NBA FINALS

Milwaukee 109 Phoenix 103 (Series even 2-2)

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Omaha 6 Indianapolis 5 (12)

Ft. Wayne 2 West Michigan 1

South Bend 8 Cedar Rapids 7

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Middleton sends Bucks past Suns to tie NBA Finals at 2-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) Khris Middleton is an All-Star with unwavering confidence in his shot, always believing that no matter how poorly he starts that he can turn things around.

“Khris has no fear and he never has,” Milwaukee guard Jrue Holiday said.

Middleton’s big shots – and throw in Giannis Antetokounmpo’s big block – may have turned around the course of these NBA Finals.

Middleton scored 40 points, including 10 straight for the Bucks down the stretch to send them past the Phoenix Suns, 109-103 on Wednesday night to tie the series 2-2.

“We wanted this bad and the team showed it tonight,” Antetokounmpo said.

Middleton’s hot hand and a big block from Antetokounmpo gave the Bucks their second straight victory in the first close game of the series.

Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. His streak of 40-point games ended at two but the only number that matters for the Bucks is on the series scoreboard.

Devin Booker scored 42 points for the Suns, but his foul trouble cost them a chance to build a big lead in the second half. Chris Paul struggled through a 5-for-13 night, finishing with 10 points and five turnovers.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Phoenix.

“This is a tough one but we’ve got to bounce back,” Paul said. “That’s why we fought all season to get home court.”

Phoenix led by two with 2 1/2 minutes left before Middleton made the next two baskets to give Milwaukee a 101-99 edge with 1:28 to play. It appeared the Suns would tie it with a lob pass to center Deandre Ayton but Antetokounmpo swooped in to block it, flexing his muscles to the crowd behind the basket as the Bucks broke the other way on the fast break.

“That’s an NBA Finals special moment right there, and we’re going to need more of them,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

Middleton missed a couple of jumpers but Paul lost the ball after the second one when he slipped and fell down while dribbling. That sent Middleton off for a layup and he followed with four free throws to make it 107-101.

“Nobody caved,” Middleton said. “We stayed with it.”

Brook Lopez had 14 points for the Bucks and Holiday added 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. He shot only 4 for 20, but his defense helped knock Paul off his game.

Before Middleton’s run, it appeared it was going to be Booker’s night. He bounced back in a big way from a 3-for-14 night in Game 3 with his third 40-point game of this postseason.

But he had to spend portions of the third and fourth quarters on the bench after picking up fouls and his teammates couldn’t handle things without him.

With the leaders of their only title team in the arena, the Bucks improved to 9-1 at home in the playoffs. They are trying to overcome a 2-0 deficit for the second time in this postseason.

The Suns never got more than two wins in their two previous trips to the NBA Finals but it seemed they were finally headed there Wednesday. Booker had a big finish to the third quarter to send them to the fourth leading 82-76, but he picked up his fifth foul barely a minute into the period and sat for about five minutes.

The Bucks trimmed only three points off the lead before he returned midway through the fourth, but Middleton made sure they surged ahead when it mattered.

“When you have that kind of lead in the fourth, if we can just hold on to the ball and get good possessions, you feel like you can at least hold it there,” Suns coach Monty Williams said.

Antetokounmpo had dominated the previous game with his offense, but the 2020 Defensive Player of the Year made his biggest mark on this game on the other end of the floor.

Perhaps sensing the pressure, both teams fumbled the ball around in the early going, diving on the floor in desperate attempts to save it. The Bucks turned what looked like lost possessions into baskets that way in the first quarter, giving them a boost while their outside shooting was off.

The Bucks, who had a big second quarter in Game 3, had another nice stretch midway through this one with an 8-0 run. That gave them a four-point lead and the margin stayed right around there, with the teams trading the lead, until Middleton’s 3-pointer made it 52-all at the break.

AP source: Beal in protocols, Tokyo Olympics status in doubt

(AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says U.S. Olympic guard Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards has entered the health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus, which raises the possibility that he might miss the Tokyo Games.

Beal will be tested multiple times in the coming days, according to the person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the player involved for USA Basketball was not revealed publicly. The results of those tests will likely determine if he remains on the roster, the person said.

“A member of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team has been placed under USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols,” the federation announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon, without identifying the player involved.

USA Basketball could still replace Beal before heading to Tokyo. The Americans picked their 12-man team last month but noted that it may change if necessary.

Players, and their family members, in Las Vegas have been tested daily during their training camp there. Many have family with them now since those loved ones will not be allowed to travel to Tokyo for the Olympics because of virus-related restrictions there. Mask-wearing has been required and many of the same rules and policies that players had to adhere to during the NBA season has carried over to the U.S. camp.

Beal has played in, and started, all three exhibitions for the U.S. so far in Las Vegas, averaging 10.3 points on 10 for 21 shooting. He has improved with each game, starting with a two-point effort in a loss to Nigeria, a 12-point effort in a loss to Australia, then scored 17 in Monday night’s win over Argentina.

This would be Beal’s first time as an Olympian, if he makes it to Tokyo. The U.S. doesn’t play a game in the Olympics until July 25 against France.

“It was easy decision for me,” Beal said after Monday’s win, appearing at a press conference without a mask – but walking into the room with one on, and placing it back on before getting up to exit the room. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of the Olympic team and be on this stage and have the opportunity to represent my country.

“Ultimately, you know, this is fun,” Beal added. “This is something you want to be a part of and you realize not every player has that opportunity or blessing to play on this team. For me, it was a no-brainer.”

Beal averaged a career-best 31.3 points this season for Washington, earning his third All-Star selection and first All-NBA nod.

Meanwhile, Tokyo reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in almost six months on Wednesday – a bad sign with the Olympics set to open in just over a week. The 1,149 new cases reported in Tokyo on Wednesday was the highest one-day total since Jan. 22, and numbers have been surging in the Olympic host city for nearly a month.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach have both pledged that the Tokyo Olympics will be “safe and secure,” amid a government-mandated state of emergency in and around much of the Tokyo area.

USA Basketball has two more exhibitions remaining, first Friday against Australia and then Sunday against Spain. The team is scheduled to fly to the Olympics on Monday.

If Beal cannot play in the remaining exhibitions, the Americans would be down to eight of their 12 players. The other three not in Las Vegas with the team – Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker – are at the NBA Finals with Milwaukee and Phoenix.

AP source: Pelicans, Green negotiating, but no deal yet

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans are negotiating with Suns assistant Willie Green about taking over as head coach, but no deal is in place and discussions could extend beyond the NBA Finals, a person familiar with the situation said.

“He has not agreed to a deal,” the person said to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing. “We are working through it and may wait until the Finals conclude.”

Should Green ultimately take the job, he’ll arrive in New Orleans at a time when pressure is rising to give young star Zion Williamson faith that he can find long-term satisfaction with the club that drafted him first overall two years ago.

Green, a former NBA player who turns 40 on July 28, would become a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years – first with Golden State and then with Phoenix, who were facing Milwaukee in Game 4 of the NBA finals on Wednesday night.

Green was a member of two NBA title-winning staffs with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018. He moved to Phoenix two seasons ago to join the staff headed by Monte Williams, who also was the head coach in New Orleans when Green played there in the 2010-11 season on a team guard Chris Paul led to the playoffs.

With the Suns, Green has been widely credited as the architect of the team’s defensive system. Phoenix had the NBA’s sixth-best defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions), while high-scoring New Orleans missed the playoffs in part because of its 23rd rated defense.

Beyond his well-regarded acumen for on-court strategy, Green appears to command respect from NBA players. He had a 12-year playing career as a combo guard with Philadelphia, New Orleans, Atlanta, the Los Angele Clippers and Orlando.

“I couldn’t imagine going through this season without having Willie here,” Paul, now starring for Phoenix, said recently. “Willie just gets it.

“He’s just always been a guy that I could talk to about anything. He pushes me,” Paul continued. “And I think for him, not only being a good player in his own right, (but also) that time he spent with the Warriors on those championship teams, there’s nothing in this league Willie hasn’t seen.”

Another person has told the AP that New Orleans also viewed Brooklyn assistant Jacques Vaughn as a leading candidate before he removed himself for consideration a couple weeks ago, and that the club has high regard for Bucks assistant Charles Lee. The person also spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the Pelicans have not publicly discussed the names of candidates to replace Stan Van Gundy, who was fired last month, just one season after replacing Alvin Gentry.

While Williamson is going on his third coach in three seasons, Green would be by far the youngest and least experienced – particularly by comparison to Gentry, 66, and Van Gundy, 61.

But it would not be the first time Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin hired a first-time coach with the expectation of quick success. Griffin was Cleveland’s vice president of basketball operations in 2016 when he gave Tyronn Lue his first head coaching job. The Cavaliers, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving leading the club on the court, won the NBA championship that season.

Report: Unseld, Ham favorites for Wizards’ coaching job

The Washington Wizards consider Denver Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham as front-runners for their head coaching vacancy, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ham’s fellow Bucks assistant, Charles Lee, is also a finalist for the job, according to Wojnarowski.

Unseld and Ham are both longtime assistants in the NBA. They’re looking to replace Scott Brooks, who Washington fired in mid-June after five seasons.

Unseld started in the NBA with the Wizards in 1997 as a personnel scout under his father, then-general manager Wes Unseld Sr. Washington promoted Unseld to assistant coach in 2005. He left the organization in 2011 and coached with the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic before spending the last six seasons with the Nuggets, where he’s received credit for orchestrating their defensive efforts.

Ham played for six teams, including the Wizards, during his career. He took his first job as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011. Ham then spent five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks before following Mike Budenholzer to Milwaukee, where he’s acted as the team’s lead assistant since 2019.

Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said in June the club is seeking a “great communicator,” and that Washington will search for that through “key performance indicators.”

“I certainly think you got to take a long, hard look at the defensive end, you got to look and see, efficiency-wise, can we be better off offensively, defensively,” Sheppard added.

The Wizards have also reportedly interviewed Philadelphia 76ers assistant Sam Cassell, and they were linked with Chauncey Billups before he took the top job with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Candace Parker to be first woman on cover of NBA 2K game

NEW YORK (AP) Candace Parker grew up playing video games, and now she’ll be the first female basketball player on the cover of one.

The Chicago Sky star will appear on the NBA 2K22 cover for the WNBA 25th Anniversary special edition when it’s released Sept. 10.

“I grew up a video game fanatic, that’s what I did, to the point where my brothers would give me the fake controller when I was younger where I think I was playing and I wasn’t,” Parker said. “All I wanted to do was just be like them. As a kid growing up, you dream of having your own shoe and dream of being in a video game. Those are an athlete as a kid’s dreams. To be able to experience that, I don’t take it lightly.”

Parker said that when she was just starting in the WNBA in 2008, she might not have appreciated it as much as she does now.

“I think when you’re young and experience these type of things, you’re onto the next thing,” she said. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really savored the moment.”

Parker joins an exclusive group of female athletes to adorn covers of sports games. Shawn Johnson was on a Gymnastics by Wii game in 2010, and Jelena Dokic was on a tennis game in the early 2000s.

“I think it’s a benchmark of women’s basketball for sure. I think most importantly it speaks to visibility and how important it is and how important the WNBA is,” Parker said. “Everyone is looking at it that it’s impacting little girls, but it’s also impacting little boys and young men and young women and men and women. I think our game is different than the NBA, now it’s embracing that fact. Now more than ever, fans want to follow the athlete. Through social media, through video games, it’s adding and benefitting the WNBA.”

The 35-year-old former MVP knows there were a lot of players who could have been the first and was humbled that she was the one they chose.

“It means a lot to me. I’m a fan of basketball. I eat, sleep and breathe basketball. I’m a historian within basketball. I am a fan of basketball. I commentate basketball. I play video games,” she said. “It was really the perfect storm because there are a lot of other people well deserving of this and I know that.”

Parker joins Luka Doncic, who was named cover athlete for the game’s regular edition, and Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who were recognized as cover athletes for the NBA 75th Anniversary Edition.

“I think it’s a signal and a sign of the momentum around our players, our players’ story,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. “Candace has been such a great representative of the league — what she does in broadcast, what she does as a mom. I just think as a role model, I get chills just standing up here talking about her on that cover.”

While the WNBA will be on an Olympic break for the next month, Parker will be busy. The two-time Olympic gold medalist will be commentating the medal rounds at the Tokyo Games.

“I had an opportunity to go earlier, for me I wanted to be with my team as long as I can,” she said. “Wanted to do both, and this was a great opportunity to me. I remember Craig Sager interviewing me and it was unbelievable. The broadcast does amplify the game. To be a part of the experience of the Olympics, I’m really excited about.”

Ogunbowale leads WNBA All-Stars over US Olympic team 93-85

LAS VEGAS (AP) Arike Ogunbowale put on a show against the U.S. national team, handing the Olympic squad a rare loss.

The game’s MVP scored 26 points to help the WNBA All-Star team beat the U.S. Olympic team 93-85 on Wednesday night.

Ogunbowale downplayed that she was trying to make a statement for not making the team headed to Tokyo next week.

“I think that shows that out of 144 players everybody’s good,” she said. “We wanted to get Team USA ready for Tokyo. They are representing all of us.”

It wasn’t a typical All-Star Game, with the teams playing hard on both ends of the court for the entire game from the start. Usually there isn’t much defense played until late in the fourth quarter.

“It was really competitive,” said 12-time All-Star Sue Bird. “Definitely not a typical All-Star game. Usually talk to players about trying to put on a good show and having a good time and hopefully the fans enjoy it. This, right from the tip, felt different. It had an intensity about it you could tell.”

The WNBA team led 75-73 midway through the fourth quarter before Ogunbowale had a four-point play to extend the advantage to six. The Olympic squad closed within 83-78 before Ogunbowale hit another 3-pointer and posed for the crowd, which included many current and former WNBA players and team owners.

The Olympic team cut its deficit to 91-85 and had a chance to get closer, but Courtney Williams blocked A’ja Wilson’s shot with 1:15 left and they could get no closer.

The Olympic team is a heavy favorite to win a seventh straight gold medal at the Tokyo Games. No team they’ll meet has nearly as much talent as the WNBA All-Star team they faced. Still, like the U.S. men’s Olympic team which lost consecutive exhibition games to Nigeria and Australia, an American loss is rare.

The U.S. squad has won 49 consecutive Olympic contests dating to 1992.

Brittney Griner scored 17 points and Breanna Stewart had 15 to lead the Olympic team, which had been 3-0 in previous games against WNBA select squads.

Both teams were missing a player. Diana Taurasi suffered a hip injury in practice a few weeks ago and missed the final three games before the Olympic break for the Mercury. She was warming up before the game, but didn’t play.

Liz Cambage also was in uniform but didn’t play. She is on Australia’s Olympic team and the Opals played Nigeria in an exhibition contest on Tuesday. They play the U.S. on Friday.

The U.S. Olympic team jumped out to an 11-4 lead and Team WNBA coaches Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson called a quick timeout – another rarity in an All-Star Game. After that early burst, neither team could build a lead of more than a few points in the first half. The WNBA All-Stars led 44-43 at the half.

Early in the second half, Candace Parker, who was left off the 2016 Olympic team after winning two gold medals with the U.S., stole the ball from Brittney Griner and scored an easy layup that gave the WNBA All-Stars a 53-48 lead – their biggest of the game to that point.

The game was tied at 66 after three quarters.

“The All-Star Game has a label where it’s a lot of offense and no defense,” Stewart said. “This was a game of All-Stars.”

Report: MLB extends Bauer’s admin leave through July 27

Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed to extend Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave by two weeks, through July 27, a source told MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

MLB initially placed Bauer on admin leave on July 2 after a woman, who accused him of sexual assault, was granted a domestic violence restraining order against him. The league and the Pasadena police department are investigating.

Bauer has repeatedly denied the allegations, and no charges have been filed. He has a formal court hearing to discuss the restraining order on July 23.

MLB and the union must both agree to extend administrative leave. Seven days is normally the maximum amount of time granted for an extension unless the sides mutually agree to a lengthier term.

Bauer, who is currently earning around $1.5 million per week, will continue to receive his salary from the Dodgers while on leave, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The 30-year-old joined Los Angeles as a free agent this past offseason.

Police: Richard Sherman tried to break into in-laws’ home

SEATTLE (AP) Former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman was arrested Wednesday after authorities said he crashed his SUV in a suburban Seattle construction zone, tried to break into his in-laws’ home, and fought with officers who used a police dog to apprehend him.

Sherman was booked into the King County jail in Seattle just after 6 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of resisting arrest, malicious mischief and residential burglary. The burglary charge is a felony that includes a domestic violence component because it was the home of relatives; Sherman did not enter the home, strike or try to strike any family members or significant other, authorities said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Sherman had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. He remained in jail Wednesday, pending an initial court hearing expected Thursday where a judge will determine if there is probable cause to believe he committed a crime.

“At this time we’re going to make no statements, except he didn’t harm anybody,” Sherman’s wife, Ashley Moss, told The Seattle Times. “My kids were not harmed in the incident. He’s a good person and this is not his character. We’re doing alright, just trying to get him out. I want people to know no one was injured.”

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., the Washington State Patrol received a 911 call from a construction crew working along State Route 520 east of Seattle. The caller reported that an apparently intoxicated driver had entered the closed construction zone. As the vehicle left the zone, it struck a barricade, sustaining significant driver-side damage, Patrol Capt. Ron Mead told a news conference Wednesday.

The car drove a short distance before it was completely disabled, Mead said.

Just before 2 a.m., Redmond police received a 911 call from the in-laws’ home, reporting that Sherman was trying to break in, said Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe.

Officers and state troopers responded and tried to calm the situation by developing a rapport with the football star, authorities said, with one state trooper telling Sherman about how, as a teenager, he worked as a valet and once parked Sherman’s car.

The tactics initially seemed to work, but Sherman’s demeanor changed when the officers informed him he was under arrest, Lowe said. He began walking away rapidly and fought as police tried to take him into custody; a K-9 officer working as backup released the dog to subdue him.

Sherman was left with minor cuts to his lower leg and treated at a hospital before being taken to the downtown Seattle jail, authorities said. An officer also had minor injuries – scrapes that did not require medical attention.

While he was at the hospital, troopers obtained a warrant for a blood draw to test for intoxicants, Mead said. Results were pending, but the patrol was recommending additional charges of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.

The NFL said in a statement about Sherman that it “investigates any incident involving law enforcement and if there is a violation of the personal conduct policy the player would be facing discipline.”

Sherman, 33, become a Seattle sports legend during seven seasons with Seahawks. The cornerback was a star in their run to a 2014 Super Bowl victory, making a game-saving play to deflect a pass in the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers.

He left the Seahawks after the 2017 season and played three seasons with San Francisco. The 33-year-old is now a free agent.

The NFL Players Association said the union was monitoring the situation.

“We were made aware of an arrest last night of one of our player leaders for an alleged domestic violence incident and have activated our domestic violence crisis protocol for the protection and support of everyone involved,” a union statement said.

Richard Sherman 911 phone call says CB threatened to commit suicide

Richard Sherman was threatening to commit suicide according to a 911 phone call.

Sherman is facing allegations for multiple crimes committed Wednesday morning. The free agent cornerback allegedly committed hit-and-run when his vehicle struck a concrete barrier. That would constitute damage to Washington state Department of Transportation property.

Sherman was also booked and charged with burglary domestic violence early in the morning. That was for an alleged break-in attempt at the home of his in-laws. During that incident, a police dog was deployed against Sherman, who allegedly resisted arrest and suffered minor injuries. A police officer also reportedly suffered minor injuries during the incident.

Prior to the incident with police, Sherman’s wife Ashley called 911 to report concerns about his behavior.

According to audio released by TMZ, his wife told the 911 dispatcher that Sherman was “drunk and belligerent and threatening to kill himself.”

“He’s being aggressive. He has sent text messages … he’s trying to leave now … he’s wrestling with my uncle. He’s threatening to kill himself. He’s sent text messages to people saying he’s going to hang himself,” Ashley Sherman told the dispatcher.

Sherman’s wife also told police that Sherman threatened to fight police if they showed up. She could be heard yelling to Richard asking him not to drive away.

Ashley Sherman said Richard drank a bottle of vodka and a bottle of Hennessey.

Sherman was being held without bail as of Wednesday morning. That is standard procedure in a domestic violence case until the person who was charged can appear in front of a judge. The five-time Pro Bowler missed 11 games last year with a calf injury.

Wife of Dwayne Haskins charged with battery for allegedly punching him

The wife of Dwayne Haskins has been charged with battery for allegedly punching him during an incident in Las Vegas, Nev.

8 News Now in Las Vegas reported on Wednesday that Gondrezick, who was identified as Haskins’ wife, is being charged with battery.

According to a police report, Haskins told police that Gondrezick punched him and chipped one of his teeth during a fight at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on July 3. A piece of a tooth was found on the floor at the hotel.

“I want her out of my room,” Haskins told a security officer at The Cosmopolitan, 8 News Now reported. “She hit me and cut my lip open.”

Earlier this week, we and other outlets published stories saying that Haskins and his girlfriend Kalabrya Gondrezick had gotten engaged. That was based off Haskins getting down on a knee to propose, and Gondrezick showing off her ring.

Apparently that information is incorrect.

Gondrezick told police the two were actually married in March and were in Las Vegas to renew their vows. They reportedly fought over plans for the evening. Gondrezick and her friends were going to a “Magic Mike” show, while Haskins and his friends were going to a nightclub, Drai’s.

Haskins was treated at the hospital for injuries.

Gondrezick posted bail and is due back in court on Aug. 3, according to 8 News Now.

Despite the physical altercation between the two, both Haskins and Gondrezick shared their relationship news publicly on July 12. They oddly presented the news as an engagement even though they reportedly were married in March.

Haskins is entering his first season with the Pittsburgh Steelers after being cut by Washington following two seasons with them. Haskins was regarded as a bust who had multiple serious issues with Washington.

Gondrezick is a former Michigan State basketball player. Her sister Kysre plays for the Indiana Fever, and her late father Grant played in the NBA.

Jags’ Meyer, Baalke subpoenaed in Iowa discrimination suit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars said Wednesday that coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke were subpoenaed as part of a lawsuit filed by lawyers for Black players suing former Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle for discrimination.

The team said Meyer and Baalke submitted a written response to the subpoena, which is seeking information about the Jaguars’ decision to hire and then fire Doyle in January.

“We respect and will cooperate with the legal process as required,” the team said. “However, the Jaguars have no information that would be relevant to the lawsuit between student-athletes and the University of Iowa.”

The federal lawsuit, filed in Iowa, accuses Hawkeyes staff of demeaning Black players with racial slurs, forcing them to abandon Black hairstyles, fashion and culture to fit the “Iowa Way” promoted by head coach Kirk Ferentz, and retaliating against them for speaking out.

The university agreed to pay Doyle $1.1 million in a resignation agreement in June 2020 after scores of former players said on social media that he had bullied and discriminated against them. Doyle has denied the allegations.

An investigation by an outside law firm found the program’s rules “perpetuated racial and culture biases and diminished the value of cultural diversity” and allowed coaches to demean players without consequence.

U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose earlier released athletic director Gary Barta and current strength coach Raimond Braithwaite as defendants. Also dismissed were allegations that Iowa created and maintained a systemic pattern and practice of unlawful race discrimination and that Ferentz failed to train and supervise his staff.

The former players were allowed to pursue claims of intentional discrimination by offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, Kirk’s son, and Doyle.

Report: Several win-now teams mulling trade for Dolphins’ Howard

Several teams “in win-now mode” are considering making a move for Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard, who is unhappy with his contract, reports NFL Network’s Mike Silver.

The 2020 All-Pro signed a five-year, $75.25-million deal in 2019. But then Howard watched the Dolphins sign Byron Jones to a five-year, $82.5-million contract prior to last season.

On the field, the two were worlds apart: Howard led the league with 10 interceptions, while Jones grabbed two picks and allowed five touchdowns and a 60% completion percentage while in coverage.

Howard wants a new deal more in line with his performance, reports Silver, who adds that the Dolphins are unlikely to restructure Howard’s contract.

It will likely take a first-round pick and the promise of a richer deal to land the 28-year-old via trade, Silver adds.

The former second-round pick has reached two Pro Bowls in his five seasons in Miami. He’s recorded 22 career interceptions.

Watchdog: FBI mishandled Nassar-USA Gymnastics abuse case

WASHINGTON (AP) The FBI made “fundamental” errors in investigating sexual abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar and did not treat the case with the “utmost seriousness,” the Justice Department’s inspector general said Wednesday. More athletes said they were molested before the the FBI swung into action.

The FBI acknowledged conduct that was “inexcusable and a discredit” to America’s premier law enforcement agency and all.

The long-awaited watchdog report raises troubling questions about how the department and the FBI handled the case and it highlights major missteps at the FBI between the time the allegations were first reported and Nassar’s arrest.

The inspector general’s investigation was spurred by allegations that the FBI failed to promptly address complaints made in 2015 against Nassar. USA Gymnastics had conducted its own internal investigation and then the organization’s then-president, Stephen Penny, reported the allegations to the FBI’s field office in Indianapolis. But it took months before the bureau opened a formal investigation.

At least 40 girls and women said they were molested over a 14-month period while the FBI was aware of other sexual abuse allegations involving Nassar. Officials at USA Gymnastics also contacted FBI officials in Los Angeles in May 2016 after eight months of inactivity from agents in Indianapolis.

The inspector general’s office found that “despite the extraordinarily serious nature” of the allegations against Nassar, FBI officials in Indianapolis did not respond with the “utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required.”

When they did respond, the report said, FBI officials made “numerous and fundamental errors” and also violated bureau policies. Among the missteps was a failure to conduct any investigative activity until more than a month after a meeting with USA Gymnastics. Agents interviewed by phone one of three athletes, but never spoke with two other gymnasts despite being told they were available to meet.

The watchdog investigation also found that when the FBI’s Indianapolis field office’s handling of the matter came under scrutiny, officials there did not take any responsibility for the missteps and gave incomplete and inaccurate information to internal FBI inquiries.

The FBI rebuked its own employees who failed to act in the case and said it “should not have happened.”

“The actions and inactions of certain FBI employees described in the Report are inexcusable and a discredit to this organization,” the agency said in a statement.

“The FBI has taken affirmative steps to ensure and has confirmed that those responsible for the misconduct and breach of trust no longer work FBI matters,” the statement said. “We will take all necessary steps to ensure that the failures of the employees outlined in the Report do not happen again.”

The inspector general interviewed an FBI supervisory special agent last September who said the original allegations reported by Penny and USA Gymnastics were “very vague” and who questioned Penny’s credibility, describing him as “kind of a snake oil salesman kind of guy.”

That special agent also told investigators that the Indianapolis field office didn’t appear to have jurisdiction to investigate because the alleged crimes did not take place in Indiana. That agent and an FBI supervisor in the office said they told Penny to contact local law enforcement – a claim contradicted by Penny and the chairman of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors.

The FBI said the supervisory special agent “violated multiple policies” and that the agency took immediate action when it learned that the agent did not properly document the sexual abuse complaints, had mishandled evidence and failed to report abuse.

The report also detailed that while the FBI was investigating the Nassar allegations, the head of the FBI’s field office in Indianapolis, W. Jay Abbott, was talking to Penny about getting a job with the Olympic Committee. He applied for the job but didn’t get it and later retired from the FBI, the report said.

Abbott also lied to investigators from the inspector general’s office multiple times in an effort “to minimize errors” made by his office in handling the case, the report found.

Nassar was ultimately charged in 2016 with federal child pornography offenses and sexual abuse charges in Michigan.

He is now serving decades in prison after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment when he worked for Michigan State and Indiana-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

The inspector general’s office said it reviewed thousands of documents and interviewed more than 60 witnesses, including several victims, their parents, prosecutors and current and former FBI employees.

The FBI’s handling of the case was strongly condemned by members of Congress, and some senators called for the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland to testify about the case.

“We are appalled by the FBI’s gross mishandling of the specific warnings its agents received about Larry Nassar’s horrific abuse years before he was finally arrested,” said Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan.

Nassar’s victims also strongly criticized the FBI for its poor handling of the investigation.

“The dozens of little girls abused after the FBI knew who Larry was and exactly what he was doing, could have and should have been saved,” tweeted Rachel Denhollander, one of the first women to publicly accuse Nassar of abuse.

John Manly, an attorney for over 150 of Nassar’s victims, said Abbott should be prosecuted and insisted that anyone responsible for missteps in the investigation should be held accountable.

“The OIG report released shocks the conscience,” Manly said. “These women and girls not only deserved to have their case thoroughly investigated but deserved the respect and full attention of those investigating their case.”

USA Gymnastics is still reeling from the fallout of the Nassar scandal six years after Penny first approached authorities. The sport’s national governing body has undergone a massive overhaul in leadership – current president Li Li Leung is the fourth person to hold the position since the 2016 Olympics – and safety protocols in hopes of providing better protection for athletes.

USA Gymnastics also remains in court as it continues mediation with dozens of Nassar survivors, though Leung hopes settlement can be reached by the end of the year.

“At the end of the day, what has happened is something that we are learning from and we’re using the past to inform how we go forward,” Leung told reporters last month.

The report came on the same day the 2021 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, a group that includes reigning world and Olympic champion and Nassar abuse survivor Simone Biles, flew to Tokyo for the Games.

Judge nullifies horse trainer Bob Baffert’s NY suspension

NEW YORK (AP) A New York federal judge on Wednesday nullified the suspension of horse trainer Bob Baffert, finding that the New York Racing Association acted unconstitutionally by failing to let him adequately respond to claims made against him after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug test.

In her written ruling, Brooklyn Judge Carol Bagley Amon said a prompt post-suspension hearing where Baffert could refute the claims was required to meet constitutional muster.

But she said the racing association “had held no hearing – let alone a prompt one.”

Attorney W. Craig Robertson III, who represented Baffert at a Monday hearing before Amon, said the ruling confirms that “following the Kentucky Derby, there was an improper rush to judgment and Mr. Baffert has been treated unfairly.”

He called Amon’s ruling “one step, in one venue, toward righting those wrongs,” and said he hoped it would lead to cooperation between the parties rather than division.

“Bob Baffert and NYRA have had a good relationship in the past. My hope is that they can get to that point again for the overall good of horse racing,” he said.

Dave O’Rourke, president of the NYRA, said in a statement the association is reviewing the court’s decision to determine its “legal options and next steps.”

O’Rourke said the association suspended Baffert to “protect the integrity of thoroughbred racing.”

Amon said she concluded that Baffert had established a likelihood he will prove the suspension violated the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

She said he also made a “strong showing” that there would be irreparable harm if the suspension was not overturned.

Amon noted that lawyers for the New York Racing Association had argued at a hearing Monday in Brooklyn that the public depends on it to ensure races are conducted in a fair and honest manner and to protect the integrity of the sport.

“That may be true, but the public has no interest in having the `integrity of the sport’ enforced by unconstitutional means,” she wrote.

On Monday, Henry Greenberg, arguing for the racing association, said the organization acted quickly because the Belmont Stakes, the third prong of horse racing’s Triple Crown, was fast approaching.

The NYRA operates Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Saratoga Race Course.

In Baffert’s lawsuit last month seeking to get the suspension lifted, the Hall of Famer contended he was suspended without “any prior notice” and was not told the duration or terms of the suspension or any New York state law or regulation he might have violated.

The suspension would have eliminated Baffert’s ability to enter horses at Saratoga, which opens Thursday.

“The 2021 Saratoga summer meet is a one-time opportunity. And given that many of the races are limited to horses of a certain age, an inability to compete in those races now means those horses will never have the chance,” the judge wrote.

“Baffert will face substantial damage to his income, client base, and reputation if he cannot enter horses at NYRA races for the indefinite future. He has already lost one prominent client and stands to lose others, and has been deprived of the ability to compete at Belmont,” she said.

‘Not bad for 55 years’: Ohio coach Frank Solich retires

(AP) — Ohio coach Frank Solich had one of the great second acts in college football history.

After a six-year stint as Tom Osborne’s replacement at Nebraska was deemed good but not good enough, Solich returned to his home state and led a downtrodden Ohio football program to 16 years of unprecedented success.

Solich announced his retirement Wednesday, stepping away from coaching after a 55-year career because of a health issue he initially thought he could work through.

Solich, 76, called his condition a “rare cardiovascular situation.”

“At first there was a little bit of denial about it, then I thought, `Well, hey, you’re feeling pretty good, despite what they’re saying, and you can keep going,'” he said on a Zoom call with reporters. “I came to my right senses pretty quickly on that end of it, and knew that our players deserved more than I was going to be able to give to them coming down the stretch here.”

Solich retires as the winningest head coach in the history of the Mid-American Conference with 115 victories. Including his time at Nebraska, his alma mater, Solich is 173-101 as a college coach.

He is stepping down less than two months before the start of the season and his 77th birthday. He was the oldest active head coach in major college football.

That distinction now goes to North Carolina’s Mack Brown, who turns 70 on Aug. 27. Alabama’s Nick Saban turns 70 on Halloween.

There will be no search for Solich’s replacement at Ohio. Offensive coordinator and associate head coach Tim Albin was promoted to head coach and received a four-year contract.

Albin has been an assistant under Solich at Ohio since 2005, directing some of the most prolific offenses in school history. He also worked under Solich at Nebraska.

“I am forever indebted to Coach Solich for all that he has offered me and taught me through the years, and I know he will always be part of our program,” Albin said.

Nebraska and Ohio were the only two schools Solich worked as a college coach. Ohio had only two winning seasons in the previous 22 before he arrived.

“I wasn’t one to just look down the road for something else. When I take over a job, I took it over with the idea I was going to build this program and make it work,” Solich said.

Ohio went to 11 bowl games under Solich after going to only two before he arrived.

“We are so grateful for all that Coach Solich has given Ohio University, and especially, to our football program,” athletic director Julie Cromer said.

All five of the Bobcats’ bowl victories came during his tenure.

“Certainly staying 16 years was not a surprise to me,” Solich said. “I just felt like it made sense.”

Ohio won division titles and reached the MAC championship game four times under Solich. The Bobcats never did break through and win their first MAC title since 1968. Solich said some of those MAC championship losses will “haunt” him.

But the Bobcats never won more consistently than they did under the Cleveland native who played fullback at Nebraska in the mid-1960s at barely 160 pounds.

Solich became a high school coach in Nebraska after his playing days and joined Osborne’s staff in 1979 in time for the program’s best stretch. He was promoted to replace the Hall of Fame coach in 1998, with the Cornhuskers coming off a three national titles in four seasons.

Solich went 58-19 with the Huskers, but after Osborne’s long stretch of lofty achievements that wasn’t enough. Solich was fired after going 9-3 in the 2003 regular season. Nebraska’s last conference championship remains the Big 12 title it won in 1999 under Solich.

“I had no chip on my shoulder,” Solich said. “When I left Nebraska I knew I was a good football coach so I had nothing to gripe about on that end of it. They went a direction they felt they needed to go. It’s turned out well for me.

“I think I’m ahead of the game,” he said. “I’ve only been fired once in this game. That’s not bad for 55 years.”

Nebraska picks Trev Alberts to serve as new Husker AD

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska hired Trev Alberts as its new athletic director Wednesday, hoping a star from the school’s glory years can restore what was once among the nation’s most dominant football programs.

Alberts, the athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, will fill the job that opened with last month’s retirement of Bill Moos. At a news conference at Memorial Stadium, an emotional Alberts alluded to his time in Lincoln and promised to work collaboratively.

“Other than my faith and my family, everything I have materially and otherwise is a result of an opportunity to be a student at the University of Nebraska,” he said. “I don’t take this responsibility lightly.”

Alberts will start his new job Monday, weeks after Moos abruptly announced his retirement. Moos, the athletic director for three years, had 18 months left on his contract.

Alberts was an All-American at Nebraska, playing from 1990 to 1993 and winning the Dick Butkus and Jack Lambert awards as the top college linebacker along the way. He was the fifth overall pick in the 1994 NFL draft but retired in 1997 after three injury-plagued seasons for the Indianapolis Colts.

He voiced support for another former Husker, football coach Scott Frost, who is off to a lackluster start in his return to Lincoln. Nebraska has posted four straight losing seasons overall and has rarely been a factor in the Big Ten race much less the national championship runs Cornhusker fans becamse accustomed to a generation ago.

Alberts pledged never to micromanage the football program, focusing instead on big-picture concerns in the department.

“I want to be helpful,” he said. “I will not call a play. I don’t tell coaches who to recruit.”

University of Nebraska President Ted Carter said Alberts has proven to be a strong leader at UNO, and his 12-year tenure there showed his longevity and commitment to the state.

“The culture of this program, as good as it’s been historically, as good as it’s been today, is going to see a whole new rebranding with Trev Alberts as our leader,” Carter said.

Alberts said his goal over the next two to three years is to expand the trust, unity and work ethic within the athletic department.

“We have to be the hardest-working athletic department in the country,” he said. “That’s something we can control.”

Alberts said it was important to establish a diverse, inclusive department and to focus on the needs of its athletes. He said the department needs to be “comfortable being uncomfortable” as college sports changes and students get new opportunities to make money off their fame and celebrity.

Alberts has had to make tough decisions before, including his move to cut UNO’s football and wrestling programs. Alberts, who turns 51 next month, also worked at ESPN before becoming UNO’s athletic director in 2009.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green said Alberts stood out from a field of more than 25 applicants, both internally and from around the country.

“Trev knows what it means to put everything you’ve got into competition and to succeed at the highest level,” Green said.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Season Extended: MLB and MiLB Add 10-Game “Final Stretch” to Triple-A Schedule

(INDIANS RELEASE)

INDIANAPOLIS – Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball today announced that all Triple-A

teams will play an additional 10 games called the “Triple-A Final Stretch,” with the season now ending

Sunday, Oct. 3. The Indianapolis Indians will play at Werner Park against the Omaha Storm Chasers

(Sept. 22-26) before returning to Victory Field to play the Nashville Sounds (Sept. 29-Oct. 3).

“We are thrilled to add five home games to our 2021 schedule as we play into October for the first time in over 70 years,” said Randy Lewandowski, Indianapolis Indians President and General Manager. “The

‘Triple-A Final Stretch’ gives our players, fans and organization added excitement to finish this season on

a high note while carrying momentum into the offseason to prepare for our 2022 campaign.”

The Triple-A East regular season champion will be named based on the best overall winning percentage

through the originally scheduled 120-game regular season that concludes Sunday, Sept. 19. The 10-

game “Triple-A Final Stretch” replaces the traditional postseason format for 2021 and makes all 30 Triple-A teams eligible for postseason glory. The “Triple-A Final Stretch” champion will be named based on the best overall winning percentage in the 10 additional games. In the event two or more teams tie, criteria to determine a “Triple-A Final Stretch” champion is listed below:

• Best regular season winning percentage.

• Regular season head-to-head record (if three or more clubs are tied, the best winning percentage

in games among the clubs).

• Best regular season winning percentage over the final 20 games.

• Best regular season winning percentage over the final 21 games, etc.

MLB will award a prize to the winner of the “Triple-A Final Stretch.”

The Oct. 3 end date will mark the latest finish to a season for the Indians since 1949. That year,

Indianapolis finished second in the regular season with a 93-61 record and went on to beat Minneapolis

and Milwaukee (4 games to 3 in both series) to win the American Association title before topping Montreal (4 games to 2) in the Junior World Series. The Junior World Series clincher was played on Oct. 8.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Indians Drop Back-And-Forth 12-Inning Battle

(INDIANS RELEASE)

INDIANAPOLIS – Following a four-hour marathon at Victory Field on Wednesday night, the Omaha Storm Chasers emerged victorious over the Indianapolis Indians, 6-5, in 12 innings.

Anthony Alford, in his second game back from nursing a wrist injury, lined a solo home run over the left field wall to put the Indians on the board in the bottom of the first. They held the 1-0 lead until the top of the fifth when Jimmy Govern launched a 446-foot home run to left field to tie the game.

Omaha (38-22) took a short-lived 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning. Edward Olivares walked with one out and came around to score on a single off the bat of the Triple-A East RBI leader Ryan McBroom.

Taylor Davis led off the Indians half of the eighth with a walk, and an error by Olivares fielding a Dee Strange-Gordon double allowed Davis to race home for the game-tying run. Strange-Gordon was later plated on a wild pitch to give the Indians another lead at 3-2.

Joe Jacques retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth, but a walk to Rudy Martin, stolen base and two-out, two-strike single by Lucius Fox tied the game, 3-3. The Indians stranded the winning run in scoring position in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings. With neither team plating the automatic runner in the first two extra frames, Omaha broke through in the 12th with three runs (two earned) off Matt Eckelman (L, 0-4).

The Indians (30-30) didn’t go quietly, collecting three consecutive singles to open the bottom of the 12th to trim the deficit back to one at 6-5. Back-to-back strikeouts by Domingo Tapia (S, 2) and a long flyout to the warning track in right field off the bat of Christian Bethancourt ended the game.

Tyler Zuber (W, 1-1) pitched a hitless 11th frame with just one walk and a strikeout to earn the win.

The Indians and Storm Chasers will face off again on Thursday night at 7:05 PM ET. RHP Max Kranick (1-2, 6.04) will face off against LHP Daniel Lynch (4-3, 6.38).

2021 COLLEGE FOOTBALL CAPSULE: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

HEAD COACH: Ryan Day

RECORD AT SCHOOL: 23 – 2

CAREER RECORD: 23 – 2

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Kevin Wilson

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Kerry Coombs

RETURNING STARTERS:

OFFENSE: 7

DEFENSE: 4

KEY RETURNING PLAYERS:

WR Chris Olave

OT Thayer Munford

DT Haskell Garrett

KEY LOSSES:

QB Justin Fields

RB Trey Sermon

CB Shaun Wade

2020 RESULTS:

Nebraska 52 – 17

At Penn State 38 – 25

Rutgers 49 – 27

Indiana 42 – 35

Michigan State 52 – 12

Northwestern 22 – 11

Clemson 49 – 28

Alabama 24 – 52

2021 SCHEDULE:

September 2 at Minnesota

September 11 Oregon

September 18 Tulsa

September 20 Akron

October 2 at Rutgers

October 9 Maryland

October 23 Indiana

October 30 Penn State

November 6 that Nebraska

November 13 Purdue

November 20 Michigan State

November 27 at Michigan

2020 BIG TEN RANKINGS:

OFFENSE:

SCORING: 41.0 (1)

RUSHING: 259.9 (1)

PASSING: 262.5 (3)

TOTAL OFFENSE: 519.4 (1)

DEFENSE:

SCORING: 25.8 (5)

RUSHING: 97.6 (2)

PASSING: 304.0 (14).

TOTAL DEFENSE: 401.6 (9)

TURNOVER MARGIN: +10

FIELD POSITION:

OFFENSE: 30.4

DEFENSE: 24.9

EFFICIENCY:

OFFENSE: 52.3%

DEFENSE: 44.2%

EXPLOSIVENESS:

OFFENSE: 7.3

DEFENSE: 5.9

FINISHING DRIVES:

OFFENSE 4.7

DEFENSE 4.6

ADJUSTED TURNOVER MARGIN:

PROJECTED: 4.0

ACTUAL: 8

2020 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS:

PASSING: Justin Fields, 150 incompletions – 225 attempts – 2,100 yards – 22TD – 6INT

RUSHING: Trey Sermon, 116 attempts – 870 yards – 7.5 average – 4TD

RECEIVING: Chris Olave, 50 receptions – 729 yards – 14.6 average – 7TD

TACKLES: Pete Werner, 54

SACKS: Jonathan Cooper, 3.5

INTERCEPTIONS: Shaun Wade 2

WHAT THE SCOUTS ARE SAYING:

Ohio State is loaded again this season and should be motivated by the loss to Alabama in the national championship game. The Buckeyes may have more talent than anybody in the country except Alabama. They arguably are the most talented team in the Big Ten.

If Ohio State is to compete with Alabama and Clemson on the national stage this season, they will have to replace quarterback Justin Fields. They don’t need to trick other teams in what they are doing they just simply do it better with better players. RB Master Teague will be used frequently early on till quarterback CJ Stroud gets acclimated to the offense. On defense, Ohio State produces nightmares for opposing offenses. The front controls the game. The secondary can fly around and disrupt any passing game in the country.

Look for Ohio State to make another strong run to the championship game this season.

FINAL ANALYSIS:

Ohio State will rely on a freshman at quarterback and that will produce several question marks for the Buckeyes early. CJ Stroud is as talented of a freshman Ohio State is had in many years. Jack Miller III is another redshirt freshman with tremendous talent, but neither have thrown a pass in the college football game. Another highly recruited freshman, Kyle McCord, a five – star recruit is another possibility. Fields completed more than 70% of his passes and averaged over 9 yards per attempt and those numbers will be hard to duplicate.

Ohio State’s success will begin on the offensive line with two of the best in the country in OT Thayer Munford and OT Nicholas Petit-Frere. Center Josh Myers and guard Wyatt Davis will be hard to replace, but Ohio State will have quality people inside including Paris Johnson, Junior.

The running game is in good hands with Master Teague III returning after averaging 4.9 yards per carry and eight touchdowns.

The receiving corp is loaded with the top three receivers back, including Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and Jameson Williams.

On defense: Ohio State returns only for starters, but they are poor, very quality players. DT Haskell Garrett along with DE Tyreke Smith will provide the Buckeyes two future NFL players to work around.

The secondary had its troubles last season, but one must remember Ohio State forced opponents to throw more because they trailed from the beginning.

Ohio State lost all three starters, it linebacker and so there are questions in the middle of this unit on whether it can flourish this season.

Ohio State will have some early battles to overcome, including the opener at Minnesota on September 2 and the home opener September 11 against Oregon. If the Buckeyes can navigate and avoid an early upset, they will be in the College football playoff and seeking a national championship this season.

TOP INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL QB’S RETURNING (STATS) THIS SEASON

PASSING YARDS

Carson Clark –  Fort Wayne Bishop Luers                               3,592

Christian Johnson –  Parke Heritage                                         2,905

Jeff Becker –  FW Carroll                                                               2,581    

Brady Allen –  Gibson Southern                                                 2,556    

Angel Nelson –  Merrillville                                                         2,348

Garrett Yoon –  Lawrenceburg                                                   2,252

Riley Palmeter –  Edinburgh                                                        2,235

Brennan Stow –  Lapel                                                                   2,226

Nicholas Patterson –  Mooresville                                            2,212

Clark Barrett –  Lafayette Central Catholic                             2,145

Carson Parmer –  North Decatur                                                2,128

Maximus Webster –  Westfield                                                 2,023

Houston Swan –  Eastern Hancock                                            2,005    

J’uan Swanson – Ben Davis                                                          1,913

Gehrig Slunaker –  Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                               1,889

Kale Payne –  Danville                                                                   1,874

PASSING YARDS PER GAME

Christian Johnson – Parke Heritage                                           363.1

Jeff Becker – FW Carroll                                                                 258.1

Carson Clark – Fort Wayne Luers                                               239.5

Clark Barrett – Lafayette Central Catholic                               238.3

Brady Allen – Gibson Southern                                                    232.4

Angel Nelson – Merrillville                                                           213.5

Riley Palmeter – Edinburgh                                                          223.5

Houston Swan – Eastern Hancock                                              200.5

Brennan Stow – Lapel                                                                     185.5

Nicholas Patterson – Mooresville                                              158.0

Kale Payne -Danville                                                                      156.2

Maximus Webster – Westfield                                                    155.6

J’uan Swanson – Ben Davis                                                           147.2    

Rowdy Adams – Sullivan                                                               149.8

Gehrig Slunaker – Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                                145.3

COMPLETIONS

Carson Clark – Fort Wayne Bishop Luers                                 242

Brady Allen – Gibson Southern                                                   200

Jeff Becker – FW Carroll                                                                158

Alan Karrfalt – Covington                                                              158

Clark Barrett -Lafayette Central Catholic                                155

Christian Johnson – Parke Heritage                                           152

Garrett Yoon – Lawrenceburg                                                     152

Nicholas Patterson – Mooresville                                              150

Kale Payne – Danville                                                                     145

Gehrig Slunaker -Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                                144

J’uan Swanson – Ben Davis                                                           139

Rowdy Adams – Sullivan                                                               136

Riley Palmeter –Edinburgh                                                          135

Brennan Stow – Lapel                                                                   134

Houston Swan – Eastern Hancock                                             133

Maximus Webster – Westfield                                                    127

Angel Nelson -Merrillville                                                            125

Aidan Leffler – Roncalli                                                                 125

Carson Parmer – North Decatur                                                123

PASS PERCENTAGE

Christian Johnson – Parke Heritage                                           .700

Kale Payne -Danville                                                                      .687

Maximus Webster – Westfield                                                    .668

Alan Karrfalt – Covington                                                              .667       

Angel Nelson – Merrillville                                                           .648

Aidan Leffler – Roncalli                                                                 .648

Garrett Yoon -Lawrenceburg                                                       .626

Rowdy Adams – Sullivan                                                                .624

Tayven Jackson – Center Grove                                                   .621                       

Carson Clark – Fort Wayne Luers                                                .619       

Jeff Becker – FW Carroll                                                                 .608

Nicholas Patterson – Mooresville                                              .593

Gehrig Slunaker – Mt. Vernon (Fortville)                                .585       

J’uan Swanson – Ben Davis                                                            .577       

Houston Swan – Eastern Hancock                                              .573

Riley Palmeter -Edinburgh                                                            .562       

Brady Allen -Gibson Southern                                                    .551

Carson Parmer – North Decatur                                                  .542

Brennan Stow – Lapel                                                                     .536

Clark Barrett -Lafayette Central Catholic                                .529       

TOUCHDOWNS

Carson Clark – Fort Wayne Bishop Luers                                38

Christian Johnson – Parke Heritage                                           38

Jeff Becker – FW Carroll                                                                33          

Brady Allen – Gibson Southern                                                   31

Riley Palmeter – Edinburgh                                                          29

Carson Parmer – North Decatur                                                 27          

Garrett Yoon – Lawrenceburg                                                      27

Maximus Webster – Westfield                                                    27

Kale Payne – Danville                                                                     27

Angel Nelson – Merrillville                                                           24

Houston Swan – Eastern Hancock                                             24

Aidan Leffler – Roncalli                                                                  24

Brennan Stow -Lapel                                                                      23

Nicholas Patterson – Mooresville                                              21

QB RATING (8 GAMES PLAYED)

Christian Johnson – Parke Heritage                                           146.4    

Maximus Webster – Westfield                                                    135.2

Angel Nelson – Merrillville                                                           129.1    

Aidan Leffler -Roncalli                                                                    121.8

Jeff Becker FW Carroll                                                                    119.2    

Kale Payne -Danville                                                                      118.2

Garrett Yoon – Lawrenceburg                                                      114.4

Tayven Jackson – Center                                                               113.7    

Carson Clark – Fort Wayne Bishop                                             112.6

Nicholas Patterson – Mooresville                                              107.4

Riley Palmeter – Edinburgh                                                          101.3    

Carson Parmer -North Decatur                                                   103.9    

Alan Karrfalt -Covington                                                               103.4    

Houston Swan – Eastern Hancock                                              102.4    

TOP TIER INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS NEXT SEASON

Jalen Washington 6’10 Senior C Gary West….Offers include Indiana, Purdue, Alabama, DePaul, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Penn State, Stanford.

Jalen Hooks 6’7 Junior F  Crispus Attucks

D’Ante Davis 6’7 Senior F Warren Central (Louisville)

CJ Gunn 6’4 Senior G Lawrence North (Indiana)

Fletcher Loyer 6’5 Senior G Homestead (Purdue)

Braden Smith 5’11 Senior G Westfield (Purdue)

Reggie Bass 6’4” Senior G Indy Tech (Illinois)

Leland Walker 6’0 Senior G North Central…Offers include Providence, Xavier,Ball State, Florida International, Little Rock, Middle Tennessee, Winthrop.

Tayshawn Comer 6’2 Senior G Cathedral….Offers from Ball State, IUPUI, Belmont, Miami (Ohio), Purdue Fort Wayne, Toledo.

Will Loving-Watts 6’5  Senior F Jeffersonville…Offers include Bradley and Wichita State.

Julian Norris 6’3 Senior G Evansville Bosse…Offers include Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee, Murray State and Southern Indiana.

Pete Suder 6’5 Senior G Carmel…Offers include Bellarmine, Bryant, IUPUI, New Orleans, Robert Morris, Stetson, Toledo, Western Michigan.

Xavier Booker 6’10 Junior F Cathedral

Brauntae Johnson 6’3 Sophomore G Ft. Wayne North

DJ Allen 6’7 Senior C Leo

Nick Richart 6’9 Senior C  Zionsville

Connor Essegian 6’3 Senior F Central Noble…Offers include IUPUI, Indiana Wesleyan, Purdue Fort Wayne, Southern Indiana, Belmont, Furman, Lipscomb, Western Michigan.

Ryan Conwell 6’1 Senior G Pike…Offers include Bethel, Huntington, Indiana Wesleyan and Marian.

Brandon Razor-Moore 6’3 Senior G Jeffersonville

Jaxon Edwards 6’6 Senior F Cathedral…..Offers include IUPUI and Eastern Illinois.

Aaron Humphrey 6’7  Senior F Tindley

JJ Louden 6’5 Senior G Pike…..Offers include IUPUI

Branden Northern 6’0 Senior G Silver Creek….Offers include Alabama A&M.

Billy Smith 6’6 Senior F Brebeuf

Charlie Williams 6’10 Senior C Carmel…Offers include Florida Atlantic and Youngstown State.

Travis Grayson 5’10 Senior G Chesterton

Jalen Jackson 6’2 Senior G Ft. Wayne Carroll….Offers include Purdue Fort Wayne, IUPUI, Cedarville, Grand Valley State and Northwood.

Tucker Biven 6’1 Senior G New Albany

Cade Brenner 6’0 Junior G Northwood

Darrion Brooks 6’4 Junior F New Haven

Markus Burton 5’10 Junior G Penn

Wesley Celichowski 6’11 Senior C Floyd Central

Jermaine Coleman 6’7 Junior F  Park Tudor

Joey Hart 6’3 Junior G Linton-Stockton

Jamie Hodges 5’9 Junior G Michigan City

Logan Imes 6’4 Junior G Zionsville

Tayven Jackson 6’3 Senior G Center Grove

Armon Jarrard 6’2 Senior G Mt. Vernon…..Offers include Bethel, Huntington, Indiana Wesleyan and Marian.

Christian Johnson 6’0 Junior G Park Heritage

Hunter Johnson 6’2 Senior G South Decatur

Randy Kelley 5’10 Senior G Sullivan

Hagen Knepp 6’3 Senior G Barr-Reeve

Isaiah Davis 6’9” Senior Zionsville….Offers include Cedarville, Cornerstone, Huntington, Indiana Tech, Lee, Missouri Western, Trinity Christian

Christian Nunn 6’2 Senior G Liberty Christian

Jayden Pinkston 6’4 Junior G  Tindley

Joe Reidy 6’5 Senior F Woodlan

JaQualon Roberts 6’5 Junior F Bloomington North

Jeff Simmons 6’6 Senior F Fishers….Football offers include Indiana, Cincinnati, Rutgers

Kyle Thomas 6’2 Senior G Cloverdale

Dayveon Turner 6’0 Senior G Indianapolis Tech….Offers include VMI

Jackson Ullom 5’9 Senior G Monroe Central

Jacob Vogel 6’8 Senior C Jennings Co.

Matt Wagner 6’1 Senior G Evansville Bosse

Caleb Washington 6’4 Junior F Floyd Central

Ashton Williamson 6’2 Junior G Gary Calumet

Issac Andrews 6’1 Sophomore G Wapahani

Matt Spears 6’7” Senior F Indianapolis Tech….Offers include Tulane

IUPUI ATHLETICS: WOMEN’S AND MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SQUAD REVEALS 2021 SCHEDULE

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INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s cross country team announced its schedule on Wednesday (July 14) and will compete exclusively in Indiana and Illinois during the 2021 campaign. Head coach Antonio McDaniel’s team will run six times inside state lines, including three meets at nearby Northview Church in Carmel, site of the 2021 Horizon League Championships.

The slate will open with the Butler Twilight on Sept. 3 and will be followed by the Sept. 10 Jaguar Invitational, both at Northview. From there, IUPUI will compete in either the Ball State Invitational on Sept. 17 or McNichols Invitational on Sept. 18. From there, McDaniel’s squad will trek north to the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1 and cap the regular season at the Bradley ‘Pink’ Classic on Oct. 15.

The Jags will then participate in the Horizon League Championships at Northview on Oct. 30 and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships at Angel Mounds in Evansville, Ind., on Nov. 12.

McDaniel’s team put up a strong third-place finish at last year’s Horizon League Championships and boasts an exciting sophomore core for this coming season. Sophomore Hannah Sale was tenth at the HL Championships, earning second team all-league honors last season. Behind her, Makenna Sunbury just missed an all-league berth and the Jags also return sophomores Sophie Reichard, Ellie Cates and Madison Fry and senior Alexandra Schwartz from last year’s championship lineup. 

INDIANAPOLIS – Riding back-to-back Horizon League titles, the IUPUI men’s cross country team looks to continue to ascend in the Great Lakes Region this season and announced its 2021 schedule on Wednesday (July 14). The Jaguars will run seven of their eight meets inside the state of Indiana, including four meets at Northview Church in Carmel.

Head coach Chuck Koeppen’s squad will open with back-to-back meets at Northview by participating in the Butler Twilight (Sept. 3) and then hosting the Jaguar Invitational (Sept. 10) at the same site. The Jaguar Invitational will feature a collection of Midwest squads and will serve as a preview of the Horizon League Championships later in the season.

From there, the Jags are slated to run the McNichols Invitational in Terre Haute and then compete against a stout field at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1. The latter half of the season will begin at the Bradley ‘Pink’ Classic on Oct. 15 and a final tune-up at Northview at the Oct. 22 Bulldog Invitational.

IUPUI will once again host the Horizon League Championships at Northview on Oct. 30 and then turn attention to the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals in Evansville on Nov. 12.

The Jags will return their full lineup from last year’s Horizon League Championship squad in league Freshman of the Year Mitchell Gits and fellow first team all-league performers Alex Ratkovich and Nick Perkins. In addition, returns Nate Kaiser, Brennan Butche and Eric Petersen all earned second team all-league honors last season. The Jags put up a stellar 34-point effort at that meet and won by 47 points over second-place Youngstown State.

PURDUE SOCCER: Alumna Ena Sabanagic Signs Pro Contract

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue soccer alumna Ena Sabanagic has signed a professional contract with HK in Kópavogur, Iceland.

The club plays in Iceland’s Women’s Champions League.

A midfielder from Hanover Park, Illinois, Sabanagic graduated from Purdue in May, 2020, with a degree in selling & sales management. She was a four-year letterwinner and earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades as a sophomore in 2017.

Sabanagic played in 61 career matches with four starts as a Boilermaker. She scored five goals, had one assist and registered 42 shots and 19 shots on goal in 1,730 minutes. Sabanagic netted two game-winning goals, both against top-25 foes. The first came in a 2-1 victory against No. 24 Louisville in 2018, while the second was at top-seeded and No. 7-ranked Wisconsin in a 1-0 triumph at the 2019 Big Ten Tournament.

Prior to signing with HK, Sabanagic played for the Chicago Kics of United Women’s Soccer.

RHIT Volleyball – Dahlberg Named CoSIDA Academic All-American

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Katryna Dahlberg captured third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, in results released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Dahlberg earned the sixth CoSIDA Academic All-American award in Fightin’ Engineer volleyball history.  She also becomes the second player from Rose-Hulman’s 2018 NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament team to earn Academic All-American honors, joining 2019 graduate Bailey MacInnis.

Dahlberg was one of just 21 players selected Academic All-American in volleyball for 2020-21.  She was named the HCAC Defensive Volleyball Player of the Year twice, first-team all-conference three times, and was the 2018 HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.  She was a member of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament team and graduates ranked No. 3 in school history with 1,752 career digs.

Her career stats also include 118 career service aces.  Dahlberg was a 6-time conference Defensive Player of the week and set a single-match school record with 54 digs against Eureka in 2019.

In the classroom, the biomedical engineering major completed the 2020-21 season with a 3.95 grade point average.

Dahlberg was also the 2021 women’s winner of the Rose-Hulman Ruel Fox Burns Blanket, signifying her placement as the top female athlete in this year’s graduating class as voted by the coaching staff.

Rose-Hulman ranks No. 1 nationally among NCAA Division III institutions and No. 6 among all United States colleges by having a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 35 consecutive calendar years.  The Dahlberg award increases Rose-Hulman’s cumulative total of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans to 139, a number that ranks in the top 10 nationally in NCAA Division III.

ANDERSON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS: Men’s Lacrosse Summer Prospect Camp Set for July 31

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The Anderson University men’s lacrosse Summer Prospect Camp has been set for July 31.

The camp is offered for grades 10-12 and provides an opportunity to spend the day with the Anderson men’s lacrosse team. Participants will receive a campus tour, visit with admissions, enjoy a meal in the Marketplace and take part in a practice session.

Players must provide their own equipment; cleats and a mouthpiece are required. Registration is $85 and spots are limited by position. Additional meals for up to three family members can be reserved when a player registers.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: French Named Taylor’s Female Athlete of the Year

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UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor French added one more honor to her historic 2020-2021 senior campaign with the Taylor women’s golf program, being named the Taylor Female Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

The award is designed to recognize TU’s top female student-athlete among freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors based on athletic accomplishments throughout the current year. Athletes are nominated for the award by their head coach and voted on by members of the TU Athletics Department.

“Taylor has been such a joy to coach during her time at TU,” said head women’s and men’s golf coach Cameron Andry. “She is an incredible player who has that special ability to bring her best in the biggest moments, but just as impactful for our program has been her willingness to love and serve her teammates well. Taylor’s competitive spirit provided a crucial spark for our team and she was instrumental in leading our team to the greatest season in Taylor women’s golf program history.”

French was a key cog for the Trojans throughout their run to a fourth-straight Crossroads League Championship and a historic runner-up finish at the NAIA National Championships this season. The O’Fallon, Missouri native won the Crossroads League Individual Championship in dominant fashion with a seven-shot lead, before taking 10th place at the NAIA National Championships.

French received plenty of honors after finishing top-10 in 13 events this season and closing the year with six-straight top-five showings, before taking 10th at Nationals. In addition to setting TU’s single-round scoring record with a four-under 68 in the second round of the CL Championship, French was named an All-Crossroads League and NAIA Second-Team All-American standout.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Helmuth Named Taylor’s Male Athlete of the Year

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UPLAND, Ind. – Following a record-setting season that was highlighted by a fifth-place individual finish during Taylor’s first-ever Men’s Cross Country National Championship, Alex Helmuth has been named the Taylor Male Athlete of the Year.

The award is designed to recognize TU’s top male student-athlete among freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors based on athletic accomplishments throughout the current year. Athletes are nominated for the award by their head coach and voted on by members of the TU Athletics Department.

“Alex has had an outstanding year,” stated head men’s and women’s cross country coach Quinn White. “He has taken his gift to a new level and he has done it with a thankful heart. This young man has balanced his academics, work at the hospital, work at the diabetics clinic, and his MCAT prep, all while earning All-American honors in three sports. Whatever he does, he does with excellence.”

Helmuth led the Trojans throughout his junior year in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, picking up a combined three NAIA All-American honors and four All-Crossroads League awards over the three seasons.

The Monticello, Illinois native also posted the fastest times in Taylor history in the indoor 5,000-meters and the outdoor 10,000-meters, while recording the fifth-best time in school history in the outdoor 5,000-meters and the third-best time in the history of the men’s cross country program.

The high point of the memorable campaign came during his fifth-place run at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, which helped the Trojans secure the first team national title in school history.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Heiniger Collects Academic All-District Honor

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UPLAND, Ind. – For the second time in as many years, Teegan Heiniger has been named a College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District performer, earning a spot on the NAIA Men’s At-Large District II Team recently.

Heiniger was one of four men’s lacrosse student-athletes out of 12 total individuals to be honored from NAIA District II, which includes all NAIA institutions from the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The At-Large Teams include the sports of lacrosse, rifle, skiing, fencing, swimming, tennis, golf, men’s volleyball, gymnastics, water polo, hockey and wrestling.

Heiniger earned his second-straight CoSIDA Academic All-District award with a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average in engineering. The junior midfielder played in each of Taylor’s 15 games this spring, scoring 11 goals and dishing out eight assists. Heiniger also picked up 35 ground balls and forced five turnovers.

The honor for Heiniger moves TU’s NAIA-leading total of CoSIDA Academic All-District selections for the 2020-2021 year to 26. Heiniger will now advance to the ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, which is set to be announced on August 3.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District award is designed to showcase student-athletes for outstanding work in the classroom, as well as on the field of play. In order to be eligible for the honor, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30, must have reached sophomore status academically with at least one full year at their current institution and must have participated in over half of the team’s competitions as a key contributor during the current season.

Student-athletes are nominated for the award by their institution’s Sports Information Department and selected via a national vote by members of CoSIDA.

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: VUVB signs defensive specialist from Brazil to 2021 recruiting class

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VINCENNES, Ind. – Lara Gomes de Castro became the latest 2021 signee to the Vincennes University Volleyball program earlier this week.

Lara is a 5-foot-6 libero and defensive specialist from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lara is the daughter of Edinaldo de Castro and Viviane Gomes.

“Lara hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is where former Trailblazer Gabrielle Medrado (2016-2017) is from. So, we are aware of the very high level of volleyball in the area,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “We feel Lara possesses outstanding passing skills, excellent technique and uncommon range to get to many balls.”

“She is also a very good server as she was a former outside hitter. This allows us to score points since liberos do not serve under international volleyball rules,” Sien added. “We pride ourselves in having one of the top defenses both individually and collectively as a team in the Nation. We like how Lara takes charge of the back row and is a very vocal leader. Most importantly, Lara has a passion for passing and she has trained hard for many years for this opportunity.”

Lara played for Praia Grande in Sao Paulo under head coach Paula Camerini, who began coaching the team in 2009.

“Lara first started for us at Praia Grande at the end of 2015,” Camerini said. “In 2017, she was already integrated in the U17 team and helped win the Sindiclube Championship. She started out as an outside hitter, but she proved to be an excellent libero.”

“In 2019, she moved to Santos/Realizar, to compete in the Sao Paulo state volleyball championship,” Camerini added. “She returned to Praia Grande in 2020 and showed great technical and tactical evolution. She has always been extremely dedicated, committed and responsible for the team’s commitments. For the libero function, she has essential characteristics for the position, such as good game reading, excellent movement technique, agility and reaction speed. She has the attitude of a leader on the court and excellent communication with her teammates.”

As previously mentioned, Lara changed clubs for the 2019 season and played at Santos/Realizar under head coach Emerson Konda.

“Lara shows a lot of adaptability, because with us, she had to change her position,” Konda said. “She always wanted to be a libero but she was an outside hitter. She was proactive in matters on and off the court, further enhancing her collective spirit. Lara influenced the team greatly and is always in a good mood. Her presence is always positive and courageous when the team needs it.”

Lara plans to major in Psychology at Vincennes University this upcoming school year.

The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Lara Gomes de Castro to the 2021 recruiting class.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE ATHLETICS: Matt Zedrick Steps Down as Mastodon Women’s Golf Head Coach

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue University Fort Wayne women’s golf head coach Matt Zedrick has resigned to accept a coaching position at another Division I university.

Zedrick served as the head coach of the Mastodons for six seasons. His teams set program records for 18, 36 and 54 tournament scores. The individual 18, 36 and 54 records also fell during his time. Last season, the team set a new program record for season average at 311.8.

“Matt helped the women’s golf program make major strides during his tenure,”  Purdue Fort Wayne Director of Athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton said. “We are all appreciative of his efforts and the mark he left on the department.”

Under Zedrick, his Mastodons earned four Summit League Golfer of the Week honors. Holly Anderson was named to the All-Horizon League Second Team last year. His golfers received 19 WGCA All-American Scholar honors and in 2020-21, his starting five all earned the honor.

A national search will begin immediately to identify his successor.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE ATHLETICS: Mastodon Women’s Volleyball Unveils 2021 Schedule

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Mark your calendars! Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball head coach Steve Florio has announced his team’s schedule for the fall of 2021.

After finishing the 2020-21 season just 15 weeks ago, the Mastodons 2021 season is only six weeks away. The ‘Dons open the season with an exhibition at Ball State on August 21.

The nonconference season is highlighted by a pair of matches against in-state Big Ten foes Indiana and Purdue, and a match against SEC opponent Tennessee.

The Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational (August 27-28) will serve as the regular season opener for four teams: Purdue Fort Wayne, SIUE, Evansville and Kent State. The ‘Dons will go to Western Michigan’s tournament the following weekend to face off against Southeast Missouri, Indiana and Western Michigan. At Liberty’s tournament on September 10-11, the Mastodons will play Navy, Liberty and Old Dominion. Toledo will visit the Gates Sports Center for the Mastodons’ only midweek non-league contest on September 14. Purdue’s tournament will round out the Mastodons non-league slate, which will take place on September 17-18. The ‘Dons will face the Boilermakers, Tennessee and Jacksonville State.

The Mastodons’ second season in the Horizon League will start with three home matches: Green Bay (September 23), Milwaukee (September 24) and UIC (September 26). The ‘Dons then have a stretch of nine of 10 matches on the road. The only match back in Fort Wayne is Cleveland State on October 12. Purdue Fort Wayne will return home to finish the regular season with five straight matches in the Gates Sports Center: Robert Morris (October 29), Youngstown State (October 30), Wright State (November 5), Northern Kentucky (November 6), and IUPUI (November 12).

The Horizon League schedule will feature home and away matches with all the league teams except Cleveland State (home only) and Oakland (road only).

The Horizon League Championship will begin on November 19. Reigning Horizon League Player of the Year Katie Crowe and All-League First Team selection Madison Gates will lead the Mastodons as they seek their second straight berth to the league tournament.

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: Webb steps down as head women’s soccer coach

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RICHMOND, Indiana – Stephanie Webb has resigned as head women’s soccer coach at Earlham College, to pursue opportunities outside collegiate athletics.

“I want to thank Earlham, the young women, and the athletic department for a great experience,” said Webb. “I wish the team, coaches, and department the very best for the future. The young women are creating something special that goes far beyond soccer and I’m excited to watch and see the growth it makes.”

Webb led Earlham to a 2-6-1 overall record, 1-6-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, during the Quakers’ abbreviated 2020-21 season, her only season at the helm of Earlham women’s soccer.

“Coach Webb successfully guided our women’s soccer program through one of the most difficult periods in collegiate athletics that any of us have ever encountered,” said Adam Hutchinson, Earlham’s director of athletics. “I appreciate all her efforts in providing our student-athletes with the best possible experience through the pandemic, and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

An announcement on leadership for the Earlham women’s soccer program will be made in the coming days.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1901       Christy Mathewson becomes the first rookie to throw a no-hitter in baseball history in the modern era. The 20 year-old right-hander, who will hurl another no-hit game in 1905, holds the Cardinals hitless in the Giants’ 5-0 victory at Robison Field in St. Louis.

1939       National League president Ford Frick orders two-foot screens affixed inside all foul poles after Billy Jurges of the Giants and umpire George Magerkurth spit at each other after a disputed foul ball call down the left-field line at the Polo Grounds. The American League will soon follow the Senior Circuit lead and will install screens on the foul poles.

1941       At spacious Mann Field in Newport (AR), the Paragould Browns’ Clarence “Hooks” Iott goes the distance, striking out 30 Newport Dodgers in a 16-inning Class D Northeast Arkansas League game that ends in a 1-1 tie. In September, the 21 year-old southpaw, who struck out 25 Batesville Pilots in a nine-inning game last month, will make his major league debut for the Browns, throwing two innings against the White Sox without recording a strikeout.

1950       Citing the competition of television and radio, the Colonial League ceases its operation. The four-year-old circuit of Class B clubs was established in 1947 and featured teams from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

1952       Trailing in their final turn at-bat by six runs, Eddie Joost’s walk-off grand slam off of Satchel Paige gives the A’s a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Browns at Shibe Park. ‘Old Satch,’ who yielded a game-ending bases full round-tripper to Sammy White two weeks ago at Fenway Park, becomes the first hurler in major league history to give up two walk-off grand slams in the same season.

1952       Tigers first baseman Walt Dropo, who went 5-for-5 yesterday, continues his sizzling skein, collecting four more consecutive hits (nine straight singles) in the first game of a twin bill against the Senators. In the Griffith Stadium nightcap, the Detroit infielder will extend the streak to 12 when he triples, singles, and doubles in his first three at-bats before fouling out to the catcher in the top of the seventh inning.

1960       Home plate umpire Frank Dascoli stops play for 24 minutes when San Francisco’s first baseman Willie McCovey hits a pitch into shallow left field that no one can see because of the dense fog. The Giants’ infielder second inning ‘invisible triple’ doesn’t deter the Dodgers when they win the Candlestick Park contest, 5-3.

1960       Brooks Robinson becomes the first Oriole to hit for the cycle when he strokes a two-run triple to center field off Turk Lown in the ninth inning. The third baseman’s 5-for-5 performance and three RBIs contribute to Baltimore’s 5-2 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park.

1962       In the seventh inning of the nightcap of a twin bill split with the Pirates at Forbes Field, Cardinal left fielder Stan Musial establishes a new National League record with his 10,428th-time at-bat. ‘Stan the Man’ who will finish his 22-year career with 10,972 plate appearances, surpasses Honus Wagner’s mark set in 1917. (Upon further research, the Flying Dutchman gains two additional at-bats.)

1967       Cardinals’ pitcher Bob Gibson’s right fibula is fractured by a Roberto Clemente line drive during a 6-3 loss to the Pirates. The injury will sideline the Redbird right-hander until Labor Day, but he will recover well enough to allow only three earned runs in three complete World Series game victories over the Red Sox.

1969       Richard Nixon becomes the first president to witness a triple play. In a 7-3 Senator victory at RFK Stadium, the Tigers pull off the around-the-horn triple killing on an Ed Brinkman grounder in the bottom of the fifth inning.

1969       In a twin bill split with the Braves, Lee May hits two home runs in each contest and drives in five runs in both ends of the doubleheader. Despite the All-Star first baseman’s performance, the Reds drop the opener 9-8 but come back to win the nightcap, 10-4.

1969       In the Braves’ first game after the All-Star break, Hank Aaron goes deep off Clay Carroll in the fifth inning of the team’s 9-8 comeback victory over Cincinnati at Crosley Field. The round-tripper, the 534th home run of his career, moves the ‘Hammer’ into fourth place on the all-time list, ahead of Jimmie Foxx and only two behind Mickey Mantle.

1971       The Pirates, trailing 1-0, tie the game in the ninth and then knot the score again in the 13th and 16th innings before finally beating the Padres 4-3. Roberto Clemente’s one-out walk-off homer off Danny Coombs ends the Three Rivers Stadium contest in the 17th frame.

1973       In the game which features Norm Cash trying to use a piano leg to bat in the ninth inning, Nolan Ryan, en route to striking out 17 batters, becomes the fourth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same year when the Angels defeat the Tigers, 6-0 in front of 41,411 fans in Detroit. Johnny Vander Meer (1938 Reds), Virgil Trucks (1938 Tigers), and Allie Reynolds (1951 Yankees) have also accomplished the rare feat.

1980       Establishing a new mark for home runs by a catcher, Johnny Bench of the Reds breaks Yogi Berra’s record by hitting his 314th round-tripper as a backstop. The future Hall of Famer has also hit 33 dingers while playing other positions.

1985       At the Metrodome in Minnesota, the first Home Run Derby, a new tradition to take place the day before the All-Star Game, is won by Reds right fielder Dave Parker. Although these types of hitting exhibitions have occurred in the past, the event marks the first time Major League Baseball will acknowledge the contest.

1985       The day before the scheduled All-Star Game in Minneapolis, the Players’ Association announces they have set a strike date for August 6. The union will keep their word, but the season will resume two days later.

1986       The 1986 All-Star Game, a 3-2 American League victory played in the Astrodome, is the last contest Dick Howser will manage in the major leagues. The Royals skipper, suffering from apparent mental lapses during the game, admits he felt ill, and later a brain tumor will be diagnosed.

1988       For the second time this season, Red Sox fireballer Roger Clemens strikes out sixteen Royals. The doubleheader sweep over Kansas City marks Joe Morgan’s Boston managerial debut.

1990       In an 8-5 White Sox victory at Yankee Stadium, Bobby Thigpen becomes the quickest player to reach 30 saves in a season. The Chicago closer will establish a major league record this campaign, saving 57 games for the South-siders.

1993       Cal Ripken, Jr. hits his 278th homer as a shortstop, breaking Ernie Banks’ record for the most ever hit by a major leaguer playing that position. Both Hall of Famers will play different infield positions during their careers, with ‘Mr. Cub’ going deep a total of 512 times for Chicago, and the ‘Iron Man’ clearing the fences on 431 occasions for the Orioles.

1994       After being confiscated in the first inning of the Indians-White Sox contest at Comiskey Park, Albert Belle’s bat, suspected of being corked, is placed in umpire Dave Phillips’ locker for further examination. The theft of the piece of wood, taken and replaced by a burglar who gains access to the umpire’s room by squirming through an overhead crawl space, becomes evident when pieces of ceiling tile litter the floor, and the name on the ‘clean’ bat now reads, Paul Sorrento.

1996       After making 2,216 consecutive starts at shortstop, Oriole Cal Ripken returns to third base for the first time since June 30, 1982. The 2,216 straight starts is a major league record at any position.

1997       En route to a 16-2 rout of the Padres, the Giants set the NL record for the most runs in a seventh inning. Thirteen Giants cross the plate during the big inning at Qualcomm Stadium.

1999       At the Oakland Coliseum in the fifth inning of an 11-9 win over San Francisco, A’s hurler Brad Rigby puts Barry Bonds on first base with a free pass, giving the Giants left fielder the major league record for intentional walks with 294. Hank Aaron set the previous mark.

1999       For the first time in the franchise history, the Mariners play a home game outdoors. Under an open retractable roof, Seattle’s debut at the $517.6 million Safeco Field becomes forgettable when closer Jose Mesa squanders a ninth-inning lead by walking four batters in a 3-2 defeat to the Padres.

1999       The Brewers postpone their scheduled game against the Royals at County Stadium as a gesture of respect for the three workers who died during the construction team’s new stadium. A massive crane broke in half while lifting a 400-ton portion of the roof, causing the deaths and damaging the partially completed Miller Park.

2000       The American Tobacco Company’s near-mint condition 1909 Honus Wagner card goes for $1.1 million in an eBay online auction. The high bidder will pay $1.265 million, including a 15 percent buyer’s premium for the 91 year-old card of the Hall of Fame Pirate shortstop.

2003       At the All-Star Game played in Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field, Angels outfielder Garret Anderson goes 3-for-4, including a two-run homer and a double, helping the American League beat the NL, 7-6. Pinch-hitting in the eighth inning, Rangers’ third baseman Hank Blalock hits a go-ahead two-run homer off the usually untouchable reliever of the Dodgers, Eric Gagne.

2004       Eric Gagne surpasses Jeff Shaw for the most career saves in franchise history, collecting his 130th save in a Dodger uniform. The 28 year-old right-handed closer pitches a perfect ninth, striking out the side, in the team’s 5-2 victory over Arizona at Bank One Ballpark.

2005       With an RBI double off Joel Pineiro at Safeco Field, Rafael Palmeiro becomes the 26th player to collect 3000 hits. The Orioles first baseman joins Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Eddie Murray as one of only four major leaguers to record 3,000 hits and 500 home runs during his career.

2005       The Royals establish the longest losing streak by any big league franchise to play in Kansas City. Their 16th consecutive loss, an 11-3 decision to the Mariners, is one more than the 1884 Unions, the first team to play professionally in the City of Fountains.

2005       Mike Stanton’s first appearance for the Nationals is memorable when the southpaw balks home the winning run without throwing a pitch, giving the Brewers a 4-3 victory at Miller Park. Chris Magruder scores the winning run from third base in the bottom of the tenth, thanks to the call by first base ump Paul Schrieber, who saw the lefty step toward home plate as he threw over to first in an attempt to pick off Rickie Weeks.

2006       Vladimir Guerrero knocks in his 1000th career RBI, plating Orlando Cabrera with a two-out single in the first inning as Los Angeles beats the Devil Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 9-2. The 30 year-old Dominican outfielder becomes the seventh-fastest player ever to reach the milestone.

2007       With his third stolen base, a fifth-inning swipe of second, in a 5-4 loss against the Rangers in Los Angeles, Chone Figgins steals his 187th base in an Angel uniform to break the franchise record. Gary Pettis, who is in the ballpark as a coach for the visiting Rangers, set the previous mark for the Halos in 1987.

2007       In front of a sellout crowd of 44,872 at Citizens Bank Park, the 125-year-old Phillies become the first franchise to lose 10,000 games when St. Louis beats the team, 10-2. During the ninth inning, the hometown fans cheer as the much-heralded milestone becomes a reality.

2008       Dan Uggla becomes the first player in the history of the All-Star Game to make three errors. The Marlins second baseman, who has two miscues in the 10th and one in the 13th in the American League 4-3, 15-inning victory at Yankee Stadium, doesn’t fare much better at the plate, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and grounding into a double play with runners on first and third in the 10th inning.

2008       Lou Gehrig’s wool warm-up jacket, given to Marion and Ray Parker in 1941, friends of the Yankee first baseman and his wife Eleanor, is won with a $325,000 bid on the Hunt Auctions site at the All-Star FanFest at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The woolen team jacket, most likely, is the one he wore to bring out the Yankee lineup card at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium in 1939, on the day his streak of 2,130 consecutive games ended.

2008       Rangers shortstop Michael Young’s sac fly scores the Twins Justin Morneau ending the four-hour and fifty-minute marathon, making the contest the longest All-Star Game ever played. The American League wins its 11th consecutive victory, beating the National League, 4-3, in the fourth Mid-Summer classic played Yankee Stadium.

2009       The Phillies and Pedro Martinez finalize a one-year deal, reportedly worth $1 million. The three-time Cy Young winner, who has compiled a 214-99 record during his 17 seasons in the big leagues, was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a shoulder strain.

2013       Bruce Bochy names Matt Harvey the National League’s starter in tomorrow’s Midsummer Classic at Citi Field. The 24 year-old rookie right-hander, is the first Mets pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Dwight Gooden got the nod in 1988, and will become the sixth hurler to start in his home ballpark.

2014       A baseball glove (c. 1935) worn and autographed by Lou Gehrig goes for a bid of $287,500 at an auction held in conjunction with the MLB All-Star FanFest in Minneapolis. Other items sold by Hunt Auctions at the event include Roy Campanella’s Hall of Fame induction ring ($86,250), a Jackie Robinson bat ($80,500), and Harmon Killebrew’s 1958 Senators home jersey ($40,250).

2015       Kirk Nieuwenhuis, recently reacquired by the Mets from the Angels after they sold him to the Halos in May, hits three home runs his first three at-bats, helping the team complete a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 5-3 victory at Citi Field. The outfielder’s first three homers of the season mark the tenth time in franchise history a player has a gone deep three times in a game, but the 27 year-old is the first to accomplish the feat at home.

2017       Cody Bellinger becomes the first Dodger rookie to hit for the cycle when he collects a seventh-inning triple in the team’s 7-1 victory over the Marlins in Miami. The 22-year old freshman goes 4-for-5, driving in three runs en route to his historic accomplishment.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston5536.60428 – 1927 – 1721 – 1012 – 611 – 165 – 5L 2
Tampa Bay5337.5891.528 – 1725 – 2024 – 148 – 413 – 156 – 4L 1
Toronto4542.517819 – 2026 – 2221 – 224 – 67 – 124 – 6W 1
NY Yankees4643.517823 – 2223 – 2117 – 2413 – 612 – 75 – 5L 1
Baltimore2861.3152613 – 3015 – 3111 – 244 – 1611 – 143 – 7L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox5435.60731 – 1423 – 2113 – 730 – 157 – 107 – 3W 5
Cleveland4542.517824 – 1921 – 237 – 1026 – 165 – 93 – 7W 3
Detroit4051.4401521 – 2219 – 294 – 518 – 3013 – 114 – 6L 4
Minnesota3950.4381522 – 2517 – 256 – 720 – 239 – 166 – 4W 4
Kansas City3653.4041821 – 2215 – 318 – 1217 – 275 – 113 – 7L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5536.60429 – 1926 – 1716 – 1212 – 625 – 137 – 3W 1
Oakland5240.5653.527 – 2225 – 1813 – 1312 – 219 – 204 – 6W 2
Seattle4843.527729 – 2019 – 2313 – 812 – 1319 – 146 – 4L 1
LA Angels4544.506926 – 2019 – 2411 – 1113 – 715 – 227 – 3W 1
Texas3555.38919.522 – 2513 – 3011 – 108 – 1114 – 234 – 6L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4740.54028 – 1419 – 2619 – 189 – 914 – 66 – 4L 1
Philadelphia4444.5003.524 – 1620 – 2820 – 2212 – 66 – 97 – 3W 2
Atlanta4445.494424 – 2220 – 2323 – 2316 – 93 – 36 – 4L 1
Washington4247.472624 – 2218 – 2517 – 169 – 108 – 172 – 8L 4
Miami3950.438922 – 2117 – 2917 – 176 – 1314 – 105 – 5W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5339.57627 – 2126 – 188 – 1124 – 1719 – 64 – 6L 3
Cincinnati4842.533423 – 2025 – 226 – 425 – 1310 – 208 – 2W 3
Chi Cubs4446.489828 – 1716 – 2911 – 1420 – 2110 – 72 – 8L 1
St. Louis4446.489823 – 1821 – 2814 – 1315 – 1813 – 105 – 5W 1
Pittsburgh3456.3781819 – 2515 – 318 – 1011 – 267 – 135 – 5W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco5732.64030 – 1327 – 1913 – 712 – 623 – 147 – 3W 4
LA Dodgers5635.615230 – 1426 – 2113 – 710 – 1024 – 126 – 4W 2
San Diego5340.570633 – 1920 – 216 – 816 – 1423 – 174 – 6L 2
Colorado4051.4401831 – 179 – 345 – 811 – 1617 – 246 – 4W 2
Arizona2666.28332.515 – 2811 – 388 – 157 – 1311 – 314 – 6L 2

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England13733221845-0-12-3-224
Orlando City SC12633201283-2-13-1-221
Philadelphia13553161243-1-22-4-120
CF Montreal12543141133-2-12-2-219
Nashville SC12471161334-5-00-2-119
New York City FC11524191363-1-22-1-217
New York12525171524-1-11-1-417
Columbus12453131123-2-01-3-317
D.C.12516171434-0-21-1-416
Atlanta122731315-22-3-00-4-313
FC Cincinnati113351220-80-1-33-2-212
Chicago123271318-53-2-30-0-411
Inter Miami CF11227917-80-1-42-1-38
Toronto FC122281629-131-1-21-1-68
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle13850238155-3-03-2-029
Sporting KC13823241595-2-03-0-326
Los Angeles12804201825-0-23-0-224
Colorado11623181264-1-12-1-220
Los Angeles FC12534151233-2-12-1-318
Real Salt Lake11443181262-3-22-1-116
Minnesota124351216-43-1-21-2-315
Houston133641619-33-3-00-3-415
Portland114161419-53-0-21-1-413
Austin133461014-41-2-12-2-513
San Jose123271422-82-0-41-2-311
FC Dallas122551420-62-5-00-0-511
Vancouver122371222-102-0-30-3-49

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun146.7008-16-59-36-42 W
Chicago Sky1010.5004.03-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1011.4764.55-55-65-84-62 L
Washington Mystics810.4445.05-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream613.3167.53-73-65-62-84 L
Indiana Fever416.20010.03-81-84-93-73 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm165.7628-38-28-47-31 W
Las Vegas Aces156.7141.08-37-38-47-31 W
Minnesota Lynx127.6323.06-36-48-48-27 W
Phoenix Mercury910.4746.03-76-36-74-61 L
Dallas Wings912.4297.04-55-76-74-63 L
Los Angeles Sparks613.3169.04-72-61-112-86 L