INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

Cowan 8 Union City 5

Union County 14 Randolph Southern 4….PATRIOTS: Alex VanWinkle 2-3 RBI…Devyn Shepherd 2-4 2R 2RBI….Blake Richards 2RBI….Mason Hornung 2H…..Noah Taylor 2RBI……Jaden Bias 2R…. Eric Burdine RBI….Patriots had 9SB…Josh Klein 2SB

Northeastern 17 Muncie Burris 6

Knightstown 15 Alexandria-Monroe 5…PANTHERS: Brock Corbett 3-4 RBI….Aaron Reagan 3RBI….Robert Porter 2RBI….Mason Muncy 2-2 2RBI 2SB

Harrison 4 Kokomo 2

Greenfield Central 12 New Castle 3

Anderson 22 Indy Tech 1

Mt. Vernon 14 Delta 4

Logansport 8 Lafayette Jeff 7

Yorktown 9 Pendleton Heights 7

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

Lincoln 10 Randolph Southern 0…GOLDEN EAGLES: Jaela Patton 4-4 2R 2RBI…Mallory Burns 2-4 2R RBI….Sommer Taylor 2-3 2RBI….Maddie Bogue 2-4 RBI….Alivia Anderson 2RBI…Pitching: Golden Eagles had a combined 12K’s

Alexandria-Monroe 27 Muncie Central 2

East Central 6 Connersville 4

Mt. Vernon 23 Scecina 0

Greenfield Central 18 Centerville 0…BULLDOGS: No hits

Cathedral 12 Harrison 5

Logansport 4 Western 3

Pendleton Heights 13 Shenandoah 2

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

LA Dodgers 5 Oakland 1

Detroit 4 Minnesota 3 (10)

Houston 4 LA Angels 2

NY Yankees 7 Baltimore 2

Boston 6 Tampa Bay 5 (12)

Texas 7 Toronto 4

Chicago White Sox 10 Seattle 4

Washington 6 Atlanta 5

Cincinnati 14 Pittsburgh 1

St. Louis 4 Miami 2

NY Mets 8 Philadelphia 4

Milwaukee 4 Chicago Cubs 0

Arizona 10 Colorado 8 (13)

San Diego 3 San Francisco 1

NBA SCOREBOARD

Chicago 113 Indiana 97

Atlanta 123 New Orleans 107

Philadelphia 106 Boston 96

LA Lakers 110 Toronto 101

Memphis 124 Miami 112…DESMOND BANE 15PTS, 3REB, 3ASST, 2STLS

Denver 134 Detroit 119

Golden State 122 Milwaukee 121

LA Clippers 133 Portland 116

NHL

Buffalo 5 New Jersey 3

NY Islanders 1 Washington 0

NY Rangers 8 Pittsburgh 4

Boston 4 Philadelphia 2

Carolina 5 Florida 2

Columbus 4 Tampa Bay 2

Nashville 3 Detroit 2

Chicago 4 Dallas 2

Anaheim 5 San Jose 1

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Morehead State 10 Dayton 7

Kentucky 11 Louisville 7

TOP HEADLINES

Woman alleges she was terrorized by assault from Texans QB

HOUSTON (AP) The first woman to accuse Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment in a lawsuit spoke publicly on Tuesday, alleging she was terrorized by her encounter with the NFL player and that he needs to be held accountable for his actions.

During a news conference, Ashley Solis said she was assaulted and traumatized when she tried to give Watson a massage in March 2020. The Associated Press usually does not name victims of sexual assault, but Solis has chosen to publicly identify herself.

“I come forward now so that Deshaun Watson does not assault another woman… I am seeking justice not just on behalf of myself but for all survivors… This is about having my voice heard,” a tearful Solis said as she read a statement, adding she was no longer afraid to speak out. Watson has been accused of sexual assault or harassment in lawsuits filed by 22 women.

Solis’ description of her encounter with Watson, in which he allegedly touched her with his penis during the massage session, mirrors the accusations made by the other women in their lawsuits. They accuse Watson of exposing himself, touching them with his penis or kissing them against their will while he got a massage. At least one woman has alleged Watson forced her to perform oral sex during a massage in December. All of the women who have sued Watson are either licensed massage therapists or worked in a spa or similar business. The first lawsuit – from Solis – was filed on March 16 and the most recent one was filed Monday.

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, has called the allegations “meritless” and questioned the claims against Watson, alleging they were made following a failed attempt to blackmail his client for $30,000.

The Houston Police Department said last week it was investigating Watson after a complainant had filed a report with the agency about Watson. Tony Buzbee, who represents the 22 women, said it was not Solis but another of his clients who filed the first report with police.

Solis said in her statement that since the alleged assault, she suffers from panic attacks, anxiety, depression and is no longer comfortable working as a massage therapist.

“I got into massage therapy to heal people, to heal their minds and bodies, to bring peace to their souls. Deshaun Watson has robbed me of that,” Solis said, adding that her lawsuit was not about seeking money.

But in a statement, Hardin, alleged that Buzbee sought “$100,000 in hush money” on behalf of Solis before she filed her lawsuit.

Hardin’s statement included copies of February emails between Buzbee’s firm and Scott Gaffield, an attorney for Watson, discussing the $100,000 settlement.

“My email exchanges… were very clear. We did not think that the facts showed that Deshaun did anything wrong with their client. We believed then – and fully believe now – that Deshaun learned a lesson about putting himself in this type of situation by interacting with people he does not know,” Gaffield said in a statement.

Report: Panthers give Bridgewater permission to seek trade

The Carolina Panthers have given quarterback Teddy Bridgewater permission to talk to other teams to potentially facilitate a trade, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Panthers remain open to Bridgewater returning following their acquisition of Sam Darnold, as general manager Scott Fitterer suggested Monday.

“We’re going to find the right place (for Bridgewater), whether it’s here or wherever it may be, we’ll figure things out, contract-wise as well,” Fitterer said.

Bridgewater carries a $22.95-million cap hit in 2021 after he signed a three-year, $63-million free-agent deal last offseason. Carolina will carry $10 million in dead money if it trades Bridgewater and $20 million if it releases him prior to June 1, per Spotrac.

The veteran ranked 17th in QBR and 22nd in passer rating during his first year as a starter since 2015. Bridgewater threw for 3,733 yards and 15 touchdowns against 11 interceptions while posting a 4-11 record. He also recorded a career-high 69.1% completion percentage.

The Panthers traded a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft and 2022 second- and fourth-round selections to the New York Jets for Darnold.

REDS BASEBALL: Naquin powers Reds with 2 HRs, 7 RBIs

CINCINNATI — Nick Castellanos didn’t have to do it all for the Reds on Tuesday against the Pirates. Tyler Naquin had it all under control.

Naquin slugged long home runs in his first two at-bats and drove in a career-high seven RBIs as the Reds roughed up Pittsburgh, 14-1, for their fourth consecutive win to begin the season with a 4-1 record.

“I can’t express enough how good of a time it is to play with these guys — they’re always encouraging, no matter the situation,” Naquin said. “We’re out there together.”

One of the worst offenses in the Majors in 2020, Cincinnati leads the Major Leagues with 46 runs, the National League with 10 homers and is second in the NL with a .316 team batting average.

That’s the most runs scored for the franchise in its first five games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it eclipsed the previous mark of 44 by the 1976 World Series-winning team and the 1895 Reds.

“Obviously, the offense has been a big part of the wins, but I guess if you look at the big picture and look at all five games together, it’s not completely surprising to hear,” manager David Bell said.

The top three RBI leaders in the NL are all Reds — Naquin with 12, Jonathan India with seven and Castellanos with six. India was a little overshadowed by Naquin on Tuesday, despite going 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

In his first two at-bats, Naquin crushed a pair of baseballs for a combined 867 feet.

Leading off in the bottom of the first inning against righty Trevor Cahill and in a 2-1 count, Naquin hit a booming homer to right field that TV cameras could not track. Statcast projected the drive traveled 454 feet and had a 113.5 mph exit velocity. It was the first career leadoff homer for Naquin.

“You always have a long way to go in the game, but the way we’ve been playing, to keep that going right from the beginning of the game was important,” Bell said.

Witnesses told Bally Sports Ohio’s Jim Day that the ball bounced once inside the Budweiser Bowtie Bar and left Great American Ball Park. It bounced a second time over Mehring Way, and it was retrieved by a stroller-pushing father walking with his kids.

“I did not know that,” said Naquin, who has been filling in for left fielder Jesse Winker, who has missed the last three games with a stomach bug. “When I saw that, I knew it had a chance. I was hoping it did. So that makes me feel pretty good, though.”

Batting with two outs in the second inning against Cahill, Naquin lifted a 2-2 pitch to center field for a three-run homer and a 5-0 lead. It was not quite as otherworldly as the previous long ball, but the drive traveled 413 feet with a 106.3 mph exit velocity.

That gave Naquin his third career multihomer game. The franchise record for the most home runs hit in one game is held by Scooter Gennett, who hit four homers with 10 RBIs on June 6, 2017.

Naquin added an RBI on a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning and his two-run single in the fifth made it a 12-0 game. His seven RBIs was the most for a Reds player since Gennett’s big night against the Cardinals.

Reds starting pitcher Wade Miley was able to cruise for six scoreless innings while allowing two hits and one walk with six strikeouts.

CHICAGO CUBS BASEBALL: Peralta pitches 5 innings as Brewers blank Cubs 4-0

CHICAGO (AP) Freddy Peralta pitched five sharp innings, Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night to stop a three-game slide.

Peralta (1-0) struck out eight and walked four. Kris Bryant doubled in the fourth for Chicago’s only hit of the game.

The 25-year-old Peralta was a spot starter for the Brewers the past two seasons. He has expanded his repertoire, adding a slider that was crisp against Chicago.

“That’s the pitch he worked really hard on,” manager Craig Counsell said. “His ability to throw it in any count is something that hitters haven’t seen and it’s a quality pitch.

“It’s something that takes him up a notch and helps him get through lineups.”

It was Peralta’s first start this season, but he tossed two scoreless innings on opening day. The right-hander said that relief appearance helped him.

“Today I just got on the mound and I was feeling comfortable because I was in the opening-day game,” Peralta said. “I was pretty good with my slider. It was breaking good.”

Shaw connected in the first against Adbert Alzolay (0-1), sending an opposite-field drive deep to left-center. Daniel Vogelbach walked with one out and Christian Yelich singled ahead of Shaw’s first homer of the season.

Omar Narvaez added a solo drive in the fourth. He also went deep during the Brewers’ 5-3 loss to the Cubs on Monday night.

Both benches emptied when Brewers reliever Brad Boxberger hit Willson Contreras with a pitch to lead off the Cubs’ half of the ninth. Contreras, who was beaned in the helmet on Monday, started yelling and walking toward the mound, but was steered to first base by teammates.

The teams milled around briefly on the side of the diamond, but quickly returned to their dugouts.

“I think (Contreras) just took exception to getting hit in the head yesterday and then up around the shoulder-elbow area,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “You can’t continue to try to pitch in and hit guys. You’ve got to be better.”

CHICAGO WHITE SOX BASEBALL: Abreu slams 200th career homer, White Sox topple M’s 10-4

SEATTLE (AP) Jose Abreu hammered a grand slam into the second deck for his 200th career home run, Luis Robert and Zack Collins both went deep for the first time this season and the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 10-4 on Tuesday night.

A miserable night for the Mariners began when starting pitcher James Paxton exited early due to a left forearm strain, and continued with a barrage of long balls from the White Sox.

“Obviously, you don’t want to lose a ballgame, but even more disappointing when you lose a couple of players,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Robert snapped a 3-all tie with a two-run shot off Nick Margevicius in the fifth inning. Collins gave Chicago an early lead and greeted Margevicius (0-1) with a three-run homer in the second after he replaced Paxton.

Abreu provided the capper with the fourth grand slam of his career and second this season with two outs in the eighth off Keynan Middleton.

Abreu, last year’s AL MVP, said he forgot it was a milestone homer in his career.

“I got to the dugout and people started telling me that was my 200th homer. Honestly, I forgot about that in that moment,” he said through a translator.

Paxton was making his first start in his second stint with the Mariners, but lasted just 24 pitches before leaving with discomfort in his left elbow and discouragement on his face. He grimaced in pain after throwing a 92 mph fastball to Andrew Vaughn with one out in the second inning and was immediately tended to on the mound.

Paxton’s return to Seattle on a one-year deal was supposed to jumpstart his career after two years with the Yankees and an injury-filled 2020 season that included back surgery and forearm issues.

Now the Mariners will wait to find out the significance of the injury. Paxton said there was less pain than the flexor strain in his forearm that sidelined him last year. He will have an MRI on Wednesday.

“I kind of felt it coming on and then by the time that third hitter came up it just got worse and worse and just kind of felt it,” Paxton said. “It got to the point where I couldn’t throw pitches.”

Chicago starter Lucas Giolito (1-0) was dominant early, stumbled for one shaky inning and was out after 5 1/3 innings due to a rising pitch count. Giolito fanned five straight batters during one stretch and finished with 10 strikeouts. He stumbled in the third, allowing Seattle three runs on four hits, but settled down to retire nine of his final 10 batters and left after 96 pitches.

DETROIT TIGERS BASEBALL: Woo hoo! Baddoo hits again, Tigers rookie tops Twins in 10th

DETROIT (AP) Akil Baddoo homered in each of his first two big league games – but his team lost both.

So the Detroit outfielder took matters into his own hands with another memorable swing.

Baddoo added another big hit in this charmed start to his career, lining an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

“That feeling right there is the best feeling. We won, so I want that feeling every time,” Baddoo said. “I’ll hit a single over a home run, so we can win, every day.”

Baddoo made his debut Sunday against Cleveland and homered on the first pitch thrown to him. Then he hit a grand slam in a 15-6 loss to the Twins on Monday. The rookie entered Tuesday’s game as a pinch-runner, stayed in to play the outfield and ended it with a hit to right off Hansel Robles (0-1).

The 22-year-old Baddoo was taken by the Tigers from the Twins last December in the Rule 5 draft of players left off 40-man rosters. Picked 74th in the draft by Minnesota in 2016, Baddoo had never played above Class A until this year, and was a career .249 hitter in four minor league seasons – there were no games in the minors last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“He’s impressive,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He’s been fun to watch — more fun if we weren’t playing him.”

Nelson Cruz and Byron Buxton homered for the Twins, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit.

Gregory Soto (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for Detroit, and the Tigers scored in their half of the 10th.

Harold Castro began the frame on second base as the automatic runner and advanced to third on Jeimer Candelario’s groundout. Robles struck out Wilson Ramos and intentionally walked Robbie Grossman before Baddoo came up.

After Baddoo’s hit, the Tigers spilled onto the field to celebrate, and by the time he appeared for his postgame video call with reporters, he’d been through a lot.

“I am literally covered in shaving cream, soda, water, powder,” Baddoo said. “I’m still trying to regroup right now.”

MLB NEWS: Nats finally play, beat Braves 6-5 on Soto’s walk-off in 9th

WASHINGTON (AP) For all he’s already done – youngest NL batting champion in history, World Series champion, runner-up for Rookie of the Year, popular pick for 2021 MVP – Juan Soto never had produced a game-ending hit.

Until Tuesday. Until the coronavirus-depleted Washington Nationals finally started their season, five days later than scheduled because of an outbreak that involved 11 players. Until Soto stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied, two men aboard and what up to then was an 0-for-4 day, and watched three straight balls go by from lefty reliever Will Smith.

“I would have been real upset,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said, “if he took a 3-0 strike.”

Soto did not, of course. Instead, the 22-year-old lashed a line drive to center field for the first walk-off hit of his quite-accomplished-yet-still-nascent major league career, providing Washington with a 6-5 comeback victory over the NL East rival Atlanta Braves.

“You hate to see him in that situation,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, whose team is 0-4. “He’s just something else, that kid.”

Soto tossed his red helmet high in the air before being mobbed by teammates who sprinted from the home dugout to meet him near second base, jumping and shouting and dousing him with water.

Cries of “Soto! Soto!” were followed by chants of “MVP!” from an announced crowd of 4,801 – the first spectators allowed at Nationals Park since Game 5 of the 2019 World Series.

Having fans in the stadium, Soto said, “Just made my heart (go) a little bit quicker.”

Quite a finish for the Nationals, whose day did not begin auspiciously.

It began with 10 players getting put on the 10-day injured list as their season finally got going.

Because of a COVID-19 outbreak – four players tested positive; seven were forced into quarantine after potentially being exposed – Washington’s first four scheduled games were scrapped, including three at home against the Mets, followed by Monday against the Braves.

MLB NEWS: Cole 7 shutout innings, 13 Ks leads Yanks over Orioles 7-2

NEW YORK (AP) Much was amiss in Gerrit Cole’s first year with the New York Yankees.

With his second season in the Bronx closer to normal, he spent all night making bats miss.

Cole struck out 13 and walked none over seven scoreless innings, overwhelming the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Tuesday night for his first win this season.

“Definitely more comfortable,” Cole said. “Certainly, just teammates-wise, socially wise, it’s been a lot easier than inserting yourself into a new team, into the environment that we had last year and a more normal setting, more normal season, people in the stands.”

Cole was 7-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 12 starts last year after the Yankees made him baseball’s highest-paid pitcher with a $324 million, nine-year contract.

“Last year was weird and hard and difficult on so many different levels for everybody,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Gerrit is more comfortable now knowing everyone in the organization, knowing his pitching coach and where to go for information and his teammates.”

Cole (1-0) allowed four hits, three of them singles. J ay Bruce backed him with his first Yankees home run, a solo shot in the second off Dean Kremer (0-1) that was a Yankee Stadium special of 354 feet into the right-field short porch. Aaron Judge added a three-run homer against Wade LeBlanc in the eighth.

New York has won 12 straight home games against the Orioles since May 2019, tying the Yankees’ mark vs. the old St. Louis Browns in 1926-27 and outscoring Baltimore 76-30. New York moved above .500 for first time this year at 3-2.

Pitching with long sleeves on a night with a gametime temperature of 68, Cole threw 71 of 97 pitches for strikes. The 30-year-old right-hander induced 23 swinging strikes and got 17 called strikes from plate umpire Marty Foster.

He warmed up to the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter,” and the Orioles could find none. Cole got stronger as the night went on, throwing at up to 100.5 mph and retiring his last 12 batters. He mixed 40 fastballs with 23 sliders, 21 knuckle-curves and 14 changeups.

MLB NEWS: Kershaw bounces back, Dodgers beat winless A’s 5-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Clayton Kershaw got his slider back on track and helped the Los Angeles Dodgers continue their strong start. Make it five in a row for the defending World Series champs.

The Oakland Athletics are at the opposite end of the spectrum, still searching for their first victory after winning the AL West in 2020.

Kershaw struck out eight in seven smooth innings to send the Athletics to their worst start in more than a century, and the Dodgers beat winless Oakland 5-1 on Tuesday night.

“He had everything working. He was getting ahead and getting a lot of swing and misses with the slider,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “Really stellar night. To come back (from his opening day loss) and follow it up with what he did, he’s right where he needs to be.”

Mookie Betts homered for the first time this season, a towering solo shot to left-center in the ninth. Max Muncy and Edwin Rios also went deep for the Dodgers (5-1).

At 0-6, the A’s have matched the poorest start in franchise history. The 1916 Philadelphia Athletics also began the season with six consecutive losses.

Oakland and Atlanta (0-4) are the only winless teams in the majors.

“It (stinks) to start this way but we know how good we are,” A’s starter Chris Bassitt said. “It’s just embarrassing right now.”

Knocked around in his first outing at Colorado – the Dodgers’ lone defeat this season – Kershaw (1-1) was much more crisp against slumping Oakland. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner allowed one run and four hits, didn’t walk a batter and retired 20 of 22 following Ramon Laureano’s RBI double in the first.

It was Kershaw’s first win in four career starts at the Oakland Coliseum

Infielder Rougned Odor traded from Rangers to Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) Infielder Rougned Odor was traded Tuesday from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees for minor league outfielders Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers.

The 27-year-old Odor did not make the Rangers’ opening day roster and was designated for assignment on April 1. He is a left-handed hitter, and the Yankees have a mostly right-handed lineup.

“Hopefully we can help him get that talent out that we’ve seen flash over the years,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Odor is a second baseman but also played third at spring training.

He has two guaranteed seasons at $12 million each remaining as part of a $49.5 million, six-year contract. The deal includes a $13.5 million team option for 2023 with a $3 million buyout. Texas will pay the Yankees cash to cover most of what Odor is owed.

Odor has a .237 career average with 146 homers and 458 RBIs in seven major league seasons. He hit .167 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and batted .200 with two homers and five RBIs in 35 spring training at-bats for the Rangers.

New York starts right-handed hitters with the exceptions of switch-hitting center fielder Aaron Hicks and left-handed hitting first baseman Jay Bruce, who is starting while Luke Voit recovers from knee surgery.

New York optioned right-hander Michael King to their alternate training site to open a space on the active-roster. King pitched six innings of scoreless, one-hit relief against Toronto on Sunday.

Infielder Thairo Estrada was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster.

The 20-year-old Cabello hit .251 with 19 doubles, nine triples, eight homers and 40 RBIs in the minors from 2018-19.

Stowers, 24, has hit .268 with 39 doubles, 12 homers and 68 RBIs over two minor league seasons.

Astros’ Baker: ‘It’s sad to me’ fans are throwing trash cans on field

Dusty Baker wasn’t thrilled to see Los Angeles Angels fans throwing trash cans on the field to mock the Houston Astros during Monday’s game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

“You can tell the amount of hostility and the amount of hatred in the stands,” the Astros manager said postgame, according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.

“How many in the stands have never done anything wrong in their life? We paid the price for it. How many people have not cheated on a test or whatever at some point in time? I mean, it’s easy if you live in glass houses, but I don’t think anybody lives in glass houses.”

Baker doesn’t believe it’s fair for fans to take their anger out on the Astros squad, which banged trash cans in a sign-stealing scheme during their World Series-winning season in 2017.

“I think that sometimes we need to look at ourselves before you spew hate on somebody else,” Baker added. “It’s a sad situation for America, to me, when you hear things – I mean what are the kids supposed to think in the stands? And some of them are kids that are following their parents. It’s sad to me. People make mistakes. We paid for ours, and I wish they’d leave it alone.”

The can-throwing first occurred during the bottom of the sixth when a spectator tossed an inflatable trash can near the warning track in the outfield.

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL: Vucevic helps Bulls run past short-handed Pacers 113-97

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Nikola Vucevic looks as if he’s finding his fit in Chicago.

On Tuesday, he took advantage of Indiana’s missing big men by posting 32 points and 17 rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls overwhelm the short-handed Pacers 113-97.

Chicago has won two straight since snapping a six-game losing streak and moved within one game of the Pacers for the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Conference. Vucevic also had five assists while going 14 of 29 from the field. All-Star Zach LaVine added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

“He’s very, very versatile and I think as he gets more comfortable with the guys he’ll become more and more efficient,” coach Billy Donovan said. ‘”‘I think he tries to play the right way and when you have a guy of his talent and he tries to play the right way, I think it becomes contagious.”

The combination was simply too much for Indiana, which started the game without two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle) and guard Malcolm Brogdon (sore right hip), before losing Myles Turner in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle.

Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 20 points and six rebounds. Edmond Sumner and Jeremy Lamb each scored 15 points as Indiana lost for the ninth time in 10 home games.

“We want to be better, I want to be better, guys want to be better,” Indiana coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “We have guys on this team I believe in very much.”

Chicago took control with a 15-3 run early in the second quarter, taking a 45-33 lead. It was never really close afterward. The Bulls led 62-49 at halftime. When the Pacers cut the deficit to 81-72 in the third quarter, Chicago answered with a 9-0 run, led by Vucevic and Indiana never got close again.

“If we can get him (Vucevic) his fair share of shots and have good balance with him and Zack that’s a big thing,” Donovan said.

NBA NEWS: Embiid scores 35, 76ers dominate Celtics in 106-96 win

BOSTON (AP) Doc Rivers said his star big man Joel Embiid had a few words for him as he walked off the TD Garden court on Tuesday night.

“I’m back,” Embiid told the 76ers coach.

“I noticed,” Rivers replied.

In just his second game back after being sidelined by a bruised bone in his left knee, Embiid scored 35 points and Philadelphia rolled to a 106-96 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Danny Green added 17 points as the 76ers posted their third straight victory over the Celtics to sweep the season series for the first time since the 2000-2001 season.

Embiid went 16 for 20 at the foul line and grabbed six rebounds. He missed 10 games with the injury.

“I’m not all the way there, but tonight is a big step,” Embiid said.

It’s also a small bit of revenge for Philadelphia, which was swept by Boston in the first round of the playoffs last season.

“It’s not just about what happened in the playoffs, every single year you want to win this matchup,” Embiid said. “That’s the mindset we gotta have against every team. But against Boston, that’s our rival.”

Philadelphia led by 21 in the second half of the opener of a four-game trip. It has won three of four overall.

Boston was trying for its first three-game win streak since early March. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 20 points, and Jaylen Brown finished with 17.

Boston had been inching closer to having its full roster available. That progress took a hit hours before the game when recent acquisition Evan Fournier entered the health and safety protocols.

The Celtics benefited from his presence in back-to-back wins over Houston and Dallas. His shooting ability from the outside helped create more spacing and forced opposing defenses to leave Tatum and Brown in single coverage.

Without him, Boston kept the ball moving Tuesday, but had trouble figuring out its rotations at times on defense.

Barry Alvarez, AD who reshaped Wisconsin sports, to retire

MADISON, Wis. (AP) As he announced his retirement, longtime Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez summed up his career by referencing the advice he often gives students.

“Find something that you love to do, do it well enough that someone will pay you to do it, and you’ll never work a day in your life,” Alvarez said Tuesday. “That’s what I believe that I’ve been able to do. I love going to work. I love going to the office. It was never a chore for me to get there. I enjoyed every minute.”

Alvarez is ending a three-decade run in which he transformed the university’s football team and later guided the Badgers to their greatest all-around sports success in school history.

The 74-year-old Alvarez said his retirement would take effect at the beginning of July. Alvarez indicated he initially planned to step down earlier, but wanted to remain in charge while the athletic department dealt with the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

“I’ve had a good run,” Alvarez said. “It’s just time to pass the baton. I’m healthy. I have some things that I want to do. My wife and I want to travel. I have grandkids I want to follow and support. It was just time.”

He was honored Tuesday at a ceremony featuring Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who called Alvarez “a man whose name is synonymous with Wisconsin athletics.”

Alvarez arrived at Wisconsin in 1990 as football coach and turned one of the Big Ten’s weakest programs into one of its strongest. He became athletic director in 2004 and briefly served in a dual role before stepping down as football coach after the 2005 season.

Wisconsin’s football team went a combined 9-36 in the four seasons before his arrival from Notre Dame, where he had worked as defensive coordinator for the Fighting Irish’s 1988 national championship team.

“They’d better get season tickets right now because before long, they probably won’t be able to,” Alvarez boasted at his introductory news conference.

Sure enough, Alvarez led the Badgers to three Rose Bowl titles and made them regular Big Ten contenders by emphasizing a strong defense and rushing attack.

Illinois’ Dosunmu declares for NBA draft, will hire agent

Illinois star Ayo Dosunmu is declaring for the NBA draft and will forgo his remaining college eligibility by hiring an agent, he announced Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

Dosunmu is ranked as the 22nd-best available player in the 2021 draft by ESPN.

The Fighting Illini junior averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.1 steals this season and shot 38.6% on 3-pointers. He was named a consensus All-American and received the Bob Cousy Award for the top point guard in the country.

The 21-year-old led Illinois in scoring and helped it win the Big Ten Tournament. The Fighting Illini were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament but fell in a second-round upset to Loyola Chicago.

Dosunmu is one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, which is given annually to the best player in college basketball. He was also a finalist for the Naismith Trophy, which was awarded to Iowa senior center Luka Garza.

Boilermakers Ranked High in Early 2021-22 Basketball Polls

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – As the 2020-21 men’s basketball season concluded Monday, the page was being turned to the 2021-22 season as several national media outlets released their “Way-Too-Early” top 25 preseason polls.

The polls paint Purdue in a positive light as almost every media outlet has the Boilermakers ranked in the preseason top 10. Here is what the outlets had to say about the Boilermakers’ prospects for the upcoming season.

3 – ESPN.com: Matt Painter did a terrific job with the Boilermakers this season, finishing 13-6 in the Big Ten before falling in overtime in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. But there are zero seniors on the roster, and only a couple of backup frontcourt players have transferred out so far. So all five starters in should be back for Purdue. It starts with Trevion Williams, a preseason All-America candidate who can be dominant down low. Painter has a deep and versatile perimeter group, with Jaden Ivey a prime breakout candidate as a sophomore. Ivey started the final 12 games of the season, scoring in double figures in all but two of those games and scoring 26 points in the NCAA tournament. Painter can go big with 7-foot-4 Zach Edey, he can have a more traditional lineup with Mason Gillis at the forward spot, or he could go small with four perimeter scorers.

4 – 247Sports: If that starting lineup looks familiar, it should: it’s the same exact starting lineup Purdue fielded in the NCAA Tournament against North Texas. But there’s some serious upside here for those who believe the biggest growth comes between a player’s first and second seasons on the court—two starters and four of the nine players who played in that game were freshmen. That includes Brandon Newman and Zach Edey off the bench, both of whom could play starter-type minutes (Newman started 23 of 28 games last year before coming off the bench late). Add in another point guard option in Isaiah Thompson and a strong two-man recruiting class that adds two 6-foot-8 forwards in Trey Kaufman (No. 32 overall) and Caleb Furst (No. 54) and the Boilermakers bring back a ton of experience, yet still have quite a bit of young talent. Williams could be an All-America candidate, and Ivey looks like a star. The question mark on what to keep an eye on comes in that it’s unclear what Purdue would even add.

4 – FoxSports Radio

4 – Stadium: Matt Painter returns just about everyone of note from a top 25 team. Williams and Edey are tough to match with on the frontline, Ivey is a potential star and Stefanovic and Newman give the Boilermakers proven shooters. Continuity will be rare this season, and that’s where Painter will have a major advantage.

4 – The Athletic: The Boilermakers did not have any seniors this season, and though their postseason ended with a disappointing first-round loss to North Texas, they will enter 2021-22 with a great chance to reach their first Final Four since 1980. Williams might take a peek at the draft, but in today’s NBA there is not a lot of demand for a player with his skill set. Ivey appears set for a breakthrough season, and 247Sports ranked Kaufman-Renn and Furst No. 32 and No. 54 in their class, respectively, will aid the Boilermakers’ lineup.

6 – NCAA.com: Jaden Ivey and Zach Edey, let alone Trevion Williams, could make the Boilermakers Big Ten champs.

7 – USA Today: Leading scorer Trevion Williams (15.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg) is expected to return for his senior season, while rising sophomore Jaden Ivey (11. ppg) is ready to blossom further following a promising freshman campaign. Coach Matt Painter will have a much more seasoned team than the one that was upset by North Texas in the NCAA Tournament.  

8 – Sports Illustrated: Leading scorer Trevion Williams (15.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg) is expected to return for his senior season, while rising sophomore Jaden Ivey (11. ppg) is ready to blossom further following a promising freshman campaign. Coach Matt Painter will have a much more seasoned team than the one that was upset by North Texas in the NCAA Tournament.  

9 – CBS: The Boilermakers have no seniors and zero obvious NBA prospects, meaning everybody who matters should return from a team that received a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The star is Trevion Williams, who averaged 15.5 points and 9.1 rebounds as a junior.

Report: Lakers signing McLemore for rest of season

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal with free-agent wing Ben McLemore, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The deal will span the rest of the 2020-21 campaign, his agent Rich Paul told Charania.

The Houston Rockets waived McLemore in recent days, but the 28-year-old reportedly received interest from multiple contending teams, including the Milwaukee Bucks.

McLemore averaged 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, and shot 33.1% beyond the arc in 32 games for the Rockets this season. However, the eight-year veteran fared much better with the club in 2019-20, shooting 40% on threes while scoring 10.1 points per game, mostly off the bench.

Harden’s hamstring to be re-evaluated in 10 days; KD probable vs. Pels

The Brooklyn Nets’ struggle to get all their marquee stars on the court together for a prolonged stretch continues.

James Harden will be out of action for at least 10 days, at which point his right hamstring strain will be re-evaluated, the team announced Tuesday.

However, Harden’s absence comes with Kevin Durant expected to return to the lineup after missing 26 of the Nets’ past 27 games with a hamstring strain of his own. Brooklyn upgraded Durant to probable ahead of Wednesday’s game versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

Despite an Eastern Conference-leading 35-16 (.686) record, the Nets have only had Harden, Durant, and Kyrie Irving in the lineup together for seven games this season. The team went 5-2, outscoring opponents by 8.4 points per 100 possessions in 186 minutes of action.

Because Durant has been sidelined since mid-February, Wednesday would represent his first opportunity to play alongside big men Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge. The former stars signed with Brooklyn in late March after reaching buyout agreements with their previous teams.

The hypothetical lineup of Harden, Irving, Durant, Griffin, and Aldridge would boast 40 combined All-Star selections.

U.S. mulls Beijing 2022 boycott due to human rights abuses

The United States will seek input from other countries about a possible joint boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over human rights violations in China.

“It is something that we certainly wish to discuss,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday, according to Amanda Macias of CNBC. Price added, “A coordinated approach will not only be in our interest but also in the interest of our allies and partners.”

The potential pushback comes years after human rights groups began shining a light on the treatment of Uyghurs – a Muslim population – in China. Uyghurs reside primarily in the northwest part of the country.

President Joe Biden’s administration, along with that of predecessor Donald Trump, has referred to China’s treatment of Uyghurs as a genocide. Last week’s annual State Department report on human rights said China is responsible for “genocide and crimes against humanity,” according to USA Today’s Deirdre Shesgreen. “The document cites Beijing’s ‘mass detention’ of the Uyghurs, as well as evidence of forced sterilization, rape, torture, and forced labor,” Shesgreen wrote. The U.S. has also been critical of other actions by the Chinese government, including its treatment of Taiwan.

Price said the U.S. has not made a firm decision on whether to boycott the 2022 Beijing Games, which are scheduled to begin Feb. 4.

The U.S. boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics, which took place in Moscow while the U.S. and the Soviet Union were mired in the Cold War.

Vanderbilt fires Stephanie White

Vanderbilt has decided to reverse its decision not to fire women’s basketball coach Stephanie White after five seasons. Last month the school made the decision to retain White, but changed their mind Tuesday. White went 46-83 overall and just a 13-54 SEC mark.

“As I continued my evaluation of the program, I ultimately concluded that change is needed at this time,” athletics director Candice Lee said in a statement. “I wish Stephanie and her family the best.”

Rory-Rahm-Schauffele headline opening-round groups for Masters

Groups for Rounds 1 and 2 of the Masters were released on Tuesday, with the trio of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Xander Schauffele headlining the tee sheet.

The group entirely comprised of top-15 world-ranked players will start their weeks at Augusta National at 10:42 a.m. ET.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson is one tee time ahead, placing him with Lee Westwood and reigning U.S. Amateur champ Tyler Strafaci.

Those who are excited to see how Jordan Spieth begins his journey for green jacket No. 2 will have to wait a bit on Thursday. Spieth has the last tee time for Round 1 alongside Collin Morikawa and Cameron Smith.

Here are all the tee times for Rounds 1 and 2 (times ET):

Group 1: Michael Thompson, Hudson Swafford

Thursday – 8:00 a.m.

Friday – 11:06 a.m.

Group 2: Sandy Lyle, Matt Jones, Dylan Frittelli

Thursday – 8:12 a.m.

Friday – 11:18 a.m.

Group 3: Ian Woosnam, Jim Herman, Stewart Cink

Thursday – 8:24 a.m.

Friday – 11:30 a.m.

Group 4: Sebastian Munoz, Henrik Stenson, Robert Streb

Thursday – 8:36 a.m.

Friday – 11:42 a.m.

Group 5: Bernhard Langer, Will Zalatoris, Joe Long

Thursday – 8:48 a.m.

Friday – 11:54 a.m.

Group 6: Brian Harman, Ian Poulter, Brendon Todd

Thursday – 9:00 a.m.

Friday – 12:12 p.m.

Group 7: Charl Schwartzel, Si Woo Kim, Corey Conners

Thursday – 9:12 a.m.

Friday – 12:24 p.m.

Group 8: Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann, Kevin Kisner

Thursday – 9:24 a.m.

Friday – 12:36 p.m.

Group 9: Jason Day, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Champ

Thursday – 9:36 a.m.

Friday – 12:48 p.m.

Group 10: Hideki Matsuyama, Harris English, Abraham Ancer

Thursday – 9:48 a.m.

Friday – 1:00 p.m.

Group 11: Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland

Thursday – 10:06 a.m.

Friday – 1:12 p.m.

Group 12: Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Thursday – 10:18 a.m.

Friday – 1:24 p.m.

Group 13: Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Tyler Strafaci

Thursday – 10:30 a.m.

Friday – 1:36 p.m.

Group 14: Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy

Thursday – 10:42 a.m.

Friday – 1:48 p.m.

Group 15: Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Paul Casey

Thursday – 10:54 a.m.

Friday – 2:00 p.m.

Group 16: Vijay Singh, Martin Laird

Thursday – 11:06 a.m.

Friday – 8:00 a.m.

Group 17: Larry Mize, Jimmy Walker, Brian Gay

Thursday – 11:18 a.m.

Friday – 8:12 a.m.

Group 18: Carlos Ortiz, Mackenzie Hughes, Bernd Wiesberger

Thursday – 11:30 a.m.

Friday – 8:24 a.m.

Group 19: Mike Weir, C.T. Pan, Robert MacIntyre

Thursday – 11:42 a.m.

Friday – 8:36 a.m.

Group 20: Jose Maria Olazabal, Matt Wallace, Lanto Griffin

Thursday – 11:54 a.m.

Friday – 8:48 a.m.

Group 21: Victor Perez, Jason Kokrak, Marc Leishman

Thursday – 12:12 p.m.

Friday – 9:00 a.m.

Group 22: Fred Couples, Francesco Molinari, Charles Osborne

Thursday – 12:24 p.m.

Friday – 9:12 a.m.

Group 23: Zach Johnson, Kevin Na, Gary Woodland

Thursday – 12:36 p.m.

Friday – 9:24 a.m.

Group 24: Shane Lowry, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar

Thursday – 12:48 p.m.

Friday – 9:36 a.m.

Group 25: Billy Horschel, Tyrrell Hatton, Ryan Palmer

Thursday – 1:00 p.m.

Friday – 9:48 a.m.

Group 26: Phil Mickelson, Tommy Fleetwood, Scottie Scheffler

Thursday – 1:12 p.m.

Friday – 10:06 a.m.

Group 27: Patrick Cantlay, Sungjae Im, Matt Fitzpatrick

Thursday – 1:24 p.m.

Friday – 10:18 a.m.

Group 28: Adam Scott, Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa

Thursday – 1:36 p.m.

Friday – 10:30 a.m.

Group 29: Tony Finau, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Thomas

Thursday – 1:48 p.m.

Friday – 10:42 a.m.

Group 30: Jordan Spieth, Cameron Smith, Collin Morikawa

Thursday – 2:00 p.m.

Friday – 10:54 a.m.

2021 NFL DRAFT-TOP RUNNINGBACKS

  1. TRAVIS ETIENNE, CLEMSON
  2. JAVONTE WILLIAMS, NORTH CAROLINA
  3. NAJEE HARRIS, ALABAMA
  4. MICHAEL CARTER, NORTH CAROLINA
  5. KHALIL HERBERT, VIRGINIA TECH
  6. KENNETH GAINWELL, MEMPHIS
  7. DEMETRIC FELTON, UCLA
  8. CHRIS EVANS, MICHIGAN
  9. CHUBA HUBBARD, OKLAHOMA STATE
  10. TREY SERMON, OHIO STATE

SUPERLATIVES

Best home-run speed: Travis Etienne, Clemson

Best power back: Najee Harris, Alabama

Toughest to bring down: Javonte Williams, North Carolina

Best hands: Najee Harris, Alabama

Best route-runner: Demetric Felton, UCLA

2021 NFL DRAFT PROFILE-Caleb Farley, CB Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley enters the NFL after playing quarterback in high school, beginning his college career as a wide receiver, and then transitioning to defense where he shined as a cornerback for the Hokies in 2019. While he is new to the position, his film does not resemble a player that is still learning the ropes. Farley brings a rare blend of physical traits to the table in terms of size, length, quickness, fluidity, and athleticism that he pairs with exceptional man coverage skills that make him an exciting NFL prospect. Not only is he sticky in man coverage, Farley has game-changing ball skills and is an alpha in coverage. Unfortunately, his injury history is concerning. Farley suffered a non-contact ACL tear in 2017 that forced him to miss the season and then missed the last two games in 2019 due to back spasms, an issue Justin Fuente said Farley dealt with all season long. When it comes to on-the-field issues, Farley is a fairly complete prospect that is clearly ascending but sharpening his zone coverage skills would be beneficial. Additionally, he needs to develop his tackling technique to decrease an alarming amount of whiffs on tape. Farley has a full toolbox of traits to develop into a shutdown corner at the next level that can create takeaways. 

2021 NFL DRAFT PROFILE-Micha Parsons, LB Penn State

Micah Parsons projects as a dynamic impact player at the NFL level. Parsons, who elected to opt-out of the 2020 college football season, has two seasons of high-impact play on his film resume and his impact was only further affirmed as the Penn State defense fell apart without him on the field for the 2020 season. Parsons, who was a prized recruit as a pass rusher coming out of high school, is still ironing out some of finer points of play processing on the second level but his freakish combination of size and explosiveness allow him to explode and drive into gaps when he sees the play develop and as a result he’s a persistent winner of beating ball carriers and blockers to the spot between the tackles. Parsons is an impact player on third downs, which significantly boosts his value to pro teams and masks some of the inexperiences of transitioning to stack linebacker. He’s a dynamic blitzer and has the versatility to rush against offensive linemen and claim victories to get home to the quarterback. Parsons has illustrated an incredible level of pure instinct for the game thus far and his ability to navigate the line of scrimmage and rip at the football to create turnovers is best accentuated in an aggressive front defense that will task him with playing forward early in downs and not ask him to make flat footed reads before scraping and flowing to the ball.

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL: Garza Wins John R. Wooden Award, Sweeps National Awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior Luka Garza became the University of Iowa’s first winner of the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award. The announcement was made Tuesday evening by the Los Angeles Athletic Club during ESPN SportsCenter.

Garza, the most dominant player in men’s college basketball, swept all the major postseason awards (Wooden, Naismith, Associated Press, Oscar Robertson, NABC, Lute Olson, Sporting News) to become the consensus unanimous national player of the year for 2021. Garza

“Winning the Wooden Award means so much to myself and my family,” said Garza. “John Wooden was someone my grandfather was friends with, and someone who I was taught a lot about growing up. I studied the Pyramid, and many of his books to try and become the teammate and player that could win a championship. I can’t thank Coach McCaffery and his staff enough for their role in helping me develop on and off the floor. I have had amazing teammates along the way, and I would not be here without them. I want to thank my family for their undying support of me throughout my career. Lastly, thank you to the University of Iowa for changing my life. I am so proud to bring this award to the University of Iowa for the first time.”

Voting took place from March 15-22, 2021. As insisted upon by Coach Wooden at the Award’s creation 45 years ago, all players were certified by their universities as meeting or exceeding the criteria of the John R. Wooden Award.

Iowa’s first two-time unanimous consensus first-team All-American led the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes to 22 victories and a third place Big Ten finish in 2021. The Washington, D.C., native led the nation in total points (747), player efficiency rating (35.84), 30-point games (8), field goals made (281), and 20-point games (22). Garza ranked second nationally in points per game (24.1), fifth in free throw attempts (199), 10th in free throw makes (141), and 11th in double-doubles (13). His 747 points extended the single-season school record he set last season (740).

The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year broke Iowa’s 32-year old scoring record held by Roy Marble on Feb. 21, 2021. He finished his Hawkeye career with 2,306 points, which ranks seventh-best in Big Ten history. In addition to ranking first in career scoring, Garza is tops at Iowa in 30-point games (13), conference scoring (1,399), field goals made (870), field goal attempts (1,594), and 40-point games (2); second in rebounds (931); fourth in double-doubles (34); fifth in blocked shots (154); sixth in free throw makes (446) and attempts (636); and 16th in 3-pointers made (120). He is the only men’s basketball player in Big Ten history to accumulate 2,250 points and 900 rebounds.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award Program hosts the most prestigious honors in college basketball recognizing The Wooden Award Most Outstanding Player for men and women, The Wooden Award All American Teams for men and women and the annual selection of the Wooden Award Legend of Coaching recipient. Honorees have proven to their university that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

BIG 10 SOFTBALL: Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio State Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Player of the Week

Sam Hackenbracht, Ohio State

So. – C/UTL – Massillon, Ohio – Massillon Washington – Major: Middle Childhood Education

• Batted .833 with a 2.333 slugging percentage and .857 on-base percentage in last weekend’s series at Penn State, blasting three home runs with eight RBI and five hits in the two games she played (missed series opener due to illness)

• Went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI (tying for fifth in school history) in the nightcap of an April 3 doubleheader sweep at Penn State

• Added a two-run home run in a five-inning win on Sunday

• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor

• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Lilli Piper (April 22, 2019)

Pitcher of the Week

Sydney Sickels, Illinois

Jr. – RHP – Indianola, Iowa – Indianola – Major: Kinesiology

• Went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two complete-game shutouts in last weekend’s series at Wisconsin, adding 24 strikeouts (12 in each game) and walking only three while allowing six hits in 14.0 innings

• Tossed a one-hit shutout in Sunday’s series finale, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the third time this season

• Received Academic All-Big Ten honors last year

• Collects her third career Pitcher of the Week plaudit and second this season

• Last Illinois Pitcher of the Week: Sydney Sickels (March 16, 2021)

Freshman of the Week

Billie Andrews, Nebraska

IF – Gretna, Neb. – Gretna – Major: Graphic Design

• Registered a .467 batting average, .800 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage in last weekend’s four-game series split at Rutgers, collecting a home run, seven hits, three RBI and four runs scored

• Had a hit and a run in all four games of the series, including extra-base hits in three of the four contests

• Went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI in a series-opening win on April 2, and gave the Huskers the lead with a sixth-inning home run in Sunday’s series finale

• Receives her second career Freshman of the Week award

• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Billie Andrews (March 30, 2021)

BIG 10 MEN’S SOCCER: Michigan and Michigan State Earn Weekly Men’s Soccer Honors

Offensive Player of the Week
Marc Ybarra, Michigan
M – Sr. – Ann Arbor, Mich. – Skyline

  • Posted a four-point week as Michigan split a pair of contests
  • Tallied assists on both goals in a 2-0 win against Ohio State
  • Scored on a penalty kick in a 3-2 loss at Wisconsin
  • Claims his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Bryce Blevins (March 9, 2021)

Defensive Player of the Week
Will Perkins, Michigan State
D – So. – Detroit, Mich. – UofD Jesuit

  • Helped guide the Spartans to consecutive wins for the first time this season, holding two opponents to a combined one goal
  • Recorded his first career goal in a 4-1 victory against Wisconsin
  • Added an assist on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win at Ohio State
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Patrick Nielsen (Oct. 9, 2018)

BIG 10 WSOCCER: Minnesota, Nebraska and Penn State Collect Big Ten Weekly Women’s Soccer Honors

Offensive Player of the Week

Frankie Tagliaferri, Penn State

Sr. – F – Colts Neck, N.J. – Colts Neck – Major: Kinesiology-Movement Science

• Had a hand in all six of Penn State’s scores (two goals, four assists) in the Nittany Lions’ 6-0 win over Maryland on April 3

• Tied a Big Ten record with her four assists (a mark she shares with three others), becoming the first conference player with multiple four-assist games

• Her eight points tied for sixth in Big Ten history and were the most by a conference player since Aug. 25, 2019 (eight points by Michigan State’s Gia Wahlberg)

• Received Academic All-Big Ten honors the past three seasons and was named a 2018-19 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar

• Earns her second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award

• Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Frankie Tagliaferri (March 30, 2021)

Defensive Player of the Week

Katie Koker, Minnesota

Jr. – D – Racine, Wis. – The Prairie School – Major: Finance

• Came off bench to play pivotal role on Minnesota’s backline in 1-1 draw with Wisconsin on April 3

• Made sliding goal-line save late in the second overtime to preserve the tie for the Golden Gophers

• Garnered Academic All-Big Ten mention earlier this season

• Secures her second career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award

• Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Delaney Stekr (March 30, 2021)

Goalkeeper of the Week

Makinzie Short, Nebraska

So. – Erie, Colo. – Peak to Peak Charter School – Major: Marketing

• Recorded her fourth shutout this season, anchoring Nebraska’s 1-0 win over Iowa on April 3

• Made four saves in the victory, giving her 32 stops this season (3.20/game; ninth in the Big Ten)

• Helped the Huskers to their first win over the Hawkeyes since Oct. 26, 2016 (also a 1-0 victory in Lincoln)

• Earns her first career Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week award

• Last Nebraska Goalkeeper of the Week: Aubrei Corder (Oct. 2, 2018)

Freshman of the Week

Gwen Lane, Nebraska

F – Lincoln, Neb. – Southwest – Major: Pre-Health

• Netted the lone goal in the 23rd minute of Nebraska’s 1-0 victory over Iowa on April 3

• Converted a rebound off a missed Husker shot for her first career goal

• Lifted Nebraska to its first win over Iowa in more than four years

• Collects her first career Freshman of the Week accolade

• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Theresa Pujado (Oct. 10, 2017)

BALL STATE SB: Softball’s Hensley Named MAC Player of the Week

CLEVELAND, Ohio – – After helping power the Ball State softball team to another 4-0 weekend in league play, junior outfielder Faith Hensley has been named the Mid-American Conference Softball Player of the Week.

The Monroe, Ohio, native led the squad with a .667 batting average and a 1.333 slugging percentage in the series sweep at Central Michigan. She reached base safely in all four games, raising her season streak to 19, while tying for team-high honors with eight RBIs.

“Faith has been an absolute force to be reckoned with in the outfield for us this year,” first-year head coach Lacy Wood said. “We have a lot of depth out there, and before the season started we didn’t know who would rise to the challenge. Faith has worked hard on her swing, and her game in whole, and has risen to every challenge. She has been the spark we have needed in many games already this spring and she’s just getting better.”

Hensley, who earns MAC Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career, also scored four runs to account for 12 of BSU’s 48 runs in the series. Of her six hits versus the Chippewas, four were doubles and one was a triple. Overall, she reached base in 11 of her 15 plate appearances vs. CMU by adding four walks and being hit by a pitch. She also contributed a sacrifice fly for good measure.

Her two-out, three-run double in the second inning of the series opener drove in what proved to be the game-winning run. She also tallied an RBI single in the first inning of the 14-6 victory.

After Central Michigan rallied for eight runs in the third inning to take a 10-8 lead in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheder, Hensley went to work again. This time, she tied the score in the top of the fourth with a two-run triple.

Moments later, she came around to score the eventual game-winning run on a grounder to short. Hensley also had an RBI double in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

She would go on to add two more hits and score a run in Sunday’s 16-5 (5) victory in the series finale.

Hensley and the Ball State softball team return to action Friday, when they welcome Kent State to the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex for a 3 p.m. first pitch. It will be the first of four games between the Cardinals and Falcons.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and resulting country health department guidance, there will be no general public attendance at Ball State softball home games this spring.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL: Swart Doubles Three Times in Doubleheader at Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Purdue Fort Wayne softball sophomore Madeline Swart had three doubles and two RBIs in the Mastodons’ midweek doubleheader on Tuesday (April 6) at Green Bay. The ‘Dons fell in game one 12-4 and game two 8-4 at King Park.

Swart finished her day going 4-for-5 from the leadoff spot.

Game 1 – Mastodons 4, Phoenix 12

The Mastodons hit two home runs in the opening game against the Phoenix, but Green Bay used two big innings to put the game out of reach.

Alise Hale and Lexi Smalarz both hit lead off homers in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. This was the third and fourth runs the ‘Dons scored. The first and second came in the third inning after Emma McMillan doubled, Smalarz singled, then Swart doubled down the right field line to score McMillan. On the next at bat, Kennedy Steele brought Smalarz home on a sacrifice fly.

Green Bay’s four-run second and five-run fifth innings were the difference maker. The Phoenix also scored two in the third and one in the first.

Lauren McConnell (0-3) threw 3.0 innings and Jadelyn Johnson tossed 1.2 in relief. Kayla Schwebke got the win with a complete 5.0 innings pitched.

Game 2 – Mastodons 4, Phoenix 8

In the rematch, the ‘Dons went up early on the Phoenix thanks to a run in the first inning. Swart doubled on the first at bat of the game, then scored on a sacrifice fly from Kennedy Steele.

Green Bay took the advantage with a two-run second inning and a four-run third before the Mastodons scored again.

The ‘Dons chipped away at the lead the Phoenix had built with three one-run innings in the fifth, sixth and seventh, but they ran out of innings to come back.

In the fifth, Swart scored again after drawing a walk and being brought home by Ethridge’s fielder’s choice. One inning later, Swart picked up an RBI by singling Rachel Everson in. In the last inning, McMillan doubled after Morganne Denny doubled to get the fourth Mastodons’ run of the game.

Shaina Eyre (4-8) threw all 6.0 innings with six strikeouts. Brittany Baneck threw 5.0 innings for the win to improve to 6-1.

The Mastodons drop to 5-17, 4-14 Horizon League while Green Bay improves to 16-12, 11-9. Purdue Fort Wayne will be back at home on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10 with a four-game series. Both days will have doubleheaders start at 1 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS WSOCCER: Greyhounds Earn 24 Spot in National Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team has been ranked 24  in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Division-II poll after they earned their sixth straight win. The Greyhounds are 9-1-1 on the season and in the GLVC.
 
The Greyhounds will host Maryville on Friday at Key Stadium at 5 p.m. ET. 

UNITED SOCCER COACHES INITIAL DII POLL

RK.SCHOOLPREV.REC.
1Dallas Baptist University 110-0-1
2Grand Valley State University 33-0-1
3Flagler College 47-0-1
4Minnesota State University-Mankato 55-0-0
5Mississippi College 98-0-0
6Point Loma Nazarene University 64-0-0
7University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 76-0-0
8McKendree University 1410-0-1
9Lee University 28-1-2
10University of North Georgia 127-2-0
11Concord University NR4-1-0
12Angelo State University 107-0-0
13Northwest Nazarene University 236-0-0
14University of Central Missouri 85-3-0
15Holy Family University NR4-0-1
16Ferris State University NR5-0-0
17Frostburg State University NR4-1-1
18Delta State University 177-1-2
19Dominican University of California 165-0-0
20Colorado School Of Mines 136-0-2
21Catawba College NR6-1-0
22Jefferson University NR5-1-0
23Lenoir-Rhyne University 156-1-1
24University Of Indianapolis 199-1-1
25University Of Charleston 243-0-1

VALPO FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Football Attempts to Clinch Winning Season on Saturday

Valparaiso (3-1, 3-1 PFL)
at Morehead State (2-3, 2-2 PFL)

Game #5 Saturday, April 10, 11 a.m. CT
Jayne Stadium (10,000) – Morehead, Ky.
 

This Week in Valpo Football: The Valparaiso University football team will look to clinch its best single-season winning percentage since 2003 on Saturday in Morehead, Ky. as Valpo attempts to go to 4-1 by topping Morehead State at Jayne Stadium. The Brown & Gold will look to extend their winning streak to three and attempt to secure an unblemished 3-0 road record.  

Previously: The Valpo defense put together another fine performance last week, this time helping the team make program history with a 10-7 win at Drake. It marked the first time ever that Valpo won in Des Moines and the program’s first win in the head-to-head series with the Bulldogs since 2003. Austin Martins had 2 ½ sacks, Evan Annis accrued eight tackles and Keyon Turner forced a turnover for the fourth consecutive week. The kicking game also thrived thanks to punter Ben Niesner and kicker Brian Bartholomew, while Robert Washington turned in his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season.

Series Notes: A week after garnering the program’s first-ever win at Drake, Valpo will visit another venue that has not been favorable for the Brown & Gold in recent years. Valpo has dropped six straight at Morehead State and hasn’t gone on the road to beat the Eagles since Sept. 16, 2006 (W 42-35). Valpo is 2-9 all-time at Jayne Stadium and 4-21 all-time against the Eagles. Morehead State has won 12 of the last 13 matchups with Valpo’s lone win in that span coming 63-32 on Oct. 28, 2017 at Brown Field. Valpo’s last five losses to the Eagles have all comes by seven points or fewer. Morehead State prevailed 27-21 in the most recent matchup on Nov. 9, 2019 at Brown Field.

Following Valpo Football: The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. In addition, Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst) will handle the Valpo Sports Network radio call, which is available on 95.1 FM Valparaiso and via the TuneIn Radio app. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (4-12) completed his first season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in 2019. In Year 1 of the Fox Era, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). The defense also thrived in critical down-and-distance situations, as the team’s opponent third-down conversion percentage of 32.4 ranked second in the league and its opponent fourth-down conversion percentage of 46.2 was third. After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2020 season. His teams held opponents to an average of 19 points per game during his time as the defensive coordinator at Dayton. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.

With the 3-1 Start, Valpo…

  • Owns its best record through four games since 2007.
  • Holds its best record through four league outings since 2003.
  • Has clinched at least a .500 record, securing at least the team’s second-best winning percentage over the last 17 seasons.
  • Owns a 2-0 road record for the first time since 2006 and a 2-0 mark in league road games for the first time since 1986, when head coach Bill Koch’s team notched wins at Franklin College and Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) in Heartland Collegiate Conference action.
  • Has won back-to-back games for the first time since beating Butler and Dayton in the final two games of the 2017 campaign.

With a win at Morehead State, Valpo would…

  • Clinch a winning season.
  • Own its best record through five games since 1999.
  • Hold its best record through five league contests since 1961.
  • Earn a fourth PFL win in the same season for just the second time ever (five, 2017) and a fourth league win in any conference for the second time since 1968.
  • Clinch the program’s best winning percentage since 2003.
  • Own a 3-0 road record for the first time since 1995.
  • Own a 3-0 league-only road record for the first time since 1962.
  • Snap a six-game skid at Morehead State by beating the Eagles in Kentucky for the first time since 2006.
  • Hold a three-game winning streak within the same season for the first time since 2003.
  • Clinch the program’s highest road win total since 2007.
  • Clinch the program’s highest league-only road win total since 1962.
  • Finish the regular season with an undefeated road record for the first time since 1956.

Making History in Des Moines

  • Valpo’s 10-7 win at Drake in Week 4 (April 3) marked the program’s first-ever victory in Des Moines, a location where the Brown & Gold previously held an 0-13 mark.
  • The win snapped a 17-game head-to-head losing streak that dated back to a 51-45 overtime win on Oct. 25, 2003 at Brown Field.
  • The seven points marked the fewest permitted by the Valpo defense in a road PFL game since a 31-7 win at San Diego on Oct. 31, 1998. The seven points tied for the fewest Valpo has allowed in a PFL road game since the league’s inception in 1993.

MIAMI SOFTBALL: RedHawks Make it 12 Straight With 6-3 Win Over Butler

OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team extended its win streak to 12 straight on Tuesday afternoon with a 6-3 win over Butler University at the Miami Softball Complex. Seven different RedHawks picked up hits in the win.

How it Happened:

Miami exploded for four runs in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded, Kate Kobayashi brought home a run with a fly out to right field. Mackenzie Moore roped a single to right to score a pair and Morgan Lott made it 4-0 with a single to center field.

After Butler cut the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth, Miami answered with a run of their own. Adriana Barlow hit one to the left-center gap, bringing around Karlee Juarez.

The Bulldogs added two runs in the fifth, shrinking Miami’s lead to 5-3.

Karli Spaid made it 6-3 in the sixth with a blast over the left field fence.

Taylor Rathe picked up the win for the Red and White, throwing 4.2 innings while allowing three runs. Brianna Pratt closed out the game, allowing one hit in 2.1 innings pitched.

Up Next:

Miami returns to action for a four-game series at Akron, beginning on Friday, April 9. Opening pitch is slated for 3 p.m.

MIAMI BASEBALL: Nate Stolze Named to Buster Posey Award Watch List

WICHITA, Kan. — For his outstanding performance so far in the 2021 campaign, senior catcher Nate Stolze has been named to the 2021 Buster Posey Award watch list, the award given annually to the best catcher in college baseball. Stolze was added to the watch list, along with 80 of the country’s best catchers, for his continued success on the diamond, where he has been a force all season long.

Getting the majority of play, Stolze has showcased his ability both behind the plate and at the dish. Stolze has just one error while sporting a fielding percentage of .996 while also throwing out ten runners on the basepaths. Along with his ability behind the plate, Stolze has shown an ability to get on base all year long, with a batting average of .269 and an on-base percentage of .374.

The final date to add catchers to the watch list is May 5. The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, which will be announced on May 20, 2021. Ballots will be sent to the national voting committee at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced on June 7, 2021, with a final vote among the national committee to occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at a date that is yet to be determined.

DAYTON SOFTBALL: UDSB Hosting Morehead State Wednesday For Non-Con Doubleheader

DAYTON – The University of Dayton softball team will play host to Morehead State Wednesday for a non-conference doubleheader. First serve between the Flyers and Eagles is set for 2 p.m. April 7 at UD Softball Stadium.

GAME ONE – 2 p.m.

Live Stats

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Live Stats

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SCOUTING MOREHEAD STATE

Morehead State (7-20) went 1-2 at OVC foe Tennessee State last weekend picking up its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season, a 1-0 complete-game shutout for Eagles’ pitcher Lennon Spicer. Alexis Strother (.312) and Kirya Kingery (.311) carry the team’s best batting averages with 24 and 23 hits respectively. Strother also leads MSU offense with four doubles and eight walks while Kingery is a stealthy 19-of-21 in stolen bases. Spicer (5-11) is the Eagles’ number one starter in the circle with 90.2 innings pitched. She leads the team with 57 strikeouts and eight complete games.

ABOUT DAYTON

Dayton (11-14) split its Atlantic 10 series at Saint Louis, 2-2, last weekend and now sit at 6-2 in league play and the Flyers are 5-3 at home heading into Wednesday’s doubleheader. UD has three everyday players hitting at .300 and above, led by freshman Megan Ward with a .395 average. She has tallied a team-high 34 hits to go with an 8-and-10 outcome in stolen bases while junior Alyssa Cacini (.319) has recorded a team-best seven doubles to go with six home runs. Freshman Addy Bullis (6-4) leads the Flyers’ pitching corps with 52 strikeouts and four complete games over 58.2 innings pitched.

ATTENDANCE AT UD SOFTBALL STADIUM

Based on campus and local COVID-19 protocols and capacity restrictions, Dayton home athletic events will not be open to the general public. Limited seating is available to guests of Dayton student-athletes (names must be on a pass list for admission). Currently, visiting team fans are not permitted in/at the facility. Additionally, attendance at Dayton home athletic events will be socially distanced and fans are required to wear masks. These protocols will be reviewed as the season progresses.

DAYTON WSOCCER: UDWSOC Closes Regular Season With Two Matches At #20 Saint Louis

DAYTON – The University of Dayton women’s soccer team (7-3-1 overall, 4-1-1 A-10) closes out the regular season with two Atlantic 10 Conference matches at league-leading Saint Louis (11-1-0, 6-0-0 A-10) at Hermann Stadium. The Flyers take on the Billikens this Thursday, April 8 at 8 p.m. ET and again on Sunday, April 11 at 1 p.m. ET.

• Both matches are scheduled to be streamed on ESPN+

• Fans are permitted at Hermann Stadium. Admission is free and all seating is on the west side of the stadium (press box side). All spectators will be required to follow COVID protocols, including social distancing and wearing a mask.

• Live stats will be available fans can follow Dayton women’s soccer social media for updates: on Twitter: & Instagram:  @daytonwsoccer

THE SERIES

• The Flyers lead the all-time series over Saint Louis, 10-6-3.

• Dayton is 3-2-1 all-time in road matches vs. Saint Louis.

• The Billikens have won the last four meetings, including a 3-2 double overtime victory at Baujan Field this year (March 18).  Two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week Itala Gemelli scored both Dayton goals in that match. All three of the SLU goals were on set pieces, including a penalty kick in the 59th minute and the game winner on a corner kick in the 107th minute.

FLYER FACTS

• Dayton is on a four-match winning streak.

• The only conference loss for the Flyers this season was a 3-2 double overtime loss to Saint Louis on March 18.

• UD is averaging 1.91 goals per game in the 11 matches this season. 15 of the 21 goals have come from UD freshmen: Itala Gemelli leads Dayton and the A-10 with eight goals, including three game-winning goals. Madison Wilson has three goals. Diana Benigno has scored two goals, and Mia Perri and Elle Lovdal have each netted one goal.

• Sophomore Jessica Sheldon leads the Flyers with five assists. Fellow sophomores Marlee Taylor and Audrey Steiert each have three assists, and sophomores Laney Huber and Yaiza Navarro Leon each have two assists.

• Gemelli also leads Dayton in points (17), shots (34), and shots on goal (18).

• The five Flyers who have started every match this season are freshmen (Itala Gemelli and Katie Houck) and sophomores (Mackenzie Lutz, Jessica Sheldon, and Audrey Steiert). Sophomore Yaiza Navarro Leon has played in and started 10 matches.

• Sophomore defender Mackenzie Lutz leads all Flyers with 912 minutes played.

• Sophomore Madelyn Dewey earned her first collegiate start vs. Louisville (March 6) and has started every match since. In the other four matches she came off the bench to start the second half. Dewey is 7-2-1 on the season with 31 saves. The Flyers have five shutouts.

• Head coach Eric Golz is in his fourth season at the helm of the Flyers. He previously served as an assistant at UD in 2011.

• Dayton returns eight starters from a squad that went 7-9-3 overall and 5-3-2 in conference play in 2019.

SCOUTING SAINT LOUIS

• Saint Louis is currently ranked No. 20 by the United Soccer Coaches and is on a six-match winning streak, going undefeated thus far in Atlantic 10 play.

• SLU’s only loss this season is a 1-0 overtime setback to Oklahoma State, ranked No. 16 at the time (March 6).

• Hannah Friedrich has 12 assists this season to lead the Billikens. She is also the A-10 and NCAA leader in assists.

• Saint Louis averages 2.50 goals per game and 12 different Billikens have scored this season led by Emily Groark’s six goals. Hannah Larson has scored five, Abbie Miller (4), and Sophia Stram (3).

• Emily Puricelli has 12 starts in goal with 40 saves, a .49 GAA, and six shutouts.

UP NEXT

• A four-team 2020-21 Atlantic 10 Championship will be played on the campus of the highest seed, April 15-17, with the winner advancing to the NCAA tournament.

• The Atlantic 10 has divided the 14 teams that participate in women’s soccer into three geographical pods.

• The top team from each pod, and the next best team (regardless of pod) will play in the four-team Championship.

ALL HAIL ITALA

• Freshman forward Itala Gemelli leads the Flyers and Atlantic 10 in goals scored with 8. She’s also scored three game-winning goals. Her eight goals this season are third best in the NCAA for freshmen.

•  Gemelli was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Feb. 22. Gemelli scored her first collegiate goal, a game-winner in the 86th minute against Northern Kentucky in a come-from-behind 2-1 victory for UD. The rookie from Rochester, Mich., also scored the Flyers’ lone goal in a 4-1 loss to undefeated Butler.

•  She also won the award for matches played March 15-21 when she scored three goals on the week. She scored both goals in Dayton’s 3-2 double overtime loss to No. 22 Saint Louis, including the first goal just 57 seconds into the match, a rocket to the upper, far post 90. She also scored the equalizer in the 69th minute to send the match into OT. Gemelli scored the game-winning goal in UD’s 3-0 shutout road win over St. Bonaventure to help the Flyers pick up their first conference win.

KUDOS FOR CAMARCO

Senior Kara Camarco scored the game-winning goal in UD’s 1-0 victory over Marshall on Feb. 28. She also scored the game-winning goal in Dayton’s 5-1 win over St. Bonaventure (April 1). She’s played in 10 matches and started eight. Camarco had an assist in UD’s 3-2 loss to Saint Louis.

TAYLOR’S TRADE

Sophomore Marlee Taylor scored her first collegiate goal in 3-0 win over St. Bonaventure (March 21). She had a goal and two assists in UD’s 5-1 victory over SBU on April 1.

FLYERS PICKED 4TH IN A-10 POLL

• The Dayton women’s soccer team was selected  to finish fourth in the 2020-21 Atlantic 10 standings in a vote by the league’s 14 head coaches. The Flyers were 5-3-2 in the conference in 2019 and finished fifth in the league.

DAYTON’S A-10 BACKGROUND

• Dayton has won the A-10 Tournament Championship more than any other team in the conference: 10 times (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016).

• UD has also won or shared 11 Atlantic 10 Regular Season titles (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013). The next closest is Massachusetts with five.

• Dayton has appeared in 23 A-10 tournaments, earning a berth every year the Flyers have been a member of the conference.

OHIO CONNECTIONS

•  11 Flyers on the women’s soccer team are from Ohio.

•  There are five from the Cincinnati area, including two from Fairfield: junior Lexy Kidd, and sophomore Alexis Goins. The other Cincinnati-area products include: senior Olivia Brown, sophomore Laney Huber and freshman Elle Lovdal.

•  There are three from the Columbus, Ohio area: junior Gillian Losey, Tennessee transfer Alicia Donley (won’t be playing this spring due to NCAA rules in which she competed already this season for the Vols in the fall), freshman Natale Hegg.

•  Freshman Diana Benigno is from Beavercreek, Ohio.

•  Sophomore Mackenzie Lutz is from Sylvania, Ohio and fellow sophomore Jessica Sheldon is from Medina, Ohio.

DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball To Host Midweek Contest With Morehead State

DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team will compete in a midweek contest against Morehead State Tuesday at Woerner Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

There will be live stats available as well as a live stream with a paid subscription to ESPN+.

SCOUTING THE FLYERS

The Flyers went 2-3 last week with wins over Akron and Xavier to put the team at 10-18 overall in 2021. UD opened the week with an 18-7 victory over Akron and followed that on Friday with a 4-1 victory behind a complete game from senior Hunter Wolfe. The Flyers fell in game two of the doubleheader Friday, as well as both games on Saturday. Senior Riley Tirotta’s offensive onslaught earned him the nod for A-10 Player of the Week. Tirotta went 11-19 at the plate and hit for the cycle in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with two home runs and nine RBIs over the five game span.

Tirotta enters the contest with a team-leading 10 game hitting streak and is one of the offensive leaders for the Flyers, ranking second on the team with a .316 batting average through the team’s first 28 games. The third baseman also ranks first or is tied for first on the team in OPS (1.064), runs (26), doubles (7), triples (2), home runs (6), slugging percentage (.612), hit by pitches (10), and on-base percentage (.452). Junior Benjamin Blackwell leads Dayton with a .337 batting average and six stolen bases. Graduate students Eddie Pursinger and Alex Brickman and junior Marcos Pujols have also been factors from a run-producing standpoint, driving in at least 20 runs each, with the trio and Tirotta combining for 21 home runs.

Wolfe has been the main factor on the mound for the Flyers, ranking first in the conference and 15th in the nation with 56 strikeouts this season. In his past five starts he has allowed just four runs and compiled 50 strikeouts over 34 innings pitched. In his last start he moved into eighth place in Dayton history with 181 career strikeouts and sits just three behind Tom Harrison for seventh. Sophomore Anthony Hattrup has also pitched well for Dayton, allowing just two earned runs in his last eight innings on the mound. Senior Andrew Zapka has been the main force out of the bullpen for the Flyers this season with a 0.96 ERA in 9.1 innings in 2021.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

Morehead State will enter the contest with a 12-11 record after taking two of three games from SIUE. The Eagles won on Friday before splitting a doubleheader on Saturday. That puts MSU’s conference record at 4-2 this season in the Ohio Valley Conference, where the Eagles were picked to finish ninth in the Preseason Poll, and had two student-athletes, Stephen Hill and Jon Burghardt, were selected to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Morehead State also claim a win over the top-ranked team in the country in 2021, a win over then #1 Louisville 5-2 in Louisville on March 2.

Offensivley the Eagles are led by Jackson Feltner, who leads the team with a .368 batting average. Feltner also sits second on the team with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 2021. Jack Gardner has been the main run producer with six home runs and 26 RBIs for the Eagles. Bryce Hensor is the third Morehead State player with a batting average over .300, hitting .337, while also being the only one on the team to start all 23 games for the Eagles to this point in the season. Hensor also leads the team with five stolen bases.

On the mound, Jason Goe has been the best starter, leading the team with 36 strikeouts while posting a 3.86 ERA. John Baake is tied for 11th in DI with 14 appearances this season, earning two saves and striking out 29 in 23.1 innings in 2021. Baake is one of three pitchers for Morehead State with at least 10 appearances and one save, joining Grant Herron and Cory Conway. Matt Bettio is scheduled to make his sixth start of the season on Tuesday. Bettio owns a 1-2 record spanning 18.2 innings and 17 strikeouts.

PROBABLE STARTERS

Anthony Hattrup (0-0, 3.95 ERA) vs. Matt Bettio (1-2, 6.75 ERA)

MATCHUP HISTORY

The Flyers are 1-4 all-time against Morehead State. Pujols and senior Jared Howell each homered in last season’s loss to the Eagles. It was Dayton’s last game before the 2020 campaign was cut short due to COVID-19

OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: HACKENBRACHT NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sam Hackenbracht has been chosen as the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

A sophomore catcher/utility from Massillon, Ohio, Hackenbracht put up eye-popping numbers in the two games that she played last weekend at Penn State. In a 9-3 win over the Nittany Lions in the second game of a doubleheader, Hackenbracht went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI. A day later, on Sunday, she followed that up with a 1-for-2 showing with another home run as the Buckeyes won 9-0 in five innings.

For the weekend, Hackenbracht batted .833 with three home runs, eight RBI, a 2.333 slugging percentage and a .857 on-base percentage. She reached base safely in six of her seven plate appearances. Her four hits in the second game on Saturday’s doubleheader are the most in a game since Lilli Piper went 4-for-4 vs. Michigan State on April 21, 2019.

For the season, Hackenbracht is batting .333 with 12 RBI, four home runs, five doubles and a .711 slugging percentage. Over the last 10 games – in which the Buckeyes are 7-3 with series wins over Maryland and Penn State – she’s hitting .480 with 12 RBI, a .519 on-base percentage and 1.080 slugging percentage. She and Niki Carver are tied for the team lead with four multi-RBI games thus far. Behind the plate, she’s thrown out seven base runners attempting to steal, the second-most in the Big Ten.

Hackenbracht and the rest of the Buckeyes (12-7) return to action on Friday, April 9 when they open a four-game series against Michigan (13-3) at Buckeye Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

OHIO STATE MGYMNASTICS: MGYM: No. 5 Ohio State Qualifies for NCAA Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team has qualified to compete at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships, hosted by the University of Minnesota on April 16-17.

The Buckeyes will compete in one of two pre-qualifying sessions on Friday, April 16 inside Maturi Sports Pavilion. Ohio State received its bid to the NCAA Championships with a qualifying score of 401.888 to rank fifth among the nation’s top programs.

Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals session. Finals competition will take place April 17. Session selections, times and broadcast information will be released at a later date.

INSTITUTIONQUALIFYING SCORE
Oklahoma412.300
Michigan411.525
Stanford409.400
Nebraska403.850
Ohio State401.888
Penn State401.213
Iowa399.300
Illinois398.438
Navy396.600
Minnesota393.450
California387.513
William & Mary384.713

HCAC Spring 2021 Football Notebook, Week 5

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive:
Nazavious Williams (Hudson, Fla.) Defiance College | Superback | First-Year – In Defiance’s 42-19 win over Anderson last Saturday, backup superback Williams, a first-year, ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries for an average of 9.5 yards per rush. Williams scored on touchdown runs of 32 and 74 yards.
Defensive:
Michael Stevens (Orland Park, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Lineback | Junior led the Rose-Hulman defense with 11 tackles (eight solo) and sealed a 34-14 win over Franklin with a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown. Stevens recorded his third double-figure tackle game this season and leads the 3-1 Fightin’ Engineers with 43 tackles this season.
Special Teams:
Adam Clark (Sherman, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Kicker | Senior – Clark finished 2-3 on field goals (narrowly missing what would have been a career-long 44-yarder on the last play of the first half) and was a perfect 4-4 on extra points as Rose-Hulman defeated Franklin 34-14. Adam is now 5-6 on field goals and 18-18 on extra points after hitting kicks of 27 and 26 yards on Saturday.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Jawan Coney (Hammond, Ind.) Anderson University | Lineback | First-Year – Coney notched eight tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Coney’s two sacks resulted in a total of 18 yards lost.
  • Thomas Coltrain (Leslie, Mich.) Defiance College | Lineback | Sophomore – In Defiance’s 42-19 win over Anderson last Saturday, Coltrain made a game-high 10 total tackles, including seven solos and two for loss.
  • Mathew Bolanos (Lake Elsinore, Calif.) Defiance College | Kicker | First-Year – In Defiance’s 42-19 win over Anderson last Saturday, Bolanos punted five times for a 42.4-yard average, including three punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.
  • Shane Welshans (Robards, Ky.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Running Back | Junior – Welshans gained a career-high 159 rushing yards on 33 carries as Rose-Hulman defeated Franklin 34-14. Welshans scored two touchdowns, one on a six-yard pass from Andrew Dion and another on a four-yard run. He also had three pass receptions for 13 yards on the day.

HCAC Spring 2021 Men’s Soccer Notebook, Week 5

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive:
Fellipe Busato (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Hanover College | Midfield | Junior – Busato helped Hanover secure the three seed in the HCAC Tournament as they defeated Bluffton and Franklin. He finished the week with a team-high seven points with three goals and an assist.
Defensive:
Zach Hill (Mount Sterling, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defense | Senior – Hill anchored the Transylvania defensive unit that held Franklin scoreless and did not allow a shot on goal in Transylvania’s 1-0 victory on Wednesday night. The senior also provided an assist on the lone goal of the game.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Jarren Casto (Celina, Ohio) Defiance College | Froward | Senior – In Defiance’s only match last week, a 2-0 win at Earlham, Casto became the Yellow Jackets’ career scoring leader with 47 points. After contributing an assist on the game’s first goal, Casto later tallied his own goal on a penalty kick. Currently in school history, he ranks second with 13 assists and tied for fourth with 17 goals.
  • Orry Killam (Napoleon, Ohio) Defiance College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – In Defiance’s only match last week, a 2-0 win at Earlham, Killam played all 90 minutes in goal while posting a shutout. He made three saves.
  • Clark Elliott (Brownstown, Ind.) Franklin College | Goalkeeper | Junior – Elliott surrendered one goal and made six saves for the Grizzlies in their lone contest of the week, keeping Franklin in a tight battle with top-of-the-table Transylvania. He ended the spring regular season with the best save percentage among qualified goalkeepers at .847.
  • Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Senior – Bedel had an impressive week in frame posting a perfect 2-0 record. He charted six saves and surrendered just one goal. He also helped the team secure a shutout victory over Bluffton.
  • Harley Kruschwitz (North Manchester, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | First-Year – Kruschwitz’s outstanding rookie campaign continued this week as he helped Manchester to a pair of victories. In Wednesday’s win over Bluffton, Harley scored a goal and assisted on another. On Friday, Kruschwitz scored his sixth goal of the season in MU’s 2-1 win over Anderson. Manchester has won three straight into its season finale at Hanvoer. Harley leads MU with six goals and 14 points.
  • Eric Kirby (LaGrange, Ky.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defense | Senior – Kirby led the Rose-Hulman offense with two assists in a 4-1 win at Anderson. With the victory, Rose-Hulman clinched the No. 1 seed for the HCAC Tournament Championship Game against Transylvania this upcoming Friday.
  • Mitchell Crispin (Cleveland, Tenn.) Transylvania University | Forward | Sophomore – Crispin provided the game-winning goal in Transylvania’s 1-0 victory over Franklin on Wednesday night. The sophomore now ranks second in the HCAC with 19 points on the season. The victory secured the No. 2 seed for Transylvania in the upcoming HCAC Championship game.

HCAC Spring 2021 Women’s Golf Notebook, Week 3

Athlete of the Week:
Kaitlyn Cook (Monticello, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior – Cook took home top medalist honors on Saturday afternoon, winning the Quaker Invitational hosted by Earlham College. Cook posted a two-day score of 158, winning the invite by two strokes. Cook shot an 80 on Friday and followed up with a round of 78 today. The Spartans placed second overall in the six-team field. The Spartans compiled a total team score of 735 this weekend.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Maci French (Lebanon, Ind.) Franklin College | Junior – French topped the Franklin leaderboard at the Earlham Spring Invitational over the weekend with a 168 (84-84) that earned her a sixth-place finish. She notched her highest finish of the spring with her scores from each day setting a personal low score for the spring.
  • Rachel Zhang (Walnut, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Zhang stands eighth after day one of the Indiana State University Invitational, an event featuring 50 NCAA Division I players. Zhang shot a round of 76 on day one of the event that concludes Monday afternoon.

HCAC Spring 2021 Women’s Soccer Notebook, Week 5

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive:
Jostin Reeves (Greenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Midfield | First-Year – Reeves led the Panthers to the top spot and the one seed in the HCAC Tournament. She finished the week with a team-high six points netting two goals and adding two assists. Reeves finished the week with a .833 shot on goal percentage.
Defensive:
Natalie Dillon (Rochester, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Dillon recorded five saves in a 1-0 shutout for Rose-Hulman at Anderson – helping lift the Fightin’ Engineers to an appearance in the HCAC championship game on April 11 at Hanover.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Elizabeth Graham (Roverside, Ohio) Anderson University | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Graham served in goal for 135 minutes and saved 13 of the 15 shots she faced.
  • Maddie Huffman (Maineville, Ohio) Bluffton University | Midfield | Senior – After a first half that saw the teams combined for just four shots, senior Maddie Huffman cashed in with her second goal of the season and just the third score for Bluffton this year in minute 49 as Bluffton downed Manchester 1-0 on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Jules Frazier (Nova, Ohio) Bluffton University | Goalkeeper | Senior – Frazier notched her first victory of 2021, fending off all three of the Spartan shots in a 1-0 shutout at Manchester.
  • Brianna Rogers (Dublin, Ohio) Franklin College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Recorded her fourth straight clean sheet and fifth shutout of the season with five saves in a scoreless draw with Transylvania on Wednesday night. She finishes the regular season with an .840 save percentage, ranking third in the conference.
  • Maggie Hinegardner (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | First-Year – Hinegardner helped propel the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they secured the one seed in the HCAC Tournament. The goalkeeper finished the week with two saves surrendering no goals. She posted a perfect 1.00 save percentage through 90 minutes of work.
  • Maraih Mufich (Lakspur, Colo.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Senior – Mufich scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Anderson, helping Rose-Hulman clinch the No. 2 seed and an appearance in the April 11 championship game at Hanover. Mufich scored with a little over five minutes left in regulation.
  • Morgan Patton (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Junior – Patton picked up her fourth shutout of the season in the Pioneers’ 0-0 double overtime draw at Franklin on Wednesday night. The junior tallied four saves over 110 minutes as the Pioneers secured the No. 3 seed in the HCAC standings with the draw.

VINCENNES WBASKETBALL: Lady Blazers backcourt trio named All-Region 24

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Lady Trailblazers are well represented in the 2021 NJCAA All-Region 24 team released Monday afternoon.

Sophomore guards Amani Brown and Shaila Beeler come in as First Team All-Region 24 members and Reeva Hammelman comes away with Third Team honors, as well as being named the 2021 Sportsmanship Award winner in Region 24.

Amani Brown leads the Lady Trailblazers this season, averaging 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season.

“This honor means a lot to me and it was definitely a goal I had in the beginning of the season,” Brown said. “This year has been a little different because of COVID, but I thank my teammates and coaches for never giving up. I feel like I work hard and I’m very grateful to be a part of the All-Region 24 team.”

When asks what it means to her to be a sophomore leader on this team, Brown added. “It has meant everything to me. I love my team and do everything in my power to lead by example. I want to see everyone win and do their complete best. This season isn’t over yet and I know we have more goals to accomplish.”

Brown said her favorite memory from her time at Vincennes so far was the team’s trip to Florida in the beginning of the 2019-20 season.

“We went two days early and got to walk the pier and go to the beach, which was fun,” Brown said. “Also, we got to have team bonding, which was very memorable.”

On what advice she would give to future Lady Trailblazers who hope to be named All-Region 24 one day, Brown said. “Play to your full potential and never let anyone’s words or action knock you down. Give everything you’ve got each and every game and always work hard.”

Shaila Beeler joined the Lady Trailblazers after transferring from Indiana University for the 2021 season and immediately stepped into being VU’s starting point guard.

Beeler has averaged 12 points, a team-leading 5.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game this season for the Blue and Gold, while battling a knee injury for most of the season.

“It definitely means a lot to me to be a part of the All-Region 24 team, considering the injuries I went through this year,” Beeler said. “But that just goes to show how great the people around me are. None of this could be possible without my teammates, Coach Meeks and the coaching staff and trainers. They always had my back and helped me through hard times this year.”

When asked what her favorite memory from this season has been, Beeler said, “My favorite memory this year was Coach Meeks winning his 700th game. It was a great team win for us and a huge accomplishment for him. The best part was pouring water on him in the locker room after the game.”

As for what advice she would give to future VU players who want to be named an All-Region player one day, “I would say to reach the level of All-Region 24, it takes dedication. Be dedicated to your team and be dedicated to yourself. Always go the extra mile and be the leader your team needs.”

Reeva Hammelman has battled back from a knee injury she suffered before her 2019-20 season could begin and has more than returned to form in 2021, averaging 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

“It was a huge honor to be a member of the All-Region 24 team and to be named the Sportsmanship Award winner,” Hammelman said. “I fell in love with the game being coached by my dad as a little girl and it feels so rewarding being recognized for years of hard work. I believe that I would not be who I am today without the game of basketball and I will always be grateful for what it has brought to my life.”

“Coming back from an injury last year has made being able to play this season so much sweeter,” Hammelman added. “I am filled with gratitude for my coaches, trainer, family and friends who made it possible for me to come back stronger physically and mentally to represent the Lady Blazers for another season.”

As for her favorite VU memory, Reeva says, “My favorite part during my time at VU is being able to meet so many great people. My teammates whom I have met and played with over the past three years have become some of my greatest friends. We have been there for each other through some of life’s toughest moments, as well as the best and I am thankful for Vu bringing me that!”

Hammelman also added that if someone wants to reach the level of being named All-Region 24 someday, they need to have the goal of outworking everyone.

“To someone who wants to play at VU and achieve the level of All-Region 24, I would say to come to practice every day and play with the goal of outworking everyone. Lead by example, exemplify positive attitude and strive to make your teammates better.”

This dynamic trio of sophomore guards will be leading the Lady Trailblazers through the Midwest District Tournament this week, starting Tuesday, April 6 when VU hosts Kaskaskia College at the P.E. Complex. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. eastern.

Full list of Region 24 honors

Player of the Year – Jazmyn Turner, Wabash Valley

Freshman of the Year – Megan Barton, Rend Lake

Sportsmanship Award Winner – Reeva Hammelman, Vincennes

First Team

Jazmyn Turner, Wabash Valley

Dais’Ja Trotter, Rend Lake

Je’Naiya Davis, Wabash Valley

Amani Brown, Vincennes

Shaila Beeler, Vincennes

Second Team

Tionne Colyer, Shawnee

Niya Danfort, Rend Lake

Janiah Newell, Kaskaskia

Daija Snipes, Olney Central

Megan Barton, Rend Lake

Third Team

Makayla Best, Southwestern Illinois

Reeva Hammelman, Vincennes

Kelsey Mitchell, Lincoln Trail

Ma’Kayla Marshall, Rend Lake

Zakyra Stallworth, Shawnee

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1873       Future Hall of Famer John McGraw, an excellent player who is best known for managing the Giants for 31 seasons, is born in Truxton (NY), a town named after one of America’s first Navy commanding officers. The 5-feet-7 inch fiery ‘Little Napoleon’ played a vital role as an infielder on the pennant-winning 1890s NL’s Baltimore Orioles before winning ten pennants, three World Series championships, with 11 second-place finishes while posting only two losing seasons during his three decades as New York’s skipper.

1925       During spring training play, A’s first baseman Joe Hauser’s kneecap appears to shatter spontaneously. The infielder’s other knee will also break similarly in 1934.

1948       The Phillies trade infielder Ralph LaPointe and give the Cardinals $30,000 to obtain first baseman Dick Sisler. The son of Hall of Famer George Sisler will hit .287 during his four-year tenure in Philadelphia, playing a pivotal role in the team’s 1950 National League championship.

1969       Bill Singer becomes the first major league reliever to officially record for a save, a new stat which will be kept starting this season, in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over Cincinnati in the season-opener at Crosley Field. The ‘Singer Throwing Machine’ does not allow a hit, hurling three scoreless innings en route to saving Don Drysdale’s victory.

1969       After throwing just two pitches to start the season, Don Drysdale finds himself and his team trailing by two runs when Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan hit back-to-back homers. The 32 year-old right-hander settles down, and the Dodgers come back to win the Crosley Field contest, 3-2.

1969       At Washington’s RFK Stadium, Ted Williams makes his managerial debut in front of President Nixon and a crowd of 45,113, a franchise attendance record for Opening Day. The Commander-in-Chief throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees’ 8-4 defeat of the ‘Splendid Splinter’s’ Senators.

1970       The team formerly known as the Seattle Pilots plays their first home game in Milwaukee as the Brewers in front of 36,107 enthusiastic fans at County Stadium. The Angels, behind Andy Messersmith’s four-hit complete game, rout the transplanted Brew Crew, 12-0.

1970       After eight consecutive Opening Day defeats, the Mets finally win the first game of the season by beating the Pirates at Forbes Field in 11 innings, 5-3. New York becomes the first team to have won a World Series (1969) before prevailing in a season debut.

1973       The Indians break their Opening Day American League attendance record when a crowd of 74,420 watches Gaylord Perry go the distance in the Tribe’s 2-1 victory over Detroit at Cleveland Stadium. The team had set the previous mark in 1948 in the season opener against St. Louis.

1976       The Reds trade utility player Terry Crowley to the Braves in exchange for Mike Thompson, who will never throw another pitch in the major leagues. Crowley, who will be released by Atlanta after appearing in just seven games, returns to the Orioles, the team that drafted him, playing seven more seasons in Baltimore as a DH/1B, before finishing his career with Montreal.

1977       Frank Sinatra keeps his promise to Tommy Lasorda by singing the Star-Spangled Banner on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. ‘Old Blue Eyes’ had told the team’s new skipper he would perform the National Anthem if his friend ever became the L.A. manager.

1977       Gary Thomasson starts the game by blasting the first pitch in the Dodgers’ opener for a home run off Don Sutton, who had deliberately thrown a gopher ball. Unbeknownst to the Giants’ leadoff hitter, the ball, scheduled to be sent to Cooperstown, was to be taken for a pitch and then handed to the home plate umpire to take it out of play.

1977       In his first major league at-bat, Al Wood becomes the first player to pinch-hit a home run on Opening Day. The round-tripper contributes to the Blue Jays’ 9-5 win over the White Sox, giving the team its first victory in franchise history.

1977       After a lengthy snow delay on Opening Day at Exhibition Stadium, Doug Ault, acquired in the expansion draft, hits two home runs in his first two at-bats in a Blue Jay uniform. The rookie first baseman’s pair of round-trippers, the first two of only the 17 he will hit during his four-year big league career, helps Toronto beat Chicago, 9-5, giving the franchise a victory in the first game it plays in its history.

1979       Ken Forsch, who almost didn’t make the start due to swelling in his right arm caused by an insect bite, holds the Braves hitless, throwing the earliest no-hitter in baseball history. The Astros hurler’s no-no makes the Forsch brothers the first siblings to both accomplish the feat, with Bob, as a member of the Cardinals, throwing a no-hitter against the Phillies last season.

1984       On NBC’s nationally televised Game of the Week, Detroit right-hander Jack Morris throws a no-hitter, blanking the White Sox at Comiskey Park, 4-0. The 29 year-old becomes the first Tiger hurler to accomplish the feat since Jim Bunning held Boston hitless at Fenway Park in 1958.

1984       Dwight Gooden gives up three hits and one run in five innings in his major league debut, earning the victory when the Mets beat Houston, 5-3. The 19 year-old rookie right-hander, anxious to get to the Astrodome before his start, arrives so early before his start that he had to jump a fence to gain entry into the closed ballpark.

1986       Boston outfielder Dwight Evans becomes the first player to hit the first pitch of the season for a home run when he goes deep on Opening Day. Jack Morris throws the gopher ball but gets the win when Detroit edges the Red Sox at Tiger Stadium, 6-5.

1986       Tom Seaver, extending his major league record, makes his 16th Opening Day start when he gets the honor for the second time with the White Sox. The 41 year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander has also pitched the first game of the season for the Mets (11) and Reds (3).

1987       Rick Mahler blanks the Phillies, 6-0, for his third Opening Day shutout. The Braves’ right-hander ties a National League record with his trio of whitewashes, shared by Rip Sewell (Pirates, 1943, 1947, 1949) and Chris Short (Phillies – 1965, 1968 and 1970).

1988       Chris Sabo, playing in just his second big-league game, ties a major league record, handling eleven assists at third base in the Reds’ 8-1 victory over the Cardinals at Riverfront Stadium. The Cincinnati freshman infielder will beat out Chicago’s Mark Grace for Rookie of the Year honors this season.

1993       The Phillies sweep the season’s opening series against Houston with a ten-inning 6-3 victory at the Astrodome. The comeback victory, which will become a trademark of the eventual National League champs, marks the first time the franchise had won its first three away games since 1915, when Pat Moran’s men won their first six games on the road, playing in Boston and New York.

1997       The Brewers home opener has two lengthy delays as the ground crew needs to clear baseballs thrown by fans from the playing field. It will be the last time the team will give away souvenir baseballs as a promotion.

1999       Bob Cranmer, chairman of the Allegheny County Commissioners, announces the Sixth Street Bridge, which joins downtown Pittsburgh to the North Side at Federal Street by crossing the Allegheny River, will now be known as the Roberto Clemente Bridge. During home games at PNC Park, the 995-foot suspension bridge, constructed in 1928, will serve as a pedestrian walkway, allowing Pirates fans to enter the new ballpark directly from the span.

2000       In 15 games, a record total of 57 home runs is hit in the major leagues – two more than the August 13, 1999 mark established in 17 games. The 36 American League homers set the record for a league in one day, surpassing the previous mark by six.

2000       Houston hosts a regular-season game outdoors at home for the first time since 1964 when the team played in Colt Stadium as the .45s, losing the Enron Field debut to the Phillies, 4-1. The 19th-century replica locomotive atop of the left-field wall makes its maiden voyage when Richard Hidalgo hits the Astros’ first home run in their new ballpark.

2000       Berley W. Visgar is sentenced to 90 days in jail and is fined $1,000 by Circuit Judge Michael Brennan for jumping onto the back of Astros’ outfielder Bill Spiers after going on to the field at County Stadium last season. Although the 23 year-old has no prior criminal record, the judge believes the harsh sentence will discourage other fans from similar actions in the future.

2000       In a ceremony before the team’s home opener, the Devil Rays retire Wade Boggs’ uniform number 12. Although the former Red Sox and Yankees infielder spent only two years with Tampa Bay, he hit the first home run in franchise history and collected his 3000th hit with the team at Tropicana Field.

2002       ESPN becomes the first network to ask players, coaches, and umpires to wear a microphone during a game. The innovative concept begins with micing of A’s catcher Ramon Hernandez during the nationally televised Sunday night contest, a 6-5 Oakland victory over Seattle at Safeco Field.

2003       With the team exercising Pedro Martinez’s option for the 2004 season seven months before a November deadline, the Red Sox make the Dominican hurler the highest-paid pitcher for a season in major league history. The 31 year-old three-time Cy Young winner will earn $17.5 million playing for Boston next year.

2004       Adam LaRoche collects the first two hits of his career in one inning. En route to an 18-10 win over the Mets, the rookie first baseman singles and doubles during the Braves’ thirty-three minute, 11-run fourth inning.

2006       The Mets beat Washington at Shea Stadium, 10-5, in the 7,000th game played in franchise history. The Amazins’ have compiled a 3,314-3,678 record (.474) along with eight ties during their 42 years of existence.

2009       Ninety-seven years after his grandfather, Boston mayor ‘Honey Fitz’ Fitzgerald, threw the first pitch at the first major league game played at Fenway Park, Ted Kennedy tosses the ceremonial first pitch for the Red Sox at a season opener. The sellout crowd enthusiastically cheers the 77 year-old long-time U.S. Senator, who was diagnosed last spring with a malignant brain tumor, when he tosses the ball from in front of the mound to a nearby Jim Rice, a newly elected member of the Hall of Fame.

2010       According to its annual report, Forbes Magazine estimates the value of the Yankees to be worth approximately $1.6 billion, nearly twice as much as any other major league franchise. The World Champs, who moved into a new ballpark last season, made $441 million in net revenue after adjustments for its payment to baseball’s revenue-sharing program and the costs of financing its new stadium.

2012       In his 1,000th major league game, Prince Fielder, with his two homers off Josh Beckett in the Tigers’ 10-0 rout of Boston at Comerica Park, ends the day with 232 career round-trippers. The Detroit first baseman’s dad, Cecil, also had the same total of big-league home runs after playing in the same amount of games.

2012       Octavio Dotel, playing for his 13th team, breaks a major league record he previously shared with Mike Morgan, Matt Stairs, and Ron Villone. The 39 year-old Tiger reliever, who throws 1.1 scoreless innings against Boston, has also appeared with the Mets, Astros, A’s, Yankees, Royals, Braves, White Sox, Pirates, Dodgers, Rockies, Blue Jays, and Cardinals.

2015       Tyler Olson’s first big league outing takes only five seconds when he throws just one pitch, inducing Erick Aybar to ground into a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play in the top of the ninth in the Mariners’ 2-0 loss to the Angels at Safeco Field. The 25 year-old rookie southpaw is most likely the first hurler in history to retire two hitters throwing only one pitch in his major league debut.

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia3516.68620-515-119-224-77-31 W
Brooklyn3516.68621-614-106-219-117-31 W
Milwaukee3218.6402.518-714-119-018-96-41 L
Atlanta2724.5298.013-914-153-313-126-44 W
Charlotte2524.5109.013-912-157-114-115-51 L
Miami2625.5109.014-1312-125-516-154-61 L
New York2526.49010.014-1011-161-718-165-51 L
Boston2526.49010.015-1010-163-617-145-51 L
Indiana2227.44912.08-1514-125-413-175-51 L
10 Chicago2128.42913.010-1611-124-311-113-72 W
11 Toronto2031.39215.011-139-183-513-173-71 L
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 Detroit1536.29420.09-156-210-910-223-71 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah3812.76022-216-103-216-79-11 L
Phoenix3514.7142.518-817-65-221-89-16 W
LA Clippers3418.6545.019-815-107-220-108-22 W
Denver3218.6406.016-916-97-116-118-26 W
LA Lakers3219.6276.516-1116-83-620-114-61 W
Portland3020.6008.015-1015-104-416-136-41 L
Dallas2821.5719.512-1016-115-216-147-35 W
Memphis2523.52112.012-1413-94-512-177-33 W
San Antonio2424.50013.012-1712-74-613-172-83 L
10 Golden State2427.47114.515-99-183-712-143-71 W
11 New Orleans2228.44016.014-138-156-313-175-51 L
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

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Washington Capitals3925104542313211813-4-212-6-26-4-0
New York Islanders392510454221189016-1-29-9-26-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins3924132502113011016-3-18-10-16-3-1
Boston Bruins362010646171029110-5-310-5-36-2-2
New York Rangers381815541171251039-6-39-9-26-3-1
Philadelphia Flyers381815541171141388-8-310-7-23-5-2
New Jersey Devils37131863213911184-13-39-5-33-5-2
Buffalo Sabres389236246871314-11-45-12-23-5-2
 
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
St. Louis Blues381616638141041244-9-412-7-22-7-1
San Jose Sharks381717438121061277-7-210-10-26-4-0
Los Angeles Kings371417634131001076-7-48-10-23-7-0
Anaheim Ducks40122173111921315-12-47-9-34-5-1
 
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 Panthers4026104562513210814-4-312-6-16-4-0
Carolina Hurricanes38269355221259413-2-313-7-06-2-2
Tampa Bay Lightning392611254251329715-4-011-7-25-5-0
Nashville Predators4021181431710211511-8-010-10-18-2-0
Chicago Blackhawks4018175411611312411-7-27-10-34-6-0
Columbus Blue Jackets411518838131021318-6-67-12-23-6-1
Dallas Stars371314103612100997-6-76-8-33-4-3
Detroit Red Wings41132263213901289-8-44-14-23-5-2

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Baltimore32.6000 – 03 – 23 – 20 – 00 – 03 – 2L 2
NY Yankees32.6003 – 20 – 03 – 20 – 00 – 03 – 2W 2
Toronto32.6000 – 03 – 22 – 10 – 01 – 13 – 2L 1
Boston23.40012 – 30 – 02 – 30 – 00 – 02 – 3W 2
Tampa Bay23.40010 – 02 – 30 – 20 – 00 – 02 – 3L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Kansas City31.7502 – 11 – 00 – 01 – 02 – 13 – 1W 1
Detroit32.6000.53 – 20 – 00 – 03 – 20 – 03 – 2W 1
Minnesota32.6000.50 – 03 – 20 – 01 – 10 – 03 – 2L 1
Chi White Sox33.50010 – 03 – 30 – 00 – 03 – 33 – 3W 2
Cleveland13.25020 – 11 – 20 – 01 – 30 – 01 – 3L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston51.8330 – 05 – 10 – 00 – 05 – 15 – 1W 1
LA Angels42.66714 – 20 – 00 – 03 – 11 – 14 – 2L 1
Seattle23.4002.52 – 30 – 00 – 00 – 20 – 02 – 3L 2
Texas23.4002.51 – 11 – 21 – 11 – 20 – 02 – 3W 1
Oakland06.00050 – 60 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 40 – 6L 6
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Washington101.00011 – 00 – 01 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
Philadelphia41.8004 – 10 – 04 – 10 – 00 – 04 – 1L 1
NY Mets11.5001.50 – 01 – 11 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 1W 1
Miami14.20031 – 40 – 00 – 00 – 20 – 01 – 4L 2
Atlanta04.0003.50 – 00 – 40 – 40 – 00 – 00 – 4L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cincinnati41.8004 – 10 – 00 – 04 – 10 – 04 – 1W 4
Chi Cubs32.60013 – 20 – 00 – 03 – 20 – 03 – 2L 1
St. Louis32.60010 – 03 – 22 – 01 – 20 – 03 – 2W 2
Milwaukee23.40021 – 21 – 10 – 01 – 10 – 02 – 3W 1
Pittsburgh14.20030 – 01 – 40 – 01 – 40 – 01 – 4L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers51.8330 – 05 – 10 – 00 – 03 – 15 – 1W 5
San Diego42.66714 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 04 – 24 – 2W 1
Arizona23.4002.50 – 02 – 30 – 00 – 02 – 32 – 3W 2
San Francisco23.4002.50 – 02 – 30 – 00 – 01 – 12 – 3L 1
Colorado14.2003.51 – 40 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 41 – 4L 4

MLB HITTING LEADERS

AL Batting Average
RankNameBA
1Y. Mercedes, CWS.565
2C. Mullins, Bal.524
3tR. Grichuk, Tor.500
3tW. Merrifield, KC.500
5J. Martinez, Bos.476
NL Batting Average
RankNameBA
1K. Marte, Ari.522
2tD. Solano, SF.500
2tA. Stevenson, Was.500
2tR. Zimmerman, Was.500
5tN. Castellanos, Cin.474
AL Home Runs
RankNameHR
1tB. Buxton, Min3
1tN. Cruz, Min3
1tN. Lowe, Tex3
1tW. Merrifield, KC3
1tK. Tucker, Hou3
NL Home Runs
RankNameHR
1R. McMahon, Col4
2tN. Castellanos, Cin3
2tE. Longoria, SF3
2tT. Naquin, Cin3
5tR. Acuña Jr., Atl2
AL Runs Batted In
RankNameRBI
1N. Lowe, Tex14
2tJ. Abreu, CWS9
2tJ. Martinez, Bos9
2tW. Merrifield, KC9
2tK. Tucker, Hou9
NL Runs Batted In
RankNameRBI
1T. Naquin, Cin12
2tV. Caratini, SD7
2tE. Hosmer, SD7
2tJ. India, Cin7
2tR. McMahon, Col7
AL Stolen Bases
RankNameSB
1tR. Laureano, Oak2
1tD. Moore, Sea2
1tS. Ohtani, LAA2
1tM. Semien, Tor2
1tN. Solak, Tex2
NL Stolen Bases
RankNameSB
1tJ. Báez, ChC2
1tM. Betts, LAD2
1tJ. Chisholm Jr., Mia2
1tC. Owings, Col2
1tM. Rojas, Mia2

MLB PITCHING LEADERS

AL Wins
RankNameW
1tB. Abreu, Hou1
1tJ. Berríos, Min1
1tB. Bielak, Hou1
1tR. Borucki, Tor1
1tM. Boyd, Det1
NL Wins
RankNameW
1tC. Brogdon, Phi2
1tE. Pagán, SD2
3tJ. Alvarado, Phi1
3tJ. Arrieta, ChC1
3tC. Baragar, SF1
AL Saves
RankNameSvs
1tD. Castillo, TB2
1tJ. Merryweather, Tor2
1tC. Valdez, Bal2
4tA. Colomé, Min1
4tW. Davis, KC1
NL Saves
RankNameSvs
1M. Melancon, SD3
2tJ. McGee, SF2
2tA. Reyes, StL2
4tJ. Alvarado, Phi1
4tD. Bard, Col1
AL Earned Run Average
RankNameERA
1tJ. Means, Bal0.00
1tJ. Berríos, Min0.00
1tD. Duffy, KC0.00
1tM. King, NYY0.00
1tJ. Montgomery, NYY0.00
NL Earned Run Average
RankNameERA
1tF. Peralta, Mil0.00
1tZ. Wheeler, Phi0.00
1tJ. deGrom, NYM0.00
1tD. May, LAD0.00
1tW. Miley, Cin0.00
AL Pitcher Strikeouts
RankNameK
1G. Cole, NYY21
2L. Giolito, CWS18
3D. Bundy, LAA16
4T. Glasnow, TB15
5tJ. Berríos, Min12
NL Pitcher Strikeouts
RankNameK
1S. Alcantara, Mia17
2F. Peralta, Mil14
3Y. Darvish, SD13
4C. Burnes, Mil11
5tT. Bauer, LAD10