure the doubles point.
Lucy Octave picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win in the No. 6 spot over Sarah Badawi to put Xavier ahead, 2-0, with her third straight singles win.
Emily Thomas made it 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 win in the No. 5 spot against Elisabeth Desmarais with her eighth win of the season.
Imani Graham secured the win for the Musketeers with a 6-0, 6-3 win in the No. 3 spot against Giulia Turconi, her 14th singles win of the season, a team-high.
Anna Roggenburk led, 6-0, 4-4, in the No. 2 spot when the point was decided.
1. Lyman, Kat (XU-W) vs. Natalija Popovic (MU) 2-6, 3-4, unfinished
2. Roggenburk, Anna (XU-W) vs. Andie Weise (MU) 6-0, 4-4, unfinished
3. Graham, Imani (XU-W) def. Giulia Turconi (MU) 6-0, 6-3
4. Ruether, Kaitlin (XU-W) vs. Emilija Kojcic (MU) 7-6, unfinished
5. Thomas, Emily (XU-W) def. Elisabeth Desmarais (MU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Octave, Lucy (XU-W) def. Sarah Badawi (MU) 6-1, 6-0
1. Kyle, Ahmeir/Thomas, Emily (XU-W) def. Natalija Popovic/Giulia Turconi (MU) 6-4
2. Roggenburk, Anna/Graham, Imani (XU-W) def. Emilija Kojcic/Andie Weise (MU) 6-3
3. Ruether, Kaitlin/Lyman, Kat (XU-W) vs. Elisabeth Desmarais/Tiana Windbuchler (MU) 4-5, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,5,3)
XAVIER WOMEN’S GOLF: Musketeers Rank Second, Day One of BIG EAST Championships Complete
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Xavier women’s golf wrapped up day one action at the BIG EAST Championships on Friday afternoon. The three-day tournament is being held at the Club at Gateway.
The Musketeers hit an 18-hole total of 300 (+12) to rank second in the team standing. Creighton posted a score of 295 (+7) to lead the field after one round of golf.
Day two action gets underway on Saturday morning at 8 a.m.
2. Morgan Tinsley – 72 (E): 72 (E)
t-5. Andie Shukow – 75 (+3): 75 (+3)
t-11. Mikayla Fitzpatrick – 76 (+4)
t-13. Emma McMyler – 77 (+5)
t-13. Abby Kiefer – 77 (+5)
1. Creighton – 295 (+7)
2. Xavier – 300 (+12)
3. Seton Hall – 301 (+13)
4. St. John’s – 313 (+25)
5. Butler – 316 (+28)
6. Georgetown – 321 (+33)
Rio Grande (Ohio) wins 2021 RSC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship
By IU East Sports Information
EATON, Ohio – Cody Booth’s RSC Track Athlete of the Year performance and a flurry of points in the field events propelled the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) to the team title at the River States Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship on April 23.
The RedStorm compiled 175 points to outpace team runner-up Point Park (Pa.) University by 45 points in the two-day event held at Eaton (Ohio) High School. Brescia (Ky.) University was third with 117 points followed by WVU Tech in fourth with 95.
Rio Grande claimed its fifth men’s outdoor track and field conference championship, its first since winning its fourth in a row in 2018.
RedStorm distance ace Cody Booth claimed RSC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year honors by winning the 10,000-meter run and the 5,000-meter run.
Rio Grande’s Eric Weber won the hammer throw as the RedStorm piled up 75 points in the throwing events.
Rio Grande finished the meet in style by winning the 4×400 relay.
RedStorm mentor Bob Willey was named RSC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.
The top three placements in all events and relays earned All-River States Conference honors. The top eight finishers in each event earned points for their teams.
At the conclusion of the meet, an awards ceremony was held to recognized the individual awards voted on by coaches and to honor the RSC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Champions of Character Team. Honorees are listed below. Click above for the complete final results.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS — 2021 RSC MEN’S OUTDOOR T&F CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Rio Grande (Ohio) — 175
2. Point Park (Pa.) — 130
3. Brescia (Ky.) — 117
4. WVU Tech — 115
5. Midway (Ky.) — 95
6. Ohio Christian — 50
T-7. IU Kokomo — 40
T-7. IU East — 40
9. Carlow (Pa.) — 25
10. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) — 21
11. Asbury (Ky.) — 6
2021 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD AWARDS
Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year – Cody Booth, University of Rio Grande
Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year – Grant Gaylor, Indiana University Kokomo
Men’s Outdoor Newcomer of the Year – Daimere Stephens-Stewart, Point Park University
Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year – Bob Wille, University of Rio Grande
RSC MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM
Alice Lloyd College – Mark Slusher
Asbury University – Ian Wilkinson
Brescia University – Ethan Carpenter
Carlow University – Tyhir Royster
Indiana University East – Sincere Beam
Indiana University Kokomo – Jeremy Jakes
Midway University – Brian Borrero
Ohio Christian University – Nathan Rose
Point Park University – Daniel Jacobs
University of Rio Grande – Dean Freitag
WVU Tech – Steven Smith
IU EAST TARCK: TRACK & FIELD: RSC CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 2 RECAP
(IU EAST RELEASE)
EATON, Ohio – The Indiana University East track and field program produced three champions on the final day of the River States Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on April 23.
Savannah Hart started the day on the track with a first-place finish in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, and India Benton and DJ Robinson gave IU East a sweep of the 400-meter dash events.
The final day of the two-day championship took place on a cool afternoon at Eaton High School. IU East was serving as the meet host for the second time in three years.
“Some good things happened for us this weekend,” said IU East coach Gus Schmader. “Knowing we had a smaller team, we weren’t necessarily expecting to place high in the team standings, but we did want to see our athletes do well individually, so we were happy to be able to come away with a few conference champions and another couple kids make the all-conference team. So, overall, it was a good meet.”
Hart finished the women’s steeplechase in 12:18.98, breaking her own school record in the event by seven seconds.
“It feels great compared to my freshman year,” Hart said remembering her fourth-place finish in 2019. “I got beat at the line and out of an all-conference spot. Today, it felt really great coming out on top this time.”
Benton crossed the finish line first in the women’s 400 in a season-best 1:00.69.
“In the first few meets I wasn’t doing that well,” Benton said. “I didn’t have a lot of hope then, but I did today. I felt good, and this is my fastest time this season.”
Robinson won the men’s 400 by almost two seconds in a season-best time of 49.74.
“I’m always nervous before a race,” Robinson said. “Once the gun goes off, I just go. I was comfortable with the open 400, but not so much in the 400 hurdles.”
All-conference medals for top-three finishes in individual events and relays also were turned in by:
* India Benton (2nd in the women’s 200-meter dash)
* Chance Klipstine (2nd in the women’s 800-meter run) in a college-best time of 1:58.15.
* Dominyck Newson (2nd in the men’s 110-meter hurdles) in a season-best time of 15.53.
A pack of Red Wolves also posted season-best times in their events:
* Sarai Sosa Perez in the women’s 400-meter dash.
* Julia Arruda in the women’s 5,000-meter run.
* Izaiah Doering and Luke Roland in the men’s 1,500-meter run.
* Liam Nelson in the men’s 5,000-meter run.
The RSC Champions of Character for the Red Wolves were Sincere Beam and Benton.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1894 At Brooklyn’s Eastern Park, Lave Cross hits for the cycle when the Phillies pound the Grooms 22-5. The 27 year-old third baseman becomes the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
1901 In front of 14,000 fans at the Chicago Cricket Club, the American League completes its first game when the White Sox and Roy Patterson defeats the Cleveland Blues, 8-2, in a contest that lasts only ninety minutes. The opponents, who will become known as the Indians, currently use a name that reflects the very bright color of their uniforms.
1902 Professional baseball gets its start in Durham, North Carolina when the Tobacconists, who will be renamed the Bulls in eleven years, play an exhibition game against Trinity College (now Duke University). The Bulls, except for 1971-80, when minor league baseball didn’t exist in the Research Triangle city, will continue to play in Durham until the present day.
1917 At Fenway Park, Yankee left-hander George Mogridge no-hits the Red Sox, 2-1. The southpaw’s performance is the first no-no in franchise history and the first-ever thrown in the Boston ballpark.
1923 President Warren G. Harding, an avid baseball fan who likes to keep a scorecard at games, witnesses the first shutout ever thrown at Yankee Stadium. The chain-smoking Chief Executive is delighted to see Babe Ruth’s fifth-inning homer off Allen Russell but is disappointed the Senators drop the contest, 4-0.
1945 The owners select U.S. Senator Happy Chandler unanimously to replace Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who been elected to another seven-year term a week before his death on November 25. Baseball’s second commissioner will remain in the Senate during the first six months of his tenure in office.
1947 Johnny Mize homers three times against the Braves’ right-hander Johnny Sain, but the Giants’ first baseman’s trio of round-trippers proves not to be enough when the team bows to Boston at the Polo Grounds, 14-5. The ‘Big Cat’ becomes the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in one game five different times.
1954 Giants right-hander Marv Grissom blanks the Phillies at the Polo Grounds, 1-0. Whitey Lockman’s 300-foot fifth-inning home run off Robin Roberts, one of only three hits the Philadelphia hurler allows, accounts for the only score of the game.
1956 At Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, Frank Umont becomes the second umpire to don glasses during a regular-season game, following the use of on spectacles by fellow American League arbitrator Eddie Rommel earlier in the month. Although he is heckled by some A’s fans when the home team loses to the Tigers, 7-4, the former NFL tackle (N.Y. Giants) has no problem being the second base arbitrator.
1957 Three Cubs pitchers walk nine players in the fifth inning of a 9-5 loss to the Reds at Crosley Field. Moe Drabowsky starts the frame with four walks, Jackie Collum adds three free passes, and Jim Brosnan issues two bases on balls to set a new National League record.
1958 At the Los Angeles Coliseum, 26 year-old right-hander Gene Fodge, who gives up ten hits in his complete-game performance, picks up his only major league victory when the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 15-2. Outfielder Lee Walls carries the day with three homers and eight RBIs.
1960 Before making their first out of the game, the Yankees score eight runs against Baltimore in the bottom of the first frame. The Orioles narrow the gap with eighth and ninth-inning grand slams hit by Albie Pearson and Billy Klaus, respectively, but the Bombers hold on to beat the Birds in the Bronx ballpark, 15-9.
1962 In the Colt .45’s first meeting with the visiting Cardinals, a 4-3 victory at Colt Stadium, the game features many players that played in Houston on their way to the big leagues. Before being awarded a major league franchise, the Texas city hosted the Buffaloes, a farm club for St. Louis from 1919 to 1958. and
1962 Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax ties his major league record, a mark he shares with Bob Feller when he strikes out 18 batters in a nine-inning contest during the team’s 10-2 rout of the Cubs at Wrigley Field. In 1938, nineteen-year-old right-hander Bob Feller established the record, whiffing 18 batters in the Indians’ 4-1 loss to the Tigers at Cleveland Stadium.
1962 Commissioner Ford Frick fines Casey Stengel $500 for appearing in uniform for a beer advertisement, which shows the Mets manager ready to bunt. Kathy Kersh, who is holding the ball in the Rheingold ad, will later become better known as Cornelia, one of the Joker’s women in the 1960’s Batman television series.
1965 Casey Stengel wins his 3,000th game as a manager when his Amazin’ Mets score three runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Giants at Candlestick Park, 7-6. The ‘Old Perfessor,’ the former skipper of the Dodgers, Braves, and Yankees, won more than a third of his games (1,149) during his 12-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers.
1982 Jesse Barfield becomes the first Blue Jay in franchise history to pinch hit a grand slam when he goes deep off Tom Burgmeier. The right fielder’s bases-loaded heroics aren’t enough to stave off an eventual 8-7 Toronto loss to Boston at Exhibition Stadium.
1987 At Cleveland Stadium, Rickey Henderson becomes the first player in baseball history to hit a home run off two different 300-game winners in the same game. The left fielder’s solo homer in the eighth inning off Phil Niekro and his two-run blast in the ninth off Steve Carlton aren’t enough to thwart the Tribe’s 6-5 walk-off victory over the Yankees.
1989 Joining Reggie Jackson and the Reggie bar, Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the second player in history to have a candy bar named after him when he signs a contract with Pacific Trading Cards Company. Unfortunately, the Mariners’ center fielder can’t enjoy the popular confectionery because the 19 year-old rookie outfielder is allergic to chocolate.
1994 Julio Franco and Robin Ventura homer back-to-back in both the second and eighth innings. The sluggers’ offensive output isn’t enough when Detroit beats the White Sox at Comiskey Park, 7-6.
1996 Scoring the most runs by an opponent against the Detroit in 84 years, the Twins set a team record for crossing the plate when they trounce the Tigers, 24-11. Greg Myers and Paul Molitor lead the attack on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue, each driving in five runs in the Motor City slugfest.
1998 Dodger backstop Mike Piazza becomes the sixth major leaguer to hit three grand slams in a month when he goes deep in the nine-run second inning of team’s 12-4 victory over the visiting Cubs. In 1937, Tiger first baseman Rudy York was the first to accomplished the feat, hitting three bases-full round-trippers in May.
1998 Geoff Jenkins, hitting a solo homer off Giants’ right-hander Orel Hershiser at 3Com Park, becomes the first Brewer player ever to homer in his first major league game. The rookie joins Chuck Tanner, who accomplished the feat in 1955 as a member of the Braves, as the only players in Milwaukee baseball history to homer in their first game.
2003 In his third at-bat, Chase Utley gets his first major league hit, blasting a third-inning grand slam off Rockies starter Aaron Cook. The rookie second baseman’s big fly to right field contributes to the Phillies’ 9-1 victory at Veterans Stadium.
2008 The David Ortiz jersey, which was secretly buried in cement at the new Yankee Stadium in an attempt to curse the team, is acquired in a Jimmy Fund charity auction for $175,100. The winning bidder from the 282 who vied for the tattered Red Sox jersey is Kevin Meehan, the owner of Imperialcars.com, located in Mendon, Mass.
2010 Pirates starter Chris Jakubauskas, after just a dozen pitches into his first appearance of the year, is struck in the head by a vicious line drive off the bat of Houston’s Lance Berkman. The 31 year-old right-hander, who leaves the field on a stretcher in obvious distress, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion and head contusion after being hospitalized overnight.
2010 Although Elvis Andrus wasn’t named after the rock and roll superstar, the Rangers host an Elvis weekend featuring Elvis Presley impersonators and a bobblehead giveaway featuring the likeness of their second baseman. The 22 year-old Texas infielder added to the festivities with his ninth-inning single, driving in the winning run that beat Detroit, 5-4, in the series opener.
2012 For the first time in major league history, four different pitchers combine to walk four consecutive batters when the Marlins hurlers load the bases and then force in a run in a 2-1 loss against the Mets. The only Miami walks given up in the Citi Field contest include Josh Johnson walking Lucas Duda, Randy Choate’s free pass to Justin Turner, Steve Cishek’s base-on-balls to Scott Hairston, with Mike Dunn throwing to force home Josh Thole with the tying run.
2017 🇱🇹 Dovydas Neverauskas becomes the second person born in Lithuania, the first raised there, to appear in a major league game, throwing two innings of one-run ball in the Pirates’ 14-3 loss to the Cubs at PNC Park. A’s outfielder Joe Zapustas, who played two games for the team in 1933, was also born in the Baltic state, but spent his childhood in Boston.
2019 With his eighth-inning swipe of second base in the Braves’ 2-1 victory over the Mets at Citi Field, 22 year-old Ronald Acuña Jr. becomes the second-youngest player to reach the 30–30 club mark. The Atlanta outfielder surpassed only by Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout, who accomplished the feat when he was 20, is the fourth Brave to reach the plateau, joining Hank Aaron (1963), Dale Murphy (1983), and Ron Gant (1990, 1991).
1948 WORLD SERIES
Cleveland Indians (4) vs Boston Braves (2)
The surprising Cleveland Indians won their second pennant in 1948 after beating the Boston Red Sox in an 8-3 playoff for the American League championship. The win prevented what would have been another classic rematch between the Sox and their hometown rivals, the Boston Braves, who had captured the National League flag by 6½ games.
While the Braves had a good-hitting ballclub, much of the National Leaguers’ hopes rested on the arms of Johnny Sain and Warren Spahn. In fact, a formula penned in the papers as “Spahn and Sain and two days of rain” seemed to capture not only the depth of the team’s starting pitching, but also the essence of the Braves’ strength. Cleveland’s big winners in ’48 were rookie lefthander Gene Bearden, Bob Feller and Bob Lemon and many felt that this Series would be decided on the mound.
Bob Feller, who had won twenty-five or more games three times in the majors (and twenty-four on another occasion), was a nineteen-game winner in ’48 and drew the start for Game 1. Sain, a twenty-four-game winner himself in ’48, was the obvious choice for the Braves and both went at it for an eight-inning, scoreless duel. Then in the bottom of the inning, Boston catcher Bill Salkeld drew a leadoff walk and gave way to pinch-runner Phil Masi, who was sacrificed to second by Mike McCormick. Eddie Stanky then was issued an intentional walk, and Sibby Sisti came in to run for the Boston second baseman. Feller attempted to pick-off the leading runner, but Umpire Bill Stewart made a safe call on the sliding Masi. Player/Manager Lou Boudreau argued strenuously that he had made the tag before the baserunner got back to the bag, but the call stood. Tommy Holmes came in and singled home the contested base runner for the 1-0 lead. Sain held on for the opening victory despite giving up four hits to Feller’s two.
In Game 2, Lemon pitched shutout ball over the final eight innings as Cleveland tied the Series with a 4-1 triumph. Boudreau and Larry Doby, who had become the American League’s first black player in July of 1947, each singled, doubled and drove in a run for the Indians.
Bearden continued to add to his outstanding stats with a five-hit shutout against the Braves in Game 3. The twenty-eight-year old pitcher performed well on both sides of the plate as he singled, then doubled and scored the first run (on a throwing error) in the 2-0 contest. His teammate, Steve Gromek followed suite the following day with a 2-1 triumph that put Boston on the brink of elimination (despite homers from both Doby and Marv Rickert). An end-of-the-season replacement for outfielder Jeff Heath, who had batted .319 for Boston with twenty home runs before breaking his ankle, Rickert wound up starting five World Series games for the Braves after appearing in only three regular-season outings for Billy Southworth’s club.
In what would be a crucial last-stand, Boston showed what had got them to the Series in Game 5 with a clutch, 11-5 victory in front of a record Major League crowd of 86,288 at Cleveland Stadium. Spahn, who tossed one-hit, scoreless ball in 5 2/3 innings of relief, was the winning pitcher. Among the five pitchers used by the losing home team was forty-two-year-old Satchel Paige, the Negro leagues legend who had been signed to his first big-league contract by Indians President Bill Veeck in July. The appearance by Paige, who compiled a 6-1 regular-season record for the Tribe, made him the first black pitcher to take the mound in a World Series.
Bob Lemon, a twenty-game winner, was selected to finish the job for the Indians and responded to the challenge with 1 2/3 innings of relief help from the steady Bearden. The result was a 4-3, Game 6 clincher that showcased the diversity of the onetime infielder who had broken into the majors as a third baseman and played center field for Cleveland in Feller’s no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 1946. After switching to the mound in 1948, he had won twenty games for the American League champions (a plateau he would reach six more times in the majors) and two World Series outings.
Pitching was (as predicted) the deciding factor as Cleveland prevailed despite slumps from Joe Gordon and Ken Keltner. Gordon (who hit thirty-two home runs and totaled one-hundred twenty four runs batted in while batting .280 in the regular season) had one homer, two RBIs and a .182 hitting mark in the Fall Classic. Keltner (coming off a .297 season in which he slugged thirty-one home runs and knocked in one-hundred nineteen runs) collected two miserable singles in twenty-one Series at-bats (.095) and did not drive in a single run. Player/Manager Lou Boudreau did more than his share and contributed a .273 average for a team that hit .199 against the Braves.
BASEBALL BIOGRAPHY-RICHIE ASHBURN
One of the ultimate leadoff hitters in baseball history, Richie Ashburn was a model of consistency from the day his career began until the day it ended. Hitting exclusively at the top of the order for fifteen seasons, this consummate singles hitter won batting titles, excelled in getting on base, fielded flawlessly, starred in All-Star Games, and was a core member of the 1950 National League pennant winning Philadelphia Phillie “Whiz Kids”.
Ashburn’s success was immediate and he was instantly a fan favorite. He was an All-Star his rookie season of 1948, batting .333, and was named Sporting News Rookie of the Year. He showed a good eye at the plate and exceptional speed beating out many infield hits and stealing thirty-two bases. One sportswriter complimented him on his speed and hustle by saying “He’s no .300 hitter. He hits .100 and runs .200.” Ashburn’s batting average slipped to .284 the following season, but he bounced back to hit.303 in the Phillies pennant winning year of 1950 and finished second in the batting race in 1951 with a .344 mark, topping the two-hundred hit mark for the first time with a league leading two-hundred twenty-one. Ashburn led the league in on base percentage and walks (a career high one-hundred twenty-five) in 1954, and again in on base percentage in 1955 while also wining his first bating title that season with a .338 average. He again topped the National League (NL) in walks in 1957 and did so once more in 1958 while capturing another bating crown (.350).
Ashburn slumped in 1959 and was then dealt by the Phillies to the Cubs. He rebounded in 1960 to hit .291 in his inaugural season in Chicago, and once again led the NL in walks with one-hundred sixteen. After one more season with the Cubs, Ashburn finished his career with the horrible expansion 1962 New York Mets. He rose above the team record setting one-hundred twenty losses by batting .306 and making the All-Star team. Frustrated by the Mets ineptness, Ashburn called it quits after the 1962 season and is one of few players to end his career with a .300 batting average in his final campaign.
Richie Ashburn batted .300 or better nine times and rapped out two-thousand five-hundred seventy-four hits with 86% of them being singles. He won two batting titles, led the National League in hits three times, and on base percentage and walks four times. Ashburn once singled eight times in a 1951 doubleheader. In five All-Star games, he went six for ten and scored four runs. As a centerfielder Ashburn set major league career records for most seasons leading the league in chances and putouts (nine). After his playing days he became a Phillie’s broadcaster, eventually teaming up with the great Harry Kalas, and for a long time wrote a sports column for a Philadelphia newspaper. Richie Ashburn was elected to the Hall of Fame by The Committee on Baseball Veterans in 1995.
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|Minnesota||7||11||.389||4||3 – 5||4 – 6||1 – 3||2 – 1||1 – 6||2 – 8||W 1|
|Detroit||7||13||.350||5||4 – 6||3 – 7||0 – 0||3 – 7||3 – 4||3 – 7||L 2|
|Oakland||13||7||.650||–||8 – 6||5 – 1||1 – 0||7 – 0||2 – 5||10 – 0||W 12|
|Seattle||12||8||.600||1||6 – 5||6 – 3||4 – 2||3 – 3||2 – 1||6 – 4||L 1|
|LA Angels||9||9||.500||3||6 – 4||3 – 5||2 – 1||5 – 3||2 – 5||3 – 7||L 3|
|Houston||9||10||.474||3.5||3 – 5||6 – 5||0 – 0||0 – 3||9 – 5||3 – 7||W 2|
|Texas||9||11||.450||4||3 – 6||6 – 5||6 – 4||1 – 3||2 – 1||6 – 4||L 1|
|NY Mets||8||7||.533||–||5 – 1||3 – 6||6 – 3||0 – 3||2 – 1||6 – 4||W 1|
|Atlanta||9||10||.474||1||4 – 4||5 – 6||5 – 8||2 – 1||1 – 0||5 – 5||W 2|
|Philadelphia||9||10||.474||1||8 – 4||1 – 6||6 – 6||2 – 1||1 – 3||3 – 7||L 1|
|Miami||8||11||.421||2||4 – 7||4 – 4||4 – 2||0 – 3||2 – 3||5 – 5||L 2|
|Washington||7||10||.412||2||5 – 5||2 – 5||1 – 3||4 – 2||2 – 5||5 – 5||L 1|
|Milwaukee||11||8||.579||–||4 – 5||7 – 3||0 – 0||7 – 6||3 – 0||6 – 4||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||10||9||.526||1||8 – 5||2 – 4||4 – 2||6 – 7||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 4|
|Cincinnati||9||10||.474||2||7 – 5||2 – 5||0 – 0||5 – 2||2 – 7||3 – 7||L 5|
|St. Louis||9||10||.474||2||3 – 4||6 – 6||6 – 6||3 – 4||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||9||11||.450||2.5||4 – 3||5 – 8||0 – 0||5 – 7||2 – 2||6 – 4||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||14||6||.700||–||6 – 2||8 – 4||3 – 0||0 – 0||8 – 4||6 – 4||L 2|
|San Francisco||13||7||.650||1||7 – 1||6 – 6||5 – 3||2 – 1||5 – 1||7 – 3||W 2|
|San Diego||12||10||.545||3||5 – 8||7 – 2||0 – 0||2 – 5||7 – 5||4 – 6||W 2|
|Arizona||9||11||.450||5||2 – 3||7 – 8||2 – 3||5 – 1||2 – 5||5 – 5||L 1|
|Colorado||7||12||.368||6.5||7 – 6||0 – 6||2 – 2||0 – 0||3 – 10||4 – 6||W 3|
|NBA Division Standings|
|New York||33||27||.550||7.0||20-10||13-17||2-8||21-17||8-2||8 W|
|Oklahoma City||20||40||.333||24.5||9-21||11-19||3-8||11-22||0-10||13 L|
|LA Clippers||43||19||.694||0.5||24-8||19-11||8-2||26-10||9-1||4 W|
|LA Lakers||35||24||.593||7.0||17-13||18-11||3-6||21-13||4-6||2 L|
|Golden State||30||30||.500||12.5||18-10||12-20||3-7||16-14||7-3||1 W|
|San Antonio||29||29||.500||3.0||13-19||16-10||5-6||15-20||5-5||1 W|
|New Orleans||26||33||.441||6.5||16-15||10-18||6-3||14-17||4-6||1 W|
|NHL Division Standings|
|New York Islanders||47||29||13||5||63||25||133||107||19-2-3||10-11-2||6-3-1|
|New York Rangers||48||24||18||6||54||23||158||128||12-8-3||12-10-3||6-3-1|
|New Jersey Devils||46||14||26||6||34||14||116||162||4-17-3||10-9-3||1-9-0|
|x-Vegas Golden Knights||46||33||11||2||68||32||155||102||18-4-2||15-7-0||9-1-0|
|St. Louis Blues||44||19||19||6||44||17||126||139||7-11-4||12-8-2||3-6-1|
|San Jose Sharks||46||18||23||5||41||13||122||157||8-10-2||10-13-3||2-7-1|
|Los Angeles Kings||44||17||21||6||40||16||120||132||8-10-4||9-11-2||3-7-0|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||47||29||13||5||63||28||155||129||14-7-3||15-6-2||5-3-2|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||47||31||14||2||64||30||156||122||18-6-0||13-8-2||5-5-0|
|Detroit Red Wings||49||17||25||7||41||16||114||156||11-10-4||6-15-3||5-3-2|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||49||15||25||9||39||13||118||166||8-8-7||7-17-2||1-8-1|