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TRACK AND FIELD

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Last night the NHS Knights competed against Winchester and Union in a three way meet. The girls placed 2nd with four first place finishes. Juztice Slick placed 1st in 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay with Rylee Seal, Faith Phenis, Shanna Clark. Naleya Kinney placed 1st in the long jump.

The boys placed 1st with 9 first place finishes. Noah Ammerman placed 1st in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay with Trace Farris, Dylan Isaacs, and Isaac Martin. Isaac Martin placed 1st in the 300m low hurdles. Mason Mull placed 1st in the 1600m and 4x800m relay with Jackson Ramsey, Chase Cates, and Mathew Stephen. Chase Cates placed 1st in the 3200m. Dylan Isaacs tied for 1st in the long jump. Grant Luebbe, Jackson Ramsey, Trace Farris, and Isaac Martin placed 1st in the 4x400m relay.

The Knights will compete this Friday at the Tiger Booster Invite at Hagerstown. The Invite will begin at 5:15pm.

GOLF

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Boys Varsity Golf finishes 2nd place at Union County HS

In a rescheduled match from last Thursday, the Boys Knights Golf team captured 2nd place in a mega tri-match with Union County and Winchester. Alex Beatty scorched the soggy grass at Liberty CC, taking medalist honors with a two-over 37, while the rest to the Knights continued to show improvement on a much tougher course. The Knights also avenged losing to Winchester in the tournament the Falcons hosted this last Saturday.

Scores:
1 Alex Beatty 37
2 Dylan Goble 44
3 Logan Daulton 50
4 Jonathon Michaels 55
5 Ashton Martin 58

JV
1 Blake Hampton 70

Dual Record: 5-2
TEC Record 4-2
Tournament Record: 16-23
Overall Record: 21-25

POPEYE WILLIAMS HEADING TO LOUISVILLE

Westfield DE end Popeye Williams has committed to Louisville.

The 6-3, 230-pound Williams is a three-star prospect according to 247sports and is the No. 22 weakside defensive end in the country. Williams also considered Nebraska, Cincinnati and Purdue.

“I really like the coaching staff, from my recruiter, coach Coop (David Cooper), my position coach (Cort Dennison), who is young and full of energy,” Williams said. “He played in college and I think he will help me get to the next level. The defensive coordinator, coach (Bryan) Brown, is great and talks to me a lot. The entire staff is all great and hits me up regularly.”

Lawrence North guard Shamar Avance committed to Miami of Ohio

The Marion County Player of the Year and an Indiana All-Star Shamar Avance will play college basketball at Miami Ohio.  Avance averaged 17.3 points and 4.4 assists as a senior for Lawrence North. He also considered Indiana State, Tennessee-Martin, Texas Southern, Missouri-Kansas City and IUPUI.

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Kershaw goes 1 inning in shortest start, Cubs top Dodgers

CHICAGO (AP) Clayton Kershaw lasted just one inning in the shortest start of his stellar career while Kyle Hendricks pitched a complete game for the Chicago Cubs in a 7-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday in the opener of a split doubleheader.

Exactly 11 years after he went just 1 1/3 innings against Milwaukee in what was his shortest start, Kershaw (4-3) didn’t last long in this one.

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner gave up four runs and four hits, including an RBI single by Anthony Rizzo and three-run double by David Bote. He faced nine batters in a 39-pitch inning as his ERA rose from 2.09 to 2.95. The Dodgers lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Hendricks (2-3) went seven innings in his sixth career complete game and the longest outing for the Cubs this season. He gave up seven hits, struck out six and walked one while lowering his ERA from 7.54 to 6.07.

Hendricks did not allow a run until pinch-hitter Keibert Ruiz homered with one out in the seventh.

The Cubs, who had lost seven of nine, coasted despite shortstop Javier Baez making three errors. Jake Marisnick homered for Chicago.

Kershaw hadn’t allowed four or more runs in an inning of a regular-season game since a four-run sixth against Philadelphia on Sept. 18, 2017. The only other time he allowed four or more in a first inning was on Aug. 28, 2008, when he got tagged for five at Washington.

Kershaw gave up a one-out double to Kris Bryant, and things unraveled for him from there.

Rizzo followed with an RBI single. Baez walked and Matt Duffy singled to load the bases before Bote drove a three-run double off the wall in left-center to make it 4-0.

Kershaw hadn’t allowed four or more runs in an inning since a four-run sixth against Philadelphia on Sept. 18, 2017. And the only other time he gave up four or more in a first inning was on Aug. 28, 2008, when he got tagged for five at Washington.

Mets scratch deGrom because of tightness on right side

ST. LOUIS (AP) New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom was scratched from Tuesday night’s scheduled start against St. Louis because he was having trouble getting loose as he started to stretch ahead of his outing.

Mets manager Luis Rojas said deGrom had a scan that showed inflammation of the latissimus dorsi muscle, a back muscle that connects the upper arm to the spine and the hip.

DeGrom won’t throw for a few days.

“And then he’s going to be able to throw, maybe throw a side, and then that will determine when his next start is going to be,” Rojas said.

Rojas said he learned of the issue about eight hours before the Mets’ scheduled game against the Cardinals, which was rained out and rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader Wednesday.

“It’s a positive that it came back that it’s an inflammation only. It’s a few days off from throwing per the doctor’s recommendation,” Rojas said. “He’s optimistic, too, about what’s next after the two days off.”

Before a scan, Rojas described the ailment as tightness.

“I saw him before coming to the field and he was stretching, trying to feel his right side a little bit, and that’s when we started discussing whether he’s going to start or not. And then we got to the point where he’s not, and he’s getting further tests right now and then we’re waiting to see some results,” the manager said.

Rojas said the issue was not evident before Tuesday.

DeGrom, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, has been baseball’s most dominant pitcher this season, with a major league-best 0.51 ERA in five starts. He has 59 strikeouts in 35 innings with just four walks. Still, he is just 2-2.

The 32-year-old right-hander has reached 100 mph on 46 of 473 pitches this season and lowered his career ERA to 2.55, overtaking Hall of Famer Tom Seaver (2.57) as the Mets career leader.

House GOP leader renews criticism over All-Star game shift

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) The top-ranking House Republican on Tuesday renewed his party’s attack on Major League Baseball for pulling the All-Star Game out of the Atlanta Braves stadium after Georgia Republicans enacted a restrictive new voting law, saying the sport’s leaders were misled by criticism from Democratic President Joe Biden.

“These are real-life effects of people making poor decisions that has hurt this community as a whole,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, speaking at a suburban Atlanta restaurant where people were lined up to dine.

Democrats, though, say Republicans have only themselves to blame for any fallout from Georgia’s voting law, since Republican votes pushed it through the Georgia General Assembly and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed it into law.

“Republicans, and no one else, own all the repercussions,” said state Democratic Party spokesperson Rebecca Galanti.

The rewrite of Georgia’s election rules followed former President Donald Trump’s repeated unproven claims of fraud after his presidential loss to Biden.

McCarthy, a Californian, suggested Major League Baseball should make up lost revenue to small businesses, saying the game was going to boost recovery from the struggles of COVID-19 in suburban Cobb County. Once solidly Republican, the county voted strongly for Biden in 2020.

Biden declared the Georgia law “un-American” and “Jim Crow in the 21st century,” but was attacked for misstating some of its provisions. Republicans claim he and other Democratic opponents are responsible for the economic fallout of the game moving to Denver.

Local leaders claimed the game would have a $100 million economic impact. Critics have questioned those figures, but even that amount is a tiny fraction of metro Atlanta’s $422 billion annual economy.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has said he decided to move the All-Star events after discussions with individual players and the Players Alliance, an organization of Black players formed after the death of George Floyd last year.

McCarthy was joined by two Georgia Republicans – Rep. Barry Loudermilk, whose district includes parts of Cobb County and Rep. Drew Ferguson, whose district is southwest of Atlanta.

Several business owners spoke after meeting with McCarthy. Brent Brown of Chesley Brown International Security said his employees were hurt.

“Hourly wage people, they can’t afford to not have a job,” Brown said.

Gus Tselios owns the Marietta Diner where McCarthy spoke and five other Cobb County restaurants. He told reporters, “it’s not the end of the world.”

“We were looking forward to hosting that beautiful event,” Tselios said. “Nevertheless, it didn’t happen. We need to move on. Hopefully the Braves keep winning and hopefully we have some playoff games.”

Will wonders never Cease? Chisox pitcher’s bat, arm top Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease hadn’t faced live pitching since his senior year in high school, then he went out and swung the bat like a Hall of Famer on Tuesday night.

Cease threw one-hit ball for six innings, struck out 11 and amazingly got three hits in his first pro plate appearances as Chicago routed the Cincinnati Reds 9-0.

“I believe in myself as a hitter, to be honest,” Cease said. “But I didn’t expect to go out and do that.”

Will wonders never Cease?

It was a historic night with the bat for Cease, who doubled and singled twice before getting pulled for a pinch-hitter.

“There wasn’t anything beyond his talent today,” manager Tony La Russa said. “He jumped a fastball all three times.”

Cease is the first American League pitcher since Jarrod Washburn in 2001 to have a three-hit game. He is the first White Sox pitcher with three hits in a game since Tom Bradley on May 14, 1972, against Baltimore, a year before the designated hitter came into play.

“Three hits, that’s tough to do in the big leagues,” teammate Tim Anderson said. “He made it look easy.”

Cease (2-0) became the second White Sox pitcher to have three or more hits and 10 or more strikeouts in a game, joining Red Faber on April 15, 1915, at St. Louis. Cease also tied his career for strikeouts.

After the first pitch was delayed more than an hour by rain, the White Sox roughed up Jeff Hoffman (2-2) for three runs in the first.

Abreu, who had two hits in his previous 19 at-bats, hit his sixth homer of the season. Abreu had a pair of hits and three RBIs as the White Sox for the eighth time in 11 games.

“We had a lot of disciplined at-bats today,” La Russa said. “Everybody got themselves ready, not making excuses about who’s missing.”

Cease’s first career hit loaded the bases and Anderson delivered a two-run single. Anderson had two hits and drove in three runs.

Hoffman lasted 2 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

Cease did not allow a hit until Tucker Barnhart’s single to begin the fifth. Barnhart had the only two hits for the Reds.

“He had a four-pitch mix, kept everybody off balance,” Barnhart said, of Cease. “He threw the ball great tonight. We just couldn’t get anything going.”

Ramirez, Bauers help Indians rally for 7-3 win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Harold Ramirez hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth, pinch-hitter Jake Bauers added a two-run homer later in the inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Strong bullpen work by Nick Sandlin, Nick Wittgren (1-1) and Cal Quantrill blanked the Royals over the final four innings as the Indians improved to 14-1 when scoring at least four runs. They are 1-12 when scoring fewer.

“We have good team chemistry here,” Bauers said, “and it’s coming together in late innings and securing wins with our bats, and that’s awesome to see.”

Royals reliever Josh Staumont (0-1) walked Franmil Reyes in the eighth before Ramirez guided a pitch just inside the foul line for the go-ahead run. Josh Naylor followed with an RBI single and Bauers capped the inning in style.

“They’re bringing in some pretty good arms out of the ‘pen,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We put a couple things together but whenever we did, it got squelched.”

Salvador Perez provided the biggest highlight for Kansas City, hitting a home run estimated at 460 feet into the fountains.

The Royals led 1-0 in the third when they scored on a bizarre sequence of events.

With runners on second and third, Perez hit a high fly to the warning track that missed the gloves of the converging outfielders. Naylor caught the carom off the track and crew chief Angel Hernandez appeared to call Perez out as if it was a flyout. Amid the confusion, one baserunner kept going and the other retreated.

The umpires eventually convened and awarded Perez an RBI single while putting the second runner on third, even though both of them – speedy Whit Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi – probably would have scored on the play.

“I told Angel, `Why does it always happen when you’re here?'” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “It was aggravating but I didn’t think there was anything we could do. Believe me, I was thinking about it. We knew it wasn’t a catch. Everybody knew it but Angel.”

Hernandez also had an easy safe-out call at first base overturned upon review.

Two-way star: Braves’ Ynoa hits slam, slams door on Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) The Braves may not have the next Shohei Ohtani on their hands, but for one night, Huascar Ynoa outdid even the majors’ most potent two-way threat.

Ynoa hit a grand slam and pitched seven stress-free innings, leading Atlanta to a 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

“Truth be told, I’ve put a lot of work into my hitting,” Ynoa said through a translator. “I don’t go into any of these at-bats trying to hit a home run.

“All I’m trying to do is really get a hit and get on base, and let the actual hitters do most of the damage.”

Ynoa looked the part of an actual hitter in all three of his at-bats. The muscular 22-year-old put the ball in play twice against Nationals starter Joe Ross, forcing Ross to throw 11 pitches.

Then in the sixth inning, Ynoa blasted a fastball from reliever Tanner Rainey 427 feet to center field, extending his left arm on the follow-through like a polished slugger, to give Atlanta a 6-0 lead.

It was the first grand slam by a major league pitcher since Cincinnati’s Anthony DeSclafani on June 23, 2018, and Ynoa became the first pitcher in Braves history to homer in consecutive starts. He is hitting .385 (5 for 13) this season, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be batting higher in the lineup or start at designated hitter anytime soon.

“It’s kind of a small sample size,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s got to learn how to really hit breaking balls. I doubt he’ll see many fastballs going forward.”

While Ohtani homered in his first of three mound starts this season and has nine home runs while playing mostly at designated hitter, he has yet to pitch more than five innings in a game.

Ynoa (3-1), who came in with the lowest ERA among Atlanta starters, allowed an unearned run in the seventh and four hits total, having little trouble against a Washington lineup that’s still missing Juan Soto and hasn’t gotten much out of free-agent signees Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber.

“He just is throwing the ball really well. We keep saying he has come a long way and continued to improve,” Snitker said. “He’s got no fear and he’s got weapons.”

Salty fans, hot Yankees greet Astros in return to Bronx

NEW YORK (AP) Vulgar and direct, Yankees fans cranked up a baleful cacophony for the scandal-tainted Houston Astros – thunderous heckles that belied their pandemic-restricted numbers.

“It sounded like a packed house,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said.

About the only thing louder? Maybe the ball coming off Giancarlo Stanton’s bat.

Boos and bad words streamed from the seats in the Astros’ return to the Bronx, and Stanton had a homer and four hits to help New York sate those spiteful fans in a 7-3 victory Tuesday night.

In Houston’s first visit to New York since the Astros’ sign-stealing scam was exposed, an error by third baseman Alex Bregman in the sixth inning let New York blow the game open.

“That was intense,” Stanton said. “I wouldn’t want to be on the other side of that. They brought something heavy.”

A sellout crowd of 10,850 skipped subtle barbs for salty language, aimed especially at 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve. Several brought signs insulting the Astros, and security confiscated multiple inflatable trash cans.

“That was playoff energy, even though we’re not at full capacity,” Stanton said. “That was fun. They brought the noise.”

Bregman momentarily hush those haters when he homered in the first inning off Domingo German, but Bregman’s miscue in the sixth with the game tied 3-3 doomed Houston.

He barehanded DJ LeMahieu’s bases-loaded slow roller but skipped his throw past first baseman Yuli Gurriel. Three runs scored on the play, the last Rougned Odor, whose left knee slammed into catcher Martin Maldonado’s head as he reached the plate. Odor appeared to be trying to avoid LeMahieu’s bat, which was lying in the right-handed batter’s box.

LeMahieu was credited with a single and an RBI, and one of the runs was unearned. Stanton made it 7-3 when he scored LeMahieu with a single.

“Looking back now, I probably should’ve ate it,” Bregman said.

The Yankees have won nine of 12 and improved to 15-14, their first time over .500 since they were 3-2. Lucas Luetge (2-0) pitched a scoreless sixth and was credited with the win.

Brandon Bielak (1-1) took the loss.

Blackmon’s 3-run HR caps comeback as Rockies, Giants split

DENVER (AP) Charlie Blackmon hit a three-run, two-out homer off Camilo Doval to cap a comeback from a four-run deficit in the final inning, giving the Colorado Rockies an 8-6 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night for a doubleheader split.

“We had five guys in a row reach. That was pretty awesome hitting and I just felt things were going our way,” Blackmon said. Brandon Belt hit a go-ahead single and a grand slam in a 10-run first inning that propelled the Giants to a 12-4 victory in the opener, then homered again as the Giants built a 6-2, sixth-inning lead in the second game. Belt had seven RBIs in the doubleheader, shortened to seven-inning games under pandemic rules.

“It feels pretty good,” said Belt who joined Willie Mays as the only San Francisco Giants player to homer in the first inning of successive games on the same day. “Obviously, it would have been better if we pulled off two wins today but we can make it all right by winning tomorrow.” Pinch-hitter Alan Trejo singled off Jake McGee with one out in the seventh, Garrett Hampson singled with two outs, and Trevor Story’s two-run double cut the deficit to 6-4.

Ryan McMahon hit an RBI single, Doval (0-1) relieved and C.J. Cron fouled off a 2-2 pitch, worked the count full and blooped a single to right. Blackmon hit his second homer of the season, driving a full-count slider into the right-field seats for his fourth game-ending home run.

“It looked like we were in dire straits but we strung at bats together,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I told the guys that’s the secret, to really bear down and play all 27 outs on both sides and we did that tonight.” Ben Bowden (1-2) got his first big league win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the second game. Wilmer Flores and Cron had two-run homers.

Belt connected for his slam in the first game on the sixth pitch after Jhoulys Chacin relieved starter German Marquez, a 452-foot drive for his third career slam. Buster Posey went deep four pitches later.

Marquez (1-3) allowed eight runs and six hits in two-third of an inning, an outing that raised his ERA from 4.13 to 6.21. He has lost to the Giants three times this season.

Colorado allowed double-digit runs in an inning for the seventh time.

Red Sox hit 4 homers, hold off reeling Tigers 11-7 at Fenway

BOSTON (AP) Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run homer, Nick Pivetta struck out eight over five innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the skidding Detroit Tigers 11-7 on Tuesday night.

Alex Verdugo, Hunter Renfroe and Kike Hernandez also went deep for Boston, which led 8-2 after three innings but needed to hold off the Tigers late in a slugfest that featured 24 hits and 13 pitchers.

“Our offense did an outstanding job,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.

Detroit has lost six straight and 11 of 12.

The Tigers had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth, but Matt Barnes came out of the bullpen and got Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play that ended the threat. Barnes didn’t allow a baserunner in the ninth, picking up his seventh save.

Cabrera went 0 for 5, striking out twice and grounding into two double plays. The 11-time All-Star with two AL MVP awards and four batting titles saw his batting average plummet to .105 (6 for 57).

The 38-year-old Cabrera is in an 0-for-23 slump with 13 strikeouts. He’s fanned two times in six straight games.

JaCoby Jones had a three-run homer, keying a four-run rally in the sixth that pulled Detroit to 9-7. Robbie Grossman went 3 for 3, walked twice and finished with three RBIs, but the Tigers couldn’t overcome their slow start and struck out 13 times.

“We lost a couple of key at-bats. They just kept coming at us,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “I thought our bats were the best they’ve been in a while. I thought our guys hung in quite a bit, just not quite enough.”

Pivetta (4-0) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks. He said it’s nice to have the kind of offensive support the Red Sox lineup can give a pitcher.

“It’s incredible what I’m seeing here. They’re doing a really great job every single day, going out and grinding out at-bats,” Pivetta said. “When you get a four-spot in the first inning, it takes a lot of pressure off you but you’ve still got a job to do. You’ve still got to get deep in the baseball game.”

Pivetta was replaced in the sixth by Austin Brice, who didn’t last the inning. After allowing a leadoff single, Brice hit a batter with a one-out pitch and Jones made him pay with a homer to left that pulled Detroit to 9-6. Grossman added an RBI single, his third hit of the night.

McCutchen hits 2 solo homers, Phillies beat Brewers 6-5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of solo homers and Brad Miller slammed a three-run shot to back Aaron Nola, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Tuesday night.

Nola (3-1) struck out 10 and allowed one run and five hits in six gritty innings as the Phillies held on to earn consecutive wins for the first time since they started the season 4-0.

“Having the results I had, it felt good,” said McCutchen, who entered the game batting .176. “Still more work to be done. I’ll look at the positives and take those into the next game.”

Phillies reliever Enyel De Los Santos, called up from the minors earlier in the day, came out of the bullpen to pitch the seventh but was denied entry by umpires because he didn’t appear on their lineup card.

“It’s ultimately my fault because I didn’t catch it,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.

The Brewers took advantage, scoring four runs off David Hale and JoJo Romero. Hale lasted three batters, exiting after Luis Urias’ RBI single. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer to center off Romero to cut the deficit to 6-5. Center fielder Odubel Herrera got his foot stuck in the padding halfway up the wall and needed help from right fielder Miller to get untangled.

Sam Coonrod got five outs for his second save. He retired Bradley on a fly ball to left with runners on first and third to end it.

“Nola gave us a gutsy performance. We knew our bullpen was short and Coonrod did a tremendous job,” Girardi said.

Brewers starter Eric Lauer (1-1) gave up six runs – two earned – and eight hits in six innings, striking out seven.

Bucks rally in 4th to beat Nets 124-118, clinch playoff spot

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee’s late-season schedule has given the Bucks plenty of opportunities to measure themselves against the two teams they’re chasing in the Eastern Conference standings.

The results have been encouraging.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points and the Bucks used a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Brooklyn Nets for the second time in three days, winning 124-118 on Tuesday night. This mini-sweep comes less than two weeks after the Bucks won two straight games from East-leading Philadelphia.

“I’m happy we were able to put on a show for our fans and able to build good habits in those games, but that’s all,” said Antetokounmpo, who also had 12 rebounds. “They don’t mean nothing. Nobody’s going to remember these games when we’re in the playoffs.”

Brooklyn (43-23) lost its third straight to fall 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia (44-21) . Milwaukee (41-24) clinched a fifth straight playoff appearance, but is third in the East, three behind Philadelphia and 1 1/2 behind Brooklyn.

The Bucks are chasing their first NBA title since 1971. They posted the NBA’s best regular-season record in 2018-19 and 2019-20, but lost in the Eastern Conference finals two seasons ago and in the second round last year.

That’s why they’re not making too much about their regular-season success against the teams ahead of them.

After all, the Nets didn’t have James Harden for either of their two losses in Milwaukee. Philadelphia didn’t have All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons playing together in any of its matchups with Milwaukee.

If nothing else, these last two weeks have given the Bucks a confidence boost.

“It’s important to be playing well going down the stretch here,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

Hardaway Jr. makes 10 3’s, Mavs roll past Heat 127-113

MIAMI (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. spent many nights as a kid shooting on the Miami Heat court, a perk that came with his father being a star guard for the team.

Clearly, it still feels like home.

Hardaway Jr. made 10 3-pointers and scored 36 points, Luka Doncic added 23 points and the Dallas Mavericks moved up to the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference by topping the short-handed Heat 127-113 on Tuesday night.

Hardaway Jr., back in an arena where his father Tim Hardaway’s jersey sways from the rafters as a Heat legend, shot 13 of 24 from the field, 10 of 18 from 3-point land.

“Having that honor and that privilege to play under that jersey, it’s special,” Hardaway Jr. said.

Doncic had 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Mavericks, Jalen Brunson scored 19 points and Josh Richardson scored 17 for Dallas (37-28). The Mavs are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers record-wise, but hold the tiebreaker.

Hardaway Jr. tied the Mavericks record for 3’s in a game, plus became the third player to ever make that many in a game against Miami.

“Once he caught fire, he became just a big X-factor,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Duncan Robinson and Goran Dragic each scored 19 for Miami, which remained No. 6 in the Eastern Conference. The Heat played without Jimmy Butler, ruled out about two hours before the game with flu-like symptoms – not anything related to the coronavirus, the team said.

Trevor Ariza scored 16 of his 18 points in the first quarter for Miami. Gabe Vincent and Kendrick Nunn each scored 14 and Bam Adebayo finished with 11 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Heat.

Clippers rally to beat Raptors 105-100, end 3-game skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul George and Marcus Morris scored 22 points each, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 105-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.

Reggie Jackson added 18 points and Kawhi Leonard had 13 points while taking just six shots to help the Clippers avoid their first four-game losing streak of the season.

“If they’re going to play defense like that, then I have to trust my teammates and make the right play every time,” said Leonard, who played his second game after being out with a sore right foot. “It’s not about me, it’s about the whole group.”

George and Jackson hit 3-pointers in the final two minutes, snapping a 99-all tie and putting the Clippers in control in the teams’ first meeting this season.

The Clippers have already clinched a playoff spot. The Raptors are jockeying for a spot in the play-in tournament with six games remaining. They are just outside of the No. 10 seed.

Fred VanVleet had 27 points and 13 assists to lead Toronto in his return after missing eight games with a sore hip. Pascal Siakam added 24 points and Khem Birch had 13 points and eight rebounds.

“He played really well,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of VanVleet. “Maybe if he’d banged in a couple of those threes at the end, we’d put him in the great-game category.”

The Raptors went 1-3 on their Western swing as they press for a playoff spot.

“We need to get some more wins out of this situation,” VanVleet said. “We’re playing damn good basketball, just not enough to beat some of these teams.”

Los Angeles led 88-84 early in the fourth when the Raptors ran off 10 in a row to go ahead 94-88. Jalen Harris and VanVleet sandwiched 3-pointers around baskets by Birch.

Booker scores 31, Suns dominate OT to beat Cavs 134-118

CLEVELAND (AP) Not themselves for long stretches and struggling with a team going nowhere, the Suns finally showed up in overtime.

Did they ever.

“We stayed the course,” Chris Paul said. “We came out and put the game away.”

Devin Booker scored 31 points, Paul added 23 and 16 assists and Phoenix scored the first 15 points of OT to outlast the under-manned Cleveland Cavaliers 134-118 for their fifth straight win, keeping the Suns even with Utah atop the Western Conference standings.

Mikal Bridges made two 3-pointers, dunked, had a block and assist in the opening minutes of overtime and Phoenix outscored Cleveland 20-4 in the extra five minutes.

“We punched them first, jumped out to that lead and kept going,” said Bridges, who scored 22 and made four 3-pointers.

The Suns (47-18) are tied with Jazz for the West’s best record.

Phoenix let a late lead in regulation slip away to Cleveland, which was missing six players, including starting point guard Darius Garland, with injuries but battled one of the NBA’s best teams for 50 minutes before wilting.

“We ran out of gas,” said Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who only had a seven-man rotation. “Our guys gave us what they had. Phoenix made us pay for some mistakes early in OT.”

Cavs rookie Isaac Okoro scored a season-high 32 points and Collin Sexton 29 for Cleveland, which dropped its seventh straight.

Okoro muscled inside for a layup – on a play the Cavs ran for him out of a timeout – with 24.9 seconds left to tie it 114-all. The Suns had one last chance in regulation, but Booker dribbled himself into a bad situation in the corner and had to force up a long shot at the horn that missed.

Booker opened OT with a bucket and Bridges took it from there.

His first 3 made it 119-114, his dunk put the Suns up seven, and then shortly after swatting away Cedi Osman’s drive, Bridges hit his second 3 to make it 129-114.

Ravens sign free agent OT Villanueva away from Steelers

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have signed two-time Pro Bowl tackle Alejandro Villanueva to a two-year deal on Tuesday.

The long-time starter for the division-rival Steelers, Villanueva was not re-signed by Pittsburgh.

A graduate of West Point, Villanueva spent six seasons with the Steelers, playing in 96 games with 90 starts. He has the second-longest active streak among NFL tackles with 96 consecutive games players and has started every game over the past five seasons.

The Ravens also took Ben Cleveland in the third round last week in the draft as they look to improve their offensive line.

“Well, we have some guys that we think are going to compete right now at the right tackle spot, and we’re excited about that,” Baltimore GM Eric DeCosta said at last week’s draft.

“As I learned from my mentor (executive vice president) Ozzie Newsome, we don’t have to play games until September. We’re confident that we’ll have a right tackle. We’ll have a strong offensive line. The best guys are going to play. We have great competition, and we’ll be ready to play when the time comes.”

Before he signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and then wound up on the Steelers’ practice squad, Villanueva spent 2010-13 as an active member of the Army, serving three tours of duty in Afghanistan. He was promoted to the rank of captain in April 2014.

Among the numerous honors for his military service Villanueva has received the Bronze Star Medal of Valor.

AP source: Foot sidelines Jets’ Quinnen Williams 8-10 weeks

NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets standout defensive lineman Quinnen Williams broke a bone in a foot and is expected to have surgery and be sidelined eight to 10 weeks, according to a person with knowledge of the injury.

Williams was hurt last week during on-field workouts at the team’s facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, the person told The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the Jets didn’t announce the injury.

NFL Network first reported Williams’ injury. He is expected to miss organized team activities and minicamp, but should be healthy in time for the start of training camp in late July.

The 23-year-old Williams had a breakout second NFL season as one of the team’s few standouts during a miserable 2-14 campaign. The No. 3 overall draft pick in 2019 led the Jets with seven sacks, 14 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for losses to go along with 55 total tackles and two forced fumbles. He missed the final two games with a concussion and neck injury.

The news about Williams slightly dampens the mood of Jets fans, who were excited about the team’s 10-player haul last weekend in the draft that included quarterback Zach Wilson and guard Alijah Vera-Tucker in the first round.

But the fact Williams was hurt so early in the offseason program should leave him plenty of time to heal and not be restricted for training camp. Williams is one of new coach Robert Saleh’s key pieces on defense as the leader on a line that is expected to be a strength for New York.

The Jets signed Carl Lawson, Sheldon Rankins and Vinny Curry in free agency last month, and also have Folorunso Fatakasi, John Franklin-Myers, Nathan Shepherd, Bruce Huff, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga and Jonathan Marshall – taken in the sixth round out of Arkansas – on the D-line.

“It’s a cool group,” Saleh said recently. “It’s a really good start and it’s got a chance to be pretty, pretty disruptive. And we’re excited to get on the grass and work with them.”

Sophomore Franz Wagner leaves Michigan, enters NBA draft

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Franz Wagner is entering the NBA draft.

The Michigan sophomore made the announcement Tuesday.

Wagner averaged 12 points, six-plus rebounds and two assists over two seasons. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Wagner was a second-team All-Big Ten player. The German native helped Michigan win a Big Ten title and reach a regional final in the NCAA Tournament.

His brother, Moritz, plays for the Orlando Magic and is also a former Wolverine.

Michigan awaits freshman center Hunter Dickinson’s decision to stay for his sophomore season or go into the NBA draft, which is July 29.

The Wolverines are losing Isaiah Livers, Mike Smith, Chaundee Brown and Austin Davis from this year’s team. Eli Brooks is returning, taking advantage of an extra year of eligibility the NCAA is allowing due to the pandemic.

Teen baseball player dies after collision at second base

BATH, Mich. (AP) — A teenage baseball player has died nearly two weeks after he was knocked unconscious during a collision at second base.

Cooper Gardner, a junior at Bath High School, died Sunday at home, the Lansing State Journal reported.

“I never would have thought it would lead to this,” said junior varsity coach Michael Collins.

The school said on Facebook that Cooper suffered a brain injury on April 21 during a game between Bath and Portland St. Patrick.

Cooper was trying to catch the ball and tag a runner at second base when he was struck in the head in a collision, Collins said.

A GoFundMe page described it as a “freak accident.”

“I’ve never witnessed something like that,” Collins said. “You just always read about things going wrong, but you never think it’s going to be one of your kids.”

It is the first death connected to a Michigan school baseball game since 1989 when sports-related deaths were tracked, the Michigan High School Athletic Association said.

Cooper’s teammates, family and friends gathered Monday at the baseball field, about 15 miles northeast of Lansing.

“We’re here to offer space and support with whatever they might need,” principal Matthew Dodson said. “As you can expect, they’re absolutely devastated.”

NOTRE DAME AND NBC ANNOUNCE 2021 KICK TIMES

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame and exclusive football broadcast partner NBC Sports have announced kickoff times for the 2021 Fighting Irish football season. The home slate, an unprecedented 31st consecutive season that the Irish will appear on NBC Sports, is highlighted by back-to-back prime time games against programs that finished the 2020 season ranked in the Top 25 – Southern Cal and North Carolina.

Notre Dame and Southern Cal will renew the “greatest intersectional rivalry” in college football as the Fighting Irish welcome the Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET in a battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh. Notre Dame has won the past three matchups against USC, including a 30-27 victory during the Trojans’ last trip to South Bend in 2019.

The following week, on Oct. 30, Notre Dame will take on North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. in Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish defeated the Tar Heels 31-17 in Chapel Hill in 2020.

The 31st edition of Notre Dame on NBC officially kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 11, when the Fighting Irish host Toledo, which will mark the first meeting between the schools. 

On Sept. 18, Notre Dame will welcome Purdue at 2:30 p.m. ET and vie for the Shillelagh Trophy. It will mark the 87th meeting between the Irish and Boilermakers and the first for former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees in the NBC broadcast booth. Brees will be joined by NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and Kathryn Tappen (sideline) throughout the 2021 season.  

Notre Dame’s Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly, who was the head coach at Cincinnati from 2007-09, will take on his former school when the Irish host the Bearcats in South Bend on Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET. 

On Nov. 6, Notre Dame will host Navy in a rivalry that dates back to 1927. The Fighting Irish, who hold a 79-13-1 advantage in the all-time series, have faced Navy 93 times, more than any other matchup in school history. Notre Dame and Navy will kick at 3:30 p.m. ET at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Notre Dame on NBC season will conclude on Nov. 20 when the Fighting Irish host Georgia Tech at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Indiana, Penn State and Rutgers Earn Weekly Baseball Honors

Hoosiers’ Barr named Player of the Week; Nittany Lions’ Harry earns Freshman of the Week; Scarlet Knights’ Teller voted Pitcher of the Week

Player of the Week

Cole Barr, Indiana

3B – Jr. – Yorktown, Ind. – Yorktown

  • Hit .600 (6-of-10) with five RBI and six runs scored to lead the Hoosiers to a 2-1 weekend against Iowa for their fourth straight series win
  • Finished with a 1.400 slugging percentage and .643 on-base percentage on the weekend
  • Hit a home run in each of Indiana’s two wins over the Hawkeyes, while totaling five RBI on six hits. Has now hit a team-high six home runs on the season and has registered 25 home runs in his career
  • The 2019 second-team All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Big Ten Player of the Week: Elijah Dunham (Feb. 24, 2020)

Pitcher of the Week

Brent Teller, Rutgers

P – Gr. – Miami, Fla. – Miami Palmetto Senior

  • Pitched seven shutout innings and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts to help Rutgers defeat Nebraska 6-0 and complete a 3-0 series sweep.
  • Retired 10 of the Cornhuskers’ first 11 batters and allowed just six players on base during the win. Allowed just two hits and walked three batters
  • Earns his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor and becomes the first Rutgers pitcher to win the award since 2019
  • Last Rutgers Pitcher of the Week: Tevin Murray (April 15, 2019)

Freshman of the Week

Jay Harry, Penn State

SS – Metuchen, N.J. – Metuchen

  • Helped Penn State to a 3-0 series sweep against Michigan State last weekend
  • Registered a .500 batting average on the week with five hits, six runs, six RBI, two doubles and a home run
  • Hit his first career home run, a three-run shot, in the Nittany Lions’ 27-4 win on Saturday
  • Recorded a .571 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage
  • Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award to become the first Nittany Lion to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Week since 2016
  • Last Penn State Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Ryan Sloniger (April 25, 2016)

Iowa and Nebraska Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Hawkeyes’ Doocy and Klosterman, Huskers’ Andrews and Kinney garner this week’s accolades

Player of the Week

Kaylin Kinney, Nebraska

Fr. – RHP/UTL – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Kennedy – Major: Undeclared

• Batted .800 with a 2.600 slugging percentage and .875 on-base percentage with three home runs, six RBI and four runs scored in the Huskers’ series sweep of visiting Maryland last weekend

• All three of her home runs came in consecutive at-bats, including two in a come-from-behind victory on May 1

• In that same two-homer game, started and pitched five innings, allowing just one run on five hits

• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor

• Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Tristen Edwards (March 2, 2021)

Pitcher of the Week

Allison Doocy, Iowa

Grad. – RHP – Ankeny, Iowa – Ankeny – Master’s Program: Higher Education

• Went 2-0 with a 0.70 ERA, two complete games, one shutout and 11 strikeouts in 10.0 innings last weekend at Rutgers

• Tossed her first no-hitter and the 18th in program history (first since 2015) in Sunday’s five-inning victory

• Also recorded her 700th career strikeout during the weekend, becoming the sixth Hawkeye to reach that milestone

• A 2020 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2018, 2019, 2020)

• Collects her fourth career Pitcher of the Week plaudit and first this season

• Last Iowa Pitcher of the Week: Lauren Shaw (Feb. 17, 2020)

Co-Freshman of the Week

Brylee Klosterman, Iowa

OF – North Liberty, Iowa – Iowa City Liberty – Major: Enterprise Leadership

• Posted a .615 batting average, 1.077 slugging percentage and .667 on-base percentage with two home runs, five RBI and six runs scored in the Hawkeyes’ four-game series win at Rutgers last weekend

• Hit her first two career home runs in the first and last games of the series on April 30 and May 2

• Went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs in the nightcap of Iowa’s May 1 doubleheader sweep

• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week award

• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Denali Loecker (April 27, 2021)

Co-Freshman of the Week

Billie Andrews, Nebraska

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

• Batted .545 with a 1.364 slugging percentage and .583 on-base percentage with three home runs, six RBI and four runs scored in the Huskers’ sweep of visiting Maryland last weekend

• Hit home runs in three of the four games in the series, including both ends of an April 30 doubleheader

• Had at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored in all four series games

• Garners her fourth career Freshman of the Week accolade 

• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Billie Andrews (April 13, 2021)

Women’s Tennis to Face Vanderbilt in NCAA First Round

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s tennis team, which earned an automatic bid by winning the Mid-American Conference regular season title, will face Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ball State and Vanderbilt will meet Friday, May 7 at time to be determined. The winner will advance to play Saturday, May 8 against the winner of the other first-round match in Columbus, Ohio State versus UIC.

The Cardinals etched their name into the Ball State record books once again this season, claiming the program’s third MAC regular season championship in the past five conference seasons. The special year featured a 22-match winning streak.

The berth into the NCAA Championship marks the second in program history, both coming under eighth-year head coach Max Norris. In fact, Norris has guided the program to all three of its MAC regular season championships (2016, 2017 and 2021) and to its only MAC Tournament championship (2016).

The Cardinals will take their 22-3 overall record to Columbus. Vanderbilt enters the match with an 13-9 record and a 5-8 SEC mark.

Henning Named MVC Newcomer of the Week

SAINT LOUIS – True freshman Isabella Henning has been named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week for the second time this season, the Valley announced Monday afternoon.

The Owensboro, Ky., native posted a .574 batting average and a 1.273 slugging percentage last weekend, starting in all four games in Indiana State’s final home stand. Henning went 6-for-11 with two doubles, two home runsmand three RBIs, tagging 14 bases. In Sunday’s game versus Missouri State, the lefty slugger hit a career and season-high two home runs in a game. Henning has a team-leading eight home runs on the year and twelve doubles.

Indiana State Women’s Basketball Welcomes Clint Williams to Staff

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s basketball head coach Chad Killinger announced the addition of Clint Williams to the Sycamore women’s basketball staff on Monday afternoon.
 
“I am very happy to have Clint joining us at Indiana State,” Killinger said. “Having worked with him for three years at Moberly, I know firsthand how tirelessly he works when it comes to recruiting, how great a job he does at connecting with people, and how committed he will be to the success of the young women in our program. He has an infectious personality, understands what our expectation levels are, and his experience at the international-level will provide an additional perspective that many programs are not fortunate to have. I know our student-athletes will enjoy being around him and I look forward to working with him again.”
 
Williams comes to Indiana State after spending three seasons at Morehead State where he served as an assistant coach and the program’s recruiting coordinator. He also served as an assistant coach to Killinger while at Moberly Area Community College.
 
“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to reunite with Chad at a wonderful institution such as Indiana State University,” Williams said. “This is an opportunity I am most appreciative of, and look forward to meeting the wonderful people that make up the Sycamore community. I am ready to get to work.”
 
Coaching the Morehead State post players, Williams has overseen the Ohio Valley Conference’s top blocking team, ranking in the top-10 in the NCAA in total blocks and blocks per game in each of his three seasons. In addition to Morehead State’s place as the top blocking team in the OVC, the Eagles have also placed among the league’s top rebounding teams under Williams’s tutelage.

In 2019-20, he guided Ariel Kirkwood to OVC Defensive Player of the Year honors—the first such honors for a Morehead State Eagle—as she ranked 15th in the NCAA in blocked shots and blocked shots per game. Her 82 blocks ranked as the most among guards in the country and fourth amongst NCAA freshman.

Kirkwood also ranked as one of the top rebounders in the conference, placing third in the league in both total rebounds (256) and rebounds per game (8.5). As a team, Morehead State ranked fourth in the OVC in rebounding (1,196) and rebounds per game (39.87), both totals that ranked amongst the top 100 teams in the country.

During the 2018-19 season, Williams was an integral part of the Eagles’ success, helping guide the team to a modern-era record 24 wins and the program’s second-ever berth in the WNIT. He was also instrumental in helping the program pick up its first postseason victory, providing the pregame scouting report for Morehead State’s opening round victory over Ohio State.

Morehead State’s success in 2018-19 was due in large part to the team’s ranking as the top blocking and rebounding team in the OVC. The Eagles ranked ninth in the NCAA in blocks (188) and 10th in blocks per game (5.4) while leading the OVC in total rebounds (1,421) and ranking second in rebounds per game (40.6).

In Williams’ first two seasons at Morehead State, the Eagles were the lone team in the OVC to have three players ranked in the top-10 on the conference’s total blocks leaderboard with players ranked second, seventh, and ninth in 2019-20 and fourth, sixth, and 10th in 2018-19.

Alongside his duties at Morehead State, Williams also served as the head women’s basketball coach for the U.S. Virgin Islands Senior Women’s National Team, leading the team to a 2019 Pan American Games berth in Lima, Peru. With the Virgin Islands National Team, he is responsible for selecting the team’s players and organizing multiple facets of the team’s program.

During his time with the program, Williams has helped coach the team to a gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Centrobasket Tournament, defeating the world’s eighth-ranked Brazil at the FIBA America’s Tournament.

Indiana State Adds Zak Boisvert and Matt Cline to Basketball Staff

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – First-year Indiana State head basketball coach Josh Schertz announced the addition of Zak Boisvert and Matt Cline to his staff Monday. Boisvert (pronounced Bo-Vair) will serve as an assistant coach while Cline will serve as special assistant to the head coach.
 
“I am beyond excited to work alongside both Zak and Matt. While players are the lifeblood of any program, the assistant coaches are its backbone,” Schertz said of the additions. “I have been incredibly fortunate over my head coaching career to work with some terrific basketball coaches, and Zak and Matt are cut from that same cloth. Their hard work, competence and trustworthiness will positively impact our entire program, and I cannot wait to partner with them to build something special here at Indiana State.”
 
Boisvert spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Army where he played a key role in offensive strategy and player development. In 2019-20, the Black Knights led the Patriot League in assists per game, a mark that ranked them 12th in Division I. Army also sat atop the Patriot League rankings for field goal percentage at 47.1% and their two-point percentage mark was good enough for 12th nationally.
 
Boisvert was key in the development of Tommy Funk, one of the best point guards to play for Army. Funk turned in a standout senior season in which he finished first on the team and third in the league in scoring with a career-best 17.5 points per game en route to being named First Team All-Patriot League, National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) Third Team and Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) Third Team All-Met.
 
Boisvert helped Funk cap a historic career by shattering the Army and Patriot League record for career assists with 728, while also breaking Army’s single-season assists mark, which he previously set as a junior. Funk received U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Player of the Week recognition, the first by a Patriot League player since Mike Muscala of Bucknell did it during the 2010-11 season.
 
Boisvert, a Portland, Maine, native, arrived at West Point after two years at the University of Maine.
 
While at Maine, Boisvert saw the teams win total jump from three in his first season to eight wins in his second. The Black Bears’ resurgence was aided by an impressive batch of young talent with freshmen and sophomores accounting for 69% of the Black Bears’ scoring during the 2015-16 season. Maine had back-to-back America East All-Rookie team members (Kevin Little in 2014-15 and Issac Vann in 2015-16).
 
Before the 2015-16 season, Boisvert was tabbed by Maine head coach Bob Walsh as the program’s “Offensive Coordinator.” The Black Bears quickly upped the pace, raising their scoring average from 60.4 points per game to 76.6. The 16.2 increase in points per game marked the largest season-to-season scoring jump in Division I between the two seasons.
 
Prior to Maine, Boisvert gathered three years of collegiate coaching experience at Iona and Fairleigh Dickinson. As a member of the Knights, Boisvert helped FDU to its first conference tournament appearance in four years. Fairleigh Dickinson won six conference games during Boisvert’s lone season in Teaneck, matching the program’s total from the previous three years combined.
 
During his time at Iona, Boisvert helped lead the Gaels to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship and a trip to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, where Iona bowed out to Ohio State in the second round.
 
Throughout his career, Boisvert has developed a reputation as a fantastic all-around teacher of the game, but his work with point guards has been particularly impressive. Boisvert’s first season at Iona saw Scott Machado, the Gaels’ floor general, post career highs in points (13.2 per game), field goal percentage (41%) and assists (7.6 per game). Machado would go on to play for three NBA teams (Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz). During Boisvert’s second season in New Rochelle, Lamont “MoMo” Jones won the PepsiMax MAAC Player of the Year award and finished as the third-leading scorer in the NCAA with a 22.6 per-game average.
 
Boisvert attended Fordham, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2010.

WOMEN’S SOCCER INKS TRANSFER FOR 2021 CAMPAIGN

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer program and head coach Chris Johnson continued to build the 2021 roster with the signing of East Carolina-transfer Ashton Kudlo this week. Kudlo, a 5-foot-7 goalkeeper, redshirted this past season at ECU and is returning to the Hoosier State. 

Johnson’s squad went 5-2-2 this spring and earned the No. 3 seed in the Horizon League Tournament before succumbing to the eventual league champs. The Jaguars were elite defensively, yielding just six goals in nine games while recording six clean sheets. All total, Johnson’s team graduated seven seniors off this year’s team. 

Here’s more about Kudlo.  

Ashton Kudlo // 5-foot-7 // GK // Schererville, Ind.
-Attended Lake Central High School, but only played club soccer for Eclipse Select Soccer Club
-Helped Eclipse Select to the ECNL MIdwest Championship and the No. 1 seed in the ECNL playoffs and posted nine shutouts in goal in ECNL Midwest League play in 2018-19
-Was selected for the ECNL Midwest Conference selection program
-Had 12 shutouts in DA Midwest League play in 2017-18, helping her squad earn a spot in the DA playoffs
-Also starred in Futsal, earning a spot on the U.S. Youth National Futsal Team, helping them to the 2016-17 Futsal U18 National Championship and 2018-19 Illinois Futsal State Championship
Kudlo on why she chose IUPUI: “I chose IUPUI because I loved the close location to home and proximity to Indianapolis. I also loved the culture and drive of the soccer program and IUPUI’s great computer science program.”

 

IUPUI Women’s Soccer Signing Class (as of 5/4/2021)
NamePos.Ht.HometownHigh SchoolClub
Makenna CollinsD5-7St. Charles, Ill.St. Charles NorthCampton United
Molly HarrisD5-7Fishers, Ind.Hamilton SoutheasternFC Pride
Ashton KudloGK5-7Schererville, Ind.Lake CentralEclipse Select
Abbey RennerD6-2Commerce Township, Mich.Walled Lake CentralMichigan Jaguars FC
Hannah RobersonD5-10Granger, Ind.PennIndiana Fire Academy
Paige WaskomMF5-6Greenwood, Ind.Center GroveIndy Premier

Aces add Dupont for 2021-22 campaign

EVANSVILLE – Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells has announced her first addition to Evansville’s women’s basketball team for the 2021-22 season.
 
6-foot-4 forward Celine Dupont comes to Evansville, marking the first signing of the Scherr-Wells era, following two seasons at New Mexico. With the Lobos, Dupont redshirted in 2019-20 before seeing the floor in 10 contests during the 2020-21 campaign.
 
“I am thrilled that Celine has chosen to continue her academic studies and basketball career with us at UE,” said Aces head women’s basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “At 6-4, she will give us nice size and length inside and is truly my type of post player. She can take a rebound off the rim and is comfortable starting our transition. She has the ability to face up in the post and attack the rim in multiple ways and she has the versatility to step out and shoot the 3. She has gotten some college experience, but still has 4 years of eligibility left. I am so excited to see her grow as a player over the next 4 years and be a part of building our program into an MVC contender!”
 
A native of Almelo, Netherlands, Dupont enjoyed an impressive prep career, most recently playing for Parkendaal Lyceum. In her prep career, Dupont appeared in the Dutch National Women’s U20 Basketball League with Binnenland, averaging a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.0 rebounds, while helping them win the national supercup in 2018 and advance to the final four in 2019.

“I chose UE because the moment I talked to the coaches it felt like a family,” said Dupont. “I think I can improve myself at UE as much as possible on and off the court. I think it is a great academic school as well as basketball. I can’t wait to start a new adventure at UE.”
 
Dupont has also logged international experience, playing for the Dutch U16 and U18 national teams in FIBA European Championships.

Greyhounds Top Leaderboard After Two Rounds at NCAA Regional

CARMEL, Ind. – The UIndy women’s golf team increased its lead Tuesday at the 2021 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf East Regional. With all five Greyhounds positioned in the top 11, UIndy will take a 10-stroke cushion into Wednesday’s final round. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being held Monday through Wednesday at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
 
Leading Findlay by a single stroke after 18 holes, the Hounds upped their advantage in round two with a three-under 291 – easily the lowest team of the event so far. Junior Cailyn Henderson continued to set the pace individually, carding a 73 on Tuesday to share the lead with Findlay’s Jill Schmitmeyer at +1.
 
Under overcast skies and later periods of rain, a trio of Hounds found themselves in a tie for sixth place through 36 holes. Hunter NugentElyse Stasil and Pilar Echeverria all sit at +5, with the latter’s even-par 72 good for the lowest score of the day. Senior Anna Kramer rounded out the Hounds lineup in 11th at +7.

Both team and individual regional champions will be crowned at the end of the day tomorrow. Additionally, the top three teams along with the top three individuals not with an advancing team will move on to the 2021 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships, scheduled for May 11-15 at TPC Michigan in Dearborn, Mich.

MONDAY RECAP
Led by individual co-leader Cailyn Henderson, the Greyhounds combined for 10-over 298 in the opening round to lead the University of Findlay by one stroke.

Alec Sayre named #HLBASE Batter of the Week

Wright State’s Alec Sayre has been named the Horizon League Batter of the Week for the second consecutive week, the League office announced on Tuesday afternoon.
 
Sayre drove in double-digit RBI for the second straight weekend, tallying a team-high 11 RBI as Wright State went on the road and recorded 88 runs in a four-game sweep at Purdue Fort Wayne. Sayre had a pair of two-hit games and a three-hit game as part of his 7-for-14 weekend that featured six of his hits for extra bases, a 1.429 slugging percentage. Sayre connected on three home runs, including two in Saturday’s second game, and also had two doubles and a triple. Over his last eight games, Sayre has now driven in 21 RBI as the Raiders have gone 8-0 during that stretch.
 
Following this weekend’s action, Sayre leads the Horizon League with a .440 batting average and an .810 slugging percentage. His seven homers this season is tied for the fourth-most this year, with a pair of teammates (Quincy Hamilton, 10 & Tyler Black, 8) ahead of him. Sayre’s 30 RBI are also inside the Top 10 in the League.
 
Wright State returns home to Nischwitz Stadium for its final two regular season series, beginning with Milwaukee this weekend before hosting Oakland May 14-16. Because of the schedule layout and COVID issues with opposing teams, the Raiders have not played at home at The Nisch since March 14.

Wright State Men’s Basketball Adds Riley Voss

DAYTON – Riley Voss, who is set to graduate from Cornell this spring, will transfer to Wright State and be immediately eligible to play for the Raiders this fall, head coach Scott Nagy announced today.
 
Voss, a 6-6 220-pound forward, is a native of Milford, Ohio and prepped at Moeller High School. He graduates from Cornell with an Economics degree and a minor in Business.
 
Cornell and the Ivy League did not play basketball this season. Voss played in 57 games for the Big Red over three seasons, starting 15 of 26 games as a junior in 2019-20. He averaged 11.3 minutes per game over the course of his career. Shooting 36 percent from the floor and 31 percent from three-point range of three seasons.
 
“We are excited to add Riley as a versatile player who is highly skilled. We feel he is a perfect fit for our culture,” Nagy said.
 
Voss was a second-team all-state selection as a senior after helping Moeller to three league championships and a state runner-up finish as a senior captain. He was named league Player of the Year after averaging 7.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists while ranking second in the league in assists (84) and third in blocks (14) en route to all-region honors in his final season. He was named all-league in each of his final three years, including capturing first-team accolades as a junior and senior.
 
Wright State was 18-6 in 2020-21, clinching at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship for the third consecutive season.

OHIO STATE HEADS TO WINSTON-SALEM FOR OPENING ROUND OF NCAA TOURNAMENT

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s tennis is headed out in the road for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The Buckeyes will take on VCU in the first round in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest is the host and will play South Carolina State in the other first round match.

The matches will be played Friday and Saturday, May 7 & 8 at the Wake Forest Tennis Center. Ohio State and VCU will play at 2:00 p.m. on Friday followed by Wake Forest and SC State at 5 p.m. The winners will meet on Saturday at 5 p.m.

This is the 21st time the Buckeyes have been selected for the NCAA Championship with every appearance coming under the direction of head coach Ty Tucker. They have an overall record of 56-20 with a pair of runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2018.

This is the first time since 2005 that Ohio State will head out on the road for the first and second round matches. The Buckeyes had hosted the opening rounds the previous 14 tournaments. In 2005, Ohio State went to College Station, Texas for the first two rounds. Ohio State has advanced past the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament 16 times in its previous 20 appearances and has won at least one match in every year but one.

VCU swept its way through the Atlantic 10 Championship to earn the conference’s automatic bid. The Rams are 17-4 on the year and own a win over then No. 17 Arizona State on March 12 in Tempe. Wake Forest played a full schedule, going 28-6 so far this season and are the No. 10 overall in the tournament. The Demon Deacons beat Duke in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament but fell in the semis to North Carolina. SC State won the MEAC title two weeks ago to earn its way to the dance. The Bulldogs are just 7-5 on the year.

Ohio State is 20-3 on the season and won the Big Ten East Division title. This past weekend, they made a run to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament and lost a heart-breaking 4-3 match to Illinois.

NO. 15 SEED OHIO STATE TO HOST NCAA TOURNAMENT MATCHES

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2021 Big Ten regular season co-champion and Big Ten Tournament champion Ohio State women’s tennis team is the No. 15 seed in the 2021 NCAA Championship and will host first and second round matches this weekend at the Auer Tennis Complex.

The Buckeyes are 21-3 overall and enter the NCAA Tournament on a 12-match winning streak.

Ohio State will face UIC, the Horizon League champion, with the other first round matchup Ball State, the MAC champion, taking on Vanderbilt, an at-large selection out of the SEC. The winner of the Columbus site will advance to the championship site, with the final rounds at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.

The first round matches will be Friday, with the Cardinals and Commodores meeting at 11 a.m., followed by the Buckeyes and Flames at 2 p.m. The first round winners will meet at noon Saturday for a spot in the Round of 16. Attendance will be limited to pass lists for each participating team.

Live scoring and video will be available for all matches.

The Buckeyes will be making the seventh consecutive and 17th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The team also hosted in 2016 and ’17 and is 4-0 at home in NCAA action. The team’s first NCAA appearance was in 1996. The squad qualified six years in a row from 1999-04, had a three-year stretch from 2008-10 and began the most recent streak in 2014, with no tournament held in 2020.

The Buckeyes have never played UIC and are 10-0 vs. Ball State all-time. Ohio State is 4-1 all-time against the Commodores. Ohio State played on Vanderbilt’s home courts in three NCAA tournaments (2015, 2018, 2019), but has not faced the Commodores in NCAA play.

Ohio State is one of three Big Ten teams in the NCAA field, with Michigan and Northwestern both at-large selections.

Women’s Tennis Set to Play Northwestern in 2021 NCAA Tournament

CINCINNATI – Xavier women’s tennis will head to Evanston, Ill. to open 2021 NCAA Tournament play against the Northwestern Wildcats (18-5) on Friday, May 7, time to be determined.

The No. 10 seed Texas A&M and Drake will also face off in Evanston, with the winners of both matches advancing to play each other in the second round.

The NCAA Tournament field was announced on Monday evening live on NCAA.com. The first two rounds of the 64-team tournament will be held at campus sites and then the 2021 NCAA championship will be at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, from May 16-28.
 
Xavier secured an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the program’s second BIG EAST Championship on Monday, April 26. The Musketeers are 17-3 overall and enter the NCAA tournament on an eight-match win streak. This is Xavier’s second trip to the NCAA Tournament, after also winning the BIG EAST title and earning an automatic bid in 2016.

MARIAN PLACES FOURTH AT CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – The No. 18 Marian women’s golf team had a strong showing in its second and final day at the Crossroads League Championships Tuesday as the Knights finished fourth out of the nine conference teams. The Knights entered the day in sixth but shot the second lowest third round and catapulted themselves into fourth with a 319 total.

Taylor took home the top spot to seal the Crossroads League Championship for the Trojans with a 913, 54-hole total. The next closest team was Indiana Wesleyan who finished with 38 more shots than the first-place Trojans.

As a team, the Knights placed fourth with a 976 three-round total. Marian improved its score each round as the team shot 333+324+319. The final round of 319 was bested only by Taylor’s 311.

Individually, the Knights had strong showings from all of the scorers including tournament bests from three golfers in the final round. Madi Blancled all Marian golfers as the freshman shot a consistent 79+80+81=240 to bring home 12th. Blanc picked up two birdies on the final day of play to lead the Knights with six between the three rounds of play.

Elizabeth Hedrickmade the biggest move in the field as the freshman shot a team-low 78 in the final round of the tournament to jump 11 spots in the standings. Hedrick’s ever-improving 85+80+78 performance finished the golfer ties for 15th with a three-round total of 243.

Along with Hedrick in 15thMacy Stappshot an 81 in her final day of play to jump four spots in the standings and tie with her teammate. Stapp’s 82+80+81=243 was good enough to lock down the third top-15 finish for the Knights, a feat only matched by Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor.

The next-best finisher for the Knights was the lone senior, Mira Nicponwho jumped nine spots in the third round to clinch 27th-place. Nicpon’s third round was second-best on the team as the senior shot a 79. The 87+87+79=253 performance marked the biggest drop between the second and third-round scores in the entire field.

Sidney Parmerrounded out the Marian efforts as the freshman tied for 32nd. The steady play from Parmer landed the 88+84+90=262 score in the same position as the freshman started the day.

The Knights will look for an at-large bid to the NAIA National Championships following Tuesday’s fourth-place finish. If Marian qualifies for the national tournament, play will stretch from May 25 to May 28 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

ALL-AMERICANS! SHIRLEY, SWIMM AMONG NAIA VOLLEYBALL ELITE

RICHMOND, Ind. – The connection of Reece Shirley to Jessica Swimm produced more than 200 points for the Indiana University East volleyball team this past year.

Now, the Shirley-Swimm combination is an All-American connection.

Shirley and Swimm both made the 2020-21 NAIA Women’s Volleyball All-America lists announced May 4. Both IU East freshmen made the honorable mention list. They are among 92 players recognized on the All-America teams.

“This has been an exciting season for our IU East program! Our players took full advantage of the opportunity to compete during this unprecedented season. Jessica and Reece wasted no time solidifying their names in the IU East history books,” said IU East coach Kim McConaha. “Both these young women are team players and understand what it means to be a great teammate. We’re excited to add two All-Americans to the history books. 

“Reece fully embraced our culture and (assistant coach Justin) Kean’s coaching methods as a setter. Her ceiling for leadership and skill has yet to be seen. Jessica found her family and home here at IU East. Since then she has trusted her teammates and coaches to help push her limits.”

Shirley already had received River States Conference Setter of the Year and AVCA MidCentral Region Setter of the Year honors. She led the RSC in assists per set and ranked among the top 30 in the nation in both assists per set and aces per set during the 2020-21 season. Two of her highlight-reel plays made the NAIA’s Top Plays of the Week video compilation during the fall.

“Making the All-America list has made me hungry to work hard over the summer and excited to get back in the gym in the fall,” Shirley said. “This showed me that with hard work and dedication and support and encouragement from my teammates and coaches, anything is possible. Moving forward, I hope this can allow me and others to set higher goals, and to continue to thrive in and out of the gym to make the goals obtainable.” 

Swimm adds All-America laurels to a resume that already included RSC Newcomer of the Year, All-RSC first team, and All-Region first-team honors. She also was the national NAIA Attacker of the Week in October. She led the conference with 3.85 kills per set, including a program single-match record total of 29 against then-No. 23 Bethel University in April.

“I was so grateful to be recognized for this team’s hard work because it just shows how well we were able to perform our new knowledge of the game,” Swimm said. “I think this year has raised our standards for ourselves, and we are expecting ourselves to do more and better things in the next few years.”

The honors for Shirley and Swimm raise the total number of IU East volleyball All-Americans to six.

IU East recently completed its 2020-21 season with a 13-5 record and the program’s seventh NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship appearance.

WOMEN’S TENNIS: IU EAST TO FACE MIDDLE GEORGIA AT NATIONALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Indiana University East women’s tennis team will face Middle Georgia State University in its first national tournament match.

The Red Wolves learned their draw for their first national tournament trip when the full bracket for the 2021 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship was released May 3.

IU East (13-8) is the No. 21 seed for the 24-team event, which starts May 18 at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. Middle Georgia (5-4) is the No. 12 seed. 

This will be the first tennis meeting between IU East and Middle Georgia. The Red Wolves and Knights will play at 9:30 a.m. (IU East time) on May 18. The winner will face No. 5 seed Montreat Collge in the Round of 16 on May 19.

IU East qualified for the national tournament for the first time in program history by winning the River States Conference Championship in late April.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1904       Cy Young tosses the first perfect game in American League history, defeating Rube Waddell and the Philadelphia A’s, 3-0. The Red Sox right-hander’s gem is the first perfect game thrown in the majors since the distance between the mound and plate was changed from 45 feet to 60 feet, six inches in 1893.

1913       American League president Ban Johnson suspends George Stovall indefinitely, as a result of the Browns’ manager spitting tobacco juice into Charlie Ferguson’s face after being ejected by the umpire two days ago in the team’s 11-8 loss to the Naps at Sportsman’s Park. The banishment will last 17 days, ending on the condition the controversial skipper sends the arbitrator a letter of apology.

1917       Thanks to the St. Louis scorer’s decision to turn Buck Weaver’s first inning questionable hit into an error, Browns’ hurler Ernie Koob throws a no-hitter at Sportsman’s Park. The southpaw beats Ed Cicotte and the White Sox, 1-0.

1925       At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, Ty Cobb compiles 16 total bases by stroking three homers, two singles, and a double. The Georgia Peach’s 6-for-6 performance helps the Tigers defeat the hometown Browns, 14-8.

1929       In the first Sunday home game the Braves ever play, Milt Gaston, with his brother Alex behind the plate, relieves Red Ruffing in the seventh inning to become the second pair of siblings in American League history to be batterymates. Tommy and Homer Thompson, who appeared in one game together for the Yankees in 1912, were the first.

1930       The Red Sox trade Red Ruffing to the Yankees for $50,000 and Cedric Durst, who will hit .245 in 102 games during his only season in Boston. New York’s new right-hander, a future Hall of Famer, will post a 231-124 (.651) record along with an ERA of 3.47 during his 15 seasons with the Bronx ball club.

1953       In the second game of a twin bill at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Braves’ hurler Max Surkont strikes out the hitter for the third out of the second inning, and will continue to fan batters until there is one out in the fifth inning en route to a 10-3 victory over the Reds. The eight consecutive strikeouts establish a new major league record, surpassing the mark of seven straight strikeouts shared by Dazzy Vance (Robins, aka the Dodgers, 1924) and Van Mungo (Dodgers, 1936).

1955       In his first major league start, Dodger rookie starter Tommy Lasorda ties a record, throwing three wild pitches in the first inning of the team’s 4-3 victory over St. Louis at Ebbets Field. The future Dodgers’ Hall of Fame skipper, during his one inning of work, will be spiked by Wally Moon, covering a play at home plate after uncorking on of his errant pitches.

1955       When your luck is battin’ zero

Get your chin up off the floor

Mister you can be a hero

You can open any door, there’s nothin’ to it but to do it

You’ve gotta have heart

– ‘You Gotta to Have Heart’ lyrics from Damn Yankees

The musical Damn Yankees, based on Douglass Wallop’s novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant opens on Broadway. The comedy, set in Washington, D.C, during the Bronx Bombers’ dominance in baseball in the 1950s, tells the tale of an aging Washington Senators fan’s bargain with the devil to help his hapless team.

1958       Behind by ten runs entering the final frame, the Giants score nine times in an unforgettable 11-10 loss to Pittsburgh. With the bases loaded, pinch-hitter Don Taussig pops out to end both the game and San Francisco’s amazing attempted comeback at Seals Stadium.

1962       In just his fourth big league start, Bo Belinsky throws the first hitless game in Angels history and the first one ever tossed at Dodger Stadium, beating the Orioles, 2-0. The 25 year-old southpaw is only the tenth rookie to throw a no-hitter.

1965       In a match-up of eventual Hall of Famers at Shea Stadium, Phillies’ right-hander Jim Bunning beats the Mets, 1-0, for his sixth straight complete-game victory over the New Yorkers. The Philadelphia starter provides the game’s lone run with a sixth-inning lead-off solo homer run off southpaw Warren Spahn, who also goes the distance, giving up just four hits.

1978       At Riverfront Stadium, Pete Rose becomes the 13th player in major league history to collect his 3000th hit, a single to left field off Montreal right-hander Steve Rogers. The Reds’ legend reaches the milestone in his 16th major league season, quicker than any of the other dozen players who have accomplished the feat.

1980       For pushing his glove in the face of umpire Gerry Crawford, Bill Madlock is suspended for 15 days and fined $5,000 by National League president Chub Feeney. The fiery Pirates’ infielder became upset after being called out on strikes with the bases loaded in the fifth inning of the Bucs’ 2-1 victory over Montreal four days ago.

1995       Thirty-three years after Don Zimmer played third base in the franchise’s first game, Edgardo Alfonzo becomes the 100th player in Mets history to cover the ‘hot corner.’ Howard Johnson played the most games at the position, appearing in 835 games throughout eight seasons.

1999       Beating the Cubs, 13-6, the Rockies become only the third team in the 1900s to score a run in every inning. The 1964 Cardinals accomplished the feat against the Cubs, and the Giants scored in every frame against the Phillies in 1923.

2000       Cardinals’ first baseman Mark McGwire hits the longest home run in the 30-year history of Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field, but the 473-foot shot isn’t enough as Ken Griffey Jr.’s homer leads the Reds past St. Louis, 3-2.

2000       For the first time in team history, the Rangers overcome an eight-run deficit, beating the A’s, 17-16. The teams tie (Red Sox and A’s – June 29, 1950) an American League record as 18 players score, including every starter.

2000       Former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda is named manager of the United States’ Olympic baseball team. The Hall of Fame pilot won four National League pennants and two World Series titles with Los Angeles.

2004       Major League Baseball announces each team, based on the comfort level of the franchise, will promote the movie Spider-Man 2 during the first weekend of interleague play, June 11th to 13. The promotion, seen as an opportunity to market the game to younger fans, will include placing a Spider-Man logo on all the bases.

2004       Mets backstop Mike Piazza passes Carlton Fisk for most home runs hit by a catcher when he hits his 352nd round-tripper as a catcher. The Norristown, PA native’s 405-foot opposite-field historic homer comes off a Jerome Williams’ 3-1 fastball during the first inning of the Mets’ 8-2 victory at Shea Stadium.

2004       Roger Clemens moves ahead of Steve Carlton (4,136) into second place on the career strikeouts list when gets Raul Mondesi swinging in the fifth inning of the Astros’ 9-2 victory of Pittsburgh at Minute Maid Park. Nolan Ryan’s all-time mark of 5,714 whiffs appears to be out of reach for the 41 year-old ‘Rocket,’ who would still need over another 1500 to challenge the record.

2008       At Coors Field, Derek Lowe throws 43 pitches before he retires the first Rockies batter of the game. The Dodgers starting pitcher never recovers from the 50-pitch, three-run first inning, leaving after the fifth of a 7-2 eventual loss to Colorado.

2008       In the 4,000th game played at Dodger Stadium, Joe Torre’s Dodgers beat the Mets, 5-1. The Los Angeles skipper also managed in the 1,000th game at the Astrodome (Mets – 1977) and Coors Field (Yankees – 2007), the 2,000th at Busch Stadium (Cardinals – 1991), the 3,000th at Angel Stadium (Yankees – 2003), and the 6,000th at Yankee Stadium (Yankees -2001).

2009       The Dodgers tie the major league record of 12 consecutive wins at home to start the season with their 3-1 victory over Arizona. L.A.’s 12-0 start at home equals the mark set by the Tigers in 1911.

2010       Satellite provider DirecTV and the Yes Network announce their plans to televise the first major league baseball game believed shared in three dimensions. The July 10th Safeco Field telecast between the Yankees and Mariners will be available to viewers with 3-D television sets in New York, Connecticut, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Idaho.

2010       Boston honors their former All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra with a special day before the Red Sox-Angels game at Fenway Park. During spring training, the two-time batting champ had signed a one-day contract so he could retire as a member of his original team.

2015       Mitch Harris becomes the first graduate of any military academy to earn a major league victory when the Cardinals beat the Cubs at Busch Stadium, 7-4. The 29 year-old Redbird rookie right-hander, who is the first Naval Academy midshipman in 94 years to appear in a big-league game, sails through a scoreless fourth inning in relief to notch the historic decision.

1950 WORLD SERIES

The Philadelphia Phillies climbed to the top of the National League thanks to a clutch performance down the home stretch by twenty-game winner, Robin Roberts. Roberts pitched three times in the last five days of the regular season and although he managed to nail down the National League pennant, the marathon had left him unavailable for a Game 1 start. Manager Eddie Sawyer was left with a limited rotation due to the late-season loss of Curt Simmons (seventeen victories) to the Army and recurring injuries to rookie pitchers Bob Miller and Bubba Church. The Philly skipper shocked everyone after nominating a thirty-three-year-old right-hander named Jim Konstanty, who had not made a single start during the 1950 regular season. He did however appear in seventy-four games and the standout reliever was 16-7 with a 2.66 earned run average. Konstanty was confident and certainly up to the challenge (and what a challenge it would be).

His opponent was none other than the defending World Champion New York Yankees who had swept six previous World Series (Pirates, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds) in twenty-four years and captured twelve World Series titles to date. Many felt that another sweep was a foregone conclusion, but Philadelphiaa was determined to prove their critics wrong. Konstanty rose to the occasion and pitched a superb outing against the American League champions while allowing only one run and four hits in eight-innings. Unfortunately for the Phillies, New York’s Vic Raschi spun a two-hit, 1-0 shutout for the opening lead.

By now, Roberts was well rested and more-than-ready for Game 2. The Philadelphia ace went up against New York right-hander, Allie Reynolds and neither blinked through a 1-1, nine-inning standoff. So far, through two regulation games, there had been a total of three runs scored as the pitchers clearly dominated the contest (much to the dismay of the crowds). Joe DiMaggio added a fourth to the total after launching a leadoff homer in the tenth for a 2-1 triumph. Now down two games to none, the Phillies were desperate for an advantage on the mound and called upon an unlikely hero named Ken Heintzelman (a seventeen-game winner for the Phillies in 1949 but a lowly, 3-9 pitcher in 1950). Despite his regular season stats, the lefthander started beautifully in Game 3 against Eddie Lopat and carried a 2-1 lead going into the eighth. After retiring the first two Yankees, Heintzelman stuttered and walked three consecutive batters in the inning. Sawyer saw that it was time to make a change and called for Konstanty who induced Bobby Brown to ground to Granny Hamner. Unable to get a break, the Phillies’ winced as their shortstop fumbled the ball, and the tying run scored. The Yankees continued their momentum in the ninth as Jerry Coleman stepped up to the plate and sealed the 3-2 victory.

Despite being on the verge of another Yankees sweep, the Phillies had kept pace with the perennial champs and only lost by three consecutive one-run decisions (the closest of any contender in any previous New York rally). Their efforts however, would be in vain, as Casey Stengel introduced a young up-and-coming talent in Game 4. His name was Ed “Whitey” Ford and the rookie went 9-1 during the regular season after being called up from Kansas City of the American Association. After teammate Yogi Berra led-off the Yankees’ attack with a run-scoring single and a bases-empty homerun, Ford breezed into the ninth inning with a 5-0 lead. A shutout seemed inevitable for Ford as he forced Andy Seminick to hit a textbook fly to leftfield. However, Gene Woodling dropped the ball and both Phillies runners scored. Reynolds came in to get the last out, making the New York Yankees 5-2 winners and repeat champions.

Woodling, who tied Granny Hamner for the World Series batting lead with a .429 average, was distraught over his failure to protect the shutout. Ford was less concerned and happy with the win (which would be the first of many in the Fall Classic). In fact, the Yankees newest ace would go on to set several World Series records. “The Chairman of the Board” as he would later be called still holds the World Series records for most wins (ten) and most strikeouts (ninety-four).

MLB Standings
American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston1812.6009 – 89 – 47 – 46 – 33 – 56 – 4W 1
NY Yankees1514.5172.58 – 77 – 77 – 126 – 11 – 07 – 3W 4
Tampa Bay1615.5162.57 – 109 – 56 – 62 – 16 – 75 – 5W 3
Toronto1414.50037 – 47 – 107 – 41 – 32 – 66 – 4L 2
Baltimore1416.46744 – 1010 – 66 – 70 – 07 – 86 – 4L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox1612.5719 – 67 – 62 – 27 – 66 – 47 – 3W 1
Kansas City1612.5718 – 78 – 54 – 37 – 64 – 25 – 5L 3
Cleveland1513.53617 – 68 – 71 – 313 – 80 – 07 – 3W 3
Minnesota1117.39356 – 95 – 81 – 35 – 42 – 74 – 6L 1
Detroit822.26794 – 94 – 130 – 44 – 123 – 41 – 9L 6
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland1912.61311 – 88 – 47 – 57 – 02 – 55 – 5W 3
Seattle1714.54829 – 78 – 76 – 43 – 35 – 54 – 6W 1
Houston1514.51737 – 78 – 72 – 20 – 313 – 76 – 4L 2
LA Angels1315.4644.56 – 67 – 92 – 35 – 36 – 94 – 6L 3
Texas1417.45257 – 97 – 89 – 52 – 63 – 35 – 5W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia1515.50011 – 64 – 97 – 86 – 32 – 45 – 5W 2
Washington1213.4800.58 – 64 – 75 – 54 – 22 – 56 – 4L 1
NY Mets1112.4780.56 – 45 – 89 – 50 – 42 – 14 – 6L 1
Atlanta1316.4481.57 – 76 – 96 – 85 – 21 – 24 – 6W 1
Miami1216.42925 – 77 – 94 – 52 – 44 – 44 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis1712.5868 – 69 – 69 – 88 – 40 – 08 – 2W 5
Milwaukee1713.5670.58 – 89 – 51 – 49 – 66 – 15 – 5L 3
Chi Cubs1416.4673.510 – 74 – 95 – 57 – 112 – 04 – 6W 2
Cincinnati1315.4643.59 – 74 – 80 – 07 – 54 – 84 – 6L 1
Pittsburgh1316.44845 – 78 – 90 – 05 – 103 – 34 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco1812.60010 – 38 – 96 – 42 – 19 – 55 – 5L 1
LA Dodgers1714.5481.58 – 59 – 93 – 02 – 79 – 52 – 8L 2
San Diego1714.5481.58 – 109 – 40 – 03 – 611 – 86 – 4L 1
Arizona1514.5172.56 – 59 – 94 – 45 – 16 – 76 – 4L 1
Colorado1119.36779 – 82 – 113 – 30 – 06 – 164 – 6W 1

NBA Division Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
x-Philadelphia4421.67725-719-1410-228-96-45 W
x-Brooklyn4323.6521.525-818-158-423-165-53 L
New York3728.5697.022-1115-173-823-179-13 W
Boston3431.52310.021-1313-184-719-175-51 L
Toronto2739.40917.516-1611-234-817-225-51 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee4124.63122-1019-1410-026-116-43 W
Indiana3034.46910.511-1919-156-416-204-61 L
Chicago2639.40015.012-2014-195-516-194-64 L
Cleveland2144.32320.012-209-244-715-231-97 L
Detroit1947.28822.512-197-281-1012-272-84 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Atlanta3630.54520-1116-196-321-176-42 W
Miami3531.5301.019-1516-166-620-177-31 L
Charlotte3233.4923.517-1415-197-319-195-51 W
Washington3035.4625.517-1713-182-712-238-21 W
Orlando2144.32314.511-2310-214-613-233-72 W
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
x-Utah4718.72328-419-145-423-126-42 W
x-Denver4322.6624.024-1019-128-125-148-21 L
Portland3629.55411.016-1620-134-618-184-61 L
Oklahoma City2145.31826.59-2512-203-811-251-94 L
Minnesota2045.30827.012-208-255-614-256-41 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
x-Phoenix4718.72325-922-97-327-107-35 W
x-LA Clippers4422.6673.525-919-138-326-136-41 W
LA Lakers3728.56910.018-1519-133-722-153-71 W
Golden State3333.50014.519-1114-224-719-175-51 L
Sacramento2837.43119.014-1814-195-716-206-43 W
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas3728.56917-1520-136-420-197-31 W
Memphis3232.5004.514-1818-144-614-224-62 L
San Antonio3133.4845.513-2018-136-616-215-54 L
New Orleans3036.4557.518-1712-196-418-205-51 W
Houston1649.24621.08-268-235-710-282-82 L
 

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

NHL Division Standings
East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
x-Pittsburgh Penguins5435163733218715220-4-215-12-17-3-0
x-Washington Capitals5233145713018115515-7-318-7-26-3-1
x-Boston Bruins5231147692715612716-6-315-8-47-2-1
x-New York Islanders5331166682714812220-3-311-13-34-4-2
New York Rangers5326216582517014514-10-312-11-35-5-0
Philadelphia Flyers5323237532015419511-12-412-11-33-6-1
New Jersey Devils531828743181401847-18-311-10-44-5-1
Buffalo Sabres541532737111341908-16-47-16-34-6-0
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
x-Vegas Golden Knights5136132743517311619-4-217-9-08-2-0
x-Colorado Avalanche5034124723417612420-4-214-8-27-3-0
x-Minnesota Wild5133144703216814019-5-114-9-38-1-1
St. Louis Blues5024197552215015510-11-414-8-36-3-1
Arizona Coyotes5322256501914116612-11-410-14-23-6-1
Los Angeles Kings502024646191331499-12-411-12-24-6-0
San Jose Sharks5220266461514218110-11-310-15-32-6-2
Anaheim Ducks531630739151171696-18-410-12-33-7-0
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
x-Toronto Maple Leafs5233136723217413616-7-317-6-35-2-3
x-Edmonton Oilers5132172663216713515-10-017-7-27-3-0
Winnipeg Jets5127213572715414511-11-216-10-12-8-0
Montreal Canadiens5124189572314814713-11-211-7-75-5-0
Calgary Flames5022253472113214412-11-110-14-26-4-0
Ottawa Senators5220275451814317812-10-48-17-17-2-1
Vancouver Canucks4719253411612315612-12-27-13-13-7-0
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
x-Carolina Hurricanes5336107793217712620-3-416-7-37-0-3
x-Florida Panthers5435145753418015218-5-317-9-28-2-0
x-Tampa Bay Lightning5235143733417213120-6-015-8-37-2-1
Nashville Predators5329222602414614916-10-013-12-26-3-1
Dallas Stars52211714561914413813-7-88-10-65-3-2
Chicago Blackhawks5322256502015117812-11-310-14-32-7-1
Detroit Red Wings5418279451611816412-11-56-16-43-4-3
Columbus Blue Jackets5316251244131261769-8-87-17-41-5-4
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot