MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Chicago White Sox 8 Chicago Cubs 6 (10)
St. Louis 4 Kansas City 2
Los Angeles Angels 4 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (10)
Tampa Bay 10 Baltimore 6
New York Yankees 3 Seattle 2 (11)
Toronto 12 Boston 4
Cleveland 6 Detroit 1
Minnesota 5 Houston 4 (11)
Oakland 4 Texas 1 (11)
Philadelphia 4 New York Mets 2
Cincinnati 10 Pittsburgh 0
Atlanta 8 Washington 4
Milwaukee 2 San Francisco 1 (10)
Colorado 14 Miami 2
Arizona 8 San Diego 5
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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 12 Iowa 8
Fort Wayne 8 Great Lakes 7 (10)
South Bend 3 Peoria 3 (suspended bottom seven)
INDIANA SRN SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 1 (homestead.com)
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK ONE
Saturday, Aug. 28
Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Wednesday, Sept. 1
UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 2
Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Friday, Sept. 3
North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Sept. 4
UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Monday, Sept. 6
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN
NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
2021 PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern/PM)
Thursday, August 12
Washington at New England, 7:30
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 13
Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00
Dallas at Arizona, 10:00
Saturday, August 14
Miami at Chicago, 1:00
Denver at Minnesota, 4:00
New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00
New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Green Bay, 8:00
Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30
Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Sunday, August 15
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00
Thursday, August 19
New England at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 20
Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00
Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00
Saturday, August 21
Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00
New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25
Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00
Atlanta at Miami, 7:00
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Dallas, 8:00
Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Denver at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 22
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30
Monday, August 23
Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00
Friday, August 27
Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00
Saturday, August 28
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00
Baltimore at Washington, 6:00
Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00
Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 29
Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00
Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00
New England at New York Giants, 6:00
Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00
RECENT HEADLINES FROM THE BIG 4
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 15:22:44 EST Seahawks sign ex-college basketball player as a tight end
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 14:47:57 EST Report: Steelers WR James Washington seeking trade
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 14:05:33 EST Ravens activate QB Lamar Jackson from COVID-19 list
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 21:44:54 EST Bills QB Josh Allen signs 6-year, $258M extension
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 13:12:45 EST Dolphins coach on Xavien Howard: ‘We don’t want to trade him’
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 20:34:53 EST Ravens CB Jimmy Smith carted off practice field
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 10:56:12 EST Titans activate LB Bud Dupree from PUP list
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 10:50:47 EST OL Zach Fulton becomes third Giants player to retire this week
Thu, 05 Aug 2021 23:23:17 EST Steelers defeat Cowboys 16-3 in Hall of Fame Game
Thu, 05 Aug 2021 22:23:24 EST Jerry Jones: Jimmy Johnson ‘will be in the Ring of Honor’
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 03:17:52 EST MLB roundup: Phillies overtake Mets, grab NL East lead
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 03:28:22 EST Indians try to continue recent dominance of Tigers
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 03:25:39 EST Faltering Red Sox face twin bill with Blue Jays
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 02:56:06 EST Reds look to keep rolling against Pirates at home
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 02:42:55 EST Rookie pitchers face off as Rays meet Orioles
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 02:44:03 EST Yankees look for more late-game heroics vs. Mariners
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 02:02:18 EST First-place Phillies hope to extend lead against Mets
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 01:06:57 EST Mookie Betts leaves Dodgers’ game with hip injury
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 02:01:46 EST D-backs rally from 5-run deficit to beat Padres
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 02:53:17 EST Angels extend Dodgers’ run of extra-innings futility
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 01:11:32 EST Kevin Durant guides Team USA to basketball gold over France
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 22:08:18 EST Lakers extend head coach Frank Vogel
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 21:29:20 EST Lakers, Wizards formally announce Russell Westbrook deal
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 20:43:48 EST Lakers announce signings of Carmelo Anthony, Kent Bazemore
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 20:22:18 EST Heat officially acquire Kyle Lowry from Raptors
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 18:00:46 EST Hawks make Trae Young’s max extension official
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 16:32:03 EST Nets’ Kevin Durant to sign four-year, $198 million extension
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 15:42:00 EST Report: Bucks acquire G Grayson Allen from Grizzlies
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 16:36:39 EST Report: Kawhi Leonard finalizing deal to re-sign with Clippers
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 14:21:53 EST Sixers sign F Georges Niang to two-year, $6.7M deal
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 21:41:07 EST Oilers sign D Darnell Nurse to 8-year, $74M extension
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 11:58:00 EST Blackhawks’ Brandon Hagel signs 3-year contract
Fri, 06 Aug 2021 12:51:58 EST Islanders D Adam Pelech agrees to eight-year contract
Thu, 05 Aug 2021 17:46:56 EST Penguins sign C Zach Aston-Reese, avoid arbitration
Thu, 05 Aug 2021 15:07:39 EST Predators sign D Dante Fabbro to 2-year, $4.8M contract
Thu, 05 Aug 2021 14:52:17 EST Devils sign veteran F Tomas Tatar to 2-year contract
Thu, 05 Aug 2021 11:34:19 EST Devils re-sign F Yegor Sharangovich to 2-year, $4M deal
Wed, 04 Aug 2021 21:42:48 EST D Victor Mete agrees on deal with Senators, avoids arbitration
Wed, 04 Aug 2021 15:14:07 EST Jets F Pierre-Luc Dubois to wear No. 80, honor late teammate
Wed, 04 Aug 2021 14:54:39 EST D Logan Stanley signs two-year deal with Jets
|World Golf Championships-FedEx St Jude Invitational|
|Aug. 5-8, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Harris English||62||65||-13 (127)||F|
|2t||Abraham Ancer||67||62||-11 (129)||F|
|2t||Cameron Smith||67||62||-11 (129)||F|
|4t||Ian Poulter||64||66||-10 (130)||F|
|4t||Sam Burns||66||64||-10 (130)||F|
|4t||Scottie Scheffler||65||65||-10 (130)||F|
|7t||Louis Oosthuizen||67||64||-9 (131)||F|
|7t||Bryson DeChambeau||65||66||-9 (131)||F|
|9t||Will Zalatoris||66||66||-8 (132)||F|
|9t||Jim Herman||64||68||-8 (132)||F|
|11t||Carlos Ortiz||64||69||-7 (133)||F|
|11t||Daniel Berger||66||67||-7 (133)||F|
|13t||Justin Thomas||67||67||-6 (134)||F|
|13t||Max Homa||66||68||-6 (134)||F|
|13t||Tony Finau||69||65||-6 (134)||F|
|13t||Paul Casey||68||66||-6 (134)||F|
|13t||Ryan Palmer||70||64||-6 (134)||F|
|13t||Dustin Johnson||69||65||-6 (134)||F|
|13t||Matthew Wolff||64||70||-6 (134)||F|
|13t||Stewart Cink||68||66||-6 (134)||F|
|21t||Billy Horschel||68||67||-5 (135)||F|
|21t||Tyrrell Hatton||67||68||-5 (135)||F|
|21t||Phil Mickelson||69||66||-5 (135)||F|
|21t||Jason Kokrak||67||68||-5 (135)||F|
|25t||Robert MacIntyre||69||67||-4 (136)||F|
|25t||Webb Simpson||71||65||-4 (136)||F|
|25t||Lee Westwood||67||69||-4 (136)||F|
|25t||Corey Conners||67||69||-4 (136)||F|
|25t||Marc Leishman||65||71||-4 (136)||F|
|30t||Aaron Rai||70||67||-3 (137)||F|
|30t||Brad Kennedy||67||70||-3 (137)||F|
|30t||Patrick Reed||68||69||-3 (137)||F|
|30t||Hideki Matsuyama||68||69||-3 (137)||F|
|30t||Shane Lowry||68||69||-3 (137)||F|
|30t||Robert Streb||71||66||-3 (137)||F|
|30t||Martin Laird||68||69||-3 (137)||F|
|30t||Matt Jones||69||68||-3 (137)||F|
|38t||Sergio Garcia||70||68||-2 (138)||F|
|38t||Garrick Higgo||68||70||-2 (138)||F|
|38t||Collin Morikawa||67||71||-2 (138)||F|
|38t||Justin Rose||69||69||-2 (138)||F|
|38t||Joaquin Niemann||70||68||-2 (138)||F|
|38t||Viktor Hovland||73||65||-2 (138)||F|
|38t||Patrick Cantlay||71||67||-2 (138)||F|
|38t||Kevin Na||67||71||-2 (138)||F|
|38t||Rory McIlroy||72||66||-2 (138)||F|
|47t||Brian Harman||70||69||-1 (139)||F|
|47t||Kevin Kisner||67||72||-1 (139)||F|
|47t||Lucas Herbert||69||70||-1 (139)||F|
|47t||Brooks Koepka||70||69||-1 (139)||F|
|47t||Tommy Fleetwood||69||70||-1 (139)||F|
|52t||Victor Perez||71||69||E (140)||F|
|52t||Cameron Davis||68||72||E (140)||F|
|52t||Ryosuke Kinoshita||74||66||E (140)||F|
|52t||Si Woo Kim||70||70||E (140)||F|
|52t||Wade Ormsby||69||71||E (140)||F|
|52t||Adam Scott||74||66||E (140)||F|
|52t||Jordan Spieth||71||69||E (140)||F|
|52t||Sungjae Im||70||70||E (140)||F|
|60t||Min Woo Lee||67||75||+2 (142)||F|
|60t||Xander Schauffele||69||73||+2 (142)||F|
|60t||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||68||74||+2 (142)||F|
|60t||Matthew Fitzpatrick||70||72||+2 (142)||F|
|64||Cameron Champ||71||72||+3 (143)||F|
|65||Lucas Glover||71||73||+4 (144)||F|
|66||Wilco Nienaber||76||72||+8 (148)||F|
TOP SPORTS NEWS:
Bills armed for future: Allen agrees on 6-year extension
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Josh Allen overcame questions about his accuracy and small-school pedigree to establish himself as the franchise quarterback the Buffalo Bills have been searching for since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired 25 years ago.
The Bills on Friday announced Allen agreed to a six-year contract extension that locks up the fourth-year starter through the 2028 season. The value of the contract has not been released, but it is expected to be the most lucrative signed by the team, and eclipsing the $100 million deal defensive end Mario Williams signed in March 2012.
The agreement with Allen comes a few days after general manager Brandon Beane said he wanted to get a deal done with the quarterback before the season or put talks off until next year so not to serve as a distraction.
The sides were in no rush. Allen was under contract through the 2022 season after the Bills in May picked up the player’s fifth-year option, worth nearly $23 million.
Allen is coming off a breakthrough season in which he set numerous franchise passing and scoring records in leading Buffalo to its first AFC East title since 1995 and deepest playoff run in 27 years. Buffalo’s season ended with a loss to Kansas City in the AFC championship game.
Allen opened training camp by saying he’s not concerned about contract talks.
“Whether it happens or it doesn’t happen, it’s not going to change my approach to be the best teammate, the best leader I can be for this team and this organization,” Allen said. “My focus is completely on the field.”
Kelly was fine with Allen breaking several of his single-season records, and could only imagine how many more might fall in the future.
“I’ll put it this way, if Josh Allen is with us for 10-plus years, he will be breaking his own records,” Kelly said last year. “I pull for him every time. … I’m like a little kid.”
Allen’s production last year continued a trend of him making significant jumps in progress since the Bills traded up five spots in the draft order to select the quarterback with the seventh pick in the 2018 draft. Allen was the third of five quarterbacks drafted in the first round in 2018, and was knocked for accuracy issues during his three seasons at Wyoming.
Flores says Dolphins don’t want to trade unhappy CB Howard
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins have no intention of trading Xavien Howard despite the All-Pro cornerback’s desire to play elsewhere.
“We don’t want to trade X,” coach Brian Flores said Friday. “Write that down. He’s a very good player. He’s a great part of the team.”
The two-time Pro Bowl selection is unhappy about his contract. Talks with Howard and his agent are ongoing.
“As long as the lines of communication are open, as long as everyone is willing to compromise, then we can get something done,” Flores said.
Howard requested a trade via Instagram on July 27, the day Dolphins reported for training camp. He signed a five-year extension in May 2019 and is signed through 2024.
“I think we’re moving in the right direction, and we’ll just continue to keep talking,” Flores said. “We want these things to happen quickly. We want them to happen right now. But some things take time, and we’ll work through it and, hopefully, come to the best resolution for all sides.”
Flores declined to say whether the Dolphins have fielded trade calls regarding Howard, who led the NFL with 10 interceptions last year. He has been sidelined in recent practices because of an ankle injury, but took part in a walk-through Friday.
Howard became the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback when he signed his $75.1 million extension, but has since fallen to sixth. Howard pointed out in his Instagram post that he is no longer the highest-paid cornerback on his own team, having been overtaken by Byron Jones, who signed an $82.5 million, five-year deal as an unrestricted free agent before the 2020 offseason.
McVay: ‘Zero chance’ Stafford ever plays in preseason for Rams
Don’t expect Matthew Stafford’s first official snap for the Los Angeles Rams to come before Week 1 of the regular season.
“There is zero chance you will ever see Matthew Stafford take a snap in the preseason for the Rams as long as I’m the coach. That will never happen,” head coach Sean McVay said on “The Doug Gottlieb Show.”
He added: “Until you tell me that if a guy gets hurt in the preseason that we’ll get those games back or they’ll add them on the schedule afterwards as, ‘Oh yeah, you get two games because you lost those guys in the preseason,’ it’s hard for me to make sense of it.”
McVay has a long history of being cautious with his top starters. The Rams have already decided to hold running back Darrell Henderson out of preseason action after losing Cam Akers to a season-ending injury.
The Rams dodged one injury scare with Stafford in training camp after the signal-caller hit his thumb on a player’s helmet. However, it was reportedly determined to be a minor ailment after X-rays came back negative.
Los Angeles opens the preseason on Aug. 14 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Report: Steelers’ Washington requests trade
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington submitted a trade request, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Washington reportedly wants out of Pittsburgh due to his lack of playing time last season and in Thursday’s Hall of Fame game.
The 2018 second-round pick produced a solid sophomore campaign in 2019, racking up 44 catches for 735 yards and three touchdowns.
But Washington’s role with the Steelers was reduced following the arrival of then-rookie Chase Claypool last year.
Washington acted as the team’s No. 4 receiver behind Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Diontae Johnson for much of the campaign and finished the season with just 392 yards.
Washington, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, played 27 snaps and failed to record a catch in Thursday’s 16-3 preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
2021 TOP NFL RUNNING BACK RANKINGS (PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS)
1. DERRICK HENRY, TENNESSEE TITANS
We debate how much running backs can truly outperform their environment, but nobody has done that more than Henry over the past two seasons. Henry has 2,758 yards after contact since the start of the 2019 season, almost 1,000 more than any other back in that span.
2. DALVIN COOK, MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Cook is the closest thing to Henry in terms of a running back outperforming expectations in the NFL. The Vikings back has earned a PFF rushing grade of 90.9 over the last two seasons, second only to Henry, but the Vikings’ offensive line has ranked 15th league-wide in PFF run-blocking grade over that same stretch. Cook is also a big-play waiting to happen — he has ripped off carries of at least 70 yards in each of the last three seasons.
3. CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY, CAROLINA PANTHERS
Arguably the most complete back in the league, McCaffrey also showed the problems with the position in today’s NFL when Carolina’s offense actually proved to be a tick more efficient when he was out of the lineup. McCaffrey has seen 388 targets in his NFL career, and he has dropped just nine of them.
4. NICK CHUBB, CLEVELAND BROWNS
There may be no better pure ball carrier in the NFL than Nick Chubb, and only a relative lack of impact in the passing game keeps him as low as No. 4 overall. The Georgia product has the best broken tackle rate in the NFL over the last two seasons, with 124 broken tackles on 488 carries.
5. ALVIN KAMARA, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Like McCaffrey, Kamara is an all-around weapon on offense for the New Orleans Saints, as he has seen 100 targets and hauled in 80 catches in every season of his career. The Saints back has averaged over 2.0 yards per route run in his NFL career.
6. AARON JONES, GREEN BAY PACKERS
Jones has never had a bad year in the NFL, with four straight seasons earning a PFF grade of at least 75.6 overall and 79.6 as a rusher. He has averaged at least 3.0 yards after contact per carry in each of the last two seasons.
7. SAQUON BARKLEY, NEW YORK GIANTS
One of the most talented backs in the league, Saquon Barkley embodies the cautionary tale of the position, with both injury and environment combining to limit his effectiveness so far at the pro level. Barkley showed what he was capable of as a rookie, but that is his only season that generated a PFF grade above 80.0.
8. CHRIS CARSON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
A throwback-style runner who plays, fittingly, in an offense with some throwback tendencies, Chris Carson is one of the hardest-running ball carriers in football. He has broken 136 tackles and averaged over 3.0 yards after contact per carry over the last three seasons.
9. JOSH JACOBS, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
Over the past two seasons, only Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb have broken more tackles on the ground than Josh Jacobs, who has been the best first-round pick the Raiders have had in a number of years.
10. KAREEM HUNT, CLEVELAND BROWNS
The Browns picking Hunt up for peanuts, given his off-field transgressions, has meant the team can field two top-10-caliber running backs simultaneously. Hunt may not be quite as good as Chubb as a ball-carrier, but he is a superior receiver and has broken 33 tackles on receptions since the start of 2019.
11. AUSTIN EKELER, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
The highest PFF receiving grade over the last two seasons belongs not to Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, or any other big-name superstar but to Austin Ekeler, whose 93.6 grade is streets ahead of the competition. Ekeler also has the most receiving touchdowns and explosive plays in that time.
12. EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, DALLAS COWBOYS
You don’t have to go back very far to find Zeke Elliott at the top of lists like these, but he is coming off a tough year in which he ground out 4.0 yards per carry with a 68.7 PFF rushing grade behind an offensive line that struggled. Elliott hasn’t looked at his best for some time now but remains a good back without many real flaws.
13. DAVID MONTGOMERY, CHICAGO BEARS
David Montgomery doesn’t have great breakaway speed — one 80-yard scamper in 2020 notwithstanding — but he does pretty much everything else well. He averaged 3.1 yards after contact per carry in 2020, earning an 82.3 PFF rushing grade in the process.
14. JOE MIXON, CINCINNATI BENGALS
An offensive line so bad that it was hazardous to Joe Burrow’s health has also been a major obstacle in the way of Joe Mixon having the kind of dominant production that his talent might deserve. Mixon has only averaged 3.9 yards per carry over the last two seasons, but 3.0 yards of that have come after contact.
15. ANTONIO GIBSON, WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM
Antonio Gibson is still just scratching the surface of what he can be at the NFL level, but he already finished with a top-five PFF rushing grade (85.3) in just his first year at this level. Gibson is an excellent ball carrier and has yet to be fully exploited as a receiving weapon, given his background playing that position in college.
16. JONATHAN TAYLOR, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
It took him a little while to get rolling, but once he did, we saw how talented Taylor was during his rookie season. The Colts back led all rookies in rushing yards, notching 15 carries of 15 or more yards and 35 carries that went for at least 10 yards.
17. MELVIN GORDON III, DENVER BRONCOS
Gordon’s 83.0 rushing grade last year was the second-best mark of his career. He generated an impressive 3.1 yards after contact per carry for the Broncos, breaking 51 tackles on 215 attempts. Gordon’s work in the passing game has been getting steadily worse over the last few seasons, however, with two straight seasons of PFF pass-blocking grades in the 40s.
18. JAMES ROBINSON, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
An undrafted rookie a year ago, James Robinson was as impressive as any rookie runner, only to now find himself facing major competition from Travis Etienne and Carlos Hyde as offseason additions. Robinson averaged 3.2 yards after contact per carry as a rookie behind an offensive line that was far from unstoppable.
19. MILES SANDERS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Sanders has been more productive than his PFF grades would suggest, though his grades have been partly dragged down by fumbles (four last season). He has impressive speed, with 14 carries of 15 or more yards since coming into the NFL to pair with an average of 3.3 yards after contact per carry.
20. NAJEE HARRIS, PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Ranking rookies is always a tough ask without any real knowledge of how they will perform at the next level. Harris is a complete back who can be a force in the passing game as well as on the ground, and he could get a huge workload as the Steelers look to justify their pick and rejuvenate their run game. Harris averaged 3.7 yards after contact per carry in college.
21. TONY POLLARD, DALLAS COWBOYS
If Pollard was sitting behind any other back, he might have already carved a far bigger role for himself. He is tied with Nick Chubb for the best broken tackle rate in the league since he was drafted (0.25) and tied with Derrick Henry for the best yards after contact per carry average (4.0).
22. DEVIN SINGLETARY, BUFFALO BILLS
Devin Singletary has been a missed-tackle-forcing machine dating back to his college career. He has 68 broken tackles on 308 carries since the start of 2019, as well as another 19 on receptions out of the backfield.
23. TRAVIS ETIENNE, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Etienne is my favorite back from the 2021 NFL draft class. His home-run ability is what you should chase in the current landscape of offense in the NFL, but his work as a receiver is what is getting all of the attention, and his potential to be used as a hybrid player makes ranking him a difficult prospect. He recorded 85 runs of 15 or more yards in college.
24. JAVONTE WILLIAMS, DENVER BRONCOS
Seventy-six broken tackles on just 157 carries this past season was by far the highest rate of any back we have recorded over a single season of college football. Williams is a powerful throwback of a running back who could be a devastating ball carrier right out of the gate.
25. RONALD JONES, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Ronald Jones produced the No. 6 PFF rushing grade last season, averaging 3.65 yards after contact per carry. Jones is an exceptional ball carrier but problematic in the passing game, where he has dropped 11% of catchable targets thrown his way in his NFL career.
26. J.K. DOBBINS, BALTIMORE RAVENS
It is tough to separate the performance of the running back from the boost he gets playing within a Baltimore Ravens offense that has QB Lamar Jackson distorting their opportunities, but J.K. Dobbins was extremely impressive in limited carries in his first year. Twenty-two of his 153 carries went for at least 10 yards.
27. NYHEIM HINES, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
One of the most fun players to watch in the NFL, Hines may never be a bell cow, but that doesn’t mean he can’t do a little bit of everything for the Colts. Hines broke 20 tackles on 95 carries this season, but he also caught 83.3% of the passes thrown his way.
28. CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
A first-round pick a season ago, Clyde Edwards-Helaire flashed ability as a rookie but didn’t dominate the way we thought he might within the Chiefs offensive scheme. Edwards-Helaire averaged 3.0 yards after contact per carry, and 23 of his carries went for at least 10 yards.
29. JAMES WHITE, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
One of the best receiving backs in the game, White trails only Christian McCaffrey and Austin Ekeler in PFF receiving grade over the past two seasons. White has 51 receiving first downs over that same period, with fewer targets than any of the three players ahead of him on that list.
30. CHASE EDMONDS, ARIZONA CARDINALS
Edmonds has been struggling for opportunities in Arizona but outperformed Kenyan Drake whenever he got the chance to. Edmonds was primarily used as the team’s receiving back, generating a passer rating of 112.9 when targeted, but he also averaged more per carry and more after contact per carry than Drake.
31. KENYAN DRAKE, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
For whatever reason, the offense in Arizona just wasn’t playing to Kenyan Drake’s strengths, even when he was healthy. A player who thrives in space was struggling to find any, averaging just 4.0 yards per carry, with 2.5 of it coming after contact. Drake still has game-breaking speed and ability but needs a better blocking situation in front of him.
32. MARK INGRAM II, HOUSTON TEXANS
Mark Ingram is getting up in age and has some real mileage under his belt. He is coming off a season in which he was effectively sidelined and reduced to the role of cheerleader in Baltimore. Still, a year before that, he averaged 3.1 yards after contact per carry and broke 40 tackles on 208 attempts.
Golden, again: US beats France 87-82 for Tokyo title
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) Nothing about the summer was easy for the U.S. men’s basketball team, and neither was the gold-medal game.
The Americans expected nothing less.
And in the end, their Olympic reign continues.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points and joined Carmelo Anthony as the only three-time men’s gold medalists in Olympic history and the U.S. held off France 87-82 on Saturday to win the title at the Tokyo Games – ending a summer that started with sputters but closed with celebration.
Durant sealed it with two free throws with 8.8 seconds left, making the outcome academic. The lead was five, France’s final possession was irrelevant, and it was over. The U.S. players gathered for a hug at midcourt, Durant, Bam Adebayo and Draymond Green wrapped themselves in American flags, U.S. coach Gregg Popovich had a long hug with his assistants and the journey was complete.
“I’m so happy for Pop, the staff, the players, the country,” said a teary-eyed USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo, who was overseeing the men’s program for a fourth and final Olympics and won gold in everyone. “It’s a great way to finish.”
Jayson Tatum added 19 points, Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday each scored 11 for the U.S. – which knew nothing but gold would make this trip a success.
“I think it’s more joy than relief, but definitely some relief,” Lillard said. “Because of the expectations that get placed on Team USA, obviously it’s going to be some relief.”
Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert each scored 16 for France, which now has four silver medals – all coming after gold-medal-game losses to the U.S. Guerschon Yabusele scored 13, Nando de Colo had 12 and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 11 for France.
“They played better,” Fournier conceded, as Popovich stopped to hug him. “They played better.”
AP Source: Leonard re-signing with LA Clippers
LOS ANGELES (AP) Kawhi Leonard will re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, even though he might miss most of the upcoming season due to a knee injury.
A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday that the two sides are still finalizing terms of the contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.
The Clippers, who reached the Western Conference finals last season, have also agreed to re-sign guard Reggie Jackson and have signed Justise Winslow.
Yahoo Sports first reported the Leonard deal. ESPN first reported Jackson and Winslow.
Despite declining his player option for next season last week, Leonard was expected to remain with the Clippers because he could sign a maximum contract worth 35% of the team’s salary cap and would be able to earn upwards of $3 million more for the upcoming season.
Leonard averaged 24.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season but he was even more dominant in the playoffs. He averaged 30.3 points and 7.7 rebounds before partially tearing the ACL in his right knee during a win over the Utah Jazz in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals on June 14.
Jackson averaged 17.8 points during the playoffs last season. Winslow has been plagued by injuries the past two seasons. He averaged 6.8 points in 26 games with Memphis last season.
Durant to sign 4-year, $198M extension with Nets
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant will sign a four-year contract extension worth $198 million with the franchise, his manager Rich Kleiman told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
He is eligible to sign the new deal Saturday.
Durant held a $42.8-million player option for 2022-23 as part of the four-year, $164.3-million contract he initially signed with Brooklyn in 2019. However, he will now forgo that option in 2022 and his new extension will kick in instead.
The 32-year-old will earn $44.1 million in the first season of the new agreement, rising to $54.7 million in 2025-26 at the end of the deal, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
Durant missed his entire first year with the Nets recovering from the Achilles tear he suffered during the 2019 Finals. He made his long-awaited team debut this past season and didn’t appear to have missed a beat, scoring 26.9 points per game while averaging 7.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, and shooting 45% on 5.4 3-point attempts per contest.
The 11-time All-Star quickly reinserted himself into the MVP conversation but eventually fell out of consideration due to games missed; Durant played in just 35 of the Nets’ 72 regular-season matchups due to COVID-19 and a hamstring strain.
All three of Brooklyn’s stars – Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden – are eligible for extensions this summer.
Nets general manager Sean Marks said in June that the trio factors significantly into the team’s plans.
“It’s probably too early to start discussing what their futures are,” Marks said at the time, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post. “Obviously, we’re committed to them. They play a big role in how we’re going to build this.”
Raptors acquire Achiuwa, Dragic in exchange for Lowry
The Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat have officially completed a sign-and-trade deal centered around six-time All-Star Kyle Lowry, the Heat announced.
Miami is sending forward Precious Achiuwa and guard Goran Dragic to Toronto in exchange for the star guard.
“Kyle Lowry is a great leader and an exceptional defender. As a point guard, he will bring important skills to run the offense, score the ball, and defend with the very best,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a team statement.
As part of the sign-and-trade pact, Lowry has agreed to a fully-guaranteed three-year, $85-million contract with Miami, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Lowry is coming off another strong season with the Raptors. The floor general averaged 17.2 points, 7.3 assists, and 5.4 rebounds in 34.8 minutes across 46 starts.
Dragic averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 assists in 50 games as the Heat’s primary sixth man, while Achiuwa posted five points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game as a rookie last campaign.
The 35-year-old is set to earn $19.4 million during the 2021-22 season. Achiuwa, 21, will earn $2.7 million this coming year before Toronto has the choice to exercise team options on his rookie contract for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 campaigns.
Lowry’s addition is the latest significant transaction in a busy offseason for Miami. The Heat’s major moves include re-signing sharpshooter Duncan Robinson and former All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, as well as reportedly adding defensive specialist P.J. Tucker on a two-year deal. The club is also expected to sign franchise star Jimmy Butler to a four-year, $184-million extension.
Allen signs 5-year, $100 million contract with Cavaliers
CLEVELAND (AP) When they traded for Jarrett Allen, the Cavaliers knew they were getting a quality player.
He quickly became much more than that.
The Cavs signed Allen to a five-year, $100 million contract on Friday, securing the 23-year-old center as one of their foundational players. Allen, who came over from Brooklyn in a midseason deal, was a restricted free agent before coming to terms with Cleveland earlier this week.
“We spent the last few years maintaining our financial and roster flexibility to put ourselves in a position to acquire and now re-sign a player of Jarrett’s caliber,” general manager Koby Altman said. “Since his arrival, Jarrett has fit seamlessly into our culture and almost instantly, he earned the respect of his coaches and teammates.
“We took another positive step forward in our pursuit of sustainable success with this signing, as we see Jarrett as an integral piece of our future moving forward.”
Allen posted career highs in points (12.8) and rebounds (10.0) in 63 games – 45 starts – for the Nets and Cavs last season. He finished among the league leaders in field-goal percentage and blocks and impressed Cleveland’s coaches with his toughness at the rim.
Allen is part of a promising core of young players with the Cavs. The team is particularly excited about the potential of playing him alongside Evan Mobley, the former USC big man taken third overall in the NBA draft by Cleveland.
“It can’t be overstated enough that the coaching staff and front office wanted me to be in Cleveland long-term,” said Allen. “We have some really talented, young and hungry players in this locker room and I can’t wait to get back on the court with them to see how far we can take this thing.”
On Feb. 1, Allen became the first player in team history with 23 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks in a game. Three weeks later, he became just the eighth player in league history to get 25 points and 15 rebounds without missing a single field-goal attempt.
Clippers to re-sign Reggie Jackson on 2-year, $22M deal
Reggie Jackson intends to return to the Los Angeles Clippers on a two-year, $22-million contract, his agents confirmed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
His contract won’t contain a team or player option in the second year, according to USA Today’s Mark Medina.
The deal is the total amount of money the Clippers could offer the free-agent guard in accordance with the league’s collective bargaining agreement, Wojnarowski notes. He was reportedly a top priority for the team this offseason.
Jackson averaged 10.7 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in 67 games for the Clippers this past season and was one of their best 3-point shooters, firing at a 43.3% clip from beyond the arc on 4.2 3-point attempts per game.
He was also instrumental in the team’s run to its first-ever conference finals appearance, registering 17.8 points per game in 19 playoff contests.
Jackson marks another significant return for the Clippers this offseason; Nicolas Batum reportedly re-signed on a two-year deal days after Serge Ibaka elected to exercise his player option for 2021-22.
Kawhi Leonard, who turned down a $36-million player option to become a free agent, will reportedly re-sign as well and is discussing contract terms with the club. The two-time Finals MVP is likely to miss a significant portion of next season after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn ACL.
Los Angeles first acquired Jackson midway through the 2019-20 season after he was bought out by the Detroit Pistons. The 31-year-old spent six years in Detroit after beginning his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Iguodala returning to Warriors on 1-year deal
Andre Iguodala is headed back to the Bay.
The 17-year veteran intends to return to the Golden State Warriors on a one-year deal, he told The New York Times’ Jonathan Abrams.
Iguodala reportedly turned down consideration from the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, opting to return to the place where he won three NBA titles in six seasons and earned the 2015 Finals MVP award. He spent the last season-and-a-half with the Miami Heat but became a free agent after the team declined his option for 2021-22.
“Who would have thought I’d have the opportunity to go back to the place where I was able to have, whatever you want to call it, legacy years, in terms of the accomplishments, winning multiple championships, the relationships that I was able to build with some of my closest friends and teammates?” he told Abrams.
“The relationship with the fans, the relationship with the Bay, the opportunity to end it here, was just something special.”
Iguodala will sign a veteran minimum contract with the Warriors, a source told Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
While he plans to sign a one-year deal at first, the 37-year-old didn’t rule out potentially extending his stay in Golden State by another season come next summer.
“I think I’ve got some more time left,” he said. “Where I’m comfortable at is I can decide when I’m ready to go. I think I want to leave with just a little bit left. I don’t want to go out on one leg. I know I’ve got a few more years. It’s just my decision whether it’s one or two or three or whatever it may be. I shouldn’t even say three. One or two.”
The one-time All-Star averaged 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in six campaigns with the Warriors. He transitioned to a bench role in his second season with the club after a decade as a starter in the NBA.
Though he averaged career-low marks in scoring and minutes during his recent stint with the Heat, the 2004 ninth overall pick still projects to be a versatile defender for Golden State, which is expected to have its championship core of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson together and fully healthy once again at some point next season.
Jalen Duren reclassifies into 2021 class, commits to Memphis
Five-star recruit Jalen Duren announced Friday that he has reclassified into the class of 2021 and committed to Memphis.
The 6-foot-10, 245-pound center was listed by ESPN as the No. 2 recruit in the 2022 class before reclassifying. Many are predicting him to be taken with a top-five pick in the 2022 draft.
Duren was also considering taking his talents to Kentucky, Miami, Australia’s NBL, and the NBA G League, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and Paul Biancardi.
The 17-year-old is set to bolster a Tigers squad still seeking its first NCAA Tournament berth under head coach Penny Hardaway.
With Duren in the fold, The Tigers now turn their attention to another five-star recruit, Emoni Bates, who also reclassified to the 2021 class and is considering attending one of Memphis, Michigan State, or Oregon next season. The G League Ignite also remains an option for Bates.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Six Home Runs Boost Indians Over I-Cubs, 12-8
DES MOINES, IOWA – Anthony Alford went 4-for-5, blasted two home runs and recorded five RBI to boost the Indianapolis Indians over the Iowa Cubs on Friday night, 12-8.
Alford started the game off with a home run over the center field wall in the top of the first inning to put the Indians (39-42) on the board, 1-0. Two innings later in the top of the third, Alford launched his second home run of the night, this time a two-run homer, over the left field fence to extend the lead to 3-0.
With one out and no one on in the fourth inning, Hunter Owen hit a home run to left field.
In the top of the fifth inning, Alford singled to left-center followed by a two-run home run from Christian Bethancourt. Then Cole Tucker walked to set up another two-run home run, this time off the bat of Michael Chavis. After loading the bases, major league rehabber Erik Gonzalez walked to score Jared Oliva. With the bases still full, Alford singled through the right side to score two more and give the Indians a 11-0 lead.
The I-Cubs (35-45) got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI double from Nick Martini and a home run from Trayce Thompson to make a dent in the Indians’ lead, 11-3.
Iowa continued to chip away at Indy’s lead in the eighth frame after Thompson hit a two-run home run over the left field fence. With two outs and the bases loaded, relief pitcher Hunter Stratton forced the ground out to end the inning.
Indy tacked on one more insurance run in the top of the ninth when Owen hit his second home run of the night to center field.
The I-Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to end the game at 12-8.
James Marvel (W, 4-3) earned the win for the Indians only giving up three runs in five innings of work. Mike Hauschild (L, 0-5) took the loss giving up four runs on seven hits.
Indianapolis and Iowa continue the series on Saturday night at 8:08 PM ET. LHP Dillon Peters (0-0, 1.50) will face off against RHP Adrian Sampson (4-4, 4.73).
Moustakas has big return, Reds easily handle Pirates 10-0
CINCINNATI (AP) Mike Moustakas went 3 for 4 with three doubles and two RBIs in his return from the injured list to spark the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-0 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
“It felt really good,” Moustakas said. “I had an opportunity to drive in runs early. It was really cool, to be out for so long and having a chance to drive in runs. It couldn’t have worked out better.”
Tucker Barnhart hit a three-run homer, Jesse Winker and Jonathan India each hit solo homers and the Reds moved within three games of the Padres for the second NL Wild Card spot.
For the sixth time this season, the Reds scored at least 10 runs for Wade Miley (9-4), who allowed only six hits through seven innings.
“That was fun watching the boys hit,” Miley said. “I hope we can do it again in five days. I try to act like it’s 0-0.”
Pirates starter JT Brubaker (4-11) owned a 1.76 ERA in three previous starts against Cincinnati, but was hit hard on Friday.
Moustakas – who came off the injured list on Friday after missing 68 games with a right heel contusion – had a two-run double in his first at-bat.
“There was a lot of good at bats in front of me,” Moustakas said. “I got a pitch to hit and didn’t miss it.”
Barnhart’s three-run blast to right capped off a seven-run first inning. It was his 50th career homer.
“It was a hit parade there in the first,” Brubaker said. “It was just, what can I do to get out of this inning as soon as possible. I just got sped up.”
Winker led off the second with his 22nd homer of the season. Moustakas doubled and scored on Kyle Farmer’s single and the Reds led 9-0 after two innings.
“It’s challenging when you put yourself in that kind of hole,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “Miley is one of the last guys you want to give that kind of lead to.”
India’s solo homer off Kyle Keller in the sixth capped the scoring. It was his fourth homer in seven games.
“A lot of good things happened,” Reds manager David Bell said. “To get Moose into it early, he got some big hits and had a nice night. It sure is nice getting our team back.”
Goodwin homers, White Sox regroup to beat Cubs 8-6 in 10
CHICAGO (AP) Brian Goodwin led off the 10th inning with a two-run homer, and the Chicago White Sox regrouped after Craig Kimbrel blew a three-run lead against his former team to beat the rebuilding crosstown Cubs 8-6 Friday at Wrigley Field.
Goodwin, who came in to run for Eloy Jimenez in the sixth, broke a 4-all tie with his drive to left-center against Manuel Rodriguez (0-2). Gavin Sheets and Tim Anderson added RBI singles to make it 8-4.
The Cubs cut it to 8-6 in the bottom half on Frank Schwindel’s two-run drive against Garrett Crochet. But the left-hander retired the next three batters.
Liam Hendriks (6-2) got four outs in relief, striking out all four. The White Sox came away with the win after losing nine of 14.
The AL Central leaders were sailing along with a 4-1 lead after Lance Lynn pitched into the seventh and Cesar Hernandez homered.
The game turned when Kimbrel came in to start the eighth. The right-hander was dealt to the South Side from the Cubs as part of a selloff that also saw Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez get traded prior to the July 30 deadline.
The eight-time All-Star gave up singles to Matt Duffy and Frank Schwindel before Andrew Romine tied it with a three-run shot to right, his first homer since he hit four for Detroit in 2017. Romine pumped his fist as he rounded the bases while fans – who haven’t had much to cheer lately – let out a loud roar.
But the Cubs still lost for the eighth time in 10 games.
Andrew Vaughn and Seby Zavala gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead in the fourth with RBI singles against Kyle Hendricks.
Hernandez, acquired from Cleveland on July 29, made it 4-1 in the eighth when he greeted Kyle Ryan with a two-run drive to left-center. The home run was his first with the White Sox after hitting 18 with the Indians.
Lynn gave up a run and four hits, struck out eight and walked two. Manager Tony La Russa let him bat with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth, only to watch as Hendricks strike him out on three pitches.
Lynn exited with a 2-0 lead after Romine led off the seventh with a bunt single. The All-Star right-hander threw 100 pitches. Michael Kopech gave up a sacrifice fly to pinch hitter David Bote with one out before Aaron Bummer retired Patrick Wisdom on a fly to right to end the threat.
Tied for the major league lead with 13 wins, Hendricks gave up two runs and seven hits. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three.
Phils win 6th straight, beat Mets to take over NL East lead
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper homered, Kyle Gibson pitched six strong innings and drove in the go-ahead run, and the streaking Philadelphia Phillies won their sixth straight game to take over first place in the NL East with a 4-2 victory over the slumping New York Mets on Friday night.
Didi Gregorius also went deep for the Phillies, who extended the longest active winning streak in the majors and moved four games above .500. They are a half-game ahead of the Mets.
“It’s so much fun to play in games that matter,” Harper said.
The Mets, who have lost seven of nine, fell out of first place for the first time since May 7. Jonathan Villar homered in the ninth for New York, which finished with five hits.
“We’re just in a little bit of a rut,” starter Marcus Stroman said. “It’s a 162-game season.”
Gibson (8-3) allowed one run and four hits with three strikeouts and four walks. The 33-year-old right-hander was acquired from Texas on July 30 and quickly has paid dividends by winning his first two starts for Philadelphia with a pair of quality outings.
“I can kind of get used to these big moments and big spots and a lot on the line,” he said. “That was a lot of fun out there.”
Stroman (7-11) gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.
There was an energized atmosphere in Philadelphia from a crowd of 30,106 that included many Mets fans who made the short trip down I-95. Loud chants of “Let’s Go Mets!” broke out in the third inning, only to be put down by a chorus of boos from the Phillies faithful.
Harper sent the home fans into a frenzy in the eighth when he followed serenades of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” by lacing a 98 mph fastball from Edwin Diaz into the bushes over the wall in straightaway center for a two-run shot. It was the 19th homer and third in four games for Harper, putting Philadelphia ahead 4-1.
“Whenever you have a fan base that does that, they make us want to be better, they make us want to be great,” Harper said. “There’s nothing better. That’s why I came here. That’s why I wanted to be a Phillie because of this fan base. It fires me up, it fires us all up. I hope they keep coming, keep showing out. It just excites me.”
Ian Kennedy, acquired with Gibson in the trade-deadline deal with the Rangers, recovered from Villar’s leadoff homer in the ninth for his 17th save and first with the Phillies.
The home crowd also did plenty of cheering in the fifth when the Phillies went ahead for good. Brad Miller led off with a towering fly that just eluded leaping right fielder Michael Conforto and bounded hard off the wall toward the infield. Conforto misplayed a ball in the outfield during New York’s 4-2 loss to the Marlins on Thursday and it appeared he could have made the catch on Miller’s fly, though it was a tough play.
After an out, Gibson laced a single past the left side of the drawn-in Mets infield for his first career RBI, putting Philadelphia up 2-1. Gibson, who pitched in the American League for his entire career until last week’s trade, entered 4 for 26 with 14 strikeouts in his nine seasons.
“What a big knock,” Harper said.
Gardner lifts Yanks over Mariners 3-2 in 11 for 4th straight
NEW YORK (AP) Brett Gardner singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning and the surging New York Yankees staged two late comebacks before beating the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Aaron Judge hit a tying sacrifice fly in the eighth and Giancarlo Stanton pulled the Yankees even again with a two-out single in the 10th. New York (60-49) has won seven of eight since the trade deadline to move a season-high 11 games over .500.
“You have to give them credit. It’s tough to beat them here in this ballpark and close them out,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “When you’re down to your final out like that, it’s a tough one to swallow.”
Relegated to a bullpen game after two starters tested positive for COVID-19 this week, the Yankees used nine pitchers – the most in franchise history for a game not played in September.
None of those pitchers went more than 1 2/3 innings, making New York the first major league team since 1900 to win in extra innings without having a pitcher throw at least two innings.
“It’s cool to see,” Stanton said. “You’ve got guys coming out in maybe uncomfortable settings for them and they came in and shoved.”
Albert Abreu (1-0) worked a scoreless 11th for his first career win.
“The mentality started yesterday. We knew it was going to be a bullpen day for us today,” Abreu said through a translator. “From yesterday the talk was that it was going to be our day, and we were going to go in there and do the best that we can.”
With one out in the 11th, the Mariners intentionally walked Rougned Odor for the second time in three innings to face light-hitting catcher Kyle Higashioka. Keynan Middleton (0-2) struck out Higashioka before Gardner, who turns 38 this month, lined a 2-2 fastball into center field to score automatic runner Joey Gallo from second base.
“It definitely felt good to be able to come through,” Gardner said. “I feel every game now kind of has that must-win atmosphere.”
It was the ninth career walk-off hit for Gardner, the longest-tenured Yankees player, and his first since July 2017.
“It’s been a little while,” he said. “Obviously, moments like this is what it’s all about.”
Hitting just .199 this season, Gardner was mobbed by teammates on the dirt between first and second after ending a game that took 4 hours, 16 minutes.
“He’s going to be so important for us moving forward,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Needless to say, he’s so revered and respected in there so I think that even makes this one a little extra special.”
Prior to the Yankees’ eighth walk-off win of the year, the clubs traded runs an inning earlier.
J.P. Crawford put Seattle ahead 2-1 with an RBI single off Chad Green in the top of the 10th. Stanton tied it in the bottom half when he fisted a soft single to right-center off reliever Erik Swanson to score Gardner.
Jordan Montgomery had been expected to start for New York before testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.
Marte’s game-winning HR in 11th pushes A’s past Rangers 4-1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Starling Marte hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics past the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Friday night.
Tony Kemp made the last out of the 10th and began the 11th at second base. After Mark Canha was hit by a pitch, Marte lined a 3-1 pitch from Jimmy Herget (0-1) over the left field fence. It was Oakland’s fourth hit of the game.
“I was honestly thinking trying to hit the ball up the middle, trying to hit it to the left of the second baseman,” Marte said through an interpreter. “Luckily I got that slider and I was able to adjust to it and hit a homer.”
It’s the A’s second straight walk-off win and their 10th overall, tying Colorado for most in the majors.
Yusmeiro Petit (8-1) retired three batters to earn the win.
Acquired from the Miami Marlins before the trade deadline, Marte also reached on a bunt single in the sixth. The A’s have won six of eight.
“His approach is something that you truly fear as a pitcher,” Oakland starter Chris Bassitt said. “He tries to hit line drives hard away with fastballs, and then if you hang something he’s definitely got the ability to put it out of the park, which we (saw) tonight.”
Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three hits for the Rangers. Texas has lost 12 straight on the road.
Oakland loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but managed only one run. Matt Olson scored on Mitch Moreland’s double play groundout.
“We should have won that game,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “Our offense needs to step up and support the pitching we were getting the whole game. They deserved better.”
Curtis Terry doubled off Bassitt in the fifth and scored on Kiner-Falefa’s two-out single to tie it at 1-all.
Duvall helps Braves beat Nats 8-4, move closer in NL East
ATLANTA (AP) Adam Duvall drove in three runs with two hits and the Atlanta Braves turned a catcher’s interference call into a three-run rally to beat the Washington Nationals 8-4 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive win.
The Braves matched their longest winning streak of the season and are one game behind NL East-leading Philadelphia, which beat the New York Mets 4-2 to move into the division lead. One day after moving over .500 for the first time this season, Atlanta is a half-game behind the Mets.
“It was a huge weight off our shoulders to finally get above .500,” said Austin Riley, who drove in two runs on two hits. “… We’ve just got to continue to play baseball the way we know we’re capable of playing. We’re right there in the hunt.”
The Nationals have lost five in a row and 12 of its last 16.
Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a two-run single in the eighth, and scored two runs.
Dansby Swanson beat out an infield single to drive in the go-ahead run in Atlanta’s three-run fifth. Austin Riley had two hits and drove in a run.
The Nationals led 3-2 with two outs in the fifth before the catcher’s interference call turned the momentum to the Braves. Jorge Soler was awarded first base after his bat hit the glove of Washington catcher Tres Barrera.
The interference call triggered a string of four consecutive Braves hits off Erick Fedde. Following an opposite-field single to left field by Freeman, Austin Riley’s single up the middle tied the game. Swanson’s infield hit to third base drove in Freeman, and Duvall’s double down the third-base line pushed the lead to 5-3.
“We just kind of felt like, just like the last couple nights, if we could keep this thing close and give the guys a chance we might be able to pull this thing off,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker.
Duvall’s two-run single in the first gave Atlanta the early lead.
Fedde (4-8) has lost four consecutive decisions since his last win on June 12. He allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings.
“When you come out of the game there and you’re thinking you threw well and your stuff was good, it’s frustrating,” Fedde said.
Atlanta rookie Kyle Muller allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings. Muller gave up only two hits but was wild, with two walks, three wild pitches and a hit batter. Edgar Santana (2-0) recorded the final out in the fifth.
Blue Jays use 9-run 5th to beat skidding Red Sox 12-4
TORONTO (AP) Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a two-run homer, Teoscar Hernandez had three hits and three RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays used a nine-run fifth inning to beat Boston 12-4 on Friday night, handing the skidding Red Sox their seventh loss in eight games.
Rookie right-hander Alek Manoah (4-1) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings to win for the third time in four starts as Toronto improved to 7-1 since returning north of the border July 30.
The Red Sox have scored five runs or fewer in 13 straight games, leaving shortstop Xander Bogaerts feeling frustrated.
“Maybe we should try harder because apparently what we’re doing right now is not enough,” Bogaerts said. “This game is about whoever is putting up more runs. It’s a really, really bad time to be playing bad right now.”
Boston has been outscored 57-22 over the past eight games.
“When it’s going bad, it’s going real bad,” Bogaerts said.
Toronto (58-49) is a season-best nine games above .500.
George Springer had two hits and drove in three runs, while Bo Bichette had two hits and an RBI for the Blue Jays, who wiped out a 2-0 deficit by sending 14 batters to the plate in the pivotal fifth. Toronto had nine hits in the inning, seven of them for extra bases.
“That was incredible,” said Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk, who scored three runs. “That was just kind of a glimpse of what this offense is capable of.”
Alejandro Kirk, Grichuk and Breyvic Valera opened the fifth with consecutive doubles off Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (9-7). Springer flied out, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was intentionally walked and Marcus Semien struck out.
Bichette followed with a tiebreaking single, Hernandez lined the first pitch he saw to center for a two-run double, and Gurriel hooked the very next pitch off the left-field foul screen, ending Eovaldi’s outing.
“It just happened so fast,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “They’re a good offensive team. Eovaldi was doing an amazing job until there. It’s a tough one.”
Gurriel’s homer was his 12th and Toronto’s 165th. The Blue Jays began the day tied with San Francisco for the major league lead.
Right-hander Hansel Robles came on and gave up a double to Kirk, then hit Grichuk with a pitch, causing the umpires to warn both benches.
Blue Jays players exchanged angry words with Robles from their dugout railing, and several players from both teams spilled onto the field during the next at-bat, but the situation did not escalate.
Grichuk said he spoke to Boston players during and after the game and was assured the pitch was accidental.
“One got away,” Grichuk said. “He was probably trying to pump up to get out of there.”
Eovaldi allowed eight hits and a season-high seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, extending his winless streak to five starts.
Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer off Toronto left-hander Ryan Borucki in the sixth, his 18th.
Nelson Cruz homers, drives 5 to help Rays beat Orioles 10-6
BALTIMORE (AP) Nelson Cruz homered and drove in five runs to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-6 on Friday night
Manuel Margot had three hits and an RBI for Tampa Bay. The Rays have won six of eight.
Cruz, who was acquired from the Twins at the trade deadline, tied it at 5 in the sixth with a three-run homer off reliever Conner Greene. With 439th career homers, Cruz tied Paul Konerko for 44th place.
“That’s why I was brought here,” Cruz said. “It definitely feels good to drive those runs in, especially in those situations.”
The Rays loaded the bases off Paul Fry (4-4) with no outs in the eighth. Dillon Tate entered and allowed a two-run double to Cruz down the left-field line. Wander Franco drove in two more runs and Margot hit another single to extend the lead to 10-5.
“This team, this group, this offense is performed really, really well,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “On the whole, we’re really pleased with all of (the players) top to bottom.”
Drew Rasmussen (1-0) picked up the win with two scoreless innings.
Pedro Severino and Austin Hays homered for the Orioles. They are 1-9 against the Rays this season.
Cedric Mullins went 1 for 5, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, and stole his 21st base. Trey Mancini had a pair of doubles, snapping an 0-for-17 skid.
“That was definitely a disappointing loss,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.
The Rays took a 2-1 lead in the second on an infield single by Kevin Kiermaier that allowed two runs to score when Orioles starter John Means was late covering first and charged with an error.
Ryan Yarbrough struggled in his last start against the Orioles, allowing six runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 6-1 loss July 19. Yarbrough ran into the same problems against Baltimore’s young lineup.
Severino hit a solo homer and Richie Martin later provided a run-scoring double that provided a 3-2 lead in the second. Hays hit another solo shot in the third.
Jorge Mateo, claimed off waivers from the Padres on Thursday, delivered a standup, run-scoring triple off Yarbrough in the fifth to extend the lead to 5-2.
Cruz, however, responded for the Rays.
“That’s why you get an impact bat like that,” Kiermaier said about Cruz. “That’s what he has done his whole career and that’s what we acquired him to do. Boy, the timing on that was absolutely perfect.”
Dodgers’ Kershaw likely sidelined until September
LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is unlikely to return to the mound until September as he continues to deal with lingering soreness in his left elbow.
The Los Angeles left-hander has been on the injured list since July 7. He said before Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels that he was too aggressive in trying to return.
The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner threw a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game at San Francisco on July 27, but didn’t bounce back as well as hoped.
“I was probably a little too impatient with my rehab. And that’s all me,” Kershaw said. “This time it’s a little different because we’re up against a calendar. We’re going to rest as long as we can to give myself a good chance to pitch in meaningful games in September and be ready to go in October.”
Manager Dave Roberts said MRI scans on Kershaw’s elbow haven’t revealed anything more serious and that it is a matter of waiting for the soreness to dissipate before Kershaw can resume throwing.
“It’s no fun. Being hurt is miserable. I really don’t enjoy it at all, especially with what’s going on here,” said Kershaw, who is 9-7 with a 3.39 ERA. “With the guys that we have coming in and the stretch run right now, I want to be a part of it so bad.”
The Dodgers (65-44) entered Friday four games behind the Giants in the NL West but leading the wild card race. Max Scherzer, who was acquired in last week’s blockbuster trade with the Washington Nationals, struck out 10 in his Dodgers debut on Wednesday against Houston while Walker Buehler is putting up numbers worthy of Cy Young consideration.
Tatis works out in center field, says he’ll be back soon
SAN DIEGO (AP) All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres spent about an hour shagging fly balls in center field Friday, leading to some intrigue about what position he’ll play when he returns from his latest shoulder injury.
Tatis smoothly covered a lot of ground, leaped to rob some teammates of batting practice home runs and threw a few balls to kids in the stands.
“A little bit cardio,” Tatis said with a laugh, “but we’ll see what happens.”
As he shagged balls, Tatis received tips from members of the coaching staff.
Asked if he was intentionally working in center field, Tatis said: “Moving out there a little bit and just see what’s going to be the best for the team.”
Tatis partially dislocated his left shoulder sliding awkwardly into third base on July 30 and was placed on the 10-day injured list the next day. It was the third time he left a game this year after partially dislocating his left shoulder and the second time he went on the IL with the injury. He also left two spring training games after injuring the shoulder.
The Padres have mentioned that surgery could be an option if Tatis’ shoulder didn’t improve during this IL stint. Tatis, eligible to return on Tuesday, said it may take a few days beyond the 10-day period, but he intends to be back.
“I’m definitely coming back this season,” said the electrifying Tatis, who’s having an MVP-caliber season.
Tatis leads the NL with 31 home runs and 23 stolen bases. He’s hitting .292 with 70 RBIs.
Tatis has wowed fans since his rookie season of 2019 with his diving plays at shortstop, his daring moves on the basepaths and his bat flips after home runs. But he’s hurt his shoulder this season while swinging the bat, diving for a ball at shortstop and sliding feet-first.
A’s outfielder Ramón Laureano suspended 80 games
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano was suspended for 80 games without pay by the commissioner’s office Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
The commissioner’s office said Laureano tested positive for Nandrolone in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension is effective immediately.
“I would never knowingly ingest any banned substance and put the game that I’ve loved all my life at risk. When I found out that I tested positive for Nandrolone, I was shocked,” Laureano said in a statement released by the players’ union.
“I take great care of my body and have an extremely regimented diet. Based on the minuscule amount that was briefly in my body, I’ve learned that it is likely that it was contamination of something I ingested.
“I have been educated about PEDs through the RBI program and Baseball Factory while growing up. I know I don’t need any of that to perform on the baseball field. All my athletic success has come from my hard work, focus and dedication to the game.”
The penalty came down just more than four hours before the A’s were to begin a weekend series at home against the Texas Rangers.
“The A’s were disappointed to learn of this suspension. We fully support MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and we will welcome Ramon back after the discipline has been served,” the A’s said in a statement.
The 27-year-old Laureano, from the Dominican Republic, is hitting .246 with 14 homers and 39 RBIs in 88 games this season.
Laureano has regularly made highlight-reel throws from center field to save runs.
Oakland, the reigning AL West champion having reached the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, is in second place behind the rival Houston Astros in the division race.
“I’d like to apologize for the distraction that this might cause my teammates, Billy Beane, David Forst, and the entire Oakland organization, community, and fan base,” Laureano said. “I am devastated. Anyone who truly knows me as a person knows how much I love the game and that I would never intentionally do something like this.”
Oilers sign defenseman Darnell Nurse to 8-year extension
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers on Friday signed defenseman Darnell Nurse to an eight-year contract extension. The deal has an average annual value of $9.25 million and will begin in the 2022-23 season.
The 26-year-old alternate captain appeared in all 56 games for the Oilers during the past pandemic-shortened season.
He had 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) and ranked second among NHL defensemen in goals. He was second among Oilers defensemen in points, assists, hits and blocked shots.
Nurse was selected seventh overall by the Oilers in the 2013 draft and has appeared in 406 games.
Harris English maintains 2-stroke lead at TPC Southwind
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Harris English shot a 5-under 65 on Friday at TPC Southwind to hold onto the lead in the FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
English withstood strong challenges from Cameron Smith and Abraham Ancer to hold the top spot at 13-under 127.
Smith had a 62 that required only 18 putts, tying a PGA Tour record for fewest putts in a round. Ancer shot a bogey-free 62, his tour-leading 14th bogey-free round of the season.
Ian Poulter (66), Scottie Scheffler (65) and Sam Burns (64) were 10 under, and Louis Oosthuizen (64) and Bryson DeChambeau (66) were 9 under. DeChambeau missed the Tokyo Olympics last week because of a positive test for COVID-19.
English opened the World Golf Championships event Thursday with a 62 to match his lowest PGA Tour score and entered the second round with a two-stroke advantage over a foursome that included Poulter.
The 2013 winner at TPC Southwind, English showed no signs of relinquishing his lead from the outset. Starting on the back nine, he rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt on the par-3 11th and added birdies at 14 and 16.
The only blemish during English’s round was a bogey on the par-4 second hole. He missed a 9-foot par putt, but recovered immediately with an eagle on the par-5 third. He hit his approach inside 5 feet and made the putt to go up by three strokes. He added another birdie at No. 8.
Two of English’s four PGA Tour victories come this season, the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January in Hawaii and the Travelers Championship in June in Connecticut. He finished third in the U.S. Open.
“This game is all about confidence and if you have confidence on your side, you just run with it,” English said. “In years past, a (bad shot) would send me into a downward spiral. Now I’m enjoying the grind of it.”
A relatively wind-free day produced an abundance of low scores. Of the top 37 on the leaderboard, 34 shot 69 or better.
With 48 of the world’s top 50 players in the 66-player field, English can’t afford to be comfortable with how the first two rounds have gone.
“You’ve got to keep the gas pedal down,” he said. “The scores are pretty low right now and you can’t let up.”
Smith, who finished 10th at the Tokyo Olympics last weekend, said he wasn’t aware of how few putts he had taken until he “adding them up” as he walked down the 17th fairway.
“I said, `That can’t be right’,” Smith said. “It was just a good day on the greens. The surfaces here are so good.”
Smith also had a bogey-free round that included an eagle on the par-5 third hole. He needed only seven putts through the first nine holes. On the back nine, he rolled in birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 16 – all inside 25 feet – and nearly added a birdie on 18, sliding his 22-foot putt just left of the cup.
Ancer used solid iron play to post his 62. Each of his eight birdie putts was inside 17 feet.
“I’m really happy with the way I stroked the ball,” he said. “My long irons were spot on.”
Dream season for Nelly Korda now includes Olympic gold medal
KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) Turns out that first major championship was just a start for Nelly Korda. Now she’s an Olympic champion and left little doubt Saturday about who’s the best in women’s golf.
Korda held her nerve during a chaotic chase for medals and a one-hour storm delay at the end, calmly taking two putts from just inside 30 feet for a one-shot victory.
The 23-year-old Korda gave the Americans a sweep of gold medals in golf. Xander Schauffele won the men’s competition last Sunday.
Jessica Korda, Nelly’s 28-year-old sister who posted a 64 for the low score of the final round, ran out to the green and the sisters hugged and shimmied in celebration.
Nelly now has won three of the last four individual tournaments.
“This is just kind of like almost legend status as a golfer, period, male or female,” Jessica said. “It’s tough to win out here and she makes it look easy, but those girls are good. So for her to be doing, it’s insane to me. This is like total GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) status to me.”
Mone Inami of Japan delivered the golf-loving host nation a silver medal, and it was nearly better than that.
Inami, given the honor of the opening tee shot on Wednesday, ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch toward the end, the last one from 8 feet on the 17th hole to tie for the lead. But her approach to the 18th plugged in the sand on the slope of a bunker. The best she could do was to blast out to 30 feet and she made bogey for a 65.
Lydia Ko of New Zealand had a 35-foot birdie putt to tie for the lead on the 18th. She left it 4 feet short and had to make that for a 65 to finish one behind.
In the playoff for the silver, Ko found a bunker off the tee on the 18th hole, had to lay up and missed a 10-foot par putt.
Ko had to settle for the bronze, after winning the silver in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro. She is the only golfer to win medals in both Olympics since golf returned after a 112-year absence.
There was nothing easy about this final round for Korda, even starting with a three-shot lead. She fell into a tie for the lead, rebuilt it to three shots early on the back nine and then closed with six pars as three players made a bold run at her.
That list include Aditi Ashok of India, at an extreme disadvantage all week with her lack of distance off the tee, some of that brought on by a bout with COVID-19 this summer. With her magic touch on the greens, Ashok stayed in the mix all day.
Her 12-foot birdie putt to keep pace with Ko burned the edge of the cup on the 17th hole, and she had a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th to stay in medal contention. That slid by the hole.
Korda finished at 17-under 267 and made two double bogeys this week.
One came on the 18th hole of the second round when she needed a birdie for a 59. Korda and her caddie did not realize the tee box was 30 yards forward, leading to the wrong play into the rough behind a tree.
The other was Saturday on the par-3 seventh when her tee shot went left into a collection area. It took Korda three chips to get onto the green, and the double bogey dropped her into a tie with Ko and Ashok.
All three birdied the par-5 eighth – Korda with a 25-foot putt that was as big as any – and Korda ran off birdies at the next two holes to restore her three-shot lead.
Inami, Ko and Ashok all whittled away until they ran out of holes and Korda was left with a gold medal, along with a future that never looked brighter.
INDY ELEVEN PREVIEW: INDY ELEVEN TRAVELS TO ATLANTA UNITED 2 FOR SECOND WEEK 16 FIXTURE
Indy Eleven at Atlanta United 2
Sunday, August 8, 2021 – 7:30 P.M. ET
Fifth Third Bank Stadium | Kennesaw, Ga.
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Radio (Spanish): N/A
In-game updates: @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers
Live stats: #ATLvIND MatchCenter on USLChampionship.com
Official Indy Eleven Watch Party Locations: Ellison Brewing Co. | Union Jack Pub
2021 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
Indy Eleven: 5W-6L-4D, 19 points, (-1 GD); 4th in Central Division
Atlanta United 2: 4W-7L-6D, 18 points, (-2 GD); 6th in Central Division
The Boys in Blue head to Fifth Third Bank Stadium this Sunday to take on Atlanta United 2 coming off the heels of a surge against FC Tulsa midweek that lifted them back into the win column, snapping a five-game winless streak in the process. After late-game heroics from forwards Gordon Wild and Peter-Lee Vassell propelled Indy to a 2-0 victory, the team will be looking to build on its first win since mid-June and first clean sheet since late May to close out the first half of the season.
Indy’s stout group defensive effort kept Tulsa from finding the back of the net, the Boys in Blue registering an eye-popping 14 clearances and 13 interceptions Wednesday evening. An impressive five-save performance – three of which occurred in the 16th minute – from goalkeeper Eric Dick helped Indy claim its first clean sheet since May 22 at Carroll Stadium against Sporting KC II.
With an extra day of rest to prepare than you’d see during a normal Wednesday-Saturday clustering, Interim Head Coach Max Rogers may have more options than usual when it comes to fresh bodies. Will he rotate the lineup some to keep legs (and minds) fresh on a hot Georgia evening? Or does he ride the XI that got the team off the schneid earlier in the week? One change we might expect to see is the return of Neveal Hackshaw to the backline, especially after his very productive cameo against FC Tulsa paid dividends on both sides of the field.
Indiana’s Team has been successful in creating chances along the wings and playing through the middle of the park this season, usually followed by a series of calculated passes; but Wednesday’s win at Tulsa presented a new tool for scoring opportunities – utilizing balls over the top. Both of Wednesday’s goals saw Wild and Vassell using their speed to create space for Hackshaw and Jeremiah Gutjahr to drop passes over the opposing defenders, the latter pair also drawing defensive pressure away from attacking lanes. If the Boys in Blue can spread Atlanta’s defense the same way they picked apart Tulsa, Indy’s offensive train may finally leave the station and charge full steam ahead after bagging only thrice in its four previous contests.
Atlanta United 2 come into Sunday’s match looking to turn around their fortunes after recording a 1W-5L-4D record in its last 10 matches, the lone win in that stretch coming against FC Tulsa on June 28. Consistency has been hard to come by for Atlanta, with players bouncing back and forth from their Major League Soccer and USL Championship rosters. ATL have had 12 different goal scorers so far this season, with midfielder and Notre Dame alum Aiden McFadden leading the charge with six of the team’s 22 tallies.
It could be argued that inconsistency has affected their defense even more, with ATL letting in 24 total goals this season, currently the ninth most across the USL Championship. While Atlanta has a favorable record at home, notching three of their four wins at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Indy will be less than intimidated thanks to a 4W-1L-2D ledger away from home. In fact, Indy’s 2.00 pts/game earned on the road ties Indiana’s Team for the highest total across the Championship alongside Birmingham and El Paso – the latter serving as the only team to defeat Indy during its travels in 2021.
USL Championship regular season: 2W-1L-2D (6 GF/4 GA)
USL Championship at home: 2W-0L-0D (3 GF/0 GA)
USL Championship on the road: 0W-1L-2D (3 GF/4 GA)
07/07/21: ATL 1:1 IND [IND: Hamilton 64’; ATL: Stanley 73’]
08/08/21: ATL v IND (7:30 p.m. ET)
09/04/21: IND v ATL (7:00 p.m. ET)
10/02/21: IND v ATL (7:00 p.m. ET)
Indy Eleven has taken at least a point from four of its five meetings against Atlanta United 2, dating back to both clubs’ USL Championship debuts in 2018. That ledger includes draws in two of three visits to suburban Atlanta, the latest a 1-1 duel on July 7 in the first of four contests in 2021. In that one, Jordan Hamilton’s opener around the hour mark was canceled out nine minutes later by ATL’s Connor Stanley, but goalkeeper Eric Dick’s seven saves in his Eleven debut helped Indiana’s Team earn a well-fought point. Following Sunday’s match, the teams will finish out their season series in the Circle City with meetings on Sept. 4 and Oct. 2.
IND PLAYER TO WATCH: MF ABOUBACAR SISSOKO
Since joining Indiana’s Team in the offseason from Canadian Premier League side HFX Wanderers, Sissoko has made seven appearances (four starts) for the Boys in Blue in his first season stateside, including his most recent start Wednesday at FC Tulsa. During his 56 minutes on the pitch, the former U-20 Mali international completed over 85% of his passes and created a chance along the way. Sissoko also provided a solid defensive effort, winning six duels, two tackles, two clearances and a lone interception.
Traditionally more of a defensive midfielder, Sissoko has been making the transition to more box-to-box play in Rogers’ system. It’s been a transition that has taken time for the young professional to adjust to, but if Wednesday is any indication Sissoko can handle the additional duties in this freer role. The 25-year-old is also a long shot threat from outside the box, meaning ‘keepers will need to keep honest when he enters the final third. While the squad could rotate going into the weekend, look for Indy to possibly stick with the man in form while in Atlanta, as Sissoko looks to emerge as a viable and reliable midfield threat for Indy.
ATL PLAYER TO WATCH: MF DARWIN MATHEUS
Having featured in all 16 games for the Five Stripes this season, Matheus is the closest thing Atlanta United 2 have to consistency. The 20-year-old came stateside over the offseason from Venezuelan Primera Divsión side Zamora, which should sound familiar as that was the former home to Eleven forward Manuel Arteaga.
In Matheus’ 16 appearances, the midfielder has two goals and assists to his name, making him one of three players on Atlanta’s roster to have registered one of each so far this season. Matheus is also fourth on the team in shots with 11 and tied for third in chances created with a total of 17. The Venezuelan represents the heart of an Atlanta attack that accounts for 22 total goals, good for a just-above-average 13th best in the league. If Atlanta’s offense is going to get going, it will likely do it through a consistently-contributing Matheus.
INDIANA FOOTBALL: Buckley Selected to Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana graduate student wide receiver Camron Buckley has been selected to the ninth annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List, it was announced at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and SPORTyler 15th Annual East Texas Kick-off Luncheon.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically, tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college.
Buckley joined the program as a transfer from Texas A&M University on May 24, 2021. He graduated with a university studies degree in Dec. 2020.
The Cedar Hill, Texas, native owns 62 receptions for 877 yards (14.1 average) and four touchdowns in 39 games (4 starts from 2017-20).
The Watch List will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to five finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans, and previous winners. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Banquet scheduled for Jan. 12, 2022.
This year’s Watch List (complete list attached) includes:
53 players from nine conferences and five independents (American, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, and Sun Belt)
Players representing Universities from 24 different states and 44 schools
Wide receivers lead the nominations with 20, followed by running backs (15), quarterbacks (10), offensive linemen (5), and tight ends (3).
A player does not have to appear on the initial Watch List to be eligible to win the award. The Watch List is made up of players nominated from their respective schools.
PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Drews, USA Volleyball to Play for Gold
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Annie Drews and Team USA advanced to the gold medal match of the Tokyo Olympics in a stunning 3-0 sweep of Serbia (25-19, 25-15, 25-23).
Team USA, which seeks its first gold medal in Olympic history, will play Brazil at 12:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 8.
Drews led the team for the third straight match with 17 points. The Elkhart, Indiana product got off to a hot start with five kills and an ace in the first set alone, before finishing the night with 12 kills on 32 swings, three aces and a pair of blocks.
The U.S. and Brazil each finished at the top of the pool standings. Brazil has remained undefeated during Olympic play, sweeping its opponents in four of its seven matches.
Purdue Track & Field and Cross Country: Bennett Named Supervisor of Operations
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue track & field and cross country coach Norbert Elliott has named Bree Bennett as the program’s supervisor of operations.
With the Boilermakers, Bennett will schedule and coordinate team travel, serve as a liaison with the athletics compliance office and oversee the student managers. Bennett also will assist the support staff, including academics, equipment, sports medicine, nutrition and communications.
“I am very pleased to have Bree Bennett join us here at Purdue University,” Elliott said. “She has a lot of experience and knowledge for being supervisor of operations, so I look forward to a good relationship with her, and I look forward to her managing the program.”
“Purdue University, as well as the Big Ten Conference, exhibits excellence in academics and athletics,” Bennett said. “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this great staff under the leadership of Coach Elliott. Boiler Up, Hammer Down and Hail Purdue, let’s get to work!”
Bennett comes to Purdue from Mississippi State, where she served as the track & field program’s director of operations since 2019. While overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program, Bennett worked in conjunction with the compliance, equipment and facilities staff. She managed the team’s travel and budget and was responsible for coordinating on-campus recruiting visits.
Additionally, Bennett hired and supervised student managers and volunteer coaches and was an integral part in hosting home meets.
From 2018-19, Bennett was a coordinator of learning services at Minnesota. Working with a variety of sports, she monitored academic coursework and grades and developed and implemented programs for student-athletes with learning challenges. Bennett also collaborated with academic counselors to develop academic success plans for student-athletes.
Bennett was the hurdles and relays coach and academic advisor at Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta from 2015-18. Her role included educating student-athletes on NCAA eligibility guidelines and monitoring the academic progress for varsity and junior varsity sports. As a coach, she planned and executed workouts and analyzed and evaluated film of training and competition with athletes.
At the University of Georgia, Bennett was a volunteer assistant coach from 2014-15. She assisted with the program’s daily operations, coordinating with equipment staff, assisting in hosting home meets and organizing the team’s annual awards banquet. Bennett also assisted the head coach with the budget and worked to promote the team’s camps and community events.
Bennett earned her associate’s degree in liberal arts from Bevill State College in 2009 and her bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University in 2011. She received a master’s in coaching and sport administration from Angelo State in 2013.
PURDUE MGOLF | Dentino, Weiler to Begin U.S. Amateur Quest
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s golfers Nick Dentino and Joe Weiler look to put a cap on their strong summers, competing in the 121st United States Amateur Championship held in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, beginning Monday.
The championship will be held at both the prestigious Oakmont Country Club and the Longue Vue Club, as 312 competitors begin a grueling week in search of becoming America’s amateur champion.
Oakmont is one of America’s greatest golf courses, having hosted nine U.S. Opens, two U.S. Women’s Opens, five U.S. Amateurs and three PGA Championships. It’s ranked No. 4 on Golf Digest’s latest version of America’s Top 100 courses and is littered with history along with 210 deep bunkers.
Competitors will play 18 holes on both Monday and Tuesday with the top 64 finishers advancing to match play beginning on Wednesday. Players will play one stroke play round on each course, while match play will be contested on Oakmont only.
Wednesday’s first round consists of 32 matches. Thursday’s action will be the second (16 matches) and third rounds (eight matches) of match play. Friday’s play will consist of the quarterfinals, the semifinals will be hosted on Saturday and the 36-hole championship match will be on Sunday. NBC, the Golf Channel and Peacock will broadcast live.
Weiler will start at 2:15 p.m. ET, off hole No. 1 at Oakmont on Monday and at 9 a.m. ET, off hole No. 10 at Longue Vue on Tuesday. Dentino will tee off at 2:35 p.m. ET, off hole No. 1 at Oakmont on Monday and at 9:20 a.m. ET, off hole No. 10 at Longue Vue on Tuesday.
Weiler has had an outstanding summer leading into his final year at Purdue. The Bloomington, Indiana, native has moved to No. 218 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (from 261 at the start of the summer) after winning the Northern Amateur, placing 12th at the Monroe Invitational, finishing 18th at the Dogwood Invitational and third at the Northeast Amateur. He placed second at last year’s Big Ten Championship and was named a PING All-Midwest Region selection for the second straight year in 2021.
Dentino has also had a strong summer, placing fourth at both the Indiana Amateur and the Indiana Open. He had an excellent freshman seasons two years ago for the Boilermakers, setting the school record for lowest stroke average by a freshman in Purdue history (73.05).
Both Weiler and Dentino were medalists at regional qualifying respectively. Weiler won by five shots at Sand Creek Golf Club on July 19, while Dentino won by one shot at The Country Club at Pepper Pike, Ohio, also on July 19.
EVANSVILLE BASKETBALL: Men’s basketball completes 2021-22 staff
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Two additions to the University of Evansville men’s basketball coaching staff have been announced by Purple Aces head coach Todd Lickliter. Ryan Combs has been elevated to the Director of Basketball Operations position while Jo Griffin joins the program as a Graduate Assistant.
Combs has worked with the UE men’s basketball team in numerous capacities over his 5+ seasons with the program while Griffin is a 2021 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College.
“We are really excited to promote Ryan while adding Jo to our staff. Ryan is a UE grad, which is a huge asset for us. He is very loyal and has an appreciation for what a University of Evansville degree means. His behind-the-scenes work is vital to our program,” Lickliter said. “Jo brings a great deal of basketball experience, but his focus for the future is strength and conditioning. This skill set was something that we thought would be a great benefit for our program.”
Ryan Combs will be entering his sixth year with the men’s basketball program and his first as Director of Operations. Prior to this season, Combs served as a student manager for the 2016-2020 seasons before being elevated to Graduate Assistant for the 2020-2021 campaign. In his first season on Coach Lickliter’s staff, the Aces saw drastic improvement from the prior season. After finishing 10thplace in 2020, the aces improved to fifth in the 2020-2021 season.
The Vincennes, Ind. native graduated from the University of Evansville in 2020 with a degree in Statistics & Data Science. Combs also attended Harlaxton College in the Spring of 2019. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Leadership at UE and will graduate in December 2021.
“I am very grateful to be a part of the University of Evansville Men’s Basketball family. As a 3rd-generation UE graduate, this institution has provided me with countless opportunities for personal and professional growth,” Combs said. “I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work under Coach Lickliter and his staff while helping our players flourish on and off the court.”
Jo Griffin will be joining the UE staff as the Graduate Assistant. He graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College in April 2021 with a degree in Exercise Science and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Leadership.
Prior to his appointment on the UE staff, Griffin spent the summer of 2021 with the Indiana Men’s Basketball Team in the weight room as a Graduate Assistant Strength Coach. As of August 2021, Griffin is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and is also a certified USA Weightlifting coach.
“It is exciting to get to work with and learn from Coach Lickliter and the amazing staff that he has assembled,” Griffin stated. “I am eager to bring my experiences and hope to make an impact both on the court and in the weight room. I am all in on the vision and culture that they are establishing and will establish come the 2021 season.”
Griffin arrives at UE following a 4-year college basketball career. From 2019 to 2021, he was a two-time team captain for the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers, which competed in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference of NCAA Division II. Prior to KWC, Griffin spent two years as a walk on for the University of Louisville and played under coaches, Rick Pitino, David Padgett, and Chris Mack. The Crestwood, Kentucky native attended South Oldham High School where he was part of the 1,000-point club and was named 2017 8th Region Player of the Year.
Mastodons Kick Off 2021 Season With Exhibition Match Against Indiana State
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team kicks off its 2021 campaign with an exhibition match on Sunday, Aug. 8 (5 p.m.) at the Hefner Soccer Complex against the Indiana State Sycamores.
Game Day Information
Who: Indiana State (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Missouri Valley Conference) at Purdue Fort Wayne (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Horizon League)
When: Sunday, August 8 | 5:00 p.m. ET
Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Series History: Indiana State leads 8-3-2
Weather: Partly Cloudy, high of 90 degrees
Scouting The Mastodons
The ‘Dons finished the 2020-21 campaign with a 3-5-1 overall record and a 2-5-1 record in the Horizon League. One of the top returners for the Mastodons is sophomore forward Rylee Vruggink, who led the team in points (9), assists (3), shots (22) and shots on goal (17). She was also tied for the team lead in goals (3) and was a Horizon League All-Freshman team honoree. Another top returner is redshirt-junior defender Gabrielle Fanning, who started eight games, was tied for second on the team in assists (2) and was a Second Team All-Horizon League honoree. Head coach Jason Burr enters his eighth season with the Mastodons.
Scouting the Sycamores
Indiana State finished the 2020-21 season with a 6-4 overall record and a 6-2 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Sycamores return three of its top offensive threats in CeCe Wahlberg, Audrey Stephens and Katie Yankey. The three combined for six goals. Wahlberg was a first team All-MVC honoree while Stephens and Yankey received All-Freshman team honors. Julie Hanley enters her sixth season as the Sycamores head coach.
Next Time Out
The ‘Dons will be back at the Hefner Soccer Complex on Saturday, Aug. 14 (7 p.m.) against Goshen College for its second and final exhibition game.
Anderson Women’s Soccer Earns United Soccer Coaches Team Ethics Silver Award for 2020-21 Year
The Anderson University women’s soccer team earned the United Soccer Coaches (USC) Team Ethics Silver award for the 2020-21 season, which was announced by the USC on Monday. Anderson received the silver merit after receiving just one card and zero red cards in nine matches for a percentage score of 11.1 percent. The USC recognized teams with platinum merit for zero cards, gold merit with a percentage score of 1-10, silver merit for a percentage score of 11-30 percent and bronze merit for a percentage score of 31-50 percent. Teams are automatically ineligible if they received a red card during the season.
Anderson Baseball Receives ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award for 2020-21 Year
The Anderson University baseball team received the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2020-21 academic year. Anderson has earned the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award four years in a row. The ABCA honors baseball teams that recorded a team GPA of at least 3.0 for the 2020-21 academic year.
Cherry Joins Anderson Baseball Staff as Assistant Coach
The Anderson University baseball program and head coach Mathew Bair have announced Brady Cherry as an assistant baseball coach.
Cherry was born and raised in Madison County. He is a graduate of Lapel High School in 2015, was the recipient of the Johnny Wilson Award, and was a three-sport standout athlete in baseball, football, and basketball. Cherry received his undergraduate degree at Ohio State University in 2019 with a degree in Sport Management. He was a 4-year letter winner in baseball, All-Big Ten selection in 2019, and was a part of Big Ten Championship teams in 2016 and 2019.
“We are very fortunate to have Brady join our coaching staff as the GA for the next two years,” Coach Mathew Bair said. “His passion for the game as well as the growth of players is obvious when talking to him. Brady has been able to excel at the game in one of the highest collegiate conferences, and we very much look forward to the impact his strengths, expertise, and experience will provide our program.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to help the AU Baseball program over the next two years,” Cherry added.
Cherry is pursuing his Master of Business Administration through Anderson University’s Falls School of Business.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1907 Senators’ hurler Walter Johnson wins his first major league game, beating the Indians, 7-2. The 19 year-old right-hander will compile a 417-279 (.599) record, along with an ERA of 2.17, during his 21-year career.
1923 Indian first baseman Frank Brower goes 6-for-6, collecting a double and five singles. The 30 year-old infielder’s offensive output helps Cleveland rout the Senators at Griffith Stadium, 22-2.
1943 The Giants tie a National League record when they leave eighteen players on base. The team strands two baserunners in each inning in their 9-6 loss to the Phillies at the Polo Grounds.
1950 At Rickwood Field, the Birmingham police bar three white players of the Chicago American Giants from playing in a Negro American League doubleheader against the Birmingham Black Barons. The local officers met Ted Radcliffe at the gate, informing the visiting manager that his ‘non-black’ players will have to watch the game from the ‘whites only’ grandstand, due to the city’s segregation laws.
1951 A crowd of 57,000 at the Orange Bowl, the largest ever to attend a minor league game, watches an ageless 51 year-old Satchel Paige hit a double and get the win when the Miami Marlins beat the Columbus Jets in International League action, 6-2.
1962 The 29-81 Mets are mathematically eliminated from finishing in first place with their 7-5 loss to Los Angeles in Chavez Ravine. After the game, New York manager Casey Stengel calls a meeting and jokes with his players that they can loosen up and relax now that they are out of the pennant race, which they promptly do, winning just eleven more games during the last two months of the season.
1963 At the Polo Grounds, Jim Hickman becomes the first Met in franchise history to hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat in the very rare natural order. The New York leadoff batter’s single in the first inning, double in the second, fourth-frame triple, and a sixth-inning solo shot all contribute to the Amazins’ 7-3 victory over St. Louis.
1968 In his major league debut, A’s Joe Keough hits a home run in his first at-bat. The rookie goes deep off Lindy McDaniel as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, tying the score at 3-to-3 in Oakland’s eventual 4-3 extra-inning victory at Yankee Stadium.
1969 At a hastily called news conference, Phillies’ manager Bob Skinner resigns, citing a lack of support from the front office in his efforts to discipline Dick Allen, the team’s temperamental superstar. The 37 year-old skipper will be replaced by his third-base coach, George Myatt, who inherits the fifth-place club with a 44-64 record.
1971 A’s southpaw Vida Blue, en route to a 24-8 record in his first full year in the major leagues, becomes a 20-game winner when he goes the distance, blanking the White Sox, 1-0. The only run of the game scores on a balk committed by Joe Horlen in the sixth inning of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum contest.
1973 After A’s owner Charlie Finley collapses due to a heart attack, an ambulance rushes him to Chicago’s Northwestern University Hospital. Oakland flourishes during the meddlesome owner’s convalescence, winning 13 of 14 games, including nine consecutive victories, to go into first place, a position they will not relinquish.
1976 One strike away from throwing a no-hitter, Steve Luebber gives up a single to Roy Howell, who advances to third base on an error in center field by Lyman Bostock. The 27 year-old right-hander will yield another hit and a run before being replaced on the mound by reliever Bill Campbell in the Twins’ 3-1 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium.
1978 Mel Allen and Red Barber become the first recipients of the Ford C. Frick Broadcasting Award. Unable to choose between the two legendary voices, both Yankee announcers are selected by the Hall of Fame voters to receive the honor which recognizes excellence among baseball broadcasters.
1982 Jim Rice climbs into the Fenway Park stands from the dugout to assist a young boy who had just been hit in the head by a savage line drive foul off the bat of Dave Stapleton. The Red Sox slugger’s quick response of picking up the four-year-old boy and running through the dugout to a waiting ambulance possibly saved the child’s life.
1983 The team honors Bobby Murcer by giving him a day at Yankee Stadium. The popular Oklahoman, who will become a long-time broadcaster for the team, played 13 seasons for the Bronx Bombers, compiling a .278 batting average while in pinstripes.
1985 A five-year agreement between the union and owners, which includes salary arbitration eligibility increasing from two to three years, ends the two-day midseason players’ strike. The season will resume tomorrow with the 25 games scheduled for yesterday and today made up later in the season.
1987 Bill Mazeroski’s uniform jersey #9 is officially retired from active service by the Pirates. The 1960 World Series hero joins Billy Meyer (1), Willie Stargell (8), Pie Traynor (20), Roberto Clemente (21), Honus Wagner (33), and Danny Murtaugh (40) to be honored by Pittsburgh in this manner.
1988 The Mariners establish a major league record with five sacrifice flies in their 12-7 victory over Oakland. Alvin Davis, Rey Quinones, Jay Buhner, Darnell Coles, and Jim Presley all drive in a run with a long fly ball out in the Oakland Coliseum contest.
1993 In his first major league appearance since being involved in a tragic accident during spring training, Indian pitcher Bobby Ojeda receives a very warm reception from the Orioles fans attending the Camden Yards contest. In March, the veteran southpaw was severely injured at Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florida in a motor boat accident that claimed the lives of two teammates, relievers Tim Crews and Steve Olin.
1999 For the second consecutive day, a major leaguer gets his 3000th hit when Wade Boggs homers in the sixth off Indian Chris Haney. The Devil Rays’ third baseman, who is the first player to reach the milestone with a home run, rounds the bases pointing skyward, blowing a kiss in memory of his mom, and gets down on his knees to kiss home plate.
1999 The Royals honor George Brett’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame with an on-field ceremony before the game against Minnesota. The former third baseman played his entire 21-year career in Kansas City, compiling a .305 lifetime batting average.
2000 The Yankees claim Jose Canseco off waivers from the Devil Rays. The 35 year-old slugger will appear in just 37 games for the Bronx Bombers, primarily as a designated hitter, hitting .247 in 111 at-bats.
2001 Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez ejects Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael from Wrigley Field when the former Chicago Bear football player is about to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch. McMichael, presently a pro wrestler, tells the crowd over the P.A. system, “he’ll have a talk with the ump” concerning a close call made by Hernandez earlier in the game bows and blows a kiss toward the ump.
2001 Black Betsy, Shoeless Joe Jackson’s 40-ounce warped hickory bat, becomes available in ten-day eBay auction. Rob Mitchell, a 30 year-old businessman, places the winning bid of $577,610, believed to be the largest amount ever paid for a baseball bat.
2001 Passing the mark of 68 established by Christy Mathewson (Giants – 1913) and Randy Jones (Padres – 1976), Braves right-hander Greg Maddux sets the NL record for consecutive innings without allowing a walk, pitching six innings without a giving up a base on balls to extend the record to 70.1 innings. The major league record is 84.1 innings without a free pass, established in 1962 by A’s sinker-slider hurler Bill Fischer.
2002 Major leaguers agree to be checked randomly for illegal steroids starting next year. The proposal, which addresses a major issue in the current contract talks, ends the players’ decades-old opposition to mandatory drug testing.
2002 After piloting the club to a 45-45 record as the interim skipper, Clint Hurdle is given a two-year contract extension by the Rockies. The club’s former hitting coach replaced Buddy Bell, who was fired by Colorado near the end of April.
2003 Albert Pujols joins Jose Canseco as the only other player in major league history to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs during his first three seasons. The Cardinals left fielder accomplished the feat with a run-scoring double in the first inning of the team’s 3-0 victory over Florida at Busch Stadium.
2003 Fireballer Eric Gagne ties the single-season record for consecutive saves to start a season, established in 1995 by Jose Mesa of the Indians. The Dodger closer strikes out the Reds’ side in the ninth inning for his 38th save this season and 46th consecutive regular-season save overall.
2004 In less than a masterful performance, Greg Maddux pitches five innings to register his 300th victory when the Cubs beat the Giants, 8-4. The 38 year-old is the 22nd pitcher to reach the plateau, and many believe he may be the last to reach this coveted milestone.
2005 In the battle of the Zambranos, the Mets’ Victor is victorious when he defeats Carlos and the Cubs at Shea Stadium, 6-1. In addition to sharing the same last name, the two unrelated Venezuelan pitchers wear the same number (38), enter the game with the same amount of career wins (41), play for teams which started the series with the same record (54-54), and both switch hit and throw right-handed.
2005 On the main concourse in left field at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of Carlton Fisk. The Hall of Fame catcher, who played for the ChiSox from 1981 to the end of his career in 1993, joins team founder Charles A. Comiskey and Cuban legend Minnie Minoso, also honored with statues in the Chicago ballpark.
2006 The Diamondbacks trade a pair of pitching prospects, Matt Chico and Garrett Mock, to the Nationals for veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez (9-8, 5.34). Washington had put the 31 year-old Cuban on waivers with the hopes of making a deal with any team, but Arizona blocked that option, trying to stay in the NL West hunt.
2007 In front of a very supportive home crowd at AT&T Park, Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader when he connects on a 3-2 pitch for #756 off southpaw Mike Bacsik of the Nationals. During the 10-minute celebration following the historic homer, a surprise video message on the scoreboard shows Hammerin’ Hank congratulating the Giants’ left fielder for breaking the 31 year-old record.
2010 Chris Young becomes the sixth major leaguer to lead off and end a game with a round-tripper, hitting a pair of solo home runs in the Diamondbacks’ 6-5 victory over the Padres at Chase Field. The Arizona center fielder connected off Clayton Richard in the first frame and hits his walk-off blast to deep left field off Luke Gregerson leading off the ninth inning.
2010 James Shields ties a major league record for dingers allowed in one game when he gives up six round-trippers in the Rays’ 17-11 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre. ‘Big Fly James’, in his four innings of work, yields homers to Aaron Hill (2), Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, Jose Bautista, and J.P. Arencibia.
2010 In a 17-11 slugfest against Tampa Bay at the Rogers Centre, J.P. Arencibia becomes the 28th player to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees as a major leaguer. The Blue Jays’ rookie catcher will also hit a double, a single, and another home run, finishing the contest just a triple shy of completing the cycle.
2014 The Mets freshman Jacob deGrom establishes a franchise mark for rookies when he throws 67.1 innings, a span of 10 games, without allowing a home run. The 26 year-old right-hander’s streak ends when Ian Desmond takes him deep in the second inning of the team’s 5-3 loss to Washington at Nationals Park.
2016 The first triple play in Petco Park history takes place in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jabari Blash, with runners on first and second, hits a grounder to Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who steps on the bag to begin 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple killing. The last triple play Philadelphia pulled off was accomplished single-handedly by Eric Bruntlett, who retired three Mets by himself in a 2009 contest at Citi Field.
2016 Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 30th major leaguer to collect 3,000 hits he legs out a seventh-inning triple in the Marlins’ 10-7 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. The 42 year-old center fielder joins Paul Molitor as the only other player to reach the milestone with a three-bagger.
2016 “Of course I think I can play baseball. You always think you have one more hit in you. That wasn’t in the cards. That was the Yankees’ decision and I’m at peace with it.” – ALEX RODRIGUEZ, announcing his retirement. At a crowded news conference, Yankee 3B/DH Alex Rodriguez announces he will play his final major league game against the Rays in the Bronx on August 12th before becoming a special adviser and instructor with the team. The 41 year-old A-Rod, currently hitting .204, will end his career with 696 home runs, fourth on the all-time list, trailing only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), and Babe Ruth (714).
2017 On his 26th birthday, Mike Trout collects his 1,000th career hit, a line-drive double into the left-field corner off Dylan Bundy in the Halos’ 6-2 loss to the Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Millville Meteor becomes the tenth American Leaguer to reach the milestone before his age-26 season.
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