MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cincinnati 3 San Francisco 0

Milwaukee 6 Chicago Cubs 3

Chicago White Sox 4 Cleveland 3

Oakland 9 Arizona 5

Boston at Minnesota postponed

Seattle at Baltimore postponed

NY Yankees 3 Toronto 1

Tampa Bay 1 Texas 0

LA Angels 10 Kansas City 3

Detroit 6 Houston 2

San Diego 6 Pittsburgh 2

Miami 5 Atlanta 3 (10)

Philadelphia at NY Mets postponed

Washington 5 St. Louis 2

NBA SCOREBOARD

Philadelphia 113 Dallas 95

New York 111 LA Lakers 96

Brooklyn at Minnesota postponed

San Antonio 120 Orlando 97

New Orleans 117 Sacramento 110

Washington 125 Utah 121

Memphis 101 Chicago 90…DESMOND BANE.. 9PTS, 2REB, 1ASST, 1BLK

Golden State 116 Denver 107

Phoenix 126 Houston 120

NHL SCOREBOARD

Detroit 3 Carolina 1

Chicago 4 Columbus 3

Montréal 4 trauma 2

Ottawa 4 Winnipeg 2

Tampa Bay at Nashville postponed

St. Louis at Minnesota postponed

Vancouver at Edmonton postponed

Colorado 4 Arizona 2

Vegas 4 Los Angeles 2

Anaheim 4 San Jose 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL POLLS

4A

1)COLUMBUS NORTH H.S. 8-0 (146)

2)WESTFIELD H.S. 6-0 (144)

3)EVANS. NORTH H.S. 7-0 (122)

4)INDPLS CATHEDRAL H.S. 6-0 (110)

5)CENTER GROVE H.S. 5-1 (88)

6)ZIONSVILLE H.S. 4-2 (62)

7)BEDFORD N.L. H.S. 5-1 (30)

8)CARMEL H.S. 2-1 (28)

8)HOMESTEAD H.S. 5-2 (28)

10)HOBART H.S 6-1 (26)

Receiving Votes:

Andrean H.S., Brownsburg H.S., Castle H.S., Floyd Central H.S., Jasper H.S., Lake Central H.S., Lawrence North H.S., Mccutcheon H.S., Mt. Vernon H.S. (Fortville), New Albany H.S., Valparaiso H.S.,

3A

1)SILVER CREEK H.S. 2-1 (130)

2)WEST VIGO H.S. 3-2 (116)

3)LEBANON H.S. 2-0 (114)

4)WESTERN H.S. 2-2 (106)

5)EVANS. MEMORIAL H.S. 3-1 (70)

6)BREBEUF H.S. 0-2 (60)

7)SOUTH BEND ST.JOE H.S. 1-2 (58)

8)FRANKLIN COUNTY H.S. 4-1 (40)

9)EDGEWOOD H.S. 1-3 (36)

10)HANOVER CENTRAL H.S. 1-1 (26)

Receiving Votes:

Connersville H.S., Danville H.S., Glenn H.S. (John Glenn), Greencastle H.S., Indpls Chatard H.S., Leo H.S., Mishawaka Marian H.S., New Castle H.S., New Prairie H.S., Peru H.S., Southridge H.S., Sullivan H.S., Vincennes Lincoln H.S., Yorktown H.S.,

2A

1)MONROE CENTRAL H.S. 1-0 (114)

1)WAPAHANI H.S. 4-1 (114)

3)LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC H.S. 4-2 (106)

4)CASCADE H.S. 5-0 (76)

5)SOUTH RIPLEY H.S. 1-0 (72)

6)CLINTON PRAIRIE H.S. 0-0 (44)

7)FOREST PARK H.S. 4-1 (36)

7)NORTH POSEY H.S. 1-0 (36)

9)UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL 2-2 (34)

10)BOONE GROVE H.S. 0-0 (28)

Receiving Votes:

Alexandria H.S., Carroll(Flora) H.S., Cass H.S. (Lewis – Cass), Centerville H.S., Evans. Mater Dei H.S., Hebron H.S., Heritage Christian School, Lapel H.S., South Adams H.S., South Spencer H.S., Tell City H.S,

1A

1)DALEVILLE H.S. 2-0 (110)

2)OLDENBURG ACADEMY 3-1 (86)

3)KOUTS H.S. 3-0 (78)

4)RIVERTON PARKE H.S. 5-1 (60)

5)WASHINGTON TWP. H.S. 2-2 (48)

6)SOUTHWESTERN H.S.(SHELBYVILLE) 3-0 (38)

7)F.W. BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN H.S. 0-0 (36)

8)SHAKAMAK H.S. 2-3 (34)

9)FREMONT H.S. 2-1 (32)

10)WES-DEL H.S. 4-1 (28)

Receiving Votes:

Borden H.S., F.W. Canterbury H.S., Hauser H.S., Jac-Cen-Del H.S., Loogootee H.S., North Daviess H.S., Rossville H.S., South Central H.S. (Union Mills), Tecumseh H.S., Trinity Lutheran H.S.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SCOREBOARD-NCC/AREA

Monroe Central 6 Northeastern 2…KNIGHTS: 4H…Keaton Mikesell 1-3 1R SB, 1RBI….Landon Sum 1-3 1R….Ben Deitsch 1-3 RBI….Payton Lumpkin 1-3….PITCHING: Trevor Burkhart 4IP 3H 6R 6ER 2BB 3K

Hagerstown 1 Lincoln 0….TIGERS: Kayne Ervin 1-3 1R…Xavier Mathews 1-2…Dylan Bryant 1-3…PITCHING: Dom Anderson 7IP 0H 0R 0ER 14K 1BB

Seton 14 Tri 4….CARDS: Trey Pipenger 3-3 4R RBI…Elijah Falcone 2-3 2R Luke Leverton 2-3 4R 4RBI 2B 3B…Sam Casper 3SB…Cardinals stole 8 bases….PITCHING: Cards had 13K’s…Noland Burkhart 7K’s, Michael Henry 6K’s

Perry Meridian 11 New Palestine 10

Southport 10 Shelbyville 3

Norwell 10 Marion 0

Franklin County 9 Connersville 3

Batesville 9 East Central 6

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL POLLS

4A

1 Roncalli

2 Lake Central

3 Decatur Central

4 New Palestine

5 Center Grove

6 Bedford North Lawrence

7 Leo

8 Mooresville

9 Castle

10 Penn

3A

1 Edgewood

2 Yorktown

3 Guerin Catholic

4 Benton Central

5 Danville

6 Kankakee Valley

7 Chatard

8 Hanover Central

9 Bellmont

10. South Bend St. Joseph

2A

1 Tecumseh

2 Union County

3 Boone Grove

4 Andrean

5 Tipton

6 Whitko

7 Alexandria Monroe

8 Speedway

9 North Posey

10 Eastern Hancock

1A.

1 Tri

2 Loogootee

3 Lutheran

4 Fremont

5 Hauser

6 W. Washington

7 Frontier

8 Borden

9 Clay City

10 Morgan Twp.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOFTBALL SCOREBOARD-NCC/AREA

Western 14 Lafayette Jeff 2

Columbia City 21 Marion 1

Franklin County 6 Lawrenceburg 5

Shelbyville 9 Pendleton Heights 6

Mt. Vernon 10 HSE 3

Connersville 12 Rushville 2

East Central 11 Batesville 1

COLLEGE BASEBALL POLL

1 Arkansas 26 – 5

2 Vanderbilt 25 – 5

3 Texas 25 – 8

4 Mississippi State 24 – 7

5 Tennessee 27 – 6

6 Ole Miss 24 – 8

7 Louisville 20 – 10

8 Texas Tech 22 – 7

9 East Carolina 26 – 5

10 Notre Dame 15 – 6

11 South Carolina 21 – 9

12 TCU 22 – 9

13 Oklahoma State 21 – 7 – 1

14 Louisiana Tech 24 – 7

15 Oregon 19 – 7

16 Arizona 21 – 9

17 Virginia Tech 19 – 9

18 Florida 21 – 11

19 Pittsburgh 17 – 10

20 Stanford 19 – 6

21 Charlotte 22 – 9

22 Old Dominion 24 – 6

23 Indiana State 16 – 8

24 Florida State 16 – 12

25 Michigan 15 – 7

TOP HEADLINES

MLB

Twins, Wolves, Wild postpone games following police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) In the raw aftermath of another killing of a Black man by police in Minnesota, there was no place for pro sports in the Twin Cities on Monday.

The Minnesota Twins, Wild and Timberwolves all postponed their games a day after the shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright following a traffic stop in a nearby suburb.

Major League Baseball’s Twins were set to begin a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon at Target Field.

About an hour before the scheduled first pitch and as players warmed up in light rain, the police chief in Brooklyn Center – a city adjacent to Minneapolis where violent protests took place the night before – announced that the shooting was an “accidental discharge,” with the officer involved firing her handgun instead of a stun gun.

“We came to the conclusion that the right thing to do was for us to not play today, rooted in respect for the Wright family but also rooted in our mind in the safety of all of those involved in today’s game,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said.

The Red Sox were staying at a hotel outside the city due to the timing of their visit during former Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial. Most visiting teams stay within a few blocks of the ballpark. The Twins, who consulted with MLB and state and local officials about the postponement, said there had been no discussion of moving the series to another city.

The NBA’s Timberwolves called off their game on Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets, without immediately announcing when it would be rescheduled.

“Yesterday’s tragic event, involving the life of Daunte Wright, once again leaves our community mourning,” the Timberwolves said, extending sympathy to Wright’s family.

The NHL’s Wild were supposed to host the St. Louis Blues on Monday night. The postponement was made “out of respect for heartbreaking incident” in Brooklyn Center, the team said. That game was rescheduled for May 12, during the extra week the league has added to the regular season to accommodate postponements due to COVID-19 protocols.

“I think we all just figured it was the right thing to do,” Wild general manager Bill Guerin said.

Joey Votto, Jesse Winker homer as Reds beat Giants 3-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Before the first pitch, Giants outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. accompanied manager Gabe Kapler to home plate for the lineup card exchange with Reds manager David Bell.

Wade wanted to personally tell Bell how much his late brother Mike meant to him while he was with the Twins. Former Minnesota bench coach Mike Bell died last month of cancer at age 46.

“It was incredible. An unbelievable gesture by LaMonte and Gabe and the Giants,” Bell said. “All I can say is what it meant to me and my family, just another sign and example of people Mike touched. I was blown away.”

After the heartwarming exchange at the plate, Joey Votto splashed a home run into McCovey Cove and Jesse Winker connected for a two-run shot, leading the Reds to a 3-0 victory over the Giants on Monday night.

Winker’s first home run of the year marked the first hit off Aaron Sanchez in the third and provided left-hander Wade Miley (2-0) with some early support.

“I felt really good, felt like I was cruising,” said Miley, who has started the season with 11 shutout innings.

Cincinnati bounced back after losing two straight – outscored 15-3 – at Arizona following a six-game winning streak.

Miley allowed two hits in five innings. Tejay Antone then struck out five over 3 2/3 hitless innings before Lucas Sims recorded the final out for his first career save in Cincinnati’s first shutout of the season. The Giants were shut out for the second time.

“Overall we’ve gotten some big hits but I don’t think this is the type of offense that we are,” Kapler said.

Urías drives in 3 on pinch-hit double, Brewers down Cubs 6-3

MILWAUKEE (AP) Pinch-hitter Luis Urias drove in three runs with a go-ahead double and the Milwaukee Brewers scored six times in the sixth inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Monday night.

Freddy Peralta (2-0) struck out 10 over six innings of two-hit ball for the victory. Milwaukee has won five of six, while the Cubs lost for the fifth time in six games.

After being shut out on one hit by Chicago starter Adbert Alzolay (0-2) through five innings, the Brewers loaded the bases to start the sixth. After the Cubs cut down a runner at the plate, Alzolay, who had retired 11 straight coming into the inning, gave way to reliever Andrew Chafin.

Urias, who entered 2 for 27 on the season, batted for Daniel Vogelbach and slapped a shot just inside the left-field line to clear the bases.

“You never know when you are going to get the opportunity to get into the game,” Urias said. “I was lucky to get the opportunity my teammates made for me. I was ready.”

It was Urias’ first career pinch hit in six at-bats.

“It was a huge spot in the game,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Contact helps us there even to tie the game and he jumped on a first-pitch slider and did something good with it.”

Urias later scored on a wild pitch to grow the lead to 4-1. Jackie Bradley Jr. knocked in another run with a triple and Keston Hiura added an RBI single as the Brewers sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning.

Peralta gave up just one run, a fourth-inning homer by Kris Bryant. The right-hander walked two and reached double digits in strikeouts for the fourth time in his career, the last coming in April 2019.

Peralta got aggressive and retired the next nine batters, including six strikeouts, after Bryant’s home run.

Mize gets 1st win; Tigers beat Astros 6-2 in Hinch’s return

HOUSTON (AP) Back in the place where he’d received so many cheers over the years, one more ovation after a long and difficult time away was almost too much for manager A.J. Hinch to take.

Casey Mize tossed seven scoreless innings for his first career win and fellow rookie Akil Baddoo homered again as the Detroit Tigers beat the Astros 6-2 on Monday night in Hinch’s first trip to Houston since he was fired for his role in the team’s sign-stealing scheme.

Hinch spent five seasons in Houston, winning the 2017 World Series and helping turn around a team that had sunk to embarrassing lows during a rebuild in the years before he arrived. The Astros won more than 100 games in each of his last three seasons, capped by a franchise-best 107 wins in 2019 when they lost to the Washington Nationals in the World Series.

He received a standing ovation when he was introduced before the game and the team played a tribute video to him on the big screen. As the last frame of the video displayed the words: “Thank you A.J.,” he stepped onto the field and tipped his cap to the crowd, which roared with approval.

The Astros gave Hinch a heads up before the video was played and it still got to him.

“This place is very special to me,” he said. “It’s the only time I’ve ever been uncomfortable in this setting, in this building. I really do appreciate it. It touched me. I wanted to get out and tip my cap and then get back in before I showed too much emotion.”

Hinch was suspended by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred for a year in January 2020 and subsequently fired by owner Jim Crane for his role in the scheme that violated rules by using a video camera to steal catchers’ signs during Houston’s run to the 2017 title and again during the 2018 season.

Renato Nunez and Grayson Greiner also homered as the Tigers jumped on Zack Greinke (1-1) for six runs to snap a four-game skid.

“We needed a good performance,” Hinch said. “Emotional night for me personally. I think our guys knew that and responded with a great effort across the board.”

Chang hits Grandal with throw as White Sox beat Indians 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) Dallas Keuchel came through on short notice and Chicago’s struggling bullpen delivered a big assist. Adam Eaton hit another home run, too.

After all that, it took an errant throw to propel the White Sox to one tight win.

First baseman Yu Chang hit Yasmani Grandal with a throw while trying to force him at second base in the ninth inning, allowing Nick Madrigal to score the winning run as Chicago beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on Monday night.

Eaton homered in his second straight game and rookie Yermin Mercedes got the winning rally started with one out in the ninth when he singled to shortstop against Emmanuel Clase (1-1).

Grandal walked to put runners on first and second before Nick Williams sent a slow grounder toward Chang, who chose to try to get Grandal at second rather than step on the bag for the second out. The throw hit Grandal in the helmet and the ball ricocheted toward the left side of the infield as Madrigal – running for Mercedes – raced home.

Eaton hit a three-run homer in the third against Triston McKenzie. Keuchel pitched into the sixth for the White Sox after Carlos Rodon was scratched because of an upset stomach. Codi Heuer (1-0) struck out a career-high four over 2 1/3 innings, and Chicago stopped Cleveland’s four-game win streak.

“Pitching and defense were outstanding today,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “The big home run by Eaton.”

But it was Keuchel’s performance that impressed the Hall of Famer as much as anything else.

Keuchel found out he was starting about two hours before the first pitch, then gave up three runs and three hits. The two-time All-Star, working on four days’ rest, retired 12 in a row following Eddie Rosario’s two-run homer in the second before exiting with the bases loaded and none out in the sixth.

Glasnow fans 14, Adames homers as Rays blank Rangers 1-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays are running out of superlatives to describe the way Tyler Glasnow is pitching.

The hard-throwing right-hander struck out a career-high 14 in 7 2/3 innings and Willy Adames homered in the seventh to help the AL champions beat the sputtering Texas Rangers 1-0 on Monday night.

Glasnow (1-0) allowed two hits and got his first win of the season after pitching well but not being involved in decisions in two previous starts. He allowed Eli White’s single up the middle off the glove of diving second baseman Brandon Lowe with one out in the fifth and Jose Trevino’s leadoff single in the eighth.

“That was unbelievable. He’s going right at hitters,” said centerfielder Brett Phillips, who made a couple of nice defensive plays – one a sliding catch to rob White of a hit in the second inning, the other on a Trevino’s fourth-inning fly ball he ran down on the warning track in left-center.

“Outside of those, I could have put a lounge chair out there, put my head back and maybe got a water or something and watched him do his thing,” Phillips added. “That’s how impressive it was playing behind him.”

Adames homered off Taylor Hearn (0-1) with two outs in the seventh, just the third hit yielded by Texas pitchers. Rangers starter Dane Dunning limited the Rays to a pair of doubles in the first two innings before being replaced by Hearn at the start of the fifth.

Glasnow improved to 6-0 over his last 11 regular season games, and the AL champions have gone 10-1 in the those games.

The 6-foot-8 right-hander allowed one hit in six innings on opening day, exiting a scoreless tie before the Rays went on to win 1-0 at Miami. He yielded one run and four hits over six innings at Boston on April 6, departing with a 3-1 lead the Rays were unable to hold before losing in extra innings.

Darvish dominates, Myers powers Padres past Pirates 6-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) The San Diego Padres have the best bullpen in the majors at the moment. The most overworked one, too.

Yu Darvish did what he could to give them most of the night off.

The 34-year-old ace allowed three hits over seven dominant innings, Wil Myers drove in five runs and the Padres extended their strong start with a 6-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Darvish (1-0), acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December in hopes of helping San Diego chase down the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers, struck out six and walked one in a crisp performance as the Padres won their fourth straight. The four-time All-Star worked efficiently, throwing 63 of 95 pitches for strikes and permitting just one runner past second base.

Perhaps just as importantly, Darvish ate up 21 outs to give the bullpen a bit of a break. San Diego relievers entered the game having worked a major league-high 43 innings, including 8 1/3 in Texas on Sunday after starter Adrian Morejon left in the first with an injury.

Darvish made sure only light work was required against the rebuilding Pirates. His lone hiccup came with two outs in the third when Adam Frazier singled and Phil Evans followed with an RBI double that tied the game. Darvish retired 14 of his final 15 batters in a start that mirrored most of the ones he made for the Cubs last season, when he went 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA to finish second in NL Cy Young Award voting behind Trevor Bauer.

“It’s no secret what we had to do yesterday,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “We’re obviously short-handed in the bullpen and for Yu to go out and give us those seven innings was huge.”

The game marked the 26th time in his career Darvish allowed three hits or fewer in seven innings. He admitted he tried to induce contact early to save pitches before a fastball to Bryan Reynolds in the third, one that felt so good everything else sort of came together.

Schwarber debuts, leads Nats over Cardinals 5-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Kyle Schwarber doubled home a run in his delayed Nationals debut, Andrew Stevenson had a pinch-hit homer and Washington beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 Monday night.

Schwarber, Josh Bell and Josh Harrison were in the starting lineup after being sidelined for Washington’s first six games by a coronavirus outbreak that prompted the postponement of the team’s season-opening series and left the club short-handed. The Nats ended a five-game skid, while the Cardinals lost their third straight.

“We talked about it before the game: Fresh start for all of us, our guys are back,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “So let’s forget about the first six games and start today.”

Stevenson hit his first homer of the season into St. Louis’ bullpen in right field leading off the seventh inning, putting Washington ahead 4-2. The solo shot was just his fourth homer in 221 career at-bats.

Kyle Finnegan (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up a run on one hit. He struck out two.

Schwarber, acquired in the offseason after the Chicago Cubs declined to offer him a contract, hit a 1-0 pitch from starter John Gant into right-center to drive in Juan Soto, who singled to start the sixth.

“I felt like a lot of guys had great at-bats all night, working deep counts and making that guy grind out there,” Schwarber said. “You know, that’s contagious.”

The Nationals added a run on the next pitch from reliever Giovanny Gallegos when Starlin Castro hit a sacrifice fly to foul territory in right, driving in Bell.

Gant (0-1) went five innings and gave up three runs. He allowed six hits, struck out four and walked three.

Ohtani’s 3 RBIs Trout’s HR leads Angels over Royals 10-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Shohei Ohtani can pitch at over 100 mph. He can hit over 100 mph, too.

Ohtani had three hits and three RBIs, including a double that left the bat at 119 mph and helped the Los Angeles Angels over the Kansas City Royals 10-3 Monday night.

“Did you see that?” Angels manager Joe Maddon marveled. “He’s an impressive athlete and he has lots of confidence right now.”

Ohtani is back to a two-way player this season after being limited to two pitching appearances last year in his return from Tommy John surgery, He reached 100 mph on nine pitches in his first start this season, topping at 101.1 mph with an offering to Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox on April 4.

His two-run double in the seventh off the Royals’ Scott Barlow gave Los Angeles a 6-3 lead. That 119 mph drive was fifth-hardest-hit ball since 2015, according to Statcast.

Ohtani added an RBI double against Jake Newberry in the ninth.

Mike Trout, following Ohtani in the batting order, hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run drive in the ninth.

Alex Cobb (1-0) struck out 10, his high since he fanned 12 on July 29, 2014, for Tampa Bay against Milwaukee. Seven of his strikeouts came in splitters.

He allowed three runs, four hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings.

“When things are rolling it takes you back to some of your prime days, but that’s what I’m working back to,” Cobb said. “I think my splitter has been a little better during spring but that’s the best it’s been in a game.”

Brady Singer (0-2) gave up four runs – one earned – and seven hits in five innings.

Kansas City hurt itself with three errors, including bad throws by center fielder Michael A. Taylor and by Singer.

Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the second following singles by Jared Walsh and Justin Upton. Taylor threw past third following Jose Rojas’ flyout, and then Singer made a bad throw past home as two runs scored.

Salvador Perez had an RBI single in the sixth for his 1,000th hit and had the eighth four-hit game of his big league career, Jorge Soler’s two-run single cut Kansas City’s deficit to 4-3.

NBA

Curry scores 53 as Warriors beat Nuggets 116-107

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry scored 53 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for the most in Warriors franchise history as Golden State beat the Denver Nuggets 116-107 on Monday night.

Draymond Green had 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and Kent Bazemore added 14 for the Warriors.

Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. Michael Porter Jr. added 24 points and nine rebounds.

Jamal Murray scored 17 points before injuring his left knee in the final minute of the game. He was helped off the court and did not return. Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Murray would get an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.

“Some of the coaches said when they watched the replay, it looked like he hyperextended it,” Malone noted. “It’s just an awful feeling. Keep Jamal in your thoughts and prayers and hopefully, we’ll get some good news.”

Curry scored 21 points in the first quarter, giving him 17,786 in his career. That passed Chamberlain’s 17,783 with the franchise, a record he’d held since 1964.

“You can feel it when he’s really got it going on and we could feel it pretty early tonight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It was kind of surprising to see him break that record in the first quarter. We all figured he’d find a way to get 19 points tonight, but maybe not in the first quarter.”

Curry shot 14 of 24 from the field, making 10 of 18 3-pointers. The two-time league MVP added six rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes. It marked his seventh straight game scoring at least 30 points, the longest streak by a Warrior since Rick Barry during the 1966-67 season.

Denver took a 61-56 lead into halftime, but Golden State took over in the third quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 43-22 for a 99-83 lead.

Wizards snap Utah’s 24-game home winning streak, win 125-121

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Bradley Beal scored 34 points to help the Washington Wizards beat Utah 125-121 on Monday night, ending a franchise-record, 24-game home winning streak for the Jazz.

Russell Westbrook had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for the Wizards. Daniel Gafford matched his season high with 15 points. The Wizards swept the season series after shooting 52% from the field and 47% from 3-point range.

“We definitely had our hands full, but I love how we accepted all the challenges and made it tough for them,” Beal said.

Donovan Mitchell scored 42 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added a season-high 33 for Utah. Joe Ingles chipped in 18 but the Jazz also had a two-game winning streak snapped while losing at home for the first time in 2021.

“They were just too comfortable in the beginning,” Jazz center Rudy Gobert said. “When you have that kind of game, everyone is having fun. Everyone on the court for them had a little moment.”

The Jazz rallied late and cut a 19-point deficit to 121-119 on a driving layup from Mitchell with 12.3 seconds left.

Beal hit a pair of free throws with 11.5 seconds remaining after missing a pair of few seconds earlier. Bogdanovic missed a corner 3-pointer on the other end and then Westbrook added two more free throws to secure the win.

It gave the Wizards their third victory in four games.

“I like how guys are playing,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “Everyone is accepting their roles. When you have a healthy roster – this is something we haven’t had for a long time. It’s kind of nice having it.”

Washington seemingly broke open the game starting late in the third quarter. After Mitchell hit a pair of free throws to give Utah an 80-79 lead, the Wizards went on a 30-10 run to take control.

Westbrook scored a basket and assisted on five others to help Washington pull away. Ish Smith capped the lengthy run with a running layup, giving the Wizards a 109-90 lead with 8:23 left.

Embiid scores 36, 76ers overpower Mavs 113-95 with Nets next

DALLAS (AP) Joel Embiid scored 36 points and the Philadelphia 76ers wrapped up a long stretch of mostly road games with a 113-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

Embiid made all six of his free throws in the first four-plus minutes and was 14 of 15 from the line as the 76ers finished 8-4 while playing 10 of 12 games on the road going into their final regular-season meeting with Brooklyn.

Philadelphia took a half-game lead atop the Eastern Conference over the Nets, whose game at Minnesota was called off because of the shooting death of a Black man by police in the Minneapolis area.

“Honestly until walking into this interview I didn’t know we played Brooklyn next,” coach Doc Rivers said. “I’ll close the book on Dallas when we get on the plane and then start watching whoever the next opponent is. It’ll be a fun game for both teams.”

Luka Doncic scored 32 points but the young Dallas star didn’t have enough help with European sidekick Kristaps Porzingis sitting out the second night of a back-to-back four days after playing in one for the first time in two months.

“I wish we had our full complement of guys and had a day of rest coming into the game,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “But this season you’re rarely going to get what you want when it comes to that kind of stuff.”

The Dallas debut of JJ Redick wasn’t much of a boost either. The veteran shooting guard had been recovering from a right heel injury since being acquired from New Orleans at the trade deadline more than two weeks ago in hopes of boosting the Mavericks at the 3-point line.

Playing against one of his former teams and his coach from four seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers in Rivers, Redick entered late in the first quarter and missed two shots from inside the arc before connecting on his first attempt from 3. The 36-year-old in his 15th season scored four points, going 1 of 7 from the field and 1 of 3 from deep.

Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz was 4 of 7 from 3-point range and matched his season high with 20 points. Tobias Harris scored 10 and Ben Simmons had eight points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Randle leads Knicks over Lakers and back above .500

NEW YORK (AP) Same city, whole different kind of game for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Two nights after dominating the Nets, the defending champions got a look at how much better the New York Knicks are defensively.

Julius Randle had 34 points and 10 rebounds against his former team and the Knicks beat the Lakers 111-96 on Monday night for their third straight victory.

“Really poor passing, some bad decisions and some it you have to credit the defense. But as good as we were offensively two nights ago, we were just as bad tonight,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.

Coming off tense finishes against Memphis and Toronto, the Knicks led comfortably for much of the fourth quarter and moved back above .500 at 28-27, bouncing back nicely after narrow losses to Brooklyn and Boston last week.

“There’s ups and downs in a season and you have to keep going. If you get knocked down, dust yourself off, get up and come back with more fight and grit. That’s what this team has,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It has a togetherness and a belief that we can get it done.”

Elfrid Payton scored 20 points and Derrick Rose added 14 off the bench for the Knicks, who were sparked by Randle’s 13 points in the first quarter had plenty of energy on the second night of back-to-back games.

“They’re a good defensive team and I was just aggressive from the start,” Randle said, “and it’s important early on on the second night of a back-to-back to bring energy and that’s what I tried to do.”

Dennis Schroder scored 21 points and Markieff Morris had 17 for the Lakers, who fell to 5-7 since LeBron James sprained his ankle March 20, joining fellow All-Star Anthony Davis on the sideline.

Even without them, the Lakers routed Brooklyn 126-101 on Saturday, tying their season high with 19 3-pointers. But they committed 25 turnovers Monday, leading to 29 points.

Wizards snap Utah’s 24-game home winning streak, win 125-121

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Bradley Beal scored 34 points to help the Washington Wizards beat Utah 125-121 on Monday night, ending a franchise-record, 24-game home winning streak for the Jazz.

Russell Westbrook had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for the Wizards. Daniel Gafford matched his season high with 15 points. The Wizards swept the season series after shooting 52% from the field and 47% from 3-point range.

“We definitely had our hands full, but I love how we accepted all the challenges and made it tough for them,” Beal said.

Donovan Mitchell scored 42 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added a season-high 33 for Utah. Joe Ingles chipped in 18 but the Jazz also had a two-game winning streak snapped while losing at home for the first time in 2021.

“They were just too comfortable in the beginning,” Jazz center Rudy Gobert said. “When you have that kind of game, everyone is having fun. Everyone on the court for them had a little moment.”

The Jazz rallied late and cut a 19-point deficit to 121-119 on a driving layup from Mitchell with 12.3 seconds left.

Beal hit a pair of free throws with 11.5 seconds remaining after missing a pair of few seconds earlier. Bogdanovic missed a corner 3-pointer on the other end and then Westbrook added two more free throws to secure the win.

It gave the Wizards their third victory in four games.

“I like how guys are playing,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “Everyone is accepting their roles. When you have a healthy roster – this is something we haven’t had for a long time. It’s kind of nice having it.”

Washington seemingly broke open the game starting late in the third quarter. After Mitchell hit a pair of free throws to give Utah an 80-79 lead, the Wizards went on a 30-10 run to take control.

Suns hit record-tying 18 3s in half, beat Rockets 126-120

PHOENIX (AP) Jae Crowder scored 26 points, Devin Booker added 24 and the Phoenix Suns tied an NBA record with 18 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 126-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

The long balls came in bunches for both teams in this contest, which at times resembled a game of H-O-R-S-E. The Suns finished with a franchise-record 25 3-pointers and the Rockets added 17. The combined total of 42 3s was one shy of an NBA record.

“The hoop did feel a little bigger tonight,” Crowder said with a grin.

The Suns jumped out to an 81-58 lead by halftime after making 18 of 24 (75%) 3s. Crowder was causing a big chunk of the damage, scoring all of his points in the first half while making 8 of 9 from behind the arc as a socially distanced crowd got louder with each shot.

“It was fun to watch for sure,” Suns guard Jevon Carter said. “Love to see my man Jae out there hoopin.'”

Crowder had previously never made more than six 3-pointers in a game. The Suns matched the record set by the Utah Jazz, who hit 18 3s in the first half earlier this season in a game against Orlando.

Despite the Suns’ hot shooting, the Rockets were able to stay relatively close because they were pouring in buckets as well.

The Suns led 103-88 at the end of the third. Suns coach Monty Williams was irritated that his team made so many 3s but struggled on defense, which allowed the game to remain close.

“Yeah, we hit some 3s,” Williams said. “But we gave a team confidence when we could have put them away.”

Crowder agreed: “We feel like we can close the game better as a group. We let those guys stick around, stick around, stick around.”

Ingram, Williamson help Pelicans hold off Kings 117-110

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Brandon Ingram scored 34 points, Zion Williamson added 30 and the New Orleans Pelicans held off a furious Sacramento Kings comeback bid for a 117-110 victory on Monday night.

Steven Adams had 16 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe scored 13 points for the Pelicans, who had their 26-point, second-quarter lead trimmed to four in the final minute.

De’Aaron Fox, who scored 43 points for the Kings, attempted a 3 that could have made it a one-point game with 14 seconds left. But the shot missed and Wes Iwundu rebounded for New Orleans to help secure the victory, which also dropped the Kings to their seventh straight loss.

“Everybody gets all excited about the comebacks, and I get that,” Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said of the Kings’ second-half rally. “They did a great job. But you know what? We get a win and they get a loss.”

What had looked like a laugher became a tense affair after Fox drained a 19-footer to make it 91-84 with 8:33 still remaining.

Blown double-digit leads were piling up on New Orleans earlier this season, but the Pelicans have now won three straight, with Williamson and Ingram helping to close them out.

“I definitely see the maturity, but I also see a team coming together,” Williamson said. “I love playing with Brandon. He’s great player. I think we complement each other very well. And when it’s time to win, we both know what we got to do.”

Isaiah Thomas’ floater – his first home basket with the Pelicans – sparked a 9-3 run that included Williamson’s baseline turnaround at the end of the shot clock and a 3 by Ingram to make it 100-87.

By the time Sacramento pulled as close as five on Fox’s floater, just 2:28 remained. A pivotal sequence occurred soon after, when Adams tapped an offensive rebound of Bledsoe’s missed 3 out to Ingram, who converted a contested driving layup to make it 110-101 with 1:02 left.

Valanciunas leads late burst as Grizzlies beat Bulls 101-90

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 14 rebounds, leading a fourth-quarter burst that carried the Memphis Grizzlies to a 101-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

Valanciunas, who had 32 points and 22 rebounds a night earlier in a loss to the Indiana Pacers, scored 10 in the fourth as Memphis used an 18-6 run to break open a close game.

“Jonas is Jonas, man,” said second-year guard Ja Morant. “He’s a top player for us. He commands the paint. Protects the paint. A walking double-double.”

Valanciunas’ double-double was his 15th in a row, setting a franchise record.

“It’s not an individual sport,” Valanciunas said. “I would not be doing it without my teammates, first of all. Second thing, I’m playing with a high energy. I’m putting a lot of work in trying to go for every rebound. Trying to go for every putback. Stuff like that. That pays off.”

Dillon Brooks finished with 17 points and Grayson Allen added 14. Morant had 13 points and 10 assists.

Zach LaVine scored 21 points, but he was just 5 for 14 from the field as the Bulls lost their third straight. Thaddeus Young scored 20 and Daniel Theis had 18. Nikola Vucevic finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

“I think it’s going to be really, really hard to have a lot of guys in double figures when you shoot (42%) from the field and 16% from the 3-point line.” Chicago coach Billy Donovan said. “I think our bench was 0 for 12 from 3. We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well all the way around as a team.”

The teams stayed close through the first three quarters. Vucevic provided a bit of a buffer for the Bulls, scoring 12 in the period for a 74-70 lead entering the fourth.

DeRozan, Murray lead Spurs past slumping Magic 120-97

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points in just three quarters of work, Dejounte Murray added 17 and the San Antonio Spurs routed the slumping Orlando Magic 120-97 on Monday night.

San Antonio was playing a night after winning in Dallas on a last-second shot by DeRozan, and it showed no signs of fatigue in cruising to the easy win. The Spurs’ victories Sunday and Monday gave them their first consecutive wins since a three-game streak from March 15-19.

“We just wanted to come in and capitalize on our win from (Sunday) and take a different approach to playing a back-to-back by being more aggressive and really take it at them,” said Spurs center Drew Eubanks, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds. “We need more wins to end the season, so we just wanted to be aggressive and leave it all out there.”

Prior to tipoff, the teams, coaching staffs and refereeing crew came together and formed a circle at mid-court with their arms interlocked and their heads bowed to show their displeasure over the fatal shooting of a Black man, Daunte Wright, by police during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Magic coach Steve Clifford stood side by side with their arms interlocked during the anthem.

“Guys on both teams spoke and it’s just a symbol of how badly everybody feels that we need change,” Clifford said. “It was a peaceful protest and we’ll continue to bring awareness to the problems that we have in our country.”

“It just makes you sick to your stomach,” Popovich said. “How many times does it have to happen?”

De’Aaron Fox fined $20,000 for criticizing officiating

NEW YORK (AP) Sacramento guard De’Aaron Fox was fined $20,000 on Monday for criticizing the officiating following the Kings’ 128-112 loss to the Utah Jazz over the weekend.

Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell kept Fox from going after the officials after Saturday night’s game in Salt Lake City. The Kings guard had been bothered throughout the second half and Mitchell, who said he has known Fox since high school, wanted to save him from a potential fine.

“If you’re going to call something on one end, call it on the other end,” Fox said after the game. “And if somebody is trying to talk to you, you can’t get your feelings (hurt) so quick to where it’s not even a hostile conversation and you’re saying, `Don’t talk to (me)’ and this and this and that and that. I mean, you’re coming down guessing on plays.”

Sacramento coach Luke Walton said he shared Fox’s exasperation in his postgame interview as he pointed to Mitchell’s 17 free throw attempts to Fox’s six.

Fox scored 30 points during the loss. He’s averaging 24.7 points and 7.2 assists for the season.

Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic critical of NBA’s play-in tournament concept

DALLAS — Count Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic among the critics of the NBA’s play-in tournament concept.

“I don’t understand the idea of a play-in,” Doncic said Monday after a 113-95 loss to the visiting  Philadelphia 76ers, the Mavs’ third defeat in four games. “You play 72 games to get into the playoffs, then maybe you lose two in a row and you’re out of the playoffs. So I don’t see the point of that.”

Dallas (29-24) is in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, meaning they would have to participate in the play-in tournament if they can’t move up. The Mavs are two games behind the Portland Trail Blazers, who own the tiebreaker between the teams due to beating Dallas in two of their three meetings.

The NBA board of governors unanimously approved a proposal to implement a play-in tournament for this season, after the league used it for the first time prior to the playoffs in the bubble last summer.

The play-in concept features the teams that finish from seventh to 10th place in each conference. The structure, which the NBA announced in March, includes three games in each conference.

The seventh- and eighth-place teams play each other, with the winner earning the seventh seed. The ninth- and 10th-place teams also play each other, with the loser eliminated from playoff contention. The loser of the “Seven-Eight Game” and winner of the “Nine-Ten Game” then play, with the eighth playoff seed at stake.

“We’re just trying to get to the sixth spot,” Doncic said. “I think that’s our goal right now. Maybe even [higher] than the sixth spot.”

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, whose team currently sits in 10th place in the Western Conference, offered his take on the play-in concept earlier this month, saying that “fighting for a play-in spot does not motivate me.”

Green, who has won three NBA championships during his nine-year career with the Warriors, added that the idea of squeezing into the postseason isn’t going to motivate him any more than not wanting to lose already does.

“I want to win every game I play because I hate losing,” he said. “That s— really bothers me. So that’s what motivates me, not fighting for some play-in spot.”

NFL

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman announces retirement

BOSTON (AP) For more than a decade Julian Edelman lived the ultimate NFL underdog story, going from undersized college quarterback to a favorite option of Tom Brady on three Patriots’ Super Bowl-winning teams.

He says he’ll leave the league after giving everything he had to the sport.

Citing a knee injury that cut his 2020 season short after just six games, Edelman announced Monday that he is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons.

“Nothing in my career has ever come easy. And no surprise, this isn’t going to come easy either,” Edelman said fighting back tears in a video posted to Twitter. “I’ve always said I’m going to go until the wheels come off. And they finally have fallen off.”

Earlier in the day, the Patriots terminated the contract of the Super Bowl 53 MVP after the receiver failed a physical.

It brings an abrupt end to the 11-year New England tenure of the 34-year-old, whose fingertip catch helped complete the Patriots’ historic Super Bowl 51 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons.

“By any measure of what constitutes an elite NFL career – wins, championships, production – Julian has it all,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. “Few players can match Julian’s achievements, period, but considering his professional trajectory and longevity, the group is even more select. It is historic. This is a tribute to his legendary competitiveness, mental and physical toughness and will to excel.”

Team owner Robert Kraft called Edelman “one of the great success stories in our franchise’s history.”

He appeared in just six games last season before going on injured reserve following a surgical procedure on his knee. He also missed the entire 2017 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

QB Sam Darnold says uncertainty ahead of trade to Carolina Panthers was ‘tough’ to deal with

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As thrilled as Sam Darnold appears to get a second chance with the Carolina Panthers, he admitted it was tough moving on from the team that drafted him and even tougher being kept in limbo the past three months while the New York Jets explored their options at quarterback.

“That was tough. I’m not going to lie,” Darnold said Monday in his first public comments since the Jets traded him a week ago. “That was the tough part for me, just because … I’m a planner. I like to have things planned out and what the next step was going to be.

“The uncertainty there was, for lack of a better term, driving me insane.”

The Jets never committed to Darnold, the third pick of the 2018 draft, after the 2020 season as they evaluated what they might do with the second pick of this year’s draft. It wasn’t until Ohio State’s pro day on March 30 that talks with Carolina general manager Scott Fitterer escalated.

Six days later, the Panthers gave New York a sixth-rounder in 2021 and a second-rounder and fourth-rounder in 2022 to complete the deal.

Darnold called the trade “bittersweet” because he never accomplished the goals he had set for himself coming out of USC.

“Obviously, getting drafted as high as I did, my expectations were to go in there, play 20 years and win Super Bowls,” he said. “That was the dream, but obviously it didn’t work out.

“Anytime you go somewhere and set lofty goals and those goals aren’t met, that’s tough. When I heard the news they wanted to trade me, that was tough. Anytime you’re not wanted somewhere, that’s always a tough pill to swallow.”

Darnold was 13-25 in three seasons with the Jets, including 2-10 last season. He had 45 touchdown passes and 39 interceptions with a completion rate of 59.8%.

He finished as the NFL’s lowest-rated passer in 2020 (72.7), 36th out of 36 qualifying quarterbacks. His career passer rating of 78.6 ranks 39th out of 39 since 2018.

AP source: Browns still putting rush on Jadeveon Clowney

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns remain in active pursuit of defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Monday. The free agent visited the team last month and could do so again.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

It’s unclear if the sides are negotiating a contract. ESPN, citing unidentified sources, said the sides are “progressing in talks.”

The Browns offered Clowney a multiyear contract last year before he signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the Tennessee Titans. Clowney did not have a sack in eight games before undergoing season-ending knee surgery.

If he comes to Cleveland, the 28-year-old Clowney would pair with All-Pro defensive end Myles Garret and give the Browns two of the NFL’s best edge rushers on the same line.

The Browns ended their long playoff drought last season and have Super Bowl aspirations. They have been in the market to upgrade their defensive end spot after Olivier Vernon ruptured an Achilles tendon in the regular-season finale and wasn’t re-signed.

Cleveland’s draft plans could be affected if the team signs Clowney. The Browns have the No. 26 overall pick and will likely add another defensive piece after addressing the unit during free agency with several signings.

The Browns showed some interest in star end J.J. Watt before he signed with Arizona.

Clowney’s asking price could be the only impediment to him coming to Cleveland. The Browns won’t invest too heavily in him after already committing $125 million over five years to Garrett.

Clowney was the No. 1 overall pick by Houston in 2014 and has dealt with assorted injuries. He spent five seasons with the Texans, recording 29 sacks and making the Pro Bowl three times. He played one season in Seattle before going to Tennessee.

NHL

Bruins bolster playoff push, acquire Taylor Hall from Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Forward Taylor Hall hopes a fresh start with the Boston Bruins can boost his confidence after three dreadful months with the Buffalo Sabres.

The opportunity to join a team making a late-season playoff push should help after the NHL’s 2018 MVP was acquired by the Bruins on Monday.

“These last few days, you do some soul-searching, and you look back on what you can do better, and look forward to the future,” Hall said during a video conference call from Buffalo before making the near nine-hour drive east to Boston. And he’s expected to be in the Bruins lineup for their home game against the Sabres on Tuesday.

“There’s been a lot of distractions this year, a lot of things that really haven’t gone well. And confidence-wise, the team here in Buffalo just never got off to the right foot,” he added. “I think the best way to get confidence is to be part of a winning team and make yourself part of the bigger solution.”

Hall didn’t pan out in Buffalo after signing a one-year $8 million contract in October. He managed just two goals and 19 points in 37 games, while closing his tenure with a 16-game goal drought.

He leaves the last-place Sabres to join the banged-up Bruins, who are in a tightly contested race to secure the East Division’s fourth and final playoff spot.

Boston, which sits fourth in the standings and four points ahead of the Rangers and Philadelphia, also added checking line forward Curtis Lazar in the trade. Buffalo acquired fourth-year forward Anders Bjork and a second-round pick, while also agreeing to retain half of the remainder of Hall’s salary.

“Obviously, Taylor’s extremely motivated,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney said. “He’s been a highly successful player at the highest of levels. If he has a little bit of success, I think he could get a snowball affect associated with that.”

No cap crunch for Capitals, who land Mantha at deadline

(AP) — Flat cap or not, the Washington Capitals refused to stand by and watch their division foes improve their rosters without making a move at the NHL trade deadline Monday.

Not long after the Boston Bruins acquired 2018 NHL MVP Taylor Hall from Buffalo, the Capitals responded by mortgaging a valuable portion of their future to acquire forward Anthony Mantha from the Detroit Red Wings.

With the championship window beginning to close on the Alex Ovechkin-led roster, Washington went all-in on Mantha by trading wingers Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, a 2021 first- and a 2022 second-round pick to Detroit. They have literally no room to maneuver now with $0 in salary cap room but felt it was worth the risk.

The 26-year-old Mantha is a two-time 20-goal scorer, who uses his big 6-foot-5, 234-pound frame to create space and is signed for three more seasons at an average salary cap hit of $5.7 million.

“We’ve been aggressive,” Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said. “It wasn’t a conscious decision, `Let’s shake the team up.’ I think we’ve had a good year so far. … Things lined up, and this is what we ended up doing.”

The Capitals were among the few teams taking an aggressive approach at a time a flat salary cap of $81.5 million left many others handcuffed.

Only 17 trades were completed Monday, involving just 26 players. That’s down from the NHL trade deadline day record of 32 deals involving 55 players a year ago, two weeks before the coronavirus pandemic paused the season and dealt a devastating blow to the league’s financial picture.

The previous time fewer players were dealt on deadline day was 23 in the NHL’s pre-salary cap area on March 14, 2000.

“It’s not like the old days where if you just want a player, you go make a deal,” Carolina Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said. “Lots more maneuvering, a lot more involved in it.”

Hagel’s OT goal lifts Blackhawks over Blue Jackets 4-3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Brandon Hagel scored 1:25 into overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Columbus 4-3 on Monday night for their fifth consecutive win over the Blue Jackets.

Duncan Keith, Philipp Kurashev and Brett Connolly also scored for Chicago, and Patrick Kane had two assists. The Blackhawks won for the third time in four games to move within two points of idle Nashville for the fourth playoff spot in the Central Division.

Hagel got a pass from Kirby Dach and beat Joonas Korpisalo from the left circle for his sixth goal of the season.

“I’m just happy to … finally get a shooting goal,” Hagel said. “I’ve struggled with that a little bit this year, but it’s nice to get it out of the way.”

It was Connolly’s first game since he was acquired in a trade with Florida last week. He had two goals and two assists in 21 games with the Panthers.

“He’s a big body and protects the puck well, has some poise,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “He has a lot of games in the league and that was a big goal.”

Kevin Lankinen stopped 30 shots for his fifth win over Columbus this season.

Patrick Laine scored twice for Columbus, including a terrific, end-to-end rush in the third period.

“Sometimes I just need to take it to the net more,” Laine said. “My confidence definitely felt good out there, (and) our line felt pretty good, and hopefully we can come out stronger in the next one.”

Stefan Matteau also scored for Columbus after being recalled from the taxi squad Thursday.

The Blue Jackets also lost 4-3 to the Blackhawks on Saturday. They have dropped 10 of 12 overall.

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 30 shots and fell to 2-1-3 against the Blackhawks this season.

It was Columbus’ first game since captain Nick Foligno was traded to Toronto on Sunday.

Tkachuk scores 2 as Senators beat Jets 4-2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Brady Tkachuk scored twice, Connor Brown extended his franchise-record goal-scoring streak to eight games and the Ottawa Senators beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 Monday night.

Evgenii Dadonov also scored and Thomas Chabot and Josh Norris each had two assists as Ottawa rallied from two goals down and ended a four-game losing streak. Anton Forsberg was impressive in goal after a shaky start with 24 saves.

After a quiet start to the season, Brown is now scoring at a pace reserved for the league’s top snipers. He tied Toronto’s Auston Matthews for the longest goal streak of the season, and only Jaromir Jagr (nine goals in 1996-97) and Teemu Selanne (11 in 1997-98) have had longer streaks in the past 25 years.

“Nobody deserves it more than him,” Tkachuk said. “He’s one of the hardest workers that I know. Everybody’s proud of him, and everything that he’s shooting is going in.”

The Senators improved to 2-4-1 against the Jets this season.

“We managed the puck a lot better than we have against them in other games,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said.

Kyle Connor and and Nikolaj Ehlers scored for Winnipeg, which snapped a three-game win streak. Connor Hellebuyck, making his seventh straight start, stopped 20 shots.

Winnipeg missed a chance to eat into Toronto’s lead atop the North Division. The Maple Leafs lost 4-2 to Montreal on Monday but remained six points ahead of the Jets.

The teams meet again Wednesday at Ottawa.

Red Wings upend Hurricanes with 3-1 victory

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Detroit Red Wings emerged from a stressful few days before the deadline with yet another standings-defying win against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Adam Erne and Flip Zadina scored two quick third-period goals while Jonathan Bernier finished with 37 saves to help the Red Wings beat the Hurricanes 3-1 on Monday night, sweeping a two-game road set against a team tied for the Central Division lead.

Detroit, sitting at the bottom of the division, won here in a shootout on Saturday then earned a fourth win in seven meetings this season Monday – which also spoiled Carolina captain Jordan Staal’s 1,000th career regular-season NHL game.

It came after the Red Wings completed four trades since Friday, the biggest sending right wing Anthony Mantha to Washington before the Monday afternoon deadline. The potential for more moves left coach Jeff Blashill waiting until “really late” to post his lineup.

“The stress was I guess behind us and we could focus on the game tonight,” captain Dylan Larkin said.

“We were in a 0-0 game going into the third and a lot of times this year and in the past, you’ve seen that go the other way. But I’ve said we’ve have to start finding ways to win those games, and we did tonight.”

To Larkin’s point, Detroit had been outscored 57-33 in the third period before Monday.

INDIANA MBB: Hoosiers Add Transfer Xavier Johnson To Men’s Basketball Program

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson has announced that Xavier Johnson, a 6-3 guard who played his first three seasons at Pitt, will transfer and join the program beginning next season.  He will have two seasons of eligibility.

“Xavier will be an important addition to our team and should have an immediate impact,” said Woodson.  “He is a high-intensity player who brings tremendous energy on both ends of the floor.  He has a presence about himself that translates into his ability to provide leadership in a key role.  He especially flourishes in transition where he can create for himself and his teammates.”

He is a native of Woodbridge, Va.,  and a graduate of Bishop O’Connell High School.  He also played for the Team Takeover AAU program which produced former IU National Player of the Year and All-American Victor Oladipo.  He originally signed out of high school with Nebraska after being recruited by current IU assistant coach Kenya Hunter.

For his career in three seasons, he averaged 13.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  Johnson shot 40.2 percent (362-of-901) from the field, including 33.6 percent (93-of-227) from 3-point range and 76.1 percent (335-of-440) from the foul line.

In his first collegiate season, he broke a 34-year old frosh scoring record held by Charles Smith with 512 points.  He also set Pitt freshman records for scoring (15.5 ppg.), double-figure scoring games (28), games with 15 or more points (17), 20+ point games (nine), free throws made (157), free throw attempts (209) and field goal attempts (383).

He was born on Oct. 14, 1999 and is the son of Michael and La’Kesha Johnson. He  has two brothers, Chaleb and Latham, and a sister, Mya.  His cousin, Larry Gibson, played for the Hoosiers from 1969-71.

Career

In three seasons at Pitt, had 1,152 points, 311 rebounds, 415 assists and 124 steals in 84 career games … started 81 of 84 games

Ranks sixth in the Pitt career record books with 4.7 assists per game

Became the first Pitt player to surpass 750 career points and 300 career assists as a sophomore

Has scored in double figures in 66 of 84 career games …recorded 15 games with 20 or more points scoring, including two 30-point efforts

Posted five double-digit assist games … dished out five or more assists in 45 contests

2020-21

Averaged 14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 5.7 assists in 18 games, making 16 starts

Shot 42.6 percent (80-of-188) from the field and 78.7 percent (70-of-89) from the free throw line

Led the team in assists with 103, his straight season with 100-plus assists.

Scored in double digits in 13 of 18 games

Ranked second in the ACC in assists per game, third in assists, sixth in free throw percentage and 13th in scoring

Had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists against No. 15 Florida State (2/20)

Scored 14 points and added three assists against NC State (2/17)

Recorded 13 points with four assists against Virginia Tech (2/3)

Had 10 points with seven assists and four boards against No. 14 Virginia (2/6)

Put up a career-high 32 points on 11-fo-17 shooting while adding seven assists and five rebounds in a victory against No. 16 Virginia Tech (2/3)

Scored 14 points with eight assists and three boards against Wake (1/23)

Set a season-high with 11 assists, while also adding nine points and three rebounds against Duke (1/19)

Had 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds while going a perfect 13-for-13 from the charity stripe against Syracuse (1/16)

Registered 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting with four assists and three boards against Gardner-Webb (12/12)

Scored 21 points, knocking down five 3-pointers, and added seven rebounds and four assists at Northwestern (12/9)

Had 15 points, seven assists, three boards and two steals against Northern Illinois (12/5)

Poured in 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals against Drexel (12/28)

Opened the season with 10 assists, nine points and five rebounds against St. Francis (11/25)

2019-20

Averaged 11.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game while starting 32 of 33 games …shot 37.3 percent (123-of-330) from the field, including 33.0 percent (31-of-94) from three-point range … also shot 76.1 percent (108-of-142) from the foul line

Shared the team lead with 23 double-figure scoring games, including a pair of 20+ point games

Led the team in scoring six times and in assists in 21 games

Had five or more assists in a game 19 times … added 17 games with two or more steals

Recorded a team-high 24 offensive fouls drawn

One of four players in the ACC averaging at least 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game

Finished sixth in the ACC with 4.94 assists per game … also ranked among the league leaders in steals (T-6th – 1.76 spg.) and assist-to-turnover ratio (13th – 1.47:1)

Had 15 points, a career-high eight rebounds and two steals in the second round of the ACC Tournament against NC State (3/11)

Delivered 10 points, five rebounds, eight assists and three steals in an ACC Tournament win over Wake Forest (3/10)

Had 13 points and three assists at NC State (2/29)

Scored 16 points to go along with four assists and a career-high six steals against Virginia (2/22)

Recorded 12 points, four rebounds, seven assists and five steals at No. 8 Florida State (2/18)

Had 11 points and four rebounds at Virginia Tech (2/15)

Posted 11 points, three steals and seven assists with no turnovers in a win over Georgia Tech (2/8)

Registered 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals at Notre Dame (2/5)

Finished with 13 points, six assists and three steals in a win over Miami (2/2)

Dished out 10 assists in a win over Boston College (1/22) for his third career double digit assist game … added nine points and four rebounds

Scored 20 points in a home win over UNC going 10-of-12 from the foul line … added six rebounds, six assists and two steals

Had 11 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals versus No. 11 Louisville

Recorded 17 points, three rebounds and three assists in a road win over North Carolina (1/8)

Had 11 points, four rebounds and six assists against Wake Forest (1/4)

Posted 16 points, eight assists and four steals in a win over Canisius (12/30)

Tallied 11 points, four rebounds and three assists versus Northern Illinois (12/16

Went 6-of-10 from the field and scored 15 points at No. 1 Louisville (12/6)

Scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field to go along with eight assists in a win over Rutgers

Named to the Fort Myers Tip-Off all-tournament team after averaging 11.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in wins over Kansas State and Northwestern

Finished with 11 points, four rebounds and eight assists in the title game against Northwestern (11/27)

Went 5-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line in a 12-point effort against Kansas State (11/25)

Had 13 points, three rebounds, six assists and four steals versus Arkansas Pine Bluff (11/21)

Scored 15 points and added three rebounds and nine assists against Monmouth (11/18)

Had seven points, six rebounds and seven assists in a road win over Robert Morris (11/12)

Recorded 10 points, five rebounds and three assists versus Nicholls State (11/9)

Opened the season with 13 points, six rebounds and two steals in a win over Florida State (11/6)

2018-19

Selected to the All-ACC Freshman Team … member of the ACC Honor Roll

Started all 33 games that he appeared in … averaged 15.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game … shot 41.5 percent (159-of-383) from the field, 35.2 percent (37-of-105) from three-point range and 75.1 percent (157-of-209) from the free throw line

Led the team in field goals made (159), free throws made (157), free throw attempts (209), points (512), points per game (15.5) and assists (149) … finished second on the team with 43 steals

Led the ACC in free throws made (157) … ranked fifth in the conference in assists (149) and assists per game (4.5 apg.) … ranked top 15 in the conference in points per game (15.5 ppg.)

Began his career with 18 straight double-digit games, the longest such streak by a freshman in Pitt history, and ended the year with 28 double-digit performances … scored 20 points or more nine times during the season, including one 30-point game

The only player in the ACC to average at least 15.0 points and 4.5 assists per game

Led Pitt to an ACC Tournament win with 23 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals against Boston College (3/12)

Recorded 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and one steal against Notre Dame (3/9)

Had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists at Miami (3/5)

Registered 14 points, two rebounds and two assists against Clemson (2/27)

Scored 14 points to go with six assists and two rebounds at Georgia Tech (2/20)

Went 5-of-9 from the field for 18 points and recorded five assists against No. 22 Virginia Tech (2/16)

Dropped 17 points to go with five rebounds against NC State (2/9)

Recorded 23 points, six rebounds and nine assists at Wake Forest (2/5)

Posted 14 points, five rebounds and six assists against Syracuse (2/2) … was 9-of-12 from the free throw line

Went 10-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc, to score 30 points at Clemson (1/29) … also recorded four rebounds and two steals

Scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists at Syracuse (1/19) … went 3-of-5 from three-point range … recorded the 18th consecutive game double-figure scoring game to start his career

Dropped 18 points in a win over No. 11 Florida State (1/14) … was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw stripe

Had 25 points and two assists at No. 15 NC State (1/12) … went 8-of-12 from the field and 9-of-11 from the free throw line

Recorded his second double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 assists in an ACC win over Louisville (1/9)

Had 14 points and three rebounds against No. 15 North Carolina (1/5)

Tallied 11 points, six assists and four rebounds against Colgate (12/19)

Went 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line and 5-of-9 from the field for 21 points against New Orleans (12/20) … also recorded six assists in the game

Registered 12 points and four assists in a win over Maryland Eastern Shore (12/15)

Scored 21 points to go with six rebounds and two steals at West Virginia (12/8) … went 10-of-11 from the foul line

Went 3-of-5 from behind the arc and finished with 19 points against Niagara (12/3) … added three assists and three steals

Finished with 10 points, four rebounds and five assists against Duquesne (11/30)

Dropped 18 points with six assists and four rebounds at No. 14 Iowa (11/27)

Scored 20 points against Saint Louis (11/21) … went 6-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line

Recorded 23 points, four rebounds and three assists in a win over North Alabama (11/17)

Tallied 12 points with four rebounds and three assists over Central Arkansas (11/15)

Posted 15 points, seven rebounds and nine assists against Troy (11/12)

Recorded his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 assists in a win over VMI (11/9)

Dropped 16 points with five rebounds and six assists over Youngstown State (11/6)

High School

Played at Bishop O’Connell for head coach Joe Wooten … finished high school career with 1,034 points

Led Bishop O’Connell to a 30-9 record and No. 5 state ranking as a senior … averaged 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game

Led the team to championship game appearances in the Virginia Independent Schools State Tournament and Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament

Topped the 30-point mark four times and had four double-doubles

Received Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors … also named first team All-Metro by Washington Post

A 2018 McDonald’s All-American nominee

Named first team all-state by the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association

Selected Most Outstanding Player at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament

Had 31 points and five rebounds in a win over Georgetown Prep (12/2)

Recorded 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a win over Bishop McNamara (12/12)

Scored 28 points in a win over St. Marys Ryken (1/2)

Went 13-of-16 from the foul line and finished with 31 points against St. John’s (1/7)

Recorded a double-double with 31 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Carroll (1/16)

Posted 20 points, seven rebounds and a season-high 12 assists against Episcopal (1/20)

Had 24 points and six assists in a win over Bishop Ireton (1/24)

Recorded 23 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists against St. Mary’s Ryken (2/2)

Had 29 points in a win over St. John’s (2/13)

Made three three-point field goals and finished with 27 points against DeMatha (2/25)

Helped the Knights to a 20-10 record as a junior … averaged 10.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game … named second team All-WCAC

Scored a season-high 32 points against Gonzaga (1/31)

Posted a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds against Paul VI (12/13)

Had 22 points in a season-opening win over Middlesburg Academy (12/1)

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Lusk Joins Purdue Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter has announced that a familiar face will return to the Mackey Arena sidelines, as Paul Lusk has been named an assistant coach for the Boilermakers.

Lusk’s return marks his second stint with the Boilermakers, serving as an assistant coach / associate head coach for seven years from 2005-11. During that time with the Boilermakers, Lusk helped Purdue to five NCAA Tournaments, two Sweet 16 appearances, and a Big Ten regular-season and tournament championship, while boasting one of America’s strongest defenses.

“I’m extremely excited to come back and work with Coach Painter. Purdue is a special place and I can’t wait to get started with this group,” Lusk said. “Purdue is a place of consistency and with consistency comes success. There have been two coaches here in the last 40 years and I have been fortunate enough to work with and learn from both of them.”

“We are excited to welcome Paul and his family back to Purdue,” Painter said. “He obviously has experience in our program and was very instrumental in our success during his previous stint. Paul is very detail-oriented and has excellent knowledge about the game both as a player and coach and will be a very beneficial addition to our staff.”

For the last three seasons, Lusk has been an assistant coach at Creighton, helping the Bluejays to a 66-31 record during that span. Creighton won a share of the Big East regular-season title in 2020, and reached both the Big East Tournament title game and the Sweet 16 (for the first time since 1974) during this past season.

Over the past three seasons, the Bluejays defense was ranked 83rd, 78th and 32nd in national defensive efficiency, their best mark since the 2006 season. He was named a top-five assistant coach in the Big East by Stadium following the 2020 season.

Lusk was also instrumental in the development of all-Big East honorees Marcus Zegarowsky, Damien Jefferson and Denzel Mahoney.

Lusk arrived in Omaha after spending the previous seven seasons as a head coach at Missouri State, winning 105 games and advancing to the Arch Madness semifinals in both 2014 and 2017. His 2013-14 club went 20-13 and reached the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, while his 2017-18 team went 18-15.

Lusk coached 10 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team selections, six All-MVC players, four All-Freshman Team picks, four members of the MVC All-Newcomer Team and two members of The Valley’s Most-Improved Team in seven seasons in Springfield. He also coached the 2016 and 2017 MVC Newcomers of the Year, as well as current Brooklyn Nets forward Alize Johnson.

Lusk arrived at Missouri State after seven seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Purdue. During his tenure on the Purdue coaching staff, Lusk helped guide the Boilermakers to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with a collective 129-45 ledger during that span.

Noted for his defensive prowess, Lusk helped guide a Purdue defense that ranked in the top 16 in defensive efficiency for five straight seasons from 2007 to 2011. During that five-year stretch, Purdue had seven All-Big Ten defensive team members and three Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honorees (Chris Kramer – 2008 and 2010; JaJuan Johnson – 2011).

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Trevion Williams to Test NBA Draft Process

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue junior Trevion Williams has announced his intention to declare for the 2021 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent, maintaining his collegiate eligibility and leaving the option open to return to school.

Williams will put his name into the NBA Draft, making him eligible to be selected on draft night July 29. He is eligible to compete in the NBA Draft Combine, if selected, from June 21 to 27. He then has about three weeks (July 19 deadline) to weigh his options and keep his name in or withdraw from the NBA Draft. Withdrawing his name from the Draft will maintain his eligibility in intercollegiate athletics.

Williams, a 6-foot, 10-inch center from Chicago, was named first-team All-Big Ten and was one of five finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award given to the nation’s top center after averaging 15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He owned 11 double-doubles and his six 20-10 games were the third-most nationally for a major-college player. He also became just the ninth Big Ten player in the last 30 years to average at least 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game and was one of six players nationally this year to reach those marks.

He concluded the year with 967 career points, 630 rebounds and 126 assists, being one of just six current players nationally to have at least 900 points, 600 rebounds and 125 assists through their junior season. Williams and West Virginia’s Derek Culver are the only high-major players on that list.

The Boilermakers posted an 18-10 record a year ago earning a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Former student sues Evansville, alleging sexual assault by former men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty

A former student is suing the University of Evansville, alleging she was sexually assaulted by former men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty and that the school failed to provide a safe environment.

The Title IX lawsuit was filed Monday. In it, the former student, identified as Jane Doe and described as a former athletic trainer at Evansville, alleges McCarty sent her inappropriate messages on social media and via text. She said that led to him pressuring her to visit his home, where he allegedly assaulted her on Dec. 9, 2019.

According to the suit, the woman three days later sought counseling from a campus counselor and filed an anonymous report online with the university through Crime Stoppers. The woman said she had troubles academically and socially after the alleged assault, and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The lawsuit also claims that the university received multiple other reports of alleged inappropriate behavior by McCarty after he was hired in March 2018. The university fired him on Jan. 21, 2020, amid a university investigation over allegations of sexual misconduct.

“The female students and employees who experienced this pattern of harassment and sexual misconduct are real people, real women who simply wanted a safe environment to learn and work in, and our university failed us,” the woman said in a news release.

“I am heartbroken that my school knew about Coach McCarty’s misconduct before what happened to me, and looked the other way. I will continue to go through this difficult process of holding the university accountable, because I want to prevent other women from going through the same thing I did.”

The suit seeks an unspecified amount, including “actual damages, compensatory damages, court costs, attorneys’ fees, and pre- and post-judgment interest.”

In a statement to ESPN on Monday night, McCarty denied the woman’s allegations.

“I’ve never assaulted anyone in my 47 years on this earth. It’s disheartening that someone would make up such a vicious lie to gain financial rewards,” he wrote. “I’m excited and look forward to clearing my name and exposing these untruths. I am certain my name and reputation with be restored when it’s our time to do so and present the truth.”

Evansville also responded to the lawsuit, disputing the woman’s claims and saying it believes it responded to them sufficiently.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: Midweek Preview: Central Michigan

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Notre Dame Game Notes

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The seventh-ranked Notre Dame baseball team continues its eight-game homestand with just its second midweek contest of the season against Central Michigan Tuesday night at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish are coming off another conference series win against a ranked opponent, jumping them into the Top-10 in the rankings for the first time in 15 years. The Irish will turn to righty Liam Simon who will be making his first start of the season on Tuesday against the Chippewas.

Home Sweet Home

The Irish continue their eight-game homestand with a midweek contest against regional foe Central Michigan.

12 of their next 16 games will come from Frank Eck Stadium and the Irish own a 6-3 record at home so far this season.

The Irish and Chippewas will face off for the 36th time in program history.

Notre Dame holds a 21-13-1 advantage in the all-time series and the Irish are 16-9-1 in games played at home.

Central Michigan sports a 17-9 overall record and are 9-3 in MAC play.

The Chippewas have won nine of their last 10 games and are coming off a series win over Bowling Green where they won three of the four games in their first series at home since 2019.

Weekend Update

Heading into the weekend with their third ranked series in a row, the Irish continued their hot play against No. 14 Georgia Tech

Friday night, the Irish fell behind early and faced a 7-0 hole going into the bottom of the fourth and trailed 7-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

The comeback came alive in the seventh as the Irish put up four runs after home runs from Jack Brannigan and Niko Kavadas to trim the lead to one.

Georgia Tech added two runs in the top of the eighth but the Irish had another big inning in the bottom half of the inning.

Notre Dame put up another four runs to take their first lead of the game. Spencer Myers tied the game with a Two-RBI single to right  and subsequent error. Then with the bases loaded, Carter Putz worked a walk to bring home Myers as the game winning run in the 10-9 win.

It was the first time the Irish had come back from a seven run or more deficit to win since May 22, 2009 against St. John’s. The Irish trailed 9-0 in the fourth and won the game 11-10 in the BIG EAST Tournament.

On Saturday, the Irish pitching staff tossed one of their best outings of the season against a top-ACC offensive squad.

The Yellow Jackets came into the weekend with an ACC-leading .298 batting average and the duo of Aidan Tyrell and Alex Rao shut them down in game two.

Tyrell tossed a career high six innings and only allowed two runs while Rao pitched the final three innings and struck out a career-high eight.

The Irish scored in four of the eight innings to pick up a 7-0 win to clinch the series.

It was the first time Georgia Tech has been shut out in an ACC game since May 25, 2018.

With the series win the Irish won their six conference series, the most by any ACC team so far this season. The Irish are still the only ACC team to not drop a conference series this season.

Top-25, Here Come The Irish

Following six ACC series wins, with four coming on the road and a sweep to begin the 2021 season, people are starting to take note of the Irish.

The Irish continued to rise in all six polls, including breaking into the Top-10 in a couple.

The Irish broke into the Top-10 in Baseball America (#7) and D1Baseball (#10). They rank #11 in Perfect Game, #12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and #16 in Collegiate Baseball.

It is the first time the Irish have been ranked in the Top-10 since April 24, 2006.

A week after cracking two of the polls after the series win against Clemson, the Irish appeared in all six polls after the road sweep of Virginia.

In the final week of the 2020 regular season, Notre Dame made their first appearance in the Top-25 when they were selected No. 24 by Collegiate Baseball News.

It was the first time the Irish were ranked in the Top-25 since the 2015 season, the last time Notre Dame made an NCAA Regional.

MIAMI MEN’S BASKETBALL: Brown to Return to Miami for Extra Year of Eligibility

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OXFORD, Ohio—Dalonte Brown (Toledo, Ohio/Bowsher) has announced that he will return to the Miami University men’s basketball program for the 2021-22 season with his extra year of eligibility.

Brown, a four-year mainstay in the Miami lineup, has played in 118 career games and made 111 career starts while averaging more than 20 minutes per game each season. He is just nine games played and eight starts away from owning both career records. He became the 37th member of Miami’s 1,000 Point Club during the 2020-21 season and ranks 23rd all-time in scoring.

“After receiving an evaluation and feedback from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, I am excited to make it official that I will be back next year for my final year of eligibility,” said Brown. “I look forward to competing with my teammates with the goal of winning a MAC Championship. The past four years have been a great experience and I want to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for the support they continue to give me to ultimately WIN at Miami and play basketball professionally.”

“We are excited that Dalonte will be back next year for his final year of eligibility,” said head coach Jack Owens. “He epitomizes what a Miami Basketball student-athlete is all about. He is an extremely hard worker, a good teammate, and fun individual to be around. We look forward to the 2021-22 season, and Dalonte will be an important part to our success.”

Brown is coming off a strong senior campaign where he averaged 13.7 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line. He played some of his best basketball near the end of the 2020-21 season, averaging 18.1 ppg and 8.7 rpg over Miami’s final seven contests while posting three double-doubles and notching three scoring efforts of 20 or more points during that stretch, including a career-high 29 points in Miami’s final regular-season game at Bowling Green.

In 2020-21, Brown anchored a Miami team that recorded its first winning season since 2009 and notched a Ken Pom rating of 157, which was the RedHawks’ highest since 2010. He helped the RedHawks earn a berth in the eight-team Mid-American Conference Tournament as Miami advanced to the quarterfinal round for the fourth time in the last six years, including three of the last four MAC Tournaments.

MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL: Stan Heath Named Next EMU Men’s Basketball Coach

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — An Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball alumnus is coming home. A three-year letterwinner from 1985-87 and 17-year head coaching veteran, Stan Heath is returning to the Ypsilanti campus to become the program’s 30th head coach. Vice President/Director of Athletics Scott Wetherbee made the announcement today, April 12.

Heath will be formally introduced to the EMU community Tuesday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. with a press conference inside the Convocation Center. While the event is not open to the general public, the press conference will be streamed live at EMUEagles.com.

 “We are so thrilled to welcome back Stan Heath as our new head men’s basketball coach,” said Wetherbee. “One of the key messages I heard throughout the search process was the desire to find someone with Eastern Michigan connections as well as someone with a strong head coaching pedigree. In hiring Coach Heath, we absolutely have that person. He is a proven winner in both the collegiate and professional ranks, and his focus on positively impacting the lives of our student-athlete is infectious. We cannot wait to have him and his family back on campus and reintroducing them to the Eastern Michigan family.”

The 56-year old Heath has accumulated 13 years of collegiate head coaching experience with four NCAA tournament appearances and one NIT appearance. Highlighted by an Elite Eight appearance in 2002 at Mid-American Conference foe Kent State University, Heath has also guided the University of Arkansas (2006 and 2007) and the University of South Florida (2010 and 2012) to the postseason.

Furthermore, Heath is a three-time Coach of the Year winner (MAC – 2003; Big East – 2012; NBA G League – 2021).

“I’m thrilled to return to my alma mater as the head men’s basketball coach,” Heath remarked. “I appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me by President Smith and our Athletic Director Scott Wetherbee to lead this program. Eastern Michigan is a special place for me and my family. I look forward to working with our student-athletes and implementing a style and systems that excites our students, community, and alumni. Our goal is to win Mid-American Conference championships and be a perennial NCAA team.”

River States Conference Player of the Week winners picked for April 5-11
ASBURY’S PARIS, RIO GRANDE’S KENDALL PICK UP RSC BASEBALL WEEKLY AWARDS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Asbury (Ky.) University junior Walker Paris and University of Rio Grande (Ohio) senior Zach Kendall won River States Conference Baseball Player & Pitcher of the Week for their efforts April 5-11. 

Paris, an infielder from Mt. Vernon, Ind., batted .444 (8 for 18) with four homers and 12 RBIs in five games on the week. Asbury went 4-1 in those games, including a weekend sweep of Ohio Christian in RSC action. Paris scored 11 runs, walked three times and also added a double. The 12 RBIs puts him No. 1 in the NAIA with 64 on the year. 

Kendall, from Troy, Ohio, threw a complete game in an 11-1 victory over Brescia (Ky.). The game lasted eight innings with Kendall going the whole way to get his sixth win, tied for the RSC lead. He struck out 11, walked none and gave up only three hits. Kendall leads the RSC in opponent batting average (.207) and hits allowed per game (6.59).

CARLOW’S FAIRMAN, RIO GRANDE’S CAMPOLO GETS RSC SOFTBALL WEEKLY HONORS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Carlow (Pa.) University senior Alysa Fairman and University of Rio Grande (Ohio) freshman Sydney Campolo are the River States Conference Softball Player & Pitcher of the Week for April 5-11. 

Fairman, from Pittsburgh, Pa., hit .688 on the week with 11 hits in 16 at bats. That led Carlow to a 4-1 record, including 4-0 RSC. She homered four times, collected three doubles and scored six runs and drove in 16. In a doubleheader sweep of Oakland City, she was a combined 4 for 5 with a double, three homers and eight RBIs. The next day versus Brescia, she was 5 for 7 with two doubles, a homer and six RBIs. She also pitched a complete game versus Brescia. 

Campolo, from New Lexington, Ohio, had two great starts on the week. In a pair of complete games, she went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA, 19 strikeouts and one walk. She beat WVU Tech, 5-2, with 10 strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs allowed. Campolo then beat Asbury, 2-1, with nine punchouts and one walk. She gave up only four hits in each outing.

POINT PARK’S WALZ CLAIMS RSC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University senior Joey Walz won medalist honors to claim River States Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week for April 5-11. 

A native of Pittsburgh, Walz was the top individual at the Shawnee State (Ohio) Harry Weinbrecht Invitational. On the par-74 course, she shot a 6-over 80 to claim first place. That effort led Point Park to the team title in first place of three teams. 

WVU TECH’S HERNANDEZ CARDS RSC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — WVU Tech senior Jorge Mario Hernandez registered a Top-10 finish to garner River States Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week for April 5-11. 

A senior from Bogota, Colombia, Hernandez shot 2-over 74 at the Shawnee State (Ohio) Harry Weinbrecht Invitational to secure the award. That was good for seventh place out of 44 golfers. It led WVU Tech to fourth place of seven teams on the 6,681-yard track. 

IU EAST’S MARINO WINS RSC WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East freshman Linda Marino kept the Red Wolves undefeated in RSC play and won River States Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for April 5-11. 

Marino, from Bucaramanga, Colombia, was 4-0 in her matches on the week. She led the Red Wolves to conference victories of 6-1 over IU Kokomo and 5-2 over Oakland City (Ind.) to improve the squad to 4-0 RSC. 

Playing at No. 2 singles, she won 6-2, 6-0 versus IU Kokomo and then 6-0, 6-2 versus Oakland City to improve to 10-3 in singles. The pair of wins at No. 1 doubles came at 6-3 and 6-0. 

OAKLAND CITY’S BALTAZAR NETS RSC MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Oakland City (Ind.) University freshman Andre Baltazar is the River States Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for April 5-11.

The native of Peru won both of his matches as part of a 4-3 victory over IU East, the only match of the week for the Mighty Oaks. The victory improved Oakland City to 4-3 overall and 2-2 RSC for third place in the league.

Baltazar is now 5-3 on the year in singles by winning at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-1 versus IU East. He was a part of the No. 1 doubles win of 6-2 and is now 7-1 in doubles for the year. 

RIO GRANDE’S ROBINSON, BARR BRING HOME RSC OUTDOOR T&F ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) senior Chanavier Robinson and freshman Kaila Barr earned the River States Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week for April 5-11. 

Robinson, from Ravenna, Ohio, was second in the 200 meters and third in the 100 meters at the Centre College Twilight meet. Her time in the 200 was 26.61 seconds, and she ran 12.79 seconds in the 100. Robinson also won the long jump in the field competitions with a leap of 5.52 meters.

Barr, from Waverly, Ohio, took first place in both the discus and hammer throw at Centre. She beat out 26 other throwers to win the discus at 40.36 meters. She was first place of 25 competitors in the hammer throw with a toss of 45.72 meters. 

IU EAST’S MORRIS, POINT PARK’S JACOBS GRAB RSC MEN’S OUTDOOR T&F HONORS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East runner Parker Morris and Point Park (Pa.) University thrower Daniel Jacobs are the River States Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week for April 5-11.

Morris, a freshman from Jackson Center, Ohio, got on the podium for third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Indiana Tech Invitational. His placement came with a time of 10 minutes, 35 seconds. He was the highest-placing individual on the day for the Red Wolves.

Jacobs, a sophomore from Elizabeth, Pa., claimed the RSC weekly honor for the third time in a row. He notched his third event victory in the javelin by placing first at the IUP Invitational. It was his third straight win at an NCAA Division II meet. He registered that distinction with a toss of 59.02 meters, which is in the top five of NAIA throws this year. His season-best currently ranks second in the nation.

IU EAST’S CONWAY, TRAPP CLAIM RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER WEEKLY HONORS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East defender Brooke Conway and forward Kimberly Trapp claimed the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week awards for their play April 5-11. 

Conway, a senior from Noblesville, Ind., was the key cog in the Red Wolves defense that produced two shutouts in the RSC Championship — 1-0 over WVU Tech and 3-0 over Asbury for the title. The defense allowed just two shots on the goal and 10 shots overall combined in the two wins.

Trapp, a freshman from Mt. Vernon, Ohio, scored the game-winning goal in each of the playoff victories. Her tally versus WVU Tech stood up as the only goal of the game. She scored the first of two first-half goals to send the Red Wolves on their way versus Asbury. Both goals came from long distance.

POINT PARK’S MONTEIRO, IU EAST’S LENKE GET RSC MEN’S SOCCER WEEKLY AWARDS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University junior Marco Monteiro and Indiana University East senior Trevor Lenke earned River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defesive and Offensive Player of the Week for their performances April 5-11. 

Monteiro, a defender from Vila Boa, Portugal, spearheaded the Point Park defense in a 2-1 playoff win over IU East in the quarterfinals last Thursday. The center back was the main point of defense for the Pioneers, who built a 2-0 lead and nearly pitched a shutout before a goal in the 85th minute. 

Lenke, a center forward from Lawrenceburg, Ind., had a huge game to get IU East into the playoffs. He scored four goals in a 5-4 win over Midway in the regular-season finale, which clinched a playoff spot for the Red Wolves. He then offered an assist in the postseason game and finished his career with a school-record 27 goals.

HCAC Announces Spring 2021 Men’s Soccer All Conference and Awards

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) announced the Men’s Soccer post season awards on Monday.
 
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned the No. 1 seed following the regular season, and also picked up the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.
 
Takezo Kelly (Cincinnati, Ohio) was voted as the Offensive Player of the Year. Kelly notched eight goals, four assists and 20 points over the course of 2021, starting all contests for the Fightin’ Engineers. The sophomore fired 38 shots, with 22 on goal for 57.9 percent shots on goal percentage. Kelly also netted three game winners, seeing action in 558 minutes.
 
Fellow Fightin’ Engineer Eric Kirby (LaGrange, Ky.) was named the Defensive Player of the Year, after leading Rose-Hulman to an unbeaten record of 8-0-1 in 2021. The senior notched 652 minutes with a game winning goal and three assists over the course of the season. Kirby led a defense that only allowed five goals and held teams to a mere 4.2 shots per game.
 
Fresh face Harley Kruschwitz (North Manchester, Ind.) burst on to the scene, earning the title of Newcomer of the Year. The Manchester first-year netted six goals, three of which were game-winners, and added two assists for 14 points over the course of 2021. He saw action in nine games with eight starts, firing off 25 shots, with 13 on goal.
 
Offensive Player of the Year – Takezo Kelly, RHIT
Defensive Player of the Year – Eric Kirby, RHIT
Newcomer of the Year – Harley Kruschwitz, MU 
Coach of the Year – Sean Helliwell, RHIT 
 
Rose-Hulman front man Sean Helliwell was voted as the HCAC Coach of the Year, following the regular season that saw an 8-0-1 record and a No. 1 seed, with a spot in the HCAC Championship.
 
The HCAC also honors an All-Conference First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention team. The members of those teams are selected by a vote of league coaches and are listed below.

For more information on HCAC Men’s Soccer, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page. 
 
 
All-Conference First Team

Will BedelSRGKHanover College
Jak BirdsongJRMFTransylvania University
Mitchell CrispinSOFTransylvania University
Zach HillSRDTransylvania University
Josh HughesSR FHanover College
Myles JosephSRDHanover College
Takezo KellySOFRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Eric KirbySRMFRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Brevin LacySRMFRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Wyatt McKibbonSRDRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Evan RedmonJRMFHanover College
Caleb UrbanSODRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
AJ YilmazSOFRose-Hulman Institute of Technology

 
All-Conference Second Team

Fellipe BusatoJRMFHanover College
Elliott ClarkJRGKFranklin College
Devin CraigJRFTransylvania University
Garrett DeanSRDTransylvania University
Tyler DobbsJRDTransylvania University
Luke EpplerJRFHanover College
Julian KeoughFYMFManchester University
Harley KruschwitzFYFManchester University
Cory Mitchell FYDManchester University
Bennett PackSRDDefiance College
Chris PitreSRMFHanover College
Ian WaldropSRFHanover College
Keegan WondergemJRMFManchester University

 
All-Conference Honorable Mention

Michael AbelFFYMount St. Joseph University
Josh BaileyMFJRMount St. Joseph University
Quentin BerryMF/DFYEarlham College
Jeffrey DouyereMF/DSREarlham College
Regan FrostSOMF/FAnderson University
Josh GonzalezSRFManchester University
Elijah GrieserSOMFBluffton University
Maxwell KennedySODBluffton University
Hunter LittleFYDTransylvania University
Xander OchsnerFYMFHanover College
Nick StifelSRDDefiance College
Ryan TarrSRDRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Jacob ThompsonSRFFranklin College
Drew VaughnFYDAnderson University

HCAC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Notebook, Week 4

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Track:
Robert Marshall (Tampa, Fla.) Defiance College | First Year – At Brescia’s Blue & Gold Twilight meet last Friday, Defiance first year Marshall won both the 100- and 200-meter races with times of 10.81 and 22:34, respectively, which are the fastest in the HCAC this season. He also was on DC’s 4×400 relay team that finished second. In the Great Lakes Region, Marshall’s 100 time ranks fourth this spring.
Men’s Field:
Gunnar Eaton (Glasgow, Ky.) Transylvania University | Senior – Eaton turned in an impressive performance at the Centre Twilight Meet on Friday night, winning both the men’s javelin (45.29 meters) and the hammer throw (49.80 meters) events.
Women’s Track:
Lyndsey Hermes (Edmond, Okla.) Earlham College | Sophomore – Hermes posted 100m and 200m times that rank among the best in the HCAC this season during Saturday’s dual meet with Oberlin College. Hermes ran a 13.18 in the 100m, second-best time this season in the conference, and 27.38 in the 200m, a mark that ranks third in the HCAC. She won both events in the dual with Oberlin.
Women’s Field:
Emily Smatlak (Lynnwood, Wash.) Anderson University | Senior – Smatlak captured first in the javelin at the Manchester Invitational with a throw of 40.11 meters (131 feet, 7.25 inches). She currently leads the conference and ranks 11th in the nation in the javelin.
 
Notable Performances:
Men:

  • Desmond Gist (Detroit, Mich.) Bluffton University | First Year – Gist is No. 1 in the 110H with a time of 15.47 (next fastest in the HCAC is 16.34 & 16.35). He is Top 50 in the nation with this race. Gist is also ranked No. 4 in the 100 and No. 4 in 200 in the HCAC after this weekend. Gist is also No. 1 in the HCAC in the Long Jump with a distance of 6.48 following his outstanding performance at Manchester on Saturday.
  • Dalen Williams (Waldron, Ind.) Franklin College | First Year – Williams set a new PR and became the leader in the HCAC in the discus at this weekend’s Manchester Invitational, recording a throw of 41.69 meters. He added a ninth-place finish in the javelin with a mark of 39.96 meters.
  • Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Hunter paced the efforts for the Blue and Red as he won the 400-meter dash in a time of 50.01. The time moved him into second among Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents. Hunter also found success in the 200-meter dash finishing fifth overall with a time of 22.88, ranking him third among HCAC competitors.
  • Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Johnson brought home gold in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.35 meters for the top spot. He would go on to take second in the 400-meter hurdles and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.
  • Thomas Richardson (Ladoga, Ind.) Manchester University | Sophomore – On a rain-soaked Saturday, Richardson ran an impressive time in the 5000m. Richardson clocked in at 14:59.23, setting a new personal record by almost a full minute (56 seconds). Thomas placed second overall in the highly competitive field. Richardson’s time ranks first in the HCAC by nine seconds and it also clocked in as the third-best time in school history.
  • Joe Garling (Cedar Lake, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior – Garling earned a runner-up placement in the javelin throw at the Manchester Invitational, posting a final distance of 48.20m. Garling’s mark shattered his previous best in the event and his mark placed him 9th all-time in the MU record books. Garling added another personal record in the hammer throw. Garling’s mark of 45.22m was good for third on Saturday and stands as the fifth-best mark in Manchester history.
  • Isaiah Lilje (New Concord, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Lilje won the javelin with a toss of 145′ 0″ at the Wabash Invitational. Lilje helped the Rose-Hulman men place third in the meet.
  • Jacob Burnam (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Junior – Burnam picked up a victory in the men’s 800-meter run at the Centre Twilight meet on Friday night. Burnam’s time of 1:52.48, a new Transylvania record, is currently best in the Great Lates Region and ranks 5th in all of NCAA DIII.

Women:

  • Maggie Hartzler (Rittman, Ohio) Bluffton University | First Year – Hartzler’s hammer throw of 39.14 moved her from 16th to fourth in the HCAC after this weekend’s competition at Manchester.
  • Shi’Nique Lawrence (Toledo, Ohio) Defiance College | First Year – Lawrence ran the third-fastest 100-meter time (13:28) in the HCAC this season while finishing in fifth place. Lawrence also placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (18.59) and seventh in the high jump (1.37 meters).
  • Rosie Newhart (Osgood, Ind.) Earlham College | Senior – Newhart posted a conference-best mark in the shot put with a throw of 11.82m (38′ 9.5″) in Saturday’s dual meet with Oberlin College. Newhart’s throw, which claimed first place in the meet with the Yeowomen, was over a foot better than the previous best mark in the HCAC this season. She also finished third in the discus with a throw of 31.16m (102′ 3″).
  • Alijah Craig (Milan, Ind.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Craig found success in the event finishing fourth overall with a time of 17.98. She carried the momentum into the 400-meter hurdles taking second overall with a time of 1:12.25, becoming the favorite to win the HCAC. Craig wrapped up her impressive day with a fifth place finish in the high jump.
  • Jessica Beckman (Glenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Beckman (Glenwood, Ind.) captured second in the shot put with a toss of 11.48 meters. Beckman would take second in the discus throw with a toss of 37.75 meters and concluded her impressive afternoon with a fourth place finish in the javelin with a toss of 28.37 meters.
  • Claire Butler (South Bend, Ind.) Manchester University | Sophomore – Butler cleared a height of 2.75m on Saturday at the Manchester Invitational, placing her eighth all-time in the Manchester record book. Her height was good enough for a third-place finish on Saturday.
  • Aaliyah Briggs (Michigan City, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First Year – Briggs won both the javelin (91′ 10″) and the discus (101′ 4″) at the Wabash Invitational, helping Rose-Hulman finish third as a team. She also placed third in the shot put (34′ 11 1/4″).
  • Taylor Allen (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Junior – Allen captured a third place finish in the women’s 400-meter dash at the Centre Twilight meet last Friday with an HCAC-best time of 1:00.71.

HCAC Spring 2021 Baseball Notebook, Week 6 

Athletes of the Week:
Hitter of the Week:
Ryan Bixler (Logansport, Ind.) Franklin College | Outfield | Senior – Bixler batted .571 (8-for-14) with three home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored as Franklin went a perfect 4-0 for the week. He knocked in six runs with a home run and scored five times in Franklin’s double-header sweep of Transylvania on Wednesday afternoon. Bixler homered twice and drove in four in Saturday’s win over Manchester. He maintains his lead as the conference’s top hitter with a .449 batting average.
Pitcher of the Week:
Robby Arnett (Crestwood, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | First Year – Arnett worked a career-high seven innings and dished eight strikeouts in Sunday’s 15-0 seven inning win over Earlham. Arnett went the distance and augmented the Transy offense with eight strikeouts against no walks allowed, three hits allowed, and no earned runs for his first career complete-game shutout.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Branton Sanders (Whiteland, Ind.) Anderson University | First Base | Graduate Student – Sanders went 7-for-11 on the week with two doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and eight runs. He also added four walks and a hit by pitch. On the week, Sanders posted a .636 batting average, a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.636 slugging percentage. Anderson went 3-0 on the week.
  • Kennedy Parker (McCordsville, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Senior – Parker struck out six batters, issued two walks and allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings during Anderson’s 14-2 win against Mount St. Joseph.
  • Parker Reynolds (Avon, Ohio) Bluffton University | Catcher | Graduate Student – Reynolds was 6-of-10 for a .600 batting average with two RBI and two runs scored while slugging .700 as the Beavers went 1-2 in three games at Transy on Friday night.
  • Seth Evans (Ada, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher | Junior – Evans worked both innings on Friday night, earning his first win while allowing just one hit and no runs at Transylvania as the Beavers won 8-6 in 11 innings. He limited the Pioneers to a .143 batting average while picking up the win.
  • Lucas Thomeier (Wickliffe, Ohio) Defiance College | Outfield | Senior – In four games last week, Defiance’s Lucas Thomeier batted .500 (7-for-14) with two doubles, a triple, four runs scored and two RBI from his leadoff spot. Thomeier also walked four times, was twice hit by pitches and stole a base. For the week, he posted a .786 slugging percentage and .650 on-base percentage.
  • Cohen Nies (Logansport, Ind.) Defiance College | Pitcher | Senior – Nies made two starts last week, allowing just six hits over 10 innings. He had seven strikeouts as opponents batted just .194 against him. Versus HCAC leader Franklin on Sunday, Nies gave up only one hit and one run with six strikeouts in six innings of work.
  • Joey Gerbus (Liberty Township, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | Senior – In his only start of the week, Gerbus fanned nine Mount St. Joseph batters in Earlham’s 8-3 victory over the Lions in game one of their Friday doubleheader at Sadler Stadium. Gerbus pitched into the eighth inning (7.1 IP) and allowed three earned runs on six hits. He retired the Lions in order in the sixth and seventh innings.
  • Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) Hanover College | Pitcher/Outfield – Littlefield posted an impressive week as he tallied 1.071 slugging percentage propelling the Panthers to a sweep of Manchester and a split with Defiance. He added to his HCAC leading homerun total with three, while adding five RBI.
  • Jordan Parker (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | First Year – Parker pitched a gem in the team’s contest with Manchester that saw them win 8-1. The first year pitched a complete game allowing just one run on six hits. He posted seven strikeouts and charted a 1.00 ERA.
  • Zach White (Logansport, Ind.) Manchester University | Second Base | Junior – White continues to see the ball well at the plate for Manchester. White finished 8-18 (.444) at the plate with four RBI, two runs scored, and a double. On the season, White is batting .351.
  • Harris Camp (Noblesville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Outfield | Senior – Camp finished 2-for-4 at the plate with one double, one run scored and one stolen base in Rose-Hulman’s only game last week – an 8-7 win over Mount St. Joseph.
  • Brett Borcherding (New York, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | First Year – Borcherding tossed the first seven innings in Rose-Hulman’s win over Mount St. Joseph, allowing just one run and seven singles with zero walks. Borcherding struck out seven in his longest career appearance as a Fightin’ Engineer.
  • Mick Wade (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Catcher | Senior – The senior registered 10 hits and 10 runs batted in over the week for Transylvania with four multi-hit games and at least one hit in 5-of-6 games, spurring the Pioneers to a 4-2 week and a four-game win streak. Wade had five combined hits and went 3-for-4 in game two against Bluffton on Friday in a 13-5 win. Wade finished off his week strong leading the Pioneers to a 15-0 and 11-2 (five innings) sweep at Earlham. In the 15-0 game one win, Wade went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in and a run and finished off his day going 2-for-3 with four RBI, a walk and a double. Wade fueled the sweep with seven RBI between the two games and four total hits. He totaled five hits on Friday in the doubleheader against Bluffton. For the week, Wade tallied 10 hits, 10 RBI, two doubles, one walk, one stolen base, a .455 batting average, a .478 on-base percentage, a .545 slugging percentage, and a 1.024 OPS.

HCAC Spring 2021 Men’s Lacrosse Notebook, Week 7 

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) men’s lacrosse teams competed in week seven of the 2021 season.
 

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive:
Josh Rhodes (Vienna, Va.) Anderson University | Attack | First Year – Rhodes finished with four goals and six assists for a total of 10 points on the week. Rhodes recorded three goals and six assists in Anderson’s 16-2 win against Earlham. He also added a goal as Anderson fell to Hanover 8-5.
Defensive:
Sean O’Meara (Lexington, Ky.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Junior – O’Meara got the win in goal for the Blue and Red as they defeated Anderson in HCAC action. The junior made 11 saves through 60 minutes of work.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Eric Fisher (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Fisher saved 20 of the 30 shots he faced for a .667 save percentage. He also picked up 13 ground balls and caused a turnover for the week. Fisher saved 8-of-10 shots and picked up five ground balls in Anderson’s 16-2 win against Earlham. He then saved 12-of-20 shots and collected eight ground balls as Anderson fell to Hanover 8-5.
  • Josh Perkins (San Diego, Calif.) Hanover College | Midfield | Junior – Perkins helped guide the Panthers past Anderson in HCAC action over the weekend, 8-5. The junior netted a game-high three goals on seven shots. He also picked up three ground balls.
  • Kayd Aquino (Sherwood, Ore.) Transylvania University | Midfield | Senior – Aquino led the Pioneers with four goals in their lone game of the week, the conference-opening 23-1 win over Mount St. Joseph. Aquino scored four goals coupled with two ground balls. two of his goals came in the sweltering opening first quarter during which the Pioneers built an 11-0 lead.
  • T.J. Toivonen (Sherwood, Ore.) Transylvania University | Long-Stick Midfield | Senior – In limited time, Toivonen led the Pioneers to a conference-opening 23-1 win over Mount St. Joseph. Toivonen had an all-around efficient performance with a match-high three caused turnovers to go with three ground balls. Toivonen set the tone for a Pioneer defense which held the Lions scoreless in the first half during which the Pioneers corralled a 16-0 advantage.

HCAC Spring 2021 Softball Notebook, Week 8

Athletes of the Week:
Hitter of the Week:
Kendal Torrence (Lowell, Ind.) Manchester University | Center Field | Senior – Torrence finished 7-8 at the plate this week – including going a perfect 5-5 in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Bluffton. Torrence scored four of Manchester’s 12 runs in that DH. She also hit her first career home run and also doubled. Kendal has upped her season average to .404. (This weekend’s games at Hanover were postponed due to weather).
Pitcher of the Week:
Alisha Burch (Coatesville, Ind.) Franklin College | Pitcher | Senior – Burch was brilliant for the Grizzlies in their game one win against Rose-Hulman on Wednesday, tossing a complete game with no earned runs, four hits allowed and three strikeouts in a 6-1 Franklin win. She recorded her eighth complete game of the season and third outing without an earned run allowed and lowered her conference-leading ERA to 1.17.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Chloe Closser (Pendleton, Ind.) Anderson University | Outfield | Sophomore – Closser went 4-for-7 with a double, a walk and three runs during Anderson’s split with Defiance. She put together a .571 batting average, a .625 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage.
  • Alexis Kern (Elkhart, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Kern earned the win in Game two against Defiance. She struck out two batters, issued two walks and gave up three runs on eight hits in six and one-third innings.
  • Riley Langstaff (Findlay, Ohio) Bluffton University | Third Base | Senior – Langstaff hit .417 with five hits, two RBI and two runs scored as the Beavers went 1-3 during the week. She had a .500 OBP for the week.
  • Kalin Hubble (Anderson, Ind.) Defiance College | Utility | Junior – In two games last week, Defiance went 1-1 and was led offensively by Hubble, who batted .571 (4-for-7) with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI. She posted a slugging percentage of .857 and on-base percentage of .500 for the week.
  • Taylor Biggs (Cincinnati, Ohio) Defiance College | Pitcher/First Base | Senior – Biggs pitched in both of her team’s games last week, making one start and one relief appearance. Biggs went 1-0 with a complete game and 1.91 ERA, striking out 10 with just one walk over 7.1 innings.
  • Natalie Weber (Shelbyville, Ind.) Franklin College | Catcher | Senior – Weber went 5-for-8 with two RBI, two doubles, a triple and two runs scored as Franklin swept Rose-Hulman on Wednesday in their only action of the week.
  • Page Magner (North Vernon, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | Senior – Magner earned her second win of the season at Bluffton this week. Magner pitched a complete game and surrendered only one ER in MU’s 7-4 win over the Beavers. Magner scattered eight hits and struck out four.
  • Alehia Tucker (Covington, Ky.) Mount St. Joseph University | Shortstop | Senior – The Lions went 1-1 on the season, splitting a pair of shutouts with No. 18 Transy. In game one, which the Lions won 3-0 Alehia Tucker provided a big lift offensively. She led the game off with a LONG homerun to left field. Following that up with a triple in her next at-bat, she scored two of the Lions three runs. All told she hit .500 with a homerun, a triple, two runs scored, a stolen base and a pair of walks.
  • Sarah Miller (Fishers, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Senior – Miller was dominant in the Lions 3-0 win, she threw a complete-game, five-hit shutout against No. 18 Transylvania. Despite only striking out a pair, she kept the Transy offense off balance the entire game.
  • Reagan Knabe (Cincinnati, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Outfield | First Year – Knabe led Rose-Hulman with a .375 batting average and a .545 on-base average last week. She finished 3-8 at the plate with three runs scored, one stolen base, three walks and perfect fielding in seven attempts.
  • Alyssa Pinkston (Newburgh, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Sophomore – Pinkston finished 1-1 with a 2.15 ERA and a shutout victory over Spalding. She struck out six and allowed four earned runs in 13 innings of work with a complete game shutout win over the Golden Eagles.
  • Stella Wulker (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Outfield | First Year – Wulker went 3-for-7 with two RBI and a .429 hitting percentage as the Pioneers split a pair of games against the Mount St. Joseph Lions on Wednesday night.
  • Cece Wittry (Georgetown, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Senior – Wittry struck out two, didn’t allow a run, and scattered seven hits across seven innings of work in a complete-game shutout performance as the Pioneers defeated Mount St. Joseph 5-0 on Wednesday night.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Four Bulldogs Earn Spots on TopDrawer Soccer’s Midseason Rankings

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The RV/26 Butler women’s soccer team had a total of four Bulldogs named to TopDrawer Soccer’s Midseason rankings. Freshman Caitlin O’Malley and Abigail Isger were named to the Top 100 Freshman Midseason list and juniors Anja Savich and Katie Soderstrom were named to the Top-Drawer Soccer Top 100 Midseason rankings.

O’Malley and Isger were the two of six total BIG EAST freshmen to be recognized in the top 100 rookie list, while Savich and Soderstrom were two of just four total conference individuals.

Coming in at #18 overall, O’Malley is the highest-ranked BIG EAST freshman on the list. The defender is registering the second-most minutes on the team with 824, logging five complete games of 90+ minutes. Starting in all ten games for the Bulldogs, O’Malley has been up to the task of filling former backline standout Annika Schmidt’s shoes, who is currently under contract with the Houston Dash of the NWSL.

Redshirt freshman Abigail Isger is ranked #92 overall and has appeared in all ten matches for the Bulldogs. Isger has scored a goal and tabbed three assists across 450 minutes in her freshman campaign.

Anja Savich and Katie Soderstrom also found themselves representing the Bulldogs as a part of the top 100 national rankings. Savich, who has been stout for Butler all season, starting in all ten matches, has scored nine goals and added one assist for 19 points thus far. Ranked second in points and tied for first in goals in the BIG EAST, Savich earned the top 100 rankings coming in at #71 overall, respectively.

Katie Soderstrom has been in peak form this season, scoring five goals and adding five assists totaling 15 points across 10 starts for the Bulldog’s offense. The junior forward is ranked #89 overall nationally, heading into the BIG EAST Tournament this week.

The Bulldogs are set to face Connecticut in the Tournament Semi-Finals of the abbreviated BIG EAST spring season. The Dawgs are set to take on the Huskies on Friday, April 16, at 5 PM ET on the campus of Providence College. The winner of the match will move on to face the winner of Georgetown vs. Creighton in the BIG EAST Final.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Butler MSoccer’s Haywood Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week

Butler junior Jack Haywood has been selected as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office Monday, April 12.

Haywood had a foot in all three of the Bulldogs’ goals in a 3-2 win over Creighton Saturday in the regular season finale. Haywood netted the game-winner off a free kick in the 80th minute. It was his first goal of the season. Haywood assisted on Butler’s first two goals of the match as well.

The weekly honor is the first of Haywood’s career.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL: Softball Goes Non-Conference with Tuesday Game at Butler

» THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE SOFTBALL: The Ball State softball team opens a busy week Tuesday with its final scheduled non-conference game; a 4 p.m. first pitch at Butler … The Cardinals will then travel to Akron for another MAC four-game series versus the Zips … Game times are 3 p.m. Friday, a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and Noon Sunday.

» VENUE UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting department of health guidance, Butler’s capacity at the Butler Softball Field has been reduced to 25 percent for all home games … For more info, visit: https://bit.ly/3a4RHh7

» HOW TO FOLLOW: For those who cannot attend Tuesday’s game at Butler in person, you can still watch the game live via YouTube … In addition, live stats will be available courtesy of Butler Athletics … Links can be found on the softball schedule page on BallStateSports.com.

» BUSY ROAD AHEAD: Tuesday’s contest starts a busy stretch for the Cardinals who will be playing seven road games over the next seven days … It’s also the first true midweek contest for Ball State, as the March 9 game at Jacksonville State was played during the middle of the program’s “spring break” trip.

» OFF TO A HOT START: While it was the last team to open MAC play, Ball State has started with a bang, sweeping series versus Bowling Green (March 26-28), at Central Michigan (April 2-4) and versus Kent State (April 9-10) … In fact, the Cardinals are a perfect 11-0 in MAC play to date, for its best start in league play since the 2013 team went 12-0 … Ball State is averaging 8.55 runs per game in MAC play and is batting .383, led by senior designated player Delanie Johnson’s .516 average … Johnson is also tied with junior outfielder Faith Hensley with a team-best 13 RBIs in MAC action, while sophomore Deborah Jones boasts a 5-0 record and a 1.70 ERA in the circle.

» SERIES VS. BUTLER: Ball State holds a 21-5 lead in the all-time series with Butler which dates back to a 9-4 Cardinals victory on April 14, 1986 … The last time the two teams met was a 3-2 Ball State victory at home on April 23, 2019 … The Bulldog’s last win in the series was a 9-3 victory in the last meeting at the Butler Softball Field on April 18, 2018 … The Cardinals are 10-2 all-time in games played at Butler, but have lost the last two road games in the all-time series … BSU holds a 10-3 advantage at home and is 1-0 in neutral site meetings.

ABOUT THE BALL STATE CARDINALS

» The Cardinals enter the week with a 17-9 (8-0 MAC) record after last weekend’s three-game sweep of Kent State … In its toughest MAC sweep to date, the Cardinals used some timely hitting and outstanding pitching to pick up the wins … Sophomore Deborah Jones earned two of the wins in the circle and did not surrender an earned run over her 14.0 innings … She also logged BSU’s first complete game shutout of the season in Friday’s opener … While the Cardinals hit six home runs on the weekend, its most in a league series so far this season, the biggest blast came in the last at bat of the weekend … It was a three-run, walk-off home run by sophomore third baseman Haley Wynn … The blast came with two outs and on a 3-2 pitch.

» Ball State enters Tuesday’s game at Butler ranked second in the MAC and 22nd nationally with a .323 team batting average and is fourth in the league with a 4.03 team ERA … Junior outfielder Faith Hensley leads the squad and is 56th nationally with a .431 batting average, while seven of BSU’s regular starters are batting at least .309 … Junior pitcher Tieghan Morio has the team’s lowest ERA, at 3.52, and owns a 6-2 record.

ONE THING TO WATCH TUESDAY: While Ball State owns a 21-5 advantage in the all-time series, the Cardinals are looking to snap a two-game losing streak at the Butler Softball Field …  In the two losses, Ball State has been outscored 18-4 … The teams has met three other times during the span, with two games in Muncie and one at the SIUE Tournament … Ball State owns a 20-5 advantage in runs scored in those games.

HENSLEY STILL GOING STRONG: Named the MAC Player of the Week on April 6, junior outfielder Faith Hensley is having a breakout season, ranking 56th among all NCAA Division I players with her .431 batting average, while ranking 40th in on base percentage at .537 … In addition, she leads the team with 25 RBI, including a career-high seven in the 10-3 win over Alcorn State (March 6) … The first four came when she blasted her first career grand slam in the first inning, while the final three came on a sixth-inning home run … The seven RBIs tie as the second most in a game in program history, trailing only the eight RBIs current Ball State senior catcher Stacy Payton drove in when she smashed three home runs, including her first career grand slam, against Oakland on May 7, 2019.

THE 100 RBI CLUB: Only 14 players in program history have recorded 100 career RBI for the Cardinals, and three of them are on the 2021 team … Senior catcher Stacy Payton became the latest player to reach the 100 RBI milestone with her single in the fifth inning versus Saint Lewis (Feb. 26) … Payton is second on the team with 22 RBIs this season, raising her career total to 121 which is 10th on Ball State’s career charts … BSU’s active career RBI leader is senior first baseman Janae Hogg, who ranks eighth all-time with 135 RBI … Senior outfielder Haley Dominique is 11th on Ball State’s career charts with her 113 career RBI … The Cardinals have a fourth player on the cusp of 100 RBI in senior outfielder Kennedy Wynn who is currently 15th on BSU’s all-time list at 95.

WALK THIS WAY: With her fourth of six walks in the series versus Bowling Green, senior first baseman Janae Hogg became the most walked player in program history, passing the 115 drawn by Taylor Rager (2011-14) … Hogg enters Tuesday’s game at Butler with 120 career walks which ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I players … Senior outfielder Haley Dominique is not far behind, ranking fourth all-time at Ball State and 20th among active Division I players with 106 career walks, including 11 so far this season … It marks the first time in program history BSU has had two players with at least 100 walks on the same team.

ONE SAVE CLOSER: Senior Alyssa Rothwell moved one save closer to achieving an NCAA record, earning her 29th career save in the 9-6 win over Samford (March 13) … Rothwell threw the final inning of the game, keeping the Bulldogs hitless and off the scoreboard … At 29 saves, Rothwell is the NCAA’s active career saves leader and has 10 more than any other player in Division I softball … She set the Ball State and MAC single-season saves record with 14 in 2019, which led the nation and tied as the third-most saves in a single season in NCAA Division I history … The NCAA career saves record is currently 32 set by Mississippi State’s Kellie Willkerson (1999-2002).

ON THE BASE PATHS: Ball State enters the week ranked fourth in the MAC with 30 stolen bases … Junior second baseman Amaia Daniel leads the squad with five, while junior outfielder Faith Hensley and freshman shortstop Kayla Lissy are right behind with four each … In fact, 14 different Cardinals have stolen at least one base this season and the team is averaging 1.15 stolen bases per game … Ball State has not averaged more than 1.00 stolen base per game since the 2015 season, when the Cardinals won the MAC Tournament and made their latest appearance in the NCAA Regionals … That year Ball State stole 80 bases over 59 games for a 1.36 swipes-per-game average.

EARLY STARTS KEY: The Cardinals are a perfect 13-0 when leading after the fourth inning this season … However, Ball State is 2-7 when trailing and 2-2 when tied after the fourth, with all four wins coming during the current 11-game winning streak … Ball State has scored 99 of its 161 total runs in the first four innings, including 35 third-inning runs.

VALPO WSOCCER: Soccer Turns To Wednesday MVC Semifinal at Indiana State

Valparaiso (4-3-5, 3-2-3 MVC)

Semifinals – MVC Championship

April 14 – at Indiana State (6-3-0, 6-2-0 MVC) – 4 p.m. CT

Memorial Stadium – Terre Haute, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Soccer: After prevailing in a penalty kick tiebreaker over Evansville Sunday to open up MVC Championship action, third-seeded Valpo takes the field Wednesday afternoon for a semifinal match at second-seeded Indiana State. The Brown and Gold are in search of their first-ever trip to the MVC title match.

Previously: Valpo and Evansville played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer in their first-round match to open the MVC Championship at Brown Field on Sunday before Valpo won the penalty kick tiebreaker, 5-3. A miss in the second round by the Purple Aces was the difference, and it was fifth-year senior Tahelah Noel who delivered the winning penalty to advance Valpo in the tournament. Alexis Gaffney, Kiera Pratt, Kelsie James and Natalie Graf also scored penalties for Valpo.

Next Up: The winner of Wednesday’s Valpo-Indiana State fixture advances to Sunday’s championship match against the winner of Loyola-Illinois State. If Loyola wins that match, the title match would be hosted by Loyola; with an Illinois State win, the winner of Valpo-Indiana State would host.

Following the Brown and Gold: The semifinal tournament match will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Links for the live video and live stats will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach John Marovich: In his 13th season at the helm of the Brown and Gold, John Marovich holds a 102-98-36 (.508) record both overall and at Valpo as a head coach. The 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Marovich holds Valpo’s all-time records for both victories and winning percentage.

Series Notes: Valpo owns a 10-3-2 advantage in the all-time series over the Sycamores, a series record which includes a 2-0 victory for the Brown and Gold at Brown Field earlier this season. Lauren Torhorst and Lindsey Dusatko scored for Valpo in that victory, which was the 100th in John Marovich’s head coaching career.

Scouting the Opposition: The second seed for the tournament, Indiana State enters its first tournament match at 6-3-0 overall this year and posted a 6-2-0 record in MVC action. Six different Sycamores have combined for nine goals this season, while in goal, freshman Maddie Alexander has played every minutes and owns a 1.10 GAA.

Valpo Outperforms Preseason Poll: For the second straight season, Valpo outperformed its projection in the MVC preseason poll, as the Brown and Gold were picked to finish sixth before eventually finishing in third position. The 2019 Valpo side finished in fifth place after being picked seventh in the preseason. In fact, in its first four seasons in the Valley, Valpo has never finished below its preseason projection, as the 2017 (fifth) and 2018 (sixth) squads both matched their preseason poll position.

Advancing to the Semis: Valpo advanced to the MVC semifinals for the first time as a conference member as it prevailed in PKs over Evansville. It is Valpo’s first league tournament semifinal appearance since winning the 2014 Horizon League Tournament. While the result will officially be a draw, it was Valpo’s first non-loss in MVC Championship action – Valpo had previously lost tournament games in 1996, 1997 and 1998 as an affiliate member, and in 2017 and 2019 after joining the conference as a full member.

Looking For Another Win: Valpo previously beat Indiana State during the regular season this year, 2-0, and will be in search of its second win of the season over the Sycamores Wednesday. Under Coach Marovich, Valpo has faced a team it won against during the regular season in that season’s league tournament play six times previously and owns a 3-1-2 record in those rematches. The lone loss, however, came in 2017 in the MVC Tournament, as Valpo fell to Loyola, 2-1, after defeating the Ramblers by that same scoreline during the regular season.

A Strong Regular Season: By closing out the regular season with back-to-back wins, Valpo finished out one of its best regular seasons in recent history. The victories over Missouri State and Illinois State bumped Valpo’s MVC point total to 12 points and moved it into a tie for third place – the program’s highest point total and best finish since joining the Valley. In fact, the third-place regular season finish is the program’s best since winning the Horizon League in 2014. The win in the regular season finale also secured Valpo’s first season of .500 or better since 2014.

Coryell Holds Firm in Goal: Freshman goalkeeper Nikki Coryell has been called upon to play every minute in goal this season and has been more than up to the task, backstopping a defense which has surrendered just seven goals in 12 matches, including just four goals in Valpo’s eight MVC fixtures. Most recently, Coryell stopped three shots in Valpo’s first-round tournament match against Evansville, including a key one-on-one stop in the 75th minute. Coryell, who has given up one goal or fewer in 11 of 12 matches this year, enters Wednesday’s matches tied for first among MVC goalkeepers in shutouts (6) and second in goals against average (0.53) and save percentage (.875). Her six clean sheets this year have tied a Valpo freshman record as well.

Consistency in the Back: Also contributing to Valpo’s strong defensive numbers this season is the fact that head coach John Marovich has been able to trot out the same back four nearly the entire season. Senior Keegan Maris and sophomore Nicole Norfolk have started all 12 matches this year, junior Peyton Flynn has started each of the last 11 and junior Katie Hansen has been in the lineup each of the last 10 fixtures. Notably, none of the four have come off the field at all since the start of MVC play.

CINCINNATI WSOCCER: Soccer Earns No. 3 Seed In AAC Championship

CINCINNATI – On the heels of its double-overtime draw with No. 15 USF on Sunday, the University of Cincinnati soccer team earned the No. 3 seed in the American Athletic Conference Championship, set to start Thursday, April 15 at Corbett Soccer Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The No. 3 Bearcats (4-4-1) will play No. 2 Memphis (8-2-0) at 3 p.m. ET with the game televised on ESPN+ and live stats available on BearcatStats.com. No. 1 USF will face No. 4 East Carolina in the nightcap at 7 p.m.

The championship final will take place Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

The Tigers beat the Bearcats 2-0 on a blustery night at Gettler Stadium in mid-March which featured swirling, gusting winds, periods of rain and temperatures in the 40s.

UC leads the all-time series 10-7-1 and was victorious in the lone postseason matchup which was a 1-0 victory on Nov. 7, 1996 in the Conference USA Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Seeding was determined by points per conference match because of the uneven number of conference games played among member schools.

The Bearcats are seeded third for the second time in The American’s conference tournament (2017). UC is looking for their second tournament crown after capturing the title in 2015 on penalties over USF.

2020 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Corbett Soccer Stadium • Tampa, Fla.

Semifinals – Thursday, April 15

No. 3 Cincinnati vs. No. 2 Memphis – 3 p.m. ET– ESPN+

No. 4 East Carolina vs. No. 1 USF – 7 p.m. ET– ESPN+

Championship Final – Saturday, April 17

Semifinal winners – 2 p.m. ET– ESPN+

INDY FUEL: YETMAN RECALLED BY ROCKFORD

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rockford IceHogs, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, announced Monday that forward Chad Yetman has been recalled from the Indy Fuel.

Yetman, 21, skated in has skated in nine games for Indy this season totaling one goal and one assist. Appearing in 11 games in an IceHogs uniform Yetman has netted a goal, two assists and a plus-one rating.

The Fuel look ahead to a home and home series with the Wheeling Nailers beginning on Wednesday before closing out the week by hosting the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday night.

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 7th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2020-21 season.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1883       “Good ballplayers make good citizens.” – Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States. Chester A. Arthur brings the Forest Cities ball club, a recently defunct franchise of the National Association, to the White House, making it the first professional team to visit with a president in Washington, D.C. Later in the season, the country’s Commander-in-Chief will also host the new National League’s New York Gothams, which will become better known as the Giants in 1885.

1914       Major league baseball returns to Baltimore as the first Federal League game is played with approximately 27,000 patrons on hand to watch the Terrapins beat the Buffalo Blues at Terrapin Park, 3-2. After the elimination of the hometown Orioles from the National League at the end of the 1899 season, John McGraw’s club joins the new rival American League in 1901, staying in the Charm City for two seasons before moving to New York to become the Yankees, after briefly known as the Highlanders.

1921       After President Warren Harding, an avid baseball fan, throws the ceremonial first pitch at Griffith Stadium, Washington loses to the Red Sox, 6-3. It is the first time in six Opening Days contests the Senators have lost with the President of the United States throwing out the first pitch.

1926       On Opening Day, 38 year-old Senators’ hurler Walter Johnson strikes out a dozen A’s batter when he outduels Eddie Rommel for 15 innings, beating Philadelphia at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, 1-0. The ‘Big Train,’ in his next-to-last season, will finish the campaign with a 15-16 record (.484) along with an ERA of 3.63 for the fourth-place club.

1939       In a spring training game played in Norfolk, Virginia, Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig, with apparent muscle loss, especially around his shoulders, goes deep twice in a 14-12 exhibition loss against the Dodgers. The second and ninth-inning home runs will be the last round-trippers the ‘Iron Horse’ will ever hit.

1953       On Opening Day, thanks to the three-hit pitching of Max Surkont, the former Boston Braves win their first game representing the city of Milwaukee by beating the Reds, 2-0 at Crosley Field. It is the first time since Baltimore shifted to New York to become the Highlanders, later renamed the Yankees, fifty years ago that a franchise has moved to a different city.

1954       Not wanting to be associated with Communists, Cincinnati plays its first game as the Redlegs. The new moniker, which is widely accepted, will be employed for six seasons before the club reverts to being known as the Reds, which was a shortened version of the Red Stockings, the team’s original name from 1882 to 1899.

1954       Willie Mays, who missed nearly two seasons due to military service, homers in his first game back, a sixth-inning blast off Carl Erskine that will prove to be the difference in the Giants’ 4-3 Opening Day victory over Brooklyn. The 22 year-old center fielder’s prodigious poke at the Polo Grounds might have traveled over 600 feet if the upper left-field stands had not impeded the ball.

1954       Seven years after the team had threatened to strike because of the integration of baseball by Jackie Robinson, North Carolina A&T graduate Tom Alston becomes the first black player to appear in a Cardinals uniform. The highly-touted first baseman, acquired from the PCL’s San Diego club in exchange for veteran infielder Dick Sisler and $100,000, pops out to first base in his first major league at-bat.

1954       Making his major league debut during the first season opener at Forbes Field in 61 years, second baseman Curt Roberts becomes the first black to play for the Pirates. The former Kansas City Monarch, signed by 72 year-old general manager Branch Rickey, triples off Robin Roberts in the first inning as the Bucs beat the Phillies, 4-2.

1954       In a 9-8 victory over the Braves, Reds’ outfielder Jim Greengrass hits four doubles, tying a 1901 Opening Day record set by Tigers first baseman Pop Dillon. In the same game, Hank Aaron goes hitless in five attempts in his first major league game with the Braves.

1954       Philadelphia A’s second baseman ‘Spook’ Forrest Jacobs becomes the first major league rookie to collect four hits in an Opening Day debut. The next time the feat is accomplished will be on the first day of the season in 1990, when Delino DeShields of the Expos goes 4-for-6.

1954       On Opening Day at Busch Stadium off off Chicago hurler Paul Milner, Wally Moon hits a home run off Paul Milner in his first major league at-bat in the Cardinals 13-4 loss to the Cubs. The 24 year-old Redbird center fielder, the eventual National League’s Rookie of the Year, also homers in the last at-bat of his freshman season.

1962       On a wintry day, the Mets play their first home game ever when only 12,000 fans show up at the Polo Grounds to see the return of National League baseball to the Big Apple. On Friday the 13th, the Pirates score the decisive run on two eighth-inning wild pitches thrown by Ray Diavault, beating the New York expansion team, 4-3.

1962       On Opening Day, Detroit’s starting pitcher Frank Lary pulls a muscle legging out a seventh-inning triple in the team’s 5-3 victory over New York at Tiger Stadium. ‘The Yankee Killer’s’ career will be shortened when the righty suffers subsequent arm problems as a result of compensating for the injury.

1963       Reds’ second baseman Pete Rose triples off Pirates’ pitcher Bob Friend to collect his first major league hit. The future all-time hit leader, who will amass 4,256 hits during his 24-year career, had gone hitless in his first 11 major league at-bats.

1964       After beating the Reds, 6-3, in the traditional Opening Day game in Cincinnati, Houston is in first place for the first and only time as the Colt .45’s. Next season, the team becomes known as the Astros, reflecting Houston’s role in the nation’s space program.

1969       When the Cubs rally, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth, to beat the Expos, 7-6, twenty-seven-thousand fans spontaneously swarm Wrigley Field in an early-season frenzy. The fans’ reaction marks the first animated display of affection for the team since 1960 when Don Cardwell threw his no-hitter on the north side of Chicago.

1970       In their home opener at the Oakland Coliseum, a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee, the A’s use gold-colored bases. This colorful innovation, introduced by team owner Charlie O. Finley, will quickly be banned by the MLB’s Rules Committee.

1975       The Astros retire Don Wilson’s number 40 posthumously in tribute to the right-hander, who was found dead of asphyxiation by carbon monoxide in the garage of his family’s home in January. The 29 year-old fireballer, the author of an 18 strikeout game that tied a major league record, spent nine seasons with Houston, compiling a record of 104-92 along with an ERA of 3.15.

1978       In New York’s Opening Day 4-2 victory over Chicago, Reggie Jackson hits a three-run homer in the first inning, his fourth consecutive round-tripper at Yankee Stadium, after going deep three times in last year’s Fall Classic finale. The game becomes delayed when the crowd celebrates by showering the field with Reggie! Bars, a chocolate and peanut candy bar with a picture of the slugger swinging a bat, that was given to every fan entering the game.

1978       On Opening Day, Roger Maris returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time since being traded to the Cardinals in 1966. After shunning many previous invitations, the prodigal son returns to help Mickey Mantle hoist the club’s World Champion flag due to the promise of team owner George Steinbrenner to install sod and lights for the baseball field at his children’s school in Gainesville, Florida.

1983       The Phillies, trailing by five runs entering the final frame, beat the Mets, 10-9, when Bo Diaz hits a walk-off bases-loaded home run. The Philadelphia catcher’s ‘ultimate grand slam’, a home run which wins a game when a team is down by three runs in the bottom of the final inning, is tossed by Neil Allen, who faces only the final batter.

1984       On the same date he got his first major league hit 21-years earlier, Pete Rose, as a member of the Expos, doubles off Phillies hurler Jerry Koosman for his 4000th hit, becoming the first player in the National League to reach the milestone. Montreal beats Philadelphia in the Friday the 13th contest at Olympic Stadium, 5-1.

1985       With his team down 7-4 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Mariners’ left fielder Phil Bradley erases the three-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam. The game-ending round-tripper comes off Twins’ closer Ron Davis, who had given up a hit and two walks before surrendering the ‘sayonara slam’.

1987       In San Diego’s home opener, the Padres waste no time making up a two-run first inning deficit when the first three batters up in the bottom of the first homer off of Giant starter Roger Mason. Marvell Wynne, Tony Gwynn, and John Kruk all go deep to establish a major league record.

1990       “I chose the Moose because they are funny, neat, and friendly. The Moose would show that the Mariners enjoy playing and that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.” -AMMON SPILLER, a fifth-grader from Central Elementary School in Ferndale, WA.

In front of the first sellout crowd (54,874 fans) at the Kingdome, Mariner Moose makes his debut on Opening Night, Friday the 13th, becoming the first mascot in franchise history. The team chooses the suggestion summited by Ammon Spiller, a fifth-grader from Ferndale, WA, from over 2,500 entries submitted by children 14 and under across the Pacific Northwest.

1993       Lee Smith passes Jeff Reardon to become the all-time major league saves leader when the Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 9-7. The right-hander reliever tosses a scoreless ninth inning at Chavez Ravine to record his 358th career save.

1997       Wally the Green Monster, the Red Sox official mascot, makes his debut, emerging from the legendary left-field wall to everyone’s surprise on Opening Day. The green furry creature, who is not warmly received at first by the Fenway Faithful, becomes more endearing to the fans when the former player and current broadcaster Jerry Remy begins to create stories about the costumed character, sharing them during televised NESN games.

1998       Before tonight’s game against the Angels, a 500-pound concrete and steel beam falls into the empty loge boxes between third base and left field at Yankee Stadium. The mishap causes the postponement of the next two games scheduled for the Bronx ballpark, with the team scheduling one of the games across the river at Shea Stadium.

1999       At the Kingdome, Rangers’ starter Mike Morgan beats the Mariners for the first time since 1980 when he hurled for the A’s. The interval of 19 years, eight months, and nine days is the longest span a hurler has gone between victories over one team.

2002       After striking out three batters on nine pitches in the top of the ninth inning, Cardinal closer Jason Isringhausen gets the win when the Redbirds score a run in the bottom of the frame for a 2-1 walk-off victory over Houston. The right-handed reliever’s victims during his immaculate inning include Daryle Ward, Jose Vizcaino, and Julio Lugo, who all go down swinging.

2004       At SBC Park, Barry Bonds hits his 661st career homer off Brewers hurler Ben Ford to move up to third on the all-time home run career list, passing his godfather, Willie Mays, and leaving the 39 year-old Giant left fielder 53 behind Babe Ruth (714) and needs 94 to tie Hank Aaron (755). The historic 468-foot seventh inning blast is fished out of McCovey Cove by Larry Ellison, a Giants fan who also caught No. 660 last night in a kayak and gave it to a grateful Bonds, but the Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator keeps the wet souvenir this time.

2005       A nearby pedestrian saves eight year-old Patrick McCarthy from getting run down by a truck when the boy starts to run into Boston’s Newbury Street traffic. The hero, who prevents the tragic accident by putting out his arm and saying `Whoa, watch out, buddy,’ turns out to be the boy’s favorite player, Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez.

2007       The Red Sox purchase right-hander Russ Meyer (1-6, 6.21) from the Reds. The ‘Mad Monk’ will appear in only two games for Boston, posting a 5.40 ERA in five innings of work that includes a start.

2008       Workers at the new Yankee Stadium site dig up a Boston jersey buried in the concrete from the ballpark scheduled to be completed in 2009. The tattered David Ortiz jersey, scheduled for sale at an auction to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, was buried by a Bronx construction worker, a Red Sox fan, who had hoped to put a hex on the Bronx Bombers.

2008       Reds hurler Johnny Cueto walks his first batter of the season, ending a string of 22 strikeouts without issuing a base-on-balls. The rookie right-hander is the only post-1900 pitcher to fan as many 18 batters without throwing a ball four in his first two starts.

2009       Nick Swisher, who throws 22 pitches, allowing just one hit and one walk before retiring the next three consecutive batters, including a swinging strikeout of Gabe Kapler, becomes the first position player to pitch for the Yankees since Wade Boggs took the mound in 1997. During the 15-5 rout by the Rays at Tampa’s Tropicana Field, the fun-loving first baseman volunteered to pitch the eighth inning to help save the bullpen after starter Chien-Ming Wang lasts only one inning.

2009       In a somber pregame meeting, Philadelphia president David Montgomery informs the players that Harry Kalas, who arrived at Nationals Park with the players on the team bus, collapsed in the broadcast booth and died shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital. In tribute to the 73 year-old Hall of Fame voice of the Phillies, Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, and Scott Eyre, before their 9-8 victory over Washington, light up a cigarette and pass it around in honor of the broadcaster, whose smoking habit was legendary.

2009       In the LA home opener, Orlando Hudson completes his cycle with a sixth-inning triple down the right-field line in the team’s 11-1 rout of the Giants. The second baseman becomes the first Dodger to hit for the cycle at Dodger Stadium, and the first franchise player to accomplish the feat in a nine-inning game since Gil Hodges did it in 1949.

2010       The creation of a ‘Bring Back Orbit’ Facebook group, with the hopes of convincing the Astros to reinstate the mascot, replaced Junction Jack beginning in the 2000 season, coincides with the team’s move from the Astrodome to Enron Field. The social media effort pays off when the franchise reveals the lovable lime-green outer-space creature with antennae extending into baseballs, after a 12-year absence, will be returning to continue his role in 2013, the team’s first season in the American League.

2011       Chipper Jones spoils Florida’s bid for a shutout when he homers in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Braves’ 5-1 loss at Turner Field. The Atlanta third baseman joins Eddie Murray (1,917) and Mickey Mantle (1,509) in becoming only the third switch hitter in major league history to compile 1,500 RBIs.

2012       Josh Thole’s bizarre base running blunder leads to a very odd double play in the second inning of the Mets’ 5-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park. After successfully reaching second base on R.A. Dickey’s sacrifice bunt, the 25 year-old Mets’ catcher shocks everyone, including the Philadelphia defense, by trying to return to first base, where he is tagged out to complete the unusual 3-1-6-4 twin killing.

2012       After surrendering a leadoff single to Cameron Maybin to start the game, Aaron Harang strikes out the next nine consecutive Padres in L.A.’s 9-8 victory at Dodger Stadium. The 34 year-old right-hander’s performance is one more than Johnny Podres’ franchise mark of 8 but falls one short of the major league record held by Tom Seaver, who fanned ten straight Friars for the Mets in 1970.

2015       Jon Lester finally attempts a pickoff at first base, ending a streak that covered a span of 66 appearances. The Cubs southpaw, who signed a six-year free-agent deal worth $155 million to start for Chicago this season, last threw over to first base on April 30, 2013, while pitching for the Red Sox.

2019       Chris Davis ends his recording-setting streak of consecutive at-bats without a hit with a two-run single in the first inning of the Orioles’ 9-5 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Baltimore first baseman’s safety snaps the major league record at 54 straight hitless at-bats by a position player, easily extending the previous mark of 46 set by utilityman Eugenio Vélez, who established the dubious distinction over two seasons while playing with the Giants (0-for-9) and Dodgers (0-for-37), respectively in 2010 and 2011.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston63.6673 – 33 – 06 – 30 – 00 – 06 – 3W 6
NY Yankees55.5001.53 – 32 – 25 – 50 – 00 – 05 – 5W 2
Tampa Bay55.5001.53 – 12 – 42 – 40 – 01 – 05 – 5W 1
Baltimore45.44420 – 34 – 24 – 50 – 00 – 04 – 5L 3
Toronto46.4002.51 – 33 – 32 – 20 – 02 – 44 – 6L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland54.5564 – 11 – 30 – 05 – 40 – 05 – 4L 1
Minnesota54.5561 – 24 – 20 – 02 – 11 – 25 – 4L 2
Chi White Sox55.5000.52 – 13 – 40 – 02 – 13 – 45 – 5W 1
Kansas City44.5000.52 – 22 – 20 – 02 – 22 – 24 – 4L 1
Detroit46.4001.53 – 31 – 30 – 03 – 61 – 04 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Angels73.7004 – 23 – 12 – 14 – 11 – 17 – 3W 1
Houston64.60011 – 35 – 10 – 00 – 16 – 36 – 4L 3
Seattle54.5561.53 – 32 – 10 – 03 – 30 – 05 – 4W 2
Oakland47.3643.51 – 63 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 54 – 6W 3
Texas37.30042 – 41 – 32 – 21 – 20 – 03 – 7L 4
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia63.6675 – 11 – 26 – 30 – 00 – 06 – 3W 1
NY Mets23.40021 – 11 – 22 – 30 – 00 – 02 – 3L 1
Atlanta46.4002.52 – 22 – 44 – 60 – 00 – 04 – 6L 2
Miami36.33331 – 52 – 12 – 10 – 30 – 03 – 6W 2
Washington25.28631 – 21 – 31 – 21 – 00 – 32 – 5W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cincinnati73.7005 – 12 – 20 – 05 – 12 – 27 – 3W 1
Milwaukee64.60012 – 24 – 20 – 05 – 20 – 06 – 4W 3
St. Louis55.50021 – 34 – 23 – 12 – 40 – 05 – 5L 3
Chi Cubs46.40033 – 31 – 30 – 04 – 60 – 04 – 6L 3
Pittsburgh37.30042 – 21 – 50 – 03 – 60 – 13 – 7L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers82.8003 – 05 – 23 – 00 – 03 – 18 – 2W 3
San Diego83.7270.54 – 34 – 00 – 01 – 04 – 37 – 3W 4
San Francisco64.60023 – 13 – 30 – 00 – 15 – 16 – 4L 1
Arizona47.3644.52 – 22 – 50 – 02 – 12 – 54 – 6L 1
Colorado37.30053 – 40 – 30 – 00 – 03 – 73 – 7L 3

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia3717.68520-517-129-224-76-42 W
Brooklyn3617.6790.522-714-106-219-117-31 L
Milwaukee3320.6233.518-815-129-019-104-61 W
Atlanta2925.5378.014-1015-154-315-127-32 W
Miami2825.5288.515-1313-125-516-156-42 W
Charlotte2725.5199.013-1014-157-215-126-41 L
Boston2826.5199.017-1011-164-618-147-33 W
New York2827.5099.517-1011-172-819-175-53 W
Indiana2527.48111.09-1516-125-414-176-43 W
10 Chicago2231.41514.510-1612-154-312-123-73 L
11 Toronto2133.38916.011-1410-193-614-193-71 L
12 Washington2033.37716.510-1610-172-78-235-51 W
13 Cleveland1934.35817.511-158-193-513-153-72 L
14 Orlando1737.31520.010-197-184-510-202-86 L
15 Detroit1638.29621.09-157-230-910-224-62 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah4014.74124-316-114-218-87-31 L
Phoenix3815.7171.521-817-75-323-99-12 W
LA Clippers3718.6733.522-815-108-222-108-25 W
Denver3420.6306.018-1016-107-118-128-22 L
LA Lakers3321.6117.016-1117-103-620-115-51 L
Portland3122.5858.516-1115-114-516-146-41 L
Dallas2924.54710.513-1216-125-416-166-42 L
Memphis2725.51912.013-1514-104-512-176-41 W
San Antonio2626.50013.012-1714-95-614-194-62 W
10 Golden State2628.48114.017-109-183-714-144-62 W
11 New Orleans2529.46315.016-139-166-314-176-43 W
12 Sacramento2232.40718.012-1510-174-510-163-77 L
13 Oklahoma City2033.37719.59-1911-143-711-201-96 L
14 Houston1440.25926.07-197-215-710-222-83 L
15 Minnesota1440.25926.09-175-233-69-224-61 W
 

Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs. 

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

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Washington Capitals4227114582514612613-5-214-6-26-4-0
New York Islanders422711458231259818-2-29-9-27-3-0
Pittsburgh Penguins4227132562414611816-3-111-10-18-2-0
Boston Bruins3921126481810910410-6-311-6-35-4-1
New York Rangers411916644181331129-7-310-9-35-3-2
Philadelphia Flyers411916644181221489-9-310-7-34-4-2
New Jersey Devils401420634141031324-15-310-5-32-6-2
Buffalo Sabres4110256267981444-13-46-12-24-4-2
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche42299462291509818-4-211-5-28-1-1
Vegas Golden Knights412811258281329416-4-212-7-06-3-1
Minnesota Wild4024133512311910914-4-010-9-35-3-2
St. Louis Blues411916644171191287-9-412-7-23-6-1
Arizona Coyotes4319195431611613410-8-39-11-25-5-0
San Jose Sharks411819440131131378-9-210-10-25-5-0
Los Angeles Kings411619638151121217-8-49-11-23-7-0
Anaheim Ducks43132373312971375-14-48-9-34-5-1
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs4228113592714110914-6-214-5-18-1-1
Winnipeg Jets4225143532513611311-6-214-8-16-3-1
Edmonton Oilers4225152522513412013-8-012-7-26-2-2
Montreal Canadiens391812945171221109-8-29-4-75-4-1
Calgary Flames4117213371610812410-9-17-12-22-8-0
Vancouver Canucks371618335131001209-9-27-9-16-3-1
Ottawa Senators431425432121161619-9-45-16-04-5-1
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Tampa Bay Lightning4128112582714110115-4-013-7-25-5-0
Carolina Hurricanes4127104582313310214-3-413-7-06-3-1
Florida Panthers4226124562513311514-4-312-8-16-4-0
Nashville Predators4323191471811212112-9-011-10-18-2-0
Chicago Blackhawks4320185451812213511-8-29-10-35-5-0
Dallas Stars4015141141141111048-6-77-8-44-3-3
Columbus Blue Jackets441520939131121458-8-77-12-22-7-1
Detroit Red Wings44152363614991409-9-46-14-25-3-2