MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Baylor 86 Gonzaga 70

NBA SCOREBOARD

Dallas 111 Utah 103

Minnesota 116 Sacramento 106

Brooklyn 114 New York 112

Cleveland 125 San Antonio 101

Detroit 132 Oklahoma City 108

Toronto 103 Washington 101

Phoenix 133 Houston 130

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

LA Dodgers 10 Oakland 3

Minnesota 15 Detroit 6

Toronto 6 Texas 2

Kansas City 3 Cleveland 0

NY Yankees 7 Baltimore 0

Boston 11 Tampa Bay 2

LA Angels 7 Houston 6

Chicago White Sox 6 Seattle 0

Atlanta at Washington postpone

Cincinnati 5 Pittsburgh 3

St. Louis 4 Miami 1

Philadelphia 5 NY Mets 3

Chicago Cubs 5 Milwaukee 3

San Francisco 3 San Diego 2

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston at Philadelphia postponed

Montréal 3 Edmonton 2

Philadelphia 3 Boston 2

Winnipeg 4 Ottawa 3

Vegas 6 St. Louis 1

Colorado 5 Minnesota 4

Toronto 5 Calgary 3

Arizona 5 Los Angeles 2

INDIANA HS BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

Shenandoah 6 Northeastern 0…Knights held to 2 hits (Kendrick Villenueva and Treydon York)

Union County 18 National Trail 9…(Mason Hornung 4-6, 5RBI, Devyn Shepherd 3-4 3R 3RBI…Patriots had 19 hits and 20 SB, Alex VanWinkle 6SB, John Ridenour 4SB, Hornung 4SB.  Pitching, Hornung 9K

Daleville 15 Muncie Central 2

Eastbrook 11 Marion 4

Mt. Vernon 10 Franklin Central 3

Batesville 5 Connersville 3

Franklin County 7 East Central 5

Wapahani 12 Greenfield Central 2

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

Caston 5 Logansport 4

Winchester 14 Daleville 4….Gena Moore 2-3, Nevaeh Lanter 5H, Taylor Baker 3RBI

Connersville 12 New Castle 2

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL POLLS

4A

1)WESTFIELD H.S. 4-0 (148)

2)COLUMBUS NORTH H.S. 3-0 (130)

3)ZIONSVILLE H.S. 2-1 (120)

4)LAKE CENTRAL H.S. 2-1 (92)

5)CENTER GROVE H.S. 2-1 (88)

6)EVANS. NORTH H.S. 3-0 (78)

7)INDPLS CATHEDRAL H.S. 3-0 (60)

8)CARMEL H.S. 1-1 (46)

9)PENN H.S 0-0 (30)

10)ANDREAN H.S. 2-0 (28)

Receiving Votes:

Bedford N.L. H.S., Castle H.S., Hobart H.S, Homestead H.S., Jasper H.S., Mccutcheon H.S., New Albany H.S., Valparaiso H.S.,

3A

1)WESTERN H.S. 0-0 (148)

2)SOUTH BEND ST.JOE H.S. 1-0 (112)

3)SILVER CREEK H.S. 1-0 (110)

4)BREBEUF H.S. 0-1 (98)

4)WEST VIGO H.S. 2-0 (98)

6)EDGEWOOD H.S. 1-2 (90)

7)LEBANON H.S. 0-0 (48)

7)SOUTHRIDGE H.S. 0-1 (48)

9)NEW CASTLE H.S. 1-3 (38)

10)EVANS. MEMORIAL H.S. 1-1 (20)

Receiving Votes:

Danville H.S., Franklin County H.S., Gibson Southern H.S., Glenn H.S. (John Glenn), Griffith H.S., Hanover Central H.S., Mishawaka Marian H.S., New Prairie H.S., Northwood H.S., Peru H.S.,

2A

1)LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC H.S. 2-0 (142)

2)MONROE CENTRAL H.S. 0-0 (140)

3)SOUTH ADAMS H.S. 0-0 (124)

4)WAPAHANI H.S. 2-0 (118)

5)SOUTH RIPLEY H.S. 0-0 (78)

6)CLINTON PRAIRIE H.S. 0-0 (72)

7)BOONE GROVE H.S. 0-0 (50)

8)LINTON-STOCKTON H.S. 0-0 (38)

9)NORTH POSEY H.S. 0-0 (34)

10)UNIVERSITY 2-2 (22)

Receiving Votes:

Alexandria H.S., Covenant Christian H.S., Frankton H.S., Hebron H.S., Heritage Christian School, Knightstown H.S, Lapel H.S.,

1A

1)DALEVILLE H.S. 0-0 (142)

2)OLDENBURG ACADEMY 0-0 (126)

3)SOUTHWESTERN H.S.(SHELBYVILLE) 0-0 (112)

4)WASHINGTON TWP. H.S. 0-1 (80)

5)KOUTS H.S. 1-0 (76)

6)F.W. BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN H.S. 0-0 (68)

7)SHAKAMAK H.S. 1-2 (66)

8)TECUMSEH H.S. 0-1 (34)

9)SOUTH CENTRAL H.S. (UNION MILLS) 0-1 (30)

10)HAUSER H.S. 0-2 (26)

Receiving Votes:

Barr-Reeve H.S., Borden H.S., F.W. Canterbury H.S., Fremont H.S., Loogootee H.S., North Daviess H.S., Northeast Dubois H.S., Pioneer H.S., Rising Sun H.S., Riverton Parke H.S., Trinity Lutheran H.S.,

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL POLLS

4A

Crown Point                       114

Roncalli                                100

Center Grove                     100

Decatur Central                 96

Lake Central                       92

New Palestine                  85

Leo                                         81

Bedford North Lawrence 48

Hamilton Southeastern 44

Franklin Central               40

3A

Yorktown                            71

Edgewood                          53

Hanover Central               46

Guerin Catholic                 46

Danville Community      42

Benton Central                 34

Chatard                                33

South Bend St. Joseph’s 28

Tri-West Hendricks         26

Kankakee Valley              21

2A

Tecumseh                           103

Boone Grove                     77

Tipton                                   75

Union County                    68

Andrean                              57

Whitko                                 43

Speedway                           29

Frankton                              28

South Adams                     28

Evansville Mater Dei      28

1A

Indianapolis Lutheran    45

Loogootee                          36

Fremont                              27

West Washington           27

Frontier                               24

Tri                                           22

Hauser                                 18

Henryville                          17

Morgan Township           16

Lincoln                                 14

COLLEGE BASEBALL TOP 25 POLL

1 Vanderbilt

2 Arkansas

3 Ole Miss

4 Texas

5 Mississippi State

6 Tennessee

7 Louisville

8 Texas Tech

9 E. Carolina

10 TCU

11 South Carolina

12 Florida

13 Notre Dame

14 Oklahoma State

15 Georgia Tech

16 Louisiana Tech

17 Florida State

18 Miami

19 Oregon

20 Oregon State

21 UCLA

22 Arizona

23 Virginia Tech

24 Pittsburgh

25 Michigan

TOP HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Baylor beatdown: Bears win title, hang 86-70 loss on Gonzaga

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) There was another team out there that was marching through the season undefeated, that looked unstoppable at times, that had all arrows pointing toward a national title.

COVID-19 put a halt to the undefeated dream. Nothing could stop Baylor from cutting down the nets.

Not even Gonzaga.

The fresh-as-can-be Bears obliterated wobbly-legged Gonzaga’s march to its own undefeated season Monday night. It was an 86-70 runaway that brought this once-downtrodden program’s first national title back home to Waco, Texas.

Jared Butler scored 22 points and MaCio Teague had 19 for the Bears (28-2), who were ranked second or third in the AP poll all year long. But never first. That was because of one team and maybe, just maybe, because of a three-week break that put a halt to a 17-0 start and sapped some of Baylor’s burgeoning momentum.

“Prior to COVID, us and Gonzaga were on the track to being undefeated,” coach Scott Drew reminded everyone in the socially distanced arena, during a TV interview, while brushing off confetti.

So maybe this blowout in one of the most-anticipated finals in memory – a meeting between teams whose own regular-season matchup in December was scrapped because of a coronavirus outbreak – shouldn’t come as such a shock.

The two losses that came after Baylor’s COVID-19 break in February felt like a far-off memory come March. Then came April, and the feeling grew even stronger.

Baylor outscored all six of its opponents in the tournament by an average of 15 points. It beat Houston by 19 in the semifinal. Less than 5 minutes into the final, the Bears were ahead of Gonzaga by double digits.

Pounding the offensive glass – Baylor won that battle 16-5 – and winning the lion’s share of the 50-50 balls, the Bears weren’t about to let this one come down to a Jalen Suggs miracle. The Gonzaga freshman’s buzzer-beater from near the half-court logo got the Zags to the final in a game that stood as their first true test of the season.

They passed against UCLA. Against Baylor? Not even close.

“When you come against a team that’s just firing on all cylinders for 40 minutes, it’s kind of hard to compete with,” Zags forward Corey Kispert said.

After running to a 19-point lead early, the Bears never let Gonzaga get any closer than nine. Butler made four 3-pointers and added seven assists, and was named the Final Four’s most outstanding player.

“I knew at some point, we were up big,” said Butler, who insisted his team wasn’t focused on the scoreboard. “We were scoring, they weren’t scoring. It was just electrifying.”

Guard Davion Mitchell – nicknamed “Off Night” because so many opponents encounter one when they go against him – finished with 15 points and did the best he could on Suggs. The freshman finished with 22 points, most of them after this game was out of hand, and likely will be heading to the NBA draft next.

Gonzaga’s first loss in 32 games this season – 36 dating to 2019-20 – leaves Indiana’s 1975-76 team as the last to go undefeated.

Baylor was up 9-0 after 2 1/2 minutes, and the Bulldogs faced only their fourth double-digit deficit of the season at 11-1. They faced their biggest deficit of the season – 15 points – with 7:10 gone. By then, Suggs had two fouls and was watching from the bench.

After the game, he was crying – burying his head on the shoulder of one teammate, then another.

“He’s a winner and he lost for the first time in college basketball,” Zags coach Mark Few said. “He’s highly competitive and doesn’t like losing. In his mind, he saw us cutting down nets.”

But more than anything he did in the title game, it was Suggs’ memorable basket two nights earlier that laid the groundwork for Gonzaga in this one. His bank shot at the buzzer vs. UCLA capped one of the most riveting college basketball games ever. Back on the floor about 46 hours after that emotional roller coaster, it was clear the Zags were gassed.

The sequence that best illustrated the energy gap came about six minutes into the contest when Baylor’s Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua slapped the ball out of Drew Timme’s hands and the Bears worked the ball ahead to Mitchell. He missed a layup, but Tchamwa Tchatchoua got the offensive rebound and fed Adam Flagler for a 3.

Gonzaga was practically just standing there for it all.

Few, now 0-2 in title games, gave full credit to Baylor, and didn’t blame his own team’s fatigue.

“Obviously, it’s a tough turnaround, but it was more just the aggressiveness and athleticism of Baylor,” Few said. “They deserved it. Quite frankly, they were terrific.”

Gonzaga briefly pulled within nine early in the second half, and saw a glimmer of hope when Tchamwa Tchatchoua joined another Baylor big man, Flo Thamba, on the bench with four fouls.

But Baylor answered with a 9-2 run punctuated by Mark Vital’s rejection of Kispert, then a fast break that led to an easy 3 from Flagler.

After that, it was over. Yes, Gonzaga might have been the year’s most watchable team with its dramatic run at perfection, to say nothing of the shot of the tournament.

But it was Baylor, not Suggs, jumping on top of the scorer’s table and cheering for the fans at the end. And those were the Bears cutting down the nets.

“When the fans are happy, that’s what makes our players happy and proud,” Drew said. “They stuck with us, they’ve been with us through the lean years. They deserve this.”

In 2003, Drew took over a roster with only seven scholarship players and a team staring at years of NCAA probation in the wake of the murder of player Patrick Dennehy by a teammate.

Drew’s introductory news conference was trending after the title game. That day, formal in his coat and tie, he stood behind the lectern and proclaimed: “I did not come to go to the NCAA Tournament. We came to win games at the NCAA Tournament. We came with the chance to win a national championship at Baylor University.”

Eighteen years later, Drew found himself behind a different mic.

He was sitting at a table, answering questions on Zoom in front of a background with a Final Four logo.

He was smiling wide, drenched in sweat, with a cut-down net hanging around his neck.

AP source: MLB moving All-Star Game to Denver’s Coors Field

DENVER (AP) Major League Baseball plans to relocate the All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver after pulling this year’s Midsummer Classic from Atlanta over objections to sweeping changes to Georgia’s voting laws, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because MLB hadn’t announced the move yet. The commissioner’s office was expected to declare Tuesday that the Colorado Rockies will host the game.

ESPN was first to report the decision.

MLB pulled the July 13 game from Truist Park in Atlanta in response to Georgia voting rules that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp quickly signed into law March 25. Critics, including the CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, have condemned the changes as being too restrictive.

The Georgia law includes new limits on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run, amid a push in Republican-led states to reduce voting options after former president Donald Trump made baseless claims of widespread fraud in last year’s election.

Colorado has a Democratic governor in Jared Polis and a Democratic-controlled legislature.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to move the All-Star events and the amateur draft from Atlanta after discussions with individual players and the Players Alliance, an organization of Black players formed after the death of George Floyd last year, the commissioner said in a statement.

Kemp has vowed to defend the measure, and other Republicans have criticized MLB’s move. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott backed out of throwing the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opener Monday and said the state would not seek to host the All-Star Game or any other special MLB events.

MLB NEWS: Castellanos, Moustakas lift Reds to third straight win

CINCINNATI (AP) Nick Castellanos hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning hours after deciding to appeal a two-game suspension for his part in a brawl, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Monday night.

Castellanos connected off Sam Howard (0-1) for his third homer of the season. He admired the shot as he walked out of the box, whipped his bat toward the home dugout and yelled toward teammates as he shuffled toward first.

“I’m happy for players on any team to show emotion,” manager David Bell said. “It takes a lot to play this game and play it well. To be able to enjoy when you do well, it’s a good thing.”

Castellanos was disciplined by Major League Baseball on Monday afternoon for sparking an incident with the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday – the right fielder flexed while standing over pitcher Jake Woodford moments after sliding into home. Woodford had hit Castellanos with a pitch moments before. His suspension is being held in abeyance until the appeal is heard.

Monday’s shot was the 500th RBI in Castellanos’ career.

“He’s been carrying us,” said Reds third baseman Mike Moustakas. “Nick is having a phenomenal start to the season. His energy is electric. It’s contagious. What he brings to the table is more than offense and defense. His game is rubbing off on us.”

Jose De Leon tied a career high with nine strikeouts and allowed two runs, three hits and two walks over five innings to help the Reds secure a third straight win.

Moustakas tied it at 2 in the fifth with his first home run of the season, a solo shot on an 0-1 pitch just inside the right-field foul pole off Luis Oviedo.

“He threw me a slow curveball 0-0 and I swung through it,” Moustakas said. “I got a good fastball and didn’t miss it. I stayed inside enough to keep it straight.”

Moustakas also doubled and scored in the eighth. Sean Doolittle (1-0) struck out two in a perfect seventh, and Amir Garrett allowed a run but completed his first save.

Phillip Evans and Colin Moran both homered off De Leon in the first inning.

“Those won’t kill you,” De Leon said. “I was able to settle in after those solo homers. I took it personal. I was more aggressive.”

The Reds’ offense has produced 30 runs over the first four games of the season, after scoring 27 in the first three games for the first time since 1976.

MLB NEWS: Yastrzemski, Giants win 3-2 over Padres; Tatis injured

SAN DIEGO (AP) Pinch-hitter Mike Yastrzemski hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and Darin Ruf and Evan Longoria also connected to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 victory Monday night against the San Diego Padres, who lost star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. with a partially dislocated left shoulder.

Tatis was injured taking a hard swing for strike three in the third inning. He winced in pain as he fell to the ground and cradled his left arm. Manager Jayce Tingler and a trainer held Tatis’ left arm against his body as he walked off the field.

Tatis signed a 14-year, $340 million contract on Feb. 22, the longest deal in big league history.

Yastrzemski was scratched from the starting lineup with a sore left hand but pinch hit in the pitcher’s spot and homered to center field off Craig Stammen (0-1) with one out in the seventh, his first.

Ruf homered to center leading off the second, his first, and Longoria homered to right leading off the fourth, his third. Both were off starter Adrian Morejon.

Caleb Baragar (1-0) got the last out of the sixth for the win and Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his second save. McGee put two runners on with two outs before getting Tommy Pham to fly out to center field to end it.

Victor Caratini drove in both of San Diego’s runs, on a single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Anthony DeSclafani made his Giants debut after spending five seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. He held San Diego to one run and four hits in five innings, struck out four and walked three.

Morejon allowed two runs and five hits in four innings.

MLB NEWS: Phillies rally for 5-3 win over Mets after deGrom pulled

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Once Jacob deGrom took his spectacular fastball to the dugout, the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage.

A throwing error by Mets third baseman Luis Guillorme allowed the go-ahead runs to score, and the Phillies used a five-run eighth inning to rally for a 5-3 win over New York on Monday night after deGrom had shut them down through six.

“We were happy as a team, of course, getting one of the best pitchers, if not the best pitcher in the entire world, out of the game,” Phillies slugger Bryce Harper said. “We battled against him, had some great at-bats against him. … We were happy to get into the bullpen, knew we had a chance once he got out of there.”

Francisco Lindor was 1 for 4 with a single and a walk in his debut with the Mets, which was delayed after a three-game series against Washington got wiped out because of a coronavirus outbreak among the Nationals.

Jose Alvarado retired Pete Alonso on a drive to the right field wall with runners on first and third to end it, earning his first save.

DeGrom was dazzling, striking out seven and allowing three hits. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was pulled after 77 pitches even though manager Luis Rojas said before the game his pitch count was 100. His fastball averaged 99 mph and he reached 102.

“He hasn’t thrown in 10 days,” Rojas said. “The conversations with him between innings led us to pull him.”

DeGrom didn’t push back because he knew going in that he would be limited due to the long layoff.

“Long season,” he said. “Talking to them, it felt like the right decision.”

Miguel Castro pitched the seventh for the Mets but newcomer Trevor May (0-1) only got one out in the eighth.

NBA NEWS: Irving scores 40, Nets lose Harden but beat Knicks 114-112

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving scored 40 points, Jeff Green made two free throws with 3.7 seconds left and the Brooklyn Nets overcome the early loss of James Harden to beat the New York Knicks 114-112 on Monday night.

Harden returned after missing two games with right hamstring tightness but lasted just four minutes before having to leave again with the same injury.

But even short-handed and on the second night of a back-to-back, the Nets had enough.

“It was a total team effort,” Irving said. “A lot of guys stepped up, especially our bench. They came in and made a difference, and when we got guys out, injury bug, we need that more than ever.”

Irving wore down the Knicks’ defense with his dazzling dribbling moves that freed up space for jumpers, including a 3-pointer with 59 seconds left after New York had closed within two.

“He’s just an amazing basketball player and he found a way to keep our team in it for big stretches,” coach Steve Nash said, “and a lot of guys played really well when he was out, gave us a lift and then he was able to come in and close. So, brilliant performance and really gutsy from everybody.”

The Knicks scored five straight to tie it at 112 on Alec Burks’ 3-pointer and forced the ball out of Irving’s hands on Brooklyn’s next trip. Joe Harris missed a jumper, but Green got the rebound and was fouled.

After his free throws, Julius Randle missed a jumper as time expired.

Green scored 23 points and Joe Harris added 16 for the Nets, who won their eighth straight at home.

Randle had 19 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season. RJ Barrett scored 22 points and Reggie Bullock added 21, but the Knicks couldn’t hold a 14-point lead just before halftime.

“Well, I thought we had some costly turnovers that hurt us and the offensive rebounding hurt us,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “So I thought we played a very good first half, the start of the third was good, we didn’t close out the third well and then we fought at the end to have a shot at it.”

NBA NEWS: Doncic’s 31 points pace Mavs over NBA-leading Jazz 111-103

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic scored 31 points and Dorian Finney-Smith added a season-high 23 as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 111-103 on Monday night for their season-best fifth straight win.

The NBA-leading Jazz had their nine-game winning streak halted.

Jalen Brunson scored 20 points, Josh Richardson 17 and Tim Hardaway Jr. 16 as Dallas won for the first time in three games versus Utah this season. Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas’ No. 2 scorer and leading rebounder, sat out with a sprained right wrist.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was pleased to hold the NBA’s No. 3 scoring team, averaging 117.2 points going in, to its lowest point total since Feb. 7 after losing the previous two games in the season series at Utah in late January.

“To hold these guys to 103 is a hell of a job,” Carlisle said. “The difference was we just came out and we were much more physical than we were last time we played them. That was a long time ago; that was light years ago.”

Mike Conley scored 28 points to lead the Jazz, who trailed by as many as 18 points. Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson scored 16 each, and Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Dallas beat Utah at its long-range game. The Mavericks were 23 for 49 from behind the arc; their highs this season from behind the arc are 25 makes and 50 attempts. The Jazz, who were leading the NBA averaging 17.1 3-pointers per game and ranked second hitting 39.8% from long range, went 12 for 44 (27.3%). They were 9 for 23 in the first half. Likewise, they previously led the league holding opponents to 30.5 3-point attempts and 10.4 made from long range.

“For us to lose that game only by eight, that says a lot about us,” said Mitchell, who went into play averaging 25.6 points and scored only four in the first half while shooting 2 for 13 from the floor and 0 for 5 on 3-pointers. “The biggest thing is not to overreact.”

Jazz coach Quin Snyder cited both his team’s off shooting night and the Mavericks’ defense for the low percentage of 3-pointers.

“When we were able to move the ball, really attack and get in the lane, we created some,” Snyder said.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Former Hoosier Dane Fife Returns To Indiana To Rejoin Coaching Staff

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson has announced that former Hoosier player and assistant coach Dane Fife will return to his alma mater and rejoin the IU staff.  The Clarkston, Michigan native is back after spending the last 10 seasons on Tom Izzo’s staff at Michigan State, the last three as Associate Head Coach.

“Dane is someone who I have always had the utmost respect for,” said Woodson.  “His knowledge of the Big Ten and his success as a recruiter will be an invaluable asset as we look to continue building a staff that will help elevate this program to the highest levels.  I know his love for the for the Hoosiers and this University comes across the moment you talk to him and we are excited to welcome back Dane, his wife Blair, and daughters Quinnly and Reagan back to Bloomington.”

A 2002 graduate of IU, Fife led the Hoosiers to the national title game and a share of the regular-season Big Ten Championship. Individually, he was named co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He is the Indiana career leader with 180 steals over the course of his four-year career (1998-2002), while the 53 he recorded as a senior rank tied for the eighth-best single-season mark at IU. With 99 career 3-pointers, he ranks among the top 20 in school history, while his .478 3-point field-goal percentage in 2001-02 ranks sixth on IU’s single-season chart. The 37 games he started as a senior established the Indiana single-season mark, while the 131 games in which he played over the course of his career rank tied for sixth all-time at IU.

He spent two seasons as an administrative assistant on the staff of then Hoosier Coach Mike Davis after graduation.

In 10 seasons with the Spartans, he was part of a staff which produced 9 NCAA Tournament berths, 4 Big Ten titles, 1 Final Four appearance , 8 All-Americans, 10 NBA Draft picks, and 3 Big Ten Players of the Year. 

Under Fife’s guidance, Miles Bridges and Cassius Winston earned consensus Second Team All-American honors in three-straight years, Bridges in 2018 and Winston in 2019 and 2020. From 2016-18, Fife worked closely with Bridges, who was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the lottery of the 2018 NBA Draft. Winston was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and set a Big Ten record, and an MSU single-season mark, with 291 assists in 2019 as a junior and, as a senior in 2020, became the all-time leader in assists in the conference and school, breaking a 20-year record held by Mateen Cleaves. He was selected in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft. The Spartans led the country in total assists in 2018-19 with 715, finished third in assists per game in 2019-20 (18.3) and ranked No. 11 in assist/turnover ratio (1.45). The team’s 715 assists were the second-most in a single season in program history, the second-straight year the Spartans were among the top three in the record book. Fife has also been instrumental in MSU’s scouting and recruiting efforts. He was among the chief recruiters in several top-10 recruiting classes, including the 2016 class that included Bridges and the 2018 class that included Jaren Jackson Jr. In May 2020, The Stadium listed Fife as one of the top assistant coaches in the Big Ten.

In  2018, MSU led the nation in assists per game (19.1) and ranked No. 2 in the country in total assists (670), while handing out the second-most assists in a single season in school history. Fife helped guide sophomore guard Cassius Winston to All-Big Ten third team honors.  Winston led the conference, and ranked No. 8 in the country, in assists per game (6.9) and led the Big Ten Conference in 3-point field goal percentage. 

In 2015-16, Fife helped guide Denzel Valentine to National Player of the Year honors, while Bryn Forbes earned Second-Team All-Big Ten honors. Valentine was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the lottery of the 2016 NBA Draft, while Forbes signed a free-agent contract with the San Antonio Spurs. On the court, MSU led the nation in assists per game (20.5), while setting school single-season records for assists (719) and made 3-pointers (321).

One year earlier, Travis Trice and Valentine earned All-Big Ten honors. In 2013-14, Gary Harris earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors and was selected in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, one season after becoming the first Spartan to ever be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Keith Appling and Valentine were honorable mention honorees in 2014. For Appling, who entered MSU as a shooting guard, he earned All-Big Ten honors three straight seasons after developing as a point guard.

Fife also brings the defensive intensity he possessed as a player to his role as a coach, as the Spartans have held opponents below a .400 field-goal percentage in six of the last seven years, including leading the country in field goal percentage defense in 2017-18 (.367), while ranking second nationally in 2015-16 (.382) and 2011-12 (.379).  He is also instrumental in MSU’s scouting and recruiting efforts. A May 2014 article by Jeff Goodman and Jay Bilas at ESPN.com listed Fife among the top head coaching candidates in the nation.

Prior to his arrival in East Lansing, he spent six seasons as head coach at IPFW, beginning in 2005-06. At the time he was the youngest head coach in Division I basketball, a distinction he held for five seasons. In each of his six seasons, IPFW tied or broke its record for wins at the Division I level, as Fife guided the Mastodons from independent status to membership in the Summit League. He posted an 82-97 record, including a 34-27 mark over the last two seasons, and a four-year mark of 37-35 in conference. In his final season of 2010-11, IPFW finished with an 18-12 record. Fife mentored three all-conference performers, including Jaraun Burrows (2008, Second Team), Deilvez Yearby (2010, Second Team) and Ben Botts (2011, Second Team). Yearby was also named Summit League Sixth Man of the Year in 2009. 

A 1998 graduate of Clarkston (Mich.) High School, Fife was the recipient of the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award in 1998. He was also a McDonald’s and Parade All-America selection, while playing for his father Dan.

He owns two degrees from Indiana, earning a bachelor’s degree in recreation (2002) and a master’s degree in athletic administration (2005).

TWO INDIANA BASKETBALL PLAYERS WITHDRAW FROM TRANSFER PORTAL

Freshmen Khristian Lander and Jordan Geronimo have decided to stay at Indiana according to Head Coach Mike Woodson.

Lander is from Evansville Reitz and appeared in 26 games this season averaging 2.1 points per game.

“After much thought with coach Woodson and my family,” Lander wrote in a statement posted to social media, “I feel it is in my best interest to continue my basketball and academic career with Indiana University. “I want to be one of the reasons Indiana basketball gets back to being great again. I’m putting my trust into my team, coach Woodson and the staff he is assembling.

“Staying home! Let’s work!”

Geronimo is a 6’6” forward who averaged 2.2 points per game. “I believe in coach Woodson,” Geronimo said in a statement posted to social media Monday afternoon. “Let’s get to work.”

Parker Stewart has withdrawn from the portal and Trayce Jackson-Davis announced Friday his intention to spend one more year in college. The Hoosiers have also affirmed the commitments of 2021 signee Logan Duncomb, and 2022 recruit C.J. Gunn, a standout at Lawrence North.

IRISH AGREE TO HOME-AND-HOME SERIES WITH USF IN 2029, 2031

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame and University of South Florida football programs have announced a future home-and-home series in 2029 and 2031. 

The first installment of the series will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, 2029, in Tampa, Florida. The two teams will conclude the series on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2031, at Notre Dame Stadium. 

The series history between the two squads is tied at one win apiece, with USF winning the inaugural meeting 23-20 (September 3, 2011) and Notre Dame emerging victorious in the most recent matchup, a 52-0 shutout at Notre Dame Stadium in 2020.. 

The upcoming game slated for 2029 will be the first meeting of the two teams outside of Notre Dame Stadium.

ND BASEBALL: No. 12 Irish Clinch Another Series With an 11-5 Win Over No. 17 Pitt

PITTSBURGH — The bats came alive for the 12th-ranked Irish on Monday afternoon as they claimed the rubber match 11-5 over No. 17 Pitt at Charles L. Cost Field. With the win, the Irish won their fifth conference series this season, the most of any ACC team so far. The Irish continue to be the only ACC team to not drop a conference series this season.

“Pitt is a very good team and we were fortunate to leave town with a series win,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “Our offense was better today and the four home runs were a huge part of the equation. We also showed good patience in the ability to find ways on base via walks and HBPs.”

Notre Dame’s offense came alive in the middle innings as they scored in four straight innings from the second to the fifth, including crooked numbers in the fourth and fifth. The long ball was a strength for the Irish once again as they hit four home runs in a game for the first time since 2018. Jack Brannigan, Zack Prajzner and Spencer Myers all hit solo homers on the afternoon and Carter Putz tallied a three-run home run in the five-run fifth inning.

“(Spencer) Myers had some key hits and (Niko) Kavadas’ two-strike base hit with the bases loaded was a very important swing. Aiden (Tyrell) got us out of the gates on the mound and was fairly effective. (Tanner) Kohlhepp striking out (Ron) Washington Jr. was a big out and he bounced back nicely to help us. Joe (Sheridan) and Dom (Cancellieri) both were effective in extended roles out of the pen. It was a good win against a quality team.”

HOW IT HAPPENED

Pitt was threatening in the first inning with the bases loaded and two outs. Aidan Tyrell settled in and forced a groundout from Bryce Hullett to short to end the inning and end the threat without the Panthers scoring.

The Irish jumped out in the front the very next inning. Brannigan led the second inning off with a solo home run to put the Irish ahead. It was his first home run of the season and the 13th time this season that the Irish scored first.

They added to the lead in the third after Kavadas got on base to start the inning with a hit-by-pitch. He moved over to third after the single from Carter Putz and came home to score on the ground out from Brooks Coetzee.

Pitt got a run back in the bottom of the third after the triple from Kyle Hess. The Irish went to Tanner Kohlhepp from the pen and he got the final two outs of the inning and limited the damage to one run. After three innings, the Irish held a 2-1 advantage.

The Irish bats kept up the offense in the top of the fourth as they hit their second home run of the game. Prajzner led the inning off with a solo home run, his second of the season, and increased the lead. Notre Dame scored two more runs in the inning after Danny Neri came home on a passed ball and Spencer Myers scored on Ryan Cole’s double down the line.

There was no stopping the offense in the fifth inning as the Irish put another crooked number up on the scoreboard. Kavadas drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single with two outs. Putz stepped to the plate next and sent the ball over the wall in center to clear the bases and give the Irish five runs in the inning. After five innings, the Irish held a 10-1 lead.

Myers notched the fourth home run of the game in the seventh inning to put the final mark on the offensive outburst. It was the third game this season the Irish have scored in double figures and the second time it has come in a rubber match.

STATS OF THE GAME

  • Notre Dame claimed its fifth ACC series win this season with the rubber match victory over Pitt.
  • The Irish hit four home runs in a game for the first time since 2018 against Western Michigan. The Irish have had three home runs or more in a game three times this season.
  • Carter Putz hit his second home run of the series and second of the season in the win.
  • Zack Prajzner hit his second home run of the season in the win.
  • Jack Brannigan and Spencer Myers both hit their first home runs of the season in the win.
  • The Irish won their fifth straight conference series on the road dating back to the 2020 season. It is the first time since the 2001-02 seasons the Irish have won five consecutive conference road series.

UP NEXT

The Irish return to campus to kick start an eight-game homestand from Frank Eck Stadium. To open the homestand, the Irish will have another top-15 matchup on deck as No. 14 Georgia Tech comes to town. The series begins Friday, April 9 at 5 p.m. and the entire series will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: Irish Add All-American Goaltender Matthew Galajda

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame hockey head coach Jeff Jackson has announced the addition of graduate transfer goaltender Matthew Galajda for the 2021-22 season. The 2018 First Team All-American played his first three seasons at Cornell. 

“We’re excited to add Matthew to our program,” Jackson said. “He has a very impressive resume both academically and athletically from his career at Cornell and not only is he a great goaltender but also a tremendous young man. He’s a great fit for Notre Dame and for our team culture.”

For his career, Galajda boasts a 60-15-9 record to go along with a .930 save percentage and a 1.64 goals against average. 

The Aurora, Ontario, native put together a strong junior campaign in 2019-20, posting a 23-2-4 record for the Big Red to go along with a .931 save percentage and a 1.56 goals against average. He was a finalist for the Mike Richter Award, presented annually to the most outstanding goaltender in the nation, and posted five shutouts on the season. When the COVID-19 pandemic halted the season, Galajda and the Big Red were ranked first in the USCHO.com poll.

As a sophomore in 2018-19, Galajda posted a 16-8-3 record with a .921 save percentage and 1.85 goals against average, tallying five shutouts. His goals against average ranked fifth in the country and he earned All-ECAC Hockey Third Team honors.

As a freshman in 2017-18, he led the nation with a 1.51 goals against average — the lowest in Division I since UMass-Lowell’s Connor Hellebuyck’s mark of 1.37 (2012-13). He posted a 21-5-2 record to lead the nation in victories by a freshman and his .939 save percentage ranked third in the country. He had nine shutouts on the season and was named a CCM/AHCA Hockey All-America First Team (East) selection. He became the first freshman to ever be named among 10 finalists for Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to the best player in all of college hockey. He also earned Ivy League and ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year honors, as well as being named the Ivy League Player of the Year.

Enrolled in Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, Galajda played for the Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. 

Honors and Awards
— CCM/AHCA Hockey All-America First Team, East Region (2018)
— Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist (2018)
— Mike Richter Award finalist (2018, 2020)
— Ivy League Player of the Year (2018, 2020)
— Ivy League Rookie of the Year (2018)
— All-Ivy League First Team (2018, 2020)
— ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year (2018)
— ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team (2018)
— All-ECAC Hockey First Team (2018)
— All-ECAC Hockey Third Team (2019, 2020)

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: Clurman Signs With The Colorado Avalanche

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Junior defenseman Nate Clurman signed a two-year entry-level contract, the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today (April 5). He was originally selected by Colorado in the sixth round (161st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He will report to the American Hockey League’s Colorado Eagles.

Clurman, who served as Notre Dame’s team captain this past season as a junior, skated in 27 games in 2020-21, while scoring a career-high four goals and adding three assists for seven points. His four goals ranked third among Irish defenseman and he also finished with a team-high 10 penalties on the season (31 minutes). He notched his first career goal in Notre Dame’s 3-2 win at fourth-ranked Michigan on Nov. 27. 

The Boulder, Colorado native played in 103 career games over three seasons, scoring four goals and adding 15 assists for 19 points. The Irish reached the NCAA Tournament in two of his three seasons and Notre Dame captured the 2019 Big Ten Tournament Championship during his freshman campaign. 

Clurman joins an Avalanche organization that features former Irish players T.J. Tynan (Colorado Avalanche/Colorado Eagles), Dennis Gilbert (Colorado Avalanche/Colorado Eagles) and Cal Burke (Colorado Eagles). 

Additionally, current junior defenseman Nick Leivermann (seventh round, 187th overall in 2017) and current freshman forward Ryder Rolston (fifth round, 139th overall in 2020) were also selected by Colorado in the NHL Entry Draft. 

Clurman is the second Fighting Irish player to ink an NHL deal since the season ended, joining Alex Steeves who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs (March 28). 

BUTLER MSOCCER: Gjergji Selected as Keeper of the Week by the BIG EAST

Butler junior keeper Gabriel Gjergji has been selected as the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week, as announced by the conference office Monday, April 5.

Gjergji earned the shutout victory with three saves as the Bulldogs defeated Xavier 1-0 in overtime on Saturday in the Bulldogs’ only action of the week. Gjergji’s defense held the Musketeers to seven total shots. Gjergji kept his net clean through almost 100 minutes before Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. ended the match with a golden goal.

Gjergji’s goals against average for the season is 1.02. He has five shutouts, including three in BIG EAST play.

This is the second BIG EAST weekly honor of the season for Gjergji and the third of his Butler career.

Cabrera, Jr., earned a spot on the conference’s five-player weekly honor roll.

The Bulldogs conclude their spring 2021 season Saturday, hosting Creighton at Varsity Field. The 11:30 a.m. kick will be streamed live on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Butler’s seniors will be recognized in a pre-match ceremony.

BALL STATE MBB: Tahjai Teague Signs Pro Contract In CEBL

Another former Ball State Cardinal signs in the pros. Former all-conference forward Tahjai Teague has signed a pro contract to play in the CEBL in Canada.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to start my professional career in Canada. I can’t wait to move to Ottawa to meet the team, get to work and help this team win a championship,” Teague said in the Ottawa Blackjacks official announcement.

During his BSU career, Teague ranked among the top 10 in Ball State history in points (1,518, 10th), rebounds (861, 4th), blocks (134, 3rd) and steals (159, 7th). In his senior season in 2019-20, Teague averaged 14.4 points and 9.1 rebounds and was first team All-MAC and NABC All-District as the Cards won a share of the MAC West Division title. He was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week a school-record six times that year and nearly averaged a double-double in league play. Teague notched 12 double-doubles and scored in double figures 24 times.

Teague is the newest Cardinals in the pro ranks, as 14 former Ball State Cardinals have signed pro contracts over the last seven years. as his teammates Tayler Persons, Trey Moses and Kyle Mallers are all thriving in Europe. Ryan Weber played in France recently, Majok Majok, Sean Sellers and Bik Gil are all former Cardinals who have played professionally recently.

“I am thrilled for Tahjai to get the opportunity to play in Ottawa this summer,” head coach James Whitford said. “Tahj had an outstanding career here, and has an even brighter future in front of him. The CEBL is a highly competitive league, and the Ottawa Blackjacks are a well run and highly-respected organization. It’s great place for Tahjai to begin his professional journey.”

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Guerrero Earns Second MVC Pitcher of the Week Award of 2021

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State’s Geremy Guerrero has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week, the League office announced Monday. It marks the second weekly award of the season for Guerrero.

A Metamora, Ill. native, Guerrero retired the first 18 Saint Louis batters he faced, taking a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Billikens. The left-hander did not allow a runner to reach base until SLU’s Cole Smith led off the seventh with a single. Guerrero struck out seven and did not issue a walk over eight complete innings. He allowed four hits and one run en route to the series-clinching victory.

He improved to 5-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.13. On the year, the southpaw has pitched 39.2 innings and struck out 51 while issuing only six walks and holding opponents to a .156 average against. Overall, Guerrero ranks first in the MVC in ERA (1.13), strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.50) and victories (5).

The Sycamores will be back in action on Friday as the team begins MVC play at Illinois State.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL: Midweek Doubleheader With EIU Up Next for Sycamores

CHARLESTON, Ill. – Indiana State softball is set to hit the road for Charleston, Ill. for a midweek nonconference matchup with Eastern Illinois on Tuesday, Apr. 6. The Sycamores will open the doubleheader at 4 p.m. ET with game two set at 6 p.m. ET.

Spectators at Williams Field will be limited.

Series History

The Panthers leads the all-time series, 46-31, over Indiana State. The two teams last met in 2019 when the Sycamores earned a doubleheader sweep, claiming victories of 6-4 and 5-4 over EIU.

Three Things to Know

Dominant Pitching

Sophomore Lexi Benko was dominant for the Sycamores as they swept Valparaiso over the weekend. The right-hander threw eight innings, posting a perfect ERA only giving up a trio of hits while recording a career-high seven strikeouts and earning her first career complete game shutout, pacing ISU to the 10-0 victory.

Blazing Bats

Isabella Henning and TeAnn Bringle led the Sycamores offense in series sweep of Valparaiso. The duo each posted a .500 batting average with Henning recording a double and two home runs in addition to driving in four runs while posting a 1.200 slugging percentage. Bringle recorded a season high two hits in a game, hitting her first home run of the year and driving in three runs while posting a .875 slugging percentage.

Scouting Eastern Illinois

The Panther hold an overall record of 17-10 and 10-6 in the Ohio Valley. Eastern Illinois has a team batting average of .286 with 72 extra-base hits. The Panther pitching staff has a 3.49 ERA through 166.2 innings of action. Morgan Lewis leads EIU with a .344 average and ten RBIs. Olivia Price has a 7-3 record on the mound and a 2.87 ERA in nine starts.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL: Softball Travels to Green Bay For Midweek Doubleheader

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Mastodon softball will be back in action on Tuesday with a midweek doubleheader at Green Bay.

Game Day Information

When: Tuesday, April 6 | DH starting at 1 p.m. ET

Where: King Park Field | Green Bay, Wis.

Live Stats: Live Stats

Video: None

Twitter Updates: @MastodonSB

Series History: Green Bay leads 1-0

Weather: High 72, isolated thunderstorms

Fan Policy: No fans allowed

Know Your Foe

Green Bay is 14-12, 9-9 in Horizon League play. The Phoenix have series wins over Chattanooga, Robert Morris and UIC, and splits with IUPUI, Northern Kentucky, Butler and Evansville. They have only dropped one series, which was their most recent series: Oakland. Morgan Bihun has 16 RBIs and five home runs to lead Green Bay in both categories. Brittany Baneck has the best ERA on the team at 2.91, and has a 5-1 record in nine appearances.

The Series

Green Bay and Purdue Fort Wayne have only met once in the series history, which came two years ago in 2019. Alise Hale scored the only run in the Mastodons’ 3-1 loss in Rosemont, Illinois.

Taking Names and Series Finales

The Mastodons have taken the final game of three series this season: Evansville (8-7), Youngstown State (11-6) and Robert Morris (9-5).

Slugger

Kyndell Ethridge has the second-highest slugging percentage in the Horizon League this season at .708. She is also eighth in the League in batting average at .375.

Goin’ Yard

The Mastodons have 21 home runs this season, which leads the Horizon League. The ‘Dons have three different players with four home runs this season: Kyndell Ethridge, Morganne Denny and Meagan Mullaney. Purdue Fort Wayne already has more home runs than in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The ‘Dons need four to tie their mark from 2018.

High-Powered Offense

The Mastodons have scored six or more runs seven times this season. The ‘Dons are 5-2 in such games.

347 – But Not Manhattan’s Area Code

Purdue Fort Wayne has outscored its opponents in the third, fourth and seventh innings this season. The ‘Dons hold a 20-19 edge in the third, 26-19 in the fourth and 15-12 in the seventh.

Save a Spot at the Table

Lauren McConnell is one of only two players in the Horizon League with two saves on their résumé this season. The other is Youngstown State’s Maddi Lusk.

No K’s For You!

Sophomore Madeline Swart is the second-toughest to strike out in the Horizon League. She is also top-100 in the country in that category.

A Grand Outing

In the Mastodons’ third game against Cleveland State, Madeline Swart hit a grand slam against the Vikings. It was the third home run of her career, but the first with anyone on base.

Just One Hit

Jadelyn Johnson threw a one-hitter against Cleveland State on Friday, March 12, which the Mastodons won 11-1. She gave up the one hit (a single) on the penultimate at bat of the game after tossing five strikeouts. She became the first Mastodon to throw a one-hitter since Bailey Benefiel threw an eight-inning one-hitter against Nicholls State in 2018.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne took the final game from fellow Horizon League newcomer Robert Morris 9-5 in the nightcap after going to extra innings in the first game of the day. Morganne Denny had a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will return home for a four-game series with IUPUI on Friday and Saturday at the Purdue Fort Wayne softball field. First pitch will be at 1 p.m. on both days.

IUPUI SOFTBALL: SOFTBALL HITS THE ROAD TO DOUBLEHEADER AT UIC

CHICAGO – IUPUI softball will make the trip up to Chicago for a doubleheader against UIC on Tuesday (April 6). The Jags will be looking to hand the Flames their first home loss of the season.

IUPUI Jaguars (7-17, 5-9 Horizon) at UIC Flames (14-12, 11-5 Horizon)

Tuesday, April 6

2 p.m. DH // Watch Game 1 (ESPN+) // Watch Game 2 (ESPN+) // Live Stats

QUICK HITTERS

IUPUI will be looking to break a four-game losing streak after dropping all four contests against Youngstown State in the series against the Penguins last weekend.

Jordan Barnes remains the hottest bat in the lineup for IUPUI with a .314 batting average and is also leading the team with a .441 on base percentage. Barnes has 16 hits (second on the team), leads the team with six hit by pitches and has walked eight times. Barnes is also second on the team with three home runs, 11 RBI and 25 total bases.

Jennah Speth hit her fourth and fifth home runs of the season against Youngstown State to lead the team and leads the Jags with 12 RBI. Speth also had 15 hits, 11 runs and leads the team with a .492 slugging percentage. Speth is also tied for the team-lead with 11 walks. Speth has the longest current reached base streak on the team at nine.

Morgan Gilbert leads the lineup with 21 hits and is hitting .259, which is third on the squad. Gilbert is tied with Barnes for five multi-hit games on the season.

During Horizon League play, IUPUI has increased it batting average to .240 as a team. The Jags are hitting just .219 for the season overall.

Besides being a leader at the plate, Jennah Speth is also doing it in the circle for the Jags. Speth leads the Jaguar pitching staff with a 3.38 ERA, four wins, and 60 strikeouts in 66.1 innings pitched. She is also allowing an opposing batting average of .251 on the season. In the two games against Youngstown State this past weekend, Speth finished with 14 total strikeouts.

Lexi Lucas is second on the team with a 3.64 ERA and holds a 3-6 record on the season. Lucas has been in control of strike zone all season, allowing just eight walks in 73.0 innings pitched this year.

NATIONAL RANKINGS

Morgan Gilbert is leading the Horizon League and is 68th in the NCAA with .50 stolen bases per game. Gilbert is a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts, putting her second in the Horizon League in total stolen bases.

Lexi Lucas is 30th in the NCAA in walks per seven innings. Lucas is allowing .90 walks per seven innings and holds a 3.62 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Both of those numbers are good for third in the Horizon League.

SCOUTING UIC

The Flames come in to the series at 14-12 overall and 11-5 in Horizon League play. UIC swept Northern Kentucky last weekend and are 8-0 on their home field this season.

Kayla Wedl is having a stellar season for the Flames leading the team in batting average (.424), hits (36), runs (36), doubles (11), home runs (7) and RBI (25). Wedl also leads the team with 11 walks and 15 stolen bases. She has only struck out seven times in 85 at bats.

ALL-TIME vs UIC

IUPUI is 4-12 all-time against UIC and has lost nine-straight games to the Flames. The last meeting was a 12-3 loss in the Horizon League Tournament in 2019.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Kenton Crews named MVC Player of the Week for second time

ST. LOUIS – For the second time this season, University of Evansville redshirt-junior Kenton Crews has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, it was announced in a release by the Conference office.

The honor is the second for Crews in the last three weeks, after earning player of the week honors on March 22 following hitting for the cycle against Butler.

Helping Evansville to a weekend sweep of South Dakota State and now seven-straight wins, redshirt junior Kenton Crews continued his tear this season. On the weekend, Crews hit .733 at the plate, starting all four contests in center field, smashing four doubles, a triple, and home run, while generating seven RBI. This season, Crews is hitting a team-best .452, driving in 18 runs, to go along with 12 extra base hits and five stolen bases. Crews is 13th in the nation in batting average, 12th in slugging percentage, 19th in on-base percentage, and seventh in triples.

Evansville returns to action this weekend with its second road MVC series of the season at Bradley on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill.

INDIANAPOLIS WLACROSSE: Women’s Lacrosse Tabbed as #1 Team in Division II

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – After being set as the No. 2 team for the last couple weeks, the UIndy women’s lacrosse team (7-0, 1-0 GLVC) was finally set as the top team in Division II on Monday, announced on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II Coaches Poll. The Greyhounds No. 1 ranking marks not only the first top ranking in program history, but also is set as the highest ranking ever received by the team.

The Hounds made the jump to the top spot after the squad rushed into the GLVC season with an empathic 25-1 victory of the Lewis Flyers on Saturday at Key Stadium. 
Abigail Lagos led the team with eight points in the contest on five goals and three assists, the senior attack garnering seven of those points in the first half alone. Lauryn Hardoy would be the next-highest scorer with five points, the Granite Bay, CA., native this time racked up four assists to pair with a goal on only one shooting attempt. Peyton Romig would head the defensive stand against Lewis with leading the team in draw controls (seven), ground balls (three) and cause turnovers (two). Riley McClure would be a showman on the defensive side as well, the 2020 Second Team All-American collected six draw controls in the win over Lewis.

“It’s a humbling experience for our program to receive the No. 1 ranking in Division II,” states head coach 
James Delaney, “This has never been a program goal though, we still have a lot of work to put in this season to accomplish the things we have set as the standard of our program. It is a great honor and something our players have certainly earned.”

The Greyhounds have paced the nation as one of the best defensive teams, heading DII in both scoring defense (3.71 goals allowed per game) and scoring margin (15.86+ goal differential). Combo that with the second-best offense in DII at 19.57 goals per contest, UIndy has been one of the best all-around teams in the season. Individually, Romig still holds the top spot in draw controls per game at 11 while goalkeeper 
Cassidy King allows the fewest goals against at 4.15 per contest. The Hounds round out the top 10 in other individual categories as well, such as King’s fifth-place save percentage of 59.3 percent and Lagos’ average of seven shots on goal per game at sixth overall.

As UIndy jumped to the No. 1 ranking with their nine first-place votes, Lindenwood still holds a perfect record on the season now at the No. 2 spot with their 12 first-place votes, the most in the nation. Although these two programs remain the only GLVC teams to appear in the top 25, programs such as No. 8 GVSU and No. 6 Queens have remained in the top-10 rankings for UIndy to continually recognize the tough schedule they’ve had up to this point.

The Hounds will continue the GLVC season this weekend with a pair of contests on the road, traveling to Missouri Western first for a matchup on Friday, April 9. That game in St. Joseph, Mo., will face off at 8 p.m. ET.

Below is a complete list of the top-25 rankings:

IWLCA DII COACHES POLL

RKTEAM (1st-place votes)PTSRECPREV
1.UIndy (9)6067-02
2.Lindenwood (12)6026-01
3.Le Moyne (4)5875-03
4.Florida Southern5354-05
5.West Chester5296-04
6.Queens (N.C.)4838-17
7.Tampa4614-18
8.Grand Valley State4465-19
9.Adelphi3970-26
10.East Stroudsburg3826-112
11.Rollins3763-110
12.Regis (Co.)3725-111
13.Limestone3288-013
14.Bentley2583-114
15.New Haven2573-319
16.Assumption2433-115
17.Mount Olive2144-117
18.Mercy2024-116
19.Pace1735-118
20.Roberts Wesleyan1577-020
21.Saint Anselm1242-021
22.Saint Leo1181-322
23.Seton Hill896-024
24.Colorado Mesa464-325
25.Mercyhurst415-223

VALPO FOOTBALL: Niesner Earns Second PFL Weekly Honor

The Valparaiso University football team added to its list of Pioneer Football League accolades this season as senior punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) was named the co-PFL Special Teams Player of the Week on Sunday.

Niesner averaged 47.8 yards per punt on six punts, playing a crucial role in flipping field position throughout Valpo’s 10-7 victory at Drake on Saturday. Three of Niesner’s six punts went for 50+ yards and he placed three inside the Drake 20-yard line. He booted a 58-yard punt, a career long and the longest by any Valpo punter since 2016.

In addition, Niesner served as the holder and delivered a strong hold for Valpo’s 49-yard made field goal in the third quarter, three points that proved to be the difference in the 10-7 victory. His efforts helped Valpo earn the program’s first-ever win at Drake and first victory in the head-to-head series since 2003.

This marks the second time in four weeks Niesner has garnered PFL Special Teams Player of the Week recognition. As a team, Valpo has won four official PFL honors this season and six total weekly awards counting those handed out by College Sports Madness. Robert Washington (3) and Keyon Turner (1) account for Valpo’s other weekly accolades. 

Valpo (3-1) will look to continue its strong season on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT at Morehead State on ESPN+.

WRIGHT STATE MSOCCER: Hummel, Beaton notch goals, lead Men’s soccer past PFW Monday

The Wright State men’s soccer team recorded three crucial points on the road as the Raiders defeated Horizon League newcomer Purdue Fort Wayne 2-1, Monday afternoon.

With the win, the Raiders improve to 5-3-1 overall (5-3-1 HL), while the Mastodons finish their first season in the Horizon League 3-6-0 overall (3-6-0 HL).

Both teams looked to strike early, as Brayden McNitt’s shot in the 6th minute went wide left follow by a Mastodon’s shot that also went wide, this time to the right. Chris Geddis’ shot in the 10th minute looked to put the Raiders up but his shot was saved. After 45 minutes, neither team was able to break the score line. Wright State found the advantage in shots 8-3.

After connecting on a cross from Ids Hannema, Alex Hummel headed a shot into the lower right corner of the net for his third goal of the season to put Wright State up 1-0 just six minutes after the half. Just seven minutes later, Ids Hannema tallied his second helper of the contest as Zion Beaton buried a ball into the back of the net in the 67th minute putting the Raiders up 2-0. With less than 50 seconds left to play, Purdue Fort Wayne was awarded a penalty kick and converted to cut the Raiders lead in half.

BY THE NUMBERS

Wright State found the advantage in total shots 18-8, while also earning a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. The Raiders outshot the Mastodons 10-5 in the second half.

Brayden McNitt tallied a team-leading three shots (one on goal), while Harvey Slade, Presten Manthey, Blake Pittser, Chris Geddis, and Zion Beaton each recorded two shots (one on goal).

Notably, Monday’s victory marked the first time during the shortened season that the Raiders tallied two consecutive victories.

WRIGHT STATE WSOCCER: Women’s soccer falls to NKU Monday

The Wright State women’s soccer team dropped its final contest of the spring 2021 season Monday afternoon, 2-0 to the regular season champions Northern Kentucky.

With the loss, the Raiders finish the season 4-5-0 overall while the Norse finish 7-1-1 overall (6-0-1 HL) and have secured the No. 1 spot in the upcoming Horizon League Championship.

Following a scoreless first half, Northern Kentucky tallied its first goal just five minutes into the second half as Kailey Ivins put the hosts up 1-0. The Norse struck again in the 75th minute as Annie Greene tallied NKU’s second goal of the contest.

The Raiders looked to counter in the 86th and 87th minutes as Brittney Petrosky and Kaley Mincy each looked to cut the deficit but their efforts would not be enough.

BY THE NUMBERS

Northern Kentucky found the advantage in total shots 5-3, with four being on goal. Both teams tallied two shots in the second half.

Kaylin Helinski, Brittney Petrosky, and Kaley Mincy each tallied one shot for Wright State with all of their attempts being on goal.

In goal, Erin Graefen recorded a season and career-high two saves against the Norse in just her second match in goal for the Raiders.

DAYTON BASEBALL: Riley Tirotta Named A-10 Player Of The Week

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – For the third consecutive week, a different member of the Dayton baseball team earned a weekly honor from the Atlantic 10, as senior Riley Tirotta was named this week’s A-10 Player of the Week.

Seniors Cole Pletka and Hunter Wolfe have represented the Flyers, being named the conference’s Pitcher of the Week for the past two weeks. It also marks the first weekly conference honor for Tirotta, who was named the A-10 Preseason Player of the Year by Perfect Game and D1Baseball.com. It also marks the first time since April 29, 2019 that a Flyer has won the A-10 Player of the Week, when Connor Echols shared the honor with Fordham’s Jake Baker

Tirotta put on a show in five games this past week, going 11-19 with two home runs, a double, a triple, and nine RBIs. The senior added four walks and a hit by pitch for an on-base percentage of .696 over the five contests.

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Xavier, Tirotta went 4-5 and hit for the cycle. The Dayton third baseman now sits in second on the team with a .316 batting average, and leads the team with a 1.064 OPS and a .452 on-base percentage. The senior got at least one hit in all five contests and now owns a team-leading 10 game hitting streak dating back to March 21 against Central Michigan.

Tirotta and the Flyers will return to action tomorrow when they take on Morehead State at 3 p.m. at Woerner Field. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

DAYTON MSOCCER: Fjeldberg Named A-10 Player Of The Week

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference released its weekly awards for men’s soccer and recognized University of Dayton senior Jonas Fjeldberg as the A-10 Player of the Week.

Fjeldberg led the Flyers to first place in the A-10 with two goals and two assists in the 5-1 victory over Duquesne Saturday. The Norway native was recognized pregame for senior day before going on to power the Flyers in their third A-10 win. He totaled six shots, all on goal, and now ranks in the top 10 in the league in goals and assists. Last season, Fjeldberg was named A-10 Offensive Player of the Year.

This is the first weekly honor for Fjeldberg this season.

Dayton as a team is atop the A-10 standings overall and in the west division with a 3-1-1 league mark.

The Flyers finish up the regular season on Saturday at St. Bonaventure with a shot at hosting the A-10 Championships as the top seed on the line.

For more information regarding Dayton men’s soccer, check back at DaytonFlyers.com.

CINCINNATI VOLLEYBALL: Oliver and Mallon Earn AAC Second Team All-Conference Recognition

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati’s Adria Oliver and Maria Mallon received recognition from the American Athletic Conference, Monday afternoon after being named Second Team All-Conference.

Both Oliver and Mallon received preseason All-Conference nods with Oliver being named to the Preseason All-Conference team for the first time in her career while Mallon secured her second nomination.

BACK ON TOP

This is Oliver’s second Second Team All-Conference recognition since 2019 and the 17th Bearcat to receive this award. Through six conference matchups, she contributed immensely to the Bearcats defense over the course of the season, accumulating 19 total blocks with 16 assisted and three solo, averaging .83 blocks per set. While standing tall for the defense, she only totaled three block errors while also grabbing 70 points for the Bearcats, averaging 3.04 points per set. She also tallied 59 kills for the offense across 23 sets on 121 attempts with only 18 errors, all while averaging 2.57 kills per set with an impressive .339 hit percentage.

For the Third consecutive season, Mallon secured her Third All-Conference accolade, receiving First Team All-Conference recognition in 2018 and 2019. She is now the 18th Bearcat to receive this award. Mallon, who started the season late for the Bearcats, wasted no time in making an impact for UC. Mallon was able to play all 23 sets against the Bearcats conference opponents, leading the team in kills with 77 on 234 total attempts, averaging 3.35 kills per set. Mallon also put down seven service aces on 82 total attempts averaging .30 service aces per set. Mallon also scooped up 86 total digs for the Bearcats, averaging 3.74 digs per set. She also led the team in total points with 88.5, averaging 3.85 per set.

2020 AMERICAN VOLLEYBALL REGULAR-SEASON AWARDS

Player of the Year: McKenna Melville, Jr., OH, UCF

Libero of the Year: Falanika Danielson, Fr., Temple

Setter of the Year: Annie Cooke, Fr., Houston

Freshman of the Year: Annie Cooke, Fr., S, Houston

Co-Coaches of the Year

Todd Dagenais, UCF

Bakeer Ganesharatnam, Temple

All-Conference First Team

McKenna Melville, Jr., OH, UCF

Anne-Marie Watson, Sr., RS, UCF

Bri Wood, Sr., RS, East Carolina

Annie Cooke, Fr., S, Houston

Kortlyn Henderson, Jr., OH, Houston

Abbie Jackson, So., OH, Houston

Marta Cvitkovic, Fr., OH, USF

Gem Grimshaw, Jr., OH, Temple

Falanika Danielson, Fr., L, Temple

Lexie Douglas, Sr., OH, Tulane

Kayla Dinkins, Jr., MH, Tulane

Sophia Rohling, So., RS, Wichita State

All-Conference Second Team

Nerissa Moravec, R-Sr., MB, UCF

Adria Oliver, Jr., MB, Cincinnati

Maria Mallon, Jr., OH, Cincinnati

Torie Frederick, Jr., L, Houston

Rachel Tullos, So., MB, Houston

Jadyn Bauss, So., OH, SMU

Miray Bolukbasi, Jr., OH, Temple

Maggie Hembree, Sr., MB, Tulsa

OHIO STATE FOOTBALL: OHIO STATE MOURNS THE PASSING OF MIKE SENSIBAUGH

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Department of Athletics and football program is mourning the loss of Mike Sensibaugh, a member of Ohio State’s 1968 national championship team, an All-American and three-year letterwinner from 1968-70. Sensibaugh passed away on Wednesday. He was 72 years old.

Sensibaugh was living in Wildwood, Missouri where he owned and operated Sensibaugh Pools. He is survived by three children: a son, Doug, and two daughters, Amy and Cara. He had five grandchildren ranging in ages from 17 to 24 years old. Sensibaugh was also the step-father to Michael and Ben Krause, whose families included seven additional grandchildren. He and his wife, Dana, were married for 29 years at the time of his passing.

Donations to honor Sensibaugh can be made to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, 361 Newbury St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02115 or online at concussionfoundation.org.

One of the all-time great safeties in Buckeye history, Sensibaugh was born in Cincinnati and came to Ohio State as part of the famed “Super Sophs” class that led Ohio State to the 1968 national title with a perfect 10-0 record.

With Sensibaugh alongside Jack Tatum on the back end of Ohio State’s defense, the Buckeyes were 27-2 from 1968-70 and won at least a share of Big Ten titles all three seasons. A two-time All-Big Ten selection and an All-American in 1970, he still holds the Ohio State career record for interceptions (22) and single-season interceptions. His 22 career INTs are the eighth most of any player in FBS history.

Sensibaugh became a starter as a sophomore in 1968 and intercepted nine passes, which 53 years later is still the single-season school record (tied with Craig Cassady, who also intercepted nine passes in 1975). One season later, he nearly tied his own record with eight interceptions for an Ohio State defense that allowed just 10.3 points per game.

In addition to holding Ohio State records for interceptions in a single season and a career, Sensibaugh’s name is also atop the list for career interception return yards with 248.

Following his Ohio State career, Sensibaugh was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1971. He played there for five seasons before finishing his career with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1976 to 1978. Sensibaugh had 27 career interceptions in 92 games.

Sensibaugh’s contributions to the Buckeyes weren’t just limited to the defensive side of the ball. A skilled punter, he set a Rose Bowl record with 319 punting yards in the Buckeyes’ win over USC.

In 1997, Sensibaugh was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame and was chosen in early 2000 to Ohio State’s All-Century Team by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.

MAC MEN’S SOCCER: Markanich Earns Men’s Soccer Player of the Week Honor

MAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week
Nick Markanich, NIU
Forward, Junior, Bourbonnais, Ill. (Bradley-Bourbonnais)
Nick Markanich scored a pair of goals, increasing his lead as the top goalscorer in the MAC, as the NIU men’s soccer team swept SIU Edwardsville (March 31) and Akron (April 4). Markanich netted his sixth and seventh goals of the season in a 2-0 victory over the Cougars to open the week, playing the full 90 minutes in the win. The junior forward then led the line again for the Huskies in a 3-0 win at Akron, NIU’s first road win against the Zips since 1990, tallying three shots in 76 minutes of action. Markanich currently ranks in the top-10 nationally in goals scored. 

Other Nominees
Ike Swiger, West Virginia
Midfielder, Junior, Fairmont, W.Va. (Fairmont Senior HS)
Tallied a brace against Western Michigan to lead the Mountaineers to a 3-1 win over the Broncos … his goals against WMU came in the 50th and 76th minutes to help WVU put the game away in the second half … scored the game-winning goal for the second consecutive contest, after scoring the game winner against No. 8 Marshall on March 24 … tied for fourth in the conference in goals (3) and goals per game (0.43)

Mike Melaragni, Western Michigan
Forward, Junior, Rochester, Mich. (Stoney Creek)
Melaragni helped the Broncos earn a split last week. Against the Mountaineers he cut WVU’s lead to 2-1 with a goal midway through the second half.In the win over SIUE he netted WMU’s second goal, putting the Broncos up 2-0. He then set up the game-winning goal by winning a header over to Daniel Nimick, who volleyed his shot into the net to put the Broncos up 3-2 with just under six minutes left to play. 

MAC BASEBALL: MAC Announces Baseball Players of the Week

MAC Baseball Player of the Week
Ben Carew, Kent State, LF      
Gr, Appleton, Wis./Kimberly
Ben Carew was a one-man wrecking crew for the Flashes in the sweep of Bowling Green. Carew (.611 avg.) put together four multi-hit games and scored two or more runs in each of the four games. Carew had 4 RBI and 4 runs scored in the Friday opener and homered in game two of Saturday’s double header. Carew also went 2-2 in stolen base opportunities and handled all three chances in left including a diving grab on Sunday to rob extra bases.
 
MAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Brandon Petersen, Western Michigan, Left-Handed Pitcher           
Senior, Naperville, Ill. (Waubonsie Valley)   
In his second appearance of the season and his first career start, redshirt junior LHP Brandon Petersen dazzled for the Broncos in the series opener against Akron. Petersen threw a career-high seven innings allowing just one hit and striking out a career-high 12 batters in a 10-0 victory for the Brown & Gold. Petersen is the first Bronco pitcher to throw a complete game since May 17, 2019. Petersen walked the first batter of the game and then proceeded to retire the next 16 Akron batters. The Naperville, Ill., native gave up his lone hit in the top of the sixth inning with two outs. Petersen clinched WMU’s first shutout since winning 12-0 last season at Alabama A&M.

IU EAST’S WISECUP CLAIMS RSC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East junior Jo Wisecup won the Asbury Invitational to claim River States Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week March 29-April 4.

A native of Enon, Ohio, Wisecup shot 5-over 77 in the final round to rally from six shots back and take the medalist title. IU East was second of eight teams in an event that also featured Midway and host Asbury from the conference. Wisecup shot two rounds in the 70s as she opened up with a 79 on her way to her first-career win.

IU EAST’S MILLER GETS ANOTHER RSC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East freshman Jake Miller has been named River States Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week for March 29-April 4, his third weekly honor this spring. 

The Richmond, Ind., native shot 3-under par in the 36-hole Purgatory Intercollegiate to bag the award this time. Miller shot rounds of 2-under 70 and 1-under 71 in the tournament to take runner-up honors out of 59 players. That led the Red Wolves to seventh place of 11 teams in cold and windy conditions for the first and second rounds, respectively. 

RIO GRANDE’S BASSO, IU EAST’S FERRARI WIN RSC MEN’S SOCCER AWARDS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande defender and Indiana University East midfielder Gustavo Ferrari are the River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively, for March 29-April 4.

Basso, a sophomore from Santiago, Chile, was instrumental in the RedStorm’s 4-1 victory over No. 12-ranked Indiana Tech. The Rio Grande defense allowed only two shots on goal and took down the previously undefeated squad. 

Ferrari, a sophomore from Alberta, Canada, tallied two goals and three assists in a must-win game at Asbury, a 5-1 victory that kept the Red Wolves’ playoff hopes alive. He factored in all five goals, tied his own school record for assists in a game and racked up seven points.

2020-21 RSC Men’s Soccer Championship Qualifiers & Seeds announced for April 8-17

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2020-21 River States Conference Men’s Soccer Championship qualifiers and seeds have been determined with the completion of the regular season on Monday night, April 5. 

The top six teams of 10 in the standings qualified for the championship, which will be held April 8, 13 and 17 at campus sites around the conference. The championship winner will earn automatic qualification to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship.

No. 1 seed WVU Tech claimed the RSC Regular Season Championship by finishing out a 7-1 RSC record on the Monday night. The Golden Bears, 12-3 overall and ranked No. 24 in the NAIA, did so by beating Ohio Christian, 6-0. The Golden Bears will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and they will get a bye into the semifinals April 13. 

No. 2 seed University of Rio Grande (Ohio) was also 7-1 RSC. The RedStorm (12-4, 7-1 RSC) also get a bye into the semifinals. Rio Grande’s only conference loss of the year was to WVU Tech, thus the Golden Bears got the tiebreaker for the top spot. Rio Grande is “receiving votes” nationally.

No. 3 seed Point Park (Pa.) University is 6-6 overall and 5-3 RSC. The Pioneers will host No. 6 seed IU East (4-7, 4-4 RSC) in the quarterfinals on April 8 in Pittsburgh. Kickoff is 3 p.m. IU East earned the final playoff spot with its 5-4 win over Midway (Ky.) on Monday night. 

No. 4 seed Asbury (Ky.) University is 7-3-1 overall, 4-3-1 RSC. The Eagles welcome No. 5 seed Oakland City (Ind.) University (7-7, 4-4 RSC) in the quarterfinals on April 8 in Wilmore, Ky. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Oakland City made the playoffs in its first year in conference and took the fifth seed after winning the head-to-head tiebreaker over IU East. 

The RSC Men’s Soccer Championship final is Saturday, April 17 at the highest remaining seed. The NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship begins with the opening round April 22-24. 

Fan attendance and spectator policies for all games of the RSC Men’s Soccer Championship will be that of the host school of each individual games. Check the school website of the host school for information on that campus’ attendance policy. 

The RSC Game Central presented by Stretch Internet will broadcast all games of the RSC Men’s Soccer Championship. Log on to RiverStatesConference.com/Stretch to subscribe.

2020-21 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
April 8-17 at Campus Sites (All Times Eastern)
Thursday, April 8 — Quarterfinals
No. 5 Oakland City (Ind.) at No. 4 Asbury (Ky.), 7 p.m.
No. 6 IU East at No. 3 Point Park (Pa.), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13 — Semifinals
Oakland City-Asbury Winner at No. 1 WVU Tech, 5 p.m.
IU East-Point Park Winner at No. 2 Rio Grande (Ohio), 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 17 — Finals
at Highest Remaining Seed

HCAC Spring 2021 Baseball Notebook, Week 5

Athletes of the Week:
Hitter of the Week:
Parker Reynolds (Avon, Ohio) Bluffton University | Catcher | Graduate Student – Parker led the Beavers to a 3-2 mark last week. He hit .522 with eight RBI, five runs scored and 12 hits. The fifth-year senior slugged .739 with two doubles and a homer. His OBP was .560 for the week.
Pitcher of the Week:
Jordan Parker (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | First-Year – Parker picked up the Panthers win on the mound as they split with Franklin over the weekend. He pitched seven complete innings with a team-best nine strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA.

Notable Performances:

  • Tyler Burton (Knightstown, Ind.) Anderson University | Designated Hitter | Junior – Burton went 7-for-10 with three doubles, three walks, three stolen bases, three RBI and five runs. He closed out the week with a .700 batting average, a .769 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
  • Garrett O’Reilly (Galena, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher/Infield | Senior – O’Reilly tossed 8 strong innings in Bluffton’s 14-3 win at Manchester on Good Friday. He allowed seven hits with six strikeouts and just one walk while limiting the Spartans to a .219 batting average.
  • Lane Good (Bapoleon, Ohio) Defiance College | Pitcher/Outfield | Senior – In five games last week, Defiance’s Lane Good batted .438 (7-for-16) with a double, five runs batted in and three runs scored. He posted a .500 slugging percentage and .471 on-base percentage for the week. In a loss to Earlham last Friday, Good went a perfect 5-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.
  • Connor Drews (Noblesville, Ind.) Earlham College | Outfield | Junior – Drews batted .450 (9-for-20) with five runs scored and three RBI while starting four games last week while helping Earlham Baseball post a 4-1 record on the week. He went 5-for-10 in the doubleheader at Defiance, including a 2-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base in game one of the series. He came back in game two with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate with three runs scored and one RBI. Against Manchester, Drews went 4-for-10 in the series including a 3-for-5 effort in the second game of the twinbill. He also appeared as a ninth-inning defensive replacement in the Quakers’ mid-week game against Bluffton, which Earlham won 4-1. For the week, Drews had a .500 slugging percentage and a .476 on-base percentage.
  • Joey Gerbus (Liberty Township, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | Junior – In his only start of the week, Joey Gerbus fanned eight Defiance batters while issuing one walk and allowing four hits over 7.0 innings of work in an 8-2 win over the Yellow Jackets, improving his record to 3-0 on the season. He retired the Yellow Jackets in order in the second, third, and fourth innings, and only allowed two Defiance base runners to get past second base. Earlier in the week, he pitched the eighth inning in a relief stint in Earlham’s 8-2 win over Bluffton; he faced four Bluffton batters and struck out two.
  • Eric Roudebush (New Palestine, Ind.) Hanover College | First-Year – Roudebush posted an impressive week as the Panthers added to their conference-leading homerun total. The freshman recorded a team-best three home runs on the week while posting a .875 slugging percentage. He also added six RBI on five hits.
  • Michael Pinarski (Goshen, Ind.) Manchester University | Shortstop/Pitcher | Senior – Pinarski had another strong week for the Spartans, batting 7-19 (.368) with two doubles, one home run and five RBI. Pinarski had multi-hit efforts in three of the four Manchester games this week. Made a pair of pitching appearances this week, earning a five-out save in Manchester’s 7-3 win over Bluffton, while getting a start in MU’s 10-6 win at Earlham. Pinarski struck out 11 batters in 8.0 total innings of work as MU went 2-2.
  • Keegan Stevens (Rensselaer, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | Senior – Stevens was involved in both of Manchester’s wins this week. Stevens pitched 2.0 innings of relief of two-hit ball in Manchester’s 7-3 win over Bluffton. He earned his third win of the season. Stevens then came in and threw 2.1 scoreless innings in MU’s 10-6 win over Earlham, earning his first save of the season.
  • Jacob Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Senior – Hughes has been the Lions best starting pitcher this season and moved his record to 3-0 with a win over Rose on Saturday. He went 7.0 innings allowing eight hits and three earned runs while striking out eight Fightin’ Engineers.
  • Ryan Bixler (Logansport, Ind.) Franklin College | Outfield | Senior – Bixler batted .500 (6-for-12) with one home run, six RBI, two doubles and five runs scored as Franklin recorded a 2-1 week. He went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs knocked in as Franklin handed MSJ an 11-1 loss on Friday afternoon and became Franklin’s new career home run leader against Hanover on Saturday, blasting a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to put Franklin in front and give them a 9-8 win. He is currently batting .418 on the year.
  • Tyrell Anderson (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | First Base | Senior – Anderson led the Lions to a 2-1 record this week, including a sweep over Rose-Hulman on Saturday. For the week he went 4-10 at the plate with seven RBI, three BB, two runs, and a home run, which was a grandslam that helped the Lions finish off a come from behind win over Rose in game two Saturday.
  • Manuel Lopez (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Shortstop | First-Year – Lopez batted .500 (10-20) with an .850 slugging average to lead Rose-Hulman in a five-game week. Lopez had four doubles and one home run, with team-highs of seven runs scored and seven RBI. He also had one sacrifice fly to help the Engineers pick up two wins and finish off a suspended game win against Hanover.
  • Jacob Petrisko (Elkins Park, Pa.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Senior – Petrisko finished 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA and also completed a win in a suspended game from earlier in the season this week. Against Transylvania, Petrisko allowed just six hits and two runs with three strikeouts in eight innings of work, holding the Pioneers without a hit from innings 4-8. Earlier in the week, he finished his own nien-inning complete game victory over Hanover with a scoreless ninth inning to complete a suspended game from earlier in March.
  • Jake Schmidt (Dublin, Ohio) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Senior – The senior won his fourth straight start of the season and dished a career-high 11 strikeouts in Friday’s 8-5 win over Hanover. Schmidt worked a season-high seven innings to move to 4-0 on the season. Schmidt allowed three earned runs over seven innings, five hits, 11 strikeouts, and three walks. Six of Schmidt’s strikeouts came between the second and fourth innings of play. Following Friday’s performance, Schmidt leads the conference in ERA (1.88) and opponent batting average (.172).

HCAC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Track:
Jacob Bird (Culver, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Bird finished first in the 200-meter dash (23.22) and second in the 400-meter dash (51.98) to help Rose-Hulman claim first place honors in the Hanover Invitational.
Men’s Field:
Reece Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Hunter led the Panthers as part of the Hanover Invite on Saturday afternoon as they took second in the four team field. Reece won the high jump with a leap of 1.85 meters, while also winning the long jump with a leap of 6.38 meters. He was also member of the 4×100-meter relay that won with a time of 46.54.
Women’s Track:
Zaleeya Martin (Shelbyville, Ind.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Martin helped propel the Panthers to a second-place finish as part of the Hanover Invite on Saturday afternoon. The sophomore claimed first-place finishes in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.77 while also winning the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.35.
Women’s Field:
Jessica Beckman (Glenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Beckman broke her own school record in the discus to lead the Panthers as part of the Hanover Invite. The junior won the event with a toss of 39.33 meters, ranking her the favorite to win among HCAC opponents. The toss also lands Beckman among the top 30 in NCAA DIII. The junior also won the shot put with a toss of 11.50 meters and claimed third in the javelin with a distance of 26.71 meters.
 
Notable Performances:
Men:

  • Joshua Gaffney (Napoleon, Ohio) Defiance College | First-Year – At the Kentucky Wesleyan Twilight Invitational last Friday, Defiance’s Gaffney placed first in the 400 meters with a time of 52.60 seconds. He beat six other runners, including two from NCAA Division I, one from Division II and two from the NAIA.
  • Nick Patton (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – Patton claimed first place in the 110-meter hurdles at the Hanover Invitational on Saturday afternoon, recording a personal-best time of 16.35 seconds. He ranks third in the conference in the event following Saturday’s performance.
  • Dalen Williams (Waldron, Ind.) Franklin College | First-Year | Williams took first place in the javelin at Saturday’s Hanover Invitational with a college-best throw of 44.35 meters that also ranks third in the HCAC. He added a runner-up finish in the discus with a PR heave of 39.92 meters.
  • Andy Vilardo (Bloomington, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Vilardo posted an impressive day as part of the Hanover Invite on Saturday afternoon. The senior paced the 10,000-meter run winning the event with a time of 32:12.37.
  • Tristen Bronaugh (Crawfordsville, Ind.) Manchester University | First-Year – Bronaugh added an event win in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.65. He added a runner-up placement in the 200-meter dash (23.41) on Saturday for the Spartans at the Hanover Invitational.
  • Conner Sherwin (Pierceton, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior – Sherwin won the hammer throw with a top distance of 46.81 meters (153′ 7″) at Saturday’s Hanover Invitational. Sherwin also added a fourth-place finish in the discus (37.16m – 121′ 11″).
  • Jacob Back (Harrison, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Back won the triple jump (39′ 8 3/4″) and placed second in the long jump (20′ 1″) at the Hanover Invitational on Saturday, helping Rose-Hulman narrowly win the team scoring. He was also third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.51 seconds.
  • Gunnar Eaton (Glasgow, Ky.) Transylvania University | Senior – Eaton placed second in the men’s hammer throw with an HCAC-best throw of 49.90 meters. The senior also tallied a second-place showing in the men’s javelin throw with a mark of 45.27 meters.

Women:

  • Lisa Markau (Cape Coral, Fla.) Defiance College | Junior – At the Kentucky Wesleyan Twilight Invitational last Friday, Defiance’s Lisa Markau placed seventh in the 100 meters (13.64) and eighth in the 200 meters (28.60) in a competitive field that included NCAA Division I, Division II and and NAIA runners. Markau earned six of her team’s 11 points on the day.
  • Taylor Tatlock (Edinburgh, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – Tatlock claimed first place in the javelin at Saturday’s Hanover Invitational with a toss of 34.65 meters. She currently ranks third in the HCAC in the javelin and picked up a third-place finish in the discus with a new PR mark of 33.09 meters.
  • Brooke Bouwens (Clarksville, Mich.) Manchester University | Sophomore – Bouwens earned a runner-up placement in the 400m hurdles (1:13.74) on Saturday at the Hanover Invitational. She added a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line at 13.93. Brooke was also a key member of the MU 4×400 relay team that placed second overall at the Hanover Invitational.
  • Adelle Stanko (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) Manchester University | Sophomore – Stanko won the long jump with a top mark of 4.81m (15′ 9 1/2″) at Saturday’s Hanover Invitational. She added a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash (28.98) as well.
  • Kaia Johnson (Brighton, Mich.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Johnson won the 10000-meter run at the Hanover Invitational with a time of 41:14.20 to help Rose-Hulman win the meet. Johnson’s time ranks No. 2 in Rose-Hulman school history in the 10000-meter run.
  • Cassie Utley (Danville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology |Senior – Utley provided key points to help Rose-Hulman win the Hanover Invitational with three runner-up finishes in throwing events. Utley came home second in the javelin (105′ 9″); discus (115′ 3″); and shot put (34′ 1 1/2″).

HCAC Spring 2021 Softball Notebook, Week 7

Athletes of the Week:
Hitter of the Week:
Chloe Closser (Pendleton, Ind.) Anderson University | Designated Player | Sophomore – Closser finished the week 10-for-19 with six doubles, a triple and a home run. She totaled eight extra-base hits. Closser contributed five RBI, five runs and three stolen bases. On the week, Closser took a .526 batting average, a .550 on-base percentage and a 1.050 slugging percentage.
Pitcher of the Week:
Taylor Biggs (Cincinnati, Ohio) Defiance College | Pitcher/First Base | Senior – In two appearances for Defiance last week, Biggs went 2-0 with two complete games, including one shutout. For the week, she posted a 1.50 earned run average with 12 strikeouts and two walks over 14 innings. In the Yellow Jackets’ 1-0 win over Hanover to begin HCAC play last Saturday, Biggs allowed just five singles while striking out seven and walking one.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Alexis Kern (Elkhart, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Kern finished with a 1.53 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP for the week. In four appearances, she walked five batters and gave up five runs (three earned) on 13 hits in 13.2 innings pitched.
  • Bobbi Adams (Delaware, Ohio) Bluffton University | Catcher | Sophomore – Adams hit .500 with 2 RBI and a run scored as Bluffton went 1-3 on the week, including a conference split at RHIT on Saturday. She finished the week with seven hits.
  • Erin Norman (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Norman (0-1) finished the week with a 2.33 ERA and six strikeouts in 12 innings with two starts and only three walks.
  • Natalee Cooper (Genoa, Ohio) Defiance College | Catcher/First Base | First-Year – In four games last week, in which Defiance went 3-1 with a one-run loss, Cooper batted .545 (6-for-11) with a double, three runs scored and two runs batted in. She posted a .636 slugging percentage and .545 on-base percentage with just one error in 31 chances (.968 fielding percentage) for the week.
  • Abby Hickson (Indianapolis, Ind.) Franklin College | First Base | Senior – Hickson went 6-for-13 with a double and two runs batted in as Franklin recorded a 2-2 week. She had the walk-off sacrifice fly to complete the Grizzlies’ comeback win over No. 13 Transylvania on Sunday afternoon and went 4-for-4 with an RBI in the Grizzlies’ 5-3 win over Anderson on Wednesday, her first career four-hit game.
  • Alisha Burch (Coatesville, Ind.) Franklin College | Pitcher | Senior – Burch went 2-0 on the week with wins over Anderson and No. 13 Transylvania under her belt. She allowed five earned runs with nine strikeouts over 14 innings of work.
  • Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Junior – McCool went 1-0 this week, shutting down the Anderson Ravens in game two on Saturday. She went the distance allowing only two hits, two earned runs while striking out 13.
  • Nicole Lang (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Shortstop | Sophomore – batted .545 (6-11) with one double, three runs scored and three RBI as Rose-Hulman split with Bluffton and fell to No. 7 DePauw. Lang had a team-high on base average of .545 and slugged .636.
  • Alyssa Pinkston (Newburgh, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Sophomore – Pinkston had a 1.56 ERA in two appearances and nine innings over the weekend for Rose-Hulman. She scattered 12 hits and allowed just two earned runs with one strikeout.
  • Cece Wittry (Georgetown, Ky.) Transylvania University | Infield/Pitcher | Senior – Wittry posted a .563 hitting percentage with nine hits, two RBI, and six runs scored this week as the Pioneers posted a 3-1 record to open HCAC play this week. The senior was also a perfect 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts. Against Manchester, Wittry hit her second home run of the season to help power the Pioneers to a 6-0 victory. In game two, Wittry went 3-for-4 at the plate and also picked up the win after pitching four innings with two strikeouts and just one run allowed. The senior boasted a .750 slugging percentage with a .563 on-base percentage on the week.
  • Kameron Bowling (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Senior – Bowling posted a 2.05 ERA over 13.2 innings with 22 strikeouts in two appearances this week. The senior’s signature performance came in Transylvania’s 6-0 victory over Manchester on Saturday afternoon. Bowling opened the game by striking out nine straight batters. Altogether, Bowling tallied a career-high 16 strikeouts while allowing just one hit in the shutout.

HCAC Spring 2021 Men’s Lacrosse Notebook, Week 6

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive:
Andrew Hamill (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Attack | First-Year – Hamill matched his career-high with five goals in Transylvania’s 14-12 comeback victory over Wittenberg on Saturday, the Pioneers’ lone game of the week. Trailing the Tigers by a goal with under seven minutes to go in regulation, Hamill scored two of the last three goals in the game for the Pioneers, including the game-tying goal in the fourth quarter which came during a man-down situation. Hamill scored the first goal of the day for Transylvania as well as back-to-back goals to begin the second half. His final goal put the Pioneers ahead by two goals with 1:11 to go in regulation, securing the win for Transylvania. Hamill led all players in goals on Saturday.
Defensive:
Peyton Bray (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Face Off/Midfield | Junior – The face-off man tallied a match-high seven ground balls in Transylvania’s lone game of the week, a 14-12 comeback win at Wittenberg. Bray won 15 of 25 face-offs for the Pioneers in a 50/50 game. Bray’s efforts gave the Pioneers a 15-14 advantage in face-offs captured on the afternoon.

HCAC Spring 2021 Women’s Lacrosse Notebook, Week 6 

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive:
Milah Young (Granger, Ind.) Hanover College | Midfield | Junior – Young posted an impressive week as the Panthers opened HCAC action with a victory at Franklin. The junior netted a game-high five goals with two assists. She finished the week with a .857 shot on goal percentage.
Defensive:
Abby Rau (Dayton, Ohio) Transylvania University | Defense | Sophomore – Rau anchored Transylvania’s defensive stand in their lone win of the week, an 11-7 victory over Georgetown (Ky.) College. Rau had a match-high two caused turnovers and added three ground balls for the Pioneers. Rau anchored Transy’s defense, which limited Georgetown to just three goals in the second half, including a 15-minute scoring drought. The Tigers mustered just two goals in the first 29 minutes of the second half while the Pioneers offense pulled away for the victory.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Delaney Benner (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Junior – Benner picked up a win in frame last week as the Panthers defeated Franklin. The junior tallied 20 saves on 57 shots faced.
  • Salem Carlow (West Chester, Pa.) Transylvania University | Midfield | Senior – Carlow matched a single-game season-high five goals to go with two assists in the Pioneers’ lone game of the week, an 11-7 victory over Georgetown (Ky.) College. Carlow totaled seven points and added three ground balls and was second on the team in draw controls with four won. Carlow’s seven points was her highest single-game point total of the season.

Jets trade QB Sam Darnold to Panthers for 3 draft picks

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets traded quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers, ending a stint that was marked by a few flashes of brilliance, inconsistent play and unfortunate injuries.

And with the Jets holding the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, they’re likely moving on to another young signal-caller who they hope will deliver the team back to respectability.

New York announced it acquired a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft and second- and fourth-round picks in the 2022 draft.

The 23-year-old Darnold was considered an untouchable player on the roster in his second season, but it became clear the Jets could move on when general manager Joe Douglas backed off that stance in March. Douglas praised Darnold, but acknowledged he would answer calls from teams interested in acquiring him.

The speculation only grew when Douglas, new coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur all traveled to Provo, Utah, to watch quarterback Zach Wilson’s impressive passing display at BYU’s pro day.

With the second pick, the Jets are widely expected to take either Wilson or Ohio State’s Justin Fields.

Then-GM Mike Maccagnan traded up to select Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in 2018 out of USC. Darnold’s California cool personality played well in New York and he seemed unfazed by the lofty expectations and the Big Apple spotlight.

But a foot injury as a rookie, a bout with mononucleosis in his second year and a shoulder injury last season sidelined him for stints. And when he did play, Darnold’s mistakes overshadowed the positives. That led to serious doubts as to whether he could ever truly lift the franchise. Former coach Adam Gase also acknowledged he didn’t help Darnold enough to thrive in their two seasons together, and the Jets lacked playmaking talent to help him take the next step in his development.

Another likely determining factor was his contract. Darnold was entering the fourth year of his rookie deal and was scheduled to count $9.8 million against the Jets’ salary cap. New York would have had until May 3 to decide whether to exercise Darnold’s fifth-year option — which would have cost the Jets between $15 million and $20 million, fully guaranteed.

Georgia Bulldogs add former West Virginia Mountaineers CB Tykee Smith

Georgia has addressed one of its pressing needs in the secondary by adding former West Virginia starter Tykee Smith as a transfer.

Smith, an Associated Press third-team All-American in 2020, announced on Twitter on Sunday night that he plans to transfer to Georgia. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Smith, a junior from Philadelphia, had 61 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two interceptions in 10 games with the Mountaineers last season. He started eight games as a freshman in 2019 and had 53 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.

Smith will be reunited with former West Virginia defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae, who left for Georgia in January.

The Bulldogs lost their top safeties when Richard LeCounte and Mark Webb entered the NFL draft and Tyrique Stevenson transferred to Miami. Three top cornerbacks, Tyson Campbell, Eric Stokes and DJ Daniel, also left for the NFL draft.

“We’re a long way from being ready in terms of what we need to do with the secondary because we’ve just got a lot of inexperienced players,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “We cannot have enough of those situations: scrimmages, passing, all of the different looks we get, because we need experience.”

Tar Heels turn to assistant Davis as Williams’ successor

(AP) — North Carolina has turned to former Tar Heels player and assistant coach Hubert Davis to lead the storied men’s basketball program as the successor to Hall of Famer Roy Williams.

The 50-year-old Davis played for the Tar Heels under Dean Smith before a long NBA career, and he spent the past nine seasons working under Williams.

The school announced the hiring Monday after an emergency meeting by its board of trustees. UNC is planning an introductory news conference for Davis on Tuesday.

“I love this university,” Davis said in a statement. “I played here, I earned my degree here, I fell in love with my wife here, I got married here, I moved here after I retired from the NBA and I have raised my family here. I am proud to lead this team, and I can’t wait for all that comes next.”

Williams retired last week after 18 seasons at his alma mater in a career that also included 15 years at Kansas and 903 overall victories. All three of his NCAA championships came with the Tar Heels.

The school has long had a history of turning to people with UNC ties to lead its program, which owns six NCAA championships and ranks among college basketball’s all-time wins leaders. It has worked before, with longtime assistant Bill Guthridge taking over after Smith’s 1997 retirement and leading the Tar Heels to two Final Fours, as well as Williams’ return from Kansas in 2003.

But it didn’t work during the three-year tumultuous tenure of Matt Doherty – including an 8-20 season in 2002 – after Williams turned down the job following Guthridge’s retirement in 2000.

The Tar Heels are staying in the “Carolina family” again, this time by turning to a trusted former player who has never been a college head coach. His hiring also marks a groundbreaking moment as the first Black coach in the history of the program.

“I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead this program,” Davis said. “I would not be here without Coach Dean Smith, Coach Bill Guthridge and Coach Roy Williams; they taught me so much – and I’m eager to walk their path in my shoes and with my personality.”

Davis had been on Williams’ staff since 2012 as a bench coach, recruiter and scout, including a run to the 2016 NCAA title game and then the championship a year later. He had also served as head coach of the UNC junior varsity program and oversaw the program’s charitable endeavors.

Davis, the nephew of former UNC player and NBA All-Star Walter Davis, played for Smith from 1988-92 and still holds the program record for career 3-point percentage (.435). He was part of two Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championships as a player as well as scoring 25 points in a 1991 Final Four loss against a Kansas team led by Williams.

Davis went onto become a first-round NBA draft pick by the New York Knicks and spent a dozen seasons in the league.

After his playing career, Davis spent seven years with ESPN as a college basketball analyst until Williams asked Davis to join his staff in 2012 – which Davis said at the time was “a total surprise.”

Now it’s up to Davis to keep the Tar Heels among the nation’s elite programs.

In a statement, athletic director Bubba Cunningham said Davis is the “best leader we can possibly have for our men’s basketball program.”

“He teaches student-athletes on and off the court,” Cunningham said. “He inspires his fellow staff members. He is strongly committed to family. He has a tenacious, burning desire to be the best he can possibly be; we witnessed that when he was a player, a broadcaster and an assistant coach – and I have no doubt he will ensure that our student-athletes and program will be the best they can be, as well.”

2021 NFL DRAFT TOP 100 PLAYER RANKINGS BY THE SPORTING NEWS

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (6-6, 213 pounds)

Lawrence is locked and loaded as the top prospect at his position and in this loaded offensive skill class. He’s a generational talent with a great arm, athleticism and winning leadership skills.

2. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (6-1, 200 pounds)

Chase is a versatile, explosive playmaker who can line up anywhere to make big plays for an NFL team after taking a year off from making big plays with Joe Burrow during a national championship run.

3. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (6-5, 325 pounds)

Sewell is a rock of a run blocker who also established himself as being plenty smooth enough with his feet in pass protection. He can start in the NFL on the left side for a long time.

4. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (6-6, 239 pounds)

Pitts has a high, explosive ceiling as an athletic, smart route-running pass catcher who right now has to be more of “move” option with blocking still a work in progress.

5. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (6-3, 210 pounds)

Wilson proved his stock behind Lawrence with a breakout season stamped by his big arm and accuracy. He also is a highly intelligent passer with a natural feel for reading defenses.

6. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (6-1, 170 pounds)

Like Chase, Smith has a nice blend of speed, quickness and route-running that gives him a lot of big-play versatility. He parlayed that into a Heisman Trophy-winning campaign with dominance through the College Football Playoff.

7. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (5-10, 182 pounds)

Waddle has a nice combination of field-stretching, possession and route-running qualities to make plays lining up anywhere in the NFL. It’s pretty close between him, Smith and Chase to give this class three elite wideout prospects.

8. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (6-3, 225 pounds)

Forget that he dominated for only one season in FBS. Between his prototypical frame, efficiency and athleticism, Lance is a mighty fourth QB in this top-heavy class who checks all the boxes by meshing passing and running so well.

9. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (6-3, 233 pounds)

Fields was a dynamic dual threat in Ryan Day’s offense. He fits in with the modern pro game because of his unique running ability to go with his confident downfield passing.

10. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2, 207 pounds)

Farley kicks off the nice-sized cornerback theme in this class. Before opting out for 2020, he shot up to stardom in 2019, using his frame and hands well to win tough battles on routes and break up passes. He has shutdown potential in the NFL.

11. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (6-2, 203 pounds)

The son of the former Dolphins top cornerback has some of the same attributes. Surtain, with his pedigree, size and ball-hawking skills, has the potential to be a true shutdown corner in the NFL, too.

12. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (6-4, 315 pounds)

Like Sewell, Slater opted out for his final college season. He’s pushing to match him as a tackle prospect with a strong all-around game and having flashed some elite athleticism in tougher matchups.

13. Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT/G, USC (6-4, 300 pounds)

Vera-Tucker is a powerful inside presence and also some potential to play on the outside at right tackle if he can round out his game. His natural tools have gotten him notice to climb up draft boards.

14. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama (6-2, 230 pounds)

Harris comes from the program that produced Josh Jacobs and Derrick Henry and combines some of their attributes. He is strong and powerful to pound between the tackles but also quick and smart enough to be a big asset in the passing game.

15. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (6-5, 314 pounds)

Darrisaw isn’t as solid for run blocking as Sewell and Slater for now but he’s a smooth athlete ready for a fine transition into NFL pass protection.

16. Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan (6-4, 272 pounds)

Paye is a freakish athlete based on his size and quickness with some versatility to also line up inside and rush the passer that way.

17. Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State (6-3, 245 pounds)

Parsons is the latest product of “Linebacker U.” who lives up to the pedigree with his active sideline-to-sideline playmaking with good combination of run-stopping and coverage skills.

18. Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (6-6, 260 pounds)

Rousseau opted out of the ACC season to focus on working out for the NFL. It’s been just about raising his ceiling there as his floor or production immediately was high for the Hurricanes. He has great burst to QBs and finishes them off well, too.

19. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OLB, Notre Dame (6-2, 216 pounds)

Owusu-Koramoah is a linebacker built for the modern game with his range in pass coverage and ability to bulk up to turn his active playmaking into a force against the run.

20. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (6-3, 214 pounds)

Jones won’t provide much as a runner, but he makes for it with his strong, smart pocket presence, big arm and downfield efficiency after a Burrow-like meteoric rise. He also has ideal leadership and grinding qualities to get better mentally and physically.

21. Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia (6-3, 240 pounds)

Ojulari isn’t as solid in coverage and run defense as Koramoah but he has unique attributes as a versatile pass rusher for any alignment on the second level.

22. Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (6-1, 205 pounds)

Horn, the son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn, offers great size for the position with playmaking instincts that make him an effective aggressive ballhawk.

23. Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama (6-3, 310 pounds)

Barmore combines strength and power with great technique from a program that got the best of his abilities in a 3-4. He has all the tools to remain very disruptive in the NFL.

24. Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (6-5, 266 pounds)

Phillips has a nice wingspan as an athlete who gets after it against both run and pass. He delivered as a pass rusher with also some good dropback coverage assets. He has some untapped potential to put his game all together.

25. Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas (6-3, 245 pounds) 

Ossai stands out as a pass rusher with an array of explosive moves plus the relentlessness to get after quarterbacks with consistent high efforts.

26. Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (5-11, 190 pounds)

Toney is a solid slot receiver with big-play attributes of being able to run well after the catch in open field and stretch the middle of the field, too.

27. Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State (6-6, 320 pounds)

Jenkins is a strong and powerful prospect made to anchor right tackle in the NFL and his athleticism can only get better.

28. Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State (6-5, 257 pounds)

Oweh is an amazing, borderline freakish athlete who can be devastating as a every-down pass-rusher with some polish in his game.

29. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (5-10, 210 pounds)

Etienne’s open-field quickness and receiving skills are set up to make him a top-flight change of pace back in the NFL, but he also developed some better workhorse attributes from his surprise return season.

30. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa (6-4, 260 pounds)

Collins can play either inside or outside and have an impact with his quickness, agility and range. He’s another intriguing athlete to help a team in pass coverage.

31. Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas (6-7, 300 pounds)

Cosmi has been outstandingly agile protecting that other Sam — quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Cosmi is a massive prospect for the position with nimble feet to match.

32. Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan (6-5, 319 pounds)

Mayfield needs to get more refined with his athleticism but his strength and pop for the outside stand out with his sturdy frame.

33. Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern (6-0, 192 pounds)

Newsome is a smart, instinctual corner with natural ballhawk skills who’s getting more buzz for a terrific combination of size and speed that can allow him to be consistent in outside coverage, especially in a defense with zone concepts.

34. Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU (6-1, 208 pounds)

Moehrig has a nose for making plays on the ball. He is equally adept at flying upfield against the run and moving laterally in coverage.

35. Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU (6-3, 200 pounds)

Marshall took advantage of Chase not suiting up for LSU by showing off his unique combination of size and speed. He is a field-stretcher with the potential to develop into a big-play No. 1.

36. Nick Bolton, OLB, Missouri (6-0, 232 pounds)

Another linebacker, more speed and quickness near the top of this class. Bolton can develop into a greater asset against the pass, but he has a strong calling card with his sound tackling and run-stopping skills.

37. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue (5-9, 180 pounds)

Moore is a dynamo made to deliver big plays all over the open field whenever he gets the balls in his hands in the nFL. Moore has the potential to grow into a more polished all-around receiver, too.

38. Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State (6-5, 260 pounds)

Freiermuth is easily the most complete tight end in the class. He may not be the same game-breaking receiver as Pitts, but he is tough enough to consistently win his battles whether route-running or blocking.

39. Dylan Moses, ILB, Alabama (6-3, 235 pounds)

Moses picked up where he left off in 2019 after a knee injury wiped out all of last season and took away his chance to be a surefire first-rounder in 2020. Moses has everything you want in an inside linebacker for a 3-4 or 4-3 with his range, instincts, speed and quickness.

40. Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota (6-2, 210 pounds)

Bateman can stretch the field and make big plays outside but also position himself possession-wise to be a consistent scoring threat in the red zone.

41. Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington (6-3, 290 pounds)

Onwuzurike is extremely active and athletic inside for a man of his size. He combines that with toughness and technique required to finish plays.

42. Jevon Holland, S, Oregon (6-1, 200 pounds)

Holland is an active rangy playmaker with the ability to get upfield and disrupt at the line of scrimmage but also drop back and make plays on the ball in coverage. He has nice size and a well-rounded skill set to play either spot.

43. Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State (6-4, 315 pounds)

Davis is the classic agile and nasty right guard made for picking up where he left off run blocking at an elite level for the Buckeyes.

44. Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington (6-4, 251 pounds)

Tryon is naturally explosive and can get to the quarterback from a variety of angles and is versatile enough to be effective that way in any alignment.

45. Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina (5-10, 220 pounds)

Williams combines the traits of a big power runner with those of an elusive smaller back who can turn the corner. His handle on all aspects of the passing game give him three-down potential like Harris and Etienne.

46. Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame (6-6, 305 pounds)

Eichenberg uses his strength, power and hands well to win blocks. He seems better suited to the right side but he can boost his value with better footwork and technique.

47. Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami (6-3, 245 pounds)

Jordan channels some of Pitts’ abilities as a dynamic pass-catcher with fine speed, quickness, athleticism and route-running. He is a willing blocker who can grow in that area with more bulk.

48. Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest (6-5, 275 pounds)

Basham has natural explosiveness and instincts to get after and finish quarterbacks. There’s no doubt he’s relentless in trying to come up with game-changing plays, and the production proves it.

49. Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State (6-6, 304 pounds)

Radunz uses his strength and balance well to be a force in the running game. He probably is suited for right tackle in the NFL until he can develop more agility and maximize his footwork.

50. Kyle Trask, QB, Florida (6-5, 230 pounds)

Trask wasn’t in the second-round conversation until his sharp final college season in which he displayed the confidence, arm, accuracy and athleticism to operate a talented passing game at a high level. He mostly made all the throws and good decisions.

51. Creed Humphrey, G/C, Oklahoma (6-4, 312 pounds)

Humphrey combines athleticism with a mean hand punch. He has good line leadership qualities and can be fine as a long-term snapper in the NFL.

52. Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State (5-10, 184 pounds)

Samuel, another son of a former top NFL corner, excels in man-to-man coverage with the speed and agility to stay with receivers downfield. He also can be a welcome asset in run support.

53. Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss (5-9, 184 pounds)

Like Rondale Moore, he’s a diminutive dasher who makes a lot of big plays, either when speeding downfield vertically or bursting after the catch. He needs to be deployed so his frame doesn’t put him at a disadvantage in coverage.

54. Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama (6-5, 312 pounds)

Leatherwood is a powerful, aggressive run blocker with great experience. He has some athletic limitations in pass protection that will push him to right tackle in the NFL.

55. Landon Dickerson, G/C, Alabama (6-6, 326 pounds)

Dickerson is extremely tough and has an ideal nasty streak for the interior. He’s also a savvy leader and anchor the middle for a team for a long time.

56. Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State (5-11, 193 pounds)

Wallace is a good route-running possession type made for the outside with occasional big-play burst.

57. Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson (6-5, 345 pounds)

Carman comes into the league after serving as Lawrence’s sturdy left tackle. His biggest assets are size, strength and power. He’s best suited for the right side or even inside in the NFL.

58. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC (6-1, 195 pounds)

Brown is a tough, quick inside receiver in the JuJu Smith-Schuster mold of working the slot well.

59. Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina (5-7, 202 pounds)

Carter is an explosive runner who bursts into open field often because of ability to see favorable running lanes and quickly decide to hit them.

60. Trey Smith, G, Tennessee (6-5, 330 pounds)

Smith is a strong interior blocker who uses his hands and feet to consistently win in the running game.

61. Jay Tufele, DT, USC (6-3, 315 pounds)

Tufele is athletic and quick for his size but could get better overall with improved technique.

62. Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State (6-3, 241 pounds)

Browning has the physical tools and athleticism to be very active against run and pass. He is a big playmaker but needs more consistency.

63. Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami (6-3, 245 pounds)

Roche’s quickness and athleticism sets up him to be an effective pass rush-first outside linebacker in a 3-4.

64. Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse (6-2, 212 pounds)

Melifonwu is a big, lanky corner whose range, athleticism and coverage assets are best used in zone concepts.

65. Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State (6-3, 213 pounds)

Nasirildeen can fit any scheme with his size to come up to use his power against the run and also has the quickness for versatile coverage.

66. Chris Rumph II, EDGE, Duke (6-3, 235 pounds)

Rumph is a smart, experienced, technically sound pass rusher who line up as either a 4-3 end or 3-4 outside linebacker.

67. Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia (6-1, 185 pounds)

Stokes is a physical corner with good ball skills, but he’s better suited for zone coverage with his limited top-end speed.

68. Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE, Oregon State (6-3, 245 pounds)

Rashed plays with high energy and is relentless with his quickness. He just needs some polish with his pass rush and some rounding out against the run.

69. Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh (6-5, 264 pounds)

Jones is an effective all-around end with equal juice for pass rush and run defense. He’s best suited for a 4-3 team.

70. Elijah Molden, CB, Washington (5-10, 191 pounds)

With his athleticism and quickness, as well as toughness in run support, Molden is the ideal high-upside nickel back made to cover the slot well.

71. Deonte Brown, G, Alabama (6-3, 364 pounds)

Brown has a massive frame and uses it well to engulf defenders in the running game. He’s made to be a downhill road-grader.

72. Josh Myers, G/C, Ohio State (6-5, 312 pounds)

Myers has a nice combination of strength and quickness to be a well-rounded blocker anchoring the middle.

73. Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU (6-3, 362 pounds)

Shelvin is what you would expect to have that massive, powerful frame, a big-time asset against the run but offering little in the pass rush.

74. Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa (6-3, 305 pounds)

Nixon is a quick and explosive interior disruptor who uses his hands and feet well for rare inside pass-rush juice.

75. Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky (6-4, 224 pounds)

Davis’ speed and quickness give him a lot of range, giving him great appeal as a cover man on the second level.

76. Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis (5-11, 191 pounds)

Gainwell is a quick, nimble runner who provides good versatility, made to be effective in zone-blocking schemes and with strong receiving skills.

77. Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State (6-1, 194 pounds)

Wade is an active playmaker but his speed and quickness are better suited for inside coverage.

78. Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia (6-2, 185 pounds)

Campbell uses size well to stick with receivers in outside man coverage, but he is limited in on-ball playmaking for now.

79. Chazz Surratt, LB North Carolina (6-2, 227 pounds)

Surratt is a potential every-down linebacker with his solid play against the run and standout coverage ability.

80. Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh (5-11, 190 pounds)

Ford is another versatile zone safety made for either spot because of his range in coverage and physicality in run support.

81. Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson (5-10, 211 pounds)

Rodgers made plenty of big plays for Lawrence and profiles as a slot who can make big plays in the open field and also provides return game value.

82. Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame (6-4, 248 pounds)

Tremble has all the makings of the next solid all-around tight end from the program with natural athleticism and quickness as a receiver with room to grow as a blocker.

83. Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State (6-2, 300 pounds)

He’s a powerful and nasty run stopper who uses his footwork well and is helped by a strong hand punch.

84. Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse (6-0, 203 pounds)

He has great athleticism for coverage with natural ballhawk instincts. Cisco needs to become more consistent there and develop more as a run defender.

85. Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan (6-1, 232 pounds)

McGrone has great range and is very active from sideline-to-sideline, balanced in getting around vs. the run and in coverage. He projects as a starting middle.

86. Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State (6-3, 242 pounds)

Werner is a natural second-level cover man against running backs and tight ends alike and is starting to round into a better run player.

87. D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan (5-9, 189 pounds)

Eskridge has a nice blend of toughness and strong hands for his size, making him an asset in the running game on top of being a good possession slot.

88. Osa Odighizuwa, DT, UCLA (6-2, 280 pounds)

Odighizuwa gets off blocks fast with quickness and burst. He is agile enough to zip into the backfield and disrupt a lot of plays.

89. Chatarius Atwell, WR, Louisville (5-9, 165 pounds)

Atwell stands out because of his top-end speed and quickness. He’s best suited as a vertical deep threat or someone to get consistently into the open field.

90. Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina (5-11, 190 pounds)

He’s a technically sound slot receiver in the Jarvis Landry mold with some good big-play burst after the catch.

91. Jabril Cox, LB, LSU (6-3, 233 pounds)

Cox is versatile to do anything needed on the second level in different coverages and makes up a lot of ground fast.

92. Richie Grant, S, UCF (6-0, 194 pounds)

Grant is an effective, consistent all-around cover man who often flashes with big plays on the ball.

93. Hunter Long, TE, Boston College (6-5, 254 pounds)

Long is a polished, prolific receiver with good in-line blocking upside. He’ll be seen as a more all-around type than a higher-end dynamic target.

94. Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU (5-8, 178 pounds)

Despite his undersized frame, Washington is highly active with a lot of range for inside coverage with some Tyrann Mathieu-like traits.

95. Seth Williams, WR, Auburn (6-2, 224 pounds)

Williams is made to be a tough possession matchup outside with some field-stretching ability but stands out in the red zone.

96. Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State (6-4, 203 pounds)

Terry has appeal as a home-run hitter for the outside who creates matchup problems because of his size.

97. Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma (6-0, 227 pounds)

Stevenson is a powerful downhill run ideal to pound between the tackles and finish drives in the red zone. He also has the quickness and elusiveness to evade would-be tacklers.

98. Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest (6-3, 215 pounds)

Surratt is an outstanding physical receiver with underrated big-play ability who can line up outside or inside.

99. Marlon Williams, WR UCF (6-0, 222 pounds)

Williams has an intriguing skill set as a physical receiver with enough agility to be effective in the slot, like the Colts’ Michael Pittman Jr.

100. Richard LeCounte III, S, Georgia (5-11, 190 pounds)

LeCounte uses all his physical skills well in coverage but needs some work to be trusted consistently against the run.

2021 NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS BY POSITION

Quarterbacks

  1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
  2. Zach Wilson, BYU
  3. Trey Lance, North Dakota State
  4. Justin Fields, Ohio State
  5. Mac Jones, Alabama
  6. Kyle Trask, Florida
  7. Jamie Newman, Georgia
  8. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
  9. Sam Ehlinger, Texas
  10. Feleipe Franks, Arkansas
  11. Davis Mills, Stanford
  12. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
  13. K.J. Costello, Mississippi State
  14. Peyton Ramsey, Northwestern

Running backs

  1. Najee Harris, Alabama
  2. Travis Etienne, Clemson
  3. Javonte Williams, North Carolina
  4. Michael Carter, North Carolina
  5. Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis
  6. Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma
  7. Kylin Hill, Mississippi State
  8. Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State
  9. Jarret Patterson, Buffalo
  10. Trey Sermon, Ohio State
  11. Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
  12. Demetric Felton, UCLA
  13. Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech
  14. Chris Evans, Michigan

Wide receivers

  1. Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
  2. DeVonta Smith, Alabama
  3. Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
  4. Kadarius Toney, Florida
  5. Rondale Moore, Purdue
  6. Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU
  7. Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
  8. Elijah Moore, Ole Miss
  9. Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
  10. Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC
  11. Amari Rodgers, Clemson
  12. D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan
  13. Chatarius Atwell, Louisville
  14. Dazz Newsome, North Carolina
  15. Seth Williams, Auburn
  16. Tamorrion Terry, Florida State
  17. Sage Surratt, Wake Forest
  18. Marlon Williams, UCF
  19. Nico Collins, Michigan
  20. Dyami Brown, North Carolina
  21. Jaelon Darden, North Texas
  22. Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa
  23. Damonte Coxie, Memphis
  24. Shi Smith, South Carolina
  25. Cornell Powell, Clemson

Tight ends

  1. Kyle Pitts, Florida
  2. Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
  3. Brevin Jordan, Miami
  4. Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame
  5. Hunter Long, Boston College
  6. Kenny Yeboah, Ole Miss
  7. Tre’ McKitty, Georgia
  8. Nick Eubanks, Michigan
  9. Miller Forristall, Alabama

Offensive tackles

  1. Penei Sewell, Oregon
  2. Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
  3. Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
  4. Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
  5. Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State
  6. Samuel Cosmi, Texas
  7. Jalen Mayfield, Michigan
  8. Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
  9. Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State
  10. Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
  11. Jackson Carman, Clemson
  12. James Hudson, Cincinnati
  13. Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa
  14. Walker Little, Stanford

Guards/centers

  1. Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
  2. Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
  3. Landon Dickerson, Alabama
  4. Trey Smith, Tennessee
  5. Deonte Brown, Alabama
  6. Josh Myers, Ohio State
  7. Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
  8. Drake Jackson, Kentucky
  9. Ben Cleveland, Georgia

Defensive tackles

  1. Christian Barmore, Alabama
  2. Levi Onwuzurike, Washington
  3. Jay Tufele, USC
  4. Tyler Shelvin, LSU
  5. Daviyon Nixon, Iowa
  6. Tommy Togiai, Ohio State
  7. Osa Odighizuwa, UCLA
  8. Jaylen Tywman, Pittsburgh
  9. Marvin Wilson, Florida State
  10. Marlon Tuipulotu, USC
  11. Darius Stills, West Virginia
  12. Tedarrell Slaton, Florida

Edge rushers

  1. Kwity Paye, Michigan
  2. Gregory Rousseau, Miami
  3. Jaelan Phillips, Miami
  4. Joseph Ossai, Texas
  5. Jayson Oweh, Penn State
  6. Joe Tryon, Washington
  7. Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest
  8. Quincy Roche, Miami
  9. Chris Rumph II, Duke
  10. Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
  11. Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh
  12. Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
  13. Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
  14. Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame
  15. Payton Turner, Houston
  16. Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State
  17. Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh
  18. Chauncey Golston, Iowa

Linebackers

  1. Micah Parsons, Penn State
  2. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
  3. Azeez Olujari, Georgia
  4. Zaven Collins, Tulsa
  5. Nick Bolton, Missouri
  6. Dylan Moses, Alabama
  7. Baron Browning, Ohio State
  8. Jamin Davis, Kentucky
  9. Chazz Surratt, North Carolina
  10. Cameron McGrone, Michigan
  11. Pete Werner, Ohio State
  12. Jabril Cox, LSU
  13. Charles Snowden, Virginia
  14. Monty Rice, Georgia
  15. Tony Fields, West Virginia
  16. Garrett Wallow,TCU
  17. Paddy Fisher, Northwestern

Cornerbacks

  1. Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
  2. Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
  3. Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
  4. Greg Newsome II, Northwestern
  5. Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
  6. Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse
  7. Eric Stokes, Georgia
  8. Eiljah Molden, Washington
  9. Shaun Wade, Ohio State
  10. Tyson Campbell, Georgia
  11. Paulson Adebo, Stanford
  12. Aaron Robinson, UCF
  13. Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
  14. Thomas Graham Jr., Oregon
  15. Shakur Brown, Michigan State
  16. Ambry Thomas, Michigan

Safeties

  1. Trevon Moehrig, TCU
  2. Jevon Holland, Oregon
  3. Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State
  4. Paris Ford, Pittsburgh
  5. Andre Cisco, Syracuse
  6. Richie Grant, UCF
  7. Richard LeCounte III, Georgia
  8. Ar’Darius Washington, TCU
  9. Jamar Johnson, Inidana
  10. Caden Stearns, Texas
  11. James Wiggins, Cincinnati
  12. Reed Blankenship, Middle Tennessee State
  13. Talanoa Hufanga, USC
  14. Tyree Gillespie, Missouri

Reds’ Castellanos suspended 2 games in Hill’s 1st discipline

NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos was suspended for two games and fined Monday for his role in an on-field brawl during the season’s opening weekend, the first discipline given by Michael Hill in his new role as Major League Baseball’s senior vice president for on-field operations.

Castellanos appealed the penalty to special assistant John McHale Jr. and will not serve the suspension while the appeal is pending.

He was disciplined for his actions in Saturday’s game against St. Louis and was cited for “his aggressive actions and for instigating a benches-clearing incident.”

Castellanos, who homered on opening day and hopped out of the box before tossing his bat, was hit by a pitch from Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford in the fourth inning Saturday. Castellanos retrieved the ball and offered to toss it back to Woodford before flipping it out of play.

A wild pitch sent Castellanos scampering home from third and he scored with a headfirst slide for a 7-2 lead, bumping into Woodford, who took the throw from catcher Yadier Molina at the plate.

As Castellanos began walking away, Molina rushed up and tapped him from behind, and the benches and bullpens emptied in a wild scene. Castellanos was ejected.

He said afterward that it was raw emotion and excitement that caused him to yell after scoring and that he wasn’t trying to disrespect Woodford.

Molina also was fined Monday, along with St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado and pitcher Jordan Hicks, and Cincinnati infielder Eugenio Suárez and outfielder Jesse Winker. The amount of the fines weren’t disclosed.

“I am disappointed that Nick was suspended even though he did not initiate physical contact,” Reds manager David Bell said. “I am hopeful that when baseball is played with emotion, the players will be protected from dangerous and unnecessary retaliation.”

Rangers fill stands with fans, who accept ‘calculated risk’

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Susanna Frare said her family decided to take a “calculated risk” attending the home opener of the Texas Rangers, the first major U.S. pro sports event to approach capacity in a stadium since the coronavirus shutdown more than a year ago.

All tickets at 40,518-seat Globe Life Field were for sale, and the retractable-roof stadium was about three-fourths full at first pitch against Toronto on Monday. The roof was open on a 75 degree day with 15 mph winds.

“Since it’s at full capacity, that was something that we gave a lot of thought about,” said Frare, holding one young child with another sitting next to her at a table behind seats in the upper deck in left field about two hours before the game.

“But since masks are required and we’re doing our part and we know that the ballpark is doing their part to keep everything clean and sanitized as much as possible, we just thought it was worth it to come on out here,” she said.

The Rangers gained national attention with their announcement last month to make all tickets available for the home opener, drawing criticism from President Joe Biden that it was a “mistake” and “not responsible.”

The club’s decision came not long after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the state’s mask mandate and cleared businesses to operate normally. The Rangers said masks were required. Compliance was strong on the concourses, but not nearly as good in the seats.

The Republican governor sent the Rangers a letter saying he wouldn’t throw out the first ball, citing Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia’s sweeping new voting laws.

Frare wasn’t going to miss this chance to see the game.

“It’s opening day,” she said. “We’ve never had an opportunity to go to an opening day. We just felt like it’s the kind of time to get back out there. It’s a calculated risk. But something that we wanted to do, a fun experience.”

It was definitely the closest thing to normal in pro and college sports since mid-March last year, when college basketball shut down the same day MLB called off spring training.

Baseball had an abbreviated 60-game regular season without fans last year. The only games with fans were at the home of the Rangers – the neutral-site NL Championship Series and World Series.

It was the first chance for Texas fans to see their own team – many came to the playoffs last year just to see the $1.2 billion stadium and because they missed baseball.

Many other things were normal as well, including the patches of empty, sun-splashed seats that were common for many previous home openers in Texas.

Fans could be heard clearly singing the national anthem, slugger Joey Gallo got a loud ovation during pre-game introductions and all the concession stands were open.

In the second inning, Toronto’s Marcus Semien and Cavan Biggio connected on back-to-back homers, prompting fans to pressure the pair who snagged the souvenirs to toss the balls back onto the field. Neither caved to the peer pressure.

“I’ve been excited for this park from the minute they announced they were going to build it,” 23-year-old Rangers fan Alex Posani said.

“I watched them build it whenever I went to games over there,” he said, referring to still-standing Globe Field Park, visible across the street through the huge glass windows above left field.

Infectious disease experts are mixed in their view of the Rangers allowing full capacity at this stage of the pandemic.

While New Jersey-based medical anthropologist Theresa MacPhail called it “misguided,” former White House medical staff member Dr. William Lang said lower rates of infection of increasing rates of vaccination in Texas give the decision more credibility.

“I know people will disagree with me,” said Lang, who served in the President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and is now medical director of WorldClinic. “Reasonable people will disagree on this one as opposed to some of the times we’ve been with this where reasonable wouldn’t disagree, they would just say, `No, this is stupid.'”

Texas starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz’s wife and young children were planning to attend along with his parents, whom the right-hander said he hasn’t seen since last summer. Foltynewicz said the Texas front office has been talking to the players about the plan.

“We’ve had a bunch of questions,” he said. “We’ve got those answers over the last few weeks. I know the Rangers are going to do this right. No worries. I’m just very excited, like it’s going back to normal. People are coming back in.”

Another lawsuit filed against Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, bringing total to 22

HOUSTON — Another lawsuit has been filed against Deshaun Watson, this one alleging the Houston Texans quarterback assaulted a licensed aesthetician “by touching her with his penis and exposing himself.”

The lawsuit, filed Friday night and made available on the Harris County District Clerk’s website on Monday, said “Watson’s behavior is part of a disturbing and escalating pattern.” It was the 22nd lawsuit filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee since March 16.

The plaintiff alleges Watson “grabbed” her buttocks during a massage while his “penis was erect … and completely exposed.” The lawsuit alleges Watson told the massage therapist she had to sign a non-disclosure agreement before he would pay her for the massage.

The lawsuit says, “based on publicly available information, in a short time frame … Watson used more than fifty different women for massages” and alleges that “Watson selected all of these women via social media, mostly through Instagram and through SnapChat.” However, some of the lawsuits filed by Buzbee reference Watson booking a massage through a spa or through another referral.

Buzbee also has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday in which he says he “will address important and significant developments in the Deshaun Watson case.”

Along with the 22 women who have filed lawsuits against Watson, 18 women released statements through Rusty Hardin, Watson’s lawyer, saying they have worked with the Texans quarterback and that he “never made them feel uncomfortable or demanded anything outside the scope of a professional massage.” Watson’s attorney said the statements were voluntary and from women who have collectively “worked with Deshaun more than 130 times over the past five years.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott backs out of Texas Rangers’ first pitch over MLB’s decision to move All-Star Game from Georgia

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday afternoon that he would not be throwing out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opener, as had been scheduled, because of Major League Baseball’s response to voting laws recently passed in Georgia.

“I was looking forward to throwing out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game until @MLB adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about Georgia’s election law reforms. It is shameful that America’s pastime is being influenced by partisan politics,” the Republican governor tweeted.

In an additional statement, Abbott said that he will not “participate in an event held by MLB, and the State will not seek to host the All-Star Game or any other MLB special events.”

On Friday, MLB announced that this summer’s All-Star Game was being moved out of Atlanta in response to a new Georgia law that has civil rights groups concerned about its potential to restrict voting access for people of color.

Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to move the All-Star Game and events, along with the amateur draft, from Atlanta after discussions with individual big leaguers and the Players Alliance, an organization of Black players formed after the death of George Floyd last year.

Last month, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a sweeping, Republican-sponsored bill that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run. The bill, which also prohibits volunteers from distributing food and water to voters waiting in line, was finalized on March 25 roughly 15 miles from the Braves’ stadium, Truist Park.

The new voting law came in the wake of the first Democratic victories in presidential and Senate elections in Georgia in a generation, which triggered repeated unproven assertions by former President Donald Trump that the state’s election was fraudulent. Supporters of the new law have said it merely ensures election integrity and stamps out potential fraud, while critics have described it as a voter suppression tactic that would make it more difficult for minorities, particularly people of color, to vote, citing how it reduces ballot access in urban communities that lean Democrat.

Former Miami Hurricanes football coach Randy Shannon joins rival Florida State as defensive analyst

Florida State has hired former Miami Hurricanes head football coach Randy Shannon as a senior defensive analyst, the school announced Monday.

Shannon, 55, spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at UCF but was not among the assistants Josh Heupel brought with him from UCF to Tennessee.

Shannon, who went 28-22 in four seasons at Miami, also spent 2015 to 2017 at Florida, serving as defensive coordinator and four games as interim head coach in 2017.

“Randy Shannon is a tremendous addition to our staff,” Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell said in a statement. “I have all the respect in the world for the person and coach Randy Shannon is. His unique perspective will be valuable to [defensive coordinator Adam] Fuller and the rest of our defensive staff, while his relationships in Miami and throughout the state of Florida will be a great benefit for our entire program.”

A Miami native who played linebacker for the Hurricanes and then the Dallas Cowboys under Jimmy Johnson, Shannon entered coaching at his alma mater in 1991. He moved to the Miami Dolphins in 1998 before returning to the University of Miami in 2001 as defensive coordinator, winning the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant that year.

Shannon spent the next five seasons leading Miami’s defense before being promoted to head coach in 2007. Other than 2012 to 2014, when he spent a season at TCU and two seasons at Arkansas, he has spent his entire coaching career in the state of Florida. He has coached nine first-team All-Americans, 78 all-conference performers and 52 players selected in the NFL draft, including 19 first-round picks.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1970       A delayed President Richard Nixon is unable to throw the ceremonial first pitch in the Senators’ home opener at RFK Stadium. David Eisenhower, his son-in-law and the grandson of the former president, throws out the first pitch prior to Washington’s 5-0 loss to the Tigers.

1971       Giants’ center fielder Willie Mays, a month shy of his fortieth birthday, homers on Opening Day and will hit home runs in the next three games to tie a major league record. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ will hit 15 round-trippers before the All-Star break, collecting only three more to finish the year thanks to receiving an abundance of base-on-balls, 30 more walks this season than he had at any time in his career.

1973       Richard Nixon becomes the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day in a contest held outside of Washington, D.C. The Commander in Chief does the honors before Nolan Ryan and the Angels beat the Royals at Anaheim Stadium, 3-2.

1973       Orlando Cepeda, who was explicitly signed to fill the role of the newly created position of the designated hitter, goes 0-for-6 when the Red Sox pound out 20 hits in a 15-5 rout of the Yankees at Fenway Park on Opening Day. The future Hall of Famer misses out on a place in baseball history when the first inning is extended by a misjudged bloop hit and two walks, giving Ron Blomberg, batting sixth for the Bronx Bombers, the opportunity to be the first player to come to the plate as the DH.

1973       The Yankees become the last American League team to abandon their flannel uniforms in favor of polyester. The team’s new look on the road features white piping around the words New York on the front as well as around the numbers on the back.

1973       On Opening Day at Three Rivers Stadium in front of a record crowd of 51,695, the Pirates retire Roberto Clemente’s uniform number 21 posthumously. The Pittsburgh right fielder died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve, attempting to bring relief aid to earthquake-stricken Managua, Nicaragua.

1973       At Fenway Park, Ron Blomberg of the Yankees becomes the first designated hitter in major league history. In the historic plate appearance, Boomer draws a first-inning bases-loaded walk on a 3-1 pitch off Luis Tiant and will become the first DH to get a hit when he singles in the third frame of the 15-5 Red Sox rout of the Bronx Bombers.

1973       At the Oakland Coliseum, Tony Oliva becomes the first designated hitter ever to homer. The Twins DH’s first-inning two-run round-tripper off future Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter helps the team to defeat the A’s, 8-3.

1974       The Bronx Bombers begin their two-year stint at Shea Stadium, where the team will compile a 172-150 (.534) record during the renovations to the Stadium, with a 6-1 victory over Cleveland. The ‘other’ NY fans cheer loudly when the scoreboard posts the Mets’ 5-4 loss in Philadelphia.

1974       At Veterans Stadium, Phillies’ third baseman Mike Schmidt hits a ninth-inning two-run home run off Tug McGraw to beat the Mets on Opening Day, 5-4. The walk-off homer is the first of the league-leading 36 dingers the third baseman will hit this season.

1977       For the second time in nine years, a new franchise makes its major league debut in Seattle. The Mariners lose their first regular-season game at the Kingdome to Frank Tanana and the Angels, 7-0.

1982       A freak massive spring snowstorm brings subfreezing temperatures across the northeast, causing the postponement of home openers for the Yankees, Tigers, White Sox, Brewers, Indians, Phillies, and Pirates.

1984       After committing a two-out error in the bottom of the eighth inning to allow the eventual winning run to score in the Yankees’ 7-6 loss to the Rangers at Arlington Stadium, shortstop Bobby Meacham is sent to the minors after the fourth game of the season on the orders of owner George Steinbrenner. The move, which stuns manager Yogi Berra, will prove to be a precursor to the ‘Boss’ firing him next season after the team drops ten of its first sixteen decisions.

1988       The Blue Jays’ reluctant designated hitter, George Bell, follows up his three home run Opening Day performance by going 5-for-5 (three singles and two doubles), leading Toronto over the Royals, 11-4. Considered a defensive liability, last year’s American League MVP will return to left field full time.

1988       Pat Borders becomes the first player in American League history to drive in five runs in his major league debut when he collects two singles and a triple in the Blue Jays’ 11-4 victory over Kansas City at Royals Stadium. The 24 year-old rookie catcher joins Walter Mueller (1922 Pirates) and Joe Cunningham (1954 Cardinals), who both accomplished the feat in the Senior Circuit.

1992       On Opening Day in front of a full house at Seattle’s Kingdome, the Rangers score nine runs in the top of the eighth inning and hold on to beat the Mariners, 12-10. Texas had been trailing 8-3 before the late-inning barrage.

1993       Jack Morris sets a major league record when he makes his 14th consecutive Opening Day start, taking the loss in the Blue Jays’ 8-1 defeat to Seattle at the Kingdome. During the span, which started in 1980 with the Tigers (10 seasons) and continued with the Twins (1 season), the 37 year-old right-hander has compiled an 8-6 record in his first day assignments.

1997       With a 3-2 loss to Houston at the Astrodome, the Cardinals remain winless after the first six games of the season. It is the Redbirds’ worst start in the 106-year history of the franchise.

2001       In the home opener at Veterans Stadium, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning’s number 14 jersey is retired. Kentucky’s Republican U.S. senator, who compiled a 224-184 record in his 17-year career pitching for the Tigers, Phillies, Pirates, and Dodgers, joins Richie Ashburn (1), Robin Roberts (36), Steve Carlton (32), and Mike Schmidt (20) as the fifth player to have his number retired by the Phillies.

2001       The Brewers, after a disappointing 0-4 start on the road, get into the winner’s circle in front of President George W. Bush, as they beat the Reds, 5-4, in the major league debut of Miller Park. Sean Casey hits the park’s first homer, but Richie Sexson’s 435-foot home run in the eighth inning breaks a 4-4 deadlock, giving Milwaukee its first win.

2001       The Phillies placed the letter “P” on their Wall of Fame in tribute to Pete Alexander, who averaged 27 wins during his first seven seasons with the Phillies. The Hall of Fame right-hander won 28 games as a freshman in 1911, which remains the modern rookie record.

2001       After winning on Opening Day, the Devils Rays lose their third consecutive game, giving up precisely 11 runs in each of the defeats. Following the 11-8 and 11-0 losses to the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay drops an 11-4 decision on the road at Fenway Park to the Red Sox.

2004       Nearly 8,000 fans participating in an online poll select “Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie” as the title of a documentary about the 2003 season. Other choices offered by the team and Boston Globe websites included “This Is the Year,” “The Ecstasy and the Agony”, and “Always the Bridesmaid”, in addition to a fan’s wry suggestion of “I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Wish I Didn’t Know What You Did Last Fall.”

2004       Adrian Beltre becomes the 36th player in baseball history to hit 100 home runs before the age of 25. The Dodger third baseman joins Cal Ripken Jr. and Lou Gehrig to have exactly 100 homers on their 25th birthday.

2004       On Opening Day at Bank One Ballpark, Diamondbacks’ outfielder Luis Gonzalez and Rockies’ second baseman Luis Gonzalez each homered, making it only the second time in major league history players with the same first and last names homered in the same game. The first occurrence happened when Ken Griffey Jr., and his dad, Ken Griffey, playing for the Mariners, hit back-to-back homers off Angels’ hurler Kirk McCaskill in 1990.

2004       David Aardsma surpasses Hank Aaron in an unlikely category. ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ will no longer be the first player named alphabetically in baseball history books when the Giants hurler makes his major-league debut against the Astros.

2005       At Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, the Nationals win their first game representing Washington, D.C. by beating the Phillies, 7-3. The historic win features the team’s center fielder Brad Wilkerson completing a cycle for the second time in his career.

2006       In a 10-6 loss to the Tigers at Ameriquest Field, Texas knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, in his only appearance of the season, ties a post-1900 major-league record shared by five other major leaguers when he allows six home runs, five of which are solo shots. St. Louis Maroons right-hander Charlie Sweeney is the only hurler to allow more round-trippers in a game, giving up seven gopher balls in an 1886 contest against the Detroit Wolverines.

2009       In front of a sold-out crowd at the Metrodome, Ken Griffey, Jr. hits a record-tying eighth Opening Day home run in his first game back with the Mariners since being traded before the start of the 2000 season. The “Kid’s” historic home run, a sixth-inning blast off Francisco Liriano, ties him with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who established the mark playing for the Indians in 1975 during his first at-bat as major league baseball’s first black manager.

2009       In Florida’s 12-6 victory over the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium, Emilio Bonifacio hits an inside-the-park home run, the first on Opening Day since Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat in 1968. The round-tripper, one of four hits for the Marlins’ third baseman, is the first big league homer of his career.

2009       Arizona switch-hitter Felipe Lopez becomes the first player to homer from both sides of the plate on Opening Day when he goes deep in the top of the fourth inning off Glendon Rusch, after connecting off Colorado starter Aaron Cook to lead off the game. An inning later, the Diamondback second baseman’s unique feat is matched by Tony Clark, making the pair the first set of teammates to homer from both sides of the plate on the first day of the season.

2012       Adam Dunn ties a major league record, hitting his eighth Opening Day home run, a leadoff sixth-inning shot off Texas starter Colby Lewis in Chicago’s 3-2 loss in Arlington. The White Sox’ DH, who hit two homers in the first game of the season twice while with Cincinnati in 2005 and 2007, equals the mark established by Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. as the only other players with eight round-trippers in openers.

2015       On Opening Day, the Rays retire number No. 66 in honor of their late senior baseball adviser Don Zimmer, who passed away in June at the age of 83. ‘Popey,’ who was a player, coach, and manager with a dozen different teams, wore the number in his final season with the organization to represent the number of years he worked in professional baseball.

2015       The Mets start 41 year-old Bartolo Colon on Opening Day, much to the chagrin of the fan base who hoped one of their young guns, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, would get the coveted assignment. The oldest pitcher ever to get the nod on Opening Day in franchise history doesn’t disappoint when he gives up one run on three hits, besting Washington’s $210 million ace Max Scherzer in the team’s 3-1 victory at Nationals Park.

2016       Trevor Story becomes the first major leaguer to hit a home run in each of his first three major league games when he goes deep in the first inning of the Rockies’ 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Park. The 23 year-old shortstop is also the first rookie to have the round-trippers account for each of his first big league four hits.

2016       The Padres, with their 7-0 loss at Petco Park, become the first team to be shut out in the first three games of the regular season, surpassing the dubious mark set by the Browns, who opened the 1943 campaign with 26 straight scoreless innings. San Diego also dropped their first two decisions of the three-game series against the Dodgers, 15-0 and 3-0.

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Brooklyn3516.68621-614-106-219-117-31 W
Philadelphia3416.6800.520-514-118-223-76-41 L
Milwaukee3217.6532.018-714-109-018-97-33 W
Atlanta2624.5208.512-914-153-313-126-43 W
Miami2624.5208.514-1212-125-516-154-64 W
Charlotte2524.5109.013-912-157-114-115-51 L
Boston2525.5009.515-910-163-517-135-52 W
New York2526.49010.014-1011-161-718-165-51 L
Indiana2226.45811.58-1414-125-313-165-51 W
10 Chicago2028.41713.510-1610-123-310-112-81 W
11 Toronto2030.40014.511-129-183-513-173-72 W
12 Cleveland1832.36016.511-137-193-513-143-71 W
13 Washington1732.34717.010-167-161-77-233-74 L
14 Orlando1733.34017.510-157-184-410-174-62 L
15 Detroit1535.30019.59-156-200-910-224-61 W
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah3812.76022-216-103-216-79-11 L
Phoenix3514.7142.518-817-65-221-89-16 W
LA Clippers3318.6475.518-815-107-219-107-31 W
Denver3118.6336.515-916-97-116-118-25 W
LA Lakers3119.6207.016-1115-83-620-114-61 L
Portland3019.6127.515-1015-94-416-127-31 W
Dallas2821.5719.512-1016-115-216-147-35 W
Memphis2423.51112.512-1412-94-512-176-42 W
San Antonio2424.50013.012-1712-74-613-172-83 L
10 Golden State2327.46015.014-99-183-712-143-73 L
11 New Orleans2227.44915.514-138-146-313-175-51 W
12 Sacramento2229.43116.512-1410-154-510-145-54 L
13 Oklahoma City2030.40018.09-1611-143-711-203-73 L
14 Houston1337.26025.06-197-184-79-192-85 L
15 Minnesota1338.25525.58-175-213-69-223-71 W

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Baltimore31.7500 – 03 – 13 – 10 – 00 – 03 – 1L 1
Toronto31.7500 – 03 – 12 – 10 – 01 – 03 – 1W 2
NY Yankees22.50012 – 20 – 02 – 20 – 00 – 02 – 2W 1
Tampa Bay22.50010 – 02 – 20 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 2L 2
Boston13.25021 – 30 – 01 – 30 – 00 – 01 – 3W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Kansas City31.7502 – 11 – 00 – 01 – 02 – 13 – 1W 1
Minnesota31.7500 – 03 – 10 – 01 – 00 – 03 – 1W 3
Detroit22.50012 – 20 – 00 – 02 – 20 – 02 – 2L 2
Chi White Sox23.4001.50 – 02 – 30 – 00 – 02 – 32 – 3W 1
Cleveland13.25020 – 11 – 20 – 01 – 30 – 01 – 3L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston41.8000 – 04 – 10 – 00 – 04 – 14 – 1L 1
LA Angels41.8004 – 10 – 00 – 03 – 11 – 04 – 1W 3
Seattle22.5001.52 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 10 – 02 – 2L 1
Texas13.2502.50 – 11 – 20 – 11 – 20 – 01 – 3L 1
Oakland05.00040 – 50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 40 – 5L 5



National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia401.0004 – 00 – 04 – 00 – 00 – 04 – 0W 4
Miami13.25031 – 30 – 00 – 00 – 10 – 01 – 3L 1
Washington00.00020 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
NY Mets01.0002.50 – 00 – 10 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 1L 1
Atlanta03.0003.50 – 00 – 30 – 30 – 00 – 00 – 3L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi Cubs31.7503 – 10 – 00 – 03 – 10 – 03 – 1W 3
Cincinnati31.7503 – 10 – 00 – 03 – 10 – 03 – 1W 3
St. Louis22.50010 – 02 – 21 – 01 – 20 – 02 – 2W 1
Milwaukee13.25021 – 20 – 10 – 00 – 10 – 01 – 3L 3
Pittsburgh13.25020 – 01 – 30 – 01 – 30 – 01 – 3L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers41.8000 – 04 – 10 – 00 – 03 – 14 – 1W 4
San Diego32.60013 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 03 – 23 – 2L 2
San Francisco22.5001.50 – 02 – 20 – 00 – 01 – 02 – 2W 1
Arizona13.2502.50 – 01 – 30 – 00 – 01 – 31 – 3W 1
Colorado13.2502.51 – 30 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 31 – 3L 3

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Washington Capitals382594542313211713-4-212-5-27-3-0
New York Islanders382410452211179015-1-29-9-26-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins3824122502112610216-3-18-9-16-3-1
Boston Bruins35191064416988910-5-39-5-35-3-2
Philadelphia Flyers371814541171121348-7-310-7-24-4-2
New York Rangers37171553916117998-6-39-9-26-3-1
New Jersey Devils36131763213881134-12-39-5-34-4-2
Buffalo Sabres378236225821284-11-44-12-22-6-2
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche38268456261378717-4-29-4-28-0-2
Vegas Golden Knights372510252251198514-4-211-6-05-4-1
Minnesota Wild372312248221089413-4-010-8-25-4-1
Arizona Coyotes3919155431610711810-8-39-7-27-2-1
San Jose Sharks371716438121051227-6-210-10-26-3-1
St. Louis Blues381616638141041244-9-412-7-22-7-1
Los Angeles Kings371417634131001076-7-48-10-23-7-0
Anaheim Ducks39112172910871305-12-46-9-33-6-1
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs392610355251309812-6-214-4-17-2-1
Winnipeg Jets3923133492312510711-6-212-7-15-4-1
Edmonton Oilers3923142482312711213-8-010-6-25-3-2
Montreal Canadiens3517994316114968-6-29-3-75-3-2
Vancouver Canucks371618335131001209-9-27-9-16-3-1
Calgary Flames401621335151031249-9-17-12-22-8-0
Ottawa Senators391322430111041468-7-45-15-04-3-3
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers392694562513010314-4-312-5-17-3-0
Tampa Bay Lightning382610254251309315-4-011-6-26-4-0
Carolina Hurricanes37259353211209212-2-313-7-05-3-2
Nashville Predators392018141179911311-8-09-10-18-2-0
Chicago Blackhawks3917175391510912210-7-27-10-33-7-0
Dallas Stars36131310361298957-6-76-7-34-3-3
Columbus Blue Jackets40141883612981297-6-67-12-23-6-1
Detroit Red Wings40132253113881259-8-34-14-24-5-1